Pelosi Calls For Banning “Patriot Prayer” Rally From San Fran Public Park: You Can’t Shout “Wolf” In A Crowded Theater
“I don’t know where to begin. Let’s just go in order.
1. Who the hell says “you can’t shout ‘wolf’ in a crowded theater”? The expression is “you can’t shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater.” Maybe the “wolf” example was more relevant in the 19th century, when Pelosi was growing up.
2. The point about being barred from shouting “fire” in a crowded theater comes from a case that’s nearly a hundred years old, hasn’t been good law for nearly 50, and today is widely considered an abomination of free-speech jurisprudence. For good reason: The point about fire in a crowded theater is easily abused to justify silencing “dangerous” speakers whether or not they’re really dangerous. (The case it comes from, in fact, upheld the conviction of an anti-war protester handing out leaflets encouraging draft dodging.) It’s an invitation to censorship on vague “public safety” grounds. To her credit, the reporter here does what reporters rarely do in instances like this and fact-checks Pelosi on that at the end of the clip. She’s quite right that the modern law of criminal incitement is waaaaay narrower than ye olde “fire in a crowded theater” example.
3. I don’t know a thing about the “Patriot Prayer” group that’s organizing the rally in San Francisco. Pelosi insists they’re a white nationalist outfit, but given the low bar the Southern Poverty Law Center has for designating right-wing outfits “hate groups,” the fact that Patriot Prayer hasn’t made the cut makes me suspect they’re far removed from being proper alt-righters. The leader of the group doesn’t, er, look alt-right, and he’s been stressing in interviews lately that only one of the eight speakers booked for the upcoming rally is white. Guns and tiki torches have also been banned from the rally as a condition of the permit, making Pelosi’s claim about danger even thinner. I think Joey Gibson, the leader of the group, is quite right about the politics of incitement here:
And, he said, Pelosi actually made the rally “more dangerous.”
“Nancy Pelosi said it was a white supremacist rally so she could bring out extremists on the right and the left,” Gibson said. “She’s telling white supremacists to come into town.”
She’s all but telling Antifa to come to town by painting Patriot Prayer as some sort of dangerous Nazi group, and when they do, she’ll use that to try to retroactively justify her “wolf” point about danger.
But never mind all that. Assume Pelosi’s right that they’re white nationalists. On what grounds does that justify denying them access to a public space for a rally? If counter-protesters show up wanting to throw down, that’s not evidence that Patriot Prayer is dangerous, it’s evidence that Pelosi’s lefty friends are. Unless I’ve misunderstood her she’s all but openly endorsing the “heckler’s veto” here in recommending that citizens be denied the right to speak on public property because the reaction to them might turn threatening. It’s pure viewpoint discrimination. Retire, Nancy.”
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California Congresswoman Speier Questions President Trump’s Fitness for Office While Evading Answers on why she employed Awan Bros for IT secrets
Awan Brothers Scandal Creates Fears About Scope of Dems Data Leak
The brothers were also employed by members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, such as: Jackie Speier (D-CA), Joaquín Castro (D-TX), and Ted Lieu (D-CA)
“Imran was first employed in 2004 by former Democrat Rep. Robert Wexler (FL) as an “information technology director”, before he began working in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s office in 2005.
The family was paid extremely well, with Imran Awan being paid nearly $2 million working as an IT support staffer for House Democrats since 2004. Abid Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, were each paid more than $1 million working for House Democrats. In total, since 2003, the family has collected nearly $5 million.
The staffer’s services were so important to congressional members, that on March 22, 2016, eight Democrat members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued a letter, requesting that their staffers be granted access to Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). Of those that signed the letter were representatives Jackie Speier (CA) and Andre Carson (IN), the second Muslim in Congress, both of whom employed the Awan brothers.
The brothers were also employed by members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, such as: Jackie Speier (D-CA), Andre Carson (D-IN), Joaquín Castro (D-TX), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Robin Kelly (D-IL), and Ted Lieu (D-CA). Lieu has since openly called for leaks by members of President Trump’s administration despite the fact that he may until recently have been under surveillance by a foreign entity.
One bombshell that has been all but ignored by the main stream media is that Imran Awan had access to Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s iPad password, meaning that the brothers also had direct access to the notorious DNC emails.”
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Judge Blames Trump for Illegal Alien’s Deadly Hit-and-Run with U.S. Marine ‘Fear of Deportation’
“A Maryland judge blamed President Donald Trump for the fear that caused an illegal alien to flee the scene of a collision that killed a 21-year-old U.S. Marine. The illegal alien fled the scene after he crashed his BMW 335i into the Marine’s motorcycle.
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Larua Kiessling said, from the bench, she received many letters about the case expressing concern about the “current political climate” where President Trump has been “harshly critical of illegal immigration and of Mexico in particular,” the Capital Gazettereported. The judge said it is “reasonable to conclude” that the defendant, Martin Martinez-Ballinas, would flee the scene out of fear of being deported.
“I’m not going to sentence based on the political environment,” Keissling told the courtroom.
Maryland defense attorney Kush Arora told Breitbart Texas that Martinez-Ballinas’s fear does not matter as to guilt or innocence. “It doesn’t matter why he ran, only that he knowingly fled the scene.” He added that the fear could be considered by the judge as a mitigating factor in sentencing.
The judge then handed down a sentence of six years in prison for what the State’s attorney called a “cowardly act.” The maximum sentence for the felony crime is 10 years and a $10,000 fine.
The court convicted Martinez-Ballinas, 29, for fleeing the scene of a February 24 crash that resulted in the death of Marine Lance Corporal James Ray Walden III. Evidence presented in the case revealed Martinez-Ballinas was speeding in his BMW 335i when he lost control while negotiating a curve. He then struck a motorcycle driven by Corporal Walden.
The Mexican national then fled the scene and hid in a nearby quarry. Police found him hiding a short time later. His attorney said his client ran because he was afraid of being deported.
Corporal Walden was a third generation military veteran. He followed his father, James Walden II, and his grandfather into service. He was stationed at Fort George G. Meade at the time of the crash.
Walden said he had encouraged his son to continue the military tradition of service and the James Walden name. “I had the privilege of watching him grow into a good man,” Walden told the Maryland newspaper. “The name James Ray Walden stops here.”
The Marine’s mother, Susan Walden, sat in the courtroom and cried as she listened to the details of the crash that killed her son, the newspaper reported. “It is the walking away that is the problem in this particular case. It is walking away and hiding,” she told the reporter. “It is walking away to protect one’s self.”
Following his arrest, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed an immigration detainer on Martinez-Ballinas and confirmed him to be a Mexican citizen illegally present in the United States. Officials wrote that his removal would “serve an important federal interest.”
Martinez-Ballinas’s attorney, David Wooten said his client didn’t run out of malicious intent. He said his client is remorseful about the crash that killed the Marine and “There’s not a day that goes by where he doesn’t constantly think about (Walden).”
The Mexican national required a translator throughout the trial. However, shortly before the judge handed down his sentence he stood and spoke in English, saying he was “sorry for” acting “cowardly,” the Capital Gazette reported.”
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