News of the Week (May 14th, 2017)

 

News of the Week for May 14th, 2017


 

Gun Rights

 

Middle schooler suspended after “liking” Instagram gun photo
Ohio middle schooler Zachary Bowlin learned a valuable lesson about privacy last week after he “liked” a picture of an airsoft gun on Instagram.

RIP, Bob Owens – a colleague, and a friend
It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform our readers that our friend and Townhall colleague Bob Owens, editor of Bearing Arms, has passed away.

ICE blasts Montgomery Co. for releasing accused felon despite immigration detainer
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is lambasting Montgomery County after jailers knowingly released an 19-year-old undocumented immigrant accused of bringing an AR-15 assault-style rifle onto school property, despite an immigration detainer lodged against the teen.

Proposed ban on guns in libraries irks 2nd Amendment supporters
Craig DeLuz with the Firearms Policy Coalition said the bill would infringe upon civil liberties and put the state on a course involving more restrictions. He said lawmakers should not take a casual approach to the Bill of Rights because they don’t understand why someone would need a firearm at a library.

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

How cheap oil is changing the world
“Wake” is a weekly foreign policy broadcast produced by Talk Media News and hosted by Luke Vargas from our studio at U.N. Headquarters in New York.

EPA Fires Five Scientists
Last Friday five scientists were fired from the EPA Board of Scientific Counsellors. The 18-member board analyzes EPA research in order to set energy policy and regulation.

“You’re Fired”: EPA head dismisses half of Science Advisory Board
Interior Dept. also freezes work of over 200 advisory boards and committees

Scientists Found A “Totally Unexpected” Source Of Climate Cooling
Arctic waters absorbed vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, creating a cooling effect that’s 230 times greater than the warming from methane emitted from underwater seeps, according to a new study.

Obama Uses Private Jet, 14 Car Convoy to Get to European Climate Change Speech
Former President Barack Obama traveled to Italy this week to make a speech on climate change at the “Seed & Chips: The Global Food Innovation Summit” in the city of Milan.

US signs international declaration on climate change despite Trump’s past statements
While President Trump has talked tough in the past about his skeptical views on climate change, his administration appears to be taking a more cautious approach to the issue on the world stage in the early days of his presidency.

Europe’s Biggest Solar Company Goes Up In Smoke
Meanwhile: African Nations To Build More Than 100 New Coal Power Plants

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

Horror show. More than 100 veterans died waiting for care at Los Angeles VA hospital
Over the weekend we saw another story emerge which reminds us that the lingering effects of the VA scandal are far from gone and too much work remains to be done. It’s not that we haven’t seen some signs of progress at the agency. Shortly after President Trump decided to keep David Shulkin around and place him in charge of the VA, the new Secretary begged for expanded authority to fire failing workers. That prompted the President to create what I like to think of as the Office of Your Butt is Fired inside the VA.

Liberals Yell ‘Shame’ at GOP Rep. for Talking About His Dead Daughter
In Illinois, liberal protesters laughed and said “ugh” when a Republican congressman was talking about his wife’s cancer, and now, in New Jersey, liberal hecklers yelled “shame” when a Republican representative was talking about his dead daughter. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) learned the hard way that liberals aren’t as empathetic and concerned about healthcare as they’d like the public to believe. If Republicans had done this to a Democratic speaker, this would have had wall-to-wall coverage on mainstream media networks!

How Conversion Therapy Bans Will Trap Transgender Children
A bill to ban “conversion therapy” nationwide would bar American children unhappy with their bodies from access to therapy other than drastic bodily alteration.

Do you know what is wrong with percentages in Obamacare?
Percentages in Obamacare hit the pocketbooks of consumers. What I mean is because of percentages you pay more for insurance – and you will continue to do so under the way Obamacare is set up. It’s a sleight of hand used by government to make you think you are getting favorable treatment when reality is you are actually getting royally screwed.

 

War & Terror

 

H. R. McMaster Wins Another Round
There has been some commentary about Donald Trump falling out of love with National Security Adviser, LTG H. R. McMaster. This is the “Q Source” for the whole thing

Why wasn’t the suspect in the Boston doctor murders deported?
If you’ve been following the non-political news lately you probably saw the tragic story out of Boston this past week. A double murder which took place there had all the elements of the beginning of a best selling murder mystery novel. Richard Field, 49 and Lina Bolanos, 38 were anesthesiologists working in the Boston area and were engaged to be married. The successful couple was found brutally murdered in their apartment, raising all manner of questions. Then a backpack full of jewelry was located on the scene. The Boston PD put in the hard work required and a suspect, thirty year old Bampumim Teixeira, was rapidly identified and apprehended after a brief gunfight.

Woman followed then threatened Congressman David Kustoff
A Weakely County woman was arrested after reportedly following Congressman David Kustoff Office: Representative (R-TN 8th District) and then threatening him.

Trump signs executive order on cybersecurity, White House now runs the show
Promises to hold agency heads responsible for slipups

Freedom Caucus Member And Family Receive “Credible And Real” Death Threats
“This is how we’re going to kill your wife.” That is just one of the chilling messages Freedom Caucus member Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va.) has received in recent weeks. When the freshman congressman recently held a town hall meeting for 300 of his constituents, the room was crawling with security and his staff had to be extra vigilant that the rhetoric not get too out of hand.

“The Finnish Jihadi/Islamist Scene”
Great stuff!

 

National

 

Trump selects conservatives for courts of appeals
Adam Liptak of the New York Times reports on the slate of conservatives President Trump is about to nominate to federal courts of appeals.

Columbia greets politically incorrect band geeks with security guards for comedy skit
President, a First Amendment scholar, “is censoring the Band”

Fordham University rejects proposal to open Chick-fil-A after queer students complain
The Catholic institution Fordham University has rejected a proposal to open Chick-fil-A on campus after students at the New York City-based college voiced concerns that the restaurant chain is anti-gay.

Texas governor signs law banning sanctuary cities
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed a controversial bill into law on Sunday that bans sanctuary cities and allows police officers to ask the immigration status of every individual they detain.

Trump to Nominate 10 Federal Judges
White House Watch: For appeals court seats, the president is drawing from his original list for Scalia replacements.

Sanctuary Bills in Maryland Faced a Surprise Foe: Legal Immigrants
When lawmakers in Howard County, Md., a stretch of suburbia between Washington and Baltimore, declared their intention to make the county a sanctuary for people living in the country illegally, J. D. Ma thought back to how hard he had worked studying English as a boy in Shanghai.

Liberal Protesters Laughed When a GOP Congressman Told a Story About His Wife’s Cancer…
Liberal protesters, possibly affiliated with Organizing for Action, actually laughed when Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) described his wife’s cancer treatment. His story was proof that a universal government-supported healthcare system, like Canada’s, is not a smart paradigm and wouldn’t have saved his wife as well as our system did. He did call them out — “Did I hear an ugh?” But the liberals were too busy being absolute jerks.

Wait, the Big Scoop Was that Lots of People Were Wary About Flynn?
But the news that a lot of people were wary about Flynn doesn’t seem like a particularly shocking revelation.

College asks students to contemplate “pee privilege”
The notorious Northern Arizona University now has signs outside of on-campus restrooms that ask students to consider whether they have “pee privilege.”

Students protest gay conservative speaker as he defends free speech at Portland State
Gay journalist Chadwick Moore – who recently came out as a conservative – spoke at Portland State University in a speech that drew protests and prompted Moore to boldly engage demonstrators who heckled him.

California: Hey, maybe communism isn’t so bad after all
It may be a tad bit easier to land a state government job in California soon, at least for some people. With a new bill recently passed (by the skin of its teeth) in the state assembly, the Golden State may be taking down the dusty old sign which reads, Communists Need Not Apply. Apparently the idea of having card carrying communists working in government positions in the United States is antiquated, at least in the opinion of California Democrats.

ACLU Makes It Official: The Only Thing Wrong With Trump’s Travel Order Is Trump
The Democrats who attacked President Trump’s travel order in front of carefully-selected Democratic judges made the extraordinary claim that the President’s statements on the stump, as a candidate, were somehow relevant to whether the order was constitutional. This claim implies that an order may be unconstitutional if issued by one president, while the exact same order would be perfectly fine if issued by another. This is an absurd result.

ACLU Says One Simple Thing Would Make Trump’s Travel Ban Completely Acceptable
President Trump’s executive order limiting travel to the US from failed states and state sponsors of terrorism was on the agenda with the Fourth Circuit today and the challengers did not have a great day. Perhaps for the first time, the travel executive order case was heard by a judge who didn’t get his law degree from a box of Cheerios.

Two Days After Winning Leadership Award, Illegal Immigrant Student Suggests Celebrating Cinco De Mayo By “Beating The S*** Out Of White People”
An illegal immigrant student at the University of California, Berkeley, suggested “beating the shit out of white people” Thursday.

Russia Investigation Subpoenas Went Out HOURS Before Comey Firing
Amid the turmoil of the firing of James Comey as director of the FBI is the speculation as to what this means about the ongoing investigation into Russia’s involvement with the 2016 presidential election.

Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey
President Donald Trump on Tuesday evening fired FBI Director James Comey, amid rising controversy over what Comey told Congress regarding a top Hillary Clinton aide and an ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.

Immigrant Charged With Slitting Two Boston Doctors’ Throats
A 30-year-old man originally from Africa is being charged with the murder of two Boston doctors who were discovered dead with their throats slit in their penthouse apartment Friday night, according to multiple reports.

HP is shipping audio drivers with a built-in keylogger
That fancy new HP EliteBook laptop you just bought? It may be silently recording every keystroke, according to Swiss infosec firm ModZero.

Lake Placid, NY taxpayer fights school’s $1.7 million plan — to store ping-pong tables!
Lake Placid business owner Jim McCulley thinks spending by local school officials is “out of control” and he’s raising the alarms about an upcoming vote on renewing taxes to fund a series of capital projects.

Frat’s construction-themed party called “racially insensitive”
The “FIJI” fraternity at the University of Chicago had to apologize for holding a construction-themed party to celebrate progress on renovations after students deemed it “racially insensitive” because it happened to occur on Cinco de Mayo.

Black student group at UC Santa Cruz threatens more campus takeovers if additional demands not met
“There will be more Reclamations”

Sen. Angus King: The Senate Intel Committee should hire Comey to lead its Russia investigation
Why not, says King? “Already has his clearances, knows the subject, man of integrity.” Man of integrity? We all knew last night when the word came down that Democrats (or Democratic-leaning independents like King) would instantly start rehabbing Comey’s image on their side to make him a more effective martyr for Trump, but good lord.

CNN Panelist on Comey Firing: “This is How Democracy Dies”
Johnson: current situation “is no longer a functioning democracy”

The Great St. Olaf College Racism Hoax of 2017
As with The Great Oberlin Racism Hoax of 2013, hoax racist notes used to advance radical agenda

St. Paul schools retaliated against black teacher who criticized “white privilege” training
A former St. Paul Public Schools teacher is suing the district for allegedly retaliating against him for criticizing white privilege training for teachers and related lax discipline policies that shortchanged students.

Prof: “some white people may have to die”
A Texas A&M University professor is facing backlash for a 2012 interview that recently resurfaced in which he argues for “killing white people in context,” saying, “some white people may have to die” in order for blacks to be “liberated.”

Conservative UCLA professor put through “star chamber” review, says he’s being ousted
A conservative professor at UCLA claims his superiors are working to get him fired because they do not like his politics.

Racist note that prompted St. Olaf College shut down is hate-crime hoax
A note that used the n-word and threatened a black female student at St. Olaf College – sparking an intense protest that led to classes being shut down for a day as student demonstrators accused the school of institutional racism – “was not a genuine threat,” the school’s president said Wednesday.

Couples Are Turning Their Unwanted Embryos Into Jewelry
“Now Ms. Stafford has all of her babies with her every day—including seven embryos in her heart-shaped pendant worn close to her heart, always.”

Phoenix Billboard Depicting Trump as Nazi Was Funded by Taxpayers
A billboard depicting President Donald Trump as a Nazi in downtown Phoenix, Ariz. was funded with taxpayer dollars, according to Judicial Watch.

Court Rules Kentucky Print Shop Has Right to Avoid Making Gay Pride T-shirts
The owner argued that producing the shirts promoting a gay pride festival conflicted with his beliefs

Here’s How Far Behind Trump Is on Political Appointments Compared to Obama, Bush
President Donald Trump has begun to move on naming federal judges and will eventually be naming a new FBI director, but more broadly, he remains slow in filling political appointments compared to his predecessors.

Wikileaks Nukes the Trump-Russia Story From Orbit, Leaves Only Planetary Debris
#FakeNews media, quarterbacked by CNN, continue to market the “Russia hacked the election” meme, 24×7.

Former Kennesaw student has protected status revoked; Lied to police
Immigration and Customs enforcement officials said a former Kennesaw State student who was formerly protected as a dreamer had her protection revoked because she deceived law enforcement.

Getting Dangerous: Man Gets Physical With GOP Congressman At Town Hall
A man got physical with Republican North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer at a town hall meeting Thursday before being escorted out by police.

Comey Plotted To Avoid Charges Against Hillary BEFORE The FBI Interviewed Her
Amidst the fallout from the firing of FBI director James Comey, a new report reveals that Comey actually planned not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over the use of her private email server well before she was interviewed by the FBI.

Congresswoman representing Silicon Valley calls Middle America: “Podunk, USA”
This is why Trump won.

Facebook Has Been Regularly Shutting Down Atheist and Ex-Muslim Groups
Yesterday, Facebook restricted and then shut down the public pages of Ex-Muslims of North America (24k followers) and Atheist Republic (1,6 million followers) –groups that advocate secularism and provide support to “apostates” (people who leave Islam and who often face persecution).

Nevada Attorney General can’t intervene on behalf of Gaming Control Board? Former Nevada Attorney General and current U.S. Sen. Cortez Masto did
There’s nothing unprecedented about a Nevada attorney general intervening on behalf of the Gaming Control Board in litigation between private parties, even when one of the parties is a licensee.

Duke Professor Faces Disciplinary Action for Calling Diversity Training a Waste
Almost anyone who has been forced to sit through diversity training has probably thought, “What a complete waste of time.” No slideshow presentation is going to undermine one’s beliefs, so any real bigots taking such training won’t be swayed, for one thing. For another, it takes time out of doing actual work in a pathetic attempt at indoctrination.

Bangladesh prime minister says Clinton personally pressured her to help foundation donor
While secretary of state, Hillary Clinton made a personal call to pressure Bangladesh’s prime minister to aid a donor to her husband’s charitable foundation despite federal ethics laws that require government officials to recuse themselves from matters that could impact their spouse’s business.

Student gov to pursue mandatory LGBT “ally training” for faculty
The newly-elected student government President and Vice President at Clemson University are already ruffling feathers with a proposal to institute mandatory LGBTQ “ally training” for faculty and staff.

FBI investigating Jane Sanders for alleged bank fraud
Federal investigators are looking into allegations that Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) wife, Jane Sanders, falsified loan documents while she served as the president of Burlington College, according to multiple reports.

FBI Director James Comey has been fired
FBI Director James Comey has been fired, according to the White House. “Today, President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office,” the White House statement reads.

Tunnel collapse at Hanford Nuclear site, emergency declared
An emergency was declared Tuesday at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington after a portion of a tunnel that contains rail cars full of nuclear waste collapsed.

Obama now lecturing America on food waste and eating meat, gets fact-checked by his former chef
Former President Barack Obama was interviewed this morning at the Seeds & Chips summit in Milan, Italy by former White House chef Sam Kass and he’s found a brand new thing to lecture Americans about: Food waste.

Police department offers to test for gluten-laced meth
An Oklahoma police department says it wants to test area meth for gluten.

Parties split on annual sessions of Nevada Legislature
A measure that could lead to annual sessions of the Nevada Legislature moved forward Monday.

Fake Statistics Created “Rape Anxiety” Among Female Student
While a lot of digital ink has been spread on these pages regarding the negative impact of Title IX on men’s due process rights, it is important to remember that rape is a horrific crime that happens to far too many women each year — more than zero being far too many.

Murder isn’t a nationwide problem
The vast majority of murders in the United States occur in just a tiny percentage of counties. In fact, the country can be divided up into three types of places: those where there are no murders; those where there are a few murders; and those where murders are very common.

Scientists Achieve Direct Counterfactual Quantum Communication For The First Time
Communication without particle transmission.

Georgia death row inmate seeks execution by firing squad
A death row inmate in Georgia wants to be executed by a firing squad, claiming that lethal injection would be too painful for him, CNN reported.

U of Arizona is Hiring “Social Justice Advocates” to Police Fellow Students for “Bias Incidents”
Administrators at the University of Arizona are now accepting applications for “social justice advocates,” whose job it is to snitch on other students accused of bias. They’re also expected to hold educational programs about “the mosaic of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusivity” and maintain “social justice bulletin boards” in student residence halls.

 

Economy & Taxes

 

Young Canadians Leaving Labour Market In Massive Numbers
A continued look deeper into economic data shows severe weakness in the Canadian economy.

 

International

 

Macron elected French president: estimates
Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron resoundingly won France’s landmark presidential election, first estimates showed Sunday, heading off a fierce challenge from the far-right in a pivotal vote for the future of the divided country and Europe.

Venezuelan protesters tear down statue of Hugo Chavez
Roughly one month ago I asked what the end game in Venezuela might look like as the country continues to spiral out of control. Judging by what’s been happening this weekend we may be getting close to an answer to that question. Despite the ramped up “militias” of President Nicolas Maduro and the dozens of people who have died in violent clashes between protesters and militia groups, starving and disaffected citizens continue to take to the streets. In one Venezuelan city, a statue of former dictator Hugo Chavez was torn down and smashed in the streets.

What Happened in France?
How could Marine Le Pen have lost in a landslide?

Venezuelan opposition leader “disappears” in government prison
If you live in the United States and you loudly and strongly criticize President Trump, you’re invited to effectively become a guest host on MSNBC and your face and voice become well known across the land. In Venezuela, if you loudly and strongly criticize President Nicolas Maduro, you’re invited to take up residence in a heavily fortified prison where you eventually disappear from sight… assuming you’re still even alive.

Jeremy Corbyn warm-up woman quits student post over racist tweets
A student chosen to introduce Jeremy Corbyn at his local election launch has quit her senior post with a university Labour group after posting a series of racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic tweets.

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, once pegged as future Front National leader, “quits politics”
Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the niece of Marine Le Pen who was widely tipped to succeed her as leader of the Front National, is reportedly stepping down from politics.

Labour’s election strategy – vote for us and watch us lose
For the faithful voters who remain, the party’s uselessness has already been priced in

Trendy vegan diets can wreck a child’s health: Nutritionists warn that lack of nutrients can cause “irreversible damage” to their nervous system
Nutritionists will warn that vegan diets can be damaging to children’s health

Hungary, Slovakia take EU to court over forced migrant resettlement scheme
EU’s decision to distribute migrants “illegal”, says Hungary’s Justice Minister

Mexico Angry At The Immigrants Ruining Their Country With Violence And Disgust
Well well well, how the tables have turned. Residents of Mexico city are fuming over the mass amount of immigrants that are flocking into their country from Africa and Asia. They are upset over the crime that is rising in their cities and the filth that is starting to increase in their streets.

Someone left a pineapple at an art show and it got mistaken for art
A student from Aberdeen has done Tracey Emin and the like no favours by leaving a pineapple at an art exhibition as a prank before later discovering it had been mistaken for art.

Venezuela is now sending protesters to military tribunals rather than civilian courts
You may recall roughly a week ago when we discussed a group of protesters who had torn down a statue of former Venezuela dictator Hugo Chavez, smashing it and setting fire to it in the streets. It was a relatively small but symbolic measure which seemed to demonstrate how fed up some of the starving citizens are with the failure of socialism in their country. If you pulled off a stunt like that in the United States you might face some sort of misdemeanor charges in court and possibly a fine to pay for the damages.

Trudeau buys Broadway tickets for international tyrants
On last night’s show I looked at the list of United Nations officials Justin Trudeau bought Broadway tickets for, and I found some disturbing facts.

“They’re Not Really Women”: Feminist Activists Slam Canada’s Transgender Rights Bill
Feminist activists in Canada are warning the government that passing a proposed transgender rights bill could destroy exclusively “female-born” women’s spaces like rape crisis centers.

Philippines Votes to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Middle of Drug War
The Philippines has voted to introduce the free and lawful use of medical marijuana, just one day after it voted to reinstate the death penalty for certain drug offenses. Last week, President Duterte said he would restart the war on drugs, a movement that has caused the death of over 7,000 people as a result of extra-judicial killings.

Primitive Humanlike Species Lived More Recently Than Expected
The bones of a humanlike creature have puzzled scientists ever since they were found in a South African cave in 2013.

Venezuela Boils
The problem with reporting on the slow-motion trainwreck that is Venezuela is the “slow-motion” part. Things fall apart, children die, people starve, but it’s hard to gauge the rate at which the ship of state is slipping under the iceberg of reality due that giant gash of socialism in its side.

With its bedrock smashed to pieces, Labour cannot win
Despite Welsh industry’s tragic decline, the party took the region for granted. If the Tories win here, that’s why

Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok found guilty in Islam blasphemy trial
An Indonesian court has sentenced the minority Christian governor of Jakarta to two years in prison for blaspheming the Koran at a trial that undermined the country’s reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam.

Liberal Moon Jae-in is winner in South Korea’s presidential election
South Korean voters on Tuesday elected a center-left presidential candidate, ending a decade of conservative-party rule following a historic corruption scandal and rising tensions on the peninsula.

Africa’s new slave trade: how migrants flee poverty to get sucked into a world of violent crime
Thousands who dream of a better life in Europe face horrors of modern slavery on way across the Sahara to Libya

Eyes on Sydney: the train to Parramatta
About six rows behind the Eyes were four young Muslim men, all aged under 25. They were discussing, in a mixture of Arabic and clear English, the topic of the day: can a Muslim husband beat his wife?

 

Opinion

 

Crash at the Four-Way Intersectionality
“Intersectionality” is supposed to be the intellectual/political clearing house for each branch of the leftist Victim-Grievance-Industrial-Complex (VGIC for short), the idea being that combining multiple perspectives on victimhood provides some kind of socio-political multiplier effect. Think of it as Keynesian victimology, except instead of ruining the economy with reckless deficit spending we ruin the lives of minorities with reckless deficit philosophy. But the various certified victim classes keep having minor fender-benders, but sometimes total their all-wheezle-drive vehicles, at nearly every intersection, chiefly because they don’t recognize stoplights.

The 43 people who might run against Trump in 2020
The 2020 presidential election could feature the most crowded Democratic primary in decades, with scores of Democrats rumored as potential contenders.

Teaching Racism in K-12 Classrooms
Leftist educators are corrupting the young.

Conversion therapy bill was always about banning speech
The stories told by Senate Bill 201 supporters were horrifying: electrodes on sensitive body parts and ice baths intended to change someone’s sexual orientation.

No, Sally Yates Did Not Stump Ted Cruz
A video is floating around Twitter, with the provocative caption that Sally Yates “bodied” Ted Cruz, whatever that means. No, she didn’t. Read the entire exchange, rather than a 1 minute clip out of context.

IRAP v. Trump: Applying The “Presumption of Regularity” in “Uncharted Territories”
Yesterday, thirteen judges of the Fourth Circuit sitting en banc heard argument in IRAP v. Trump. Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall handled with aplomb an hour of blistering questions from about seven or eight judges on the red-hot panel. Omar Jadwat, arguing for the ACLU, also faced an hour of questions, though only two or three judges seemed to challenge his position.

Liberal Paranoia in the Trump Age
Ever since Hillary lost the election, Democrats have been stoking the fires of fear, hatred and suspicion among their liberal voter base. This fear-mongering is an attempt to overcome the demoralization Democrats face after last November’s unexpected defeat. However, the anti-Trump propaganda campaign relies on a misguided demonization of Republicans as “fascists,” perpetrators of hate crimes and other atrocities. Because this narrative is essentially false, the Democrats are quite literally driving many of their supporters crazy, filling their minds with preposterous paranoid conspiracy theories that have no basis in reality.

The Democrats Have Been Demanding Comey Be Fired for the Clinton Email Debacle, They Should Be Happy Now
A lot of the commentary on the firing of FBI Director has focused the ongoing investigation into alleged “collusion” between members of the Trump campaign and alleged members of Russia’s FSB/SVR during the 2016 presidential campaign. The actual firing of Comey was justified by his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Emmanuel Macron’s election was something of a pyrrhic victory
We’ve had a few days to digest the results of the French elections now, with observers from around the world weighing in on “what it all means.” Marine Le Pen didn’t just lose… she was slaughtered at the polls by any modern election standard. This has resulted in waves of smug, self-satisfied cheering from liberals on multiple continents who were distressed over Brexit, Donald Trump’s election and a growing, uneasy sense that the wheels were somehow coming off the wagon. But perhaps the celebrations are a bit premature.

Save Tommy Robinson!
Two days ago, Tommy Robinson and I went to the Canterbury Crown Court, to report on the trial of an alleged Muslim rape gang. That’s it. That’s all we did. That’s why Tommy was arrested.

The Ugly Racism of Karl Marx
May Day celebrations were held all across the fruited plain, with leftist radicals and unionists worshipping the ideals of communism.

A very informal survey of highly educated professional women reveals that biology may be destiny
An informal survey 30 years after graduating shows that professional women, given the choice, want jobs, not careers, so they can care for their families.

Someone Revoke Mike Huckabee’s Access to Twitter Before He Hurts Himself
Mike Huckabee has been working on his comedy routine on Twitter. As you can imagine, the former Arkansas governor still has a ways to go in learning how to write jokes. This morning’s attempt was… not good, y’all.

5 Reasons Trump’s Firing of Comey Was a Terrible Idea
It’s a decision that sent shockwaves across Washington D.C. and the media. President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey is an event nobody saw coming. The aftermath will take some time to sort out, but there is nothing good that can come from what happened.

Sally Yates v. Ted Cruz: Ted Cruz Won
Silly Sally Yates

Republicans Should Want The Russia 2016 Story Out In The Open
There’s any number of angles on President Trump’s firing of Jim Comey as FBI Director, many of which have been ably covered elsewhere on this site (see, for example, NR’s editorial, Andrew McCarthy on Comey’s failures, and David French on Trump’s credibility problems). For Republicans outside the Administration, especially on Capitol Hill, the overriding imperative right now should be to flush as much as possible about Russia and the 2016 election out into the open as soon as possible, while pushing the White House to line up a long-term, trustworthy replacement for Comey quickly.

Feminist Web Site Endangered by Systemic Oppression and a Lack of Cash
But mainly, it’s the lack of cash

Sally Yates was the real blackmailer
In dramatic testimony Monday, Obama holdover Attorney General Sally Yates testified that she warned the incoming White House its newly installed national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was “compromised” by a lie and therefore a potential “blackmail target” of the Russians. President Trump can be forgiven for ignoring her warning. It was Yates who was blackmailing him.

Time for Conservatives and Republicans to Stand Up to Trump
It must be more than difficult to work in the Trump White House. For two days, the president’s spokespeople — including Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Sean Spicer, and even Vice President Mike Pence — have told the media that Donald Trump fired James Comey after reading the letter penned by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who had only been in office for two weeks.

The American Left Is Talking Itself Into Violence
The recent violence that’s marked our college campuses is seeping into the rest of society, and the vast majority of it comes from the intolerant Left.

Modern philosophy, untethered from morality, is just nihilism in fancy dress
Talking to college students brought home that modern philosophy is a nihilistic numbers game intended to support a given philosopher’s preferred goals.

Demonic Feminist Rants at Movement’s Male Allies: “Know Your Place!”
The First Rule of Feminism is SHUT UP!

So Empowered, Yet Oppressed By Everything.
Faced as we are with the news that Everyday Feminism may soon flicker out of existence, leaving a gaping void in our intellectual lives, perhaps it’s time to revisit some of the many offerings to have entertained us, albeit inadvertently

Demand justice for Chelsey Wright!
The next day Chelsey underwent a full rape exam, which uncovered two counts of semen, one of them inside her body. The exam also showed extensive injuries and traces of Rohypnol. All this occurred, yet the police made no convictions. The police initially arrested six Syrian and Iraqi “refugees” but quickly released them, even moving them into a safe house. The police have even now dropped the case.

Condoleezza Rice for FBI Director
In a segment where panelists made their picks for who should replace James Comey at the FBI, Charles Krauthammer chose Condoleezza Rice

The courts, and Stephen Colbert, are enabling Trump’s violations of the norms
A great deal has been said about Donald Trump’s violations of “democratic norms.” I agree with much of it.

Conservatives International launches next month in Miami.
When I was growing up in Lima in the 1970s, Western visitors were astonished by the shantytowns, the barriadas, as they were known, that ringed that grimy city. Why, they asked, did people leave the countryside to live in these squalid slums? Why swap the pure air of the Andes for traffic fumes and sewage?

Why working class Americans voted with their middle finger
“We’re voting with our middle finger,” a Trump supporter in South Carolina told a reporter last fall. No doubt.

Being anti-anti-Trump is no vice, at least not now
The anti-Trump movement, as presently constituted, is deserving of an “anti-” movement.

Sally Yates: What rough beast
Sally Yates testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this past Monday, but it already feels like ancient history. Yates testified with former DNI James Clapper about events leading to the termination of Michael Flynn as President Trump’s National Security Adviser only days into his job.

Establishment Republicans and the Serfdom Solution
The Perils of Immigration Federalism Senator Ron Johnson has proposed a bill for “state-based” guest workers: People would be brought into America not as prospective citizens but as temporary workers who are bound to the land. Who knew that the solution to America’s persistent decline in labor-force participation among the prime-aged was to import people to work as serfs?

Samurai Jack vs. the Social-Justice Warriors
The P.C. police take on a brilliant, beloved cartoon.

Newspaper column: Democratic lawmakers trying to ration free speech
Nevada’s Democratic lawmakers in Carson City are seeking to enforce their egalitarian philosophy on everyone: All people are equal and deserve equal rights — and only equal amounts of those rights. You have the right to free speech, but no more than anyone else.

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