Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Devil at Our Doorstep: The Movie?

Recently there has been interest in producing a movie about The Devil at Our Doorstep - a testimonial to the opportunity provided by American capitalism to all persons, regardless of race, sex, age, creed, social class, or ethnicity – to those self-determined persons willing to work hard and persevere.

It is also a story of those possessing a socialistic ideology who will prey upon successful American entrepreneurs, and the extent they will go to interfere with the system and compromise this “American Dream.” This includes politicians and labor executives at the highest level, who will use their great resources and clout to implement a "bully market system" of intimidation, threats and misinformation to achieve their goals. [more...]

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

8-26-14 Great Guests for Your Show

1. Rabbi D.B. Ganz: The U.S. Should Quit the UN
2. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
3. Kyle Olson: Michigan Teacher Compares Ferguson Looting to the Boston Tea Party, Cites 'White Privilege'
4. Joe Messina: The Slaughter of the Children
5. John LeBoutillier: Are Bad Actors - ISIS, Putin, Iran, Hamas and China - Exploiting a Weak Obama?

The U.S. Should Quit the UN

The nuclear-armed adolescent running North Korea is firing off missiles into the ocean, China is expanding militarily and threatening its neighbors, and Russia has muscled its way into Crimea. In the Middle East, horrific Muslim terrorism and murder is mushrooming, and the former head of the CIA, retired Gen. Michael Hayden said he expects ISIS to attempt an attack on targets in the U.S. or Europe. There is indeed a crying need for a capable international peacekeeper. Yet, throughout this all, has anyone seen or heard from the UN? Has it done even one iota “To maintain international peace and security” or help with “The suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace?” Seemingly, the UN has done virtually nothing to secure peace. [more...]

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is the beginning of an entirely new business strategy I expect to see more of in the future of non-profit fundraising tactics. The rules of the ALS challenge go like this: people record themselves dumping a bucket of ice over their heads. Followed by posting the video to social media, the person challenges friends they tag to do the same within 24 hours or to donate money to ALS. Unprecedented influxes in funds raised by ALS non-profits suggest that the majority of people taking the challenge are dumping ice and donating dollars. This has other non-profits attempting to generate a viral fad of their own, but so far none have been as lucrative or as fad-tastic as the ice-bucket challenge thus far. [more...]

Michigan Teacher Compares Ferguson Looting to the Boston Tea Party, Cites 'White Privilege'

Activist teachers are already spinning yarns in their classrooms to score political points in the shooting death of Ferguson, Missouri teen Michael Brown. The unidentified Selma, Alabama teacher who was suspended for having students reenact the shooting isn't the only one. Mike Kaechele, a Grand Rapids, Michigan teacher says the incident, as well as resulting looting and rioting, are a good reminder that "institutional racism has always been" in America. [more...]

The Slaughter of the Children

There seems to be a common thread to reporting on violence by the mainstream media. They only show what they want you to see to get you on their side. If someone shows the REAL violence, the REAL pictures, the REAL savagery of what’s taking place in the Middle East, it's inappropriate. The cries for Israel to stop bombing innocent children in Palestine is on practically every news channel, every minute of the day. Think about it, these are cries for Israel to stop defending itself because Palestinian kids were dying accidentally (or not so accidentally for those parents who chose to remain in an area they were warned would be bombed). [more...]

Are Bad Actors - ISIS, Putin, Iran, Hamas and China - Exploiting a Weak Obama?

This week on the POLITICAL INSIDERS: With the ISIS beheading of an American journalist, are we heading toward another military intervention in the Middle East? Did the trade of Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban monsters lead to this beheading? Did Putin invade Ukraine because he thinks Obama is weak? [more...]

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sagging Summer Box Office Alters Hollywood Calculus

Despite some surprising blockbuster hits, the summer box-office numbers still have the movie studios concerned. Even though there were not the kind of poor showings the likes of those occurring last year, including “The Lone Ranger,” “White House Down,” “After Earth,” and “R.I.P.D,” which stunned the industry by tanking upon release, the summer season and possibly the entire year are likely to be major disappointments for the entertainment business revenue-wise.

Rather than totally bombing out at the box office, the 2014 crop of summer films seems to be sharing in a general malaise. Even those movies considered to be winners failed to solidly hit the target. Films such as “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Maleficent,” “Godzilla,” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” managed to garner some sizable numbers but none exceeded the $300 million mark like “Iron Man 3” and “ Despicable Me 2” succeeded in doing last year. Instead they currently trail below the $250 million tally. [more...]

Thursday, August 21, 2014

8-21-14 Excellent Guests for Your Show

1. Joe Messina: There is No War on Religion, It's on Christianity
2. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: New Taxi Apps Uber Complicated
3. Sandy Botkin: Financial Tips for Young People
4. Kyle Olson: Utah teacher: 'Too much risk' reciting the Pledge of Allegiance

There is No War on Religion, It's on Christianity
By Joe Messina

A few weeks ago, the FFRF - Freedom from Religion Foundation - lost a lawsuit they filed against the 9/11 Memorial Museum. They claimed that displaying the cross that was left at the bottom of the rubble (not manmade) that served as a symbol of hope to the first responders, Jews, Christians, Atheists and others during that tragedy was a clear violation of the separation of church and state. Once again, they were wrong. The courts sided with the American people and said that not only was it a symbol of hope, but it was part of our national heritage and history. You separation-of-church-and-state people seem to be very silent on favors provided to other religions, yet start foaming at the mouth when the words "cross," "Bible," "Christ" or any scriptures are used.  [more...]

New Taxi Apps Uber Complicated

New taxi service apps like Uber and Lyft are using technology to connect passengers with drivers, while threatening local cab company businesses. Both Uber and Lyft appeal to the public because all business arrangements and payments are done through the app. Each city has their own laws, which require taxi companies to abide by specific regulations. Some cities' states have bent regulatory laws for the taxi service apps, while others have banned the apps altogether. And local cab companies and government bodies are spinning their wheels in an effort to keep up with the technologically-driven structure of Uber’s business operations. [more...]

Financial Tips for Young People

1. Go to College: Even in today's high cost environment, college is still worth it even if you want to be a plumber or pro football player. You never know what you will end up doing and the skills taught in college can be useful throughout your life. But don't incur a lot of debt for it. If parents can pay the tuition, go the cheap route by attending less expensive schools or a community college first.

2. Find your life's purpose: I have found that although many people have trouble figuring out what to do in life, everyone is born with some natural talents and abilities. Choose a career that will enable you to maximize your abilities and your interests. [more...]

Utah teacher: 'Too much risk' reciting the Pledge of Allegiance

It's now a legal liability to recite the full Pledge of Allegiance. "I retired from teaching just last year, and although I would recite the Pledge with my class, it was only on special occasions," Shauna Gertsch, a former elementary education teacher from Salt Lake County, tells The Daily Universe. "There was just too much risk reciting the Pledge often ... we walked on egg shells with both parents and administrative faculty." [more...]

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

8-19-14 Great Guests for Your Show

1. Rabbi D.B. Ganz: A Cogent Policy on Battling Terrorism
2. James Hirsen: Hollywood Celebs Fund Midterm Elections for Democrats
3. John LeBoutillier: Hillary Separates Herself from Obama's Foreign Policy
4. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: How Do the Rich Take Advantage of the Poor?

A Cogent Policy on Battling Terrorism

I.S.I.S. continues its march, and things in Iraq have deteriorated - from bad to worse to gruesome. I.S.I.S. has beheaded, mutilated, raped, stoned and even crucified those whose behavior is “un-Islamic” or whose religious convictions displease them. As a result, the U.S. military has just reentered Iraq, this time for humanitarian reasons and also to slow down I.S.I.S.’s military advances. The reaction from some quarters has been that this is not enough. For example, Senator John McCain referred to the U.S. actions as a “pinprick that is meaningless and almost worse than nothing.” At first glance, Mr. McCain was boldly advocating that America act with the strength and world leadership for which it was once known. At second glance, McCain’s words were little more than a purposely vague cheap shot taken at the President. Just what did he say? Did he mean that the U.S. should once again fight an all-out war in Iraq? I doubt it. So what then did he mean? [more...]

Hollywood Celebs Fund Midterm Elections for Democrats

Throughout the spring and summer of this year, President Obama was hard at work priming the Hollywood money pump. He managed to take a trio of fundraising trips to Los Angeles in a short three-month period. The president’s last journey in July of 2014 involved two lucrative political fundraisers that were scheduled during his brief 24-hour stay. The first fundraising stop was at the Hancock Park home of television producer Shonda Rhimes, and the second star-studded campaign finance fest took place at Michael Rapino’s residence, the CEO of Live Nation. Both events corralled plenty of currency for the Democratic National Committee to use in the upcoming midterm elections. [more...]

Hillary Separates Herself from Obama's Foreign Policy

On this week's POLITICAL INSIDERS, we explored the President's quick return trip to DC, Hillary's attempt to separate herself from the Obama foreign policy record, the indictment of Governor Rick Perry and the new study that shows the American people have absolutely "no impact" on public policy. Watch our shows here: Sunday Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. [more...]

How Do the Rich Take Advantage of the Poor?

India’s asbestos industry is a two billion dollar business that creates about 300,000 jobs for the impoverished nation of about 1.2 billion people. It is a business that is structured upon an idea that is selfishly delusional to the seller and "delusionally" beneficial to the buyer. Educated individuals in India have no choice but to breathe air polluted with asbestos fibers, while others are experiencing a false sense of joy and economic improvement in the present. The disastrous long-term effects are in the future, where few wealthy and educated folk concern themselves. In my book, Sell Your Business for More Than It’s Worth, I wrote that if the benefits do not outweigh the costs, then neither party can win. Business is the game of give and take, where the one who takes typically wins more than the other. But if we were discussing this business in terms of human life as currency, then the essence of humanity is at a devastating loss. [more...]

Monday, August 18, 2014

Do We Have a Sociopath in the White House?

I believe we have a president who is an arrogant, egomaniacal sociopath. The definition of a "sociopath" is a person with an antisocial personality disorder. They are often well liked because of their charm and high charisma, but they do not usually care about other people. They think mainly of themselves and often blame others for the things that they do. They have a complete disregard for rules and lie constantly. They seldom feel guilt or learn from punishments.

My new book The Murder of the Middle Class presents the story in vivid detail. I was President Barack Obama’s college classmate at Columbia University, Class of 1983. I’ve been trying to tell America about Obama’s “problem” for seven long years now. By college, a person’s personality, attitude and behavior is fairly well set. That’s why Obama’s Columbia days tell us so much about his behavior as president today. Where was he? Why does virtually no one from Columbia remember the future president of the United States? Why did the future president make an impression on none of his classmates? [more...]

Friday, August 15, 2014

Baltimore school district demands $32,130 to see employee travel records

One of the most effective ways for government officials to keep secrets is to make it too expensive for the public to discover them. EAGnews frequently submits Open Records requests to school districts, seeking public documents ranging from spending records, teacher evaluations and even e-mails.

Earlier this year, we published a series of stories titled, “Where Your School Dollars Go…” The intent is to give taxpayers a better idea of where their billions of school-related dollars go as the Education Establishment constantly clamors for ever-larger “investments.” We’re planning more stories this time around with at least one in every state. [more...]