A Huge Political Streak Ends in Virginia

With the office of Governor on the line, Virginia Republicans are glad about this big streak ending. But is it enough?


Hip-hop mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, left, interviews Ed Gillespie, chairman of the Republican National Committee, for MTV before the final night of the Republican National Convention Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Ed Gillespie has never won an election, and he’s been handed the Republican Party of Virginia nomination to be Governor. And I’ve been hammering hard the point that he’s losing so badly, that since the primary he hasn’t even won a poll by fluke of accidental outlier. That’s a very bad sign

Great news for Republicans though is that Gillespie finally won a poll. Monmouth has Ed Gillespie up a point over Democrat Ralph Northam, 48-47, a shift from their previous poll that had Northam up 49-44 last month. So, between the polls, Northam lost 2 points, and Gillespie gained 4 points. Those are both small shifts, but combined they do appear to be good news.

The poll average still has Northam up 49-45, and Northam has still won 10 of the last 11 polls. But if more results come in like this one from Monmouth, then maybe it’s a sign that pouting Trump voters hare deciding to back the Republican after all!

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With Ed Gillespie, Virginia GOP Gets Tired of Winning

Tired of winning yet? Donald Trump and the Republican Party of Virginia sure seem tired of winning, so now they’re going to lose!


FILE – In this Tuesday, March 21, 2017 photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate, Ed Gillespie, gestures during a kitchen table discussion at a private home in Toano, Va. Gillespie faces fellow Republicans, State Sen. Frank Wagner, and Corey Stewart in the June 13th primary. Virginia primary voters will select candidates for the nation’s marquee race for governor, without any recommendations so far from President Donald Trump or former President Barack Obama on who to vote for. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Defenders of Ed Gillespie say it was a feat that he lost so narrowly to Mark Warner 49-48 in 2016. Critics, of whom I am one, counter that he’s an uninspiring candidate who hasn’t proven he has the ability to win any race, anywhere.

Gillespie is a career party operative who now believes it’s his turn to be on the ballot. His fellow party operatives have fallen in line with him, and now this is his second time being the statewide standard bearer for the RPV. That was a mistake.

But it’s a mistake that has been made. Gillespie is the nominee against Democrat Ralph Northam. So why isn’t the party uniting against Northam? Guys like Corey Stewart and Donald Trump don’t seem to care. It’s almost like they want the Democrat to win.

And the Democrat is winning. Gillespie has continued his string of winning exactly zero polls since winning the nomination, and two more polls came out today with Gillespie losing 50-44 (Roanoke College) and 48-44 (Christopher Newport University). Gillespie is well behind, when he can’t even win one poll by accident!

Virginia isn’t an unfriendly state for Republicans. However by making poor nominations, letting the DC-Richmond axis of consultants pick candidates, and failing to unite around the winners, the party is sabotaging itself.

Just got tired of winning, I guess.

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Hillary Clinton is Nearly Right About This One Thing

Hillary Clinton went abroad to try to criticize America, which is a classless, partisan thing to do, but this is the one thing she got nearly right.


Hillary Clinton addresses the Children’s Defense Fund’s Beat the Odds celebration at the Newseum in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The one thing she got close to right was this that she said on Channel 4 (UK):

Look, we just elected someone who admitted sexual assault to the presidency.

It’s almost true. Change ‘admitted’ to ‘committed’ and yes, we elected him in 1992. Bill Clinton attacked Paula Jones. He was then re-elected in 1996 after being elected the first time. When under investigation, he lied about his sexual activity, and smeared Monica Lewinsky in the process.

To cover up for his crime, he committed perjury and obstruction of justice. He was acquitted of these crimes in the Senate for political reasons.

Back then, Democrats didn’t say things like “The women coming forward is the only way that that story will be told,” as she told Channel 4. No, Hillary Clinton is fine with rape, but only if a Democrat is the one who commits it.

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Here’s Why the Russian Ad Problem Won’t Go Away

Google is embarrassed by the Russian dollars going to them to disrupt American elections. But that problem isn’t going to go away, no matter what they say.


Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Security Council meeting in the Novo-Ogaryov residence outside Moscow, Russia on Monday, June 26, 2017. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Especially for Google, they’re not at all equipped to deal with this problem, as widely reported and covered in the past, including at RedState:

Google has discovered it sold tens of thousands of dollars worth of online ads to Russian-linked actors trying to influence the 2016 presidential election, according to The Washington Post….

“We have a set of strict ads policies including limits on political ad targeting and prohibitions on targeting based on race and religion,” a Google spokeswoman said in a statement. “We are taking a deeper look to investigate attempts to abuse our systems, working with researchers and other companies, and will provide assistance to ongoing inquiries.”

This quote from the Hill details the entire problem, and why Google will be vulnerable to this for the foreseesable future. Even more so than Facebook, Google tries to remove human intervention from their processes as much as possible. Note their reaction is to use researchers, not staff.

In the old days, when you bought an ad with a newspaper, television, or radio, the ad would be seen before it was published or broadcast. Someone, or multiple layers of people, would have to approve the ad as appropriate to be shown.

But with Google, their goal is to ensure nobody sees it between when the buyer puts down money for the ad, and when the ad is shown to readers. Just as with Youtube, Google is relying on artificial intelligence technology to do its filtering.

AI is pretty good, and picks up patterns humans might not spot. But AIs are a long way from understanding implications and tone of language, in a way that humans will instantly spot. As long as Google is going to rely on computers to combat a campaign of human agitation and propaganda from Russian agents, they are going to lose and lose badly.

Facebook needs to worry about this, too. They do use human screening, but they’ve also been bitten by the heavy use of automated systems and markets, such as with the Nazi targeting scandal. These companies are ripe for being exploited by state-backed hostile actors, and it’s not going to stop anytime soon.

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New Poll: Will Trump Backers Show Up to Beat the Far Left?

The polls keep coming in tracking the race to elect Virginia’s next Governor. Trump supporters said they might stay home, but will they follow through?


FILE – In a Saturday, April 22, 2017 file photo, Republican gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart, speaks during a Tea Party debate at Goochland High School in Goochland, Va. Stewart, an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump who narrowly lost a bid to be Virginia’s GOP candidate for governor is now running for the U.S. Senate. Stewart announced his Senate candidacy Thursday, July 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

With about a month to go until election day, the race between Republican Ed Gillespie, and Democrat Ralph Northam, is nearing the end. And the results are terrible for Republicans. It’s not looking like a very close race, as Gillespie has yet to lead a poll since winning the primary. That’s important because it was after his primary loss that Trump backer Corey Stewart sought to split the party:

“There is one word you will never hear from me, and that’s ‘unity,’ ” Stewart told cheering supporters. “We’ve been backing down too long. We’ve been backing down too long in defense of our culture and our heritage and our culture.”

“. . .This isn’t old-style politics anymore. I just can’t tell 155,000 folks to go ahead and vote for Ed despite the fact that he’s not a fighter.”

Without those 155,000 votes, the Democrat party will keep its hold on Virginia’s chief executive office. Which seems to be why the latest polls are Emerson showing Northam +5, Christopher Newport showing Northam +7, and Washington Post at Northam +13.

Gillespie has lost 16 of the last 18 polls, and tied the other two. He has not once led since Stewart’s speech. This would have been a close race if the Republican Party were united, but with the Trump wing of the party hiding in their safe spaces, the Democrats will win this one easily.

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Relax: Google YouTube Is Not Gunning for Republicans

The latest outrage wire says that Republicans on YouTube are being targeted by Google. The truth is, like Dirty Harry, they hate everybody.


President Barack Obama sits with Google Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, during a meeting with business leaders to discuss the economy. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Barack Obama sits with Google Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, during a meeting with business leaders to discuss the economy. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

If you’re not aware, YouTube is under enormous advertising pressure. After the #1 channel on YouTube started posting Nazi slogans and slurs on his channel, the big advertising dollars started to dry up.

In order to keep from losing billions, YouTube has had to enforce rules they normally left lax, and has added new rules to try to make the site as inoffensive as possible to advertisers. They’re hitting anyone. Left, right, or independent, if you cover controversial politics in any way, even as a neutral observer, you could be hit. Video games are being hit, even harmless videos about historical computers and software.

There’s no targeting here. Youtube is desperately bailing, duct taping, and throwing everything non-essential overboard in order to keep the site afloat. It’s never been a direct profit center for them, and they can’t afford boat rockers. They can’t even afford anything that their AI thinks might be a boat rocker.

Relax and seek alternate revenue sources. You didn’t put all your eggs in one basket, did you?

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Video: Can These Vegans Fail Any Harder?

Vegans get the weirdest ideas to push their fringe ideologies. But get a load at how it can go so very wrong.

You just know the best part of this is that these kids come from backgrounds where they have a lot more going for themselves than these truck driver who’s just trying to do his job. They’re trying to make a statement, but the best outcome for them is that this poor driver loses time, loses money, and possibly even loses his job.

Keep that in mind while you watch them scheme, and get a good laugh out of this whole thing.

Here’s the video. Mind the language, but it’s worth it:

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Confirm Ajit Pai at FCC. Now.

Ajit Pai was renominated to the Federal Communications Commission in March. Currently the Chairman, when will he get reconfirmed?

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, Federal Communication Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai speaks during an open hearing and vote on "Net Neutrality" in Washington. Tech companies are readying for a showdown with a Republican-controlled government over threats to net neutrality, a key issue for them and their users. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, Federal Communication Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai speaks during an open hearing and vote on “Net Neutrality” in Washington. Tech companies are readying for a showdown with a Republican-controlled government over threats to net neutrality, a key issue for them and their users. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The President renominated Ajit Pai to the FCC in March to serve a second term. Pai currently serves as Chairman because the President can designate a Chairman at any time, however Pai still needs to be reconfirmed to a full new term.

Said Pai at the time:

“If I am fortunate to be confirmed by the Senate, I will continue to work with my colleagues to connect all Americans with digital opportunity, foster innovation, protect consumers, promote public safety, and make the FCC more open and transparent to the American people,” Pai concluded in his statement.

Pai was first appointed to the FCC by the advice of Mitch McConnell to Barack Obama, so why hasn’t McConnell gotten the job done to reconfirm him?

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Wow: Facebook Completely Caves to Internet Pressure

Facebook has grown to be under unprecedented pressure lately. Look at how they completely folded under that pressure!


Alphabet and Facebook stock values are shown on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Alphabet and Facebook stock values are shown on a screen at the Nasdaq MarketSite, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

We covered a couple of weeks ago how the Internet was abandoning Facebook. Major projects like Apache and WordPress had publicly slammed the door on them over patent power grabs.

Well, Facebook has completely given in, and is removing from React.js and select other projects all licensing that prevents you from defending yourself against Facebook patent lawsuits.

I’m seeing rumblings that people don’t necessarily trust Facebook on this, because any move they make capriciously can be undone with the same unpredictability, but for now, this seems like a big win for Facebook’s critics.

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German Election Results In: Voters Fire a Warning Shot at the EU

Angela Merkel has won her fourth straight German election for the CDU/CSU centrist sister parties. But there are signs that the center is falling.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, delivers a speech as parliamentary faction leader Volker Lauder, center, and EU commissioner Guenther Oettiner, right, applaud after the parliament election at the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union CDU in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

>German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, delivers a speech as parliamentary faction leader Volker Lauder, center, and EU commissioner Guenther Oettiner, right, applaud after the parliament election at the headquarters of the Christian Democratic Union CDU in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is the successor to the old Center Party in Germany, and has governed Germany with its center-right partner in Bavaria, the Christian Social Union (CSU), for most of the history of the Federal Republic. Even when they didn’t govern, sometimes they still got the largest share of the vote (see 1976 and 1980).

Konrad Adenauer won four elections for four terms as Chancellor. Helmut Kohl won five elections for four terms as Chancellor. And now Angela Merkel goes into history beside them, having won her fourth election for a fourth term as Chancellor. However she’s been in a weaker spot. Adenauer won majorities or worked with liberal FDP and conservative DP. Kohl worked with the liberal FDP his entire time in power. However Merkel more often than not has had to work with the socialist SDP in a “grand coalition.” Unless she is willing and able to glue together the Greens and the liberal FDP together in a coalition with her, she’ll have to do it again, too.

Her party union beat the socialists 32.9-20.8 in the popular vote, as of this writing. That sounds like a good lead, but that 32.9 is the Union parties’ lowest result since 1949, the first election in new Federal Republic. Why such a bad result? A newer party is making its way into the Bundestag for the first time: the Alternative for Germany (AfD). They’re set to get 13.1% of the vote, way up from their 4.7% last time, which was below the 5% threshold to get in. The liberal FDP has also gotten back in at 10.5%, but they used to get levels like that routinely, so that can’t really explain the new weakness of CDU/CSU.

The socialists, really seen as center-left relatively, are also down. That 20.8% is their lowest result ever. Some of their support went to AfD, sure. But the continued strength of the Greens (8.9%) and the (former Communist) Left Party (8.9%) have put them in a weak spot. The two big center parties are down to a mere 53.7% of the vote. Imagine if Republicans and Democrats only got that much of the vote?

So who is the Alternative for Germany? They are a party of nationalism, of social traditionalism, of opposition to Islam, and of a rollback of European Union institutions such as the Euro. They’ve grown in popularity mostly because of the Merkel-European Union open door to “refugees,” and the series of violent crimes resulting from that.

Unfortunately as much as the party poses as mainstream and harmless, they are showing dangerous, fascistic tendencies. They are openly, intentionally trying to recapture Nazi rhetoric of Volk and Vaterland. They are allying with the Holocaust-denying National Front of France in the European Parliament. Co-founder Björn Höcke this year condemned a Holocaust memorial built in Berlin. But out of options, enough Germans have resorted to voting for them, that the political system stands at the brink of change.

Merkel says she will not change policies in response to AfD’s surge. But will she have that luxury next time around? The Anti-semites are now the #3 party. How long can she hold them off without looking out for her own people, in the name of European unity?

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