News of the Week (August 27th, 2017)

 

News of the Week for Aug. 27th, 2017


 

Gun Rights

 

ACLU Goes Soft on First Amendment Rights of Gun Carriers
On the heels of deadly protests and counter-protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has stated it will no longer defend the First Amendment rights of “hate groups” seeking to lawfully exercise their right to openly carry firearms.

Breyer: Second Amendment Not About ‘the Right of an Individual to Keep a Gun Next to His Bed’
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said in an interview aired Tuesday that judges make poor politicians, that he misses late Justice Antonin Scalia, and that the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to a citizen keeping a gun next to their bed.

Does the Left Know Something’s Coming Involving Guns?
Have you noticed the multiple calls recently for increased gun control, despite the fact that all of the harm being done presently at leftist riots does not (yet) involve guns?

Anti-Gun Nuts Apoplectic Over Parent-Approved Private School Field Trip to Gun Range
A Woodstock, Georgia private school took kids on a field trip to a gun range to learn about some firearms used by historical figures they were studying. As you might expect, this safe, normal, parent approved educational activity led to apoplexy among the anti-gun, nanny-state community across the entire nation because OH MY GOD GUNS.

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

Scientific American Sokalized
A few years ago, I learned of an article by Mark Z. Jacobson and Mark A. Delucchi in the November 2009 issue of Scientific American called “A Path to Sustainable Energy.” My first impression was, “These guys must be joking.” My second impression was, “Yes, they are joking, and the joke is on Scientific American.” Jacobson and Delucchi wrote a spoof to show what tomfoolery can be published in Scientific American, rather like Alan Sokal’s spoof of post-modernist jargon in Social Text. They did manage to squeeze in some calculations that detail what is really involved in a carbon-free economy, but avoided all precautionary words, lest the editors reject the manuscript. It’s a laugh a minute.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

Life and Death, Back and Forth
Back and forth across The Pond, that is.

 

War & Terror

 

US Navy collisions stoke cyber threat concerns
The Pentagon won’t yet say how the USS John S. McCain was rammed by an oil tanker near Singapore, but red flags are flying as the Navy’s decades-old reliance on electronic guidance systems increasing looks like another target of cyberattack.

Anti-Trump Protester Sucker-Punches African-American Man at Phoenix Rally
An anti-Trump “antifa” protester sucker-punched a black man from behind following President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night speech in Phoenix.

Militant Group Plans To “Shut Down” Berkeley March Against Marxism
Two weeks after violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va., and one week after violent protests in Boston, another clash is shaping up to take place in Berkeley, Calif.

State Dept.: 16 U.S. Embassy Personnel in Cuba Injured by Sonic Device Attack
The State Department confirmed today that at least 16 U.S. Embassy employees in Cuba suffered symptoms from an attack with a sonic device.

 

National

 

Teacher Promotes Transgenderism and Allows “Reveal” in Elementary Class
Transgenderism is being loudly promoted in seemingly every area of society, including the education system.

New Poll: Trump Supporters Handing Virginia to the Democrats?
The Trump movement says it’s anti-leftist, but so far in Virginia it looks like they’re more interested in sinking a Republican than beating the Democrat!

Freshmen told: Welcome to college, now confront racism and privilege
UT Chattanooga “First Class” program

Antifa Stabs Man for Having ‘Neo-Nazi Haircut’
Joshua Witt just wanted lunch. But his haircut — which, if you see a crowd of young people, is perhaps the most common one you’ll find these days — has somehow become an identifier of white nationalism to the Left.

Antifa: F*** Your F***ing Constitution
According to both the liberal and conservative establishments, Antifa thugs are blameless heroes who defend us from fascism. Let’s see where they stand on the Constitution that defines us as a nation

Jury refuses to convict in Bundy ranch standoff
A federal jury in Las Vegas refused Tuesday to convict four defendants who were retried on accusations that they threatened and assaulted federal agents by wielding assault weapons in a 2014 confrontation to stop a cattle roundup near the Nevada ranch of states’ rights figure Cliven Bundy.

Obamacare votes muddle Sen. Dean Heller’s message in tough re-election bid
Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., is struggling to get his messaging straight. And it’s becoming a problem, because Heller — who won his last election by just 1 percentage point — is one of the most vulnerable GOP senators trying to keep his seat in the 2018 midterm elections.

Math is ‘unjust and grounded in discrimination,’ educators moan
Two national organizations of math teachers are on a mission to prove that math education is “unjust and grounded in a legacy of institutional discrimination.”

College Republicans at San Diego State targeted as hate group
“Perpetuating an Islamophobic, hostile campus climate …”

Campus protester assaults wife of hellfire preacher because she was recording sermon
“I hope he will repent of his sins and commit his life to Jesus”

After Trans Discussion, Kindergartener “Came Home Crying And Shaking So Afraid She Could Turn Into A Boy”
Angry parents stampeded a California charter school board meeting Monday after a teacher read her kindergarten class picture books about transgenderism to affirm a gender dysphoric classmate. During the class, parents say, the gender dysphoric boy also switched clothes to look more like a girl in a “gender reveal.”

Dem Rep Indicates Harry Reid Encouraged Her to Run for Senate After Dodging Question on His Involvement
Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen (Nev.) acknowledged Wednesday that former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid (D.) talked to her about running to unseat Sen. Dean Heller (R., Nev.) in 2018, after first dodging a question about his involvement in her decision to run for the Senate seat.

Twitter Rips Into ESPN After Decision to Move Robert Lee From Announcing Game
Twitter had a field day after news broke Tuesday that ESPN removed an announcer named Robert Lee from broadcasting an upcoming Virginia Cavalier football game because of the similarity of his name to Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Two Kennedys arrested after wild party in Cape Cod
Two members of the Kennedy clan were arrested for refusing to tone down a raucous party early Sunday.

Antifa plans march to “defend Berkeley from Alt-right”
The Berkeley Antifa (Anti-Fascist Action) organization is planning to host a “Nazis are coming” march to “defend Berkeley from the Alt-right.”

Southern Poverty Law Center Labels Christian Groups As “Hate” Groups – Now Faces Lawsuit
The noxious leftwing provocateurs known as the Southern Poverty Law Center have been slapped with a lawsuit over their recently published “hate map.”

Students calling for removal of LGBT flag liken it to rebel flag
A group of students and parents in Alabama is calling for the removal of a rainbow pride flag from a high school classroom – arguing that it can be compared to displaying a Confederate flag.

Student body prez: UC-Berkeley ‘not bound to Constitution’
Professor Mark Cohen and Student Body President Zaynab Abdulqadir-Morris took to Twitter to show their outrage over UC Berkeley’s decision to allow Milo Yiannopoulos, Ben Shapiro, and Ann Coulter speak on campus.

Alabama Pol Calls for Special Needs Concentration Camps
So an Alabama politician was caught saying that special needs children are inconvenient, and we need to “move them out” of the general population. Name that party!

Turd Reich: San Francisco dog owners lay minefield of poo for rightwing rally
“I just had this image of alt-right people stomping around in the poop,” says the organizer of an unusual protest ahead of Saturday’s Patriot Prayer rally

Profs bully TPUSA prez while she recruits on campus
Several University of Nebraska-Lincoln professors harassed the president of the school’s Turning Point USA chapter Friday afternoon while she was tabling on campus grounds.

Social justice warriors want universities to “ban veterans”
A flyer recently appeared at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) declaring that “in order to protect our academic institutions we must ban veterans from four-year universities.”

Berkeley Republicans crash meeting of anti-conservative group
“By Any Means Necessary,” a progressive activist group, refused to allow College Republicans members to attend a public meeting at UC-Berkeley to plan protests against the “alt-right” this weekend.

Support group ponders “surviving” at “predominantly white” Mizzou
The University of Missouri is hosting weekly meetings exclusively for “students, staff, and faculty of color” to discuss “healing from racial injustices” at the “Predominantly White Institution.”

Dartmouth offers race-specific “student advising” programs
Advising seeks to highlight racial “experiences” at Ivy League university

 

Economy & Taxes

 

Trump to Canada and Mexico: Renegotiate or NAFTA gets it
Figuratively speaking, hostage strategies only work if you’re willing to kill the hostage. Donald Trump told a rally in Phoenix last night that he’s willing to do so with NAFTA if Canada and Mexico don’t agree to substantial changes in the agreement. Trump’s warning came two days after the first round of negotiations ended with wide gaps between the US and its trading partners.

Govt. union rep: Employees only have to be “available to work” to get paid
We recently talked about the difficulty that VA chief David Shulkin ran into when attempting to fire one of his people who had been found to be grossly negligent. That person was Brian Hawkins, who had been deemed incompetent in leadership and guilty of mishandling patient records, including sending some of them to his wife’s personal email accounts. Hawkins wasn’t out of work long after the MSPB agreed to hear his appeal. He’s now back on the job awaiting final disposition of his case.

 

International

 

Hundreds confess to eating human flesh in South Africa
A community meeting following the arrest of four Estcourt men for allegedly killing a person and eating human flesh saw hundreds of residents allegedly confess to having eaten human body parts procured from one of the accused.

‘Grooming’ gang ‘raped vulnerable girls as young as 13 after luring them to parties at a network of flats and plying them with alcohol and drugs’
All five of the gang members, who can’t speak English, deny all of the charges

Venezuela’s Attorney General Flees the Country
The regime begins to eat its own.

Russian Actions in Belarus Are Cause for Concern
Russian actions in Belarus, an Eastern European country slightly smaller than the state of Kansas, are causing concern among neighboring countries.

Venezuelan dictator takes next step in isolating his nation
Whenever dictators rise to power one of the first steps they generally take is to assert control over the media. After all, you don’t want stories circulating among the people which are critical of your various abuses. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is no exception to this rule, and he quickly moved to shut down two of the nation’s remaining radio stations which had aired stories critical of his takeover.

Girls as young as 12 turn to prostitution to survive Venezuela’s socialist nightmare
While socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro continues to crack down on any remaining semblance of freedom in Venezuela, the people he often talks about helping are doing whatever they can to stay alive. Today the Guardian reports on the young girls who have turned to prostitution to avoid starvation.

A Tale of Two Labor MPs
The other day, I noted on this site that “thousands of pedophile rapes aren’t enough to snap the British establishment out of its reprehensible PC equivocation about Islam.” Underscoring the pathological level of denial about the connection between Islam and so-called “grooming” gangs is a recent controversy – or, more correctly, pair of controversies – involving two female Labour MPs.

 

Opinion

 

We’d like a word with your woke 8 year old if that’s okay
This is a phenomenon I’ve been noticing in more liberal media outlets (and particularly on Twitter) for a while now, but it involves some rather “delicate” questions. How many times have you seen stories where (generally liberal) parents push stories about how their elementary school aged children are terribly upset with Donald Trump or some other conservative over this or that news story, policy position, speech, or other related activity? It may not be a daily thing, but it’s getting close to that stage.

Supreme Incoherence: Transgender Ideology and the End of Law
In The Trouble with Principle, Stanley Fish recites an observation that John Milton included in his Areopagitica: “No law, Milton points out, can permit activity that constitutes an assault on it, no law, that is, that ‘intends not to unlaw itself.'” Even more self-cancelling is for a law to permit an interpretation of its text that abolishes the very concepts on which its edict depends. In such case, both the law and its interpretation stall in mutual nullification.

IT’S A CULTURE WAR, STUPID
Those who persist in denying that the Church is engaged in a culture war, the combatants in which are aptly called the “culture of life” and the “culture of death,” might ponder this June blog post by my summer pastor in rural Québec, Father Tim Moyle

America’s Pre-Revolutionary Universities
In the months before the 1905 Revolution in Russia, students had walked out at all of the empire’s universities. As they debated whether to resume classes in the autumn, an article in one of the leading socialist journals exhorted them to return to the lecture halls, but not for study. As quoted by the historian Richard Pipes, in his magisterial The Russian Revoution, the Social-Democratic journal Iskra (Spark) urged the students to “[transform] universities and institutions of higher learning into places of popular gatherings and political meetings.” In other words, to radicalize the university and make it a focal point for social revolution. After the universities reopened, Pipes notes, “Academic work became impossible as institutions of higher learning turned into ‘political clubs’: non-conforming professors and students were subjected to intimidation and harassment” (p. 36). Plus ca change.

Operation Choke Point Is Over. But Without Major Reforms, It Could Happen Again.
Kudos to the Justice Department for ending Operation Choke Point.

Obama’s bureaucrats are still running the Title IX show in Trump administration
Has anyone given them “a direct order” to ditch Obama’s approach?

A Kick In the Groin
Currently there is a great deal of hilarity over a video of an antifa fascist who was nailed in the groin by a sharpshooting policeman.

Freedom of Assembly – Completely Free from Government Interference or Imposition
Unfortunately, we now have both the Judicial and Executive Branches not doing their jobs – and instead, incessantly, continuously doing their impersonations of the Legislative.

The Day Kelli Ward Lost Her Senate Race
That is the moment, according to CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski, that Sean Hannity endorsed Kelli Ward in the upcoming Arizona Senate primary against Jeff Flake.

African-Americans need a Great Awakening to repair their broken culture
A year after requesting Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton from my local library, my copy arrived this morning, and I’ve been reading away. I’ve just reached the point at which Hamilton leaves the West Indies behind for America, so I don’t have any insights on the subject of Hamilton. The book got me thinking, though, about the plight of black Americans, too many of whom suffer from a spiritual sickness that sees them not only dependent on the government for aid but also crudely demanding that “white America” solve the black community’s dysfunction.

Legal Genius Kamala Harris: Trump Should Not Pardon Joe Arpaio Because . . . He Committed a Crime
Joe Arpaio stands convicted of a misdemeanor count of criminal contempt of court, for carrying out “targeted patrols aiming to catch illegal aliens in his Arizona jurisdiction.” Reports say that President Trump’s administration has filled out the paperwork for Arpaio to be pardoned. Arpaio is unrepentant and has not gone through the usual DoJ process for seeking a pardon. There are many reasons why pardoning Arpaio would be questionable. This is . . . not one of them.

Transgender Victimhood Narrative: Police Shoot Knife-Wielding “Person”
“Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight” is pretty good advice, but evidently nobody told this to Kenneth “Kiwi” Herring. On Tuesday in St. Louis, Herring attacked a 30-year-old neighbor with a knife, inflicting “severe lacerations” on the man’s face, arms and torso. When police arrived and attempted to arrest Herring, they say he/”she” refused to put down the knife and attacked one of the officers, slicing him in the arm. The officers then fatally shot Herring, who thus became “the 18th Trans Person Murdered in 2017,” according to the lesbian blog Autostraddle.

PC Corporate Culture Is a Plague That Government Helps Spread
Too often companies like Google trample free expression out of fear of legal and civil backlash.

Does Anybody Understand What These New Trumpers Think They’re Achieving?
The New Trumpers have an issue with the people formerly known as Never Trump. Never Trump died the day Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in November 2016. The criticism of Trump remains, and for some reason, it really makes the New Trumpers mad. New Trumpers are the people who reluctantly supported Trump and celebrated his win over Hillary Clinton. They have gradually morphed into the same wild-eyed fanatics who supported Trump from the start and defend everything he does and anything he says. They accomplish this through an outright defense or the use of “whataboutism.”

This is Your A-Team, Dems? Kamala Harris Wants Kids to Help Run Government
Kamala Harris – the Dem’s latest last, best hope – was channeling her inner Whitney Houston yesterday when she sent out this silly tweet

Media has done more damage to itself than Trump ever could do to it
Don’t blame the messenger, Donald Trump.

The Pink Panzers roll on…
Some people seem to think that a “Yes” vote will make the homosexual lobby happy and that they’ll go away and spend the rest of their time traipsing from one wedding to another.

No One Wants to Hear About Your Woke Elementary-Schooler
The Atlantic writer Peter Beinart sent out a Very Serious Tweet on Friday in response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Va.

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