News of the Week (November 12th, 2017)

 

News of the Week for Nov. 12th, 2017


 

Gun Rights

 

Self-help, Texas style
The Guardian recounts the story of Johnnie Langendorff, who chased down the murderous Baptist church shooter who killed 26 yesterday in Sutherland Springs, Texas. What an enraging, horrifying, heartbreaking scene.

Sharpshooting plumber fired shot that took down Texas church gunman
The man hailed as a hero for confronting the Texas mass shooter during his rampage is a sharpshooting plumber with no military background — who hit the gunman through a gap in his body armor, according to a report.

Military isn’t entering convicted domestic abusers into main national gun database
It’s not an oversight, notes The Trace, it’s a quirk in how the military categorizes offenses. There’s no specific “domestic violence” charge under the UCMJ so any family abuse gets lumped under “assault.” A misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence bars you from buying a gun under federal law. A misdemeanor conviction for “assault” doesn’t.

If The Supreme Court Takes This Gun Control Case, Its Decision Will Be Huge
When the Supreme Court meets today to discuss pending petitions for review, the justices’ conference calendar will include a pivotal Second Amendment case.

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

CA Gov. Jerry Brown’s War Against Reality… and the Climate
Jerry Brown says the world needs “brain washing” on climate change. Sounding indeed brainwashed, Brown said, “The problem … is us. It’s our whole way of life. It’s our comfort … It’s the greed. It’s the indulgence. It’s the pattern. And it’s the inertia.”

Ukraine Turns to American Coal to Defend Itself Against Russia
KYIV, Ukraine—Sometimes, wars aren’t won by tank battles and infantry assaults. Sometimes, it comes down to keeping the heat on.

California Gov. Jerry Brown to protesters during climate speech: ‘Let’s put you in the ground’
California Gov. Jerry Brown jokingly called for protesters to be “put in the ground” as they disrupted his speech at a climate change event in Germany.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

Democrats Finally Admit Their Real Goal Is Single-Payer Health Welfare
Democrats’ move to the radical left arrives just in time to hopefully save Republicans from their own incompetence.

South Dakota Assisted Suicide Bid Fails
Assisted suicide legalization has failed in yet another attempt.

Acid Attack Leading to Euthanasia a Murder?
This is an awful story but it shows how the assisted suicide movement greatly harms the culture and despairing individuals at their times of greatest vulnerability.

A Legal Challenge to the European Culture of Death
Tom Mortier didn’t get a chance to change his mother’s mind or even to say goodbye. On April 19, 2012, his mother, Godelieva De Troyer, asked two friends to drive her to the Free University of Brussels. There, Wim Distelmans, Belgium’s leading euthanasia proponent and provider, gave her a lethal injection. She was 64 and in good physical health. Mortier didn’t find out until the following day. Distelmans didn’t notify him before taking his mother’s life.

 

War & Terror

 

Turkey’s Nuclear Ambitions
Russia’s ROSATOM already has nuclear cooperation deals with Iran, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, among others. Turkey is just the latest to benefit — possibly along with Iran and North Korea, both of which have been openly threatening to destroy America — from Moscow’s play for power in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.

Saudi Arabia says Lebanon has declared war on it
Saudi Arabia said on Monday that Lebanon had declared war against it because of attacks against the Kingdom by the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah.

China Reveals Images of New Hypersonic Strike Aircraft
Ultra high-speed vehicles shown for first time on state-run television

Mysterious Radioactive Cloud Over Europe Hints At Accident Farther East
European authorities are providing new details about a cloud of mysterious radioactive material that appeared over the continent last month.

Army lifts ban on waivers for recruits with history of some mental health issues
People with a history of “self-mutilation,” bipolar disorder, depression and drug and alcohol abuse can now seek waivers to join the Army under an unannounced policy enacted in August

 

National

 

Petition targeting state Sen. Woodhouse gets enough signatures for recall election
A recall petition targeting state Sen. Joyce Woodhouse, D-Henderson, has enough valid signatures to force a recall election, the Nevada Secretary of State’s office said Friday evening.

Transgender Makeup Artist Leads Thousands of Occultists in Monthly Hexes on Trump
Donald Trump lives rent-free in the heads of the Left, so much that we’re seeing them try anything and everything to try to bring him down. So little of what liberals go after Trump with sticks to him that their efforts have begun to smack of desperation.

Delaware to Let Students Decide Race, Gender
White boys could soon self-identify as black girls in Delaware.

Social worker accused of keeping mental patient as sex slave
An Illinois social worker seduced and kept a 24-year-old patient as a sex slave at a mental institution, according to a federal lawsuit.

Legislature to summarize – but not fully disclose – its sexual harassment history
Both houses of the California Legislature say they are preparing a summary of “information concerning sexual harassment related matters.”

NY Times: Our lawyer David Boies betrayed us by secretly helping Harvey Weinstein kill our reporting
Power corrupts. Harvey Weinstein’s power corrupted absolutely.

Nevada: Anti-recall petitioners accused of impersonating state workers
The president of the recall committee looking to oust Democratic state Sen. Joyce Woodhouse is accusing anti-recall petitioners of impersonating state workers, according to a complaint filed Monday.

North Las Vegas constable seeks to nullify law that could oust him from office
The North Las Vegas constable suing Clark County to keep his elected position is asking the county’s District Court to nullify the state law that could oust him from office.

Conservative group accuses Nevada Rep. Ruben Kihuen of ethics violations
A conservative watchdog group has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to look into whether Nevada Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen inappropriately solicited campaign donations.

Jane Seymour Briefly Quit Acting After Sexual Harassment by “Most Powerful Man in Hollywood”
The veteran movie and TV star didn’t reveal the producer’s name, but she added that he threatened her fledgling career if she told anyone.

Harvard University hosts anal sex workshop
A workshop at Harvard University on Tuesday night delved into the ins and outs of anal sex, with a presenter denouncing the “stupidity of abstinence” and the joys of “putting things in your butt,” according to a College Fix reporter who attended the event.

Professor Explores How K-12 Education “Can Help Kids Turn Out Queer”
This news is unsurprising to anyone who pays attention to academia

Gillespie Defeated in Virginia as Huge Democrat Turnout Devastates GOP
Ed Gillespie got more votes (1.18 million) yesterday than any Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia history, but Democrats produced a “tsunami” turnout that elected Ralph Northam and wiped out GOP candidates in down-ticket races. The trend was nationwide

The First Evidence of Exoplanets Was Recorded in 1917
A hundred years ago, astronomers had no idea what their observations meant.

Dean Heller’s primary challenger just did an interview with the conspiracy theorist who claims the Las Vegas shooting was an ‘inside job’
After literally campaigning alongside a pimp, Nevada Senate challenger Danny Tarkanian gave an interview on Wednesday to Jack Belgarde, a conspiracy theorist who believes the Las Vegas attack was “an inside job” carried out by an Antifa shooter with connections to Syrian terrorists.

Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32
Leigh Corfman says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.

Rand Paul’s neighbors dismiss “property dispute” reports
In the aftermath of the assault by Rene Boucher (“the leftist next door”) on Sen. Rand Paul, Boucher’s lawyer claimed that politics played no part in the attack. I put no stock in public statements by attorneys defending their clients. However, there were also reports about landscaping dispute, and suggestions that Sen. Paul is not a good neighbor.

“Science Guy” Bill Nye Got OBLITERATED During His Recent Reddit Q&A
Celebrity in a lab coat Bill Nye might be one of the most ridiculous figures to rise to prominence in our modern era. Between his near-religious fervor for the climate change agenda, to his non-scientific takes on gender, Nye’s status as “science guy” hasn’t just been thrown into question, it’s been thrown into the bin.

Criticizing Communism Now a Form of White Nationalism
The new talking point for anything against the left.

Effort to recall Farley fizzles without signatures
An effort to force a recall election for state Sen. Patricia Farley has fallen short, Clark County Thursday morning

Professor pulled from classroom instruction after giving “Female or Shemale” quiz
Instructor now teaching online course after transgender uproar

BREAKING. The Judge in the Fusion GPS Case has Been Booted
In a lot of circles there has been concern expressed about the fact that Judge Tanya Chutkan is handling the case where the House Intelligence Committee is trying to pry open the bank records of Fusion GPS to determine the scope of their direct involvement in the Trump Dossier including which journalists they paid to push the Trump dossier story.

Trump: If Allegations are True, Moore Will “Do the Right Thing” and Step Aside
President Donald Trump said on Friday that he believes Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore “will do the right thing and step aside” should the allegations of his sexual misconduct prove to be true.

Shock Poll Gauges Alabama Voter Support of Roy Moore
Sex abuse investigations into Roy Moore have only begun, but with the special election coming up, a new poll gives Alabama voters an early say.

Yale removes white men’s portraits from hall to promote diversity – then says it’s temporary
Official says his email was “misrepresented,” but it’s rather vague

Occidental Professor Warns: Be ‘Suspicious of Males Who Strongly Identify as Men’
In an article for Public Books, Lisa Wade, a sociology professor at Occidental College (which, I’m embarrassed to say, is my alma mater) recently wrote that “we should reject the idea that men have a psychic need to distinguish themselves from women.” Why? Because “masculinity is toxic.” In fact, we should be “suspicious of males who strongly identify as men.”

Tulane suspends accused student after ignoring his evidence, withholding details: lawsuit
Tulane University ignored the results of a polygraph test that cleared a student, gave no reasoning when it found him responsible for sexual misconduct and arbitrarily hiked his punishment, according to a new due-process lawsuit against the private New Orleans school.

Colleges Reportedly Burying Cash from Ballooning Endowments Overseas
“tax wizardry used by American colleges and universities”

More Than 6 Pounds Of LSD Found In Clarksville Home
A man was taken into custody after several pounds of LSD were confiscated from a Clarksville home.

Roy Moore Didn’t Deny Kissing Teenagers as 30-Year-Old in Call With Lawmaker
As a political firestorm raged over allegations that he had been romantically involved with teens, Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio show Friday. Asked whether he had dated 17- or 18-year-old girls while he was in his 30s, Moore said he didn’t remember. “If I did, I’m not going to dispute these things, but I don’t remember anything like that,” he added.

Class aims to rid students of “racist, classist, heterosexist, ableist, privileged attitudes”
New course at San Diego State called “Cultural Competency”

Democrats Deeply Divided on Transgender Issues, Pew Survey Finds
The divide between Republicans and Democrats runs deep. The Pew Research Center recently released the results of a new study that demonstrates how wide that divide is when it comes to transgender issues.

Roy Moore’s Democratic Challenger Recently Ran An Ad Praising The Confederate Army
What the hell is going on in Alabama?

Pro-Life Students at Fresno State Win Settlement in Free Speech Case
“the only permit a student needs to speak on campus is the First Amendment”

‘Can My Children Be Friends With White People?’
Before the liberal revolution is over, we’ll be back to segregating the sexes — in the name of “safety” — and the races — in the name of “empowerment.” Behold this op-ed in the New York Times, one of the saddest things published since the heyday of the civil-rights movement

 

Economy & Taxes

 

SCOTUS being asked to settle the online sales tax question
We haven’t revisited the question of the Marketplace Fairness Act and the issue of collecting sales taxes for online purchases in quite a while, but with the current tax overhaul hanging on a knife edge and a new court case possibly heading for the Supreme Court it’s as good of a time as any. The reason that a federal level decision may become more and more important is that the various states are all making it up as they go along. Yet another of these disputes flared up in America’s heartland with the case of State of South Dakota v Wayfair, Inc. et al over the past couple of years.

Republican Tax Plan Would Slam California Housing Market
Limits on mortgage-interest deduction would affect many buyers in coastal regions around the U.S.

 

International

 

20-year-old immigrants are claimed to be detained for shooting at police homes
Domestic. A 20-year immigrant army has been charged with detention for a police officer’s residence in Västerås the night to Saturday. He is reasonably suspicious of murder attempts.

Basque region joins forces with Catalonia, calls for Spanish government to allow independence
40,000 protesters took to the streets.

Crisis in Venezuelan hospitals: too many patients, too few beds
The health crisis in Venezuela is approaching levels comparable to the poorest nations, with naked women forced to give birth in a waiting room, patients treated on hospital floors and forecasts that hundreds of thousands of children are at risk of dying from malnutrition.

The Migrant Crisis Upended Europe
“The migrant crisis is the 9/11 of the European Union… That day in 2001, everything changed in the US. In a minute, America discovered its vulnerability. Migrants had the same effect in Europe… The migration crisis profoundly undermines the ideas of democracy, tolerance and… the liberal principles that constitute our ideological landscape.” – Ivan Kratsev, Chairman of the Center for Liberal Strategies in Sofia and a member of the Institute of Humanities in Vienna, Le Figaro.

Starving Venezuelans are now resorting to an unexpected food source
Just from the title, I bet you thought I was going to be talking about rabbits, right? Guess again. As the people of Venezuela continue to suffer from a lack of food and medical supplies under the yoke of their dictator, Nicolas Maduro did recently suggest that people begin eating rabbits. That idea didn’t go over very well, as most people consider them pets, though some of the more desperate certainly have resorted to that measure. But this is something different.

Lebanese Prime Minister Leaves Saudi Arabia, Dispelling Rumors He Was Being Held
Hariri’s abrupt resignation places Lebanon at the forefront of the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Crisis Presents a Feminist Paradox
Sweden prides itself on being a beacon of feminism. It has the most generous parental leave in the developed world, providing for 18 months off work, 15 of which can be used by fathers as paternity leave. A quarter of the paid parental leave is indeed used by men, and this is too little according to the Swedish government, which has made it a political priority to get fathers to stay at home longer with their children.

Christian couple say efforts to adopt rejected over their views on sexuality
An Edmonton couple is alleging religious discrimination by the government after their adoption application was rejected.

Canadian Gender and Good Governance Alliance established to advance gender diversity on boards and executive positions
Seven of Canada’s most active and influential organizations dedicated to advancing good governance and gender equality in the workplace have come together to form the Canadian Gender and Good Governance Alliance (CGGGA). The new group aims to amplify and coordinate efforts to accelerate gender parity on boards and in executive positions, and contribute to public policy as an advisor for government and regulators. It is the first of its kind in North America.

Colombia in a Race Against Time to Protect Coffee Crops from Rust Disease
Coffee drinkers beware: there is a disease plaguing the coffee plants in Colombia, and it could seriously affect the dark brew that we love so much.

How Erdogan’s Purge Is Making Turkish Journalists Think Twice
Turkey has made more than 150,000 political arrests since the failed coup of July 2016. The Turkish president isn’t deterred by outside criticism, but the arrests are definitely deterring internal criticism of the regime

This could be the next phase of the Catalan independence movement
Carles Puigdemont is still awaiting extradition hearings in Belgium, with several serious criminal charges awaiting him in Spain, and that could easily lead us to believe that the nascent attempt at Catalonian independence is all over but the shouting. But is it? Last night’s news brought word of more unrest in the streets and a general strike called by the independence-minded parties. This resulted in an almost total closure of the major roadways in and out of the region as well as many stores and government offices either being closed or on reduced hours.

Swedish radio station hijacked to play Isis recruitment song
A Swedish radio station played an Isis propaganda tune after its frequency was hijacked by a pirate transmitter.

Canadian restaurant run by HIV-positive staff aims to smash stigma
A group of Canadian gourmets is hoping to smash misconceptions about HIV transmission one plate at the time by opening a pop-up restaurant run entirely by staff infected with the virus.

One Week in Sweden
In Sweden, car-burnings are not major news anymore; they have become a part of daily life. Cars are torched in Swedish towns on a regular basis.

I called a trans boy a girl by mistake… and it may cost me my job as a teacher: Maths tutor suspended after praising pupil using the wrong gender
Joshua Sutcliffe said ‘well done girls’ to the teenager after seeing them working. He apologised when corrected by the pupil but their parents then complained. He has been summoned to a formal hearing to face charges for ‘misgendering’

 

Opinion

 

Can Birth Control Hormones Be Filtered from the Water Supply?
Trace elements of prescription drugs have been found in city water supplies

The Bolshevik Revolution Reveals Six Phases From Freedom To Communist Misery
A hundred years on from the Bolshevik Revolution, we’d do well to study the stages and trends that put free societies on the path to totalitarianism.

The First 3 Phases Of The Downward Slope From Freedom To Communism
Communism first requires a vigorous program of preparing people to absorb its rhetoric, through laying groundwork in education, propaganda, and agitation.

The Final 3 Phases In The Slide From Freedom To Communism
Once the groundwork is laid for Communism, it can impose itself by consolidating its takeover of society’s institutions, by enforcing conformity, then moving to its “final solutions” phase.

The Science Fiction is Settled
Science Fiction is the fiction of Ideas. It’s the testing ground for the possible and the impossible. It asks questions. The most important being “What if?” And then it tries out the answers, trying to find the moral or scientific answers to questions Humanity hasn’t faced for real yet. And often these extrapolations come up with some very uncomfortable answers.

The Withering California Dream, by the Numbers
The California dream isn’t dead. It just upped and moved to South Dakota.

The New Yorker does Tom Cotton
The New Yorker is running a piece by Jeffrey Toobin called “Is Tom Cotton the Future of Trumpism?” Toobin is a left-wing hatchet man. Ed Whelan has called foul on him several times, including here (for his treatment of Justice Scalia) and here (for his treatment of then-Judge Gorsuch). Adam White did so here.

Two Big Takeaways From Last Night’s Democratic Blowout

Democrat Comeback? Not So Fast…
Tuesday was a good night for Democrats. Tuesday afternoon? Well, it wasn’t so good.

Those Who Disagree on Marriage Can Coexist. For the Sake of Our Society, We Must.
In 2015, a majority of the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges wrote that the view that marriage is exclusively between one man and one woman is “based on decent and honorable religious or philosophical premises.”

Trump: Gillespie lost because he didn’t embrace me
Update: Santorum: No, it’s your fault

Jerry Brown Building His Empire Right Under Our Noses
As California Governor Jerry Brown burnishes his climate change credentials on his crusade to Rome for talks at the Vatican, his adoring California media are ignoring what he is really doing.

Can Roy Moore Still Win?
By now, I’m sure every reader is familiar with the news. The Washington Post reported Thursday that in the late 1970s and early ’80s, when Roy Moore was a lawyer in his early 30s, he pursued relationships with three teenage girls, the youngest of whom was 14 at the time. This would seem to be fatal to Moore’s hopes as the Republican candidate for Senate in next month’s special election in Alabama. So far, Judge Moore has adamantly denied the accusations, but the Post article is more convincing than Judge Moore’s denials. Is there any hope at all?

The Bolshevik Century
100 years ago today, November 7th, the Bolskeviks seized power in Russia and ushered in a century of terror, murder and economic/environmental mismanagement that killed more people than any other ideology or religion ever in the history of humanity. Not only did they kill more people in absolute terms, but the Communist regimes inspired and supported by the Soviet Union get to claim top spots in the “relative death” chart.

The Wages of Social Justice Is Death
In the aftermath of the Ferguson riots in Missouri and the Freddie Gray fiasco in Baltimore, the decriminalization of crime in the name of “social justice” — long a goal of the cultural-Marxist Left — got fully underway. The result was exactly what anyone not fully invested in Critical Theory would have expected

Moore Fumbles Defense on Appearance with Hannity
Sean Hannity was the friendliest possible interviewer that Roy Moore could have chosen to defend himself from accusations that he fondled a 14-year-old girl. Despite the host teeing up softballs for him, Moore flubbed his chance to put the controversy to rest, failing to completely deny dating teenage girls when in his 30s and claiming forgetfulness when trying to deny specific allegations.

CA state Democrat legislators 6 times more likely to be sex offenders??
Two “facts” I’ve unearthed that everyone should know: 1. There are about twice as many Democrats as Republicans in the two California state legislatures. 2. Democrat legislators and senior staffers are responsible for SIX times more sexual abuse incidents than Republicans.

Reaction To Roy Moore Story Reveals Anonymous Source Complaints Were Entirely Political
The Washington Post reporters Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Alice Crites engaged in some investigative journalism and broke a story that could shift the results of U.S. Senate race in the state of Alabama.

The Prophet of Affirmative Action
In the late 1960s, Yale Law School adopted a quota system for African-American applicants. Putting aside its normal criteria for admission, Yale decided that future law school classes would be 10% black, regardless of qualifications. Other law schools and academic institutions did the same thing at around the same time.

What Communists Did To My Family In The Soviet Gulags
A good way to grasp the breadth of communism’s evils is to understand the depth of the suffering in the lives of its individual victims.

Feminists STILL ignore statistics showing women’s achievements in the workforce
The Australian Bureau of Statistics in a recent report found that women were now achieving at a superior rate to men in post-school educational qualifications.

8 Must-See Outer Space Films
What is wrong with Hollywood? Today’s movie makers seem incapable of delivering a first-class film about the worlds beyond earth. It all started with Jupiter Ascending (2015), a gorgeous, but unwatchable space opera, and it was all pretty much downhill after that. In recent months, we were assaulted with Life (2017). If there was an award for best preview followed by worst movie, this film would win it. Then, there was the disappointing and dreary sequel, Alien: Covenant (2017). It was followed by the incredibly boring Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017). Some have high hopes for Avatar 2: Return to Pandora (2018). I am not one of them.

A Case Study in the Brutal Treatment of Climate Change Skeptics
Eco-Activists’ #WarOnWomen target Kathleen Hartnett White, nominee for lead of White House Council on Environmental Quality.

How the Critical Theory Ruined a Generation
Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School and how they created a form of neo-marxism.

I never owned any slaves, you never picked any cotton – why there is NO case for reparations
I’ve been a fan of Scott Adams for a long time. I always found Dilbert to be pointedly hilarious, not only about work, but about gender relations, too.

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