The Mob Goes After… Jerry Rice?

Yesterday I wrote a post about the (over)reactions people were having to this Colin Kaepernick thing. So now, in the interest of fairness, I am going to tell you about a series of much more insane overreactions to another voice that has chimed in on this controversy. That voice belongs to perhaps the greatest wide receiver and San Francisco 49er in the history of the NFL, Jerry Rice:

 

If you read the responses to the tweet, it’s an unrelenting stream of vitriol directed towards one of the most respected people to ever play the game of football for either saying “All Lives Matter” or for expressing his view that the pre-football game National Anthem is not an appropriate venue for a political protest. Rice is also being roasted by figures in the sports media and all the SJW social media warriors you would expect to be involved.

 

Good grief, everyone. If you can muster this level of anger at Jerry effing Rice over THAT tweet, you need to re-examine your entire life to determine where you went wrong to allow this much senseless anger into your heart. Seriously. Then find a hobby, preferably something that will allow you make something tangible with your hands; I’ve heard that can be tremendously cathartic.

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People Give Ann Coulter’s Book Cover a Makeover After Trump’s Immigration Flip-Flop

While Ann Coulter not having the best day due to the release of her book coinciding with Trump’s brand new squishy, Jeb Bush-esque stance on immigration, everyone else is having a great time.

Aside from the constant mocking, some have taken to photoshop to help give Coulter’s new book, “In Trump We Trust,” a brand new look that better coincides with recent events.

RedState’s Ben Howe points out that the word we’ve had thrown at us repeatedly for resisting Trump’s undoable stance is now applicable to Trump and his supporters.

Jon Gabriel didn’t change much, but does make the title a bit more accurate.

Rick Tyler wants reality to sink in for Coulter.

Ben Howe comes back with a recreation of Coulter’s thought process during the book release.

And SooperMexican says it like it is.

Coulter need not worry, however. Ilya Shapiro, looking ahead, has a suggestion for her next book.

I’d almost feel sorry for Coulter, but she brought this on herself by putting her faith in a man who consistently flip flops on every issue. In fact, she almost seemed to acknowledge it in her book, just before she foreshadowed Trump’s immigration switch-up.

Thems the breaks.

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They Used a Sick Form of ‘Discipline’ to Toughen Up Boys Who Couldn’t Do Pushups

Police say Florida dads Eduardo Vazquez and William Torres-Morales have been practicing a truly sick form of discipline on their young children.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s office, the two 22-year-old fathers have been using using a stun gun to discipline their own children.

The Sheriff’s Office wrote in a statement that Vazquez and Torres-Morales were arrested Thursday on aggravated child abuse and other charges. But they weren’t alone.

Also arrested were their girlfriends — 33-year-old Elizabeth Tarvin and 32-year-old Veronica Sanchez — who now face charges of negligent child abuse and failure to report child abuse.

The report details how the suspects confessed to using a stun gun on the children for various reasons, including times when the boys couldn’t perform an acceptable number of pushups.

According to the police report, doctors who initially examined the two boys described one boy as having 10 burn marks on his buttocks and the other having 15, both from a “two-pronged” instrument.

When police went to the boys’ home, it was reported that five more children showed the same two-pronged burns on their buttocks and legs.

The Sheriff’s Office alleges that the girlfriends, Tarvin and Sanchez, were aware of the abuse, and while they did not engage in the use of stun guns on the children, they did nothing to stop it.

It was not indicated whether the suspects have attorneys at this time.

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Why Liz Warren really doesn’t like Mike Pence

Last week, we learned something new about Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. She doesn’t like Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Like, really doesn’t like him.

 

This stands to reason. Warren is a liberal’s liberal, and Pence is a conservative’s conservative who has described himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.” But what specifically upsets Warren about Pence? Going by her tweets in the wake of the Pence announcement, it’s his stance on social issues.

 

But there’s something else that might just outweigh these things in determining Warren’s strong anti-Pence stance—though it’s more complicated for her to explain and message than “he’s pro-life and anti-gay,” which is really easy to cover off in 140 characters.

 

Pence’s selection, it turns out, might further elevate the issue of financial sector regulation and what’s wrong with the Obama administration’s approach within the Trump-headed, and therefore more financial sector-skeptical Republican Party, and thereby make reining in entities like Warren’s brainchild, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a little more of a policy priority.

 

As Politico (subscription-only) notes:

 

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s potential selection as Donald Trump’s running mate could provide a big boost to another prominent Republican and his ambitious plan to overhaul the nation’s financial system: Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).

 

Hensarling, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, once called Pence his “dearest friend” and “closest colleague” when they both served in Congress. On Thursday, he issued a statement calling Pence “perhaps the most principled conservative leader in America today” and saying he would “be a great addition to the ticket and he will make a great vice president.”

 

That relationship suggests that Pence’s presence on the ticket could strengthen the chances that Trump would get behind Hensarling’s so-called Choice Act – a sweeping plan to overturn the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law, one of President Barack Obama’s signature policy victories.

 

Hensarling’s legislation specifically takes aim at the CFPB, which appears to be structured in an unconstitutional manner, is not subject to the checks and balances typically applied to federal government agencies, and has been engaged in gathering reams of data on consumers in a way that creates privacy and cybersecurity concerns. From The Hill:

 

The new bill would allow Congress to set the CFPB’s budget, and replace its single director with a bipartisan commission. Republicans have tried for years to make those changes to the agency, while Democrats resisted arguing it would weaken the agency.

 

The CFPB would also undergo a name change. Under Hensarling’s plan, the bureau would become the “Consumer Financial Opportunity Commission,” and be given a dual mission of protecting consumers and “competitive markets,” according to a bill summary.

 

The regulator would also see some of its major powers curbed. Among those are the CFPB’s ability to bar any financial product in deems to be “abusive,” and its ability to gather consumer financial data.

 

Every other financial regulator would also be led by a bipartisan commission and have their budgets set by appropriators under the bill, although many of them already operate under those conditions.

 

Seen from a conservative standpoint, this is pretty reasonable stuff. But seen from Warren’s vantage point, it’s a full-on assault on the work-product for which she will be most remembered, and an agency she’d probably prefer to be heading rather than being one of a hundred senators in a highly deliberative body.

 

So, sure, she disagrees with Pence on overall political philosophy, and abortion and LGBT issues, specifically. But there’s likely much more to Warren’s disdain for the Vice Presidential nominee than that—and it may be a touch more personal, too.

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Dems Use Planned Parenthood To Hold Zika Funding Hostage

The Zika virus has caused panic in Latin American countries. Widespread concerns are affecting an already troubled Summer Olympics before they’ve begun, and turned athletes, spectators, and media personalities away from the games in Rio.

However, that’s far from the real tragedy.

The scariest thing about Zika is what it can do to a woman and her pregnancy. The virus, which is spread by mosquitoes or through sexual transmission, can cause an unborn child to develop microcephaly – a neurological condition that causes abnormal brain development, a smaller head, and a lifetime of health and physical problems. It is a devastating diagnosis to receive.

Because of this threat, abortions have drastically increased in some Latin American countries, even those which outlaw the life-ending procedure. BBC reports:

Fears over the Zika virus have contributed to a “huge” increase in the number of women in Latin America wanting abortions, researchers say.

Estimates suggest there has been at least a doubling in requests in Brazil and an increase of a third in other countries.

Many governments have advised women not to get pregnant due to the risk of babies being born with tiny brains.

Sixty countries and territories have reported cases of Zika being spread by mosquitoes. More than 1,500 babies have been diagnosed with microcephaly caused by the virus.

One woman from Peru told Women on Web: “I’m very concerned, I’m two months pregnant and in my country Zika has been detected.

“I love children, but I don’t believe it is a wise decision to keep a baby who will suffer. I need an abortion. I don’t know who to turn to. Please help me ASAP.

In the U.S. there have been 820 confirmed Zika cases. So far, each transpired because the infected individual traveled outside of the United States. Though travel-related cases are increasing, with New York and Florida topping that list, there have been no local or mainland incidents reported.

Meanwhile, in Congress, efforts to fund measures to fight Zika have stalled and won’t resume until after the Independence Day recess. Democrats and Republicans are fighting over financing, and disagreement over the role of Planned Parenthood funds. This so-called women’s “health organization” is part of the delay. The Hill reports:

Democrats say one of their biggest concerns about the bill — and one that would be expected to prompt a White House veto — is that Republicans are targeting women’s health groups.

“Preventing funding from going to Planned Parenthood? That’s a poison pill,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters Thursday.

Though Democrats claim the Republican version of the Zika funding bill seeks to harm women by steering it clear of Planned Parenthood, the opposite is true. Accountability is a must when discussing health-related funding. Planned Parenthood is outnumbered 20 to 1 by comprehensive women’s healthcare clinics, so the Leftist claim is nothing but a fog of fear. As the New York Times reports:

“Unlike the administration’s request that allowed overly broad authority for federal agencies to use Zika dollars with little accountability, this legislation places tight controls and oversight on spending to ensure that every dollar is being used appropriately,” the statement from the House Appropriations Committee.

Sadly, many unborn lives will be lost abroad as a result of Zika, and things could potentially worsen stateside. Not every infected person is a female of childbearing age, and of the infected individuals who are pregnant, a small number will receive a microcephaly diagnosis. While this may not be comforting to those facing the struggle of a disabled child, abortion is still not the answer.

Democrats in Congress refuse to acknowledge that the majority of women’s healthcare in this country is not related to Planned Parenthood. The best healthcare for women, whether Zika-related or not, remains with clinics providing non-abortive education, prescriptions, and services.

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New Polls: The Libertarian Party is Poised for a Stunning Showing in November

This may be surprising to you, but only once in its entire history has the Libertarian candidate for President gotten over 1% of the Presidential vote – when Ed Clark and David Koch got 1.06% of the vote in 1980. Usually, in fact, the Libertarian Party candidate gets less than one half of one percent – only Clark in 1980 and Gary Johnson in 2012 have ever gotten more than .50% in a Presidential election.

The Libertarians showed this year at their nominating convention over Memorial Day weekend that they are a long, long way from becoming anything approaching a mainstream party. Both their candidates and party activists were a huge turn off for regular people who tend to think that nah, a five year old should NOT be able to buy heroin.

Two new polls suggest, however, that massive Republican voter dissatisfaction may lead the Libertarians to unheard of electoral heights. First, a Mason-Dixon poll of Florida voters indicates that Gary Johnson is poised to take 7% of the Florida vote, almost all of which comes from the ranks of disaffected former Republican voters. Second, a national Rasmussen poll shows that Johnson is likewise poised to reach 8% nationally, which would lead the Libertarians to the promised land of Federal matching funds (which would of course lead to the hilarious question of whether the Libertarians would accept those funds).

Sure, it’s early in the election season and there’s a reason to take these polls with a grain of salt. However, there really is reason to believe that Johnson and Weld can make some noise this year. The media has figured out that there are a whole bunch of Republicans who are desperate for a third party option and right now the Libertarian Party is probably the most attractive. We all know they basically rig the debate criteria to include whoever they want, so if they decide to treat Johnson as a legit candidate, complete with coverage and debate appearances, then topping 5% in this election is definitely within reach. And if the Libertarians are responsible for the difference between Trump and Clinton, then they will have truly arrived indeed.

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Lubbock Mayor Shocked by Border Tour: ‘More Porous Than I Imagined’

“As a candidate for Congress, I wanted to witness the situation first hand and hear from our Border Patrol Agents,” Robertson said in a written statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. “I plan on visiting other sectors in the future to learn more about the challenges our brave Border Patrol Agents face on a daily basis.” | click here for Breitbart Texas article.


Dick Morris: Supreme Court Brings Back Three-Fifths Slavery Formula

Anything written by Dick Morris merits extra scrutiny however his piece about the consequences of the Evenwel decision is well-thought out. States like Texas will benefit from disproportionate representation because of our large population of illegal immigrants who, like the slaves of the 19th century, are not allowed to vote. | click here for DickMorris.com article.


Waco Tribune: AG rules gun ban invalid at McLennan County Courthouse

“The county Monday was notified by the Attorney General’s Office that the signs at the entrances of the courthouse and the annex are in violation of state law and must be removed unless commissioners decide to challenge the opinion. The letter states that the county cannot prohibit licensed handgun holders from entering into an entire building simply because the courts or the offices of the courts are located in a portion of a multipurpose building.” | click here for Waco Tribune article.