Ooops! David Hogg Stages Protest at Pro-NRA Supermarket that Responds by Canceling All Donations, Including to Gun-Control Advocates

Florida: David Hogg, the student activist who emerged from the Parkland high-school shooting, organized a “die-in” at a Publix supermarket over its donations to a Republican candidate running for governor who was supported by the NRA. The market chain responded by canceling all political donations, including those to organizations that fund Planned Parenthood and gun control. -GEG

When David Hogg organized a die-in at a Publix supermarket over their donations to an NRA-supported candidate, he caused them to cancel all political donations — including to organizations that fund Planned Parenthood.

Publix issued a statement on Friday saying that it will “suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we reevaluate our giving processes.”

Twitter users quickly found a list of the causes that Publix had been supporting — and the Democratic Party can’t be happy about it.

Publix was contributing to the YMCA, who is a member of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, the YWCA who supports LGBT causes, United Way chapters that have funded Planned Parenthood, as well as March of Dimes and Susan G. Koman — both of which continue to fund the controversial clinics.

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New York: Movie Mogul Harvey Weinstein Arrested on Rape Charges

New York City: Disgraced Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein, was arraigned on rape charges last Friday in a suit filed by two women. More than 100 women have accused Weinstein of crimes ranging from sexual harassment to assault and rape – going back 40 years. Sexual assault cases, particularly those that allegedly happened years ago, are notoriously hard to prosecute and often lack substantive forensic evidence. Weinstein was released on $1-million cash bail and fitted with a GPS tracking device. 

Weinstein was carrying book that was a biography of Elia Kazan, a 1950s movie director who gave up eight names of other members of the Communist party when he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The current speculation is that carrying this book was a veiled threat by Weinstein that he, also, may identify others who are involved in sex crimes. Yashar Ali tweeted that Weinstein often threatened people in this way. -GEG

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was perp-walked on Friday morning as he turned himself in to police in New York City.

As he was taken to court for his arraignment on rape charges, a few people noticed that Weinstein was carrying a biography of controversial Hollywood director Elia Kazan — and they wondered whether he could be sending a message.

A former member of the Communist Party himself, Kazan gave eight names of

other party members when he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1952.

Some assumed that Weinstein was attempting to suggest that he was being persecuted, as Kazan was also accused of questionable behavior toward women.

But others thought his purpose might be more devious, and may have been a warning that he was prepared to name names as well.

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Louisiana Becomes the 25th State to Ban Boycotts on Israel

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued an executive order that requires the state to terminate all contracts with individuals or companies that currently boycott Israel or support those who do. Future state contracts will require parties to sign an agreement stating their compliance with the new law.  This law may violate the Constitution of Louisiana that protects Freedom of Expression.

Louisiana’s Governor John Bel Edwards issued an executive order Tuesday prohibiting the state’s agencies from executing contracts with businesses involved in the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.

The Times-Picayune reported that the order directs the state commissioner of administration, Jay Dardenne, to examine existing contracts with companies to determine if they are currently boycotting Israel or supporting those who do so.

The order also stipulates that in the future, companies seeking to engage in a state contract will be required to sign an agreement certifying that they are not boycotting Israel.

However, the ban will not be applied to companies that have contracts with the state that total less than $100,000 or that have fewer than five employees.

“The state of Louisiana unequivocally rejects the BDS campaign and stands firmly with Israel,” the order reads.

Edwards issued the order on the same night he held a special celebration honoring Israel’s 70th anniversary at the governor’s mansion. The Louisiana House also honored Israel at the opening of a special session on Tuesday, The Times-Picayune reported.

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Illegal Alien Shot and Killed Crossing the US Border

Rio Bravo, Texas: Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez, 20, traveled from Guatemala to the US, as an economic migrant seeking a job. Unfortunately, she chose to enter illegally as part of a group that sought to overcome US Border Patrol. Shortly after she set foot in Texas, she was shot and killed by a Boarder Patrol officer who says she was not a target but simply part of the group that was rushing toward him. The original report was that the officer was attacked by migrants armed with “blunt objects,” but this was later changed to the claim that the group “rushed” the officer after ignoring orders to get on the ground. Three illegal immigrants were arrested. -GEG




Ireland: Landslide Vote Legalizes Abortion Up to 3 Months

Ireland’s Eighth Amendment was repealed in a landslide vote, 66 to 34, and the country now will allow abortion. Prior to the vote, thousands of women each year traveled outside of Ireland to obtain abortions. Many traveled internationally to return home to cast their ballots. [Ironically, 78% of the Irish population are Catholics who are bound by faith to reject elective abortions.] -GEG

Groups dedicated to life are saddened and mourning after Ireland voted Saturday to repeal its Eight Amendment banning abortion.

“Ireland will now join that sad community of nations who throw away irreplaceable human beings through abortion on demand,” Students for Life of America (SFLA) President Kristan Hawkins said in a Saturday press release. “I personally know the pain of abortion and how something sold to you as a simple solution actually becomes a life-long regret,” SFLA International Programs Director Ally Bowlin added, lamenting Ireland’s vote. (RELATED: Ireland Votes To Legalize Abortion In What PM Calls A ‘Quiet Revolution)

“We are deeply saddened to learn that many Irish people voted against love and life by repealing the 8th amendment,” March For Life president Jeanne Mancini told The Daily Caller News Foundation Saturday. “We grieve for the great loss this beautiful country will endure and we pray that they find a way to reverse this unfortunate decision,” she continued. (RELATED: Women Who Abort Face 81-Percent Increase In Risk For Mental Health Problems, Study Shows)

The Irish electorate voted 66.4 percent to 33.6 percent to repeal the Eight Amendment Saturday. The vote comes after swaths of Irish, many of whom had traveled across international waters to return home in order to cast their ballots, headed to the booths Friday to affirm or reject their commitment to protecting life. Voting booths in the majority Catholic country opened at 7 a.m. Friday and closed at 10 p.m. Officials began counting votes at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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Donald Trump, Jr. Says He Is Censored by Facebook – and Proves It

Donald Trump, Jr., reveals that Instagram, a photo-sharing app owned by Facebook, is shadow banning his posts – and those of others who speak the language of conservatism. One example is that a recent post of his averaged over seven million impressions but there were zero new followers – which, is an impossibility without intervention by Facebook. -GEG

Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s oldest son who helps the Trump Organization, posted on Instagram Friday he had a “crazy drop-off in new followers,” which he said was due to search results of his name.

He posted a video of the top searches associated with #donaldtrumpjr, which included #donaldtrumpjrisatoll, #donaldtrumpjrcolludedwithrussia and #donaldtrumpjrisaliar. A more positive result, #donaldtrumpjr2024, also showed up.

The video also showed a warning that he claimed a friend received when searching his name. The message said “Can we help? Posts associated with words or tags that you’re searching for often encourage behavior that can cause harm or even lead to death. If you’re going through something difficult, we’d like to help.” The warning did not show up for CBS News when searching.

The third slide in the video showed some of the memes, some which appeared mean-spirited, that appeared to show up under a search for his name.

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People Become Less Religious when They Depend on the State for Hand Outs

Researchers conclude that the government can replace religion, because the ‘exchange model’ of religion postulates that, if people can get their needs, such as health care, education or welfare, met by the government, they’re less likely to turn to a divine power for help. Churches used to be an important neighborhood safety net that provided personal charity, but the government is an impersonal system that forces redistribution of wealth. Churches create a sense of community and belonging instead of simply meeting physical needs. Those in need who receive “free stuff” from the government are separated from the giver and develop a sense of entitlement instead of gratitude. -GEG

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people” -Karl Marx

A group of researchers agrees. They think they have proven that if you have a government you don’t need religion. They concluded that “religiosity” wanes as people get more help from government programs. They think that people replace spiritual help from God with tangible help from the government.

Researchers call it an exchange model of religion: If people can get what they need from the government (be it health care, education or welfare) they’re less likely to turn to a divine power for help, according to the theory.

But are people actually more likely to drop religion in places where governments provide more services and stability? In a new paper, psychology researchers crunched the numbers — and found that better government services were in fact linked to lower levels of strong religious beliefs.

Those findings held true in states across the U.S. and in countries around the world, researchers said.

The article, “Religion as an Exchange System: The Interchangeability of God and Government in a Provider Role,” was published April 12 in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

What they are really highlighting is how the government undermines traditional community institutions. The church has been one of the most important neighborhood safety nets for centuries, possibly millennia. But these warm, personal institutions are being replaced by cold government programs. People are treated like numbers, not neighbors. People are provided help not from the charity of others, but from the forced redistribution of wealth.

This tears apart the foundation of why churches have always worked so well as a safety net. And it really doesn’t have much to do with religion. It has much more to do with community and strong neighborhood social ties.

I am not convinced that the researchers were measuring what they thought they were measuring. Going to church and participating in a religious community is not so clearly a deeply religious experience for all attendees. Community and social ties are likely the main reason most people gravitate towards religion.

Yuval Noah Harari argues in his book Sapiens that after industrialization, government and industry teamed up to get people hooked on markets and government instead of family and community. They knew that they had to replace more than the physical things that people depended on.

Markets and states do so by fostering ‘imagined communities’ that contain millions of strangers, and which are tailored to national and commercial needs. An imagined community is a community of people who don’t really know each other, but imagine that they do. Such communities are not a novel invention. Kingdoms, empires and churches functioned for millennia as imagined communities…

The two most important examples for the rise of such imagined communities are the nation and the consumer tribe. The nation is the imagined community of the state. The consumer tribe is the imagined community of the market. Both are imagined communities because it is impossible for all customers in a market or for all members of a nation really to know one another the way villagers knew one another in the past…

Consumerism and nationalism work extra hours to make us imagine that millions of strangers belong to the same community as ourselves, that we all have a common past, common interests and a common future.

People abandon the God that provides them with a community for a “god” that provides them with “free” stuff. The government is much easier to satisfy. You don’t have to be polite and grateful to your neighbors when they help you. The government obscures where the help really comes from, and leaves people with a sense of entitlement.

And the community has no control over who receives its help. In a community, you can tell who needs help, and who might be gaming the system. You can isolate the type of support that neighbors need most. Instead of handing out government dollars to buy fruit roll-ups and Capt’n Crunch, a family might offer to cook dinner for another family or take their kids in for certain meals or extended stays.

There are actual “regulatory” mechanisms at work in communities and small-scale warm institutions like churches. For instance, Sapiens also point to gossip as an important social regulator. It is a way of making sure people in your social group know who they are truly dealing with.

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Antifa Calls for Violence Against Upcoming Pro-Life Rally at Planned Parenthood

Joey Gibson’s Patriot Prayer group has faced off against Antifa before with mixed results. Next month, Patriot Prayer plans to hold a rally outside of Planned Parenthood in Washington state to protest abortion.  Antifa is calling for its members to show up and be aggressive and violent, using “the same force as a nazi rally or a white-power gathering.” -GEG

Antifa is calling for violence against a pro-life rally outside Planned Parenthood in Washington next month, urging that peaceful demonstrators should be “met with the same force as a nazi rally or a white power gathering.”

The group Patriot Prayer has called for a peaceful demonstration outside the Planned Parenthood in Kent on June 9. The group has several speakers lined up to discuss why they believe the organization should be defunded.

The organizers have specifically called for those who attend not to harass any women who are going in or out.

“We are not there to harass any women coming or going, it is important to remain positive and to spread a good message,” the event page reads.

Planned Parenthood has a policy which asks that supporters do not stage counter demonstrations. Yet, arguably the largest Antifa website, It’s Going Down, has put out a call to action to treat the rally attendees as if they are Nazis or white supremacists. Those of us who have been watching Antifa counter protests over the past few years know that means violent assaults, vandalism, intimidation, and general chaos.

In their call to action, the anonymous Antifa author acknowledged Planned Parenthood’s policy of avoiding counter protests, but stated that as anarchists — they do not need to pay attention to that.

“Planned Parenthood has a policy in place for supporters to ignore protesters at their sites. As anarchists, we know this is impossible and ‘avoidance politics’ is a particular brand of leftist cowardice,” the call to action states.

The website goes on to call on their readers to “crew up” and use force against the peaceful demonstration.

“This is a call to crew up, roll tight and organize to obstruct yet another targeted attack by Joey Gibson and his rabble of misogynist frat-boys. If we are to continue to call ourselves anti-fascists, these kinds of gendered attacks must be met with the same force as a nazi rally or a white power gathering.”

They also mock the more moderate liberals who oppose political violence and urge readers to team up with people who support it.

“Anarchists and anti-fascists in the Pacific Northwest have learned over the last year that the broader coalition of liberals and socialists who tend to show up to oppose public gathering of the Right are not friendly to tactics of direct action that stray out of the confines of ‘non-violence.’ They will provide no safe space or harbor for those of us willing to carry out direct action against this mob of pond scum, so it is imperative that anarchists and anti-fascists alike organize to keep ourselves safe and protected,” the website suggests.

The founder of Patriot Prayer, Joey Gibson, told the Gateway Pundit that Antifa always calls for violence against their rallies — but that he hasn’t actually seen them back it up since August when several thousand people gathered for a “Rally Against Hate” in response to one of their events. Their pro-Trump event was canceled after the city refused to issue a permit, but a handful of bold supporters still showed up.

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UK Sentences Activist, Tommy Robinson, to Prison for Reporting on Muslim Rape Gang. He May Be Murdered There by Prisoners.

Tommy Robinson, a vocal critic of crime by Muslim immigrants, has been arrested for reporting on a Muslim rape gang. The planned ambush was designed to present him to a judge who revoked his suspended sentence, leaving him to serve 13 months. Because Tommy is well-known and a critic of Muslim crime, he is a marked man in prison and likely will be targeted by prisoners. -GEG

Tommy Robinson was arrested last Friday outside the courthouse in Leeds, while livestreaming about a Muslim grooming gang that preyed on native English girls as young as 11 years old. Tommy was immediately taken to court and sentenced to 13 months in prison.  This amounts to a death sentence, because Muslim prisoners have plotted his death during his prior incarcerations.

In 2016, a man who put bacon sandwiches at the door of a mosque was jailed for committing a “hate crime”, and he was found dead in his jail cell less than six months into his sentence.

Robinson was arrested under suspicion of “breaching the peace”, which means engaging in activity that is causing or MAY cause a violent situation.  If anything is threatened that some official say MAY lead to violence, free speech becomes a crime.  The arrest appeared to be planned, because half a dozen officers closed in on him and moved swiftly, even though he was not posing any threat. Bystanders at the arrest were warned that they, too, could be arrested for posting and sharing links to the livestream.

Articles and videos about Tommy Robinson’s arrest by the Daily Record, Birmingham Live, The Mirror, RT and even Breitbart News were taken down from the internet, and a court order mandated that there must be no reporting on Tommy until the trial of the Muslim gang is concluded.
On Saturday, following his arrest on Friday. thousands reportedly protested at Ten Downing Street, headquarters of the Government of the United Kingdom.