Abortion, Politics

Delta Refuses to Bow to Abortion-On-Demand Activists

Delta Airlines, the largest employer in Georgia, is standing strong against the abortion-on-demand activist mob demanding that the company boycott the state due to the latest life-saving fetal heartbeat law. “This is something that the courts need to settle and resolve, not corporate America. At least for us. I can’t win,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said at a recent Recode conference. Bastion’s remarks come in the wake of a letter signed by more than 180 CEOs denouncing pro-life protections as being “bad for business.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Even though practically all of Hollywood and various tech companies have threatened to boycott Georgia if lawmakers do not overturn the recently enacted fetal heartbeat law, the state’s largest employer— Delta Airlines — has opted to stay neutral.

“Delta Air Lines is one of the largest employers in Georgia, but the airline’s chief executive said Tuesday the company will not take a stand on the state’s restrictive abortion law, which other corporate leaders have called ‘bad for business,'” reports NBC News.

The fetal heartbeat law essentially bans abortion once doctors detect an unborn child’s heartbeat in the mother’s womb, which typically happens after 5-6 weeks of pregnancy. Ed Bastian, Delta Airlines CEO, said that the courts should decide the law’s fate.

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Big govt, Elections, Politics

Warren Polls at #2

Senator Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren (D-MA) just clinched second place in the race for the Left’s 2020 presidential nomination according to a new poll from Monmouth University. The poll shows Warren second with 19% among Nevada voters, forcing Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) into third place with 13% of the vote. Joe Biden is still clocking in the lead at 36%, though the margin of error +/- 5.1 percentage points could render the entire poll a pointless exercise. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) 2020 presidential campaign continues to gain momentum as a new poll out of Nevada shows her firmly in second place behind former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democrat frontrunner.

Monmouth University released a new poll on Wednesday indicating Warren ranks second with 19 percent among Nevada voters. The poll, which is Monmouth’s first ahead of the Silver State’s caucus in February 2020, found Biden leading overall with 36 percent, followed by Warren, and then Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in third place with 13 percent.

Monmouth conducted the poll by surveying 1,333 Nevada voters from June 6 through June 11.It drew from a pool of both Democratic and unaffiliated voters who participated in a primary or general election in the past two cycles or have registered to vote since November 2018.

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Abortion, Big govt, Politics

Illinois Gov’t Signs Law Allowing Abortion “Until Birth”

Democratic Illinois Governor JB Pritzker just signed the nation’s most aggressive abortion law in the nation, legalizing abortion “until birth.” The legislation specifically repeals the ban on “partial birth abortions, totally ignores the concept of a baby’s viability outside of the womb, removes medical licensing requirements, and mandates that ALL (Christians included) insurance providers pay 100% of abortion costs”. It also removes the ability of medical providers to refuse to perform abortions without facing severe consequences. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Illinois governor JB Pritzker signed the nation’s most permissive abortion bill into law Wednesday, as part of an effort to make abortion a “fundamental right” in the state.

The legislature passed the sweeping abortion bill last month in a whirlwind session that saw massive tax hikes and huge expansions in government in addition to this most recent abortion bill.

As The Daily Wire reported then, Pritzker’s landmark abortion bill repeals the state’s ban on “partial birth abortions,” legalizing the procedure all the way through pregnancy and up until the moment of birth. The bill utterly ignores the concept of viability, a particularly shocking development given that most states currently passing abortion-related regulations are greatly restricting the practice, not expanding it.

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Abortion, Big govt, Politics

Gillibrand Equates Pro-Lifers with “Racists”

Glaring statistics that most aborted babies are African-American are not stopping Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) from race-baiting the abortion-on-demand Left to back her candidacy in 2020-going so far as claiming that being pro-life is like being “racist.” In what the DailyWire speculates could be “the most embarrassing campaign clip of all time,” Gillibrand shared her thoughts that the 50 percent of Iowans who oppose abortion are just un-“woke” racists: “Imagine saying that it’s okay to appoint a judge who’s racist or anti-Semitic or homophobic…” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has been trailing badly in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, so she’s been trying to make a name for herself with outlandish policy proposals and bizarre Instagram videos.

Over the weekend, Gillibrand posted what may be the most embarrassing campaign clip of all time, and followed it up Tuesday with an interview with the Des Moines Register where she insulted around 50% of Iowa residents by suggesting that opposing abortion is akin to supporting racism.

Most Democratic primary candidates are content to express their support for abortion rights but limit their criticism of the other side of the debate to complaints about being “extreme.” Occasionally, someone far to the progressive left will suggest that pro-life Democrats don’t belong in the Democratic party, or that opposition to reproductive rights has a harmful effect on women.

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Courts, Issues, Politics

Christian Baker Jack Phillips Under Attack Again

Christian baker Jack Phillips continues to be under the same relentless attack by transgender radicals and rabid Left wing lawyers as the last time around concerning “discrimination” allegations. This latest suit claims Phillips discriminated against would-be customers trying to order an X-rated “transition” celebration cake complete with adult toy decorations. Though this is far from surprising, it does beg the question when harassment of an individual over his or her religious beliefs becomes discrimination or even a hate crime. Read more…

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Remember Jack Phillips, the Christian baker from Colorado who was sued for refusing to make a cake for a gay wedding? He’s being sued again, for the third time, by the same lawyer who tried and failed to take him down last time.

CBS Denver:

Attorneys for a Denver woman greased the pan for yet another legal battle against a Lakewood bakery already burned around the edges from a series of heated civil rights fights. Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused in 2012 to bake a wedding cake for Charlie Craig and David Mullins, a same-sex couple from Denver, on the basis of his religious beliefs…

The latest lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Denver District Court on behalf of Autumn Scardina by attorneys Paula Greisen and John McHugh…

The newest lawsuit claims Phillips discriminated against Scardina and used deceptive and unfair trade practices.

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Immigration, Issues, War on Terror

Islamic State Fighter Confirms U.S. Open Borders Plot

The International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) published a report last week detailing that America’s open southern border is being considered a port of entry into our homeland by Islamist terrorists. According to the report, an Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist captured in Syria claimed that ISIS was planning to sneak terrorists through our open borders to target financial targets and “cripple the U.S. economy.” The terrorist in question, Abu Henricki, had dual Canadian and Trinidadian citizenship and said that he was asked to join a unit of other Trinidadians sent into Mexico by way of Puerto Rico to meet up with an ISIS terrorist already in the United States. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

An Islamic State (ISIS) fighter allegedly captured in Syria claimed that ISIS had concocted a plan to sneak terrorists across the U.S.-Mexico border to attack financial targets and “cripple the U.S. economy,” according to a report published this week by the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE).

The report is based on testimony from Abu Henricki, an ISIS terrorist with dual citizenship in Canada and Trinidad. Henricki said he traveled to the Islamic State’s “caliphate” in Syria to serve as a front-line fighter for the terror state, but his poor health kept him on the sidelines.

In late 2016, he claims the Islamic State’s intelligence service asked him to become part of a special unit of Trinidadians that would be sent into Mexico via Puerto Rico, cross the U.S. border, and carry out attacks on financial targets like Wall Street.

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Beverly Hills Tobacco Prohibition Puts Local Profits At Risk

History has demonstrated that Prohibition doesn’t work — and neither will the sweeping tobacco ban voted into effect this week in Beverly Hills.

In what’s considered to be the first ban of its kind, the Beverly Hills City Council voted in a unanimous 5-0 decision on Tuesday to outlaw the sale of most tobacco products within its city limits in a purported measure to promote a healthy lifestyle. “Allowing tobacco products to be sold in the city increases access to these harmful and dangerous products and does not promote the city’s image as a healthy city,” proclaims the ordinance.

Of course, the “central planners” overseeing the restriction — infringing on Americans’ liberties — aren’t addressing the glaring hypocrisy that Beverly Hills permits marijuana dispensaries within its jurisdiction, allowing citizens and tourists alike to buy and smoke mind-altering drugs and get stoned. But tobacco? That’s taboo.
Talk about retail inequality and discrimination.

The ordinance bans most tobacco products from being sold at grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores and other small businesses but carves out an exemption for some high-end establishments including upscale hotels and ritzy cigar bars. Result? The mom and pop shops get burned while corporations that own the hotels and cigar bars get to profit off smoking products.

Hard to imagine this misguided ban would be welcome at a time in American culture when vocal far-left politicians like Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren and others are pounding the table over “income inequality.” How exactly are the city councilors in Beverly Hills going to justify the city’s selective enforcement benefitting the elite? Clearly, misguided bans that outlaw legal products that benefit some retailers but not others widen income disparities.

Make no mistake. Smoking products are harmful to one’s health, and everyone must consider the risks before lighting up. But if the city council is going to ban these products, they ought to be banned everywhere, not discriminately.
That being said, bans simply won’t work, as smokers who enjoy tobacco products will simply drive to neighboring towns to purchase cigarettes and other smoking-related products, hurting local businesses. Worse, consumers who drive out of town to purchase cigarettes, for example, won’t just buy a pack of Marlboros while they’re visiting an adjacent town. They will also buy other goods, such as beverages, gasoline, groceries and other nonprohibited items, thereby hurting a gamut of small businesses in Beverly Hills.

Undoubtedly, coffee shops, restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores and other retail shops will be affected when customers are pushed out of town.

Here’s how it works. A smoker drives to West Hollywood or another neighboring town to buy cigarettes or other banned products, and instead of spending the day shopping on Rodeo Drive and eating in a Beverly Hills restaurant, he or she does that someplace else. Result? Citizens and tourists visiting Beverly Hills who enjoy tobacco products don’t become healthier due to the ban, as they haven’t quit smoking. Instead, the “feel-good” measure causes local businesses to lose profits and be forced to lay off workers.

All the more reason consumer-choice advocates should resist the prohibition of most legal products that are readily available within a short distance of the banned products, especially in an age of Amazon and other door-to-door delivery services that deliver millions of products to one’s doorstep.

Take Concord, Massachusetts. In 2012, the uber-liberal town filled with environmental extremists banned the sale of single-serve bottled water in an effort to protect the environment. Did that misguided measure reduce the consumption of beverages contained in plastic or stop the public from buying bottled water? Far from it. Residents throughout the town now have cases of bottled water delivered to their homes and businesses instead of buying them from small local retailers.

Consumers of bottled water simply took their business elsewhere — with no upside for the environment.
The same will happen in Beverly Hills. Few, if any, smokers will quit as a result of the ban, while local businesses will lose margins and customers.

Perhaps Beverly Hills ought to recall the wise words of former President Ronald Reagan before enacting such bans in the future: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

Adriana Cohen is a syndicated columnist with the Boston Herald. Follow her on Twitter @AdrianaCohen16. To find out more about Adriana Cohen and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Immigration, Issues

Border Agents Now Babysitters

The month of May overwhelmed U.S. Border Patrol with new records in illegal immigrant apprehensions, including more than 55,000 children along with another 75,000 adults, for a total of 130,000 encounters in just 31 days. “As much as 60 percent of agents’ time is now spent babysitting illegal immigrants rather than patrolling the border,” according to a Washington Times report. The already overcrowded facilities feeding Obama-era “catch and release” practices have exploded past maximum capacity holding 19,000 people in a space overwhelmed by 6,000. Read more…

Here’s more from Washington Times…

The government set another grim record in May with more than 55,000 children nabbed by Border Patrol agents along the southwest border.

They were part of more than 130,000 unauthorized migrants Border Patrol agents and officers at the ports of entry encountered last month, up from about 109,000 in April and far higher than the 51,000 or so nabbed in May 2018.
But even record overall numbers shield the true expanse of the crisis, officials said.

As much as 60 percent of agents’ time is now spent babysitting illegal immigrants rather than patrolling the border, and they’re setting records for making rescues of migrants in distress. Meanwhile border detention facilities are packed, with more than 19,000 people in space that is already in crisis when it reaches 6,000.

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Abortion, Big govt, Politics

NYT Subs “Fetal Heartbeat” with “Embryonic Pulsing”

The New York Times just traded the medical term “fetal heartbeat” for “embryonic pulsing” in its abortion reporting. “The measure would require an ultrasound test for any woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy, and forbid abortion if the test detects embryonic pulsing–which can occur before many women know they are pregnant,” NYT reporter Alan Blinder wrote, taking the initiative to invent the entirely new term, and the New York Times actually published it. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

The New York Times traded in the term “fetal heartbeat” for “embryonic pulsing” in a report on Louisiana’s new abortion ban last week, playing to abortion advocates and journalists eager to downplay the realities of abortion.

“The measure would require an ultrasound test for any woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy, and forbid abortion if the test detects embryonic pulsing — which can occur before many women know they are pregnant,” reporter Alan Blinder wrote. The sanitizing language was first highlighted by Breitbart News. It’s not a medical term and was apparently invented by Blinder.

A slew of states have similar laws on the books, known as fetal heartbeat bills because they ban abortion after a heartbeat can be detected in the unborn baby.

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Elections, Politics

Poll: Biden Drops 7 Points

A new CNN poll reveals that former Vice President Joe Biden has lost 7 points since April shortly after he entered the 2020 race and instantaneously became the Democrats’ front runner with 39 percent support. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) pulled 18 percent support followed by Senators Kamala Harris (CA) at 8 percent and Elizabeth Warren (MA) at 7 percent. According to a report by The Hill, Biden’s “commanding lead” has been ratcheting up the pressure on Democratic lawmakers to endorse him over the other candidates. Read more…

Here’s more from The Hill…

Support for former Vice President Joe Biden has faded since the launch of his 2020 presidential campaign, according to a new CNN poll.

The survey, released early Tuesday, shows Biden still leads the crowded pack of Democrats vying for the party’s nomination with 32 percent support.

However, his support is now 7 points lower than it was in an April CNN poll shortly after his formal entry in the race, when 39 percent said they supported him.

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