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  • Gun Control Fail: California Firearm Homicides Up 18 Percent

    12/09/2018 10:56:01 AM PST · by rktman · 42 replies ^ | 12/8/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    California, a state with every gun control imaginable, witnessed an 18 percent rise in firearm homicides from 2014 to 2016. This rise in firearm homicides comes despite the fact that Democrats, gun control groups, and the establishment media constantly claim that states with the strictest gun controls see lower rates of violence and death. California has universal background checks, gun registration requirements, red flag laws (i.e., Gun Violence Restraining Orders), a ten-day waiting period for gun purchases, an “assault weapons” ban, a one-gun-per-month limit on handgun purchases, a minimum firearm purchase age of 21, a ban on campus carry, a...
  • Fans turn on country stars pushing gun bans, but conservative John Rich issues (T)

    12/09/2018 10:05:43 AM PST · by rktman · 40 replies ^ | 12/8/2018 | Vivek Saxena
    Proud conservative country music singer John Rich posed a challenge this week to those of his peers in the industry who believe gun bans are the only solution to gun violence: He asked them to think outside of the box and come up with a real solution that’d satisfy everybody. In a video for Fox News, he explained that the problem with simply banning certain guns is that it’d leave families — including his own — less prepared to protect themselves from actual criminals.
  • America’s New Religions

    12/08/2018 9:36:44 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 40 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 12-7-18 | Andrew Sullivan
    Everyone has a religion. It is, in fact, impossible not to have a religion if you are a human being. It’s in our genes and has expressed itself in every culture, in every age, including our own secularized husk of a society. By religion, I mean something quite specific: a practice not a theory; a way of life that gives meaning, a meaning that cannot really be defended without recourse to some transcendent value, undying “Truth” or God (or gods). Which is to say, even today’s atheists are expressing an attenuated form of religion. Their denial of any God is...
  • Billionaires Demand Fast-Track Green Cards for 400,000 Visa Workers

    12/08/2018 8:17:02 PM PST · by RightGeek · 75 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/7/2018 | Neil Munro
    Internet billionaire Marc Benioff is urging the GOP Congress and President Donald Trump to fast-track 400,000 foreign visa-workers — plus 400,000 family members — to green cards, the U.S. job market, and the ballot box. “This is good for our economy,” Benioff said in a Tuesday tweet that was applauded by Silicon Valley lobbyists. “We need to grow our workers to grow our economy.” Benioff’s comment is a tautology: Expanding the population by importing more than 800,000 people would obviously grow the nation’s economy, retail sales, government taxes, company profits, and Wall Street stock options. But Benioff’s cheap-labor importation plan...
  • Ben Shapiro & Jordan Peterson - Judaism VS Christianity (Video - 11:29)

    12/08/2018 3:15:49 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 34 replies
    Video LinkI thought this discussion was quite interesting--messy theologically--but interesting.I was surprised at Peterson's knowledge of the Old Testament (particularly the prophets) and I thought Shapiro's comments were honest and interesting.Here's sample of the comments by Shapiro (keep in mind that this is free flowing speech and not edited text):Ben Shapiro: What you’re seeing is this tremendous confluence between Orthodox Jews and Observant Christians on matters of values because when Christianity in the late 20th century and mid-20th century in America--more broadly because American Christianity is very different than European Christianity--once there was the idea that Jews were not the...

    12/08/2018 2:58:45 PM PST · by Liz · 15 replies
    Adapted from an essay by Dr. James Allan Francis
    Born in an obscure village. A Child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. And for three years, He was an itinerant preacher. He never owned a home. Never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never really had a family of His own. Never went to college. Never set foot in a big city. He never traveled 200 miles from the place He was born. He never did things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself. While still a young...
  • OPINION: Pearl Harbor Day One For Which Franklin Delano Roosevelt Shoulders Infamy

    12/08/2018 2:26:02 PM PST · by rktman · 98 replies ^ | 12/7/2018 | Daniel Oliver
    On Dec. 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan bombed the U.S. Pacific Fleet which was stationed in Pearl Harbor on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. In addressing Congress the next day, President Roosevelt called it “a date which will live in infamy.” But Roosevelt’s reputation should live in infamy too. The line that Roosevelt enthusiasts and left-wing historians have peddled for so many years is that the attack was a complete surprise. Here’s a sample from The American Pageant, a typical left-wing American history textbook widely used in American high schools: Officials in Washington, having “cracked” the top-secret code of...
  • 9th Circuit Blocks Trump Effort To Deny Asylum For Illegal Aliens(WUT!)

    12/08/2018 12:03:14 PM PST · by rktman · 45 replies ^ | 12/8/2018 | Kevin Daley
    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a temporary restraining order against a Trump administration policy that denies asylum to illegal aliens. The 2-1 decision is the latest setback the 9th Circuit has rendered to President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda. “Just as we may not, as we are often reminded, ‘legislate from the bench,’ neither may the executive legislate from the oval office,” Judge Jay Bybee wrote for the majority. Former President George W. Bush appointed Bybee to the bench, and the judge has a conservative reputation.
  • Pathetic Clintons resort to Groupon trying to get people to show up and fill some seats

    12/08/2018 11:46:36 AM PST · by rktman · 43 replies ^ | 12/8/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    We now have the first acknowledgment from their side that the Clintons vastly overestimated their personal popularity and the public’s interest in hearing them talk about themselves. The Clintons and their stadium tour promoter are officially responding to the public’s refusal to show up in sufficient numbers for them to avoid embarrassment (and financial loss) at the level of ticket prices that seemed realistic when the tour was announced only two months ago. The UK Daily Mail noticed this offer on Groupon:
  • No way out for Clinton, Inc. corruption this time(DONE DEAL! NOT!)

    12/08/2018 11:39:24 AM PST · by rktman · 29 replies ^ | 12/8/2018 | Ed Timperlake
    Sadly, as both the first Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Public Affairs and then in a reorganization as being in charge of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Veterans Administration, I did experience many scammers and real criminal types that actually did not go to prison but walked away without being charged after running truly horrific veteran charity scams. The lesson I learned in trying to bring many veteran charity scams to justice was, sadly, that a legal strategy adopted by defendants often worked. Two FBI Special Agents who were investigating a $ 6 million scam out of the $...
  • The climate change pit of despair

    12/08/2018 8:58:19 AM PST · by rktman · 51 replies ^ | 12/8/2018 | Patrice Lewis
    Everywhere you turn, you are bombarded with concerns about climate change. Whether the weather is sunny, windy, hot, cold, dry, wet, blizzard-y, hurricane-y, or somewhere in between, “climate change” is the default reason for the season. And climate change, we are told, is all our fault. Humans – especially the wasteful humans living in Western nations – are solely to blame for anything and everything weather-related. Never mind geologic history depicting changes through time. It’s always our fault. In 2017, the World Economic Forum took its annual Global Shapers Survey of 31,000 18-to-35-year-olds from 186 countries on key issue, and...
  • China launches pioneering mission to far side of moon

    12/07/2018 7:19:37 PM PST · by vannrox · 20 replies
    <p>BEIJING (AP) — China launched a ground-breaking mission Saturday to land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the U.S.</p> <p>A Long March 3B rocket carrying a lunar probe blasted off at 2:23 a.m. from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province in southwestern China, the official Xinhua News Agency said.</p>
  • ‘Great Violence’ in Paris Anticipated as Police Staff Join Macron Protests

    12/07/2018 10:05:21 AM PST · by rktman · 45 replies ^ | 12/7/2018 | Chris Tomlinson
    The French government expects the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) protests in Paris this weekend could be more violent than ever, despite President Emmanuel Macron buckling on fuel tax hikes. The Élysée Palace, seat of President Emmanuel Macron, announced to French media they are expecting “great violence” on Saturday as Yellow Vest protestors have announced “Act IV” of their nearly four-week-long protest against the Macron regime that was initially sparked by a rise in fuel taxes, franceinfo reports. According to the Élysée, they expect “a hard core of several thousand people” to arrive in Paris on Saturday with the intent to...
  • 77 years ago, a date that still lives in infamy(snowflakes would-----)

    12/07/2018 9:55:33 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies ^ | 12/7/2018 | Ethel C. Fenig
    On this day 77 years ago, Japan launched a surprise attack against a U.S. naval base in Pearl Harbor in the then-American territory of Hawaii. Over 2,400 Americans were killed, over 1,000 wounded on that day. The countries were not at war at the time. The next day, the U.S. Congress declared war against Japan. Speaking to a joint session of Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) called the day of the attack "a date which will live in infamy." Three days later, Germany and Italy declared war against the U.S.; the U.S. then declared war against Germany and Italy....
  • Anal(sic) Clooney Accuses Trump of Giving the 'Green Light' to Attack Journalists Through

    12/07/2018 8:48:45 AM PST · by rktman · 36 replies ^ | 12/7/2018 | Lauretta Brown
    International human rights attorney Amal Clooney accused President Trump of putting the lives of journalists in danger with his rhetoric in a speech at the United Nations Correspondents Association Awards this week. She said that journalists were “under attack,” in “autocratic regimes from North Korea to the Philippines to Hungary.” “The U.S. president has given such regimes a green light and labeled the press in this country the ‘enemy of the people,’” she argued. President Trump has used and tweeted the “enemy of the people” label about media he considers to be “fake news.” “And of course, two months ago,...
  • This date has forever lived in infamy (12/7/1941)

    12/07/2018 8:26:35 AM PST · by rktman · 48 replies ^ | 12/7/2018 | Bill Federer
    On Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked. Three hundred fifty Japanese aircraft sank five American battleships and three destroyers. Four hundred U.S. aircraft were destroyed. Over 4,000 were killed or wounded. Subsequent investigations revealed warnings may have been disregarded, such as Four-Star Admiral H.E. Kimmel’s statement in a 1958 radio interview hosted by Notre Dame Law School Dean Clarence Manion: “General Short and I were not given the information available in Washington and were not informed of the impending attack because it was feared that action in Hawaii might deter the Japanese from making the attack. Our president had...
  • Boulder residents have days to comply with order to ‘certify’ rifles as deadline looms

    12/07/2018 8:12:46 AM PST · by rktman · 86 replies ^ | 12/5/2018 | Frieda Powers
    Residents of Boulder, Colorado who refuse to comply with a state order to “certify” their so-called assault rifles this month could face fines, jail and confiscation of their firearms. Following through on an “assault weapons” ban passed in May, the Boulder city council is requiring residents who already owned prohibited rifles, pistols, and shotguns to certify them with the police by December 27 or face repercussions, according to the Denver Post. The sale or possession of assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks was banned earlier this year and weapons already owned by Boulder residents were grandfathered in, allowing until...

    12/07/2018 1:42:20 AM PST · by vannrox · 66 replies
    American Partisan ^ | Oct 28, 2018 | Editorial staff
    Many people, the opinions of whom I greatly respect, have written on the state of politics and society in the US in such a way as to suggest the possibility of the US moving into a period of similar to what was seen in the former republic of Yugoslavia from the mid 1980’s through to the late 1990’s, referred to by many as Balkanization. I’m certainly in agreement with these bloggers and writers, Matt Bracken being just one example. The political, sociological, ethnic and racial trajectory in the US is eerily similar to that of the former Yugoslavia in many...
  • Two cases of HIV transmission through breastfeeding in mothers with undetectable viral load reported

    12/06/2018 9:51:49 AM PST · by fwdude · 10 replies
    aidmap ^ | 20 November 2018 | Keith Alcorn
    Two cases of HIV transmission from mother to infant during the breastfeeding period when mothers had an undetectable viral load have been reported by PROMISE, a large international study of the effectiveness of antiretroviral treatment in preventing vertical HIV transmission. The findings were presented in a poster at the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam in July. Earlier this year an international group of researchers called for more research to determine if HIV can be transmitted through breast milk even if the breastfeeding mother has an undetectable viral load in blood. Swiss doctors have argued that pregnant women with HIV...
  • John Stossel’s Anti-Socialism Video Age Restricted by YouTube

    12/06/2018 7:47:36 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies ^ | 12/5/2018 | Alexander Hall
    Libertarian TV personality and former ABC reporter John Stossel says Youtube placed age restrictions on a video he published about socialism. The restrictions were later removed, but the fact they occurred is part of a trend that concerns conservatives and free speech advocates. Stossel wrote at Townhall on Dec. 5, that Google informed that morning via email that it wouldn’t allow his "Socialism Leads to Violence" video to be viewed by young people. In his column, Stossel wondered whether this video restriction was the case of oversensitive algorithms or of big tech bias. Both are possible. His video, hosted by...