The average income of Japanese lawmakers in 2015 fell 6.5 percent from a year earlier to ¥22.69 million (about $221,000), marking the first decline in four years, Diet data showed Monday.
The top earner was Miki Watanabe, a House of Councillors member and founder of Watami Co., an “izakaya” pub chain operator, but he saw his income decline by more than ¥1 billion in the reporting year, largely weighing on the overall average income.
The Diet report covering 714 lawmakers also showed the average income from dividends fell by ¥1.12 million to ¥2.73 million.
The salaries of Diet members had been reduced through April 2014 in a provisional measure, in which a 20 percent reduction had been applied, to win public acceptance for the consumption hike which was implemented in April 2014. But lawmakers received their full salaries throughout 2015.
The number of lawmakers who earned more than ¥50 million came to 19, down three from 2014.
Watanabe, of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, reported ¥151.72 million in income in 2015, compared with ¥1.28 billion a year earlier.
The second-biggest earner was Mitsunari Okamoto, a House of Representatives member of the Komeito party, with ¥91.74 million, followed by Masayoshi Shintani, a lower house member of the LDP, with ¥81.95 million.
By party, People’s Life Party members earned the biggest average of ¥27.37 million, followed by Initiatives from Osaka members who reported an average of ¥24.95 million and LDP members with ¥23.57 million.
The main opposition Democratic Party placed fifth among the nine parties with seats in parliaments, with its members reporting an average of ¥20.89 million.
The report covers 472 lower house members and 242 upper house members who had seats in the Diet for the whole of 2015.
The incomes of lower house members averaged ¥22.94 million, while those of upper house members came to ¥22.20 million.
On Sunday, Toronto’s annual Pride Parade was forcefully stopped by Black Lives Matter malcontents. Hijacking the event for about thirty minutes, the racial agitators successfully co-opted its media and bystander draws of attention, seizing the focus of observers for itself. Repeatedly shouting “shut it down!”, the racially-driven leftists described the parade as “anti-black.”
Toronto’s Black Lives Matter movement – whose founder compared Canada’s government to the Ku Klux Klan, said black people in Canada lived in a “state of emergency,” and asked “Allah for strength to not kill white people” – held up the event as an intangible hostage while providing a list of demands for its release.
The demands were:
1. Commit to BQY’s (Black Queer Youth) continued space (including stage/tents), funding, and logistical support.
2. Self-determination for all community spaces, allowing community full control over hiring, content, and structure of their stages.
3. Full and adequate funding for community stages, including logistical, technical, and personnel support.
4. Double funding for Blockorama (to $13,000 + ASL interpretation & headliner funding).
5. Reinstate and make a commitment to increase community stages/spaces (including the reinstatement of the South Asian stage).
6. A commitment to increase representation amongst Pride Toronto staffing/hiring, prioritizing black trans women, indigenous people, and others from vulnerable communities.
7. A commitment to more black deaf and hearing ASL interpreters for the festival.
8. Removal of police floats in the pride marches/parades.
9. A public townhall, organized in conjunction with groups from marginalized communities, including, but not limited to, Black Lives Matter- Toronto, Blackness Yes, and BQY to be held six months from today. Pride Toronto will present an update and action plan on the aforementioned demands.
Mendacious framing of Toronto’s law enforcement as racist bullies was a central theme of Black Lives Matter’s demands. During the political extortion, Black Lives Matter’s Twitter account was active, accusing the city’s police of using the Pride Parade to “erase their racism problem.” The alleged use of the event’s LGBT participants by local police amounted to “pinkwashing,” said some Black Lives Matter agitators.
Alexandra Williams, a co-founder of Toronto’s Black Lives Matter group, explained her group’s motivations to Canada’s state news agency. “[Black Lives Matter] wanted to hold Pride Toronto accountable for ‘anti-blackness,’” adding, “We didn’t bully our way into Pride… we made space for ourselves in a place where we have been erased.”
“Pride Toronto ‘has shown little honor to black queer/trans communities, and other marginalized communities. Over the years, Pride has threatened the existence of black spaces at Pride that have existed for years,” said the racial agitation group in a news release.
The Pride Parade’s organizers surrendered to Black Lives Matter’s thuggish behavior. Its executive director, Mathieu Chantelois, singed a document agreeing to all the aforementioned demands.
This same weekend was the annual anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic “Quds Day.” Conceived by the Iranian regime in 1979, it calls for the destruction of Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem in the name of the “Palestinian” national cause.
Sunday’s circus is the inevitable result of the left’s commitment to valuing victimhood – real or imagined – as political capital. Consistently reassured that they have special privileges bestowed upon them by legitimizing their illusory perceptions of grievance, various left-wing groups vie for attention while angling for better positions within the hierarchy of imagined oppression. Pride Parade was originally conceived as a demonstration in pursuit of legal rights. It has now become a virtue-signaling platform for left-wing politicians, simultaneously serving as a stadium within which competing groups contend in the Oppression Olympics.
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Around a thousand people participated in the annual pro Iranian al-Quds Day Rally in Toronto on Saturday, June 2, 2016. al-Quds Day Rally which was initiated by Iran in 1979 as an expression of solidarity with the Palestinian people in opposing Zionism and Israel’s right to exist.
One of the prominent speakers at the event was Ali Mallah (علي ملاح), a former Vice President of the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF), CUPE member, Toronto municipal worker, former Ontario and Federal NDP Executive member and a staunch supporter of Iran and Hezbollah.
Denying the right of Israel (“illegal state”) to exist, Mallah justified the Palestinian struggle (“resistance”) by all means, meaning also the armed struggle which is regarded by Canadian government as terrorism.
He lashed out at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (“Selfie Trudeau”) for supporting a motion in Parliament (February 22, 2016) denouncing the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement against Israel.
The foreign policy espoused by Trudeau Liberal government was depicted by Mallah as standing in contrast to the core values of Canada. Mallah defied Trudeau by contending that the pro Iran and pro Shariah supporters who side with the armed struggle to destroy Israel are the “real Canadians.”
The following are excerpts from Ali Mallah’s speech:
“We will back and we will be back. We will continue marching. We will never get tired. We will never give up until Palestine, all Palestine from the river [Jordan] to the [Mediterranean] sea will be free…
“The irony is, be it Mr. [Barack] Obama [US President] or Mr. Selfie, I mean Mr. [Justin] Trudeau, you know, talk about fairness, talk about democracy, but those words don’t include the dictionary for the Palestinian people and against the illegal occupation of Palestine.
“Brothers and sisters, don’t underestimate your action. Trust me. The illegal state of Israel is investing millions and millions of dollars to buy a journalist, politician, writers to attack you, because you support BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions]. Just imagine, supporting BDS has costed the Israeli state more than $50 million and they will invest more, because they are in a panic mode, because you scaring the hell of them and they should be. Because we will never leave Palestine or Palestinians.
“And also, if you remember, about a month ago or two, and I say this with a great sort of sadness and insult, because Mr. Trudeau, who promised us a new era of Canadian politics, has proven he is another milder copy of Steve [former Prime Minister Stephen Harper] when it comes to the international politics and issues. Shame and more than shame. What business the Parliament of Canada is trying to intimidate you and me over Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions? Well, we are in a Canadian society, on a Canadian land by original people to start with, and we value the freedom of expression and the right to dissent and we have the right to have our public political opinion.
“And we say to Mr. Trudeau and to the rest of the Canadian Parliamentarians who showed no guts, no bravery, no honour, but voted against you, because you support BDS. We tell them: We are the real Canadian who reflect the Canadian values of equity, equality, diversity, respect and freedom and against oppression and aggression. They don’t. We do…
“We have to make sure that when we talk to others to say criticizing the illegal occupation of Palestine is not antisemitism. It is your right and duty to say that Israel is a illegal state and is an occupational state… I would say: equating Zionism with Judaism is antisemitism. Equating Zionism and Judaism is antisemitism. Not the other way around. Equating Israel and the state for the Jews is antisemitism…
“And again as we have it before, we salute the resistance against occupation by any form, by any manifestation that comes across. People who are oppressed, who are occupied, [I say it] again, have the right to resist their occupation by any means necessary. Who tells you something else, tell him you are a liar.
“In the United States, if somebody made a mistake and walked into somebody’s home, he will be shot. Right? Here in Canada, if somebody attacks us we will attack them and shoot them. All right? So why it is okay then to occupy Palestinian land and to oppress Palestinian people?”
Ali Mallah implicitly justified the shooting attacks against Israelis whom he equated to criminals who deserved to be shot because they took by force the home of others.
The same rationale was mentioned in the speech of Elias Hazineh, former President of the Toronto-basef Palestine House, at al-Quds Day rally in Toronto on August 3, 2013. Hazineh said among other things the following:
“We have to give them [Israelis] an ultimatum. You have to leave Jerusalem. You have to leave Palestine and the people of Palestine…
“I want to remind you of how police works. When somebody tries to rob a bank the police get in, they don’t negotiate and we have been negotiating with them for 65 years.
“We say get out or you are dead. We give them two minutes and then we start shootingand that’s the only way they’ll understand.
“I’m reminding the verse from the Koran ‘And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war’ [verse dealing with the military preparation of Muslims to launch the jihad against the infidels ]. That’s the only thing that they’ll understand.”
Barbara Ellen: do we seriously think that a female teacher sleeping
with a male pupil is on a par with a male teacher sleeping
with a girl pupil? I don’t.
Jennifer is getting all the attention from another man that Barbara is not getting. jennifer is not complaining about sexism. only the Guardian’s female rapist supporting Barbara is bitching about sexism to draw attention away from Jennifer.
How long before they start forcing churches to marry gay couples
Dating website ChristianMingle has settled a lawsuit and now will accept same-sex searches. Previously, the site only allowed women to search for men and men to search for women.
A class-action suit was filed in 2013 by two gay men against Sparks Networks Inc., the owner of ChristianMingle and several other dating sites. The suit alleged that the sites were in violation of California’s anti-discrimination law.
Two gay men filed class-actions claims against Spark Networks Inc. in California courts in 2013 alleging that ChristianMingle.com and several other sites in the company’s portfolio of niche dating services excluded users looking to meet singles of the same sex.
ChristianMingle, billed as the largest online community for Christian singles, required new users to specify whether they’re a man seeking a woman or a woman seeking a man. The lead plaintiffs, two gay men who tried using it, claimed that the limited options violated California’s anti-discrimination law.
Known as the Unruh Civil Rights Act, the state law requires “business establishments” to offer “full and equal accommodations” to people regardless of their sexual orientation.
Under the agreement, the gateway homepages now ask just whether a user is a “man” or a “woman.” Spark Networks agreed that within two years, it would adjust other searching and profile features to give gay and lesbian singles a more tailored experience.
Personally, I think this is all a bit insane. ChristianMingle does not have a monopoly on the dating website market. There’s no shortage of dating sites and apps that people can use to find same-sex partners, and there’s even a good number of sites for Christian gays to find a partner. (Given the pool, one would think a person would probably have better luck finding someone on one of those sites than ChristianMingle, but I digress.) ChristianMingle is based on Christian beliefs, and a good number of denominations consider homosexual acts to be sinful. It seems rather petty to force a company to change their beliefs rather than simply find (or, heck, start) an alternative dating site.