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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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Veterans Ditch AOC after Bashing Trump Foreign Policy

Military veterans gave socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) the cut-direct during a private meeting when the Left’s darling took to bashing President Trump’s foreign policy, namely calling him and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu autocrats. “She knocks the country; she knocks the president, and that’s not what America is about,” Silvio Mazzella, a 78-year-old Army veteran and community leader, told the New York Post. “I just couldn’t hear her BS anymore,” said Anthony Vitaliano, a former Community Board 11 chairman and retired NYPD officer. AOC’s spokesperson dismissed the chairman’s statement, arguing they left because they had to “pick up their children.” Right. Because we often see septuagenarian veterans in the school pickup line. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Two military veterans stormed out of a private meeting with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) after she made a few remarks bashing President Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

The self-described Democratic socialist conducted the closed-door meeting, which was held in the Bronx section of New York City with Community Board 11 members on Wednesday evening, according to a Saturday report from the New York Post.

At the meeting, she criticized U.S. foreign policy of providing bombs to Saudi Arabia and called Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu autocrats because of their leadership style.

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Issues, Media, Politics

Gillette Ad: Man Teaches Trans “Son” to Shave

Showing actual men shaving is so offensive to PC culture that Gillette-a hundred year-old company with the iconic “The Best A Man Can Get” slogan-decided to feature a hormone-addled biological girl in its latest commercial. The anti-“toxic masculinity” ad was captioned, “Whenever, wherever, however it happens, your first shave is special.” It also features a presumably male “dad” showing his grown adult “son” how to shave because “shaving is about being confident.” Read more…

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Gillette’s latest ad shows a father teaching his transgender son how to shave, the razor company’s latest foray into social justice issues.

“Whenever, wherever, however it happens – your first shave is special,” reads the caption on Gillette’s Facebook page.

“Growing up, I was always trying to figure out what kind of man I wanted to become, and I’m still trying to figure out what kind of man that I want to become,” the transgender man, identified as Samson, says in the video. “I always knew I was different. I didn’t know that there was a term for the type of person that I was. I went into my transition just wanting to be happy. I’m glad I am at the point where I am able to shave.”

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Issues, Media, Politics

Actors Get Death Threats for Pro-Trump Play

Two Hollywood actors daring to play the parts of Trump-hating FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page in a crowdfunded dramatic stage reading of the infamous text messages have already received death threats for daring to be “pro-Trump” in their performance. “FBI Lovebirds: UnderCovers” will take place at The Studio Theater in Washington, D.C., unless the Left makes good on its threats to “lock the doors, set the theater on fire.” Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

All too predictably, when news arose that two Hollywood actors would play anti-Trump FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page in a one-night dramatic stage reading, they received at least one death threat.

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Kristy Swanson will star on June 13 at The Studio Theater in Washington, D.C. with Dean Cain in “FBI Lovebirds: UnderCovers,” which will feature them simply reading the anti-Trump text messages the two FBI employees sent to each other. She revealed that someone on Twitter posted a threat writing, “Have the Capitol steps open, lock the doors, set the theater on fire,” a message Swanson noted not only threatened the two actors, but also the production team and the audience. Swanson told BizPacReview, “I think it’s disgusting that someone would make a threat like this.”

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Abortion, Issues, Politics

Pro-Abortion Activist: Pro-Lifers “Deserve to be Shot”

According to footage obtained by the pro-life group Created Equal, an aggressive pro-abortion supporter argued that pro-lifers “deserve to be shot.” “When you’re standing between a patient and her doctor, they should get what they have coming to them.” In the midst of the fight over new abortion bans across the country, the pro-abort Left is becoming increasingly unhinged. Read more…

Here’s more from PJ Media…

At a pro-abortion “Stop the Bans” protest on Tuesday, an angry activist blocked a pro-life protester, accusing the pro-life side of violence and eventually saying pro-life activists “should be shot.”

The pro-life group Created Equal published footage of the confrontation in front of the Ohio statehouse on Wednesday. The “Stop the Bans” movement aims to protest the recent Alabama abortion bill, which mounts a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade (1973), the Supreme Court decision legalizing the killing of unborn babies.

“You guys are yelling and cussing at people, and calling us nasty names,” the pro-abortion activist said.

“We’re not doing that to you. And so forgive me when I laugh about it. I think it’s kind of funny,” the pro-life protester responded.

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Immigration, Issues

DHS: 1 Percent of Guatemalans Have Entered the U.S.

New Department of Homeland Security numbers reveal that 1 percent of the entire population of Guatemala and Honduras have entered the United States just since September 2019. This number represents a 370 percent increase in the number of family units apprehended compared with the same time period in the last federal fiscal year. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez referred to the crisis as a “system-wide emergency”-and this was based on March numbers! According to Representative Chip Roy (R-TX), 109,144 illegal immigrants have already been apprehended for the month of April. Read more…

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The Daily Wire has repeatedly covered the ongoing migrant influx crisis at our beleaguered southern border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) March crossing/apprehension numbers were record-shattering, and CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez referred to the onslaught as a “system-wide emergency”:

“We are currently experiencing a system-wide emergency in our processing and holding facilities. The humanitarian crisis created by a massive influx of family groups and unaccompanied children in recent months has forced CBP to reallocate resources away from law enforcement, trade and travel missions to process and provide care for those in our custody,” said CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez. “The impacts to legitimate trade and travel cannot be overstated. As this crisis continues to worsen, it undermines CBP’s ability to perform its dual mission of protecting our borders and facilitating legitimate trade and travel.”

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Big govt, Courts, Issues, Politics

Father Guilty of “Violence” for Rejecting Child’s Transgender Pronoun

Canadian Justice Francesca Marzari just found the father of a 14-year-old girl guilty of “family violence” after he refused to refer to his daughter as “he.” Upon issuing an order of protection, Marzari stated that the father could be arrested “immediately” and “without warrant” if he calls his daughter by her birth name, refers to her “as a girl or with female pronouns” directly or to third parties,” or suggests that his daughter is actually a girl and should “abandon treatment.” According to the report, the teen’s school counselor encouraged her to identify as a boy while in the seventh grade, and a doctor in turn encouraged hormone disruption. Read more…

Here’s more from Breitbart…

A British Columbia (BC) Supreme Court judge has found the father of a 14-year-old girl claiming to be transgender guilty of “family violence” because he continued to refer to his daughter as “she.”

An order of protection issued by Justice Francesca Marzari states the father, known as “Clark,” is subject to arrest if he attempts to “persuade” his daughter, known as “Maxine,” to “abandon treatment for gender dysphoria,” to call her by her birth name, or to refer to her “as a girl or with female pronouns,” either “directly or to third parties.”

The court order states the father’s arrest may occur “immediately” and “without warrant” by a police officer “who has reasonable and probable grounds” to enforce the order.

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