The ‘Halloween is early this year’ Caption Contest

This is the 129th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic (h/t DCG):

Halloween_002.jpgAbout the pic: New York mayor Bill de Blasio (born Warren Wilhelm, Jr.) and his ex-lesbian wife Chirlane McCray at a Halloween celebration at Gracie Mansion. (Photo credit Robert Mecea)

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM:D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

To get the contest started, here’s my caption:

Every day is Halloween at de Blasio’s!

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, August 2, 2016.

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

~Eowyn

The Fruits of Globalization: Income for 81% of U.S. households flat or declined 2005-2014

An article in the latest edition of The Economist, titled “The new political divide,” correctly points out that what we saw in the recently-concluded Democratic National Convention and the Republican counterpart a week before is “a new political faultline: not between left and right, but between open and closed” — nationalist vs. globalist.

That same faultline is also found across Europe:

“Across Europe, the politicians with momentum are those who argue that the world is a nasty, threatening place, and that wise nations should build walls to keep it out. Such arguments have helped elect an ultranationalist government in Hungary and a Polish one that offers a Trumpian mix of xenophobia and disregard for constitutional norms. Populist, authoritarian European parties of the right or left now enjoy nearly twice as much support as they did in 2000, and are in government or in a ruling coalition in nine countries. So far, Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has been the anti-globalists’ biggest prize: the vote in June to abandon the world’s most successful free-trade club was won by cynically pandering to voters’ insular instincts, splitting mainstream parties down the middle.”

The article does not identify its author, which means it is an Economist editorial. From the editor’s choice of words — “open” vs. “closed” — you should have detected the magazine’s bias in favor of globalism, made more evident by the unnamed author calling Donald Trump’s Americanism “xenophobic” “anti-trade tirades,” and European political parties that champion national interests “ultranationalist” — a term used for fascist and Nazi movements.

Indeed, the article’s unnamed author makes clear his bias in favor of globalization, condescendingly lecturing to the readers that they must “Start by remembering what is at stake” — that globalization “has underpinned global prosperity for seven decades” and that “A world of wall-builders would be poorer and more dangerous.”

But is it really true that globalization — NAFTA, North American Union, open immigration, welcoming of refugees — has resulted in prosperity?

A recent report from McKensey Global Institute, the business and economics research arm of McKinsey & Company, says otherwise.

The report, “Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality,” by Richard Dobbs, et al., July 2016, found that instead of prosperity, the real incomes of most (65-70%) households in advanced economies like the United States had actually fallen or, at best, stayed flat in the years 2005 to 2014 — a decided contrast from the preceding period 1993-2005, when 98% of households in 25 advanced economies had seen real incomes rise.

As the bar-graph below shows, the situation in the U.S. is even worse. A whopping 81% of U.S. households’ real incomes fell or remained flat from 2005 to 2014.

% of households with flat or lower income 2005-2014

Here are the report’s other findings about those 25 advanced economies:

  • Between 2005 and 2014, the real incomes of more than 540 million people in 25 advanced economies were flat or declined.
  • The hardest hit are young, less-educated workers, which raises “the spectre of a generation growing up poorer than their parents.”
  • “While the recession and slow recovery after the 2008 global financial crisis were a significant contributor to this lack of income advancement, other long-run factors played a role—and will continue to do so,” including demographic trends of aging and shrinking household sizes.

The report warns that “Without action, this phenomenon could have corrosive economic and social consequences.” A survey conducted as part of the McKinsey Global Institute research found that a “significant number” of those whose incomes have not been advancing are losing faith in aspects of the global economic system. Nearly one-third of these people said they think their children will also advance more slowly in the future, and they expressed negative opinions about free trade and immigration.

Even worse, the report expects the situation to worsen, instead of improve:

“If the low economic growth of the past decade continues, the proportion of households in income segments with flat or falling incomes could rise as high as 70 to 80 percent over the next decade.

The report warns that even if the advanced economies see accelerated growth, leading to a 10-20% reduction in the number of low-income households, “the issue will not go away” because of robots — “a rapid uptake of workplace automation.”

The McKinsey Global Initiative report puts the lie to The Economist‘s crowing that globalization leads to prosperity. Globalization has benefited less-developed countries and multinational corporations at the expense of the middle and lower classes of the developed economies of the U.S. and Europe.

Lastly, if you’re a blue-collar worker or ex-worker, Hillary Clinton is the last person you should support, notwithstanding the labor unions’ fealty to her. Not only is she a Goldman Sachs whore, the just-concluded Democratic National Convention was dominated by big corporate lobbyists. In the words of Politico‘s Ben White:

Hordes of industry executives will descend on the city to celebrate Hillary Clinton’s nomination for president and renew close associations….

Goldman Sachs, which paid Clinton millions for private speeches, will be well represented in Philadelphia with executives Jake Siewert, a former Bill Clinton press secretary, making the trip along with Steven Barg, Michael Paese, Joyce Brayboy and Jennifer Scully, who was a major fundraiser for Bill Clinton in New York in 1992.

Blackstone, one of the nation’s largest private equity firms, will hold an official reception in Philadelphia on Thursday featuring its president, Tony James, sometimes mentioned as a possible Treasury secretary in a Clinton administration.

Hedge fund managers and top Democratic donors including Avenue Capital’s Marc Lasry and Boston Provident’s Orin Kramer will also be on the scene, as will Morgan Stanley executive and former top Clinton aide Tom Nides. Executives from Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and other large banks will also prowl the streets and barrooms of Philadelphia….

Republicans with ties to the financial industry will also be there, a sharp contrast to Donald Trump’s convention in Cleveland, which Wall Street largely shunned over fears of the GOP nominee’s populist agenda on trade, immigration and Wall Street reform.

See also:

H/t FOTM’s josephbc69

~Eowyn

Hollyweird Hypocrite: Jennifer Aniston

In mid-July, Jennifer Aniston wrote a blistering piece to the press.

From CNN: Jennifer Aniston isn’t pregnant — but she is “fed up” with the constant media speculation and “objectification” about her personal life that has led to years of rampant rumors, she says in a new essay.

In a piece published Tuesday by Huffington Post, the “Friends” actress simultaneously dispels the most recent round of pregnancy rumors and takes the celebrity news industry to task for perpetuating unhealthy standards and ideas.

“The way I am portrayed by the media is simply a reflection of how we see and portray women in general, measured against some warped standard of beauty,” she writes.

Aniston, who married “Leftovers” actor Justin Theroux in 2015, points to her own experience as tabloid fodder as evidence that celebrity news perpetuates a “dehumanizing view of females”one in which a woman’s value is determined by her physical appearance and “marital and maternal status.”

Blah, blah, blah.

Read the whole story here.

Take a look at the ad for her new perfume:

jennifer aniston beachscape

Now take a look at Aniston in real life:

Jennifer Aniston

Looks like her physical appearance has been seriously altered in the ad, in order to sell her precious perfume. That is some warped standard. Hypocrite.

DCG

Being kind to animals

Serial killers are psychopaths, without remorse or empathy. Before they “graduate” to killing humans, in their childhood or teens, serial killers are known to torture and kill small and, therefore, defenseless animals.

So, if you’re kind to animals, that means you have empathy. It is what makes you fully human.

Here are some examples of human kindness toward animals, whom St. Bonaventure correctly and aptly called “creatures without sin” for it is only we humans who are born as fommes peccati — tinder for sin.

  1. What two young men did to rescue a kitten:
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  2. Two boys save a dog:
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  3. A firefighter resuscitates a kitten:
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  4. Another fireman resuscitates a mama cat:
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  5. This man built a ramp to his car for his dog who’s old with arthritis:
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  6. Officers salute a heroic police dog:
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  7. This man found a fox lying on the street, severely injured by dogs. With patience and love, the man nursed the fox back to life and named it Cropper. Cropper refused to go back to the wild and chose to stay with the man. The two have lived together for over six years:
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  8. Dogs and cats are treated horribly in China, but not all Chinese are cruel. These dogs were in a truck, bound for slaughter, if it were not for an animal rescue center that stepped in and paid about $8,000 for the dogs:
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  9. In Thailand, an elephant lost his foot and parts of its nose in a landmine. After a few months of recovery, he is fitted with a prosthetic leg:
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  10. A girl saves a puppy from drowning:
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  11. A Marine found 4 very small baby rabbits alone beside their lifeless mother in the woods. So he took the bunnies home, fed them until they were big and strong enough to be released back into the wild:
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  12. A fire fighter gives water to a severely-dehydrated koala bear who survived a forest fire in Australia:
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  13. Chris P. Bacon the piglet was born without his hind legs. So his owners made a wheelchair for him from K’Nex pieces:
    humans & animals12 Source: AnimalMozo

More “Being kind to animals” tomorrow!

H/t FOTM’s josephbc69

~Eowyn

 

They’re making lingerie for dudes now

No. Just NO.

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Via NY Post: When it comes to style, guys are starting to have way more fun: donning skirts, braiding their hair and even applying lipstick and highlighter to their faces. But there is one trend even the most adventurous dudes have yet to fully embrace: lingerie.

One line is trying to change that. Menagerié — we would have gone with “Mangerié” — offers silky boxers, lace pajamas and other fancy unmentionables just for guys. But if you’re imagining flouncy pink Victoria’s Secret rip-offs, you’ve got the wrong idea.

“[We want] to bring more adornment and beauty to men’s fashion, but still remind people that it is a brand for men,” Menagerié founder Roman Sipe tells lifestyle Web site Refinery29. Hence the noir palette, clean lines and not-too-skimpy shapes.

Founder Roman Sipe/LinkedIn photo

Founder Roman Sipe/LinkedIn photo

And incredibly, the two-year-old concept seems to be catching on: Menagerié’s Chantilly lace-accented low-rise brief, which retails from $59 to $69, is currently sold out, while its black-lace elastic “biker short” ($89) is nearly so. Even a torturous-looking waist trainer ($89 to $99) is sold out in some sizes, meaning that at least a few guys have bought these fancy Spanx-for-men.

But while the response has been positive, Sipe realizes the idea of manly lingerie is a tough sell. “Most [straight guys] don’t think they need it, or couldn’t see themselves actually buying a pair of lace underwear,” he tells Refinery29.

“However, there are a few who find it intriguing and simply ask things like, ‘Well, are they comfortable?’ ” And while some ladies may find the idea of a man in lace panties disturbing, maybe seeing a guy putting in a bit of effort in the boudoir would be nice for once.

i dont think so

DCG

Texas McDonald’s worker is fired for refusing to serve an off-duty cop

blue lives matter

From Daily Mail: An off-duty police officer out of uniform in Texas was refused service at a local McDonald’s by an employee simply for being a cop.

The officer who works for the Brenham Police Department went to grab a quick bite to eat with his two children at the fast-food chain, but a female employee would not serve him.

Brenham Police Chief Craig Goodman said the shocking incident happened at the 500 Hwy 290 West location in the town that’s located about 80 miles outside of Dallas. ‘We know this was an isolated incident that involved a single employee who is not fond of law enforcement,’ a statement posted to the department’s Facebook page reads.

Goodman told KPRC the employee’s son is currently in custody ‘for a serious offense and she just doesn’t have a pleasant view or a positive view of law enforcement.’ 

Another employee at the McDonald’s stepped in and served the officer and his family. ‘Nobody deserves to be treated like that,’ Goodman told KHOU.  ‘We know that these problems exist everywhere, but we did not expect that here.’

The officer, who has not been publicly named, told his captain what happened and he contacted McDonald’s, who immediately let the employee go.  ‘They, much like a police organization, looked at what took place, and after gathering the information, they came to the right decision and that employee no longer works for their business,’ Goodman said.

He added that the owners of the eatery were ‘disheartened’ when they heard about the incident.  

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Goodman said that the officer who this happened to is one of the best in their department and is also a former Marine. He shared that they aren’t judging McDonald’s for what happened based ‘on the action of this one worker. The actions of that one employee do not reflect the beliefs or opinions of management, the owners, or the McDonald’s company as a whole,’ he said. ‘We would like to thank the owners of McDonald’s for their continued support and for seeing that this issue has been resolved.’

In Virginia, a police officer was denied service at a restaurant because she was in uniform. The officer had been standing in line at the Noodles & Company on Duke Street in Alexandria on Monday when a female cook emerged from the back and said she wouldn’t serve the cop, Fox5 reports.

Gesturing towards the cop, the cook told the restaurant’s cashier: ‘You better pull me off the line, because I’m not serving that.’ The Alexandria police department said both the cashier and cook started laughing – and the officer, who has not been identified, left the restaurant at this point.

‘Well, your first response as a police officer is anger.’ police chief Earl Cook told the local station. These are very difficult times right now with our relations with everyone, and to have one of my officers treated in that manner unnecessarily – your first response is anger, then you calm down a bit.’

His outrage at the incident led him to visit the establishment on Tuesday. Managers apologized for it and said they would investigate what had happened. They later told him that it appeared the encounter had occurred just as the officer in question had described. Management said that they would now post signs on their windows to express their support for law enforcement, a representative for the Alexandria police union said, according to Fox.

Noodles & Company released a statement after the incident, saying they expect the ‘highest ethical and personal behavior’ from employees. ‘We value each of our guests and are committed to treating every one with dignity and respect,’ the company said. ‘We do not tolerate any form of discrimination.’ The company added that they are working with authorities to resolve the matter and have made an effort to reach out to the police officer.

In the wake of the incident, Derrick Perks, an editor for Associations Now, said there had been calls for the public to steal from the restaurant. On Twitter, the police department said they do not support any crime to come as a result of the incident – and added that they do not even support a boycott of the restaurant.

Read the rest of the story here.

DCG

Thanks to Merkel’s immigration policies, Germany is toast

Suicide by Political Correctness.

Merkel: Doubling down on stoopid

Merkel: Doubling down on stoopid

From Washington Post:  With Germany stunned by a series of bloody attacks, Chancellor Angela Merkel called Thursday for an “early warning system” to detect radicalization among asylum seekers even as she insisted that the nation still has a moral duty to offer sanctuary to those fleeing war.

In her most comprehensive remarks since a wave of violence this month, Merkel described new fears gripping Europe. She said Germans were now locked in “a struggle, or a war, if you like” with the Islamic State, but could not turn their back on people in genuine need.

The welcome-mat policies of Merkel’s government have come under increasing criticism and demands for review. Germany has taken in more than 1.3 million refugees, asylum seekers and others since last year, including many fleeing war in Syria and elsewhere.

But even some former supporters of the policies have raised questions after four assaults in the span of two weeks — including two involving asylum seekers who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

“Fear cannot be the guide for political action,” Merkel said. “I didn’t say this was a going to be simple. That we could just do it. But I am still convinced that we can do it,” she added. “This is a historic test in a time of globalization.”

Yet she also called for new steps and faster implementation of existing decisions to improve national security. Merkel said she has spoken with President Obama about increasing intelligence cooperation — seeking to improve the lines of communication that have been tested since revelations in 2013 that U.S. intelligence had spied on the chancellor.

She additionally called for the army to begin training under the supervision of German police, so it could respond in the event of major terrorist attacks. In a nation still leery of army involvement in domestic affairs, given the Nazi and Cold War eras, her proposals are seen as significant.

An editorial published this week by Bayernkurier, the newspaper in Bavaria of the Christian Social Union, one of Merkel’s coalition partners, blasted her for opening the door to risk. “The chancellor has subjected us to a security risk with her open borders and arms,” the editorial stated. “Tens of thousands of people of fighting age who haven’t been properly registered are in our country. Of many of them, the state neither knows their proper name, nor their right age, nor their current place of residence.”

Merkel on Thursday reiterated plans to increase Internet surveillance and hire a consulting firm to examine Germany’s deportation system. She also called for tighter weapons laws to prevent the sale of guns on the Internet.

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Read the rest of the story here.

DCG

Hillary Clinton uses Sandy Hook false flag to push for gun control

As predicted, in her acceptance speech last night at the Democratic National Convention, gun control is Hillary Clinton’s solution for the violence in our streets.

And as predicted, she made use of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting massacre that took the lives of 20 little children, to manipulate Americans who feel instead of think.

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In her acceptance speech, Hillary said, referring to Donald Trump’s endorsement by the National Rifle Association (NRA), “And if we’re serious about keeping our country safe, we also can’t afford to have a President who’s in the pocket of the gun lobby.”

To tug at the heartstrings of gullible Americans, Hillary said:

“For decades, people have said this issue was too hard to solve and the politics were too hot to touch. But I ask you: how can we just stand by and do nothing? You heard, you saw, family members of people killed by gun violence.

By “family members of people killed by gun violence,” Hillary was referring to Erica Lafferty Smegielski, who was one of the speakers at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, July 27.

Erica Smegielski & Hillary Clinton (Getty Image)

Erica Smegielski & Hillary Clinton (Getty Image)

Smegielski is the daughter of slain Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung who, we are told, was the first to be killed by Adam Lanza. Curiously, the dead Hochsprung managed to give an interview about the massacre to Newtown’s local newspaper, Newtown Bee. More curious still is the fact that the cache date of the Bee article featuring Hochsprung’s interview was December 13, a day before the massacre. See:

As recounted by Ricky Campbell for Heavy, July 27, 2016:

Erica Smegielski, the daughter of slain Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung, is joining the likes of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy Wednesday at the 2016 Democratic National Convention to tell her story, along with encouraging voters to support nominee Hillary Clinton and her stance on expanding gun control nationwide.

Smegielski, dedicated to closing gun law loopholes, has appeared in a Clinton ad called “My Mom,” where she says “no more families should have to go through what we have. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate that has what it takes to take on the gun lobby.

According to Heavy, Hillary “has put in a lot of effort this campaign to publicly talk with Sandy Hook families and discuss expanding gun control.”

In that “effort,” Hillary is aided by her willing accomplices in the media, notably CNN who, 3 days before the Democratic National Convention began, in the space of just one hour, obligingly flooded YouTube with one hundred Sandy Hook videos.

This is the same CNN whose live footage on the day of the Sandy Hook massacre inexplicably shows police and first responders running into an entirely different school than the supposed crime scene, Sandy Hook Elementary School. (See “CNN deception: Live aerial footage of police running into Sandy Hook was of another school“)

Back to Hillary’s acceptance speech last night.

Speaking out of both sides of her mouths, Hillary said:

I’m not here to repeal the 2nd Amendment. I’m not here to take away your guns. I just don’t want you to be shot by someone who shouldn’t have a gun in the first place.

We should be working with responsible gun owners to pass common-sense reforms and keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists and all others who would do us harm.”

But the fact is we already have policies in place which are designed to “keep guns out of the hands of criminals”. It’s called background checks. So what other “common-sense reforms” that would “keep guns out of the hands of criminals” is Hillary proposing — reforms that she claims would not “repeal the 2nd Amendment” by further eroding the gun rights of law-abiding Americans?

Her campaign website affords a better idea of what those “common-sense reforms” means. It promises that “As president, Hillary will” do the following:

  • “Expand background checks to more gun sales—including by closing the gun show and internet sales loopholes—and strengthen the background check system by getting rid of the so-called “Charleston Loophole.”
  • Take on the gun lobby by removing the industry’s sweeping legal protection for illegal and irresponsible actions (which makes it almost impossible for people to hold them accountable), and revoking licenses from dealers who break the law.
  • Keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and the severely mentally ill by supporting laws that stop domestic abusers from buying and owning guns, making it a federal crime for someone to intentionally buy a gun for a person prohibited from owning one, and closing the loopholes that allow people suffering from severe mental illness to purchase and own guns. She will also support work to keep military-style weapons off our streets.”

Note that none of Hillary’s proposed gun reforms listed above would have prevented the Sandy Hook or the recent Orlando gay-club massacre because:

  1. The alleged lone shooter Adam Lanza’s guns were his mother’s, and Nancy Lanza obtained the guns legally by satisfying all background checks.
  2. The alleged lone shooter of Orlando, Omar Mateen, also obtained his guns legally. In fact, Mateen was an employee of G4S, a huge security firm with a multimillion dollar contract with the Department of Homeland Security to, ironically, identify suspected terrorists.
  3. Neither Lanza nor Mateen was a “domestic abuser,” had a criminal record (violent or not), or “severely mentally ill”.

So why then would Hillary use Sandy Hook to advocate for her proposed gun reforms that would not have prevented the massacre in the first place?

It doesn’t make sense. And, to quote Judge Judy, “If it doesn’t make sense, it isn’t true.”

Please don’t fall for Hillary’s ruse.

The Alternative Media have conducted diligent and exhaustive research on Sandy Hook, showing it was an elaborate false-flag to promote gun control. For exercising their First Amendment right of free speech, the researchers have endured online harassment, abuse, and death threats. Some paid an especially heavy price: film-maker William Shanley was arrested and imprisoned; tenured professor, Dr. James Tracy, was fired by Florida Atlantic University. (See “Sandy Hook: The hounding of Prof. James Tracy”)

For all the posts Fellowship of the Minds has published on this false flag, please go to our “Sandy Hook Massacre” page. See especially:

For the Orlando false-flag, please see our “Orlando Gay-Club Massacre” page, especially:

~Eowyn