Tuesday's HOT MIC
All Chinese are equal, but some are more equal than others, I suppose.
China bans George Orwell's Animal Farm and letter 'N' as censors bolster Xi Jinping's plan to keep power indefinitely.
The details verge on comical -- if they weren't so repressive.
Experts believe the increased levels of suppression - which come just days after the Chinese Communist Party announced presidential term limits would be abolished - are a sign Xi Jinping hopes to become a dictator for life.
The China Digital Times, a California-based site covering China, reports a list of terms excised from Chinese websites by government censors includes the letter 'N', Orwell's novels Animal Farm and 1984, and the phrase 'Xi Zedong'.
The latter is a combination of President Xi and former chairman Mao Zedong's names.
Search terms blocked on Sino Weibo, a microblogging site which is China’s equivalent of Twitter, include “disagree”, “personality cult”, “lifelong”, “immortality”, “emigrate”, and “shameless”.
It was not immediately obvious why the ostensibly harmless letter ‘N’ had been banned, but some speculated it may either be being used or interpreted as a sign of dissent.
Years ago, Steve Martin joked in one of his standup bits that if you're going to commit a serious crime, add some crazy to the mix so that if you're caught, you can plead insanity. Picture a robber, trapped in the bank with his hostages, surrounded by police: "I demand a million dollars in cash, a plane to Cuba, and I WANT THE LETTER 'E' STRICKEN FROM THE ALPHABET!"
Crazy, right? Except that here in Heinlein's Crazy Years, China just removed the letter N from the internet.
I really like the cut of Ari Fleischer's jib. He won't let this go.
For those of you keeping score, the seven "Farrakhan-linked" members are Deputy Chair of the DNC Rep. Keith Ellison, and Reps Maxine Waters, Barbra Lee, Danny Davis, Andre Carson, Gregory Meeks and Al Green.
According to The Journal, Ellison attended the event in New York in 2013. Both Farrakhan and Iranian President Hassan Rohani were present. Ellison had praised Farrakhan in the past, but repudiated him during his first Congressional run in 2006.
When the issue came up in 2016, Ellison accused his critics of "smearing" him and called reports of his connection to Farrakhan "bad reporting," and a distraction. "We're talking about something that happened in 1995," he said, referring to an oped he'd written praising the anti-Semitic extremist.
I guess he'd forgotten about the private dinner in 2013.
Now we gun folk are bullies for insisting that anti-gun people get their facts straight:
It's infuriating to have a conversation with a frothing anti-gun person who thinks "semi-automatic" means "machine gun." Worse are the people who say things like "the NRA markets guns to children" and other wildly inaccurate hogwash.
Now, any call for precision and honest conversation is "always done in bad faith," according to the article.
So, the truth is now bad.
But these are the people who want to be the arbiters of what is "common sense" when I comes to gun laws.
Granny is woke and the jokes are just sort of writing themselves now:
Nothing says, "We want to win back Middle America" like doing GOTV plugs on a reality show about drag queens. That out to speak to the hearts of the disaffected Rust Belt electorate. Thankfully, Pelosi seems less drunk in still photos.
The truth hurts: Required viewing from PragerU.