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The President was wrong. Dead wrong. And continues to be wrong about the U.S. economy. Since January 2009, the United States has experienced 54 continuous months of unemployment at or over 7.5 percent while reaching a high of 10% October 2010.

As Rick Pritikin, author of Why Did I Lose My Job If God Loves Me? reports, according to the current report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the longest stretch of unemployment at or above 7.5% since the Bureau first started tracking the naObama on the Government Shutdowntional unemployment rate back in 1948.

Estimates place the effective unemployment rate at 16% when we take into consideration those who have stopped looking or dropped out of the purview of the numbers. The August Jobs Report found a mere 47% of Americans have a full-time job. No wonder food stamp recipients have skyrocketed 70% under Obama.

I’m not surprised—this man hasn’t run a lemonade stand, so why would anyone think he can run the world largest economy?

The one thing Obama does appear to be good at is planning and enjoying vacations. Lot’s of ’em. Earlier this year when he was spreading panic over the sequester, the Obama’s took FOUR vacations—translating into more than one a month for January, February, and March.

And who could forget President Obama’s 100 million dollar vacation in June—while the rest of us cut out our vacations, we’ve still had to pay for his 14 limousines, 56 support vehicles, Air Force One, secret security, fighter jets protecting the airspace overhead, and a hospital ship anchored nearby for any medical necessities—no doubt one of those ObamaCare perks.

Must be nice to be king.

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As celebrity slurs go, Alec Baldwin’s latest in a long string of meltdowns was a real doozy. Baldwin’s temper tantrum—in which he tweeted a vile barrage of hateful gay slurs at George Stark, a writer for The Daily Mail—netted a collective yawn from the Follywood Elite and the PC crowd. Why no outcry?

Hillary Rosen, a Democratic activist and former college buddy of Baldwin, told The Post: “What he said was disgusting. But I think he has a deeper reservoir of good will among folks because he’s been a progressive ally and fighter for progressive causes for years.”

Translation: It’s okay to spew violent, homophobic threats as long as you’re a “progressive” supporting liberal causes.

Baldwin later claimed his “ill-advised attack . . . had absolutely nothing to do with issues of anyone’s sexual orientation.” Huh? He calls a gay reporter for The Daily Mail a “toxic little queen” and then has the audacity to think we’re dolts by denying his slur was about “anyone’s sexual orientation.” Classic double-speak.

Just for fun, read the following now-scrubbed Twitter posts by Alec Baldwin. Then imagine the firestorm and career-ending damage that would have ensued if the same hate-speech had been tweeted by conservative talk show hosts Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, or Glenn Beck.

Alec Baldwin tweetsSure sounds like this guy needs a vacation . . . and some anger management classes. I’m not the only one asking what’s up with the double standard. CNN anchorman Anderson Cooper (who is gay) tweeted: “Why does #AlecBaldwin get a pass when he uses gay slurs? If a conservative talked of beating up a ‘queen’ they would be vilified.”

Bonus round: Picture the media feeding frenzy that would ensue if Sarah Palin had tweeted the same thing Alec Baldwin had said. Just saying . . .

Same day. Same confession. Different outcomes.

I’m referring to June 19, 2013, a day Paula Deen will never forget. That’s the date when her use of the n-word 30-years ago made headlines prompting corporate sponsors to cut Paula’s endorsement deals worth more than $12.5 million.

On the same day, Kid Rock appeared on Howard Stern where Rock admitted:

We all use the n-word. We call each other the n-word all the time. We cut it up. My dentist’s name is Taco. We say stuff like that all the time ‘What’s up my ni66er?’ We’re just living up pop-culture. We just call it like it is, like band members do in privacy.

Shock jock Stern went on to ask whether or not Kid Rock used the n-word around his son—who happens to be half black. Answer? “Why can’t I say the n-word to him?” Nice.

Ironically, not a peep from the same press that skewered Paula Deen about this double standard. What’s more, not one sponsor has backed away from Kid Rock. Not Harley-Davidson. Not Jim Bean. Oh, and not Walmart—which is selling tickets for his current beer-buzz tour.

Let me get this straight. Walmart drops all of Paula Deen’s products because she used the n-word once three decades ago, but has no qualms about selling Kid Rock tickets who admits using the word “all the time” today.

Hey Mike Duke (President and CEO of Walmart) . . . you’re needed at the office.

The Queen of Cooking Paula Deen is in hot water. Her critics are boiling mad that she used the N-word decades ago. Sponsors like Home Depot, Target, Walmart and the Food Network are dropping her like a hot potato. Their argument is half-baked at best.

I’m not a fan of the N-word and, for the record, I haven’t used it myself. But the hypocrisy from the politically correct crowd is stunning. Where was the same outrage when Ludacris—President Obama’s favorite rapper—wrote the little ditty “Too Many Niggas Not Enough Hoes“?

Take Eminem, who used the N-word back in 1993. He claims the rap was “made out of anger, stupidity and frustration when I was a teenager.” At the time he rapped, “All the girls I like to bone have big butts/ No they don’t, ’cause I don’t like that n***er shit/ I’m just here to make a bigger hit.” N-word aside, gotta like his view of women.

Rapper 50 Cent, who uses the N-word constantly, told NBC’s Today Show, “I’m not using it as a racial slur . . . It’s just slang.” He gets a pass from the left for raps like “To All My Niggars“and “The Realset Niggars“.

Then there’s Jesse Jackson who called then Sen. Barack Obama the N-word for which he has apologized—good for him. Not to mention Def Jam founder Russell Simmons who defended the use of the N-word, saying, “When we say ‘nigger’ now, it’s very positive.”

If the N-word is so “very positive” now, why does Paula Deen get a bad rap? To her credit, Paula has apologized several times. Can’t say the same thing about Ludacris, 50 Cent, or any number of rappers who have sold millions of albums with the N-word. This begs the question: Why are Walmart and Target still carrying their albums, books and videos?

I never met New York magazine columnist Jonathan Chait. If I have the opportunity to meet him one day, I’ll be sure to buy him lunch. After all, finding an honest liberal commentator on pop culture these days is about as rare as sighting an albino crow.

In a recent piece, The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy Is on Your Screen, Chait finally admits what conservatives used to argue, namely, that TV programming is a vast wasteland of liberal indoctrination.

Regarding Hollywood’s impact, he notes that “A trio of communications professors found that watching Will & Grace made audiences more receptive to gay rights.” Furthermore, “When Joe Biden endorsed gay marriage in May, he cited Will & Grace as the single-most important driving force in transforming public opinion on the subject.” Although I’d suggest Glee makes Will & Grace look like a couple of lightweights by comparison.

If conceding that a connection exists between extreme liberal values on TV screen and a values shift in the culture wasn’t brave enough, this self-proclaimed “liberal hawk” does something I can’t say I’ve ever witnessed any liberal journalist do—he invites his reader to empathize with conservatives:

“…think of it from the conservative point of view, if you don’t happen to be one. Imagine that large chunks of your entertainment mocked your values and even transformed once-uncontroversial beliefs of yours into a kind of bigotry that might be greeted with revulsion. You’d probably be angry, too.”

However, he rightly points out that conservatives have largely stopped publicly holding Hollywood accountable for the daily dose of excrement they shovel into our living rooms via TV. Which begs a question: Why do millions of people in fly-over country wear a muzzle when Follywood producers mock, trample upon, and vilify their core beliefs?

Chait confessions “The more uncomfortable reality is that the culture war is an ongoing liberal rout. Hollywood is as liberal as ever, and conservatives have simply despaired of changing it.” Some might argue that we shouldn’t impose our values on others. Ah, yes, but clearly Hollywood doesn’t have that issue, do they?

That said, it’s 20 years after the fact—but hats off to this brave soul for having the hutzpah to say we conservatives are right about Hollywood’s role in corrupting our culture. I wonder if he saw the light because he got married and had two children . . . funny how that works.

Curtis Jackson is a rapper who goes by the name “50 Cent” . . . I’m told that 2 out of 3 gangsters surveyed prefer to pronounce his stage name as “Fitty Cent.” So, Fitty, or if you prefer, Mr. Cent has made a pretty penny shooting his mouth off about how bad he is. Considering that his latest album Street King Immortal is slated for next month, I thought a quick recap of his rap was in order.

His 2003 debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, sold more than 12 million non-biodegradable CDs. Which is too bad—the compost pile is where that disc belongs with its graphic tales of cold blooded murder, gun slinging, point-blank gang-banging, and whacked-out-on-drugs hoodlum pabulum.

If trashing up both the airwaves AND the environment wasn’t enough, Fitty envisioned taking his twisted reality and dumping it into theaters across the country.

In 2005, Get Rich or Die Tryin’—the movie—debuted. From a sheer artistic endeavor, this flick was so bad (as in lousy) that it’s not even a worthy 99-cent rental. Let’s set aside the 200+ f-words that pulverize movie goers . . . or the full frontal nudity and pursuit of all things oral . . . or the slow-motioned, drive-by rampages . . . or the knife stabbings, gold teeth being yanked from a man’s mouth, suffocations, and close-ups of blood streaming from wounds . . . underneath all of the posing and brooding for the camera, 50/Fitty displays a sheer delight in the thug life.

The plot thickened, however, when (more…)

When we watch the evening news, read a blog or newspaper, or listen to radio news, we voluntarily give the control of our senses over to the producer of what we’re reading or watching. In other words, we can learn only what he or she wants us to know. His or her ideals, values, priorities—yes, their world-life view dominates the story.

Why is this important?

Because the value system of the reporter or newscaster determines the slant—or bias—that a story will ultimately reflect. This process is especially dangerous when the slant masquerades behind the pretense of “news.”

For example, if a journalist personally agrees with the notion of global warming, he’ll be inclined to produce a “news” story which leads the viewer to share in that perspective.

There’s virtually no way to be neutral on such a hot topic, even for a journalist. Either you believe Al Gore’s theory of global warming is a scientific fraud, or you agree with him that cow flatulence is contributing to the thinning of the ozone layer and should be taxed.

Of course, if you believe farmers should be taxed for cow farts, then you better be willing to tax White Castle for their gas-producing burgers. If not discerning, it’s possible to start believing some pretty wild stuff. (more…)