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  • Nevada Police Union Leader Prioritizes Bloomberg Disarmament Bill over Member Oaths

    03/22/2017 8:46:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    oathkeepers.org ^ | 3/21/2017 | David Codrea
    Not only did Nevadans in all but one county (and most sheriffs) not support the Bloomberg measure, it was written so poorly the FBI said there was no way they could legally cooperate. So why is a police union representing members who took oaths to support the Constitution demanding enforcement?
  • The ‘Cornerstone’ Of Interior Dept’s Climate Strategy May Waste Millions On Duplicative Research

    03/22/2017 7:07:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/21/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    Science centers that were supposed to be the “cornerstone” of the Department of the Interior’s “climate change response strategy” don’t have the proper controls in place to prevent wasteful spending, according to an internal audit. The inspector general’s office found Interior Department’s climate science centers (CSC) and landscape conservation cooperatives (LCC) could be wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on duplicative research grants. “We found that CSCs and LCCs had no formal process to coordinate the prevention of duplication in research grants, which could limit accessibility of information by Federal, State, local, and private-sector decisionmakers and place DOI at increased risk...
  • Camille Paglia Says Sheryl Sandberg Is ‘Smug and Entitled’

    03/21/2017 12:12:16 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 3/15/2017 | Sam Dorman
    Controversial feminist and author Camille Paglia slammed Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg as "insufferably smug," and said her book about women in the workplace was "dishonest." Paglia alleged that Sandberg concealed her "affluent lifestyle" in the book Lean In, according to a Tuesday interview in Broadly. Sandberg's feminism, according to Paglia, reflected the "excessively bourgeois or white middle-class assumptions" undergirding contemporary feminist thought. "I thought her bestselling book, Lean In, was utterly dishonest in failing to acknowledge how the affluent lifestyle of women executives like herself requires a rotating squad of servants and nannies, whom she has carefully kept invisible," Paglia...
  • Simply stated, Gorsuch is steadfast and surprising

    03/21/2017 9:40:27 AM PDT · by HKMk23 · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 02-18-2017 | Kimberly Kindy, Sari Horowitz, William Wan
    DENVER — It was a horrific case. A female student had been gang-raped by football players being recruited by the University of Colorado. Now, her lawyers were trying to hold the university partly responsible, arguing it had created a hostile environment for women. A lower court had already rejected their civil rights argument. As her lawyers prepared to appeal in 2007, they had an overarching concern: a federal appellate judge named Neil Gorsuch.
  • Inside the 'billionaire bunkers' where the world's super rich will ride out the apocalypse

    03/21/2017 8:08:23 AM PDT · by rktman · 76 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 3/21/2017 | unknown
    A growing number of the world's super rich are preparing for the apocalypse by purchasing 'doomsday bunkers'. But don't expect the one per cent to slum it out in drab, concrete dwellings as they survive the end of the world - these bunkers feature some of the most lavish layouts imaginable that are designed for the more modern survivalist. 'Your father or grandfather's bunker was not very comfortable,' Robert Vicino, CEO of Vivos, told CNN. 'They were gray. They were metal, like a ship or something military. And the truth is mankind cannot survive long-term in such a Spartan, bleak...
  • NY: Mock Slave Auction Stokes Tempers At Maplewood Elementary School

    03/21/2017 7:55:38 AM PDT · by upchuck · 33 replies
    SeeBS NY ^ | March 20, 2017
    MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — When it comes time for fifth graders to learn about the history of colonization and slavery, it’s always a sensitive subject. As CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported, parents like Tracey Jarmon-Woods said it became even more painful after what took place in a 5th grade classroom at her son’s school in Maplewood. “There was a sale of a black child by white children in the classroom,” Tracey Jarmon-Woods said, “If you’re demoralized — sold on a block in 2017 — it may affect you the rest of your life.” A mock slave auction earlier in the month...
  • Sen. Feinstein at Gorsuch Confirmation: NRA an ‘Extreme Organization

    03/21/2017 7:31:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 67 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/20/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    During the opening day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) called the NRA an “extreme organization” that stands in the way of getting “military-style assault weapons off our streets.” Feinstein’s NRA comment came after she voiced her expectations that the Supreme Court will have final say on air and water pollution and just before she addressed employers who “[discriminate] against workers.” CSPAN 2 aired Feinstein’s comments: “It is the Supreme Court that will have final word … [on] whether the NRA and other extreme organizations will be able to block common sense gun...
  • Meet the New George Soros: Paul Polman, crony capitalist

    03/21/2017 7:17:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/21/2017 | Monica Showalter
    Billionaire "philanthropist" George Soros has a very successful model. He's set up think-tanks, advocacy shops, and phony democracy groups to promote his left-wing hobbyhorses – letting convicts out of prison, legalizing drugs, promoting LGBTQ social engineering, pushing his version of democracy via "color revolutions," ending any meaningful definition of citizenship, swinging the Catholic Church toward materialistic socialism, incentivizing welfare over work, financing racial rage and identity politics, promoting the E.U. and other super-states, promoting atheism, financing global elites and their vast salaries – the full Uniworld Insta-Swede Eurotrashia vision. Well, he's got company. Lifezette's Polizette believes that his successor may...
  • US limits carry-on electronics on some US-bound flights

    03/21/2017 6:32:52 AM PDT · by pabianice · 13 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/21/17 | Caldwell
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government, citing unspecified threats, is barring passengers on nonstop, U.S.-bound flights from eight mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, tablets and electronic devices on board in carry-on bags. Passengers flying to the United States from 10 airports will be allowed only cellphones and smartphones in the passenger cabins, senior Trump administration officials said. Larger electronic items must be checked. The rules took effect Tuesday morning and airlines will have until 3 a.m. EDT Saturday to implement them or face being barred from flying to the United States, the officials said. They...
  • Watch: Migrants and Far Left Join Forces to Attack Paris Police with Flares, Petrol Bombs

    03/20/2017 7:57:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | March 20, 2017 | Jack Montgomery
    Algerian flags mingled with Antifa banners as migrants and left wing extremists gathered on the streets of Paris to attack police and protest deportations in a “March for Justice and Dignity”. The event was nominally organised to protest alleged police brutality in the case of an individual identified in the media as Théo – but despite that individual speaking out against the escalating violence in France, marchers used the occasion as an opportunity to bombard police with Molotov cocktails and burning flares in extraordinary scenes on Sunday.
  • Senator Who Owns 3 Houses Rails Against Americans Who 'Worship Wealth'

    03/20/2017 6:44:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/20/2017 | Rick Moran
    The Socialist senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, set off a Twitterstorm yesterday with a tweet that was hard to believe. We are living in a nation which worships wealth rather than caring for the poor. I don't think that is the nation we should be living in.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 18, 2017 Needless to say, this towering hypocrisy did not go unnoticed in the Twitterverse: @BernieSanders Says the man who owns 3 homes one which cost over $600,000. I'm guessing you have homeless people you're housing? Do as I say, not as I do?— lc65265 (@lc65265) March 18,...
  • Calexit? Jerry Brown Asks Trump for Aid — for the 4th Time

    03/20/2017 10:46:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 41 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/20/2017 | Joel B. Pollak
    California Gov. Jerry Brown asked President Donald Trump on Sunday for federal emergency assistance for the fourth time in just two months since the new administration took office, putting the nascent “CalExit” movement in a difficult position.
  • Trump Provides Teachable Moments

    03/20/2017 6:19:36 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 20, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    There's a reason why nobody really noticed when major media outlets dropped their education beats: They weren't doing much to begin with, other than recycling public school press releases. You can get a flavor of this by perusing the articles that the so-called mainstream media occasionally publish on education. For example, the Associated Press (AP), in a story that got a lot of pick up, reported on March 16, 2017 that "Teaching current events in the age of President Donald Trump has become fraught with peril for some educators who have interjected their personal political beliefs into the classroom." "A...
  • Country Duo Mocks Snowflakes with 'I've Got Friends in Safe Spaces'

    03/19/2017 9:00:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 3/18/2017 | Debra Heine
    A conservative comedy duo has turned the Garth Brooks classic "Friends in Low Places" into a hysterical anthem mocking special snowflakes. The musical parody by Chad Prather and Steve "Mudflap" McGrew hit the web last week, and the pair has taken their satirical song on the road for their "Friends in Safe Spaces" comedy tour. A few sample lyrics include... I've got friends in safe spaces. If you don't go with us, then you must be racist. Come on in and let's be cozy. Showin' off participation trophies. Blame it all on our roots, we never wore boots, we never...
  • Jihad Fantasy: Could This Be My Child?(recruitment)

    03/19/2017 8:05:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    americanthiker.com ^ | 3/19/2017 | Valerie Greenfeld
    The signs of jihadi indoctrination include suddenly quitting smoking, drinking, consuming pork; spending a lot of time in chat rooms; a sudden interest in learning about Islam or Arabic; a change in friendships; spending a large amount of time at a mosque or Islamic cultural center; judging others' behavior as not sanctioned by Allah; a change from Western clothing styles; and no longer listening to music or watching television. Parents should heed these red flags and speak frankly to their children about all types of influences and outside dangers. As indoctrination progresses, it penetrates the psyche so deeply that once...
  • Why We Never Leave Our POWs Behind(Video at link)

    03/19/2017 7:50:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2017 | Christopher N. Malagisi
    In a moving interview, Amy Shively Hawk discusses her new book, Six Years In The Hanoi Hilton (featuring a foreword by Sen. John McCain), about her father’s time as a POW in a Hanoi prison during the Vietnam War. Learn about the courage and bravery of one of America’s finest soldiers. In 1967, U.S. Air Force fighter pilot James Shively was shot down over North Vietnam. After ejecting from his F-105 Thunderchief aircraft, he landed in a rice paddy and was captured by the North Vietnamese Army. For the next six years, Shively endured brutal treatment at the hands of...
  • Strange twist saved Europe from Muslim invasion

    03/19/2017 7:42:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 3/19/2017 | Bill Federer
    News arrived in Europe in 1571 that Muslim Turks, under the command of Lala Kara Mustafa Pasha, surrounded the Christians in Famagusta, Cyprus. Muslims promised the defenders of Cypus that if they surrendered, they would be allowed to leave. Lala Kara Mustafa Pasha broke his promise by demanding a boy for his pederasty. When denied, he flayed alive the Venetian commander. His Muslim warriors then killed all 6,000 Christians prisoners. He turned the beautiful St. Nicholas Church into the Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque. After this, Turkish Muslims planned on attacking Rome, and from there conquer the rest of western Europe....
  • Paris climate treaty dead

    03/18/2017 5:36:23 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 47 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | March 18, 2017 | Lorrie Goldstein
    While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will never admit it, the 2015 Paris climate treaty Canada signed with great fanfare died last week.It died because of the release of U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget plan.While Trump has to get it through the U.S. Congress, which means parts of it are unlikely to survive, his clear intention to gut U.S. climate change policy by dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency spells the death knell for the Paris treaty.Trump is proposing deeper cuts to the EPA than any other government agency, reducing its $8.2 billion budget by 31%, laying off 19% of its...
  • Hawaii Judge's Flawed Aloha Akhbar Logic

    03/18/2017 7:28:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/18/2017 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The latest indication of the need to drain the judicial swamp comes in the form of Hawaii Judge Derrick Watson’s ruling placing a hold on President Trump’s second executive order placing a temporary immigration ban on six predominantly Muslim countries. It is, as President Trump noted, a classic case of "judicial overreach." Judge Watson’s logic belongs in a parallel judicial universe where judges are allowed to regulate foreign policy, clearly a presidential prerogative defined in both law and the U.S. Constitution. Judge Watson cites no law and, in the case of the Constitution, says the travel ban violates the Establishment...
  • Resist: Anti-Trump Billboard In Arizona Goes Heavy On The Nazi Imagery

    03/18/2017 6:45:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 3/18/2017 | Matt Vespa
    Progressives eat up the Trump=Hitler narrative to the point where there is a billboard in downtown Phoenix, which is heavy on such imagery. Santa Monica-based activist Karen Fiorito designed the billboard, which has the president in between two nuclear explosions and dollar signs imitating swastikas used by the Nazi Party. Fiorito says she’s worried about money and politics, along with the direction of the country under Trump. Yeah, that goes for you and every other voter who cast a ballot for a losing candidate in a presidential election. The back of Fiorito’s billboard shows a bunch of hands using sign...
  • Tim Allen on Hollywood’s Anti-Trump Thought Police: It’s ‘Like ’30s Germany’

    03/18/2017 6:05:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 35 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/17/2017 | Daniel Nussbaum
    Tim Allen opened up briefly about what it means to be a conservative in Hollywood in 2017 during an interview with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel Thursday night, explaining that one must be “real careful” in talking about President Donald Trump or else risk being beaten up. “You’ve gotta be real careful around here. You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody believes,” the 63-year-old Last Man Standing star told Kimmel when asked about his attendance at Trump’s inauguration in January.
  • Trump’s Budget Chief Says Climate Research ‘A Waste Of Your Money’

    03/17/2017 8:57:49 AM PDT · by rktman · 33 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/17/2017 | Chris White
    President Donald Trump’s budget director told reporters Thursday the White House was no longer spending money on climate change research because it’s a “waste of your money.” “We’re not spending money on that anymore,” Mick Mulvaney, the Office of Management and Budget director, said at a press briefing while discussing the president’s decision to dial back climate science research. “We consider that to be a waste of your money,” he added. Trump released his congressional budget request Thursday, which contained several contentious reductions, including dramatic cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy. The White House’s...
  • Maxine Waters goes completely unhinged

    03/17/2017 8:00:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/17/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is making a strong case to become the poster child for Trump Derangement Syndrome. Long an exploiter of loony left memes, such as the contention that the CIA deliberately spread a crack epidemic in America's inner cities, Waters loves the attention and praise she garners from voicing the radical thoughts other crazy lefties shy away from. She owes her national profile to her readiness to glorify the 1992 Rodney King rioters in Los Angeles as participating in a "rebellion," not a "riot," justifying the looting of many Korean-owned stores as "mothers who took this as an...
  • One year later, SEALs see no female recruits

    03/17/2017 6:59:20 AM PDT · by pabianice · 45 replies
    Navy Times print edition | 3/13/17 | Larter
    Naval Special Warfare says no women have met standards. Naval special warfare jobs have been open to women for a year but no women are in the pipeline yet, and Navy officials concede it may be some time before a woman makes it into either a SEAL team or into the Special Warfare Combat Crewman field. Naval Special Warfare head RADM Tim Szymanski recently told an industry conference that several women have tried to get into the pipeline but have not met physical standards...
  • Why Trump may dump House Republicans

    03/16/2017 10:29:23 PM PDT · by TBP · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 16, 2017 | 7:00pm | Rich Lowry
    The bill has had the worst rollout of any major piece of legislation in memory, and failure is very much an option. If the proposal falters, it will be a political debacle that could poison President Trump’s relationship with Congress. This is a product of how the Republican sweep of 2016 was won on separate tracks. Trump tore up many Republican orthodoxies and went out and found a different way to unlock the electoral map, winning in the industrial Midwest. Congressional Republicans more or less stuck with the usual script, kept Trump at arm’s length and held their majorities in...
  • Trump woos his former opponents in bid to repeal and replace Obamacare

    03/16/2017 9:58:41 PM PDT · by TBP · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, March 16, 2017 | Seth McLaughlin
    The Ryan-Trump tag team, though, has little margin for error. Without the help of Democrats, they stand to lose about 20 Republican votes in the House and two votes in the Senate on this first go-around. That means buy-in from most of Mr. Trump’s rivals from the Republican presidential race — Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, whom Mr. Trump branded as “lightweights”; Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, dubbed “little Marco”; and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, whom he named “Lyin’ Ted.” While Mr. Rubio has said he is open to the bill that Mr....
  • Rand Paul: Very Good Chance Trump Was Eavesdropped On By Obama Administration

    03/16/2017 8:59:42 PM PDT · by TBP · 22 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 12, 2017 | Tim Hains
    I don't have any special information. But the way it works is, the FISA court, through Section 702, wiretaps foreigners and then listens to Americans. It is a backdoor search of Americans. And because they have so much data, they can tap -- type Donald Trump into their vast resources of people they are tapping overseas, and they get all of his phone calls.
  • Ryan Knocks GOP Senators Critical of Obamacare Bill

    03/16/2017 8:55:38 PM PDT · by TBP · 14 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 16, 2017 | James Arkin
    House Speaker Paul Ryan fired a warning shot Thursday at Republican senators who have been critical of his health-care plan, saying he has not heard directly from them but noting that they will get their chance to amend the Obamacare repeal and replace legislation. The House legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act faces a steep climb in the lower chamber, though a vote is still expected to happen sometime next week. The bill passed the Budget Committee narrowly Thursday, with three conservative Republicans voting against it. Leaders are searching for ways to fix the bill to placate...
  • Mobile-built Austal LCS stranded in Singapore (US Navy ship)

    03/16/2017 10:47:51 AM PDT · by pabianice · 40 replies
    al com ^ | 2/22/17 | Harress
    An Austal-built Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and crew are stranded in Singapore because of a change in training standards propelled by a series of recent engineering breakdowns throughout the LCS fleet. The USS Coronado, built in Mobile nearly five years ago, deployed to the Pacific Rim in June last year to relieve the LCS Fort Worth. The Coronado and its crew were supposed to arrive back in the home port of San Diego by Thanksgiving but could now end up being abroad for an indefinite period as they wait for a relief crew to be trained to the new Naval...
  • Stare Decisis for Me, but Not for Thee

    03/16/2017 8:12:42 AM PDT · by fwdude · 12 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | March 16, 2017 | Robert L. McFarland
    Whenever a Republican president nominates a judge to the Supreme Court, progressives muse loudly about the importance of stare decisis, the principle governing the law of precedents. All they are worried about is the overturning of Roe v. Wade. In fact, stare decisis does not demand blind adherence to poorly reasoned rulings in the mold of Roe.
  • Trump administration to repeal Obama'era fracking rule

    03/16/2017 7:18:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/16/2017 | Rick Moran
    President Donald Trump as a candidate promised to unshackle the American energy industry by undoing most of the job killing regulations created by the Obama administration. In a court filing, Justice Department lawyers revealed that the new administration is planning to repeal the Obama hydraulic fracturing rule, that placed severe restrictions on the process of getting oil and natural gas from shale. Earlier yesterday, the administration said they would roll back some of the automobile emissions standards and curtail other Obama administration environmental rules on water and coal leasing.
  • Alan Dershowitz Schools Van Jones on Constitutionality of Travel Ban

    03/16/2017 7:05:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | 3/16/2017 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    Late Wednesday evening, news broke that another liberal judge had put a temporary hold on the implementation of President Donald Trump’s travel ban. And during CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, commentator Van Jones voiced his approval. “An action can be ruled unconstitutional if it's on the face of it, it looks like it's a good thing but there's an intent that's unconstitutional,” he argued, “There's a discriminatory intent here. And the discriminatory intent of the Trump administration is clear.” According to Jones, the reason the travel ban is discriminatory, and thus unconstitutional, is because during the election Trump announced he wanted...
  • Rand Paul: McCain ‘past his prime,’ maybe ‘unhinged’

    03/16/2017 6:25:09 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 78 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Payback is a . . . Rand Paul. After John McCain, speaking on the Senate floor yesterday, accused Paul of “working for Vladimir Putin,” Paul had a crushing comeback on today’s Morning Joe. Said Paul, “he makes a really, really strong case for term limits. I think maybe he’s past his prime. I think maybe he’s gotten a little bit unhinged.” View the video here.
  • Trump Budget Proposes Killing All Funding for PBS, NPR and National Endowment for the Arts

    03/16/2017 5:16:56 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 169 replies
    The Wrap ^ | 03/16/17 | Thom Geier
    President Donald Trump made good on a long-time conservative goal in his first proposed budget Thursday morning, targeting the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities for complete elimination. Trump’s budget would zero out the $445 million budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a substantial source of funding for programming and broadcast operations on public TV stations and NPR radio stations nationwide, per the Washington Post. The budget would also eliminate the budgets for both national endowments, which stood at $148 million each in 2016, as well as $230 million for the Institute...
  • Camille Paglia Denounces ‘Snide, Anti-Male, Feminist Rhetoric’ In Interview

    03/15/2017 11:58:14 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 73 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 Mar 2017 | ALLUM BOKHARI
    In a comment that will no doubt outrage the feminist left, Paglia praised men for taking on the most dangerous jobs in society. It is an absolute outrage how so many pampered, affluent, upper-middle-class professional women chronically spout snide anti-male feminist rhetoric, while they remain completely blind to the constant labor and sacrifices going on all around them as working-class men create and maintain the fabulous infrastructure that makes modern life possible in the Western world. Only a tiny number of women want to enter the trades where most of the nitty-gritty physical work is actually going on—plumbing, electricity,...
  • GOP Kicks Off Effort To Roll Back Obama’s Monument Designations

    03/15/2017 10:52:59 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/15/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    House lawmakers kicked off their effort to push back against national monuments designations, targeting the large swaths of ocean the Obama administration made off limits to fishing. “I don’t believe the Antiquities Act should have ever been applied to oceans,” Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young said during a Wednesday hearing on marine monument designations. “There was never intent of that.” Republicans on the House Committee on Natural Resources have long criticized former President Barack Obama’s use of the Antiquities Act to put millions of square miles off limits to commercial fishing with little to no input from locals. With President...
  • Weapons buildup, anger fuel threat of renewal of Somali piracy

    03/15/2017 10:47:51 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 3/15/2017 | Abdiqani Hassan
    A volatile buildup of weapons and resentment along the northern Somali coast culminated in the hijack of an oil freighter this week, the first such seizure by Somali pirates since 2012, experts and locals told Reuters on Wednesday. Gunmen hijacked the Aris 13, a small oil tanker, on Monday and are demanding a ransom to release the ship and its eight Sri Lankan crew, the EU Naval Force that patrols the waters off Somalia said. Now shipping companies are scrambling to find out whether the attack is a one-off, or whether pirates could once again threaten one of the world's...
  • Tillerson tells UN Human Rights Council: Reform or US will leave

    03/15/2017 9:27:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/15/2017 | Rick Moran
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote in a letter to nine nonprofit groups this week that the U.S. will leave the U.N. Human Rights Council unless the organization undertakes "considerable reform." The UNHRC may be the silliest organization in the U.N. To allow countries like Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, and China to sit in judgment on any country's human rights record is beyond absurd. Somehow, the UNHRC never gets around to examining the human rights record of most of those states and, instead, concentrates its fire on the U.S. and Israel – two of the most liberal, tolerant democracies in the...
  • Trump plans to seriously slash funding for U.N.

    03/15/2017 9:13:37 AM PDT · by rktman · 40 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 3/15/2017 | Bob Unruh
    The Trump administration has not been shy about its plans to cut the federal government’s size, spending, influence and control. Among the specific targets is funding of the United Nations, including its abortion and climate change agendas, according to ForeignPolicy.com. Last year, the U.N.’s Security Council issued a stunning resolution condemning U.S. ally Israel for building housing in disputed territory it won in the 1967 war initiated by its Arab neighbors. Though it was just latest of many U.N. attacks on Israel, the overreach this time prompted a reaction, including calls to withdraw U.S. funding of the global body and...
  • GENERATION Z: DESPERATE FOR RULES

    03/15/2017 8:38:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    First Things ^ | March 14, 2017 | Betsy VanDenBerghe
    I recently attended a meeting that many would consider anachronistic: Standards Night, an annual gathering for Mormon youth and their parents encouraging chaste and porn-free living. Some call this ritual and others like it nothing more than a chance to shame and stigmatize normal adolescent behavior. Admittedly, the baby (teaching moral standards) has sometimes been immersed in bathwater (messaging that leaves kids guilt-ridden and hopeless about measuring up). Many a memoir or critically acclaimed novel covers this coming-of-age territory well. But this Standards Night—as I imagine similar gatherings play out, in Evangelical or Catholic circles—acknowledged the likelihood that some...
  • The Case Against Gorsuch: Things Fall Apart

    03/15/2017 6:50:25 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 15, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Well, the best and the brightest on the Left are amassing their forces for a full-scale frontal assault on President Trump's first Supreme Court nomination. The problem for them is, they don’t have much ammunition. Former President Obama's favorite think tank, the Center for American Progress (CAP), almost tried to do it algebraicly in their seminar on “Trump, Gorsuch, and the Concentration of Economic Power.” The problem, as that formulation suggests, is that even if you buy the basic premise, you have to admit that the “economic power” got concentrated under their favorite president. The panelists who kicked around the...
  • Trump Mulls Even Deeper Cuts To EPA’s Budget

    03/14/2017 10:17:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 44 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/13/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    The Trump administration is contemplating even deeper cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget than what’s already been reported by news outlets. President Donald Trump’s budget proposal called for cutting EPA’s budget 25 percent, or $2 billion, and reducing the agency’s workforce 20 percent, or 3,000 employees. EPA global warming programs, grants to environmental groups and state grants are reportedly on the chopping block. But now the White House is mulling even deeper cuts, a source familiar with budget talks told Axios. The source told Axios “[s]enior Trump officials consider the EPA the leading edge of the administration’s plans...
  • Michael Brown Documentary Filmmaker Freaks Out, Screams At Fox Host [VIDEO]

    03/14/2017 10:10:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 74 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/13/2017 | Derek Hunter
    Movie-maker Jason Pollock was not happy to be questioned on Fox News Channel. The director of “Strange Fruit,” which claims Michael Brown — the 18-year-old man who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 — did not rob a convenience store prior to the fight with police which led to his death. “You know how the system works. These cops get off every single time,” Pollock declared. Pollock started the segment by rolling his eyes as Fox host Martha MacCallum introduced a news package about the “new footage.” The situation devolved from there. “I am simply...
  • Rex Tillerson Allegedly Used An Alias Email To Discuss Climate Change While At Exxon

    03/14/2017 9:33:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    buzzfeed.com ^ | 3/13/2017 | Mike Hayes
    The New York Attorney General’s Office is investigating whether ExxonMobil made “significant misrepresentations” about the risks posed by climate change to its shareholders.
  • A Day With Sharia (Feminists Love Islamists)

    03/14/2017 9:17:49 AM PDT · by OddLane · 14 replies
    Noon. 59th St. and 5th avenue. The crowd was jammed around the stage, from all sides – no elbow room, sight-lines poor. A Day Without a Woman. Obscenely popular. Amidst a sea of red and pink, a lot of foolish women worshiping at the altar of sharia-loving feminazis like Linda Sarsour. SAD. Cameras on all sides struggling to get a shot of Sarsour, whose pursuit of public office, Brooklyn Borough President or even Mayor NYC, looks more and more probable. They worship her. The Anti-Trump Women’s Movement Teams Up With Islamist Terrorist , Linda Sarsour, Islamist apologist and activist, a...
  • Democratic Socialists of America Triples Membership Since Trump

    03/14/2017 8:10:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 45 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/13/2017 | Ben Kew
    Membership in the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has tripled since Donald Trump’s election in November to over 19,000 paying members, a report from the Los Angeles Times reveals. The group, founded in 1982, is now the largest socialist organization in the United States and recently published a “Resistance Rising” strategy to combat the Trump administration. “On November 8, voters in the United States narrowly elected an openly racist, misogynist and nativist candidate for president,” the organization’s website reads. “We must understand ‘Trumpism’ as a cross-class white nativist alliance; the median family income of the 62 percent of white voters...
  • Appeals Court Rules Confederate Statues in New Orleans Can Come Down

    03/14/2017 8:03:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/13/2017 | Penny Star
    A three-judge panel with the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled on March 6 that the groups trying to block the removal of statues commemorating Confederate leaders had failed to make a proper legal challenge. The Monumental Task Committee and the Louisiana Landmarks Society argued in its lawsuit that removing the statues would harm the city’s historic legacy — one of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and two others, Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard and Confederate President Jefferson Davis. “Also slated for removal is the Battle of Liberty Place monument near the foot of Iberville Street, although...
  • Australia Takes Aim at Guns, Again, After Confiscation Scheme Fails to Disarm Criminals

    03/14/2017 7:55:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/13/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    The much-heralded Australian gun confiscation scheme of the late 1990s failed to disarm criminals to such a degree that Australia is going after guns again, beginning in July of this year. In other words, the gun confiscation scheme Hillary Clinton praised on October 16, 2016, as “worth looking at” for gun policy in America actually created an uneven playing field where law-abiding citizens turned in their guns while criminals retained theirs. The NRA-ILA reports: In a tacit admission that criminals and scofflaws have had little trouble circumventing Australia’s National Firearms Agreement (NFA) and the government’s confiscation effort, Australian officials have...
  • Liberal professor beaten by leftist students blames Trump(moron Middlebury college)

    03/14/2017 7:47:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 3/14/2017 | Ed Straker
    What do you do when you're a liberal professor at liberal university and you get beaten up by left-wing students? Blame Donald Trump! Allison Stanger is the professor at Middlebury College who invited Charles Murray, famous for The Bell Curve, to speak at the school. Students were so outraged Murray had to flee for his life, and Stanger got beaten up. Her response? It's Trump's fault!
  • Planned Parenthood Official Won’t Tell Tucker Feelings about Aborting Baby with Detectable Heartbeat

    03/14/2017 6:33:26 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 40 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It was the most infuriating, heartbreaking, conversation on abortion this Insurrectionist has seen. On his Monday night Fox News show, Tucker Carlson asked Planned Parenthood Executive VP Dawn Laguens six ways to Sunday how she feels about aborting fetuses after five-and-a-half weeks, at which point the baby’s heartbeat can be heard. But no matter how he framed it, Laguens refused to answer, hiding behind a series of canned responses about a women’s right to choose, etc. At one point, Tucker said, “I’m asking you a human question, and hope you’ll favor me with a human answer.” View the video here.