Connect with us

Everything

Union head: America was never Eurocentric

Published

on

President Trump’s “image” of the United States was boldly challenged by a state leader of a service workers’ union, in the wake of Trump’s support of a newly-revised Senate bill to slash legal immigration by half and condition most of the remainder on merit.

The Senate bill (S. 354, commonly called the “RAISE Act”) would cut legal immigration from 1,000,000 to 500,000 annually and priority worker skills over family ties in an apparent attempt to halt the chain migration where new citizens and permanent residents (“green card” holders) get to sponsor numerous family members for their admission to the country.

In response, Kevin Brown, the Vice President and New Jersey director of 32 BJ SEIU (Service Employees International Union) which calls itself the largest property services workers’ union in the country, said:

This proposal is a thinly-veiled attempt at remaking the United States in an image that never was. (Emphasis added.)

So, in other words, goes the union claim, the United States never considered worker skills or merit — that is, their ability to contribute to the country, rather than extract benefits and be net dependents on the populace — in deciding who got in. This has been opposed for years, on the stated ground that such standards unfairly advantaged the higher-educated immigrants from the same industrialized, Western European nations from which many prior waves of immigrants historically emigrated.

Left unsaid: That imposing any standards for immigration, let alone standards for achievement, were never practiced in the past, or were practiced unfairly, or were just plain wrong and immoral.

That a European, Western Civilization-based American society is not only undesirable, but that it never existed!

So now we have the unions for some of the most unskilled (and thus the most easily replaceable) workers in the country fighting for what amounts to open borders. Of course, we’re talking about votes here. Because some of these workers are actually citizens, and as to the ones who aren’t — well, let’s not go there because that Kris Kobach-led voter fraud commission is a racist sham, isn’t it?

In a cultural war where anything associated with European roots, Christian theology and capitalist economic theory is blatantly considered evil and hence ripe for any and all attacks, the battleground on America’s immigration policy history represents a new effort to undermine any restrictions.

The reality? The radical constituencies and interest groups which have overrun today’s Democratic Party will gladly discriminate against any immigrants with actual achievement and skills, in favor of people from cultures most dissimilar to the United States and with the least likelihood of contributing to or assimilating into American society.

Entertainment and Sports

Binge-worthy show: The Night Manager shows why Tom Hiddleston should be the next James Bond

Published

on

Binge-worthy show The Night Manager shows why Tom Hiddleston should be the next James Bond

He’s too posh. He’s too pretty. He isn’t intimidating. He’s too big as a Marvel character. There are many reasons people have dismissed the notion of Tom Hiddleston playing the role of James Bond in the famed series. All of these reasons can be dismissed by watching The Night Manager.

Available on Amazon, the AMC-BBC collaboration is six episodes long. There are reports that it could be brought back for another series, but if it never comes back, rest assured the single series is still worth a watch. The funny part is that Hiddleston might be the main draw, but he’s not even the best overall performance. That honor goes to Hugh Laurie, the well-mannered villain of the show.

As usual, no spoilers.

Much effort is put into making the beautiful people look as beautiful as possible in lovely settings even when things get crazy. It opens with Hiddleston cutting through a crowd of protesters just prior to the ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. He’s on his way to work to engage in his craft as a manager at a high-end hotel in Cairo. Even through the chaos, Hiddleston holds an air of separation from both the protesters and the military holding them back. And he does all this while wearing cargo pants and an untucked linen dress shirt.

This is where the presence of Hiddleston comes into play and demonstrates why he would be able to play James Bond. His sharp eyes announce he’s not to be reckoned with while simultaneously charming the observer. As one character later notes, “Everybody is attracted to you.”

The men want to be on his side and the women (and one man) want him to be by their side.

His impish grin may have been perfect for playing Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it takes a more menacing turn in The Night Manager. We realize there’s grit behind his boyish looks that betrays two tours in Iraq and a personal grudge he’s held with him for years. If Daniel Craig brought emotionless chills to the Bond character, Hiddleston would bring an emotional fortitude. He’s only truly happy when he’s doing the right thing, which may go against the stereotypes associated with a world-class assassin, but luckily we’re in a world where stereotypes are being broken.

There’s another reason Hiddleston would be the right person for the role. Unfortunately, it’s a political one. Some are pushing for a minority or a woman to take the role to the next level. There’s nothing wrong with this as long as it’s done with the most qualified person in mind and not just to make a political statement about inclusion. With Hiddleston, it’s an opportunity to use the same formula while mitigating the damage that is sure to come if they don’t select a minority or a woman. Everyone likes Hiddleston. He’ll make the passing on a controversial choice easier to swallow.

There’s even a scene when he orders a vodka martini at a bar in Cairo. It was the most obvious nod to the Bond franchise they could have made without asking for the drink to be shaken.

If you only watch The Night Manager to verify my Bond assertions, so be it. If you watch it for its great acting, engaging espionage, and brilliant storyline, well that’s even better. Either way, get your six-hour binging snacks ready.

Continue Reading

Quotes

Jonah Goldberg throws water on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal

Published

on

Jonah Goldberg throws water on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal

In a thought-provoking piece on National Review, senior editor Jonah Goldberg took a sober look at the ever-growing fire that drives the climate change debate. In the process, he threw water on their fire, particular the one being fanned right now but incoming-Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal.

While acknowledging the science seems to support substance to the climate change debate, Goldberg points out the overstated ways in which the debate is being framed. People like Ocasio-Cortez tend to blow the alarms harder and louder than necessary and the policies that arise from their klaxon calls are usually overkill.

Climate Change Frenzy Clouds Our Judgment

https://www.nationalreview.com/g-file/climate-change-frenzy-clouds-our-judgment/Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is pushing a “Green New Deal.” As I’ve written 7 trillion times (give or take), progressives have wanted a “new New Deal” even before the first New Deal was over. Painting an age-old progressive idol green has nothing to do with science and everything to do with marketing.

As I suggested in the bit about the science-fiction story, I don’t think there is very much to do right now. Oh, I am very much in favor of R&D for all sorts of things. Cold fusion would be the equivalent of discovering faster-than-light travel. Personally, I am very interested in geoengineering — the science of actually fixing the problem. I am convinced the world has a low-grade fever that could get dangerously high in the future. That fever isn’t all bad by the way: E.g., it extends growing seasons and accelerates tree growth.

Whether climate change skeptics are right or not, there’s definitely reason to question the ways in which environmentalists are pushing their agenda. There’s a difference between having the debate and trying to quash it before it starts.

Continue Reading

Guns and Crime

Alexander Acosta is the swamp

Published

on

Alexander Acosta is the swamp

Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein served 13 months in prison. His deal brought no justice to his victims who were not even informed until after the deal was made. He was protected from federal prosecution and given every amenity possible during his stay in a private wing of his prison. All of this was made possible by Alexander Acosta, the current Labor Secretary in the Trump administration.

Epstein may have escaped justice, but Acosta should not be allowed to escape repercussions for his part in the Epstein deal. If the President ever really had intentions of draining the swamp, he should start by firing Acosta immediately.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement Donate to NOQ Report

Facebook

Twitter

Trending

Copyright © 2018 NOQ Report