Today I went to church and visited with other church members. After church I came home and did some work around my place. I am hoping to do some laundry tomorrow since I do not do laundry on the weekends so that those who work can use the laundry room.

The Central Coast Jerk Pirates Offroad Group came together Saturday, to host a fundraiser for Arroyo Grande Police Sergeant Michael Smiley.

Sergeant Michael Smiley was helping search for Mason Lira who allegedly shot a sheriff’s deputy the day before, shot at the Paso Robles Police Department, and killed a man at the Amtrack station.

Sponsors of Saturday’s event and raffle donations were contributed by: Jerk Pirates Offroad Group, Freedom Ropes, 5150 Dieselz, Offroaders United, and Desert Whips.

Bruce Van Vort, Owner of Fin’s Seafood and Pismo Beach Golf Course provided a venue for the event.

“It’s never the wrong time to do the right and the right thing is raise money for these police officers who went up to Paso to protect us and they got shot for that. We just want to make sure they know how much we appreciate them,” Van Vort said.

Organizers hope this gathering shows community support for local law enforcement.

“We’re with them and respect everything they’re doing. Our area for the most part, loves the flag and supports police officers and first responders and that’s the message we want to get across,” said Dan Hensley, a member of the Jerk Pirates Offroad Group.

It’s unclear at this time how much the BBQ was able to raise, but organizers said they sold about 450 meals and had to go out and buy more food to feed everyone.

Dozens of cars and motorcycles could be seen riding down Spring Street in Paso Robles Saturday in a ‘Cruise of Gratitude’ event.

Many participants decorated their vehicles with American flags and blue ribbons.

Organizers say they wanted to support local law enforcement, especially after the active shooter incident in Paso Robles last week.

“We are forever grateful. There are not enough ways to show you how much we appreciate you, everything that you guys go through; we never want to be taken for granted,” said organizer, Trisha Butcher.

Butcher said she wanted to organize a barbecue, but instead chose a drive by because of coronavirus restrictions.

(Christian Post) Amazon has banned another conservative nonprofit from its AmazonSmile program, which allows customers to choose a charity to receive proceeds from their purchases.

The tech giant’s decision to ban the Family Research Council (FRC) was reportedly based on recommendations from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the program’s gatekeeper, which frequently labels conservative and Christian organizations as “hate groups.” 

“While Amazon customers can use the AmazonSmile program to donate a portion of each purchase to left-leaning organizations like Planned Parenthood, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Center for American Progress (and to be fair, to many right-leaning organizations, too), Amazon has decided to single out a few well-known conservative organizations like FRC and ADF from receiving part of the tens of millions of dollars the program raises each year from customers,” Kay Coles James, president of The Heritage Foundation, wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Times.

The Scottsdale, Arizona-based Christian legal firm Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) was banned in 2018, after it was labeled by the SPLC as a hate group due to its biblical views on sexuality.

“The SPLC itself is a completely discredited organization,” James wrote. “It bills itself as being on the front lines in the fight against racial inequality and injustice, yet last year its own staffers accused its leadership of years of racial and gender discrimination and of widespread sexual harassment. Whistleblowers said that the organization had a ‘systemic culture of racism and sexism within its workplace.’. As a result, its co-founder and president were both forced out.”

She added, “The people at the SPLC certainly have a right to disagree with these groups’ policy positions; but it’s unconscionable that they would label decent people as hateful and consider them on equal footing with neo-Nazis and the Klan.”

At “the urging of Amazon’s board of directors,” shareholders recently defeated a resolution that would have ended the use of the SPLC’s defamatory list, James pointed out.

After the ADF was banned from participating in the AmazonSmile program in 2018, its President and CEO Michael Farris sent a letter to Amazon to protest its decision. In the letter, he argued that the company should refrain from using the SPLC to make decisions on what groups can and cannot be eligible for AmazonSmile.

“Although the SPLC did good work many years ago, it has devolved into a far-left propaganda machine that slanders organizations with which it disagrees and destroys the possibility of civil discourse in the process,” wrote Farris at the time. “The group has been discredited by investigative journalists and charity watchdogs as a ‘direct mail scam’ that has seen its leaders amass enormous fortunes. It is no surprise that the United States Department of Defense and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have severed ties with the SPLC.”

In 2017, Amazon also banned D. James Kennedy Ministries from participating in the AmazonSmile program after it, too, was labeled as a “hate group” by the SPLC. In response, the Christian ministry filed a defamation lawsuit against Amazon and the SPLC.

Critics of the SPLC have also accused it of inciting violence against conservative individuals and organizations, linking it to the shooting at the Family Research Council and student protests against Charles Murray at Middlebury College.

After the shooting at FRC’s headquarters eight years ago, the assailant, Floyd Lee Corkins II, said he was incited by the SPLC’s list of “anti-gay” organizations which included the FRC, and told FBI agents after the attack that he wanted to “make a statement against people [who worked at FRC].”

At the time, the SPLC issued a statement saying, “We have argued consistently that violence is no answer to problems in a democratic society, and we have strongly criticized all those who endorse such violence, whether on the political left or the political right.” 

Robert Netzly, CEO of Inspire Investing, expressed concerns in an op-ed piece for The Christian Post that Amazon isn’t living up to its commitment to viewpoint diversity. 

“Amazon has taken great pains to portray themselves as champions of diversity, and have made public statements about their supposed commitment to respecting diverse viewpoints,” Netzly asserted. “For example, their website proclaims that ‘diversity and inclusion are good for business — and more fundamentally — simply right.'”

Netzly added, “This begs the question, if Amazon is such a believer in diversity, why would its board recommend that shareholders vote against a resolution that would provide ‘a full evaluation of viewpoint bias and associated risks to ensure that Amazon is making balanced decisions and that it is acting consistent with its commitment to diversity?'”

The area has numerous vultures soaring over the area looking for food.

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Published by mpfitch

I am a retired disabled veteran and am actively involved with a Baptist Church on the Central Coast of CA. I am a photographer who likes to shoot portraits and scenic photographs.

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