Issues, States, Uncategorized

Starbucks to Close Stores in Minimum Wage Hike Areas

Looks like the leftist notion of minimum wage hikes and overregulation are forcing Starbucks’ corporate decision makers to close approximately 150 locations.

Despite the big PR bias-training maneuver, the over-saturated coffee chain is now focusing on moving its development to rural and suburban areas closing locations often found in “major metro areas where increases in wage and occupancy and other regulatory requirements” are hurting the bottom line, according to CEO Kevin Johnson.

“Now, in a lot of ways, it’s middle America and the South that presents an opportunity.” It’s funny how that works.

Perhaps they’ll find some prime real estate…just next door to Chick Fil A.

Here’s more from Hotair…

A ubiquitous as Starbucks appears to be, their growth has begun slowing of late, and not just because of public-relations disasters like the one that took place in Philadelphia. Existing-store sales have been declining over the past several years and especially over the last two, Bloomberg reports, prompting CEO Kevin Johnson to start shutting down some stores while looking for greener pastures elsewhere. And guess what one key criterion for these closures might be?

Although business abroad has been booming and the chain has been opening more and more cafes, U.S. sales growth has stalled for the company that brought espresso to the masses. With about 14,000 stores domestically, Starbucks is now pumping the brakes on licensed and company-operated locations, with a renewed focus on rural and suburban areas—not over-caffeinated urban neighborhoods where locals already joke that the next Starbucks will open inside an existing store.

The closing stores are often in “major metro areas where increases in wage and occupancy and other regulatory requirements” are making them unprofitable, Johnson said. “Now, in a lot of ways, it’s middle America and the South that presents an opportunity.”

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Big govt, Issues

Feds Fund Huge Study on Contraception for Lesbians

This week’s Non Compos Mentis Award goes jointly to the Department of Health & Human Services (where plenty of Obama holdovers still have jobs) and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin.

HHS is funding a new study at UW to the tune of 350 grand to study contraception for lesbians.

Yep, according to the Washington Free Beacon, professor Jenny Higgins (who claims 20% of women in the US are lesbians) is examining whether “lesbians and bisexuals have ‘barriers’ to ‘adequate contraceptive care’.”

Meanwhile, we’d like to announce that we’re applying for a federal grant to study why federal bureaucrats are statistically likely to waste taxpayer dollars on useless ‘studies’.

We’ll keep you posted on whether we’re approved.

Here’s more from Hotair…

In today’s Taxpayer News You Can Use segment, we bring you a new study coming from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) which truly seems to be breaking new scientific ground. I ran across this information at the Free Beacon and at first thought it might be some sort of typo. But it wasn’t. The NIH is spending nearly $350K on a study to follow the habits of a number of women (in various categories) to find out what methods of contraception are “sexually acceptable” to them. That’s not really the startling part. Apparently, there are reports of significant numbers of women who are switching or even discontinuing the use of birth control because they find it to be unsatisfying in some fashion. If that’s the case you’d clearly want to correct that I suppose. Having birth control pills you don’t take seems to be on par with keeping an unloaded gun in your house.

The leading researcher on the project is Jenny Higgins, an associate professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Higgins specializes in “mixed-methods research on sexuality, gender, and reproductive health—especially people’s use of condoms and other contraceptive methods.”

Higgins is also currently involved with research into sexual minority women, or “people who identify as lesbian, bisexual and queer (among many other things).” She claims 20 percent of the female population in the United States are lesbians or bisexual.

“The overwhelming majority of SMW [sexual minority women] will engage penile-vaginal intercourse at least occasionally,” according to the researcher’s website. “New research suggests that SMW women have an increased risk of unintended pregnancy compared to their heterosexual peers.”

The study is examining “unique barriers” lesbians and bisexuals have to “adequate contraceptive care.”

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Culture, Issues

Report: Planned Parenthood in Massive Abuse Coverup

In addition to the undercover sting videos in 2015 which exposed Planned Parenthood’s heinous fetal body parts business, a new report by Live Action reveals a widespread cover-up of abuse of minors.

According to the report, Planned Parenthood locations across the country were caught failing to report incidents of rape when young girls were brought to clinics for abortions by their abusers.

Girls as young as 13 were ‘miscoded’ in PP’s computer system as pregnant due to consensual relationship. In some cases the abuser was the girl’s father.

Backed by several members of Congress, Live Action has called for a federal investigation by the Department of Health & Human Services.

The time has come to abort Planned Parenthood’s predatory business operation.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Planned Parenthood has covered up sex abuse for years by failing to report victims who came to its clinics to get abortions.

Live Action, a “media movement dedicated to building a culture of life and ending abortion,” published an investigative report Thursday showing that the abortion organization has been complicit in aiding sex abuse for years and turning a blind eye to abuse so as not to stain its reputation.

Planned Parenthood told a 15-year-old Arizona girl who’d been raped that they wouldn’t report her rape to the police because it was too much of an inconvenience, a 2014 sheriff report shows. The abortion organization maintains that it mistakenly “miscoded” the incident as consensual sex rather than abuse.

In another case, George Savannah raped and impregnated his daughter when she was only 14, 16 and 17 years old, court documents in Washington show. After she became pregnant, he took her to multiple Planned Parenthood clinics to get abortions so that he would not get caught for abusing her daughter. The abortion organization did not report any suspected abuse despite the girl’s young age.

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Issues, Politics, States

Illinois Town to Order Residents to Hand Over Guns

The NRA is going to war over Second Amendment rights against a town which will soon implement a requirement that residents turn over all their semi-automatic weapons.

Deerfield, Illinois, town board voted unanimously back in April to confiscate weapons. Should a citizen refuse, the town will impose a fine of a grand every day.

It’s yet another non compos mentis move by radical leftists who think that disarming law-abiding citizens will end gun crime.

Of course, we need look no further than to Chicago, Illinois — where gun regs are among the most onerous in the nation — easily the top of the list of metro areas for violent gun crimes.

When guns are outlawed only outlaws have guns.

Here’s more from Fox News…

An Illinois town will soon implement an ordinance directing residents to hand in their semi-automatic firearms or face heavy fines.

The Deerfield Village Board voted unanimously in April in favor of an amendment to its gun ordinance to restrict some semi-automatic firearms.

Residents could face fines of up to $1,000 per day if they do not comply with the ordinance.

Current or retired law enforcement personnel are exempt from the law.

Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson explained on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday that the town wants to ban firearms such as the AR-15 rifle and other high-capacity magazines.

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Courts, Issues, Politics, States

Liberty Wins: SCOTUS Sides With Colorado Cake Baker

Yet another surprise decision from the Supreme Court yesterday with a 7-2 ruling — yes, two liberals joined the conservative camp — in favor of Colorado cake baker, Jack Phillips.

First, let’s get the facts straight since the left has told a few fibs.

Phillips was not refusing to bake a cake for a customer who happened to be gay. Rather, he refused to take part in a gay wedding, which violated his religious conviction about marriage.

He was otherwise perfectly fine with baking a cake for anyone, regardless of their orientation.

But the left is never content with ‘live and let live’; liberal orthodoxy maintains that we all must agree AND comply…or else.

Thankfully the Supremes disagreed and ruled that toleration is a two-way street.

Folks, we can’t over-estimate how huge this is for religious liberty.

But the fight continues…

Here’s more from Fox News…

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, in one of the most closely watched cases of the term.

In a 7-2 decision, the justices set aside a Colorado court ruling against the baker — while stopping short of deciding the broader issue of whether a business can refuse to serve gay and lesbian people. The opinion was penned by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is often the swing justice in tight cases.

The narrow ruling here focused on what the court described as anti-religious bias on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission when it ruled against baker Jack Phillips.

“The Commission’s hostility was inconsistent with the First Amendment’s guarantee that our laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion,” Kennedy wrote in his majority opinion.

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Issues, States

NRA Already Being Blamed for TX School Shooting

Another school shooting — this one among the worst in Texas history — and anti-gun lefties are already blaming the NRA for the death of at least 8 people at Santa Fe High School.

Members of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence posted on their website the members of Congress who have accepted contributions from the NRA.

There’s just one problem: the crazed young man in custody for the shooting had obtained the weapons illegally.

In other words, gun laws can’t stop those with criminal intent from breaking laws. There’s one thing that WILL stop them: guns in the hands of not-crazy people.

Plus, as a result of all the noise the gun-grabbers have been making, gun sales and the membership rolls of the NRA have been exploding.

Note to the left: you’re doing it wrong.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Roughly an hour after at least eight people died in a high school shooting in Texas, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) implicated the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the tragedy.

The CSGV tweeted out a list lawmakers in Texas’ Congressional delegation who have accepted contributions from the NRA, along with “#SantaFeHighSchool.”

Authorities responded to a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, at roughly 8 a.m. Friday morning. One male suspect is in custody while another male has been detained as a person of interest. Both are students enrolled in the school, according to authorities.

The CSGV is “dedicated to taking on the NRA and their toxic agenda. We were the first gun violence prevention group to use the term ‘insurrectionism’ to describe the NRA’s dangerous interpretation of the Second Amendment,” according to the group’s website.

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Issues, Politics

Report: Trump to Cut Off Planned Parenthood Funding

The federal fight over abortion may be heating up very quickly on the Hill.

While everyone is waiting with baited breath to learn whether Justice Kennedy will retire, congressional conservatives have been pressing the Trump administration to use an executive order to ban taxpayer dollars going to Planned Parenthood (which amount to half a billion of them).

And reports say they’re getting a green light.

Though such a decision would likely end up with a court injunction and a fight all the way to the Supremes, it would almost certainly ignite the issue for the November election and force Democrats to defend Planned Parenthood…which is a losing prospect.

We’ll keep you posted.

Here’s more from the Hill…

The Trump administration may take action to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood as a result of pressure from congressional Republicans and anti-abortion lobbyists.

Opponents of abortion have launched an all-out campaign urging the administration to bring back Reagan-era abortion restrictions on federal family planning dollars that would target Planned Parenthood.

The regulations would ban organizations that receive family planning dollars under the Title X Family Planning Program, which funds organizations providing services like birth control to low-income women and men, from promoting abortion or referring patients for abortions.

Former President Reagan first issued the regulations, which Democrats describe as a “domestic gag rule,” in 1988. They also require a physical and financial separation of Title X funding recipients from abortion providers.

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Culture, Issues, States

Judge Strikes Down California Assisted-Suicide Law

California’s insistence on allowing doctors to send patients to a premature death has hit a brick wall this week after a state judge struck down the state’s 2016 End of Life Option Act.

California was among latest (very blue) states to jump onto the bandwagon in deciding when a sick or elderly person’s life is no longer ‘quality’ and therefore worthy of ‘death with dignity’.

But the dark underside of the policy stinks of the sort of euthanasia policies that aren’t too far removed from the Third Reich.

Insurance agencies have routinely offered to pay for cheap assisted suicide pills instead of costly life-saving surgery.

And it’s been demonstrated already that folks without insurance or with mental disability are routinely coaxed into ‘no longer being a burden’ to family and friends.

Assisted suicide is really nothing more than soft-eugenics, and it’s high time we send the policy to an untimely death, across the board.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

A California state judge struck down a law allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill adult patients Tuesday, ending the state’s 2016 attempt to legalize euthanasia.

California’s End of Life Option Act passed the legislature in 2016 amid fierce backlash from those claiming it was immoral, CNN reported Wednesday. Judge Daniel Ottolia’s ruling did not pertain to the content of the law, however. He instead ruled in unconstitutional on a procedural basis because it was passed during a special session convened by Gov. Jerry Brown. The ruling comes less than a month after the U.K. ordered the death of toddler Alfie Evans in April, shocking the world.

Adult, terminally ill patients should have the right to decide their life is no longer worth living and “die with dignity,” proponents of assisted suicide argue. The laws force doctors to harm their patients and can make patients feel pressured to commit suicide to cut costs for their families, critics counter.

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Culture, Issues

‘Expert’: Get Consent Before Changing Baby’s Diaper

With triple-x material on the web consuming fully a third of the traffic globally, it’s not a surprise that exploitation of women is all the rage these days.

Morally vacuous reprobates like Harvey Weinstein and his predator friends have been destroyed as the whole Hollywood house of cards came crashing down.

And it’s a good thing. But in usual fashion, the radical left has taken a good thing and completely twisted it beyond recognition.

Now it’s non compos mentis on parade. Enter an Australian ‘expert’ who argues that consent should be given by babies before their diapers can be changed.

No, we’re not kidding.

This is me-too on crack cocaine.

Next up for the left is required consent before you can walk your dog.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

The flowering of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault has brought many abusers to justice, but the emphasis on consent can go way too far. One sexuality expert in Australia illustrated the absurdity of the overemphasis on consent by suggesting that a parent should seek his or her baby’s consent before changing a diaper (called a “nappy” in Australia).

“I’m going to change your nappy now? Is that okay?” Deanne Carson, founder of Body Safety Australia, suggested in remarks to ABC News. “Of course, the baby’s not going to respond, ‘Yes, mom, that’s awesome. I’d love to have my nappy changed.’ But if you leave a space and wait for body language, and wait to make eye contact, then you’re letting that child know that their response matters.”

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Issues, Politics, States

Redstate GOP Governor Vetoes Constitutional Carry

Despite that the NRA’s membership rolls have exploded on the heels of the left’s hit-job after the Parkland shooting, it’s not all guns and roses.

On Friday, Second Amendment supporters saw a massive setback when deep-redstate Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma vetoed a constitutional carry measure that would have made the state the thirteenth to allow gun owners the right to carry without the need for a permit.

Fallin cited the benefits of the existing permitting process along with the training requirement as necessary for public safety.

But the NRA blasted her as anti-Second Amendment and vowed to take up the bill again next year under a “genuinely pro-Second Amendment governor.”

The question no one is asking is obvious: where are all the mass shootings in the states that have already instituted constitutional carry?

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Republican Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed legislation Friday that would’ve allowed anyone in the state to carry firearms without a permit, claiming the current barriers to getting a gun are “few and reasonable.”

Fallin stressed that she is a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment and owns firearms herself, but she claimed removing the permit requirement would have an adverse effect on policing.

“SB 1212 eliminates the current ability of Oklahoma law enforcement to distinguish between those carrying guns who have been trained and vetted, and those who have not,” Fallin said in a statement. “Oklahomans believe that law-abiding individuals should be able to defend themselves. I believe the firearms requirement we currently have in state law are few and reasonable. Senate Bill 1212 eliminates the training requirements for persons carrying a firearm in Oklahoma. It reduces the level of the background check necessary to carry a gun.”

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