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NOVEMBER 28,  2022

RETURNING TO WALT?   Another sign that some people in show business are leading a return to common sense.  The campaign will work if respect is shown for the audience.  From Fox Business: 

Newly reinstated Disney CEO Bob Iger said he wants to lead an effort to "quiet things down" when it comes to the recent cultural and political controversies that have engulfed the company.

Manhattan Institute senior fellow Chris Rufo shared an exclusive video he obtained of the Disney CEO speaking to employees at a town hall, where he called for "respect" for the audience and no "disdain" of their views.

When asked a virtual question by Disney staff about "staying out of making political statements," Iger at first insisted there was a misconception about the company, that some issues "have been branded political," and that he doesn’t necessarily agree those issues are political. 

"Do I like the company being embroiled in controversy? Of course not. It can be distracting, and it can have a negative impact on the company. And to the extent that I can work to kind of quiet things down, I’m going to do that," he added. 

Another town hall question was about the Florida Parental Rights in Education Act, which critics have dubbed it the "don’t say gay" law. Iger answered cautiously, noting, "When you tell stories, there’s a delicate balance. You’re talking to an audience, but it’s also important to listen to an audience. It's important to have respect for the people you are serving, that you are trying to reach and not have disdain from." 

"We’re not going to make everyone happy all the time, and we’re not going to try to. We’re certainly not going to lessen our core values in order to make everyone happy all the time," Iger said. 

Last week, former CEO Bob Chapek was fired by Disney’s board of directors. Chapek replaced Iger in 2020, who ran the company since 2005 and was executive chairman in 2021 until he retired. 

Chapek’s tenure saw the battle with Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida over the parental rights bill. Chapek criticized the bill, vowing the company would work hard to repeal it. Republicans in the state legislature moved to strip Disney of its self-governing status. According to Rufo, the latest comments by Iger indicate "an important shift. Iger is signaling that Disney is moderating its position in the culture war."

COMMENT:  It's about time.  In the end, the box office will probably determine the fate of many Hollywood companies, if not all.  And the industry is learning that parents don't take kids to the movies to be told how terrible America is.  The industry is also learning that political issues are complex, and that ideological rigidity generally gets you nowhere.

November 28, 2022       Permalink

 

GOP PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON THE BIDENS:  Control of the House will give the Republicans new power to investigate, and investigate they will.  The public seems to be behind them.  From Daily Mail: 

Plans for Republicans to investigate Hunter Biden's foreign business interests meet with the approval of some 62 percent of likely U.S. voters, according to a poll published on Monday.

The telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports for Miranda Devine, a columnist and author of 'Laptop from Hell' about Biden's computer, found some 42 percent strongly approved of a likely House G.O.P. probe into his overseas deals.

Many Republicans promised investigations of the president's son and his business dealings during the midterm election campaign, in which they took control of the lower chamber.

And Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who is in expected to chair the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), in line to take over the Oversight Committee, recently held a news conference laying out their plans for probes. 

The president has long denied any knowledge of his son's foreign dealings - some of which are being investigated by federal authorities. 

But the survey of 1,000 likely U.S. voters on November 22 found that such claims did not get far with the public.

Some 61 percent of voters said they believed it was likely – including 44 percent who said it was 'very likely' – that Joe Biden was at least consulted on his son's business deals and might even have profited.  

The poll found that the public are closely following reports about the president's son

But as might be expected, respondents split along party lines — particularly when the stories go beyond business deals and cover Hunter Biden's laptop.

Eighty-six percent of Republicans think the story about Hunter Biden's abandoned laptop is important, but 56 percent of Democrats say it’s not important. 

Among unaffiliated voters, 62 percent think the laptop story is important and 33 percent believe it is not important. 

Overall, 63 percent of voters believe the story of Hunter's laptop is important, including 41 percent who think it is 'very important.'

COMMENT:  This can't be good for the president, for any exposure of wrongdoing will be magnified because he intends to run again.

We will not have a politically calm 2023.  Besides these new probes, candidates will launch their 2024 presidential campaigns.  And the international situation seems more explosive by the day. 

And Kamala Harris is still one heartbeat away from controlling the nuclear codes.

Any of you have an ideas for having fun?

November 28, 2022       Permalink

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 27,  2022

WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD:  Always happy to see a new defense system to keep us more safe.  But this doesn't happen often enough.  From Fox: 

The U.S. Air Force and Northrop Grumman plan to unveil the latest stealth aircraft called the B-21 Raider at the company’s facility in Palmdale, California, this Friday.

"The B-21 is the most advanced military aircraft ever built and is a product of pioneering innovation and technological excellence," Dough Young, sector vice president and general manager at Northrop Grumman Aeronautics Systems said in a press release. "The Raider showcases the dedication and skills of the thousands of people working every day to deliver this aircraft."

Northrop was awarded a contract in 2015 to design and build the world’s most advanced strike aircraft.

The B-21 was made using advanced manufacturing techniques and breakthrough stealth technology. It is a sixth-generation aircraft, which Northrop Corporate President Tom Jones said is "optimized for operations in highly contested environments."

The plane, according to Northrop's website, is designed to perform long-range conventional and nuclear missions.

Currently, the company has six aircraft being assembled in Palmdale and the first B-21 is set to take flight sometime in 2023, depending on ground test results.

The unveiling on Friday is by invitation only.

Northrop Grumman Corp develops and manufactures advanced aircraft systems. The Aeronautics Systems segment engages in the design, development, production, integration, sustainment, and modernization of advanced management systems, weapons systems and aircraft, and mission systems.

COMMENT:  Good luck to the USAF.  And I hope the air crews are taught flying first, and wokism long after.

November 27, 2022       Permalink

 

JUST READ THIS:  It speaks for itself.  A guy from outer space landing in America would learn much about what we're coping with just by reading this story.  From Fox: 

New York City pharmaceutical heiress Annabella Rockwell is claiming that her mother paid a $300-a-day "deprogrammer" after believing her daughter had been "brainwashed" by attending an all-female elite liberal college that left the young woman "totally indoctrinated" and estranged from the parents who raised her.

"I left school very anxious, very nervous, very depressed and sad," Rockwell, now 29, recently told the New York Post. "I saw everything through the lens of oppression and bias and victimhood. I came to the school as someone who saw everyone equally. I left looking for injustice wherever I could and automatically assuming that all White men were sexist. My thoughts were no longer my own."

Rockwell, a former competitive figure skater who grew up on the Upper East Side, told the Post that at first she was elated to attend Mount Holyoke College — a $60,000-a-year women’s institution in rural Massachusetts — in 2011.

Unlike other first-year students, she said she did not participate in the "MoHo chop," an initiation ritual meant to shrug off gender roles by cutting one's hair. By her junior year, however, Rockwell told the Post that she noticed a shift in herself after taking a gender studies class.

"This professor tells me about the patriarchy," Rockwell said. "I barely knew what the word meant. I didn’t know what she was talking about. I wasn’t someone that into feminism. I just knew that I felt I had always been free to do what I wanted. I never experienced sexism. But I was told there’s the patriarchy, and you don’t even understand it’s been working against you your whole life. You’ve been oppressed, and you didn’t even know it. Now you have to fight it. And I just went down this deep rabbit hole."

That’s when she said her relationship with her mother, whom she once considered a best friend, changed.

"I felt I had to teach her how she was wrong and expose her and to do that with everyone who didn’t see things correctly," Rockwell said. "The professors encouraged alienation [from parents] and even offered their homes to stay in. They’d say, like, ‘Don’t go see them, come stay with us for the holiday.’ Most of my classmates believed all this stuff, too. If you didn’t, you were ostracized."

Her mother, Melinda Rockwell, told the Post she believed that her daughter had been brainwashed. She admitted that during one heated argument at the family’s Palm Beach, Florida, home, she threw a vase through a window in anger over what had become of her daughter. In addition to the costly "deprogrammer," she also enlisted help from her daughter’s former tennis coach, Scott Williams, but was warned it might take seven years before Annabella would revert to her old ways of thinking.

COMMENT:  Please read the rest.  It's important.  This is what is happening to our children at too many institutions.  If you have money, you might be able to be deprogrammed.  But what if you don't have money?  

Hitler asked Germany to give him the minds of its youth, and Germany complied.  We know the result.  What will happen if we continue to feed many young minds into the woke machine of the far left?  We will see the real America disappear.

November 27, 2022       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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