First they came for Alex Jones . . .


First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

– Martin Niemöller

Here is some news I am sure you all heard yesterday:

Alex Jones and Infowars Content Is Removed From Apple, Facebook and YouTube

Top technology companies erased most of the posts and videos on their services from Alex Jones, the internet’s notorious conspiracy theorist, thrusting themselves into a fraught debate over their role in regulating what can be said online.

Apple, Google, Facebook and Spotify severely restricted the reach of Mr. Jones and Infowars, his right-wing site that has been a leading peddler of false information online. Mr. Jones and Infowars have used social media for years to spread dark and bizarre theories, such as that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax and that Democrats run a global child-sex ring. Apple made its move on Sunday and the others followed on Monday.

The actions, one of the tech companies’ most aggressive efforts against misinformation, highlighted a difficult dilemma for their businesses. They have long desired to combat misinformation online, but they have also been reluctant to be arbiters of truth.


First of all, we need to acknowledge the obvious – Alex Jones is crazier than a shithouse rat. Bonkers. Loco en el coco.

The second thing that must be acknowledged is that this does not involve the First Amendment because there is no government action here. As the “Muh principles” crowd (most of whom are or were NeverTrumpers) like to say, “Private businesses can do whatever they want.”

Except that isn’t really true – private businesses cannot discriminate against people because of their race or gender.

The problem here isn’t that they booted a raving wackadoodle off all of the biggest social media platforms, the problem is that they booted a right-wing raving wackadoodle off all of the biggest social media platforms. The accuracy and sanity of the content at Infowars cannot be any worse than CNN, but nobody is trying to deplatform the Kings of Fake News.

Alex Jones was defenestrated because he is unabashedly right-wing/conservative/Republican in his viewpoint. They went for Jones first because he was low-hanging fruit. His (well-deserved) reputation is such that very few politicians will be willing to speak up in his defense.

And thus a precedent is born.

Now when the Leftist CEO’s of Big Tech decide to deplatform Breitbart, Daily Caller or any of the other conservative blogs and websites, the outcry will be muted. In many cases the conservatives who operate those sites will self-censor in fear of getting banned.

What’s that you say? No one wants to ban those other sites?

Aw contrayr, mom frayr:


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170 Responses to First they came for Alex Jones . . .

  1. Myiq2xu™ says:

    Like all fascists, Murphy claims to be doing it for our own good.

  2. Myiq2xu™ says:

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Well, Meow …..

  4. Myiq2xu™ says:

  5. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • SHV says:

      From what little info is in the story, the store owner will be very luck if he is only financially ruined…criminal proceedings are very possible unless a very clear case of self defense is presented. IIRC, Texas is the only state that allows, with stipulations, the use of deadly force in defense of property.

      • Miranda says:

        NC has Castle Doctrine. Since he was running towards the store owner, they probably won’t press charges.

      • Jadzia says:

        I believe Texas also allows the “Your Honor, the sum’bitch needed killing” defense. Tl/dr story about my father, his born-again bookie, and testimony against said bookie’s “fornicating” sister given in open church deleted.

  6. Dora says:

    Whoopee! President Trump has got them jumping!

    =====

    Joe Donnelly Caves, Backs Trump on Wall Funding

    Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) caved on Wednesday, suggesting that he will support funding President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall in a September spending bill.

    https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/08/08/joe-donnelly-caves-backs-trump-on-wall-funding/

  7. DandyTIger says:

  8. SHV says:

    Mentioning CNN brought to mind Thomas Jefferson’s letter that describes the evils of “FAKE news”.
    (snip)
    “To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted, so as to be most useful, I should answer, “by restraining it to true facts & sound principles only.” Yet I fear such a paper would find few subscribers. It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more compleatly deprive the nation of it’s benefits, than is done by it’s abandoned prostitution to falsehood. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.” (more)

    https://www.loc.gov/resource/mtj1.038_0592_0594/?sp=2&st=text

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      Tommy J also said something to the effect that if you don’t read the paper you will remain ignorant, but if you read it you will be misinformed.

      • SHV says:

        ibidem.
        ” I will add, that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. He who reads nothing will still learn the great facts, and the details are all false.”

  9. DandyTIger says:

  10. blowme0bama says:

    But WAIT – There’s more hateful hatey haters that need to be thrown into the dustbin of history!

  11. Niles says:

    This video is well worth the minute it takes to watch it.

  12. Dora says:

    He gave this girl a break! He gave her a job at the WH! He trusted her! And this is how she treats him? These people are making me sick!

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    Omarosa Secretly Recorded Trump and Played the Audio for People, Sources Say

    A source confirmed with The Daily Beast that the ex-Trump aide’s secret recordings do exist, and that she has played them for people.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/omarosa-secretly-recorded-trumpand-played-the-audio-for-people-while-shopping-her-new-book-sources-say/

  13. Myiq2xu™ says:

  14. DeniseVB says:

    Alex is still alive, well and broadcasting on Twitter. Not a fan, but not a hater either, but like Howard Stern and Milo, that which doth not kill him will make him stronger. It’s so silly. I don’t watch late night “comedians” because I find them unfunny, digusting and vile, so I don’t watch them. I never listened to Jones because I find his gravely voice annoying and hard to understand. I do like his cohorts, Watson and Shroyer, but only when they scroll across one of my feeds 😉 Miss Laura doesn’t seem to have a problem either.

    • NewOrleans says:

      I love me some PJW and Owen Shroyer is definitely fun to watch, as well. But I can’t stomach Alex Jones. I’ve only listened to him a handful of times and during each of those times, he was ranting like a lunatic about President Trump or Julian Assange. Not because of something Trump or Assange had actually done, mind you. Alex was freaking out about something he THOUGHT they were going to do, promised his listeners that he had inside knowledge they were, in fact, going to do it. And when they didn’t do as he suspected, he went batshit crazy.

      I think of Jones as a carnival barker. He found his schtick and he ran with it. I don’t find him entertaining or informative – and damn sure not attractive enough to even enjoy just admiring his appearance – so I don’t bother paying any attention to him.

      But I despise the censorship and obvious coordinated attacks against him.

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        Jones being banned is no loss to the world. But he represents a change from “no censorship” to “some censorship.” How far down that slippery slope we go remains to be seen,

      • DeniseVB says:

        You know I had to find a video for Owen Shroyer, this is typical and fun to watch when he takes on Hillary and Shaun King…..

  15. Anthony says:

    If you scroll past Alex Jones’s header pic really fast he looks like Kim Jong Un. Try it. You’ll like it.

  16. Myiq2xu™ says:

  17. DeniseVB says:

    Found this today and shared it to our Go Trump FB page. OMG, what a hot McHottie. I keep thinking of that phrase…..”Men wanted to be him, Women wanted to be with him”…… ❤

  18. Dora says:

  19. Dora says:

    This story just got worse.

    =====

    Known Wolf – Son of Prominent Imam Was Training Children as Terrorists in New Mexico….

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/08/08/known-wolf-son-of-prominent-imam-was-training-children-as-terrorists-in-new-mexico/

  20. swanspirit says:

    https://www.balloon-juice.com/2018/08/06/adios-dickfur/

    Pustulent anthropomorphic anal cyst Alex Jones and his posse of choad hurling gremlins at InfoWars have FINALLY been banned from several prominent social media sites:

    YouTube, Facebook and Apple have taken steps to remove content associated with InfoWars and its founder Alex Jones.

    Each social media platform said Monday that it had removed content from Jones or InfoWars because it had violated their policies. The companies’ moves shut down key distribution channels that had given the controversial media figure easy access to millions of internet users.

    The most dramatic action came last, from YouTube, which is owned by Google (GOOGL). It removed many top channels associated with InfoWars, including The Alex Jones Channel, which had 2.4 million subscribers and videos that were viewed over 1.5 billion times.

    Spotify has also removed Jones after a large movement on the intertrons had people unsubscribing en masse.

    The question is “Why now,” when it’s been pretty god damned clear for quite some time that he’s the human equivalent of ebola diarrhea in a crowded subway platform, spewing his noxious filth all over the place and infecting the public discourse with his waste and bile.

    The answer, of course, is pressure. That’s all these corporate entities respond to- pressure. If you are looking to our corporate shitlords who have gleefully participated in the fleecing of America for moral guidance while occassionally having a “green week” or chucking a few coins at the muscular dystrophy or breast cancer, you’re doing it wrong. You need to get in their face, tell them that in no uncertain terms to fix themselves or get fucked. It works. Google “sleeping giants boycott.”

    Well of course. If John doesn’t like him, he’s got to go. Which is the mindset of all the little bro neofascists these days. But you won’t see them going after left wing nutjobs and extremists like Farrakhan, SPLC, or Antifa, because they serve their purposes. John doesn’t mind a little terrorism as long as it is directed toward the right people, pun intended.

    And anyone who thinks that Breitbart, or the Daily Caller, or Fox News, or any prominent right wing organization, or person, aren’t on the list to be exterminated, is floating on that river in Egypt.The ultimate goal was to eliminate the Republicans, and their party altogether, on their way to Socialust, Globalust, utopia.

    After years of trying to make right wing news sources irrelevant, or invalid, and failing, the left now just wants to eliminate them, and the first steps are depriving them of social media platforms. For Obama cult worshippers like John butt juice Cole, it can’t happen soon enough.

  21. votermom says:

    any chance those kids will be taken from the moms and adopted by lovng parents?

  22. DeniseVB says:

    Jeanette McDonald on TCM marathon tonight, what a treat.

  23. SHV says:

    I almost missed it but Al keeps up with social “stuff”. Today is International Cat Day…Lola got some special Tuna!!

  24. Somebody says:

    Leslie, did you find an A/C? I hope you are catching up on your sleep in your now cool condo.

    Check in when you can, I just worry about you going “downtown”. I assume that means downtown Chicago. 😮

    • lateblum says:

      Oh, Somebody, you are the best! I did go “downtown”, but it was in my little suburb, not Chicago. So I was safe. I did get the Haier. It was the last one they had. The carton is a little battered; I hope the unit itself remained intact. It was sunny today, and a little warm compared to the last few days. So it wasn’t too bad and this evenin* it is in the 60’s so, like Jadzia, I am in heaven.
      Now I have to get my son or dd#1 to come over, take the AC from my car to my condo and put it into the window. Hopefully before Friday’s heat wave. I checked back in and then I went to the condo bd meeting. I just got in from that meeting. Hope to be able to stay awake long enough to enjoy the cool night temperatures.

  25. DeniseVB says:

    For myiq….chick magnet?

  26. SHV says:

    You did have to post that!! Al has been wanting to adopt a Possum for years and I’m the asshole who says are you nuts?? I think it goes back to when she was a docent at the local zoo. Her “animals” were Owls and Ring Tailed Lemur; I guess Possum and Lemur have similar appeal??

    • Anthony says:

      I had a Mexican standoff with a possum who was “guarding”the last pitcher of margaritas at my place upstate. Not even close to the cuddly little things in the video. It had teeth a mile long, hissed like a snake and had the disposition of a badger on crack. Luckily, the Rough Collie who belonged to my next door neighbor rescued me and snapped its neck. What a shit show.

  27. Myiq2xu™ says:

  28. Myiq2xu™ says:

  29. swanspirit says:

  30. Dora says:

    The thought of Barry receiving an award for human rights makes me want to gag!

  31. Dora says:

  32. Dora says:

    I was expecting this! It’s how they ALWAYS do it. Just keep counting and counting until their guy wins!

    ======

    “Election officials in Franklin County found 588 previously uncounted votes in a Columbus suburb. The result: O’Connor had a net gain of 190 votes, bringing the race’s margin down to 1,564.”

    https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/08/08/ohio-12-th-margin-narrows-franklin-county-finds-votes/941124002/

  33. Dora says:

  34. DeniseVB says:

    Nice video to go with your morning cuppa covfefe……

    • jeffhas says:

      The comments are amazing…. thanks for posting this… I’m half-heartedly following this because of you Denise and because it is so obvious what ‘the real world’ is like… nice to read people agree to disagree without the spittle… Now I’m a major fan.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Awww, thanks. Once I become a fangirl of any person or movement I tend to become a bit of a PIA with my enthusiasm. It’s a growing Independent movement, country before party, so it seems to have picked up where the PUMAs and Tea Party failed. PUMAs still hated Republicans and the Tea Party got hijacked by RINOs.

  35. Dora says:

    More secret recordings! Isn’t there a law against this?

    • Lulu says:

      This is not news. This is what the NON-Freedom Caucus has been arguing that Kavanaugh being confirmed for the October court term (for immigration cases etc) is more important (in timing) than getting rid of Rosenstein. If the Prog press weren’t such dickheads Nunes would have given them an interview saying the same thing. But because they are worms he won’t talk to them they resort to “recording” him taking a leak or something. They are hysterical and simply bonkers.

  36. Lulu says:

    The media doesn’t want anyone knowing that the loons who had 11 children in filth, starvation and misery at their NM “compound” (really a hole in the ground with a lot of shit around it) are Muslims. And not regular old Muslims either but Nation of Islam cretins from NY. They also look severely learning disabled in the current photos of them if you ask me. Not enough sense among all of the adults to pour piss out of a boot. That is one thing that is verboten is how dumb these “radicals” are.

    • Lulu says:

      She is also very juvenile. Her utterances are tween-ish level rage at mommy and daddy. And not that bright or original a tween either.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I read some of those “critic” reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, bashing the film for telling lies, lies, LIES. Last I checked, the movie was 0% with professional reviewers and 90% with real movie goers. Sigh, Hollyweird.

  37. helenk3 says:

    https://pjmedia.com/homeland-security/the-real-reasons-for-chicagos-deadly-crime-wave/

    Cisco what is your opinion of this article.
    it is a very sad commentary on Chicago

    • lateblum says:

      I can’t speak for Cisco, but I can say that this pjmedia article hits the nail on the head. It is politically expeditious to maintain the status quo if Rahm or any other politician is to remain in power in Chicago. The pols in Chicago are much smarter than Margaret Jr in Canada. You don’t bite the hands that feed you. They know what to do to regain some semblance of law and order in Chicago, but they aren’t willing to sacrifice their own ambitions to do it. Garry McCarthy, the former Superintendent of the CPD, has returned and is running for Mayor. Of course, Rahm will still win because there are so many (8) now in the race. If it were a fair race – something Chicago hasn’t seen since before I was born – McCarthy would have a chance. There are enough AA in the city who really are angry and willing to end this criminal rampage. And they are willing to vote against Rahm. But there are too many others on the ballot and so this madness will continue.
      Just my 2 cents.

      • helenk3 says:

        thank you. I wanted to hear from people who live there and know the true story

      • DeniseVB says:

        Chicago politics certainly explain Barry and Mooch. Why is Blago still in jail? He probably won’t sing because his family’s been threatened I betcha’ because he doesn’t seem like the type of guy who would want to rot in jail on purpose.

        • lateblum says:

          I don’t know why Blago is still in jail. His transgressions were less evil than some other people who had way lesser sentences. I think it stinks and I don’t even care for him. I do think bronco and his tentacles reach far and wide and Deep. But I hate attributing that POS more power than realistic.

          • Anthony says:

            Blago is still in the clink because he outed obamas plan – give his senate seat to ValJar. Once Blago realized how valuable that seat could become, he decided to announce it was up for grabs to the highest bidder. Jesse Jackson Jr almost got it, but the Changeling machine went into overdrive. Jackson and Blago got jail time, the seat went to Republican Mark Kirk, which was a really embarrassing kick square in (purported) balls.

          • lateblum says:

            I must’ve missed it. When did he say that?

          • Anthony says:

            It was in the very beginning of that whole drama. Blagojevich blabbed about ValJar because he wanted the seat himself. Then he tried selling it to Jackson, and HE got busted for campaign finance misappropriation. Blago got nailed almost immediately afterward. Hope & Change my ass…

    • lateblum says:

      Here is an opinion in todays Chicago Tribune calling out the politicians for their unfortunate and political take on the Chicago crime wave…
      http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/huppke/ct-met-chicago-violence-pritzker-rahm-emanuel-huppke-20180808-story.html

  38. Dora says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Grill or pan fry a portabella mushroom cap, then add all your favorite burger toppings and condiments. I swear, I love it more than real meat! None of this “lab” created crap for me. They can send thousands of them to Venezuela to test and see if those poor folks decide starvation is a better way to go.

    • lateblum says:

      I believe they added this “new” category so “The Black Panther” would take home an Oscar. The #OscarSoWhite movement wasn’t enough to ensure the AA “influence”, better known as bullying, would have a lasting effect. Because as much as it will be protested, the #OscarSoWhite movement was not about POC. It was about blackness.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Do The BET Awards give trophies to white people? They’ve been around for years and nobody complained.

        I think OscarSoWhite was started by Jada Pinkett Smith when Will didn’t get nominated that year and she blamed racism. Of course the SJW’s ran with that theme and absolutely destroyed Oscar. Thanks Jada 😛

    • DeniseVB says:

      You mean an award category for films people actually saw? I don’t mind the artsy-fartsy films (that I’ll happily wait for on Free T.V), but the Academy should have a category for the Top 5 or 10 box office hits of the year and call it Best Movie That Put Asses in Theater Seats To Pay Our Bills and Salaries. Or just hand the Oscar to those producers.

      I think the last Best Movie I saw in a theater was Titanic.

  39. swanspirit says:

    So now, Infowars app is one of the most popular.

  40. helenk3 says:

    https://canadafreepress.com/article/obamas-skittish-2nd-american-revolution-kick-off

    worth reading.
    backtrack is like an untreatable STD. it just will not go away

  41. Dora says:

    Politics in NY is getting messy.

    • Ann says:

      I wish the Republicans would run a viable alternative to Cuomo. He’s horrible.

      Three men in a room is a real thing in NYS. With nearly everyone that has surrounded Andy the last 7 years going to jail, it makes me wonder how he’s stayed out of the pokey.

  42. Jadzia says:

    PAGING ANTHONY CENTRAL. I am almost to the point at which it will not be completely humiliating to show pix of the house, but I done quit FB and I don’t have your email address. Unfortunately, NOBODY here has my email address because of my current Internet drama–the old company nuked my account. Can somebody who is on Twitter and who can contact Anthony please DM me and I’ll give you my new email address to give him? THANKS!!!!! Anybody else who wants to see the warehouse/winery/nightclub can also DM me on Twitter and I’ll show you pix that way.

    • Anthony says:

      I can get your address from the comments via my moderator credentials. Will get to you n a little while. I’m quitting FB too – some strange shit happening.

      • Jadzia says:

        I think my profile here still has the old address. The new one is the SAME address before the @, but the domain is free.fr

        • Anthony says:

          Got it. Will be doing within the hour, check spam filter if you don’t hear by then

          • Jadzia says:

            No big deal. I realized approximately 2 seconds ago that there is no way I can email you pictures until I have a real Internet connection, because right now I am still tethered to the phone, which doesn’t handle large files very well given that I have about 1 bar of reception here. So it may be another couple of days. Supposedly the line was being fixed today but guess what????

          • Anthony says:

            I lived outside Toulouse (Albi) for a while. I know full well what ‘today’ or ‘tomorrow’ really means 🤣

          • Jadzia says:

            It is probably even worse in the South of France than it is here. I am ready to rage-stroke out because WE MOVED IN ON JUNE 25.

          • lateblum says:

            Jadzia, You can post the photos to Twitter and then use the twitter URL to post them here. I think you can delete the photos later on because the photos will already be posted on TCH.

          • Jadzia says:

            It does look pretty cool, though, albeit extremely extremely empty. Today I am finishing the walk through checklists and trying to decide where to put art.

          • Anthony says:

            Check your email

        • Anthony says:

          THREE TIMES the goddam thing came back. First went to your old address, then your name somehow changed. Just sent it again. Let me know when you get it.

  43. mothy2017 says:

    My prime is playing Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos. It has been years since I played that. How did she not become yuuuge. She expresses the same angst as all that grunge from the 90’s, but oops she didn’t eat a bullet or lose herself to smack.

    “So you found a girl who thinks really deep thoughts. What’s so amazing about really deep thoughts. Boy you best pray I bleed real soon. How’s that thought for you”

    She is so hot. And look out when she covers led zep.

  44. Myiq2xu™ says:

    He had me going there for a while. When I saw the topic I assumed he would be bashing Trump supporters as racists. But then as I read his post seemed thoughtful and nuanced with nary a word about Trump. “Has Frenchie regained his sanity?” I wondered.

    I was almost to the end when there it was, like a dog turn in the middle of the living room.

    If you don’t know who he is calling racist, you haven’t been paying attention.

    • mothy2017 says:

      How about David French sucks a bag of dicks.

      • Anthony says:

        That would make him functional. How about just “bag”? Or “dick”?

        • mothy2017 says:

          Point taken. I am soooooo tired of these tools. My mind now reaches for something harsh to respond. I am giving them no more. I have zero respect for these idiots. I am not making myself ugly by using language . I am saying fuck off I am out of nice words.

    • Lulu says:

      I still mavel with great incredulity at how Broncobama turned the polyglot of everyone who isn’t black (this includes most Hispanics who consider themselves white if you know them very well and aren’t talking about new world culture as well as a lot of Asians) into a giant “white” MINORITY group with YUGE grievances. This isn’t how the great melting pot used to view itself but to compete had to adapt. Now it is freaking out the Progs. Why? They learned it from you.

      • mothy2017 says:

        Brings me back to A Confederacy of Dunces. I know I am dumb. I spent a spell taking out a bucket. So poor. Life, this American Life, has given me so much. I changed the bandages on my grandfather’s stump. Unchecked diabetes. I was fucking 9. I had open hearts. Was impoverished. I went to Purdue. Where else can that happen? What country provides so much? I decided heroin looked like fun in 1992. Jean Michelle’s Basquiats girlfriend turned me on. I was only a junkie for a few weeks. It was exciting to buy it on the streets of Alphabet City. I stopped partly because I didn’t love heroin. Was very hard to stop. I went to Midnight Madness meetings for months. Its AA on Houston and Verrick it runs all night. Lou Reed was always there. We ate at diners many times. I survived. Somehow I ended up caring for a child who was going to be a welfare baby. Pup has yet to get a b, plays sax, softball, swim, archery, tae kwon do, ballet, acting classes. I cut up neighbors newspaper to wipe my ass as a kid. I live in a country that permitted a gay poor very sick child to rise. I believe in her and my country. Trump speaks to hope. Love love love Confederacy of Dunces because I know I am the hero/antihero. He is such a complete ass. If I ever forget I know nothing I am screwed.

  45. foxyladi14 says:

    Yuc!

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