Friday Quick Takes

News of note from the last week, from Thinking Man’s Politics…

Palestinian ‘Days of Rage’

Yesterday, President Trump announced that the US was moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem after declaring that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel. Hamas and other Palestinian groups announced that they would hold “three days of rage” in protest.

Hamas has declared that their goal is the elimination of Israel as a nation and dedicated itself to the killing of Jews. Tell me how again the ‘three days of rage” are going to be different than any other day?

Penalties for Defrauding Customers–Wells Fargo

President Trump took to Twitter today to knock down rumors that US consumer finance agency was reviewing fines levied against Wells Fargo for abuse of mortgage lending laws and opening bogus accounts.

In his tweet, the President said “I will cut regs but make penalties severe when caught cheating!”

Wells Fargo had been found to, among other things, reward its employees for new accounts which resulted in thousands of new accounts being opened by employees in customer’s names but without customer’s knowledge.

When large companies and their leaders have no consequence for their actions, then those actions are repeated (see bank bailouts).  Wells Fargo should not only pay but so should the leadership that knowingly defrauded their customers.

Finally, the Powerful Held Accountable

Former US Representative Corrine Brown was sentenced to five years in prison this week for multiple counts of fraud after setting up a charity to provide education for low income children and then using it as a personal slush fund.

Brown, who has faced ethics charges throughout her career, represented one of the poorest districts in Florida. Yet somehow she had no problem stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her low income constituents to fund her vacations and lavish lifestyle.

The Bible and almost every major religion comments on rich people who take from the poor. May Corrine Brown feel the weight of her actions.

We Can’t Figure Out Birth Certificates?

A judge in Arkansas today said the state could no longer issue birth certificates until the state and same sex couples worked out an agreement on how to conform to Supreme Court rulings.

I’m sure that I don’t get all the nuances of this particular case and I’m sure somehow it involves who is a ‘husband and wife’, but how have we gotten to the place that even issuing a birth certificate is controversial? It just can’t be that hard. No matter what the ‘PC police’ say, you can’t change basic biology and a birth still requires two people of opposite sex.

Weekend Follies

And now these (mildly) funny tidbits to end the weekend…

Let’s Fight While We Talk

Berkeley, CA has long been known as a bastion of far left liberalism and, most recently, of violence to silence speakers who do not line up with the politically correct agenda.

As a way to try to bridge the gap between left and right, organizers set up a tent which would be a place where those of the left and those of the right could come together for a dialog, to talk about differences in a non-threatening way.

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Midweek Quick Takes

News of note from the last week, from Thinking Man’s Politics…

The Anti-Intellectualism in Academia (continued)

An instructor at the University of Pennsylvania has announced a way she has a way to battle the ills of the world, or at least her little corner of it.

Stephanie McKellop seeks “social justice” in her classroom.   And by that she doesn’t mean as Martin Luther King did, where people are “…judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”   She means that it’s time for payback.

In her own little way in her government, taxpayer funded job, the self-described “queer disabled feminist” announced on Twitter how she is going to get even.  She has decided to ignore white males in her class, as much as she can.  Only if there are no women, minorities or others to call on in class will she call on any white male.

And From Collegiate Athletics…You Can Protest the Anthem, As Long As the Protest Isn’t In Favor

The College of the Ozarks has hosted the men’s Division II college basketball tournament for the last 18 years.  That will change this season.

The NAIA, the governing body for the roughly 250 schools, has decided it will pull the tournament from the school this year because the school has said it requires its student athletes and those of schools participating at their facilities to stand for the national anthem.   The NAIA said that this was too much to ask, and rather than require students to stand it will move the tournament to a new venue.

Aside from anything we may say on this specific topic, one can’t help but notice another example of the ‘tolerant’ being tolerant of anyone except those who disagree.  The College of the Ozarks decided that their choice was to take a stand (no pun intended) on this topic but the NAIA finds that a school making this choice can’t be tolerated and will pull the tournament and associated economic impact from the Branson, MO school.

 

News of the Weird and More…

As if politics and ‘weird’ aren’t almost synonymous anyway, we bring you this…along with Hillary’s latest comments on patriotism and more quick takes…

News of the Weird

And finally this, which many people may have already suspected about members of Congress… Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera announced she will be a candidate for Congress to replace retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.  And she does have experience that sets her apart from other candidates for the seat in Congress.   Continue reading “News of the Weird and More…”

Hypocrisy in the NFL, Racism Among Athletes and More Apologies for Hillary–Weekend Quick Takes

The hypocrisy of NFL player protestors and racism among professional athletes.  This and other quick takes as we review last week and the weekend…

Hypocrisy Among NFL Player ‘Protesters’

Vice President Mike Pence was at the Colts game today in his home state of Indiana. When a number of players protested the national anthem, the Vice President left the game.

San Francisco player and safety Eric Reid called the Vice President’s departure part of ‘systematic oppression’.

And apparently, he can’t see the blatant hypocrisy of his arguing “I have a right to voice my opinion” and then saying someone expressing their opinion is oppressive….why? Because it disagrees with his, or course.

How typical in many ways: more hypocrisy from the intolerant crowd who say what they are advocating for is more tolerance.

Racism Among Athletes

As black athletes in the NFL say they are protesting oppression, former black NBA player Kenyon Martin decided to make a few racist remarks of his own.

Jeremy Lin, a current NBA player of Asian descent, is wearing his hair in dreadlocks these days.  Martin, who co-authors a sports blog, posted on his social media account  about Lin’s ‘cultural appropriation’ of black culture.  He then said “Do I need to remind this damn boy his last name is Lin?….alright bro, we get it.  You wanna be black.”

So do you think Colin Kaepernick of anyone will speak out against Martin?  Of course, that’s a rhetorical question.

Ginsberg Goes Over the Line

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg commented last week on the last Presidential election, saying that in her view that ‘no doubt’ it was sexism that kept Hillary Clinton from being elected President.

First, Madame Justice, it’s very inappropriate for members of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) to be overtly political.  SCOTUS members should rule on the law, and should stay out of politics so as to not be seen as political, but as judicial in their application of the cases before them.

Secondly, Madame Justice, it could just as easily be that Hillary Clinton’s numerous ethical lapses from the very beginning of her time in government jobs in the 1970’s, her circumventing legal ramifications of her actions that would have thrown others in jail, her total lack of any significant achievement at all while Secretary of State and her mishandling of classified material and her repeated lies about doing so which resulted in at least one death of a US intelligence asset….that maybe THOSE things are why she lost the election.  Maybe, just maybe THOSE are the reasons that she lost and that the American electorate preferred even the most unpopular candidate in US Presidential polling history to her.

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Midweek Quick Takes

After a short break during the lead up and aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Thinking Man is back with this edition of midweek quick takes.   Thoughts and prayers continue to be with those suffering from the impacts of recent natural disasters, whether in Texas, Florida, from the earthquake in Mexico or in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean where the impacts of two hurricanes in two weeks have devastated the area.

Manning the Traitor Back in the News…With Harvard Honors

So what is the fascination that the far left, especially academics, have with anti-Americanism and with glorifying hate for this country?

Harvard University awarded a visiting fellowship at its Kennedy School of Government to Chelsea Manning.  You remember Manning:  the former US Army Private convicted of espionage and other felonies for stealing hundreds of thousands of highly classified documents.  Then while serving time in prison, got the US taxpayer to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a sex change so that Bradley Manning could change to Chelsea Manning.

In Manning’s young life, there have been no accomplishments of academic note other than headlines for espionage.  Manning has no college degree, much less any real world experience worthy of imparting to young minds entering Harvard.  So why would Harvard honor someone who has accomplished nothing but being a traitor?!   Harvard never answered that question but they later did rescind their offer to Manning.

Working Hard to Be Offended

We have become a society that works hard to be offended.  In the latest effort to be offended by everything, one Texas woman has found a plant decoration offensive and went to social media to tell everyone.

Daniell Rider posted a picture of the below, a stalk of cotton in vase, to show why she was outraged.  “A commodity which was gained at the expense of American-American slaves,” she wrote before telling the retailer (Hobby Lobby) that they should take it down.

Being a principled woman, presumably Rider does not sleep on cotton sheets, wear cotton clothes nor have cotton balls anywhere in her home because….that would be racist, right?

Russia and Elections

USA Today reported a study which identified 27 different countries where Russia actively interfered in the local elections over the last decade or so.

According to the study, Russia regularly interferes in the election process of other countries in an effort to further its foreign policy goals. And this is not something new, either. The Soviet Union actually gave money to the opponents of FDR when he was running in the 1930’s and ‘40’s.

So, as Thinking Man observed in a piece “The Bottom Line on Russian Hacking” on Jan. 18, there should be no question or surprise that Russia meddled in the US elections.  It’s done so before, it will again and that is one of the reasons that Russia is an enemy—Russia opposes many of the things we prize and hold most dear, elections that reflect the will of the people being one of them.  But to say that Russia interfered because they were so afraid of Hillary that they wanted to help defeat her has a very long way to go to be proven.  The Bottom Line on Russian Hacking” going back to Jan. 18 , of course Russia tried to meddle in the US elections. And it has done so before and will do so again and that is one of the reasons they are an enemy, and oppose much of what we in the US hold dear. But to say that Russia interfered because they were so afraid of Hillary that they wanted to help defeat her is something that has a long way to go to be proved.The Bottom Line on Russian Hacking” going back to Jan. 18 , of course Russia tried to meddle in the US elections. And it has done so before and will do so again and that is one of the reasons they are an enemy, and oppose much of what we in the US hold dear. But to say that Russia interfered because they were so afraid of Hillary that they wanted to help defeat her, is something that has a long way to go to be proved.