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Papa John founder says CEOs are ‘scared’ of the Left

Alex Nitzberg and Carrue Sheffield report for Just the News (JTN), July 16, 2020, that in an interview with JTN, John Schnatter, founder of the Papa John pizza chain, said CEOs are “scared” of the “woke” Left because they fear being “persecuted”.

Schnatter was responding to the Left’s current hate-campaign to boycott Goya Foods, a Hispanic food company, because Goya CEO Bob Unanue made a positive comment about President Trump at a July 9 White House event related to a Hispanic Prosperity Initiative.

Unanue, whose grandfather founded Goya Foods in 1936, said: “We’re all truly blessed at the same time to have a leader like President Trump who is a builder. And that’s what my grandfather did, he came to this country to build, to grow, to prosper. And so we have an incredible builder, and we pray, we pray for our leadership, our president, and we pray for our country that we will continue to prosper and to grow.”

Among the bullies of the hate-campaign against Goya Foods are:

  • The insufferable Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
  • Julián Castro, a former Democratic presidential candidate who was Obama’s Housing and Urban Development secretary.

Back to Papa John founder John Schnatter, who himself had been a repeated target of the Left’s hate campaign.

On January 1, 2018, Schnatter was forced to step down as Papa John’s CEO because in November 2017, he criticized NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for not doing anything about football players’ take-a-knee national anthem protests.

Papa John founder John Schnatter

Like Unanue, Schnatter also has positive things to say about Trump, calling him a “leader” for reducing government regulations:

“I think that this is probably the hardest working president that we’ve ever had. He understands business, he understands entrepreneurship. I mean can you imagine if we had somebody in the White House that was making decisions right now on politics instead of what’s right for Americans, what’s right for America? I mean it’d be pretty scary. I think he makes the right decision for the right reasons.”

Schnatter told Just the News:

“Everybody on the left keeps preaching diversity, unless it’s diversity of thought, diversity of philosophy, or diversity of ideology. And if you don’t think a certain way, then you get persecuted. That’s not diversity. Entrepreneurship and creativity and innovation come from independent critical judgment, which is you think for yourself, you believe in yourself, you have independent critical judgment.

They’re trying to paint you in a corner, that if you don’t believe 100% in their ideology, then they persecute you, they attack you. And I think that’s extremely unhealthy for the country. And I think it’s a really bad path for the CEOs to go down. And I think they’re scared.

To that I say the CEOs of “woke capitalism” are spineless soy-boys. By giving in to the Left’s abusive bullies, they’re simply making things worse for themselves and America.

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~Eowyn

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What could possibly go wrong? AOC says defunding police will call for “experimentation” with public safety

These demorats are very, very dangerous.

Seems that their agenda is more important than the safety of their citizens.

h/t Breitbart

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Environmentalist apologizes for climate-change alarmism; censored by Forbes

An apology by climate-change activist Michael Shellenberger was originally published on Forbes website, but subsequently taken down.

Michael Shellenberger is an American author and environmental policy writer. He is a Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment,” Green Book Award Winner, and the author of Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All (Harper Collins, June 30, 2020).

Spectator USA has republished Shellenberger’s apology on July 7, 2020. Here it is in its entirety. I added the red bold emphasis.

An environmentalist’s apology: ‘I was guilty of alarmism’

‘I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public

By Michael Shellenberger

On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening, it’s just not the end of the world. It’s not even our most serious environmental problem.

I have been a climate activist for 20 years and an environmentalist for 30, so I may seem like a strange person to be saying this.

But as an energy expert asked by the US Congress to provide objective expert testimony and invited by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to serve as an Expert Reviewer of its next Assessment Report, I feel an obligation to apologize for how badly we environmentalists have misled the public.

Here are some facts few people know:

  • Humans are not causing a ‘sixth mass extinction’
  • The Amazon is not ‘the lungs of the world’
  • Climate change is not definitively making natural disasters worse
  • Fires have declined 25% around the world since 2003
  • The amount of land we use for meat — humankind’s biggest use of land — has declined by an area nearly as large as Alaska
  • Carbon emissions are declining in most rich nations and have declined in Britain, Germany, and France from the mid-1970s
  • Netherlands is becoming richer, not poorer while adapting to life below sea level
  • We produce 25 per cent more food than we need and food surpluses will continue to rise as the world gets hotter
  • Habitat loss and the direct killing of wild animals are potentially larger threats to species than climate change
  • Wood fuel is far worse for people and wildlife than fossil fuels
  • Preventing future pandemics requires more not less ‘industrial’ agriculture

I know that the above facts will sound like ‘climate denialism’ to many, but that just shows the power of climate alarmism.

In reality, the above facts come from the best-available scientific studies, including those conducted by or accepted by the IPCC, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and other leading scientific bodies.

When some people read this, they will imagine that I’m some right-wing anti-environmentalist. I’m not. At 17, I lived in Nicaragua to show solidarity with the Sandinista socialist revolution. At 23, I raised money for Guatemalan women’s cooperatives. In my early 20s, I lived in the semi-Amazon doing research with small farmers fighting land invasions. At 26, I helped expose poor conditions at Nike factories in Asia.

I became an environmentalist at 16 when I threw a fundraiser for Rainforest Action Network. At 27, I helped save the last unprotected ancient redwoods in California. In my 30s, I advocated renewables and successfully helped persuade the Obama administration to invest $90 billion into them. Over the last few years I helped save enough nuclear plants from being replaced by fossil fuels to prevent a sharp increase in emissions.

But until last year, I mostly avoided speaking out against the climate scare. Partly because I was embarrassed. After all, I am as guilty of alarmism as any other environmentalist. For years, I referred to climate change as an ‘existential’ threat to human civilization and called it a ‘crisis.’

But mostly, I was scared. I remained quiet about the climate disinformation campaign because I was afraid of losing friends and funding. The few times I summoned the courage to defend climate science from those who misrepresent it I suffered harsh consequences. And so I mostly stood by and did next to nothing as my fellow environmentalists terrified the public.

I even stood by as people in the White House and many in the news media tried to destroy the reputation and career of an outstanding scientist, good man, and friend of mine, Roger Pielke, Jr., a lifelong progressive Democrat and environmentalist who testified in favor of carbon regulations. Why did they do that? Because his research proves natural disasters aren’t getting worse.

But then, last year, things spiraled out of control.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, ‘The world is going to end in twelve years if we don’t address climate change.’ While Britain’s most high-profile environmental group, Extinction Rebellion, claimed, ‘Climate Change Kills Children.’

The world’s most influential green journalist, Bill McKibben, called climate change the ‘greatest challenge humans have ever faced’ and said it would ‘wipe out civilizations.’

Mainstream journalists were repeatedly reporting the Amazon as ‘the lungs of the world,’ and that deforestation was akin to a nuclear bomb going off.

As a result, half of the people surveyed around the world last year said they thought climate change would make humanity extinct. And in January, one of five British children told pollsters they were having nightmares about climate change.

Whether or not you have children, you must see how wrong this is. I admit I may be sensitive because I have a teenage daughter – after we talked about the science she was reassured. But her friends are deeply misinformed and thus, understandably, frightened.

I thus decided I had to speak out. I knew that writing a few articles wouldn’t be enough; I needed a book to properly lay out all of the evidence.

And so my formal apology for our fear-mongering comes in the form of my new book, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All.

It is based on two decades of research and three decades of environmental activism. At 400 pages, with 100 of them endnotes, Apocalypse Never covers climate change, deforestation, plastic waste, species extinction, industrialisation, meat, nuclear energy, and renewables.

Some highlights from the book:

  • Factories and modern farming are key to human liberation and environmental progress
  • The most important thing for saving the environment is producing more food, particularly meat, on less land
  • The most important thing for reducing air pollution and carbon emissions is moving from wood to coal to petroleum to natural gas to uranium
  • 100 per cent renewables would require increasing the land used for energy from today’s 0.5 pc to 50 pc
  • We should want cities, farms, and power plants to have higher, not lower, power densities
  • Vegetarianism reduces one’s emissions by less than 4 pc
  • Greenpeace didn’t save the whales, switching from whale oil to petroleum and palm oil did
  • ‘Free-range’ beef would require 20 times more land and produce 300 pc more emissions
  • Greenpeace dogmatism worsened forest fragmentation of the Amazon
  • The colonialist approach to gorilla conservation in the Congo produced a backlash that may have resulted in the killing of 250 elephants

Why were we all so misled?

In the final three chapters of Apocalypse Never I expose the financial, political, and ideological motivations. Environmental groups have accepted hundreds of millions of dollars from fossil fuel interests. Groups motivated by anti-humanist beliefs forced the World Bank to stop trying to end poverty and instead make poverty ‘sustainable.’ While status anxiety, depression, and hostility to modern civilization are behind much of the alarmism.

Once you realise just how badly misinformed we have been, often by people with plainly unsavory or unhealthy motivations, it is hard not to feel duped.

Will Apocalypse Never make any difference? There are certainly reasons to doubt it.

Apocalyptic pronouncements about climate change have been made in the news since the late 1980s, and do not seem disposed to stop.

The ideology behind environmental alarmism — Malthusianism — has been repeatedly debunked for 200 years and yet is more powerful than ever. But there are also reasons to believe that environmental alarmism will, if not come to an end, have diminishing cultural power.

The coronavirus pandemic is an actual crisis which puts the climate ‘crisis’ into perspective. Even if you think we overreacted, COVID-19 has killed nearly 500,000 people and shattered economies around the globe.

Scientific institutions including WHO and IPCC have undermined their credibility through the repeated politicisation of science – their future existence and relevance depends on new leadership and serious reform.

Facts still matter, and social media is allowing for a wider range of new and independent voices to outcompete alarmist environmental journalism at legacy publications.

Nations are reverting openly to self-interest and away from, which is good for nuclear and bad for renewables.

The evidence is overwhelming that our high-energy civilization is better for people and nature than the low-energy civilization that climate alarmists would return us to.

My invitations from IPCC and Congress are signs of a growing openness to new thinking about climate change and the environment. Another has been to the response to my book from climate scientists, conservationists, and environmental scholars. ‘Apocalypse Never is an extremely important book,’ writes Richard Rhodes, the Pulitzer-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb. ‘This may be the most important book on the environment ever written,’ says one of the fathers of modern climate science Tom Wigley.

‘We environmentalists condemn those with antithetical views of being ignorant of science and susceptible to confirmation bias,’ wrote the former head of The Nature Conservancy, Steve McCormick. ‘But too often we are guilty of the same. Shellenberger offers ‘tough love:’ a challenge to entrenched orthodoxies and rigid, self-defeating mindsets. Apocalypse Never serves up occasionally stinging, but always well-crafted, evidence-based points of view that will help develop the ‘mental muscle’ we need to envision and design not only a hopeful, but an attainable, future.’

That is all I hoped for in writing it. If you’ve made it this far, I hope you’ll agree that it’s perhaps not so strange for a lifelong environmentalist, progressive, and climate activist to speak out against the alarmism.

I further hope that you’ll accept my apology.

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~Eowyn

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The stoopid, it burns: AOC tells people, “Don’t go back to work”

You’ve got a complete IDIOT in Congress making dollars and a pension (with paid health care benefits) while millions of American’s are unemployed. Yet this congress-critter is telling people not to go back to work?

Only in America…

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No need to worry about Wuhan Virus: The “Climate Apocalypse” is on the way!

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President Trump appoints VP Pence to lead response to coronavirus, former bartender AOC mad

Of course she is. TDS-infected people never take a break. Especially when the narrative is to take down President Trump with Russia, Russia, Russia Coronavirus.

Spare me your indignation, AOC. You’re a former bartender who runs around pushing climate extremism with absolutely NO background in that area of expertise. Yet she stands in judgment of other people’s credentials.

Hyperbole is all she’s got.

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Hypocrite: Ocasio-Cortez got her goddaughter into charter school

School choice for me but not for thee…

From NY Post: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez managed to get her goddaughter into a Bronx charter school, according to a Facebook Live video she recorded in 2017 — before she was a public figure.

“This area’s like a lot of where my family is from,” AOC says as she strolls along Hunts Point Avenue in the Bronx. “My goddaughter, I got her into a charter school like maybe a block or two down.”

It’s unclear exactly how Ocasio-Cortez managed to finagle the favor for her goddaughter, or which school she attended. There are at least five — including South Bronx Classical Charter School I and Bronx Charter School for the Arts — within walking distance of the Hunts Point subway station where the video cuts out.

Reps for AOC did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Embracing charters would be a big no-no for Ocasio-Cortez’s Democratic socialist base, which calls for the total abolition of charters, arguing that their existence hurts traditional public schools.

“Charter schools act as tools for privatizing education and weakening the power of unionized teachers,” the party says in its New York City platform, which called for ending “the creation of new charter schools, [banning] the expansion of existing charter schools, and transform[ing] existing charter schools into public schools.”

Though Ocasio-Cortez has frequently talked about how her own family fled the Bronx to avoid the borough’s failing public schools, she has also publicly stood in total lockstep with anti-charter advocates.

During a March 2019 town hall organized by Jackson Heights People for Public Schools, she had harsh words for New York City public schools — but also lauded public education as “one of the greatest gems of public good in the United States.” She warned that residents of the Bronx were now being “incentivized to enroll into a charter school.

Read the whole story here.

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President Trump awards Rush Limbaugh Presidential Medal of Freedom; Nancy Pelosi sulks

Two days ago, conservative talk-show titan Rush Limbaugh told his listeners that he’s been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.

Stage 4 lung cancer means the cancer has metastasized (spread) throughout the body to other organs. Distressingly, the median life expectancy of stage 4 lung cancer is only around 8 months; the 5-year survival rate after diagnosis is only 4%.

Last night, at his State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Trump saluted and conferred on Rush Limbaugh the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal are the highest civilian awards in the United States. Established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, the Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes those people who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”.

Demonrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who will be 80 years old on March 26, with her botoxed, many-times lifted, wrinkleless face, pointedly remained seated and refused to applaud.

Pelosi also showed her disdain by tearing up a printed copy of President Trump’s State of the Union speech.

Earlier, when Trump walked into the House chamber to raucous applause from GOP members and chants of “four more years,” Trump snubbed Pelosi by refusing to shake her hand, turning his back on the House Speaker who led his entirely-baseless and blatantly-partisan impeachment in the House of Representatives. (New York Post)

In a rage, Demonrat Reps. Rashida Tlaib (MI), Tim Ryan (OH) and Bill Pascrell (NJ) stormed out of the SOTU address. Other Demonrats, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (MA), Steve Cohen (TN), Al Green (TX), Hank “Guam would tip” Johnson (GA), Frederica Wilson (FL), and Earl Blumenauer (OR), boycotted the SOTU. (Breitbart)

In his SOTU address, the “Great American Comeback,” President Trump graciously made no mention of the Democrats’ impeachment witch-hunt, focusing instead on his administration’s many accomplishments, policy goals and the eternal American spirit. He said:

“America’s enemies are on the run, America’s fortunes are on the rise and the America’s future is blazing bright. In just three short years, we have shattered the mentality of American decline and we have rejected the downsizing of America’s destiny. We are moving forward at a pace that was unimaginable just a short time ago, and we are never going back!”

Callling every child “a gift from God,” President Trump also spoke out for the unborn, calling on Congress to ban late-term abortion.

See also “Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address was nothing less than magnificent“.

Thank you and God bless you, President Trump.

Please pray for Rush Limbaugh.

Please pray for President Trump.

Please pray for America.

~Eowyn

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Know your enemies: They are pro-Iranian, anti-American progressives in the U.S.A.

Dangerous people they are, spreading pro-Iranian propaganda.

Just shows how much they really care about the safety of our soldiers in the sandbox.

Michael Moore tells the Ayatollah of Iran that Democrats will take care of Trump for them

Bernie Sanders compares Trump approving strike on Soleimani to Putin ‘assassinating dissidents’

NBC News correspondent reports U.S. turned Soleimani into ‘a martyr, if not a saint’

Trump ‘Tossed Stick of Dynamite Into Tinderbox’ With Drone Strike, Says Joe Biden

Keep it up, demorats. We WILL remember in November.

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California Democrat Cenk Uygur wants to legalize bestiality

Californian politicians are a moral sewage.

Cenk Uygur, 49, is a “progressive” Turkish-American broadcaster, lawyer, columnist, journalist, activist, and the founder of The Young Turks, whose YouTube channel has 4.57 million subscribers. The Young Turks were instrumental in the election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, with the help of the Soros-funded Justice Democrats that had also help elect Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.

Uygur is currently running for the U.S. House of Representatives from the 25th district, to replace the disgraced Katie Hill. Hill resigned last month when nude photos of her and a female staffer were leaked, which led to the discovery that the Congresswoman had had sex with the female staffer and Hill’s husband, as well as with another male staffer, in violation of House Resolution 6.

See “California Congresswoman Katie Hill had sex with female and male staffers in violation of House Resolution 6

Alas, Uygur is no better.

Forbidden Knowledge TV unearthed a Young Turks video from 2013, in which Uygur tells his co-host, Ana Kasparian, that if he were the “benevolent dictator of the world”, he would legalize bestiality — sex with animals — as long as the animal was also “pleasured”.

Comparing bestiality to the minor crime of jaywalking, which is an infraction or a misdemeanor depending on the jurisdiction, Uygur said:

“bestality . . . yeah, it might technically be a crime, but let’s not waste the court’s time on jaywalking, you see what I mean? But here comes the controversial part I shouldn’t say: I believe that . . . if I were the ruler, the benevolent dictator of the world, I would legalize bestiality where you are giving, you’re pleasuring the animal, you see what I’m saying? Okay, okay . . . . [audience laughs] I’ll tell you why, I’ll tell you why . . . there was the case that we covered where there was, like, a guy or a girl or something that was pleasuring a horse, and the horse came to a conclusion. Right? So who got harmed?”

Co-host Kasparian points out that some people who were raped had an orgasm, so having an orgasm while being raped doesn’t mean that the victim wanted to be raped.

Uygur said: “Number one, you’re being an unbelievable downer. Number two, [in bestiality] they’re not both humans. Number three, I mean if you really ask the horse, ‘Did you mind?,’ the answer’s got to be ‘No’!”

H/t Maziel

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