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Gaystapo corporate intimidation at JP Morgan Chase

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Remember my post of 2½ months ago, on Chase Bank, in a company survey, asking its employees to declare their loyalty to LGBT? (LGBT = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender)

Each year, JP Morgan Chase sends its employees a survey asking questions related to management and other non-controversial issues. The survey this year included, for the first time, a question asking if the employee is “An ally of the LGBT community, but not personally identifying as LGBT.”

That question is understood by some employees to be a veiled threat because the survey is not anonymous.

Here’s a follow-up that chillingly fleshes out what that survey means. Although the account below does not specifically name JP Morgan Chase, the similarities are too striking to be otherwise.

Rod Dreher writes for The American Conservative, Sept. 9, 2014, that he received a long e-mail from a reader “who works in management at a major corporation.” The email detailed “how the bureaucracy in his company is collecting more and more data on its employees at the same time it’s tightening the screws on the internal culture of diversity,” and that “traditional Christians are going deep into the closet there.”

Dreher then quotes from the reader’s email:

If you don’t sign up to be a member of the LGBT “ally” group, they notice—especially if you are (or are potentially going to be) a manager. LGBT employees need to be supported by their manager. The manager is the front line with such questions as “I need to have off next Friday because my partner is having surgery” or “do my partner and I qualify for corporate adoption benefits?” If you’re in a same-sex relationship and you don’t know if your manager is an ally, this is a very scary conversation to have. People want to know it’s safe to confide in their manager without fear of being judged.

The company needs to know which managers can be trusted to this end and which can’t. No matter how openly supportive you may be of LGBT employees, the company wants to track who identifies as an “ally” openly, and who doesn’t. If they don’t count allies and non-allies, they won’t be able to prove things are “improving” nor will they be able to target managers for further inclusion coaching. So, by making it “safer” for some employee demographics to be open about their personal lives, they’re inadvertently closeting others.

[...] The end game is as Big Brotherish [...] People need to be made aware of what’s coming. 

Dreher comments that “It doesn’t take a paranoid to see where this is going. It just takes someone who has worked for a corporation, and who has seen how powerful the phrase ‘hostile work environment’ can be.”

Dreher concludes that he doesn’t think what the “major corporation” (cough, cough, Chase Bank) is doing is “persecution” of Christians, but that “it is something. And it is real.”

The Oxford Dictionary defines “persecution” as:

  1. Hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs
  2. Persistent annoyance or harassment

I’m not as decorous as Dreher, and I call “PERSECUTION” what this “major corporation” (JP Morgan Chase) is doing to its employees who decline to openly declare their “loyalty” to LGBT.

H/t California Catholic Daily

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~Eowyn

This is rich: DiCaprio named U.N. messenger of peace for climate

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Reuters: Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio has been named a United Nations Messenger of Peace, a post he will use to raise awareness about climate change, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday.

DiCaprio will address a U.N. summit meeting on climate change on Sept. 23, a day before the U.N. General Assembly’s annual gathering of world leaders begins. Many leaders from the 193 member states of the United Nations are expected to attend the climate session.

Leo flying on a carbon-spewing private jet

Leo flying on a carbon-spewing private jet

“Leonardo DiCaprio is not just one of the world’s leading actors,” Ban said. “He has also a long-standing commitment to environmental causes, including through his foundation.”

In 1998, the actor established the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, whose mission is protecting Earth’s last wild places and building a more harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world, the United Nations said in a statement. The organization has contributed funds toward protecting tigers in Nepal, elephants in the wild, and marine animals, including sharks.

“I feel a moral obligation to speak out at this key moment in human history – it is a moment for action,” DiCaprio was quoted as saying in the statement. “How we respond to the climate crisis in the coming years will likely determine the fate of humanity and our planet.”

DiCaprio, 39, added that it was an honor for him to accept the post.

The Academy Award-nominated star of “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Aviator” joins other celebrities past and present, from Audrey Hepburn to Angelina Jolie, who have represented various U.N. organizations.

There are currently 11 other messengers of peace and one goodwill ambassador, the United Nations said. Other messengers who advise the world body on a variety of issues include actors Michael Douglas and Charlize Theron and author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

Well isn’t that special? The UN has an environmental hypocrite to raise awareness about climate change. Figures.

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DCG

Commuters attacked with machete in gun-control Chicago

Obama’s hometown Chicago is a gun-control city. But that hasn’t stopped Chicagoans from gun violence, as our DCG reports every Monday on the shootings that took place the weekend before. (See “A good weekend in Chicago? Less than a dozen shot“)

Not only does gun control fail to stop or even reduce gun violence and homicides, Chicago’s criminals are now wielding the primitive but lethal machete.

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Meg Wagner reports for New York Daily News that on Sept. 8, 2014, seven Chicago hoodlums, including three 15-year-olds, slashed a commuter on a train platform with a machete, which left the victim with serious cuts to his neck and head.

Around 12:30 a.m., the seven hoodlums — ranging in age from 23 to 15 — approached two brothers, 17 and 26 years old, sitting on a bench on a Brown Line train platform in Albany Park, Chicago’s WLS reported.

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They asked the victims to flash them gang signs, a request the two refused because they were not in a gang, they said.

That’s when 18-year-old Mario Elvira pulled out a machete.

The teen hacked into the 26-year-old’s head and neck, police said. Platform security video showed the rest of the group surrounding the victims as Elvira slashed.

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He kept swinging until the next train pulled into the station, sending the seven scurrying.

The 26-year-old was taken to a local hospital in stable condition with a deep gash to the head, which required 30 stitches. The 17-year-old was not injured.

Police caught the group shortly after the attack.

Elvira, 23-year-old Jean Salvatierra, 19-year-old Kevin Ramierz and 20-year-old Kevar Preston were charged with robbery, aggravated battery and trespassing.

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One of the 15-year-old boys was charged with aggravated assault and trespassing. The two others, a boy and a girl, face only trespassing charges. Police have not released the juveniles’ names.

The four adults are being held on bails between $250,000 and $450,000.

Welcome to Amerika! – rapidly devolving before our very eyes into a third world country.

H/t FOTM reader Amy

~Eowyn

It’s good to be king: SF Labor Council backs porn-loving, long-term union honcho

Union king pin Mazzola

Union king pin Mazzola

SFGate: In an extraordinary move, 20 members of the San Francisco Labor Council met privately with Mayor Ed Lee the other day to urge him to reappoint longtime plumbers union honcho Larry Mazzola to an unprecedented sixth term on the powerful Airport Commission.

Labor apparently felt the need to flex its muscle because questions have risen over why Mazzola tried to swing a job for his nephew at San Francisco International Airport, and because relations with Lee have grown rocky – notably, over the mayor’s desire to flush highly paid union plumbers from the money-poor Housing Authority.

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Tim Paulson

“It’s difficult for the Labor Council to find consensus on many things, but we have all come together and are unanimous in our support for Larry Mazzola to be reappointed,” said the council’s executive director, Tim Paulson.

Mazzola has served on the Airport Commission for 20 years, and his plumbers union leader father, Joe Mazzola, also served on the commission.

“This is not an Airport Commission seat – this is a Mazzola seat,” quipped one former San Francisco supervisor.

But as we reported in this column, Mazzola – by his own admission – helped his nephew land a new job at the airport after he was forced to resign from another position at SFO for having porn on his work computer.

Mazzola later pushed to have the nephew considered for permanent assignment to the $86,000-a-year job, even after he pleaded no contest to assaulting his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.

At the time, Lee said he was disturbed by the revelations. The mayor has also been less than thrilled by Mazzola’s refusal to play along with Lee’s efforts to reform the trouble-plagued Housing Authority.

Facing a backlog of costly repairs, the mayor wanted the union, United Association Local 38, to agree to allow cheaper maintenance technicians to do routine handiwork such as unplugging toilets. When the plumbers balked, Lee went ahead without their blessing. Now the union is taking legal action to stop the change.

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Lee may not care for Mazzola’s actions, but cutting him loose would cause him political problems. Mazzola is not only a favorite of the hard-hat building trade groups, but he also has the strong backing of the progressive restaurant workers union, in part because he has made sure airport concessions are union shops.

“Mazzola has been on the front line of supporting working people at the airport, whether it’s the baggage handlers or the screeners or our members in food service,” said Mike Casey, head of Unite Here Local 2, which represents hospitality workers at the airport.

Mazzola has served as president of the Airport Commission for 11 years. Although his commission term officially ran out Aug. 31, Lee has until the end of October to make the reappointment call – and so far has given no hint of which way he is leaning.

However, the mayor is definitely looking ahead to the Nov. 4 vote on his $500 million transportation bond, not to mention his re-election campaign next year – and for both, he’ll need all the union help he can get.

DCG

Boston Globe front page “news”: At a White House rich in coffee lore, no word on president’s preference

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Boston Globe: A recipe for beer brewed by the White House? The Obama administration happily shares it. A list of wines served at state dinners? No problem. But what about the First Family’s coffee habits? My mug is empty. Security concerns are initially cited. Then e-mails go unreturned. Caffeine consumption in the West Wing has, apparently, become a state secret.

For an administration that loves to talk about the importance of local food, especially when it comes from the celebrated White House vegetable garden, it turns out that the Obama White House makes it nearly impossible to find the source of its coffee and how it is prepared.

Hard-hitting journalist Matt Viser

Hard-hitting journalist Matt Viser

As a reporter covering the president in Washington — and as a passionate coffee drinker — I have sustained an enduring quest to figure out how the people inside one of the most intense work environments in the world get their caffeine fix.

Yes, the mysteries of ISIS or Russian President Vladimir Putin are more pressing. But coffee has currency within the White House. It is the fuel for peace summits, the jolt behind major speeches, and the lubricant for making world-altering decisions. The transition of two presidents traditionally involves a pre-inauguration cup of coffee between the sitting president and his soon-to-be successor.

Look at almost any photo of a meeting inside the Situation Room — from the killing of Osama bin Laden to preparations for a hurricane — and coffee cups are spread around the table. When foreign dignitaries come to visit, they are offered coffee. When top White House staffers need a charge for early mornings and late nights, there are urns full of Starbucks and longtime D.C.-based roaster ME Swings coffee waiting inside the exclusive dining room known as the White House Mess.

But what is served in the residence? Or when the White House pulls out all the stops for a state dinner? And is the First Lady a loyal coffee drinker? No answers from the Obama administration.

Over the years, presidential candidates on the campaign trail show their taste for coffee by sipping diner brews in New Hampshire and Iowa. Once in office, coffee can become as intertwined with a president’s daily rituals as the morning briefing or the presidential motorcade leaving from the South Lawn.

“It was enjoyed every day,” said John Moeller, who served three presidents working in the White House kitchen from 1992 to 2005.

Thomas Jefferson, who stocked his cellar at Monticello with beans imported from the East and West Indies, deemed coffee “the favorite drink of the civilised world.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked White House staff to bring him a dark French roast with a coffee maker on the tray, so he could brew it to his liking.

Perhaps the truest barista-in-chief was Teddy Roosevelt, who had a coffee cup so sizable, his son once said, that was “more in the nature of a bathtub.” Roosevelt was also the one, legend has it, that said Maxwell House was “Good to the last drop,” coining what would become the coffee company’s catch-phrase.

During a White House renovation in the late 1990s, the kitchen staff had some money left over and decided to spring for a large espresso machine.

“We said what the heck, we could fit that into our kitchen,” said Moeller, a chef for the Clinton and both Bush administrations. “We were making espresso drinks for the first lady. Both Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Bush enjoyed a nice latte in the afternoon. It wasn’t unusual getting a call at 1 or 2 in the afternoon: ‘Time for a latte.’ ”

In the residence, Moeller said, there was a Mr. Coffee drip machine, while downstairs there was a larger machine to serve the masses. Several French press devices were kept nearby, but were rarely used.

This brings us to Obama, whose history-making bid for the presidency apparently extends to the kitchen. The White House’s current chief occupant may not even be consuming whatever beans they’re buying.

That’s right. Obama, who has been bedeviled by the Tea Party and whose critics say he needs a little more pep in his step, is himself partial to tea.

obamateaStudy photos of Obama — in the Oval Office, aboard Air Force One, inside the Situation Room — and he almost always has a cream-colored, gold-trimmed porcelain cup in front of him. But inside those cups, aides say, is almost certainly tea (his favorite is Black Forest Berry made by Honest Tea).

“Very honestly, I do not recall him drinking coffee ever,” said Arun Chaudhary, his former videographer. “Obama’s not really a coffee drinker,” said Jon Favreau, who is the president’s former speech writer and most definitely a coffee drinker, often grabbing a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts on his way into work. “I’ve seen him order tea quite a few times but never coffee.”

When the president stepped into Starbucks recently, he emerged with a cup of tea. When he went to a specialty coffee shop in Missouri, he left with a cup of iced Earl Grey. When the barista offered tea with lavender, he responded, “I’m not confident enough to order that.”

Despite the boss’s indifference, the White House does care where its coffee comes from. They’re just not saying, citing “security of the White House food supply.”

Do they serve Dunkin’ Donuts? No, says Dunkin’. Is Starbucks the provider? They seem to suggest not (although one informed source suggests so).

The White House Mess, which is operated by the US Navy, served Dunkin’ Donuts from 2006 through the end of 2011. This was a joy for many of the Massachusetts natives who occupied the White House during the Obama administration. But Dunkin’ chose not to renew the contract, wanting its coffee to be served only at franchised locations.

Maybe the Obama White House relies on Intelligentsia, the roaster from his hometown Chicago? (Company officials say no, but the president was known to visit one of their stores before he ran for president). What about Blue Bottle, the buzzy brewer out of California? (They insist no, although they once served the First Lady a French press brew during a breakfast fund-raiser in Berkeley).

To those who may think the Obamas could actually be growing beans in the White House garden, think again. It’s too cold. “It’s all to do with climate. You’re talking ideal 5,000 to 6,000 feet of altitude with 75 degree average — no higher than 86 no lower than 50,” says George Howell, a Massachusetts-based pioneer of the specialty coffee movement.

Read the rest of this hard-hitting piece of journalism here.

Closing: I go through more coffee than that in about two years. As to where the rest of the coffee may be coming from, Americans want answers! OK, maybe just this American does. But the White House seems willing to let the mystery endure.

ISIS? Benghazi? Iraq? Boko Haram? IRS? The economy? Illegals? Meh, what does the president drink?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Glad to know the State Run Media is on top of things.

DCG

Ebola Coming to a Town Near You? Our Illustrious Comrade Dear Ruler Sending 3000 Troops to the Center of Ebola Hell

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No, the little spineless Kenyan coward refuses to put boots on the ground to eradicate the ISIS cancer that is currently devouring large swaths of the Middle East, but he seems to have no problem exposing 3000 of our bravest to the most deadly disease in recent history.

Via  dailymail.co.uk:

By David Martosko, Us Political Editor for MailOnline

Published: 23:01 EST, 15 September 2014 | Updated: 23:07 EST, 15 September 2014

The United States government is sending thousands of military troops to the west African nation of Liberia as part of the Obama administration’s Ebola virus-response strategy, the White House said late Monday night.

‘U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command headquartered in Monrovia, Liberia, to provide regional command and control support to U.S. military activities and facilitate coordination with U.S. government and international relief efforts,’ a statement from the White House press office said.

‘A general from U.S. Army Africa, the Army component of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), will lead this effort, which will involve an estimated 3,000 U.S. forces.’

Liberia is the hardest-hit of the four west African nations that have confirmed Ebola cases, accounting for more than one-half of the fatalities. The others are Sierra Leone, Guinea and, to a lesser extent, Nigeria.

You will find the rest at this link.

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I wonder how many of these soldiers are going to return home and ultimately infect their family members and friends?

Somehow I don’t much think the POtuS gives a damn.

-Dave

(h/t: Drudge)

We have a winner!

. . . for FOTM’s 81st Caption Contest!

There were so many really really good captions!!!

Alas, the judges, FOTM writers, were obliged to narrow the field of contestants down. We dutifully voted, each for his/her #1 and #2 captions. Each #1 vote is worth 3 points; every #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of the 81st world-famous FOTM Caption Contest, with four #1 votes, totaling 12 points, is . . . .

wendybar!!! Snoopy dance

Here’s her winning caption:

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Lola is our 2nd-place runner-up, with four #2 votes, totaling 8 points. Here’s her caption:

Obama demonstrates the Hajib Headlock to his loyal supporter.

truckjunkie is in 3rd place, with two #1 votes, totaling 6 points. Here’s his caption:

QUICK! I HAVE HIM! Bring the cuffs!!!

southsidebob is in 4th place, with one #1 vote, totaling 3 points. Here’s his caption:

The last time I was attacked like this it was in Chicago. Same guy too.

Eric Griffin, Rod Frank, and another wendybar caption are all in 5th place, each with one #2 vote, totaling 2 points each. Here are their respective captions:

Your new health insurance premium will be…

Your golf spikes are puncturing my foot!

I will not leave the White House willingly. I will take this white lady as a hostage, and I will hurt her. I am Muslim, hear me roar……

Well done, everyone!

Congratulations to wendybar!

Here is your fancy-schmancy Award Certificate of Great Excellence, all ready for framing! LOL

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For all the other caption submissions, click here.

Be here tomorrow for our next very exciting Caption Contest!

Seen any good pics that you think would be great for our Caption Contest? Email them to us! :D

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~Eowyn