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What’s happened to JC Penney?

Some friends and I were talking about JC Penney the other day and the changes they have made and how they seem to have forgotten who brought them to the party.   One friend told me what his wife had seen in one store, and I asked her to write something up for me.

We are not alone right?

Read about her experience below:

This past spring, when many Christians and conservatives were boycotting JC Penney because of their partnership (no pun intended) with Ellen DeGeneres, I thought it was extreme and a bit ridiculous. Ellen, in my opinion, is one of the least offensive celebrities in Hollywood today.  Also, I am not quick to jump on the boycott bandwagon no matter the cause.

However, I have not re-entered the JC Penney near my home after coming across an overtly sexualized display in the make-up section and being politely dismissed after voicing my concerns. This display was the final straw in what has been a building complaint in my life as a mom, wife, and Christian. Here is a picture I took of the make-up ad:

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The most disturbing aspect of this display was that it was front and center at my child’s sight-line. I have three young children, two of whom are readers… I do not want them practicing their reading skills on ads like this.

I understand in this climate of MAJOR political and world issues, my concerns over ads such as this one may seem trite and a bit inconsequential; but I do not live my life in the realm of big world thinking. I live my day to day as a mom who wants a pure and natural childhood for my kids. I understand that sensuality is a natural part of life (hey- I have three kids!) but there is a difference between sensuality and lust. Ads like this, Victoria’s Secret, or most magazine cover shots have created an atmosphere of carnality that reduces pure passion and love to a mere animalistic appetite.

This is not a call for a boycott. And there is no way and no reason to try to bring our society back to the 1950’s; but there is also no reason why I should not expect to be able to go shopping without my children being exposed to subject matter that is inappropriate!

You may agree or disagree; this is just one mom’s opinion. As for me, I refuse to stand by any longer and allow societal norms to dictate what my family is exposed to.  I have challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone and start speaking up when I find my sense of morality under attack. It most likely will not make a difference, as I found in my experience with JC Penney; but at least I will know I am continuing to stay true to what I believe and I will never look back and wonder why I wasn’t a better advocate for my kids.

 

Glenn reviews Captain America: “Great movie and truly a uniting message”

I have NEVER seen a Hollywood blockbuster with a “message” that A: worked and B: I agreed with, until Captain America. I saw it last night. What a great way to show how foolish we are to allow a government to protect us by collect data, build war machines, grow “homeland security”, secrecy and most of all allow a handful of people decide who lives and who dies based on data killed by drones.

Great movie and truly a uniting message. I can’t imagine the American that doesn’t see this movie and then hear those like Rand Paul and not understand the clear and present danger we are a country and a world from elites in the name of security.

It is fun AND TRUE. See it. Rarely are sequels as good as the first movie. This may even be better! All my friends are saying the same thing. Rarely do I receive so many notes from friends: “Glenn, you HAVE TO SEE THIS!”

Thanks Hollywood, you have made up for Noah.

Introducing the new 1791

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We are entering into a new space here and hopefully we’re about to show you some really exciting things that we’re developing on multiple fronts. But one of those is 1791. And 1791, I believe that we all are kind of looking for the same thing. And we’re all trying to do our best, make really high quality stuff, make it affordable, and bring back some artistry, some innovation to what we do in America.

I’d like to be remembered as a generation that did something and did something great. And so we’re looking for innovation on many fronts. And we want to try to be able to bring some new jobs and we want to just be able to make good quality stuff again on all fronts.

1791 is our clothing and lifestyle division. It’s more than just clothing as you will see. It’s a little bit of everything. And we would love just to share the ideas with you and get your opinion on a few things.

If you’d like to be involved with us, we sure would like to hear from you and sign up for our 1791 newsletter. It’s at 1791.com.

It’s going to be an amazing journey.

 

Glenn: Our children win in the end…all because of people just like you

After reading the story Video: Veteran Teacher Reveals the Shocking Intimidation She’s Faced for Opposing Common Core in Tearful Testimony, Glenn authored the below article for GlennBeck.com:

Sick.

These are the things unions are made for. To protect the teachers from bullies. But this is what happens when the government and unions get together. They protect themselves and suddenly the teachers and union workers become the bullied again.

We the people, need to be the safe haven for these teachers. When no one else will stand for the whistleblowers and those brave enough to tell the truth, WE MUST.

Remember: we surround them.

Not the other way around.

Read Bonhoeffer. It is better to speak and stand. Even if you feel alone. Courage is contagious. Most are afraid. Most don’t want to cause problems. “Can’t we all just get along? Can’t we just move on? I just want to go home and be with my kids.”

I know. We all do. But for those same kids, we must stand.

I’m reading my scriptures every day, and really studying them. Really trying to understand and milk them for every bit of wisdom and advice. I have come to the conclusion that you are much better off than I am.

Not just because you may be a much better human than I am, but because I am noticed, I am well paid and I am thanked. I get my share of hate and trouble, sure. But I also get my rewards here. I won’t get it for things I have already been paid for in one form or another.

You, however, struggle, lose time at work perhaps, take the unpopular view for His sake. Some have lost jobs, family and friends just like I have. But most have not received fame or accolades and the prayers of millions.

I have.

Your reward is far greater. Recognize that. Celebrate that. Count on that promise. It is true and everlasting.

Continue to stand and know that while we are just one family and not millions, we do pray for you several times a day.

I pray for you.

I give thanks for you.

I am inspired by you.

You are making a difference. You are pushing back on the darkness and the darkness cannot understand it.

You win in the end. Our children win in the end…all because of people just like you. Most of whom have names that will never be recorded by a newspaper or national media. But those same names and lives are being watched, recorded and cheered on in the places where it really counts. There are more with us than against us.

Trust in The Almighty God, the Architect of the Universe and the One God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Trust and act and give your grandchildren a reason to stand themselves to declare their testimony of courage. Let them shout from the roof tops that you knew what was right and refused to remain silent. As they tell the story of who you were and what you did – know that while you hear this witness from across the ethereal gulf of the eternities you will be reaping your eternal rewards.

Also, just in case anyone is wondering, I know for a fact that hate and murder have no place in God’s plans and His rewards have nothing to do with scores of virgins.

May our God be ever at our side as we wield His full armor to stand and free the oppressed from fear and darkness. And may our loins always be girded In truth as our feet, shod in the Gospel, run to peace.

Miracles do happen

Miracles do happen. God does live. It is all true. I know more than ever. What my sister witnessed at my fathers side will forever impact me. I think it will you too.

He has not spoken since. We are just waiting for his last breath as his Father anxiously waits to greet him.
It is time for him to lay down his sword and shield.

That degree hanging on your wall is as worthless as a piece of toilet paper

I never went to college so I missed out on all the keg parties and, apparently, a surplus of good grades.

Contrary to the concept of school as you knew it growing up, A’s are pretty easy to come by these days. In fact the only thing you have to work really hard to get are D’s and F’s. In college today, an A is over four times as common as a D or an F combined.

It’s a drastic change from the 15% of students who received  A’s in 1960.

The pool is a little higher today. Ok, it’s a lot higher. If you look at this chart you’ll see that 43% of all letter grades given today are A’s.

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And this sort of makes sense if you think about it. No one wants to pay $40,000 a year to hear that they’re dumb.

College is one of the rare businesses in which you pay them and at the end of the experience they tell you how well they did. If you’re a parent and you send your kids to school and they get A’s you feel good about the purchase. But if your kids get F’s you feel like they wasted your money.

And amazingly these institutions of higher learning, that do little other than indoctrinate kids against the evils of capitalism, sure do understand incentives.

It may be hard to get into an Ivy League school, but according to Walter Williamsprofessor of economics at George Mason University, that’s where the hardship ends.

According to his research, our 1.1 trillion dollars in college debt is sure buying some awesome grades at some high brand schools.

Take Brown University for instance.  Two-thirds of all letter grades given at Brown University are A’s.

At Harvard, fifty percent of all grades were either A or A-. And 91 percent of seniors graduated with honors.

I’ve got news for you if 91 percent of people are graduating with honors, it’s not honors.

Eighty percent of the grades given at the University of Illinois are A’s and B’s.

At Columbia University, fifty percent of students are on the Dean’s list.  I’ve got news for ya if 50% of students are on the Deans list,  it’s not the Deans list. It’s just a list of half of the school.

And how about Stanford? Only 6 percent of student grades at Stanford were a C or below.

Or let’s take the case of the University of Michigan, the average GPA was 2.57 in 1950. Let’s watch it go up up up up to 3.27 today.

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As you look at the average GPA skyrocket, ask yourself this question. Do you think our kids getting smarter by this much?

I’m going to guess no—but they totally should get an A for Effort!

With kids spending 19 hours a day on Twitter, it’s highly suspicious to see GPA’s skyrocket. And business leaders are becoming more skeptical of potential employees’ inflated grades.

When business leaders were asked if college students are prepared for the workforce, only a third of them said yes. And only 11% strongly agreed.

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We’re putting our kids into six figure debt for 11% of businesses?

Whenever I talk about college, people say you don’t understand, no one will hire you if you don’t have a degree!

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That’s true, in one quarter of American businesses. And yes, if you want to be a neurosurgeon, you should probably have a piece of paper that says neurosurgeon on it. But six figure debt and the freshman 15 only gets you an advantage at one quarter of American businesses?

This is the type of scam that makes Bernie Madoff shudder with jealously.

Oh and by the way, a huge chunk of your tax dollars are going to pay for it.

How is the Obama Administration dealing with this? They’re trying to create more incentives to inflate grades by offering more cash to colleges that graduate students on Pell Grants.

Pretty soon this is going to be Zimbabwe. Their inflation got so bad that everyone in the entire country was a trillionaire but no one had any real money.

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We’re becoming a country where everyone is on the honor roll but nobody knows what they hell they’re doing.

The above is based off the “Anti-Social” segment from The Wonderful World of Stu on TheBlaze TV. Watch the highlights below:

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