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Comedian Samantha Bee Calls Ivanka Trump Words Not Fit to Print

Samantha Bee is one of the most vile comedians out there and has said some pretty eyebrow raising things on her TBS show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Now, in the wake of Rosanne’s racist tweet which led to ABC canceling her show, Bee is facing backlash from conservatives after calling Ivanka Trump a “feckless c***”.

Here’s the full quote, which was pretty gross without the profanity.

“Ivanka Trump, who works at the White House, chose to post the second most oblivious tweet we’ve seen this week,” Bee said. “You know, Ivanka, that’s a beautiful photo of you and your child, but let me just say, one mother to another, do something about your dad’s immigration practices, you feckless c***!”
“He listens to you,” she added. “Put on something tight and low-cut and tell your father to f***ing stop it. Tell him it was an Obama thing and see how it goes, OK?”

You can also watch the segment below, but be advised, there is some VERY strong language/content and you should definitely NOT listen to this at work.

According to CNN, TBS has not commented or returned messages left for representatives of their network.

So here we are, yet again. Someone from the left says something abhorrent against someone on the right and the network doesn’t seem to care. Rosanne was rightly fired for that tweet and it would also be right of TBS to pull the plug on Bee’s show. But they probably won’t.

Freedom of speech doesn’t come without consequences – sure you have a right to say (or tweet) whatever you want but if it’s vile and damaging to other people, companies or networks also have the right to fire you for it since you are a representation of their brand.

And as Ben Shapiro points out, this was scripted and planned.

Bee’s producer even seemed excited that the phrase was trending on Twitter.

Not sure what imagine TBS is going for but this isn’t a very good one to align themselves with.

 

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NFL Will Fine Teams if Players Kneel During National Anthem

The National Football League has decided to put a stop to players kneeling on the field during the National Anthem.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement today saying that a new policy has been adapted and players who wish to kneel during the National Anthem will need to remain in the locker room. If they don’t comply, teams will be disciplined.

Read the official statement and new rules here.

More than likely this is just a business decision, as the NFL lost network viewership over the player protests at an alarming rate last year. Fans were critical of the lack of response from the league over what they viewed as an unpatriotic act.

As expected, some people aren’t happy with the decision, though.

If you’re a football fan who stopped watching because you felt kneeling during the National Anthem was unpatriotic, will you tune in when the season kicks off this fall? Or are you done with the NFL altogether?

Opinion: NRA Member’s “Feud” with Alyssa Milano is Petty

The NRA annual convention wrapped up this week in Dallas and a record breaking 87,154 attendees traveled to the Lone Star State to check out the speakers, entertainers, appearances by the President and Vice President, and the latest firearms.

As expected, there were a fair share of protests from gun control advocates, including actress Alyssa Milano, who was there representing the NoRA organization. At the protest, she was approached by NRA member Will Haraway, who accused Milano of being a hypocrite because it appeared her security detail were carrying. During their converstation, Milano was escorted away by security and Haraway was asked to leave.

Here’s the unedited video from that exchange which Ben Howe from RedState posted on Twitter.

Milano states that the security hired for the protest was not her personal security detail and that she has no issues with law abiding NRA members.

Several pictures popped up online that show what might be the outline of a firearm under her guards’ clothing.

Do I agree with Alyssa Milano’s stance on gun control? Absolutely not. Like all “common sense gun reform,” it’s based on the idea that criminals will suddenly follow new laws when they already aren’t following current laws. Banning weapons isn’t going to change anything and may I remind her that the last time we had an assault weapons ban, Columbine happened right smack dab in the middle of it.

I do believe in her right to free speech and protest as she sees fit.

My problem with this whole exchange is that these kinds of things are only done so that the videos will go viral. Nothing has been gained on either side and it’s led to name calling and mudslinging from both sides. And since it was instigated by an NRA member, it really makes their side look like trouble-makers.

Milano says she has no problem with law abiding gun owners and her security detail is just that. We have no idea what they were carrying – could it have been a semi-automatic “assault weapon” that Milano wants to ban? Possibly.

Is she a hypocrite if that’s the case? Yes.

But this petty bickering really needs to stop. It would help the 2A cause more if we talk sensibly with people and present facts, rather than showing up at anti-gun protests to heckle people back.

Milano needs some educating, that’s for sure – she’s shared incorrect information from Mom’s Demand founder Shannon Watts multiple times but running up to her to shout “hypocrite” at her isn’t really going to change her position on anything. And unless she’s talking about Planned Parenthood, she’s wrong to blame an organization made up of millions of law abiding gun owners for deaths of innocents.

One thing the NRA could learn from these types of exchanges is that the way they present themselves in marketing campaigns and to the media could use some softening. Kimberly Ross at RedState wrote a great piece on this earlier this year. From that piece:

If we are to be the level-headed side, disagreeing with others but not pushing an emotional narrative, then the NRA needs to tone down its rhetoric. It is not helping the cause.

“…their fate will be failure and they will perish in the political flames of their own fires. We are the National Rifle Association of America, and we are freedom’s safest place.”

We are not engaged in a civil war, though some would certainly wish that to be the case. We hold differing opinions than our fellow Americans, some who don’t own guns, don’t want guns, and don’t understand why others might. You certainly don’t have to share their anti-gun views, but you should respect them.

Couldn’t agree more.

Next year, the convention moves to our hometown of Indianapolis and I’m planning to attend and cover the convention for our site. Doubtful either side of the gun issue will have come to any sort of agreement on anything, but maybe they’ll both be a little less petty when it comes to crashing each other’s events and protests.

Kanye West Becoming a Voice of Reason?

Yeezy is raising some eyebrows with his latest Tweets. Yesterday, he tweeted that he likes the way Candace Owens thinks.

Owens is a conservative African American who has been critical of the Black Lives Matters movement. She’s the communications director for Turning Point USA and has her own YouTube channel where she often criticizes liberal policies. She’s also a strong Trump supporter.

On Fox and Friends this morning, she thanked Kanye for his support, adding that “Kanye West does not really want to fold to controversy. If you look at things historically, Kanye West has really represented the battering ram against political correctness.”

Liberals were immediately upset by West’s tweet.

Then today, West began fighting back, tweeting in favor of differing opinions and railing against the thought police.

Hate to say it but Kanye is making a lot of sense here. And it’s kind of refreshing to see a celebrity thinking oppositely of how people think he should.

Charlie Kirk Unwelcome at Parkland High School

Charlie Kirk, the founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, was recently invited to speak to students about the right to bear arms by outspoken 2A advocate and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school student Kyle Kashuv.

Kirk was excited about the opportunity, posting on his Twitter account that “I have been invited by students at Parkland high school to come as a guest speaker in the coming 2 weeks. I excitedly accept and look forward to discussing our right to bear arms in front of a captive student audience This is of course unless I get blocked by the administration.”

Twenty-four hours later, school administrators vetoed the idea, stating through spokesperson Cathleen Brennan that “The school’s administration has met with the student organizers and advised them that non-school sponsored, student-initiated guest speaker assemblies/meetings are not permitted to take place on campus.”

In addition to students protesting the event, some parents suggested that Kirk and Kashuv hold their forum off campus because the wounds of the school shooting are still too fresh.

Kashuv believes school administrators are trying to silence pro-Second Amendment discussion. He also points out NBA player Dwyane Wade visited the school after meeting with victim’s parents and donating to March for Our Lives.

Since the event can’t be held on campus, Kirk and Kashuv will be holding it off campus at a location to be determined.

 

 

Dana Loesch Gets Apology from Yashar Ali; Called “Terrorist” by Kathleen Rice

Dana Loesch has been brutally attacked the last couple weeks by journalists (and now even a congresswoman) on the left who claim she uses the word “fist” instead of “fisk” in this NRA ad.

Fisk, in case you didn’t know, basically means to fact check and in the ad, Loesch calls for fact-checking of the NY Times. The NRA video series is called “Clenched Fist of Truth.” As you can imagine, things got nasty on Twitter toward Loesch AND liberals claimed she was inciting violence against the newspaper.

However, Yashar Ali of New York Magazine, Huff Post and Mother Jones decided things had gone a bit too far and issued this apology to Loesch yesterday.

Dana graciously accepted his apology.

But before the dust settled on the previous attack from Ali, she was then dealt ANOTHER blow from New York Congresswoman, Kathleen Rice, who decided to call Dana and ALL members of the NRA domestic security threats under the Trump administration.

Conservative women like Loesch are increasingly being attacked by members of the left, especially those who strongly support the Second Amendment. Calling Dana and ALL members of the NRA terrorists is completely outrageous and infuriating.

Many NRA members are former and current members of our military. More importantly, they are LEGAL gun owners who follow their state regulations for buying and carrying firearms.

Rice should apologize to Dana and the millions of NRA (and non-NRA) gun owners she just insulted. However, according to a statement from her spokesperson,  it doesn’t look like that will be happening anytime soon.

#IStandWithDana.

-K

No surprise here: Left to rally for Colin Kaepernick

In a year of endless marches from our friends on the left, there is yet another march, wait…sorry, I’m being told this one is a rally, planned. However, instead of hitting the pavement for science, women’s rights, one-legged puppies, or illiterate mice, the left will be getting together to show support for another cause near and dear to their wittle hearts: Colin Kaepernick.

Yes, the party that claims to be for the working man, the middle class, and the underprivileged will rally, showing support ….wait for it……yes, for a multi-millionaire.

But hold onto your brains, friends, the stupidity is strong with this one as it gets even more ironic. The flyer promoting the soiree, which is being called “United We Stand Rally for Colin Kaepernick,” displays a picture of the controversial quarterback….kneeling.

The idea behind the waste-of-time rally is that the currently unemployed Mr. Kaepernick is being blackballed by the National Football League. As you’ll recall Kaepernick infamously began taking a knee during the national anthem to protest the treatment of African Americans at the hands of police officers.

Now, freedom of speech is a right afforded to every American. The idea that we can express an idea, no matter how controversial, in any nonviolent manner, is one of the basic fundamental tenets of our country.

And if multi-millionaire Kaepernick wants to kneel, making a political statement in the process, so be it. Go for it, buddy. However, one thing people often forget about freedom of speech is that just because we have the right to express what we want, we aren’t free from the ramifications of that speech. If individual teams decide they’d rather not sign the social justice warrior poster boy because they’d rather not deal with the controversy, well, tough luck. Get this: the owners actually own the team and can decide who they want to employ, imagine that. I want to be in the NBA, I demand the Pacers sign me, everybody let’s rally!!

And for those who say Kaepernick is being blackballed, where is the proof? If you’re going to make such an allegation, provide us with something concrete.

Now, free speech aside, the National Football League is a cutthroat, what-have-you-done-for-me-lately business. If you don’t perform, chances are you aren’t gonna be around long. And Kapernick hasn’t performed.

In 2016, leading the 49ers to a 2-14 record, Kaepernick threw for a little more than 2,200 yards, 16 touchdowns, four interceptions, lost seven fumbles and completed just 59 percent of his passes.  In 2015,  his numbers were even worse as the team finished with a 5-11 record.

Not real gaudy numbers, huh? But, yes, Kaepernick deserves even more money to be mediocre to bad.

But the whole thing gets even better.  The rally, being organized by filmmaker Spike Lee, is marching/rally to NFL headquarters in NYC. That’s all fine and great, but the NFL doesn’t employ any of the players, the individual teams do. So, it would make much more sense to march/rally at the New York Giants or the New York Jets HQ, but hey, enjoy yourselves.

Also, now the whole thing is just way too much for one writer/director to handle.

Director and writer Adam McKay, the man behind several Will Ferrell flicks, will not tune into another NFL game until Kaepernick is signed.

Virtue signaling at its worse.

Oh, the horror! What will the NFL do without Mr. McKay’s eyeballs watching their extremely profitable product?!

I’m sure other self-righteous celebs will soon take similar stands. So you’ll want to keep an eye out for that.

Kaepernick or no Kaepernick, the NFL season is on the horizon.  I, for one, will be watching, as difficult as this year may be for a Colts fan.

-BZ

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