Blatant Violation of 2nd Amendment Rights (VIDEO)

Today I used Facebook live to walk viewers through a very clear and blatant violation of 2nd amendment rights happening every day in Illinois. Not just for residents of the state, but for any American who simply visits the state.

I invite you to watch the vid and leave a comment. This is quite possibly the most obvious and glaring example of a state openly/illegally violating 2nd amendment rights here in America.

Hollywood Powers Hate Netflix Because They’re Competitive… Or Something

The Hollywood Reporter has a story out today that, on first glance, might have you thinking Netflix is the devil in the entertainment world. Netflix, according to the story’s general narrative, is some dark horse working to control everyone and act as a bully for those who aren’t interested in playing by their rules.

The story basically positions Netflix as a monster on the verge of having a controlling monopoly over Hollywood and claims many aren’t happy about it.

Here’s a taste of what they published.

The backlash is real but muted — mostly because few are willing to risk the wrath of a company that is spending $6 billion a year on programming and scored 54 Emmy nominations this year. But some executives, producers and agents who rely on deals with the streaming giant nonetheless increasingly view Netflix as an existential threat.

Studios and cable channels fret that the company, with its 83 million global subscribers, is sucking up so many eyeballs and bidding up prices for programming so high that they won’t be able to compete. And agents worry that as Netflix elbows out competing buyers, the company’s growing insistence on buying up all rights to its original programming around the world will do away with the profit participations that on breakout shows (such as Modern Family) provide steady income in an unsteady industry. “We love the money and we can still grow our clients [by getting them Netflix deals],” says one agent. “But I’m worried about the long term. If backends go away, what’s the future? This is why CAA and WME have diversified.”

Let me first admit I’m not a TV junkie. Comparatively speaking I don’t watch a lot of TV. But I’ve long been a Netflix subscriber and their new higher pricing won’t change that.

Why? Because I like to control what I watch, how I watch it and when I watch it. This is 2016 and the ability to do this should be common practice.

But big corporate cable companies and the networks that keep them in control refuse to get with the times. Anyone who has a healthy sized cable package from Comcast, Time Warner and any of the other bigs knows full well we’re all being ripped off.

I don’t know a single person who subscribes to Comcast and believes they’re getting their money’s worth out of the experience. The Customer Service is downright awful, the service itself is horrendous and the costs are through the roof.

I subscribe to cable for maybe, MAYBE a grand total of 5 channels. Yet, I’m forced to pay for hundreds of channels I’ll never use or care about.

Which is why my $15 per month Netflix subscription is far more valuable to me than paying $130 a month for a load of nonsense that throws TV ads in my face every few minutes. And also why I’m working on a way to cut the cord and get rid of cable for good.

Hollywood powers may be upset with Netflix but their anger is pointed in the wrong direction. Netflix is far less concerned about Hollywood power brokers and much more concerned about its customer base. Something the cable networks haven’t been about for decades.

It’s called competition. And quite frankly, the cable networks refuse to try and actually compete with modern media consumption methods. Instead they fight them and work to remain in control via their old and tiresome ways.

Hollywood may like the way big cable networks treat them, but we the consumers hate the way we’re treated and abused.

Netflix is all about serving content its users want in a format its users like. That is why Netflix is winning.

We don’t care about the old school Hollywood money game. We don’t care how Netflix does business deals with Hollywood’s elite. We don’t care if production studios don’t like the new game or the way it’s played.

So if there is something Hollywood should be bitching about it’s that the cable networks have crapped on us for decades and we’re all sick of it. Did the networks think they could ride into the digital age with no consequences for how they’ve treated consumers for so many decades?

Apparently so. And that’s why Netflix is winning.

Again, it’s called competition. It’s healthy for consumers and we’re voting with our wallets.

SCOTUS Justices Tell Hobby Lobby Obamacare Doesn’t Force Christians to Pay for Contraception Because they Can Opt to Pay Tax Instead

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America used to be the land of the free and home of the brave. Unfortunately, today we’re land of the mandates of home of the lunatics. I say lunatics because several members of the Supreme Court, the highest court in America, have basically told American businesses that if they don’t like Obamacare forcing them to pay for something that goes against their beliefs, they can choose to pay the tax instead.

Why is this lunacy? Because by paying the tax, you’re still funding someone else’s healthcare. And under the (Un)Affordable Healthcare Act, those plans your tax pays for must include contraception.

Here’s what the justices said.

Other points made by the female justices:

Justice Sotomayor: how can courts know whether a corporation holds a religious belief? And what if it’s just the beliefs of the leadership, not the entire company? What happens to a non-religious minority in a corporation?

Justice Sotomayor and Justice Kagan asked: Because nobody is forcing Hobby Lobby or Conestoga to provide health insurance, they can simply pay the tax penalty instead.
Justice Kagan: women are “quite tangibly harmed” when employers don’t provide contraceptive coverage.

These justices are surely capable of knowing full well what they are saying is that no matter what, Christians are being forced by the government to pay for something that goes against their religious beliefs. If they aren’t then there must be some sort of mental illness keeping them from being capable of seeing the truth of what they’re saying.

I swear the more news I read these days, the more I feel like we’re living in the twilight zone.

Leftist Economic Model in Action: For Every New Illinois Job Created, 100 Go on Food Stamps

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I currently live in Virginia, but still consider myself a Chicagoan at heart. I love the city… the energy, the weather (Yes, I love Chicago winters!), the food, the environment and the sports. I can’t for the life of me, though, figure out why most Chicagoans blindly vote against their own best interests.

Illinois government, dominated by leftist Chicago politicians (looters), is arguably one of the most irresponsible governing bodies in the country. The state is headed towards absolute fiscal disaster and the only think state government seems willing to do is increase taxes.

Here’s part the problem with that.

The number of Illinoisans enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, remained above 2 million in September. This is the 12thmonth in a row enrollment has remained above 2 million people.

That means one-sixth of Illinoisans have spent more than a year relying on government handouts for their next meal.

And it should be no surprise that so many Illinoisans are on food stamps when the state is clearly better at enrolling citizens in government programs than it is at encouraging job creation.

Illinois has 5.8 million nonfarm payroll jobs today, only 9,500 more than it did in September 2003. Over the same period, food stamp enrollment doubled from 1 million to more than 2 million Illinoisans.

You read that right. For the 12th month in a row food stamp enrollment has remained above 2,000,000 people!

How’s that hopey changey thing working out for ya?

AN UPDATE TO FACEBOOK’S BLOCK OF THE ANTI-ABORTION LINK I SHARED

fb-obamaThis update will explain to you how Facebook is openly censoring shared content that stands in opposition to the views of its employees.

Chew on the words written here. This might help you in the future as Facebook begins to hammer down opposing views on a wider scale.

Hi Eric,

A member of our team accidentally removed something you posted on Facebook. This was a mistake, and we sincerely apologize for this error. We’ve since lifted the block in which you were enrolled, and you should have no further holds on your account.

Thanks for understanding,

Phyllis
User Operations
Facebook

The above is an email I received from Facebook last week. We’ll discuss the email shortly, but first let’s run through what happened and why the email was sent to me.

Last week I wrote (At LibertyNEWS.com) about an incident that occurred on Facebook. The social media giant not only removed a link that I shared from my own timeline, they removed it from everyone else’s timeline as well. Worse, Facebook employees banned me for a day for sharing it.

What did I share that warranted such an action? A story from MenRec.com that basically quoted a story from Huffington Post. And while the story at Huffington Post was shared thousands of times with no problems, Facebook employees apparently had a problem with a few lines added as commentary to the story when it was quoted on MenRec.com.

Click here to read MenRec.com’s post.

Here’s the quote that came from Huffington Post.

Texas Women: Stop Having Sex With Men Who Vote Against Your Best Interests

As a native Texan, and someone who has survived 100-plus-degree temperatures for many summers, I can tell you, this summer in Texas is surely going to be hotter than usual. Sultry, sweaty summers can be made much nicer when good old-fashioned sex is part of the picture. But women, take heed: Don’t give in if your man, boyfriend, husband, toyboy is not voting for your best interests, your reproductive health — do not sleep with that man! I don’t care how cute or charming he is! I don’t care if he is your husband of many years. Resist! Go swimming! Meditate!

Do not make him dinner, do not go fetch him a cold beer from the fridge, do not iron that shirt, hell, do not change that diaper… do not make his life a little nicer this summer if he does not “get it” and learn to respect women! Instead, volunteer some time for senators like Wendy Davis, go with a group of women to Austin and make your voices heard. Get on the computer and the social networks and organize.

Remember that you live in a state where it would not be unusual (and I have seen it) to see a bumper sticker on a pickup truck which reads, “My Wife Yes, My Dog Maybe, My Gun Never.” Remember what happened last time when a Texas good ole boy governor took that patriarchy all the way to become President of the United States. Stop the damage now and take back Texas.

MenRec.com added the follow before the quote.

I’m sure the fact that abstaining from sex is exactly the way to prevent any need for an abortion, is completely lost on this woman.

No sex means, no killing babies, means no argument from pro-lifers.  Genius!

And the following after it.

“Do not make him dinner, do not go fetch him a cold beer from the fridge, do not iron that shirt, hell, do not change that diaper”?

For a feminist, she sure is sexist.

Facebook employees clearly didn’t like the added commentary. The Facebook email at the top of this post says “a member of our team.” This in and of itself is damning. My initial thoughts were that a bunch of pro-abortion sheep reported the post I shared and Facebook had some sort of automatic system the blocked it (and me). The email confirms it was manually initiated by an actual employee of Facebook.

Here’s the part that really bugs me though. Facebook put out an official statement to Rusty Weiss over at MenRec.com.

As our team processes more than one million reports each week, we occasionally make a mistake. We worked to rectify the error as soon as we were notified. We apologize for the inconvenience caused due to the removal of this content, and we have already taken steps to prevent this from happening in the future. Additionally, we have removed any blocks on associated accounts.

Really? Facebook’s employees looked at that link, removed the content and banned the person who shared it… and it was just a simply mistake?

They claim they made a mistake, but the initial content that was removed was never republished. Meaning, while they claim they made a mistake and removed blocks from accounts, they stood by the removal of the content itself. Facebook effectively censored the counter commentary to the Huffington Post story.

You see how that works? Amazing, isn’t it?

P.S. For the record I believe this has nothing to do with free speech. Facebook is a for-profit company and do whatever it likes. But let’s not for a second pretend Facebook is a company without a personal political agenda.

ILLINOIS GUN LAWS ARE ABSURD


ConcealedcarryprotestI loathe Illinois politics. I loathe Illinois for its tax environment, its bankrupt fiscal policy and its crushing regulations on businesses. But most of all, I loathe Illinois for its absurd anti-rights gun laws.

I do, however, have a strange love affair with the city of Chicago. I enjoy the energy of the city, I enjoy the food and entertainment, I absolutely love and HATE the sports scene (my fellow Cubs/Bears fans will understand) and while I’ve moved my residency to Virginia, I’ll never be able to completely rid myself of my addiction to Chicago.

That said, I can’t help but feel uncomfortable and unsafe throughout the city. My wife and I have a place in Sloop, just a few blocks from Soldier Field, and a walk to the L station has us both looking over our shoulders. My wife probably considers dangers for different reasons than I. You see, I feel unsafe not because I think there may be dangers that exist in the Sloop that don’t exist on my block in Virginia Beach. No, I feel unsafe because in the Sloop I feel defenseless.

In fact, my mental approach to any possible danger in Chicago is one of how to safely comply with demands made via a violent confrontation. In other words, surrender… which leaves my life and safety at the mercy of someone who has zero care for my personal outcome. In Virginia, however, I openly carry a S&W .40, fully loaded with a round in the chamber. If my life, or that of my wife is threatened, I know and I’m trained how to immediately respond with lethal force if necessary.

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The idea that no one can carry firearms in Chicago is downright absurd. Nevermind, for a moment, that a ban on carry is illegal according to the 2nd Amendment. If you take one person who obeys the law and minds his own business, and you have another person who ignores the law and infringes the personal security of others, demanding they both comply with a carry ban is delusional thinking. Only one of the two parties will comply.

I’ve heard some (even Republicans in Chicago) argue that carry of firearms will have everyone on edge and the situation will become chaotic. If that is the case, how can so many in other major cities openly carry firearms without chaos? And how is the situation in Chicago not already chaotic? Need I remind anti-rights individuals that Chicago on weekends is more violent that some middle east war zones?

The data is in, folks. People are bailing out of Illinois left and right. Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri are all recipients of the exodus. Illinois claims to desire more business, more taxpayers and more residents, but does little to lesson the fiscal punch and does nothing to enable citizens to feel secure in public.

Chicago, you’re a fantastic city with a lot to offer. Unfortunately, your leaders don’t get it. And your state is on the verge of bankruptcy.

Some parting fiscal notes.

Is this the way you go about convincing people to move to Illinois and contribute to the economy?

Chicago Mayor wants the rest of the country to operate on the Chicago model?

Chicago is the center of a wheel spinning and spending money at extraordinary pace. The city drags the rest of Illinois down in to debt and the state is currently billions and billions in the hole. Instead of cutting spending, tax hiking progressive Governor Pat Quinn pushed through record tax hikes on everyone in the state, sending taxpayers and businesses alike running for bordering states.

That’s not the worst of it, though, in that much of what is happening is a big game of smoke and mirrors, orchestrated by the liberal powers of the Chicago machine. Take Pat Quinn’s 46% tax hike on corporations is a perfect example. He trumpeted the move as a much needed increase in revenue to plug budget gaps and balance the state’s financial situation. That’s not what really happened with the corporate income tax, though. Here’s what really happened.

If Gov. Pat Quinn is looking to moonlight during the holiday season, he ought to consider becoming a gift wrapper at Sears.

After all, the governor promised the retail giant $150 million in subsidies within the last year. He might as well have tied it with a bow on top.

Welcome to the goofy world of Illinois corporate welfare.

In 2011, the Legislature jacked up corporate income taxes by 46 percent, and before the year was out it managed to give away a portion of the revenue to – you guessed it – corporations.

A sweetheart deal with Sears Holding Corp. and CME Group Inc. managed to slice away a portion of the new revenues right off the top.

It’s a “government knows best mindset” that serves neither the taxpayer nor the economy.

Folks on the left call it corporate welfare; on the right they call it crony capitalism.

Let’s just call it shameful behavior. 

Shameful behavior indeed. But this isn’t new… this is the Chicago way. Sure, the actual legislation is voted on in Springfield, but let’s be clear in that it’s the Chicago machine that drives this madness.

What about education in Chicago? Is education an area that could be used as a model for success elsewhere? Well, only if you want teachers to threaten strikes, then actually follow through with it. Over demands for a 16% pay increase. In a city where 80% of 8th graders can’t read.

We could go on, and on… and on. And for the record, I love Chicago. I love the city and I’ve actually enjoyed living in Chicago since 2007 (with brief moves elsewhere or political work). But the truth is Chicago is a pipe dream that cannot sustain itself forever. While I think it’s a beautiful city, it’s also outrageously expensive. You literally feel taxation all around you. There is corruption at every turn, unions own all local contracts and looting of wealth is happening at record levels.

Enjoy your second amendment? Not here you don’t. You can’t carry a firearm, but at the same time south side Chicago is one of the deadliest places in the nation. Guns are illegal, but people are shot every night. Imagine that.

With all of this said, it’s wildly entertaining to see Rahm Emanuel call for the Chicago model to be utilized nationally.

Chicago’s initiatives come straight out of the playbook Barack Obama put forward in his campaign four years ago and has advocated since Day One of his presidency. But there are some issues that only Washington can tackle. Democrats at the national level must execute on the president’s agenda on energy and tax reform to ensure the future of not only our party but also the middle class.

By embracing the president’s “all of the above” strategy, Democrats can own the policies that will begin to make the United States energy-independent in the next four years, a goal that has eluded the past eight presidents.

This is laughable, but also deadly serious. Barack Obama is of the Chicago machine. The same policies that sent Illinois in to record, unsustainable debt are now the policies being called for nationally. At the federal level.

I now live in Virginia. I go to the grocery store and spend half what I spent in Chicago grocery stores. I pay almost a full dollar less for a gallon of gas, and I’m about to obtain my concealed weapon permit.

Please, do not bring the Chicago mess to Virginia. We don’t want it and cannot afford it.