‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ removed from school reading list

First they came for the statues…

A book that was written to make Americans uncomfortable about race relations is being removed from the reading list because “it makes people uncomfortable.”

Doesn’t the Bible make many people uncomfortable? Is that next?

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/10/to_kill_a_mockingbird_removed_from_school_reading_list_because_it_makes_people_uncomfortable.html

The book was banned in Virginia last year:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/dec/05/to-kill-a-mockingbird-removed-virginia-schools-racist-language-harper-lee

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One Angry American Rages: “Obama Lied, My 4th Health Plan Just Died”

by Michelle Malkin via Townhall.com,

Cue the funeral bagpipes. My fourth health insurance plan is dead.

Two weeks ago, my husband and I received yet another cancellation notice for our private, individual health insurance coverage. It’s our fourth Obamacare-induced obituary in four years.

Our first death notice, from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, arrived in the fall of 2013.

The insurer informed us that because of “changes from health care reform (also called the Affordable Care Act or ACA),” our plan no longer met the federal government’s requirements.

Never mind our needs and desires as consumers who were quite satisfied with a high-deductible PPO that included a wide network of doctors for ourselves and our two children.

Our second death knell, from Rocky Mountain Health Plans, tolled in August 2015.

That notice signaled the end of a plan we didn’t want in the first place that didn’t cover our kids’ dental care and wasn’t accepted at our local urgent care clinic. The insurer pulled out of the individual market in all but one county in Colorado, following the complete withdrawal from that sector by Humana and UnitedHealthcare.

Our third “notice of plan discontinuation,” again from Anthem, informed us that the insurer would “no longer offer your current health plan in the State of Colorado” in August 2016.

With fewer and fewer choices as know-it-all Obamacare bureaucrats decimated the individual market here and across the country, we enrolled in a high-deductible Bronze HSA EPO (Health Savings Account Exclusive Provider Organization) offered by Minneapolis-based startup, Bright Health.

Now, here we are barely a year later: Deja screwed times four. Our current plan will be discontinued on Jan. 1, 2018.

“But don’t worry,” Bright Health’s eulogy writer chirped, “we have similar plans to address your needs.”

Riiiiight. Where have I heard those pie-in-the-sky promises before? Oh, yeah. Straight out of the socialized medicine Trojan horse’s mouth. “If you like your doctor,” President Obama promised, “you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”

Is pathological lying covered under the Affordable Care Act?

Speaking of Affordable Care Act whoppers, so much for “affordable.” Our current deductible is $6,550 per person; $13,100 for our family of four. Assuming we can find a new plan at the bottom of the individual market barrel, our current monthly premium, $944.86, will rise to more than $1,300 a month.

“What’s taking place is a market correction; the free market is at work,” says Colorado’s state insurance commissioner, Marguerite Salazar. “(T)his could be an indication that there were too many options for the market to support.”

This presumptuous central planner called federal intervention to eliminate “too many” options for consumers the free market at work. Yes, friends, the Rocky Mountain High is real.

This isn’t a “market correction.” It’s a government catastrophe. Premiums for individual health plans in Virginia are set to skyrocket nearly 60 percent in 2018. In New Hampshire, those rates will rise 52 percent. In South Carolina, individual market consumers will face an average 31.3 percent hike. In Tennessee, they’ll see rates jump between 20-40 percent.

Private, flexible PPOs for self-sufficient, self-employed people are vanishing by design. The social-engineered future — healthy, full-paying consumers being herded into government-run Obamacare exchanges and severely regulated regional HMOs — is a bipartisan big government health bureaucracy’s dream come true.

These choice-wreckers had the arrogant audacity to denigrate our pre-Obamacare plans as “substandard” (Obama), “crappy” (MSNBC big mouth Ed Schultz) and “junk policies” (Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa). When I first called attention to the cancellation notice tsunami in 2013, liberal Mother Jones magazine sneered that the phenomenon was “phony.” And they’re still denying the Obamacare death spiral. Liberal Vox Media recently called the crisis “a lie.”

I don’t have enough four-letter words for these propagandists. There are an estimated 450,000 consumers like us in Colorado and 17 million of us nationwide — small-business owners, independent contractors and others who don’t get their plans through group coverage, big companies or government employers. The costs, headaches and disruption in our lives caused by Obamacare’s meddling meddlers are real and massive.

But we’re puzzles to corporate media journalists who’ve never had to meet a payroll and don’t even know what is the individual market.

We’re invisible to late-night TV clowns who get their Obamacare-at-all-costs talking points from Chuck Schumer.

We’re pariahs to social justice health care activists and Democrats who want us to just shut up and subsidize everyone else’s insurance.

And we’re expendables to establishment Republicans who hoovered up campaign donations on the empty promise to repeal Obamacare — and now consider amnesty for immigrants here illegally and gun control higher legislative priorities than keeping their damned word.

We’re the canaries in the Obamacare coal mine. Ignore us at your peril, America. You’re next.

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NFL Chief Goodell Flip-Flops: “Everyone Should Stand For The Anthem”

The NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has now issued a statement completely flip-flopping on his previous attack of the president’s belief that players should stand during the national anthem.

Here is Goodell on 9/23:

“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture… Divisive comments like these by the president demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players.”

Forget the lack of respect for the flag, the country, service men and women….respect for the NFL is all that matters.

And now today, via The Hill, Goodell decides that “everyone should stand for the national anthem.”

“Like many of our fans we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us,” Goodell added in his statement.

“…the controversy over the anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”

This occurs after fans and sponsors are dropping in huge numbers, the NFL is now the most hated sport in America, and games are being played in front of empty seats. But I am sure that is all just a coincidence.

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California To Have Harsher Penalty For Gender Pronoun Violations Than For Knowingly Spreading HIV

via The Daily Caller,

Beginning in 2018, California law will have harsher penalties for workers who address a transgender patient with the “wrong” pronouns than for people who knowingly infect others with deadly HIV.

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Friday lowering the maximum penalty for knowingly infecting or exposing a person to HIV to six months in jail – down from a maximum of eight years in prison.

Also last week, Brown signed legislation allowing for penalties of up to one year in jail for health care workers who “willfully and repeatedly” use the “wrong” pronouns to refer to a senior transgender patient.

 

 

Democratic state Sen. Scott Weiner sponsored both pieces of legislation.

“The most effective way to reduce HIV infections is to destigmatize HIV,” Weiner told CNN.

Weiner has also dismissed concerns about religious freedom regarding the criminal punishments for health care workers who don’t use transgender pronouns.

“Everyone is entitled to their religious view,” he said.

“But when you enter the public space, when you are running an institution, you are in a workplace, you are in a civil setting, and you have to follow the law.”

Opponents of the legislation disagreed.

“How can you believe in free speech, but think the government can compel people to use certain pronouns when talking to others?” Greg Burt of the California Family Council testified in July.

“This is not tolerance. This is not love. This is not mutual respect. True tolerance tolerates people with different views. We need to treat each other with respect, but respect is a two-way street. It is not respectful to threaten people with punishment for having sincerely held beliefs that differ from your own.”

Brown also signed another law last week that shortened the length of time some sex offenders have to remain on the sex offender registry.

That bill, too, was sponsored by Weiner.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/09/california-to-have-harsher-penalty-for-pronoun-violations-than-for-knowingly-spreading-hiv/

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This is not how racism work, but this is how deceit works

Here is a popular meme floating around.  Colin Kaepernick, who started the kneeling during the National Anthem, which he should have every right to do, is now claiming it had nothing to do with a refusal to show pride in our flag or country…

 

I’m pretty sure that’s NOT how racism works, but here he is last year in his own words…

So you tell me who is being dishonest.  

Also, Kaepernick was abandoned by his black father, placed up for adoption, adopted and raised by a white family.

 

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N.Y. Times staffer admits to biased news coverage

 Nick Dudich, the audience strategy editor for NYT Video, on slanting the news:  ‘Oh, we always do’ 

A New York Times staffer admits the newspaper slants news coverage against President Trump, according to a newly released video report from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas.

The video is part of O’Keefe’s American Pravda series that began this year with several reports about CNN, including one in which Jimmy Carr, an associate producer for the “New Day” morning program, lambasted the president.

The new video reveals Nick Dudich, the audience strategy editor for NYT Video, explaining how the Times slants Trump news on the front page.

“Oh, we always do,” he said.

The former staffer for the campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama claims on the video to be a “gatekeeper” for videos at the Times: “My imprint is on every video we do.”

And he claims his job is to slant the news.

“That’s why I’m here,” he said on the video.

O’Keefe’s organization reports Dudich was caught on a hidden camera “boasting of his lack of journalistic ethics.”

Dudich explains how to target Trump, “I’d target his businesses, his dumb f— of a son, Donald Jr., and Eric. …

“Target that. Get people to boycott going to his hotels. Boycott. … So a lot of the Trump brands, if you can ruin the Trump brand and you put pressure on his business and you start investigating his business and you start shutting it down, or they’re hacking or other things. He cares about his business more than he cares about being president. He would resign. Or he’d lash out and do something incredibly illegal, which he would have to.”

Remember this is supposed to be an objective, umbiased reporter speaking.

O’Keefe’s group reported that before working at the Times, Dudich was employed on both Obama and Clinton campaigns, and in 2016 he was recruited by the Clinton campaign.

“So I have that background, so when Clinton in 2016 … they needed a volunteer strategist to do video … well, they needed someone to help them do video, and how to make it heartfelt, for Clinton,” he said.

But he had to leave a job at Fusion ABC and take a job at Upworthy “where I wasn’t deemed a journalist” so he could do the political work.

Project Veritas also reported “bizarre” claims by Dudich, including that he was former FBI director James Comey’s godson and that he was part of antifa and beat up neo-Nazis for the FBI.

O’Keefe’s conclusion?

“Nick Dudich lies. And he’s a gatekeeper at the New York Times,” O’Keefe said. “And that fact should be worrisome to the bosses at the paper of record. Who else are they letting spread misinformation in their name?”

In an earlier segment of the American Pravda series, Carr said American voters are “stupid as s—.”

Carr continued, regarding Trump: “This is a man who’s not actually a Republican. He’s not actually a Republican. He just adopted that because that was the party he thought he could win in. He doesn’t believe anything that these people believe. The man’s on this third wife. I guarantee you he’s paid for abortions. He doesn’t give a s— about abortion. He doesn’t care about gay marriage. He doesn’t even really care about the budget.”

And he claims he’s not alone in his opinions: “Ninety percent of us are on board with just the fact that he’s crazy.”

The Carr video was the third in the Project Veritas series.

In No. 2, Van Jones, former President Obama’s onetime “czar” on green jobs and a longtime left-wing commentator, activist and organizer, agreed with President Trump that the Russia scandal is “a big nothing burger.”

The video clip shows Jones being approached on a street and stating in response to a question, “The Russian thing is just a big nothing burger.”

He adds, “There’s nothing there you can do.”

Jones, one of CNN’s highest-profile political commentators, previously attacked Trump over the “Putin relationship,” Project Veritas pointed out.

Jones later responded that his comments were taken out of context.

“If you take any one line of my argument out of context, you can use it to pull off a hoax. That’s what O’Keefe’s minions did,” Jones wrote in a CNN article.

In the video that opened the series, another CNN producer admitted the network’s focus on allegations that Trump’s election campaign colluded with Russia is mostly for ratings. The producer said the network’s liberal audience would not have put up with that kind of treatment of Obama.

The first video was of CNN producer John Bonifield, and his comments drew the attention of the White House.

Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “There is a video circulating now. Whether it is accurate or not, I don’t know, but I would encourage everybody in this room, and frankly, everybody across the country to take a look at it. I think if it is accurate, I think it’s a disgrace to all of media, to all of journalism – we’ve been going on this Russia-Trump hoax for the better part of a year now with no evidence of anything.”

O’Keefe’s video of Bonifield shows him saying, “I think there are a lot of liberal CNN viewers who want to see Trump really get scrutinized.”

The network later issued a statement that it stood by Bonifield.

The producer said in the video: “And I think if we would have behaved that way with President Obama, and scrutinized everything that he was doing with as much scrutiny as we applied to Donald Trump, I think our viewers would have been turned off.

“I think they would have felt like we were attacking him. I think our viewers right now, I’m not saying our viewers are super liberals, I think there’s just a lot of them, and … Trump is good for business right now.”

Project Veritas, famous for its undercover videos exposing media and political corruption, went to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters for the conversations with Bonifield.

The CNN producer admitted there’s no evidence to support the allegations of links between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

“It’s mostly bullsh– right now, like, we don’t have any big giant proof,” he said. “I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging.

“And so I think the president is probably right to say, like, look, you are witch-hunting me,” he continued. “Like, you have no smoking gun. You have no real proof.”

He said CNN CEO Jeff Zucker praised the crew for its coverage of the climate-accord issue, but then said, “We’re done with it, let’s get back to Russia.”

Explained Bonifield: “It’s a business. People are like the media has an ethical … all the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school, you’re just like, that’s adorable. That’s adorable.

“This is a business. Especially cable news. Cable news isn’t the New York Times. It’s not even like NBC News. … I mean, NBC News still gets 20 million viewers a night, cable news is getting a million.”

He continued: “They got to do what they got to do to make their money, I think. And so I love the news business, but I’m very cynical about it and at the same time so are most of my colleagues.”

Regarding Russia, he said, if there’s was evidence somewhere, it would be known.

“The way these leaks happen, they’d leak it. It’d leak. If it was something really good, it would leak,” he said.

http://www.wnd.com/2017/10/busted-n-y-times-staffer-admits-slanting-trump-news/

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The NFL Is Now The Least Popular Professional Sport In America

While mainstream media outlets like the New York Times have continued to assert that the dip in NFL ratings that began last season is in no way, shape, or form connected to the controversy surrounding players kneeling during the National Anthem, yet another poll has reaffirmed what many football fans have suspected for weeks: The protests have transformed the NFL into the least popular professional sports league in America.

The fans that are still attending games are bringing signs like this in droves which are being blacked out by the media…

From the end of August to the end of September, the favorable ratings for the NFL have dropped from 57% to 44%, and it has the highest unfavorable rating – 40 percent – of any big sport, according to the Winston Group survey provided exclusively to Secrets.

Worse for football, which was already seeing lower TV ratings and empty stadium seats, the month of protests and calls from President Trump for fans to boycott the league or “walk out” of games if they see players taking a knee has apparently turned off men aged 34-54 – one of the league’s most important demographics and a troubling sign that the league isn’t in touch with its fans. The Winston Poll from the Washington-based Winston Group found that the attitude of those fans went from an August rating of 73 percent favorable and 19 percent unfavorable to 42 percent favorable and 47 percent unfavorable, a remarkable turn against the sport.

According to analysis of the poll cited by the Washington Examiner, the “more critically for the NFL, the fall off in favorables occurred among important audiences, mainly the ones that support the league with their hard earned money. Among males, NFL favorables fell 23 percent, going from 68 percent to 45 percent. In looking at a more specific audience, males 34-54, NFL favorables fell 31 percent, going from 73 percent to 42 percent. Among this group the NFL has a surprising negative image, as it went from +54 percent in August to -5 percent in September.”

The Winston Poll was of brand images for the NFL, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and college football and basketball. It was of 1,000 registered voters and taken August 29-30 and then again Sept. 28 to Sept. 29.

September Winston Poll

MLB/63 percent favorable to 16 percent unfavorable.
College football/51 percent favorable to 21 percent unfavorable.
NBA/46 percent favorable to 28 percent unfavorable.
College basketball/45 percent favorable to 25 percent unfavorable.
NFL/44 percent favorable to 40 percent unfavorable

And for anybody who believes the controversy is confined to a red state vs. blue state issue, data shows that NFL is equally well-liked among Republicans and Democrats – suggesting that both liberals and conservatives are outraged over what Trump characterized as “disrespecting our heritage.”

The survey isn’t the first to document this phenomenon: A J.D. Power survey showed that NFL fans did in fact tune out in droves because of the disrespect and protest of the National Anthem before games.

The pollster said it asked more than 9,200 people who attended either one football, basketball or hockey game whether they tuned into fewer games and why.
Twenty-six percent of those who watched fewer games last season said they were put off by the anthem protests.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-10-08/nfl-now-least-popular-professional-sports-league-america

 

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