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Democratic LA city councilman absolutely roasted after botching Pledge of Allegiance at meeting

Democratic Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de León was supposed to lead the council in the Pledge of Allegiance on Tuesday but was unable to complete it, KCBS-TV reported.

The 54-year-old managed to get through the first part: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.”

But then problems began:

On his first try after completing the first phrase through “the United States of America,” there was a long, uncomfortable pause until he added a newfangled word that sounded like “under visible.”

Then he restarted the pledge, and there was still a long pause in the same spot. You could tell de León was flustered as he let out a quiet, “Oh boy.”

He then plowed ahead — leaving out “and to the republic” — and then reciting the rest of it, after which he exhaled a frustrated huff.

How did folks react?

Reactions were a mixed bag on Twitter, with many folks blasting the councilman and others pushing back by saying the pledge isn’t that important:

  • “Sad and pathetic,” one commenter said. “It should be funny, but in all honesty it’s tragic and disgusting how these people that work for the government of the United States of America don’t even know the simple Pledge of Allegiance. It should serve as indicator of how ill prepared he is for his duty.”
  • “Meh,” someone noted. “I forgot most of that hollow propaganda after reciting it every school day for 13 years, and I don’t feel bad about it.”
  • “How disgraceful!” another commenter exclaimed. “That you could actually be an adult male living in the United States of America, and not even know the simple words to the Pledge of Allegiance. What rock has this slimeball been under? I can just imagine what the other council members are like!”
  • “The pledge is weird and fascist,” another user said.

De León later posted a tweet acknowledging his faux pas:

“Embarrassing, am I right?” he noted. “If you or someone you know got a good laugh out of my own ‘unique’ version of the pledge of allegiance, consider donating a few $ to https://nouswithoutyou.la. They’re doing amazing work in CD 14 to provide food security for undocumented immigrants.”

And folks reacted in a divided way again:

  • “There’s no ‘unique’ version. This isn’t pizza, or ‘your version’ of Mac n’ cheese. It’s the Pledge,” one commenter said. “It’s either right or it’s wrong.”
  • “Actually you’re wrong,” another user shot back. “The pledge is not some hallowed text handed down from God, it was written by a person, and as such, has been changed. Specifically, they added under god in the 50s to combat the godless communists. It’s changed a lot of the years.”
  • “Gladly gave to the fund — don’t sweat it, this country is more than a flag or a pledge to it…” another commenter said. “Just two weeks ago these reply trolls preferred the Confederate flag anyways.”
  • “You are right, but at the same time you have to know the fundamentals and history that help create this country,” another user noted. “That was no laughing matter, as a person who is in a public office of government should know the Pledge of Allegiance and Constitution.”

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Horowitz: America’s most violent year

We have domestic terrorism in this country, all right. It’s just that it emanates almost exclusively from the left and violent career criminals. When will our focus shift to those people? And if not, what’s the purpose of having law enforcement other than to empower a tyrannical government?

Every last person involved in the Capitol riot will be brought to justice … and then some. But when will the people responsible for the most violent year be brought to justice?

It’s not just the widespread arson, looting, vandalism, and blocking of roads we continue to see from Antifa and Black Lives Matter even now, into 2021. It’s the widespread effects of the lawlessness and deterrent against policing (rather than against criminals) that has led to the sharpest one-year increase in crime in recent history.

Earlier this week, Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal revealing some startling crime statistics from 2020:

  • “Murder was up nearly 37% in a sample of 57 large and medium-size cities.” Some cities experienced sharper increases: 95% in Milwaukee, 78% in Louisville, Ky., 74% in Seattle, 72% in Minneapolis, 62% in New Orleans, and 58% in Atlanta, for example.
  • In total, at least 2,000 more Americans were killed in 2020 than in 2019.
  • This year, we witnessed brazen attacks on black children through gang warfare and drive-by shootings. “Fifty-five children were killed in Chicago in 2020, 17 in St. Louis, and 11 in Philadelphia. In South Los Angeles alone, 40 children were shot, some non-lethally, through September.”

Mac Donald points out that most media figures and politicians blame the spike in violence on the stress of the pandemic. To the extent that this is not an indictment of their lockdown policies, Mac Donald observes the obvious fact that crime actually fell for the first few months of the pandemic and only rose at the end of May with the rise of BLM, the rioting, and the attacks on police.

It’s not just the war on cops, but the war on incarceration. Virginia Democrats, for example, are debating SB 1370, a bill that will enable judges to retroactively shorten life sentences for some of the state’s worst murderers. Many county jails have been emptied of their criminals thanks to endless rounds of de-incarceration “reforms.” It’s taking its toll on the streets.

The tragic irony is that as politicians abolish bail, shorten sentences, and drop prosecution of career violent criminals or rioters, the entire force of the federal law enforcement apparatus and some state law enforcements are being harnessed against conservative activists and Trump supporters, even those who did not engage in violence at the Capitol. Thus, we are now confronted with even more street violence as law enforcement stands down against the mayhem staring them in the face and leaves no stone unturned in persecuting Trump supporters.

In lower Manhattan this week, a flash mob ruthlessly beat a man on the street, leaving him bloodied and naked. Do you think for a minute those “youths” will be brought to justice? Do you think law enforcement will use technology to track down and prosecute even those who were in the vicinity of the attack, like they are doing with Capitol Hill?

The reality is that politicians only protect their own. You can beat civilians and destroy private property, because those are not sacred to our government. Then again, even public property, if demolished by the left, is not that sacred. The man who pleaded guilty to burning down the third precinct police station of the Minneapolis PD last May faces, at most, four years in prison before the early release programs likely trim the sentence down further. Hundreds of people were involved in the burning, but no more than four perpetrators will be charged at all. I’m sure the man caught moving Nancy Pelosi’s lectern in the Capitol will serve more time in federal prison.

As the media and government obsessively focus on “right-wing terrorism,” it’s not like the violence they are ignoring is ancient history. It’s still happening. The violence in 2021 looks to be getting even worse. Shootings in south Los Angeles are up 742%. Eleven people have already been killed in Oakland, as compared to just one at the same date in 2020. Antifa continues to riot and block streets with impunity in places like Tacoma, Seattle, and Portland every single day. There is no safety net or backstop to the lawlessness as the entire law enforcement apparatus of the federal government trains its fire on Trump supporters.

Which raises the uncomfortable question: Should conservatives join with the left and support abolishing the police, at least the urban police departments (as opposed to rural sheriffs)? Throw in the FBI and the federal law enforcement agencies while we’re are at it. If ordered liberty is no longer an option on the menu because the government refuses to do its core job and deter crime and violence, why should we have law enforcement around to be used as a blunt instrument against us and as an enforcement for tyranny? Why should we have law enforcement standing at the ready to arrest single moms like Larvita McFarquhar for opening her restaurant in Minnesota as violence pervades the streets of their cities uncontrollably?

What good is law enforcement if the only time they are effective is in enforcing COVID fascism, hampering us from defending ourselves against Antifa, clamping down on the First Amendment, and generally empowering despotic regimes to supplant our Constitution? I’d rather suffer from plain anarchy than a dystopian mix of anarchy for the fringe left and tyranny for the rest of us.

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Pamela Anderson dumps all social media, says Big Tech is bent on ‘control over your brain’

Pamela Anderson, model, actress, and animal rights activist, says she’s breaking up with social media for good.

Anderson said Tuesday that she’s finally giving up her platforms because she’s too concerned that Big Tech is set to control everything — including people’s minds.

She also said that she’s in a healthy and positive place in her life, and apparently has no room for social media — or what she refers to as distractions and “wasted time.”

What are the details?

In a Tuesday Instagram post, Anderson wrote, “This will be my last post on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. I’ve never been interested in social media and now that I’m settled into the life I’m genuinely inspired by reading and being in nature. I am free.”

Anderson continued her post by wishing her followers and fans her best, and by encouraging them to follow their own life’s purpose.

“Thanks for the love. Blessings to you all. Lets [sic] hope you find the strength and inspiration to follow your purpose and try not to be seduced by wasted time,” she wrote.

She then went on to point the finger at Big Tech, which she says is only interested in making money.

“Thats [sic] what THEY want and can use to make money,” the 53-year-old former Playboy model concluded. “Control over your brain.”

The former “Baywatch” actress accompanied the note with a throwback photo of herself from what appears to have been taken in the ’90s.

She also shared the announcement to her Twitter page, which pointed to her Instagram post, and read, “Goodbye Social Media.”

The actress did not indicate whether she would leave her pages active, or she would deactivate them in addition to abandoning them.

Anything else?

In 2020, Anderson announced that she was named the creative director of a new social platform at Jasmin.com directed toward communications with lifestyle influencers.

At the time, she appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and said that she “[loved] the concept.”

“I love the idea of trying to connect people,” she said. “I feel like it’s one of those things where users and influencers can talk about anything and it’s direct communication looking into somebody’s eyes. I kind of take social media to another level.”

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Federal judge blocks Biden’s deportation pause for two weeks

A federal judge in Texas has issued an order temporarily preventing the Biden administration from beginning its 100-day pause on deportations of illegal immigrants.

Last week, President Joe Biden fulfilled his campaign pledge to sign an executive order directing Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to cease deporting some illegal immigrants for a period of 100 days. Biden’s order instructed these components of the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a “review and reset” of the federal government’s immigration enforcement policies, allowing time for the Biden executive branch to begin reversing the policies of the previous administration.

Following Biden’s executive order, the state of Texas sued the administration, seeking injunctive relief to stop the Biden administration from following through with the freeze on deportations. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton claimed Biden’s executive order “violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas” and the Department of Homeland Security.

“Our state defends the largest section of the southern border in the nation. Failure to properly enforce the law will directly and immediately endanger our citizens and law enforcement personnel,” said Paxton. “DHS itself has previously acknowledged that such a freeze on deportations will cause concrete injuries to Texas. I am confident that these unlawful and perilous actions cannot stand. The rule of law and security of our citizens must prevail.”

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued an injunction blocking the deportation freeze for 14 days.

“The issues implicated by that Agreement are of such gravity and constitutional import that they require further development of the record and briefing prior to addressing the merits,” the judge wrote.

In his decision, Tipton found that Texas has a “substantial likelihood of success” in at least two of six claims it has made against the Biden administration: That the executive order violates federal law and that the federal government “arbitrarily and capriciously departed from its previous policy without sufficient explanation.”

The judge also said that Texas has provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the deportation pause will “result in millions of dollars of damage” by forcing the state to spend taxpayer dollars on public services for illegal immigrants.

Reacting to the order, Paxton claimed “VICTORY.”

“Texas is the FIRST state in the nation to bring a lawsuit against the Biden Admin,” Paxton tweeted. “AND WE WON.”

“*This* was a seditious left-wing insurrection. And my team and I stopped it.”

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Target yields to PETA pressure, joins wave of stores dropping coconut milk allegedly made from ‘forced’ monkey labor

Animal rights advocates celebrated Monday following retail giant Target’s announcement that it would no longer sell coconut milk from a supplier that allegedly uses forced monkey labor to pick coconuts from trees.

Wait, what’s that now?

The Minneapolis-based chain told USA Today on Monday that it had elected to stop selling coconut milk from Chaokoh, a supplier in Thailand that the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has repeatedly accused of using monkeys as forced labor to pick coconuts.

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According to the paper, Target said it had actually made the decision last November in the wake of reports that Costco had caved to PETA’s demands to drop Chaokoh’s product.

“We believe in the humane treatment of animals and expect those who do business with us to do the same,” Target told USA Today. “We take seriously the claims made against Chaokoh, and given they were unable to sufficiently address the concerns raised, we made the decision to remove their product from our assortment in November 2020.”

For its part, Chaokoh has repeatedly denied the allegations, WABC-TV reported.

PETA patted itself on the back in a news release Monday, claiming victory following Target’s submission to its demands.

“By dropping Chaokoh, Target is joining thousands of stores that refuse to profit from chained monkeys’ misery,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in the release. “PETA exposés have confirmed that Thai coconut producers are exploiting monkeys and lying about it, so there’s no excuse for any grocery store to keep Chaokoh on its shelves.”

What has PETA been claiming?

PETA’s successful pressure on Target, Costco, and other retailers — including Wegmans, Food Lion, and Stop & Shop — came after the organization published what it said was “undercover investigations into the use of captive monkeys, who are kept chained and caged, in Thailand’s coconut-picking industry,” the organization said in its news release.

The group has repeatedly claimed that Chaokoh was guilty of “cruelty to monkeys on every farm, at every monkey-training facility, and in every coconut-picking contest that used monkey labor.”

More from PETA:

When not being forced to pick coconuts or perform in circus-style shows for tourists, the animals were kept tethered, chained to old tires, or confined to cages barely larger than their bodies. After a global outcry, the coconut industry claimed to have changed this practice—but PETA Asia’s second investigation found producers still using monkey labor and industry insiders discussing how farms conceal this practice by simply hiding monkeys until auditors leave or by hiring contractors to bring in monkeys only during harvest time.

According to PETA, some 26,000 stores have cut ties with Chaokoh.

But the animal rights group isn’t finished: The group said it still plans to go after major chains that have yet to yield to its demands, including Kroger, Albertsons, and Publix.

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Spike Lee likens Trump to Hitler, says former president and ‘all his boys … are going down on the wrong side of history’

Controversial filmmaker Spike Lee likened former President Donald Trump to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler while accepting an award Sunday from the New York Film Critics Circle for his short film, “New York, New York,”
People said.

What are the details?

Lee started his
pre-recorded speech — taped Jan. 6, the day of the U.S. Capitol riots — by acknowledging that it was “a very sad day in the history of America.”

“The whole world is laughing at the United States of America, the so-called cradle of democracy,” Lee continued, soon adding that “we are living in a very serious time in America. All of us as true Americans gotta really think about what’s important … There’s no way possible I could go before the iPhone and thank you guys without … telling you what’s in my heart and my soul as a descendant of slaves who helped build this country.”

He then noted that “we’re at the crossroads now” and pleaded with people to “please be safe, this is not a game. These people got guns with ammunition … people are gonna get killed behind the bulls**t.”

Lee then lit into Trump, who was still in office Jan. 6: “This president, President Agent Orange, will go down in history with the likes of Hitler … These guys, all his boys … they’re going down on the wrong side of history.”

“Thank you for the award,” he noted at the end of his speech. “Peace and love.”


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It wasn’t the first time Lee ridiculed Trump. Lee included a black Trump supporter in his movie “Da 5 Bloods” to add “tension” to the movie, explaining last year that “there are some negroes that have drunk or will drink the orange Kool-Aid that’s coming in November, but it’s a very, very small percentage.”

And after winning Best Adapted Screenplay for his movie “BlacKkKlansman” at the 2019 Academy Awards, Lee told the audience — reading from notes and never mentioning Trump’s name — that “the 2020 presidential election is around the corner. Let’s all mobilize. Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing.”

Trump responded to Lee on Twitter, calling the director’s subtle salvo against him “racist” and insisting he’s done more for black people than nearly any other president: “Be nice if Spike Lee could read his notes, or better yet not have to use notes at all …”

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Rep. Marjorie Greene lashes out at CNN after report of her Facebook comments calling for execution of Democrats

Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia lashed out at CNN over its report of comments from her Facebook page that called for the execution of Democratic politicians before she was elected.

The posts from 2018 and 2019 include a sign of approval for a comment that called for the execution of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

“A bullet to the head would be quicker” read the comment. CNN shows a screenshot of the “like” by Greene’s account.

In another post, the Greene account responds to a person asking when Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama will be hanged over the Iran Deal.

“Now do we get to hang them ?? Meaning H & O ???,” asked the commenter.

“Stage is being set. Players are being put in place. We must be patient. This must be done perfectly or liberal judges would let them off,” responded Greene’s account.

Greene responds

In a response to the report, Greene released a statement on her Twitter account claiming that other people were authorized to use her account during that time.

“Fake News CNN is writing yet another hit piece on me focused on my time before running for political office. I will never back down to the enemy of the American people and neither should you,” tweeted Greene.

“Over the years, I’ve had teams of people manage my pages. My posts have been liked. Many posts have been shared. Some did not represent my views,” Greene said in the statement posted to Twitter.

“Especially the ones that CNN is about to spread across the internet. They are taking old Facebook posts from random users to try to cancel me and silence my voice,” she added.

“CNN hasn’t once tried to cancel a Democrat. Even those who called for violence while in office. Here’s the truth, the Democrats and their spokesmen in the Fake News Media will stop at nothing to defeat conservative Republicans,” Greene continued.

Greene, who has been in Congress for only a few weeks, has already faced calls for her resignation after a separate report documented a post from her Facebook account that called the Parkland massacre of 17 people a “false flag” operation.

Greene, 46, has filed articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden after saying that she was trying to fend off more violence like that of rioters at the U.S. Capitol.

Here’s more about Greene’s controversies:


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‘Not very American’: Biden reacts to GOP congressman telling him to ‘kiss my a**’ over mask mandate

President Joe Biden has reacted to Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas telling him to “kiss my a**” over the president’s federal mask mandate, calling the congressman’s remark “not very American.”

But Roy stands by his statement, and begs to differ on whether the comment was “American.”

What are the details?

Biden floated the implementation of a nationwide mask mandate months before the election, and reiterated his vow before taking office.

Last month, Biden promised on Twitter, “On day one, I’ll sign an executive order to require masks everywhere I can.”

Roy responded, “On day one I will tell you to kiss my a**.”

During a speech Tuesday, Biden emphasized that “experts say that wearing masks from now just until April would save 50,000 lives” from COVID-19.

The president went on to remind the public that he had already implemented his mask mandate, before referencing Roy’s comments without mentioning his name.

“One congressman pointed out — he used very colorful terms to say — ‘wearing a mask I’d tell him to kiss my ear, I’m not gonna wear a mask,'” Biden said. “Well, guess what, not very American.”

In response, Roy told
RealClearNews, “It’s not my most Christian statement but it’s very American.”

Biden signs executive order on mask mandate

Biden initially promised a mask mandate that would cover the entire U.S., but admitted that it even if it were deemed constitutional, such a sweeping measure would be difficult if not impossible to enforce. Instead, he imposed an executive order requiring masks on federally owned property and on modes of interstate travel such as airplanes and trains.

The mask mandate was the very first executive order Biden signed last week within hours of taking office. He also promptly violated it for all to see, when he appeared without a mask while cozied up to his maskless family during his evening inaugural celebration at the Lincoln Memorial.

In response to questions over Biden floating the mandate, White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended the president, saying that he was “celebrating,” and argued that “we have bigger issues to worry about at this moment in time.”

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Here’s what media coverage under an authoritarian regime looks like

On this episode of “The New & Why it Matters,” Sara Gonzales, Elijah Schaffer, and Eric July discussed the mainstream media and the glaring difference in news coverage of Donald Trump’s presidency vs. President Joe Biden’s.

Elijah said he believes “the Left will always reward people with what they want, so they will control information in their favor … like any authoritarian regime, the people who are loyal to the party get the reward.”

Watch the clip for more details.

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Curt Schilling snubbed by Hall of Fame for 9th time, says he ‘will not participate’ next year

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling missed out on induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame for the ninth straight year on Tuesday, and says he “will not participate” in the 10th and final opportunity for the honor.

The legendary player, who is an outspoken conservative and Trump supporter, has fallen under scrutiny on both social media and in the media for political takes.

What are the details?

The Washington Times reported that while Schilling received “the most votes of any player, appearing on 71.1% of the ballots from the Baseball Writers Association of America,” he “fell short of the 75% threshold for induction.”

Following the tallies, Schilling tweeted out, “Former players will be the ultimate judge, as it should be. I won’t allow a group of morally bankrupt frauds another year to lie about my life.”

He posted a link to a Facebook post that shared a lengthy letter he had written to the Hall of Fame the day before.

In his letter, he expressed his gratitude to the panel before telling them, “I can say at this point I am mentally done. I know math and I know trends and I know I will not attain the 75% threshold for induction.”

He went on to address the controversies sparked over his expressed views, saying:

My love of this country has always been worn on my sleeve. My desire to do the right thing and be a good person has driven most of my life choices. I stood at my locker 400+ times after my starts and took every question and answered honestly. Those people who stood there asking the questions KNOW what they are claiming is untrue yet they quote, re-quote and link to one another story after story that began as lies and grew into bigger ones. The game has made it clear it does not want me back and that’s fine, the game owes me exactly nothing. It gave a billion more times than it took and I’ll forever be deeply in debt to it. My desire to work with and teach young men the art of pitching will be tucked away.

Schilling also discussed the pain that “hit pieces” written about him have caused his children and his wife, who is currently battling breast cancer.

“I am requesting to be removed from the ballot,” he said. “I’ll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player.”

The Times noted that Schilling was “referring to the Veterans Committee, which considers the candidacy of players not elected by the writers.”

The legendary pitcher has become a controversial figure, a factor that several analysts suggested made a difference in the Hall of Fame voters’ decision.

ESPN‘s David Schoenfield responded to the news by saying that Schilling “was clearly the best pitching candidate aside from Roger Clemens — this should have been his year, especially after getting 70% last year. But some voters stopped voting for him due to offensive comments he made on Twitter, and it’s not a lock he gets in next year, his final one on the BBWAA ballot.”

Bradford Doolittle agreed, saying of Schilling, “Once you reach 70%, as he did last year, that’s supposed to be the tipping point. But if the ballots had not been due until after Jan. 6, his total would have been even lower. That doesn’t bode well for his last year on the ballot next winter.”

On Jan. 6, following the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters, Schilling tweeted, “You cowards sat on your hands, did nothing while liberal trash looted rioted and burned for air Jordan’s and big screens, sit back, stfu, and watch folks start a confrontation for shit that matters like rights, democracy and the end of govt corruption.”

Anything else?

Schilling’s outspokenness, particularly with regard to his conservative politics, has led to numerous controversies over the years. TheBlaze previously reported:

  • His June 2016 blog post in the wake of the terror attack at an Orlando gay nightclub lit into gun control advocates and Muslims.
  • ESPN fired him in April 2016 for a meme he posted that mocked transgender bathroom laws.
  • And the sports network pulled him off the air in September 2015 for the rest of the baseball season over a tweet against radical Islam.

During his 20-year MLB career, with several teams, Schilling won 216 games with a 3.46 career ERA and struck out more than 3,000 batters. He led two teams to World Series titles — the 2004 Boston Red Sox team and the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks. He compiled an 11-2 record in the post-season, including a 4-1 mark and 2.06 ERA in the World Series.