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"Hate group" watchdog abandons any semblance of objectivity.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which I have written about here, here, here, here, here, and here — for just a sampling — decided to abandon any pretense of objectivity and attack President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as — you guessed it, a threat to, like, ALL OF AMERICANS' RIGHTS AND THE END OF THE WORLD, OKAY?

The SPLC has no credibility as a "hate group" watchdog, especially after it settled a lawsuit from Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz for $3.375 million after it falsely branded him an "anti-Muslim extremist" for going to a strip club for his bachelor party. No, this is not The Onion.

Anyways, the SPLC is a Leftist attack dog masquerading as a "hate" watchdog. The media gobbles up their propaganda — here's CNN, here's ABC and NBC — and so does Silicon Valley — here's Google and Amazon.

On Monday, when Trump announced Kavanaugh, the SPLC rushed out an "Action alert."

President Trump has just nominated another right-wing ideologue to the Supreme Court – and it’s hard to overstate the implications.

If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, we’ll no longer be able to rely on the federal judiciary to protect the rights of the most vulnerable people in our country.

Everything is at stake – marriage equality, voting rights, access to health care, reproductive and privacy rights, racial equality, religious freedom and more.

Trump has chosen his nominee from a list compiled by the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. Without question, these groups are committed to a hard-right agenda.

Huh. Sounds like the SPLC has it out for the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. They didn't mention one specific case of Kavanaugh's, either.

To be fair, Kavanaugh has made a few bad decisions, from what I've seen. He ruled against cellphone metadata privacy (relevant for a recent Supreme Court case), and he laid out the framework Chief Justice John Roberts used to uphold Obamacare in NFIB v. Sebelius (2012).

Instead of addressing what Kavanaugh actually believes and stands for, SPLC attacked him as a fundamental threat to "the rights of the most vulnerable people." There it is: "Everything is at stake."

Yes, the SPLC has Kavanaugh derangement syndrome. DON'T TRUST THEM as an objective source for "monitoring hate." Seriously, this should set off so many alarm bells for the media. Will it? Probably not.

DEMOCRATS: Calm down, we're not going to ban your rifles.

Also Democrats: Tedra Cobb Tells Supporters She Wants ‘Assault Rifle’ Ban But ‘Cannot Say That’ in Public.

[embed width=400]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GALyezAPwZk[/embed]

What I said.

How Trump's trade war is already costing consumers.

Trade wars are good and easy to win. Unless you're one of those unholy freaks who... buys stuff:

The tariffs enacted last week will push prices higher for tool sets, batteries, remote controls, flash drives and thermostats, the NRF said in a statement last week.

"And students could pay more for the mini-refrigerator they need in their dorm room as they head back to college this fall," the group said.

Tariffs on Canadian lumber are adding about $9,000 to single-family home prices and more than $3,000 to multifamily homes, Randy Noel, chairman of the National Association of Homebuilders said last month.

Some companies can shield themselves, for now, with long-term contracts already in place for materials. Lennar (LEN), a major publicly traded U.S. homebuilder, said on a June 26 earnings call that it's protected by its existing national contracts from most rising costs tied to tariffs, like an increase of "a few hundred dollars per home" in steel bars used to reinforce concrete.

"To a lesser extent, there are some minor increases in products such as garage doors, screws and nails," Chief Operating Officer Jon Jaffe told investors.

Whirlpool (WHR) is hiring 200 more workers and praised the initial tariffs that went into effect in January, citing its long-running battle with Korea's LG.

But by April, the price of washing machines was up 9 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In May, prices climbed 6 percent. Both are the biggest jumps since the BLS started collecting statistics in 1977, according to the Washington Post.

Buyers in the U.S. will soon see price hikes on computers, phones, thermostats and "everyday items," according to the Information Technology Industry Council, a group that represents tech companies.

Much more at the link, unfortunately.

Satire, I know, BUT MAKE THIS HAPPEN NETFLIX: