News of the Week (May 6th, 2018)

 

News of the Week for May 6th, 2018


 

Gun Rights

 

Tennessee Shooting Suspect Had His Guns Confiscated After Secret Service Arrest At White House
On Sunday, a 29-year-old man shot several people at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee, which prompted far-left activists to immediately champion nationwide gun confiscation. As is the case in many shootings, it was only a matter of hours before it was revealed that the suspect was prohibited from possessing firearms as his firearms were previously confiscated.

Conservative student assaulted during “change my mind” event
A conservative student group at Kent State University, Liberty Hangout, held a “change my mind” event Friday on the topic of gun rights and gun control.

Deputies: 30 rounds fired from AR-15 in deadly Florida home invasion
Three men say they were asleep inside a mobile home in Glen St. Mary about 4 a.m. Sunday when they heard a voice outside yell “Sheriff’s Office!” before the front door burst open.

Anti-Gun Control Parkland Survivor Kyle Kashuv Questioned By School Security For Visiting Gun Range With His Father
On Friday, Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv went to the gun range to learn to fire a gun for the first time, alongside his father.

CDC Survey On Defensive Gun Use Was Never Publicized
Defensive gun use (DGU) happens more regularly in the United States than gun crimes, according to data the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) never publicized.

8 races where gun control is front and center
At a February town hall less than a week after the Parkland school shooting, Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., found himself on stage facing angry constituents hurling questions at the NRA-blessed congressman about his stance on gun control.

Parkland Teacher Attacks Kyle Kashuv Over Gun Photo
On Tuesday, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attacked student Kyle Kashuv over recent photos that he posted on Twitter of himself shooting a gun at a shooting range he attended with his father.

Ken Bone: My son was suspended from school and the police are investigating because he went to the gun range – with me
I admit, I was skeptical of Kyle Kashuv’s claim the other day that he got in trouble with the powers that be at Stoneman Douglas High for going to the range with his own father. Even with the Stoneman Douglas administration understandably on high alert for copycat attackers, the idea seemed absurd. Kashuv was under parental (and instructor) supervision and there’s zero evidence that he’s unstable or any threat to others. Surely the school must have been aware of that. Maybe he was exaggerating, as kids are wont to do, or just misunderstood their objection.

TOLERANCE: Parkland Teacher Slams Student Survivor Kashuv, Compares Him To Hitler In Class
According to a high school junior student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, history teacher Greg Pittman launched into a broadside directed at pro-Second Amendment student Kyle Kashuv in seventh period class; Pittman has attacked Kashuv repeatedly on social media as well.

Black Gun Owner Will Give Birth in Prison After Trying to Protect 2-Year-Old Daughter from Assailant
Siwatu-Salama Ra used a legally purchased firearm to protect her family. She was sentenced to 2 years in prison.

‘Constitutional carry’: Bill authorizing carrying of guns without a license goes to Fallin
SB 1212 would allow adults to carry firearm without a license

An Inside Look at How Training Teachers to Carry Firearms in Schools Actually Works
Most schools require teachers and staffers to go through a rigorous training program before they may carry a concealed weapon in the classroom. But how do these training programs actually work – and what type of qualifications do they entail?

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Moves to End Reliance on “Secret Science”
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt proposed a new rule Tuesday aimed at bolstering the role of science in developing regulations.

Eco-Imperialism in North America and the World
A few years ago, I was invited to appear before Congress on the global warming issue. It was at the height of the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) hysteria and the political games were hitting their stride. While in Washington, I was invited to make a couple of presentations, one at the famous off campus restaurant, The Monocle. Besides the honor, it allowed me to meet people in the US and especially Washington who were maintaining calm amidst the hysteria.

NASA: Sunspots Vanishing Faster than Expected
Sunspots are becoming scarce. Very scarce. So far in 2018 the sun has been blank almost 60% of the time, with whole weeks going by without sunspots. Today’s sun, shown here in an image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, is typical of the featureless solar disk.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

How Much Do Canadians Really Pay for Health Care?
It’s a lot more than you have been told by the Democrats and the media.

Father: Alfie Evans Being Denied Sustenance
I have written about the case of Alfie Evans, the toddler in the U.K. forced off life support and refused a transfer to a different hospital willing to provide further care, several times here at the Corner. So has, most recently, John O’Sullivan.

Stupid DPC Tricks
I’m beginning to see why Direct Primary Care continues to remain a blip on the health care radar (comprising 3% of practices, it’s basically a rounding error).

Staff at hospital where a patient, 85, died after she was given Flash cleaning fluid to drink instead of water ‘spoke such poor English they needed translators’
Joan Blaber died after the cleaning fluid Flash was put in a water jug last year

HHS to Investigate Hawaii Over Forced Abortion Info
The Trump HHS Office of Civil Rights has issued a letter stating that it is going to investigate Hawaii for forcing pro-life pregnancy counseling centers to provide information about abortion, as a violation of the Church Amendment and other statutes and constitutional protections.

Ca$h is King
So, last month we noted that New Hampshire was experimenting with a novel approach towards incentivizing price transparency. One of the challenges is that, absent skin in the game, a lot of folks just don’t see the value, (or want to put in the effort). But Granite State employees now do have a reason to shop around

Pain Doctors Face Greater Scrutiny Than Death Doctors
Our society often sacrifices law-abiding and productive people to protect the dysfunctional from themselves.

North Carolina Medicaid Scandal Broadens on Dem. Gov. Cooper’s Watch
The only thing missing is Robert Mueller’s involvement.

Why Single-Payer Health Care Denies Care To Sick Children Like Alfie Evans
Single-payer advocates ask what the difference is between Alfie and an American who dies because he is too poor to afford care. It;s not an unfair question, and it deserves an answer.

 

War & Terror

 

Guy Verhofstadt calls for EU army capable of launching strikes on Syria
Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, has called for the creation of a European Union army capable of carrying out strikes like those launched by the US, Britain and France in Syria.

Antifa Members Arrested for Refusing to Remove Masks
On Saturday, an Antifa contingent showed up in Newnan, Georgia, to protest a neo-Nazi gathering. (That’s right — for once, Antifa was protesting against actual Nazis.) Only about 30 neo-Nazis showed up, because despite what the media would have you believe, there simply aren’t too many left in the entire country.

How We Lost the Great Pacific War
MEMO: 6 June 2025

What Beijing is Building in the South China Sea
Since China began its extensive land reclamation program in the South China Sea in 2013, Beijing has focused on improving its presence and infrastructure at seven locations in the Spratly Island chain: Cuarteron Reef, Fiery Cross, Gaven, Hughes, Johnson, Mischief and Subi reefs. Of the seven locations, the Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi reefs received particular attention in the form of large-scale airfields built there. Over time, China has also added harbors, barracks, radar and other sensors. This is in addition to communications equipment, storage bunkers and general infrastructure installed across all seven islands. Stratfor partners at AllSource Analysis have provided imagery that confirms mobile electronic warfare (EW) equipment was recently deployed to Mischief Reef.

 

National

 

GOP Running Against Hillary in 2018
As Trump fans and NeverTrumpers head into the midterms, what can bring them together? The GOP is banking on the power of the Other: Hillary Clinton.

Concerned over McCain’s health, Arizona GOP tries to change the rules
There’s some scrambling going on in the Arizona state legislature this month and it all has to do with upcoming Senate elections. The GOP is bracing for a bruising fight to hold onto the seat of retiring Senator Jeff Flake, but now the party leadership is growing concerned that Senator John McCain’s health issues could result in both of their seats being up for grabs at the same time. Despite the fact that this situation crops up for other states from time to time, the Republicans are attempting to ensure that the Governor can keep the seat in GOP hands for at least the next two years.

Could McCaskill squeak through for another term?
The Missouri Senate race this year has already been billed as one of the weakest spots for Democrats this cycle. Most analysts compiling lists of the Senate seats most likely to flip have it as a close call between Dean Heller and Claire McCaskill. But now that we’re moving into the heat of the primary season and November is drawing closer, Politico seems to see an opportunity for McCaskill to hang on for another six years. The logic here is a bit cloudy to be sure, but the main thrust of the argument centers on the possibility that the Republicans are preparing to once again snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

California Continues To Pioneer The War On Gender While Squashing Free Speech
Assembly Bill 2943 would make the selling or advertising of gay conversion therapy a violation of the state’s consumer fraud laws.

Another GOP House Seat Imperiled as Colorado Supreme Court Removes Rep. Lamborn From Primary Ballot
He can ask a federal court to “strike the residency requirement.”

Arizona Shows How to Combat the Administrative State
The Trump administration deserves a measure of credit for its efforts to roll back and restrain excessive regulatory rulemaking. There have been real achievements, but – sadly – there has not yet been any fundamental reform. In other words, everything the Trump administration has done, the next president can undo.

‘Real Indian’ running against Sen. Elizabeth Warren sues after city tells him to stop calling her ‘Fake Indian’
A self-described “real Indian” who is running against Mass. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is suing after city officials demanded he take down his signs calling her a “fake Indian.”

Barnard student petitions against “Eurocentric literature”
A Barnard College student says more than 200 classmates have so far signed her petition for “diversifying the Barnard English Major” by doing away with its purported focus on “Eurocentric literature.”

Prof: Gender inclusive term “Latinx” is “clapping back at whiteness”
It’s time for another sojourn into the pseudo-intellectual miasma that is the field of “studies.”

Warning Signs: NY Governor Seems To Be Losing His Cool
The New York Post checked in on the New York gubernatorial race this weekend to see how Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo is holding up now that he has a celebrity primary challenger in the form of Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon. If we’re only going by optics and perceived “coolness” of the Governor, not very well apparently. There’s been some typical state campaign maneuvering going on, none of which is particularly out of the ordinary around here, but Cuomo has reportedly been issuing threats and strongarming people across the liberal spectrum. And there are signs that he’s not as scary as he once was.4

Bombshell: FEC Records Indicate Hillary Campaign Illegally Laundered $84 Million
The mainstream media took no notice of a federal court filing that exposes a $84 million money-laundering conspiracy Democrats executed during the 2016 presidential election.

Microscopic Dots. Let’s Look at Them.
Stuart E. Eizenstat has written a big book on the Carter presidency. (Eizenstat was Carter’s chief domestic-policy adviser. He also had a substantial hand in foreign affairs.) I have reviewed the book for the forthcoming NR. Eizenstat tells the story of a meeting between President Carter and Andrei Gromyko, the Soviet foreign minister. Carter brought up the case of Anatoly Shcharansky, the “refusenik” in the Gulag. (He would later be known as Natan Sharansky, in Israel.) Gromyko expressed bewilderment at this. With all the issues lying before the USSR and the USA, the president is talking about one guy, one zek (prisoner)? Gromyko dismissed Shcharansky as “a microscopic dot.”

Reparations, income handouts, guaranteed jobs: Dems tilt hard left with new pet projects
As Democrats look ahead to the midterms and the 2020 presidential race, lawmakers and candidates are pushing the agenda even further to the left — with bigger promises of sweeping government welfare programs ranging from guaranteed jobs to universal income.

Judge rules Ohio State Title IX official can be personally liable for helping rape accuser lie
“Jane Roe did have a motive to claim she was too drunk: she was threatened with expulsion”

Dr. Ronny Jackson Withdraws as VA Secretary Nominee
Jackson described the allegations against him as “false and fabricated.”

Latest Tennessee Poll Shows Blackburn Down Three Points to Democrat Bredesen
Polls have shown Bredesen with more cross-party appeal than Blackburn.

Poll Finds Nevada Voters Support School-Choice Programs
According to an April poll, a large number of Nevada voters support school-choice programs. The poll, conducted by Nevada Independent/Mellman, found that 70 percent of voters support a proposal for a special-needs Education Savings Account and 59 percent support expanding the funding for the current tax-credit program.

College bans conservative provocateur from campus – and even off-campus
FIRE criticizes administration for using “generalized threats” to justify censorship

California Wants to Ban Books Written by Ex-Gays
The California Legislature has proposed banning the sale of books written by ex-gay people and Christians who seek to help others who want to restrain or control their sexuality. Bill AB 2943 would ban the sale of goods and services that encourage one to change his or her sexual orientation or gender expression. That’s right, the left is banning books! (Don’t hold your breath waiting for the American Library Association to kick up a fuss, though.)

Man Identifying as Squirrel Elected to University of California, Berkeley Student Senate
Just how nutty is the University of California, Berkeley? A guy identifying as a squirrel has been elected to the student Senate

Trump doctor Harold Bornstein says bodyguard, lawyer ‘raided’ his office, took medical files
Bornstein said he felt “raped” after White House aide Keith Schiller and lawyer Alan Garten showed up unannounced and took Trump’s files.

“It’s just a dress”: Teen’s Chinese prom attire stirs cultural appropriation debate
It’s that time of year in high school, the season of the highly anticipated, stress-inducing rite of passage called prom.

Harvard students can now earn a ‘Social Justice Certificate’
Harvard University allows students to earn a “Social Justice Certificate” by completing 16 credit hours in relevant courses, a process that the school estimates will take 1.5 years and cost $10,800.

California Bill Would Allow Illegals To Serve On Government Boards
As California expands services to illegals residing in the state, legislation introduced Monday in the state legislature would allow them to sit on government boards and potentially collect pay for doing so.

Rich Venezuelan Socialists Live the High Life In Florida
While their compatriots starve back home.

Conway on Possible Midterm Blue Wave: “Our Eyes Are Wide Open” at the White House
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, argued that the Democratic Party does not have a “cohesive message” to take back the House but said “eyes are wide open” at the White House as the midterm elections inch closer.

The Boy Scouts Are Changing Their Name To Be More Gender Neutral
Don’t assume their gender anymore.

Seven red states sue Trump administration to end DACA
Seven states have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to end the 2012 Obama-era program that protects immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from the threat of deportation.

Pro-abortion group hosting summer camp for high-schoolers
Hampshire College will play host to a summer camp for high school students this July that aims to teach about “reproductive justice” and “how to bring a gender lens to social issues.”

School offers course on “anti-capitalist feminisms”
Middlebury College is offering a class that will focus on the theory of intersectionality and “developing anti-racist and anti-capitalist feminisms.”

San Francisco university hosts “making whiteness conscious” workshop
Event intended to help participants “more clearly see the often invisible white racial waters”

How endangered GOP Sen. Dean Heller is seeking to hang on
The most vulnerable Republican in the Senate is locked in a pitched battle with President Trump over the future of Yucca Mountain, a massive nuclear waste repository located 90 miles outside Las Vegas.

New space-age nuclear reactor passes Nevada test
Researchers have successfully tested a new nuclear reactor in Nevada that could power future manned missions to the moon, Mars and beyond.

Husband of School Board president accused of battering student – and district kept it quiet
A Clark County School District student has accused his teacher of physically assaulting him. The district did everything it could to prevent the public from learning about the allegations, the subsequent police investigation and the transfer of the teacher to another school.

American University orders students to agree women can revoke consent after sex
“It’s creating a culture on campus that it’s okay to re-write history”

Chinese dress at US prom wins support in China after internet backlash
After criticism of student Keziah Daum’s Twitter post showing her wearing the traditional qipao, Chinese commenters call it cultural appreciation, not appropriation

West Virginia free-for-all
West Virginia has quickly become Bright Red. President Trump may be more popular there than in any other state.

Frontpage Editor Jamie Glazov: Twitter Suspends Me for Quoting Qur’an and Hadith
Unbelievers can’t quote Islamic texts on Twitter, but Hamas and Hezbollah can.

Prof compares charter schools to Jim Crow, Bill Ayers agrees
A University of Illinois, Chicago professor recently gave a lecture with former domestic terrorist Bill Ayers arguing that blacks must “fight against white supremacy” in charter schools.

UCLA to host “healing retreat” for “social justice” advocates
The University of California-Los Angeles is inviting students who are “involved in social justice advocacy” to attend a day-long “healing retreat.”

Berkeley student government proposes giving College Republican funds to Black Student Union
Senate to vote today about the fate of the chapter’s total funding

Catholic university draws criticism for gender studies courses that tout “the queer self,” critique masculinity
Marquette University, a Catholic school in Milwaukee, is slated to offer sexuality and gender studies courses this fall that celebrate “the queer self” and critique masculinity.

Leader of Arizona teachers strike is doing well… for himself
Despite previous assurances that Arizona teachers would be returning to work this morning, a decision yesterday evening resulted in the teachers taking yet another day off from work. The state is still hammering out the details of this year’s budget, but they’ve already assured the teachers union that generous pay increases and bumped up funding for education programs are on the way. But it seems that the schools will mostly remain closed until the budget is passed and signed.

What the Democrat Party Wants to Teach America’s Children About “Gender”
Say hello to “Ezra” Morales

“Preying on Vulnerable Teenagers”?
“Remarkable” is the word Professor David Bernstein charitably uses to describe a blog post by a University of Southern California Law School professor who argues that left-wing student protesters are being victimized by advocates of free speech

Project Veritas Catches Teachers Union President Admitting He Hides Teachers’ Abuse Of Students
A new video from Project Veritas shows a New Jersey teachers union president explaining the methods he would use to cover for a teacher if the teacher physically or verbally abused their student.

“Mystery pooper” at New Jersey school ends up being … the district superintendent?
A “mystery pooper” who “routinely” left behind feces at New Jersey high school numerous times appears to have been … the superintendent of the district.

Google will vet political ads to ward off Phantom Menace of fake news
Mountain View’s Empire Strikes Back against election meddling

NASA considering flight test of space nuclear reactor technology
After a successful campaign of ground tests, NASA is considering performing a flight test of a small nuclear reactor, possibly on a lunar lander mission in the mid-2020s.

Cloudflare Fails to Exclude Daily Stormer Evidence From Piracy Trial
A California federal court has denied Cloudflare’s request to exclude evidence related to its termination of neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer from the upcoming piracy liability trial against ALS Scan. The CDN provider fears that mentioning the site at trial could cloud the perception of the jury, but District Court Judge George Wu was not receptive to this argument.

Cavuto responds to social media reaction to his commentary
Cavuto’s ‘Common Sense’ commentary about President Trump sparked backlash among viewers. Neil shares his response.

USC student put on trial after debating peers on Facebook
The University of Southern California has long been known for its dichotomy of being a wealthy school located next to a poor and crime-ridden part of South Los Angeles.

L.A. Antifa Group Hangs Trump in Effigy, Calls for ‘Revolutionary Violence’ Against ‘the Capitalist State’
An antifa group in Los Angeles celebrated May Day by holding a small march, hanging a Trump effigy, and advocating for “revolutionary violence” against the “capitalist state” in order to “create real political power.”

11-Year-Old Docked Points for Not Bashing Trump
To say that some people dislike Donald Trump may well be the understatement of the year. It’s hard to imagine any duly elected president seeing so many protests, yet here we are.

How Schools Quietly Indoctrinate Your Kids On Abortion And Transgenderism
It’s not always in exactly what teachers and curricula say as much as how they say it and what they assume. And far too many parents aren’t paying attention.

University of Texas to Treat Masculinity as a ‘Mental Health’ Issue
The Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin recently launched a new program to help male students “take control over their gender identity and develop a healthy sense of masculinity.”

The Last Slave
In 1931, Zora Neale Hurston sought to publish the story of Cudjo Lewis, the final slave-ship survivor. Instead it languished in a vault. Until now.

U.S. Confirms Authenticity of Secret Iran Nuclear Docs, Officials See Game Over for Deal
Trump administration officials praise Netanyahu’s ‘powerful presentation’

The V.A.’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Who’s In Charge-It’s Centralized Government Control
With Trump’s nominee Ronny Jackson out, here’s how to fix veterans health care.

 

Economy & Taxes

 

Bernie Sanders Wants the Government to Give Everyone a Job
“they had not yet done a cost estimate for the plan or decided how it would be funded”

New court ruling could force Uber, Lyft to convert drivers to employees
California Supreme Court: It’ll be tougher for firms to not have bona fide employees.

A Job Guarantee: Yes, the Price Tag Is a Big Problem
Greg Ip, writing in the Wall Street Journal, is skeptical of a federal guarantee of a well-paying job. He fears – justifiably – that it would cause the private sector to shrink. But he’s not concerned about the price tag.

U.S. Unemployment Rate Below 4% for the First Time Since 2000
Wage growth has gone up little, though.

Regulators sue Albertsons for allegedly banning employees from speaking Spanish in front of non-Spanish speakers
Albertsons grocery stores violated the rights of Hispanic employees in San Diego with a policy forbidding workers to speak Spanish around non-Spanish speakers — even when conversing with each other during breaks or helping Spanish-speaking customers, according to a new lawsuit.

 

International

 

Vanadium for batteries can be extracted from Canada’s oilsands and potentially double world production
Vanadium is a largely obscure metal often used in making steel. It retains its hardness at high temperatures, so it’s ideal for making drill bits, engine turbines and other parts that generate heat.

Man who filmed dog giving Nazi salutes fined £800
Mark Meechan posted footage on YouTube of pug responding to “sieg heil” by raising its paw

Dog stays with lost 3-year-old girl overnight, leads rescuers to her
A deaf and partially blind dog has a new title: hero. Max, a 17-year-old Blue Heeler from Queensland, Australia, is being praised after spending more than 15 hours in rugged bushland in the rain with a lost three-year-old girl.

From the economy to crime, this is not a truly conservative government
It is not just “centrists”, that motley crew of Blairites, Left-wing Tories and Remainiac metropolitan graduates, who feel politically homeless, stuck between Jeremy Corbyn’s hard-Left army and Theresa May’s Brexit government. Such folk have garnered much attention for their cause, and are by all accounts busy plotting another doomed party.

Rotherham child sex gang shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ in court as they are jailed for 80 years for abusing girls, including one who became pregnant at just 12, after being groomed with alcohol and drugs
Six members of child sex gang given sentences between 10 years and 20 years

Finland pulls the plug on guaranteed basic income experiment
In oh-so progressive Scandinavia, Finland tried and quickly discovered that the latest hot idea among the techno-lords of Silicon Valley (and their lackeys in the California Democratic Party) is a dud. The failed idea for the way the rest of us should live is so-called Universal Basic Income.

China And India’s Population Control Atrocities Have Sown A Gale-Force Wind
Even as recently as 2011 when I last visited China, my friend said one of her colleagues was eight months pregnant with her second child and was caught by the family-planning enforcers.

Turkey: Is Erdogan’s “Magic Spell” Beginning to Pale?
Research conducted in March by 50 teachers from the Imam Hatip schools revealed that students are moving away from Islam.

University requires viewpoint diversity group’s events to pass “health and safety” review
“No other clubs are subject to this review”

Venezuela malaria cases jump by 69 percent
World Health Organization expresses concern over the rise of the mosquito-borne disease in Venezuela and Latin America.

Schools are removing analogue clocks from exam halls as teenagers “cannot tell the time”
Schools are removing analogue clocks from examination halls because teenagers are unable to tell the time, a head teachers’ union has said.

Nicaraguan socialist dictator Daniel Ortega looks set for his Ceausescu moment, thanks to Trump
Daniel Ortega, the rabid, “freely elected” dictator of Nicaragua, and a guy who’s been at it for so long that even the great Ronald Reagan knew about him and loathed him, has been having some problems in the Cuba-style hellhole he created in the name of “social justice.”

Venezuela is dangerous enough for Chevron to evacuate its executives from the country
I realize we wind up asking this question far too often lately, but just how bad are things in Venezuela? Aside from the starvation and sickness of the rank and file citizens, the unrest in that country is hitting major foreign investors. Amazingly, Chevron has still been doing business with the country’s oil production sector (PDVSA is the government-run oil company). But now, they’ve evacuated some of their workers after two of them were imprisoned over a dispute with the government of Nicolas Maduro. Given that Maduro generally arrests anyone who disagrees with him this probably shouldn’t come as too much of surprise, but the audacity of the move is still alarming.

China’s “social credit score” is already claiming victims
It seems like only yesterday that Ed was writing about China’s new “social credit score” for all its citizens and how that might affect their daily lives. (Okay… it was actually two days ago.) It was a scary sounding scheme where the equivalent of traffic cameras would be tracking the activity of citizens using facial recognition software, matching the results with their social media accounts and monitoring them for unpopular activities such as criticizing the communist party or smoking in public. Of course, setting up a system like that in a country with such a massive population will probably take years so they shouldn’t have to worry about it for a while yet, right?

UK Police Warn People Not to Speak Out Against Terrible Treatment of Alfie Evans
Someone check to see if the Nazis didn’t, in fact, win at least the European theatre of World War II. Becuase this tweet from Mersey Police in the UK about monitoring social media posts is straight up Hilterian.

UK Police Threaten to “Act Upon” Social Media Posts Referencing Alfie Evans or the Hospital
In case you needed another reason to be thankful for the American Revolution…

Migrant says he “accidentally” raped a Belgian woman: “I wasn’t myself that day”
Taoufik A. raped a Belgian woman during a burglary in the Belgian town of Kortrijk. He was finally caught, nearly five years after his horrible act, after an international DNA investigation, Belgian newspaper HLN reports.

SWEDENSTAN: Schools in Vingåker Were Learning The Quran, Islamic Prayer
Two schools in Sweden have come under fire from school inspectorate authorities after it was revealed that migrant-background children being taught lessons in their native language were actually just learning the Quran.

Racist leftwingers abuse new home secretary Sajid Javid in racist slurs
Sajid Javid was subjected to a torrent of racist abuse from left-wing activists on social media yesterday after he became the first ethnic minority Briton appointed to a great office of state.

Swedish party leader says multiculturalism is a “total failure”: Wants to reconsider all residence permits since the year 2000
Gustav Kasselstrand, the leader and founder of the new Alternative for Sweden (AfS) party, has attacked his country’s migration policy. Kasselstrand has serious plans to send migrants back who don’t integrate, Sweden’s Fria Tider reports.

700,000-Year-Old Stone Tools Point to Mysterious Human Relative
Someone butchered a rhinoceros in the Philippines hundreds of thousands of years before modern humans arrived—but who?

Greek Protesters Turn Violent on Tiny Island Overwhelmed by Migrants
“Thousands of people are still living in appalling conditions with limited access to medical facilities”

Sex between a 23-year-old migrant and a 10-year-old girl is not rape says court in Finland
Finland’s Supreme Court upheld the ruling, rejecting a request from the prosecution to appeal a three-year jail term for a 23-year-old asylum seeker who had sex with a 10-year-old saying it didn’t constitute rape.

Dentists, soldiers mix cocktails to leave crisis-hit Venezuela
Like many young Venezuelans in recent years, dentist Carlos Alzaibar felt forced to leave the country when he could scrape together only a few dollars equivalent each month doing two jobs.

 

Opinion

 

Gorsuch Strikes a Blow against the Administrative State
In a concurrence with the court’s liberal justices this week, Gorsuch laid the groundwork for a restoration of constitutional order.

Attn Parents: CA Democrats Have Replaced Educational Curricula With Perversion
California lawmakers are not only bulldozing classic liberal education, they are legislating more LGBT lifestyle and pornographic perversion in education curricula. At the same time, they are also trying to outlaw homeschooling, removing all doubt that the left is indoctrinating your kids, and using them as revolting sociological experiments.

American colleges – the un-educating of young America
A college student’s essay about ethnic food in America is a depressing window into the fact that American colleges don’t educate, they “un-educate.”

A look at California’s AB 2943, outlawing “sexual orientation change efforts:
“There is no religious exemption.”

If California’s LGBT Therapy Ban Had Been Law 30 Years Ago, I Might Have Killed Myself
If I had been prevented from having access to helpful people and materials, as Assembly Bill 2943 proposes, the bill would have been a “stay trans and die” bill for me.

Republicans, Democrats, and the Parties’ Changing Coalitions
In the United States, the Republicans have long been thought of as the party of the elite and the Democrats as the party of the poorer and less educated. But that has become less and less true over time. The last presidential election, for example, saw many poorer and middle-class Americans opt for Donald Trump while many among the intellectual elite backed Hillary Clinton. Though much of the business elite still votes Republican, and though most poor voters, particularly poor voters of color, have stuck with the Democrats, there is no question that something has changed.

America Needs a Lot More of This Kind of ‘White Hetero-Patriarchal Respectability’
Because let’s talk about what liberals are really doing with all of this. They are defining the basic formula for achieving the American dream, for staying off welfare, for not having 6 kids with 4 different men, for not getting shot by the police or ending up in jail, for the best way of getting what you want out of life — they are defining all this as “White Hetero-Patriarchal Respectability.” In other words, if you pay your bills, take care of your family, aren’t a junky, obey the law, and treat people around you decently, liberals think you’re “acting white.”

The Party of Civil Rights
This magazine has long specialized in debunking pernicious political myths, and Jonah Goldberg has now provided an illuminating catalogue of tyrannical clichés, but worse than the myth and the cliché is the outright lie, the utter fabrication with malice aforethought, and my nominee for the worst of them is the popular but indefensible belief that the two major U.S. political parties somehow “switched places” vis-à-vis protecting the rights of black Americans, a development believed to be roughly concurrent with the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the rise of Richard Nixon. That Republicans have let Democrats get away with this mountebankery is a symptom of their political fecklessness, and in letting them get away with it the GOP has allowed itself to be cut off rhetorically from a pantheon of Republican political heroes, from Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass to Susan B. Anthony, who represent an expression of conservative ideals as true and relevant today as it was in the 19th century. Perhaps even worse, the Democrats have been allowed to rhetorically bury their Bull Connors, their longstanding affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, and their pitiless opposition to practically every major piece of civil-rights legislation for a century. Republicans may not be able to make significant inroads among black voters in the coming elections, but they would do well to demolish this myth nonetheless.

Why It’s Impossible To Have Diversity Without Unity
Every time we invoke diversity, we are necessarily implying a deeper unity. Maybe that deserves some celebration, too.

The Great Divide
The Founders rejected the view that the crooked timber of humanity can be made straight.

Tentative Thoughts on the Use of Genealogy Sites to Solve Crimes
Prompted by the apparent catching of the Golden State Killer.

Here’s How Few Republicans Are On College Faculties
Just within the past week or so, some shocking professorial behavior has come to light.

Trump Postponed the Tariffs for Key Trading Partners. Now, He Should Ditch Them for Good.
The Trump administration announced late Monday evening that, until June 1, it would continue to exempt Canada, Mexico, and the European Union from tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.

Is Facebook Institutionalizing Leftism?
Buzzfeed reports that Facebook is implementing a system to promote or demote news sources based on “trustworthiness”.

Five Quick Takeaways From The GOP Senate Debate In West Virginia
Three Republicans are vying to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who is vulnerable in a state where President Trump is wildly popular.

5 Ways The Left Has Already Brought “The Handmaid’s Tale” To Life
In 2018, to hold views on sexuality or marriage that differ from the state’s is not just unpalatable, it’s punishable by fines and even jail time. This is not fiction, this is real life.

Yes, America, Erynn Brook Hates You
Erynn Brook is a Canadian feminist who recently graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto. In February 2017, after the Women’s March, she published a rant about “nice white ladies”.

Jungian Shadow Politics
A funny video dissecting the philosophical problems in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is an unexpected spur for an explanation of the intensity of our national political divisions, but its discussion about the theories of psychologist Carl Jung can easily be applied to the deep emotions driving the furious hostility in our national discourse.

“Big Brother” Gets a Sex-Change
The pervasive surveillance of the totalitarian police state – “Big Brother” as George Orwell described it in Nineteen Eighty-Four — has developed in ways Orwell almost certainly never imagined. Who could have predicted, after all, that the powers of the state would be mobilized to suppress opposition to transgender ideology by intimidating critics? British feminist Linda Bellos describes the tactics used against her.

The Boy Scouts’ March To Inclusivity Is Over, And The Girl Scouts Aren’t Happy
After 108 years, the Boy Scouts are ditching the whole “boy” thing.

Some Advice for You “Incel” Losers
Never give your enemy a reason to celebrate. Nothing gives a feminist more sadistic pleasure than making fun of guys who can’t get laid. For a bunch of pathetic losers to organize a “movement” on the basis of their inability to get laid is, to put it as mildly as possible, not helpful.

Trump Superfans on Twitter: Stormy Daniels Edition
Yesterday, Trump superfan Kurt Schlichter tweeted words of praise for Donald Trump’s adultery with Stormy Daniels. That might sound odd until you see the reason he was pleased by the adultery: it upsets Trump critics.

Google’s Insane Campus Is What Happens When You Politicize Everything
Warring camps of employee activists at Google exemplify the dysfunction of our political climate and the rise of tribalism in American life.

China Is Guilty Of A Billion Times More Cultural Theft Than Some Kid In A Prom Dress
Our movies. Our trade secrets. Our defense technology. China has mastered the art of appropriation — to our detriment.

Wanna Join Us for Cultural Appreciation Day?
If a Chinese dress gets you worked into a tizzy, this probably isn’t your bag

War on the Right
Conservatives must be willing to champion ideas over the demands of the election cycle.

Transgender Supremacy: Understanding the Ideology of a Totalitarian Menace
Nobody actually believes in “equality.” No such thing as “equality” has ever existed in human history, nor is there any policy agenda which could feasibly bring about “equality” in the future. (You could read Thomas Sowell’s The Quest for Cosmic Justice, which has a chapter entitled “The Mirage of Equality,” if you are unclear on this subject, but if everyone read Sowell, we wouldn’t be having these arguments, would we?)

Heinlein Was an Optimist
If there’s one thing everyone agrees on, particularly those who’ve never read him, is that Heinlein was an optimist. The cup was damnright brimming full. We’d go to the stars and stay there. Humans would survive everything, even puppet masters. We’re rough, we’re tough, and by G-d we can make it.

You Can Return to 1950’s America Anytime
The 1950’s is incredibly telling of the quality, caliber and sanity of any American today. You either view it as an ideal, a goal, a target to shoot for, or you loathe it, detest it, hate it, and view it as the epitome of evil. The first group of people are true Americans. They love the nuclear family, booming economic growth, progress, fashion, beauty, low crime, excellence, achievement and all that is classically American. The later are nothing more than parasitic socialists who fear the 1950’s more than anything else because it is the single largest, brightest, and blinding bit of empirical evidence that contradicts their socialist religion. If you point out the virtues of 1950’s America they rush to tell you it’s racist, while tripping over themselves to nervously-laugh at the presupposed “barbaric sexism” of the 50’s. You can try to reason with them and point out you’re talking more the familial stability, economic growth, low unemployment, fashion, etc., and would do away with the bigotry of the times. But they will have none of it because if they concede that the 50’s were better times in general, then that would mean they were wrong about their socialist ideology and can no longer collect their government checks. Alas, they will always cower and hypocritically hide behind the 50’s being racist and “You just want women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen” (you ignorant neanderthal you) because otherwise they’d have to get real jobs.

The Rhetoric of “Social Justice”
When did “oppression” become a synonym for failure or unhappiness? How did “privilege” become a synonym for success? And why do so many people now conflate criticism or disagreement with “hate”?

The status quo, the opposition, and the stalemate fallacy
There is an overall sense of malaise permeating this country; we know it’s there, we know what’s causing it, but we can’t do anything about it.

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