September 4, 2015

Let’s celebrate Labor Day weekend by highlighting Obama’s latest accomplishment on the economy!! [Darleen Click]

Record 94 Million Americans NOT In Labor Force

A record 94,031,000 Americans were not in the American labor force last month — 261,000 more than July — and the labor force participation rate stayed stuck at 62.6 percent, a 38-year low, for a third straight month in August, the Labor Department reported on Friday, as the nation heads into the Labor Day weekend. […]

In January 1948 — the first year the data was recorded — 88.7 percent of men, aged 20 and older, were participating in the U.S. labor force. The rate first dipped below 80 percent in November 1975 (79.9%), spiraling steadily downward through August 2015, when 71.5 percent of men 20 and older were participating in the labor force.

It’s the opposite story for women 20 and older: In 1948, a time when one-earner incomes were generally sufficient to support the family, only 31 percent of women participated in the workforce. In May 1966, the rate climbed above 40 percent for the first time; it broke 50 percent in October 1978; and 60 percent in July 1996.

When Barack Obama took office in January 2009, 60.9 percent of women were particiating in the labor force, but after rising somewhat in that economically turbulent year, the particpation rate for women started heading down. Last month, it stood at 58.2 percent.

Heck of a job, Barry!

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September 4, 2015

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge [Darleen Click]

The inspiration:

100wordthewall

A story:

My hair is soaked with sweat, I can feel it roll down my back and between my breasts. I’m nearly naked but, shit, I lost all sense of modesty months ago. I hit The Wall about 30 minutes ago, my lungs heave, my thighs quiver with exhaustion and my focus has become so narrow …

The finish is closer, I know it …

Did I scream? I think I screamed.

“Honey! You did it!”

I look up at my husband’s smiling face, tears streaming down his cheeks. Then I look down at our tiny new daughter resting on my chest.

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Now, your turn.

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September 3, 2015

RIP Dean Jones [Darleen Click]

When I was a kid, going to the movies was a special event for our family. One of my favorites, released when I was 11, was That Darn Cat … a Disney movie (of course) that starred Haley Mills (who I already loved from The Parent Trap), Dorthy Provine and Dean Jones.

Dean Jones has passed away at 84.

Dean Jones, an actor and singer who made his name in a string of popular Disney films in the 1960s and ’70s, notably as a racecar driver in the “Love Bug” franchise, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 84.

The cause was Parkinson’s disease, said a spokesman, Richard Hoffman.

Precocious and multitalented as a youth, the boyishly handsome Mr. Jones began his career as a teenage radio host and performer in amateur musical revues. He became a stage actor, and he and Jane Fonda made their Broadway debuts together. But it was not until the mid-1960s that he found his niche, as the affable, hapless, clean-cut Everyman in a series of genial family comedies produced by the Walt Disney Company, beginning in 1965 with “That Darn Cat!”

Mr. Jones’s best-known role was probably the racecar driver Jim Douglas in “The Love Bug,” the hit 1968 Disney movie about a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own. He repeated the role in the 1977 sequel, “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo,” and a 1982 television series, “Herbie, the Love Bug.” When “The Love Bug” was remade as a TV movie in 1997, Mr. Jones again played Jim, although Bruce Campbell took over as the star.

Mr. Jones made an unusual impression on the theater world in the 1970 Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.” Not long after the opening night of the musical — in which he played the central role of the 35-year-old bachelor Robert, an object of either envy or concern for a circle of married friends — he quit the production, citing stress and depression related to the recent collapse of his own marriage.

He soon after became a born-again Christian, and in his 1982 autobiography wrote of “Company”: “It was a clever, bright show on the surface, but its underlying message declared that marriage was, at best, a vapid compromise, insoluble and finally destructive.”

Thank you for the memories, Dean, peace be with you.

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September 2, 2015

High school girls object to being forced to shower with a boy [Darleen Click]

Of course, that makes the girls the h8rs.

In the middle of last school year, Lila Perry came out as transgender. Before that, she had been living as a gay male.

But that’s not who she really was. No longer was she going to pretend, Lila said.

So this year, she told teachers and administrators at Hillsboro High School, where she is a senior, that she would no longer be content to use a unisex faculty bathroom. She wanted to be treated like other female students, including access to bathrooms and locker rooms for girls. […]

“The girls have rights, and they shouldn’t have to share a bathroom with a boy,” said Tammy Sorden, who has a son at Hillsboro High. It is fine to be different, she said, but it is not right to give Lila special treatment “while the girls just have to suck it up.”

Students and parents interviewed after the walkout were overwhelmingly in support of keeping Lila, 17, out of the school facilities for girls. […]

Lila said, she should be able to use the facilities girls use.

“I wasn’t hurting anyone. I didn’t want to be in something gender-neutral,” she said, referring to the faculty bathroom administrators encouraged her to use. “I am a girl. I am not going to be pushed away to another bathroom.”

This young man should be treated with civility. However, donning a wig, a dress and makeup doesn’t make him female.

Locker rooms are fraught with enough angst for young people of either sex when balancing their own concerns about privacy and bodily integrity without making them co-ed.

This young man can “feel” whatever he feels between his ears. But he is still a fully intact and functioning male and has no business changing for PE in the girls locker room.

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September 2, 2015

Democrats now own the Iran sh*tsandwich [Darleen Click]

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William Jacobson

Democrats now have enough votes in the Senate to prevent an override of an Obama veto of a resolution of disapproval, if it even gets to a vote given Democrats are close to the votes needed to filibuster.

Partial blame belongs to Republicans in the Senate for agreeing to a procedure that required passage of a resolution of disapproval by a supermajority, rather than approval by a supermajority, or even a majority. But at least Republicans opposed the deal, which means that majorities in each house of Congress are against it.

Whatever procedural mistakes Republicans made are dwarfed by the substantive embrace of the deal by most Democrats in Congress. That despite the fact that the deal is hugely unpopular overall, and is at best a split decision even among Democrats not in Congress.

It is not an exaggeration to say that loyalty to Obama was the overriding factor. Democrats in Congress were the main targets of Obama’s demagoguery — be with Obama or be for war; be with Obama or be for the monied lobbyists. The message was clear: Be with Obama or be a traitor.

So the deal will not fail. To say that it “passes” is inaccurate.

In celebration of Obama’s authoritarian arm-twisting and anti-Semitism, Gwen Ifil goes out of her way to troll Bibi in a fit of spiteful mocking:

*itch … (first consonant of your choice)

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August 30, 2015

“No fiction is worth reading except for entertainment.” [Darleen Click]

If you’ve been following the Hugo Awards debacle over the last couple of years, or even the last nine months, you’ll know that this year’s show was an amazing display of how desperate the authoritarian insiders were to keep their control — they figuratively burned the place down rather than allowing authors not blessed by them to win.

As best-selling author, Larry Correia states, The Hugos – a kind of People’s Choice Awards in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre – had become a place where The Hugos

no longer represented all of Fandom, instead they only represents tiny, insular, politically motivated cliques taking turns giving their friends awards. If you wanted to be considered, you needed to belong to, or suck up to those voting cliques. I was called a liar.

I said that most of the voters cared far more about the author’s identity and politics than they did the quality of the work, and in fact, the quality of the work would be completely ignored if the creator had the wrong politics. I was called a liar.

I said that if somebody with the wrong politics got a nomination, they would be actively campaigned against, slandered, and attacked, not for the quality of their work, but because of politics. I was called a liar.

That’s how the Sad Puppies campaign started. You can see the results. They freaked out and did what I said they would do. This year others took over, in the hopes of getting worthy, quality works nominated who would normally be ignored. It got worse. They freaked out so much that even I was surprised.

I was reminded of this view of “popular with the masses” = “unworthy, quite possibly BADEVILROTSYOURTEETH dreck” view of fiction by self-proclaimed Enlightened Gatekeepers is one long and bitterly held as this letter from Edgar Rice Burroughs to a then 14-year-old fan, Forrest J Ackerman, so wonderfully illustrates.

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Forrest’s letter:

Continue Reading →

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August 28, 2015

#VirginiaShooting: Time to Ban the Rainbow Flag [Darleen Click] UPDATED – how Identity First! poisons everything

Because I’m sure it had something to do with the heinous, racist murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward

The Telegraph has obtained exclusive pictures and video footage from inside the apartment of Vester Lee Flanagan, revealing details of the gunman’s life in the days before he murdered Alison Palmer and Adam Ward. […]

Flanagan prepared for the murder by dumping personal “documents” into several waste bins around the area, the source told the Telegraph.

But he left behind an apartment filled with his personal effects, including photographs of himself during his days as a television journalist and posters that appear to be of male pin-ups.

In a raid on the apartment on Wednesday, police reportedly confiscated a gay pride flag. They also found “many” sex toys, which may have “human material” on them, the source told this newspaper.

In all seriousness, the Balkanization of our nation into numerous, aggrieved identity groups, all rushing to be the most oppressed and victimized in order to lay claim to Government-imposed privileges, isn’t just about cynical politics but has real world consequences in the lives of people who, already mentally compromised, seize the demagoguery masquerading as utopianism.

While the LGBT advocates claim their work is not done and pursue specific protected class status, people like Flanagan find a place to excuse their own personal failings and a community full of people who will nurture their anger towards those they blame.

*Claim victim status
*Eliminate oppressors
*Utopia

Dicentra makes a valid point that should not be ignored.

When a paranoid schizophrenic with a history of violence goes off his meds, you know it: he starts breathing out threats and behaving irrationally. He’ll have that Charlie Manson look in his eye that indicates that it’s gonna end in death and mayhem one way or another.

So when that happens, I’m reliably advised, you can “say something” or maybe just be a better neighbor and tell others to watch out for him. Also, I may have heard of concealed-carry.

Such advice is NOT—I repeat not—analogous to advising a solo hiker to take his cell phone with him into the wilderness area so he can use the GPS or call 911. Pointing out that there’s “no cell coverage out there” (whatever that means) is defeatism. Maybe you can’t get every call to go through but you can get some, and that’s better than nothing.

We are dealing with several issues here, including when initiate to intervention on the part of the mentally ill.

But such intervention is made harder because, when dealing with today’s litigious society combined with protected classes, it is not only harder to fire someone from a protected class but harder to get the real story from previous employers when contemplating hiring them. Previous employers not only won’t comment, some will pretend there was no issue at all.

Dan Dennison described Flanagan, who shot and killed a reporter and a cameraman on live television Wednesday, as a “professional victim” during his time at the station before being fired in 2013. […]

Dennison said the station had no idea of his shortcomings before he was hired there and he had received positive recommendations.

Flanagan’s hair-trigger temper became evident at least 15 years ago at WTWC-TV in Tallahassee, Fla., said Don Shafer, who hired him there in 1999. Shafer recalled Flanagan as a good reporter and a “clever, funny guy” — but said he also had conflicts with co-workers “to the point where he was threatening people.”

“Had some physical confrontations with a couple of people, and at one point became such a distraction that we finally had to terminate him,” said Shafer, now news director with XETV in San Diego.

After stints in California, Florida and North Carolina, Flanagan’s last television job was at WDBJ in Roanoke.

Others who ran across Flanagan after he lost his job at WDBJ described a man increasingly irked by slights more often imagined than real.

Flanagan turned into a nightmare employee, one that WDBJ tried to get him help for his anger and mental health issues.

Innocuous phrases Alison Parker used every day to describe her job may have led to her death, simply because Vester Lee Flanagan thought they were racist.

The 24-year-old TV reporter who was shot and killed by the disgruntled ex-employee on Wednesday somehow angered him by using terms like ‘swinging’ by an address or going out into the ‘field’ while she was an intern at WDBJ. […]

Ryan Fuqua, a video editor at WDBJ, told The Post: ‘That’s how that guy’s mind worked. Just crazy, left-field assumptions like that.’

‘He was unstable. One time, after one of our live shots failed, he threw all his stuff down and ran into the woods for like 20 minutes.’

Trevor Fair, a 33-year-old cameraman at WDBJ, told the newspaper the words Parker used are commonplace but that they would routinely anger Flanagan. […]

‘We would say stuff like, “The reporter’s out in the field.” And he would look at us and say, “What are you saying, cotton fields? That’s racist”.’

‘We’d be like, “What?’ We all know what that means, but he took it as cotton fields, and therefore we’re all racists.’

Since we have come to the point where perception is reality and the intent of the speaker or author is to be discounted, it has become harder to distinguish the use of political correctness to intimidate others and mental issues.

It appears even his own family, while being accepting of his homosexuality, knew nothing of his mental problems.

How we negotiate between Liberty and when it is necessary for authorities to step in when someone is mentally ill will have to be a long, and well considered, discussion. Abuses of the psychiatry in service of authorities, large and small, has a long sordid history.

However, we can start with rejecting the whole concept of protected classes in the law.

The government should be concerned only with the individual citizen. All of them.

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UPDATE: When members of a protected class react

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August 28, 2015

Team Clinton [Darleen Click]

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August 28, 2015

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge [Darleen Click]

The Inspiration:

100wordcrane

A story:

Moving swiftly through the streets, a grey mist swirls around her, her cloak a match of color, darksilver threaded to blind the leader’s watchers to her passage. She dips into her pouch, dropping another folded crane along her way.

She knows they watch, raging anger at her actions of defiance, their fear at their failed attempts to stop her. Yet she doesn’t do this for the sheep in restless sleep behind bolted doors.

This is hers, a declaration.

The pouch empty, she leaves the town; turning, stretching out her hands, feeling the shift within.

1,000 cranes burst into flame.

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Now, your turn.

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August 26, 2015

“Maybe it’s not the guns, maybe it’s the people holding the guns.” [Darleen Click]

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