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ABC News Perpetrates a Fraud on the Nation and the Intrepid Media Fact Check Organizations Are Totally Missing in Action

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Yesterday, ABC News combined the roles of Leni Riefenstahl and Josef Goebbels for the NeverTrump movement by releasing a video that purported to Turkish forces attacking “our allies” (thought experiment, if “out allies” are working in coordination with Russia and Iran and Assad’s Syria, what does that make us?). The purpose was clearly to stoke the hysteria over the withdrawal of a few hundred US troops from their role of trip-wire-and-speed-bump calculated to restrain the actions of the Turkish military in Syria and convert this action into an electoral issue.

The video originated from a firepower demonstration billed as “The World’s Largest Machine Gun Shoot and Military Gun Show” at the privately owned Knob Creek Gun Range near West Point, KY.

Sorry, wrong video. This is the actual clip ABC edited for broadcast.

ABC News is portraying this as some huge mistake

But I think if you been involved with imagery, either video or still, at a professional level you have a great deal of difficulty in believing this story. Every film clip or image used has to have its provenance clearly established because, in most cases, you owe someone money for using it. Even if you simply ripped off YouTube video, you need to know that in case some shyster hits you with a DCMA letter. Someone, probably a lot more than one person, at ABC knew this video was a misrepresentation and they still produced and aired the segment.

So where were our intrepid Fact Checkers here? As of this writing neither Snopes.com nor Politifact.com have addressed the issue. Why is this important? The ABC clip was widely promoted during two of the most highly watched broadcast news programs in the country. The videos were pushed out on social media and shared by (conservatively) tens of thousands of people. Leftwing blogs picked up the video and spread the story to that critical Woke Illiterate demographic upon which the Democrat party depends.

While the video was eventually pulled down, the apology will only reach a small fraction of the people who saw the original. Within two weeks, you can say with some certainty that this news clip will be resurrected and recirculated. This is the kind of thing both Snopes (which seems to have some kind of sick sexual fantasy about Babylon Bee) and Politifact should be all over. But they aren’t? And it is fair to ask why the biggest media hoax of the past two days has been totally ignored by the people who are supposed to be ensuring that we only consume the purest and most unblemished forms of information.

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LeBron James Gives Horrible Response on China Controversy and Daryl Morey’s Support of Hong Kong

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LeBron James made a shocking statement late Monday night, attacking the Houston Rocket’s Daryl Morey for his tweet supporting the Hong Kong protesters against Chinese government oppression.

Morey’s tweet, “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong” kicked off the controversy with China, with the Communist government reacting back against the NBA and revealing how deeply the Chinese control of speech has influenced American companies and entities like the NBA.

“We talk about freedom of speech, yes, we all do have freedom of speech, but, at times, there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others, you’re only thinking about yourself,” James said.

“So I don’t believe, I don’t want to get into a word, or sentence, feud with Daryl, with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand, and he spoke. So many people could have been harmed, not only financial, but physically, emotionally, spiritually. So just be careful what we tweet, what we say, and what we do,” he declared.

“Even though yes, we do have freedom of speech, there can be a lot of negatives,” James declared.

He criticized Morey for allegedly being “uneducated” on the subject, after saying he, James, wasn’t sufficiently educated enough on the “political side” to make a comment on the substance of the question.

“When you’re misinformed or you’re not educated about something – and I’m just talking about the tweet itself – you never know the ramifications that can happen. We all see what that did, not only did for our league but for all of us in America, for people in China as well. Sometimes you have to think through the things that you say that may cause harm not only for yourself but for the majority of people. I think that’s just a prime example of that.”

Did James think through the consequences of what he just said?

One would think not. Because what a horrible response to someone supporting human rights, how against American free speech James’ remarks are, seemingly in order to appease China. James’ response exposes just how deep the problem is. And he seems to repeat the NBA’s “talking points” on the subject, that he doesn’t know enough to talk about the substance.

James then tried to “clarify” on Twitter, only making it worse.

Sorry that people defending the protesters of Hong Kong who have been beaten, locked up, blinded, shot in the chest and had their rights taken away didn’t think about your hard week, LeBron. How inconsiderate of them.

James’ words infuriated Americans.

From Fox News:

“Having just been in Hong Kong – on the streets & with the protestors – this kind of garbage is hard to take,” Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Ms., tweeted. “LeBron, are YOU educated on ‘the situation’? Why don’t you go to Hong Kong? Why don’t you meet the people there risking their lives for their most basic liberties.”

Hawley added: “This statement is unbelievable. ‘So many people could have been harmed’? By Daryl Morey daring to express sympathy for democracy? News flash: people ARE being harmed – shot, beaten, gassed – right now in Hong Kong. By China. By the Communist Party the NBA is so eager to appease.”

Dan Wolken, a writer for USA Today, wrote a column calling the episode the most “disgraceful moment” of James’ career.

“If only Morey had done what you did Monday, LeBron, and tacitly admit that the only thing that really matters is your ability to sell shoes and market ‘Space Jam 2’ in a country of 1.4 billion, we could have had an intellectually honest discussion about doing business in China and the cost of free speech in a country where only propaganda is tolerated,” he wrote.

Perhaps one of the most striking responses to James was from Turkish-born Boston Celtics player, Enes Kanter, who, while not specifically mentioning James in his tweet, listed the things he, Kanter, had gone through for speaking out against the repressive government of Turkey’s Recep Erdogan.

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Buzz: A New Delay in Release of IG FISA Abuse Report Due to ‘Intra-Agency Debate’ Over Redactions

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The long-awaited DOJ Inspector General’s report on FISA abuse was expected to be released this Friday.

Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo told viewers on Sunday that, “I’m hearing the IG report will be out this upcoming Friday, Oct. 18, and my sources say it’s as thick as a telephone book.” On Monday, she walked back her statement in the following tweet: “UPDATE: -IG report NOT out this Friday 10/18. Classifications being made. Likely end of month.”

On his Monday night show, Sean Hannity said he’s now hearing from sources that there’s been a delay. The latest buzz is that it will come next week.

Hannity spoke to Fox News’ contributor and former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). According to Chaffetz, the reason for the latest delay is that there have been “intra-agency” disagreements over classification issues. He added that up to 10-20% of the report may be redacted.

Chaffetz suggested that Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan may be responsible for the holdup. Both are alleged to have played key roles in the origins of the Trump/Russia collusion investigations and therefore have strong incentives to seek heavy redactions. Former FBI Director James Comey is likely involved in the push for redactions as well.

Aside from the fact that Democrats are trying to minimize damage to themselves and their party, the delay also allows the impeachment inquiry to remain the dominant story in the news for a longer period of time. It’s been over a month since DOJ IG Michael Horowitz submitted this report to Attorney General William Barr.

Why are Republicans afraid to stand up to Democrats?

Below is an excerpt and a video of Hannity and Chaffetz’ discussion about the new delay.

Sean Hannity: Which brings us to the IG report. Congressman Chaffetz, it’s been taking us a long time. And we heard the end of this week. Now we hear the beginning of next week. I can never get a straight answer. You know, at some point are we going to see premeditated fraud on a FISA Court and people held accountable? Spying on a presidential campaign, transition and president?

Jason Chaffetz: It has been going on for an exceptionally long time. Evidently there’s an intra-agency debate and really a food fight, if you will, over the classification issues. Remember in the last report put out by Horowitz there were only seven words or so that were redacted. The Democrats threw a fit that they couldn’t see the whole thing. This could have 10-20% of the report redacted…

Sean Hannity: Is that director Wray who has not shown any willingness to clean up the greatest law enforcement agency in the world? Is that him?

Jason Chaffetz: I have not seen any evidence that Director Wray has been cooperative but I think we’re talking about other agencies, perhaps. Perhaps the CIA the NSA, there are others. Mr. Clapper, Mr. Brennan, are behind the scenes fighting as best they can. in front of the camera fighting as best they can. I think you need to look at what Mr. Comey, the director of the FBI and his interaction with Brennan in particular. What sort of collusion was happening in our government and overseas. That’s the deep concern, Sean.

(The relevant segment begins at 2:45.)

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No, It’s Not Dave Chappelle’s Fault That a Transgender Comedian Committed Suicide

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Transgender comedian Daphne Dorman sadly committed suicide after posting a goodbye note to Facebook on Friday. Dorman was recently in the media when mentioned by Dave Chappelle during his most recent comedy special as a friend, but the media has now run with this mention by Chappelle as the reason behind Dorman’s suicide.

During Chappelle’s recent standup special “Sticks and Stones,” Chappelle actually pokes fun at transgendered people, which is one of the primary reasons the left reacted so negatively to Chappelle’s standup special in the first place.

(READ: Dave Chappelle’s Audience Reviews Are In, And The People Made It Clear That The Critics Are Very Wrong)

Members of the left have been pointing to Chappelle’s routine as the reason Dorman committed suicide.

This includes the New York Daily News which released an article titled “Transgender actress, activist and comedienne Daphne Dorman, referenced in Dave Chappelle’s ‘transphobic’ Netflix special, commits suicide.”

This was picked up by Ernest Owens, who wrote a long, multi-tweet Twitter screed about how “jokes” shouldn’t be made about trans people.

The response to Owens’ remarks was a mixed bag of agreement and disagreement. While I agree that Dormand’s suicide is tragic, Owens and the NYDN are foolish for making this about Chappelle.

More accurately, they’re foolish for making this about jokes.

The suicide rate for those suffering from gender dysphoria is abnormally high. Especially for teenagers. The mental illness carries with it a 41 percent suicide rate, making someone who is practicing transgenderism far more likely to kill themselves.

The chances that Dorman was going to commit suicide were already high as he clearly suffered from the maddening depression many people with that mental illness suffer from.

Now, comedians make jokes about groups all the time, and while suicide rates have gone up overall, none of them even come close to striking distance of the suicide rates from gender dysphoria. Even groups that have been persecuted directly by the state haven’t had suicide rates this high.

In short, it’s not the jokes, it’s the disorder.

Yet the left doesn’t want to point to the disorder in any way. They want to pretend that being transgender is the purest expression of the self and that it’s a brave stance against the societal restraints of old.

It’s not. It’s a deadly disorder, and those trying to blame a death on anything but it is only encouraging more death. They are the most dangerous thing to the transgender community.

Furthermore, making it about the joke encourages the idea that people should restrain and restrict comedy to only approved subjects. This is more dangerous than many people realize.

Comedy is the greatest societal disinfectant. Everything — and I mean everything — becomes ridiculous when it’s taken far too seriously. It needs to have its ridiculousness exposed so that it stays grounded in reality. When we are forced to stop making jokes about things, we create sacred cows, and around those cows grow lies, misinformation, and decay.

Humor is how we deal with the darkness, and if we’re not allowed to laugh at the dark, then it will grow.

Chappelle is not to blame for the suicide of Dorman. The thing to blame is the sickness that we’re not allowed to talk about honestly in the mainstream. It’ll kill more people until we can finally look at it from a realistic perspective.

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Target Workers Get a Predictable Rude Awakening After Company Implements Minimum Wage Increase

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As I’ve written before, the “Fight for $15” campaign may have had its share of victories in a handful of blue states like New York, but studies have shown that over time these “wins” are largely symbolic and ultimately end up hurting workers.

They hurt them in an number of ways, and one of them is in how companies – in response to these campaigns – start exploring different ways to save money to offset rising labor costs.

Though not bound by any mandate, Target decided to get woke a couple of years ago by announcing they would raise their minimum wage to $15/hour by 2020.

In a shocking display of actual journalism, CNN recently interviewed over 20 current and former Target employees who say that the gradual wage hike (their minimum is now $13) brought along with it less hours and, of course, less take-home pay. Why? Because Target started to look for ways to cut corners:

But some store workers say the wage increases are not helping because their hours are falling, making it difficult to keep their health insurance and in some cases to pay their bills.
[…]
“I got that dollar raise but I’m getting $200 less in my paycheck,” said one, Heather, who started in November at a Florida store working around 40 hours a week. She’s now below 20 some weeks, she said. “I have no idea how I’m going to pay rent or buy food.”
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Beyond just a drop in earnings that Target workers who spoke with CNN Business have experienced, employees who average fewer than 30 hours of work a week during the year aren’t eligible to qualify for health insurance benefits through the company during annual enrollment season in the spring.
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Target workers who say their hours have dropped have been given a variety of reasons why by their supervisors, including that there were not hours available or that their managers couldn’t fit additional hours in their budgets. Others said they received no explanation for why their hours fell.

One former store director in Ohio who oversaw around 130 employees said hours dropped at the store in the past year for several reasons, including the introduction of self-checkout and elimination of backroom shifts.

It’s almost as if this had been predicted or something.

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While Promoting Their Book Praising a Transgender Woman, Hillary and Chelsea are Asked: Can a Woman Have Male Genitals?

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Can someone with a beard be a woman?

How about if they’re sportin’ the macho part that guys have “down there”?

These are questions recently asked, and not on an elementary school science test. Rather, they were put to Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea — at an event supporting their book in praise of chicks with intestinal fortitude.

One of the people championed in The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience is Danica Roem — the first man identifying as a woman to be elected to an American state legislature.

And while speaking with British reporter Decca Aitkenhead for a piece to be published in The Sunday Times, the two were quizzed on the aforementioned female adornments.

As noted by the Daily Mail, 39-year-old Chelsea didn’t have to think about it for even a sec:

“Yes.”

71-year-old Hillary, according to the DM, looked “uneasy.”

Here’s how Hil climbed it:

“Errr. I’m just learning about this. It’s a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw. It’s going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently.”

I’m just spitballin’ here, but I believe that was a genuine answer.

Here’s an interesting bit about female and male from the Mail:

According Aitkenhead’s account, she tells Hillary during the interview that many British feminists of Hillary’s generation have a problem with the idea that a ‘lesbian who doesn’t want to sleep with someone who has a penis is transphobic.’

Hillary nods in agreement, while Chelsea ‘stiffens and stares at me’, according to Aitkenhead.

The journalist then adds that many women of Hillary’s generation are uncomfortable with biological males sharing women’s bathrooms.

‘I would say that, absolutely,’ Hillary nods firmly. ‘Absolutely. Yes.’
That’s when Chelsea begins shooting a ‘furious stare’ at Aitkenhead, who points it out to her.

‘I’m a terrible actor’, Chelsea laughs.

Chelsea also expressed delight at the National Health Service’s new policy of assigning single-sex wards according to gender identity rather than biology:

“How can you treat someone if you don’t recognize who they feel and know in their core they are?”

She also Amen’d the entrance of men into women’s athletics:

“And I strongly support children being able to play on the sports teams that match their own gender identity. I think we need to be doing everything we can to support kids in being whoever they know themselves to be and discovering who they are.”

In the world of wokeness, Hillary’s no slouch herself — she recently explained her decision to say with Bill amid his exposed romps with Monica Lewinsky thusly:

“Sometimes, when your child has an issue — I had a friend a few years ago who called up and said ‘I don’t know who to talk to about this, but my little girl wants to be a boy. What do I do?’ And, you know, several of us kind of — we didn’t know what to do, we never had a friend who’d faced that before. Several of us kind of read everything and talked to people and gave her advice and it was really gutsy for her to say, ‘Okay, I’m going to respect the feelings of my child, as hard as it is for me to understand this.’”

But she seemed to slip with The Sunday Times, and I’d expect there to be a backlash to her response:

“I think you’ve got to be sensitive to how difficult this is. There are women who’d say [to a man identifying as a woman], ‘You know what, you’ve never had the kind of life experiences that I’ve had. So I respect who you are, but don’t tell me you’re the same as me.’ I hear that conversation all the time.”

It’s dicy territory, but maybe she’s actually right — she does believe in being “gutsy.”

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Chick-fil-A and In-N-Out Burger: A New Business Model Based on Values?

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Chick-fil-A isn’t the only large company making the news for its Christian outlook. My good friend and associate, Brandon Morse notes that In-N-Out Burger Joins Chick-Fil-A As A Company That Openly Celebrates Its Christian Values.

If you remember, Chick-fil-A has been under constant attack from the left over its founder Truett Cathy’s Christian values. Specifically, he believes that the physical practice of the disorder known as homosexuality is a sin. From that one personal view, the left has organized boycotts and sit-ins at Chick-Fi-A locations. It has bullied local authorities into denying permits or location access for new restaurants. One case in point is the San Antonio Airport Authority refusing to allow a Chick-fil-A store in its retail area. Even some colleges, like Rider University in New Jersey, have banned the restaurant from the campus.

Interestingly, Chick-fil-A doesn’t discriminate at all in its hiring or customer service practices. They merely serve good chicken at a fair price and always with a smile. They also appear to live their Christian values. It seems every other week I see a story here or there about some Chick-fil-A employee going the extra mile for a customer, sometimes even at extreme risk to his own life.

Chick-fil-A employees even live those values when egregiously provoked. Turning the other cheek isn’t just a Gospel verse to them. They actually practice it. Many of you have seen the viral video of the “man”** who actually videoed his abusive, verbal assault on a young female at the drive though window of a Chick-fil-A. While he was about as nasty as he could be, that young lady was the epitome of composure and Christian charity, not saying one harsh word in return. That company is obviously doing something right. See video below.

During that same time period, Chick-fil-A’s locations that had protestors, had their employees serve those same protestors cold water while they were out in the hot sun. That’s a company owned and staffed by better folks than I’ll ever be.

Now we come to In-N-Out Burger. As my colleague quotes in his article, the current owner-heiress Liysi Snyder

It was my uncle Rich who put the Bible verses on the cups and wrappers in the early ‘90s, just before he passed away,” she told the Christian Post. “He had just accepted the Lord and wanted to put that little touch of his faith on our brand. It’s a family business and will always be, and that’s a family touch. In later years, I added verses to the fry boat, coffee, and hot cocoa cups.

Morse goes on to describe Snyder’s Christian philosophy. You can see the details in the article. Below is his wrap up with one very interesting point, which is the subject of my follow on,

It’s very brave, especially in this day and age, for any CEO to openly come out and proclaim their love of Christ. However, the backlash that typically follows from doing so is made moot in the face of the support from American Christians. Chick-fil-A has also had its share of backlash and continues to fight battles for its open adherence to scripture, but its support is so wide and far that it’s become the third most successful fast food joint in America.

A Forbes 2018 article goes on to add more detail to Snyder’s faith and to topline the business numbers

Revenue should surpass $1 billion this year, roughly doubling in eight years, and the business is debt-free, according to the company. In-N-Out is conservatively worth $3 billion.

Those are just two businesses run by practicing Christians. I mean real, practicing Christians. There are others, others who got national attention as they were persecuted by leftists — both private citizens and those in government. One such is Hobby Lobby, which had to spend millions in litigation costs until the United States Supreme Court removed the government boot of the Obama Administration from its neck.

There are a number of things common to the companies I just mentioned. First of all, these companies make no secret of their profound belief in the teachings of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It’s also not that big a secret that these companies and more than a few others, big and small (Christian Baker in Colorado?), have been targeted by the leftists in this country, often brutally so and with the acceptance if not downright connivance of leftist Local, State and Federal Governments. It has taken U.S. Supreme Court intervention to bring some sort of relief.

Here is some good news in all of this. Doing the right thing, staying the course, standing firm can often result in triumph. Although as a Christian, who is not supposed to indulge in schadenfreude, I experienced a “mild satisfaction,” OK…OK, I was flat out tickled pink to read that Chick-fil-A has moved into the number 3 spot in U.S. sales behind Starbucks and Mickey D’s. This achievement despite being closed on Sunday’s. That’s right, in an affirmation of its Christian value set, Chick-fil-A willingly foregoes a 14 percent revenue bump, right off the bat in its competition with other fast food places, yet there they are, in third place.

There are a couple of morals to this story. First, you cannot go wrong by following God’s word and holding fast to traditional American values and morality. Here’s the second…The silent majority of America is very powerful. Courts may rule, politicians may pontificate and leftist agitators can protest and bully young counter clerks, but that silent majority sees this and says, We get a vote too. We will vote with our dollars. We will throw our support behind American companies with American values, with Godly values.

Other American companies might wish to take this approach. Instead of running from the American flag. Instead of running from God, embrace them both. Next time I’m in Texas, In-N-Out will definitely be on my dinner list. Meanwhile, here in Alabama, we will turn the other cheek and order another Chicken Sandwich and waffle fries.

**Men don’t browbeat or bully young girls, they protect them.

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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Chick-fil-A and In-N-Out Burger: A New Business Model Based on Values?

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Chick-fil-A isn’t the only large company making the news for its Christian outlook. My good friend and associate, Brandon Morse notes that In-N-Out Burger Joins Chick-Fil-A As A Company That Openly Celebrates Its Christian Values.

If you remember, Chick-fil-A has been under constant attack from the left over its founder Truett Cathy’s Christian values. Specifically, he believes that the physical practice of the disorder known as homosexuality is a sin. From that one personal view, the left has organized boycotts and sit-ins at Chick-Fi-A locations. It has bullied local authorities into denying permits or location access for new restaurants. One case in point is the San Antonio Airport Authority refusing to allow a Chick-fil-A store in its retail area. Even some colleges, like Rider University in New Jersey, have banned the restaurant from the campus.

Interestingly, Chick-fil-A doesn’t discriminate at all in its hiring or customer service practices. They merely serve good chicken at a fair price and always with a smile. They also appear to live their Christian values. It seems every other week I see a story here or there about some Chick-fil-A employee going the extra mile for a customer, sometimes even at extreme risk to his own life.

Chick-fil-A employees even live those values when egregiously provoked. Turning the other cheek isn’t just a Gospel verse to them. They actually practice it. Many of you have seen the viral video of the “man”** who actually videoed his abusive, verbal assault on a young female at the drive though window of a Chick-fil-A. While he was about as nasty as he could be, that young lady was the epitome of composure and Christian charity, not saying one harsh word in return. That company is obviously doing something right. See video below.

During that same time period, Chick-fil-A’s locations that had protestors, had their employees serve those same protestors cold water while they were out in the hot sun. That’s a company owned and staffed by better folks than I’ll ever be.

Now we come to In-N-Out Burger. As my colleague quotes in his article, the current owner-heiress Liysi Snyder

It was my uncle Rich who put the Bible verses on the cups and wrappers in the early ‘90s, just before he passed away,” she told the Christian Post. “He had just accepted the Lord and wanted to put that little touch of his faith on our brand. It’s a family business and will always be, and that’s a family touch. In later years, I added verses to the fry boat, coffee, and hot cocoa cups.

Morse goes on to describe Snyder’s Christian philosophy. You can see the details in the article. Below is his wrap up with one very interesting point, which is the subject of my follow on,

It’s very brave, especially in this day and age, for any CEO to openly come out and proclaim their love of Christ. However, the backlash that typically follows from doing so is made moot in the face of the support from American Christians. Chick-fil-A has also had its share of backlash and continues to fight battles for its open adherence to scripture, but its support is so wide and far that it’s become the third most successful fast food joint in America.

A Forbes 2018 article goes on to add more detail to Snyder’s faith and to topline the business numbers

Revenue should surpass $1 billion this year, roughly doubling in eight years, and the business is debt-free, according to the company. In-N-Out is conservatively worth $3 billion.

Those are just two businesses run by practicing Christians. I mean real, practicing Christians. There are others, others who got national attention as they were persecuted by leftists — both private citizens and those in government. One such is Hobby Lobby, which had to spend millions in litigation costs until the United States Supreme Court removed the government boot of the Obama Administration from its neck.

There are a number of things common to the companies I just mentioned. First of all, these companies make no secret of their profound belief in the teachings of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It’s also not that big a secret that these companies and more than a few others, big and small (Christian Baker in Colorado?), have been targeted by the leftists in this country, often brutally so and with the acceptance if not downright connivance of leftist Local, State and Federal Governments. It has taken U.S. Supreme Court intervention to bring some sort of relief.

Here is some good news in all of this. Doing the right thing, staying the course, standing firm can often result in triumph. Although as a Christian, who is not supposed to indulge in schadenfreude, I experienced a “mild satisfaction,” OK…OK, I was flat out tickled pink to read that Chick-fil-A has moved into the number 3 spot in U.S. sales behind Starbucks and Mickey D’s. This achievement despite being closed on Sunday’s. That’s right, in an affirmation of its Christian value set, Chick-fil-A willingly foregoes a 14 percent revenue bump, right off the bat in its competition with other fast food places, yet there they are, in third place.

There are a couple of morals to this story. First, you cannot go wrong by following God’s word and holding fast to traditional American values and morality. Here’s the second…The silent majority of America is very powerful. Courts may rule, politicians may pontificate and leftist agitators can protest and bully young counter clerks, but that silent majority sees this and says, We get a vote too. We will vote with our dollars. We will throw our support behind American companies with American values, with Godly values.

Other American companies might wish to take this approach. Instead of running from the American flag. Instead of running from God, embrace them both. Next time I’m in Texas, In-N-Out will definitely be on my dinner list. Meanwhile, here in Alabama, we will turn the other cheek and order another Chicken Sandwich and waffle fries.

**Men don’t browbeat or bully young girls, they protect them.

Mike Ford, a retired Infantry Officer, writes on Military, Foreign Affairs and occasionally dabbles in Political and Economic matters.

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Mayors from 50 Cities Take Gas-Guzzling Jets to Sweden in Order to Save the Environment, as the Goofy Game Continues

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From what I’ve seen, there are few if any public voices on climate change whose lifestyles affirm the reality of their claims.

If you consider yourself a warrior in the fight against a solar Armageddon yet do more than the average person to worsen it, you’re just playing a game.

The average American doesn’t do much. They mostly live where they were born. They drive to work, they drive home. They go to little league games.

If you’re championing the cause against pollution and you board a jet, you’re not making any sense.

Pick one.

As I’ve said before, human beings started out wanderin’ around, nekkid in the woods. They were “green.” Walmart? Not green. Best Buy? Not green. Amazon? Apple? NBC? None green. Any company manufacturing and transporting things and paying people to do it — employees who’ll also require transportation and resources which in turn mandate more transportation and employees — is not green.

If you wanna be green, stop making stuff. Go live in the buff under trees in the leaves.

Greenness attained.

That’s my advice, but no one seems interested.

Hence, mayors from 50 cities and officials the world over got in a buncha giant gas guzzlers and shot across the sky to Denmark last week for the C40 World Mayors Summit.

That group also included cowfart-fighter and frequent flier Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who dreams of a world without planes, and you can read about her emotional speech in RedState writer Nick Arama’s coverage.

Shouldn’t scientists be speaking at a conference about science? I can’t imagine a 1955 convention on the effects of pollution and cosmic components being led by someone who was just recently a bartender.

“Progress”?

Another non-scientist who laid it: Al Gore.

That would be, the man who, 14 years ago, said we only had 10 years to save the world.

He knows it’s way too late. Shouldn’t he be on the golf course, or skydiving with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman?

He’s also the recent recipient of the Climate Hypocrite Award.

As I wrote in September:

[T]he Tennessee Center for Policy Research revealed the great global warming activist lived such an extreme lifestyle that the utility bills for his Belle Meade mansion totaled $30,000 per year.

A similar exposé was delivered by a Nashville newspaper a few years before that.

In 2010, Al and Tipper added another house to their collection, in Montecito, California.

Here’s the World Property Journal:

The couple spent $8,875,000 on a gated ocean-view villa on 1 1/2 acres with a swimming pool, spa and fountains, according to real estate sources familiar with the deal. The Italian-style house has high ceilings with beams in the public rooms, a family room, a wine cellar, terraces, six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms in more than 6,500 square feet of living space. … The 93108 ZIP Code, which includes the coastal hamlet, was ranked as America’s seventh most expensive area last year by Forbes.

And consider a bit of info from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

In powering his home, Gore still greatly outpaces most Americans in energy consumption. The findings were shocking:

  • The past year, Gore’s home energy use averaged 19,241 kilowatt hours (kWh) every month, compared to the U.S. household average of 901 kWh per month.
  • Gore guzzles more electricity in one year than the average American family uses in 21 years.
  • In September of 2016, Gore’s home consumed 30,993 kWh in just one month – as much energy as a typical American family burns in 34 months.
  • During the last 12 months, Gore devoured 66,159 kWh of electricity just heating his pool. That is enough energy to power six average U.S.  households for a year.
  • From August 2016 through July 2017, Gore spent almost $22,000 on electricity bills.
  • Gore paid an estimated $60,000 to install 33 solar panels. Those solar panels produce an average of 1,092 kWh per month, only 5.7% of Gore’s typical monthly energy consumption.

Here’s what that guy — who also flew in — had to say at the conference:

“Because of what’s happened to our national governments, mayors are on the [climate change] front line now.

“A lot of this is up to you; we need you, we need your help, the world needs your help, the next generation needs your help and the young people are saying in ever louder, more passionate terms that they depend on us to do the right thing.

Al explained that mayors “do not have the luxury of just going away and reading reports about what is going on. You run into your constituents every single day.”

As reported by The Daily Wire, mayors from 14 of the world’s largest cities promised to cut down on the amount of meat served in schools, hospitals, and public buildings.

They want to reduce the amount of meat people eat to less than 300 grams a week, about the size of two steaks. Dubbed the “Planetary Health Diet,” it is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, such cities as Barcelona, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo and Toronto have signed on to the C40 Good Food Cities Declaration signed on Thursday.

Does all this change anything? 14 cities? On a planet of 7 billion? Thanks to a convention involving tons of jets? By people who do more than the average person to pollute?

Someone should tell the gang about Skype. And the rest of the world.

These days, saving it is strange business.

-ALEX

 

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Mayors from 50 Cities Take Gas-Guzzling Jets to Sweden in Order to Save the Environment, as the Goofy Game Continues

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From what I’ve seen, there are few if any public voices on climate change whose lifestyles affirm the reality of their claims.

If you consider yourself a warrior in the fight against a solar Armageddon yet do more than the average person to worsen it, you’re just playing a game.

The average American doesn’t do much. They mostly live where they were born. They drive to work, they drive home. They go to little league games.

If you’re championing the cause against pollution and you board a jet, you’re not making any sense.

Pick one.

As I’ve said before, human beings started out wanderin’ around, nekkid in the woods. They were “green.” Walmart? Not green. Best Buy? Not green. Amazon? Apple? NBC? None green. Any company manufacturing and transporting things and paying people to do it — employees who’ll also require transportation and resources which in turn mandate more transportation and employees — is not green.

If you wanna be green, stop making stuff. Go live in the buff under trees in the leaves.

Greenness attained.

That’s my advice, but no one seems interested.

Hence, mayors from 50 cities and officials the world over got in a buncha giant gas guzzlers and shot across the sky to Denmark last week for the C40 World Mayors Summit.

That group also included cowfart-fighter and frequent flier Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who dreams of a world without planes, and you can read about her emotional speech in RedState writer Nick Arama’s coverage.

Shouldn’t scientists be speaking at a conference about science? I can’t imagine a 1955 convention on the effects of pollution and cosmic components being led by someone who was just recently a bartender.

“Progress”?

Another non-scientist who laid it: Al Gore.

That would be, the man who, 14 years ago, said we only had 10 years to save the world.

He knows it’s way too late. Shouldn’t he be on the golf course, or skydiving with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman?

He’s also the recent recipient of the Climate Hypocrite Award.

As I wrote in September:

[T]he Tennessee Center for Policy Research revealed the great global warming activist lived such an extreme lifestyle that the utility bills for his Belle Meade mansion totaled $30,000 per year.

A similar exposé was delivered by a Nashville newspaper a few years before that.

In 2010, Al and Tipper added another house to their collection, in Montecito, California.

Here’s the World Property Journal:

The couple spent $8,875,000 on a gated ocean-view villa on 1 1/2 acres with a swimming pool, spa and fountains, according to real estate sources familiar with the deal. The Italian-style house has high ceilings with beams in the public rooms, a family room, a wine cellar, terraces, six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms in more than 6,500 square feet of living space. … The 93108 ZIP Code, which includes the coastal hamlet, was ranked as America’s seventh most expensive area last year by Forbes.

And consider a bit of info from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

In powering his home, Gore still greatly outpaces most Americans in energy consumption. The findings were shocking:

  • The past year, Gore’s home energy use averaged 19,241 kilowatt hours (kWh) every month, compared to the U.S. household average of 901 kWh per month.
  • Gore guzzles more electricity in one year than the average American family uses in 21 years.
  • In September of 2016, Gore’s home consumed 30,993 kWh in just one month – as much energy as a typical American family burns in 34 months.
  • During the last 12 months, Gore devoured 66,159 kWh of electricity just heating his pool. That is enough energy to power six average U.S.  households for a year.
  • From August 2016 through July 2017, Gore spent almost $22,000 on electricity bills.
  • Gore paid an estimated $60,000 to install 33 solar panels. Those solar panels produce an average of 1,092 kWh per month, only 5.7% of Gore’s typical monthly energy consumption.

Here’s what that guy — who also flew in — had to say at the conference:

“Because of what’s happened to our national governments, mayors are on the [climate change] front line now.

“A lot of this is up to you; we need you, we need your help, the world needs your help, the next generation needs your help and the young people are saying in ever louder, more passionate terms that they depend on us to do the right thing.

Al explained that mayors “do not have the luxury of just going away and reading reports about what is going on. You run into your constituents every single day.”

As reported by The Daily Wire, mayors from 14 of the world’s largest cities promised to cut down on the amount of meat served in schools, hospitals, and public buildings.

They want to reduce the amount of meat people eat to less than 300 grams a week, about the size of two steaks. Dubbed the “Planetary Health Diet,” it is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, such cities as Barcelona, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo and Toronto have signed on to the C40 Good Food Cities Declaration signed on Thursday.

Does all this change anything? 14 cities? On a planet of 7 billion? Thanks to a convention involving tons of jets? By people who do more than the average person to pollute?

Someone should tell the gang about Skype. And the rest of the world.

These days, saving it is strange business.

-ALEX

 

See 3 more pieces from me:

Absolutely Insane Brawl Breaks Out Near A California High School Involving Over 100 People

Great News: Hillary Clinton’s Story – Which Proved Women In Politics Have A Glass Ceiling – Is Coming To Netflix

A University’s ‘Diversity’ Council Tries To Banish Chick-Fil-A As The Far Left Continues Its Phonic Fart In The Face Of Language And Reason

Find all my RedState work here.

And please follow Alex Parker on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for reading! Please sound off in the Comments section below. 

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