News of the Week for Mar. 25th, 2018
- Gun Rights
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Students’ visit to gun range ‘none of your damn business,’ parents say
Angered by word of the disciplining of two Lacey High School students for a gun-related social media post, 200 parents, community members and other supporters of the Second Amendment on Monday let the Board of Education know they don’t want the district trampling on their rights or meddling in their home lives.
Armed School Resource Officer’s Intervention Helps Stop Gunman at Maryland High School
An armed school resource officer intervened and engaged a gunman who had opened fire at a Maryland school Tuesday morning.
Oregon initiative would ban assault weapons, require owners to surrender certain guns
The proposal defines an assault weapon as any semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine, and any feature like folding or telescoping stock, or that can accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Here Are 8 Stubborn Facts on Gun Violence in America
Each of these facts is firmly based on empirical data. Here’s a deeper look.
Our Nation Is a Gun Culture, and Anti-Gun Activism and Laws Are as Unnatural to It as Cancer Is to the Body
The Anti-gun activism we see on the news and marching through the streets is a lot like a car trying to get itself unstuck from the mud. There’s a lot of engine revving, a lot of noise and mud flinging. In the end, however, it’s just a lot of spinning wheels and no movement, with the problem only getting worse the more the gas is stepped on.
One Kid Is Noticeably Absent From TIME’s New Parkland Student Group Photo and No One’s Surprised
The world is currently revolving around the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School…well, at least a select few of them.
People Are Ready to Buy Some Guns in the World’s Murder Capital
In the world’s most murderous country, gun control is starting to lose its appeal.
Gun control activist David Hogg draws the line at backpack control
Ever since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida last month, a group of students (with the help of their PR firm) have been making the rounds on television demanding that we do something. The students, especially Hogg, have mostly brushed off numerous law enforcement failures before and during the shooting. So when they say they want to do something, they mean new laws and policies.
Well, This Is Not What the Gun-Grabbing Marchers Wanted to See Today
While anti-gun twerp David Hogg was being interviewed by Axios to gain the advantage of his deep thoughts on the Constitution and why he thinks it is perfectly okay to ban guns but thinks it is a Constitutional violation to have his dirty underwear, weed, condoms, and sex toys visible to the casual observer…
Citibank Goes Full Anti-Gun
Declares it won’t do business with companies that sell guns to anyone under 21 or so-called high-capacity magazines
Actors at Casting Call Are Surprised by Real Gun Facts They’re Asked to Read
Here is what happens when people on both sides of the gun conversation in America are able to be heard. The producers of this video had a variety of actors cold read statistical truths about guns and crime in the United States. Much of this is known to pro-Second Amendment advocates but not to the general public. It is difficult to have a fact-based conversation when the largely uninformed anti-gun left is running around screaming “ASSAULT WEAPONS” all of the time and the media is always there to amplify their panic. One of the younger actors admits that he just “blindly chose a side” in the gun debate. Another says she is now inspired to do more research. At the very minimum, the video is full of good information for pro-Second Amendment people.
The Parkland Students Just Learned What Asking for More Safety Means, and They Naturally Don’t Like It
Living free doesn’t necessarily mean living safe. That’s the trade-off for living in a society where liberty is the dominant structure. People sometimes forget that liberty and chaos are cousins, and that sometimes the two get together. The results can be wonderful. Sometimes they’re tragic.
10 Common Arguments For Gun Control, Debunked
An attorney and former sniper team leader for the U.S. Army explains why 10 of the most common gun control arguments don’t make sense.
Children’s Crusade? No, It’s Worse
I described the teenager-led anti-gun campaign, which has been breathlessly endorsed by the Democratic Party media, as a 21st century Children’s Crusade, referring to the ill-fated 1212 version. But with hindsight, that was unfair to the 13th-century kids. They undoubtedly had a better idea of why they were trying to liberate the Holy Land than the teenagers who demonstrated today have about why guns should be confiscated.
Elderly Grayson County homeowner shoots man during alleged break-in
A man is in the hospital after authorities said he broke into a Grayson County home and was shot by the owner.
Global warming on trial and the elementary error of physics that caused the global warming scare
This will be a long posting, but it will not be found uninteresting.
NOAA Data Tampering Approaching 2.5 Degrees
NOAA’s US temperature record shows that US was warmest in the 1930’s and has generally cooled as CO2 has increased. This wrecks greenhouse gas theory, so they “adjust” the data to make it look like the US is warming.
A Geological Perspective of the Greenland Ice Sheet
Before we get to my geological perspective of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS), let’s first have a look at the NASA perspective
In California, #EarthHour failed to even register a blip in electricity reduction
On Saturday, March 24th, Earth Hour was held in every time zone around the world at 8:30 PM local time. I had already run an essay pointing out why Earth Hour is little more than a ridiculous feel-good exercise that does nothing but demonize the value of electricity bringing mankind out of the darkness and poverty.
How Not To Model The Historical Temperature
Much has been made of the argument that natural forcings alone are not sufficient to explain the 20th Century temperature variations.
Government in Healthcare
Canadian Disabled Man Denied Care but Offered Euthanasia
Will euthanasia be about money? Does CNN hate Donald Trump?
In Rudolstadt, Thuringia, police have secured more than 100 kilos of chemicals in the Antifa environment.
Nevertheless, the State Office of Criminal Investigation took over the investigation very late. Apparently due to political pressure. The CDU opposition had massively criticized the fact that the LKA was not involved. And scents a scandal.
Police Believe Latest Austin Explosion Triggered by Trip Wire
Please stay safe, Austin.
Austin bombing suspect dead
The suspect in a string of bombings in Austin is dead, interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed early Wednesday.
Austin Bombing Suspect Blew Himself Up After Police Chase
His bombings killed two, injured four more.
New details in possible attempted attack at Travis Air Force Base in California
A car loaded with propane tanks ran through the main gate at Travis Air Force Base in northern California on Wednesday night. Military personnel ran up to the burning car that exploded in flame after breaching the security gates.
DC councilman: Hey, sorry for that whole “Jews control the weather to own the cities” thing
Trayon White wants you to know he’s sorry, at least on third thought. The councilman for Washington DC’s Ward 8 posted a Facebook video of a brief snow flurry, along with his very strange and anti-Semitic thoughts on what it meant. And when first challenged on it, White initially told reporters that “the video says what it says.”
Deputy Scot Peterson and two school counselors recommended Nikolas Cruz be involuntarily committed in 2016
The Associated Press reports that School Resource Officer Scot Peterson and two high school counselors wanted to involuntary commit Nikolas Cruz for a mental health evaluation in 2016. Had he undergone the commitment he likely would not have been able to purchase a gun.
Farmers in South Africa claim they are being targeted in ‘horrific’ attacks
There are fears moves to take land from white farmers without compensation could encourage more violence.
Boy Scouts remove boy with Down’s syndrome from Eagle Scout program
It appears that I’ll be waiting a while longer before I have some good news to report about the Boy Scouts of America. The latest headline the group has managed to garner is once again not exactly covering them in glory. A local troop in Utah recently had to inform the family of 15-year-old Logan Blythe, who has Down’s syndrome, that the scouting badges he had accumulated were no longer valid for his entry into the Eagle Scout program so he would not qualify for the group’s highest rank. This has led the boy’s father to sue the BSA… for one dollar.
All-women’s college asks profs not to call students ‘women’
A guide issued recently by Mount Holyoke College, an all-women’s school, instructs professors to avoid calling students “women” in order to promote a “gender neutral” classroom environment.
Actress Cynthia Nixon Announces Candidacy for New York Governor
Wait. I thought celebrities shouldn’t run for office?
Congress poised to dump 184-year-old law barring distilleries on Native American land
Tribal leaders want to tap into a growth industry.
Flashback: Obama Congratulated Putin on His 2012 Election
Forgotten by some amid the controversy over President Trump’s congratulatory phone call to newly elected Russian president Vladimir Putin is that Barack Obama called the Kremlin to congratulate Putin on winning a third term in 2012.
Sociologist claims veganism promotes ‘white masculinity’
A North Carolina State University sociology instructor contends that vegan and vegetarian men are guilty of “upholding the gender binary” and perpetuating “white masculinity.”
Student threatened with rape for supporting traditional marriage
A student Resident Advisor at Providence College has been subjected to intense harassment by classmates, including a drawing depicting him being raped, for creating a bulletin board display advocating for traditional marriage.
Judge upholds Title IX lawsuit: Adjudicator suggested men enjoy being sexually violated
“Certain gendered beliefs” are prejudicial to male students
YouTube’s New Policies Punish Pro-Firearm Channels Who Are, In Turn, Moving Content to an Unexpected Site
YouTube has increased its crackdown on all things remotely offensive to the more sensitive among us by seeing to it that gun-related content is heavily restricted.
San Francisco Becomes First U.S. Major City To Ban Sale Of Fur
San Francisco has become the first major U.S. city to ban the sale of fur clothing and products.
Santa Barbara Senator Authors Dubious Bill To Fight “Fake News” In CA Schools
California politicians at all levels of government are helping fund a sort-of shadow government of dubious non-profit organizations, which are often tied to said politicians or family members.
Prominent Science Fiction Author Calls for Depopulating Rural Areas
Science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the best-known names in a genre known for looking forward. However, not all writers in the genre look to the future for their ideas — plenty are obsessed with moving backwards, from liberty back to tyranny.
Mark Conditt’s behavior diverges from serial bomber patterns, experts say
Austin serial bombing suspect Mark Anthony Conditt killed himself Wednesday morning as authorities closed in, leaving questions about why an unemployed 24-year-old with no criminal record would have killed two people and spread chaos throughout Texas.
Beyond sanctuaries: Liberals call on police to stop arresting illegals to prevent deportations
Civil rights groups said Wednesday that sanctuary city policies aren’t enough to thwart President Trump and called on state and local governments to stop enforcing what they deemed low-level crimes in order to keep immigrants off the Trump administration’s radar altogether.
Police Reveal 25-Minute Confession From Suspected Austin Bomber
On Wednesday, Austin police revealed that the suspected serial bomber who blew himself up earlier in the day had left a 25-minute recorded confession.
Prof wants colleges to pay women extra for “emotional labor”
A communications studies professor wants colleges to compensate female faculty members for their “emotional labor,” such as “supportive communication” and generally “making a person ‘feel good.'”
The anti-sanctuary movement is spreading in California
Earlier this week we looked at the California city of Los Alamitos which was considering a vote to exempt themselves from Sacramento’s decision to make the entire state into a sanctuary for illegal aliens. That anti-sanctuary vote passed, and if a follow-up vote next month also succeeds, the city will officially stand in defiance of sanctuary state policies. That’s not the end of the story, however. This act of rebellion seems to be spreading like some sort of constitutional freedom virus and other local and municipal governments are looking to Los Alamitos as a blueprint for their own rebellions.
The shooting of Stephan Clark
A rare case where the body-cam footage doesn’t tell the story as well as other video does. Clark’s fatal shooting by Sacramento P.D. is a national story because the most basic facts are horrendous: Not only was he unarmed, he was standing in his grandmother’s backyard holding his cell-phone when the cops, mistaking it for a weapon, gunned him down. “He was at the wrong place at the wrong time in his own backyard?” said his grandmother afterward, incredulously. “C’mon now, they didn’t have to do that.” Watch this snippet of the body-cam footage, which picks up with the police in hot pursuit. They never identify themselves as cops, although the shouts of ““Show me your hands” are a clue.
Ethnic studies department slams president for welcoming “Zionists” to campus
Retract your “racist, Islamophobic and colonialist statement”
University to host “whiteness in decline” event
Lecture to address “resurgence of white supremacy”
Librarians invent new “queermisic microaggressions”
The latest guide published by the prolific Simmons College librarians warns students and professors of against “queermisic microaggressions” rooted in “hate or hatred” of LGBT people.
“Smoking while walking” could become illegal in NYC if proposed bill passes
A new bill may make it illegal to smoke while walking in New York City.
Conservative display razed, ‘capitalism kills’ take place
Liberal student groups at St. Olaf College recently put up signs accusing conservative classmates of “white supremacy” and calling capitalism a means of oppressing poor people.
University turns frat into ‘safe space for black students’
After a fraternity was permanently suspended last year, students have been demanding that Washington University in St. Louis turn the vacated house into a “safe space for black students.”
California students can sue colleges for violence during “curricular activities,” high court says
Less tolerance for “emotional problems”
Wisconsin governor ordered to hold special elections after Democratic outcry
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker must hold special elections in two state districts, a judge ruled on Thursday, after Democrats said he was putting off the votes over fears of losing the formerly Republican-held seats.
How Do You Make Beer in Space?
Strap on your beer goggles and join us on a hops-fueled rocket ride
Bacteria eats greenhouse gas with a side of protein
With the ability to leech heavy metals from the environment and digest a potent greenhouse gas, methanotrophic bacteria pull double duty when it comes to cleaning up the environment.
Lawyer for Roy Moore accuser: I was offered $10K to drop her as a client and say that I didn’t believe her
This story is long but worth your time. Before you dive in, though, a little something from the Alabama penal code
Profs warn that ‘commitment to empirical science’ hurts women
A recent academic journal article claims that “meritocratic ideology” and “depoliticized” classroom environments contribute to a sense of exclusion and isolation among female students.
‘Social justice rapper’ to give performance at UW-La Crosse
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is slated to host a “Social Justice Week” next month with a focus on “Building Revolutionary Communities.”
Football tickets, helicopter rides, free flights: Gifts candidates for California governor received last year
From Rose Bowl tickets to helicopter rides to all-expenses-paid junkets to China and Mexico, the candidates running for California governor reported receiving nearly $30,000 in gifts and free travel last year — including from organizations with vested interests in state policy.
LA Considers Ambitious Proposal To Provide Housing For Every Homeless Person
The Los Angeles City Council Friday is considering a motion that would enact a plan to provide housing for every transient in the city, as it continues to grapple with a housing shortage which has spiked rents and sent thousands of people into homelessness.
Brown promises “tuition-free” Master’s for DACA students
Brown University recently pledged to offer a “tuition-free, fifth-year Master’s program” for illegal immigrant students in the event that the government repeals DACA.
Justices ask questions about California law requiring abortion information
On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of a California law requiring pro-life pregnancy clinics to inform women about the availability of state-sponosored abortions.
The Omnibus Disgrace
The omnibus spending bill was crafted in secret and will be passed under pressure; raises discretionary spending as the national debt grows; and fails to deliver on any major GOP priorities except increased defense spending. What might turn out to be the signature achievement of unified Republican government this year is the sort of legislation that would have been right at home in the Obama administration.
Majority of Canadians disapprove of Justin Trudeau for the first time since he became Prime Minister
All of this adds up to a ten-point gap between the Liberal and Conservative parties in vote intention. The latest polling analysis from the Angus Reid Institute shows that if an election were held tomorrow, the CPC – led by Andrew Scheer, would be in range to form a majority government.
“Count Dankula” Convicted for Hate Crime Over Teaching Pug Nazi Tricks
You have no right to be in a constant state of bliss, carrying about with nary a concern. You have no right to any kind of feeling, for that matter. You have no right to hear or see only that which you find pleasing. In short, you have no right to be a sensitive bitch baby. Yet the United Kingdom, a formerly great nation, convicted a man of a hate crime for daring to teach his girlfriend’s pug a trick. A trick some people found “offensive.” Pugs. Tricks. Let that sink in.
Sarkozy under arrest for suspicion of Qaddafi funding in 2007 campaign
If true, it wasn’t just the US that shivved Moammar Qaddafi in 2011. Police arrested former French president Nicolas Sarkozy in a years-long corruption probe that involves an alleged payoff of €50 million from the Libyan dictator to Sarkozy’s campaign, helping him win the presidency.
Chinese Dissident Gives a ‘Voice to the Voiceless’ by Confronting Chinese Gov’t at U.N. Human Rights Council
One of China’s most prominent dissidents on Tuesday challenged the communist government’s right to speak on behalf of China in the U.N.’s top human rights forum, angering Beijing’s representative and drawing a reprimand from the presiding officer.
UK Court Sends Man to Jail for Nazi Joke, Proving How Valuable Our Free Speech Rights Are
We definitely take our right to free speech for granted, and that’s a good thing. We have a right to say pretty much whatever we want, whenever we want short of inciting violence toward another, and that right is not granted to us by government. In the U.S., we recognize that right as given to us by God, or nature if that floats your boat.
Rape victim, 13, reveals her social worker LAUGHED when she found out she was being sold to Asian men for sex – while staff at her care home responded by putting her on the Pill
Zoe Patterson was trafficked from Midlands care home as a teen
“Racist to its core”: Outrage as nurses are subject to a new code where they must announce their ‘white privilege’ before treating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients
Nurses and midwives forced to announce ‘white privilege’ to Aboriginal patients
A White Farmer Is Killed Every Five Days in South Africa and Authorities Do Nothing about It
Activists say South African authorities are tacitly approving attacks on the country’s white farmers, with one being murdered every five days, and the police turning a blind eye to the violence.
Turkish singer, actress Zuhal Olcay sentenced to 10 months in prison for :insulting Erdogan”
Turkish singer and actress Zuhal Olcay has been sentenced to 10 months in jail for :insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan,: finalizing an indictment approved by the 46th Criminal Court of Peace.
German minister “blames citizens” for surge in migrant knife crimes
Since two years, Germany has seen a massive surge in knife crimes. According to broadcaster ZDF, some police officers say a lot of knife crimes “have a strong relationship with migration”. A German minister of the country’s largest state, even came with a peculiar “advice”.
Canada’s sex ed vision is way, way worse than you think
Canadian bureaucrats at the United Nations are deceiving the rest of the world about comprehensive sexuality education and it’s time Canadians back home knew about it.
Yorkshire MP Philip Davies backs Ricky Gervais in freedom of speech row after YouTuber Count Dankula found guilty of making ‘highly offensive’ video
Yorkshire MP Philip Davies has demanded a debate on freedom of speech after a man was found guilty of making a “grossly offensive” video online.
Demand for American Sperm Is Skyrocketing in Brazil
Explosive growth spurred by more wealthy single women and lesbian couples turning to U.S. donors
More Racist Rhetoric From South Africa: Whites ‘Must Leave Everything’
“Not calling for the slaughter of white people‚ at least for now.”
Elephant caught ‘smoking’ on camera leaves scientists baffled
Experts unsure over causes of animal’s bizarre behaviour at Indian nature reserve
Puigdemont and his allies face 30 years in Spanish jail
Thirteen Catalan separatist leaders face 30 years in jail after being charged with rebellion, an unprecedented legal decision in modern Spain.
South Africa could face food shortage if white farmers migrate to Australia, Federal MP Andrew Broad warns
A Federal MP has warned there could be food shortages in South Africa if white farmers are allowed to migrate en-masse to Australia.
The Disappearance of Desire
The transgender movement’s missing element
The Upside-Down Morals of Today’s Britain
In early 1999, when I first became aware of the Islamization of Europe, I didn’t think that nineteen years later I’d be worried more about the future of the UK than about that of any other nation in Europe.
California vs. America
One of the “arguments” (an excuse, actually) employed by Democrats after Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election was, “She won the popular vote!” To which the proper reply is, “Where?” In a handful of large urban states where Republican Donald Trump did not campaign, Clinton won by huge margins, and this proves . . .? Nothing, really.
Sessions makes his move
Back in 2011, the indomitable Peter Schweizer published Throw Them All Out, a detailed examination of political corruption as it is actually practiced in the halls of Congress.
New CCSD, DOE transgender policies would endanger sexual-abuse victims
Government shouldn’t force abused women to sleep next to biological men. But under the guise of non-discrimination, that’s what’s happening around the country and is poised to happen in Nevada schools.
Funny, When Obama Harvested Facebook Data On Millions Of Users To Win In 2012, Everyone Cheered
Privacy: Facebook faces what some are calling an “existential crisis” over revelations that its user data fell into the hands of the Trump campaign. Whether or not the attacks on the social media giant are justified, the fact is that the Obama campaign used Facebook (FB) data in the same way in 2012. But the reaction from the pundits and press back then was, shall we say, somewhat different.
“Social Justice” Indoctrination Is Now Mandatory for Future K-12 Teachers
What is “social justice”? Nobel Prize-winning economist Friedrich Hayek famously called it a mirage, a delusion of an impossible “equality.” This radical ideology has become the agenda of the Democrat Party in the 21st century, however, and because Democrats control the education system, indoctrination into “social justice” ideology has become mandatory in university teacher-training programs.
First they came for the sad puppy
This post is a follow up to the one I wrote a few weeks ago about the banning of Jon Del Arroz from Worldcon San Jose (or SJWcon as it appears to have become). It seems that SJWcon is not the only place in speculative fiction where Orwell’s 1984 is being used as an instruction manual. One should of course note that SJWcon’s pre-banning was clearly inspired by the previous banning of Dave Truesdale by MidAmericaCon in 2016.
The Janus case: Uphold the Constitution, or protect its violators?
For the third time in the past four years, the U.S. Supreme Court has now heard arguments as to whether public sector unions violate the First Amendment rights of non-members by forcing them to subsidize the unions’ political bickering with governmental boards over terms of employment. With the High Court now returned to full strength, a 5–4 ruling that the unions indeed are violating constitutional rights through this scheme of compelled speech seems highly likely when major decisions are made public in June.
Fifty Years after the Prague Spring
March 22 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first flowering of the Prague Spring, when Marxism in Czechoslovakia tried to end the abuses of power and to grant to the people a measure of the sort of freedom so solemnly promised in the charters of every communist regime in the world. The Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia demonstrated to anyone who could be convinced by facts that leftism seeks only power and nothing else.
Massacre of the Innocents
New York’s misguided family-reunification policies continue to have fatal consequences.
Voters in Anchorage Can Protect Women’s Privacy in Ballot Initiative
Voters in Anchorage, Alaska, will soon have the opportunity to protect the safety of women and girls in private facilities when they consider the Proposition 1 ballot initiative.
This sort of thing is why long-time liberal Alan Dershowitz is no longer invited to liberal dinner parties
He says that Trump was right that no special counsel should have been appointed, since there was no probable cause for one.
Britain’s Joke War: The Pug and Count Dankula
One of the supposedly most tolerant nations on earth is about to send a man to prison for his “offensive” comedy.
Stop Whining About Trump Signing The Omnibus Bill
As has been covered extensively here on the pages of Red State by my colleagues, there has been a lot of coverage of El Presidente 45 signing a garbage bill delivered to him by a Republican-controlled Congress.
Fighting Nazis Then Vs Now
Your Children, Their Politics
“Their role as social engineers.”
Crafting the Myth
For your assistance, a generic mythical woke child event so you can craft your own myth on social media