News of the Week (November 25th, 2018)

 

News of the Week for Nov. 25th, 2018


 

Election 2018

 

Lessons from the 2018 election – the bad and the not-so-bad
Here are some lessons to be learned from the 2018 elections – the lessons most important to me. I’ll start with the bad news – and then list the “sorta” good news. Well, the “not TOO bad” news.

Orange (County) is the new blue
The vote counting in California congressional races continued until Democrats carried every district in Orange County. The Democrats flipped four seats formerly held by Republicans in the county. The last of the four races to be called yielded the victory of Democrat Gil Cisneros over Republican Young Kim (who held the lead on election night). The AP reports the result and looks back here.

History Doesn’t Favor Republicans Recovering the House under Trump
Most changes in party control have seen the party that held the White House lose the House.

Trumpism Hastens Orange County’s Shift From Red to Blue
By careening towards populism, the GOP handed over to the Democrats modern, growing, diverse and prosperous suburbs such as Orange County.

Puerto Ricans may have elected Rick Scott and other midterm surprises
The narratives of the midterm elections were set when suburban voters turned against President Trump, women racked up record numbers of electoral wins and Republicans dominated rural states and counties.

 

Gun Rights

 

New York bill would require gun purchasers to submit social media history
Anyone who wants to buy a gun in New York would need to submit their social media profiles and search history prior to purchase if new firearm legislation in the state becomes law.

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

Trial of Kids Climate Change Lawsuit indefinitely postponed
District Court reverses itself, grants the government an immediate “interlocutory” appeal to the 9th Circuit, putting the trial on hold indefinitely, in a case likely to end up in Supreme Court.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

MVNHS© hates women, too
We’ve long known that the Much Vaunted National Health Service© really doesn’t like kids:

 

War & Terror

 

Antifa up to their usual tricks in Portland over the weekend
Six people were arrested Saturday as dueling protests clashed in downtown Portland. The group Patriot Prayer held a #HimToo rally while across the street, separated by police, Antifa held a counter-rally for victims of sexual assault. Things ramped up once the competing rallies were over.

Trump ponders terror label for Maduro’s Venezuela
Nicolas Maduro, the former Venezuelan bus driver who’s ruled his country by decree for five years now, knows all and sees all.

Yes, It’s Cold War with China — So Win It Like the Last Cold War
The Israeli Air Force lost 102 planes during the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, most to Russian-built surface-to-air-missiles (SAMs). Russian air defenses swept the skies of the Middle East, which meant that they could sweep the European skies in a war with NATO. Added to the Warsaw Pact’s massive conventional advantage in terms of tanks and troops, Russian air superiority guaranteed victory in any prospective war with NATO. That consideration launched Russia on a campaign of expansion that culminated in the December 1979 invasion of Afghanistan, and brought the world to the brink of World War III.

U.K. Anti-Terrorism Efforts Are Terrifying to Anybody Who Favors Free Speech
Clicking the “wrong” link can get you interrogated by the authorities—and the situation may soon get worse.

Russia Might Actually Build a Nuclear-Powered Rocket
The project borrows from decades of research from U.S. and soviet scientists.

What should the Supremes do with Trump’s transgender military ban?
The subject of the Trump administration’s proposed ban on transgender troops serving in the military had gone dormant for a while as various court challenges played out. Now the White House is attempting to put the issue to rest once and for all by asking the Supreme Court to take up multiple cases and render a final verdict.

 

National

 

Autistic Kids Targeted for Transsexual Conversion
The reason Bill Ayers turned from terrorism to education is that young people are impressionable – so impressionable that a single British school boasts 17 transsexual students. It makes things easier to prey on children who are autistic.

Parents Rally After Teacher Is Fired for Thanking Students Who Stood for Pledge of Allegiance
When Missouri substitute teacher Jim Furkin thanked students for standing for the Pledge of Allegiance recently, he had no idea he would be booted from the St. Louis school where he taught just for doing that.

DC’s Ban on Plastic Straws Extends Beyond Restaurants and Bars to Churches and Day Care Centers
The District of Columbia is set to implement a new ban on single-use plastic straws and coffee stirrers. Poised to take effect Jan. 1, the prohibition is not limited only to restaurants and bars, but also churches, day care centers and other entities in the city.

Some Tijuana residents want the caravan to go: “This is an invasion!”
Saturday I wrote about Tijuana’s mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum who reacted to the sudden influx of at least 2,000 members of the migrant caravan by calling it a “tsunami” and described some of the members as “bums.” But the mayor is not alone. Sunday there were protests in which residents of Tijuana marched around the city calling for the migrants to leave. Suddenly, a lot of Mexicans sound a bit like President Trump.

House lifts ban on headwear to accommodate Ilhan Omar
The House of Representatives has lifted a 181-year-old ban against wearing hats on the floor of the House. The ban was instituted in 1837 as to push back against the British custom of wearing hats in parliament.

ACLU bashes Betsy DeVos’ Title IX proposal
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proposed that schools move from a preponderance of the evidence standard to a “clear and convincing evidence” standard for sexual assault cases.

Witches now outnumber Presbyterians in America as number of Pagans soar to 1.5 MILLION – and millennials’ love of yoga and star signs is to blame
Pew Research Center survey finds there are 1.5 million Wicca or Pagans in U.S.

Naked Transsexual Children on TV
“Progress,” as perceived by progressives, entails moving from one cultural milestone to another, like a conquering army methodically destroying a vanquished nation’s forts. The latest milestone is to present naked transsexual children on TV.

Vicious Fight Breaks Out In Broward County School, Student Not Arrested Until After Video Went Viral
A high school sophomore at Monarch High School in Broward County, Florida was arrested late last week after a video of her allegedly beating a fellow classmate went viral.

Professor wanted to use a student’s name instead of transgender pronoun – now he’s suing the school for forcing him to use it
A college professor in Ohio is being forced to fight back against the university that is reprimanding him for refusing to refer to a student with a pronoun that differs from his gender at birth. That this is even an issue in college, let alone something that can get a university professor nearly fired, is not only outrageous but also absurd. College should be a place where students learn, sharpen their minds, and determine a vocation – not a place to engage in a debate over social justice issues and political correctness.

Queer Feminism at DePaul University
The last time I paid attention to DePaul University (annual cost of attendance $54,210, including room and board) was in 2016, when students rioted over Milo Yiannopoulos’s appearance on campus and Kayla Johnson, an African and Black Diaspora Studies major, took a swing at the speaker. A nominally Catholic school, DePaul is an overpriced institution providing a second-rate education to third-rate students. No reasonably well-informed Catholic parent would permit their child to attend DePaul, which has become a “social justice” garbage pile of perverse insanity with moral standards even lower than its nearly non-existent intellectual standards. Consider this description of a February 2016 event on the DePaul campus:

 

Economy & Taxes

 

Gavin Newsom wants to redesign California’s tax system. It’s so hard, Jerry Brown didn’t try
California likes to tax the rich. A lot.

China’s Biggest Problem Isn’t Trump. It’s China.
Long before the trade war heated up, Beijing started cooling off its own economy.

Second biggest CA business reportedly is moving its HQ from SF to TX
Recent reports have indicated that McCesson Corp – the sixth largest Fortune 500 company – may well be preparing to move its HQ from San Francisco to Texas. Apparently the company has already sold its SF HQ building. In California, only Apple is larger than McCesson. McCesson employs over 75,000 people.

In Sweden, cash is almost extinct and people implant microchips in their hands to pay for things
More than 4,000 Swedes have gone the microchip route as cash use fades and the government scrambles to figure out the effects on society and the economy

 

International

 

Venezuela turns to urban ranching during crisis
A socialist commune in Venezuela has irked its neighbors after turning a backyard in a wealthy neighborhood into an urban cattle pasture and slaughterhouse in order to sell below market-rate meat during a crippling economic recession.

University lecturers told DON’T USE CAPS as it frightens students
UNIVERSITY lecturers have been told not to use words in capital letters when setting assignments because it might frighten students into failure.

University staff told not to use “don’t” or “frightening” capital letters
Journalism professors at Leeds Trinity University in the UK have been instructed not to use certain words – in case they frighten sensitive students.

South Africa white farmer land grabs will be LAW after change to constitution approved
SOUTH Africa is gearing up to carry out a controversial land redistribution after plans to change the country’s constitution were approved.

Chinese Billionaire to Create $100 Million Fund to Aid Victims of Communist Purge
Exiled dissident to expose Chinese government corruption and links to western companies

Neighbours ridicule Animal rights group PETA after it says the 1,000-year-old English village of Wool should change its name because it currently “promotes cruelty to sheep”
The name comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “welle”, a water spring and has nothing to do with sheep or the wool industry

“We are Arabised!” – Only one of 103 new pupils at Berlin school speaks German at home
Headmaster Astrid-Sabine Busse (61) of a Berlin school is sounding the alarm, saying: “We are Arabised!”

 

Opinion

 

Is Dr. Spock the Reason We Have an Easily Offended Culture?
As we have seen with the recent outbursts on various college campuses, it doesn’t take much these days for people to be offended. Wear a Halloween costume which references a certain culture? Offensive. Say something contrary to another person’s opinion? Offensive.

Is Trust-Busting the Answer?
Our friend Glenn Reynolds has an op-ed in USA Today in which he urges antitrust enforcement actions against the dominant tech firms: “Donald Trump must bust Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google monopolies like Teddy Roosevelt.”

Is Rubio “evolving” into a Trumpist?
The answer is obviously “no,” but the left is mad at him for all the tweets he sent during the Florida recount reminding the world that Broward County’s election apparatus is overseen by imbeciles whose misdeeds have come to the attention of courts before. If he were a Democrat, it’d be his civic duty to point that out. Because he’s a Republican defending an election-night result that favored Republicans he’s allegedly “striking a notably darker and foreboding tone” reminiscent of the Foreboder-in-Chief.

E-Mail to a Liberal Professor
Dear Professor Williams: Your article in The Atlantic (“The Democrats’ White-People Problem”) has come to my attention.

The Banality of Liberalism
This photo, showing SS men and female auxiliaries (Helferinnen, “helpers”) is from an album collected during World War II by Karl Hoecker, a top SS officer at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. The photo was taken in 1944 at Solahütte, “a little-known resort for the Nazi German guards, administrators, and auxiliary personnel” who worked at Auschwitz and other nearby death camps.

America’s first socialist republic
Paul A. Rahe holds the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in the Western Heritage at Hillsdale College and has established himself as one of the country’s most distinguished scholars of history and politics. In view of his study of Republics Ancient and Modern, Professor Rahe is the academy’s foremost authority on the history of republics. Although his more recent work on Soft Despotism was not far from his Thanksgiving reflections when he wrote this column for us in 2009, neither was his older work on republics. Professor Rahe wrote this column at the dawn of the Obama era. It bears directly on the socialist temptation that confronts us yet.

Why Roberts responded to Trump
Some conservatives are criticizing Chief Justice Roberts for responding to President Trump’s attack on “Obama judges.” They note that Roberts did not respond when President Obama criticized the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United during a state of the union address.

Making Election Day a National Holiday is a Horrible Idea
The leftists proposing this national holiday should be careful what they wish for, it might backfire on them.

How Queer Theory Became University Policy
The establishment of an official doctrine on gender identity is an unprecedented threat to academic freedom. Sex and gender should be subjects for debate.

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