News of the Week for July 23rd, 2017
- Gun Rights
- Hide the Decline
- War & Terror
- National News
- Economy & Taxes
- International News
California Struggles to Implement New Gun-Control Measures
“These delays are really just a symptom of how insanely overbroad and complicated the system has become”
Judge Tells Marine to Choose Between 2A Rights And Fostering Grandson
On Monday, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) filed a lawsuit against Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) for impeding on foster and adoptive parents’ Second Amendment rights.
Crime rise is biggest in a decade, ONS figures show
Police record 10% rise in crime in England and Wales, with 18% increase in violent crime and significant rise in murder rate
Hide the Decline
California’s “leading” climate change fighting partner China funds coal plants in Indonesia violating Paris agreement
Governor Brown who claims that China is “leading” the fight against climate change alongside California seems incredibly oblivious to the reality that China is committed to building hundreds of new coal plants as addressed in a recent New York Times article.
Government in Healthcare
The truth about Obamacare
The other day I finally had enough of some of the pre-X and Obamacare garbage that’s been going around Twitter lately, so I decided to set the record straight.
Mitch McConnell Gambled Big On Obamacare And Lost
McConnell squelched any possibility of pre-gaming consensus on the Senate side. It was a bet on his own ability as leader, and he lost.
Mitch McConnell Says Forget Replacing Obamacare, Let’s Go with Plan A
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already announced the GOP’s next move on health care reform, and it’s precisely the strategy they should have taken up in the first place.
Then, Not And: Here’s How You Drain The Obamacare Swamp
After last night’s final failure of the Donald Trump/Paul Ryan/Mitch McConnell fake plan to repeal Obamacare, Donald Trump came out with a startling position.
You Want to Know Who to Blame If ObamaCare Is Not Repealed? I’ll Tell You Who
First, let’s start by talking about who won’t be to blame: Senators Mike Lee or Rand Paul.
Dutch Euthanasia is “Killing”
Apologists for euthanasia in the Netherlands often lie by omission. Rarely, for example, do they fully admit that the mentally ill are being killed. Nor do they discuss the conjoining of euthanasia with organ harvesting. Perhaps it a case of not seeing what they don’t want to see.
Pushing Medical Authoritarianism Over Parents
It’s not bad enough that Charlie Gard’s parents have been told by courts that doctors can take their son off of life support without consent, and also, they can’t retain other doctors to take over his care.
Leaked CBO Numbers: 73% of GOP “Coverage Losses” Caused By Individual Mandate Repeal
Based on CBO estimates, three-fourths of the difference in health insurance coverage between Obamacare and GOP proposals can be explained by Republicans’ repeal of the individual mandate. Share article on Facebook share Tweet article tweet Plus one article on Google Plus +1 Print Article Adjust font size AA by Avik Roy July 23, 2017 7:03 AM @avik In the national debate over the GOP health reform proposals, one data point has stood about above all others: the estimate, from the Congressional Budget Office, that more than 20 million people would “lose” coverage as a result. And there’s been an odd consistency to the CBO’s projections.
NSFW: transgender post-op vagina
Let me start with something a little on the light-hearted side: IRL I work for a company that has recently hired a trans woman as a technician. It’s a small office and we all pitch in to do minor housekeeping and keep the coffee pot full and the mugs washed. On Jessica’s first day, I told her she was now responsible for sweeping and making coffee. “Why,” she asked me. “Because I’m new”?
War & Terror
Army trains female soldiers to shower with “women with male genitalia”
Last month we talked about a possible delay in new U.S. military rules allowing “openly transgender” applicants to enlist in the service. (That was left in the hands of General Mattis.) It seems that this is truly just a delay and not a foreshadowing of some possible reversal of course. In preparation for this shift in policy, the Army is rolling out special training material specifically tailored for female soldiers to “train” them in advance so they can be prepared for the day when a “woman with male genitalia” strolls into the shower with them.
US and Australia finish a key round of hypersonic missile tests
One step closer to a weapon that can strike anywhere within minutes.
Teenage Isil bride from Germany captured in Mosul
A 16-year-old German Islamic State bride, who reportedly joined the jihadist group after being radicalised online, has been captured by Iraqi forces in the ruins of Mosul.
Navy’s Hypervelocity Railgun Could Be A Gamechanger — If Congress Funds It
If U.S. warships are going to survive in the Persian Gulf or Western Pacific through mid-century, they will need defenses that consist of something more than conventional gun munitions with limited range and missiles that cost millions of dollars each. Commanders can’t count on a naval air wing always being nearby.
Break in at Sen. Heller’s Las Vegas office
A threatening note was left for Senator Dean Heller after someone broke into his Las Vegas office Saturday morning, according to an 8 News NOW source close to the story.
Pence visit will boost Laxalt’s gubernatorial chances
Three years ago, Adam Laxalt was a little-known, long shot candidate for attorney general. Today, he has emerged as the leading GOP gubernatorial candidate and the de facto leader of Nevada’s Republican Party.
DeVos sets stage to rewrite Obama-era sexual assault guidance
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday blasted President Obama’s sexual assault policy for failing to foster an environment of safety and fairness on college campuses.
Break-in, threat against GOP Senator in Las Vegas?
Someone broke into Senator Dean Heller’s Las Vegas office over the weekend – and the local CBS affiliate reports that the motive may not have been theft.
San Francisco bans chocolate milk … because anything enjoyable is obviously evil
In the battle to provide nutritional choices for schoolchildren, isn’t chocolate milk better than no milk at all?
LGBT Activists Target Children with “Educational” Transgender Russian Doll
Transgender activists are promoting a gender-transition Russian doll, which teaches children at a very early age the idea of rejecting their birth sex for an opposite sex identity. While this would not be the first transgender doll, it would be the first doll with an explicit gender-transition message.
This is Evergreen State College: “I was told that I couldn’t go into the room because I was white”
Student: “I couldn’t speak, I couldn’t express my concerns, and I couldn’t ask any questions because I’m white”
Chicago Dyke March Drops Pretense, Deploys Anti-Semitic Term Popularized by Neo-Nazis
Last month, the Chicago Dyke March, a far-left alternative to the city’s main Pride parade, expelled several Jewish lesbians for carrying Jewish pride flags emblazoned with a Star of David. You can find links to the victims’ accounts and the reasons this discrimination was anti-Semitic here. At the time, the Dyke March’s officials claimed they were merely being “anti-Zionist” in expunging those brandishing Jewish stars, disingenuously conflating the ancient Jewish symbol with the modern Jewish state.
Poll: Trump’s job approval still at 50% in counties he won last year, but…
The ABC/WaPo survey that dropped Sunday morning was gruesome for Trump, so much so that he felt obliged to spin it for fans.
Radical Group La Raza Renames Itself UnidosUS
When money dries up, rebrand!
RNC committeewoman retweets piece wishing death on Sen. John McCain
Diana Orrock, a member of the Republican National Committee from Nevada, appeared to support an article that called for the death of Republican Sen. John McCain.
Science conferences need “diversity programming,” prof says
Three researchers are proposing a list of “interventions” intended to combat “gender inequity: at scientific conferences, such as appointing a “Safety Officer” to address discrimination complaints.
Profs fear “alt-right” is taking over Medieval Studies
Some Medieval Studies professors are worried that the “alt-right” is co-opting the discipline to promote a “fantasy” of the Middle Ages with undertones of “white supremacy.”
How the Left Hijacked the American Psychiatric Association and Normalized Personality Disorders
While the Pentagon directive to allow transgender men and women to join the military faces an indefinite delay this may be a good time to review just how America was ensnared with this Obama-era policy.
DC Comics Reboots Snagglepuss as “Gay, Southern Gothic Playwright”
Heavens to Murgatroyd! Does every cartoon character need to be revamped for “the current year”?
Berkeley illustrator for “Rad Women” books may design pro-choice license plates
Miriam Klein Stahl, well-known for illustrating the best-selling Rad Women books, is one of three artists whose designs promoting reproductive rights could appear on special California license plates, if a bill from state Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson becomes law. Only one of the artists’ designs will make the cut, and Californians can vote online for their favorites. The other artists in the competition are Mimi Pond and Juana Alicia.
GOP official apologizes for sharing article that called for McCain’s death
A GOP official who shared a story on Twitter calling for the death of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) after he underwent surgery for a blood clot apologized Tuesday.
Trump to nominate Jon Huntsman as US ambassador to Russia
President Donald Trump announced his intention Tuesday to nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to be U.S. ambassador to Russia.
John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has been diagnosed with brain cancer, the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix said Wednesday.
USPS broke law in allowing workers to boost Clinton campaign, watchdog says
The United States Postal Service violated federal law by letting employees do union-funded work for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and other Democratic candidates while on leave from the agency, according to an Office of Special Counsel report obtained by Fox News.
Berkeley blocks Ben Shapiro lecture slated for September
After a spring marked by controversies involving free speech rights, the University of California, Berkeley has blocked a student-led effort to host popular conservative author Ben Shapiro for a campus lecture this fall.
CHP completes 2,000-page report about Sacramento rally; 106 are implicated
Following last June’s rally at the Sacramento Capitol by members of The Traditionalist Workers Party – which turned violent after hundreds showed up to stop the white supremacist group’s event, by any means necessary – many wondered whether those who caused violence would face criminal prosecution.
Anti-fascist leader arrested after California Capitol brawl
California authorities announced Wednesday that they arrested a prominent San Francisco Bay Area anti-fascist leader on charges stemming from a state Capitol brawl last year between white nationalist groups and counter-protesters.
CA Educator: Algebra Is a ‘Civil Rights’ Issue. Get Rid Of It.
Interviewed on National Public Radio, a chancellor of the California community college system argued that since it may be too difficult for students, algebra, the single most failed course in community colleges across the country, should be eliminated from their requirements.
Former Obama Official: The Press Colluded With Russia in the 2016 Election
Out in Aspen, CO, yesterday, the beautiful and talented people were gathered to gently stroke one another during the Aspen Security Forum.
“World’s most famous atheist” booted from Berkeley because of his “hurtful speech” on Islam
“The Perpetually Offended” score a scalp
Minnesota Department of Education Approves Transgender Toolkit for Teachers
More proof has emerged that ultra-liberal Minnesota is the northern version of California.
Anti-capitalist “Museum of Capitalism” opens in Oakland
An unused food hall is being turned in to an anti-capitalist museum in the city of Oakland. It’s only open for a limited time (until August 20) so you’ll need to hurry if you want to catch it.
Failed Welfare State an Opportunity for Conservatives, “Hillbilly” Writer Argues
Liberals built a welfare state that doesn’t offer upward mobility to Americans trapped in poverty, “Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance says, and conservatives should step forward and chart “a new direction” in government policy.
Predatory Journals Hit By “Star Wars” Sting
A number of so-called scientific journals have accepted a Star Wars-themed spoof paper. The manuscript is an absurd mess of factual errors, plagiarism and movie quotes.
Harry Potter is Now a Sacred Text — Seriously
Today’s spiritual disorientation is causing young people to turn to novels for meaning.
NDSCS president said he made a mistake with comment
“So we’re celebrating high school graduation and we are celebrating (that) you now have enough education to be a ward of the state.”
Economy & Taxes
GOP Lawmakers Say Their Budget Plan Spotlights “Path Back to Solvency”
The House’s largest caucus of conservatives is throwing its weight behind a budget proposal that it says would cut more government spending and advance conservative principles further than the official Republican plan.
First statewide bicycle tax in nation leaves bike-crazy Oregon riders deflated
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown expected to sign $15 excise tax on bikes over $200
Trudeau Minister Says Abortion “A Tool To End Poverty”
The Trudeau government is dismissing severe criticism from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops over the administration’s linkage of foreign aid with abortion funding.
Venezuela referendum: Big show of support for opposition
More than seven million voters have taken part in an opposition-organised referendum in Venezuela, according to academics monitoring the poll.
Ecstasy tablets shaped like Donald Trump’s head are being sold in the UK
Ecstasy tablets that look like Donald Trump’s head and have high levels of MDMA are being sold in the UK.
While Nobody’s Looking, China And India Are Carrying Out A Real-Life “Game Of Thrones”
The Asian version of the conflict between House Lannister and House Stark is playing out over a patch of remote land high in the Himalayas, bordered by China, India, and Bhutan.
Australia: LUDLAM DISCOVERS HE’S A KIWI, QUITS POLITICS
Greens senator Scott Ludlam has resigned after learning he should never have been elected in the first place.
Australia: TAKE OFF YOU HOSER
Turns out Greens senator Larissa Waters is a secret Canadian. And now, like New Zealander Scott Ludlam, she’s been forced to resign from parliament.
Fake Australian parliamentarians.
The last week has seen some extraordinary developments in the Australian parliament. Two senators from the far-left Greens party were each forced to resign when it was discovered, (the first case in a search by a private citizen), that they were dual citizens, rendering them ineligible to serve in parliament under the terms of the constitution.
Venezuela’s opposition just appointed their own set of Supreme Court judges
The storm clouds hanging over Venezuela don’t look like they’ll be giving way to clear skies any time soon. In the latest twist to the story, the opposition leadership just seated their own panel of Supreme Court judges.
South African government complicit in persecution of white farmers
South Africa has been in total collapse since 1994, becoming one of the murder and rape capitals of the world.
Today’s Tech Oligarchs Are Worse Than the Robber Barons
Yes, Jay Gould was a bad guy. But at least he helped build societal wealth. Not so our Silicon Valley overlords. And they have our politicians in their pockets.
Progressive sex ed revisited: The Left wants your children more than ever
I warned 7 years ago that Progressive sex ed is intended to destroy your child’s sense of physical inviolability and privacy. It’s gotten worse since then.
GOP faces growing demographic nightmare in West
When the Mirage Hotel and Casino opened in 1989, it kicked off one of the most significant construction booms in recent history.
Da Tech Guy Blog: Doctor Who Goes SJW Ghostbusters so after 41 years I’m Done
Today Doctor Who decided to take the final step in their long sjw path and go full Ghostbusters.
Feminism’s Excuse Factory: Nikki Yovino, Title IX and False Rape Accusations
Nikki Yovino was a student at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., last fall when she accused two of the university’s football players of raping her at a party. The football players both admitted they had sex with Yovino, but said it was consensual. Police say Yovino subsequently confessed she had fabricated the rape claim.
The Key Facts About Slavery That the Left Conveniently Ignores
Too many people believe that slavery is a “peculiar institution.”
Taking Action on Title IX
Betsy DeVos should end the campus kangaroo-court rules on sexual-assault charges.
The zero-sum game of LGBTQ politics
Pluralism and tolerance for dissent are rapidly disappearing from our public discourse
Crazy Is a Pre-Existing Condition
Young people are becoming seriously confused by the transgender cult.
Politically Correct London is Becoming a Global Laughing Stock
Ladies and gentlemen, I have an announcement to make: London is becoming a global laughing stock. Both intellectually and literally, Londoners are dying under the weight of a virulent dose of political correctness.
Trump, Party of One
Admitting that Mr. Only I Can Fix It had no idea what he was talking about is for many Republicans too bitter a pill to swallow.
Will Progressive Democrats Abandon Busybody Dream Of Perfecting Humanity?
“The political left has been trying to run other people’s lives for centuries”