News of the Week (April 17th, 2016)

 

News of the Week for April 17th, 2016


 

Election 2016

 

How Ted Cruz might win a general election
Despite his personality

Colorado GOP chairman is getting DEATH THREATS from Trump supporters
Trump supporters are now posting private information of the Colorado Republican party officials and encouraging each other to harass them.

Trump supporters now posting HOME ADDRESSES of Colorado GOP officials
Supporters of Donald Trump are posting the names, home addresses, and phone numbers of officials of the Colorado Republican party so that they can be harassed

NOW President: Abortion Is “Necessary”; First Amendment Should Be Repealed
An unofficial surrogate of Hillary Clinton, the President of the left-wing National Organization For Women (NOW) said on Monday that abortion is a “necessary aspect” of “reproductive health care.” Speaking to a group of leftist supports in Washington, D.C., Terry O’Neill also called for repealing the First Amendment, raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, and mandates for businesses to provide benefits to employees subsidizing contraception and abortion.

What Bernie Sanders Might Get From His Candidacy
Despite his fundraising prowess and number of primary wins, it’s almost impossible for Bernie Sanders to win the Democratic nomination for President.

GOP Should Nominate Chief Critic Cruz: Republican Rise Relies on Repentance
No one has been more incisively critical of the Republican Party in Congress than Texas Senator Ted Cruz, though he has not been alone. In many ways, Republican capitulation and cooperation with Big Government forces spawned the Tea Party, and then, the candidacy of Donald Trump (albeit around different issues).

RNC member predicts: Trump can win with 1,100 delegates
Republican National Committee member Randy Evans predicted Wednesday that Donald Trump would likely be able to secure the Republican nomination if he captures anything more than 1,100 delegates, short of the 1,237 delegates needed for a simple majority.

Judge: Ted Cruz eligible to be on N.J. primary ballot
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas meets the criteria for a “natural-born citizen” and can run in New Jersey’s Republican presidential primary on June 7, an administrative law judge ruled Tuesday.

Cruz, Rubio join forces in Arkansas to block Trump delegates
Ted Cruz’s and Marco Rubio’s supporters have teamed up in Arkansas to pack the state delegation with individuals who’ll turn against Donald Trump in a contested convention.

Trump-Kasich vs. Cruz-Rubio at the Convention?
Georgia Republican National Committeeman Randy Evans offered radio host Michael Graham a surprising prediction about the convention in Cleveland

Dem Superdelegate “hit list” creator once taunted homeless man reading Bible
“Hit” removed from “Hit List” – but Samantha Bee still very unhappy with targeting superdelegates

BREAKING – Cruz Plans To Steal California by Having Trump Fail to Prep Groundgame (#Sarcasm)
BOOM EXCLUSIVE WOW BOMBSHELL OUTRAGEOUS CHEATING STEALING!!!

“Wreck-It Donald” Is Breaking Conservatism from Within
Wreck-It-DonaldIt’s always easier to destroy than to create. GOP frontrunner Donald Trump has spent his candidacy showing Republicans just how easy it is. Media organizations, think tanks, and the electoral process itself have seen decades of hard work reversed in months by Wreck-It Donald.

Dem dust up in Maryland is a sign of things to come
Given what’s going on in the Republican presidential contest, I’m not going to pass any popcorn when it comes to Democratic infighting. I was amused, though, by this story from the Democrats’ Senate primary in Maryland.

Latest Poll: Major Difference in Voter Confidence of Trump and All Other Candidates
When voters were asked if they thought each candidate had the knowledge to effectively serve as president, Trump was the only candidate who failed to earn the majority of voters’ confidence, and he failed miserably.

Trump Trolls His “Christian” Chumps
Hot Air has the audio clip. It’s a relatively obvious troll. It underscores the notions that either (a) Trump isn’t even slightly serious about the job for which he’s purportedly campaigning, or (b) if there is a serious bone in his body, it’s dislocated from any real competence.

Watch Hillary Clinton Endorse A Massive 25 Percent Tax On Guns
“Personally, I am all for that.”

Sanders’ supporters want universal health care, free tuition but aren’t willing to pay for it
Vox has an interesting story today (credit where due) that cuts against the progressive grain a bit and which also reveals something important about the appeal of far left policy offerings like the ones being made by Bernie Sanders.

Why Donald Trump might not get all of West Virginia’s delegates.
OK, West Virginia’s delegate allocation system is legitimately confusing. Their primary is May 10th; thirty four delegates are at stake.

Sanders reverses position on lawsuits against gun manufacturers
Many of Bernie Sanders’ more ardent supporters love to talk about how the Vermont Senator is a straight shooter who tells it like it is and is unafraid of backlash from the political class, even when his positions may be unpopular.

How a contested convention really works
Contested Republican Convention? Been there, done that.

 

Obama Scandals

 

HUD threatens to sue landlords who screen tenants for felonies
The Obama administration has just made it easier for felons to move in next door. Landlords who don’t want tenants who are going to mug their neighbors or deal drugs will now be treated as racists and potentially sued.

The Obama Administration Is Now Apologizing For America Winning World War II
Our new motto: Strength Through Moral Equivalence.

Defense Secretary: U.S. Policy of “Strategic Interaction” Means No Intimidating
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told sailors aboard the USS Blue Ridge that “the American approach to things” is “not to carve things up, it’s not to intimidate people or to coerce people to exclude people.”

IRS chief: Agency encourages illegal immigrant theft of SSNs to file tax returns
The IRS is struggling to ensure that illegal immigrants are able to illegally use Social Security numbers for legitimate purposes, the agency’s head told senators on Tuesday, without allowing the numbers to be used for “bad” reasons.

 

Gun Rights

 

Brady Campaign responds to NRA fairy tales by… shooting a child in the face
They produced their own fairy tale which features Alice of Wonderland fame shooting herself in the face.

Democrats threaten to scuttle mental health bill over gun rights
There’s still a clear divide between conservatives and liberals on gun control issues and how the nation should respond to mass shootings which continue to shock the country. But out of all the debates and disputes there was at least one point which emerged where it seemed that everyone could agree.

Taxing $1,000 per Gun Became a Reality in One U.S. Territory – and Some Worry It Could Spread
Residents of the Northern Marianas Islands, a U.S. territory, will be paying a tax of $1,000 per gun as part of a sweeping gun regulation package was approved.

California School Board Unanimously Approves Concealed Carry on Campus
After a unanimous vote by the school board, Kingsburg Joint Union High School District teachers will be allowed to concealed carry on campus.

Woman fatally shoots man kicking in front door while waiting for police
A Kansas City homeowner, who said she feared for her life, shot and killed a man after he kicked down her door late Wednesday night.

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

Oregon Judge Upholds Kids’ Lawsuit Against Gov. Inaction on Climate Change
An Oregon judge ruled in favor of a group of children last week. Twenty-one kids between the ages of 8 and 19 sued the federal government and the fossil fuel industry for violating their rights and those of “future generations.” The judge, rather than dismissing these petulant children, found that they have a substantive complaint on legal grounds, and dismissed the government’s call to drop the case.

The Model Atmosphere and Global Warming
Last month, Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified before the Senate that the Department of Justice is considering taking legal action against energy industries dubious of the dire role of carbon emissions to change the climate. And Democratic attorneys general from numerous states are in hot pursuit of global warming heretics.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

Court Tosses ACLU Lawsuit To Force Catholic Hospitals To Perform Abortions
A district court just threw out a lawsuit that would have forced hospitals with religious affiliations and doctors with moral objections to perform abortions.

Guttmacher Erases Data To Protect Planned Parenthood, IUDs
Planned Parenthood’s research arm is hiding data to bolster claims that Planned Parenthood and IUDs are reducing unintended births among poor women.

When Robert Reich Spilled the Healthcare Beans
This old clip from 2009 was thrown over my transom today. It is a bracing reminder of the stakes in this election, which might be the last chance to reverse course on further empowerment of government control over healthcare.

Canada’s new assisted suicide bill doesn’t allow visitors
Canada on Thursday introduced a new assisted suicide law that will apply only to citizens and residents, meaning Americans won’t be able to travel to Canada to die.

Centralized Medicine Erodes Individualized Care
The socialized NHS is infamous for having doctors practice to the bureaucrats’ memos.

 

War & Terror

 

Sweden: Kids are playing ISIS in preschool
I’m more worried today than I was a year ago, says Mona Sahlin.

Defectors may be sign of North Korean regime instability
Kim Jong-un’s succession to the throne (is there another more proper term for it?) of North Korea has not been greeted with universal acclaim in that country.

How China’s Expansionist Foreign Policy Threatens The Globe
Many Americans are worried about ISIS attacks at home and overseas. But a greater threat to global stability is China’s foreign policy.

US says Russian planes buzzed Navy ship in Baltic Sea
In fact, these Russian antics are somewhat a sign of weakness on the Russian’s part. They really can’t do anything to stop USS Donald Cook from operating in their back yard, so they throw a bit of a tantrum.

2018: The Year U.S. Fighter Pilots Could Get Drone Wingmen
The Loyal Wingman initiative is developing pilotless fighters

Boko Haram Fighters Killed, Commanders Arrested And 1,275 Hostages Freed, Nigerian Army Says
Nigerian and Cameroonian troops killed 22 suspected Boko Haram fighters and arrested three purported commanders of the Islamic militant group during a massive raid Monday along the mountainous border region that separates the neighboring countries.

2/3 Of British Muslims Would Not Alert Police If They Knew About Terror Plot
Two thirds of British Muslims would not inform the police if they thought that somebody close to them had become involved with terrorist sympathisers, according to a poll.

German Army alarmed at growing Islamist infiltration, as 29 ex-soldiers join ISIS
Since 2007, German Military Intelligence investigated 320 active duty soldiers on suspicions of jihadist links

The Castration of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Will the Joint Chiefs ever make a stand against the Obama Administration?

Europe: Suicide by Jihad
The March 22 jihadist attacks in Brussels were predictable. What is surprising is that they did not take place sooner. What is also surprising is that more people were not killed. It seems that the authors of the attacks had larger projects in mind; they wanted to attack a nuclear power plant. Others may succeed in doing just that.

Conventional Submarines an Answer for the US Navy?
As any US submariner will tell you, the acoustic signature of AIP boats is a significant challenge for US detection capabilities. On top of that, China is building a network of surveillance and detection systems across the expanse of the First Island Chain.

 

National

 

Ohio State Swiftly Ends Students’ “Occupation” With Promises Of Arrest, Expulsion
Students at Ohio State University who attempted to occupy the area outside of president Michael V. Drake’s office late Wednesday night experienced a surprise — and a taste of the cruel, real world — when a senior administrator coolly advised them that they would be arrested and expelled if they didn’t retreat from their “occupied space.”

The Snowflakes of San Francisco State University
San Francisco State University is among the most racist and anti-Semitic universities in the United States, which is why it is partnering with An-Najah University in Nablus, which is among the most racist universities in the world. This is only fitting. Birds of a feather, and so forth.

Explosive Rage Disorder Linked to Germ Found in Cats’ Litter Boxes
A new study suggests that people prone to explosive bouts of rage might be under the influence of toxoplasmosis, an illness caused by a parasite found in cat feces and undercooked meat.

California bullet train still on track to go almost nowhere
“Where’s the beef?” asked a 1980s Wendy’s commercial, suggesting its burgers offered more hamburger than those of its fast-food rivals. The well-traveled phrase popped up during an April 4 hearing in the Legislature on the finances of the state’s high-speed rail project.

Predator who claimed to be transgender declared dangerous offender
A sexual predator who falsely claimed to be transgender and preyed on women at two Toronto shelters was jailed indefinitely on Wednesday.

“Scarier than we initially thought”: CDC sounds warning on Zika virus
Public health officials used their strongest language to date in warning about a Zika outbreak in the United States, as the Obama administration lobbied Congress for $1.9 billion to combat the mosquito-borne virus.

“The Holy Bible” Makes Library Association’s List Of Most “Challenged” Books
The Holy Bible, along with several other books that incorporate aspects of religion, made the American Library Association’s list of top 10 most challenged books in 2015.

Texas Attorney General Charged With Federal Securities Fraud
Federal securities regulators charged Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Monday with four counts of civil fraud, piling on more legal troubles for the Republican already under criminal indictment for allegations that he deceived friends and wealthy investors — at least once with high-pressure tactics.

Appeals court reverses decision striking down part of Utah polygamy law
I’d thought that the case of the Brown family polygamy trials in Utah was well in our rear view mirror, but some appeals have been making their way through the courts and at least one portion of the original law is back up for debate yet again.

Chris Christie caves on NJ Supreme Court pick
The short version: Embattled New Jersey governor Chris Christie withdrew his stalled-since-2012 nomination of Republican David F. Bauman to the NJ Supreme Court, and instead submitted Democrat Walter F. Timpone’s name. Senate Democrats have graciously indicated that they will accept this nomination, so that’s that, huh?

California unions arrange to cut their own members out of wage increases
Out in California there’s been huge “progress” in the Fight for 15 and raising the minimum wage. Obviously it’s not just grassroots activists and disaffected workers getting all of this done because they generally don’t have the cash and the statewide organizational structure to get the ball rolling quickly. The unions are the big players in this game and they’ve teamed up with legislators and business owners to make that happen.

High School Shames Student for Writing Politically Incorrect Essay It Knew Was Satire
Jonathan Swift “A Modest Proposal” assignment goes awry because everything is offensive.

DePaul says no more political chalking in response to pro-Trump messages
The school will no longer allow students to chalk political messages on sidewalks of campus because of pro-Trump chalking.

A Gender Fender-Bender At UofW
It’s getting so you need a scorecard to keep up with the correct gender nomenclature of progressivism these days. Like this official “Working Glossary of Terms” that the University of Washington uses for students to figure out how to identify themselves. If you click through the link and scroll down the terms, you’ll see that “Male” and “Female” are not options.

Universities Are Singling Out White Students For “Education Sessions”
In just the latest instance of a taxpayer-funded university singling out white students for privilege-shaming “education sessions,” the University of Wisconsin-Madison hosted a special workshop on Tuesday for the purpose of getting white students to acknowledge and confront their own white privilege.

Sen. McCaskill: Son once called me “best prostitute in Kansas City”
Sen. Claire McCaskill says her son once dubbed her the “best prostitute in Kansas City.”

Portland Professor Wants a “World Without Whiteness”
A professor at Portland Community College (PCC) in Oregon was filmed last week saying that a “good world” would be “a world without whiteness.”

College Kids Say the Darndest Things: On Identity
FPIW visited the campus of the University of Washington to see if students would affirm or reject Joseph Backholm’s new chosen identity: a 6’5″ Chinese woman.

Thousands of teachers flock to “White Privilege Conference”
Thursday marked the start of “The 17th Annual White Privilege Conference” and this year’s theme is “Let Freedom Ring, Re-Imagining Equality & Social Justice in the United States.”

Soviet Immigrants to Sanders Supporters: “Have You Ever Lived Under a Revolution?”
Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov made headlines when he dismissed the Sanders campaign last month.

D.C. mayor calls for citywide vote to make nation’s capital the 51st state
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Friday called for a citywide vote in November on making the nation’s capital the 51st state, resurrecting a decades-old plan to thrust the issue before Congress and raise awareness across the country about District residents’ lack of full citizenship.

Court confirms: Spaghetti is not a god
Sorry Flying Spaghetti Monster, you’re still legally mortal

White Privilege Conference: Almost Everything Bad Is Tied To Christianity
A lecturer at the 2016 White Privilege Conference (WPC) made the bold claim that almost every dysfunction in society, from racism and sexism to global warming and a weak economy, is united by the ideology of “Christian hegemony.”

Clemson Swiftly Ends Students’ Building “Occupation” With Trespassing Arrests
Students at Clemson University who refused to leave a campus building they had attempted to occupy experienced a surprise – and a bitter taste of the cruel, real world – Thursday evening when police arrested them.

 

Economy & Taxes

 

They Want Your IRA
The White House pushes investors toward government accounts.

Here’s Why the IMF Says the Global Economy Is in Big Trouble
The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecast for the fourth time in the past year on Tuesday, citing China’s slowdown, persistently low oil prices and chronic weakness in advanced economies.

Green energy tax extenders die on the vine
Senate Republicans have refused to allow tax breaks for green energy companies as part of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization package, bringing an end to an intraparty debate that unfolded in private over the last several days.

IRS Commissioner: Flat Tax Would Be Simpler, Save Agency a Lot of Money
Koskinen urged lawmakers to approve more funds for the IRS

California clothing manufacturers fleeing minimum wage hike
A fifteen dollar per hour minimum wage is coming to California, so break out the champagne and let’s get this party started! Unless you work in the apparel manufacturing industry, that is, in which case you may want to start looking for some cheaper drinks since you’ll likely be out of a job soon.

Cavuto and “Million Student March” Organizer Clash on Education, Free College
This year’s “Million Student March” took place Wednesday on college campuses across America. Activists called for tuition-free public college, the cancelation of all student debt, a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers and a divestment from private prisons by all colleges and universities.

 

International

 

Male Millennial Swears He Gets His Period Every Month
The “men” of the millennial generation have tried with all their might to kill off what’s left of masculinity, bringing us man buns, male feminists, gender neutral clothing and a slew of men made in the image of Pajama Boy. But it looks like one 22-year-old university student, George Fellowes, finally put the last nail in the manhood coffin: Fellowes swears he gets his period each month.

“Obsessed With Sex”?
A stunning incident happened earlier this month at a debate in Toronto over immigration. This debate particularly concerned the flood of Muslim “refugees” that has provoked a crisis in Europe.

Yes, Impeach Dilma: Brazil Congressional Committee
Though outcome was largely symbolic

Sweden Shocked Again after Woman Raped to Death by Somali Immigrant
A 34 year old immigrant from Somalia was arrested for savagely attacking a woman next to the parking garage of a Sheraton hotel in Sweden.

Germany To Strip Job Protection From Citizens To Make Room For Refugees
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition announced new “integration” reforms Thursday that will remove worker protections from European Union and German citizens so refugees can compete with them for jobs.

Is yellow fever the next pandemic?
The World Health Organization confirmed on Monday that recent cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are connected to an outbreak that began several months ago in Angola, the largest in that country in 30 years. Now some infectious disease researchers are worried that that low vaccination rates in Africa could make it hard to contain the disease.

Venezuela leader threatens to cut opposition legislature’s term
Venezuela’s socialist leader Nicolas Maduro threatened on Thursday to seek a constitutional amendment to slash the opposition-led legislature’s term and vowed to lead a “revolution” should his foes wrest him from the presidency.

Nearly half of Australia’s voters rely entirely on government payments for their incomes
Analysis by The Weekend Australian has revealed that more than 44 per cent of voters, almost 6.4 million people, are either public sector employees (1.89 million) or wholly dependent on federal government pensions, allowances and parenting payments (4.48 million). The figure grows further when private sector workers who receive more in welfare than they pay in tax are added …

Muslim Migrant Men Pose with Pre-Teen Non-Muslim Girlfriends on Social Media
This will make your skin crawl.

University students are struggling to read entire books
Students from the University of Sheffield say claims they are unable to focus on complex arguments are “unfair”

Turkish President Erdogan Seizes Six Christian Churches, Making Them State Property
Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration recently seized six churches as state property in the volatile southeastern part of Turkey.

 

Opinion

 

How To Rebuild Conservatism After Trump
People who love freedom in its various forms still need to work together to fight for it in the political arena. So we should start considering ways a new coalition can avoid old mistakes.

The “Male Feminist” Problem
How many times must I say it? Never talk to a feminist

Dear attorneys general, conspiring against free speech is a crime
Liberal law enforcers shouldn’t break the law to shut up climate change dissenters.

Western Civilization? No Thanks, Standford Students Say
To survive and thrive, human beings must think. You might imagine that such a statement goes without saying. But you would be wrong. In fact, the necessity of thought has long been a contested notion in philosophical circles. Societies which embrace thinking , societies which embrace rationality, steadily improve the condition of mankind. Those who reject rationality devolve into darkness, fostering human suffering.

Why Corporations Oppose Religious Liberty
Georgia state Senator William Ligon asks but does not answer a question on today’s Wall Street Journal op-ed page: “Why Are Companies Taking Sides Against Religious Liberty?” The question is raised by the ferocious corporate response to attempts in Georgia and other states to reinforce at the state level religious protections already guaranteed by federal law. The New York Times, a former newspaper, has scurrilously and dishonestly labeled these “Anti-Gay Laws,” because they would prevent priests and pastors from being forced to perform gay marriages against their faiths and consciences.

Equal Nonsense Day
Today is “Equal Pay Day,” which mitigates the fact that April is also Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month. (Seriously—it is.) And so we might as well remind everyone—again—that the “Pay Gap” is another of those myths that liberals cling to like a drowning man to a life preserver.

“Equal Pay Day” and the 23% gender pay gap myth
“Equal Pay Day” — the day in April when women supposedly have to work before reaching parity with men’s pay – is perhaps the biggest hoax in progressive economics. And that’s saying something!

APPROPRIATE THIS!
The Social Justice Warriors — the first “warriors” in history to faint at the sight of a penknife — have a new weapon to show off their unearned moral superiority: CULTURAL APPROPRIATION, where mainstream culture steals from minorities without being “authentic.” Surprisingly Bill Whittle agrees with this, and has a list of grievances all his own.

I’m a progressive student who’s scared my peers have gone off the deep end in killing free speech
Social justice warrior opposes efforts by peers to shut down free speech

Democrats’ photo ID hypocrisy
I heard on the radio the other day that our local housing authority was taking applications for subsidized housing, and I was completely shocked that they were requiring a photo ID. I thought it was oppressing or disenfranchising to require the poor, the elderly, the disabled, and minorities to require a photo ID. It turns out that the national housing authority (HUD) requires it.

The Character of a Socialist
Upon initial inspection, Bernie Sanders’ near monolithic appeal to America’s youngest voters is perplexing. Why would the first generation of the 21st Century gravitate toward a living relic of the 20th Century who has made it his objective to rehabilitate the very worst idea of the 19th Century? Some say that it is a lamentable aspect of the modern age that history is poorly taught, and its lessons must be eternally relearned. The appeal of Bernie Sanders-style socialism may, however, have as many roots in the simple absence of a degree of prudence and wisdom, qualities that cannot be conferred in a classroom.

Yes, “Gender” Is About Sex
Melissa Fabello will once again be the subject of my attention in a long post I’ve been writing this week, but her romantic holiday in Paris is something she has not bothered to explain at length, whereas we already have extensive testimony as to her “queer feminist” credentials.

The Queering of Feminism and the Silencing of Heterosexual Masculinity
Why does a man love a woman? What makes women attractive to men? If you are a woman who is interested in men, questions like this may be worth considering, and perhaps heterosexual men could tell you something about this subject.

“Gender” Madness: How Far It’s Gone
When did our nation’s universities cease to teach biology and instead begin indoctrinating young people in what can only be described as sexual Lysenkoism?

Harbingers
Perhaps it is because we’re looking for a house to buy that I’m very sensitive to the signs of economic downturn and economic “never got very well.”

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