News of the Week (June 23rd, 2019)

 

News of the Week for June 23rd, 2019


 

Gun Rights

 

Buying ammunition in California? It’s about to get more expensive. Here’s why.
This July, it will get more expensive to purchase firearm ammunition in California. That’s because the second phase of 2016’s Proposition 63 goes into effect, mandating that all ammunition buyers submit to a spot background check when purchasing rounds, at the cost of $1.

Survey: Less than a THIRD of college students believe right to bear arms is “essential”
A recent survey showed that college students value the right to bear arms MUCH less than other rights.

Julie Morrison a Democrat Senator in Illinois threatened a gun owner with confiscation
A video recorded by the Illinois State Rifle Association caught the event on camera. At a town hall meeting, a gun owner referenced SB107 and stated its purpose as “to take away [his] semiautomatic firearms.”

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

Climate science’s “masking bias” problem
How valid conclusions often lay hidden within research reports, masked by plausible but unjustified conclusions reached in those reports. And how the IPCC institutionalizes such masking errors in climate science.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

Canada Embraces Euthanasia “Kill and Harvest:
Canada has enthusiastically embraced euthanasia and all of its implications.

Sorry, banning plastic bags won’t save our planet
Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a plan to reduce plastic pollution, which will include a ban on single-use plastics as early as 2021. This is laudable: plastics clog drains and cause floods, litter nature and kill animals and birds.

Two-thirds of Dems think they’d be able to keep their current insurance after Medicare For All passes
You would think the term “Medicare For All” would be a clue, but no.

“Socialist” Nordic Countries Are Actually Moving Toward Private Health Care
Rising support for socialism in the United States comes at a time when politicians like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., promise a great many “free” services, to be provided or guaranteed by the government.

UK court orders forced abortion for disabled woman
A British judge has authorized doctors to perform an abortion on a pregnant Catholic woman with developmental disabilities and a mood disorder, despite the objections of the woman’s mother and the woman herself. The woman is 22 weeks pregnant.

 

War & Terror

 

Weapons: Not Made Here Not Wanted
T-5000 state-of-the-art sniper rifle into the hands of more Russian troops has been delayed, again, by at least a year. The latest problem was the Ministry of Defense demanding that all Russian made weapons use only components built in Russia. Most of the T5000 (or Tochnost) components are Russian but a few come from German and Austrian suppliers.

 

National

 

Harvard Rescinds Admission To Conservative Kyle Kashuv Over Private Racist Remarks He Wrote At 16, Despite Apology And Evidence Of Growth. This Is Disgusting.
Our universities may be irrevocably broken.

McConnell Explains Congress Stuff to Jon Stewart Regarding 9/11 Victims Fund
Comedian Jon Stewart spent the past week lobbying for a most noble cause: the continued — and hopefully permanent — funding from Congress for 9/11 victims.

San Francisco PD sued for discrimination… against white men
Hey, did you hear the one about the 12 white guys who brought a lawsuit saying they were being discriminated against? That probably sounds like the opening line of a joke you’d read at Media Matters, but in this case, it’s true. And the dozen white men in question (along with one retired, white lesbian) are police officers.

Calif. high school paper slams ‘competitive,’ ‘goal-oriented’ mindsets of grads
Editors of a student newspaper at Palo Alto High School are stopping the publication of a map showing where graduates are attending college.

Teen Vogue Encourages Children To Explore Prostitution As A Career
On April 26, Teen Vogue posted an article titled “Why Sex Work is Real Work” by Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng.

New Denver City Council Member: I Will Usher In Communism “By Any Means Necessary”
Newly elected far-left Denver City Council member Candi CdeBaca has stated that she is “excited to usher” in communism “by any means necessary.”

Led by Kavanaugh, SCOTUS (sort of) affirms that social media platforms aren’t bound by First Amendment in moderating content
I say “sort of” because today’s ruling doesn’t specifically address social media. It was about public access television in New York City. The question: Was a private company that had been designated by NYC to operate public access stations a de facto “state actor,” bound by the First Amendment the same way the government itself is not to discriminate based on viewpoint? On rare occasions in the past, the Court has treated private entities as arms of the state based on some unusual relationship they have with the government or some unusual role they happen to play in the community. In those cases, the private entity is treated legally as a sort of state “deputy,” held to the same rules government is. That means, unlike other private actors, it can’t ban someone just because it doesn’t like what that person has to say.

More AOC: Fascist Trump is running “concentration camps” on southern border
“I don’t use those words to just throw bombs,” says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in this bizarre rant. That appears to be exactly what the frosh House Democrat is doing in this Instagram Q&A. Ocasio-Cortez uses Holocaust language to describe detention centers for border crossers and calling Donald Trump a “fascist” for making them an “institutionalized practice.”

Indiana man posing as millionaire convinced Alaska teen to murder “best friend” for money
We don’t cover a lot of non-political crime stories at Hot Air but this story is so awful in so many ways that it really ought to rise to the level of national concern. Earlier this month police discovered the body of 19-year-old Cynthia Hoffman (pictured above) washed up on the shore of a river in Alaska. She had been bound with duct tape and shot in the back of the head. Police eventually identified the group who had killed her. They weren’t a gang. Most of them weren’t even adults. In fact, the victim had once described the woman who plotted and organized her execution, 18-year-old Denali Brehmer, as her best friend.

The most widely cited study on transgender athlete performance was garbage
We’ve covered a number of stories here about transgender male athletes “identifying” as women who dominate actual women in competitive sports. The most frequent pushback we get on these reports comes in the form of people pointing to a study conducted by Joanna Harper, a scientist and long-distance runner who also transitioned from being a male. The study she conducted supposedly showed that these males were performing significantly more poorly following hormone therapy and were not a definitive threat to the actual female runners, nor did they demonstrate an insurmountable advantage in track and field events.

High School Girl Who Lost Race to Transgender Athletes Files Federal Complaint
A female high school athlete who didn’t qualify for a track event because two boys who identify as girls ran faster filed a complaint Monday with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Penn. college offers ‘Queering God’ course
Swarthmore College offers a “Queering God” course, which focuses on, among other things, God’s gender identity.

Man nabbed for Bronx rape allegedly said she “deserved it” for “slavery”
A black parolee arrested for raping and bashing a white woman on the roof of his Bronx apartment building allegedly told a witness that she “deserved” the brutal attack because of slavery, according to court papers.

New Josh Hawley bill proposes a fairness doctrine for Big Tech
A terrible idea but one in keeping with the spirit of the times. Whether the bill is unconstitutional or (giggle) un-conservative doesn’t matter. Whether it will backfire and cause more problems than it solves doesn’t really matter either. What matters is delivering the adrenaline rush of punching an enemy of the right square in the face. Hawley understands the Trumpist ethos. In fact, I’m treating this as a sort of unofficial announcement that he’s running for president in 2024 and intends to compete aggressively for Trump’s base in the primaries.

California’s New Sex-ed Regime Is Worse Than You Can Imagine
California schools plan to teach aberrant sex practices and sexual-identity confusion at school – normalizing mental illness and perverse, immoral, and dangerous sex practices.

Transgender Colorado STEM Shooter Motivated by Revenge Over Pronouns, Bullying
On May 7, two teens opened fire in the STEM School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., injuring eight students and claiming the life of 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo, who heroically sacrificed himself to stop the shooting. Early rumors suggested one of the shooters was transgender, and court documents released Thursday confirm that one of the suspects was motivated to carry out the shooting due to other students rejecting her gender identity.

Clarence Thomas Benchslaps the Federal Government in a Property Rights Case
“Our role is to enforce the Takings Clause as written.”

Incoming Texas freshmen threatened with doxxing if they join conservative campus groups
A Texas group is threatening to release personal information of incoming freshmen who plan to join conservative student groups.

Vermont Poised to Let Kids, Not Parents, Make Gender Decisions
Most schools can’t give a child an aspirin without getting a parent’s OK. But in Vermont, kids are about to get a whole lot more than Tylenol. Under a new rule, they’ll be able to get entirely new bodies—in some cases, without ever calling home.

Ravelry Knitting Site Bans “Support of Donald Trump and His Administration”
“Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy”

Supreme Court Overrules Precedent that Created “Catch-22” for Property Owners Attempting to Bring Takings Cases in Federal Court
The close 5-4 ruling is an important victory for constitutional property rights.

Short Circuit: A Roundup of Recent Federal Court Decisions
Spy networks, cyberattacks, and the price we pay for civilization.

 

Economy & Taxes

 

Workers at Volkswagen Plant in Tennessee Vote Against Union
Defeat extends UAW’s losing streak at foreign-owned auto factories in the South

 

International

 

Peace Time: Elusive Virtues
Why do some parts of the world seem to defy efforts to achieve any degree of unity and peace? Not just for years or decades but for generations and as long as anyone can remember. The worst of these nations (like Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia) seem to actively avoid peace, prosperity and unity and finding solutions for their problems seems futile. But when you step back and take a closer look you find that all these countries have lots in common, aside from being “failed states.”

Ex-South African police officers caught in thwarted farm attack
Intelligence and swift action by white farmers of Bethlehem in the Free State, South Africa to thwart a possible farm attack near Fouriesburg, revealed the potential involvement of the South African Police in the attack.

How 7.4 Tons of Venezuela’s Gold Landed in Africa—and Vanished
Secret deliveries to a refinery in Uganda expose a global underground economy many suspect is helping Nicolás Maduro cling to power

In Venezuela, looters are stripping the dead in cemeteries
I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve felt compelled to begin a column with the question, “how bad have things gotten in Venezuela?” But every time I think we’ve seen the conditions in that failed state hit rock bottom, Venezuela comes back and says, hold my beer. We already knew about the power outages, the lack of potable water, food and medical supplies. There’s been some looting during the protests here and there. But now, as the title of this piece indicates, things have hit a new low, both figuratively and literally. Looters are digging up graves in cemeteries where successful families bury their dead and stripping them of any jewelry or other valuables interred with the deceased.

Man is awarded £1,000 in damages after suing Brewdog for sex discrimination when he was refused a ‘Pink IPA’ drink because of his gender
Dr Thomas Bower tried to order a £4 Pink IPA – which was dubbed ‘Beer for Girls’

A Debate about Brexit in Which Nobody Debated Brexit
I was looking forward to the BBC’s “Our Next Prime Minister” debate, but I finished the show seriously questioning my sanity. It was an hour I’ll never get back, so I might as well fill you in.

China Strip Mines Political Prisoners for Their Organs
China has long been credibly accused of allowing a black market in organ sales, the kidneys, livers, etc. coming from murdered political prisoners such as the Falon Gong.

White people now finally excluded from the South African job market.
The Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Amendment Bill eliminates all white people including the disabled. “The definition of black people is now clear and aligned with the Constitution,” Tlhoaele said.

What the UK’s Orwellian Gender Policy Gets Wrong About Men and Women
The British government has adopted a concerning new policy regulating speech. The New York Times reports a new policy banning the use of “harmful” gender stereotypes in advertising—yes, private ads.

Teenager, 17, suspended from school for insisting there are “only two genders” reveals he spoke out in protest at “dangerous views being forced on pupils”
Aberdeenshire 17-year-old sparked international debate on transgender rights

Erdogan’s party loses controversial mayoral re-run in Istanbul
In a blow to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an opposition candidate declared victory in the Istanbul mayor’s race for a second time Sunday after the government-backed candidate conceded defeat in a high-stakes repeat election.

 

Opinion

 

“Latinx” is not a word in Spanish and Hispanics will never accept it as one
Progressives and socialists love to pervert language to fit their narratives and they have certainly done a number on English. Now they’re going after Spanish, coming up with terms such as “Latinx” in order to make it gender neutral. The problem is Spanish is not a gender neutral language. There are feminine and masculine words because that is how it has been spoken and read for centuries.

Swing states: Biden dominates, Trump’s reelection in trouble
Former Vice President Joe Biden dominates his rivals in several swing states where President Trump is facing high disapproval ratings, a potential sign that the White House door is opening for the Democrat.

Juneteenth Is A Celebration Of The United States’ History And Promise
Today when I visit gravesites, museums, and landmarks honoring those who were enslaved in our country, I no longer feel that frustration I felt as a kid. Instead, my mind goes back in time.

Why Marxism Is Still Alive; The Legacy of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Romanian author and public intellectual, Mihail Neamtu, joins the show to talk about what he calls the “ghost” of Marxism. What defines Marxism and what remnants of the ideology are we seeing today? After that, Daniel J. Mahoney, writer and professor of politics at Assumption College, speaks with Acton’s Director of Communications, John Couretas, about the legacy of the 20th century Russian writer, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Solzhenitsyn’s writings are said to have contributed greatly in bringing down the Soviet Union and brought wide attention to the atrocities of the Soviet Gulags.

Trump demonizes Dems. They deserve it, but is it a good idea?
The problem is that Trump’s war cry isn’t what the voters he likely needs to win want to hear. Yes, it will energize his core supporters, but may well put off the voters he needs to get close to 50 percent of the vote.

“Pride” celebrations: A disgusting month of naked men twerking for innocent kids
It is Pride Month again in North America, and this means many of our mainstream publications turn into relentless promoters of public nudity and sanctimonious bigots nursing a grudge against previous generations. These individuals head onto TV to demand that our political leaders show the appropriate amount of support for the festivals of twerking that encompass large swathes of our biggest cities. Along with the rainbow partying and the fawning media coverage, of course, come some of the stupidest debates that you can imagine. One recurrent argument – and yes, this is now an argument – is whether children should be exposed to the lewd proceedings.

Something is amiss in the tribalist GOP
What would you say is the primary task of a U.S. congressman? To pass laws? To participate in debates? To sit on committees? I reckon there’s a clue in the oath they swear when they take up their seats. You know, the one about supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States.

Pediatric gender clinics: We may look back and ask ‘what were we thinking?’
Children’s Minnesota has launched a treatment endeavor just as a warning arrives.

Do You Want Your Daughter To Read “Teen Vogue?”
While we all scratch our heads and wonder what is happening to our kids, we should pay more attention to what our kids are watching, reading, and surfing to on the internet.

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