News of the Week for Mar. 18th, 2018
- Gun Rights
- Hide the Decline
- War & Terror
- National News
- Economy & Taxes
- International News
Federal Gun Rights Suit Against East St. Louis Housing Authority Filed on Behalf of Rape Victim
‘It is simply unacceptable for citizens living in public housing to be denied their basic right to have a firearm for personal protection, and in this case, it is unconscionable’
Gun Violence on the Rise in Scandinavian Utopia of Sweden
During the 2016 Democratic primary, socialist candidate Bernie Sanders touted Scandinavian countries like Sweden as a model for how the United States’ economy should be run. “Democratic Socialism” was a scheme latched on to by lots of Bernie-bros who only vaguely understood it as their healthcare and education being paid for by someone else.
8 Times Law-Abiding Citizens Saved Lives With an AR-15
“Why would any law-abiding citizen need an AR-15?”
Minnesota School District Removed Student With Pro-Gun Sign During Walkout
A school district in Minnesota is defending a principal who removed a student from public school grounds for holding an unapproved sign that read “Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People” during a nationwide school-walkout demonstration against gun rights.
Obama DOJ Forced FBI To Delete 500,000 Fugitives From Background Check Database
The Justice Department under Barack Obama directed the FBI to drop more than 500,000 names of fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, acting FBI deputy director David Bowdich testified Wednesday.
Gun Confiscation Underway in New York
Nobody is coming for your guns, they said. Nobody is taking away your rights, they said. This is all about public safety, they said.
Teacher Placed On Leave For Questioning Gun Control Walkout
A history teacher at a California high school who dared to question her school’s participating in the hyper-political pro-gun control National School Walkout has been placed on leave.
Hide the Decline
Arnold Schwarzenegger to sue big oil companies for “first-degree murder.”
From the “you can’t make this stuff up” department, comes this pronouncement from the guy who popularized the gas-guzzling CO2 belching Hummer military vehicle for his own LA commutes. His self-awareness must be zero.
MIT report: it will take 400 years to transform to “clean” energy
Fifteen years ago, Ken Caldeira, a senior scientist at the Carnegie Institution, calculated that the world would need to add about a nuclear power plant’s worth of clean-energy capacity every day between 2000 and 2050 to avoid catastrophic climate change. Recently, he did a quick calculation to see how we’re doing.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Calls for Warning Labels on ‘Every Product That Has Fossil Fuels’
At South by Southwest this week, actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger argued that every single product made using fossil fuels should come with a warning label due to climate change. He suggested that oil companies are killing people by abetting the burning of fossil fuels, and that all products using fossil fuels should be marked as associated with hazards like tobacco.
Ruling Climate Fanatics Obliterated in Aussie State Election
South Australians have finally tired of economic misery and expensive, unreliable green electricity; the government which created the mess has just been crushed at the ballot box, 25 seats to 18.
Government in Healthcare
Can “Texas v. United States” Set Us Free From Obamacare?
The lawsuit filed by 20 states has far more merit than is generally believed.
The Eternal Faith in Single-Payer
Over in Maryland, Ben Jealous is running for the Democratic nomination for governor, and it appears he wants to make his signature issue a plan to create single-payer health care in the state, a plan that would “make government pay for residents’ medical care and get rid of the out-of-pocket expenses that residents pay.”
In 2017, 83 Dutch Mental Patients Were Euthanized
The Dutch plunge into the euthanasia moral abyss continues to accelerate, with the number of patients killed by doctors exceeding 6,000 in 2017. That’s more than 500 a month, 100 a week, and 15 a day.
Willfill Blindness or Simple Fanatacism?
There is no question that insurance companies, primarily as a result of the politics and economics of ObamaCare, contribute less value and drive more out-of-pocket than ever before. And it’s also true that Direct Primary Care (DPC) continues to offer a viable alternative method of health care delivery and (to a much lesser extent) health care financing.
War & Terror
What Is Going On in Austin: Second Explosion in One Morning Rocks City
Following an earlier deadly explosion Monday morning, a second package reportedly exploded in Texas’ capital city of Austin, severely injuring an elderly woman.
China’s nuclear aircraft carrier technology will catchup to the US around 2025
The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) briefly put online China’s next aircraft carrier, next submarine and other naval projects.
D.C. Republicans work quietly on comeback in Democrat stronghold
Its telephone number now belongs to a car donation charity, and its website hasn’t been updated since August. So where is the D.C. GOP?
Bye bye Plastics Scare: Krill can Digest Plastic
Scientists have discovered Antarctic Krill can digest or at least break up lumps of plastic into even smaller lumps – but when the krill were force fed large quantities of radioactive plastic over an extended period their ability to digest plastic deteriorated.
Noncitizen Voters in Pennsylvania Not a “Glitch,” Philly Official Says
With a close race expected in Tuesday’s special congressional election, new attention focused on integrity of state’s registration process
Trump fires Tillerson, names Pompeo new secretary of state
President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday and said he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him, in a major staff reshuffle just as Trump dives into high-stakes talks with North Korea.
Parents Barred from Questioning Gender Identity Changes During Fairfax County Committee Meeting
Parents concerned about new sex education guidelines for Fairfax County public schools, located just outside of the nation’s capital, were not allowed to question any of the voting committee members during the last meeting.
Steven Crowder Under Attack by Twitter and YouTube for Unexplained Reasons
It’s not secret by now that Twitter, Facebook, Google, et al have it out for conservatives. I write at least a story or two a week detailing their bias actions against those who think differently from them.
Texas sanctuary city law upheld on appeal in federal court
We’ve been watching the progress of Senate Bill 4 (SB-4) ever since it passed in Texas and was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. That’s the sanctuary city law which seeks to bolster cooperation between immigration enforcement and state and local law enforcement. It also provides provisions to punish noncompliant jurisdictions in so-called sanctuary cities. As soon as it was passed, the law was challenged in court by several cities, along with the ACLU and other groups. In August, a U.S. District Judge placed a hold on several provisions of the legislation.
College Republicans cause panic with immigration event
The University of California, Merced College Republicans sparked an uproar on campus last week by holding signs promoting immigration enforcement.
Guess who Oakland’s mayor was talking to before tipping off illegal aliens to ICE raid
A couple of weeks ago we learned that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf had “no regrets” about warning illegal aliens of an impending ICE raid in her city and was definitely not going to apologize. But that didn’t answer all of the lingering questions about what appeared to be a clear case of obstructing justice and violating federal immigration laws. How and when did she learn about the upcoming raid? Who was she consulting with prior to making the decision to go public with the information so criminal illegal aliens could clear out and go to ground before ICE agents arrived?
Jane Mayer revisits “golden showers”
Once upon a time the New Yorker was justly famous for its long-form journalism. In 1946 it published John Hersey’s “Hiroshima.” In 1966 it published Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.” In 1968 it published Edward Jay Epstein’s “Garrison,” a personal favorite of mine.
Undocumented immigrant appointed to state post in California
The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday appointed the first undocumented resident to a statewide post, according to Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León’s office.
Trump tweet will likely shift Nevada Senate race
At the urging of President Donald Trump, Republican Danny Tarkanian is dropping out of the U.S. Senate race against GOP Sen. Dean Heller, and instead will make another run for Congress.
Peter Strzok Had Personal Relationship With Recused Judge In Michael Flynn Case
Text messages obtained by The Federalist show that Peter Strzok and Lisa Page conspired to collude with Judge Rudolph Contreras, a FISA judge who presided over Michael Flynn’s guilty plea and was later removed from the case.
Point And Laugh: Democrats Sue Each Other Over Voter Fraud
Three Democrats who ran in the primary for Texas’s 16th congressional district aren’t taking their loss to Veronica Escobar, who won the Democratic nomination, lying down.
California’s Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom gets the #MeToo treatment
Newsom’s past affair disqualifies him from governorship, Democratic rival Amanda Renteria says.
Parents pull daughter, 7, out of school after she portrayed a racist character in a play for the class – where she was the only white student – and told a black peer ‘Go home, you don’t belong here!’
Amber and Heath Bertram were horrified when they saw Anastasia on stage
Pro-LGBT Lutheran Seminary President Unceremoniously Purged for Leading Ex-Gay Group 17 Years Ago
Less than a year after Theresa F. Latini was hired as the first president of United Lutheran Seminary in Pennsylvania last April, she was unceremoniously ousted from the institution of higher learning after news broke that she once led a Christian ministry helping believers overcome same-sex attraction. She left that organization in 2001 and has since sworn off the idea that LGBT people can reject their identities, but that did not save her from ideological cleansing.
Cultural appropriation worries ruin St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is immensely popular all over the country, especially among frivolity-loving college students, but is the holiday actually an example of the “cultural appropriation” those same students so detest?
Communist militia leader arrested on weapons charges
We have reported extensively on the violent communist militia group, Red Guards Austin. This far-left extremist group openly praises a dictator who butchered millions of people, openly advocates for armed “revolutionary violence”, and is actively recruiting students via their campus organizing arm, Revolutionary Student Front.
Democrats brace for potential California disaster
Dems have little room for error in California.
Economy & Taxes
The Courts against Proposition 65
A federal judge has frozen plans to require all products containing the widely popular herbicide glyphosate to display a Proposition 65 warning in a landmark ruling that could signal the turning of the tide for California’s nanny-state regulations. The decision by Federal District Judge William Shubb represents a significant blow to both to the much maligned Proposition 65 and the organization that accounts for so many of its listings, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
In Nevada, Proof That Tax Cuts Work
Confidence among small business owners is at a record high, according to a recent CNBC survey. The good humor is due, in part, to the half of them who expect positive change to come from the new tax law in 2018.
Britain’s “Worst Ever” Child Grooming Scandal: Up to 1,000 Girls Raped, Sold for Sex
“The worst moment came just after my 16th birthday when I was drugged and gang raped by five men.”
Lauren Southern Banned from the U.K.
Lauren Southern, a Canadian who became famous for challenging feminists in 2015, has been banned from Great Britain. She was detained by British immigration officials at the tunnel underneath the English Channel and prohibited from entering under an anti-terrorism provision, accused of “racism.” The argument apparently used to justify this prohibition was not that Southern posed any actual terrorist threat, nor that she has actually expressed any racist views, but rather because she has associated with others accused of racism.
Draconian Hate Crimes Bill will destroy freedom of speech
We can deplore hate speech without enacting repressive laws that define it far too broadly, and impose draconian sentences on those found guilty of offensive speech. The Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill should be slashed, to turn it back into the Hate Crimes Bill it was supposed to be.
Vatican admits doctoring photo of Benedict’s letter praising Pope Francis
One of the world’s leading news agencies has said the Vatican breached journalistic standards by doctoring a photo of a letter from Benedict XVI praising Pope Francis. According to the Associated Press, the doctoring affected the meaning of the letter.
Australia considers fast-track visas for white South African farmer
Home affairs minister Peter Dutton says the group deserves “special attention” due to the “horrific circumstances” they face at home
Venezuela Without Power: Electrical Grid Pushed Back 20 Years
The Venezuelan chavistas have entirely mismanaged and ruined what was once an impressive electric grid.
Sweden ‘Starves Out’ Christian Asylum Seeker From Iran, While Letting Former ISIS Fighters Get Jobs
A Christian refugee from Iran seeking asylum in Sweden has not only been denied her request, but forced out of her job, while former fighters with the Islamic State (ISIS) have been granted that asylum. Christian asylum seekers in Sweden reported 512 religiously motivated acts of violence against them, mostly at the hands of Muslim migrants.
Immigrants are less happy in Sweden than in other Scandinavian countries
The UN’s World Happiness Report shows that migrants rate Finland as the best country in the world to live in. Places two and three have also been taken by Scandinavian countries.
China to bar people with bad “social credit” from planes, trains
China said it will begin applying its so-called social credit system to flights and trains and stop people who have committed misdeeds from taking such transport for up to a year.
Too Late, Germany Realizes Its Mistake
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s disastrous decision to throw open an essentially defenseless western Europe to hordes of military-age males from the Islamic ummah will go down in history as one of Christendom’s greatest blunders, either a triumph of wishful childless-feminist thinking or a malevolent act of epic proportions. So this statement by new Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, while welcome, is way too little, and far too late
In Venezuela, deli scales can’t hold the number of digits required to sell meat
We’ve all been to the deli and requested a pound of this or that lunch meat for making sandwiches during the week. The price per pound is usually on a little sign next to the meat, then the person working the deli counter slices the meat and weighs it on a scale that computes the actual cost of the amount we’re buying and prints a label for the bag. Things used to work exactly the same way in Venezuela, albeit in kilograms instead of pounds and bolivars instead of dollars. But thanks to hyperinflation, the cost of a kilo of meat is so high that most deli scales can’t handle it.
French man fined for refusing to take a day off
Cedric Vaivre being censured for keeping his bakery open seven days a week
Imam who damaged 2-yr-old girl’s private part says zipper opened by itself
An Imam who sexually abused a 2-year-old girl, insisted that his fly opened on its own accord.
Toronto Halloween store caves to “bureaucratic bullying” in costume clampdown
Halloween used to be so much fun, but somewhere along the line, the social justice warriors deemed it offensive to their sensibilities, primarily due to “cultural appropriation.”
Lavapiés sees second day of unrest in wake of immigrant death
Anti-establishment groups being blamed for much of the damage in Madrid on Thursday night, with conflicting reports over whether street vendor was being chased by police when he collapsed
Democrats seek to pick and choose the laws they obey
A few weeks back, we weighed in on Idaho’s plan to thumb its nose at the Affordable Care Act and allow insurers to sell cheaper, more bare-bones health insurance policies than those mandated under Obamacare.
Are nationwide court injunctions shutting down our democracy?
This is an old argument which is getting a fresh look in the age of Trump, particularly after a recent op-ed written by the Attorney General and some interviews he’s done. When the executive branch issues an order covering something not regulated by the legislative branch, should a judge from one district be able to shut down the order across the entire nation? That’s the question being tackled by Jeff Sessions this month and he clearly feels the answer is no.
What The Federal Courts Are Getting Wrong About Transgender Discrimination In The Workplace
A brief primer on federal employment law exposes the error sweeping the judicial system.
“Wrinkle In Time” Is Getting Panned By Critics, And Director Ava DuVernay Is Not Taking It Well
DuVernay is blaming white men who she thinks just don’t get it for poor reviews of the movie that are giving it a poor score on sites like Rotten Tomatoes.
In England, no one is permitted to disapprove of castrating children.
Orwell Was A Pollyanna
Progs at Evergreen State (but I repeat myself) equate science and white supremacy.
Jordan Peterson on corporate virtue signalling
Clinical psychologist, author, professor and easy-on-the-eye cultural critic, Jordan B. Peterson, took a break from his sold out speaking tour to chat with Miranda Devine.
No Boys Allowed
Ten years ago while teaching English at Emory University, I noticed a trend. Each year there seemed to be more and more girls on campus. Also, from the time I started teaching college in 1993 as a graduate student, I would hear gripes from male students about their high school teachers and college professors who made them read books by Amy Tan and listen to lectures on feminism, even in math.
Pennsylvania shows Dems getting it – and what the GOP must do
The loss of a key Pennsylvania seat by a narrow margin in a congressional special election was a hard blow to Republicans, given that it happened in a traditionally Democratic district that President Trump won by 20 points. After all, the election of 2016, with Donald Trump winning, was a once-in-a-century turning point for the right, signaling a decisive change in direction after four years of far-left Obama extremism and its terrible economic consequences. Could it really have been just a blip?
This Voting Bloc Is The One to Pay Attention to Ahead of Midterms
Now that we’re “comfortably” away from the 2016 presidential election, we can all focus on the 2018 midterms.
BREAKING: Famous Actor Got Paid More Than Less-Famous Actor in “The Crown”
I keep hearing about The Crown on Netflix, and at first I was intrigued because it stars Matt Smith, my third- or fourth-favorite Doctor Who. But I hadn’t heard of anybody else on the show, and I tend to get bored with stories about royal families unless they involve dragons and swordfights and crossbow murders. Plus, I’m tired of Netflix. So I’ve skipped it.
Rights Are Not about “Feelings”
What is it about this era that bases (seemingly) everything on “feelings,” as opposed to principles and rationality?
Muslim Murdered in Houston, and Guess Why Media Are Ignoring This Crime?
Rahman Rupani, 30, was one of seven siblings in a Pakistani family that operated DJ’s Food Mart, a convenience store in Houston, Texas. A father of two children, a 2-year-old and 6 months old, Rupani regularly attended a Houston mosque. On a Friday night in January, however, an argument in the parking lot of DJ’s Food Mart suddenly escalated into violence. A man was shot, and when Rupani came to the aid of the wounded man, he was shot and killed.
The Reductio Ad Absurdum of Diversity
St. Catherine University (generally referred to locally as St. Kate’s) is a Catholic school in St. Paul, Minnesota. Its undergraduate school is for women. For the last few years, St. Kate’s has put on a “leadership conference” for students and others. But on December 8, this year’s conference, which was scheduled for January 19 and had approximately 200 registrants, was abruptly canceled. A St. Kate’s dean explained what happened in an email to the 30 individuals who had been selected as presenters at the conference, out of 58 who applied.
Hate Speech Isn’t Free Speech. And Guess Who Decides What Is and Isn’t Hate Speech?
Everybody knows that free speech is great. America’s founding fathers liked it so much, they put it in the very first amendment they made to the Constitution! But way back then, those old white guys couldn’t have foreseen that hundreds of years later, free speech would be used to say things that offend liberals.
How The Constitution Prevents Tyranny And Safeguards Liberty
Separation of powers, checks and balances, and a strong, independent judiciary are what keep the United States from devolving into failed democracies of the past.
Karl Marx’s Jew-Hating Conspiracy Theory
Marx didn’t supplant old ideas about money and commerce; he intensified them