Sunday, December 4, 2016

Time for conservatives to DUMP Kellogg’s after what they just did…



Time for conservatives to DUMP Kellogg’s after what they just did…
By The Analytical Economist
5:10pm  November 30, 2016
Given the number of corporations out there who’ve taken a political stance (right and left) and faced immediate blowback from customers, you might start to think business schools need to give a lesson on “How to Not Alienate Half Your Customers 101.” Hard to imagine why it would ever be beneficial to alienate potential customers. And given that there isn’t a single business in the world with a base who agrees on politics 100% of the time, it would seem prudent for businesses to stay clear of public political stances altogether.

That doesn’t seem to be stopping some of our nation’s largest corporations.

The latest business to take a stand in Trump’s America is the $25 billion food giant Kellogg. As USA Today reported: Kellogg, the food manufacturer that owns Pringles and Pop-Tarts, confirmed Tuesday that it will discontinue advertising on Breitbart.com, the far-right news and commentary site that was formerly run by a top aide of President-elect Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.

USA Today
Susan Goldberg was a deputy managing editor for USA Today, and an executive editor for Bloomberg News.

Note: Bloomberg News is a division of Bloomberg LP.
Michael R. Bloomberg is the founder of Bloomberg LP, the founder of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, was a contributor for the Americans for Responsible Solutions.
Americans for Responsible Solutions is a “Gun Safety, Gun Control” PAC for guns.
Gabrielle Giffords is the co-founder of the Americans for Responsible Solutions, a member of Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, an advisory board member for the Center for National Policy, and an advisory board member for the Truman National Security Project.
Jean Becker was the vice chair for the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, and a Page One editor for USA Today.
Madeleine K. Albright was the president of the Center for National Policy, is an advisory board member for the Truman National Security Project, a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), and a co-chairman for the Albright Stonebridge Group.
Bloomberg Family Foundation was a funder for the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Aspen Institute (think tank), and the Brookings Institution (think tank).
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society.  
Ann McLaughlin Korologos is the chair emeritus for the Aspen Institute (think tank), and is a director at the Kellogg Company.
Carlos M. Gutierrez was the chairman & CEO for the Kellogg Company, and is the co-chairman for the Albright Stonebridge Group.
Melody C. Barnes is a senior adviser for the Albright Stonebridge Group, Barack Obama’s golf partner, and a director at Booz Allen Hamilton.
Barack Obama is Melody C. Barnes’s golf partner, and was an intern at Sidley Austin LLP.
Cyrus F. Freidheim Jr. was a managing director at the Booz Allen Hamilton, is an honorary trustee at the Brookings Institution (think tank), and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Commercial Club of Chicago, Members Directory A-Z (Past Research)
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
R. Eden Martin is the president of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and counsel at Sidley Austin LLP.
Newton N. Minow is a senior counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, and a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago.
W. James McNerney Jr. is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, a trustee at
Northwestern University, and the chairman for the President's Export Council.
Christine E. Brennen is a trustee at Northwestern University, and a sports columnist for USA Today.
Stephanie A. Burns is a member of the President's Export Council, and a director at the Kellogg Company.

BuzzFeed Still Hounding Chip and Joanna Gaines: ‘Fixer Upper’ Has Yet to Feature Same-Sex Couple



BuzzFeed Still Hounding Chip and Joanna Gaines: ‘Fixer Upper’ Has Yet to Feature Same-Sex Couple
by Daniel Nussbaum 2 Dec 2016
BuzzFeed has not let up on Christian TV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines, with reporter Kate Aurthur implicitly warning the hosts of HGTV’s Fixer Upper that they will receive more bad press unless the show features a same-sex couple.

On Thursday, the site posted a statement from HGTV affirming the network’s policy of LGBT inclusion; the network was responding to a Tuesday article from Aurthur implying that the Christian hosts might discriminate against gay couples.

“We don’t discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows,” the network said in a statement. “HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series.”

That wasn’t enough for Aurthur, who made a point of noting that Fixer Upper has not yet included a gay couple in each of its first three seasons:

“When pressed about same-sex couples being welcome on Fixer Upper in particular, the representative for HGTV highlighted the phrase “in any of our shows.” The series, which just launched its fourth season, has yet to do so.”

Aurthur appears to insinuate that HGTV is anti-LGBT even after acknowledging in her previous article that two other popular programs on the network, Property Brothers and House Hunters, have featured gay couples in the past. The absence of gay couples on Fixer Upper is apparently enough evidence for BuzzFeed to suggest that the show, the couple and the network are all anti-gay bigots.

Aurthur’s second story on the Gaineses also claims that the first article “sparked a firestorm of criticism from Christians who argued that people who oppose same-sex marriage and LGBT rights are persecuted by the media.”

But most of the criticism of the first article came not just from Christians, but also from BuzzFeed’s own readers and from many of Aurthur’s peers in the media. As one BuzzFeed reader wrote in response to the first article: “This is a tired, forced witch hunt. You are inciting a wave of negative attention on this couple for something that indirectly links to them. That’s not journalism, it’s petty bullsh*t.”

BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith’s weak response to the original article on his Twitter account was similarly challenged by journalists from the Daily Beast and Business Insider.

Aurthur’s original story reported that Chip and Joanna Gaines attend a church in their hometown of Waco, Texas whose founder, pastor Jimmy Seibert, believes in traditional marriage.

In response to the story, Pastor Seibert told Fox News’ Todd Starnes that his Antioch Community Church is “absolutely not” anti-gay.

“We are not only not anti-gay, but we are pro-helping people in their journey to find out who God is and who He has made them to be,” he said. “For us – our heart has always been to love Jesus, preach the word of God and help people in their journey.”

BuzzFeed
Kenneth B. Lerer is the chairman for BuzzFeed, and an advisory board member for Everytown for Gun Safety.

Note: Everytown for Gun Safety is a “Gun Safety, Gun Control” group for guns.
Michael R. Bloomberg is the founder of Everytown for Gun Safety, Emma Bloomberg’s father, was a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, a donor for the Robin Hood Foundation, and an advocate for the ONE Campaign.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Harlem Children's Zone, the Robin Hood Foundation, and the International Rescue Committee.
George Soros was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone.
Emma Bloomberg was the chief of staff for the Robin Hood Foundation, and is Michael R. Bloomberg’s father.
Jeff Zucker is a director emeritus at the Robin Hood Foundation, and was the president & CEO for NBCUniversal.
NBCUniversal is an investor in BuzzFeed.
Clifford S. Asness was a leadership council member for the Robin Hood Foundation, supported same-sex marriage in New York, and is a director at the International Rescue Committee.
ONE Campaign is a partner with the International Rescue Committee.
Michael R. Bloomberg was an advocate for the ONE Campaign, a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, a donor for the Robin Hood Foundation, is Emma Bloomberg’s father, and the founder of Everytown for Gun Safety.
Everytown for Gun Safety is a “Gun Safety, Gun Control” group for guns.
Kenneth B. Lerer is an advisory board member for Everytown for Gun Safety, and the chairman for BuzzFeed.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Top 8 facts you don't know about David Petraeus




Top 8 facts you don't know about David Petraeus
Trump considers general for secretary of state despite views on guns, refugees, Israel, big government
Retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus
The political world is abuzz with speculation about President-elect Donald Trump’s consideration of former CIA Director David Petraeus as his choice for secretary of state – but Petraeus’ positions on a variety of issues, including gun control, could upset conservatives if he is indeed selected for the slot.

Trump met Monday with the retired Army four-star general at his offices in Trump Tower in Manhattan. In a Twitter post minutes after the meeting, Trump tweeted: “Just met with General Petraeus – very impressed!”

But if Trump selects Petraeus to be his chief foreign affairs adviser, he runs the risk of upsetting his conservative base. Petraeus is a fervent advocate of gun control and expansive government. He supported the program to resettle Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the United States. Petraeus has pressed for shutting down Guantanamo Bay prison, backed Obama’s Iran policy, decried U.S. favoritism toward Israel and even advocated reconciliation with the Taliban.

The Trump transition team did not respond to WND’s request for comment regarding why Petraeus is being considered for the post.


“Refugees are victims, not perpetrators, of terrorism,” the letter stated. “Categorically refusing to take them only feeds the narrative of ISIS that there is a war between Islam and the West, that Muslims are not welcome in the United States and Europe, and that the ISIS caliphate is their true home.”

WND recently listed eight terror attacks in the last 18 months that were carried out by Muslim immigrants or sons of Muslim immigrants. At least four of the attacks on the list were carried out by Muslims who came to America through the United Nations refugee resettlement program overseen by the U.S. State Department.

Petraeus also helped launch a gun-control group this summer. In June of this year, he and retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, teamed up to launch Veterans Coalition for Common Sense to encourage legislators to toughen gun laws, “close the loopholes in our background check laws” and “do more to prevent gun tragedies.”

If he were to be chosen as secretary of state, Petraeus would play a pivotal role in determining whether to remove the U.S. from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, an agreement that Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt told WND could result in “a national gun registration and licensing scheme” inside the U.S.

He also led the charge to allow gay troops to serve openly in the military – more than a year before the Obama administration repealed the armed forces’ “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

In March 2010, Petraeus declared “the time has come” for the military to reconsider the rule. In the same month, Petraeus told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria he served with homosexuals in the CIA and didn’t believe troops would have difficulty adjusting to working with openly gay service members.

Petraeus has expressed support for Obama’s calls for shutting down Guantanamo Bay prison and condemned American use of interrogation strategies such as waterboarding.

“With respect to Guantanamo,” Petraeus told Radio Free Europe, “I think that the closure in a responsible manner, obviously one that is certainly being worked out now by the Department of Justice … But doing that in a responsible manner, I think, sends an important message to the world, as does the commitment of the United States to observe the Geneva Convention when it comes to the treatment of detainees.”
President Obama and Gen. David Petraeus at the White House on April 28, 2011. Also visible are Vice President Joe Biden and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates (official White House photo by Pete Souza).

Petraeus testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee in March of 2010, saying the perception of U.S. favoritism toward Israel has fomented anti-Americanism. He told the committee, “enduring hostilities between Israel and some of its neighbors present distinct challenges to our ability to advance our interests in the area of responsibility.

“Arab anger over the Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of U.S. partnerships with governments and peoples [in the region].”

Petraeus’ remarks came after a week of stressed U.S.-Israel relations following Israel’s announcement of plans to build 1,600 homes in East Jerusalem.

His critics have blasted him for being soft on crime, reconciling with the Taliban and supporting Sunni militias in Iraq’s Sunni Awakening.

“I think that you have to have at least an open mind about this because this is historically the way counterinsurgency efforts ultimately have been concluded,” he told CBS NewsKatie Couric in 2010 prior to the Obama administration’s drawdown of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

Asked what the U.S. and Afghanistan have to offer the Taliban, he replied, “They can live is No. 1. No. 2, perhaps they could return to their country of origin. A lot of them are tired of, again, living their life on the run, of being pursued, of living outside the country and so forth. And so I think that those are all fairly powerful incentives for them.”

On the issue of Iran going nuclear, Petraeus told “Meet the Press” on Feb. 21, 2010, that he believed Iran is “a ways” away from obtaining a nuclear weapon and agreed with continuing the “pressure track” the Obama administration was on at the time. But in 2015, he told the Senate Armed Service Committee the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran had some key weaknesses.

“The nuclear agreement negotiated by the Obama administration contains many positive elements,” he said. “It also contains some problematic elements.”

While he said the deal would apply restrictions to the regime for the next decade, he warned of providing new resources to Iran “to pursue maligned activities,” causing the risk of nuclear proliferation to increase.

As of this date, Petraeus’ name is also on the membership roster of the Council on Foreign Relations, a U.S. foreign-policy think tank that, critics say, promotes world government.

Many of Petraeus’ views on fiscal policy and social issues are unknown. Several pundits have questioned his political positions. Much like retired four-star Army Gen. Colin Powell, who served under President W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, Petraeus is often seen as a moderate who sometimes supports centrist or Democrat-backed causes.

A 2008 report in the New Yorker stated, “Petraeus is registered to vote as a Republican in New Hampshire – he once described himself to a friend as a northeastern Republican, in the tradition of Nelson Rockefeller – but he said that around 2002, after he became a two-star general, he stopped voting.”

But Max Fisher, associate editor at The Atlantic, argued in 2010 that Petraeus has “big-government” views.

Worst of all, he’s a big-government liberal: His strategy in Iraq relied on numerous population-centric strategies that are called counterinsurgency when deployed inside a war zone but, if implemented in the U.S., would be called social welfare programs on the scale of FDR’s Works Progress Administration or Johnson’s Great Society. Petraeus uses government resources to put unemployed locals to work on massive infrastructure projects, he works hard to secure fair political representation for aggrieved minorities, and he builds strong, public social services like hospitals and schools. President Reagan’s edict, “government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem,” doesn’t seem to hold for Petraeus in Iraq. Would it hold for Petraeus in Washington?

Petraeus’ wife, Holly, works in the Obama administration as the assistant director for servicemember affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency founded as a part of the Dodd-Frank Act. The administration named her to the $187,605-per-year job in 2012 after Petraeus resigned his position as CIA director in the wake of news he had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. He later pleaded guilty to mishandling classified information, which he provided to his mistress. In April 2015, a federal judge sentenced him to two years probation and a $100,000 fine.

Through the years, Petraeus has repeatedly insisted he has no political ambitions.

In August 2012, in reaction to media buzz that GOP nominee Mitt Romney was considering Petraeus as his vice-presidential running mate, CIA spokesman Preston Golson said, “Director Petraeus feels very privileged to be able to continue to serve our country in his current position, and as he has stated clearly numerous times before, he will not seek elected office.”

Mark Kelly
Mark E. Kelly is an astronaut for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), married to Gabrielle Giffords, and a co-founder for the Americans for Responsible Solutions.

Note: Americans for Responsible Solutions is a “Gun Safety, Gun Control” PAC for guns.
Gabrielle Giffords is a married to Mark E. Kelly, a co-founder for the Americans for Responsible Solutions, and an advisory board member for the Truman National Security Project.
Ronald A. Klain was a director at the Truman National Security Project, and is the president (on leave) for Case Holdings.
Hollister K. Petraeus (Holly) is an investor in Case Holdings, married to David H. Petraeus, and helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
David H. Petraeus is married to Hollister K. Petraeus (Holly), the SVP for the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (British think tank), and the KKR Global Institute chairman for KKR & Co. LP.
Alexander V. Mirtchev is the chairman for the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (British think tank), and a director at the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank).
Open Society Foundations was a funder for the Atlantic Council of the United States (think tank), and the American Constitution Society.
George Soros is the founder & chairman for the Open Society Foundations, was the chairman for the Foundation to Promote Open Society, and a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone.
Foundation to Promote Open Society was a funder for the Harlem Children's Zone, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, and the Aspen Institute (think tank).
John J. Mack was a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, is a senior adviser for KKR & Co. LP, a director at the Bloomberg Family Foundation, an advisory board member for Everytown for Gun Safety.
Michael R. Bloomberg was a benefactor for the Harlem Children's Zone, a donor for the Robin Hood Foundation, a contributor for the Americans for Responsible Solutions, is the founder of the Bloomberg Family Foundation, the founder of Everytown for Gun Safety, a co-chair for the Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and the founder of the Independence USA PAC.
Tom Brokaw was a director at the Robin Hood Foundation, and the interim host for Meet the Press.
Emma Bloomberg was the chief of staff for the Robin Hood Foundation, is Michael R. Bloomberg’s daughter, and a director at the Bloomberg Family Foundation.
Robin Hood Foundation was a funder for the Harlem Children's Zone, and the Harlem Village Academies.
Katie Couric is a director at the Harlem Village Academies, a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), and was an anchor for the CBS News.
Bloomberg Family Foundation was a funder for the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Walter Isaacson is a director at the Bloomberg Family Foundation, and the president & CEO for the Aspen Institute (think tank).
Madeleine K. Albright is a trustee at the Aspen Institute (think tank), and an advisory board member for the Truman National Security Project.
Ronald A. Klain was a director at the Truman National Security Project, and is the president (on leave) for Case Holdings.
Hollister K. Petraeus (Holly) is an investor in Case Holdings, married to David H. Petraeus, and helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Gabrielle Giffords is an advisory board member for the Truman National Security Project, a married to Mark E. Kelly, and a co-founder for the Americans for Responsible Solutions.
Mark E. Kelly is married to Gabrielle Giffords, an astronaut for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), married to Gabrielle Giffords, and a co-founder for the Americans for Responsible Solutions.
Americans for Responsible Solutions is a “Gun Safety, Gun Control” PAC for guns.
Everytown for Gun Safety is a “Gun Safety, Gun Control” group for guns.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a “Gun Safety, Gun Control” group for guns.
Independence USA PAC is a “Gun Safety, Gun Control” PAC for guns.
Mark E. Kelly is a co-founder for the Americans for Responsible Solutions, an astronaut for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and married to Gabrielle Giffords.
Gabrielle Giffords is a married to Mark E. Kelly, an advisory board member for the Truman National Security Project, and a co-founder for the Americans for Responsible Solutions.
Ronald A. Klain was a director at the Truman National Security Project, and is the president (on leave) for Case Holdings.
Hollister K. Petraeus (Holly) is an investor in Case Holdings, married to David H. Petraeus, and helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Covington & Burling LLP was the lobby firm for the Americans for Responsible Solutions.
Americans for Responsible Solutions is a “Gun Safety, Gun Control” PAC for guns.
Eric H. Holder Jr. is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP, was a board member for the American Constitution Society, and intern at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, and the attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice for the Barack Obama administration.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is a division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the “Bureau of Gun Control”.
Thomas O. Barnett is an assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice, and was a partner at Covington & Burling LLP.
Americans for Responsible Solutions is a “Gun Safety, Gun Control” PAC for guns.
Mark E. Kelly is a co-founder for the Americans for Responsible Solutions, an astronaut for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and married to Gabrielle Giffords.
Gabrielle Giffords is a married to Mark E. Kelly, an advisory board member for the Truman National Security Project, and a co-founder for the Americans for Responsible Solutions.
Ronald A. Klain was a director at the Truman National Security Project, and is the president (on leave) for Case Holdings.
Hollister K. Petraeus (Holly) is an investor in Case Holdings, married to David H. Petraeus, and helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.