News of the Week for Aug. 21st, 2017
- Gun Rights
- Hide the Decline
- War & Terror
- National News
- Economy & Taxes
- International News
Trump ends Obama’s Operation Choke Point
The Trump administration has ended Operation Choke Point, the anti-fraud initiative started under the Obama administration that many Republicans argued was used to target gun retailers and other businesses that Democrats found objectionable.
Hide the Decline
Trump Disbands Climate Committee: Committee Vows to Continue
President Trump has disbanded a 15 person committee whose job was to interpret a 13 agency, 600+ page climate report, and tell the President what to do. But the credibility of the report is in tatters, after it was discovered that the authors edited out a highly embarrassing section from an earlier draft, which would have distracted from their doomsday narrative.
Government in Healthcare
Joint Elder Euthanasia in Netherlands
Remember when society considered it a tragedy when old people killed themselves?
Governor Abbott Signs Bill That Keeps Taxpayers From Funding Abortions
Texas has long been a role model for life. Former Governor Rick Perry was a staunch defender of the unborn, and Governor Greg Abbott follows his predecessor with a similar, unwavering defense.
How House Conservatives Plan to Revive Obamacare Repeal, and Why It Could Work
It’s time to “put the screws” to Republican lawmakers who promised to repeal Obamacare, one House member says, and that’s why he supports reviving a successful 2015 attempt to get rid of the health care law.
America Already Has A Single-Payer System, And It’s Killing Veterans Like Me
In a single-payer system, government covers basic health care costs for all residents regardless of income, occupation, or health status. Veterans Affairs is such a system.
War & Terror
Richmond Local CBS Photojournalist Left Bloodied After Unprovoked Attack by Antifa Protesters
“This is not a peaceful protest”
Did the Charlottesville Mayor Order Police to Stand Down, to Allow His Allies in #Antifa to Rough Up the Nazis?
The Nazis had a permit; antifa did not. (Say what you will about Nazis, but they’re bears for paperwork.)
Violent Antifa Protesters Try to Shut Down Pro-Trump “Patriot Prayer” Rally in Seattle
Hundreds of pro-Trump demonstrators and anti-Trump counter-protesters converged at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle on Sunday, resulting in several arrests and the confiscation of weapons.
Intel Report: Russia Opens Secret Military Supply Route to Iran, Violates Nuclear Deal
Russia using bases in Syria for unauthorised weapon deals with Iran, Germany newspaper cites Intel report
Here’s How Virginia State Police Facilitated Violence At Charlottesville
As an attendee of the Unite The Right rally and scheduled speaker, I have serious questions about the actions of Virginia police on Saturday. It appears that police created a dangerous situation which was entirely avoidable. I will explain in detail the facts of what happened.
Mass stabbing attack in Finland
ABC News now reports that two have died in the attack
Barcelona and Cambrils: ‘Bigger’ attacks were prepared
The suspects in the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils were planning one or more bigger attacks than those that were carried out, police say.
Man arrested for trying to plant explosives on Confederate statue in Houston
I know what you’re thinking but this doesn’t sound like Antifa. This sounds like a dude with a longstanding unhealthy interest in explosives looking for an outlet to try them out and finding inspiration in the recent left-wing frenzy over CSA statuary.
Another attack thwarted in Barcelona
Police now confirm it was the fugitive from last week’s attacks
Street Artist’s Facebook Page Shut Down as “Hate Speech” After Zuckerberg Stunt
“F*ck Zuck 2020” posters, the symbol after the “F” being a middle finger, were hung in various California cities.
“Daily Stormer” plans to send Nazis to Charlottesville victim’s funeral
The Rebel is exclusively reporting that “Weev,” a notorious hacker and the system administrator for the Nazi website The Daily Stormer is planning to send white supremacist and Nazi agitators to the funeral of Heather Heyer.
Professors advised to treat racial microaggressions in classrooms like assault
Professors attending a recent academic conference were advised to treat racial microaggressions in the classroom like actual assaults, according to attendees’ tweets.
“Crotch charms” help you bling out your lady bits
If your jewelry wish-list is crammed with diamond rings and necklaces, it’s time to modernize — “crotch charms” are apparently the new in thing.
Lincoln Memorial defaced with anti-law graffiti
The Lincoln Memorial was defaced early Tuesday morning with an anti-law message. The monument was tagged around 4:30 Tuesday morning with red spray paint that appears to say “fuck law,” according to U.S. Park Police.
Hogan calls for removing statue of Roger B. Taney, saying it’s the “right thing to do”
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Tuesday that he wants to remove from the State House grounds a statue of Roger B. Taney, a U.S. Supreme Court justice and slavery defender who penned in the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision that black people cannot be U.S. citizens.
Woman hit with felony charges for toppling Confederate statue
A woman who took part in the toppling of a Confederate statue in Durham, NC, has been arrested and slapped with felony charges, cops said Tuesday.
Big Plans on the Hard Left for November 4
One thing overlooked in the uproar over Charlottesville is that this was, evidently, merely a dress rehearsal for a much larger-scale effort planned for this Autumn. Activist groups on the left evidently have something big in store for November 4th. The idea seems to be a revival of the 1971 “Days of Rage” – an effort to shut down the country as a whole to force a change in government.
Rutgers Law hires new profs to help “advance social justice”
Rutgers Law School recently announced the hiring of three “social justice scholars” who will help students “work for social justice throughout their careers.”
College hosts “lit for social justice retreat” for high schoolers
Kellogg Community College will soon host a “Lit for Social Justice” retreat for high schoolers interested in discussing topics of “power and privilege.”
Mainstream media ignores Antifa violence in Charlottesville
On last night’s show, I discussed the recent violence in Charlottesville with Breitbart’s Raheem Kassam.
Drake University Faces Lawsuit For Expelling Learning Disabled Sexual Assault Victim
His accuser admitted during the campus hearing that she had sexually assaulted him. Yet she was never punished, while he was expelled based on her accusation.
Guess What Country That White Nationalist Website Moved to?
The Daily Stormer, a white nationalist website famous for publishing Andrew “weev” Auernheimer, got shut down in America. Guess where they moved to?
Now Brit Hume Is a Nazi – For Sharing an Article From The Atlantic
James Damore was sure right when he said “I’m a centrist, and they’re calling me a Nazi. That is a real problem.”
Conservative Student Attacked at Charlottesville Vigil in Syracuse for Wearing YAF Cap
Masked Antifa thug: “We don’t want you here!”
Anti-Trump activist “executed his Republican neighbor with two bullets to the head in a long-running dispute”
Clayton Carter, 51, accused of shooting neighbor George Jennings in the head
Las Vegas Man Arrested for Heller Burglary, Threat
Said in note, “If I’m going to die so are you”
Nike boss donates $500K to Oregon GOP candidate
With Oregon’s gubernatorial race just a few months away, Republican nominee Knute Buehler’s campaign received a big boost: a $500,000 donation from Nike co-founder Phil Knight.
Bannon bites back: Embattled chief strategist denounces the alt-right as a ‘collection of clowns’ and believes Democrats talking about racism instead of the economy will help Trump crush them in 2020
White House’s chief strategist called a liberal magazine writer on Wednesday and spoke casually about North korea, China and race politics
Sessions Defends Withholding Funding: No Tolerance for Loss of “Innocent Lives” in Sanctuary Cities
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that a sanctuary city is a “trafficker, smuggler, or predator’s best friend,” specifically taking a whack at Chicago, the first sanctuary city to sue the Justice Department for withholding federal grants.
Woman Who Destroyed Durham Confederate Statue Is A Pro-North Korea Marxist
One of the activists who toppled a Confederate statue in Durham, N.C., on Monday night is a member of an extreme leftist group that supports the totalitarian regime in North Korea and wants to abolish capitalism.
NY Times Editor Claims Incompetence Led Him to Libel Sarah Palin
Testifying at a hearing in Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit, the editorial page editor of the New York Times, James Bennet, suggested that it was an accident — rhetorical clumsiness – which led him to falsely blame Palin for “political incitement” in a 2011 mass murder
Case against Wasserman Schultz’ ex-IT aide expands with 4-count indictment
The federal case against Imran Awan, a former IT aide for Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, expanded Thursday with an indictment on four counts including conspiracy and making false statements.
LAWSUIT: Texas A&M ran rape trial while hospitalized student couldn’t defend himself
Second anti-male federal investigation launched last month
Report: Bannon ready for war with “Democrat” White House; Update: With Drudge too?
First, can we dispense with the nonsense that Bannon resigned two weeks ago? If that were true he would have leaked it to Breitbart and had them break the news, to emphasize that he determined his own fate. With Drudge, who’s been hostile to Bannon lately, and the NYT breaking it instead, it’s easier to believe that Bannon was fired, as CNN claims.
Non-citizens are gaining voting rights and some folks couldn’t be happier
Joshua A. Douglas at the Washington Post has some great news for people who think that pesky questions about things like your citizenship status shouldn’t be an impediment to voting. Help is on the way!
Anti-Illegal Immigration Ads Violate Twitter’s “Hate Speech” Rules
Twitter has rejected a conservative organization’s request to promote tweets highlighting the harmful effects of illegal immigration, apparently because using the word “illegal” to refer to immigrants violates the company’s hate speech rules.
Antifa Protester Yvette Felarca Says Violence Against The Far-Right Is “Not A Crime”
Yvette Felarca, the Berkeley area school teacher and militant left-wing protester responsible for organizing the riot at the University of California, Berkeley in February 2017, claims that violence against the far-right is “not a crime.”
Steve Bannon: I’m ‘going to war’ for Trump
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon says he’s still got President Trump’s back after being fired Friday.
Profs solicit support for “Campus Antifascist Network”
Two professors, one from Purdue University and the other from Stanford University, are assembling a “Campus Antifascist Network” (CAN) to serve as a “big tent” for “anyone committed to fighting fascism.”
Clemson RAs “must demonstrate commitment to social justice”
In order to serve as a Resident Assistant (RA) at Clemson University, students “must demonstrate a commitment to social justice.”
Breitbart staffer: We’re prepared to help Paul Ryan rally votes for impeachment if Trump moves left
I’m not a believer in eclipses as omens but the fact that Breitbarters are discussing an anti-Trump alliance with Paul Ryan on a day when the moon is blotting out the sun seems like solid evidence that something supernatural is going down.
U.S. Embassy stops issuing nonimmigrant visas to Russians as diplomatic standoff deepens
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow announced Monday that it would temporarily stop issuing all nonimmigrant visas in Russia and severely curtail visa operations as it slashes its staff to comply with the latest salvo in Washington’s diplomatic standoff with Moscow.
Economy & Taxes
Trump disbands manufacturing council
Yesterday he taunted Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier that anyone who quits the council could be easily replaced. Today he’s liquidating the council entirely. Why not invite small business leaders to fill the seats vacated by corporate titans? Or are there none who would risk it at this point?
Underreported: Meet 2 Political Prisoners From Socialist Venezuela
In recent months, Venezuela has spiraled into a full-blown humanitarian and political crisis. Politicians with criminal backgrounds run the country, employing violence and arresting peaceful, anti-government protesters
Desperate for Cash, Venezuela Gives Putin Control of Oil Assets
Venezuela is handing over unprecedented control of its state-owned oil assets to longtime financial backer Russia in an effort to stave off insolvency and economic collapse.
Sweden plans to deport Christian actress … to Iran!
Ministry group says Oslo violating U.N. treaty
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe: ‘We Will Not Prosecute Killers of White Farmers’
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has said that people who murdered white farmers during a government-sanctioned purge in the 2000s will never be prosecuted.
Merkel Government Threatens “Legal Measures” to Impose Gender Quota in Corporate Boardrooms
Merkel governments pushes “gender equality” in boardrooms, amid rise in crimes against women, female genital mutilation and child brides
Samurai sword attack at Taiwan’s presidential palace
A man has been arrested in Taipei after injuring a military policeman outside Taiwan’s presidential building using a samurai sword.
In Venezuela power grab, Maduro’s ruling party takes remaining congressional functions
Venezuela’s embattled opposition took another direct hit Friday, when the government-controlled National Constituent Assembly effectively usurped congress.
How Anti-White Rhetoric Is Fueling White Nationalism
White people are being asked—or pushed—to take stock of their whiteness and identify with it more. This is a remarkably bad idea.
State legislatures making progress on major issues that are still stuck in Congress
State legislatures around the country have made significant progress passing bills on issues such as immigration, policing and healthcare, even as Republicans in Congress and President Trump have struggled to make similar progress at the federal level.
Elizabeth Warren Is Determined to Drive the Democrats Off a Far-Left Cliff
While the media may be focusing on crises real or perceived within the Trump administration, the Democrats are involved in a real struggle that gets almost no mention. This is because the MSM are advocates for the Dems and are loathe to acknowledge that the party was slaughtered electorally during the Obama years and has a bench for 2020 that’s thinner than Bill Clinton’s claims to marital fidelity.
I Went to Charlottesville During the Protests. Here’s What I Saw.
I picked quite a time to go on a weekend trip to Charlottesville. What was supposed to be a nice getaway with my wife turned into a journey through the eye of a national media storm.
Sorry, Google, But There’s No Such Thing As “Scientific” Values
Science-based thinking is a valuable tool: it tells us what we can do. But it cannot say a word about what we ought to do.
Why Trendy Math Instruction That Focuses On “Understanding” Often Cheats Kids
Ultimately, extended exercises in “math understanding” simply become new procedures, which small children attempt to memorize because that is what many small children do.
Statues of Limitation
So we seem to be on our way to tearing down every statue related to the Democratic Party’s largest achievement in American history—the Confederate States of America. Funny how the Confederate battle flag, and now statues, didn’t start to come down until Republicans became ascendant in southern states. Democrats who had a monopoly grip on the South for decades had lots of time to take these steps, but didn’t. You’d almost think they were opportunists.
The “Peanuts” Football Trick Explains Why Conservatives Keep Quiet About White Supremacy
It shouldn’t come as a surprise when those who are invited to partake in supposed interfaith dialogue refuse to play a game they know is rigged against them.
Where Is the Corporate Disavowal of Black Lives Matter?
Liberal business executives are leaping like lemmings from President Donald Trump’s manufacturing advisory council. Good riddance.
On the Alt-Right and the “Alt-Left”
In one of his several press appearances addressing last weekend’s events in Charlottesville, President Trump asked, “What about the ‘alt-left’?” – a question that a few on the right have taken up, along with the label. A quick thought.
Talking to a German reveals Leftism’s cognitive dissonance
Cognitive dissonance is the struggle to hold simultaneously entirely conflicting thoughts. This is what Leftists must do when they contemplate Trump.
Google vs. Science, Feminists vs. Babies, Commies vs. History, Ad Infinitum
Toni Airaksinen of Campus Reform reports that Lee Jussim, a Rutgers University psychology professor, has defended Google “manifesto” author James Damore’s controversial statements about male-female differences.
Destroying Symbols: Where Does It End?
What about the Washington Monument or Monticello? And what about that Lenin statue in NYC?
What Do We Say About Decent Men Who Died for a Wicked Cause?
Southern slaveholders were rapists. We know this because only 73% of the DNA of African-Americans is African; the rest is Caucasian with a small fraction of Native American. Most of the admixture of DNA, a McGill University study concludes, occurred before the Civil War, that is, when slaveholders and their white employees could use female slaves at will. Keep that in mind the next time Foghorn Leghorn sounds off about the honor of Southern womanhood. To own slaves is wicked; to rape female slaves and sell one’s children by them is disgusting in the extreme. Yet that is what the Old South did, and the DNA evidence proves it.
The Flight 103 Presidency
2017 is year one of the Flight 103 presidency: if the plane crashes, the entire airline is going down with it. It may go down anyway. You – or the leader of your party – may win a court battle over responsibility only to find out your brand has suffered irreparable damage. There are no guarantees.
Confederate Statues and the Bronze Soldier of Tallinn
I sympathize with the objections to keeping statues of the leading Confederate figures on public land, not least when they are in a prominent place. It’s not difficult to see why those who want to get rid of them are so determined to do so, most importantly, of course, due to the real nature of the Lost Cause, but also because of the war’s long, long afterlife after the end of Reconstruction, an afterlife that has barely drawn to a close. It’s equally easy to understand—although in my view they have the weaker argument— why many locals have rallied to the defense of what they see as their heritage—even if that heritage is often represented by statues erected decades after war they supposedly commemorate (that they had another message is difficult to deny).
Cut Down the Jungles!
I sometimes like to muse that nearly all the trouble and confusion of the modern era comes from the obfuscations of nomenclature.
Alt-Tech Bad Boy Cody Wilson Explains Hatreon, an Alternative to Online Censorship
A funny thing happened to me today. I had been waiting by the inbox for my invitation to the new crowd-funding site, Hatreon.
Feminism as Cliché: When You’re Just Another Privileged White Girl
Where to start? Hood College is a notorious lesbian school and it’s a mystery why its enrollment keeps declining. Originally founded as a strict Calvinist college for women, Hood admitted male students in the 1970s, becoming coed just about the time it ceased to be Christian.
Nazis Support Abortion, Gun Control, And Speech Codes. That Describes The Left
At every level, the beliefs and goals of the white supremacist, alt-right, Nazi movement directly oppose conservatism.
Make Mine Freedom
In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, and the national mass hysteria that the media has been trying its best to promote — to turn two groups of unpleasant people doing unpleasant things into a national emergency — I’ve found myself in some very odd arguments.
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