DePaul University President Calls Pro-Life Message “Bigotry”

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At DePaul University in Chicago, it is now impossible to be both pro-life and pro-black lives — at least according the university’s president.

Last week, Fr. Dennis Holtschneider silenced the DePaul College Republicans, halting use of their proposed “Unborn Lives Matter” campaign on campus. In a letter explaining his decision, Holtschneider claimed, “Yet there will be times when some forms of speech challenge our grounding in Catholic and Vincentian values. When that happens, you will see us refuse to allow members of our community to be subjected to bigotry that occurs under the cover of free speech.” He went on to describe the advertising campaign as “[s]peech whose primary purpose is to wound” and called it “inconsistent with our Vincentian and Catholic values.”

Holtschneider may have believed these words when he wrote them, but his accusation rests on a baseless assumption of malicious intent on the part of the College Republicans. The poster blocked by the University merely imitates a well-known, popular phrasing of a powerful message, and one that the university had a chance, and perhaps even an obligation, to promote as an avenue for unity. Is it really so difficult to consider that the group’s reappropriation of “Black Lives Matter” is more akin to others’ reappropriation of the British mantra “Keep Calm and Carry On,” for example, than it is to mocking the rallying cry of a movement seeking justice and equality for African Americans?

Furthermore, when it comes to protecting and defending black lives, it can be argued quite compellingly that the pro-life movement is at the forefront. Continue Reading

I Think The Polls Might Be Skewed Against Trump. Here’s Why.

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When one side starts complaining that the “polls are skewed,” that side is usually about to lose an election. So for that reason alone, I don’t like to question polling methodology. Polling has a pretty good track record, and it has proven to be accurate most of the time.

But…

I can’t help it. I’m somewhat skeptical of the polls this year. Since the primary ended, I’ve had a nagging feeling that the polls — both nationally and at the state level — might be underreporting Donald Trump’s support.

Why?

Well, for starters, this isn’t a typical election cycle. GOP candidates always do battle with a biased media, but I’m not sure we have ever seen anything like this year’s ridiculous coverage. Reporters and news anchors continue to obsess over every little thing Donald Trump has said, while completely ignoring bad things — criminal things — Hillary Clinton has actually done.

Late night television has become a non-stop campaign commercial ridiculing Trump. Debate moderators are teaming up with Clinton and Kaine in “two-on-one” fights against Trump and Pence. Hollywood and the sports-entertainment complex are fighting against Republicans like never before, staging boycotts in key swing states, holding fundraisers, and running ads in support of Clinton.

And this time, unlike 2008 or 2012, the rhetoric is different. Millions of totalitarian leftists have adopted Hillary Clinton’s position that everyone who votes for Donald Trump is a “deplorable” racist bigot, and they are taking to social media to say so. Continue Reading

Good News, Everyone: America Has Not Totally Embraced the Totalitarian Left

Pew Research Center released a poll on Wednesday that surveys American attitudes on religious freedom and “gender identity,” and the results were generally encouraging — 48 percent of Americans support the principles behind the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), and 46 percent of Americans believe biological men do not belong in women’s bathrooms.

Source: Pew Research Center

 

Given the left-leaning wording of the questions, the results become even more pronounced. Look at how the pro-religious freedom position is worded:

Businesses that provide wedding services should be… able to refuse to provide those services to same-sex couples if the business owner has religious objections to homosexuality. [Emphasis added]

That’s not an accurate description of the pro-religious freedom, pro-FADA position, which makes the fact that 48 percent of Americans support it even more impressive. A better, more ideal version would be:

People of faith who provide wedding services should be allowed to conscientiously object to participating in the facilitation of a wedding ceremony that violates their sincerely held religious beliefs.

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Look at the language being used by Pew: “Businesses,” instead of people of faith; “refuse,” instead of allowed to conscientiously object; “religious objections to homosexuality,” instead of a wedding ceremony that violates an individual’s sincerely held religious beliefs.

This is by design, maybe not specifically by Pew, but certainly by wordsmiths on the totalitarian left. Words mean things. Pew’s wording places the sole emphasis on the business owner and essentially demonizes him or her, making it solely about him or her “refusing” services, rather than him or her being forced to violate a sincerely held religious belief. Continue Reading

Why Trump Won the Debate

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Regardless of the morning headlines, Donald Trump won the debate. Why? Hillary Clinton supporters, including most of the media, were betting on Trump self-destructing in the face of personal barbs thrown at him from Lester Holt and Clinton.

Trump, however, didn’t take any of the hooks — at least, none of the important ones. Even when Holt pressed the issues, “Let me interrupt just a moment,” Trump just talked over the “moderator” until he shut up. As a seasoned TV performer, Trump knows that those debating have leverage over the moderator, especially one who hardly conceals his political preferences.

Trump also successfully peppered Clinton with sly, and very audible, interruptions, which threw off the rhythm of Clinton’s most robotic moments.

Here’s the only Trump fumble of the debate:

HOLT: Why is your judgment — why is your judgment any different than Mrs. Clinton’s judgment?

TRUMP: Well, I have much better judgment than she does. There’s no question about that. I also have a much better temperament than she has, you know?

That moment reminded me of the Trump who won the primaries, not the Trump who will very likely win the coming election.

But back to barbs, which were predictable and, probably, both rehearsed and coordinated between the Clinton campaign and NBC News. Evidence of coordination can be found throughout the debate, but the most telling evidence came when Clinton ordered Holt to shut Trump up on the subject of NATO and the Middle East:

CLINTON: Lester, we’ve covered…

TRUMP: No, wait a minute.

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LEAKED Email: Colin Powell Admits Clinton’s Health “Doesn’t Look Good”

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We learned a lot about former Secretary of State Colin Powell this week after his emails were hacked and distributed to members of the media. We also learned a lot about Hillary Clinton.

While the media focuses on Powell’s unsurprising comments about Donald Trump, calling him a “racist” and a “national disgrace” — Powell endorsed President Obama in 2008 and 2012 — the real takeaway from the leaked emails was about Hillary’s health concerns.

Via the Washington Times:

According to the leaked emails, Mr. Powell and Democratic mega-donor Jeffrey Leeds chatted about Mrs. Clinton’s health in March 2015.

“Not sure, but she has launched a story line that will be picked up. I think there’s something to it,” Mr. Powell wrote about Mrs. Clinton’s well-being at the time. “On HD tv she doesn’t look good. She is working herself to death. After speaking at the UN and doing the crummy press conference she flew to SF to go do a paid gig for EBay and then went to Marc’s house to get ready for a money dinner for the Clinton Foundation. I was in Marc’s second house behind it and ducked her so we didn’t turn loose another email story by being seen together. She then flew back east the next morning. She will turn 70 her first year in office.”

Mr Leeds, responding minutes later, said Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island also had concerns about Mrs. Clinton’s well-being.

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CNN Faces More Questions About Its Election Coverage

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Earlier this week, Frank Cannon pointed out the transparently biased way in which CNN has reported on the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s “super-predator” comments made during her time as First Lady. While CNN anchor Jake Tapper had brought them up earlier this year in an interview with Bernie Sanders, a CNN story this week said Donald Trump was “dredging up” the comments, not-so-subtly suggesting to readers that Clinton’s offensive remarks are no longer relevant — despite the fact CNN clearly felt otherwise only a few months ago.

Now, CNN is in even more hot water after media-watchers caught the network airing a Trump tweet with the word “crooked” edited out from in front of Clinton’s name. From The Hill:

In a continuing effort to cast doubt on his presidential opponent’s health, Trump called on Clinton to release her full medical records in a tweet Sunday night.

But when CNN reported the tweet on “CNN Newsroom” with anchor Jim Sciutto, a graphic of the tweet omitted the GOP nominee’s use of “Crooked” proceeding “Hillary.”

A CNN.com story that updated Monday morning does include Trump’s tweet in its entirety.

A CNN spokesperson told The Hill that “the tweet should have been shown in its entirety.”

Was this simply an innocent mistake made amidst the rush of preparing a story to air? Continue Reading

Why I Can’t Stand CNN

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I have written about why I can’t stand GOP operatives and why I can’t stand the mainstream media. Now I want to get more specific and name names. Here’s why I can’t stand CNN.

On Saturday, CNN ran a headline: “Donald Trump Dredges Up Clinton’s Use of ‘Super Predators’” Really? “Dredges Up”?

What a difference a few months can make. Back in April, CNN’s Jake Tapper brought up Hillary Clinton’s controversial comments to Bernie Sanders, all but begging for Sanders to go on the attack. Sanders declined, “Sorry, Jake, not gonna go there,” although he did eventually relent, “I think it had race connotations.”

Both Tapper and Trump have a point in “dredging up” these comments. Watch this clip of Hillary Clinton speaking on the campaign trail in 1996 for her husband, President Bill Clinton. The money quote comes at 0:58:

We also have to have an organized effort against gangs, just as in a previous generation we had an organized effort against the mob. We need to take these people on. They’re often connected to big drug cartels, they’re not just gangs of kids anymore. They’re often the kinds of kids that are called ‘super-predators.’ No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel…

“Super-predators”? “These people”? “Bring them to heel”?

Imagine Donald Trump saying any of these things. The media — and especially CNN — would insist on weeks of coverage. Continue Reading

Trump vs. Baby? More Like Trump vs. the Media.

I had the opportunity to attend a Donald Trump rally in Ashburn, Va., this morning. Crowds were lined up around the building, chants of “we want Trump” were plentiful, the playlist was stale as usual, and the talking points were usual Trump fare: he’s self-funding his campaign; we’re getting killed in trade; and he will make this country great again. The mood was light-hearted, and the event went smoothly, despite a few protesters.

Nothing seemed out of the ordinary for a Trump rally. However, upon checking my phone before heading home from the event, it seemed every news outlet imaginable was piling on the idea that Trump somehow went toe-to-toe with a crying baby and its mother, to the point of having them removed from the venue. However, from my seat in the press box, I witnessed the entire exchange, an incident which played out much differently than is widely being reported.

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Initially, Trump was very accommodating of the crying baby and mother, as detailed first by Rebecca Shabad at CBS News:

“Don’t worry about that baby, I love babies. I love babies. I hear that baby crying. I like it. What a baby, what a beautiful baby. Don’t worry, don’t worry. The mom’s running around, like don’t worry about it, you know. It’s young and beautiful and healthy and that’s what we want,” the GOP presidential nominee declared.

However, Shabad’s account subsequently goes off the rails. I watched as the mother, of her own volition, carried her baby out into the hallway and out of sight. Continue Reading

The Totalitarian Left Begins Its Crackdown on Thoughtcrimes

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Yesterday here at The Pulse 2016, Jane Robbins noted a frightening implication from a federal judge’s recent decision to strike down a Mississippi religious liberty law. It is no longer enough for the left that same-sex couples receive equal treatment under the law when it comes to marriage; they must also receive full approval from every government employee:

. . . It is not enough that a clerk accommodate a same-sex couple’s demand for a marriage license by asking someone else in the office to issue it; rather, her labor must be dragooned — unnecessarily — in service of a result she finds morally objectionable.

There is something sinister about this. It reeks of Soviet-style tyranny, employed to alter the citizen’s thinking — to sanction no private space in which he or she is allowed to dissent from the State-sponsored orthodoxy. The judge and his ideological comrades are determined to control not only how every person acts, but ultimately, how every person thinks. Disagreement can mean unemployment. Perhaps, someday, it will mean something worse than that.

Lest the reader think this is something new or unprecedented, however, take a look at this story in Politico about potential Hillary Clinton VP pick, Sen. Tim Kaine. Politico points out that some progressives are not thrilled by the prospect of Kaine’s selection, including pro-abortion activists. But pay close attention to their reasoning:

If you’ve only been loosely following Kaine’s career, this reaction from the left might seem a surprise.

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Trump’s Veterans Controversy Exposes Media’s Blatant Double Standard

From left: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

For weeks the media have been hounding Donald Trump over whether he had fulfilled a pledge to donate millions of dollars to veterans groups. This week, Trump held a press conference to put the issue to rest.

Flanked by vets, Trump read a list of dozens of groups he financially supported. He said he had not released the details because he did not want the attention, yet the media demanded details.

By the way, where is the media frenzy over Hillary Clinton’s email scandal? An Associated Press Fact Check strongly suggests she has been lying to the American people.

Why aren’t reporters demanding details from Hillary about the Clinton Global Initiative? It was reported months ago that the FBI had launched a public corruption probe.

Why hasn’t Hillary Clinton held a single press conference this entire year? Why don’t the media seem to care? Well, we know the answer to that one.

A small group of veterans held a demonstration outside of Trump Tower during Trump’s press conference. Alexander McCoy, the leader of the group, categorically denied they were part of the Clinton operation, but it didn’t take long to discover evidence to the contrary.

One big clue for me was their signs reading, “We won’t be props for hate. We will stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

Who would that be? The peaceful Muslim neighbors next door or the Tsarnaev brothers? The San Bernardino shooters? The Fort Hood shooter? Continue Reading