News of the Week for April 3rd, 2016
- Election 2016
- Obama Scandals
- Gun Rights
- Hide the Decline
- War & Terror
- National News
- Economy & Taxes
- International News
Are Donald Trump voters responsible for surging GOP turnout? Probably not.
Various outlets, including this blog and The Washington Post more broadly, have dissected record-high turnout in Republican primary contests this year, concluding that it is unlikely to boost Republicans in the general election and probably a result of the more-competitive GOP contest.
Feeling “Betrayed,” Wealthy Businessman to Take on Paul Ryan in Primary Challenge
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan will reportedly face a primary challenge from a “wealthy businessman,” The Washington Times reports.
The Psychology Behind The Trump Phenomenon
If so many Americans think Donald Trump is the cure, what do they think is the disease?
Listen To What Happens When Donald Trump Gets Asked Real Questions By A Media Interviewer
In an interview with Wisconsin-based talk radio host Charlie Sykes on Monday morning, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump fell apart live on-air when asked tough questions about his record on the issues and his problem with women.
Political idolatry in 2016
The reaction to the “Ted Cruz has five mistresses” story is bringing out the worst of the Internet. Donald Trump supporters are clinging to conspiracy theories about Cruz’ jacket, while Cruz fans are calling Cruz “sent from God.” Angry Marco Rubio supporters are cackling with glee at all this and taking a “hands off” approach to the Cruz-Trump, whilst occasionally tossing fireballs at both candidates.
Ted Cruz Could Pick Up Delegates in Louisiana, So Trump Threatens Lawsuit
Primaries. How do they work?
Harry Reid accused of telling candidate to stand down because “a Muslim can’t win”
The Washington Post reports that a Muslim Democrat running for a U.S. House seat in Nevada says Harry Reid encouraged him to end his campaign because “a Muslim cannot win this race.” Reid reportedly made this statement during a private meeting last year.
Emory Students Respond To Denunciations Of Trump Chalking With MORE TRUMP CHALKING
Last week, a group of about 50 students at Emory University claimed that at an outbreak of pro-Donald Trump sidewalk chalk around campus was “triggering,” racist and damaging to their psychological well-being. Emory president James Wagner then legitimized the complaints, describing words such as “Vote Trump” and “Build the wall” – chalked on cement – as “perceived intimidation.”
The Republican blame game
The GOP will never win back Trump voters unless it faces up to its own failures.
Marco Rubio flashes the Hawaiian good-luck symbol from beyond the political grave.
Basically, he told the Alaska GOP that his delegates were NOT to be released to the other candidates. They remain his until the first ballot. And why is this of benign interest to people?
Trump to Wisconsin College Students: “Always be Around Unsuccessful People” Because They’re Easier to Sucker
That last part is a paraphrase, but the first part is a direct quote. It’s something Donald Trump actually said.
Trump’s narrow path to 1,237
Republicans likely won’t know whether Donald Trump will reach the 1,237 delegates needed to win the GOP presidential nomination outright until the final primary contests conclude on June 7.
Uh oh: Did Trump forfeit his South Carolina delegates by breaking his pledge to support the nominee?
So that’s why Cruz won’t give a straight answer when he’s asked if he’ll break his pledge over Trump insulting his wife. It’s not about proving he’s a “man of his word.” It’s because, as usual, he’s well-versed in the rules and Trump isn’t.
Federal employee union announces endorsement of … Donald Trump
The usual question surrounding presidential campaign endorsements from labor unions this year is whether they will go the “safe” route and stick with Hillary Clinton or buck the trends and take their chances with Bernie Sanders.
Cruz and the Convention Chess Game
Armed with newfound, if tepid, support from unlikely sources over the past few weeks, Ted Cruz has touted himself as a Republican uniter whose campaign represents a broad and ideologically diverse spectrum of the party.
How to Hack an Election
Andrés Sepúlveda rigged elections throughout Latin America for almost a decade. He tells his story for the first time.
This year’s election could usher in liberal “supermajority” on L.A. County supervisors board
While the contentious presidential contest has drawn most of the spotlight in the lead-up to California’s June primary, the election also marks the next phase of a sea change in Los Angeles County government.
Three ways a contested GOP convention might look
There are three ways the Republican National Convention could go if Donald Trump isn’t able to secure enough delegates to win the nomination outright. The first is a compromise with either Trump or Ted Cruz agreeing to support the other, if there’s no way the other can get the nomination at a contested convention. The second is chaos and claims of a corrupt bargain, if one of the two wins the nomination at the convention without the blessing of the other. The third is having a completely different candidate end up taking the mantle. All of these have happened at different times during America’s history and almost all of them happened to the American Right.
Chaos as North Dakota GOP Tries to Select Unbound Delegates
Politico reports that mayhem broke out on the floor of the North Dakota Republican Party’s convention moments before the vote on the slate of 25 delegates to the national convention.
Sanders to Charities: Drop Dead
From a 1981 New York Times story, revealing Bernie Sanders as the full totalitarian he is underneath his “democratic” socialism
Sanders wins most delegates at Clark County convention
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders scored a surprise victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday at the Clark County Democratic Convention, where Sanders won the largest number of delegates a month after losing the Nevada caucuses.
Federal Tyranny Gags GOP in Hillary’s Backyard
President Obama’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation is arguably the most radical, transformative, and potentially controversial initiative that his administration has undertaken to date. Maybe that’s why the mainstream press barely covers it.
Feds Refused To Detain Killer Illegal Alien, So Now They’ve Put Him On A “Most Wanted” List
A federal immigration enforcement agency is admitting — in not so many words — that it failed miserably last month when it refused to detain an illegal alien charged with vehicular homicide who is now on the lam.
Gun Shop Opens Outside DC Despite Protests
NOVA Armory brings in large, supportive crowd on capital’s doorstep
Last handgun ban in an American jurisdiction struck down
The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is part of U.S. sovereign territory, but it bans handguns, bans importing handguns into the commonwealth and limits possession of any guns by non-citizens, including lawful permanent residents.
Company Invents Gun That Folds Up to Look Like a Cellphone
A Minnesota company has invented a handgun that folds up to look just like a smartphone.
Hide the Decline
State Attorneys General to Target Global Warming “Deniers”
Sixteen attorneys general have banded together to go after oil companies and utilities who they claim have committed fraud by downplaying the idea of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming. They are going to investigate claims that ExxonMobile and other fossil fuel companies knew about the dangerous effects of global warming and hid the facts from the public.
Government in Healthcare
Obamacare at Six: A Legacy of Deception
Virtually every promise the president made on behalf of his “reform” law has been broken.
Fridays 1,000 Words on O’Care
Courtesy of FoIB Holly R
War & Terror
White House Press Secretary: Lahore Bombings Targeted Christians but “Majority” of Victims “Were Actually Muslims”
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at a press briefing Monday that the administration “condemns” the Easter suicide bombing that devastated Lahore, Pakistan, killing dozens at a children’s park
Brussels ISIS cell “were planning attack on the Belgian prime minister and had pictures and plans of his residence on a computer”
Pictures of Belgian PM Charles Michel’s residence and office found in raid
Boko Haram Kidnapped 300 Schoolchildren
Boko Haram abducted at least 300 elementary schoolchildren in an unreported kidnapping in the town of Damasak in northeast Nigeria, an investigation by Human Rights Watch (HRW) claims.
Kurdish Muslims abandoning Islam for Zoroastrianism in Disgust at ISIS/ Daesh
One of the smallest and oldest religions in the world is experiencing a revival in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.
Police officer shot at U.S. Capitol, shooter caught
A U.S. Capitol Police officer was shot Monday at the Capitol Visitor Center complex, and the shooter was taken into custody, Capitol officials and police said.
SURPRISE. Convicted Sex Offender Was Behind Charlotte, NC’s Boys-In-the-Girls Bathroom Law
Back in February, the city council of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed an law that made that city the happy hunting ground of sexual perverts.
Scripps College goes Emory over Trump Hashtag Left on Whiteboard
“This racist act is completely unacceptable”
Yale’s Case against Montague Looks Shaky
Max Stern, the lawyer for the expelled Yale basketball captain Jack Montague, has spoken out, announcing that he will sue Yale on behalf of Montague in April, and clarifying some details in the case, including a very surprising one: that the aggrieved female did not file the sexual misconduct complaint. In his telling, Montague had sex with the woman four times and the woman says only the fourth time was non-consensual.
Alaska Airlines cancels flights after volcano sends ash 20,000 feet in the air
Alaska Airlines said Monday it has cancelled more flights because of a massive cloud of volcanic ash from Alaska’s Pavlof Volcano that spewed into the air.
17 Men Reportedly Heard Chanting, Firing Off Shots In Apple Valley Detained, Released
Federal and local law enforcement authorities Tuesday are investigating after 17 men were detained for reportedly firing off hundreds of rounds in a remote part of Apple Valley.
Trump aide charged with misdemeanor battery vs. ex-Breitbart reporter
Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow told The Palm Beach Post this morning that Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, was released with a notice to appear in court after he turned himself in this morning at the Jupiter Police Department.
Good News: Millennials bolt from socialism once they become employed and start making money
My generation is a disaster, politically. They typically hold views that either are in direct contradiction of one another, or make zero sense altogether.
Mississippi looks at bringing back the firing squad
All across the country we’re seeing legal battles taking place in legislatures and courtrooms over the idea of either ending capital punishment or severely restricting how and when it is employed.
America may DUMP algebra as new study finds it is the main cause of high school drop-outs – and only 5% of jobs need it
Millions drop out of school when they fail 9th grade algebra, study finds
Cuban Internet Censorship is a Good Thing, According to The Nation
Venerable progressive mag argues in favor of a repressive regime controlling access to information, because it beats “corporate control.”
Diversity workshop says beige bandaids are white privilege
As part of a “cultural competency workshop,” students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are being assigned a score based on the amount of “white privilege” they may have.
Stanford Activists Demand Its Next President Be Nonwhite and Female or Transgender
Because a transgender white person would just not be “diverse” enough.
DC legalizes marijuana, violent crime increases
Washington, DC, did indeed legalize marijuana on February 26, 2015, and since then, violent crime has increased substantially.
California Pro Suicide Toll Free Hotline
You’ve heard of toll-free suicide prevention hotlines. Well, now California is on the verge of instituting a suicide facilitation hotline in connection with its new assisted suicide law.
George Mason University Renames Law School After Justice Antonin Scalia
Change comes after school received two donations totaling $30 million
New York college threatens students who don’t want to pee with person of opposite sex
When Cooper Union student activists forcibly removed the gender identifiers on restrooms around the small campus last fall in the name of transgender solidarity, its acting president did nothing.
Harvard Law School Administration Enables, Assists Students in Censoring Peers
The 2015–2016 academic year has undoubtedly been one of the busiest for student activism in recent memory, and with that has come free speech triumphs as well as free speech follies. Unfortunately, news from Harvard Law School (HLS) this morning falls squarely in the latter category.
“WE RISE”: Black Lives Matter Burns American Flag In Minneapolis Protest
Black Lives Matter protesters burned an American flag Wednesday night after the announcement that no officers would be charged in the death of Jamar Clark.
Profs call for nationalizing private universities
Or at minimum, ending “wealth hording” by forcing “well-endowed private institutions [to] share their assets”
Elizabeth Warren Wants The SEC To Help Her Ban Free Speech
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to prohibit organizations from “saying whatever they want about Washington policy debates,” according to a letter she sent to the agency on Thursday.
Leftist students stage walkout, protest UNC Ben Shapiro lecture
The liberal student walkout backfired when students eager to hear the lecture immediately filled the vacated seats.
Federal judge rebukes lack of due process in campus sex assault procedures
Finally, a federal judge has strongly condemned the lack of due process and fairness that students accused of sexual assault face on college campuses.
Economy & Taxes
Conservatives Yearning for the 1950s
“Bringing back jobs” in low-end manufacturing is not the answer.
A Universal 401(k)? California Considers a Radical Proposal To Help Workers Save
California thinks it has a solution to Americans’ woeful preparation for retirement: a near-universal 401(k) plan.
Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is now a best-seller in Germany
Reprinting Hitler’s autobiography “Mein Kampf” (My Struggle) was long prohibited in Germany — a country that considered the book too dangerous to be read. Now, it’s a German best-seller.
“Made Out Of Sand” – A Dramatic Look Inside A Newly Built Chinese Apartment
While real estate is all about “location, location, location,” it appears there are sometimes more prescient factors that any prospective buyer should pay attention to. Amid yet another government-fueled housing bubble, it seems in their haste to fulfil a rapacious demand for property in which to gamble their hard-grafted assets, Chinese construction companies have cut a few corners. As the following stunning video shows, a “newly constructed apartment” crumbles before the owners’ eyes as the “concrete” walls turn to sand…
Five Nights in Pyongyang: Inside the secret brothel of North Korea’s elite
East Asia Tribune journalist Chu Jingyi travelled to North Korea in January 2016, assuming the identity of a Chinese executive looking to source raw materials from the rogue nation. During his six-day visit, Chu was exposed to some of the most closely-guarded secrets of North Korean society, which few foreign observers have experienced.
Rupert Murdoch’s Ex-Wife Wendi Deng Is Dating Vladimir Putin
How’s this for a new couple alert? The rumor circulating around the corridors of power — from Washington, D.C., to Europe and Asia — is that Vladimir Putin and Wendi Deng, Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife, are dating.
Labour ex-mayor: Hitler killed 6 million “Zionists”
Labour former mayor resigns party after blasting education on Holocaust, claiming Israel is arming ISIS terror organization.
Privilege Theory Is A War On Happy Childhoods
Strong and healthy personal relationships are the root source of all power and privilege. So happy childhoods must go.
Transgender Controversy as Gay Group Rescinds Book Award Nomination
Pressure from transgender activists caused a gay literary organization to rescind its nomination for a former Northwestern University professor’s book, saying it is “inconsistent with . . . affirming LGBTQ lives.”
The New Normal is Abnormal
Marine general James Mattis is credited with saying that “no war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.” The global jihad’s response to the ponderous, pre-announced offensive against ISIS in Syria has long been anticipated: they would counterattack. Yaroslav Trofimov, writing in the Wall Street Journal back in 2015, predicted that the Paris attacks represented the first stages of its riposte in the West.
Europe at the Edge of the Abyss
America can still avoid sharing Europe’s fate. But only if we take action.
For America, the Fall of the Roman Empire Is the Best Case Scenario
A lot of people, especially Millennials with degrees in Intersectional Climate Change Gender Studies, may not know it, but there is a way to anticipate what’s going to happen in the future. It’s not perfect, but it helps you make educated guesses about what’s next. It’s called “History,” and apparently no one in our ruling class has ever heard of it.
Her Husband “Seemed Sensitive, Kind, Intelligent, Liberal, and Feminist . . .”
Oh, that was a very bad omen, really. It is difficult for me to imagine what a “feminist” husband would be, considering that for more than four decades, feminists have argued against marriage, per se.
Gender Theory, Gender Practice
The stubborn reality of human nature is likely to produce results that are unexpected by those who are attempting to turn feminist gender theory – the social construction of the gender binary within the heterosexual matrix – into public policy.
Intellectual Property Protection Is a Fundamental Free Market Tenet – Not a Tax
There was on Monday a quintessential example of the horrendously bad thinking of those opposed to all things intellectual property. An op-ed totally disconnected from reality and chock full of thought-free, pathetic anti-property platitudes.
My Son Is All Boy. And That’s Just Fine With Me.
In many ways I am a girly-girl. I love pretty dresses and going out for afternoon tea. I could sit with a book for hours, snuggled under a blanket, without feeling the need to move. Pink is one of my favorite colors, second only to powder blue. I’m not a huge fan of getting dirty and my relationship with bugs is strained.
The Rise Of The Sex-Crazed Twitter Nazi Bots
Why anyone expected a robot who learned on Twitter to become anything other than a Nazi is beyond me.
How Women Should Rethink The American Dream
The American Dream is not about money. It’s a call to create a society with the space to pursue humanity’s calling.
Does Generation Z Really Defy Gender Norms?
We have good reason to believe Generation Z will continue to populate the earth the old-fashioned way and reinforce the natural gender binary in the process.
The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty
It also paints a vivid picture of the tremendous fragility of that experiment and explains why that fragility has been dangerously forgotten—and in doing so it lays out our own responsibility to live those ideals and carry on those freedoms.
Amy Schumer Will Tell You What to Think (And You Must Comply)
What can I say about @AmySchumer? Only what I have said so often before: Feminism Is a Totalitarian Movement to Destroy Civilization as We Know It, and the kind of “humor” that emerges from a totalitarian death cult is Amy Schumer’s stock in trade.
The cottage industry of campus grievance culture
The elevation of life’s minor indignities to full blown crimes of sexual harassment and assault have created a cottage industry on college campuses.
Capitalism is not a “weapon” which can be deployed in totalitarian states
Taylor wrote this morning about the troop situation in Iraq and how we may be ramping up our forces. In his conclusion, he noted that he’s not in favor of beating ISIS in a military showdown, but would prefer to see free markets displace the terrorists.
Have you been wondering just what the heck “intersectionality” is? Well, okay, just pretend you have. Or pretend that you just now figured out it isn’t the jargon of traffic engineers who try to explain how they always manage to make four-way intersections dysfunctional.
What the GOP Should Know NOW About Warren G. Harding’s Presidential Win in 1920
The dark horse from Ohio emerged from a contested convention as the nominee and then became president
Enoch Powell’s early warning of mass migration
1960 the British military and Unterhaus MP Enoch Powell warned of “Flow of blood” as a result of uncontrolled immigration to Europe. He has been cold to politically.
Nintendo Fires @AlisonRapp, Who Hates #GamerGate and Supports Pedophiles
Alison Rapp was employed in public relations for videogame maker Nintendo. This became controversial when it was discovered that in 2012, Rapp wrote a thesis entitled “Speech We Hate: An Argument for the Cessation of International Pressure on Japan to Strengthen Its Anti-Child Pornography Laws.”
Why The Activist Left Can’t Help Its Intolerance
Defacing monuments is an age-old tactic meant to suppress speech and intimidate political enemies. The activist Left is now using it on elementary schools.
Figuring out who the real zealots are in a religious war
A couple of weeks ago, news came out of England that “Muslim staff at a Bradford Council-run care home stopped patients eating pork pies and bacon sandwiches because of their religious beliefs, a report found.” Most of the people denied their pork pies and bacon sandwiches had no recourse: “Wagtail Close has a respite care facility and is home to people living with physical disabilities, sensory loss, brain injury or learning disabilities.” This is not a population with a great deal of market mobility.
A Horrifying Socialist Future for America?
The debate over socialism shouldn’t even exist. Everywhere big government has been tried, it has failed.
No One Cares if You Majored in Lesbian Dance Theory
A “form of Fascism” is being used to intimidate, threaten and silence conservative views on the nation’s college campuses, Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire told MRCTV in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
We Are Relying On Feminist Witches To Save Us: What could go wrong?
Feminism is just the tip of the ice berg. There is something very bad going on in society and I do not think things will turn out well.
A Literary Guide To Our Orwellian Nightmare
We live in an age where the individual has to combat mass society and groupthink, and the individual is losing. Here’s a brief overview of writers whose insights can help you fight back.
Update: @fyeahmfabello Is Still Crazy (Beware of the Feminist™ Brand)
Melissa Fabello is the editor of Everyday Feminist who hates white people, heterosexuality and men, not necessarily in that order. She’s also BFFs with Anita Sarkeesian, Commissar of the Feminist Thought Police.
Debunking the Myth of “Democratic” Socialism
Here’s how you know people generally disfavor socialism. Proponents of socialism take a parent to child approach by wrapping a distasteful thing (socialism) inside something seen as more palatable (democracy).
The New Commissars
“Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
Check Your Monosexual Privilege!
Bird of weird feathers flock together, and when Melissa Fabello decided to engage in a Twitter colloquy with me (of course I mean, not me), she accidentally introduced me to her friend, Australian freelance writer Catherine Bouris, who has degrees from the University of Sydney and UCLA.