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  • Why does Mr. Gemma not mention what each of these groups did to merit being identified as hate groups?

    FRC and DJKM were both labeled for disseminating pseudoscience as proof that gay people are an unnatural abomination and collaborating to perpetuate conditions that made it acceptable to persecute them. Both groups lobbied for an anti-lgbt agenda. It also bears mentioning that federal magistrate judge recommended DJKM's libel suit be dismissed "with prejudice" because it was baseless.

    Joseph Farah promoted conspiracy theories including the Birther conspiracy about former U.S. President Obama, even claiming that his long form birth certificate was a forgery.

    Dinesh D’Souza wrote a book on how Leftists and liberals were Nazis, supported torture at Abu Ghraib, mocked victims of the Stoneman Douglas School shooting, and publicly opposed policies intended to ameliorate the pernicious effects of racism and poverty on people of color.

    Jeff Sessions has on numerous occasions been openly racist. He has spent his career supporting both in word and in policy the right to discriminate against LGBT people, and was instrumental in implementing the Trump Presidency's immigration policy.

    It's perfectly reasonable and even proper to criticize misuse of funds by SPLC. However, this article disingenuously characterizes these people as victims rather than people deserving the label they received, considering the harm they've done. Peter Gemma attempts to clumsily poison the well and obfuscate the misdeeds of these individuals and groups. The SPLC is a flawed organization which successfully identified people and organizations promoting hate against marginalized groups, based on substantial evidence verifiable by anyone who can manage a google search.

    Shame on you, Mr. Gemma.

    Reply to: The Cost of Left-Wing hate   2 months 2 days ago
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  • I am going to say that really nice information had shared here which I really like. I will try to read more after my road trips from new york.

    Reply to: Studies show, Congress Favors the Rich   3 months 2 weeks ago
  • Why are you blaming the immigrants when it’s the rich Americans who are preying on them. In reality there is enough jobs for everyone but they are the ones offering half the pay and hiring people from Mexico, instead of the grad students who have 150 k debt. 6.5 interest in their loans while in school. Their rents are three times what their parents were, and so is their rent. And it’s the same rich Americans and these students parents who vote for presidents who abuse the starving students and graduates and treat them as a profit.

    Reply to: Employee Abuse Runs Rampant In America   3 months 3 weeks ago
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  • While I have certainly experienced this is California, being a massage therapist working in physical therapy and chiropractic offices. They charge $150.00 plus for a massage and offer massage therapists 20$. People generally don’t tip because the are injured, on work comp, paying co pays for pt. And it should be covered by their insurance. However they will just hire people from Mexico who are desperate for the work. And while I see this as a problem, I don’t blame the immigrants. I blame the Americans who are abusing employees. It’s not he immigrants fault that places like Walmart will hire them to work at night mopping the floor illegally for 6.00 an hr, and als and support slave labor and sweat shops in other counties, where children are making 10 cents an hr. To make Walmart’s products. Why are we blaming the poor people from other countries when it’s rich white Americans, land owners, who are jacking up all the office rents, etc... and turning down experienced workers who are asking just for a decent wage to live the off of. Blame the rich cooperations. They are destroying America not the immigrants. Things are getting worse here every day, and these cooperations are preying on good people who aren’t poor, the system is broken.

    Reply to: Employee Abuse Runs Rampant In America   3 months 3 weeks ago
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  • With soaring deficits, the economy should be growing like a bat out of hell. After all, we'll never be able to pay back a penny of the debt. The real question is how much debt is too much debt and why does it take so much debt to create the illusion of growth?

    Reply to: 3rd Quarter GDP Grew at a 3.4% Rate Because Inventories Grew at a 31.9% Rate   5 months 1 week ago
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  • The labor participation rate peaked long before the Great Recession and has been declining for a very long time. Using U6 has never been done before....until now. Even Gallup used U6 as the "real unemployment rate" but only because there was a black man in the White House. U6 was used to make things look worse than they were. After Trump was elected Gallup and all our financial news organizations went back to using U3. There's a word for this. It's called "racism."

    Reply to: How Many Jobs Are Needed to Keep Up with Population Growth?   5 months 1 week ago
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  • We have a crisis in this country - corporate layoffs. Or “economic genocide” is how I think of it. Year after year after year thousands if not millions of men and women get stripped of their livelihoods through no fault of their own. Their means of survival - putting food on their tables, clothes on their backs and roofs over their heads - taken with little or no warning. And where does that money go instead? It further lines the already overstuffed pockets of the fat cats at the top of the corporate hierarchy for whom no amount of millions is ever too much.

    This insanity has to stop!!!

    Reply to: Employee Abuse Runs Rampant In America   11 months 5 days ago
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  • what, you mean the exceptional growth rate despite the big draw from inventories? i think it's because of the tariff announcements...everyone tried to ship as much as they could before the european and Chinese tariffs kicked in...thus we had a 15% jump in exports before inflation, boosting GDP, while inventories were emptied out, reducing that GDP boost...both are due to reverse in the coming quarters...

    Reply to: 2nd Quarter GDP Up 4.1% Despite Largest Inventory Contraction Since 2009   1 year 2 months ago
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  • How is this all possible considering.

    Reply to: 2nd Quarter GDP Up 4.1% Despite Largest Inventory Contraction Since 2009   1 year 3 months ago
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  • If the SPLC were honest they would put themselves on their hate list since they HATE white people.

    Reply to: The Cost of Left-Wing hate   1 year 4 months ago
    EPer:
  • A cold-snap? Where was this? Would you believe that between January 4th, 2018 and January 15th, 2018 that Metro-Denver averaged just under 16 F worth of anomaly on an average basis among more than 40 global trade competitors?

    Reply to: One cold snap uses 11.5% of US natural gas supplies; 8 more weeks like that and our gas storage will be totally empty   1 year 5 months ago
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  • [Quote] In an interview with this writer, Laird Wilcox, (of) the University of Kansas, leveled this charge: “The dirty little secret behind the SPLC is that they actually need racial violence, growing ‘hate groups,’ and more racial crime to justify their existence and promote their agenda. With each violent act, additional ‘hate’ group, and racial incident, the SPLC’s status improves: fundraising goes up, they get more media exposure, their credibility increases, and their political usefulness to the far left surges.” [End quote]

    Wow, that is a lot like saying that with every school shooting or every false flag alleged-terror operation gun sales go way up. The SPLC doesn't promote racial disharmony as there is plenty of that already, including a sizeable minority percentage in America which would like nothing better than to repeal the Civil Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act. The question is why now more than a half-century after Lyndon Johnson signed both Acts into law is there still any percentage of Americans still trying to repeal both those laws.

    You know which political party hates other Americans the worst in the US? Is it the extreme right or the the extreme left? Neither. The political party that hates other Americans the worst are the center-right neoliberals posing as Democrats, who have more in-common with Richard Nixon than with Jimmy Carter. Don't take my word for it though, as this is what the NY Times said just 10 days ago:

    Centrists Are the Most Hostile to Democracy, Not Extremists: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/05/23/opinion/international-wor...

    So the SPLC does an admirable job of promoting equality and fairness for all Americans? What is so bad about that in a political environment full of haters as well as those who would like nothing better than to go back to 1948 and start over again. Remember that 1948 was the year that Strom Thurmond was elected as a member of the States Rights Party, which heavily-favored ongoing segregation and apartheid.

    What is so wrong with an America where all of its citizens are treated fairly and equally as allegedly-guaranteed under our Constitution?

    Just think, if the US could ever move fully away from apartheid and away from inequitable and racially-targeted blanket suspicion we might not need either the SPLC nor the NRA ever again.

    And then we could all get on with our lives in an environment bereft of hatred for our fellow man.

    Reply to: The Cost of Left-Wing hate   1 year 5 months ago
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  • [Quote] In an interview with this writer, Laird Wilcox, (of) the University of Kansas, leveled this charge: “The dirty little secret behind the SPLC is that they actually need racial violence, growing ‘hate groups,’ and more racial crime to justify their existence and promote their agenda. With each violent act, additional ‘hate’ group, and racial incident, the SPLC’s status improves: fundraising goes up, they get more media exposure, their credibility increases, and their political usefulness to the far left surges.” [End quote]

    Wow, that is a lot like saying that with every school shooting or every false flag alleged-terror operation gun sales go way up. The SPLC doesn't promote racial disharmony as there is plenty of that already, including a sizeable minority percentage in America which would like nothing better than to repeal the Civil Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act. The question is why now more than a half-century after Lyndon Johnson signed both Acts into law is there still any percentage of Americans still trying to repeal both those laws.

    You know which political party hates other Americans the worst in the US? Is it the extreme right or the the extreme left? Neither. The political party that hates other Americans the worst are the center-right neoliberals posing as Democrats, who have more in-common with Richard Nixon than with Jimmy Carter. Don't take my word for it though, as this is what the NY Times said just 10 days ago:

    Centrists Are the Most Hostile to Democracy, Not Extremists: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/05/23/opinion/international-wor...

    So the SPLC does an admirable job of promoting equality and fairness for all Americans? What is so bad about that in a political environment full of haters as well as those who would like nothing better than to go back to 1948 and start over again. Remember that 1948 was the year that Strom Thurmond was elected as a member of the States Rights Party, which heavily-favored ongoing segregation and apartheid.

    What is so wrong with an America where all of its citizens are treated fairly and equally as allegedly-guaranteed under our Constitution?

    Just think, if the US could ever move fully away from apartheid and away from inequitable and racially-targeted blanket suspicion we might not need either the SPLC nor the NRA ever again.

    Reply to: The Cost of Left-Wing hate   1 year 5 months ago
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  • This just seems inconceivable how all of the underlying structural problems which caused the financial crisis and great recession are just swept under the rug and all is rosy. Growth to me is being built on piles of rubble, complete with bodies.

    Reply to: Construction contribution to Q1 GDP under-reported by 47 basis points, despite 1.7% drop in March   1 year 6 months ago
    EPer:
  • Do you have anything substantial than logical fallacies as are you trump?
    Otherwise keep with your idiotic comments.

    Reply to: The Cost of Left-Wing hate   1 year 8 months ago
    EPer:
  • Are you Donald Trump? You sound like him. (seriously)

    Reply to: The Cost of Left-Wing hate   1 year 8 months ago
    EPer:
  • First of all the what is mentioned here are easily verifiable by using Google and author site.Second of all these website act as aggregate also which is mentioned.
    Third nice logicall fallcies there is plenty of counter arguments there what you not bringing is any counter argument to the thread, rather than attacking the author than claiming he is attacking them.

    Reply to: The Cost of Left-Wing hate   1 year 8 months ago
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  • "disposable personal income", as reported by the BEA, is a total national figure for personal income after taxes, so comparing how individuals might spend that income in different parts of the country is not even considered by this report...the phrase may be poorly chosen, as might the phrase "personal income" itself, which includes not just wages and salaries, but also passive income from dividends, interest and rent, proprietor's income, and transfer payments such as social security...take all those forms of payments going to individuals, subtract out what's paid nationally in personal income taxes, and you have a national figure for "disposable personal income"

    now, as far as changing costs of living is applied to that figure, in the computation of "personal consumption expenditures", also a national figure, the BEA adjusts each component item of expenditures for inflation individually, weighs those expenditures as a part of all expenditures, and thus comes up with a personal consumption expenditures price index...taking the change in that PCE price index and applying it to disposable personal income gives us a figure called "real disposable personal income", which is simply the purchasing power of that income indexed back to the value of 2009 dollars...

    Reply to: November Personal Spending Up 0.6%, Two Months PCE Adds 171 Basis Points to Q4 GDP   1 year 9 months ago
    EPer:
  • Very interesting! Thanks for the reply!

    Reply to: November Personal Spending Up 0.6%, Two Months PCE Adds 171 Basis Points to Q4 GDP   1 year 9 months ago
    EPer:
  • You are correct, but the problem is more in calling this "disposable" which people probably read as "free to do with as you wish".

    The term (as best I understand it) means "at your disposition".

    What you are looking for is what I would refer to as "discretionary income", that is, money you are free to spend as you wish. - you don't "need" to spend it on anything.

    Setting aside differences in location, consider two individuals - myself, I live in a modest home with a $749 mortgage payment, paid cash for my car, and have no consumer debt. Then consider the person who sits behind me, who has the same job, but recently bought a $50000 pickup truck on credit, has a house with a mortgage payment I estimate at $1500/month, and probably carries a typical consumer debt load of $10000 to $15000, and is currently vacationing with his wife for two weeks in the Caribbean somewhere.

    We have about the same disposable income, but I have a lot more discretionary income.

    So you can see, personal choices strongly affect how much discretionary income a person has.

    You could (I suppose) establish a baseline living expense per community, and subtract that from disposable income to see how much discretionary income people have, and if it is growing or shrinking. However, I'm not sure it would be meaningful, since most people spend all they have, and put the rest on their credit card.

    For most people the idea that they would have more discretionary income if they had mode disposable income is only true if they are managing their finances well with the income they currently have.

    By the way, this is one definition of being rich:
    A rich person is one who has regular discretionary income, and is accumulating it.
    You can be rich on $30000/year, if you are living within your means and regularly putting money away.
    Alternatively, you can be poor on $500000/year if you are leveraging your income with debt and spending more than you earn.

    Just my thoughts.

    Jon

    Reply to: November Personal Spending Up 0.6%, Two Months PCE Adds 171 Basis Points to Q4 GDP   1 year 9 months ago
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