Twitter Deplatforms Rogan O’Handley

Rogan O’Handley, also known as DC Draino, was thrown off Twitter on February 27. As the generic message on his defunct Twitter URL now helpfully explains, “Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules.”

But what rules? Twitter rarely explains why they deplatform individual accounts, and since they can deplatform a sitting U.S. President, they’re willing to deplatform anyone.

DC Draino didn’t have the following or the name recognition of President Trump, but he is no lightweight. With 1.8 million followers on Instagram and nearly 200,000 followers on Facebook, he’s got a big voice. A sampling of his comments on his remaining accounts provide insight into why Twitter decided to wipe his account. It isn’t hard to figure out, especially since he had a habit of posting screen shots of some of his Tweets on his Facebook page, where, for now at least, he survives.

“Let’s start the anti-mask movement.” “So nice to see things return to normal after Trump: Bombing the Middle East, No stimulus checks, Fewer jobs… Barbed wire around the Capitol, Open borders…” “Biden will put kids in cages but not schools.” “Fauci was quoted today as saying we will return to normal in 2022. Which is weird because Florida returned to normal 6 months ago…” “Forcing kids to wear masks 6 hours a day in schools is child abuse.”

Yeah. Better not let that sort of seditious misinformation proliferate. Especially since any credible skepticism regarding how COVID-19 has been handled is already deleted from the mainstream platforms and will not come up on Google search results.

DC Draino has been a guest on many alternative media outlets, including One America News, but watch out. As part of the full spectrum assault on alternative media, even the big conservative news networks are now threatened.

Ana Eshoo, the long-serving congresswoman whose district lies just south of Nancy Pelosi’s in the San Francisco Bay Area, recently sent a letter to “12 cable, satellite, and streaming TV companies urging them to combat the spread of misinformation and requesting more information about their actions to address misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy theories, and lies spread through channels they host.” Presumably Eshoo intends to summon the executives of these companies to Washington DC to testify in front of her Congressional Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. The targets? Fox, Newsmax, and OANN.

If you Google “misinformation and the Nazis” you will be helpfully guided to a page full of top search results showing articles, mostly recent, that purport to link Trump’s criticism of media bias to Adolf Hitler’s attacks on the press. But fascism can find expression wherever there is extremism. The rhetoric of the German Nazis of the 1930’s can just as easily be attributed to the current war, extreme by any objective historical standard, yet supported by every establishment institution in America, against “misinformation” coming from conservatives.

What a great catch-all. “Misinformation.” Today it’s directed at any content relating to masks, medicine, race and gender, and the recent presidential election. There is an accepted and promoted narrative, and then there’s “misinformation.” Tomorrow expect the war on “misinformation” to escalate, with the “climate emergency” the next topic to benefit from a wholesale purge of dissenting views.

DC Draino is just the latest victim of an ongoing erasure. And Ana Eshoo is a stone cold fascist, no matter what Google search might otherwise suggest.

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YouTube Deplatforms Way of the World

For the last four years, an anonymous commentator with a YouTube channel called “Way of the World” offered his perspective on what was happening to Western Culture because of globalism. Last week YouTube obliterated his channel. He had already been thrown off Facebook and Patreon.

Featured in an analysis of the so-called intellectual dark web written in September 2019, by then Way of the World had already accumulated over 90,000 subscribers and over 5 million views. As described back then:

“The narrator, who is never shown, speaks softly and somewhat mournfully with a British accent. He reads frequently from poets and philosophers, and when he isn’t depicting text or video clips, the screen is backdropped with a slowly spinning image of planet earth. Like Black Pigeon, and many other right-of-center content creators on the IDW, he believes Western Civilization faces possible extinction.”

It would be disingenuous to suggest that the topics Way of the World discussed were not controversial. But his style, his tone, his logic, and his facts were impeccable. For these reasons, when YouTube banned his channel back in early 2020, it was reinstated after an appeal.

Since reinstatement, Way of the World did not change its style, tone, logic or respect for facts. But YouTube changed. The relentless expansion of content deemed ineligible for YouTube’s “commitment to openness” has finally, and permanently, caught Way of the World in its net. His appeal this time is unlikely to be granted.

The problem, as always, with banning Way of the World, and channels like it, isn’t merely that it violates the reason monopolistic platforms like YouTube enjoy Section 230 protections against liability, i.e., they cannot remove material based on their own editorial bias. That would be, and is, bad enough. But YouTube goes further.

When big tech monopolies ban reasoned, factual sources of information and commentary that oppose mass immigration into Western nations, they help confirm the more extreme assertions of the anti-globalist movement.

Big tech clearly favors mass immigration into Western Nations, which is something Way of the World clearly opposed. That is why he was banned, and that is not reason enough. In a culture that now indulges in white shaming in literally every possible venue of mass communication, either contrary points of view must be allowed, or the perception that there truly is a conspiratorial hidden agenda behind globalism will be encouraged.

The style, tone, logic and facts of the mass immigration zealots, the “anti-racists,” and the white guilt industry, are typically mediocre, contrived, divisive, presumptuous and polarizing. They could learn a lot from the example of decorum set by Way of the World. Perhaps that’s what made him such a threat.

Unfortunately, if Way of the World succumbs to the anger that has justifiably possessed his predecessors who have been driven onto fringe platforms, losing years of work in earlier purges, his commentary may take on a darker tone. That is tragic, and the arrogance of the people running the big tech communications monopolies is exclusively to blame.

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YouTube Censors, Amazon Deletes, Epoch Times Exposes

One of the most reliable and comprehensive sources of alternative news is The Epoch Times. And one of the beats covered assiduously by The Epoch Times is the ongoing epidemic of online censorship. This week The Epoch Times exposed two serious new acts of censorship.

The first, in an act that rivals the arrogance of Twitter’s permanent expulsion of President Trump, is YouTube’s decision to take down an interview with President Trump that was posted on the Newsmax TV channel. As quoted in the Epoch Times report, “A Google spokesperson told The Epoch Times via email: ‘We have clear Community Guidelines that govern what videos may stay on YouTube, and we enforce our Community Guidelines consistently, regardless of speaker and without regard to political viewpoints.'”

This is a stunning degree of arrogance on Google’s part. It is also counterproductive. Every time Google, or any of the big media corporations, exercise this level of censorship, tens of thousands of Americans lose trust in them. Ultimately, what Google has done only serves to further divide the nation.

The second, equally arrogant but if anything more sinister, is Amazon’s quietly removing the bookWhen Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment.” This book is critical of “transgender ideology,” and as a result, according to the arbiters of truth at Amazon, it had to disappear.

These acts stand out simply because of their brazen enormity. YouTube, still owning a near monopoly share of online video viewers, deletes an interview with a former U.S. President. Amazon, the juggernaut that has crushed millions of retail jobs, owning a near monopoly share of online retail purchasing, deletes a book that attempts to, gasp, suggest that encouraging prepubescent children to begin irreversible “gender reassignment” medical treatments may not be a good idea.

Silencing a former president. Silencing any challenge to “trans ideology.”

If the big tech companies that have overwhelmed our public square and public marketplace can do these things, what can’t they do?

Thank God for Epoch Times, Newsmax, OneAmerica, Andy Ngo, Project Veritas, and hundreds of others that are still fighting to preserve a balanced dialog in American society. But they are gnats fighting elephants.

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Twitter Deplatforms Project Veritas

One of the biggest sources of original alternative content, Project Veritas, is now banned from one of the biggest platforms to reach millions of Americans, Twitter.

Without being terribly specific as to what the “repeated violations” were of the company rules, Twitter deplatformed Veritas on February 11.

The proximate cause of banishment was a brief video posted by Veritas where one of their journalists, 60 Minutes style, accosts an employee of Facebook who is returning home from a jog. This Facebook executive, Guy Rosen, had previously been featured in a Veritas video, leaked to Veritas by a Facebook whistleblower, where he claims the platform is freezing comments whenever automated systems detect “there may be a thread that has hate speech or violence.”

It’s interesting that Project Veritas, at least so far, survives on Facebook, despite Facebook, and not Twitter, being the target of many recent controversial videos from Veritas. But that may change. On February 17, in yet another leaked video featuring Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, he is exposed expressing concern for the COVID-19 vaccines, worrying they may alter human DNA and wondering about the possible long-term side effects.

Facebook bans all posts that make similar claims about the COVID-19 vaccines, making this video somewhat embarrassing for the company.

Because there are so many, it is difficult to keep track even of these major incidents of censorship. One of the biggest reasons for bans is so-called “hate speech.” But “hate speech” is a nebulous term. As the Veritas journalist put it to Facebook’s Guy Rosen, “do you ban hate speech, or speech you hate?”

Banning Veritas from a major social media platform is not a trivial incident of censorship – notwithstanding that no exercise of censorship is trivial. With their videos, Veritas provides essential balance. When nobody else was there to do it, Project Veritas has done landmark investigations. For example, they exposed the corruption at ACORN, seriously disrupting its activities.

A mainstay of the mainstream media that gets more biased very year, 60 Minutes, engages in reporting that is every bit as aggressive as Veritas, but runs virtually zero risk of being deplatformed from the major social media platforms. Why is this? 60 Minutes routinely presents investigations that are supposedly objective, but to informed observers are transparently biased. Their selectivity in pursuit of their narrative easily rivals, if not surpasses, anything Veritas has ever done.

Once again, the double standard applies.

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Gina Carano is an American Hero

To the long list of American corporations that are hostile towards conservatives, add Disney and LucasFilm. If anyone doubted the censorious leftward bias of these entertainment juggernauts, that doubt was removed on February 10, when they fired Gina Carano, who played Cara Dune on The Mandalorian.

As reported in Gizmodo, a Lucasfilm spokesperson said “Gina Carano is not currently employed by Lucasfilm and there are no plans for her to be in the future. Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

“Denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities.”

It’s pretty easy to attract that accusation these days, so what were Carano’s offenses? Here are a few of the most noteworthy:

Back in September 2020, Carano wrote on Twitter “They’re mad cuz I won’t put pronouns in my bio to show my support for trans lives. After months of harassing me in every way, I decided to put three VERY controversial words in my bio.. beep/bop/boop. I’m not against trans lives at all. They need to find less abusive representation.”

A few weeks earlier, in August, Carano posted onto Twitter a photo of a crowd of WWII era Germans with their right arms extended in the Nazi salute. The photo included one person, circled in red, whose arm was not extended.

Then on November 5, Carano posted on Twitter the following: “We need to clean up the election process so we are not left feeling the way we do today. Put laws in place that protect us against voter fraud. Investigate every state. Film the counting. Flush out the fake votes. Require ID. Make Voter Fraud end in 2020. Fix the system.”

Carano followed up with a Tweet on November 14 that featured an image with a satirical message, “Democratic Government Leaders now recommend we all wear blindfolds along with masks so we can’t see what’s really going on”

But the last straw came on February 10, when Carano tweeted the following: “Jews were beaten in the streets, not by Nazi soldiers but by their neighbors…even by children. Because history is edited, most people today don’t realize that to get to the point where Nazi soldiers could easily round up thousands of Jews, the government first made their own neighbors hate them simply for being Jews. How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?”

And for all this, Carano was cancelled.

But nothing she did deserves cancellation. Carano offended trans activists that were being abusive and unreasonable to demand she post “gender pronouns” by her name. She questioned the integrity of the election because of what over a hundred million Americans would agree was, if not widespread fraud, then grossly unfair conduct.

And then she pointed out that only after political hatred is nurtured at the grassroots can it explode into organized genocide. She’s right. People who condemn her for this observation are either missing the point or are themselves the dangerous political fanatics Carano is warning us about.

Gina Carano is a fearless rebel and a free thinker. She is already landing on her feet. We wish her well, and proudly add her to the Winston84 directory.

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Three More Voices Silenced by Twitter

As reported in American Greatness, the New York Post, and elsewhere, on February 7, “the sanctimonious and hypocritical censors of Twitter came for Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft, radio host Wayne Allyn Root, and freedom activist Pamela Geller.”

Geller can still be found on her own website, The Geller Report, on Facebook, as well as on YouTube and Instagram. But for how long?

Jim Hoft still has his website, The Gateway Pundit, and can still be found on Facebook, Instagram, and the durable Gab. Along with being banned from Twitter, Hoft’s Parler account went down with the platform. What’s next?

As for Wayne Allyn Root, he can still be found on Newsmax, as well as on his own website, along with Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

What were the thought crimes committed by these three? Apparently they are willing to “report and highlight the many irregularities and unanswered questions surrounding the 2020 presidential election.”

For that, they are banished from Twitter, and one may expect if they keep it up they’ll be banned from other platforms.

There’s no guarantee the truth, or, equally important, sincere dissent that may or may not be entirely accurate, will survive online. The crackdown has just begun. But “irregularities and unanswered questions” about the November presidential election are not going away. This recent Winston84 newsflash has links to some of the most informative, most suppressed analyses.

Anybody who has a strong opinion on the election, particularly if they’re convinced that fraud could not possibly have been a factor in the outcome, should read these reports. Maybe they don’t constitute proof, but at the least they identify areas where voter integrity must be restored, or it really won’t matter any more who runs for office in the future, or what voters want.

Meanwhile, we have Winston84 profiles for all three of Twitter’s latest victims, Pamela Geller, Wayne Allen Root, and Jim Hoft, where you can find links to the many platforms where they’re still active, as well as broken links to the platforms where they’ve been banned.

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“Absolute Proof” Stays Online Despite YouTube Ban

By now everyone knows Mike Lindell, the Pillow Guy, who made a name for himself and his company through his unwavering support for President Trump.

Lindell’s online presence is one of the latest casualties in an information war, waged not merely by online and offline media companies against conservative populists. As recounted with impressive detail in a recent article entitled “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election,” published in Time Magazine, every institution in America is now in open war against conservative populists.

One of the latest forms of “dangerous misinformation” being overtly censored in America is anything that challenges the legitimacy of the recent presidential election. To anyone willing to peruse what’s left of alternative media, the level of hypocrisy and double standards at work is stunning, if not terrifying.

Being outspoken on matters concerning voter fraud is to commit what for Twitter is known as a violation of their “ban evasion policy.” Mike Lindell, as outspoken as they come, is no longer active on Twitter. Even his company’s Twitter account has been terminated.

Lindell’s biggest transgression to-date is to produce a lengthy documentary that aims to compile and summarize the principle sets of evidence of 2020 voter fraud across several swing states. The threat of massive lawsuits by the manufacturers of voting machines has kept reporting to a minimum, so if you want to know more about it, Lindell’s video is helpful. You won’t find it on YouTube, however, it was pulled down after a short-lived appearance on the platform that got millions of views.

Lindell’s video, entitled “Absolute Proof,” can be found, for now, on his website.

But he is not alone. Displayed below are some of the more well circulated links that offer additional information, or “misinformation,” depending on your point of view, on the recent presidential election. To suppress these perspectives, and all of them are being suppressed, is counterproductive. Much of what is asserted here may not be true, or may be exaggerated. But to deny them any reach is to deny them honest critical analysis. It legitimizes accusations that what is being suppressed is not dangerous because it is inflammatory, but because it is true.

Here are just a few arguments against a fair election:

Forensics report, Antrim County Michigan voting systems, Allied Security Operations Group.

Reports on election integrity, Epoch Times

5 More Ways Joe Biden Magically Outperformed Election Norms, The Federalist

How foreign intelligence agencies monitored the 2020 election, General Mike Flynn on Lou Dobbs Tonight.

Joe cheated. Here’s proof.” – compilation by The Daily Deplorable.

Joe Biden’s Votes Violate Benford’s Law (Mathematics).

Report on election Fraud in Georgia, State Senator William Ligon, Summary of testimony from December 3, 2020 hearing.

How Democratic and liberal groups used lawsuits to force states to water down voting rules” (video), Kim Strassel, Wall Street Journal.

The Immaculate Deception,” The Navarro Report, “Six Key Dimensions of Election Irregularities.”

What must be faced by anyone hoping to avoid further polarization is the fact that even if massive, orchestrated voter fraud did not occur, to say that all claims of any fraud, anywhere, are “baseless,” is a patronizing insult. Fraud, and elections orchestrated by powerful elites, are a fact of American history.

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Parler Is Still Dead

Of all the multiplying modes of online censorship displayed over the past four years, and especially over the past few months, two stand out: The deplatforming of a U.S. President by Twitter and Facebook, and the deplatforming of an entire platform, Parler, by Amazon Web Services.

Parler’s case illustrates the vacuous absurdity of the glib libertarian refrain “the free market will ensure free speech.” Content producers on YouTube are routinely deplatformed after finally becoming, after years of hard work, barely able to make a living. It is absurd to think these micro-players will just automatically rebuild their audiences and remonetize their work on some alternative platform. Even if they could rebuild their audience overnight, where can they go? YouTube controls 90 percent of the U.S. market. Ninety percent. Small producers aren’t going to build their own platform. And the alternative platforms they might migrate onto, all of them combined, only offer one-tenth as many viewers.

Yet Parler’s case is even harder. This company potentially has access to millions in additional financing, if not tens of millions, which they can invest in building a new platform that doesn’t depend on the global online hosting resources of Amazon. But with over ten million users and the potential to rapidly grow by at least one order of magnitude, only the biggest hosting services can accommodate Parler. That’s a small list, headed by Amazon, followed by Google Cloud, Alibaba, IBM, and Cloudflare. And barring a breakthrough that we would have heard about by now, none of them will do business with Parler.

Parler’s website has been reduced to a splash page, offering hopeful updates. The company’s initial expectation was they would be back up in a few weeks. That didn’t happen. Then, only a few days ago, co-owner Dan Bongino told Fox News that Parler would be back up by February 8. They’re not.

A Big Tech media mouthpiece, Fast Company, recently published an article that describes the technical challenges facing Parler. Quoting from the article:

“If Parler didn’t want to risk being dropped by another web host, it could alternatively set up its own in-house servers. That’s what the far-right social network Gab did after getting dropped by its hosting provider, Joyent, in 2018. After relying on a different host for the following two years, Gab announced last September that it had built its own infrastructure instead. But going that route is even more burdensome than relying on a smaller host. Again, Parler would have to work out all of the areas where its code expects to hook into Amazon Web Services in particular, and it would have to rebuild many of the tools that Amazon had provided as part of its service. On top of all that, Parler would have to pay for the actual servers, wait for them to arrive, and employ enough engineers to actually configure them.”

If technical challenges weren’t enough, there have also been management shakeups, with Parler’s CEO and co-founder John Matze terminated on January 30 by the company’s board of directors.

If Parler reappears anytime soon, it will be against all odds. Don’t hold your breath.

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Black Conservatives Vie to Replace California’s Governor Newsom

Anyone who thinks the conservative movement isn’t inclusive is not paying attention. When it comes to candidates conservatives will support, the only thing that matters is the ideas and principles they’ll fight for. Two young black conservatives who are running for California governor exemplify this fact, because the ideas they’re promoting are as interesting, if not more interesting, than anything coming from their more established conservative competitors.

Errol Webber, a 34 year old immigrant from Jamaica, now living in Los Angeles, has been producing documentary and narrative films since he was a teenager. His acclaimed documentary “American Promise” chronicles the struggles parents go through to assert their right to school choice for their children.

Webber’s positions on the issues are staunchly conservative, including supporting school choice, defending “religious, medical and economic freedoms,” investing in vocational education, increasing competition in medicine and reducing taxes and regulations.

Major Williams, a 41 year old resident of Pasadena, made a name for himself in 2020 by running for mayor of that city. He came in third place with 8.4 percent and forced the top candidates into a runoff. His gubernatorial campaign website reveals a candidate that has the courage to take positions that more established candidates would never dare.

In particular, Williams calls for expanding California’s oil and gas drilling in order to increase tax revenues, create high paying jobs, and – crucially – offset California’s hypocritical and damaging reliance on foreign oil, much of it imported from Venezuela. Williams is a budget hawk, a supporter of the 2nd amendment, and favors deregulation. His positions on the issues are bold, thoughtful, and thoroughly conservative.

If proponents of the Newsom recall succeed in forcing a special election, expect to see Williams and Webber’s names on the ballot. Their campaigns are going to surprise a lot of people, because they both have reach on social media. Williams has 43,000 followers on Facebook, over 172,000 on Instagram. Webber has nearly 129,000 followers on Twitter.

California’s conservatives can learn a lot from these candidates. For starters, the courage to take positions that are right for California, even if they’re wrong for the special interests that run California. We wish both of them well.

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Twitter’s War on Christians

The way Twitter in particular, and progressives in general, have escalated their war on Christians should concern every American regardless of their faith. For their pro-life and pro-family beliefs, Christians have been relentlessly attacked for decades by progressives. Now the war has been extended to what Christians are allowed to say about transsexuals.

Nobody denies that someone with genuine gender dysphoria deserves compassion and respect. But Twitter and other tech platforms are censoring and deplatforming so-called “transition skeptics,” which denies reach to a vital perspective that must be heard. The politically approved version of the transsexual lobby has become so powerful that President Biden has issued an executive order requiring school sports to allow biological men who identify as women to participate in women’s athletic competitions.

And this term, “biological men,” or some version therein, is now considered “hate speech.”

As reported by the Christian Post, “Twitter suspends Christian magazine for saying Biden’s trans nominee is a man, not a woman.”

Apparently, per the inviolable rules set forth by the politically approved trans lobby, the specific violation was to publish the following words: “Biden’s nominee for assistant secretary of health, Rachel Levine, is a transgender woman, that is, a man who believes he is a woman.”

According to Twitter, this is “hateful conduct.” In their message to the offending magazine, the Colorado Springs based Daily Citizen, Twitter wrote “your account, @FocusCitizen has been locked for violating the Twitter Rules. Specifically for: Violating our rules against hateful conduct. You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

As written, apparently “hateful conduct” is a violation based on any words that may “promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”

There’s so much wrong with Twitter’s rule it’s hard to know where to begin. The newly established notion that words equate to violence, or that making claims that people may disagree with or find offensive constitutes threats or harassment. Or, of course, to state the obvious, that it is unacceptable to question the agenda of the politically approved trans lobby.

Maybe it’s worth helping young people question the mounting peer pressure to engage in irreversible medical procedures to “confirm” their gender identity. Maybe it’s worth while to oppose activist parents imposing these procedures on very young children. Maybe it’s not fair to allow young men with demonstrably bigger bones and muscles to suddenly “transition” and compete against biological women for sports scholarships. And for people of faith, maybe it is nobody’s right to tell them what to believe, or to call their free speech “hate speech” in order to shut them up.

The progressive trans lobby has become almost unopposed, from Twitter to the White House. That’s wrong. To oppose their agenda is not merely to question, with integrity, the specific arguments and agenda of the trans lobby, it is also part of a growing obligation to stand up to all of the mushrooming array of politically correct mandates. Because they are tyrannical and if they are not opposed we will lose whatever freedom we have left.

We conclude by calling attention to a recent Tweet posted by Tampax US. They wrote the following: “Fact: Not all women have periods. Also a fact: Not all people with periods are women. Let’s celebrate the diversity of all people who bleed.”

This is offensive nonsense. This is patronizing, phony, dishonest nonsense, designed to placate a small minority of fanatic activists. That would be laughable except the larger agenda that empowers these activists and others like them is dark and sinister, if not downright evil: They are trying to force us to believe things that run contrary to everything we can objectively observe. They are trying to make us say dark is light, that one plus one is three, that there are five lights when only four lights appear.

Christian patriots are among the only people left in America who refuse to back down to this onslaught of tyranny hiding within absurdity. And it is not an attack on any transsexual to say so. They deserve our respect. But not our dishonesty.

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