Big govt, Issues, Politics

Ban the Plastic Water Bottle Ban

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Nothing could be more emblematic than towns and cities throughout the United States run by feel-good liberals who are banning single-serve bottled water in a misguided effort to “Go Green.”
Take California. This week, the San Francisco International Airport prohibited the sale of single-serve water bottles in a far-fetched goal to become the first zero-waste airport in the world by 2021. Although no one will argue that trying to minimize plastic waste from entering the ocean or other undesirable places is a good intention, the reality is short-sighted bans that single out one plastic product while permitting others isn’t the way to protect Mother Nature.
For example, at the San Francisco airport, single-serve bottled water is now banned for sale, while water bottles larger than 1 liter are still allowed to be sold, which means millions of thirsty consumers looking for a sugar-free, calorie-free beverage will be forced to buy bottled water in larger plastic bottles, doing more harm to the planet than the bottles’ smaller counterparts.
Yes, public water stations are available at the airport to use if A) you can find one near your departure/arrival gate, B) you trust the city’s tap water and C) you bring a reusable bottle with you while traveling. If not, you’ll have to purchase one at a much higher cost than a fully recyclable $2 single-serve Poland Springs.
Additionally, the misguided ban allows dozens of sodas, energy drinks and other single-serve beverages to be sold in plastic bottles, which will cause a mass consumer shift to unhealthier, sugar-loaded beverages that have a similar or heavier weight than lightweight single-serve bottled water — doing more harm to the environment.
But those aren’t the only counterproductive aspects of San Francisco Airport’s ill-advised ban.
The prohibition will also restrict public access to safe drinking water at a time when major U.S. cities are experiencing a water crisis. In Newark, New Jersey, today, the public can’t drink the poisonous tap water due to too-high lead levels and other contaminants. In fact, just last week, Newark officials warned residents not to drink the tap water and to instead drink bottled water for the foreseeable future.
And who can forget Flint, Michigan, where just a few years ago, the public drinking water was also contaminated, killing 12 Americans and sickening 90?  Knowing that our nation’s water infrastructure is decaying and woefully old and rapidly coming to the end of its useful life cycle, now is not the time to ban access to lifesaving bottled water — especially in a city like San Francisco.
The reality is if the ultra-progressive government in San Francisco can’t manage its out-of-control homeless crisis that has thousands of humans sleeping on the streets — littered with human waste and hypodermic drug needles — how can the public trust its tap water is A-OK?
Something consumers ought to consider before jumping on the latest plastic-ban trend is that it could end up having a detrimental outcome for both the environment and public health.
A far better solution toward achieving sustainability is fixing America’s failing water infrastructure, which will reduce dependency on bottled water and increase recycling initiatives of all plastic and single-serve products nationwide.
Symbolic “feel-good” bans, in San Francisco and beyond, that selectively target one product and not others are not the answer.
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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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Climate Crusaders Fueled by “Dark” Donations

Climate Communications and Law (CCL), an obscure nonprofit climate alarmist organization attacking America’s fossil fuel industry and “climate denialists,” is under fire for failing to register as a “foreign agent” in Maryland amid speculation that it is a shell group fueled by “dark money.” “It is concerning to me that the organizations I work with try so hard to comply with the myriad regulations and legal requirements for all nonprofits, and this entity–which has ‘law’ in its name–appears to just thumb its nose at the laws that others work hard at complying with,” Attorney Cleta Mitchell told the Daily Caller News Foundation after filing a legal complaint against CCL. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

A nonprofit company behind efforts to target oil companies over global warming is allegedly skirting Maryland law, leaving the activist group open to serious financial penalties, according to a legal complaint the Daily Caller News Foundation obtained.

Climate Communications and Law (CCL) is in violation of Maryland laws governing where a nonprofit company can operate if it is registered in another area of the country, according to a complaint by Cleta Mitchell, an attorney at Wisconsin-based law firm Foley & Lardner. The complaint also explains the punishments CCL could receive.

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Abortion, Issues, Politics

State Records Support Need for “Born Alive” Protection Law

Abortion advocates determined to bury the truth of when life begins are hard-pressed to combat “Born Alive” legislation protections in the wake of state records revealing that at least 40 babies were born alive after botched abortions across just three states-Minnesota, Arizona, and Florida-since 2016. This data is also supposed to be collected from Michigan, Oklahoma, and Texas, which have either reported no cases or have yet to begin compiling and reporting the data. In the case of Oklahoma, the information was left blank in its report but says, “Cell is suppressed to maintain confidentiality of surrounding states.” Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

At least 40 babies were born alive after botched abortions across three states since 2016, according to state health data that offers a glimpse into the extent of an issue that lawmakers have fiercely debated in recent months.

The data on babies surviving abortions is compiled on a mandatory basis by only a handful of states. What is available reflects a scenario that is rare but frequent enough to prompt proposals at the state and federal level for born-alive infant protection laws – especially in the wake of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s controversial comments on the subject earlier this year.

The most recent information comes from Minnesota, which reported in June that three infants were born alive in 2018 after induced termination of a pregnancy. That brings the state total to 11 since 2016. Arizona reported 10 in 2017 and Florida had 19 such instances since 2017.

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Warren Wants “Affordable Gender-Affirming” Health Care

Clearly out of touch with everyday folks who just want a good doctor and medicine without being price gouged, Democratic 2020 contender Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) wants doctors and health care providers to add affirming gender to their duties. Warren tweeted Tuesday that Americans are entitled to “high-quality, affordable, gender-affirming health care” as part of her criticism of a Trump administration proposal to roll back Obama-era transgender policies. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) called for health care that is high-quality, affordable, and “gender-affirming” in a tweet posted Tuesday afternoon. However, she has not always held that position.

Warren tweeted Tuesday that Americans are entitled to “high-quality, affordable, gender-affirming health care” and criticized the Trump administration for considering a proposal that would revise Obama-era protections for transgender adults, who make up 0.6 percent of the U.S. population, according to government data.

“But the Trump administration is trying to roll back important protections for trans Americans. Help fight back by leaving a comment for HHS in protest,” she added, along with a link to a Protect Trans Health petition.

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Big govt, Issues, Media, Politics

Liberal Media Refuses to Report Shooter’s Antifa Ties

The media coverage following last weekend’s Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, mass shootings has been decisively partisan with the left-wing media refusing to reveal the Dayton shooter’s left wing political ties while trying to tie an anti-immigrant rant by the El Paso shooter to President Trump. CNN alone so far has admitted that the Dayton shooter supported Antifa, but they are also doing their best to downplay the fact while ratcheting up their anti-Trump, anti-gun attacks. Read more…

Here’s more from Town Hall…

The liberal media is the arm of the Democratic Party and its agenda. That’s no secret, but if they think they can get away with what they’re doing with the Dayton shooting—their arrogance (or stupidity) has reached unprecedented levels. I mean there have been pretty explicit examples, but we’ve seen some pretty epic ‘hold my beer’ moments, as the various arms of this corrupt enterprise seem to be in a competition to out-do one another in displaying that liberal bias.

In less than 24 hours, we had two brutal mass shootings. In all, 31 people have been killed and scores more injured. In El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, two armed nutjobs executed senseless acts of carnage. The political games began almost immediately.

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Issues, Media, Politics

Google Hates Pregnant Women

A viral memo from a current Google employee alleges that the Silicon Valley giant discriminates against pregnant women (in addition to conservatives). In her 2,300-word memo titled “I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why,” she says she endured months of “angry chats and emails” and even “public shaming” by a fellow female employee that only escalated after learning that potentially life-threatening complications would require early maternity leave. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

Just one week after a former Google employee accused the company of discriminating against conservatives, a viral memo from a current employee alleges the company has been engaging in discrimination against pregnant women.

According to Motherboard, a memo written by a Google employee alleges that she was unfairly discriminated against for being pregnant. More than 10,000 employees have now read the accusations she laid out.

“Last week, the woman posted the memo, titled ‘I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why,’ to an internal company message board for expecting and new mothers,” reports the outlet. “The memo was reposted to other internal message boards and has since gone viral, multiple current Google employees in different parts of the company have told Motherboard.”

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Beto Blames Trump for El Paso

Almost immediately after the El Paso mass shooting on Saturday, floundering 2020 hopeful Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) went on CNN to blame President Trump’s “racism” for the tragedy. “He is a racist, and he stokes racism in this country . . . We have a president with white nationalist views in the United States today,” Beto told CNN. Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

The bodies in El Paso were barely cold when Beto O’Rourke started blaming President Trump.

“He is a racist, and he stokes racism in this country . . . We have a president with white nationalist views in the United States today,” the failing Democratic presidential candidate told CNN all Saturday night and Sunday.

He likened Trump’s “anti-immigrant rhetoric” to something out of the Third Reich. “He is an open, avowed racist and is encouraging more racism in this country and this is incredibly dangerous . . .

“Let’s connect the dots here on . . . who is responsible for this right now.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper cut to the chase: “Do you think President Trump is a white nationalist?”

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Trump’s Actions Prove He’s No Racist

If actions speak louder than words, President Trump is no racist. If he were truly one, he’d be oppressing minorities, not uplifting and empowering them with policies he’s implemented that improve their lives.

Take criminal justice reform. President Trump led the charge and passed the First Step Act — working with leaders of the black community and lawmakers including Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. Thanks to President Trump’s leadership, his administration has succeeded in freeing thousands of inmates, most of them black, from U.S. prisons and helping those reentering society find jobs and benefit from other life enhancement services.

If the president were a racist, as he’s being called by Democratic politicians and partisan media alike, would he be focused on giving thousands of black men freedom, job opportunities and a second chance at life? Or would he be throwing a generation of them in jail like Democrats did with the 1994 crime bill then-President Bill Clinton; Sens. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and Joe Biden D-Del.; and other lawmakers passed and signed into legislation?

Then there’s the economy. In less than three years, the Trump administration has created more than 5 million jobs and ushered in historically low unemployment for all Americans. In fact, under Trump’s stewardship, cutting job-killing regulations and implementing other pro-growth measures, the unemployment rate for black Americans today is less than half what it was under President Barack Obama. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in June 2009 that the black unemployment rate was 14.7 percent. In June this year, that rate was 6%. Wages are also up, putting more money in Americans’ wallets.

The Wall Street Journal reported this week, “The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) on Tuesday published its annual revisions to personal income data, and the surprise was the huge jump in disposable income and employee compensation.

“The revisions show that employee compensation rose 4.5% in 2017 and 5% in 2018 — some $4.4 billion and $87.1 billion more than previously reported. The trend has continued into 2019, with compensation increasing $378 billion or 3.4% in the first six months alone. Wages and salaries were revised upward to 5.3% from 3.6% in May year over year.”

The Editorial Board continued, “And in June wages and salaries grew at an annual rate of 5.5%, which is a rocking 4.1% after adjusting for inflation.”

But that’s not all. The passage of the GOP 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is not only benefiting the middle class with lower utility costs, lower taxes and doubling of the child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000 per qualifying child; tax incentives have been put into place to spur $100 billion in private capital investment to revitalize distressed communities throughout the country.

So while Trump’s political opponents on the left accuse him of being a racist for some gruffly worded tweets, voters should look at what he does, not what he says.

If Donald Trump were a white supremacist or a racist, someone who didn’t respect or value minorities, why on Earth would he be signing executive orders and legislation to pump billions of dollars into their cities and neighborhoods, making them nicer, safer and stronger?

And why would he hire a black man, Dr. Ben Carson, to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development in revitalizing thousands of these distressed communities? “In 2018, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council,” states the White House website. “The Council is improving revitalization efforts by streamlining, coordinating, and targeting existing Federal programs to economically distressed areas, including Opportunity Zones.”

Real racists don’t uplift and empower people of color with freedom, jobs, higher wages and other life enhancements.
Additionally, President Trump is working to free an American black rapper, ASAP Rocky, who’s being imprisoned in Sweden. Trump has contacted the Swedish prime minister personally to secure his release and tweeted about it to his millions of followers.Wouldn’t a racist president be freeing only white people and focusing his attention elsewhere?

Here’s another place the president is focusing his attention: on executing a white supremacist on death row. Attorney General Bill Barr announced this week that after a decadeslong hiatus, the federal government is resuming the death penalty. Top of the list? Daniel Lewis Lee, a real racist who brutally murdered a family of three in 1999. He’s scheduled for execution Dec. 9.

So the next time Americans hear a Democrat — or the media echo chamber — falsely label the president a “racist,” they should look at the president’s actions. That’s a far better barometer than any slur or sound bite coming from his enemies.

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.

COPYRIGHT 2019 CREATORS.COM

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Celebes Travel to Climate Summit in Private Jets and Yachts

Celebs may give lip service to caring for planet earth, but that doesn’t mean they’re ready to sacrifice traveling in style. In the case of at least 114 A-list attendees at Google’s $20 million exclusive Italian villa climate summit, they were expected to show up in 114 private jets, while others showed up on their megayachts and less-than-fuel-efficient Maserati SUVs. Among the attendees: former President Barack Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, Katy Perry, and Prince Harry. Read more…

Here’s more from Page Six…

The world’s rich and famous have flocked to a posh Italian resort to talk about saving Mother Earth — but they sure are punishing her in the process.

The billionaire creators of Google have invited a who’s who of A-list names— including former President Barack Obama, Prince Harry, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry — to the Sicilian seaside for a mega-party they’ve dubbed Google Camp.

The three-day event will focus on fighting climate change — though it’s unknown how much time the attendees will spend discussing their own effect on the environment, such as the scores of private jets they arrived in and the mega yachts many have been staying on.

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Big govt, Economy & Investments, Issues

Trump Proposes to Close Food Stamp “Loophole”

President Trump is threatening to close a loophole in food stamp rules, which Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue argues is being intentionally misused by states to “effectively bypass important eligibility guidelines.” According to Fox News, federal policy allows those who receive benefits through other programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), to automatically qualify for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits despite current guidelines that would otherwise cut off prospective recipients making more than 130 percent of the poverty level. Read more…

Here’s more from Fox News…

A proposed rule change for the food-stamp program, outlined this past week by the Agriculture Department, has highlighted the ideological clash between President Trump’s attempts to tighten government entitlement programs and efforts in some states to widen the social safety net.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the proposed rule change was intended to close a “loophole” that states have misused to “effectively bypass important eligibility guidelines.”

Current federal guidelines have forbidden people making more than 130 percent of the poverty level from getting aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). However, officials in many states have said the cap was too restrictive, especially in cities with a high cost of living, prompting them to bypass the limits.

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