Todd Starnes

Todd Starnes: Anti-Trump Rep. Castro taught a lesson by Texas barbecue lovers who support president

Rep. Joaquin Castro learned a very important life lesson the other day. It turns out the gun-toting, Bible-clinging Trump supporters in San Antonio don’t take kindly to a politician who disrespects their brisket. Castro, D-Texas, recently published a list of President Trump’s top San Antonio donors. He also doxed their places of employment. “Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders’,” Castro wrote on Twitter. One of the businesses the congressman targeted for political retribution was Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, one of the most popular brisket and sweet tea joints in San Antonio. For those of you north of the Mason-Dixon line, eating brisket is something of a worship experience. I’ve heard stories from the Hill Country that some Baptist churches in those parts actually serve brisket and sweet tea for the Lord’s Supper. Castro must have imagined thousands of San Antonians converging on the barbecue joints armed with torches and pitchforks, terrorizing customers in the drive-thru and staging boycotts. He must have dreamed about literally running the pit masters out of town. But there are some rules about living in the Lone Star State. You go to church on Sunday. You don’t talk bad about somebody’s momma. And you don’t mess with the brisket. The day after Castro published that hateful screed, thousands of Texans piled into their pickup trucks and drove to the nearest Bill Miller Bar-B-Q. Social media reports flooded in showing massive drive-thru lines backing up onto busy streets. Hungry customers patiently waited in lines out the door. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted a photograph of a plate piled high with barbecue noting it was a “perfect night for @BillMillerBarBQ.” Conservatives have rallied to the restaurant’s defense, much like they did when Chick-fil-A was victimized by leftist bullies over the company’s Christian beliefs. Remember that story? In my forthcoming book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation,” I urge conservatives to stand up to the militant thugs and bullies who want to destroy this nation. And we cannot allow ourselves to be intimidated by a bunch of pajama boy liberals and their pink-hat-wearing gal pals. In the days after Castro’s attempt to dox and destroy Trump supporters, something unusual happened. Instead of being afraid, conservatives decided to rise up – and fight back. “We found that our fundraising actually has gone up since the congressman tried to out those people and shame somebody for supporting President Trump,” Lara Trump told me during an interview on “The Todd Starnes Radio Show.” She said Castro’s hate-tweet was “sick and twisted.” “People don’t like this,” Lara Trump, who is the president’s daughter-in-law and a senior adviser to his reelection campaign, told me. “This is not acceptable. When has it ever been OK to harass people and try and silence them and make an effort to stop them from contributing to a political campaign just because you disagree with it?” The Republican National Committee also reports an uptick in donations after the recent attacks on Trump donors. And it’s clear to me that Americans are sending a message to political punks who think it’s OK to bully private citizens. “This isn’t how we do things in this country,” Lara Trump said. Amen! God bless Texas and God bless barbecue.

Well said, Todd.  Congressman Castro (D-TX) probably broke the law with this stunt of his.  But, regardless, it was a punk thing to do.  He’s a shameless, self-righteous, self-serving bully…and the stunt definitely backfired on him.  So, kudos to everyone in Texas who pushed back against that punk. Todd Starnes is host of “The Todd Starnes Radio Show” and “Starnes Country” on Fox Nation. He is the author of a number of best-selling books. Follow him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Starnes: BOYCOTT! California Democrats declare war on In-N-Out Burger

California Democrats have declared war on one of the most popular family-owned hamburger chains on the West Coast. Gabe Schneider, a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, discovered that In-N-Out Burger has been engaged in unseemly – if not downright scandalous – behavior. “In-N-Out added a new item to their secret menu,” Schneider mischievously tweeted. He then went on to explain that In-N-Out has donated $25,000 (gird yourselves, good readers) to the (no, really – gird yourselves) California Republican Party on Tuesday. Oh, the humanity. Smelling salts, anyone? In-N-Out is a beloved hamburger chain based in California and has a cult following. The chain’s double-double burgers, fresh-cut fries and a legendary secret menu have consistently landed it among the most favorite burger chains in the country. In-N-Out is owned by a deeply religious family, known for discreetly placing Bible verses on hamburger wrappers and soft drink cups. It’s fair to say that In-N-Out is to beef what Chick-fil-A is to poultry. So when the In-N-Out donation to the California Republican Party was exposed, Democrats and the mainstream media lost their lunch. “Left-leaning Fast Food Fans Lose Appetite After In-N-Out Burger Donates to California Republicans,” Fortune.com announced. “Your Favorite Burger Chain Just Donated a Bunch of Money to the Republican Party,” LAMag.com wrote. “In-N-Out Burger Angers Customers by Donating to Republican Party,” US Weekly declared. Eric Bauman, the chairman of the California Democratic Party, called for an immediate boycott. “Et tu In-N-Out,” the state party chairman wrote on Twitter. “Tens of thousands of dollars donated to the California Republican Party…it’s time to #BoycottInNOut – let Trump and his cronies support these creeps…perhaps animal style.” “Animal style,” by the way, refers to a popular In-N-Out specialty hamburger and not something inappropriate. So what – now it’s morally offensive for business owners to back pro-business Republicans in a state that is run by decidedly anti-business lawmakers? Fortune.com reports that In-N-Out also donated money to a political action committee that supports Democratic candidates who are “considered cordial to businesses.” I don’t seem to recall any Republicans calling for a burger boycott over that. In-N-Out has not commented on the controversy, nor should it. The owners of the company have a right to donate as they see fit. The Democrats’ attacks on In-N-Out are eerily reminiscent of the Great Poultry War of 2012 – when liberals declared war on Chick-fil-A. Feathers got ruffled when the company’s owner made comments affirming the biblical definition of marriage. Soon, the restaurant chain was facing a full scale assault from Democrats, the mainstream media and Hollywood. An armistice of sorts was declared thanks to the fine peacekeeping work of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Hundreds of thousands of supporters rallied by vowing to eat more chicken. But in the ensuing years there have been some minor skirmishes in places like Chicago, Boston and New York City – where Democratic lawmakers tried to stop Chick-fil-A from opening up restaurants. Their nefarious scheme backfired. All that is to say that Democrats should tread carefully. They do not want a beef with California voters over their double-double with special sauce. I stood with Chick-fil-A during the Great Poultry War and I am proud to stand alongside In-N-Out Burger. The most effective way to fight back is to eat more beef, California (with apologies to the Chick-fil-A cows, of course).

More food fascism…this time courtesy of the Dems in Cali.  Typical..  Thanks to veteran culture warrior Todd Starnes for bringing this eye-rolling story to our attention.

Starnes: Teen Bullied by Anti-Trump Goons Honored by Gold Company

Ashton Hess, the 17-year-old who was attacked by a pair of anti-Trump goons in Seattle, was a guest on my nationally-syndicated radio show the other day. Ashton and his family were on vacation when one of the thugs smacked him in the head and another grabbed his “Make America Great Again” ball cap. Ashton told me that teenage Trump supporters routinely find themselves targeted by the Left. “Every time I wear a Trump shirt at school, I am always prepared to be abused and hated by the leftists at my school. Knowing that teachers may go out of their way and grade you with bias because of your views is also a factor,” he said. “I do not wear the shirt for extra attention, or confrontation, but I wear it because I support our president, and why the hell shouldn’t I be able to wear my Trump shirt?” Charles Thorngren, the chief executive officer of Noble Gold Investments, was listening to my radio program and was so impressed by Ashton’s comments that he wanted to honor the young man. “Noble Gold Investments wants Ashton to know that it is still acceptable to be a proud American,” Thorngren told me. “As a veteran, I solemnly swore that i would support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I would bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I would obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me. So help me God.” So he decided to send Ashton a collection of the official President Trump 2020 Freedom Coins – a beautiful silver coin that depicts the president’s image along with a list of his accomplishments. “Ashton was demonstrating the rights I served to protect for all Americans,” Thorngren said. “I have never seen a conservative snatch the clothing off anyone wearing a Hillary Clinton hat or shirt. So in a time where liberals believe they are the only ones that are afforded freedom of speech, we at Noble Gold will do all we can to support and reaffirm those like Ashton who have been exposed to the ugliness of the liberals.” Thorngren said it’s important for conservatives to support young men and women who choose to stand up against the bombardment of the liberal agenda. “This was just a small way that we could help do that,” he told me. I salute Charles Thorngren and Noble Gold Investments for standing resolute in the face of a hostile culture!

We agree!  Thanks to radio talk show personality, and veteran culture warrior, Todd Starnes for bringing us that story.  Kudoes to both Ashton and Charles.  Excellent!  🙂

Vermont Church Slams America, Desecrates “God Bless The USA”

There is outrage from the lakes of Minnesota to the hills of Tennessee after a Methodist church in Vermont rewrote the lyrics to Lee Greenwood’s beloved song, “God Bless the USA,” and turned it into a “bash America” anthem. “I look around this America but not everybody’s free. And I won’t forget all those who died beneath our fear and greed,” a singer crooned during Sunday “worship” at the First United Methodist Church in Burlington. “God forgive the USA.” The singer went on to ask forgiveness for ripping families apart at the border and taking land from the Native Americans and the way we treat LGBT citizens. “For the native tribes we conquered – Sioux, Lakota, Cherokee – for the slaves we beat and tortured for the interned Japanese,” the singer warbled. “For the women and the children for the lesbian, gay.” The confession of America’s alleged sins went on and on and on and on. “Mr. Greenwood’s song is emblematic of pride in and prayer for blessing of our country,” Pastor Mark Demers told me. “Changing the words to make it also a prayer for forgiveness and healing served to expand the meaning, thus reflecting with the anthem the theme of our worship service.” He did not seem at all bothered that the church had desecrated a beloved patriotic anthem. “Confession is a central part of Christian worship, as is prayer for healing. The lectionary text and sermon for the day told of two healings requested of Jesus – one a person of power in the community and the other a person impoverished by her illness,” the pastor told me. “The text lends itself to the idea that all, of every station in life, individuals and communities alike – including churches – stand in need of forgiveness and healing.” I reached out to Mr. Greenwood’s publicist who told me the church did not seek permission to alter the copyrighted song. Nor did the church let Mr. Greenwood know in advance they would be taking great liberties with the lyrics. “It’s illegal to do that,” Greenwood told One America News. However, the United Methodist Church pastor defended the atrocities they committed against Mr. Greenwood’s song. “A change of lyrics such as was done does not violate copyright law, falling under the category of parody,” he said.

Perhaps..   Perhaps not.  Mr. Greenwood should seek the advice of counsel, and if they think a copyright law was infringed upon, then he should sue this UMC in court.  Either way, what this idiot pastor did was at best hugely offensive.  Shame on him.  Thanks to veteran culture warrior Todd Starnes for sharing this head-shaking story with us.

Starnes: Remember when Starbucks just served over-priced, burnt coffee?

If you are in the mood for a high priced cup of coffee that tastes burnt – you’ll have to go somewhere other than Starbucks during a three-hour period Tuesday afternoon. More than 8,000 shops are shuttering for anti-bias training – an ill-conceived attempt to restore Starbucks’ tarnished liberal image. Last month, two black men were arrested in Philadelphia after they refused to leave one of the coffee chain’s stores and one was denied use of the restroom. The men, who said they were waiting for a friend, were sitting quietly but had not purchased so much as a latte. They were taking up space meant for paying customers. While police arrested the two men for trespassing, they were later released without charges and both the police and Starbucks apologized to them. Starbucks had every right to ask those men to order a beverage or food or leave the shop. It’s a place of business, not a public park. Nevertheless, the social justice warriors pounced – accusing the folks who wear the green aprons of racial profiling and discrimination. Instead of standing its ground, Starbucks threw their baristas under the roaster and offered a profuse apology. “Regretfully, our practices and training led to a bad outcome – the basis for the call to the Philadelphia police department was wrong,” CEO Kevin Johnson wrote in a meandering mea culpa. “Our store manager never intended for these men to be arrested and this should never have escalated as it did.” Starbucks vowed to treat every customers with “respect and dignity” – even if they don’t purchase an expensive cup of their bitter java. Tuesday’s anti-bias training features appearances by company executives along with the rapper named Common. Baristas are being encouraged to “open up about implicit biases and stereotypes in encountering people of color, gender or other identities.” Starbucks has no one to blame for this fiasco but itself. For decades Starbucks has been using its stores to promote social justice, but now it’s come back to bite ’em in the coffee bean. Remember back in 2015 when Starbucks ordered baristas to strike up conversations about race relations with customers? “So that’s one venti Veranda Blend Blonde Roast with extra cream. May I have your name, sir?” “Yes, thank you. It’s Todd.” “So, Tom – I’m curious – do you have a problem with Dark Roast?” “My name is Todd. Wait. What?” “And Ted, based on your defensive posture, I’m sensing some privilege, too. We can help with that.” From that day forward I began brewing Community Coffee. The beans are roasted by a family-owned company based in Louisiana. It’s a good cup of coffee, it costs less and best of all – no political agenda. There’s a lesson we can all learn from this Starbucks debacle. When a coffee house serves up a piping hot cup of politics – well – it’s going to end up frothing everybody’s latte.

Well said, Todd..  Veteran culture warrior Todd Starnes is responsible for that witty piece.  What Todd left out of this story was the back story.  Starbucks had a policy of asking loiterers to leave if they don’t something…and if they refuse, then the mgr is (or was) directed to call the police.  That’s exactly what happened here.  The mgr followed company policy to the letter.  It had NOTHING to do with race; which is how the dominantly liberal mainstream media has portrayed this story…and Starbucks has allowed it to be characterized as such.  So, instead of standing their perfectly reasonable ground, they threw their mgr under the bus, and bent over and grabbed their corporate ankles with this ridiculous mea culpa.  How embarrassing for their employees!  Anyway..  Todd is spot-on about Starbucks coffee..  It’s overpriced and bitter.  It’s the scourge of the coffee shop industry (or the “Borg” for you Trekies).  But, people go there in droves like zombies.  In the interest of full disclosure, I sometimes find myself biting my lip (or pinching my nose) and going in real quick, as they’re everywhere.  But, I prefer the ma and pa shops that are cheaper and better.  So, support your local coffee shop and avoid the silliness that is Starbucks.

Starnes: It’s time to make a shocking confession about Chick-fil-A

In recent days, The New Yorker has made some downright scurrilous accusations about Chick-fil-A, the unofficial chicken of our Lord. The magazine warned that the beloved fast food restaurant was waging a “guerrilla insurgency” upon Gotham’s citizenry – plotting to evangelize the city by luring the masses with plump, juicy chicken breasts tucked between hot, buttered buns. “The brand’s arrival here feels like an infiltration, in no small part because of its pervasive Christian traditionalism,” lamented Dan Piepenbring in an essay titled “Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City.” Piepenbring seemed terribly disturbed by the news that a fourth outpost of the family-owned chain had recently opened – as if the Chick-fil-A Cows were about to stampede through the East Village. “Its headquarters, in Atlanta, are adorned with Bible verses and a statue of Jesus washing a disciple’s feet,” he wrote. “Its stores close on Sundays.” And like any progressive journalist, he offered up the obligatory Chick-fil-A is “anti-gay” smear. Untrue, of course, but whatever. “The restaurant’s corporate purpose still begins with the words ‘to glorify God,’ and that proselytism thrums below the surface of the Fulton Street restaurant, which has the ersatz homespun ambiance of a megachurch,” he wrote. And he was especially wary of the famed Chick-fil-A Cows. “If the restaurant is a megachurch, the Cows are its ultimate evangelists,” Piepenbring declared. Well, praise the Lord and drink some sweet tea! “Its politics, its décor, and its commercial-evangelical messaging are infected with this suburban piety,” he wrote. Well, America – the time has come for you to know the truth. The New Yorker caught us red-handed. The jig is up. The truth is months ago a covert team of specially trained Southern Christians crossed the Mason-Dixon Line along with a herd of grammatically-challenged bovines. Our mission was to convert the Yankee heathens with gracious Southern hospitality and delicious chicken sandwiches. And our plan would’ve worked had it not been for those meddling members of the Mainstream Media. After about a week of eating fried chicken and drinking sweet tea, New Yorkers had become so much more pleasant and docile. Brooklynites had even started waving at tourists with all five fingers instead of one. Now, that is the power of the Gospel Bird. So let not your heart be troubled, America – because glory, glory hallelujah – the War of Poultry Aggression rages on.

HAHAHA!!  That was EXCELLENT!  Thanks to veteran culture warrior Todd Starnes for that witty op/ed in support of Chick-fil-A, which is about to overtake Taco Bell as the third most popular fast food restaurant in America….and that’s with it being closed nationwide one day week!  This idiot pin-head from The New Yorker has just exposed himself for being the anti-Christian bigot that HE is.  Chick-fil-A doesn’t discriminate in its hiring practices and welcomes everyone regardless of race, religion (or lack thereof), gender, age, etc.  It’s just closed on Sundays.  That’s all!  How an employee spends the day off is her/her business.  The owner/founder of the company decided when he founded Chick-fil-A that he wanted his business closed on Sundays so he and his employees could go to church, if they wanted to.  If they didn’t want to, and wanted to do something else, or nothing at all, then that was their prerogative.  Imagine that!   But this idiot writer at The New Yorker can’t handle it.  He’s just a foaming at the mouth liberal who hates Christians.  Kudos to Todd for calling him out on his hypocritical bigotry.  Outstanding!    🙂

Starnes: College Warns Saying “God Bless You” is Islamophobic

If you happen to be in the library at Simmons College in Boston – and somebody sneezes — whatever you do — don’t say “God bless you.” That’s because the librarians believe that the phrase “God Bless You” can spark something worse than a microagression. They fear it could spark an Islamophobic microaggression. That’s right, folks – saying “God Bless you” is considered a form of “Islamomisia.” That bit of information is tucked inside the college’s Anti-Oppression Library Guide – an exhaustive collection of words and phrases that could trigger perpetually offended collegiate snowflakes. Islamomisia is a fairly new malady that until recently was known as Islamphobia. “In North America (and throughout much of the western world), people who follow Christianity have institutional power, therefore Islamomisia is a systematized discrimination or antagonism directed against Muslim people due to their religion or perceived religious, national or ethnic identity associated with Islam,” the document states. It’s not an official college policy, mind you, but — you know the drill. The librarians — a real sensitive bunch – warn that phrases like “God bless you” and “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Easter” can make Muslims feel slighted. The resource guide also warned students to be wary of something called “Christian privilege.” “In the United States and many other Western nations, Christianity and its various denominations and religious practices hold institutional and cultural power,” the guide states. “Christian privilege is the unearned benefit that Christians in the US receive that members of other faiths (or non-religious people) do not.” For example, if you expect to get a day off on Good Friday or Christmas Eve — you have Christian privilege. If you can worship freely, without fear of violence of threats, you have Christian privilege. Clearly, the librarians at Simmons College have plenty of book smarts — but they don’t have the sense the Good Lord gave a goose. Bless their hearts.

Author, and culture warrior, Todd Starnes, is far too kind..  This kind of this anti-America, and brazen anti-Christian bigotry political correctness is destroying our country.