News of the Week for February 16th, 2014
- Election 2014
- Obama Scandals
- Gun Rights
- Hide the Decline
- War & Terror
- National News
- Economy & Taxes
- International News
Conservative support divided in crowded Georgia U.S. Senate primary
Raises Democrats’ hopes of upset win for Michelle Nunn in November
Republicans expanding field in Senate contests, but what about the House?
There’s no question that Obamacare hurts the prospects of Democratic candidates in 2014. The question is how much — and where? Last week I wrote a blog post comparing President Obama’s Gallup job approval numbers for calendar year 2013 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia with Obama’s 2012 percentage of the popular vote there (which tracked closely his November 2012 job approval). I found the biggest declines in almost all the 2012 target states, most of which have 2014 Senate races which at the beginning of the cycle did not appear to be competitive but which appear so now in recent polling.
Republican wins San Diego mayor special election
A moderate Republican city councilman has been elected mayor of San Diego in a special election to fill the unexpired term of Bob Filner, who resigned amid a torrent of sexual harassment allegations.
#AKSen: Begich allies spending already against Sullivan
Given his prolific fundraising (along with beneficial name-confusion with the popular Republican mayor of Anchorage), it’s not a stretch to suppose that of the Republicans in the primary election for Senate, it’s Alaska’s former Natural Resources Commissioner, Dan Sullivan, who keeps Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, up at night.
Vulnerable Dems want IRS to step up
Senate Democrats facing tough elections this year want the Internal Revenue Service to play a more aggressive role in regulating outside groups expected to spend millions of dollars on their races.
100% of 501(c)(4) Groups Audited by IRS Were Conservative
Today Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, confirmed that 100% of the established 501(c)(4) groups the IRS selected for audit were conservative.
Untold Thousands Flout Gun Registration Law
Everyone knew there would be some gun owners flouting the law that legislators hurriedly passed last April, requiring residents to register all military-style rifles with state police by Dec. 31.
Ninth Circuit strikes California’s restrictive rule against licensed carry of handguns
The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Peruta v. San Diego, released minutes ago, affirms the right of law-abiding citizens to carry handguns for lawful protection in public.
Ninth Circuit holds Second Amendment secures a right to carry a gun
So holds today’s Peruta v. County of San Diego (9th Cir. Feb. 13, 2014) (2-1 vote). The court concludes that California’s broad limits on both open and concealed carry of loaded guns — with no “shall-issue” licensing regime that assures law-abiding adults of a right to get licenses, but only a “good cause” regime under which no license need be given — “impermissibly infringe on the Second Amendment right to bear arms in lawful self-defense.” The Ninth Circuit thus joins the Seventh Circuit, and disagrees with the Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits.
Hide the Decline
Comforting: 95% Of Climate Models Used To Base Policy Decisions On Are Wrong
I’m seeing a lot of wrangling over the recent (15+ year) pause in global average warming…when did it start, is it a full pause, shouldn’t we be taking the longer view, etc.
Arizona vs. California: A Tale of Two Droughts
Astonishingly low rainfall. Low snow levels on the mountains. Rivers at two to three percent of normal levels. And yet–plenty of water for the state’s farms, lawns and gardens. It’s not California, where Gov. Jerry Brown has warned residents to cut back on water use, and seventeen rural communities face extreme water shortages. It’s neighboring Arizona, where the state has done a superior job of developing water reservoirs for dry years.
The $2.2 Billion Bird-Scorching Solar Project
At California’s Ivanpah Plant, Mirrors Produce Heat and Electricity—And Kill Wildlife
World’s Largest Solar Plant Scorching Birds in Nevada Desert
It’s a conundrum for environmentalists: a solar power plant that is the largest of its type in the world and can supply power for 140,000 homes is also killing dozens of birds. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, which uses hundreds of thousands of mirrors near the California-Nevada border, is capable of producing nearly 400 megawatts, but its roughly 350,000 solar-thermal, computer-controlled mirrors which reflect sunlight to boilers on the top of 459-foot towers, has apparently already killed dozens of birds. The intense 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit around the towers is burning birds flying through its path.
Government in Healthcare
Police will have ‘backdoor’ access to health records despite opt-out, says MP
David Davis says police would be able to approach central NHS database without a warrant as critics warn of catastrophic breach of trust
HIV/AIDS Patients May Get Shut Out of Obamacare Exchanges
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has begun notifying hundreds of residents in the state with HIV/AIDS that they are at risk of losing their plans obtained through Obamacare’s exchanges if they used funds from a program that provides financial aid to people with the disease to pay for the plans. Starting next month, payments received from the Ryan White program, the largest federally funded program for people with HIV/AIDS, will not be accepted by the insurance provider, according to Reuters.
Cover Oregon Scandal Deepens
State officials reportedly lied about progress of site
HHS’ Latest Tweak To Obamacare Requires That Employers Certify That You’re Not Making Economic Decisions Because Of It
Treasury officials said Monday that businesses will be told to “certify” that they are not shedding full-time workers simply to avoid the mandate. Officials said employers will be told to sign a “self-attestation” on their tax forms affirming this, under penalty of perjury.
Republicans renew ObamaCare battle after latest mandate delay
Republicans renewed their calls to delay or repeal ObamaCare Monday after the Obama administration announced another delay in the requirement for businesses to provide health coverage to workers, giving some employers a reprieve next year while phasing in the mandate for others.
Illinois using The Onion to reach young uninsured
Illinois markets health insurance to young adults by advertising with The Onion
Obama: ‘That’s the Good Thing as a President, I Can Do Whatever I Want’
President Obama “quipped” today during a visit to Monticello with the French president, “That’s the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want.”
Seattle Children’s Hospital Suing Obamacare after Denying Coverage to Kids
Seattle Children’s Hospital is taking legal action to correct a “false promise” of Obamacare. With only two out of the seven plans offered under Washington State’s health-care exchange covering treatment at the hospital, one of the state’s key providers of specialized pediatric care, it will sue the state’s insurance commissioner for “failure to ensure adequate network coverage.”
Colorado Health-Exchange Director Indicted for Fraud, Theft
The director of Colorado’s health exchange has been placed on administrative leave after the state discovered she had been indicted for stealing from a non-profit
Obamacare political delays in one infographic
When an administration becomes the law unto itself.
War & Terror
California Electric Grid Attack Was “Terrorism”
Will a terrorist with a rifle spark a massive blackout?
The Hillary Papers
Archive of ‘closest friend’ paints portrait of ruthless First Lady
The FCC Will Begin Investigating Bias In the Media (and By That, They Mean Conservative Bias)
The transformation of America continues apace.
Holder wants felons to vote
I wonder who he thinks they will vote for? Let me think about that a while, ahem, tough call.
Shirley Temple Black, Screen Darling, Dies at 85
Shirley Temple Black, who as a dimpled, precocious and determined little girl in the 1930s sang and tap-danced her way to a height of Hollywood stardom and worldwide fame that no other child has reached, died on Monday night at her home in Woodside, Calif. She was 85.
NAACP Boss Compares Beating a Woman to Jaywalking
Massachusetts state representative Carloz Henriquez was convicted last Wednesday of assaulting a woman who refused to have sex with him and was sentenced to six months in prison. Following his conviction, the president of the New England Area Chapter (NEAC) of the NAACP, Juan Cofield, jumped to Henriquez’s defense, comparing the assault on and beating of a woman to jaywalking.
Nevada attorney general seeks to withdraw gay marriage brief; Sandoval agrees
Nevada is withdrawing its support of the state’s gay marriage ban.
Ignat Solzhenitsyn is a pianist and conductor. He is also a son of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the great writer (and man). Ignat is an expert on his father’s work, and on the Soviet Union that produced the work (in a sense). For The Human Parade, Jay Nordlinger interviewed him in June 2011. They split their hour in two: For the first half-hour, they talked about Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and the Soviet Union. For the second half-hour, they talked about music.
NASA is now accepting applications from companies that want to mine the moon
NASA is now working with private companies to take the first steps in exploring the moon for valuable resources like helium 3 and rare earth metals.
Why Is Rand Paul Talking About Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky?
It’s the preemptive War on the War on Women
San Diego Elects Republican to Replace Bob Filner
Faulconer’s lead narrows very slightly, to just under 10 points, 55.24% to 44.76% with 85.9% of precincts counting. It’s not just a win for the Republican: it’s an unexpected landslide victory. The San Diego Union-Tribune has called the race for Faulconer. Cue the concession/acceptance speeches.
De Blasio Intervenes When His Friend is Arrested, Spares Him Time Behind Bars
New York is indeed a tale of two cities: One for regular schlubs and another for friends of Bill de Blasio.
A Too Early Look at the 2016 Presidential Race
The Democratic field is full of next-in-liners, the Republican field of outsiders.
Ex-New Orleans mayor convicted of taking bribes
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was convicted Wednesday on charges that he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work while he was in office, including right after Hurricane Katrina.
DOJ Argues to Court Against Rules to Prevent Foreigners From Voting
Justice Department lawyer Bradley Heard was in court today trying to stop Kansas from ensuring that only citizens register to vote. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, relying on a United States Supreme Court opinion of last year, asked the federal Election Assistance Commission to permit him to ensure that only citizens were registering to vote.
New gender options for Facebook users
You don’t have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore. The social media giant has added a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.
Obama’s New Unilateral Law: Making Businesses Sign a Loyalty Oath
The Treasury’s new claimed rule that businesses must sign a statement swearing they are not cutting their staff (or avoiding increasing their staff) in order to avoid Obamacare’s disincentives for expanding your staff (that is, different Obamacare’s strictures kick in at 50 or 100 employees)
Police Shoot, Kill 80-Year-Old Man In His Own Bed, Don’t Find the Drugs They Were Looking For
In the early morning hours of June 27, 2013, a team of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies pulled up to the home of Eugene Mallory, an 80-year-old retired engineer living in the rural outskirts of Los Angeles county with his wife Tonya Pate and stepson Adrian Lamos.
University of Arizona class requires students to participate in ‘Condom Olympics’
“Sex, Health, and AIDS” is a three-credit undergraduate course.
Professor William Simmons says he prefers an “action learning assignment” over papers and exams.
Exene Cervenka of L.A. Punk Band X Moving to Texas Because California Has Become “A Liberal Oppressive Police State and Regulations and Taxes and Fees”
Exene Cervenka, singer from classic Los Angeles punk band X, has been making news this week for her massive estate sale, ongoing right now.
Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Confuses Declaration of Independence with Constitution
A federal judge struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage today, an historic ruling with especial resonance on Valentine’s Day. Except the history of the historic ruling isn’t exactly up to par: Judge Arenda Wright Allen claimed the Constitution declares that “all men are created equal,” which is, instead, the first line of the Declaration of Independence.
Kansas House passes bill allowing refusal of service to same-sex couples
Denying services to same-sex couples may soon become legal in Kansas.
Google admits data mining student emails in its free education apps
Hackers Rob Silk Road of $2.7 Million
Welcome to the 21st century folks. Thieves are now robbing drug dealers online.
Racism on Twitter: Study finds 10,000 racial slurs a day but relax–half of them are about white people
10,000 racist tweets are sent every day, a major new study into racism on social networks has discovered.
Gender Equality Alert! “Dick Dialogs” Debuts at UCLA
Kudos to some clever University of California – Los Angeles students for striking a blow for real gender equality on campus!
University Administrative Glut Worse Than We Thought
Last week we highlighted a study showing that university administrative positions rose 28 percent in the last decade, but a new study from the NECIR suggests that the problem is even worse.
Say’s Law of Markets, And Why Money and Wealth Are Not the Same Thing
Jean-Baptiste Say, an 18th-century economist and follower of Adam Smith, recognized one of the most fundamental laws in all economics: the entirely common-sense observation that consumption requires production. This axiom is called Say’s Law of Markets.
Russian authorities say Bitcoin illegal
Russian authorities have issued warnings against using Bitcoin, saying the virtual currency could be used for money laundering or financing terrorism and that treating it as a parallel currency is illegal.
Court Slaps Down IRS Power Grab
More often than not, conversations about the Obama administration’s executive overreach end up with apologists asking, petulantly, “well, what are you going to do about it anyway.” This is interesting for two reasons: First, because it reveals that the speaker’s principles do not extend much beyond “do what you can get away with”; and, second, because it reveals that the speaker probably doesn’t know that the courts have often slapped this president on the wrist for imperialism. Indeed, the latest such example came yesterday from the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which, per Tim Carney at the Washington Examiner, ruled that “the IRS may not unilaterally expand its authority through” what it described rather brutally as “an expansive, atextual, and ahistorical reading of” the law.
EU executive sees personal savings used to plug long-term financing gap
The savings of the European Union’s 500 million citizens could be used to fund long-term investments to boost the economy and help plug the gap left by banks since the financial crisis, an EU document says.
Volkswagen workers reject UAW in huge blow to union
After three days of voting by hourly wage workers at the Volkswagen final assembly plants in Chattanooga, Tennessee, employees at the plant elected on Friday not to join the union.
Customers fight for milk in Venezuela
Restricted to one kilo of powdered milk each.
South Sudan rebels say they will boycott latest peace talks
South Sudanese rebels threatened on Monday to boycott the next round of peace talks in Ethiopia unless the government freed political prisoners and sent home the Ugandan troops who have been supporting it.
Thai govt says cannot renew rice scheme expiring end-Feb
The Thai government said on Tuesday it could not renew its controversial rice-buying scheme when it expires at the end of February because it has no authority to do so.
China, Taiwan hold talks in Nanjing, the highest-level meeting in more than 6 decades
Representatives of China and Taiwan gathered Tuesday in Nanjing for their highest-level talks since their split in 1949, with representatives of the two governments preparing to meet despite Beijing’s refusal to recognize the self-governing island’s sovereignty.
The Toronto District School Board is using English classes to indoctrinate children to a “genderless society”
Sitting on a little over an acre of prime real estate, just on the other side of the south end of Toronto’s trendy, hyper-liberal Annex neighborhood, is Central Technical School.
Baloch Rebels Blow Up Three Pakistani Gas Pipelines
Separatist rebels from Balochistan have blown up three gas pipelines, cutting supplies to millions of households in Pakistan’s Punjab Province.
Rice farmers protest as Thai government’s funding woes mount
More than 1,000 farmers protested outside the Thai government’s temporary headquarters on Monday over the state’s failure to pay for rice bought under a subsidy scheme that the caretaker administration admits it is struggling to fund.
Nepal ends political deadlock, elects Koirala as new PM
Nepal’s parliament picked a social democrat as its new prime minister on Monday after a last-minute power sharing deal ended a deadlock that had lasted more than two months after an election.
Two dead in Venezuela anti-government student protests
At least two people have been shot dead during a student demonstration in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.
With oil economy running on fumes, Venezuela ‘on the edge of the apocalypse’
In the serene private clubs of Caracas, there is no milk, and the hiss of the cappuccino machine has fallen silent. In the slums, the lights go out every few days, or the water stops running. In the grocery stores, both state-run shops and expensive delicatessens, customers barter information: I saw soap here, that store has rice today. The oil engineers have emigrated to Calgary, the soap opera stars fled to Mexico and Colombia. And in the beauty parlours of this nation obsessed with elaborate grooming, women both rich and poor have cut back to just one blow-dry or manicure each week.
Army sent in to Venezuelan cities as unrest prompts coup warning
President Nicolás Maduro claims ‘fascist’ opponents orchestrated protest violence that claimed three lives as part of plan to overthrow government
Nw Zealand Prime Minister John Key is adamant he’s not a shapeshifting reptilian alien.
Mr. Key was unusually forced to deny any previously non-declared extraterrestrial connections to reporters after an Auckland man put in an Official Information Act (OIA) request asking for proof he might be one.
Libyan PM says government safe after army statement
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Friday the government was safe and security under control after a senior army official called for the parliament to be suspended and the armed forces to “rescue” the country.
Belgium votes to legalise euthanasia for children despite protest from 160 doctors
Controversial law will allow terminally ill youngsters to request to die early
Lawmakers vote by 86 to 44 in favour of the measure with 12 abstentions
Only those with incurable illnesses and in unbearable pain will be eligible
Campaigners argue sick children may be pressured into ending their life
But those in favour say the law will be strict enough to prevent any abuse
Leftist Utopia Using Deadly Force Against Student Protesters
Celebrity leftists like Sean Penn, Danny Glover, and Susan Sarandon tout Venezuela as a modern, fair society that America should shrive to be like. Those same stars consider America a fascist state for treating OWS protesters with kid gloves for months on end.
WTF?!: “I’m not against Jews… They can live on Mars”
What’s Going On In Venezuela (In A Nutshell)
Protests in Venezuela continue (despite President Maduro’s proclamation that the nation is in “absolute calm”), with both the government and the opposition holding rallies, leaving several streets and subway stations in Caracas closed. 10 students who were arrested amid violent protests last week have been released, though 6 students remain in custody. Demonstrators do not yet have the numbers or support base to unseat President Nicolas Maduro’s administration, but as Stratfor notes, these protests could mark a turning point as the economic situation deteriorates there is a chance that protests like this could begin to generate additional social momentum in rejection of the status quo.
Police seek Venezuela opposition leader as he tweets defiance
A Venezuelan opposition leader wanted by police in connection with deadly street protests told supporters via Twitter to keep demonstrating, but peacefully, and armed police visited his father’s home, apparently seeking to arrest him.
University of Toronto’s “Ontario Institute for Studies in Education” interviews teachers about how to indoctrinate students
You can find videos here in which OISE has interviewed five teachers regarding how they indoctrinate students. OISE does not even try to hide the fact that they are indoctrinating students; the section of their website that the videos are found in is titled “Edactivism” (educational activism). Their list of “educational activists” includes Antonino Giambrone (who I believes chairs the TDSB gay pride committee) and Tim McCaskell (a Queers Against Israeli Apartheid spokesman who gave a talk at the Marxism 2013 conference at Ryerson U last summer).
Always Flatter, Never Challenge, Your Audience
Andrew Ferguson has a pretty entertaining takedown of the remarkably dreadful political cartoonist Herbert Block in this week’s issue of the Weekly Standard. Andy was driven to write it by the appearance of a hagiographic documentary heaping praise on the remarkably predictable, utterly boring cartoonist. I just wanted to briefly highlight one paragraph, within which Andy shines a light on the success of “Herblock,” as he was known to his sycophants
The 2016 GOP Bench
This is based on conversations with a few professionals in the conservative circles and my own observations. This is in no way a final prediction, just a look at the present field. Also, this has been updated to include information from Erick’s post regarding Joe Scarborough. Like Erick said, the bench is deep, and while he doesn’t want to talk 2016 before the end of 2014, I’ve got no such reservations. Also, yes, I know Rick Perry is absent.
Intellectuals and the Total State: @JAMyerson’s Dilettante Marxism
Marxism envisions the “dictatorship of the proletariat,” so that there can be no Marxism without violent terror, and self-described communist Jesse Myerson must fail in his attempts to evade this truth.
Sorry, TNR, America’s Legal System Needs More Justice, Not More Socialism
Under the guise of “fairness,” socialized law would result in less justice, not more
The Invisible Nutsack
We are told, often with ill intent, that we live in a patriarchal culture. Our schoolteachers, who always seem to be female, lecture us that males enjoy unfair privileges merely for being born with an “outie’ rather than an “innie.”
We are also told, on buttons, T-shirts, bumper stickers, coffee cups, and even whiskey flasks, that “Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.” I think antimisandry.com phrased the problem more accurately: “Feminism is the radical notion that men are not people.”
RadFem: ‘No Woman Is Heterosexual’
How many times have I explained that feminism is an ideology of man-hating Marxist lesbian baby-killers? This is what feminists themselves say, if you bother to study feminist theory
Liberalism: A Perpetual State Of Childhood
The Congressional Budget Office released a report early last week which stated that by 2024 the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time workers will be missing from the United States economy because of the effect of Obamacare. The spin chosen by defenders of the law is that 2.5 million Americans will now be “liberated” from the confines of employment sought, apparently, for the primary purpose of having health insurance.
The Marlboro Mandate
What if drugstores had to sell cigarettes?
Will Demographics Really Destroy GOP?
Last week, Peter Wehner wrote a piece in Commentary magazine laying out a collection of data regarding recent elections and demographic trends. He was mostly content to let the data speak for themselves, save for a codicil to the piece arguing that something had to change: “Republican problems are not superficial, transient, or cyclical. The trends speak for themselves. The GOP therefore needs to articulate a governing vision and develop a governing agenda that can reach groups that have not traditionally been supportive of it.” His ultimate takeaway is that the GOP needs to substantially revise its platform, and make a move similar to that made by the New Democrats in 1992.
The left’s indifference to Obama’s executive power grabs is beginning to border on a cult of personality
There’s nothing here that you haven’t heard before if you watched him testify before Congress in December but it’s still worth watching for two reasons. One is his tone, which has grown darker and more apocalyptic since then. More than once here he warns that Obama’s “enablers” are destined to rue the fact that they remained silent “during this period.” Precedents are being set that will be built on by future presidents of both parties; for all the complaining about executive overreach by Democrats circa 2006 and Republicans today, the cold realities of power are what they are. I’m tempted to say that it was O’s latest unlawful delay to ObamaCare’s employer mandate that soured Turley’s mood, but I don’t think that’s it. I think it was the State of the Union, where Obama embraced bypassing Congress as formal policy. Look out for the phrase “borders on authoritarianism.”
From Russia with Euphemisms
In the Olympic coverage, Soviet horrors are being swept under the rug.
This is What Happens When You Make Us Care
In America, gay rights activists are making us care. We are not allowed to turn a blind eye. We are not allowed to opt out. They are forcing businesses to either shut their doors or provide goods and services to honor commitments that violate religious beliefs. They equate doing so to the Civl Rights struggle. Never mind that no one knows who you’re sleeping with unless you tell everybody, but everybody knows your race or sex just by look at you (yes, yes, there are some exceptions).
The Wrong Kind of Gay
There are local elections coming up in Washington, D.C. The Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance has put out its ratings.
There are ten candidates for mayor. Nine of the ten returned the questionnaires to GLAA. Of the nine, only one of the candidates is gay.
It turns out that Bruce Majors, the only gay candidate running for mayor of Washington, D.C. also got the lowest score of all the candidates. Why? He is a limited government libertarian.
This is What Happens When You Make Us Care
In Oregon, a baker got in trouble for not wanting to bake a cake for a gay union.
Everything Wrong With The Liberal View Of Public Education In One Sentence
Bill de Blasio’s education commie let this one slip when asked why they’re keeping schools open during the heavy winter storms. The last sentence of the paragraph is the money line
Professor Dee Graham: The Psychologist Who Drove Feminists Crazy
Remember the radfem blogger who says all heterosexual intercourse (PIV, p*nis-in-vagina) is rape? Sure you do.
Gay D.C. Libertarian Mayoral Candidate Slammed by GLAA for Supporting Limited Government
An openly gay Libertarian mayoral candidate in Washington, D.C., received an especially low rating from the district’s Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA) because he espouses limited government and does not support taxpayer funding of the group’s special interests agenda.
How Much Power Will Congress Let Obama Seize?
Would Congress stop President Barack Obama if he unilaterally declared he was raising the federal income tax rates for families that earn between $50,000 and $99,000 per year?
We hear it all the time: “America is patriarchal!”, “American women are oppressed!”. Well, a lifelong feminist and former National Organization for Women member, Tammy Bruce, is tired of hearing it–and she has a solution laid out in our newest video: Feminism 2.0. One that tells women that they should be proud to act feminine. One that tells them that simply copying men and masculine traits is actually demeaning to women. One that honors all responsible choices, including becoming a wife and mother.
e pluribus…wait, what?
Here it is — just in time for Valentine’s Day — FaceBook’s new list of all the possible ways to describe your gender on your FB profile