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Do you believe that gay sex is a perversion, because that&rsquo;s what you said here in one of your speeches? Yes or no, do you believe gay sex is a perversion?&rdquo;<br />\n Obviously, the line of questioning is irrelevant and having been thwarted by Pompeo, Senator Booker attempted to justify his question with the following: &ldquo;Your views do matter. You&rsquo;re going to be dealing with Muslim states on Muslim issues. And I do not necessarily concur that you are putting forward the values of our nation when you believe there are people in our country who are perverse.&rdquo; Somebody needs to remind Booker that some of the Muslim countries that Pompeo will be dealing with imprison or kill gay men, which brings us back again to relevance.<br />\n Booker may think he hit a home run, but the thunder from his absurd line of questioning has been stolen by James Comey and the release of his anti-Trump book. By the way, anything &ldquo;anti-Trump&rdquo; is far more important to snowflake liberals than the topic of Booker and gay sex.</p>\n<p> DEAR MARK:<br />\n Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testified before congress this week and the result could be possible government regulations of the social media giant. I understand there&rsquo;s controversy concerning political bias and privacy concerns with users of Facebook but as a free market capitalist I&rsquo;m leery of government interference in any private company. Personally, I&rsquo;m not on Facebook and people don&rsquo;t have to use it, so why does government need to get involved? &mdash; Social Sam<br />\n Dear Social:&nbsp;<br />\n I&rsquo;m not a legal scholar but I do have some common sense. My gut tells me Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms have become such large and public forums that they should be treated similarly to the way broadcast radio and television companies are regulated. Don&rsquo;t get me wrong, I don&rsquo;t like government sticking its nose in private businesses but something stinks at Facebook, and congressional hearings can be an effective warning shot. Whoa, did I just acknowledge that Congress did something effective?<br />\n One of the issues at Facebook is its regulation of &ldquo;hate speech&rdquo; and on what basis is speech determined to be &ldquo;hate.&rdquo; Mr. Zuckerberg didn&rsquo;t have a solid answer except to basically admit that most of Silicon Valley is liberal. Of course, the liberal definition of &ldquo;hate speech&rdquo; is anything that comes from a conservative&rsquo;s keyboard. That may explain why so many conservative voices were silenced, blocked or suspended which along with privacy fears and Russian bots ultimately led to the hearings.<br />\n As far as hate speech, let all speech fly on Facebook. Allow people&rsquo;s posts to speak for themselves and expose the author&rsquo;s respective hate, ignorance and/or political views. Mr. Zuckerberg designed Facebook so offenders can easily be unfriended. Snowflakes need to quit whining and use the power in their keyboard. Stop trying to eliminate contrarian political views because you might melt.</p>\n<p> E-mail your questions to <a href=\"mailto:marklevy92@aol.com\">marklevy92@aol.com</a>. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkPLevy</p>\n', created = 1576442235, expire = 1576528635, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:d4a80ccee11c46a4c86aceb1e0a914a6' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Booker’s bloviating and Facebook

DEAR MARK: April 13, 2018

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