Team Cap

In light of the crap decision by Marvel to decide that Capt. America was a HYDRA agent all along and given the pronounced sanctimony coming from the Left about everything moral so they can destroy it and replace it with Government enforced “morals” and the Thought Police.

Captain Hydra is a nickname given to the Marvel Comics superhero Captain America in the light of the shocking plot twist that Steve Rogers, the original alter ego of Captain America, has long been a covert agent of HYDRA, the terrorist-paramilitary organization, as revealed in the first issue of Marvel’s comic book series Captain America: Steve Rogers released in May 2016.

Team Cap

http://teemine.com/sharon?tid=rtg  (I’m getting nothing but a T-shirt I paid for from this plug)

Captain America is “not just another superhero. He wears the colors of the nation and he’s meant to represent and reflect what the national dialogue is at any given point,” book’s editor, Tom Brevoort said.

That national “dialogue” being that every Liberal whacko idea is good and everything else, especially an old white guy who’s a patriot, is evil and we all just need “tolerance” and “diversity” lessons on the 31 Genders and how not to offend anyone (aka a Liberal).

FUCK THAT!

Oh and didn’t you hear about this one:

The social justice agenda has reared its ugly head yet again and this time it’s a viral stunt asking Marvel to, “Give Captain America a boyfriend”.

(Elsa from “Frozen” is also a target for this lately)

And, of course, if they don’t, they are “anti-gay” “bigots” after all.

That’s your “national dialogue”. Do whatever the looniest Leftist wants or  you’re a “bigot” or a “racist”. End of Discussion.

Do as we say or else!

That’s some “dialogue”.

 

 

 

31 Flavors of “Bigotry”

There will be a test later. Ignorance of Liberal Laws are not permitted. You will be Re-educated. You will comply.

You have no choice. (No “pro-Choice” here). 🙂

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gender

Study up, kids. The New York City Human Rights Commission just released this list of 31 genders that are now granted protected status in the city. 31, like Baskin Robbins, but insane.

Notice options like “pangender,” “femme queen,” and “femme person of transgender experience” on the list. “Gender blender” sounds like the name of – very strange kitchen appliance. All of these, of course, are names and labels invented 84 seconds ago by progressive college professors.

This list reads like cliff notes from a bizarre science fiction novel, but instead it’s a matter of actual government policy and progress doctrine.

We are living in a very confused and idiotic time, folks. And we should be calling this stuff confused and idiotic (and evil and depraved) because anything less is to legitimize the utter indefensible nonsense of progressive gender theory. (Matt Walsh)

The city does not provide definitions of the various gender identities, but TheDaily Caller was able to define several of them from glossaries provided online by the University of Wisconsin and the University of California Berkeley.

So what if you there is not official definition of the terms, you’re a bigot if you don’t know them anyways.

Face it, you’re just a bigot, unless you do everything the Liberals says and thinks without hesitation, deviation or questions of any kind.

End of story

the New York City Commission of Rights released a list of 31 different gender identities that all businesses must recognize or else they risk paying a financial penalty between $125,000 and $250,000. 

When de Blasio originally announced the Gender Identity/Gender Expression Legal Enforcement Guidance in December, individuals such as Michael Silverman, executive director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, saw is as a positive step in the right direction.

“It’s a huge step forward and really catapults New York City to the forefront of the struggle for transgender rights”.

Originally, the guidebook included phrases such as gender, gender identity and gender non-conforming. But the newly released list includes pronouns such as hijra, third sex, non-op, gender gifted, two-spirit and gender bender.

A “gender bender” is someone “who bends, changes, mixes, or combines society’s gender conventions by expressing elements of masculinity and femininity together.” (MRC)

Just as Nick Kangadis puts it –

“If society keeps electing fools like de Blasio, it won’t be long before people begin getting fined for saying the sky is blue because some idiot will say it violates his right to call the sky chartreuse.”

Well, if Big Bother tells you it’s pink with blue polka dots then it’s pink with blue polka dots. End of discussion.

A Liberal is always right. You are always wrong.

Home Superior Liberlis is your Master. You will do as they say,think as they say, when they say it.

End of Discussion.

That is “settled”.

The Commission’s legal guidance on gender identity protections under the NYC Human Rights Law addresses situations in which individuals intentionally and repeatedly target transgender and gender non-conforming people. Accidentally misusing a transgender person’s preferred pronoun is not a violation of the law and will not result in a fine (YET). The Commission issued this guidance last year so that employers and individuals understand what the law says and to ensure that every transgender individual in New York City is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.

Everyone else, fuck off, you’re all bigots anyways.

At that point, it would be easy for the gender-trans-gifted person to scream harassment. Next thing you know you have an innocent person who has to pay a six-figure fine. Who knows? 

Big Brother Does.

In a world full of mindless followers, the government controls the thoughts and actions of an entire nation. The constant eyes of “big brother” are always watching and if a person does something wrong, thought police jump out from nowhere and arrest him or her.

These people will be eventually literally scared to death of even talking in their sleep and revealing their true feelings which many of them did, and the Thought Police were on them like honey draws flies.

Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.

 

 

Gunning for You

No question, the deterioration of modern society is a subjective thing. What some consider problematic, others cheer. What some see as economic stagnation, others call “recovery summer.” But some things are, or at least should be, beyond refute. They aren’t, not anymore.

Oh nothing is sure anymore, except that5 Government is supposed to run everything about your life from before you were born to well after you die.

They are the only safe bet left, right?  There are no morals orn ethics anymore because if you had nthem you’d be a “hater” or a sanctimonious Leftist who thinks you’re a “hater” because you disagree with them.

Katie Couric, formerly of the Today Show and now apparently host of a web show on Yahoo News (which, seriously … who watches it? Did you even know about it before you read it here?) produced a “documentary” about guns in America.

Much like a Michael Moore “Documentary”, reality does not apply. Agenda does though. And a universe full of Sanctimony.

I know what you’re thinking, “Finally, someone is going to cover the gun issue from a liberal prospective,” right? It’s virgin territory, something leftists have shied away from for years.

The reason “documentary” is in quotes is simple: It was about as close to documenting reality as Michael Moore is to slim. She and filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig knew what they wanted to show, what they wanted the film to “say,” long before they shot their first frame. And you can guess what it was.

After it aired, the Washington Free Beacon reported one pivotal scene wasn’t what it seemed. After the journalist (most known for having a colonoscopy on live TV) asked Second Amendment supporters, “If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?” the camera showed participants “sitting silently for nine awkward seconds, unable to provide an answer.” Only that wasn’t what really happened.

“However, raw audio of the interview between Katie Couric and the activists provided to the Washington Free Beacon shows the scene was deceptively edited. Instead of silence, Couric’s question is met immediately with answers from the activists. A back and forth between a number of the league’s members and Couric over the issue of background checks proceeds for more than four minutes after the original question is asked.”

The Free Beacon provides the audio. Go listen for yourself.

What you’ll hear is that Couric’s show perpetrated a fraud – a lie. EPIX, the network that aired the “documentary,” stands behind it because, well, it knew what it was getting when it bought in.

For her part, Soechtig courageously granted multiple interviews to defend her work. Wait, no, she didn’t do that. She released a statement to the Washington Post, not the Free Beacon, which read, in part:

 

“My intention was to provide a pause for the viewer to have a moment to consider this important question before presenting the facts on Americans’ opinions on background checks. I never intended to make anyone look bad and I apologize if anyone felt that way.”

Making people look bad was precisely her intention.

Without question. Job #1 – Check.

She didn’t like the answers she got because they didn’t fit her narrative. She needed the “gun nuts” to have no answer; to be “rubes.” When she didn’t get that, she created it.

Create Ideologically based impression that YOU wanted to: Job #2- Check

For her part, Couric released a statement saying, “I support Stephanie’s statement and am very proud of the film.” Yes, the recipient of countless plaques for her “journalism” stands by the person who apologized to those who “felt” her editing lie made them look the opposite of what really was.

“I’m sorry you feel that way”. But I’m not sorry I did it. Sound Concrite but resolute in your Ideological Sanctimony: Job #3 – Check

(Someone should go back and re-watch Katie’s colonoscopy footage to see if they can spot her integrity, though it’s probably obscured by her head.)

As exposed as Couric, Soechtig and EPIX are now, this all soon will be forgotten and the movie will live on.

Lionized as “greatness” by the chose ideological few. It will be paraded around the ant0-gun leftist crowd as a “crowning achievement” and proof that “they were right”.

The damage will continue to be done as it repeats on cable and finds its way to iTunes, Netflix or wherever it ends up. Unsuspecting viewers who stumble across it will be treated to a deliberate falsehood in perpetuity, but the stories exposing it will slide down the memory hole.

The lie will be told so many times that it will become the truth.

This is what liberals do – they create lies that last forever.

Search the documentary section of iTunes or Netflix, and you’ll find multiple documentaries on every made-up issue the left cares about. Global warming, “income inequality,” Wall Street, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, food insecurity … you name it, they’ve propagandized it. And unsuspecting people looking to pass some time and learn something will be indoctrinated.

Liberals have always played the long con. They have the patience conservatives lack, which ultimately brings victory to them if only they persist.

True.

Republicans win the House, and we expect to have a conservative agenda enacted the next week. Add a slim majority in the Senate four years later, and we get angrier when Obamacare isn’t repealed while Obama is president. Government never has worked that way – liberals fought for decades to get us where we are now, and we abandon the team the minute the first-round draft pick doesn’t lead us to the Super Bowl.

It’s time conservatives get in the real game, start embracing the mediums we too quickly dismiss as “liberal” and reach out to the unsuspecting middle with some truth in all aspects of the culture. Calling out deception when it occurs is great. Combating it by offering an alternative is better. The best part is we don’t need deceptive editing or lies to make our case.

The choice is simple: Fight fire with fire, or prove ourselves to be as dumb as they think we are. (Derek Hunter)

It’s not like they stop doing it.

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Preferred American Benefits

  • Illegal Immigrant Posed As Dead Veteran For VA Benefits
  • ARIZONA – Undocumented illegal immigrant Rene Ortiz Quintana stole the identity of a dead solider to get benefits totaling close to $30,000. The 69-year-old Quintana had been using the identity of Ruben J. Gallardo who died in 1994.
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    They say that in October of 2012 he took the identity of Ruben J. Gallardo, a man who has been dead since 1994.

  • According to police the illegal immigrant used the stolen identity to obtain an Arizona identification card, state health card, Phoenix health plan card and a VA choice card (allowing veterans to receive medical care at Non-VA facilities) in addition to social security benefits.

    Quintana received benefits totaling $29,062.19 and has been charged with fraudulent schemes, theft and seven counts of identity theft along with six counts of forgery. Police say Rene Ortiz Quintana has been living illegally in the United States illegally for 50 years.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv516cj1fIE

Not a very wealthy one at that.

But I’m probably just being racist… 🙂

 

Good Intentions

Obama, Obama Care, most anything Liberal…

Derek Hunter:

A good idea can change the world; but a good idea that doesn’t work, no matter how well intentioned, can bring it crashing down. Such is the case right now with Theranos, a company that describes itself as “a consumer healthcare technology company.” But much more than a health technology company, Theranos was a media creation.

Theranos was founded in 2003 by Elizabeth Holmes, then a 23-year-old college graduate. Holmes, a brilliant young woman with a dream, was working on technology that could test blood for diseases using only a few drops. If perfected, this could save billions of dollars per year and lower costs for consumers.

Before the product could be proven to work, the value of the company exploded to nearly $9 billion, which turned heads in the media and made Holmes fabulously wealthy and a media darling.

In 2015, Time magazine named Holmes one of the “100 most influential people,” listing her in the “Titans” category alongside the Koch brothers and Apple CEO Tim Cook (also Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, so…)

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who sits on the Theranos board, wrote her Time profile. “Striving for prevention and early detection, she is dedicated to transforming health care around the world,” he wrote. “She manages an expanding global business by the refusal to be daunted by any obstacle.”

Dozens of other media outlets and magazines heaped followed on with glowing profiles. She was smart, rich, attractive, young and dazzling even in Silicon Valley. In other words, a perfect story.

There was just one problem – her technology didn’t work. She was proof that not all dreams come true.

Undeterred, Theranos used the technology to test blood anyway. But recently, it announced it was voiding two years’ worth of test results – results on which hundreds of thousands of medical decisions were based. The test results rendered were all no good, and should be voided retroactively, the company announced.

Elizabeth Holmes was elevated before she had done anything beyond starting to work on an idea. In time, the praise grew, as did the expectations. But no matter how good it all seemed, no one asked the most important question: Does it work.

The media didn’t ask because the story it wanted to tell did not demand it. The media wanted to write about an attractive woman heading a billion-dollar company, so success did not need to precede accomplishment before the trappings of success were heaped on her.

The story of Elizabeth Holmes is a sad one, but it’s not unique. When reporting on business success, the media is more interested in gender than achievement.

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions, Mostly Liberal ones.

Queen Hillary Busted

Low hanging fruit time. Hillary and her Emails were wrong. SURPRISE! 🙂

The State Department Inspector General released a new report Wednesday detailing how former Secretary Hillary Clinton violated the Federal Records Act by deleting thousands of emails, stored on her private server, that she deemed personal before turning remaining emails over the the Department for review and preservation. Details from POLITICO

The State Department inspector general concluded that Hillary Clinton did not comply with the agency’s policies on records, according to a report released to lawmakers on Wednesday that also revealed that Clinton and her top aides chose not to cooperate with the review.

While the report concludes that the agency suffers from “longstanding, systemic weaknesses” with records that “go well beyond the tenure of any one Secretary of State,” it specifically dings Clinton for her exclusive use of private email.

“Therefore, Secretary Clinton should have preserved any Federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records with the related files in the Office of the Secretary,” the report states. “At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.”

The report also notes that she had an “obligation to discuss using her personal email account” but did not get permission from the people who would have needed to approve the technology, who said they would not have done so, if they had been asked.

“According to the current [chief information officer] and assistant secretary for diplomatic security, Secretary Clinton had an obligation to discuss using her personal email account to conduct official business with their offices, who in turn would have attempted to provide her with approved and secured means that met her business needs,” the report reads. “However, according to these officials, [the relevant people] did not — and would not — approve her exclusive reliance on a personal email.”

The watchdog also “found no evidence that the Secretary requested or obtained guidance or approval to conduct official business via a personal email account on her private server.”

The report represents the latest pushback — in this case by a nonpartisan government entity — against her campaign’s claim that she did not break any rules and that her use of a private server was completely allowed.

Clinton Campaign spokesman Brian Fallon in a statement predicted that “political opponents of Hillary Clinton are sure to misrepresent this report for their own partisan purposes,” but argued that “in reality, the Inspector General documents just how consistent her email practices were with those of other Secretaries and senior officials at the State Department who also used personal email.”

Has the counter-spin stop the earth’s rotation yet? But I think her nose is appraoching the edge of the universe though…

Investigators also concluded that former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who used a personal email as well, likewise did not follow record keeping laws. However, the report notes significant difference in their circumstances: During Powell’s tenure, State’s capacity to email people outside the department was limited. He said he needed it to reach people who didn’t work at State. The IG also noted that he used email less frequently than Clinton and top technology officials were aware of his personal email use.

2001-2005, technology was different. But that doesn’t matter to Hillary or the Left. I’m surprised they didn’t go after John Jay or Thomas Jefferson…

“It’s clear from the report that the Department could have done a better job preserving emails and records of secretaries of state,” another senior state department official. “The department is much better situated today….This has high-level attention.”

It does now, because of HIllary. 🙂

One employee told investigators that he or she “raised concerns that information sent and received on Secretary Clinton’s account could contain Federal records that needed to be preserved in order to satisfy Federal recordkeeping requirements,” the document states.

But they were told to drop it: “According to the staff member, the Director stated that the Secretary’s personal system had been reviewed and approved by Department legal staff and that the matter was not to be discussed any further. As previously noted, OIG found no evidence that staff in the Office of the Legal Adviser reviewed or approved Secretary Clinton’s personal system.”

A 2012 directory lists John Bentel as the director of the office that handles information technology for the Office of the Secretary. Bentel no longer works for State and has refused to answer Congressional investigators’ questions on this matter.

Which means she bought his silence.

“According to the other [IT] staff member who raised concerns about the server, the Director stated that the mission of S/ES-IRM is to support the Secretary and instructed the staff never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again.”

And if Hillary Wins, I wonder who might be Secretary of State? 🙂

“Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible.”— Hillary.

According to the report a non-State adviser to Bill Clinton, who was the original user of the server later taken over by Hillary Clinton, shut down the server in early 2011 because of hacking concerns. While unnamed in the report, previous news reports have identified longtime Clinton staffer and Teneo employee Justin Cooper as the man who registered Clinton’s email address. According to the report, the individual who registered the address was the same person who reported the hacking.

Yeah, the Russians, the Chinese, etc.

Cooper, according to the report, reached out to Huma Abedin on Jan. 9, 2011 to notify her of the hacking problem, an occurrence that happened twice that day. He said he “had to shut down the server because he believed ‘someone was trying to hack us and while they did not get in i didnt [sic] want to let them have the chance to,’” the report says.

“Later that day, the advisor again wrote to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, ‘We were attacked again so I shut [the server] down for a few min,’” the report reads.

That matter should have been reported, the IG report says, but was not.

“Notification is required when a user suspects compromise of, among other things, a personally owned device containing personally identifiable information,” it says. “However, OIG found no evidence that the Secretary or her staff reported these incidents to computer security personnel or anyone else within the Department.”

State has deemed more than 2,000 of Clinton’s messages as classified, including 22 that were upgraded to the most sensitive national security classification, “top secret.” And the FBI is still probing whether any laws were broken laws by putting classified information at risk — or whether her staff improperly sent sensitive information knowing it wasn’t on a classified system.

At the very least, State’s inspector general says Clinton didn’t do what she was supposed to, though it also notes widespread email issues across the tenures of five secretaries of state, not just Clinton. The report found top staffers frequently used personal emails too.

“OIG recognizes that technology and Department policy have evolved considerably since Secretary Albright’s tenure began in 1997. Nevertheless, the Department generally and the Office of the Secretary in particular have been slow to recognize and to manage effectively the legal requirements and cybersecurity risks associated with electronic data communications, particularly as those risks pertain to its most senior leadership,” the report concluded. “OIG expects that its recommendations will move the Department steps closer to meaningfully addressing these risks.”

Clinton and her allies have contended she did nothing illegal by choosing to set up a private email server and account at her Chappaqua, New York, home, and that she was not trying to evade public records requests. Instead, Clinton has said she was motivated by the desire for convenience, though she has conceded it was not the best choice.

She exploited a weakness and when she got caught playing fast and loose she blamed someone else for it and her Media Allies did to. It was only not “the best choice” because she got caught doing it.

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The report gives more details of the under-the-radar work of Clinton’s top technology staffer, Bryan Pagliano, whom she paid to maintain her private email server. State’s chief information officer and deputy chief information officers, Pagliano’s direct bosses, told investigators that he never informed them of his side duties. They “believed that Pagliano’s job functions were limited to supporting mobile computing issues across the entire Department.”

“They told OIG that while they were aware that the Senior Advisor had provided IT support to the Clinton Presidential campaign, they did not know he was providing ongoing support to the Secretary’s email system during working hours,” the report reads.

The top technology officers also told investigators they “questioned whether he could support a private client during work hours, given his capacity as a full-time government employee.”

Pagliano invoked his right to avoid self-incrimination and refused to answer questions on the matter before Congress but received immunity from the FBI to talk about the email arrangement. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have been eager to question him on whether Clinton intentionally used private email because she didn’t want anyone getting access to her messages.

Yes. 🙂

 

 

Another One Bites the dust

There-are-two-genders-anything-else-is-sociopathyThe insanity with transgender restrooms is just getting so out of control that words are barely able to describe it.

Now, a major family amusement park is hopping on board the give-rapists-and-pedophiles-immunity bandwagon and is opening restrooms to all genders.

Robert Gehl reports that since they have not learned the lesson from Target, Hershey Park in Pennsylvania announced they have the same “transgender restroom” policy as the big box store.

The Hershey Company announced their transgender policy on Friday:

 

For decades, Hersheypark has been dedicated to the safety and security of our guest and employees. It is foundational to our brand. Additionally, the Park has and will always strive to accommodate all guests and employees – including members of the LGBT community – to ensure those visiting or working at Hersheypark are comfortable and feel secure. To that end, the Park will continue its practice of treating all guests and employees the same no matter race, ethnicity, sexual identity, etc. Guests and employees may continue to use the restrooms with which they gender-identify, or are welcome to use the many family restrooms available across the destination.

That policy is the same as Target’s which is the subject of a boycott, a petition with more than 1.2 million signatures and stocks that continue to slide.

But don’t worry, as I predicted, Polygamy will next up on the “crisis” list for Liberal need to have a new “civil rights” battle after this one.

It’s on to the next one…

On Facebook, Tyler Harris responded: “Really Hershey? I thought you had more integrity than that. Keep family values and make boys use the boys room and girls use the girls room. No matter what you do you can’t get rid of that Y chromosome.”

Let the Lawsuits fly…. 🙂

 

Is another boycott in the works? We’ll see.

It’s Only Fair

http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=7614

Students sign petition to allow man on women’s basketball team.

And use the Women’s Locker Room as well. And they need to install a urinal also. 🙂

In recent weeks, the issue of transgender rights has been brought to the forefront around the country.

Last week, President Obama directed public schools to allow students to use whichever bathroom they identified with, and now it seems to be just a matter of time before the same demands are made for transgender athletes.

As a contributor for Campus Reform, I wanted to see just how far young people are willing to go to accommodate those in the transgender community, so I went to the University of Maryland posing as a student who identified as a woman but was unable to try out for the women’s basketball team because of my “assigned gender at birth.”

Not knowing what to expect, I brought along 50 letters addressed to the school’s president, and began seeking signatures from “concerned students.”

Despite making no effort to exude femininity, it soon became apparent that students were more than willing to go along with the idea that I was a woman who had every right to play basketball with other women.

As the day progressed, I began to push the envelope further, calling myself a “hero” and even suggesting the abolition of gender-specific sports leagues. It seemed like the more outlandish my suggestions, the more enthusiastic my supporters became.

Of the 50 students who stopped to speak with me, just one insisted that I was clearly not a woman, and as such, should not be allowed to play basketball on the women’s team.

While some students adamantly agreed with me, there were many who seemed hesitant and disbelieving, yet offered words of encouragement and agreed to sign my petition anyway.

These students were the ones who interested me most, because they so aptly illustrate the politically correct environment in which Americans—especially millennials—have been taught that they cannot express any opinion that might hurt someone else’s feelings.

I firmly believe that many of the students who signed their name in support of my fictitious cause were simply hesitant to speak up in opposition for fear of being labeled a “bigot” or “intolerant.”

Damn Straight!

Orwell  (aka Liberals) has taught them well.

When in Trouble

Blame You Tube?  No, that’s Hillary

Blame Republicans? No, That’s Democrats

Blame Conservatives?  Not quite.

I know, GLOBAL WARMING!!!  That’s the Ticket!

As retailer Target sees its stock plummeting and sales dropping in the midst of a boycott over its recently announced pro-transgender bathroom policy, the company’s CEO is insisting the weather is the cause of falling sales, not the company’s bathroom policy.

In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, Target CEO Brian Cornell pegged the downturn in the company’s fortunes to the cold weather as opposed to anything the company itself is doing or not doing.

“It’s been a very wet and cold start to the year and it’s reflected in our sales,” Cornell told the paper. “We haven’t seen anything from a structural standpoint that gives us pause.”

In other words, the weather is responsible for the downturn, not Target’s  “structural” transgender bathroom policy.

Indeed, a month after the initial announcement, the Target CEO came out to double down on the transgender agenda (He played the race card- I’m surprised it took him this long) , so it appears the company is digging in heels instead of looking for ways at appeal to customers.

I still think they need to get rid of Men’s and Women’s Bathrooms altogether as they still discriminatory or install a new “Other” or “None of The Above” Bathroom. I’m sure the remodeling costs would be minimal compared to the consumer money that would just flood in… 🙂

Still, Cornell’s weather assessment does not quite tally with other reports stating Target has taken a major hit since it announced its transgender policy.

Granted, most retailers have been down over the first quarter and the start of the second quarter this year. But Target has been on a downward trend exceeding the fall of its competitors. Target, for instance, says it will post a $1 to a $1.20 adjusted earnings per share, which is well below the $1.38 analysts expected. Further, at 1.2 percent, the company’s sales are below the 1.5 to 2.5 percent annual target it had hoped to realize. With the tumble, Target warned that its sales might be flat by the end of the second quarter.

A closer examination, however, shows that sales and the company’s reputation have taken a particular hit since its April 19 pro-transgender bathroom announcement, a decision that sponsored a major boycott movement that earned 1.2 million supporters in only a week’s time.

A recent Business Insider article noted that Target’s reputation has tumbled six points among consumers in the last several months. In the months prior to the bathroom policy announcement, 42 percent of consumers said they would shop at the department store chain. But in the month following the bathroom policy announcement, the number dropped to 36 percent.

The reports also found that consumer perception of the Target brand is at its lowest in two years.

Whatever the cause of the drop, since April 19, Target has lost nearly $6 billion in stock values.

But at least their sanctimony is in tact. They are pandering to their people. That’s all that matters, right?

solved

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Anti-Science

Why do liberals hate science?

Only when they can’t use it to push their agenda. 🙂

The left has long claimed that it has something of a monopoly on scientific expertise. For instance, long before Al Gore started making millions by claiming that anyone who disagreed with his apocalyptic prophecies was “anti-science,” there were the “scientific socialists.” “Social engineer” is now rightly seen as a term of scorn and derision, but it was once a label that progressive eggheads eagerly accepted.

Masking opinions in a white smock is a brilliant, albeit infuriating and shabby, rhetorical tactic. As the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” Science is the language of facts, and when people pretend to be speaking it, they’re not only claiming that their preferences are more than mere opinions, they’re also insinuating that anyone who disagrees is a fool or a zealot for objecting to “settled science.”

Put aside the fact that there is no such thing as settled science. Scientists are constantly questioning their understanding of things; that is what science does. All the great scientists of history are justly famous for overturning the assumptions of their fields. The real problem is that in politics, invocations of science are very often marketing techniques masquerading as appeals to irrefutable authority. In an increasingly secular society, having science on your side is better than having God on your side — at least in an argument.

I’m not saying that you can’t have science in your corner, or that lawmakers shouldn’t look to science when making policy. (Legislation that rejects the existence of gravity makes for very silly laws indeed.) But the real intent behind so many claims to “settled science” is to avoid having to make your case. It’s an undemocratic technique for delegitimizing opposing views and saying “shut up” to dissenters.

For example, even if the existence of global warming is “settled,” the policies for how to best respond to it are not. But in the political debates about climate change, activists say that their climatological claims are irrefutable and so are their preferred remedies.

If climate change is the threat they claim, I’d rather spend billions on geoengineering to fix it than trillions on impoverishing economic policies that at best slightly delay it. It doesn’t matter; I’m the Luddite buffoon for thinking ethanol subsidies and windmills are boondoggles.

Even more outrageous: If you dispute, say, the necessity of spending billions on windmills or on killing the coal industry, you are not merely wrong on climate change, you are “anti-science.”

Intellectually, this is a monument of asininity so wide and tall, even the mind’s eye cannot glimpse its horizon or peak.

For starters, why are liberalism’s pet issues the lodestars of what constitutes scientific fact? Medical science informs us fetuses are human beings. The liberal response? “Who cares?” Genetically modified foods are safe, sayeth the scientists. “Shut up,” reply the liberal activists. IQ is partly heritable, the neuroscientists tell us. “Shut up, bigot,” the liberals shriek.

Which brings me to the raging hysteria over the plight of transgendered people who need to use the bathroom.

The New York Times recently reported about A.J. Jackson’s travails in a Vermont high school. “There were practical issues,” Anemona Hartocollis writes. “When he had his period, he wondered if he should revert to the girls’ bathroom, because there was no place to throw away his used tampons.”

Now, one can have sympathy for the transgendered — I certainly do — while simultaneously holding to the scientific fact that boys do not menstruate. This is a fact far more settled than the very best climate science. Perhaps it’s rude to say so, but facts do not cease to be facts simply because they offend.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing to fine businesses that do not address customers by their “preferred name, pronoun and title (e.g., Ms./Mrs.) regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth, anatomy, gender, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on the individual’s identification.” The NYC Commission on Human Rights can penalize offenders up to $250,000.

Many liberals believe that “denying” climate science should be a criminal offense while also believing that denying biological science is a moral obligation.

In the law, truth is a defense against the charge of slander, but for liberals, inconvenient truth is no defense against the charge of bigotry. (Jonah Goldberg)

Understanding

Millennials Embrace Socialism, But Do They Know What It Is?
Jonah Goldberg: Socialism is having a moment.

I’m not just referring to Bernie Sanders’ surprisingly strong showing in the Democratic primaries.

Despite being rigged by Hillary and then the machinery cheating where it needed to.

Various polls show that millennials have a more favorable view of socialism than of capitalism. And millennials generally are the only age group that views socialism more favorably than unfavorably.

Because they’ve been raised by anti-capitalists in Liberal Parents, Liberal Media, and Liberal Education. They have been raised in a bubble of unreal “safe space”.

Some conservatives aren’t surprised. Schools have been force-feeding left-wing propaganda to kids like it was feed for geese at a foie gras factory.

Over-feeding. They wanted ban Foie gras in California because it was ‘cruel’. 🙂

On the other hand, what are we to make of the fact that only a fraction of the young people who say they like socialism can explain what it is?

Mindless, Orwellian programming.

If left-wing indoctrination is so effective at getting kids to like socialism, you’d think it would have more success at getting kids to at least parrot back a serviceable definition.

Regardless, this is a familiar tale. Young people have a well-documented tendency of skipping facts and arguments and going straight to conclusions.

Facts, who needs facts. Just look at the Fight for $15. They don’t even understand basic economics either and are shocked when they occur.

Writing in The Federalist, Emily Ekins and Joy Pullmann note that many of these young people think socialism is federally mandated niceness.

Government as “Mother” and “father” who will discipline the unruly. Something they probably didn’t have at home.

A 2014 Reason-Rupe survey asked millennials to define socialism. They had in mind a more generous safety net, more kindness and, as one put it, more “being together.”

One big happy, cooperative family. Psychology anyone?

But when asked if they agreed with a more technically accurate definition of socialism — government control of the economy — support dropped considerably (though not nearly enough).

The anti-capitalist liberals trained them well to hate the alternative first.

Given a choice between a government-managed economy and a free-market economy, millennials overwhelmingly chose the latter. It seems young people realize that putting bureaucrats in charge of Uber wouldn’t work too well.

But can’t quite grasp the concept of “free speech”.

Still, it boggles the mind that anyone can see the folly of having the government take over Amazon or Facebook but be blind to the problems of having the government run health care.

They don’t know what they have not been allowed to understand.

More intriguing to me is the fact that kids who don’t know what textbook socialism is actually have a better understanding of what drives socialism in the first place.

Karl Marx was one of the worst things to ever happen to socialism, and not just because he set the world on a path to the murder, oppression and enslavement of millions upon millions of people. It was Marx and his confreres who convinced the intellectual classes that socialism was a strictly “scientific” doctrine. For generations, economists — real and so-called — worked on the assumption that the economy could be run like a machine. Just as engineers had mastered the steam engine and the transistor, they could do likewise with supply and demand.

For generations, intellectuals — real and so-called — argued that economics was best left to “planners.” Time and again, reality — specifically, the reality dictated by human desires — refused to be bent to neatly arrayed columns of numbers and well-stacked slips of paper. The philosopher-economist Friedrich Hayek long ago explained that planners suffer from what he called “the knowledge problem.” Even the best bureaucrat couldn’t know what customers, suppliers and managers on the ground wanted or needed.

So they just skip that and go for what THEY desire. Like Obama does every day. And you want that to don’t you 🙂

And each time the planners insisted that if they just had a little bit more power, a bit more data, a few more resources, they could make planning work. When all you have is a hammer, you’re inclined to believe that there’s no problem a few more nails won’t fix.

“You didn’t build that!” Government did.

The Soviet Union and its various cousins did much to discredit “scientific socialism,” what with all the killing and totalitarianism. The fact that it didn’t seem to make people richer also undermined its appeal. “Scientifically,” people didn’t want to be bullied, oppressed or impoverished.

But Liberals still want to do it, TO YOU. And all in the name of “diversity” and “inclusion” you racist bigot!

The unrealism of socialism spelled its undoing — for a time.

The dilemma is that there is a reality underneath the fraud of scientific socialism. The first socialists were not economists or technocrats. They were romantics and nostalgists. They loathed the relentless logic of the market and its reward of merit and efficiency as judged by the marketplace.

They wanted to return to the imagined Eden of the noble savage and the state of nature. They wanted to live in a world of tribal brotherhood and mutual love. Long before the math of “scientific socialism” there were the emotions of socialism, both light and dark: egalitarianism and envy.

And that’s today’s “Democratic” Socialism. All Emotion, very little Logic. a Very “safe space” for the cruel reality.

Young people understandably are drawn by the promise of “being together.” But they think the federal government can make it happen. If government planners can’t even provide goods and services efficiently, how will they ever provide togetherness?

But if they just that bit harder, and they make sure you can’t be “hateful” then maybe, just maybe, paradise will spring forth…

Feel The Burn!

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coronation

rhodes

Epic Fail

Socialism: Around the world, nations that have been foolish enough to adopt socialist policies either collapsed or are well on their way to doing so. Why, then, are so many in the U.S. enthralled with the idea?

A quick look at the world’s countries in direst economic shape reveals that many, if not most, have one thing in common: They rely on top-down socialist control, rather than free markets, to run their economies. The former, history amply shows, are doomed to fail. There are no long-term socialist success stories. None.

France, for instance, elected a socialist, Francois Hollande, as president in 2012. Today, France suffers a 10.3% jobless rate and 25% youth unemployment. Growth is less than 1%. To France’s credit, it’s recently recognized that the job market must be reformed to give businesses more incentives to hire and train new workers.

Brazil, meanwhile, impeached Socialist President Dilma Rousseff for corruption, but her damage to the economy will last. As recently as 2010, Brazil was considered a bright star. It was awarded both an Olympics and a World Cup because of it. Last year, as Rousseff’s massive borrowing and spending choked the economy, GDP shrank 3.8% and joblessness soared. Interim President Michel Temer has vowed to roll back Rousseff’s socialism.

Then there’s Venezuela’s nightmare. After the death of socialist dictator Hugo Chavez, his successor kept socialist policies in place. Today, as even the liberal Atlantic Monthly admits, “Venezuela is falling apart.” Shortages of food, energy and such basic commodities as toilet paper are rampant. The government has imposed a two-day workweek to save money. Riots, thefts and blackouts are common. Once oil-rich, Venezuelans now forage dirty streets for food — including stray dogs and cats.

Farther south, Argentina’s economy was run into the ground by leftist populist President Cristina Kirchner. Newly elected centrist President Mauricio Macri has stabilized the economy, fixed the nation’s finances, and has returned to global debt markets for the first time since the nation defaulted 15 years ago. The economy is again growing.

Get the picture? Socialism is a failure, a brutal one. In its name, during the 21st century, millions of people were impoverished and disenfranchised, while over 100 million were murdered.

And yet, as Europe and South America move away from socialism, some in the U.S. embrace it. Polls show socialism is popular among millennials, and many young Americans support socialist Bernie Sanders for president. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. As Jonah Goldberg observed, “Schools have been force-feeding left-wing propaganda to kids like it was feed for geese at a foie gras factory.”

Sadly, blogger Bruce McQuain adds, “The left will never face the reality of their utopian central control’s failure everywhere and in whatever flavor it is tried.” (IBD)

But this is “Democratic Socialism” and it can’t fail, because we say so.

 

Score One For The First Amendment

Leftist Crybabies Beware!

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed legislation Monday prohibiting public colleges and universities in the state from confining free speech to specific portions of campus.

It’s sad you have to legislate that people have to allow the First Amendment but that’s the Thought Police for ya…

“Part of the university experience is to be able to express diverse views, openly, without fear of retribution or intimidation—and to be exposed to other views and perspectives, even if they aren’t politically correct or popular,” Ducey wrote in his signing statement, according to The Arizona Republic.

no “safe spaces” here. People can disagree with you, to your face! Too Bad so sad!

“Closing this loophole allows students to go to court…so that government officials can’t get away with ignoring the law.”   

The bill, HB 2615, was introduced in February by State Rep. Anthony Kern (R), who was inspired by his experience attempting to hand out materials with a church group at Glendale Community College. Despite having participated in the annual Independence Day festivities on campus for several years without incident, Kern recalled that one year, “all of a sudden, they came up with this free speech zone which was way away from the people.”

The new law also has a special relevance to an ongoing fight over the legality of free speech zones, though Kern was not aware of that when he introduced the measure.

Brittany Mirelez, a student at Paradise Valley Community College, filed suit against the school in December after administrators prevented her from recruiting for a Young Americans for Liberty chapter she was trying to start on campus, contending that confining her to a pre-designated free speech zone violated her First Amendment rights.

[RELATED: Student sues college for evicting her from free speech zone]

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which filed the lawsuit on Mirelez’ behalf, also testified in favor of the other measure Ducey signed Monday, HB 2548, which affirms the right of students like Mirelez to bring legal claims against their schools for restricting free speech.

“Arizona students should have the ability to make sure that government officials are not inappropriately censoring their speech on campus in violation of state law,” ADF Senior Counsel Tyson Langhofer said in a February press release. “Closing this loophole allows students to go to court, when necessary, so that government officials can’t get away with ignoring the law.”

Prior to passage, a Senate amendment significantly broadened the scope of HB 2548 in response to another recent incident, adding provisions increasing the penalties for political protesters who block traffic in a direct rebuke of those who employed the tactic in an effort to stymie a Donald Trump rally in March.

Bite Me, Lefties!

Let the Lawsuits on “diversity” and “tolerance” fly! 🙂

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Preferred Americans III

 
Illegal Immigrants Will Soon Be Allowed to Teach in NY

Illegal immigrants, or “undocumented workers,” (or as I call themThe Preferred Americans)  as New York lawmakers like to classify them, were just given the green light to teach children in the Empire State. The state Board of Regents ruled on Tuesday that people who are enrolled in President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals plan will be eligible to apply for teaching credentials.

So they really will be doing the jobs Americans can’t do. (not won’t). 🙂

In New York, undocumented students are eligible for in-state tuition if you meet the following requirements:

  • You have attended for at least two years and graduated from an approved New York State high school and apply for attendance at a SUNY, CUNY, state-operated, or community college within five years of receiving a high school diploma, or
  • You have attended an approved New York State program for General Equivalency Diploma preparation, received a GED issued in New York State, and applied for attendance at a SUNY, CUNY, state-operated, or community college within five years of graduating high school

In order to claim residency status for tuition purposes, undocumented students must:

  1. File affidavit state that s/he has filed or will file application for legal residency
  2. Show proof of domicile (rent checks, pay stubs with a NY address, high school records, etc.

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) at http://www.maldef.org for a list of private scholarships available to undocumented students. (NYIC)

They are given everything an American has, except that they are not citizens and they can here illegally. But hey, they vote Democrat so everything cool.

Object and you’re a heartless “Racist” and a “hater”. You hate women and children.

Isn’t that just peachy.

But the Board of Regents, which sets education policy in New York, made the regulations official on Tuesday after first proposing them in February, saying individuals who came to the U.S. as children and can’t become citizens because of their parents’ status should be able to teach in New York.

“Today thousands of young people across the state have gained new opportunities,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa said in a statement. “Their futures are no longer restricted in New York.”

Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia also praised the decision and insisted these undocumented citizens are innocent and should be given the opportunity to succeed. 

“They are American in every way but immigration status,” Elia said.

Well, that’s kind of the point. Those who are American both in effort and status, are getting the shaft. They worked hard too – only to see their dreams dashed by an administration that is placing political correctness on a pedestal. Hiring an undocumented citizen means a natural born citizen is going to be denied a classroom of minds to mold.

Yeah, but they are all “white privilege” and “racists” anyhow. They aren’t The Preferred Americans. Americans the Left has in their pocket for generations.

As Sen. Terrence Murphy (R-Yorktown) pointed out, this new policy also puts military servicemen and women in an unfortunate position, for those who come from out of state already have a difficult time getting teaching licenses. 

What about their futures?

The Left only care about their Preferred Americans. Why would they want to leave the Socialist Utopia of New York anyhow. They give them everything they want and everything the Left desires, generations of expanding populace that will do anything they want them to do.

They are favored sons of Liberal Privilege.

 

Stall Wars

Why are there no urinals in Ladies Rooms? Are they trans-shaming? I think they are! Can we get to work putting a row of urinals in all women’s bathrooms? I don’t want to hear it would be too expensive! What’s the price of an early-stage transitioning man walking into a female locker room and not finding a urinal? We can’t be that hateful, can we? It’s only right, you know…C’mon…it’s 2016!!!!!–Dennis Miller

Of course every business needs to remodel their bathrooms. It’s not like the days of “White” and “Colored” Bathrooms! It’s 2016.

The Age of Big Brother. Where the Government mandate you allow Men dressed as Women into the Bathroom with no proof whatsoever otherwise you’re a “bigot”. It’s a “Civil Rights Issue” to allow Men dressed as Women into a Women’s Restroom so we can’t have them restricted to just the stalls ( I guess they have them since I’ve never been in one) so we must require then to install urinals and the plumbing to match. 🙂

Oh and we need to rename them also. Men’s and Women’s Bathrooms is discrimination against the New Civil Rights of our Transgendered Media-Darlings.

Orwell has a new language to teach all us “bigots” so that we don’t offend the Crybaby Generation with our multiple millenials old “bigotry”.

HE/SHE HIM/HER HIS/HER HIS/HERS HIMSELF/HERSELF
zie zim zir zis zieself
sie sie hir hirs hirself
ey em eir eirs eirself
ve ver vis vers verself
tey ter tem ters terself
e em eir eirs emself

Some languages, such as English, do not have a gender neutral or third gender pronoun available, and this has been criticized, since in many instances, writers, speakers, etc. use “he/his” when referring to a generic individual in the third person. Also, the dichotomy of “he and she” in English does not leave room for other gender identities, which is a source of frustration to the transgender and gender queer communities.

So English itself is discriminatory and “bigoted” as a language in and of itself according to our fine folks (mind you there is no actual language that isn’t by this criteria).

Maybe we should just scrap it for…I don’t know… INGSOC, maybe . 🙂

How do I ask someone what pronouns they use?

Try asking: “What pronouns do you use?” or “Can you remind me what pronouns you use?” It can feel awkward at first, but it is not half as awkward as getting it wrong or making a hurtful assumption.

Now that’s conversation started right out of Emily Post. 🙂

When someone is referred to with the wrong pronoun, it can make them feel disrespected, invalidated, dismissed, alienated, or dysphoric (profound state of unease or dissatisfaction) (or, often, all of the above.)

I’m dysphoric about the New INGSOC. 🙂

It is a privilege to not have to worry about which pronoun someone is going to use for you based on how they perceive your gender. If you have this privilege, yet fail to respect someone else’s gender identity, it is not only disrespectful and hurtful, but also oppressive. (LGBT Resource Center)

So don’t be an evil, oppressive bore, be Politically Correct. 🙂

Yes, one day you may be threatened with prosecution by some liberal for refusing to refer to a transgender who believes she’s a ze so take a few minutes to study the Big Brother pamphlet so you don’t get “re-educated” by a red-hot, “oppressed” Liberal.

Your local Liberal Thought Police Regiment will thank you.

 

Ze Heil!

The Left is now dictating our speech, specifically our pronoun usage.

Well, that’s what Political Correctness is all about.

Taking a page straight out of George Orwell’s 1984, the Chicago Public School (CPS) system released new guidelines mandating all students and employees to use the pronouns and names requested by the transgender and “gender non-conforming” individuals, or face consequences. Trans and gender non-conforming students may also use the restroom and locker-room of their choice.

Any form of thought alternative to the party’s construct is classified as “thoughtcrime”.

Or as the modern Homo Superior Liberalis would say, “hate speech”. 🙂

 Orwell states: “I said earlier that the decadence of our language is probably curable. Those who deny this would argue, if they produced an argument at all, that language merely reflects existing social conditions, and that we cannot influence its development by any direct tinkering with words or constructions.”
According to Orwell, “the purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of IngSoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible. Its vocabulary was so constructed as to give exact and often very subtle expression to every meaning that a Party member could properly wish to express, while excluding all other meaning and also the possibility of arriving at them by indirect methods. This was done partly by the invention of new words, but chiefly by eliminating undesirable words and stripping such words as remained of unorthodox meanings, and so far as possible of all secondary meaning whatever.” The idea that language influences worldview is linguistic relativity.
Linguistic relativity, sometimes called the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis or Whorfianism, is a hypothesis in linguistics and cognitive science that holds that the structure of a language affects its speakers’ cognition or world view. The strong version claims that language determines thought and that linguistic categories limit and determine cognitive categories. The weak version claims that linguistic categories and usage influence thought and decisions.
Control Language. Control Thought. Control People.
Hide it under a false sanctimony of “fairness” and “inclusion”.
But it in in fact excludes the ability to control your own thoughts.

The CPS system released two sets of extremely similar guidelines; one for “Adults” and one for “Students.” Both explicitly state that “appropriate consequences” will be divvied out if an individual “intentionally” fails to use the requested pronouns of another individual. Kindly, they gave us examples of “common” pronouns: “’they,’ ‘their,’ ‘ze,’ ‘he’ and ‘she.’”

Per the student guidelines: “[T]he intentional or persistent refusal by students or school staff to respect a student’s gender identity (for example, intentionally referring to the student by a name or pronoun that does not correspond to the student’s gender identity) is a violation of these Guidelines, the Student Code of Conduct, and Comprehensive Non-Discrimination, Title IX and Sexual Harassment Policy. Such violations will result in appropriate consequences for offending staff and students.

Similarly, per the adult guidelines: “The intentional or persistent refusal by school staff or students to respect an individual’s gender identity…is a violation of these Guidelines the Student Code of Conduct, and Comprehensive Non-Discrimination, Title IX and Sexual Harassment Policy. Such violations will result in appropriate consequences for offending staff and students.”

As The Daily Caller notes, “Under the guidelines, schools cannot require transgender individuals to obtain a court order or gender change before forcing the new vocabulary upon students.”

Because its about Power. The power to destroy resistance to all Liberal thought, ideas, and control. TRansgenders are merely the lastest (and predictable) weapon.

So, on Monday, when Johnny claims to identify as Gabrielle, and wants to be referred to by such name, and by the pronoun “ze,” the teacher and students must capitulate or face “appropriate consequences.”

Plus, Johnny—I mean Gabrielle—can use the girls’ locker-room and restroom, too.

 

Oh, and the school can’t inform Johnny’s parents about his new “identity” without the “student’s permission.” “[W]hen speaking with other staff members, parents, guardians, or third parties, school staff should not disclose a student’s preferred name, pronoun, or other confidential information pertaining to the student’s transgender or gender nonconforming status without the student’s permission, unless authorized to do so by the Law Department,” read the guidelines.

This should go swimmingly.

The CPS system released a statement on their webpage, proudly standing by their Orwellian guidelines. “The guidelines released today will help ensure every student and adult in the CPS family can participate in an environment of complete tolerance and respect,” said CPS Chief Education Officer Dr. Janice K. Jackson. (DailyWire)

Sanctimonious Control Issues. Typical Liberal.

Do you Want Fries With That?

Wendy's To Replace Workers With Self-Service Kiosks Due To Minimum Wage Increases

Wendy’s  said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages.

It will be up to franchisees whether to deploy the labor-saving technology, but Wendy’s President Todd Penegor did note that some franchise locations have been raising prices to offset wage hikes.

McDonald’s  has been testing self-service kiosks. But Wendy’s, which has been vocal about embracing labor-saving technology, is launching the biggest potential expansion.

Wendy’s Penegor said company-operated stores, only about 10% of the total, are seeing wage inflation of 5% to 6%, driven both by the minimum wage and some by the need to offer a competitive wage “to access good labor.”

It’s not surprising that some franchisees might face more of a labor-cost squeeze than company restaurants. All 258 Wendy’s restaurants in California, where the minimum wage rose to $10 an hour this year and will gradually rise to $15, are franchise-operated. Likewise, about 75% of 200-plus restaurants in New York are run by franchisees. New York’s fast-food industry wage rose to $10.50 in New York City and $9.75 in the rest of the state at the start of 2016, also on the way to $15.

That nearly doubles the labor costs, you know. And a restaurant is nota  high margin business so I wonder how many of them will go out of business because they can’t afford Liberalism??

Wendy’s plans to cut company-owned stores to just 5% of the total.

Still, Penegor said that increased customer counts more than price hikes drove the chain’s 3.6% same-store sales increase in the first quarter.

Although profit exceeded Wall Street estimates, Wendy’s shares dived nearly 9% Wednesday because of weak second-quarter sales.

“We are seeing a bit of a softer overall category in April” relative to the past two quarters, Penegor said on an earnings call, implying more of an industrywide trend than an issue specific to Wendy’s.

Penegor said the reason for softer growth was hard to pinpoint, but he listed a cautious consumer, tougher spring weather in the Northeast, and a wider gap between the cost of food at home vs. food away from home as possible contributors.

While Wendy’s management was upbeat about company prospects, noting that it just experienced its first year with a net increase in restaurants since 2010, its downbeat comments about sector growth were contagious. McDonald’s eased 1.7% after touching a new record high on Tuesday. Yum Brands , which owns Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC, slipped 2.6% and Restaurant Brands International  fell 3.4%.

For now, Penegor said, wage pressures have been manageable both because of falling commodity prices and better operating leverage due to an increase in customer counts. Still, the company is wary about both wage hikes and a possible recovery in commodity prices and is “working so hard to find efficiencies” so it can deliver “a new QSR experience but at traditional QSR prices.”

In addition to self-order kiosks, the company is also getting ready to move beyond the testing phase with labor-saving mobile ordering and mobile payment available systemwide by the end of the year. Yum Brands and McDonald’s already have mobile ordering apps.

Kiosks, of course, do the job of a human at the cost of $0 per hour.

Automation is coming, and it’s going to be at the cost of low-skilled workers–and not just the ones at Wendy’s. McDonald’s is also considering using kiosks, and self-checkout lines are common at grocery stores across the country. Minimum wage laws create an artificial price floor that hurts workers more than it helps.

But “victim” laden greedy Liberals and their Power mad Politicos won’t listen to basic economics. They have baser desires in mind.

And when the jobs go away, it won’t be there fault. It will be big bad “Corporate America”. Mind you, as it said most of the Wendy’s are FRANCHISE operations, meaning they are a SMALL BUSINESS owned by an entrepreneur not a massive corporation. So you’re hurting the small business guy by doubling his labor costs!

Idiots…

Zoinks!

The University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health was a lot less healthy this week.

In celebration of “International No Diet Day,” the school of public health, together with the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work and its College of Food and Agriculture, invited Virgie Tovar, a self-proclaimed “fat activist,” to instruct America’s future nutritionists, dietitians and social workers on the finer points of “fat oppression.”

Now that oppression is rampant on our nation’s campuses, many colleges and universities have established “bias teams” and “diversity officers” whose job it is to root out and eliminate any whiff of patriarchy or disenfranchisement before social justice warriors melt down, safe spaces are invaded and entire campus communities collapse under the weight of their own manufactured outrage.

The University of Minnesota, for example, which just hosted a “fat activist” to help its School of Public Health students learn why diets and exercise are the tools of “thin privilege,” has a VP of diversity who holds “office hours” on three random dates, for two hours at a time.

You have to make your appointments in advance, you forfeit your appointment if you’re five minutes late, and sign up begins 30 minutes in advance of office-hour shifts. So students should prepare for safe space violations as they vie, elbow to elbow, with other social justice warriors for some precious gripe time.

Tovar’s talk, entitled “Dispelling Myths: Fat, Fatphobia, and Challenging Social Stereotypes,” was designed to help students understand that “fat phobia” is rampant in a “white, heteronormative society” that is looking to actively oppress people with larger body types. Society’s bias against fat people is, apparently, a form of bigotry and discrimination, evident in everything from sexual preferences to the size of seats on public transportation.

She even, reportedly, compared society’s anti-fat culture to so-called “rape culture,” and chastised society for its obsession with what she termed “thin privilege.”

According to Tovar, the students, who study public health (at one of the top 10 schools for public health),  shouldn’t push people they deem overweight to shed pounds, even if it’s better overall for health. “Weight loss is not a realistic goal for most people,” she said, declaring that exercise and diet are “social constructs.” She implored her audience to “lose hate, not weight” and rebel against “diet culture.” (Diets are, of course, just a tool of the hetero-normative Patriarchy.)

She did not specify how “losing hate” would have the same impact on, say, your chances of dying of heart disease, but we assume she was not referring to any scientific understanding of human anatomy or disease.

No surprise, Tovar, who lists her occupation as “fat activist,” has a Masters in Human Sexuality—with a focus on the “intersection of body size, race and gender”—and taught at the University of California, at Berkeley, where that is considered an actual academic field of study. Her expertise is wide-ranging.

Oh and if that isn’t enough fun and frolick in the diseased minds of ultra leftist Social Justice Warriors did you know Shaggy (yes, from Scooby Doo) is a “trigger” for “Thin Privilege”.

Seriously.

One teen advocacy group has a new plan for protecting children from the perils of body shaming: fatten up our beloved cartoon characters, from Robin to Gohan, to make them look more like their chunky viewers.

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The Shaggy Trigger!! Someone’s going to need lots of expensive therapy!! 🙂

The idea that get off their fat, mobile phone, console gaming, asses and exercise and eat healthy meals so they ain’t fat is, of course, what, “fatist”? 🙂

“In many ways, teenage cartoon characters are stuck in the past,” Project Know explains. “Their body shapes have drifted further away from an image that most people can relate to: They idealize a body type that’s increasingly unattainable for many.”

Jinkies!!!

It may have never occurred to them that cartoon’s bodies are unattainable because they are based on whatever proportions the animator felt like drawing. Arnold’s football head is unattainable, but you don’t see me complaining.

Project Know starts with Robin. A character that literally spends his nights running across roof tops, fighting bad guys and training with Batman in the Bat Cave. So how dare he shame us with his slim physique!

“As they approach the teen years, youth are already expressing body insecurities: 18.5 percent of 11- and 12-year-old boys felt dissatisfied with their body,” Project Know said. “For these kids, an ultra-lightweight cartoon character like Robin may be a demoralizing role model.”

I’m a 53 year old man and I still “body insecurities” but you don’t see me blaming it on “thin privilege” and cartoon character “fat shaming” f0r god sake’s this is got to be a mental defect of leftists with too much time on their hands

Robin

So Project Know gave him some extra pounds. But how is his grappling hook supposed to pull that huge gut off the ground? Will he even fit in the Batman’s sidecar?

Then we have Alex from Totally Spies! She is an international super spy with a high stress, physically active occupation. But Project Know thinks she should better reflect the current generation of iPad-obsessed couch potatoes. Her next mission will have to be cancelled as she can’t fit into the ventilation system leading to the enemy compound.

Alex

“Teens are unlikely to see their physique being reflected in his defined chest and arms that ripple with muscles,” Project Know astutely observed.

Cartoons must reflect reality. Wow! So that why my favorite cartoons as a kid was Droopy, I’m secretly a DOG who has been Human-shamed! and I should demand my rights to be a Dog. Dogs don’t pay taxes, right? 🙂

What happened to cartoons being aspirational. Does everything nowadays have to sink to the level of reality? Maybe instead of fattening up cartoons we should be teaching real children how to slim down. (Heatstreet)

AV Club: ProjectKnow based its cartoon revisions on body mass index (BMI) data from the CDC, an assessment which aims to indicate if someone is overweight (or underweight) by measuring body fat. As a caveat, BMI numbers aren’t necessarily accurate gauges of health: As science has become more sophisticated, experts have pointed out that BMI numbers can’t tell the difference between fat and muscle, or separate out good vs. bad fats. That means someone who’s perfectly healthy could be told to lose weight, for example. 

Watch “Chopped Junior” instead of playing “Call of Duty” for 16 straight hours…. 🙂

“ruh oh.” 🙂

 

 

Penis The 13th

The Obama administration is issuing guidance to schools Friday, saying they must allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

If you don’t, then Big Bad Big Brother will come down on you hard if you don’t allow little boys (whose understanding of sexuality is being perverted by Liberals for their political games) who the adults say are little girls into the little girls room.

The letter says that schools must immediately respect a student’s new gender identity as soon as it is declared by their parent or guardian. Schools are not allowed to require that a student provide a medical diagnosis to justify the change, and they also cannot require a student to legally change their gender.

So all you have to do is declare your little cherub is a girl and he can wave his penis in the girls bathroom to his hearts content!

No other proof required.

Oh HAPPY DAYS! 🙂

Under federal law, Title IX, schools that receive federal funding are not allowed to discriminate against students on the basis of sex. The guidance going out to school districts on Friday makes it clear that as far as the departments of Justice and Education are concerned, that word “sex” includes gender identity.

Why? BECAUSE THEY SAY SO. AND THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA! WE ARE FROM BIG BROTHER AND YOU WILL DO AS WE SAY BECAUSE WE SAY SO!

After all, we are the ones who decided that the federal Laws that apply to Illegal Immigrants don’t actually apply to them because we don’t want them to. 🙂

A school must allow transgender students to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity. A school cannot require transgender students to use individual restrooms or locker rooms when other students are not required to do so. Schools can, however, offer individual restrooms to all students.

Porkies Lives! Boys and Girls showering together! Nirvana!

It’s not a mandate, but since Big Brother and Sister Lynch will look poorly on you if you don’t comply and have to their Power to bear on you…

HOMO SUPERIOR LIBERALIS UBER ALLES!

HEIL OBAMA! OR ELSE!

 

 

Homeland

Kurt Schlichter:

It’s becoming pretty clear that, like their Democrat forefathers, today’s Democrats are convinced that America is entirely too free and that they must take their blue states and secede. We normals no longer meet their high moral standards, what with our insistence on believing in God, having a voice in our governance, and our primitive desire not to have men lurking in women’s restrooms. Plus guns.

They are Homo Superior Liberalis, after all.

Fine. Let them go. Good riddance. We’ll be able to pray and have our voices heard by government even as we continue to embrace anti-#Science concepts like chromosomes determining your sex. Plus guns.

Real Science, like good “deniers”. 🙂

You liberals should take your blue state coastal enclaves and become the United States of Sweden. Just remember that you will have made your Ikea futon and you’ll have to sleep in it.

Here are 11 principles to embrace as we move forward after the blue states leave us.

1. We must re-ratify the Constitution, only this time we need to actually mean it. Our Constitution needs to say what it says and not what some Ivy League judge angling for Georgetown cocktail party invitations wishes it says. We will become a beacon of freedom when the blue states’ Supreme Court finds the whole Bill of Rights unconstitutional.

2. We need to start over with the federal government. Department of Education? Nope, that’s a local function. Department of Commerce? How about we leave commerce to the businesspeople? The NEA? Are you kidding me – people should pay for their own perverted arts. The departure of the blue states is a chance to shed the unwanted pounds and unsightly flab packed onto what should be a lean, mean Uncle Sam after a century of gorging at the Golden Corral of progressivism.

3. We will expect everyone to pull his weight and support his family. Yes, there will be a safety net for those down on their luck. I’d propose a network of community gruel pots, but most people are probably not ready for that kind of innovative self-reliance incentive program. Regardless, the safety net won’t be comfortable, and frankly, people will look down on you for using it. So do what you need to do to avoid it – work hard, make good choices, save for a rainy day, and most of all, have the fierce self-respect that would have you do whatever it takes to avoid taking a government handout. And if you do those things, you’ll never have to.

4. Charity is a duty, but not a mandate. When the government “helps” you, it steals a piece of your soul. But when a neighbor lends a hand, that is soul craft for both of you. We’ll look out for our neighbors. We’ll watch their children when their car breaks down. We’ll give a kid who had a run-in with the law a chance at a job. We’ll pool our money to help a deserving teen go to college (There will be no more government student loans that drown their recipients in debt to pay off their Marxist Interpretive Dance degrees). Many hands-up, no hands-out.

 

5. We will embrace free enterprise, not crony capitalism. We need to strike down laws that protect entrenched business interests by keeping others from competing. In Tennessee, enterprising African-American women are being barred from providing braiding services by obnoxious laws that would first make them spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours getting licensed to shampoo hair. Not in Free America! Chief Justice Glenn Reynolds won’t allow it.

6. Free trade is great, except when the other side gets all sorts of advantages and our government does nothing because that would upset some corporate donor’s apple cart. The principle guiding our trade policy should be simple and clear – you can import whatever you want as long as we get identical terms back. Then, if you beat an American company, well, that’s on the American company. But if we beat yours, well, then we beat yours.

7. We will sell the blue states the necessities that they don’t want to make. The blue states’ elite is more concerned with posturing than productivity. Already, states like New York are banning the fracking technology that could make America energy independent. In California, the pampered coastal elite has declared war on Central Valley farmers. They are closing nuclear and coal plants, outsourcing their energy production. After they secede, it will only get worse – and we free Americans should pick up the slack, eagerly supplying the ravenous blue cities with the food, fuel, and power they won’t dirty their hands creating themselves. Plus, it gives us leverage when the blue states predictably start accusing us of causing their self-inflicted poverty and misery.

 

8. Let’s prosper with a tax code that does not punish success and ensures everyone has skin in the game. How about a flat 10%-15% income tax? What a great way to ensure everyone has an interest in a responsible, thrifty federal government – not just the 53% of us who pay the full freight today.

9. We should also welcome the high-tech companies currently residing in the blue states. They’ll be eager to come once they see our lower taxes and greater prosperity. Of course, they do tend to be liberal, and there is a lot of concern that allegedly “neutral” internet giants are actually trying to skew their products to support left wing causes. Now, what they do is their choice, but the particular intellectual property rights we choose to protect is our choice. We can always exclude from copyright and trademark protection any internet service that is not absolutely politically objective. So if they want to keep putting a thumb on the scale, we can always use our Apply iPaddles to do our searches on Goggle, post our cat photos on the Faceback, or troll libs on Tweeter.

 

10. Freedom means freedom. The blue states will clamp down on dissent, which will become permanently unpatriotic the second the liberal secession is complete. We need to be clear – while we will happily ship back all true criminals to face justice, no one will ever be extradited from the United States to the blue states to face prosecution for any crime related to the exercise of free speech.

11. Service earns citizenship. We’ll welcome our blue brothers and sisters as they escape the failure of their own governments, but not into the voting booth. For anyone not a veteran (or the spouse of one) or a resident at the secession, you will need to earn the right to vote, hold office, or hold a government position of significant reasonability by volunteering for and completing two years of honorable military service. And that means (with allowances for the severely physically handicapped) carrying a gun – not some bogus, puffball “alternative service” for rich kids handing out Kleenexes to delinquents while the poor kids hump rucks. If you haven’t dug a foxhole and shivered through the night in one, you are too insufficiently invested in Free America to have a say in its stewardship. We’re not having a bunch of Los Angeles refugees show up and bringing the stink of blue model failure with them. You want to pick up a ballot? First, pick up a rifle.

And as a bonus, we will become North America’s Switzerland, with a rifleman (or riflewoman!) behind every tree, thereby discouraging the blue states from getting frisky when they inevitably blame us and our soaring prosperity for the inevitable failure of their socialist system. Naturally, it goes without saying that every able-bodied citizen of the United States will be expected to maintain personal arms and ammunition sufficient to allow him to act to protect his family, community, and Constitution.

So, the loss of the blue states from the United States would be less a loss than an opportunity. Think of it as de facto federalism – the blue state model and the red state models can compete and people can judge the victor in terms of freedom and prosperity. I know who I’m betting on.

Adios. California.

Hello, Texas.

Well, we Just have to make sure to build that 20 ft spiked wall to keep the Homo Superior Liberalis disease from re-infecting our new homeland.

I wonder who’ll get the blame for that one. 🙂

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