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Student Government at Christian College in Texas Votes to Oust Chick-fil-A from Campus

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Image via TX AG Ken Paxton’s Twitter feed.

The latest battle in the Great Chicken Sandwich Culture War is being fought at Trinity University, a private liberal arts university in San Antonio, Texas. Trinity’s Student Government Association (SGA) voted unanimously to approve a resolution calling for the administration to ban Chick-fil-A from the college food court concessions.

Chick-fil-A does not have a permanent location on the Trinity campus, but is currently included as part of a rotation of offerings from a variety of chain restaurants in the food court. Typically, Chick-fil-A would be available once every two weeks, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

The resolution passed by the SGA stated that “Trinity’s values of diversity and inclusion and Chick-fil-a’s values regarding the LGBT+ community are mutually exclusive…Trinity is a university that emphasizes its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Having Chick-fil-a in the rotation at [the food court] conflicts with those values.”

Listed among the SGA’s grievances with Chick-fil-A were the company’s donations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The resolution is non-binding but is a way that the SGA communicates recommendations to the university administration, which has the legal power to negotiate the food court contracts with vendors like Chick-fil-A.

Not all students agreed with the SGA, however. Trinity’s chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas (an alternative to College Republicans active on many Texas college campuses, often viewed as more traditionally conservative than CRs) spoke out against the resolution and had a social event at an off-campus Chick-fil-A location.

YCT President Isaiah Mitchell noted that Trinity is a private institution and “well within their rights” to kick the chicken purveyors off their campus if they so chose, but disputed the accusation that Chick-fil-A harms LGBT people, drawing a distinction between “[lobbying] against the political goals of the LGBTQ left” and “actually harming” people.

Another campus leader, Zoe Brigman, who is the president of a campus LGBT organization, told the Express-News “there isn’t much of a general consensus” among her members about Chick-fil-A and whether they should be at Trinity.

Part of the reason there may not be a “general consensus” among LGBT Trinity students against Chick-fil-A is that, like previous efforts to boycott or ban the restaurant, there aren’t any examples of the restaurant discriminating against employees or customers based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other category.

To the contrary, Chick-fil-A’s efficient and friendly service is an established part of their brand. One of the videos that went viral during the original attempts at protests after the late CEO S. Truett Cathy voiced his support for traditional marriage featured a man ordering only water (an item offered for free, so a loss for the restaurant in the amount of the cost of the water, cup, straw, and lid), yelling rudely at the drive-thru cashier about Cathy’s comments…and from the Chick-fil-A cashier, getting a polite apology and his free cup of water in response.

There is added irony for students at Trinity University — a supposedly Christian university — to be attacking a company for donating to Christian organizations like the Fellowship for Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army. Both of those organizations promote traditional Christian values, including a traditional view of marriage, but are hardly active in the political debate on that issue. Where they are active is supporting a significant amount of charitable work, including toy drives for poor children and support services for veterans and homeless people. It strikes me as an odd take for a college founded on Christian values to be offended at donating to those Salvation Army bell ringers, but perhaps it is a more accurate reflection of where Trinity is today.

Trinity was originally founded by the Presbyterian Church, but looking at their website today, it was difficult to find any evidence of their Christian roots or promotion of Christian values. In fact, I could not find the word “Christian” anywhere on the home page or on the subpages discussing the university’s founding, history, and values.

The closest I could find was this one sentence:

“Founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1869, Trinity values learning, faith, service, and connection to others, honoring the dignity and worth of every person. Our institutional values include Discovery, Excellence, Impact, The Individual, and Community.”

It is not yet clear what the Trinity administration will do in response to the SGA resolution. But if the students decide to kick the delicious chicken sandwiches off campus, it is not going to hurt the company financially.

To date, all efforts to boycott or ban Chick-fil-A have been wildly unsuccessful. Individual locations may be shut down or prohibited from opening, but Chick-fil-A’s profits continue to soar. In fact, the company has reported sales growth every year since its founding in 1946 and has established itself as the most profitable fast-food chain restaurant in America on a per-location basis, even though it is the only major chain that is closed every Sunday, and does not have the late night drive-through hours that McDonald’s and others offer.

Read my RedState article archive here.

Follow Sarah Rumpf on Twitter: @rumpfshaker.

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Bless Your Heart: Boston Radio Snowflake Hangs up on Carolina Hockey Journo Because His Southern Accent Triggered Him

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There are snowflakes, and then there is Fred Toettcher from Boston’s “Toucher and Rich” radio show.

Chip Alexander is a sports writer who covers Carolina Hurricanes hockey games for North Carolina’s Raleigh News and Observer paper, where he’s been for 40 years. He’s made the rounds this week, doing interviews about the upcoming NHL Eastern Conference Finals series between the Boston Bruins and the Hurricanes.

As Deadspin reports, one call in particular – the one Alexander did with “Toucher and Rich” – didn’t go so well:

To preview the upcoming Carolina Hurricanes–Boston Bruins playoff series, Boston sports radio show Toucher & Rich had Chip Alexander, Canes beat writer for the Raleigh News and Observer, call in Wednesday to talk hockey. It wasn’t long before one of the hosts hung up on him, for a very petty reason.

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Just as Alexander’s talking about Nino Niederreiter, co-host Fred Toettcher cut the line. “I can’t listen to a guy with a Southern accent talk about hockey,” he said.

[…]

Alexander apparently tried to call back into the show, but the hosts instead took calls from listeners with New England accents—that far more appealing regional inflection.

Listen to the segment below (language warning):

The USA Today‘s write-up on what happened noted that Toettcher continued to complain about Alexander later after he was no longer on the line to defend himself:

Toettcher later added that he didn’t like that Alexander was supportive of way the Hurricanes have embraced the “bunch of jerks” label after NHL commentator Don Cherry used that phrase to describe the team earlier in the season — even though Alexander did not actually express an opinion about the subject while on air.

The hang up move was widely panned by folks on social media, from the locals here in NC to sports radio veterans up north:

While I normally have issues – and I mean a LOT of issues – with the Raleigh News and Observer‘s news coverage, including their sports department’s frequent editorializing, I totally dig how they covered this story:

In a mind-boggling turn of events on Wednesday, someone working at a Boston sports radio station criticized the accent of a professional hockey writer from North Carolina.

Yes, someone in Boston criticized someone else’s accent.

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Toucher went full “Masshole” on Thursday morning, devoting a good portion of his shock jock-style sports rambling to Alexander’s “hick accent.”

Alexander has given four or five such radio interviews this week, and this is the first act of Northern aggression he has encountered.

Alexander himself even got a little dig on the radio duo via Twitter earlier today:

The N&O got in on the Twitter action, too, with this peace offering of sorts from managing editor Jane Elizabeth:

Full disclosure alert:

1) I was born and raised in North Carolina, so obviously I’m a little partial when it comes to my home state.

2) I am, of course, a Carolina Hurricanes fan. In fact, I’ve been a hockey fan since the early 90’s, well before NHL hockey became a thing in North Carolina.

3) Please don’t confuse what I’ve written here with regional bigotry against “the north.” I have friends, relatives, and former and current colleagues from up north, and the vast majority of my experiences and interactions with them have been enjoyable. The slights against the south just get tiresome after a while, and at some point you have to push back.

When the comments are meant in jest, it’s one thing. But when they are meant to be taken seriously, it’s another ballgame altogether.

Speaking of, Game One is currently underway. So go watch some playoff hockey! But before you go, enjoy one of the Avengers-themed end-of-game celebrations from the Hurricanes earlier this year that earned them the “Bunch of Jerks” nickname:

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Chaos: Final Vote Delayed on Pro-Life Bill in Alabama After Senate Democrats Stage Mini-Revolt

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Alabama state Rep. John Rogers (D) has gotten a lot of attention as of late with his controversial comments justifying his opposition to a pro-life bill making its way through the state legislature.

Today, Senate Democrats are now making headlines for what happened in their chamber during the course of the vote on that same bill.

The Washington Post has the details on what went down:

After a shouting match broke out, the Alabama Senate on Thursday tabled an amendment to a controversial bill that would criminalize abortions by making performing the procedure a felony punishable by up to 99 years imprisonment.

The decision was made by voice vote, angering Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton and other Democrats who were seeking a roll-call vote on all issues related to the abortion bill.

They accused Alabama Lieut. Gov. Will Ainsworth, a Republican who presides over the senate, of being too quick on the gavel in moving forward with the voice vote and steamrolling over their concerns.

“At least treat us fairly and do it the right way,” Democratic Sen. Vivian Davis Figures said.

The Hill reports that the vote has been rescheduled for next week:

The Alabama state Senate changed course on Thursday after being poised to vote on a controversial abortion bill, moving to postpone a vote on the legislation until next week.

Lawmakers earlier Thursday had prepared to vote on legislation that would criminalize almost all abortions and make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion in the state.

But, according to The Associated Press, Alabama lawmakers decided to table the vote on a proposed abortion ban after a dispute erupted in the state Senate when some Republicans removed exceptions for rape and incest from the bill. Debate on the bill has been delayed until next week, according to the AP.

Watch video of what went down below:

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Ainsworth was technically right that a motion was made, but that it was done quickly without giving the opposition a chance to respond:

A review of tape of the proceedings showed that Chambliss did make a motion to table the amendment. But both Chambliss and Ainsworth moved quickly to make and sustain the motion, far more quickly than senators could reasonably move for a roll call vote on the motion.

Singleton had told the chamber before the vote he planned to call for roll calls on every motion. He was sharply critical of Ainsworth’s move after adjournment, saying the caucus had signaled a roll call vote by the raising of three senators’ hands.

“I’m saying to the lieutenant governor, let’s get it right,” he said. “We can still get there, but you don’t have to be gaveling us out, and act like you didn’t see three hands when we had three hands up there already raised.”

[…]

Ainsworth’s move also brought criticism from Republicans, including Senate Judiciary Committee chair Cam Ward, R-Alabaster. Ward said he supported the ban but wanted discussion on the bill.

This is what I call unnecessary drama. The Republicans have a super-majority in the state Senate, and are going to largely get what they want out of this bill. Next Tuesday when this issue is revisited, they need to roll it out the right way and let the debate play out and then let the chips fall where they may.

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Woke: Cal Poly Faculty Votes to Kick 25-Year-Old Chick-Fil-A off Campus, but University Officials Struck Back

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The loony left’s war on Chick-fil-A continues, and this time it has hit the campus of Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

Faculty that make up the campus organization point to Chick-Fil-A Foundation’s history of donating to anti-LGBT causes, noting that its values are not consistent with those of the university.

In a vote Tuesday, the vast majority of the academic senate (38 out of 44) opted to recommend getting rid of the chicken chain’s location despite its 25-year tenure on campus.

According to the campus newspaper Mustang News, academic Senate Vice Chair Thomas Gutierrez argued passionately in favor of the restaurant’s removal, comparing it to Hooters and porn magazines:

Gutierrez said Cal Poly already filters their vendors based on their values and there is no reason Chick-fil-A should be an exception.

“We don’t sell pornography in the bookstore and we don’t have a Hooters on campus — we already pre-select those kind of things based on our existing values,” Gutierrez said. “This is a similar thing, the difference is we’re actually profiting from this. So our money, every dollar a student is spending at Chick-fil-A, is going to these causes that are in violation of our values.”

Though the faculty’s vote was overwhelmingly in favor of removing Chick-fil-A, a university spokesman said that fighting intolerance with intolerance is not the best way to handle the situation:

While university administration passionately disagrees with the values of some of the organizations the president of Chick-fil-A has chosen to make personal donations to, we do not believe in responding to intolerance with intolerance. Rather, we must model our values of inclusion – that means upholding the rights of others to have different perspectives and ensuring there is space in our community for differing viewpoints and ideologies, even those that may be in direct conflict with our own. – Matt Lazier

He also stated that the restaurant was popular with students (it had record sales numbers last year) and did not have a history of discrimination on campus.

In fact, the restaurant chain is on track to become the “third-biggest U.S. restaurant chain by sales” in the country, as Red State‘s Brandon Morse noted yesterday.

Ultimately it will be up to Cal Poly SLO university President Jeffrey Armstrong to decide if the restaurant stays or goes. Based on the university spokesman’s statements, though, it doesn’t appear the restaurant has anything to worry about.

Besides, the school really has more important things to worry about – like how their new logo resembles a hammer and sickle:

Cal Poly spent $340,000 on rebranding and, as often happens with such efforts, the new logo is being ridiculed.

Unveiled last week at the campus — California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo — the logo was revamped partly so it would look better on small digital screens.

The simplified academic shield drops three of previous images, keeping only the one depicting a quill and a hammer. The items are intended to represent the motto “learn by doing” (which is now in English rather than Latin).

To some, the icon resembles the hammer and sickle on the old Soviet flag. And the added element, a sunset behind Bishop Peak, has been criticized as reminiscent of the Imperial Japanese Army’s Rising Sun flag.

Oops.

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Good News: Fundraising Efforts Show Bully Brian Sims’s Mission to Silence Pro-Lifers Has Backfired Spectacularly

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Pro-life and anti-abortion advocates demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court early Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

We’ve written extensively over the last week about Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims (D) and his efforts to bully and dox pro-life activists at a local Planned Parenthood in Philadelphia into silence. He harassed, mocked the faith of, and demanded the address of an elderly woman, and offered his social media followers $100 to dox young girls who were praying in front of the center.

His only “apology” has been a non-apology where he pledged to Planned Parenthood that he would do better in the future.

As a result of Sims’s reprehensible behavior, pro-life warriors like Lila Rose, Abby Johnson, and Matt Walsh are set to appear at a rally Friday at the very same Planned Parenthood clinic where these incidents happened:

Not only that, but all the negative publicity Sims has received for his actions has helped raise money that will go towards saving more unborn lives.

Joe Garecht, the father of the two teen girls who – along with their friend – Sims endangered on social media by way of his video doxing offer, started a GoFundMe page in response in order to help local pro-life efforts. The results have been amazing.

Here’s what Garecht wrote:

On Holy Thursday (April 18, 2019) my wife, two teenage daughters, and their friend were peacefully praying outside of a Planned Parenthood in Center City Philadelphia when a man started yelling at them… after ranting at them for several minutes, he left, and returned with his cell phone to record the above video.

It turns out that the man is an elected official. Pennsylvania State Representative Brian Sims. In his video, later posted on Twitter, Rep. Sims not only attempts to shame them for praying for the unborn babies facing abortion, but offers viewers $100 if they will identify the teen girls in the video.

It’s bad enough that a grown man would be trying to dox three teenage girls. It’s even worse that he is an elected official. I’ve got two responses to these despicable actions by “Representative” Sims:

First, Brian, if you have a problem with my wife and daughters praying outside of an abortion clinic, I’m the one you can talk to… instead of harassing teenage girls.

It seems like you like to pick on women, teenagers, and senior citizens (see him harass a senior citizen who was praying by clicking here ). That’s shameful, and unacceptable.

Second, I have a challenge for the pro-life community. Rep. Sims offered $100 to anyone who would identify these teenage girls for him. Instead of $100, let’s join together to donate $100,000 to the pro-life movement.

Garecht pledged that all money raised would go directly to the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia.

As of this writing, he’s raised nearly $99,000 of his $100,000 goal.

On a related note, there are calls for Sims to resign. And the Republican Party in Pennsylvania has also gotten involved, and has called for an investigation into Sims’s actions in his capacity as an elected offical.

Democrats and the national media are still mostly silent on this issue, too. Odd.

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CBS Censors Scene About Chinese Censorship, Revealing Hollywood’s Shift in Artistic Ethics

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Just the latest example where Hollywood shows it no longer clings to artistic integrity when money is on the line.

The CBS television show “The Good Fight”, (available on the CBS All Access streaming service) is a spinoff of the previous CBS primetime hit “The Good Wife”. The program is a political-based drama that is fully immersive in real-time politics, with plots that involve real life named individuals in DC life.

In its desire to infuse contemporary storylines a recent episode was addressing the issue of China and the ruling government’s stronghold on that country’s cultural offerings. The show had a brief scene included mentioning the Chinese Communist party tendencies to censor and control the content, and in a bit dark irony CBS ended up censoring the scene. It appears the network decided late in the process that the brief scene was too sensitive to the liking of the Chi-Coms.

Viewers had initially believed the blacked out screen time was an inclusion by the writers, making a wry comment on the issue of censorship. One of the show’s writers verified that it was not a dose of intentional satire but an official move made by the network. This was eventually confirmed by an official comment from executives.

In a statement, CBS All Access said: “We had concerns with some subject matter in the episode’s animated short. This is the creative solution that we agreed upon with the producers.” A spokeswoman declined to comment further.

The animated short segment was a musical interlude, listing off a number topics that have been banned on the mainland. Supposedly, after receiving initial approval for the segment, it was decided it had to be removed just weeks ahead of the airing of the episode. This is but one example of American entertainment studios showing a growing acceptance for censoring their own products to appease the communist leadership in China.

 

The Quaint Days of Bold Artists

It was maybe a generation ago when Hollywood entities would rise up loudly at the mere suggestion that any type of dramatic content should be altered, or worse, removed and stifled as a result of possessing offensive content. There was a time when the phrase “In the name of artistic integrity” was almost a knee-jerk reaction to any level of criticism. The invoking of this phrase has almost fallen to disfavor, and that is a result of two factors — political correctness, and Chinese profits.

These offset influences reflect a willingness of Hollywood in recent years to actually impact its own artist freedom, but in two differing arenas; one domestic and one foreign.

Domestically the issue is usually political correctness. In days past Hollywood would almost sneer at those who might give a voice of disapproval to something portrayed on screen. The First Amendment would commonly be invoked, and the cry of “censorship” would follow, and most of the time that was all that was needed to squelch the complaints.

These days studios find that they are boxed in by their own messaging. For years now (decades?) celebrities and producers have been taking up the cause of oppressed groups and segments of our society. This leads today to the occasional conflict when activists from those same groups declare they are being oppressed by some selected or maybe an objectional portrayal on screen.

What choice does a studio have when a mouthpiece from a particular segment opposes specific content? Even if a targeted film or show does not itself go through the crucible of being censored it can affect decisions made on future content.

A case of this type happened last year when it was announced that Scarlett Johansson was tabbed to play the role of a transexual character in a film project. Trans activists loudly balked at the idea of the role going to a straight performer, and Johansson stepped away from the role. These activists though were short-sighted in their outrage, as the actress was also a producer on the film, so her removal meant the project itself has been killed off. Not only will their acceptable performer be denied work but a story centered on a trans character now will not be told.

 

The Yuan Thing More Important Than Art

The story in China is less social and more financial…or entirely so. The Chinese marketplace has exploded over the past decade, specifically with motion pictures. The Chi-Com government has worked hard to greatly expand the number of theaters across the country, all of them state-run. This means they also control the content shown on those mushrooming screens. Currently, Hollywood, while salivating at the prospect, is only permitted to have a few dozen titles released on the mainland each year.

The result of this fertile but challenging market is not only are studios jockeying for limited slots and currying favor with the Chinese film authorities they are also willing to capitulate. If the Chi-Com film board dictates that certain content in a film is unacceptable to them they will demand it either be removed, or the title is denied a release. Growingly Hollywood opts for the former choice, artistic freedom be damned.

By example, Disney was willing to trim a character out of one of its “Pirates of the Caribbean” titles because the Chinese pirate was deemed offensive. In order to play in China “Iron Man 3” watered down the character Mandarin to make him palpable for the Chinese censors, and an additional four minutes of footage made with Chinese performers was spliced into the Chinese cut. In one ridiculous example, a Tom Cruise chase scene from the “Mission Impossible” franchise that was actually filmed in China was ordered to be cut out of the film; scenes in a neighborhood showed laundry drying on clotheslines, and the censors did not want the rest of the world to now most citizens do not own washers and dryers in their homes.

The leverage the Chi-Coms have over Hollywood is more than simply access to their theater marketplace. Most studios are part of multinational corporations, and if the Chinese authorities are angered enough they could also dictate that access to other markets is impacted. If a Disney-owned Marvel film provokes them enough, maybe permission for a theme park is denied. If a Sony Entertainment film offends then possibly imports from its electronics division could be embargoed. The desire to stay on the good side of the ruling party could be felt across numerous divisions of a corporation.

The starkest example was seen with the remake of the film “Red Dawn”. MGM produced the new version in 2009, with the United States being invaded by the Chinese military. The struggling studio could not release the film on its own, and as a result it faced a massive problem; no other company would distribute their film. Though an entirely MGM-made product all studios and distributors declined to release “Red Dawn” out of fear of angering the Chi-Com authorities. This meant MGM had a completed film that it could place in theaters, so they had to go through the expense of digitally “scrubbing” all Chinese iconography from their film and converting the invading army to the North Koreans.

CBS did not need the MGM example to arrive at its decision — it had its own history to look back on for reference. “The Good Wife” found itself banned in China following an episode that had a negative portrayal of Chinese authorities. Currently “The Good Fight” is not under a ban. According to one person affiliated with the show:

He was told that CBS had concerns for the safety of its employees in China if the segment were included. CBS also has a Chinese audience, and when releasing content that is critical of China, American entertainment companies often have to weigh the risk of having their shows or movies blocked in the country.

These are the kind of moves on the finished product that not so long ago were unthinkable. Hollywood now appears more than willing to let their artistic integrity take a back seat to a chance at bigger profits, and it should only continue to do so. Within the next couple of years, the Chinese annual box office gross is expected to exceed that of North America for the first time. As the studios have shown they are more than willing to bow to the pressure of the Chinese censors in order to preserve access to a booming marketplace.

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Student Artwork that Portrayed Police Officers as Pigs Removed from a City Building in Ohio After Outcry

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Screen grab via WCPO.

A student’s artwork that depicted a pig dressed in a police officer’s uniform was so controversial that it has been pulled from the Madeira Municipal Building in Ohio.

The Cincinnati Inquirer reports:

A piece of student artwork portraying a pig in a police uniform was removed before the opening of a long-running annual art show following complaints.

The Madeira City School District is not identifying the student but said organizers of the annual Madeira Art Show requested removal of the artwork. The piece, along with other student work, was displayed in the Madeira Municipal Building for public viewing prior to the May 5 art show.

Public reaction to the student art, specifically the piece depicting police as pigs, was strong.

[…]

The artwork was part of the student exhibit that hangs annually in the Madeira Municipal building, according to City Manager Tom Moeller. The works feature the original creations by Madeira students of various grade levels. There were dozens of pieces of art displayed.

Per WCPO, the building also houses the city’s police department, which was part of the problem:

The choice to display it in a city building, however, sparked threats against the student artist, outraged calls to the Madeira Police Department — which is headquartered in the same building as the art display — and, ultimately, an early removal. In a statement, Madeira City Schools said it had arrived at the decision “out of concern for the safety of the student.”

Watch their report on the controversy below:

The National Coalition Against Censorship condemned the decision to remove the student’s work:

As defenders of free expression and artistic freedom, the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) condemns the removal of a student artwork from an exhibition in Madeira, Ohio. The removal of the work shows a deep disregard for the young artist’s constitutional right to free expression, and is a flagrant violation of free speech principles. It is a sad day when the message school administrators choose to send to students is to refrain from expressing their opinions about contemporary social issues lest they offend someone.

Judging from the mixed reactions in local news reports to the artwork and the decision to remove it, local residents and community leaders are torn between believing in the First Amendment rights of the student and understanding why the police department would be upset and concerned.

The department did not say in its statement whether or not they had requested the artwork be removed.

(Via The Blaze)

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There She Goes Again: AOC Manages to Insult Men for Their Ignorance While Displaying Her Own

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Yesterday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the state’s “heartbeat bill” into law. The law, which has drawn sharp criticism from the left, including celebrities like Alyssa Milano and Amy Schumer, prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected (usually around the 6-week mark) but preserves exceptions for cases of incest, rape, or the life of the mother.

Naturally, everyone’s favorite Democrat had to chime in on the matter:

Way to broad-brush there, Ocasio-Cortez. Let’s see, how many assumptions are rolled up into this one little tweet?

  1. It’s only/primarily men writing the bills;
  2. Those piggy men only know about sexual gratification, not reproduction;
  3. Most women don’t know how their own bodies work and have NO IDEA they’re pregnant before 6 weeks.

Okay – let’s examine these assumptions:

First: Only/primarily men are writing the bills. Took me about 5 seconds to look up the sponsors of Georgia’s HB 481:

  • Ed Setzler (man)
  • Jodi Lott (woman)
  • Darlene Taylor (woman)
  • Josh Bonner (man)
  • Ginny Ehrhart (woman)
  • Micah Gravely (man)

Wait a second…hang on…you mean to tell me there are lady legislators who advocate restricting abortion?! (Brainwashed, Stepford Reps, no doubt!)

Second: The men involved know nothing about women’s bodies other than how they provide sexual gratification. That’s right, you heard Alexandria: Men are ignorant pigs! That includes you, Ed Setzler, and you, Josh Bonner, and you, Micah Gravely. You know nothing about women, their bodies, the reproductive process.  (And don’t know nothin’ ’bout birthin’ no babies!)

Just out of curiosity, I spent 5 more seconds and clicked on their profiles:

Representative Ed Setzler [spouse – Tracie] is a businessman, veteran, and father of four who has served northwest
Cobb County in the Georgia House of Representatives since 2005.

Representative Josh Bonner and his wife Michelle have four children and are members of New Hope
Baptist Church, where Josh serves as a deacon and youth leader.

Representative Micah Gravely resides in Douglasville, South Paulding County, with his devoted wife Heather, their
three beautiful daughters Hope Elizabeth, Bella Faith, and Abigail Jane, and dogs Reagan
and Lucy.

Hmm…would you look at that? They’re all married with children. Now, I’ll freely admit that such status does not necessarily equate to knowledge regarding women’s bodies and their reproductive functioning, but I’m willing to go out on a limb here and surmise that they have at least a basic understanding of menstrual cycles and pregnancy.  And lest one assume the three women co-sponsors have no such understanding, they all have children, as well. And Rep. Lott is an RN.

Third: Most women have no idea they’re pregnant before 6 weeks. Funny. That’s not been my own experience, nor that of most of the mothers I know. I do get that contraceptive methods can fail. But outside of those instances, you generally know when you’ve had unprotected sex, and you generally know when your period’s gone AWOL. Unless you’re in denial.

I do find it interesting that the underlying premise of Ocasio-Cortez’s reproductive snark is that women don’t legislate and/or don’t support pro-life measures and/or don’t understand how their own bodies work. Talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations.

And as for her assertion that “It’s relatively common for a woman to have a late period + not be pregnant,” one must wonder just exactly how/why a woman who’s not pregnant would be seeking an abortion?

I believe my colleague, Joe Cunningham summed it up best:

 

 

 

 


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The ‘Cartel’ in Full Effect: Nifty New ‘Cocaine Mitch’ T-Shirt Message Has People Rushing to Donate

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“Cocaine Mitch” graphic. Image via Team Mitch.

The 2020 reelection campaign for Mitch McConnell is off to a smooth start with some team merch that has people talking.

The Hill reports:

The reelection campaign for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is selling “Cocaine Mitch” t-shirts, an embrace of the label given to the Kentucky Republican by failed 2018 West Virginia Senate candidate Don Blankenship (R).

[…]

Blankenship last year ran an advertisement in which he said “one of my goals as U.S. senator will be to ditch Cocaine Mitch.”

He later said in a news release that he was referring to McConnell’s “father-in-law who founded and owns a large Chinese shipping company [and] has given Mitch and his wife millions of dollars over the years,” adding that the company was implicated in alleged cocaine smuggling.

Here’s a Twitter image McConnell’s team posted after Blankenship lost his primary race:

The t-shirts cost $35. Here’s what they look like:

In addition to the t-shirts, the campaign is also selling “Cocaine Mitch” stickers for $10:

Liberals are, of course, fauxfended by the t-shirts and stickers:

…. but others think they are pretty nifty and have already placed their orders:

The Senate Majority Leader even reportedly answered his phone last year as “Cocaine Mitch”:

Don’t be surprised if you see “Grim Reaper McConnell” or “Nuclear Mitch” t-shirts one day soon, too:

Like the “Cocaine Mitch” nickname, McConnell embraces the others without a shred of regret:

Indeed:

And oh yeah, this, too:

More, please!

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WATCH: Rubio on Trump’s Stance re: Iran: “I’m Glad He’s Doing What He’s Doing”

Last night, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Shannon Bream’s Fox News show to discuss several hot-button foreign policy matters. In the interview, Rubio encouraged the Trump administration to maintain a tough stance with China and advocated a peaceful transition of power and return to democracy in Venezuela before turning to the escalating tensions in the Middle East which he lays squarely at the feet of Iran.

To the recent statement of Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) asserting that the Trump administration was responsible for ramping up tensions on pretense, Rubio said this:

I don’t agree with that statement. The…the threats emanating are clear. I’m aware of them. The intelligence justifies it. Here’s…here’s what I would say to you: If, God forbid, tonight or tomorrow, or in the days to come, American forces in this region come under attack by Shia militias, that will be at the direction of Iran. If American forces or American shipping or naval vessels come under attack by the Houthis in Yemen, those are agents of Iran.

And, if we are not postured — if we don’t have sufficient force in the region to deter that or to defend ourselves, and Americans die as a result, then everyone’s going to be in front of these TV cameras asking why the President didn’t do more, based on the intelligence, to prepare our men and women in uniform.

And so, I’m glad he’s doing what he’s doing. It is appropriate. It is 100 percent justified.  And just once — just for once — I wish people wouldn’t do everything through the lens of politics, and understand — this is a President that’s trying to get us out of the Middle East. I don’t always agree with him on that, but he’s trying to get us out of the Middle East. Do you think he would inject us back into the Middle East with more military force unless it was justified?

They’re doing the right thing, I’m glad they’re doing it and every American should be glad they’re doing it because those are our men and women in uniform who deserve to be protected.

Rubio raises a good point: Is it Kaine’s belief (and the belief of other critics of the administration’s recent moves on that front) that Trump has suddenly changed his spots and decided to take a more interventionist approach to the ME? Hasn’t that been one of the key criticisms of Trump? That he’s an isolationist?  See, e.g.:

President Trump’s embrace of isolationism has been a hallmark of his presidency.

It is now at the center of a foreign policy that will remove troops from Syria and cut the U.S. presence in Afghanistan in half. (The Memo: Trump puts isolationism at center stage.)

or:

Donald Trump’s isolationism is a gift to his greatest enemies.

or:

Trump’s neo-isolationism won’t work.

I share Rubio’s wish that people — in particular, our elected leaders — wouldn’t do Every. Stinkin’. Thing. through the lens of politics. But it’s election season (when is it ever not anymore?!) and the notion of practical leadership rather than political theater is, sadly, a rather quaint one.

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