Politics

Pledge of Allegiance Not ‘Inclusive’

Remember the good ol’ days when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in our schools wasn’t a red line dividing the political spectrum? Those days are officially over. An Atlanta charter school has officially nixed the morning tradition of students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. They claim the decision was made “in an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community.” For some inexplicable reason, the phrase “one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all” isn’t inclusive enough. Perhaps we should edit to add appropriate PC phrases like ‘poly-ethnic nation’ and ‘God, deity or lack thereof’.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

An Atlanta charter school will no longer require students to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance each morning, because the pledge is no longer seen as inclusive enough.

Students at Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School may recite the pledge later in the day, but it was cut from morning announcements “in an effort to begin our day as a fully inclusive and connected community,” a news release obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said.

“Over the past couple of years it has become increasingly obvious that more and more of our community were choosing to not stand and/or recite the pledge,” the release continued.

n place of the pledge, teachers and students will work together to write something new.

“This pledge will focus on students’ civic responsibility to their school family [sic], community, country and our global society,” the release said.

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Politics

NYC Launches Jailhouse Voter Registration Drive

Midterms are right around the corner, and New York City Mayor Michael de Blasio is making it easier for inmates to cast their ballots from the jailhouse. According to de Blasio’s new voter registration drive, eligible inmates can register directly to vote–using their home address–though felons will still be regarded as ineligible. The “absentee” ballots will be sent over from the jail, streamlining the required document process by regular mail. The goal is to increase voter participation as part of the Democracy for NYC effort, which also seeks same-day voter registration. Once upon a time, being a felon meant losing certain civil privileges. Nowadays, it’s free room and board, education, relaxation and recreation and now the right to vote.

Here’s more from The Wall Street Journal…

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has laid out a new voter registration drive in the city’s correctional facilities.

Eligible inmates will be able to directly sign up to vote and have their absentee ballots picked up from jail. In the past, these forms and ballots were sent through regular mail, where security measures could cause delays.

Inmates would register to vote using their home address, the mayor said. Those who have prior felony convictions wouldn’t be eligible to vote.

The debate over restoring voting rights for people who have been convicted of a felony or who are on parole has been playing out across several states.

 

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Big govt, Politics

Hollywood Removes Trump’s Star from Walk of Fame

West Hollywood City Council has approved a resolution to remove President Trump’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “West Hollywood City council unanimously passes resolution asking the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove the Donald Trump star on Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Mayor John Duran tweeted following the vote. According to comments made during a meeting, the resolution “is not because of his conservative politics or his conservative policies. It is for the abuse of women, minorities, immigrants, the disabled…you’ve crossed a line of decency.” But of course by that standard half of Hollywood’s leading men might have to be removed as well. We’re waiting with bated breath as to whether the city council will follow up in that respect.

Here’s more from Washington Times…

The West Hollywood City Council called Monday night for President Trump’s star be removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

“West Hollywood City council unanimously passes resolution asking the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove the Donald Trump star on Hollywood Walk of Fame,” cheered Mayor John Duran on Twitter.

During the meeting, Mr. Duran said the resolution “is not because of his conservative politics or his conservative policies. It is for the abuse of women, minorities, immigrants, the disabled … you’ve crossed a line of decency.”

He also said the constituent comments were what he expected (badly) of Trump supporters.

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Big govt, Media, Politics

Antifa Attacks Patriot Prayer Leader During Rally

Violent Antifa radicals and “a coalition of labor unions, immigrant rights groups, and artists,” reported by CBS news, escalated a free speech rally in Portland, Oregon over the weekend. The protest began with assaults on journalists and participants, including Patriot Prayer warrior Joey Gibson, who is running as a Republican for the U.S. Senate. In typical fashion, the opposition tried to paint the rally as fascist with chants of “Hey hey, ho ho, Nazi boys have got to go.” Anti-riot police responded with rubber bullets and flash bangs in response to projectiles from the Antifa crowd. In other words, anarchy and violence are entirely justifiable if the object of the protest is conservative in nature. Ironically, though, these reprobates are doing their level best to unify Trump’s base.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Antifa radicals were behind several violent assaults that resulted in injuries in Portland, Oregon, during a right-wing free speech rally on Saturday. The assaults included a journalist who was hit in the head with a water bottle, a counter-protester who was clubbed in the head with a modified trench club, and Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson, who was attacked while he walked through the antifa crowd. There were only four arrests.

The right-leaning Patriot Prayer group and the Proud Boys marched in a Portland park in support of Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson,who is running as a Republican for the U.S. Senate.

The counter-protest was organized by “a coalition of labor unions, immigrant rights groups and artists,” according to CBS News.

“Patriot Prayer is continuing to commit violence in our city, and their events are becoming more and more violent,” said Effie Baum of Pop Mob, a coalition of community groups that organized the counter-demonstration. “Leaving them a small group to attack in the streets is only going to allow them to perpetuate their violence.”

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Big govt, Media, Politics

House Leader Wants Twitter CEO to Testify

Twitter’s now-proven shadow banning of conservatives continues to have the social media giant in hot water. Now House GOP boss Kevin McCarthy wants to haul Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey before Congress to explain himself and why his company cannot seem to get their act together and be, shall we say, ‘fair and balanced’. While the FBI is busy hunting for Big Foot, the other real political collusion — aside from the FBI and DNC — is Facebook and Twitter’s inability to manage an apolitical platform that favors neither party. Our money is on fines and regulations from Congress should the GOP hold onto control.

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California wants Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to testify before Congress for allegations the company is shadow banning conservatives.

Shadow banning is the use of algorithms to make content or accounts — in this case, prominent conservative users — more difficult or, in extreme cases, impossible to search for without outright deleting it. Twitter has come under serious public scrutiny lately after several reports show Republicans and other conservative members of Congress did not show up in drop-down search results.

“Any solution to this problem must start with accountability from companies like Twitter, whose platforms have enormous potential to impact the national conversation — and unfortunately, enormous potential for abuse,” McCarthy said, Axios reported Thursday.

“In particular, I would like to request a hearing with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey so that the American people can learn more about the filtering and censorship practices on his platform,” McCarthy added.

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Elections, Politics

Socialist Ocasio-Cortez Was a Capitalist

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is all the rage on the left end of the political spectrum with DNC Chairman Tom Perez labeling her the ‘future’ for the Democrats. But a little research has revealed that not so long ago, the twenty-something was a committed capitalist with social media posts lauding Adam Smith’s tomes on the free market. Whatever caused her to turn to the dark side and drink the socialist Kool-Aid we may never know. But it may suffice to conclude that she’s highly confused or perhaps even a bit schizophrenic and hypocritical…just like her party.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Socialist House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old former bartender whom Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez calls the “future of our party,” once claimed to be a classic capitalist.

During her days at Boston University, she co-founded a student-run publication called Culture Shock. Fox News reviewed some of the posts she wrote there and found some fascinating things.

In one blog post from 2009, Ocasio-Cortez wrote that she “believes” in “Adam Smith’s analyses.”

“Ocasio-Cortez’s claim of being a follower of a pro-capitalist economist will surely raise questions about her authenticity, as Smith, the 18th century Scottish economist, advocated free-market capitalism and opposed government regulations – contrary to what Ocasio-Cortez, a card-carrying Democratic Socialists of America member, now pitches on the campaign trail,” Fox reports.

“There’s just no doubt about it,” Howard Husock, a Manhattan Institute senior fellow, told Fox News about Smith being a polar opposite of the New York socialist.

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Big govt, Politics

Trump to Decide on Mueller Interview in 10 Days

Rudy Guiliani is playing smart hardball with Mueller’s gang of prosecutors. What looks to outsiders as a loose strategy of hemming and hawing is in reality a move to continue playing up the fact that Robert Mueller’s investigation is deeply unpopular with voters. And the longer it drags out, the more voters will factor it into their decision-making at the ballot box in November. According to Rudy’s latest prediction, Trump will decide whether to interview with the special counsel in the next ten days, but the actual interview may not happen until mid-September. Meanwhile, the GOP’s own investigation into FBI collusion will ride those coattails. In other words, the FBI that colluded against Trump’s election may unwittingly ensure he retains control of Congress.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

The headline: “Giuliani: Trump to decide on Mueller interview ‘in the next couple weeks’.”

No, wait, I’m sorry. That’s a headline from May 24.

Today’s headline: “Giuliani: Trump to make Mueller sit-down call within 10 days.”

This live-action sitcom we’re all living in is wonderfully entertaining and inventive, but like any long-running show, it’s destined to recycle plot lines eventually.

“I think our decisions will get made in the next week to 10 days,” Giuliani told POLITICO, noting that Trump intends to reside at his property in Bedminster, New Jersey until mid-August…

“We don’t want questioning on obstruction. They would have to concede that,” he said. “It depends on how much they want his testimony on the other [topic].”

A decision about a presidential interview by the middle of the month would help keep Mueller on track for a possible report on the obstruction-related plank of his investigation by September, Giuliani said.

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Media, Politics

Pence Blasts MSM for Not Covering Return of Korean War Remains

Vice President Mike Pence wasted no time in sharing his disgust with the anti-Trump, agenda-driven mainstream media outlets that chose not to cover the ceremony honoring the return of Americans’ remains from the Korean War, a historic diplomatic victory for our country and for these soldiers and their families. He also blasted the MSM for being out of touch with the American people. Of the three major cable news networks, only Fox News carried Pence’s address at the ceremony live. “I think there’s a lot of people in the so-called mainstream media that would do well to spend a little bit more time traveling across this country and listening to the American people,” Pence lectured. For the leftmedia, the only war-related news worth covering is that which involves a scandal for President Trump. Otherwise, the military and our veterans are persona non grata.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner… 

Vice President Mike Pence suggested reporters from major news organizations should speak more frequently with people outside of the Beltway after some cable TV networks failed to break into their regular programming on Wednesday night to cover the ceremony he attended in Hawaii honoring the remains of possible U.S. military personnel killed during the Korean War.

“I think there’s a lot of people in the so-called mainstream media that would do well to spend a little bit more time traveling across this country and listening to the American people,” Pence said during an interview with “Fox & Friends” that aired Thursday.

“‘Cause frankly, as I travel on behalf of this administration, meeting with groups large and small, I sense a great enthusiasm across the country,” he continued. “People see when it comes to President Donald Trump, it really has been a year and a half of promises made and promises kept.”

The potential remains of American troops who died in North Korea were returned to U.S. soil Wednesday as part of the four-point joint declaration signed by President Trump and Kim Jong Un at their historic summit in Singapore in June.

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Big govt, Politics

Trump’s HHS Secretary Following Reaganesque Agenda

HHS Secretary Alex Azar just outlined a bevy of reforms to America’s health care policy that were reminiscent of the Reagan administration. Among them are cutting wasteful spending, streamlining prescription prices, and reforming insurance markets which are continuing to reel from ObamaCare. His goal is to reduce the burden on taxpayers and to improve the quality and value of healthcare services. Of particular concern are the millions of additional able-bodied dependents on Medicaid who in some cases receive a 90% subsidy for health care costs from the federal government paying out to states that agreed with the expansion. In other words, Trump officials are taking to heart Reagan’s inaugural missive that “in this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Here’s more from The Daily Signal…

Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar recently outlined an ambitious health care policy agenda that is positively Reaganesque.

In the spirit of the late President Ronald Reagan, Azar emphasized that the Trump administration’s major health care policy initiatives would rely heavily on harnessing the creative powers of federalism and reaffirming state innovation, the central role of free-market principles of choice and competition, and a commitment to practical problem-solving with a clear-eyed grasp of political and economic conditions.

His July 26 remarks at the Heritage Foundation were vintage Reagan.

Azar focused his address on the multiple complexities of prescription-drug pricing, bridging the gap between spending and the value of medical goods and services, and the urgent need to repair the nation’s severely damaged health insurance markets.

“President Trump’s budget proposes to replace the entirety of the [Affordable Care Act] subsidy structure, as well as the Medicaid expansion, with a flexible block grant,” he said.

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Big govt, Courts, Politics

Giuliani: No Trump Interview, Russia Probe Not Legit

Former presidential candidate New York City mayor and now Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani announced on Monday that President Trump will not interview before Special Counsel Robert Mueller because the investigation is a sham. During the Fox News Hannity appearance, Giuliani argued the potential Trump-Mueller interview would amount to a perjury trap. Further, Giuliani pointed out that Trump’s legal team is in a stronger position against the still unsubstantiated collusion allegations. The point is obvious: if Mueller had anything solid on Trump, we’d know about by now because the FBI’s collusion with the DNC would have produced it. It’s the new Red Scare in which Mueller is the new McCarthy.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Former New York City mayor-turned-Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said Monday night that he will likely not allow Trump to be interviewed by anyone on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team because the Russia investigation is not legitimate.

Appearing on Fox News’ Hannity, Giuliani said a potential Trump-Mueller interview is “highly unlikely” because he would be walking into a perjury trap.

“I always have to leave the option open as a lawyer in case they come across with something that really startles us or fills some of the things that we feel are important,” he said.

Giuliani explained that because of the great work Trump’s attorneys did early on — providing Mueller with “1.4 million documents” and “32 witnesses” — Trump’s legal team is in a position today in which they no longer need to cooperate.

“I believe we are coming toward the end, so I’m talking to some of the people that were involved in the original part of the investigation,” he said.

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