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Another company to add to your “do not support” list: YETI Coolers ends affiliation with NRA Foundation

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YETI…no longer a friend

On Saturday I received a bulletin from the NRA:

For years YETI Coolers have been a hot item for sportsmen at the Friends of NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction events around the country.  These Foundation events raise money to support youth programs and educational programs nationwide. The youth of America who benefit from these programs are the future hunters, hikers, fishermen/women, bikers, campers, wildlife photographers, mountain climbers, sportsmen/women and conservationists who will protect our natural resources and recreational lands.

Suddenly, without prior notice, YETI has declined to do business with The NRA Foundation saying they no longer wish to be an NRA vendor, and refused to say why.  They will only say they will no longer sell products to The NRA Foundation.  That certainly isn’t sportsmanlike. In fact, YETI should be ashamed.  They have declined to continue helping America’s young people enjoy outdoor recreational activities.  These activities enable them to appreciate America and enjoy our natural resources with wholesome and healthy outdoor recreational and educational programs.

The NRA Foundation is 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization.”

YETI was purchased by the Cortec Group in 2012. Cortec Group is a New York-based private equity firm.

According to Cortec, YETI has experienced rapid growth and holds the #1 market position in the premium cooler category. YETI currently sells to a broad-based “enthusiast” customer group through a diverse range of national, regional, and local retailers serving a variety of end markets, including specialty hunting and fishing, outdoor sporting goods, hardware, farm and ranch supply, and oilfield services, among others.”

If interested, contact YETI here.

If you support the Second Amendment and the NRA, be sure to add YETI to your list of companies whose products you do not plan to use.

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Governor Cuomo grants 35,000 paroled felons the right to vote

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Liberal logic: Voting allows one to “re-connect” with their community.

From Fox News: In an executive order signed Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo granted some 35,000 paroled felons the right to vote.

The move by the second-term Democrat came after state Republicans blocked a bill in the state Senate.

“I’m unwilling to take no for an answer,” Cuomo said at the annual convention of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in New York City. “I’m going to make it law by executive order.”

The new directive includes New York in a list of 14 states and the District of Columbia that allow felons to vote in elections after serving their sentence.

“It is unconscionable to deny voting rights to New Yorkers who have paid their debt and have re-entered society,” Cuomo said in a statement.

This reform will reduce disenfranchisement and will help restore justice and fairness to our democratic process. Withholding or delaying voting rights diminishes our democracy.”

Cuomo said that nearly three-fourths of parolees in New York are black or Latino, and allowing parolees to vote will help them to reconnect with the community.

But Republicans disagree and already started pouncing on Cuomo over the new measure. Republican Senate Leader John Flanagan said Wednesday that the order was bad public policy and could potentially be illegal because the governor ignored the Legislature.

Ed Cox, chairman of the state Republican Party, in a statement, called the directive an “outrageous power grab” in a bid to appeal to “radical primary voters,” according to the New York Times.

Cuomo is facing an energized Democratic primary challenge from “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon, who has repeatedly attacked the governor from the left and for failing to support minorities in the state.

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Convicted Cuomo aide still gets his pension thanks to loophole

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Tax dollars at work.

From NY Post: It’s a loophole big enough to squeeze a pension through.

Joe Percoco, the disgraced former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will be able to cash in once again on his time in government and collect his pension — despite three felony convictions on corruption charges.

Voters gave judges the authority in 2017 to strip government employees of their retirement checks if they’re nailed on felonies. But the law only covers crimes committed after Jan. 1, 2018.

Percoco’s crimes date from 2012 through 2016.

Since the law isn’t retroactive, Percoco gets to keep his pension, which could be worth as much as $36,000 a year.

The story was first reported by the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan convicted Percoco on three corruption counts stemming from pay-to-play schemes that netted him an estimated $300,000.

Jurors acquitted Cuomo’s former right-hand man of three other corruption charges at the conclusion of the seven-week trial.

Percoco’s sentencing is scheduled for June. He faces up to 50 years in prison.

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Agenda-driven media promotes the worst fear: “I’m a Holocaust survivor – Trump’s America feels like Germany before Nazis took over”

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Hyperbole much?

When I was on Facebook and Obama was re-elected, proggies were telling conservatives to calm down. They said, “We survived eight years of Bush, you’ll survive eight years of Obama.”

Apparently now we are facing the next Holocaust…

From Yahoo (via Newsweek): Stephen B. Jacobs has a warning from the past for America today: It’s happening again.

At 79 years old he is among the youngest of the Holocaust survivors still alive. But Jacobs can remember life in the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald; what the Nazis did to him, his family, his friends.

He worries about what’s happening right now in America, where he has lived and prospered since arriving a couple of years after Buchenwald’s liberation on April 11, 1945.

The American far-right appears emboldened since the election of President Donald Trump, who led an inflammatory, nationalist campaign. Since then, clashes like the one in Charlottesville are becoming almost commonplace(really, where?).

“Things just go from bad to worse every day,” Jacobs, a successful New York architect who designed the Holocaust memorial at Buchenwald, tells Newsweek. “There’s a real problem growing.”

So much so that Jacobs thinks there’s a “direct parallel” with Germany between the two world wars.

Perhaps more alarming than the far-right getting braver is the seep into mainstream politics of their hate, their talking points, their rhetoric.“It feels like 1929 or 1930 Berlin,” Jacobs says, ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018 on Thursday.

Things that couldn’t be said five years ago, four years ago, three years ago—couldn’t be said in public—are now normal discourse. It’s totally unacceptable.

“We thought our country had changed. In fact, it didn’t. We were operating on a misconception. ‘My god, we elected a black president in the United States! Look how far we’ve come!’ We haven’t.”

In Trump, Jacobs says, the far-right sees an “enabler.”

“I’m involved with New York real estate, I know this man personally,” says Jacobs, whose eponymous architecture firm celebrated its 50th birthday in 2017. “Trump is an enabler. Trump has no ideas. Trump is out for himself. He’s a sick, very disturbed individual.”

“I couldn’t say that Trump is a fascist because you’ve got to know what fascism is. And I don’t think he has the mental power to even understand it.”

Jacobs calls New York, where he lives, an “island of resistance”. But he says Washington will soon realize too that “fascism has to be resisted.”

“Fascism could have been won in Spain. It could’ve been stopped. But appeasement of fascism is what led to everything,” Jacobs warns.

This is a man who lived what happens when fascism isn’t stopped before it metastasizes.

He was born in Łódź, Poland, in 1939. His father, a physician, moved the family to Piotrków, near Warsaw, shortly after the Nazi invasion of Poland in September of that year. Piotrków, where many Jewish refugees in Poland fled, would become the Nazis’ first ghetto.

Liquidated in 1942, a labor camp was established with two factories, where the family lived until their brutal separation in 1944.

The women—his mother, three aunts and grandmother—were taken to a camp at Ravensbrück. The men—him, his older brother and his father—to Buchenwald. “In my case, you didn’t eat in Buchenwald unless you worked. So I was given an identity card that said I was 16 years old,” Jacobs says. “I was five.”

Read the whole story here.

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A progressive bastion: Cynthia Nixon promises to make New York a “real” sanctuary state

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Candidate Nixon wants to work hard for illegal aliens/Instagram photo

It’s the demorat way…

From Daily Mail: Cynthia Nixon has promised to turn New York into ‘a real sanctuary state’ for undocumented migrants illegal aliens in a swipe at Andrew Cuomo, her rival for the Democratic nomination.

The ex-Sex and the City actress areas including New York City for already adopting so-called ‘sanctuary’ legislation but blamed Cuomo, the current governor, for failing to take it up on a statewide level.

This and similar pro-immigrant measures would help turn the state into a ‘progressive bastion’, Nixon said during a speech in Rochester on Thursday.

‘All of these things that we should have done and that New Yorkers want us do, that’s why I am running.

‘Times up on progressive change and waiting for progressive change in New York,’ Nixon said, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

In the same speech Nixon also demanded more money for schools and renewable energy, and new laws to create a single-tier health system.

The New York Assembly passed sanctuary state legislation last year, but this was thrown out in the Republican-controlled senate.

Cuomo has been accused of preventing sanctuary legislation from going through the Senate by allowing a controversial power-sharing deal between Republicans and a breakaway group of Democrats.

The Independent Democratic Conference joined Republicans in a ‘majority coalition’ in return for leadership positions and lucrative stipends. It lasted for seven years before ending earlier this month.

New York City passed a bill in October 2017 ruling that no state money would be used to help enforce federal immigration legislation.

Other areas that have adopted similar legislation in the state include Albany, Ithaca, Wayne County, Omondaga County, Franklin County and St Lawrence County.

Cuomo hit back against Nixon’s criticism, saying: ‘I think we have the most progressive record in the country in this state.’

Sanctuary legislation has been heavily criticised by Republican legislators.

At a roundtable on the issue in March, President Trump accused cities that fail to cooperate with immigration authorities of putting the nation at risk by releasing ‘thousands of criminal aliens’ who should be deported. ‘In many cases they are very bad actors. We have gang members, we have predators, rapists, killers – a lot of bad people,’ he said.

Earlier this week, Iowa became the latest Republican-led state to propose legislation which would withhold money from local governments that don’t comply with federal immigration laws.

A bill outlining an expansive immigration enforcement plan is expected to receive final legislative approval this week.

Read the rest of the story here.

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MYOB: Restaurant workers tell A-listers to shove it after call for higher wages

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Super-wealthy SJWs not wanted…

Stick to worrying about your agents fighting for your own MASSIVE salaries.

From NY Post: Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman and more than a dozen other A-listers were told to shove it by 500 restaurant workers in New York who signed an open letter to the actresses.

The missive is a response to a letter that the Hollywood elites sent to Gov. Cuomo asking him to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers.

“You’ve been misled that we earn less than minimum wage and that we’re somehow helpless victims of sexual harassment,” the restaurants’ workers said in their letter, which was organized by Maggie Raczynski, an Outback Steakhouse bartender in Clifton Park, NY. “Thank you for your concern. But we don’t need your help and we’re not asking to be saved,” they wrote.

Cuomo is considering raising the minimum wage for tipped workers, which is as much as $8.65 in the city for restaurant workers, to be equal to the regular minimum wage, which is rising to $15 by 2020.

“The cost of food is going to go up and the number of servers is going to go down,” Raczynski told The Post.

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Cop goes easy on teen for hitting him; she brags about hating cops on Facebook

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Diamond Forrest: Calls the cops she hates when she needs help

Her momma must be so proud.

From NY Post: This might make NYPD cops think twice about cutting someone a break.

A teen slugged a Brooklyn police officer in the face, but the cop took it easy on her and decided not to haul her in on a felony charge, law enforcement sources said.

Diamond Forrest, 17, repaid the kindness by gloating about it on social media — and admitting to The Post that she hates cops.

The unidentified housing officer was among several cops who responded to an apartment in East New York, where the 5-foot-4, 170-pound teen was “acting in a violent and threatening manner,” the sources said. Forrest allegedly punched the cop, and then said, “I’m sorry I hit you, officer.”

He decided not to arrest her because he wasn’t injured during the incident shortly before midnight Tuesday, sources said.

Forrest was slapped with a summons for disorderly conduct, a violation punishable by a maximum 15 days in jail, instead of a more serious offense like second-degree assault on a police officer. That crime is a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of two years.

Following the incident, Forrest wrote on Facebook: “I duffed like 3 cops today .. I’m glad they let me go,” along with a crying emoji.

Her Facebook page also features a photo posted in October that shows her holding up her middle finger alongside a 75th Precinct police cruiser. “75th Precinct is horrible,” Forrest told The Post. “I don’t like them. I don’t like how they go about things. It’s despicable and horrible.

Forrest said she called for help Tuesday night “because I was having trouble with my boyfriend’s brother. “I called for help, but when they came in, they came in acting rough and pushed me out the way,” she said. “They hit me first! That’s why they didn’t arrest me.

“I hit one of them by accident,” she added.

Forrest also claimed she was put into handcuffs, and sent The Post a photo of thin, raised marks around her right wrist. “They gave me a ticket and told me to behave for the next six months,” she said.

The head of the NYPD sergeants union, Ed Mullins, said he’d never heard of anyone avoiding arrest in an attack on a cop.“We’re sending a message that it’s OK to punch a police officer,” he fumed. “This never would have happened 30 years ago.”

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