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Leslie P
Redheaded, lefthanded, native Texan.
Redheaded, lefthanded, native Texan.


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Dallas police charities collected millions for slain officers, only a fraction went to families
(BTW - this is good journalism, getting info and sharing it with readers - thought I'd point that out since we don't see it very often any more)

Tens of thousands of people from around the world made donations for the families of five officers who were killed during a march and demonstration in Dallas, Texas, on July 7, 2016. But most of the money never made its way to the widows and children, according to a report by the Dallas Morning News.

As money poured into city hall, the task of managing it was handed to the Assist the Officer Foundation, a long-standing charity run by the Dallas Police Association.

Since the killings, millions of dollars wound up at two other charities linked to the police department, according to the report. Police Sgt. Demetrick Pennie runs those charities: the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation and the Texas Fallen Officer Foundation.

The news outlet’s investigation found that most of the money raised in fact went to three telemarketing companies, one of which is owned by Pennie’s friend. And Pennie pocketed “tens of thousands of dollars.”

the officers’ families received just 22 percent of the total $3.2 million donated to Pennie’s two charities in 2016 and 2017
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Judge in Manafort trial says he's been threatened over case
The judge in Paul Manafort’s fraud trial said Friday he has received threats over the case.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III made the comments as the jury deliberated for the second day, and as he rejected a motion to release information about the jurors. He said he's confident the jurors would be threatened as well if their information was public.

Glad he rejected the media's request for juror names and addresses.

VERY sad that people in this country are so insane that they threaten a judge over some stupid trial of a some political guy.

I really don't know who Manafort is or was to Trump or what he did or didn't do or even what he's on trial for, I completely don't care about all of that.

What DOES concern me is the threat to our system of justice.
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Teen Hacks Apple, Steals 90GB Of Secured Files, Stores Them In Hilariously Titled Folder
* 16-year-old Australian kid
* broke into Apple’s mainframe from his suburban home on multiple occasions over a year
* downloaded 90gb of secure files and accessed customer accounts
* had access to authorized keys, the kind that grant log-in access to users and should be extremely secure

Every system is vulnerable.
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#WalkAway - Nice Ladies Leaving the Democratic Party
Democrats are leaving their party more in sorrow than in anger, but leaving it they are, sickened by the Democratic Party’s hard left turn. Tens of thousands are telling their stories on the #walkaway movement’s public Facebook page. Their YouTube videos are a fascinating window into the innermost thoughts of kind, thoughtful people across America—all former Democrats.

My personal favorites are what I call “nice ladies driven away by Democrat hate.” During and after the election, many women stopped buying what the Dems are selling. They come from every generation, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and region of America. These women warm my heart because I have been waiting and hoping that ordinary Democratic voters would be revolted by their party’s embrace of vitriol and violence. It appears to be happening at last. They are walking away from Democrat politicians, cultural and media icons. The treatment of Trump and his voters has been a step too far.

Bottom line: these nice, normal women don’t feel comfortable being members of a club full of haters.
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These Screenshots Show How Google Shadowbans Conservative And Pro-Trump Content
Now that others are venturing timidly from their foxholes, I can take to print without becoming the sole target of a vengeful, monopolistic technocracy. It appears that Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have all gone to war with President Trump, and are punishing anyone who dares to speak up for him.

What follows is a pretty thorough demonstration of what happened to the author.

Our current system, supported by ad networks, controlled by BigTech, got big and rich because of trust that we conferred on those companies. They didn't deserve that trust, and are abusing it. So I fully expect the entire system to change.

Is this the end of free speech? Or will Americans have the courage to break up an abusive monopoly? Will there be some neutral replacement for YouTube? An Internet version of Fox News, where both sides of an issue can be discussed? None of that will happen anytime soon, and probably not in time for the next presidential election.

We have entered the twilight of the American version of the Soviet Union. You can think what you want, but don’t you dare say it out loud, even to your children. Someone may hear it and quote you online.
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Hundreds of Thousands Are Illegally Registered to Vote in Texas
Voter ID requirements are important, but is even MORE important to make sure that registered voters are qualified to vote.

280,000 non-citizens in Texas are registered to vote, with another four million registered voters in question.

“We are calling on Gov. Abbott to direct the Secretary of State to verify citizenship of all voter registrations.

There is currently NO mechanism to verify voter registrations.
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The Press Misses the Point Again
Donald Trump isn’t hurting the press. Google and Facebook are.

Newcomers like Facebook and Google had a huge advantage over the prestige press. Not only did they not have to pay their content providers, they were also exempt from press liabilities and responsibilities. Tech-optimists like Ron Wyden, then-congressman from Oregon and now Senator, wrote it into the law.

According to section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

The point of the Wyden amendment was to protect providers from being sued every time someone objected to a post. Otherwise, they feared, America’s great internet adventure would be strangled in its crib.

Wyden and other mid-90s tech-utopians can hardly be faulted for not foreseeing that Mark Zuckerberg’s interactive photo album would become the world’s largest and most influential publisher, worth nearly a hundred times more than the New York Times. But journalists who over the last 20 years have watched their elders then their peers get cashiered in round after round of layoffs should know the score by now.

Conservatives and free speech activists argued that Jones’ first amendment rights were violated, warning that this was simply the first step in a more comprehensive regime of censorship. Nonsense, countered many on the left. Private enterprise is under no obligation to provide Jones or anyone with a platform.

That’s true. But if you’re going to make editorial choices—for instance, by excising Jones’ conspiracy theories while choosing to disseminate others—you should not enjoy the exemptions allowed by section 230.

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Alex Jones’ Flagship Pirate Radio Station Goes Dark
Hard to see this as anything other than a "pile on" to make it more difficult for one media publishing company to speak.

(InfoWars is not just one person, it's a publisher)

Now including the federal government in the game.

There was a fine imposed by the FCC in 2014. What is the reason for the DOJ filing the lawsuit now?

Question the timing.
Where is all of this widespread pressure coming from?
Yes, a certain amount is part of a copycat effect that doesn't require any outside pressure.
But seriously, there's obviously been some back channel pressure going on for ages, and it's just now bearing fruit?

Question the timing.
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Armed men enter pharmacy, order employees to put their hands in air. Pharmacist grabs gun instead.
This Pharmacist took seriously his job of protecting the safety of his employees.

“I looked through the window, and I saw my pharmacists and staff holding their hands in the air, so I realized it looked like a robbery, so before I see anything else I pulled out my gun,” Amir told the station, adding that “as soon as they came in, I was ready to shoot.”

Amir’s customers were relieved.
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100 Manufacturers Have Boosted Hiring, Expanded, or Given Raises, Bonuses Thanks to Tax Reform
“Thanks to the tax cuts passed by the Republican House and Senate and signed into law by President Trump, manufacturers are building new facilities, purchasing new equipment, hiring new employees, and investing in current employees through bonuses and increased benefits,” a statement Wednesday from the nonprofit Americans for Tax Reform said.

Although no Democrats in the House or Senate voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it seems to be benefiting blue states as well as red states.

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