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City of San Antonio Hit With Lawsuit From Texas Chick-fil-A Supporters Over Airport Banning

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FILE – This Thursday, July 19, 2012 file photo shows a Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

The city of San Antonio landed itself in hot water earlier this year over its March decision to effectively ban Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant at the city’s airport for the next seven years. The stated reason why was a report on the company’s 2017 charitable contributions to organizations characterized by the actvist left as “anti-gay.”

As outrage ensued, the FAA launched an investigation in May into the actions of the San Antonio city council. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against them in June over documents the state had requested but not received over the issue.

Now some Texas fans of the America’s favorite fast food chicken chain are filing a lawsuit of their own.

Fox News reports:

Five Texas fans of Chick-fil-A have filed a lawsuit against the city of San Antonio for its decision to ban the chicken-centric chain from opening up shop in the local airport. In March, city council officials rejected the restaurant’s bid to open a new location in San Antonio International Airport due to the company’s alleged “legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.”

On Sept. 5, plaintiffs Patrick Von Dohlen, Brian Greco, Kevin Jason Khattar, Michael Knuffke and Daniel Petri filed suit against the city under S.B. 1978, otherwise known as the “Save Chick-fil-A Bill.”

Supporters of the bill argue that the provision, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in June, defends the fast-food restaurant and protects religious freedoms, while opponents say it discriminates against the LGBTQ community.

What does the lawsuit call for? To allow for Chick-fil-A to resume plans for a restaurant at the airport, and to take away the ability of the city council to do this to any other business on the same grounds in the future:

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs pushed for the court to declare that the city of San Antonio “violated and continues to violate” the law by banning Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio airport and issue an injunction to block the city and airport shop operator Paradies Lagardère from banning the chain at the air hub in the future.

Furthermore, the plaintiffs also hope to issue another injunction to have a Chick-fil-A open at the airport and issue an order to stop the city from “taking any adverse action against Chick-fil-A or any other person or entity, which is based wholly or partly on that person or entity’s support for religious organizations that oppose homosexual behavior” and receive attorney’s fees and other relief.

Do the plaintiffs have a case? Stay tuned.

Related:
<li>Watch: Chick-fil-A Toronto Protest Video Shows Engaged Gay Customers Talking About “Foolishness” of Protests

  • Video: Unhinged ‘Die-In’ Held at Toronto Chick-Fil-A Interrupted by Hungry Customers Stepping Over Protesters
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    It’s Not a Right, Democrats

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    Americans have God-given rights that are outlined conveniently in a document appropriately called the “Bill of Rights.” It’s a list that essentially tells the government that it cannot deprive an American citizen of certain things or oblige certain things unless a strict set of requirements are met that allows a government body to deprive or take away said right.

    It’s a pretty simple document to follow and is pretty clear about what is and isn’t a right. According to the left, however, everything that their voting base wants, no matter how picayune, is a right.

    Abortion? That’s a right. Education, even into college? That’s a right too. Migrating here illegally? Also a right. Sen. Bernie Sanders alone seems to come up with a new right every day and throws them around like Oprah giving out free cars.

    Then we have failed Texas Senate candidate and failing 2020 Presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke who is telling everyone that it’s a right to be able to live close to your work.

    Just real fast, let’s take a look at what rights we have in the Bill of Rights.

    I’m seeing the right to free speech and to practice whatever religion I please. I’m seeing the right to own a firearm and protection from being unreasonably searched, as well as due process.

    What I’m not seeing is the right to an abortion or higher education. I’m definitely not seeing the right to live in or around a rich neighborhood when I’m not rich myself.

    What rights we have are outlined clearly. Some things may be legal, but that does not make them rights. For instance, you can legally get an abortion, but you have no right to it. If a state wants to ban abortions, they can do that. However, a state cannot tell its residents that it can’t have a gun. They can complicate and restrict it, but they can’t ban ownership.

    This is the important thing to remember about rights. They’re a boundry for the government. It says the government cannot interfere or hamper the listed right and if and when a citizen needs to practice any given right, the government will oblige whether it likes it or not.

    In short, you cannot force the government to provide you with a place next to Rich Uncle Pennybags. It can legally provide you with one under various circumstances, but that doesn’t make it a right.

    So why are they saying these things are rights when they’re not? It’s multiple reasons.

    The first is that they believe they can get away with it because they’re pretty sure you haven’t read the bill of rights yourself, or they’re relying on the fact that you think they know how the Constitution works better than you do. In other words, they’re banking on ignorance they hope you have.

    I advise going through the Constitution. It’s an easy read.

    The second reason is that they’re hoping you’ll buy their “it’s a right” talk in order to convince you that they’re going to provide things that are being denied to you by those people, and “those people” can be whichever boogie man they need at the time. In O’Rourke’s video, you can see the role of the villain is played by “the rich.”

    So he wants you to believe that he’ll force the rich to back down from blocking your right to having a house near them. The truth is that the rich can’t stop you from practicing your right to have a house next to them because you don’t have a right to have a house next to them in the first place.

    It sure does sound heroic of him, though, doesn’t it? Almost as if he’s willing to fight for the little guy.

    And that brings me to reason three of why he’s telling you it’s a right. He wants you to believe he’s a man of good character who will stand up for the underprivileged. In fact, it’s a common thing among Democrats be it Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders. They pretend to be champions of the downtrodden.

    They’re not. Sanders is a rich man who owns multiple homes despite his supposed love of socialism. Warren is an elitist whose lifestyle is far removed from the people she claims to be one with. O’Rourke actually has a history of screwing over the poor and taking their property away via eminent domain.

    For a guy who says living somewhere is a right, he sure seems willing to take it away from you if it’s beneficial to him.

    Look into what Democrats are promising you and you may be surprised with how much they’re lying to you. If you’re a little insulted, you have the right to be angry and give voice to that anger. I encourage it.

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    That Democratic Party Favorability Advantage Just Went Poof

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    Some more moderate Democrats (well, moderate by today’s standards) have been sounding the alarm on this for a while. Their presidential candidates haven’t been listening.

    During the 2018 election, the Democrats enjoyed a sizable advantage in favorability among the electorate. We would eventually see that play out as the votes were cast, with a somewhat sizable blue wave sweeping over the country. Democrats retook the House with over 40 seat pickups and Republicans, while gaining seats in the Senate, didn’t get up to the 55 that looked possible earlier in the summer.

    Now, that favorability advantage is gone.

    As Ed Morrisey over at HotAir writes, this can be almost completely laid at the feet of the leftward lurch the 2020 Democrat presidential candidates have taken.

    What happened? Leonhardt reaches back to a July NPR/Marist poll to argue that the party’s progressives are pushing away from populism into straight-out socialism — and that voters won’t buy it. Decriminalizing the border and slavery reparations are now practically de rigueur for presidential hopefuls, but it runs right into a brick wall with the electorate:

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    The simple answer is that the crazy things the left are pushing, the majority of Americans simply don’t support. Even something like “free public college” can only garner 51%, and that’s before it’s articulated that taxes will have to go up to pay for it.

    The support for the “Green New Deal” continues to baffle, but again, when polls ask about it in relation to the government control and cost, public support plummets for it.

    It’s still really, really early. Nothing we are seeing now is dispositive of what will happen in 2020. That includes polls that are both good and bad for Republicans. But, what this does show is that the strategy of preaching radical socialism isn’t working for Democrats. Their only real hope is that Biden somehow coasts to the nomination without his eye completely exploding next time.

    Here’s the reason this trend extremely important for Trump. The President is never going to garner 50+% favorability. He’s likely to never cross 50% approval outside of Rasmussen’s polling. The way Trump wins is how he won in 2016. He gets his opponent down in the mud and exposes them. If the Democratic party favorability is at parity with Republicans, that’s a huge advantage to Trump because it’s basically giving him a head start.

    If the nominee ends up being an Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, Trump will immediately have the foil he needs to propel himself to reelection. Neither of them are going to tack to the center, as has been shown necessary in essentially every presidential race in the modern era. Of course, the stakes become much higher if it’s Warren and not Biden though. At that point, we enter Flight 93 election territory.

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    There is a New Feminist Version of the Monopoly Game That Pays Female Players More Than the Males

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    Hasbro will address the Patriarchy by instilling female-privilege into its iconic game.

    In a move that supposedly will empower women and is not in any fashion whatsoever pandering, it has been announced that a new version of the generationally popular board game MONOPOLY is getting a makeover (unless, it is sexist to say so…) The new version is being dubbed “Ms. Monopoly’, and there will be new rules.

    One of America’s most recognizable board games is getting an upgrade. Hasbro is debuting a new game celebrating women’s empowerment — Ms. Monopoly, marking the first time in Monopoly history when a new mascot will be featured on the cover of the game. The twist? In Ms. Monopoly, female players will get more money.
    The most notable change is that when women pass GO they will receive a 20% increase over the male players, receiving $240.00 each time they pass, while men are paid at the standard $200 limit. In addition, other changes will be seen, such as instead of buying properties you will be buying inventions created by women.

    ‘It’s a fun new take on the game that creates a world where women have an advantage often enjoyed by men,” the company said in a press release. It seems a rather wrong message to think you are empowering girls who play by delivering the message they can only succeed if the standards are tilted to favor them. Nothing is being repaired by this rule change, because in the original game there was no gender pay imbalance — everyone received the same income and all players had an equal opportunity to succeed.

    Now the message to young females is they need to have a built-in advantage in order to succeed, and then deal with the resentment when they end up winning. It would be deeply instructive if one of the businesses that players could invest in was the Handsome Her Bakery. This was the Australiaan eatery that made global headlines when it was going to charge male customers eighteen percent more than women — and promptly went out of business. There is your teachable roll of the dice.

    Of course if you are going to insert social engineering into the rules that means that the exact same tactic can be used to undermine those same rules. The fix to any player who feels slighted by the gender dynamics simply has to declare that they self-identify as a female — and just that easy you have found yourself on the receiving end of more income!

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    The Left Needs to Take a Real Good Look at What It’s Become After This Ridiculous “Hey Guys” Video

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    No doubt that by now you’ve seen the “Now This” video circulating around the internet telling you not to use the phrase “hey guys” because it’s gendered and sexist. If you haven’t, then here it is.

    And let’s play a game. Post below in the comments how far you made it before you had to stop. On my initial watch, I made it 17 seconds.

    All I could think as I clicked off of it was that if I was on the left, I’d be embarrassed that this is what my side’s concerns boiled down to nowadays and that we’ve become so first-world spoiled that this is a problem that people in a room agreed was worth dedicating resources to.

    In fact, I think Bearing Arms editor Cam Edwards put it best in his reply to the video.

    “Imagine “hey guys” being one of the Top 10,000 Biggest Problems in your life,” he tweeted.

    One of the greatest pieces of advice I can give anyone is that you shouldn’t take yourself so seriously. If you do, you get blinded to how ridiculous you become, and as a fallable human, you’re pretty ridiculous by default already.

    The goal of not taking yourself too seriously is to not put yourself into a position where you pressure or force anyone to be as ridiculous as you, and this is a problem too many on the social justice left have. They even call themselves “progressives,” which has become an everyday term now but is kind of a ridiculous thing to call yourself if you really think about it.

    I mean, really. How high on your own supply do you have to be to think that everything you do is done to progress humanity toward Utopia? You’re an egotistical ape like the rest of us with zero ability to foresee the future. Hell, many progressives hardly see what they’re doing in the present.

    The social justice left loves to proselytize about what is and isn’t good to do or say, and have come up with all sorts of nonsensical ways to live your life “properly.” Oddly enough, a lot of what is “proper” to these “progressives” defies all logic and scientific reasoning. What’s more, they truly believe that what they’re suggesting is the path to a better society.

    Right now, their path to a better society is to tell you that using the word “guys” is a weaponized word that is dehumanizing.

    Their words, not mine.

    If I were on the left, I’d feel pretty embarrassed right now. In fact, I’d be on social media denouncing the holy hell out of this video. Why? Because it’s a clear indication of how emotionally weak my ideological camp is. It’s proof positive that our priorities are in the wrong place and that we’re making mountains out of molehills in an effort to make it seem like we’re doing good in the world.

    To be clear, if I wasn’t in the know already, this “Now This” video would make me question the weight of a lot of stances the left takes. It makes me take them less seriously overall and even laugh at them.

    There’s even a tinge of anger that is added to it when you consider the fact that the left considers this a problem but refuses to address real problems. They don’t want to talk about the violence in Chicago much. They don’t want to talk about the fact we have a crime problem in minority communities. They don’t want to talk about the full spectrum of racism happening in the U.S., nor do they want to talk about the violence of Antifa. They don’t want to talk about the obvious corruption problems happening within the Democratic party. They don’t want to talk about the demonstrable destructiveness of socialism as we watch it happening in other countries. They don’t want to talk about the cost of all of these entitlements they’re cheering on, nor how it’s going to be paid for, at least in depth.

    No, they want to talk about how “hey guys” is going to *checks notes* hurt peoples feelings.

    Whose feelings? As Sister Toldjah wrote on the video, the vast majority of women don’t even care about the phrase’s usage. Even in the video itself, the girl notes that it has become a gender-neutral phrase. I’ve even seen women use it to address groups of women on multiple occasions.

    This is a bad look. It’s the kind of bad look the left has been making for itself for some time now and it’s making people consider the left to be Monty Python’s Camelot. Just a silly place everyone agrees not to go to. Instead, they choose Trump, because anything is better than this nonsense.

    To sum it up, people are laughing at this video and the ideological side that created it, and you can’t blame them. If I was a Democrat, or on the left in general, I’d be mocking this video to kingdom come. Not just because it deserves to be mocked, but because it doesn’t have any business representing a serious idea within my camp.

    But, alas, this is what the left has become thanks in part to its embrace of social justice. Years of banging the drum of race, sex, and sexuality has birthed forth this monster that has now taken control and is the face of the left.

    You’ve got two options. You can either fight back against the nonsense, regain control of the left, and put a more realistic foot forward…or you can come to the right. We won’t ask you to eat bugs or your pets to save the environment.  Also, we have comedy. You can laugh here.

    And believe me. We’re laughing.

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    Watch: Black Trump Fan at NC Rally Explains Why He Bought the Biggest MAGA Hat He Could Find (cc: Debra Messing)

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    Trump supporter Bryson Gray explains why he bought the biggest MAGA hat he could find prior to attending a campaign rally in Fayetteville, NC – 9/9/19. Screen grab via CBS 17.

    If you’re black, Hispanic, gay, or a female and happen to support President Donald Trump, life can be tough in the presence of ‘woke’ liberals if you wear your politics on your sleeve. That goes doubly so if you are bold enough to wear a MAGA hat, which to unhinged TDS sufferers symbolizes hate, bigotry, racism, you name it.

    For privileged white liberal actresses like Alyssa Milano, the “MAGA hat is the new white hood.” For Bette Midler, black Trump supporters at Trump rallies are a paid part of the “blackground.” Actress Debra Messing is in agreement with those who say “A black vote for Trump is mental illness.”

    In other words, how dare black Americans think differently.

    With that in mind, let’s turn to Trump’s rally in Fayetteville, NC on Monday evening, where the President campaigned in a show of support for Republican candidate Dan Bishop in the hotly contested Congressional District 9 special election, which is being held today. Bishop’s Democratic opponent is Dan McCready.

    Trump supporter Bryson Gray was interviewed by CBS 17 prior to the start of the rally. Gray explained that he went out and bought the biggest MAGA hat he could find in defiance of his friends who he says told him he shouldn’t support Trump because he’s black:

    “I have a lot of friends who tell me that I shouldn’t support Donald Trump because I’m black, which is sort of insane because … I can support whoever the hell I want to support. And then also they told me that I shouldn’t wear the MAGA hat, so I bought the biggest MAGA hat. So it makes it double the importance, so that’s why. ”

    Watch the interview segment below:

    The Trump War Room Twitter account tweeted out a clip of the video, which has gone viral:

    I should note that Messing has gotten involved as of late in the Bishop/McCready race in a show of support for McCready (apparently someone just told her there’s a special election in North Carolina, which has only been in the news for months).

    Anyway, hats off (no pun intended) to Gray, who clearly walks to the beat of his own drum by way of refusing to march in lockstep with Democrats just because of his skin color.

    Flashback –>> MAGA Hat Shame Game Is Not About Racism, It’s About Suppressing Dissent

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    New York Times Says CNN’s Jim Sciutto’s Report Blaming Trump for the US Losing an Intel Source Is Pure Bunk

    Yesterday, CNN’s Jim Sciutto ran with a story that the CIA had been forced to exfiltrate a key asset from within Russia because the CIA, including then-director Mike Pompeo, were afraid that President Trump would reveal the source’s identity. This is how he described it:

    In a previously undisclosed secret mission in 2017, the United States successfully extracted from Russia one of its highest-level covert sources inside the Russian government, multiple Trump administration officials with direct knowledge told CNN.

    A person directly involved in the discussions said that the removal of the Russian was driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.

    The decision to carry out the extraction occurred soon after a May 2017 meeting in the Oval Office in which Trump discussed highly classified intelligence with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. The intelligence, concerning ISIS in Syria, had been provided by Israel.

    As I noted in my post on the subject, virtually nothing added up to what Sciutto was claiming (read CNN Russian Spy Exfiltration Story Trips All The Bull**** Alarms On Two Continents). The biggest problem was that John Brennan’s CIA had leaked the existence of a spy within Putin’s inner circle to various media outlets as early as December 2016 in order to add credibility to the Russia Hoax then being perpetrated on the American people.

    The New York Times covered the same story later yesterday and came to a startling different conclusion.

    Decades ago, the C.I.A. recruited and carefully cultivated a midlevel Russian official who began rapidly advancing through the governmental ranks. Eventually, American spies struck gold: The longtime source landed an influential position that came with access to the highest level of the Kremlin.

    The decision to extract the informant was driven “in part” because of concerns that Mr. Trump and his administration had mishandled delicate intelligence, CNN reported. But former intelligence officials said there was no public evidence that Mr. Trump directly endangered the source, and other current American officials insisted that media scrutiny of the agency’s sources alone was the impetus for the extraction.


    But the government had indicated that the source existed long before Mr. Trump took office, first in formally accusing Russia of interference in October 2016 and then when intelligence officials declassified parts of their assessment about the interference campaign for public release in January 2017. News agencies, including NBC, began reporting around that time about Mr. Putin’s involvement in the election sabotage and on the C.I.A.’s possible sources for the assessment.

    The following month, The Washington Post reported that the C.I.A.’s conclusions relied on “sourcing deep inside the Russian government.” And The New York Times later published articles disclosing details about the source.

    The news reporting in the spring and summer of 2017 convinced United States government officials that they had to update and revive their extraction plan, according to people familiar the matter.

    So the impetus for the exfiltration was actually numerous news reports, obviously based on CIA leaks, that could compromise the source, not some visceral fear of Trump talking. Here is a great run down.

    Despite being called out for wrong reporting, Sciutto was still on the air claiming that the New York Times had vindicated his reporting.

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    Wilbur Ross Slaps Down Resistance Hurricane Hijinks and the Left Goes Bonkers

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    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross appears before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to discuss preparing for the 2020 Census, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. The Trump administration acknowledged on Thursday that billions more dollars are “urgently needed” to ensure a fair and accurate count during the 2020 Census. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Hurricane Dorian has provided one of the stupidest events I believe I’ve ever witnessed. Not only did we get a chance to see the “climate isn’t weather” goons in full bloom after a forecast that Florida was going to be hit within 24 hours turned out to be spectacularly wrong, we got a chance to see our national media at war with President Trump over him merely reiterating a forecast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    On September 1, President Trump mentioned that Alabama might possibly be hit heavier by Hurricane Dorian than expected.

    While the public NOAA forecasts until August 31 showed Alabama in the danger zone of the projected track, by September 1 the projected track had hung a sharp right turn and was paralleling the Eastern Seaboard.

    Later that day, the forces of the #Resistance sprang into action

    They claim they were being inundated by calls but that doesn’t pass the smell test. There is exactly one reason that a regional NOAA office would interject itself into a presidential conversation, some little Resistance toad taking the opportunity to try to make the President look bad for political reasons. Questions could have been answered by simply repeating the current forecast, if we believe enough people actually knew there is a National Weather Service office in Birmingham, Alabama, to actually make a difference in call volume. Later that day, NOAA headquarters issued a directive that they were not to offer opinions but were to stick with official NOAA forecasts…which, if they’d done that there would have been no controversy.

    Instead of this being the nothingburger that it was, there was a perfect marriage of the climate change dunces who are still all gritty-panties over Trump calling bullsh** on their gravy train and their media enablers. The Alabama tweet became an exhibit in their Trump-is-stupid campaign. Trump dug in and I think on September 4 executed a trolling maneuver that went wrong. My assessment is that Trump and his advisers misread just how freakin stupid and vicious there opposition was and there was this incident:

    To me, this is a pretty obvious poke at the controversy. With the White House graphics department available, it would have been child’s play to extend the line of hurricane effects had they intended for anyone to take it seriously. But they hadn’t counted on the sheer nitwittery of the people who hate Trump. By now, there was a range of morons claiming that Trump had broken federal law by issuing a fake weather forecast. In this case, issuing meant that it had never been issued and forecast meant that it was a single map with a Sharpie markings that was four days old.

    By Friday, the White House was taking the damage seriously. A national security council staffer, Rear Admiral Peter Brown, issued a statement

    The White House circulated a statement on official letterhead from Rear Adm. Peter Brown, a Homeland Security and counterterrorism adviser, who said he briefed Trump multiple times about Dorian as well as models that showed the potential path of the eye of the storm.

    “These products showed possible storm impacts well outside the official forecast cone,” Brown said.

    “While speaking to the press on Sunday, Sept. 1, the President addressed Hurricane Dorian and its potential impact on multiple states, including Alabama,” he continued. “The president’s comments were based on that morning’s Hurricane Dorian briefing, which included the possibility of tropical storm force winds in southeastern Alabama.”

    The statement marked an escalation of the White House’s efforts to defend Trump’s assertion that Alabama would be hit by the storm, despite a National Weather Service tweet stating otherwise. It came days after Trump originally made the claim and as the storm lashed the Carolinas on Thursday with heavy rain, intense wind and tornadoes.

    Brown noted that Florida, Puerto Rico and other areas were originally predicted to fall in Dorian’s path, but that the storm shifted track.

    He also referenced forecasts from the National Hurricane Center from Aug. 27 through Sept. 2, noting they did show a chance of tropical storm force winds hitting parts of Alabama.

    And NOAA issued this statement:

    From Wednesday, August 28, through Monday, September 2, the information provided by NOAA and the National Hurricane Center to President Trump and the wider public demonstrated that tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama.

    Now the story breaks that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross intervened, personally, to un-screw this mess.

    The Secretary of Commerce threatened to fire top employees at the federal scientific agency responsible for weather forecasts last Friday after the agency’s Birmingham officecontradicted President Trump’s claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama, according to three people familiar with the discussion.

    You would have thought the world had ended:

    Ross’s spokesman denies the story and the Commerce IG is investigating (this is literally a nothingburger beyond throwing a bone to the Resistance), but even if it is true, so f***ing what?

    Political appointees are totally at-will employees and can be fired because you don’t like the color of lipstick or the style of shoes. If they don’t want to do what they’ve been told to do, they can quit in protest. Ross was well within his rights to bring the hammer down on a weak and gutless leadership team that not only allowed a field office to actively try to make President Trump look bad but stood by, while in possession of evidence that proved the silliness of the whole matter, and let it dominate a news cycle for a week. The real scandal is that these people are still employed and that the Birmingham NWS office hasn’t felt any negative repercussions for this douchebaggery. The reaction Ross drew is a function of him upping the ante for rogue federal emp

    I must admit, I’ve had my doubts about how strong a secretary Ross actually is, but this shows that no matter how slow moving he appears, he can be motivated to crack the whip.

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    The NYTs Wants You to Meet America’s “Rising Drag Stars” That Also Happen to Be Prepubescent Children

    Sexualizing prepubescent children seems to be a bit of a fetish now on the left and it’s only becoming more prominent.

    We’ve already seen outrageous scenes like an 11 year old mimicing snorting Ketamine with an older man (dressed like a woman) while the media praise him and the authorities do nothing. Meanwhile, outlets like The Huffington Post have lauded this new “movement” as empowering and inspiring, even as underage boys are seen taking nude pictures with adult drag queens.

    Enter The New York Times, who apparently wasn’t happy sitting on the sidelines.

    “I’m excited!” screamed Desmond Napoles, a 12-year-old drag star who performs as Desmond is Amazing, punctuating his enthusiasm with mild profanity. His eyes darted to his phone. Then he backtracked. “Don’t put that in. Don’t put that in.” He would soon be grounded from Snapchat by his mother for what she called “sass.”

    Desmond and his mother would still make it to the object of Desmond’s excitement: DragCon, the convention hosted by RuPaul in New York City in early September. It would be Desmond’s third year in a row. He isn’t a different person in drag so much as a more outgoing version of himself, he said. “I’m always fierce, fabulous and not playing video games,” he said. “I’m being AH-MA-zing.”

    Such hard hitting journalism. Nowhere in this article do you find any skepticism of how healthy this is. They don’t mention any of controversies surrounding these kids, and there have been several, including runs in with a pedophile. It’s all just fluff writing and celebration.

    Meanwhile, you can see cracks in the public personas being bandied about.

    Desmond has since pulled back on performing, though he will attend DragCon. Even there, among fans, he is not particularly looking forward to the crowds. When fans yell his name and swarm him for hugs, “it makes me anxious,” he said. He dreams of being an ornithologist when he grows up, he said, or a roller-coaster engineer.

    Of course it makes him anxious. 12 year old boys twerking and performing like a stripper for older, mentally ill men is not something a kid should be doing and it’s only natural that the attention is going to affect him in a negative light. None of this is normal but we live in a society that is so obsessed with being “inclusive” that everyone is scared to call bad behavior bad now. It’s one thing when you are dealing with adults. I’m fairly libertarian there. Go do whatever you want as far as the government is concerned. But what’s happening to these kids is child abuse and there will be dire consequences for them as they grow older.

    For now though, their parents seem to enjoy the notoriety and media attention. The sexualization and using of children in this way is just another black mark on our civilization.

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    Not Again! Arctic Tour Ship With 16 Climate Change Warriors Aboard Gets Stuck In Ice, CCWs Airlifted To Safety

     

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    Maritime.net reports that an Arctic tour ship carrying a Climate Change documentary film team and several tourists, ran into some ice last week. They had been shooting a documentary about climate change and melting Arctic ice. Yes, really.

    The MS MALMO, a Swedish-flagged ship, was cruising off Longyearbyen, Svalbard Archipelago, halfway between Norway and the North Pole when it got stuck in ice. The vessel’s sixteen passengers had to be airlifted to safety under “challenging” conditions. According to Maritime.net, seven crew members remained aboard the ship as they awaited assistance from the Coast Guard.

    This is not the first time a ship carrying climate change activists has run into trouble in polar ice floes. In the CNN video below, a ten thousand ton Chinese icebreaker, the Snow Dragon, became trapped by antarctic ice on its way to rescue a Russian vessel, the Academic Shokalskiy. The ship was carrying a team of global warming scientists and had become stuck in the ice floes several days earlier. The team’s mission?  To gauge the effects of climate change on the region.

    Aysor.am reported that the Snow Dragon requested assistance from a nearby French ice breaker. And a third ice breaker from Australia was eventually called in.

    This incident occurred in late December 2013, which is the middle of the summer in the southern hemisphere.

     

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