Federal judge upholds Alabama voter-ID law

(Southern Political Report) A federal judge in Alabama has thrown out a lawsuit against the state’s voter ID law, finding that the law doesn’t prevent anyone from voting because “nearly the entire population of registered voters in Alabama already possess a photo ID that can be used for voting.”

For those who don’t, obtaining a qualifying ID can be done “with little to no effort and no cost.”

In 2011, the Alabama legislature passed a photo ID requirement for both in-person and absentee voting. The law was enacted in an effort to strengthen voter confidence and to reduce the potential for voter fraud in the state.


Trump to be 1st sitting president to address March for Life

(Fox News) President Donald Trump will become the first sitting president to address the March For Life, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Wednesday.

The annual event, held since 1974 in Washington, protests the “Roe v. Wade” decision dismissing many restrictions on abortion across the U.S.

The Roe v. Wade decision was written in the majority by Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and handed down on January 22, 1973.

Sanders said Trump will address the marchers live on Friday via satellite feed from the White House.


The 51st state

A group of conservative Californians (yes, there are many) on Monday formally embarked on a quest to separate the mostly rural counties from the urban coastal regions and form a 51st state called New California.

Citing its authority under the Article IV, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, the group issued what it called its “Declaration of Independence” and stated its intent to petition the state legislature for its approval. It would then submit a plan to Congress.

The chances of this endeavor succeeding are slimmer than none. While the ruling elite of those liberal bastions doubtless hold the inhabitants of the state’s conservative regions in great contempt and would like nothing better than to be shed of them – much like the northern and coastal elite would prefer to be relieved of the “backward, anti-science racist” inhabitants of so-called “flyover country” – they know that the middle class residents of those areas are the state’s prime revenue generators and least users of state financial resources.

And people in almost all age and income brackets are fleeing California in droves. The state is seeing an influx of people aged 34 and under, but that’s more than offset  by the loss of people in all age groups from 35 up. And the only income bracket to show a net gain was the $50,000-$75,000 range.

“After years of over taxation, regulation, and mono-party politics the State of California and many of its 58 Counties have become ungovernable,” the group said in a statement, according to media reports, citing a “decline in essential basic services” including education, law enforcement, infrastructure and health care.

“Well, it’s been ungovernable for a long time. High taxes, education, you name it, and we’re rated around 48th or 50th from a business climate and standpoint in California,” said founder Robert Paul Preston.

“There’s something wrong when you have a rural county such as this one, and you go down to Orange County which is mostly urban, and it has the same set of problems, and it happens because of how the state is being governed and taxed,” Preston said.

Governor Moonbeam’s progressive “soak-the-rich” policies have driven up tax rates to the point that California has the highest taxes in the nation. It’s also deep in debt and has the nation’s highest poverty rate.

According to Article IV, Section 3:

New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new States shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.

But in the unlikely event that California’s legislature ever approved the separation; the national Democrat Party would never let it get through Congress. Democrats will never surrender 55 sure Electoral votes.

The Founders made it more difficult for states to split than they did for states to leave the union. Secession was an understood course of action prior to the tyrant Abraham Lincoln’s assault on the South.

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CNN yuuge ‘winner’ in Trump’s Fake News Awards

(London Telegraph) Donald Trump gave the broadcaster CNN four of his “fake news” awards on Wednesday as he used the gimmick to escalate his attacks on media.

The US president singled out The New York Times twice while the broadcaster ABC and the magazines Time and Newsweek were each mentioned once.

Claims of “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia – a topic which has overshadowed the presidency and is being investigated by a special counsel – was also named.

The so-called “awards” were presented in list form and specified particular stories about his presidency, some of which have previously resulted in apologies.


‘SPLC is now a hate group itself. It’s a money-grabbing slander machine’

Confessed domestic terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins

Confessed domestic terrorist Floyd Lee Corkins

It’s not clear exactly when the Southern Poverty Law Center, which years ago famously battled the KKK, turned against Christians and conservatives, but the evidence that it has is overwhelming.

After all, the group that holds hundreds of millions of dollars in its bank accounts, many of them overseas, once labeled famed surgeon and conservative Dr. Ben Carson, now HUD secretary, as a “hater” because of his Christian worldview.

SPLC was the source of the information Floyd Corkins used to target the Family Research Council with a mass-murder attempt at the Christian organization’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

Corkins was foiled by a security officer, but SPLC was formally linked to domestic terror in a federal court case.

The group routinely lashes out at any organization that opposes abortion, transgenderism, or other left-wing causes, publicly calling them “haters.”

Lashes out at those who oppose abortion

SPLC has exhibited behavior so egregious that it was reprimanded by the far-left administration of Barack Obama.

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Judicial Watch, citing a letter to Michael M. Hethmon, senior counsel for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, and others, said the DOJ reprimand came in 2016 but was “kept quiet at the agency’s request.”

“[It] involves the SPLC’s atrocious behavior during immigration court proceedings. Two groups that oppose illegal immigration, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), were the target of personal, baseless and below-the-belt attacks from SPLC attorneys during official immigration court proceedings. The SPLC filed a motion attacking and defaming the two respected nonprofits by describing them as ‘white supremacist,’ ‘eugenicist,’ ‘anti-Semitic,’ and ‘anti-Catholic.’ In its reprimand the DOJ says it is troubled by the conduct of SPLC lawyer Christopher Strawn and that his conduct ‘overstepped the bounds of zealous advocacy and was unprofessional,’” the report said.

Now, SPLC’s slandering of groups that promote traditional American values has generated a petition for the group to face justice.

Columnist Tom DeWeese at American Policy said there are a couple of reasons why the SPLC is so dangerous.

First, he explained, the SPLC contracts with the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to advise on domestic terrorism.

For example, a 2009 DHS report, “Right-wing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” was basically written by SPLC.

The report singles out groups that oppose abortion or illegal immigration.

As with others over the years, the report was was sent to law enforcement agencies across the nation, resulting in police departments issuing bulletins to their officers “to be on the watch for dangerous right-wing activity,” DeWeese said.

SPLC also has organized a working group to “teach local law enforcement how to counter terrorism,” but one member is Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America, “who has been accused of funding terrorist organizations,” DeWeese pointed out.

The second reason SPLC is a dangerous threat to American freedom is its so-called “Hate List,” DeWeese said.

“Each year, the SPLC updates its list of ‘extremist’ groups and individuals it declares to be dangerous. Does the list include Black Lives Matter … ANTIFA, or any of the forces that have taken credit for opening fire on crowds attending public events? Nope. SPLC’s list of hate groups are those who oppose Obamacare and NAFTA, are concerned about the economy, and perhaps stockpile food to prepare for possible bad economic times. These are ‘Right Wing Extremists.’ The list goes on to include people like Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers, and Sen. Rand Paul. … The list also includes nearly any conservative and Christian organizations that advocate limited government or Christian teachings or government adherence to the Constitution,” he wrote.

Calling for congressional probe

DeWeese is calling for the “leftist outfit” to be investigated by the congressional Homeland Security Committee, and an online petition has been posted for people to join in the request.

Addressed to Chairman Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican, the petition states: “It appears SPLC is abusing ties to the Department of Homeland Security to threaten and accuse pro-Constitution groups and activists across the nation of potential domestic terrorism. For example, SPLC and DHS documents they have influenced, have so labeled many who simply advocate constitutional government; opposition to abortion; and opposition to various economic programs. It appears that federal funds have been used for this activity.”

The groups smeared by SPLC, consequently, could be denied their First Amendment rights, the petition argues.

“SPLC has already incorporated such unsubstantiated and outrageous charges in reports published by DHS, including the ‘Domestic Extremism Lexicon;’ a 2009 report by the Missouri Fusion Center; and through the DHS’ Countering Violent Extremism Working Group, to name a few examples,” the petition states. “Such charges are a dangerous threat to individual freedom and an abuse of government funds against loyal and law-abiding American citizens.”

The petition seeks an “immediate investigation into the activities of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), its ties to the Department of Homeland Security, and its tax-exempt status.”

SPLC ‘guilty of the hate it claims to fight’

DeWeese said SPLC “is a dangerous organization, guilty of the hate it claims to fight.”

“Yet it works closely with our own government in its quest to destroy any Americans who hold opposing views, even to the point of denying them a place in society. The fact is the SPLC would just be another run of the mill leftist outfit if it didn’t have such close ties with our government. Those ties need to be thoroughly investigated by the congressional Homeland Security Committee and then severed immediately.”

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Commentator John Stossel, in a WND column, joined the effort to expose SPLC.

“SPLC once fought useful fights. They took on the Ku Klux Klan. But now they go after people on the right with whom they disagree,” he wrote. “They call the Family Research Council a hate group because it says gay men are more likely to sexually abuse children. That’s their belief. There is some evidence that supports it. Do they belong on a ‘hate map,’ like the Ku Klux Klan, because they believe that evidence and worry about it?

“I often disagree with the council, but calling them a hate group is unfair. In my YouTube video this week, the group’s vice president, Jerry Boykin, tells me, ‘I don’t hate gay people. And I know gay people, and I have worked with gay people.’”

Stossel noted that lambasting someone with a “hate group” label makes them a target, referring to the attack on the Family Research Council by Corkins.



Stossel also reported SPLC smears the Ruth Institute, “a Christian group that believes gays should not have an equal right to adopt children.”

The institute’s president, Jennifer Roback Morse, says they’re not “haters.”

“I like gay people. I have no problem with gay people. That’s not the issue. The issue is, what are we doing with kids and the definition of who counts as a parent,” she said.

For that, Stossel said, SPLC put the Ruth Institute on its “hate map.”

‘That led the institute’s credit card processor to stop working with them. In a letter to the institute, the processor company said that it had learned that the ‘Ruth Institute … promotes hate, violence, harassment and/or abuse,’” he reported.

Stossel said: “SPLC is now a hate group itself. It’s a money-grabbing slander machine.”

See Stossel’s video report on SPLC:



WND reported when SPLC President Richard Cohen explained why antifa, the loosely affiliated “anti-fascist” movement that uses violence to shut down speech it doesn’t like, is not a hate group.

Cohen said it’s because the brutally violent “domestic terrorists” don’t actually espouse hate.

“If you are familiar with our work, we write about antifa often,” Cohen told the House Homeland Security Committee on Nov. 30. “We condemn their tactics – I’ve said so publicly and we do so always – but antifa is not a group that vilifies people on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion and the like.”

Conservative leaders push back

Last September, WND reported 47 conservative leaders urged members of the media across America to stop using “hit pieces” from SPLC.

The leaders included Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center, Edwin Meese of the Heritage Foundation, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William Boykin of the Family Research Council, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel and Michael Farris of the Alliance Defending Freedom, Frank Gaffney and Clare Lopez of the Center for Security Policy, Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute, Frank Wright of D. James Kennedy Ministries, Scott Walter of the Capital Research Center, David Barton of WallBuilders, David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center, Martin Mawyer of the Christian Action Network, Tim Wildmon and Sandy Rios of the American Family Association, and Joseph Farah, founder and CEO of WND.com

An announcement about the letter charged SPLC “has recklessly labeled dozens of mainstream conservative organizations as ‘hate groups.’”

The letter states: “We are writing to you as individuals or as representatives of organizations who are deeply troubled by several recent examples of the media’s use of data from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The SPLC is a discredited, left-wing, political activist organization that seeks to silence its political opponents with a ‘hate group’ label of its own invention and application that is not only false and defamatory, but that also endangers the lives of those targeted with it.”

Another SPLC-inspired shooting

Last June, SPLC supporter James Hodgkinson shot Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.; Zach Barth, a staff member for Rep. Roger Williams; former congressional staff member Matt Mika; and two U.S. Capitol Police officers at a practice for a charity baseball game.

SPLC had demonized Scalise for promoting white supremacy and inferred he is a “hater.”

Liberty Counsel and D. James Kennedy Ministries have gone to court over SPLC’s charge they are “hate” organizations.

SPLC, or its advocates, already have experienced the negative effects of its “hate” campaign.

WND reported when an organization that posts financial information for charities, Guidestar, abruptly dropped its posting of SPLC’s “hate” designations for conservative groups.

And SPLC got burned when it complained about the pro-family comments of an Alabama Supreme Court justice during a radio interview.







New scandal in Obama’s war against Netanyahu

Former President Obama (Photo: Twitter)

Former President Obama (Photo: Twitter)

Democrats in Washington have expressed outrage over still-unproved allegations the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to defeat their candidate, Hillary Clinton.

But Democrats and their media allies have been virtually silent regarding evidence of interference by Democrat Barack Obama in Israel’s elections.

Last October, WND CEO Joseph Farah pointed out the Obama administration sent money in 2015 to a non-profit U.S. group that sought to prevent Benjamin Netanyahu from forming a coalition government to remain as prime minister.

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A probe by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations found that the Obama State Department gave $349,276 in U.S. taxpayer-funded grants to a political group in Israel called OneVoice to build a campaign operation that, subsequently, was used to try to persuade Israelis to vote against Netanyahu.

Now there’s new information, according to the American Center for Law and Justice, that the Obama administration’s intervention was even worse.

ACLJ said that in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, it “uncovered a startling revelation.”

“Yasser Mahmoud Abbas, son of Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the terrorist-allied Palestinian Authority, was also a senior leader and advisor to OneVoice – and, as demonstrated by the contents of the documents themselves, the Obama administration knew this,” ACLJ said in a report Wednesday.

“In short, the Obama State Department gave U.S. taxpayer dollars to a terrorist-affiliated organization (the PA recently united with the terrorist group Hamas) to unseat the democratically elected leader of the only free democracy in the Middle East and a vital U.S. ally.”

ACLJ said such “misguided efforts … embolden and enrich enemies of the United States and further destabilize the region.”

“In fact, just this week Palestinian leaders announced their intention to suspend recognition of the existence of the state of Israel and PA President Abbas, in expletive-laden language, told the U.S. to keep its money, which totals as much as $1 billion. Defiantly addressing his comments directly to the U.S. government, Abbas went on to exclaim, ‘May your house be destroyed,’ a familiar curse well-known to the other Arab leaders around the table at the time,” ACLJ said.

ACLJ said the U.S. State Department started giving money to One Voice Israel and One Voice Palestine, affiliated groups, in 2013. The grants continued through 2014 and totaled about $350,000.

“OneVoice told the Obama State Department that it planned to engage in electioneering, yet the Obama administration gave the organization the money anyway. Worse yet, the administration, even fully aware of OneVoice’s intentions, imposed no restrictions on the grant.”

That freedom allowed OneVoice to spend the money on social media and voter database work, and even hire a company to train activists.

OneVoice’s objective was to replace the Netanyahu government.

ACLJ said it tried, unsuccessfully, to get information about the financial contribution when Obama was in office, and the administration’s obstruction was upheld in court.

In addition to “the irony of a non-existent state refusing to recognize a legitimate nation,” ACLJ said, “the great irony here is that Abbas’ rhetoric – which now matches the Palestinian Authority’s longtime actions – may prove to be his own regime’s undoing.”

“Given its refusal to sever ties with terrorists, and its clear appetite for violence and destruction rather than peace, we should give the Palestinian Authority exactly what it asks for and keep our money.”

In fact, the Trump administration announced this week it is withholding $65 million from a U.N. agency serving Palestinian refugees. The State Department notified the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, UNWRA, that any additional U.S. donations will depend on changes in how the agency operates and is funded.

In 2016, the U.S. donated $355 million to UNWRA.

The curb in funding came after President Trump tweeted Jan. 2 that the U.S. gives the Palestinians “HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect.”

Over a year ago, Congress was looking into Obama’s decision to secretly bankroll the effort to interfere in Israel’s election.

The probe followed an internal government report that found the State Department turned over the money and then deleted emails from government accounts detailing the relationship with a group called OneVoice.

WND reported weeks earlier that the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations concluded the Obama administration funded an effort to overthrow Netanyahu in Israel, one of America’s closest and most ardent allies.

Explained Farah in his commentary: “It’s clear what was happening in this case: The U.S. government, in the hands of Barack Obama, intervened in a foreign election with the express purpose of impacting the results.”

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Twitter cancels ‘a lot’ of users when China demands it


Twitter cancels the accounts of users on the instructions of the Chinese government “a lot,” according to a former software engineer who was interviewed, undercover, by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas.

It was the fourth undercover video in a series released over the last two weeks by O’Keefe. Earlier videos revealed Twitter’s readiness to hurt President Trump and ogle those possibly explicit private images that users send to each other in the supposedly private Direct Messages.

In the latest, Project Veritas found a former software engineer admitting that Twitter acts under the whims and pressures of foreign governments – notably China – by silencing and banning users at their request.

An undercover journalist asks former employee Conrado Mirando if foreign governments pressure Twitter to ban certain people in their countries.

Miranda initially tells the PV journalist that he “cannot disclose that information.”

At another meeting, however, he opened up.

“Normally, does Twitter, like, say if someone from Iran calls and is, like, hey in our country we need these people banned so that they cannot be seen?”

He responds, “Yeah that happens. We do that a lot for China.”

He explains, “We are actually under constant attack from the Chinese. Like, both Chinese hackers, like ‘good guys’ and from Chinese government. Because sometimes they ask us to take down an account, and we don’t take down, because, we’re, like, at the end of all it, like, anybody say… And then the Chinese government, like, starts to try and hack us, and sometimes they point someone, or like yeah, we actually violated blah, blah, blah, and then the good guys from China start attacking us. It’s a mess.”

He notes that it’s all right because in order for Twitter to operate in China, the government had to approve the terms of service customers must agree to.

So, Project Veritas asked, is Twitter actually supporting free speech?


The video:



In the third video, team members at the social media company Twitter confirmed that they’re paid to look at sexual content, including “d–k pics.”

Moreover, they retain all of the tweets that are sent by users.

“Everything you send is stored on my server … you can’t [delete it], it’s already on my server,” one Twitter worker testified in an undercover video.

In the second, Twitter workers confirm they have ways to ban users of the social media platform without even letting them know.

The first video revealed Twitter employees expressing their willingness to use their access to President Trump’s account to bring down the nation’s commander in chief.

Employee Clay Haynes, who has worked at the company since 2016 according to his LinkedIn profile, spoke to an undercover journalist and said the company would be “more than happy to help the DOJ with their little investigation.”

Haynes, a self-declared “bleeding-heart liberal,” also outlined specific ways the company could help take down the president, including providing every single tweet Trump has made, even those that have been deleted, as well as any direct messages.

Direct messages are usually regarded as private.

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Haynes openly declared his desire to end the Trump administration.

“He’s dangerous, I don’t like him and he’s a terrible human being and I want to get rid of him,” Haynes states in the video.

Haynes also appears in the third video, which is here (Caution: Vulgar language and imagery):



It’s confirmed that there are people at Twitter paid to look at “d–k” images that people send online.

“There’s teams dedicated to it … at least, three or four hundred people … they’re paid to look at d–k pics,” he said.

One Twitter engineer, on the video, reveals, “All your sex messages … d–k pics … like, all the girls you’ve been f–king around with, they’re are on my server now.

“Everything you send is stored on my server. … You can’t [delete it], it’s already on my server,” he said.

The employees say Twitter obtains information on everyone who visits the site, not just those who set up an account, to provide individualized information to advertisers who pay for it.

“You’re paying for the right to use our website with your data basically,” said Mihai Florea, who works in software for Twitter.

Another comment: “You leak way more information than you think. … Like, if you go to Twitter for the first time, we have information about you.”

One former employee, Conrado Mirando, says there is no way to protect people if such information fell into the wrong hands.

The second video shows, among others, former Twitter software employee Abhinov Vadrevu explaining about “shadow banning.”

“One strategy is to shadow ban so you have ultimate control. The idea of a shadow ban is that you ban someone but they don’t know they’ve been banned, because they keep posting and no one sees their content. So they just think that no one is engaging with their content, when in reality, no one is seeing it,” he said.

See the conversation (Caution, offensive language in video):



WND reported a Project Veritas video revealed Twitter employees saying they are willing to use their access to Trump’s account to bring down the nation’s elected leader.

“Yeah you look for Trump, or America, and you have like five thousand keywords to describe a redneck. Then you look and parse all the messages, all the pictures, and then you look for stuff that matches that stuff.”

Wondered O’Keefe: “What kind of world do we live in where computer engineers are the gatekeepers of the ‘way people talk?’”

Haynes admitted even he was uncomfortable with Twitter’s actions.

“It is a creepy Big Brother. It’s like a level … I don’t want to say it freaks me out, but it disturbs me,” he said.

He continued, on the possibility of a Twitter employee sharing information inappropriately: “It’s a genie out of the bottle kind of thing after that point. You know? Sure, I can fire them. Heck, I could probably even sue them, in some cases. But, the genie’s already out of the bottle. Like, how do actually recoup costs … you can’t calculate the cost or the damage of that.”

The first video is here: