Michigan bed and breakfast faces backlash over Norwegian flag

The right to free speech in America needs to be protected, Princeton University jurisprudence professor Robert George stated Friday.


According to reporting from WLIX, when Greg and Kjersten Offbecker created the St. Johns inn -- named The Nordic Pineapple -- they installed the flag, hanging an American flag alongside it.
The pair then began to receive cruel emails and phone calls. Some were even convinced that the "B&B" was built by Confederate leaders when, in fact, union workers constructed the Civil War-era building for the daughter of the Saint Johns founder.

Kjersten Offbecker said the flag was hung as a way for her to represent her Scandinavian heritage. However, with the confusion, she took it down because she said it was not worth the frustration.
The Norwegian flag has the same colors as the Confederate flag, but the patterns and symbols are different. The Confederate flag is red with a blue “X” containing white stars.

"It's a combination of a very bad attitude and a great deal of ignorance," George remarked. "You would think that Americans would be able to tell what is and isn't a Confederate flag -- even if it's a flag that, in some ways, resembles a Confederate flag.

 "So, the combination of malice and ignorance is really toxic."

"But, look at how quickly people just turn to outrage and tried to shut these people down because they thought they had broken the rule against wrongthink..." he told host Shannon Bream. "So, the combination of malice and ignorance is really toxic."

George highlighted the importance of speaking up in defense of the free speech rights of those you strongly may disagree with.

"Temple University was under pressure to discipline [Professor] Marc Lamont Hill for some statements that I very strongly disagreed with. But I, nevertheless, threatened to myself lead a protest...in defense of the free speech rights of the very progressive Marc Lamont Hill," he explained. "Because he has every bit of [a right to] free speech as I have or as anybody else has.

"The First Amendment is for all of us," George pointed out.

"It's not the property of the left. It's not the property of the right. It's not the conservatives'; it's not the liberals' [property]. It's everybody's right..." he said.

"And so, we need to protect the free speech rights and stand up for the free speech rights of those we oppose," George urged.


Gertrude Stein... now there's a lady I would have liked to have had coffee with.


Gertrude Stein (1874–1946) was an American novelist, poet, playwright, and art collector. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and raised in Oakland, California, Stein moved to Paris in 1903, and made France her home for the remainder of her life. She hosted a Paris salon, where the leading figures of modernism in literature and art, such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Ezra Pound, Sherwood Anderson and Henri Matisse, would meet.


Quotes from Gertrude Stein: Wikiquote version

Everybody's Autobiography


If somebody tells you that you drink too much coffee, just stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

It's hard to find anything positive in our country or world news right now so if coffee is what makes you happy...  drink on man, drink on.


A photograph of a man kneeling on the neck of a white baby while another person holds the diapered child’s arms is stirring up a massive amount of rage on social media.

Source: link

UPDATE: The Clark County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio has launched an investigation over the photo.

UPDATE 2: The grandmother of the child from the father’s side, who was not involved, says that the child is safe and with her son.

A photograph of a man kneeling on the neck of a white baby while another person holds the diapered child’s arms is stirring up a massive amount of rage on social media.

The man in the photo’s name is Isaiah Jackson and he resides in Ohio. A man with that name was arrested on July 20 in Ohio for a probation violation.

The paternal grandmother of the child wrote on Facebook that the photo was taken two days ago while the two-year-old was with his mother, who is dating Jackson. She told TGP that her son did not find out about it until yesterday morning.

The grandmother, who the Gateway Pundit has opted not to name for the child’s safety, provided us with screenshots of conversations in which the mother attempted to defend the photo when confronted about it, calling the person “ignorant” and claiming that “he wasn’t hurting him.” She also claimed she was not present when the photo was taken.

“When I saw the person holding his arms back it made me so much more upset,” she said. “The fact that he was crying, it makes my stomach hurt. He didn’t have anyone there to protect him or stop it.”
WHIO TV 7 reports that “investigators in Clark County said they are investigating the post, however no arrests have been made and charges have not been filed.” Their report said that according to emergency scanner traffic, deputies, police, and medics were called to two different addresses Tuesday morning in Clark County as a part of the investigation.
“We are looking into this case, however it is still an active investigation. At this point we are actively looking into it and we are VERY early on into this investigation,” Maj. Chris Clark said in an emailed statement to the station.


After denying for months that she and political consultant Tim Mynett were having an affair, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) announced via Instagram that the two had married.

Mynett’s firm, known as the E Street Group, LLC, has been the recipient of an increasing share of Omar’s campaign spending. In the fourth quarter of 2019, Mynett’s firm received more than half of Omar’s campaign spending, after receiving more than a third in the prior quarter. In the third quarter of 2019, Mynett’s firm received $146,713. In the fourth quarter it received $217,000.

Now, quickly coming up on 1 million paid to her husbands company from campaign funds.


Documents uncovered by City Journal journalist Christopher Rufo show that white city employees in Seattle were exclusively forced to attend Marxist re-education training in a course entitled, "Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness."

During the training, all white employees were instructed that they should be comfortable with losing their jobs as a way of "undoing" their whiteness.


Not a hate crime? Really?

This guy brutally assaulted a Macy’s employee because of his race and then slandered him by claiming he said the n-word, which was a lie. This is a horrific hate crime and if the races were reversed it would be the only thing we talk about for days.


The group of five black guys mercilessly beat and stomped a white guy as he exited a convenience store. The victim said one of the guys "kicked me in the face and said, 'Black Lives Matter, [expletive].'"


In a shocking and unprovoked attack caught on video, a black man jumped out of the passenger seat of a passing car, giddily sneaked up behind a white 12-year-old boy who was dancing on the sidewalk, and sucker-punched him full force before running back to the car and fleeing.


Fisherman in India accidentally catches endangered dolphin, carries it to safety


The fisherman was seen by witnesses carrying the dolphin away from the nets before releasing it safely back into the water.

He's an odd duck, isn't he?

Rapper Kanye West announces U.S. presidential bid on Twitter

“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States,” West wrote in a Twitter post, adding an American flag emoji and the hashtag “#2020VISION”

Source:  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-kanye-west/rapper-kanye-west-announces-u-s-presidential-bid-on-twitter-idUSKBN24601P


Avoid gatherings.... but by all means, keep protesting

I know... it makes no sense at all.

(Yes, please protesters, gather in large groups, stand as CLOSE TOGETHER AS POSSIBLE and please, oh please breathe and cough on each other.  Please.)


One of my online acquaintances (kind of sort of friends but we don't actually know each other?)  saw a man with this t-shirt and snapped a photo - she loved it!  And I do too.  Except I couldn't get away with wearing it... LOL.  I found the same shirt for sale at Amazon if anyone is interested.  ;)

Stomp my flag - I'll stomp your ass t-shirt.

I'm so over what passes for news anymore today and honestly? So over so what passes as a human being. Or intelligence. Or ethics.

Skimming the news headlines this morning, this old cartoon came to mind....  I'm so over what passes for news anymore today and honestly?  So over so what passes as a human being.  Or intelligence. Or ethics.  We, (that's a collective 'we') have lost our ever-loving minds. 

Coffee in hand... well, cooling beside me as I type a morning post.  It's cup number three though, so I've got a good amount of caffeine in me to start.

Yesterday I ended up leaving in the morning and coming home in the late afternoon (almost 5) so none of my 'to do' list was... done.  That leaves me to do it today, which is fine because it's a holiday (Fourth of July) but my husband has the privilege {white privilege} of getting up at 3:30 am every day to work a 12 hour shift - and working most holidays and weekends so no, holidays are rarely actually ever celebrated here anymore now that our 'little ones' are grown and living all over the country.

(When the kids were all still growing and home, obviously all the holidays we celebrated, decorated for, and social gatherings and 'stuff' planned and participated in for 25 years....  whew!  So GLAD those days are over!  LOL. Now I can be social with parades, picnics, sporting games, block parties, etc. if I want to... but I don't, so coffee and quiet is my choice of 'celebration' most of the time!)

My 'to do' list actually spans today and tomorrow - so I'll pick and choose and work on something until I need a break and move on to something else.  I'll be around... I think.