News of the Week (July 15th, 2018)

 

News of the Week for July 15th, 2018


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Press Nothing For English

     If there is one thing that the U.K. powers that be have made clear, it is that they despise, more than anything, the British peoples. In the not-too-distant future, if you call 999 (U.K. equivalent of America’s 911) and speak English, the police might not bother to ever show up.

“Victims of crime who do not speak English could be given priority by the Metropolitan Police, a senior officer has suggested.

“Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey said that callers might be denied a personal visit from police unless they are deemed to be sufficiently ‘vulnerable’.

“He said it is ‘absolutely feasible’ that ‘face-to-face’ visits by officers could be reserved for the ‘vulnerable’ – giving examples as those for whom English is not a first language, the elderly and people with learning difficulties.”

     Some… are more equal than others.

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Quick Takes – Degrees in Social Justice: Social Justice and Peace Studies; Social Justice Organizing Minor; M.A. in Social Justice

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: How to tell who not to hire.

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     King’s Western University in, of course, Canada, is proud to present its program in “Social Justice and Peace Studies“, complete with an option to either major or minor in it.

“Mission Statement

“Social Justice and Peace Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program committed to experiential education and inspired by the Catholic Social Teaching tradition. It encourages critical reflection on oppression and injustice, locally and globally, and it examines theoretical and practical approaches to justice and peace. It calls students to social action that transforms the world in the interests of human dignity, equality, sustainability, and peace.

“About the Program

“The SJPS program is one of the only programs in Canada that combines the study and work of both justice and peace. This program critically examines the root causes of social injustice and violence in society, in our community and in the world. And it innovatively explores alternatives to injustice and violence by focusing on how to build peace and justice. It does this through rigorous academic training, combined with community based learning and numerous optional experiential learning opportunities in the global community. SJPS is the hub at King’s University for engaged, social innovation and active learning in the creation of a more just and peaceful community and world.”

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California’s Get Out of Jail Card

     California has given a wide swath of criminals a “get out of jail free card” through what it calls a “pretrial diversion”. This consists of a judge determining that a defendant suffers a mental disorder based solely on the word of a “qualified mental health expert” provided by the defense, and that said mental disorder played a significant roll, followed by a not-more-than-two-year treatment, after the defendant must be let off scot-free. The law reads, in part, that pretrial diversion may be granted if:

“The court is satisfied that the defendant suffers from a mental disorder as identified in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, including, but not limited to, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder, but excluding antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and pedophilia. Evidence of the defendant’s mental disorder shall be provided by the defense and shall include a recent diagnosis by a qualified mental health expert. In opining that a defendant suffers from a qualifying disorder, the qualified mental health expert may rely on an examination of the defendant, the defendant’s medical records, arrest reports, or any other relevant evidence.”

     It should be noted that only three mental disorders (i.e. ” antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and pedophilia”) are excluded, and all other mental disorders could be deemed applicable.

     While a court ruling a person is not guilty by mental disease or defect is established in law and there are reasonable arguments for the need of improvements. But this skips the trial and even the input of the prosecution or a neutral psychiatric evaluation, and allows the defendant to walk free.

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Shut Up H8er, California Explained

     California’s war to keep people “queer”, even if they wish to change their own behavior, has hit full on censorship with California’s AB 2943 which makes illegal “Advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual” involving “sale or lease of goods or services to any consumer are unlawful.”

     A recent analysis of AB 2943 by the Alliance Defending Freedom indicates that the bill is even worse than previously thought.

“At its core, AB 2943 outlaws speech, whether offered by a licensed counselor, a best-selling author, or even a minister or religious leader. It targets a specific message—that an adult who is experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity confusion can find help to address those issues—for censorship. The breadth of this censorship is staggering. Under AB 2943:

  • A licensed counselor could not help a married mother of three who is experiencing unwanted attraction to a close female friend or confusion over her gender identity overcome those feelings;
  • A religious ministry could not hold a conference on maintaining sexual purity if the conference encourages attendees to avoid homosexual behavior;
  • A bookstore (including online bookstores like Amazon) could not sell many recently published books challenging gender identity ideology and advocating that these beliefs should be rejected by society; and
  • A pastor paid to speak at an event addressing current social topics could not encourage attendees that they can prevail over same-sex desires or feelings that they were born the wrong sex.

“In these scenarios, there is a transaction (the counselor’s payment; the conference attendance fees; the cost of the book; and the pastor’s speaking fee) that triggers AB 2943 And under the bill, a person or organization who is paid by a consumer for goods or services cannot engage in any practice—including pure speech—that tells someone”

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California Can’t Force (Some) Employers to Resist Federal Immigration Laws

     A recent ruling on a trio of California state laws reinforces California’s “#Resistance” stance, abet with some limitations.

“Judge John Mendez denied the [Federal] Department of Justice’s request for a preliminary injunction blocking Senate Bill 54, the state’s centerpiece sanctuary law limiting law enforcement cooperation with immigration officials, and Assembly Bill 103, which gives state officials the authority to review the conditions of detention facilities that contract with immigration authorities.

“But Mendez did block parts of AB 450, the ‘Immigrant Worker Protection Act,’ which fines employers who voluntarily let immigration agents access their workplaces. Under the ruling, employers can still warn their employees of workplace compliance checks, but immigration agents won’t be required to obtain a warrant signed by a judge to enter a workplace.”

     One hand, employers who wish to allow immigration agents to comply with workplace compliance checks will no longer be forced to be recruited in California’s war on immigration law and stand as pawns against legitimate Federal actions. However, companies that run detention facilities contracted with the Federal government, thus giving the power to regulate such facilities out of existence and hindering legitimate lawful action of the Federal government.

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News of the Week (July 8th, 2018)

 

News of the Week for July 8th, 2018


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Trump’s Greatest Asset

     I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: President Donald Trump’s, and America’s, greatest asset is the histrionic Left’s willingness to air, proudly, their bats**t insanity for all to see.

     The RNC has put together an ad summarizing a demonstration of this willingness.

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Quick Takes – Crazy: Coathangers, Mobs, and Decapitation

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: The normalization of madness.

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     Apparently harassing a sitting United States Senator over fear said Senator might vote for a Supreme Court nominee that might not support a pro-abortion agenda without restriction by sending them coat hangers is a thing now.

     That this is being sent to Sen. Collins (R-ME), who is openly in favor of legal abortion, is beyond absurd… but perhaps not as absurd as Richard W. Painter, a U.S. Senate candidate from Minnesota!

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When in the Course of Human Events…

Action of Second Continental Congress, July 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America

WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the present King of Great- Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.

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