Nothing Nazistic About This At All…

Government To Track ‘False, Misleading’ Ideas On Twitter – Ricochet

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Nope, this isn’t unsettling:

The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.

The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.

The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”

One G-man’s “social pollution” is another free man’s First Amendment right. The very term sounds like something out of a 1920s Italian fascist tract. And why is the federal government even deciding which ideas are “false and misleading,” let alone tracking them?

According to the project’s grant, the service “could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate.”

In 2004, dissent was “the highest form of patriotism.” A decade later, it’s called “subversive propaganda” and categorized as the lowest form of treason. Truthy would add a button to Twitter so that people could report their neighbors and family members for Thoughtcrime against the State.

Filippo Menczer (who sounds like an author of that 1920s Italian fascist tract) is Truthy’s lead investigator and closely affiliated with “non-partisan” groups like President Obama’s Organizing for Action, Moveon.org and Greenpeace. The software’s very name comes from ardent conservative hater Stephen Colbert.

It’s hard to denounce the more paranoid allegations of Obama’s opponents when his administration routinely goes beyond their wildest imaginings.

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Left-Wing Activist Judge Goes Out Of His Way To Prevent School Choice In North Carolina

One Judge Attempts To Block Thousands Of Students From Accessing School Vouchers – Daily Signal

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Last Thursday, North Carolina Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled the state’s school voucher program unconstitutional because the program “appropriates funds in a manner that does not accomplish a public purpose.” The Opportunity Scholarship Program was established last year and set to go into effect this school year, providing children from low-income families scholarships worth up to $4,200 to attend a private school of choice.

The ruling halts implementation of the program and suspends disbursement of scholarship funds.

In February Hobgood granted a preliminary injunction against the program, arguing that the vouchers were “likely” unconstitutional and halting applications to the program. But in May, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued a temporary stay against Hobgood’s ruling.

Hobgood declared the Opportunity Scholarships unconstitutional based on the state’s obligation to provide students a “sound basic education,” finding that the state could not “delegate this responsibility to unregulated private schools…”

The Institute for Justice has filed a motion to intervene in the case to defend the program.

“This decision from the judge was not unexpected, given his willingness to preliminarily enjoin the program last February. The Institute for Justice was successful in getting the North Carolina Supreme Court to stop that injunction and we hope to have similar success in stopping this one,” said IJ senior attorney Richard Komer. “We are moving quickly to try and get the program up and running again. We remain confident that the program is constitutional in all respects.”

According to Parents for Educational Freedom, over 5,500 families applied for the scholarship this year. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, the organization managing the scholarships, notes that more than 1,800 of those students have already received their awards – and many of those students have begun their school year. It is now unclear whether those students will be able to attend their school of choice.

Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, writes:

“Today’s ruling strikes at the heart of what thousands of North Carolina families have been fighting for over the past several months. With nearly 2,000 already enrolled and more than 300 private schools registered to educate these students, there is no doubt that the families, for whom this program is targeted, desperately desire this program. The Opportunity Scholarship Program is offering parents choices where none have existed before and is leveling the playing field when it comes to our state’s most disadvantaged children.”

Last year, North Carolina launched its first private school choice program, the Education Tax-Credit Program, while also adopting the Opportunity Scholarship Program. By doing so, North Carolina enacted options that could improve the educational landscape in the Tar Heel state for some of the most vulnerable students.

As the school choice march continues across the country, this ruling causes thousands of North Carolina students to wait, their educational futures on hold.

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Corruption Update: Wisconsin John Doe Investigation Was Full-Blown Anti-Conservative Fishing Expedition

Revealed: Wisconsin John Doe Investigation Was Full-Blown Anti-Conservative Fishing Expedition – Legal Insurrection

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We’ve covered the abusive anti-conservative Wisconsin “John Doe” proceedings many times before.

The short story is that two separate proceedings were commenced under the auspices of Democratic District Attorneys in order to try to take down Scott Walker.

John Doe No. 1 concerned Walker’s time as County Executive and ended without finding any wrongdoing by Walker himself.

John Doe No. 2 concerned Walker’s time as Governor and recall election. Both a state court judge and a federal judge found that even if everything the investigators claimed was true, it was not illegal. This John Doe No. 2 resulted in a federal lawsuit by two of the targets alleging that the investigators violated the targets’ constitutional rights.

Some documents released Friday by the federal Court of Appeals reveal just how abusive this John Doe No. 2 was.

The investigators conducted a widespread fishing expedition through the otherwise private records of numerous conservative activists, as described by M.D. Kittle of Wisconsin Reporter, who has followed the case more closely than anyone (h/t Instapundit):

‘Retaliation’: Docs show state prosecutors’ launched mini-NSA probe of state conservatives

Conservative targets of a Democrat-launched John Doe investigation have described the secret probe as a witch hunt.

That might not be a big enough descriptor, based on records released Friday by a federal appeals court as part of a massive document dump.

Attorneys for conservative activist Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth point to subpoenas requested by John Doe prosecutors that sought records from “at least eight phone companies” believed to serve the targets of the investigation. O’Keefe and the club have filed a civil rights lawsuit against John Doe prosecutors, alleging they violated conservatives’ First Amendment rights.

Subpoenas also demanded the conservatives’ bank records, “emails from every major private email provider” and other information in what some have described as a mini-NSA (National Security Agency) operation in Wisconsin.

“In fact, Defendants’ submissions confirm and expand upon the scope and intensity of retaliation previously demonstrated,” O’Keefe’s attorney wrote in documents ordered unsealed by the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

The documents raise serious concerns about the tactics of Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, two of his assistant DAs and others involved in the investigation targeting dozens of conservatives.

We are in a dangerous place when prosecutors can identify the target first, and then try to find a crime.

Hey Wisconsin conservatives. You’re not paranoid, Democrats really are out to get you.

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IRS Parasites Admit To Judicial Watch That They Have Back-Ups Of Lois Lerner’s “Lost” Emails (Video)

Judicial Watch Statement On Discovery Of Backups For “Missing” Lois Lerner IRS Emails – Judicial Watch

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Judicial Watch announced the following developments in the IRS’ missing emails investigation. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton stated:

Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner’s emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe. The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search. The DOJ attorneys also acknowledged that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is investigating this back-up system.

We obviously disagree that disclosing the emails as required would be onerous, and plan to raise this new development with Judge Sullivan.

This is a jaw-dropping revelation. The Obama administration had been lying to the American people about Lois Lerner’s missing emails. There are no “missing” Lois Lerner emails – nor missing emails of any of the other top IRS or other government officials whose emails seem to be disappearing at increasingly alarming rate. All the focus on missing hard drives has been a diversion. The Obama administration has known all along where the email records could be – but dishonestly withheld this information. You can bet we are going to ask the court for immediate assistance in cutting through this massive obstruction of justice.

Here is the second set of sworn declarations by IRS officials in response to Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s investigation into the missing emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials. The declarations were provided after close of business on Friday, August 22.

The first meeting was held this afternoon by Magistrate Judge John M. Facciola, who was appointed by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan to manage and assist in discussions between Judicial Watch and the IRS about how to obtain any missing records which have been the subject of longstanding Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. IRS (No. 1:13-cv-1559)).

Judge Sullivan has encouraged Judicial Watch to submit a request for limited discovery into the missing IRS records after September 10.

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*VIDEO* Hillary Tour: Selling Socialism At $250K A Pop And Doing It In Style


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*VIDEO* Andrew Klavan: Democrats At War


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My Thoughts On The Indictment Of Governor Rick Perry (Edward L. Daley)


I’ve never been the greatest fan of Texas Governor, Rick Perry. Not that I have anything against the guy, mind you, he just hasn’t impressed me in any particular way to this point. That having been said, I do find him to be a relatively decent man with apparently high ethical standards, and it is for that reason that I am writing this now.

I don’t know how many of you remember a man named Tom Delay, but in case you’re unaware of his past legal troubles, I’ll enlighten you. Back in 2003, Mr. Delay became the GOP-run House Majority Leader. As you can well imagine, Democrats everywhere hated his guts, so in 2005 a gaggle of leftists from his home state of Texas got together and talked the District Attorney of Travis County – the most left-leaning county in the state – into attempting to garner an indictment of him on what would later be revealed as trumped-up corruption charges. After bringing the “evidence” to three separate grand juries, he was finally indicted, and following a 5-year court battle, a leftist prosecutor managed to convince a leftist trial jury that Delay was guilty.

Upon appeal, the case was overturned due to insufficient evidence. In the end, any reasonable person who looked at the case objectively knew that Delay was innocent of all charges, that the entire fiasco was politically motivated, and that it was likely orchestrated by powerful leftists in Washington DC who were threatened by Delay’s status from the start.

Fast-forward to today. Yet another Travis County grand jury has been convened in order to bring an indictment against yet another ascending, Republican politician, only this time there is even less evidence of any wrongdoing. In fact, the prima facie case is so weak and counterintuitive that even leftist journalists, law professors and political commentators across the country are saying it’s ridiculous.

It’s also an obvious attempt by the leftist elite beyond the state’s borders to discredit an increasingly popular (due to his recent border security policies) potential candidate for the presidency of the United States, which is really the main point of this exercise. You see, it doesn’t matter if Perry is guilty of anything or not, just as it didn’t matter that Tom Delay was ultimately found not guilty on all counts. What matters is that Perry’s name get dragged through the mud as much as possible over the next couple of years, and an indictment of this sort is just what the doctor ordered.

Why, that sounds like some kind of wild conspiracy theory, you say. You must be another one of those tinfoil hat-wearing crazies who thinks there’s a secret moon base run by the CIA that’s beaming mind-control signals to us via our cell phones. You’re just a crackpot, you say. Right?

Well, actually I don’t believe in the vast majority of conspiracy theories I hear, and I tend to be very leery of people who claim to have secret, inside knowledge of governmental shenanigans. That having been said, just because most conspiracy theories are, indeed, nuts, occasionally one pops up that has merit, and this is one such situation. How else can you explain so preposterous an indictment as the one about which I write?

In a nutshell, the head of the Travis Country District Attorney’s Office of Public Integrity, Rosemary Lehmberg, was arrested a while back for drunk driving. She was caught on camera, not only failing a field sobriety test in public, but later behaving like a raving assclown toward authorities in the jailhouse. She eventually pleaded guilty as charged and was jailed for her offense. However, being the unprincipled, leftist parasite that she is, Ms. Lehmberg refused to step down from her post, even though Governor Perry told her that if she didn’t he would cut off funding to her Public Integrity unit.

And so, being a man of his word, Perry did exactly what he promised to do. He withheld funds from that department, something which – by the way – just happens to be his lawful, gubernatorial prerogative. Of course, that didn’t sit well with all the leftist douchebags in Travis County who remained loyal to Ms. Lehmberg, despite her public shaming and obvious addiction problem. I guess if you’re going to have a Public Integrity unit, the last person you want running it is someone with actual integrity. Right?

So, on the one hand, you’ve got a woman who likes to drive drunk, is abusive to cops, and is so lacking in any sense of shame or ethics that she feels justified in continuing to run a government office designed to fight the very sort of behavior she has exhibited… and that’s perfectly okay with Travis County prosecutors.

On the other hand, you’ve got a man who simply warned a public official within his sphere of influence and authority that the office she heads will be defunded if she refuses to do what anyone with even the tiniest amount of integrity would do in her situation – which is to step down – and then had the temerity to actually keep his word… and THAT is a crime worthy of investigation, indictment, and then prosecution to the fullest extent of the law!

Do ya see what I mean when I opine that sometimes conspiracy theories really do have merit? Is there any doubt whatsoever that powerful people within government – be they of the state or federal variety – are singling out Governor Perry for purposes of political theater, and not because there’s even the slightest chance that he’s genuinely guilty of anything?

If, after reviewing these facts, you are still among the demented few who want to see Rick Perry tried and imprisoned for the imagined and invisible crimes for which he has been indicted, I have but one thought left to convey to you.

You are a festering pustule on the ass of humanity. GO FUCK YOURSELF!

Sincerely,

Edward L. Daley

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