Firebomb Hurled into Republican Headquarters in Hillsborough, North Carolina
About ten miles north of Chapel Hill, and just 15 miles northwest of Durham, a firebomb was hurled into the Republican headquarters in the seat of Orange County, Hillsborough, North Carolina. Local media reported that the incident took place in a local shopping center, somewhere between Saturday night and Sunday morning. According to the New York Times, the damage wasn’t discovered until 9 a.m. on Sunday, when a business owner informed the authorities.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory deemed the act “an attack on our democracy.” The executive director of the state GOP, Dallas Woodhouse, called the attack “political terrorism.” He claimed a Molotov cocktail was thrown through a window of the GOP headquarters where a sign had read: “Freedom spoken here.”
The Republican headquarters in town is located at 347 Ja’ Max Drive, in the Shops at Daniel Boone.
Also discovered was racist graffiti on a building adjacent to the property. The words “NAZI REPUBLICANS LEAVE TOWN OR ELSE” were spray-painted in black, in addition to a swastika.
Woodhouse, the state’s GOP leader, publicly condemned the acts as “horrific” and vowed to not be furled by the political intimidation in the town of just under 6,500 people. The Charlotte Observer reported that Hillsborough, an area of a Democratic majority, had already received a van of volunteers from Durham.
One volunteer, Bob Randall, reportedly told the local media that these acts would “backfire” on the perpetrators (if there were more than one), whom he believed were attempting to brutally ensnare the political divide within the country’s current tense political climate, during an election season that has all-but-spun out of morally civil control. These attacks of sheer vandalism — a firebomb hurled into a Republican headquarters in Hillsborough, North Carolina — are truly troubling.
“We’re so grateful that no one was hurt,” Hillsborough mayor Tom Stevens responded to the blast. “I have every confidence … of our law enforcement agencies to find and prosecute … this reprehensible act.” The office headquarters suffered charred furniture, in addition to smoke and fire damage.
Police Chief of Hillsborough, Duane Hampton, stated that:
“The SBI [State Bureau of Investigation] will be partnering with us, and resources from the ATF and FBI have been involved. I also received a call from Sheriff [Charles S.] Blackwood, who offered to make any resources of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office that we need available. In the shadow of such an ugly crime, we truly appreciate the unity of support that has been offered and want to assure our citizens that we are working to ensure the safety of our community.”
As leader of the state GOP, Woodhouse reiterated to the public that his party “will not succumb to” these acts.
“When people try to stifle freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, you must come back with more speech and aggressively defend your rights.
“Or else what? Because we’re not going anywhere.”
As of Sunday night, no numbers were available on the total loss of property damage.
The town of Hillsborough stated that anyone with information about these criminal acts should contact investigator Jon Purvis by email or phone at 919-732-9381, ext. 37. An anonymous tip line is also available at 919-732-3975, in addition to the town’s website.
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One of the leading San Diego newspapers, the San Diego Union-Tribune, has published an endorsement by their editorial board for the Republican primary — endorsing the deceased Ronald Reagan.
The paper is urging its readers to “send a message” to the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, by voting for the former president — who already served two terms and passed away in 2004.
“Donald Trump has become the standard-bearer of the Republican Party, defeating all 16 other GOP presidential candidates ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Now the majority of them support him, as do other prominent Republicans and millions of American voters who see in him hope after years of feeling left out or left behind by a country changing too much too quickly in a time of too little prosperity,” the Union-Tribune’s editorial began.
“Yet there are so many ways Trump is unfit to lead the free world.”
The paper then highlighted Trump’s recent statements regarding US District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is handling a case involving Trump University. The candidate sparked massive outrage after he stated that Curiel handling the case presents an “absolute conflict” due to his Mexican heritage, and the fact that Trump has vowed to build a wall.
“This editorial board is torn about advising our Republican readers. We can’t endorse Trump for reasons we’ve documented repeatedly: belligerence, casual cruelty, incoherence on policy issues. We can’t recommend voters don’t vote at all because that’s a waste, and we can’t suggest voting for another candidate because it accomplishes nothing,” the editorial continued.
They noted that the core principles of Reagan’s party are now “as relevant as ever,” citing the party’s desires for a stable border, strong military, and economic policies focused on lower taxes — but asserted that these are not Trump’s principles.
“Those are not the principles of Trump, who promises to build a border wall, recommends torture and killing terrorists’ families and speculates about reneging on our debts. What would happen to Reagan’s party in the hands of Trump? What would happen to San Diego?” They asked.
“Trump is the Great Excommunicator. He wants Muslims banned from the country; a wall built around our southern border; global deals ripped up and renegotiated; American made ‘great again’ through isolationism,” it continued.
So, for Republicans who do not accept Trump’s “style or substance,” the paper suggests: “If you are voting in the GOP primary Tuesday, write in Ronald Reagan for president.”
“Maybe Trump will get the message.”
A former “curator” for Facebook’s trending topics section is speaking out about how conservative news stories that would organically trend on the platform were often censored from making the coveted list of top stories.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity to Gizmodo — out of fear of retribution from Facebook — the former curator and journalist explained that stories on topics such as the CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, and Rand Paul, were frequently suppressed from making the influential list.
“Depending on who was on shift, things would be blacklisted or trending,” the former curator, who is also conservative, told Gizmodo. “I’d come on shift and I’d discover that CPAC or Mitt Romney or Glenn Beck or popular conservative topics wouldn’t be trending because either the curator didn’t recognize the news topic or it was like they had a bias against Ted Cruz.”
Facebook has publicly maintained that they are neutral when it comes to politics, but the claims from their curator team significantly counter that narrative.
“I believe it had a chilling effect on conservative news,” the former curator continued.
Additionally, if right-wing news site such as Red State broke a story, and Facebook did decide to feature it, they would look for it on a neutral website to promote instead of the original source.
“It was absolutely bias. We were doing it subjectively. It just depends on who the curator is and what time of day it is,” they explained. “Every once in awhile a Red State or conservative news source would have a story. But we would have to go and find the same story from a more neutral outlet that wasn’t as biased.”
Facebook was not only suppressing stories either, they were also encouraged to use an “injection tool” to manually insert trending topics that were not causing enough discussion to make the list on their own. This would often result in the story making the top trending item, even if it wouldn’t have by its own merits.
“We were told that if we saw something, a news story that was on the front page of these ten sites, like CNN, the New York Times, and BBC, then we could inject the topic,” said one former curator. “If it looked like it had enough news sites covering the story, we could inject it—even if it wasn’t naturally trending.”
This was done especially in the case of breaking news, which the platform has struggled with keeping up with Twitter on.
“We would get yelled at if it was all over Twitter and not on Facebook,” another former curator told the tech website.
This was also true for hashtags, specifically, Black Lives Matter, the movement which CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally endorsed in February.
“Facebook got a lot of pressure about not having a trending topic for Black Lives Matter,” the individual said. “They realized it was a problem, and they boosted it in the ordering. They gave it preference over other topics. When we injected it, everyone started saying, ‘Yeah, now I’m seeing it as number one’.”
These allegations are especially chilling given Zuckerberg’s public criticism of Republican front runner Donald Trump last month — as well as reports that Facebook employees were asking for discussion regarding the responsibility the company had to “prevent President Trump in 2017.”
Facebook responded and denied the allegations in a statement to Buzzfeed and TechCrunch late Monday afternoon, but did not reply to inquiries from Gizmodo — who broke the story.
“We take allegations of bias very seriously. Facebook is a platform for people and perspectives from across the political spectrum. Trending Topics shows you the popular topics and hashtags that are being talked about on Facebook. There are rigorous guidelines in place for the review team to ensure consistency and neutrality. These guidelines do not permit the suppression of political perspectives. Nor do they permit the prioritization of one viewpoint over another or one news outlet over another. These guidelines do not prohibit any news outlet from appearing in Trending Topics.”
Agrabah: Den of Evil
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A recent poll from Public Policy Polling reveals that only 30% of Republican Primary voters would bomb the Disney city of Agrabah. Democrats fell even deeper in the poll with only 20% of Democratic Primary voters feeling compelled to shell Agrabah relentlessly from the air, sea, land and underground.
Jeb Bush was quick to establish condemnation in response to the devastating revelations, being “unable to believe this pol” and asserting a dire need for, “new bombey bombs”. (more…)
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