Oklahoma legislature the latest to censor speech about race in American history in schools.
Striking how a bunch of conservative activists have persuaded state politicians to ignore the judgment of educational professionals about what should be taught in the classroom. Statement from OK City Schools Superintendent opposing the law kfor.com/news/oklahoma-…
Signs of a successfully-created moral panic: "we can confirm that this vaguely defined thing is happening at some colleges"
You don't have to take my word for it: @TheFIREorg has consistently advocated for free speech on campus and sees these copycat bills as a threat thefire.org/state-legislat…

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6 May
Cheney is being ejected from the Republican Party because she continues to speak out against its anti-democratic wing.
Greenwald avoids talking about that when attacking those who praise her. Much easier to mock people's bios. Image
"Ha-ha, look this person who supports BLM and MeToo also praises politicians who don't vote to overturn elections" is perhaps just less of an own than GG thinks it s. Image
GG will talk about Cheney's past and all the reasons she is a terrible person. But thats not why she is being exiled from GOP party leadership though, is it? Or why some liberals are praising her? It's almost like some people want to downplay efforts to overturn US democracy. Image
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5 May
When people complain about excessive wokeness on campus, the examples are often vague or poorly reported. This one is not. Students don't want to participate in a song that originated in a minstrel show, and alum want to compel them to do so.
*Student guides don't want to include a plaque featuring the song on campus tours
*Student band members don't want to play the song, so the university now has two bands!
*Student athletes don't want to be compelled into singing the song ImageImageImage
UT did its own investigation into the history of song, and determined the song was not overtly racist. But obviously many students don't agree. washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/03…
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3 May
Good morning to everyone except the very serious free speech warriors who are encouraging, or strategically ignoring, state censorship of discussions of race in the classroom tennessean.com/story/news/pol…
The term Orwellian is overused, but this is very straightforward doublespeak. Conservatives claim to be fighting state imposed speech but they are the ones passing laws that determine what can and cannot be taught in the classroom.
Those pushing the efforts to censor speech in the classroom are pretty upfront about their propaganda and you can see it disseminate in real-time. See Megyn Kelly concur with the new use of terminology "state sanctioned" and then uses it with her 2.5M followers.
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2 May
The juxtaposition of the Democracy Dies in Darkness header and hosting the book tour of the guy who encouraged Capitol insurrectionists is too much.
The @washingtonpost then presents a fawning bio that Hawley's publicist presumably sent them ("a leading champion in Congress for working families") while skipping over the whole insurrectionist/voting to overturn the election thing.
Hawley's twitter feed is full of complaints about how the media and tech giants are trying to censor him. And yet, the newspaper owned by Jeff Bezos is giving Hawley the most flattering platform to hawk his book.
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2 May
The ongoing GOP opposition to democratic outcomes should be treated as what it is: a danger to democracy, a measure of party failure, an issue party leaders should be asked about anytime they are in public.
This local news station has taken a different approach, one that is actually supportive of democracy. They remind viewers which elected officials spread conspiracies or voted to overturn an election. This should be the model. washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/medi…
A President refused to accept the outcome of the election, has persuaded most in the party that this Big Lie is true, his supporters stormed the Capitol seeking to overturn it, and many party members voted against it. We normalize or forget these dangerous actions at our peril.
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30 Apr
Definitely seems like Roger Stone, currently being investigated for tax evasion, was planning to take $250K in bitcoin to help someone get a pardon for having sex with a minor. Bitcoin being the preferred currency for people who report their taxes. thedailybeast.com/joel-greenberg…
Per these exchanges, Stone suggested that he had shared with Trump's legal circle a letter that included a confession that detailed how a sitting Congressman had sex with an underage minor. thedailybeast.com/joel-greenberg…
Also seems pretty clear Greenberg was actively seeking a pardon from Trump as a way of avoiding co-operating with law enforcement. Less a get-out-of-jail-free card; more a skip-the-legal-system-entirely sort of deal.
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