How about some cities declaring themselves a sanctuary for the unborn and refuse to abide by the federal laws allowing abortion.
April 14, 2017
File this one under “How is this even legal?”
Legislators in Texas are taking steps to curb the practice of celebratory gunfire after state Rep. Armando Martinez was hit by a stray bullet last New Year’s Eve.
“I was hit with a stray bullet. It pierced my skull and it was lodged in my brain. …We’re talking about two millimeters from (me) not being here today,” said Martinez, who introduced the bill on Monday. “With that in mind, I’m an NRA gun-carrying member and I have a CHL, but this isn’t about preventing people from carrying or purchasing a gun. This is about being a responsible gun owner.”
The House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee heard testimony Monday for House Bill 2583, which would create a penalty for individuals who knowingly discharge a firearm without an intended target.
Under Martinez’s bill, those who shoot a gun without an intended target would be charged with a Class A misdemeanor — or a first-degree felony if a serious bodily injury or death occurs as a result. There would be no offense if the shooting occurred at a gun range, while legally hunting or using blanks.
“This is mainly to deter celebratory gunfire. It is a solution to a problem that should not exist,” Martinez said. “People firing randomly puts life at risk.”
“Most people don’t have any concept that a bullet can travel three to four miles in a blink of an eye. I think education is one thing, but I think that people need to know this is idiotic,” state Rep. Terry Canales Canales said at Monday’s hearing.
But CJ Grisham with Open Carry Texas testified that the law, as written, is too broad and may complicate what constitutes as a warning shot.
“The goal of House Bill 2583 is to prevent reckless shootings because they can kill someone,” Martinez said. “All you have to do is shoot at a target. If you shoot at a target, you are not liable.”
Makes sense to me, but then again, so does following the four rules of gun safety even though there is no law requiring me to.
What do you think: is this a good piece of legislation or an unnecessary regulation?
By Robert Spencer
April 13, 2017
“2 suburban Chicago men arrested on terrorism charges,” AP, April 12, 2017:
CHICAGO (AP) — Two suburban Chicago men who posed for photos holding a black Islamic State flag at a Lake Michigan beach park were arrested Wednesday on federal terrorism charges, and an undercover agent said one of the men suggested homosexuals should be thrown off the city’s tallest building.
An FBI sting going back several years compiled evidence that Joseph D. Jones and Edward Schimenti conspired to provide and attempt to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, according to a complaint. That included allegedly provided cellphones to someone working with the FBI, believing the phones would be used to detonate explosives in Syria.
The court filing includes photos of the 35-year-old men holding an Islamic State flag at the Illinois Beach State Park in Zion, where they live.
This past February, Schimenti allegedly told one person in on the sting that he was angry about someone from work because he was gay, according to the complaint. If Islamic Law was ever instituted in the United States, Schimenti was quoted as saying, “We are putting you (homosexuals) on top of Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower) and we drop you.”
The complaint also details postings on the suspects’ social media accounts, which included Islamic State beheadings.
It says a photo posted on Schimenti’s Google Plus profile shows a masked man holding a knife and standing alongside an IS flag. A caption reads in capital letters that if you can’t travel abroad to fight, “then slaughter the pagans next to you.” Another posting reads: “Islamic State will control your country, matter of fact, Islam will dominate the world!!”
In 2015, a video was posted on Jones’ Google Plus profile entitled “Some of the Deadly Stabbing Ways: Do not Forget to Poison the Knife,” the complaint says. Another time, a person in on the FBI sting asked Jones if he ever thought about traveling to Syria to live in Islamic State territory. He answered, “Every night and day,” the complaint says….
By Bethany Janzen
April 12, 2017
While Congress and D.C. is in a raucous, students on campus aren’t being quite either. Last week, Dr. Anthony Levatino’s presentations at a public university and med school in Colorado sparked controversy and conversation.
Dr. Levatino is a former abortionist who committed around 1,200 abortions – including some past 20 weeks – and had a change of heart. His story is captivating and compelling, which he shared with two schools of higher education last week.
At the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School (CU Anschutz), 70 people attended Dr. Levatino’s lunch presentation “From Pro-Choice to Pro-Life.” In the evening, about 100-120 turned out to hear him address is “Is Abortion Women’s Healthcare?” at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder).
Leading up to the CU Boulder event, many of the posters which the Students for Life group on campus put up advertising the event were taken down. Also, some of their chalking was washed off, or defaced.
During the Q & A time at CU Boulder, one passionate African American student asked about how Dr. Levatino, as a white male, had the right to tell a woman what to do when he wasn’t fighting to stop Black Lives Matter, children dying in Syria, etc. His response? We can’t solve every crisis, but we can address a few important ones. It is sexist to say that just because I’m a male I can’t advocate for the lives of sons and daughters.
There were some other hostile questions as well, which Dr. Levatino answered with compassion, and though no protestors showed up, security stood by at both events.
At CU Anschutz, of the three core leaders of the CU Anschutz Pro-Choice group and a leader in the Colorado Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice asked some questions about contraception and such from a pro-choice mindset. But afterwards she came up and talked to me.
We both realized that we had testified the day before on opposite sides of the same bill in the Colorado Senate Committee. She was kind and agreed that we needed to support pregnant and parenting students and was especially passionate about the need for lactation rooms on campus. It was great to find that common ground together.
She said that she thought it was good to consider other perspectives and so that’s why she wanted to attend Dr. Levatino’s presentation. She exchanged contact information with the president of the new CU Anschutz SFL group and he plans to get in touch with her.
At both events I had baby socks for the #Sockit2PP campaign that people could pin and then send the other one to Congress in efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. Lots of people participated!!
LifeNews Note: Bethany Janzen is the Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America
By Micaiah Bilger
April 10, 2017
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi often uses religious terminology to defend her political positions on abortion, welfare and other issues.
A strong abortion advocate, the California Congresswoman once called her support of late-term abortions “sacred ground.”
On Sunday, she used a quote from Jesus in the Bible to describe born children as “the least of my brethren” and to call for more government funding of programs to help them. Pelosi did not mention abortion in her speech, but it’s clear from her record that she does not care about the millions of unborn babies who are dying brutal abortion deaths every year.
The Washington Free Beacon reports Pelosi made the remarks during a political rally about child poverty on Sunday in Los Angeles.
“I didn’t know this until recently, that when the Gospel of Matthew, ‘what you have done for the least of my brethren, you did for me,’ was something that Christ said in Holy Week, Tuesday of Holy Week,” Pelosi said. “So as we go into Holy Week, as we’re people of faith, people of morals, of morality, let us understand what that challenge is on this Palm Sunday to do the Lord’s work.”
She continued: “It is a fact in not only our Catholic faith, our Christian faith, but in all religions, that when we minister to the needs of God’s creation, that is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us. So if these people of such faith in our country truly are and in our state, they will recognize our obligation to our children.”
The “least of my brethren” teaching is about taking care of the most vulnerable members of society, a value that Pelosi strays from in her unrelenting support of abortion on demand. Nearly 1 million unborn babies are killed in abortions every year in the United States, making them some of the most vulnerable members of society today.
Pelosi’s position also strays from the Catholic Church, of which she claims to be a part. The church teaches that human lives are valuable beginning at the moment of conception and deserving of protection and support.
Several Catholic Church leaders have said Pelosi should not be allowed to receive communion because of her pro-abortion record.
Earlier this year, Pelosi trashed pro-lifers on national television, claiming that pro-life Christians “pray in church on Sunday, and prey on everyone the rest of the week.”
Her stance on abortion is radical in most Americans’ eyes. Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose most abortions. Just a slim percent of Americans want abortion to be legal up until birth, and very few want their tax dollars to pay for abortions – both of which Pelosi supports.
By Bob Owens
March 30, 2017
A soft-spoken 79-year-old Alabama man who has been the target of burglaries more than a dozen times in recent years regrets that he killed a teen-aged home invader yesterday, but doesn’t sound like he’ll be losing a great degree of sleep over it, either.
For 21 years, John Croft lived in his Center Point virtually problem free until last summer.
“I’ve been a prisoner in my house,” he said.
Croft, who is 79, says the burglaries began last June. Since then, he says his house has been broken into 13 times.
The most recent case came around 1:15 Wednesday morning
“When I heard the noise, that’s when they opened the window from the basement coming to the level where the bedrooms are,” he recalled.
Jefferson County deputies say there were two men inside. Another, driving the getaway car, waited outside.
“I have three bedrooms. I think they checked the other two bedrooms out and then he came over there and said, ‘Don’t move!’ He heard the bed squeak. I was getting my gun. He said, ‘Don’t move’ and he used the ‘N’ word and I shot,” Croft recounted later Wednesday.
“I hate that boy dead, but I don’t hate I shot him.”
Croft was wounded in the ankle when the burglar shot back, but the wound is not serious. He also seems to think he knows who the other two suspects in the home invasion may be, and has relayed that information to police.
Authorities have already deemed this a case of justified self defense by Mr. Croft.
By Robert Spencer
April 7, 2017
Whoever said that fascism would come to America in the guise of anti-fascism got it right. This violence and brutalization of political opponents is a new phenomenon in American politics, but it is becoming increasingly common, and it has a historical antecedent: the Nazi Brownshirts. In The Coming of the Third Reich, historian Richard J. Evans explains how, in the early days of National Socialist Germany, Stormtroopers (Brownshirts) “organized campaigns against unwanted professors in the local newspapers [and] staged mass disruptions of their lectures.”
To express dissent from Nazi positions became a matter of taking one’s life into one’s hands. The idea of people of opposing viewpoints airing their disagreements in a civil and mutually respectful manner was gone. One was a Nazi, or one was silent (and fearful).
That is just the kind of public arena that the Left has been trying to bring to the United States for years — particularly on college campuses. But I’ll be at Truman State University next week anyway, facing down the fascists. If they succeed in beating me up, will it prove them right? No. Will it demonstrate their moral superiority? Quite the contrary. Will it stop me from speaking? Absolutely not. And even if they kill me, others will keep on telling the truths they hate. They can’t kill us all, although I fully expect that in the long run they will try.
“Truman State University Student Threatens Violence Ahead of Robert Spencer Lecture,” by Andres Taborda, The New Guard, April 6, 2017:
Robert Spencer, conservative speaker and director of Jihad Watch, received threats of physical violence from a student at Truman State University where he is slated to speak next week as part of Young America’s Foundation’s best-in-the-movement campus lecture program.
In a slew of tweets, “Bella Waddle,” started off with the following:
This was followed up by a suspenseful tweet:
And if “Bella Waddle’s” retweet of the following tweet is any sort of endorsement, then we have a serious threat of violence towards Robert Spencer:
Hmm…not sure it’s a good idea to share with the world that you want punch Robert Spencer’s face.
Yet again, we see attempts by campus leftists to intimidate conservative speakers. If leftists really stood for tolerance, having a different point of view on campus would fulfill their mission. As we see here, though, leftists’ knee-jerk reaction to differing opinions is physical violence.
It’s amazing that groups who warn of violence on campuses are the ones who advocate for it the most.
So while “Bella Waddle” develops a sure-to-fail protest plot, just know one thing: We will be at Truman State University with Robert Spencer next week to discuss the dangers of Radical Islam.
Deal with it.
By Steven Ertelt
April 7, 2017
Planned Parenthood abortion business CEO Cecile Richards came unglued after the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. In an angry and terse email to Planned Parenthood supporters, Richards complained that the Supreme Court will now be hostile to abortion.
“The Senate just voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. His out-of-touch judicial record will threaten reproductive health and rights for decades to come,” she said.
Richard’s condemned Senate Republicans for changing the Senate rules to overcome a Democrat filibuster.
“They did it. It took an unprecedented blockade of President Obama’s highly qualified nominee. It took undoing Senate rules and dismantling decades of American democratic tradition. It meant ignoring the clear threat to our fundamental rights. But President Trump’s allies in the Senate did it: They just voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court by a razor-thin vote,” she grumbled.
“The Supreme Court will now be even more hostile to reproductive health and rights. We need to be ready to fight back — in the courts, in statehouses, and in communities nationwide,” she added.
She also claimed that the Supreme Court and pro-life Advocates will now go after women and birth control as well as abortion.
“Over the next few years, the Supreme Court could rule on laws that undermine access to basic health care, target the LGBTQ community for discrimination, and deny the essential right to safe and legal abortion. Justice Gorsuch has a history of going to extraordinary lengths to interfere with reproductive health and rights, and his alarming record and judicial philosophy leave no doubt that he will vote to restrict access to abortion,” she said.
Richards falsely claimed: “It’s bad enough that the Supreme Court will now have one more justice who does not believe the Constitution protects a woman’s right to safe, legal abortion. But this isn’t just about the Supreme Court. Now, lawmakers in Congress and state legislatures will be emboldened to pass even more extreme laws targeting birth control, abortion, and other essential care.”
In the email, Richards begged abortion activists to send Planned Parenthood as much money as possible to respond to the confirmation vote.
“Please, make your emergency gift now,” she concluded.
By Bob Owens
April 7, 2017
Last week we wrote about the experience that Phoenix News Times journalist Stephen Lemons had while attempting to cover a left-wing open carry march, and asked if we were edging towards a civil war.
Mr. Lemon managed to synch up with one of the representatives of the group of communists, anarchists, and amusingly titled “antifascists” (who are clearly fascists themselves, right down to their nice brown shirts) this week, and his account provides some interesting information about the militant left wing group.
Members of the group dress like they just stepped out of historical photos showing anarchists, communists, and others battling fascists during the Spanish Civil War.
Communist imagery appears on the personal websites of some JBGC members. And the red bandannas they tie around their necks emulate those worn by West Virginia coal miners during a violent 1921 labor uprising known as the Battle of Blair Mountain.
Their list of principles on the Redneck Revolt site include statements against capitalism, white supremacy, the nation-state, and “the wars of the rich,” while advocating for the “right of militant resistance.”
Yet, Payne cited the group’s work tabling at gun shows as an attempt to find common ground with right-wing militia members. Both the JBGC and militias are wary of the federal government’s power and cherish their rights under the Second Amendment.
This gives Redneck Revolt a “foot in the door” with the patriot types, Payne avowed.
Sure, both sides like to play with guns, but a Grand Canyon-sized chasm divides them.
For instance, the black banner JBGC unfurled at the Capitol declares that they seek liberty for all working people, including “trans and queer,” refugees, migrants, people of color, and “Muslims and Jews.”
In other words, not folks with whom militia and patriot types wanna cuddle.
Payne seems to agree with the maxim that an armed society is a polite society.
“If anything, the fact that both groups know that the other group has arms keeps things much less threatening,” she said.
March 25 was not her group’s first time out, and it will not be the last, she insisted.
But isn’t this an escalation, I asked?
“I don’t think we’re escalating,” she replied. “We weren’t the first ones to show up armed at a political event … We’ve had militia showing up at leftists’ events for years.”
But judging from many of the comments to the video and to my initial report, there are many right-wingers eager for a shootout with Payne and her comrades.
It’s probably predictable that the rabble on the radical left would attract the denizens of the radical right, and that both sides would puff out their chests, like two dim-witted playground bullies sizing one another up for a rumble. I know many on the right simply assume that their far better trained than those on the left, but that’s clearly not necessarily the case. Photos and videos the open carry march Lemon covered did show some serious “clown shoes” moments, such as people with poorly set-up plate carriers, mag pouches for the wrong weapon on web gear, and magazines stored wrong end up or oriented the wrong way in magazine pouches. Of course, we’ve seen the exact same thing from right wing militias playing at being soldiers for years.
What people seem to be discounting is that neither side is completely full of mouthy, clueless blowhards intent on virtue-signaling, who will run away in disarray at the first tough moment.
Just as there are some really squared-away folks on the militant right, there are so[me] folks who appear to know what they’re doing on the militant left. Video Mr. Lemon shot of the march no[t] only showed people who clearly knew next to nothing about what they were doing, but also a number of people in-shape people with what appear to be military tattoos, well-laid-out battle belts, functional and well-used firearms that appear to bear the scars of training, and a general air of confident competence you would expect from former grunts.
Not everyone who serves in our military leans to the right, and some that were leaning that way when they went in developed other ideas when in the service or since they got out.
Personally, I’m not at all impressed with Beth Payne, the anarchist Mr. Lemon interviewed for her article. She strikes me as an idealist, but not someone who has extensive tactical training, or who would have a clue how to execute a bounding maneuver if her life depended on it.
But there were guys in her group that I suspect would, and I think the fools on both sides chomping at the bit for militant conflict aren’t going to be quite as thrilled when the well-trained folks on both sides start laying down accurate fire and people wearing “Make American Great Again” hats are writhing on the ground beside anarchists with sucking chest wounds.
Let us make no mistake: both sides are going to take horrendous casualties if things escalate to the point of violence, am I’m not sure than anyone has a clear view of what future this nation has as a republic if things escalate to the point of factionalized warfare in American cities.
City governments vow to protect even violent predators in defiance of Trump administration.
By Joseph Klein
March 29, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned on Monday that sanctuary jurisdictions risked losing federal grants if they persisted in obstructing the enforcement of federal immigration laws. Billions of dollars in federal law enforcement funding are at stake. “I urge the nation’s states and cities to carefully consider the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws,” Attorney General Sessions said. “Countless Americans would be alive today and countless loved ones would not be grieving today if these policies of sanctuary cities were ended.”
Instead of heeding the Attorney General’s sound advice and taking care of their own citizens, city officials around the country are planning to sabotage federal law enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.
“We are going to become this administration’s worst nightmare,” said New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. On the same day that Attorney General Sessions issued his warning, she hosted a meeting with like-minded officials from other sanctuary cities, including San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, and Philadelphia, who prioritize the welfare of illegal immigrants over their own citizens. Ms. Mark-Viverito and her comrades threatened to block access by federal immigration authorities to city property and to city records that could help with the enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws. They are acting in the spirit of Alabama’s late Governor George Wallace, who stood in the schoolhouse door to defy federal enforcement of desegregation.
“The Trump Administration is pushing an unrealistic and mean spirited executive order,” tweeted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Spare us the tears, Mr. Mayor. We are not talking about innocent children caught up in vindictive mass deportation sweeps. Rather, President Trump’s so-called “mean-spirited executive order” is intended to rid this country of fiends like Estivan Rafael Marques Velasquez, a gang member from El Salvador with a criminal record, who was released from Rikers Island this year onto the streets of New York before U.S. officers from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit could pick him up for deportation proceedings. And there is Luis Alejandro Villegas, 31, who was released from local custody on Dec. 31, 2016, despite a detainer request from ICE. Villegas had previously been removed from the United States and has a prior conviction for forcible theft armed with a deadly weapon.
“Villegas is a criminal alien who was released back into our New York communities, posing an increased and unnecessary risk to those who live in this great city,” said Thomas R. Decker, field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in New York.
Fortunately, ICE agents were able to catch up with both Velasquez and Villegas on their own and place them into federal custody. If de Blasio has his way, we may not be so lucky next time. In the New York City suburb of Hempstead, two women and a 2-year old girl ran out of luck. A MS-13 street gang member, who had been deported back to El Salvador from the U.S. four times and had a number of prior arrests, stabbed the women and sexually assaulted the little girl.
Hempstead is in Nassau County, which is a sanctuary jurisdiction. Hempstead’s Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr. said last February, “President Trump’s recent executive orders go against the moral fiber with which our great nation was built, and I wholeheartedly support New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and countless other Mayors throughout the United States in denouncing these acts. I, Mayor DeBlasio and leaders from many other communities throughout the country will work together to oppose these executive orders and protect the rights of all people.” Good going, Mayor Hall. Now you can explain your opposition to rounding up and deporting illegal aliens with prior criminal records to the illegal aliens’ victims in your town, whom you should have been more worried about.
Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is presiding over a city beset by rampant crime, reiterated his pledge that Chicago will “continue to welcome” immigrants. “Chicago was built on the back of immigrants and our future is hitched to the wagon of immigrants who come to the city,” he added. Do these include the 45 out of 48 illegal immigrants picked up in a raid last month in the Chicago area who had previously been convicted of crimes, including criminal sexual assault? Twenty of the illegal aliens had returned to the country after have been already deported. In refusing to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement officials, Mayor Emanuel is hitching Chicago’s future in part to criminal illegal aliens who remain free to prey on Chicago’s citizens.
Challenging the Trump administration’s intention to put an end to sanctuary cities, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday that his city’s policies are “designed to keep our residents safe.” Tell that to the surviving family and friends of the Californian woman killed in a car crash caused by a drunk illegal alien with a long rap sheet, who had been deported previously. Perhaps Mayor Garcetti would do well to listen to the victim’s fiancé, who blamed politicians like himself for the “criminal illegal immigrants that are being harbored here.” Then again, Garcetti, Emanuel, de Blasio and the rest of the sanctuary city crowd are intent on placing their own pro-illegal alien progressive agenda above the safety and welfare of the people they are supposed to serve and protect.
In Travis County, Texas, Sheriff Sally Hernandez, known as “Sanctuary Sally,” has adopted sanctuary policies for the county in defiance of both federal and Texas state law enforcement. “We can’t have state and elected officials in the state like Sanctuary Sally [Hernandez] down here in Travis County turn a blind eye to releasing illegals that have felony convictions and then wonder what’s going to happen when they get back into general population,” said Texas District 7 Senator Paul Bettencourt. But it may be too late. According to a report issued by ICE on March 20, identifying those sanctuary jurisdictions which released criminal aliens under an immigration detainer, Sanctuary Sally’s county scored the number 1 position. It’s only a matter of time when a released illegal immigrant with felony convictions commits another crime.
Illegal immigrants in the United States make up approximately 3.5% of the nation’s entire population. According to data compiled from the U.S. Sentencing Commission for fiscal year 2015, illegal immigrants were responsible for 30.2 percent of convictions for kidnapping/hostage taking, 17.8 percent of convictions for drug trafficking, 11.6 percent of convictions for fraud, 10.4 percent of convictions for money laundering, 6.1 percent of convictions for assault, and 5.5 percent of convictions for murder. So much for the myth spread by the pro-illegal immigrant crowd that illegal immigrants commit serious crimes at a much lower rate than U.S.-born citizens.
Harboring or shielding from detection any alien who “remains in the United States in violation of law” is itself a violation of federal law. It also has real life consequences for the victims of the crimes committed by illegal aliens who are being shielded in sanctuary jurisdictions. Local and state officials who willfully help illegal immigrants evade detention for possible deportation should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.
By Micaiah Bilger
March 31, 2017
Country music legend Charlie Daniels came to the defense of babies in the womb on Thursday, calling on cities to create “sanctuaries” for the unborn just like they are for illegal immigrants.
Daniels, the Grammy award winner best known for his song “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” posted the statement Thursday on Twitter, according to Breitbart.
Daniels has been a vocal advocate for unborn babies’ right to life and other conservative political views for years, according to Fox News. The 80-year-old is set to release a new memoir later this year.
On Thursday, he wrote, “How about some cities declaring themselves a sanctuary for the unborn and refuse to abide by the federal laws allowing abortion.”
“Yes God knows us in every stage of our lives from conception to death and only He has the right to decide when His creations leave this life,” Daniels wrote.
Later, he continued, “There are a lot of people who will tell you it’s immoral to end the life of a murderous monster, guilty of the most heinous crimes who society has sentenced to death who see absolutely nothing wrong with killing a totally innocent unborn baby.”
It is rare to find a celebrity who supports the right to life for babies in the womb, but Daniels is not alone. Patricia Heaton and Kelsey Grammar also have been vocal advocates against abortion, along with Ben Stein, Stacey Dash, Kevin Sorbo, and NFL football stars Matt Birk, Tim Tebow and others.