News of the Week (May 15th, 2016)

 

News of the Week for May 15th, 2016


 

Election 2016

 

State Dept. says it can’t find emails from Clinton’s IT aide
The State Department has been unable to locate any emails that were sent to or from Hillary Clinton’s former IT aide at the department, according a Monday court filing.

Ted Cruz backers ready for fight at convention to make party platform conservative
When I tweeted that earlier, someone replied that they’re trying to protect the house’s foundation, not the wallpaper.

Inside the Anti-Trump Circus: Here Comes the Summer of Hate
Wherever Donald Trump goes, protests follow.

Carson leaves Trump’s VP vetting team
Ben Carson has stepped away from a selection committee tasked with finding Donald Trump’s running mate, a new report says.

New Republic blames Donald Trump for Budweiser’s new “America” beer
Trump Derangement Syndrome is off to a good start.

What a Hillary-Shaped Supreme Court Would Look Like
Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School is one of the leading leftists in legal academia today. Yesterday on Jack Balkin’s website Balkinization, Tushnet lets it all hang out how he thinks a reliably liberal Supreme Court should think and act.

Senator Cruz Open to Reentering the Race
While appearing on Glenn Beck’s radio program this morning, Senator Ted Cruz suggested that the notion of his reentering the race was not out of the question.

Cruz delegates push to add transgender bathroom issue to RNC platform
Assuming Ted Cruz doesn’t “unsuspend” his campaign after tonight’s caucus results are in, he won’t be going to the convention in Cleveland as a potential candidate to be nominated from the floor.

Could Maryland senate race be a Republican pickup?
Conventional wisdom would say Republicans in Maryland have no chance to win a Senate seat. But conventional wisdom has had a terrible track record recently.

Supervisors OK ballot measure to lower SF voting age to 16
A charter amendment to lower the voting age to 16 that will appear on the November ballot would put San Francisco at the forefront of expanding voting rights at a time when some other governments around the country have implemented increasingly restrictive voting laws.

“Patriot” candidates are now getting elected in Oregon
Joseph Rice’s manner is a long way from militia stereotypes. The Patriot Movement leader does not present as a crazed gun nut, nor as a blowhard white supremacist. He’s genial, folksy, and matter-of-fact in laying out his views. But talk to him for long enough, and time and again the Patriot Movement leader returns to what really drives him: land.

Democrats Counting on “Trump Effect” to Help Retake Statehouses
Democrats say Donald Trump’s presence atop the Republican ticket will help stem a tide of electoral defeats that put Republicans in charge of statehouses across the U.S. and in control of taxes, social issues and district lines that preserve their majorities.

Reporter to Rubio: You’ve got until June to change your mind and run for Senate again, you know
I think he’s 90 percent committed to leaving at the end of this term, as he’s promised to do, but I’d hang onto that last 10 percent for a few weeks longer.

New Oregon Poll Has a Shockingly Depressing Result for Trump (AND Hillary)
For reasons that are not entirely clear, the poll also tested the Republican primary, which isn’t even contested anymore. And this is where things get bad for Trump – because he didn’t even clear 50% in the polls even though his opponents aren’t in the race anymore. According to this poll, he pulls in 45% of likely Republican voters, but 28% of likely Republican voters said they intended to vote for Cruz and/or Kasich even though both had already dropped out before the survey started. Another 27% responded “unsure” even though there’s only one choice left.

Ralph Nader: Trump’s Done Some Good, Clinton’s Winning By “Dictatorship”
He heaps praise on Bernie Sanders, but won’t reveal how he’ll vote in November.

Persian Gulf Sheikhs Gave Bill & Hillary $100 Million
A Daily Caller News Foundation investigation reveals that Bill and Hillary Clinton received at least $100 million from autocratic Persian Gulf states and their leaders, potentially undermining Democratic presidential candidate Hillary’s claim she can carry out independent Middle East policies.

Senator Ben Sasse and #NeverTrump Targeted in Nebraska
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse has been one of the more vocal proponents of the #NeverTrump crusade.

Virginia GOP Races to Block Felons From Voting in November
Imagine the glee that political party leaders would feel in any state where they get the opportunity to sign up 206,000 new voters.

#NeverTrump, Contrary To Criticism, Represents A Wide Range Of Conservatives
When listening to Donald Trump discuss the #NeverTrump, something commonly heard outside the dripping contempt is the accusation the movement is made up of nothing but “establishment” DC types not needed by Trump, and therefore a threat to their livelihood.

What’s Right About #NeverTrump
Last week Paul Ryan and Donald Trump began an interpretive dance that will end with a show of party unity. That it is just a dance is indicated by its practical uselessness: since Trump is not a man of his word, what words could he possibly say that could reasonably change Ryan’s mind about him? But since Ryan is the highest-ranking Republican and disunity hurts the party, the speaker of the House will continue to move to unify as much as he’s able. That’s his job.

Venezuela Running Out of Food as U.S. Says Total Meltdown Imminent
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro extended a state of emergency another 60 days as several riots broke out in grocery stores this past week. The country is running out of food, the workweek has been reduced to two days, there is a water shortage and — soon — a gasoline shortage in a country with more oil than Saudi Arabia, there are long blackouts as electricity is scarce, and 70% of the voters want Maduro out this year.

A Harbinger of Dem Convention Chaos
It was only a few weeks ago that the Republican Party appeared destined to suffer a contentious and unsightly contested nominating convention.

 

Obama Scandals

 

Obama’s last act is to force suburbs to be less white and less wealthy
Hillary’s rumored running mate, Housing Secretary Julian Castro, is cooking up a scheme to reallocate funding for Section 8 housing to punish suburbs for being too white and too wealthy.

Obama Administration forces transgender bathroom rules on every school in America
The Department of Education will instruct every public school in America to provide “suitable” bathroom and locker room facilities to match transgender students “chosen gender identity.”

New Obamacare Transgender Regulations Threaten Freedom of Physicians
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized new transgender regulations for Obamacare on Friday.

Facebook Knows Where You Live And Wants To Register You To Vote
Creepy

Obama School Bathroom Decree Issued: Worse Than Expected
Meanwhile, Texas promises to fight back

 

Gun Rights

 

Dems Battle Each Other Over Gun Control
Seeking to bolster his early-bird campaign for governor, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom forged ahead with a controversial ballot initiative designed to put severe strictures on guns in California. But in addition to raising the ire of Republicans statewide, Newsom has begun to clash with members of his own party in Sacramento, who don’t share his vision of the right political strategy on the issue in November and beyond.

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

Emails between Pro-RICO Climate Scientists Made Public
Last fall, I wrote about Jagadish Shukla, professor of climate dynamics at George Mason University, head of the school’s Institute of Global Environment and Society (which he has used to pocket $5.6 million since 2001), and the lead author of a letter sent in September to President Obama, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and White House Office of Science and Technology policy director John Holdren calling for “a RICO investigation of corporations and other organizations that have knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change,” a tactic first proposed by Rhode Island senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

Harvard: Obamacare program isn’t working
A key Obamacare program intended to revolutionize the U.S. healthcare system by tying hospital compensation to medical outcomes is not working, according to a new study from researchers at Harvard University.

 

War & Terror

 

Gone In a Flash: State Department Deletes Jen Psaki’s Admission that Her Predecessor Lied About Nuke Deal
James Rosen, in 2013, confronted Jen Psaki about a lie the Administration was peddling — that they had only begun nuke talks with Iran after the “moderate” Rouhani was elected.

CENTCOM intel officer fired for cursing after exposing cooked ISIS intelligence
If you’ve been following this story about how the CENTCOM intelligence office cooked the books to downplay the growth and threat represented by the Islamic State, the latest on the scandal takes on a surreal quality.

PSA: Crazy Knife Attacker in Germany Stabbing Infidels in Back While Shouting Allahu Ackbar Totally Unrelated to Islam
I’m not sure how many times I have to say this, Crazy and Jihadi are not mutually exclusive categories, they are complimentary.

Yazidi Girl Exposes ISIS Rape Hellhole
They would come and take any girl against her will; if she refused, they would kill her on the spot.

Police seize weapons “en route to Swedish militants”
Six people have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling weapons to radical Islamists in Sweden, Bosnian Serb authorities said on Friday.

 

National

 

FORMER FACEBOOK WORKERS: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News.
Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.

Facebook curators suppress conservative news items
According to Facebook, their trending news list is generated by an algorithm which automatically elevates stories that Facebook users are reading about. Such a list of trending stories does exist at Facebook but it is not the one seen by users. According to a story published Monday by Gizmodo, the public list is hand-selected by a small cadre of news “curators,” many of whom suppress conservative stories that are legitimately trending on the site

Former Facebook Employees SPECIFICALLY NAME “Steven Crowder” As Blacklisted News Site
Last week, we told you about how Facebook was using “independent” “news” “curators” to decide what news you see in your timeline. Shockingly not shocking, conservative sources were left out.

Justice Department, North Carolina file dueling lawsuits over bathroom law
The Justice Department and North Carolina filed dueling lawsuits Monday over the state’s controversial “bathroom” law, with the Obama administration answering an early-morning lawsuit filed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory with legal action of its own.

Student leaders vote to divest from Israel but ignore China divestment resolution
If Israel deserves the wrath of the academic community, why not China?

Claremont race activists targeted “Shady People of Color” for not supporting radical agenda
Racial protesters at Claremont McKenna College created an enemies list of administrators and students who are racial minorities but disagreed with the protesters’ goals or otherwise earned their spite, the Claremont Independent reported Thursday.

UVA student: “American” identity “the most blatant microaggression”
During a “Managing Microaggressions” event at the University of Virginia, students spoke out against microaggressions like identifying as “American” and criticizing someone’s taste in food. Attendees argued that there is a limit to the type of speech that is acceptable, but could not agree on how that limit should be determined or enforced.

Lady Gaga To Hillary On Mother’s Day: “This Country Needs A Mother And You’re It”
Singer Lady Gaga has a message for her 59 million Twitter followers: Hillary Clinton needs to be our nation’s mother.

Braiding Hair Risks Heavy Fines, Even Jail Time, In Iowa
In Iowa, braiding hair without a license in cosmetology is a crime, punishable by up to one year in prison and civil fines as high as $10,000.

The University of Oregon’s Thought Police Investigate Students for Saying Anything
A fascinating, frightening glimpse into the activities of the Bias Response Team.

Bathroom Wars, Circa 1975
One of the markers of irrepressible liberalism is how it came to realize it doesn’t need to change the Constitution or the positive law to get what it wants. Remember the fuss over the Equal Rights Amendment back in the 1970s? Is there anything feminists have wanted that they haven’t been able to get by legislation or litigation in the absence of the ERA? Hard to think of anything.

Corruption probe into Cuomo, de Blasio expands
There’ been an interesting twist in the ongoing corruption investigation swirling around New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Fleecing Flint? Lawsuit alleges mayor diverted charity donors to her campaign fund
It may not just be the water that’s not right around Flint. Former city administrator Natasha Handerson got canned in a strange closed-door city council meeting in February, and a new lawsuit alleges that the firing took place as retribution for whistleblowing.

After Trump chalking, university forces students to take “minority culture” class to graduate
Learn about “hip hop” and “leisure services”

Herbivore sues Mizzou for allegedly violating new free speech law
Mizzou is being sued by an animal rights activist who is claiming that the university violated his First Amendment rights by preventing him from handing out literature on campus.

Milo quotes spark “homophobia” scare at UC Irvine
Milo Yiannopoulos’s speaking tour is called “The Most Dangerous Faggot Tour.”

Americans Show What They Don’t Know About WWII
If you need me, I’ll be drowning my sorrows in a giant bottle of whiskey

TX Fertilizer Plant Explosion Ruled Arson
The massive Texas fertilizer-plant explosion that killed 15 people and injured more than 160 others in 2013 was caused by arson, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Fatal accidents involving stoned drivers DOUBLED in Washington since pot was legalized
Crashes went up 6% in 2013-14 in Washington after pot was legalized

Emory committee finds that pro-Trump messages are protected speech
Emory University students who were offended by pro-Trump messages written in chalk around campus can’t force the university to censor that speech because it offends them, a university committee has found.

UCLA students threatened online for claiming “there are only two genders”
The students were attending an event with conservative columnist Matt Walsh.

How Congress Mysteriously Became a “Small Business” to Qualify for Obamacare Subsides
It seems that federal officials have worked overtime to undermine public trust. Benghazi, the IRS abuses, the “fast and furious” gun-running fiasco, the solar power boondoggles, and the seemingly endless implementation problems of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)—all these scandals have common themes: Arrogant and abusive bureaucracy, double dealing, lame excuses and legal hairsplitting.

TFA drops social justice training
Teach for America’s Education for Justice pilot, which trained would-be teachers in social justice and cultural competency, has been canceled, writes Stephen Sawchuk in Ed Week. College students took courses for a year to prepare to teach in low-income, minority communities.

George Zimmerman’s gun up for auction
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who was acquitted in the shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2013, is selling his gun.

Lawsuit against marijuana company over deadly Denver shooting could be first of its kind
The three sons of a woman shot to death in 2014 have filed what appears to be the country’s first wrongful-death lawsuit against the recreational marijuana industry.

News From the World of Tolerance — the American Bar Association Considers a Speech Code for Lawyers
This was inevitable. It appears that a committee of the American Bar Associ?ation is recommending that the ABA amend its Model Rules of Professional Conduct to include a rather blatant speech code.

Harvard law prof.: treat conservative Christians like Nazis
Prof. Mark Tushnet defended his argument in a second blog post earlier this week.

UCLA College Republicans promise legal fight if punished for “only two genders” sign
University’s harassment code is “unconstitutional”

A rift at the American Law Institute
A large group of member of the American Law Institute have written a letter in opposition to an upcoming vote that would vastly expand the definition of sexual assault in the legal system.

“Screw the next generation” and “Harry Reid’s a pompous a**”: Democratic congressman writes Anonymous tell-all book slamming “nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep” as he admits he never reads bills he votes on
“My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything,” an anonymous member of Congress writes in a new book

Chicago Students Now Required To Adopt Transgender Newspeak
Under a new set of guidelines rolled out last week by Chicago public schools, children will now be required to address transgender students and employees by their preferred name and pronouns — or face the consequences.

Louisiana Republicans Move to Punish “Sanctuary” Cities
Louisiana Republicans and the state’s attorney general are aiming to deter cities and localities from having “sanctuary” immigration policies by threatening to withhold funding from those that do.

“Men in Literature” course cancelled for ignoring women
Springfield College recently cancelled a “Men in Literature” course on the grounds that its inordinate emphasis on one gender creates a “hostile environment” for women.

Tossing Koskinen? House to consider impeaching IRS chief
House Republicans have agitated for months to impeach IRS commissioner John Koskinen, and now it appears leadership has come on board. Politico’s Rachel Bade cites “multiple sources” in reporting that the House Judiciary Committee will use hearings over the next several weeks to prepare an impeachment

8-Year Old Girl the Latest Victim of “Inclusive” Bathroom Madness
President Obama wants men to feel free and comfortable with walking into the bathrooms and shower rooms of women.

Freddie Gray Analysis: Officer Edward Nero Trial, Days 1 & 2
Once again, “Freddie Gray” prosecution’s case appears laughably weak & politically motivated

Seattle University Students Struggle to Explain Male vs. Female
“Gender is a societal construct.”

Police: Lesbian Teacher Had Sex in Cemetery, Spent the Night With Teen Girl
A fourth-grade teacher and junior varsity athletics coach at Aitkin Public Schools is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female student.

Mozilla Pushes Feds To Disclose Firefox Exploit
Software company Mozilla has filed a motion in court to compel the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to reveal how it managed to hack the Tor browser. Tor is partly built on the source code behind Mozilla’s Firefox browser, and the company said it is worried whatever bug federal agents exploited to attack the Tor network could also be used by hackers against Firefox.

Liberal Group With LGBT Co-Founder Aims to Prevent White Men From Running for Office
The Left has finally embraced the logical conclusions of its own divisive identity politics. A new group has taken up the important cause of convincing some people NOT to run for political office, and you’ll never guess who! It’s the straight, white, cis-gender men who are allegedly “oppressing” everybody else. Ironically, their push will likely just encourage more of us Caucasian dudes to flout their simplistic profiling.

How the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Became an SJW-Hating Conservative Crusader
Gen-X icon and Obama conspiracy theorist Billy Corgan slammed Bernie Sanders and compared liberal activists to the KKK during an appearance on Info Wars. How did he get here?

 

Economy & Taxes

 

Army has fewest active-duty soldiers since 1940, report says
The number of U.S. Army soldiers on active duty has been reduced to its lowest since 1940, according to a published report.

Will Ted Cruz be able to save conservativism even if he’s not the candidate?
It appears that Ted Cruz still has a few tricks up his sleeve, not to get into the White House in 2017, but to force Donald Trump to sign onto a conservative agenda

Another Bad Idea: A Local Income Tax
Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have suggested an income tax on millionaires dedicating the money for homelessness relief. Opening the door for local governments to impose income taxes would erode the state’s major fund raising mechanism, burden taxpayers with more paperwork, hit small businesses whose owners pay business taxes through personal income taxes, and subject more government revenue to a highly volatile revenue source. All in all a bad idea.

Wage Hikes Bring Kiosks to Wendy’s
Everything has a price

 

International

 

Leader Of Conservative Opposition In Venezuela Ends Up Dead
A leading figure of the conservative Venezuelan opposition was murdered in cold blood Friday and his murderer is still at large.

Brazil’s Acting House President Moves to Nullify Dilma Rousseff Impeachment Vote
Waldir Maranhão alleges that the chamber’s previous vote against Ms. Rousseff was flawed; Senate president dismisses move as “joke”

“Racist” Swedish kids’ books could be pulled from shelves
Two books by Swedish author Jan Lööf may be removed from circulation after an investigation revealed that they contained “stereotypical depictions of other cultures”.

Censorship Is a Good Deal Scarier than Bigotry
The British government has arrested a 28-year-old man for the high crime of making an obnoxious video:

Austrian chancellor resigns after far-right election win
Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann resigned on Monday after his Social Democratic Party suffered a crushing defeat in the first round of the presidential election.

London’s New Muslim Mayor Is Suspiciously Friendly With Islamists
That Sadiq Khan doesn’t take his past appearances with Islamists more seriously indicates either that he seriously underestimates the dangers of Islamism or, worse, that he is open to it.

Court orders dad to start treating his 11-year-old daughter as a boy
Faced with two estranged parents in utter disagreement about their daughter’s wish to be a boy, a British Columbia Supreme Court judge has appointed the child a legal guardian to protect her interests.

Impeachment proceedings against Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff: What’s up?
It’s enough to make even the most seasoned political pundit’s head spin.

Muslims Attack People in England for Drinking Beer
Watch this group of pro-Palestinian Muslim demonstrators attack people sitting at a pub in England for drinking beer and eating pork products. You’ll need a drink after this one!

Man Digs Well in 40 Days For His Wife After She’s Denied Water, Whole Town Benefits
A man just proved his whole village wrong by doing what was considered impossible, in a determined frenzy that neighbors called crazy.

Venezuela Unleashes Tanks as 4 Killed, 1,200 Arrested
Police and National Guard killed four suspects Tuesday during a wide raid in Western Caracas that involved tanks and helicopters, as Venezuela also underwent the rare climate phenomenon known as a “solar halo.”

Brazil’s President says impeachment vote is a coup
Senators had voted to suspend her by 55 votes to 22 after an all-night session that lasted more than 20 hours.

Right-wing populists can use Hitler beer hall: court
A Munich court has ordered the owner of the famous Hofbräukeller beer hall to allow a party meeting by right-wing populists the Alternative for Germany (AfD) – in the face of protests by the landlord.

Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian president, blasts critics, vows to fight impeachment
Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff vowed Thursday to use “all legal means” to fight permanent ouster in an impeachment trial, raising the specter of continued political turmoil as interim leader Michel Temer tries to rescue a sinking economy.

Local Council U.K. bans Punch and Judy show over domestic violence fears
The show, which includes an “abusive” relationship between Mr Punch and his wife Judy, had been planned to feature as part of the Barry Island Beats, Eats and Treats festival in south Wales next month.

For progressives, “zero-tolerance” only applies to straight-A students, not murderers, pedophiles
I waited to rant about the infuriating case of honour student Shawn Soucy’s expulsion from school, hoping that sanity would prevail and Quebec’s Riverside School Board would reverse its decision, but no such luck.

Prosecutors in Scotland Say Lesbian Couple Murdered Two-Year-Old Boy
In a trial making headlines all over Britain, a lesbian couple are charged with murdering a 2-year-old boy that one of the women had from a previous relationship with a man, and then trying to blame the toddler’s death on another boy the couple allegedly had abused.

Bernard Gaynor – ALA Senate Candidate for Queensland
The Australian Liberty Alliance’s first campaign ad addresses freedom of speech – the most critical issue in this campaign.

Maxime Bernier pushes smaller government and lower taxes in Conservative leadership bid
Member of Parliament Maxime Bernier launched his bid for leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada Sunday morning in his riding of Beauce, Quebec.

Why does the government want a gay quota for BBC management?
Of all the things wrong with the BBC, it would be hard to argue that a shortage of gay people making and presenting programmes is one of them. As Andrew Marr observed a decade ago: “The BBC is not impartial or neutral. It’s a publicly funded, urban organisation with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities, and gay people. It has a liberal bias, not so much a party-political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias.”

Expert Warns of Rio Olympics Zika Health Disaster
Top British track star may skip event.

Australian Gay-Marriage Crusader Was Fugitive Wanted on Kiddie Porn Charge
Matthew Hynd, who made headlines in Australia as a supporter of gay marriage, was a fugitive from justice, wanted in the United States on child pornography charges. Hynd was sentenced to more than six years in federal prison earlier this month, after having been deported last year from Australia, where he had started a business and, along with his Pakistani boyfriend, campaigned for gay rights.

 

Opinion

 

Guardians Against Slippery Slopes: The members of America’s Libertarian Party don’t seem to understand this, uh… liberty thing
If you’re like me you’re probably searching for a third party candidate in the wake of Donald Trump’s clinching of the GOP nomination. For those of you considering the Libertarian Party (LP), I hope you’ll reconsider. The party’s current frontrunner, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, doesn’t seem to understand this liberty thing. He thinks it means drugs and abortion but should you decide that you don’t want to engage in a business transaction he wants the government to coerce you. The party’s other candidates aren’t quite as extreme in their statism though none of them will make an unqualified stand for your Thirteenth Amendment right not to be held in involuntary servitude—which is exactly what private sector nondiscrimination laws are.

The Myth of the Masculinity Crisis
Winners win and losers lose. The winners succeed and smile, while the losers fail and explain their failures with theories of social justice. Feminism is about the rationalization of female failure, and some men — eager to cash in on the “social justice” racket — need to rationalize their own failures, hence the academic field of “Men’s Studies.”

California Republican Party: Ends Being Fiscally Responsible/Party Protecting Workers
The Republican Party in California has been proud of its efforts to provide quality education for children. Unlike the Democrat Party, we believe that all children are different and each needs a specialized education model. To some it is a government school, other like home schooling, private schools and charter schools. The funding of education of the public in California is based on government schools and the controlling unions work hard to keep the kids hostage in failed schools—for the money.

Obama’s Lawsuit Against North Carolina Isn’t About Civil Rights. It’s About Crushing Dissent
Some of us care little about the debate over public bathrooms. We do, however, care about the ongoing destruction of federalism, individual choice, and good-faith debate.

Stop whining about “mansplaining”
And get a life

The New Media Overlords
More than earlier generations of information-vetting institutions that operated in a more stable economic environment, then, Facebook will ultimately be accountable by the marketplace. But that doesn’t mean it won’t have room to maneuver. We should expect the current generation of media titans to tilt the distribution of information to reflect their worldview, just as their predecessors did before them.

A speech code for lawyers, banning viewpoints that express “bias,” including in law-related social activities?
A committee of the American Bar Association is urging that the ABA adopt a new provision in its Model Rules of Professional Conduct — an influential document that many states have adopted as binding on lawyers in their state

“Ain’t No Rest for the Triggered”
Social Justice: The Musical

7 lifehacks strong conservative college students must know
Students who go against the agenda of the left will be called racist and homophobic by peers. Don’t let their anger and close-mindedness force you into a small quiet corner because you’re scared of labels. Be confident. Who cares what these crybullies think? They’re just trying to shut you up. Keep fighting the good fight.

“A Collective Blind Spot”
Women in the UK are now 35% more likely than men to go to university and the gap is widening every year. A baby girl born in 2016 will be 75% more likely to go to university than a boy, if current trends continue.

Sex and State Power – What’s Behind Obama’s Transgender Push
The Obama administration has announced that from this day forward, all public schools in America must let children choose their bathroom and locker room based upon a child’s feelings about his or her gender on any given day.

Meaning Has No Meaning Anymore
At NRO, Dennis Prager provides an explanation for the ascendance of the demonstrably un-conservative Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee of the allegedly conservative Republican Party.

Feminists Against Heterosexuality (@CarolineHeldman Edition)
Years ago, Professor Donald Douglas of American Power began a sort of blog feud with Occidental College Professor Caroline Heldman, and at the time I had no idea who she was. Back in the day (circa 2008-2012), I treated academic feminism as a joke, the way all conservatives did. Those were the years when I was up to my eyeballs in campaign politics, the Tea Party, etc., and it wasn’t until 2014 that I began seriously researching feminism.

Student solves “transgender bathroom” problem in one step, not that anyone will listen
Larry covered the initial marching orders as they were handed down from the White House this week. With no consultation from either the legislative or judicial branches, Barack Obama told all of the schools in America that they needed to ignore established genetic science and age old standards of privacy to allow students to pick their own gender and use whichever bathrooms, locker rooms and showers they feel best suit them. Failing to do so would be met with cutting off their federal education funding regardless of need or scholastic performance.

The Cruel Compassion of Transgender Acceptance
Last summer, when Bruce Jenner’s procedure dominated the culture news, a professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School summarized the recent medical treatment history of gender dysphoria.

The amazing 1969 prophecy that racial preferences would cause the exact grievances of protesters today
Universities are among the most progressive and anti-racist institutions in American society. Many Americans therefore found it confusing to see dozens of our top universities racked by racial protests since last September. To add to the puzzle, many of the most high-profile actions occurred at universities widely perceived to be the most devoted to social justice and racial equality -– schools such as Brown, Yale, Amherst, Wesleyan, and Oberlin. (Every one of these schools earned a red or yellow light from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, indicating schools that are not recommended for conservative students.) What is going on?

Cake or Death, the Grudge Match
Years ago I was talking to a colleague from Sweden, and he was complaining about their insane tax system which makes it impossible for anyone to really consider more than two kids, unless they’re very rich or destitute.

All In All It’s Just Another Brick In The Wall
When I was 14 and in ninth grade, my form and I had a teacher we loved. In my memory she was communist, but maybe I’m wrong about that and just inferred it. Certainly unlike all the other communist party members, she never tried to make us sign up for Our. Very. Own. Communist. Party. Card! (Be the first kid on your block NOT to own one.) Maybe she was just some shade of pink short of full red, which meant she was average for that time and place, particularly for teachers.

The anti-science bullies of the left
The Right is often accused of being anti-science, but really, the fact-free quasi-religious environment of the Left is far more worthy of the charge.

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