News of the Week (December 3rd, 2017)

 

News of the Week for Dec. 3rd, 2017


 

Gun Rights

 

Supreme Court Guts Second Amendment By Refusing To Hear Semi-Auto Ban Case
Today the Supreme Court let stand the Fourth Circuit’s holding in Kolbe v. Hogan that semi-automatic rifles are not constitutionally protected “arms,” and in doing so declared the Second Amendment guarantees only a second-class right.

The concealed carry debate is about to get interesting
Get ready for some fireworks in both the House and Senate, assuming the flames from the current tax debate die down any time soon. As the NRA Institute for Legislative Action reports this week, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act has moved out of the Judiciary Committee with a thumbs up and is heading for a full vote on the floor of the House.

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

New Brown U. curriculum track: environmental studies with “social equity focus”
After “years of student interest,” a new undergraduate curriculum track at Brown University will bring a “social equity focus to the environmental studies and environmental science concentrations.”

Scientists ‘Self-Censor’ Climate Change Language to Protect Funding
It’s no secret that Donald Trump is less than friendly toward climate change scientists and their conclusions. As a result, research labs and institutions that specialize in studying climate change are feeling the budget pinch. In order to protect their funding, climate change scientists used to unfettered access to the government teat under the Obama administration are adopting new tactics. One such tactic is watching the words they use in grant requests.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

Quebec MDs “Complete” Suicides
Euthanasia costs lives. Not only do doctors kill people who ask to die–generally without even attempting suicide prevention services–but the ethics-altering values of euthanasia/assisted suicide devalue despairing lives generally

Much Vaunted National Health System© strikes again
“A glamorous equestrian has been left in agony and vomiting her excrement after she claims minor keyhole surgery went horribly wrong”

Pediatrician: Revealing Your Baby’s Sex Might Traumatize Him, Because Trans
Dr. Leena Nahata, a pediatric endocrinologist at the highly ranked Nationwide Children’s Hospital, is sounding the alarm about the “gender reveal” phenomenon.

From the mailbag: No Choice Health Insurance
And that means even narrower networks (fewer providers).

 

War & Terror

 

ISIS brides returning home and raising the next generation of jihadist martyrs
The plan to use women to launch the Islamic State’s next incarnation involves female returnees teaching the glories of the caliphate to their offspring

Australian Police Arrest Man Accused of Planning NYE Attack
“He’s accessed documents produced by al-Quaeda Arabian Peninsula which is a guide book in respect to how to commit a terrorist act.”

ISIS Teases Vegas in Upcoming Sequel to Original Film Threatening America
The Islamic State is promoting a forthcoming sequel to its most infamous movie that threatened America at the beginning of the caliphate, with the new trailer showing fire raining down on several U.S. cities before America is engulfed in a fireball.

Sex Dolls Discovered in IS Tunnels
Carrying out an operation to clear the desert triangle in western Iraq from the remaining Islamic State (IS) elements, the security forces found sex dolls in the tunnels used by the extremist Islamist group.

FBI Investigating Antifa Violent Criminal Activity
FBI director Christopher Wray told the House Homeland Security Committee, that the FBI is investigating people “motivated to commit violent criminal activity” by “Antifa ideology.”

 

National

 

Indiana nurse sparks fury after tweeting that ‘white women raise terrorist, rapist, racist, killer sons’ and says ‘every one should be sacrificed to the wolves’
Indiana University Health employee Taiyesha Baker sparks public outcry

Planned Parenthood Is in Deep Trouble With the Law. This Could Be a Turning Point.
We are living through a remarkable time in history. Almost daily, those in influential positions who once appeared untouchable are falling out of popular favor as their abuses are exposed.

Theology prof writes book connecting Christianity to racism
Fordham University recently highlighted a theology professor’s new book claiming that “white Christians” are responsible “for racist policies and structural discrimination in America.”

Today’s News in the Administrative State
Today may go down in history as one of the crucial turning points in the reversal of the Administrative State. The Supreme Court is hearing Oil States Energy v. Greene’s Energy, where the issue of whether administrative law judges beholden to executive agencies, rather than bona fide Article III judges and juries at trial, can decide whether or not patent property rights deserve protection or not.

Mulvaney Freezes Hiring Amid Fight for Control at the CFPB
Recently appointed acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mick Mulvaney instituted a temporary hiring freeze at the Obama-era regulatory body Monday but denied charges that he plans to dismantle the agency.

Students undergo “disturbing sensory experiences” to drive out prejudice
Some San Diego State University students are undergoing what organizers acknowledge is a “disturbing” series of “sensory experiences” in an attempt to drive out students’ prejudicial tendencies and help make them less oppressive.

O’Keefe’s exploding cigar
James O’Keefe had a brainstorm. He thought he could peddle a fraudulent Roy Moore sex scandal to the reporters of the Washington Post. Instead the reporters scoped out O’Keefe’s fraud and reported that instead. The Post even traced the woman who dealt with its reporters to O’Keefe’s offices in New York.

LGBTQ Barbie Pushes Children to Embrace ‘Love Wins’ Campaign
My mother never liked me playing with Barbie dolls as a girl. She felt they were too sexualized for a 5-year-old. My grandmother thought she was nuts. Turns out, Mom was right.

Congressman Slept With And Then Sued Allegedly Drug-Addicted Staffer
Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green had sex with a staffer who he said was a drug addict and then sued her when she threatened to go public with claims she suffered a hostile work environment, saying he “will not be extorted or blackmailed.”

Brown University to allow students to “self-identify” as persons of color
School officials refuse to clarify how and why policy will be implemented

Scholars warn that intersectionality is bringing back Soviet censorship tactics, Bolshevism
The dark side of promoting self-esteem

Student columnist defends his op-ed celebrating “white death,” says it isn’t racist
Meanwhile, editor of campus newspaper apologizes for column

College spending $60k to turn computer lab into ‘safe space’
Santa Monica College is preparing to spend $60,000 to “update” a popular computer lab in order to make way for a new $500,000 social justice center.

#Gaytivities Making Christmas Gay Again
Donald Trump promised to bring Christmas back in a big way and has been delivering on that promise. People are reporting from all over the country that the fear of saying “Merry Christmas” is gone this year as companies have stopped warning employees to use “Happy Holidays” instead. It seemed to only take a change in leadership to put our biggest national holiday back in the spotlight where it belongs in this season of peace and merriment.

After outcry, Nevada delays school gender diversity regulation
After hearing almost three hours of mostly negative public comments on Tuesday, Nevada’s Department of Education delayed passing a regulation outlining how school districts should treat gender diverse students.

Campus newspaper editorial: ‘Your [white] DNA is an abomination’
A new opinion piece in a Texas State University student newspaper tells white students “Your DNA is an Abomination.”

Sisolak calls for senator recall recount to be withdrawn
Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak on Wednesday called on the Nevada secretary of state’s office to rescind its demand that county staff verify more than 1,200 individual signatures in a recall effort targeting a state senator.

‘Disparate Impact’ in the News
The two worst ways the civil-rights laws have been twisted over the years are: (1) allowing, and even requiring, politically correct preferential treatment on the basis of race, ethnicity, and sex (even though such discrimination is actually prohibited by the texts of the relevant laws); and (2) prohibiting actions that are not actually discrimination at all, but the neutral application of neutrally defined and neutrally intended standards that happen to have a statistically disproportionate result (this is also commonly done without a statutory basis).

Bronx professors work to teach Western Civ to some of the nation’s poorest students
Program encourages “thoughtful, self-knowing reflection” on foundational texts

UC-Santa Barbara students use “goat yoga” to relieve stress
University of California-Santa Barbara students will soon be able to take advantage of the latest hip trend in so-called animal therapy: goat yoga.

Disney Debuts ‘First Boy Princess’ in ‘Star vs. the Forces of Evil’
I’m sorry, but what the heck has happened to cartoons? Not only are they hideously ugly to look at and filled with vulgar humor, but they all seem to be spewing some sort of leftist ideology. I mean, seriously, what’s wrong with slipping on banana peels and having anvils fall on your head? Is that not funny anymore? Why does everything have to have a sanctimonious message?

HIV-Positive School Aide Charged With Sexual Offenses Against 42 Kids
Carlos Bell, a 30-year-old former school aide and track coach at two of Maryland’s public schools, who is HIV-positive, has been charged with 206 criminal counts, most of which involved the sexual abuse or exploitation of 42 children from those schools — and including the federal crimes of producing child pornography.

Evergreen State’s student newspaper includes no-whites-allowed opinion section
“For people of color by people of color”

Conservative speaker shouted down, arrested during “It is OK to Be White” event at UConn
A chaotic scene erupted Tuesday night at the University of Connecticut after students shouted down a conservative speaker invited to campus to give a talk titled “It is OK to Be White.”

Grad student who showed debate on gender-neutral pronouns: My class was canceled with no explanation
School is silent on speech code used to threaten TA

Conservative speaker shouted down, arrested during “It is OK to Be White” event at UConn
A chaotic scene erupted Tuesday night at the University of Connecticut after students shouted down a conservative speaker invited to campus to give a talk titled “It is OK to Be White.”

Grad student who showed debate on gender-neutral pronouns: My class was canceled with no explanation
School is silent on speech code used to threaten TA

Admin slams ‘homonormative whiteness’ of LGBTQ Centers
Despite being designed as “inclusive” spaces, one university administrator claims that many campus LGBTQ Centers are bastions of “homonormative whiteness.”

Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI, Cooperating in Mueller Probe
Former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and indicated he’s working with special counsel investigators, while the White House branded the Republican National Convention keynote speaker as an “Obama administration official” and said the charge doesn’t touch the administration.

What we’ve learned in 2 months since Las Vegas shooting
About a week after the Las Vegas mass shooting, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he was frustrated.

Dem Rep Accused of Sexual Harassment, DCCC Calls for His Resignation
Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen (Nev.) is facing calls for his resignation following the accusation that he sexually harassed a female campaign worker repeatedly during his 2016 congressional campaign.

Conan O’Brien Wants to Make the Obama and Biden Bromantic Animated Series “Barry & Joe” a Reality
Adam Reid’s “Barry & Joe” now counts Conan O’Brien as an executive producer via his production company Conaco. The adult animated series is a time travel adventure featuring the bromantic duo, Barack Obama and Joe Biden, trying to save the world.

US Withdraws From Obama Negotiated UN Agreement on Mass Migration
The only things Barack Obama was more intent upon than minimizing the influence of the United States abroad were making us weak at home and constraining US freedom of action by participating in every numbskull international agreement that came down the pike. While the climate change agreement got the most press, one of the most dangerous agreements he signed onto was the United Nations Compact on Global Migration.

A surprise poll scrambles the Alabama Senate race again
Until today three polls had been conducted in the state since Thanksgiving with strikingly uniform results: Moore +5, Moore +5, Moore +6.

 

Economy & Taxes

 

Tax Reform: “Just Do Something”
Politico: Republicans also believe that the need for a big legislative accomplishment ahead of next year’s midterm elections will help sway any holdouts.

No, Tax Reform Will Not “Decimate” Colleges or “Hurt” Students
Liberal elites at universities, who rarely meet a tax they don’t like, finally seem to have found one tax proposal that is unacceptable to them.

Shhh! Don’t Tell Democrats About the ANWR Section of the Tax Bill!
Americans have debated oil drilling in the Alaskan Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for decades. Way back in 2001, our intrepid Jonah Goldberg traveled to the refuge and ran up perhaps the largest travel expense report in National Review history, concluding that the oil could be extracted and leave the overwhelming majority of ANWR untouched.

12 Years Since GDP Grew 3% in 3 Straight Quarters
With the Bureau of Economic Analysis announcing today that, according to its second estimate, real Gross Domestic Product grew at an annual rate of 3.3 percent in the third quarter–following a second quarter rate of 3.1 percent–the United States took a step toward doing something it has not done in more than 12 years: seeing the economy grow at an annual rate of 3.0 percent or better in three straight quarters.

Senate passes tax overhaul, securing major GOP victory
The Senate passed legislation to overhaul the tax code early Saturday morning, handing Republicans a badly needed legislative and political victory.

In 1 Chart, the Differences Between the House and Senate Tax Reform Bills
The House and Senate have now each passed different versions of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

 

International

 

France Set to Make “Gender-Based Insults” Illegal
French President Emmanuel Macron announced a number of measures to combat violence against women Saturday, including a fine on “gender-based insults.”

Couple warns their daughter could have died under new GSA law
The parents of a southern Alberta autistic girl are warning other parents that had Bill 24 been the law over the past two years, their 14-year-old daughter very likely could have committed suicide.

Student claims “discrimination” because college won’t allow pirate outfit during PhD dissertation
A Dutch university is facing its country’s Institute for Human Rights in a “discrimination” case after it refused to allow a doctoral student to defend his dissertation while clothed in … a pirate suit.

Lindsay Shepherd: “Free speech should be everyone’s issue”
Lindsay Shepherd, a teaching assistant at Wilfred Laurier University, was the star attraction at a free speech rally recently.

Sweden’s New Government Censorship
The Swedish government is now officially questioning free speech. A government agency has declared so-called Swedish “new media” – news outlets that refuse to subscribe to the politically correct orthodoxies of the mainstream media – a possible threat to democracy.

Child sex scandal rocks LAPLAND
Dozens of rapes on children as young as four are uncovered among 200 alleged abuses carried out among rural Arctic community.

Honduran protesters, police clash in escalating election crisis
Honduran police fired tear gas at rock-hurling protesters on Thursday after a widely criticized presidential election that has still to produce a clear winner stretched into its fourth day of vote counting.

DUP warns Theresa May: Don’t count on our vote if you give in to Dublin
Theresa May risks destabilising her minority Government if she caves in to Irish demands on the Northern Irish border question in the ongoing Brexit negotiations, senior Democratic Unionist Party figures warned yesterday.

Burundi’s government enforcers now killed for their silence
Vanessa Kaneza is on the run, hiding from security agents she believes killed her husband and may want to harm her.

Christians should pray for Prince George to be gay, says C of E minister
Very Rev Kevin Holdsworth says C of E will be forced to support same-sex marriage if the “Lord blesses George with the love of a fine young gentleman”

 

Opinion

 

You can understand why the Irish are getting tetchy about Brexit
Ireland’s position is that the UK should stay in the customs union, but this is plainly not going to happen.

Playgrounds for Elites
The increasingly left-wing politics of leading U.S. cities clashes with the aspirations of middle-class residents.

Hitler Reacts to Grad Student Thought Crimes
Pronouns | Jordan Peterson | Laurier University

Fascism Came To America Wrapped In A Rainbow Flag And Wearing A Pussyhat
There’s a popular quote of unknown origin that usually goes something like “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.”

He Knows Communism Well. It’s What Made Him a Conservative.
If you consider yourself a conservative, have you ever thought about why? How would you answer someone who asked you to explain the reason?

Snuffing the IPAB and CFPB Technocracy
It is clear to me that progressives want to dispatch constitutional limited governance and replace it with a democratically unaccountable technocracy.

Chomsky on Foucault (and Also, Exactly What Was Judith Butler Trying to Say?)
It’s not my habit to quote Noam Chomsky, whom I despise, but I happened upon something he once said about Michel Foucault.

The Insane Professor
Griffin Epstein teaches at George Brown College in Toronto. In 2009, she wrote her master’s thesis on “mad Jewish identity,” which began.

Playgrounds for Elites
The revival of America’s core cities is one of the most celebrated narratives of our time—yet, perhaps paradoxically, urban progress has also created a growing problem of increasing inequality and middle-class flight.

The next major battle over voting rights in America is based on a lie
The next major battle for voting rights is built on a lie. Election officials and policymakers are being browbeaten by national activists and Twitter bots to dump an agreement between states to compare voter lists for identifying duplicates and potential fraud.

My Family’s Adoption Story Could Be Impossible If ACLU Wins This Case
Five international adoptions from China, Guatemala, and South Korea—in addition to my four biological siblings—have made me the oldest of 10 children.

If Mere “Contact” With Foreigners Is A Crime, Obama Should’ve Been Locked Up In 2008
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pled guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about two meetings with then-Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak last December in the weeks leading up to President Trump’s inauguration.

“Effectively Worthless”: Social Justice and the Infinite Stupidity of Tumblr
When I started exploring radical feminism in 2014, one of the first phenomena I discovered was SJW Tumblrinas. Tumblr.com is to social media what syphilis is to bacteria – the absolute worst. When I mused here about why Tumblr is so indescribably wretched, a commenter observed that its format is so “user-friendly” that it takes zero skills, and thus attracts a user base characterized by below-average intelligence.

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