Monthly Archives: August 2019

August 11, 2019

*Why Hasn’t War on Poverty, Welfare Cured Poverty?:

When President Lyndon Johnson launched his War on Poverty in the 1960s, he pledged to eliminate poverty in America. More than five decades, several welfare programs, and $25 trillion later, the welfare system has utterly failed the poor. The poverty rate remains mostly unchanged, and tens of millions of Americans are dependent on government assistance. Currently, the United States spends about a trillion dollars a year on 80 different federal, state, and local welfare programs.

About 40 million Americans are considered poor. If we divided that $1 trillion among those 40 million people, we could give each person approximately $25,000 a year, or $100,000 a year for a family of four. We’re clearly spending a lot of money, so why have we not ended poverty? Our welfare system discourages work. It discourages families from staying together. And it encourages dependence on government.In other words, welfare keeps the poor poor.

In many cases, welfare has harmed the very people it was supposed to help, especially children. Why has this happened? As welfare benefits grew over the years, they increasingly served as a substitute for a working parent. As the taxpayer became the family breadwinner, that encouraged many men to stop upholding their responsibilities, leaving more and more women as heads of single-parent households. On the other side of the coin, single mothers were discouraged from marrying the fathers of their children because that reduced their benefits. Sadly, the cycle continues today as many children who grow up on welfare eventually follow in their parents’ footsteps when they have families of their own.

 *Officials: Convicted Felon Arrested For Stabbing Rampage Was Only Free Because Of Liberal Policies:

On Wednesday, a 33-year-old man from Orange County went on a two-hour “anger”-fueled stabbing and robbing rampage that left four people dead and two wounded. On Thursday, more details about the suspect emerged, including that he is a gang member and convicted felon who managed to serve a stunningly brief sentence for a long list of serious crimes.The mayor of the town where the suspect began his murderous spree said Thursday that the man should never have been released from prison, while local police pointed to policies pushed by left-wing politicians in recent years as the reason the convicted felon was free to carry out his horrific violence.

“Records indicate [the suspect] was sentenced to four years in state prison for 14 convictions, for drug possessions, possession of a firearm, an assault weapon and ammunition by a felon,” KABC reports. “Garden Grove Police Chief Tom DaRe said Castaneda had previously been incarcerated for possession of methamphetamine with the intention to distribute while armed with an assault weapon.” Law enforcement officials told reporters Thursday that recent changes made in California Assembly Bill 109 (AB 109) — promoted and signed into law by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011 — significantly shortened the felon’s sentencing. An older California law then enabled him to reduce his time served by about half, allowing him to “earn a day of credit for each day served,” KABC explains.

The result is that the violent gang member’s prison sentence for 14 convictions lasted less than 16 months. He was released on Jan. 14, 2016. Garden Grove Mayor Steven Jones blasted the policies, particularly AB 109, which allowed the violent criminal to go free. “He is a violent criminal who should have never been considered for release,” said Jones in comments reported by KABC.

 *Police Chief: Non-Homeless, Non-Handicap Man Making
$1,000/Weekend Panhandling:

An Abilene, Texas man — who appears to be homeless and handicaped — is making a good living by panhandling on weekends, according to the police chief. Chief Stan Standridge said the man panhandles every Saturday and Sunday at the intersection of Hwy 83/84 and FM 707. He sits in a wheelchair and the police department has gotten calls from people concerned about the man thinking he’s homeless.

Standridge said the department’s homeless outreach team has been in contact with the man. They learned he is not homeless. Standridge said the man lives in a home in south Abilene. He is also not wheelchair-bound, according to Standridge. Someone drops him off every weekend to seek charity. Standridge said the man earns about $1,000 a weekend.

 *SAD – More Than 20% of Millennials Claim to Have No Friends, Poll Finds:

Some millennials may find their best “friend” is their phone. No new friends. No old friends. No friends… period? More than 20% of millennials surveyed in a YouGov poll released this week claimed that they don’t have a single friend. And less than a third of Millennials said they have double-digit friends, according to the data, culled online in early July.

Even if younger Americans are overstating their isolation, the jarring numbers reflect long-term rising trends in loneliness. Studies have indicated that loneliness has myriad negative mental and physical health effects. “Strong social relationships support mental health, and that ties into better immune function, reduced stress and less cardiovascular activation,”Debra Umberson, a professor of sociology at the University of Texas, told Time magazine in 2015.

 *Not So Money, Honey: 1 In 4 Have Lied About Their Debt To A New Love Interest:

From credit card payments to student loans, debt is an inconvenient fact of life for many Americans. Despite being so common, many people feel the need to hide their outstanding debts from potential partners and love interests, according to a new survey of 2,000 U.S. adults. Sponsored by SelfLender, the survey found that about a quarter (24%) of respondents have lied to a new partner about their level of debt. The survey also revealed that many adults are deceptive about their financial situations in general. Three in 10 admit they have lied about their annual salaries, and more than 25% said they have hidden their spending habits from partners.

Perhaps all of that lying is for good reason; 14% of respondents said that credit card debt over $10,000 is a big red flag and possible relationship deal breaker. Additionally, it seems that not all debt is equal in the minds of many adults, with 35% of respondents reporting that credit card debt is worse in their minds than student loan debt. To that end, 50% of adults say bad credit card debt is a major cause for concern in a new potential partner. Debt isn’t the only finance issue that gets in the way of dating either. Nearly half of all respondents (46%) listed a potential love interest being “cheap” as a major turnoff, while 40% said an inability to keep a steady job is a relationship killer. A poor credit score was also listed as a dating turnoff by 37% of respondents. Other than matters of the wallet, respondents also listed bad manners (56%) and a dirty living space (53%) as major dating red flags.

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Jeffrey D. Hatchell, Dynamic Author and Motivational Speaker, Explains the Best Ways to Find a Positive Mindset

It is a time of political upheaval in the United States. Many are unhappy with the current leadership of the country, and others say the political system is not working as it should. Big problems are not being addressed, and in times such as these, it’s easy to grow weary and cynical while increasing levels of frustration and toxicity arise.

Although it’s easy to get trapped into a negative head-space, it’s integral to search for that nugget of truth behind all the televised interactions. The “real” reason politicians act the way that they do. Having this mental shift is something established author and motivational speaker Jeffrey D. Hatchell advocates for.

“When working in a challenging environment the natural response that happens to most is to get caught up in the drama and to focus on the negative,” explains Jeffrey Hatchell, “this response doesn’t address the core problem or help the professional maximize their best self. Rather it can create feelings of frustration, animosity and resentment. However, taking the approach of having a mental paradigm shift can help.”

Hatchell is a certified executive coach, a corporate facilitator and a motivational speaker. He focuses on leadership development through executive coaching, team building workshops and motivational speaking. His company “Over the Top Coaching” won the prestigious award of Supplier of the Year by the Northern California Supplier Development Council. He has more than 20 years of experience working at Fortune 500 organizations in sales management and leadership roles, including working as Director of Sales Performance with American Express. Recently, his book “The Inspired Career” (http://www.theinspiredcareerbook.com/) has been making waves in online communities wanting to improve communication in the workplace.

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August 4, 2019

*SHOCK – Less than Half of Students say US is Most Powerful Country:

A new poll shows that about three in ten American college students say that China is more powerful than the U.S.

The survey, conducted by College Pulse, collected responses from over 27,000 college students. Altogether, 8,394 respondents (30 percent) claimed that China, not the U.S., is the most powerful country in the world. China was the second-most selected nation in the poll, trailing only the U.S. Although the U.S. won the plurality of votes, it received just under half of the total responses (48 percent) from survey participants.

*How’s Gillette Doing Since Its ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Campaign? Very, Very Badly:

Gillette kicked off 2019 by declaring war on one of the Left‘s favorite villains — masculinity, particularly “toxic masculinity” — and, predictably, sparked a massive backlash for alienating a large percentage of its target audience. Seven months later, Gillette’s parent company Procter & Gamble was forced to take an $8 billion write-down for the increasingly “toxic” brand. While Procter & Gamble Co is doing quite well overall, enjoying strong sales and expectations-beating profit, one notable exception to its upward-trending performance is its embattled razor brand.

“Procter & Gamble Co’s (PG.N) quarterly revenue and adjusted profit beat Wall Street expectations on Tuesday, sending shares to a record-high even as the world’s No.1 personal goods company took an $8 billion charge on its Gillette shaving business,” Reuters reported Tuesday. Procter & Gamble “reported a net loss of about $5.24 billion, or $2.12 per share, for the quarter ended June 30, due to an $8 billion non-cash writedown of Gillette,” Reuters explains. So why the big losses for Gillette? The company offered some explanations for the dramatic decline, including “currency fluctuations” and “more competition over the past three years and a shrinking market for blades and razors as consumers in developed markets shave less frequently” — the industry overall suffering an estimated 11% decline over the last 5 years, Reuters notes.

But the continued negativity surrounding Gillette suggests that’s not the full story. Gillette politically charged itself in January when it released a commercial offering a new twist on its “best a man can get slogan” that instantly went viral, in large part for exactly the wrong reasons. In the ad, released mid-January, Gillette asked if toxic masculinity “is this the best a man can get?” The commercial features video and audio clips presenting stereotypical bad behavior by men, including sexual harassment, bullying, and physical abuse. “Boys will be boys!” a line of men standing arms crossed behind grills obstinately declare in one dismissive, unified voice.

 *ISIS Shares Shocking Video of Beheading as Children Cheer:

The Islamic State in Afghanistan today shared shocking images of its fighters beheading a Taliban as children watched and cheered. It is a gruesome reminder that if the Trumpadministration and Afghanistan government ever reach a peace deal with the Taliban they would still face a growing ISISenemy.

The Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors jihadi Internet traffic, said three photos posted on the app Telegram showed “many children, one of whom is armed, standing at the front of the crowd to witness beheading.” The children and adults in civilian clothing appear to be cheering on the butchers.

 *People Want Mario Lopez ‘Cancelled’ For Saying Parents Shouldn’t Raise 3-Year-Olds As Transgender:

Comments from actor and host Mario Lopez concerning transgenderism and children from June made waves online earlier in the week. Speaking to conservative activist Candace Owens on “The Candace Owens Show,” Lopez, a Catholic, said that it is “dangerous” for parents to raise children as young as three years old as transgender. Owens noted the Hollywood “trend” of stars speaking out about their young transgender children. “I am trying to understand this new Hollywood mentality where they just think their children now have the mental authority,” she said.

“I am trying to understand it myself, and please don’t lump me into that whole [group],” Lopez answered, according to Yahoo! News. “I’m kind of blown away too. Look, I’m never one to tell anyone how to parent their kids obviously and I think if you come from a place of love, you really can’t go wrong, but at the same time, my God, if you’re 3 years old and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way or you think you’re a boy or a girl or whatever the case may be, I just think it’s dangerous as a parent to make this determination then, well, OK, then you’re going to be a boy or a girl, whatever the case may be … It’s sort of alarming and my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on.”

“When you’re a kid … you don’t know anything about sexuality yet. You’re just a kid,” he added. Lopez has been met with some backlash and calls to be “cancelled,” which Yahoo! News was quick to highlight. The host’s name was the top trend on Twitter for hours on Tuesday morning for the apparently “controversial” commentary. The Twitter account for Human Rights Campaign reacted, “Mario Lopez’s comments are dangerous to the safety and well-being of LGBTQ youth, especially trans children who deserve to be loved and accepted for who they are.”

 *WH Policy Adviser Stephen Miller: Dems Using Term ‘Racist’ to Silence Opponents:

Democrats use the word ‘racist’ to silence people they disagree with and to suppress speech they don’t want to hear, Senior White House Policy Adviser Stephen Miller said recently. “I think the term ‘racist,’ Chris, has become a label that is too often deployed by left, Democrats in this country simply to try to silence and punish and suppress people they disagree with, speech that they don’t want to hear. The reality is that this president has been a president for all Americans, whether you look at historically low black unemployment rates, historically low Hispanic unemployment rates, or if you look at what he’s doing on immigration to protect safety, security, rising wages for all American citizens,” Miller said.

“But when he questioned — and let’s — there’s a long record here, when he questioned whether or not Barack Obama was an American citizen; when he said the people, in his announcement, that Mexico is sending this country are not their best, they are rapists, they are drug dealers and some are good people; when he called for total and complete shutdown of the Muslim ban, something I know you were very involved in — that’s not protecting the American people. That is playing the race card,” Fox News host Chris Wallace said. I couldn’t disagree more. I mean, let’s take, for example, the issue of the recent indictment we saw of 22 MS-13 gang members inCalifornia,” Miller said.

“Well, we’re not talking about hardened criminals,” Wallace said. He asked Miller whether Trump questioning whether former President Obama is an American has “a race quality” to it. “They raise questions about John McCain‘s circumstances of birth,” Miller said. “No, there were never raised questions about John McCain. There are questions about whether he was or born in the Panama Canal or not. There was never a race question about John McCain,” Wallace said. “I fundamentally disagree with the view that if you criticize somebody and they happen to be a different color skin, that that makes it racial criticism,” Miller said.

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According to a study conducted by the research organization Gartner, 55 percent of jobs offer “Summer Fridays,” that breezily titled, hazily defined phenomenon where employees are allowed to leave early or skip work altogether in the summer months.

Those who still have to monitor emails or finish up projects are also allowed flexibility to get things done, say, poolside or en route to their weekend getaway. Increasingly, staff are allowed the perk of working from home. Last year, CNBC reported that 70 percent of all the world’s employees log at least one remote day.

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*EXAMINER – COMMENTARY by Walter Williams: What’s Most Important?:
Let’s think about priorities. Say that you live in one of the dangerous high crime and poor schooling neighborhoods of cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit or St. Louis. Which is most important to you: doing something about public safety and raising the quality of education or, as most black politicians do, focusing energies upon President Donald Trump and who among the 20 presidential contenders will lead the Democratic Party? The average American has no inkling about the horrible conditions in which many blacks live. Moreover, they wouldn’t begin to tolerate living under those conditions themselves.

In Chicago, one person is shot every four hours and murdered every 18 hours. Similar crime statistics can be found in many predominantly black neighborhoods in Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis and many other large cities. It’s not just an issue of public safety, for high crime has other devastating consequences.

Crime lowers the value of property. We can see some of this when housing prices skyrocket in formerly high crime areas when large numbers of middle- and upper-income people purchase formerly run-down properties and fix them up. This is called gentrification — wealthier, predominantly white, people move in to renovate and restore slum housing in inner cities, causing higher rental prices and forcing low-income residents out. Also, as a result of gentrification, crime falls and neighborhood amenities increase.

The high crime rates in many black neighborhoods have the full effect of outlawing economic growth and opportunities. Here’s a tiny example of the impact of crime on businesses. In low crime communities, supermarket managers may leave plants, fertilizer and other home and garden items outdoors, unattended and often overnight. If one even finds a supermarket in a high crime neighborhood, then that store must hire guards, and the manager cannot place items outside unguarded or near exits. They cannot use all the space that they lease, and hence they are less profitable. Who bears the ultimate cost of crime? If you said black people, you’re right. Black people must bear the expense to go to suburban shopping malls if they are to avoid the higher prices charged by mom and pop shops.

In low crime neighborhoods, FedEx, UPS and other delivery companies routinely leave packages that contain valuable merchandise on a doorstep if no one is at home. That saves the expense of redelivery and saves recipients the expense of having to go pick up the packages. In high crime neighborhoods, delivery companies leaving packages at the door and supermarkets leaving goods outside unattended would be equivalent to economic suicide.

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