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The campaign however must go on, especially because I have added more regular features to my daily workload. In addition to my daily never-ending reporting on space exploration and science, my regular launch reports, my monthly sunspot updates, the regular cool images, and the evening pauses I post each evening, I have now added a daily weekday post I have entitled "Today's blacklisted American." Its goal is not to discuss policy or politics, but to note the endless examples occurring across the United States where some jack-booted thug or thugs think it is proper and acceptable to censor, blackball, cancel, and destroy an innocent American, merely because that American has expressed or holds an opinion or is of a race or religion that is no longer considered acceptable to the dominant leftist and bigoted culture. I want to make clear to every American that a large number of your fellow citizens no longer believe in the enlightened concept of freedom of speech or the idea of treating each person by the quality of their character.


Instead, they wish to shut you up, and oppress you if you happen to disagree with them or have the wrong skin color. This evil must be exposed.


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Today’s blacklisted American: Biden sign language interpreter blackballed for also translating for conservative outlets

The cancelled Bill of Rights

They’re coming for you next: In a news article soon after Biden became president, the Washington Post demanded that a sign language interpreter be blacklisted from working in the Biden administration simply because she previously translated for conservative and pro-Trump organizations.

From the Post’s article,

[The interpreter] who appeared in the White House coronavirus briefing on Monday beside press secretary Jen Psaki was identified by deaf and hard-of-hearing advocates and Time Magazine, fueling questions about the White House’s vetting process and what could have happened if [she] misinterpreted Biden officials or inserted her own bias. No one has publicly disputed her interpretation, but many questioned why the White House would legitimize her by giving [her] the national platform.

…More than 3,500 people have signed a petition to have [the interpreter] banned from interpreting for the White House. Some indicated they intended to report her.

That petition now has 9,000 signatures, and it appears that the Biden administration is now blackballing her, as she has not been given any work by them since the Washington Post story was published. It also appears that she has since been harassed and slandered online as well.

I have removed the interpreter’s name because I do not wish to help these storm-troopers in their two-minute hate campaign.

As noted at the first link above,

It’s a blacklist, and, in a sad devolution from the days when the press was the enemy of such things, now our national press is the very conduit. Here is a woman who has done nothing wrong. Her only sin was working. Even the reporter [Meryl Kornfield] admits that there is absolutely no evidence that this woman has done anything wrong — anything but her job. Her interpretations to this point seem to be deemed faultless.

All this woman did was take work from any who called her, from both sides of the political spectrum. That’s not good enough for our modern Democratic Party and its army of jack-booted thugs. They must always ask this paraphrased question from the worst of the McCarthy era : “Have ever been a member of or worked for the Republican Party or any pro-Trump organization?” If the answer is yes, then your life must be destroyed.

Welcome to the modern leftist paradise, brought to us by the supporters of the Democratic Party.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit.


  • Max

    Another victim of the party of unity, “scorched earth policy”… Join us and be unified or be destroyed. When you’re on the bottom, plead for tolerance… But when you’re on top, show no mercy! Resistance is futile.

  • eddie willers

    I struggle to believe that there is any device that can deliver video that, somehow, does not have closed captioning. In this day and age, why have a hand sign interpreter unless it is for virtue signalling?

    I prefer Garrett Morris handling the duties.

  • wayne

    Dave Smith:
    “Fake Sign Language Translator”
    excerpted from the Libertas comedy special

  • I would pay real money if the world I lived in was merely Kafka-esque.

  • pzatchok

    Why not have all the White house staff fired also?

    They willingly worked for Trump. Why not fire them also?

    Some of them have worked for over thirty years in the White house under any administration.

  • wayne

    Great stuff btw!

    Most excellent stuff.

    (there’s a clip for that one…)
    Christopher Hitchens
    2002 BookTV Miami Book Fair
    “I’m not going to mention Kafka….” clip

  • eddie willers wondered: “. . . why have a hand sign interpreter unless it is for virtue signalling?”

    It is possible the ASL interpreters are there for folks who understand ASL, but not English. I would think that population would be rather small (but maybe it isn’t?), and the ‘virtue-signaling’ angle is likely the thinking.

  • wayne

    Historically (which is a relative term) real-time sign language interpretation was only utilized for ‘official’ pronouncements. It’s hard to do in a fast paced back-n-forth environment.
    eddie is definitely on to something.

    ASL? PSE?? SEE???
    [American Sign Language, Pidgin Signed English, Signed Exact English]
    Abby: The Daily Sign

  • wayne

    (can’t resist…)

    Shelby Mitchusson
    ASL version of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself”

  • Cotour

    Its coming:

    “Facebook’s actions to unfriend Australia today, cutting off essential information services on health and emergency services, were as arrogant as they were disappointing. I am in regular contact with the leaders of other nations on these issues.

    These actions will only confirm the concerns that an increasing number of countries are expressing about the behavior of Big Tech companies who think they are bigger than governments and that the rules should not apply to them. They may be changing the world, but that doesn’t mean they run it.

    We will not be intimidated by Big Tech seeking to pressure our Parliament as it votes on our important News Media Bargaining Code. Just as we weren’t intimidated when Amazon threatened to leave the country and when Australia drew other nations together to combat the publishing of terrorist content on social media platforms.”

    Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon and the rest need to be reinstructed as to the necessary balance between freedom and free speech and the exercise of power and respect for sovereign country’s wishes and human Rights and the boundaries they must operate between.

    And on the other end of this equation are the likes of Communist China who embraces censorship and control and have enlisted these now international corporate tech citizens of the world who bow to their demands of censorship and worse.

    Who in the end knows best? In general the people over who these elite power brokers on both sides of the equation struggle to dominate. And the only solution? The tenets of the Constitution and clearing government of those, mostly on the Left who see themselves in their power as the rightful owners of who gets and who does not get their freedom.

    Its coming.

  • Cotour

    And here is a real time example of this kind of abuse of power by these tech corporate operatives who have long ago abandoned their American standards of fairness and freedom of speech in the interests of their now plain to see Leftist political point of view and their censorship and what people are allowed to know, see and say. Totally antithetical to America :

    Its coming.

  • Alex Andrite

    Read Oliver Sacks “Seeing Voices” regarding the world and life of the non speaking.

    Whom do you think is considered the greatest enemy of the non speaking ?

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