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Joe Hansen
Creative Director, Writer & Citizen Journalist
Creative Director, Writer & Citizen Journalist

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#FakeNews 101 compliments of +Reno Gazette-Journal and +USA TODAY:
A story that was discredited as faulty reporting 2 days ago is run in Saturday's RGJ. There was never a plan to do anything of this sort. The "ICE raid" and "angry mob" photos enhance the spin. And the lack of journalistic integrity.


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ALT HEADLINE: Miami-Dade agrees to follow the law (from today's
+Reno Gazette-Journal and +USA TODAY).

Note the Hispanic/Cuban-looking mom comforting her distraught kids in the photo...a not-so-cleverly disguised editorial slant. How dare Americans follow the laws of their land...who do they think they are??


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Brilliant article. h/t +Pradheep Shanker

"When we stop punishing hypocrisy, the most unscrupulous and amoral benefit. There is no longer any pretense of ideas mattering once you replace principles with people. All that remains is tribalism. All debate is reduced to “my gang good, your gang bad.” At the current rate it will not be long before we reach the level of primates throwing feces at one another (given the behavior at some of these protests, we may already be there).

When we replace principles with people, the result is tyranny. This is why Obama got away with so much naked authoritarianism. The Left and the media gave him a pass for extra-judicial killings of American citizens, unconstitutional executive orders, using government agencies to target political opponents, strengthening a massive surveillance state, causing all manner of mayhem in the Middle East, and several other heinous acts.

A few of us libertarian and independent types condemned Obama, but we were too small to matter. Republicans criticized him as well, but their credibility was shot from eight years of apologizing for Bush. Now with Trump in office, the Left has no moral authority to condemn anything he does. Trump supporters have every right to dismiss their fears about Trump in light of what the Left let Obama get away with for two terms.

If the Left wants to reclaim its moral authority it needs to do two important things. 1. Fairly re-evaluate the Obama legacy. 2. Tune down the hysteria regarding everything Trump does."

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One of +Victor Davis Hanson's best columns yet. The comparisons of California 2017 to 1860 South Carolina is amazing.

Excerpt: "California, for all its braggadocio, cannot not leave the U.S or continue its states'-rights violations of federal law. It will eventually see that the new president is not its sickness, nor are secession and nullification its cures.

Instead, California is becoming a reactionary two-tier state of masters and serfs whose culture is as peculiar and out of step with the rest of the country as was the antebellum South's. No wonder the state lashes out at the rest of the nation with threatened updated versions of the Old Confederacy's secession and nullification.

But such reactionary Confederate obstructionism is still quite an irony given California's self-righteous liberal preening."

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"My job is to shut other white people down," says this candidate for the DNC's chair. The Democrat Party's unflinching focus on skin color is against everything MLK preached. If you want to marginalize your party through the politics of division, keep it up.

I'd love for Ms. Boynton Brown to meet my family. My mom worked 3 jobs so she could buy new school clothes for me and my brother each September. And Christmas presents in December. I worked 3 jobs as a full-time college student. "White Privilege" has zero to do with me or my family's success. Ditto the other "white people" I know. We WORKED OUR ASSES OFF for everything we've earned.

We took advantage of no one and were given nothing. Let's stop the white privilege victimization riff -- there will always be inequities in life, and you'll find prejudice in people of every skin color. If you're striving to lead a political party in this nation, try inspiring people to work hard and reach up, rather than excusing them for looking down on others because of their skin color, religion or political party.

YOU, Ms. Brown, are the poster child with what's ailing America. You think you're so enlightened and "down with the struggle". But really, you're a clueless cog in the wheel of racial profiling. P.S. Speaking as a Republican, I hope you get the job as DNC Chair.

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I don't usually get emotional over inaugurations...but wow! Watching the Trump family pay homage to the Lincoln Memorial gave me goosebumps.

Can Trump bring a divided nation together? Trump's no Lincoln...but in the end, it's more up to all of US than it is him, isn't it? The Democrats are determined to make things rocky, beginning with their boycott tomorrow. But I'm optimistic that the new Disruptor-in-Chief will start to fix our divided nation.


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THERE HAVE BEEN OTHER TIMES in our nation's history when Democrats banded together to boycott a Republican's inauguration (Abe Lincoln's). Whether doing this, rather than working with the President to find win/win solutions, is the best way to represent their constituents is for history to decide.

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SPOILER ALERT: When you see the inauguration protests...keep in mind that many of those people are PAID to be there. When you think about's yet another jobs program inspired by Trump.

As I'm watching the QB and head coach of Clemson thank God, thank their team and be so humble and filled with gratitude after winning the national championship...I was struck by the contrast to the sanctimonious Hollywood celebs who chose to accentuate their winning moments 24 hours earlier by taking snide political pot shots and showing contempt for PEOTUS. Very telling. 
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