Monday, September 10, 2018

9-11-18 Excellent Guests for Your Show

1. James Hirsen: Les Moonves’s Career at CBS Comes to an End
2. Lowell Ponte: The Democratic Party Must Change its Name
3. Karen Kataline: Is the Left Using #MeToo to Overhaul State Governments and Mobilize Women? 
4. Sally Pipes: No Reason to Be Jealous of Nominee's Plan for Health Care
5. Robert Spencer: Bush After 9/11: “Islam is Peace”
6. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: Nike Ad Campaign Sparks Controversy

Les Moonves’s Career at CBS Comes to an End

In July of 2018, the New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow completed a detailed investigation, centering on sexual misconduct allegations from six women against CBS Chairman and CEO Les Moonves. The women claimed that Moonves had propositioned and/or had forcible physical contact with them, threatened retaliation against those who had rejected him, and otherwise maintained a workplace in which sexual harassment went unabated. Allegations put forth by the women suggested that a toxic culture existed at CBS. When the allegations went public, Moonves responded at the time with an acknowledgement that he was responsible for making “some women uncomfortable.” However, he denied claims that he had harmed the careers of those who had resisted him. Then, like a series of aftershocks after an earthquake, an additional six women stepped forward, via reporting by Farrow, with accusations against Moonves. [more...]

The Democratic Party Must Change its Name

The now-socialist Democratic Party has fundamentally transformed itself. Because it now opposes democracy, it should be required to change its name. The Democratic Party has abandoned free markets and white, working class, and middle-class Americans. A majority of its voter base is now young African-American, Latino and other groups. These minority voters rightly ask why aging white politicians devoid of any new or constructive ideas are ruling their party. It is time to remove its mask and demand that they use a truthful name, such as the Anti-Democracy Party. [more...]

Is the Left Using #MeToo to Overhaul State Governments and Mobilize Women? 

Ever since pink-hatted protestors marched on the mall the day after President Trump’s inauguration, Democrats have been predicting a “Year of the Woman” ahead of the 2018 midterms. Almost a year since the Harvey Weinstein story broke in October 2017, the #MeToo movement has sparked a flurry of allegations, resignations, and ultimately, generalizations painting women as victims and men as perpetrators. Now that Weinstein accuser Asia Argento stands accused of sexual assault, herself, some in the #MeToo movement have seen the need for greater discernment and due process. These voices were virtually absent when the shoe was on the other gender’s foot.  And now Moonves is history.  [more...]

No Reason to Be Jealous of Nominee's Plan for Health Care
By Sally Pipes, President & CEO of the Pacific Research Institute

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous currently trails Gov. Larry Hogan, the Republican incumbent, in the polls. But the challenger has a plan to turn the tide. Jealous has released a detailed proposal to enroll most state residents in MD-Care, a government-run health insurance plan that would “eliminate co-pays, high-deductibles, and other out-of-pocket barriers to coverage.” He hopes his “Medicare-for-All”-style reform will win over voters worried about rising health care costs. That’s a risky bet. Single-payer health care would require massive tax hikes and result in poor quality care. Numerous other blue states have considered but ultimately rejected single-payer proposals for those exact reasons. Marylanders would be wise to follow suit. [more...]

Bush After 9/11: “Islam is Peace”

I wrote my recent book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS mostly chronologically, starting with Muhammad’s conquests in Arabia and moving forward. It’s a bloody history, and one indelible impression one gets from proceeding through the centuries of jihad warfare is of the persistence of the jihadis. The last chapter deals with jihad in the twenty-first century and opens with 9/11. After having written the story of nearly fourteen hundred years of relentless jihad warfare, George W. Bush’s “Islam is peace” speech at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. six days after 9/11 jolted me as it never had previously. [more...]

Nike Ad Campaign Sparks Controversy

Nike released its new “Just Do It” ad this past Labor Day, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the “Just Do It” campaign.  The ad was nothing short of controversial, as it contained a closeup of Colin Kaepernick’s face with a quote that read, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Kaepernick, a former NFL quarterback who is known more for taking a knee during the national anthem, rather than throwing a football, was chosen to headline this campaign due to his social justice activism.  The ad has sparked all sorts of reactions, from people burning their old Nike gear, while others rushed to the nearest store to purchase more Nike merchandise, to others taking their reactions to Twitter.  Furthermore, Nike’s stock price fell 2.9% on Tuesday and was the worst performing company on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. [more...]

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