ISIS on offense – UK one day, Philippines the next

Less that 24 hours after the carnage in Manchester, ISIS barbarians went on a rampage in Southeast Asia ~ Terrorists Linked with Islamic State Abduct Priest in Attack in Mindanao, Philippines ~

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MINDANAO, Philippines (Morning Star News) – An ascendant terrorist group in the Philippines that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) yesterday wreaked violence on the island of Mindanao, kidnapping a catholic priest and 13 members of his parish.
 
Soldiers engaged in firefights with the Maute Group (MG) in Marawi City as its militants reportedly beheaded a police chief, kidnapped the priest and others, burned their cathedral and other buildings and raised the black flag of IS. Marawi is predominantly Muslim.
 
Authorities identified the abducted priest as the Rev. Teresito “Chito” Suganob, vicar-general of the prelature of Marawi, who was at St. Mary’s Cathedral when a group of armed men barged in and abducted him and 13 other parishioners. Reports indicated 10 worshippers and three other church workers were abducted.

 

Mindanao is the second largest island in the archipelago that is the Philippines. In a country that is still majority Christian (Roman Catholic), Mindanao is a sort of Muslim outpost. But of course, as is becoming clearer every day, Islam is simply incapable of peaceful “coexistence” with other faiths – even moderate elements within the faith are being persecuted ~

Clergymen have often become hostage victims of local terrorist groups operating in the southern Philippines. Last week Islamic extremists threatened Muslim preachers about to participate in an anti-terror summit organized by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). An ARMM official received an email from a local terrorist group ordering her to discourage Muslim leaders from attending the summit. The summit ended peacefully on Friday (May 19).

 

Thousands have been forced to flee from their homes in this latest attack, prompting President Duterte to declare martial law and vow to rid the Philippines of ISIS ~

Soldiers and guerrillas set up rival checkpoints and roadblocks on routes in and around Marawi as civilians fled the city of 200,000 in droves, leaving behind what one official described as a ghost town.
 
Long queues of pickup trucks and jeeps crammed full of people and loaded with belongings crawled along roads into nearby towns as troops searched vehicles for weapons and bombs.
 
The military said it had rescued 120 people from a school and a hospital and was trying to isolate Maute fighters while awaiting reinforcements that were being blocked by rebels […]
 
“I made a projection, not a prediction, that one of these days the hardest things to deal with would be the arrival of ISIS,” Duterte said, referring to Islamic State.
 
“The government must put an end to this. I cannot gamble with ISIS because they are everywhere.”

 
Wouldn’t it be nice for concert goers in the UK – and the rest of the civilized world – if all of our leaders were as realistic and pro-active about this existential threat as Mr. Duterte?

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Poisoning dissent

Robert Spencer, through his books, seminars and Jihad Watch website, has long been a courageous voice exposing the ugly truths about radical -and not so radical – Islam ~

Jihad Watch is dedicated to bringing public attention to the role that jihad theology and ideology play in the modern world and to correcting popular misconceptions about the role of jihad and religion in modern-day conflicts. By shedding as much light as possible on these matters, we hope to alert people of good will to the true nature of the present global conflict.

 

Like Pamela Geller, another fearless anti-Sharia activist, Spencer’s visibility as an outspoken critic of Muslims’ jihad ideology has made him a frequent target of slander, libel and all manner of verbal assaults. But the unhinged “Coexist” crowd is taking the attacks to a whole new, dangerous level. After a speaking engagement in Iceland last week Spencer was actually drugged by a couple of mind-numbed, anti-free speech thugs. Because neither Islamic extremists, nor their unwitting allies in the Left, can abide dissent…

 

 
Here’s part of Mark Steyn’s excellent commentary on this shocking story (which by the way was totally ignored by the mainstream media), describing the reactionary behaviors of these low-information drones ~

The social-justice crowd are moving toward the same point as the Charlie Hebdo killers, and for the same reason: They’re too stupid to argue. For the Islamic imperialists, debate is a largely alien concept. For the left, it’s simply too much effort. As I said here many years ago, the great appeal of multiculturalism is that it absolves you from having to know anything about other cultures: If they’re all equally valid, what’s the point? Slap on the CO-EXIST bumper sticker and off you tootle. No need to worry whether the “C” might have a bit of a problem with some of the other letters, and that indeed, if not for the “C”, you wouldn’t need a bumper-sticker admonition to CO-EXIST in the first place. But, after two generations of social engineering, of the substitution of attitudes for education, it would require too much effort to equip yourself to argue against the difficult questions a man such as Robert Spencer raises. It’s literally easier to kill him.

 
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Related:
The UK’s Assault on Free Speech ~ I wrote this post about the censoring of any criticism of the Muslim worldview almost four years ago! Islamist apologists in the media and government, both here in and in Europe, still refuse to face the truth. They’re safe behind their bomb-proof walls, alarms and body-guards so they simply don’t care how many innocents are murdered by the Religion-of-Peace.

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Another barbarian self-detonates in UK murdering 22 “infidels” and injuring dozens

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Another day, another tragic Islamist attack in the UK ~

The Manchester Arena suicide bomber who killed 22 people, including an eight-year-old girl, at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday night has been named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi.
 
It comes after the Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the bombing – the worst terrorist attack in the UK since the deaths of 56 people in the 7/7 London bombings of 2005.

 

Another known wolf. Bomber from the suburbs: British-born jihadi was the son of Libyan refugees, known to MI5, chanted in the street and had a ‘face of hate’ ~

• Salman Abedi was known to British security services before Manchester attack
• The terrorist is the son of Libyan refugees and lived in a red brick semi
• He was said to have a ‘face of hate’ as he grew up in south Manchester suburb
• Neighbour claimed he was chanting Islamic prayers weeks before atrocity
• Also said to have just returned from three week trip to Libya before bombing
• Police probing his links with now-dead ISIS recruiter Raphael Hostey

 

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Until we in the West understand that what we’re facing is a lethal clash of civilizations – two worldviews that simply cannot coexist despite the best of leftist intentions – the horror will go on.
 
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Related:
Another day, another barbaric attack from the Jihadis ~ London terrorist attack, just two months ago
7 Examples of People Being Heroes in the Manchester Bombing
Morrissey Rips British Politicians after Manchester Attack: ‘Petrified’ to Admit Islamic Extremism Behind Terror ~ At least one celeb who refuses to toe the PC line when it comes to Muslim terrorists ~

Musician and songwriter Morrissey angrily excoriated British politicians following Monday night’s deadly terrorist attack at a pop music concert in Manchester, England […]
 

“The anger is monumental. For what reason will this ever stop?” Morrissey wrote, before continuing to criticize several British politicians, and the Queen of England, by name.
 
“Theresa May says such attacks ‘will not break us,’ but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues,” the musician said of the British prime minister. “Also, ‘will not break us’ means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken – thanks all the same, Theresa.”
 
“Sadiq Khan says ‘London is united with Manchester’, but he does not condemn Islamic State – who have claimed responsibility for the bomb,” Morrissey added.
 
The singer also criticized the Queen for allegedly failing to cancel a party Tuesday at Buckingham Palace, and called out Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham for referring to the terrorist attack as being the work of an “extremist,” and leaving it at that.
 
“An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?” he questioned.
 
“In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private,” he concluded. “Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.”

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Democrats set to turn Jackson Red

I mentioned this story in Saturday Shorts, but felt it deserved a bit more attention since it’s not really being discussed much elsewhere.
Apparently socialism isn’t radical enough for the Democrat party in Jackson, Mississippi – they’re going full commie, as Trevor Loudon reports on his New Zeal blog ~ Communists propel Chokwe Antar Lumumba towards Jackson Mississippi mayoralty ~

American Maoists’ plans to transform the Deep South got a major boost on May 2, when Chokwe Antar Lumumba won the Democratic primary in the Jackson Mississippi mayoralty with 55% of the vote.

 
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Lumumba owes his candidacy to the “Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO/OSCL),” the same group that helped propel his father to Jackson’s mayoral seat back in 2013. Dad died in 2014 and now junior is set to carry on his radical legacy.
 
FRSO/OSCL self-identifies as Maoist (Marxist-Leninist offshoot), just another unsavory flavor of soul-sucking totalitarianism ~

Freedom Road will use the capture of Jackson to spread revolutionary ideas through the Southern Black Belt. They will use the city’s money to pay themselves salaries as full time revolutionaries.
 
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Maoist revolutionary strategy emphasizes setting up alternative governments to those already in existence. These pseudo states give the revolutionaries legitimacy and provide resources and money to spread insurrection through the surrounding countryside.

 
Jackson’s mayoral election is set for June 6th. According to Loudon, Lumumba is a shoe-in.

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The question is, why in the world does Jackson want to be the next Venezuela? Do they really want an authoritarian government to own and run everything, and the people nothing? Is the thought of equal misery for all (and eating the family pet to keep from starving) really that attractive?
 
Or maybe they’re just clueless. It could just be that Mississippi public schools (and to be fair, most U.S. public schools for the last 50 years) failed to teach the blood-soaked history of godless communism ~

 


 
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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana

 
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Related:
Putting a happy face on communism

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Three Things

I found this comforting little poem in William J. Bennett’s “Moral Compass” – a wonderful compilation of mostly forgotten stories, fables, and poetry that we used to value as sage advice for navigating life’s winding paths. There’s no attribution, so I’m not sure of the original source, but these words of wisdom are inspired, and timeless ~
 
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Three Things
 
I know three things must always be,
To keep a nation strong and free.
One is a hearthstone bright and dear,
With busy, happy loved ones near.
One is a ready heart and hand
To love and serve and keep the land.
One is the worn and beaten way
To where the people go to pray.
So long as these are kept alive,
Nations and people will survive.
God keep them always everywhere –
The home, the heart, the place of prayer.

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Saturday Shorts – 5-21-17

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Random links of interest, concern or curiosity from the past week or so, that deserve at least a SHORT mention:

 
5 Things Ann Coulter Got Wrong About Donald Trump ~ An excellent analysis from Dr. Michael Brown. Misplaced faith is bound to disappoint.

 
What has changed that Israel went from ecstasy over Trump to near-mourning? ~ It wasn’t just we gullible voters; Trump had the Israelis fooled as well. From Yaakov Katz at JPost ~

The truth is that Trump never really changed, since he never really had a formulated worldview to begin with.
 
Like most things in life, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. Yes, Trump has an affinity for Israel, but he also has limitations like all presidents before him – the need to ensure the stability of the US’s other allies in the region and to appear fair in his handling of the conflict.

[Katz rightly asserts that it’s ultimately up to Israel to take control of the situation.]

 
Palestinian factions call for ‘A Day of Rage’ during Trump visit ~ Because nothing says “Religion of Peace” like a #DayofRage

 
SOLOGAMY: The Saddest Trend You’ve Ever Heard Of ~ Just the latest in marriage deconstruction ~

In the new, sad trend called “sologamy,” women are committing themselves to themselves with their own wedding ceremony. These women, such as self-styled “sologamist” Erika Anderson, throw on a white gown, invite their close friends and family and marry themselves in a legally nonbinding way.

 
Gay Organist Admits Painting ‘Fag Church’ and ‘Heil Trump’ on Church Walls ~ Because when you can’t find actual bigotry to support your victim narrative of prejudice and persecution, you gotta get creative.

 
WHITE HELMETS: Terrorist Whistleblower Exposes Staged Chemical Weapon Attacks ~ Another story the mainstream media ignored because it doesn’t reinforce their Assad-is-Satan fantasy ~

Aleppo, SANA – Terrorist, Walid Hendi confessed to taking part in fabricating videos and photos for a Turkish TV channel while working with the so-called “White Helmets” that depict neighborhoods and areas in Aleppo being attacked with chemical weapons in order to blame the Syrian Arab Army.

 
New Vatican Report: Global Decline in Priests; The decline is pronounced in Europe, while Africa is viewed as hub of future priests ~ Scriptural fidelity is one of the defining characteristics of most African churches, i.e, God’s Word is God’s Word, it’s not open to human revision. You’d think maybe Rome would get the message.
 
How Palestinians can kill their daughters, sisters and wives, and get away with it ~ Another “Womens March” is planned for next week in protest against this misogynistic practice… oh wait – no it’s not ~

Despite a series of reforms to the Palestinian legal code since 2011 aimed at preventing so-called “honor killings,” the law has continued to allow men who murder, assault and rape women in the Palestinian territories to receive significantly reduced sentences.

 
Largest US Solar Panel Maker Files for Bankruptcy After Receiving $206 Million in Subsidies ~ Blaming their woes on cheap Chinese imports another one bites the dust, taking our $$ with it ~

“China now has managed to circumvent and violate existing trade defense measures in several ways and again incited a ruinous price race to the bottom, destroying U.S. manufacturing jobs,” Stein said.
 
Not everyone in the solar industry agrees increased tariffs would be a good thing. The U.S. company Sunnova sent a letter to the U.S. trade commission arguing the “imposition of tariffs on solar cells and panels will significantly harm the U.S. economy by destroying jobs.”

 
When will we start listening to those who’ve been down this unfortunate road? ~ Former PM – John Howard Calls Australia’s Renewables Policy a ‘National Scandal’ ~

“It will be a policy scandal of the first order if those sorts of restriction¬s and the absolutely over-zealous growth of renewable energy targets … leads to massive increases in the cost of energy in different parts of the country,” he said.

 
Communists propel Chokwe Antar Lumumba towards Jackson, Mississippi mayoralty ~ Someday soon the South can replace the Civil War statues they’re tearing down with monuments to Chairman Mao ~

American Maoists’ plans to transform the Deep South got a major boost on May 2, when Chokwe Antar Lumumba won the Democratic primary in the Jackson Mississippi mayoralty with 55% of the vote.
 
In heavily Democratic Jackson, Lumumba will likely coast into the mayor’s seat at the general election on June 6.
 
Like his father Chokwe Lumumba before him, who won the mayoralty in 2013, but died a few months later, Chokwe Antar Lumumba owes his job to America’s largest Maoist grouping Freedom Road Socialist Organization and allied Marxists.

 
Bill Allowing Ontario Doctors to Reject Assisted Suicide Fails ~ Whatever happened to “First, do no harm?” Progressives aren’t just wrong, they’re evil ~

On Thursday, Ontario’s legislative assembly voted down Bill 129, which would’ve shielded doctors from having to refer suicidal patients to doctors, who would help kill them.
 
Writing what’s called an “effective referral” for a patient to receive doctor-assisted suicide is seen by many physicians in Ontario as writing a patient’s death warrant. One such doctor commented, “For many people, making a referral is being complicit in the act of killing a patient.” Another doctor remarked, “I can’t say I’m opposed to robbing a bank and then give a would-be thief the combination to the locks.”

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The World’s War on Christendom – Latest Dispatch from the Front

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How did America go from a nation inarguably founded and grounded in Christian principles, to one in which a significant portion of the media is openly hostile to the faith? ~ Rage at Rubio’s Bible Tweets: More Evidence of Troubling Bias Against Christians ~

… Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post, and a number of other journalists, have apparently taken Gob Bluth (who heckled a harmless student from India, with “Go home, you terrorist!”) as a role model. They’ve responded with shock and outrage to the following: Yesterday morning Catholic U.S. Senator Marco Rubio posted some phrases from the Bible on Twitter.

 
Variously described as “creepy,” “unsettling” and “terrifying” in a flurry of atheist hyperbole, Catholic Senator Rubio merely tweeted out the scripture readings from Tuesday’s mass. Gasp!

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I mean it doesn’t get much more terrifying than this does it?
 
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Dr. Michael Brown puts these bullies’ noxious behavior in perspective ~

For centuries, American Christians were a vast and highly tolerant majority. Now the tenor of culture and laws has changed so drastically, that we are becoming an unpopular minority. Perhaps one not to be tolerated […]
 
There’s no group that’s easier to get away with hating than one that was once quite powerful, which loses its grip. Think of the fate of noblemen in France after 1789, priests in Russia after 1917, or once-elite Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994.
 
In cases like those, people in the newly powerful group can indulge in open hatred for members of the now-dethroned minority. They can hide it behind past “abuses” (real or imagined). They can target innocent people, whip up resentment, encourage discrimination, even get the government to persecute helpless people — whose crime is that they belong to the group that fell from power.

 
It’s easy to mock the over-reactive, outrageous Left. But this rabid intolerance should concern every American Christian; it doesn’t bode well for the future.
 
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Good to see the Florida senator isn’t easily intimidated by the anti-God bigots. This tweet was from earlier today :)


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Updated: 5-22-17 ~
Real Christian Persecution: Are We Near the Tipping Point? ~ Tom Gilson at The Stream elaborates on this disturbing anti-Christian trend; time to wake up!

(T)oo many American Christians are still doing church as usual, as if none of this were going on. We’re not preparing our people with focused prayer. We’re not equipping them with apologetics, giving them reasons to hold firm to their faith while under pressure. We’re not building nearly enough community to keep each other strong.

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Life before cellphones

When we focused on more creative endeavors…
 
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Hard to believe people actually used to make productive use of their free time :)

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Unesco still living in a parallel universe

UNESCO, the UN agency that pretends to promote peace, social justice, human rights and international security through international cooperation on educational, science and cultural programs, will continue to deny reality as long as the rest of the world allows them to indulge their anti-Semitic fantasy. Earlier this month, in an insulting move deliberately timed to coincide with Israel’s Independence Day on May 2nd, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization denied the Jewish State’s rights on its ancient capital ~

The Steering Committee of UNESCO voted Tuesday to adopt an Arab-sponsored resolution that declared null and void “all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which have altered or purport to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and in particular the ‘basic law’ on Jerusalem.”

 
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Initially, the Trump Administration renounced the ridiculous UNESCO proclamation ~

The United States was among the only ten countries that voted against the resolution while 22 nations voted in favor and 23 others abstained. […]
 
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, the Special United Nations Envoy for the World Council of Independent Christian Churches, was the only dignitary who condemned UNESCO for issuing what she called “a blatant anti-Semitic statement.”
 

“UNESCO’s vote to deny the Jewish people’s sovereignty over Jerusalem on Israel’s Independence Day is not a coincidence. It is a blatant anti-Semitic statement,” Cardoza-Moore wrote in a statement.
 
“It is also an outrageous attack on millions of Jews and Bible-believing Christians worldwide who recognize that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel and the Jewish people and has been for over 3,000 years,” she added while calling upon “the UN Secretary General to condemn this absurd vote in the highest of terms.”

 
However, just as the president prepares for a visit to Israel, the official position is suddenly annoyingly vague – as evidenced by this White House briefing on Tuesday ~

National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster declined to answer whether President Donald Trump considered the Western Wall in Jerusalem part of Israel. “That sounds like a policy decision,” he said, laughing.

 
Ha-ha. Sorry General, the humor eludes me.
Trump wasn’t very ambiguous on the campaign trail when he promised to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Now it looks like he’s shamefully reneging on yet another campaign promise…

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Too bad we didn’t elect this guy ➡ Cruz: Western Wall ‘part of Israel’ & Jerusalem Israel’s capital ~

“The Western Wall is part of Israel,” Cruz tells Conservative Review, “and Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of Israel.” […]
 
Cruz has long pushed for the president and the past administration to make good on promises to move the American embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In January, he introduced (along with Sens. Dean Heller, R-Nev., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla.) the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act, which called for the relocation of the embassy.

 
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Related:
UNESCO detaches itself from historical reality
Temple Mount Geography Confounds New York Times
Trump Inauguration Rabbi Slams Administration’s Jerusalem Confusion, But Confident President Will Recognize City as Israel’s Capital During Visit ~ Wish I shared that confidence
Russia Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital. Why Can’t the U.S.? ~ Wall Street Journal opinion piece (full article is subscription-only)
International kangaroo court mocks God

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Profits take a backseat to progressive propaganda

I’m not much of a television viewer; so few shows are worth bothering with anymore. The “news” is either depressing, one-sided or downright phony. And what passes for “entertainment” these days is even worse.
 
Other than reruns of oldies, I’ll admit there are a handful of current series that aren’t horrible; NCIS (all three versions), Bull, Elementary, some of the History Channel stuff… at least if there’s nothing better to do, and I have to file my nails, or fold laundry.
 
My sporadic viewing habit explains why I hadn’t seen – or even heard of – Tim Allen’s latest sit-com, Last Man Standing, until news of its cancellation popped up this week ~ Despite High Ratings, ABC Cancels Trump-Friendly Sitcom ‘Last Man Standing.’
 
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Although it may not have been my cup of tea, the show apparently has a decidedly conservative slant – at least compared to the rest of the crap on TV – and many on the right are calling B.S. on the ABC’s decision to axe it. Here’s John Nolte at The Daily Signal, first explaining what a money-maker the show has been ~

Even though it had been dumped on Friday nights, the Tim Allen sitcom Last Man Standing enjoyed ratings that Deadline describes as “very respectable for any night and especially Friday[.]” Every week, the half-hour comedy, one of the very few aimed to appeal to America’s heartland, won its time-slot in the all-important demo, including 6.4 million overall same-day viewers […]
 
Last Man Standing was ABC’s Friday anchor, meaning a show that could not only be counted on to win the night but one that kept viewers tuned in to whatever shows came after. Anchors are also crucially important when it comes to launching new shows […]
 
The real money in the sitcom business comes from syndication rights, selling the reruns on a per episode basis to other networks. Last Man Standing is not only a syndication smash, a virtual cash cow, per Deadline it is the “rare off-network ratings success story these days.”

 
So why in the world would ABC ditch the show? Nolte’s theory is as good as any ~

The real reason ABC canceled “Last Man Standing” was almost certainly due to politics. Allen’s character is, as described by Deadline, a …

… political conservative and devout Christian adhering to traditional American values, the blue-collar comedy appeals to viewers in the Heartland, a constituency that helped elect Donald Trump as president and has been energized post-election as evidenced by the ratings success of new USA drama Shooter.

 
Through his character, the politically conservative Allen has poked fun at Hillary Clinton, political correctness, and the Left at large. Worse still, he has created a popular, sympathetic and likable television personality who holds the beliefs and values our entertainment and media elites want to tell us can only belong to Nazis.

 
Ultimately? The power-brokers in Hollywood are just plain evil. Promoting their leftist, anti-God ideology is even more important to them than pursuing the almighty dollar ~

No one better understands the power of popular culture than those who work in it. They know that if even one is allowed to get through, a Path to 9/11, a Last Man Standing, a Duck Dynasty, a Passion of the Christ, a 13 Hours, a Fox News, that it must be crushed, toxified, or memory-holed out of the fear that those brainwashed by popular culture might discover another side to the story. And then there is the intolerable risk that a success might breed more of them.
 
No matter the financial cost, this cannot be allowed.

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If you’re so inclined, here’s an online petition that a staunch Last Man Standing fan started to urge ABC not to cancel ~

Last Man Standing is one of the only shows on broadcast television, and the only sitcom, that is not constantly shoving liberal ideals down the throats of the viewers. And sadly, that is likely the real reason the show has been cancelled.
 
The intent of this petition/boycott is to attempt to get ABC to renew the show. With that in mind, I will no longer be watching any ABC shows. I have cancelled the DVR settings for the other ABC shows that I regularly watch. If you want to help try to save Last Man Standing, I encourage you to do the same. Even if you are not willing to boycott the network, but still want to save the show, please sign this petition and share it. If you do plan to boycott ABC, please say so when you sign. Let them hear our voices.

 
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Related:
ABC Cancels Tim Allen’s Successful Comedy Last Man Standing and It Looks Like It Was Because of His Conservative Beliefs

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Pomp and protest

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The silly season of commencement speakers is here again and Republicans need not apply, as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos discovered last Wednesday ~

Betsy DeVos was heavily booed while she was delivering a commencement address on Wednesday at Bethune-Cookman University, a historically black college in Florida.
 
Students jeered DeVos and turned their backs to her, BuzzFeed reports.

 

Obviously the students learned nothing about respectful dissent in a civil society during their four years of study. Nor, apparently, do they support school choice ~

As DeVos met further opposition, she urged the crowd to see reason, stressing that education works best when people with opposing views converse with one another. “Let’s choose to hear one another out,” she said.

 
Maybe they just don’t like white women ~

One student was escorted out to cheers after giving a “black power symbol.”

 

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Unlike his progressive predecessor (beloved at reality-free, anti-American universities across the land) Donald Trump hasn’t exactly been in high demand for commencement addresses, although he was welcomed warmly at the college that officially endorsed his candidacy last year, Liberty University ~

This was Trump’s first commencement address as President. For generations now, the tradition has been for a new President to deliver his first commencement at Notre Dame.* But once again Trump bucked tradition, choosing instead to speak at the large evangelical university in Lynchburg, Va.

 
Also unlike his predecessor, Trump seems to understand and appreciate what made America great, and he doesn’t mock “bitter clingers” ~

“America has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true believers. When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth they prayed. When the founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, they invoked our creator four times, because in America we don’t worship government we worship God. That is why our elected officials put their hands on the Bible and say, ‘So help me God,’ as they take the oath of office. It is why our currency proudly declares, ‘In God we trust,’ and it’s why we proudly proclaim that we are one nation under God every time we say the pledge of allegiance.
 
“America is better off when people put their faith in action,” he said, urging students to carry out their Christian work whether in ministry or business.
 
“As long as you remember what you learned here at Liberty, as long as you have pride in your beliefs, courage in your convictions and faith in your God, you will not fail.”

 
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Almost Reaganesque :)

 
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*Trump seemingly shunned by universities as commencement season nears ~

Obama was the sixth president to speak at Notre Dame’s commencement ceremonies and the ninth commander-in-chief awarded an honorary degree. Yet the prestigious Catholic university will sidestep its presidential tradition this spring.
 
Vice President Mike Pence will instead address the 2017 graduates. Notre Dame President John Jenkins said it was fitting for the university to recognize “a native son who served our state and now the nation with quiet earnestness, moral conviction and a dedication to the common good characteristic of true statesmen.”

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God Bless all you Moms!

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