Popeyes Employees Literally Being Held At Gunpoint Over New Fried-Chicken Sandwich

On Monday night, Popeyes employees in the Houston area were held at gunpoint for selling out of the famed restaurant chain’s latest fried chicken sandwich.
"Group of people with gun rushes door at [Popeyes Chicken] on Scott and Corder. They wanted the chicken sandwich, say employees. Employees were able to lock them out. [Houston Police] responded," ABC affiliate reporter Jessica Willey posted to Twitter.

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AOC raising bail money for counter-protesters at straight-pride parade

Saturday, AOC recommended that people support counter-protesters, including Antifa, who were present at a Boston straight-pride parade. She encouraged people to donate to a “Bail Fund for activists who put themselves on the line…”

The Boston Herald reports that 36 people were arrested at the parade Saturday.

Chants of hatred and disgust were tossed across police barricades between protesters and supporters of the Straight Pride Parade on Saturday which ended in 36 arrests and 4 injured officers, according to Boston police.

Tensions flared in the crowd of about 200 people which was composed mostly of counterprotesters and peppered with far left groups like Antifa. The controversial parade garnered national attention since its inception in June.

“We’re covered in black so when we attack these guys we can’t be prosecuted,” said Jon Crowley, an Antifa member who told the Herald that he felt violence was the only way to deal with the people marching in the parade, which went from Copley Square to City Hall Plaza. “They are fascists, 100%. How else are you going to get them to shut up?”

That quote really sums up Antifa in a nutshell. Why would a lawmaker want to support people looking to commit politically-motivated violence? Here’s a bit of the parade which featured a float supporting President Trump for reelection:

At some point, protesters tried to block the streets and police pepper-sprayed them and made arrests:

The whole straight pride parade is a pretty obvious attempt to troll people on the left and I’m not surprised some were upset about it. As Jazz put it, this looks like an intentional effort to seek confrontation. But the police were there doing their jobs, trying to keep the groups apart so no one got hurt. They didn’t deserve to be attacked for that. Raising money for a group that comes to these events to get violent seems like an unusual angle for a lawmaker to take, but it’s not really surprising that AOC is siding with Antifa over the police.

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CO Governor Angers Ranchers by Pushing Meatless Burgers

Farmers and ranchers are not happy with Colorado governor Jared Polis’s push to explore plant-based meat alternatives.

The first-term Democrat has privately urged the state Department of Agriculture to explore how Colorado can produce meatless options, according to the Gazette. In a behind-the-scenes meeting, he even offered to buy agency researchers Burger King’s new Impossible Whopper, which is made of soy and other meatless products, to demonstrate the potential of the plant-based meat trend.

Beef is the state’s largest export and linchpin of its $40 billion agriculture industry. The initiative by Polis, a tech entrepreneur worth hundreds of millions of dollars, provoked condemnation from local farmers and ranchers.

"For the Governor to suggest that Colorado agriculture begin focusing on growing vegetables for plant-based proteins is confusing to the farmers and ranchers who have worked the land in rural Colorado for decades," the Colorado Livestock Association said in a press release. "Next time the Department of Agriculture staff is [sic.] looking for a free lunch we’d be more than glad to set up a grill in Broomfield and barbecue some cheeseburgers for the crew–the beef kind."

Polis, who eats meat but is married to a vegan man, said he does not intend to replace Colorado’s cattle industry with plant-based alternatives, emphasizing that he wants the agriculture industry to consider new trends to avoid stagnation. Some experts dispute the feasibility of the initiative, telling the Denver Post that Colorado’s geographic and weather conditions make it unsuitable for producing vegan alternatives to beef.

Don Brown, a longtime Colorado beef producer, farmer and agriculture commissioner in the Hickenlooper administration, agrees that farmers and ranchers are always looking for new opportunities to increase their profits.

But when it comes to growing the ingredients that make up the Impossible Burger, such as soybeans and coconut oil, Colorado would start at a deficit, Brown said.

Soybeans don’t grow well in Colorado, particularly in areas that don’t have irrigation and must rely on rainfall. About 75% of Colorado’s farmland is considered dry and is not irrigated. And, he added: "I damn sure know we’re short on coconut trees."

Two other ingredients, potatoes and sunflower oil, are likely Colorado’s best hopes. However, it’s unclear whether the state has the sort of infrastructure needed to process and transport the products.

Colorado was home to more than 2.8 million cows in January.

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California court won’t even convict illegal alien who killed Kate Steinle on gun charges

House Democrats plan to mark up legislation next week to confiscate “high-capacity” magazines from law-abiding Americans. Yet their liberal allies in the California courts won’t even convict Kate Steinle’s killer, who had seven felony convictions and five deportations, of a gun felony charge, much less second-degree murder. While the House Judiciary Committee goes after constitutional rights, why won’t the Senate Judiciary Committee hold hearings on how people like Steinle’s killer get back into the country, how to deter sanctuaries that ignore ICE detainers and cause violent deaths, and how to ensure violent gun felons are held accountable?

In 2017, a San Francisco jury acquitted Jose Garcia Zarate — an illegal alien from Mexico — of all murder charges, including involuntary manslaughter, for the death of Kate Steinle on July 1, 2015. The 32-year-old woman was killed when Zarate decided to pick up a 40-caliber SIG Sauer P239 he claims to have found on a pier bench and randomly fired it before discarding it into the bay.

However, the jury still convicted him of the no-brainer charge of felony possession of a firearm. Zarate was deported five times and was released from San Francisco jail two and a half months before without notification to ICE. He remained in the country despite seven felony convictions. It was illegal for him to possess a gun. Don’t we all want bad guys to be deterred from possessing firearms? Well, evidently, not illegal aliens.

On Friday, California’s First District Court of Appeal tossed out the felony possession conviction as well. “It is undisputed that defendant was holding the gun when it fired. But that fact alone does not establish he possessed the gun for more than a moment. To possess the gun, defendant had to know he was holding it,” wrote judge Sandra Margulies for the three-judge panel ruling that the trial judge erred in his instructions to the jury.

So, Zarate admitted to firing the gun, but somehow it doesn’t count as possession because the jury could not have known that the defendant knew he was holding it? Wrap your brain around that display of judicial gymnastics for a moment.

This case should be the poster child for Senate Republicans to push my seven-point criminal control agenda. This case contains all of the key elements.

  • A repeat offender constantly being released from jail only to re-offend;
  • A weak justice system that fails to land convictions of violent gun offenders;
  • A sanctuary city that not only serves as a magnet for foreign national criminals, but won’t turn over these criminals to ICE even after they are arrested for other crimes.

Where is the Republican agenda to use as much focus, passion, and determination in addressing the loopholes that allow criminals with long criminal records to remain on the streets and avoid justice? Where is the effort to keep other countries’ criminals out of this country and remove the ones who remain in this country thanks to sanctuary cities?

Moreover, as illegal aliens sue American taxpayers for endless phantom rights after breaking into this country, where is the effort to give Kate Steinle’s family a private right of action to sue San Francisco? In March, the Ninth Circuit, the same court that grants endless standing for illegal aliens to sue law enforcement, ruled that Steinle’s family had no cause of action to sue San Francisco law enforcement for releasing Zarate in defiance of an ICE detainer.

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CBS Skips Mattis EXCORIATING Obama and Biden, Demands He Hammer Trump

The journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday ignored the harsh words former Defense Secretary James Mattis has for Barack Obama and for Joe Biden in his new book. Instead, the hosts used their Labor Day “first live interview” to try and get Mattis to criticize Donald Trump. Despite knowing that Mattis won’t talk about a sitting president, Mason quizzed, “What do you think the President got wrong about Syria?”

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Gov. Greg Abbott: Midland Shooter Previously Failed Background Check

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said the gunman who opened fire Saturday in the Midland-Odessa region of Texas had “previously failed a gun purchase background check.”

Abbott also said the gunman did not pass a check to acquire the gun used in Saturday’s attack:

Nearly every mass shooter of the last decade acquired his guns via a background check, attackers who did not go through background checks are outliers who usually steal the guns the they use. One such outlier, the December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary School attacker, stole the guns he used to kill 26 people at the school.

The Hill reports “it is unclear” how the Midland attacker acquired the gun he used to shoot innocents.

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Why This Christian T-Shirt Printer Has Unlikely LGBT Allies

Rarely are supposedly controversial cases involving freedom of speech, religious liberty, and LGBT interests so clear-cut that they unite people with opposing ideological perspectives. But the Kentucky Supreme Court recently heard a case that does.

Lesbian print-shop owners and LGBT advocates have joined with free speech and religious liberty groups in agreement that the government cannot force a promotional printer to print messages that conflict with his deeply held beliefs.

The case is Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission v. Hands On Originals. It all began in 2012 when Blaine Adamson—managing owner of Hands On Originals, a promotional print shop in Lexington, Kentucky—declined a request to print T-shirts promoting the local gay pride festival.

I’ve had the privilege of representing Adamson and his shop for the past seven years, and on Aug. 23, I argued his case before the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Adamson serves everyone. What he can’t do is print messages that violate his religious beliefs. So, while Adamson serves gay and lesbian customers, including a lesbian musician who performed at Lexington’s 2012 Pride Festival, he cannot print messages that express views about sexuality in conflict with his faith.

That freedom to decline to print or express messages is critical. It’s important to Adamson, because if he must print messages that violate his beliefs, he’ll be forced to choose between following his faith or continuing the promotional work that he loves. It’s work that for decades has provided for his family and the families of the more than 30 people he employs.

But the stakes of his case are even bigger than that.

The freedom that Adamson is defending belongs to everyone who creates speech for a living. Yet if Adamson doesn’t have the right to decline messages, neither does a lesbian printer who receives a request from a religious group for a shirt promoting a rally opposing same-sex marriage.

Nor does a Democratic graphic designer if asked to create fliers for a Republican rally, or a pro-abortion advertising agency asked to develop a campaign for a pro-life group.

That explains why Adamson has received public support from lesbian print-shop owners Kathy Trautvetter and Diane DiGeloromo. They don’t want to be forced to print materials contrary to their views.

You don’t have to take my word or even their word for it. 

John Corvino—a philosophy professor, LGBT advocate, and co-author of “Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination”—has written that if Adamson loses, no legal protection would exist for “the baker who declines to write ‘Homosexuality is a detestable sin’; the print-shop owner who declines to make ‘White Pride’ T-shirts; [and] the billboard designer who declines to erect an ‘Abortion is murder’ display.”

To protect against all this, Corvino agrees that the Kentucky Supreme Court should rule that Adamson was not “guilty of sexual orientation discrimination” when he declined to print the requested pride festival shirts.

A lot of legal history supports that outcome.

Consider a 2018 unanimous
decision from the United Kingdom Supreme Court in Lee v. Ashers Baking Co.,
which involved a lawsuit against a cake shop.

The shop sued in that case
was asked to create a custom cake with the phrase “Support Gay Marriage.” Its
owners declined because that message conflicted with their religious beliefs
about marriage, but they would have been glad to design other custom cakes for
the gay customer.

The court concluded that the shop didn’t engage in illegal discrimination because “[t]he objection was to the message, not the messenger.”

And on Aug. 23—the same day I argued Adamson’s case—a federal court of appeals announced in Telescope Media Group v. Lucero that the state of Minnesota cannot use a nondiscrimination law to force a film studio to create films celebrating same-sex marriages just because they create films celebrating opposite-sex marriages.

If the state has that power, the court explained, it can also compel “a Muslim tattoo artist” to draw, “an atheist musician” to sing, a “Democratic speechwriter” to write, and a “professional entertainer” to speak messages they disagree with.

That matters—as the U.S. Supreme Court said just last year—because anytime the government forces people to support or express messages they find objectionable, that’s “always demeaning” to them.

Why? Because speech and expression are tools for persuading the mind, and even the soul, of another. And it’s wrong to force people to be instruments for influencing others in that way.

That’s why no one should be compelled to print or express messages they disagree with.

In these tumultuous times, we owe our fellow citizens—no matter their religion or their sexual orientation—that basic freedom.

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Ex-Trump Aide Expresses Alarm at 90-Percent Negative Trump Coverage, McCurry Mocks Him

On Friday, the American Political Science Association had a panel discussion on President Trump and the media, which later aired on C-SPAN. Former deputy press secretary Raj Shah expressed alarm at NewsBusters studies by Rich Noyes (and other studies) showing 90-percent negative coverage of the president. Former Clinton press secretary Mike McCurry wise-cracked that’s because 90 percent of Trump’s actions are crazy.

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