News of the Week for June 3rd, 2018
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Liberal PAC Urges Donors To “Take Out” Republican Congressman Who Survived Being Shot Last Year
A liberal group is raising money to put up a billboard to “take out” Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who survived being shot while practicing at a baseball field in Alexandria last June.
Judge calls for 10in pointed kitchen knives to be ground down to a rounded end after hearing three serious stabbing cases in last three months
Ideas come from Judge Nic Madge, who jailed Jordon Worth, 22, for inflicting a catalogue of injuries on her boyfriend including stabbing him
Felon Pulls Out Weapon To Threaten Two People, Gets Shot By Concealed Carry Holder
A convicted felon was shot then arrested after using a gun to threaten two men at a Cape Coral, Florida roofing company, one of whom happened to be an armed concealed carry holder.
Science or Science Fiction? 97% climate consensus crumbles in survey
This is an oldie, but goodie, but worth revisiting in the context of today’s false belief that there is a 97% consensus. It would be interesting to see the exact same study done again today.
Government in Healthcare
It’s Starting: Calif. Obamacare To Cut Hospitals That Perform “Too Many” Surgeries
In California, according to the American Spectator, they’re going to start cutting funds to hospitals that perform too many surgeries. How many is too many, of course, is whatever the nearest bureaucrat says that it is.
Guide trains docs to persuade ‘ambivalent’ women to have abortions
The University of California-San Francisco’s think-tank for “reproductive rights” is training doctors to convince “ambivalent” women to have abortions.
Planned Parenthood Caught Doing Abortions On 12-Year-Old Sexual Assault Victims, Then Not Reporting Abuse
A new report from the pro-life group Live Action reveals that Planned Parenthood abortion clinics have performed numerous abortions on sexual abuse victims as young as 12 and 13 years old without notifying authorities of the abuse, then sending the victims back to where they were preyed on. The report is titled, “Aiding Abusers: Planned Parenthood’s Cover-Up of Child Sexual Abuse.”
California’s Rationing Plan for Obamacare Patients
The state’s ACA network will boot your hospital for providing excess care.
Mozambique ‘jihadists behead’ villagers
At least 10 people have been beheaded in northern Mozambique by suspected Islamist militants, officials say.
How The United States Can Start Winning Wars Again
In order to understand what guidance natural law gives us about war and peace in our time, it is first necessary to have some understanding of what “natural law” is.
Butchers ‘living in fear’ as vegan attacks on the rise, says Countryside Alliance
Attacks on small businesses by vegan activists are on the rise, according to the Countryside Alliance.
Poland Would Like A Permanent U.S. Military Base
Word has leaked out that Poland has delivered a proposal requesting a permanent American military base in their country and they’re willing to put up a couple of billion dollars to help make it happen. What should have been a fairly normal diplomatic request, however, has turned into a complicated mess before it could even be officially announced. Questions were immediately raised as to not only how or if this should happen, but even who came up with the proposal in the first place.
Broward Sheriff Office Didn’t Allow Paramedics to Enter Parkland School
Deputy chief for fire-rescue asked the captain at the scene SIX TIMES to allow paramedics into the school.
‘Transgender handouts’ examine ‘Gender-Normative Privilege’
The “LGBTQIA+ Resource Center” at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst offers a variety of “transgender handouts” addressing issues such as “Gender-Normative Privilege” and “How Can Your Campus Be More Trans-Inclusive?”
Arizona State expelled student athlete for “sexual violence” without first charging him: lawsuit
“It’s a kangaroo court and it’s a joke”
Jury Awards Family Four Dollars In Wrongful Death Suit Against Cops
This is a rather creepy story out of Florida (where else) which deserves a bit more attention. Four years ago, Florida Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Newman shot and killed Gregory Vaughn Hill Jr. while responding with his partner to reports of a disturbance involving loud music. Since Hill was black and Newman is white, an investigation was immediately convened with the usual media focus on possible motivations involving racism. A grand jury was convened to examine the case and they opted not to indict Newman, placing nearly all the blame on Hill for the result of the encounter.
Triple Jeopardy in College Sexual Assault Case Ends an N.F.L. Career
Keith Mumphery was twice cleared of an alleged sexual assault. Then he was tried a third time, without even knowing it. And then his life collapsed.
Google under fire for listing ‘Nazism’ as the ideology of the California Republican Party
Google came under fire on Thursday after an error in its Knowledge Panel listed “Nazism” as the ideology of the California Republican Party.
The conservative leader at Stanford – is Susan Rice’s son
John David Rice-Cameron can trace his conservative roots to his middle school years. Back then, his father would often have talk radio on during rides home from school or tennis practice.
Prof calls for “toxic masculinity” training in kindergarten
A University of Wisconsin-Whitewater professor is calling on K-12 schools to implement programs to fight “toxic masculinity” based on the “Men’s Projects” that are increasingly common on college campuses.
Fossilized Skull Of Half Mammal, Half Reptile May Rewrite History
The discovery of the fossilized skull of a half-mammal and half-reptile creature may rewrite ancient history, specifically regarding the timeline for the breakup of the supercontinent Pangaea.
Satanic Transgender SJW Wants to Control “Open Source” Code Community
Corey Dale “Coraline Ada” Ehmke is a software developer. At a 2013 conference, “Ehmke was among a group of people who announced the creation of a community for LGBT technologists called LGBTech. During this announcement, she also came out publicly as transgender.”
Conservative prof claims he was fired over political beliefs
A conservative professor is suing New Mexico State University, alleging that he was fired because he is running for Congress as a Republican.
Lous Farrakhan says the “Kill Whitey” times are upon us
Self-proclaimed prophets are rarely right about their doomsday predictions so I wouldn’t worry too much about this. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan says the end of the white man is nigh. Does this mean he’s ready to kill whitey or does he think Mohammad is going to do it for him? I’ve found that it’s not all that productive to try to figure out what Screwy Louie is talking about and more fun to just enjoy his racist brand of insanity.
Gowdy: Come On, The FBI Didn’t “Spy” On Trump
Well, this will make for awkward conversation the next time that Trey Gowdy and Donald Trump meet, which will … be the first time the two have met. The retiring chair of the House Oversight Committee told CBS This Morning that Trump’s allegation of FBI spying on his campaign doesn’t hold water. Gowdy tells John Dickerson that the FBI acted appropriately and that their target was Russia, not Trump’s campaign
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens Resigns Due to Scandals
The state’s legislation started to consider impeachment of the governor.
A Right to Life for Fungi — But Not Unborn Humans
The “nature rights” meme is becoming a very big thing in progressive circles – even proposed to be inserted in the U.S. Constitution by those on the left in California calling for a new Constitutional Convention (Cal Con Con) to amend our current charter.
Congressman Predicts More ‘Displaced’ Children if ACLU Wins Faith-Based Adoption Lawsuit
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) argued that no religious-based adoption provider should be “forced” to renounce “deeply rooted” beliefs.
Study Finds Puerto Rico Hurricane Death Toll 70 Times Higher Than Government Figure
A new study of the Hurricane Maria mortality rate found that deaths connected to the destructive storm were 70 times the official U.S. government estimate of 64 fatalities.
Prof creates guide to challenging anti-male discrimination
University of Southern California professor Kursat Christopher Pekgoz has created a guide to help others challenge academic initiatives that exclude male students.
SCOTUS Denies Planned Parenthood Appeal, Allows Arkansas Abortion Restriction To Take Effect – For Now
Technicalities, technicalities – and curiosities still. The Supreme Court declined to take up an appeal from Planned Parenthood challenging an Arkansas law that restricts the dispensing of abortion pills, allowing the law to be enforced after an appellate court overturned a temporary injunction. The case remains active, however, and may still result in overturning the law.
Long-Time Businessman Receives 90 Days of House Arrest For Raping a Child
A long-time businessman in Stockton, California, Lyle Burgess, pleaded no contest to a charge of statutory rape of a 5-year-old. His punishment: 90 days of house arrest and five years of information probation, KTXL-TV reported. To make matters even worse, the 79-year-old does not have to register as a sex offender.
Cockroach Milk? Experts Call Insect Dairy The Next Superfood
Scientists say they have discovered the next superfood that’s a perfect non-dairy alternative. However, they may have a hard time getting people to try cockroach milk.
University hosts profs for national ‘Social Justice’ summit
Western Illinois University is hosting a national gathering of higher education professionals for a “Social Justice” summit to help them “expand their social justice competency.”
College Freshmen’s Self-Reports Of Psychological Disorders Doubled Since 2010
You can’t tell me 20 hours a week of milquetoast make-work is so stressful that it causes two-thirds of college students to feel ‘overwhelming anxiety.’
Conservative prof adds felony claim to lawsuit against NMSU
A conservative professor will soon add felony claims to his lawsuit against New Mexico State University, which already accuses the school of firing him for running for Congress as a Republican.
PC culture causes growing rift between colleges, comedians
A recent VICE News report suggests that the tradition of popular comedians performing on college campuses may be coming to an end.
New California Law Limits How Much Water People Can Use
There will soon be more focus on flushes and scrutiny over showers with a new law signed in by the governor.
Economy adds 223K jobs in May, unemployment down to 3.8 percent
The U.S. economy added a robust 223,000 jobs in May, which was better than expected, as the labor market maintained steady growth.
It’s on: A trade war with our allies
Yesterday, President Trump imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. These U.S. allies promptly hit back.
Trump Likely to Impose New Tariffs Today: Is This Bad Economics or Madman Theory?
Frankly, I do not know how folks like Mark Perry and Don Boudreaux do it. They are able to keep going, day after day, year after year, refuting the same stupid anti-trade arguments over and over again. I don’t have the patience or endurance. Long-time readers will remember I used to spend a lot of time on climate. But the debate never went anywhere. It was like Groundhog Day. At some point I just thought “I’ve said what I have to say, and now I am done” (though I actually do have a climate update in the works).
Does regulation breed financial illiteracy?
Ask the average person about her smartphone, and the odds are better than even that she’ll be able to recite the make, model, and salient features such as battery life and camera quality. She may even be in a position to rank the phone relative to other handsets, and to make a recommendation as to whether it offers good value for money.
Report: Tariffs mean companies are NOT using American steel
There’s a scene in Christopher Nolan’s excellent Dark Knight where Joker plants bombs on two different boats. One boat contains law-abiding citizens while the second contains prisoners from Blackgate. Joker tells them they have two choices: either turn the key on the detonator to make sure the other boat explodes or do nothing and risk those on the other boat setting off the other detonator. He’s certain at least one, possibly both, boats will go up in flames. The good news is neither boat explodes because good wins the day.
Venezuela’s “21st-Century Socialism” Is an Unmitigated Disaster
The sham re-election of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on May 20 has made it clear that the humanitarian crisis in that country will only get worse.
Nicaraguans block roads across country, want Ortega out
Across Nicaragua, protesters are blocking highways and streets to send a message to the government after more than 70 protesters were allegedly killed by police last month.
The UN Redefines What It Means to Be a “Human”
In blatant violation of international law, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has unveiled a startling new campaign that claims “you have human rights since birth.”
Lesbian mum who viciously beat bride walks free after telling court she has high levels of “male hormones”
Louanne Budgen, 33, had a petulant meltdown at wife of 18 months Hayley for leaving a Christmas family gathering early so she could put their three children to bed
Italy’s Pro-EU President Flouts Voters
The political situation reflects the stranglehold on power wielded by the pro-EU establishment, which is evidently determined to preserve economic austerity at the expense of democracy.
So Europe Wants To Ban Plastic Straws Now
The European Union is debating a ban which isn’t actually a ban on certain plastic items. These would include some of the most ubiquitous products such as straws, drink stirrers and cotton swabs with plastic shafts. While I normally approach any new ban proposals with a healthy amount of skepticism, this may be one case where they have a point.
The Italain Crisis
The media and the left (but I repeat myself) are in a tizzy that democracy in America is in imminent risk of being snuffed out, because Trump is at least Mussolini, if not Hitler. This is plainly ridiculous. As has been pointed out, Hitler would have gotten The Wall built and repealed Obamacare. Still, the Washington Post trumpets their self-regarding slogan, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” while there is a flood of new books on the death of democracy.
Italy’s New Threat to the Euro
The rejection of a populist coalition may stoke more populism.
UK: Court-ordered News Blackout Lifted in Tommy Robinson Case
Who Was Arrested for Reporting on Sex Grooming Gang Trial
Germany: Ramadan Fasting Triggers Migrant Riot in Dresden
Asylum seekers “attacked officers by throwing lit cigarettes, then kicking and beating them,” Dresden police say
The United Nations, Beyond Parody
Over the years, critics of the United Nations have been able to attack and ridicule that organization over the membership and leadership of various human rights organizations it sponsors. The best example is probably Iran’s membership on U.N. committees that oversee the protection of women’s rights and global human rights.
A reminder, readers, that we are still, technically, under notice [injunction] and thus we can neither name the victim, nor what happened last Friday to him, until proceedings are over.
UK Judge Orders News Blackout Following Arrest Of Tommy Robinson For Reporting On Sex Grooming Gang Trial
Judge asserts his live streaming posed a danger to the trial integrity, and reports about the arrest were scrubbed from publications
The strange case of Tommy Robinson
Tommy Robinson (whose real name reportedly is Stephen Lennon) is one of the founders of the English Defense League, which opposes mass Islamic immigration. On Friday, he was standing outside a courthouse where several Muslims were on trial for sex-related crimes, “reporting” on the trial via Facebook live, when he was arrested for breaching the peace. You can see the arrest in this video; as far as I can see, everything looks quite peaceful.
Spain’s Government Is On The Verge Of Major Upheaval
Most of the news out of Spain lately has centered on their problems with the runaway province of Catalonia and their secession-minded government. The recent Catalan elections didn’t alleviate that situation to speak of so trouble is still brewing in that region. But now, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has a new headache to contend with. Rajoy is the leader of the Popular Party (PP) leading the governing coalition in Parliament. Unfortunately, that party was just found guilty of financially benefitting from a massive graft scheme which channeled hundreds of thousands of dollars to their campaign coffers.
UK: You’re Not Allowed to Talk about It. About What? Don’t Ask.
“I am in a country that is not free… I feel jealous as hell of you guys in America. You don’t know how lucky you are.” — Carl Benjamin (aka Sargon of Akkad), YouTuber with around a million subscribers.
New Italian Interior Minister: ‘The Good Times for Illegals Is Over’
Italy’s new hardline interior minister, Matteo Salvini, made it clear in a visit to Sicily that the new populist coalition government meant what it said when it pledged to send refugees back where they came from.
Samantha Bee’s Defenders Play Calvinball with the Language
Do you ever get the impression that the rules of the game are being made up on the fly?
TERF Wars: “Madness Takes Its Toll”
The problem with explaining what’s going on with the transgender movement is this: When you try to explain craziness, you sound crazy. People look at you like you’ve lost your mind, because no sane person can imagine the arguments being made by these deranged activists.
Why Freedom of Speech Matters (And Why “Hate Speech” Is Protected, Too)
When news of Tommy Robinson’s arrest in England made headlines, Americans were shocked. A judge had sentenced Robinson to 13 months in prison for attempting to publicize the trial of men accused of operation a criminal sex ring that trafficked underage girls in Leeds.
Global Establishment Closes Ranks Against Tommy Robinson
I wrote here about the strange case of Tommy Robinson, and Scott followed up here. The case is strange indeed: Robinson was live-streaming on Facebook from the street in front of a courthouse in Leeds where a number of defendants were on trial for rape. Reportedly, he was reading the names of the defendants and the crimes with which they were charged.
The “Roseanne” Debacle Is a Warning About the Price of Trumpism
The ‘Roseanne’ debacle is a self-inflicted wound — and a warning that what happened with Trump-supporter Barr could happen with Trump himself.
EU or democracy – pick one
The Plug Must Be Pulled On Google’s Plan For Thought Control
The left tries to claim Star Trek for itself, but the original series offers a surprisingly prescient cautionary tale about Google’s conformist PC agenda.
Why Capitalism Is Morally Superior to Socialism
Several recent polls, plus the popularity of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., demonstrate that young people prefer socialism to free market capitalism.
Why Is India So Tolerant Of Venezuelan And Iranian Tyranny?
In case Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani were worried about the next round of sanctions coming their way, they received some good news this week. One of their biggest trading partners (and petroleum customers) has announced that they won’t be “pressured” into any new sanctions by President Trump and will only follow sanctions agreed upon by the United Nations. India is taking a rather combative stance against the United States in this case and it’s something of a mystery as to why.
The Invisible California
De facto apartheid world in the Golden State.
NO WAY JOSÉ
Meet Mexico’s master-race theorist.
The Value of Silence
Being a conservative in the post-Obergefell era requires greater discretion on this subject than was hitherto necessary. A concern for the preservation of liberty means that we must be prepared to defend unpopular opinions against the tyranny of those who would demand that everyone approve of homosexuality, and who would silence all voices of disapproval as “hate speech.” In the face of a #Resistance that includes all the major social-media operations, which can suppress or demonetize conservative content, we must be careful how we express ourselves online. Furthermore, to maintain coalition solidarity, we ought not to pick fights with our friends whose labor on behalf of the conservative cause is valuable even though (a) we don’t agree with them on everything, and/or (b) we personally dislike them.
NY Times: “Motherhood Is Hitler”
The New York Times has a distinctly weird article, written by a British graduate student, smearing traditional stay-at-home mothers with the taint of “white supremacy.” The writer is able to find actual examples of neo-Nazi racialism in the online “tradwives” community, but it is always possible to find examples of anything on the Internet, e.g., Catholic schoolgirls who grow up to be blue-haired “nonbinary queers.”
7 Reasons US Should Not Ratify UN Convention on the Law of the Sea
President Donald Trump recently proclaimed June 2018 to be National Ocean Month and stated his support for better utilizing the vast resources contained in America’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the 200-nautical mile zone off U.S. coasts over which the U.S. has jurisdiction.