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  • Will Ken Burns' twisted version of Vietnam War endure?

    10/19/2017 5:35:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 2 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 10/19/2017 | Richard Botkin
    “No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.” Richard Nixon’s 1994 post-war observation remains as prescient as ever. With the release of the Ken Burns/Lynne Novick epic 10-part PBS documentary on the war last month, it is safe to say that the misreporting and misremembering have only been compounded and exacerbated. For those among us who expected favorable treatment for the American effort to halt the spread of communism and a serious look at our South Vietnamese allies beyond the recycled shibboleths of their leaders as corrupt...
  • Republicans Are Blowing It

    10/19/2017 5:24:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    After eight years in the wilderness, Republicans have a president who will sign nearly anything they put in front of him. You’d think they’d revel in the opportunity to pass legislation they’d been dreaming of codifying in law, but you’d be wrong. Rather than attempt to implement the ideas on which they’d campaigned and won on, they’re staring blankly like a poker player who over-bet with a pair of twos and had his bluff called. But it’s not just elected Republicans; it’s the entire conservative movement that's dropped the ball. After eight years in exile, where are the innovations,...
  • Muslim Citizen of Jewish State: Israel Is not an Apartheid Nation, I’m Proud to Speak on Its Behalf

    10/19/2017 5:08:32 AM PDT · by markomalley
    Algemeiner ^ | 10/18/17
    “Israel is not an apartheid state and anyone who believes this should be ashamed of himself,” a Muslim citizen of the Jewish state declared in a recent media interview — a video of which has gone viral online this week.Appearing on an Arabic-language news channel, Dema Taya — a resident of the central Israeli city of Qalansawe — told the program host, “You live in this country and enjoy the full benefits of its citizenship. You are free to work, study, express yourselves and whatever you desire. You lead and educate the next generations in a state that respects you. Look...
  • Blood and Beauty on a Texas Exotic-Game Ranch

    10/19/2017 5:07:53 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/19/2017 | Manny Fernandez
    UVALDE, Tex. — On a ranch at the southwestern edge of the Texas Hill Country, a hunting guide spotted her cooling off in the shade: an African reticulated giraffe. Such is the curious state of modern Texas ranching, that a giraffe among the oak and the mesquite is an everyday sort of thing. “That’s Buttercup,” said the guide, Buck Watson, 54. In a place of rare creatures, Buttercup is among the rarest; she is off limits to hunters at the Ox Ranch. Not so the African bongo antelope, one of the world’s heaviest and most striking spiral-horned antelopes, which roams...
  • A Rollicking Good Rebuttal to "Men, you want to treat women better?".

    10/19/2017 5:07:06 AM PDT · by x1stcav · 6 replies
    Victory Girls Blog ^ | October 18, 2017 | Marta Hernandez
    Some TV writer named Nicole Silverberg recently published an article in the Guardian (yes, you may all groan now), chicksplaining to men what they need to do in order to “improve” themselves. This laundry list of femderpaherpery has me wondering if this woman will a) ever date an actual male – you know, one that actually owns a functioning set of testicles – let alone get married to one and b) ever own enough cats to fill that empty space on her bed, because no guy in his right mind will occupy that space for any length of time. So...
  • North Korea Knowns and Unknowns

    10/19/2017 5:02:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    No one really knows all that much about North Korea's nuclear or conventional military capability or its strategic agenda. Are its nuclear missiles reliably lethal, are they as long-ranged and accurate as hyped, and are they under secure command and control? Conventional wisdom states that Seoul would be destroyed in minutes by at least 10,000 North Korean artillery and rocket batteries that are now aimed from right across the Demilitarized Zone. Such guns are said to be capable of firing 500,000 rounds within a few minutes. As a result, South Korea and its allies are supposed to be veritable hostages,...
  • Guest Speaker Tells Students: 'I’m Queer and I’m Trump’s Worst Enemy'

    10/19/2017 4:53:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    Students at Grand County High School in Utah were supposed to attend poetry slam workshops on tolerance and acceptance. Instead, students were subjected to political rhetoric, LGBT propaganda and something called “identity mapping.” Parents told the Todd Starnes Show that one of the workshop leaders announced to the children, “I’m queer and I’m Trump’s worst enemy.” An untold number of students were directed by workshop leaders to separate themselves intro groups based on their sexual identity and their religious preference. Parents told the Todd Starnes Show they are livid over the September event. “I’m sending my daughter to school to...
  • Alas, poor snowflakes: Cambridge University issues warnings about sex and violence [tr]

    10/19/2017 4:49:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 18, 2017 | Eleanor Harding
    Students at Cambridge University are being warned that they may have to study books with upsetting content – the plays of William Shakespeare. Lecturers claim the advice is to protect undergraduates’ mental health, even though several of the Bard’s works are known for their depiction of sex and violence. The ‘trigger warnings’ on timetables are to allow students to be prepared to deal with potentially offensive or upsetting content in English lectures. One lecture, titled Violence, bears a warning because its themes of ‘credulity and sympathy’ include discussion of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, which contains scenes of rape and cannibalism, and...
  • Class project to represent intersectionality through Lego sculpture went really well, [tr]

    10/19/2017 4:47:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 18, 2017 | Brett T.
    Here’s one of those tweets that have gone viral, and this one arrives on our shores from the Centre for Gender Studies at Sussex University in the United Kingdom.
  • We Live In The Dystopia Young Adult Fiction Warns Us About

    10/19/2017 4:46:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/19/17 | Robert Tracinski
    The past few decades have seen a profusion of “young adult” fiction—books written for a teenage audience—which seem to have a peculiar obsession with future dystopias.There’s the one where everything is controlled by the Capitol and teenagers are forced to fight to the death for a televised audience. There’s the one where teens are locked into a narrow career path for life based on their apparent aptitudes, which seems like a perfect way to capitalize on the anxieties of college-bound kids in the later stages of the higher education bubble. There’s the one where emotions have been outlawed, the one...
  • Students storm library, shut down College Republicans meeting

    10/19/2017 4:43:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | October 18, 2017 | Celine Ryan
    A College Republicans meeting at the University of California, Santa Cruz was taken over by protesters screaming that the group’s existence is a threat to the safety of students. Shortly after the CR meeting convened, one student entered the ground floor room of McHenry Library to ask attendees which group was assembling. After being informed that the meeting was a gathering of College Republicans, the student returned about 15-20 minutes later with company.
  • Northwestern doubles its programming on ‘deconstructing masculinity’

    10/19/2017 4:36:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Learn about ‘the patriarchy’The private university that put a female professor through multiple Title IX investigations for criticizing “sexual paranoia” is returning to its man-hating roots.Northwestern University is adding a second cohort to its six-week “dialogues” on “examining and deconstructing masculinity,” which are run by NÜ Men, a collaboration between its Social Justice Education unit and Center for Awareness, Response and Education, The Daily Northwestern reports.The assistant director of residence life, Dan Amato, credited “increased interest” for the addition of the second cohort. The program, which features “eight to 10 male-identifying students and two facilitators” in each dialogue, started in spring 2016 with...
  • Quebec passes bill banning the niqab and burqa

    10/19/2017 4:17:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/19/17 | Christine Douglass-Williams
    Quebec has passed a law banning public service workers, and also those who receive services, from wearing face coverings. This means that everyone who uses public transit and government services must now unveil.Quebec’s Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée stated that “having your face uncovered is a legitimate question of communication, identification and security”; but the Quebec National Assembly’s adoption of Bill 62 to ban the burqa is not sitting well with everyone. Some insist that it is a violation of human rights.For example: Nicole Filion, coordinator of the Ligue des droits et libertés, a human-rights defence group, warned that the law...
  • Europe's New Official History Erases Christianity, Promotes Islam

    10/19/2017 3:03:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 10/18/17 | Giulio Meotti
    A few days ago, some of Europe's most important intellectuals -- including British philosopher Roger Scruton, former Polish Education Minister Ryszard Legutko, German scholar Robert Spaemann and Professor Rémi Brague from the Sorbonne in France -- issued "The Paris Statement". In their ambitious statement, they rejected the "false Christendom of universal human rights" and the "utopian, pseudo-religious crusade for a borderless world". Instead, they called for a Europe based on "Christian roots", drawing inspiration from the "Classical tradition" and rejecting multiculturalism: "The patrons of the false Europe are bewitched by superstitions of inevitable progress. They believe that History is on...
  • Montage: As NFL Ratings Plummet, Roger Goodell Develops Odd Verbal Tic

    10/19/2017 2:52:16 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 18 replies
    Grabien News ^ | 19 Oct 17 | Staff
    Over two short press appearances, the NFL commish could not stop repeating the same two wordsWithout a doubt this is already an NFL season Roger Goodell can't wait to drop kick into distant memory. As players' political activism increasingly encroaches onto the playing field, ratings are getting blitzed. Over the first six weeks, NFL ratings are down 7.5 percent as compared to last season, per Nielsen. They're down 18.7 percent from the 2015 season. (Commenting last year on the decline, Goodell punted, blaming the presidential election for America's fading interest.) Faced with such awful stats, it's incontrovertible that if Goodell...
  • Liberals Try To Connect With Normal Americans And It Goes Poorly

    10/19/2017 2:02:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2017 | Kurt Schlichter
    Editor's note: This column is satire. Key Democrats met secretly to confer about the party’s future as America approached the one-year anniversary of their stunning and hilarious humiliation by Donald Trump. The key question they sought to answer: “How can we Democrats appeal to those Jesus-loving, racist idiots who hate science and don’t live on the coast like everyone we know?”After opening the seminar by refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance, Chuck Schumer gaveled the meeting to order, sparking widespread protests. “Hammers are violent tools of oppression that cause oppressed people to literally shake. We need a national conversation...
  • Former Carl’s Jr. CEO: NFL could have prevented protest mess, as any competent employer would

    10/18/2017 10:30:17 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/18/2017 | Andy Puzder
    Like many Americans, I find it distressing to see multi-millionaire athletes kneeling during the playing of our national anthem before professional football games. In my lifetime, football has been a big part of our image as Americans. In my working-class Cleveland, Ohio family, Sunday football was always a big event. One of my cousins was married to Lenny Dawson who would become a Hall of Fame quarterback. It was a rare Sunday during football season when we weren’t gathered around our TV or radio for the Cleveland Browns or the Kansas City Chiefs game (both if possible). As we watched...
  • Gov. Brown pledges hundreds of millions in incentives for Amazon HQ2 in California

    10/18/2017 8:51:03 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | October 18, 2017 | Jeff Collins
    Tucson tried sending Amazon a 21-foot saguaro cactus (since rejected) to entice the online retailer’s second headquarters to its city. Stonecrest, Ga., offered to rename itself as the city of Amazon. Boston Globe editors published a four-page special section Sunday listing five “wicked cool” Beantown sites for a new HQ2. In California, however, Gov. Jerry Brown is offering tax breaks and other incentives worth hundreds of millions of dollars should Amazon choose the Golden State as the site of its second home.
  • Golden State Warriors contest $40 million in Oracle Arena debt

    10/18/2017 8:45:06 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | October 18, 2017 | David DeBolt
    Just as the Golden State Warriors set out to defend their NBA title, a legal defense is ramping up over how much the team will owe for improvements made to Oracle Arena once the franchise makes its planned move to San Francisco. Lawyers for the Warriors, in an Oct. 6 letter to the American Arbitration Association, argue that the team has no obligation to pay any remaining debt once it leaves Oakland. The arena’s operator, the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority (OACCA), contends the team must pay all the remaining debt — estimated to be about $40 million — regardless of...
  • BRITISH POLICE ARREST AT LEAST 3,395 PEOPLE FOR ‘OFFENSIVE’ ONLINE COMMENTS IN ONE YEAR

    10/18/2017 8:12:19 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 40 replies
    Mixed Times ^ | October 14, 2017
    Figures obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 3,395 people across 29 forces were arrested last under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally “cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another”, in 2016. The true figure is likely to be significantly higher, as thirteen police forces refused to provide the requested information and two did not provide usable data. Around half of the investigations were abandoned before being brought to prosecution, which critics say is an indication that the authorities are being excessively strict in their interpretation of...