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Dozens of groups considering lawsuits against the SPLC in wake of settlement

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Yesterday the Southern Poverty Law Center reached a $3.3 million settlement with Quilliam Foundation founder Maajid Nawaz. The SPLC had included Nawaz in its “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.” Though the Field Guide was later dumped down the memory hole, Nawaz’ attorneys had threatened a lawsuit and the threat itself was enough to get the SPLC to apologize and pay up (no actual lawsuit was ever filed). The fact that Nawaz was so successful apparently has dozens of other groups and individuals thinking about going after a piece of the SPLC’s $430 million endowment. From Pajamas Media:

“We haven’t filed anything against the SPLC, but I think a number of organizations have been considering filing lawsuits against the SPLC, because they have been doing to a lot of organizations exactly what they did to Maajid Nawaz that’s part of the settlement,” Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, told PJ Media on Tuesday…

“There are probably about 60 organizations that we’re talking to — there’s at least 60,” Staver told PJ Media. He mentioned the group of 47 nonprofit leaders who denounced the SPLC last year, and said “that group has grown since then.”…

“I must say, though, this apology to Mr. Nawaz has caused us to consider our options,” Morse added, cryptically.

“We are reviewing all our legal options,” J.P. Duffy, a spokesman for the Family Research Council, told PJ Media on Tuesday.

A spokesman for Prager University, another organization attacked by the SPLC, said that “at this point” the group had “no intention to sue,” but they “reserve the right to change their mind as the situation evolves.”

Speaking of Prager University, today Dennis Prager wrote a column outlining how the SPLC uses guilt-by-association tactics to include his organization on its “Hatewatch” blog:

Now the SPLC has placed an article about PragerU (https://www.splc.org/hatewatch/2018/06/07prageru’s-influence) on its “Hatewatch” blog. It never actually accuses PragerU of “hate” because even it can’t substantiate such a charge. In over 300 videos, it could not find a single sentence countenancing hate or bigotry, so it simply describes two articles by outsiders about PragerU, knowing the dirty work will be accomplished via implication…

Then the SPLC writes, “More troubling, Tripodi discovered, are the connections some PragerU presenters have with white nationalist thinkers.”

Again, only a very careful reader will realize PragerU has no connections whatsoever to white nationalist thinkers. Rather, “some PragerU presenters” do.

And who might they be?

Tripodi and the SPLC give one example: Dave Rubin. Dave Rubin made a video for PragerU titled “Why I Left the Left.” He is a very popular liberal video podcaster, and the fact that he is a gay Jewish liberal who left the left disturbs the SPLC.

Now, do you know any gay Jewish liberals who support white nationalists? I doubt it.

So, on what grounds is Rubin smeared in this way? Not because of any views he espouses but because he has interviewed the aforementioned Stefan Molyneux.

The fact that someone like Rubin, who made his name interviewing people, has interviewed Stefan Molyneux does not mean he agrees with him on every point, much less that Prager U is some kind of conduit to hate. It’s just nonsense.

The problem isn’t that this left-wing group has opinions about people on the right, it’s that people choose to listen to them. At what point are companies like Google and media outlets going to notice that the SPLC is playing an ugly guilt-by-association game here. Perhaps a few more lawsuits, even unsuccessful ones, would get these corporations to stop outsourcing their moral judgment to a group of openly partisan hatchet-men. As Prager says, “Were the SPLC not quoted and used as a source, there would be no reason to pay it any attention.”

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Desperately Seeking Supremacists

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(John Hinderaker)

Tania Lavin is (or was, at last word) a fact-checker for the New Yorker. She achieved overnight Twitter-fame by accusing an ICE agent of being a white supremacist. The New York Post has the story:

A Harvard-educated fact-checker for the New Yorker is being excoriated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for “baselessly slandering” a Marine veteran — by falsely accusing him of having a Nazi tattoo, according to reports.

Officials with ICE are now demanding that the New Yorker and Talia Lavin apologize over her erroneous tweet about Justin Gaertner.

In the gaffe, Lavin allegedly implied over the weekend that Gaertner, a combat-wounded veteran and ICE forensics analyst, had the Nazis’ Iron Cross inked on his elbow.

But she deleted her post after “military veterans responded that the tattoo looked more like a Maltese cross, a symbol associated with firefighters,” ICE said in a statement.

The tattoo, according to Gaertner, is actually a “Titan 2” symbol for his platoon when he served in Afghanistan.

This is the photo:

As you can see from the picture, Justin Gaertner is a double amputee:

Gaertner lost both of his legs and suffered other permanent injuries when an IED exploded during his deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He served as a fire team leader and lead sweeper for IEDs.

Now Gaertner is a para-Olympic athlete who has “volunteered his time to motivate other wounded warriors and Boston bombing victims,” according to ICE. With the immigration agency, he helps solve criminal cases related to sexually abused children.

An obvious question is, what on God’s green Earth would cause anyone to think that the vaguely cross-like symbol on Gaertner’s elbow is a Nazi or white supremacist sign? Only a person far gone in hatred for ICE employees would leap to such an irrational conclusion.

Part of the story, I think, is that the Left is hard up for white supremacists. Liberals talk about them all the time, but to the best of my knowledge, I have never met one. Have you? Liberals need to come up with someone other than Richard Spencer; hence the eagerness to libel a heroic ICE employee.

Lavin made her Twitter account private after the falsity of her smear was revealed, and the New Yorker appears to be throwing her under the bus:

“The New Yorker has just learned that a staff member erroneously made a derogatory assumption about ICE agent Justin Gaertner’s tattoo. The personal social-media accounts of staff members do not represent the magazine, and we in no way share the viewpoint expressed in this tweet,” a spokesperson said in a statement to National Review. “The tweet has been deleted, and we deeply regret any harm that this may have caused Mr. Gaertner.”

This incident might not be worth noting, except that Ms. Lavin is not just a goofy Twitter flake. A Harvard graduate, she was a Fulbright scholar and writes for the Forward as well as, on occasion, the New Yorker. And her writings in other venues suggest that her smearing of ICE agent Justin Gaertner was no fluke.

Just a few days ago, the Forward published an article by Lavin titled “No, We Don’t Have To Be Friends With Trump Supporters.” The article’s theme is that Republicans are more or less equivalent to Nazis and should be shunned:

The truth of the matter is that anyone who willingly declares themselves [sic] a Republican is aligning themselves [sic] with an administration whose official policy is to torment minorities, to empty the public purse both for private gain and for sheer cruel parsimony, to strip away healthcare from the afflicted and to comfort the wealthy.
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Anyone who is a current Trumpist might as well be an ICE agent ripping an 18-month-old child from its mother’s arms, or shipping a five-year-old boy to Michigan to dream of his father and weep in a stranger’s house.
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One companion to the legion of Trump-voter-as-curious-oddity portraiture is the endless stream of op-eds prevailing upon liberals to be more tolerant. To cease being smug. To simply reach across the aisle, grasp a hand, and speak softly, leaving the big stick at home.

To which I say: tough nuts, sugar. When they go low, stomp them on the head.

Which is what Lavin did on Twitter. Only, of course, Gaertner wasn’t “going low.” But for liberals like Ms. Lavin, working for ICE is more than enough to justify the most vicious smears. Nazis of course rear their heads in this leftist’s fantasy world:

In 2018, the question is not “Who goes Nazi?” but rather “Who goes Trump?” While Trump is far from Hitler and his supporters are a far cry from Nazis, it is undeniable at this point that his is a regime ruled by cruelty and evil.

It is high time, when you find yourself next at a dinner party with someone who has gone Trump, to smash your glass to shards and leave. It is time to push yourself away from the table. It is time to cease to behave with subservient politesse towards those who embrace barbarity with unfettered glee.

These are more or less insane ravings, but they are typical of what liberals are saying to one another nowadays. Smearing double amputee veterans with false imputations of Nazi sympathies? For today’s liberals, it is all in a day’s work.

ONE MORE THING: I didn’t comment on the irony of a New Yorker fact checker making such an absurd mistake on her own facts. I’m so old, I can remember when the New Yorker was justly famed for its fact checking. Unfortunately, in the era of Jane Mayer those days are long gone. The New Yorker is now just another left-wing rag with no standards.

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‘Commie cadet’ gives US Army the finger after ‘other-than-honorable’ discharge

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If Spenser Rapone didn’t exist we’d have to invent him. He’s the perfect encapsulation of far-left smugness, someone who hates his own country but adores the remnants of a failed system that killed 100 million people in the last century. Earlier this month I wrote that Rapone would soon be discharged from the Army over his behavior. His final day was Monday. He celebrated with two images on his Twitter account. The first is a shot from Shawshank Redemption where the main character escapes from prison by crawling through a sewer pipe.

The second image is Rapone himself giving the middle finger to the Army on his way out:

That sort of sums it up, doesn’t it? I’m sure there are plenty of guys his age who leave the Army with mixed feelings about the experience. Some of them probably feel like flipping the bird on the way out too. But only Spenser Rapone is self-obsessed enough to believe his belated teenage rebellion is in service of a grand historical narrative. From the Associated Press:

Top brass at Fort Drum accepted Rapone’s resignation Monday after an earlier reprimand for “conduct unbecoming of an officer.” Rapone said an investigation found he went online to advocate for a socialist revolution and disparage high-ranking officers…

“I consider myself a revolutionary socialist,” the 26-year-old Rapone told The Associated Press. “I would encourage all soldiers who have a conscience to lay down their arms and join me and so many others who are willing to stop serving the agents of imperialism and join us in a revolutionary movement.”…

Greg Rinckey, an attorney specializing in military law, said it’s rare for an officer out of West Point to receive an other-than-honorable discharge. He added that it’s possible the military academy could seek repayment of the cost of Rapone’s education because he didn’t serve the full five-year service obligation required upon graduation.

“I knew there could be repercussions,” said Rapone, who is scheduled to speak at a socialism conference in Chicago next month. “Of course my military career is dead in the water. On the other hand, many people reached out and showed me support. There are a lot of veterans both active duty and not that feel like I do.”

I don’t know what the cost of a West Point education is these days but I suspect it’s considerably more than Spenser Rapone is likely to earn as a professional communist agitator. Then again, Bernie Sanders might be running for office starting next year. Maybe Rapone can get a job with the campaign and organize Antifa rallies on the side.

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Happy Birthday to the Dakota Access Pipeline, Which Has Been Delivering 500,000 Barrels Per Day Without the Catastrophic Poisoning of Water Tables We Were Promised

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From John Sexton at Hot Air, the pipeline that was supposed to kill us all is just kinda chillin' and deliverin' oil. Forbes: DAPL has been quietly transferring crude oil from the Bakken fields in North Dakota at a rate...
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Progressive Conspiracy Theory Of the Day, #2: OMG, Not Only Does ICE Have NAZIS Working For Them, They Publicly Promote These NAZIS!!!!

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Really? John Sexton explains at Hot Air. It's all based on this picture, and then propagandized by ignorant media-class morons: Learn more about HERO Child-Rescue Corps, a program for wounded, injured & ill Special Ops Forces to receive training in...
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YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: The Enlightenment’s Cynical Critics….

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YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: The Enlightenment’s Cynical Critics.

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