March for Our Lives Co-Founder Quits, Has Regrets About Things He Said

March For Our Lives co-founder Cameron Kasky told Fox News radio on Wednesday that he has left the organization that he helped create and that he has regrets about some of the things that he has said since he entered the public spotlight.

Kasky told Fox News Radio’s Guy Benson and Marie Harf: “I’m very regretful of a lot of the mistakes that I’ve made along the way.”

“One of the things I never really did was watch myself,” Kasky said. “If I was on a screen I kind of tried to run away from it. I’m not entirely sure why. But, looking back on that it’s like you said, you touched off on this very well in the intro, I’m not going to kick myself for it because I’m 17. Despite the fact that I thought I did at the time, I don’t know everything.” . . .

Kasky said he would redo the conversation that he had with Rubio and that he has plans to meet with him next month where he’ll bring up how he spoke to him during the town hall event.

“This summer when March For Our Lives went on the summer tour that we embarked on, I met that person in Texas who’s got that semi-automatic weapon because that’s how they like to protect their family,” Kasky continued. “I met the 50-some-odd-percent of woman who are pro-life, even though I thought it was preposterous that a woman could be pro-life and not pro-choice at the time. I learned that a lot of our issues politically come from a lack of understanding of other perspectives and also the fact that so often young conservatives and young liberals will go into debate, like I said earlier, trying to beat the other one as opposed to come to an agreement.” (Read more from “March for Our Lives Co-Founder Quits, Has Regrets About Things He Said” HERE)

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Sesame Street Creators Answer Question About Bert and Ernie Being Gay. The Left Isn’t Happy

A decades-old controversy received additional fuel this week when a former “Sesame Street” writer confirmed he felt Bert and Ernie represented a same-sex couple on the children’s puppet show when he wrote them.

After Mark Saltzman’s remarks were published by Queerty, the show’s production company issued a statement once again asserting that the show’s puppet characters “do not have a sexual orientation” and were intended to represent a platonic relationship.

“As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends,” Sesame Workshop wrote. “They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves.”

Frank Oz, an early collaborator on the show and a creator of Bert and Ernie, also weighed in to deny the puppets were meant to be gay.

“It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay,” he tweeted. “It’s fine that he feels they are. They’re not, of course. But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There’s much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness.”

The comment earned widespread criticism among those who felt an identifiable same-sex couple on the show would be an important step toward inclusion.

Oz responded directly to many of those critics, offering his defense of maintaining the friendship Bert and Ernie were originally created to reflect.

As of Tuesday evening, the tweet containing Sesame Workshop’s original statement had been replaced by an update.

“Sesame Street has always stood for inclusion and acceptance,” the company wrote. “It’s a place where people of all cultures and backgrounds are welcome. Bert and Ernie were created to be best friends, and to teach young children that people can get along with those who are very different from themselves.”

That statement earned some praise from those who felt the original statement was insufficiently inclusive.

Oz has continued to tweet on the topic, offering some additional context and revealing that he has learned some important lessons after hearing from those offended by his tone.

“Although it doesn’t matter to me if someone is gay or viewed as gay, I learned it does matter to a great many people who feel they are not represented enough,” Oz wrote. “The Tweet discussion was worth it for me to just learn that.” (For more from the author of “Sesame Street Creators Answer Question About Bert and Ernie Being Gay. The Left Isn’t Happy” please click HERE)

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Mom Shares Post About Near-Abduction Involving Son. After Tearful Interviews, She’s Arrested.

By The Blaze. Police arrested a Louisville, Kentucky, mother after she wrote a harrowing Facebook post about a near-abduction in a Walmart parking lot involving her son. After she gave tearful interviews to the media, police revealed that the woman faked the entire story — and only found out after they’d reviewed surveillance footage. . .

In her post, [Emily] Lyons said that she was loading groceries into her car in the retailer’s parking lot when a woman approached her to tell her how cute her 10-month-old son Jaxson was.

Lyons said that in that moment, a man came up and attempted to steal her son from the grocery cart, and was only unsuccessful because her child’s thighs were chubby, and the man had trouble extricating the child from the cart. . .

The department reviewed surveillance footage of Lyons’ experience in the parking lot, and determined that no one — male or female — had tried to take Lyons’ son that day or any other day.

According to WAVE-TV, Lyons has an October court date in connection with the incident. The station also reported that Lyons “agreed that the incident did not occur,” according to her citation, and faces a charge of filing a false police report. Lyons may also face a mental health evaluation in connection with the false report. (Read more from “Mom Shares Post About Near-Abduction Involving Son. After Tearful Interviews, She’s Arrested.” HERE)

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Police: Woman Files False Abduction Report

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‘The Middle’ Star Reveals How He Has Kept His Faith While Working in Hollywood

Atticus Shaffer, star of ABC’s “The Middle,” a popular sitcom that went off the air earlier this year after a nine-year run, is an outspoken Christian who has openly shared his perspective on faith, Hollywood and the harrowing journey he has faced to overcome the side effects of osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle-bone disease.

Shaffer, 20, recently took audience questions during an appearance on PureFlix.com’s “Pure Talk,” revealing, among other issues, how he has navigated the complex world of Hollywood without compromising his faith.

“You keep your focus on Him,” he said of God. “You talk with Him about everything.”

Shaffer also shared his two favorite books of the Bible: John and Isaiah. He noted that he and his mother do a daily Bible study, bouncing back and forth between the Old and New Testaments in an effort to more deeply understand the unity of the Scriptures. . .

On a personal and professional level, Shaffer said he finds joy in getting to be a storyteller in Hollywood — and said that he’s hoping to be able to tell powerful stories through his production company, while also continuing to perform in new projects. (Read more from “‘The Middle’ Star Reveals How He Has Kept His Faith While Working in Hollywood” HERE)

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Emmy Host: ‘the Only White People That Thank Jesus Are Republicans and Ex-Crackheads’

Emmy co-host Michael Che drew laughs and complaints for a joke he made about only Republicans and ex-crackheads being willing to thank Jesus at awards shows.

During the 70th Annual Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Monday night, Che and fellow Saturday Night Life star Colin Jost kicked off the program with jokes mostly poking fun at the entertainment industry.

“We just want to say a quick hello to the thousands of you here in the audience tonight and to the hundreds watching at home,” said Jost.

“My mother is not watching,” Che noted. “She says she doesn’t like watching white award shows because you guys don’t thank Jesus enough.”

He continued, “That’s true. The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.”

The joke seemed to not go over particularly well in the room and drew some negative responses online.

One woman tweeted, “Michael Che – do not knock JC – Jesus is just all right with me.”

Another woman wrote, “Very poor taste and not funny at all! By the way Michael Che, I am white, I thank Jesus all day, I am not republican and I have never done crack in my life.”

Stil another commented, “Hollywood may have laughed when Emmys host Michael Che said the only white people who thank Jesus are ‘Republicans and ex-crackheads,’ but Tinseltown’s latest middle finger to Middle America fell flat in flyover country.”

Evangelist Franklin Graham tweeted that Che’s mother has a point: “We don’t thank Jesus enough — all people, all races.”

Actress Chrissy Teigen said, “Thank you, Jesus” to her husband John Legend during the Emmys, joking that one was for Che.

Legend received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal in the title role in the television adaptation of the play “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

During the Emmy’s opening song, actor Sterling Brown, star of NBC’s “This Is Us” also made light of Hollywood’s lack of political diversity.

“This room is so diverse from Democrat to liberal Democrat,” he sang. (For more from the author of “Emmy Host: ‘the Only White People That Thank Jesus Are Republicans and Ex-Crackheads’” please click HERE)

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Disturbing: Roseanne Comes Forward to Reveal How Network Plans to ‘Kill Her off’ on Show

By Conservative Tribune. Will Roseanne Barr’s character be killed off by an opioid overdose on the spin-off of her ABC show? That’s at least what Barr is telling one YouTube host. . .

At first, it looked like the show itself was finished, but instead of ABC killing off the effort entirely, he newly Roseanne-less program got christened “The Conners.” It’ll debut this October and will almost certainly be full of on-the-nose moments of boilerplate liberalism so obvious it’ll be like an after-school special for the pink knit-hat set . . .

“Oh ya, they killed her,” Roseanne told Brandon Straka on his YouTube show “Walk Away.” (Click here for the hour-long interview. The discussion about the television show starts about the half-hour mark.)

“They have her die of an opioid overdose.” . . .

I’m halfway surprised her character didn’t overdose in the street where her body was run over by a campaign bus ferrying Ted Cruz to a campaign event. And yes, I’m aware the show is set near Chicago and not anywhere near Texas. That’s just how bad I expect this soft reboot to be. (Read more from “Disturbing: Roseanne Comes Forward to Reveal How Network Plans to ‘Kill Her off’ on Show” HERE)

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Roseanne Barr Says African-American Comics Called Her After Tweet: ‘They’re the Most Forgiving People in the World’

By Yahoo. On Tuesday, Roseanne Barr gave an exclusive interview to Dr. Oz, in yet another attempt to explain and apologize for her racist tweet.

In May, she compared former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape. However, she says that tweet was meant to critique the Iran nuclear deal — which Jarrett assisted with and which Barr claims threatens Israel and therefore is anti-Semitic.

“Anti-Semitism is what the tweet was about,” said Barr. “And the whole Iran deal is the most anti-Semitic thing that I personally have ever witnessed in my lifetime.” . . .

“The first people who called me were my African-American family members and comics,” she said. “They thought it was a joke and were defending free speech when they called me.” . . .

“My experience with African-Americans is they’re the most forgiving people in the world,” she said. “Their whole culture is very forgiving … they forgave … they continue to improve in this country after the history of this country.” (Read more from “Roseanne Barr Says African-American Comics Called Her After Tweet: ‘They’re the Most Forgiving People in the World'” HERE)

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Stanford Doctors: It’s Time to Ban All Semi-Automatic Firearms

Over 2,500 medical students and healthcare professionals at over 30 leading medical centers held events on Monday urging the public to treat “gun violence” as a public health crisis, The Mercury News reported.

The events were part of Scrubs Addressing the Firearms Epidemic (SAFE), a non-partisan action co-founded by Stanford’s Professor of Medicine Dr. Dean Winslow, a Republican, and fourth year medical student Sarabeth Spitzer, a Democrat. Winslow is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and flight surgeon who was deployed six times to Iraq and Afghanistan.

At Stanford, healthcare professionals spoke about the health risk associated with guns, the gun epidemic and trauma care. At the University of California San Francisco, two panels discussed California’s firearms laws and recommended ways to talk to patients about firearm access, safety, and risk. . .

“If this were any other public health problem, we wouldn’t stand for it. But it’s such a hot button political topic that we lose the ability to talk about it,” Spain told The Mercury News. “We’ve been a little slow. We’re politically adverse. Our mission is education and research. This is advocacy.”

Medical associations and groups have become involved in the gun control debate. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association are just a few who have thrown their hat into the arena. (Read more from “Stanford Doctors: It’s Time to Ban All Semi-Automatic Firearms” HERE)

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Christian Blogger Gets Death Threats Over Pro-Life Tweet

Fox News guest and PJ Media contributor Denise McAllister is reportedly receiving death and rape threats. Her crime? Sending out a pro-life tweet. . .

“The root of abortion hysteria is women’s unhinged desire for irresponsible sex. Sex is their god. Abortion is their sacrament. It’s abhorrent as women have flung themselves from the heights of being the world’s civilized force to the muck and mire of dehumanizing depravity.”

The Christian blogger reports subsequently being attacked across multiple social media platforms, and her private email inbox. On September 10, she tweeted “Due to threats against my life, my family is asking that I stay off social media until the situation is resolved. I don’t want to, but I need to respect their wishes at this time. I hope to return soon. Keep up the good fight, my friends.”

“I am facing legit death & rape threats because I have dared to call out women who are hysterical about abortion and to challenge them to be responsible and not to elevate sex to the point that they’re willing to kill human life to avoid their responsibilities,” McAllister said. “How sick is that?” . . .

Back in January, Elizabeth Johnston, otherwise known as Activist Mommy, was threatened on Facebook. Johnston, a popular Christian blogger and homeschooling mother, is known for her viral rants. But then she started receiving death threats. (Read more from “Christian Blogger Gets Death Threats Over Pro-Life Tweet” HERE)

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Feinstein Under Fire, Scrambles to Walk Back ‘Truthful’ Comment About Kavanaugh Accusation

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein has come under heavy fire from both sides of the aisle for her handling of the unsubstantiated accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about an alleged sexual assault dating back 36 years, when the accuser and Kavanaugh were both in high school. Feinstein only ramped up the pressure on herself on Tuesday with a comment she is now scrambling to walk back.

Speaking to Fox News Tuesday, Feinstein said she “can’t say everything’s truthful” about the accusation from California professor Christine Blasey Ford.

Ford, said Feinstein, is “a woman that has been, I think, profoundly impacted, on this,” Fox’s Chad Pergram reports. “I can’t say that everything is truthful. I don’t know,” Feinstein added.

Feinstein also told Fox that she knows that Ford “did not want to go public,” which is “why I made the letter,” but the situation was taken out of her control. Asked what will happen if Ford decides not to testify Monday, Feinstein said, “I have no say,” stressing that the handling of the hearing is in Republicans’ hands.

Within an hour of her “truthful” comments causing a stir among media outlets on the left and right, Feinstein “clarified” that she believes the accuser is “credible.”

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Here’s How Some Liberals Describe the Issue of Abortion

By Townhall. As liberal legislators vociferously oppose the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, they have pointed to abortion and Roe v. Wade. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) recently asserted that the landmark abortion case pertains to the issues of individual liberty and the limitation of governmental involvement in people’s lives:

“Roe v. Wade isn’t just about women, it’s about personal liberty & limits on a government’s ability to interfere in intimate, personal decisions ALL Americans make,” Feinstein tweeted. “Brett Kavanaugh could be the vote to overturn Roe and all the progress we’ve made. #WhatsAtStake” . . .

In a tweet expressing congratulations to Planned Parenthood’s new president, Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) described “the right to a safe abortion” as a form of “health care.” . . .

“Congratulations to @DrLeanaWen on being named the President of @PPFA. We’re at a pivotal moment in the fight for women’s reproductive rights & I look forward to partnering to ensure that all women receive the health care they deserve, including the right to a safe abortion,” she tweeted. (Read more from “Here’s How Some Liberals Describe the Issue of Abortion” HERE)

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Pro-Abortion Doctor Was “Horrified” After Seeing Aborted Baby’s Hand, Becomes Pro-Life

By Life Site News. . .Chapman was an OB/GYN practicing in England before abortion was legal. She had no personal experience with abortion, and pro-abortion propaganda swayed her toward the mindset of supporting abortion. . .

“In those days, I thought that women only had terminations in cases of rape, incest, chronic and serious health conditions, or if made to have abortions by vicious and uncaring husbands. I thought the decision was a private matter between the woman and her doctor and the doctor always knew best…. I believed in a woman’s right to choose, and to have reproductive freedom.”

Despite this misinformation, Chapman only recognized what an abortion did when she was asked to examine a woman who had just had a D&C procedure. Used to treat various problems such as miscarriages, fibroids, polyps and uterine cancer, the procedure involves scraping the lining of a woman’s uterus and removing the tissue. When a woman is pregnant, however, a D&C aborts the unborn child.

“I carried out an internal examination and was shocked, indeed horrified, to feel a tiny baby’s hand in the vagina. ‘You were pregnant!’ I screamed. ‘No, I wasn’t,’ she replied. Her denial, and the duplicity of the doctor who admitted her for a ‘D&C’ stunned me. The scales fell from my eyes and I realized, for the first time, that abortion consisted of the dismembering of a living human being, and was not, as the media was pleased to say, the scraping out of a few cells and some blood.”

When Chapman saw the child’s hand, she said her life was changed forever. She became pro-life, refusing to perform abortions even when threatened with the loss of her job. She went on to write “Abortion: The Patient’s and the Doctor’s Dilemma” in 2007 and continues to work with women and discuss life-affirming options that do not involve aborting their own child. (Read more from “Pro-Abortion Doctor Was “Horrified” After Seeing Aborted Baby’s Hand, Becomes Pro-Life” HERE)

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