News of the Week (March 1st, 2015)

 

News of the Week for March 1st, 2015


 

Obama Scandals

 

Surprise: Obama’s VA Head Lied About Being in Special Forces
Hard to believe anyone associated with Obama would be a fraud, isn’t it?

Treasury won’t explain decision to make $3 billion in Obamacare payments
The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations.

Lerner Email Search Is On Hold Over Software Problems: ‘There Is Potential Criminal Activity’
The investigation into Lois Lerner’s missing emails is currently on hold due to software issues. But the investigators know that “there is potential criminal activity” in the case.

“Potential Criminal Activity” As IRS Straight-Up Lies to Congress and Refuses to Look for Back-Up Tapes for Lois Lerner Emails
Every IT-savvy commenter and coblogger was saying that all of these emails are periodically backed up to tapes which are always available.

The Cartman Presidency: There Is No Check On President Obama
The news this morning from the Imperial City: President Obama plans to ban certain bullets by executive action, threatening the top-selling AR-15 rifle

 

Gun Rights

 

14 Things Everyone Should Understand About Guns
Guns aren’t that complicated. Learn a little bit about them before lecturing other people about gun safety.

Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle
It’s started. As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.

ATF Moves To Ban AR-15 Ammo
Believe it or not, this is only one of three jaw-dropping and lawless moves by the Obama Administration this week. Oh, we’ll get to the others in a bit.

Enthusiast protects his property with homemade Gatling gun called the ‘Redneck Obliterator’
The DIY Gatling gun sold at auction in Illinois for $3,450

Fundamental Concepts – Molon Labe
In 480BC, Xerxes of Persia demanded that the Greeks under King Leonidas of Sparta surrender their weapons. King Leonidas responded with a laconic “Molon labe”, which translates as “Come and take them” and a legend was born. Even though the Greeks lost the Battle of Thermopylae that followed, King Leonidas’ stirring phrase has echoed with defiance down through history. The phrase has a rich history in America, too. From Fort Morris, Georgia, to Gonzales, Texas to Second Amendment defenders today, “Come and Take It” resonates in American hearts.

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

Congressional Republicans Preparing to Investigate NASA Temperature Tampering
In the short few months since the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans have already committed many sins, but their willingness to investigate abuse, fraud, and deceit by governmental agencies is not among them. Their newest target appears to be the scandalous temperature tampering by activist scientists to push the global warming agenda forward.

Solar farm sets 130 birds on FIRE: Extreme glow of power plant ignites creatures mid-air during tests
Around 130 birds have been injured near Tonopah, Nevada

Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Climate Skeptic?
Let’s start by axing a simple question: If I say “two plus two equals four,” does the truth of that proposition depend on whether I’ve received a grant from the Charles G. Koch Foundation? Apparently it does for Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), the ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources. He has sent letters to seven universities targeting seven academics who, according to the Democratic spokesman for the committee, were chosen because they seem “to have the most impact on policy in the scientific community.”

Jerry Brown’s Green Jobs Scheme Killing CA’s Middle Class
Recent revelations resulted in the recent resignation of Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber over collusion between his office, California and Washington State governors’ offices, and environmental groups to force climate coordination and collaboration across the U.S.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

Major Supreme Court challenge threatens to gut Obamacare
The question is whether the IRS usurped congressional power when it enacted a regulation authorizing distribution of billions of dollars in tax credits through health care exchanges set up by the federal government.

 

War & Terror

 

Investigation of Australia’s Home-Grown IS Fighters Reveals That 96% Were On Welfare Before Joining the Jihad
Work breeds virtue and wisdom, by focusing people on, get this, reality.

ISIS Burns 8000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in Mosul
While the world was watching the Academy Awards ceremony, the people of Mosul were watching a different show. They were horrified to see ISIS members burn the Mosul public library. Among the many thousands of books it housed, more than 8,000 rare old books and manuscripts were burned.

Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 90 Christians
Islamic State militants have abducted at least 90 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria, a monitoring group tracking violence in Syria said on Tuesday.

Australian Terrorism Crackdown Goes After “Hate Preachers,” ISIS Volunteers, and Welfare for Terrorists
Reuters reported on a new national security initiative in Australia, announced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, which includes measures that could “deny welfare payments to people seen as potential threats, strip the passports of those with dual nationality and curb travel overseas.”

Obama To Nigeria: No Help With Boko Haram Until Nigeria Accepts Homosexuality And Abortions
Obama is taking advantage of Nigeria’s fight with Islamic terrorist by blackmailing the country into changing its conservative laws regarding homosexuality and abortions.

Russia’s roadmap for annexing eastern Ukraine ‘leaked from Vladimir Putin’s office’
Moscow has been planning to annex parts of Ukraine for more than 12 months, according to sensational claims made in a Russian newspaper.

Hillary Clinton’s Top Aides Knew from First Minutes that Benghazi Was a Terrorist Attack, E-mails DiscloseShare article on Facebook
From the very first moments of the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides were advised that the compound was under a terrorist attack. In fact, less than two hours into the attack, they were told that the al-Qaeda affiliate in Libya, Ansar al-Sharia, had claimed responsibility.

No Let-up in Putin’s Hybrid War
Just as the Western press was spooling up stories about the peace deal negotiated in Minsk taking hold—prisoner exchanges taking place, heavy weapons being pulled back from the front—when a bomb exploded in Kharkiv, killing two and injuring several at a pro-Ukrainian march.

Top US Navy admiral: China has more submarines than the US
China is building some “fairly amazing submarines” and now has more diesel- and nuclear-powered vessels than the United States, a top U.S. Navy admiral told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday, although he said their quality was inferior.

Russia Gets Foothold in EU as Cyprus Gives it Two Bases
Russia has formalised its deal with Cyprus to use naval bases in the European country for resupply and repairs, as the Cypriot government criticises EU sanctions on Russia and calls itself Putin’s friend in Europe.

Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike
The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.

 

National

 

Notorious Democratic Big Data shop Catalist accused of violating election law.
Regretfully, I need to add an important caveat to this quote: [It is alleged that – ML] [a]n influential demographic analysis firm founded and run by Democratic operatives with close ties to Hillary Clinton repeatedly violated federal law in 2014 by coordinating its work with dozens of congressional Democrats and the party’s three major national campaign committees.

The Second Demographic Transition–The End of Humanity as We’ve Known It
Economist Nicholas Eberstadt lays out a bleak future in an important essay just published in The Wall Street Journal. Eberstadt makes the case that selfishness, as evidenced by the unwillingness of people to get married in the first place and stay married in the second, is setting humanity on an unknown and potentially dangerous course.

For Asian Americans, a changing landscape on college admissions
In a windowless classroom at an Arcadia tutoring center, parents crammed into child-sized desks and dug through their pockets and purses for pens as Ann Lee launches a PowerPoint presentation.

Google warns FCC plan could help ISPs charge senders of Web traffic
Net neutrality plan could have unintended consequences, Google argues.

Secession talk in New York State continues
Noah covered this when the story first popped up in the news last week, but it’s one which falls in my back yard (literally) and seems to have some legs. Lawmakers in fifteen towns across four counties in upstate New York are pondering the possibility of seceding from the Empire State and being adopted by Pennsylvania.

RIAA Accounting: Why Even Major Label Musicians Rarely Make Money From Album Sales
We recently had a fun post about Hollywood accounting, about how the movie industry makes sure even big hit movies “lose money” on paper. So how about the recording industry? Well, they’re pretty famous for doing something quite similar. Reader Jay pointed out in the comments an article from The Root that goes through who gets paid what for music sales, and the basic answer is not the musician. That report suggests that for every $1,000 sold, the average musician gets $23.40. Here’s the chart that the article shows, though you should read the whole article for all of the details

FCC Chair Refuses to Testify before Congress ahead of Net Neutrality VoteShare article on Facebook
Two prominent House committee chairs are “deeply disappointed” in Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler for refusing to testify before Congress as “the future of the Internet is at stake.”

Republicans Fear Net Neutrality Plan Could Lead to UN Internet Powers
An Obama administration official dismisses any link between the FCC’s rules and international authority over the Internet.

The FCC’s Predictable Fiasco Of Internet Utility Regulation
What could possibly go wrong? On Feb. 26, the FCC plans to dictate the “strongest possible” 1934 economic regulation of the Internet — currently the most dynamic, modern, and high-functioning part of the U.S. economy — despite questionable legal authority and competence.

Ted Cruz Is Staffing Up in IowaShare article on Facebook
Reports are beginning to pop that Ted Cruz is on the brink of hiring the men who will run his campaign in Iowa, a state the Texas senator believes he very much has the chance to win come January 2016.

‘I’m gay. And I want my kid to be gay too’: Lesbian CNN pundit admits she does not want her daughter, 6, to be straight and is ‘disappointed’ that she is already ‘boy crazy’
‘When my daughter plays house with her stuffed koala bears as the mom and dad, we gently remind her that they could be a dad and dad’

‘Activism’ class at University of Michigan teaches capitalism should be ‘overthrown’
A textbook used for an “activism” class at the University of Michigan teaches that capitalism should be “overthrown” – claiming “capitalism means waste, poverty, ecological degradation, dispossession, inequality, exploitation, imperialism, war and violence.”

CA Plastic Bag Ban Halted As Initiative to Repeal Qualifies for 2016 Ballot
After eight years of failed legislative attempts to ban plastic grocery bags, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill in September to ban and tax plastic and paper grocery bags. The new statewide plastic bag ban is scheduled to go into effect July 15, 2015… but not so fast…

UCLA Chancellor Condemns Posters Fighting Anti-Semitism
On Sunday night, posters targeting the campus group Students for Justice in Palestine appeared at colleges across the United States. Those posters featured pictures of members of Hamas participating in atrocities in Gaza, with the caption: “STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE #JEWHATRED.”

Wesleyan Now Offering LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM Housing (Not a Typo)
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, queer, questioning, flexual, asexual…”

Ben Carson charges Democrats with taking advantage of blacks, ‘trying to keep them suppressed and cultivate their votes’
Prominent black GOP presidential hopeful got aggressive at the Conservative Political Action Conference

California ranked worst state for “dying middle class””
Here’s a recent survey of states, ranking them as to how bad it has been for the middle class though this recession. Sadly, California is ranked worst.

Gov. Scott Walker: “Why I’m Signing Wisconsin’s Freedom to Work Legislation”
When I took office as governor of Wisconsin in 2011, I called together our new Republican majority in the legislature and told them it was time to “put up or shut up.” As the elected leaders of our state, we owed it to our fellow Wisconsinites to follow through with our promises and to tackle the big issues head on.

Watch Live: Conservative Leaders Speak at CPAC
In what one Republican called a “monumental shift toward government control of the Internet,” the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a proposal granting the federal government the authority to regulate Internet broadband providers under the same law as public utilities.

At CPAC, Mike Lee Outlines His Recipe for a Winning Candidate in 2016Share article on Facebook
Unlike many of Thursday’s other CPAC headliners, Utah senator Mike Lee is not a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate. With that in mind, Lee used his early-morning speech to outline what he was looking for in a candidate, as “one conservative not running for president to another conservative not running for president.”

Missouri State Auditor & GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Schweich Committed Suicide
It was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Comrades for Net Neutrality
The powers behind the FCC’s muscling of the Internet Today’s vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through “net neutrality,” or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet. The final push involved unprecedented political pressure exerted by the Obama White House on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, head of an ostensibly independent regulatory body.

Convicted Killer Was Santa Ana Mayor’s Campaign Consultant
On Aug. 12, 2003, 19-year-old John P. Vega and his buddy Hugo Rivera got into a fight with the man they were staying with, a longtime friend they affectionately called “Grandpa.”

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of “Star Trek,” dead at 83
Leonard Nimoy, best known for playing the role of Spock in the “Star Trek” movies and television series has died at age 83, his rep confirmed to FOX411.

Middle School Teacher Organizes Segregated, BLACKS-ONLY Assembly
Well, America, it’s Black History Month. And what better way better to celebrate the many important contributions of black Americans than by segregating a bunch of black kids for a special, blacks-only assembly?

Toothy Tyranny
In the annals of petty tyranny, the dental cartel of North Carolina merits at least a footnote, having taken its case all the way to the Supreme Court to argue that it should be empowered to use the levers of state government to exclude its competitors from the marketplace.

DNC’s DC Media Arm To Scott Walker: “We’re Gonna Straight Up Lie About You, And There’s Nothing You Can Do About It”
Amazing. Amazing.

Jeb to Booing CPAC Activists: “I’m Marking You Down As Neutral”
CPAC activists booed Jeb Bush when Sean Hannity broached the subject of immigration in a Q&A with the former Florida governor, but Bush stood by his perceived conservative heresies on the issue, winning applause as he argued that Americans shouldn’t feel deprived of jobs by incoming immigrants.

Dozens of CPAC Attendees Walk Out on Jeb Bush
Scores of CPAC attendees began to file out as soon as Jeb Bush started speaking with talk show host Sean Hannity this afternoon,which did eventually garner plenty of applause. After exiting the main auditorium at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the protesting attendees began chanting “USA, USA” and “Stand with Rand.”

Eric Holder Calls “For a Lower Standard of Proof for Civil Rights Crimes”
Holder could look outside the mainstream of Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence to more informal community-based systems of legal reasoning, such as lynch law.

Taiwanese Cartoon Captures Ridiculousness of Net Neutrality
These new rules are out of control

CPAC Panel on Family: “Father’s Day Will Be Hate Speech”
A panel of scholars at CPAC believe single motherhood is one of the crucial issues facing America and that there are strong libertarians reasons to support traditional marriage.

Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links
THE internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free “news” stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness.

Head Transplants “Could Replace Gender Reassignment Surgery” for Gender Dysphoria
An Italian neuroscientist researching the possibility of human head transplants believes that the procedure could help people with gender dysmorphia.

 

Economy & Taxes

 

DOOM: Sick in the world’s regard, wretched and low
A new week, a new batch of DOOM fresh from the oven, my groovy babies.

 

International

 

Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind in latest “cash for access” scandal
Jack Straw reveals he operated “under the radar” to use his influence to change EU rules, while Sir Malcolm Rifkind boasts about his “useful” access to diplomats

Taps run dry in Brazil’s biggest city as drought bites
It may have the world’s biggest water supply and the seventh biggest economy, but that’s not enough to keep water running during the country’s worst dry stretch since the 1930s

Fluoride in drinking water may trigger depression and weight gain, warn scientists
Around 15,000 people could be suffering needlessly from thyroid problems because of fluoride in drinking water, the University of Kent has warned

China drops leading technology brands for state purchases
China has dropped some of the world’s leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance.

WHO: Don’t Let Them Market Cake
In Europe, World Health Organization would ban advertising for pastries, fruit pies, bubble gum

Is it education or grooming? New curriculum sexualizes kids (and now parents are fighting back)
If your 6-year-old daughter told you that a grown up just taught her how to say “vulva,” you’d probably panic.

Voters wary of promises in Britain’s unpredictable election
Posters are being printed and slogans are being polished as Britain’s politicians battle it out in the most unpredictable national election in decades. One top election analyst has dubbed it “the lottery election.”

Married TV actor wakes up to find his testicles have been STOLEN after he is drugged in Russian bar by attractive blonde working for organ traffickers
Dmitry Nikolaev was approached by a young woman in a bar in Moscow

Jimmy Savile scandal: report finds DJ abused at least 60 people at Stoke Mandeville hospital
Key report into the disgraced DJ’s activities at NHS hospitals finds that at least ten of the victims reported the abuse at the time

Farage: The ‘Dramatic Failure’ Of Multiculturalism Drives Radical Islam
Why are thousands of European Muslims flocking to radical Islam? According to UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage, “state sponsored multiculturalism” deserves much of the blame for why extremism has found a home in Europe.

Boris Nemtsov, Russian opposition leader, shot dead in Moscow: reports
The Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov has been shot and killed by four shots in central Moscow, the Russian government said in a statement, according to the Interfax news agency.

Nigel Farage On Target to Win Commons Seat in May
Nigel Farage is on track to win a seat in the House of Commons in May. A new poll has revealed that he currently enjoys an 11 percent lead over the Labour Party, whilst the Tory incumbents will be pushed into third place. This is the first poll to name the candidates in the questions.

 

Opinion

 

Thank The Left For Presidential Candidate Scott Walker
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s recall was a deadly error for state Democrats and labor activists. It made a college dropout into a potential Republican rock star.

Scott Walker Is a Threat to the Existing Social Order
When Barack Obama was first elected president, a number of my readers were in deep despair about American politics and the state of our culture. So I set out to compile an inventory of what is still going right with our culture, the reserves of strength we were going to have to draw on to survive the Obama era.

An American Renaissance
The Obama years will be forever known as the Dark Ages of US history, a time of political, cultural and economic deterioration. We have yet to see if they will lead to the fall of the American republic.

Radical Islamism Wants To Take Over The World And We Must Stop It
Islamists’ goals are incompatible with our civilization’s survival. Therefore, we must defeat radical Islamism decisively.

Yes, Liberals Are Less Patriotic
The survey data are clear: There is a patriotism differential between the Right and the Left.

A Modest Proposal For Amendments to the Constitution
Barack Obama’s scofflaw administration has revealed some ambiguities or omissions in our Constitution–loopholes, if you will–that should be closed via constitutional amendment, to eliminate the possibility that future administrations may also act lawlessly. I have in mind three amendments that should accomplish that purpose.

The Social Justice Warrior Racist Reading Challenge, A Fisking.
I’ve got work to do. I’ve got to finish the rough draft of a novel for a gaming IP by the end of February, and then I’ve got two short stories due the first part of March, but Monday morning I see this nonsense. How could I not take a minute to fisk it?

On the Value of Shooting Cowards
Pour encourager les autres

Not Only Is America In Full Retreat Around The World, War Is Coming
Unless The Obama White House Makes Dramatic Changes To Policy, America Will End Up In A War Soon

Christian florist: Why I can’t agree to provide service to gay weddings
She’s soft-spoken, has 23 grandkids, professes love for the gay customer who tried to hire her for his wedding and helped him find another florist when she politely declined (it was Washington’s AG, not the customer, who filed the discrimination complaint against her), and stands to lose her business and possibly her home if the state keeps coming after her for this. There may be more sympathetic spokesmen for religious freedom out there but offhand I can’t imagine one. The polling on whether businesses should be required by law to cater to gay weddings is mixed, but I wonder how long that’ll last if the Stutzman case breaks big nationally

Feminist Stupidity Daily: Ideological Aggression and the Kafkatrapping Game
Because I’ve been busy offline the past few days, the stupidity has been piling up, and I need to clear away some backlog. Let’s start by checking in at the repository of amateurish nonsense, Everyday Feminism: 7 Ways to Lovingly Support Your Gender Non-Binary Partner

What Happens to You Immediately After You Graduate from College
Post-college life isn’t working out for you, is it? I don’t mean this as an insult, but look at you: You’re sitting at work and reading this on the down-low, alt-tabbing to a spreadsheet your boss asked you to do four days ago whenever he walks by. It doesn’t take four days to do a spreadsheet. You know this. Your boss knows this. Nobody even wants the spreadsheet you are pretending to make. You will go home and your roommate will ask you what you did today and you won’t be able to remember.

Sex Trouble: Yes, Feminists DO “Practice Witchcraft … and Become Lesbians”
Today the first edition of my book Sex Trouble: Essays on Radical Feminism and the War Against Human Nature is available for purchase from Amazon — just in time for CPAC — and by happy coincidence, another journalist has recently confirmed what I have been telling you guys for months: Every single word of that quote is true.

Here’s How To Tackle Garden-Variety Political Correctness
When people engage in liberal microaggression, resist. Political correctness deserves a regular challenge.

Ten Reasons People Still Need Cursive
While some argue cursive writing belongs in the archives and Common Core ushers it out of schools, the evidence shows we need it as much as ever.

The 72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered “Potential Terrorists” In Official Government Documents
Are you a conservative, a libertarian, a Christian or a gun owner? Are you opposed to abortion, globalism, Communism, illegal immigration, the United Nations or the New World Order? Do you believe in conspiracy theories, do you believe that we are living in the “end times” or do you ever visit alternative news websites (such as this one)?

Regulate the Dating Market
A modest proposal for romantic justice

Trigonometry Is Racist!
An African-American scholar says that emphasis on STEM education is bad for blacks.

Scott Walker Accurately Remembers History, And You Won’t Believe What Happens Next!
Another day, another hit piece on Walker, this time from Philip Rucker of the Washington Post. (Link safe; goes to Hot Air; I’m not rewarding attack articles with extra traffic)

The Third Amendment makes all the others possible
Try blogging with a soldier quartered at your desk.

The Reinventors of America and Why You Need to Know
Among the infinite number of progressive and Soros funded foundations and think tanks, one active effort you may not be familiar with is hard at work, coming up with ways to “reinvent” your world in every aspect. The Reinventors Network, founded and operated by Peter Leyden, hosts roundtable discussions on every subject for reinvention under the sun, from immigration to civil rights to journalism to the Constitution to food control, bringing in some of the biggest progressive activists around. It is not shocking or new that a group on any side of the political spectrum would be brainstorming ideas. What is of concern with this group are the people involved and the actual enacting of these ideas that is already taking place. They plan to rock your world.

Nevada State Constitution does not allow laws regulating political speech
The Nevada Supreme Court made the right decision but for the wrong reason. In the case of Citizen Outreach vs. State, the court ruled 5-2 a couple of weeks ago that the organization did not violate a 1997 law requiring those who engage in express advocacy to file paperwork with the secretary of state’s office revealing donors and expenditures.

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