May 19, 2019

Feds: Immigration Top US Crime, One-Third of all Sentencings:

Immigration crime, virtually all involving illegal male, Hispanicimmigrants, was the top offense in federal courts last year, according to the United States Sentencing Commission. In its just-released annual report, the commission said that immigration crimes accounted for 34.4% of all sentencing cases, up from 30% last year.  Nearly tied with drug crimes in fiscal 2017, crimes involving immigration expanded the gap in fiscal 2018, said the commission.

Overall, the courts saw 69,425 cases and most involved Hispanics and illegal immigrants. “In fiscal year 2018, 54.3 percent of all offenders were Hispanic, 21.2 percent were white, 20.6 percent were black, and 3.8 percent were of another race. Non-U.S. citizens accounted for 42.7 percent of all federal offenders,” said the federal commission.

“Immigration cases accounted for the largest single group of offenses in fiscal year 2018, comprising 34.4% of all reported cases. Cases involving drugs, firearms, and fraud were the next most common types of offenses after immigration cases. Together these four types of offenses accounted for 82.9 percent of all cases reported to the commission in fiscal year 2018,” said the 2018 Annual Report and Sourcebook of Federal Sentencing Statistics.

The immigration crime numbers from fiscal 2018:

•    There were 23,883 cases, 34.4% of all sentencings.
•    Of those, 22,782, or 96.3%, involved Hispanics.
•    Most, were male, 22,106, 92.7%.
•    Just 866, or 3.6%, involved those under 21 years old.
•    21,835, or 91.5% were noncitizens.
•    94.7% of the immigration cases led to prison sentences.

 *Want to Make Money? Work for the Government:

Which class of full-time, year-round American workers has the highest median earnings? Is it the class that works for private-sector employers? Is it the class that works for the government? Or is it the entrepreneurial class, who are self-employed? According to the Census Bureau’s Personal Income Table 07 (PINC-07), the competition isn’t close. When it comes to making money in the modern United States of America, government workers win. Among Americans who actually earn income by working, they are the upper class.

In 2017, according to PINC-07, there were 115,704,000 Americans who worked full-time (at least 35 hours per week) and year-round (at least 50 weeks in the year). The table divides these workers into three general classes: “private wage and salary workers,” “government wage and salary workers” and “self-employed workers.” Of the full-time year-round workers, 88,296,000 were private-sector employees; 17,617,000 were government employees; and 9,750,000 were self-employed. (Another 42,000 were classified as “unpaid family workers.”) The overall median earnings for all of these full-time year-round workers in 2017 were $48,500.

Workers in private industry, however, made less than the overall median. Their median earnings were $46,797. The self-employed did a little better than the national rate. Their median earnings were $50,383. But government workers did the best. Their median earnings were $53,435.

 *Capitalism Improved Lives in Africa:

Africa is growing” economically “thanks to the free market,” notes Marian Tupy at Human Progress. “Since the new millennium’s start, Africa’s average per capita income rose by more than 50 percent.” In the 1970s, the economy virtually collapsed in many African countries because they pursued socialism. A classic example is Zambia. By contrast, one African country, Botswana, strongly pursued capitalist economic policies. As a result, it achieved prosperity in an “economic miracle” that converted it from one of the poorest countries on Earth, into one of the wealthiest countries in Africa.

Later, socialist policies were rolled back in much of Africa, and economic growth returned. The result has been an improvement in the lives of ordinary people. As Tupy notes: “Infant mortality declined from 80 deaths per 1,000 live births to 49 deaths over the same time period … famines have disappeared outside of warzones. Primary, secondary and tertiary school enrollments have never been higher.”

As “a McKinsey study found in 2010,” much of Africa’s growth since 2000 “was driven by economic reforms” that reduced government control of the economy. Prior to these reforms, African governments “imposed central control over their economies,” resulting in “inflationary monetary policies, price, wage and exchange rate controls, marketing boards that kept the prices of agricultural products artificially low and impoverished African farmers, and state-owned enterprises and monopolies.”

 *Why the Average American Hasn’t Made a New Friend in 5 Years:

Forty-five percent of adults say they find it difficult to make new friends, according to new research. A new study into the social dynamics of 2,000 Americans revealed that the average American hasn’t made a new friend in five years. In fact, it seems for many that popularity hits its peak at age 23, and for 36 percent, it peaks even before age 21. The study, conducted by OnePoll in conjunction with Evite, uncovered that one of the reasons 42 percent of adults struggle to make friends is due to introversion or shyness.

And the challenge is not just in breaking out of their shell but also breaking into new social situations and circles. The majority of respondents cite friendship-making barriers that include aversion to the bar scene where most people choose to socialize, or the feeling that everyone’s friendship groups have already formed. Other notable reasons Americans can’t seem to make new friends as an adult include commitments to family (29 percent), not having any hobbies that allow them to meet new people (28 percent) and moving to a new city (21 percent).

Though adults find the struggle to be very real when it comes to making new friends, they are open to suggestions for expanding their social circle. In fact, 45 percent of those studied reveal they would go out of their way to make new friends if they knew how or had more opportunities.

 *Boycott Backfire: New Rankings Show Chick-Fil-A Is Thriving:

Despite endless efforts to boycott Chick-fil-A from the Left,Yahoo Finance reporter Myles Udland announced Wednesday that the fast-food eatery has become the third-largest restaurant chain in the nation and has tripled its sales over the last ten years. Food service consultancy Technomic Inc. provided the new rankings showcasing Chick-fil-A’s steady boost in popularity, according to The Wall Street Journal. In 2018, the eatery hit $10.2 billion in sales and has just about doubled its number of locations since 2007.

“Each year since 2015, Chick-fil-A has been the top-rated fast-food restaurant on the American Customer Satisfaction Index, which considers factors such as staff courtesy and restaurant cleanliness,” reported the Journal, adding: “Among limited-service U.S. restaurants that mainly serve chicken, Chick-fil-A’s market share rose to 33% last year from 18% in 2009, while the market share of Yum Brands Inc.’s KFC chain fell to 15% from 29% in that time, according to data tracker Euromonitor.” “We’ve been pretty consistent in how, over multiple decades, we’re going to take it slow and steady,” said Chick-fil-A senior director Mark Moraitakis. “It’s paid off for us.”

 *‘Sanctuary City’ Oakland, Near-Broke, Will Use Gas Tax Money to
Keep Lights On:

The City of Oakland is in such dire financial straits that it is planning to use $2.9 million from state gas tax revenues to keep the city’s lights on, rather than using the money to fix pothole-riddled roads, for which the funding was intended.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that the city is facing severe financial shortfalls, despite a booming economy that has seen wealthier households relocate from San Francisco across the bay to gentrifying neighborhoods. The problem is that the city’s costs are rising faster than its growing revenues, thanks partly to pension obligations — an increasingly common challenge for large, Democrat-run cities that made ambitious promises to public sector unions.

As Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf — famous for tipping off illegal aliens to an impending federal law enforcement sweep, in an effort to defend her “sanctuary city” — noted in her recent budget statement to the city council last week: Though cranes are rising across the skyline and Oakland’s revenues are growing at a steady rate due to the strong real estate market, the City’s expenses continue to rise faster than revenues. Personnel-related expenses, particularly the cost of medical benefits and pensions – as well as insurance, utilities, and fuel costs – are growing at 2-3 times the rate of inflation and revenue growth.

 *Plastic Surgeon Reveals how to get a Waist like Kim Kardashian:

Kim Kardashian showed off a wildly curvaceous figure at the Met Gala, which had fans buzzing over how she achieved an unreal hourglass figure. Some wild theories suggested she had ribs removed to create a whittled waist. (Kardashian’s trainer has insisted the look was mostly thanks to good old-fashioned exercise.) But plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen T. Greenberg told Page Six that this sort of look can also be achieved through breast augmentation, liposuction and fat transfer, as well as wearing a corset.

“You suck out the fat, you purify it and you inject it into the butt or hip,” he explained. The cost for the combo can be up to $20,000.

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The perpetually happy “Smiley” face, with its yellow face and two black dot eyes, was invented in 1963. It was originally created to boost morale among employees of an insurance company.

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“It only gets more interesting when you’re too old to play dumb,” said the actress-turned-filmmaker Olivia Wilde.

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In the 1960s, being a flight attendant was every girl’s dream. They were bubbly, bright, young, and usually single. These classy ladies also wore stylish outfits and got to see the world in ways their friends and family could only dream of.

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Kathyann Powell, CEO of Saving Jane, Proudly Partners with Celebrity Ambassador Christina Fulton for “Saving Face” Campaign

Kathyann Powell the CEO of Saving Jane, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to assisting human trafficking survivors and preventing new victims has proudly partnered with celebrity ambassador, actress Christina Fulton, CEO of Christina Fulton by Immortal Beauty Inc., a groundbreaking scientific skincare line developed by Christina and Japaneseskin master, CEO Iki Sakakura of Love Renaissance. Christina’s skincare collection has world-class masterminds behind the research and testing, such as Bio Chemist Tri Vu, PhD from Caltech University to Japanese scientist, along with award winning plastic surgeon, Dr. Jon Perlman MD.

In September of 2019, Christina will launch her first Pop Up in Beverly Hills. Christina will lead the way with Saving Jane foundation and her skincare line Christina Fulton by Immortal Beauty Inc. on a campaign and movement called “Saving Face.” Saving Face is focused on raising survivors’ self-esteem, transforming negative patterns, and restoring dignity by helping victims put their best face forward. Fulton and her company will bring world-class masterminds to help rewire the brain and trauma through meditation, fitness and wellness.

Funds raised by the campaign will be used to build Survivor Sanctuaries around the country. Saving Jane’s CEO Kathyann Powell says, “Saving Jane is proud to partner with Christina Fulton as our Ambassador in our upcoming Saving Face campaign with our mission to empower human trafficking survivors.”

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May 15, 2019

*Will Political Correctness Kill
Classic Movies?:

The rise of political correctness can be seen across movie screens this weekend.  “The Hustle,” a gender-swap remake of 1988’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” rails against the patriarchy between sight gags. “Avengers: Endgame” shoehorns a minor gay character into the story as a super-virtue-signal. “Long Shot” shows Seth Rogen apologizing for the United Statesbombing Japan to help end World War II. Even older films, and the stars who made them great, are now seen through the PC prism. Just ask the estate of John Wayne. The legendary star got pummeled a few months ago, decades after his passing, for a racially insensitive Playboy interview in 1971. Some critics demanded that his name be stripped from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif.

Singer Kate Smith’s film career is dwarfed by her radio, TV and stage accomplishments. Yet Smith’s recording of two 1930s songs deemed racist convinced two professional sports teams — the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Flyers— to strip her iconic rendition of “God Bless America” from their programming. It’s easy to imagine the culture attempting to do something similar to films that don’t mirror today’s cultural mores. Molly Ringwald, who brought some of John Hughes’s best films to life, turned on her collaborator last year, saying that his films weren’t “woke” enough in our “Me Too” era.

Those films primarily hit theaters in the 1980s. So what about older films? Would any modern studio greenlight 1974’s “Blazing Saddles,” the Mel Brooks farce teeming with racial and sexual humor? What about James Bond‘s early adventures, in which 007 treated female characters in a sexist fashion? Even a comedy classic such as 1959’s “Some Like It Hot,” featuring two men dressed in drag, could be insensitive given modern mores.

Could problematic films eventually be pulled from home video and streaming services? Sound hysterical? It’s currently in vogue to tear down statues that don’t align with current groupthink. So why would pop culture artifacts be spared? In fact, it’s already been done.

Two years ago, a Memphis theater nixed a screening of the 1939 classic “Gone with the Wind” because of its “insensitive” content. Disney’s Oscar-winning “Song of the South” won’t be seen on the company’s forthcoming streaming platform. The 1946 film’s antiquated, and some say racist, portrayal of black life turned the movie into cultural poison. It’s never made it to home video, and that’s unlikely to change in the near future.

 *Why Doris Day Won’t Have a Funeral:

Doris Day won’t be having a funeral, simply because she “didn’t like death.” “No funeral, no memorial and no [grave] marker,” her manager Bob Bashara said. “She didn’t like death, and she couldn’t be with her animals if they had to be put down,” he added. “She had difficulty accepting death.”

“I’d say we need to provide for her dogs [after she died], and she’d say, ‘I don’t want to think about it’ and she said, ‘Well, you just take care of them.’ She had several when her will was written, and she wanted to be sure they were taken care of. She didn’t like to talk about the dogs dying.” Day died on Monday at 97 years old. She is best known for her Oscar-winning movie, “Pillow Talk” and her role in “Calamity Jane” among her other 30-plus films. She later became an animal rights activist.

 *DANGEROUS Bureaucrats! – Flint, Michigan Administrators Mismanaged Clean Water Funds, Hired Firm With No Experience Replacing Pipes:

A new report claims that the city of Flint, Michigan, which has suffered from a headline-commanding water crisis for half a decade, may have steered tens of millions in aid money meant to help replace lead water pipes to a contractor that had no experience, but who did have a close relationship with Flint city officials. The controversy may go straight to the top: to the Flint mayor’s office. The report that $22 million in “water crisis aid” was directed to a company with ties to city officials, even though that company didn’t have experience replacing leaded water pipes — what the aid money was meant to help do.

Administrators in charge of the project also ignored cost-saving models that would have allowed water replacement companies to test for older pipes before digging up huge swaths of land, opting instead to follow a plan that had contractors digging up yard after yard to replace water pipes, even if they found copper or new piping underground. “The city prohibited contractors from using an efficient method of digging holes known as hydrovac excavation,” a Flint councilwoman said. “That leveled the playing field for a contractor, WT Stevens, with no experience or the appropriate equipment — and let it bill far more to taxpayers, she says. All of these factors, [the councilwoman] adds, needlessly led to more waiting for anyone who actually has lead pipes.”

 *Kennedy Family Members Hit Out at RFK Jr. Over His Anti-Vaxx
Conspiracy Theories:

The most famous family in American political history is at war over anti-vaxxing. Three Kennedys have co-authored a piece for Politico that hits out at Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who they say is leading a “misinformation campaign that’s having heartbreaking—and deadly—consequences.” RFK Jr.—the son of the assassinated Virginia senator and former attorney general—is one of the country’s most prominent anti-vaccine activists and has previously called the inoculations “a holocaust” and accused drug makers, the government, and the press of being in cahoots to hide danger from the public.

In their article, Kathleen Kennedy TownsendJoseph P. Kennedy II, and Maeve Kennedy McKean write: “We love Bobby. He is one of the great champions of the environment … However, on vaccines he is wrong.” They went on: “[RFK Jr.] is part of this campaign to attack the institutions committed to reducing the tragedy of preventable infectious diseases. He has helped to spread dangerous misinformation over social media and is complicit in sowing distrust of the science behind vaccines.”

 *America Is a Global Hotbed of Climate-Change Denial: Poll:

The United States has a higher proportion of climate-change deniers or doubters than almost anywhere else on Earth, according to a new poll. A 23-country survey carried out by the YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project revealed that only the populations of Saudi Arabia and Indonesia have higher levels of climate-change denial than the one recorded in America. A total of 13 percent of Americans polled agreed that climate is changing “but human activity is not responsible at all;” a further 5 percent said that they didn’t believe the climate was changing at all.

Americans were also more likely than people in any other Western country surveyed to say they didn’t know whether the climate was changing or if people were responsible—a position held by 13 percent of those polled. However, a huge majority of U.S. citizens do accept the science of climate change, The Guardian reports, with nearly four in 10 saying human activity was at least partially responsible. A further third responded that they believe human activity is the main cause of climate change.

 *CREEP – Stormy Daniels’ Shocking Confession: I’m Not Sure Trump Is Worse Than Avenatti:

This week, Stormy Daniels cycled through a lifetime’s worth of material at the first stop of her tell-all tour. “An Intimate Evening with Stormy Daniels” quickly revealed itself to be an opportunity for Daniels to set the record straight—or, as she explained during the inaugural performance at Stand Up NY, “I can say whatever the f*** I want and nobody can stop me.”

Daniels went on to breeze through a number of questions aboutMichael Avenatti, her recently indicted former attorney. Asked if she was ever attracted to Avenatti, Daniels revealed that she was actually never alone with her ex-lawyer—“not once.” Besides, she quipped, “he thought he was prettier—that’s a huge problem for me.” Responding to a follow-up—who’s a better person, Trump or Avenatti?—Daniels seemed uncharacteristically stumped, conceding, “I don’t know.”

 *Seattle School District Wants Teachers To Bless Muslims During Ramadan:

A school district in Seattle has sent out a letter asking teachers to bless its Muslim students in Arabic during the month of Ramadan and give them preferential treatment, such as obtaining dispensations for classes and exams.

In response to the letter, the religious liberty legal defense group Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF), has threatened the Dieringer School District with a potential lawsuit for violating the conscience of its employees. FCDF alleges that the district followed edicts put forward by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that advises schools to accommodate Muslim students by wishing them “Ramadan Mubarak” (Happy Ramadan) or “Ramadan Kareem” (Have a generous Ramadan). The edicts also instruct teachers to respect the Ramadan fast by not scheduling any tests during the holidays of Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha.

Daniel Piedra, FCDF’s executive director, said in a statement that the Seattle-area school district is violating teachers’ First Amendment rights by exerting pressure upon them to engage in religious speech with which they do not agree. Piedra argues that the district would never advise teachers to accommodate Christian students in such a similar manner.

“By urging teachers to bless Muslim students in Arabic, the district is running roughshod over the First Amendment’s mandate of government neutrality toward religion,” said Piedra. “A school district would never order teachers to ‘welcome’ Catholic students during Easter with ‘He is risen, alleluia!’ Singling out Muslim students for special treatment is blatantly unconstitutional.”

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Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) is the only U.S. president who was also a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, Illinois.

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Welcome to Episode #1 of the revealing TV show “Without Notes” with Judith Regan, an American editor, book publisher, and producer – Episode 1: The Early Years:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWqjTWMCvvA&feature=youtu.be

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1944 renderings by the U.S. government of possible disguises Hitler might attempt.

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Dr. Srini Pillay, Best-Selling Author, Discusses the Epidemic of “Performative” Care

Although caring is fundamental to human society and how people live with their loved ones, Srini Pillay and Bob Gowerhave noticed a disturbing, predatory trend that they believe is destroying the authenticity of society. They call the trend “performative care” or pseudo-care. It’s described as the situation when a person demonstrates care for secondary personal gain — a kind of pathological altruism.

“Though leaders and businesses who practice performative care will frequently talk about ‘empathy’ or ‘making the world a better place’ which are excellent values — when authentic,” explains Pillay, “but they become performative when they are used primarily to garner approval or to sell an idea.”

Srini Pillay, M.D. is the founder and CEO of NeuroBusiness Group, voted one of the Top 20 movers and shakers in leadership development in the world by Training Industry. He has worked with leaders internationally in many Fortune 500companies, and is currently an invited member of The Consortium for Advanced Adult Learning and Development (CAALD) at McKinsey &Co. and The Tranformational Leadership Council (TLC). Meanwhile, Bob Gower is the co-founder of Ethical Ventures, a consulting firm that helps organizations eliminate waste and align behind coherent and unified strategies so they can do more with less.

The two agree that in order to identify performative caring, people should listen for an earnestness that is intended to attract people, but actually grates against them. A common sign is someone who has adopted some facet of caring like “empathy” or “empowerment” as part of their core brand identity and presents this with an air of persuasion.

“You will hear it on stage, or see it on social media where it often acts as a mask for anger or selfishness. Usually these folks are trying to sell a product or run for office,” continues Pillay, “and often, the call for greater caring is accompanied by other inauthentic self-descriptions like ‘I just want to get real’, when the person is doing anything but getting real.”

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May 12, 2019

*SNOWFLAKES IN CHARGE! Universities Nationwide Remove Historical Artwork Deemed Offensive:

A major nationwide trend on campuses is the removal of historic artwork depicting prominent figures or scenes that are deemed offensive or racist by today’s standards. The censorship is getting wider in scope. Controversial historical figures like Christopher Columbus and Woodrow Wilson have consistently drawn student outrage and protest, as have Confederate monuments, but other more beloved figures like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are also beginning to attract controversy.

There are many examples in recent years of universities removing or censoring artwork that has been accused of being derogatory, disrespectful, hurtful or racist, according to a survey by The College Fix. Campus activists have aimed their protests at a variety of murals, statues, and other forms of artwork, demanding that they be taken down or covered up because their presences represent some sort of danger to students on campus. Oftentimes, administrators agree.

Perhaps the most prominent example has been the ongoing controversy over the Silent Sam statue at UNC. The statue was torn down at the beginning of this school year by a group of protesters. Subsequent protests also saw violence and an increased police presence on campus. The school’s compromise plan to create a history center was shot down by the Board of Governors, and it now appears that the statue will remain off of the school’s campus.

Additionally, a student at North Carolina Central University toppled a Confederate statue on campus, and the University of Louisville moved a Confederate statue to a Civil War site in Brandenburg, KY. In 2017, The College Fix reported on more than a dozen universities that took action to censor Confederate-era artwork. But beyond Confederate controversies, two consistent themes concern the depiction of African Americans and Native Americans, and how prominent figures in American history are portrayed.

*New York Times Blames Wine Consumers for Climate Change, Issues Instructions for Researching Vineyards:

Wine drinkers contribute to climate change when they don’t do proper research and make the right purchase decisions, The New York Times warns in a how-to guide published Tuesday. In its “How Does Your Love of Wine Contribute to Climate Change?” The Times says the wine industry is “a microcosm of larger society” when it comes to climate change, so wine lovers must do their part to save the planet: “That industry is simply a microcosm of larger society. Just as politicians have little incentive to address climate change unless voters require it, many wine producers are less inclined to reduce their own carbon footprints unless consumers demonstrate that such steps are important to them.”

The Times advises wine buyers to research winemakers to find answers to questions like: Do they plow or till, or do they have a crop cover? Do they mow their crop cover, instead of rolling it? Do they make and use their own organic compost? Do they still use combustion engines, or have they switched to electric or hybrid vehicles? Do they use chemical sprays? Do they “promote biodiversity and soil life?” Do they use renewable fuels? Do they catch and store the carbon they produce? What energy source do they use? What are their water management practices? “These are the many questions that consumers would need to address in judging a producer’s carbon output,” The New York Times says.

 *80 Percent of Persecuted Religious Believers Are Christians:

Eighty percent of religious believers who are being persecuted around the world are Christians, and in some regions the scale and nature of the persecution approaches the international definition of genocide, according to a new report commissioned by Britain’s foreign office. “The main impact of such genocidal acts against Christians is exodus,” says the report’s author, the Anglican Bishop of Truro in southwest EnglandPhilip Mountstephen.

Christianity now faces the possibility of being wiped out in parts of the Middle East where its roots go back furthest.” The report released Thursday says the proportion of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa – a predominantly Muslimregion – has dropped from around 20 percent of the total population a century ago to some four percent today. In Iraq, the number of Christians has plummeted from 1.5 million early this century to less than 120,000 today.

It examines the treatment of Christians across parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and turns a spotlight on many governments, among them Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar,Iraq, Nigeria, and Algeria. The report found that “high levels of persecution” were taking place in 50 countries, affecting some 245 million Christians. That’s more than ten percent of the world’s estimated 2.3 billion Christians.

 *Kevin Costner Angry At American Politics: ‘Shame On Us’:

Actor Kevin Costner is angry about America‘s political landscape and says that our selfishness has transformed the country away from its former greatness. “The political landscape is unrecognizable to me, and shame on us for being in that spot,” the actor told Variety. “That could change overnight, not because of a vote, but because people say, ‘I want to try to be more than about myself.’ That’s the definition of public service.”

Costner went on to say that the American experiment will always be great but that greatness will cease if politics continue down this path. “This is the greatest experiment in humankind: America,” he said. “This great idea about America still exists, it’s still here. People still want to come here, but we’re not first in hardly anything that matters and we have an inflated idea about how we are. We exaggerate about what we are. We are everything that’s great and we are everything that’s human. And our humanness and our level of selfishness is overtaking our chance to be great.”

 *29% of Black Democratic Female Likely Voters Favorable or
Neutral on Trump:

A new survey of black Democratic women likely to vote in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries showed that 29% of them “had a favorable or neutral opinion of Donald Trump,” which is a “much different picture than the one portrayed in most media,” said VoterLabs. VoterLabs conducted the survey of 689 black Democratic female voters likely to vote in the primaries between April 19 and April 24. This was before Joe Biden announced he was entering the race.

As reported, “29% of respondents had a favorable or neutral opinion of Donald Trump,” said VoterLabs. “Of those polled 16% responded that they ‘really like him’ or ‘he’s okay,’ with an additional almost 13% unsure or undecided, a much different picture than the one portrayed in most media.”

 *Warren Buffett’s Case for Capitalism:

It is called “Woodstock for Capitalists” for a reason.  More than 40,000 investors descended on Omaha this weekend for Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting, in celebration of an economic model that has come under attack over the past year by political leaders like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as well as billionaires who warn that capitalism could lead to “class warfare.” The most prominent face of capitalism — Warren Buffett, the avuncular founder of Berkshire and the fourth wealthiest person in the world, worth some $89 billion — appeared to distance himself from many of his peers, who have been apologizing for capitalism of late.

“I’m a card-carrying capitalist,” Mr. Buffett said. “I believe we wouldn’t be sitting here except for the market system,” he added, extolling the state of the economy. “I don’t think the country will go into socialism in 2020 or 2040 or 2060.” There is something oddly refreshing about Mr. Buffett’s frankness.

 *Nikki Haley: UN Is ‘Wasteful,’ ‘Bureaucratic,’ a ‘Lot of Talk’:

When asked about the efficacy of the United Nations during a segment of “The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday Special” on Sunday with host Ben Shapiro, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that the U.N. is “wasteful,” “bureaucratic,” a “lot of talk.”

“It’s wasteful; it’s bureaucratic; it’s a lot of talk and not as much action,” stated former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley. “There’s resentment. We’re being taken advantage of, but we would not have gotten those three North Korean sanctions packages and had the international community all on the same page against North Korea without the U.N.”

 *Zuhdi Jasser: ‘Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib Are Normalizing’
Radical Islamism:

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, warned that Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) are “normalizing” Islamism in Americanpolitics and culture, offering his remarks in a Tuesday interview on SiriusXM’s News Daily with host Alex Marlow.

Marlow invited Jasser’s comments on a Friday report of a video depicting Muslim children wearing Palestinian attire and singing jihadist songs and shared on the Muslim American Society Islamic Center in Philadelphia’s (MAS Philly)Facebook page. “People see these clips and they think it’s just an aberration or a one-off,” said Jasser. “Even the bizarre Philadelphia Enquirer had the temerity to have a reporter report after this was going viral that the heads of the school said this was an oversight and it wasn’t properly vetted. The only thing that wasn’t properly vetted was that some parent posted that.”

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Brett Vance, Host of TV’s Jet Jockeys, Discusses the Devastating Impact of Military Pilot Shortages

It’s no secret that the Air Force is short on pilots. In fact, at the end of 2018, the service was in need of roughly 2,000 pilots. However, a new study the Defense Department delivered to Congress sheds more light on the makeup of the shortage and the exact challenges the Air Force and DoD have in digging out of the hole.

“Pilot shortages in the military are a recurring problem,” explains Brett Vance, host of TV’s Jet Jockeys, “As a career fighter pilot and test pilot in the Air Force, I have personally seen these pilot manning numbers swing to both sides of the pendulum several times. With booming economies, pilots are attracted to the generally higher-paying civilian jobs, such as the major airlines or large aircraft manufacturers. In contracting economies, pilots gravitate toward the security of a military career, despite the seemingly constant deployments.”

Brett Vance is the host of TV’s Jet Jockeys, an upcoming docu-reality series focusing on pilots and the planes they fly. In it, Vance does for aviation enthusiasts what Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs has done for the dignity of the trades and what Neil de Grasse Tyson of Cosmos has done for our sense of wonder about the universe. The sacrifices, accomplishments, and challenges of pilots are front and center in each episode, and leadership and bravery are commonly addressed. Basically, it’s the perfect show for any aviation enthusiast, a title Brett Vance gladly owns and wears.

The newest pilot shortage study tackles the issue from seven different angles including pilot quality of life, quality of service, what it would take to increase the pilot training pipeline and how feasible a “pilot-only career track” would be. It states that the Air Force and DoD are attacking the pilot issue from all angles, but it’s a long and expensive road ahead and even then, it still seems to be a losing battle.

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