Dallas Morning News: Big Tech Has a Conservative Problem That Must be Addressed

The editorial board noted the firing of Palmer Luckey, a conservative on staff who founded the FB-acquired Oculus.

The Dallas Morning News’ editorial board has a message to Silicon Valley: you have a conservative problem that must be answered for!

In an article published on November 14th, 2018, the board notes the firing of 26-year-old Silicon Valley whiz kid, Palmer Luckey, who founded the virtual reality company Oculus which was acquired by Facebook. They explain:

 

Luckey is one of those — a 26-year-old homeschooled tech prodigy who built a virtual reality company that Facebook vacuumed up for $2 billion.

 

But the reason we might all remember Luckey has less to do with the VR tech he created than the politics he practices.

 

Luckey is a conservative, and conservatism is one part of a bigger problem American tech giants have with speech — both how they disseminate it and how they control it.

 

But conservatism might just be the part of tech’s problem that brings much-needed reform to the internet.

 

Luckey’s story goes like this: After selling his company, Oculus, he became a Facebook employee who did what many Americans do — he donated to a political cause he supported. The cause was a pro-Trump, anti-Clinton organization called Nimble America.

 

He was fired in 2017.

 

The op-ed notes that conservatives and center-right folks “have good reason to be suspicious about how all internet giants, but particularly Facebook and Twitter, control and monitor what is said on their platforms.”

 

They added that conservatives shouldn’t be the only ones concerned with these tech tactics. Concerns should extend to other constituencies:

 

Conservatives aren’t alone in being concerned, and they shouldn’t be. The way technology companies control speech is an appropriate area for congressional inquiry, and Cruz was right not to let it go at the hearings held in April where Zuckerberg swore, against transparent evidence to the contrary, that Facebook is not a publisher.

 

The editors finished the article by encouraging Congress to look into this. As long as they aren’t meddling in business affairs, Congress can examine the issues in big tech. Conservatives and libertarians should look into Lincoln Network’s recommendations for bringing more balance to big tech without regulatory means.

 

Critics: Keith Urban Song ‘Female’ is Transphobic, Mansplains, and Too Heavy on Biblical References

Last night at the CMA’s, country music singer Keith Urban performed a new song called “Female.”

https://twitter.com/CountryMusic/status/928473236114882560

The singer was inspired to produce and release this song immediately, especially in wake of revelations in Hollywood involving serial creep Harvey Weinstein. Urban was inspired by those speaking out against Weinstein— particularly the females. Urban is married to Academy Award-winning actress and fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman, who has worked closely with Weinstein in the past.

What inspired him to grab onto the song? Him being surrounded by strong women in both his personal and professional life:

“As a husband and a father of two young girls, it affects me in a lot of ways,” Urban told Billboard earlier. “And as a son — my mother is alive. It just speaks to all of the females in my life, particularly. For a guy who grew up with no sisters in a house of boys, it’s incredible how now I’m surrounded by girls. But not only in my house; I employ a huge amount of women in my team. The song just hit me for so many reasons.”

Here’s what he told reporters at the awards ceremony last night:

“When I heard this song, I felt very strong about the spirit in the song,” Urban told Fox News on the red carpet at the 51st Country Music Associated Awards.

“I’m in the middle of making my record but when I heard that song, I just pushed everything to the side,” he told us.

“I said, ‘I really want to record this song right now.”

Take a listen to the song for yourself:

Urban touches upon the various, multifaceted roles women take. As the lyrics note:

“Sister, shoulder, daughter, lover

Healer, broken halo, mother

Nature, fire, suit of armor

Soul survivor, holy water

Secret keeper, fortune teller

Virgin Mary, scarlet letter

technicolor, river wild

Baby girl, woman child/Female.”

I see nothing wrong with this, but many critics assert he’s mansplaining about sexual harassment, is transphobic assigning women with the female gender, and inserting Biblical references.

The Verge thought it was weird for Urban, a practicing Catholic, to reference Adam and Eve in his song “Female”:

When somebody laughs and implies that she asked for it

Just cause she was wearing a skirt

Now is that how it works?

When somebody talks about how it was Adam first

Does that make you second best?

Or did he save the best for last?

There are no annotations on this verse yet, either. I’m not sure what’s stopping people from wading in here. Maybe it’s Keith’s choice to put sexual assault on the same plane as vaguely rude readings of Bible stories? Maybe it’s the insertion of creationism into a song that is otherwise not really about disproved science?

A man who respects women believes they are made in the image of God, but how dare they be told they differ in biology yet play an important role in complementing men? Blasphemous!

One Twitter user suggested Urban keep his mouth shut on women because not all women are females. Huh?

The tweet has since been deleted, but women were rightfully quick to criticize this idiotic tweet.

 

However, the song was generally well-received:

Of all the musical genres out there, country music is the most transcendent and uplifting out there — even with the bro-country and pop-country that has emerged in recent years. Country music hasn’t become tainted like rap or pop has, so many so-called cultural critics who seek to restructure politics are eager to taint good music too. Leave country music alone!

Urban should be applauded for writing a song about true female empowerment. Strong women are usually supported by strong men. Men must be equally uplifted and should be acknowledged when they condemn piggish behavior by other individuals belonging to the same gender.

I, for one, will play “Female” on a regular basis and hope you do too.

Gubernatorial Elections 2017: NJ and VA — Resurgent Live Blog

Republican candidate for governor, Ed Gillespie, right, gestures during a news conference with his running mates, Lt. Gov. candidate Jill Vogel, left, and Attorney General candidate John Adams, center, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

 

Hello everyone! The Resurgent will have live special coverage of the two gubernatorial races transpiring in New Jersey and  inVirginia tonight. Stay here for the latest updates.

NEW JERSEY

8:06PM— Race has been called for Democrat Phil Murphy. 

8PM — Polls will close in New Jersey. 

#NJGov

VIRGINIA

8:26PM — An openly trans-woman and Democrat socialist won seats in the House of Delegates. Wow.

Race called at 8:12PM for Ralph Northam. 

https://twitter.com/EWErickson/status/928065017383194624

8:12PM—Larry Sabato and NBC News are calling it for Ralph Northam.

8:10PM— With 56% of the precincts in, Northam leads Gillespie 51.50% to 47.31%. 

7:56PM — With 40.34% of precincts reporting, Mark Herring leads John Adams 50.22% to 49.73%. 

7:54— With 34.22% of precincts reporting, Jill Vogel leads Justin Fairfax 49.99% to 49.95%. 

 7:44PM— With 24% of precincts reporting, Northam has narrow lead over Gillespie, 50.92 % to 48%. 7:53PM— With 30% of precincts reporting, Northram is leading Gillespie 51.13% to 47.79%. 

 

7:38PM— Election results have started to pour in

 

7:02PM — You can watch election results here from the Virginia Department of Elections. 

7:00PM — Polls are now closed in Virginia. 

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Bolshevik Revolution Centennial: Deadly Legacy 100 Years Later

Today marks a dark moment in history: the centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution that metastasized in Soviet Russia.

From Lenin, this movement empowered Joseph Stalin, Mao Zhedong, Fidel Castro, Pol Pot, and countless other dictators across the globe to order their henchmen—or they personally—to carry out policies on torture, starvation, collectivization, confiscation of private property, and outlawing religion.

Since 1917, over 100 million have died at the hands of socialism in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. The late historian RJ Rummel estimated a high of 148 million murdered as a result of the tyrannical regimes Bolshevik Revolution spawned.  But that doesn’t bother most academics, media elites, and historians. To them, Soviet communism is misinterpreted or was, gasp, poorly executed! Look at “Red Century” columns published at the New York Times over the last year. Many of the articles, which were absolutely ridiculous in nature, affirmed  the spirit of Walter Duranty (their famed propagandist and Stalin apologist) lives on.

We hear these people clamor and say, “Well if we had another chance to retry it, it won’t turn out like this!” Oh really? Bless their hearts.

This centennial perhaps is personal for me because my family, especially my grandparents, suffered at the hands of Stalinist policies born out of this bloody movement.

It was Stalin’s gulag system that broke my grandpa’s spirit when he was imprisoned at the Belomor Canal on the Finnish-Russian border for eighteen months. By some act of God, really, he survived. Surviving this barren tundra, built on the bones of prisoners, was virtually impossible. Due to my grandpa being able-bodied from farm work all his life, he miraculously survived. Many of his fellow prisoners weren’t so lucky—ultimately succumbing to the deadly effects of life in a gulag.

My parents grew up in post-Stalinist Soviet-occupied Lithuania, but similarly encountered limited opportunities due to this movement deep-rooted infection in their homeland. While the death camps slowly disappeared, many oppressive policies were still in tact after Stalin died. Racism was rampant, opportunities were limited, kids snitched on their parents, and food was heavily rationed, for example. This was the reality of life in the Soviet Union—not some rosy fairy tale we hear from many on the Left.

These horror stories aren’t isolated to countries previously (and illegally) occupied by the former Soviet Union. Look at the blood that was shed in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. So many families were wrecked by this movement and not a peep or sympathy from scholars, academics, celebrities, and supposed reporters.

The White House issued its first-ever National Day for the Victims of Communism honor those who were oppressed by communism. Below is the statement:

Today, the National Day for the Victims of Communism, marks 100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution took place in Russia. The Bolshevik Revolution gave rise to the Soviet Union and its dark decades of oppressive communism, a political philosophy incompatible with liberty, prosperity, and the dignity of human life.

Over the past century, communist totalitarian regimes around the world have killed more than 100 million people and subjected countless more to exploitation, violence, and untold devastation. These movements, under the false pretense of liberation, systematically robbed innocent people of their God-given rights of free worship, freedom of association, and countless other rights we hold sacrosanct. Citizens yearning for freedom were subjugated by the state through the use of coercion, violence, and fear.

Today, we remember those who have died and all who continue to suffer under communism. In their memory and in honor of the indomitable spirit of those who have fought courageously to spread freedom and opportunity around the world, our Nation reaffirms its steadfast resolve to shine the light of liberty for all who yearn for a brighter, freer future.

Bolshevism in 1917 gave rise to global communism. It’s time this horrible movement in history be rejected and its effects be condemned like its ugly cousin, National Socialism. Please take this week to honor the victims of communism and honor their memories.

 

*Updated article to include White House declaration honoring victims of communism.

Japan to Host First Asia CPAC Conference

CPAC, or the Conservative Political Action Conference, is going global. It was revealed recently that the annual conservative confab annually held in D.C. every winter — with occasional regional stops— is being held in Japan from December 16-17, 2017.

Per translations, the conference touts the following principles: “Freedom and the Rule of Law”; “Security and Technology”; “Economic Growth and Deregulation”; “Intellectual Property”; and “Family Values.”

The main reason for holding Japan CPAC? Their website expounds on this:

During the eight years in the Obama administration, the situation in Asia has changed dramatically. China actively acts to expand its military facilities in the South China Sea while at the same time North Korea continues to conduct nuclear development and missile tests for nuclear warhead loading. On the other hand, the United States has greatly reduced its influence in East Asia. 

In Japan, strategic acquisitions of corporate stocks, etc. related to natural resources such as real estate by China capital and underground water source are continuing. Also, in the United States, acquisitions related to businesses from companies controlled by the Chinese government, from American pop culture such as theaters and movie production companies to industrial equipment, home electronics manufacturers and hotels are continuing.

 China’s attempt to acquire a foothold in the US financial market through the acquisition of the Chicago Board of Trade by a state-owned investment company is currently being investigated by the Trump regime. These acquisitions are not merely capitalistic transactions, but rather that China is not part of a big attempt to gain economic and military benefits to enemies, including the United States and Japan Cow.
 
During the presidential election campaign last year, Donald J. Trump candidates took a tough stance toward China’s unfair trade practices and illegal territory expansion. Immediately after winning the election, he broke the Protocol decades ago and President Trump has received a telephone call from Tsai Inge of Taiwan.

ACU believes that Japan plays an important role as the foundation of stability in Asia, and strong aggressive economic power of Japan and the United States and appropriate defense capability, especially China’s aggressive attempt to dominate worldwide We believe that it is important to develop defense capability to counterbalance against the situation.

At J-CPAC 2017 hosted by the Executive Committee of J-CPAC 2017, J-CPAC 2017 sponsored by these two themes focuses on freedom and rule of law, security and technology, economic growth and deregulation, intellectual property, families Focusing on five topics, such as prosperity, discussions will be held.

It was pointed out by Daily Beast reporter Betsy Woodruff, who tweeted the following:

https://twitter.com/woodruffbets/status/927918551066988546

If you’re curious to learn more about J-CPAC, follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Our CPAC will be held at the Gaylord Hotel and Resort in National Harbor, MD from February 21-24, 2017.

Could this coincide with President Trump’s visit to Japan and subsequent meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe? Perhaps! This will be very interesting to and we at The Resurgent will keep tabs on this first non-American CPAC.

 

Seriously, Go Watch This: Conservatives in Silicon Valley Speak in Shadows

Recently, Laurie Segall, CNN Senior Technology Correspondent, interviewed several Silicon Valley  technology industry residents with conservative &/or libertarian philosophies. This video captures their worries, from safety concerns to job termination. Many on this video would not speak without complete anonymity, due to the sure backlash they would receive at work.

Also, read a related article from Bloomberg.  Note, this “witch hunt” extends beyond the technology industry in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Silicon Valley.

Watch the full video, here.

NEW: Anti-Northam Ad Appeals to Black Voters in Tight Virginia Gov Race

A new ad appealing to black voters has is set to hit the web less than twenty-four hours before Virginia elects its next Governor.

The ad, which accuses current Lieutenant Governor and Democrat Ralph Northam of “throwing Justin Fairfax under the bus” implores African-Americans to vote against Ralph Northam.

“Don’t be taken for granted and don’t get played,” the ad reads. “Send a message to Ralph Northam loud and clear. We won’t be thrown under the bus. We won’t stand for Northam because Northam didn’t stand for justice. Our votes matter.”

The PAC campaign is led by a group of black Republicans including former Congressman JC Watts, Star Parker (President of CURE), Dean Nelson, Elroy Sailor, Jennifer Carroll, and others.

Northam was criticized last month when his campaign dropped Fairfax, an African-American Democrat running for Lieutenant Governor alongside Northam and current Attorney General Mark Herring.

Northam’s opponent, former RNC Chairman of Virginia and Republican Ed Gillespie, has been gaining ground in recent polls.

The recent $50,000 ad campaign is sponsored by the North Star Leadership Fund and Frederick Douglass Foundation, and focuses on radio, digital ads, and pamphlets. The ad will be distributed on Election Day, and will focus on polling locations in Northern Virginia, Richmond, and the Tidewater water.

The digital Facebook ad can be seen here.

Democracy for America, a progressive group focused on getting Fairfax elected, withdrew its support of Northam’s campaign.

“Ralph Northam’s gutless, politically senseless, and morally debased decision yesterday to openly backtrack on his commitment to standing up for immigrant families is a picture-perfect example of why Democracy for America never endorsed him in the primary and focused the entirety of our efforts in Virginia on down-ticket races, like Justin Fairfax’s campaign for lieutenant governor. It’s also why, today, we’re announcing that we will no longer do any work to directly aid Northam’s gubernatorial efforts,” DFA executive director Charles Chamberlain said.

Polls in Virginia will close at 7:00 p.m. EST.

 

Papa John’s Cites NFL Protests for Sluggish Pizza Sales

Papa John’s, the official pizza company affiliated with the NFL, is not too keen on the football players protesting the national anthem, suggesting these very action are hurting company sales.

“The NFL has hurt us,” company founder and CEO John Schnatter said. “We are disappointed the NFL and its leadership did not resolve this.”

https://twitter.com/i/moments/925791849230475264

“Leadership starts at the top, and this is an example of poor leadership,” Schnatter added.

Papa John’s stock is reportedly down 8.5 percent as of yesterday.  The company not only has a deal with the NFL, but 23 different teams comprising the league.

Schnatter, who is reportedly a Republican, has been in the news before. In 2012, he said escalating healthcare costs under Obamacare will contribute to the rise of pizza prizes. He also took flak for his defense of buying himself a 24,000-square-foot home.

Earlier this year, he published a book called Papa: The Story of Papa John’s Pizza in which he slammed regulation and compared the U.S. in 2016 to 19th century Germany.

“America in 2016 is on the path to becoming what Germany was in 1867,” Schnatter wrote in his new book, per Business Insider.

“If you believed the wrong thing, the government attacked you. If you became successful, the government took your money,” he said. “And if you dared go against the whims and will of society’s rulers, the government beheaded you.”

“You’ve got to have free markets with limited government, with the proper amount of regulation where you don’t jam entrepreneurship,” Schnatter continued.

It’ll be interesting to see how the company will be affected by this in the long-term.