News of the Week for July 5th, 2015
- Obama Scandals
- Gun Rights
- Hide the Decline
- War & Terror
- National News
- Economy & Taxes
- International News
The OPM Hack and Obama’s Politicization of the Federal Bureacracy
By now, it’s clear that hackers – believed to be tied to the Chinese government – stole files from the Office of Personnel Management that amount to a giant “how to blackmail anyone in the federal government” manual. This was America’s “cyber 9/11,” exposing an administration full of true believers in the expansion of government who can’t handle the most basic tasks of secret-keeping.
Cuba Demands Return of Guantanamo, End of US TV Broadcasts in Return for Diplomacy
President Obama has announced the reopening of the American Embassy in Havana this morning, following rumors that the United States had agreed to reestablish diplomatic relations with the communist dictatorship this month as part of the White House’s “normalization” program to reintegrate the Cuban regime into polite international society.
CDC Official Calls Obama Worst President, Amateur, Marxist After Influx of Illegal Alien Minors
Following the influx of illegal immigrant minors from Central America, an official at the federal agency charged with protecting public health describes Barack Obama as “the worst pres we have ever had,” an “amateur” and “Marxist,” according to internal emails obtained by Judicial Watch.
Police Want Exemptions from New Los Angeles Gun Restrictions
Before you start reading this story, it’s important to remember that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to protect citizens from the tyranny of the state. Thus, when state agents want extra special protection not afforded to the citizen, we have a problem.
Leland Yee pleads guilty in corruption case
Closing a dark chapter in California politics and capping the downfall of a prominent Bay Area legislator, former state Sen. Leland Yee on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a federal racketeering charge that is expected to land him in a federal prison cell for at least several years.
2°C or not 2°C–that is the question
In 2009 the Copenhagen climate summit asserted, on little evidence, that global warming of 2 C° compared with pre-industrial temperature [equivalent to 1.1 C° above today] would be dangerous.
Government in Healthcare
Five signs the fight over Obamacare isn’t finished
The Supreme Court rebuffed the latest (and likely last) judicial challenge to Obamacare on Thursday, ruling in a 6-3 decision that the law entitles Americans in all 50 states to health insurance subsidies.
Turkey Plans to Invade Syria, But to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS
The Turkish military is not enthusiastic and Washington may have its doubts, but President Erdogan appears determined to set up a buffer zone.
VA to Iraq war vet: “We’re not accepting any new patients”
Iraq war veteran Chris Dorsey figured that no one would believe he had been turned away from a U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs clinic when he sought an appointment for post-traumatic stress disorder.
ISIS Publishes Map of July 4th FBI Command Centers
ISIS posted a map of July 4th FBI command centers on Wednesday. The map shows the temporary command posts set up across America for the upcoming Independence Day weekend.
The Secret Side of the Iran Nuclear Deal
Important details of the nuclear agreement President Barack Obama says would bring unprecedented transparency to Iran’s nuclear program will themselves be shrouded from the U.S. and Iranian publics, according to nuclear experts.
New 65,000 ton british aircraft carrier powers up for the first time and should begin operational testing in 2016
HMS Queen Elizabeth’s huge diesel generators have been powered up for the first time at the home of the UK’s aircraft carrier programme in Rosyth.
Russia rebuilding and repairing its navy
11 ships will be handed over to the Russian Navy after repairs and one vessel will be the fourth Varshavyanka class submarine that should be handed over to the military by the end of the year.
Texas Attorney General Issues Major Order to Fight Back Against Supreme Court
In a stunning move, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton bucked the Supreme Court and declared that county clerks have the right to refuse to perform a same-sex marriage if they have a religious objection to doing so, according to the Statesman.
Dissenting Obergefell Justices Sound Alarm On Religious Freedom
Kennedy’s decision “ominously” downgrades religious freedom; “ruinous consequences for religious liberty.”
Supreme Court upholds power of independent commissions to draw districts
The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the kind of independent redistricting commissions used in Arizona and California to prevent partisan gerrymandering.
Supreme Court overturns landmark EPA air pollution rule
The Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Obama administration’s landmark air quality rule on Monday, ruling the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly consider the costs of the regulation.
What Life Is Like When Children of Gay Couples Don’t Matter
On March 27, 2015, five other children of gays (COGs) and I went to Washington, D.C. to deliver our amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States. The biographies of Heather Barwick, Katy Faust, BN Klein, Robert Oscar Lopez, Denise Shick, and Dawn Stefanowicz have already been narrated, perhaps excessively, in conservative publications, so I will not waste the reader’s time by recounting the specifics of each confessional. What should have mattered – and what, as it turns out, didn’t matter – is our categorical identity. We are the real-life faces of people with serious standing in the question of gay marriage.
Anger arises over planned “Rainbow” gathering in Black Hills
The peace and love were interrupted by profanity Monday as Rainbow Family members confirmed their plan to congregate an estimated 5,000 people July 1 to July 7 somewhere in the Black Hills, but were immediately confronted by opponents of the gathering.
Great Supreme Court News (for voter fraud and open borders)
States not permitted to alter federal voter registration form to require proof of citizenship.
Supreme Court blocks restrictive Texas abortion-clinic rules
The Supreme Court refused on Monday to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force 10 abortion clinics to close.
Important affirmative action case returns to the Supreme Court
Earlier this morning, the Supreme Court chose to hear Fisher v. University of Texas, an important case challenging racial preferences in admissions at the University of Texas. The outcome is likely to have important implications for the future of affirmative action.
Democratic Turnout a ’16 Risk Factor, Poll Finds
Democratic voters are skeptics this summer. They doubt presidential contenders can deliver favored reforms from Washington, no matter how enticing the policy agendas sound. Those doubts depress enthusiasm about next year’s White House contest and could impact turnout for the eventual Democratic nominee.
10 Commandments statue must be removed from state Capitol, Oklahoma Supreme Court rules
Oklahoma’s Supreme Court says the Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol must be removed because it indirectly benefits the Jewish and Christian faiths in violation of the state’s constitution.
Polyamorous Rights Advocates See Marriage Equality Coming for Them
Justice John Roberts was spot-on about polygamy, advocates say.
Chelsea Clinton demands $65,000 for 10-minute speech at public university after staff refuse to pay her mother’s $275,000 fee
University of Missouri at Kansas City wanted a celebrity to open their women’s hall of fame in February 2014
Professor: White People “Should Commit Mass Suicide”
Every single white person alive today is “complicit” in slavery, according to Assistant Professor of Humanities Adam Kotsko, and should kill themselves. Dr. Kotsko teaches at Shimer College in Chicago.
The University Of California Wants To Know If You’re Gay
In an effort to ensure an “inclusive environment” on all its campuses, the University of California (UC) is adding new questions to its application process that asks applicants about their sexual orientation and gender identity.
TV Land Pulls “The Dukes of Hazzard”
Bo and Luke Duke may be “makin’ their way the only way they know how.” But that’s just a little bit more than TV Land will allow.
New Hillary Clinton emails show expansive role of Sidney Blumenthal
The liberal writer and family confidant peppered the secretary of state with advice on everything from internal turf battles to climate change.
Black Suspect Arrested After Racist Message Discovered Outside Predominately Black Church
A Colorado Springs man was arrested after police believe he left racist messages outside a church.
Wisconsin’s Shame: A Victim Fights Back
In April, three victims of Wisconsin’s long-running “John Doe” investigations broke their silence. Former Scott Walker adviser Cindy Archer spoke to National Review on the record while two other women asked for their identities to be concealed.
Black student says he hung Confederate flag on memorial for black soldiers
Stephen Allsop was part of a group that burned Confederate flags
Did SCOTUS gay marriage decision put Catholics in the closet?
Catholic Vote’s ad “Not Alone” ruffles mainstream feathers over gay marriage
Montana polygamist family applies for marriage license
Given the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, a Lockwood family is now looking to solidify rights of its own.
The Battle of Mount Soledad
The ACLU won’t stop until a San Diego war memorial is razed.
De Blasio: We’re Reviewing Trump’s NYC Contracts over “Disgusting” Comments
Donald Trump has already been discarded by two major TV networks and a major clothing retailer over his comments about Mexican immigrant rapists and criminals.
George Takei: Clarence Thomas Is a “Clown in Blackface,” Doesn’t Belong on Supreme Court
George Takei went on a racist rant Monday in an interview in Phoenix, unleashing on conservative Justice Clarence Thomas in response to Thomas’ comments regarding the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, NewsBusters reported.
#LoveWins? Look Into the Faces of the Oppressed
To paraphrase Justice Kennedy’s Hallmark card Supreme Court opinion, what now happens when a lonely person calls and he finds two people there? Well, if he lives in the United Hates of America, he gets the boot heel of oppression.
Polygamy is here
Now that a small group of people have succeeded in trashing several millenia of human culture for the sake of satisfying their libidos and egos, a curious civil war has broken out. It it between those who actually believe in “marriage equality” (and to grasp this concept you really have to buy into the old time progressive mantra of “all cultures are equal”), that is, that marriage is some sort of human right that exists to make the participants feel good about themselves — you might call this the “Kennedy Position” after his reasoning in Obergefell – and those who simply want homosexuals to be able to marry so they can stick a finger in the eye of people who opposed homosexual marriage.
Mother charged after letting 7-year-old daughter play across the street “unattended”
A Maine mother faces child endangerment charges for allowing her daughter to play at the park across the street from her house without her constant supervision.
Teacher’s aide brought sex lube to rendezvous with 11-year-old student
Highland Grove Elementary School teacher’s aide Alecia Dotson told police she was infatuated with her 11-year-old student.
Bad News Libs: Majority of Americans Believe Confederate Flag Symbolizes Southern Pride, Not Racism…
Shockingly, the commenters on Salon are still screaming racism.
CNN Shock Poll: Big Majority Think Confederate Flag Symbol of Heritage not Racism
As debate rages in South Carolina over the Confederate flag on its statehouse property, a majority of Americans see the rebel flag as a symbol of Southern pride, not a reminder of racism, according to a new CNN/ORC poll out Thursday. Public opinion is about where it stood 15 years ago, when the Palmetto State removed the rebel St. Andrew’s cross from the Capitol dome.
Say good-bye to The Dukes of Hazzard
The Social Justice Warriors want to save you from… Rosco?
Leave it to progressives to ruin sex
The crusade to criminalize the normal picks a new fight
These Liberal Sites Don’t Want You To Know About George Takei’s Racist Rant
Earlier this week, washed up Hollywood D-lister-turned-gay-rights-activist George Takei went on a vicious racist rant against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, calling him a “clown in black face.” Takei was regularly trotted out by numerous media outlets as a friendly, familiar, happy mascot for gay marriage in the U.S. But if you get your news from liberal websites like BuzzFeed, ThinkProgress, Huffington Post, or Talking Points Memo, you’d know nothing of Takei’s racist rant.
Late Hits: Why Were Liberal Democrats Raising Money For Darin LaHood?
Timothy P. Carney looks through LaHoods disclosures, old and new, and finds so many nuggets.
Klayman and NSA/CIA Whistleblower Sue ACLU
Group’s Attorneys Violated Fiduciary Duty and Attorney Client Relationship
ACLU Uses Tracking Software To Monitor Capitol Hill Staffers
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) embeds tracking software in its emails to monitor the online activity of Capitol Hill staffers, an aide told The Daily Caller after receiving a warning sent to congressional offices.
Reddit users close much of site in revolt over firing
On Wednesday, Reddit hosted yet another of its popular AMAs, or Ask Me Anything, sessions. Reddit has cemented itself as one of the modern pillars of the internet with a userbase large enough to attract the attention of publicists and curious celebrities or important people alike. As a result, persons ranging from small-time authors and game developers to government officials and even the President of the United States have participated in an AMA session (link may be broken, see below for why). The person in question announces their presence on Reddit, often with some sort of confirmation of identity from the site’s administrators and moderators, inviting users to prepare and vote on questions to be answered. Though it is usually impractical for the guest to answer all questions, they are usually able to answer quite a few.
Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing
Earlier this month, LifeNews.com reported on a high school in Seattle, Washington that is now implanting intrauterine devices (IUD), as well as other forms of birth control and doing so without parental knowledge or permission.
Happy Independence Day — Now Fork Over $135,000
Iron fist of of Oregon comes down hard on two people who refused to bake a cake.
Student Sugar Babies Increase 1200%
Interestingly, it’s not just women who are sugar babies, though they are the majority: “Facing enormous bills, they turn to sites like Seeking Arrangement for help. These aren’t just women either. 15% of student sugar babies are men, and plenty of sugar mommas are on the site too.”
Oregon Slaps Christian Bakers With a Fine and Gag Order for Refusing to Help Celebrate Gay WeddingShare article on Facebook
Yesterday — just in time for the Fourth of July holiday — Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian issued his long-awaited ruling against Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the since-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa.
Vetoing Liquor Privatization, Pennsylvania’s Governor Says Competition Would Raise Prices
Tom Wolf claims a state monopoly benefits consumers.
12 Year-Old Conservative and Family Target of Death Threats After Criticizing Obama
In February 12 year-old conservative CJ Pearson, an African-American middle-schooler, posted an epic defense of New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s repeated claims that President Barack Obama “doesn’t love America.”
Two Cuban baseball players defect while on trip in North Carolina
Ahead of Friday night’s game between the USA Collegiate National Team and the Cuban Senior National Team at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, two Cuban baseball players have defected while in the United States.
Liberals Want Minnesota Flag Taken Down Because It Shows White Man Working
Leftists want the Minnesota flag taken down because it shows white men working on a farm and an Indian with a spear.
Rick Perry gets “animated” about economic freedom
Quirky…and I like it.
Sex and Gender Choices On Your College App – UC Says Yes We Will
The University of California wants to to take a peek into your bedroom while you apply for admission to college, with new gender identity and sexual orientation questions on their undergraduate application, as just a part of the university’s progressive LGBT agenda.
In 1980, Ted Benna was fed up with the pension consultant business. Instead of looking for ways to help employees when they retired, employers were looking out for themselves and seeking tax deductions, while minimizing pensions.
DOOM: A Serious House On Serious Earth
I been gone too long, my groovy babies. Real life doth conspire to keep us apart, but given the spectacularly DOOM-laden week gone by, I thought I should bestir myself and vent my spleen. (TRIGGER WARNING: Some Xtianist God-bothering occurs in the below text. Please keep a paper bag handy so that if your outrage causes you to hyperventilate, you can breathe into it until some semblance of emotional equilibrium is restored.)
June jobs report: 223K added, but 432K left workforce, April-May revised down 60K; Update: Manufacturing, durable goods goes negative in May
If you like topline numbers, you’ll like the June jobs report, issued a day early because of the Independence Day headline. The US economy added 223,000 jobs in June, a respectable if unspectacular level of job growth that outpaces population growth, and the U-3 jobless rate dropped to 5.3%. It’s when one looks past the topline numbers that the problems emerge — chief among them the fact that almost twice as many people left the workforce as found jobs
US adds 223K jobs in June
U.S. employers added 223,000 jobs in June as the economy maintained a steady if underwhelming pace of growth, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.
Texas wants to bring home all its gold
There were a few readers talking about this story in the open threads yesterday and it’s a curious enough issue that I thought it deserved a look. The Lone Star State recently voted to retrieve all of its holdings in gold from repositories in New York. Given New York’s general reputation, that’s probably not a terrible idea in theory, but Texas is running into a few complications in terms of how to actually accomplish the feat.
Official projection shows “no” winning in Greek referendum
Greece faced an uncharted future as its interior ministry predicted Sunday that more than 60 percent of voters in a hastily called referendum had rejected creditors’ demands for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans.
German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
Germany’s national ethics council has called for an end to the criminalisation of incest between siblings after examining the case of a man who had four children with his sister.
Coming Soon to the U.S.? Confiscating “Unhealthy” Food from Lunchboxes
The British government has decided that “teachers are free to take – and keep – any item from pupils’ lunchboxes if they think they are unhealthy or inappropriate.”
U.K.: Children who say homosexuality is “wrong” could be viewed as extremist threat – Education Secretary
Anti-gay comments could “trigger a thought” in teachers’ minds about possible radicalisation says Nicky Morgan as she outlines anti-terror plans
Mind Your Manners: New Zealand Criminalises Online Trolling To Prevent “Hurt Feelings”
New Zealand is a country of almost five million inhabitants, some 29 million sheep and, on the evidence, plenty of hurt feelings. The latter has been tackled by sweeping new parliamentary legislation making cyber-bulling a criminal offence while guaranteeing the protection of people emotionally affected by online “abuse”.
With Hobbit and LoTR in the can, Trolls no longer welcome in New Zealand
Kiwi parliament passes “Harmful digital communications bill” outlawing online nasties
Canadian Court: Gay Sex Trumps Religious Rights
As the modern Irishman says to his blushing new bride on their wedding night: “Brace yourself, Bernie.”
ON THE BRINK: Greece Close to Collapse, Food and Medicine Running Short
Greece is on the brink of ruin as food and medicine run short and banks struggle to stay afloat.
Wikipedia: YES! we’ve SAVED the INTERNET again!
“Are we socially responsible and honest? Hell, no. We’re Wikipedia”
In the wake of the SCOTUS decision WRT gay “marriage”, I had a thought. I wondered if the decision was destined to be a gain in the long term for gay folks, or a negative. Thinking it over I came to the conclusion that if the forces that got us to this point are successful, ultimately it’ll be a moot decision.
An Urban Agenda for the Right
If you’re measuring by the square mile, most of the United States is red, electorally speaking. But as population density rises, the political landscape becomes more purple, and urban centers have long been solidly blue. In fact, in many cities, the real election is the Democratic primary, not the general election, which is not much more than a victory lap for the nominee. It’s no surprise that Rick Snyder, now the Republican governor of Michigan, was told when he was campaigning in heavily Democratic Detroit that he was wasting his time.
Non-White Politicians Are Running for President and Liberals Can’t Stand It
The 2016 Republican field is young and racially diverse, especially compared to the Democratic side, which is comprised almost exclusively of elderly whites. Liberals find this upsetting, and have vented their anger by questioning the racial authenticity of GOP minority candidates.
Three Essays on Post-America America
Buzzfeed Ben was asked to reconcile his shitty listicle site’s stated claim of being “neutral” with its all-in rainbow-color theming for the gay marriage ruling. He said that he was being perfectly neutral and objective — it’s just that there aren’t two sides to the gay marriage question. There’s only one.
We’re Living In The United States Of Calvinball. It’s Time The Right Got In The Game.
The imaginary game from the great Calvin and Hobbes comic strip series seems eerily like what liberals have made of what is supposed to be our constitutional republic.
“Progress” Needs Enemies
The ungracious victory of same-sex marriage.
Don’t Be Paranoid. It Doesn’t Affect You.
Don’t be paranoid about the Supreme Court making same-sex marriage legal in the United States. Long have opponents warned of a legal slippery slope, but mainly because they are fear-mongers who are full of H8. The fact is, those gay couples getting married doesn’t affect you or your dumb religion in any way at all.
What Actually Comes Next
Less than forty-eight hours after King Anthony sovereignly provided new theology for our secular, civil religion, the left is now publicly calling for the abolition of tax-exempt status for religious non-profits and churches.
The Decadence of the Liberal Mind in One Sentence
As the Greek economy continues its predictable slow motion collapse, one of the early WSJ accounts of the inevitable bank closures and capital controls imposed yesterday has one of the funniest sentences I’ve read in a long time, but which is also fully revealing of the decadence of the liberal mind.
From gay marriage to Confederate flag, how the media are turning intolerant
In a time of rapid social upheaval, too many Americans find themselves marginalized by the media.
Was I Wrong To Support Gay Marriage?
If same-sex marriage is used to pummel religious Americans into submission, it will be a disaster.
The Supreme Court and the End of the Umpire
I don’t think he realizes it, but Chief Justice John Roberts just killed the umpire.
Hard Questions on Same-Sex Marriage
There are no assurance that the religious beliefs of the shrinking religious minority opposed to same-sex marriage will be respected by the Supreme Court
We Must Not Rest Until Every Superhero Is Gay
Seriously. Name a superhero who wouldn’t be better off gay.
Yes, Churches that Oppose Gay Marriage Should Still Get Tax Breaks
By what must be a rather extraordinary coincidence, the question that “nobody was asking” just a few short years ago has in the last couple of days burst dramatically onto the scene: Should churches that refuse to marry same-sex couples be stripped of their nonprofit status? At Fusion, Felix Salmon makes the case that they should. “Now that the US government formally recognizes marriage equality as a fundamental right,” Salmon recommends, “it really shouldn’t skew the tax code so as to give millions of dollars in tax breaks to groups which remain steadfastly bigoted on the subject.”
Here’s something to give you nightmares – Obama on the Supreme Court
Yes, he’s not even out of office, but the Lefties are seeing which way the wind blows – and that is to an unanswerable Supreme “Court” that operates to permanently enshrine Leftist initiatives. What better place for Obama?
All-Time World Champions of Institutional Racism
On Wednesday night I swung by Hannity on Fox News to discuss the Democratic Party’s uniquely appalling record on racism – unique in the English-speaking world, that is.
Religion in a Plain Brown Envelope
American progressives want religion to be a pursuit that people engage in privately—rather like pornography.
Good News! Kennedy’s Idiotic Gay Marriage Decision Worse Than You Thought
I was wondering how this new found “right to dignity” would play out. Turns out, Kennedy wasn’t satisfied with just rewriting the centuries old definition of marriage. No, he decided to unshackle judges entirety from the written Constitution. He accomplished this by overturning a precedent that laid out the ground rules for finding “new rights.”
Why I’m Filing a Civil-Rights Lawsuit
Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and his agents ransacked my house and ruined my career.
The Progressive Ouroboros
Let Them Eat One Another Before They Sink Their Teeth Into Us
A Speech to Win The GOP Nomination
Napoleon Bonaparte Had A Point
Progressive Mass Hysteria
Democracies have been fickle for 2,000 years, but the Internet makes it worse.
How the SSM “anti-polygamy” movement turned into Animal Farm
Speaking as a somewhat ideologically removed observer of the gay marriage battle still raging in the national discourse, I have to say that there are some very amusing elements to the current “GAY POINT 2” argument taking place. I say this with all due respect for my traditional marriage supporting, conservative brethren who consider the matter a cornerstone of faith and a rightly viewed threat to the religious liberty rights of Christians who would opt to not participate in such ceremonies, but even you must surely be able to see some comedic value to the arguments currently coming from the Left. Having won the war for same sex marriage in the Supreme Court, more and more of them seem to be jumping on the dog pile of folks who insist – contrary to Chief Justice John Roberts’ arguments – that plural marriage can not possibly be just around the corner.
FAIL – Americans Don’t Know Why We Celebrate 4th of July!
Media analyst Mark Dice asks beachgoers in San Diego, California some basic questions about America’s 4th of July Independence Day celebration and their answers are quite disturbing.
Donald Trump And Acela Republicans
Yesterday we got more polling confirmation of something we already knew…Republican voters are desperate, at least at this stage of the campaign. The proof of this is the fact that in what should be one of the deepest and most appealing GOP fields in, ever, Donald Trump is in 2nd place nationally and in Iowa. Now, he’s only at 12% of the vote and most of those people won’t really vote for him when push comes to shove but jokes like him and Ben Carson should be background noise.
Mr. Sulu, Set Phasers To Racist
George Takei, last seen boycotting Indiana because religious freedom is hate speech or something, is at it again.
Space Retard George Takei Has More Stupid Shit to Say
George Takei has alway struck me as a stupid man. He was always a terrible actor — he could barely convince me he was really pushing up a lever when he was actually pushing up a lever on Star Trek — and his major claim to fame is being an idiot people make fun of to his face, without him actually knowing they’re making fun of him.
The Red State advantage for families
it is Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve
Wrestling male-female relationships back from joyless, misanthropic, neo-puritanical feminism
As I’ve noted before, we cannot afford to back down an inch in the culture wars lest the fanatics take over, brutally squashing all dissent – and as is always the case with fanatics, all the joy in life. One of the most ferocious battles in this war involves relationships between men and women (or, maybe more accurately, boys and girls) at the university level.
Is George Takei now persona non grata in entertainment industry?
Actor’s nasty remarks edited from televised interview
What “Education” Teaches
My stance as a critic of public education began while I was in fifth grade at Lithia Springs (Ga.) Elementary School, but it was not until our eldest daughter spent a year in kindergarten that I realized that the system is inimical to liberty. Your local public schools are destroying America, and are ultimately a greater threat to our nation’s survival than ISIS.
This essay first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in 1936
Fundamental Concepts – Birthright
I say no. I am an American, and I have a birthright. What is that birthright? Well, to start with, I suggest that we read the text of the Declaration of Independence in its entirety.
Reconstruction at 150
In April I wrote a small post mentioning the 150th anniversary of the surrender of General Lee to General Grant marking the beginning of the end of the Confederacy.
Randi Harper, Part 2: The Fact and Fiction of the Troll Formerly Known as @freebsdgirl
They say that artists can be unreliable narrators of their own lives. But perhaps no public figure in history has struggled with self-knowledge as consistently as Randi Harper, the “anti-harassment activist” who, as we revealed in Part One, is probably the most persistent and obnoxious troll on the internet.
Reddit Revolt Flares Again as “AMA” Moderator Sacked the Day After a Disastrous Jesse Jackson Q&A
The hugely popular link-sharing site is in a state of virtual lockdown after the volunteers who run some of the site’s biggest communities (known as “subreddits”) went on the digital equivalent of a general strike. This followed the sacking of Victoria Taylor, a popular site admin, after a Reddit Q&A with the Rev. Jesse Jackson went badly for the activist preacher.
Why The Reddit Revolt is Refreshing
When the Internet rallies for something other than sheer destruction, it deserves recognition.
Why The Reddit Revolt is Refreshing
When the Internet rallies for something other than sheer destruction, it deserves recognition.
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle
Why Britons should celebrate the American Declaration of Independence
We all know the story of American independence, don’t we? A rugged frontier people became increasingly tired of being ruled by a distant elite. A group calling themselves Patriots were especially unhappy about being taxed by a parliament in which they were unrepresented. When, in 1775, British redcoats tried to repress them, a famous Patriot called Paul Revere rode through the night across eastern Massachusetts, crying ‘The British are coming’. The shots that were fired the next day began a war for independence which culminated the following year in the statehouse of Philadelphia, when George Washington and others, meeting under Betsy Ross’s gorgeous flag, signed the Declaration of Independence.
And a word from Calvin Coolidge
President Calvin Coolidge rose to the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Indepence on July 4, 1926, with a speech providing a magisterial review of the history and thought underlying the Declaration. His speech on the occasion deserves to be read and studied in its entirety. In light of the destruction wrought last week by our robed masters, let us consider especially the following brilliant paragraph.
Extending Alinsky Rule 6
One of Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals must support tactical lying, or lying on principle. Perhaps it is a variant of Alinsky Rule 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.” I infer that the left loves it. Lying is one of their greatest hits.
Parents, don’t worry about your kids’ sexual health!
Are you the parent of a teenager or a child getting close to those troublesome teenage years? Do you wish to avoid those awkward conversations about sex, sexual practice, and sexual health with your children? Wish you could dump off all that embarrassing part of parenthood on the State?
In Oregon gay wedding case, state morality enforcers confuse identity and activity
We get it. There is only one acceptable moral code, it’s dictated by cultural elites, and we will all be forced not only to accept it, but to live our lives according to it, and to public proclaim it — at least never to publicly proclaim any moral code contrary to it.
Reagan Warned about Airbrushing Our History Away
This Fourth of July we will celebrate our independence and freedoms. But are we now more politically correct than free?
Wife beater patriotism
When I moved to Marin County almost two decades ago, one of the things that charmed me was its small town approach to the 4th of July. Each community had (and still has) a 4th of July parade showcasing local organizations, there’s a big county fair with fireworks, and people festoon their houses with flags.
The Limits of Government
I recently had an interesting discussion with a young friend (he’s 37. Get off my lawn!). The catalyst was an off-hand remark I made to him about the appropriateness of government using tax dollars to fund suicide hotline phones on bridges.
Why I’ll Celebrate The Fourth Of July Differently This Year
At some point, the Fourth of July must return to being a day we remember why Americans believe in self-evident truths and self-government.
The Chimera of Equality
Why must there be a morally decent way to order a society of creatures who evolved through nature red in tooth and claw? Liberal blue-teamers who mock those who believe in intelligent design will argue for their answers with all the certainty of faith in a world that must somehow make sense. And libertarian atheists do just the same.
Feminist Tumblr: Dreaming of Their Journey Across the Mytilini Strait
Life is painful for the Tumblr feminist. Alone with her laptop, everything she encounters in her online existence tells her that males are stupid, dangerous and violent. Emotionally immersed in an estrogen-filled echo chamber of Internet activism, she finds feminists eager to offer sisterhood and solidarity — “You are not alone!” — along with constant confirmation of her worst fears and doubts about men.
Supreme Court Rules that Laws are Just a Set of Goals or Aspirations Devoutly to be Wished that are to be Imposed Upon the Populace Without Its Consent or Understanding
Normally there are two methods the court uses when interpreting the law. There is a textualist approach where they look at what the law says and an approach where they look at the intent of the law when the text is not clear. In today’s King vs. Burwell decision the Supreme Court invented a new standard of review whereby they determine what the goal of a law is and decide to pretend a law means something other than what was written or intended if they perceive that to be at odds with the goal of a law.
When Rome Fell
For those of us who see the world going mad around us, it is tempting to fall into despair, or at least consider seriously withdrawing from the world. For some, they’ve reached the point they see the nation falling into irreversible damage, for others, they see this as a very dark time that will take a long time and a great deal of effort to dig out of.