October 17, 2018

Ocasio-Cortez still uses Uber, other ride-hailing apps, despite blaming them for suicide of yellow cab driver

Dana Mathewson

Democrats maybe didn't invent hypocrisy, but they sure are working hard to perfect it. Here, we see the Left's favorite shiny object continuing to ignore the effects of her tone-deafness. From Fox News:

New York Socialist Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has continued to use Uber and other ride-hailing apps – but not New York taxi cabs – despite blaming them for a suicide.

Between July and the end of September, Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign spent nearly $4,500 on rides with Uber, Lyft, and Juno, according to the receipts submitted to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The latest figures still indicate that she remains unashamed of using the services she criticizes for exploitation and leading people to suicide, despite increasing pressure and accusations of hypocrisy.

Ocasio-Cortez has frequently attacked ride-hailing apps for what she sees as underpaying its drivers, decrying their pay as "exploitation” if they don’t get at least $15 an hour, the so-called living wage.

She directly blamed Uber for the suicide death of Doug Schifter, a driver in his 60s, who killed himself with a shotgun amid financial difficulties caused by flooding the streets of New York with alternative and cheaper options of taxis, as detailed in a lengthy Facebook post.

"NYC's fourth driver suicide. Yellow cab drivers are in financial ruin due to the unregulated expansion of Uber. What was a living wage job now pays under minimum,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a tweet.

The new data from the campaign follows previous Fox News’ report that revealed the campaign spent nearly $4,000 on Uber and $2,500 on Juno between April and late June when she won against top Democrat Joe Crowley in a New York Democratic primary

Ocasio-Cortez’ campaign did cut its excessive spending on Uber rides amid scrutiny, spending merely $500 in the last quarter, with fares ranging from $2 to nearly $60.

But the cut was offset by the use of Lyft, another ride-hailing app facing nearly identical criticisms as Uber. The campaign spent over $2,700 on rides with Lyft.

 

Does she just not get it? Can she not connect the dots? Oh, sorry, I forgot. Socialists rarely know there ARE dots.


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You mean you can't trust a Democrat's campaign rhetoric?

Dana Mathewson

Apparently not! Tim can verify this particular Democrat's honesty, or lack thereof.

'People Just Can't Know That': McCaskill, Staff Exposed In Undercover Sting Video


James O'Keefe's Project Veritas released a new undercover video Monday night showing Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and her staffers expressing support for radical gun control measures that they admit she can't state publicly.

The video shows McCaskill and her staff admitting that she supports banning semi-automatic weapons, bump stocks, high-capacity magazines, along with supporting other far-left policies.

Rob Mills, who works on McCaskill’s campaign, says in the video that McCaskill can't be open about her policies because "she has a bunch of Republican voters" and "that could hurt her ability to get elected."

 

Nicolas Starost, who also works McCaskill’s campaign, says in the video that former President Barack Obama isn't campaigning for McCaskill because she doesn't want to be cast as too far-left, even though she believes in the same policies that Obama does [emphasis mine].

"Because of how like, cause he’s a very liberal candidate," Starost says. "And like… Claire distancing herself from the party is gonna help her win more votes than it will saying like: 'Oh here’s Obama, the former President of the United States, to now speak on my behalf.' Which is unfortunate because I love Obama to pieces, and I’d love to see him come here."

People who are phonies on gun control usually get unmasked sooner or later, and these days it's often sooner. Daily Wire is widely distributed, so let's hope this blows up in Claire's face. We at The Aviary are doing our part!

https://www.dailywire.com/news/37173/people-just-cant-know-claire-mccaskill-goes-down-ryan-saavedra?utm_medium=email&utm_content=101618-news&utm_campaign=position1

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October 16, 2018

This Is Why You Shouldn't Always Believe Your Advisors

Dana Mathewson

Well, at least that's how it seems to me. If you live your life in a bubble, as it appears most leftist/liberals do, you're apt to hear things like this:

Top Democrats close to Hillary Clinton are reportedly telling her to keep her 2020 options open in case former Vice President Joe Biden passes on challenging President Donald Trump.

On Monday’s Hardball on MSNBC, Steve McMahon, a top Democratic strategist, said that "some people close to the Clintons and close to Hillary Clinton who look at the field and think if Joe Biden doesn’t run, it’s an awfully weak field and someone like Hillary Clinton could get back in.”

He added that some of these confidants are "whispering in her ear” that she might be able to win the nomination if Biden decides not to run.

CNN’s most recent national poll of potential 2020 Democratic contenders had Biden with a 20-point lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Biden got 33% in the poll while Sanders received 13%. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) was next with 9%, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with 8% and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) with 5%.

Ohhhhh KAY! For one thing, I doubt CNN's polling is that accurate except among hard-core Democrats. For another, I don't see Hillary's name in there anywhere, with any percentage numbers after her name or none. Does that mean anything? And please read on about the "cringeworthy" interviews that Hillary recently gave. Might they affect her "loveability quotient?"

There's also the fact that many people, not just the nice little circle that generates this particular blog, fully expect Hillary's health to give out, to one degree or another, by 2020. But that's just us, of course.

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A Different "Take" on Sen. Warren's Ethnicity Flap

Dana Mathewson

One of the joys of the Twin Cities area is the Power Line blog and its trio of proprietors, the chief of which is John Hinderaker.

Here's his interesting article titled: "Why Elizabeth Warren's Lies Are Good For America." Intriguing idea, no?

Paul and Scott have joined in the general hilarity over Elizabeth Warren’s disclosure that she might be something like 1/1,000 Native American. (Then again, she might not be. There is so little Native American DNA in the database that several Latin American countries, including Mexico, are used as proxies. Warren may have a better claim to being Hispanic than Indian.) It turns out that Warren likely has less Native American blood than the average white American. Not to mention the wag who noted that she has more bourbon in her blood than Warren has Indian. But Warren doggedly sticks to the one-drop rule that her Democratic forbears promulgated in the antebellum South. Good for her!

Here’s the point: Warren’s defense of her claim to being Native American is good for America. Because if Warren is an Indian, then so are most of the rest of us. And most of us are also African-American or Hispanic. If everyone is an Indian, then no one is an Indian. This logic is fatal to the whole corrupt affirmative action enterprise.

Harvard Law School billed Elizabeth Warren as the first "woman of color” on its faculty. On the contrary, if Warren’s 1/1,000 Native American ancestry counts, the law school has probably had any number of "women of color,” both before and after her. Most of us qualify.

Affirmative action is teetering on the brink. Trial of the Asian students’ race discrimination lawsuit against Harvard University commenced today, I believe. Harvard’s denial that it discriminates against Asian applicants is transparently false, yet the academic world has rallied around the university in what likely will prove to be a vain effort to uphold the discriminatory regime in which nearly all are complicit.

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Why does the edifice of racial categorization and discrimination persist in spite of its obvious irrationality and unfairness? Because many billions of dollars turn on it. And, perhaps equally important, it provides endless opportunities for virtue signaling. After all, if the Democrats didn’t have race, what would they have? That question is, no doubt, frightening to them.

Yep, I'd say that's exactly the case. Which may be the reason that the donkeys are so annoyed that Lizzie has brought up the subject at this particular time. Yes, it is taking focus off the midterm elections, but it may well do more than that. If it strips their one and only weapon -- identify politics -- from their arsenal, Lizzie may well get launched on her very own Trail of Tears.


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Keith Ellison in Political Trouble

Dana Mathewson

All of us in Minnesota sure hope this is true!

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/keith-ellisons-lead-vanishing-amid-domestic-abuse-allegat ions

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The Magic Squaw and Blazing Ford; Reality and Magical Thinking in Modern America

Timothy Birdnow

Nothing comes out of a vacuum. Ideas, like germs, infect and grow and move from place to place, body to body. Sometimes these ideas are good, like the concept of Inalienable Rights, or free markets, or that slavery is an evil thing (most people in history would have strongly disagreed with that last.) As with viruses there are many that are neither good nor bad, simply that exist. And then there are very bad ones, which cause untold damage to society. Those last are usually embraced by the Progressives and the radical Left.

And they don't just go away. like viruses, they mutate into new forms and assert themselves in ways we cannot imagine at the time.

Take the concept of subjective reality. Western philosophy (and Eastern as well) began embracing this notion a long time ago based on a number of key observations about the imprecision of human senses. more...

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Cherokee Lizzy's DNA Test Prove she was Lying

Jack Kemp forwards this:

Acting as if the results of the senator's DNA test are a vindication of her initial claims is an assault on reason.

From the Federalist:

One plausible answer might be that her family had lied to her, or were also misled about their heritage, and that Warren truly believed she was Cherokee. This happens relatively often, I suppose. Then again, few people exhibit as much certitude, and gain as many benefits, over a claim that's so obscure and unverifiable.

The second is that Warren herself lied or exaggerated her heritage, knowing full well that her contention to Cherokee ancestry was likely nothing more than lore. She then latched on to this negligible history to gain traction in an academic field that was searching for more diversity in their candidates.

We now know that the second option is more probable after the prospective presidential candidate decided to make a huge deal out of taking a DNA test, that, in reality, only proves she is as white as I am. A ludicrously unskeptical Boston Globe story about Warren's dramatic decision to take the test begins by contending that there's "strong evidence" of Warren's Native American's ancestry dating back 6 to 10 generations”which creates the impression that she has Native American family littered over the past 100 years.

Read the entire article; it's well worth your time.



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October 15, 2018

‘I Stand for the Flag, I Kneel at the Cross’

Dana Mathewson

PA Dem Forced to Resign After Facebook Posts Deemed Offensive


Words (almost) fail me here, dear readers. But please read on; it gets worse.

A top Democrat in Pennsylvania said that he was forced to resign due to past Facebook posts that were deemed controversial.

Mark Salvas told CBS 2 Pittsburgh that he was asked by the chair of the Allegheny County Democratic Party to resign, largely because of a photo from last year that showed him and his wife with the words "I stand for the flag, I kneel at the cross."

Democrats in Allegheny County were reportedly offended by his patriotic post, as well as another by his wife that asked to support an officer charged in the fatal shooting of an African-American teen in June.

"I’m not ashamed of my patriotism, not one bit," said Salvas, a Gulf War veteran. "I fought for this country. I think I have a right to have a voice and be patriotic."

There's more. My question is, why is this Salvas, who obviously is a thoroughly decent, patriotic man, affiliated in any way with the Democrat Party?


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Crab Grass; Progressive "Science" Condemning Lawns

Timothy Birdnow

Now they're coming for your lawn.

Physorg dishes:

A pair of urban ecologists, one from Australia, the other Sweden, suggests in a Perspective piece published in the journal Science that it might be time to rethink the idea of the modern lawn. In their paper, Maria Ignatieva and Marcus Hedblom note that the natural benefits of green lawns are far outweighed by negative environmental consequences, and because of that, new forms of groundcover need to be explored.

The expanse of cut green grass that surrounds many houses and serves as a draw to parks and other outdoor places is not as green as it might look. The modern lawn requires not only a lot of water, but fertilizer. It also requires mowing, in most cases using gas-powered machines that spew carbon monoxide and other toxins into the air. Ignatieva and Hedblom note that it is true that lawns offer some positive benefits such as pulling carbon dioxide out of the air, but the negative aspects of lawn care far outweigh their benefits. They note that globally, lawns currently occupy land space equivalent to England and Spain combined. Lawns also currently require an enormous amount of water—in arid regions, lawns account for 75 percent of water consumption. They also note that weed killers and fertilizers wind up in the water table. And artificial turf, they note, is not a likely solution. It doesn't contribute to carbon sequestering, causes problems with water runoff, and might be poisoning local water tables.

Because of the obvious drawbacks, the researchers suggest that it is time for the world to rethink the idea of a lawn

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Of course, grass acts to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, but that doesn't matter.

Well, the final solution to this is to ban yards entirely and force everyone into housing projects like Pruitt-Igo, the St. Louis house of horrors. (Yes it really was that bad; I grew up in St. Louis and remember that hell-hole well.)

High rise housing with open green spaces is an integral concept in U.N. Agenda 21/30. Crabbing about the grass is a way of backdooring the idea.

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Gun Suppressors Prevent Hearing Damage

Jack Kemp

Go to the webpage link to see accompanying online videos.

Police Department Confirms What Gun Owners Already Know: Suppressors Limit Hearing Damage

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Liz Warren 1/32 or 1/512 Indian, took DNA test

Jack Kemp

Kowabunga, Sen. Elizabeth Warren now only talks with forked tongue about where the money will come for all her giveaway programs. She really is a small part Indian.\

But this "champion of the people" benefited greatly at the expensive of the poor when she exploited their situation, using forced into bankruptcy situations to flip their homes for a quick markup profit of up to seventy percent. This was reported in 2012 at the UK Daily Mail website

To quote the Daily Mail, more...

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The Sustainability Scheme

Timothy Birdnow

Dr. Ileana Johnson gives us the lowdown on U.N. Agenda 21/30. It's nothing new to Aviary readers, but it certainly bears repeating.

Here is a taste:

Each year U.N. Agenda 21 which has morphed into 2030 Agenda is imposed on the participating countries, including U.S., at the local, state, and federal level under the infamous Sustainable Development (SD).

Wealth redistribution is not the entire U.N. Agenda 2030. They want to control population size, to engineer where we live through high-rise mixed-use urban settlements and forced mass migration (Europeans are already experiencing a dose of this forced migration and so are Americans), eliminating borders, and nudging governments to seize control of the means of production, directly or through fascistic decrees. U.N. is telling us clearly, "We commit to making fundamental changes in the way that our societies produce and consume goods and services.”

Who is going to decide what is "sustainable patterns of consumption and production” and what will the consequences of non-compliance be?

Alex Newman described Agenda 2030 as a "the UN plot …aimed at ‘transforming’ the world. The program is a follow-up to the last 15-year UN plan, the defunct "Millennium Development Goals,” or MDGs. It also dovetails nicely with the deeply controversial UN Agenda 21, even including much of the same rhetoric and agenda. But the combined Agenda 2030 goals for achieving what is euphemistically called "sustainable development” represent previous UN plans on steroids — deeper, more radical, more draconian, and more expensive.”

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Do read the whole thing; it shows what a deceptive, devious plot this whole "sustainability" movement really is.

Read the U.N. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform for the information on what they are demanding.

Here is the preamble:

This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

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And the document calls for unrestrained international migration, welfare programs for all, heavy regulation of private property ownership, you name it.

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The Strange Case of Robert Mueller and the Russian Uranium

Timothy Birdnow

The FBI handles crime inside the U.S. and rarely interferes with foreign affairs except in the case of domestic espionage. That is why this story from the Gateway Pundit is so interesting. It seems that Robert Mueller, the man who is investigating the Trump Administration for collusion with the Russians, was chosen by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama to deliver a sample of Georgian uranium to the Russians.

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Dems Souring on SCOTUS - as I Predicted

Timothy Birdnow

Recently I argued the Democrats were going to change their minds on the value of the Supreme Court. As power slips through their fingers they were going to decide the Court had way too much authority, and would seek to limit its' influence.

Well, here is something that buttresses that position. Radical Leftist Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) had this to say in a recent interview with Deconstructed Live. Here is the pertinent quote:

Sen. Jeff Merkley:

Absolutely and we really have to wrestle with the court because, here is the situation – the court is no longer a panel of wise, individuals weighing the provisions of the constitution against each other. It is now the most powerful legislative body and it is a legislative body controlled by and for the powerful rather than by and for the people. And if we don’t take on the issues of gerrymandering, if we don’t take on the issues of voter suppression, dark money in campaigns, then we’re going to lose forever more to the one percent and the court’s right at the heart of all those key issues

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When SCOTUS was promoting abortion or gay marriage we were told they were the final authority and could not be questioned. Now the Left isn't so enthused. A sword with both sides sharpened cuts both ways, and the Left doesn't like it.

Despite the horrible nature of the gang rape of Judge (now Justice) Kavanaugh, it may yet serve a useful purpose. If respect for the courts is reduced, if we are restored to a more Constitutionally proper role for them, a great good will be served. Oh, and it may well have cost the Democrats the Blue Wave they believed they were going to get next month.

SCOTUS and the other courts were never supposed to have the kind of power they have held since Roosevelt. They have gone from interpreting laws and advising on them to making laws on their own. Clearly both the examples I gave - abortion and gay marriage - were unconstitutional law making by activist courts. These pseudo-laws need to be rolled back, and that can only happen if a.we have Constitutionalists on the Court and b.people stop listening to the courts so much. The latter appears to be poised to happen.

Some day we may thank God for the terrible thing done to Kavanaugh. But in the meantime we need to smite the Amalekite donkey horde. As with spoiled brats, the key to maintaining order and civility is in swift punishment. The Dems have to lose, and suffer, for their crimes in the Kavanagh case. And there actually were crimes; at least one example of an attempt to suborn perjury and probably a lot of others. If Jeff ZZZessions would ever poke his head out of its hole and actually do his job we could start fighting back against this stuff. Right now the Dems and the media are getting away with it because there are no repercussions. That must change.

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GOP Should Ignore the Consultants

Timothy Birdnow

Writing at Conservative HQ, Jeffrey Rendall makes a great case for nationalizing the upcoming elections and taking it to the Donkeys as the Party of hate and snarling. He also rips the GOP for the cowards that they are. He's right, and I left the following comment on the article:

Great piece Jeff!

You're right; politics ISN'T that complicated. What makes it so is the fact that the monied class is at odds with the majority of voters and the GOP is caught in a quandary, trying to fool the voters to please the financiers. Oh, and the media, we cannot forget them. Republicans fear being destroyed by the media through scurrilous charges and liberlous slander. So they walk on eggshells all the time. But victory would be easy if they would grow a spine and speak Truth to Power aka tell the liberals to go stuff it. But they won't because they don't think that way. They want to be everything to everybody.

Oh, by the way, the fact that every hill is now one worth expiring upon is evidence that we are winning, as the Left is growing increasingly frantic in their efforts to maintain power. It means we have to be willing to die on those hills ourselves, or at least fight on them. Too bad so many in the GOP want to play patty-cake with the opposition instead.

Tim Birdnow

In point of fact politics is much like handling unruly children. You don't try to reason with them, and you don't try to mollify them. You set rules and you stick with them - and you punish them when they break the rules. This is especially true of the Democrats, none of whom ever grew past early adolescence. They throw temper tantrums. They steal from others. They insult people, yell at them. They do not try to make reasonable arguments, or at least don't try after their arguments have been shot down. They try to shout down their opposition. They just want what they want and will scream until they get it. more...

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High Tech Salem Witch Trial for Men

Jack Kemp

The NY Post reports that:

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A writer whose name appeared on an online list of "Sh–ty Media Men” accused of sexual misconduct is seeking $1.5 million damages from the creators, claiming libel and emotional distress...

"The list contained false information and unsubstantiated allegations, including untrue statements alleging Plaintiff engaged in criminal sexual conduct,” read the suit filed in US District Court in New York.

Contributors to the list included multiple women anonymously claiming sexual misconduct by men.

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Actually, I believe there were a lot more face-to-face accusations at the Salem trials than we see in this story, even though the accusations were often just as unsubstantiated here as they were in Eighteenth Century Massachusetts.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen of the Left. Just because you put libelous gossip in a spreadsheet doesn't make it magically transform into an immune-to-libel-charges reality, as the author of this online list has just found out. As an online writer myself, there are many factual claims in my pieces that both my editors and myself have demanded outside verification for (read: my own proof or using citing other outside reputable sources as responsible) before they could be posted online by me. This woman being sued appears to be engaging in Mean  Girls Junior High School Click lunchroom and restroom accusations as "The New Journalism." Actually, in print (online or on paper) it is only the Old Libel.


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October 14, 2018

Francis Canonizes a Neo-Marxist

Timothy Birdnow

Pope Francis, or, as I like to call him, Pope Francisstein, is a, well, a man who prefers to do what he wishes to following Church teachings, and he often promotes near heresy and then walks it back with vague statements and confusing rhetoric. (He clearly doesn't remember or care that Satan is the father of confusion and misunderstanding.) Francis has been systematically dismantling the protections the Church has put in place to avoid being engulfed by the post-modern system of things. He fired all of the top Conservatives in the hierarchy, replacing them with Progressives. He has whittled down the Church's condemnation of homosexuality, first saying it is not his place ot judge (?!) when asked about it, then offering token chastising but largely excusing it. The eternal deaths of many poor souls will be on his hands for that one; it was his duty to come out boldly and proclaim what has been traditional Catholic teaching on the matter. That teaching is that latent homosexuality is not a sin but practicing homosexuality is a Mortal Sin, the kind that gets you sent to the nether regions. His silence on the matter is tacit approval.

Francis, a good Peronista, turns all of his anger on free market systems and promotes socialism - a scheme that was soundly condemned by Pope Leo XIII in QUOD APOSTOLICI MUNERIS.

In 1878 Pope Leon wrote: more...

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Pepsi's NFL Partnership: The Choice of a Rude generation

Jack Kemp

Grocery store refuses to sell Pepsi until they remove NFL logo

Pepsi's slogan may have once been "The Choice of a New Generation"  but one grocery store owner has chosen to no longer sell its products because they feature the NFL logo.

A Facebook post from S&Z Grocery in Athens, Alabama, stated the store would not sell the products until the logo is removed.

"This may cause me to lose some business, but here goes. S&Z supermarket currently will not be selling 20 ounce Pepsi or Diet Pepsi. These two items are currently produced with the NFL logo on them. I refuse to sell the product until the logo is removed. I will not bow down in order to make a dollar as long as the athletes are allowed to bow down and disrespect the flag and country I love" the Facebook post stated.

Phillip Stewart, the owner of the store, told WAFF he pulled the bottles off the shelf himself, saying it felt wrong to sell the products with the logo.

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How 911 Destroyed the Twin Towers Architect

Jack Kemp forwards this:
Twin Towers engineer blamed himself after 9/11

From the article:

"In 1945, a military plane accidentally crashed into the Empire State Building. There were 14 casualties and $1 million in damage, but the 1,250-foot-tall structure stayed upright. So when structural engineer Leslie Robertson was working on the World Trade Center, which would trump the Empire State by 100-plus feet, he considered jet impact.

"The towers were designed [to withstand a] 707", the largest commercial airliner that existed in the 1970s, Robertson, 90, told The Post. "A low-flying, slow-flying 707 heading for Idlewild"  But on 9/11, two fully-fueled 767s sparked fires that weakened the Twin Towers' support systems beyond anticipation.

The World Trade Center was destroyed, and so was Robertson.

"He lost a lot of his joy and spirit. He had to defend himself, because he was attacked, criticized and pressed by other engineers, by architects, by clients,” says architect A. Eugene Kohn in a documentary about his colleague Robertson, "Leaning Out", premiering Tuesday at the Architecture and Design Film Festival."

Read the entire article.


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The IPCC's latest climate hysteria

Paul Driessen

A few days ago, the United Nations climate agency released a new report that makes even more hysterical claims about imminent climate disasters – and William Nordhaus was awarded half of a Nobel Prize for his work on carbon taxes and other pricing mechanisms for fossil fuels. People would be justified in suspecting that both were timed to influence US elections in November and the UN climate meeting in Poland this December.

My op-ed this week challenges the IPCC pseudo-science, offers alternative sources for much more credible information on climate and energy, analyzes the shortcomings in Dr. Nordhaus’s work – and offers guidelines for more responsible and productive approaches to natural and manmade climate problems

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