Podcast – VP Pence Attends Last Musical – Diversity of Discipline – We Don’t Need No Stinking Jobs

VP elect Mike Pence had the nerve to enter the lion’s den of liberalism and attend the smash Broadway hit, and cocktail set musical, Hamilton. Anyone who is anyone must see and be seen attending Hamilton. However, if one is a republican who just vanquished the democrat in a recent election, the lesson is to not attend a Manhattan function of any kind, lest you get booed and jeered by the tolerant liberals who espouse diversity – just not of thought.

School districts throughout the United States discipline their teachers and students in a variety of ways. One way is to do virtually nothing when two students perform a skit entitled “The Assassination of Donald Trump,” in the middle of a classroom. Another way is to fire a teacher for her use of racial slurs.

Good employees are difficult to find. Lazy ones are evidently much easier, as I found during a recent trip to a local Walmart. read more

MoveOn versus Walmart

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

Last week I received an e-mail alert from my friends at MoveOn.org. More specifically from a subgroup called “MoveOn Civic Action”. Boy what a pithy name. It has the well-known “MoveOn” moniker, but has been spiced up with “Civic”, so we know they’re working for the collective – doing their civic duty. And it also has “Action”, because… well… Action is good.

 

Anyway, the alert read: “In retail, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the only two holidays that workers traditionally receive. Now that many stores are choosing to open on Thanksgiving, that break is being taken away, denying retail workers the rare opportunity to spend a holiday with their families. A holiday should not be a luxury for the rich – all workers deserve time to spend with loved ones. We, as consumers, have the power to tell stores not to open on Thanksgiving by staying home. We hereby pledge not to shop on Thanksgiving day, to show the retail industry that everyone deserves a holiday.”

 

The e-mail plea ended by stating: “Want to support our work? MoveOn Civic Action is entirely funded by our 8 million members – no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs…”

 

Wow, that’s a compelling alert. It tugs at the heartstrings while still maintaining its communist feel. Karl Marx would be proud – using words like “workers” and “the rich”. I’m sure they would’ve liked to use the words proletariat and bourgeoisie, but no doubt 7.9 million of the alertees would not have understood it.

 

That aside, it seems MoveOn Civic Action has a lot of members. Being able to mobilize and being financially supported by 8 million members… Walmart should be worried! That’s the type of grassroots organization the Tea Party would envy… if it were the truth, which, not surprisingly, it is not. read more

Our Glitchy Government

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard reports of the chaos in two Walmart superstores this past weekend. It was a story of EBT (food stamp) cards gone wild. I guess, more like food stamp recipients gone wild, and wild being the key word.

 For those who didn’t hear or see, for a few hours last Saturday in Louisiana, EBT cards had literally no spending limit. In just those few hours both stores were picked clean.

 CBS news affiliate KSLA reported that the police were dispatched to the Walmart locations, one in Spring Hill and the other in Mansfield Louisiana to help maintain order as shoppers (thieves) swept through the aisles and bought (stole) as much as they could carry. It was pandemonium.

 KSLA reported that the EBT system suffered a temporary “glitch” during a routine maintenance test. Glitch huh. That’s become a rather common word in the past few weeks.

 The Spring Hill police chief said, “it was worse than any black Friday”.

 One man, OJ Evans, who took a video of the aftermath expressed to KSLA that it was just “human reaction” to stock up, given the opportunity. Another man, Stan Garcia, said it was just “plain theft. That’s stealing, that’s all I’ve got to say about it”.

 Well, Stan is right. These “shoppers” no doubt all have a sense of entitlement. This wasn’t a “human reaction”. It was an animal reaction, although maybe the food stamp recipients simply thought the money came from Obama’s stash. To them it was free money for free stuff.

 These are the same types of people that, after a natural disaster occurs, would think nothing of looting that same Walmart. Remember the video of looters from New Orleans after Katrina?

 And how did so many find out about the “glitch” so quickly? My guess is that calls went out immediately from inside the stores, probably on Obamaphones.

 As more and more people end up on food stamps either by necessity or through government solicitation – don’t be surprised to hear more of these “glitch” stories.

 These are the types of things that will occur as Obamacare is eventually forced down our throats, I guarantee it. Just look at all the glitches that have already occurred. People without insurance trying to logon to government websites to obtain it only to be frozen out and told the information it took hours and sometimes days to input is no longer available or no longer exists.

 The larger a government program is or becomes, the more unmanageable it is. Imagine if the entire social security or welfare system were to be rolled out en masse today. The only reason they function at all is they started small and grew over decades.

 Now imagine you are a father or mother of a child who falls ill over a holiday weekend. You take your sick child in to see his or her government-mandated physician, assuming they will have weekend hours. After hours upon hours of waiting the doctor sees you but explains that due to a “glitch” your child has been dropped from the system. The doctor explains that the government will not allow him to treat your child and to come back when the glitch is fixed. What do you do? Who can you call? Like an insurance company, will the government have a 24-hour hotline? Do we really think that government hacks will be manning the phones all hours of the day, nights and weekends?

 You’d be better off looting some medicine from your local Walmart.

Cheaper is Sometimes Better

Target’s own-brand sunscreen costing under $7, has been ranked number one in a study investigating the most effective sun protection products on the market.

Researchers from the ratings site Consumer Reports tested 12 popular SPF lotions on their ability to block harmful ultraviolet radiation, considered the main cause of skin cancer.

Target’s spray-on Up & Up Sport SPF 50 priced at $6.94, scored 80 out of 100 beating pricier, better-known brands such as Hawaiian Tropic, Neutrogena and Coppertone.

 
Health advice: Target's own-brand sunscreen costing less than $7, fared the best in a study investigating the top sun protection products on the market
 Target’s own-brand sunscreen costing less than $7, fared the best in a study investigating the top sun protection products on the market

Dr Ellen Marmur, a dermatologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, told Today that consumers should ‘save’ their money and realize that price doesn’t always mean better quality.

Another of the cheaper options, Walmart’s Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50, $7.50, came in second place with 77 points. 

Right behind it with a rating of 75, was Coppertone’s Water Babies SPF 50 at $11.

Walgreens Continuous Spray Sport SPF 50, $8, Hawaiian Tropic’s Sheer Touch, SPF 30, $11, and
Coppertone’s Sport High Performance, SPF 30, $10, were other recommended buys.

 
Walmart
Target
 Target’s spray-on SPF 50 priced at $6.94, came top place in the ‘top sunscreen’ study (below) while Walmart’s Equate SPF 50 (above), $7.50, scored second place

Nicole Sarrubbo, from Consumer Reports magazine, explained: ‘We found six that are really good at protecting against UVA and UVB rays, and they’re at a very affordable price.’

Sunscreens that scored the lowest in human and lab tests were from the likes of California Baby, Neutrogena, Kiss My Face.and Badger.

Consumer Reports’ study also found that many products actually offered less protection than advertised.

 

SIX MOST EFFECTIVE SUNSCREENS

  1. Target: Up & Up Sport SPF 50, $6.94
  2. Walmart: Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50, $7.50
  3. Coppertone: Water Babies SPF 50, $11
  4. Walgreens: Continuous Spray Sport SPF 50, $8
  5. Hawaiian Tropic: Sheer Touch SPF 30, $11
  6. Coppertone: Sport High Performance SPF 30, $10

Source: Consumer Reports

A lack of protection can cause sunburn, premature aging and also contribute to melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer.

It was suggested that new labeling and test requirements from the Food and Drug Administration, which came into play last year, could have led sunscreen makers to ‘tweak’ ingredients.

However manufacturers insisted they hadn’t changed formulations since previous tests and their sunscreens are tested by third-party labs to ensure that they meet or exceed FDA guidelines.

In their conclusion Consumer Reports advised consumers to look for lotions or sprays that offer ‘broad-spectrum protection’ and have a claimed SPF of at least 40. These should be rubbed on 15 to 30 minutes before heading into the sun and reapplied every two hours.

Some doctors say that sunscreens with ultra-high SPFs do not offer better protection. Dr Marmur added: ‘I tell my patients SPF over 50 is useless. Stick with the 30 to 50.’

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S. with an estimated 76,600 cases expected in 2013.

Attribution: Sadie Whitelocks, Mail Online

Parents Lose Custody of Their Children for a Month

From the, “What the Hell is wrong with this Country” file comes this travesty:

Parents take innocent bathtime photos in to be developed at Walmart and employee calls police

An Arizona couple falsely accused of taking pornographic pictures of their three young daughters are suing Walmart in a bid to win damages after an horrific ordeal which they claim robbed them of precious time with their kids and cost them $75,000 in legal fees.

In 2008, Lisa and Anthony ‘A.J.’ Demaree took their three young daughters – then aged five, four and 18 months – on a trip to San Diego.

On returning home they took 144 photographs, mostly from their recent trip, to their local Walmart in Peoria, Arizona to have them developed.

Lisa and Anthony Demaree were falsely accused of taking pornographic pictures of their three young daughters
Lisa and Anthony Demaree were falsely accused of taking pornographic pictures of their three young daughters
Demaree
The couple were reported to child protective services after a Walmart employee was concerned that some of the images being developed might be child pornography

What happened next was the start of a nightmare for the Demarees.

A Walmart employee, unhappy over the content of several bath time pictures, contacted bosses with concerns that they may have been images of child pornography.

Instead of receiving a batch of happy memories of a fun family outing, the couple were reported to the police and their children were placed into the care of the Arizona Child Protective Services Agency.

‘It was a nightmare, it was unbelievable. I was in so much disbelief. I started to hyperventilate,’ Lisa Demaree told ABC News at the time.

The Demarees have released some of the photos which a Walmart employee though might have been child pornography
The Demarees released some of the photos which a Walmart employee though might have been child pornography

It was a month before the girls were returned to their parents, after a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled the photographs were in fact harmless and a medical exam revealed no signs of sexual abuse.

The family was reunited but the damage had been done. The couple’s named went on a central registry of sex offenders, while Lisa was suspended from her job at a local school for a year while the investigation was under way.

The couple also had to spent $75,000 on legal bills.

‘We’ve missed a year of our children’s lives as far as memories go,’ Demaree told ABC News.

‘As crazy as it may seem, what you may think are the most beautiful innocent pictures of your children may be seen as something completely different and completely perverted.’

The family is suing both Walmart and the city of Peoria, Arizona where they live
The family is suing both Walmart and the city of Peoria, Arizona where they live

In 2009, the couple sued the city of Peoria and the State Attorney General’s office for defamation. They also sued Walmart for failing to tell them that they had an ‘unsuitable print policy’ and could turn over photos to law enforcement without the customer’s knowledge.

The couple lost the initial hearing after a federal judge sided with Walmart, ruling that employees in Arizona cannot be held liable for reporting suspected child pornography.

However the Demarees appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and on March 6 the court held a hearing before three judges.

'The most beautiful innocent pictures of your children may be seen as something completely different and completely perverted,' said Lisa Demaree
The most beautiful innocent pictures of your children may be seen as something completely different and completely perverted,’ said Lisa Demaree

The family’s lawyer has argued that Walmart committed fraud by not disclosing to customers that employees would look at their photographs and was also negligent because ‘untrained clerks’ were given the authority to make assumptions about the content of the pictures and report them to police.

Lawyers for Walmart argued that under Arizona statute employees who report child abuse without malice are immune from prosecution and there was no indication of malice in this case.

The Demarees are currently awaiting a verdict from the appeals court on the case against the city and Walmart.

Attribution: David Mccormack, Mail Online