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  • Why Are Progressives So Darned Angry?

    01/24/2020 4:11:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 71 replies
    RICOCHET ^ | January 23, 2020
    In terms of seriousness, I realize that this question ranks right up there with “Why is There Air?” (which was a pretty funny comedy album from back in the 60s). There have been hundreds of books and articles which have examined the “roots of progressive rage.” At times I believe that we have seen so much progressive fury that we have almost become inured to it. Like most people, I usually adhere to the philosophy of “fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly and progressives gotta rant.” However, during the holiday season, I ran across two instances that caused me to...
  • EU warns of post-Brexit rival Britain after Johnson win

    12/18/2019 6:02:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | December 13, 2019 | Alex Pigman
    European leaders warned Friday that Britain could become a formidable rival, just hours after a big victory by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s conservatives all but sealed the UK’s Brexit divorce. But the EU chiefs, meeting in Brussels, also expressed relief that British voters had sent a clear message, bringing to an end the first phase of a crisis that has dogged Europe for more than three years. Led by France and Germany, EU member states said they would pursue a swift trade deal with a tight deadline of end 2020, but insisted that any new arrangement must uphold European values...
  • Sanders’s Climate Ambitions Thrill Supporters. Experts Aren’t Impressed.

    11/14/2019 6:26:43 PM PST · by karpov · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 14, 2019 | Lisa Friedman
    WASHINGTON — Senator Bernie Sanders’s $16 trillion vision for arresting global warming would put the government in charge of the power sector and promise that, by 2030, the country’s electricity and transportation systems would run entirely on wind, solar, hydropower or geothermal energy, with the fossil fuel industry footing much of the bill much as Mexico was to pay for the border wall. Climate scientists and energy economists say the plan is technically impractical, politically unfeasible, and possibly ineffective. ... The heart of Mr. Sanders’s plan, a government-run effort to build, manage and distribute renewable energy on a vast scale,...
  • VICTOR DAVIS HANSON:GOOD & BAD NATIONALISM

    10/16/2019 9:17:57 AM PDT · by Dick Bachert · 11 replies
    HILLSDALE COLLEGE (youtube video) ^ | 10/12/2019 | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
    An hour with one of the brightest, most down to earth men in America today speaking at Hillsdale College about America's future and why, if we don't clean things up, we may not have one. Put up a few days ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1o4BAyd7GU
  • Climate change group chastises media ‘objectivity’ by calling on press to ban ‘climate deniers’

    08/19/2019 9:59:29 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 28 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 8/19/19 | Jon Dougherty
    A group known as The Climate Mobilization, which has called for a World War II-style mobilization to combat “climate change” and is aligned with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders, is criticizing American media outlets for allowing “climate deniers” to express their views. As such, the group wants media to ban them in an effort to silence all opposition to “climate change” rhetoric. “Some media outlets are sacrificing the future of our planet for the sake of appearing objective,” Margaret Klein Salamon, founder and executive director of The Climate Mobilization, said in a news release Saturday. “This idea...
  • Screen all adult patients for drug abuse, national panel urges

    08/13/2019 8:58:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    MSN ^ | 08/13/2019 | Jan Hoffman
    A national panel of health experts recommended Tuesday that doctors screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, including improper use of prescription medications. But the group, the US Preventive Services Task Force, stopped short of endorsing such screening for teenagers, a position that puts them at odds with major adolescent health groups. The panel, appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services but operated independently, said that its proposed guidelines are intended to combat alarmingly high rates of substance abuse in the United States. It cited a 2017 federal survey that found 1 in 10 Americans ages 18...
  • Measles quarantine issued at two California universities

    04/26/2019 7:41:22 AM PDT · by bgill · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | Apr. 26, 2019 | Wayne Drash
    A measles quarantine was ordered Thursday at two public universities in Los Angeles in an effort to try to prevent the spread of the highly contagious disease. The order was issued at UCLA and Cal State LA for students and staff exposed to a confirmed case of measles and who cannot prove they have been vaccinated against the highly contagious disease. Those students and university employees, numbering more than 100, were being ordered to stay home, avoid contact with others and notify public health officials if they develop symptoms... The news comes at a time when measles cases in the...
  • States Increasingly Police Family 'Thoughtcrimes'

    03/09/2019 10:27:39 AM PST · by gattaca · 24 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | March 6, 2019 | Jordan Candler
    As homeschooling rapidly grows, so too are state-level efforts to "oversee" families. Oregon, Washington state, and even Iowa are trailblazing another assault on constitutionally protected individual rights. The state legislature in Oregon is currently mulling over a bill that “directs Oregon Health Authority to study home visiting by licensed health care providers.” The bill contends that home visits are “necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety.” There’s a similar scheme being conjured up in Washington. In January, Gov. Jay Inslee (now a 2020 Democrat presidential contender) declared: “My budget would also offer universal home visits....
  • The rise of financial blacklisting

    01/12/2019 9:01:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    Spectator USA ^ | January 8, 2019 | James Delingpole
    Can you imagine how scary it would be to live in a world where your livelihood depended on having the ‘correct’ politics? It’s the sort of thing you might expect of totalitarian regimes – Baathist Iraq under Saddam Hussain; everywhere that has ever tried communism; increasingly, Xi’s panopticon China – but definitely not of any liberal democracy in the 21st century. That dystopian future, though, may be much closer than you think. I only properly appreciated this recently when the podcast I’ve been doing for the last few years was mysteriously dropped by my regular employer, forcing me to seek...
  • Measuring Left-Wing Authoritarianism in America

    12/19/2018 10:18:06 AM PST · by rktman · 13 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 12/18/2018 | Joshua Rabotnick
    In January of 2017, when the political controversy over Donald Trump’s perplexing win over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 national election was at its peak, my professor began his political psychology course by asking the lecture hall the following: “How many of you wish Hillary had won the election?” The question was voluntary, yet nearly every hand in the room shot up. “Okay, and how many of you supported Trump winning the election?” The room was quiet as not a single hand was raised, followed by a few chuckles. “Next, how many of you feel that liberals are safe walking...
  • Californians are asking Google, 'Should I move out?'

    12/14/2018 12:43:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 14, 2018 | By Amy Graff,
    Of all the possible "should I?" questions, the one Californians are typing into the Google search engine the most is "Should I move out?" This probably isn't surprising when you consider all your friends who are priced out of California's sky-high housing market and constantly talking about moving to Oregon, where they can buy a sweet bungalow in Portland for $300,000. (Admit it, you have thought about this too.) Using Google Trends data, AT&T's All Home Connections identified the most popular "Should I?" questions each state Googled in 2018 - and the results are fascinating, and at times hilarious. Texans...
  • Top Twelve Beliefs of the Modern left

    10/04/2018 11:04:20 AM PDT · by Cubs Fan · 26 replies
    In no particular order 1. A modern leftist believes that any man accused of sexual misconduct is guilty until proven innocent, unless they are a prominent democrat. 2. A modern leftist believes their views are so morally superior, that they have a right to use-- harassment, threats and violence-- on those with whom they disagree. 3. A modern leftist believes that political speech they don't like should be censored and often punished. 4. A modern leftist thinks that the primary purpose of the education system is to indoctrinate other people's children with leftist values. 5. A modern leftist believes they...
  • What Should We Call Secular Ideologies like Marxism and Social Justice?

    04/03/2018 4:30:46 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4-3-18 | Christopher Chantrill
    In "Why God? Explaining Religious Phenomena", sociologist Rodney Stark writes that these godless movements do not count as religions because "without the existence of a conscious divine being ... these 'Godless religions' can offer no otherworldly rewards, no miracles, not even any reason for prayer or worship." (Skip) ... he makes the following proposition: "The everlasting basis for religion will be the human conviction and hope that life has meaning." Is this not exactly the point of Marxism: that instead of the endless cycle of exploitation of man by man, we are entering an era in which workers of the...
  • With Supreme Court challenge, tech billionaire could dismantle beach access rights...

    03/06/2018 12:45:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    The California Coastal Act for decades has... declared that access to the beach was a fundamental right guaranteed to everyone. But that very principle could be dismantled in the latest chapter of an all-out legal battle that began as a local dispute over a locked gate. ... Khosla, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems, bought the 89-acre property south of Half Moon Bay for $32.5 million. ... A number of public interest groups have since sued Khosla. He, in turn, has sued the California Coastal Commission, the State Lands Commission and San Mateo County, over what he considered an interference of...
  • Miami Radio has "expert" lawyer who says Nunes memo is "political", harms national security

    02/01/2018 4:25:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    WIOD.com
    So just listened to Jimmy Cefalo. Some DC lawyer named Mark was on the radio...he is touted as an EXPERT in national security law. In the interview, which sounded like a commercial for the DNC, the "expert" revealed he had NEVER BEEN IN A FISA COURT. But trust him, he says, because he knows people who HAVE BEEN there. Then he attacked the congressional committee that has LEGAL OVERSIGHT of the FBI and "intelligence" community. They really should NOT have the authority to release this information was his position. No, we the people should BOW OUR KNEE to the "experts"....
  • Broward County considering ban on controversial gay conversion therapy

    01/03/2018 1:46:49 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | January 2 2018 | Brian Entin
    Some therapists claim they can turn children from gay to straight. It’s controversial counseling that, experts say, hurts children. 7’s Brian Entin investigates how one South Florida county is trying to stop it. ....Justin Flippen is the vice mayor of Wilton Manors, and is now comfortable with his sexuality. But he grew up Southern Baptist and spent years in conversion therapy in Broward County when he was a young adult. Justin says therapists tried to blame being gay on his parents’ divorce, and he says the therapy sessions confused him even more about who he really was. ...Eight South Florida...
  • Communism's Failed Promise: Heaven on Earth without God

    11/20/2017 8:11:20 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | 11/20/17 | Eric Metaxas, G Shane Morris
    This week marked a century since one of the darkest chapters in human history began, and a truly evil worldview was put into practice. One hundred years ago, Bolshevik revolutionaries stormed the Winter Palace in Petrograd, the seat of the Provisional Government of Russia. They also seized post offices, train stations, and telegraphs in the dead of night. When the people of Russia’s capital city awoke, they were in what Rhodes Scholar David Satter described as “a different universe.” That universe was a communist one. Vladimir Lenin’s so-called “October Revolution,” which took place in November on the Gregorian calendar, sought...
  • Why is Rick Perry's Energy Department proposing an anti-conservative reform?

    10/17/2017 2:21:14 PM PDT · by TBP · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct 17, 2017 | by Devin Hartman
    Let's be clear: The Energy Department's proposed rulemaking before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to subsidize power plants with on-site fuel is the antithesis of economic conservatism. The anti-competitive DOE proposal is a recipe to stick consumers with billions in added costs without addressing priority electric reliability and resiliency concerns. The proposal calls for draconian, emergency subsidies to address a crisis that grid reliability experts say doesn't exist. The alarmist proposal is neither technically nor procedurally sound. Knowledgeable, principled conservatives are speaking out. Travis Kavulla, the Republican vice chairman for the utility regulator of Montana, called the DOE's proposal a...
  • Democrats and Plutocrats

    09/19/2017 10:11:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | September 19, 2017 | by REIHAN SALAM
    The Democratic party faces a dilemma. Since its inception, the party has defined itself as the champion of the little guy and a bulwark against plutocracy. Over the past few years, however, a funny thing has happened: The plutocrats have been joining the party en masse, and they’re changing it in the process. When we take a more granular look at the millionaires and billionaires of Silicon Valley, where most of America’s biggest new fortunes are being minted, we find that they are overwhelmingly Democratic. The left-liberalism of the Silicon Valley elite is reflected in support for drastically higher taxes...
  • BIG LIAR: How Theodor Adorno redefined Fascism.

    09/02/2017 5:31:01 PM PDT · by walford · 54 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | August 11, 2017 | Dinesh D'Souza
    Fascism and Nazism are both phenomena of the left. This makes ideological sense, because at their core they represent ideologies of the centralized, all-powerful state. Moreover, fascism grew out of Marxism, and fascism’s founder Benito Mussolini, was a Marxist and lifelong socialist. Hitler, too, was a socialist who headed the National Socialist Party and in fact changed the name of the German Workers Party to make it the National Socialist German Workers Party. How, then, did progressives in America re-define fascism and Nazism as phenomena of the right? This sleight-of-hand occurred after World War II, once fascism and Nazism were...