News of the Week (October 25th, 2015)


News of the Week for October 25th, 2015


Obama Scandals


Feds dangle $12,000 bonus to firms that hire foreign students
The Department of Homeland Security is readying a plan to expand a program that pays U.S. employers to hire foreign STEM students taught in America, a move that could end up punishing American college grads and even the elderly, according to an immigration think tank.

Federal Study Seeks “Gender Norms Change”
CDC study “challenging rigid masculinity norms about what it means to be a man”


Gun Rights


Some Eye-Popping Poll Numbers on Guns and Self-Defense Share
OnMessage Inc., a GOP consulting firm that includes the NRA among its clients, commissioned a national survey of 1000 likely voters from July 19-21. The margin for error was 3.1 percent.

“Director of Women and Gender Studies” Calls on Obama to Ban Firearms
Delusional — but who doubts that the president would love to do it?

1 dead, 2 wounded in shooting at Tennessee State University
At least one person has died and two others wounded in a shooting late Thursday night on the campus of Tennessee State University, police said.

Arranging American Gun Confiscation
America’s progressive chatter on guns has been shifting noticeably from the abstract language of “control” to the concrete language of “confiscation.” Hillary Clinton is just the latest leading voice to serve notice that the forced disarmament of law-abiding Americans is not the dystopian fantasy of paranoids, but a matter of current policy discussion — and action.

Law Professor on Campus Carry: Women Can’t Use Guns Effectively
During October 20 testimony on the campus carry legislation currently under consideration by Florida lawmakers, University of Miami law professor Mary Anne Franks contended that allowing women to be armed for self-defense will not accomplish much because they cannot use guns effectively.

Gun rights advocates, sheriffs file suit over Los Angeles magazine ban
A number of county sheriffs, two law enforcement lobby groups and the state National Rifle Association affiliate filed suit Friday against the city’s confiscatory ban on mags holding more than 10 rounds.


Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”


Now Here’s The Good News On Global Warming
Activists may want to shut down debate, but evidence is growing that high CO2 levels boost crops and nourish the oceans

Nine Myths About the Environment
Peter Kareiva is the former chief scientist of the Nature Conservancy, and today is the head of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability at UCLA.

Californians upset that they can’t sell their green energy homes
A tale of woe comes to us from the Left coast.

Climate Scientist Faces Backlash for Urging Investigation of Fossil Fuel Companies
Jagadish Shukla will be questioned by a Congressional committee after he and other scientists called for a racketeering probe of deliberate climate denial.

Britain’s Insanely Expensive & Utterly Pointless Wind Power Fiasco Exposed
Yet another study showing why the “renewables,” in this case wind are not a viable source of electricity. Here it is in raw numbers, the variability, low reliability and nondispactibility that are the hallmarks of renewable energy. what doesn’t appear on this report are the consequences, in lost business and higher electric rates.

California begins to reward residents who cut water use with rate increase to make up for lower water use
Conserve water, California Governor Jerry Brown ordered. And now here’s the reward for the sacrifice — higher water rates to make up for lower revenues due to the cutbacks!

“Fake”: $2.2B Ivanpah solar plant runs on so much NATURAL GAS, it’s subject to cap and trade!
It was built with $2.2 billion in government loans and grants.

Another Climate Alarmist Lets It Slip: Why They Want To Scare You
World savers are anything but. They always have an unspoken motive. H.L. Mencken saw the self-appointed saviors for what they were almost a century ago, when he said the “whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”



Government in Healthcare


Mitt Romney: “Without Romneycare, I Don’t Think We Would Have Obamacare”
Mitt Romney took responsibility for the passage of Obamacare on Friday, allowing that the health-care policy he enacted as Massachusetts governor paved the way for the national law.

Red States, Green States
With today’s announcement of the failure for South Carolina Obamacare Co-op Consumers Choice you can get out your crayon and color South Carolina RED


War & Terror


FBI looking into claims CIA director’s AOL account hacked
The FBI is looking into claims that CIA Director John Brennan’s personal AOL email was hacked, a law enforcement source confirmed to Fox News.

Real-Time Beta-Radiation Threat Monitors Don’t Work, but EPA Says: No Biggie
Nearly 75% of nationwide network cannot provide actionable data in time to avert health risk, but secretive EPA dismisses threat.

American killed as U.S., Iraqi commandos free dozens of ISIL hostages
A U.S. servicemember died after a commando raid Thursday freed about 70 hostages believed to face imminent execution by Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq, the Pentagon said.

Air Force Chief of Staff outlaws freedom of thought
and he burns commonsense at the stake




Georgia Tech Hates Freedom. Starts Show Trial Against Fraternity.
A black female student claims members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at Georgia Tech yelled racist insults at her from windows in the fraternity house.

If You’re A White Woman Who Identifies As A White Man, Are You Part Of The Evil Patriarchy? Yes, Say Students At Wellesley
Hundreds of young women streamed into Wellesley College on the last Monday of August, many of them trailed by parents lugging suitcases and bins filled with folded towels, decorative pillows and Costco-size jugs of laundry detergent. The banner by the campus entranceway welcoming the Class of 2018 waved in the breeze, as if beckoning the newcomers to discover all that awaited them.

Ted Cruz Says He “Cannot Overstate” the “Threats” to Internet Freedom, Independent News Websites Like Drudge
Ted Cruz said Sunday evening that the “threats to Internet freedom” have “never been greater” and could have the potential of affecting independent online news outlets like the Drudge Report.

The Quantity of Education and the Quality of Education
In an interview with Chad Aldeman of Education Next, Eric Hanushek, co-author of a new study on income differences across U.S. states, makes the very simple but often neglected point that the quality of one’s education matters just as much, if not more, than the quantity, as measured by years of schooling

University Of Delaware Launches $1 Million Diversity Initiative In Response To Hate Crime That Didn’t Happen
In a move it says is partly inspired by a recent hate crime incident, the University of Delaware (UD) announced it’s launching a brand new $1 million initiative to promote diversity on its campus. The problem? Said hate crime never happened.

Jim Webb Dropping Out Of Democrat 2016 Race; May Run As Independent
Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is dropping out of the 2016 presidential race as a Democrat, but is said to be mulling an independent bid according to Fox News.

The Anti-Free-Speech Movement at UCLA
Administrators and student activists at the university are attacking core First Amendment rights in a bid to punish expression that offends them.

Chicago Food Stamp Funds Get Used to Buy Drugs
An undercover police investigation in Chicago has led to the closing of a grocery store and charges against its owner.

“Black Lives Matter” Forces L.A. Mayor Garcetti to Flee Town Hall
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti was forced to cut short a town hall meeting with the black community on Monday evening after it was disrupted by Black Lives Matter protestors.

Wesleyan Students Cut Funding for School Paper Because It Hurt Their Feelings
Must everything be a “safe space” these days?

Biden says he won’t run for president, a boost for Clinton
Vice President Joe Biden declared Wednesday he won’t run for president in 2016, ending a months-long flirtation with a third White House campaign and setting him on a glide path toward the end of his decades-long political career.

Homosexuality “may be triggered by environment after birth”
A controversial new twin study suggests that environmental changes could trigger homosexuality

Geraldo: Congrats to new Canadian PM … I slept with your mom
Here’s looking at you, “kid”!

The effect of Canada’s election may be felt in the US sooner than you think
The dust has settled north of the border and the Canadians have swept a new, liberal government into power under the leadership of Justin Trudeau.

Why states with more marriages are richer states
There is a story gaining steam among some academics that suggests the institution of marriage — particularly marriage for parents of young children — could play an important role in strengthening the American economy. It is a story about growth and poverty, about responsibility and work ethic.

Students demand Border Patrol booted from campus career fair, call officers unsafe and offensive
A petition circulating among University of California students calls for UC Irvine officials to remove a U.S. Customs and Border Protection booth from the school’s upcoming fall career fair, saying the agency’s presence will make the campus unsafe for students in the country illegally.

Pew Polling: At Least of GOP Electorate Opposes Paul Ryan On Immigration
Speaker only if particular groups — including the important House Freedom Caucus — concede to a list of significant demands. Ryan is demanding support across the Republican conference and says he wants to be “that unifying candidate.”

Planned Parenthood’s Contracted Pathology Lab Misses State-Required Paperwork Deadline Again
Dead baby part sifters in Missouri struggle to complete paper work on time

Fight Brews Over Nevada’s School Choice Experiment
You won’t believe what Nevada’s education savings accounts lets almost all parents do with their kids’ education dollars.

Brooklyn — the Capital of Liberal Hypocrisy Shopping district in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Progressive parents fight integration in their children’s public schools.

Human fist evolved to punch, new study says
Human hands may have developed the ideal shape over time for punching, according to a new study using male cadaver arms.

Brown University student sues his accuser for defamation
In a rarity for campus sexual assault accusations, a Brown University student who says he was falsely accused is suing his accuser as well as his former university.

U of Wisconsin: A Funny Halloween Costume is Oppressive
The Center for Cultural Enrichment (CCE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is warning students that if your Halloween costume is funny, it’s more than likely that you’re exploiting oppressed people.

Clinton Library Funded By OffShore Tax Haven
Hillary Clinton is repeating the Democrat trope about “offshore tax havens” that immorally divert profits from workers and the taxman. Closing these is a central plank of her promised agenda as President, she explains in an op-ed laying out her economic agenda.

Nevada fights against ACLU suit over voucher-like program
Nevada is fighting back against a lawsuit that could dismantle the state’s sweeping new school choice program, saying the program is neutral on religion even if parents can apply public funds to parochial schools.

Hispanic conservatives plan pre-debate press conference to denounce certain Republican candidates
I can’t wait to find out who those candidates are.

Mizzou student labeled “Uncle Tom” for defending Thomas Jefferson statue
Mizzou College Republicans organized a rally to show support for the school’s Thomas Jefferson statue that has recently been vandalized by protestors.

White House Praises Paul Ryan For Working With Obama On Trade And Immigration
The White House is open to the idea of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as the next Speaker of the House, saying the Wisconsin Congressman had worked with the administration on issues they care about in the past.

The phrase “politically correct” is now a microaggression according to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The university’s “Just Words” campaign aims to “raise awareness of microaggressions and their impact.”

Radioactive materials stolen from LANL
Federal officials are investigating the theft of radioactive materials from an area at Los Alamos National Laboratory set aside for contaminated waste – among them a bandsaw that registered 500 times the allowable limit of contamination.

Justice Department: No criminal charges for Lerner, others in IRS scandal
The Justice Department announced Friday afternoon that it will not bring criminal charges against Lois Lerner or any other IRS official involved in the targeting of Tea Party groups.

Lincoln Chafee ends quixotic presidential bid
It was a campaign whose impact was measured in millimeters.

Colleges: First Amendment is outdated
That, at least, is the result of a survey recently completed

Social Justice Warriors at MTV Explain Why HALLOWEEN IS RACIST
The social justice warriors at MTV have taken it upon themselves to educate America about how racist Halloween really is, by cherry picking a handful of pre-made costumes.

Arthur Miller — Communist
On the centenary of his birth, he remains the playwright who made anti-communism a hate crime.

Male student – expelled over “gray rape” claim – can sue college, judge rules
A judge has ruled that a student seeking to sue Washington and Lee University for wrongfully expelling him over a so-called “gray rape” allegation may proceed with his lawsuit.

Republican trackers taping Republicans in Louisiana shenanigans!
Basically, for those who didn’t click through: a Louisiana political candidate caught somebody surreptitiously (and apparently illegally) filming him at breakfast. Said operative turns out to have been in the pay of an enemy of the political candidate.

Racially Exclusionary Election in Hawaii Green-lighted by Federal Court by J. Christian Adams
Yesterday I reported that a federal judge was set to rule on the legality of an election in Hawaii where the right to vote is limited by race. Only “native Hawaiians” are permitted to register on the government-run voter rolls. Registered native Hawaiians are then permitted to participate in an election next month to elect delegates to a native Hawaiian convention to discuss the relationship of native Hawaiians to the United States.

Rotting Shack Sells for $400,000 in San Francisco
A dilapidated, 765-square-foot earthquake shack in San Francisco sold for $408,000 this week–a deal that is seen as a bargain considering the difficulty of finding a home under half a million dollars in the city’s surging real estate market.

New York Appeals Court Rules Murderer Not Guilty Because Six-Day-Old Baby ISN’T Really a Person
In 2008 a pregnant woman who severely injured her baby in utero by driving recklessly was charged with murder when the baby died six-days after being born. After years of court cases, a New York Appeals court ruled that the baby wasn’t a baby–yes, even though it was alive and outside the mother for six days–and the woman cannot be charged with murder.


Economy & Taxes


The fundamental dishonesty of income inequality arguments
While it seems to have gotten lost in all the talk of email servers, black lives mattering and terrorists slaughtering Christians, you may recall that the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democrat Party was planning on making “income inequality” a centerpiece of the 2016 election.

If McDonald’s goes under it will be because they followed liberals to disaster
I saw a sad but not totally unexpected news item from John Hawkins this morning regarding one of America’s premiere dining outlets… McDonald’s.

The Real Story Behind Income Inequality
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and other liberals have recently spread misinformation about income inequality. The truth is that most of the wealth in the United States is earned, not inherited as Sanders would have you believe. The above chart, which is based on information taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showcases exactly how little of America’s wealth is inherited.

Affordable living, Bay Area style:
Let’s travel up Route 101 in the Bay Area and explore how Jerry Brown’s economy is working out for young Californians looking to get ahead




Anti-immigration party wins Swiss election in “slide to the Right”
Anti-immigration Swiss People’s Party (SVP) wins biggest share of vote in parliamentary election on Sunday, prompting talk of a “Rechtsrutsch” – a “slide to the Right””

Hungary says migrant influx “stops”
Hungary said Monday its shutdown of the border with Croatia had put a stop to the influx of migrants and refugees.

Three Swedish refugee centres hit by fires
An old school building in Onsala, south of Gothenburg, caught fire on Saturday evening. It was the third time in a week that prospective asylum accommodation has been badly damaged by a fire.

Indonesia’s Aceh to close churches after pressure from Muslim groups
Authorities in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province said on Sunday several Christian churches would be shut down this week, just days after a mob burned down a church, killing one person and injuring several others.

The “sexist” words your children are no longer allowed to use at school
Teachers are to be issued guidelines from the Institute of Physics detailling the words which are to be banned from the playground

The polls were wrong in Canada: Trudeau wins a majority
It’s the end of an era, thanks to the price of oil

Return to Trudeaumania
Justin Trudeau led Canada’s Liberal Party to a smashing victory over incumbent Conservative Stephen Harper last night. Trudeau’s Liberal Party captured an outright majority of 184 (out of 338) seats in Canada’s Parliament. Trudeau will become Canada’s twenty-third prime minister.

Despite Candlelight Dinners for “Migrants,” Famed Swedish “Tolerance” Under Siege
Washington Post freaks out over the rise of the “far right.”

As “Migrants” Keep Coming, Germany Gets That Morning-After Feeling
Merkel now has “cold feet.” Sin in haste, repent at leisure.

Protesters in Malmo chant “slaughter the Jews”
“These are extremely troubling instances of a grotesque but nevertheless very real – and murderous – incitement,” says ambassador to Sweden.

WATCH An ARMY Of Young Muslim Males MARCH Through Tiny Slovenia On Their Way To Germany!
The Muslim invasion of Europe continues after Germany threw open its arms and welcomed in whatever “Syrian refugees” could illegally make their way up there.

Germany “Turbocharges” Economy by Spending Billions on Muslim Migrants
Couldn’t Germany equally “turbocharge” its economy by dumping billions into the sea?

Welcome to Sweden
The politicians are participating in a chicken race of “goodness” where everybody tries to one-up each other in caring for the citizens of OTHER countries while Swedish retirees, school children, handicapped and other vulnerable categories of people are thorougly ignored

Outcry over influx of asylum seekers to English village
An influx of Channel-crossing asylum seekers into a tiny English village has become a tension point in the migration crisis as a surge of people flee war and poverty to Britain.

Eurozone crosses Rubicon as Portugal’s anti-euro Left banned from power
Constitutional crisis looms after anti-austerity Left is denied parliamentary prerogative to form a majority government

Oxford University in censorship row as police seize copies of “offensive” student magazine
Editor Jacob Williams said he was stopped distributing the magazines

Muslim “Refugees” Bring Pregnant Little Girls as “Child Brides” to Europe
This is what “European values” now look like

Iranian Converts to Christianity In Migrant Camp, Beaten Unconscious With Baton By Afghan
An Iranian economic migrant in Hamburg, Germany might just have become a genuine refugee after converting to Christianity.

Comedian favored to win Guatemalan presidency with politicians in disrepute
A former TV comedian with no experience in government is poised to win Guatemala’s presidential election on Sunday after a corruption scandal toppled the country’s last leader and fueled voter outrage with the political establishment.

Canada is over
Nice little country we used to have.




The Chamber of Commerce is Bad for Republicans, Conservatism and America
Almost everything liberals say about conservatives isn’t true.

Why the Left Hates Freedom
If you have freedom, you will also have inequality.

Their Own View of How the World Works
Over and over, amid the confusing welter of arguments surrounding #GamerGate, SJWs made accusations of bad faith (mala fides) the central weapon in their rhetorical arsenal.

Democrats ? Criminal Aliens
ICE reports there are now 340 sanctuary jurisdictions, i.e., cities and states that protect criminal aliens from deportation by refusing to cooperate with ICE. These jurisdictions, including the whole state of California, are releasing about 1,000 criminal aliens each month back into their communities.

Memo to GOP: Curb Immigration or Quit
That is the title of this great column by Senator Jeff Sessions and Congressman Dave Brat in Roll Call.

How Can We Achieve Age Diversity in Silicon Valley?
Silicon Valley has always been prone to buzzwords, often annoying and almost always overused. The latest is an exception: diversity. Suddenly, there’s an explosion of discussion, press, conference panels and even executive attention devoted to expanding the workforces of tech companies into something other than enclaves of white and sometimes Asian males. One result has been a trend towards releasing diversity reports that show how incredibly far we have to go.

Paul Ryan Wants House Conservatives To Sign Their Own Death Warrant
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has conditions to become Speaker of the House. One of those conditions is that the House of Representatives gut the ability to remove a future Speaker.

Why we need economic growth more than we need democratic socialism
Want to fight economic inequality? Focus on growing the economy faster.

Sanders’ socialism may be light on “democratic”
Bernie Sanders calls himself a “democratic socialist.” But when it came time to pick a honeymoon destination, Sanders didn’t select Denmark. He honeymooned in the Soviet Union.

The Democratic Party’s Descent Into Socialism
At least they’re not pretending anymore

Is It Possible to Speak about Culture?
Trump-ism wins big in Switzerland.

It’s Official: Feminism is Killing Women
While both sexes are expected to live longer in future, men’s life expectancy is growing faster than women’s. New figures from the Office For National Statistics show that, over the past 30 years, the average life expectancy for women has increased from 78 to 82.4. But men have added a whopping seven years to their allotted time, from 72 to 79. And the richest men can expect to live to 82.5, meaning that, for the first time, they will outlive an “average” woman.

The Republican Front Runner is a Huge Fan of Michael Moore
What a long way that we have come in this country. The Republican front runner in 2015 is parroting Michael Moore’s 2004 propaganda film Fahrenheit 9/11 almost verbatim and there’s actually a discussion as to whether this constituted good politics. Somehow almost everyone who is commenting on this story is completely missing the boat as to what Trump’s parroting of Michael Moore’s talking points actually means in the context of the current Republican debates.

Feminism: The Final Product
Miriam Mogilevsky (@sondosia on Twitter) is 24 years old. She got her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwestern University in 2013 and recently completed a master’s degree in social work at Columbia University.

A Whiter Shade of Candidate
Vox says that Donald Trump practices the “politics of white insecurity”. US News says that Trump shows “the rising power of the white vote”. Salon wants to tell you “eight reasons why white America falls for demagogues like Donald Trump”. The Week says Donald Trump represents “the rise of white identity politics”. The National Journal says Trump is creating problems by “preaching to a shrinking white electorate”.

Anatomy Of A Political Suicide: Lessons for the Right from Canada
Conservatives should pay attention to this week’s defeat of Stephen Harper’s government in Canada after a decade in power. Despite presiding over genuinely solid economic performance – it weathered the 2008 recession far better than the U.S. – and job-creating tax cuts, the party went down to a crushing defeat. It won only 32 percent of the vote, way down from the 39 percent it posted in its landslide re-election victory in 2011.

A Yale-Educated Feminist Calls Herself a “Morally Vacuous Harlot”
Alana Massey (@AlanaMassey on Twitter) is a godless degenerate who once gave her thumbnail biography in an interview thus

The Idiotic Hilarity Of This Facebook Page Absolutely MUST Be Shared!
There was once a time I would have seen something like this and thought they were being complete and total trolls. Sadly, I’ve seen enough Social Justice Cultists drink the Kool-Aid and actually believe this nonsense. And I can either curl up in despair at the abysmal direction our society has decided to go – or I can laugh at it.

The coming dark ages
I decided today, after one of my readers, John Harman, sent me a link to a very blunt but accurate piece describing the sad state of modern American culture, that it was necessary to explain why I had posted nothing here on Behind the Black on Thursday, even though I was home all day doing what I usually do, scanning the web for interesting stuff.

What really divides conservatives
What best explains the division we see among conservatives these days? Is it ideology, strategy, or just tactics? All three factor in. But I believe the biggest source of division is cognitive.

The Left is starting to get free speech matters at college
The Left is starting to realize how important free speech is at college and why it needs to be defended at all costs. Catherine Russell is the latest to write on the college war on free speech at The Washington Post and how “safe spaces” may hurt more than help. She points out how Wesleyan University’s student government decided to lash out at the student newspaper for publishing a piece from a conservative.

Why Iowa’s Graduation Rate Is So Much Higher Than California’s
For the second time in as many days the LA Times has distinguished itself yet again, for some values of distinction, with this piece from the Ministry of Truth. Since it represents the confluence of the problem with the media with that of California’s train wreck in education, I could not resist.

Walls, Liberty and Trust
When I was a kid in the village, I could tell what the oldest walls around fields or houses were.

Brownshirt Feminists
Williams College students invited Suzanne Venker, a writer and longtime critic of feminism, to speak Tuesday night but changed their minds and took back the invite for her talk, “One Step Forward, Ten Steps Back: Why Feminism Fails.”

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