Note: CJ Pearson is probably a descendant of the African-American slaves. Barack H. Obama, by his own official biography, is not.
The left has been in a lather because Rudy Giuliani stated that a President who refused to wear an American Flag lapel pin while campaigning, grabbed his crotch during the pledge of allegiance, vowed to ‘fundamentally transform’ America, has apologized abroad for America’s “arrogance,” has said that American “exceptionalism” is no more real than Greek exceptionalism, and who has systematically undermined the economic and international standing of the United States through his policies… does not really love his country in the sense that the term “love of country” is generally understood.
The left gets pretty defensive when their patriotism is questioned, but the truth is, holding contempt for everything America is supposed to stand for (free enterprise, individual rights, freedom of religion) is a pretty unpatriotic belief system. The data back this up.
A Pew Research survey last year found that 46 percent of “steadfast conservatives” believed that the U.S. stands above all other countries; only 11 percent of “solid liberals” believed the same. Seventy-two percent of steadfast conservatives said they often feel proud to be an American; only 40 percent of solid liberals said they do.
This is really not a shocker. Most conservatives have liberal friends, we went to college with liberals, we were taught by liberals in schools, and we get liberal messages from a media that is about 96% controlled by liberals. We have heard you guys tearing down America, expressing contempt for America, American History, American values. So, don’t even play this game where you get all haughty and offended when your patriotism is questioned. Liberace used to get just as offended when people suggested he wasn’t into women.
I once worked for a company proud of its “360 degree” employee reviews – where you were reviewed, not only by your boss, but also by your colleagues, subordinates – and if possible, your customers.
What do Al Sharpton’s “customers”, such as the families of African-American victims, think of him? Project Veritas has an answer.
The Islamic State threatens to conquer Italy and murder gays with pizza, or something. … Remember, your genius President says they have ‘legitimate grievances,’ unlike those wingnut Tea Partier
Like others, I don’t care much about the Oscars. But I understand that Patricia Arquette made a stir on Sunday night, with her speech about “All women deserve equal pay”.
Let’s be clear: Women and men absolutely deserve equal pay, when we’re talking about equal work. That is: work of the same category and experience level, that either a woman or man could do, done with equally good results, under equally good (or bad) conditions.
The point of contention is: Are left-wing feminists really talking about that? Are they correct to claim a large gender gap exists? And are left-wing politicians correct, when they claim to be the answer?
Powerline reminds us of research from 2011 about the gender gap being a myth. And also how, on the surface at least, Hillary and Obama are hypocrites – for example, Hillary has paid her women 72 cents on the dollar (compared to her men). While left-wing hypocrisy is a delightfully inexhaustible subject, the first piece is most interesting for the points it makes.
Basically, research supports the idea that men *on average* tend to choose more dangerous (or less popular) careers; more stressful specializations within the same career; and more uncomfortable and undesirable work locations. And tend (on average) to work longer hours including more nights and weekends, and to take fewer lengthy mid-career breaks. When adjusted for such factors, the gender pay gap disappears – or even turns slightly in favor of women.
If you disagree, please feel free to post your facts/logic in the comments.
UPDATE: Peter Schiff makes a good point, that if he *could* pay a woman less for the same work, women would have a competitive advantage. He “would be an idiot to hire a man” – and would gladly hire nothing but women. He doesn’t, because it just isn’t so. (At least in financial services. Maybe, over in show business, George Clooney’s career will indeed age better than Patricia Arquette’s.)
UPDATE: At the same link, Schiff adds, “in adult entertainment [as opposed to Arquette/Hollywood] women are paid much more…this disparity has nothing to do with discrimination…The porn audience cares about the female stars…So pay rates reflect market forces…I wonder if at the next Adult Video News awards a male winner will demand equal pay during his acceptance speech?”
Sally Kohn… the lesbian pundit who thinks we shouldn’t be bombing ISIS because that’s what they want us to do, who doesn’t understand that its the job of the legislature to pass laws, who thinks Christians and Jews commit terrorist attacks at the same rate Muslims do, and is just, generally… a very, very stupid person, now says she hopes her daughter grows up to be a vapid, militant lesbian… just like her.
I live in the liberal bubble of Park Slope, Brooklyn, where no yuppie would ever admit to wanting their kid to be anything in particular, other than happy. But more often than not, we define happiness as some variation on our own lives, or at least the lives of our expectations. If we went to college, we want our kids to go to college. If we like sports, we want our kids to like sports. If we vote Democrat, of course we want our kids to vote Democrat.
I’m gay. And I want my kid to be gay, too.
Pretty sure Ms. Kohn would accuse normal parents who hope their kids grow up to be normal of homophobia. So, let’s just let everybody figure out the math here.
Because there are no serious diplomatic or international issues to tend to, the Obama/Kerry State Department is able to indulge its social justice whims by creating a special envoy for sexual minorities.
Randy Berry, currently the consul general in the Netherlands, will promote human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, Secretary of State John Kerry said.
“Defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons is at the core of our commitment to advancing human rights globally — the heart and conscience of our diplomacy,” Kerry said in a statement.
His job is going to amount to giving speeches in front of people who think that LGBT Rights are a serious human rights issue in which he will tell them that “LGBT Rights are a serious human rights issue.”
“But what about the gays slaughtered by the Iranian Regime Obama is desperate to sign a treaty with?” you may ask, to which the Obama Regime will reply, “Shut up, birther!”
This is what you get when your country is ruled by adolescents who are only interested in looking cool in front of the other adolescents.
Greece’s Syriza-led government has basically folded, for now, in its debt negotiations with the rest of Europe.
A “complete political surrender to the world of reality” was how [one European bank analyst] put it. [Other analysts] labeled it a “u-turn” by Tsipras, who won election Jan. 25 promising an end to budget cutting.
At last week’s meeting, Greece signed up to all the conditions of its current package and to continued international oversight, ditching plans to win back control of its purse strings so it could raise wages and pensions.
Needless to say, many Syriza supporters are outraged. For example, one Syriza veteran of WW2 said, “…[Syriza's] promises have not turned into practice…On my part, I APOLOGIZE to the Greek people because I have contributed to this illusion.”
My feelings are mixed. Pleasure at seeing a gang of socialists having to learn math, combined with dismay/sympathy for the Greek people – who probably shouldn’t cave in; they probably would be better off, in the long run, if they defaulted on their debt and left the Eurozone.
I don’t think this drama is over. I think it ends with either Greece or Germany leaving the Euro currency (later this year or perhaps in 2016), as the Eurozone simply isn’t big enough for both of them. But, as the saying goes, “we’ll see.”
I never really gave a spit about the Oscars; just a hyperexpensive orgy of self-congratulation by a bunch of celebrities I can’t stand. Could. Not. Care. Less.
But this story is kind of neat; the actor who played the kid version of Forrest Gump could not attend the Academy Awards ceremony in 1995 because his family was too poor to afford the tickets and apparently multi-zillionaire Tom Hanks couldn’t find his wallet to help the kid out. Kid went on to join the Army and serve in Iraq.
Child star Michael Conner Humphreys – who played a young Forrest in leg braces – missed out on his big chance to attend the biggest showbiz event on the planet.
His parents were offered the chance to buy tickets for the most important night of their son’s life but, unable to find the cash, eight-year-old Michael and his family watched the show at home on TV.
Michael served four years in the U.S. Army as an infantry soldier, which included an 18 month tour of duty in Iraq.
On the whole, a way better outcome than say, Lindsay Lohan or Brad Renfro.
Leftists banned DDT (and sentenced millions of humans to death) because junk science said it would harm Bald Eagles. Now, windmills slaughter eagles by the hundreds, but it’s OK because every windmill is a temple to Gaia.
Did you guess “Racism?” Of course it’s “Racism.” With the New York Times, all criticism of Obama is always racism.
When Rudolph Giuliani said that he does “not believe that the president loves America,” he became the latest in a long line of public figures to question the loyalty or allegiance of the country’s first nonwhite president. While these criticisms are ostensibly directed at Barack Obama’s worldview, as Mr. Giuliani later said, they appear to reflect — or exploit — the tendency to associate being American with being white.
Last month, there was a brief internet infatuation with James Robertson, a resident of the Democrat Stronghold of Detroit, Michigan. People were inspired by his 20 mile daily commute… on foot… to his factory job, and were so moved that they raised over $3oo,000 for him on GoFundMe, and a local Ford dealership presented him with a new car. And this was all done voluntary, without any bureaucratic coercion from the Federal Government, because people wanted to show support for someone who demonstrated good values and a good work ethic.
But after his story went viral, the parasites who make up the city that has been run (into the ground) by progressive left Democrats for fifty years decided that Robertson should… gee, how to say it… “Spread the wealth around.”
After that, everybody knew him. And everybody wanted something. The neighborhood started showing up on his porch with their palms out, though Robertson has yet to receive any of the money. His girlfriend — the one who owns the house and charges him 200 bucks for the bedroom — demanded a payout, he said. So did her ex-husband who lives with them. So did her adult son who lives with them. So did the other dude who lives with them.
Safe bet that none of those people would ever walk 20 miles a day to get to a job. The upshot is, Robertson had to move to a secret location, under police protection, because in Detroit, if people think you have some money, they will kill you to get to it.
I just wonder where they got the idea that just taking stuff from people who are better off than you was fair and just.
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), one of the thousands and thousands of Government bodies that have contributed to our $18 Trillion National Debt, has decided that the American Diet… much like Health Care, and Education… must be nationalized for the sake of “Public Health” and Gaia.
- “Make broad policy changes to transform the food system so as to promote population health, including the use of economic and taxing policies to encourage the production and consumption of healthy foods and to reduce unhealthy foods”
- Forcing Americans to adopt a “plant-based” diet in order to reduce Global Warming.
- Diet and weight management interventions by “trained interventionists” in healthcare settings, community locations, and worksites
- Limiting the time Americans spend watching TV or being on the computer through “coaching or counseling sessions,” “peer-based social support,” and “electronic tracking and monitoring of the use of screen-based technologies” as a way to limit screen time.
They want to raise taxes on foods they don’t approve of in order, literally, to pay busybodies to watch over and nag people about diet and exercise.
And, guess what, they have decided that good health is a “human right.”
“In such a culture, preventing diet- and physical activity-related diseases and health problems would be much more highly valued, the resources and services needed to achieve and maintain health would become a realized human right across all population strata, the needs and preferences of the individual would be seriously considered, and individuals and their families/households would be actively engaged in promoting their personal health and managing their preventive health services and activities,”
Yeah, nothing says “human right” like a Government Authority forcing you to do something against your will.
Since Obama’s hashtag diplomacy has utterly failed to turn back the advance of the Islamic State and other units of the Islamic Conquest, the superbrains of his administration took a break from their very hard work of figuring out the best way to snub the Israeli Head of State and unveiled their latest weapon against Islamic Terror… a rainbow-colored kind of flowery circle logo thing.
By the way, the regime is also asking for suggestions on defeating “Violent Extremism” on Twitter. I am not making this up.
And if this doesn’t work, the administration may have to unleash the most dreadful weapon in its arsenal… videos of Michelle dancing.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 26% of Likely U.S. Voters think the president should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if they are standing in the way of actions he feels are important for the country. Sixty percent (60%) disagree and say the president should not have the right to ignore the courts. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided.
But perhaps more unsettling to supporters of constitutional checks and balances is the finding that 43% of Democrats believe the president should have the right to ignore the courts. Only 35% of voters in President Obama’s party disagree.
That should be horrifying.
Among them: a presidential interview with a prominent journalist known for coverage of the rift between Obama and Netanyahu, multiple Sunday show television appearances by senior national security aides and a pointed snub of America’s leading pro-Israel lobby, which is holding its annual meeting while Netanyahu is in Washington, according to the officials.
… the White House is now doubling down on a cold-shoulder strategy, including dispatching Cabinet members out of the country and sending a lower-ranking official than normal to represent the administration at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the officials said.
Gee, why not just write bitchy things about him in the White House “Burn Book.”
If only Obama’s team spent as much time working on defeating ISIS as they do on this childish middle school bullcrap.
The chairwoman of the Democrat National Committee to a major Democrat party donor: “I will reverse my position on medical marijuana, but first you have to take back those mean things you said about me.”
The Democrat Party is run by people with the mentality of middle-school girls.
Oh, and by the way, the Democrats have kind of figured out that their childish “All the cool girls hate you” campaign against the Koch Brothers probably was a big reason they got creamed last November. Turns out Americans cared more about jobs and national security than they cared about how “like, totally grody” the Koch Brothers were.
“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said during the dinner at the 21 Club, a former Prohibition-era speakeasy in midtown Manhattan. “He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”
Let’s put it this way, if a man were about to get married, and on the eve of the wedding said, “I am going to fundamentally transform this woman!” would anyone think that he loved her?
How about if he traveled the world, telling everyone how ashamed he was of her past behavior? How about if he complained constantly about how racist and backwards she was? How about if he treated his wife like the only good thing she had ever done was marry him?
Would you still believe that he loved her?
Obama don’t love nothin’ but Obama.
A day after talking about the “debate in the press and among pundits””over terminology, he accused others in the public sphere Thursday of aiding the terrorist cause by highlighting the connection between Islamic teachings and Islamic State’s tactics, which include rape, beheadings, crucifixions and slavery. “That narrative sometimes extends far beyond terrorist organizations,” he continued. “That narrative becomes the foundation upon which terrorists build their ideology and by which they try to justify their violence, and that hurts all of us, including Islam and especially Muslims who are the ones most likely to be killed.”
Mr. Obama really, really doesn’t want people to talk about Islamic terrorism; probably because if people started paying attention to the butchery happening in the Middle East, they might want him to… you know… do something about it.
Oh… you know what else Mr. Obama said causes Islamic terror? People criticizing his Amnesty Scheme. I am not making this up.
In Obama’s choom-addled brain, Islamists who are butchering children, burning prisoners alive, crucifying and selling little girls into sex slavery (because the Koran says it’s okay) have “legitimate grievances.”
But people who want his Government to have a balanced budget and follow the US Constitution are dangerous extremists.
Is it any wonder even the most die-hard trolls the trolls have stopped defending Emperor Lightworker? Is there any defense left for his megalomaniacal incompetence beyond, “Well, OK, he’s pretty much shredded our democratic institutions, flushed our economy down the crapper, doubled our debt, and his foreign policy is leading us into World War III, but none of that matters because he’s pro-gay marriage.”
Of course you realize the real purpose of Obama’s “Violent Extremist Conference and Distraction Event” has nothing to do with dealing with real violent extremism. Its real purpose is to promote Obama’s view that there’s no such thing as Islamist Violence, and anyway, other faiths are also guilty of the same violence (You know, as if Christians and Buddhists are going around burning people alive, selling children into sex slavery, and beheading non-believers) that Mohammedans totally aren’t committing, and, anyway, the Mohammedans are entitled to violence because they have “legitimate grievances” (unlike the Tea Party and others who oppose his policies but don’t kill people about it) and Mohammedans only commit the violent terrorism they don’t commit because they can’t find jobs.
Efforts to counter violent extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through strong civil societies.Those efforts must be matched by economic, educational and entrepreneurial development so people have hope for a life of dignity.
WWII would have been totes unnecessary if only FDR had gotten the Nazis jobs.
And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.
Pure bullsheet. The Crusades were defensive wars fought against ISIS’s Mohammedan forefathers as they raged through the Middle East and Asia Minor committing exactly the same sorts of atrocities ISIS commits today. And the Abolitionist movement that ended slavery was expressly Christian in nature.
If ignorance ever goes to $90 a barrel, demand drilling rights on Obama’s head.