News of the Week for Apr. 14th, 2013


News of the Week for Apr. 14th, 2013


Gun Rights

Missouri Broke Own State Law, Shared Detailed Conceal Carry Records With Feds
This story is gun registration opponents worst nightmares coming true. Missouri officials broke their own laws and shared detailed conceal carry records with the feds.

Newtown families: Victims turn lobbyists
When a lobbyist for families of Newtown shooting victims called the office of Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) to set up a meeting, the first response was a standard D.C. offer. They could get a meeting with her staff, and a quick and simple “hello” from Collins herself, they were told.

Dad Furious After Finding This Crayon-Written Paper in Florida 4th-Grader’s Backpack: ‘I Am Willing to Give Up Some of My Constitutional Rights…to Be Safer’
The words are written in crayon, in the haphazard bumpiness of a child’s scrawl.

The Toomey-Manchin Proposal Will Allow Doctors to Block Your Right to Guns
I just talked to someone familiar with the Toomey-Manchin proposal who raises a serious concern based on his understanding of the legislation.

Obama, Suburbs, and Guns
A few days ago, John Hinderaker asked why President Obama was putting so much effort into a seemingly futile political push on gun control. An article in today’s Washington Post, provides a possible answer. The piece suggests that the growth of suburbs in key states is changing the political calculus on guns in Congress. As population in many large states shifts from rural areas to suburbs, attitudes toward gun control shift accordingly.

School: Americans Don’t Have Right to Bear Arms
The father of a Connecticut child is furious after discovering that his son’s school is teaching students that Americans don’t have a Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Judge Orders Guns Returned to Man After Finding “Error” by State Police.
Gun rights advocates were outraged this week when it was revealed that a Western New York man had his pistol permit suspended and guns confiscated because police believed he posed a threat due to a mental health condition.

Ted Cruz reaches out to grieving daughter of Sandy Hook victim


Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

Divine Intervention? Why the US Is No. 1 in Shale
America is the leader of the global shale energy boom, and the rest of the world is racing to catch up. But countries like China and Australia are having difficulty replicating the successes of the US. Whether due to providence, dumb luck, or plain old technological prowess, the US shale revolution just isn’t easily exported.

A Scientist Reproves the Alarmist Flock
This letter to the editor of a newspaper in Washington State was written by Dr. David Deming in response to an attack on Don Easterbrook by a group of professors at Western Washington University. I thought it was too good not to share; in part, because it isn’t just about global warming alarmism, it is about science.

New Science Standards Put Global Warming at Core of Curriculum
One doesn’t need to be a global-warming skeptic to be appalled by a new set of national K–12 science standards. Those standards, developed by educrats and science administrators, and likely to be adopted initially by up to two dozen states, put the study of global warming and other ways that humans are destroying life as we know it at the very core of science education. This is a political choice, not a scientific one. But the standards are equally troubling in their embrace of the nostrums of progressive pedagogy.



Government in Healthcare

Death Panels for Babies in Obamacare? Kids With RSV Should Beware
Sarah Palin was attacked mercilessly for her claims that the Obamacare legislation would lead to death panels — where bureaucrats would make treatment decisions for patients or ration their expensive medical care.

War & Terror

Package containing bomb addressed to Sheriff Joe’s office
MCSO says a package containing an explosive device and addressed to Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been destroyed.


Revealed: Alleged Democratic Scheme to Gerrymander Florida
While Democrats have attacked Republicans for allegedly gerrymandering their way to a congressional majority in 2012, evidence suggests that Democrats may have behaved in precisely the same way.

The 4 Most Outrageous Lies in Robert Redford’s New Pro-Terrorist Movie
A big wet kiss for the Maoist cult that declared war on AmeriKKKa.

Catholic University Bans Catholic Group over Catholicism
Gonzaga University will not allow students to organize a Knights of Columbus chapter because the group only admits Catholics – a violation of the school’s non-discrimination policy.

Mitch McConnell seeks FBI investigation
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign asked the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office on Tuesday to investigate how Mother Jones magazine obtained a recording of a February strategy session.

The end of liberal education — Part One, the Vassar experience
Have left-liberals killed liberal education? I’ve come to think so, and recent developments at Vassar and Bowdoin help confirm my fear.

The Disastrous Collapse Of Kentucky’s Least Effective Liberal Group
Whatever Progress Kentucky is trying to do, it should probably stop right now.

Elizabeth Warren pays interns $0 per hour
What happened to the other $22?

Riverside City College student body president is registered sex offender
An anonymous flier distributed on the Riverside City College campus on Monday, April 1 said Associated Students of Riverside City College President Doug Robert Figueroa is a convicted child molester and asked why the campus was not told about it.

USC Prof Denounces Republicans as “White People”
The accomplishments of Europeans and their descendents in every field of endeavor — from Shakespeare to the US Constitution to Beethoven to all but ending slavery worldwide to splitting the atom to reaching the moon — have been so impressive that moonbats will never forgive them. Here University of Southern California political science professor Darry Sragow repeatedly hurls the most vicious insult he can imagine at Republicans. He calls them white people — and racists too

How 1960s Radicals Ended Up Teaching Your Kids
Last week NYU Law announced that former Weather Underground member and convicted murderer Kathy Boudin would be a scholar-in-residence. She’s the latest in a series of former left-wing radicals with cozy university appointments. Michael Moynihan on how left-wing criminals ended up lecturing America’s college students.

Calif. Tax Bill Seeks to Punish Boy Scouts’ for Gay Ban, Targets Group’s ‘Unfortunate Discriminatory and Outdated Practices’
Furor over the Boy Scouts of America’s stance on gays continues to rage. Now, California lawmakers are considering taking some tax exemptions away from youth groups that do not accept gay, transgender or atheist members — a move intended to pressure the Scouts to lift its ban on gay Scouts and troop leaders.

Justice Thomas: Many black communities in decline
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Tuesday he is heartbroken over the persistent poverty and social troubles among many black communities but has no answers on how to solve these problems.

Reliability of neuroscience research questioned
New research has questioned the reliability of neuroscience studies, saying that conclusions could be misleading due to small sample sizes.

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Triples Down on Marxism
According to MSNBC’s most out and out Marxist Melissa Harris-Perry, all your kids are belong to us, and now they have the right to health care (under ObamaCare, hah!), education, “decent” housing, and “quality” food — at all times.

Progress Kentucky Behind Mitch McConnell Campaign Recording
A secret recording of a campaign strategy session between U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and his advisors was taped by leaders of the Progress Kentucky super PAC, says a longtime local Democratic operative.

Message from public school crossword puzzle: Conservatism ‘restricts personal freedoms’
Eighth-graders in Wisconsin’s Union Grove school district were assigned to fill out a “Liberalism vs. Conservatism” crossword puzzle, and they learned some new and very questionable “facts.”

SB 747—Would Close Down Fast Food Business, Small Food Serving Businesses
Do you think your local doughnut shop, taco joint or pizza place could afford to spend $50,000 on a “risk assessment” for each of the foods it serves—because they “could cause obesity or cancer? Pass this and hundreds of thousands of Californians are out of work on Day One—and tens of thousands of Californians have lost there investments and businesses.

Gadsden flag removed by N.Y. town for being an ‘offensive’ Tea Party symbol
The Gadsden flag has been a part of American history since the Revolution, but the city council of New Rochelle, N.Y., voted 5-2 to remove it from the New Rochelle Armory, claiming that it represents the Tea Party, the Washington Examiner reported Friday.

& Taxes


Helmut Kohl: I acted like a dictator to bring in the euro
Helmut Kohl, Germany’s former chancellor, has admitted that he acted like a “dictator” to bring in the single currency to the country, otherwise he “would have lost” had he held a referendum.



Margaret Thatcher Dies After Stroke
Britain’s first and only female prime minister Baroness Thatcher has died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke.

Thatcher to receive ceremonial funeral
The British government says former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will receive a ceremonial funeral with military honors.

Canadian Prime Minister Harper on the passing of Baroness Thatcher

France’s ex-budget minister Jerome Cahuzac ‘tried to invest 15 million euros’
Disgraced former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac reportedly tried to invest around 15 million euros (£12.7 million) in a Swiss fund in 2009.

Inside North Korea: Shock video and photos show true horror of Kim Jong-un’s evil regime
A child of around 10 sits dying of starvation by the side of the road while just yards away soldiers load enough rice on to trucks to feed families for weeks.

Venezuela After Chávez
The demagogue is dead! Long Live Demagoguery!

Margaret Thatcher: a life in quotes
Key comments from Britain’s first female prime minister

Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten attacks hate mobs celebrating Baroness Thatcher’s death as ‘loathsome’ and calls for respect
John Lydon says he will not be former prime minister’s ‘enemy in death’
Says show the dead respect and finds her death parties ‘loathsome’

Ecuador’s mini-Chavez
Hugo Chavez may be dead, but the tradition of South American despots doesn’t look like it’s over. We can probably expect to be hearing more in the future about Rafael Correa, the recently reelected president of Ecuador. A long time fan of Chavez, Correa has a pretty colorful history in politics, which began with the rather unusual way he chose to be initially sworn in to office.


Confessions of a Counter-Revolutionary
“Counter-revolutionary” is an apt term for these days: President Obama has promised to make a fundamental transformation, a veritable revolution in American society and culture. Those who oppose such an ongoing agenda are suspected of all sorts of racism, nativism, misogyny, homophobia, and general counter-revolutionary activity.

First they came for the language
Language is destiny, and we have lost the language

To All the Colleges That Rejected Suzy Weiss
Racism is racism, no matter who practices it.

Are Individuals The Property Of The Collective?
Mankind has faced a bewildering multitude of self-made catastrophes and self-made terrors over the past few millennium, most of which stem from a single solitary conflict between two opposing social qualities: individualism vs. collectivism. These two forces of organizational mechanics have gone through evolution after evolution over the years, and I believe the long battle is nearing an apex moment; a moment in which one ideology or the other will become dominant around the world for well beyond the foreseeable future.

A Non-Religious Case Against Same Sex Marriage
You might recall the awful option faced by the title character in “Sophie’s Choice:” Pick one child or the other. It’s not a choice any mother wants to make. No matter what she chooses, her loss is unutterable.

Elite Panic
Elites tend to believe in a venal, selfish, and essentially monstrous version of human nature, which I sometimes think is their own human nature. I mean, people don’t become incredibly wealthy and powerful by being angelic, necessarily. They believe that only their power keeps the rest of us in line and that when it somehow shrinks away, our seething violence will rise to the surface

Managerial Progressivism
Be sure to read Rich’s Politico column on the president’s budget today. I’d add to it that one thing that struck me in reading the budget (beyond the particular fiscal and technical matters I raised here) is how remarkably devoid of ambition it is. With Obamacare enacted, it’s far from clear what the Left would seek to do next, and this budget suggests a profound aimlessness. Like the president’s re-election campaign, it lacks an agenda.

The end of liberal education — Part Two, the Bowdoin experience
Scott has done an outstanding job of covering the story arising from the NAS report by Peter Wood and Michael Toscano on Bowdoin College called What Does Bowdoin Teach? In his most recent post, for example, Scott provides valuable links and commentary.

Why Aren’t More People Repelled by the Left?
Here is something I don’t understand: liberals are often revealed as vile, vulgar hatemongers–not all of them, of course, but far too many–yet they never seem to pay a penalty at the polls. Why is that?

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