News of the Week for Dec. 16th, 2018
- Gun Rights
- Hide the Decline
- War & Terror
- National News
- Economy & Taxes
- International News
Venezuela’s gun ban is working out perfectly for the socialist agenda
While it may seem hard to believe, there was a time when the citizens of Venezuela were allowed to keep and bear arms. This wasn’t the distant past we’re talking about either. It was only in 2012 that the socialist government of Hugo Chavez enacted the “Control of Arms, Munitions and Disarmament Law.” When it was passed, the authors of the legislation pulled no punches, saying that the explicit purpose of the law was to “disarm all citizens.”
Euthanasia Becoming First Resort in Quebec
Euthanasia advocates are so full of it, promising that snuff medicine will only be a last resort when nothing else can be done to alleviate suffering.
Mann Case Update
In 2016, two years ago, nearly to the day, a three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, itself having heard two years prior (in November, 2014) an appeal of an initial ruling in the important First Amendment case, National Review, Inc. v. Michael E. Mann, upheld that prior ruling. National Review appealed. Yesterday, the judicial fetish with two-year decision-making clearly in effect, the court rendered a verdict.
Government in Healthcare
Obamacare Thrown Out by Judge, Raising Insurance Uncertainty
Obamacare was struck down by a Texas federal judge in a ruling that casts uncertainty on insurance coverage for millions of U.S. residents.
Russia Dispatching Blackjack Bombers to Venezuela
Nuclear-capable jets to bolster leftist Maduro regime
SecDef Mattis and India’s Sitharaman Conduct Meaningful Public Diplomacy
The SecDef’s crafted statement was simultaneously a nuanced appeal to an ally and a harsh siren warning to China’s ruling Communist dictators.
US Navy: 3 nuclear-powered attack submarines ‘not certified to dive today’
Three nuclear-powered attack submarines are currently not operational, according to U.S. Navy officials, proving the service is still working to reduce its backlog of submarines that require maintenance.
Known Wolf: “Allahu Akbar” Killer in France Had 27 Criminal Convictions
By the time he opened fire on a Christmas market in France, the killer had spent nearly two decades as a menace to Europe.
John Bolton: US Must Curb Chinese, Russian Influence in Africa
The United States must revamp policies toward Africa on improving trade, fighting terrorism, and providing financial assistance to stave off the growing influence of China and Russia on the continent, White House national security adviser John Bolton said.
Turkey to Launch Military Offensive Against US-Backed Syrian Kurds
Syrian Kurds played key role in pushing back ISIS
California would guarantee a bed for every homeless person under new bill
Every homeless person in California would have a right to a bed year-round under a statewide “right to shelter” policy proposed by Sen. Scott Wiener.
Our New Atomic Clock Is So Precise That We Need a Better Understanding of Gravity To Use It
The scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Measurement have one big job: to measure things as accurately as possible. To do that, they build a lot of big and complicated machines, including precise tape measures and absolutely gigantic scales.
Tough Words from Justice Clarence Thomas
If either Chief Justice John Roberts or Justice Brett Kavanaugh had voted to hear that case about private rights of action under Medicaid, the Court would have taken it. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, and Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch joined, an opinion saying that the Court should have taken the case.
Eugenics and the Origins of the AAUP
The history behind the founding of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) almost always begins with the case of Edward A. Ross. A prominent economist and sociologist in his day, Ross was forced to resign from his faculty position at Stanford University in November 1900 after running afoul of the political views of the university’s surviving namesake, Jane Stanford. Ross’s dismissal set into motion the events that culminated in the founding of the AAUP, some fifteen years later.
Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu: “I Would Love” To Regulate Speech
In a segment on CNN Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-California) lamented that the First Amendment prevents him from regulating speech.
Students Walkout to Protest Firing of Teacher Who Refused to Use Transgendered Student’s Preferred Gender Pronouns
“I feel like everyone should have the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion as well”
Trump: I never directed Michael Cohen to do anything wrong
That’s the key point from today’s interview with Fox News. Michael Cohen says otherwise, but Michael Cohen is an untrustworthy dirtbag by universal acclamation. (Cohen himself all but admitted it yesterday in court.) You’re not going to prove Trump did anything wrong based on Cohen’s testimony alone.
San Francisco Creates First Transgender District
San Francisco created a special cultural district for transgender persons, marking the first legal transgender district created anywhere in the world.
Off-Schedule and Over-Budget, California’s Bullet Train Is Hurtling Towards Disaster
As Jerry Brown prepares to leave office after his second eight-year stint as Governor of California, he’s leaving his chosen successor Gavin Newsom a strong legacy, including a state with renewed economic and fiscal health and a Democratic super-majority in both chambers of the state legislature.
Far-left extremists are raising money on Patreon to “inspire insurrection”.
Patreon is back in the news following another round of what appears to be an ideological purge from their platform. In the last few days the accounts for Milo Yiannopoulos, Carl Benjamin (Sargon of Akkad), and James Allsup were all terminated. These individuals all have different belief systems and principals and have been vocal critics of each other but their common denominator is a very vocal critique of the far-left and their creeping authoritarianism.
Jon Kyl to resign from McCain’s Senate seat on December 31. Who’ll replace him?
He made clear when he was appointed to fill McCain’s seat a few months ago that he wouldn’t run in the special election in 2020 to finish the final two years of McCain’s term. But there remained a mystery: Would he serve until then, or just a few months in a “placekeeper” role while Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey weighed a longer-term appointee?
WSU stocks men’s bathrooms with FREE menstrual products
Washington State University has begun stocking men’s bathrooms on one of its campuses with free menstrual products.
27 Percent Of People Think Santa Should Be Female Or Gender Neutral, Survey Finds
For a long time, Santa Claus has been portrayed as an older man with a hefty build and big white beard but a new poll finds that some feel that Santa should be rebranded as a woman or gender neutral.
The Tumblrina Terrorist
Have I ever mentioned that crazy people are dangerous? Pretty sure I have mentioned this a few times, for example Kentucky gunman Gregory Allen Bush, Cornell University student Saano Murembya, transgender activist “Gwynevere River Song” and psycho gamer David Katz, not to mention the now-incarcerated Deborah Frisch.
10-Year-Old Boy Dances On Stage For Money At Adult Gay Bar In New York
“Drag Kid” Desmond Is Amazing delivered a headlining performance at a sleazy Brooklyn gay bar on Dec. 1, where the ten-year-old boy danced on stage in a crop top and full face of makeup as a throng of adult men in the audience showered him in dollar bills.
San Francisco Chronicle: California’s “unsustainable” pension promises shouldn’t be kept
The San Francisco Chronicle is not what anyone would consider a right-wing newspaper. So it comes as something of a surprise that today the paper’s Editorial Board published a piece arguing for reining in the state’s pension system before it’s too late.
Now California wants to tax text-messaging?
State regulators say surcharge on text messaging would help fund programs that make phone service accessible to the poor
Brazil makes official intervention in state bordering Venezuela
Brazilian President Michel Temer has signed a decree making official a federal “intervention” in the state of Roraima which borders Venezuela, the government’s official newspaper said on Monday.
European Court of Justice rules UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50 and halt Brexit
Those wanting a second referendum say the ruling will “electrify” calls for a fresh vote but Leavers warn against stopping Brexit.
Outrage: Britain in turmoil after MP … grabs the ceremonial mace?
No, “grabs the ceremonial mace” is not a euphemism for masturbation. Although it should be, let’s face it. It’s superb.
“Your time is up” South Africa sets date for white farmer land grabs – March 2019
SOUTH Africa has set a date for when its much-criticised land expropriations can begin after a politician declared: “Your time is up, white people”.
Macron responds to the yellow vest protests
Emanuel Macron finally responded today to the protests and riots that have roiled France. In his speech, he declared that he’s heard the anger of those whose economic suffering prompted the protests and will take immediate steps to believe their hardship.
Students Demand Comedian Sign “Safe Space” Contract Ahead of Charity Event
A student club at the University of London is requiring that all comedians sign a “behavioral agreement” as a condition of performing at a January comedy night.
Algeria beatifications are first in a Muslim nation
The Catholic Church has beatified 19 Catholics killed in Algeria’s civil war – the first such ceremony in a Muslim nation.
“All smoke and mirrors”: Yellow Vest protesters reject ‘crumbs’ offered by Macron
Placating the disruptive protests that have rattled France was always going to be a hard sell for embattled President Emmanuel Macron. His long-awaited concessions on Monday left most protesters dissatisfied and the broader public on the fence.
The Breakdown of Family and Religion Explains France’s Social Unrest
As France is gripped by civil disorder, many commentators identify, quite correctly, as the culprit the outsized burden that France’s bloated welfare state places on its citizens.
UN Adopts Global Migration Pact Despite Last-Minute Withdrawals
German Chancellor Merkel: UN pact “nothing less than the foundation of our international cooperation.”
Goodyear Shuts Down in Venezuela and Gives Tires as Severance
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is halting its Venezuela operations and laying off its local workforce, union officials said on Monday, the latest foreign corporation to close shop in the crisis-torn county.
Fears of AIDS epidemic in Venezuela as HIV patients rely on futile leaf remedy amid drug shortage
Patients use leaves from a tropical tree known as the guasimo, blended with water
We’ll Always Have . . . Fort Worth?
American conservatives must speak to those who live in America’s cities.
What 2018 Tells Us About 2020
Many people these days have never driven a car with a manual transmission, but: We are now at a point when the clutch is in yet we haven’t fully shifted into gear or reverse. We aren’t quite finished looking back and analyzing what happened in this year’s midterm elections, but the 2020 campaign has fully begun.
This Teacher Was Fired for “Misgendering” a Student. Who Could Be Next?
Last week, a Virginia school board voted unanimously to fire a teacher after he refused to comply with administrators’ orders to use a female student’s preferred masculine pronouns. The student “transitioned” over the summer and began identifying as a man.
Transgenderism Is Propaganda Designed To Humiliate And Compel Submission
This article offers an alternative hypothesis as to the reason why transgenderism has become the cause celebre du jour of Cathedral elites. The ordinary hypothesis, based on works like those of Paul Gottfried, says that transgenderism is an example of left-wing virtue-signaling and the escalating competition to be more holy than the next person. In an attempt to raise one’s status, the leftist must embrace more extreme signals of egalitarianism than others of his cohort. Thus, left-wing signaling is an arms race in which leftists are trapped by the terms of their religious status system in an escalating spiral to see who can find the most radical, most irrational expression of egalitarian ideas.
Reviewing Trump’s Achievements before Democrats Control the House
Making the click-through worthwhile: the disquieting possibility that the active part of Donald Trump’s presidency is coming to an end; the revelation that the Women’s March had an infamous hidden ally all along; Paul Krugman admits what he really thinks; and some podcast cheer, just in time for the holidays.
Kavanaugh sides with liberals, Roberts to duck Planned Parenthood related cases
The frenzy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination – including, but hardly limited to, the weakly supported charge of sexual assault – obscured the fact that Kavanaugh was by no means the most conservative plausible candidate for elevation to the Supreme Court. In my view, Justice Kavanaugh was likely to be somewhere between Chief Justice Roberts and former Justice Scalia/Justice Alito on the ideological spectrum.
Check Your Progressive Privilege
Conservative women have been left out and stigmatized too long.
Why Can’t a Woman be More Like a Man?
A fascinating paper about sex differences in the human brain was published last week in the scientific journal Cerebral Cortex. It’s the largest single-sample study of structural and functional sex differences in the human brain ever undertaken, involving over 5,000 participants (2,466 male and 2,750 female). The study has been attracting attention for more than a year (see this preview in Science, for instance), but only now has it been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
How Ballot-Harvesting Became The New Way To Steal An Election
With ballot-harvesting, paper votes are collected by intermediaries who deliver them to polling officials, presumably increasing voter turnout but also creating opportunities for mischief.
How Democrats Can Blow It in 2020
If the base makes the candidates adopt crazy policies, Trump could win again.