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Peloton Lets Users Connect via Hashtags Like #BlackLivesMatter but Bans #LetsGoBrandon

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Does connected fitness equipment manufacturer Peloton have something against people named Brandon? Because if you try to root for them on its platform using the hashtag #LetsGoBrandon, it gets blocked.

According to the Washington Examiner, the company confirmed Thursday that it was blocking the hashtag from personal profiles. PJ Media had first reported the ban on Wednesday.

“We welcome Members from all walks of life to represent themselves through their Tags or by having thoughtful conversations in our groups,” Peloton told the Examiner in a statement.

“However, we have a zero tolerance policy against divisive, explicit, or other content that violates our policies. We actively moderate our channels and have removed Tags that span the political spectrum, while still allowing Members to express themselves using Tags like #WomenForTrump.”

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According to PJ Media, the phrase — which entered popular culture after an NBC reporter at a NASCAR Xfinity Series race misheard a “F*** Joe Biden” chant as “Let’s go, Brandon” — is one of several conservative tags that aren’t allowed on the service.

Peloton makes bikes and treadmills with large screens, guided workouts and a user community that spans the globe.

Last year, the company introduced hashtags to “provide a more robust way for our Members to connect with one another through shared interests or identity” and to make “the in and out of class experience feel more personal and relevant.”

“Our Tags feature was inspired by the sub-communities that came together online as a result of Members connecting over shared interests on the Leaderboard—whether that’s an alma mater, favorite instructor or sports team (and so much more!),” Peloton said in a post on its website on Oct. 19, 2020.

“With Tags, Members can represent not only their Leaderboard name but also the many facets of their identity. Below, meet three of our Members featured in our #MyPelotonReason commercial and the Tags they show up with,” it said.

Peloton owners can use the tags to not only connect with other users but even to take a class filtered by tag. However, the company has limitations on what tags can be used.

“Hateful, offensive, or obscene speech is strictly forbidden on the Peloton Service,” the guidelines read.

“This includes any leaderboard names, locations, profile pictures, Tags or any other User Content that promotes, relates to, or condones lack of respect, discrimination, or violence of any kind against individuals or groups based on age, ethnicity/culture, race, nationality, immigration status, disability status, physical ability, gender or gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, veteran status, body shape, socio-economic status, or political affiliation.”

It probably won’t surprise you that a hybrid tech-fitness company is left-leaning; in April, The Daily Wire reported that the company’s employees were forced to undergo “anti-racist” training.

In one of the programs, the conservative outlet said, employees were taught that terms such as “blacklisting” and “grandfathered in” had “white supremacist/racist origins.”

Ibram X. Kendi, one of the country’s biggest “anti-racist” grifters, was also brought in to give a talk.

However, the depth of the hypocrisy in terms of which tags are allowed and which ones aren’t may give you a little bit of a surprise.

For instance, the #BlackLivesMatter community has 268,000 members and counting. The #AllLivesMatter community doesn’t exist, since the tag is verboten.

#DefundThePolice is permitted and has over 200 members. Earlier this year, however, #StopTheSteal and #TrumpWon were banned.

The community allows some conservative hashtags — including #ImpeachBiden and #WomenForTrump — but its tolerance for political affiliation appears to skew very much in one direction.

This is particularly true with #LetsGoBrandon, which the left has tried to smear as a sign of extremism without evidence to that effect. It’s not particularly obscene, particularly since it’s so far removed from the original viral clip that spawned it that the obscenity is an afterthought.

And yet, you have The Associated Press running articles calling it “code” and “a not-so-secret handshake that signals they’re in sync with the party’s base.”

On Twitter, CNN analyst and former FBI agent Asha Rangappa equated a Southwest Airlines pilot who allegedly said the phrase over the PA system of his plane with a hypothetical pilot who did the same thing but used the phrase “long live ISIS” instead.

She doubled down on this comparison in a subsequent tweet, implying “Let’s go, Brandon” could potentially be more menacing: “ISIS didn’t run planes into buildings. They didn’t exist in 2001. MAGA did attack the Capitol, attempt to overthrow the government of the United Stares, and threaten to hang the Vice President. So.”

Right.

Unlike social media behemoths such as Facebook and Twitter, Peloton’s social media element is limited and the product isn’t exactly pervasive — which doesn’t make the move quite as chilling. You can certainly exercise without one.

As for conservatives who’ve already bought a Peloton, two who talked to PJ Media weren’t thrilled with the situation.

“They force every left-wing thing down your throat and we can’t have a ‘Let’s Go Brandon’?” Peloton user Shannon said.

“For a company who claims to be so inclusive, they sure do alienate a big portion of its members,” said Stephanie, another conservative Peloton user. “Attempting to silence our voices will not silence us. It will only grow our will to speak louder.”

What’ll speak volumes, in the end, is how many conservatives decide to stay away from Peloton after this.

Sure, when you buy a shoe from Nike, you may be well aware the company has liberal values. With Peloton, however, those values are always right in front of you — on a screen connected to a community policed by people with thinly veiled contempt for you.

To say that’s not a selling point is a distinct understatement.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Thanks to Hot Mic, Entire World Hears Biden Curse Fox Reporter Who Nailed Him with Tough Question

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President Joe Biden called Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b****” Monday after the reporter asked him a question about the impact of inflation on the 2022 midterms.

The White House staff was trying to usher reporters out the room when Doocy called out to Biden, “Will you take questions on inflation? Do you think inflation is a political liability in the midterms?”

Biden did not seem to be aware his mic was still on when he responded under his breath with sarcasm, “It’s a great asset.”

“What a stupid son of a b****,” the president added.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the price of consumer goods rose 7 percent in 2021, a 40-year high.

A Fox News poll released on Sunday found that 85 percent are worried about inflation, and 48 percent believe that Biden’s policies are primarily responsible for the spike.

By comparison, during former President Donald Trump’s time in office, inflation hovered at around 2 percent annually.

Inflation of course hits people where they live, and in a sense is an insidious tax on their income.

The nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan, passed in March 2021, extended enhanced unemployment benefits until September of last year, and upped the child “tax credit” to as high as $300 per month, per child.

Both of these policies were inflationary because they incentivized people not to go back to work, meaning employers had to raise wages to try to fill positions, leading to higher prices for consumers.

In addition, people had a lot of printed and borrowed government money to spend. More dollars chasing fewer goods and services equals inflation.

The Democratic Party appears to be in trouble heading into the midterms.

A Gallup survey released last week showed a 14-point swing in favor of Republican Party affiliation, giving the GOP its greatest advantage since 1991.

Glenn Youngkin’s victory in the Virginia governor’s race and the GOP flipping the state’s House of Delegates — a state Biden won by 10 percentage points in 2020, mind you — is just one of the places in last November’s off-year elections that signaled a challenging midterms for the Democrats.

Doocy asked a reasonable question. Biden should have answered it instead of offering an expletive in response.

Doocy appeared to take it all in stride, joking to Fox News host Jesse Watters after the incident, “Nobody has fact-checked him yet and said it’s not true.”

A red wave is forming likely to sweep many Democrats out of office in November, and their own inflationary policies will be partly to blame.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

President Joe Biden called Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a b****” Monday after the reporter asked him a question about the impact of inflation on the 2022 midterms. The White House staff was trying to usher reporters out the room when Doocy called out to Biden, “Will you take questions on inflation? Do you think inflation is a political liability in the midterms?” Biden did not seem to be aware his mic was still on when he responded under his breath with sarcasm, “It’s a great asset.” “What a stupid son of a b****,” the president added. The President of the United States just called Peter Doocy “a stupid son-of-a-bitch.” pic.twitter.com/rQQo3n1IZ7 — Townhall.com (@townhallcom) January 24, 2022 The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the price of consumer goods rose 7 percent in 2021, a 40-year high. A Fox News poll released on Sunday found that 85 percent are worried about inflation, and 48 percent believe that Biden’s policies are primarily responsible for the spike. By comparison, during former President Donald Trump’s time in office, inflation hovered at around 2 percent annually. Inflation of course hits people where they live, and in a sense is an insidious tax on their income. The nearly $2 trillion American Rescue Plan, passed in March 2021, extended enhanced unemployment benefits until September of last year, and upped the child “tax credit” to as high as $300 per month, per child. Both of these policies were inflationary because they incentivized people not to go back to work, meaning employers had to raise wages to try to fill positions, leading to higher prices for consumers. In addition, people had a lot of printed and borrowed government money to spend. More dollars chasing fewer goods and services equals inflation. The Democratic Party appears to…

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Georgia Pastor Arrested; Cops Say ‘Ministry’ Basement Was Being Used to Imprison Disabled People

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Depending on whom you ask, Curtis Keith Bankston is either a man of God with a long history of helping people, or he is someone who uses his purported religious credentials as a front for abusing the mentally and physically challenged.

Police have arrested Bankston and his wife, Sophia Simm-Bankston, after the discovery of multiple neglected people locked in an unlicensed “group home” in Griffin, Georgia, which is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area.

The 55-year-old Bankston was arrested on Jan. 13 and charged with false imprisonment after police raided the home where he and his wife operated an unlicensed adult care facility.

Simm-Bankston, 56, was arrested on Jan. 20 on the same charges in connection with the 2nd Chance Program, registered in-state in August 2020 as a nonprofit that offers room, boarding and food.

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An investigation into the group home was launched after firefighters and medical personnel responded to a patient having a seizure at the home on Valley Road on Jan. 13, WAGA-TV reported.

When they got to the location, first responders found the entrance to the basement was dead-bolted, and they had to climb through a window to reach the patient.

In the basement, they found as many as eight mentally or physically disabled people had been locked inside by the husband and wife, according to the outlet.

While the facility was registered in-state, it had been operating unlicensed under the auspices of an alleged church called the One Step of Faith 2nd Chance, where Bankston claims to be a pastor. Simm-Bankston was listed as the organization’s secretary.

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A search of the location led officials to conclude the husband and wife were in control of the disabled people’s finances, benefits and medications — with investigators claiming the couple in some cases would deny the individuals their medication and medical care.

“It is both frightening and disgusting to see the degree to which these individuals have been taken advantage of by people who were in a position of trust,” the Griffin Police Department told WAGA-TV in a statement.

For his part, Bankston denied any wrongdoing through his attorney, Dexter Wimbish.

“At no time was anybody held against their will. There was no kidnapping,” Wimbish said, as reported by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “There is no fraud here. This is simply a Christian man who was following his calling to help those who are in need. We cannot sit by and allow ministry to be attacked.”

Wimbish characterized the situation as a “zoning issue that has become criminalized,” claiming residents were fed three times each day and adding he had checks to prove many of them had conservators controlling their finances that paid money directly to Bankston’s church for room and board.

“That is poor judgment, it is unfortunate, it is likely a violation of a local ordinance,” Wimbish said of the locked entrance that blocked first responders’ initial attempt to enter the facility. “But it is not kidnapping, and it’s not false imprisonment. And that’s what the narrative is.”

At least one person backed up what Wimbish said about his client.

Curtis Carter, pastor of 1st True Faith Deliverance Church in Decatur, said he’s known Bankston for more than three decades and vouched for him.

“For me to hear the allegations against him, it disturbed my spirit because he’s worked with my church, he’s worked in my community and his character is beautiful,” Carter told the Journal-Constitution. “He’s not a so-called pastor or so-called preacher. He is a man of God.”

The Georgia Department of Human Services has placed all affected resident of the group home into suitable care and housing.

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Depending on whom you ask, Curtis Keith Bankston is either a man of God with a long history of helping people, or he is someone who uses his purported religious credentials as a front for abusing the mentally and physically challenged. Police have arrested Bankston and his wife, Sophia Simm-Bankston, after the discovery of multiple neglected people locked in an unlicensed “group home” in Griffin, Georgia, which is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. The 55-year-old Bankston was arrested on Jan. 13 and charged with false imprisonment after police raided the home where he and his wife operated an unlicensed adult care facility. Simm-Bankston, 56, was arrested on Jan. 20 on the same charges in connection with the 2nd Chance Program, registered in-state in August 2020 as a nonprofit that offers room, boarding and food. An investigation into the group home was launched after firefighters and medical personnel responded to a patient having a seizure at the home on Valley Road on Jan. 13, WAGA-TV reported. When they got to the location, first responders found the entrance to the basement was dead-bolted, and they had to climb through a window to reach the patient. In the basement, they found as many as eight mentally or physically disabled people had been locked inside by the husband and wife, according to the outlet. Pastor Curtis Keith Bankston, 55, and his wife Sophia Simm-Bankston, 56, of Griffin, were arrested for false imprisonment after authorities found 8 people suffering from a mental or physical disability between the ages of 25 & 65 inside the basement home https://t.co/TrJ9mCDXNd — atasteofcreole (@atasteofcreole) January 23, 2022 While the facility was registered in-state, it had been operating unlicensed under the auspices of an alleged church called the One Step of Faith 2nd Chance, where Bankston claims to be…

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