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  • Murder charges expected against suspect in killings(Reno/Carson City NV)

    01/21/2019 7:14:50 AM PST · by rktman · 7 replies ^ | 1/20/2019 | staff
    A man apparently in the United States illegally is the primary suspect in four Northern Nevada murders, and no one else is being sought. January 20, 2019, Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam hosted a multi-agency news conference to announce the arrest of 19-year-old Wilbur Ernesto Martinez-Guzman. Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong says the suspect had lived in the Carson City area about a year, but has no local record. The suspect is so far charged with burglary, possession of stolen property and obtaining money by false pretenses, and he is on an immigration hold. District Attorneys from Washoe County and...
  • Cleaner air could mean more global warming, expert says

    01/21/2019 6:22:12 AM PST · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 1/21/2019 | Unknown
    The war over global warming has been going on for years, and has included some stunningly extreme suggestions, such as one U.N. official’s call for a new “ark” to save the world or another’s suggestion to dim the sun to alleviate the effects. But now a report on the topic suggests a “rethinking” is needed. That’s because it could be worse than thought, or not. “The fact that our planet is getting warmer even though aerosols are cooling it down at higher rates than previously thought brings us to a Catch-22 situation: Global efforts to improve air quality by developing...
  • Americans More Accepting of Socialism: A Psychological Take

    01/20/2019 6:29:02 PM PST · by huckfillary · 21 replies
    The Daily Dose of Reason ^ | January 20, 2019 | Dr. Michael J Hurd
    AMERICANS WARMING TO SOCIALISM OVER CAPITALISM, POLLS SHOW”, states a poll at Well of course they are. Most Americans are not critical thinkers. They look to the pack or the herd. Either they haven’t been trained how to be critical, independent and objective thinkers, or they’re simply too lazy to learn. Or both. As a result of no critical thinking, it doesn’t occur to people why America is a far, far better place to live materially — even if you’re in the poorest sector — than anywhere else on earth. No country on earth has a crisis of immigration...
  • Social Justice = Slavery

    01/20/2019 5:04:58 PM PST · by huckfillary · 17 replies
    The Artful Dilettante ^ | January 19, 2019 | Thomas DiLorenzo
    Reading about all the young ignorant, uneducated, “millennials” who proudly label themselves “socialists” or “social justice warriors” (same thing) reminded me of a question posed by my old friend Professor Walter E. Williams in a speech he gave at my university several years ago. The question is: What would you call a system that used force, violence, coercion, and intimidation to compel one person to work for the benefit of another person or persons? Whenever I ask this of one of my undergraduate classes it usually takes about five seconds for someone to blurt out, “slavery!” Exactly. The class then...
  • Why I choose to be politically correct

    01/20/2019 3:21:49 PM PST · by ml/nj · 74 replies
    The [Duke] Chronicle ^ | 01/16/2019 | Nathan Heffernan
    In the past few years, anti-politically correct (PC) movements have grown in popularity and vigor. Groups of young college conservatives have criticized the liberal hold on universities and conservative activists have mocked censorship and “sensitivity” among young millennials. The sentiment that “people get offended by anything these days” seems to be growing among the larger population. Scandals of comedians getting booted from gigs for racially insensitive remarks or being fired from hosting an awards ceremony due to old homophobic tweets have sparked discussion over whether PC culture has gone too far. Even at Duke, students and professors complain about the...
  • The man-state paradigm

    01/20/2019 11:05:26 AM PST · by WWII_Historian · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 20, 2019 | Gary Gindler
    The idea of the superiority of individual freedom and individual good over the public good is the mechanism that led to the transformation of the backward colonies of North America into the mighty United States of America. At the same time, the dynamics of the development of political parties in our country is much more complicated, and the one-dimensional scale of the man-state does not sufficiently correspond to modern realities. However, if we take not one, but two variables into consideration – not only the level of taxes, but also the size of the federal government – then a two-dimensional...
  • Davos Men Gather Under a Cloud as Globalism in Retreat Worldwide

    01/20/2019 10:03:14 AM PST · by rktman · 22 replies ^ | 1/20/2019 | unknown
    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) – As the world’s financial and political elites convene here in the Swiss Alps for the World Economic Forum, their vision of ever-closer commercial and political ties is under attack – and the economic outlook is darkening. Britain’s political system has been thrown into chaos as the country negotiates a messy divorce from the European Union. Under President Donald Trump, the United States is imposing trade sanctions on friend and foe alike, and the government is paralyzed by a partial shutdown that forced Trump and a high-level U.S. delegation to cancel the trip to Davos. French President...
  • Caravan migrants turn up their noses at Mexico's generous benefit package

    01/20/2019 9:52:34 AM PST · by rktman · 16 replies ^ | 1/20/2019 | Monica Showalter
    Caravan migrants aren't exactly living up to their early billing, supposedly this time coming to seek asylum in Mexico. Actually, they're coming here. And the flimsiness of their asylum claims lies not just in their statements of wanting 'a better life' in the U.S., but in their disdain for a generous benefit package that Mexico has ready to offer them. According to Agence France-Press: Mexican authorities are urging the migrants to cross the border legally and offering expedited "visitor cards" that let them work and access basic health care in Mexico. So far, 969 migrants from Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala...
  • Have NRA Carry Guard in WA State? The Insurance Commissioner Assumes You Are a Criminal

    01/20/2019 8:58:04 AM PST · by rktman · 38 replies ^ | 1/19/2019 | Beth Baumann
    The National Rifle Association's (NRA) insurance policy known as NRA Carry Guard is for concealed carriers who want personal liability insurance. The insurance policy protects carriers from civil liability and "provides them with immediate access to attorneys, supplementary payments as needed for bail, criminal defense legal retainer fees, lawful firearm replacement, compensation while in court, psychological support and cleanup costs for any covered claim resulting from the use of a legally possessed firearm—including an act of self-defense." Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler on Tuesday announced a ban "on the sale of illegal insurance policies branded by the National Rifle...
  • Are You In Favor of the Border Wall? Now There's a Clever Way to Make Sure Nancy And Chuck Know It

    01/20/2019 7:48:27 AM PST · by rktman · 27 replies ^ | 1/19/2019 | Beth Baumann
    President Donald Trump's 2020 team has found a rather clever way to cash in on the border wall debate. Supporters who want a wall can now pay $20.20 to have a fake brick sent to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “Weeks after the Democrats began stonewalling President Trump in his fight to secure our border, the American people now have a chance to send a clear message to Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi about the need to build the wall,” a fundraising email sent Friday read. But according to Trump's campaign manager,...
  • Ayn Rand on the 'Good'

    01/19/2019 1:59:31 PM PST · by huckfillary · 62 replies
    The Daily Dose of Reason ^ | January 19, 2019 | Ayn Rand
    “For centuries, the battle of morality was fought between those who claimed that your life belongs to God and those who claimed that it belongs to your neighbors—between those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of ghosts in heaven and those who preached that the good is self-sacrifice for the sake of incompetents on earth. And no one came to say that your life belongs to you and that the good is to live it.” — Ayn Rand
  • Climate Hysterics Skyrocket

    01/19/2019 9:24:56 AM PST · by rktman · 42 replies ^ | 1/19/2019 | Paul Driessen
    Call it climate one-upmanship. It seems everyone has to outdo previous climate chaos rhetoric. The “climate crisis” is the “existential threat of our time,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her House colleagues. We must “end the inaction and denial of science that threaten the planet and the future.” Former California Governor Jerry Brown solemnly intoned that America has “an enemy, though different, but perhaps very much devastating in a similar way” as the Nazis in World War II. Not to be outdone, two PhDs writing in Psychology Today declared that “the human race faces extinction” if we don’t stop burning fossil...
  • Will Elites Ever Respect Voters' Decisions on Brexit and Trump?

    01/19/2019 9:15:25 AM PST · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 1/19/2019 | M Barone
    It was no coincidence that Donald Trump scheduled a trip to Britain to promote one of his golf courses in Scotland, on June 23, 2016. That was the day of the Brexit referendum in which 52 percent of the electorate --17.4 million voters, more than any party has ever won in a general election -- voted for the UK to leave the European Union. Candidate Trump's earlier endorsement of Brexit was criticized by elevated opinion as an unfriendly interference in another nation's internal affairs, although few, if any, had similarly criticized then-President Barack Obama for having urged Britons to vote...
  • Why Ex-Churchgoers Flocked to Trump

    01/18/2019 10:40:40 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 37 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 1-17-19 | Timothy Carney
    (Skip) The best way to describe Trump’s support in the Republican primaries—when he was running against the likes of Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich—would be: white evangelicals who do not go to church. Geoffrey Layman, a political science professor at the University of Notre Dame, noticed this during the primaries, writing: “Trump does best among evangelicals with one key trait: They don’t really go to church.” While writing my forthcoming book, Alienated America, my research assistant Nick Saffran and I crunched some numbers provided by Emily Ekins of the Voter Study Group. We broke down Republican primary...
  • WOOLERY: Democrats Need To Learn Facts Matter More Than Feelings

    01/18/2019 12:59:52 PM PST · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 1/17/2019 | Chuck Wollery
    Democrats are finally acknowledging what we’ve always known about them: emotion is the basis of their whole ideology, and facts are just inconvenient obstacles to their extremist ambitions. Within just a few days of each other, leading Democrats representing both the establishment and progressive wings of the party separately revealed that they and their liberal colleagues have no interest in letting facts or figures get in the way of their moral certitude. First, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly interrupted a briefing on border security by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, declaring, “I reject your facts” as Nielsen related...
  • US Oil Boom Is Defying Expectations, Experts Say

    01/18/2019 12:51:59 PM PST · by rktman · 33 replies ^ | 1/18/2019 | Jason Hopkins
    The United States is expected to churn out far more oil in 2019 than what international analysts originally forecasted. The International Energy Agency, a Paris-based organization that helps coordinate energy policies for industrial countries, released its latest oil market report Friday, noting exceptional numbers for the U.S. fossil fuel industry. The agency reported U.S. oil production is expected to rise by 1.3 million barrels a day in 2019. While this number is lower than the record-smashing 2.1 million increase producers enjoyed in 2018, it’s more than double what the IEA initially expected to see in 2019. The forecast illustrates the...
  • Brzezinski on Pelosi: ‘Nothing Trump Does Will Make Her Afraid or Rattled’

    01/18/2019 10:28:25 AM PST · by rktman · 103 replies ^ | 1/18/2019 | trent baker
    Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski weighed in on the feud between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) amid the ongoing partial government shutdown. According to Brzezinski, Trump has only feared his base and FBI special counsel. But now, she said the president fears Pelosi because she, like Mueller, is fearless and experienced. “Nothing Trump does will make her afraid or rattled. Also like Mueller, she knows more than she is saying publicly. She’s gotten inside Trump’s head.
  • Credit Card Companies Have No Business Playing Second Amendment Censors

    01/18/2019 10:13:02 AM PST · by rktman · 20 replies ^ | 1/18/2019 | Frank Miniter
    Just before Christmas, The New York Times ran an article titled "How Credit Cards Are Used to Finance Mass Shootings." This followed an op-ed the NYT ran last spring calling for credit card companies to track and block some gun sales, such as stopping someone from buying a certain number of guns or from purchasing politically incorrect types of firearms.
  • Do We Need Our Country Anymore?

    01/17/2019 5:18:08 PM PST · by Track9 · 25 replies
    Imprimis ^ | 12/18 | Katy Arnn
    As we reach the end of this turbulent year, the uproar of the hour is against the nation-state, and not for the first time. “World leaders” are now accustomed to call for the subordination of the nation to the good of the globe. This call is amplified by the media and intellectual elites, who march in lockstep. If the call is right, the peoples of the world will enter a new age of global peace, prosperity, and cooperation. If it is wrong, the free nations of the world will lose the remnants of democratic accountability that have kept them free....
  • "Buy Guns, Drink Beer, Eat Ribs" - We Need To Retoxify Masculinity

    01/17/2019 4:25:09 PM PST · by vannrox · 63 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 17JAN19 | Authored by Kurt Schlichter, op-ed via,
    Let’s be clear: My pronouns are “he,” “his,” and “stop being creepy weirdos.”Okay, maybe the last one isn’t a pronoun, but then again, I’m a man and if I want an insulting string of words directed at the nattering nabobs of gender neutrality to be a pronoun, it is a pronoun. And if you don’t like it, fight me.We need more masculinity, and the more toxic the social justice warriors think it is, the better.Bizarrely, now shaving companies are allying with the SJWs in an Axis of Irritants. Gillette is channeling campus gender studies dorks to try to sell you...