News of the Week for June 13th, 2016
- Election 2016
- Obama Scandals
- Gun Rights
- Hide the Decline
- War & Terror
- National News
- Economy & Taxes
- International News
California’s Crazy Election Quirks Limit Voter Choices and Create Chaos
The state’s primary system is the result of a reform that is only making things worse for voters.
Why Trump Won’t Win Pennsylvania
The 2016 election offered the Republican Party its best chance to win Pennsylvania since 1988. Instead, GOP voters chose the one candidate who might ensure it remains blue for another twenty years.
It’s Like Trump Wants To Lose The Election
The top news story of the day is that every Republican who has been asked has denounced Donald Trump’s assertion that the judge in the Trump University fraud case is against him because the judge is of Mexican heritage.
Anarchists for Trump?
Something lighthearted on a slow news morning from the Daily Beast that both sides of the right’s Trump divide can enjoy
Member Of Democrat Platform Committee Says Guns Should Be Illegal
Rich, left wing, nutjob philanthropist (ever notice how often you see those adjectives clustered together), Bonnie Schaefer, is a member of the committee that will right the Democrat platform. Yesterday, she was bloviating at a meeting of Mid-Atlantic Democrat Platform Forum. Naturally the subject of the Second Amendment came up.
Trump’s Foot-in-Mouth Disease Is Making Donors Nervous
Donald Trump’s national finance team held its first official meeting on Thursday amid growing concerns about the Republican presidential candidate’s lack of a campaign infrastructure, his attacks on a Mexican-American judge, and the realization that Trump’s flame-throwing instincts have yet to be reined in.
Trump supporters were “running for their lives” after San Jose rally, police report says
Two undercover police officers at a Donald Trump rally last week said they saw Trump supporters “get punched, kicked and pushed” and “running for their lives,” according to a police report.
Clintons face their own for-profit university controversy
Constitutional law attorney who first brought the story to the attention of the media speaks out on “The Kelly File”
Senate candidate directs voters to porn website with same name as opponent
Sharron Angle, a Republican candidate for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s seat, sent a newsletter listing primary opponent Rep. Joe Heck’s website as joeheck.com, which redirects to a website of … anime pornography. Heck’s website is actually drjoeheck.com. Angle’s campaign updated the newsletter to reflect the correct address online, but it also sent a print version in the mail.
Founder of Judge Curiel’s Group: Whites Should Go Back to Europe, California To Be “Hispanic State”
The lawyers’ association to which Judge Gonzalo Curiel belongs was co-founded by a man who publicly bragged about Hispanics taking over California and all of the state’s governmental institutions–and insisted that whites should go back to Europe.
Amid Process Battle, Conservatives Complain of GOP Financial Support of More Liberal Republicans
An LGBT measure threatening the House appropriations process has exposed old fault lines inside the Republican conference while also forging a pragmatic alliance between leadership and conservatives.
Poll: Hillary leads by seven points in … Kansas?
I wouldn’t sweat it too much. It’s a Zogby poll, and Zogby currently enjoys a dismal C- rating on the FiveThirtyEight scorecard.
Gay Latino Trump Supporter Assaulted in San Jose Speaks Out
“This isn’t how politics is supposed to work in the United States.”
You’ve heard of Trump University — but what about “Clinton University?”
Move over Trump University, because Hillary Clinton has her own fraud scandal involving higher education.
IRS finally reveals list of tea party groups targeted for extra scrutiny
Congressional Republicans say IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, who was brought in by President Obama to clean up the agency after the targeting scandal, has failed — and even misled Congress during the investigation. Some Republicans are even pursuing impeachment against Mr. Koskinen, accusing him of defying a subpoena for former senior IRS executive Lois G. Lerner’s emails by allowing computer backup tapes to be destroyed.
Obama on AIDS: “Stigma and Silence Don’t Just Fuel Ignorance, They Foster Transmission”
In a statement reflecting on the 35th anniversary of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s “report on what would later be understood as the first documented case of AIDS,” President Barack Obama said Sunday that “stigma and silence” “foster transmission” of the virus, which is most often spread through men having sex with men, according to the CDC.
Obama Appoints Transgender Woman to Advise on Faith Issues
President Barack Obama’s appointment of a Christian transgender activist as an adviser on faith issues represents part of a larger agenda, some social conservatives fear.
Ninth Circuit Court: No Second Amendment Right to Conceal a Firearm
The Ninth Circuit Court has upheld the ruling of the lower court in the Edward Peruta v. County of San Diego case and affirmed the Second Amendment does not include a right to conceal a firearm. The Peruta case challenged the legality of denying permits to conceal and carry a firearm unless the applicant for a permit has “good reason” to do so. A three-judge panel initially ruled that the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department did not have the right to deny the permit. The case was subsequently heard by the entire Ninth Circuit Court and their decision was released today.
Hide the Decline
England Giving Up On Wind Power
Hugh McNeal, chief executive of the British wind industry’s trade body, has acknowledged that with subsidies at an end, there won’t be any more wind turbine projects in England. Why?
Greenpeace slapped with RICO lawsuit
The Hyping of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) Required Weather Myths
Some claim the entire notion that human addition of CO2 to the atmosphere is causing global warming is a deliberately created myth, that it was produced to isolate CO2 as a serious environmental problem that required curtailing the economies of developed countries.
Government in Healthcare
TOO FAR! Government Using Obamacare To Come After Beer
Because with great regulation comes great repressability, as the government is now cracking down on those little things in life that make it not so bad.
Federal Officials Push To Urbanize Suburbia Under New HUD Regulation
In its final months, the Obama administration has set up a strategy to bring inner city living to the suburbs by deploying three federal agencies to dictate to states and local communities how to set up schools, housing and mass transit.
Tightening the Screws
As The ObamaTax continues to auger in, the Rocket Surgeons in DC© have the perfect solution: Less choice!
War & Terror
A First Look at America’s Supergun
The Navy’s experimental railgun fires a hardened projectile at staggering velocity—a battlefield meteorite with the power to blow holes in enemy ships and level terrorist camps
ISIS publicly burns alive 19 Kurdish women for rejecting sex slavery
Fighters of the terrorist group Islamic State have publicly executed 19 Kurdish women, local activists in Mosul reported. They were burned alive in iron cages in one of the city squares, sources told Kurdish ARA News agency.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s “Military Justice Destruction Act”
For the third time in as many years, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is pushing her radical scheme that, if enacted, would render the military justice system unworkable and ineffective.
Terrorist was 29-Year-Old Islamic Radical
The killer in the Orlando nightclub slaughter is 29-year-old Omar Mateen. TMZ has done a records search and found he held a Florida security officer license and a state firearms license.
Mass Murder In Orlando
In a horrific crime that is being investigated as a terrorist attack, a 29-year-old man named Omar Mateen murdered 50 people and wounded more than 50 more at a gay night club in Orlando. Mateen is an American-born Muslim. So far, no radical Islamic associations have come to light [see update], but Mateen’s father says he became very angry several months ago when he saw two gay men kissing.
Omar Mateen Worked For Company That Provides Security to Federal Buildings
Ponder this: G4S, a major, nationally known security firm, has confirmed that Omar Mateen had been employed by them since 2007.
Orlando’s “Pulse” Gay Bar Was a “Gun-Free Zone” by State Law
Pulse, the Orlando gay nightclub targeted in a jihadist terror attack, was a “gun-free zone” by state law.
Syrian women pictured throwing off niqabs after their village was freed from Isis
US-backed forces surround the Isis-held city of Manbij, having liberated nearby villages
ACLU lawyers blame “Christian right,” GOP for Orlando terrorist attack
Christian conservatives are responsible for the mass shooting at a gay bar in Orlando because they “created this anti-queer climate,” according to American Civil Liberties Union attorneys.
Former Co-Worker Said Orlando Terrorist Made Threats, Wasn’t Fired From Job Because Of Political Correctness
On the one hand we’re being told that there were absolutely NO signs that the shooter in Orlando was a radicalized Muslim. Then there’s THIS
Heavily Armed Man Did Not Tell Police He Was Targeting LA Pride Event: Chief
The arrest came hours after at least 50 people were killed at a gay nightclub in Florida
Man going to West Hollywood gay pride parade caught with assault rifles and explosives in car
A 20-year-old man going to a massive gay pride parade in West Hollywood, Calif. was arrested Sunday morning with assault rifles, ammunition and explosive materials in his car Sunday, police said.
Christian college offers certificate in pro-life activism, pregnancy center management
Transferable credits, in theory
An Impending Coup at St. John’s College
On June 18, the Board of Visitors and Governors at St. John’s College will vote on a proposal to alter the structure of the college radically. If passed, we can say goodbye to the St. John’s that we have known for the past 79 years. It will be a very sad moment for higher education in this country—and I say this fully cognizant of the fact that higher education is in a state of crisis all over, partly for economic reasons, partly because of a failure of intellectual nerve and cultural confidence.
Transgender student’s all-state honors in girls’ track and field ignites backlash
Alaskan parents and their daughters are upset that a transgender student captured all-state honors in girls’ track and field.
Freddie Gray: Van Driver Goodson Opts for Bench Trial
Judge Williams also excludes as direct evidence alleged “I can’t breath” statement by Gray
OHP Uses New Device To Seize Money Used During The Commission Of A Crime
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a device that also allows them to seize money in your bank account or on prepaid cards.
Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial page editor calls for murder of GOP legislators
The editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press, the largest newspaper in Michigan and the largest city newspaper owned by Gannett, has called for the murder of Michigan GOP state legislators for the “crime” of voting to fund charter schools.
Stanford students complain that rape stats are too low
Stanford University faculty and students are sparring over their school’s sexual assault statistics, saying the low numbers are a product of a faulty definition of abuse rather than an actual absence of a problem.
Bisexual, Latino professor chased out — for being too conservative
Even when one can check off a few “minority” or “marginalized” boxes, if they have their own opinions that run afoul of the party line, they’re the enemy.
Student may be punished for insulting vegetarian
School allowed to give detention to student who told another sixth-grader that “vegetarians are idiots.”
Flying Dog’s court victory to pay dividends for free speech
Flying Dog Brewery will use some of the legal damages from its free speech victory over the state of Michigan to fund scholarships for journalism students in celebration of its Gonzo-style take on the microbrew scene.
Clemson used banana incident to advance liberal agenda, emails show
An email exchange between top Clemson officials suggests that the administration welcomed the opportunity to use the now infamous “banana banner” incident to push a progressive agenda.
It’s No Longer “He Said, She Said,” in Sexual Assault Claims on Campus
The former captain of the Yale basketball team who was expelled in February on charges that he assaulted a female classmate is suing the school for damages.
Lawmaker wants to open presidential primary ballots to all voters
With voters registered as no party preference locked out of voting in this week’s closed Republican presidential primary, one lawmaker proposed Thursday to open future votes to everyone.
Judge Finds Prosecutors Withheld Evidence in Freddie Gray Officer Case
The judge overseeing the trial of a police officer charged with murdering Freddie Gray has determined that prosecutors withheld information that would have been beneficial to the defense.
Supreme Court Rejects Puerto Rico’s Sovereignty
Case was on the narrow grounds of a criminal prosecution
Vanderbilt adds gender reassignment surgery to student health coverage
Vanderbilt University is adding coverage for transgender health services to its student health insurance coverage.
This is what happens when a university prosecutes an alleged rape
Judge Dana Christensen recently had sharp words for the University of Montana’s handling of an alleged rape.
Senators Ready Bill to Stop DOJ From Bankrolling Liberal Groups
The Senate may take steps to end a Justice Department slush fund that has channeled millions of dollars in banking settlements to outside organizations, including left-wing groups such as La Raza and NeighborWorks America.
GOP Senators Renew Pledge to Block Obama Supreme Court Nominee
Top Senate Republicans doubled down on opposition to President Barack Obama’s recent Supreme Court nomination, meaning the next justice could be indirectly picked in the November election.
Someone wants to suppress this video of vile BDS shoutdown of Professor
YouTube “privacy complaint” filed over UI-Galway video: “You’re f-ing Zionist, f-ing pricks, get the f–k off our campus”
Matt Hickey: Anti-#GamerGate Writer Allegedly Tricked Teens in Porn Scam
Matt Hickey is a Seattle-based writer who was once an editor for TechCrunch and Gizmodo, and has spent the past three years as a writer for Forbes where, among other things, he threw a journalistic tantrum because Microsoft hired dancers for a party at a gaming conference.
Slow clap: University of Wisconsin-Madison readies its new “cultural competency” program
Incoming students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will have the, er, “pleasure” of attending the “Our Wisconsin” program which is “aimed at increasing knowledge about cultural differences and promoting community.”
Judge dismisses serious charge in Oregon refuge occupation
A federal judge on Friday greatly reduced the potential prison time Ammon and Ryan Bundy and six co-defendants face over the 41-day Oregon wildlife refuge occupation.
Court vacates $1.8M Ventura award in “American Sniper” case
A federal appeals court has thrown out a $1.8 million judgment awarded to former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who says he was defamed in the late author Chris Kyle’s bestselling book “American Sniper.”
Racial, “food justice” cooked up at summit
FSNE wants the New England region to attain a 50% rate of local food production by 2060.
AEI Panel: Marxists outnumber conservatives in social sciences
Panelists for the American Enterprise Institute agree that American universities are driving away much-needed conservative intellectuals because of their liberal policies.
Facebook BANS Pamela Geller from posting in wake of Orlando Nightclub Jihad Massacre
In the wake of the monstrous Islamic shooting at a Florida gay nightclub, Earlier today Facebook had removed one of my groups, Stop Islamization of America and now has blocked me from posting to Facebook for 30 days.
Economy & Taxes
Switzerland’s “Basic Income” Idea Was Democratized Aristocracy
Switzerland’s referendum for a “basic income” reveals the endgame of the welfare state: the neo-aristocratic privilege of living without working.
Philippine president-elect urges citizens to kill drug dealers
“Shoot him and I’ll give you a medal,” Philippine president-elect, Rodrigo Duterte told the public, warning of an extensive illegal drug trade that involves even the country’s police.
Under International Pressure, Norway Reunites Seized Children With Family
The Bodnariu family’s ordeal ends, but advocates vow to keep fighting for reforms.
Venezuelan social order collapsing as looting, robbery and murder become the norm
The socialist revolution in Venezuela has resulted in a country with sky-high inflation, no medicine, no food and, finally, no security.
Biology 7, Sociology 0.
A team of 14 year old boys kicked the asses of the Oz Women’s Olympic Team, the latter being ranked as one of the Top 5 women’s teams headed to Rio this summer.
Far-Right Party in Austria Challenges Results of Presidential Vote
The Green candidate, Alexander Van der Bellen, was able to barely overcome the Freedom Party’s big early lead thanks to a suspiciously lopsided mail-in vote.
Four students reported dead after police fire on protest in Papua New Guinea
Despite reports of deaths after clashes at a university in Port Moresby, embattled prime minister Peter O’Neill says students were only injured
The Horrors of Growing up in Communist Romania
During the totalitarian regime of Nicolae Ceausescu, the most brutal and repressive regime—even by Soviet bloc standards—Communist Romania was a land of lies.
Crime of bestiality limited to penetration, Supreme Court of Canada rules
The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the acquittal of a British Columbia man in a decision that defines the crime of bestiality as penetration involving a person and animal.
China Bans Interracial Marriages For Females; No Plans To Restrict Men
The Supreme People’s Court of China today passed legislation that will ban Chinese women from marrying non-Chinese men, with the law coming into effect at the beginning of 2018.
WHAT white, male privilege? Study shows demographic underrepresented at UK colleges
The UK university admissions service UCAS “for the first time” has put out data regarding the likelihood of college acceptance “based on gender, ethnicity and the social background of applicants.”
A Bloody Setback for China’s Africa Surge
Beijing learns that peacekeeping is dangerous
The “antifa” movement: “It’s anti-German racism, done by Germans”
My guide in Leipzig, Germany took me to an “antifa” — short for “anti-fascist” — area, where militant Leftists stage protests. He translated the “progressive” posters stuck everywhere, and the messages are much more militant than the ones we’re used to hearing from the Canadian left. These “anti-fascists” sound very fascist.
Is There Hope for Feminists?
Why does God permit boastful fornicators to prosper? Why doesn’t the Lord visit swift destruction upon the wicked and godless?
“The Personal Is Political”: Feminism and the Problem With Keeping Score
One of the basic problems with feminism is that, by making equality the measure of human happiness, the feminist purchases an infinite supply of resentment.
“Anatomy of Rage”: @mstiefvater and the Feminist Injustice Collector Phenomenon
Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater on Twitter) is a successful novelist, married with two kids, living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Complete androgyny is the Left’s ultimate goal even if some of their useful idiots don’t know it yet
We’re entering a sexless world where men and women are meaningless categories
Would Your Kids Recognize An Ideological Kidnapper?
Five ways to teach children to enjoy good stories without getting brainwashed.
I Wish I Had Been Told About These Risks Before I Had Gender Surgery
Many Americans are unaware of the serious problems that face transgender persons.
Seven Awesome Conservative Lifehacks
The internet is full of helpful hints for making everybody else’s life simpler, but where are the lifehacks for conservatives? There are helpful hints for frazzled moms, dopey college students, and every other demographic, but as usual, we normals get overlooked. No more!
Several years ago — I could look it up — I interview Phyllis Schlafly about her book Feminist Fantasies.
“Four Legs Good! Two Legs Bad!”
A lecturers’ union [in England] is refusing to let its officers take part in debates at an equality summit if they are white, straight, able-bodied men.
Piecing America’s “Fractured Republic” Back Together
How can America remain a place where we’re free to pursue our own definitions of happiness? Ed Whelan, Rachel Lu, Jonah Goldberg, R.R. Reno, and John Stonestreet respond to Yuval Levin’s new book.
A Baby’s Kick Changes Everything About Abortion
Now that I feel my baby move, it’s as if her existence had been in black and white, and now I see it in color.
Jacobins, Bolsheviks and Feminists
If you study history, you learn to see patterns. What happened in the French Revolution was replicated in the Russian Revolution — destruction in the name of “equality,” and the implementation of “reforms” according to a radical ideology, followed by a bloody nightmarish failure.
The one group demanding voting rights which likely doesn’t need it
The arc of history in the United States has been one which has continually expanded voting rights. Starting with a nation which mostly only allowed white, male landowners into the ballot booth, these rights were expanded across racial and gender lines to include almost everyone. But there have been periodic efforts to expand that tent even further, and we see this topic raised yet again in the Washington Post Opinions section this week by Maya Gonzales Fitzpatrick.
Where Does the Hate Come From?
I was driving from Sarasota, Florida, to Washington in the pre-dawn hours Sunday morning when my iPhone chirped a news alert.
Blame-Shifters: Democrats Use #Orlando to Scapegoat Christians, GOP, NRA
There is no limit to the Left’s shameful dishonesty
Radical Madness: @ZJemptv and the Transgender War Against Women
Sitting on my shelf, amid scores of radical feminist books I’ve gathered over the past two years, is Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries: Creating Ritual in the Dianic Wiccan Tradition by Ruth Barrett, a neopagan high priestess initiated by Z. Budapest, the founder of feminist witchcraft. Ruth Barrett divorced her husband and became a lesbian, so that she is the epitome of a famous anti-feminist quote by Pat Robertson.