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  • The Obama EPA’s Crooked Prosecutors

    10/14/2017 6:18:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 14, 2017 | Paul Driessen
    Suppose a crooked prosecutor framed someone and was determined to get a conviction. So he built an entire case on tainted, circumstantial evidence, and testimony from witnesses who had their reasons for wanting the guy in jail. Suppose the prosecutor ignored or hid exculpatory evidence and colluded with the judge to prevent the defendant from presenting a robust defense or cross-examining adverse witnesses. You know what would happen – at least in a fair and just society. The victim would be exonerated and compensated. The prosecutor and judge would be disbarred, fined and jailed. What you may not know is...
  • UK: Viewers of “jihadi websites” or “far-right propaganda” to get 15 years in prison

    10/07/2017 5:15:11 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 43 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | OCTOBER 7, 2017 | ROBERT SPENCER
    British authorities like to pretend that there is equal terror threat coming from both jihadis and “right-wing extremists.” That leads to a diversion of resources that could be used to fight jihadis, and the persecution of innocent people, such as the politician Paul Weston, who was arrested for publicly reading Winston Churchill’s remarks about Islam. The really insidious aspect of this, however, is that for years, Leftist and Islamic supremacist spokesmen have been claiming that any opposition to jihad terror that involved honest discussion of its motivating ideology was “far-right propaganda.” In light of that, what Amber Rudd is essentially...
  • Against the Misguided Moral Superiority of Gun Controllers

    10/06/2017 9:18:27 AM PDT · by Mafe · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | October 5, 2017 | David French
    Their proposals would do nothing to stop mass shootings. By now you’ve seen it a thousand times. On Twitter, in print, and on the air, Democratic politicians and progressive activists try to name and shame conservatives — especially conservative politicians — who offer “thoughts and prayers” in the aftermath of a mass shooting. “Your job isn’t to pray,” they argue. “Your job is to legislate. Your job is to fix the problem.” I hate to pick on Kirsten Powers — because she’s brave and right on many vital issues and also a thoughtful and kind person even when she’s wrong...
  • Tire Tyranny

    09/25/2017 3:28:28 PM PDT · by Kalamata · 43 replies
    Eric Peter's Autos ^ | Eric Peters
    "...the latest outcropping of technocratic busybodyism: The scanning of your car’s electronic ear tag, its Vehicle Identification Number or VIN." "Now the guy behind the counter will scan your car’s VIN – which is tied to the DMV – and first find out all kinds of things about you and your car. Then he will tell you which tires you’re allowed to buy. Yes, really."
  • Will Courts Defend Free Speech -- Or Forced Speech To Promote A Political Agenda?

    09/25/2017 7:24:05 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 25, 2017 | George Leef
    One of the great liberal (in the true sense of the word) decisions by the Supreme Court is West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, the 1943 case where the justices struck down a law that forced school children of the Jehovah’s Witness faith to salute the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance or face punishment for declining to do so. [...] Today’s “liberals” have forgotten the wisdom of Barnette. They care little about liberty and instead desire to impose their ideas by force. We see their authoritarianism popping up all around, and one place is mandatory speech. A...
  • Let's Keep Investing in the World's Poor

    09/23/2017 4:01:16 PM PDT · by walford · 23 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Sept 15 2017 | Bill & Melinda Gates
    ...President Donald Trump has recommended a cut of some 30% to the State Department’s budget, which includes the funding for the U.S. Agency for International Development and most of America’s investments in global health. Congress is unlikely to go along with such large cuts, but our best guess is that, by the time the dust settles, key foreign-aid programs will be scaled back. Even modest cuts would represent the reversal of a long-term trend of increasing U.S. support for foreign aid, and a similar mood of retrenchment has taken hold elsewhere. In the U.K., the world’s second-largest aid donor, there...
  • Sanders' "Medicare for All Act" Gains Support [semi-satire]

    09/23/2017 1:19:36 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 24 Sep 2017 | John Semmens
    Vermont Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for All Act" has been gaining support from a growing number of Democrats. His bill would establish a single-payer health care system and outlaw private medical practice. "The current system is too complicated and confusing," Sanders contends. "My bill would simplify everything by placing all the responsibility and control in the hands of the government. Disputes over what care is warranted would be eliminated. The decisions regarding who can be treated will be consolidated in a single authority. Everyone would get the care that best serves the collective needs of society. No individual would...
  • Repealing DACA Will Have Big Consequences for Fashion

    09/22/2017 1:56:27 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Racked ^ | September 21, 2017 | BY NADRA NITTLE
    On Valentine’s Day, the WhiteBox art gallery in New York City hosted a runway show with a political twist. The diverse group of models featured in “Illegal Fashion” wore dresses made of canvas, linen, burlap, and recycled paper. Painted with splotches of bold colors, the garments bore provocative phrases like “I am illegal,” “deport me,” and “ICE me.” Artist Maria de Los Angeles curated the show with Juan Puntes de Los Angeles also designed the dresses modeled. The 29-year-old has a personal connection to the garments, as well as to the messages painted on them. “I’m undocumented,” she says. “So...
  • Poll: High Rates Of U.S. College Students Support Violence, Shouting To Stop Free Speech

    09/22/2017 8:41:10 AM PDT · by Mafe · 31 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 22, 2017 | Joy Pullmann
    It’s not just crazy places like the University of California at Berkeley where surprisingly large numbers of U.S. college students believe that violence and shouting are acceptable methods to prevent people from saying things. Fifty-one percent of all U.S. college students believe shouting is an acceptable response to free speech, and one in five (19 percent) believe violence is an acceptable response, according to results from a national survey of 1,500 students in 49 states and DC. Fifty-three percent of survey respondents said colleges should “create a positive learning environment for all students by prohibiting certain speech or expression of...
  • California to file lawsuit over Trump border wall

    09/20/2017 1:01:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Reuters via CNBC ^ | September 20, 2017
    California's attorney general plans to file a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging President Donald Trump's plan to construct a wall along the border with Mexico, the state AG's office said, adding to the obstacles facing a key Trump campaign promise. The border wall lawsuit set to be filed on Wednesday will allege that Trump's wall violates federal environmental standards, as well as constitutional provisions regarding the separation of powers and states' rights.
  • Undocumented students say other Illinois universities are being more supportive than SIU

    09/20/2017 9:21:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Daily Egyptian (Student Newspaper) ^ | September 20, 2017 | BY MARNIE LEONARD
    Though the administration has begun to put supports in place for undocumented students affected by President Donald Trump’s decision to end a program that shielded them from deportation, some say SIU is lagging behind other Illinois universities. “Since the undocumented body of students is smaller [here], the urgency is lower,” said Martha Osornio, an undocumented student and a senior studying cinema and photography from Chicago. “Other universities are all doing workshops and things to help their larger populations of undocumented students.” The University of Illinois system’s flagship campus has a website dedicated to providing resources for undocumented students, open.illinois.edu. Here,...
  • Young, undocumented and full of dreams: 4 stories

    09/20/2017 9:04:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Minnesota Public Radio News ^ | September 20, 2017 | by Doualy Xaykaothao
    In Minnesota, more than 6,200 individuals have been granted DACA status. A similar number might have qualified for the program but never applied. And some, like 29-year-old Alejandra Cruz, were never eligible. She was 20 when she entered the United States, and DACA covers only those who arrived before reaching age 16. The vulnerability that DACA recipients are feeling is familiar territory to her, though she insists she is not afraid. "This country depends on the immigrant community," she said. "And this country needs to recognize that." She doesn't usually volunteer that she's undocumented and not enrolled in DACA, but...
  • Exclusive: US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman (BREAKING!!!)

    09/18/2017 4:26:09 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 398 replies
    CNN.com ^ | September 18, 2017 | Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Pamela Brown
    Washington (CNN)US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe. The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump. Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence...
  • Colorado’s electricity rates continue to rise

    09/18/2017 8:23:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 48 replies
    Independence Institute ^ | September 16, 2017 | Amy Cooke, Grant Mandigora
    In 2001, Colorado electricity consumers enjoyed some of the lowest electric rates in the country. The 15 years since haven’t been so kind to ratepayers. For more than a decade, elected officials, PUC commissioners, industry and advocates have told Colorado ratepayers that they could transform the state’s electricity generation away from coal and toward industrial wind, solar and natural gas with little cost to ratepayers. However, the actual numbers tell a much different story. Colorado electricity rates have risen sharply – 62.1 percent – across residential, commercial and industrial sectors, despite a slight decrease in recent years. Colorado electricity rates...
  • Teen wanted for deportation is accused of California killing

    09/15/2017 2:02:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 15, 2017 | by PAUL ELIAS - Associated Press
    Federal immigration authorities said Friday that they were tracking a young immigrant when San Francisco police allege he shot and killed a popular community activist last month. Erick Garcia-Pineda, 18, was detained in December and released from custody in April pending deportation. ICE says the sheriff's department ignored a request to block his release from jail. San Francisco's "sanctuary city" policy bars the sheriff from cooperating with immigration officials unless they are seeking suspects convicted or charged with violent crimes.
  • Detained for deportation, this undocumented immigrant wound up paralyzed. He blames the government

    09/15/2017 1:57:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 15, 2017 | By Sam Stanton
    A year ago Luis Alberto Mendez was an able-bodied immigrant from Mexico who worked as a carpenter. He had suffered from depression, but his lawyer said he had gotten the symptoms under control with medication. He was also undocumented. Today Mendez is a quadriplegic who is confined to his brother’s home in San Jose. He needs constant care and has no money. He blames Sacramento County and the U.S. government, and he’s suing them both. Mendez, 37, is a native of Mexico who does not dispute that he was in the United States illegally in 2016. When agents detained him,...
  • The Right to Discriminate Is a Basic Property Right

    09/14/2017 3:45:32 PM PDT · by Mafe · 40 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | March 24, 2017 | Laurence M. Vance
    Back in 2013, Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, refused to provide flowers for a gay friend’s same-sex wedding. The legal battle that ensued has now ended: The Washington State Supreme Court just unanimously ruled that the florist violated the state’s anti-discrimination law. The case has given rise to some misconceptions about discrimination. Here is the back story. In 2012, the state of Washington enacted Senate Bill 6239, which recognized same-sex marriage. Gay men Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, who had been a couple since 2004, decided to get married in September of 2013. At the...
  • Pelosi says she trusts Trump's sincerity on protecting Dreamers

    09/14/2017 2:07:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 14, 2017 | Staff
    Nancy Pelosi said she trusted President Donald Trump’s sincerity in working to protect so-called Dreamers. “When we’re talking about this legislation to protect the Dreamers, yes I do trust that the president is sincere in understanding that the public supports that overwhelmingly, the public supports not sending these young people back,” Pelosi told reporters.
  • Immigration agents barred from California schools, state buildings under new bill

    09/11/2017 1:28:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | September 11, 2017 | by Adam Ashton
    Schools and state-owned buildings would be off-limits to federal immigration agents under a California bill that would force officers to get warrants before they visit public sites for surveillance or arrests. SB 183 asserts that the presence of immigration agents at public buildings deters residents from paying fines, reporting crimes or cooperating with state investigations. The bill follows steps three state leaders have taken to keep agents from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement stay away from their offices. California Superintendent Tom Torlakson has encouraged schools to declares themselves as “safe havens” from immigration enforcement. Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote a letter...
  • Fight Leftist Tech Giants With Capitalism, Not Big Government

    09/06/2017 9:03:28 AM PDT · by Mafe · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2017 | Bob Barr
    Perhaps it is too much West Coast air, or perhaps because the vast wealth of their owners keeps them insulated from the working class, but with few exceptions (such as Pay Pal founder Peter Theil), tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Amazon all share a left-leaning, Kumbaya-like corporate culture; one that will protect itself with all the vengeful vigor of any social justice warrior on a college campus. This corporate culture war has pushed many conservatives to view these companies and their enormous clout as a threat in the market place and in politics. This is, of course, much the...