~ “I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts.” Ronald Reagan.
Starbucks has eliminated the Christmas theme from their holiday cups and replaced if with a multicultural, diverse red cup. Instead of reindeer, snowflakes and snowmen, they want to represent all of us and all holidays, even though the holiday is called CHRISTMAS.
This is from their statement:
…Since 1997 Starbucks has served its holiday beverages in a unique cup, starting with a jazz-themed design in jewel tones of deeper reds, greens and blues. Every year since, the cup has told a story of the holidays by featuring symbols of the season from vintage ornaments and hand-drawn reindeer to modern vector-illustrated characters.
“In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cups designs,” said Fields. “This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”
“Starbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays,” he said. “We’re embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it. It’s [a] more open way to usher in the holiday.”
Eight law enforcement officers have been shot and killed in less than a month with four dying in a span of 10 days so it should come as no surprise that police departments across the country would seek blessings and protection from a Higher authority.
Outraging the usual atheists suspects, one week after Houston Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth was shot 15 times a point blank range by a mad man, the police department located in Childress, Texas has placed “In God We Trust” decals on its police vehicles.
“In God We Trust” decal placed on all Childress Police Department vehicles (Facebook).
On the Childress Police Department’s Facebook page beneath the above photograph of a Black police SUV with a decal in the back that reads “In God We Trust” Chief Adrian Garcia wrote, “Please excuse the dirty unit. I had to share this with the public. Notice what I will be putting on all Childress Police patrol units. Thanks, Chief Adrian Garcia.”
‘I think with all the assaults happening on officers across the country … it’s time we get back to where we once were,’ Garcia told the Red River Sun newspaper. He did not respond to an Associated Press request for comment….
Other law enforcement agencies have cited different reasons for adding the phrase to their vehicles. Mark Nichols, the sheriff of Randolph County, Missouri, said he had it added to his department’s fleet in July out of a sense of patriotism….
To the disdain of the atheist organization, Freedom from Religion Foundation just waiting for the perfect opportunity to sue, decals have been popping up on police vehicle across the country.
Walton County Sheriff’s Department vehicles with bumper sticker “In God We Trust” (Facebook).
Last month, Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to the police department in Walton County, Florida demanding that they remove the bumper stickers from police department vehicles, a demand of which did not go over well with the County Sheriff. (See Sheriff Adkinson’s response here).
A Florida sheriff has a defiant message for atheist activists who are demanding that he remove ‘In God We Trust’ bumper stickers from official police patrol vehicles: ‘Get a judge’s order or a new sheriff.’
That bold response came from Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson after the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an atheist activist group, sent the county a letter last month demanding that the bumper stickers be taken off.
‘If the Freedom From Religion Foundation wishes us to take them off our vehicles I suggest that they get a judge’s order or a new sheriff,’ Adkinson wrote in an August 5 response letter to the atheist group. ‘I see absolutely no conflict in this matter.’
And he wasn’t done there, proceeding to give atheist activists a short history lesson of sorts….
Stone County, Arkansas Sheriff Department (Facebook)
Bay County, Florida Sheriff Department (Facebook)
From where I stand, those who have been attacking Christians based on the church vs. state have pigeonholed themselves in that the war they wage against Christians is selective.
If a Muslim law enforcement officer or state employee were to walk around with a sticker or button that says “Allah-u Akbar” or something to that effect, the atheists attacking Christians would give Muslims a pass.
As far as law enforcement appealing to a Higher authority, I say they put their lives on the line everyday for all, regardless of ethnicity, class or ideology. Let them have their faith.
To those who would be to differ, save your breath. I’m not drinking your kool-aid.
Whether Progressives like it or not, religious persecution has entered the 2016 election. Don’t mess with us.
Toledo, Ohio’ gay Gestapo has declared war on Toledo Municipal Court Judge C. Allen McConnell who refused based on his personal convictions and religion to officiate over gay marriage ceremony of two lesbians.
Pursuant to a statement by Equality Toledo’s executive director, Nick Komives:
‘We are disappointed that Judge Allen McConnell has refused to fulfill the duty of his elected position…If he does not agree with the laws of the United States of America, he is free to work to change them — either as a citizen or as a member of a legislative body. But as judge, he has absolutely no discretion — he must apply and follow the law, including the ones with which he does not agree….
How ugly can we expect this assault on Judge McConnell’s integrity to become? Toledo council member Lindsay Webb who has signed the petition and lined up against the judge is concerned McConnell’s “ability to be impartial on all matters.”
Judge McConnell after refusing to perform the marriage issued the following statement:
“On Monday, July 6, I declined to marry a non-traditional couple during my duties assignment. The declination was based upon my personal and Christian beliefs established over many years. I apologize to the couple for the delay they experienced and wish them the best. The court has implemented a process whereby same-sex marriages will be accommodated. I will continue to perform traditional marriages during my duties assignment. I am also seeking advisory opinion from the Supreme Court of Ohio at this time as to whether or not I can opt out of the rotation. Upon receipt of the advisory opinion from Supreme Court , I will abide by its decision.”
Of course, the gay Gestapo objects to the wording used in McConnell’s statement. Nick Komives espousing typical gay mafia dribble:
‘He referred to the couple as non-traditional. and the Supreme Court just said that’s not the case…It’s also upsetting because they were asking for an apology from him and rather than actually giving a true apology, he decided to apologize for their wait time. Which just frankly is not enough… he has now proven that he’s not going to treat LGBT people fairly, and that he will use his personal bias to influence the ruling that he comes out with…’
Judge McConnell has served on many boards during his career including President of the Toledo Legal Aid Society, President of the Toledo branch of the NAACP, Trustee of the University of Toledo Foundation, United Way Trustee, Mid-American Bank (Westgate Branch Board member), Toledo Greater Urban League, Pro-Medica Board of Toledo and Flower Hospital Children’s Foundation, Frederick Douglas Community Center and the Toledo Symphony Board. Over the years Judge McConnell has received many awards and commendations for his community service.
Better yet, will the NAACP stand by McConnell or throw the judge under the bus? No pun intended.
UPDATE 3: Charleston’s coroner, Rae Wooten released this afternoon the names of the nine people killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church:
Depayne Middleton Doctor – age 49, Cynthia Hurd – age 54, Susie Jackson – age 87, Ethel Lance – age 70, Pastor, State Senator Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders – age 26, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Daniel Simmons Sr. – age 74 and Mira Thompson – age 59. (The Post and Courier)
UPDATE 2: All about securing his legacy and infringing upon the Second Amendment rights of Americans, Barack Obama took to his bully pulpit to blame last night’s church shooting in Charleston on guns.
President Obama emerged for a brief statement on the Charleston church shooting today, stressing that “this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries” and “we as a country will have to reckon with the fact.”
“It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency,” he said in the White House briefing room with Vice President Joe Biden at his side….
As usual, Obama talking loud and saying nothing, with Joe Biden by his side looking as if he’s going to burst out laughing any moment, failed to mention that crime is rampant in those countries where firearms have been banned leaving the innocent defenseless and at the mercy, correction lack thereof of thugs.
True to form, when tragedy strikes the heart of Americans, as in the case of the Benghazi Islamic terrorist attacks that resulted in the death of four Americans and the beheading of American journalist, James Holt, Obama rolls out his dog and pony, for good measure, pretends to shed a tear, plays the blame game and then jets off to the business of Obama, i.e., campaigning, fundraising and/or golfing. In this instance, it’s two days of fundraising with fellow elitists in California. All while a nation has yet to come to grip with the latest tragedy.
UPDATE 1: Dylann Roof, the suspected gunman in Wednesday night’s shooting spree of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston was apprehended this morning in Shelby, North Carolina.
According to CNN, witnesses are alleging that Roof who is Caucasian stood up in the church and stated that he was there to shoot Black people. True or false, the facts as they actually unfolded has yet to be laid out.
Bear in mind the so-called eye witnesses to the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri last summer, alleging that Brown’s hands were up when shot by St. Louis Police Officer, Darren Wilson. Those claims were later proven to be false.
Dylann Roof, 21, of Lexington, South Carolina, was taken into custody without incident about 11:15 a.m. during a traffic stop, Charleston police Chief Greg Mullen said Thursday morning. He said local police were acting on a BOLO (be-on-the-lookout) notice that included a vehicle description, the license tag and the suspect’s name….
Never letting a crisis go to waste, Progressives not waiting for the facts yet again are laying the blame on white privilege, Republicans, etc. ignoring the fact that Roof who appears to be an anarchist is one of theirs.
All these pro-Obama leftists online whining about white supremacy need to take a good look in the mirror and face the logical outgrowth of their decades-long ideological agitation and hatred. From 1960s-era racial segregation to modern racist, Israel-bashing ideological extremism, the dude Roof is perfectly at home on the far-left of the political spectrum. He’s a product of the left. He’s a Democrat terrorist, just like the Klan terrorists of the Democrat Party South.
South Carolina police are hunting Dylann Roof in the deadly shooting Wednesday night at a Charleston church that left nine people dead, authorities announced as they identified the 21-year-old as the gunman.
Police immediately branded the shooting spree, which began just after 9 p.m. Wednesday, a hate crime, and released surveillance images of a white man fleeing the scene at 180-year-old Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after the horrific incident, which left six women and three men dead….
Among those killed is the church’s pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, age 41. The names of the others killed, three males and six females, have not yet been released.
A five year old boy survived by playing dead as instructed by his grandmother.
While the shootings have been labeled a hate crime based on race by the usual suspects including the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and FBI who have opened an investigation, that has yet to be determined.
Media Research is calling out the Marxist cowards at the New York Times who earlier this year refused to post a Charlie Hebdo Muhammad cartoon once again posting a painting of “The Holy Virgin Mary” that went on display at the Brooklyn museum back in 1990 causing such a controversy.
The New York Times’ hypocrisy regarding displays of “offensive” religious imagery runs unabated, as shown in a Scott Reyburn article in Friday’s Arts section on the sale of Chris Ofili’s controversial painting “The Holy Virgin Mary,” which shows the Virgin Mary clotted with elephant dung against a porn-collage background — and accompanied by a photograph of the offensive work.
Yet when the paper refused to reprint a cartoon of Muhammad that appeared in the Paris satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that resulted in the January 2015 massacre of 12 magazine staffers, it offered this smug, cowardly justification…
It should be noted that in a 1999 op-ed, the New York Times accused then mayor of New York City, Rudolp Giuliani of violating the first amendment rights of the Brooklyn Museum when the former mayor successfully lobbied the U. S. Senate to defund the Brooklyn Museum and threatened to shut the museum down. Giuliani found the piece repugnant and anti-Catholic.
We take our freedoms so much for granted that we (and that includes the city’s many cowed cultural leaders) can’t imagine that anyone would actually silence a cultural institution….
By arguing that a mayor’s power extends to pulling a museum’s plug outright or, if that fails in the courts, to intimidating the city’s more spineless cultural bureaucrats into silence or self-censorship by merely threatening to do so, Mr. Giuliani takes us back to an era many New Yorkers aren’t old enough to remember….
Shortly thereafter, Giuliani was ordered by a New York District Court judge to restore funds to the museum and cease his campaign to evict. The court also ruled that Giuliani violated the first amendment rights of the Brooklyn Museum.
Judge Nina Gershon of United States District Court in Brooklyn ordered the mayor to restore the city’s monthly payments to the museum and end his campaign to evict it and remove its board of trustees over an exhibition that includes a painting of the Virgin Mary on a canvas adorned with elephant dung.
‘There is no federal constitutional issue more grave,’ the judge wrote in her 38-page decision, ‘than the effort by government officials to censor works of expression and to threaten the vitality of a major cultural institution as punishment for failing to abide by governmental demands for orthodoxy….’
Enter 2015 and the New York Times is doing exactly that which it accused Giuliani of doing 16 years ago. H/t Weasel Zippers.
Clearly, Alix Bryan and employers over at CBS had no idea what was coming after Bryan levied allegations of fraud and then boasted of his/her allegations on Twitter last week against creators of Memories Pizza GoFundMe investigative reporter, Lawrence Billy Jones III and talk radio host, Dana Loesch (both of TheBlaze).
(As noted in his/her tweets, Bryan levied the allegations “just because” which has pretty much become the norm for the mainstream media except this time, it backfired…fast and furious.)
The instant backlash to Bryan’s false allegations sent CBS management running for cover desperate to scrub any affiliation with their employee on social media.
As reported last week by The Gateway Pundit, Alix Bryan, a social media employee with WTVR-TV, the CBS affiliate in Richmond, Virginia, is now under investigation by the station management for levying false claims and filing a report alleging fraud with GoFundMe against the Memories Pizza GoFundMe campaign.
Bryan’s claim of fraud was compounded after he/she tweet a lie that he/she did his/her research which immediately backfired in Bryan’s face and that of his/her employers when challenged by Lilac Sunday and one of the campaign’s creators, Lawrence Billy Jones III. (See tweets below.)
Also, that is totally acceptable to do. I also did research afterward and contacted person who started fund. @LilacSundayBlog@CBS6
The Memories Pizza GoFundMe campaign now closed netted $842,592 was put together by investigative reporter, Lawrence Billy Jones III and talk radio host, Dana Loesch (both of TheBlaze) on behalf of the business which came under fire after being sabotaged by the media over their Christian belief.
See video below:
As of Friday, 5 pm, CBS’ station management was still investigating.