Will be gone for a couple of days…

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Just a note to our readers… I will be gone for a couple of days, so consider this an open thread if you like. I am going into the hospital for routine surgery and should be back no later than Friday.

Hold the fort for me while I’m gone and all prayers are appreciated.

Warm Regards,

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton


Google And Facebook Cross The ‘Creepy Line’ Every Day

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

The Creepy Line and Alex Wong/Getty

A few days ago, I wrote again on China’s communist social credit system. But we have our own system being utilized here in the United States in the form of Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other Internet platforms. I have already been purged from Facebook for my political views. Many other conservatives have as well. Twitter is also cracking down. They just permanently banned conservative writer, radio host, and combat veteran Jesse Kelly. In retaliation for that, Instant Pundit’s Glenn Reynolds quit Twitter yesterday. I can’t say that I blame him for it either.

Glenn had this to say after he deleted his Twitter account:

People seem to want more, and although there’s nothing duller than posting a screed on why you’re quitting a platform, here’s the gist: I’ve never liked Twitter even though I’ve used it. I was a late adopter, and with good reason. It’s the crystal meth of social media — addictive and destructive, yet simultaneously unsatisfying. When I’m off it I’m happier than when I’m on it. That it’s also being run by crappy SJW types who break their promises, to users, shareholders, and the government, of free speech is just the final reason. Why should I provide free content to people I don’t like, who hate me? I’m currently working on a book on social media, and I keep coming back to the point that Twitter is far and away the most socially destructive of the various platforms. So I decided to suspend them, as they are suspending others. At least I’m giving my reasons, which is more than they’ve done usually.

Instant Pundit was one of the first bloggers out there and drives huge amounts of conservative traffic. We call it an ‘Instalanche’ when Glenn puts out a story you have written or are connected to. He’s had it with this censorship and he won’t be the last by any means.

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Book Review… Hotel USSR: Memoirs of a Soviet ‘non-Artist’

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Purchase at Amazon

One of my greatest joys and honors has been knowing Oleg Atbashian… the owner of The People’s Cube, a superb author, and one of the most gifted graphic artists I have ever known.

Oleg comes from Russia but he is American through and through. Over the years it has become evident to me that those who have experienced the oppression of true communism are the most adamant defenders of freedom out there. Oleg’s latest book: Hotel USSR: Memoirs of a Soviet ‘non-Artist’ is based on his own life story.

As a child, Oleg was a gifted artist with dreams like the rest of us, but under communism, you are selected for your vocation and if you are not willing to follow the diktats of the leadership you find yourself in very hot water. I found his telling of his childhood journey and what he went through very compelling and amusing.

Amazon describes the book this way:

As a child, he was promised abundance and freedom in a communist paradise. In that bright future, he dreams of being an artist. But as he grows up, he discovers that his dream is based on a fraud and that his country is really a dictatorship governed by bullies, liars, and thieves. He and the girl he loves find themselves trapped in a labyrinth of a dysfunctional utopia they call “Hotel USSR.” Every aspect of their lives is regulated by improbable rules that override human nature. To live their dream, they decide to break the law. This takes him on a series of tragicomical adventures that feel like acts in the theater of the absurd: a worker in Siberian oil fields, an army conscript, an inmate at a forensic psychiatry facility, a visual propaganda artist, a Soviet dissident, and an immigrant to America. And everywhere he goes he draws pictures…

Oleg’s life is one long adventure. He did the artwork for NoisyRoom.net and he has always been kind and generous when I’ve asked something of him. He has drawn the covers of books of some of the very best authors out there: Trevor Loudon, Cliff Kincaid, Paul Kengor, Larry Grathwohl, and others. You can see some of his work here.

Here is what Oleg wrote after he finished his latest work:

I’m happy to report that I’ve just published my second book, Hotel USSR. It’s a story of а young man coming of age in a totalitarian state. He wants to be an artist but he isn’t authorized to buy paints. He wants to see the world but the authorities brand him as politically unreliable. He wants to get married but the system separates him from his bride. He listens to Hotel California and wishes he had their problems: he himself is stuck in a real-life trap that he “can never leave,” and he calls it Hotel USSR. To check out, he must break every rule in the book.

This young man is me and this is my real life story. People have often asked me what growing up in the USSR felt like. This book is my answer. It’s illustrated with my own drawings and paintings, which I did in my twenties before I quit drawing. The reason for quitting is in there as well.

In addition to it being humorous and entertaining, I hope this story can be an eye-opener for younger people who may naively believe in the false promise of socialism. Rather than debating Marxism directly, I demonstrate how it fails in practice and what absurdities ensue when the entire state lives in denial of its failures, forcing people not to trust their own eyes. The book describes socialism as an attempt to regulate human existence in cumbersome ways that defy human nature, leaving no doubt that to build “real socialism that works” is no more possible than to build a house based on an optical illusion.

I highly recommend Hotel USSR: Memoirs of a Soviet ‘non-Artist’. If you want to know what it is like to have to live under communism/socialism, this book is a must-read. It’s also a cautionary tale to young Americans on why they should avoid the evils of Marxism at all costs. Pick up a copy at Amazon – I know you will love it as much as I did.


Internal Facebook Documents Seized By UK Parliament

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Most of you know how I feel about Facebook. I felt that way even before I was purged by them and was never given a reason for it. Under antitrust laws, they should be broken up and steps should be taken to ensure social media platforms do not censor free speech. Things are heating up here in the United States concerning Facebook and they may fall quicker than anyone realizes in the end. But for now, the Brits are leading the way.

In a surprise move, parliament has just used its legal powers to seize internal Facebook documents. They include private emails from CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The UK wants to hold Facebook accountable for violating the privacy of individuals. Just as in the US when Zuckerberg refused to answer Senator Ted Cruz, Zuckerberg repeatedly refused to answer questions put to him by parliament.

These documents purportedly contain significant revelations about Facebook decisions on data and privacy controls that led to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. It is also alleged that they include confidential emails between senior executives and correspondence with Zuckerberg. Oh, I hope so. Facebook needs to be exposed for all the dirty, underhanded evil moves they’ve made over the last fourteen years.

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Laura Loomer Purged From Twitter And Facebook For Telling The Truth About Rep. Ilhan Omar On Islam

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Laura Loomer is a blogger/journalist/activist that has long been at the forefront of exposing Islamists who push Shariah law and FGM (female genital mutilation). She did just that with newly elected Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and for that, Twitter banned/purged her from their social media platform. Everything that Loomer spoke of was the truth and not hate speech.

Twitter says her tweet violated their “rules against hateful conduct.” It’s the same drivel that Facebook is using to ban conservatives whose political opinions they don’t agree with. Laura Loomer is Jewish and had over 260,000 Twitter followers. For her stance, it took Facebook less than 24 hours to purge her as well, just as many other conservatives have been.

“Isn’t it ironic how the twitter moment used to celebrate ‘women, LGBTQ, and minorities’ is a picture of Ilhan Omar? Ilhan is pro-Sharia Ilhan is pro-FGM. Under Sharia, homosexuals are oppressed and killed. Women are abused and forced to wear the hijab. Ilhan is anti-Jewish,” tweeted Loomer, 25. Please tell me how any of that is untrue. And while Loomer stated the absolute truth, real hatemongers like Luis Farrakhan and Antifa are still on these social media platforms.

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France Is Literally On Fire Over Fuel Protests – Fractured Over National Security

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Socialism is all well and good until it makes it impossible to live, work or exist… just take a look at France. This is the second weekend that French protesters are getting frisky in the streets over fuel prices. I am told that it is between $6 and $8 a gallon over there and people are ticked at Macron. Police in Paris are using tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters.

Angry mobs were trying to break through a security cordon at the Champs-Elysées and violence broke out. Over 5,000 protesters were marching there. At least 13 people were arrested after getting into fights with the police. Organizers of the “yellow jacket” movement billed the latest protests as “act two” in their rolling campaign. They want an end to an increase in fuel duty on diesel. Taxes y’all. Hello California.

Metal barriers were erected to keep the violent hordes away from key buildings such as the prime minister’s official residence. Some of the protesters ripped up paving stones and threw fireworks at the police. They were shouting slogans that call for President Emmanuel Macron to resign. Perhaps Macron might want to rethink his stance on America’s ‘nationalism’.

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Communism: Beijing To Score And Rank Every Resident Based On Their Behavior By The End Of 2020

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

This is where Maoism and communism lead… the utter subjugation of the masses. Make no mistake, it is what the left envisions for America. If the left regains control of America they will utilize massive intelligence compounds such as the one in Utah, using cameras and databases to track our every move. All of us will be subjected to nationwide surveillance and our families, friends and loved ones will pay the price for it. Hell, if tech giants get their way, they will find a way to inject us with neural web technology that can enslave us. Think I’m paranoid? Ask Elon Musk. It’s called “neural lace” technology. It should terrify all of us. I highly recommend you read Dean Koontz’s hellish vision of this in the Jane Hawk series.

China is at the forefront of controlling their people. By the end of 2020, they will have a system in place that watches every move their 1.3 billion people make and judges them on those moves. They will adopt a lifelong points program by 2021 that assigns personalized ratings for each resident. If they step out of line, their score will reflect it. Mortgages/rent, travel, jobs, loans, food allotment… everything will be based on those scores. Think it can’t happen here? The left is already pushing for it. If you think social media is bad, just wait.

From Bloomberg:

The capital city will pool data from several departments to reward and punish some 22 million citizens based on their actions and reputations by the end of 2020, according to a plan posted on the Beijing municipal government’s website on Monday. Those with better so-called social credit will get “green channel” benefits while those who violate laws will find life more difficult.

The Beijing project will improve blacklist systems so that those deemed untrustworthy will be “unable to move even a single step,” according to the government’s plan. Xinhua reported on the proposal Tuesday, while the report posted on the municipal government’s website is dated July 18.

China has long experimented with systems that grade its citizens, rewarding good behavior with streamlined services while punishing bad actions with restrictions and penalties. Critics say such moves are fraught with risks and could lead to systems that reduce humans to little more than a report card.

Beijing leads a dozen cities in China in these efforts. It takes oppression to its ultimate conclusion. Hangzhou rolled out its personal credit system earlier this year, rewarding “pro-social behaviors” such as volunteer work and blood donations while punishing those who violate traffic laws and charge under-the-table fees. By the end of May, people with bad credit in China were blocked from booking more than 11 million flights and 4 million high-speed train trips.

Massive databases are being used to record and catalog every move by these individuals. Agencies are all interconnected and they are using a version of hive mentality that isn’t just creepy… it’s deadly. Agencies including tourism bodies, business regulators and transit authorities are now all working together.

The tracking of citizens in China has become easier with the use of apps such as Tencent’s WeChat and Ant Financial’s Alipay, which is a central node for making payments, getting loans and organizing transport. Accounts are generally linked to mobile phone numbers, which in turn require government IDs. Papers, please.

The final version of China’s national social credit system will be something this world has never seen before. It will take communism to a whole new level. As rules forcing social networks and Internet providers to remove anonymity get increasingly enforced and facial recognition systems become more popular with policing bodies, authorities are likely to find everyone from Internet dissenters to train-fare skippers easier to catch and punish than ever before. Look no further than New York, where a bill is on the table requiring three years of social media presence to be reported before you can obtain a gun.

And all of this will be in the hands of those who define what ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behavior is. If you have the wrong political opinion, you will be done for in China. Bad habits like smoking or overeating will do you in as well. It’s a progressive’s dream come true. And it’s already being put forth by Democrats in New York.

From The Daily Caller:

New York entrepreneur and Democratic 2020 candidate Andrew Yang wants to implement a system in which a government-run mobile app rewards Americans with “digital social credits” (DSCs) for good behavior.

Americans would receive DSCs under Yang’s system for things such as “participating in a town fair,” “fixing a neighbor’s appliance” or “tutoring a student,” his presidential campaign website explains.

“As individuals rack up DSCs, they would have both a permanent balance they’ve earned over their lifetime and a current balance. They could cash the points in for experiences, purchases with participating vendors, support for causes, and transfer points to others for special occasions,” Yang states on his website. “As their permanent balance gets higher, they might qualify for various perks like throwing a pitch at a local ballgame, an audience with their local Congressperson or meeting their state’s most civic-minded athlete or celebrity.”

“The most socially detached would be the most likely to ignore all of this,” he added. “But many people love rewards and feeling valued.”

Yang’s social credit plan bears some similarities to the social credit system implemented by China’s authoritarian government.

Every citizen in China is assigned a social credit score that determines whether they can buy plane or train tickets.

Unlike the Chinese system, Yang’s plan does not include using digital social credit for punitive measures.

Campaign chair Matt Shinners emphasized in an email to The Daily Caller News Foundation that Yang’s system lacks the coercive element featured in China’s social credit system:

My understanding of the Chinese system (which is admittedly limited) is that it’s more of a rating that’s externally imposed based on a number of non-opt-in factors, almost like a credit rating, and collates information captured from public surveillance, economic and social media activity, etc… to create a ‘score’ that would then, possibly, be used to ‘blacklist’ people from certain activities. Under my understanding, the Chinese system is more of a score/rating than a system of credits.

Andrew’s platform calls for a system that’s much more akin to time banking, or to points that people earn on their credit cards. There’s no general monitoring of individual activity, and no scraping of social media sites to see what people are up to. Instead, activities such as volunteering or helping your neighbors would earn you credits that could then be traded with others for receiving similar help. For example, I spend 4 hours/week coaching a hockey team in my community, and I use the credits I earn to have a local electrician (who possibly has a kid on the team) help me install a garage door opener. There would also be backing by the federal government for conversion to currency (that would be taxed), or traded in for “fun” activities (such as getting to attend a bill signing).

Yang’s campaign also calls for paying every American a universal basic income of $1,000 a month and government-sponsored journalism. That’s communism, not love. Welcome to an upgraded version of “1984.”

Denise Simon points out that this is already being done to Americans through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, PayPal, Google, and others. She’s right and I’m living proof of that after being purged and wiped from Facebook.


Trump Adding Venezuela To The List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism Would Be The Right Move

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a military parade to celebrate the 195th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo, next to Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, in Caracas, June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Marco Bello

Amid all the political uproar here in the US, a headline concerning Venezuela surfaced that should be getting far more attention than it is currently. It’s being said that the Trump administration is prepping to add Venezuela to the US list of state sponsors of terrorism. That would be the right move and a good thing.

In South Florida, that is very welcome news to thousands of refugees who have fled Nicolas Maduro’s socialist/communist utopian dictatorship. The Trump administration would officially declare Venezuela an enemy of America – and they are. There’s a whole list of reasons why. This designation would put Venezuela on a list reserved for governments repeatedly accused of being “a state sponsor of terrorism,” like Iran, North Korea, Syria, and Sudan. Venezuela’s comrade, Cuba, fought and won removal from the notorious list in 2016 during the Obama administration. They should also be placed on that list.

Senator Marco Rubio has been ringing alarm bells over this for a long time. He should be commended for that. In fact, it’s rumored that President Trump is acting on Rubio’s advice on this. I hope is also getting counsel from Senator Ted Cruz. Rubio has savaged Maduro like a pitbull and rightly so. He tears into the power-hungry dictator who has made a mockery of his country’s democracy every chance he gets. Venezuelans blame Maduro for rampant corruption across the government and mishandling of the economy.

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Violent Communist Antifa Thugs Swarm ‘We The People’ Rally In Philadelphia

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

A ‘We The People’ rally was held in Philadelphia yesterday. There were not that many patriots there, but hundreds of violent communist Antifa thugs swarmed the rally. They were there for a fight and they got one.

Conservative groups had planned the rally in support of ICE and police officers. Hundreds of black-clad, masked Antifa radicals descended upon them near the Independence Visitor Center on 5th and 6th Streets. There were approximately 80 conservatives in the mix and they were vastly outnumbered. The media is calling the Antifa goons counterprotesters. That’s not what they are. They are vicious communists who intend to beat conservatives into cowering and staying silent.

The police commissioner stated that only four were arrested. One of them punched a police captain if you can believe it (and I do). One injured person was put in a van for their safety as well. After violence broke out the crowd soon dispersed.

There were crazed hippy liberals in attendance too. One guy with fluorescent pink hair and pepperoni pizza leggings showed up to ‘protest Nazis’. There were other leftist nut cases there as well.

The police arrested the Antifa communists and put them in a police van while their supporters shouted: “We got your back, man!” The Antifa thugs were shouting profanities at the police while they were being arrested. No one ever accused communists of being classy.

This could easily have broken into a major clash and with the Antifa terrorists outnumbering the conservatives the way they did, it would have ended very badly. There was blood splattered on the sidewalks as the two groups were separated. The Washington Post is reporting only 30 conservatives were there versus 300 Antifa goons. Take that for what it’s worth – WaPo has a credibility problem, to say the least.

WaPo also claimed that the Antifa soldiers were arrested for disorderly conduct and failure to disperse. They played that down immensely. Two others, a 26-year-old man and a 35-year-old man, were arrested for failing to disperse. A 31-year-old woman was arrested for disorderly conduct, police said. As for the police captain getting punched, WaPo said it was a ‘person’. Way to whitewash a story, fellas. A police captain was attacked during one of the scuffles and taken to Hahnemaan University Hospital, according to law enforcement officials. A 23-year-old man was arrested for that assault. NBC didn’t even mention that communist Antifa made up the bulk of the counterprotesters.

And of course they tried to paint the police as badly as possible: “The protesters were separated from the “We the People Rally” by a four-lane street, lines of Jersey barriers and hundreds of Philadelphia police officers, many with plastic handcuffs dangling from their uniforms.” The ‘handcuff’ part of that descriptor seems to be added merely to make the officers look like over-anxious thugs. That’s just dishonest and worthy of Pravda.

And… WaPo even tried to portray the whole thing as a joke: “The demonstration was advertised as a gathering for “patriots” and others who were “pro-good cop, pro-ICE, pro-law and order, pro-life, pro-American value, pro-gun and anti-illegal immigration,” according to a Facebook page for the event. But the turnout was small, leading some of the counterprotesters to question if the rally had been a practical joke.” Boy, WaPo just hates everything good about America and conservatives in general. That statement is just dripping with sarcasm and you can feel them sneer at the patriots who were in attendance.

Listen to the WaPo rhetoric and how they twist the intentions of those who put on the rally:

“I kind of wonder if they were just screwing with us, that they made some event to get other people to waste their day,” mused Michael Bartolone, 45, who drove from New York City to join the protesters. “Was this all a ruse on their part or were they scared off?”

The low turnout also disappointed rallygoers like Ted Chmielnicki, who came from North Carolina. He wondered if social media buzz hinting at violence turned some away.

“We heard a lot of rhetoric coming in here that we were going to come in here and take over the city and destroy the place and be all violent and all that,” he said. “The only message we’re trying to get out is unity. If we can’t unite underneath the Constitution and the flag, we’re already lost.”

More on the event:

As rally participants gave speeches — and protesters tried to drown them out with chants — tourists passed en route to the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall, where the U.S. Constitution was signed. Rally organizers said showing respect for that founding document was the reason behind the event.

“They’re calling us Nazis. But I ask you: Which side looks more like a Nuremberg rally?” asked Bill Helder, 55, of Washington’s Crossing, Pa., noting the abundance of flags, chants, and drums among the counterprotesters. “All I heard over here was, ‘God bless the Constitution. Let’s get along.’ And the other side wants to tear our heads off.”


Still, city officials took no chances. Before the event, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told philly.com that the gathering would have “coverage” and that the city would meet violence or vandalism with arrest and detention.

“I’ve only seen one guy get punched so far today,” said Boston resident Gregg Housh, 41, a counterprotester who has attended at least 30 similar events in the last two years. “That’s because one of the alt-right guys got out of their pen and walked around to the other side, walked right into the middle and starting yelling Trump stuff at them.”

Really? That’s why a police captain was punched? So many lies you need a shovel to dig your way through it.

Everywhere that conservatives meet, Antifa is showing up to get their violence on. It’s getting worse, not better and the gathering in Philly shows that. Our Founding Fathers would be ashamed and incensed over all of this.