Oh no they didn’t: Facebook comes for Christ

It might be time to unfriend Mark Zuckerberg for good.

Facebook warned users that a heartwarming image of Santa kneeling before the Baby Jesus “may show violent or graphic content.” There’s nothing violent or graphic here.

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It took a viral report on LifeSiteNews to get the social media giant to unlock the uplifting image of Santa Claus adoring the Baby Jesus.

The no-longer censored image of Santa kneeling before the Baby Jesus.

Facebook came around this time, but this hurtful controversy makes us wonder why we spend so much time on a website with a long history of censoring faith-based content, especially Christian posts.

In April of this year, Facebook rejected a Catholic university’s Good Friday ad that showed Jesus on the cross. In November 2017, they suspended Right to Life Michigan’s accountwithout an explanation.

Facebook also has a knack for shutting down conservative posts. They wouldn’t approve this simple campaign announcement from a State Senate candidate this year:

I’m proud to announce my candidacy for State Senate. Lansing needs conservative, West Michigan values, and as our next State Senator, I will work to strengthen our economy, limit government, lower our auto insurance rates, balance the budget, stop sanctuary cities, pay down government debt and be a Pro-Life, Pro-Second Amendment (lawmaker).

Facebook is censoring us and I’m tired of it. Join me in ‘unfriend’-ing the Facebook media machine for good: Delete your Facebook account.

This moment between President Trump and a US soldier will warm your heart

When President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq this week, they knew they were making history. They were the first First Couple to travel together to meet and greet with troops in an active Iraqi war zone.
What they didn’t know is that they were in for so much more. While meeting troops, one brave hero serving in the US military told the president, “I came back into the military because of you.”
We’re so grateful that he did. And the president seemed to feel the same way. He responded, “and I am here because of you.”
The entire visit seemed to lift the troops’ spirits. In addition to giving brief remarks on his decision to remove troops in Syria, the president signed Make America Great Again hats on the air base and received a standing cheer from an audience.

Good work, Mr. President.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Van Jones praises Trump’s leadership on criminal justice reform

Noted liberal commentator Van Jones is over-the-moon excited about passage of the bipartisan criminal justice reform act, the First Step Act, which has fans and supporters on both sides of the aisle.
President Trump signed the bill into law on Friday afternoon and Van Jones had lots of effusive praise for the president and his leadership, saying:

“Jared Kushner’s father went to prison and Jared understands what people are going through and he decided to fight. And a lot of people got mad at me because I said I’m willing to work with him on that issue…they said it would never happen, Trump’s going to sell you down the river, nobody’s going to cooperate and it was the opposite…This bill is going to help a lot of people.”

58 people died in Las Vegas. Maybe we can get behind a bump stock ban

The Trump administration effectively banned bump stocks this week through a new federal ruling that will reclassify the devices. A bump stock makes it possible to fire semi-automatic weapons as quickly as automatic weapons, like a machine guns.

The move is a response to last year’s shooting in Las Vegas, in which a gunman using bump stocks with semi-automatic weapons managed to kill 58 people at an open-air concert and wound hundreds more within 10 minutes, thanks to the technology.

A ban should be good news for everyone, even the most passionate gun owners, right? No one wants to see dozens of Americans killed within minutes.

Not so. In a recent piece by Sean Davis in The Federalist, Davis argues that the bump stock ban is an “abomination”:

As a matter of both law and physics, the Trump administration’s gun control rule banning bump stocks is an abomination. The Department of Justice (DOJ), which formally issued the rule, not only ignores underlying federal statutes that precisely define what constitutes a fully automatic “machine gun,” it also ignores the mechanics of how guns are fired and how bump stocks increase the rate of fire. Even worse, the faulty logic of the new gun control rule could eventually be used as a basis for a presidential administration unilaterally banning and confiscating all semi-automatic weapons.

Davis follows that up with a paragraphs-long explanation of how hammers of different weapons work and pedantic explanations of the technology of the weapons.

But all that feels like cover for what hundreds of American families know for sure: the effects of bump stocks. The outcome of this technology is that a lone man can kill 58 people in minutes and wound hundreds more, for reasons we still don’t know.

We acknowledge Davis’s fear about a slippery slope of Second Amendment regulation, but after hundreds of mass shootings and thousands of deaths this year, we have to ask what is the abomination really?

Under the new rule, gun owners who possess bump stocks will either need to get explicit permission to have them from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or destroy or surrender them within 90 days of the ruling taking effect.

Even as God-fearing, gun-owning Republicans, we say good riddance.

Ordinary workers get screwed by Sears. Will Trump come to the rescue?

There’s been a lot of commentary about the death of brick-and-mortar retail in the United States as Amazon expands its massive empire and stranglehold on the retail market. Sears, once the biggest U.S. retailers beloved for generations for its mail-order options and selection of appliances and other staples, recently filed for bankruptcy. Its demise personifies the downfall of the entire traditional retail establishment.
After years of struggling to turn a profit and watching shopping malls grow emptier by the day, Sears filed for bankruptcy in October.

As part of that bankruptcy, Sears laid off over 5,000 employees and shuttered over 100 stores in the final months of 2018.
Now, some of those laid-off employees are furious to learn that the executives who drove Sears into the ground and cost thousands of Americans their jobs will be collecting cushy bonuses.
According to Money, a U.S. bankruptcy court recently “approved a plan for the company to dole out more than $25 million in bonuses to hundreds of executives and senior-level employees over the next year.”
To employees who lost their jobs, it’s a slap in the face.
Toys ‘R’ Us employees in a similar position recently won a historic victory, forcing investors in the company to create a $20 million severance pay fund.
It would be nice to see President Trump stand up for the workers at places like Sears who are getting nothing while the bigwigs collect bonuses.
With news that corporate stock buybacks are hitting record highs thanks to the Trump tax plan and GM shuttering U.S. plants and blaming Trump tariffs, it seems like things aren’t working quite as planned for the ordinary American worker under the Trump administration. But Trump could use his famous dealmaking skills to make things better for the little guy. The question is will he?

Cruz wants Chapo’s billions for the wall

Senator Ted Cruz has a new plan to pay for the wall if Congress refuses to secure the money from the budget: Use the $14 billion taken from the drug lord El Chapo, currently on trial in New York, to cover the costs of building a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

It makes sense: The money seized from Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman largely comes from the flow of drugs, weapons, and illegal immigrants back and forth across the largely unsecured border. Why not use it to staunch the flow?

The Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act was introduced by Cruz on Tuesday, along with the following statement:

The U.S. Government is currently seeking the criminal forfeiture of more than $14 billion in drug proceeds and illicit profits from El Chapo, the former leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel who was recently extradited to the U.S. to face criminal prosecution for numerous alleged drug-related crimes, including conspiracy to commit murder and money laundering.

Of course, a good idea in Washington is like a four-leaf clover, rare and often unnoticed. Props to Cruz for giving it a shot.

Can a GoFundMe campaign fund the border wall?

Amidst the political tussling in Washington, D.C. over the federal government’s budget and whether or not the government should pony up $5 billion for a border wall as President Trump insists, regular Americans have stepped up. Thousands of people have chipped in to pay for the costs of constructing fences and walls in parts of the southern U.S. border that don’t currently have a physical barrier with Mexico.
The GoFundMe campaign was started by a Make America Great Again-supporting veteran and has so far raised over $11 million towards its $1 billion goal. It’s a nice idea, but it raises some big questions.
Conservative commentator Styxhexenhammer666 points out that there are some major problems with what he calls a “doomed campaign”: given the way our government is set up, the money raised would have to be given to Congress to then “appropriate” or direct to a particular purpose. With Nancy Pelosi and her band of merry tax-and-spend liberals are about to take control of the House of Representatives, why in the world would we expect them to actually direct the money towards the wall? They could appropriate it to food stamps or Planned Parenthood funding or something else completely unaligned with the donors’ intent.
Then you get into the fact that this wall as Trump envisions it is actually going to cost tens of billions, so the $11 million raised barely makes a dent, and you have to consider all the taxes and fees that will eat away at the total.
Overall, it raises the question: Is the GoFundMe campaign a way of harvesting personal information on thousands of American citizens? A cynical plot to tap into people’s desire to do their patriotic duty and have Trump’s back? Or just a poorly-conceived plan?
Meanwhile, we have to tell you about those petty liberals and their counter-fundraiser that’s raised a measly $74,000 for “ladders to get over the border wall.” Sounds like a lame attempt at a joke from the open-borders crowd.

UPDATE: Zinke steps down amid allegations

After two years as Secretary of the Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke is calling it quits.

And who can blame him? Liberals have made it their mission to smear Zinke, claiming everything from ethical violations to suspicious real estate dealings. Zinke tried to keep his head down and do good work, but according to a statement, it finally became too much as of late.

In a statement he said:

“I love working for the President and am incredibly proud of all the good work we’ve accomplished together. However, after 30 years of public service, I cannot justify spending thousands of dollars defending myself and my family against false allegations,” .

Another good man down. We’re sad to see him go.

Can you call yourself conservative if you’re mourning Obamacare?

That should be an easy one.

The answer is no.

A brave Texas judge ruled last week that Obamacare is unconstitutional, the day before this year’s open enrollment deadline and a peak enrollment time.

Judge Reed O’Connor of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled that Obamacare’s mandate that most people have to buy health insurance is unconstitutional. The individual mandate “can no longer be sustained as an exercise of Congress’s tax power,” he said.

Great news, right? Not for some RINOs.

After the ruling, Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon said in a statement: “We have a rare opportunity for truly bipartisan health care reform that protects those with pre-existing conditions, increases transparency and choice, and lowers costs.”

Politico reports that Republicans like Rodney Whitlock, who formerly worked in health care for a Republican senator, doesn’t think cheering the ruling sets “a constructive tone.” Whitlock told Politico the president has “got to lead. I don’t think you’ll see congressional Republicans wanting to go that route when it’s far from clear that they’d have support from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.”

Politico also quoted an anonymous House GOP aide who said: “It’s all the downsides. Politically, I don’t think that it helps us at all.”

Sure, Republicans are worried about the implications of the new health care ruling making their way through the courts and the press in a presidential election year, including bringing up the fact that people with pre-existing conditions could be left in a lurch if Obamacare dies for good.

Having lost 40 seats in the House in the 2018 midterms, people are running scared. We get it.

But let’s stick to first principles here. We believe in the American values that freedom isn’t free. If some six-year-old kid with a heart condition is collateral damage because his parents can’t afford health insurance, they should have worked harder.

We want to be able to choose our doctors and not have some government entity tell us when and where to buy insurance. This isn’t France or the UK, with universal health systems where anyone can walk into a clinic and get free care. This is America, and we’d like to keep it that way.

Tuckers ducks left-win pressure

Fox News host Tucker Carlson is defiant in the face of left-wing pressure. Racial leftist activists are trying to shut Carlson down by scaring off companies who advertise during his show. They’ve scored a few wins this week, after going on the attack against Carlson for saying immigration makes the U.S. “poorer and dirtier.”
According to Axios, 19 advertisers have dropped Tucker Carlson under pressure, including IHOP, Minted, and Pacific Life.
Others like John Deere aren’t going anywhere, although none of the corporate statements actually stand by Carlson’s remarks. Typical spineless corporate sellouts, we suspect.
But Carlson isn’t afraid of a little liberal hand-wringing and we think he’s going to make it out of this little dust-up without any lasting damage.