OH Teacher Gil Voigt Fired After Telling Student “We Don’t Need Another Black President”

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Ohio Teacher Gil Voigt fired for comment about ‘black president’ to black student (Photo: The Enquirer/Michael D. Clark)

Ohio teacher Gil Voigt was fired on Thursday after his comment to black student that “we don’t need another black president,” led to his suspension.

Voigt, who had been on unpaid leave since December, was fired after a labor hearing ended with a recommendation for termination.

Cincinnati.com reports the Fairfield Board of Education received a state referee’s decision that “there is good and just cause to terminate the teaching contract” of Gil Voigt. The board voted unamimously 4-0 to end his employment with the Butler County school system.

There are also reports that the referee cited other incidents in which Voigt made other racial or insulting remarks over the years.

Gil Voigt allegedly told a black student at Fairfield Freshmen School, who expressed his desire to follow President Barack Obama as a president, “we don’t need another black president.” Voigt previously claimed he had been misquoted by the student, who he described as troublesome.

He later told Fairfield officials that he told the student, “I think we can’t afford another president like Obama, whether he’s black or white.”

 OH Teacher Gil Voigt Fired After Telling Student We Dont Need Another Black President

Equal Pay: White House Under Fire for Gender Pay Gap Among Female Staffers

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White House Under Fire for Lack of Income Parity of Male and Female Staffers

The White House is catching heat for President Obama’s push for equal pay despite some findings that isn’t the case among some female White House employees. The American Enterprise Institute found that female White House staffers make a median income of $65,000 while male counterparts make $74,000. That’s 88 cents for every dollar a man makes, which is 10 cents higher than the national average. This comes as President Obama is set to sign two executive orders dealing with equal pay for women and minorities.

Jay Carney said that men and women in the same jobs at the White House earn the same salaries.

“We have two deputy chiefs of staff, one man and one woman, and they make the same salary,” Carney said. “We have 16 department heads. Over half of them are women, all of whom make the same salary as their male counterparts.”

“What I can tell you is that we have, as an institution here, have aggressively addressed this challenge, and obviously, though, at the 88 cents that you cite, that is not a hundred, but it is better than the national average,” Carney said. “And when it comes to the bottom line that women who do the same work as men have to be paid the same, there is no question that that is happening here at the White House at every level.”

The discrepancy is likely explained by concentrations of women in lower-paying jobs at the White House, and, conversely, more men holding higher-level positions. Although workers are paid the same regardless of gender — a female assistant makes the same as a male in the same position — more women hold lower-paying jobs. Source: The Hill

The fact is the numbers don’t lie. Increasingly women are sole supporters or breadwinners for their families. We need to have an economy that works for everyone, not just men. Of course, the Republican Party has no response to address the staggering differences, in some states for what women are making compared to men. Many Republicans voted against the Lily Ledbetter Act and Mitt Romney was on the offensive during the 2012 presidential campaign about the issue.

 Equal Pay: White House Under Fire for Gender Pay Gap Among Female Staffers

President Obama to Sign Executive Orders on Equal Pay for Women

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President Obama to Sign Executive Orders on Equal Pay for Women (Credit: White House/Pete Souza)

President Obama will sign two executive orders on Tuesday, which is Equal Pay Day. One of the two orders will prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against workers who discuss their salaries, which is a move a White House official called, “a critical tool to encourage pay transparency.”

Obama will also sign a presidential memorandum instructing Labor Secretary Tom Perez to create new regulations requiring federal contractors to report salary summary data to the government, including sex and race breakdowns, Politico reports.

 President Obama to Sign Executive Orders on Equal Pay for Women

Massachusetts Pastor Scott Lively: Obama Loves Sexual Anarchy, May Be Gay

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Massachusetts Pastor Scott Lively: Obama Loves Sexual Anarchy, Maybe Gay

Scott Lively, a Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate, thinks President Obama might be gay because he supports same-sex marriage. The ‘wisdom’ of the right wing evangelicals is nothing short of amazing. By the way, this wingnut is a pastor.

Lively told UK’s Channel 4 News, “I think Mr. Obama may well be a homosexual himself.””He’s certainly a radical homosexualist — meaning a person, whether they are homosexual or not, meaning a person who is 100 percent invested in the homosexual agenda.”

Scott Lively also claims President Obama was trying to “legitimize sexual perversion” and destroy religious values.

“He is lending the weight of his office to a movement that’s goal is to overturn the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic and replace it with the gay ethic of sexual anarchy. That’s what he’s doing,” Lively added.

 Massachusetts Pastor Scott Lively: Obama Loves Sexual Anarchy, May Be Gay

Champagne Celebration as Obamacare Enrollment Surpasses 7 Million Mark

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Champagne Celebration as Obamacare Enrollments Surpasses 7 Million Mark (Credit: White House/Pete Souza)

Enrollments for the Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare) hit “at least” 7.041 million through midnight last night and yes, there was some celebrating — with champagne, according to April Ryan:

At 12:01 AM, White House Chief Technology Officer Todd Park acknowledged to QSSI, the Columbia, Maryland firm tasked with fixing Healthcare.gov that the ACA enrollments have surpassed the 7 million mark.

Park and QSSI employees celebrated with champagne after the early morning announcement in the lobby of the building as they are not allowed to drink alcohol in the offices at QSSI.   Park led the countdown into the end of the enrollment deadline and preceded with a speech to the workers where he acknowledged a the number set out by CBO was surpassed.

Park said “Everyone thought that was impossible…you actually exceeded the seven million goal.”

President Obama is also in a celebratory mood as well. The White House tweeted a photograph of the president receiving the update in the Oval Office. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also said 80 to 90 percent of enrollees have already paid their premiums.

Um, right wing heads are exploding over Obama’s ‘victory.’ Fox News, in particular, is putting out all kinds of smears to justify their position. Charles Krauthammer calls the seven million figure “phony.”  Really? Whatever…Obamacare is here to stay.

“These numbers that they are touting are phony numbers… That’s like saying anybody who goes on Amazon, orders a nifty stereo set, puts it in the shopping cart, has purchased the stereo set. I assure you it’s not going to show up at your house until you pay for it.”

 Champagne Celebration as Obamacare Enrollment Surpasses 7 Million Mark

Right Wing Media: First President Obama ‘Bitch-Slapped’ by Putin, Now Being ‘Dissed’ by World

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Right Wing Media: Obama ‘Bitch-Slapped’ by Putin, Now Being ‘Dissed’ by World (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

OPINION:  From day one, President Obama has been taking incoming strikes from his critics in a way I had not seen other presidents, except Bill Clinton. He has been called all manner of names — Kenyan, Marxist, Socialist, a liar, grown up version of Trayvon Martin, junkie — and there is no way he could be a natural born American because his birth certificate was ‘fabricated’ (birtherism0. You see, his mother wanted his name to go down in history as the nation’s first black president, so when he was born in Kenya, she perpetrated a massive fraud by faking he was born in Hawaii. You see, back then, she was fabulously wealthy enough to pull off such a scam. Of course, I am being sarcastic.

Last weekend, Fox News’ host Judge Jeanine Pirro continued to attack the president over Russia’s invasion of Crimea, snatching it away from the Ukraine. She claimed, President Vladimir Putin has been “bitch slapping” President Obama since the “Edward Snowden mess.” Strong words for someone who was conveniently oblivious to Russia’s invasion of Georgia under the watchful eyes of then-president George W. Bush. Never the countless number of embassy attacks and the Iraqi war, which we started on the basis of a lie — weapons of mass destruction were in Tikrit and Baghdad.

This leads me to the latest attack on President Obama from a News Corp-owned entity — the Wall Street Journal. Bret Stephens writes about the “dissing” of President Obama. Another word that has racial connotations. Here are the “disses” as he sees them:

Diss: On Sunday, Bloomberg reported that Hasan Rouhani named Hamid Aboutalebi to serve as the ambassador to the United Nations. Mr. Rouhani is the Iranian president the West keeps insisting is a “moderate,” mounting evidence to the contrary notwithstanding. Mr. Aboutalebi was one of the students who seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.

Here’s the kicker: The State Department—the very institution whose diplomats were held hostage and brutalized for 444 days—will have to approve his visa to come to New York. Considering how desperate John Kerry is not to spoil the nuclear mood music with Tehran, the department probably will.

Diss: On Friday, Vladimir Putin called President Obama to discuss a resolution to the crisis in Ukraine. The Russian president “drew Barack Obama’s attention to continued rampage of extremists who are committing acts of intimidation towards peaceful residents,” according to the Kremlin, which, as in Soviet days, no longer bothers distinguishing diplomatic communiqués from crass propaganda.

Diss: “It seems to me that some kind of joker wrote the U.S. president’s order :-)”. That was what Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeted after learning last month that the Obama administration had sanctioned him for his role in the invasion of Ukraine.

Gotta love the “:-)”.

Diss: In March, Iranian Gen. Masoud Jazayeri offered his view of Mr. Obama’s threat to use military force against Iran if negotiations fail. “The low-IQ U.S. President and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the U.S. options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, especially the children.”

I guess I could go on with the ‘disses’ but I am doubling over in laughter at Bret Stephens analysis and could quite easily pull up some winners from George W. Bush and his father. But I won’t. President Obama should be blue and black all over from the “bitch-slaps” and “disses” he has been getting from all over the place.

 Right Wing Media: First President Obama Bitch Slapped by Putin, Now Being Dissed by World

White House Releases Photo of Obama Talking with Putin on Ukraine Crisis

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White House releases photo of Obama talking to Putin on Ukraine crisis

Photo: White House releases @petesouza photograph of President Obama phone call with President Vladimir Putin in Riyadh as the two discussed the Ukraine crisis. President Obama wants a de-escalation, including the Russian troops pulling back from the border of the two countries. @JohnKerry and @AmbassadorRice listened in on the call between the two leaders.

This comes as Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Paris to discuss ways to resolve the Ukraine crisis. Lavrov appeared on Russian television after the two men talked on the telephone on Saturday, declaring, “We have absolutely no intention of — or interest in — crossing Ukraine’s borders.”

The head of the U.S. military’s European Command, Gen. Philip Breedlove, was sent back to Europe from Washington amid concerns that the tensions are growing in the Ukraine. Gen. Breedlove was slated to give his annual testimony before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday but Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel decided to send him back go Europe prematurely.

 White House Releases Photo of Obama Talking with Putin on Ukraine Crisis

VP Joe Biden on Raising Minimum Wage: “It’s Time to Give America a Raise”

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VP Joe Biden on Raising Minimum Wage: “It’s Time to Give America a Raise”

Vice President Joe Biden on why it’s time to raise the minimum wage to $10.10:  “It’s time to act. It’s time to give America a raise.” #‎RaiseTheWage‬

VP Biden, who delivered the weekly radio and Internet message because President Obama is traveling, said fair wages generate worker loyalty, leading to higher productivity and less turnover. He said it boosts the economy by generating $19 billion in additional income for the neediest people.

Biden also said raising the minimum wage also helps women, who traditionally earn less than their male counterparts, on average.

[H/T White House]

 VP Joe Biden on Raising Minimum Wage: Its Time to Give America a Raise

Kremlin Approves President Vladimir Putin’s Request for Military Use in Ukraine

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Vladimir Putin Asks Russian Parliament for Permission to Use Military in Ukraine

[UPDATE]: Russian parliament, Kremlin, approves use of military in Ukraine. A new Cold War?

Cold War or Bidding War 2014:  In another sign that Russia is thumbing its nose at President Obama’s ‘blunt’ warning against a Ukraine intervention, Vladimir Putin has asked parliament for permission to use the country’s military in Ukraine. Haaretz reports Putin said the move is needed to protect ethnic Russians and the personnel of a Russian military base in the Crimean region.

Russia’s RIA news agency said pro-Russian authorities in the region, which has an ethnic Russian majority, and the Russian Black Sea fleet based there had agreed to guard important buildings. Regional premier Sergei Aksyonov said that that Fleet personnel had already been deployed.

The peninsula’s main civil airport at the fleet town of Simferopol announced it had closed its airspace. Russia accused Kiev-backed gunmen of attacking the Interior Ministry building and wounding personnel in “treacherous provocation.”

As armed men described as Russian troops took control of key airports and a communications center in Crimea on Friday, Kiev accused Russia of a “military invasion and occupation” — a claim that brought an alarming new dimension to the crisis, and raised fears that Moscow is moving to annex a strategic peninsula where Russia’s Black Sea fleet is based.

Conservative pundits are wasting no time in slamming President Obama as leading from behind on the Ukrainian crisis. Charles Krauthammer blasted the president on Special Report saying, “The Ukrainians, and I think everybody, is shocked by the weakness of Obama’s statement. I find it rather staggering.” He also said Obama is telling the world that we aren’t going to do anything about the invasion of the Ukraine.

Russian flag flies on building in Ukraine:

Russia Ignores President Obama’s Warning Against Ukraine Intervention

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Will Russia Ignore President Obama’s Warning Against Ukraine Intervention? (Credit: Lonely Planet)

Is the U.S. gearing up for another war in the tradition of the humongous Iraq-war blunder, vis-a-vis Russia and Ukraine? Some call President Obama’s response to Russians invading Crimea a blunt statement, some call it infuriating. Me? I’m cynical of what, if anything substantive the U.S. will do. President Obama delivered this ‘blunt’ warning to Putin:

“We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine,” Obama said, speaking at the White House. “Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing.”

It’s obvious President Obama knows that the Russians are where they shouldn’t be, but what can he do to stop Vladimir Putin? Um, nothing. Obama hasn’t said what he would do to poach the Russians out of the Ukraine. I scarcely believe he would start a war with Putin. In other words, Vladimir Putin ain’t exactly quaking in his boots over Obama’s ‘strong’ warning.

The AFP reports that a military official said after Obama’s statement that “it looks like they’ve moved several hundred troops there.” The official said the Kremlin had given no advance warning of the movement. President Obama recognizes that Russia has interests in Crimea, which is a territory ceded to the Soviet republic of Ukraine by the Soviet Union in 1954.

Interfax news agency quotes Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrij Deshchitsya as saying Russia is refusing to hold talks with Ukraine under the auspices of an agreement that guarantees the country’s territorial integrity.

There is some talk that President Obama could fire the first shot by scrapping a planned trip to the G-8 summit to be held in Sochi in June. You recall after Russia granted NSA fugitive leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum, President Obama canceled a planned summit with Putin. Where did that get him? Nowhere.

An Obama official told Politico, “We are consulting with European partners and considering options. It’s hard to see how we and other European leaders would attend the G-8 in Sochi if Russia is intervening in Ukraine.”

Once again, the right wing, via Sarah Palin, are thumbing their noses at the president for what seems to be the making of another foreign policy nightmare. Yeah, Palin saw this coming from her backyard in Alaska back in 2008. Of course, I feel dirty after linking to Breitbart on Sarah Palin’s gloating.