More Progressive Tolerance

A Christian printer who was found guilty of discrimination for refusing to print T-shirts for a gay pride parade won big after a court ruled he can decline to print messages that run in opposition to his religious views. The Fayette County Circuit Court’s ruling overturned a decision by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission, finding that Blaine Adamson, owner of ‘Hands on Originals,’ of Lexington, Kentucky, was within his rights when he declined to make shirts for the Lexington Pride Parade.

That’s the good news, but…

On the West Coast, a crowd funding campaign that raised more than $109,000 for the Christian-owned bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon was removed after complaints from gay rights advocates. Lisa Watson of Cupcake Jones, a competitor of ‘Sweet Cakes,’ contacted GoFundMe to alert them that the Kleins’ had violated the terms of service.

She complained:

“This business has been found guilty of discrimination and is being allowed to fundraise to pay their penalty. The GoFundMe terms of service address hate speech, bigotry, criminal activity and sexism among other things in their campaign . The amount of money they have raised in a matter of a few hours by thousands of anonymous cowards is disgusting.”

In a statement, GoFundMe said that the page was yanked because the campaign violated their policy against raising money “in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts.”

“After careful review by our team, we have found the ‘Support Sweet Cakes by Melissa’ campaign to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions. The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal. While a different campaign was recently permitted for a pizzeria in Indiana, no laws were violated and the campaign remained live.”

They added, “However, the subjects of the ‘Support Sweet Cakes by Melissa’ campaign have been formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law concerning discriminatory acts. Accordingly, the campaign has been disabled.”

The rules seem to be fluid, depending on what the charges are as Jeremy Meeks, the California criminal whose mug shot went viral last year was able to raise over $6,000 for his defense. Meeks was arrested in June 2014 on felony weapons charges and sentenced to two years in prison in February.

Oh, and incidentally — Watson’s bakery was honored earlier this year by the ‘Basic Rights Education Fund’ for “outstanding leadership to advance equality for all LGBTQ Oregonians.”

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Creating Space for Martial Law

Peaceful protests quickly turned violent Saturday evening while jus’ 50 miles away elites in Washington partied with President Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. That’s pretty much all American’s saw from the national media outlets.

Meanwhile, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is drawing fire for fueling her city’s riots. At a press conference on Saturday evening, Rawlings-Blake made a comment that is now getting a lot of attention:

“It’s a very delicate balancing act, because while we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well,” she said.

The ‘space to destroy’ comment became a green light for radical elements within the protesters to loot, burn and riot the city at will. For most of the night, police battled flare-ups around the city.

The city has now officially declared a “state of emergency,” and the National Guard called out. It came after authorities learned through social media that the Nation of Islam brokered a peace agreement between rivals, the Bloods, the Crips and Black Guerrilla Family “to take out law enforcement officers.”

But that’s not how they’re framing the agreement.

“I can say with honesty those brothers demonstrated they can be united for a common good,” said Carlos Muhammad, a minister at Nation of Islam’s Mosque No. 6. “At the rally, they made the call that they must be united on that day. It should be commended.”

More violence erupted after Monday’s funeral for Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old man who died last week from a severe spinal cord injury he suffered in police custody. Gray’s family denounced the violence, saying it was not the way to honor him.

Also on Monday, during another news conference Rawlings-Blake blamed the media for what happened.

“I never said, nor would I ever say, that we are giving people space to destroy our city,” she claimed. “So my words should not be twisted.”

Perhaps the folks of Baltimore ought to listen to Vietnam veteran Robert Valentine, who while being interviewed by CNN, said, “I love my country, I love my charmed city, and I’m an American. I’m not black, white, red, yellow, or nothing; I am American.”

Inspirational words from a real American hero. Mayor Rawlings-Blake ought to take lessons from this man.

Suzanne Crough Condray, 1963-2015

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She starred as the red-headed, freckle-faced Tracy Partridge in the 70’s TV sitcom, “The Partridge Family.” Born March 6, 1963 in Fullerton, California, Suzanne Crough Condray passed away in Laughlin, Nevada, on Monday at the age of 52.

Though she did some TV work including cartoon voiceovers, commercials and a few movies afterwards, she was forever identified with her “Partridge Family” role. In 1993 she told People she was proof that some child stars could leave Hollywood and go on to live a normal life.

“There is life after acting,” Suzanne told the magazine.

But that wasn’t to say she didn’t miss acting from time to time.

“When I saw ‘A League of Their Own,’ I said, ‘I could’ve been in that picture.’ It would’ve been fun.”

Following her role on “The Partridge Family,” Suzanne appeared in several TV shows including “Wonder Woman,” “Mulligan’s Stew,” and “Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway.” Her last on-screen role was in the 1980 film “Children of Divorce.”

“I still say I would love to go back to acting, but after my kids are older,” she said in an online interview in 2000. “You can’t just drop everything and go out on a call and keep a stable life.”

When she appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” with some of her “Partridge” costars in 2010, she revealed she had left the limelight for good and was working as a manager of an Office Max in Arizona.

Suzanne’s husband is attorney William Condray. The couple has two daughters, Samantha and Alexandra, one of whom is getting married this summer.

It’s still unclear what caused her death, but a family member said it was sudden. Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said an autopsy’s scheduled for Wednesday.

Recalling Bill Clinton’s ‘Chinagate’

Before there was Hillary’s Uraniumgate, Bill Clinton hindered investigations into illegal Chinese contributions made to his campaigns by creating bureaucratic roadblocks. In 1995, both the FBI and the CIA found evidence damaging to Clinton, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Chinese.

During the same period the FBI was also investigating technology theft by China. Had the FBI confirmed China’s theft of weapons technology and later transfer of weapons technology to Pakistan, Iran and Syria, Clinton would have had to answer questions about the flow of Chinese money into his political coffers.

The FBI began collecting evidence in 1995 linking illegal DNC donations to China. However, Congress didn’t find out about the Department of Justice’s failure to act until 1997, long after the 1996 election.

Documents show that from 1994 to 1997 the CIA learned China sold missile technology, a nuclear fission reactor, advanced air-defense radar, and chemical agents to Iran. The Chinese also provided Pakistan with 5,000 ring magnets, used in producing weapons-grade uranium and uranium fuel for India’s reactors.

Clinton’s Presidential Decision Directive 24 (PDD 24) placed intelligence-gathering under the control of the President’s National Security Council, through a four-level, top-down chain of command. The directive also created the National Counterintelligence Center (NCI) to oversee the CIA and staffed it by Clinton appointed FBI agents.

The NCI reported to an administration-appointed National Counterintelligence Operations Board (NCOB.) The NCOB reported to the National Intelligence Policy Board, (NIPB) which through the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, reported to Clinton.

Clinton and the DNC weren’t the only ones benefiting from Chinese espionage, acquisition of military technology and campaign contributions. The McDonnell Douglas Corporation transferred military tools to China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation in 1994 that ended up in the hands of the Chinese army.

A year later, General Electric lobbied to aid China in replacing coal-fired power stations with nuclear plants. At the same time, GE’s Hughes Electronics pushed for satellite export controls to be lifted which lead to sensitive data finding its way to China allowing it to develop intercontinental and submarine-launched missiles.

Clinton erected his roadblock to stop investigations implicating him and the Democratic Party in illegal activities. These same roadblocks prevented the FBI and CIA from sharing information before 9/11 happened, leading to the deaths of 2,605 Americans.

Nevada to Force Counties to Give Pay Raises

State lawmakers in Nevada want to give a three-percent raise for each of the next four years to elected county officials including sheriffs, district attorneys and clerks. The last time a four-year salary bill passed was in 2007.

This isn’t a smart move since many of Nevada’s 17 county budgets remain on shaky ground.

Senate Bill 482 will also eliminates the ability of county commissioners to set their own salary, by placing them on a similar three-percent salary increase every year. The bill though does allow any elected official to choose not to receive any part of their salary.

It used to be that citizens in the counties in which they live had the final word on what their elected officials got paid. That’s totalitarianism at work for you.

The Tudors of the Ozarks

When a Chinese company sought a 51-percent stake in a tiny Nevada gold mining operation in 2009, it set off a review process in Washington D.C., over concerns about the mine’s proximity to a military installation and the potential for minerals at the site, including uranium, to come under Chinese control. Thankfully, federal officials killed the deal.

However, the path to a Russian acquisition of U.S. uranium deposits which began in 2005, didn’t get the same review. The Russians assumed control of Uranium One in three transactions between 2009 to 2013, after Canadian billionaire Ian Telfer used his family foundation, Fernwood to make four donations to the Clinton Foundation totaling $2.35 million.

His donations included $1 million reported in 2009, the year his company appealed to the American Embassy to help it keep its mines in Kazakhstan; $250,000 in 2010, the year the Russians sought majority control; as well as $600,000 in 2011 and $500,000 in 2012.

He and business partner Frank Giustra (also a Canadian) gave millions also arranged for a $500,000 speech by Bill Clinton bankrolled by Russian investment bank, Renaissance Capital which is known to have links to the Kremlin and was promoting Uranium One stock. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed; despite an agreement Hillary had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors.

A few days later, the deal their company UrAsia Energy Ltd., wanted found approval with the Kazakhstan government. The sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the U.S and by 2013, 100-percent of Uranium One.

It’s also been learned that 22 of the 37 corporations nominated for a State Department award while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State were also donors to the Clinton family foundation. Cisco was the biggest foundation contributor nominated in 2009, giving the Clinton charity between $1 million and $5 million, winning the award in 2010.

Non-profit company, Tom’s Shoes, also a 2009 winner, donated between $100,000 and $250,000. The other 2009 winner, Trilogy International Partners, gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

Another Clinton contributor to win is candy-maker Mars, Inc. which gave between $25,000 and $50,000. Procter & Gamble also contributed one-to-five million dollars.

Honored as a finalist in 2010, Coca-Cola shelled out $5-to-10 million donation in donation money. Tiger Machinery, a 2011 finalist, the Russian dealer of Caterpillar, Inc., also gave between $1,000 and $5,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

Nominated each year of Clinton’s time in office, Intel took home the award in 2012, after donating between $250,000 and $500,000. And in 2014, Esso-Angola won after its parent company, Exxon-Mobil gave between $1 and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation.

Overall, seven of the 10 finalists in 2009 were foundation donors. Seven of the 12 finalists for the award in 2011 gave to the charity, while five of the eight finalists and one of the two winners were foundation donors in 2012.

The Clinton family’s charity took in more than $140 million  in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid. Their 2013 tax returns show the foundation spent $30 million on payroll and employee benefits; $8.7 million in rent and office expenses; $9.2 million on “conferences, conventions and meetings”; $8 million on fund-raising; and nearly $8.5 million on travel.

National Review’s Jonah Goldberg’s description is dead on, “The Clintons are the Tudors of the Ozarks.”