Tomato, Tamahto: MSM Completely Sneaked Out of This Hot Debate

There is a raging debate which the Trump-obsessed media has completely ignored — but it must be addressed. Do you call athletic shoes “sneakers” or “tennis shoes?” How you answer is most likely determined by the region you are from.

That hot statistic was confirmed Thursday on The Glenn Beck Program, pitting Glenn and Pat Gray, who hail from the northwest, against northeasterner Stu Burguiere.

“This is completely insane to me because I grew up in the northeast, born in New York. I grew up in Connecticut, mainly. They are sneakers. That’s what you put on your foot when you go to the gym,” Stu Burguiere.

Yeah, not so much. As we all know, one man’s tomato is another man’s tomahto.

“First of all, why are they called sneakers? That’s dumb… Yeah, I’m using them so I can burgle my father’s house, who is out playing tennis,” Glenn said.

Fellow northwesterner Pat wholeheartedly agreed.

“Where are you sneaking? I’m not. So they’re tennis shoes,” Pat said.

Don’t even think about getting them started on soda pop.

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Bewildered Media Stunned by Image of Trump Praying with Christian Leaders in the Oval Office

Religion in politics is seemingly so far removed from the media’s idea of normalcy that a picture of the President praying left one CNN anchor struggling to find words, Wednesday.

Monday, several evangelical leaders were invited to the White House to discuss several issues including repealing ObamaCare and religious freedom. During the meeting, the pastors and Christian leaders also prayed over President Trump. One guest posted a picture of the group praying over Trump with their hands laid on him, to social media. For some reason this image stunned CNN anchor Erin Burnett, who couldn’t hide her shocked reaction at the photo during her Wednesday night show Erin Burnett OutFront.

Teasing the next report, Burnett began:

Something we don’t see everyday here. The image of Donald Trump praying in the Oval Office and…all of those…hands, on him,” she struggled to find words to describe what was happening in the picture.

During another tease of the report on the meeting, Burnett was more overt on how shocked she was by the image.

“And next, a pretty stunning image, let me just give you a quick peek of it,” she gushed.

Burnett then described the scene as if it were something she had never seen before in the White House:

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“The President bowing his head in prayer in the Oval Office and all these people sort of, touching him….it’s very strange. We’re going to tell you what happened there,” she wrapped up.

LifeNews Note: Kristine Marsh is Staff Writer for MRC Culture at the Media Research Center where this originally appeared.

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Union files grievance over ‘goat crews’ clearing brush on university campus

I love this story. Last year Western Michigan University contracted with a company called Munchers on Hooves to bring a group of goats on campus to clear half an acre of brush. The trial was such a success that this year the goats are back, this time to clear 15 acres filled with poison ivy. But the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has filed a grievance against the school, claiming the “goat crews” are unauthorized workers. From the Battle Creek Enquirer:

The 400-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has filed a grievance contending that the work the goats are doing in a wooded lot is taking away jobs from laid-off union workers.

“AFSCME takes protecting the jobs of its members very seriously and we have an agreed-upon collective bargaining agreement with Western Michigan,” said Union President Dennis Moore. “We expect the contract to be followed, and in circumstances where we feel it’s needed, we file a grievance.”

The grievance alleges that the university did not notify the union that it was planning to use goat crews on campus, according to a chief steward report supplied to the Battle Creek Enquirer.

The university is reviewing the grievance in accordance with its regular procedures but confirms no human workers were laid off because of the goats. The co-owner of Munchers on Hooves tells the Associated Press there’s enough work to go around:

“This stuff is so thick,” said Munchers co-owner Gina Fickle of the woodland. She said that human laborers can always come in to finish the work after the goats clear up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) above the ground.

“Goats aren’t there taking work away from anybody, they’re making it safer for people,” Fickle said.

I suspect the real reason the university hired the goats is that they do more work for a lot less money. If so, it raises the question of whether the school should have a union contract for this work in the first place.

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Congresswoman’s staffer indicted for spreading her intimate videos and photos online

A former staffer for a Democratic member of the House of Representatives has been charged with publishing nude photos and videos from her iPhone after he was entrusted to get it fixed for her. The staffer was indicted on the charges by a grand jury Thursday.

WHOA: Feds charge DC man with circulating private, nude images and video of US House Member and spouse

— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) July 13, 2017

The U.S. Attorney’s office said 35-year-old Juan R. McCullum publicly disseminated intimate photos and videos of Stacey Plaskett, the delegate to the House for the U.S. Virgin Islands, and her husband.

It was reported that Plaskett’s sex tape was leaked online year ago. “The theft and distribution of these personal images via the internet marks a new low in Virgin Islands politics,” she said at the time. “I am shocked and deeply saddened that someone would stoop to such a level as to invade my marriage and the love of my family in an attempt to besmirch me politically.”

In 2015, McCullem offered to take Plaskett’s broken iPhone to get it fixed at an Apple store. He was able to obtain “private, nude photos and videos,” from the device after she handed it over.

McCullem left the staff in July of 2016, and to get revenge on Plaskett, he posted the salacious content on the internet from anonymous Hotmail and Facebook accounts. He also encouraged others to spread the content to damage Plaskett.

According to the charging document, McCullem tried to spread the salacious content to Plaskett’s primary opponents in 2016, to get revenge on her.

The grand jury also indicted his 45-year-old co-worker Dorene Browne-Louis on two counts of obstruction of justice for deleting text messages about McCullem’s tawdry actions.

McCullem faces five years in prison for two charges of cyberstalking, while Brown-Louis faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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‘Beam me up, Scotty’ soon a reality?

(IBTimes) – We might be closer than ever to using teleportation for our daily commutes, after scientists have used a satellite to teleport information between Earth and space.

Chinese researchers achieved two separate feats, according to papers published in the database The first involved transferring a particle’s properties between a ground-based observatory and a satellite in low Earth orbit, almost 900 miles apart. The second transmitted quantum encryption keys between space and the ground, representing a secure communication that can travel long distances.

In both cases, it was the first time these functions were performed in space and thus represents a step toward quantum communications being sent across long distances above Earth, according to a report in ScienceNews.

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Union pushing single payer in California is angering its allies

Earlier this month I wrote about the California Nurse’s Association (CNA) push for single payer in the state. When the bill, known as SB562, was shelved by Speaker Anthony Rendon because of a) excessive costs and b) no plan to pay for it, the union accused him of stabbing them in the back. Rendon received death threats and Democrats in the California Assembly united to demand single payer proponents stop acting like bullies. They didn’t single out the CNA but everyone knows that is who they meant. Yesterday, the Intercept reported that even other members of the coalition formed to support single payer in California are turning against CNA:

One labor group, the National Union of Healthcare Workers, is in active discussions with its executive board to withdraw from Healthy California’s steering committee, according to its president, Sal Rosselli. At least two additional steering committee members, the California Federation of Teachers and Unite Here, may also be on the outs, according to sources familiar with their planning. And others are stepping outside the coalition to engage with one another and devise how to move forward separately…

Elizabeth Sholes is a senior official with California Church IMPACT, the 1.5 million-member policy arm of the California Council of Churches, which is currently part of the coalition, and has been advocating single payer for decades. “CNA could do the work needed to craft a decent bill with a good proposal for funding but have chosen the path of faux outrage and destruction instead. We were betrayed by CNA and people desperate for health care were abandoned,” said Sholes, who is known around the Capitol as “the Church Lady.”

The single-payer movement, said Sholes, is merely being used as a weapon in intraparty politics, calling the CNA strategy “a political hit against Dems whom the CNA wishes to replace with Bernie Sanders supporters.”

There’s a lot more in the piece but basically, a lot of people, even people who really want to see single payer happen, are sick of the CNA leadership treating moderate Democrats like, well, like they are Republicans. Jim Araby, a union member and part of the coalition created to pass the bill, tells the Intercept, “They’ve taken the very important newfound energy in politics, anxiety and fear and hate around Trump, and tried to position it against the wrong villain.”

Monday, Politico reported the conflict between the Nurses’ Union is one major piece of an ongoing battle within the Democratic Party in the state, one that mirrors the division between Sanders supporters and Clinton supporters in last year’s election:

The California Nurses Association and other single-payer advocates descended on the Capitol, waving signs with Rendon’s name printed on a knife buried in the back of the California bear. Sanders himself admonished Rendon, and the nurses union said it planned to air radio ads targeting the Democratic speaker.

“Corporate Dems: Don’t underestimate grassroots taking action on #SinglePayer,” RoseAnn DeMoro, head of the nurses union, said on Twitter.

The episode left a deflating mark on the progressive movement’s ranks across the country.

“It’s more than a disappointment, watching how it plays out there in California,” said Donna Smith, executive director of Progressive Democrats of America.

As I pointed out before, if single payer can’t pass in California where Democrats have complete control, it probably can’t pass anywhere. Even worse for Dems, if the only result of trying to pass it is a divided party, it’s a sign that there could be a serious downside to even trying.

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New fears Drudge, InfoWars, Breitbart could face Dem FEC ‘inquisition’

A revived bid by a top Federal Election Commission Democrat could lead to an “inquisition” against conservative media outlets like the Drudge Report, InfoWars, and Breitbart that take political advertising and are overseen by right-leaning owners or editors, according to critics.

The plan, set for discussion at Thursday’s FEC meeting, could open the door to political subpoenas targeting the websites, their editorial news decisions, and their owners, maybe even Matt Drudge and Alex Jones, according to an expert analysis.

In her effort targeting foreign influence in federal and state elections, Commissioner Ellen Weintraub would probe spending by overseas sources and even partially-foreign-owned U.S. firms on campaigns, including their media buys. Foreign influence is illegal in elections.

She said that tackling foreign influence in elections could be the FEC’s finest hour, adding, “I believe that this Commission can indeed rise to the challenge of understanding what happened in the 2016 election and plugging any legal or procedural holes that could allow foreign actors to interfere with our future elections.”

Politico recently reported that “Weintraub’s interest was piqued by an article published last week by Time magazine that revealed intelligence officials had evidence that Russian agents bought Facebook ads to disseminate election-themed stories. It also indicated that congressional investigators were examining whether Russian efforts to spread such content were boosted by two U.S. companies with deep ties to Trump — Breitbart News and Cambridge Analytica.”

Weintraub told Politico, “if there are U.S. citizens involved in any way in spending foreign money to influence a U.S. election, then that would be something that we could and should pursue.”

#netneutrality protestors want to ban @BreitbartNews @infowars @DRUDGE_REPORT @DRUDGE #fcclive

— Sean Moran (@SeanMoran3) May 18, 2017

In her proposal, she cited the Time report of Russian ad buys on Facebook, drawing that enormous social media site into her focus. Several conservative sites like Drudge, InfoWars and Breitbart, take political ads.

That report also pointed to Russian ties to conservative ownership and funding as a potential target of investigators. Citing a McClatchy report, Time said, “FBI counterintelligence investigators were probing whether far-right sites like Breitbart News and Infowars had coordinated with Russian botnets to blitz social media with anti-Clinton stories, mixing fact and fiction when Trump was doing poorly in the campaign.”

Liberal groups have also cited Drudge as a “peddler” of Russian propaganda, likely putting him in the bull’s eye of an expanded FEC investigative authority.

A legal group endorsed her effort, explaining, “the FEC has broad investigative powers to subpoena witnesses and documents, and compel testimony under oath.”

Weintraub has been fighting the Citizens United decision expanding corporate political spending and foreign ownership in politically active U.S. firms. And she has recently put a new focus on reports of Russian interference in the 2016 election. It is not clear that the FEC has any jurisdiction to join the probe of Russian influence.

But in her plan, which was shelved at last month’s meeting due to last minute changes, she proposed increased spending for expanded enforcement.

An elections laws expert and critic of the Weintraub bid said, “It’s pretty easy to see how this quickly becomes an inquisition into conservative media outlets.”

He added, “Commissioner Weintraub appears to be laying the groundwork to subpoena people at Breitbart, Drudge, and Infowars – maybe even Matt Drudge and Alex Jones themselves.”

In the past, she has dismissed claims of targeting or regulating the media or internet sites. In her proposal, she wrote, “the American public is justifiably alarmed by the reports of foreign attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.” She added, “This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for our democracy.”

Republicans on the FEC, led by Commissioner Lee Goodman, have raised several red flags about Democratic efforts to target Drudge and other conservative media in broad probes of political spending on the internet.

Conservative media have also been targeted at the Federal Communications Commission. During a recent discussion on “net neutrality,” there were protests against conservative media and signs targeting both Drudge and Breitbart.

Source: Paul Bedard

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Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards: Trump Has “Been the Worst” President “in My Lifetime”

A new People Magazine feature about Planned Parenthood subtly hints that the abortion chain and its leader, Cecile Richards, are as American as apple pie.

For many Americans, killing unborn babies in abortions is one of the most reprehensible practices in our country today. But the entertainment magazine painted Richards as a heroine, describing her as “wonder woman” and allowing her to spout her pro-abortion politics.

The propaganda piece featured a smiling photo of the abortion activist in her Manhattan apartment, baking a cherry pie as she talked about her three living children and the fourth who she aborted. Of course, she also talked about politics.

“This White House has been worse for women than any administration in my lifetime,” Richards said.

She criticized President Donald Trump for promising to sign a bill defunding Planned Parenthood, repeal Obamacare and appoint pro-life justices to the United States Supreme Court.

“Until we have more people in office who can get pregnant, we will continue to have these fights,” she told People. “It is very frustrating to talk to members of Congress who will never need maternity benefits, never have to deal with an unintended pregnancy or think about whether they can afford birth control. That’s a problem.

“… but all of the policies that President Trump and this Republican Congress are trying to put in place, believe me, … unintended pregnancy rates will go up and abortion rates will as well,” Richards continued.

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It’s a ridiculous claim because Planned Parenthood does not use the millions of tax dollars it receives every year to end abortion. Killing unborn babies in abortions is Planned Parenthood’s central mission.

In March, it refused to give up its abortion work and focus on providing true health care to low-income women. President Donald Trump offered to support an increase in taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood if it stopped doing abortions, but Planned Parenthood refused.

At the time, Richards called the offer “obscene and insulting,” making it very clear that abortions – not women’s health care – are key to Planned Parenthood.

The abortion chain even throws pizza parties to reward employees who exceed their abortion quotas, and in 2013, it gave one of its Colorado clinics an award for “for exceeding abortion visits.”

Richards said abortion rates and teen pregnancy rates are dropping, which is true; but she credited her own abortion chain for those drops. The problem is that even pro-abortion research groups say differently.

The Guttmacher Institute, the former research arm of Planned Parenthood, admitted earlier this year that pro-life laws and efforts are bringing abortion numbers down. Pro-life pregnancy centers also teach sex education to teens across the country, which could be influencing the drop in teen pregnancies, as well as abortions.

Make no mistake, when Richards bragged about her children and her work to People, she was not advocating for a better America with fewer abortions and fewer teen pregnancies. The $1 million-a-year “non-profit” CEO is advocating for the nearly half a billion taxpayer dollars that Planned Parenthood receives and the ability to continue their work killing more than 300,000 unborn babies every year.

The majority in Congress and President Trump believe unborn babies and moms deserve better. They are working to defund the abortion chain and redirect tax dollars to community health clinics that actually help women and their children.

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Harvard proposes total ban on clubs in order to be more inclusive

A Harvard University committee is proposing a total ban on all student fraternities, sororities, and single-gender clubs because allowing them on campus is just too exclusive.

The proposal, which was first announced Wednesday, would apply to all incoming freshman in the fall 2018, while those who are already enrolled would be exempt, according to Harvard Magazine. The goal is for all such clubs to be eliminated from the university by 2022.

In explaining its reasoning, the committee cited the school’s “commitment to non-discrimination, inclusion, and a healthy social climate,” adding that the impact of the single-gender clubs “permeate[s] the fabric of campus culture.”

“As reflected in survey comments, these organizations directly and negatively influence the undergraduate experience for many students who are not themselves members of these organizations,” the committee’s report states. “The discriminatory practices of these organizations undermine our educational mission and the principles espoused by this faculty and distance their members from their college experience.”

The recommendation came from a committee created in March to determine whether new rules could make the Cambridge, Massachusetts, campus more inclusive.

If the policy is adopted by administration, students will be barred from participating in any sororities, fraternities, or other “exclusionary social organizations.” Those who do join any such organization will face “disciplinary action” from the administrative board.

As Harvard’s student-run newspaper, The Harvard Crimson, astutely pointed out: “The committee’s recommendations will likely draw heavy criticism from both alumni and undergraduates in social groups, who have repeatedly attacked the existing policy as overreaching and unnecessary.”

Yale University faced a similar issue earlier this year. In February, a student group on the New Haven, Connecticut, campus lobbied the school’s administration to allow women into all-male fraternities.

Will McGrew, co-director of the student-led group Engender, which was founded last year “to advocate for a more inclusive social environment on campus,” cited Title IX, which prohibits discrimination based on sex in his argument against all-male groups.

“We view it as the logical next step to go to Yale,” McGrew said, “because all of these organizations fall under the purview of Yale legally, either because they are registered as Yale organizations or it is literally all Yale students that constitute them.”

As for Harvard, it has modeled its latest proposal after similar bans at Williams College and Bowdoin College because, as the report states, “it is unlikely that Harvard can improve upon the policies of these peer institutions.”

Read the full report below:

Harvard Committee Report by Tré Goins-Phillips on Scribd

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One of 1st Muslim same-sex marriages takes place in U.K.

(London Independent) A newly married couple are hoping “to show the whole world that you can be gay and Muslim” after their wedding in the West Midlands.

Jahed Choudhury and Sean Rogan married in Walsall, in one of the UK’s first same-sex marriages involving a Muslim partner.

Footage showed the couple dressed in traditional Bangladeshi attire to say their vows while surrounded by loved ones at the town’s registry office.

Mr Choudhury, 24, told the Express and Star he felt like the “black sheep” of his Bangladeshi Muslim family, being bullied at school, attacked by other Muslims and banned from his local mosque.

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