Gun-control activists declared Virginia their proving ground and poured unbelievable amounts of money into a state-senate election; then they lost that election; then they bet big on executive actions instituting new gun control; they watched as those actions were not only reversed but gun rights were expanded. If we take Virginia as the bellwether that the gun-control activists envisioned, then gun control is dead as a 2016 issue.
… eco-activists would rather tolerate tens of millions of Third World deaths for the sake of a political agenda. That’s the cruel and inhuman way of the environmentalist. He will trade lives — and jobs, and economic liberty, and others’ wealth — in exchange for actually making the world … worse.
This hallmark of environmentalism has driven decades of poor public policy. Some policies have brought with them harm, though nothing on the level of the DDT ban.
She has a long track record of stiff-arming investigators and covering up, even destroying, records not just under FOIA request but federal subpoena, including:
1) Ordering the deputy ambassador to Libya to stop cooperating with Congress in the Benghazi investigation, in what he called an “angry” phone call;
2) Withholding emails detailing the Clintons’ illegal selling of seats on foreign trade junkets for campaign cash in the 1990s;
3) Mysteriously “losing” 1.8 million archived White House emails under subpoena in the Monica Lewinsky and Filegate scandal investigations;
4) And “concealing” so many subpoenaed emails from Congress that it referred criminal charges on her to the Justice Department for perjury and obstruction of justice in 1998.
All crooks need consiglieres. Now you know Hillary’s.
While the reality is that politicians can and do change their mind on issues it’s usually on a time scale greater than a few weeks.
Have we become so mind-numbed with anger at Obama’s destructive policies that we sit still for this brand of poisonous venom?
All of us who are enraged at the damage done to America these past seven years were thrilled to hear someone, anyone, give voice to our anger. But even then, few of us took him seriously. How can a man who indiscriminantly spews disparaging vitriol with abandon actually be a candidate for president of the United States? How can a man who promises all manner of ridiculous things people know he cannot fulfill be taken seriously? How can a man who gives exactly no specifics on his plans, foreign or domestic, be electable?
Reality is an inconvenience that is suppressed with gulags and firing squads.
The left believes that there is a binary struggle over the future of humanity with only two sides. It does not understand how the right actually thinks and it has no room for understanding equally compelling belief systems that operate outside this model.
That’s where Islam comes in. Or doesn’t.
Islam and Muslims are fundamentally outside the left’s model. They are part of their own binary struggle between Islam and everything else. They have their own “right side of history”.
Islam and the left both claim to have “perfect” systems that can create a utopia… after a whole lot of killing. They are aligned with each other, yet unable to understand each other because their worldviews have no room for anything outside their perfect models. Leftists despise fundamentalists and Islamists despise atheists and yet here they are working together while ignoring what the other believes.
The left cannot accept that its great struggle is really a disastrous sideshow in a larger civilizational conflict or that its agenda is not universal, but the product of a particular intellectual strain that has little application outside its own bubble. And so it will go on rejecting the truth about Islam, because learning the truth about Islam would not only destroy the alliance with Islam, but would also destroy the left.
Reports emerged on Facebook and police said they must be sensitive about cases involving migrants, who have ‘been through a lot’ …
… Austrian media have also been following another case of a 13-year-old girl who is allegedly repeatedly being raped by her 26-year-old husband, who she married in Syria.
However, the teenager has not spoken against her husband, who is claiming that he has the right to have sex with her after their marriage was consummated, under Islamic law.
The videomakers lied and forged fake identification to get their hidden cameras into Planned Parenthood, and this is against the law. And they surely knew it was against the law and took the risk anyway because sometimes that’s what has to be done when authorities won’t act. How many civil rights marchers, black and white, were legally arrested when trying to end segregation? Breaking the law doesn’t necessarily make your cause wrong.
The videos (both edited and unedited) clearly and repeatedly showed Planned Parenthood officials and clinicians playing semantic games and using creative bookkeeping to make their sales of fetal tissue (and gross violations of ethical medical practice) have the appearance of legality. But obeying the letter of the law while circumventing its meaning doesn’t necessarily make your cause right.
British television personality and former The Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins is well on her way into seniorhood, a stage of life that she recently told Radio Times means a person is ripe for termination. Old people, she says, should be put to sleep much like animals at the kennel because they’re too much of a drain on society, in her view, suggesting “euthanasia vans” as the solution.
Liberals have recently demanded more anti-gun rhetoric from Sanders, the Democratic presidential candidate’s shift to the far-left on this issue is likely an attempt to placate to his party’s core voters as the 2016 election quickly approaches.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan expressed contempt for the American flag Wednesday, telling hundreds gathered in a D.C. church that it is a symbol of racism and needs to be brought down.
… said that taking the Confederate flag is “easy,” but not enough.
Starting in 2018, wood-burning appliances will be banned unless they meet the rigorous new emission standards of 2.5 grams of fine particles or less per hour … transforming a stove or fireplace with inserts so that it is in compliance with the coming regulations costs between $2,000 and $8,000.
A 17-year-old girl in Sønderborg has found herself in violation of the arms act for using pepper spray on an English-speaking man who tried to pull down her trousers.
… “It is illegal to possess and use pepper spray, so she will probably be charged,”
Flint’s 8,000 children have not had their lives destroyed. Jesse Jackson can roll up his crime tape. Michael Moore can go back to promoting his latest film. Taken as a whole, in fact, Flint’s kids are better off than the previous generations of Michigander kids in at least one important way. Even after Flint’s disaster, the city’s children have far less lead in their blood than their parents or grandparents did at the same age.
That’s of little comfort, of course, to those exposed to higher levels than they should have been because of a nearly bankrupt local government, a scientifically incompetent city water utility, indifferent Michigan environmental regulators and a bumbling federal Environmental Protection Agency. And any lead has a long-term insidious health impact, even after it has left the blood. But amid the furor, it’s important to take a deep breath and put the exposure levels in context.
While plenty of questions remain about who is most at fault and who is most at risk, one thing is for sure: Flint residents of only a decade ago would have counted themselves lucky to suffer the lead “poisoning” rates plaguing the city today.
Even once the problem had surfaced, the EPA knew and kept quiet. It was only once the crisis broke, that the Democratic establishment attempted to redirect the blame at Michigan’s efforts to fix broken Democratic cities like Flint using emergency managers. The war against the emergency managers is not about clean water; it’s about protecting the dirty Democratic politics that destroyed these cities.
Flint’s dirty water had its origins in dirty politics. The Democratic Party had badly mismanaged the city.
It wasn’t corporations or big business that made it impossible for Flint to pay its bills. It wasn’t Rick Snyder. It was Flint residents who kept voting for ridiculously incompetent Democrats.
Flint, like Detroit, needed emergency managers because the Democratic Party had destroyed entire cities. And it is those emergency managers, who are often African-American Democrats even when appointed by Republicans, who are being used to pass all the blame on to Governor Rick Snyder.
But they are leaving out a whole lot of history along the way.
Iran: Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed what President Obama admitted months ago: Their nuclear deal provides cash that will increase Iranian terrorism. But it’s OK, Kerry said, because Iran’s neighbors will survive.
After 9/11, American patience with terrorism was supposed to have been exhausted, and we would use our might to destroy it everywhere.
Fourteen years later, we actually have a president who made a pact with the world’s foremost terrorist state that finances the increase of its terrorism.
Obama’s rationale was this: “The truth is that Iran has always found a way to fund these efforts, and whatever benefit Iran may claim from sanctions relief pales in comparison to the danger it could pose with a nuclear weapon.”
In other words, to buy a bad deal on Iran’s nuclear program — they’re already building four new nuclear facilities — we had to let them have tens of billions of dollars for terrorism because, as the Geico commercial says, “that’s what they do.”
America funding terrorism. As the president likes to say, “That’s not who we are.”
It’s hard – really hard – to come up with a simple, short analogy for this current leftist administration. But here’s one go at it:
A hornet’s nest on your front porch has attacked and killed several members of your family. Your response is to move the nest inside the house, protect it from rain and other harsh weather conditions. Feed it honey.
And then lock your remaining family members in the same room with it.
Bennis revealed the true anti-American mindset of today’s Western progressive left movement. “I don’t think of myself first as an American,” she said.
Western progressive leftists share with jihadists a hatred of America and its values. This pathological hatred has brought together strange bedfellows with radically different ideologies into what David Horowitz has called an “unholy alliance.” In the case of ISIS, while Western progressive leftists have not necessarily supported its brutal tactics in full lockstep, they have tended to downplay the seriousness of the global jihadist threat and to spend more time decrying the West’s military response as oppressive and imperialistic. Feminists have sacrificed their professed principles by attaching little importance to the jihadists’ barbaric war on women and even making excuses for the jihadists’ evil behavior.
Under the spell of political correctness, multiculturalism and moral relativism, empty-headed progressive leftists have served as the useful idiots of global jihad. If the jihadists have their way in the West, these useful idiots may be amongst the first to literally lose their heads.
Oh, and wouldn’t that be a frikkin’ shame?
Here is something the internationalist left doesn’t understand: what the rest of the world thinks about American guns is irrelevant. The rest of the world is not America. No other country has or even understands our Constitutionally-guaranteed Second Amendment right. So no other country’s opinion matters.
When was the last time you saw a headline with the word ‘OPEC’?
Right. It’s been long enough since OPEC played a role in the price of a barrel of oil that many people can’t remember who that is.
But I remember.
I’m old enough to remember sitting in long lines of cars – before the sun came up – hoping to get a few gallons of gas in my tank before the service station ran out. That was back during the administration of the first pussy president when OPEC decided to squeeze most of the life out of western economies. Mostly just because they could.
What reduced OPEC from Henry Potter stature to mere three-card monte grifters? The fact that then, OPEC produced the majority of the world’s oil – now they don’t.
So, who does? Free-market capitalists. True free-market capitalists have taken the fuel weapon away from those that would use it against the U.S.; and they’ve done that mainly through the shale oil revolution and the single most successful method for extracting oil from shale – fracking.
Free market capitalists were able to free America from the tyranny of OPEC by doing what free-market capitalists do best – make money.
Yea, that’s right – they set out to make money, as much money as they could. They thought up new ways to do stuff, invested their own money into development and in the process made us all a little bit richer – and a little more free.
And they did that in spite of the leftists that have been trying to sell their own solutions to the problem that free-market capitalists have already solved.
Mabus declared that biofuels give “us an edge tactically” and “an edge strategically.” And then came the money line, the words that have been used to justify the biofuel madness for more than a decade: Biofuels, claimed Mabus, prevent “fuel from being used as a weapon against us.”
biofuel boosters have used the military to get their hands on taxpayer money
Today, ethanol distilleries are consuming about 40 percent of all domestic corn output in order to produce fuel equivalent of about 600,000 barrels of oil per day. (Total U.S. consumption in 2014 averaged about 19 million barrels per day.) And it took roughly four decades of mandates and subsidies for the corn-ethanol industry to grow to that size.
Let’s compare that result with what has happened in the oil patch. Since 2006, thanks to the shale revolution, domestic oil production has increased by more than 3.6 million barrels per day. Thus, in just this past decade, the oil sector has increased production by six times the total output of every ethanol distillery in America. That increased oil production didn’t happen because of congressional mandates or subsidies. It happened because privately owned companies risked billions of dollars, and in doing so they innovated in everything from drill bits to mud pumps. The result: dramatic decreases in oil and natural-gas prices, which are now saving American consumers billions of dollars per year.