News of the Week (February 10th, 2019)

 

News of the Week for Jan. 10th, 2019


 

Gun Rights

 

Chicago gun bill would require social media background check for permits
As if Chicago didn’t already have some of the most oppressive gun control laws in the nation. (None of which have led to a significant decline in their massive murder rate.) Now they’re pondering a new law that would supposedly offer the police additional “tools” when considering firearms permit applications. If enacted, applicants would need to provide authorities with access to their complete social media history. What specific nuggets from your tweets, DMs, Instagram pictures and Facebook updates could bar you from exercising your Second Amendment rights? They don’t say.

Lawmakers expected to rush Nevada background check bill into law
Nevada lawmakers are expected Tuesday to hear a new version of the background check initiative that was approved by voters two years ago but never implemented.

The U.S. Supreme Court and the Second Amendment
New York City restricts the ability of gun owners to transport their weapons outside the city, and this fall, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide if those rules violate the Second Amendment.

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

The Green New Deal and Gerundive Government
I doubt America’s industrial capacity is sufficient to produce all of the Green Weenie Awards that the Green New Deal, unveiled today in Washington, will deserve. Before getting to some of the details (or lack thereof) I want to take note of the style of this “legislation” as an example of the modern liberal mind at work.

The 10 Most Insane Requirements Of The Green New Deal
The Green New Deal isn’t just un-America, it’s also completely bonkers

Democrats Release Green New Deal. Here’s What’s in It.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released a resolution that outlines the “Green New Deal” that’s become a central part of the Democratic agenda.

Ocasio-Cortez reveals Democrat Green New Deal, it’s Republicans’ dream campaign issue
Rebuild all the things, plant lots of trees, and eliminate FARTING cows…

The Green New Deal Is The Fyre Festival Of Politics
Ugh, not another Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez article? Wait! It’s not, I swear.

The Green New Deal Is Everything That’s Wrong with Progressive Environmentalism
Progressivism is the priority, not environmentalism.

1 big thing: Out of nothing, a new petro-state
On the coast of South America, just north of Brazil, lies the obscure and impoverished former British colony of Guyana, distantly remembered for a bizarre mass suicide four decades ago that begot the term “drinking the Kool-Aid.”

Electric Vehicles? Don’t Get ‘Em Cold!
Are electric vehicles the wave of the future, or expensive toys? This shocking news story–shocking if you live in the North, anyway–suggests the latter.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unveils the “Green Leap Forward.”
Today’s new Leftists like to promise us Swedish style socialism. They make these promises ignoring the fact that Sweden long-ago stopped socialism and became a market-based economy although one with a large social welfare infrastructure. They also like to ignore the fact that, as Sweden has morphed from a small, homogeneous country into a larger country flooded with immigrants, the social welfare infrastructure is struggling.

Dems Squirm as Graham Calls for a Vote on the Green New Deal
Senator Lindsey Graham wants to hold Democrats’ feet to the fire on the Green New Deal and is asking for a vote on the non-binding resolution.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

Code Blue: Little-known state agency may have just made California’s nursing shortage much worse
California’s health care system is struggling with an acute shortage of nurses, so industry professionals were puzzled by the Jan. 10 vote of a little-known state committee to limit enrollments at one of the state’s most successful nursing schools.

Is Ben Sasse’s Born-Alive Bill “Anti-Abortion”?
Last night on the Senate floor, Patty Murray (D., Wash.) blocked Republican senator Ben Sasse’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act on behalf of Senate Democrats. The bill mandates medical care for any infant born alive after an attempted abortion procedure.

Did Obamacare Raise The Nationwide Death Rate?
Researchers have raised legitimate questions about whether an Obamacare change actually increased death levels nationwide. Will we see chants of “Obama lied, people died”?

Not All Immoral Organ Harvests Bother Transplant Community
In the China tyranny, political prisoners such as Falon Gong practitioners, are tissue typed, killed, and harvested. Their organs are sold for exorbitant prices to desperate people who travel to China to save their own lives at the cost of another’s.

 

War & Terror

 

China deploys militia as Philippines builds on Pag-asa Island
Satellite images from the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative show ‘a high of 95’ Chinese vessels surrounding Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea

 

National

 

Women’s college instructs campus police to flag potential bias of people reporting crimes
New rule stems from incident involving black student, staffer

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard gets 2020 endorsement from David Duke
Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has apparently gotten an endorsement she said she can do without – from former KKK leader David Duke.

Hawaii lawmaker proposes banning sale of cigarettes to anyone under 100-years-old
A Big Island lawmaker has proposed incrementally increasing the minimum age to buy cigarettes, leading to a practical ban across Hawaii.

Elizabeth Warren apologizes for calling herself Native American
Using an open records request during a general inquiry, for example, The Post obtained Warren’s registration card for the State Bar of Texas, providing a previously undisclosed example of Warren identifying as an “American Indian.”

Virginia Attorney General Says He Also Dressed in Blackface
Attorney General Mark R. Herring of Virginia acknowledged Wednesday that he put on blackface and wore a wig while an undergraduate of the University of Virginia in 1980, becoming the second statewide official here in the last week to admit to imitating an African-American person and sending an already-stunned Capitol reeling.

Atlantic Writer Tweets Trump Assassination Fantasy
Jemelle Hill, staff writer at The Atlantic, wrote a mini fan fiction on Twitter during the State of the Union Tuesday night, about the assassination of President Trump with the help of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Georgetown students may pay reparations for slavery with new student fee
“We recognize the great privileges we have been given, and wish to at least partially repay our debts”

New Mexico governor pulls National Guard troops from border
The governor of New Mexico ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state’s National Guard troops from the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday, in a move that challenges President Trump’s description of a security crisis.

Venezuelan socialism victims send message to American socialists
Attendees seemed to overwhelmingly agree on one thing: Don’t do it.

Discarded smart lightbulbs reveal your wifi passwords, stored in the clear
Your internet-of-shit smart lightbulb is probably storing your wifi password in the clear, ready to be recovered by wily dumpster-divers; Limited Results discovered the security worst-practice during a teardown of a Lifx bulb; and that’s just for starters: the bulbs also store their RSA private key and root passwords in the clear and have no security measures to prevent malicious reflashings of their ROMs with exploits, network probes and other nasties.

Senate panel OKs 44 Trump judicial nominees
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved more than three dozen nominees to the federal bench, paving the way for a full vote before the Senate as President Trump continues to reshape the federal judiciary.

Oof: Ocasio-Cortez “lightning round” on campaign-finance issues gets grounded quickly
Sometimes people just think themselves cleverer than they are. Twitchy highlights this leftover from yesterday involving the most prominent House Democrat grandstander in a House Oversight Committee hearing. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez played a “corruption game” with a panel of ethics experts that ignores basic civics and, as one witness later noted, the actual facts of campaign finance.

University of Arizona professor sues state for not insuring “gender-confirming” procedure
Says current policy is “discriminatory”

Notre Dame event: Whiteness is an “oppressive political condition”
Another college discussion on the concept of “whiteness” took place late last month, this time at the University of Notre Dame.

Democratic Rep. calls for ‘reparations’ for migrant kids separated from families at the border
She accuses the Trump administration of a “heinous crime”

State bill would outlaw Confederate displays on public property
New legislation in Georgia would outlaw any symbols, monuments, memorials or other dedications to the Confederacy on public property. Under HB 175, the only exception to the ban would be at museums, Civil War battlefields, 11Alive reported. Even flying a Confederate battle flag on private property might be outlawed.

Here’s who invested in Gavin Newsom – and what they want him to do
While campaigning for governor last year, Gavin Newsom said he wouldn’t be swayed by political donations.

Meanwhile, Virginia Republicans Are Going Full Steam Ahead With Their Agenda
Virginia Democrats don’t have a lot to celebrate lately. Three of their top leaders are facing scandals. Two admitted to wearing blackface (well, one isn’t exactly positive), while the attorney general is accused of multiple counts of sexual assault.

 

Economy & Taxes

 

Nevada: State public employee unions will bust the budget
While Gov. Steve Sisolak has promised no new taxes in his proposed budget for the next two years, he also plans to light the fuse on a huge tax bomb in the future.

China says it will buy more soybeans, but American farmers see a bleak future
Although growers acknowledge “encouraging” pledge from Beijing, they aren’t convinced industry can get back to where it was before trade war began

“Rain Tax” Likely To Become Reality In New Jersey
Idea Is To Protect Garden State’s Streams, Rivers And Bays From Potentially Toxic Storm Runoff From Salt And Lawn Fertilizers

Amid Scandal, Northam Surrenders to Virginia’s GOP on Tax Cuts
Virginia’s ongoing scandals of racist yearbook photos and resignation demands are starting to have repercussions on the state’s taxes and spending.

 

International

 

EU: Going Full Orwell
The EU has launched a comprehensive Action Plan against Disinformation. Its purpose, according to a recent press release from the European Commission, is apparently to “protect its democratic systems and public debates and in view of the 2019 European elections as well as a number of national and local elections that will be held in Member States by 2020”.

El Salvador’s New President Could be More Dangerous than FMLN Communists
Nayib Bukele, El Salvador’s new president, has won election with the support of a right-wing party, but he holds radical leftist views even more extreme than those of the FMLN.

Understanding Modern African Horrors by Way of the Indian Ocean Slave Trade
On January 15, and well into the morning of the next day, terrorists affiliated with the Somali Jihadi group Al Shabab forced their way into an upscale Nairobi hotel and business centre, killing 21 innocent civilians. Kenyan authorities, with some help from Western allies, killed some of the terrorists and captured the rest. Al Shabab justified the attack by denouncing the Kenyan government’s participation with African Union forces in Somalia, which has been in a state of civil warfare since the early 1990s.

Mother, 38, is arrested in front of her children and locked in a cell for seven HOURS after calling a transgender woman a man on Twitter
More than two months after her arrest and she has had neither her mobile phone or laptop returned

 

Opinion

 

“Your brand is toxic”: Bay Area’s last GOP lawmaker couldn’t overcome Trump
Catharine Baker was the only Republican representing the Bay Area in either the Legislature or Congress, until she lost her re-election bid to the Assembly in November. Now there is none.

Trump ignites California’s paradigm shift
Delaine Eastin, the former California schools chief and legislator whose longshot bid for governor fizzled last year, has been in enough elections to know the difference between a stormy campaign season and a fundamental shift in the political climate.

Infanticide Is The Historical Hallmark Of A Pagan Culture
Judeo-Christian principles helped to form our culture, and Christianity is deeply pro-life. Until now, restraining evil as Christianity defines it bound Americans together with a common creed.

Dems are trying to Bork and Kavanaugh appeals court nominee Neomi Rao
Another smear campaign by Democrats and liberal activist groups

Could We Please Stop Comparing Everything to Hitler?
Adolf Hitler. I don’t know about you, but just hearing that name bums me out. I’ve never been a fan of the guy. The only good thing I can say about Hitler is that at least he made a really unattractive mustache style unfashionable for the rest of time. That’s his one positive contribution to society. Other than that, I give two thumbs down to Hitler. I’m glad we kicked his ass, and if you like him, I don’t like you.

The Ivy League Is Decadent and Depraved: Teaching Hatred at Yale University
After the 2016 election, Isis Davis-Marks published a column in the Yale Daily News in which she declared: “I cannot even function right now. As a queer, black woman, I feel unsafe in this country.” Despite her fears, Ms. Davis-Marks has somehow managed to survive in New Haven more than two years, so that she was able to publish another Yale Daily News column this week in which she indulged a sadistic fantasy about destroying the careers of her white male classmates

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