Nordstrom Boots 85-year-old Salvation Army Bell Ringer After Gay Workers Complain

H/T Todd

It is a shame that a bunch of malcontents can dictate who can and can not be in front of a store like Nordstroms.

An 85-year-old Salvation Army volunteer was booted from his longtime perch outside Nordstrom in downtown Seattle because his presence made gay and lesbian workers uncomfortable.

The Seattle Times reports Dick Clarke had manned a red kettle outside the store for 19 years – raising more than $100,000 for a ministry that provides food banks home shelters and array of other ministries.

“Clarke said he was told in a meeting last week with head of stores Jamie Nordstrom that LGBTQ employees said The Salvation Army’s presence made them uncomfortable,” the newspaper reported. 

As I document in my new book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation,” an army of militant LGBT activists has bullied Salvation Army for years – angered because they refuse to renounce their religious beliefs regarding marriage.

Clarke, a retired school teacher and principal, said he disagrees with the Salvation Army on the issue of same-sex marriage, but he puts aside his opinion to raise money for a worthwhile cause.

But that’s not good enough for the LGBT activists – who are demanding full and complete allegiance to their radical sexual jihad.

“Either you are an accepting organization or you are not,” Monisa Harrell, of Equal Rights Washington, told the newspaper.

There is not one shred of evidence that Salvation Army has ever turned away a member of the LGBT community from a shelter. There’s been not one story about a gay person being denied a hot meal.

“Our doors are, and always have been, open to all,” David Hudson, Salvation Army’s national commander wrote in a USA Today column. “We don’t ask anyone their orientation, identity or beliefs, to help ensure that they feel welcome and safe. So while we can’t claim an exact number, we believe by sheer size and access that we are the largest provider of poverty relief for people in the LGBTQ community.”

But as I document in “Culture Jihad,” that’s not good enough for the sex and gender revolutionaries. They want to destroy organizations like Salvation Army and Chick-fil-A and anyone else who follows the teachings of Christ.

“Yet because our organization is rooted in faith, a chorus repeatedly rises that insists we are anti-LGBTQ,” Hudson wrote. “And that refrain is dangerous to the very community we are wrongly accused of rejecting. At minimum, perpetuating rhetoric that vilifies an organization with the reach, housing, programming and resources that we have in place to lift them up is counterintuitive and inefficient. But when that organization depends on the generosity of donors to provide much-needed assistance to so many across all walks of life, it’s devastating.”

Let’s be clear – the militant gay rights community want to put Salvation Army out of business. That’s their agenda. If that means gay homeless kids have to go hungry and sleep on the sidewalks — well, I reckon that’s collateral damage.

A little military Christmas humour:


An official staff visit by Lt Gen Claus is expected at this base on 25 Dec.

The following directives govern the activities of all personnel during the visit: 

  • Not a creature will stir without permission. This includes Officers, Warrant Officers,Staff Non-commissioned Officers, Noncommissioned Officers, and mice. Marines may obtain special stirring permits for necessary tasks through the Battalion S-1 Office (See Company Office for PAR).
  • All personnel will settle their brains for a long winter nap no later than 2200 hours, 24 December. Uniform for the nap will be: pajamas: cotton, light-weight, general-purpose, olive-green; and cap: battle-dress: utilities – Woodland pattern. Equipment will be drawn from supply prior to 1900 hours. While at supply, all personnel will review their personal hand receipts and sign a Cash Collection Voucher, DD Form 1131, for all missing items. Remember that this is the “season of giving.”
  • Personnel will utilize standard T-ration sugarplums for visions to dance in their heads. Sugarplums are available in T-ration sundry packs and should be eaten with egg loaf, chopped ham, and spice cake to ensure maximum visions are experienced.
  • T-ration sundry packs can be picked up at the Medina Dining Facility (MDFAC) from 0800-1800 24 Dec. The S-4 will coordinate the acquisition and distribution of the T-ration sugarplums and accompanying items.
  • Stockings – wool, cushion sole, olive-green – will be hung by the chimneys with care. Necessary safety precautions will be taken to avoid fires caused by carelessly hung stockings. Platoon commanders will submit stocking handling plans to the S-3T, Training Chief, prior to 0800 hours, 24 Dec.
  • All Platoon commanders will ensure their subordinate personnel attend mandatory stocking-hanging safety classes and are briefed on the safety aspects of stocking hanging by the Safety Officer.
  • Stocking Safety will be taught 18 Dec at 1900 in the conference room of Bldg 321. Stocking Licenses will be issued at that time. Stockings will be issued out of the pebble shack on a first come first serve basis from 1400 – 1600 on 19 December.
  • At first sound of clatter, all personnel will spring from their racks to investigate and evaluate the cause. Immediate action will be taken to tear open the shutters and throw up the window sashes.
  • On order, Operations Plan (OPLAN) 7-01 (North Pole Contingency), para 6-8-A9(3), dated 4 Mar, this office, takes effect to facilitate shutter-tearing and sash-throwing. Platoon Commanders, Platoon Sergeants, and all Marines of the Guard will be familiar with procedures and are responsible for seeing that no shutters are torn or sashes thrown in the barracks prior to the start of official clatter.
  • Prior to 0001 hours, date of visit, all personnel possessing Standard Target Acquisition and Night Observation (STANO) equipment will be assigned “wandering eyeball” stations.
  • The Sergeant of the Guard will ensure that these stations are adequately manned even after shutters are torn and sashes are thrown.
  • The Company Training Chief, in coordination with the U.S. Transportation Command(CinC-Trans) and Motor T, will assign one each Sleigh, Miniature, M-24A3 and eight (8) reindeer, tiny, for use by LtGen Claus.
  • The assigned driver must have a current sleigh operator’s license with rooftop permit and evidence of attendance at the winter driving class stamped on his Department of Navy Form 348.
  • The driver must also be able to clearly shout “On, Dancer! On, Prancer!” etc.
  • Lt Gen Claus will initially enter Bldg 302 through the front entryway.
  • All buildings without chimneys will requisition Chimney Simulator, M6A1, for use during the visit.
  • Request chimney simulator on the Department of Navy Form 2765-1, which will be submitted in four copies to the Company Gunnery Sergeant prior to 20 December.
  • Personnel will ensure that chimneys are properly cleaned before turn-in at the conclusion of the visit.
  • Personnel will be rehearsed in the shouting of “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” or “Merry Christmas to All and to all a Good Night!” This shout will be given upon termination of the visit.
  • Uniformity of shouting is the responsibility of the Senior Enlisted Marine.

For The Commander 

Legend of the tabby cat


H/T  Reining Cats.

This is the version Paul Harvey would broadcast each year around Christmas. As a cat owner, I always looked forward to Paul’s broadcast.

IF you look at the cat in the picture you can see the letter M.



Legend of the tabby cat Author Unknown And so it came to pass that a husband and wife journeyed to a small town called Bethlehem, as the king had decreed that all the people stand to be counted in the small towns and teeming cities from whence they came.

The journey was long and hard for both, but especially for the young wife, who was very near to bringing her firstborn son into the world. When they, at last, reached the crowded and noisy town, the expectant father searched hurriedly for a place for them to rest and where the child could safely be born. But at every door, he was told there was no available room.

Finally, an old innkeeper, though having no space left in his inn, took pity on them and offered them shelter in the small stable used by his animals. It was there that the child was born, surrounded by beasts of the field. As the night’s cold grew, the baby fretted and cried while his parents pondered how to make him comfortable. His father tried stuffing straw into the open places in the walls, and his mother tried warming him with her meager wrappings.

But still, the baby cried on. All the while, a tiny kitten watched from the corner. “Of course the little baby is cold,” she thought. “It has no fur to keep it warm! I will give it mine, and I will lullaby-purr it to sleep.” A little jump brought the kitten into the manger where the baby lay. There, she quietly gave her humble gift of warmth and love, gently stretching out her thin, fragile little body over the baby’s, careful to cover all but the infant’s face. The crying was soon replaced by soft purrs and coos, and slowly, the infant smiled. As Mary, the new mother witnessed this gift to her child, she touched the little cat’s forehead.

“Thank you, Little Tabby, for your gift of love and warmth. As a sign of my grateful blessing, you and all your descendants will forevermore carry my initials on your forehead.” And to this day, tabby cats are known by the remarkable “M” on their foreheads, and by their extraordinary gifts of love, so gently given.