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Can Someone Explain How This Is “Hate Speech?”

Professor Eugene Volokh over on the Volokh Conspiracy brings to light this tale of Facebook declaring something to be “hate speech.”

A user had his account locked down for 30 days because he posted this:

Facebook deemed the image / meme “hate speech.”
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FloridaToday Suing Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.

“The moment I release it, I give up all of the security features that are in my jail.” – Sheriff Wayne Ivey

The FloridaToday has announced that they are suing the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in order to compel the release of the video within the jail and the resultant death of former Army Medic Gregory Edwards.

When FLORIDA TODAY devoted 10 months to investigating the troubling in-custody death of Army veteran Gregory Edwards, our team combed through more than 500 pages of sheriff’s office investigative reports, listened to more than 50 audio recordings, watched 2 hours and 55 minutes of body cam, in car and dash cam footage from West Melbourne Police and conducted multiple interviews with sources.

One thing we never had a chance to see was the video recording from Brevard County Jail that shows the fight between the combat vet and up to seven corrections deputies that ended with Edwards kneed, punched, pepper sprayed, tased, and strapped into a restraint chair with a spit hood over his head and pepper spray still on his face.

Edwards died the next day at the Rockledge Regional Medical Center.
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Now FloridaToday Starts To Tell The Truth.

Rebekah Jones

After a few weeks of trying to push the narrative that state employee Rebekah Jones was terminated from her position because she refused to “manipulate the data” when it came to the COVID-19 cases and deaths in Florida, the paper is doing a 180 degree turn.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The woman who raised questions about Florida’s COVID-19 data after being ousted as the data’s curator had been reprimanded several times and ultimately fired for violating Health Department policy by making public remarks about the information, state records show.

Rebekah Jones’ comments over the past week and a half in emails to researchers, interviews with a handful of media outlets and blog posts have sought to sow doubt about the credibility of the data now that she is no longer in that role.

Sought to sow doubt?

The FloridaToday paper was fertile ground for Jones and false accusations.
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Might As Well…

The other day during a press briefing, President Trump showed the video below.

While we admit there are mistakes in the video, there are several things that need to be noted. Foremost, the media was part of spreading the story that there as nothing to worry about. So called “experts” in and out of the government at every level got the spread of COVID-19 wrong. That error can be blamed on a lot of factors, but it is clear that the most compelling factor was the cover-up by the World Health Organization and the Chinese.

CNN literally cut away from the video while it was being played saying they were there for a briefing and not a a video. It can be argued that CNN, like most of the media, did not like having their own errors shown while trying to blame everyone else.

We aren’t sure how we feel about this video. We really aren’t. Still, in that most networks didn’t show it and only attacked Trump for showing it, we think people may like to see what was shown and make up their own minds.



Disgusting And Stupid.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.

On April 13, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) signed Executive Order 04.13.20.02 which suspended the law that made wearing of masks in public illegal.

The law had its genesis in 1951 and was designed to prevent members of the Ku Klux Klan from wearing hoods and masks in public.

Kemp signed the order in response to the CDC advice that people wear masks while in public shopping which would have been illegal. Kemp was also responding to several reports of people of color being stopped or followed while wearing masks.
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The New Math From The Media.

There’s discernible flaw in the “thinking” of this tweet by writer Mekita Rivas:

Rivas is not some “blogger writing in the basement in her pajamas.” (We always resented that line. None of the staff here have basements, but we digress.)

Mekita Rivas is a writer and editor based in Washington, D.C. She holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her current projects include a collection of short stories and a feature film screenplay.

Rivas also has bylines in Glamour magazine and the Washington Post.

(We wonder if they are fact checking anything she wrote?)

We have all had moments like this where we screw up some math and yes, we are trying to be kind. (If Bloomberg spent $500 million on his failed campaign that would be $1.53 per American. That’s “one dollar, fifty three cents.”)

Yet the tweet took on a life of its own when it was referenced during a broadcasted segment by MSNBC’s Brian Williams and New York Times editor Mara Gay.
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Florida Today: Rangel Labels BOCC Actions A “Farce.” (It Was.) Makes Farcical Arguments To Prove Her Point.

“I need to take a selfie before the launch…..”

Florida Today’s “public affairs and engagement editor” and a member of the Editorial Board Isadora Rangel has an op-ed piece concerning the recent resolution passed by the Brevard County Commission to “uphold and adhere to the principles embodied in the Constitution of the United States of America.”

We had written about this five days before Rangel. It is not that we are claiming that Rangel plagiarized our post, but there are some striking similarities.

For example:

RANGEL: No one seemed concerned that every commissioner already takes an oath of office that requires them to “support, protect and defend” the Constitution, making the resolution a moot point and mere political theater — or farce.

RoH: Right off the top, why is Isnardi seeking to pass a resolution, which by definition has no legal weight of the law behind it, saying “we want to protect the Constitution” when in fact upon taking the office of Commissioner, she and the other Commissioners take an oath to follow the laws of the State of Florida, the Florida Constitution and the United States Constitution?

Why the need for the resolution?
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YouTube Bans A Video Which Contains A Sentence They Found Objectionable.

In December of 2017, Doctor Michelle Cretella, M.D., the executive director of the American College of Pediatricians, with the help of the Daily Signal, posted a video called “I’m a Pediatrician. Here’s What I Did When a Little Boy Patient Said He Was a Girl.” (The transcript can be found here.)

In the video, Cretella states:

An identity is not biological, it is psychological. It has to do with thinking and feeling. Thoughts and feelings are not biologically hardwired. Our thinking and feeling may be factually right or factually wrong.

If I walk into my doctor’s office today and say, “Hi, I’m Margaret Thatcher,” my physician will say I am delusional and give me an anti-psychotic. Yet, if instead, I walked in and said, “I’m a man,” he would say, “Congratulations, you’re transgender.”

If I were to say, “Doc, I am suicidal because I’m an amputee trapped in a normal body, please cut off my leg,” I will be diagnosed with body identity integrity disorder. But if I walk into that doctor’s office and say, “I am a man, sign me up for a double mastectomy,” my physician will. See, if you want to cut off a leg or an arm you’re mentally ill, but if you want to cut off healthy breasts or a penis, you’re transgender.

The highlighted sentence above ran afoul of the YouTube censors.

The response video from the Daily Signal:


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