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David Hogg may find himself Bar-B-Q’ed in Memphis

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On Wednesday evening, one of the most recognizable and outspoken gun-control activists in the country, thanks to CNN, David Hogg, posted a message on Twitter indicating he would be heading to Memphis, TN to stage a protest against Federal Express.

Memphis, Tennessee is home to Federal Express Corporations.

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It is unclear why Hogg chose to post the address he did, as the company’s headquarters are located just off of Hacks Cross Rd, rather than Ridgeway.

David Hogg has, for months, been urging his followers to boycott the world-wide transport company. Federal Express Corporations offers discounted costs to customers whom belong to a variety of organizations, including the National Education Association and the National Rifle Association (NRA), among many others.

It is FedEx’s discounted cost offering to customers belonging to the National Rifle Association which has landed the company in Hogg’s crosshairs.

Hogg did not state when the protest would be held, but he indicated more information would be forthcoming.

In February, David Hogg appeared on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.” During his interview, Hogg exhorted FedEx to end its discount program for Americans belonging to the National Riffle Association.

Also during his interview, David Hogg claimed, erroneously, “The CEO is one of the biggest donors to the NRA, and we have to take care of them.”

Fred Smith, CEO and founder of Federal Express, is neither a member nor a financial contributor to the NRA. Back in February, spokesman Patrick Fitzgerald stated, unequivocally, that Mr. Smith “has never been a member of the NRA, nor has he ever contributed to the NRA … and his political contributions are a matter of public record.”

On February 26, 2018, in response to the David Hogg’s accusations, the company issued a statement which included the following:

FedEx is a common carrier under Federal law and therefore does not and will not deny service or discriminate against any legal entity regardless of their policy positions or political views.  The NRA is one of hundreds of organizations in our alliances/association Marketing program whose members receive discounted rates for FedEx shipping.  FedEx has never set or changed rates for any of our millions of customers around the world in response to their politics, beliefs or positions on issues.

Late Wednesday, after Hogg’s tweets, Federal Express Corporations issued a statement reiterating the company’s earlier statements:

FedEx is aware there are some continuing concerns related to the NRA, and we want to provide important, clarifying facts… the pricing program that is the focus of these concerns is not for the NRA itself – it is for American small businesses and consumers that are members of the association.

FedEx has also pointed out that UPS does in fact have a contract with the National Riffle Association.

David Hogg has not targeted UPS.

My Take:

This dude is about to become Memphis Bar-b-que!

When my father, who was a decorated USAF Captain, returned from Vietnam, he found himself, like many other veteran pilots of that time period, unemployable. He was 30-years-old, which, at that time, was considered too old for a new higher. My dad worked at a laundry mat until, by God’s divine intervention, he was introduced to Fred Smith, a guy who was just starting up a new company and needed pilots.

Fred Smith is also a Vietnam veteran.

Acquiring a position as a pilot entirely changed the trajectory of my family’s life. It was a genuine gift, a blessing.

We aren’t alone.

FedEx employs thousands of hardworking people in the Mid-South. You would be hard-pressed to find someone who wasn’t related to or friends of a FedEx employee. Thousands of families depend on this company for employment.

And… Most people don’t take kindly to others interfering in their jobs, their income.

Fred Smith and Federal Express have generously given back to our community, contributed millions of dollars for education and other charitable causes.

In fact, the FedEx St. Jude Classic, the PGA golf tournament benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, kicks off next week. 2017’s purse was $6.4 million.

Federal Express Corporations has generously funded technology education through the University of Memphis’ FedEx Technology Institute, where students are trained in “data analytics, information security and testing, intermodal freight transportation, mobile sensors and quality data management” (Bizjournals.com).  Through a FedEx-University of Memphis Research Foundation partnership, students act as interns in a state of the art call center.

There are countless examples of the generosity FedEx has afforded schools across the country, such as here, here, and here.

Then, there is the matter of guns…

This is Memphis.

THIS IS MEMPHIS.

T-H-I-S  I-S  M-E-M-P-H-I-S!

There are thousands of bad guys with guns – especially illegally-obtained guns! In addition, our police force has been hemorrhaging officers for several years now.

Here, both Democrats and Republicans own guns: black, white, Hispanic, et al.

We may be a Democrat-driven area, but no one wants to be the chump who protects his home with flowers and sunshine.

We’d all love to have the bad guys’ guns taken away. We all cringe at the thought of any more babies losing their lives, whether by stray bullets or gangs or school shootings. Still, the fact remains, we live day-to-day knowing we must be equally armed in order to protect ourselves.

Gun-control isn’t very popular here. Sure, it has its cult following and we all know the criminals support disarming the law-abiding, but most people prefer to live in reality

So, in conclusion…

Federal Express won’t be the one getting skewered.

It will be David Hogg, himself, who will find himself on a hot burner.

He’d be wise not to live by such lofty expectations.

In Memphis, we aren’t so “high on the hogg,.”

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Harvard students figured out why women are paid less than men

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Harvard students figured out why women are paid less than men

It genuinely disgusts me that, despite how much we’ve progressed as a society, especially in regards to our treatment of minorities and women, men still earn more than women do. It makes me ashamed of my country. How can we still refer to the United States as the “Land of Opportunity” when women are only paid $0.80 for every $1.00 that men are paid despite working just as hard in the same positions? Hell, even that depressing number doesn’t accurately express how large the gender pay gap is, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

In the report, titled Still a Man’s Labor Market: The Slowly Narrowing Gender Wage Gap, published in November 2018, the organization revealed that women earn a mere 49% of what men do. What’s worse is that it won’t be until 2059 that men and women have 100% equal pay, assuming the gap continues to narrow as slowly as it currently is. This is absolutely unacceptable, and it’s well past time Congress made it illegal for employers to pay women less than men for the same work.

At least, that’s what I would say if I was a leftist moron who still pays attention to the easily debunked “women earn less than men because of sexism” argument that’s been regurgitated countless times over the years.

The reality is that Congress made it illegal for employers to pay people differently based on their sex decades ago. It was called the “Equal Pay Act” and it was signed into law by President John F. Kennedy all the way back in June 1963. Ever since then, employers have been able to pay employees differently based on their merit, their seniority, their work output, or really whatever factors the employer desires… except sex.

A man and a woman in identical positions with identical output are legally required to be paid the same amount, and employers that fail to do so run the risk of some hefty legal ramifications. But if that’s the case, then why do the numbers presented by the IWPR show that there’s such a massive gender pay gap? Is the Equal Pay Act ineffective? Did the IWPR mess up its numbers? Is there some patriarchal plot to keep women from making money?

No, no, and no. The real answer is incredibly simple, and it’s one I’m sure most of us were able to figure out on our own the first time we heard the “women earn ($0.75, $0.79, $0.80) for every $1.00 that men earn” statistic that’s been getting thrown around for years. Basically, men are paid more than women on average because they seek out more lucrative jobs on average and work longer hours on average. If you take the combined earnings of all the women in the United States in a given year, divide that number by how many women worked at any point in that year, and then do the same for men, you’ll see that the earnings-per-working-woman are quite a bit lower than the earnings-per-working-man, so clearly there is a gender pay gap. However, despite what leftists like the people at the IWPR want you to believe, this gap has nothing to do with sexism.

This was demonstrated in a report, also published in November 2018, by two PhD Candidates in Economics at Harvard University. In the report, titled Why Do Women Earn Less Than Men? Evidence from Bus and Train Operators, the two students examined the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in order to figure out why such a heavily unionized agency in such a notoriously progressive city (Boston) still paid its female employees $0.89 for every $1.00 it paid its male employees. The answer was, once again, incredibly simple. Women were less likely than men to work overtime hours while also being more likely to take unpaid time off. That’s it. That’s all there is to it.

Men tended to prefer making more money to having more free time, while women tended to prefer having more free time to making more money. While an argument could be made that more employers should account for the different preferences of men and women, something the report actually advises on how to do, there’s no basis for the argument that the gender pay gap is a result of sexism.

It should be noted that the Harvard report examined just one industry in one metropolitan area, which means the findings aren’t applicable everywhere, but the gist of them is. Yes, there is a gender pay gap. That’s an objective fact. However, it has nothing to do with sexism. The causes of the gap vary from industry to industry and place to place, but they almost always have to do with the inherent differences between men and women. I think there’s a conversation to be had about whether or not this is an issue, and if it is, whether it’s up to employers, society, or women themselves to solve it, but to even have that conversation requires us to abandon the idea that sexism is the cause. There are certainly some instances where it is the cause, but the vast majority of the time, it’s not.

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A guide to classical liberalism

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A guide to classical liberalism

The modern interpretation of the ideology known as “liberalism” is usually associated with the progressive left. Despite the roots of true liberalism – individualism, Natural Rights, and liberty itself – the modern understanding of liberalism has been skewed to make people think more of illiberal politicians like Bernie Sanders instead of Constitutional originalists like Antonin Scalia as liberals.

This 27-minute video does a fine job of breaking down the historical ideas that brought about classical liberalism and the men who brought them to light. It also accurately points out that equality of opportunity for individuals is necessary for a modern society, thus it was this mentality that brought about the end of slavery and the promotion of women’s rights.

From John Locke to James Madison, from the thinkers of Great Britain to the founding fathers of the United States, this video from The Academic Agent brings us through the history of classical liberalism.

For a brief introduction we posted a shorter video earlier:

What classical liberalism is, briefly

http://noqreport.com/2018/12/12/classical-liberalism-briefly/The progressive left and the Democratic Party have undergone many transformations over the last century. They’ve masterfully spun American understanding of language and labels to the point that history has been in a constant state of being rewritten to conform to their machinations. One of the most perverse examples of this is how they now claim the mantle of “liberalism.”

Sadly, those who embrace Natural Rights, limited government, and individualism have been forced to amend our label as liberals to become “classical liberals” for the sake of escaping confusion. Most Americans today would assume if we call ourselves “liberals” that we must be big fans of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

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Fine-tuning and incredible calibration points to creation over random chance

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Fine-tuning and incredible calibration points to creation over random chance

Homicide investigator J. Warner Wallace is familiar with looking for tampering. His job makes him look for things that don’t fit. At his core, he is forced to ask questions about the various situations he investigates in order to see where the evidence points.

When he’s not catching bad guys, he’s a Christian apologist. In this role, he utilizes the same skills he’s honed over the decades as an investigator to demonstrate why it makes much more sense to believe in creation than a randomly generated universe.

The author of Cold-Case Christianity started off as a skeptical atheist, but as he investigated deeper, he soon realized it was impossible for the secular worldview to be correct as it pertained to the origins of the universe and life on the planet.

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