published Monday, July 14th, 2014

The Obama faithful, giant culture war and Costco misstep

Faithful fans

Among religious groups, President Obama is most popular among Muslims, a Gallup survey of 88,000 Americans taken over the first six months of 2014 finds.

Among Muslims, he has 72 percent support.

The other groups that give him a rating above 50 percent are "other non-Christians" (59 percent), which does not include Muslims, Jews and people of no faith; Jewish voters (55 percent); and "no religion/atheists" (54 percent).

His highest support among Christians comes from Catholics (44 percent). Protestants (37 percent) and Mormons (18 percent) favor him less.

The Gallup survey found his overall rating was 43 percent, an amount that was weighed heavily by half the country that identifies as Protestants and about a quarter of the country that identifies as Catholic.

Giant step backward

It should be a hoot to find out the extent of the "culturally insensitive" attire that will be banned by the San Francisco Giants organization, which is in the final steps of adopting such a policy for fans.

"We want to make sure that our fans are respectful of each other," Staci Slaughter, senior vice president of the team, told KCBS, "and the different backgrounds that everyone comes from."

The policy stems partly from an incident at AT&T Park's Native American Heritage Night a couple of weeks ago, when two groups of fans disagreed over what was and wasn't proper attire. Two American Indian fans, according to the San Francisco Examiner, asked a third fan, who appeared to be Caucasian, to remove a headdress he was wearing.

Slaughter said the team is proud of its diverse fan base but wants fans to respect each other.

AT&T is the same ballpark where ushers routinely hold back fans from returning to their seats after going to the restroom or concession stand until a batter completes his at-bat.

If they're not judged culturally insensitive in this go-round, fans wearing T-shirts supporting traditional marriage, pro-life causes, meat, fur and any Republican will likely be the next victims of the apparel ban.

Nothing to see here

Just in time to stave off a threatened conservative boycott, Costco returned a book by conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza to its shelves. His book, "America: Imagine a World Without Her," was inexplicably pulled from the shelves early last week after, according to an inventory control specialist in the book department of the wholesaler's corporate office, a nationwide "pull-order" was issued.

Once that happened, thousands of people took to Costco's Facebook page to let their feelings be known and said they'd boycott the stores. Soon after, Costco -- co-founded by a man said by talk radio host Rush Limbaugh to be "a major, major Obama groupie" -- decided that with the release of a documentary about the book, "there had been heightened interest by our membership and brisk sales at locations [where it was] still in stock."

It was nothing against conservatives, the wholesaler's Facebook post said. It's just that the company is always monitoring book sales and making decisions based on sales volume to pull some books off the shelves and replace them with others.

Right, and Lois Lerner will produce her "lost" emails this week.

Another Clinton speechifying

Unless she offers first-person testimony on the worst tiffs she's witnessed between her parents or until-now-hidden-from-the-tabloid tidbits about her father's affair with Monica Lewinsky, who'd want to pay Chelsea Clinton $75,000 per speech? Yet the New York Times reported last week that the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton can generate up to that amount with her speeches.

According to the Times, that amount is more than potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush and former secretaries of state Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright command.

Interestingly, a spokesman for the Clinton Foundation said 100 percent of the fees for the former first daughter's speeches go to the Clinton Foundation. But guess where Chelsea works? The Clinton Foundation, of course, where as vice chairwoman she works to improve "global and domestic health, creative service opportunities, and empowering the next generation of leaders."

So, essentially, the fees still go in one door at the Clinton Foundation and out the other.

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LibDem said...

"...Costco -- co-founded by a man said by talk radio host Rush Limbaugh to be "a major, major Obama groupie"...". God has spoken.

July 14, 2014 at 9:01 a.m.
John_Proctor said...

Dinesh D'Souza pleaded guilty to a single felony charge of making illegal campaign contributions, using straw donors to make illegal campaign contributions, and is awaiting sentencing. Typically, he claims to be the victim of "political persecution" by the DOJ yet later stated "I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids. I deeply regret my conduct." His claims of political martyrdom by Costco ring are red meat for his base but aren't any more factual than his movies or books.

The easiest job in the world is that of fact checker for Rush Limbaugh. There is absolutely no work to do even if the pay is minimal.

July 14, 2014 at 9:41 a.m.
Rickaroo said...

I have no idea whether the co-founder of Costco is an "Obama groupie" or not, but if you idolaters of capitalism want the free market to continue in any form whatsoever, you'd better wake up and realize that the only way it is going to be a viable economic system for this country going forward is if we have more and more business owners like him and James Sinegal (the other co-founder) who actually have a social conscience, respect for their employees, and don't try to justify personal greed as the main reason for running a business.

July 14, 2014 at 11:10 a.m.
ORRMEANSLIGHT said...

+++WE PREACH JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED+++

'The modern day custom of celebrating Ramadan in the White House was started in 1996 by Hillary Rodham Clinton during the three-day celebration Eid-al-Fitr.'

SO,

Homosexuals...

What happens when a liberal Democrat who supports homosexual sex is told they must embrace Islam?

Muhammad Aashiq Illahi Muhajir Madani, a modern-day Mufti (jurist), wrote Illuminating Discourses on the Noble Quran, 2nd ed. trans. and ed. Mufti A. H. Elias, (Karachi: Pakistan, Zam Zam, 2003). In his commentary on Sura 4:15-16, he is open to the interpretation that the two verses speak of homosexuality, so he provides two hadith that he considers reliable, which deal with punishing homosexuals (vol. 2, pp. 365-69).

This early ruling repeats the one that homosexuals must be burned:

With regard to the method in which these people [homosexuals] are to executed, Abu Bakr after consulting with Ali and other Sahaaba [companions of Muhammad], ruled that they be burnt.

Mufti Madani’s next citation says that convicted homosexuals should undergo this terrible punishment (cf. Maududi vol. 2, p. 52, note 68):. . . Ibn Abbas ruled that they be thrown headlong from the highest summit.

Malleus Deum Verum

July 15, 2014 at 9:15 p.m.
GaussianInteger said...

Still afraid to come out of the closet, Orr? No one is going to execute you hear. No one is "embracing" Islam, except Islams. Give it a rest. Go to your church and believe what you want to believe and allow people that believe differently to do the same. When are you guys going to quit falling for that "Christianity" under attack bit? People evolve, churches tend to not, that's why attendance is down. And some people just like to sleep in on Sundays.

Of course, "conservatives" want to attack Costco. They are kicking the sh!t out of Sam's Club and the Walton family are huge GOP "groupies". The Walton's despise Costco because they pay their workers a decent wage. That douche that wrote that book wrote another bomb proclaiming America would cease to exist if Obama was reelected.

July 15, 2014 at 9:34 p.m.
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