‘DOING MORE THAN CONGRESS’ ~ Matt Agorist: “As Government Shuts Down Restaurants, Guy Fieri Raises $21.5 Million For Unemployed Food Industry Workers”

Thanks to hypocritical governor Gavin Newsom’s tyrannical lockdown in the state of California, 1 in every 3 California restaurants will be permanently closing their doors this year. Other states, like New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Minnesota face similar fates while most states across America have suffered massive layoffs in the restaurant industry.

The latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report on December 4 showed employment in leisure and hospitality is down by 3.4 million jobs since February. About 17,000 jobs in food services and drinking places were cut in November alone.

In the meantime, both parties have been so hell bent on attacking each other that all attempts to provide aid to the American people have failed. As a result of the gross incompetence among those in power, food lines are growing longer by the day as Americans experience a food shortage akin to the great depression.

Despite massive unemployment, widespread homelessness, and the closure of thousands of small businesses in California, Newsom seems hellbent on continuing the tyrannical lockdown. It has gotten to the point that now people are fighting back.

After Los Angeles officials banned eating at restaurants last month — including outdoor dining — the California Restaurant Association, or CRA, has since joined a growing number of restaurant industry groups in cities and states across the country attempting legal action to overturn COVID-related dining restrictions.

Similar lawsuits have been filed in cities like Philadelphia and St. Louis, as well as states such as Michigan and Oregon in recent weeks — each in different ways attempting to get COVID-19-era dining bans overturned.

As government continues to prove its incompetence, those in the private industry are stepping in to help. Food Network personality Guy Fieri worked to raise more than $21.5 million over the last seven weeks to help unemployed restaurant workers.

His work has led to many folks praising him online, correctly stating that he is “doing more than Congress” to aid struggling workers during the pandemic.

“Guy Fieri has raised $21.5 million for unemployed restaurant workers, which means Guy Fieri has done more for unemployed restaurant workers than Congress has in the last 8 months,” tweeted author Dan Price.

“Guy Fieri⁩ has raised more than $21.5 million in seven weeks to assist unemployed restaurant workers. Shame on every single one of our government ‘leaders’ who have failed them. God bless the ‘Fundraiser of Flavortown,'” tweeted Janice Dean, senior meteorologist at Fox News.

Over the weekend, Fieri took it a step further and joined the resistance against the lockdowns. He announced his support from the CRA lawsuit mentioned above.

“We gotta keep Flavortown open for biz!” Fieri tweeted.

Fieri is obviously passionate about food but noted that restaurants are more than just food — they are the “heart and soul” of America.

“I’ve traveled coast to coast visiting thousands of restaurants across the country on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and after all the time on the road, it’s clear that restaurants are the heart and soul of their communities,” Fieri said in a statement released through the Discovery Channel last week. “When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the impact on the restaurant industry was immediate.”

As government employees continue to collect their paychecks, while failing the people who pay their exorbitant salaries, it is heartening to see the private industry step in to help. Sadly, however, because of the damage done by the lockdowns, $21.5 million is a drop in the bucket of what is actually needed. The only thing that will save the “heart and soul” of America now will be government reversing course — which is not at all likely — or massive resistance, which is already happening.

 

~via The Free Thought Project

 

Ascension Avatar note: I’ve met many celebrities in this lifetime (with ‘celebrity’ egos to boot), but Guy Fieri is one of the kinder, down-to-earth ones (like Stevie Nicks) who genuinely cares about people, humanity and the planet (interesting that they’re both Air Signs with Capricorn Moon, and have hearts of gold!). A former Los Gatos, California restaurant chef myself, Guy signed this page for me from his cookbook, “Guy Fieri Food”…

‘WE ARE BETTER THAN OUR POLITICS’ ~ James Mattis on “In Union There Is Strength”

“When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens — much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside. Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children. We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution. Our American answer is ‘In Union there is Strength.’ We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis — confident that we are better than our politics.”

~James N. Mattis

-Retired United States Marine Corps General & Former United States Secretary of Defense

When I joined the military, some 50 years ago, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens — much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.

We must reject any thinking of our cities as a “battlespace” that our uniformed military is called upon to “dominate.” At home, we should use our military only when requested to do so, on very rare occasions, by state governors. Militarizing our response, as we witnessed in Washington, D.C., sets up a conflict — a false conflict — between the military and civilian society. It erodes the moral ground that ensures a trusted bond between men and women in uniform and the society they are sworn to protect, and of which they themselves are a part. Keeping public order rests with civilian state and local leaders who best understand their communities and are answerable to them.

Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that the Nazi slogan for destroying us…was ‘Divide and Conquer.’ Our American answer is ‘In Union there is Strength.’ We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis — confident that we are better than our politics.

Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try. Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.

We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution. At the same time, we must remember Lincoln’s “better angels,” and listen to them, as we work to unite.

Only by adopting a new path — which means, in truth, returning to the original path of our founding ideals — will we again be a country admired and respected at home and abroad.

 

~via In Union There Is Strength

TULSI GABBARD: “Common Sense Is Not That Common”

 

 

~via Tulsi Gabbard

TULSI GABBARD: “Tulsi Gabbard Podcast .002 — How Livi McKay Won Her Battle With Opioids”

Busting through myths and stigma around medicinal cannabis and bridging the partisan divide, with Livi McKay, a lifelong conservative from Mobile, AL.

 

 

~via Tulsi Gabbard