WOKE: New Gillette Ad Features Dad Teaching Transgender Son How to Shave (VIDEO)

WOKE: New Gillette Ad Features Dad Teaching Transgender Son How to Shave (VIDEO)

WOKE: New Gillette Ad Features Dad Teaching Transgender Son How to Shave (VIDEO)

Gillette’s latest ad shows a dad teaching his transgender son how to shave.

“Whenever, wherever, however it happens – your first shave is special,” Gillette said in the caption to the video posted to their official Facebook page.

“Growing up I was always trying to figure out what kind of man I wanted to become and I’m still trying to figure out what kind of man I want to become,” Samson Brown said. “I always knew I was different — I didn’t know that there was a term for the type of person that I was.”

The father is seen encouraging his transgender son to be confident while shaving,

“I’m at the point in my manhood where I’m actually happy. It’s not just myself transitioning, it’s everybody around me transitioning,” Samson Brown added.

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In January Gillette decided to run razor ads trashing men and “toxic” masculinity in their new ad campaign.

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US Senate panel passes bill to address China Uyghur crackdown, camps

US Senate panel passes bill to address China Uyghur crackdown, camps

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a bill on Wednesday that seeks accountability for China’s harsh crackdown on Muslim Uyghurs that has imposed blanket surveillance and landed some 1.5 million residents of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in internment camps.

The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, which requires endorsement by the full U.S. Senate and ratification by the House of Representatives, would appoint a special State Department coordinator on Xinjiang and require regular reports on the camps, the surveillance network and the security threats posed by the crackdown.

Up to 1.5 million Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas have been held since April 2017. Reporting by RFA’s Uyghur Service and other media outlets has shown that those in the camps routinely face rough treatment at the hands of their overseers, and endure poor diets and unhygienic conditions.

“It is long overdue to hold Chinese government and Communist Party officials accountable for systemic and egregious human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities in Xinjiang,” said Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who co-sponsored the legislation, with Democrat Bob Menendez.

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“Today we are all Uyghurs, and China’s horrific and systematic abuse of its Uyghur minority is an affront to all people who value the principles of universal human rights, and Beijing’s imposition of systemic mass surveillance in Xinjiang should send a chill down the spine of every person who values humanity, human life, and ethnic, religious and cultural freedom,” Menendez said.

Menendez called the bipartisan legislation “an important stand today against President Xi (Jinping) and the Chinese Communist Party’s vision of a dystopian authoritarian future for their own people and for the planet.”

The bill provides a catalog of documented mistreatment of Uyghurs and other Turkic-speaking Muslims that precedes the detention camps.

“In recent decades, central and regional Chinese government policies have systematically discriminated against Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other Muslims in Xinjiang by denying them a range of civil and political rights, including the freedoms of expression, religion, movement, and a fair trial, among others,” says the legislation.

“Increased unrest in the Xinjiang region as a result of the central government’s severe repression is used in Orwellian fashion by the Government of the People’s Republic of China as evidence of ‘terrorism’ and ‘separatism’ and as an excuse for further disproportionate response,” it said.

The legislation requires U.S. intelligence agencies to report to Congress on the “regional security threat posed by the crackdown and the frequency with which Central Asian countries are forcibly returning Turkic Muslim refugees and asylum seekers,” as well as a list of Chinese companies involved in building and running the camps.

It requires an FBI report on efforts to protect U.S. citizens and residents, including Uyghurs from “Chinese government harassment and intimidation on American soil” and a report from the U.S. Agency for Global Media on Chinese efforts to intimidate Radio Free Asia employees and the reach of U.S. broadcasting to Xinjiang.

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Among those in custody in Xinjiang are dozens of family members of RFA Uyghur Service reporters.

Though Beijing initially denied the existence of re-education camps, China has tried to change the discussion, describing the facilities as “boarding schools” that provide vocational training for Uyghurs, discourage radicalization and help protect the country from terrorism.

China recently organized two visits to monitor re-education camps in the XUAR—one for a small group of foreign journalists, and another for diplomats from non-Western countries, including Russia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Thailand—during which officials dismissed claims about mistreatment and poor conditions in the facilities as “slanderous lies.”

Adrian Zenz, a lecturer in social research methods at the Germany-based European School of Culture and Theology, has said that some 1.5 million people are or have been detained in the camps—equivalent to just under 1 in 6 members of the adult Muslim population of the XUAR—after initially putting the number at 1.1 million.

Michael Kozak, the head of the State Department’s human rights and democracy bureau, in an apparent reference to the policies of Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union, said in March that people “haven’t seen things like this since the 1930s” and called the internment of more than a million Uyghurs “one of the most serious human rights violations in the world today.”

In November 2018, Scott Busby, the deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. Department of State, said there are “at least 800,000 and possibly up to a couple of million” Uyghurs and others detained at re-education camps in the XUAR without charges, citing U.S. intelligence assessments.

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Hillary Clinton Champions Illegal Immigration; Is it Growth, Competition, Pandering, or Outright Vengeance?

Hillary Clinton Champions Illegal Immigration; Is it Growth, Competition, Pandering, or Outright Vengeance?

[Screenshot from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxbswOQWolc]

On Saturday, former First Lady Hillary Clinton tweeted the following:

“Thank you for this comedy with purpose, @JordanKlepper. I’m so heartened by the activists, educators, and faith leaders who stand up for the rights of undocumented students. ‘Education, not segregation.’”

The post raises a good question: What are the rights of illegal aliens?

Hillary’s comments concerned comedian Jordan Klepper’s documented, televised journey into a Board of Regents meeting, where illegal immigrants have brought with them butterfly wings — as “a symbol of migration” — in their protest of Georgia’s policy 4.1.6.

According to freedom-university.org:

Policy 4.1.6 and Policy 4.3.4…ban undocumented students from admission to the state’s top five public universities and prohibit them from qualifying for in-state tuition. While 23 states grant undocumented students equal access to public universities with in-state tuition rates, Georgia is one of only three states in the country – including Alabama and South Carolina – to institute an admissions ban against undocumented students in public higher education. Georgia is the only state in the country to uphold restrictive admissions policies against students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a federal program that grants legal presence, protection from deportation, work permits, and driver’s licenses to certain undocumented youth.

In the clip tweeted by Bill Clinton’s longtime spouse, Jordan narrates:

“To mitigate risks, the students have asked for the help of allies, like local pastors and educators — anyone who can leverage their citizenship and status as protection.”

Before the meeting, pastors pray for and claim in the name of God access to citizen-equal education for illegal immigrants.

Klepper voices his endorsement of “education, not segregation.”

The meeting is tense. People get arrested.

As noted by AJC.com, Comedy Central’s Klepper places Jordan among various “sub-cultures to see their worlds through his comedic, self-deprecating eyes.”

Here’s AJC’s summary of the episode:

In February, he joined several supporters of “Dreamers,” who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents as young kids but cannot receive in-state tuition and cannot attend the top public Georgia universities at all.

In Atlanta, he met students and volunteer organizers of Freedom University, an underground operation to teach undocumented students who can’t get into college. At a Feb. 12 protest of a Georgia Board of Regents meeting, Klepper stood up with other supporters and spoke, however awkwardly, as an “atheist surrounded by faith leaders.” Cops escorted him and the others out. When the protesters refused to leave the premises, the police arrested all of them, including Klepper.

That’s what Hillary championed.

So my question is: Why?

It seems to me she’s clinging with a kung-fu grip to any bit of power possible, achieved through relevance (here, here, here, and here).

She’s also spent much of the last two years expressing deep bitterness toward the man who bested her in November 2016 (here), and that man is certainly not pro-illegal immigration. Is Hillary focused on sockin’ it to Trump at every opportunity?

Or is she trying to compete with the new kids — the anti-immigration Democrats who tout an eschewing of the country’s system in favor of just sneakin’ across?

Or does she sense that voters have evolved on the issue, and she wants to pander?

Pandering is certainly not something she’s above — this is the elderly white lady, after all, who not too long ago told a black audience the one thing she always has in her purse is hot sauce. That one should be on TV, every single night.

Or could it be she’s had a change of heart — in the event she has one of those and isn’t merely a robot created to rule the world?

The reason I ask all this is because of what we’re seeing in the party in the way of far-left extremism (like here).

And in Hillary’s case, her tweet denotes not only a change in the party, but in the family. That isn’t to say that her difference in position is recent, but just that it’s tremendous.

Because…

Here ya go…here’s the presidency Hillary Clinton supported more than any that’s ever been. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you segregation, not education:



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In the face of Netanyahu’s threat to democracy, Israel’s opposition made a rare show of unity

In the face of Netanyahu’s threat to democracy, Israel’s opposition made a rare show of unity

It was the renowned English author and essayist Samuel Johnson who famously said: “Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”

Johnson’s observation was proven right in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, when the knowledge that Benjamin Netanyahu could soon neuter the Supreme Court and terminate the rule of law concentrated the mind of the Israeli opposition and forced it to show the kind of energy, determination and unity that, had it existed two months ago, might have changed the results of the elections.

An overflow crowd of close to 100,000, which exceeded the most optimistic expectations, came to see the leaders of the opposition party standing together and speaking in one voice, after trying to avoid each other like a plague during the election campaign.

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From Kahol Lavan’s Benny Gantz and his partner Yair Lapid – who received the warmest welcome – through Labor’s Avi Gabbay and Meretz’s Tamar Zandberg, all the way to the surprise star of the show, Ayman Odeh of the joint Hadash-Ta’al list, the speakers were more impassioned and their message sharper and more aggressive than in the past, while their listeners seemed angrier and more animated than ever, at least by the standards of the mostly well-to-do Tel Avivians who took part. The performance proved the veracity of the traditional right-wing slogan “only Bibi can” – in this case injecting life into the hitherto moribund opposition.

The demonstration ended the post-election period in which the opposition seemed to be in a coma. Despite the emerging certainty that Netanyahu was about to achieve immunity from prosecution by depriving the Supreme Court of its authority to annul the move – by depriving of it of judicial review altogether – his critics displayed an inexplicable apathy, now seemingly dispelled by a single demonstration.

But the importance of the demonstration wasn’t in the fact that it was held, but rather in the tense 24 hours that preceded it, when a vigorous left-wing campaign on social media compelled the Kahol Lavan organizers to issue a last-minute invitation to Odeh to participate. The vision of a joint Jewish-Arab front, the long-held sweet dream of the Israeli left, suddenly came to life, at least for one night.

It was Odeh’s appearance that electrified the crowd, convincing hundreds if not thousands of left-wing activists not to boycott it because of his absence. The endemic division of the Israeli left, a product of that political wing’s well-known purism and fractiousness as well as the inherent tension in the relations between Arabs and Jews, dissipated into thin air.

Benny Gantz delivers a speech as opposition parties' supporters attend a rally against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 25, 2019.Benny Gantz delivers a speech as opposition parties’ supporters attend a rally against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on May 25, 2019.JACK GUEZ / AFP

Gantz proclaimed the establishment of a new party dedicated to preserving Israeli democracy and guarding its institutions, and Odeh responded with a wish “to be a legitimate part of the change.” Despite the clear knowledge that the right will showcase Odeh’s participation in order to cast doubt on the opposition’s loyalty, Gantz and others promised to stay the course. Let’s wait and see.

It’s too early to determine whether the rare Jewish-Arab collaboration will serve as a binding precedent for the future, or be remembered as a mere one-night stand. Despite the participation of Odeh and a Druze representative, former IDF Brigadier General Amal Assad, their constitutents did not take part in the demonstration – though that might change in the future in the wake of Odeh’s appearance.

It was by far the most colorful of recent center-left demonstrations, mainly by virtue of the thousands of bright-red turbans distributed to protestors in order to remind them, as one of the dispensers told me “that we don’t want to live in a Turkey.” A large poster of Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan was also put up across from the stage, though some protestors thought the display was “too gimmicky.”

The organizers decided to hold the protest in the courtyard in front of the Tel Aviv Museum, perhaps out of fear that the adjacent and much larger Rabin Square would seem empty by comparison. Their lack of confidence was mistaken: thousands lined the streets near the museum, hoping to catch a glimpse or hear a few sentences from the podium.

The older crowd came early and secured a spot inside, but younger Tel Avivians, who arrived fashionably late, had to improvise. On the northeast corner of the museum square they somehow found a ladder on which to climb into the demonstration area. When the police discovered the breach and closed it, they simply took their ladder to another spot and continued to stream into the already overflowing square.

The natural tendency, borne of history and experience, is to dismiss the influence of demonstrations. Only a handful, including the mass demonstration after the Sabra and Chatila massacre as well as the 2011 social protests, have ever swayed Israeli governments to change course. Suffice it to say that Avigdor Lieberman, who is refusing to join Netanyahu’s coalition unless his demands are met, has a far better chance of singlehandedly stopping Netanyahu’s running amok to destroy Israeli democracy.

Nonetheless, Saturday night’s demonstration can be seen as a defibrillator that might resuscitate the Israeli opposition. It could revive hope in a center-left left despondent by Netanyahu’s victory in the April 9 elections. It could, despite the obstacles entailed, herald a new era in Jewish-Arab relations, which could have far-reaching ramifications for politics and society as a whole.

In a best-case scenario, it will be remembered as a night in which a pledge made 20 years ago this month by Ehud Barak in his 1999 election victory speech finally came true. Barak, who took part in the protest as an ordinary citizen, had promised Israelis “the dawn of a new day,” which, in a best-case scenario, has finally arrived. 

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Rolling Thunder to hold final ride this weekend after 31 years

Rolling Thunder to hold final ride this weekend after 31 years

The historic Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride that raises awareness for POW/MIA troops will be hosting its final parade on Sunday.

In December, the ride organizers made the decision to end the ride after more than 30 years due to rising costs amounting to more than $200,000 for event clean-up and security, among various other issues, Washington Examiner reported.

The final ride will begin at approximately noon on Sunday following a speech from Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie.

“Reasons which determined our decision were the Pentagon Security Police/Washington Police officials continued lack of cooperation, increased harassment to our supporters and sponsors. As demonstrated this past Rolling Thunder ‘Ride For Freedom’ XXXI many of our supporters were diverted and prevented from entering the South Pentagon/Boundary Lots. Event staging costs have soared to $200,000.00 plus, lack of new Corporate Sponsor funding and the general public declined support of our event product sales (patches/pins/stick flags) in the Pentagon Lots. Financial factors are draining the organization funds if we continued this major costly annual event in Washington, Rolling Thunder’s executive director, Artie Muller, wrote in a letter to organization members.

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The last ride is expected to be their largest, a staggering number since more than 500,000 attended the ride last year. The single-day ride rivals week-long events like Sturgis and Bike Week, with 500,000 to 700,000 participants.

The very first ride in 1988 had 2,000 members.

The Rolling Thunder group was formed with the mission, “To educate the public that many American Prisoners of War were left behind after all previous wars and to help correct the past and to protect future Veterans from being left behind should they become Prisoners of War-Missing In Action. We are also committed to helping American Veterans from all wars.”

Group officials alleged that the problems came about in the past two to three years with officials at the Pentagon, where the ride originates.

They allege that Pentagon police were turning away riders from the rented parking lot, as well as escorting them to various other locations.

“Participants were turned away from entering the South Pentagon Parking Lot and Boundary Channel Parking Lot, causing our supporters to ride in circles and thus causing them to leave in disgust,” Muller explained in the letter.

Pentagon officials have denied the claims and insisted it supports Rolling Thunder’s demonstration, but must maintain safety and security in the area.

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The group says rides will be held locally or regionally among their 90 chapters in 33 states.

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