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Country legend Garth Brooks wears 'Sanders 20' jersey, gets blasted over mistaken identity

All it took for some fans to remove country singer Garth Brooks from their list of favorites was one word.

The fuss began Saturday after Brooks performed in Detroit and posted a picture of himself wearing a jersey featuring the name and number of former Detroit Lions running back and NFL Hall of Famers Barry Sanders.

The back of the jersey had "Sanders" over the number "20" -- a recognizable combination to football fans.

But in the politically polarized climate of 2020, the photo created waves of social media outrage, with Brooks being criticized for seeming to support Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

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Detroit You carried me all night long But you always have I’m in love with you! love, g #GARTHinDETROIT

A post shared by Garth Brooks (@garthbrooks) on Feb 22, 2020 at 8:17pm PST

Some posters only focused on the name and not the context.

"If this is for Bernie Sanders, I'm done with you," one said. "I thought you were a true American that loves Our Country?"

"Sanders?? Don't care about your politics. Love your music. Let's keep politics and your entertainment separate," one commented, while another said, "If that's a Bernie shirt I just lost a lot of respect for you!"

Facebook forgot who Barry Sanders is and is freaking out at Garth Brooks for wearing a jersey and I’m dying. pic.twitter.com/wVfAKU7Cn1

— Jason Vincent (@jasoncvincent) February 27, 2020

Garth Brooks posted a photo of him wearing a Barry Sanders jersey after performing in Detroit.

His followers thought it was an endorsement for Bernie Sanders. https://t.co/Fq7p5lbhmv pic.twitter.com/1p4GIP84pe

— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 28, 2020

The jersey drew no comments from fans at the concert because Brooks made it clear why he was wearing it to those who didn't know.

“I’ll tell you why I’m wearing the jersey I am wearing tonight," the country music legend said during the Ford Field concert before 70,000 fans, according to MLive.

“I was lucky enough to be an athlete and to wear the same uniform as this guy wore in college. I was lucky to go to school with him."

Brooks was a javelin thrower on the track team at Oklahoma State in the 1980s, when Sanders was a star running back for the Cowboys.

"You guys got the greatest player in NFL history, in my opinion, in this jersey. I love this man," he said.

“And can I vouch for him firsthand from way back when he just came out of Kansas and got to Oklahoma State? He’s also one of the greatest human beings that you’ll ever get to witness and be with. He’s a good cat. It’s an honor to wear this jersey tonight," Brooks said.

The reaction at Ford Field was much better than that online. Brooks praised the audience as they sang along with him.

“We talk about how Detroit never really gets recognized for how well Detroit knows its country music. And it doesn’t matter the age of the listener, you know all the stuff," he said.

Brooks has never been openly political but voiced one comment about his view on politics last year while working with former President Jimmy Carter on a Habitat for Humanity project.

“You've got to understand that when you get to heaven, nobody cares about ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat’ in heaven at all. ‘Welcome to heaven. This is it,’” Brooks said then, according to Yahoo.

“You don't care who's on the other end of that board that's helping you carry it. You don't care the color of their skin, their sexual preference, their religious preference. It doesn't matter. You're all here to build a house for someone who needs it. Usually for a young lady and her babies, or a family that needs it. So this is way, way, way beyond any political agenda at all," he said.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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(GATEWAY PUNDIT) The Georgia Life Alliance, a pro-life organization, announced this week it would spend at least $3 million on an ad blitz for appointed US Senator Kelly Loeffler.

Pro-life Republicans have doubts about Senator Loeffler because of her leadership at Grady Memorial Hospital and her connections to the WNBA.

Loeffler is running against Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) in the primary for US Senator from Georgia.

Doug Collins is pro-life and a grassroots favorite.

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Probe sought of Bloomberg campaign contributions

Michael Bloomberg (Video screenshot)

[Editor's note: This story originally was published by the Daily Caller News Foundation.]

By Chris White
Daily Caller News Foundation

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s nonprofits are illegally providing campaign contributions to the billionaire’s White House bid, a conservative watchdog group alleged Wednesday in an IRS complaint.

Bloomberg Philanthropies is among a handful of Bloomberg-affiliated nonprofits “making contributions for Mr. Bloomberg’s personal and political benefit,” Government Accountability and Oversight (GAO) noted in the complaint. GAO cited reports it says document a pattern of illegality.

GAO cited a Dec. 14 New York Times article titled “Mayors for Mike: How Bloomberg’s Money Built a 2020 Political Network,” which, among other things, lays out how city leaders who received grants from his foundation are tossing their support behind Bloomberg’s campaign.

Bloomberg’s foundation donated $500,000 to an education reform group based in Stockton, California, before Democratic Mayor Michael Tubbs endorsed Bloomberg’s campaign in December 2019. This shows that Bloomberg was laying out a network of support well before his announcement, GAO notes.

“Numerous media outlets have taken notice of the pattern of charitable grants followed by what are otherwise curious endorsements,” the complaint adds. “We suggest these considerations both should inform how the IRS views this unusually politically targeted largesse.”

Bloomberg’s campaign dismissed the complaint.

“Don’t be fooled — these baseless allegations come from a deceptively named front group for climate change skeptics, at least some of whom have been funded by the coal lobby,” Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser said in a prepared statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

He added: “And we will soon be writing our own letter to the IRS asking them to investigate the obvious political activity occurring under the aegis of supposed 501c3.” The IRS has not yet provided a statement fleshing out whether or not it will begin an investigation.

Some critics believe Bloomberg uses Bloomberg Philanthropies as a type of pass-through entity through which donors can support elected officials with resources that legislatures will not provide and which donors cannot legally provide directly.
Bloomberg is devoting half a billion dollars to defeating President Donald Trump in 2020.

The group is also responsible for placing so-called special assistant attorneys general inside state attorneys general offices around the country by the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center, which received $6 million from Bloomberg in 2018.

Bloomberg’s grant was designed to escalate attacks against Trump’s regulatory rollbacks, as well as targeting coal companies. Documents appear to show Illinois, Maryland and other states involved in the program hired attorneys with ties to the billionaire, the DCNF reported in February 2019.

This story originally was published by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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2 Cabinet Secretaries Tout Jobs, Wage Hikes Spurred by Deregulation

Two Cabinet secretaries promoted President Donald Trump’s deregulatory agenda and innovation Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, saying lower-wage workers are earning more. 

Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia cited Trump’s reference to a “blue collar boom” during his State of the Union address early this month.

“Wages are rising and they are rising more quickly for lower-wage workers,” Scalia said. “Compare the top 10% to the lower 10%; we have seen 15% wage growth since this president” for  lower-wage workers.

Joining Scalia on the CPAC stage was Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who while serving as President George W. Bush’s labor secretary tapped Scalia for the position of solicitor.

Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia,  pointed to the unemployment rate of 3.6%, a 50-year-low. 

He said the unemployment for adult women, at 3.7%, is the lowest in 70 years. 

This wasn’t expected, however. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office forecast in 2016 that the unemployment rate would be 4.9% by early 2020. 

“We created 6.6 million new jobs,” Scalia said. “What’s different from the summer of 2016 and now? What’s changed? We got a new president, new policies, new priorities, tax cuts, deregulation, and trade deals.”

Deregulation has been “absolutely central” to job growth, Scalia said. 

“The deregulatory program of this president is the most ambitious, most effective change in regulatory policy since we started doing cost-benefit analysis in the Reagan administration,” Scalia said. 

Chao, also the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the challenge for government departments and regulators is to address “emerging new technology with legitimate concerns about safety, security, and privacy without hampering innovation.”

“Innovation is a trademark of who we are as Americans,”  Chao said, adding:

We are not top-down. We are not command and control. We believe in the wisdom of the American people. We are going to let them decide what cars they want, what innovation they want, not to throw water on innovation. The whole issue about electric vehicles, we are not going to demand that consumers have to [buy] them.

CPAC, the largest annual national gathering of conservative activists, runs Thursday through Saturday at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside Washington.

The post 2 Cabinet Secretaries Tout Jobs, Wage Hikes Spurred by Deregulation appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Dems kill proposal condemning Sanders' praise for Castro

Fidel Castro

[Editor's note: This story originally was published by the Daily Caller News Foundation.]

By Jason Hopkins
Daily Caller News Foundation

Democratic lawmakers Thursday successfully blocked a GOP resolution condemning Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s laudatory comments about the Castro regime.

By a vote of 224-189 that fell along party lines, the House of Representatives on Thursday voted to block a resolution that not only condemned numerous human rights abuses that took place under the Castro regime, but also condemned recent instances where Sanders refused to fully denounce the late Fidel Castro’s dictatorial rule over Cuba.

The resolution was introduced by GOP Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who represents a district in the state that has 335,000 residents of Cuban descent — roughly half his entire constituency.

During a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday, the Vermont senator said it was “unfair” to say everything about the Castro regime was negative, noting how Castro launched a “massive literacy program” upon assuming power. The following day, during a town hall event in South Carolina, Sanders stood by his remarks. During Tuesday night’s presidential debate, he once again touted Cuba’s progress on education.

Speaking on the House floor Thursday, Diaz-Balart called Sanders’s comments “blatantly false.”

“If anybody wants to know the devastation of socialism and the tyranny that so often accompanies it, I invite you to speak to some of my constituents, including thousands, thousands of former political prisoners now in exile,” the Republican lawmaker said, also listed several political dissenters who are being held in captivity in Cuba.

“For years, the Cuban regime has been on the list of state sponsors of terrorism for its support of other terrorist states, terrorist organizations, and violence around the world and in this hemisphere,” Diaz-Balart continued.

Despite widespread condemnation by the members of the Democratic Party — including U.S. representatives, presidential candidates and even a DNC spokesperson — no Democratic lawmakers voted to let the resolution move forward.

Democratic Florida Reps. Donna Shalala and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell issued scathing public statements against Sanders’s comments, but both lawmakers on Thursday notably skipped the vote, allowing them to avoid a decision on the resolution.

This move was not lost on Republican leadership.

“Rep. Shalala and Rep. Mucarsel-Powell’s constituents deserve to know why the representatives they sent to Washington did not even bother to vote on an important resolution to condemn Sen. Sanders’s comments & the Castro regime,” said Mark Bednar, a spokesman for House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.

This story originally was published by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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Roger Stone judge picks fight with Tucker Carlson – Tucker finishes it on national TV

Obama-appointed U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson teed off on Fox News host Tucker Carlson during a hearing Tuesday for Roger Stone, who requested a new trial.

Stone, a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, wants a new trial on the grounds that the jury forewoman was found to have been a virulent anti-Trumper on social media.

The forewoman, Tomeka Hart, outed herself after writing in defense of the prosecutors on Facebook, and internet sleuths soon found her anti-Trump posts.

It was no one’s fault but her own that she was outed, but Jackson slammed Carlson for outing her -- and now Carlson has fired back.

"Tucker Carlson accused the foreperson of the jury of being an anti-Trump zealot,” the judge said during the hearing.

“Any attempts to invade the privacy of the jurors or to harass or intimidate them is completely antithetical to our system of justice,” she said.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson: "Tucker Carlson accused the foreperson of the jury of being an anti-Trump zealot...Any attempts to invade the privacy of the jurors or to harass or intimidate them is completely antithetical to our system of justice." Per @dnlbrns

— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) February 25, 2020

But Carlson was not wrong. Hart was a Democratic congressional candidate in Tennessee whose social media is lined with anti-Trump rhetoric.

"Fox News keeps pushing excuses for Trump Jr.'s collusion with Russia that are just really, really bad." https://t.co/JUA4TuWb2N

— Tomeka Hart (@hartformemphis) July 14, 2017

"In case you're wondering if President Trump inspires neo-nazis--this is from their publication The Daily Stormer:" https://t.co/lH5GJYK77E

— Tomeka Hart (@hartformemphis) August 13, 2017

The Fox host addressed Jackson's comments on his show Tuesday night.

“Last week on the show, we covered the sentencing of Roger Stone, who is perhaps the most undeserving of all the many casualties of the Russian collusion hysteria," Carlson said. "Stone received more than three years in prison. He'll be over 70 when he gets out.

“Officially, his crime was ‘lying about e-mails’ -- emails that were themselves entirely harmless. From the first day, Stone’s prosecution was a transparent political hit job. Washington wanted him in prison because for 40 years he was Trump’s closest political adviser.

“Amy Berman Jackson is the federal judge who oversaw the case. She was appointed by Barack Obama. She is an openly partisan Democrat. She has made no attempt to hide that.

"Jackson allowed the foreman of the jury to lie about her political background, which in a normal court of law would’ve disqualified her immediately. But Jackson let her stay and then defended her.

“Then Jackson herself lied about the case. She claimed that Stone had been prosecuted because he, quote, covered up for the president, when in fact, the charges had nothing to do that.

“Amy Berman Jackson is a disgrace to the judiciary. It’s frightening that in a country like ours she has power, and she does. We said that on this show last week. Today, during a hearing, Jackson attacked us. And once again, she lied as she did it.

“Jackson accused the show of, quote, invading the privacy of the foreman of the jury, when in fact, the juror herself has spoken publicly and revealed her own identity. Many media outlets published her name, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN, all of which, of course, Jackson approves of because they’re on her side.

“Then Jackson accused this show of, quote, harassing the jurors, even encouraging violence against them. That is insane. Of course we did no such thing.

"Finally, Jackson called our criticism of her, quote, antithetical to our system of justice, end quote.

“Which proves that not only is Amy Berman Jackson corrupt, dishonest and authoritarian -- and she is definitely all of those things -- she also has no sense of self-awareness whatsoever."

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a knockout punch.

It certainly looks like Stone was railroaded by a partisan judge and jury forewoman. If anyone deserves a new trial, or a pardon, it is him.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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