These Are the Roughly 200 Businesses Whose Leaders Are Backing Gun Control Initiatives

(Townhall) The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms launched an initiative last year aimed at providing information to Second Amendment-loving Americans. The goal was to provide a comprehensive list of companies and/or CEOs who back gun control initiatives and legislation or have anti-firearm corporate policies in place.

“When we started this project last year, we were actually surprised, and in some cases disappointed, at some of the businesses we added to the list,” CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb said in a statement. “We discovered several brand name businesses and corporate leaders who evidently have a nefarious agenda to limit gun rights. Their current and potential patrons should have the knowledge of what their hard earned dollars are actually funding.”  (Read More)

SCOTUS Fails to Blaze a Trial on Election Reform

(FRC) “Befuddling.” “Inexplicable.” “Baffling.” Those are just three of the words Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas used to describe his colleagues’ latest response to the 2020 election. After three months of mixed signals, the justices finally turned down a case that had most conservatives holding their breaths — a lawsuit against Pennsylvania’s expanded mail-in balloting order. The issue, many said, was moot. But the dangers of lawlessness, Thomas fired back, is not.

It was one of the most appalling power grabs of last year’s election chaos. To the surprise of everyone, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided to unilaterally extend the deadline for counting mail-in ballots three full days after November 3rd — overruling the law and state legislators.  (Read More)

HB 220 replaces H017. Is it a Taxpayer abortion funding prohibition?

(Abolish Abortion Idaho) H220 has replaced H017, a previous version of a so-called taxpayer abortion de-funding bill. The Idaho legislature has so far printed two pro-life abortion regulations this session. Let’s review H220 here in detail so that you are equipped to testify against this bill in the Idaho House State Affairs committee sometime this week.

Keep in mind that there is also our bill printed, H056, which is a bill of abortion abolition that would outlaw all murders by abortion without exception and would even defy the federal courts as Idaho enforces the ban regardless of the inevitable contrary federal court opinion.

The problem is that in Idaho, like in many other states, the chairmen of the standing committees in the Idaho legislature have totalitarian authority to grant hearings to bills or refuse entirely a hearing on a bill.  (Read More)

Biden Administration Prepares Way For Banks To Refuse Service To Democrats’ Enemies

(The Federalist) Amongst the record-breaking number of executive actions taken by President Joe Biden was one related to a little-known, frightening Obama-era program called Operation Choke Point. The program, dubbed so under former Attorney General Eric Holder, uses the power of the federal government to target legal yet leftist-disfavored businesses. These include gun sellers, pawnshops, and short-term money lenders.

The Trump administration did its best to end this blatantly unconstitutional program that sought to discriminate against legal industries. In 2017, the Justice Department declared the program “formally over.” At the end of Trump’s term, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency established the Fair Access rule to solidify its culmination.

But on Jan. 28, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency under President Biden announced it would pause the Trump-era rule intended to prevent another Operation Choke Point from happening again.  (Read More)

2022 Beijing Olympics Boycott: A Must for Human Rights

(FRC) When President Biden took office, there was some hope he would, like Trump, be tough on China. But now, it’s not so clear. At his first town hall as president, Biden said this about his phone conversation with President Xi:

And so, the idea — I’m not going to speak out against what he’s doing in Hong Kong, what he’s doing with the Uyghurs in western mountains of China, and Taiwan, trying to end the one China policy by making it forceful — I said — and by the — he said — he gets it. Culturally, there are different norms that each country and they their leaders are expected to follow.

I’m not quite sure what he said, but in the coherent bits he seemed ready to go soft on China, excusing their flagrant human rights abuses as “different norms.”  (Read More)

Oh, Canada: Pastor Arrested for Pastoring in Alberta

(FRC) On Tuesday, James Coates, pastor of GraceLife Church in Alberta, Canada, was arrested and placed in police custody for violating Canada’s public health orders. Police officers and representatives from the Alberta Health Service (the “AHS”) arrived at the church on Sunday. After monitoring the service, they determined that the church had violated public health orders, which limited attendance to 15 percent of building capacity and required attendees to wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Pastor Coates voluntarily turned himself in to police on Tuesday after he was told that police planned to arrest him.

This is not the first time that the church has been monitored by local health officials. Beginning in November 2020, officials from the AHS monitored the church’s worship services every week, counted the number of congregants in the sanctuary, and recorded whether they were wearing masks and practicing social distancing.  (Read More)

Faithful Observations: Education Spending

By Bob Shillingstad

To quote Peter Brimelow, “There is no particular relationship between spending and educational results. Most education spending is actually on salaries and that’s allocated according to political muscle”.  Idaho is flush with cash this legislative session and power players are ready to grab the money- mainly the teachers’ unions, school boards and administrators.

Here is a statistic that is thrown around a lot and used to shame the voters.  Idaho ranks 48th in per pupil spending barely above Utah.  Now that may be correct, I haven’t all of the facts to check the results, but let’s take this the next step and compare results.  NYC, Washington D.C., Chicago and other urban areas spend insane amounts of money with abysmal results.  Not a fair comparison, but let’s look at Wyoming who spends double Idaho on per pupil  education. How do we compare? Both Idaho and Utah are in the middle of the pack beating Wyoming more often than not.  What will we get for doubling our spending?

We will be hammered with adding early childhood education and fully funding not only kindergartens but also down to four year olds!  Studies have shown that at the end of elementary education you cannot tell who were in school prior to first grade or not.  A very large Dept. of Education study confirmed and concluded that Head Start was largely a waste of money. The next “solution” is smaller class size and again studies have shown that there is no measurable advantage to this spending.  What both of these do accomplish are more dues paying members for the unions and higher taxes.

We have most Idaho districts asking for voter approval of a levy in March and we need to do our homework and decide how to vote.  How have districts handled the emergency declarations during the COVID scare.  We have been lied to all during this last year.  If you are under the age of 24  is nearly impossible to find anyone in the country with complications. A UK study and another from Brown University clearly showed that students do not transmit the virus to teachers and even to parents or grandparents. Sweden never closed schools and we have a lot of data to support schools being open and yet across the country the majority of schools have insane policies. How did your district do?

The Coeur d’Alene district is asking for $40 million over the next two years to fund the district.  This is a district that has reacted as if their hair is on fire during the “pandemic” and can’t decide how to proceed.  Understandably when they opened the doors last fall they realized enrollment down by 8%.  Parents had already voted with their feet. They now are saying that they will go to four days a week instruction……no guarantees if they continue.

The Lakeland School District with Rathdrum and Spirit Lake schools have continued schools as normal all year.  Masks are voluntary. Most charter schools and nearly all private and Christian schools have had traditional instruction all year also.  Surprisingly, there have been no reports of students dying or transported to the hospital from these schools.

When Joe Biden promised to “follow the science” regarding school reopening in the “pandemic era”, we should have realized he was talking about political science rather than good old fashioned science-science.  He is basing his “keep em closed” policy, according to Stilton, on the Teachers Unions’ compelling argument that “actual work is for losers who don’t make massive contributions to Democrats.”  Jen Psaki has now clarified that defines successful “opening” as 50% of schools offering “one day of in-classs teaching a week. Considering that the numbers were already slightly better than that, it’s a low bar that satisfies the donors.

There has been an effort to combine school levy and trustee elections to coincide with either primary or general elections to generate turnout.  In the past the teachers and spouses can decide most of these elections with their vote alone.  It is imperative to have everyone vote!

The real solution is to cut off the funding and convince the legislature to allow the free market to dictate education.  Vouchers, educational savings accounts or a variety of means to allow the dollars to go to the student much like we do for college costs. Choice is the only answer to so many of the issues of education.

The legislative roundtable for Kootenai County was held this past Saturday at The Altar Church and a question was presented to the group about sex education issues in the CDA district and whether a law should be passed requiring parents to “opt-in”  if their child should be included in the indoctrination.  Rep. Vito Barbieri had an amazing answer that brought down the house when he said, “Take them out of the institutions. You are not going to control this bureaucracy, it is taking a billion and a half dollars now and those that are homeschooling we are double paying…….get them out of the system. They are propagandizing….come on….we recognize this!…..The world has gone crazy, nothing makes sense.  Take the kids out.”

You can watch the entire session on You Tube.  Vote March 9th, make your voice heard and let your legislators know that our vote is more important than the unions.

School Levy March 9th, 2021

By Jim Hollingsworth

Dear Friends,

On March 9th there will be a levy election.  Everyone needs to vote.

Some years back our schools were funded completely by property taxes.  Later the state government took over the funding so there was no charge to property taxes.  But in time some schools felt they needed more money so they devised levy elections.

Since most of the levy funds go to fund teacher salaries voting more money in a levy election enables a school district to pay teachers more than they could make in other professions, with similar training.

The Coeur d’Alene School District is asking for 20 million for two years.

The Lakeland School District is asking for 9.5 million for two years.

The Post Falls School District is asking for 5 million for two years.

The job our school districts are doing is not as good as it was many years ago.  Someone has asked the question “Is this a time to reward failing education?”   Why do mothers with little or no college and who teach their own children at home often do a better job than the public schools?  Many of the spelling contests are won by home school children.

We cannot control most of what our government spends money on.  But, we can control what we spend on schools.  Now is the time to vote no on these levy elections.  Remember that this money is not for better buses, or pencils and paper, but for higher teacher salaries.

When I was interviewed by the teacher’s union when I ran for office, everything they wanted me to approve cost more money.  But it is time to spend less and expect more.  It is the least we can do.

Here schools have pretty much had a blank check.  It is time for them to learn to live like the rest of us.  Schools will beg for passage of the levies.  Please vote no for the levies.

Thanks

Jim Hollingsworth

Please share with your local friends.

Biden’s Domestic War On Terrorism May Seek To Criminalize Political Dissent

(The Federalist) The Biden administration is planning to use the full force of the federal government in pursuit of a new war. Its target? American citizens.

This countering “domestic violent extremism” effort, declared in the wake of the latest Capitol riot, represents the real-world counterpart to the corporate media rhetoric about the need to “deprogram,” “de-ba’athify,” and drone the Deplorables.

If this is a dangerous political witch hunt masquerading as a national security imperative, it should disturb every American. Half of the country could potentially be ensnared as would-be if not actual terrorists.  (Read More)

Conservative Radio Legend Rush Limbaugh Passes Away, He Always Stood for Pro-Life Values

(LifeNews) Conservative radio legend Rush Limbaugh passed away on Wednesday morning. At the beginning of his radio program Wednesday, his wife announced that he had passed away from cancer at the age of 70.

Limbaugh was a solid conservative spokesman and often compared to President Ronald Reagan for his skill in sharing conservative values and standing on principles. That include the right to life — as Limbaugh consistently stood for pro-life values in supporting legal protection for unborn children.

Limbaugh was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and, in December, after having a year to reflect on the things that are truly important to him, he shared a heart-tugging mesage with his listeners.

“I wasn’t expected to be alive today,” he said. “I wasn’t expected to make it to October, and then to November, and then to December. And yet, here I am, and today, got some problems, but I’m feeling pretty good today.”  (Read More)

Behind the Curtain of Planned Parenthood’s ‘Gender Factories’

(FRC) They come with other girls, a woman inside the clinic explains, giggling like they’re at the mall. Only they aren’t at the mall. They’re shopping for another gender. And Planned Parenthood is more than willing to oblige.

It started in 2016, when then-President Cecile Richards — fresh off of the baby body parts scandal — decided the organization needed to make money another way. This time, the group announced, it was getting into the transgender treatment business, announcing that the nation’s largest abortion network wasn’t just content destroying lives — it wanted to ruin the younger ones too. “We’re expanding access to care — from pioneering research on self-injectable birth control to offering new services for our transgender patients,” Richards wrote in the intro of the organization’s annual report.  (Read More)

Think the “Equality Act” Will Spare Churches and Religious Schools? Think Again.

(Alliance Defending Freedom) You might expect churches and religious schools, of all places, to remain safe from the government’s meddling hands.

Our Constitution does guarantee religious freedom, after all.

But if the “Equality Act” is passed—which President Biden has promised to push for in the first 100 days of his administration—not even churches and religious schools will be safe from the government’s reach.

The deceptively named “Equality Act” would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as protected classes to existing laws banning discrimination in places of public accommodation, employment, housing, and by recipients of federal financial assistance.

And while its name may sound nice to some, the “Equality Act” actually poses devastating and unprecedented threats to religious freedom.  (Read More)

Conservatives finally see corporate America’s left alignment

(OneNewsNow) The director of the Free Enterprise Project is not completely surprised by a new Gallup poll showing Republicans’ satisfaction with the size and influence of major corporations is down 26 points to a record-low 31% for that party.

Justin Danhof of the National Center for Public Policy Research recently told the “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” program that his “only surprise” is that it took Republicans and conservatives so long to wake up and realize that corporate America and large businesses are now steadily aligned with the political left “on nearly any single category that you can think of,” but specifically when it comes to culture.  (Read More)

The New ‘Blues Clues’ Is A Woke Puppy Peddling Gender Identity Propaganda To Children

(The Federalist) The new “Blues Clues” is committed to revealing a lot of clues about the left-wing dogma of gender identity. The cartoon puppy mascot of the educational series teaching children ages 3-5 has taken on a new topic outside the traditional realm of simple numbers, shapes, and letters: woke social justice activism of gender dysphoria.

“P is full of Pride,” the reboot’s alphabet song proclaims alongside images of different pride flags representing pansexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, asexuals, gender fluid individuals, nonbinary individuals, intersex, and transgender people.  (Read More)

Oregon Dept. of Education: Asking Students To ‘Show Their Work’ In Math Class Is A Form Of White Supremacy

(Daily Wire) A mathematics guide sent out to Oregon schools tells educators that asking students to show their work in math class is a form of white supremacy.

In an email sent out by the Oregon Department of Education, teachers were encouraged to enroll in a course called “A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction.” The course came with an 82-page instructional guide that lists the ways in which white supremacy is perpetuated in math class.

“White supremacy culture infiltrates math classrooms in everyday teacher actions,” the guide reads. “Coupled with the beliefs that underlie these actions, they perpetuate educational harm on Black, Latinx, and multilingual students, denying them full access to the world of mathematics.”   (Read More)

The Backlash to Biden’s Transgender Agenda Is Already Brewing

(PJ Media) President Joe Biden promised to be a president “for all Americans,” even for those who did not vote for him. Yet in his first few days in office, Biden signed divisive executive orders championing the nebulous concept of gender identity over biological sex. Biden’s new orders threaten to upend science and fairness in many segments of American society, including women’s sports, women’s private spaces, the military, and medicine. Republicans in at least 13 states are fighting back.

Biden issued an executive order banning “discrimination” on the basis of gender identity. The order requires schools to open girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, and sports leagues to biological boys. It requires health care plans to pay for experimental transgender “treatments” and requires doctors and hospitals to perform them.  (Read More)

Bad Education

(Discovery Institute) A Philadelphia elementary school recently forced fifth-grade students to celebrate “black communism” and simulate a Black Power rally in honor of political radical Angela Davis.

According to whistleblower documents and a source within the school, a fifth-grade teacher at the inner-city William D. Kelley School designed a social studies curriculum to celebrate Davis, praising the “black communist” for her fight against “injustice and inequality.” As part of the lesson, the teacher asked students to “describe Davis’ early life,” reflect on her vision of social change, and “define communist” — presumably in favorable terms.  (Read More)

When the Hateful Think They Are the Virtuous

(Creators) This week, Virginia Heffernan, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, unleashed the most perverse column in recent memory. The title: “What can you do about the Trumpites next door?” Heffernan wasn’t lamenting neighbors who had tagged her house with pro-Trump graffiti, or who had participated in the Jan. 6 riots, or who had even held an election watch party and turned the music up too loud. No, Heffernan was lamenting the travails of living next door to Trump supporters … who had cleared her driveway of snow.

Heffernan writes, “Trumpites next door to our pandemic getaway … just plowed our driveway without being asked and did a great job.” This simple act launched Heffernan into a journey of angst and rage. “How am I going to resist demands for unity in the face of this act of aggressive niceness?” she laments.  (Read More)

The SPLC’s Horrifying Plan for Your Children’s Schools

(PJ Media) The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), notorious for branding mainstream conservative and Christian nonprofits “hate groups” and including them on a list with the Ku Klux Klan while ignoring the destructive and deadly antifa riots, has adopted Marxist critical race theory and has asked the government to push this noxious agenda in public schools. This week, the SPLC urged President Joe Biden to direct taxpayer funds to develop a “curriculum on structural racism” in the Department of Education. The smear group also revamped its Teaching Tolerance program, which pushes its leftist agenda in schools.

In the SPLC’s annual “Year in Hate” report released on Monday, the organization called on the federal government to “address far-right and racist narratives” by providing “funding for the Department of Education to develop a curriculum on structural racism and funding for states to implement their own related initiatives.”  (Read More)

GOP head honchos run oligarchy, keep conservative ideas at bay

(Idaho Freedom Foundation) The Idaho Legislature operates more or less as an oligarchy. Major policies are selected or shelved at the whim of an empowered few, usually behind closed doors. If those in charge don’t like your idea, or they want to protect a special interest group’s … special interest, the easiest path to victory is to keep a bill from seeing the light of day.

Consider two examples: For many years, Idahoans have rallied behind the idea of removing the sales tax on groceries. The Legislature voted in 2017 to repeal the tax, but the governor at the time vetoed the bill. Four years later, conservatives can’t even get the idea off the launchpad. Why? Because the chairman of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, Steve Harris, won’t allow a bill to be introduced, even though it’s a concept he voted for four years ago.

Harris won’t say so, but it’s likely that he’s operating under orders from House Speaker Scott Bedke and Majority Leader Mike Moyle. They won’t grant the idea a modicum of daylight.  (Read More)

Study: College “Diversity” Schemes Worsen Stereotypes and Intensify Alienation

(The New American) “Diversity” is now both dogma and buzzword, with many Americans accepting as supposition that it should be sought as an end unto itself. But a new report from the think tank the Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO) finds that campus diversity efforts are actually destructive.

In fact, the study indicates that such endeavors serve to intensify stereotypes and increase student alienation and dissatisfaction with their college experience.

The report, “‘Campus Diversity and Student Discontent: The Costs of Race and Ethnic Preferences in College Admissions’ was written by researcher Althea Nagai, who also wrote a 2018 CEO report on Asian Americans and affirmative action in admissions,” informs The College Fix.  (Read More)

‘Transition’ Treatment Harms Kids, Veteran Psychiatrist at UK Gender Clinic Says

(The Daily Signal) Children “have been very seriously damaged” in receiving treatment at the United Kingdom’s premier gender identity facility, a former psychiatrist there says in a bombshell interview.

Dr. David Bell faced disciplinary action after writing an internal report in 2018 raising concerns about procedures at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, which operates the U.K.’s sole “Gender Identity Development Service.”

After working with Tavistock and Portman for 24 years as a consultant psychiatrist, Bell recently retired. In the interview with London-based Channel 4 News, he speaks openly about his observations about giving children puberty blockers, treating every girl with a gender or sexual issue as “conversion therapy,” and politicizing support for transgender children.  (Read More)

I’m Not A Powerful Person, But I Still Plan To Help Save America

(The Federalist) Like you, I have been stunned by the 2020 infringements on our liberty, concerned about political polarization resulting in living side-by-side in two different realities, burdened by ongoing Black Lives Matter-related rioting as well as the only non-leftist assault in the Capitol, and genuinely fearful of BigTech’s rampant censorship.

On Jan. 10, 49BC, Caesar crossed the Rubicon. It feels like this January, America has crossed it as well. Cultural totalitarianism is on the march, and this progressive army does not tolerate dissenters.

You’ve probably been asking yourself the same thing I have: “What can an ordinary dissenter like me do to save this republic?” My only answer is: “Anything I can to fortify myself and others.”  (Read More)

TN Governor: Transgender athletes will ‘destroy women’s sports’

(OneNewsNow) Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said Wednesday that transgender girls should be banned from playing on middle and high school sports teams or they will “destroy women’s sports.”

“I do believe that transgenders participating in women’s sports will destroy women’s sports,” Lee told reporters. “It will ruin the opportunity for girls to earn scholarships. It will put a glass ceiling back over women that hasn’t been there in some time. I think it’s bad for women and for women’s sports.”

Lee’s comments come as Tennessee Republicans began advancing a proposal this week requiring student athletes to prove that the student’s sex matches the student’s “original” birth certificate in order to participate in public school sports. If a birth certificate is unavailable, then the parents must provide another form of evidence “indicating the student’s sex at the time of birth.”  (Read More)

French Officials Are Warning That American “Cancel Culture” and “Woke Leftism” Is a Threat to the Country

(RedState) The extreme leftist “woke” culture is a disease that has infected the country and French officials are now sounding the alarm that it must not infect France itself.

“Woke” culture is an ideology that breaks every interaction with anything on the planet down to the identity of the person interacting with it. For instance, it gave birth to the 1619 Project, which boils America down to nothing but its sin of slavery and claims that America really started when the first slave arrived in America in 1619, not upon the founding of the country in 1776. Like Nazism did with the Jewish people, wokeism teaches that white people are to blame for every problem under the sun and that in order to obtain true equality, they must be disadvantaged in various ways while other races must be given special treatment and benefits.

According to the Daily Mail, French officials see what’s happening in America and are making it clear that they need to be ideologically opposed to it…  (Read More)