Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cosmopolitan Magazine's Litmus Test

Spin Sisters hit the bookshelves less than a decade ago. It was a juicy insider's look at the $7-billion-a-year women's magazine industry—and the female media elite running it—that peddles an overt message of victimization and unhappiness to women while covertly delivering the liberal tripe that more government will alleviate all women's problems.  Its author, Myrna Blyth, editor-in-chief of Ladies Home Journal for over 20 years, pulled no punches on the divas in the industry and their quest to manipulate their women readers' thinking.

This fall Cosmopolitan Magazine will become less subtle in its liberal advocacy, according to Amy Otto.
When asked about Cosmo’s plans to cover November races, Editor in Chief Joanna Coles answered:
Yes! We’re going to be covering issues that directly impact our readers’ lives—like, equal pay for equal work. Sixty-two percent of college intake is now women, and no woman currently graduates from college and thinks it’s OK to be paid less than a man for doing the same job. We’re also very keen on access to contraception. Those are the two things that we feel really strongly about. [snip]

And I think young women voters are going to be the voters that actually turn the election. We want them to know what’s at stake.
Cosmo may feel strongly, but it thinks weakly.
When I asked Jill Filipovic, Cosmo’s senior political writer, about how the magazine would evaluate candidates, her criteria was nothing more than Democrat talking points.

Cosmopolitan simply wants to tell women whom to vote for without evaluating whether their favored policies help women. This is more elite, left-wing, New York City 1 percenters telling women what they should think.
So the Sisters are spinning faster, with the intent to capture the next generation of young women readers in their deceitful web.

Read Otto's response: Five Mind-Blowing Ways Cosmopolitan Will Push Policies That Harm Women.

Friday, September 5, 2014

IRS's 'Secret Research Project'

"The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) improperly obtained donor lists from nonprofit groups as part of a 'secret research project' being run by Lois Lerner and other officials," reports the Daily Caller.
IRS official David Fish revealed the “secret research project” in a June 27, 2012 email to Lerner’s direct subordinate Holly Paz, according to emails released Thursday by the nonprofit group Judicial Watch, which obtained the emails in a pending Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Millett: Marxist Feminism's Ruined Lives

Mallory Millett has a fascinating article on her early experiences with her sister, second-wave feminist and National Organization of Women loyalist Kate Millett, and the ruined lives caused by her sister's brand of radicalism.
It was 1969. Kate invited me to join her for a gathering at the home of her friend, Lila Karp. They called the assemblage a “consciousness-raising-group,” a typical communist exercise, something practiced in Maoist China.  We gathered at a large table as the chairperson opened the meeting with a back-and-forth recitation, like a Litany, a type of prayer done in Catholic Church. But now it was Marxism, the Church of the Left, mimicking religious practice:

“Why are we here today?” she asked.
“To make revolution,” they answered.
“What kind of revolution?” she replied.
“The Cultural Revolution,” they chanted.
“And how do we make Cultural Revolution?” she demanded.
“By destroying the American family!” they answered.
“How do we destroy the family?” she came back.
“By destroying the American Patriarch,” they cried exuberantly.
“And how do we destroy the American Patriarch?” she replied.
“By taking away his power!”
“How do we do that?”
“By destroying monogamy!” they shouted.
“How can we destroy monogamy?”

Their answer left me dumbstruck, breathless, disbelieving my ears.  Was I on planet earth?  Who were these people?

“By promoting promiscuity, eroticism, prostitution and homosexuality!” they resounded.
Read the rest.

From Border Crashers to Public School Enrollees

Remember the almost 37,000 'unaccompanied' illegal South American minors who crashed the US southern border this year and were placed with sponsors throughout the U.S.?

"The Department of Education has made it clear that every child, regardless of immigration status, is 'entitled to' a public school education," reports, and you will be getting the bill for the fed's generosity.

A new study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates the nationwide cost to educate these illegals could top $761 million.

Check out FAIR's state-by-state breakdown to see how many of these illegal minors have been sent to your state and how much you'll pay for this new federal entitlement program (full screen map).

Common Core's Fuzzy Addition and Subtraction

"This is the introduction to the first of six 'Homework Helper' segments Buffalo, NY, NBC affiliate WGRZ is broadcasting this week in honor of back-to-school week," reports Kelsey Harris.

If that didn't make you cry, moms and dads, try this one for subtraction:

We suspect there will be a whole lot of parents homeschooling their little ones on math this year!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Progressives' War on the Economy

Several recent articles illustrate the painful economic consequences of liberal-progressive rule. Contrast these against the final article below showing the economy of Texas under conservative rule.

Real Household Incomes Fall 5.9% Under Obama — "From this analysis, Americans have lost real income gains during an economic recovery for the first time in American history."

ObamaCare Slows Hiring, Raises Prices in 5 States: Fed Survey — "In a Philadelphia Fed survey of regional manufacturers out Thursday, 18% said they employ fewer workers due to the Affordable Care Act than they would in its absence. Just 3% say employment levels are higher as a result. Further, 18% said part-timers make up a greater share of workers due to ObamaCare ... just 1.5% said they've scaled back part-time work in response."

Government Dependency in America Nears Tipping Point -- "New data on federal public assistance programs show we've reached an ignominious milestone: More than 100 million Americans are getting some form of 'means-tested' welfare assistance..." [chart right].

Now consider this from AEIdeas:

Chart of the Day: Texas Jobs — "The chart tells a powerful and important story about the strength of the Texas economy, which has experienced an employment increase of more than 1.3 million workers since late 2007. In contrast, civilian employment in the other 49 states is still almost 1.3 million jobs below the December 2007 level!"

Donatelli: What Part of Constitution Do Liberals Still Support?

"[W]hat is most radically different about the Obama liberals’ interpretation of the Constitution is its neutering of the Bill of Rights," writes Frank Donatelli. "To be sure, liberals never had much good to say about the Second, Ninth and 10th Amendments, but now they’re striking at other amendments, even those they once revered."

Donatelli highlights several examples of liberals' recent abandonment of the Fifth and (perhaps most surprisingly) First Amendment rights as well.
Ironically, the only constitutional provision to limit government power that liberals still champion is the right of “privacy,” which of course is found nowhere in the Constitution.

In recent years, many Democrats have sought to rebrand “liberalism” and “progressivism.” This is not just a cosmetic name change. Liberals of a generation ago accepted limits on government action, especially those limits contained in the Bill of Rights. Progressives, by contrast, have always found limits on their power to be inconvenient. ...  If progressive government in this administration has taught us anything, it is that liberties that run counter to great progressive ambitions are in serious danger.