Monday, January 7, 2019

1-8-19 Great Guests for Your Show

1. Twitter Warns Jamie Glazov that His New Book Violates Pakistan'­s Blasphemy Law
2. James Hirsen: 15 Minutes of Shame
3. Lowell Ponte: Americans Want to Know How Rashida Tlaib Got in Congress
4. Karen Kataline: The Left Has It Backwards on the Border
5. Michelle Seiler-Tucker: 2018 - The Worst Year for U.S. Stocks in Over a Decade
6. Jeff Ferry: GM Cutbacks Due to Offshoring, Not Tariffs

Twitter Warns Jamie Glazov that His New Book Violates Pakistan's Blasphemy Law

Pakistan is warning Jamie Glazov that he is violating sections 295B and 295C of its penal code. Section 295B criminalizes “defiling the Holy Quran,” and carries a penalty of life imprisonment. 295C mandates that those who “by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by any imputation innuendo, or insinuation, directly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life and shall also be liable for fine.” So, we are looking at the punishment of death, imprisonment and/or a fine - and all not necessarily in that order. This whole issue begs a question: What is it about the title Jihadist Psychopath that Pakistani authorities have a problem with exactly? [more...]

15 Minutes of Shame
By James Hirsen

“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” This familiar quote, which is attributed to Andy Warhol, has resulted in a modern, truncated version of the concept that everyone will eventually receive his or her time in the spotlight. It also reflects how fragile and fleeting celebrity status has become and just how fickle the present-day public has trended. In the age of social media, Warhol’s iconic words are being subjected to a warped parallel paraphrasing: “In the future, everyone will be forced to suffer through his or her 15 minutes of shame.” In today’s digital world, a Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram mob is able to publicly humiliate a well-known, or even not so well-known, individual or group for alleged acts or statements, thereby detrimentally affecting occupation, reputation, and/or social life. [more...]

Americans Want to Know How Rashida Tlaib Got in Congress
By Lowell Ponte

“We’re gonna impeach the MotherF***er,” declared new Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) in an obscene attack on President Donald Trump. So, who is Rep. Rashida Tlaib? As a radical community activist, Tlaib supports BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, by which the left is trying to destroy Israel economically. She also favors slashing U.S. aid to Israel. And her activism has not been limited to foul-mouthed insults or extremist policy ideas. In 2016, for example, she was arrested for blocking a public street and defying police orders to cease doing so. How did a leftist Muslim from the Detroit area win seats in the Michigan legislature and now in Congress? [more...]

The Left Has It Backwards on the Border
By Karen Kataline

The subversion of our current immigration laws to allow an endless stream of unvetted illegal aliens into our country is perfectly alright to the Left. That includes MS-13 gang members whom Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have defended because they ought not be referred to as “animals.” In fact, in 2017, 174 House Democrats voted against legislation that would have helped to ensure that aliens associated with a gang would not be admitted into the U.S. In February 2018, Senate Democrats blocked legislation that would have cracked down on dangerous sanctuary cities. To today’s American Left, what is dangerous isn’t, and what isn’t dangerous, is. They can usually be counted upon to defend criminals and ignore mortal dangers to law-abiding citizens. Their positions from issue to issue are devastatingly contradictory, though never coincidental. The Left has it exactly backwards when they lecture us on the definition of danger. [more...]

2018 - The Worst Year for U.S. Stocks in Over a Decade
By Michelle Seiler-Tucker

Tariff jitters, increasing interest rates, and fears of diminishing corporate profits are just a few of the reasons for such a steep downturn in the U.S. stock market this year. The Standard and Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) experienced its most disappointing December since the Great Depression. The Nasdaq 20 percent below its high, reflected the difficult market environment. As billions rang in the New Year, investors were hoping for the omission of perplexing quandaries that swayed the negative fiscal year. [more...]

GM Cutbacks Due to Offshoring, Not Tariffs
By Jeff Ferry

General Motors had a very good year in 2018. You read that right... a good year... maybe even an excellent year. The company’s third-quarter earnings knocked it out of the park. Wall Street was expecting GM earnings of $1.25 per share, yet the carmaker delivered $1.87. Overall, company CEO Mary Barra is bullish, saying, “We expect full-year [earnings per share] to be at the top of our previously-communicated guidance range with potential for further upside.” But you might ask: Didn’t GM just announce the shutting of five auto plants in November, and is laying off some 14,000 workers in the U.S. and Canada? And isn’t all of this supposedly due to President Donald Trump’s tariffs? The fact is, GM’s recent cutbacks have little to do with current sales, and nothing at all to do with the president’s tariffs. [more...]

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