Sunday, May 16, 2021

Time to start hugging again!

After the pandemic, be sure to start hugging again!  Why?  Because hugging is practically perfect.

 ·        It helps the body's immune system.

·        It cures depression.

·        It reduces stress.

·        It's rejuvenating.

·        It has no unpleasant side effects. 

·        It is all natural—contains no chemicals, artificial ingredients, pesticides, nor preservatives!

·        There are no parts to break down, no monthly payments; it’s non-taxable, non-polluting, and best of all
it's fully returnable!
   
In case you need a refresher course on how to give and receive hugs, take a look at the pictures below.
 





    
    
    
    
    



   
   
Did you enjoy those hugs?  
   
Send it to the people whom you want to make  happy!  
Remember,       "A hug is the one present that's always      
worth giving!"


Saturday, May 15, 2021

Stumbling Along: U.S. Consumer Confidence Crashes 'Unexpectedly'

BY BRYAN PRESTON | P J Media

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Ok, let’s see a show of hands — who actually finds this perfectly obvious news to be “unexpected”?

No one here? Good.

So just how biased and corrupt is even the financial media now?

It’s this biased and corrupt.

Consumer sentiment in the U.S. has unexpectedly decreased in the month of May, according to preliminary data released by the University of Michigan on Friday.

The report showed the consumer sentiment index dropped to 82.8 in May from 88.3 in April. The decrease surprised economists, who had expected the index to rise to 90.4.

It didn’t take an economist to predict that keeping several large states’ economies closed, the federal government printing money faster than a counterfeiter rolling down the autobahn in a Lamborghini, and Biden deliberately strangling domestic energy producers in the name of his Green New Deal scheme, would bring about inflation.

I’m not an economist. I anticipated it. I bet every reader here did too.

What does it take to see this gigantic freight train barreling down the tracks straight at you? Eyes and common sense.

When inflation hits, taking a bite out of consumers’ paychecks sharper than the bites Air Force One’s stairs take out of Joe Biden’s shins, and it doesn’t appear to have an end in the near future, consumers react. They get negative on their economic prospects. It’s all quite predictable that consumer confidence would drop faster than a cliff diver when inflation rises faster than one of Elon Musk’s sleek rockets.

[Curtin] added, “The average of net price mentions for buying conditions for homes, vehicles, and household durables were more negative than any time since the end of the last inflationary era in 1980.”

Jimmy Carter smiles. Republicans are sure to POUNCE on this news. Perhaps we’re pouncing all over it like a feral cat on a stray chipmunk right now.

Herein is a brief summation of our current national and international situation, with recent foreign policy developments overlayed and placed into proper context, after a little over 8% of the Joe Biden presidency.


Internet meme accurately describing the condition of the United States during the Biden administration. Artist anonymous.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/bryan-preston/2021/05/14/stumbling-along-u-s-consumer-confidence-crashes-unexpectedly-n1447095?utm_source=pjmedia&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm&newsletterad=&bcid=227841a8b1ca836b99e21ea36efa6859&recip=28551147

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BREAKING: Israel Begins Ground Operation Against Hamas

BY TYLER O'NEIL | P J Media


AP Photo/Hatem Moussa

In the wee hours of Friday morning Israeli time, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) launched a ground operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The military later clarified that troops had not invaded the Gaza Strip, but soldiers had begun attacking. This salvo represents the latest strike in an escalating conflict that began with skirmishes at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday and Hamas firing rockets at Israel.

“IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip,” the Israeli military announced.

The Israeli army had not entered the Gaza Strip, however. The IDF later clarified that its troops had not entered Palestinian territory but they had begun to carry out an attack “in the Gaza Strip” without boots on the ground, Agence France-Press reported.

Tanks and artillery were deployed, but no ground troops crossed into Gaza, Axios reported. Israel has called up 9,000 reservists and massed at least three brigades on the border with Gaza, which Hamas controls.

Israel celebrated “Jerusalem Day,” marking its capture of East Jerusalem in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. The march appears to have brought an increased police presence, enflaming tensions regarding six Palestinian families who face eviction in favor of Jewish settlers. Palestinians protested the evictions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the Temple Mount, near the third-holiest site in Islam. Rioters reportedly threw rocks at police and police opened fire, injuring hundreds.

Hamas threatened to attack Israel if police did not leave the compound. Hamas fired about 1,600 rockets into Israel, but the Iron Dome interceptor system blocked about 90 percent of them. Even so, the rockets killed one Israeli soldier and six Israeli civilians, including one child.

Israel has responded with rockets of their own, and Gaza has reported at least 109 Palestinians killed, including 28 children. The IDF has claimed to have killed several Hamas commanders in the strikes.

According to the IDF, many of Hamas’ rockets have misfired, so the Palestinian terrorist group may be responsible for many of the deaths in the Gaza Strip. Israel has claimed that Hamas misfired 350 rockets in the last 3 days, killing innocent civilians in Gaza.

While President Joe Biden has defended Israel’s right to defend itself, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) accused him of taking “the side of the occupation.”

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Senior editor of PJ Media, Tyler O'Neil is an author and conservative commentator. He has written for numerous publications, including The Christian Post, National Review, The Washington Free Beacon, The Daily Signal, AEI's Values & Capitalism, and the Colson Center's Breakpoint. He enjoys Indian food, board games, and talking ceaselessly about politics, religion, and culture. He has appeared on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight." He is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/tyler-o-neil/2021/05/13/breaking-israel-begins-ground-operation-against-hamas-n1446878?utm_source=piano&utm_medium=onsite&utm_campaign=582

 

Winsome Sears wins Republican lieutenant governor race

By ohtadmin | NY Carib News 


On Tuesday, former Virginia delegate Winsome Sears won the Republican Party nomination for lieutenant governor, after becoming the first Black Republican woman elected to the Virginia Assembly some 20 years ago.

Sears beat five other candidates, including two — former Delegate Tim Hugo from Fairfax County and Virginia Beach Delegate Glenn Davis — who were far more active in recent GOP politics.

After the win, she said, “I want you to look at me because you’re seeing a walking impossibility,” she said. “My father came to this country with $1.75 — from a different culture, a different country, achieved the American Dream. And now I stand before you as an immigrant to say thank you for letting my father in, because it changed the trajectory of our lives…God bless this great country. Let us keep America America, because there’s no place else to run to.”


Sears was born in Jamaica and served in the Marines. She served a single term representing parts of Hampton Roads in the House of Delegates, winning election in 2001. She did not seek re-election and now resides in the Winchester area.

“Winsome Sears is the strong, principled leader Virginia needs to serve as our next Lieutenant Governor. As a mother and a former Marine, she built her own successful small business,” said Senate Republican Leader Thomas K Norment Jr, Republican-James City, and his fellow Senate leaders in a joint statement Tuesday night. “Winsome made history when she was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Now, she is poised to make history again.”

In her campaign, she highlighted her more recent work as national chairperson for Black Americans to Re-Elect President Trump.

Sears, a onetime director of a Salvation Army homeless shelter — was a rising star in the state Republican Party in 2001, after she defeated longtime Democratic delegate William P. Robinson Jr. (Norfolk) for his seat.

She served one term in the House, among other things fighting for legislation that would have allowed parents to use public funds to home-school their children or send them to a private school — a cause she again championed in her campaign for lieutenant governor.

With Sears’s nomination, the party’s statewide ticket is complete. Miyares was named the candidate for attorney general, while Glenn Youngkin was declared the winner of the gubernatorial nomination Monday.

She will preside over the Senate and taking over as head of the state’s executive branch if the governor resigns or becomes incapacitated.

https://www.nycaribnews.com/articles/jamaican-winsome-sears-wins-republican-lieutenant-governor-race/

Friday, May 14, 2021

A Pipeline, a Public Official and a Private Jet

By James Freeman | The Wall Street Journal

Though vaccinated, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D., Mich.) wears a mask on Wednesday in Lansing. - PHOTO: /ASSOCIATED PRESS

The double standards of Michigan’s Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm took to CNN this morning to assure a nervous public that “the gas is flowing” and now tweets that “it’s a great relief that #ColonialPipeline Company is resuming full operations”.

“I totally understand the fear that people have to not be able to go somewhere in an emergency,” said Ms. Granholm on CNN.

Some consumers may be wondering why the 62-year-old energy secretary and former governor of Michigan is just now discovering the value of fossil fuels in supporting life and human flourishing. Houston Keene of Fox News reports:

President Biden’s energy secretary is facing renewed backlash for canceling the Keystone XL pipeline permit after she admitted this week that using a pipeline is “the best way” to transport fuel.

At a Tuesday press conference, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm was asked by a reporter about the “feasibility of using rail cars” to transport fuel across the country as the nation faces a gas shortage from a Russian cyber attack.

Granholm also said the Colonial pipeline, which runs from Texas to New York and is similar to the recently canceled Keystone XL pipeline, is the premiere way to pump petroleum into communities.

Here’s hoping that Michigan’s former governor is sincere in expressing a new understanding of the need for plentiful and reliable petroleum supplies.

Unfortunately, Michigan’s current governor is still clinging to that old-time green non-religion. Despite a lack of legal authority, the current gov is attempting to create a local chokepoint on oil supply. Beth LeBlanc reports this week for the Detroit News:

While the state’s Democratic attorney general is saying she can’t close Line 5 without a court order, Michigan’s Democratic governor is insisting Enbridge will be considered a trespasser if it continues to operate the oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac after Wednesday.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer warned an Enbridge executive Tuesday that if the Canadian company continued to operate in the Straits past Wednesday, the state would seek its profits if it eventually prevails in its legal fight to revoke the pipeline’s easement. Continued operations would be considered “an intentional trespass,” she said.

The company, Whitmer said, “will be liable for unjust enrichment, which will require disgorgement to the state of all profits derived from its wrongful use of the state’s property.”

Green groups are cheering, but a federal court has encouraged negotiation, not a unilateral Whitmer attempt to DarkSide the oil pipeline. Ms. LeBlanc reports:

“A shutdown of Line 5 has serious, broad ramifications and raises substantial federal and international questions relating to interstate and international commerce,” Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy said. “That is why the case is in federal court where the judge has ordered mediation.”

... The state argued its case for the closure in Ingham County Circuit Court before Enbridge moved it to federal court and filed its own lawsuit maintaining that regulation of the pipeline is exclusive to the federal government, namely the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration.

Even beyond Gov. Whitmer’s attempt to exercise a power that the state’s Democratic attorney general says she doesn’t have, there is naturally the question of why a politician would choose this of all moments to draw attention to her effort to close an energy pipeline.

Perhaps the media alternative could be even worse. “Gov. Whitmer is still struggling to answer basic questions about her recent trip to Florida, and who paid for the private jet she took (other than saying it wasn’t at taxpayer expense),” notes the indispensable Ingrid Jacques on Twitter.

This column recently noted that Gov. Whitmer defied her own Covid travel advisory to make the trip. Now there are questions about who facilitated her conspicuous consumption of fossil fuels.

Craig Mauger reports for the Detroit News:

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday her flight to visit her father was not paid for by taxpayer dollars and was not “a gift,” but she declined to provide additional information about how the trip was funded...

For the trip, Whitmer took a private plane that’s usually shared by three of Michigan’s most prominent political donors, The Detroit News reported last week. The Nicholson family of PVS Chemicals, the Moroun family of the trucking company Central Transport and the Cotton family, which formerly ran Meridian Health, are among those who use the Gulfstream G280 flown by Air Eagle LLC, according to a source with knowledge of the arrangement.

The Moroun family has denied any involvement in arranging the flight carrying the governor. Air Eagle has refused to release information about its passengers or flights.

A twin-engine jet Gulfstream G280 owned by Air Eagle flew from Lansing to Palm Beach on Friday, March 12, and returned to Lansing on Monday, March 15. Whitmer’s father, the retired CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, owns a home in West Palm Beach.

If politicians like Gov. Whitmer didn’t have double standards, would they have any standards at all?

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James Freeman is the co-author of “The Cost: Trump, China and American Revival.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-pipeline-a-public-official-and-a-private-jet-11620937954?mod=opinion_lead_pos11

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Straightforward Truth and Why Americans Fear The Future.

By Rick Hayes | The Daily Hayes 

The destructive capabilities of a Tsunami like the one that hit the Indian Ocean and decimated Japan are unimaginable. But what is far more alarming is its gradualness and the surprise of those trapped in the cataclysmic end.

The disguised slow-moving nature at the onset of a tsunami belies its culminating intensity and destructive power. And such is the lethal force of the ever-growing and unchecked criminal behavior and lies by the Leftists controlling Congress and the propagandized media.

Unlike the rudderless Republican Party, the Left plays a winner-take-all game where the rules are only enforced against their competitor. A game where powerless TV personality, Roger Stone, can face life in jail for a process crime. Yet, Hunter Biden can commit an avalanche of significant criminal offenses and laugh on prime-time TV as he gets enriched to the tune of millions from China.

In the I.R.S. scandal, President Obama, and President Biden, in the Chauvin trial, can inject their opinions during the ongoing legal proceedings, but President Trump would be ruthlessly roasted for voicing an opinion on standing for the National Anthem.

Free America is behind the eight ball because it is without an actual working media, and the Leftist imposter known as "the media" faithfully follows the successful standards set by German NAZI propagandist Joseph Goebbels - "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."

Only the brainwashed and small-minded ideologues could ever believe the audacious lie that securing the southern border and stopping the flood of illegal drugs killing American youth is a form of racism? Only fools could believe that eliminating law enforcement will decrease crime rates.

And yet, such utter nonsense is taken as pure genius because the Left controls the system. Hence, the Left can make the most outrageous and absurd claims with a straight face because there is no rebuttal or pushback.

According to the FBI, a murderer has a 40% chance of not serving a day in jail. That's horrifying until one considers the odds of nearly zero that a Leftist member of Congress who commits a crime would face any legal ramifications. Not only do Leftists escape justice almost 100% of the time, but they are usually handsomely rewarded.

Rep. Eric Swalwell was caught having a close relationship with a Chinese spy but continues to sit on the powerful House Intelligence Committee.

Clinton created a private server in her home, yet the propaganda media portrays what she did as having a personal email account.  The dishonest media knows full well that there are no similarities between a private email account and the much more dangerous private server, but they relied on an ignorant public and a corrupt DOJ. to allow Clinton to skate free and run for President.

Former F.B.I. Head James Comey repeatedly lied to a FISA court to illegally spy on American citizens yet is seen laughing about it on late-night television as he sells his book.

So there is a mountain of evidence that there are no consequences for powerful Leftist elites. Americans know only too well that there will be no accountability regarding the Hunter Biden investigations, the Jussie Smollett crime, or the BLM-inspired riots of 2020. 

Like the tsunami that methodically wiped away entire cities, unpunished crimes by Leftists and members of Congress will slowly extinguish the shining city upon a hill envisioned by President Ronald Reagan. 

To be abundantly clear, America is perilously close to turning into Venezuela.  Printing and dumping trillions of dollars into the economy is a recipe for a valueless dollar. When the goal is to destroy America's core, sinking the "evil" capitalist system is intentional.

The disastrous turn away from the Constitution started many years ago and was accelerated under President Obama. Under President Biden, liberty and freedom will soon be a distant memory.

Just as the hypnotically slow beginning of a tsunami ultimately engulfs the lives of millions, socialism via destructive economic policies and lawlessness is progressively invading America like a thief in the night. And one morning, Americans will awake to find massive inflation, shortages of essential goods and services, and their precious freedom gone forever.

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Why The Systemic Racism Narrative is Necessary.

 By Rick Hayes


The Left would love to see riots and unrest between blacks and whites. Why? Why would they want that?

Simple. It would avert attention away from the actual obstacle, the core problem facing black Americans: the Left itself.

The policies of the Democrat party and the radical Left have decimated the African American family, slaughtered the unborn innocent by the millions, perpetuated poverty, and packed the inner cities with failing schools.

So, of course, a fraudulent tale of systemic racism must be pounded into the ears of every black American. And what about white Americans?  The Left hopes to force white Americans into hiding and away from assisting their fellow Americans in the real struggle.

The Left hopes to place fear in the hearts of black and white Americans so that the Left's insidious plans for power at the expense of black Americans will be assured. This form of genocide can only happen if we allow it.

It is time for a new coalition to be established—a partnership between blacks and whites based on truth and mutual respect. As clear-thinking Americans, we must peacefully and unwaveringly challenge the Left's usurped authority and invalid influence.

Communication and organizing to unify all Americans wishing to be free from the actual oppression of the Left. No more lies. No more big money propaganda.

A grassroots movement of black and white Americans is unstoppable, more potent than any tyrannical totalitarian campaign.

And the best time to start is now.

https://www.thedailyhayes.com

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‘Dude, Where’s My Workforce?’

By I & I Editorial Board

Graphic: Jim Lillicotch, License: CC0 Public Domain 

It must be a nasty surprise for companies that have slavishly repeated Woke mantras and imposed overtly racist policies on workers and even customers in the name of “racial equality” to now find themselves short of the one thing they need to thrive and grow: workers. They can thank Joe Biden and the Woke Democrats for that.

No question, right now companies are sucking for air, finding it impossible to ramp up fast enough as workers stay home in droves rather than return to work.

People are said to be “scratching their heads” over why, after a year of pandemic-forced business closings, workers aren’t desperate to work and earn. After all, just a few months ago the concern was whether they’d have jobs to go back to.

President Biden’s comment that the economy is “moving in the right direction” after the number of new payroll jobs undershot expectations by nearly 800,000 shows a president out of touch with reality.

There are nearly 15 million jobs going begging, according to online job site ZipRecruiter, far more than the 7.4 million “old economy” estimate of the Labor Department. Yet, data from April’s distressing jobs report shows that nearly 9.2 million Americans remain unemployed, 29% of those for more than a year.

And just 266,000 new payroll jobs were added in April, far short of the 1 million-plus estimated by Wall Street economists, even as unemployment jumped to 6.1% from 6%, rather than than the expected decline to 5.8%.

Meanwhile, there are 8 million fewer active workers today than there were in February 2020, a statistic prominently mentioned by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell in his recent testimony as a sign of economic stress.

Companies desperately need workers, but can’t coax them off the sidelines. And there really is no mystery about this.

Simply put, we’re paying people not to work, thus starving companies of employees and sharply driving up prices for goods and services as companies try to make up for lost productivity.

As recently as March 2019, someone who was unemployed took home about $348 a week on average in federal and state aid. That leapt to $938 in April 2020, part of a temporary plan put in place by President Donald Trump. That plan also included “stimulus” checks. In July of last year, the unemployment benefits fell by $300.

But that still left benefits at $638 a week, where they’re expected to stay at least into September of this year. The results are predictable, since you always get more of what you incentivize.

As the New York Post recently noted, numbers crunched by Bank of America economists show that anyone who earns less than $32,000 a year can earn more from federal and state aid than by taking a job. Benefits for nonworkers now total roughly $16 an hour, more than twice the $7.25 hourly minimum wage.

In other words, it’s a better deal for the able-bodied to stay home. No surprise, then that after April’s nasty jobs report, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce called for an immediate end to the extra $300 a week bonus given to people who stay unemployed.

Companies that ardently embraced the Democrats’ COVID-19 economic “stimulus” and unemployment aid must themselves be feeling foolish these days. It’s yet another chapter in the long saga of misbegotten economic interventions by big government on behalf of business.

Economic historians, the honest ones anyway, will be wondering how a group of supposedly educated American policymakers could have made so many stupid, easily avoidable mistakes to derail what, without the effects of the China virus lockdown, was the healthiest U.S. economy in decades.

More troubling still is that our powers-that-be seem bent on continuing to pursue irrational socialist policies that have failed repeatedly in the past — especially making millions of would-be workers into wards of the state by locking them out of their jobs.

These days, our president’s own PR surrogates barely try to hide his struggles with age-related loss of mental acuity. But even at his best, Biden’s economic knowledge has always been suspect. He views economics as simply an extension of power politics.

People have already forgotten 2010’s “Summer of Recovery” during the Obama administration. President Barack Obama put Vice President Biden “in charge” of “directing” a powerful economic recovery, one that never came. Obama-Biden promised gold, but delivered dross.

Today we have more of the same, as Biden and the far-left Democrats seek to impose their special brand of Woke progressivism on American society. We have labor shortages, soaring inflation pressures, and falling consumer confidence. Another “recovery summer,” anyone?

https://issuesinsights.com/2021/05/10/dude-wheres-my-workforce/

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY: DISMAYED BY AMERICA, INSPIRED BY CHINA

BY PAUL MIRENGOFF | POWERLINE


Image courtesy of brunapazini0 from Pixabay

Leaked documents show that the Walt Disney Company has asked employees to complete a “white privilege checklist” and to “pivot away from “white dominant culture.” The documents, published by Christopher Rufo, state (falsely) that the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other Black Americans are “part of a long history of systemic racism and transphobia.” The documents also cover such topics as “white privilege,” “white fragility,” “white saviors,” “microaggressions” and “antiracism.”

The documents suggest that employees reflect on the diversity of their personal and professional networks. Employees should also consider how other dimensions of their identities “give (or do not give) you access and advantage.” Furthermore, workers are encouraged to “work through feelings of guilt, shame, and defensiveness to understand what is beneath them and what needs to be healed.”

Employees are discouraged from questioning or debating the lived experiences of their black colleagues or from asking those colleagues to educate them about racism, since such discussions can be “emotionally taxing.” As if wallowing in unwarranted feelings of guilt and shame isn’t.

Disney has passed judgment on America. America has come up short — way short. We’re chronic racists and homophobes. We need to deal with our guilt and shame. If our racism prevents us from feeling guilty and ashamed, then we need to be pressured, and probably coerced, into experiencing these sentiments.

Disney seems like a tough grader. Is there any nation that meets its exacting standards?

Why, yes. China does.

Bob Iger, Chairman and former CEO of the Walt Disney Company, has said he’s “inspired by China’s vision.” In remarks at the National Committee on US-China Relations (NCUSCR) gala in 2011, Iger stated:

We’ve also worked hard to establish a number of mutually beneficial relationships with many officials throughout China. We’re inspired by their vision and we’re grateful that they share many of our beliefs, including one about the importance of intellectual property protection.

I’ve watched China emerge into a global economic force, an inspiring source of great innovation, offering opportunities that we see as virtually unlimited, and the Walt Disney company has certainly been increasing its presence in that vast country.

China is a ruthless dictatorship. It systematically oppresses its Uighur (Muslim) population, more than one million of whom are said to be held in concentration camps.

I very much doubt that any Disney employ has killed or oppressed a minority group member. At worst, a few might have committed a “microaggression,” whatever that means.

Yet, Disney’s chairman is inspired by China and contemptuous of America and his white employees.

Is there a disconnect here? On the surface, yes.

But at a deeper level, maybe it hangs together. For one thing, Disney’s critique of America echoes China’s, as set forth recently in its recent confrontation with our Secretary of State.

More fundamentally, the Red Chinese are masters of reeducating members of the bourgeoisie. During its cultural revolution, China perfected the art of making them feel guilty and ashamed. Now, it is reeducating its Muslims.

In its own way, the Disney Company seems to be following suit.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/05/walt-disney-company-dismayed-by-america-inspired-by-china.php

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Mickey Mouse Goes Woke and Customers Don't Like It

BY RICK MORAN | PJ Media 

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The Walt Disney Corporation has ordered all headquarters employees to attend seminars that inject critical race theory, “systemic racism,” “white privilege,” and “white fragility” into their training. The way that City Journal’s Christopher Rufo describes what’s contained in the whistleblower documents he received from several Disney employees suggests the training regimen is designed to elicit guilt and shame from white employees while falsifying history.

In truth, it’s beyond belief. Disney’s theme parks may be known as “The Happiest Place on Earth,” but you have to wonder for how long.

The core of Disney’s racial program is a series of training modules on “antiracism.” In one, called “Allyship for Race Consciousness,” the company tells employees that they must “take ownership of educating [themselves] about structural anti-Black racism” and that they should “not rely on [their] Black colleagues to educate [them],” because it is “emotionally taxing.” The United States, the document claims, has a “long history of systemic racism and transphobia,” and white employees, in particular, must “work through feelings of guilt, shame, and defensiveness to understand what is beneath them and what needs to be healed.” Disney recommends that employees atone by “challeng[ing] colorblind ideologies and rhetoric” such as “All Lives Matter” and “I don’t see color”; they must “listen with empathy [to] Black colleagues” and must “not question or debate Black colleagues’ lived experience.”

“Challeng[ing] colorblind ideologies and rhetoric” is only part of the healing process.

In another module, called “What Can I Do About Racism?,” Disney tells employees that they should reject “equality,” with a focus on “equal treatment and access to opportunities,” and instead strive for “equity,” with a focus on “the equality of outcome.” The training also includes a series of lessons on “implicit biases,” “microaggressions,” and “becoming an antiracist.” The company tells employees that they must “reflect” on America’s “racist infrastructure” and “think carefully about whether or not your wealth, income, treatment by the criminal justice system, employment, access to housing, health care, political power, and education might be different if you were of a different race.” (Author’s emphasis )

Not very subtle, are they? In 18th century America they were known as “levelers” — those who didn’t care what it took to achieve “equality of outcomes.” The French revolutionaries were great levelers. They used the guillotine to prove how good they were.

Now Disney — whose gigantic impact on American culture cannot be dismissed — wants to poison the minds of employees with this rot. Sadly, the wokeness is bound to seep down into the rest of the corporate culture and ruin the Disney experience for young and old alike.

Orlando Sentinel:

Recently, Disney announced that cast members are now permitted to display tattoos, wear inclusive uniforms and display inclusive haircuts. Disney did all of this in the name of allowing cast members to express themselves.

The problem is, I’m not traveling across the country and paying thousands of dollars to watch someone I do not know express themselves. I am there for the immersion and the fantasy, not the reality of a stranger’s self-expression. I do not begrudge these people their individuality and I wish them well in their personal lives, but I do not get to express my individuality at my place of business.

What’s next, is Disney going to end the rule barring on stage cellphone use by cast members as an infringement on self-expression.

Indeed, this self-described “out-of-touch white American dad” bemoans the loss of Disney’s most valuable resource: the human imagination.

Disney is in the process of taking the woke scalpel to the Jungle Cruise. Trader Sam is out because he might offend certain people. Every grown-up in the room realizes that Trader Sam is not a representation of reality and is meant as a funny and silly caricature. It is no more based in racism than every Disney caricature of an out-of-touch white American dad.

The next time I ride Jungle Cruise I will not be thinking about the gloriously entertaining puns of the skippers, I will be thinking about Disney’s political agenda. That’s a mood killer.

“You will be forced to care,” wrote Eric Erickson about the left’s assault on values. There’s no hiding from them. There is no “escape” with your family — even to Disneyland or Disney World. We are being overwhelmed by propaganda that looks to be as effective as propaganda from Kim Jong-Un’s North Korea. Conformity, “equity,” “equality of outcomes” — the groundwork for ending freedom of thought has already been laid in our schools and even where we work, where we worship, and where we play.

And even our icons like Mickey Mouse will become slaves in service to this ideology.

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 Rick Moran has been writing for PJ Media for 13 years. His work has appeared in dozens of media outlets including the Washington Times and ABC News. He was an editor at American Thinker for 14 years. His own blog is Right Wing Nut HouseFor media inquiries, please contact communications@pjmedia.com.

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https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2021/05/09/mickey-mouse-goes-woke-and-customers-dont-like-it-n1445609?utm_source=pjmedia&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl_pm&newsletterad=&bcid=227841a8b1ca836b99e21ea36efa6859&recip=28551147

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Democrats have forgotten their Southern Manifesto

By William Haupt III | The Center Square contributor


President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.  Patrick Semansky

 “A hypocrite despises those whom he deceives, but has no respect for himself.”

– William Hazlitt

Recently when angry Democrats attacked U.S. Sen. Tim Scott for claiming that America was not a racist nation, little did they know they did that on the 65th anniversary of “The Southern Manifesto?”

In 1954, when the Supreme Court ruled on Brown v. Board of Education and outlawed segregation in schools, Southern Democrats began a massive campaign to defy this! President Eisenhower’s Republican Congress responded by passing the 1957 Civil Rights Act to enforce the Court’s decision.

The day Republicans filed the Civil Rights Act, Southern Democrats wrote a rebuttal named “The Southern Manifesto.” This was a show of unity against Eisenhower and the Republicans attempts to enforce desegregation. This credo accused the Supreme Court of “abuse of power" and to use "all means” to reverse Brown v. Education. This solidified the Democrats stand against Brown v. Education and their defiance to future desegregation. One hundred Southern Democrats signed it.

Howard Smith of Virginia, chairman of the House Rules Committee, was the key segregationist in the lower chamber to lobby Democrats to support The Southern Manifesto. Under Smith, the Rules Committee became the graveyard for every civil rights initiative in the 1950s. Smith declared, “The state ship has ‘drifted from her moorings,’ and the high court’s record on civil rights demonstrates it will continue to deviate from the core fundamental separation of powers in the U.S. Constitution.”

House Republicans passed Eisenhower’s Civil Rights bill 286-126 and Senate Republicans 72-18. But Lyndon Johnson was ordered to destroy it by Senate Democrats. He and Georgia’s Richard Russell and Mississippi’s James Eastland “gutted the bill.” But the Republicans salvaged one key element: “they ended segregation in public schools and federal troops had authority to enforce it.”

The 1964 Civil Rights Act, a carbon copy of the 1957 bill, passed with 60% of the Democrats and 78% of the Republicans voting yes. But Democrats in the Senate, led by and William Fulbright and Robert Byrd, claimed it violated the Southern Manifesto and destroyed the South’s “social order and racial impurity.” They filibustered it for 83 days before Republicans finally got the bill to the floor.

Despite a huge Democratic majority, Republicans outvoted Democrats by 20% in passing The 1965 Voting Rights Act. Democrats, led by Robert Byrd, filibustered it. He told Congress he’d take every possible measure to protect The Southern Manifesto. Although LBJ was under pressure from Civil Rights leaders to pass this bill, he failed to gain support from many key Democrats.

“A president is like a jackass stuck in the rain. All you can do is let s*** hit your a** and take it.”

– Lyndon Johnson

When Robert Byrd introduced The Southern Manifesto in the Senate, he said, “The Constitution nor does the 14th Amendment or any other amendment mention anything about schools. The debates preceding the 14th Amendment clearly showed that education would be maintained by the states.”

Democrats used the Southern Manifesto to garner resistance to the Brown decision in their local districts. They mobilized en masse to nullify the Supreme Court’s decision. In the states across the South, Democrats used public funds to set up private white-only schools. Prince Edward County, Virginia, closed their entire public school system for five years rather than desegregate.

“If there was ever a Senator who was the embodiment of his state, it was Robert C. Byrd.”

– Joe Biden

In 1995, Bill Clinton praised his political mentor William Fulbright for making our country and our world better. “In the work he did, the words he spoke, and the life he lived, he stood tall against the 20th century’s most destructive forces and fought to advance America’s brightest hopes.”

Bill Clinton’s mentor was one of the authors of the Southern Manifesto. He was also a leader in the Democratic filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965. Although Fulbright finally renounced his racist past, he said he had no regrets for anything he did in politics.

“You know Republicans make an effort to disenfranchise people of color like you.”

– Hillary Clinton

In the 1960s, when it was clear the Supreme Court would not reverse Brown, Southern Manifesto signatories shifted strategies by embracing their own mutated version of it. They contended that Brown mandated “colorblind” policies. Therefore, Brown forbade districts from voluntarily striving for meaningful integration if they considered the race of individual students in pursuing that goal?

When he was running for president in 2000, Al Gore told the NAACP that his father, Al Gore Sr., lost his Senate seat because he voted for the Civil Rights Act. The inconvenient truth is, Gore Sr. voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 24th Amendment that abolished the charging of poll taxes. He lost his 1970 race due to his positions on prayer in schools and on the Vietnam War.

Al Gore’s reframing of the pertinent history of the Democratic Party in microcosm is just a repeat performance of what Democrats have sedulously been doing with their party’s history for decades. You can rewrite history but you can’t erase it.

“A zebra does not change its spots.” (Al Gore)

Democrats have hidden Biden’s role in fighting student busing since the left resurrected him for office. When his past work with segregationists, many whom signed The Southern Manifesto, made headlines, Biden’s spokesman, Bill Russo defended him. “He never thought busing was the best way to integrate schools in Delaware. He felt that busing would not achieve equal opportunity.”

Yet, according to civil rights lawyer Jack Greenberg, Biden fought for the segregationists and sided with them on issues affecting school systems that separated students by race. Biden sponsored an amendment to an appropriations bill that barred the federal government from withholding funding from schools that didn’t desegregate.

“You’ve got to deal with what’s in front of you.”

– Joe Biden

Author Toba Beta wrote “Hypocrisy insults intelligence.” On the 65th anniversary of the Southern Manifesto, Democrats celebrated by “attacking Senator Tim Scott (R) with racist epithets” after he said that America was not a racist country. Democrats forget that they didn't elect a black senator until 1994. Yet Mississippi elected their first black senator, Hiram Revels, a Republican, in 1870.

The New South is socioeconomicly color-blind. Democrats and Republicans did not switch sides on race. The more Republican the South became, the less racist it became. The eras of Democratic segregation and racism are over. The left must accept its past and quit trying to reinvent history. It's time Democrats quit using race to foment hatred against the GOP when racism is a factual part of their ugly historic past.

“Hypocrisy is the ultimate power move. It is a way of demonstrating that one plays by a different set of rules from the ones adhered to by other people.”

Michael Shellenberger

https://www.thecentersquare.com/opinion/op-ed-democrats-have-forgotten-their-southern-manifesto/article_a2508300-af60-11eb-90dc-1ff1a8694958.html

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EDITOR’S NOTE: 

For Additional information about civil rights history, see the article on this blog:

Republicans and Democrats Did Not Switch Sides On Racism