For the past four years, Time Magazine has conducted a poll of which word to "ban" in the upcoming year. Previous "winners" of the polls include "OMG," "YOLO," and "Twerk." Given that these words are still used to this day despite being "banned" by those dictatorial wordsmiths over at Time, the poll generally is taken with a grain of salt and a head shake at how humanity has managed to butcher the English language throughout the past year.
This year, however, the editors at Time unintentionally committed a mortal sin: they dared to suggest that the word "feminist" had lost its true meaning and included the term in this year's poll.
feminist: You have nothing against feminism itself, but when did it become a thing that every celebrity had to state their position on whether this word applies to them, like some politician declaring a party? Let’s stick to the issues and quit throwing this label around like ticker tape at a Susan B. Anthony parade.
People were not pleased, especially when (probably due to 4chan) the word took an overwhelming lead over second-place word "bae" to be fake-banished in the year 2015. This led to managing editor Nancy Gibbs ending the poll early (results were due to be released on November 19, but the poll has been inactive for two days) and issuing the following apology note on the article:
TIME apologizes for the execution of this poll; the word ‘feminist’ should not have been included in a list of words to ban. While we meant to invite debate about some ways the word was used this year, that nuance was lost, and we regret that its inclusion has become a distraction from the important debate over equality and justice.
Let's have a moment of silence in memory of "humor," who had a long life from 4th century B.C. until 2014. Requiescat in pace.
I'm beginning to think that Time didn't go far enough with their apology. In fact, all words should be banned, lest we accidentally offend someone. Clearly, we females are far too delicate to cope with things like "self-awareness" and "humor" and "non-binding silly polls conducted by a magazine." I propose that we as humans simply cease communication with each other and sit alone in dark rooms until we simply waste away, living out our blissful, inoffensive lives in peace. That, right there, is true freedom.
The irony of the situation is that Time is correct in their assertion that the term "feminist" has no real meaning anymore. We live in a world where it's "empowering" when Kim Kardashian, who initially became famous due to a sex tape, is published in a full-frontal nude spread in a magazine, with a naked picture of her rear end displayed prominently on the cover, yet women who post breastfeeding pictures on Facebook are subject to be banned. Feminism is about (well, at least, it used to be about) equality in society. This...is not that.
I'm rather disappointed in Time's decision to fold and apologize. They did nothing wrong. When feminists themselves are admitting that there's serious messaging errors in their movement, then it's probably time for a serious discussion about the meaning of the term. This isn't possible if feminists will proceed to stamp their feet until they get their way and life can continue on without changing.
"I just heard about this," Obama said to reporters overseas Saturday, nearly an entire week after the Gruber scandal broke.
ED HENRY, FOX NEWS: At your Burma townhall a couple of days ago, you tried to inspire young leaders by saying, "governments need to be held accountable, need to be responsive to the people." I wonder how you square that with your former adviser, Jonathan Gruber claiming you were not transparent about the health law because in his words the American people, the voters are stupid. Did you mislead Americans about the taxes, about keeping your plan in order to get the bill passed?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: No, I did not. I just heard about this. I get well-briefed before I come out here.
Regardless, Grubergate is marching on and now, The Daily Caller has revealed that on top of thinking American voters are "stupid," Gruber also believes senior citizens are "terrible" at choosing healthcare plans.
Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said “seniors do a terrible job choosing” their own public health care plans, according to presentation slides Gruber wrote that were obtained by The Daily Caller.
With Obamacare limiting patients’ ability to choose their own insurance plans, doctors and medications, we might now know why: the law’s designers don’t think people know how to choose.
“We have experimented with choice in public insurance: Medicare Part D,” Gruber stated on a presentation slide dated Jan. 22, 2013. “Typical senior has 50 PDPs [Prescription Drug Plans] to choose from.”
But what’s wrong with seniors being able to choose their own plan?
“Seniors do a terrible job choosing,” Gruber said.
Those dumb seniors, it's not like they ever have healthcare needs so it's no wonder they are so terrible at choosing plans that work best for them... Besides, fellow Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, wants them all to die at 75 anyway. Who needs a healthcare plan when we have rationing and canceled plans?
Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), who represents the suburbs west of Tampa as well as Lakeland, has logged about 100,000 miles across the country in his family’s motorhomes. He, his wife, and their two sons have traveled to memorable places such as the battlefields of Gettysburg, the Grand Canyon, and the green meadows of Yellowstone National Park.
“It’s a very nomadic life,” he told Townhall. “But, it was more about the journey than it was the destination.”
These enjoyable but long road trips were kind of like Ross’ journey to Congress. To get there, it required patience, endurance, and a full tank of energy. Fortunately, Ross’ past proved he had already earned these qualifications.
“I’ve always had a desire—I put myself through law school, I started my own business. I failed along the way, but this is the way we were raised. There are consequences to your actions, and if you work hard, you receive the benefits of your labors.”
He achieved all of this, he says, without relying on the government.
“What influenced me most was that we can come from modest means, and achieved incredible things, and a lot of that had to do with inspiration, self- confidence. Little of it had to do with government providing it.”
Ross put these notions to the test when he first opened his law firm in 1989. Although he was working as an in-house lawyer for Walt Disney World, his entrepreneurial drive overcame his current job security. To kick start his business, he sought financial help from banks, but to no avail. Finally, his next- door neighbor loaned him $10,000— and he didn’t let it go to waste.
“Within six months, I had paid back my neighbor and had never looked back. I built a law firm with seven lawyers and 24 employees at one time.”
The congressman says all Americans should have access to these kinds of experiences.
“Those were opportunities that everyone should have if they desire it. I lost my first run for political office too. Failures are part of the process. It’s what you learn from them that makes all the difference.”
Because he is the product of hard work, Ross tries to espouse these same ideals to his constituents.
“So my passion now in politics is to ignite the pilot light of a desire to succeed. The way you do that is, no matter where you come from, no matter who you are, no matter what your religious, or ethnic, or gender background, believe you can accomplish. And I think that’s been the success story most Americans want to see, instead of being told, ‘Don’t worry about it, government’s going to take care of you.’”
One way he combats this lean-on- government ideology is by voting for pro- business, pro-growth legislation. Ross has pushed bills such as the Innovation Act and Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting and Reform Act in the 113th Congress. His efforts earned him the Spirit of Free Enterprise Award this August from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Now, back to those trips across America.
“I’m a suppressed truck driver,” Ross insisted.
While success is important, having seen so much of America has allowed Ross to appreciate life beyond Washington. One particular trip his family took to the Grand Canyon opened his eyes to what was really significant.
“We’re out there one time in 2001 and we’re sitting around the campfire, and there’s an older gentleman and his wife that were next to us. They came over for the campfire and we were talking and my wife was saying how badly she wanted to go up to Pike’s Peak and how badly my kids wanted to see Yellowstone and the older gentleman looked at me and said, ‘Why don’t you take them?’ and I said, ‘Well, I have to get back.’ And he said, ‘What do you have to get back for? You’re halfway there.’ And I said, ‘You know, you’re right.’”
After that conversation with the wise stranger, Ross canceled his work schedule for the next two weeks and they drove to those locations his family had long wished to see.
“It was one of those things where we realized the importance of what we were doing was very significant because we knew when we got back home we wouldn’t have these opportunities.”
Opportunity—it’s a word that comes up often in Ross’ vocabulary. Whether he’s serving or sightseeing, Ross knows how important it is to seize them. •
Ebola patient -- and Good Samaritan -- Dr. Martin Salia landed in the United States from Sierra Leone on Saturday. He was, one might say, trying to make the world a better and more humane place. Earlier today, however, the hospital treating him announced he didn't make it:
Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon who was diagnosed with Ebola in Sierra Leone and flown to Nebraska over the weekend for treatment, has died, hospital officials said Monday. Salia, 44, became the second person to die of the disease in the United States. Thomas Eric Duncan, who contracted Ebola in Liberia and traveled to Dallas, died last month.
Salia landed Saturday in Omaha. He was the 10th patient to be treated on American soil and the third at Nebraska Medical Center. Hospital officials had said that he was perhaps sicker than any other patient flown to the United States from West Africa. “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the hospital’s biocontainment unit. “Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren't able to save him.”
As noted above, Dr. Salia is the second person to lose his life in the U.S. after contracting the virus. He was reportedly “extremely critical” upon arrival, and therefore his chances of surviving were never good. Also, due to an early testing mistake -- and despite receiving top medical treatment -- his “advanced symptoms” were just too far along, it seems.
Sadly, there was nothing medical professionals could do:
Salia was the 10th person with Ebola to be treated in the United States, and the second to have died from the infection. In October, a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, died at a Texas hospital of the virus which has killed thousands of people in West Africa in history's largest outbreak to date.
The World Health Organization said Friday that 5,177 people are known to have died of Ebola across eight countries, out of a total 14,413 cases of infection, since December 2013.
Salia was a “permanent US resident” who risked his personal safety -- and ultimately his life -- to care for others. He was 44 years old.
President Barack Obama denied Sunday that his signature health care reform law was deceptively marketed, rejecting statements by a consultant on the plan who said aspects of Obamacare were designed to take advantage of the “stupidity” of voters. “The fact that an adviser who was never on our staff expressed an opinion that I completely disagree with in terms of the voters is not a reflection on the actual process that was run,” Obama declared at a press conference here, speaking for the first time about the comments by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber. When the president was asked whether he had intentionally misled the public in order to get the law passed, he replied: “No. I did not.”
Yes you did, sir. You lied, misled and distorted at virtually every stage of the process:
“I wish to confirm according to the wishes of the Lord, that in September of 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families,” Francis, 77, speaking in Italian, told the crowd at the Vatican. “Thank you for your prayers with which you accompany my service to the Church. Bless you from my heart.”
While the Bishop of Rome will definitely attend and address the World Meeting of Families, his final itinerary for his United States visit is still to be determined. He will likely celebrate a public Mass on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which could draw crowds of over one million people. The pontiff is also reportedly mulling offers to visit the United Nations in NYC, as well as addressing Congress in Washington, D.C.
Presumably, the Vicar of Christ will reveal his schedule as the date draws closer. Pope Francis will be the fourth pope to visit the United States, following Pope Paul VI in 1965, seven visits from Pope St. John Paul II, and one visit from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in 2008.
Small businesses have created 64 percent of the new jobs in America over the past 15 years, yet Washington D.C. lawmakers are smothering these startups with cumbersome overregulations. Outdated laws, such as the Securities Act created in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash, still make small business’ expansion extremely difficult.
The Securities and Exchange Commission, whose mission it is to facilitate marketplace growth, is not doing nearly enough to help budding companies take off, according to SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher:
“We layer on rule after rule until it becomes prohibitively expensive to access the public capital markets. Only rarely do we remove any of our rules, even after they have long since ceased to serve their purpose or have become obsolete or worse.”
Entrepreneurs new in the game can rarely send heftily-priced lobbyists to Capitol Hill, and therefore have little influence in the policy making which influences them.
In this week’s episode of Capitol Source, we hear from Gallagher, Heritage Foundation Economist David Burton, and struggling small business owner Daniel Weber.
Be sure to visit Townhall.com on Dec. 1 to catch the next Capitol Source video! We'll be taking a look at what role religion plays inside the United States Supreme Court.
A prominent Democratic campaign strategist who worked on President Obama's 2004 Senate campaign and wooed Democrats like Bill Clinton has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit honest service wire fraud.
Thomas Lindenfeld of Washington D.C. participated in a wire fraud scheme started during the campaign he consulted in the 2007 election of Philadelphia's mayor. The official campaign that he was hired by is not disclosed in an FBI release because the person has not been officially charged yet.
"Elected Official A" (the title given by the FBI) and Lindenfeld arranged an illegal campaign contribution in the form of a $1 million loan that he routed through his own political consulting firm, LSG Strategies Services Corporation. Documents show that $600,000 of that money was used in "Elected Official A's" political campaign and the rest returned to the creditor (who also hasn't been charged and is unnamed).
When the creditor who loaned LSG the money that was used for "Elected Official A's" campaign sought to have the loan paid off, Lindenfeld paid the debt with stolen charitable funds and federal grant money that he routed through LSG and several other entities.
The story gets worse.
To resolve other debt from "Elected Official A" and compensate for Lindenfeld's work in stealing and laundering the $1 million, "Elected Official A" used his position to federally fund Lindenfeld's phony environmental advocacy group, "Blue Guardians." In 2009, "Elected Official A" requested $15 million for the phony group, but was only approved for $500,000 from an earmark through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ("NOAA").
In March 2010, NOAA received notice it was to allocate $500,000 to "Blue Guardians." They did some investigating and found that the organization didn't have a website or contact information. They contacted "Elected Official A's" office to ask about the organization and who to contact. They sent NOAA to Thomas Lindenfeld.
After receiving a call from NOAA, Lindenfield quickly filed a for a tax identification number, opened up a bank account, and created an email address. As he was working to make sure his organization seemed legitimate, a reporter out of Philadelphia called and asked him about "Blue Guardians."
Once again, Lindenfeld and "Elected Official A" conspired. They agreed to abort their mission to pay Lindenfeld with federal money and reject the earmark and recommend it go to the clean up efforts of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
From the beginning, NOAA was suspicious of "Elected Official A" and Lindenfeld's involvement with each other and the incredibly shady "Blue Guardian." The $500,000 never made it to Lindenfeld and he was indicted in August of 2014.
Lindenfeld faces up to 20 years in prison and as much as a $250,000 fine.
As President Obama prepares to issue an executive order effectively legalizing five million illegal immigrants this week, many on the left and the right are issuing their criticisms toward him for violating the process and going at it alone.
On Friday George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley, who describes himself as a liberal, made an appearance on The Kelly File to discuss the issue. He warned that not only is the country at a tipping point, something he warned about in congressional testimony earlier this year, but also expressed his hope that President Obama doesn't get away with it.
"What I'm hearing certainly causes great concern that he will again violate the separation of powers," Turley said. "No president can take on the power of all three branches and that's what he seems to be doing. He certainly seems to be taking on legislative authority. He isn't be particularly coy about this, you know he says 'this is what I wanted to get out of legislation and I'm going to do it on my own' and that does become a government of one."
Turley also cautioned the President against ignoring the results of the 2014 midterm elections by going around Congress on this issue despite frustration of partisan disagreements.
"It's a very sad moment but it's becoming a particularly dangerous moment if the president is going to go forward, particularly after this election to defy the will of Congress yet again. I can understand the frustration, these are two political parties that cannot get along but as you said, we have a Democratic process and a Congress that's coming in with the full voice of the American people behind them, that's what an election is, you may disagree with the outcome, but you have to respect the outcome," Turley continued. "What the President is suggesting is tearing at the very fabric of the constitution. We have a separation of powers that gives us balance and that doesn't protect the branches. It's not there to protect the executive branch or the legislative branch, it's there to protect liberty. It's there to keep any branch from assuming so much control that they become a threat to liberty."
"I always tell my friends on the Democratic side, we will rue the day when we helped create this uber presidency," he said. "What the Democrats are creating is something very very dangerous. They're creating a president who can go at it alone and to go at it alone is something that is a very danger that the framers sought to avoid in our constitution."
If you thought Ed Schultz’s Election Day meltdown was entertaining, then check out this clip featuring his greatest hits that was made by our friends over at the Media Research Center. From blaming the mainstream media for rooting for the demise of Obamacare to calling Laura Ingraham a “right wing slut;” it’s all here for your enjoyment: