The Simpsons makes fun of social justice warriors

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8M2tg2RkIQ

April 24, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , . Humor, Political correctness, Social justice warriors, Television. Leave a comment.

Archie Andrews and Veronica Lodge cover Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” – Riverdale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Lspw0yvHlg

April 24, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , . Music, Television. Leave a comment.

The media should stop saying that Islamic terrorists “were radicalized”

This Washington Post headline states:

“Suspect in Berlin market attack was radicalized in an Italian jail.”

This USA today article is titled:

“London attack: More arrests as detectives probe how killer was radicalized.”

This Wall St. Journal article is called:

“Minnesota Mall Attacker Likely Was Radicalized, Officials Say.”

This New York Post article has the headline:

“Mosque members warned feds that accused killer was radicalized.”

This article form the Local is called:

“Isis suspect was radicalized in Germany, brother claims.”

This article from the Guardian is named:

“FBI and Obama confirm Omar Mateen was radicalized on the internet.”

This Breitbart headline says:

“Spanish Authorities: Arrested Mexican Jihadi Was Radicalized near Texas Border.”

This CNN article is called:

“Why bin Laden was radicalized.”

Using the words “was radicalized” when referring to Islamic terrorists is inaccurate for two reasons.

First, it falsely implies that they are victims.  It’s as if while they were walking down the street minding their own business, they ended up breathing in a bacteria or virus and getting an infectious illness.

Secondly, it falsely implies that they don’t have free will. It’s as if they have no choice when they murder innocent people.

Words matter.

Those who work in the media should choose more accurate ways of reporting on Islamic terrorists.

 

April 22, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Islamic terrorism, Media bias. 3 comments.

On Earth Day, Hitler gets mad at Al Gore’s global warming hypocrisy

I wrote the dialogue for this. The video’s description contains links to verify every claim:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfr37Xn9IL8

April 20, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Environmentalism, Humor. 2 comments.

More than 99% of people who saw this CBS News YouTube video knew that CBS was falsely labeling a violent left wing thug as an innocent victim

In this video from the seattle4truth YouTube channel, which was filmed at Berkeley, California earlier this month, a left wing thug tries to use glass bottles to hit people:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03bHf6j1T5o

However, in this video from the CBS SF Bay Area YouTube channel, CBS News falsely labels the violent left wing thug as an innocent victim:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcrY2QbppWg

Fortunately, YouTube viewers are a lot smarter than what CBS News gives them credit for. The CBS News video has 193 thumbs up, and 23,178 thumbs down. More than 99% of viewers who voted, voted for thumbs down.

This is a great example of how the mainstream media tries to brainwash viewers with false information. But it’s also a great example of how the viewers are smart enough to recognize false information when they see it.

For the record, the guy who threw the punch at the left wing thug is no angel. He’s a white supremacist who spent five years in prison/jail for committing armed robbery.

So we have a communist and a nazi trying to cause physical violence against each other. I won’t be shedding any tears for either one of them.

I just wish CBS News was honest in its reporting.

April 20, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Media bias, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

This person says the Vortex Bladeless cannot produce the claimed power, and is just a scam to raise money

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9VjJ1e1nIY

April 16, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Environmentalism. Leave a comment.

Video shows white police officer assaulting peaceful, unarmed black jaywalker in Sacramento

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lqO0J5C3qQ

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/13/us/police-jaywalker-arrest-video-trnd/

Officer under investigation for beating accused jaywalker

April 13, 2017

A Sacramento Police officer is under criminal investigation for a “disturbing” incident, captured on two videos, in which he threw an accused jaywalker to the ground and punched him repeatedly.

The two-year veteran of the force, who has yet to be identified, has been placed on administrative leave with pay while his actions are under review.
“I thought I was going to be the next Trayvon Martin to be honest,” Nandi Cain Jr., the accused jaywalker, said later in an interview with CNN affiliate KTXL.

Police released dashcam video of the confrontation, which occurred Monday after the officer exited his patrol car and approached Cain on a residential street in California’s state capital.

In the video, the officer accuses Cain of jaywalking and orders him to stop. After Cain protests, “I looked both ways,” and keeps walking, the officer says, “If you do not stop right now, I will take you to the ground.”

The two men then enter the street. Cain can be heard saying he is unarmed. He removes his jacket and tells the officer to take off his gun “and fight me like a real man.”

“I took off my jacket to let him know I don’t have anything (like a weapon),” Cain said later in the KTXL interview.

A cellphone video, captured by neighbor Naomi Montaie, shows the officer then shoving Cain, slamming him to the ground and climbing on top of him, beating him repeatedly in the head.

Cain was taken to jail and charged with resisting arrest. He also had an outstanding warrant for another misdemeanor charge, police said.
The episode sparked outrage on social media after Montaie posted her video to Facebook.

But after police reviewed the dashcam video and Montaie’s video, Monday’s charges against Cain were dropped.

“The actions of the involved Sacramento Police Officer are disturbing and (do) not appear to be reasonable based upon the circumstances,” the police department said in a statement. “The … actions that were observed are not indicative of the dedicated women and men who work for the Department.”

April 15, 2017. Tags: , , , . Police brutality, Racism. 1 comment.

I have a question for liberals: if you think that euthanasia for medical patients is “painless,” then why do you say that lethal injections for convicted murderers is “painful”?

For as long as I can remember, liberals have supported legalization of euthanasia for consenting adult medical patients. As a libertarian, I agree with liberals on this issue.

Also for as long as I can remember, liberals have been opposed to the death penalty. As a libertarian, I also agree with liberals on this issue.

However, unlike liberals, I believe that euthanasia for medical patients and lethal injections for convicted murderers, have an equal amount of pain. Either both of these things are painful, or both of these things are painless. Since I have never experienced either one, I am not going to comment on whether these things are painful or painless.

Instead, I want to address the hypocrisy that liberals have on these two issues.

So here is my question for liberals: if you think that euthanasia for medical patients is “painless,” then why do you say that lethal injections for convicted murderers is “painful”?

 

April 15, 2017. Tags: , , . Politics. 1 comment.

Here’s the Internet Archive of Fresno State University professor Lars Maischak’s deleted tweet, which says “To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better.”

Lars Maischak is a history professor at Fresno State University.

This is all that Twitter has left of a recent tweet of his. The link is dead, because Maischak erased the tweet:

https://twitter.com/LarsMaischak/status/832804291974868996



Maischak erased the tweet after Breitbart published this article, which quoted the tweet.

Fortunately, the Internet Archive has preserved the tweet. Here it is:

https://web.archive.org/web/20170408183712/https://twitter.com/LarsMaischak/status/832804291974868996



The tweet says:

“To save American democracy, Trump must hang. The sooner and the higher, the better.”

I can certainly understand why Maischak deleted the tweet.

What I don’t understand, however, is why Maischak waged a personal attack against Breitbart for accuratelly quoting his tweet.

After Breitbart accurately quoted Maischak’s tweet, Maischak responded by saying:

“The function of articles like the one produced by Breitbart and affiliates is to whip up a digital lynch-mob of people sending threats and insults to my email and Twitter accounts, with the ultimate goal of silencing dissenters.”

Actually, I’d say that the true, real, genuine function of the Breitbart article was to tell the truth about what a college professor said.

Also, I find it incredibly hypocritical that Maischak is accusing Breitbart of trying to “whip up a digital lynch-mob,” when, in reality, it was actually Maischak himself who said, “Trump must hang.”

I’m no psychologist. I suppose, perhaps, it’s possible that Maischak is projecting his own desire for a “hanging” on to Breitbart.

Wikipedia says of “projection”:

Psychological projection

Psychological projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. For example, a person who is habitually rude may constantly accuse other people of being rude. It incorporates blame shifting.

Fortunately, Fresno State University had the decency and common sense to cancel Maischak’s classes for next week.

Also, the Secret Service is investigating Maischak.

April 14, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Donald Trump, Education, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

In 2013, Chris Matthews said Hitler never used chemical weapons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZbxmnoBUlY

http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/13/throwback-thursday-in-2013-chris-matthews-said-hitler-never-used-chemical-weapons-video/

In 2013, Chris Matthews Said Hitler Never Used Chemical Weapons

April 13, 2017

Sean Spicer has spent the past two days apologizing for saying that Adolf Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons.

Unfortunately for MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, that led to people remembering he’d said said the exact same thing back in 2013.

In an August 27, 2013 appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Matthews seemed displeased with Obama’s “red-line” policy in Syria and offhandedly mentioned that Hitler “didn’t use chemical weapons.”

“We didn’t use [chemical weapons] in World War II, Hitler didn’t use them,” Matthews said at the time. “But we don’t use chemical weapons. That’s no deal.”

Matthews then pondered what could stop a country like Syria from using nuclear weapons if mutually assured destruction wasn’t enough of a deterrent.

“If that doesn’t work, what does work?” he questioned.

To Matthews’ credit, he defended Sean Spicer after his Tuesday gaffe, explaining that the White House press secretary clearly “was talking about” the fact that Hitler “didn’t resort to [chemical weapons] in the battlefield.”

April 14, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Donald Trump, Media bias, Politics. 1 comment.

New Rubik’s cube world record! 4.74 seconds (interview and breakdown)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEsFoinLHrk

April 12, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Math. Leave a comment.

Washington Post: FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-obtained-fisa-warrant-to-monitor-former-trump-adviser-carter-page/2017/04/11/620192ea-1e0e-11e7-ad74-3a742a6e93a7_story.html?utm_term=.ae22efaa2a72

FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page

April 11, 2017

The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said.

The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials.

This is the clearest evidence so far that the FBI had reason to believe during the 2016 presidential campaign that a Trump campaign adviser was in touch with Russian agents. Such contacts are now at the center of an investigation into whether the campaign coordinated with the Russian government to swing the election in Trump’s favor.

Page has not been accused of any crimes, and it is unclear whether the Justice Department might later seek charges against him or others in connection with Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The counterintelligence investigation into Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections began in July, officials have said. Most such investigations don’t result in criminal charges.

The officials spoke about the court order on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of a counterintelligence probe.

During an interview with the Washington Post editorial page staff in March 2016, Trump identified Page, who had previously been an investment banker in Moscow, as a foreign policy adviser to his campaign. Campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks later described Page’s role as “informal.”

Page has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in his dealings with the Trump campaign or Russia.

“This confirms all of my suspicions about unjustified, politically motivated government surveillance,” Page said in an interview Tuesday. “I have nothing to hide.” He compared surveillance of him to the eavesdropping that the FBI and Justice Department conducted against civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

 

April 12, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Barack Obama, Donald Trump. 1 comment.

Wouldn’t this “toxic” Mountain Dew syrup have eventually ended up in the public sewers anyway?

I just found out that last month in Howell, Michigan, at a Pepsi bottling plant, 7,200 gallons of concentrated Mountain Dew syrup was spilled. The relevant people successfully prevented this “toxic” substance from entering the public sewer system.

But let’s say that the spill had not occurred, and the “toxic” syrup had been used for its intended purpose.

Then wouldn’t this “toxic” syrup have eventually ended up in the public sewer system anyway?

 

April 10, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Environmentalism, Food. Leave a comment.

Stanford University just dumbed down its admissions’ essay standards by about three standard deviations

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-39492187

Student gets into Stanford with #BlackLivesMatter x100

April 4, 2017




News that a high school student wrote nothing but #BlackLivesMatter on his personal statement in an application to California’s Stanford University – and got in – has been raising some eyebrows.

Stanford University was ranked third in the world by Times Higher Education last year, and only admitted about 1 in 20 of the students who applied for an undergraduate place.

Ziad Ahmed, a high school student in New Jersey, proudly tweeted his news and received a range of reactions in response. There were congratulations aplenty of course – “forever in love with your audacity”, laughed one user.

But several were also surprised by the news. One detractor accused him of “virtue signalling”. Another remarked “a real [Black Lives Matter] ally would’ve wrote something poignant instead of this … attempt to look progressive”.

Admirers pointed out that Mr Ahmed had plenty to offer on top of his activist statement though. “Have you seen his profile? With a resume like that nothing could derail him,” said one.

In a profile of Mr Ahmed, Mic website notes that he has founded his own teenage marketing consulting firm, as well as an organisation to promote tolerance. He worked for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and had also been invited to the White House under Barack Obama’s administration.

Stanford won’t be the only thing he’s thinking about though. Mr Ahmed has also been accepted to Yale and Princeton universities and he has until May to decide which one to choose.

April 7, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Dumbing down, Education, Political correctness, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

Sen. Rand Paul: Syria, Trump and another unconstitutional rush to war

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/04/07/sen-rand-paul-syria-trump-and-another-unconstitutional-rush-to-war.html

Sen. Rand Paul: Syria, Trump and another unconstitutional rush to war

By Sen. Rand Paul

April 7, 2017

Every American condemns the atrocities in Syria, and we cannot help but be shaken by the images of innocent women and children dying.  It is also true that often in foreign policy, things are not as simple as they appear, and actions often have consequences well beyond the obvious.

It is for this very reason that the Founders wanted a deliberate, thoughtful foreign policy, and when military action was needed, they wanted it debated and authorized by Congress.

Make no mistake, no matter who is president or what their party is, it is my firm belief that the president needs congressional authorization for military action, as required by the Constitution. I call on this president to come to Congress for a proper debate over our role in Syria, just as I did in 2013 when President Obama contemplated acting in Syria.

I believe that nothing about this situation has changed.  Military action is not in our national security interest and should not be authorized.  Our prior interventions in this region have done nothing to make us safer, and Syria will be no different.

There is no doubt Assad is a brutal dictator.  But if we seek to remove him, we must ask what comes next.  Assad is fighting radical Islamic rebels, including large parts of ISIS.  Who would take over Syria if Assad is deposed?  Experience in Libya tells us chaos could reign, and radical Islamists could control large parts of the country.

Make no mistake, bombing Assad means the United States is fighting on the same side as ISIS and other radical Islamists in Syria.  This is a dangerous and morally wrong policy.

But no matter your view of the merits of engaging in Syria, every member of Congress should stand up today and reclaim our Constitutional authority over war.

The Constitution clearly states that it is Congress that has the power to declare war, not the president.  Even the War Powers Resolution, shoved forward by hawks as justification, clearly states criteria under which the president may act – a declaration of war, a specific statutory authorization, or a national emergency created by an attack on the United States.

That’s it.  Absent those criteria, the president has no authority to act without congressional authorization.  Congress must stand up and assert its authority here and now.

No president is above the law or the Constitution.  I said so when it was Barack Obama, and I will say so when it is Donald Trump.

Our Founding Fathers had this right, and we should heed their wisdom about allowing the president to have war powers.  They were concerned the president could rule like a king.

Madison wrote that the Constitution supposes what history demonstrates – that the executive is the branch most interested in war and most prone to it.  The Constitution, therefore, with studied care, vested that power in the legislature.

Before any act of war, we should have a serious and thoughtful debate over the ramifications.

In Syria – what is our goal?  What happens if we depose Assad?  Will the Islamist rebels, as they have threatened, turn their weapons and attention elsewhere, including Israel next door?

I will hold accountable and oppose the actions of any president who takes military action without proper legal authority and congressional consent.

April 7, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Donald Trump, Military. 1 comment.

CNN interviews fake police chief

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBTi5nXkf5Y

April 4, 2017. Tags: , , , . Humor, Media bias. 1 comment.

Stay at home father Stefan Molyneux talks about “the rise of the daycare generation”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSo5gzJ1M1s

April 3, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , . Dumbing down, Education, Parenting, Politics, Psychology, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Texting pickup truck driver crosses center line and kills 13 people in church bus in Texas

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/03/31/witness-truck-driver-texas-crash-killed-13-texting/99888684/

Witness: Truck driver in Texas crash that killed 13 was texting

March 31, 2017

HOUSTON – The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, apologized after the crash and acknowledged he had been texting while driving, a witness said Friday.

Jody Kuchler told The Associated Press he was driving behind the truck and had seen it moving erratically prior to the Wednesday collision on a two-lane road about 75 miles west (120 km) of San Antonio, near the town of Concan. Kuchler said the truck had crossed the center line several times while he followed it.

Kuchler said he called the sheriff’s offices for both Uvalde and Real counties while he followed the truck and told them “they needed to get him off the road before he hit somebody.”

Kuchler said he witnessed the crash and afterward, he checked on both the bus and the truck and was able to speak with the driver, who has been identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety as 20-year-old Jack Dillon Young, of Leakey, Texas.

“He said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I was texting.’ I said, “Son, do you know what you just did? He said, ‘I’m sorry I’m sorry,’” Kuchler quoted the pickup driver as saying.

Department of Public Safety Sgt. Conrad Hein declined to comment on Friday on the cause of the crash or if texting might have played a role. But officials have said the truck driver appeared to have crossed the center line.

Young remains hospitalized following the crash.

Twelve people died at the scene, authorities said. Another bus passenger died at a San Antonio hospital.

The National Transportation Safety Board sent investigators on Thursday to start looking into the crash.

The First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas, said its members were returning from a three-day retreat at the Alto Frio Baptist Encampment in Leakey, about 9 miles from the crash site.

It is not yet clear if the bus passengers were wearing seatbelts or even if the minibus was fitted with suitable restraints.

The wreck occurred along a curve in the road where the speed limit is 65 mph, according to police officials.

April 1, 2017. Tags: , , , . texting while driving. 2 comments.

Bucknell University electrical engineering professor Meriel Huggard cancels class for one day, orders students to attend diversity summit instead

I was so hoping that the STEM subjects would be immune from the politically correct nonsense that goes on on college campuses.

However, at Bucknell University, electrical engineering professor Meriel Huggard canceled class for one day, and ordered her students to attend a diversity summit instead.

Folks, if your child is planning on majoring in electrical engineering, I suggest that you not send them to Bucknell University.

Tuition at Bucknell University is $50,152 per year. And that’s not even including room and board, or “other expenses.” When you do include those things, it ends up being $65,268 per year.

That’s a lot of money to pay so your child can be brainwashed in political correctness.

Multiply that by four, and you’ve got enough money to buy a decent three bedroom house in most areas of the country.

As is often the case, the more expensive the college, the more insane it is.

 

March 30, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Dumbing down, Education, Political correctness, Racism, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

I recently listened to all eight of ABBA’s albums for the first time. Here are my 31 favorite songs.

I recently listened to all eight of ABBA’s albums for the first time. Here are my 31 favorite songs. I am listing these in chronological order:

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March 29, 2017. Tags: , . Music. Leave a comment.

MSNBC confirms that President Obama used the federal government to spy on Donald Trump

Yesterday, on March 28, 2017, while speaking live on MSNBC, Evelyn Farkas, who had been Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense as part of President Obama’s administration, said that the Obama administration had spied on Donald Trump.

Here’s the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gapRNpEjXUo

A quick online search shows that this has not so far been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Associated Press, Reuters, or any other mainstream media source.

But the video is out there.

And even if YouTube takes it down, someone else will always be able to put it back up. If not on YouTube, then somewhere else instead.

This was live TV. Live TV sometimes has its “oops” moments, which, in today’s internet age, can never be totally covered up.

March 29, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Barack Obama, Media bias. 2 comments.

Los Angeles public school district cuts budget for one of its schools because too many of the students were white

http://abc7.com/education/race-based-school-budget-cuts-spark-outrage-in-noho/1818792/

NoHo school budget cuts due to high white student percentage sparks outrage

March 26, 2017

North Hollywood, Los Ageles (KABC) — Outrage has grown at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, as the school faces layoffs and increased class sizes due to a law limiting funds for schools with a higher white student body.

The Los Angeles Unified School District provides more funding for schools where the white population is below 30 percent.

In a letter to parents, the district noted the highly regarded middle school had been above the percentage for the past couple years.

The racial formula was a condition imposed by court decisions dealing with desegregation in the 1970s.

Parents, however, remain frustrated with what the cuts might mean for their children.

“When your class sizes are getting larger and you’re taking resources away from students, I mean ss parents, you do want your kid to go out to college,” one parent, Rosemary Estrada, said.

In an attempt to lessen the budget cuts, the district changed the school’s spending formula to one based on the number of students.

“Thankfully we’re going to keep our librarian. We’re going to keep our nurse, but we may lose a few teachers, but not as many as we once thought,” said Sheila Edmiston, one student’s parent.

Several jobs will still be lost and class sizes could grow. For many parents, the race-based reason of “too many white students” has made the cuts more difficult to swallow.

March 28, 2017. Tags: , , , . Education, Racism. 1 comment.

Amazon’s international websites have my Obama kindle book

 


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March 26, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama. 4 comments.

Police arrest masked anti-Trump protestor for pepper spraying an innocent woman in Huntington Beach, California

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7wmITVRxEY

https://www.yahoo.com/news/fights-erupt-pro-trump-rally-california-002525160.html

Fights erupt at pro-Trump rally on California beach

March 25, 2017



Jennifer Sterling, one of the organizers of the pro-Donald Trump rally reacts after getting hit with pepper spray in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Huntington Beach, Calif. (Reuters) – Supporters of President Donald Trump holding a rally on a popular southern California beach clashed with counter-protesters on Saturday and four people were arrested, law enforcement said.

Multiple fights broke out and at least one Trump supporter was doused with pepper spray when pro-Trump demonstrators marching along Bolsa Chica State Beach encountered a small group opposed to the Republican president who had gathered to denounce the rally.

Four counter-protesters were arrested, three for illegal use of pepper spray and one for assault and battery, Kevin Pearsall, a spokesman for the California State Parks Police said on Saturday evening.

The fights appeared to start in the early afternoon when around a dozen anti-Trump protesters dressed in all black refused to move from a bike path to allow a larger group of pro-Trump supporters taking part in the Make America Great Again rally to pass. The confrontation escalated into a fight with more skirmishes quickly breaking out.

At least one person was pepper-sprayed by an anti-Trump protester, Pearsall said. Park police estimated that 2,000 Trump supporters flocked to the stretch of coastline located south of the ocean-side community of Huntington Beach. Around 20 counter-protesters attended, Pearsall said.

Known as Surf City, U.S.A., Huntington Beach is located some 40 miles (64 km) south of Los Angeles.

Video footage from social media uploaded to the Los Angeles Times’ website showed a chaotic scene with men fighting in the sand and a group of around 20 Trump supporters, some carrying Trump flags, chasing a man in a black mask away from the beach and on to a freeway. The man was stopped by members of the California Highway Patrol, the newspaper said.

The masked man had used pepper spray on a female rally organizer and was set upon by a group of Trump supporters, the newspaper reported.

Demonstrations denouncing the Trump administration have drawn hundreds of thousands since he took office in January. Smaller rallies have been staged across the country in support of Trump.

On Saturday, Trump praised his supporters.

“Thanks you for all of the Trump Rallies today. Amazing support. We will all MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” He said in a message on Twitter.

 

March 26, 2017. Tags: , , , . Donald Trump, Idiots blocking traffic, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Totalitarian feminist Sarrah Le Marquand: It should be illegal to be a stay-at-home mum

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/sarrah-le-marquand-it-should-be-illegal-to-be-a-stayathome-mum/news-story/fbd6fe7b79e8b4136d49d991b6a1f41c

Sarrah Le Marquand: It should be illegal to be a stay-at-home mum

By Sarrah Le Marquand

March 20, 2017

There’s one issue guaranteed to trigger hysteria across the nation every time it comes up in the news, and it has nothing to do with Pauline Hanson, international terrorism or Married at First Sight.

It’s the topic of stay-at-home mums. More specifically, the release of any data or analysis that dares recommend Australian women should get out of the living room/kitchen/nursery and back into the workforce.

So the outcry has been predictable in the wake of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) recent report which had the audacity to suggest stay-at-home mums would be better off putting their skills to use in paid employment.

“One of the areas of greatest untapped potential in the Australian labour force is inactive and/or part-time working women, especially those with children,’’ concluded the landmark study. “There are potentially large losses to the economy when women stay at home or work short part-time hours.’’

Right on cue, hysteria ensued, with commentators from coast to coast howling in indignation at the very idea that the uppity OECD would insinuate Australia might have a tiny bit of a problem with our female workforce participation rates.

For days you couldn’t walk past a television, radio or computer screen without encountering a defensive rant about how the most valuable work a woman can do involves nappies, play-doh, and a strict adherence to only leaving the family home during the hours of 9am to 5pm to attend playgroup or a similar non-work sanctioned activity.

And then we wonder why Australia continues to languish in the bottom third of OECD member states when it comes to female employment. It’s no mystery; our collective support for working women makes Donald Trump’s cabinet look like Women’s March HQ by comparison.

First, a few facts. Anyone who has a child — and this goes for both mothers and fathers — knows that everything else in life becomes a distant second to that child’s welfare, happiness and wellbeing. So this is not a discussion about the importance of parenting — that is beyond dispute.

And yes, the role played by parents in the early months and years following the birth of a child is vital and irreplaceable. It also stands to reason that for many (but certainly not all) families, it is the mother who opts to take time off work during this period to solely focus on caring for her baby.

Once again, there is nothing wrong with this. In fact, that time at home should be a privilege afforded to more new mums, which is why a few years back I was a lone voice in supporting Tony Abbott’s grossly misunderstood and thus ill-fated paid parental leave scheme, which proposed all female employees receive their normal salary for six months.

So it’s not as simple as suggesting that the OECD’s rallying call to utilise the potential of stay-at-home mums is an insult to mothers — on the contrary, it is the desperately needed voice of reason that Australians cannot afford to ignore.

Rather than wail about the supposed liberation in a woman’s right to choose to shun paid employment, we should make it a legal requirement that all parents of children of school-age or older are gainfully employed.

The OECD was right to criticise the double standards applied to Australia’s work-search rules regarding welfare benefits. While young people face strict criteria when seeking to access the dole, those aged over 50 can still receive it despite not looking for a job by citing 15 hours volunteer work a week.

The double standards are even greater for stay-at-home mums, with governments of all persuasions traditionally wary to tackle the unfair tax concessions enjoyed by one-income households for fear of inciting voting fury. (No doubt they refer to Abbott’s aforementioned paid parental leave scheme as a cautionary tale).

But it’s time for a serious rethink of this kid-glove approach to women of child-bearing and child-rearing age. Holding us less accountable when it comes to our employment responsibilities is not doing anyone any favours. Not children, not fathers, not bosses — and certainly not women.

Only when the female half of the population is expected to hold down a job and earn money to pay the bills in the same way that men are routinely expected to do will we see things change for the better for either gender.

Only when it becomes the norm for all families to have both parents in paid employment, and sharing the stress of the work-home juggle, will we finally have a serious conversation about how to achieve a more balanced modern workplace.

Only when the tiresome and completely unfounded claim that “feminism is about choice” is dead and buried (it’s not about choice, it’s about equality) will we consign restrictive gender stereotypes to history.

So long as we as a nation cling to the lie that only a stay-at-home mum is best placed to assume the responsibilities of caregiver then working fathers will continue to feel insecure about stepping off the corporate treadmill to spend more time with their children.

It’s not good enough — and only when we evenly divide the responsibility for workplace participation between the two genders will we truly see a more equitable division between men and women in all parts of Australian life.

March 25, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Police state, Sexism. Leave a comment.

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