News of the Week (March 5th, 2017)


News of the Week for March 5th, 2017


Gun Rights


Proposed Executive Order Designating Certain Rifles for “Militia Purposes”
The faulty Fourth Circuit decision issued last week upholding Maryland’s Scary Gun Ban runs afoul of good jurisprudence. The ruling found that Second Amendment protections don’t extend to individuals who wish to own certain semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15, calling them, “weapons that are most useful in military service.” However, a document sent to me yesterday offers hope of correcting that in the form of a proposed executive order to be issued by President Trump.

Fourth Circuit Sets the Stage for a New National Gun Ban
In an unusual opinion that at times reads more like an op-ed at the New York Times than a legal ruling, the 4th Circuit Court last week upheld Maryland’s highly restrictive “Firearms Safety Act.”

Women with guns: The next threat to the Democratic Party
Abby Ross never spent time around guns until a little more than a decade ago. “I grew up on Staten Island,” she said. “Hunting or gun use was not part of our family traditions.”

The Second Amendment secures an individual’s gun rights
So perfectly lucid that even a child (and maybe a Progressive) can understand.

Interior Secretary Zinke Revokes Obama Rule Banning Lead Ammo On Federal Lands
The Obama administration was nothing if not monomanical in its hatred of firearms. It not only tried to invent facts on the ground (Fast & Furious) and pimp tragedies (Newton) in the cause of gun control, it used its regulatory power to try to make gun buying, ownership and use much more difficult. On its very last day in office, Obama’s head of the Fish & Wildlife Service issued an order banning lead ammunition and lead sinkers from federal lands. The rule was issued without public input or even any actual science to demonstrate that so much lead from expended ammo and abandoned sinkers was plopped on federal land to make any difference.

As EU Mulls Tougher Gun Laws, Czechs Debate Gun Rights Amendment
“In the beginning Europe had good intentions, but the realization could be given an F-“


Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”


Trump Pushes For Massive Budget, Staff Cuts At EPA
President Donald Trump will ask Congress to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget 24 percent, or nearly $2 billion, according to sources familiar with the budget plans.

Tucker Carlson vs. Bill Nye (Feb. 27, 2017)
Tucker takes on Bill Nye on the issue of climate change.

Trump Orders EPA To “Zero Out” Global Warming Programs
The White House is pushing for significant cuts to EPA programs and staff levels, giving a glimpse of how the Trump administration plans on devolving more control to the states.



Government in Healthcare


Here’s A Summary Of House Republicans’ Leaked Obamacare Draft
This is a detailed summary of the bill, along with a number of possible conservative concerns where applicable.

Speaking of 50 state laboratories
Regular readers know that we’ve always been major cheerleaders for the state laboratory idea. That is, that each state should be free to experiment with whichever healthcare model it deems appropriate.


War & Terror


Second Muslim Takeover Plot Alleged at UK High School
Allegations have emerged of a plot by Islamic hardliners to take over a British school – the second claim in two weeks.

Student has home vandalized after “trolling” antifa groups
A Trump-supporting Regis University student believes that “anti-fascist” groups vandalized a trailer parked outside his parents’ home in retaliation for “trolling” them with a spoof website.

“Antifa” group openly promotes violence, vandalism at Clemson
Posters promoting violence against “fascism” and advertising a group called “Upstate Antifa” were found littered across Clemson University’s campus over the weekend.

Meet the terrorist behind the next women’s march
Here’s the left’s next great idea for bringing down President Trump: another women’s march. Which means another public instance of Trump haters shouting slogans to one another and mistaking it for constructive politics. What progressives need to defeat Trump is outreach, but all they have is outrage.

Puzder: Opponents Sent White Powder to My Wife
FBI, hazmat teams dispatched to home to retrieve package

Black Lives Matter Plotted to Burn Down Minnesota Capitol?
Former group member Trey Turner says Saint Paul activists were planning mayhem.




“Trans-racial” Rachel Dolezal living on food stamps, can only get work in reality TV and porn
With a new book ready to come out next month, “trans-racial” Rachel Dolezal – the white former Eastern Washington University adjunct and Spokane, Washington NAACP chief who claims she is actually black ‘ recently granted an interview with The Guardian in which she says she can’t get a job … and is depending on food stamps.

Union Protestors Target California Republican, Go to Wrong House
Organizer says failed protest is not an embarrassment

Meet the DNC’s New Organizer in Chief
Tom Perez is both a hard-core progressive and a hard-fighting party insider.

Many Americans Disapprove of Trump but Are Open to His Agenda, Poll Finds
WSJ/NBC News poll shows negative views at a historically high level for a new president but support from a “critical middle”

Democratic leaders silence Nguyen, stir up old conflict
The state Senate’s Democratic leaders blew it badly Thursday when they forcibly prevented Republican Sen. Janet Nguyen, a refugee from Vietnam, from criticizing the late Tom Hayden.

The Democrats who don’t dare face voters at town halls
Recent weeks have seen a flood of media reports on Republicans facing angry constituents at town-hall meetings, so it’s nice to see the Associated Press point out that many Democrats have been dodging town halls altogether.

Sanctuary Cities Use Legal Tactics From The Civil War South
The current sanctuary movement is more akin to the “nullification” movement in South Carolina before the Civil War than to the biblical sanctuary cities.

Governor Malloy Forces Cops to Choose Job Security Over Public Safety
Imagine, gentle readers, that you are a detective working homicide cases in the city or town where you live. And now imagine that you are investigating a murder in which all the evidence points to a single suspect. Several witnesses tell you they saw what happened, and each of them identifies the same person. You obtain an arrest warrant for the man, book him into jail, and prepare to bring him before the bar of justice.

UCLA restricts enrollment in popular free speech course
University of California, Los Angeles professor Keith Fink teaches a course on free speech that is so popular his department chair decided to limit enrollment.

New “food justice” course: Assignments include “decolonized” recipe, aiding Trump resistance effort
Course decries “global capitalist” takeover of food industry

Academic Absurdity of the Week: It’s Whitey’s Fault—Again
One of the main argument of a certain new book that you may have heard about is that the idea of statesmanship has been abandoned in favor of “leadership studies,” which tend to be content-free when not downright stupid.

How Woodrow Wilson Planted the Seeds of the Administrative State
Today the crisis of American government is expressed in an ungainly phrase that rarely appeared in conservative vocabulary in the 1950s and 1960s—the “administrative state,” by which is meant the independent “fourth branch of government” that fits nowhere within the scheme of the Constitution as understood by its authors.

HBCUs, advocates looking for help from Trump on funding
The nation’s historically black colleges and universities are pushing for President Donald Trump to set aside more federal contracts and grants for their schools, and take a greater hand in their welfare by moving responsibility for a key program for those colleges to the White House.

“New Yorker” Editor Says the Russians Weren’t Trying to Help Trump at All
The editor of The New Yorker, David Remnick, says that the Russians weren’t trying to aid Trump’s campaign; he says they were trying to destabilize Hillary’s inevitable presidency. His contention is that, like everyone in the media, the Russians thought that Secretary Clinton was going to be the 45th president, and the hacks and leaks they released were intended to damage her leadership. Remnick says that the Russians are actually now fearful of Trump’s off-the-cuff attitudes and that “there’s a lot of buyer’s remorse.” This totally flies in the face of the liberal narrative that the Russians essentially put President Trump in the Oval Office.

Texas Governor Abbott Offers Reward for Info Leading to Arrest in Murder of 8-Yr-Old Girl
Little girl survived a car crash only to be shot and killed

Dogs and Puppies Left Behind at Dakota Pipeline Protest Site

AG Sessions, DOJ Reviewing Marijuana Policies
Experts have told Sessions about a supposed rise in violence with legalized marijuana.

Female rapes disabled student then gets him expelled, university fires his dad
“Conflict of interest” for trustee to plead his son’s case

Black college vandalized with “Trump plantation” after school president meets with DeVos
Republicans who visit the historically black Howard University are rolling the dice. Just ask Sen. Rand Paul.

Ohio investigation found 385 non-US citizens registered to vote, 82 cast illegal ballots
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced an investigation has uncovered that hundreds of non-US citizens are registered to vote in the state, and dozens of them voted illegally.

“Poop Swastika” Appears in Gender-Neutral Bathroom at Rhode Island School of Design
A swastika made out of human waste appeared in a Rhode Island School of Design gender-neutral bathroom last week.

With Sessions Eyeing Marijuana, Watch H.R. 975
While the President’s position on marijuana remains hazy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made it quite clear that he has watched Reefer Madness over six thousand times, and may go after states that have legalized it. Medicinal users are currently protected under the Rohrbacher-Farr Amendment passed in 2014, which blocked the Department of Justice from messing with state medicinal laws. As the provision is included as part of a Congressional spending package, it needs to be re-authorized every year, and is currently set to expire on April 28th.

Left threatens Trump-friendly senators with primary challenges
Progressives are threatening primary challenges for Democratic lawmakers who don’t commit to full obstruction of President Trump’s agenda.

NC Attorney General Josh Stein Accused of Ethical Misconduct Before U.S. Supreme Court
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein (D) has been accused of committing serious ethical misconduct in a brief filed before the United States Supreme Court. Lawyers for the North Carolina Legislature have asked the Supreme Court to recognize their defense of election integrity laws such as voter ID laws and ignore Stein’s attempt to derail an appeal to preserve the laws. The pleadings to the Supreme Court accuse Attorney General Stein of severe ethical misconduct, misconduct for which many lawyers have been disbarred.

Oprah Is Probably Going to Run for President…
Many people in the media are excited about a possible Oprah Winfrey run for the presidency. And so a Bloomberg reporter asked her point blank if she was considering it. Oprah said that previously she hasn’t given it much thought because she didn’t feel like she had the necessary government experience and background, but since Donald Trump was elected, she’s thinking that this experience isn’t a prerequisite. In other words, she’s probably going to run…

Assemblyman begins push to remove 2 elected offices in Nevada
Assemblyman Elliot Anderson said Nevada should abolish the elected constitutional offices of state treasurer and controller, instead making them appointed positions within the governor’s office.

How a Portuguese-to-English Phrasebook Became a Cult Comedy Sensation
Meet 1883’s most absurd language guide.

Professors at Columbia Blame Student Suicides on Trump
“malaise that sits like a fog over Columbia”

Black college president blasted as “overseer” of “Trump plantation” following meeting at White House
The president of a prominent black college was blasted as the “overseer” of the “Trump plantation” in a spray-painted message — along with other graffiti on the Howard University campus – after a White House meeting with leaders of historically black colleges.

Feds Target Upcoming Marijuana Festival In Nevada
In a recent letter, a federal attorney warned the Moapa Paiute Tribe against hosting the High Times Cannabis Cup.

Another Breakthrough in Feminist Mathematics
I have written many pieces over the years about the massive attempt to enroll more women in STEM fields, noting in one essay here that “Readers of the higher education press and literature may be forgiven for supposing that there is more research on why there are not more women in STEM fields than there is actual research in the STEM fields themselves.” Now comes a new book, Inventing the Mathematician: Gender, Race and Our Cultural Understanding of Mathematics

Attention, POTUS: Mexico is Now LITERALLY Sending Their S**t Here
For 17 days in February, millions of gallons of raw sewage flowed into the Tijuana River in Baja California, then into the Pacific Ocean, contaminating beaches in southern San Diego County – and it looks like Mexican authorities intentionally allowed it to happen.

Professor left in neck brace after Middlebury College mob goes nuts over Charles Murray speech
Says RBpundit, “See what happens when you give people who call everyone Nazis the license to punch Nazis? They wind up hurting non-Nazis.” Right, but I take it the people who twisted the professor’s neck would say that she became a Nazi by association by defending Murray’s right to speak after being invited. A mob will always justify its violence as righteous.

Ruling against satirical student paper that mocked safe spaces could “gut civil rights law”
Can’t be legal in a “limited public forum” and illegal elsewhere

3 Different Ways State GOP Lawmakers Are Fighting Sanctuary Cities
In states across the country, Republican lawmakers are aiming to combat sanctuary cities and counties, and in some cases banding together to develop new ways to prod local jurisdictions into helping enforce federal immigration law.

Texas Legislature to Consider Bill to Ensure “Public Safety” in Bathrooms
Texas is taking measures to protect its citizens from laws that hinder “common sense and public safety” when it comes to transgender persons being allowed to use both men’s and women’s restrooms.

Former Federal Prosecutor Calls for Every Senator to Reveal Ambassadors They Met With
In light of Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusing himself from the Russian investigation, a government watchdog group is asking every senator to provide a list of ambassadors they met with over the past three years.

Nevada trooper drenched by “tidal wave of beer on interstate in Las Vegas
A Nevada Highway Patrol dashboard camera was recording when a trooper speaking to a driver was drenched by a load of beer that fell from a truck.

Marijuana for Free, Just Swipe Your EBT
You would think that by now we would have all the laws we could possibly need. But Massachusetts State Representative Shaunna O’Connell proposes a sadly necessary law to forbid purchasing newly legalized recreational marijuana with EBT cards.

Trump’s Transportation Secretary halts funding for California’s bullet train
Brown gets run over by the Trump Train on the journey to Karma.

Illegal Immigrant Gang Members Charged with “Satanic” Murder in Texas
Two known members of the notorious street gang MS-13, illegal immigrants from El Salvador, appeared in Houston court on Wednesday to hear charges against them in the kidnapping and torture of one victim and the “satanic” killing of another.

New Research Suggests Earth’s Mantle Might Be Hotter Than Anyone Expected
What’s going on?

Don’t Cry for Me Argentina
A 22-year-old who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials early Wednesday, moments after giving a speech at an immigration press conference, will be deported without a hearing, according to her lawyer.

Police Say Illegal Alien Raped Girl, 3
Police say the 19-year-old Cove man charged with sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl was supposed to attend an immigration hearing only hours before he was arrested Thursday morning.

Bakers Accused of Hate Get Emotional Day in Court
The ongoing battle between gay rights and religious liberty escalated Thursday as husband-and-wife bakers in Oregon appealed their case after being ordered to pay $135,000 in damages for declining to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

Pro- And Anti-Trump Protesters Clash in Berkeley
The demonstration is turning violent. Injuries reported. At least five arrested. Downtown BART station closed.

Trump Supporters and Anti-Trump Agitators Clash at #March4Trump Rallies Across America
Thousands of President Trump’s supporters rallied in dozens of cities around the country Saturday in “March 4 Trump” demonstrations to show their support for the embattled president.

Race Politics Could Be Tearing Apart Fort Worth Police Department
Excessive racial consciousness is tearing the country apart. An alarming example could be unfolding in the Fort Worth Police Department.

Senator spending money to restrict rights of others to express themselves by spending their own money
Nevada’s freshman U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto has uncovered a new right in the penumbra of the Constitution. In an email sent out this morning, the senator is seeking support for a constitutional amendment that would reverse the 2010 Supreme Court decision known as Citizens United v. FEC, which said individuals, nonprofits, corporations, unions and other organizations have the right to spend money at any time to express their political opinions under the First Amendment.

Protesters at Middlebury College shout down speaker, attack him and a professor
Middlebury College Professor Allison Stanger was injured by protesters Thursday evening as she was escorting a controversial speaker from campus. She was treated at Porter Hospital and released.


Economy & Taxes


They Hypocrisy Of California
To solve this contradiction, California is tacitly relying on a system of people who will work illegally for less money than what the state is claiming is a “livable wage.”

Trump’s Unrealistic Budget
Ahead of his address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, President Trump has released the first details of his broad budget goals for fiscal year 2018, the headline-grabbing element of which is a proposed 10 percent increase in defense spending. To offset this additional $54 billion for the Pentagon, the president is recommending across-the-board cuts in as-yet-unspecified discretionary-spending programs.




European Union Parliament moves to censor “offensive speech”
This is a story which would never take place in the United States, at least not yet and not with the official permission of the government. The European Union has obviously become increasingly alarmed over trends in popular sentiment rippling through their member countries. This started with Brexit, but has more recently cropped up with the candidacies of Marie Le Pen and Geert Wilders. Clearly such rabble rousing is not to be tolerated in the largely socialist paradise so something had to be done. The solution? The EU has passed new rules which will allow them to cut the broadcast of any “hate speech or offensive material” and then purge such speech from the official record.

Why the EU can’t make sense of the world and why its downfall is imminent
At its core, what is the EU? And why, despite its vast resources, does it seem perpetually unable to make sense of the world and meet its objectives? The two answers lie hidden in the EU’s very DNA.

Two important testimonies that Trump was right about Sweden
In a land of cover-up and denial, some courageous people are speaking out.

Head of Ambulance Union Confirms “No-Go Zones” in Sweden
“Hand grenades have been thrown at police.”

Trudeau Liberals to screw the middle class in pursuit of green Utopia
We know what Justin Trudeau is all about, or what he claims to be all about because he tells us all the time but this is the rich kid who doesn’t know what middle class is.

Zuma vows to fast track land expropriation without compensation
President Jacob Zuma said 2017 is the year of “taking land back to the people” and for this reason government will seek to change legislation to allow for land expropriation without compensation.

How Mexico’s president saw his approval rating plummet to 17%
In December 2012, when Enrique Peña Nieto took office as Mexico’s president, his approval rating was 54%. It was a modest but respectable showing, considering he’d been elected from a four-candidate field with about 38% of the vote.

Turkey seeks to “absorb” northern Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Ankara-backed militants will advance toward the northern Syrian town of Manbij in Aleppo province after they accomplish their mission in al-Bab city in the same province. Meanwhile, Syria has strongly denounced Ankara’s attacks near al-Bab.

Dutch Election: Geert Wilder Gets Military Protection
Frontrunner Wilders had suspended campaigning after Moroccan-Muslim mole was uncovered within his police security detail

Patrick Rock, ex-David Cameron aide, walks free for making indecent child pictures as judge says punishment is his “very public humiliation”
A former aide to Prime Minister David Cameron has been given a two-year conditional discharge after downloading indecent pictures of scantily-clad girls as young as 10 in sexual poses.

Woman “accidentally cremated while still alive”
A 24-year-old woman from India who was cremated on a funeral pyre may have been alive when the cremation took place, according to local reports.




How Trump Split Conservatives Three Ways
A guide to the new intellectual camps that could reshape American politics.

Understanding the administrative state
For the 20-plus years my friend Bruce Sanborn was chairman of the Claremont Institute, we attended the annual meeting of the America Political Science Association over Labor Day weekend. At the APSA convention we attended the panels sponsored by the Claremont Institute.

A three-way conservative split?
Our friend Tevi Troy has an article in Politico about what he perceives to be a three-way split in conservatism produced by the Trump ascendancy. Tevi identifies the three branches as (1) “ever-Trumpers,” the president’s ardent supporters; (2) “conservative critics”; and (3) “safe-space conservatives.”

Wahhabi Islam destroys native cultures across Muslim nations
Islam is an aggressive religion. Wahhabi Islam is an even more aggressive culture, wiping out all the color and light of the native cultures it destroys.

How the ctrl-Left make it impossible to be a Nice Conservative
Howdy, folks. Are you all still warming your hands at the coals? From the latest witch that needed burning?

Taking Trump seriously on making the GOP the “workers’ party”
At great moments in history, generals have seen before them their enemies, undefended, unaware, lying in their grasp. And when that happens, they pray, “O God, I thank Thee that Thou has delivered my enemy into my hands.”

If Child Sex Is More Common Among Gay Men, Are We Okay With That?
It seems we may be willing to reflect cheerfully on a man’s reminiscence about being sexually abused when he was 13, simply because the man in question is gay.

What Blame Do Parents Share For The Sudden Emergence Of Trans Kids?
Transgender status is a complex and odd bid for public attention, especially coming from children.

Who cares about “conservatism”?
“Tom Hagen” doesn’t. He’s the author of a piece by that name in American Greatness. In form, Hagen’s argument parallels that of Michael Anton (aka Decius), discussed here.

Trigger Warning: @SkyJordan4 Says You Can’t Tell Her She Has “Daddy Issues”
Sky Jordan is the “Sex and Relationships” columnist for the State Press, the student newspaper at Arizona State University, where she is a junior majoring in business communications. Like all aspiring journalists nowadays, Ms. Jordan is committed to eradicating First Amendment rights, by prohibiting people from saying things she doesn’t like.

Finally: A Hollywood Film about Leaving Homosexuality
We know too well how many lies the American left has perpetrated on the world. Christian readers here understand that Jesus Himself told us that lies are the primary weapons the enemy of our souls uses. Yet guess how extravagantly the LGBTQ community has been lied to.

The Democratic Rebuttal To Trump’s Speech Is Everything Wrong With The Democratic Party
I try to make it a habit not to hate too much on the rebuttal to any president’s joint session or State of the Union address. It’s a nearly impossible task to come on right after the pomp and circumstance of the full chamber and tepidly voice the opposition’s concerns. Quirks as varied as a wandering eyebrow, a sing-song voice, or a (gasp!) sip of water have been the downfall of many a good politician in this unenviable position.

Out of order
Something tells me that if California state senator Janet Nguyen were a liberal espousing the sacramental view of abortion or the fictitious evils of Jeff Sessions she would be an overnight sensation. As it is, Senator Nguyen’s removal from the state senate chamber when she sought to take issue with her colleagues’ recent tribute to the late Tom Hayden remains something of a secret.

Mack Beggs, transgender wrestler, should not eat her cake and have it
Mack Beggs is a 17-year-old genetic female with a serious body dysmorphia problem that has never been addressed: She believes that she was meant to be male, not female. Rather than treating this psychological problem, Beggs’ parents allowed her to take heavy doses of testosterone so that she can present to the world as a boy.

The real goal of Trump’s executive orders: Reduce the number of immigrants in the U.S.
Behind President Trump’s efforts to step up deportations and block travel from seven mostly Muslim countries lies a goal that reaches far beyond any immediate terrorism threat: a desire to reshape American demographics for the long term and keep out people who Trump and senior aides believe will not assimilate.

The Return of Magic
“Hear me out:”, tweeted John Podhoretz after Hollywood announced the wrong winner at the award ceremonies. “What just happened on the Oscars was actually a profound sign of American institutional collapse”. Yet if it was going backward it was also going forward. The day after the Oscars Elon Musk announced SpaceX would fly two people to the moon next year, using a Dragon crew capsule and a Falcon heavy rocket. Musk would not identify the pair nor name the price they paid for the trip but said “I think they are entering this with their eyes open, knowing that there is some risk here,” adding “it’s nobody from Hollywood.”

Democrats support bill that would legalize female genital mutilation
The Nevada Senate will soon consider a bill that would overturn Nevada’s ban on female genital mutilation, and Senate Democrats are tripping over themselves to vote for it.

Will Conservatives Punish Trump-Hating Hollywood?
Has Hollywood’s extreme liberal activism permanently damaged its appeal to Red State America?

Deconstructing the Administrative State
The Wapo – new slogan below – and various other MSM outlets were all shocked and bothered by Steve Bannon’s CPAC comments where he said Trump was working on Deconstructing the Administrative State.

Exploring the Demographics of Midterms
As we approach the Midterms, Democrats are gunning for the House (almost two dozen Republicans-in-Clinton seats) and state governments (a near record of Republican Governors, many of whom are term limited), while Republicans salivate over a very, very tempting Senatorial map (twenty-five Democrats facing re-election, 10 in red states). Turnout will matter, and as Geoffrey Skelley and Kyle Kondik explained, its an entirely different landscape from a Presidential election.

No One Mentions That The Russian Trail Leads To Democratic Lobbyists
K Street lobbyists are the symbol of Washington influence-peddling as they push government for favors, subsidies, exemptions, and other special treatment for their clients. Their customers include, in addition to domestic clients, foreign governments, oligarchs, fugitive speculators, and a rogue’s gallery of questionable figures. Washington lobbyists trade on their access to power. Many are former administration officials or members of Congress. If Trump fulfills his promise to “drain the swamp,” these influence peddlers would have nothing to sell. They are under attack.

Language Alert: “Conservative Opposition To #Obamacare Repeal”
Wait a godforsaken minute. If they’re actually repealing ObamaCare, then Speaker Ryan should be greeted with hurrahs. What sort of Orwellian suppository is this? Conservatives don’t want any part of this noise, and the Progressive tools in Congress have made no alternative case.

Feminism: The Demonization of Males
She is a 28-year-old feminist witch with a Tumblr blog, and she also has another Tumblr blog in Swedish.

RELEASE THEM: Obama/Iran Nuke Deal Secrets Are NOT Classified, Just Kept From You
The leaders of the Islamic Republic are frightened. They face an American national security team that knows a lot about them, and, unlike the Obama administration, strongly dislikes them.

Would journalists support congressional investigation of Obama surveillance of … journalists?
A good test for media bias, since Obama administration actions against journalists proven.

Open primary proposal would obviate political parties Mar4 by Thomas Mitchell
A bill is wending its ways through the halls of the legislative building in Carson City that would jettison the current Democrat and Republican primaries in favor of an open primary system, in which anyone could sign up as a candidate and anyone could vote for anyone of any party or no party. The top two vote getters would advance to the General Election, even if both are affiliated with the same party.

Life, Liberty, Reasonably Priced Love
This is a quick throw away post. I’m not dead, but I am very busy. However, younger son pinged me on FB and said “Do the dems really think that the right to Healthcare INSURANCE really is a universal human right? What part of unalienable and natural did they fail to get?”

The Hypocrisy Of California
The “No Ban, No Wall” protests have confused me immensely. Why is border security somehow mutually exclusive of immigration? Is there no longer a “high fences, wide gates” option? It dawns on me it’s because groups in favor of broad immigration don’t want legal immigration, they specifically want the illegal form.

Why the “Burden of Proof” Destroys Rational Discourse
As my friend Chris Lansdown has noted, not only is the “burden of proof” not useful in discussions, it actually renders all discussion and argument impossible, if it is taken seriously.

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