LIVE BLOG: Todd Starnes Show – Oct 17



2:05pm – Guest: Jane Jenkins Herlong, Certified Professional Humoristentertains using funny, original Southern stories, folksy wisdom and singing to help folks live more.  Check out her latest book, Rhinestones on my Flip Flops 

2:30pm- Guest: Dr. Paul Chappell is the senior pastor of the Lancaster Baptist Church and president of West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, California. His biblical vision has led the church to become one of the most dynamic independent Baptist churches in the nation. His new book is out today, Are We There Yet? Marriage—a Perfect Journey for Imperfect Couples.”



1:05pm- Todd Starnes Public Enemy #1! More than a dozen members of the Ames High School marching band Friday became the latest Iowa students to make a statement surrounding the playing of the national anthem.Thirteen band members linked arms and walked off the field during a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to the Little Cyclones’ home football game against Des Moines Lincoln. Additionally, an unknown number of band members decided not to play their instruments during the anthem. Those who walked off faced some cursing from spectators in the stands, but they decided to protest despite criticism, said sophomore Lara Murray. Murray said she decided to walk off to highlight inequality in the United States. “How can we be unified if there’s racism, sexism and homophobia in our school?” Murray said. “I had a lot of second thoughts on it, but I thought I was going to regret it more if I didn’t do something.” Originally, the students were planning on kneeling, until Ames High School principal Spence Evans told them they had to walk off the field instead, the students said. So How did Todd Starnes become public enemy #1 in Ames? He explains. 

1:30pm- To Kill A Classic! The Biloxi Public School District in Mississippi has removed Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic on racial inequality, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” from its eighth-grade curriculum after reportedly receiving complaints about language used in the book, which features the N-word. A school board member told the the Sun Herald, which first reported the incident last week, that the move was not voted on by the board but was an administrative and departmental decision. A reader told the newspaper the decision was made “mid-lesson plan” and “due to the use of the N word.” “There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same lesson with other books,” Kenny Holloway, vice president of the Biloxi School Board, told the Sun Herald. “It’s still in our library. But they’re going to use another book in the eighth-grade course.”



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12:05pm- Speak American! A video clip recorded on a cell phone inside a New Jersey classroom reportedly shows a teacher confronting her students and telling them to “speak American.” A teacher at Cliffside Park High School said, “men and women are fighting.” “They are not fighting for your right to speak Spanish. They are fighting for you right to speak American.” The report said the school has a large number of Spanish-speaking students. One can be seen getting up from his desk and walking out of the classroom after the teacher’s remark. “You’re being racist,” the student can be heard saying. “I know how to speak English.” A student interviewed after the incident said the teacher asked students to stop whispering in Spanish. A commentator on Facebook reportedly called the teacher a “great person.” Other commentators reportedly said English should be spoken in class out of respect for teachers. Some students have reportedly called for the teacher’s resignation, and the school’s superintendent called for an assembly on Friday to talk about the issue Question: Was the teacher wrong? 888-788-9910

12:20pm- Unpatriotic! Sen. John McCain, delivered speech Monday night that criticized politicians supporting the new movement of “half-baked” solationist politics. McCain, who did not name any one by name, called the movement “unpatriotic” while at the National Constitution Center Liberty Medal ceremony. “To abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history,” he said. Accepting the award for a lifetime of service and sacrifice to the country, McCain also used the opportunity to reminisce about a time where bipartisanship was a normal part of politics. “We often argued — sometimes passionately,” McCain said of himself and the former Vice President Joe Biden who was also in attendance. “But we believed in each other’s patriotism and the sincerity of each other’s convictions. We believed in the institution we were privileged to serve in.” McCain joined the Navy in 1958 and rose to the rank of captain during his 22 years of service. In 1967, his plane was shot down over Hanoi, Vietnam, during a bombing mission, and he spent years in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp. He recently revealed that he’s fighting brain cancer. 

12:30pm- Don’t Sing? A Georgia woman says she and her fellow Delta passengers were prevented from singing the national anthem as crews unloaded the casket of a fallen soldier at Atlanta’s airport last weekend. Pamela Dee Gaudry was on a flight toward Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when she says she learned that the body of a fallen soldier — 29-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright — was on her plane. Gaudry, the wife of a deceased Navy captain, wanted to honor the Special Forces soldier who was among four U.S. troops killed in an attack in Niger on Oct. 4, by singing the national anthem. She then went around the cabin asking each passenger if they would join her in singing for the fallen soldier  “I thought it would be so amazing if we sang as they were getting off,” Gaudry said in a Facebook video. “It’s a great honor to the boy’s parents, wife and perhaps children.” Gaudry says some people were enthusiastic about singing, telling her they would join in, while others chose not to participate. 


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