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Harvard Study Confirms the Gender Wage Gap is Just a Myth

Not that it matters to the left, but a study from Harvard University titled Why Do Women Earn Less Than Men? proves the gender wage gap is indeed a myth because of the obvious reasons: work choices between men and women.

Why do men make more than women? Their choice of jobs and working a lot of overtime.

In order to prove their point, authors Valentin Bolotnyy and Natalia Emanuel looked at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). It is unionized, which means men and women are treated the same and have to follow the same rules and receive the same benefits. So why do the men earn more?

Even in a unionized environment where work tasks are similar, hourly wages are identical, and tenure dictates promotions, female workers earn $0.89 on the male-worker dollar (weekly earnings). We use confidential administrative data on bus and train operators from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to show that the weekly earnings gap can be explained by the workplace choices that women and men make. Women value time away from work and flexibility more than men, taking more unpaid time off using the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and working fewer overtime hours than men. When overtime hours are scheduled three months in advance, men and women work a similar number of hours; but when those hours are offered at the last minute, men work nearly twice as many. When selecting work schedules, women try to avoid weekend, holiday, and split shifts more than men. To avoid unfavorable work times, women prioritize their schedules over route safety and select routes with a higher probability of accidents. Women are less likely than men to game the scheduling system by trading off work hours at regular wages for overtime hours at premium wages. These results suggest that some policies that increase workplace flexibility, like shift swapping and expanded cover lists, can reduce the gender earnings gap and disproportionately increase the well-being of female workers.

Michigan: Federal Judge Dismisses Female Genital Mutilation Charges, Finds Law Unconstitutional

Tuesday, a federal judge dismissed charges of female genital mutilation against several doctors, asserting the law is unconstitutional.


The Detroit News has more:

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman comes two weeks after defense lawyers mounted the first challenge to a 22-year-old genital mutilation law that went unused until April 2017.

That’s when Dr. Jumana Nagarwala of Northville was arrested and accused of heading a conspiracy that lasted 12 years, involved seven other people and led to mutilating the genitalia of nine girls as part of a religious procedure practiced by some members of the Dawoodi Bohra, a Muslim sect from India that has a small community in Metro Detroit.

Friedman delivered a significant, but not fatal, blow to a novel criminal prosecution being closely followed by members of the sect and international human-rights groups opposed to female genital mutilation. The case raised awareness in the U.S. of a controversial procedure and prompted Michigan to enact new laws criminalizing female genital mutilation.

Friedman removed four defendants from the case — including three mothers accused of subjecting their daughters to female genital mutilation — while concluding Congress had no authority to enact a law criminalizing female genital mutilation, known as FGM.

“There is nothing commercial or economic about FGM,” Friedman wrote in a 28-page opinion. (Female genital mutilation) is not part of a larger market and it has no demonstrated effect on interstate commerce. The Commerce Clause does not permit Congress to regulate a crime of this nature.”

Acosta got his press pass back, but his media colleagues will pay the price

Marc Lotter, former press secretary to Mike Pence, appearing on NPR argued that ultimately the ruling is a win for Trump and future presidents, Is court ruling on CNN press pass a ‘win for the White House?’:

Judy Woodruff:

We continue our look at the president’s relationship with the press with Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post media columnist and longtime journalist. And Marc Lotter, he served as press secretary to Vice President Mike Pence and as special assistant to the president.

Welcome to both of you.

And, Marc Lotter, let’s start with you.

This judge today ruled on narrow grounds. He said the White House had to give Jim Acosta his pass back because he had been denied due process. So where does that leave us?

Marc Lotter:

I think, long term, it’s a win for the White House and actually for future presidents, because this was a very tailored decision that wasn’t related around the First Amendment and unrestricted access to the White House, but on a due process side.

And the president today and Press Secretary Sarah Sanders have indicated they’re going to developing procedures and protocols to be followed. And then that will give them the future ability to take necessary actions if decorum and procedures are broken.

According to reports, over 50 White House press correspondents greeted and cheered Acosta upon his return to the White House immediately after the ruling.

That jubilation will be short-lived.

 

 

Ginsburg Up and Moving Around After Breaking Three Ribs

Nothing can stop Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg! She remains hospitalized after a fall broke three ribs, but her nephew said that the Notorious RBG is up and working today. From Reuters:

“The last I heard she was up and working, of course, because what else would she be doing, and cracking jokes,” her nephew Daniel Stiepleman said at the premiere of the film “On the Basis of Sex”, about a gender-based discrimination case Ginsburg tried as a young lawyer in 1972.

Keith Ellison, Farrakhan groupie and go-to Congressman for anti-Israel activists, elected Minnesota Attorney General

Sorry, but Minnesota has turned into a suicidal shit hole.

Typhus spreads through Los Angeles; over 100 cases reported

When we reported on Los Angeles in early October, the city was experiencing an outbreak of the bacterial disease typhus. At that point, 20 cases had been reported.

One month later, the number of recorded cases has risen to over 100.

The number of flea-born Typhus cases in Los Angeles has hit 107.

So far this year 72 patients have been recorded by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health with a further 15 in Long Beach and 20 in Pasadena.

In the 2000s there were around 20 cases recorded per year and analysts are putting the dramatic rise down to a 47 per cent increase in homelessness since 2012.

One official in Long Beach told NBC News that almost half a million potential cases are ‘under investigation.’
The explosion of the homeless population is the root cause of this outbreak. Local leaders are clamoring for this epidemic to be treated as an emergency.SNL sinks to new low, mocks veteran and GOP candidate who lost his eye in Afghanistan

Saturday Night Live used to be funny.  Remember Roseanne Roseannadanna or Chevy Chase being politically incorrect on Weekend Update and the catchphrases that permeated our culture:  “Jane, you ignorant slut,” “You look mahvelous,” and “could it be . . . Satan?”?

SNL is no longer funny.  Case in point, this week they mocked Navy SEAL veteran Dan Crenshaw, a Republican congressional candidate who lost an eye in an IED explosion in Afghanistan.

Leftist Books For Brainwashing Kids

Democrats May Not Get Their Turnout for Midterms as Young People Explain Why They Won’t Vote

Among some of the reasons: They don’t like post offices, don’t know where to buy stamps, doesn’t have a printer (why they don’t register).

The youth vote may determine the Democrat Party’s destiny, which may not be as majestic as the party hopes. New York Magazine published interviews with 12 young people explaining why they probably won’t vote in these midterms.

I’ve seen articles spouting youth enthusiasm for Democrats, but the magazine claimed that “only a third of people ages 18 to 29 say” they plan on casting ballots for the midterms.

A few reasons? The big blow failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took in November 2016. Another feels “like the Democratic Party doesn’t really stand for the things” he believes in. One person gets anxious when he has to mail anything.

 

Hilariously Awful Claire McCaskill Radio Ad: She’s ‘not one of those crazy Democrats’

The radio ad, which has been airing for about a year, attempts to paint Sen. McCaskill as a centrist Democrat and “not one of those crazy Democrats.”

You know it’s bad when a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat is trying to portray herself as anything but a Democrat.

The Daily Dot summarizes:

The ad features two men talking about McCaskill and her opponent, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. While one says he doesn’t always agree with McCaskill, at least she works hard and does her job, unlike Hawley, who, they claim, makes wine runs and heads to the gym during work hours.

“[McCaskill] works hard, fighting against those tariffs, doing all those town halls,” one narrator says. “Claire’s not afraid to stand up against her own party.”

“Claire’s not one of those crazy Democrats,” the other man adds. “She works right in the middle and finds compromise.”

Supreme Court hands Trump partial victory in lawsuit over citizenship question for 2020 census

On Monday night, the Supreme Court granted the Trump administration’s request to shield Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross from being deposed in a lawsuit over the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. But the Court declined to block the deposition of acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore, as the administration had also asked.

It’s tough to say whether the White House should view this compromise — presumably brokered by Chief Justice John Roberts—as a win, loss or draw. Time will tell what impact it has on the census litigation.

But more broadly, the Court’s split-the-baby approach certainly doesn’t bode well for anyone hoping that the reinforced conservative majority will soon put an end to the lower courts’ ongoing power struggle with the Trump administration. Indeed, in a partial dissent, Justice Gorsuch, joined by Justice Thomas, criticized the majority for not going all the way, saying that they would’ve halted both depositions and all discovery outside the administrative record.Crazy rips up Ted Cruz signs.

Vandals Throw Giant Boulder Through Rep. McCarthy’s Office Window

Daily Caller

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office in California was vandalized Monday, according to an Instagram post by the congressman.

McCarthy, whose local office is in Bakersfield, Calif., posted photos of the suspects and some of the damage. Two young men were caught on surveillance camera outside of the office, which had its window smashed in by a large boulder.

“Does anyone know these two guys? They threw a boulder thru our office window and took office equipment,” McCarthy wrote on his Instagram account.

McCarthy’s office is not the first GOP office to be vandalized in recent weeks. A Republican Party office in Wyoming was intentionally set on fire just two days after it opened in September. (RELATED: Wyoming GOP Office Set On Fire)

Vandals later hit The Metropolitan Republican Club on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in October, smashing windows and spray-painting anarchist signs on the doors.

B-E-T-O is a C-U-L-T and an A-B-C reporter is in L-O-V-E

(Legal In-sur-rec-tion)

It’s official.

Beto O’Rourke is a cult.

This “flash mob” dance video is making the rounds on social media.

Britain backs Trump on Russia arms treaty withdrawal

Washington Times

Britain’s defense secretary says his country stands “absolutely resolute” with the United States as President Donald Trump says he’ll pull out from a landmark arms control agreement with Russia.

Gavin Williamson blames Russia for endangering the treaty. He’s calling on the Kremlin to “get its house in order.”

Trump says he’ll exit the agreement because Russia has violated it “for many years” and it’s preventing the U.S. from developing new weapons.

Backing Trump, Williamson tells the Financial Times that Moscow has made a “mockery” of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

The 1987 pact prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 miles to 3,400 miles

The Wall Street Journal and NBC News just released a new poll, and it shows Trump surging to a 47% approval among registered voters.

Wall Street Journal

Nearly two thirds of registered voters showed a high level of interest in the election—the highest ever recorded in a midterm election since the Journal/NBC poll began asking the question in 2006.

…In the aftermath of the bitter confirmation fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Republicans have closed the once-large gap between their voters’ and Democrats’ interest in the election. Now, 68% of Republican voters and 72% of Democrats say they are very interested in the election—the highest recorded for either party by the survey in a midterm election.

Also helping Republicans is a rise in President Trump’s job-approval rating to 47%, the highest mark of his time in office, with 49% disapproving his performance.

Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyer resigned from his law firm because partners objected to his decision to represent her

According to Bloomberg, Bromwich, 64, resigned from Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP, as some of the partners at the firm had objected to his decision to represent Ford.

Bromwich, a Harvard Law graduate and former federal prosecutor, was known before this hearing for assisting the investigation of the Iran-Contra affair and, more recently, for representing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired in March by Jeff Sessions two days before his scheduled retirement and for whom Bromwich helped crowdfund legal fees. According to Bloomberg, President Obama picked Bromwich to reform the offshore drilling regulations after the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010.

Breitbart

Assuming this DNA test is accurate, Warren can still make no claim to membership in a Cherokee tribe. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has a minimum threshold of 1/16 “blood quantum,” and the United Keetowah Band’s threshold is 1/4 blood quantum. The Cherokee Nation does not have any minimum threshold for ancestry, but for membership, it does require that an individual “provide documents that connect you to a direct ancestor listed on one of the Dawes Final Rolls of Citizens of the Cherokee Nation.” The Dawes Rolls do not include any of Warren’s ancestors.

Trump Reacts to Stormy: ‘Now I Can Go After Horseface and Her 3rd Rate Lawyer’

Much more hilarity at the link.

How hackers could use smart home devices to spy on you (Marketplace)

Antifa Website Promotes HOME ABORTION CLASSES to ‘Dismantle White Supremacist Bio-Medical Patriarchy’ In Response to Kavanaugh

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/10/antifa-website-promotes-home-abortion-classes-to-dismantle-white-supremacist-bio-medical-patriarchy-in-response-to-kavanaugh/

The website Its Going Down claims that “autonomous pelvic care” is a “radical alternative to state sanctioned reproductive health.”

“Currently, in the tradition of gynepunk and folk herbal medical practice, the Knoxville Abortion Doula Collective and Plume & Seal Botanical Medicine are offering two workshops in Autonomous Pelvic Care for the lower Appalachian region. This radical community healthcare weekend is facilitated by trainers who are trans and queer, and this workshop will reflect a range of pelvic (reproductive/generative) support services. This is a space for queer/trans folks and all bodies, but the workshop focus is centered on services for people with uterine systems,” the website’s word salad claims.

“Topics discussed include menstrual support and regulation, herbal remedies for common vaginal complaints, self-managed abortion, how to safely offer radical pelvic care in a home-based setting, and more.”Deranged media gets Trump advisor Stephen Miller’s 3rd grade teacher to badmouth him (Legal Insurrection)

So many lines have been crossed by Democrats and their supportive media, I’m not sure there are any lines left.

Stephen Miller, advisor to Trump, is hated by Democrats and other leftists because of his role helping elect Trump and Miller’s strong positions on immigration.

Now The Hollywood Reporter has jumped on the bandwagon, running a column by Miller’s 3rd grade teacher Nikki Fiske badmouthing Miller’s 3rd grade conduct, focusing on glue again, Stephen Miller’s Third-Grade Teacher: He Was a “Loner” and Ate Glue:

Do you remember that character in Peanuts, the one called Pig Pen, with the dust cloud and crumbs flying all around him? That was Stephen Miller at 8. I was always trying to get him to clean up his desk — he always had stuff mashed up in there. He was a strange dude. I remember he would take a bottle of glue — we didn’t have glue sticks in those days — and he would pour the glue on his arm, let it dry, peel it off and then eat it.

I remember being concerned about him — not academically. He was OK with that, though I could never read his handwriting. But he had such strange personal habits. He was a loner and isolated and off by himself all the time.

Unbelievable!

White House: Trump to Have Roast Chicken With Kanye and Be Joined by Jim Brown

White House Dossier

Today at approximately 12:30 PM EDT, President Trump will host a working lunch in the private dining room off the Oval Office with award-winning Rapper, Producer, and Fashion Designer, Kanye West, Hall of Fame Running Back, Jim Brown, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor, Jared Kushner and Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor, Ivanka Trump.

The discussion will be centered on President Trump’s historic work to benefit all Americans such as urban revitalization, the creation of Opportunity Zones, new workforce training programs, record highs in African American employment, the creation of manufacturing jobs, ideas from his meeting with African American pastors, potential future clemencies, and addressing the massive violent crime surge in Chicago.

Lunch Menu:

Appetizer
Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze

Main Course
Roasted Chicken with Fingerling Potatoes and Sautéed Asparagus

Sounds like a nice lunch!

I don’t know about you, but I lost more than half of my 2018 gains yesterday, and it looks to be another bad day in the markets:

Dow Jones Industrial Average Continues to Fall After 832-Point Loss

Money Morning

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell another 100 points in pre-market trading as indexes continued to sell off in the face of unstable global markets. Yesterday marked the Dow’s largest decline since April.

With European and Asian markets shedding value, U.S. stocks are likely to continue fall during Thursday’s trading. As losses continue to mount, we’re taking a close look at what’s driving the decline – and how you can protect your investments. Check out our analysis here

Duluth, Minnesota getting hammered by waves and flooding:

Two Students Hooked Up. It Was Clearly Consensual. He Still Spent $12,000 Defending Himself.

A brief romantic encounter at UC-Davis triggered a Title IX investigation after the female student changed her mind about it weeks later.

James, a freshman at the University of California-Davis, was on his way to math class when he received an email that would derail his life for the next few months: The university’s Title IX office, which handles sexual misconduct disputes between students, was investigating a complaint against him…

In the midst of the Kavanaugh battle, President Donald Trump remarked that it was a “very scary time for young men in America,” which drew indignant scoffs from the left. The president’s interest in due process and the presumption of innocence is, as always, highly selective. But this doesn’t mean Trump’s critics should completely reject the sentiment. There are many victims of sexual mistreatment, but there are victims of bad-faith accusations as well. James was lucky to get through his “very scary time” unscathed, and those who carry the banner of #MeToo should denounce excesses and overreaches like the one he experienced.

Moral of the story? Caution your sons, as well as your daughters, about what can happen.

RALLY DAY!

President Donald J. Trump‘s schedule for Wednesday, October 10th:
· Meeting with Secretary of Homeland Security and Administrator of FEMA
· Lunch with Secretary of Defense
· Signing ceremony for S. 2553 – Know the Lowest Price Act and S. 2554 – Patients Right to Know Drug Prices Act
· Travel to Erie, PA
· Roundtable with supporters
· Make America Great Again rally
· Travel to Washington, D.C.

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‘Handmaids’ Protest Brett Kavanaugh’s First Day on Supreme Court

Protesters greeted newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for his first day of work on Tuesday dressed as characters from the TV show The Handmaid’s Tale.

“Say it loud, and say it clear: Kavanaugh’s not welcome here!” they chanted, dressed in long red robes and white hats in temperatures slated to reach 80 degrees.

Breitbart Big Government

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LA TIMES

 

Randall Marquis has lived in California for 31 years, but he knew it was a mistake when he received a notice last month that said he was newly registered to vote. He may have a state driver’s license, but he’s a citizen of Canada.

“When I saw that card, I just threw it out,” Marquis said. “I know I’m not going to vote. I’m not allowed to vote, it’s stupid that I should be registered to vote.”

The Newport Beach resident, who has a green card and is married to a U.S. citizen, was one of some 1,500 people who the California Department of Motor Vehicles said on Monday were wrongly registered to vote between late April and late September. These errors, which included other non-citizens, are in addition to the roughly 23,000 registration mistakes disclosed by the DMV last month.

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