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Subway suspends ties with spokesman Fogle after raid at home
The Associated Press – By By TOM MURPHY and RICK CALLAHAN – Associated Press(4 hours ago)
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — FBI agents and Indiana State Police raided the home of Subway restaurant spokesman Jared Fogle on Tuesday, removing electronics from the property and searching the house with a police dog, two months after the then-executive director of Fogle’s foundation was arrested on child pornography charges.
FBI agent Wendy Osborne said the agency was conducting an investigation in Zionsville, an affluent Indianapolis suburb, but wouldn’t say whether it involved Fogle or describe the nature of the investigation.
Subway said in a statement that it is “very concerned” about the raid, which it believes “is related to a prior investigation” of a former employee of the Jared Foundation, an organization founded by Fogle to raise awareness about childhood obesity. Subway did not immediately say whether that employee was former foundation executive director Russell Taylor.
The company had removed references to Fogle from its website by late afternoon and issued another statement, saying the two “have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation.”
“Jared continues to cooperate with authorities and he expects no actions to be forthcoming,” the company said. “Both Jared and Subway agree that this was the appropriate step to take.”
Federal prosecutors in May filed a criminal complaint charging Taylor, 43, with seven counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Fogle issued a statement after the charges were filed saying he was shocked by the allegations and was severing all ties with Taylor.
The Indianapolis Star photographed Fogle stepping out of a police evidence van parked outside his home Tuesday morning, and he left the house just after noon with attorney Ron Elberger. Fogle declined to comment, but Elberger later released a statement saying his client is cooperating with authorities.
“Jared has been cooperating, and continues to cooperate, with law enforcement in their investigation of unspecified charges, and looks forward to its conclusion,” Elberger said.
Fogle, 37, became the Subway restaurant chain’s pitchman after shedding 245 pounds more than 15 years ago, in part by regularly eating Subway sandwiches. Subway began featuring Fogle in commercials soon after, and his story was instrumental in giving the sandwich chain an image as a healthy place to eat.
During a search of Taylor’s home this spring, federal investigators say they discovered a cache of sexually explicit photos and videos Taylor allegedly produced by secretly filming minor children at the home. They said they also allegedly found more than 400 videos of child pornography on computers and storage media recovered from Taylor’s home office in his Indianapolis residence.
Taylor’s attorney, Brad Banks, said Tuesday his client was briefly hospitalized after the allegations surfaced but is now in federal custody. Sheriff’s officials have said Taylor tried to take his own life in jail.
“The only thing I can say is that I’m aware that there’s an ongoing investigation,” Banks said.
Tim Horty, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Indianapolis, said prosecutors “are moving forward” with the case against Taylor. He declined to comment on Tuesday’s raid at Fogle’s home.
Neighbors said Fogle and his wife entertained frequently and would say hello but that they didn’t see the couple outside a lot.
Jacob Schrader, 19, who lives across from Fogle’s house, said the pitchman seems “like a pretty private guy” and that he’d only seen him about a dozen times in the last five or six years.
“He’s like an endangered species or something like that,” Schrader said.
Subway, which is based in Milford, Connecticut, and is privately held, has struggled in recent years. Last year, industry tracker Technomic said average sales for Subway stores in the U.S. declined 3 percent from the previous year. The company has about 44,000 locations around the world.
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Callahan reported from Indianapolis. Associated Press Food Industry writer Candice Choi in New York contributed to this story.
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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Latest Alarmist Film Demands 100% Renewable Power
Short film ignores economics of renewables as celebrity environmentalist continues his green crusade.

Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio continued to use his celebrity and skills in film to promote climate change alarmism with a recent series of shorts. His view that fossil fuels were the driver and mankind was responsible for climate change was as obvious as it was predictable.

The latest short film, “Green World Rising,” was released Oct. 30. It was the third in a series of four films by DiCaprio that sought to combat what it called the “scary climate problems that we face.”

In the second film in the series, “Last Hours,” DiCaprio actually said, “nearly all life on earth could go extinct because of man-made climate change.”

Scary was the right word. All three films utilized ominous music and images of natural disasters to persuade viewers that humans caused climate change through fossil fuel use and people must act immediately to stop it. The first film, “Carbon,” depicted a giant monster made of carbon. An unnamed expert who commented in “Carbon” said, “People should not have the freedom, quote, unquote, to destroy the planet. They cannot continue to be able to do that with impunity.”

Not all scientists agree on the impact carbon dioxide had (and will have) on the environment. The Heritage Foundation reported on March 11, 2014, that Patrick Moore, an ecologist and the founder of Greenpeace, testified that, “There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years.” He said that before the Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works.

“Green World Rising” followed up on that theme claiming all energy needs to be and can be converted to renewables. (Emphasis added) Angela Anderson of the Union of Concerned Scientists claimed more than 500 coal plants “are fundamentally non-economic, they can’t compete with alternatives like solar and wind.”

If that were true, renewable energy forms would already be making up large amounts of energy the world demands, rather than providing just a tiny sliver of the total energy mix. They also wouldn’t need to be propped up by government mandates and subsidies with the sorts of government interventionism DiCaprio and other alarmists have advocated.

In “Carbon,” liberal radio talk show host Thom Hartmann, who had been in a number of earlier DiCaprio productions, praised Finland and the Netherlands for implementing a carbon tax in 1990, saying that they were “putting a put a pricetag on each ton of CO2 poison.”

“Poison” was a powerful word, but not one all scientists would agree with. Marc Morano of Climate Depot pointed out on Aug. 21, 2014, that Princeton physicist Dr. Will Happer rejected the idea that CO2 was “poison.”

Happer testified before Congress in 2009 saying, “I keep hearing about the pollutant CO2, or about poisoning the atmosphere with CO2. CO2 is not a pollutant. It is not a poison and we should not corrupt the English language by depriving ‘pollutant’ and poison of their original meaning,” DiCaprio and Hartmann will need more than carbon monsters and poisonous rhetoric to convince a public whose concern about climate change has waned.

DiCaprio participated in the “People’s Climate March” in New York City along with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., according to video from PJMedia posted Sept. 22, 2014. DiCaprio told Michelle Fields of PJTV, he was marching for “100 percent clean energy.” Fields asked DiCaprio about his extravagant and carbon heavy lifestyle but refused to answer the question. At the same march, RFK, Jr. spoke out against the Koch Brothers and Exxon but when challenged to “lead by example” by giving up his cellphone, he resisted.

In 2007, DiCaprio also pushed climate change alarmism with his film “The 11th Hour.” “The 11th Hour” incorporated many of the same themes as “Green World Rising,” about the causes of climate change. It argued greed was killing the planet and was inspired by Hartmann’s book, “The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight,” according to the Oct. 5, 2007, New York Daily News.

Two years earlier, DiCaprio participated in Laurie David’s “Earth to America” television special which aired Nov. 18, 2005, and attempted to use comedy to make the case for climate alarmism.

DiCaprio, Hartmann and their celebrity and media allies have continued to make the case for man-made global warming, in spite of failed predictions, failed temperature models and other scientific challenges.

Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal pointed out that the “existing climate models (including those by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) failed to predict the 16-year plateau in global temperatures even while carbon dioxide emissions have increased.” That led Dr. Roy Spencer to suggest it may be time to question the assumptions built into most climate models.

Recently, global warming alarmists and the network news media misleadingly claimed walruses were running out of places to live and must gather on land in larger groups as a result. However, Dr. Susan Crockford said such walrus haulouts have happened for years.

Video Sting Operation: Hollywood Elites Hate Fracking, but Would Take Money from ‘Big Oil’ and Hide It
Posted By Scott Blakeman On May 22, 2014 @ 3:07 pm In Energy,Front Page

Which do Hollywood liberals hate more: hydraulic fracturing – “fracking” – or oil from the Middle East?

According to the latest undercover sting by filmmaker James O’Keefe, it’s the former. He found that the Left and some of its Hollywood activists, in their haste to halt fracking in its tracks, are willing to acquire cash from “Big Oil” (which they allegedly hate).

Josh and Rebecca Tickell are looking to make an anti-fracking film entitled “Fracked.” The Hollywood Reporter [1] (THR) reports that this film “will argue a technique for extracting natural gas called fracking is bad for the environment.” This is unfortunate because fracking is safe, effective, and needed [2].

THR is reporting [1] that the sting occurred when actors Ed Begley Jr. and Mariel Hemingway joined the Tickells for a meeting and were “duped by a man named ‘Muhammad,’ who [was] looking to make an anti-fracking movie while hiding that its funding is coming from Middle Eastern oil interests.”

The filmmakers were all too eager to hide the source of prospective funding for their movie.

Here are some rather telling quotes uttered during the undercover operation from Josh Tickell and his wife:

We’re confident that we can keep this zip-locked. You know, tight. Tight. Air-tight forever…If we don’t protect who is kind of funding this thing … if we have to disclose that or that becomes a necessary part of it, the whole enterprise will not work.

And Rebecca added this bit:

Because if people think the film is funded by Middle Eastern oil it will, it will not have that credibility.

The Tickells may be hypocrites, but at least they’re astute hypocrites. To top it off, Josh had this to say:

We work for whoever shows up. Okay…if the oil company showed up and said will you make an anti-fracking movie, we would say yes…Money to us…it’s money…We have no moral issue.

O’Keefe’s video is being released at the Cannes Film Festival this week and is sure to cause a stir, and rightly so. It’s blatantly hypocritical, dishonest, and self-serving for the Left to harp on oil interests and then seek their money when it promotes an aspect of their anti-fracking agenda. It’s interesting what liberals will say when they think no one is listening.

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Liberal Actress Lena Dunham: It was a ‘Huge Disappointment’ When I Realized I was Straight

April 10, 2014 By Greg Campbell

Sometimes, people are just born straight…

Lena Dunham, the leftist crusader and star of HBO’s Girls has come forward with her disappointment in realizing that she is heterosexual.

In a recent interview with the NY Post, the ultra-left celebrity admitted that she was disappointed when she realized she was straight, but was thankful that her sister came out as homosexual because then someone in her family was representing her values.

According to the NY Post:
Lena Dunham spoke warmly about her sister coming out as gay at age 17 at the Point Honors Gala at the New York Public Library on Monday.

“This is probably the most attractive room I have yet to enter,” she told the crowd at the event for the Point Foundation, which helps LGBTQ students.

“Gay men clean up real good, which is probably why I have dated so many of you,” she joked.

The “Girls” star thanked her sister Grace, now 22, saying, “I have always felt a strong and emotional connection to members of the LGBTQ community. It was actually a huge disappointment for me when I came of age and realized that I was sexually attracted to men. So when my sister came out, I thought, ‘Thank God, now someone in this family can truly represent my beliefs and passions.’”
Of course, a person’s sexuality is entirely their business; however, at the same time that homosexual activists attempt to downplay the differences between homosexual partnerships and heterosexual partnerships, it serves as a glaring contradiction when homosexuality is celebrated and affirmation of one’s heterosexuality can be classified as a “disappointment.”

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THE FOUNDATION

“Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honor, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty: and this public passion must be superior to all private passions.” –John Adams, letter to Mercy Warren, 1776

TOP 5 RIGHT HOOKS

Not Another ‘Red Line’

Foreign policy neophyte Barack Obama once again made a bone-headed pronouncement about world affairs, this time addressing the violence in Ukraine. “[W]e’re going to be watching closely and we expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence in dealing with peaceful protesters,” he said Wednesday. “We’ve also said we expect peaceful protesters to remain peaceful.” He added, “[T]here will be consequences if people step over the line.” Unfortunately, everyone knows that Obama speaks loudly and forgets his stick, especially when the nation in question is in any way associated with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, which Ukraine’s government is. Just like his “red line” with Syria, this latest warning is huff and bluster that will only weaken U.S. standing in the world.

Tea Party Turns Five

Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of CNBC’s Rick Santelli reporting from the Chicago stock exchange floor and calling for a new “Tea Party.”1 He was specifically opposed to Barack Obama’s “stimulus,” bailouts and other massive spending growth. “A lot of people have been credited with starting the modern-day tea party but make no mistake, it was Rick Santelli,” said Glenn Beck. “His off the cuff monologue spoke the words that millions of Americans felt but could not nor dare not speak.” The Tea Party remains a force in the GOP, and is the reason the party swept to victory in the House in 2010. We hope the movement can regain that momentum this fall, retake the Senate, and restore some fiscal sanity to Washington.

Insurance Tax Will Raise Premiums

Before ObamaCare was passed, Barack Obama repeatedly told us that his new law would save the average family $2,500 a year on their health insurance premiums. Wrong. A new study2 by Robert Book of the American Action Forum shows that the annual tax on health insurance companies based on their market share will inevitably be passed on to consumers. As a result, he says, it “will result in a premium increase of $60 to $160 per person in 2014, rising to $100-$300 by 2018, for the average insured individual – and over $260 per family in 2014, rising to over $450 in 2018, for families with employer-sponsored, fully-insured coverage.” Once again, we see all too clearly that the BIG Lie was calling ObamaCare the “Affordable” Care Act.

$100 Billion in Bad Payments

The federal government wastes a lot of money, that much is inarguable. But thanks to Veronique de Rugy and Jason Fichtner3, we have some new detail, specifically on various welfare programs and wrongful recipients. Medicare fee-for-service is the worst offender in nominal terms, with nearly $30 billion in improper spending in 2012 alone. But the Earned Income Tax Credit is worse in percentage terms – de Rugy writes that it’s “responsible for $12.6 billion in improper payments, almost a quarter of what the program spent in 2012.” In conclusion, she says, “The reality is that federal spending has grown too massive to be adequately overseen, and the resultant waste, fraud, and abuse squanders public resources and undermines trust in government.”

Report Dramatizes Shootings

new report4 released by Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun groups Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in American (MDA) and Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) claims that, “In the fourteen months since the mass shooting in Newtown, CT, there have been at least 44 school shootings including fatal and nonfatal assaults, suicides, and unintentional shootings – an average of more than three a month. These school shootings resulted in 28 deaths and 37 non-fatal gunshot injuries.” This data however is highly misleading. “Included in the numbers are [11] suicides,” explains columnist John Lott. “Also included are late night shootings in school parking lots, on other school grounds or even offschool property, often involving gangs. As ‘shootings,’ they also include any incident where shots were fired, even when nobody was injured.” They also fail to mention that the overall number of school shootings continues to decrease.

For more, visit Right Hooks5.

RIGHT ANALYSIS

Report: Minimum Wage Increase Decreases Employment

 

Conservatives have argued for years that raising the minimum wage leads to a decrease in employment among those on the bottom rung of the economic ladder, an argument leftists vehemently deny. But a report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that a proposed minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour by 2016 would eliminate 500,000 jobs despite the prospect of enhanced economic activity overall. While that’s a bad scenario, even the best number the CBO could come up with was the increased minimum wage would lead to a “very slight decrease” in employment. Their worst case projection is that one million jobs may be lost.

It’s also worth considering that the increased economic activity, once losses from those who were furloughed, business owners making less profit, and overall higher costs due to the inflationary effects of an artificial wage hike are factored in, would result in a paltry $2 billion increase in real income overall. In part, this is because just 19% of these additional earnings would accrue to families below the poverty line; meanwhile 29% would go to families who make three times the poverty level. In other words, many of those workers who actually make minimum wage – representing less than 2% of the workforce – are those just entering the workforce, meaning they most likely still live with their parents and supplement a far larger household income. The CBO estimates just 2% of those who live in poverty will be lifted out of it by a minimum wage increase. But how many non-minimum wage earners will be forced into poverty by the increased costs?

So why would we engage in what commentator Charles Krauthammer called8“a transfer of wealth from some low-income earners to other low-income earners”? Simple – it’s an election year and goodies have to flow freely to those who typically vote Democrat. Either they’ll get a raise or they’ll be enjoying many months’ worth of unemployment payments, a win-win for the lazy and statists everywhere.

Working Out the Details of NSA Reform

 

High-ranking members of the intelligence community and civil liberties advocates are trying to figure out just how the government will go about implementing the changes Barak Obama recently proposed9 for the NSA. But what they’ve come up with doesn’t instill a lot of confidence. Obama called for a number of changes to the government’s intelligence gathering infrastructure, including a prohibition on spying on allied leaders and restrictions on gathering and holding data on non-citizens overseas. Both restrictions can, of course, be rescinded if there is a compelling national security purpose – a loophole so broad a Mack truck could drive through it.

One slightly more troubling proposal includes the creation of a privacy advocate that would have a voice in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which currently only hears the government’s side of any national security issue. Injecting a third party into this area of the intelligence infrastructure is fraught with problems. National security information could be compromised and legal proceedings could severely gum up legitimate investigations. Just imagine the damage that could be done if the ACLU had a voice in a FISA court.

The biggest issue of debate, however, is just what to do with the massive amounts of data collected by the NSA’s phone surveillance program. The president proposed putting the collected information in a third-party repository that the NSA would have to seek permission in order to access. No one is sure exactly what this would look like, but telecommunications companies want no part of it. There is no way to guarantee the safety of the data in the hands of a private enterprise, considering the data hacks that take place in the private sector these days. And if the third-party is some quasi public-private institution (think Fannie Mae for spies), who is to say that the operation can be run without leaks, political shenanigans or costly bureaucratic error?

Little mention is made about what to do with the data the NSA currently possesses; these plans are all concerned with future changes, not retroactive ones. However, The Wall Street Journal reports10, “The government is considering enlarging the National Security Agency’s controversial collection of Americans’ phone records – an unintended consequence of lawsuits seeking to stop the surveillance program.”

Meanwhile, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper argued this week that none of this would be necessary had the American public been aware of the NSA surveillance program from the start. Clapper thinks that Americans would have been fine with the extent of the program if the government had just explained its necessity right after 9/11. This, of course, doesn’t excuse his lying to Congress last year about the existence of the program, but that’s okay, too, because Clapper still believes the program is constitutional and effective, despite growing evidence that it is neither.

For more, visit Right Analysis5.

TOP 5 RIGHT OPINION COLUMNS

 

OPINION IN BRIEF

Columnist Ann Coulter: “Our extremely progressive tax system, where nearly half the country pays no income tax at all, and the other half pays about 40 percent of their income, may not be fair. But most people also don’t think it’s fair to tax a guy making $80,000 a year the identical amount as one making $80 million a year. That’s exactly what Obamacare does. With Obamacare, the Democratic Party has foisted the most regressive tax possible on America. This ruthless assault on the middle class is all so we can have a health care system more like every other country has. Until now, the United States has had the highest survival rates in the world for heart disease, cancer and diabetes. … So across the world, we’ll all be equal, dying of cancer, heart disease and diabetes as often as everyone else. It’s not that Obama doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism; it’s that he wants to end it.”

Columnist Ben Shapiro: “[I]f consumerism and virtue are allied, there is no place left for the Marxist critique of capitalism – namely that capitalism makes people less compassionate, more selfish, and ethically meager. And so consumerism must be severed from virtue (very few leftists critique Americans’ propensity for spending cash on Lady Gaga concerts) so that it can be castigated as sin more broadly. In a world in which consumerism is the greatest of all sins, America is the greatest of all sinners, which, of course, is the point of the anti-consumerist critique from the left: to target America. Global warming represents the latest apocalyptic consequence threatened by the leftist gods for the great iniquity of buying things, developing products, and competing in the global marketplace. And America must be called to heel by the great preachers in Washington, D.C., and Hollywood.”

Justice John Marshall Harlan (1899-1971): “In view of the Constitution, in the eye of the law, there is in this country no superior, dominant, ruling class of citizens. There is no caste here. Our Constitution is colorblind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.”

Columnist Cal Thomas: “Republicans have a lot of problems, but chief among them is that they are known more for what they are against. They hate President Obama, Obamacare, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Some Republicans don’t even like each other. What and who do they like? What are they for? Where are examples of their policies working – creating jobs, improving lives, lowering deficits and taxes, cutting spending and reducing the size and reach of government? (Hint: States have the answer, not Washington.)”

Humorist Frank J. Fleming: “If you needed the CBO to tell you a minimum wage increase would cost jobs, please stay out of politics.”

Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis!
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Shirley Temple Black, Screen Darling, Dies at 85

By FEB. 11, 201

Shirley Temple Black, who as a dimpled, precocious and determined little girl in the 1930s sang and tap-danced her way to a height of Hollywood stardom and worldwide fame that no other child has reached, died on Monday night at her home in Woodside, Calif. She was 85.

Her publicist, Cheryl Kagan, confirmed her death.

Ms. Black returned to the spotlight in the 1960s in the surprising new role of diplomat, but in the popular imagination she would always be America’s darling of the Depression years, when in 23 motion pictures her sparkling personality and sunny optimism lifted spirits and made her famous. From 1935 to 1939 she was the most popular movie star in America, with Clark Gable a distant second. She received more mail than Greta Garbo and was photographed more often than President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The little girl with 56 perfect blonde ringlets and an air of relentless determination was so precocious that the usually unflappable Adolphe Menjou, her co-star in her first big hit, “Little Miss Marker,” described her as “an Ethel Barrymore at 6” and said she was “making a stooge out of me.”

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From 1935 to 1939, Shirley Temple was the most popular movie star in America. Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

When she turned from a magical child into a teenager, audience interest slackened, and she retired from the screen at 22. But instead of retreating into nostalgia, she created a successful second career for herself.

After marrying Charles Alden Black in 1950, she became a prominent Republican fund-raiser. She was appointed a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly by President Richard M. Nixon in 1969. She went on to win wide respect as the United States ambassador to Ghana from 1974 to 1976, was President Gerald R. Ford’s chief of protocol in 1976 and 1977, and became President George H. W. Bush’s ambassador to Czechoslovakia in 1989, serving there during the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe.

After winning an honorary Academy Award at the age of 6 and earning $3 million before puberty, Shirley Temple grew up to be a level-headed adult. When her cancerous left breast was removed in 1972, at a time when operations for cancer were shrouded in secrecy, she held a news conference in her hospital room to speak out about her mastectomy and to urge women discovering breast lumps not to “sit home and be afraid.” She is widely credited with helping to make it acceptable to talk about breast cancer.

Shirley Jane Temple was born in Santa Monica, Calif., on April 23, 1928. From the beginning, she and her mother, Gertrude, were a team (“I was absolutely bathed in love,” she remembered); her movie career was their joint invention. Her precocious success was due to both her own charm and her mother’s persistence.

A statement released by her family said, “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife for fifty-five years of the late and much missed Charles Alden Black.”

Tamera Mowry is not alone

 

» Tamera Mowry Is Not Alone » Commentary — GOPUSA

This made my heart ache and my blood pressure spike: Actress Tamera Mowry, who is black, wept in an interview with Oprah Winfrey over the vile bigotry she has encountered because of her marriage to Fox News reporter Adam Housley, who is white. Misogynist haters called Mowry a sellout and a “white man’s whore.” International news outlets labeled the Internet epithets she endured “horrific” and “shocking.”

Horrific? Yes. Shocking? Not at all. What Mowry experienced is just a small taste of what the intolerance mob dishes out against people “of color” who love, think and live the “wrong” way. I’ve grown so used to it that I often forget how hurtful it can be. Mowry’s candor was moving and admirable. It’s also a valuable teachable moment about how dehumanizing it can be to work in the public eye. Have we really sunk to this?

Young actresses in the 21st century forced to defend their love lives because their marital choices are politically incorrect? We’re leaning backward in the regressive Age of Hope and Change.

Let’s face it: Mowry’s sin, in the view of her feckless detractors, is not merely that she married outside her race. It’s also that she is so open about her love for a white man who — gasp! — works for reviled Fox News. Neither of them is political, but the mere association with Bad Things (Fox, conservatives, capitalism, the tea party, Christian activism, traditional values) is an invitation for unabashed hate.

The dirty open secret is that a certain category of public figures has been routinely mocked, savaged and reviled for being partners in interracial marriages or part of loving interracial families (for a refresher, see the video clip of MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry and friends cackling at the holiday photo of Mitt Romney holding his black adopted grandson in his lap).

And the dirty double standard is that selectively compassionate journalists and pundits have routinely looked the other way — or participate directly in heaping on the hate.

Have you forgotten? Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was excoriated by black liberals for being married to wife Virginia, who happens to be white. The critics weren’t anonymous trolls on the Internet. They worked for major media outlets and institutions of higher learning. USA Today columnist Barbara Reynolds slammed Thomas and his wife for their colorblind union: “It may sound bigoted; well, this is a bigoted world and why can’t black people be allowed a little Archie Bunker mentality? … Here’s a man who’s going to decide crucial issues for the country and he has already said no to blacks; he has already said if he can’t paint himself white he’ll think white and marry a white woman.”

Howard University’s Afro-American Studies Chair Russell Adams accused Thomas of racism against all blacks for falling in love with someone outside his race. “His marrying a white woman is a sign of his rejection of the black community,” Adams told The Washington Post. “Great justices have had community roots that served as a basis for understanding the Constitution. Clarence’s lack of a sense of community makes his nomination troubling.”

California state Senate Democrat Diane Watson taunted former University of California regent Ward Connerly after a public hearing, spitting: “He’s married a white woman. He wants to be white. He wants a colorless society. He has no ethnic pride. He doesn’t want to be black.”

Mowry is not alone. The Thomases and the Connerlys are not alone. Poisonous attempts to shame are an old, endless schoolyard game played by bullies who never grow up and can’t stand other people’s happiness or success.

Time doesn’t lessen the vitriol or hostility. Take it from someone who knows. “Oriental Auntie-Tom,” “yellow woman doing the white man’s job,” “white man’s puppet,” “Manila whore” and “Subic Bay bar girl” are just a few of the printable slurs I’ve amassed over the past quarter-century. You wouldn’t believe how many Neanderthals still think they can break you by sneering “me love you long time” or “holla for a dolla.” My IQ, free will, skin color, eye shape, productivity, sincerity, maiden name and integrity have all been ridiculed or questioned because I happen to be a minority conservative woman happily married to a white man and the mother of two interracial children who see Mom and Dad — not Brown Mom and White Dad.

Mowry’s got the right attitude. She wiped away her tears and told Oprah that haters wouldn’t drag her down. Brava. Live, laugh, think and love without regrets. It’s the best revenge and the most effective antidote to crab-in-the-bucket syndrome.

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

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Huckabee is all the buzz – especially to Huckabee

By Washington Times (DC) December 17, 2013 6:50 am
Suddenly, out of nowhere, everyone’s talking about Mike Huckabee making a repeat run for the White House.

Well, not everyone. Mostly, it’s Mike Huckabee talking about Mike Huckabee.

“I’m keeping the door open,” Mr. Huckabee told The New York Times. “I’m mindful of the fact that there’s a real opportunity for me.”

ABC News got the headline right when it wrote: “Mike Huckabee Talks 2016, But Is Anyone Listening?”

It is, of course, three years until Election Day 2016. That’s more than 1,000 days. And it’s worth remembering that three years before the 2008 election, New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani was the Republican front-runner (and then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton an absolute shoo-in for the Democratic nomination).

But the chattering class needs something to chatter about, so last week, it was Mr. Huckabee.

Here’s the thing: Mr. Huckabee is loving life. He just bailed on his radio show (some saw the move as a sign that he’s running; but he said the daily grind was just too much). At 58, he’s old enough to be comfortable financially and young enough to enjoy the freedom that comes with that. He’s got grown kids and now grandkids – who wouldn’t want to just kick back and hang out with the young-uns?

You think Sarah Palin is going to leave her luxurious estate in Scottsdale, Ariz., to make a run for the White House. Not likely.

Still, there might be just a nub of truth behind the chatter on Mr. Huckabee. He is, at least, a seasoned veteran who knows how to run. He won six states during the 2008 primaries, including an opening victory in the crucial state of Iowa, and that on a shoestring budget. 2016 could well be very different.

Also, he’s not overcome with ambition. Unlike other unsuccessful 2008 candidates, Mr. Huckabee laid low in 2012. Instead, he cashed in on his higher profile, embarking on a lucrative speaking tour and holding court each week on a Fox News weekend TV show.

The mood in America may be changing in his favor as well. In 2008, Americans simply wanted change. In 2012, they didn’t much like President Obama, but they sure didn’t like the other guy. Yet five years in, the economy is still a mess, the entitlement programs clearly out of hand.

Along with the emergence of the tea party, a new wave of conservatives are gearing up for 2016, such as Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. That could open up some territory for Mr. Huckabee, who would position himself more like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a moderate who’s not exactly GOP establishment. And he at least sees the GOP needs to embiggen its tent.

“I really believe the key to a Republican victory is an ability to communicate a message that speaks across a broader spectrum,” he said to The Washington Post. “I think that one of our failures is the ability to speak to African Americans, to speak to people who are Hispanic, to speak to working-class people – more than just speaking to the boardroom, speaking to the people who go in and clean up after the meeting.”

He also took aim at conservative groups. “My hope and prayer is that more mainstream Republicans would push back hard against the groups like Club for Growth and FreedomWorks and even Heritage Action,” he said in an October speech.

Three years out, a couple of polls say Mr. Huckabee is in play. A survey by Gravis Marketing put him in the lead in South Carolina at 18 percent, leading Jeb Bush (17 percent), Chris Christie (14 percent) and Ted Cruz (13 percent) – although “undecided” came in second at 16 percent. A poll by the Wickers Group put Mr. Huckabee in the lead in Iowa at 21 percent, ahead of Mr. Christie and Mr. Cruz, tied at 14 percent.

Dave Catanese, mastermind of TheRun2016.com, took the opposite view of ABC News, headlining his piece, “Huckaboom.”

“Missouri GOP chairman Ed Martin says he thinks Huckabee is ‘definitely considering it,'” Mr. Catanese wrote. “‘There are some pastors from South Carolina and Iowa coming to tell him to run. And Missourians think a lot of Gov. Huckabee,’ Martin said.”

The reporter also noted that Mr. Huckabee, a former Baptist minister, has embarked on a “nationwide pastors speaking tour,” keynoting a Pastors & Pews event in Little Rock.

ABC News, though, is not convinced, quoting Georgetown professor Hans Noel as saying Christian conservatives “were not powerful enough to get Huckabee the nomination in 2008, and they are not vastly more powerful now.”

Yet Mr. Huckabee is making clear he’s seriously mulling a run – although he’s at least seeking some guidance.

Asked after his Little Rock, Ark., speech if he was running, Mr. Huckabee said, “The Lord knows, but he’s not telling just yet.”

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times and is now editor of the Drudge Report. He can be reached at josephcurl@gmail.com and on Twitter @josephcurl.

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