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Trump Team Threatens Legal Action Over Omarosa’s Book

The drama continues between the White House and Omarosa over her new tell-all book, Unhinged. The book, which was released on Aug. 14, will likely top the bestseller list next week but President Trump’s legal team is threatening action against publisher Simon and Schuster.

According to a letter sent by Trump’s lawyer and obtained by the Hollywood Reporter,  Omarosa Manigault-Newman is “prohibited from disclosing confidential information about Trump, any of Trump’s family members and the Trump Organization. She also is allegedly prohibited from saving, storing or memorializing any confidential information — which could put those now infamous tapes at issue. Additionally, Manigault-Newman is said to be prohibited from disparaging Trump.”

From the letter:

“Now that you are aware of these contractual provisions, and Ms. Manigault-Newman’s breaches thereof, the Company will have claims against you, and all persons working in concert with you, should you proceed with publishing and selling the Book,” states the letter. “Such claims would include, among others, tortious interference with the Agreement, and inducement of Ms. Manigault-Newman to breach the Agreement.”

Elizabeth McNamara of Davis Wright Tremaine, which represents Simon & Schuster and its imprint, Gallery Books, responded with this statement.

“Despite various legal claims and threats made by representatives of the Trump campaign, Gallery Books and Simon & Schuster are proceeding as planned with publication of ‘Unhinged’ by Omarosa Manigault Newman, confident that we are acting well within our rights and responsibilities as a publisher.”

“Private contracts like the NDA may not be used to censor former or current government officials from speaking about non-classified information learned during the course of their public employment,” she wrote, citing case law.

She also said that Simon & Schuster would preserve documents related to the book but noted that “we want to remind you that the Trump campaign must comply with the same legal obligations regarding the President, his administration, his family members, their businesses, and the Trump Campaign, and must ensure that all appropriate measures to preserve such documents are in place.”

Library Journal notes that the Trump team also tried to stop Fire and Fury, but that only helped fuel its popularity.

So far, it’s been the biggest seller of 2018. Betting Omarosa’s book also gets a “Trump bump” because as they say, there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

Trump calls Omarosa a ‘lowlife,’ ‘dog’

What is Donald Trump doing? Seriously, what is the President of the United States thinking?

In his normal ill-advised routine of posting his thoughts to social media in the morning, Trump referred to Omarosa as a “dog.” What are you thinking, prez?

I understand Trump is a “counterpuncher” and this kind of thing plays well with his base but it’s frankly beneath the office of The President of The United States. A little class every now and then from the man occupying the Oval Office isn’t a bad thing.

In case you didn’t know, former BFFs and “The Apprentice” costars, Trump and Omarosa are feuding.

Omarosa has accused Trump of using the N-word while on “The Apprentice,” going so far as to say there is a tape that exists with Trump saying the racial slur. Of course, Trump denies the allegation.

If the tapes exist of The Donald saying the N-word, produce them. Show us. No, instead this is all an orchestrated media circus by Omarosa to sell more copies of her book, which is set to hit shelves Tuesday.

Trump has to be, or at least one would hope he’d be smarter than to get into these kind of pointless tiffs. And if the woman really was such a “lowlife,” as Trump refers to her, why did he put her on his campaign? Why did he give her a position in the White House?

It also goes the other way as well. If Trump is such a racist, if he’s such a bigot, why accept a position on his campaign? Why would you go to work for the man at the White House?

The whole thing is more than a bit ridiculous.

 

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Name Removed from Children’s Book Award Over Racism Concerns

This year’s American Library Association conference is wrapping up in New Orleans but on Saturday evening, in a committee meeting, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name was dropped from a major book award.

Wilder, who is best known and beloved for her “Little House on the Prairie” series painted a picture of life in America on the Great Plains during the 1800s. In recent years though, Wilder’s work has been criticized over racism concerns and her portrayal of Native Americans.

That criticism has come full circle as Wilder’s name will no longer be attached to the prestigious award.

Read ALA’s statement on the name change here:

This decision was made in consideration of the fact that Wilder’s legacy, as represented by her body of work, includes expressions of stereotypical attitudes inconsistent with ALSC’s core values of inclusiveness, integrity and respect, and responsiveness,” the group said in a statement, adding all existing award pages will be changed to reflect the new name.

The award will now be called the “Children’s Literature Legacy Award.”

As a librarian (who is attending ALA at this moment), I am not shocked by this decision. However, I think it’s ridiculous to strip Wilder’s name from the award. Admittedly, I have not read the books as an adult but judging a work written in a much different time by today’s standards is just another form of “whitewashing” history.

It’s dangerous to try to re-write and cover up history. Wilder is not being banned (yet) but it’s possible that the same profession who is supposed to champion free thinking will begin clamoring for the removal of editions that haven’t been sanitized for today’s readers.

Orwell said it best in 1984:

“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

Dissecting Cecile Richards’ Autobiography

make-trouble-9781501187599_hrRaised by ultra liberal parents in an extremely conservative community in Texas, it would seem Richards really didn’t have much of a chance at being anything but a left-wing liberal.

In elementary school she got in trouble for refusing to recite the Lord’s Prayer and told her teacher “We don’t read the Bible in our house.” Later on in seventh grade, she was sent to the principal’s office for wearing an anti-Vietnam War arm band to school. Then, At the age of 16, she and her mother campaigned for Sarah Weddington in her bid for the Texas state legislature. Weddington is better known as the the attorney who won Roe v. Wade. 

Both her parents were extremely involved in activism, something Richards would later make a career out of by working as a labor organizer and union supporter alongside her husband. And for a short time, she worked for Nancy Pelosi.

So as you can see, the path to president of Planned Parenthood was paved with many years of service to the liberal agenda.

Just before her chapter on working for Planned Parenthood, there’s a glowing testiment to motherhood, which is puzzling since so much of the work Planned Parenthood does is to prevent women from becoming mothers. She talks about how her first pregnancy with her daughter Lily was unplanned. Her birth control failed. The timing was off and she and her husband weren’t sure they wanted to be parents right then. But ironically, she chose life. In fact, there’s no mention at all of her even thinking about having an abortion. Instead, she says “in the end we came to the same conclusion millions of people do: there was never going to be a perfect time to have kids, but just like everything else, we’d figure it out.”

However, later on in life, even after all the wonderful things she had to say about motherhood, when faced with having a fourth child, Cecile decided to abort.  “Like millions of other women, I was using birth control, but no method is foolproof. We were doing the best job we could raising our kids, and I couldn’t imagine we could do justice to a fourth. Having another child just was not an option for us. I already felt like I wasn’t doing enough for Lily, Hannah and Daniel as it was. Being able to terminate a pregnancy early – it had hardly even begun – was a relief.”

How sad.

As you can imagine, the rest of the book is filled with political attacks and left leaning propaganda. Richards takes shots at Sarah and Bristol Palin, John McCain (during his bid for presidency, Planned Parenthood handed out condoms on college campuses that had “protect yourself from John McCain” printed on them), Paul Ryan and of course, President Trump.

She talks about her secret meeting with Jared and Ivanka Trump, saying it felt like they were trying to bribe her and that abortion is essential to women’s health care. “Our patients are not bargaining chips,” she says, although it’s a little hard to believe that without abortion services, Planned Parenthood would lose millions in revenue. So likely, the REAL reason comes down to profits, not people like Richards would have you believe.

There’s also a lot of love for Hillary Clinton (both Cecile and her daughter Lily campaigned hard for her during the 2016 election) and a lot of talk of how sexism abounds in politics, especially Congress, and most notably the committee that questioned her about Planned Parenthood’s alleged sales of baby parts.

Richards memoir is quite interesting to read, even for someone as pro-life as myself. I always find it helpful to learn a little bit about the “opposition” so I can try to understand where they are coming from and form better arguments for my own side of the issue at hand. It’s clear that her Godless upbringing greatly shaped the person she became and there are many mentions throughout the book about how she perceived the religious right to be dangerous to progressivism.

It’s also a testament to the kind of legacy a person can leave. Cecile’s parents instilled a liberal set of values in her and she is now passing those same values on to her own children, who also work to expand socially liberal policies.

Then there’s Cecile’s legacy that’s been left on America. There’s no mention of her future plans, but Richards has been successful at inspiring the next generation of women who are busy knitting pink hats, marching on Washington and changing their Facebook photos to say “I stand with Planned Parenthood.”

What should worry us is that, in her twelve years as president of Planned Parenthood, 3.8 million babies were aborted. That’s roughly half the number of Jews who were killed during the Holocaust. And a growing number of Americans are okay with that.

It’s time to take Cecile’s own advice and “make trouble” for the pro-abortion crowd – millions of unborn lives depend on it.

 

David and Lauren Hogg are Writing a Book

You had to see this one coming. David Hogg and his sister Lauren are writing a book. Entitled #NeverAgain, it will feature  a forward written by Parkland student and activist Emma Gonzalez.

David’s sister Lauren says the book “tells the story of how we turned our grief into action and how we fight and speak out for those who no longer can.”

From the synopsis on Amazon:

This book is a manifesto for the movement begun that day, one that has already changed America–with voices of a new generation that are speaking truth to power, and are determined to succeed where their elders have failed. With moral force and clarity, a new generation has made it clear that problems previously deemed unsolvable due to powerful lobbies and political cowardice will be theirs to solve. Born just after Columbine and raised amid seemingly endless war and routine active shooter drills, this generation now says, Enough. This book is their statement of purpose, and the story of their lives. It is the essential guide to the #NeverAgain movement.

The book will be released on June 5th and according to the Hoggs’, all proceeds will benefit healing in the Parkland community as well as fighting gun violence, but name no specific organizations to which they are donating.

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