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Why Does @Victoria_Spratt Hate Men?

Posted on | January 24, 2020 | No Comments


We could laugh at the recent headline — “The Dangerous Rise Of Men Who Won’t Date ‘Woke’ Women” — if the sense of panic weren’t indicative of a larger social problem, but there are probably a lot of women as worried as British journalist Vicky Spratt. They have been in a condition of despair for at least the past three years, ever since Hillary Clinton lost the election, and everywhere they look, they see more reasons to worry. It’s not merely the rise of nationalism, the elections of right-wing populists like Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, the Brexit vote, etc. As the feminist slogan says, “the personal is political,” and a new generation of “empowered” young women is struggling to come to grips with a simple fact: Men generally don’t like feminists.

What set Miss Spratt’s alarm bells to ringing? An actor named Laurence Fox appeared on a BBC panel show called “Question Time,” where audience members ask questions of the panelists, and was dismissive of a woman’s claim that Megan Markle has been a victim of racism:

One audience member sparked the debate, and said: “The problem we’ve got with his is that Meghan has agreed to be Harry’s wife and then the press has torn her to pieces.
“Lets be really clear about what this is, lets call it by its name: it’s racism.”
Many members of the crowd applauded this, with equally as many booing.
The audience member continued: “She’s a black woman and she has been torn to pieces.”
Laurence Fox, an actor most known for his appearance in the series, Inspector Lewis, exclaimed: “It’s not racist!”
The audience member continued: “She has been torn to pieces and it absolutely is racism.”
Mr Fox replied: “It’s not racism, we’re the most tolerant and lovely country in Europe — you can’t just be throwing the charge of racism at everybody and its really starting to get boring now.”
The slanging match continued, as the audience member said: “Says a white privileged man, what worries me about your comment is you’re a white privileged male.” . . .
He said: “I can’t help what I am, I was born like this, it’s an immutable characteristic: to call me a white privileged male is to be racist – you’re being racist.”

As to the substance of that controversy, the problem was never Markle’s race, but her graceless reaction to the way she was treated by the British press. Even if the tabloid coverage of her marriage to Harry was racist, and even if some of the royal family disapproved of Harry’s choice, the Duchess of Sussex might have won over her critics if her reaction had been appropriately aristocratic. A true aristocrat is sufficiently conscious of his superiority that his self-esteem is not dependent upon his popularity. Think about how Winston Churchill endured his “wilderness years” in the 1930s, refusing to cede anything to the architects of appeasement, even though this meant he was smeared in the press as a warmonger. When, exactly as he had predicted, appeasement led to disaster, Churchill did not retaliate against those who had frozen him out of power for so long, but graciously credited Chamberlain with having acted with good intentions, however mistaken his policy had been.

That is what an aristocratic temperament looks like, and Markle alienated the British public by her failure to display such a temperament. But what caused Vicky Pratt to push the panic button was Laurence Fox’s further discussion of the problem of “woke” attitudes. He has said he couldn’t date a woman under 35 for that reason:

[H]e said he no longer dates younger ladies because they are “too woke” and many of them are “absolutely bonkers.”
He said women under 35 are “primed to believe they are victims.”
Fox then revealed he had broken up with an ex when she praised a Gillette advert which highlighted “toxic masculinity.”
He said: “I don’t know how we ended up together. It was a very short relationship.
“We were walking down the road together and she was talking about how good the Gillette advert was. I just looked at her and went, ‘Bye. Sorry I can’t do this with you.'”
Asked what his ex-girlfriend would think of him discussing their break-up in public, he said: “She will probably sit there and say, ‘See I told you he was patriarchal. He’s abusing me and I’m offended.'”

Indeed, a man would be better off alone than to be forced to surrender his intellectual independence for fear that his opinions might be deemed “offensive” to a politically correct girlfriend. Leftists never acknowledge the totalitarian tendency of their intolerance for dissent. It’s not conservatives, after all, who are forever trying to get their opponents banned from YouTube or Facebook for expressing unpopular opinions.

We might note that, for Laurence Fox, the personal is also political, as he endured a divorce and custody battle in 2016 that he says drained his bank account and nearly cost him his sanity. If he isn’t exactly enthusiastic about the feminist agenda, who can blame him?

The kind of “intersectional” feminism that Vicky Spratt embraces means that white heterosexual males have no rights — not even the right to their own opinions — and yet she cannot seem to understand why the men she hates so much don’t want to date women like her:

Not wanting to date “woke” women, far from being laughable, is actually one of the more insidious aspects of it. Spend an afternoon on any major dating app and you’ll come across (generally white) men saying openly sexist and misogynistic things. They might say “no psychos” or that they “f–king hate big eyebrows” in their bios. And, by and large, they also tend to hold extremely right-wing views and see themselves as victims of liberal thinking.
In fact, as I was writing this, a dear friend sent me a screenshot of a guy she’s just matched with who describes Jordan B Peterson as his “dream dinner guest”. Yes, the same Jordan B Peterson who thinks that white privilege is a “Marxist lie” and wants millennials to drop their obsession with “social justice”.
I, meanwhile, recently had to block someone who after matching with me launched into a vile rant about how women are “evil”, “only want sex” and treat men as though they are “disposable”. When I asked him if he hated women he replied that he had “only moderate disdain” for us before asking me whether I didn’t want to date him because I’m actually “pretty rough”.
All of this, of course, speaks not only to the presence of the very active online communities of anti-feminist incels but to the prevalence of the hideous and incorrect ideas they promote. It doesn’t take magical thinking to see how men are radicalised by anti-feminism. . . .

You can read the whole thing but — spoiler alert! — Miss Spratt goes off into the paranoid everything-is-connected kind of “intersectionality” in which (a) some guy saying rude things on Tinder is linked to (b) violent extremists with AK-47s committing mass murder. By that kind of logic, of course, every socialist is responsible for the Khmer Rouge, every Muslim is implicated in 9/11, and all Germans are to blame for the Holocaust. Only by such a collective blame-game mentality can Miss Spratt make this leap of logic to accuse Laurence Fox of endorsing “insidious” ideas merely because he’s not interested in dating “woke” women. As for the type of men Miss Spratt is meeting via dating apps, well, what does she expect? At age 31, she is past her prime, and the quality of choices available to her reflects her diminished SMV.

Online dating is for losers. How many times do I have to repeat this? If nobody who actually knows you in real life wants to date you, why do you imagine the Internet will magically solve your problem? And doesn’t she understand that the guy who “launched into a vile rant” might have been just giving her the brush-off or, perhaps, just being typical of the kind of loser who can’t get a date from any who actually knows him? If losers on Tinder are the standard by which all men are to be judged, then I must be a veritable prince among men! Never once have I asserted that women “only want sex,” or told a stranger she looked “pretty rough.”

Also, if a guy says “no psychos” on his Tinder profile — well, he’s been dealing with the kind of women who use Tinder, OK? Emotionally dysfunctional women who can’t get a date with anyone who knows them in real life? Yeah, they’re a dime a dozen on Tinder, which is why I advise guys against using Tinder or any other dating app.


Speaking of emotional dysfunction, Vicky Spratt wasted seven years of her life — her peak SMV years — on a guy who recently dumped her. “Two months earlier,” she wrote in December, “I closed the door on a seven-year relationship both literally and metaphorically after the person I owned a home with left”:

Had I thought I would marry them? I guess so. . . .
My long-term relationship fell apart in slow motion. By the time I’d got a grip on the situation I realised I didn’t want to hold it together anymore.

People never ask for my advice, and when I volunteer advice, people seldom seem to listen, but I’ll try it once again. Ladies, never let a man string you along in a “relationship.” Notice I put that word inside quotation marks? That’s because having a “relationship” has become synonymous with what used to be called fornication. There is a reason why the Bible condemns fornication, and there is also a reason why people who fornicate nowadays use the euphemism “relationship,” i.e., because they don’t want to admit they’re doing something wrong.

When you do bad things, bad consequences are to be expected, and yet women like Vicky Spratt always seem surprised to discover that fornication — which is what “long-term relationship” means — ultimately results in unhappiness. You’re 24, you move in with your boyfriend, then seven years later, after it “fell apart in slow motion,” you’re having to block creeps on a dating app because you’re 31 and basically the only guys available and/or interested are creeps on dating apps.

That, my friends, is the answer to the question in the headline: Why does Vicky Spratt hate men? Because she wasted her youth on a guy who dumped her, and she has a right to be bitter about her experience, just as Laurence Fox has a right to be bitter about his divorce.


In The Mailbox: 01.23.20

Posted on | January 23, 2020 | No Comments

– compiled by Wombat-socho

Knowledge Buffet: What Was The Point Of The Richmond 2A Protest
EBL: About That Adam Schiff/Ed Buck Salacious Photo Reason
Twitchy: Occasional Cortex Lashing Out At “Haters” For Claiming Her Economics Degree Is Illegitmate Backfires Bigly
Louder With Crowder: This Father Just Pwned Elizabeth Warren On Her Socialist Economic Policies

Adam Piggott: Men Should Avoid Intelligent Women
American Conservative: Bankruptcy Could Help Millions Struggling Under Student Debt
American Greatness: When Will Conservatives Understand It’s Not A Battle of Ideas? also, The Untalented Mr. Schiff & His Unwatchable Vanity
American Thinker: The Rage Of The Democrats
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Daily Lady Stalin News
Babalu Blog: Bolivia’s Government Confirms Morales Hid Illegal Payments To Cuba For “Fake Doctors”
BattleSwarm: Suleimani Ally Whacked In Iran
Cafe Hayek: Let’s Really Have Political Realism
CDR Salamander: Losing Sleep Over Hypersonics
Da Tech Guy: Greta’s Not In Red China For The Same Reason Human Shields Aren’t In Israel Or Hong Kong, also, Hey Hey Ho Ho This Cultural Marxism’s Got To Go
Don Surber: The Impeachment We Need
The Geller Report: French Prosecutor Investigating 16-Year-Old After she Said “Islam Is A Religion Of Hate”, also, Islamic Group Beheads Kidnapped Pastor Who Refused To Renounce Christ
Hogewash: Team Kimberlin Post Of The Day, also, Gabbard v. Clinton
Hollywood In Toto: Cage’s Colour Out Of Space Isn’t Unhinged Enough, also, Jon Stewart Joins Hollywood’s Open Borders Push
JustOneMinute: Don’t Know Much About History
Legal Insurrection: UK Parliament Passes EU Withdrawal Bill – Brexit To Happen January 31, also, Warren Promises To Launch Investigation Into Trump On Day One If Elected
The PanAm Post: Uruguay’s Secret Ties To Maduro Could Be Exposed
Power Line: Impeachment Unites Republicans, also, All The President’s Men, Continued
Shark Tank: Ilhan Omar Facing Tough Reelection Challenge From Fellow Muslima
Shot In The Dark: Service Of Convenience
STUMP: French Pension Protests – State Of Play, January 22
The Political Hat: California Madness – Genderless Graduates, Preteen Polyamory, & Liquidating Kulaks As A Class
This Ain’t Hell: Thursday FGS, also, Invaders At The Richmond Rights Rally
Victory Girls: Virginia Democrats’ Continued Assault On The Constitution
Volokh Conspiracy: Does An Impeachment Overturn An Election?
Weasel Zippers: WZ Semi-Annual Fundraiser, also, CNN Analyst/Clintonista Joe Lockhart Makes Up Fake Conversation Between GOP Senators
Mark Steyn: Objection – Sad!

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Hint: They’re Not ‘Supreme’

Posted on | January 23, 2020 | No Comments


These three losers — Luke Austin Lane, 21, Jacob Kaderli, 19, and Michael Helterbrand, 25 — decided that what they needed to do was to overthrow the government and start a race war:

Police have arrested three men in northern Georgia who are suspected of belonging to a violent white supremacist group called The Base, saying that they were plotting to commit murder and that they belonged to a criminal street gang.
They’re the second trio of suspected Base members to be arrested this week; the FBI announced [Jan. 16] that it arrested three other men in Maryland.
A fourth man, from Wisconsin, also accused of being a member of the group, was charged on Friday with conspiracy in connection with vandalism of a synagogue as part of a nationwide series of attacks on minority-owned properties.
The Floyd County, Ga., Police Department says Luke Austin Lane, 21, Michael John Helterbrand, 25, and Jacob Kaderli, 19, were “allegedly involved in a white supremacist group with plans to overthrow the government” and to kill a married couple whom they identified as having high-profile roles in the far-left group Antifa.
The FBI’s Atlanta office “conducted the bulk of the preliminary investigation” into the group, police say. They add that while other arrests have been made across the U.S., the Georgia case is important because a “training camp and leadership was based at a home” in the town of Silver Creek in Floyd County.
The Base was founded in mid-2018 and “seeks to accelerate the downfall of the United States (US) government, incite a race war, and establish a white ethno-state,” according to an affidavit prepared by local law enforcement.
The FBI successfully placed an undercover federal agent within The Base’s membership in Georgia, and the agent also came to know Yousef Omar Barasneh of Oak Creek, Wis.
Barasneh apparently joined the group under the name Joseph or Josef, according to an affidavit filed in federal court. He is accused of painting swastikas and The Base’s symbol at the Beth Israel Sinai Congregation in Racine, Wis.
The undercover agent interviewed online with Lane last July to gain access to the members-only chat room, the affidavit states. The next month, the agent was invited to meet with Lane and Kaderli. They searched him to make sure he was not carrying any recording devices and then asked him to follow them to a 105-acre lot owned by Lane and his father.
There, the agent was welcomed as a member. The affidavit alleges that Lane gave him “a black Balaklava hood and a Velcro Base logo patch to welcome [him] as a new member of The Base.”
Lane and Kaderli allegedly then told the agent that the next day’s training would “include ‘retreating under fire’ drills and moving-and-shooting drills,” the affidavit states. The stated purpose of the drills was allegedly to prepare The Base’s members for the “Boogaloo” – a name its members use to refer to what they see as the inevitable “collapse of the United States and subsequent race war.”

Did you ever notice that the kind of people attracted to this stuff are not usually very “supreme”? I mean, if you’re an absolute winner — a Nietzchean übermensch, a natural-born specimen of Nordic genetic superiority — you don’t need any kind of “movement” to succeed in life. However, if you did decide to organize a putsch, so that you and your neo-Nazi buddies could “establish a white ethno-state,” wouldn’t your superior Aryan mind enable you to avoid allowing an undercover FBI agent to infiltrate your ranks? What I’m trying to get across here is that, if you’re going to prison because you were too stupid to spot a cop, you’re probably not qualified for world domination anyway.

You might think that some of these would-be führers would have sought my advice, given that I’ve been hate-listed by the SPLC, but despite my alleged status as a racist menace to society, my advice — “Don’t Be Hitler” — continues to be ignored by these amateur dimwits.

By the way, according to the FBI, Luke Lane posted an autobiographical sketch on a neo-fascist website, in which he described how he “started out as a Republican because that is all I knew but I was mostly libertarian in nature,” but “quickly switched to libertarianism later in life” — he’s only 21, remember? — “and then realized that was dysfunctional and wrong as well.” So next he “switched to being an AnCap” (anarcho-capitalist) “because I viewed libertarianism as putting weak men who would not stand for what they should be standing for but realized the massive hole in that belief system.” Keep in mind, this guy’s just four years past his senior year of high school, but he’s already had enough time to change ideologies three times before, of course, ending up as a Nazi.

Which is not where you want to end up. Maybe just stick with being a plain old Republican? They’ll call you a Nazi anyway, but it’s better than, say, going to prison because you’re too dumb to spot a cop.


Jonathan ‘Jessica’ Yaniv in Jail?

Posted on | January 23, 2020 | No Comments


When last we checked in with this wax-my-balls Canadian freak, he/“she” had assaulted a reporter outside a courthouse in Surrey, British Columbia. Now it seems the freak has spent time behind bars:

Jessica Yaniv was arrested for the assault of a Canadian journalist on over the weekend. According to Keean Bexte, the journalist who was assaulted by Yaniv on camera outside of the B.C. courts on January 14, 2020, Yaniv spent time behind bars on the charge of assault. She may face up to five years for the assault.
That same day, Yaniv falsely accused TPM‘s own Amy Eileen Hamm of sexual assault while at the courtroom. Hamm is suing Yaniv for defamation.
There was widespread speculation that Yaniv was arrested over the weekend, but The Post Millennial and other outlets were unable to verify the claims at the time. Bexte, being the alleged victim in this particular case, was able to confirm the arrest Wednesday afternoon.
When reached for comment, Bexte said, “Yaniv has been ordered to cease all contact with me, both directly and indirectly. I can’t wait for the day when Yaniv is put away for the long haul. He is dangerous and unpredictable.”
Even if Yaniv is behind bars, the civil litigations brought by Bexte and Hamm against Yaniv for assault and defamation respectively can proceed. According to Bexte, Yaniv would be court-ordered to appear for the civil litigations as planned.
Yaniv was released back into the community after the arrest and will appear in court in February. She will also appear in court in February for two prohibited weapons charges.

Oh, “Jessica” would be very popular in prison, I’m sure.


McCain Killed in Shootout

Posted on | January 23, 2020 | No Comments


No, not me — Keenan McCain of Gary, Indiana:

The man killed in Monday’s shootout with Gary police officers was wanted for open cases in Marion County, including strangulation and intimidation with a firearm. This happened after Keenan McCain, 29, was wanted in connection to the murder of his girlfriend at a Merrillville Hampton Inn on Sunday.
“He was the only suspect in this case at this point,” Det. Cmdr. Aaron Ridgway of the Merrillville Police Department.
Merrillville Police said they were called to the hotel on Sunday afternoon and found the body of Betty Jean Claudio, with whom police said he had a romantic relationship lasting about a month. They said the Lake County Coroner’s Office confirmed she died by strangulation.
McCain was charged on August 31, 2019, for strangulation, intimidation with a firearm, pointing a firearm at someone and domestic battery. Court records show he never went to jail for these crimes, and a Marion County judge issued a warrant for his arrest after opening a new case in September.
“He had a protection order from a female we’re not going to be identifying out of Marion County,” Cmdr. Aaron Ridgway said. “He also had an active warrant for intimidation, strangulation and it was intimidation with a firearm.”
The victim from the Merrillville case is not the same victim as the Marion County case, police said.
McCain also has an open 2018 case for drug and illegal firearm charges. That case was combined with the 2019 case, according to court documents. A judge ordered him to community corrections for home detention supervision and GPS monitoring. . . .

More background on his history of violence against women:

The ABC7 I-Team spoke exclusively with a former girlfriend of McCain who shared her story of surviving the violence, raising questions about why he wasn’t locked up.
Until the I-Team called, Brittany Luster hadn’t heard about what her ex-boyfriend did in northwest Indiana, but says Keenan McCain should have been locked up for what he did to her last summer — something that might have prevented what happened on Monday night.
The I-Team uncovered ceaseless charges of gun violence and brutality against McCain and a jarring story of survival from his previous girlfriend.
“He had jumped on me, he had choked me and he put a gun in my face. Threatened to kill me,” Luster said. “Yeah, he was serious. He ended up pulling a gun out on my father.”
In an interview Tuesday afternoon, Brittany Luster said she met Keenan McCain online when both of them were living in Indianapolis last year. . . .

(How many times have I warned against online dating?)

The relationship was troubled from the start. According to a police affidavit obtained by the I-Team, last summer on various occasions McCain “pulled a black handgun and pointed it at her face… began punching her in the right side of her head.” He put his 40 cal “pistol in her mouth and said he would kill her” and was “stompkicking her legs.” McCain hit the “top of her head…in a hammer fist motion” and asked “do you want your brain to bleed?” then “got atop of her and began choking her.”
“Yeah, he choked me many times and made me black out,” Luster said. “He’s never actually shot at me. He’s pulled a gun out on me several times and he put it in my mouth maybe a couple times.”
Luster said she wasn’t surprised to learn that he killed his girlfriend and was in a shootout with police.

What has gone wrong with our criminal justice system, that dangerous monsters like this are being turned loose on the streets?

(Hat-tip: Kirby McCain on Twitter.)


In The Mailbox: 01.22.20

Posted on | January 22, 2020 | No Comments

– compiled by Wombat-socho

This post is brought to you by dextromethorphan, guaifenesin, acetaminophen, more dextromethorphan, and phenylephrine, which is a poor substitute for pseudoephedrine, much less real ephedrine.

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Ninety Miles From Tyranny: The 90 Miles Mystery Box Episode #873
EBL: Terry Jones, RIP
Twitchy: Fake News – CNN’s Joe Lockhart Gets 4000 RTs For Imaginary Conversation Between Two GOP Senators
Louder With Crowder: Tulsi Gabbard Suing The Pantsuit Off Hillary Clinton

American Conservative: Lazy Reporters Parrot Democrats’ Impeachment Talking Points
American Greatness: Anti-Trump “Whistleblower” Heard discussing Need To “Take Out” Trump Two Weeks Into Presidency
American Thinker: Democrats Seek Civil War – They’ll Get Revolution
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Hump Day News
Babalu Blog: Castro Regime Repressed Over 100 Independent Journalists In 2019
BattleSwarm: Clinton Corruption Update – What’s $1 Million Between Friends?
Cafe Hayek: Free To Choose – 40 Years On 
CDR Salamander: Japan On Tanker Patrol
Da Tech Guy: Funeral Lines And Other Thoughts Under The Fedora
Don Surber: Trump Gives Europe A Choice – Trade Deal Or Tariffs
First Street Journal: Ecopocrisy – Rules For The Plebeians, Exceptions For The Patricians
The Geller Report: VA Democrats Push A New Sedition Act, also, MI Democrat House Candidate Supports Boycotting Jews 
Hogewash: NGC 1803
Hollywood In Toto: Woke Taylor Swift Declares “I’m On The Right Side Of History”
JustOneMinute: Trial of The Millennium
Legal Insurrection: CNN Hires CNBC’s John Harwood, Who Was Caught Colluding With HIllary’s 2016 Campaign, also, Nothing Will Be Gained By Appeasing Democrats On Impeachment Witnesses
Megan McArdle: The Issue With Warren Can Be Summed Up In A Single Question
Michelle Malkin: Illegal Immigrant Caravans & Criminal Catholics
The PanAm Post: Disguised Russian Soldiers Participate In Venezuela Military Missions, also, Maduro The Butcher
Power Line: Trump In The Lions’ Den, also, Paul Sperry – Whistleblower Overheard
Shark Tank: Parental Abortion Consent Bill Headed To FL Senate
Shot In The Dark: Fair Warning
STUMP: Taxing Tuesday – Tax Season Begins, Taxpayers Keep Migrating
The Political Hat: Orwellian Mathematics
This Ain’t Hell: Dan Bernath Day, also, Unreported Head Injuries
Victory Girls: First Day Of Impeachment Trial Is Dumpster Fire
Volokh Conspiracy: Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been A Member Of the Federalist Society?
Weasel Zippers: Biden Says We Don’t Need Standing Armies, also, Ted Cruz Sums Up House Democrats’ Case In A Colorful Way
Mark Steyn: The Case For An Unimportant Araby, also, January Blues

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Posted on | January 22, 2020 | No Comments

– by Wombat-socho

Enormous thanks to everyone that hit the tip jar to bail me out of this latest mess, which ought to be the very last one of these, God willing. Despite the credit union making it more difficult and painful than necessary to actually make the payment, I’ll be all caught up as of tomorrow morning, when I drop the remaining $535 in cash on them.

It’s very easy to become cynical and bitter about people in these decadent and depraved times, especially if you spend a lot of time on the Internet being exposed to all manner of idiocy, “edgy” displays, and vile behavior. Crowdfunding efforts like this (and similar efforts for those in need), though, restore my faith in people, specifically the commenters here, who have repeatedly proven themselves to be kind and generous folk. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that without your help, I wouldn’t have made it through the very difficult month in 2018 after my stint in the hospital, or through the months following my eviction last fall.

Thanks again for your kindness and generosity. I will do my best to personally thank all of you who threw money at PayPal or the GoFundMe over the next couple of days.

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Eric Ciaramella Is the ‘Whistleblower’ and Other Things You’re Not Allowed to Say

Posted on | January 22, 2020 | No Comments


Three weeks ago, I posted to Facebook a link to a post by Instapundit, and discovered that it is “coordinating harm and promoting crime” to name Eric Ciaramella, despite the fact that he is allegedly the man responsible for the current impeachment of President Trump. And of course, as I said, his identity is by no means a secret (although some of us have trouble trying to get the spelling right). Just today, in fact, Paul Sperry of Real Clear Investigations reports more on Ciaramella:

Barely two weeks after Donald Trump took office, Eric Ciaramella — the CIA analyst whose name was recently linked in a tweet by the president and mentioned by lawmakers as the anonymous “whistleblower” who touched off Trump’s impeachment — was overheard in the White House discussing with another staffer how to remove the newly elected president from office, according to former colleagues.
Sources told RealClearInvestigations the staffer with whom Ciaramella was speaking was Sean Misko. Both were Obama administration holdovers working in the Trump White House on foreign policy and national security issues. And both expressed anger over Trump’s new “America First” foreign policy, a sea change from President Obama’s approach to international affairs.
“Just days after he was sworn in they were already talking about trying to get rid of him,” said a White House colleague who overheard their conversation.
“They weren’t just bent on subverting his agenda,” the former official added. “They were plotting to actually have him removed from office.”
Misko left the White House last summer to join House impeachment manager Adam Schiff’s committee, where sources say he offered “guidance” to the whistleblower, who has been officially identified only as an intelligence officer in a complaint against Trump filed under whistleblower laws. Misko then helped run the impeachment inquiry based on that complaint as a top investigator for congressional Democrats. . . .
Two former co-workers said they overheard Ciaramella and Misko, close friends and Democrats held over from the Obama administration, discussing how to “take out,” or remove, the new president from office within days of Trump’s inauguration. These co-workers said the president’s controversial Ukraine phone call in July 2019 provided the pretext they and their Democratic allies had been looking for.
“They didn’t like his policies,” another former White House official said. “They had a political vendetta against him from Day One.”

You can read the whole thing, but the point is plain enough: Two Democrat staffers from the Obama administration had been looking for a way to sabotage Trump ever since he was inaugurated, and this political conspiracy against the President of the United States has now led to an impeachment trial in the Senate, but Facebook has prohibited anyone from naming the “whistleblower” who is responsible for this.

Meanwhile, in Colorado:

Denver Post columnist says he was fired after disputing the idea that there are more than two sexes.
Jon Caldara, president of the libertarian Independence Institute, announced that he has been fired from the Post, chalking it up to “a difference in style” that his editors found “too insensitive.”
“My column is not a soft voiced, sticky sweet NPR-styled piece which employs the language now mandated by the victim-centric, identity politics driven media,” he said in a Facebook post. “What seemed to be the last straw for my column was my insistence that there are only two sexes and my frustration that to be inclusive of the transgendered (even that word isn’t allowed) we must lose our right to free speech.”
Caldara criticized an Associated Press directive saying that sex and gender are not binary. “There are only two sexes, identified by an XX or XY chromosome. That is the very definition of binary. The AP ruling it isn’t so doesn’t change science. It’s a premeditative attempt to change culture and policy. It’s activism,” he wrote on Jan. 3. In a column two weeks later, Caldara also railed against a 2019 Colorado law that required elementary school children to be instructed in transgender ideology.

(Hat-tip: Bob Belvedere.) If journalists are no longer permitted to discuss the scientific facts of sexual dimorphismhuman beings are mammals! — what is the First Amendment even worth? Political pressure campaigns to silence dissent from the approved ideology are certainly not compatible with constitutional liberty, and every day we see more evidence that American culture is descending into an Orwellian dystopia.


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