News of the Week for December 14th, 2014
- Obama Scandals
- Gun Rights
- Hide the Decline
- War & Terror
- National News
- Economy & Taxes
- International News
Kid Gloves Off, Issa Asks Gruber, ‘Are You Stupid?’
Gruber looks a bit unflappable, but a lot of people who are paid to lie are practiced at this sort of thing. There’s an inherent smugness in the progressive elite that comes from years of truly believing that they are “helping” lesser beings.
Obama Justice Department Was Involved In IRS Targeting, Lerner Emails Reveal
Sadly, the 18 month investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups isn’t over, and it may be worse than anyone thought. A federal judge has broken loose more emails that the DOJ had surely hoped would never surface. The picture it reveals isn’t pretty. The documents prove that Lois Lerner met with DOJ’s Election Crimes Division a month before the 2010 elections.
Support for gun rights at highest point in two decades
Support for gun rights is higher than it’s been in decades, according to the latest data from the Pew Research Center that signals a stunning turnaround in how Americans feel about the issue just two years after the Newtown school shooting.
Hide the Decline
Sorry, Warmies: California Drought Wasn’t Caused by So-Called Climate Change
Natural conditions, not human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases, are the driving force behind California’s three-year dry spell, scientists on a federal task force concluded Monday. But the report came under fire from some experts who said it downplayed other factors that have humanity’s fingerprints on them.
US Spending Bill Blocks Obama’s UN Climate Fund $Billions
An “omnibus” spending bill to fund the federal government through October 2015 throws up roadblocks for the Obama administration’s climate agenda, namely by blocking taxpayer dollars from going to the United Nations global warming fund. The House’s $1.1 trillion spending bill will prevent President Obama from fulfilling his pledge to give $3 billion to the UN’s Green Climate Fund.
The unsinkable German anti-CO2-Titanic just found its iceberg
Until just a few days ago, the determination of the German government to halt the presumed Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) seemed to be absolutely imperturbable. The main driver behind the German resolve to hammer down CO2 emissions both domestically and abroad while at the same time finishing off its last remaining nuclear power generating units is Chancellor Angela Merkel. The daughter of a clergyman socialized in the formerly communist east of the country, she is known for her outstanding political cleverness and flexibility in avoiding conflicts she feels she can’t win. Nevertheless, there are certain aspects where this cleverness is superseded by an almost fundamentalist doggedness when it comes to certain key points – such as exterminating nuclear power or saving the planet from overheating.
USHCN Replacing Rural Temperatures With Urban Ones
Earlier I showed that all NCDC US warming is due to fabricated temperatures.
Government in Healthcare
Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber: Abortion of ‘Marginal Children’ a ‘Social Good’
Embattled MIT professor Jonathan Gruber has not only gotten in trouble for bragging about helping President Obama put one over on the American people with Obamacare, he’s also been uncovered as an abortion advocate—but not a run-of-the-mill advocate of “women’s rights.”
ObamaCare and the centralization crusade
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, writes in the Wall Street Journal that ObamaCare is positively crushing independent physicians, very much by design. The horde of little collectivist grubers who boiled forth to craft the Affordable Care Act are big believers in “consolidation,” a crusade Gottlieb entreats Republican reformers to resist
Half of Doctors Listed as Serving Medicaid Patients Are Unavailable, Investigation Finds
Large numbers of doctors who are listed as serving Medicaid patients are not available to treat them, federal investigators said in a new report.
Feds Plan for 35 Agencies to Help Collect, Share, Use Electronic Health Info
Along with the primary goal of expanding the availability of health insurance, the Affordable Care Act aims to make the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) universal. This plan actually began with the 2009 stimulus (the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), which included the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Doctors and other health providers have been offered incentives to convert patient information and health histories to a compatible and transferable electronic format, and as of June 2014, 75 percent of eligible doctors and 92 percent of eligible hospitals had received payments under the program.
Gruber Refuses to Tell Congress Amount Gov’t Paid Him for Obamacare
Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber repeatedly refused to answer how much money the government paid him for advice on crafting and explaining the Affordable Care Act — prompting incredulous responses from Republican lawmakers, who reminded the professor he was under oath.
Obamacare Makes Corporate Wellness Programs Even Worse
Corporate wellness programs were a waste anyway, but Obamacare has predictably made them even worse.
Gruber on Obamacare in 2010: “Full disclaimer, I helped write it”
Not quite the tune he was singing at Tuesday’s Congressional hearing
New Gruber Vid: Obamacare? “I Helped Write It.”
Jonathan Gruber “didn’t help write our bill,” Nancy Pelosi insisted last month.
War & Terror
Victor Davis Hanson: A large war is looming
The world is changing and becoming even more dangerous – in a way we’ve seen before.
Four Iraqi Christian Kids Beheaded After Refusing to Convert to Islam, Telling ISIS Militants ‘No, We Love Jesus’
Four Iraqi Christian children, who were all beheaded by the Islamic State, refused to betray Jesus and graciously died in his name when the ISIS militants gave them one last chance to say the Islamic words of conversion, the Rev. Canon Andrew White revealed in a recent interview.
Report: Islamic State Claims ‘Radioactive Device’ Now in Europe
Freelance jihadist weapons maker makes claim on Twitter
Dianne Feinstein and her one-sided, self-serving report on enhanced interrogations
The big news today will be the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s interrogation policy during the Bush years, which has finally been made public. The mainstream media will see to it that the story dominates the headlines. It already dominates the Washington Post’s main page.
Obama Wants AUMF From Congress, But Won’t Say What He Wants In It
He is attempting to fight a war without alerting the public to the fact that it is a war, because he is ideologically committed to claiming that war is always a mistake, and yet for political reasons he must be seen as pretending to fight IS.
Today’s CIA critics once urged the agency to do anything to fight al-Qaeda
The men and women of my former organization, the CIA, are accustomed to frequent and sudden reversals of direction from their political leaders. But the latest twists and turns are especially dramatic.
The “American Officials Can Be Prosecuted Abroad” Nonsense
The New York Times picks up one of the more farcical memes that has come out of the so-called torture report, namely that Americans involved in torture can be prosecuted abroad if the U.S. does not prosecute them at home. It quotes Steve Vladeck, a law professor at American University in Washington, saying, “If I am someone implicated in the torture report, I am thinking twice about traveling to Europe anytime soon.”
Dick Cheney: CIA Torture Report ‘Full of Crap’
Former vice president Dick Cheney brutally dismissed the Senate’s CIA torture report on Wednesday night, calling it “full of crap” and claiming important, actionable intelligence was gleaned from the agency’s enhanced interrogation methods.
The Problem with Senate Torture Report: We Ordered the Code Red
I thought we already knew that we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. But apparently Senate Democrats thought we needed to spend $40 million to compile a massive report to tell us this news, and also to tell us that we did various nasty things to some other al-Qaeda linked detainees.
The Bay of Bengal: The Maritime Silk Route and China’s Naval Ambitions
With its Maritime Silk Route initiative, China is rapidly developing a presence in the Bay of Bengal.
California Attorney General Accused of Unfairly Targeting Conservative Group
Berkeley Riot: ‘Peaceful’ Mob Torches Police Car, Attacks Shops
Demonstrations in Oakland and Berkeley against police took a violent turn again Sunday night. Thousands of protestors from at least two separate gatherings converged and blocked state highway 24, where some activists jumped on police cars, threw projectiles at officers, and physically attacked police vehicles, setting one on fire. Locals tried to stop looters; at least one person was injured defending a store, according to one eyewitness.
Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s Old Stories Sure Read Like Bad Lifetime Movies
Sabrina Rubin Erdely is the narrative journalist who wrote the Rolling Stone story about an alleged gang rape. Rolling Stone has since stepped away from that story, admitting to serious fact-checking flaws.
Chlorine gas sickens 19 at furries convention
Chlorine gas sickened several people and forced the evacuation of thousands of guests from a suburban Chicago hotel early Sunday, including many dressed in cartoonish animal costumes for an annual furries convention who were ushered across the street to a convention center hosting a dog show.
An Ivy League Lynch Mob
A mattress witch hunt against “rape culture” says due process is just a “liberal paradigm” of justice.
DWI Charge Against Texas Democrat Judge Dismissed Citing Lack of Evidence; Video Suggests Otherwise
These Democrats sure do know ho?w to take care of each other, huh?
Columbia Law School Falls Down the #Ferguson Rabbit Hole
#ShutItDown? Don’t mind if we do.
America is a “Bad Boyfriend,” according to College Humor
“But I LOVE America.”
2015 CA Special Elections: A Preview of State Senate Races
The November 4th general election didn’t end this campaign cycle, but sparked a new round of voting.
Up-and-comers are already jockeying ahead of Boxer’s possible retirement.
College prof makes students recite anti-American ‘pledge of allegiance’
If you sign up for Denver college professor Charles Angeletti’s American Civilization class, be forewarned that you’re going to have to recite his invective-filled ‘New Pledge’ — and according to some of his students, also be ready to swallow a big helping of his politics.
Rolling Stone Editor, 2006: “I Want to Do Stuff That’s Biased;” “We’ll Write What We Believe”
He was speaking about the hard left’s idea — now standard in the leftwing Democrat-partisan media — that to offer “objective” journalism is a betrayal of the truth, as only one side (the leftist side) has any truth in it.
Why the Democrats stupidly wrote off Louisiana too quickly.
As you no doubt know, the Democrats got their clocks cleaned last night in two House seat runoff elections and one Senate one. The question is, could they have done better? – Actually, no, the question is, could they have done much better? …And the answer may indeed be ‘yes’ in both cases. Please note: a lot of this is going to be a discussion on how much or how little the rubble might have bounced, so keep that in mind.
Street Artist Sabo Blasts Lena Dunham, Bill Clinton in Fake Rolling Stone Covers
The controversial artist papered L.A. early Monday with posters featuring a photo of Dunham and the headline “Rape Fantasies and Why We Perpetuate Them”
Facebook Army to Police GOP Candidates
“Anybody who runs as a conservative,” Brent Bozell declared, “is going to have to satisfy our army.”
Has President Obama ‘lost’ more Democratic seats in Congress than other modern presidents?
The Democrats took their final drubbing of the 2014 midterm election Dec. 6 with the decisive defeat of Sen. Mary Landrieu in the Louisiana Senate runoff. The election of U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy means Republicans will hold 54 seats in the new Senate.
Columbia law school and the apotheosis of race-based admissions and critical race theory jargon
Columbia Law School agreed to postpone exams for “traumatized” students in response to, in effect, a demand by “The Coalition of Affinity Group Student Leaders and Students of Color” at Columbia.
The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Urban America is often portrayed as a tale of two kinds of places, those that “have it” and those who do not. For the most part, the cities of the Midwest—with the exception of Chicago and Minneapolis—have been consigned to the second, and inferior, class. Cleveland, Buffalo, Detroit or a host of smaller cities are rarely assessed, except as objects of pity whose only hope is to find a way, through new urbanist alchemy, to mimic the urban patterns of “superstar cities” like New York, San Francisco, Boston, or Portland.
Greek leaders go on the offensive at UVA
National fraternity and sorority leaders are calling on the University of Virginia to reinstate its Greek system, which the university suspended after an article in Rolling Stone that is now in dispute chronicled an alleged gang rape at a campus fraternity.
Is your license plate “government speech?”
SCOTUS set to answer the Confederate Flag-on-a-license-plate Question, once and for all
MoveOn.org announces bid to draft Warren
MoveOn.org is urging Sen. Elizabeth Warren to enter the presidential race.
The Mad Magazine take on White House security
Finally — the hours I spent in my youth on MAD Magazine have paid off! I grew up on MAD, with its cynical and self-deprecating humor and its satirical look on American life and institutions. On a trip to the Big Apple in 1974 at the tender age of 11, I even bought a copy at a newsstand on my own — and worried its proprietor enough that he gave me a paperback dictionary for free and kindly suggested I spend more time reading the book. Not long after that, my cool aunt gave me a MAD subscription, so I lived on a steady diet of fun throughout most of my adolescence.
A Devastating Take-Down of America’s Most Overrated Gay Power Couple
Jamie Kirchick is a fantastic writer and he’s at the top of his game here in a revealing Daily Beast profile on the Facebook millionaire who destroyed The New Republic.
Another Witness in Michael Brown Shooting Found Dead
The man has been identified as a 23-year-old black man who testified during the grand jury proceedings over the killing of Michael Brown by former police officer Darren Wilson.
Jonathan Gruber and the Progressive Link to Genocide
ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber did us a favor by confirming that ObamaCare was packaged in deliberate lies, and that the elitists who imposed it hold the American people in contempt. He has done us another by reminding us of the family relation between modern liberalism and Nazism.
Massive Downtown L.A. Fire Believed to Be Started Intentionally
A fire that torched a towering residential construction project on Monday morning in downtown Los Angeles and shot flames seven stories into the air is now believed to have been started intentionally.
Space Diamonds in Gold Country: California Meteorite’s Secrets Revealed
A meteorite that crashed down in California’s gold country is showing off treasures of a different sort: small diamonds that could tell scientists more about the insides of asteroids.
Jon Stewart Uses His Own Mistake to Bash Fox News
The misreporting epidemic claims another leftist media personality
These 7 Revealing Emails Show Federal Officials Scheming to Target Legal Businesses
Senior officials at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation actively sought to crack down on legal businesses that the Obama administration – or the officials themselves – deemed morally objectionable, a new congressional report finds.
GOP Rep: Leadership Blocked Bill Protecting Churches from Funding Abortion
House Republicans blocked a legislative rider that would have protected churches in California from being forced to pay for abortions, according to one lawmaker, because they needed Democratic support to pass the CRomnibus.
Mexican Catholics Lose Religion in the USA
New evidence from the Pew Research Center reveals that Mexican Catholics who emigrate to the United States are considerably less religious than their counterparts who remain in Mexico.
University of Iowa Pulls Anti-Racism Display for Being ‘Deeply Offensive’; Head of Journalism School Cheers
University of Iowa (UI) has sparked some hot debate over free speech, as they do. Growing up in Cincinnati, the KKK Christmas cross downtown was an annual source of brouhaha. But Cincy’s KKK display diverges in one major way from the 7-foot sculpted klansman that showed up on a main area of the UI campus December 5: the latter figure was intended as a statement against racism.
New DOJ Data On Sexual Assaults: College Students Are Actually Less Likely To Be Victimized
A new report on sexual assault released today by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) officially puts to bed the bogus statistic that one in five women on college campuses are victims of sexual assault. In fact, non-students are 25 percent more likely to be victims of sexual assault than students, according to the data. And the real number of assault victims is several orders of magnitude lower than one-in-five.
As UVa Rape Story Implodes, Media Matters Moron Erects Giant Strawman
In case you’ve missed it, Rolling Stone’s fabulist tale of a gang rape at the University of Virginia has been blown to smithereens, leaving radical feminists desperately looking to change the crumbling narrative of a rampant rape epidemic supposedly plaguing colleges. There’s not a single sane person claiming rape isn’t a problem, but that fact isn’t stopping the drooling Media Matters moron Oliver Willis from embarrassing himself.
Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Program Gutted in Budget Deal
First Lady Michelle Obama’s vile and unappetizing lunch program would suffer a blow under the new federal budget deal being considered.
Soon, the internet will be impossible to control
From big companies to governments, the ability to censor what we do online is about to get a lot harder
LAUSD Embraces Candy Crush and Marxism
Parents with children in Los Angeles Unified School District might be sending their kids into the mandatory eight years of community college functionally illiterate, but at least the kids will also have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and a healthy dose of racial grievance.
Big-Time Hollywood Producers, and Democrat Donors, Turn Out To Be Kinda Racist In Email Exchanges
We have to note that the only reason we’re seeing these emails is due to a major invasion of privacy, courtesy of the North Korean hackers who attacked Sony. That’s not fair.
Why Matt Drudge and Lucianne Goldberg still rule the conservative media roost
A flock of (relatively) new conservative media sites have gained attention in the mainstream-ish media over the past few weeks, a function of their increased role in driving political attention and, in some cases, their savvy in redirecting Facebook’s traffic hose toward themselves. Bloomberg’s Dave Weigel notes a series of scoops from the Washington Free Beacon (largely focused on Hillary Clinton); at Slate, Betsy Woodruff explains Twitchy. At the Awl, John Herrman noted the rise of the Independent Journal Review, which “landed big” on Facebook.
New Bill Would Move Use of Deadly Force Cases to Special Prosecutor, Open Hearing
Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) today introduced a bill to put federal regulations on how local grand juries hear cases in which police officers are accused of killing civilians.
The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind
Frank Walsh still pays dues to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, but more than four years have passed since his name was called at the union hall where the few available jobs are distributed. Mr. Walsh, his wife and two children live on her part-time income and a small inheritance from his mother, which is running out.
GOP Rep: House Leaders Made False Promise to Get My Crucial Vote
Representative Marlin Stutzman (R., Ind.) accused House Republican leadership of reneging on a deal made with him to get his support on a crucial procedural vote that almost killed the $1.1 trillion cromnibus funding bill.
GOP Cave: CRomnibus Will Not Include Relief from Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Program
Though school officials, nutritionists, parents, and students have decried First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch program, the $1 trillion CRomnibus (part “continuing resolution” and part “omnibus”) does not include relief from the unpopular meals standards after all.
300 Former Obama Staffers Urge Elizabeth Warren to Run for President
A group of more than 300 hundred former Obama staffers have written an open letter urging Elizabeth Warren to run for president of the United States. “We helped elect Barack Obama — now we’re calling on Elizabeth Warren to run in 2016,” the letter is titled.
Remember That Time Elizabeth Warren Said A Shutdown Was “Anarchy”?
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was against government shutdowns before she was for them. Last year, she railed against Republicans and said they wanted to shut down the government in order to prevent food inspections, allow lead into children’s toys manufactured in China, and deform babies through their mothers’ use of unsafe morning sickness pills.
Rosetta spacecraft finds strange water on comet 67P
The Rosetta spacecraft which landed on 67P /Churyumov-Gerasimenko last month has detected water which contains about three times more deuterium – a heavy form of hydrogen – than water we have on Earth.
California Attorney General Sued to Stop Disclosure of Conservative Group’s Donor Addresses
Conservative think tank Americans for Prosperity (AFP), co-founded by principals of Koch Industries, sued in federal court to prevent ultra-liberal California Attorney General Kamala Harris from using her office to disclose the names and addresses of their 90,000 donors.
Craft beer brewers sue the State of Texas
“This law is like the government forcing authors to give the rights to their books to publishers for free”
Oklahoma kid gets surprise treat from vending machine: A Nazi ring
Gold-colored plastic ring with eagle clutching swastika rolls out from a 25-cent vending machine in Tulsa store, mother says.
The Left’s plan to retake state legislatures through targeted character assassination.
There are several amusing things about this article from the Washington Examiner on the topic of what the Left hopes to do towards state legislatures in the upcoming election cycle
Ayaan Hirsi Ali recalls a conversation with the current US vice president:
He informed her that “ISIS had nothing to do with Islam.” When she disagreed with him, Biden actually responded: “Let me tell you one or two things about Islam.”
Turning the Tables on Wedding Cake Fascists
A Christian group went to thirteen gay-owned bakeries and requested each of them to bake a cake promoting traditional marriage; and of course, recognizing that they were obligated to serve any customer regardless of ideological differences, they happily obliged.
Christian Man Asks Thirteen Gay Bakeries To Bake Him Pro-Traditional Marriage Cake, And Is Denied Service By All Of Them (WATCH THE SHOCKING VIDEO)
Christian bakeries that refuse to make pro-homosexual marriage cakes are persecuted throughout America. They get sued, they get fined, they get death threats, and they lose their businesses. So we at Shoebat.com called some 13 prominent bakers who are either gay or pro-gay and requested that they make a pro-traditional marriage cake with the words “Gay marriage is wrong” placed on the cake.
#MetalGate is here
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past four months, then you’re probably already familiar with GamerGate. For those who don’t know, GamerGate is a consumer revolt that is demanding ethics in gaming journalism. (You can learn more about GamerGate here, here, and here.) Gamers are sick and tired of how social justice warriors are constantly telling them that they’re horrible people simply for liking certain games. Gamers are sick and tired of constantly being talked down to by self-righteous moral crusaders. They are now fighting to reclaim their culture. This has inspired other subcultures to start fighting back against social justice warriors, including metal.
Berkeley protesters bum rush stage, shut down speech because #Ferguson
This is what America could look like.
Parents angry after school tells 13-year-olds they can have sex, choose gender
Students at one northern California high school are learning more than just the birds and the bees.
Feminism And Cultural Marxism
I was having a discussion over at The Rational Male and a commenter there asked me to do a piece on Cultural Marxism. I’m going to make this easy on myself by mainly posting links to other places that have articles of interest, and repeating some of my comments from the Rational Male.
Economy & Taxes
Which income tax is more progressive – the U.S. or California?
I’ve written before about how – for many Californians – the Golden State income tax is LOW. It’s not as low as the 7 states with zero state income tax, but for many it’s lower than MOST states. That’s because CA has the most “progressive” income tax in the nation.
Bank of America sees $50 oil as Opec dies
“Our biggest worry is the end of the liquidity cycle. The Fed is done. The reach for yield that we have seen since 2009 is going into reverse”, said Bank of America.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Making the NSA Jealous
Truth is stranger than fiction in Washington D.C. Every satire about government has a real-life counterpart. Much like the runaway bureaucracy in a great recent novel, President Obama’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is growing like a weed, while CFPB officials are busy snooping on our household finances
Noam Chomsky Gets “Invisible Hand” Concept Completely Backwards
One of the running gags in Canadian playwright Jason Sherman’s controversial 1995 work Reading Hebron sees its overwhelmingly liberal Jewish characters regularly sighing, “Ah… Chomsky” with the kind of ecstatic reverence you’d expect from Catholic saints in the midst of a mystical trance.
Radical guru Noam Chomsky is more of a dishonest asshole than most people realize
As the intellectual fairy godfather of dimwitted, radical western academic loons, Noam Chomsky has been an inspiration for polemical dimwits such as Naomi Klein, Chris Hedges, and many of the vacuous drones who traverse the Dantesque chambers of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Chomsky is certainly an articulate individual, making him all the more admirable in he eyes of his airhead acolytes.
House approves $1.1T bill financing government
Republicans have muscled a $1.1 trillion bill financing government agencies through the House after President Barack Obama phoned Democratic lawmakers and urged them to back the measure.
It’s Not Just The Economy Devastating Working-Class Families
Less decent-paying work for less-educated men, cultural shifts away from marriage-centered familism, and the erosion of masculinity have drastically reduced marriage rates and eroded American society.
Paying down the debt is now almost mathematically impossible
Exactly 199 years ago, in 1815, a “temporary” committee was established in the US Senate called the Committee on Finance and Uniform National Currency.
Mexico says evidence proves missing students were incinerated
Mexico said on Sunday that mounting evidence and initial DNA tests confirmed that 43 trainee teachers abducted by corrupt police 10 weeks ago were incinerated at a garbage dump by drug gang members, although forensic experts sounded a note of caution.
Senate Passes Sanctions Against Venezuela
President Obama should soon receive a bill to levy to sanctions against the Maduro regime in Venezuela for rampant human rights abuses.
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Fires VP For Being A “Witch”
Zimbabwe’s 90-year-old President Robert Mugabe fired the country’s vice president, Joice Mujuru, today. His reasoning for her dismissal after 10 years in office… she is a witch who is plotting to assassinate him.
Wilders tells police he stands by anti-Moroccan comments
Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders said on Monday he had told police officers questioning him on discrimination charges that he stood by anti-Moroccan comments he made in March.
Surprise! Muslim world ‘outraged’ with UK court decision
A leading counter terrorism expert told Sputnik UK in an exclusive interview that the 12 year jail sentence handed to a man in Britain whose mother informed police after he travelled to Syria, could lead to the radicalisation of more Muslims.
Narendra Modi wins people’s poll but won’t be Time Person of the Year
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi emerged as the winner of the reader’s polls for 2014 TIME Person of the Year, but that did little to impress the magazine’s editors who did not shortlist him among the top eight finalists.
Tanzania’s albino community: ‘Killed like animals’
People with albinism face prejudice and death in Tanzania. A new campaign is now being launched to end hostility towards the tiny community of about 30,000. BBC Africa’s Salim Kikeke met some of them.
Canadian ethicist advocates ‘post-birth abortion’ for newborns
A Canadian bioethicist and philosophy professor at Queen’s University is lobbying for acceptance of “postnatal abortion” to justify euthanizing newborns with disabilities.
Russian Prostitutes Hike Rates Over Slumping Ruble
The crime of buying sexual services is becoming more expensive in Russia as prostitutes increase their rates to offset the free-falling ruble, regional media reported.
Venezuela On the Road to Default
Falling oil prices, welfare state, and central planning to blame
What the hell are teachers doing??
Australia: ‘ONLY one in five Year 9 (13-14 yr old) students can figure out the area of a floor surface even with a calculator.’
Rotherham rape victim aged just 13 ‘was told not to report attack because it would spoil police doctor’s Sunday lunch’
The teen claims she was pressured to drop her complaint by officers
Oops! Thai Junta to re-edit core values school film featuring boy painting Hitler
The film has been screened in cinemas across Thailand since Saturday
Hong Kong Police clear central pro-democracy protest site
Hong Kong authorities started on Thursday clearing the main pro-democracy protest site that has choked roads into the city’s most economically and politically important district for more than two months as part of a campaign to demand free elections.
Bare-legged woman walking through Kabul streets shocks world
A BARE-LEGGED mystery woman has literally stopped traffic while walking through the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. The unknown woman was snapped sporting a mid-length overcoat and purple socks, her hair uncovered as she walked blithely down the street, ignoring the stares of locals.
North Korea’s disappeared: regime “performs experiments on disabled people before leaving them to die”
North Korean defector says disabled disappear and mentally ill left to die under Kim Jong-un’s regime, amid claims dwarfs are castrated and chemical weapons tested on children
Government in a twist over “pinstriped Nazis”
Starting in the east in October and spreading to other cities, the marches led by the group Pegida (“Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West”) are having serious repercussions, with the far right misrepresenting its real agenda, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière told ARD television on Thursday evening.
It is impossible to exaggerate the arrogance, the bone-headed stupidity and above all the brutality and callousness of these Europhiles. Their demented attempt to impose a new economic model on an unworkable political structure has already caused untold suffering. At the heart of their project is an audacious attempt to prove the primacy of politics over economics. Bear in mind that it is an experiment for which the European elite personally do not have to pay a price.
Swedish journalist union imposes self-censorship
The Swedish journalist union today unanimously voted through a change in the statutes that effectively muzzles non-leftist journalists in general and anyone writing anything positive about the nationalist party SD in particular.
Some readers ask why so many Swedes are idly sitting by when things obviously are going off the rails at a neckbreaking speed. The simple answer is, they live in blissful ignorance of it. Because according to mainstream news, everything is just peachy in the country of Sweden, except more and more people join this satanic league of soulless orcs in the nationalist party. It’s completely inexplicable and puzzling, since the only stories ever presented about SD is what fascist monsters they are — and yet they keep growing like nobody’s business!
Dear Media: This Elizabeth Lauten Nonsense Is Why Everybody Hates You
Last week, President Barack Obama pardoned a turkey prior to Thanksgiving Day, as is tradition. And as in previous years, his teenage daughters Malia and Sasha stood by his side. The daughters are cute as can be — and Malia is growing into an absolutely beautiful young woman.
Eric Garner and the criminalization of everyday life
We all know politicians love their tax revenue. But is it worth risking killing someone over a few bucks?
The Ferguson Riots Are Nothing Like The Original Tea Party Protests
There are four major problems with justifying the violence in Ferguson by reference to the Boston Tea Party and the Stamp Act Riots, either in moral terms or in terms of effectiveness.
The hashtag for all of us.
Election 2014: Lessons from the districts that changed parties
This morning I’ll address conservative legislators from across America at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington DC. My topic: the 2014 election results and lessons for the future. Since it’s a national group, I’ll focus on the big picture. Yet, there are very important lessons to be learned from what happened in California. Let’s take a look.
Girls Don’t Need ‘Body Confidence’ and ‘Be The Change’ Badges. They Do Need to Know How to Cook, Bake and Sew
The new head of the Girl Guides (or ‘Girl Scouts’ as they are known in the US) has boasted of the fact that she’s rubbish at cooking and said that if she were a girl joining the organisation today the badge she’d most covet would be one that celebrates Body Confidence.
‘Why Are Conservatives So Invested in Debunking the Rolling Stone Story?’
I have seen this question doing the rounds for a few days now, and I think it’s worth engaging with before it ossifies into conventional wisdom and is then referred back to those who wish to make a point.
Why I Left Feminism (Or, How Feminism Left Me)
Here are seven problems with modern feminism.
Standing Athwart The New Republic, Yelling ‘Stop’
The ridiculous demise of The New Republic is a failure of liberalism itself
Law Is Not Optional
A generation that succumbs rhetoric deserves to lose the freedom that depends on the rule of law.
Lying for the Cause
If myths do more for social progress than facts — then why worry?
Did “Narrative Journalism” Help Ferguson Store Owners or UVA Women?
What makes “narrative journalism” different from, say, factual journalism is that narrative journalism is determined to tell you a very simple, one-sided morality tale with a hero and a villain, or a victim and a villain.
About that Senate Report: The CIA and Alinsky’s Rule No. 4
Just in time for Grubergate, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has decided to horn in on the show with the release of the Senate’s report on the “enhanced interrogation techniques” of the Bush administration. Those would be the same techniques that eventually led to the discovery and killing of Osama bin Laden, but never mind. Today of all days, the Ugly Truth must be told, in all its media-ready glory.
Rick Perry is trying to do the hardest thing in politics
Rick Perry is trying to do the unthinkable in 2016: Prove a cliche wrong. In particular, the one that goes: You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
The Feminist Power Grab
The UVA rape story was the perfect outrage to further feminist activists’ ideological agenda.
How (And Why) Cronyism Works
Wherever you ultimately come down on the massive omnibus budget bill Congress is considering this week (the text of which was just released last night), it is certainly full of lessons about how Congress works. One of the best examples comes near the very end.
The Hidden Bad Assumptions in Socialist Thought
Yesterday’s episode of Russ Roberts’s Econ Talk podcast — the topic was the failure of socialist thought — was a perfect example of the type of discussion I love to listen to. The discussion was intelligent and non-polemical, and gave a fair hearing to the arguments of those who argue for collectivism. However, it ultimately refuted those arguments with an intelligent probing of the poor assumptions underlying the argument.
Torturing the Truth
The nature and timing of the report on CIA interrogation operations released this week by the Senate Intelligence Committee were ideal for Democratic members of the committee and their allies, and harmful for just about everyone else.
Why The Media’s Fact Problems Are Way Bigger Than Rolling Stone
Too many reporters have “Jackies” — politicians and causes they trust uncritically no matter what.
First the Verdict, Then the Investigation
For the most part, the narrative that the CIA tortured, that methods were “brutal”, that the program wasn’t effective in obtaining intelligence, that it played no role in the finding and killing of OBL, that those involved are war criminals- all of that is pretty much cemented in the minds of a number of Americans who are only reading the headlines and buying into much of the language of mainstream news. The Feinstein Majority Views Report has the rubber stamp of confirmation bias approval and pretense of objectivity and thoroughness. It is not that. The Minority Views Report is perceived as politically partisan (by those even aware of its existence) and any CIA rebuttal as suspect.
Make a Liberal Mad, Shop Here
Forget prices or quality, on the Left, ideology counts for everything
The Sexodus, Part 2: Dishonest Feminist Panics Leave Male Sexuality In Crisis
Sexual dysfunction is not unique to the twenty-first century—nor, certainly, to the West. Japan’s “herbivores”—men who shun sex and prefer saving money and going on long walks to riding motorcycles and flirting with girls—have been well documented and are regarded by social scientists as the best example of male sexuality turning in on itself.
They Never Stop, They Never Sleep, They Never Quit
Remember, whenever the word “justice” is modified by an adjective, it’s not justice — it’s payback.
The Boehner-McConnell-Reid-Obama Alliance
The CrOmnibus passed last night and the story of the day is the TEA party-Elizabeth Warren wings of the parties uniting in an unsuccessful bid to derail it.
Dads, Give Your Daughters The Gift Of Football
My dad and I bonded over football. It taught me lessons for a lifetime. Daughters everywhere might enjoy the same memories.
The golden quarter
Some of our greatest cultural and technological achievements took place between 1945 and 1971. Why has progress stalled?
Black lives matter?
Show us, don’t tell us.
As UVA Rape Story Falls Apart; Feminists Try to Save “Rape Culture” Narrative
Reporting by the Washington Post and ABC News is steadilly ripping to shreds the gang-rape story “Jackie” told Rolling Stone’s Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has a good summary of how the story is unraveling. It seems clear that editors at Rolling Stone did not adequately vet the story and, as Eric Wemple says, “Erdely’s mission appears to have been to present as sensational and damaging an account of fraternity excesses as she could gather.”
Fundamental Concepts – The Enduring Appeal of Socialism: Blame the Family
One of the things that puzzles many conservatives is the appeal of socialism. Just what is it about this poisonous concept that appeals to so many people? It’s never worked anywhere it’s been tried. In the past century, mankind has experimented with national socialism, international socialism, socialism as a cult of personality and every other variation you can think of. They have all failed. All of them.
“Ted Cruz makes his mark”
Just Say No to CRomnibus.
Victor David Hanson: The other America
Germany’s first chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, supposedly once said that there was “a special providence for drunkards, fools and the United States of America.”
God Bless Senator Mike Lee
Half the battle is showing up. The other half is staying engaged.
Everybody Counts or Nobody Counts: #AllLivesMatter
Hieronymus Bosch Call Your Office!
Fisking the Guardian again, this time for HP Lovecraft.
Somebody sent this to me on Twitter this morning and asked my opinion on it. My quick response was that it was more Social Justice Warrior nonsense and their never ending search for perpetual victimhood, but then I decided that because the ideas in it are so poisonous to the very people it is supposedly is trying to help, it deserves an actual fisking.
At Least Women Have Jobs
Now that men have vanished from the workforce and are unemployed in droves, those that are left are now expected to play mentor and babysitter to women, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. A reader kindly sent me this piece titled “Women at Work: A Guide for Men.” Just as you would expect, it’s a condescending piece about how dumb men are when it comes to understanding women at work.
We Must Now Fight Back Against The Social Justice Warriors In The Metal Scene
Metal has fought against and triumphed over many enemies throughout its long history. Politicians. Religious leaders. The mainstream media. Metal has survived their onslaughts and has only gotten stronger. But now metal is up against what is quite possibly the most dangerous and insidious enemy it has ever faced: social justice.
Bush 45: A Brief History of the Jeb Bush Presidency
Now that Jeb Bush—known widely as Bush 45, or Bush cuarenta y cinco, or, simply, El Jefe Jeb—has completed his two terms in the White House, we can look back and summarize some of the major events of his administration.
Ruled by the SMART people — Smash the narrative I
Yesterday someone on facebook linked an article that illuminated something for me. And it’s stupid that I hadn’t seen it before.
Shots Fired! Nevada GOP Goes to DEFCON 3
With “nuclear option” talk in the air – whereby five or more Republicans would collaborate with the 17 Democrats in the Nevada State Assembly to elect a Speaker for the 2015 legislative session other than the Speaker-designate elected by the Republican Assembly Caucus – a special meeting of the Executive Board of the Nevada Republican Party was convened today to address the threat.
The Speaker of the House Initiative
Let’s have some fun with this new Congress, shall we?
THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS
There’s been a lot in the news lately that makes me scratch my head at how bold people are getting about their ethical system.