News of the Week (September 10th, 2017)

 

News of the Week for Sept. 10th, 2017


 

Gun Rights

 

Do us all a favor. Don’t shoot at the hurricanes
As serious as the subject of Hurricane Irma is, no event could take place in this part of the country without at least one appearance by “Florida Man.” And the headline for this one could have come straight out of the Onion. Florida Man Encourages People to Shoot at the Storm. Which of the standard responses should we go with here? What could possibly go wrong? Or What’s Wrong With Florida? And yes, this is an actual story.

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

Armed Taco Bell workers shoot, kill robbery suspect
Armed employees at a Cleveland Taco Bell shot and killed a would-be robber early Wednesday, police said.

A useful retort for those claiming #Irma & #Harvey hurricanes are a sure sign of “climate change”
History can be a pesky thing, facts are stubborn things. There’s lot’s of caterwauling in the left about hurricane Irma on the heels of Harvey, being a sure sign of “climate change” or global warming, or “climate disruption” or something.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

California Considers Redefining Nature and Biological Certainties
It’s California, and the lunatics are running the asylum.

After Experiencing British And U.S. Health Care, This Family Says Single-Payer Is Abominable
Britain’s socialized health service planned to make Kim wait for surgery until a full year after her first kidney stone attack. But I got my husband a next-day appointment in the United States.

Because There Can Never be Enough Suicide
And now, a suicide co-op (!!!) will provide information for obtaining a lethal home-brewed poison to self-terminate.

The last abortion clinic in Kentucky may be shut down, making it the first legal abortion-free state
Kentucky’s ongoing quest to rid the state of surgical abortion clinics may come to a successful end, pending a court battle starting Wednesday goes the way Kentucky’s anti-abortion Gov. Matt Bevin wants it to.

Why Is Health Insurance so Complicated?
Why is health insurance so complicated, while car insurance and life insurance are so simple? Can health insurance be more like, well, insurance? Lanhee Chen, fellow at the Hoover Institution, explains.

NY High Court Rejects Assisted Suicide Right
There is no constitutional right to assisted suicide, so the courts keep ruling.

Darned if you do…
All roads lead to Single Payer. Says who? Says ObamaCare’s architect.

 

War & Terror

 

Electromagnetic pulse attack on grid could “cripple” society
North Korea has threatened to launch an electromagnetic pulse attack that could shut down the United States’ power grid – causing months of blackouts that could bring society to a halt, with rampant crime and social chaos.

National Lawyers Guild of San Francisco: “We are all Antifa”
Leaders of the far left National Lawyers Guild (NLG) in San Francisco have written an opinion piece for the San Francisco Chronicle titled “We are all Antifa.” The piece not only glosses over violence which took place in Berkley, it seems to endorse future violence.

 

National

 

Prof finds majority of minorities don’t face discrimination
A study recently conducted by a group of university professors found that only 25 percent of Americans responded affirmatively to ever experiencing discrimination.

Teacher Kicks Kids Out of Class for MAGA Shirts, Becomes Internet’s Favorite New Punching Bag
You know things are bad in our schools when math teachers can’t leave their political biases at home. Sine, cosine, tangent, neo-Nazis.

Trump to End DACA — in Six Months
Former NROer Eliana Johnson reports at Politico that in his announcement tomorrow, Trump will vow to end DACA, the program granting work permits to illegal-immigrant “DREAMers” who arrived as children and teens – but six months from now, to give Congress a chance to come up with a compromise. She cautions that “nothing is set in stone until an official announcement has been made.”

Sacramento City Council Votes Unanimously To Pay Gang Members $1.5 Million To Not Kill People
The city of Sacramento is setting aside $1.5 million dollars of taxpayers money to pay gang members to stop killing people.

“Too Cute to Be Straight”: Canadian Taxpayers Fund LGBT Message for Kids
Heterosexuality is only for ugly people – that’s the message promoted at taxpayer expense in Canadian schools, where “Too Cute to Be Straight” is among the slogans on buttons distributed to students in public schools by the Alberta GSA Network. These anti-heterosexual messages were posted to the Instagram account of the government-backed group that promotes homosexuality and transgenderism to children.

CNN Commentator: Sessions Could “Weaponize” Dreamer Data in “Sinister” Way
Avlon: Sessions could “go after these Dreamers in a way that could be incredibly ugly”

Leftist Editor: You Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Even THINK Men Are Men And Women Are Women
The Thought Police are here, and they come with good intentions.

“Black Minds Matter” prof trains future educators to use “classrooms as sites for civil resistance”
A controversial new graduate-level course at San Diego State University called “Black Minds Matter” that many students on their way to earning their teaching credentials will enroll in has come under fire from some conservatives as extremely biased and politically motivated.

Sasse Amendment to Stop Pelosi-Schumer-Trump Deal Collides With Spineless Senate
It was worth a shot, but Republicans once again proved their spines are more jello than bone in the Senate on Thursday. Sen. Ben Sasse introduced an amendment that would reject the President’s deal siding with Democrats in Congress

Ted Cruz Predicted in 2016 That Trump Would Cut a Deal with Pelosi and Schumer
Back in 2016, while still on the campaign trail, Cruz attempted to explain how he’d be a different kind of president than Donald Trump. Cruz said he wouldn’t “cut deals” with the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, but Donald Trump would.

Twitter Bans Activist Mommy for Tweeting Her Dislike of Teen Vogue’s Anal Sex Guide
This one falls under “too stupid to believe,” but it’s actually true. Twitter has banned writer Elizabeth Johnston, who writes at “The Activist Mommy,” for her war of words with Teen Vogue editor Phillip Picardi

Black Parents Sue School, Claim Bullies Abuse Daughter for ‘Acting White’
A black family in South Carolina is suing their daughter’s school for failing to protect her from racially motivated abuse at the hands of other students. However, both the abusers and the victim are the same race.

Social Justice and Fake Hate Crimes
Michael Kee committed an anti-Muslim hate crime – against himself.

Ed Secretary DeVos Accused Obama Admin of “weaponizing” Office of Civil Rights in Title IX Policy Change Announcement
“Due process is the foundation of any system of justice that seeks a fair outcome. Due process either protects everyone, or it protects no one

School “reassigns” lecturer who bullied conservative student
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has reassigned a lecturer to non-teaching duties after she harassed a student who was recruiting for the school’s Turning Point USA chapter.

New Star Trek Episodes to Make Klingons Into Trump Supporters
New episodes of CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery are inspired by the post-Trump America, with the Klingons set to represent Trump supporters.

George Bernard Shaw Defends Hitler, Mass Murder
In this clip from the 2008 film “The Soviet Story”, we see that George Bernard Shaw, the celebrated progressive playwright defended Hitler, advocated killing those who can’t justify their existence and called for the development of lethal gas 10 years before the national socialists in Germany did exactly that.

 

Economy & Taxes

 

Canada demands U.S. end “right to work” laws as part of NAFTA talks
Canadian negotiators are demanding the United States roll back so-called “right to work” laws – accused of gutting unions in some U.S. states by starving them of money – as part of the renegotiation of the North American free-trade agreement. The request is part of a push by Ottawa to get the U.S. and Mexico to adopt higher labour standards under the deal.

California politicians have found a new way to make the state more expensive
The Golden State has proposed yet another tax from which almost no one can escape. Senate Bill 623, introduced by California State Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning (D-Carmel) and called the “Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund,” would impose a fee of 95 cents a month for using drinking water.

 

International

 

Netherlands is world number two in agricultural exports by using greenhouses and new technology
Each acre in the greenhouse yields as much lettuce as 10 outdoor acres and cuts the need for chemicals by 97 percent.

Edinburgh University Student Faces Investigation for Mocking ISIS on Facebook
Mocking ISIS allegedly made Islamic and minority students feel “threatened” and “unsafe”.

EU Court Orders Hungary and Slovakia to Accept EU’s Refugee Quota
“This won’t end well, as national security is at stake,” UK politician Nigel Farage warns the EU.

Mother gives her 12-year-old son hormones so he can transition into a girl – but two years on he’s changed his mind and wants to be a BOY again
An Australian boy who dreamed of becoming a girl has had a change of heart

Hungary, Poland to Fight Migrant Resettlement Despite EU Court Order
“The real battle is only just beginning,” Hungary’s Foreign Minister tells the EU

Freedom Imperiled in Hong Kong After Democracy Advocates Sent to Prison
Hong Kong’s freedom from Chinese meddling is quickly eroding.

Fat Bastard Burrito fixes “racist” problem with logo change
Was The Rebel to blame for a restaurant chain submitting to the tyranny of political correctness after hitting Toronto streets to ask members of Generation Trudeau if the name and logo of Fat Bastard Burrito Company was racist?

Now Venezuela would like to renegotiate all of their debt
In addition to having collapsed into tyranny, the nation of Venezuela has also seen their internal economy implode. They’re only able to produce a trickle of oil compared to their full potential and their capital reserves are nearly at rock bottom. Unfortunately for their dictator, Nicolas Maduro, they are also deeply in debt. They have payments with interest totaling more than four billion dollars due before the end of the year.

 

Opinion

 

Can the left do without identity politics?
Anis Shivani argues in Slate that it’s time for the left to give up on identity politics because this approach is dragging down the progressive agenda. He acknowledges, however, that it’s too late for such a change of course.

Union Bosses Have Too Much Control. It’s Time to Protect the Rights of American Workers.
For the past eight years, union bosses have held the upper hand over East Tennessee workers, as the previous administration tried to stack the deck in favor of unionization.

LAUGHABLE: Democrat Predicts 2020 Presidential Victory With One of These Females
The Democratic Party just can’t let go of that 2016 election loss.

Google’s Long, Sordid History of Rampantly Abusing Its Massive Power
Uber-huge mega-company Google has been of late repeatedly buffeted by very unflattering news. Story after story demonstrating Google’s corporate philosophy of using its massive power to bend others to its will – and break those who won’t.

A DACA Deal
The furor over the fate of the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: or DACA program offers further evidence, as if we needed it, that Washington has lost the knack for spotting opportunities for governing.

Tom Cotton Gets the DACA Conundrum Exactly Right
Immigration is a very complicated system and, inevitably, tinkering with one part causes effects–sort of like that butterfly’s wings over in China–that are difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate.

How My Parents Stayed Together For 50 Years And Found Faith After Labor Camps
Given what they had to go through in life, it’s remarkable my parents are here today, together, to celebrate this important milestone.

Karl Marx Would Say That Our Progressives Are Doing It Wrong
We are either a melting pot wherein “all men are created equal” – the ideal of our Founders for which we have long striven . . . – or we are to become a multicultural nation of pigeon-holed special interests. We are to become a nation where groups are encouraged to remain apart, defining themselves by their victim class before defining themselves as Americans. . .

Why is “Civil Rights” Returning Us to Segregation?
Getting rid of segregation was the great victory of the old Civil Rights movement. But now we’re seeing a return to segregation on college campuses with racially exclusive housing and racially themed centers. Thanks to race-hustlers who keep telling young “people of color” that the white world is against them, those students are convinced that they’ll be better off with separate accommodations and “safe” spaces.

Hurricane Harvey: A View from a Rugged Communitarian
Narratives are not necessarily built on facts; they’re built on stories, pictures, graphics, and videos. Ideally, we want our narratives to be aligned with the facts; but that doesn’t always happen.

We Are At War For A Free And Open Internet
This is the story of Gab’s most difficult and most controversial decision to date. On September 1st I opened my email to see a note from the compliance department of our domain registrar, AsianRegistry.com. Instantly I knew something was up. They asked that we update our contact information on the gab.ai domain within one week or it “may result in the suspension of the domain.” To be fair: the address was outdated. The last time we tried to update it on the AsianRegistry website it failed. We promptly provided the requested information and updated to our new address.

A 2020 Democratic agenda is emerging
With no clear front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, several prospective candidates are beginning to stir. The process of touching donors and activists has begun, and a Democratic Party message that is beyond simply being anti-Trump is becoming increasingly clear.

How The Transgender Crusade Made Me Rethink My Support For Gay Marriage
The Left has shown the totalitarian manner in which it exacts support, or at least silence, from everyday Americans. Gay marriage was just a wedge.

Wednesday Was Trump’s First Day As A Democratic President. Here Are 7 Things You Need To Know.
President Trump spent his first day as a Democratic president on Wednesday. After months of being excoriated as a racist and a nut by the Democratic Party, Democrats suddenly found a man they could work with — and Trump seemed to revel in it. The day began with a rally in North Dakota, where Trump talked up Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp, whom he called a “good woman.” He explained, “These are great people. They work hard. They’re for you 100 percent.”

Texas’ Voter ID Law Is Back in Force. Here’s Why That’s Such a Big Deal.
Last week, Christian Adams and I reported on the latest mistaken decision by federal District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, who threw out—for the fifth time—Texas’ amended voter ID law.

On parallels between the transgender and gay marriage debates
Bethany Mandel has a lengthy essay up at the Federalist which already has the LGBTQRSZXYXYC3PO community up in arms. (But then, when are they not?) The title was what originally caught my attention… How The Trans Crusade Made Me Rethink Support For Gay Marriage.

Trump’s Potential Triangulation
Congressional Republicans have acted like they have an equal seat at the table. They don’t have that, and they don’t deserve it. And Trump should stop pretending they do.

Are you now or have you ever been?
Article VI of the Constitution prohibits a religious test for public office. So what was Senator Dick Durbin doing asking Notre Dame Law Professor Amy Coney Barrett — one of President Trump’s nominees to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals — “Do you consider yourself an orthodox Catholic?” How is it that Senator Dianne Feinstein thought it could be proper to observe of Professor Barrett: “When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”

Why Jack Kerouac Loathed The Hippy Generation He Inspired
Jack Kerouac would have hated me, because I took his work seriously rather than as cautionary tales. So did the entire Beat generation.

Here’s Why Silicon Valley Loves Big Government
The tech industry assumes others will bear most of the costs.

Here’s What Defenders of Campus Kangaroo Courts Won’t Tell You
It’s Betsy DeVos day here at NR. I’ve got a piece up on the homepage detailing how critics of campus due process rely on junk science and sometimes even sheer malice to prop up failed Obama-era policies, and our editors have expressed their own support for reforming campus Title IX prosecutions. But as you read these pieces and weigh them against the #StopBetsy invective across the web, consider one more thing – state and federal courts are making change inevitable. Universities are losing due process cases from coast to coast.

California Republicans Last Stand
Once upon a time, Republican elected officials from California led our nation with conservative first principles.

Feminism Is a Totalitarian Movement to Destroy Civilization as We Know It
Today I will be speaking in Leominster at an event hosted by Da Tech Guy blog, the Worcester Tea Party and Granite Grok. Friday, I had the honor to give a 10-minute presentation to the Friday Morning Group in Lexington, and Pete Da Tech Guy got this video of my speech.

Europe Is Killing Itself
Suicide by virtue signalling.

A Science Fiction Great Passes
This is sad news. Jerry Pournelle is one of the great writers of the generation of writers that followed in the footsteps of Heinlein and Asimov.

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