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The Nobel Prize for Liberalism

The Nobel Peace Prize, Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys, Tonys, American Book Awards, and Pulitzer Prizes invariably go to liberals.

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The past year’s Nobel Prize went solely to the UN World Food Program (WFP). The Nobel committee said that the WFP had shown itself to be, “a driving force in the efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.”

The WFP spokesman said that they were “deeply humbled” and that “this is in recognition of the work of the WFP staff who put their lives on the line every day to bring food and assistance to more than 100 million hungry children, women, and men across the world.” Seems worthy enough.

Let’s also review some recent winners. The Peace Prize was awarded to Abiy Ahmed, prime minister of Ethiopia. His peace deal with Eritrea ended a 20-year skirmish – a military stalemate – that ensued following the 1998 to 2000.

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Barack Obama, the 44th President of the U.S. was awarded the Peace Prize in 2009, for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen International diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Apparently, what Abiy Ahmed did in 2019 and Barack Obama did in 2009 were more noteworthy and more useful to the world then what President Trump did in 2020.

A Year Like No Other

What did President Trump do? He launched a new era of American military engagement, drawing down troop levels from around the world, no longer participating in endless conflicts, and recognizing that neither the U.S. nor any other single nation can effectively serve as the world’s policeman. This, in and of itself, would be a huge contribution to peace. Maybe the Nobel committee disagrees.

Oh, wait, President Trump also was instrumental in helping Kosovo and Serbia end more than 20 years of conflict. He was vital in bringing the two nations together to engage in more peaceful relations. They have since initiated a strong trade and commerce agreement that, going forward, will greatly benefit both countries.

Kosovo, if you weren’t aware, is largely Muslim, at more than 95% of its population, while Serbia has been a Christian nation for twelve centuries. The fact that Trump brought these two nations to the peace table is a monumental achievement. Perhaps the Nobel committee disagrees.

More than Enough

Those two achievements of President Trump would be more than enough in any year for any world leader to have been bestowed the Peace Prize. Yet, Trump did more. He brought Israel and the United Arab Emirates together. Known as the Abraham Accords, normalization of relations between the two countries have begun. Bahrain, seeing the benefits, joined in to be part of the Accords.

The Nobel committee decided that a United Nations food program, which has been in force for many years, and could have been awarded at any time, needed to be awarded this year, exclusively. As for Donald Trump, well, he hadn’t done enough apparently.

Trump’s three three monumental achievements for peace don’t add up to a hill of beans in the eyes of the leftist Nobel Peace Prize committee. If Barack Obama had done what Donald Trump has done, or anything even approaching that, Obama would have received a second prize added to his first one, which he did not deserve. ‘

If Joe Biden had done what Donald Trump had done, unquestionably he would have received the prize. If a woman, a minority, or anybody from the U.S. deemed to be in a special ‘victim class’ had done what Donald Trump had done, they would become Nobel laureates.

Awards Reserved for Liberals

Such is the planet on which we live, but it’s not merely the Nobel Peace Prize. Consider to whom Oscars are handed out in Hollywood, or Golden Globes or Emmys or Tonys. Consider American Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and so on. When you peruse the winners list, you see that invariably they they go to liberals.

Could Dinesh D’Souza, the brilliant conservative documentary filmmaker, ever get recognition from Hollywood? No way. Could the blubbering, whining, pro-Marxist Michael Moore win an Oscar? You guessed it, he already has.

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In-N-Out Burger Serves Customers, not San Francisco

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In-N-Out Burger just served San Francisco an everything burger, animal style. It’s heartening to see an iconic restaurant chain stand up to government overreach—and in an ultra-liberal enclave, to boot.

Here’s how it went down. San Francisco issued an edict to force bars and restaurants to verify customers’ COVID vaccination papers before allowing entry.

In response, In-N-Out Burger dutifully posted the city’s vaccination requirement on its windows. This placed the onus where it belongs—on their customers. This is as far as a private company need go.

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However, San Francisco sees things much differently. They closed down the city’s only In-N-Out Burger location, on Fisherman’s Wharf. As a result, the burger chain issued this statement:

“Local regulators informed us that our restaurant Associates must actively intervene by demanding proof of vaccination and photo identification from every Customer…. We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government. We fiercely disagree with any government dictate that forces a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business.”

San Francisco’s beef shouldn’t be with In-N-Out Burger—it should be with its unvaccinated citizens. If the city chooses to order an unconstitutional vaccination requirement for bars and restaurants, they should enforce it, not the bars and restaurants. They’re private businesses, not COVID cops.

Burger bouncers

In-N-Out Burger trains their associates to cheerfully ask customers if they’d like to add fries and shakes to their meals, not to question them about controversial vaccination mandates. Additionally, they shouldn’t be required to make their associates act as bouncers to eject unvaccinated customers.

As an aside, America is one of the only nations on Earth that requires vaccination passports. Most if not all other countries require immunity passports, which include the vaccinated and those who are unvaccinated yet have degrees of natural immunity after being infected with the coronavirus.

The San Francisco In-N-Out Burger mess perfectly illustrates what should be happening all over America. Private business is not an arm of local, state or federal government. We’re all dealing with the pandemic—why compound the problem by attempting to force private businesses to enforce governmental mandates?

It makes one wonder how San Francisco leaders failed to see this coming. Can any serious person imagine cheerful, smiling, In-N-Out Burger associates making effective burger bouncers? It’s ridiculous for any city to expect restaurant employees to provide vaccination enforcement.

This smacks of more than mere incompetence. Did the city truly expect bars and restaurants to comply? If so, this seems like autocratic (and dangerous) arrogance.

If San Francisco wants to enforce vaccination inspections, they should do it themselves on the sidewalk in front of bars and restaurants. Closing restaurants that don’t force their employees to act as muscle for the city is poor leadership.

Given In-N-Out Burger’s wild popularity, it’s safe to say that most customers want their locations open. If some side with San Francisco in closing the restaurant and forcing associates to be vaccination police, they can get lesser burgers elsewhere.

Smart business

It’s called freedom. And clearly, it’s in short supply in places like San Francisco. Kudos to In-N-Out Burger for making a stand.

Here’s hoping other private businesses will take heart in In-N-Out Burger’s sound and smart business sense and stand up to one-size-fits-all autocrats. If they do, it’s likely that most of their customers will continue supporting them and they may even gain new ones.

Smart and principled businesses take risks for the right reasons. In-N-Out Burger is right to defy San Francisco. Prediction: By refusing to discriminate when serving its customers, they’ll sell even more burgers, fries and shakes in the City by the Bay and in their other 368 locations across America.

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Pandora Papers, a box of trouble for whom?

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Pandoras box seems to be a well-known metaphor in today’s culture. It is often used to represent unknowingly opening a box of wop-ass. The Greek origins are a little more complex.  Pandora was the first human woman, a gift from the gods. She was made from earth to be lovely as a goddess. With the gift of speech to tell lies, and the mind and nature of a treacherous dog. She was given a golden crown of animals and sea creatures. Pandora was blessed with grace, desire and caring to weaken her limbs.

Pandora was the first woman to live among mortal men, first bride and great misery. She was destined to live with men in times of plenty and to desert them in hard times.  Her name means both “she who gives all gifts” and “she who was given all gifts”. In the mythology she opened a jar that belonged to her husband that contained every misery that affects man to today, but managed to close it before hope was able to escape the jar.

Which brings us to the latest document leak from the International Consortium of investigative Journalists or ICIJ. This is the latest of leaks following the Panama papers and the Paradise papers. ICIJ claims this is the largest leak of tax haven information ever. The 11.9 million financial records include information on 330 politicians and high level leaders, including 35 country leaders. For two years over 600 journalists from 117 countries helped to follow up leads exposed by the leak.

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Top leaders with homes in Malibu, Monti Carlo, and high rise towers in Dubai. Investments in sugar plantations, polluting factories, and even a hospital. Secret companies and Trusts to hide assets from taxes and their people. ICIJ likes to point out that this money could have been used to help build roads, hospitals, and schools. They also imply the money comes from ill-gotten gains. Pointing out that hiding money is also used during drug smuggling, human trafficking, bribery, and international terrorism.

In an effort to seem like actual investigative journalists they do mention that nothing they were fed was illegal.  They failed to mention that the tax regulations in every one of the countries involved are written by the rich themselves. Mostly by those not uncovered by the Pandora Papers. Something the 600 seemed to have over looked during their two year investigation is any tax avoidance from the United States. Funny thing that.

To find out why you need to look at who the International Consortium of investigative Journalists is and who finances them. It turns out the group was founded in 1997, they claim to take no public funds only donations. Their largest donors happen to be Soros, thru the The Open Society Foundation. Now needless to say Soros is not going to admit what each one of these people did to stop his march towards one world government headed by Soros and company, but we can speculate.

Tony Blair, supported the American action in Afghanistan. King Abdullanh met with and supported Israel. Vladimir Putin would rather not have a one world government telling him how to run Russia. Shakira no stranger to wokeness had the gall to disagree with the Conovirus imprisonment and demanded children be let outside into the sun and air. You can bet that each one of the targets of this dump had somehow displeased those supporting the great reset.

Each one of these thought they had found a beautiful tax haven not knowing it was she who gives all gifts and conversely she who is given all gifts. By selectively revealing that it is worthwhile to spend money to hide income from those who did not earn it is telling. Besides highlighting that taxes are too high for the services provided. Telling that not one American is mentioned. Telling that the “journalists” didn’t discover how politicians in government get rich on civil service salaries. Not one mention of the heads of NGO’s (non-governmental agencies) have found that the poor are very very good for them. How about a peek into how many of the 1.5 million tax exempt organizations in America are just a tax dodge.

We will wait with the patience of Job for the International Consortium of investigative Journalists to do some real investigating.

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