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  • Facing crisis, America's future lies in the balance

    07/11/2020 9:23:06 PM PDT · by ancientart · 12 replies
    Aberdeen American News ^ | July 9, 2020 | Art Marmorstein
    “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” said 1964 Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. “Moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!” He was wrong on both counts. Zeal for liberty can be (and sometimes is) taken way too far, and without moderation, even the noblest of goals is easily turned into something evil. A great example of this: the French Revolution. The revolution began with some long-overdue reforms. It abolished the special privileges of nobles and clergy and guaranteed Frenchmen fundamental rights similar to those promised in our own Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights....
  • Hollywood Erupts After Trump Commutes Roger Stone’s Sentence: ‘Treason’

    07/11/2020 5:11:44 PM PDT · by rktman · 71 replies ^ | 7/11/2020 | David Ng
    Hollywood celebrities flew into an apoplectic rage on Friday after President Donald Trump commuted the 40-month prison sentence of Republican operative Roger Stone. A slew of entertainment figures accused the president of breaking the law, calling him a “criminal,” “disgrace,” and a “little stinker.” The White House said in a statement late Friday that Stone was now a free man. “Roger Stone is a victim of the Russia Hoax that the Left and its allies in the media perpetuated for years in an attempt to undermine the Trump Presidency. There was never any collusion between the Trump Campaign, or the...
  • Let’s Get Busy with a Prolife Vaccine for COVID-19; The use of aborted fetuses for the development of vaccines is ethically objectionable

    07/11/2020 10:13:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/11/2020 | By Diederik van Dijk and Elise van Hoek-Burgerhart
    The use of aborted fetuses for the development of vaccines is ethically objectionable. For this reason, alternatives must be made available. This would enable people to keep from violating their consciences by resorting to a vaccine that utilizes aborted fetal tissue. “What I find fascinating is that you all work with a retina taken from an aborted fetus.” Thus did Rick Nieman, presenter of the television program WNL op Zondag [in the Netherlands], begin his conversation about corona vaccines with Hanneke Schuitemaker, professor of virology and head of vaccine research at Janssen Pharmaceutica, a pharmaceutical company located in Leyden. This...
  • Teachers’ Unions Rebuff Trump Push to Reopen Schools

    07/10/2020 6:06:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 105 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 9, 2020 | Collin Anderson
    Teachers' unions across the United States are resisting a push from the Trump administration and House Republicans to reopen schools amid the coronavirus pandemic, instead opting for remote learning that experts say presents major risks to children. President Trump on Wednesday threatened to cut federal funding for schools that fail to reopen in the fall, echoing a recent bill proposed by Reps. Jim Banks (R., Ind.) and Tom Tiffany (R., Wisc.). Multiple states have followed suit—Florida announced Wednesday that it will require schools to hold in-person classes beginning in August, and Gov. Ralph Northam (D., Va.) in June unveiled a...
  • There’s Nothing Depressing About Americans Buying Guns

    07/10/2020 8:17:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies ^ | 7/10/2020 | Gabriella Hoffman
    Just before our Independence Day celebration, British journalist Piers Morgan took to Twitter to complain about surging firearms sales here. He tweeted, “BREAKING: Just when you thought the news couldn't more depressing...8.3 million guns have been sold in the United States since March, meaning 2020 is on course to be the biggest year for gun sales in American history.” Morgan, who once told Ben Shapiro our Constitution is a mere “little book,” isn’t the only one downplaying this incredible phenomenon. Gun control activists are touting a new UC-Davis study, absent of peer review and marked by faulty methodology, attributing historic...
  • National Scrabble Association bans up to 226 words that might be offensive

    07/10/2020 7:48:56 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies ^ | 7/9/2020 | C Douglas Golden
    "As Daniel says, it’s a spatial game more than a semantic one, which explains why many of the world’s top players hail from Thailand. They concentrate on structures rather than meanings. Indeed, it has been argued that speaking English is a disadvantage in top-flight Scrabble, where the true champion relies on a battery of memorized pseudo-words." All of this explains why, at those lofty levels, the game still contains racial, ethnic and sexual slurs. Now, they're slated to be gone -- even as some players who the slurs are aimed at don't necessarily think they should be expurgated. According to...
  • The speech police dubs yet more words 'racist' David Harsanyi notes how completely inoffensive phrases are now considered verboten

    07/10/2020 7:24:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 51 replies ^ | 7/9/2020 | David Harsanyi
    Recently, I ran across a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer that lays out four racist words and phrases that should be banished from the English language. It begins like this: "Editor's note: Please be aware offensive terms are repeated here solely for the purpose of identifying and analyzing them honestly. These terms may upset some readers." Steel yourself, brave reader, here they are: Peanut gallery Eenie meenie miney moe Gyp No can do The same grammarian who authored the piece had previously confronted the "deeply racist connotation" of the word "thug," noting that President Donald Trump "wasn't the least bit...
  • Mask off: Another influential lawmaker calls for overthrow of capitalism. Calls for replacement of 'rotten system' with 'socialist world'

    07/10/2020 7:13:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 46 replies ^ | 7/9/2020 | Art Moore
    As a member of the Seattle City Council, she's had an outsized influence on the nation, leading the charge for a $15 minimum wage. Now, with the passage of her so-called "Amazon Tax," the Socialist Alternative party member, Kshama Sawant, is making it clear that her legislative measures are only part of a much larger agenda. Calling the passage Tuesday of a more than $200 million tax on top of the 3% city tax on corporations "a historic victory for working people," she warned Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos "and his class" that she and her allies are "preparing the ground...
  • Can Liberty Survive the Marxist Purge?

    07/09/2020 1:35:08 PM PDT · by robowombat · 14 replies
    Libertarian Republic ^ | July 5, 2020 | Stewart Jones
    Can Liberty Survive the Marxist Purge? July 5, 2020 By Stewart Jones While mobs continue tearing down monuments and shaming elected officials into removing statues of historical significance — from Christopher Columbus to Gen. Robert E. Lee and even Thomas Jefferson and George Washington — Clemson University (which receives over $100 million annually from the State of South Carolina) quietly decided to remove John C. Calhoun’s name from its honors college. Never mind the fact that Calhoun’s family donated the land on which the college now sits — and that it is named after Calhoun’s son-in-law. It’s no secret that,...
  • India: Muslim kidnaps Australian surfer, repeatedly rapes her, gives her Qur’an and prayer rug

    07/09/2020 1:02:04 PM PDT · by robowombat · 21 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | JUL 9, 2020 3:00 PM | ROBERT SPENCER
    India: Muslim kidnaps Australian surfer, repeatedly rapes her, gives her Qur’an and prayer rug JUL 9, 2020 3:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER How could Carmen Greentree’s captors encouraged her to pray and read the Qur’an? They could do this because they believed what they were doing was entirely pleasing to Allah. A survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the UK has previously said that her rapists would quote Quran to her, and believed their actions justified by Islam. Thus it came as no surprise when Muslim migrants in France raped a girl and videoed the rape while praising Allah...
  • Seattle Hosts Segregated Class To Teach 'Undoing Whiteness'

    07/09/2020 11:01:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 30 replies ^ | 7/9/2020 | Joe Saunders
    Seattle has gone from a summer of love to a season of shame. It was bad enough the city has been a national disgrace for the better of a month, ever since Black Lives Matter protests turned a six-square-block downtown area into their own squalid, anarchic territory. The Capitol Hill Occupied Protest wasn’t over until July 1, when the city finally took action in force, but not before two young men had been shot to death — a 19-year-old and a 16-year-old. Seattle has gone from a summer of love to a season of shame. It was bad enough the...
  • Get Ready For 1619: The Movie

    07/09/2020 10:46:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies ^ | 7/8/2020 | Danile Greenfield
    Not surprising. I sure hope they includes Jones' belief in ancient African technology. If the meager leavings of Colin Kaepernick's mediocre existence as a media personality can lead to biographical projects at Disney and Netflix, the 1619 Project's revisionist history is much more fertile ground for an industry that has already been barraging us with black nationalist revisionist history. And who better than Oprah, the queen of the cult of self-help, to cash in on this.
  • Adult in the Room: Ford CEO Responds to Employees' Demands to Stop Making Police Vehicles

    07/09/2020 10:33:45 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies ^ | 7/9/2020 | Bryan Preston
    Ford employees have asked the automaker to stop building police cars, according to a Jalopnik report published Wednesday. The request comes as countless Black Lives Matter protests continue throughout America and around the globe, sparked by the killing of George Floyd. “Throughout history, the vehicles that Ford employees design and build have been used as accessories to police brutality and oppression,” workers wrote in a letter to Ford CEO Jim Hackett and Chairman Bill Ford, according to Jalopnik. “We know that while many join, support or supply law enforcement with good intentions, these racist policing practices that plague our society...
  • 179 NYPD Officers Reportedly Retire In One Week Amid Crime Surge And Tension With Mayor De Blasio

    07/09/2020 9:58:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 7/9/2020 | Marlo Safi
    New York Police Department officers are retiring at a staggering rate amid a crime surge in the city and growing tensions with Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Hill reported Thursday. In the last week, 179 NYPD officers have filed for retirement, which marks a 411% increase from 2019’s 35, according to the Hill. The retirements follow violent riots that roiled the city, De Blasio’s decision to slash the NYPD budget and the decision to disband the anti-crime unit. Soon after the unit’s 600 plainclothes officers were reassigned to new roles, shootings in the city surged by...
  • Tammy Duckworth to Keep Hold on 1,123 Military Promotions Despite Vindman’s Retirement

    07/09/2020 9:42:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 88 replies ^ | 7/8/2020 | Kristina Wong
    Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced Wednesday she will continue to hold 1,123 military promotions until she gets answers on Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s promotion, despite him choosing to retire. Last week, Duckworth announced she would block Senate confirmation of 1,123 senior military officers until Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed in writing that he would not block Vindman’s promotion to colonel.
  • U.S. Army Message: ‘Make America Great Again,’ Columbus Day Are Signs of ‘White Supremacy’

    07/09/2020 9:30:55 AM PDT · by rktman · 91 replies ^ | 7/9/2020 | Kristina Wong
    A U.S. Army email, sent after the Fourth of July to its military and civilian members, included a graphic which claimed saying the phrase “Make America Great Again” is evidence of “white supremacy.” The graphic listed other behaviors it deemed evidence of white supremacy, including, “Celebration of Columbus Day,” the “Denial of White Privilege,” “Talking about ‘American Exceptionalism,'” and saying “There’s Only One Human Race.” The email invited “all soldiers and (Department of the Army) Civilian Personnel” to attend the U.S. Army’s “Operation Inclusion” seminars on July 8 and 9 at the Redstone Arsenal Army Base in Alabama. The email...
  • Biden-Sanders ‘Unity’ Platform Pledges to Close ANWR Again, Reversing Trump

    07/09/2020 9:23:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 7/9/2020 | Joel B Pollak
    Former Vice President Joe Biden released a set of policy recommendations on Wednesday that included a proposal to close the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and gas exploration and development. ANWR was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1980. But local biologists joked that Congress had confused ANWR with another large bloc of federal land in northern Alaska, the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), because ANWR had more oil and NPR-A had more wildlife.
  • Why Do So Many White Women Hate Themselves? Amid societal unrest, woke white women are proving to be a brainwashed force to be reckoned with.

    07/09/2020 9:01:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/09/2020 | Stella Morabito
    Some might find it odd that so many seemingly middle-class, young, white women are taking up street theater with a vengeance. We’ve seen the woke white woman spitting harangues into the faces of police officers, including black officers, trying to lecture and shame them into obedience. Two women are screaming at the cops outside the White House.— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) June 23, 2020 We saw many of them acting up in the “autonomous zone” of CHAZ or CHOP in Seattle, condescendingly guarding a “blacks only” area. We’ve also seen these women physically attacking those they deem the enemy,...
  • ‘Should Know Better:’ Halle Berry Forced to Apologize for ‘Consideration’ of Trans Role

    07/09/2020 9:00:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies ^ | 7/8/2020 | Alexa Moutevelis
    “In 2020, Hollywood should know better than to cast cis people in roles about the transgender experience, but we're still having to remind the industry that trans people should be able to tell their own stories onscreen,” Refinery 29 griped, lecturing, “[T]he fact that she was considered for the role speaks to a disturbing pattern of minimizing the lived experience of trans people.”
  • Finally, An Adult in the Room: Ford CEO Responds to Employees' Demands to Stop Making Police Vehicles

    07/09/2020 8:44:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 07/09/2020 | Bryan Preston
    Jalopnik reports that a group of Ford Motor Company employees want the auto giant to stop making vehicles for police. Ford employees have asked the automaker to stop building police cars, according to a Jalopnik report published Wednesday. The request comes as countless Black Lives Matter protests continue throughout America and around the globe, sparked by the killing of George Floyd. Jalopnik fails to report that since the protests devolved into riots and “defund the police” swept across the nation, violent crime and murder have surged in several major cities, including New York, Chicago, Baltimore, and Seattle.The employee letter...