Apparently, there is some debate on the left now about how much they should tolerate Islam’s basic hostility toward women, gays, and human rights generally. It was started when Bill Maher had the audacity to suggest that maybe Mohammedans should be criticized for their anti-liberal attitudes toward women and minorities. The deep progressive left thinkers like Ben Affleck, Rosie O’Donnell, and Toure have reacted by proclaiming that any and all criticism of Islam is racist and xenophobic. But it’s pretty hard to get around the fact that serious Christians who believe homosexuality is wrong will pray for those who are gay, and serious Mohammedans who think homosexuality is wrong will frakking kill you.
A graduate from Trinity Western University says that a hiring manager for Canada’s North for Amaruk Wilderness Corp. informed her that her application for an internship at the company was rejected because of her Christian beliefs and education at a Christian university.
In her complaint to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, Bethany Paquette provided a series of discriminatory emails from executives at Amaruk.One of the emails was from hiring manager Olaf Amundsen, who told Paquette that she did not meet the minimum requirements to be a guide. He then callously added:
Additionally, considering you were involved with Trinity Western University, I should mention that, unlike Trinity Western University, we embrace diversity, and the right of people to sleep with or marry whoever they want.
Amundsen explained to Paquette that most of “the guys at the management level” in the Norwegian-owned company believe Christianity is to blame for destroying Norse culture, traditions, and its way of life.
Frankly, I think employers should have a right to employ whomever they want and sell to whomever want. But why would anyone want to work for a bunch of douchebags likes that?
Hat Tip: Weasel Zippers
Yeah, racial tolerance is good and everything, but not when it results in a lesbian’s trophy baby being the wrong color.
A white Ohio woman is suing a Downers Grove-based sperm bank, alleging that the company mistakenly gave her vials from an African-American donor, a fact that she said has made it difficult for her and her same-sex partner to raise their now 2-year-old daughter in an all-white community.
According to the lawsuit, the lesbian herself isn’t racist… no… not at all… it’s all those *other* white people she lives around who are racist, and that’s why she has to sue.
Jennifer acknowledges her limited cultural competency relative to African-Americans and steep learning curve, particularly in small, homogenous Uniontown, which she regards as too racially intolerant,” the lawsuit states.
President Obama acknowledged Sunday that U.S. intelligence officials “underestimated” the threat posed by the Islamic State and overestimated the Iraqi army’s capacity to defeat the militant group…
Let’s be clear: Officials who were chosen and supported by Obama. The administration of Barack Hussein Obama underestimated ISIS.
Or else, we can make this entry #39,422 in the files of “Obama pretends that he hasn’t been president all these years”. In the interview, Obama goes on to also blame Iraq’s PM al-Maliki for the problems; never himself.
One more thing. Does Obama still have the U.S. backing the world’s evil dictators? It seems so:
Obama also acknowledged that the U.S. is dealing with a conundrum in Syria, as the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State is helping Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom the U.N. has accused of war crimes.
“I recognize the contradiction in a contradictory land and a contradictory circumstance,” Obama said…
Bush practically would have been impeached, for saying that. (And Bush wouldn’t have said it because Bush did what he could, to push U.S. policy in the direction of overthrowing the world’s evil dictators.)
One more thing. Has Obama made it a thing of the past, that the U.S. might strike its enemies pre-emptively (or perhaps unilaterally, as the Left calls it)? Not so much:
Obama called the threat from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and other terror groups a more “immediate concern that has to be dealt with…” “…in terms of immediate threats to the United States, ISIL, Khorasan Group — those folks could kill Americans,” he said…
Both groups have been targeted by U.S. airstrikes in recent days…
Barack Obama: Just what the Left always *accused* Bush of being. And of course, the media lets him get away with it.
UPDATE: Some Democrats agree that it was the Obama White House, more than the U.S. intelligence community, which underestimated ISIS.
Former Rear Admiral Joe Sestak, a two-term Democratic member of the House of Representatives…appeared to surprise his MSNBC interlocutor when he noted that the only people who got ISIS wrong work in the Obama administration.
“If you remember back in January and February, the head — the general, the Defense Intelligence Agency, actually testified before the House and Senate that in 2014, ISIS would take over large swaths of territory,” the Navy veteran asserted. “In fact, at the time he testified, they had already seized Ramadi and Fallujah — 35 miles from Baghdad.”
A decade ago, Fallujah was a crucial victory for the Marines (some of whom gave their lives) against an earlier version of ISIS. I guess Obama threw it back.
UPDATE: A report that Obama was warned about ISIS in 2012. As Ed Morrissey puts it:
…the US intelligence community told him of the danger at the same time Obama ridiculed Mitt Romney during the presidential debates…for wanting a residual force in Iraq to prevent exactly what Romney warned would happen.
Obama’s aides want you to know that just because Obama was yukking it up and fist-bumping literally half an hour after eulogizing James Foley after he was beheaded by Mohammedan savages (or as Obama calls them “folks“), that his actions “did not reflect the depths of his grief” over
Foley’s brutal death missing that two-foot putt on the 13th hole.
Chicks on the Right thought you might want to know a little more about Obama’s golfing buddies.
Center: Glenn Hutchins, mutli-millionaire founder of private equity firm Silver Lake Partners (which was a defendant in a collusion lawsuit this year along with Bain Capital and recently settled out of court for $30-million)
Right: Cyrus Walker, a millionaire lobbyist for Chatman LLC, a lobbying firm for the health insurance industry in Deleware
Left: The current President who campaigned against both private equity firms and also political lobbyist organizations, whose golf game apparently comes before important matters as well as his own integrity
And yet, there are lot of stupid people who believe Democrats are “the party of the little guy.” (You know who you are.)
What could bring San Francisco Progressive Leftists and German Neo-Nazi skinheads together in harmonious unity? Why, Jew-hatred, of course. (And also authoritarian fascist socialism, but mostly Jew-hatred.)
In San Francisco (CIty Motto: “More exposed wangs than a whole season of Game of Thrones”), that bastion of progressive leftism, protesters turned out to oppose the only state in the Middle East that recognizes gay rights and support a regime where the only debate about gay rights is whether they have the right to be thrown off high buildings or crushed under rocks.
And in Berlin, a combined anti-Jew protest organized by Mohammedans and German Neo-Nazis erupted in periodic chants of “Gas the Jews! Gas the Jews!”
I guess these groups have to unite in order to destroy Jews and Christians; because Jews and Christians are so intolerant.
When a viewpoint (leftism) goes against reason, logic and civil society – when its basic doctrine is in essence an attack on the rights of the individual – we should expect at least some of its adherents to be rude, “entitled” people in the encounters of daily life. Because the person and the viewpoint gravitate toward each other. Leftism fundamentally denies other people’s rights to life, liberty and property. Therefore, committed leftists should tend – not always, but on average and over time – tend to be unreasonable people who disrespect others.
It’s much better to laugh at these people than to feel upset by them. Consider this an open thread for posting your own favorite “ridiculous leftie encounter” stories, in the comments.
I’ll start with a very little one, that just happened. Picture a large gym, a bank of 12 large TVs shared by many exercise stations. A woman is exercising in front of TV #4. She watches #4 intently, with perhaps an occasional glance to TVs 3 or 5. TV #2 is far out of her field of vision, and clearly nothing that she’s watching. So she won’t mind if I change it, as I’m about to work in front of #2. I pick a sports channel. Oops! TV #2 had been set to MSNBC, and she’s a Ridiculous Leftie who must dictate everything that happens. She stops exercising and strides to the far wall just to change #2 back to MSNBC, glaring at me with vicious hostility. And then – get this – she *still* doesn’t watch it. (Probably since she would have had to strain her neck, to keep it up for long; or do even liberals dislike MSNBC?)
The story ended OK for me (I did speak with her and have reason prevail) but that’s enough. Tell yours!
If you’re a lawyer and you defend a man who brutally raped a woman before shooting her and burying her alive, you’ll be a hero in the legal profession.
If you defend a brutal cop-killer, President Obama might appoint you to be in charge of Civil Rights for the entire country.
If you defend terrorists who murdered American soldiers and innocent civilians, Obama might appoint you Attorney General of the United States.
And if you’re an unscrupulous ambulance chaser who acquires a vast fortune by using Junk Science to sue baby doctors out of existence and cheats on your wife while she’s dying of cancer, the Democrat Party considers you presidential timber.
All of those causes… rapists, murderers, terrorists, suing baby doctors… fully supported and respectable for the legal profession.
Joan Biskupic writing for Reuters reports on the fear in the legal community that has caused large law firms to refuse to take on clients who support keeping the “one man, one woman” definition of marriage, U.S. law firms flock to gay-marriage proponents, shun other side (h/t@AdamLiptak):
In fairness, this probably has more to do with the bullying tactics of the fascist gay left than with ethics. Still, it’s worth remembering when lefty lawyers clap themselves on the back for having the “courage” to defend unpopular causes; they risk nothing for defending rapists, murderers, and terrorists are are often, in fact, rewarded for it.
The Texas GOP passed a resolution vowing to keep “Gay Reparative Therapy” legal in Texas, and the leftists are throwing their daily all-day hissy fit about it. As usual, the left, who were clearly the cultural aggressors in this (after New Jersey and California made sexuality choice therapy illegal) are now playing the victim.
It’s easy to imagine they would be equally outraged had banned sex change operations and cheered if a blue state vowed to keep them legal. Apparently, the right to undergo chemical and surgical mutilation to change one’s sexual identity is a sacrosanct right. But the right to change one’s sexual orientation, if that’s what one wants, not so much.
I’m not sure such therapy is even very effective, but I think people ought to have the right to pursue it if that’s what they want.
One wonders, if there were therapy that could make a straight person gay, would the left be against it, or would they demand that it receive federal subsidies, like Sandy Fluke’s birth control?
Those of us on the conservative/right-wing/libertarian side tend to believe that people generally have a right to make their own decisions so long as those decisions don’t hurt anyone else.
The progressive left, on the other hand, believe that people have a right to make choices so long as the progressive left approves of those choices. And, furthermore, choices the progressive left approves of should be mandatory and/or subsidized. Those the left disapproves of should be illegal.
William Nicholson complains that his movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, didn’t get him the accolades he was aiming for, because another movie used up audiences’ racial guilt that year:
“Unfortunately it didn’t get the kind of acclaim that I wanted. It didn’t get Oscars,” Nicholson said, because 12 Years a Slave “sucked up all the guilt about black people that was available.”
“[America] were so exhausted feeling guilty about slavery that I don’t think there was much left…”
Nicholson, however, also laid blame with…the civil rights hero’s “boring” rhetoric. “I know it sounds outrageous to say a thing like that, but when he came out of prison he made a speech and, God, you fell asleep,” he said.
- Nicholson doesn’t think all that highly of Mandela.
- He made the movie to get an Oscar.
- His intended tactic was to manipulate people, specifically their sense of guilt.
- The world cheated him of his Oscar, since another movie got to people’s guilt, first.
Umm, what about art?
Apparently, Jill Abramson thought New York Times management really meant all of that stuff about “War on Women” and “Equal Pay.”
Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs… A third associate told me, “She found out that a former deputy managing editor”—a man—“made more money than she did” while she was managing editor. “She had a lawyer make polite inquiries about the pay and pension disparities, which set them off.”
Also, apparently she was #Bossy.
“She confronted the top brass,” one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was “pushy,” a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.
The left has gone from #BanBossy to #CanBossy.
Update: John Ekdahl has discovered a long trail of New York Times sanctimony on the subject of pay equity. I wonder if the Times’ bosses will claim she got paid less because she was less experienced, or because the paper has been less profitable, or some other explanation the left routinely derides as an excuse for “sexism.”
Despite condemnation by the Archdiocese of Boston, Harvard Chaplains, student religious groups, and many alumni and students on campus, an organization of Harvard Extension School students will move forward with plans to host a staging of a satanic “black mass” on campus on Monday.
A black mass ceremony is a ritual performed by satanic cults to parody the Catholic Church Mass. Historically, the ceremony features a ritual of sacrilege of the Catholic host, or the sacred bread used in the Eucharist, which becomes the body of Jesus Christ upon consecration.
But remember, mocking the beliefs of Mohammedans is “racist” and “intolerant.”
Update: Canceled… with whiny little note from the organizers.
“The point of this event is to challenge the stigmatization of marginalized groups.”
Q. Why do Democrats think business is corrupt and rich people don’t pay taxes?
A. Because rich Democrats are corrupt and don’t pay taxes.
The family bicycle business of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke (“I believe people should pay their fair share” – Ed.) has not paid state income taxes for more than three decades.
Trek, which claims its bicycles can “combat climate change,” has sales of roughly $900 million. However, according to records from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue obtained by Fox 6 in Milwaukee, Trek Bicycle has not paid net income taxes since at least 1982.
And wait, it gets better.
The company also received an $875,000 loan funded by Wisconsin taxpayers, while Burke was serving as Secretary of Commerce for the state.
Trek used the loan to build a new facility, and $392,300 of that loan was forgiven, according to Bjorling.
If they weren’t protected by judges and prosecutors just as corrupt as they are, the Democrats would be prosecuted under organized crime and racketeering laws.
Democrat Congressman Scott Peters Refers to his gay Republican opponent as “Mary.” (Note, his opponent’s name is not “Mary.”)
When asked about that unpleasant episode by an audience member, Frank said in no uncertain terms that he had no problem with Baldwin — a position he had emphasized on the red carpet before the screening, saying that, “his outbursts to the contrary notwithstanding,” Baldwin “has been very supportive of gay rights.”
Erin Ching, a student at Swarthmore College (Tuition: $60K per year) was quoted in her student newspaper with the following:
‘What really bothered me is the whole idea that at a liberal arts college we need to be hearing a diversity of opinion.’
And Rutgers University answers: “Right on, Sister.”
Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice abruptly withdrew Saturday from speaking at Rutgers University’s commencement address amid protests at her selection from faculty and students and denouncements of her as a “war criminal.”
The largest student newspaper, The Daily Targum, also urged the school to reconsider in a strong editorial that said that none of their commencement speakers should have “questionable politics.”
Other Rutgers campuses followed suit in calling for the forced withdrawal of Rice and students and faculty at the main campus staged a sit-in protest on Monday. During that protest, some participants held up signs that read “No honors for war criminals,”War criminals out” and “RU 4 Humanity?”
One notes that the Little Fascists of Rutgers had no protest at all when another Iraq War supporter, Hillary Rodham Clinton, spoke on campus. Curious, isn’t it?
Today is Earth Day, a day started by Left-Wing Environmental Extremists and murderers to help further the cause of dismantling global free enterprise and human advancement generally. Mr. President Obama has an aggressive Urf Day agenda:
Today is Earth Day. President Obama will mark the day by flying from Washington, D.C. to Washington state — 2,328 miles, generating 568,032 pounds of carbon emissions at 244 pounds per mile — and then beginning his week-long trip to Asia, flying tonight to Tokyo — 4,792 miles, an additional 1,169,248 pounds of carbon emissions. The two trips add up to 1.73 million pounds of carbon or 868.64 tons.
For perspective, the average American generates about 19 tons of carbon dioxide in one year.
This figure does not count the carbon emissions from the president’s backup plane, cargo planes transporting the president’s limo and helicopter, advance staff, etc.
However, in a move even his most ardent supporters identified as blatantly political, Mr. Obama once again delayed a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. A San Francisco based billionaire hedge fund manager heavily invested in solar and wind projects had pledged to spend $100 Million to help elect Democrats in 2014 in return for blocking the Keystone XL pipeline.
If this were published in The Onion, people would think; “Ah, once again, those clever Onionistas have adroitly par0died our zeitgeist.” (Some people would think that. Probably) But IRL… Paul Krugman – the New York Times economitician who rails constantly against “income inequality“… is going to be paid $225,000 by a publicly-funded university for… well, no one can really say exactly… but it has something to do with an “Income Inequality Initiative.” (Perhaps, they think there isn’t enough.)
According to a formal offer letter obtained under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, CUNY intends to pay Krugman $225,000, or $25,000 per month (over two semesters), to “play a modest role in our public events” and “contribute to the build-up” of a new “inequality initiative.” It is not clear, and neither CUNY nor Krugman was able to explain, what “contribute to the build-up” entails
Maybe Krugman’s advice to CUNY will help them as much as it helped Enron back in the 2000′s.
FWIW: At 2014 rates, Krugman’s stipend would pay a year’s tuition for 39 CUNY students.
More Sweet Irony: SEIU — one of the Democrats many favorite labor unions — wants to unionize workers at Left-wing FoxNews haters and champions of the proletariat “Media Matters for America.” The good lefties at MMFA have responded by hiring a law firm that specializes in “union-busting.”
Left-wing NYC Mayor de Blasio has released his tax return. Guess what?
- “$165,047 in total income” (probably includes his “$52,000 in rental income”)
- “Mr. de Blasio’s effective tax rate was 8.3%.”
- “reported $5,597 in gifts to charity, roughly 3%”
So de Blasio got a 6-figure income and gave basically 11% back to the society in which he lives.
I seem to remember lefties screeching with drama and contempt in 2012 when Mitt Romney paid an effective tax rate of 14.1%, plus another whopping 29.7% to charity, for a total give-back to society of 44% of his income, or four times the rate of de Blasio.