It would hardly seem like news if I told you that CNN was getting blasted for airing a false and misleading story that made President Trump look bad. And it was even about Russia. But here’s the fresh part: the blasting of CNN didn’t come from Trump. CNN’s story was so full of holes and so misleading that the CIA blasted them over it, and even the New York Times ran a bombshell report exposing its falsehoods.
As noted at the link, CNN claimed that “the CIA had pulled a high-level spy out of Russia because President Trump had ‘repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source as a spy.’" In fact, as the Times reported, the CIA decided in 2016 to offer to extract the source from Russia, months before Trump even took office.
You know, if CNN wants a real scoop for a change, I could tell them the name of a very high level government official of that era who was using an unsecured private email server that was almost surely hacked by the Russians, giving Putin access to classified US documents that might easily have included the identities of our covert sources, putting their lives at risk. Would CNN like to know who that was? Nah, if it wasn’t Trump or someone on his staff, I’m sure they wouldn’t be interested.
I occasionally like to remind people (although it wasn’t that long ago, it sure seems like it) that advocates for same-sex marriage once argued that if you had religious objections, you wouldn’t be engaging in any same-sex marriages, so you had no reason to oppose legalizing it since the issue would never affect you personally.
Yet the ink had barely dried on the Supreme Court’s decision before activists and blue state and city authorities were targeting Christian business owners to force them to violate their religious beliefs by taking part in same-sex marriages or else face fines, bankruptcy and even jail. All this was based on the false and slanderous premise that holding the Biblical view that homosexuality is a sin means you “hate” gay people. That’s a foul distortion of what Christianity is about. Christians do not “hate” anybody. Christians believe you should “love thy neighbor;” you may hate the sin, but you should love the sinner.
But when amplified by an incredibly biased media hostile to traditional religious beliefs, this “Christianity = homophobic hate” lie became the prevailing narrative. It soon expanded from attacking opponents of same-sex marriage to attacking anyone who didn’t wholeheartedly embrace the entire radical LGBTQ-etc. agenda, right down to letting guys in dresses lurk in ladies’ locker rooms and crush girls in school sports.
And so we’ve seen mounting attacks on America’s favorite fast food chain, Chick-fil-A because their charity arm donates to such infamous fascist hate groups as the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The hysteria over Chick-fil-A has reached almost comic levels, to the point that not even Canadians can bring themselves to show respect anymore for the protesters’ overheated antics.
We’re finally seeing the backlash against this clear infringement on First Amendment rights reach official levels. The leftist city government of San Antonio (once presided over by Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, who supports his brother’s attempt to publicly shame and threaten Trump supporters out of exercising their rights as well) blocked Chick-fil-A from opening an outlet at the airport. In response, the Texas state government passed a law to prevent local authorities from abusing their power to persecute religious business owners for their beliefs.
Now, the first lawsuit has been filed under the “Save Chick-fil-A Bill,” against the city of San Antonio. And not by Chick-fil-A: the plaintiffs are five Texans who frequent the airport and have been deprived of their right to eat at Chick-fil-A (hey, liberals love inventing new civil rights, so don’t complain. This at least sounds like a reasonable one.) The lawsuit asks the court for a series of injunctions against San Antonio to require them to install a Chick-fil-A in the airport, block any further targeting of the chain for its founders’ beliefs, and pay all the plaintiffs’ legal fees.
A spokesman for the Texas Values Coalition says this is just the first of many lawsuits they expect to file against San Antonio, and "If you thought we were bluffing, now you know we’re not."
I’m not a great fan of endless, expensive litigation. I wish people could settle their differences by talking and trying to understand the other person’s point of view rather than demonizing the other side and weaponizing the law. But it wasn’t Christian business owners who targeted LGBTQ activists. When you start a culture war, you have to expect that at some point, the people you’re attacking will start fighting back, using the same weapons you aimed at them, like the legal system.
Unfortunately, this case is limited to Texas, a red state that passed a law protecting freedom of religious expression in its liberal cities. It would be great if we didn’t have to depend on states to pass such laws, because that should be protected everywhere by the First Amendment. If the attacks on religious business owners keep coming, then the Supreme Court will eventually have no choice but to stop dithering around the edges and clarify the giant muddle they made by creating a right to same-sex marriage and not making it clear that it is unconstitutional to try to force everyone to embrace it at the expense of the primary First Amendment right to freedom of religion.
Or LGBTQ activists and their supporters could just try adopting the “live and let live” attitude that they promised they would observe before they launched this culture war in the first place.
Speaking of the left’s favorite weapon (the court system) being turned against them, there are other examples in the news. For instance, the conservative cable news network One America News (OAN) is suing NBC, MSNBC, parent company Comcast and Rachel Maddow for $10 million for defamation.
In attempting to discredit the network, which is supportive of President Trump, Maddow said on-air that OAN is “really, literally Russian propaganda” because one contributor also writes for Sputnik, a Russian government-owned news site based in Moscow. OAN replied that the contributor has no control over OAN content, and the writer affirmed that he just writes freelance articles on finance for Sputnik reflecting his own views and choice of subject and has never written propaganda or false information.
OAN gave Maddow and MSNBC a deadline to retract the claim, and when it passed, they filed suit. Ironically, if everything is as they say, then one could make a convincing argument that by rabidly promoting the Russian collusion hoax for two years, sowing huge divisions among Americans and distrust in the American electoral system, Rachel Maddow and MSNBC spewed more propaganda that helped promote Russia’s anti-American interests than this guy could have if he actually were an agent of the Kremlin.
And in another court decision to bum out the left, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the 30-day prison sentence given to a neighbor who attacked and viciously beat Republican Sen. Rand Paul was “substantively unreasonable” in its leniency.
Click the link to read how badly Paul was injured in the attack (he needed surgery to remove part of his lung.) The recommended sentence was 21 months, and the maximum for assaulting a Congress member is 10 years. But the lower court went incredibly easy on him, ruling that it was an “isolated, first-time action” (so how many freebie assaults on a Senator do you get before there are serious consequences?) and because of his “excellent background,” meaning his education, family and community service.
Many on the left cheered when Paul's assailant got off so easy. Ironically, the Appeals Court found that going easy on him because of his background created a two-tiered justice system in which people with “privilege” get off easier – exactly the sort of thing leftists claim to hate. So they should now be cheering that Paul’s assailant may face harsher punishment.
Funny, I don’t hear the cheering anymore…
Here’s why Tulsi Gabbard would probably be the strongest Democratic Presidential candidate and why the Republicans are lucky that the DNC and the Democrats’ crazy-left primary voters will insure there’s no way she’ll get the nomination.
There is simply no end to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s fields of expertise. Having lectured us on everything from economics to immigration to guns (she even knows Dan Crenshaw's friends and relatives better than he does), she’s now morphed into a meteorologist. Tweeting out video of the devastation in the Bahamas, she wrote, “This is what climate change looks like: it hits vulnerable communities first. I can already hear climate deniers screeching: ‘It’s always been like this! You’re dim,’ etc. No. This is about science & leadership. We either decarbonize & cut emissions, or we don’t & let people die.”
Again, I don’t know what a “climate denier” is, since I’ve never met anyone who denies that there’s a climate, or even that it changes. But yes, in fact it has always been like this in places like the Bahamas, which rest in an area that has long been called “Hurricane Alley” because that’s where hurricanes form.
At this link, actual climate expert Bjorn Lomborg unpacks some of the nonsense, including the fact that only three major hurricanes stronger than a Category 3 have hit the continental US in the last 13 years. That’s the lowest rate since 1900 and well below the average of eight during the same time frame, despite the increased CO2 emissions.
This is not what climate change looks like. It’s what a hurricane looks like when, by pure bad luck, it happens to cross over a populated island with poorly-constructed infrastructure. And her tweet is what it looks like when politicians attempt to use misinformation to exploit a tragedy and promote their political agendas.
Excellent observation: Jennifer Wright at the New York Post reports on Mattel bowing to feminists by releasing a series of “female heroine” Barbie dolls such as Sally Ride, Rosa Parks and Frida Kahlo to inspire little girls…and then points out that in the real world, most little girls torture their Barbies. So how will liberal parents react when they see these feminist heroine dolls getting melted in the oven or having their heads ripped off and stuck on Christmas tree lights? Prepare to be triggered!
News from the “Sanctuary City” party: In Baltimore County, Maryland, six of seven people charged in the brutal stabbing death of a 21-year-old man have been identified as members of the vicious MS-13 gang. That’s the gang President Trump was referring to when he called its members “animals,” and Democrats have falsely claimed ever since that he was referring to all Mexicans. It’s believed that they stabbed the victim to death because he made a hand gesture that appeared to be associated with another gang.
This comes just about six months after five MS-13 gang members were arrested, also in Maryland, for allegedly stabbing a 16-year-old fellow member 100 times and dumping his body in Virginia, where they set it on fire.
But for Heaven’s sakes, don’t call them animals, or you’ll be blasted as a xenophobe by people like the authorities in Montgomery County, Maryland. It’s the “sanctuary county” where seven illegal immigrants have been arrested just since July 25th on charges of rape and sexual assault, including a previously-deported illegal alien who allegedly sexually assaulted his own stepdaughter.
So who is to blame for protecting these violent criminals from federal authorities and turning them loose to prey on American citizens, or as county authorities phrase it, promoting “understanding, tolerance, and respect” and “social justice for all”? If you guessed that means that the real villains are President Trump, conservative news outlets that dared to report the story and some vaguely-defined group of “neo-Nazi sympathizers,” then congratulations. You speak perfect leftist gibberish circa 2019.
But on the good news front, despite the Democrats’ best efforts, illegal border crossings fell by nearly half in August, after President Trump signed a deal with Mexico to interdict migrant “caravans” before they get to the US border. For those who do make it across the border, here’s a helpful hint: Maryland is to the north and east.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was savaged by leftists and LGBTQ activists for making a promotional video for “Take Your Bible to School Day” because it was produced by Focus on the Family (another Christian group falsely labeled as a homophobic hate group for not fully embracing the LGBTQ political agenda.)
I admired Drew a lot for filming that video and was sorry to see him backtrack and distance himself from Focus on the Family after coming under assault from the baying Twitter hordes. He should have known that apologizing does nothing but signal weakness and capitulation and encourage even more attacks and demands. This is why I only apologize when I think I’ve done something I should apologize for, not when some amped-up Twitter mob calls me names online and demands an apology. I continue urging people to take the same attitude and discover how freeing it can be when you just don’t care what a bunch of anonymous radical idiots say about you on their Twitter feeds that nobody in their right mind reads.
At the link is an excellent essay about the Brees story and the larger lesson it holds about the dangers of capitulating to those who try to make you renounce your faith. It’s by Illinois Lutheran pastor Hans Fiene. It’s a long read, but very worthwhile. I hope you’ll read it, and I really hope Drew Brees will read it.
Fact-Checking the “Fact-Checkers”: Sorry, PolitiFact, but President Trump was correct when he said that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam talked about how, after a baby is born, the mother would talk to the doctors and make a decision about whether it lives. Here’s the direct quote and a video of him saying it. And that’s an actual fact, Jack:
Profiles in Obtuseness: A liberal writer at the Daily Beast thinks he’s nailed President Trump as a hypocrite because he publicly denounces socialism but reportedly expresses concerns in private that it might be politically popular.
Really, that’s hypocrisy? He should give me a call; I’ll send him a long list of things that I think are idiotic and dangerous yet politically popular.
What if a bunch of radical leftists called a big protest to impeach Trump in Washington, DC, and nobody came?
That’s not the set-up to a joke: they really did call for an impeach Trump protest and nobody showed up. Guess they didn’t promise any free handouts. House Democrats who are pushing impeachment might want to ponder that level of public support.
Click the link for the full story and a photo of the “protest.” On the bright side, there won’t be any controversy about how many people are shown in the “crowd” photo. Plus, this could be the first leftist protest that didn’t leave the site buried in litter.