Todd Starnes

Starnes: Why are San Francisco Chickens Wearing Diapers?

The rich and famous of San Francisco are falling head over heels for a new status symbol — pet chickens. Some Bay Area chicken-lovers are spending as much as $400 for a chicken — and nearly $20,000 for high-tech homes to house their pet birds. The Washington Post reports one poultry paradise is constructed from sustainable red pine and comes equipped with solar panels. It’s called the “Range Rover of chicken cribs.” And if you think that’s a bit odd — some feathered foul have their own personal chefs — and there are reports that locals have commenced to clothing their chickens in diapers. So it’s possible that somewhere on Nob Hill — a pampered bird is clucking around the yard wearing a pair of Huggies. Consider this paragraph from the Post story: ““Silicon Valley chickens are often considered “members of the family,” explained Moira Hanes, noting that she refuses to eat baked chicken from Whole Foods in front of her three birds. A Berkeley professor registered her one-eyed special needs rooster, Gwennie, as an emotional support animal. Because of his cross beak disability, she feeds him baby food mixed with grain. He also gets a weekly bath and a blow dry — “which he LOVES,” she said in an email.” It’s just not right, America. Although, I must say that Southerners love to dress up chickens, too. Instead of diapers, we prefer to cover our birds in batter and roll them around in seasoned flour and then gently dip them in a bath of peanut oil. I’m not so sure that chickens make good pets — but they certainly make for a delicious Sunday after church supper. They’re finger licking good.

No, you are not reading The Onion..  This really is happening in San Fran..  Thanks to Todd Starnes for bringing us that laugh..      🙂

Pence slams Joy Behar, ABC News over ‘religious intolerance’

Vice President Mike Pence delivered a jaw-dropping rebuke of ABC News after “The View” host Joy Behar compared Christianity to mental illness. “To have ABC maintain a broadcast forum that compared Christianity to mental illness is just wrong,” Pence said Wednesday on C-SPAN. “It is simply wrong for ABC to have a television program that expresses that kind of religious intolerance.” Behar’s anti-Christian remarks were in response to a segment on Omarosa Manigault Newman, the reality television star turned White House staffer turned reality television star. “As bad as you think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence — everyone that is wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their life,” Omarosa said in a clip from “Celebrity Big Brother.” “I am Christian. I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things,” Omarosa told her fellow contestants. Well, that bit of news was more than Behar and the other gals on “The View” could stomach. “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct, hearing voices,” Behar declared. Pence said on C-SPAN that his faith is the most important thing in his life. “My faith sustains me in all that I do,” he said. The vice president said “The View” hosts insulted the “vast majority of the American people who cherish faith.” “It demonstrates how out of touch some in the mainstream media are with the faith and values of the American people that you could have a major network like ABC permit a forum for invective against religion like that,” he said. Well, if hearing the voice of God means that a Christian is mentally insane – then add my name to that list. Because – just like Vice President Pence — I too — have heard the voice of God. And I suspect many faithful followers of Jesus have heard His voice — including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Does Behar believe that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was mentally insane, too? Later on Tuesday’s program, Behar backtracked slightly — but held firm to her belief that listening to Jesus is odd behavior. “I think Mike Pence, say what you want about him and his religiosity. I don’t think he’s mentally ill. Even though he is saying he hears voices I don’t think he’s that crazy,” she said. Oh, she only thinks Christians are just a little crazy. Whatever. If ABC News wants to employ an anti-Christian bigot — that is their business. It’s a free country. But let’s be honest — had Joy Behar said about gay people what she said about Christians — she would’ve been fired on the spot and hauled out of the studio on live television.

Agreed, Todd.  Veteran culture warrior Todd Starnes is responsible for that piece.  Todd, of course, is exactly right.  Joy Behar is a nauseating, extreme liberal blow hard.  And, if you listen to her talk, she’s stunningly stupid.  She just spouts whatever liberal talking points the DNC, or other Democratic party organ, feeds her, and really has no command of the issues or the nuances of policies, etc.  And, she goes into these silly, ad hominem personal attacks on various random Republicans because…well, they’re Republicans.  That’s it.  If you’re a Republican, she hates you and is very open about it.  She won’t listen to you or consider a viewpoint that isn’t in line with what her approved, Democrat party talking points consider acceptable.  And, in fact, she’ll shout you down and belittle you and your viewpoints if they are conservative or Republican in nature.  Have ya ever noticed how much turn over there is in the one Republican position on The View over the years?

Starnes: NFL rejects veterans group’s Super Bowl ad urging people to stand for the anthem

The National Football League has rejected a Super Bowl advertisement from American Veterans urging people to stand for the national anthem. The nation’s largest veterans service organization had been invited by the NFL to place an ad in the Super Bowl LII program. AMVET’s advertisement included a two-word message – “#PleaseStand.” “It’s a simple, polite request that represents the sentiment of our membership, particularly those whose missing or paralyzed limbs preclude standing,” wrote National Commander Marion Polk in a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. American Veterans accused the NFL of outright censorship by rejecting the advertisement. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy defended the league’s decision to ban the American Veterans’ advertisement noting that the game day program “is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl.” “It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement,” McCarthy told Army Times. So, the NFL believes that politely asking people to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner is akin to making a political statement? The NFL has been rocked by national anthem protests throughout the season — leading to a massive decline in television viewership and game day attendance. Still, the NFL and most team owners refused to order players to stand for the national anthem. Instead, the commissioner and many owners shamefully turned a blind eye as football players took a knee and disrespected not only the flag, but the brave men and women defending our freedom. Perhaps Goodell was concerned that a “political statement” in the game day program might take away from the “political statements” being made on the football field when players take a knee. “Freedom of speech works both ways. We respect the rights of those who choose to protest, as these rights are precisely what our members have fought – and in many cases died – for,” Polk wrote. “But imposing corporate censorship to deny that same right to those veterans who have secured it for us all is reprehensible and totally beyond the pale.” McCarthy told Army Times they gave American Veterans the option of changing their proposed advertisement to read, “Please Stand for our Veterans.” But the NFL said they never heard back from the group. It’s becoming increasingly clear that the NFL’s disdain for American patriotism is not just isolated to the gridiron. It’s apparently infested the front office. “Veterans are good for more than just military aircraft flyovers, photo opportunities during halftime, or props to sell camouflage-style NFL apparel; although, the NFL’s stance on not allowing the veterans’ unfiltered voice to be heard says otherwise,” Polk wrote to Goodell. I wholeheartedly concur and might I suggest that freedom-loving Americans stand up to the National Football League by turning off the Super Bowl.

Sounds like a good idea..  Thanks to veteran culture warrior Todd Starnes for calling it exactly right.

Starnes: CNN is a race-baiting, anti-Trump network

Leave it to the mainstream media to concoct some sort of wild-eyed theory that President Trump’s promise to say “Merry Christmas” is some sort of coded language for white nationalism and white supremacy. CNN host Don Lemon was among the most high-profile mainstream media minions to advance the race-baiting narrative. “This is a dog whistle to the base because no one has ever stopped using Merry Christmas,” the Clinton News Network host said during a Dec. 21 broadcast. In reality, the entire CNN network is a dog whistle for race-baiting, anti-Trump, America-bashing pinheads. And I said as much on Tuesday’s edition of “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel. But CNN is not the only mainstream media outlet to get its tinsel in a twist over the president’s frequent use of the words, “Merry Christmas.” Consider this headline from Newsweek: “How Trump and the Nazis Stole Christmas to Promote White Nationalism.” At first glance, I just assumed one of the copy editors had slurped a bit too much egg nog. But it turns out, Newsweek was dead serious. “Trump has been using the so-called war on Christmas to wage a culture war that pits multicultural liberals against Christian conservatives. He began doing this long before Christmas. Meanwhile, some members of the religious right support Trump’s most nationalist, race-baiting form of political rhetoric, including his reclaiming of Christmas,” Newsweek declared. Newsweek moaned about how the president is “promoting a version of the holidays that excludes members of other religions, and that his crusade to bring back Christmas is part of a larger attempt by the president to define America as a country for white Christians alone.” Apparently Newsweek is unaware that many African-Americans and Asian-Americans and Hispanic-Americas celebrate the Christmas season, too. “Wishing people merry Christmas’ instead of ‘happy holidays’ is thus in line with Trump’s decision to ban citizens of Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, critics say. It fits neatly with his refusal to condemn white supremacists when they march against diversity, and with his condemnation of athletes who protest police brutality against black men,” the magazine noted. Far be it from me to offer psychological advice, but it sounds to me like Newsweek is a few nuts shy of a fruitcake. However, the mainstream media holds fast to its belief that Christmas is supposed to be some sort of all-inclusive, one-ornament-fits-all, religiously-neutral holiday. And yet they don’t seem to have a problem with the exclusivity of other religious holidays — like Ramadan. Why don’t we hear Don Lemon demanding that Muslim holidays be inclusive? I believe I know the answer. It’s because the attacks on President Trump and Christmas have nothing to do with inclusivity. It’s about marginalizing people of faith and silencing Christianity in the public square. In fairness to CNN and Newsweek, President Trump is sending the nation a coded-message. He’s telling us that it’s OK to say “Merry Christmas.” He’s telling us that he understands and recognizes the reason for the season. And in spite of what Don Lemon or CNN or Newsweek says, Christmas will always be an exclusively Christian holiday — a moment for us to celebrate the birth of the newborn King.

Exactly!!  And that’s what has the dominantly liberal mainstream media going ballistic!  For the past 8 years, they’ve had free reign to make fun of, and look down on Christians.  It’s really been the only form of politically correct bigotry allowed anymore.  Then along comes Donald Trump who stuffs it back in their face.  Kudos to veteran culture warrior Todd Starnes for that outstanding, and timely, piece.  CNN and Newsweek are gargage.  Thanks for reminding us, Todd!  Excellent!!    🙂

Starnes: Bah, Humbug! Department store bans Salvation Army bell ringers

Belk has given Salvation Army bell-ringers and their iconic red kettles the heave-ho — just in time for the Christmas season. The national department store chain will no longer allow Salvation Army volunteers to man kettles outside their stores — a move that is expected to result in a $1 million drop in donations. “It’s a huge impact for us,” Salvation Army Lt. Rob Dolby told the Todd Starnes Show. “Those funds go to operate Christmas programs serving tens of thousands of kids. Dolby works with the Salvation Army in Anderson, South Carolina. He said the money dropped into those kettles also funds the operation of shelters, addiction and treatment facilities and youth programs. The Salvation Army said they were told the department store ban had something to do with a change in Belk’s “social consciousness.” “We believe that a lot of Belk’s customers align with the Salvation Army’s views. We believe in saying ‘Merry Christmas’…

..and that’s probably the crux of the issue..  This is political correctness gone not just insane…but offensive.  Shame on Belk.  If you shop there, tell the local general manager of the store that you’re considering taking your business some place else that supports the Salvation Army; a charity that has helped millions over the years.  To read the rest of this nauseating story by culture warrior Todd Startnes, just click on the text above.   Unreal…

Starnes: Jesus banned from buses in DC, but gay hookup ads allowed

The Archdiocese of Washington wanted to extend an invitation to commuters to find the perfect Christmas gift by advertising on city buses, but the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) threw up a roadblock. The advertisement depicted silhouettes of three shepherds walking at night with tall canes and sheep beneath a shining North Star. Emblazoned across the ad is the phrase: “FIND THE PERFECT GIFT.” But the transit authority rejected the ad because it “depicts a religious scene and thus seeks to promote religion,” according to a federal lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of Washington against the WMATA. “To borrow from a favorite Christmas story, under WMATA’s guidelines, if the ads are about packages, boxes or bags… if Christmas comes from a store… then it seems WMATA approves,” spokesman Ed McFadden said in a statement. “But if Christmas means a little bit more, WMATA plays Grinch.” The transit authority might have reconsidered its ban on the Catholic Church’s advertisement had they been selling goods and services, the lawsuit alleges. However, as we all know – the perfect Christmas gift cannot be bought. The perfect gift came from a much Higher Authority. The WMATA issued this statement: “In 2015, WMATA changed its advertising space to a nonpublic and prohibits issue-oriented advertising, including political, religious and advocacy advertising. The ad in question was declined because it is prohibited by WMATA’s current advertising guidelines.” WMATA’s revised advertising guidelines prohibit “advertisements that promote or oppose any religion, religious practice or belief,” the Archdiocese alleges. “We believe rejection of this ad to be a clear violation of fundamental free speech and a limitation on the exercise of our faith,” general counsel Kim Fiorentino said in a statement. “We look forward to presenting our case to affirm the right of all to express such viewpoints in the public square.” And while the Archdiocese of Washington may not be welcome to advertise on public buses, the transit authority is more than happy to promote other enterprises – like gay hookup websites. In 2016 the transit authority defended its decision to allow Squirt.org to advertise citing First Amendment rights, CNS News reported. In other words, the transit authority’s decision to banish the Archdiocese is not nice – and definitely naughty.The Archdiocese of Washington wanted to extend an invitation to commuters to find the perfect Christmas gift by advertising on city buses, but the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) threw up a roadblock. The advertisement depicted silhouettes of three shepherds walking at night with tall canes and sheep beneath a shining North Star. Emblazoned across the ad is the phrase: “FIND THE PERFECT GIFT.” But the transit authority rejected the ad because it “depicts a religious scene and thus seeks to promote religion,” according to a federal lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of Washington against the WMATA. “To borrow from a favorite Christmas story, under WMATA’s guidelines, if the ads are about packages, boxes or bags… if Christmas comes from a store… then it seems WMATA approves,” spokesman Ed McFadden said in a statement. “But if Christmas means a little bit more, WMATA plays Grinch.” The transit authority might have reconsidered its ban on the Catholic Church’s advertisement had they been selling goods and services, the lawsuit alleges. However, as we all know – the perfect Christmas gift cannot be bought. The perfect gift came from a much Higher Authority. The WMATA issued this statement: “In 2015, WMATA changed its advertising space to a nonpublic and prohibits issue-oriented advertising, including political, religious and advocacy advertising. The ad in question was declined because it is prohibited by WMATA’s current advertising guidelines.” WMATA’s revised advertising guidelines prohibit “advertisements that promote or oppose any religion, religious practice or belief,” the Archdiocese alleges. “We believe rejection of this ad to be a clear violation of fundamental free speech and a limitation on the exercise of our faith,” general counsel Kim Fiorentino said in a statement. “We look forward to presenting our case to affirm the right of all to express such viewpoints in the public square.” And while the Archdiocese of Washington may not be welcome to advertise on public buses, the transit authority is more than happy to promote other enterprises – like gay hookup websites. In 2016 the transit authority defended its decision to allow Squirt.org to advertise citing First Amendment rights, CNS News reported. In other words, the transit authority’s decision to banish the Archdiocese is not nice – and definitely naughty.The Archdiocese of Washington wanted to extend an invitation to commuters to find the perfect Christmas gift by advertising on city buses, but the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) threw up a roadblock. The advertisement depicted silhouettes of three shepherds walking at night with tall canes and sheep beneath a shining North Star. Emblazoned across the ad is the phrase: “FIND THE PERFECT GIFT.” But the transit authority rejected the ad because it “depicts a religious scene and thus seeks to promote religion,” according to a federal lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of Washington against the WMATA. “To borrow from a favorite Christmas story, under WMATA’s guidelines, if the ads are about packages, boxes or bags… if Christmas comes from a store… then it seems WMATA approves,” spokesman Ed McFadden said in a statement. “But if Christmas means a little bit more, WMATA plays Grinch.” The transit authority might have reconsidered its ban on the Catholic Church’s advertisement had they been selling goods and services, the lawsuit alleges. However, as we all know – the perfect Christmas gift cannot be bought. The perfect gift came from a much Higher Authority. The WMATA issued this statement: “In 2015, WMATA changed its advertising space to a nonpublic and prohibits issue-oriented advertising, including political, religious and advocacy advertising. The ad in question was declined because it is prohibited by WMATA’s current advertising guidelines.” WMATA’s revised advertising guidelines prohibit “advertisements that promote or oppose any religion, religious practice or belief,” the Archdiocese alleges. “We believe rejection of this ad to be a clear violation of fundamental free speech and a limitation on the exercise of our faith,” general counsel Kim Fiorentino said in a statement. “We look forward to presenting our case to affirm the right of all to express such viewpoints in the public square.” And while the Archdiocese of Washington may not be welcome to advertise on public buses, the transit authority is more than happy to promote other enterprises – like gay hookup websites. In 2016 the transit authority defended its decision to allow Squirt.org to advertise citing First Amendment rights, CNS News reported. In other words, the transit authority’s decision to banish the Archdiocese is not nice – and definitely naughty.

Definitely a double standard being exercised by the WMATA.  Thanks to veteran culture warrior Todd Starnes for bringing this story to our attention.

Starnes: Video: Tens of Thousands of Young Farmers Celebrate America

American patriotism is not exactly in vogue these days among Democrats, Hollywood starlets and the National Football League. It’s considered fashionable among the social justice crowd to take a knee during the national anthem, burn the American flag and dishonor our troops. But that’s hardly the prevailing opinion across the fruited plain – where tens of thousands of young teenagers are rising up and publicly declaring their love for America and their devotion to freedom. Last week, some 65,000 members of the Future Farmers of America Organization gathered in Indianapolis to celebrate our great nation. I received a video of the jaw-dropping celebration from Deb Zippel, one of our faithful readers in Minnesota. Her daughter is studying to be an agricultural education teacher and was in attendance at the gathering. Jaci Dietrick, an FFA member from Newcastle, Oklahoma, walked onto the stage and delivered a stirring rendition of “God Bless the USA.” “Ladies and gentlemen, we live in the greatest country in the world and that’s only because we have men and women fighting daily for that freedom,” she told the massive crowd. “Thank you for standing.” And that’s exactly what they did – tens of thousands of young people rose to their feet and began singing along with vocalist. And when she started crooning about those lakes in Minnesota and the in hills in Tennessee – well, the young patriots dutifully let out hoots and hollers. When the singer concluded the song, the entire audience erupted with boisterous chants of “USA USA”. You would be hard pressed to find any snowflakes laden with microaggressions in the FFA. “These kids are the ones that get it,” Miss Deb told me. “They are hard working. They don’t expect it to be handed to them.” Miss Deb said her daughter worked two jobs to pay her way through college – “including getting up at 4 a.m. to milk cows and working an organic farm and squishing potato bugs by hand.” It’s that kind of hard work and determination that makes America the most exceptional nation on the planet. Thanks to young farmers across the fruited plain for reminding us there’s a generation rising that is proud to be American!

Agreed!  To see the video of Jaci singing “God Bless the USA,” click on the text above.  We need to rub this in the faces of Roger Goodell and those self-righteous, entitlement-minded, millionaire NFL players who have been rubbing their liberal, anti-America politics in our faces.  Thanks to Todd Starnes for sharing this story with us.  We take our hats off to these kids with the FFA!  Outstanding!!    🙂