This day in WND history: Americans flock to support Chick-fil-A

A Chick-fil-A franchise in Stuart, Fla., was packed with patrons on Aug. 1, 2012. (WND photo / Joe Kovacs)

A Chick-fil-A franchise in Stuart, Florida, was packed with patrons on Aug. 1, 2012. (WND photo / Joe Kovacs)

Chick-fil-AAmericans flock to support Chick-fil-A

Aug. 1, 2012: WND was first to report on the surge of Americans who flocked to support Chick-fil-A in a national show of support for the eatery after the company’s president publicly stated his support for the biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman.

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The road warrior: ‘You a Jew?’

Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson

Aug. 1, 2006: Actor-director Mel Gibson issued an apology to Jews for anti-Semitic remarks made to an officer who arrested him on suspicion of drunken driving.

“There is no excuse, nor should there be any tolerance, for anyone who thinks or expresses any kind of anti-Semitic remark,” Gibson said in a statement. “I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words that I said to a law enforcement officer the night I was arrested on a DUI charge.”

Gibson, driving a Lexus, had been arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in Malibu, California.

WND-20-YearsThe 50-year-old Oscar winner reportedly shouted: “All the wars in the world are caused by Jews,” and then asked the officer, “You a Jew?”

In his statement, Gibson said he recognized the magnitude of his actions.

“I am a public person, and when I say something, either articulated and thought out, or blurted out in a moment of insanity, my words carry weight in the public arena. As a result, I must assume personal responsibility for my words and apologize directly to those who have been hurt and offended by those words.”

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Police sent to Pelosi’s house instead of Scalise shooting site

(BLOOMBERG) — The U.S. Capitol Police department opened an internal investigation into why its elite tactical team was initially directed to respond to the wrong location when a gunman opened fire last month at a GOP congressional baseball practice, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Instead of responding directly to the Virginia field where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others were shot, members of the Capitol Police Containment and Emergency Response Team were signaled instead to go to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s house in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, several miles away, according to the two people, who asked for anonymity to speak about the sensitive incident.

“The Alexandria incident continues to be an ongoing investigation. We do not comment on ongoing investigations,” Eva Malecki, a Capitol Police spokesperson, said Monday. Spokesmen for both the House and Senate sergeant at arms’ offices referred questions to Capitol Police.


Rand Paul: Trump studying executive action on health care

(REUTERS) — U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he spoke to President Donald Trump by phone about healthcare reform on Monday and told the president he thought Trump had the authority to create associations that would allow organizations to offer group health insurance plans.

Paul, a Republican, told reporters that Trump was considering taking some form of executive action to address problems with the healthcare system after the Senate failed last week to pass a measure to reform the system.

Allowing groups like AARP, which represents retirees, to form health associations could enable individuals and small businesses to form larger groups to negotiate with health insurance companies for lower rates.


Best offense=Good Defense: Proof Congress should forget Russian sanctions and focus on cyber security

Congress has used the Russia hacked the election meme as part of its excuse to levy increasingly hefty economic sanctions against the U.S.’s former Cold War foe. But if lawmakers were really concerned about American election integrity, they’d be in emergency mode attempting to flaws in electronic voting machines which leave them vulnerable to hackers with far fewer resources than a world superpower.

Despite the intelligence community’s best efforts, there’s still no actual indication that Russian hackers affected the U.S. election in any way via hacking.

But as Congress wastes time and inflames international relations with Russia with harsher economic sanctions based on the unproven theory that the nation did, it’s becoming clear that hacking an American election would be pretty easy– and that the nation would be better off working to protect electoral equipment from foes far less capable than Russia’s spies.

Hackers attending the  Voter Hacking Village at Defcon in Las Vegas over the weekend had a go at working over popular American voting machines.

The results weren’t encouraging for election integrity fans.


While many people at the Voter Hacking Village zeroed in on the weak mechanical lock covering access to the machine’s USB port, Synack worked on two open USB ports right on the back. No lock picking was necessary.

The team plugged in a mouse and a keyboard — which didn’t require authentication — and got out of the voting software to standard Windows XP just by pressing “control-alt-delete.” The same thing you do to force close a program can be used to hack an election.

“It’s really just a matter of plugging your USB drive in for five seconds and the thing’s completely compromised at that point,” Synack co-founder Jay Kaplan said. “To the point where you can get remote access. It’s very simple.”

Synack’s team was able to access the voting machine from a mobile app by installing a remote desktop program on it.

Once you’re out of the voting program on the machine, it’s just like any old Windows XP computer, Synack found. In one case study, the company found a poll worker in Virginia had hacked the machine so she could play Minesweeper on it.

When you’re in the machine, changing votes is as simple as updating an Office document.


Back at the village, once a voting machine was hacked, it could be reset to its original state for the next person to try his or her hand at it. It was like messing up a Rubik’s Cube before passing it to the next person to solve.

On Friday afternoon, a hacker tapped into the Windows XP side of the AVS WinVote machine and installed Windows Media Player on it. He then rickrolled the room by playing Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” on the voting machine.

A hacker calling himself “Oyster” and his team tried to break into a Diebold voting machine on Friday after another team had successfully compromised it.

“I hope that we find a load of vulnerabilities in these just so we can open it up to the public to see how serious the problem is,” he said.

Diebold said it sold its voting machine business in September 2009, and declined to comment for the story.

In other words, the machines were hacked over and over by people who showed up for a conference.

That’s a bigger threat to U.S. elections than Russia could ever hope to be– and anyone saying otherwise is either stupid, or pushing a stupid political agenda.

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America needs more black gun owners, say activists

Promoting gun training and ownership among more law-abiding black Americans will make the nation’s minority communities safer from both criminals and the preconceived notions of police officers, according to the leaders of a growing black gun ownership movement.

In a refreshing interview on NPR’s “Here and Now” Monday,  National African American Gun Association Instructor Marchelle Tigner talked about the reasons more black Americans, particularly women, are becoming 2nd Amendment advocates.

“I believe that we have to change the stereotypes that are associated with  black people and firearms,” Tigner said. “Every story we see about black people and a firearm is a negative story. It’s about someone getting shot … or someone robbing someone.

“So I wanted to change that narrative and make it normal,” she continued. “We can exercise our Second Amendment rights just like everyone else can. And it’s not just a bad thing … making you a criminal. And I think education is key.”

Tigner works to instruct newcomers to firearms through her organization Trigger Happy Firearms Instruction, which focuses on empowering women to safely use their 2nd Amendment rights to defend themselves.

From her website:

My firearms background stems from the military. I was in the Army National Guard for seven years and became a pistol instructor when I left the military in the summer of 2016. I fell in love with shooting while working a local Atlanta gun range. I’ve learned a lot about firearms in the last 16 months but I would never consider mysef an expert. I’ve always been a student first.

My end game is to effectively teach a million women how to shoot before I leave this realm. I also plan to open my own gun range. As a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor, I think it’s important that women feel like they’re in control of their safety. I’m just here to empower women and make sure that no one else becomes a victim.

With regard to police shootings of law abiding gun owners like Philando Castille, Tigner says law-abiding black gun owners need to make their presence known by becoming more active in the 2nd Amendment community.

“I think it’s the stereotypes that are associated with black people with guns that make it such a frightful thing  for law enforcement– because it’s not normal to them,” she said. “So when they see black people with firearms, they’re automatically thinking ‘OK that person is a bad guy.’ And if we normalize it and have everyday African American citizens and minority citizens carrying firearms and shooting firearms like everyone else does in this country, then it won’t be such a fearful thing.”

The full interview is worth a listen, it begins at 26:00:

Tigner’s position is spot-on at a time when liberal do-gooders are constantly preaching firearm abolition as the only answer to inner-city gun violence that affects black Americans disproportionately.

As we’ve seen in places like Chicago,  gun restrictions do little to stop senseless violence. And for law-abiding people living in neighborhoods where the violence is the worst, it creates a terrifying reality of defenselessness against armed and irrational criminals who now rule the streets in some areas.

It’s also worth noting that most of the nation’s earliest gun restrictions were designed to disarm against black Americans. 

As I noted in my 2013 column Gun Control Has Always Been A Part Of American History: 

Throughout the Nation’s history, the gun-control laws that have been the harshest are those that were levied against blacks, who, as any compassionate, serious and well-informed student of history would be remiss to deny, have endured tyrannical force at many times since the Nation’s founding.

In the years leading up to the Civil War, States all over the Nation grew increasingly fearful of the prospect of a black uprising that they felt could be carried out by slaves or freed blacks. Nat Turner’s Rebellion in 1831 kicked off a number of gun-control laws aimed at blacks in America’s States.

Virginia responded to the rebellion by prohibiting free blacks the right “to keep or carry any firelock of any kind, any military weapon, or any powder or lead…” Later, in 1834, the Tennessee Constitution was changed from “That the freemen of this State have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defence” to “That the free white men of this State have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defence.” The antebellum South was rife with racist calls for gun control.

These abuses did not stop following the Civil War with the onset of black freedom and, in fact, continued through the Jim Crow-era South right up until the civil rights era.

Martin Luther King Jr., upon whose Bible Obama swore to uphold the Constitution on Monday, reportedly kept an arsenal of firearms in his home to ease his mind about the near-constant death threats he received. The peace-promoting civil rights leader even applied for an Alabama concealed carry permit, but was denied due to racism on the part of the police that had the authority to issue the permit. The Alabama permit law under which he was denied had been an NRA-backed initiative.

King knew that if his life was in danger, he could not count on the police for protection. His willingness to exercise his 2nd Amendment rights was also shared by other notable civil rights activists. Among them, Malcom X, who famously posed on the cover of Life magazine with an M1-Carbine.

The Black Panther Party took Malcolm X’s firearm brandishing and made it a part of their persona. At a time when police harassment of blacks was epidemic throughout the Nation, members learned about gun safety when they weren’t studying Marxism.

The YouTube videos of people open carrying through neighborhoods today to assert their 2nd Amendment Rights are reminiscent of similar armed displays by the Black Panthers in the late 1960s. Panther leaders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale said that because government was “either unable or unwilling to protect the lives and property” of blacks, they ought to defend themselves “by any means necessary.”

The Panthers took to patrolling urban neighborhoods while brandishing firearms to essentially “police the police,” who were infamous for abusing black Americans at the time.

Throughout all of this, the NRA has been on both sides of the gun debate and even supported a measure signed into law by then-Governor Ronald Reagan that set California on track to having some of the Nation’s strictest gun control laws. The 1967 Mulford Act effectively neutralized the Panther Police Patrols by prohibiting the carry of loaded guns in public.

At the NRA national convention in 1977, the group was overtaken by 2nd Amendment purists who shaped the organization more into the lobbying machine that it has become today. Oddly enough, the views the organization’s leaders now espouse are more Black Panther when it comes to gun control than target practice.

That’s why it was so shameful that the NRA dawdled in responding to the Castille shooting.

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Getting stoopid at school

Rolling efforts to make sure no student ever feels a modicum of discomfort are quickly turning U.S. schools into dullard’s dens. The road to complete national idiocy, it seems, is also paved with good intentions.

A report recently published by The Daily Caller relays that public educators in Minnesota are now being advised that it would best practice to “segregate” students who object to sharing locker rooms and bathrooms with peers claiming to be transgender so that students identifying as a sex other than that which they were born are not made to feel uncomfortable on campus.

The advisory comes as part of a draft toolkit for teachers titled “Safe and Supportive Schools for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students.” Its primary purpose, according to activist groups and state officials who support the suggestions outlined in the document, is to make K-12 schools friendlier places for students grappling with sexual identity issues.

Of course, it isn’t so generous to students who adhere to more traditional values and who may be made uncomfortable having, say to change clothes with a girl who just last year was a boy, in the girls locker room.

From the document:

Transgender and gender nonconforming students should be afforded the opportunity to use the restroom of their choice. Some students may feel uncomfortable with using a restroom with a transgender or gender nonconforming student. Any student who wishes not to share a restroom with a transgender or gender nonconforming student can be provided a private space such as a single-user restroom. Many schools have chosen to make single-stall restrooms available to all students. For example, some schools have re-purposed a staff restroom into a single user restroom for all students to use.

While schools certainly shouldn’t punish minority students for wishing to develop the identity they feel they truly must, it seems a little awkward to suggest that wishing to adhere to longstanding societal norms ought to be grounds for being treated as the one who’s different.

And that sort of gets at the heart of the problem with the nation’s current fixation on making everything normal, no matter how fringe it really is– those who define normalcy based on biological indicators and traditional lifestyle choices have to become society’s freaks. What you learn at home about what is and isn’t natural, the toolkit tells students in a roundabout way, doesn’t apply.

As one local parent told the Minnesota Star Tribune: “Sadly, this toolkit undermines my authority as a parent.”

Over-sensitivity to small and easily offended subsets of society are quickly becoming the rule rather than the exception in American school districts.

In Oregon, a school district is currently in the process of renaming campuses– previously Lynch Meadows, Lynch Wood and Lynch View, after the family who donated land for the campuses. Bet you can’t guess why.

Evidently, the surname “Lynch” is simply too painful for people who choose to spend all of their time focused on the sins of the nation’s past. 

Unfortunately, our education system serves as the first stop on the national sprint toward a future of total illiteracy and irrationality. But hey, at least everyone will think everything is normal and OK.



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Verdict in for Sheriff Joe Arpaio

(WASHINGTON TIMES) — Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio was found guilty of contempt Monday for disobeying a judge’s order to stop detaining illegal immigrants, raising the possibility of a jail sentence for the lawman once known as “America’s toughest sheriff.”

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton issued her verdict a few weeks three weeks after the trial ended July 6, with sentencing scheduled for Oct. 5.

The former sheriff has long been a hero of the border-security movement, drawing headlines for having inmates live in a tent city and wear pink underwear as well as his fight against illegal immigration.


Mayor candidate: Disarm police after Muslim cop kills woman

(NEWS.COM.AU) — A CANDIDATE in the race for Minneapolis mayor has proposed disarming police officers in the wake of Justine Damond’s shooting.

The Australian woman was shot dead by police officer Mohamed Noor after calling 911 to report a suspected sexual assault.

“Officers don’t need to carry a gun on their person all the time,” said Raymond Dehn, one of the frontrunners in the mayoral race and who currently serves in the Minnesota House of Representatives.


U.S. Treasury sanctions Venezuelan president

(CNBC) — The Treasury Department slapped sanctions on Nicolas Maduro on Monday, alleging that Venezuela’s president has attempted to undermine democracy and the rule of law in his country.

On Sunday, Venezuela held a controversial election to create the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), a constitutional assembly that would grant Maduro’s party sweeping power. But many countries said they would not recognize that vote.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said those who participate in the illegitimate assembly could face “future U.S. sanctions for their role in undermining democratic processes and institutions in Venezuela.”


Trump fires new communications director Scaramucci


Anthony Scaramucci was removed as White House communications director after 10 days on the job

WASHINGTON – President Trump’s new communications director only lasted 10 days on the job, apparently.

Anthony Scaramucci has been removed from the job according to multiple media outlets including the New York Times and Washington Post.

This follows the firing of White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on Friday. And that followed an obscenity laced tirade against Preibus by Scaramucci in the New Yorker last week.

Monday was the first day on the job for new White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly.

The Times reports that Scaramucci’s removal was the president’s decision, not Kelly’s, but that the new chief of staff made clear to staff members that he was in charge, at a Monday morning meeting.

No word yet on whether Scaramucci will stay at the White House in another position.

This is a developing story.