Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Civil War is Here

The left doesn't want to secede. It wants to rule.
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Shelby Steele: The Exhaustion of American Liberalism

White guilt gave us a mock politics based on the pretense of moral authority. --The recent flurry of marches, demonstrations and even riots, along with the Democratic Party’s spiteful reaction to the Trump presidency, exposes what modern liberalism has become: a politics shrouded in pathos. Unlike the civil-rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, when protesters wore their Sunday best and carried themselves with heroic dignity, today’s liberal marches are marked by incoherence and downright lunacy—hats designed to evoke sexual organs, poems that scream in anger yet have no point to make, and an hysterical anti-Americanism. --All this suggests lostness, the end of something rather than the beginning. What is ending?

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Transcript of President Donald J. Trump's Inauguration Address

(CNN) As prepared for delivery

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: Thank you.

We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people.

Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.

We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.

Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent.

Today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another -- but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

For too long, a small group in our nation's Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished -- but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered -- but the jobs left, and the factories closed.

The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation's capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

That all changes -- starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.

It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America. This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now.

You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.

Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

We are one nation -- and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.

The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans.

For many decades, we've enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry; subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military; we've defended other nation's borders while refusing to defend our own; and spent trillions of dollars overseas while America's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.

We've made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.

One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not even a thought about the millions upon millions of American workers left behind.

The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.

But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future. We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.

From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.

From this moment on, it's going to be America First.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body -- and I will never, ever let you down.

America will start winning again, winning like never before.

We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work -- rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world -- but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.

We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones -- and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.

At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.

When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us, "How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity.”

We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.

When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.

There should be no fear -- we are protected, and we will always be protected.

We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and, most importantly, we are protected by God.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.

In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving.

We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action -- constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.

The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.

Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America.

We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease, and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.

A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.

It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American Flag.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky, they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.

So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words:

You will never be ignored again.

Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

Together, We will make America strong again.

We will make wealthy again.

We will make America proud again.

We will make America safe again.

And yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Presidential Inauguration Committee's Schedule of Events, Jan. 19 - Jan. 21

Schedule of events and celebrations
  • Jan. 19 - Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery by President-Elect Donald J. Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence (Approx. 3:30pm-4:30pm)
  • Jan. 19 - Voices of the People at the Lincoln Memorial - Featuring marching bands, choirs and more (Starts around 1:15pm Eastern)
  • Jan. 19 - Make America Great Again Welcome Celebration & Concert at the Lincoln Memorial - Performers followed by remarks from President-Elect Donald J. Trump and fireworks (Approx. 4pm-6pm Eastern)
  • Jan. 20 - Inaugural Swearing-In Ceremony on the west front of the United States Capitol (12:00 Noon Eastern)
  • Jan. 20 - Inaugural Parade (3pm-5pm Eastern along Pennsylvania Avenue)
  • Jan. 20 - Three Official Presidential Inaugural Balls: Freedom Ball, Liberty Ball, and The Salute to Our Armed Services Ball. (7pm-11pm Eastern)
    Jan. 21 - National Prayer Service: An interfaith prayer service at Washington’s National Cathedral (10am-11am Eastern)

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

60 Democrats (and counting) are not attending the Trump inauguration

(snip) Oregon
    Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader, told Oregon Public Radio that they will attend anti-Trump events instead of going to the inauguration. Blumenauer, who claims to have attended every inauguration since he took office two decades ago, said this one was “not a productive use of my time.”

    Rep. Peter DeFazio said he usually avoids inaugurations and Friday will be no exception.
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History: The GOP's first National Call for Convention, 1856

January 17, 2017 - Grand Old Partisan commemorates the first Republican call for a national convention. By 1856, opponents of the Democrats' pro-slavery agenda had established Republican parties in several states. There was, however, yet no national organization. --Our nation's capital did have the Republican Association of Washington. At the request of five state chairmen, on January 17, 1856 this small but enthusiastic committee printed and distributed to newspapers this call for convention. Four more state chairmen soon added their names.
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Dennis Richardson Takes Oath of Office as Oregon Secretary of State

Wilsonville, OR (12/30/16) - Oregon Republican Party Chair Bill Currier issued a statement today upon the swearing in of Dennis Richardson as Oregon’s new Secretary of State at the State Capitol in Salem this afternoon. --"I just want to take the opportunity to congratulate Secretary of State Dennis Richardson on his taking the oath office as the first Republican Secretary of State sworn in since 1976," said Oregon Republican Chairman Currier. "It was a special for Oregon and a great start to our new Secretary of State's term of office."
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Maybe John Roberts did us a favor by saving ObamaCare

DAN CALABRESE - By leaving it for Congress to dismantle, the Chief Justice ultimately set the stage for a better solution. --I'm not going to lie to you. I was as mad as anyone at Chief Justice Roberts when he - not once but twice - saved ObamaCare by engaging in legal gymnastics to avoid finding it unconstitutional - which it clearly was. First he pretended individual mandate fine was a tax, even after the Obama Administration had explicitly said it was not while trying to sell it to the public. Then he ignored clear language about who had to run the exchanges in order for them to be eligible for subsidies. --The other conservative Justices (even Anthony Kennedy) were ready to throw out the entire law on the grounds that it exceeded the authority of Congress...
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Yes, There Are Non-Weird People in Oregon — Like This Cowboy (Video)

Radio show host, Tami Jackson writes, "Every week I report on more depressingly weird stuff in my native state of Oregon." Her lead up to the non-weird part is a must read for conservatives in Oregon, who are in the mood for a laugh, a shoulder shrug, or an eye-role regarding... Portland. But then, she gets to the Cowboy, the hero in the promised video. If you haven't seen it, you're going to love it!
Read more at Saving the Future
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Friday, December 9, 2016

Trump’s Education Secretary Pick Wants To Allow PRAYER Back In School…

President-Elect Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos, along wither her husband, Dick, had a profound interview with a group by the name of “The Gathering” back in 2001. --In it, Dick DeVos lamented that the “church, which ought to be, in our view, far more central to the life of the community, has been displaced by the public school as the center for activity.” --And politically correct atmosphere of today has nearly killed the church. --In fact, people have suppressed the simple act of praying in recent years — which is why Betsy DeVos wants to bring America back to the days where the freedom of expression is tolerated once more.
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Scott Adams: The Non-Expert Problem and Climate Change Science

As regular readers of this blog already know, human brains did not evolve to understand reality in any deep way. If some of us survive and procreate, that’s good enough for evolution. It doesn’t matter that you live in a movie that says you will reincarnate after you die, while I live in a movie that says reality is a software simulation, and perhaps our mutual friend lives in a movie in which his prophet flew to heaven on a winged horse. Those are very different realities, but it doesn’t stop any of us from procreating. This lesson about the subjective nature of reality is one we learned from watching Trump’s march to the election. As the world looked on, everything they thought they understood about Trump’s chances dissolved in front of them. And yet the world still worked fine.

This perceptual change in humanity is happening as I predicted it would a year before Trump won. I told you he would change more than politics. I said he would open a crack in reality so you could view it through a new filter. That transformation is well underway. I’ll widen the crack a bit more today.
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Former U.S. Astronaut, Senator John Glenn Dead at 95

John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

GT: County issues sanctuary declaration

By a 3-0 vote on Tuesday, the Board of Commissioners declared Benton County a “sanctuary county.” --The declaration reads, in part: “The recent political climate has galvanized support of anti-immigrant, Islamophobia, anti-LGBTQ, anti-people of color, anti-women policies resulting in many individuals afraid for their safety and the loss of civil liberties. … We must act now and always to uphold our commitment to be a community free of prejudice, bigotry, and hate.”
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Friday, December 2, 2016

How James Mattis As Defense Secretary Could Bust Our Deathly Political Correctness About Islam

If appointed defense secretary, ret. Gen. James Mattis could help overcome the political correctness that prevents us from discussing Islamism. --In a speech given at the Heritage Foundation last year, Mattis spoke about America’s position vis à vis political Islam. Rather than equivocating on the matter in order to avoid saying something uncomfortable or politically incorrect, Mattis simply pointed out that America needs to make a decision about its stance toward this ideology.
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Breitbart.com: Hidden Ipsos Poll: Public Strongly Backs Donald Trump’s Plan To ‘Pause’ Legal Immigration

A just-released poll shows that Donald Trump’s campaign-trail immigration and labor policies have overwhelming public support, and strong opposition from just one-sixth of voters. (Snip) Ipsos is a highly rated polling firm, but conducted the poll in September and hid the pro-Trump answers until Nov. 16, a week after the election. (Snip) Many polls show that most Americans do like immigrants, and they want to be seen liking immigration — but they also want a reduction in the annual immigration of 1 million people, which cuts salaries for the 4 million Americans who enter the job market each year.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

David Brooks: Fellow Trump Critics, Maybe Try a Little Listening

I’ve been thinking a lot about the best imaginable Trump voter. This is the Trump supporter who wasn’t motivated by racism or bigotry. This is the one who cringed every time Donald Trump did something cruel, vulgar or misogynistic. --But this voter needed somebody to change the systems that are failing her. She needed somebody to change the public school system that serves the suburban children of professors, journalists and lawyers but has left her kids under-skilled and underpaid. She needed some way to protect herself from the tech executives who give exciting speeches about disruption but don’t know anything about the people actually being disrupted. --She is one of those people...
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Monday, November 21, 2016

University Officials: America-Themed Parties Are ‘Harmful’ And Offensive

Student government leaders at Loyola University Maryland faced a barrage of pressure from the university administration to change the theme of a senior class party described as “very alienating, divisive and harmful” and against the university’s “core values,” according to emails provided to The Daily Caller. The theme? America...
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Not a One-State or Two-State solution but a NEW State solution

Nov. 21, 2016 - Josh Hammer describes British-Israeli IDF veteran and current reservist Sgt. Benjamin Anthony as a total badass. A veteran of three major IDF combat operations, Sgt. Anthony can think 'outside the box' and has done so regarding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    [Snip] A further state for the Palestinian Arabs can be established. That state must be viable though. It must augur in a future of promise, security, liberty, sovereignty, self determination and opportunity for its inhabitants. Citizens of this Palestinian state must be granted every possible chance to positively thrive. It must be a state whose people not only dare to dream, but who actually realize the dreams they conceive. This state must not come into being at the expense of Israel either now or in the future. Neither Israel the people, nor Israel the country must be existentially compromised in order to facilitate its creation…
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Everyone Should Be Encouraged By What Donald Trump and Mike Pence Just Did

THE RESURGENT, Nov. 16, 2016 by Eric Erickson - Donald Trump has removed Chris Christie from heading his transition team and replaced him with Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Everyone, regardless of ideology or party, should be encouraged by the very first action Mike Pence took. He ordered all lobbyists off the transition team. The moment Trump won a bunch of Republican lobbyists started circling like vultures and the Christie led transition team opened the doors to them. Not so with Pence. Pence, you will recall, was a leader in the fight against earmarks in Congress. He is a stalwart conservative and knows lobbyists help grow the federal government. This is a refreshing and encouraging move. Read More......

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

American Uprising

Everything is about to change!
This wasn’t an election. It was a revolution.

It’s midnight in America. The day before fifty million Americans got up and stood in front of the great iron wheel that had been grinding them down. They stood there even though the media told them it was useless. They took their stand even while all the chattering classes laughed and taunted them.

They were fathers who couldn’t feed their families anymore. They were mothers who couldn’t afford health care. They were workers whose jobs had been sold off to foreign countries. They were sons who didn’t see a future for themselves. They were daughters afraid of being murdered by the “unaccompanied minors” flooding into their towns. They took a deep breath and they stood.

They held up their hands and the great iron wheel stopped.
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Saturday, October 22, 2016

DONALD J. TRUMP CONTRACT WITH THE AMERICAN VOTER

October 22, 2016 - DONALD J. TRUMP DELIVERS GROUNDBREAKING CONTRACT FOR THE AMERICAN VOTER IN GETTYSBURG and presents his 100-day plan to Make America Great Again – for everyone. Read it at Donald J. Trump.com or download the PDF. Read More......

Thursday, July 21, 2016

RCP: The Dream of Muslim Outreach Has Become a Nightmare

Victor Davis Hanson (h/t: JHD) - When President Obama entered office, he dreamed that his hope-and-change messaging and his references to his familial Islamic roots would win over the Muslim world. The soon-to-be Nobel Peace Prize laureate would make the U.S. liked in the Middle East. Then, terrorism would decrease. --But, as with his approach to racial relations, Obama's remedies proved worse than the original illness.
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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rep. Gohmert: If Orlando Was About Guns, Then 'Boston Was About a Pressure Cooker'

(Hat tip: KimR) - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) called it "outrageous" that House Democrats would grab microphones and prevent fellow lawmakers from conducting business in violation of House rules, all to make a point about gun control, which is really beside the point, he said: "And when people go on for 12 hours, saying things, 'It's about guns,' then that means Boston was about a pressure cooker. It wasn't. Both of them were about radical Islam," Gohmert told Fox News's Charles Payne.
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LGBT turnout for free course surprises local shooting range

(Hat tip: KimR) - It was a unique offer by the Shiloh Shooting Range in northwest Harris County, just days after the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. Shiloh offered free gun classes to the LGBT community and hundreds of people responded. --"We learned gun safety,” said Jared Anthony. “We learned that it's not ... it's a big responsibility. If you do carry, it's something that you do need to take seriously. You are providing ... you're providing a service to the community really."
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Health Dept. urged employees to skip work for immigration rally

(Hat tip: KimR) - New York: The city Health Department encouraged employees to leave work Thursday and attend a rally condemning the Supreme Court’s split decision to block President Obama’s immigration plan, The Post has learned. An e-mail sent to DOH workers informed them of the City Hall event hosted by Mayor de Blasio and urged that they participate. Read more at the New York Post Read More......

Brexit SPREADS across Europe: Italy, France, Holland and Denmark ALL call for referendums

(Hat tip: KimR) - POLITICIANS across Europe have called for their own referendums in the wake of Britain's historic decision to quit the EU. Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star movement has now officially called for a referendum on whether to keep the Euro.
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There Are Now More Bureaucrats With Guns Than U.S. Marines

(Hat tip: KimR) - There are now more non-military government employees who carry guns than there are U.S. Marines, according to a new report.Open the Books, a taxpayer watchdog group, released a study Wednesday that finds domestic government agencies continue to grow their stockpiles of military-style weapons, as Democrats sat on the House floor calling for more restrictions on what guns American citizens can buy.
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Quick Take: Why Britain Voted to Leave the EU

Countries band together to promote trade, defend human rights, protect the environment and repel threats. They sign treaties and join international groups, and each time they do, they agree to give up a bit of independence. That happened in a big way with the creation of the European Union, a free-trade zone and global political force forged from the fractious states of Europe. The question always was, could this extraordinary experiment hold together? Faced with the choice in a June 23 in-or-out referendum, the U.K. voted to leave the bloc it joined in 1973. The way many Brits saw it, the trade-offs no longer serve their interests; they prefer the idea of living outside the EU, as Norway and Switzerland do. They brushed aside the uncertainty that a breakup would cause and voted for what's become known as Brexit.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Past Six Presidents Have All Used Executive Power To Block Certain Classes Of Immigrants

Donald Trump has received much flak from Democrats and Republicans alike for his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S through executive authority. However, the past six presidents have all used the executive power to bar different classes of immigrants and that includes President Barack Obama, who has used the authority six times in his tenure granted in Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952.
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EXCLUSIVE - 'Why shouldn't we enjoy ourselves just because the country is burning?'

(Hat tip: KimR) - Venezuela's super-rich are enjoying lavish parties and gourmet cuisine, while middle-class people are forced to scavenge for food as the Socialist country's economy collapses. In the opulent Caracas Country Club, where membership costs an astonishing £77,000 – 458 times the average Venezuelan salary – glamorous women in cocktail dresses were seen relishing a banquet of beef and lobster...
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London’s Muslim Mayor Hosts EU ‘Remain’ Rally With Hijab-Clad Women Forced To Stand At The Back

(Hat tip: KimR) - London Mayor Sadiq Khan gave a speech in Manchester on behalf of the EU ‘Remain’ campaign, with women noticeably absent from the front of the crowd. In an effort to bolster the ailing Remain campaign, newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan has gone on a road trip across the country to try and boost support for remaining in the European Union (EU).
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Taliban use 'honey trap' boys to kill Afghan police

(Hat tip: KimR) - The Taliban are using child sex slaves to mount crippling insider attacks on police in southern Afghanistan, exploiting the pervasive practice of "bacha bazi" -- paedophilic boy play -- to infiltrate security ranks, multiple officials and survivors of such assaults told AFP.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Senate Votes to Require Women to Register for the Draft

(Hat tip: KimR) - In the latest and perhaps decisive battle over the role of women in the military, Congress is embroiled in an increasingly intense debate over whether they should have to register for the draft when they turn 18. On Tuesday, the Senate approved an expansive military policy bill that would for the first time require young women to register for the draft. The shift, while fiercely opposed by some conservative lawmakers and interest groups, had surprisingly broad support among Republican leaders and women in both parties.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Common Core Does Not Prepare Students for College, New Report Finds

(Hat tip: KimR) - A recently-released report confirms what Common Core critics have suspected all along: Common Core State Standards do not adequately prepare students for college-level work. The ACT report finds many concerning shortcomings in the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by most states. Notably, the report reveals:
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Germany's Justice minister wants to end toleration of polygamy

(Hat tip: KimR) - Justice Minister Heiko Maas said this week that he wants to bring an end to the practice of tolerating polygamous marriages among immigrants in Germany. “No one who comes here has the right to place their cultural entrenchment or religious thinking over our laws,” Maas told Bild newspaper. “Therefore, no multiple marriages will be allowed to be recognized in Germany.”
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Jeh Johnson: Gun Control Is Now 'Part and Parcel of Homeland Security'

(Hat tip: KimR) - Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday that passing gun control laws is now "part and parcel of homeland security" in an interview on CBS This Morning. In the segment which was flagged by Politico, Johnson said this was the first time he had vocalized such a belief publicly.
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Obama Would Rather Declare War on the English Language than Speak of Islamic Terrorism

(Hat tip: KimR) - First there were the 13 people killed in 2009 by an Islamic jihadist at Foot Hood in Texas. Then came Chattanooga, Garland (also in Texas), San Bernardino, and now the atrocity in Orlando. Each time the suspects were motivated by Islamic extremism. Each time President Obama and his team failed to identify the motive for the attacks as radical Islam.
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Final Rules Disclosed for How Social Security Admin. Plans to Disarm Its Beneficiaries

(Hat tip: KimR) - Final rules on how the Social Security Administration (SSA) plans to prohibit its beneficiaries from owning firearms were published in early May, but it took several weeks for observers parsing the 41-page document to realize its implications for the Second and Fifth Amendments.
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Why Islam is Violent - Islamic civilization is unstable and unsustainable

(Hat tip: KimR) - Islamic violence is nearly impossible to deny. But why is Islam violent? The usual answer is to point to Koranic verses calling for the conquest and subjugation of non-Muslims. That certainly covers the theological basis for Islamic violence. But it fails to explain why Muslims continue to practice it. Even against each other. Violence has become the defining form of Islamic exceptionalism.
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

Tesla: U.S. senator requests investigation of foreign workers on construction project

(Hat tip: KimR) - U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley asked four federal agencies to look at the visa status of more than 140 foreign workers on a construction project at Tesla's Fremont factory, in response to an investigation by this newspaper. Grassley requested the departments of Justice, State, Homeland Security and Labor investigate why Eastern European men were granted visas to do construction work that is broadly banned by immigration laws and could have been done by U.S. workers.
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Thursday, June 2, 2016

No, there is not a difference between ‘Democratic Socialism’ and ‘Socialism’

There is absolutely no difference between “democratic socialism” and “socialism.” The term “democratic socialism” is used solely to lull the average American into accepting socialism, the path to Communism.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

NRO: School Forbids Students from Wearing National Honor Society Stoles So Others Won’t Feel Left Out

Students at Plano Senior High School in Texas will not be allowed to wear National Honor Society stoles at their graduation because, apparently, that might make kids who were not in NHS feel left out. --In order to earn membership in the National Honors Society, students must not only maintain a high GPA, but also perform regular community service each semester. (Clearly, two accomplishments too controversial to deserve recognition.)

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Vox: How Venezuela’s socialist dream collapsed into a nightmare

Venezuela is in the midst of a stunning social, political, and economic collapse. The country of 30 million people is facing dire food and medicine shortages, frequent power outages, serious political unrest, the world’s highest inflation rate, rampant violent crime, and one of the world’s highest murder rates. Earlier this month, Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, declared a state of emergency. --In short, Venezuela has become the world’s most visibly failing state. --It wasn’t supposed to go like this. Not so long ago, Venezuela’s socialist revolution attracted its share of fellow travelers — first-world idealists hungry for the next earthly utopia.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Obama uses Hiroshima visit as opportunity to urge no nukes

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) - With an unflinching look back at a painful history, President Barack Obama stood on the hallowed ground of Hiroshima on Friday and declared it a fitting place to summon people everywhere to embrace the vision of a world without nuclear weapons. As the first American president to visit the city where the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb, Obama came to acknowledge - but not apologize for - an act many Americans see as a justified end to a brutal war that Japan started with a sneak attack at Pearl Harbor.

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Twitter abuse - '50% of misogynistic tweets from women'

UK - Half of all misogynistic tweets posted on Twitter come from women, a study suggests. --Over a three-week period, think tank counted the number of uses of two particular words as indicators of misogyny. --It found evidence of large-scale misogyny, with 6,500 unique users targeted by 10,000 abusive tweets in the UK alone. --Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has said that tackling abuse is a priority.

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VOA: Meet Your New Co-worker: The Robot

NEW YORK— At the RoboUniverse expo in New York City, robots of all shapes and sizes were being put to work. Companies showed off automated machines designed to perform tasks that many humans would consider less than desirable. --“There are certain tasks in our society… that will stay on and not be attractive for humans to do. And we cannot get rid of them if we want to live our lives in the usual fashion,” said Preben Hjørnet, founder and CEO of robotics startup Blue Workforce.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Obama races to cement the big Pacific Rim trade deal that all his potential successors oppose

President Obama is racing against the clock to cement a massive Pacific Rim trade deal that all of his potential successors oppose, with his administration eyeing a looming fight on Capitol Hill while starting to implement as much of the complicated pact as it can. --The effort begins in Vietnam, where Obama spent the last three days touting the merits of the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership, which would link 40% of the global economy, and reassuring Vietnamese leaders key to the deal that Congress will ultimately overcome the thorny politics of trade and ratify the agreement. Read more at LA Times... Read More......

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Climate change doubts? Burn ’em!

Although no one mentioned this, it seems to me that the Portland schools now face a problem: What to do with books and other material doubting that mankind's use of fossil fuels is mainly responsible for climate change. I suggest a solution in the spirit of the Portland School Board's decision last week to ban such material from the schools: Have students pile up the offending books in a great big heap and set them on fire. Read more by Hasso Herring... Read More......

Monday, May 23, 2016

WATCH: College Kids Pledge Hundreds for Hamas to Bomb Israeli Schools and Cafés

Political satirist and video maker Ami Horowitz recently visited the campus of Portland State University, posing as a member of Hamas. He asked students to donate to the terrorist organization to help bomb schools, cafés, and other “soft targets” that would help destroy Israel. Watch the video at The Corner Read More......