News of the Week (September 4th, 2016)


News of the Week for September 4th, 2016


Election 2016


Major Clinton Foundation donor denied entry into U.S. due to terror ties
The name Gilbert Chagoury will be familiar to many readers. He’s a friend of Bill Clinton and a major donor to the Clinton Foundation. According to Judicial Watch, which cites Clinton Foundation documents, Chagoury has appeared near the top of the Foundation’s donor list as a $1 million to $5 million contributor.

Kaine once blocked three potential jurors from hearing a case because they were white
As an attorney in the 1980s, Tim Kaine once had three white jurors struck from hearing a case in which his client, an African-American, alleged she was discriminated against by the defendant, who was white, the Daily Beast reported Monday.

Should Police Be Able to Take Property Without Charging Owners With a Crime? One Sheriff Race Shows Split on Issue
In a sheriff’s race in one Oklahoma county, the question of whether police can and should be able to seize people’s property without charging them with a crime emerged as a wedge issue, highlighting the split among law enforcement on a controversial tool known as civil asset forfeiture.

I’m an African-American Woman. Here’s My Advice to Conservatives Wooing My Community.
The moment Donald Trump urged black voters to consider supporting him—asking, “What do you have to lose?”-the consultants and pundits sprang into coordinated action, bombarding the airwaves with their “r” and “b” words.

FBI Will Publicly Release Hillary Email Investigation Notes
Media outlets made FOIA requests for the materials.

Koch-Reid Cage Match in Nevada
One of the critical races in the battle for control of the Senate is in Nevada, where the appalling Harry Reid is finally retiring as a rich man, after a long career in “public service.” The Democratic nominee is a Reid surrogate named Catherine Cortez Masto, while the Republican is Congressman Joe Heck.

Byron York: Mexico gamble a huge win for Trump
About an hour before Donald Trump made his joint statement with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, a strategist in Trump’s extended circle saw success on the horizon.

Goat-Sacrificing Florida Attorney Augustus Sol Invictus Loses Primary
“Great unconquerable sun” conquered by opponent

Clinton’s “run-out-the-clock” strategy under fire
Hillary Clinton is facing questions about her campaign strategy as Donald Trump laps her on the trail and tightening polls show an increasingly competitive presidential race.

CNN Fact Check Confirms Clinton Aide Destroyed Mobile Devices With Hammers
CNN confirmed live on air Friday that a Hillary Clinton aide destroyed some of the former secretary of state’s used mobile devices with hammers, affirming information contained in the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s private email server.


Obama Scandals


Enjoy the Internet, Before Obama Abandons It to the UN
In Monday’s Wall Street Journal, columnist Gordon Crovitz sounds an urgent warning about President Obama’s plans, during his final months in office, to fundamentally transform the internet. It’s an intricate tale, but the bottom line is that unless Congress acts fast, the World Wide Web looks likely to end up under control of the UN.

Google employees have enjoyed revolving door during Obama administration
More than 250 people have moved from Google and related firms to the federal government or vice versa since President Barack Obama took office.


Gun Rights


Gun Ownership, Concealed-Carry Permits Up Among Women and Minorities
Antonia Okafor, a Dallas resident, says she believes a gun can be the great equalizer for women to defend themselves-one reason she is now the southwest regional director for a group called Students for Concealed Carry.

Will Anti-Gun Obsession Doom Gavin Newsom in 2018?
Lt. Gov. Newsom is known for three major policies: same-sex marriage, pot legalization and gun control. He has pushed them hard, the last two with initiatives for the Nov. 8 ballot. Proposition 63 would impose more gun control and Proposition 64 would legalize marijuana for recreational use.

SEC football coaches ban players from owning handguns
At least 10 college football coaches reportedly admitted that they ban their players from legally owning handguns, citing university policies against campus carry and arguing that there is no need for student-athletes to own them.

College Students Know Nothing About The Guns They Want Banned
Curious as to how fellow millennials would react when questioned about the proposed “assault weapons ban,” I took to the campus of The George Washington University to ask their opinions.


Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”


White House defends Obama evading Senate on Paris climate deal
The White House on Monday defended President Obama’s decision to enter into the Paris climate accord without Senate ratification but stopped short of confirming a Chinese report that he will do so this week during his trip to China.

Democrat AGs Targeting Climate “Dissenters” Face Legal Demand to Disclose Ties to Environmental Groups
State government figures spearheading an effort to obtain documents from scientists and researchers who dissent from the Obama administration’s position on climate change are being asked, once again, to come clean about their relationships with environmental organizations.



Government in Healthcare


Medical Necessity: Here we go again
If you want to understand why your rates keep going up, you can lay a big chunk of the blame on items like this (in email from Medical Mutual this morning): “To be compliant with the non-discrimination rule outlined in the Affordable Care Act (section 1557), we will remove broad exclusions for gender transition treatment”


War & Terror


India, US sign logistic exchange pact boosting defence ties
India and the US today signed an important agreement that will make the two nations logistical allies and enable both the militaries to use each other’s assets and bases for repair and replenishment of supplies.




Students add trigger warnings to posts on Pokemon GO, U.S. Constitution, “white men”
Pokemon GO. The U.S. Constitution. “White men.”

SC school bans American flag from football games
School officials’ decision to ban students from displaying the American Flag at a recent football game is creating controversy in a South Carolina school district.

Hillary Campaign Rocked by #PickleGate Scandal
Did the pickle jar pop?! DID IT?!

S. Carolina HS bans American flag at football game because opponent “has a large Hispanic community”
The principal at Travelers Rest High School in South Carolina forbade the American flag in the school football stadium last Friday because that evening’s rival “has a large Hispanic community.”

Official Admits High School Students Dissected the Brains of Aborted Babies
A new video interview has surfaced that confirms allegations made by the U.S. House Select Panel on Infant Lives, that staff from the University of New Mexico used brains of aborted babies for dissection by high school students at a summer camp.

Woman sets herself ablaze in Chicago congressman’s office
Police say a woman walked into U.S. Rep. Danny Davis’ office on Chicago’s West Side, drank out of a bottle of hand sanitizer, poured the sanitizer over herself and set herself on fire with a lighter.

How to spot if society is DOOMED: Researchers reveal the signs that show civilization is set to collapse
Researchers examined archaeological records of the European Neolithic

Judge vacates murder convictions against Darryl Howard, Durham DA will not appeal
Before the trial in 1995, the defense team argued, Durham police and Mike Nifong, then an assistant district attorney assigned to the case, withheld key evidence from the attorneys who defended Howard at trial.

Melissa Click muscles out competition for Gonzaga job
Gonzaga University has brought embattled ex-Mizzou professor Melissa Click on board to serve on its faculty despite her assault of a student journalist last fall.


Economy & Taxes


A 12-Step Plan for Global Economic Freedom
In the decades since The Heritage Foundation began publishing its annual Index of Economic Freedom in 1995, the world has witnessed profound advances in economic freedom.




“Church Without God — By Design”
Sunday’s congregation in Cambridge is a meeting of the Humanist Community at Harvard University and the brainchild of Greg Epstein, the school’s Humanist chaplain.

Taiwan’s Social Safety Net Is the Street Market
Free-marketers are often ridiculed for suggesting the welfare state can be substantially replaced by free enterprise: that we’re smoking funny weed to even suggest that able-bodied adults would be better off with more invigorating freedom instead of a debilitating dole.

President Dilma Rousseff takes stand in Brazil impeachment trial
President Dilma Rousseff insisted Monday she had committed no crime and said she was proud that she’d been “faithful to my commitment to the nation.”

Ministers “should let traders sell groceries in pounds and ounces” in wake of Brexit vote
Ministers are under pressure to allow shops to sell meat, fruit and vegetables in pounds and ounces ahead of Britain leaving the European Union.

Brazil’s Senate removes President Rousseff from office
After an emotionally charged, late-night debate, the Brazilian Senate voted Wednesday to remove suspended President Dilma Rousseff from office for fiscal irregularities, a move she said amounted to an illegal coup.

Child aged four receiving help to undergo sex change in Australia
A four-year-old child is receiving special help from education authorities in Australia to undergo transition for a change in sex.

A Month of Islam and Multiculturalism in Britain: July 2016
Dating Sites for Polygamists, Dog Bans and Pardons, Pardons, Pardons

Russia’s Supreme Court rules that the USSR did not invade Poland in 1939
Russia’s Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of Perm blogger Vladimir Luzgin for reposting a text which states that both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland in 1939. The Supreme Court’s ruling came on September 1, 2016, the 77th anniversary of Hitler’s invasion of Poland, 17 days before the anniversary of the Soviet invasion from the east.

Uzbekistan Dictator’s Very Soviet-style Death
Islam Karimov’s secretive death leaves no clear successor

Eyes Left!
Did you know that if you take the phrase, “apolitical organisation” and play nip and tuck with it, you can completely change its meaning?




The Alt-Right and BLM are One and the Same
This was the week that the most debased presidential candidate in memory called her opponent racist. Or his opponent. Hey, here’s a situation where one of those genderless pronouns would actually come in handy!

Why Is White Pride Creepy When Black Pride Isn’t?
Liberals have had their identity politics parties and now alt-righters want theirs.

If this is indeed the future of the office, I am glad I work from home
Actually, it is not such a bad idea, this giant desk that supports all kinds of uses. A lot of offices look more like coffee shops these days, trying to promote interaction and collegiality. Teknion, the big office furniture company, calls it the Community Table.

Unlike the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick, Frederick Douglass Loved “The Star-Spangled Banner”
National Football League player Colin Kaepernick created a stir on Friday when he refused to stand for the national anthem at the start of a preseason game. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback cited the prevalence of racism and oppression in America as the primary reasons he sat during the playing of the song.

Losing My Religion: Muslim Apostates Land in Mortal Danger in Sweden
The latest wave of Islamic refugees to Scandinavia has surprisingly brought more converts to Swedish churches, which otherwise had been losing their flocks at an alarming rate. However, the fresh converts are by their own admission subjected to pressure and threats from radical Muslims.

American Exceptionalism Is Human Exceptionalism
At root, the most logical meaning of American exceptionalism is that America simply chose a a path exceptional among nations to codifying the exercise of political power.

The Dumbing Down of College Curriculums
Let’s concede at the outset that many students find their college years enlightening and enriching. But something is rotten in the state of academia, and it is increasingly hard not to notice.

Feminists Are Lying Hypocrites
The feminist SJWs (“social justice warriors”) who accused #GamerGate of harassment were engaged in harassment themselves

Conservatives Need To Get More Stubborn
Conservatives should commit themselves to being as intransigent and uncompromising as liberals are.

How This Progressive Educator Laid the Groundwork for Big Government
How did America’s political and economic system change from limited government and capitalism early in our history, to the unlimited government and welfare statism of today?

The “Campus Rape Epidemic” Witch-Hunt
Further, the percentage of lawsuits filed by either party involved in an accusation shifted heavily toward the accused, according to a report fom Stop Abusive and Violent Environments, an organization trying to reform the way schools handle accusations.

While I prepared breakfast (huevos rancheros with bacon, in keeping with the tex-mex theme), I pondered the delicious benefits of having a taco truck stop by near my house every day at noon

Her Brother’s Pregnancy
This is what American liberty has wrought: Time magazine’s story “My Brother’s Pregnancy and the Making of a New American Family”.

Herpes-Infected Feminist Ella Dawson Decides the 2016 Election Is About Her
You remember Ella Dawson (@brosandprose on Twitter) as the girl who attended Wesleyan University (annual tuition $47,972) where she graduated in 2014 with a bachelor of arts in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a herpes infection. It seems nobody at her prestigious private university bothered to tell Ms. Dawson that condoms don’t prevent herpes, so she kept screwing around until . . .

The Threat of a Lame-Duck Congress
What is a lame-duck Congress? Well, it refers to the weeks following a November election when lawmakers who either lost their seats or who are retiring from office return to Washington and continue to cast votes until the new Congress arrives. This is a bad practice for a fairly obvious reason—lawmakers no longer accountable to voters often feel no longer bound to represent them.

How Liberal Judges Took Control of 70 Percent of US Appeals Courts
On the campaign trail in 2008, Barack Obama promised to fundamentally transform the United States of America. After nearly eight years as president, he has delivered on one front by reshaping the federal judiciary.

The New York Times has a perfect Fox Butterfield fallacy
For those unfamiliar with the term,”Fox Butterfield fallacy” is named after a New York Times rejoicing under the euphonious name “Fox Butterfield.” Butterfield wrote an article in 1994 that dealt with what to him was a mystifying conundrum: How could there be more criminals in prison if crime rates were going down?

The Sweat of our Brow
Hamlet says we are born to die. Heinlein says we are born to strife. Both are right of course, and in a way accepting both of these things is the path out of a lot of our cultural quandries.

UK: Rise of the Police State

Pernicious Modernism: Cartesian Dishonesty S
Just about everything wrong with the world today comes from the pernicious thought of modernity, particularly the thought of self-named “Enlightenment.”

Consensus Gentium vs Ad Populum Aug30 by Eve
The consensus gentium is “the common understanding of all mankind.” An ad populum is an argument of the form “Many believe P to be true; therefore, P is true.” It is generally acknowledged that ad populum arguments are materially fallacious.

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