News of the Week (March 29th, 2015)

 

News of the Week for March 29th, 2015


 

Obama Scandals

 

Did you know Obama just took new executive action on immigration?
This week President Obama took unilateral executive action — again — to change the nation’s immigration laws. Almost no one noticed.

US allies fear Obama admin leaking information to Iran
Just how badly has Barack Obama and his administration damaged relations with our allies in the Middle East? NBC’s Richard Engel reports that the Sunni nations in the region have begun to fear that the Obama administration leaks intel to Iran as part of its efforts at rapprochement with the mullahs, which is why the US got blindsided by the Saudi-led coalition’s operations in Yemen.

DEA agents had “sex parties” with prostitutes
Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia, according to a new inspector general report released by the Justice Department on Thursday.

Obama’s foreign policy: Cluster f*** or g-d freefall?
When a coalition of Arab armies intervened in Yemen this week to suppress an imminent take over of that predominantly (about 65%) Sunni nation by a Iran-backed Shiite militia, the same militia that disarmed US Marines as it tossed them out of the country, the United States was caught by surprise. As the invading coalition was led by Saudi Arabia, a multi-generational (mostly) ally and a keystone in our Middle East strategy the lack of warning belies a greater problem.

 

Gun Rights

 

Off Target: California GOP Embraces Gun-Grab Program
Republican legislators are known for their support of gun rights, yet a letter they sent regarding state Attorney General Kamala Harris last week has a man-bites-dog quality about it. A dozen state GOP senators called for an oversight hearing to examine why Harris has been too slow to confiscate the firearms of so-called “prohibited persons.”

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

FEMA to deny funds to warming deniers
States whose governors refuse to acknowledge climate change will not get preparedness aid.

Six Flags to cut 18,000 trees to go solar
A theme park plans to cut down more than 18,000 trees for the construction of what it says will be the largest solar farm in New Jersey.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

Obamacare flying machine begins a death spiral
Premiums are rising rapidly and the young and healthy are bailing out

Dem senators warn Obamacare rule ‘particularly harmful and disruptive’
Six Democratic senators and one independent have asked the Department of Health and Human Services to a delay a new rule that would likely force small businesses to pay more for employee health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The senators warn that if the administration goes ahead with the change it would be “particularly harmful and disruptive” to small businesses.

 

War & Terror

 

Obama Admin Threatens U.S. Allies for Disagreeing with Iran Nuke Deal
U.S. allies snubbed as administration moves toward nuke deal

Iran deal, leaving 6,100 centrifuges spinning, to be signed by Tuesday
Iran hails “massive progress” as Kerry-Zarif continue talks; Israeli official calls looming agreement “incomprehensibly” bad

U.S. Caves to Key Iranian Demands as Nuke Deal Comes Together
Limited options for Congress as Obama seeks to bypass lawmakers

TSA agents clear SLA terrorist for expedited security screening
If you can’t trust a convicted terrorist, who can you trust?

China’s Next Move: A Naval Base in the South Atlantic?
I recently returned from Walvis Bay, Namibia, the country’s sole deep water port and former South Atlantic home to the Royal and South African Navies. Also in port were two of the three ships of the Royal Navy’s Atlantic Patrol Tasking South. A Daring-class Type 45 air warfare destroyer and a Royal Fleet Auxiliary small fleet tanker were both pier side. (The task force’s third ship, HMS Clyde, was presumably on station patrolling the Falklands.) While Walvis Bay enjoys a 138-year history with the Royal Navy, it could soon be home to a powerful Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy surface squadron.

Pro-Hassan Rouhani Iranian editor defects while covering nuclear talks in Lausanne
Amir Hossein Motaghi says he no longer sees any “sense” in his profession as he could only write as he was told

Arab leaders agree to joint military force
Arab leaders agreed on Sunday to form a joint military force after a summit dominated by a Saudi-led offensive on Shiite rebels in Yemen and the threat from Islamist extremism.

 

National

 

Labor groups fear “union Armageddon” in Nevada Legislature
Despite union protests, a bevy of bills to weaken collective bargaining and restructure public employee pensions remain on the legislative agenda, including one scheduled for a hearing Wednesday that labor groups call the “Union Armageddon Bill.”

Harry Reid to Retire From Senate in 2016
Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated in his push of President Obama’s ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance.

Trey Gowdy: Hillary Clinton wiped her server clean
Hillary Clinton wiped “clean” the private server housing emails from her tenure as secretary of state, the chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi said Friday.

Ted Cruz starts with words of action about the Constitution
In the year that the Magna Carta turns 800, Senator Ted Cruz began his bid for the presidency with an appropriately active, as opposed to passive, choice of words that “[i]t is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States.”

Purge: California GOP Kicks out Conservative Policy Staff
In a little-noticed move this week, California State Assembly Minority Leader Kristin Olsen, completed a purge of “conservative” policy staffers. The dramatic reversal—in both function and ideology of the Assembly Republican Caucus—mirrors the California GOP’s leftward shift, which has eschewed social conservatives as a “fringe” element.

Lawmaker Calls Colleague’s 18-Month-Old Toddler a Racist
Toddler microaggression is the new manspreading.

Sister Apple, Sister Pig: An Abortion-Indoctrination Children’s Book
Truly these death merchants march into their own Brave New World

Woman Threw Molotov Cocktail At Anti-Abortion Protesters Outside Of Planned Parenthood
A woman is facing charges after police say she threw a Molotov cocktail at anti-abortion protesters who were standing outside of Planned Parenthood.

Ithaca Student Government Wants To Create Reporting System For “Microaggressions”
The Ithaca College student government passed a bill last week to establish an online reporting system for hurt feelings over “microaggressions.”

Google controls what we buy, the news we read – and Obama’s policies
It’s 2020. The New England Patriots, winners of six straight Super Bowls, are having yet another routine meeting with the Commissioner’s Office.

Meet the Woman Harry Reid Wants to Replace Him in the Senate
In many ways, Catherine Cortez Masto is a very different figure than the man she could replace. But they’ve been political allies for years.

NYC Official Says There’s Too Many Asians in Public Housing. Here’s Her Ridiculous “Solution.”
Crown Heights Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo has an odd question – she wants to know why there are large numbers of Asians living in housing projects in Brooklyn.

Weather Underground bomber unmasked – as city schoolteacher
The “bomb guru” for the terrorist group the Weather Underground never served a day in jail — but he did spend decades teaching in New York City classrooms, a new book reveals.

The Real Reason Harry Reid is Retiring
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) explains his shocking decision to not seek re-election and retire when his term ends in 2016 by telling the New York Times, “he was worried his race would consume campaign money that would be needed in other competitive states as Democrats try to regain control of the Senate.”

 

Economy & Taxes

 

A Three-Sided Minimum Wage Debate Moves into Nevada
“The reality is that some people, often for unfortunate reasons, don’t have skills that are worth $9, $10 or $15 an hour.”

 

International

 

Ousted Yemeni president calls on his people to stage peaceful protests
Yemen’s ousted leader gave an impassioned speech to Arab leaders Saturday and called on his people to stage peaceful protests in opposition to the takeover of the country by Shiite Houthi rebels.

No longer may gay white men in England’s schools try to pass themselves off as sassy black women
This story is not from The Onion. Repeat: It’s not from The Onion. Instead, it is a bona fide news story from the United Kingdom’s National Union of Students.

British Student’s Message for White Males: “It Is Time for You to Bow Down”
The Independent, a left-wing British newspaper, published an anonymous student’s diatribe about “injustice” at universities.

Ansarullah Warns to Conduct Suicide Operations in Saudi Arabia
“As the Ansarullah movement has promised collapse of some Arab regimes supporting the terrorists, if Saudi Arabia continues its aggressions against the oppressed Yemeni people the Ansarullah fighters will pave the way for the Saudi regime’s destruction by conducting martyrdom-seeking (suicidal) operations inside Saudi Arabia in the coming hours,” member of Ansarullah Executive Committee Abdel Mon’em Al-Qurashi told FNA on Saturday.

 

Opinion

 

Meet Chuck Schumer, One of the Most Trivial Pols Ever. And Your Next Senate Minority Leader
A partial listing of some of the things that the New York senator has tried to ban over the years.

Political Correctness Is Devouring Itself
For years a few of us have warned that modern “liberals” would live to regret abandoning the principle that you should only censor speech when it incited violence. We would enjoy our vindication if the unravelling of progressive assumptions was not so extraordinarily menacing.

Things fall apart
That brilliant poem written by Yeats in 1939 came to mind after 9/11, expressing the sense of chaos and foreboding we all felt. It’s easy to forget how it appeared obvious that many attacks of similar magnitude would be forthcoming, particularly since 9/11 was followed quickly by the mysterious anthrax letters.

Is the “Female Way of Learning” Destroying Boyhood?
A manufactured crisis always creates a real crisis.

The survivor class: Coming to a job near you
With all the attention being paid to college-aged social justice warriors and microagressions, one has to ask: What happens when all these delicate snowflakes enter the workforce?

The survivor class: Coming to a job near you
With all the attention being paid to college-aged social justice warriors and microagressions, one has to ask: What happens when all these delicate snowflakes enter the workforce?

Could Liberal Disgust With Campus Brownshirts Be Reaching Critical Mass?
You know campus radicalism—the kind that openly oppresses in the name of ending oppression—is going too far when even The Nation magazine takes notice. Nation writer Michelle Goldberg reports about the case of Northwestern University feminist film professor Laura Kipnes, who wrote an essay last month in the Chronicle of Higher Education entitled “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe.”

The Real Price of Lies
There can be no free society without trust.

Absurd Fourth Circuit ruling embodies everything that’s wrong with drug raids
Earlier this month, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an appalling decision in a lawsuit stemming from a fatal 2005 drug raid in Maryland. In fact, the opinion encapsulates everything that’s wrong with sending militarized police barreling into homes to serve search warrants on people suspected of nonviolent, consensual crimes.

Fundamental Concepts – Why the Left Hates Families
I know that many Progs will contest this. “We don’t hate families! Why I have a mother/father/spouse/child/etc.. who means the world to me! That’s crazy wingnut hater talk!”. That’s probably true, and as individuals I’m winning to concede that they may think families are spiffy. As Progressives, however, they are in service to an ideology whose greatest obstacle is the extended and especially the nuclear family. Not Conservatives, not Christians, not the Koch brothers. The family is the greatest threat to the Progressive worldview.

What is the University Diversity Scam?
America’s campuses, particularly those in California, spend tens of millions of dollars on administrators and programs to combat issues like sexism, homophobia, and racism on campus. But are these problems in any way prevalent at our universities? Or is this diversity bureaucracy a big waste of money?

Claiming race-victimization — everyone wants to get in on the act
Recently, Taraji Henson, a well-known actress, accused the Glendale, California police of racial profiling after an officer pulled her son over and questioned him.

Do we all hold “these truths” of natural law to be self-evident lately?
Almost 240 years ago, the founders of our nation had a common philosophy, both of the nature of humanity and the limitations of government.

On the truth of man’s rights under natural law
Yesterday, Ed wrote a lengthy essay on the subject of the rights of man as established by natural law. This was a companion piece to an article published by Matt Lewis speaking on the same subject. When the topic arose, I briefly mentioned my disagreement with Ed and promised to compose my own thoughts on this.

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