News of the Week (October 2nd, 2016)


News of the Week for October 2nd, 2016


Election 2016


And now the dead are eagerly voting in Colorado
Keep in mind that opponents of voter ID laws or any other form of electoral integrity measures have repeatedly assured us that voter fraud never happens.

Comedian/Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and “Friends” Explain Why They Don’t Make Fun of Hillary
If you’re not a fan you might not expect a performer like Jeff Dunham to delve into politics. Ventriloquism is quite impressive when done correctly but still not considered a very mainstream form of entertainment.

Hundreds of Noncitizens on Voting Rolls in Swing State of Virginia
The 2012 presidential race in Virginia was decided by just 3 percentage points, as was the next year’s race for governor. In both 2005 and 2013, fewer than 1,000 votes decided contests for Virginia attorney general.

6 Quick Takeaways From Last Night’s Presidential Debate
Trump’s strong start, Clinton’s effective attacks, what got them bogged down, and the real reason why Lester Holt’s performance was bad.

The Clinton-Trump Debate Was An Embarrassment For Everyone Involved
Do you want an idiocracy or kleptocracy? The choice is yours, America.

Trump puts out new list of potential Supreme Court nominees
Donald Trump has added ten more names to the group people he says exemplify what he’s looking for in a Supreme Court Justice. Previously, he put out a list of eleven such possibilities.

“Mostly true” when Bernie said it, “mostly false” when Trump did
The Social Justice Warriors at PolitiFact are at it again, lying like sacks of fertilizer inside the barn.

Indiana Senate race tightens as Republicans take on Bayh
Democrat Evan Bayh’s last-minute attempt at a political comeback made this year’s Senate race in Indiana look all but over for Republicans hoping to hold on to the open seat.

Answers a Conservative Might Have Given in the Presidential Debate
Dueling authoritarianism. That was last night’s presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton. Both candidates articulated how they would wield the power of the presidency to force their way on the American people. Traditional conservatism, or classical liberalism, was nowhere to be found.

California’s Condom Conundrum Contributor
I am on the road quite a bit now. Texas Tech, last week; West Point, on Thursday and Friday; the Hoover Institution in Silicon Valley late next week.

More Americans Want a One-Party Government That Can Ram Through Policy
Voters face a series of tough decisions in less than six weeks. Not only do they have to choose a new president, but they also have to elect people to fill all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and choose 34 Senators as well. Besides the relative merits and demerits of the individual candidates on all these levels, voters must decide whether to support the Republican or Democratic agenda based on the majorities in Congress and the winner of the presidential election.

He fought in World War II. He died in 2014. And he just registered to vote in Va.
The FBI and local police are investigating how at least 19 dead Virginians were recently re-registered to vote in this critical swing state.

Trump supporter attacked and beaten in El Cajon
Attacked, beaten, thrown to the ground and kicked live on periscope. He is then followed until he is rescued by police.

FBI Investigating After Dead People Registered To Vote In Swing State
One case came to light after relatives of a deceased man received a note congratulating him for registering, Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst said Thursday.

California governor signs bill allowing felons to vote from their jail cells
California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday to allow felons awaiting release to vote from county jails in the state

Chicago Tribune endorses Gary Johnson
“A principled option for U.S. president”

Marco Rubio and Rep. Joe Heck Help Rescue Victims From Crash That Happened Right In Front of Them
Politico reports that Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Joe Heck witnessed a deadly car accident, and as a result personally went out to help the victims.

New York Times Gives up on Ohio as Hillary’s Chances Fade
Taking their ball and going home…

Hackers Target Election Systems in 20 States
There have been hacking attempts on election systems in more than 20 states — far more than had been previously acknowledged — a senior Department of Homeland Security official told NBC News on Thursday.

More state election databases hacked than previously thought
Multiple law enforcement sources tell CBS News homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues that more U.S. state election databases have been hacked than previously thought.

The New York Times risked legal trouble to publish Donald Trump’s tax return
Dean Baquet wasn’t bluffing. The New York Times executive editor said during a visit to Harvard in September that he would risk jail to publish Donald Trump’s tax returns. He made good on his word Saturday night when the Times published Trump tax documents from 1995, which show the Republican presidential nominee claimed losses of $916 million that year – enough to avoid paying federal income taxes for as many as 18 years afterward.

Election Update: The Craziest End To The 2016 Campaign Runs Through New Mexico
This weekend was a letdown for those of us hoping for new, high-quality national polls to test how last week’s debate affected the campaign. The only new national polls we received were updates to the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times and UPI/CVoter tracking polls, both of which have actually moved slightly toward Donald Trump, but they still contain a mix of pre-debate and post-debate data. Meanwhile, an ABC News/Washington Post poll showed Hillary Clinton expanding her favorability rating gap with Trump — her numbers are bad, but his numbers are worse. But that poll apparently didn’t actually ask respondents who they were voting for.


Obama Scandals


One-third of calls to VA suicide hotline roll over
More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline’s former director.

Trey Gowdy to Comey: What more would Hillary Clinton have had to do to get you to prosecute her?
The whole thing’s worth watching but especially the bit beginning at 3:30. This is a sequel to Gowdy’s first grilling of Comey before the House Oversight Committee in July, so go watch that clip to prepare yourself for this one.

Congress Must Act to Prevent Unilateral Move to Create Palestinian State
Another area where Congress must be ready to oppose the president.

State AGs sue to stop Obama’s internet transition
Four Republican state attorneys general are suing to stop the Obama administration from transferring oversight of the internet to an international body, arguing the transition would violate the U.S. Constitution.


Gun Rights


Gun Group Sues MA AG Over Unilateral Assault Weapons Ban
The AG’s “changes are overly broad, vague, and unconstitutional”

She Was Raped at 22. Now She Advocates for Women to Have Choice to Carry a Gun.
Amanda Collins had never planned on becoming a Second Amendment advocate. But on Oct. 22, 2007, when she was just 22 years old, her life would change forever. “I lived through the worst fear that I had had up until that point,” Collins, who’s now a mother of three, told The Daily Signal. “What happened was that while I was a student at the University of Nevada Reno, I was brutally raped.”


Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”


South Australia’s wind energy crisis & state wide blackout were foreseeable – and foreseen
In a 2014 report issued by the Australian Energy Market Operator Ltd (which operates the national energy market) & Electranet (which operates the national electricity transmission grid) these agencies examined the credible events that could occur in South Australia (SA) with loss of electrical system control that could lead to a state wide black out.

South Australia’s wind energy crisis & state wide blackout were foreseeable – and foreseen
In a 2014 report issued by the Australian Energy Market Operator Ltd (which operates the national energy market) & Electranet (which operates the national electricity transmission grid) these agencies examined the credible events that could occur in South Australia (SA) with loss of electrical system control that could lead to a state wide black out.

Hey, it’s only (Your) money
So it appears that Our Betters in DC© are funneling money to their O’Care enablers

About those “High Deductible Health Plans”
Back in 1992, I was introduced to the world of Medical Savings Accounts. These then-cutting edge plans were unique in that they touted $1,000+ deductibles in a world where $500 was considered exorbitant. But they offered substantial savings, part (or all) of which could be socked away to help defray future needs.



Government in Healthcare


The Slow Slide to Single Payer
For decades, liberal Democrats have been advocating a single-payer health care system where government pays all the bills. The public has never supported this idea, but it looks like the country is headed there anyway, slowly but surely.

Why Pharmaceutical Companies Like Mylan Charge So Much for Drugs
In the wake of news that pharmaceutical company Mylan quadrupled the price of its popular EpiPen anti-allergy device over a few years, lawmakers want to know why.

Will the last one out of ObamaCare please turn off the lights?
That’s a question that health insurers and individual Americans both may want to start pondering. Recent events such as the departure of the insurance company Aetna from the vast majority of state exchanges show that ObamaCare is entering the death spiral that experts have long predicted. Insurers are now heading for the exit, fast – and consumers won’t be far behind them.


War & Terror


Shooting, Explosion Reported In Malmö, Sweden; Gunman at Large: Local Media
According to local reports, a man in Audi opened fire on a crowd before fleeing the area.-The incident happened around 7 p.m. local time.

Putin’s “Blazing Sun” is a weapon of mass destruction
According to The Australian, Vladimir Putin’s troops in Syria are using a weapons system “one step below a nuclear weapon” on the city of Aleppo.

ACLU representing bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami
The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday began representing a man accused of setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey and injuring more than 30 people.

India hits at Jihadi bases inside Pakistan
Indian Special Forces destroy up to 6 terrorist camps, killing 38 Jihadi fighters

Pakistan threatens to DESTROY India with nuclear bomb as atomic enemies edge to the brink of war
Tensions have risen dramatically between the nuclear-armed neighbours




Nude Mike Rowe Sees Drone Outside Bedroom Window, Pulls Shotgun
If you woke up to a drone flying outside your bedroom window, how would you react? “Dirty Jobs” star Mike Rowe grabbed his shotgun.

UCLA lectures freshmen on inclusive language, social justice
A UCLA event that was heavily encouraged for first-year students suggested that black students may fall victim to police brutality and told students to make sure they use inclusive language.

KU staffer: YAF prez “garbage human being, motherf***er”
KU staffer Mark White blasted KU YAF President Gabriel Lepinski on Twitter Sunday night.

Speech code overrules U.S. Constitution, Arkansas Tech tells libertarian students
Just a “time, place and manner” restriction?

Swarthmore student called “white b*tch,” told “kill yourself” over op-ed that upset liberal peers
Swarthmore student flees campus after bullying prompts safety concerns

Dem Calls Navajo Woman A “Token” Minority Used To Oppose Obama Policies, GOP Demands Apology
A Democratic lawmaker said Republicans were using a local official and Navajo tribal member as a “token” minority in support of a mineral and land-use rights bill that is meant to oppose a potential national monument.

Social Justice Warriors Whine Over “Cultural Appropriation” at Fiction Festival
In the era of the Social Justice Warrior, everyone is expected to walk on egg shells. They simply demand everyone live according to their rules at all times, and don’t you ever, EVER question the orthodoxy one iota.

Campus cops confuse public and private while evicting TPUSA
A conservative activist was kicked off campus at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus after being told she was on private property, despite the school being a public institution.

Safe space “conversation” “not intended to be an open discussion”
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is hosting a “community safe space” “conversation,” but warns that the event “is not intended to be an open discussion or debate.”

“Offensive” Christian cross among subjects of complaints to university’s Hate Response Team
Students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse issued a string of complaints to the school’s Hate Response Team over the past year, with some claiming that an image of a Christian cross or a blog post about life as a white student were offensive.

MD students miss school for union convention
Thanks to a teachers’ union convention at the beach in Ocean City, students in 19 of Maryland’s 24 school districts will get a day off from school on October 21, 2016.

Student officially changes his personal pronoun to “His Majesty” on campus roster
“I henceforth shall be referred to as: His Majesty, Grant Strobl. I encourage all U-M students to go onto Wolverine Access, and insert the identity of their dreams”

Feminist PhD Candidate: Science Is Sexist Because It’s Not Subjective
Women and minorities cannot understand logic or objective truths, says a graduate student in her dissertation, so science classes should stop using the scientific method.

Republican leaders set to rubber stamp Obama’s internet giveaway
Last week, I asked whether Republican leaders will rubber stamp President Obama’s internet giveaway. My fear was that they would end up backing a continuing resolution that does not include language blocking the transition away from U.S. oversight of the Internet’s domain name system.

Cop Issues Warning: “If You Run Around in a Clown Suit, You Should Probably Expect for Citizens to Beat You”
Professional clowns fear profiling, vigilantes.

“Capitalism is the problem,” CCSU socialists claim
Central Connecticut State University will be hosting an all-day event on the evils of capitalism and the benefits of a socialist alternative, explicitly claiming that “capitalism is the problem” with society.

UMich “pronoun committee” announces change to class rosters
Students at the University of Michigan may now designate preferred pronouns on class rosters, following a year-long effort by the UM “pronoun committee.”

App State: Constitution not “absolute,” speech bans OK
Appalachian State University is contending that its desire to minimize controversy over pro-Trump chalkings on campus takes precedence over state and federal laws protecting free speech at public institutions.

Professors who voiced conservative views reported to university’s bias response team
Two professors who voiced conservative viewpoints at Grand Valley State University in Michigan were reported to the school’s bias response team by students in their class, according to documents recently obtained by The College Fix through a public records act request.

Student columnist: “Pockets are sexist”
If you thought society’s fashion-related discrimination against women ended with fat-shaming Miss Universe or refusing to make trendy clothing for the average American woman, you haven’t been looking hard enough.

Knotts Berry Farm Shuts Down Mental Institution Haunted House
Attraction deemed insensitive to people who care about mental health.

Feminists at Cal State LA Tear Down Flyers for Christina Hoff Sommers Lecture
“This is my freedom of speech.”

Two White Men Doused With Gasoline, Set on Fire By BLM Near Baltimore
Two white males were doused with gasoline and set on fire by a black male co-worker in Baltimore County. Both victims were severely injured. The media is censoring the story.

Black student leaders at Mizzou threaten to burn down fraternity house in racial spat
Members of the University of Missouri’s black student government called Delta Upsilon fraternity members “fucking crackers” and “fucking rednecks,” threatened to burn down the fraternity house and “set this school on fire,” and tried to instigate fights with them on Tuesday night, according to police statements.

College Outdoor Club Cancels Event Over Concerns It’s Not Inclusive of People Who Don’t Go Outdoors
Events for fit people? With fit bodies? No way, that’s shaming.

University of Wisconsin to scrutinize Halloween costumes for “racism”
The University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse appears to be on a roll these days. The hyper-sensitive campus is set to host a review of student’s Halloween costumes to ensure they do not come across as racist.

In Baltimore, the Mayor finally throws Marilyn Mosby under the bus
Two prominent women with both powerful influence and considerable political ambition were in the eye of the media storm all through the Freddie Gray trials in Baltimore these past couple of years.

KU conservatives accused of “violence” for using term “illegal”
Kansas University leftists shouted down yet another meeting for a potential Young Americans for Freedom chapter, accusing the conservative students of attacking and inciting violence with their ideology.

Social work professor speaks out on behalf of her FtM autistic daughter
Dr. Kathleen “Kelly” Levinstein, PhD, LCSW, LMSW is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan, Flint. Among many other accomplishments, Dr. Levinstein was a Heilbein Scholar at the NYU School of Social Work, where she also taught, and has directed and provided clinical services for people with disabilities for many years, primarily in New York and New Jersey. A clinical and research social worker for 40 years, Dr. Levinstein describes herself as “the only out autistic PhD level social worker” in the world. Her research and advocacy work includes human and civil rights violations against the autistic community.


Economy & Taxes


Health of the U.S. Economy Is a Matter of Debate
Poised for takeoff or in steep decline? Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump present differing visions




Canada as a Post-National Country
If Western Civilization is eradicated, leaving the world to slide back into the darkness from which the West arose, it will be a result of the efforts of progressives like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the quintessential moonbat.

Tens of thousands march against same-sex marriage in Mexico
Tens of thousands of people marched through Mexico City on Saturday in opposition to President Enrique Pena Nieto’s push to legalize same-sex marriage.

Socialism’s left Venezuela a “walking dead” nation
Here’s socialism at its finest: Venezuela is now forced to import oil from the United States, the devil in the eyes of the regime.

Heidegger Was Really a Real Nazi
Is the philosopher’s complexity enough to excuse his overt anti-Semitism? A dive into the so-called “black notebooks” from the 1930s is revealing.

Singapore jails teen blogger Amos Yee for anti-religion posts
A teenage blogger has been handed a prison sentence after he was found guilty by a Singapore court of “wounding religious feelings”.

Female chess players accuse governing body of sex discrimination after being told they must wear hijab
The world’s top female chess players have reacted with horror after being told they must compete at next year’s world championship wearing a hijab.

Former French President Sarkozy Pledges to Help UK Reverse Brexit
. . . not that they want to

People Think Socialism Works Because Countries Like China Memory Hole Its Atrocities
Chairman Mao inflicted human suffering in one country equivalent to that of the entirety of World War II. Not that socialism will allow its victims any remembrance.

Brexit begins: Theresa May takes axe to EU laws
Theresa May will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act in a move that will formally begin the process of making Britain’s Parliament sovereign once again.

Malia Bouattia Fails to Defend Safe Spaces in Car-Crash Interview
The embattled president of the National Union of Students has offered an embarrassingly incoherent defence of her support for safe space policies at British universities.




Will Millennials Survive The Left?
Millennials aren’t imposing totalitarianism and censorship on the Left. They’re getting those ideas from the Left.

No Matter Who Wins The Election, We All Lose
Democrat or Republican, no matter the outcome on November 8, we ought to ask ourselves if this is what our success should look like.

Do Black Lives Matter or does only the narrative matter?
Obama spokesman Josh Earnest revealed a deeper truth when he said of US engagement with ISIS that we are “in a narrative fight.” How true. In all matters, the Left shapes a narrative untethered from reality — and then forced American law and culture to conform to this narrative. Nowhere is this more apparent than with Black Lives Matter.

Because The Incarnate Matters, E-Readers Can Never Replace Real Books
E-readers are efficient and easy to use- but they’ll never compare to the tangible pleasures of physical books.

Double-double dumb: America wants a vegetarian In-N-Out option?
Consider this story to juicy to pass up – and ripe for a little grilling. Who knows best about the nature of demand in a competitive fast-food market on the West Coast? Why, a DC-based non-profit that opposes the use of meat, of course.

10 Flavors of the SJW: A Guide
A few weeks ago, my roommate brought me through the entire catalogue of metal music genres. There is trash metal, black metal, grindcore, metalcore, speed metal, neoclassical metal—the list goes on ad nauseam; there seems to be a different genre for every metal band in existence. If someone mistakes one sub-genre for another, they are corrected or scoffed at for their unrefined ear.

The Democratization of Censorship
John Gilmore, an American entrepreneur and civil libertarian, once famously quipped that “the Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.” This notion undoubtedly rings true for those who see national governments as the principal threats to free speech.

The Government’s Civil Rights Bullies Contributor
Earlier this month, the US Commission on Civil Rights issued its report Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties. The report, which was occasioned in part by the same-sex marriage debate, tries to determine the correct relationship between antidiscrimination laws and the First Amendment’s protection of the free exercise of religion. Currently, persons of religious faith have been legally charged with discrimination under state antidiscrimination laws for refusing to provide their individualized services to same-sex couples because they sincerely believe that marriage is a relationship existing only between one man and one woman. The question is: should they be granted a religious exemption?

Is Cosmo Now a Lesbian Feminist Magazine?
The Cosmo website features so much “LGBTQ” content nowadays that one wonders if the magazine has been taken over by lesbian feminists.

The racism of the anti-racists
Here’s a shocking story. A student, active in white racial politics, gets cross because he sees a black student filming him. He knocks the smartphone out of the black student’s hand and then posts on Facebook: “I wish I’d actually not been a good law abiding citizen & whupped the black sass out of the bastard”.

After the Republic
Over the past half century, the Reagan years notwithstanding, our ruling class’s changing preferences and habits have transformed public and private life in America. As John Marini shows in his essay, “Donald Trump and the American Crisis,” this has resulted in citizens morphing into either this class’s “stakeholders” or its subjects. And, as Publius Decius Mus argues, “America and the West” now are so firmly “on a trajectory toward something very bad” that it is no longer reasonable to hope that “all human outcomes are still possible,” by which he means restoration of the public and private practices that made the American republic. In fact, the 2016 election is sealing the United States’s transition from that republic to some kind of empire.

The Hidden Influence of John Rawls on the American Mind
The political thought of John Rawls has distorted the way many Americans think and speak about political life—whether they realize it or not.

Is Berkeley Sacrificing Due Process to Appease an Angry Mob? The Sexual Harassment Case Against Sujit Choudhry
How much and what sort of process is due in university sexual harassment administrative proceedings? The question, once for me a relatively academic question, has become painfully personal after Sujit Choudhry, a personal friend and the former Dean of Berkeley, was accused by his former administrative assistant of sexually harassing her.

How Black Lives Matter-Style Activism Is Ruining America
High-minded but ineffective solutions can often be worse than useless insofar as they deter people from focusing on what really needs to be done.

Blame the Patriarchy!
The core myth of feminism is that women – yes, all women – are victims of oppression under patriarchy, an unjust and tyrannical system in which all men participate and from which all men benefit. This claim of patriarchal oppression is used to justify the anti-male agenda of feminists who insist that every male is to blame for the injustice that all women suffer.

Why Does Claremont Need a “Queer Resource Center”?
“How dare you associate vulvas with being a woman. I feel so violated.”

Nevada’s School Choice Victory
Unions lose their attempt to kill education savings accounts.

In Defense of William F. Buckley Jr.
Never trust anyone who speaks ill of their own parents. Probably everyone goes through that adolescent phase of thinking their parents are idiots, but mature reflection — when we understand the difficulties of adult life, and have become parents ourselves – ought to temper our judgment, and curb any temptation to criticize our elders.

Tim Burton denounced for casting only one Black child for a movie set… on a Welsh island during WWII
In an interview with the website Bustle, Burton was asked why, given the pervasive, ongoing discussion of diversity in Hollywood, the overwhelming majority of the characters (and, hence, actors) in his latest fantasy film are white.

Blog War 2.0: What Is Culture?
So as you can see, Co-Blogger CBD wrote a big thing about boycotting the NFL and pleasure shaming and the like.

Abusus Non Tollit Usum
Abusus non tollit usum is a Latin expression, which articulates a fundamental principle, both of life in general and in law. It means “abuse does not take away use.”

Why Kristi Winters’ Recent Attempt at Politically Correct Shaming Fails
Recently, a group of feminists and social justice warriors made a YouTube video called “Reasonable Questions for Anti SJWs”. The first thing to note is that the SJWs in question simply could not restrain themselves from virtue signaling in the title—they just had to add that “reasonable” to the standard “Questions for Xs” title. It’s almost as if our default assumption is that SJWs would be unreasonable-which is of course a safe assumption and borne out very well in this video.

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