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Blizzard Finally Breaks Its Silence on China Controversy, Too Little, Too Late

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Blizzard is finally weighing in on the controversy created in the past week when a professional tournament player of Hearthstone was suspended and had his prize money taken away for making a supportive comment on behalf of the Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters.

The player, Chung Ng Wai, was suspended for a year and had $10,000 taken away for him. The two casters who were conducting the interview in which Chung made the remarks were also fired.

Now Blizzard is modifying the punishment somewhat, changing the year suspension of Chung to six months and giving him back the prize money. They are also changing the firing of the casters to a 6 month suspension.

Blizzard made people aware of the change in a lengthy statement.

From The Verge:

I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision,” writes J. Allen Brack, the president of Blizzard Entertainment.

“We have these rules to keep the focus on the game and on the tournament to the benefit of a global audience, and that was the only consideration in the actions we took. If this had been the opposing viewpoint delivered in the same divisive and deliberate way, we would have felt and acted the same,” he continues.

Yet Brack also says that, after evaluating the situation and listening to the community, “six months for blitzchung is more appropriate, after which time he can compete in the Hearthstone pro circuit again if he so chooses.” He goes on to say, “There is a consequence for taking the conversation away from the purpose of the event and disrupting or derailing the broadcast.” ….

“With regard to the casters, remember their purpose is to keep the event focused on the tournament. That didn’t happen here, and we are setting their suspension to six months as well.”

Brack continued, claiming they still believed in one of the company’s slogans: Every Voice Matters.

“Every Voice Matters, and we strongly encourage everyone in our community to share their viewpoints in the many places available to express themselves,” Brack writes. “However, the official broadcast needs to be about the tournament and to be a place where all are welcome. In support of that, we want to keep the official channels focused on the game.”

The problem with this statement was that immediately after the incident when people were commenting about it on their forums, they wiped out the posts of people who were critical of their actions and/or kowtowing to the Chinese. They left up the posts of those who agreed with them. At this point, very few people will believe that their actions are not related to their business relationships with the Chinese.

They’ve experienced a massive blowback, with players calling for a boycott and even employees walking out on them at their office in California. Even lawmakers have condemned their actions as anti-free speech and supporting a communist regime.

It’s unlikely this statement at this point, too little, too late, will convince people.

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Kidnapped Whisky, Kowtowing to the Commies, and The Friend Police: Are We Doomed?

Welcome back to my Saturday column in which I take a look back on the news of the week and try to determine- are we doomed?

Let Communism Ring!

As you probably heard, the general manager of NBA’s Houston Rockets supported those fighting for freedom in Hong Kong. The Chinese government, Chinese Basketball Association, and Chinese businesses were upset. It was going to cost the NBA money and, being capitalists who wanted those communist dollars coming in from China, the NBA caved. They’re even censoring fans now as well as the media.

Still, it hasn’t made a lot of difference. Nike, for example, has pulled Houston Rockets merchandise from all stores in China. What happened to this slogan from just about a year ago?

Either they don’t believe in freedom or they’re not really willing to sacrifice much.

Verdict: Yeah, we’re doomed.

I Trusted You, Scotch

If you spend any time at all on the internet you  have, at some point, been faced with the question “if you were to be kidnapped, what would you post on social media to let your followers know you needed help, what would it be?”

I can only assume The Glenlivet has been kidnapped.

There is no other justifiable reason for whisky pods to exist. The Glenlivet Distillery has only been around since 1824, so it’s not even close to being the oldest distillery operating in Scotland,  but they’re hardly a new upstart looking to disrupt the market by getting milennials to shove Tide Pods full of whisky down their gullets. They’re better than that, surely.

Verdict: Full doom. Possibly numbed by whisky, but you’ll have to eat it, so what’s the point?

You Can’t Sit With Us

Last Sunday, Ellen DeGeneres went to a football game and sat with friends.  People were outraged, because Ellen has friends with whom she is not ideologically identical.

Liberals were outraged that she would do such a thing. Conservatives barely thought about it beyond seeing a couple of cute photos floating around the internet and absently thinking it looked like they were having a good time (although we probably knew she was going to get tarred and feathered by her own for it).

Here was Ellen’s reaction to the hate that was tweeted at her for knowing a person with differing opinions.

Yes, that was me at the Cowboys game with George W. Bush.

Yes, that was me at the Cowboys game with George W. Bush over the weekend. Here’s the whole story.

Posted by Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Here’s the thing. Conservatives have lots of friends we disagree with. Heck, we don’t even agree with our other conservative friends half the time, and I can’t think of any conservatives who don’t have liberals in their circles. I can think of plenty of liberals who won’t associate with conservatives, or just know one who isn’t like the rest of them (who are, obviously,  terrible).

In short, conservatives are like:

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But liberals are like:

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Verdict: On one hand, the people who are supposed to be on her “side” took her to task for not self-segregating and, even after this video, refused to pause and consider that maybe she was right. Many just doubled down. On the other hand, in 2019 it takes courage to sit with people that you know you’re going to get torched for sitting with, then go on television to say that, not only are you not sorry about it, but everybody else needs to check their kindness levels. It makes me think that some people are beyond human reach, but the world itself isn’t doomed yet.

Honoring His True Dad

Check out this college football player who changed his last name to honor the man who raised him.

Verdict: We’re going to be ok.

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Why Are the Same People Irate About the NBA’s Hong Kong Stance Silent About the Same Thing Happening to Americans

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A protester waves a U.S. flag as hundreds of protesters gather outside Kwai Chung police station in Hong Kong, Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Protesters clashed with police again in Hong Kong on Tuesday night after reports that some of their detained colleagues would be charged with the relatively serious charge of rioting. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

The outrage du jour is over the NBA and a gaming company, Blizzard Entertainment, following the old adage of “money talks and bullsh** walks” and forbidding players or, in the case of the NBA, fans from making any overt gesture of support for the demonstrators in Hong Kong.

I don’t have a particular dog in the geopolitical part of this argument. Hong Kong, since the Brits pulled out in 1997, has been part of Communist China. They may not like it, but there it is and the odds of Beijing just letting it go approaches zero. While I have sympathy for their cause, I don’t have enough sympathy to get Americans killed over it. I’m also doubtful that egging on demonstrators when you have zero intention of doing anything but clucking over the massacre videos streamed into your home is a particularly ethical thing to do (see East Germany 1953 an Hungary 1956 for examples of what that looks like). I certainly don’t fault China for bringing to bear whatever power it has to shut down sympathy for the demonstrators because we, ourselves, are the ones who’ve given them that power and they, like most governments, will act in their own interests.

What I’m sort of at a loss to understand is why I’m supposed to feel outraged by the NBA, a private company, engaging in suppression of speech that it doesn’t like.

For at least three years now, ever since it has become obvious that the large tech companies like Facebook and Twitter and Google were actively suppressing conservative viewpoints and ever since Trump was elected, I’ve been lectured by TrueConservativesWestlake Legal Group 2122 Why Are the Same People Irate About the NBA’s Hong Kong Stance Silent About the Same Thing Happening to Americans twitter Pro-Life Politics North Carolina NBA Hong Kong Google Front Page Stories Featured Story facebook Conservatives Censorship Business & Economy bathroom bill Allow Media Exception   and VichyConsWestlake Legal Group 2122 Why Are the Same People Irate About the NBA’s Hong Kong Stance Silent About the Same Thing Happening to Americans twitter Pro-Life Politics North Carolina NBA Hong Kong Google Front Page Stories Featured Story facebook Conservatives Censorship Business & Economy bathroom bill Allow Media Exception   (though it is getting increasingly hard to separate the two groups in any meaningful way so great is the overlap in that Venn Diagram) on how “muh private company” can’t engage in censorship and how if I don’t like being suspended from Twitter for suggesting some sloppy fat goober laid off from BuzzFeed learn a useful occupation that I could just start my own social media company and my problems would be solved.

Over and over, conservative viewpoints, whether they are pro-biology, pro-traditional-family, or pro-life are being overtly crushed via demonetization or by having access to their materials deliberately restricted. The most recent example of this is Facebook refusing to let the pro-life group Live Action distribute its videos to followers of its Facebook page because professional pro-aborts who double as “fact checkers” for Politifact didn’t like the content. Twitter has forbidden Live Action from showing ultrasound images of babies in utero.

Back in 2016, when the NBA went to war with the state of North Carolina over the “bathroom bill,” a commonsense measure that ensure adult men were not going to be hanging out in women’s bathrooms, outlets, such as National Review, posted articles like A Conservative Defense of Transgender Rights. Few people on the right said boo about the NBA using its economic power to coerce the government of North Carolina into abandoning its defense of common decency and Western Civilization.

Why is it any more odious for the NBA to follow the money their autocratic impulses and shut down support of the Hong Kong demonstrators in their venues than for it to follow the money and their autocratic impulses and shut down opposition to trans activists in North Carolina? In both cases, the NBA is telling people how to live their lives. In both cases, it is refusing to lend its economic support to political causes that it disagrees with on the merits or perceives to be a financial loser. How is security at an NBA game evicting pro-Hong-Kong protesters any different than YouTube or Facebook or Twitter blocking pro-life or pro-actual-marriage or pro-Second-Amendment information? It really isn’t.

The bottom line is that you either believe corporations, particularly large monopolistic ones, either have an obligation to observe what we, in America, perceive to be basic human rights or you don’t. You don’t get to choose what the cause is. It is binary. If your position is that the difference is the Chinese government calling the tune, does that mean you’d only oppose corporate thuggery if the current administration was behind it? If you are trying to shame the NBA into changing policy, then I’d submit the hundreds of millions of dollars they get from China is going to prove more influential that a lot of media saying meany-pants things. In other words, you’re engaging in nothing more than the most grotesque form of virtue signaling. You could take action, like have Congress outlaw this dumbf***ery, but then you’d just be a poseur with very malleable principles.

So, while I have a great deal of sympathy for the people in Hong Kong, I can’t in good conscience sign onto some kind of selective outrage over a corporation silencing speech it dislikes. When all of you folks who are outraged about the NBA and Hong Kong decide you’re outraged by Facebook and Twitter and Google and you’re ready to go to war with them and the NBA to end this bullsh**, well, give me a call. If you want me to get exercised over something happening in China while telling me that the same exact thing directed at conservative causes taking place in the US (and in Europe) is just the private sector at work, sorry, I don’t want to be bothered. I’ll be clipping my toe nails or taking a dump or doing something else that is actually meaningful.

As a parting note, my colleague Brad Slager discussed this topic on KLRNRadio last night in the second half of the show.



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You Have The Right To Remain Silent: Jane Fonda Gets Arrested In Washington D.C.

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Good ole Jane Fonda sure knows how to stay relevant in an era of has been and washed up activists looking for some relevancy. If only Abbey Hoffman could see her now.

Hanoi Jane who was so moved by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate change activist from Sweden that she decided to move to Washington D.C. for a spell and was going to get herself arrested.

Mission Accomplished Jane.

According to Fox 2 Detroit

The arrest comes after Fonda, a liberal Hollywood celebrity long known for activism and outspokenness, said she soon planned to leave Tinseltown and relocate to the nation’s capital, at least temporarily.

Fonda told the newspaper she planned to spend about four months in Washington for a series of sit-ins and rallies – after getting an OK from Netflix to take time off from her series “Grace and Frankie” with Lily Tomlin. She claimed to have drawn inspiration from Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate-change activist from Sweden.

“She read the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report and she realized that the crisis was barreling straight at us, like a train and looked around and people weren’t behaving appropriately, Fonda said. “It so traumatized her that she stopped eating. I hadn’t realized that she stopped eating and speaking for almost a year. And that really hit me.”

There ya go. Listening to the advice of a 16-year-old kid who is not well versed on this subject because of F-E-E-L-I-N-G-S.

I will give a little credit to Jane. She has consistently been on the wrong side of most of the political debates in her lifetime. Her absolute disgusting behavior during the Vietnam war was one of the greatest shows of spitting in the faces of those that helped defend her right to do so.

Yet, here she is again almost 45 years later still making the wrong choices based on faulty data and getting arrested for the cause so she can show those Lil snot-nosed kids how it is done. She isn’t gonna wear any mask hiding her identity while chanting poorly constructed chants or hide behind twitter. HELL, NO, she is going to get arrested by the man and strut to the paddy wagon looking fabulous.

Plus she has lots of bail money so she can do this all day. Maybe she will share it with some of it with the rest of you radicals.

Don’t count on it.

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Blizzard Employees Walk out After Company Bows Down to China, What They Did Next Says It All

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Activision Blizzard is an American company out of California.

But you might be forgiven for not having thought that after their actions of the past week. In response to a gamer at their Hearthstone tournament making a statement supporting Hong Kong, the company not only suspended the gamer, Chung Ng Wai, for a whole year, they removed his $10,000 prize money as well and fired the two casters who were interviewing him and filmed his comments.

Gamers saw this as kowtowing to the Chinese with whom Blizzard has an intertwined business relationship. They viewed it as an attempt to intimidate not only gamers but the messengers who dare report on free speech as well.

But instead of intimidating, the event galvanized people. It caused a “blizzard” of anger against the company, particularly from people closest to the company who felt not only wasn’t it in keeping with American values but it was not in keeping with the company’s values as well.

Mark Kern, the man who led the team who developed World of Warcraft, cancelled his WoW subscription and called for a boycott.

From NY Times:

In an interview, Mr. Kern said China was a major source of revenue for the gaming industry, and he knew he was “closing many doors” careerwise by speaking out on Twitter.

But Mr. Kern, who lived in Hong Kong as a teenager, said the company’s actions were “a deterioration of Blizzard values that really broke my heart.”

“It’s one thing to stay out of politics in games, quite another to take harsh, punitive actions designed to appease a government whose values are against what Blizzard has traditionally stood for,” he said.

Kern wasn’t the only one taking action.

From The Verge:

A couple dozen Blizzard employees walked out of work Tuesday in protest of the company’s decision to ban a professional Hearthstone player who voiced support for the Hong Kong protesters over the weekend, according to The Daily Beast.

The employees met at a giant statue depicting an Orc Warrior outside of the Activision Blizzard offices in California. According to the Beast, employees came and went as the day continued on and topped off at around 30 concurrent workers. Someone claiming to be a Blizzard employee posted a photo of workers sitting beside the statue on the r/Hearthstone subreddit, where it was met with praise from members of the Reddit community.

The photo shows them with umbrellas, a sign of the Hong Kong protests. That enough may have put their jobs at risk.

But that’s not all they allegedly did.

At the bottom of the Orc statue there’re plaques that say “Think Globally” and “Every Voice Matters,” an important principle that the company used to believe in.

The employees covered both over, taping paper over them.

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Blizzard Now Facing Boycott, Criticism From US Lawmakers for Censoring Support for Hong Kong

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Activision Blizzard, the folks behind such games as World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, is the latest company facing backlash after actions many believe were kowtowing to China.

Blizzard is now facing an avalanche of criticism after suspending a professional Hearthstone player at one of their tournaments and making him forfeit the $10,000 prize money he won.

The player, Chung Ng Wai, was interviewed during a live broadcast and expressed support for the Hong Kong protesters, saying, “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times,” a slogan of the protesters.

Not only did Blizzard punish the player as we previously reported, but they suspended him for a full year and also fired the casters who were doing the interview, judging them part of the offense. Blizzard said they will not work with them in the future.

Chung said he didn’t regret what he did. “Today, what I have lost in Hearthstone is four years of time,” Chung said, referring to the years he spent playing the game, according to the New York Times. “But if Hong Kong loses, it would be the matter of a lifetime.”

And Blizzard’s alleged original Weibo statement was troubling to say the least, saying they were very angry and disappointed by Chung’s statement and didn’t condone it in any way. They also added they would “always respect and defend the pride of our country.”

Weibo is one of the biggest social media platforms in China.

Blizzard is an American company. But you wouldn’t know it from the statements meant to appease the Chinese.

Blizzard players were not happy. They flooded the forums such as the one for World of Warcraft, bashing Blizzard’s decision and posting support for human rights, criticism of China and Blizzard, and support for Hong Kong. While Blizzard said their objection was to political expression on the broadcast, they reportedly deleted those posts while leaving up posts that supported their decision.

Some are now calling for a boycott of Blizzard.

Perhaps the most significant name calling for a boycott and cancelling his World of Warcraft subscription was Mark Kern, who led the team that created the game.

From NY Times:

In an interview, Mr. Kern said China was a major source of revenue for the gaming industry, and he knew he was “closing many doors” careerwise by speaking out on Twitter.

But Mr. Kern, who lived in Hong Kong as a teenager, said the company’s actions were “a deterioration of Blizzard values that really broke my heart.”

“It’s one thing to stay out of politics in games, quite another to take harsh, punitive actions designed to appease a government whose values are against what Blizzard has traditionally stood for,” he said.

Blizzard isn’t the only company embroiled. The NBA is also facing backlash for appearing to toady to the Chinese and apologize for a pro-Hong Kong statement made by Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets. South Park mocked China for their censorship and is now banned from Chinese platforms.

People are beginning to wake up to China’s influence curtailing free speech, but the encroachment has been going on for some time. It’s time for people to be loud and verbal that we, as Americans, will not tolerate it.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agreed and blasted Blizzard’s actions.

“Recognize what’s happening here. People who don’t live in #China must either self censor or face dismissal & suspensions,” Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, wrote on Twitter. “China using access to market as leverage to crush free speech globally.”

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, a Democrat, concurred, saying on Twitter that Activision Blizzard showed “it is willing to humiliate itself to please the Chinese Communist Party.”

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Worse Than Bad Legislation? Lobbyists Writing Multiple Bad Executive Power Grabs

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Barack Obama spent his first two years as President – enjoying a Democrat-controlled Congress that was as awful for America as he was.

The Democrat Congress passed a lot of really awful legislation – which Obama very happily signed.

We the People loathed said legislation.  So We incepted the Tea Party Movement – and elected a Republican House majority the very next chance we had.

We did this – to impede the previously unimpeded flow of really awful Democrat legislation to which we had been subjected.

Obama’s response to our electoral blockade?  Let’s just say it wasn’t self-reflective – or respectful of our wishes:

“We are not just going to be waiting for legislation….I’ve got a pen – and I’ve got a phone.  And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions….”

But wait a second….  Here’s Obama in 2008 – running for the gig:

“We’re not going to use signing statements as a way of doing an end run around Congress.”

I much prefer Obama – Edition 2008.

Why any Republican would seek to emulate Obama 2.0’s executive fiat policy – is light years beyond me.

But that’s exactly what some Republicans may be trying to do.

Some Republicans have thankfully gained no traction with their Elephant colleagues on a really awful bill….

Why Are Some Republicans Looking To Add More Government To Health Care?

Why Do Republicans #Persist In Adding Government To Health Care?:

“Behold – Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander.  Who very recently penned an editorial defending his government-expanding decision.  His very own title – admits the inherent error.

“‘Lower Health Care Costs Act’ Aims to End Surprise Billing

“Your legislation ‘aims to end surprise billing’ – ?!?

“Government is the worst shot in the history of aiming.

“Obamacare aimed to ‘reduce premiums by $2,500 per year.’  They DOUBLED.

“I guarantee you no one around at Medicare’s inception said they were aiming to put US taxpayers $38 trillion underwater.  Yet that’s what it’s done.

“Yet Senator Alexander #Persists.”

While Alexander #Persists in the Senate – Texas Republican Congressman Kevin Brady may be in the throes of #Persist in the House.  And may be – looking to go one awful step farther.

Massachusetts Democrat Congressman Richard Neal realizes this legislative duck his dead.  So Neal is looking to end run the Congress to which he was elected – and obviously shouldn’t have been:

“House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) is proposing a new way to move forward on crafting rules to protect patients from surprise medical bills….

“In a letter to Democratic lawmakers…Neal is proposing a new solution that would essentially punt the details of the fix to a committee consisting of stakeholder groups and the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury.

“The committee would come up with recommendations that would then be issued in a regulation from the administration.”

This is a Congressman – and the Chairman of an allegedly important Committee.  His constituents elected him to the Legislative Branch – thinking they were electing someone to draft and vote upon legislation.

And this person is looking to “punt the details of the fix to a committee consisting of stakeholder groups and the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury.”

Which is an entire gaggle of people – whom NO ONE ELECTED.

This is an unelected gaggle – made up of industry lobbyists…and career Swamp bureaucrats.

Now, we know lobbyists write most of the bills Congress extrudes. Here, gone is even the pretense of legislators legislating.

This unelected gaggle would draft a…not a bill, because that’s what Neal and his colleagues are supposed to draft.  This unelected gaggle would draft a…something.

And then the three departments’ worth of unelected bureaucrats – would unilaterally impose what they’ve unilaterally concocted.

NONE of this has ANYTHING to do with the Constitution – or the representative republic the Constitution created.

If We the People don’t like what these clowns have done to us – we can’t do a thing about it.

Where are the Republicans on this unilateral assault on our Constitution, government and freedom?

The answer isn’t heartening:

“Neal wrote in the letter that he is ‘optimistic’ that Rep. Kevin Brady (Texas), the top Republican on the committee, will agree to his proposal.

“‘Committee Republicans support banning surprise medical billing to protect patients and look forward to reviewing the details of this and other possible solutions to solve this problem in a balanced way for the American people,’ a Brady spokesperson said.”

HARD NO, Congressman Brady.

The ONLY government attempt – MUST come directly from the Legislative Branch.

Your inability to pass this awful piece of legislation – is what the FBI used to call a clue.

You can’t pass this awful piece of legislation – because members of the Legislative Branch have rightly deemed it awful.

This is supposed to mean – the bill dies.

It is NOT an invitation to outsource your gigs.

It is NOT an invitation to hand off crafting law – to unelected lobbyists and bureaucrats.

It is NOT an invitation to the impose this unconstitutional creation – via Obama-esque unilateral fiats.

Congress:

Do your jobs.

Which very often means – doing nothing at all.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Says His Anti-Gun Crusade Has Cost the Company a Quarter Billion Dollars

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After the Parkland shooting, Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack made a very big show of being a pro-gun control advocate by announcing that he refused to sell any more AR-15’s from his stores. He even began launching campaigns to promote AR-15 bans.

Sure enough, the move cost him dearly.

While appearing on CBS Sunday Morning, Stack mentioned just how much the company had lost thanks to Stack’s virtue signal.

“About a quarter of a billion,” Stack replied. “Pretty close.”

Stack said that he had anticipated losing that much money, including the $5 million worth of AR-15’s he destroyed within his company’s inventory.

“I said, ‘You know what? If we really think these things should be off the street, we need to destroy them,’” he told CBS about the move.

According to Stephen Gutowski at the Washington Free Beacon, Stack’s expectations that he would lose a lot of money thanks to the company’s stance under his leadership was something he had factored in:

That is consistent with Stack’s previous statements on the losses associated with his decision. In the company’s 2018 annual report, he wrote that gun sales were a “sizeable part” of Dick’s business and that his push for the company to support new gun control laws significantly hurt that business. However, this did not make him reconsider his decision to use company resources to lobby for gun control and to remove certain guns from stores.

“The hunting category is a sizeable part of our business; however, there has been an overall slowdown in sales in this category since the announcement of our new firearms policy,” the annual report read. “Despite this, we continue to believe that implementing this new policy is the right decision for our athletes and our communities. In fact, if we could go back and revisit it, we would still make the same choice today.”

While gun sales have been down overall, they’re recently beginning to shoot back up thanks to Democrats targeting guns, such as Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s “hell yes we’re going to take your AR-15” comment. This is likely going to cause a bigger dent in the company’s bottom line.

Stack has indicated that he’s thinking about pulling the company away from any gun sales whatsoever. How this will affect the company remains to be seen, but it’s likely that it won’t end well.

 

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Did You Know In-N-Out is Spreading the Word of God? The Chain’s President Opens Up About Her Family’s Christian Principles

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Do you know the joy of a Double Double? Have you felt the elation of Animal Style fries?

The West’s best fast food chain has a secret, and it’s right beneath their reasonably-priced one-way tickets to palatable ecstasy.

On the bottom of cups and cartons at In-N-Out sit messages to the delectable destination’s customers.

Here’s one:

“For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.”

Proverbs 24:16 (NASB)

That’s beneath the french fry tray.

Want a refreshing beverage? Here’s what your root beer will tell you:

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His [a]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

John 3:16 (NASB)

Even water comes with a reminder:

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’”

John 14:6 (NASB).

You could go your whole life and never know the references were there; In-N-Out isn’t into beating people over the heads.

But the privately-owned portal to heaven and the family overseeing it were both founded on Christian principles.

Speaking to The Christian Post recently, President Lynsi Snyder — whose grandparents launched the hit hamburger haven in 1948 — discussed her personal trials and her help from above.

The 37-year-old lost her father when she was 17. That led to drug and alcohol abuse, as well as three rocky marriages.

But that was then:

“I finally found that the deep need in my heart can only be filled by Jesus and my identity in Him.”

Now, in addition to running a restaurant empire — she became a billionaire before the age of 35 — Lynsi is sponsor of the Army of Love ministry.

The organization’s purpose: to “unify the body of Christ into soldiers” and “unite various ministries.”

She wants to share the joy she’s found:

“The battle over souls is being waged in the heavenly. We want to be on the front lines of this battle to save the lost and bring fallen Christians back to their first love.”

As for the scriptures — which were her Uncle Richard’s idea — she explained, “It’s a family business and will always be, and that’s a family touch.”

Richard began with John 3:16 on the bottom of cups to honor his own rededication to God.

As for a commitment to expansion, Lynsi’s content to keep the Christian-owned burger joint small:

“I like that we’re unique. That we’re not on every corner. You put us in every state and it takes away some of its luster.”

It seems to be working out; In-N-Out’s current worth is estimated at $3 billion.

If you land anywhere near one, I suggest you immediately add to that number.

Benevolence has never been more delicious.

-ALEX

 

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Mario Lopez Claims Small Children Shouldn’t Choose Their Gender. What’s Worse – That Or His Christian Faith?

A Tribunal Rules Against A Christian Doctor Refusing To Use Transgender Pronouns – It’s ‘Incompatible With Human Dignity’

Trump Administration Threatens To Pull Funding From Duke University Program For Promoting Islam While Ignoring Christianity

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Trump Is Correct on Net Neutrality Court Win – But That Wasn’t the Whole Ruling

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President Donald Trump early Monday morning Tweeted:

“We just WON the big court case on Net Neutrality Rules! A great win for the future and speed of the internet. Will lead to many big things including 5G. Congratulations to the FCC and its Chairman, Ajit Pai!”

All of which is absolutely correct.

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit did in fact rule the Trump Administration’s decision to undo the Barack Obama Administration’s unilateral, illegal imposition of the ridiculous Network Neutrality – was Constitutional and legal.

The courts upholding the Trump Administration restoring order – after lawless Obama Administration illegal, unilateral power grabs – is by no means a fait d’acomppli.

Appeals Court Upholds Block on Trump’s Attempt to End DACA

The Obama Administration – under its unilateral, illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – declared ill-defined, amorphous amnesty from prosecution for millions of illegal aliens.

Somehow, multiple clowns in gowns have ruled the Trump Administration’s attempt to revert to immigration law actually passed by our elected Congress – is illegal.  The courts – are thereby codifying the Obama Administration’s lawlessness.

So we are thankful for the DC Circuit’s excellent tether to Constitutional sanity with its Net Neutrality rollback ruling.

Most unfortunately, the Court left open a hole huge enough for a Leftist caravan to roll on through:

“The federal appeals court’s decision upheld the FCC’s reclassification of broadband Internet access service as an information service, rather than as a telecommunications service, but argued that states can pass their own net neutrality legislation.”

Emphasis ours – because that is a TERRIBLE ruling:

“This…(is) a clear violation of the (Constitution’s) Commerce Clause:

‘[The Congress shall have Power] To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.’

“The Commerce Clause was – like all of the Constitution – a government-limiting entry. It was written to prevent states from big-government-imposing barriers to interstate commerce.

“How to Understand the Commerce Clause in One Simple Sentence:

“‘Congress has the authority to regulate trade between the states; or in other words, the process of goods and services moving from one state to another. Not the products themselves. Not the process of creating those products. Just the act of the products moving from state to state. That’s it.’

“Get that eminent simplicity?

“Let us…focus on the ‘trade between the states…(and) the process of goods and services moving from one state to another.’

“Bits on the Internet – criss-cross state and international borders hundreds of millions of times a second.

“To think that a single U.S. state here or there has the prerogative to regulate something that is so obviously a Commerce-Clause-federal-responsibility – is warped, ideological nonsense.

“It violates both the letter and the spirit of the deregulatory Commerce Clause.

“Because it exponentially grows government.”

Indeed it does.  To trained lawyers appointed as judges – all of this should be quite obvious:

“(T)he WORLD Wide Web is clearly a federal government issue.  The Feds determine our nation’s Internet policy.  And then The Feds negotiate Internet interactions with other nations.”

The federal government cannot successfully do that – if its policy is incessantly being exceeded or undercut by a state here or there.

State-by-State Net Neutrality Laws Breakdown:

“More than half of states in America are opposing the FCC’s ‘Internet Freedom’ bill with local Net Neutrality state laws.”

Washington Governor Signs First State Net Neutrality Bill

California’s Net Neutrality Bill Is Back and as Tough as Ever:

“‘This will be the most comprehensive and the strongest net neutrality protection in the United States, where we are restoring what we lost when Donald Trump’s FCC obliterated net neutrality,’ (Democrat state Senator Scott) Wiener told reporters….”

So the DC Circuit Court’s ruling – undercuts its ruling.

Their Honors ruled the Trump Administration can restore order – until the many states destroy order.

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) – will be forced to deal with an insane patchwork quilt of fifty different Net Neutrality regulatory regimes.

Complying with this nightmare mess – is going to cost ISPs a LOT of time and money.

Time and money I’d rather them spend – on increasing speeds and decreasing prices.

The federal government will have to take this titanic mishmash of fifty-state-regime Brunswick Stew (a dish famous for containing any and everything).  And try to cobble together a semi-coherent federal policy.  So as to try to incorporate our Internet – with the rest of the planet’s Internet.

Are you familiar with the expression…?

A Camel Is a Horse Designed by a Committee:

“An expression critical of committees – or by analogy, group decision-making – by emphasizing the ineffectiveness of incorporating too many conflicting opinions into a single project through compromise.

“In this figure of speech, the distinguishing features of a camel, such as its humps and poor temperament, are taken to be the deformities that resulted from its poor design.”

Imagine a REALLY surly camel – with fifty different humps.

That will be US Internet policy.

An incoherent mess.  Caused by federal officials having to constantly look over their shoulders for fifty different, often shifting Net Neutrality regulatory mandates.

Rather than looking forward – at how to best situate US in the global Internet regime.

This ain’t great for our nation.

This ain’t in compliance with the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.

The latter, of course – guarantees the former.

Because, as always – the further we get from Constitutional compliance…the worse things get for us all.

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