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Earn College Credit for Bashing Jews!

Friday, April 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Shalom Life reports:

Outraged students and pro-Israel groups are up in arms over a new course being taught at the University of California Riverside. The class, called “Palestine & Israel: Settler-Colonialism and Apartheid,” labels Jewish citizens of Israel as “occupiers,” and tries to discredit their claims to their homeland.

The class is being taught by Tina Matar, an undergrad student at the school. Matar is also part of the university’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter, and has (along with other members of the SJP) voiced her support of Hamas and other terrorist groups committing genocide against the Jewish peoples. Matar, along with the SJP, have also tried to get the school to boycott Israel, and partake in the BDS movement at campuses around the globe.

The campus is an active participant in the BDS movement. Matar, still a student herself, is being sponsored by a pro-BDS professor, David Lloyd. And here’s the real kicker: Janet Napolitano is a university administrator.

In his letter protesting the one-credit class, Christians United for Israel head David Brog commented, “I’m not sure what’s worse, having a college course taught by an undergraduate student or having a course syllabus that reads like the Facebook page of a skinhead teenager.”

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Son of George Soros Launches Anti-Israel ‘Jewish Action PAC’

Friday, April 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Alexander Soros’s announcement, first published in Politico, reads in part:

…other politically active American Jews have joined me to launch the Bend the Arc Jewish Action PAC, which will focus the passion and political power of American Jews on supporting those progressive politicians who truly speak to the core values of Jewish voters.

We’re not only progressive in our views. We’re also among the most politically engaged groups in America. In our local communities, American Jews are active, fighting for the issues we care about. Right now, we’re joining with other religious groups to protest so-called “religious freedom” laws in Indiana, Arkansas, Louisiana, and elsewhere that would allow discrimination against LGBT people. We’re supporting efforts to empower home health care workers to organize for better wages and working conditions. And we’re rallying behind the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Last December, on the first night of Chanukah, thousands of American Jews gathered across 15 U.S. cities to protest police brutality against African Americans.

So, what makes the Junior Soros’s move so striking at this very moment? Perhaps it is the fact that at the very second J Street decides to go whole-hog progressive, a Jew declares the need for a progressive Jewish PAC? No. It is far worse than that. It is no secret that Papa Soros funds various PACs tied directly to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. In his announcement, Alexander Soros makes it very clear that this “civil rights” movement is his organization’s primary focus. While J Street argues for Palestinian statehood in the Jewish world, Soros’s PAC is funding a pro-Palestinian activist camp on American soil, made up of disenfranchised African Americans who are busy establishing connections with radical Palestinians.

Why make it a “Jewish” endeavor? In a political climate where a growing number of Jews are cooling to Obama, traditionally liberal, secularized Jews are ripe for the picking. Let’s hope they’re wise enough not to pour Soros’s Kool Aid into their kiddush cups.

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Hillary and How Hollywood Turned Menopause into a Curse

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Language warning: NSFW

Praised for her raw take on women’s body issues, comedian Amy Schumer hosted Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for a sketch taking on Hollywood’s treatment of middle-aged women on the latest episode of her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer. It was a well-timed take on a rote discussion aired in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s declaration and the ensuing #HillarySoOld Twitter trend. Millennial voters barely old enough to remember Sally Field will never know that famed star Myrna Loy already covered this territory in the mid-40s when she went from being Cary Grant’s sexy career-woman love interest to his dowdy middle-aged wife in the span of one whole year.

Why has Hollywood never been kind to middle-aged women? For the same reason men get sexier as they age. Both have a lesser chance of being capable or inclined to reproduce. Angelina Jolie may have been more than willing to surrender her lady parts in the name of science, but the reality is that a lifetime of hormone replacement therapy will not be kind to her looks or her figure. (Fortunately for her she can afford to hide all that the way most menopausal women anxiously hoarding Oil of Olay in Wal Mart cannot.) At the same time, a man whose hair is embracing that touch of gray has gone from sexual threat to father figure. (See: George Clooney’s resume.)

This double standard is fueled by a goddess feminism obsessed with the idea that a woman’s ability to bear children is a biological curse that must be overcome if she is to obtain equality. Instead of embracing fertility, we drug it, abort it, or demand federal dollars to daycare it out of existence so we can get back to work, our beauteous forms intact. Therefore, why should it be any surprise that menopausal years are seen as our last “f**kable” golden hour of life before the only thing working in our favor — our beauty — fails us?

The grand irony is, of course, that one of the greatest cultural institutions presumed to support Hillary in 2016 will, once again, inevitably work against her. In the end, she just doesn’t fit their type.

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Man Shoots Computer, Cited by Police

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 - by The Tatler

A man in Colorado got a little frustrated with his home computer and pumped eight bullets into the machine. He was cited by police.

Lucas Hinch, 37, of Colorado Springs, accepted his citation with good humor, police told the Colorado Springs Gazette. According to the paper, Hinch told officers that he hadn’t realized that he was breaking the law when he brought the computer into an alley and blasted away.

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He was cited for discharging a firearm in the city.

Police Lt. Jeff Strossner did not want to say what what kind of computer it was but “he got tired of fighting with [it] for the last several months.”

We hear you, Lucas.

The computer was disabled as a result of the shots. A judge will decide what the penalty will be for Mr. Hinch.

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Babies, Just Another ‘Temporary Disability’

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

London-based Goldman Sachs exec Sonia Pereiro-Mendez just won a hefty $1.5 million in an out-of-court settlement simply by claiming that her employer discriminated against her pregnant and lactating body:

Pereiro-Mendez said senior management made sexist comments about her childcare arrangements and underpaid her by £1.4m ($2.1m) over a four year period following her pregnancy. At one point, she breastfed in a car when returning for a meeting whilst still on maternity leave. Such was the sexism that Pereiro-Mendez was allegedly able to make covert films of Goldman staff incriminating themselves.

There’s a reason the financial firm settled out of court for the ghastly sum. Firstly, the fees associated with taking the case to court would have cost far more in the long run. Secondly, some boss was stupid enough to allow her to attend a meeting while on leave (a huge HR no-no) and thirdly, she caught someone on tape essentially calling her a bad mother.

And therein lies the rub. Thanks to contemporary “choice” feminism, as in “because I’m a woman, any choice I make is a feminist choice subject to judgment based on my gender,” it can be just as sexist to assume a woman will have a child as it is to mock her mothering skills. Not that feminists are huge advocates of child-bearing. Praised as a huge victory for pregnant career women, the Supreme Court is now firmly defining pregnancy as a “temporary disability” that should be accommodated as such in the workplace. Just as babies have become fetuses, pregnancy is just a temporary medical setback akin to an off-the-job injury. Orwellian enough for you?

 

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Army Cadets on Campus Forced to Wear Red High Heels and Raise Awareness of Debunked ‘Rape Culture’

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - by Debra Heine

Those who did their homework in 2008 knew that when Barack Obama was elected, all aspects of American society would suffer unprecedented levels of  left-wing lunacy, but did anyone think it would come to this?

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Patriotic young cadets — America’s future warrior — pressured to walk around in bright red high heels on campus — against their will  – or face retribution.

I don’t even know what to say…

Via the Washington Times:

Army ROTC cadets are complaining on message boards that they were pressured to walk in high heels on Monday for an Arizona State University campus event designed to raise awareness of sexual violence against women.

The Army openly encouraged participating in April’s “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” events in 2014, but now it appears as though ROTC candidates at ASU were faced with a volunteer event that became mandatory.

“Attendance is mandatory and if we miss it we get a negative counseling and a ‘does not support the battalion sharp/EO mission’ on our CDT OER for getting the branch we want. So I just spent $16 on a pair of high heels that I have to spray paint red later on only to throw them in the trash after about 300 of us embarrass the U.S. Army tomorrow,” one anonymous cadet wrote on the social media sharing website Imgr, IJReview reported Monday.

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The only silver lining to this story is that comments on social media – Twitter, Facebook,  Reddit, and Tumblr –  have been overwhelmingly negative. In fact, I have yet to see a comment in support of this embarrassing nonsense.

“This makes me want to throw up!” said one Twitter user. “No doubt…. Too many mentally ill people have gotten into positions of power who then put their mentally ill friends into power,” said a another savvy tweeter.

In a Reddit discussion thread on the subject — titled, “Okay, who put the cadets up to this?” — a user confirmed that the claims were legitimate and added, “I just don’t understand why [General] Combs would court political controversy like this. Isn’t the military supposed to avoid faddish political movement and religious issues.”

During the Obama years, the military has become a hostile environment for Christian chaplains, and Christians in general. By the spring of 2013 — after Obama had been safely reelected — the hostility became palpable. That April, it was widely reported that an Army instructor in Pennsylvania had labeled evangelical Christians, Catholics, Orthodox Jews and Mormons “religious extremists” alongside Hamas and al Qaeda during an Army Reserve Equal Opportunity training brief on extremism. Later that month, an Army officer at Ft. Campbell, KY, sent an email to subordinates using similar descriptions to describe two mainstream Christian ministries that were put in the same category as Neo-Nazis, racist skinheads, white nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan. Shortly after that, the United States Army blocked the website of the Southern Baptist Convention from government computers.

Now we see the fundamental transformation of our military taking giant (and high-heeled) strides at ROTC detachments at college campuses.

Said my 14-year-old daughter as she happened by my computer while the photo of the cadets wearing heels was displayed: “Welp — there goes the military.”

 

 

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There’s an App for That: Medical Marijuana Delivery

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - by The Tatler

Yesterday on 4/20 at 4:20p.m. a new app launched called Nugg, which will allow patients in Southern California  to order medical marijuana and schedule deliveries and pickups.

And the app isn’t just notable for what it does, it’s notable for how the money was raised to build it.

The Web-based app was developed by a trio of USC students who raised $100,000 not from friends and family, the usual way to get a business started, but by referring riders to the ride-hailing service Lyft. Lyft pays a commission of $10 to $20 each for rider referrals; Alex Milligan and two friends created a network of referral hunters, mostly on college campuses, and split the proceeds earned through signing up 30,000 riders.

Here’s the way the app works:

On Nugg’s website, users can search for nearby medical marijuana dispensaries, browse their offerings and request a pickup or delivery.

Users have the option of heading to the dispensary to pick up an order made through Nugg or having it delivered by drivers who work for the dispensary.

When people sign up to use the service, they must take a picture of their driver’s license and other ID and a doctor’s note. Nugg then checks with the doctor to confirm the prescription.

Right now, the company is focusing on educating its potential consumer base, from college students to the elderly. “They understand cannabis in different languages, so it’s a balance between providing too little introduction and too much information that it becomes too complex,” Milligan said.

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Should We Ticket Slow Drivers? A WA State Lawmaker Thinks So

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 - by The Tatler

It’s one of the most annoying driving experiences of all, getting trapped behind a slow driver who wants to coast leisurely along in the highway fast lane.  But now, such behavior could result in a traffic violation if a Washington state lawmaker has his way.

Senate bill 6105, filed last week by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, would create a series of fines for driving any slower than the speed limit in the left lane, with the amount of the fine going up depending on how much slower than the limit a car is going.

The bill describes driving slow in the left lane as “obnoxious, inconsiderate and dangerous behavior.”

The law would be similar to the speed limit laws and “the slow-driving bill would mean any driver in normal traffic who is not precisely driving the speed limit in the left lane could be ticketed.”

But should we institute a law for this? If we have a law stating drivers must obey the speed limit, perhaps we need a law that says drivers must obey the speed minimum?

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SCOTUS Will Not Weigh In on Fish Pedicure Ban

Monday, April 20th, 2015 - by Liz Sheld

If you were waiting to find out if you would be able to get an exotic fish pedicure in Arizona, I’m sorry to tell you that you will not.

Let me tell you about the latest fad in pedicures, for those who are out of the loop on the latest pedicure innovations. A fish pedicure is one where you put your feet into water filled with small fish, the Garra Rufa species, and the fish eat away at the dead skin on your feet.

Full disclosure: I have never had a fish pedicure.

Here’s a picture to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about.

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The Supreme Court will not be hearing an appeal from an Arizona owner of a “fish spa” over the decision of local regulators to shut down her shop.  Regulators claimed the fish were not safe for exfoliation because, I’m not kidding here, “the fish couldn’t be sanitized between uses.”

“The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that said the state Board of Cosmetology didn’t violate Cindy Vong’s constitutional rights.”

De gustibus non est disputandum.

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Not-So-Earth-Friendly Crowd Leaves Big Trash Mess Behind After Earth Day Concert

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

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Thousands of environmentally conscious citizens converged on the National Mall on Saturday to be part of the Global Citizen Earth Day rally and concert. Performers like Mary J. Blige, Usher, and No Doubt performed to the crowd  to highlight global poverty and climate change.

Via USA Today:

Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers said eliminating poverty will require solving climate change. So advocates on both issues are collaborating to push for sustainable international development and hope Saturday’s event inspires people to support it. The rally was a cooperative effort with Global Citizen. The actual Earth Day observance is April 22.

“Whether it’s the big migrations we expect to see or soil depletion or emptying the oceans, loss of species, loss of timberland — all these things are creating poverty at the same time that they are also creating climate change issues,” Rogers said.

Unlike the cold and dreary Earth Day rally of 2012 — when none but the most die-hard Gaia worshippers came out — this Earth Day rally was on a beautiful spring day and was well attended. Unfortunately, well-attended events on the left do have a well-known downside…and that downside has a tendency to undercut their “earth-friendly” message.

Forget the “emptying of the oceans.” Someone needs to empty these trash cans.

Via Weasel Zippers:

 

 

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Celebrate Diversity! New White House Social Secretary Is Hip-Hop Expert

Friday, April 17th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Somehow, you knew this was coming:

Deesha Dyer, a former music and hip-hop culture writer, has been selected as President Obama’s new social secretary, overseeing the parties and public events held almost daily at the White House. Ms. Dyer, 37, who spent the past two years as the deputy social secretary, will fill the position to be vacated by Jeremy Bernard, the first man and the first openly gay person to serve in that role. By choosing Ms. Dyer, the White House is drawing from a group of people who have been working for the Obamas since early in the administration.

She began in the White House in 2009, as an intern in the Office of Scheduling and Advance. Two years earlier she had gone back to school to earn an associate degree in women’s studies from a community college in Philadelphia, after working as an assistant at a real estate investment trust and writing freelance articles about rap music for publications like The Philadelphia City Paper.

After Ms. Dyer began working at the White House, she quickly ascended to more senior roles in the scheduling office, and traveled with the president and first lady to handle news media, lodging and site logistics.

Well, at least there’s no fixation on credentialism, a rare departure from the Ivy League bunch that runs the American government these days. But there is “diversity”:

In a statement, President Obama said that Ms. Dyer represented the diversity in race, gender and socioeconomic backgrounds outside the Washington beltway. “Deesha shares our commitment to a White House that reflects America’s history, highlights our culture and celebrates all Americans,” he said. “Michelle and I look forward to working with her in this new role as we welcome visitors from across the country and around the world to the people’s house.”

Ms. Dyer is also the creator of a hip-hop AIDS program based in Philadelphia, and serves as a mentor for Michelle Obama’s program for high school girls.

Somewhere, Letitia Baldrige is… reacting perfectly.

 

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Spring Break, Rape — and Why It Sucks Not Being a Liberal

Thursday, April 16th, 2015 - by Kathy Shaidle

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From TheRebel.media.

Gavin McInnes was laughed at when he said Spring Break wasn’t safe anymore.

Then a girl was gang raped.

On the beach.

On video.

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Sarah Silverman Apologizes for Fake Story…Sort Of…Then Doubles-Down on Fake Story

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 - by Scott Ott
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Sarah Silverman may not think the “wage gap” for women is funny, but her false personal victimization story, and today’s inaccurate, impersonal apology is a howler.

In an exclusive to Salon.com, comic Sarah Silverman has apologized — sort of — to former New York Comedy Club owner Al Martin for naming and shaming him in a video meant to advance the cause of equal pay for women.

And while she acknowledges that her story about being cheated out of equal pay had nothing to do with sexism, equal pay or cheating, she indicates that that was not her main mistake.

SILVERMAN: My regret is that I mentioned Al [Martin] by name- it should have been a nameless, faceless anecdote and he has always been lovely to me.

In other words, the false story itself was fine, but it would have been a better without identifying details that a nosy reporter could verify or discredit, as I did here, with a follow-up here.

SILVERMAN: This is also HARDLY an example of the wage gap and can only do that very true reality a terrible disservice if I were trying to make it one.  When I was interviewed by Levo, they asked me “Do you remember a time you were paid less for the same job” and this story, being just that, popped into my head.   To Al, I truly am sorry to bring you into this as you employ women and pay them the same as the men I’m sure.

While she offers this public written online apology to Martin, as of 2:40 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, she had not contacted him personally. But notice that we can be sure the “wage gap” issue is legit, despite her false story, because she calls it a “very true reality.”

But that’s not the end of her story telling. In her public “apology” Silverman offers a new account of that night in 2002. Today (Tuesday), I asked Al Martin about the shifting story. Turns out that Silverman’s new account is no more accurate than her old one, even as details change.

SILVERMAN: I didn’t expect to get paid, that’s not why I was there, but when I got off stage Al, the sweet club owner, paid me 10 bucks and I signed the payment sheet. I was like, oh, nice. I inferred from that that this was a paid spot not a guest spot.  Either way I would have been fine.

Martin says he didn’t pay Silverman anything when she got off the stage, as is the custom with guest spots. He gave her $10 cab fare only after she came back inside the club to complain that Todd Barry was paid and she was not. The tale continues…

SILVERMAN: Then when Todd pointed out that he received 60 dollars for the same spot I went back inside and asked Al why Todd got sixty dollars and I got ten. That’s when he certainly could have said “Because it was a guest spot, Sarah.  I was just being super nice and gave you ten dollars for cab money.”

Actually, Martin stands behind his original version: He did tell her it was a guest spot when she complained, and then gave her $10, but openly admits he was not “super nice.” He just wanted the conflict to end.

SILVERMAN: But instead, (and I will always remember this exactly how he said it because it was unbelievably hilarious) he said, “Oh- did you want a $60 spot?”

Martin flatly denies this: “I never said the $60 line.”

Despite the inaccuracies, Al Martin said Silverman’s apology is adequate. The married father of three daughters has previously noted that he agrees with the equal pay for women cause and conducts his business accordingly.

One final note of insincerity: Sarah Silverman’s apology comes with this proviso.

To the maniacs who want to use this as a chit against women’s issues, I ask that you please don’t.  Because that would be super shitty. Feel free to aim your vitriol at me but leave this issue of working women out of it, K?

And that’s the moment where the alleged “apology” turns into an attack against “the maniacs” — Silverman’s term of endearment for those who disagree with her. Despite their anti-woman stand, however, she does ask “the maniacs” nicely: “please don’t.”

To sum up, let’s follow the Leftist logic.

1) Silverman was recruited because her notoriety might help the cause.

2) She fabricated a story to identify with the cause, and ostensibly with its female victims.

3) She is unmasked as a liar, and now wants you to disassociate her from the cause to which her notoriety and personal identification brought more than 166,000 viewers.

4) If you insist on disagreeing with the cause, you’re a “maniac.”

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‘God Doesn’t See Color’: Young Black Man’s Reaction to Being Pulled Over

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Viewers may find the above video message encouraging. A young black South Carolinian describes a routine encounter with a white police officer during a traffic stop. No one was shot. No one was beat up. No one was treated unfairly. The incident is offered up as evidence that “not all officers are crooked.”

It’s a nice message that dovetails well with my colleague Michael van der Galien’s observation that race doesn’t exist. “Race is purely a social construct,” he reminds us.

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Second Witness Contradicts Leftist Comic Sarah Silverman’s Wage Discrimination Video

Monday, April 13th, 2015 - by Scott Ott

Chris Murphy says he was there on the night that comic Sarah Silverman said she got $10 for the same work for which a male comic earned $60. Murphy says Silverman’s story of sexism, told for a video campaign (see below) that champions equal pay for women, is not accurate. He backs then-New York Comedy Club owner Al Martin’s claim that comics — male or female — who just drop in and ask to do a set, like Silverman did that night in 2002, don’t get paid anything.

Murphy, in a Facebook post Monday afternoon, says even Bill Hicks and Rodney Dangerfield, who were big names back in that day, didn’t expect compensation for guest spots at comedy clubs.

“There has been some He said she said things going on about the night in question between her [Silverman] and Al Martin. I feel I’m qualified to write about it since I was there.

I can confirm Sarah was not booked on the show, because I remember being excited she stopped in. Sarah rarely if ever played The New York Comedy Club. It could be because she was under the impression Al never paid comedians.

I gather this because when she came outside after her set she said, “Wow that was a great crowd. The place is packed. Al should be paying comedians”. The hilarious Todd Barry and I informed her he does. She went inside and asked to be paid. The rest is social media history.” — Chris Murphy on Facebook, April 13, 2015

Sarah Silverman direct message to Scott Ott on TwitterAfter writing about Silverman’s comedically sketchy story last week, I reached out to her. She responded with a direct message on Twitter. Silverman said, “What are you fighting for or against exactly. It’s true. He [Al Martin] took advantage of someone he assumed wouldn’t say anything. That’s the point.”

Actually, that’s not the point of the “wage gap” video Silverman made for Levo.com, nor is it the reality of events as we’ve now heard from two other witnesses.

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Chris Murphy on Monday became the second witness to contradict Sarah Silverman’s story about wage discrimination which forms the spine of her video about women earning less than men for the same work.

Like many Leftists with a cause, Silverman tries to identify with victims — in this case, women who purportedly get paid less than men for the same work. But even though she went back 13 years to find a personal example, her victim-tale won’t bear scrutiny. She makes it sound like Martin withheld from her the ordinary pay for a comedy set, but ponied up fully for male comic Todd Barry.

Martin maintains that Barry was scheduled for that night, and thus budgeted, but Silverman asked to do a set when she saw the great crowd. When she came back and asked for equal pay because she did the same work as Barry, Martin gave her $10 for cab fare. So, she was actually paid something when the standard expectation for guest spots is $0.

Chris Murphy added…

“I’m not sure why Sarah believed she was taking [sic] advantage of that night because she was a woman. Perhaps she was out of the loop so long she forgot the guest spot policy. Or it could be that in some circles it’s hip to crap on Al Martin.”

If Martin and Murphy are right, then Silverman’s story is not merely a mis-remembering or misunderstanding. She says she went back into the club after learning Barry got paid, and she asked Martin for $60. Silverman says that he sheepishly said, “O, did you want a $60 spot?” — as if he were caught in the act of cheating her, ostensibly because she’s a woman. She calls his behavior “pretty shitty.”

In other words, in the video, Silverman calls out Martin for sex discrimination and deception. I have repeatedly attempted to ask Silverman about these challenges to her narrative, but have heard nothing in response since her direct message on Twitter. At this writing, that video has been viewed more than 162,000 times, but apparently many viewers aren’t buying her story either. Check out the lopsidedly negative thumbs up-to-thumbs down ratio: 379-to-4,828.

Sarah Silverman's apparently false tale of wage discrimination getting panned on YouTube

If equal pay for women is a real problem, why can’t celebrity Leftists tell a real, true story about it? If there are real victims, these fake stories can do nothing but harm them.

 

 

 

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Should the Right Reject a Feminism That Fights for Men?

Monday, April 13th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

The Telegraph has picked up on one of the equity feminists breaking new ground in the War on Men, American Enterprise Institute’s resident scholar, Christina Hoff Sommers. With more than 2 million views, her Factual Feminist series is drawing some serious attention from a mainstream media bogged down by the likes of Jessica Valenti and her contemporary feminist man-hating ilk. How did these man-haters grab the spotlight? Hoff Sommers explains:

“…In the early 1990s, I – along with several other feminist scholars (Wendy Kaminer, Daphne Patai, Camille Paglia, Mary Lefkowitz, Katie Roiphe, to name only a few) – went to battle against hard-line, sex-panicked conspiracy feminists like Andrea Dworkin. My side won the arguments, but their side quietly assumed all of the assistant professorships. So colleges are now full of gender scholars who instruct students on the ravages of the capitalist, heterero-patriachal system and its ‘rape culture’. Everywhere we hear about ‘micro-aggressions’, ‘trigger-warnings’, and the toxicity of masculinity. It’s as if George Orwell’s Junior Anti-sex League has occupied feminism.”

So, with a host of feminists like Hoff Sommers and Camille Paglia actively advocating for men, should conservatives simply toss off feminism as a man-hating movement that’s past its prime? The social media stats say it’s time to get on the countercultural feminist bandwagon.

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‘Fictional victims are much more important than actual people’

Monday, April 13th, 2015 - by Kathy Shaidle

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Gavin McInnes — or rather, his beta male leftoid “brother,” Miles — makes his debut at TheRebel.media.

Warning:

This is satire, but you may find it hard to distinguish from an actual “conversation” you’ve had with a far-left relative or co-worker.

You may want to share it with the “Miles” in your life…

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Putin Delivers Missile Air Defense Systems to Iran Days After ‘Historic’ Negotiations

Monday, April 13th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Days after the infamous nuclear agreement with Iran, Vladimir Putin has elected to lift the ban on delivering S-300 missile air defense systems to Iran:

The Russian president has repealed the ban prohibiting the delivery of S-300 missile air defense systems to Iran, according to the Kremlin’s press service. The ban was introduced by former President Dmitry Medvedev in 2010.

“[The presidential] decree lifts the ban on transit through Russian territory, including airlift, and the export from the Russian Federation to the Islamic Republic of Iran, and also the transfer to the Islamic Republic of Iran outside the territory of the Russian Federation, both by sea and by air, of air defense missile systems S-300,” says the information note accompanying the document, RIA Novosti reported.

The decree enters into force upon the president’s signature.

DETAILS TO FOLLOW

Israel has monitored this transaction for years with Netanyahu coming out strongly against Putin’s rumored sale of the S-300 systems to Syria nearly two years ago. Russia has been seen as Tehran’s strongest ally throughout the recent negotiations, prompting one analyst to warn:

Russia’s warming relationship with Iran and its wider policies toward the Middle East pose significant challenges to U.S. security interests, and Washington should tailor its approach to dealmaking and Russia diplomacy accordingly.

…Both countries also oppose any attempts to support democratic movements in the Middle East. Most notably, they continue to back the Assad regime in Syria and hold similar views on the Taliban in Afghanistan.

 

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Gavin McInnes joins TheRebel.media

Friday, April 10th, 2015 - by Kathy Shaidle

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Gavin McInnes has been called “The Godfather of Hipsterdom.”

He co-founded Vice magazine.

He’s a Fox News regular.

He played in a punk band whose name I can’t say here.

Now Gavin McInnes — lifelong rebel — has joined up with his fellow Canadians at TheRebel.media!

He’ll be bringing along bold twice-weekly takes on sex, politics, business, religion and the culture at large.

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Virginia Tech Football Players Blow Off Feminist SJW Re-Education Camp, Butthurt Ensues

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

This is what sets off the Social Justice Warriors these days:

Members of the Virginia Tech football team have been accused of acting disrespectfully at a campus sexual assault awareness event. Players were required to attend a Take Back the Night event on March 26. The event was organized by a campus female activism group and featured sexual assault survivors speaking about their experiences as victims. Multiple attendees accused the players of infringing upon the “safe space” the event is intended to foster, according to The Roanoke Times.

Take Back the Night is a national organization that seeks “to end sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence.” Several attendees wrote letters to the student newspaper, the Collegiate Times, complaining about the players’ behavior. The players arrived late, said they did not know why they were attending the event and spent much of the time looking at their phones, the letters said.

“[T]heir judgmental remarks made it very hard to feel safe,” one wrote. “When survivors took the stage, there was nothing respectful in the way the football team took it, especially in reference to transgender survivors. I am deeply offended and horrified by the disrespectful nature that the players displayed.” Another person said some players “made snide, mocking comments.”

There’s nothing funny about rape — it’s a violent crime and felony — but the “feminist” definition of it has expanded so greatly that the term is practically meaningless these days, especially on college campuses. Were any student actually in favor of literal sexual assault, these sorts of things might serve some sort of purpose. But as the Rolling Stone fiasco just demonstrated, there’s a strong strain of misandry running through the SJW ranks, and that’s likely what the players were reacting to. Could it be that they resented being treated like prospective criminals solely because of their sex?

 

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How One Israeli Social Media App Is Revolutionizing the 2016 Campaign

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

According to the Columbia Journalism Review, apps like Meerkat are changing political journalism, putting the power of the message into the hands of the candidates, not the mainstream media. Mere days after its debut at SXSW, Jeb Bush jumped on the Meerkat bandwagon, livestreaming his appearance on the Hugh Hewitt show. Yet, the technology isn’t without VEEP-esque risk:

Still, the apps create opportunities to catch candidates in uncomfortable positions. Gaffes have become a business for accountability groups, like Media Matters and America Rising. The latter deploys dozens of ‘trackers’ to follow and film democratic candidates.

The better the information flow, the better the backbiting.

 

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Why I Am Not a Feminist

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 - by Kathy Shaidle

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Did you know that every year, more American men are raped than women?

Did you know that 80% of suicides are male?

Men account for almost half the number of victims of domestic violence, yet there are no safe houses or other programs set up to help them.

If feminism really is a movement dedicated to equality, shouldn’t feminists be speaking out against these and other example of obvious inequality?

That they don’t proves that feminism isn’t about equality at all.

But if you don’t swallow the feminist narrative, you will be ridiculed.

Lauren Southern experienced this treatment first hand for speaking my mind on these issues, so she made this video to explain to feminists why I am still not a feminist.

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Leftist Pollution in Academia Continues: U. of Michigan Cancels American Sniper Showing

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

Oh, the commies

The University of Michigan’s Center for Campus Involvement canceled a showing of American Sniper after 300 students protested, saying the film

“not only tolerates but promotes anti-Muslim…rhetoric and sympathizes with a mass killer. Chris Kyle was a racist who took a disturbing stance on murdering Iraqi civilians…watching this movie is provocative and unsafe to…Muslim students who are too often reminded of how little the media and world values their lives.”

This is (or was, anyway) a college, right, where learning and uncomfortable ideas are occassionally encountered?

The only kind of diversity one can’t celebrate on most American college campuses is diversity of thought. The mindless little prog mobs are easily motivated to protest anything that doesn’t fit the pre-approved Hive Mind agenda.

The point cannot be made often enough that this dumbing down of young American minds in the very places they are supposed to be expanding them is precisely the reason that leftists can get away with cheap emotional ploys almost devoid of facts to win elections.

Yes, they planned it this way.

Nick Gillespie makes a good point about the presupposition that any and all messages in movies will be absorbed by the audience. When my daughter was eleven and I was being very cautious about something she wanted to watch on television she said, “I’m not a monkey who is going to repeat everything I see on TV.”

I guess this U of M crowd is mostly monkey-based.

What thought-provoking college-level cinematic offering was shown instead, you ask? This:
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Post Office Honors Maya Angelou, Plagiarist

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

 

Just ask Joan Walsh Anglund

Just ask Joan Walsh Anglund

Don’t take it from me, take it from the Washington Post:

A number of luminaries are expected at Tuesday morning’s unveiling ceremony for the new stamp honoring the late author Maya Angelou, among them first lady Michelle Obama. An 89-year-old children’s book author named Joan Walsh Anglund won’t be there. But her words will be: The quote on the stamp originated with Anglund.

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song,” the Angelou “Forever” stamp reads.

“Yes, that’s my quote,” Anglund said Monday night from her Connecticut home. It appears on page 15 of her book of poems “A Cup of Sun,” published in 1967. Only the pronouns and punctuation are changed, from “he” in Anglund’s original to “it” on the stamp. A Postal Service spokesman, Mark Saunders, initially said he had never heard of the Anglund quote until The Washington Post informed him of it. In response, he sent a link to a 2013 blog post interview that quoted Angelou saying the phrase. In a later statement, he also said “numerous references” attributed the the quote to her as well.

How about that. This isn’t the first time the late poet has been accused of “borrowing” somebody’s else work.

But Monday night, after being told that Anglund confirmed the quote as hers, Saunders wrote in an e-mail, “Had we known about this issue beforehand, we would have used one of [Angelou’s] many other works. . . . The sentence held great meaning for her and she is publicly identified with its popularity.”

Emily Anglund, Anglund’s granddaughter, said she had no idea that the quote has been attributed to Angelou for several years, or that it is featured on her forever stamp. “We didn’t realize it until you brought it to our attention now. Wow,” Emily Anglund said. Last year, in remarks at the presentation of the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal, President Obama attributed the quote to Angelou. 

Of course he did. After all, he attributed Dreams From My Father to himself, didn’t he?

 

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Derick Dillard & Jill Duggar Name Their Baby ‘Israel David’

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Love the name. Love Dad’s shirt. Love the Zionism in the Christian world. Yes, as a Jew, I proudly admit my fascination with the Duggars, TLC’s troop of 19-plus Bible Belt Christians from the backwoods of Arkansas.

Mazel Tov, Jill & Derick! And thanks for your support.

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WATCH: Edward Snowden Gets Called on the Carpet by Fake Journalist

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

John Oliver, HBO’s own version of Jon Stewart who hosts This Week with John Oliver (yes, HBO’s version of The Daily Show) managed to finally nail Edward Snowden to the carpet. Unlike every other journalist who treats Snowden as a modern day prophet, Oliver confronts the former NSA contractor for what he truly is: A computer geek who got his hands on the goods and saw dollar signs. I guess Snowden followed the Pelosi principle: You have to pass the information along you know, make it public, before you can read it yourself.

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Margaret Atwood: Royal Canadian Fashion Police(person)?

Monday, April 6th, 2015 - by Kathy Shaidle

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So Canadian novelist and feminist icon Margaret Atwood is making headlines for comparing Princess Kate’s fashion sense to that of the late Princess Diana, and finding it lacking.

Sure, the jokes write themselves, but they’re funnier when Ezra Levant says them:

Look at that picture of Margaret Atwood.

Is she dressed as the Hobbit Queen?

When you look like Tracy Ullman in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, should you really be commenting on how other people look?

Shouldn’t “turbo feminist” Atwood be “melting, melting” through the sheer hypocrisy of it all?

PS: Levant’s comments on Atwood’s most famous novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, are eye-opening.

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Are Millennials Putting the ‘Cult’ in 21st Century ‘Corporate Culture’?

Monday, April 6th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

According to USA Today, “Millennial workers want free meals and flex time” but there’s more to it than that. Look beyond the requests for flex time and generous perks like on-site massages and game rooms, and you’ll see a generation of workers demanding a workplace with all the comforts of, well, family.

When Jena Pellegrino, a 26-year old media assistant, decided to branch out in her career, she wound up coming right back to where she started, the perk-rich company Lockard & Wechsler (LWD), an agency best known as the marketing genius behind the Snuggie. Why? She details,

The perks she enjoyed at her former employer weren’t standard at her new job. She missed working in a smaller company with access to senior co-workers, generous personal time and a teamwork philosophy.

After nine months, she decided to take a chance and called her boss to ask for her old job back. After some negotiations, she was back.

“I felt I wanted to be in a company that treats you like family,” she says.

Millennials are flocking to companies like LWD that offer everything from pool and ping-pong to work-from-home options and corporate Thanksgiving dinners. Perhaps it is because when employees are nestled in the warm, safe bosom of company life, they don’t mind mixing work with pleasure, even if it means taking it home. According to the experts:

…millennials don’t mind working at home or the overlap between work and their personal life… By 2025, 75% of the American workforce will be millennial workers and employers will have to adapt to the market…

Sounds like corporate culture will be shifting just in time to welcome all those Common Core babies into a job market for which they’ve been bureaucratically trained on a national scale. Enticing as they may seem, will corporate perks be enough to ward off the kind of anti-family, death-inducing work stress found in other Common Core-esque nations? Time will tell.

 

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Want to Solve the Gay Marriage Issue? Get Rid of Voters Over 50

Monday, April 6th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Amy Walter, bigwig political analyst, has found the solution to the gay marriage issue in America: Pick up and move everyone over 50 out of the country. Especially if they’re evangelical Christians. “This is not an issue in which Republicans can win. …Even when you look at Evangelical younger folks, they have moved on on this issue.”

The Presbyterian Church USA has recently come out in favor of gay marriage, provoking the Christian Science Monitor to examine how younger Christians are redefining their faith against the backdrop of Biblical morality. While the majority of Evangelicals remain opposed to gay marriage, support for gay unions has increased by 20 percentage points in the most recent Pew Survey.

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WATCH: SNL Puts Sweet Ending on HBO’s Disturbing Scientology Doc

Monday, April 6th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

After the mind-warp that was Going Clear, HBO’s scathingly detailed examination of the Church of Scientology, you’ll need a really good laugh to recover your sanity. Check out this past weekend’s SNL spoof of the Church of Scientology’s now-infamous ’90s music video. Then remind yourself that the “religion” of Scientology is nothing more than the culmination of one man’s life-long goal to avoid ever having to pay taxes to the federal government.

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Are You Smart Enough to Handle W. H. Auden’s 1941 Lit Syllabus?

Saturday, April 4th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Probably not:

What we’re discussing today is the instruction in grand themes and “great books” represented by W.H. Auden’s syllabus above for his English 135, “Fate and the Individual in European Literature.” Granted, this is not an intro lit class (although I imagine that his intro class may have been punishing as well), but a course for juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Taught during the 1941-42 school year when Auden was a professor at the University of Michigan, his syllabus required over 6,000 pages of reading in just a single semester (and for only two credits!).

The list includes Othello, Hamlet, Moby Dick, Faust, Peer Gynt and Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell, plus Kafka’s The Castle and several opera libretti, including Don Giovanni, Fidelio, The Flying Dutchman and Tristan. Not to mention St. Augustine’s Confessions and the Greeks and the Romans. But that was the norm before the Left sank its vampire teeth into the university. My college lit course — at a musical conservatory, mind you — included Madame Bovary, Tom Jones, Bleak House, Don Quixote, Man’s Fate, Absalom Absalom, The Red and the Black, Swann’s Way, The Plague, and more. The foundation of my education, really.

Was Auden a sadistic teacher or so completely out of touch with his students that he asked of them the impossible? I do not know. But Professor Lisa Goldfarb of NYU, who is writing a series of essays on Auden, thinks the syllabus reflects as much on the poet’s own preoccupations as on his students’ needs. Goldfarb writes:

“What I find fascinating about the syllabus is how much it reflects Auden’s own overlapping interests in literature across genres – drama, lyric poetry, fiction – philosophy, and music…. He also includes so many of the figures he wrote about in his own prose and those to whom he refers in his poetry…

“By including such texts across disciplines – classical and modern literature, philosophy, music, anthropology, criticism – Auden seems to have aimed to educate his students deeply and broadly.”

Imagine that.

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When Jews Flee, Christians Become the Target

Saturday, April 4th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Israel National News reports on Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor’s latest speech to the United Nations Security Council regarding the grotesque mistreatment of Christians in the Islamic world:

Amb. Prosor began by explaining that these days, as the Jewish Passover approaches, there is a terrible new “exodus” that is plaguing the Middle East, one “driven by a plague of [Islamic] persecution aimed at Christians, Kurds, Yazidi, Bahai, and of course, the Jews.”

He related that after the Muslim countries murdered thousands of Jews and forced hundreds of thousands to leave the host Muslim countries, the Muslims had no one left to persecute. So, the “extremists have turned on the Christians.

At the turn of the twentieth century, Christians comprised 26% of the Middle East’s population. Today, that figure is less than 10%.” In ISIS-plagued Iraq, “Christians were given the grim choice of converting to Islam or face death by beheading, stoning or crucifixion. Fearing for their lives, tens of thousands of Christians have fled to northern Iraq and taken refuge in Kurdistan.”

Amb. Prosor stated on behalf of the Israel government that “The Kurds are the leading force in the fight against ISIS. They have shown tremendous courage and fortitude. The Kurds need the support of the international community and they deserve political independence.”

Prosor’s speech is a timely reminder that as both Jews and Christians sit down this weekend to celebrate freedom and tune into The Ten Commandments, redemption, like slavery, is as much a physical act as it is a spiritual one. Not only does it require a good, hard look at reality, it also demands the willingness to unify in order to cross the great divide.

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Students Rally ‘Round High School ‘Girl’ in Revealing Yoga Pants Forced to Change to Conceal Manhood

Friday, April 3rd, 2015 - by Scott Ott

In what may be the most shocking civil rights violation since Memories Pizza announced it would not do something for gays that it has never been asked to do, a high school student in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, was compelled to change out of yoga pants which the school deemed too revealing.

The student, a physiological male who prefers to be treated as a female, was required to put on a pair of gym shorts and a polo shirt, because the principal apparently determined the clingy yoga pants displayed too vividly the form of “her” male genitalia.

The school has no qualms with students or staff self-identifying as the opposite sex, and accessorizing to suit the sex du jour, yet with a modicum of modesty.  Bio-males may wear dresses.
But friends of the newly repressed student feel sure that the long arm of transgender hate has come to their small town in suburban Allentown.

The Emmaus High School principal will meet with students amid an outcry of discrimination that arose after a transgender student was told to change out of yoga pants that administrators felt were inappropriate.

Even the Allentown Morning Call complied with the student’s desire to be identified as a girl despite obvious evidence to the contrary.

 The student said the amount of support she’s receiving from her classmates has been overwhelming.
“About 30 people, most of them I don’t even know, hugged me today and told me I’m so strong,” the student said. “At one point, I just broke down crying.”
Face it: men no longer have the freedom to be who they aren’t.
Emmaus High School near Allentown, Pennsylvania

Emmaus High School near Allentown, Pennsylvania

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When Hillary Stumps on The View, Will Monica be Asking the Questions?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

In TV land, touting your victimhood really pays off. Just ask Monica Lewinsky, who finally hooked herself up with the right PR agent. After dawdling in obscurity she manages to reshape herself as the “first victim of cyber-bullying” morphing into a hot commodity among the causeheads in Hollywood, including Barbara Walters.

Attempting to reshape her popular women’s daytime talk show that spawned such spin-offs as The Talk and the distastefully named The Chew, along with the racially cool The Real, Barbara Walters is looking to class up The View in the wake of Rosie O’Donnell by casting none other than Monica “Blue Dress” Lewinsky as the chick who will draw in a high-class crowd.

But, Walters doesn’t hold the reigns any longer. ABC is tossing around names like child star Raven Symone and fashion host Stacy London, but Walters is standing firm, believing that “after a decade-long silence” she “has a lot to say.” With 2016 looming, the real question is, will she get to say it to Hillary or Bill?

Perhaps that’s just the ratings juggernaut Walters is looking for.

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Good News for a Troubled World: SkyMall Might Relaunch

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 - by Stephen Kruiser

The sun may shine again:

In January, SkyMall LLC and its parent company, Xhibit Corp., filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, with some $50 million in liabilities. The company’s assets were set to go up for auction in late March. The news led to a strong show of support for the in-flight catalog.

On Friday, a company called C&A Marketing bought SkyMall, with a winning bid of $1.9 million. The company’s leadership already is hinting that they’ll bring back the SkyMall catalog. NPR spoke with Chiam Pikarski, executive vice president of C&A, for details about the catalog’s return.

But are they merely teasing us?

There have been a few articles saying that you might bring back SkyMall. Is that to be believed?

Everybody’s saying “bring back my SkyMall!” — sort of an outcry. And it’s something that we will definitely take a very close look at. We would start by reengaging our conversations with the airlines, get their understanding of what it is they liked in the SkyMall catalog, what did work for them. Then we can align that with what didn’t work for SkyMall, and see if there is an opportunity to bring it back in one form or another. To bring back something in print, and physically to the airlines … there will be some kind of catalog in one format or the other, whether it’s in the airline seat, whether it’s exclusive for regular customers in the mail, or some combination of that.

I’m the reason for SkyMall’s failure. During a quarter century of flying to gigs I used it for my reading entertainment, and to entertain my daughter when she’s traveling with me, but I never once purchased anything.

If it returns, I promise to become a customer. Until then, here are some weird products by which to remember the beloved catalog.

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