News of the Week (October 6th, 2019)

 

News of the Week for Oct. 6th, 2019


 

Gun Rights

 

Las Vegas stops prosecuting misdemeanor domestic violence cases
The city of Las Vegas has stopped charging people with misdemeanor domestic violence in the wake of a Nevada Supreme Court decision that said defendants in such cases were entitled to jury trials.

 

Hide the Decline

Environment &
“Green Energy”

 

Climate Worship Is Nothing More Than Rebranded Paganism
We’re seeing sexualized dances, hallucinogens, worshiping nature, confessing sins in pagan animism, worshiping purified teen saints, all to promote a supposedly greater cause.

UN climate chief: Stop worrying and have babies
Climate change may well be a problem, but the chief of the United Nations’ agency on climate says it won’t destroy the world – and shouldn’t stop young people from having children. Alarmist rhetoric from “doomsters and extremists” that babies will destroy the planet “resembles religious extremism” and “will only add to [young women’s] burden” by “provoking anxiety,” he said.

Woman Snaps At AOC Over Climate: “Start Eating Babies!” “We Only Have A Few Months Left!”
A woman who presumably was one of socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) constituents snapped during an Ocasio-Cortez town hall event on Thursday evening over climate change, declaring that there are only “a few months left!” and that it is time to “start eating babies!”

Castro wants to “phase out” nuclear energy
During an interview with NPR yesterday, Julian Castro (who is still running for president for some mysterious reason) described his energy plan. As part of it, he declared that we need to phase out nuclear energy, along with getting rid of coal, oil, natural gas and anything else involving any carbon emissions. People who have actually studied this issue already know that nuclear power is crucial is you’re really serious about doing away with fossil fuels, so even the hosts on NPR were skeptical of Castro’s plan.

The Push For Energy Socialism In The United States
Economist Charles Steele explains how Democratic candidates for President are pushing energy socialism and why the attempt to meet their physically impossible goals, would require totalitarianism.

 

Obamacare

Government in Healthcare

 

16 Indiana students hospitalized after getting shot with insulin by mistake
Sixteen students at an Indiana career center were hospitalized after they were accidentally injected with shots of insulin during what was meant to be a tuberculosis skin test, the school district said.

The Push For Energy Socialism In The United States
Economist Charles Steele explains how Democratic candidates for President are pushing energy socialism and why the attempt to meet their physically impossible goals, would require totalitarianism.

 

War & Terror

 

Renewed protests in Hong Kong turn violent
John wrote about the renewed protests in Hong Kong last night and credible fears of violence as China celebrates its 70th anniversary. Those fears turned out to be completely credible because it was only a matter of hours later before the teargas canisters were flying and both the police and the demonstrators were lodging accusations of excessive force and attacks against each other. The question on everyone’s mind appeared to be where Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has gotten off to.

China unveils terrifying Dongfeng-41 nuke that “can strike US in 30 minutes with TEN warheads” at 70th anniversary parade
CHINA has unveiled its “ultimate doomsday weapon” during one of the nation’s biggest military parades.

Evolution Could Explain Why Having a Girlfriend Makes Men More Attractive
Here’s an option for men struggling to find female partners: Hire a professional wing woman for a night on the town. A beautiful, charismatic companion will help ease you into conversations with prospective dates. At least, that’s the claim companies touting the service make.

On Point: Hong Kong’s Protests Shame Red China’s Parade — Does This Mean War?
On Oct. 1, the Chinese Communist Party threw itself a celebratory propaganda jubilee trumpeting the 70th anniversary Mao Zedong’s civil war victory and his clique’s seizure of power on the mainland.

 

National

 

Colorado governor’s staff urges newspapers to remove story
The press office for Colorado’s liberal Democratic governor, Jared Polis, is facing criticism after asking two small-town newspapers to take down an online news story reported by what it calls a biased news organization affiliated with the conservative Koch family.

Christian colleges cheer Trump administration plan to end religious discrimination against contractors
Every other group gets to hire those in line with its mission

School BLOCKS Miss. College Republicans chapter from starting public Facebook account
A public community college in Mississippi has blocked a College Republicans chapter from starting a public Facebook page.

Sixth Texas GOP Congressman Announces Retirement
Texas congressman Mac Thornberry, who was first elected in the 1994 GOP wave and is now the ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee, announced this morning that he will retire at the end of this term.

NASA lander captures marsquakes, other Martian sounds
NASA’s InSight lander on Mars has captured the low rumble of marsquakes and a symphony of other otherworldly sounds.

Trump and the Senate Republicans on China: Compare and contrast
This is the 70th anniversary of a dark day in history — the founding of the Chinese Communist dictatorship. Jay Nordlinger correctly calls this dictatorship “one of the great tragedies and horrors of modern times.”

Facebook CEO: Would a Warren election “suck for us? Yeah”
Welcome to the club. The Verge got leaked audio from two of Mark Zuckerberg’s internal meetings with Facebook employees reviewing the challenges faced by the Internet giant, one of which is the upcoming presidential election. With candidates calling for the breakup of the tech giants, Zuckerberg predicted that the worst outcome might be a victory by Elizabeth Warren. If that happens, Zuckerberg told his employees, expect to go to the mattresses

Los Angeles: You can be a cop if you’re a gang member, but not a conservative?
Police departments across America are struggling to hire new officers, and they say that desperate times call for desperate measures.

Old-School House Democrats Face Primary Challenges From Progressives Across the Country
Jerry Dickinson is the Democrats’ perfect House candidate — and not just on paper. Yes, he’s young, accomplished, academic and a charismatic liberal outsider who supports the ideals of the Green New Deal, the impeachment of the president and can self-raise an impressive amount of cash for his candidacy. He is all of those things and more.

Red State Democrats Wary That Impeachment Witch Hunt Will Prevent Dems Winning Majority
Democrat Senators from red states have expressed concern that the impeachment process started by Nancy Pelosi “may spin out of control and destroy any chance their party might have of winning back the majority next year,” according to a report from The Hill. These Democrats believe that if their party doesn’t act quickly, Trump could “turn the tables on them.”

Students required to play intersectional monopoly as part of diversity training
Earlier this month a revised version of Monopoly called Ms. Monopoly made some news. The gimmick in the new game was that women make more than men every time they pass “go.” But today a college student named Justin Begley writes about his experience with intersectional Monopoly at Canisius College, a private school in Buffalo, New York. As a member of Young America’s Foundation, Begley was required to play the game as part of diversity training given to student groups on campus.

New Lawsuit Alleges State of California Violated National Voter Registration Act
California failing to verify citizenship before placing voters on the voter rolls

Fairfax County Police Officer Suspended for Turning Individual over to ICE
The Fairfax County Police Department has suspended an officer for detaining and turning the driver in an accident over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Saturday in violation of the department’s policy not to assist ICE with civil enforcement.

Virginia teacher sues after being fired for alleged transgender discrimination
A Virginia high school teacher who was fired for refusing to use a transgender student’s preferred pronouns has filed a lawsuit against the school district.

How the Trump Campaign Is Preparing for 2020
Yesterday, Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee announced they had raised a combined $125 million over the past three months and had $156 million in cash on hand – roughly twice as much as President Obama and the DNC had at this point in the 2012 cycle.

Woke Math In Seattle
In the future, historians will look back upon the suicide of our civilization and will see this poison for what it is. In Seattle, the city’s public schools have decided that everything, even mathematics, has to be seen through the lens of oppression and racism. Below are actual screenshots from the guidelines for math education there

Math SDS ES Framework by ThePoliticalHat on Scribd

University and College Union apologises after failing to include Jews on list of groups of Holocaust victims
The organisation blamed ‘drafting errors’ after an e-mail promoting Holocaust Memorial Day mentioned all groups targeted during the Shoah – except Jews

Supreme Court Takes Up First Abortion Case After Kavanaugh Confirmation
On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would consider two abortion cases consolidated into one. The cases center on Louisiana’s law requiring abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles. The case represents the first time the Court will consider an abortion case after the confirmations of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, giving the Court a conservative majority.

New study concludes women, millennials, and liberals more likely to support censorship, hold double standards
A new study called The Ideology of Censorship sought to identify bias in censorship and where it originates from, and according to the authors, it’s young women and liberals that support censorship the most.

Shelter for Male Survivors of Domestic Abuse Opening in Indiana
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence you can reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline by calling 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).

A Conservative Congressional Candidate Is Removed from Twitter
I wrote this past weekend about Daniel Merritt, the conservative combat vet, entrepreneur, patriot, dad (of four), husband, and WFB pal now running for Congress in Georgia’s first congressional district.

Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, Study Finds
From a quarter to half of Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25.

Rashida Tlaib Comes Out for Jim Crow-Style Laws, Arrests of Her Political Foes
Wait long enough, and everything comes around again. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), one of the wokest womyn in the world, has this week blazed bold new trails by calling for the revival of not one, but two tried-and-true practices that have inexplicably fallen into neglect in American politics: Jim Crow segregation laws and the arrest of one’s political opponents.

Top EU Court Wants Global Removal of “Hateful” Content on Facebook
Ruling comes as EU mulls bloc-wide hate speech rules based on German laws

Short Circuit: A Roundup of Recent Federal Court Decisions
Net neutrality, malingering mailmen, and procrastinating plaintiffs

Trump: Hey, that call to Zelensky was Rick Perry;s idea
Is President Trump throwing Secretary of Energy Rick Perry under the bus for the phone call to President Zelensky? That is not a question I thought I would be asking.

My Book Defending Free Speech Has Been Pulled
I recently completed a book defending free speech. Emerald Press scheduled it for publication but then decided not to proceed. Here’s what it said about the book in Emerald’s September 2019 catalogue

Scientists Implant False Memories in Birds to Teach Them Songs They’ve Never Heard
Scientists have been able to teach birds simple songs they’ve never heard before by selectively activating specific neurons in their brains – effectively implanting false memories.

 

Economy & Taxes

 

Trade war fallout: U.S. manufacturing index falls again, down to lowest level since 2009 recession
The ISM index dipped to 49.1 percent last month, the worst number in years and evidence that the U.S. manufacturing sector was now in a recession even though the broader economy was not. (Anything below 50 on the index signifies contraction.) The good news was that forecasters expected an uptick this month, with economists surveyed by MarketWatch predicting a total of 50.2 percent. That would indicate only very modest expansion, but any expansion is good.

Silicon Valley’s Useful Idiots
Tech elites paid for the rope that may hang them.

Judge tosses New York tax cap lawsuit
One of the many sore spots for Democrats in the 2017 tax law was the limit placed on how much of your state and local taxes (SALT) could be deducted when filing your federal taxes. The SALT cap was set at $10,000 dollars and blue states with a lot of high earners objected, saying that the rule imposed an unfair burden on them. With that in mind, they began cooking up schemes to allow people to “donate” extra money in the amount they would have paid in excess state taxes to state-controlled “charitable” funds. This would have allowed the taxpayer to then deduct the same amount.

Why the Wealth Tax Will Only Bring in a Fraction of What Supporters Are Claiming
The rich have always been with us. And no nation on earth celebrates wealth as much as the United States.

Trump’s Real Liability Isn’t Impeachment: It’s China and the Economy
Below is an open letter to Larry Kudlow I posted here on July 19, 2018. I warned that Trump’s trade war would backfire. Today we heard that the National Association of Purchasing Managers’ industrial production index had fallen to the lowest level since June of 2009. We are in a manufacturing recession, according to the Federal Reserve. Factory output is contracting. Trump won in 2016 by carrying key manufacturing states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconson. This blunder could lose him the election. This is MUCH more dangerous than the impeachment masquerade. Americans really don’t care about Ukraine but they do care about their jobs. The president is trying to deflect blame onto the Federal Reserve, but he’s not fooling anybody.

Government retiree costs must be reined in
The PERS cost creep continues. According to TransparentNevada, a website maintained by the Nevada Policy Research Institute, the number of former Nevada government employees drawing pensions in excess of $100,000 a year from the Nevada Public Employees’ Retirement System now exceeds 2,150. In 2013, when pension data were first made available the number was 1,000.

How did that Universal Basic Income test work out?
Last year we found out that the mayor of Stockton, California was launching a test program to see how a universal basic income program might work out. Michael Tubbs had arranged for a combination of public and private funding to allow a relatively small number of people to sign up for a monthly check with no strings attached. (In a curious turn of events they wound up having trouble attracting enough people to the test program because most people who received letters about it assumed it was a scam.) Tubbs did eventually get the program off the ground, however, and it’s been running for roughly a year.

Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Wealth Tax’ Is Punishment, Not Taxation
Does economic success deserve to be punished? The Democratic Party will have to answer in the coming primaries. Joe Biden is on the correct side of it.

 

International

 

Should pupils be banned from bringing a packed lunch and be forced to have school dinners
A Judge in Italy has said it should be up to schools to decide if kids are allowed to eat packed lunches effectively making school dinners compulsory. Should Britain do the same?

Fewer People In Hong Kong Tend To Identify As Chinese
Hong Kong has been embroiled in mass protests for weeks after the local government attempted to push through a bill allowing extradition to mainland China. In the years since the handover, Beijing has been respectful of Hong Kong’s economic power and unique way of life – particularly freedom of expression and legal independence. The demonstrators took the streets due to what they consider an attempt to undermine that way of life.

British employees are deliberately sabotaging workplace robots over fears the machines will take their jobs, new study claims
Manual workers have found their own way of stopping the robot’s rise, sabotage

Hong Kong protester shot as China marks its 70th anniversary
In a fearsome escalation of violence, Hong Kong police shot a protester in the chest at close range Tuesday, leaving the teenager bleeding and howling on the ground. Tens of thousands joined anti-government demonstrations that spread across the semi-autonomous Chinese territory in a challenge to Beijing’s dominance as the Communist Party celebrated 70 years in power.

UK Rugby Referees Quitting Over Transgender Players Breaking Women’s Bones
Rugby referees in the UK would rather quit their jobs rather than watch male players who identify as females injure and maim actual female players. The Sunday Times reported that the fear of “being sued as more men claim to be women join the women’s leagues and end up hurting natural-born female contestants with their strength and speed” has led to their decision to resign rather than take the liability.

Evo Blames The Rich For Environmental Damage; Meanwhile His Fortune Has Tripled
Evo Morales’ private airplane cost 38 million dollars, even though he is a hero of the poor and the planet.

Schoolmates of Hong Kong teen shot by police hold sit-in as college faces pressure to condemn force
Hundreds of pupils and alumni gather near Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College to show support for Tsang Chi-kin

Has BoJo found his Brexit deal?
With four weeks to go before British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deadline of October 31, today he’s unveiling what is likely his last chance at-bat for a deal to the European Union. Most of the details are the same as they were under the proposals offered by Theresa May, but BoJo is throwing in a twist. The biggest sticking point that kept sinking May’s plans was the question of the Irish Backstop. (A plan to prevent a hard border forming between Ireland and Northern Ireland.)

Here’s that hippie, pro-privacy, pro-freedom Apple y’all so love: Hong Kong protest safety app banned from iOS store
Trying to avoid cops, live rounds, tear gas? Oh no, you don’t, say Cook & Co

Hong Kong’s “Shot Heard Around the World” Is Reverberating
Hong Kong protests turned violent as demonstrators took to the streets on Tuesday, the day marking the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule in China.

The Push For Energy Socialism In The United States
Economist Charles Steele explains how Democratic candidates for President are pushing energy socialism and why the attempt to meet their physically impossible goals, would require totalitarianism.

“A rapidly spreading crisis”
A 12-year-old student in Melbourne was verbally abused, physically assaulted and forced to kiss the feet of a Muslim boy – all because he is Jewish.

Headmistress of Elite Girls’ School: Some Students Claim to Be Trans to Cause ‘Turbulence at School’
The former headmistress of an elite all-girls school in London has gone on the record to admit what we all know. Transgenderism is mostly a fad, especially among the young kids who are always looking for something to rebel against.

Fueling Hong Kong’s Fury, Carrie Lam Invokes Emergency Powers, Ban Masks
Further inflaming public outrage in this freedom-loving city, Chief Executive Carrie Lam just invoked emergency powers to impose a law banning the use of masks — or any kind of facial covering — at public meetings and processions. Protesters here have been relying on masks to protect themselves against the copious use of tear gas by police, and also to hide their identities from a government that has been increasingly criminalizing even peaceful forms of dissent.

What Happened in Peru: a Coup d’Etat or a Rebel Congress?
Vizcarra decided to announce the dissolution of Congress and present a new Council of Ministers, and to continue calling for legislative elections

Taiwan flag emoji disappears from latest Apple iPhone keyboard
The Republic of China flag emoji has disappeared from Apple iPhone’s keyboard for Hong Kong and Macau users. The change happened for users who updated their phones to the latest operating system.

Hongkongers Defy Mask Ban as City Grinds to a Halt
Thousands of masked Hongkongers were back on the streets on Oct. 5 in a show of defiance against the government’s new ban on face coverings during the ongoing protests against Beijing’s encroachment.

Riots in Hong Kong as anti-mask law takes effect
Friday, Hong Kong’;s Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced a new law banning protesters from wearing masks. The goal is to make it easier for police to identify protesters (and no doubt also to make them more susceptible to tear gas).

British PM Johnson to EU: ‘We’re Packing our Bags and Walking Out’ in 25 Days
If European Union leaders thought there would be any flagging or hesitation from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson when the Brexit deadline loomed, they are sadly mistaken.

Career criminals to be given taxpayer-funded supplies of heroin thanks to new scheme championed by head of failing police force
Fifteen of the most prolific career criminals will get taxpayer-funded heroin

Abuse victim was raped by more than 500 men in seven-year ordeal that began when she was 11 but she was the one prosecuted by police
‘Jennifer’, an alias she uses, had 52 convictions in total before the age of 19

 

Opinion

 

Surf Nazis- I Hate Those Guys
What would we do without the New York Times warning us about the menace of . . . (checks notes) . . . surf Nazis!

Republicans Begin Impeachment Investigation…
Mitch McConnell strides into the press conference, exuding that air of masculine confidence that made him, inevitably, a leader of men. He taps the microphone, clears his throat, and begins his presentation to the assembled reporters: “Good afternoon, everyone. I have an important announcement to make. In fact, one of historical significance.” Before the murmur in the room can die down, he declares, “Republicans of both houses of Congress are officially launching an impeachment investigation of the next Democratic President of the United States.”

The Gospel of Marx: A False Religion Explained
Karl Marx once called religion the opium of the people—an imaginary coping mechanism that makes suffering in this world more bearable. His vision was a secular, atheistic one. But my guest today argues Marx’s vision was still intensely spiritual. In fact, he says Marx hijacked key themes from Christianity to create a false religion. Theology professor Bruce Ashford joins me in today’s episode.

The term “Latinx” was clearly made up by virtue signaling white people who have no knowledge of Spanish or Latino culture.
Anyone who knows how the Spanish language works knows that many nouns and most adjectives end in either “a” or “o” to indicate whether the word is associated with male or female. There is no real significance placed on the gender of something and it can be changed (specifically for adjectives) based on the gender of the subject. But the main rule is if you don’t know the gender of the subject(s) or its a mixed group, it defaults to a genderless “o” or more commonly for multiple people “os”.

The criminalization of speech (Part 2)
The story is from ten months ago, but it;s another example of the criminalization of speech

Animal Farm is so very relevant today
I just finished rereading Animal Farm, the first time in over a couple of decades. All the time I was reading this great work I was continuously surprised by parallels between the fictional world created by George Orwell more than 70 years ago and conditions today in so many countries. There are also warning signs that these conditions could be created here.

Trump’s Most Loyal Allies Are Putting Him on the Path to Impeachment
I don’t think it’s possible to fully grasp the Ukraine scandal without understanding the dynamic outlined by former homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert last weekend. Recall that he told ABC News and the New York Times that a pernicious cycle had taken hold in the White House – even as aides debunked 2016 conspiracy theories, Trump allies (including Rudy Giuliani) would sell the president once again on wild tales.

Boris Blindsides Bolshy Remainers
So the news yesterday is that Prime Minister Johnson is finding ways to do exactly what he said he would do – i.e. Brexit on November 1 – despite the objections of the various remainer MP factions and the chattering classes as a whole.

Marco Rubio Is Right About Trump Playing The Press
Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) response to the president suggesting China “should start an investigation into the Bidens” is largely a Beltway story, but it’s worth dwelling on briefly for broader reasons. In correctly questioning whether the remark constituted “a real request,” Rubio disrupted the day-plus punditry cycle with an obvious point.

Everybody Is Tipper Gore Now
The moralistic busybodies were wrong in the Eighties. They’re wrong today.

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