The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating a float that appeared at the annual Fourth of July parade in the small town of Norfolk, Neb. because the float featured a blue flatbed truck carrying a zombie-looking mannequin in overalls on the door of an outhouse labeled “OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY.”
The Justice Department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team to Norfolk, reports the Omaha World-Herald.
The Justice Department bureaucrat attended a meeting on Thursday about the float fracas. Also in attendance at the meeting were representatives of the NAACP, the town mayor and members of The Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the group that organizes the yearly parade.
The man behind the controversial float, Dale Remmich, has explained that the overalls-clad mannequin in front of the outhouse represented himself — not President Barack Obama. The point he was trying to make concerned his frustration with Obama’s mismanagement of the Veterans Affairs Department.
The kerfuffle began after parade attendee Glory Kathurima, a native of Kenya, became deeply unhappy about the float.
“I’m angry and I’m scared,” she told a reporter from the Lincoln Journal Star. “This float was not just political; this was absolutely a racial statement.”
It’s not clear if Kathurima has seen a Nov. 29, 2006 political cartoon by famed Atlanta Journal-Constitution cartoonist Mike Luckovich which shows a ratty outhouse with a wooden sign out front emblazoned with the words “Bush Presidential Library.”
Read the full article at The Daily Caller.
Y’know if Liberals’ skin were any thinner it’d be transparent.
Lawyers representing Dinesh D’Souza’s newest film, America, have fired off a letter to Google demanding that the search engine correct problems that they say are hampering the ability of consumers to figure out where the movie is playing.
The letter claims that Google has been confusing America with 2016: Obama’s America, which was D’Souza’s first movie and has been out of theaters for two years, while Lionsgate released America on July 2 and it is currently playing in about 1,100 theaters nationwide.
Google, according to the letter, has been “misdirecting many users who mistakenly believed the film was not playing in theaters. We understand this was brought to your attention for correction five days ago, yet the problem persists.”
It demands that Google disclose “whether human or automated error was the source” of the alleged mistakes and asks “what measures have been taken to fix the problem.”
The letter also asks Google to supply “statistics on searches from the time the misdirection began until resolved so that we might ascertain the number of users who could not find the film as a result of this mix-up.”
As of Monday night, a Google search of “America movie” yielded a strip of film posters that included two Captain America movies and several other superhero movies. There’s also an image of the poster for America, yet it is labeled 2016: Obama’s America, a surprise hit in 2012. Clicking the image takes users to a plethora of information about 2016 but very little about America.
Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.
Salary data released last week revealed average male staffers at the White House earn about 13% more than their female counterparts. The White House responded by pointing out six female staffers received high profile promotions in the past year. However, according to data collected by the conservative consulting firm Target Point, the women who were promoted at the White House received smaller raises than men.
While the average man promoted at the White House received a 24.4% raise, Target Point found the average raise for a promoted woman was 18.5%. Target Point also found 46 men were promoted at the White House between 2013 and 2014 compared to 41 women. Additionally, the firm noted 88 women left White House jobs in the past year while only 77 men departed.
Target Point Senior Vice President and Chief Data Scientist Alex Lundry said this data shows “the White House’s hypocrisy on this issue is stunning” as President Barack Obama has made equal pay for women a major part of his agenda this year.
“The data clearly reveal that its not just salary for which there are significant differences between men and women, but also raises, promotions, and turnover,” said Lundry. “Empirically, this White House does not treat their male and female employees the same.”
Read the full story at Business Insider.
At the Mirror of Justice blog, Princeton Professor Robert George posted an email he received from a friend employed by JPMorgan Chase Bank relating that there were some unusual new questions on their recent annual Employee Survey.
The survey asked employees if they fit into any of the following categories:
In response to the fifth option, George’s friend said, “What?! What kind of question was that? An ‘ally’ of that community? What’s the alternative if you don’t select that option? You’re not a ally of the LGBT community?”
The Chase whistleblower told Breitbart News that a survey has been circulated through all Chase business lines for many years, though a break was taken after 2008 when the survey showed widespread employee dissatisfaction. It was resumed a few years ago. Up to now, he said, the survey was noncontroversial, asking questions related to company performance, employee happiness, performance of management, etc.
The survey is completed strictly online and was opened for answers in February. The whistleblower underscored that each employee answering the survey had to include his employee number.
He said, “The survey was usually kind of irrelevant.” He said employees were not required to answer the survey but that there are strong and regular suggestions from management that each employee ought to. Something like 88% of employees filled it out this year.
What caused the controversy this year was this question: “Are you an ally of the LGBT community…?”
“I looked at that question and it really annoyed me. I was nervous, but more than that, I was angry and frustrated.” The whistleblower wants to know how the answer to that question has anything to do with doing his job at the bank where he has worked for many years. We will not reveal the length of his service since we want to ensure nothing leads back to him, because now he fears for his job.