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Screenshot 2018-03-07 16.18.40One of the more celebrated figures of The Current Year is April Reign, whose @ReignOfApril Twitter account launched the much-lauded #OscarsSoWhite hashtag a few years ago. For example, from the New York Times:

Writing Their Way Into a Diverse Oscars
By BEN ZAUZMER MARCH 2, 2018

When the #OscarsSoWhite controversy first erupted in 2015, the protest focused on a lack of diversity among the acting nominees, but it also reflected concern about the broader lack of representation across the film industry. April Reign, who coined the hashtag, recently told The Los Angeles Times, “Everyone should have the opportunity to tell their story.”

And from the Los Angeles Times:

#OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign on the 2018 Oscar nominations and why #BlackPressMatters

By TRE’VELL ANDERSON
JAN 23, 2018 | 1:20 PM| PARK CITY, UTAH

In January 2015, April Reign tweeted an observation of the Academy Award nominees. The hashtag she attached, #OscarsSoWhite, became a trending topic on the social media platform and resurfaced the following year when all the acting nominees for the industry’s top prize were, again, all white. It has since become a rallying cry in Hollywood and abroad for greater inclusion of marginalized voices and perspectives on screen, behind the camera and in executive offices.

Following the latest Oscar nominations Tuesday, Reign said she’s “encouraged by the incremental progress every year but there is still so much work to be done.”

“#OscarsSoWhite is very much alive and as relevant as when I created it. And until we are no longer lauding firsts after a 90-year history [of the film academy], until we can no longer count a traditionally underrepresented group’s number of nominations in a particular category on our fingers, there will be more work to do,” she said in an interview with The Times from the Sundance Film Festival.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences responded to the calls for greater inclusion by making a commitment, under former President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, to double the number of women and people of color in its membership by 2020. …

“I intend to hold them to that,” Reign added.

Here’s a video from 2018 of April Reign:

But who is this “April Reign” who is so influential in American culture today? Her many media profiles seem to be vague about her background.

April Reign’s official website says only this about her previous career:

About April

April Reign practiced law for nearly twenty years, honing her talent for public speaking and persuasive writing, but it wasn’t until she walked away from her legal practice that she found her true passion.

iSteve commenter Giant Duck has pointed out that April Reign’s @ReignOfApril twitter account was formerly in use by Federal Election Commission official April Sands in an Obama Administration scandal linked to Sands’ ex-boss Lois Lerner. For example, here’s a bluecheck mark @ReignOfApril tweet from 2012:

Interestingly, the Daily Mail reported in 2014 on an Obama Administration official named April Sands, an admitted violator of the Hatch Act, who used the same @ReignOfApril Twitter handle as the famous April Reign uses today:

Another ‘recycled’ hard drive: Former Lois Lerner deputy can’t be prosecuted for fundraising for Democrats on the job because the FEC destroyed the evidence

April Sands was a Federal Election Commission lawyer before she resigned this year and accepted a ban on holding government jobs until 2016

She was former IRS official Lois Lerner’s deputy when she was at the FEC

Like the allegations against Lerner, Sands admitted violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits government workers from advocating for candidates

And as seems to be the case with Lerner, Sands escaped prosecution because her hard drive mysteriously ‘crashed’ and was recycled

She was known as ‘Obama girl’ in her office, and a colleague recalled how she boasted that Obama’s 2012 campaign would hire her away

By David Martosko, U.S. Political Editor

PUBLISHED: 03:50 EST, 15 July 2014 | UPDATED: 04:28 EST, 15 July 2014

Republicans are investigating another Obama administration official who played politics on the job but escaped prosecution when the Federal Election Commission recycled her hard drive before evidence could be recovered.

April J. Sands resigned her position as an FEC attorney in April 2014 after investigators confronted her with tweets she sent and a video interview she conducted during work hours, advocating for the election of President Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates – and asking people to contribute to their campaigns.

When the FEC’s Office of Inspector General began the process of filing criminal charges, however, it found that the agency had destroyed her computer’s hard drive before it could be seized.

Here are a couple of screengrabs the Daily Mail published in 2014 showing April Sands, who rather looks like April Reign and has the same Twitter handle:

Screenshot 2018-03-07 16.24.03

Nobody in the press seems to have noticed any potential connection between April Sands and April Reign, so maybe I am not interpreting this evidence correctly.

I mean, maybe April Sands and April Reign could be, uh, identical twin sisters who share a Twitter account just like they share a first name?

Or maybe more people should look into this?

Here’s a video from 2014 featuring photos of April Sands:

From the Daily Caller in 2014:

Lois Lerner’s Former FEC Colleague Has Emails Go Missing Too

By CHUCK ROSS, Reporter
7:13 PM 07/14/2014

The Federal Election Commission recycled the computer hard drive of April Sands — a former co-worker of Lois Lerner’s — hindering an investigation into Sands’ partisan political activities, according to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Sands resigned from the Federal Election Commission in April after she admitted to violating the Hatch Act, which bars executive branch employees from engaging in partisan political activities on federal time and at federal facilities.

The twist is that Sands also worked under Lois Lerner when the ex-IRS agent — who is currently embroiled in a scandal over the targeting of conservative political groups — worked at the FEC’s enforcement division.

In a letter to FEC chairman Lee Goodman, committee chairman Darrell Issa and committee member Jim Jordan laid out Sands’ partisan activities and asked for records pertaining to the recycling of her hard drive and of the agency’s records retention policies.

Sands took part in a heavily partisan online webcam discussion from FEC offices and also operated a Twitter account with the handle @ReignOfApril which were sent during Sands’ normal working hours.

It might be a good idea for somebody who knows how to download the public contents of this @ReignOfApril Twitter account before it gets memoryholed, assuming there is a way to do this …

More from David Martosko’s 2014 article in the Daily Mail:

Lois Lerner, a former Internal Revenue Service official at the center of an alleged years-long plot to politically target tea party groups and other conservative organizations, also has seen her legal picture brightened by the IRS’s decision to render the hard drive in her government-issued computer into scrap metal.

Lerner, whose missing emails have made her a political lightning rod, was Sands’ supervisor until 2001. FEC documents indicate that as the agency’s acting general counsel, Lerner oversaw the younger attorney’s work.

Following an investigation into her partisan political activity, Sands admitted to the FEC’s Office of Special Counsel that she had violated the Hatch Act, a federal law banning partisan politicking by most government employees, and agreed not to seek employment in the federal government for two years.

The special counsel wrote that she had ‘posted dozens of partisan political tweets, including many soliciting campaign contributions to President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.’

She also ‘participated in a Huffington Post Live internet broadcast via webcam from an FEC facility, criticizing the Republican Party and then-Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.’

An FEC attorney who is still employed by the agency told MailOnline on Monday that Sands was known in the agency as ‘the most enthusiastic pro-Obama lawyer we had.’

‘Everyone called her Obama girl,’ said the lawyer, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak on the record.

‘She probably didn’t worry about seeming too rah-rah and running afoul of the law,’ he added, ‘because she bragged to anyone who would listen that the Obama 2012 campaign was going to hire her away from the FEC.’

The attorney also said that Sands and Lerner ‘were definitely acquainted with each other’ when the two worked together in the agency’s Office of General Counsel.

‘There were two mid-level associates that Lois Lerner latched on to at the time,’ he recalled, ‘and one of them was April. Last year when Lerner got into hot water at the IRS, April made a point of telling everyone that her old boss got railroaded by the Republicans on the [Capitol] Hill.’

The Oversight Committee wrote in a statement Monday that ‘it is unclear whether Ms. Sands ever communicated with Ms. Lerner after Ms. Lerner moved to the IRS; however, the Committee is aware that Ms. Lerner maintained communication with some former FEC colleagues.’

Sands, a University of Texas at Austin Law School graduate, locked down her social media profiles on Monday after the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform blasted out a letter to FEC Chairman Lee E. Goodman asking how sensitive evidence in a likely criminal case wound up in a recycling bin.

A 2016 Christian Science Monitor of April Reign asserts that Reign is a graduate of the U. of Texas law school. Perhaps it’s all an amazing coincidence that two look-alike women with the same first name and the same Twitter account graduated from the same law school?

The woman behind #OscarsSoWhite

VALUES & IDEALS

The reverberations are still being felt almost two years after April Reign created that hashtag, when Oscar nominations were announced. What will the new awards season bring?

Gregory M. Lamb, Correspondent | @GregLamb

DECEMBER 15, 2016 CAMDEN, MAINE—Jan. 15, 2015, found April Reign glued to the TV while she dressed for the day in her Washington, D.C., area home. She was eager to find out who would be nominated for that year’s Oscars, the Academy Awards.

As the names of actors and actresses, directors and costume designers, film editors and cinematographers were announced, she was suddenly struck by something about the list: None of them were people of color.

She was just beginning to use Twitter as a way to express her thoughts (today she has about 53,000 followers), so she tapped out her very first tweet on the subject: “#OscarsSoWhite they asked to touch my hair.”

The tweet was meant to be “very sarcastic and cheeky,” says Ms. Reign, an African-American and former lawyer – to convey how out of touch Hollywood was with black Americans. To her surprise, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite quickly began to be used throughout the United States and around the world.

What had started as something said in jest became something much more: the focal point for a serious discussion on “diversity and inclusion in the Oscars, and in Hollywood in general,” she says.

Some African-Americans, such as actress Jada Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee, boycotted the ceremony. “The biggest star to take the stage during the [2016] Academy Awards arguably was the #OscarsSoWhite controversy…,” noted an article in The Hollywood Reporter. Oscar host Chris Rock, an African-American actor and comedian, decided to participate anyway and then pulled no punches in his remarks.

Prodded by #OscarsSoWhite, Hollywood has begun to make changes. J.J. Abrams (who has directed installments of the wildly successful “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” movie franchises) announced that his production company, Bad Robot, would give women and people of color more opportunities to write, direct, and act. “The Oscars controversy was a wake-up call,” Mr. Abrams, one of the highest-profile directors and producers in the industry, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Prior to the 2016 ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the Oscars, announced in a statement that its 51-member board had voted unanimously to approve significant changes that would diversify the academy’s membership. The board committed to doubling the number of minorities and women in the academy’s membership by 2020 to better reflect society as a whole.

Reign has been gratified by the surprising influence of #OscarsSoWhite. She hears anecdotes “all the time” from people in the entertainment industry who say that since the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, “it’s been a little bit easier” for them.

Reign herself has made a dramatic shift in her life, away from her legal career into one that involves writing and talking about issues that energize her.

She grew up as a “military brat” and went to high schools in three states: Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia, where she graduated. She chose to attend the University of Texas at Austin, she says, “because it had a very good business program and a very good law school.”

So both Aprils went to the U. of Texas law school.

After graduating from the law school she began practicing, specializing in campaign finance and later working in a general practice.

“I was in a very comfortable place,” she recalls. “The money was good, and the job wasn’t difficult. But I wasn’t feeling creative, and there wasn’t any passion in my work. I wasn’t enjoying getting up and going to work. And I said, ‘I want to do something different.’ ”

She told her husband she wanted to quit her practice of law. …

April Reign didn’t mention that April Sands was suspended from the practice of law:

SANDS, April Juanita – Indefinite Suspension by Consent on January 5, 2016, for violating the Hatch Act on numerous occasions while working for the Federal Election Commission by soliciting political contributions.

From Leagle:

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE v. SANDS

Misc. Docket AG No. 28, Sept. Term, 2015.
128 A.3d 1071 (2016)445 Md. 690

ATTORNEY GRIEVANCE COMMISSION OF MARYLAND, Petitioner v. April Juanita SANDS, Respondent.

Court of Appeals of Maryland.

January 5, 2016.

ORDER
This matter came before the Court on the Joint Petition of the Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland and Respondent, April Juanita Sands, to indefinitely suspend the Respondent from the practice of law. The Court having considered the Petition and the record herein, it is this 5th day of January, 2016.

ORDERED, that Respondent, April Juanita Sands, be and she is hereby indefinitely suspended from the practice of law in the State of Maryland for violation of Rule 8.4(d) of the Maryland Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct; and it is further

ORDERED, that the Clerk of this Court shall remove the name of April Juanita Sands from the register of attorneys in the Court and certify that fact to the Client Protection Fund of the Bar of Maryland and all Clerks of all judicial tribunals in this State in accordance with Maryland Rule 16-772(d).

But as far as I can tell from Google searches, nobody has ever linked “April Reign” and “April Sands” online before.

Thanks, Giant Duck!

 
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  2. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2692218/Another-recycled-hard-drive-Former-Lois-Lerner-deputy-prosecuted-fundraising-Democrats-job-FEC-destroyed-evidence.html

    Sands, a University of Texas at Austin Law School graduate,

    https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2016/1215/The-woman-behind-OscarsSoWhite

    Reign herself has made a dramatic shift in her life, away from her legal career into one that involves writing and talking about issues that energize her.

    She grew up as a “military brat” and went to high schools in three states: Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia, where she graduated. She chose to attend the University of Texas at Austin, she says, “because it had a very good business program and a very good law school.” After graduating from the law school she began practicing, specializing in campaign finance and later working in a general practice.

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  3. #OscarsSoWhite

    #OscarsTooJoo

    Which one is racist hate speech?

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  4. Delusional rhetorical? I am not buying the idea that she passed the bar exam.

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    • Replies: @Roderick Spode
    I've never seen 'rhetorical' used as a noun before. Maybe someone can correct me on this, but I guess it's short for 'rhetorical question.'

    Of course 'rhetoric' could probably shoulder the same intended meaning nicely (whatever that may have been).

    But when the Black community send their activists, they're not sending their best.
    , @Reg Cæsar

    Delusional rhetorical? I am not buying the idea that she passed the bar exam.
     
    Look at her. She wouldn't pass the bar, she'd go in and check out the bros.
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  5. low-IQ black atty–yawn

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  6. “April Rain, April Sands” sounds like something composed by Johnny Mandel 55 years ago for some forgotten movie. Or the English lyrics set by some Johnny Mercer wannabe to a French or Italian cabaret tune.

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    She also sounds like a bastard from the "A Song of Fire and Ice" novels.
    , @the one they call Desanex
    April rains on April sands,
    Distant ships from distant lands
    Floating on the ocean that surrounds us.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9srw5FRm5eA
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  7. MSM this very day is reporting that KellyAnn Conway violated the Hatch Act as if she had killed thousands of puppies. Perhaps we need to revisit the point of the statute if federal officials violate it as a matter of course and there is nothing more than a technicality to keep the FBI busy when they aren’t spending man hours following college basketball players and aged Italian bookmakers.

    April is however not wrong about Mitt Romney’s scared nancified campaign, basically run to avoid anyone like April from calling him a racist. And not much else. And it didn’t work.

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  8. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Once upon a time she was a lawyer with an actual lawyering job in government, and now her main interest is movie celebrities.

    Sheesh. Typical trivial chick thinking.

    She is the marketing director for Fractured Atlas, which helps artists get government grants. It’s just a black shakedown operation targeted at government. It also helps you avoid paying taxes by turning your job into a nonprofit. It also promises quick visas if you need to travel into other countries, not something that your average American can get hold of. Its organization, Fractured U, offers courses in Entrepreneurship and Fundraising, including tips on how to pick your marketeer and publicist.

    She appeared to have networked like crazy while in government.

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  9. A bit of offtopic, as a non American, it intrigues me that what happens in Hollywood, a very minor industry in economic terms, is so important in public discourse in the US. The declining US steel industry, with a turnover of 100 billion, is ten times more important in purely economic terms than the movie industry.

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    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Movie / TV industry is a lot bigger than just the domestic box office take of about $10 billion per year. The entertainment industry has figured out a lot of different ways to get paid.
    , @Almost Missouri
    It's not just Steel that is bigger by an order of magnitude than Hollywood. Oil, Telecoms, Electric Utilities, Transport, Aerospace, Defense, Agriculture, etc., etc., are all at least as big as steel and get nowhere near as much attention as Hollywood.

    On the other hand, if the Business of America is Business, then the Business of Hollywood is Grabbing and Holding Your Attention, so whaddya expect really?

    Of course much of the attention that Hollywood gets is superficial and insipid, like April above, so I'm pretty sure those "real" industries are just as happy not to have it.
    , @J.Ross
    The movie industry has been heavily politicized by an intolerant minority-within-a-minority, so it now acts as a public face for unreachable, anonymous elites. Spitting on Hollywood is spitting on Foundations and spooks.
    Also, it is uniquely American.
    , @Anonymous
    Don't be autistic. Hollywood controls the minds of the masses. It's content creators are among the smartest people in the world.

    Hollywood and media are the two most important industries in America because they determine public opinion, which is the strongest force in the world.
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  10. @Reg Cæsar
    "April Rain, April Sands" sounds like something composed by Johnny Mandel 55 years ago for some forgotten movie. Or the English lyrics set by some Johnny Mercer wannabe to a French or Italian cabaret tune.

    She also sounds like a bastard from the “A Song of Fire and Ice” novels.

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  11. @Andy
    A bit of offtopic, as a non American, it intrigues me that what happens in Hollywood, a very minor industry in economic terms, is so important in public discourse in the US. The declining US steel industry, with a turnover of 100 billion, is ten times more important in purely economic terms than the movie industry.

    Movie / TV industry is a lot bigger than just the domestic box office take of about $10 billion per year. The entertainment industry has figured out a lot of different ways to get paid.

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  12. The evidence seems strong except for the key one of the pictures, in which they don’t (to me) look very much alike. The teeth is the biggest difference but not the only one. But I know different camera angles and so forth can produce misleading results.

    What happens to a discarded Twitter handle? If John Smith gets sick of Twitter and deactivates his twitter.com/JohnSmith account, is it permanently retired, or can another John Smith (or for that matter someone not named John Smith) come along and claim it? If the latter is not possible, they must be the same person. If it is possible, then in theory they might not be.

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    From further updates it seems pretty clear that they are indeed the same. Good detective work.
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  13. Ask the guys who identified one Eric Clanton as the Bike Lock Attacker to help solve this mystery. You know the DOJ will pretend not to notice anything amiss. They are too busy investigating everyone who ever worked for Trump, and bravely confronting illegal immigrants in California. (And of course, risking all in a valiant effort to punish marijuana-users.)

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    There was a guy in Chicago who was convicted of murdering a commuter at Union Station, using a bike lock. Don't know if he's the same guy.
    , @Pericles

    You know the DOJ will pretend not to notice anything amiss.

     

    I saw an article that explains the do-nothing DOJ. (Spoilers: Democrats dragging their feet in confirmations.) Some quotes:

    When you look at DOJ noms, you’ll see five important positions where the president has made a nomination but the Senate has failed to act. As of this writing (check the latest confirmations on the Senate website), the Department still needs the Senate to confirm leaders — in DOJ parlance, “Assistant Attorney Generals” — for a quintet of crucial components: the Criminal Division, the National Security Division, the Civil Division, the Civil Rights Division, and the Environmental and National Resources Division. There are also about a dozen U.S. Attorney nominees still pending in the Senate.

     

    Even our stalwart friend Rod Rosenstein is concerned:

    "We have no Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division. That division is responsible for protecting Americans from terrorism, our number one priority. Our nominee is a man with exceptional experience. His name is John Demers. He’s exceptionally experienced, he’s not partisan, he wants to do the right thing and do this job, and he has not been confirmed. There’s no explanation, no legitimate explanation, for why someone like that can’t get on the job….

    There are only three officials in the Department of Justice who are authorized to sign Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications… the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, and the Assistant Attorney General for National Security. Whoever is there, and lowest on the totem pole, spends a half hour of their day signing those [warrant applications]. The Attorney General did it from February through April, and I’ve been doing it from April through January. And when John gets there, I’m going to have an extra half hour every day."
     
    https://abovethelaw.com/2018/01/justice-department-delayed-justice-denied-the-doj-nominations-backlog/?rf=1
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  14. @songbird
    Delusional rhetorical? I am not buying the idea that she passed the bar exam.

    I’ve never seen ‘rhetorical’ used as a noun before. Maybe someone can correct me on this, but I guess it’s short for ‘rhetorical question.’

    Of course ‘rhetoric’ could probably shoulder the same intended meaning nicely (whatever that may have been).

    But when the Black community send their activists, they’re not sending their best.

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    I've seen casual use of "rhetorical," not as a noun but as an "abbreviated" adjective (with the noun omitted), by educated people: "but that was a rhetorical."
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  15. Giant Duck

    Awesome.

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    America, home of the Biggest Ducks.
    , @duncsbaby
    He's our Duck & he's truly a Giant among Ducks. The best Duck of them all!
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  16. Love the use of Matt Damon in the article. Far from being an example of “whitewashing,” Damon’s role in The Great Wall was written for a White actor (the character is European, not Chinese).

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    "Whitewash" is misused most of the time. You want to do an overseas adaption of a Japanese movie? Whitewashing! East meets West? Whitewashing! What is funny is that Japan and China couldn't care less.

    "White savior" is also misused similarly. Basically any white protagonist in a nonwhite country. A seriously flawed man in a true life account like Heinrich Harrer who flew before the Communists in Tibet is considered a "white savior."

    It's all a turf battle. Funny because we don't live in the days of the big studios that owned the theaters. Cameras are relatively cheap nowadays, and distribution basically free.
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    Ask the guys who identified one Eric Clanton as the Bike Lock Attacker to help solve this mystery. You know the DOJ will pretend not to notice anything amiss. They are too busy investigating everyone who ever worked for Trump, and bravely confronting illegal immigrants in California. (And of course, risking all in a valiant effort to punish marijuana-users.)

    There was a guy in Chicago who was convicted of murdering a commuter at Union Station, using a bike lock. Don’t know if he’s the same guy.

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  18. @Andy
    A bit of offtopic, as a non American, it intrigues me that what happens in Hollywood, a very minor industry in economic terms, is so important in public discourse in the US. The declining US steel industry, with a turnover of 100 billion, is ten times more important in purely economic terms than the movie industry.

    It’s not just Steel that is bigger by an order of magnitude than Hollywood. Oil, Telecoms, Electric Utilities, Transport, Aerospace, Defense, Agriculture, etc., etc., are all at least as big as steel and get nowhere near as much attention as Hollywood.

    On the other hand, if the Business of America is Business, then the Business of Hollywood is Grabbing and Holding Your Attention, so whaddya expect really?

    Of course much of the attention that Hollywood gets is superficial and insipid, like April above, so I’m pretty sure those “real” industries are just as happy not to have it.

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  19. Not sure how destroyed disk drives matter one way or the other if the Attorney General is as weak and passive as Jeff Sessions. You could have video-taped, signed notarized confessions, and they won’t do you any good if the Nation’s top cop appears to have parked himself at the donut shop and turned off his radio for the duration. If the tables were turned and the Evil Party was in charge instead of the Stupid Party, the perp walks would be stampeding along like the Boston Marathon.
    Power ultimately devolves to the people willing to use it.

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    If the tables were turned and the Evil Party was in charge instead of the Stupid Party, the perp walks would be stampeding along like the Boston Marathon…

     

    …but with the Tsarnaevs nowhere in sight.
    , @Tex

    Not sure how destroyed disk drives matter one way or the other if the Attorney General is as weak and passive as Jeff Sessions.
     
    Sessions might have something other to do with his time than prosecute a lawyer who's already had her license suspended for a four-year old violation that occurred under the previous administration, presumably with the aim of pulling the movie industry's chestnuts out of the fire.

    But yeah, weak is as weak does.
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  20. If she admitted to violating the Hatch Act, isn’t that a confession, and doesn’t that obviate the need to recover whatever it was on her hard drive?

    In other words, isn’t she eminently indictable right now?

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  21. the broader lack of representation across the film industry.

    I love how it’s always a “lack of representation.” It’s never a lack of talent, ability, gumption, drive or any of the other traits that white people have to have in spades to make it in an intensely competitive industry.

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  22. @syonredux
    Love the use of Matt Damon in the article. Far from being an example of "whitewashing," Damon's role in The Great Wall was written for a White actor (the character is European, not Chinese).

    “Whitewash” is misused most of the time. You want to do an overseas adaption of a Japanese movie? Whitewashing! East meets West? Whitewashing! What is funny is that Japan and China couldn’t care less.

    “White savior” is also misused similarly. Basically any white protagonist in a nonwhite country. A seriously flawed man in a true life account like Heinrich Harrer who flew before the Communists in Tibet is considered a “white savior.”

    It’s all a turf battle. Funny because we don’t live in the days of the big studios that owned the theaters. Cameras are relatively cheap nowadays, and distribution basically free.

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    As our civilization collapses and we join the human normality of tribalism, we will imitate those intractable Levantine disputes about who perfected coffee or baklawa.
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  23. From a Black Twitter gossip thread:

    I promised in #4888 that I would be spilling tea on Reign of April, so here it goes. Sorry for the delay. I had to make sure my tea was legit so I asked someone who knew her. (Most of my tea comes from living through the f***ery, albeit as a bystander who puts the pieces of the puzzle together lol).

    April used to be a federal worker, an attorney who was employed at the FEC, I believe. She quit that job to start a blog about the black arts, mainly theater, which I think she’s still doing. That’s how she was able to get invites to the White House and other places.

    https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/black-twitter-tea-discussion-thread.1203561/page-174

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    Great find!
    , @Fredrik
    Later on in the thread

    Microphonecheck said: ↑

    April “Reign” is full of it. I thought her tea had been spilled a long time ago. Former Lois Lerner deputy April Sands can't be prosecuted as FEC destroyed evidence | Daily Mail Online
     
    Sis, this is nothing. A white woman got in trouble. April seemed to work for the WW. April has a hard drive of connection to indict the WW. April's hard drive broke. she was banned from a gov job for a few years.
     
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  24. Apparently creating a hashtag is an effective way to become some kind of celebrity and “influencer” nowadays. Here’s a glowing article about a meeting of the mighty: April Reign of #OscarsSoWhite and Tarana Burke of #MeToo.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/rambling-reporter/what-happened-oscarssowhite-metoo-creators-finally-met-1080197

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  25. @Andy
    A bit of offtopic, as a non American, it intrigues me that what happens in Hollywood, a very minor industry in economic terms, is so important in public discourse in the US. The declining US steel industry, with a turnover of 100 billion, is ten times more important in purely economic terms than the movie industry.

    The movie industry has been heavily politicized by an intolerant minority-within-a-minority, so it now acts as a public face for unreachable, anonymous elites. Spitting on Hollywood is spitting on Foundations and spooks.
    Also, it is uniquely American.

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  26. @songbird
    "Whitewash" is misused most of the time. You want to do an overseas adaption of a Japanese movie? Whitewashing! East meets West? Whitewashing! What is funny is that Japan and China couldn't care less.

    "White savior" is also misused similarly. Basically any white protagonist in a nonwhite country. A seriously flawed man in a true life account like Heinrich Harrer who flew before the Communists in Tibet is considered a "white savior."

    It's all a turf battle. Funny because we don't live in the days of the big studios that owned the theaters. Cameras are relatively cheap nowadays, and distribution basically free.

    As our civilization collapses and we join the human normality of tribalism, we will imitate those intractable Levantine disputes about who perfected coffee or baklawa.

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    Instead of going to Mars, we'll be fighting over the origin of soda pop.
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  27. @songbird
    Delusional rhetorical? I am not buying the idea that she passed the bar exam.

    Delusional rhetorical? I am not buying the idea that she passed the bar exam.

    Look at her. She wouldn’t pass the bar, she’d go in and check out the bros.

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    But she was definitely suspended from the bar.

    SANDS, April Juanita
    Indefinite Suspension by Consent on January 5, 2016, for violating the Hatch Act on numerous occasions while working for the Federal Election Commission by soliciting political contributions.

    https://mdcourts.gov/sites/default/files/import/attygrievance/pdfs/sanctionsFY16.pdf

    https://www.leagle.com/decision/inmdco20160105176#
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  28. @Alfa158
    Not sure how destroyed disk drives matter one way or the other if the Attorney General is as weak and passive as Jeff Sessions. You could have video-taped, signed notarized confessions, and they won’t do you any good if the Nation’s top cop appears to have parked himself at the donut shop and turned off his radio for the duration. If the tables were turned and the Evil Party was in charge instead of the Stupid Party, the perp walks would be stampeding along like the Boston Marathon.
    Power ultimately devolves to the people willing to use it.

    If the tables were turned and the Evil Party was in charge instead of the Stupid Party, the perp walks would be stampeding along like the Boston Marathon…

    …but with the Tsarnaevs nowhere in sight.

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  29. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Two points:

    1

    It’s hard to believe that prosecutors were not able to find or reconstruct her computer disk. I don’t think that they tried that hard. Robert Mueller wouldn’t have been slowed down that much by a crash-recycle story.

    If they suspected spoilation of evidence, there are all kinds of ways to go after someone. Was there a backup? If not, why not? Was there a written policy about backups? Why wasn’t it followed in this case? Is there an IT person responsible for backups? Talk to him. Was he contacted about the crash? What did he do? Is there paperwork on it? Is there generally paperwork on these kinds of events in the office? If not for this one instance, why? Who sent the disk out for recycling? What sort of logs are kept? Are raw Apache logs compressed and retained? If not, why not? Was this always the policy?

    And so on. They do the footwork, and then they get you in front of a grand jury for 8 hours, the one place where you can’t claim the 5th, and a U.S. attorney, prepped by assistants, grills you.

    You cannot survive this process without telling a lie, and then, Martha Stewart-like, you’re in jail for something unrelated to the spoilation.

    2

    This is another case of a black lawyer who somehow doesn’t seem to last in the profession. I’m not sure about the particulars of her education and job history, but a typical pattern is being hired by a firm to do paralegal-level work to allow the firm to conform to client diversity requirements, then quitting by mutual agreement when it’s obvious that the worker doesn’t have the chops to make partner, then drifting into a corporate general counsel job or something in nonprofit or government, all of which have low standards and a high need for minority employees. Then eventually out of law into something else.

    This happens because the standards for admission to law school (and college, and high school graduation) are lowered for diversity purposes, but sooner or later the chickens come home to roost.

    About April

    April Reign practiced law for nearly twenty years, honing her talent for public speaking and persuasive writing, but it wasn’t until she walked away from her legal practice that she found her true passion.

    I note that April Juanita Sands appears appears with the status “Suspended – Disciplinary” for her Maryland bar license:

    https://www.avvo.com/attorneys/21043-md-april-sands-1560693.html

    So she didn’t “walk away from her legal practice, as her bio states”:

    You can also search this at MDcourts.gov:

    ATTY#/ACCT#
    9412130323

    NAME
    SANDS , APRIL JUANITA

    ADDRESS CITY ST ZIP
    [redacted, but nice middle class house in a cul-de-sac, judging from Google Street View] ELLICOTT CITY MD 21043

    PHONE
    .

    ADMIT STATUS
    12-13-1994

    STATUS
    Suspended – Disciplinary

    More info here:

    https://pjmedia.com/jchristianadams/2014/4/30/politicking-for-obama-on-taxpayer-time/

    “April Juanita Sands is a member of the Maryland Bar. Bar records list her current employer as the Federal Election Commission. Bar records also indicate she was admitted to practice in 1994 and graduated from the University of Texas law school.”

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  30. Why would any black mother name her daughter April? You know what that shortens to.

    It’s probably one of the whiter names out therr, like Jake.

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    Remember April Hathcock world’s wokest librarian?
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  31. It’s like the movie JFK-Clay Bertrand IS Clay Shaw!

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  32. CCZ says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Delusional rhetorical? I am not buying the idea that she passed the bar exam.
     
    Look at her. She wouldn't pass the bar, she'd go in and check out the bros.

    But she was definitely suspended from the bar.

    SANDS, April Juanita
    Indefinite Suspension by Consent on January 5, 2016, for violating the Hatch Act on numerous occasions while working for the Federal Election Commission by soliciting political contributions.

    https://mdcourts.gov/sites/default/files/import/attygrievance/pdfs/sanctionsFY16.pdf

    https://www.leagle.com/decision/inmdco20160105176#

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    Thanks.
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  33. OT The Ministry of Truth has retroactively declared the ideological term “globalist” (meaning against sovereignty and for open borders, like most mainstream economists and journalists) to be “anti-Semitic,” and frothed with outrage at its “casual” use at a White House press conference.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/anti-semitic-term-white-house-briefing_us_5aa0476ce4b0e9381c14ec9b

    There are an easy majority of full blown indisputable globalists who are not Jewish at all, especially since globalism is the religion of the European ruling class. If globalist means Jew, then Jew means Christian hereditary nobleman on a yacht off of Calabria. If they’re going to be that sloppy, will they stop their talk about capitalists, bankers, wealthy people, one percenters, or devoutly religious people, all of which have both a greater percentage of Jewish representation and a longer history of association?
    This is a really gratingly dishonest attempt at ex post facto Calvinball.

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    OT The Ministry of Truth has retroactively declared the ideological term “globalist” (meaning against sovereignty and for open borders, like most mainstream economists and journalists) to be “anti-Semitic,” and frothed with outrage at its “casual” use at a White House press conference.

     

    Whoopsie, I believe the apparently anti-semitic Financial Times using 'globalist' in a headline just this weekend.

    Wounded globalists plot fightback in Trump's trade war

    https://www.ft.com/content/26922b36-1e38-11e8-aaca-4574d7dabfb6
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  34. @Roderick Spode
    I've never seen 'rhetorical' used as a noun before. Maybe someone can correct me on this, but I guess it's short for 'rhetorical question.'

    Of course 'rhetoric' could probably shoulder the same intended meaning nicely (whatever that may have been).

    But when the Black community send their activists, they're not sending their best.

    I’ve seen casual use of “rhetorical,” not as a noun but as an “abbreviated” adjective (with the noun omitted), by educated people: “but that was a rhetorical.”

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  35. Wait a second … According to Mueller, it is a crime to falsify your identity on the internet to influence an election.

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  36. Are either related to Leonard Pitts?

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  37. @CCZ
    But she was definitely suspended from the bar.

    SANDS, April Juanita
    Indefinite Suspension by Consent on January 5, 2016, for violating the Hatch Act on numerous occasions while working for the Federal Election Commission by soliciting political contributions.

    https://mdcourts.gov/sites/default/files/import/attygrievance/pdfs/sanctionsFY16.pdf

    https://www.leagle.com/decision/inmdco20160105176#

    Thanks.

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  38. @TwentyCents
    From a Black Twitter gossip thread:

    I promised in #4888 that I would be spilling tea on Reign of April, so here it goes. Sorry for the delay. I had to make sure my tea was legit so I asked someone who knew her. (Most of my tea comes from living through the f***ery, albeit as a bystander who puts the pieces of the puzzle together lol).

    April used to be a federal worker, an attorney who was employed at the FEC, I believe. She quit that job to start a blog about the black arts, mainly theater, which I think she's still doing. That's how she was able to get invites to the White House and other places.
     
    https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/black-twitter-tea-discussion-thread.1203561/page-174

    Great find!

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  39. @Roderick Spode

    Giant Duck
     
    Awesome.

    America, home of the Biggest Ducks.

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  40. @Reg Cæsar
    Why would any black mother name her daughter April? You know what that shortens to.

    It's probably one of the whiter names out therr, like Jake.

    Remember April Hathcock world’s wokest librarian?

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  41. Mueller takes a year to find “Russian hackers” who may have bought an advertisement and three iSteve commenters (CCZ, TwentyCents and Anonymous at 2:37) take less than an hour to ID a corruptocrat cultural engineer.
    Is the only thing saving us from the federal government the fact that no self-respecting, competant person wants to work there?

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  42. CCZ says:

    “Reign’s job in campaign finance lacked creativity, she said…”

    When April Reign joined Twitter back in 2010, she was met with the familiar frustration of a taken username. But instead of tacking random numbers onto the end, she opted for a simple play on words: @ReignOfApril.

    “I decided I was royalty,” she said.

    In 2013, Andrew Shade, a friend of Reign’s from Twitter, needed help with the website he’d just founded, Broadway Black, spotlighting black artists in theater. Reign’s job in campaign finance lacked creativity, she said, so she began to write for the site to feed her passion for the arts and help ease Shade’s workload. She eventually left law and became Broadway Black’s managing editor, a position she held until this past June.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/her-oscarssowhite-campaign-changed-how-hollywood-deals-with-race-now-shes-taking-on-hbo/2017/08/16/50cf5606-8100-11e7-902a-2a9f2d808496_story.html?utm_term=.a443c727c21e

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    Nice find. Incompetent reporting by Sonia Rao.

    She attended college and law school at the University of Texas at Austin.

    Following a brief stint as an aspiring zoologist — she discovered she was “allergic to every single animal Noah brought on the ark” — she aimed to be a child psychologist.

    “It just seemed like all of my friends told me their problems,” Reign said. “Whatever that personality trait is, I was the person they’d come to.”

    Her career aspirations changed, but this trait hasn’t.
     
    So law school, then zoologist, then Hollywood activist? Or zoologist, then law school, then Hollywood activist? At any rate, law school should be a prompt for a reporter to ask details, and get suspicious if the interviewee clams up or is evasive.
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  43. Looks like Sailer and Duck cracked the case,
    “Two Aprils with only One Face”:
    How a lawyer’s disgrace
    By her data’s erase
    Won the #MostBaddestLawyerBitch race.

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  44. Anonymous • Disclaimer says: • Website

    Her law school has a Quick Facts page:

    https://law.utexas.edu/admissions/quick-facts/

    Median LSAT 167, middle two quartiles: 161 to 168.

    That’s a very weird distribution. You’d expect in a completely neutral, fair world to have a Gaussian distribution with a smallish standard deviation, since students would tend to cluster in schools that were the best for their level of qualification. Brainiacs would go to Harvard, dumb people would not be admitted.

    Here the difference between the median and the 75 precent quartile is only a single LSAT point. On the low side, down to the 25 percent quartile, there is a difference of six LSAT points. So if you tried to graph this out and predict the unknown data, you’d have a big right-leaning bump and a long tail to the left. That long tail is probably most of the 28 percent minority diversity figure from the Quick Facts page. This essentially says that up to 90 percent of minority entrants had an LSAT score south of 161, some substantially south of it.

    I wonder if law schools have changed their teaching practices in light of recent admissions practices? Back in the day the professor would randomly call on someone and sweat him. If he was unprepared, there was no mercy, no moving on to the next person, pure humiliation. The guy would be prepared for class for the rest of the term, no matter what. Would that be considered racist these days, to humiliate people repeatedly if they just couldn’t handle the class reading and cognitive load?

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  45. eah says:

    Is She Also April Sands, Who Violated Hatch Act in Lois Lerner-Linked Obama Administration Scandal?

    Maybe.

    Why does it matter? — if not her some other ‘person of color’ would be pushing #OscarsSoWhite — the issue is not who’s doing it, rather that Whites and institutions created by Whites are so absurdly vulnerable to this kind of crass guilt-mongering — to the point where Whites are giving away their entire fucking countries.

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  46. Lot says:

    It is likely she agreed not to contest her quasi-disbarment (I have never heard of indefinite suspension before) in return for non-prosecution. It says in CCZ’s link that she lost her bar license “by consent.” It is like when the feds do a plea deal with officeholders that require them to resign from office as a term.

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  47. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @CCZ
    "Reign’s job in campaign finance lacked creativity, she said..."

    When April Reign joined Twitter back in 2010, she was met with the familiar frustration of a taken username. But instead of tacking random numbers onto the end, she opted for a simple play on words: @ReignOfApril.

    “I decided I was royalty,” she said.

    In 2013, Andrew Shade, a friend of Reign’s from Twitter, needed help with the website he’d just founded, Broadway Black, spotlighting black artists in theater. Reign’s job in campaign finance lacked creativity, she said, so she began to write for the site to feed her passion for the arts and help ease Shade’s workload. She eventually left law and became Broadway Black’s managing editor, a position she held until this past June.

     

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/her-oscarssowhite-campaign-changed-how-hollywood-deals-with-race-now-shes-taking-on-hbo/2017/08/16/50cf5606-8100-11e7-902a-2a9f2d808496_story.html?utm_term=.a443c727c21e

    Nice find. Incompetent reporting by Sonia Rao.

    She attended college and law school at the University of Texas at Austin.

    Following a brief stint as an aspiring zoologist — she discovered she was “allergic to every single animal Noah brought on the ark” — she aimed to be a child psychologist.

    “It just seemed like all of my friends told me their problems,” Reign said. “Whatever that personality trait is, I was the person they’d come to.”

    Her career aspirations changed, but this trait hasn’t.

    So law school, then zoologist, then Hollywood activist? Or zoologist, then law school, then Hollywood activist? At any rate, law school should be a prompt for a reporter to ask details, and get suspicious if the interviewee clams up or is evasive.

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  48. Just wanted to tack on some info here because I followed her back then. April was actually forced to resign from her job as a lawyer at the Federal Elections Commission because she was basically campaigning for Obama from the office. This is a violation of the Hatch Act, which prevents federal employees from partisan campaigning on the job. The violations stem from her tweets and some sort of FB live chat she participated while on the job. I think she was also prohibited from taking on any other government job for a year because she admitted to the violations. I’m not sure if it’s still in effect, but her law license was also suspended over the violations. I doubt she had much choice but to find a whole new career after all that.

    She was in the news over this, and had tea partiers in her mentions for awhile. She smartly made no mention of this on her TL, which is why it largely went unnoticed on Twitter. She tweeted out a warning to her followers to not engage the trolls in her mentions, which was a good way of keeping the discussion on what was happening with her down.

    https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/black-twitter-tea-discussion-thread.1203561/page-421

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    Interesting -- that's from December 2017, and independently, I googled and found another anonymous comment from a different commenter on the same website, saying basically the same thing from October 2017:

    https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/black-twitter-tea-discussion-thread.1203561/page-175#post-33163096

    April “Reign” is full of it. I thought her tea had been spilled a long time ago. Former Lois Lerner deputy April Sands can't be prosecuted as FEC destroyed evidence | Daily Mail Online
     
    I don't pretend to fully understand, and I haven't looked through all the thread, but some of these other comments are kind of funny:

    So, April is the Black person always inviting White people to the cookout (that's now got mainly White people in attendance)?

    Those June 2013 tweets, sis.
     

    ReignOfApril always came off to me as someone who did the most with the least. I'm also not surprised she was all up a white male twitter follower's ass, but she stay talking about other men. That's what the problem with most of those so-called woke heffas is. They only being woke to get a check and kiss whatever precious white people they find.
     

    Sis, this is nothing. A white woman got in trouble. April seemed to work for the WW. April has a hard drive of connection to indict the WW. April's hard drive broke. she was banned from a gov job for a few years.
     
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  49. Video of Reign from Democracy Now saying men accused of sexual assalt should not have been allowed to appear on stage at the Oscars, she who was accused of Hatch Act violations, and whose hard disk disappeared.

    https://www.democracynow.org/2018/3/5/the_oscars_are_still_so_white

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  50. @eah
    Is She Also April Sands, Who Violated Hatch Act in Lois Lerner-Linked Obama Administration Scandal?

    Maybe.

    Why does it matter? -- if not her some other 'person of color' would be pushing #OscarsSoWhite -- the issue is not who's doing it, rather that Whites and institutions created by Whites are so absurdly vulnerable to this kind of crass guilt-mongering -- to the point where Whites are giving away their entire fucking countries.

    https://twitter.com/TuckerCarlson/status/971485031800680448

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  51. @eah
    https://twitter.com/ramzpaul/status/969249872724586496

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    It's real, I checked

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DXttOuRXUAACbas.jpg
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  52. The July 14, 2014 House Oversight Committee letter referencing the “frequency and fervor” and detailing the content of some of the 2012 “partisan political” tweets of @ReignOfApril:

    https://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/2014-07-14-DEI-Jordan-to-Goodman-FEC-April-Sands-Hard-Drive.pdf

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  53. @TwentyCents
    From a Black Twitter gossip thread:

    I promised in #4888 that I would be spilling tea on Reign of April, so here it goes. Sorry for the delay. I had to make sure my tea was legit so I asked someone who knew her. (Most of my tea comes from living through the f***ery, albeit as a bystander who puts the pieces of the puzzle together lol).

    April used to be a federal worker, an attorney who was employed at the FEC, I believe. She quit that job to start a blog about the black arts, mainly theater, which I think she's still doing. That's how she was able to get invites to the White House and other places.
     
    https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/black-twitter-tea-discussion-thread.1203561/page-174

    Later on in the thread

    Microphonecheck said: ↑

    April “Reign” is full of it. I thought her tea had been spilled a long time ago. Former Lois Lerner deputy April Sands can’t be prosecuted as FEC destroyed evidence | Daily Mail Online

    Sis, this is nothing. A white woman got in trouble. April seemed to work for the WW. April has a hard drive of connection to indict the WW. April’s hard drive broke. she was banned from a gov job for a few years.

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  54. @eah
    https://twitter.com/ramzpaul/status/969544242854088704
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    Our enemy has learned to use our altruism against us.

    Other peoples do not have the same problem.

    https://twitter.com/Alba_Risen/status/971628086033657856
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  55. @Allenbard Woodison
    Ask the guys who identified one Eric Clanton as the Bike Lock Attacker to help solve this mystery. You know the DOJ will pretend not to notice anything amiss. They are too busy investigating everyone who ever worked for Trump, and bravely confronting illegal immigrants in California. (And of course, risking all in a valiant effort to punish marijuana-users.)

    You know the DOJ will pretend not to notice anything amiss.

    I saw an article that explains the do-nothing DOJ. (Spoilers: Democrats dragging their feet in confirmations.) Some quotes:

    When you look at DOJ noms, you’ll see five important positions where the president has made a nomination but the Senate has failed to act. As of this writing (check the latest confirmations on the Senate website), the Department still needs the Senate to confirm leaders — in DOJ parlance, “Assistant Attorney Generals” — for a quintet of crucial components: the Criminal Division, the National Security Division, the Civil Division, the Civil Rights Division, and the Environmental and National Resources Division. There are also about a dozen U.S. Attorney nominees still pending in the Senate.

    Even our stalwart friend Rod Rosenstein is concerned:

    “We have no Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division. That division is responsible for protecting Americans from terrorism, our number one priority. Our nominee is a man with exceptional experience. His name is John Demers. He’s exceptionally experienced, he’s not partisan, he wants to do the right thing and do this job, and he has not been confirmed. There’s no explanation, no legitimate explanation, for why someone like that can’t get on the job….

    There are only three officials in the Department of Justice who are authorized to sign Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications… the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, and the Assistant Attorney General for National Security. Whoever is there, and lowest on the totem pole, spends a half hour of their day signing those [warrant applications]. The Attorney General did it from February through April, and I’ve been doing it from April through January. And when John gets there, I’m going to have an extra half hour every day.”

    https://abovethelaw.com/2018/01/justice-department-delayed-justice-denied-the-doj-nominations-backlog/?rf=1

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    Whoever is there, and lowest on the totem pole, spends a half hour of their day signing those [warrant applications].
     
    If it takes five seconds on average to leaf through to the final page and apply the rubber stamp, then a half hour per day means 360 FISA warrant applications per day, or around 90,000 per year. That seems like a lot.

    Extrapolating further, it probably takes a judge 5 minutes to apply his rubber stamp (including the time for the counsel to provide a perfunctory introduction to the case, array the paperwork, etc.), so if FISC judges work 8 hours per day, there are, what, three or four sitting judges?
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  56. @eah
    It's real, I checked

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DXttOuRXUAACbas.jpg

    Our enemy has learned to use our altruism against us.

    Other peoples do not have the same problem.

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  57. @J.Ross
    OT The Ministry of Truth has retroactively declared the ideological term "globalist" (meaning against sovereignty and for open borders, like most mainstream economists and journalists) to be "anti-Semitic," and frothed with outrage at its "casual" use at a White House press conference.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/anti-semitic-term-white-house-briefing_us_5aa0476ce4b0e9381c14ec9b

    There are an easy majority of full blown indisputable globalists who are not Jewish at all, especially since globalism is the religion of the European ruling class. If globalist means Jew, then Jew means Christian hereditary nobleman on a yacht off of Calabria. If they're going to be that sloppy, will they stop their talk about capitalists, bankers, wealthy people, one percenters, or devoutly religious people, all of which have both a greater percentage of Jewish representation and a longer history of association?
    This is a really gratingly dishonest attempt at ex post facto Calvinball.

    OT The Ministry of Truth has retroactively declared the ideological term “globalist” (meaning against sovereignty and for open borders, like most mainstream economists and journalists) to be “anti-Semitic,” and frothed with outrage at its “casual” use at a White House press conference.

    Whoopsie, I believe the apparently anti-semitic Financial Times using ‘globalist’ in a headline just this weekend.

    Wounded globalists plot fightback in Trump’s trade war

    https://www.ft.com/content/26922b36-1e38-11e8-aaca-4574d7dabfb6

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    The problem with the whole tariff program is that all the banned countries have to do to get around the tariff is sell their stuff to Canada or Mexico, who are NOT banned, and then C & M sell to us via under-the-table arrangement with everything coming in labeled made in Canada or Mexico.
    , @J.Ross
    Ha. I still remember all the fun, brightly colored globalist propaganda from the early nineties. It usually involved cramming in a literal blue and green globe.
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  58. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Pericles

    OT The Ministry of Truth has retroactively declared the ideological term “globalist” (meaning against sovereignty and for open borders, like most mainstream economists and journalists) to be “anti-Semitic,” and frothed with outrage at its “casual” use at a White House press conference.

     

    Whoopsie, I believe the apparently anti-semitic Financial Times using 'globalist' in a headline just this weekend.

    Wounded globalists plot fightback in Trump's trade war

    https://www.ft.com/content/26922b36-1e38-11e8-aaca-4574d7dabfb6

    The problem with the whole tariff program is that all the banned countries have to do to get around the tariff is sell their stuff to Canada or Mexico, who are NOT banned, and then C & M sell to us via under-the-table arrangement with everything coming in labeled made in Canada or Mexico.

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  59. @Reg Cæsar
    "April Rain, April Sands" sounds like something composed by Johnny Mandel 55 years ago for some forgotten movie. Or the English lyrics set by some Johnny Mercer wannabe to a French or Italian cabaret tune.

    April rains on April sands,
    Distant ships from distant lands
    Floating on the ocean that surrounds us.

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  60. @Andy
    A bit of offtopic, as a non American, it intrigues me that what happens in Hollywood, a very minor industry in economic terms, is so important in public discourse in the US. The declining US steel industry, with a turnover of 100 billion, is ten times more important in purely economic terms than the movie industry.

    Don’t be autistic. Hollywood controls the minds of the masses. It’s content creators are among the smartest people in the world.

    Hollywood and media are the two most important industries in America because they determine public opinion, which is the strongest force in the world.

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  61. Ed says:

    A country gone mad to reward someone like this woman. She blocked me long ago and she’s a nasty woman. Yes she and April Sand are one. She was fired as a government lawyer. Maybe now her business is taking off but before she’d ask people for money on Twitter.

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  62. @Louis Renault
    America, home of the Biggest Ducks.

    I like the giant one a lot better than the tiny one.

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  63. @TwentyCents

    Just wanted to tack on some info here because I followed her back then. April was actually forced to resign from her job as a lawyer at the Federal Elections Commission because she was basically campaigning for Obama from the office. This is a violation of the Hatch Act, which prevents federal employees from partisan campaigning on the job. The violations stem from her tweets and some sort of FB live chat she participated while on the job. I think she was also prohibited from taking on any other government job for a year because she admitted to the violations. I'm not sure if it's still in effect, but her law license was also suspended over the violations. I doubt she had much choice but to find a whole new career after all that.

    She was in the news over this, and had tea partiers in her mentions for awhile. She smartly made no mention of this on her TL, which is why it largely went unnoticed on Twitter. She tweeted out a warning to her followers to not engage the trolls in her mentions, which was a good way of keeping the discussion on what was happening with her down.
     
    https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/black-twitter-tea-discussion-thread.1203561/page-421

    Interesting — that’s from December 2017, and independently, I googled and found another anonymous comment from a different commenter on the same website, saying basically the same thing from October 2017:

    https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/black-twitter-tea-discussion-thread.1203561/page-175#post-33163096

    April “Reign” is full of it. I thought her tea had been spilled a long time ago. Former Lois Lerner deputy April Sands can’t be prosecuted as FEC destroyed evidence | Daily Mail Online

    I don’t pretend to fully understand, and I haven’t looked through all the thread, but some of these other comments are kind of funny:

    So, April is the Black person always inviting White people to the cookout (that’s now got mainly White people in attendance)?

    Those June 2013 tweets, sis.

    ReignOfApril always came off to me as someone who did the most with the least. I’m also not surprised she was all up a white male twitter follower’s ass, but she stay talking about other men. That’s what the problem with most of those so-called woke heffas is. They only being woke to get a check and kiss whatever precious white people they find.

    Sis, this is nothing. A white woman got in trouble. April seemed to work for the WW. April has a hard drive of connection to indict the WW. April’s hard drive broke. she was banned from a gov job for a few years.

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    Very interesting stuff. The last quotation seems to suggest that April Sands' hard drive was erased not merely to protect her, but rather and more importantly to protect her former boss, Lois Lerner, who was very much in the hot seat at that time for allegedly directing her team at the IRS to crack down on conservative groups for politically-motivated reasons.

    Sis, this is nothing. A white woman [Lois Lerner] got in trouble. April seemed to work for the WW [April worked for Lerner at the FEC]. April has a hard drive of connection to indict the WW [Really? If so, that is news]. April’s hard drive broke [This is documented in several news articles]. she was banned from a gov job for a few years.
     
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  64. @James Kabala
    The evidence seems strong except for the key one of the pictures, in which they don't (to me) look very much alike. The teeth is the biggest difference but not the only one. But I know different camera angles and so forth can produce misleading results.

    What happens to a discarded Twitter handle? If John Smith gets sick of Twitter and deactivates his twitter.com/JohnSmith account, is it permanently retired, or can another John Smith (or for that matter someone not named John Smith) come along and claim it? If the latter is not possible, they must be the same person. If it is possible, then in theory they might not be.

    From further updates it seems pretty clear that they are indeed the same. Good detective work.

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  65. @benjaminl
    Interesting -- that's from December 2017, and independently, I googled and found another anonymous comment from a different commenter on the same website, saying basically the same thing from October 2017:

    https://www.lipstickalley.com/threads/black-twitter-tea-discussion-thread.1203561/page-175#post-33163096

    April “Reign” is full of it. I thought her tea had been spilled a long time ago. Former Lois Lerner deputy April Sands can't be prosecuted as FEC destroyed evidence | Daily Mail Online
     
    I don't pretend to fully understand, and I haven't looked through all the thread, but some of these other comments are kind of funny:

    So, April is the Black person always inviting White people to the cookout (that's now got mainly White people in attendance)?

    Those June 2013 tweets, sis.
     

    ReignOfApril always came off to me as someone who did the most with the least. I'm also not surprised she was all up a white male twitter follower's ass, but she stay talking about other men. That's what the problem with most of those so-called woke heffas is. They only being woke to get a check and kiss whatever precious white people they find.
     

    Sis, this is nothing. A white woman got in trouble. April seemed to work for the WW. April has a hard drive of connection to indict the WW. April's hard drive broke. she was banned from a gov job for a few years.
     

    Very interesting stuff. The last quotation seems to suggest that April Sands’ hard drive was erased not merely to protect her, but rather and more importantly to protect her former boss, Lois Lerner, who was very much in the hot seat at that time for allegedly directing her team at the IRS to crack down on conservative groups for politically-motivated reasons.

    Sis, this is nothing. A white woman [Lois Lerner] got in trouble. April seemed to work for the WW [April worked for Lerner at the FEC]. April has a hard drive of connection to indict the WW [Really? If so, that is news]. April’s hard drive broke [This is documented in several news articles]. she was banned from a gov job for a few years.

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  66. Tex says:
    @Alfa158
    Not sure how destroyed disk drives matter one way or the other if the Attorney General is as weak and passive as Jeff Sessions. You could have video-taped, signed notarized confessions, and they won’t do you any good if the Nation’s top cop appears to have parked himself at the donut shop and turned off his radio for the duration. If the tables were turned and the Evil Party was in charge instead of the Stupid Party, the perp walks would be stampeding along like the Boston Marathon.
    Power ultimately devolves to the people willing to use it.

    Not sure how destroyed disk drives matter one way or the other if the Attorney General is as weak and passive as Jeff Sessions.

    Sessions might have something other to do with his time than prosecute a lawyer who’s already had her license suspended for a four-year old violation that occurred under the previous administration, presumably with the aim of pulling the movie industry’s chestnuts out of the fire.

    But yeah, weak is as weak does.

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  67. @Pericles

    OT The Ministry of Truth has retroactively declared the ideological term “globalist” (meaning against sovereignty and for open borders, like most mainstream economists and journalists) to be “anti-Semitic,” and frothed with outrage at its “casual” use at a White House press conference.

     

    Whoopsie, I believe the apparently anti-semitic Financial Times using 'globalist' in a headline just this weekend.

    Wounded globalists plot fightback in Trump's trade war

    https://www.ft.com/content/26922b36-1e38-11e8-aaca-4574d7dabfb6

    Ha. I still remember all the fun, brightly colored globalist propaganda from the early nineties. It usually involved cramming in a literal blue and green globe.

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    Leslie Lee III wrote a Black Panther reaction tweet that got re-tweeted a bit:
    https://twitter.com/leslieleeiii/status/964697251372257281?lang=en
    Commenter Yan Shen quoted from it without attribution in a Black Panther post:
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/black-panther/#comment-2213129
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  69. @J.Ross
    As our civilization collapses and we join the human normality of tribalism, we will imitate those intractable Levantine disputes about who perfected coffee or baklawa.

    Instead of going to Mars, we’ll be fighting over the origin of soda pop.

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  70. @Roderick Spode

    Giant Duck
     
    Awesome.

    He’s our Duck & he’s truly a Giant among Ducks. The best Duck of them all!

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  71. @TheodoreKaczynskiFan
    Further confirmation here: http://archive.today/2018.03.09-000239/https://twitter.com/leslieleeiii/status/857607787689508864

    Leslie Lee III wrote a Black Panther reaction tweet that got re-tweeted a bit:

    Commenter Yan Shen quoted from it without attribution in a Black Panther post:

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/black-panther/#comment-2213129

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  72. @Pericles

    You know the DOJ will pretend not to notice anything amiss.

     

    I saw an article that explains the do-nothing DOJ. (Spoilers: Democrats dragging their feet in confirmations.) Some quotes:

    When you look at DOJ noms, you’ll see five important positions where the president has made a nomination but the Senate has failed to act. As of this writing (check the latest confirmations on the Senate website), the Department still needs the Senate to confirm leaders — in DOJ parlance, “Assistant Attorney Generals” — for a quintet of crucial components: the Criminal Division, the National Security Division, the Civil Division, the Civil Rights Division, and the Environmental and National Resources Division. There are also about a dozen U.S. Attorney nominees still pending in the Senate.

     

    Even our stalwart friend Rod Rosenstein is concerned:

    "We have no Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division. That division is responsible for protecting Americans from terrorism, our number one priority. Our nominee is a man with exceptional experience. His name is John Demers. He’s exceptionally experienced, he’s not partisan, he wants to do the right thing and do this job, and he has not been confirmed. There’s no explanation, no legitimate explanation, for why someone like that can’t get on the job….

    There are only three officials in the Department of Justice who are authorized to sign Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications… the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General, and the Assistant Attorney General for National Security. Whoever is there, and lowest on the totem pole, spends a half hour of their day signing those [warrant applications]. The Attorney General did it from February through April, and I’ve been doing it from April through January. And when John gets there, I’m going to have an extra half hour every day."
     
    https://abovethelaw.com/2018/01/justice-department-delayed-justice-denied-the-doj-nominations-backlog/?rf=1

    Whoever is there, and lowest on the totem pole, spends a half hour of their day signing those [warrant applications].

    If it takes five seconds on average to leaf through to the final page and apply the rubber stamp, then a half hour per day means 360 FISA warrant applications per day, or around 90,000 per year. That seems like a lot.

    Extrapolating further, it probably takes a judge 5 minutes to apply his rubber stamp (including the time for the counsel to provide a perfunctory introduction to the case, array the paperwork, etc.), so if FISC judges work 8 hours per day, there are, what, three or four sitting judges?

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