News of the Week (June 2nd, 2019)

 

News of the Week for June nd, 2019


 

Gun Rights

 

Switzerland Welcomes Gun Control, Future Terrorism Wave
On Sunday, Swiss voters approved a measure that clamps down on Switzerland’s gun laws. Now Switzerland can be just like the other European countries that have a population less able to defend themselves. Hooray!

Prosecutors: Shooter who attacked Tennessee church wanted to kill at least 10 white people
Why did Emanuel K. Samson want to kill at least 10 white people when he went on a rampage at a Tennessee church in 2017? According to prosecutors, he wanted revenge for the 2015 church shooting in which white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine black people at Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina.

Controversial gun control measure could pass without a hearing
The Legislature could pass a controversial gun control measure without ever holding a public hearing.

Texas Gov. Abbott signs law lifting ban on brass knuckles, kitty keychains and clubs
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill into law lifting the state’s ban on brass knuckles, kitty keychains and other self defense items.

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

Millions Died Thanks to the Mother of Environmentalism
Carson made a critical mistake and a lot of people died as a result.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

CA Bill Could Restrict Access to Kidney Dialysis
A California kidney patient writes to warn that AB 290 could make kidney dialysis more difficult to access for thousands of patients that obtain charitable assistance to help pay for their care.

Pushing Suicide as Merely a “Choice”
The focus on suicide prevention continues to erode. In Ozy – which bills itself as being about “fresh stories and bold ideas”- self-described “reporter” Molly Fosco applauds that suicidal depression is increasingly being looked upon as a “terminal illness,” and hence, opines that we should view the suicides of the deeply depressed as a normal part of dealing with the disease process.

Why the UK Suddenly Is Suffering from a Physician Shortage
If only someone had warned them.

Price Control FTW!
You may have seen the news that the Centennial State has become the first in the union to impose price controls on insulin

 

War & Terror

 

Why the (Almost) Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier Is Not Obsolete
“Where are our carriers?” is, at least apocryphally, the first question any U.S. president asks when a crisis erupts almost anywhere in the world. As tensions mounted with Iran last week as the mullahs’ regime upped its attacks around the Middle East, President Trump apparently asked that question and immediately ordered the massive USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and its escort ships to the region. And as the Associated Press correctly noted, the dispatch of the Lincoln is an accurate “barometer of tensions” between Washington and Tehran

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National

 

White students accused of appropriating black culture on school’s “Thug Day”
The theme of the day for a Houston, Texas high school spirit week was “Jersey Day,” but many students refer to it as “Thug Day.”

Disturbing number of students say hate speech is not free speech, report says
A new report shows some shocking statistics about how college students feel about free speech.

University revoked female student’s degree because she wouldn’t accuse disgraced president: lawsuit
Told her to do another two years of coursework

Ocasio-Cortez: Growing Cauliflower Is “Colonial Approach” To Vegetables…
“But when you really think about it, when someone says that it’s too hard to do a green space that grows yucca instead of, I don’t know, cauliflower or something, what you’re doing is that you’re taking a colonial approach to environmentalism, and that is why a lot of communities of color get resistant to certain environmentalist movements, because they come with the colonial lens on them.”

This Congresswoman Has a Warning for High Schoolers About Socialism
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., is taking a leading role Tuesday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s passage in the U.S. House on May 21, 1919. The Daily Signal recently spoke to her about a range of issues affecting her constituents, including the disconnect between the people in Washington state and Washington, D.C. Plus, she speaks about her efforts to reach out to the next generation, why she values every human life, and how the booming economy is helping small businesses in her state.

Democratic congresswoman accuses DHS Secretary of intentionally killing kids crossing the border
Freshman congresswoman Lauren Underwood crossed a line today during a hearing at which acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan was testifying about the crisis on the southern border. Rep. Underwood noted that 5 children in Border Patrol custody have died since December. That’s true but Underwood then stated that it was her conclusion, based on evidence, that the deaths were part of an intentional policy. Rep. Mike Rogers the ranking Republican member on the committee said Rep. Underwood’s remarks were tantamount to accusing the Secretary of murder and asked that her remarks be stricken from the record. After a vote, the remarks were removed.

LA residents not so quick to welcome illegal immigrants brought by CBP
As we’ve all learned by now, the courts and detention facilities at the southern border are packed to the brim and the White House has been working on ways to reduce the overcrowding by shipping some detained illegal aliens to other locations. That happened recently when CBP shipped roughly 100 “migrants” to the Customs and Border Protection station at Murrieta, California. (More correctly, the Theodore Newton and George Azrak Border Patrol Station.) Since this facility is located just south of Los Angeles and we’re talking about a welcoming sanctuary state, they were greeted with open arms by caring locals.

A new poll confirms Biden’s big lead, but even more interesting…
A new national poll of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents confirms Joe Biden maintains a comfortable 19-point lead over Bernie Sanders and the rest of the polyglot posse seeking the party’s presidential nomination next year.

California DMV gave incorrect Real ID to an immigrant with temporary legal status
An immigrant with temporary legal status in California has received an incorrect Real ID from the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, raising concerns about the department’s ability to process the enhanced identification cards.

Weight Watchers Removes “Weird Al” Statue After Controversy
Weight Watchers has officially removed the statue of “Weird” Al Yankovic from its corporate headquarters in Manhattan and will no longer play Yankovic’s “Now That’s What I Call Polka!” in their television commercials, the organization announced in a statement on Monday. This follows last week’s decision by Jenny Craig to suspend the use of Yankovic’s rendition of “Dare To Be Stupid” in their latest exercise video release “Let’s Lose It 2019!” while they investigate an allegation of sizeism against the singer.

Girl killed by MS-13 members after Maryland officials ignore ICE detainer
Last week, police arrested two teenagers, Josue Fuentes-Ponce and Joel Escobar, and charged them with the murder of 14 year-old Ariana Funes-Diaz. She was killed in a tunnel, beaten with a baseball bat and slashed with a machete. She was found naked. Reportedly, the killers, members of MS-13, ordered her to strip before they murdered her.

Portland State rejects “Conservative Political Thought” course because it’s not inclusive
Latest snub toward “The Case for Colonialism” professor

San Diego Catholic High School Girls Protest ‘Sexist’ Ban on Uniform Skirts
Not everyone wants to be made to care about intersectional social justice insanity

Alabama votes to end marriage licenses
Alabama’s House voted on Thursday to end the requirement for a marriage license in the state.

The Homeless Industrial Complex
Every major city in California is spending tens of millions or more on programs for the homeless

University offers “Problematizing Whiteness” course
CU Denver ethnic studies class: “educating for racial justice”

“Drag 101” course for teens to be taught at Ohio public library
An Ohio public library will be treated to a first this summer: An hour-long course dubbed “Drag 101” taught by Kyle Gayle.

Gov. Sisolak vetoes bill seeking to negate Electoral College
Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday issued his first veto, blocking a bill that would have added Nevada to a roster of states seeking to effectively negate the Electoral College and elect the president of the United States by a national popular vote.

Netflix Continues Production In Egypt, Where Abortion Is Illegal, While Considering Georgia Boycott Over “Heartbeat” Bill
Netflix plans to step up production in the Middle East, notably Jordan and Egypt, where abortion is illegal, after mulling a company boycott in Georgia on account of the “heartbeat” abortion bill.

Pro-life Alabama senator reveals activists threatened to rape his wife over his support of abortion ban
Despicable

House to Hold Statehood Hearings for Democratic Stranglehold Washington, D.C.
You have to hand it to the Democrats, they are making the grandstanding most out of their new majority in the House

Professor accused of “hostile learning environment” for assigning male authors
“Sexist” business scholar reported to bias response team

Rat-infested pop-up bar to open in San Francisco
In what can only be construed as the “literally, no one” meme brought to life, next month San Francisco is getting a pop-up called the Rat Bar where “rats run free and the booze flows like water.”

First rare earth processing facility outside of China to be built in Texas
Rare earth elements are used every day. They are metals that are used in everything from cell phones to cars, televisions, military jet engines and medical devices.

Dozens of Confucius Institutes still operate across US
Despite a ban on Department of Defense funding going to colleges that host Confucius Institutes, dozens of colleges across the country still have the Chinese-government funded centers.

Is the Constitution ‘exclusionary’? Students react
Syracuse University denied registered club status to a conservative group in part because of its strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution.

Swedish Startup to Bring Pogo Sticks to S.F. as E-Scooter Alternative
San Franciscans may soon be able to bounce their way around town, if a Swedish-based mobility company has its way.

Bubonic Plague “Likely” Already Present In Los Angeles, Dr. Drew Says
Los Angeles is going down the drain.

Texas teacher suspended for tweets critical of illegal immigration
A teacher in Fort Worth, Texas was suspended with pay after it was confirmed she made numerous anti-illegal immigration-themed tweets, and directed some to President Trump.

University of Illinois uses bias policies to silence conservative students: lawsuit
Student journalist slapped with no-contact order for accurate reporting

Short Circuit: A Roundup of Recent Federal Court Decisions
Where is the treasure? Where are the assets? Where’s the loot?

 

Economy & Taxes

 

California Sues Trump Administration for $1 Billion in High-Speed Rail Funds
The state of California wants the rest of America to pay for their high-speed rail boondoggle and they’re willing to sue Washington to get it.

Senate GOP to Trump: Mexico tariffs could derail trade deal
Will Donald Trump’s retaliatory tariffs on Mexico snatch defeat from the jaws of victory on trade? Senate Republicans sent out warnings overnight about the president’s attempts to force Mexico to stem the tide of refugees flowing to the border with an escalating tariff regime. They’re close to replacing NAFTA with Trump’s own US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), but Republicans fear this could sap its momentum in Congress

 

International

 

These maps may reveal why the Coalition won Australia’s election
Set out in map form, the pattern of the Coalition’s victory in Australia’s election looks clearer: it won over many lower income voters.

Jacob Rees-Mogg CONDEMNS Theresa May in Brexit attack – ‘She KILLED democracy’
JACOB REES-MOGG has furiously condemned Theresa May for failing to leave the European Union on March 29, criticising the Prime Minister for “killing democracy”.

Venezuela: Options on the table
Not all options are on the table. The latest events have made it clear that fraudulent elections or false dialogues are discarded.

Nigel Farage should have had ACID thrown on him instead of milkshake, Labour supporter says in shocking outburst
The Brexit Party boss was attacked on the campaign trail yesterday

Ancient lunar collision explains the moon’s two faces
The moon has two faces — the smoother, Earth-facing side and the rougher side, the dark side of the moon, which is marred by thousands of craters. Now, scientists know why the moon’s hemispheres are so different.

Beer Co. Advocates Hitting Conservatives Over The Head With Bricks
Who says it’s only American liberals who advocate for violence. On Monday, the Chorlton Brewing Company, a beer company based in Manchester in the UK, tweeted that his fellow crazy liberals should hit “fascists” (a term they reserve for anyone to the right of Bernie Sanders) over the head with bricks. And the response on Twitter was not friendly.

End game: Juan Guaido ready to negotiate with Maduro
While some may be taking the latest news out of Venezuela as a hopeful note, it may actually spell the beginning of the end of any hope that dictator Nicolas Maduro will be removed from power. We’re hearing from representatives of self-declared interim President Juan Guaido that he is now willing to enter into “negotiations” with Maduro, an option he had rejected as recently as last week. They already have representatives meeting in Norway where they’re trying to find a way out of the current quagmire. And with public support for Guaido’s calls to replace Maduro appearing to decline, it sounds like he’s running out of options.

Belgian monks resurrect 220-year-old beer after finding recipe
Grimbergen Abbey brew incorporates methods found in 12th-century books

Swedish government wants to ban runic script – asatroende and heritage enthusiasts rage
The government is currently investigating the possibility of banning the use of Norse runes. It is reported that the Minister of Justice, Morgan Johansson (S), is behind the initiative. In the Asa community, which organizes asa troops and people with an interest in the Norse cultural heritage, the outrage is great about what one thinks is a restriction on, among other things, religious freedom. A collection of names has been started and on Friday a manifestation is arranged outside the Parliament House in protest against the proposal.

Trexit: May announces resignation after Brexit humiliations
Ever since the first failure of Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement bill in March, the prime minister’s resignation has looked more inevitable than Brexit itself. Fresh off the last failure of the WAB – in which the prime minister couldn’t even secure a vote – May will leave office before the UK leaves the EU. May publicly gave her two-week notice this morning, with a departure date just after Donald Trump’s state visit in June.

Vegan couple jailed for giving 18-month-old child restrictive diet leaving her extremely malnourished
A vegan couple from Sweden was sentenced to three months in jail on Thursday for putting their 18-month-old child on a restrictive diet and leaving the girl malnourished and near death.

White South African farm activist is stabbed and beaten to death at her home in horrifying hammer attack
Annette Kennealy, 51, was beaten and stabbed to death on her farm in Limpopo

Venezuela’s economic crisis is now so bad that criminals can’t afford to buy bullets
Venezuela’s crippling economic spiral is having a negative impact on an unlikely group in society: criminals, who are struggling to afford bullets, and unable to find things to steal as the country’s wealth declines rapidly.

Brexit party surges, Tories and Labour take pounding in EU elections
Elections have consequences. And failing to execute a mandate from an election has consequences too, as both Conservatives and Labour discovered in the UK’s EU elections. Despite only being weeks old and largely without a policy portfolio, the Brexit party won almost a third of the vote, outstripping the UK’s two main parties — combined.

Tories trounced, Farage flying
I haven’t found exactly what I’ve been looking for in the way of analysis of the European Parliament election results in the United Kingdom.

The Real Winners of the European Elections: The Greens
Now that the dust has settled following last week’s European elections, it appears the real winners were the Western European Greens. Yes, populist firebrands Nigel Farage and Matteo Salvini redrew the political maps of the United Kingdom and Italy, respectively, and Eastern Europe stubbornly insists on going in its own direction, but in most of Western and Northern Europe, a political realignment now under way is shaking up the left as much as the right – and the Greens stand to benefit the most.

Stay on Your Side of the Border, Eh?: Trudeau Lectures Pence about New Pro-Life Laws in U.S.
What is it with leftists? They’re not content to turn their own enclaves into progressive dumpster fires. No, they have to try and force their values on the rest of us and tell us all how we should live. And for the progressives neo-Puritans, that means trying to pressure us into observing their most revered sacrament: abortion.

Charity sex scandal: UN staff “responsible for 60,000 rapes in a decade”
UN staff have carried out thousands of rapes around the world, a former senior official has claimed.

Having Achieved World Peace, UN Turns Its Attention to Alexa and Siri—Symbols of the Patriarchy
The United Nations — an organization more useless and irritating than an inflamed, pus-filled human appendix — is once again busy dealing with the most pressing international issues

Cambridge University discriminates against white, conservative men, academic claims
Cambridge University is guilty of discrimination against white, conservative men, an academic has claimed.

 

Opinion

 

The Equality Act Is a Time Bomb
The Equality Act (H.R. 5) passed the House on Friday. The sweeping legislation would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics. But it goes further than that. Under the guise of anti-discrimination protections, the bill redefines sex to include gender identity, undermines religious freedom, gives males who identify as females the right to women’s spaces, and sets a dangerous political precedent for the medicalization of gender-confused youth.

The Similarities Between Declining Rome and the Modern US
Sometime around A.D. 60, in the age of Emperor Nero, a Roman court insider named Gaius Petronius wrote a satirical Latin novel, “The Satyricon,” about moral corruption in Imperial Rome. The novel’s general landscape was Rome’s transition from an agrarian republic to a globalized multicultural superpower.

Boris Johnson’s turn to fail
There are plenty of things Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson can do that Theresa May probably can’t. Quote the Aeneid from memory in Latin. Tell an interviewer that if he were banished to a desert island he would spend the rest of his life translating Homer. Insist to another that his £250,000 a year salary for a weekly column was “chicken feed.” Express genuine awe at the sight of the gun from the opening scene in Kim. Have that hair. Oh, and win the support of enough of his fellow Tory MPs to be named party leader.

Kamala Harris Has a Plan to Close the ‘Gender Pay Gap’-and It’s Completely Unworkable
Is there really a significant gap between what men and women earn? Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris thinks so and she has a plan to fix it.

Open Letter to CA Gov. Newson from a Parent Whose Kids Are Leaving the State
The following letter was sent to us from a friend who works in a field where he has to remain anonymous. But this letter could have been sent from countless other Californians who’ve experienced the same thing.

The Trans Lobby Is Now Marketing to Your Kids
As the LGBT movement continues to grow in power and influence, it has started to market drag and transgender ideology to the most gullible group out there: children.

“Milkshaking” is the fun, new progressive protest tactic
Sugary attacks are occurring ahead of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party win in the upcoming elections.

Will “whiteshift” save America from ethnic strife?
If you’ve been paying any attention at all to journalism in recent years – maybe not a good idea, but if you have – you surely have noticed those stories predicting, often with a certain relish, that the United States is about to become a majority-minority country.

Tales from Crazyfornia: A brawl breaks out among elected officials at a government conference
Political violence in the United States goes all the way back to the founding of the country. The most notable kerfuffle took place when Aaron Burr met Alexander Hamilton on the field of honor with pistols. Burr fired, Hamilton returned fire, and then everybody started dancing and singing. At least that’s how it happened on Broadway.

What Is White Supremacy?
We hear an amazing amount about white supremacy these days. Seemingly, white supremacists are everywhere, although to my knowledge I’ve never met one. Nor am I sure what “white supremacy” is supposed to mean. Is it Joe Biden’s insane theory that Republicans “want to put y’all back in chains”? If not, then what is it?

The APA Meeting: A Photo-Essay
If you wanted to model the American Psychiatric Association “you could do worse than a giant firehose that takes in pharmaceutical company money at one end, and shoots lectures about social justice out the other.”

The Europe of Nations vs. the Europe of Brussels
John Fonte is probably the leading American critic of what he calls “the Europe of Brussels.” Thus, his is a voice worth listening to in connection with the European parliamentary elections now being held.

History and the High Price of Forgetting
Have you ever read Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War? Probably no one should ever hold any important office, or even dare to comment on public affairs, who has not studied that great lesson. What Thucydides records is nothing less than the ruin of ancient Greece, the civilization which first developed democracy as a political system.

California Can’t Win its Confession Fight
John of Nepomuk is a name not often heard these days; Wenceslaus IV, even more so. John was a Bohemian priest of the 14th century. As the story goes, he was the confessor to the queen, Wenceslaus’s wife. When John refused to reveal information divulged to him during the sacrament of confession, the king had him drowned in the river Vltava. John considered his religious obligation – the seal of the confessional, an absolute duty of confidentiality between priest and penitent — inviolable, no matter the objections of the secular authority or the punishments threatened.

Twitter’s Gender Problem
Should people be banned from Twitter for stating that women don’t have penises or for calling males who identify as females men? In her latest video, National Review’s Madeleine Kearns asks what role Twitter is playing in the international gender debate.

Which Lunatics Are Running the Asylum?
Meet Cassidy Leigh “Cas” Barbour (pronouns “he/him/his”), a Peer Advisor at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where “he” is majoring in Communication Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. “Cas” first came out as bisexual at age 11, identified as “gay” at age 12, and at age 18, decided she was actually “he.” Now calling herself/”himself” Casper Landyn Barbour, she/”has” has also been under treatment for mental illness since she/”he” was in third grade

The Consistent Mitch McConnell
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ignited a firestorm yesterday at an event in Paducah, Kentucky. McConnell responded to a question from the audience.

Dangers of a World Where “Almost Anyone Can be Arrested for Something”
A recent dissenting opinion by Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch highlights some of the dangers of the enormous scope of modern criminal law.

How The Equality Act Would Devastate Parents’ Ability To Get Trans Children Help
Parents who just want to help their children learn to live in harmony with their bodies deserve better than to be demonized as racists.

Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton Generate Very Different Emotional Responses from Republicans
Biden not only doesn’t generate the emotional response Hillary did, his nomination would constitute the Democrats broadcasting to the world that they have not (yet) embraced socialism, and they have not (yet) fully-embraced the woke culture of the Online Left. So how would the Republicans generate the kind of Flight 93 urgency that helped Trump (very narrowly) beat Hillary?

Why We Should Read Machiavelli
In the mid-1990s, film critic David Denby wrote Great Books, in which he recounted a year spent at Columbia University taking two core courses in the humanities that focused on “Western classics” written by so-called “Dead White European Males.” It was “thirty years after [Denby entered] Columbia University for the first time,” when “[n]o one…could possibly have imagined that in the following decades the courses would be alternatively reviled as an iniquitous oppression and adored as a bulwark of the West.” Indeed, a prevalent critique was (and still is) that the classics were written by white men relevant primarily in connection to a regime of power that exerted cultural and political hegemony over large parts of the world.

First, They Came for Mark Twain. Now, They’re Coming for Mel Brooks
Forty-five years ago, Mel Brooks made what many critics agree is the single, funniest film in Hollywood history. Blazing Saddles is not only an iconic comedy, but its social message about racism is also among the finest examples of using satire to make a serious point that you could find.

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