Dave Urbanski


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is on another woke jag this week, tweeting out an appeal to humans and asking them to stop using animal names as verbal insults toward other humans.

Why? Well, doing so constitutes “supremacist language,” for one thing.

Instead, PETA said, if you want to insult someone you believe lacks bravery, don’t call that person a “chicken” — that would be insulting to chickens. Instead, the animal-rights organization suggested, call that person a “coward.”

And if someone tends to tattle-tale or constantly report others’ behavior, don’t call that person a “rat” — use “snitch” instead. In addition, say “jerk” instead of “snake,” “repulsive” in lieu of “pig,” and “lazy” instead of “sloth.”

“Words can create a more inclusive world, or perpetuate oppression. Calling someone an animal as an insult reinforces the myth that humans are superior to other animals & justified in violating them,” PETA added in the tweet. “Stand up for justice by rejecting supremacist language.”

Were they done?
PETA wasn’t through. The organization continued with another tweet saying, “Anti-animal slurs degrade animals by applying negative human traits to certain species. Perpetuating the idea that animals are sly, dirty, or heartless desensitizes the public and normalizes violence against other animals.”

And: “Speciesist language isn’t just harmful, but it is also inaccurate. Pigs, for instance, are intelligent, lead complex social lives, and show empathy for other pigs in distress. Snakes are clever, have family relationships, and prefer to associate with their relatives.”

PETA finally concluded with the following post: “PETA urges everyone who believes in equality and justice to take a look at their personal beliefs and the language they use, and break free of this outdated mindset that denigrates other animals. Always be kind and consider not using insults at all.”

How did folks react?
As you might guess, there was a tad of pushback among Twitter users against PETA’s pleas:

  • “Come back to me about being less superior than animals when an anteater builds a house,” one commenter said.
  • “6 years vegan, please stop making us look ridiculous,” another user demanded.
  • “LMAO But we ARE superior to animals; we are literally superior, mentally, and in most cases physically; our intelligence is far past the intelligence of animals, and we are justified in killing and eating them; we’re carnivores LOL,” another user observed. “I guess I’m a supremacist.”
  • “Specieism? I think that’s more when orgs like yours demonize and openly kill dogs and cats for the sin of being meat eaters while only caring about barnyard animals,” another commenter noted. “You openly admit to murdering dogs and cats just for being homeless in this very thread, so…self awareness?

Author: Dave Urbanski

Source: The Blaze: PETA says using animal names as verbal insults is ‘supremacist language,’ urges end to ‘anti-animal slurs’

Bill Maher, as he typically does, brought up a hot-button issue on his “Real Time” program Friday night by asking if racism in America is really the huge problem that “radicals” have been saying it is.

What are the details?
“So, am I wrong to not want to see race all the time? Because that’s how I was brought up,” Maher said. “Like, that’s what a good liberal does, is you don’t see race. And now they switched it all around, and I’m bad because I don’t see it all the time. And Is ubiquity even effective? To make people aware of this issue at every turn?”

With that, guest Kmele Foster — a popular podcaster who happens to be black — chimed in with his observation that left-wing endeavors such as “diversity and inclusion training” and “talking often about racism and discrimination” actually “can make people presume that it exists in places that it does not.”

Foster then noted “you have to acknowledge that racism is a subjective allegation, right? I can presume intent on your behalf, whether or not it is actually there, and that’s a major defect — and I don’t want to be the object of your special concern, Bill, or anyone else’s. I’m an individual, and that’s what’s important.”

Maher was moved by Foster’s words and said — as if he was speaking to left-wing racism salespeople — that “I’m so sympathetic to the cause, but don’t gaslight me, you know?”

He added that “this is what I hear privately from my black friends: ‘I don’t want to be the focal point. I just want to blend in. I want to have a beer like you. Don’t look at me like I have to, like, make a speech about it, or that you have to make a speech about it.'”

Going deeper
Maher also asked, “Is the picture of America that’s presented by the radicals, I would say — Black Lives Matter, some of them, the anti-racists — of America 2021? Is it an accurate picture? Because sometimes I’m like, ‘Are they talking about 2021?'”

Foster told Maher, “I don’t think so,” and added that there’s a “great deal of hyperbole” within the constant hollering “in the streets” among left-wing protesters “who, quite frankly, do not have a serious grounding in these issues … they’ve got the bullhorns in their hands, and they don’t know the numbers. I’m really surprised when I see, sort of, the outrage in Portland over these issues. When I actually go back and look at the number of police-involved shootings or deaths in custody, for example … the numbers simply do not bear out this genocide against black America. It’s not a thing.”

What was the reaction?
As you might expect, leftists didn’t agree with Foster or Maher and blasted both of them on social media:

“Bill Maher must want to retire, I’ve been watching #RealTimewithBillMaher for a long time. I can’t tolerate this bulls**t,” one Twitter user said. “Kmele Foster sounds like a house slave, and this show with him grinning as Bill Maher talks like he knows every black perspective. I’m f***ing disgusted.”

“I feel like #billmaher found @kmele in the ‘I hate being black’ room on clubhouse,” another commenter wrote. “I don’t know it for a fact, I just know it’s true.”

“This ugly episode of ‘Real Time’ would have been significantly better if Bill Maher had one of the leaders from the BLM movement on the show to dispute some of the Klan propaganda spread by this duplicitous version of Uncle Ruckus,” another user declared. “Engaging in white grievance isn’t a good look.”

Anything else?
Foster later ripped a story that appeared in the Daily Beast about his appearance on “Real Time,” calling it “bulls**t, opportunist, garbage.” He added that the story’s author Marlow Stern “isn’t a journalist. He’s a professional tattletale. And even at this bold endeavor — he fails, utterly. A cad. A charlatan. A man who wouldn’t dream of asking anyone for comment/context. My intent and meaning, they aren’t so hard to discern.”

You can view video of the “Real Time” discussion between Maher and Foster in the Daily Beast’s story.

Author: Dave Urbanski

Source: The Blaze: Bill Maher: Racism in America is not the huge problem that ‘radicals’ say it is. And Maher’s black guest agrees.

Louisiana’s attorney general said Emanuel Zanders illegally registered nearly two dozen people to vote in his district amid his re-election bid

A city councilman in Amite, Louisiana, was arrested and charged with eight counts of election fraud last week.

What are the details?
Emanuel Zanders III is accused of illegally registering nearly two dozen people to vote in his district amid his re-election in November, WAFB-TV reported.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin announced the charges on Jan. 6.

Landry said Zanders allegedly urged 22 people to list vacant lots as their home addresses so he could increase the number of people eligible to vote for him, the station reported.

Zanders “purposefully manipulated citizens into illegally changing their voter registrations,” Landry said, according to WAFB.

The station said Zanders won re-election to his third term on the council by just 19 votes. He received 206 votes while his runoff opponent, Claire Bell, received 187 votes.

Landry said his office and Ardoin’s office began investigating the case in October 2020 after getting a tip from the Tangipahoa Parish Registrar of Voters, WAFB reported.

The 52-year-old Democrat was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Prison on Jan. 5 and has since bonded out, the Advocate reported, citing booking records. The paper added that Zanders could not be reached for comment.

What did state officials have to say?
“Anything other than a one-for-one vote distorts our election process,” Landry said. “Those who wish to distort an election in this matter are breaking the law and betraying their fellow citizens. It is even more disheartening when the perpetrator is an elected official.”

Ardoin added that “election integrity matters,” and Zanders’ arrest “should serve as a stark warning to those looking to violate our election laws.”

Anything else?
A Texas woman was arrested on felony charges of election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Wednesday.

And Paxton said the suspect got caught on a Project Veritas video in the midst of “shocking and blatantly illegal action.”

“Many continue to claim that there’s no such thing as election fraud,” the attorney general added. “We’ve always known that such a claim is false and misleading, and today we have additional hard evidence.”

Author: Dave Urbanski

Source: The Blaze: Democratic city councilman arrested, charged with eight counts of election fraud

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