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Survey: ‘Confident’ Employers Expect to Give and to Take in 2019 Bargaining

“Employers are nearly always confident that they will achieve their objectives in overall bargaining.”

Unionized employers negotiating contracts in 2019 expect to pay more in wages, while getting concessions on health care, according to Bloomberg Law’s annual Employer Bargaining Objectives survey [in PDF].

The survey, which is in its third decade of publication, reveals that, thanks to wage pressures due to the economy, unionized employers realize they will need to provide more in compensation than they have in years past.

“About three-quarters of management representatives (74%) will propose first-year pay increases in the range of 2% to 3.9% That’s up from 64% in 2018, and the highest mark since 2002,” notes Bloomberg’s Daily Labor Report (DLR).

While that is good news for unionized workers, on the flip side of the coin is the fact that “if management gains concessions on health care, that money may come straight back out again, in the form of higher premiums, deductibles, or out-of-pocket maximums,” the DLR reported.

“Almost all responding employers said they were either ‘fairly confident’ or ‘very confident’ about achieving their bargaining goals this year. This is a consistent trend in the data collected in this survey: Employers are nearly always confident that they will achieve their objectives in overall bargaining.”

Given the economy is considered to be in ‘full employment‘ with 5,762,175 job openings right now, and 89% of small manufacturers not able to fill job openings, it is not surprising that unionized firms are experiencing the same pressures to raise wages in order to fill jobs as union-free firms are.

However, as non-union earnings are rising twice as fast as union earnings, the pressure on unionized firms with expensive union health plans may be more acute.

“Jobs that saw some of the largest pay increases over the past year included cashier at 4.5 percent, a pharmacy technician at 7.8 percent, restaurant manager at 4 percent, truck driver at 5.2 percent and bank teller at 4.2 percent,” according to FoxBusiness.com

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Cross-posted on LaborUnionReport.com.

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Stop the Pearl Clutching…Trump Is Right At Home With the British Royal Family

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In case you haven’t heard, Trump is visiting the U.K. and it is causing all kinds of anxiety for the international press. Apparently London is expected to pretend Americans don’t elect a new leader every 4-8 years and instead treat Trump like he is the second coming of Jar Jar Binks.

A writer for The New Yorker tweeted out his sympathy and fawning thanks to Prince Charles for “taking one for the team” in greeting Mr. and Mrs. Trump when they landed on British soil.

I suppose it is just human nature to idealize other people or other nations based on superficial knowledge. In this case Cassidy and others like him idealize British culture based on their Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Trump is no prince, but then again neither is the Crown Prince. Let’s not pretend the British monarchy has no familiarity with sin, crassness or scandal.

Prince Charles has managed to wrangle away from the cruelty he has perpetrated in his past, largely in thanks to a dead former wife. The world isn’t constantly reminded anymore of how poorly he treated Princess Diana. Charles began ‘dating’ Diana when she was just 16 and only after he had previously dated her older sister. He was 32.

Charles was cheating on his wife even before they married. He continued his less-than-private affair throughout their entire marriage, eventually going on to marry his mistress after Diana’s death. He was an adulterer and a liar. People may rightfully despise President Trump for his secretly recorded remarks about grabbing women by their private parts, but Charles is no stranger to crude expressions. In 1992 – while he was still married – the press released recordings of him telling then-lover Camilla Parker-Bowles he wished he could be a tampon so he could live inside her all day.

By the time of Diana’s death a fuller picture had emerged of their rocky relationship and the Prince’s cold and disrespectful treatment of his world-famous bride.

Diana herself was not without scandal. It is fairly common knowledge that she carried on her own affair with polo player James Hewitt. Hewitt is rumored to be Prince Harry’s biological father although he and the palace have obviously denied the rumor emphatically over the years.

Then there are the typical “scandals” revolving around the young men and women who were trying to negotiate growing pains with being a member of the monarchy – Harry dressing as a Nazi for a costume party and getting caught playing nude games at a  party in Vegas; William being photographed drunkenly cavorting with friends. The Queen’s sister Margaret was infamous in her day for her partying ways and blatant bucking of royal protocol. Her doomed marriage succumbed to rumors of drug use, alcoholism and other unseemly questions about her husband’s sexuality. She quite publicly took a lover and later it was revealed her husband had fathered a child with another woman just prior to their nuptials.

Princess Anne faced similar challenges in her own first marriage. Prince Andrew endured his own divorce with Sarah Ferguson and has since faced a barrage of accusations about his sexual appetite, including a rape charge.

Then there is shocking and romanticized case of King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. History remembers it as a voluntary act of love, but recent FBI revelations from the time point to a more disturbing truth – Edward may have been forced to abdicate because of Simpson’s involvement in passing state secrets to a Nazi she’d been involved with.

Of course we can go back further, all the way through history to King Henry VIII who had six wives, murdered two of them and created the first notion of a “state church” when he infamously created the Church of England in order to set himself up as the head and grant himself permission to divorce.

None of this is shocking and most of it is hardly even news anymore. That is my point. The idea that Trump is some crass, debaucherous scallywag and the British monarchy are comprised of moral, upstanding and refined characters is patently ridiculous. This is not Beauty and the Beast. The monarchs don’t have to plug their ears and look away in Trump’s presence for fear of his crassness rubbing off on them. They’re quite familiar with low behavior and blue expressions. They practically invented the public scandal.

The truth of the matter is that none of these people are without shame. None of them holy and blameless. Far from it. In fact, I suspect Charles and Trump might have more in common than not and that he probably gets on well with most of the state leaders the media assumes hate him as much as they do.

Public persona is never the same as private persona. Let us not idealize a family that depends on the meager earnings of others to support their great wealth.

Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, Mayor Sadiq Khan…none of them are any better than Trump and not one carries any sort of moral superiority over our president.

We fought a long and bitter war to free ourselves from such notions.

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Justice Clarence Thomas: “I really don’t have a lot of stress, I cause stress.”

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Glad to see that Associate Justice to the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas, is in fine form.

In a rare interview given by Thomas to David Rubenstein, for the Supreme Court Historical Society it seems that the Justice with the longest tenure now on the court is in no mood to retire anytime soon.

According to the the New York Times

In rare public remarks, Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday dismissed what he called “this rumor that I was retiring.”

“I have no idea where this stuff comes from,” he said.

Justice Thomas, 70, joined the court in 1991 and is now its longest-serving current member. Political scientists say he is the most conservative justice in the Supreme Court’s modern history.

He often writes concurring and dissenting opinions that are joined by no other justice. So far this term, he has called for the court to reconsider New York Times v. Sullivan, the landmark libel ruling, and argued that the fight for abortion rights shares roots with the eugenics movement.

With the current term of the Supreme Court coming to a close, lots of speculation has been on if Justice Thomas would step down and allow President Trump to pick a 3rd Supreme Court nominee before the Presidential election season heats up next year. From what Justice Thomas says here he is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Thomas who has been notorious since his confirmation of not asking questions during oral arguments and went 10 years without asking a single question, opens up a bit in this interview about his view of cameras in the court and should his fellow colleagues ask more questions during oral arguments.

His recent statements comparing the abortion rights movement to the eugenics movement is a debate that is long overdue in this country. With the slew of abortion-limiting laws that are currently passing in the states, one of these cases will end up in the Supreme Court and hopefully will be taken up instead of what the court recently did in the Indiana case.

Hopefully, we have Justice Thomas around for a while longer continuing to “cause stress” for a while longer.

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It Sure Looks Like Mueller Let a Pedophile Run Free in a Desperate Ploy to Nail Trump on “Collusion”

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The inter-workings of government bureaucracy aren’t pretty and this may be one of the more disgusting episodes in recent memory.

You may remember a man named George Nader. He was the “witness” in a series of “bombshell” reports several years back alleging nefarious, evil backchannels were being setup between Trump and various foreign governments. Those reports ended up going nowhere as they turned out to fairly normal actions by a transition team getting ready to assume office. Amazingly enough, incoming administrations typically do attempt to setup up preliminary lines of communication with the world leaders they’ll eventually be interfacing with. It’s not “collusion” or improper to do so.

George Nader was the go between in trying to set some of those meetings up and he appeared at Trump Tower in December 2016. We all know that any meeting at Trump Tower is automatically bad, so Nader became a #resistance hope and key witness for Mueller’s investigation.

Now, Nader has been arrested for alleged distribution of child pornography. My colleague Brandon Morse first reported on the situation yesterday.

Officials said Nader, 60, was charged by criminal complaint over material he was traveling with when he arrived at Washington-Dulles International Airport on Jan. 17, 2018, from Dubai. At the time, he was carrying a cellphone containing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, officials said. The charges were unsealed after his arrest Monday morning at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

While that would be embarrassing enough for Mueller and his key witness, new information is painting a much, much worse picture of what exactly went down.

The complaint against him was unsealed in Virginia federal court on Monday after his arrest. But that complaint was actually filed in April 2018, three months after he was interviewed by FBI agents in January 2018 at Washington Dulles International Airport about a matter “unrelated to child pornography,” according to the complaint.

It was during that encounter that Nader was first asked to cooperate with the special counsel.

Three of Nader’s iPhones were seized at the time. And at least one of them was later found to contain videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the complaint unsealed Monday.

Notice the timeline. Nader wasn’t caught last week. The warrant for his arrest was first filed way back in April of 2018. It was at that time that the special counsel sought his cooperation in the Trump-Russia probe. After he obliged, Nader’s warrant was sealed and he was allowed to keep running free, including leaving the country.

In other words, Robert Mueller was so desperate to nail Trump on collusion that he let a pedophile run around unchecked, posing as a credible witness and driving “bombshell” news coverage for over a year. It wasn’t until it became clear that Nader had nothing to offer that the arrest warrant was slotted to become unsealed and enforced. With Mueller closing up shop, Nader has finally been brought in.

That’s a pretty incredible and gross set of events. It’s not surprising though. We saw others get the same treatment throughout the entire Trump-Russia probe. Michael Cohen ended up pleading on two probable non-crimes dealing with campaign finance while the prosecution ignored most of his much bigger financial crimes. Why? Because they thought Cohen could give them the goods on Trump.

Paul Manafort is headed to solitary confinement on Rikers Island right now while Tony Podesta, who did the exact same thing, is still a free man. Why? Because Podesta couldn’t be used against Trump so he’s safe.

The entire Russia investigation was always about “getting” Donald Trump. Everything revolved around that one, singular goal. If that meant letting a sicko like Nader stay a free man in exchange for some dirt on the President, then that was a deal Mueller was willing to make. In the end, Nader didn’t have the goods though, so that’s why he’s finally headed to jail.

There’s one final angle to this involving collusion conspiracy truther Rep. Adam Schiff. He made a criminal referral to the DOJ for Erik Prince, charging that he made false statements to Congress. Guess who’s testimony Schiff was using to compare against Prince’s? None other than George Nader.

Schiff was using a pedophile’s word (admittedly he was probably unaware until now) to try to go after a Trump associate. That line of investigation is now dead and it’s likely why Mueller never went after Prince in the first place.

This entire episode shows just how far investigators were willing to go to try to take down Donald Trump. Mueller and his team were not virtuous saints just doing the work of the people. They had an outcome they preferred, namely to prove Trump committed conspiracy with Russia, and they did everything they could to try to arrive at it. It’s only on the basis of Trump’s clear innocence that they weren’t able to get there and had to shift to obstruction of justice instead.

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Judge Tosses Military Prosecutor in Trial of Navy SEAL

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Judge Tosses Out Military Prosecutor in Trial of Navy SEAL

The judge in the War Crimes trial of a decorated Navy SEAL has removed the prosecutor from the case, reports the New York Post.

A military judge on Monday removed the prosecutor in the trial of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes after the defense team accused the attorney of misconduct.

The judge ordered Cmdr. Christopher Czaplak removed from Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher’s trial after Gallagher’s attorney accused him of spying on their emails, according to court documents.

This type of thing has to stop. The Military justice system at one time, had a reputation for doing it right. Convictions were rarely overturned on appeal, especially not for procedural errors. That stellar reputation is rapidly disappearing, only to be replaced by one of mistrust, toadyism and downright criminal conduct. As the defense counsel put it,

“Gallagher’s case has been irreparably corrupted by a government campaign of outrageous and illegal conduct,” attorney Tim Parlatore said in the opening motion to dismiss the charges Wednesday. “This prosecution threatens to make an unequivocal farce of our justice system.”

He’s right. It takes years, even decades to build up a good reputation. All it takes are a few instances like this one to destroy that same reputation. Then there’s the personal destruction of a Warrior’s life, a life dedicated to serving, often at great personal risk, this great thing we call, These United States of America. It needs to stop and the folks involved need to be prosecuted to send a message.

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Trump Admin Blocks Hope Hicks, Annie Donaldson From Complying With Subpoenas

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This is going to be a long summer of court battles between the Trump administration and Congress.

In yet another fight between the Executive and Legislative branches, the Trump administration has informed former communications director Hope Hicks and former deputy counsel Annie Donaldson not to comply with Congressional subpoenas for info during their time in the White House.

According to NBC News

It’s the latest in a bitter back-and-forth between the White House and Capitol Hill, with the Trump administration blocking a number of congressional oversight requests by Democrats for interviews and documents from current and former aides.

An attorney for Hicks told the committee Tuesday that she would turn over some documents that lawmakers had requested from her time on the Trump campaign.

In a statement, Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the White House “has no lawful basis for preventing these witnesses from complying with our request.”

“We will continue to seek reasonable accommodation on these and all our discovery requests and intend to press these issues when we obtain the testimony of both Ms. Hicks and Ms. Donaldson,” he said.

This clearly signals that on anything that the kids on the House side of the Hill want, the Trump White House is going to tell them to go pound sand. This follows up on a story from yesterday HERE WE GO: Jerry Nadler Orders Hearings On The Mueller Report about the Democrats desperate to put pressure on Nancy Pelosi to start impeachment hearings.

With the full House to vote on contempt for Attorney General William Barr next week and with the rest of this nonsense going on you can expect a long summer of nothing productive getting done on Capitol Hill.

I know that sounds like an oxymoron anyway.

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Newly Released Strzok/Page Emails Show FBI ‘Gaps’ In Hillary Clinton Probe and Special Treatment To Her Lawyers

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Judicial Watch founder Tom Fitton has received 218 pages of emails between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page from August 2016. The topic is the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State.

The first revelation shows that FBI officials failed to write up 302 reports (summaries of interviews) for at least four witnesses in the investigation. In one email, Page tells Strzok, FBI intelligence analyst Jonathan Moffa and others that the reports “were never written.” Unfortunately, she doesn’t indicate who the subjects of those interviews were or why they were not written. She writes:[Redacted] discovered that there were four (I think) 302s that had never been written.”

If one 302 was missing or, for whatever reason, had never been written, it would be an oddity, but it wouldn’t necessarily raise a red flag.

When four are missing, however, it is a different story. Who were the witnesses? What did they tell the FBI interrogators? Something that didn’t quite fit their narrative? Something that perhaps incriminated the former Secretary of State. Because if witnesses close to Clinton simply told the truth, by definition the information would be incriminating to Clinton. We know she sent and received classified information over a private server.

It is significant that an FBI interviewer would fail write up a 302 which is standard FBI operating procedure after any witness contact. This is an anomaly that members of John Durham’s team, who is authorized to request related classified documents, can look into.

This is not the first time important documents related to the Clintons have ‘disappeared.’ According to Fox News, during the 2016 Clinton investigation, two “bankers boxes” of Clinton’s emails went missing. Just like that.

The other new information gleaned from the emails is that FBI officials, particularly then-FBI General Counsel James Baker, were exceedingly accommodating to the requests made by Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall.

On August 16, 2016, Baker emailed  then-Associate Deputy Director David Bowditch; Michael Steinbach, former executive assistant director for national security; former Acting Assistant Director Jason V. Herring; Page; former Principal Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson; Michael Kortan, FBI assistant director for public affairs, now retired; James Rybicki, former chief of staff to Comey; and others. He wrote:

I just spoke with David Kendall … I conveyed our view that in order to obtain the documents [FBI investigative material] they are seeking they need to submit a request pursuant to the Privacy Act and FOIA. I said they could submit a letter to me covering both statutes. They will send it in the morning. I said that we would process it expeditiously. David asked us to focus first on the Secretary’s 302 [FBI interview report]. I said OK. [Redacted] We will have to focus on this issue tomorrow and get the 302 out the door as soon as possible and then focus on the rest of the stuff.

The next day, Baker received FOIA/Privacy Act request on “behalf of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton” and asked for “expeditious processing.” Baker emails the same group. He wrote:

In my view, we need to move as quickly as possible on this, but pursuant to David’s oral request last night, we should focus first on Secretary Clinton’s 302…. Is the end of this week out of the question for her 302?

Anderson replies that they need to “coordinate a plan for processing and releasing” Clinton’s 302. One official surprisingly “reminds others that they should process the request “consistent” with other requests.”

Additional emails say that Baker promises to give Kendall “a heads up before they posted the Clinton interview 302 publicly online. I said we would alert him shortly before it appeared on our website.” Which they proceed to do.

What do we make of the compliant behavior of top FBI officials? Did it have anything to do with the “agreement” between Clinton’s lawyers and top-ranking DOJ officials that we learned about from Strzok’s testimony last summer? It’s likely.

When you contrast this submissive behavior to the stone-walling faced by Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) or Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) whether committees requested documents during the congressional investigations, the difference is night and day. There’s no doubt that Clinton’s attorneys received what Tom Fitton calls “special treatment.”

Fitton said, “These incredible documents show the leadership of the FBI rushed to give Hillary Clinton her FBI interview report shortly before the election. And the documents also show the FBI failed to timely document interviews in the Clinton email ‘matter’ – further confirming the whole investigation was a joke. AG Barr can’t reopen the Clinton email investigation soon enough.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, appeared on Hannity last night and said the reason Hillary Clinton was not prosecuted is that the deep state wanted her to win. Graham said, “If you want her to win, you can’t prosecute her.” That’s why she and her attorneys received special treatment. He said, “Hillary Clinton committed obstruction of justice.”

Watch the clip below.

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“Not Real Feminism”: In Inspiring Speech, Nikki Haley Takes a Blow Torch to Feminist Arguments on Abortion

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Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley gave a stirring keynote speech last night to attendees at the Susan B. Anthony List “Campaign for Life” gala in Washington, DC.

In her prepared remarks, she talked about some of her very personal reasons for being pro-life:

Many of you know I am married to my incredible, super cool husband, Michael. He is a combat veteran and a Major in the South Carolina National Guard. He is truly a saint and being married to me you know he has to be exceedingly understanding.

But many don’t know that Michael and his four siblings spent several years in foster care. Foster care can be amazing, but it was not kind to Michael and his siblings. It was unkind.

Luckily, when Michael was five, he and his younger sister were adopted by a kind, loving couple who couldn’t have children of their own.

I often think about what would have happened if Michael hadn’t been so lucky…if his biological mother had chosen a different path…if his adoptive parents hadn’t been so compassionate…

Haley also talked about her and her husband’s struggles when it came to becoming parents:

Like so many other couples and families, we struggled for many years, riding a roller coaster of false hopes and painful disappointment. Throughout the slog of doctor visits and invasive tests, I had days that tested my faith and my resolve. But when I held our daughter in my arms for the first time, I felt what countless parents feel: that nothing could be more perfect and right in the world.

These experiences – the good and the bad – solidified for me what I had long known intellectually – that each and every life is a gift from God. That so many loving families want more than anything to raise and love a child. I can’t stomach the idea that we wouldn’t do everything in our power to protect and nurture those lives.

She then took a blow torch to the myth that women must automatically support abortion demand because they are women:

Women are expected to support choice – simply because we are women.

That’s just wrong. We all have to be true to ourselves and to others.

Unfortunately, many on the left use the abortion debate to divide women and demand conformity. They do this in the name of feminism.

But that is not real feminism. The idea that women must adhere to a particular set of values is one of the most anti-women ideas in today’s culture. It is a rejection of the ideas of equality and tolerance that the women’s movement is supposed to be about.

Watch her full speech below:

Haley, like La. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, is just one more pro-life advocate who is putting a human face on the movement, showing America that the vast majority of us who believe in protecting unborn life aren’t monsters who “want to control women.”

We care. We won’t be shamed into silence. Our voices matter, too.

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Religious Institutions Clashed With the Secular Left Last Weekend and Religion Got It’s Butt Kicked

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There is a debate in full swing about the direction conservatives should take in the future between New York Post editorial page editor, Sohrab Ahmari, and Vichy Republican David French. I’ll post more on this in the coming week but, boiled down to their essentials, Ahmari thinks we are in a existential fight for cultural survival and the only way forward is for conservatives to control as many levers of power as possible. French thinks being invited to the right parties and being able to wander about the lido deck with a fruity drink and chat with Important People is the most important thing, and so he believes we should focus on trying to win over the left with our arguments. While I think that Ahmari may go a bit far, I know that French is nothing more than a Judas goat leading us to cultural extinction.

Case in point.

The Bishop of Providence, RI, sent out this tweet on Saturday.

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There is nothing at all controversial about this statement. If you are actually a Catholic, not just a smells-and-bells type but one who lives the Faith, you can’t attend events where your presence might lead others to believe the behavior there or the the actions being celebrated are okay. These so-called “Pride” events celebrate aberrant sexual behavior and proclaim that behavior to be normal. For a bishop to not issue such a warning is, in my view, pastoral malpractice. But the leader of a diocese proclaiming Truth to his flock can’t be left unchallenged. Bishop Tobin was beset by a Twitter mob. He was labeled “homophobic” by the Boston Globe: Providence Bishop faces backlash for homophobic tweet.

One of the bishop’s own priests sided with the mob against the man to whom he owes earthly obedience:

The Rev. Edward L. Pieroni begged gay and lesbian parishioners not to leave the church during Sunday services at St. Raymond’s Roman Catholic Church in Providence, The Boston Globe reported.

“A lot of people have hung in there, but it’s like, ‘One more slap and we are done.’ I am here to beg you — and I will get on my hands and knees and beg you — not to leave,” Pieroni told the congregation.

Got a newsflash for you Father, if the are in your church and are not hearing that the lifestyle they are leading (and here I’m lumping in cohabiting heterosexual couples, too) is offensive to God then you are failing your parish, you are failing the Church, and, most of all, you are failing the people who will never hear repentance preached to them.

After a fairly short period of time Bishop Tobin deleted the tweet and issued a statement worthy of a prisoner in one of Stalin’s Gulags at a self-criticism session.

“I regret that my comments yesterday about Pride Month have turned out to be so controversial in our community, and offensive to some, especially the gay community,” Tobin said. “That certainly was not my intention, but I understand why a good number of individuals have taken offense. I also acknowledge and appreciate the widespread support I have received on this matter.”

Meanwhile, in McLean, VA, another drama was playing out. President Trump made an unannounced stop at the McLean Bible Church. The pastor, David Platt, prayed for the president. As a Catholic, this strikes me a very unremarkable. Every Mass, right after the recitation of the Nicene Creed, we have the Univeral Prayer, also known as the Prayer of the Faithful. This is how the liturgical instructions read:

69.  In the Universal Prayer or Prayer of the Faithful, the people respond in some sense to the Word of God which they have received in faith and, exercising the office of their baptismal Priesthood, offer prayers to God for the salvation of all. It is desirable that there usually be such a form of prayer in Masses celebrated with the people, so that petitions may be offered for holy Church, for those who govern with authority over us, for those weighed down by various needs, for all humanity, and for the salvation of the whole world.

70.  The series of intentions is usually to be:

a)  for the needs of the Church;
b)  for public authorities and the salvation of the whole world;
c)  for those burdened by any kind of difficulty;
d)  for the local community.

In fact, there is even a dedicated Mass, first Sunday of October, to pray for members of the legal profession…I don’t know how that is working out for us, but we keep trying.

I try to stay in my lane on these things as I’m not Protestant, but there is no theological reason at all for anyone to object to a prayer being offered to strengthen and guide the President. As Catholics we pray for Trump every Sunday just like we did for Obama because this is part of what we call the Spiritual Acts of Mercy. Hell, if you hate Trump you should be first in line to demand that such a prayer be offered. But that is not where we are. Pastor Platt did a walk back of his blessing because there were people who were offended at his offer of Christian charity. See my colleague Amelia Hamilton’s post Pastor Issues Statement After Trump Visits His Church.

In the words of Archbishop Charles Chaput could be heard tolling in the distance:

My point is this: Evil talks about tolerance only when it’s weak. When it gains the upper hand, its vanity always requires the destruction of the good and the innocent, because the example of good and innocent lives is an ongoing witness against it. So it always has been. So it always will be. And America has no special immunity to becoming an enemy of its own founding beliefs about human freedom, human dignity, the limited power of the state, and the sovereignty of God.

Getting back to my opening paragraph. You are never going to convince these people not to mob you. You are not going to be permitted to belong to a church, or any group, for that matter, that doesn’t adhere to the liberal secular orthodoxy. No matter how many of the Right People you convince that you are actually a very reasonable conservative who doesn’t take all this Bible thumping bullsh** very seriously–but a grifter’s gotta grift, right?–they still aren’t going to leave you alone. As longtime RedState managing editor Erick Erickson says, “you will be made to care.” If we don’t increase the level of pain we are able to inflict upon them to the point where they back off, we might as well climb in the boxcar that is heading for the camps because that is our destination. And David French and Bill Kristol will be there on the platform waving a cheery goodbye.

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Texas Governor Gregg Abbott Continues to Prove to be the Best Governor In the Land

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has made it a habit to give little video updates about various bills he’s signing, and each one he videos just makes him look even cooler.

In his continued efforts to make Texas the freest state in the land, Abbot has now filmed himself signing yet another bill, this time allowing the ordering of alcohol to be delivered throughout the state in the same way you would order food from Uber Eats.

“Have you ever ordered food or groceries from a retailer and also wished that you could order beer or wine delivered to your home?” asked Abbott.

“Well, I’m about to sign a law that allows you to do just that,” he said reaching for his pen.

Abbott then signed the document in front of him and held it up for the camera to see.

“Enjoy responsibly,” he added before the video cut out.

Greg Abbott has been proving to be one of the best governors in terms of taking the government’s hands off the people. On Monday, I covered a similar video released by Abbott showing him essentially banning red light cameras throughout the state with a stroke of his pen.

It seems like a rarity in this day and age to watch politicians and authorities relinquish power, especially power that makes them money. Abbott, however, has no qualms about doing so. As I said in Monday’s article, he’s a governor that actually treats the people in his state like adults fully capable of making their own decisions.

In all honesty, I hope this small video series he does catches on. I’d love to see more governors showing us what they’re doing to give power back to the people, even if it’s something as small as allowing the delivery of beer and liquor to the home.

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