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Unraveled: Website for Knitters and Crocheters Bans All Content Supporting Trump

Everything is political these days, and it’s exhausting. Millions of Americans enjoy knitting and crocheting as hobbies, to provide some relaxation, a way to make cherished gifts for loved ones, or even a little extra income. But if you are a supporter of President Donald Trump, one of the biggest yarn crafting websites wants you to know you’re no longer welcome.

Well, technically, you’re still welcome, but you better keep your mouth shut about Trump.

The website in question, Ravelry, has often had a left-leaning tone — they heavily promoted various patterns for the infamous pink “cat” hats seen at many of the Women’s March protests — but the users had a range of political beliefs all across the partisan spectrum (you know, just like America).

The site includes searchable posts for knitting and crochet patterns, some available for free and some for sale, as well as a forum section where users can post about a variety of topics, some yarn-related and some not. Most of the content is utterly benign and unoffensive to any sane person, focused heavily on discussing patterns, sharing techniques and problem solving difficult patterns, or frivolous topics like this photo thread of users’ pet cats playing with yarn.

I’d like to say I hope we can all agree that kittens playing with yarn are still cute, but I’m not so sure anymore. The current divisive toxicity of our politics is spreading rapidly, and Ravelry’s millions of members are now in the middle of the battlefield.

Over the weekend, Ravelry’s Twitter account (with a bio touting that they are an “inclusive, friendly website for [yarn emoji] people around the [globe emoji]”) posted a link to an announcement on their website stating that supporting Trump was no longer allowed on Ravelry.

The linked announcement clarified that this ban included voicing any support for Trump not just in forum posts, but also in user profiles and in patterns. Posting patterns for those pink hats is fine. A knitted MAGA hat or blanket is not.

The head-scratching explanation provided by the site’s administration was to accuse all Trump supporters as being equivalent to white supremacists: 

“We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy.”

Trump supporters are still allowed to use the site and participate, they just “can’t talk about [supporting Trump] here.” No one’s pattern designs or data would be deleted, but any of the Trump content that offends the site operators so much would be recategorized as private, invisible to all users except the one who posted it.

This means any Trump supporters who had pro-Trump designs for sale on Ravelry will no longer be able to use the site to sell them, and pro-Trump political activists cannot share designs supporting Trump on the site, even for free, for other supporters to access.

The announcement also mentioned that they had adapted their “No Trump” policy from RPG.net, a website forum dedicated to role-playing games.

Political patterns are by no means anywhere close to a majority of the content on Ravelry, but there have been some on both sides. Here are a few patterns from “Deplorable Knitter,” still available from Instagram posts:

As the new policy was enacted, Deplorable Knitter posted screen caps of complaints about her patterns, and strongly objecting to the accusation she or her patterns were racist:

Deplorable Knitter’s G-rated patterns are no longer welcome on Ravelry. Because simply mentioning Trump or his campaign slogans is an act of hate, according to Ravelry.

Still acceptable, however, is this scarf that displays the message “F*** TRUMP” when read at an angle, a seemingly endless array of genitalia crafted out of yarn (NSFW photos at link), and this whimsical design of two deer getting intimate in the woods, ready to adapt for knitted hats or mittens (images sort of NSFW but probably only if your boss is really strict).

I personally have been knitting and crocheting for years (see cat and blanket below), and have often used Ravelry to find new patterns and research techniques. I’m involved in political issues all day long and am far more likely to be searching or posting about blanket patterns than political topics — I’m knitting as a break from politics, not to do more politics! — but must say I find this policy to be completely ridiculous.

 

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Banning posts that are actually racist is fairly noncontroversial as far as internet forum moderation practices go. But it’s a wild and gross exaggeration to say all Trump supporters are white supremacists. I didn’t vote for him and will not vote for him (much to the constant delight of our RedState commenters) but I know many, many people who voted for Trump as a vote against Hillary Clinton, certainly not to endorse any sort of racism or other prejudicial hatred.

Ravelry overstepped with this broad ban on Trump supporters, and it will be a troubling trend if more sites adopt this kind of policy. Dividing America into segregated political groups across all aspects of life will solve no problems and only make matters worse.

Finding common ground is one of the greatest legacies of this grand American experiment, and we have historically been better than any other nation on earth at taking all sorts of people with all sorts of ideas and all sorts of political beliefs and finding a way to peacefully progress as a nation.

How many other countries — even ones we characterize as first world democracies — still experience violence and unrest when elections remove one political party and put another in power? We’ve had bitterly divided and often painful close presidential elections with about half of the country professing to hate the winner for most of my life — Bush, Clinton, another Bush, Obama, Trump — but each time the winner has shown up in Washington, D.C. to take the oath of office, and his predecessor has left the White House peacefully and without bloodshed. We should all be proud of that.

Banning Trump supporters from Ravelry doesn’t end white supremacy and it doesn’t defeat Donald Trump at the ballot box next November. It just deprives people of the chance to bond over cute knitting projects because their political beliefs barred half of them at the door.

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A Viral Photo of Children at Detention Facilities Got Blamed on Trump, Reality Tells a Different Story

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CREDIT: US Customs and Border Protection via Flickr.com. Public domain.

This is what, the 4th or 5th time a photo of kids at the border has gone viral that ended up not telling the real story? In this case, the misleading was clearly intentional though, as you’ll see.

A picture of children sleeping with aluminum thermal blankets on the floor of a CBP detention facility made the rounds this weekend. It was posted by someone named Nancy Lee Grahn. Apparently I’m supposed to know who she is because she’s on TV and has a blue check-mark, but admittedly, I’ve never heard of her.

Here’s the original tweet, which is still up.

The immediate judgement was that Donald Trump personally drove there and forced the kids to sleep on the floor just because he’s that evil. The left exploded over the photos and it’s still going today. She even pinned it on her timeline.

The problem? This was once again a picture from the Obama administration. In fact, the date stamp is in the picture but Grahn cropped it out.

Have you every noticed that almost every problematic photo of the border situation that’s went viral in the last year has ended up being from the Obama administration? Funny how that works. Yet, time and time again, the media and Twitter-verse outright lie about the genesis to throw partisan mud.

To be fair to Obama though, it’s hardly “torture” to give thermal blankets to children after they’ve been apprehended as unaccompanied minors. What else is CBP supposed to do with them initially? Put them up at a Holiday Inn in Phoenix? They are caught on the border, away from civilization and have to be cared for immediately. Bunk beds and playgrounds aren’t readily available at that point in the process. That’s not initial, it’s just the reality on the ground.

The lack of rationality in this debate is just mind-numbing. CBP is doing everything it can with the resources it has to take care of illegal immigrants who are caught. You can not simply dump children on the street corner in the interior. They have to be held, checked out, and placed in homes. That means time in a detention facility. It’s not ideal, but it’s the reality of the situation. No one is purposely hurting kids. These are caring, career law enforcement officials that are on the front lines. They aren’t the Waffen SS running “concentration camps” or any other ridiculous nonsense that’s been propagated lately.

That’s not to say today’s facilities aren’t having issues. these facilities are waning in quality because of a lack of funding, which Democrats steadfastly refuse to provide while they virtue signal their disapproval of the conditions. The game they are playing is simply perverse and no one but right-wing outlets will even bother to call them on it.

This problem could be fixed next week if the mainstream media stopped playing politics and started actually holding Democrats accountable for their obstruction on this. But they won’t. We’ll instead continue to go around in circles because this is too politically advantageous of an issue for Democrats to actually do their jobs.

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Major Move: Mexico Deploys 15,000 Troops to the U.S. Border in Order to Stop Illegal Immigration

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On Monday, Mexican Secretary of Defense Luis Sandoval declared the deployment of 15,000 soldiers to the border in order to stave off the enormous amount of illegal immigration into the U.S.

CNN reporter Nick Valencia tweeted:

“Mexico has deployed almost 15,000 troops to the US-Mexico border to curve migration flow. An additional ~2,000 National Guard elements have also been deployed across the country’s southern border with Guatemala & Belize.: MX Secretary of Defense Luis Sandoval.”

As per CNN, the announcement was made in Cancun.

The 2,000 National Guard members serve to bolster the 4,500 troops already at the Central American border.

The news comes at the end of a long line of efforts by the Trump White House (here) to engage Mexico’s assistance in quelling America’s border crisis (here and here).

Of course, Trump hasn’t just been fighting our neighbors to the south in order to secure America; he’s been battling Democratic congresspeople elected by Americans to secure America in order to…secure…America (here).

As for Mexico, most recently, The Donald laid a 5% tariff on ’em:

But that was called off:

So what’s next? It remains to be seen. For now, presumably, the 15,000 soldiers will help reduce the influx of those coming into the U.S illegally. But there’s still certainly a whole lot more work to do and changes to make.

And the promised wall is yet to stand.

What are your thoughts on all this? Do you believe the deployment will help? Let us all know in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

 

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Huh?? Alexandria ‘Never Again’ Ocasio-Cortez Now Claims Liz Cheney Compared Detention Centers to the Holocaust, Not Her

 

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Sometimes in politics, people say things that I can’t believe are falling out of their mouths.

And I think, “Either they don’t have a brain, or they think Americans don’t have brains.” Because no reasonable person would take their comments seriously.

One such person bestowing these moments is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I’m not suggesting she doesn’t have a brain; I’m just saying I remain mystified.

And there’s a whole lotta myst around her comments Monday concerning the ill-conceived description of America’s “concentration camps” at the southern border.

Last week, AOC stuck up a steel pole during a lightning storm via her Instagram video lamenting President Trump’s “Never-Again”-style “concentration camps” (here, herehere, and here).

Liz Cheney wasn’t impressed, so she tweeted this:

Less than 20 minutes later, Alexandria paddled the ping pong ball back over the net:

Well, the 29-year-old’s now saying that Rep. Cheney is responsible for her words:

Huh??

Here’s an exact quote from Alexandria’s video:

“The United States is running concentration camps on our southern border, and that is exactly what they are — they are concentration camps. And, um, if that doesn’t bother you, I don’t, I don’t know, I like, we can have, okay whatever. I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that ‘Never Again’ means something. The fact that concentration camps are now an institutionalized practice in the ‘Home of the Free’ is extraordinarily disturbing, and we need to do something about it.”

She said “‘Never Again’ means something.” She didn’t say it doesn’t mean something. Nor did she say, “Liz Cheney is pulling the string on my back and speaking.”

If it “means something,” then what does it mean??

The phrase is an explicit reference to the Holocaust:

Yet, somehow, AOC topped off with this tweet, which included Liz’s post as (non)proof that Cheney said what in actuality she herself did.

It’s as if she’s convinced herself that up is down, and she’s just continuing forward with it.

And now I’m back to that whole brain thing:

On Saturday, tweeter Benny Johnson asked her to “listen, for once”:

As I posted previously, I don’t believe America and its leaders should be compared to Hitler and the Nazis.

Having said that, if you want to call detention centers concentration camps, then okay. It’s absurd, but “I don’t know, I like, we can have, okay whatever.”

But for the love of Pete, don’t say something and then claim Liz Cheney said it.

#FAIL

-ALEX

 

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Video: Tom Cotton Calmly Exposes the “Radical Open Borders” Position of Democrats in Under 60 Seconds

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) speaks with Chris Wallace – 6/23/19. Screen grab via Fox News.

I’ve got to hand it to House and Senate Republicans – they are not sitting back and taking the left’s punches on the border crisis laying down.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (TX) isn’t holding back. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) isn’t backing down, and Rep. Liz Cheney (WY) has been unafraid to school funding denier Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on the issue.

They are just a few of many examples.

The latest example comes from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), who appeared on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace yesterday to discuss the impasse between Democrats and Republicans on illegal immigration and the humanitarian issues that exist at the border.

CNS News reports on Wallace’s question to Cotton, and the Senator’s to-the-point response:

“President Trump has also delayed a roundup that was supposed to begin today of migrant families that have already been given their deportation orders. He said he’s giving Congress two weeks to work out and reform the asylum system, and otherwise, he’ll impose the roundup. I don’t have to tell you. You have a little bit of a look on your face. The likelihood – you talk about healthy skepticism — Congress isn’t going to reform the asylum system in two weeks sir,” host Chris Wallace said.

“So Chris, I was going to say healthy skepticism is warranted for dealing with Democrats when it comes to immigration,” Cotton responded. “Let’s just think about the Democrats position here, Chris. These are people who have claimed asylum in our country. They’ve had their day in court.

“They’ve had their claims rejected, and now they face a valid and final order of removal. If they can’t deport people like that, who can we deport? That’s why the Democrats’ position always comes back to, in essence, open borders,” he said.

Watch video of the segment below:

On Saturday, Cotton made the same point in addressing a tweet from Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who claimed Trump and Republicans were just playing to their base had no plan to deal with the issue:

Not only is Cotton spot-on about the left’s open borders position, he’s also correct in how ICE has specifically been tasked to find and deport the illegal immigrants who have received their final order of removal:

ICE Acting Director Mark Morgan made clear in a call with reporters Wednesday that the ICE raids would target illegal aliens who have ignored court orders to leave the country.

“These individuals that are here, and they’ve received a final order of removal, I hope they’ll do what we tried to get them to do previously: Contact their local ICE office — bring their family together, contact their local ICE office and work with us to send them back to their home country,” Morgan said during the call.

Like Wallace, I’m skeptical Democrats and Republicans are going to be able to come up with a bipartisan solution on this issue in the next two weeks. Time will tell.

Related: Tom Cotton Provides A Necessary “History Lesson” After MSNBC Mislabels Segregationist Democratic Senators “Republicans”

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Elizabeth Warren Ironically Celebrates the Day of Her Birth With Planned Parenthood

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The great President Ronald Reagan once said: “I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”

No one exhibits the meaning behind this better than 2020 hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who recently, and very publicly, celebrated her birthday with Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America.

In a video, Warren can be seen walking into an office where several women have gathered around. These women sing the standard “Happy Birthday” tune, and once it’s done, Warren gives a small speech.

“What better way to celebrate my birthday than right here with Planned Parenthood,” she said to cheers.

“We celebrate today,” said Warren, giving the “resistance” fist in the air.

She later tweeted that she was proud to do so, and stands with Planned Parenthood in the fight for “reproductive justice.”

Let’s put aside the obvious fact that Warren is pandering here, and very badly. The much more entertaining part of this entire thing is that Warren is celebrating the day of her birth with an organization who is dedicated to making sure children never have a birthday.

Just a quick reminder, Planned Parenthood kills an average of 300,000 children in the womb annually. This will likely go down thanks to the recent laws passed in various states, essentially crippling the abortion provider, but regardless, Planned Parenthood isn’t known for celebrating birthdays, they’re known for preventing them from ever happening. That’s 300,000 birthdays a year that will never be celebrated thanks to that person never getting the chance to grow up.

And here we see Warren talking about how great it is that she gets to celebrate the day she was born with people who don’t allow others that privilege.

Warren either doesn’t see the irony in this or is fully aware of it and hopes you’re stupid enough not to understand it. All she wants you to see is that she and Planned Parenthood are hanging out together and that one of the largest leftist activist hubs in the nation is propping her up as worthy enough to be celebrated.

It’s all a messed up situation when you really break it down.

 

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CNN Puts Out a “News” Article That Claims the Citizenship Census Question Is About “White Power”

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I can’t imagine why CNN’s ratings are down over 50% in the key demo compared to this time last year.

There’s a pending decision everyone in the political world is waiting on from the Supreme Court that deals with whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the census. Now, if you are a normal human being, nothing about that seems controversial at all. In fact, the question has been on the census many times before and it makes perfect sense that you’d want to know how many citizens a country has.

Because it’s Trump though, it had to turn into a scandal and left-wing advocacy groups sued, claiming that the question is based on a study that it wasn’t actually based on. Not that it should matter anyway, as the idea that the President loses his statutory authority based on the feels of liberals makes no constitutional sense.

Enter CNN, who put out an article yesterday with one of the most insane headlines I’ve seen.

Keep in mind, this is not an editorial. It’s a hard news piece in their news section, i.e. it’s supposed to be an unbiased presentation of the facts.

It doesn’t end at the headline either. They go on to compare a census question to Plessy v. Ferguson.

The 30-year-old man of mixed-race heritage sat in the whites-only section of the train. When a conductor ordered him to move to a dingy rail car reserved for blacks, he refused, was arrested and convicted at a trial.

The man appealed his case to the Supreme Court. Four years later, the court rejected his claim that sitting in a segregated train car stamped him with “a badge of servitude.”

The New York Times published only two paragraphs on the 7-1 decision. But Homer Adolph Plessy, the man on the train, did not fade from history. Plessy v. Ferguson eventually became known as one of the Supreme Court’s most nakedly racist decisions. The 1896 ruling played a pivotal role in giving legal cover to Jim Crow segregation that would last for more than half a century.

This makes no sense at all. What does that case have to do with the United States government gathering numbers on how many citizens there are? The answer is absolutely nothing.

In the one case, a person is made to sit on a segregated bus. In another a person is…answering a question about citizenship.

They say the conservative majority on the court is on the verge of embracing some of the same legal rationalizations that produced Jim Crow segregation in the census case.

“If they accept the census question, they are following the same pattern that the late-19th-century and 20th-century court made that was clearly intended to cement white rule,” says Lawrence Goldstone, author of “Inherently Unequal: The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903.”

This is a game most mainstream media outlets play. By citing biased, one-sided “experts” and “scholars,” they are able to editorialize in what is supposed to a just the facts write-up.

That’s exactly what happens here as CNN cites person after person making wild claims about white power and racism.

But critics say it’s really about a deeper question: Will the new conservative majority on the court ignore what opponents of the question call “smoking-gun evidence” that the case is really about preserving “white power”?

Some court watchers expect they will and that they will do this by borrowing some of the same tactics their counterparts used in the late 19th century to legitimize Jim Crow segregation.

The article just keeps going on and on like that. I won’t quote anymore of it so as not to run afoul of fair use.

Even past the bias of the above excerpts, why would CNN not also include some voices from those in favor the Supreme Court upholding the census question? Those people not only exist, they are plentiful.

What makes all this especially ironic is that CNN is constantly lecturing other outlets about journalist standards. Meanwhile, they seemingly have none at all. The fact that such an article was every allowed to be published in the condition it’s in testifies to a complete lack of journalist ethics as the cable news outlet. If Fox News put out an article like that, accusing a liberal Supreme Court of being racist and only quoting affirmative opinions, Brian Stetler would lose his mind.

Let this be another example of why the mainstream media are just dead at this point. There is no coming back from the garbage they’ve chosen to dabble in the last three years. They don’t get their credibly back at this point, no matter what amends they may try to make after Trump is gone. Conservatives should hold them accountable by treating them with the respect they deserve, which is precisely none. CNN is no more non-partisan than Breitbart.

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Dan Crenshaw Confronts Hillary Clinton After She Claims Republicans Are to Blame for the Border Crisis

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2) has been relentless in his fight to set the record straight on the humanitarian crisis at the southern border.

He’s called out Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY-14) over her absurd comparison of the border detention centers to Nazi concentration camps.

He has slammed the media’s one-sided coverage of the issue, noting that journalists don’t seem to be asking why Democratic critics of the border crisis (like AOC) refuse to vote on the much-needed funding that would help alleviate the problem.

Over the weekend, Crenshaw again stepped to the Twitter microphone after twice-failed candidate for president Hillary Clinton tried to blame Republicans for the issues at the detention centers:

Crenshaw was not having any of it:

In another post, Clinton helped liberals fundraise off the issue:

The freshman Congressman called her out:

Is the impasse on border crisis funding close to being over? Maybe:

Leaders in the House and Senate want to approve spending at least $4 billion more to address the influx of migrants and their humanitarian needs at the U.S.-Mexico border before the July Fourth recess.

Bills in the two chambers differ, however, raising doubts about whether there will be a resolution on President Donald Trump’s desk this month.

The Senate plan is bipartisan, though some Democratic appropriators have expressed concern about it moving to the floor without changes.

Stay tuned.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom Might Be Losing It, Gives Bizarre Interview With Crazy Claims

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If you’re looking for a man who has drunk gallons of the feminist kool-aid, then look no further than California Governor Gavin Newsom who managed to rattle off a slew of feminist buzzwords, make wild claims about California, and insult the GOP while praising its voters in three minutes, undoubtedly setting some kind of record.

Newsom, during his appearance on “Axios on HBO,” said the GOP is heading toward being a third party over its embrace of “toxic masculinity,” and that the Republicans are outraging white men over their fear of “the other.”

It began with the Axios interviewer quoting Newsom about how “the most dangerous words in the English language are ‘man up,’ ‘be a man,’ and ‘don’t be a sissy.’”

Newsom linked this to Trump, and how it’s hurting white working class men.

“What was the most interesting part of this election, 2016, was the number of white men of working age that aren’t working anymore,” said Newsom.

Newsom said he relates to the rural working class because he grew up around them, and noted that Trump is giving them a completely raw deal, which he calls a “bill of bullsh*t,” by tempting them with a nostalgia for a past America.

Or at least, that’s what I could garner from the word salad that Newsom was confidently tossing around.

Of course, Newsom attributed a lot of this to Fox News but noted that Fox News’ supposed racist and sexist outrage is appealing to a smaller and smaller base. He continued by stating that the real story is that the United States is today what California was in the 90’s — because California is so ahead of the times I guess — and the population is about to walk away from the GOP.

If you’re confused about this interview, then it’s not you. Either the editor cut it very oddly or Newsom is just that all over the place. I’m going to guess the latter, given the interviewers face during the interview.

But with that said, I’d like to correct some of Newsom’s claims.

For one, the Fox News audience is ginormous, and CNN and MSNBC couldn’t even match Fox’s primetime viewership if they were to combine their numbers.

Secondly, while polls being paraded around the mainstream media say that Trump isn’t doing as well as the Democrats as far as approval numbers go, his rallies tell a different story. What’s more, this different story is the same story we saw in 2016. People are coming to Trump’s rallies and filling stadiums with an overflow that number in the thousands. Even CNN’s Chris Cuomo is recognizing that this is a problem for Democrats.

Just by looking at the pictures and watching the interviews, it’s very clear that Trump’s voting populace isn’t strictly white and male. It’s also growing larger. Black support for Trump is up to 20 percent, 12 points higher than the eight percent of the vote he received in 2016.

Hispanic support for Trump is now at 50 percent.

Newsom’s wild claim that rural white men with toxic masculinity are a dwindling source of support for Trump is a pants-on-fire lie, and like Amy Klobuchar telling herself that Democrats are just as popular at rallies as Trump is, Newsom seems to be telling himself this in order to make himself feel better about the fact that the only popularity that’s waning is the hard left’s.

I joke that California is an ideological bubble, but Newsom’s bizarre interview is so laced with confidence that I wonder if he believes what he knows he’s making up. He truly believes that California is the future and despite all the evidence pointing to the fact that it’s not.

 

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Into the Belly of the Beast: Brace For Impact – Chick-Fil-A Opens in Ultra-Left-Wing Seattle

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Aaand it’s here.

The time has come, folks — it’s right into the belly of the beast for that most controversial and delicious supplier of waffle fries and social justice heartache (here and here): This week, Chick-fil-A opens its first-ever location in ultra-left-wing Seattle.

Hold on to your (kitty) hats.

Eater reports that hipsters will be able to Eat Mor Chikin on Thursday, June 27th.

In a place called — perhaps appropriately — Bitter Lake.

Some hungry fools are most likely already camping out. According to Western Washington’s KIRO Channel 7, that isn’t unusual:

In the past, opening events have included parking lot campouts of fans hoping to win a year’s worth of free meals. They’ve also caused traffic jams for weeks. In 2015, the opening of the Bellevue location had police officers directing traffic to keep cars moving and the crowds continued for several weeks. The city had to implement a new traffic plan to accommodate the massive lines of cars traveling around the restaurant.”

More on the freebies and fanaticism, from Eater:

Die-hard fans of the often-controversial Chick-fil-A chain camped out in subzero temperatures for an opening in Elmhurst, Illinois, suffering through the cold to earn free Chick-fil-A meals for a year. WGN reports that dozens of people camped out overnight in “tents and survival gear” to be among the first inside. It’s a Chick-fil-A tradition to offer the first 100 customers one free meal (a sandwich, fries, and a drink) every week for a year: some fans travel out-of-state for each successive franchise opening in an attempt to score the deal.

Sub-zero! That’s love right there.

Of course, not everyone’s smitten.

Here’s Katie Herzog for The Stranger:

Eater reports that America’s best most homophobic chicken chain will be opening their first location in Seattle’s Bitter Lake, a north Seattle neighborhood I’ve never been to been to but frankly, sounds like my kind of place.

The store is scheduled to open at the end of the month (Happy Pride!) and while one more fast food franchise wouldn’t normally be news, this is semi-notable because Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s president, is a notorious hater of gays. Cathy has given millions to groups that oppose same-sex marriage and has previously said that he supports “the biblical definition of the family unit,” which, I assume, means he thinks fathers should demand their prospective sons-in-law to present the patriarch with a bouquet of 100 foreskins before he’ll allow the couple to marry. Or maybe he’s more into the family unit in which a dad asks a mob to rape his daughters instead of the angels they’d rather rape instead? Either way, dude is a major Jesus freak, and while he backed away from some of his previous anti-gay sentiments after people started protesting his chicken shack, the company isn’t exactly known for its progressive values.

Whoa Nelly.

Well, if you’re not of the Katie Herzog school of thought, you may wanna check out a tasty chocolate shake with whipped cream and a cherry near a lake named for misery in the place that formally Smelled Like Teen Spirit. Starting Thursday, a north Seattle neighborhood will smell like lunch.

Are you in Seattle and wanting to join the First 100 campout? Find out more in the video below.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here and here.

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