San Francisco Chronicle columnist Token Conservative blogger dsaunders@sfchronicle.com

Saunders: Nero fiddles, Twitter burns

recordnet.com — When Twitter banned Milo Yiannopoulos, a blogger for the conservative news website Breitbart.com who used the Twitter handle Nero, Yiannopoulos reacted with characteristic modesty. He told The New York Times the ban launched "the beginning of the end for Twitter."Oddly, Yiannopoulos may be right. In February, the social media platform announced its "Trust and Safety Committee."

Is Donald Trump serious?

sfgate.com — I saw a glimpse of that man when he said in his acceptance speech at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena, "America is a nation of believers, dreamers and strivers that is being led by a group of censors, critics and cynics."

@Nero fiddles, Twitter burns

sfgate.com — When Twitter banned Milo Yiannopoulos, a tech editor for the conservative news website Breitbart.com who used the Twitter handle @Nero, Yiannopoulos reacted with characteristic modesty. In February, the social media platform announced its Trust and Safety Committee. With Orwellian overtones, CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted, Twitter stands for freedom of expression, speaking truth to power, and empowering dialogue.

Paul Ryan and 'The Hunger Games'

sfgate.com — In a dystopian world that forces lottery-selected teens to hunt and kill each other in an annual contest, Katniss knows how to set snares, which plants to grub in the wild and how to shoot a squirrel in the eye with a bow and arrow. [...]

Presumed innocent? Cops need not apply

sfgate.com — The Black Lives Matter crusade, born after Florida vigilante George Zimmerman shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, turned to police shootings of black men after the death of Michael Brown, 18, in 2014. Sunday, African American vigilante Gavin E.

Here’s a password: Crony crime fighting

sfgate.com — When is it a crime - punishable with time behind bars - for citizens to access a company's database with someone else's password? The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Judge Margaret McKeown wrote, "does not make the millions of people who engage in this ubiquitous, useful and generally harmless conduct into unwitting federal criminals."

Not many veterans on running-mate short lists

sfgate.com — The next president will inherit war zones in the Middle East and Afghanistan, yet neither major party's front-runner can boast military chops. Smartly, Clinton balanced his ticket by choosing as his running mate Sen. Al Gore, D-Tenn. While Gore's Harvard classmates found ways to avoid serving in Vietnam, this senator's son had enlisted in the Army and served five months in Vietnam.

Feel safer? Easier to get parole, harder to buy bullets

sfgate.com — they are pushing a ballot measure that would enable repeat serious and violent offenders to qualify for early release - to further reduce the state prison population. In his veto message, Brown wrote that Assembly Bill 1176 was "nearly identical" to a provision in a gun-control ballot measure championed by Lt.

Hillary Clinton’s too big for the federal brig

sfgate.com — FBI Director James Comey was right to assert that "no reasonable prosecutor" would press criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. No reasonable prosecutor, former federal prosecutor William Otis, now a Georgetown University law professor, told me, wants to try a criminal case with the potential to tilt a national election.

Can Libertarian Gary Johnson save democracy?

sfgate.com — The former Republican governor of New Mexico can boast a running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, who also is the former Republican governor of a blue state. With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton their parties' presumptive nominees - Johnson branded Clinton and Trump the "two most polarizing figures" to ever run for the White House - the Libertarian ticket has a shot in November.
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Jul 25, 2016

RT @thehill: Al Gore to skip Dem convention as he continues to withhold Clinton endorsement:  http://hill.cm/BKc4be4  https://t.co/3gL75lLDuh

Jul 24, 2016

RT @Jeff_Jacoby: Rep. @KeithEllison (D-Minn) calls Trump "the worst Republican nominee since George Wallace." Really? Wallace was a Democrat. #HistoryIsHard

Jul 24, 2016

Why Readers See @NYTimes as Liberal. Public editor @Spaydl really tries, but shows newsroom that's clueless.  http://nyti.ms/2aCQ7Dy 

Jul 24, 2016

@NYTimes @spaydl asked @DeanBaquet about perception of liberal bias. He doesn’t believe coverage has liberal cast.  http://nyti.ms/2aCQ7Dy 

Jul 24, 2016

Public ed asked several in newsroom about claims @NYTimes sways to left. Mostly met with a roll of the eyes.  http://nyti.ms/2aCQ7Dy 

Jul 24, 2016

Bad luck this @NYTimes piece runs in Sunday print edition w/ no #DNCWikileak story. Why Readers See Times as Liberal  http://nyti.ms/2aCQ7Dy 


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