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Twitter IS a Hate-Group

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Conform or Die

On Sunday morning, and again Monday evening, I sent out a couple of tweets, including one aimed at President Trump, among others, suggesting that the old traditional policy of shooting rioters and looters on sight be adopted. Twitter suspended my account some time overnight on Monday because, they claimed, I was advocating harm to some specific person or persons. This is naturally absurd. By the standard they have applied, I cannot advocate for a whole class of murderers, for instance, to receive capital punishment. Some might even argue that being jailed is harm in and of itself.  Therefore, one mustn’t go on Twitter and advocate for incarceration.  Of course, the preposterous part of all of this is that I wasn’t talking about specific persons. I was addressing an entire class of persons known as “rioters” and “looters.” I’m not aware of any way by which Twitter’s prohibition against wishing harm on others is violated. All of this leads me to believe that Twitter’s management and corporate culture is one of extreme political bias. Instead of confronting actual hate, in pursuit of real threats and incitements to violence the likes of which they’ve been tolerating through the last week as rioters and looters use their platform to coordinate attacks, Twitter has thrown in with the devil, and has become a hate group.

Here are the “offending” tweets:

Violation of Twitter Policy?

You might disagree with my sentiment here, but I think we need to ask if this is really covered by Twitter’s policy, as described here:

Wishing, hoping or calling for serious harm on a person or group of people
We prohibit content that wishes, hopes, promotes, or expresses a desire for death, serious and lasting bodily harm, or serious disease against an entire protected category and/or individuals who may be members of that category. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Hoping that someone dies as a result of a serious disease, e.g., “I hope you get cancer and die.”

  • Wishing for someone to fall victim to a serious accident, e.g., “I wish that you would get run over by a car next time you run your mouth.”

  • Saying that a group of individuals deserve serious physical injury, e.g., “If this group of protesters don’t shut up, they deserve to be shot.”

Obviously, the first two aren’t covered. They’re undoubtedly hanging their hat on the third, but let’s examine that: “Protesters.”

You’ll note that I very carefully specify “rioters” and “looters.” Both of those are criminals. Protesters ARE NOT. The behavior for which I’m seeking a potentially lethal remedy is already criminal conduct. In most states, defending one’s person and property from rioters is already eligible for lethal force. If rioters and looters find themselves committing crimes and mayhem on my property, they will undoubtedly be confronted with lethal force. Lots and lots of it.

How about this one: “Child molesters and rapists should be sentenced to death.”

Will that pass the Twitter test?

Or for that matter, what about: “Murderers with Special Circumstances in Texas should receive the death penalty?”

If this last one doesn’t pass muster, we’d better call Greg Abbott and Bill Paxton to let them know that the Lone Star State had better never tweet about its capital punishment statutes. We wouldn’t want the State of Texas being placed in Twitter Jail.

What I’ve noticed is that Twitter is very one-sided. They have no problem with the monstrous advocacy of abortion all over their platform. The generally have no problem when the leftist throngs descend upon Twitter en masse to wish death and mayhem on conservatives, and seldom does a complaint result in real action against a leftist. There have been many instances of real threats, even aimed at the President, which most often go unnoticed(or at least without action) by Twitter. Meanwhile, if you’re a law-abiding American who happens to believe that only the severest possible penalties will act as an effective brake on the lawlessness to which we’ve been witness for more than a week, you’re the bad person, and Twitter will give no quarter.

I firmly believe that when the rule of law is itself under direct attack, when government at all levels is facing a naked insurrection that threatens the lives and properties of its citizens, government ought to rise to their defense with all the same tools to which the citizenry is entitled, and that means lethal force.

I guarantee you that if the rioters and looters breech the White House grounds, you’re going to see lethal force employed by the Secret Service. It will be ugly. The president of the United States is entitled to a full defense of his life and of his residence, no matter who the president may be at the moment, whether we collectively like him or hate her. We, the people of the United States, are no less deserving of that level of defense, and it is in fact the whole purpose for the existence of all legitimate government.

I don’t care what @Jack Dorsey of Twitter says about it. I don’t care what the leftist enforcers on Twitter say about it. There’s nothing wrong with advocating policies that would “cause harm” to people who are causing harm. What all of this evinces is the crass political bias that social media platforms impose on users, and too frequently, it’s all one direction. I am not in support of making threats against individuals, but I’ll also point out that my advocacy has never been about individuals, or even broad classes of people defined by anything other than behavior, i.e., lawlessness and criminal conduct. If we can no longer advocate on behalf of law and order on Twitter, then why does Twitter have rules for conduct? After all, they stress that their rules of the road are meant to prevent the platform from descending into chaos. I have no problem with that, but what is their remedy? Ultimately, you can be sentenced to Twitter-death, which means to be kicked off the platform entirely, your accounts closed and your access denied.  Twitter seems not to have a problem with a virtual death penalty on their own platform, but it’s also obvious that they tend to issue that severest of penalties primarily to conservatives. What does Twitter hate? Conservatives. What does Twitter hate? Republicans.  What does Twitter hate? Law and order.

I’ve created an account on Parler.com in order to begin moving away from Twitter. As more conservatives find themselves banned and suspended, I hope the migration will continue in earnest and that new platform will grow. It’s the only way to overcome Twitter’s hate.

 

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You Asked: My Answers

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Why I Write

I struggled with how to title this article.  I’m not interested in celebrity or fame, and I prefer to communicate with ideas, but I have a growing folder of email questions in my inbox that are essentially inquiries about me, personally.  People wish to know about me, and all sorts of details about my life, and I  hope you’ll understand if I demur from answering all of these questions.  Most  people want to know about my writing, and things related to that broad topic, but many have asked me where I find the time to write as much as I do.  I have a confession or two to make on that score, but I’ll cover that in due course as I explain my answers on some of the other things you’ve asked as you’ve gotten to know a little about me over the last two months. You’ve asked.  Now, I’ll answer.

I am a network engineer and a systems analyst. I work with computers in a challenging and difficult field, and my primary duties involve firewalls, switches, routers, VPN concentrators, and a few  other types of devices.  My  other duties involve the maintenance of a large database and the front-end application through which my user base enters and updates that data.  That job has consistently taken 12-15 hours of my day, each day, for a long, long while.  I enjoy the work and find the results very satisfying.  My first work with computers was in 1981 in a high-school computer lab, a novel idea at the time, and the computers were all Tandy TRS-80s. We used cassette recorders as our storage device, since they had no floppy drives, and RAM was a whopping 16KB.  We’ve come a long way.  I’ve been working professionally in Information Technology since the mid-1990s, but I still rely on some fundamental knowledge that was gained all the way back at the beginning of my association with computers in 1981.

We have a small thoroughbred farm. It isn’t much, and given the state of the economy, and the widening Obama disaster, I doubt we’ll hold out much longer.  We began this enterprise eleven years ago when the market looked much more promising, but five of the last eleven years have been in some stage of drought, and legislative and executive intransigence in Texas has left the thoroughbred industry in a state of total collapse, by failing to permit the racing industry in our state compete on par with our neighboring states.  Thoroughbred breeder who could have fled the state, and in Texas, horse-racing is once again becoming the “sport of kings.”  At present, the average horse at sale in Texas isn’t bringing one-thousand dollars.  One can scarcely bring a new foal from breeding to sale age for five times that amount.

I tinker with various things, and I am a fairly skilled mechanic, do rudimentary machine work, and welding as needed.  These are all skills used on the farm in the maintenance of equipment, that I learned in the Army, but also what I once did for a living before completing my college studies.  Speaking of college, I didn’t attend until well after my Army career, beginning classes at age thirty.  I’ve done a variety of jobs over my life, always intent upon paying the bills.  Like I said, I’m an ordinary guy with a keyboard.

As for the writing, I choose to write about what interests me.  As you can imagine given what I’ve already told you about my life, you can probably guess I’m generally always pressed for time.  That’s definitely true.  There really aren’t many spare moments in my days, and that’s more or less how I like it.  I write during most of these “spare moments” nowadays.  I’ve always written, but I’ve never been determined to have some sort of outlet.  Much as our current national situation has brought about the Tea Party, and also their support for Sarah Palin, so has my expression followed a similar genesis.  I’ve been writing all along, not as frequently, but until lately, it was almost entirely private.

Now, remembering how I started, I promised you a confession. The simple truth is that my writing would be much more infrequent without the support of my wife, Evelyn.  Without her to pick up my slack, I would be constrained to a small fraction of what I’ve been writing.  There wouldn’t be a markamerica.com without her efforts too.  She thought my writing should have a public outlet, so when you thank me, know that it’s she who deserves the thanks.  As you know from reading this blog, I formulate my take on events in the news based on my own life experiences.  Since I haven’t led any sort of particularly extraordinary life, this leads me to a second confession:  I don’t think I’m doing anything that most of you could not do.  If you watched the coverage of the Tea Party event in Indianola, IA, on C-span earlier this month, you may have seen a rain-drenched young woman in a blue markamerica.com t-shirt in the front row of the crowd.  She had that shirt made just for the occasion. She’s why I write, and put my thoughts out in public.  My daughter has a right to a future full of promise as I have had, and the ability to succeed or fail on her own merits. So do your children.  That’s what the “America” in my name here actually represents.

That’s it.  I have had a few other questions that I’ve chosen not to answer at this time, but don’t be surprised if you find the answer in some future posting in this blog.  I’ll eventually get around to telling you everything about me in one way or another, if only in through how I view the world.  Some of your questions about me have already planted the seeds of future postings.  Thanks for reading! In the two months this blog has been up, I haven’t ceased to be astonished at your kindness and your responses.  Even when you’ve disagreed, the vast majority of you have been civil about it.  That’s part of what makes this audience different from most I’ve seen.  I also know it is a measure of the character of Tea Party patriots and Palinistas who tend on most days to dominate the readership of this site.  Thank you!

Mark [America]