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American Airlines Blasted for ‘Hypocrisy’ Over Response to Pilot’s ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Patch

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At American Airlines, apparently, only left-wing politics matter.

That’s the message from a controversy that arose over the weekend when an American Airlines passenger noticed a “Let’s Go Brandon” patch on a piece of luggage belonging to one of the pilots, according to Fox News.

When the passenger complained to corporate headquarters about the patch, there was nothing “American” about the response.

The complaining passenger was flying from Saint Lucia in the eastern Caribbean to Miami when she saw the patch, which carried a slogan that’s become a kind of open code for bashing President Joe Biden, the U.K. Daily Mail reported.

She complained to the airline via Twitter, getting what can only be described as a cowardly response that infuriated conservatives.

”hey, @AmericanAir –  y’all cool with your pilots displaying this kind of cowardly rhetoric on their luggage when they’re in uniform, about to fly a plane?” wrote the user, identified on Twitter as Dana Finley Morrison. “we are not the only passengers who noticed and were disgusted.”

Morrison has since made her tweets private, but according to her account bio, she’s a “Sorority & Fraternity Professional • @COMatBU and @IU_HESA Alumna • Passionate about reality TV, feminism, and doing the right thing.”

(If there’s a better snapshop of modern Democrats than a “sorority and fraternity professional” who is passionate about reality TV and feminism, it would be hard to find. She didn’t even have to say she was interested in “doing the right thing.” How could it be otherwise?)

Whatever level of disgust this passenger and her fellow travelers might have felt, it was nothing compared to the contempt that arose on social media after American Airlines responded — first to ask for more details, then to promise that the matter would be subjected to “internal review.”

“We take this very seriously and have sent this over to crew leadership. They will handle this internally after review,” the airline wrote, according to a screen shot of direct messages posted by Fox News. “We assure you appropriate internal review will occur.”

That sounds ominous — for the employee involved and for Americans who think a company called “American” might actually have a healthy American respect for the freedom of speech.

After all, as CBS News reported, the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline in 2020 decided its employees would be allowed to wear a “Black Lives Matter” pin — an undeniably political statement that’s as polarizing as any “Let’s Go Brandon” patch ever could be.

The “Let’s Go Brandon” slogan signifies an intense dislike of the current president — an American emotion and political position going back at least to John Adams and, probably, George Washington himself (even if no one wanted to admit it).

“Black Lives Matter,” on the other hand, whatever the meaning of its individual words, is the expression of a fundamentally Marxist philosophy that does not acknowledge the basic ideals of the United States — individual rights, property rights, equality under the law. The Black Lives Matter organizers themselves admit their political orientation.

But it’s not just political philosophies at play. By September 2020, the United States had seen a full summer of rioting by Black Lives Matter mobs and their allies among the antifa thugs. The image of cities in flames, statues toppling and hatred toward police officers were fresh in the minds of the American public — including the American flying public.

It’s doubtful that a “Black Lives Matter” pin on the uniform of anyone with the potential to assume responsibility for the lives of hundreds of innocent passengers made anyone feel confident, except for the most delusional of sympathizing liberals.

Yet American Airlines feels the obligation to assure a passenger complaining about a “Let’s Go Brandon” patch that the incident is being taken “very seriously”?

American Airlines did not respond to an email request for comment for this post.

But conservatives on social media were not happy with the company.

The Florida tie-in of the Miami-bound flight provided a natural tie-in for Christina Pushaw, the indefatigable spokeswoman for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (after former President Donald Trump, probably the second most hated figure by the left today).

Pushaw suggested the Biden administration’s hugely unpopular vaccine mandates — which directly affect airline employees — might have been a factor in the controversial patch.

“This pilot deserves a raise for dealing with entitled Karens while doing his job,” Pushaw wrote to American. “Don’t fire your pilots for being conservative or criticizing Biden. We won’t have any pilots left.”

Other sane voices on social media joined in.

That last one nails it.

Whatever the group’s slavish support in the mainstream media, Biden’s leftist administration and the naturally spineless state of corporate America when confronted by the left, the Black Lives Matter movement has established itself as a fundamentally violent opponent of the United States system of law.

An no matter how hard Nancy Pelosi and her partisan colleagues want to dress up the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion, it was nothing like the scourge of violence leftists under the banner of Black Lives Matter were making their calling card since at least 2014, long before Trump was even a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.

And it’s already losing support as Americans see what it’s really all about.

A corporation like American Airlines is willing to facilitate employees openly espousing their affiliation with one group yet has placed a similar situation under “internal review,” with the clear intimation that disciplinary procedures against the offending employee could be in the offing.

It’s supposed to be an American airline, but apparently, only left-wing politics count.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Army Reveals New Weapon Intended to Become Standard-Issue Rifle in Combat Force

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The Army has revealed the weapon intended to replace the M4 carbine in front-line combat units.

The branch announced a 10-year, $20.4- million contract to Sig Sauer to produce two weapons it’s calling the next-generation squad weapons at the end of April, according to a U.S. Army Public Affairs press release.

The weapons are the XM5 rifle and the XM250 automatic rifle. The former is intended for individual soldiers, and the latter is intended as a replacement for squad automatic weapons like the M249 light machine gun.

The weapons are being supplied to combat arms across the branch, with the branch planning on eventual widespread distribution. If the weapon is adopted across the Army, it would be the most dramatic change to the branch’s standard weapon since the Vietnam War.

The M16 became the first assault rifle in US military use during that conflict, with the M4 carbine entering service as a shortened version of the rifle in the following decades.

The two weapons will fire a bigger bullet than their predecessors. Both are chambered for 6.8-millimeter rounds, rather than the 5.56 of the M4 and M429.

The new round is thought to be more lethal against a foe who is wearing body armor.

The military is gradually retooling for more conventional wars against state opponents, as opposed to the Global War on Terror against irregular Islamic terrorist forces.

The weapon has some visual similarities to the AR family of weapons used by both American civilians and service members, and some crucial differences.

The rifle has a charging handle like the AR-15, but its bolt catch is different.

“Both weapons provide significant capability improvements in accuracy, range and overall lethality,” said the Army’s statement in announcing the contract.

“They are lightweight, fire more lethal ammunition, mitigate recoil, provide improved barrel performance, and include integrated muzzle sound and flash reduction.”

The weapons are designed for use with the XM157 Fire Control system, a tool that will integrate a variable optic, a laser rangefinder and a ballistic calculator.

Widespread adoption of the XM5 rifle isn’t assured at this stage of its development, with the performance of the weapon likely to determine whether it becomes the Army’s standard-issue rifle.

Colonel Scott Madore, who oversaw testing of the XM5 against competing rifles, said that service members tested the weapon for 20,000 hours to gauge its utility.

There’s no indication that a civilian version of the XM5 is in commercial development, although it’s likely a semi-automatic version will end up in gun stores if the rifle proves effective and reliable.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

The Army has revealed the weapon intended to replace the M4 carbine in front-line combat units. The branch announced a 10-year, $20.4- million contract to Sig Sauer to produce two weapons it’s calling the next-generation squad weapons at the end of April, according to a U.S. Army Public Affairs press release. The weapons are the XM5 rifle and the XM250 automatic rifle. The former is intended for individual soldiers, and the latter is intended as a replacement for squad automatic weapons like the M249 light machine gun. The weapons are being supplied to combat arms across the branch, with the branch planning on eventual widespread distribution. If the weapon is adopted across the Army, it would be the most dramatic change to the branch’s standard weapon since the Vietnam War. The M16 became the first assault rifle in US military use during that conflict, with the M4 carbine entering service as a shortened version of the rifle in the following decades. The two weapons will fire a bigger bullet than their predecessors. Both are chambered for 6.8-millimeter rounds, rather than the 5.56 of the M4 and M429. The new round is thought to be more lethal against a foe who is wearing body armor. The military is gradually retooling for more conventional wars against state opponents, as opposed to the Global War on Terror against irregular Islamic terrorist forces. The weapon has some visual similarities to the AR family of weapons used by both American civilians and service members, and some crucial differences. The rifle has a charging handle like the AR-15, but its bolt catch is different. “Both weapons provide significant capability improvements in accuracy, range and overall lethality,” said the Army’s statement in announcing the contract. “They are lightweight, fire more lethal ammunition, mitigate recoil, provide improved barrel…

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Op-Ed: I’m Furious the Black Community Is Being Used to Perpetrate an Attack Against Americans

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Something maniacal was unleashed in the wake of the leaked draft opinion detailing the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

This frightening new obscenity is more insidious and deadly than Jim Crow ever was. I join many others who are furious that the black community is yet again being used to perpetrate a terroristic attack against the people of America.

It is the elites who are calling for women to take it to the streets — to protest the potential reversal of a decision that has had a genocidal and devastating impact on this nation. In particular, they desire the black community — those who have had their birthrate so gutted they are no longer having enough children to remain 12 percent of the population — to join them in the streets. That will not happen this time.

All across America, black women of childbearing age — those who have been targeted consistently by the abortion industry — have had proportionately the greatest number of abortions. In fact, black women of childbearing age are roughly 3 percent of the population and yet have 40 percent of all abortions. In some states, the numbers are so horrific they should take your breath away, with more abortions being performed than babies being born.

Georgia, where I am running for governor, is one of those states. In 2020, there were 31,248 abortions performed. Of that staggering number, 20,601 — 66 percent — were on black women. More abortions were performed in Georgia than ever before, making it a banner year for the abortion industry — even during a pandemic.

The very same year, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider whose Southeast regional office is in Atlanta, announced that it is a systemically racist, white supremacist organization that has caused “reproductive harm” to minority women. The reaction… crickets.

There was no marching, protests or outrage from black “social justice” leaders. There was no rioting, shouts of “Black Lives Matter” or demands to shut Planned Parenthood down. Not one black legislator elected to protect black interests marched in the streets or otherwise reacted to Planned Parenthood’s admission. Instead, they continued to accept money from the organization that has killed millions of their own. The silence was deafening.

The civil rights movement was never meant to be used as a tool to destroy the black family. Yet politicians have used the movement to create a false narrative that includes the “right” to take unborn lives.

Through Planned Parenthood’s Negro Project, launched in 1939 and continuing today, political operatives such as Stacey Abrams and Sen. Raphael Warnock are paid to promote birth control and abortion as lifesaving tools, especially for black women. They call it “reproductive justice” — but it is anything but just.

In response to the possibility that Roe could be no more, Abrams announced she is suspending her campaign fundraising in favor of raising money for the very organizations that have taken more black lives than any group, including the KKK. Since 1973, more than 20 million black babies have died in one of the abortion centers in or near black neighborhoods. This staggering number is more than America’s entire black population in 1960.

I am furious that Abrams and others dare to prostitute the black experience to sell abortions to black women. Not one of our ancestors fought, bled and died so that the black community could be exterminated in the name of civil rights, social justice or women’s health.

The diabolical plan launched by Abrams in support of the longstanding Negro Project has to be stopped dead in its tracks, along with all the other elite-driven plans of terror aimed at persuading the Supreme Court justices to change their votes. I am calling on all people of goodwill, all people who believe every life should be protected whether in the womb or out, to stand in unity against this latest plot intended to intimidate the court to make a political rather than a constitutional decision.

I am calling on the black community to no longer allow our lives to be prostituted for the sake of enriching a few. Our nation, our state and our community deserve the right to life.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Something maniacal was unleashed in the wake of the leaked draft opinion detailing the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. This frightening new obscenity is more insidious and deadly than Jim Crow ever was. I join many others who are furious that the black community is yet again being used to perpetrate a terroristic attack against the people of America. It is the elites who are calling for women to take it to the streets — to protest the potential reversal of a decision that has had a genocidal and devastating impact on this nation. In particular, they desire the black community — those who have had their birthrate so gutted they are no longer having enough children to remain 12 percent of the population — to join them in the streets. That will not happen this time. All across America, black women of childbearing age — those who have been targeted consistently by the abortion industry — have had proportionately the greatest number of abortions. In fact, black women of childbearing age are roughly 3 percent of the population and yet have 40 percent of all abortions. In some states, the numbers are so horrific they should take your breath away, with more abortions being performed than babies being born. Georgia, where I am running for governor, is one of those states. In 2020, there were 31,248 abortions performed. Of that staggering number, 20,601 — 66 percent — were on black women. More abortions were performed in Georgia than ever before, making it a banner year for the abortion industry — even during a pandemic. The very same year, Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider whose Southeast regional office is in Atlanta, announced that it is a systemically racist, white supremacist organization that has caused “reproductive…

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