Ilhan Omar should be banned from Facebook as she spews hate.
Friday on ABC’s “The View,” the panel debated Facebook’s ban on political figures they classified as “dangerous.”
Co-host Joy Behar said, “So Facebook is making good on their promise to combat hate speech. they’ve banned controversial figures like Alex jones, Louis Farrakhan. Not that I want to hear from any of them, but does this violate their First Amendment rights. They’re not allowed to spew their hatred on Facebook page.”
Co-host legal analyst for ABC News Sunny Hostin said, “It just does make me uncomfortable that you have this private organization being able to take away the speech of private individuals. There’s something about it that makes me — makes the lawyer in my uncomfortable.”
Guest host Ana Navarro said, “I have no issue with it at all. I want them shut down, silenced, muted. I think they’re horrible for our society”
Behar asked, “Don’t you feel it’s a slippery slope?”
Hostin said, “I think so.”
Behar interjected, “You can say Ilhan Omar can’t be on there now. The left won’t like that.”
Hostin added, “To have a private company be able to exclude certain Americans from that platform, there’s just something that makes me extremely uncomfortable with it.”
It is time to fight like you are the last animal trying to get on Noah’s Ark.
Sen. Lindsey Graham is sharing words of support with the president as congressional Democrats try to subpoena President Trump.
Graham sounded off on Democrats encouraging Trump to “fight like hell” against them.
Graham took a stand defending the president against the “political hacks” while appearing on CNN. He declared that “the Mueller report is the last and final word on everything (about) Trump’s campaign for me.”
“There were zero instances of Trump impeding Mueller,” he said. “Zero.”
“Obstruction of justice to me is absurd because the President cooperated fully,” he added. “So if the House wants to keep doing this, if I were the President I’d fight like hell.”
Which it appears is exactly what President Trump will do as he files a lawsuit with the banks that Democrats are trying to subpoena for his financial records.
First New York votes to allow infanticide and now they want to release murders and rapists over 55.
Democrats in New York City are pushing a bill that would release every inmate over the age of 55, even if they are convicted of murder, rape, and other heinous crimes.
The bill would allow parole for inmates over the age of 55 if they have served at least 15 years in prison before that age, according to BizPacReview.
Republican New York City councilman Joe Borelli excoriated the Democrats’ “elder parole” bill on Fox & Friends FirstMonday.
“These are not people that stole a candy bar, they’re not people that smoked a joint and got caught,’ he said.
Borelli also said that if someone had already been in jail for 15 years, chances are the crime would have been “heinous.”
The councilman also worried that the bill would be little else but an “amnesty program” for every criminal over 55.
“So, when they say eligibility of parole, given the history of this state’s parole board, we should all be concerned that this is going to be almost an amnesty program,” Borelli said.
The bill was introduced in February by Queens Democrat David Weprin.
“If the legislation — which has already moved through crime committees in both the Senate and Assembly — becomes law, 900 convicts could have a chance at freedom, according to Hoylman’s office,” the New York Post reported.
The Democrats were touting the recent parole of convicted killer Judith Clark as a prime example of how the bill would work.
But Borelli said that “back here on planet earth and most of New York State, really,” Clark would “deserve to be, should be in jail for the remainder of their life.”
Assistant District Attorney John Ryan slammed the Democrats for not caring about those who are victims of these convicts. “The loved ones they lost are not coming back when the defendants turn 55 — they are never coming back,” he said.
I was a charter member of their by mail blade purchase program and after their ad I canceled.
I hope their ad keeps biting them in the ass.
Proctor & Gamble are experiencing better than expected profits in every area…except the male grooming products section of Gillette, and few people should be surprised.
Before the Super Bowl, Gillette released an ad that insulted men with social justice/feminist based narratives about toxic masculinity. Even things such as wanting to talk to a pretty girl or boys wrestling in the yard were considered negative things that needed to be dealt with. Gillette finished the commercial by indicating that “some men” don’t do this and that we should all be like these “some.”
Needless to say, it didn’t go over well. Gillette received a well-deserved societal spanking for its sexism.
Now the numbers have come out, and Gillette seems to be the weakest link in P&G’s chain according to Market Watch:
The good news is that sales grew 5% organically—that is, without help from acquisitions or currency exchange—whereas the Street was looking for 3.7%. Products for skin, fabrics, and home led the way. But sales of grooming products, including Gillette, slipped 1%, continuing a long string of declines. Margins disappointed. The upside earnings surprise came from non-operating items, like a tax-rate change.
Gillette must have felt the burn before the earnings reports. It attempted a quiet, yet blatant, and very lazy walk-back of its toxic masculinity stance by attempting to make a United States soldier out to be a hero. The ad could have been considered even more insulting than the first.
As I wrote of their horrible attempt at damage control:
Overall, this video seems more like a lazy attempt to walk back their previous message without actively saying that’s what’s happening. They imagine that they can win men back by displaying a military man looking like he’s coming straight from a Backstreet Boys video shoot and getting a job, having kids, and being a soldier.
If the message is that men are actually important, then it’s not said. If it’s that soldiers are just like everyday men, they’re mum on it. It’s good they called a military man a hero, but beyond that, I’m not sure what the point here is.
Market Watch notes that this may be a grooming product problem overall due to the relaxation of workplaces and the emerging popularity of beards, as well as online brands such as Dollar Shave Club gaining larger footholds in the market.
“When Edgewell Personal Care (EPC), maker of Schick razors, reports quarterly financial results in May, investors will get a better idea of whether Gillette’s weakness is specific to the brand,” notes Market Watch.
However, the old saying “get woke, go broke” has repeatedly been shown to be an adage that businesses should pay attention to. Very few brands succeed after venturing into social justice territory, with one notable exception being Nike.
Little Chuckie Schumer is such a liar if he said that day is light and night is dark I would not believe him.
I will believe there was an infrastructure deal when President Trump makes the announcement and only then.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that President Trump agreed to support a $2 trillion infrastructure spending package after meeting with him and other Democrats at the White House, though the details are not yet clear.
The president – a real estate developer before he was elected president – has long sought to strike a big infrastructure deal, but has faced some resistance from conservatives in his party over concerns about the country’s rising debt.
Democratic leaders, speaking to reporters outside the White House after meeting with Trump, called the meeting constructive.
“We agreed on a number – which was very, very good. Two trillion dollars for infrastructure. Originally, we started a little lower. Even the president was eager to push it up to two trillion dollars,” Schumer said.
The White House, in a written statement on the meeting, did not mention a dollar figure but called the session “excellent and productive.”
“The United States has not come even close to properly investing in infrastructure for many years, foolishly prioritizing the interests of other countries over our own. We have to invest in this country’s future and bring our infrastructure to a level better than it has ever been before,” the White House said, adding that the group would meet again in three weeks “to discuss specific proposals and financing methods.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there were no decisions on how to pay for the plan.
“We agreed that we would meet again to talk about how it would be paid for,” she said.
Both Schumer and Pelosi said they believe they can strike a deal with Trump on infrastructure, even as congressional Democrats ramp up investigations of the president and subpoena members of his administration in the wake of the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report.
“I believe we can do both at once,” Schumer said, adding they aren’t “mutually exclusive”
“Building infrastructure of America has never been a partisan issue,” Pelosi said, saying Democrats “hope to go forward in a very nonpartisan way for the future.”
Ahead of the session with Democrats, one of the president’s economic advisers said the White House would not be going into Tuesday’s meeting with a blueprint for an infrastructure bill.
“We’re going slowly on this,” said Larry Kudlow, director of the president’s National Economic Council. “We would like this to be bipartisan. We would like to work with them and come up with something both sides can agree to. It’s an important topic.”
Questions remain on how such a plan would be funded. The nation’s top business groups and labor unions support increasing the federal tax, currently 18.3 cents a gallon since it was last raised in 1993.
Asked whether Trump supports raising the gas tax, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said: “This president is the guy who lowers taxes.”
Conway acknowledged that “there’s no question” that infrastructure repairs need to be paid for.
Pelosi and Schumer wrote in a letter to Trump on Monday that an infrastructure package should go beyond addressing roads and bridges and should also include provisions to enhance broadband, water systems, energy, schools and housing.
How long before the drive-by media and the Delusional DemocRats blame President Trump for this rat faced bastard quitting.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein submitted his resignation to President Donald Trump on Monday after months of speculation that he was planning to leave the Justice Department.
His resignation will become effective on May 11, according to a copy of the resignation letter that was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
“I am grateful to you for the opportunity to serve; for the courtesy and humor you often display in our personal conversations; and for the goals you set in your inaugural address: patriotism, unity, safety, education and prosperity,” Rosenstein wrote to Trump.
He also spoke positively of his time in the DOJ, stating, “We enforce the law without fear or favor because credible evidence is not partisan, and truth is not determined by opinion polls. We ignore fleeting distractions and focus our attention on the things that matter, because a republic that endures is not governed by the news cycle.”
Rosenstein’s nearly two-year run at the DOJ was not without controversy.
In February, reports surfaced that Rosenstein floated the idea of wearing a wire to secretly record his conversations with President Trump. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe claimed Rosenstein was “absolutely serious” about the prospect of surveilling the president, but the DOJ said McCabe’s statements were “inaccurate and factually incorrect.”
Rosenstein was also responsible for the appointment of the special counsel after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey. The special counsel’s investigation took approximately two years and cost $25 million in taxpayer funds but did not find evidence of collusion and did not reach a conclusion on obstruction of justice.
In a speech last Thursday, Rosenstein defended his handling of the Mueller report and implicated the Obama administration for not doing more to stop Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He also took shots at Comey, stating, “the FBI director [Comey] announced at a congressional hearing that there was a counterintelligence investigation that might result in criminal charges. Then the former FBI director alleged that the president pressured him to close the investigation, and the president denied that the conversation occurred.”
Before submitting his resignation, Rosenstein also defended his boss, Attorney General Barr.
“He’s being as forthcoming as he can, and so this notion that he’s trying to mislead people, I think is just completely bizarre,” Rosenstein said Thursday in a rare interview with the WSJ.
Hike the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour and lose jobs.
On the bright side, they lost a higher paying job.
After hiking their minimum wages, the states of New York and Massachusetts have found that, far from being a net positive, the wage hikes have resulted in job loss and economic chaos.
The states have discovered job loss, store closures, and reduced hours of work for low wage workers, according to Forbes.
The magazine recently noted that the “ugly side” of the Minimum Wage outweigh the good parts.
“The ugly side is the payroll tsunami they unleash for smaller businesses, already under stress from soaring healthcare costs and rents,” Forbes wrote.
For some of these businesses, the minimum wage hikes tip the balance between staying in business and going out of business.
That’s what happened to once iconic Boston restaurant Durgin-Park in Faneuil Hall. It closed the doors after two centuries in operation, as it couldn’t cope with wage and healthcare premium hikes.
The wage hike killed these workers’ jobs.
This is a significant loss for the city’s historic district, the magazine notes.
But this one, historic restaurant is far from the only place that the Minimum Wage destroyed.
For other small businesses, minimum wage hikes have yet to tip the balance between staying in business or going out of business. But they force them to cut employee hours or lay-off employees to cope with the higher payroll. “First, we have to cut overtime,” says Chris, a franchise owner in Long Island. “Next, we have to lay people off, if we want to stay in business.”
Nowhere is this more evident than NYC, which has seen wage hikes year after year, now paying what the ‘Fight for $15’ movement has fought for around the country.
In March the Foundation for Economic Education reported that following the labor movement’s “Fight for $15” victory, which imposed steep annual increases in mandatory wages for workers, New York City experienced its sharpest decline in restaurant jobs in nearly 20 years. Twenty years? That means NYC lost more restaurant jobs with the coming of the $15 per hour Minimum Wage than it did in the aftermath of the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Starting this year, NYC raised its minimum wage to $15, a 15% increase from the 2018 level, and a 34% hike from 2017. That was on top of recent hikes in healthcare costs. It was, as Forbes put it, a “payroll tsunami.”
So, what ended up happening after this tsunami rolled over the city?
“Close to three-quarters of restaurants in New York City have cut labor input since the minimum wage was raised to $15 per hour,” the magazine wrote.
That’s according to a survey by The NYC Hospitality Alliance. Specifically, 76.5% of full-service restaurant respondents said they had to cut employee hours and 36% said they cut jobs in 2018 in response to the mandated minimum wage hikes.
That’s consistent with BLS data, which show that New York City full service restaurant employment has gone from an 8% growth back in 2012 to a -2% growth in the last two years.
According to FEE, Economist Mark Perry says this ‘restaurant recession’ is likely the result of the series of mandatory wage hikes that brought the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour,”
In other words, once again leftist policies have proven to be business and job killers.
These people deserve to die the same way their son died.
He didn’t stand a chance — born with opioids in his system, and his life only got worse. What he said to the doctor is truly heartbreaking.
Months before he was murdered, the five-year-old boy said to medical staff “‘Maybe someone hit me with a belt. Maybe mommy didn’t mean to hurt me.’”
And now… he is dead.
Social workers visited the Crystal Lake, Illinois home 27 times (18 of them unannounced). They found the house disgusting, reeking of dog urine. And when he was born, he was kept in protective custody for several months because he had opioids in his system.
And now… he is dead.
JoAnn Cunningham, 36, and 60-year-old lawyer Andrew Freund are facing murder charges.
And two social workers have been pulled from any future hands-on work pending an investigation.
But that doesn’t change one critical fact.
AJ Ferund’b body was found wrapped in plastic in a shallow grave.
Cunningham and Freund both face five counts of first-degree murder. In addition, Cunningham was charged with four counts of aggravated battery, two counts of aggravated domestic battery, and one count of failure to report a missing child death.
Freund’s charges include two counts of aggravated battery, one count of aggravated domestic battery, two counts of concealment of homicidal death, and one count of failure to report a missing child death.
I don’t care how ‘broken’ you are as a person… what lets someone beat any child to death, let alone your own flesh and blood.
And that poor, dear trusting child…
“Maybe mommy didn’t mean to hurt me.”
May those damning words ring in their ears for all of eternity.
R.I.P. Senator Richard Lugar(R-IN)April 4, 1932 – April 28, 2019.
Indianapolis — Former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican foreign policy sage known for leading efforts to help the former Soviet states dismantle and secure much of their nuclear arsenal, but whose reputation for working with Democrats cost him his final campaign, died Sunday. He was 87.
The Lugar Center issued a statement saying Lugar died early Sunday at the Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia from complications related to chronic inflammatory demylinating polyneuropathy, or CIPD, a rare neurological disorder.
A soft-spoken and thoughtful former Rhodes Scholar, Lugar dominated Indiana politics during his 36 years in the U.S. Senate. That popularity gave him the freedom to concentrate largely on foreign policy and national security matters — a focus highlighted by his collaboration with Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn on a program under which the U.S. paid to dismantle and secure thousands of nuclear warheads and missiles in the former Soviet states after the Cold War ended.
“Every stockpile represents a theft opportunity for terrorists and a temptation for security personnel who might seek to profit by selling weapons on the black market,” Lugar said in 2005. “We do not want the question posed the day after an attack on an American military base.”
He served for decades on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, twice as chairman, where he helped steer arms reduction pacts for the presidential administrations of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, supported an expansion of NATO and favored aid to Nicaragua’s Contra rebels.
Lugar tried to translate his foreign policy expertise into a 1996 presidential run, where his slogan was “nuclear security and fiscal sanity.” But his campaign for the GOP nomination went badly from the start. His kickoff rally began just hours after the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, and he struggled to build name recognition and support.
“He is not, nor does he try to be, a good ol’ boy,” Rex Early, a former state Republican chairman who worked on many of Lugar’s campaigns, said during the presidential run. “He is not a back-pounder and doesn’t tell funny jokes and have a beer with the boys.”
Lugar tried to counter questions about his demeanor, contending that the presidency is “serious business. The presidency is not entertainment.” But he was chafed at criticism that he was too straight, too smart, too dull.
“I don’t know what that means,” he said. “Is it better to have someone stupid? Or mediocre? Or halfway there?”
He withdrew a year into the race after failing to win a single convention delegate, but not before eerily foreshadowing the threat of terrorism that would become all too real on Sept. 11, 2001. Three of his television ads depicted mushroom clouds and warned of the growing danger of weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorist groups.
Lugar’s time as a Washington foreign policy expert was the highlight of a political career that began with his election to the Indianapolis school board in the early 1960s. It was there that he caught the eye of city GOP leaders, who encouraged him to run for mayor in 1967.
He served two terms at the city’s helm, leading the unification of Indianapolis and its suburban communities in Marion County, which solidified the city’s tax base and added so many Republican voters that Democrats weren’t able to win the mayor’s office again for more than 30 years. He also started efforts to revive the city’s downtown with construction of Market Square Arena, which in turn helped bring the Indiana Pacers into the NBA and spurred Indianapolis’ development as a sports city that culminated in the 2011 Super Bowl.
As mayor, he was referred to as “Richard Nixon’s favorite mayor” for backing the move of federal programs to local governments.
He first ran for Senate in 1974, but lost narrowly to Sen. Birch Bayh in the Democratic landslide at the time of the Watergate scandal. But he ran again two years later and easily unseated three-term Democratic Sen. Vance Hartke, launching a 35-year Capitol Hill career that made him Indiana’s longest-serving senator.
He built a reputation as someone willing to work across the aisle and showed he could buck his party, notably with two major disagreements with President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.
In 1986, Reagan was inclined to accept the rigged election that would have kept Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos in office. But Lugar went to the islands as an election observer and said Reagan was misinformed. Lugar’s stand shifted U.S. support to the ultimate winner, Corazon Aquino, bringing down Marcos.
In another break with Reagan, Lugar pushed through Congress — over the president’s veto — the economic sanctions that Nelson Mandela said played a crucial role in overthrowing white minority rule in South Africa.
His foreign policy work didn’t sit well with everyone. Sen. Jesse Helms ousted him as the top Republican on the foreign relations committee in 1986 as being “too internationalist.”
But at home, Lugar remained the Indiana GOP’s most popular figure, trouncing his opponents by winning at least two-thirds of the vote in four straight elections. Democrats considered him so invincible that they didn’t nominate a challenger to him for the 2006 election.
He was the top Republican on the Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee when he first worked with Obama, taking the then-Illinois senator with him to Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan in 2005 to visit weapon dismantlement sites. He then co-sponsored 2007 legislation with Obama on eliminating stockpiles of shoulder-fired missiles.
Obama frequently cited his work with Lugar during the 2008 presidential campaign as evidence of his bipartisanship and foreign policy experience. Lugar endorsed John McCain but didn’t distance himself from Obama at the time, saying “I’m pleased that we had the association that Sen. Obama described.”
That changed by the time of Lugar’s 2012 re-election campaign. His tea party-backed challenger, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, maintained that, “Lugar has clearly lost his way on issues like our raising the debt limit, wasteful earmark spending and massive bailouts of private companies at taxpayer expense.”
Lugar’s campaign ads highlighted his votes against Obama’s “bankrupting” budgets, and the senator said his relationship with Obama was “overhyped.”
But those attacks on his conservatism — combined with voter wariness about his age and long Washington tenure and questions about him not owning a home in Indiana since the late 1970s — led to Lugar’s first defeat since 1974, as Mourdock grabbed 60 percent of the GOP primary vote.
In conceding defeat, Lugar said he knew some of his positions had been considered “heretical” by some, including his opposition to earmarks and support for immigration reform.
“I believe that they were the right votes for the country, and I stand by them without regrets,” he said.
After Lugar’s defeat, Nunn, the Democratic senator with whom he worked on nuclear disarmament, suggested that many people may have misinterpreted Lugar’s positions as they accused him of being too liberal.
“Dick Lugar never compromised his principles in anything we did together, nor did I,” Nunn said at the time. “We found ways to work together because we examined the facts and let the facts have a bearing on the conclusions, and I’m afraid in today’s political world too often people start with the conclusions and then hunt facts to justify them.”
The Nunn-Lugar program led to about 7,600 Soviet nuclear warheads being deactivated and the destruction of more than 900 intercontinental ballistic missiles by the time Lugar left office, according to U.S. military figures. The program is credited with removing all nuclear weapons from the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belarus.
Born April 4, 1932, in Indianapolis, Lugar became an Eagle Scout and graduated at the top of his classes at both Indianapolis Shortridge High School and at Denison University in Ohio. At Denison, he played cello in the orchestra and was the student body co-president with his future wife, Charlene. They married in 1956 and had four sons.
He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and in 1956 he became a Navy officer, spending time as an intelligence aide for the chief of naval operations. He moved back to Indianapolis in 1960 to help run the family’s food machinery manufacturing business.
A longtime fitness advocate, he sponsored runs in Indiana and even at age 70 completed a 3-mile competitive race in Washington in just over 28 minutes.
Reaction to Lugar’s death
Former President Barack Obama issued a statement Sunday afternoon saying “for 36 years, Richard Lugar proved that pragmatism and decency work — not only in Washington, but all over the world.”
“He exhibited the truth that common courtesy can speak across cultures,” Obama continued. “In Dick, I saw someone who wasn’t a Republican or Democrat first, but a problem-solver-an example of the impact a public servant can make by eschewing partisan divisiveness to instead focus on common ground. Today, thousands of warheads, bombers, and submarines no longer threaten us because of Dick’s work. America is safer because of Dick; the world is, too. His passing is a reminder of the constant and pressing need to expand international nonproliferation agreements. And it’s a call to remember what a public servant can be.”
Vice President Mike Pence tweeted Sunday: “As the longest serving member of Congress from Indiana, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, he leaves behind a legacy of public service that will inspire Hoosiers for generations.”