News of the Week (December 18th, 2016)


News of the Week for December 18th, 2016


Gun Rights


Federal judges rule state’s restrictions on guns are “reasonable”
A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld California’s 10-day waiting period and background check for existing gun owners and those with concealed-weapons permits, ruling that it did not violate the Second Amendment.

Nevada: Magazine Ban Legislation Could be Considered in 2017 Legislative Session
Remember when the anti-gunners claimed they only wanted background checks? Looks like they are already back for more. After spending almost 20 million dollars to narrowly pass Question 1, anti-gun groups and advocates are already beating the drum for more gun control in the Silver State. Over the weekend, the Las Vegas Sun published an editorial advocating for a ban on so-called “high capacity” magazines. The article shows the arbitrary nature of their demands by stating they would be fine with either a 10 or 15 round limitation. Well which is it, 10 or 15? Why not 15 or 20?

Ohio Lawmakers Approve Concealed Carry for College Campuses
“The bill now goes to Gov. John Kasich’s desk for his signature.”

Kansas Board of Regents Approves Campus Carry Measure
Starts on July 1.


Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”


Donald Trump chooses Rick Perry to be energy secretary
Donald Trump has selected Rick Perry to be energy secretary, according to two sources directly involved in the transition and selection process.

Fake News Alert: “Fracking Impacts Drinking Water”
The EPA has polluted 3 million more gallons of water than fracking has.

Climate Alarmists Are Frantically Copying Scientific Data, Fearing Trump “Book Burning”
Climate scientists are hastily compiling scientific data, under the misguided fear that a Donald Trump administration would erase it from existence. Apparently unable to understand how anyone could disagree with their rote conclusions about an impending catastrophe, these scientists actually fear that Trump would launch “a 21st century book burning.”

It’s Easy Being Green
Bald eagles are a protected species. Killing them is a crime, and criminal prosecutions are not rare. But it’s a different story if you are a wind energy company.



Government in Healthcare


Abortion Industry Routinely Offers Women Grisly, Unsanitary Facilities
“Unsafe” features a detailed analysis of hundreds of reports from state health inspectors, showing that abortion clinics have been routinely cited for risking women’s health and safety.

Med students: “racism” is a “public health crisis”
The White Coats for Black Lives website declares racism to be a “national health crisis” or “issue,” in one instance calling it “one of the major health problems in the United States.”

High Prices Today, Effective Drugs Tomorrow
A few days ago, Sarah Kliff of Vox published a sort of cartoon guide to pharmaceutical pricing, which I recommend. The basic arguments will probably be familiar to readers of this column, but her stick figures make an important point: When we talk about what to do about pharmaceutical prices, we have to think hard about the trade-offs we’re willing to make.


War & Terror


The Recent Declassification of India’s Secret ‘Long Telegram’ Shows Why It Went Nuclear
The nuclear specter of China has always been India’s overwhelming consideration.

Two girls of just SEVEN blow themselves up in a suicide bomb attack at a market in Nigeria
Pair blew themselves up in Boko Haram stronghold of Borno state in Nigeria

Trump nominates Kelly as DHS chief
President-elect Donald Trump early Monday announced his intention to nominate retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

Air Force advances laser weapon simulation
The Air Force is increasing computer simulations and virtual testing for its laser-weapons program to accelerate development and prepare plans to arm fighter jets and other platforms by the early 2020s.

Sweden is “preparing for war” with Russia: Officials are ordered to return to Cold War tactics and implement their Total Defence Strategy as fears of invasion grow
Officials in Sweden have been ordered to make sure they are ready for war

China’s Navy Captures Unmanned U.S. Navy Vehicle in South China Sea
Captured the vehicle in international waters.




DNC candidates defer to unity commission on eliminating superdelegates
All three candidates for Democratic National Committee chair on Saturday said they would lean heavily on the conclusion of a special committee concerning whether Democratic superdelegates should be eliminated.

Activists manipulate third-graders into hating Israel
Ithaca (NY) third grade event shows how anti-Israel indoctrination has moved into elementary schools.

T.J. Miller Arrested for Alleged Battery of Cab Driver
The arrest took place at 1 a.m. Friday morning after an altercation with a cab service driver resulted in Miller allegedly assaulting the employee over a political argument involving Donald Trump, LAPD officer Jenny Houser told The Hollywood Reporter.

Republicans in Congress prepare obscure tactic to gut Obama regulations
Twenty years ago, Newt Gingrich and allies pushing the self-styled Contract with America created an obscure but potent legislative weapon to help Republicans combat what they deemed to be out-of-control regulatory overreach in Washington.

Students rip down Shakespeare portrait at UPenn
Students at the University of Pennsylvania removed a portrait of Shakespeare from a prominent location in the school’s English department after complaining that he did not represent a diverse range of writers.

Entropic Marxist-Freudianism??
Losing Steam After Marx and Freud: on entropy as the horizon of the community to come

LIGO Black Hole Echoes Hint at General Relativity Breakdown
Gravitational wave data show tentative signs of firewalls or other exotic physics

ICE spends $100 million ferrying illegal immigrant children around U.S., watchdog says
The federal agency that handles deportations spent more than $100 million of its money over the last few years to ferry illegal immigrant children around the U.S., according to calculations by a watchdog group that says the cash could have been better spent on enforcement.

Judge orders Colorado electors to vote for Hillary Clinton
Colorado’s nine electors must vote for Hillary Clinton because she won the state’s popular vote, a judge ruled Tuesday, effectively stopping the state’s electors from joining a longshot effort to unite with Republicans behind a compromise presidential candidate other than Donald Trump.

Records: Too many votes in 37% of Detroit’s precincts
Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have during last month’s presidential election, according to Wayne County records prepared at the request of The Detroit News.

Berkeley to offer course on the “politics of needing to go”
Last Summer’s heated debate over North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill” inspired the University of California, Berkeley to devote an entire course to the “politics of needing to go.”

OSU offers course on “African American resistance” to Trump
This winter, students at Oregon State University will have the opportunity to take a new class that promises to teach them about how African Americans have historically resisted the “white supremacy.”

Mocked for its laughable definition of “sexual coercion,” university yanks policy from website
If you told someone at Clark University last month that you’d have sex with someone else if they didn’t have sex with you, that person could initiate a sexual assault proceeding against you.

Trump’s Phone Call With Taiwan Reflects A Growing GOP Consensus
Back on December 2, Donald Trump accepted a phone call from the president of Taiwan. It was the first such call since the dark days of the Carter regime.

How a Billionaire Democrat Running for Governor Won in Trump Country
As results rolled in on election night, most political consultants and commentators were caught off guard by the victory of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

28 Yeshiva Uuniversity Professors Slam Shapiro For Fighting Political Correctness On Transgenderism
Yeshiva University President Richard Joel has now condemned Shapiro as well for refusing to abide by politically correct falsities about gender.

This one misread email completely destroyed Hillary’s campaign
If you ask Harry Reid who cost Hillary Clinton the election, it was James Comey. If you ask the mainstream media, it was Russia.

The real reason Rand Paul opposes John Bolton for secretary of state
During the GOP primaries, Donald Trump tweeted that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was a “lightweight” who “didn’t get the right gene” from his father, Ron Paul, and did not belong on the Republican debate stage, but should instead “focus on trying to get elected in Kentucky – a great state which is embarrassed by him.”

UC-Denver offers course on “Problematizing Whiteness”
The University of Colorado, Denver is offering a course called “Problematizing Whiteness: Educating for Racial Justice” during the 2017 spring semester.

This Small Business Owner Didn’t Want to Make Shirts for Gay Pride Festival. Now He’s in Court.
A lawyer representing a Kentucky print shop owner who chose not to print gay pride festival T-shirts argued in a hearing this week that the government cannot force a person to create speech against his or her beliefs.

Cornell College Republicans president assaulted, called “racist bitch”
The president of the Cornell College Republicans was shoved to the ground and called a “racist bitch” the night after the election, and campus officials are currently investigating the incident.

Johns Hopkins prof suspended for allegedly creating a “hostile classroom environment”
Johns Hopkins University’s Trent Bertrand, an adjunct professor in the school’s economics department, has been put on a paid suspension for allegedly creating a “hostile environment” in his class.

University claims it can’t identify illegal students, but ignores its own database
You don’t know, or you don’t want to know?

After School Satan Club for Elementary School Students Concerns Parents
Yes. You read that correctly. There is an after school program in Tacoma, Washington that includes a Satan Club. Parents and other members of the community are concerned to say the least…

REPORT: Trump’s Team Offers Ambassadorships to Get Top Names to Perform at Inauguration
So the scramble is on to find top talent to play President-elect Trump’s inaugural event. I’m sure Ted Nugent and Kid Rock are willing to play, but it would seem the Trump team were hoping for a little more. So much so that sources are saying they’ve offered at least two booking agents ambassadorships, if they could come through with some top names to perform.

Trump Chooses Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to Lead Interior
Former Navy SEAL commander does not get along too well with environmentalists.

Crazy College Professor Thinks The Word “Holiday” Isn’t Inclusive
A Texas professor is telling students saying the word “holiday” is not inclusive enough anymore.

“White Woman Of Color”???
This was part of “whiteness history month” at Portland Community College.

George Stephanopoulos’ wife tells “The View” their upset 14-year-old girl screamed “no abortions!” when Trump won
Actress Ali Wentworth shared how “scary” the world is and how the election of Donald Trump emotionally affected her daughter.

Google made a bad bet on Clinton
The folks at Google bet heavily on Hillary Clinton to win the election. They poured millions into her campaign, volunteered and hosted fundraisers as a way to show their unwavering support for her in what could have only been an effort to secure the same kind of behind-the-scenes access and influence in the next administration they have in the current one.

Labor Secretary Perez enters DNC chair race
Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Thursday joined the race to become the next Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman, shaking up a campaign that has so far been dominated by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)

Michigan Recount Shows Too Many Votes in Detroit
I thought voter fraud didn’t exist.

Senate Dems roll out “divest or impeachment” bill
What do you get when you combine the right idea with the wrong process, the wrong strategy, and moral preening that ignores the application that the right idea would have had for the other side of an election? This stupid and futile gesture from the progressive wing of the Senate Democratic caucus. It ostensibly seeks to force Donald Trump into divesting himself of his businesses and putting his assets in a blind trust. It operates more as a sour-grapes shot that might actually weaken the argument for its core idea.

Report: Rex Tillerson has “misgivings” about having John Bolton as his deputy at State
Putin’s friend and business partner doesn’t want a famous hawk and NATO booster to be his right-hand man on U.S. diplomacy? Go figure.

Leaker of Podesta emails was a US intel official, not Russia, according to former ambassador
The narrative that “Russia hacked the election” now has a powerful counter-narrative to contend with.

UNLV conservatives petition AGAINST sanctuary campus
While their peers are petitioning for campuses to be declared safe spaces for illegal immigrants, some UNLV students are taking the opposite approach.

Transgender bathroom mandate in schools on the chopping block for new House conservatives’ leader
The House Freedom Caucus has a new leader, and he’s focused on ending the Obama administration’s legally dubious mandate on schools to let anatomically male students in girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms.

Russians tried hacking the RNC – but failed
Was Reince Priebus right all along? Leaks from the CIA allege that Russian hackers gained access to computer systems at both the DNC and RNC, but only chose to expose Democratic data in an effort to defeat Hillary Clinton. Outgoing RNC chair and incoming chief of staff Priebus denied that the RNC had been hacked at all, which would put a rather large dent in the story coming from anonymous sources at Langley.

Heroic 11-year-old boy helps foil kidnapping and “sexual assault” of girl, seven, who was snatched from the street as she was riding her scooter
TJ Smith, 11, and his neighbor Brad Ware helped rescue the girl from Raeshawn Perez in Wichita Falls, Texas, on Saturday

Whoopi Goldberg: Celebrating Christmas And Getting An Abortion Is The Same Thing
Whoopi Goldberg thinks the right to celebrate Christmas and get an abortion are the same thing.

Group Using Celebrities to Urge Electors to Vote Against Trump Has Foreign-Registered Website
Unite for American blames foreign influence for Trump’s victory

Social-Justice Blog: Gender Is “More Like a Performance”
Let’s be fluid about it.

John Kerry REFUSES to join in claims Putin hacked the election and casts doubt on whether intelligence officials have been speaking about it
NBC Report: US intelligence officials believe with “a high level of confidence” that Vladimir Putin was personally involved in efforts to meddle in the election

UW students petition to shut down YAF, punish leaders
Students at the University of Wisconsin, Madison are petitioning their school’s administration to revoke a conservative club’s charter and put its leaders “through intensive diversity training.”

Lock Haven lets prof offer “Conservatism 101” course
Lock Haven University has agreed to offer a “Conservatism 101” course in a rare victory for intellectual diversity on college campuses.

Stressed-out students pet puppies, learn secrets of “adulting”
Oglethorpe University and Rutgers University have joined the list of schools making sure students don’t get too stressed out by final exams and jobs.

Obama Suggests Electoral College Is Outdated
A former constitutional law professor criticized the Electoral College system on Friday, saying that it is a “vestige” of an “earlier vision” of how the U.S. government was going to work.

D.C. schools spokeswoman issues call to “get rid of” white men
The spokeswoman for District of Columbia Public Schools announced on her personal social media pages that she’d like to abolish all white men, then sort of apologized.

You voted for Trump? No heat for you this winter
President Obama denounces “hyper-partisanship,” so maybe our commentator-in-chief will have something to say about this story.

Report: 820,000 criminal illegals, 84% with felonies, serious misdemeanors
Illegal immigrants with criminal records, the deportation priority of President-elect Trump, total at least 820,000, with most having felony and serious misdemeanor convictions, according to a new report.


Economy & Taxes


Class Warfare Looms As New Congress Targets the Death Tax
Right now what a potentially large portion of what a person has earned (and paid taxes on already) for his entire life becomes fair game for the tax man again upon his death. The Republican majority in Congress may try to repeal the “death tax” in the coming session and that will almost certainly ignite a major class warfare skirmish.

25 Cities On the Brink of Disaster: “Don’t Be Here When Things Get Violent, Unsafe and Fragile”
The 21st Century is inching ever closer towards chaos… and the time to get out of the big city is upon us.




Inflation-Hit Venezuela Is Pulling Its Largest Bill From Circulation
Venezuela, mired in an economic crisis and facing the world’s highest inflation, will pull its largest bill, worth two U.S. cents on the black market, from circulation this week ahead of introducing new higher-value notes, President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday.

Councils lose child migrants brought to UK from Calais Jungle camp to prostitution
CHILDREN brought to Britain by the Government from the Calais Jungle camp have disappeared, with many feared to now be involved in an underworld of prostitution and slavery, councils have revealed.

Anti-fur activists bare all in Barcelona
Animal rights defenders stripped down Sunday in the Spanish tourist hub of Barcelona to draw attention to the alleged cruelty of the fur industry.

Dutch Restaurant Serves Up “My Little Pony” Burgers Made From Actual Pony
A restaurant named the Unwanted Animal Kitchen, located in the Dutch city of Breda, is a “creative breeding ground for conscious citizens and radical ex-hippie squatters,” as Vice helpfully explains.

Google, Cuba Sign Internet Deal
Something tells me the regime will still put many restrictions on what Cubans can access.

Mexico kidnap victim’s wife: “Your mother for my husband”
Vigilantes in a Mexican village have seized the mother of a local gang leader and proposed swapping her for a kidnap victim taken on Monday.

A Saudi woman tweeted a photo of herself without a hijab. Police have arrested her.
The Saudi woman was going out for breakfast when she decided to make a statement. Violating the country’s moral codes, she reportedly stepped out in public wearing a multicolored dress, a black jacket and ankle boots – without a hijab or abaya, a loosefitting garment.

Justin Trudeau Chinese fundraisers: Rich Chinese lobbying prime minister for $1,500 a head
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been facing criticism about Liberal Party cash-for-access fundraisers that have generated hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Fillon Unveils His Defense Agenda In French Presidential Race
François Fillon, the presidential candidate of the conservative Les Republicains party, has pledged in his campaign plan to boost French defense spending to two percent of gross domestic product by 2025.

Vegan Terrorists Ruin Christmas Cheese Festival
As a cow, I should be flipped out over meat and cheese, but not in my name, ok! Now you can’t even have a cheese festival? Anthony Bourdain said it best: “Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans … are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit.”

Passport Recall in Western China Signals a Major Human Rights Problem
Recent developments in western China have brought to light human rights concerns that should have the United States’ attention.

Trudeau’s “holiday party” was another anti-Christian snub
Faith Goldy joined me on Friday’s show to talk about the Prime Minister’s “holiday party,” and Trudeau’s history of embracing every religion except Christianity.




The Higher Education Establishment’s Self-Interest Goes Unchecked
Recently, a legislative proposal aimed at improving graduation rates at the University of North Carolina system’s 16 institutions was nixed due to vehement opposition from university leaders. In its place is a watered-down initiative that delays much-needed reform and emphasizes academic handholding rather than high academic standards and student readiness.

Hillary Is Madonna or Something
Everybody wants to play pundit nowadays. The New York Times unleashed its arts writers on the most over-analyzed election in history.

Oregon’s new football coach owes his job to state-mandated affirmative action
Colleges can show they are serious about diversity in sports by interviewing more nonwhite applicants for top coaching jobs.

Supreme Court: You Can Only Have Public Nativity Scenes If They Don’t Mean Anything
If you’re weary of the War on Christmas, rejoice! The Supreme Court settled this issue long ago. A public nativity scene is not a religious symbol. It’s “ceremonial deism.”

Country Music Has Become A Huge Clichéd Joke
Long gone are the ballads of the common man. In their place, we’ve got lots of booze, driving on dirt roads, and objectifying lyrics about women.

Never Argue With a Feminist
Feminism Is a Totalitarian Movement to Destroy Civilization as We Know It, and the feminist’s destructive purposes make her an enemy of everyone who values the benefits of civil society, especially including what Jefferson called “the pursuit of happiness.”

The End of the Campaign As We Know It
It is an irony of history that the most advanced technology of humanity is not primarily a medium of enlightenment, but a tool for the exchange of emotional messages.

The Historical Origin of “Political Correctness”
A professor at Boston University recently touched on origins of the term “politically correct.” And it’s revealing.

Let’s Talk About Fascism Before It Becomes The Word Of The Year
I for one am ready to celebrate the Year of Fascism. It’s heartening that Americans are trying to improve their understanding of what fascism really is.

It’s Official: Hillary Clinton Ran The Most Incompetent Presidential Campaign In Modern History
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was doomed not by Russia, or the FBI, or fake news, but by a never-ending cascade of terrible decisions by its top campaign staff in Brooklyn.

Inside Donald Trump’s Secret Ayn Rand Conspiracy
Did you know the Trump administration is installing Ayn Rand “acolytes” at the highest levels of government? How come nobody told me we were taking over?

How Clinton lost Michigan – and blew the election
Across battlegrounds, Democrats blame HQ’s stubborn commitment to a one-size-fits-all strategy.

The long knives come out for Huma
Oh, boy! We have a leading indicator that infighting, mutual recriminations, and media leaks finally are breaking out among members of Team Hillary, as responsibility for losing the election is being dodged.

Huma vs. the “Night Stalkers”
After a stunning election loss, the knives appear to be out in Clintonworld.

The futile nature of gender equality: Column
There will never be enough women who want to be executives – not as long as they choose to have children.

15 Racist Classroom Presentations That Will Make You Never Want to Send Your Kids to College
The definition of racism, according to Merriam-Webster: “A belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.”

Too big to fail: China maps out its Trump strategy
When Donald Trump becomes U.S. president next month, one issue above all others could force his new administration to work closely with China and underscore why he and Beijing need each other – North Korea.

Donald Trump’s Pledge to Loosen Regulations on Businesses Is a Heavy Lift
President-elect has a handful of ways to reach his goal, but they mostly point to a slow death of attrition for Obama rules rather than immediate elimination

All Of A Sudden It’s No Longer Bigoted For Businesses To Refuse Service
My new position is simple: if a client doesn’t have the identical ideological, political, religious, and social views as I do, I’m going to refuse to do business with them.

Why Did Hillary Lose? Her Campaign Was Too Smart!
Democrats are still trying to process their crushing defeat last month. Truthfully, it isn’t that hard to figure out. They nominated the worst candidate in modern American history, and the last eight years under Barack Obama have been below average, with Hillary promising more of the same. Obviously a recipe for defeat, as I predicted on this site last fall.

Even Now, Leftist Statists Can’t Imagine a World They Don’t Control, and They’re Buying Future Heartache
There is a story freshly put out by BuzzFeed titled “No One In Congress Wants To Regulate Fake News,” and if you know anything about journalism, then you know this story can only come about if someone is actually calling for Congress to do so. The very people who have been preaching about the Fake News Menace are the ones who are outraged that Hillary Clinton lost, and they need someone or something to blame.

Tranny “Feminist” Declares You Are “Discriminatory” Not to Date Him/”Her”
Justin Dennis, a/k/a Riley J. Dennis, is a transgender activist who describes himself/”herself” as an “intersectional feminist” who is “also super queer (transfeminine lesbian to be specific).”

Why Did Hillary Lose? Her Campaign Was Too Smart!
Democrats are still trying to process their crushing defeat last month. Truthfully, it isn’t that hard to figure out. They nominated the worst candidate in modern American history, and the last eight years under Barack Obama have been below average, with Hillary promising more of the same. Obviously a recipe for defeat, as I predicted on this site last fall.

J Street freaks out over Trump’s excellent pick for ambassador to Israel
When J Street expresses outrage at your choice for ambassador to Israel, there’s very good reason to think you made a good pick. So it is with David Friedman, Donald Trump’s selection for that post.

Just Because Your Transgender Parent Isn’t Messing With You Doesn’t Mean It Doesn’t Happen
Perhaps Elle’s transgender father never fondled her because he desired to have a body like hers. I pray she had—and always will have—a loving and respectful home life. I didn’t.

“Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria”
The Internet is a powerful tool, and evil people have learned to exploit it for dangerous purposes. Last year, I became aware of what seems to be a rapidly spreading phenomenon: Teenagers who, after an intense period of online “research,” suddenly decide they’re transgender. There is a sort of online cult – Web sites, Tumblr blogs, YouTubers, etc. — promoting “gender transition” as the panacea to adolescent angst.

Fake News
What cost Hillary Clinton the election? Well obviously it could not have had anything to do with her creepy, fake smile, her human-like warmth or the swamp of corruption and even treason that she has made for herself. It must be the Russians! And FAKE NEWS! In his latest FIREWALL, Bill Whittle picks apart this nonsense and places the blame squarely on the head of the sore loser responsible for her thrashing.

California’s Latest Ballot Initiatives Prove Residents Live In Fantasy World
From background checks to buy ammo, to banning plastic bags and taxing cigarettes, California’s sanctimoniousness really shone through this year.

What the Third Amendment Teaches About Individual Rights and Responsibilities
I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say that the Third Amendment is their favorite one-not even the most geeky law student I have known. Honestly, no one pays it much attention.

Can Progressives Stop Making My Christmas Traditions Political?
My mom went to see George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah,” and the maestro went off on an anti-Trump rant. Is nothing sacred anymore?

How Family Courts are destroying fatherhood
There are many reasons why almost half of children, 41%, grow up without knowing their fathers.

Why are elections so scary?
The fact that the presidential vote matters so much is a sign not of national health but of dysfunction.

The Internet Is Making You Gay
OK, maybe the headline slightly overstates the case – I’ve been on the Internet more than 20 years and am still staunchly heterosexual – but some young people are clearly being influenced in the wrong direction.

Why such a conservative cabinet?
It seems clear that Donald Trump will end up with the most conservative Cabinet of any president in my lifetime. And yes, that includes Ronald Reagan (Steve will correct me if I’m wrong).

Hate Spaces: The Politics of Intolerance on Campus
Tour de force documenting Students for Justice in Palestine, anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism on campus.

What is Social Justice?
“Social Justice” is a term you hear almost every day. But did you ever hear anybody define what it actually means? Jonah Goldberg of the American Enterprise Institute tries to pin this catchall phrase to the wall. In doing so, he exposes the not-so-hidden agenda of those who use it. What sounds so caring and noble turns out to be something very different.

So much for railing against the evils of political free speech
Dark money is evil. Bright money is bad. Money is the root of all political evil. Gag the Koch brothers. Overturn Citizens United. If you buy enough advertising to tell a lie and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. People are that gullible and democracy will never work fairly without restraints on spending on free speech.

The American Race
So what is the American Race if there is “such an animal”?

The Burden of Proof Fairy D
They keep telling me that this fairy is sitting on my shoulder. And that the fact that she is morally obligates me to do things they desire me to do, which I never agreed to.

Can the Left adapt to the Trump era? Watch their climate activists for clues.
Can the Left effectively oppose Trump, making arguments that mobilize public opinion? Their actions since the election suggest not. Climate change is both the Left’s signature initiative and its greatest failure (28 years with no change in the US public’s policy priorities about climate). How (or if) the Left changes their climate advocacy will show if they can adapt to the Trump era.

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