“I did all this work to prove I’m black and all I got was this lousy Medal of Freedom.”
Oh Lawd! They done did it again! The Academy snubbed Oprah. Just after her snub at The Golden Globes. AND…she got out her best retro hat and worst wig looking like a cross between Sofia from The Color Purple and a black Ethel Mertz for her latest allegedly Oscar-worthy role as the wife of The Butler.
Oprah went to great lengths this year to prove her “blackness.” She hired Tyler Perry for her flailing cable network; claimed the world is full of unjust racist shootings of “multiple Trayvons"; allowed Michelle Obama to overstay her welcome at Oprah's private mansion in Hawaii for 10 days (while the Preezy and children went back to DC); accused a shop girl of racism during the Great Zurich Handbag Debacle; collected a Medal from the White House and Oprah even had the gumption (and lack of historical factual knowledge) to compare what happened to thug Trayvon Martin to the awful Emmett Till murder.
Maybe Jesse and Al can help? Better luck next time.
Hollande said he will clarify who the first lady is before he takes a presidential trip to the United States on Feb. 11, but he wouldn't comment further.
France is currently embroiled in a “First Lady” debate. French President Francois Hollande is enduring "painful moments" after he was caught cavorting with young actress Julie Gayet. Hollande’s current squeeze, journalist Valerie Trierweiler (who masquerades as “First Lady” and lives with him in the presidential palace) is apparently hospitalized – must be the shock of a French politician having a mistress?
Of course, the alleged issue with his naughty behavior is security – with the French President running around to various women’s apartments all over France and dismissing his security personnel while cheating on the others could “call into question whether a complex personal life can be private for someone with round-the-clock bodyguards,” wrote Breitbart reporter Sylvie Corbet,. Plus no one really knows which bimbo is designated as “First Lady.”
Francois Rebsame said the revelations showed the entire idea of a first lady was obsolete."Francois Hollande himself said it at one point: You elect a person. And then this person can live alone, can be single, can live with another man or a woman. It's no one's business and it doesn't come into play," he told RTL radio on Tuesday.
The issue was debated in parliament: "The president is not a normal citizen during his term. He is the chief of our armies. He is the keystone of our institutions. His protection should not suffer from any amateurism," Jacob said in the National Assembly. "The president should be aware of the level of responsibility that he exercises, be aware that his role is greater than his person, and be aware that he incarnates the image of France in the eyes of the world."
The photographer who busted Hollande was shocked by the security issue in a time when threats exist from al-Qaida."To go to the rendezvous with Julie Gayet, he was taking some risks," he told RTL. "As soon as he got into the apartment, his guards left."
The French have it right. It would be totally wonderful to have several women to choose from as FLOTUS here in the United States – imagine, we could trade Michelle in for a newer model. Maybe Beyonce?
Billionaire media hog Donald Trump has been wading into politics for years now. So far, his focus has been on the national level - until now.
Trump has been meeting with Republican leaders at his Manhattan office to discuss a possible gubernatorial run in his home state of New York. He said he'll make his decision in the next few weeks and that there is an even chance that he will run. Trump’s hesitation is due to the chaotic state of the local New York GOP.
In a radio interview New York State Republican Chairman Ed Cox blew off Trump’s calls for the GOP to unify its message and complained that Trump needed to go to the state meeting and talk with them: "That's what that’s what Donald Trump has to do," Cox said. "You leave your own office and you go out."
Trump has a point about the GOP – schizophrenic messaging seems to be the rule with state and national party groups. If Trump is serious about a run for any office, the position of Governor is a good place for him. He can prove himself to be a capable administrator before wading back into presidential politics.
President Barack Obama announced five “Promise Zones” in an effort to spread his false meme of “income inequality.” Of course, these promise zones are a marketing tool used by the federal government to justify corporate, institutional and social welfare that will be granted to each of the zip codes. One of the promise zones is San Antonio, Texas. A bit odd since San Antonio has been reaping the benefits the Texas economic boom that are a direct result of conservative fiscal policies. The problem of inequality in San Antonio has one cause: Illegal immigration. In 1992, Rice University economist Donald Huddle estimated the cost of migration to Texas of $4.6 billion which he predicted would inflate to $10 billion by 2014. He underestimated.
Income inequality is caused by liberal immigration policies and official and unofficial "sanctuary" city designations. Open borders attract criminals and the lowest rung of society who, by definition, produce the least. The costs are primarily in areas of Education, Higher Education, Healthcare Services, and Criminal Justice.
Immigrants find there is no need to learn English and refuse to assimilate when they come to a city like San Antonio. They have children out of wedlock more often and are already undereducated. Because San Antonio is governed by notorious socialist mayor, Julian Castro (son of Maria “Rosie” Castro a known militant communist who helped establish the La Raza Unida political party in the 1970s), San Antonio has taken steps to promote legal taxpayer-funded education and welfare for illegal immigrants.
The fact is San Antonio’s statistics from the U. S. Census Bureau (2012) reflect the causes of the stagnation of wages at the lower end of the city's demographics - the inequality is almost entirely caused by the addition undocumented latino immigrant to the general population:
SAN ANTONIO STATS VERSUS THE UNITED STATES:
IMMIGRANTS MOSTLY BORN IN LATIN AMERICA - 77.1% Versus National Average 51.7%
FEMALE HOUSEHOLD NO MALE PRESENT - 15.8% (national average 13%)
HOUSEHOLDS WITH 1 OR MORE CHILDREN UNDER 18 - 38.4% national average 32.9%
UNMARRIED FEMALE BIRTHS - 37% versus national average 35%
HIGH SCHOOL Education - 83% versus national average 86.7%
SPANISH SPOKEN AT HOME - 34.8% versus national average 14.2%
DOES NOT READ/SPEAK ENGLISH - 10.5% versus national average of 6.1%
LESS THAN 9th Grade Education - 8.1% versus national average of 5.8%
Until the border is closed and the United States gets serious about the types of immigrants to accept, San Antonio and other Texas cities will suffer the consequences.
Here at the White House, while we’re beginning to thaw from this week’s bone-chilling deep freeze, our discussions about the science of weather extremes are heating up.
We know that no single weather episode proves or disproves climate change. Climate refers to the patterns observed in the weather over time and space – in terms of averages, variations, and probabilities. But we also know that this week’s cold spell is of a type there’s reason to believe may become more frequent in a world that’s getting warmer, on average, because of greenhouse-gas pollution.
ROGER SIMON: The Principal Enemy. “The principal enemy for the right and the center-right is now Hillary Clinton, the vastly favored frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. She is so far in front, in fact, that her competitors are not even in hailing distance. Hillary is the one who can consolidate and solidify the ‘gains’ of the Obama era in a way Obama himself never could because she is much more politically savvy — Obama was only savvy about getting elected, not governing — and has the backing of her even more politically savvy husband. Hillary is the one who can fully remake the United States into some version of Western Europe or, yet more frighteningly, China, a permanently stratified state capitalism governed by quasi-totalitarian bureaucrats. (We can call this system Soros Marxism, meaning a ruling clique of increasingly rich corporate czars employing a propagandistic veneer of socialist equality to keep the power and wealth for themselves.)”
“All too early in the [Obama] administration suspicion and distrust of senior military officers by senior White House officials — including the president and vice president — became a big problem for me as I tried to manage the relationship between the commander in chief and his military leaders.” - Robert Gates from Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.”
Bob Woodward reported in The Washington Times that former defense secretary Robert Gates criticized President Obama’s leadership and strategy in Afghanistan in his new candid book “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.” Gates was named Secretary of Defense under President Bush in 2006 after serving for almost 3 decades on the National Security Council and later as the Director of the CIA.
According to his book, Gates said about Obama that he “doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.”
Woodward wrote that Gates’ analysis of what happened was “contradictory,” highly emotional” and that Gates wrote the book with a “sometimes bitter tone.”
Excerpts from the Woodward's review of the Gates' book:
It is rare for a former Cabinet member, let alone a defense secretary occupying a central position in the chain of command, to publish such an antagonistic portrait of a sitting president.
Leveling one of the more serious charges that a defense secretary could make against a commander in chief sending forces into combat, Gates asserts that Obama had more than doubts about the course he had charted in Afghanistan. The president was “skeptical if not outright convinced it would fail,” Gates writes in Obama, after months of contentious discussion with Gates and other top advisers, deployed 30,000 more troops in a final push to stabilize Afghanistan before a phased withdrawal beginning in mid-2011. “I never doubted Obama’s support for the troops, only his support for their mission,” Gates writes.
In Gates’s highly emotional account, Obama remains uncomfortable with the inherited wars and distrustful of the military that is providing him options. Their different worldviews produced a rift that, at least for Gates, became personally wounding and impossible to repair.
In “Duty,” Gates complains repeatedly that confidence and trust were what he felt was lacking in his dealings with Obama and his team. “Why did I feel I was constantly at war with everybody, as I have detailed in these pages?” he writes. “Why was I so often angry? Why did I so dislike being back in government and in Washington?”
Woodward’s article in The Washington Post points out Gate’s ambivalence and contradictory statements from a liberal’s perspective, but Woodward has a point. Gates did not stand up against Obama’s political machinations and putting our troops in harm’s way. I suspect standing up against the Obama administration at the time would have been much more difficult than writing a hit (and run) piece after you have retired.
Magpul Industries announced it has closed up shop in Colorado and will be moving to Wyoming and Texas after Colorado continued to attack the gun industry and second amendment rights of its citizens.
This proves that elections have consequences. While Colorado basks in the glory of its future “pot tourism” it will soon miss the contributions and validity of long-term business partners like Magpul. Magpul plans to relocate 92% of its workforce within the next 12-16 months. This will cost Colorado 200 jobs and $80 million in revenue generated by the well-regarded corporation.
“Moving operations to states that support our culture of individual liberties and personal responsibility is important,” CEO Richard Fitzpatrick said in a statement. “This relocation will also improve business operations and logistics as we utilize the strengths of Texas and Wyoming in our expansion.”