News of the Week for March 27th, 2016
- Election 2016
- Obama Scandals
- Gun Rights
- Hide the Decline
- War & Terror
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Tom Coburn tells allies he’s open to leading a conservative third-party challenge to Trump
The best line from any Trump stump speech this year is “Everyone wants Washington to change, and that means changing everyone in Washington.” No, wait – I’m mixed up. Trump didn’t say that. It was Tom Coburn, announcing his retirement from the Senate, who did. Coburn was raging against a corrupt establishment in D.C. back when Trump was still firing people on “The Apprentice.”
The chaos scenario for Democrats
It’s the scenario that Republicans dream of and Democrats believe is all but impossible: Hillary Clinton being forced to drop out of the presidential race due to criminal charges over her email server.
Glenn Reynolds: How David Brooks created Donald Trump
Political establishment denounced bourgeois Tea Party. Now, they must face raucous working-class Trumpsters.
Is Detente between Trump and the GOP Establishment on the Horizon?
That Donald Trump and the GOP establishment have not been getting along may be the understatement of the year. George Will — a respected writer and intellectual leader of that establishment — is one of the many suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome who often misconstrue or seem to almost deliberately misrepresent what Trump is saying. In return, Trump has not always been very nice to them.
If Trump is the nominee, the House is in play
In the House, Democrats would need to net 30 seats to win back a majority, but in a wave election, underdogs often prevail. The Cook Political Report rates 31 GOP-held seats as competitive (either as toss-ups or lean Republican). Of those 31 districts, 23 are based in urban or suburban areas where Trump’s brand of populism is unlikely to be a selling point.
Club For Growth Endorses Ted Cruz
Club for Growth has been leading the not-Trump charge for a while. Now it has officially endorsed Ted Cruz for president.
New Wisconsin Poll is Big News for Ted Cruz
We’re two weeks away from the Wisconsin primary, which is shaping up to be pretty close to a must-win for Ted Cruz. Even though Wisconsin is proportional, he really needs to continue the narrative that he can beat Trump, and with two weeks between contests, and with another two weeks between Wisconsin and the NY-area primaries, a loss to Trump – even a relatively close one – might allow the news cycle to fester against him in a negative way.
The Republic’s Last Line of Defense Against Trump: The Electoral College
If you missed the totality of what Donald Trump was saying yesterday about his response to the Brussels bombings, you should read the following carefully. The probable Republican nominee for president of the United States was positively giddy about smashing international law regarding the treatment of captives and exhibited an almost childlike glee at the prospect of inflicting pain
It’s the End of the Line for GOP as We Know it
Nominating Donald Trump will wreck the Republican Party as we know it. Not nominating Trump will wreck the Republican Party as we know it. The sooner everyone recognizes this fact, the better.
Kasich rules out vice president role, is open to Dem running mate
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he isn’t willing to serve as anyone’s vice president, but he indicated party affiliation would not matter to him when choosing his own running mate.
Ted Cruz Gains in Louisiana After Loss There to Donald Trump
Despite coming up short in state’s Republican presidential primary, Texan picks up more delegates and controls key convention roles
Trump Supporter: Who Knows if Trump is Lying to us or Not? That’s Part of the Excitement!
So you’re about to watch a video of a Trump supporter who’s not just a random man-on-the-street person. This is a person who was selected to appear on television on purpose because she was perceived by CNN to be a good television spokesperson for Donald Trump supporters (like Amanda Carpenter is for Cruz supporters or Goblin Jeffrey Lord or Edgar Suit Kayleigh MacEnany are at other times for Trump supporters).
Sanders serves DNC with lawsuit papers
Bernie Sanders’ campaign is still suing the Democratic National Committee for $75,000 over access to its voter files, serving the party with papers on Thursday to keep the lawsuit going.
Inside the den of terror: Extraordinary first pictures of the Brussels bombers’ secret lair where they built explosives for mass murder
Extraordinary photos give first look inside bomb-making safehouse where Brussels terrorists planned terror attacks
Ted Cruz Wins More Louisiana Delegates Than Donald Trump
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may turn out to be the real winner of the Louisiana Republican primary. Despite losing the primary in early March by fewer than four percentage points and winning an equal number of pledged delegates, Cruz supporters scooped up five of Louisiana’s six positions on key committees intended to write the Republican National Convention’s rules and platform, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Enquirer scoop: A CIA-backed hooker assassinated Justice Scalia
I included a link to this story in the Cruz post, but a prostitute murdering a Supreme Court justice on orders from government spies probably deserves its own thread.
A Walking Contradiction
It is one thing to get naked for a cause you believe in. It is another to get naked for both that cause and its opposite.
The solution to the 2016 quagmire: Gen. James Mattis?
Mattis is a battle hardened warrior, renowned for his humble leadership style and aggressive pursuit of America’s enemies. Nicknamed the “Warrior Monk,” Mattis is something of a cult figure in the Marines.
Why might Ted Cruz win the Republican nomination at the convention? Because he won Iowa.
Whether the Republican convention ends up being contested and what would happen at that convention may already have been foreshadowed by the very first votes cast in 2016.
Cruz, Trump score new delegates in Virgin Islands shakeup
The gamesmanship for Republican national convention delegates has begun — in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
New California Poll Shows Tight Race Between Cruz and Trump
A new California poll was just released which shows an absolute dead heat between Trump and Cruz in California. It seems increasingly likely that Trump needs to win California to reach 1,237; Cruz definitely needs it to even have a chance at 1,237. And right now, with Kasich still in the race, it’s a toss up.
It’s the Math Stupid
Kasich Still in Math Denial
Valerie Jarrett Praises Cuba’s Education System
Cuba’s education system, known for producing the world’s top thinkers, scholars and scientists.
Socialist or Fascist
It bothers me a little when conservatives call Barack Obama a “socialist.” He certainly is an enemy of the free market, and wants politicians and bureaucrats to make the fundamental decisions about the economy. But that does not mean that he wants government ownership of the means of production, which has long been a standard definition of socialism.
Obama: Forget The Difference Between Capitalism And Communism
Those are interesting intellectual arguments, but I think for your generation, you should be practical and just choose from what works. You don’t have to worry about whether it really fits into socialist theory or capitalist theory. You should just decide what works
Obama Thinks Capitalism and Communism Are Only “Intellectual Arguments”
In that town hall, Obama really laid bare the driving force behind his philosophy of governance: Me Want.
Obama Plays Castro’s Hunger Game
The Cuban government rations to their people just one-third of the calories they need to live. President Obama’s Cuba policy will make the hunger worse.
What if fairy tale characters were armed?
We interview the children’s authoress whose reimagined renditions of well-loved fairy tales have raised more than a few eyebrows
Hide the Decline
Collapse of the CAGW Delusion: Untenable Past 2020
Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW)
Government in Healthcare
Pepsi, Visa, and Chevron are Exempt From HHS Mandate, But Little Sisters of the Poor are Not
The Obama administration has been unrelenting in its fight to force a group of Catholic nuns to violate their beliefs and pay for abortion-causing drugs and contraception, arguing that they are essential health care services.
Push to Euthanize by Organ Harvesting
In 1993, my first anti-euthanasia article published in Newsweek, warned that if society ever embraced assisted suicide, we would eventually couple medicalized killing with organ harvesting “as a plum to society.”
War & Terror
In Amsterdam a severed head is found on the road
The latest murder in the bloody “Mocro war” of Moroccan descent underworld.
Explosions at Brussels Airport and Metro Stations, Kill 34, Injure 170 More
The Religion of Peace, no doubt.
ISIS Claims Responsibility for Deadly Brussels Terror Attack
The terror group ISIS said today that its “fighters” were responsible for the terrorist attack in Belgium that claimed more than 30 lives and injured at least three Americans, according to an ISIS-affiliated website.
When Does Belgium Decide It’s Had Enough?
And, for that matter: When does the rest of Europe decide it’s had enough of Belgium?
The West’s Response to Terrorism is a Sick Joke Run According to a Stupid, Murderous Script
That’s just the beginning; he then gets into why we keep talking about the same things — it’s to keep ourselves from not talking about the same things all the time.
Post-Jihad Gesture Theater: Je Suis Sick of It Tribute ceremony in Brussels the night of the terrorist attacks.
While homicidal, suicidal, and genocidal jihadists are busy plotting the next soft-target terror attacks on the West, docile Westerners are busy shedding cartoon tears and doodling broken hearts on social media.
A terrorist attack has happened in Europe. Let the standard response begin…
Well at least we all know the form by now. This morning Islamist suicide-bombers struck one of the few European capitals they haven’t previously hit in a mass-casualty terrorist attack.
#StopIslam and the altruistic punishment impulse on Twitter
Shortly after the Belgian terror attacks the hashtag #StopIslam started trending on Twitter. There’s an interesting piece in the Washington Post about the hashtag and how it became a worldwide trend:
What Tintin Teaches Us About The Brussels Attacks
Sometimes it takes the perspective of an innocent to perceive what the adults refuse to see.
Millennial Cadet Asks Defense Secretary About “Less Hierarchal,” More “Casual” Work Environment
A millennial asked the secretary of Defense today if the Defense Department could go in the direction of corporations that are wooing the younger generation with a more “casual” work structure.
Boko Haram burn children to death in attack on village in north-eastern Nigeria
A survivor said he watched the terrorists set fire to the village of Dalori and shoot people who attempted to flee
Two Belgian nuclear power plant workers have joined ISIS leading to fears the jihadis have the intelligence to cause a meltdown disaster
Security guard at a Belgian nuclear plant was murdered in Charleroi area
Were Brussels jihadis trying to make a RADIOACTIVE BOMB? Expert says ISIS may have been plotting to steal nuclear material – as 11 power plant workers have their access revoked amid fears of ‘insider help’
Brussels terrorists had originally planned to target a nuclear power plant
Suicide Bomber Targets Families Celebrating Easter at Lahore Park
Dozens were killed in a brutal terrorist blast near children’s playground swings in Lahore, Pakistan, on Easter Sunday.
Washington: Kent School District Removes Pork From Menus to Appease Muslims
School complies with Muslim demands, states pork removal due to cultural sensitivities and diversity.
8 person SCOTUS hits first 4-4 tie. World fails to end
Democrats hoping to use the death of Antonin Scalia to their political advantage hit upon what they mistakenly thought was another piece of “evidence” in their favor yesterday.
Pomona Student Claims Harassment for Political Beliefs
Conservative reprimanded by administrators after penning article on safe spaces
Leftist Publication Calls for Burning Constitution
Moonbats don’t always dress in sheep’s clothing. Sometimes they come right out and tell you who they are and what they want
Posh Liberal Arts College Nixes “Vagina Monologues” Because Of Too Many White Vaginas
A liberal arts college in an affluent suburb of Austin, Texas has canceled a campus production of “The Vagina Monologues” because students have concluded that the play places too much emphasis on the vaginas of white women.
University Of New Mexico Seal Denounced As Racist For Not Having Indians On It
Student activists at the University of New Mexico (UNM) are demanding that the school abolish its current school seal because it allegedly celebrates genocide and whitewashes out the legacy of the state’s American Indians.
GOP bill targets agencies’ regulatory powers
Senate Republicans unveiled legislation Thursday to crack down on regulatory overreach.
Economy & Taxes
A Great Experiment in Finland
The nation of Finland is on the verge of a very significant governmental experiment. The world will be watching closely and, if it works, it will surely spread widely to other countries.
Palo Alto May Subsidize Housing for People Making Up To $250K
In other words: the richest 3% of Americans
Deal reached to boost California’s minimum wage to $15, avoiding ballot box battle
Lawmakers and labor unions have struck a tentative deal to raise the statewide minimum wage to $10.50 an hour next year and then gradually to $15, averting a costly political campaign this fall and possibly putting California at the forefront of a national movement.
Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona to benefit from minimum wage hike.
Mind you, they’re going to benefit from California’s minimum wage hike. The state will increase the minimum wage from its current $10/hour to $15/hour by 2022, which should be just in time for a Republican California governor to inherit this mess, and not incidentally curse Jerry Brown’s name and soul to an eternity of torment in the deepest pits of Perdition. That part’s not in the Hill piece: I’m extrapolating.
Breakthrough in fight against antibiotic-resistance: Discovery of bacteria’s “Achilles heel” could lead to new drugs
Scientists discovered the “weakness” of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Last Yemeni Jews arrive in Israel with 600-year old Torah Scroll
The end of Operation Magic Carpet.
Popular shopkeeper killed hours after wishing ‘Happy Easter my beloved Christian nation’
A MUSLIM shopkeeper was murdered in a brutal attack just hours after wishing “a very happy Easter to my beloved Christian nation”.
Will There Be a Coup Against Erdogan in Turkey?
There is a broad sense, election results notwithstanding, that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is out of control. He is imprisoning opponents, seizing newspapers left and right and building palaces at the rate of a mad sultan or aspiring caliph. In recent weeks, he has once again threatened to dissolve the constitutional court.
Host of Sweden’s most popular TV show rewrites national anthem to be sensitive to feelings of those with “different roots”
On Sweden’s government-funded television channel (based on mandatory license fees, like the BBC), they are celebrating diversity – even at the cost of altering the country’s national anthem. In a long and horrifying chronicle of recent events in Sweden related to arrival of “refugees” who are altering the ethnic composition of the country, the Gatestone Institute reports on this startling level of accommodation.
Judge bans a British father from taking his son to church… because his mother is a Muslim
A British father has been banned from taking his son to a church
The Next RNC ‘Autopsy’ Will Be A Real One
By backing Trump, the RNC embraces the worst kind of disaster
Europe’s Fear Of ‘Islamophobia’ Led Directly To The Belgium Attacks
This latest attack in Brussels would not have been possible without this network of native-born, disaffected Muslims. And for that, Europe has no one to blame but itself.
Feminist Whores For Islam
One for the ladies.
Feminism Is a Cult (and Feminists Who Say They Don’t Hate Men Are Lying)
And do you know who produces this “objectification”? Gay men, who run the fashion industry.
Everybody Hates @PennyRed (And Really, How Can You Blame Them?)
Last time we checked in with British “genderqueer” feminist Laurie Penny, the mentally ill Marxist was insisting we must “recognize that ‘manhood’ and ‘womanhood’ are made-up categories, invented to control human beings and violently imposed.” In other words, because maladjusted weirdos like her are unhappy, the rest of us must be made to feel ashamed of ourselves for being normal, sane, happy people.
Millennials need to put away the juice boxes and grow up
In the song dubbed “the millennial anthem” by the Atlantic, two 20-something friends sing,
Another case of abuse against a “transgender child”
I already covered the long awaited and much needed North Carolina bathroom privacy law yesterday so there’s no need to go into all of that again, but the response to the legislation on the left has raised new and even more troubling issues.
When theologian Peter Jones wrote, “Gnosticism and feminism are a match made in heaven,” he was only half-right — this “match” was made in Hell.
Recovering Coke Addicts for “Equality”!
A lot of stupid things are marketed as “feminism” in the 21st century, as the Feminist™ brand has become more obviously a racket than a political movement. People get rich peddling the Feminist™ brand, and the gullible young women targeted as the market for this product seldom stop to ask the simple question, “Cui bono?” Who benefits from the feminist racket?
How Classical Education Can Make America Great Again
A new book correctly diagnoses what’s much wrong with America’s progressive education model, but fails to grasp that the solution lies in a proven, classical approach to pedagogy.
On Transgender: A Letter from a Reader
On the evening news tonight I saw the reports on how Hollywood and politically correct corporations are blasting North Carolina for passing a state law that is ostensibly aimed at eliminating local non-discrimination laws for LGBT people, though the proximate issue is “bathroom equity,” that is, allowing anyone to use any gender bathroom regardless of his or her physical anatomy and going simply on how he or she “self-identifies.”
What Feminism Is and Isn’t
Janet Bloomfield (@AndreaHardie on Twitter) is a take-no-prisoners opponent of feminism, who has collected some of her writing in a book called Feminisn’t.
Feminism: Impossible to Parody
The thing about covering feminism is that craziness piles up so fast that it’s hard to keep up. No sooner do I get through with one wacko – recovering cocaine addict and topless Bernie Sanders supporter Tiernan Hebron – than someone calls my attention to another nutjob.
Left/right, Progressive/Conservative, Democrat/Republican… The names change and evolve but the core difference remains constant: The Collectivists vs. The Individualists. In his latest FIREWALL, but shows how violence, disruption and intimidation have always been the tools of the Collectivists. This is not about Donald Trump, no ,atter how much they want you to believe it.
So, in these days of moving, and dragging and pulling and kicking boxes, all the while worrying about derpfish (he’s still alive, but I can’t tell if he’s getting better or worse. If he goes, I’m not getting another fish again. I like pets I can sort of guess at and who live longer than 2 years) I’ve been thinking about the Hugo mess. And I realized it’s part of a bigger mess.
The go-to ad joke is — still — the white male moron
The objectification of women in advertising has been drastically reduced in the last 10 years, replaced by a wave of empowering “Femvertising.” And more and more brands are featuring gay and interracial couples in their ads. It’s a beautiful thing.
Is our best century behind us?
Some of you seem to be watching the developments of the presidential primaries this year and feeling a bit dismal about the future. I can’t say as I completely blame you, but we should try to remember that it’s just politics. Surely there are other things to look forward to which can cheer us all up a bit and remind us that, as Annie famously sang, the sun will come up tomorrow.
The Absence of Empathy: Understanding the Psychology of Sociopathic Feminism
Not every narcissist is a sociopath, but all sociopaths are narcissists. Like every other manifestation of identity politics, feminism is ultimately about narcissism, a celebration of selfishness masquerading as “social justice” in which identifying yourself as suffering from oppression serves not only as a rationalization of one’s personal failures, but also as a justification for antisocial attitudes and behaviors.
Ross Douthat Seems To Think @TedCruz Is As Cynical As The Donald Himself
In reply to Who Is Ted Cruz?, I’ve got to say: judge the tree by the fruit.