Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Freedom Feminism

Lately, there’s a lot of talk among feminists about the need to keep women safe. The rape culture is allegedly inescapable, and trigger warnings are appended to college syllabi to protect sensitive souls from reminders of any past cause of pain, from "neuro-atypical shaming" to mention of "how much a person weighs." But it turns out that if you dare to debunk feminist myths, you’re the one that really needs protection.

For years now, Christina Hoff Sommers, author of Who Stole Feminism? and The War Against Boys, has been promoting what she calls, in the title of her latest book, Freedom Feminism. This view, she writes, "stands for the moral, social, and legal equality of the sexes," but also for women’s freedomincluding the freedom to embrace traditional femininity. "Efforts to obliterate gender roles can be just as intolerant as the efforts to maintain them," she writes, and "theories of universal patriarchal oppression or the inherent evils of capitalism are not in [freedom feminism’s] founding tablets." Above all, Sommers’s approach is moored in reality, not utopian notions of social justice.

Sommers’s efforts to spread her gospel have annoyed many academic feminists for years, but recently the response to her has gone from confrontational to hostile. "I have never stopped going to campuses, and I’ve been going to law schools. But I have rarely faced protests," she tells The Weekly Standard. "I used to face vigorous debate, and the young women would come ready to argueand that was fine, that’s what I was there for. But this is different, and it only started happening this year."

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Is it diversity or not?

The New York Times published an article about mostly White dotcommers moving into a Hispanic neighborhood of San Francisco called the Mission District. But nowhere in this article did the Times ever use the word "diversity." This is puzzling, because in every other article where they talk about adding more Blacks or Hispanics to a white population, they always celebrate that as the merits of diversity. But not this time:
Luxury condominiums, organic ice cream stores, cafes that serve soy lattes and chocolate shops that offer samples from Ecuador and Madagascar are rapidly replacing 99-cent stores, bodegas and rent-controlled apartments in the Mission District, this city’s working-class Latino neighborhood.
The food-snobby NY Times loves to write about soy lattes, as one of the favorite pretentious drinks of the left-wing cultural elite. But in this article soy lattes take on an unaccustomed role, as the drink of the evil rich white elite.

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EPA on a regulatory expansion into water sources

The Obama administration is about to unveil an ambitious and hotly disputed plan to strengthen its authority over minor water bodies like wetlands, streams and ponds.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) "waters of the United States" regulation, expected to be issued in the coming days, has become one of the most controversial environmental regulations of the Obama presidency, with some of the strongest lobbying forces in Washington staking out positions.

The rule dubbed WOTUS in environmental and business circles could indelibly change how the federal government fights pollution and protects water for drinking, navigation, wildlife and other uses under the 1972 Clean Water Act.

At the center of the debate among regulators, Congress, industry and green groups is how far upstream and into the lives of people and operations of businesses the EPA can and should go to keep safe and clean the nation’s prized waterways.

There is also sharp disagreement over what the EPA’s proposed rule, unveiled last March, would actually do.

The EPA, Democrats and their supporters frame it as a clarification that would only add 3 percent to the area of its jurisdiction. Meanwhile, the agency would protect important wetlands, headwaters and other water bodies whose statuses have become unclear after a pair of convoluted Supreme Court decisions.

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Invasion of the U.S.

The United States and Canada have been described as the closest of allies, though tensions between the two countries as recently as 80 years ago saw Canada mock up invasion plans against its southern neighbor.

The beginning of the 20th century saw both the US and a Canadian lieutenant colonel formulate plans to send soldiers into each other's heartlands in the event of war.

A new book titled War Plan Red by Kevin Lippert details the long history of conflicts between the two North Americans nations, which included spy missions flown by famed aviator Charles Lindbergh.

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Hate crime

Most Americans support expanded federal hate crime laws, but are divided on banning hate speech

Since 1994 people convicted of federal crimes motivated by the 'actual or perceived' identity of victims have faced tougher sentences. Many other states had passed 'hate crime' statutes in earlier years, and in recent years many states have been adopting laws which make crimes motivated by the victim's sexual orientation of gender identity hate crimes which face tougher sentences, something the federal government did in 2009. Unlike much of the rest of the developed world, however, the United States does not make it a criminal offense for people to make statements which encourage hatred of particular groups. For example a prominent British columnist, Katie Hopkins, is being investigated by the police for referring to African migrants crossing the Mediterranean as 'cockroaches'.

YouGov's latest research shows that many Americans support making it a criminal offense to make public statements which would stir up hatred against particular groups of people. Americans narrowly support (41%) rather than oppose (37%) criminalizing hate speech, but this conceals a partisan divide. Most Democrats (51%) support criminalizing hate speech, with only 26% opposed. Independents (41% to 35%) and Republicans (47% to 37%) tend to oppose making it illegal to stir up hatred against particular groups.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Obamatrade

Senator Sessions’s floor speech against Obamatrade on Friday could go down as one of the most important Senate speeches ever. Already it is getting rave reviews:
Rush Limbaugh hailed it (Odds are Obamatrade screws America): "Jeff Sessions had a massive op-ed piece and floor speech in the Senate about this."

Michelle Malkin gushed: "I wish that Sen. Jeff Sessions would run for president, because I would sign up in a heartbeat."

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon set the stage for Sessions’s speech by lauding Obamatrade as "the most progressive trade policy in our country’s history" because it regulates much more than just trade:
Yesterday we talked about the labor and environmental issues once again, a very dramatic set of changes, and it’s why the president and I have said this is the most progressive trade policy in our country’s history.
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Headline of the day

ISIS: MICHELLE OBAMA Worth About 40 BUCKS in the Slave Market

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Immigration corruption

Federal agents have arrested an Irvine attorney on suspicion of trying to spirit a Chinese woman out of the U.S. in violation of a court order that she remain in the country as part of an investigation into illegal immigration of pregnant women, authorities said Monday.

Ken Zhiyi Liang, 38, was taken into custody on Friday and faces a charge of attempted witness tampering. During a court appearance Monday, a magistrate judge set bail for Liang at $100,000, despite a request from prosecutors that he be kept in custody, said a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office. {snip}

The arrest stems from an ongoing investigation into so-called maternity tourism in Southern California. In March, scores of federal agents raided properties associated with three alleged operators, who typically bring pregnant Chinese women into the country on tourist visas so their children will be born U.S. citizens.

After searching apartment complexes in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties where operators were suspected of housing pregnant women, authorities named several people as material witnesses in the case and barred them from leaving the country.

Four of the witnesses hired Liang to represent them. In early April, two of thema husband and wifefled back to China, evading detection by purchasing tickets shortly before takeoff through a Chinese travel company, according to court records.

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U.S. is candy store for foreign spies

Two Chinese professors, who for years worked as engineers in the USA, are among six Chinese nationals accused by federal prosecutors of economic espionage sponsored by their home government in the alleged theft of radio frequency filter technology developed by two U.S. companies.

The professors, who attended the University of Southern California, allegedly obtained the trade secret informationdesigned in part to limit interference in mobile phone reception and other devicesas part of a "long-running effort" to benefit universities and companies controlled by the Chinese government.

Tianjin University professor Hao Zhang, 36, was arrested Saturday in Los Angeles shortly after stepping off a plane from China. Fellow professor Wei Pang, 35, and four other alleged co-conspirators are believed to be in China.

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Stripping citizenship

Australia plans to strip citizenship from Australian-born children of immigrants who become fighters for the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in its crackdown on homegrown jihadis, a minister said on Thursday.

The government wants to change the Citizenship Act to make fighting for ISIS a reason for losing citizenship, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said.

The government also wants to adopt the British legal model by revoking the citizenship of extremists who are Australian-born children of immigrants or an immigrant, forcing them to take up citizenship in the birth country of their parents, or parent, Dutton said.

It also would apply to dual citizens. "The principle for us, which is very important, is that we don’t render people stateless," Dutton told Sydney Radio 2GB.

Australia can currently only revoke citizenship in cases of fraud in the citizenship application or where an Australian citizen joins the armed forces of another country to fight Australia.

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Relocating to Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has successfully moved yet another California Company to Texas. Abbott announced on Thursday that Kubota Tractor and Credit Corporation is relocating its corporate headquarters to Texas. It is expected the move will create at least 344 new Texas jobs and $51 million in capital investment in the Lone Star State. The State has made a grant offer of $3.8 million to Kubota from the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF).

"I’m proud to extend a warm Texas welcome to Kubota and I know their investment in Texas will allow their company to grow, prosper and create even more jobs in the coming years," said Governor Abbott in a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas. "Thanks to our low-tax, low-regulation environment that allows all businesses to thrive, we are able to bring job creators like Kubota to Texas. As the top state in the nation for agriculture, Kubota is sure to find fertile ground for its products and distribution network."

Kubota will be moving from Torrance, California to Grapevine, Texas. A team effort that included the City of Grapevine, the Dallas Regional Chamber and the Governor’s Office worked together to convince the tractor manufacturer to move to Texas.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Discrediting charter schools

Bereft of arguments to discredit charter schools on their merits, education bureaucrats are resorting to one of their favorite go-to arguments in a jamaccuse the opposition of racism and re-segregation.

Although this renewed offensive is unfolding on a national scale, North Carolina has become an epicenter for the conflict, as school-choice advocates and education establishment interests cross swords. The battle came to a head recently when a Duke University study claimed that charter schools don’t live up to their promise of attracting and retaining minority students.

Eager to jump on the bandwagon and generate a national story, the Washington Post spun a headline claiming the Duke study is proof that white parents in North Carolina are using charter schools to "secede" from traditional public schools, resurrecting age-old claims that any conservative reforms are tantamount to re-segregation.

North Carolina might be a hotbed for the current conflict, but the battle remains heated in states across the nation where charter schools have made inroads—Connecticut, for example, where charter schools are accused of being "hyper-segregated." Leftist reporters have even gone so far as to criticize the Obama administration for seeking to expand charter schools nationwide. (The juxtaposition is oddthe first black president supports schools that supposedly discriminate against minorities?)

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America's debt

Did you know that if you took every single penny away from everyone in the United States that it still would not be enough to pay off the national debt? Today, the debt of the federal government exceeds $145,000 per household, and it is getting worse with each passing year. Many believe that if we paid it off a little bit at a time that we could eventually pay it all off, but as you will see below that isn’t going to work either. It has been projected that "mandatory" federal spending on programs such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare plus interest on the national debt will exceed total federal revenue by the year 2025. That is before a single dollar is spent on the U.S. military, homeland security, paying federal workers or building any roads and bridges. So no, we aren’t going to be "paying down" our debt any time in the foreseeable future. And of course it isn’t just our 18 trillion dollar national debt that we need to be concerned about. Overall, Americans are a total of 58 trillion dollars in debt. 35 years ago, that number was sitting at just 4.3 trillion dollars. There is no way in the world that all of that debt can ever be repaid. The only thing that we can hope for now is for this debt bubble to last for as long as possible before it finally explodes.

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Bubble, again?

It is a wild time in Silicon Valley. Two-year-old companies are valued in the billions, ramshackle homes are worth millions and hubris has reached the point where otherwise sane businesspeople muse about seceding from the United States.

But the tech industry’s venture capitalists the financiers who bet on companies when they are little more than an idea are going out of their way to avoid the one word that could describe what is happening around them.

Bubble.

"I guess it is a scary word because in some sense no one wants it to stop," said Tomasz Tunguz, a partner at Redpoint Ventures. "And so if you utter it, do you pop it?"

A bubble, in the economic sense, is basically a period of excessive speculation in something, whether it is tulips, tech companies or houses. And it is a loaded, even fearful, term in the tech industry, because it reminds people of the 1990s dot-com bubble, when companies with little revenue and zero profits sold billions in stock to a naïve public.

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Checks are in the mail

Were the Ferguson protests a spontaneous expression of community outrage or an orchestrated campaign with paid "protesters"? It's looking more and more like the latter.

Early on, there were signs that protests over the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white cop were less than meets the eye.

In December, IBD noted that most of the protesters getting arrested weren't local residents but people bussed in from groups like the New Black Panthers, the U.S. Human Rights Network and the ANSWER Coalition.

Later, after the riots in Baltimore erupted, Fox News reported that as many as 50 social media accounts were tied to both those and the Ferguson protests, suggesting the presence of "professional protesters."

Now some of the "protesters" themselves are complaining that they never got paid.

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Ain't Nobody Be Learnin' Nothin'

Caleb Stewart Rossiter, a college professor and policy analyst, decided to try teaching math in the D.C. schools. He was given a pre-calculus class with 38 seniors at H.D. Woodson High School. When he discovered that half of them could not handle even second-grade problems, he sought out the teachers who had awarded the passing grades of D in Algebra II, a course that they needed to take his high-level class.

There are many bewildering stories like this in Rossiter’s new book, "Ain't Nobody Be Learnin' Nothin': The Fraud and the Fix for High-Poverty Schools," the best account of public education in the nation’s capital I have ever read. It will take me three columns to do justice to his revelations about what is being done to the District’s most distracted and least productive students.

Teachers will tell you it is a no-no to ask other teachers why they committed grading malpractice. Rossiter didn’t care. Three of the five teachers he sought had left the high-turnover D.C. system, but the two he found were so candid I still can’t get their words out of my mind.

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Nuclear energy is reliable, clean, safe, and affordable

Fossil fuel electricity could be replaced with nuclear power in just 25 years, cutting worldwide human carbon emissions by half, a new analysis published to PLoS ONE finds.

Climate change is widely recognized as a global threat, but thus far there's been little effective resolve to curtail carbon emissions, which are largely responsible. A world powered by carbon-free renewable energy would undoubtedly be a better place, but getting there is the tricky part. The combined power of solar, wind, geothermal, and hydropower cannot feasibly electrify the world at this time. In a number of years, when energy storage technology improves and solar panel efficiency increases, that could very well change.

But there is a solution available right now that's reliable, clean, safe, and affordable: nuclear energy.

Staffan Qvist, a physicist at Uppsala University in Sweden, and Barry Brook, a Professor of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Tasmania, wondered how long it would take for nuclear power to be deployed in order to replace all fossil fuel electricity, which primarily comes from coal and natural gas. So they analyzed the cases of Sweden and France, two countries that successfully completed large-scale expansions of nuclear power.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tesla, fail

A new car shouldn't have problems when you’ve owned it for less than a month. Yet Consumer Reports' brand-new $127,000 Tesla Model S P85 D, with the fancy retractable door handles refused to let us in, effectively rendering the car undriveable.

After we'd owned the P85 D for a mere 27 days, with just over 2,300 miles on the odometer, the driver-side door handle failed. The door handles in the Model S retract electrically so they rest flush with the sides of the car when they’re not in use. Walk up to the car with the key fob in your pocket, and the handles move out to allow you to grip them.

Except this time, the one on the driver’s door of our P85D didn’t pop out, leaving us no way to open the door from the outside. And significantly, the car wouldn't stay in Drive, perhaps misinterpreting that the door was open due to the issue with the door handle. We have observed other vehicles likewise prohibiting driving with a door open.

We’re far from the first Tesla owners to experience this problem. Our car reliability survey shows that doors, locks, and latches are the biggest trouble areas with Teslas and that the Model S has far higher than average rates of such problems.

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Angel of Peace

I hate to get into a public disagreement with a colleague here, but the outrage du jour seems to be based on a translation that may or may not be deliberately wrong. As the BBC and the Associated Press are at the root of it, I’m leaning towards the former.

A BBC reporter in the room claimed that Pope Francis said "you are an angel of peace" while presenting a gift (which is Vatican tradition) to Abbas.

The Vatican reporter for the Italian newspaper La Stampa has it differently:
As is tradition with heads of State or of government, Francis presented presented a gift to the Palestinian leader, commenting: "May the angel of peace destroy the evil spirit of war. I thought of you: may you be an angel of peace."
Calling someone something and exhorting him to be that something are two entirely different things.

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Undaunted, unshamed, unreal

BIOLOGISTS EXPLAIN how organisms adapt to their physical environment, but ideologues also adapt to their social environment. The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work. Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive.

The academic world is the natural habitat of half-baked ideas, except for those fields in which there are decisive tests, such as science, mathematics, engineering, medicine;and athletics. In all these fields, in their differing ways, there comes a time when you must either put up or shut up. It should not be surprising that all of these fields are notable exceptions to the complete domination by the left on campuses across the country.

In the humanities, for example, the test of deconstructionism is not whether it can produce any tangible results but whether it remains in vogue. So long as it does, professors skilled in its verbal sleight-of-hand can expect to continue to receive six-figure salaries.

You might think that the collapse of communism throughout Eastern Europe would be considered a decisive failure for Marxism, but academic Marxists in America are utterly undaunted. Their paychecks and their tenure are unaffected. Their theories continue to flourish in the classrooms and their journals continue to litter the library shelves.

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Marriage rates are falling

Millennials are poised to become the nation’s largest living generation this year. As they grow as a percentage of the population, more of them will reach the age at which Americans historically have gotten married.

But, according to new research, millennials are not showing many signs of interest in getting hitched as they get older, and as a result, the marriage rate is expected to fall by next year to its lowest level on record.

That is a finding by Demographic Intelligence, a forecasting firm with a strong track record.

"Millennials are such a big generation, we’re going to have more people of prime marriage age in the next five years than we’ve had at any time in U.S. history. For that alone, we’d expect an uptick in marriage rates," said Sam Sturgeon, president of Demographic Intelligence. "That’s not happening."

In the firm’s new U.S. Wedding Forecast, compiled from demographic data, Google searches and a host of other variables, Sturgeon projects that by next year, the marriage rate will fall to 6.7 per 1,000 people, a historic low. That includes people getting married for the second or third time.

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Rick Perry wants to be embarassed again

Think of it as Rick Perry's Evel Knievel moment.

When last the former Texas governor hit the throttle and hurtled into the void of a presidential race, his rapid fall to the canyon floor was a painful sight.

After months of revving his engine, on June 4 Perry is expected finally to pop the clutch and take another run at jumping that canyon.

Can he make it across this time? Maybe, maybe not.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

de Blasio's agenda

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a 13-point national "Progressive Agenda" that is being touted as the liberal "Contract with America."

The aim is for the "Progressive Agenda" to become the basis for the Democratic Party’s main economic policies, including those of its 2016 presidential candidate.

De Blasio has compared his plan to the "Contract with America," a document released by the Republican Party during the 1994 congressional election and drawn up by future House Speaker Newt Gingrich to serve as the GOP policy agenda.

Now WND documents that most of the 13 points in de Blasio’s "Progressive Agenda" can also be found in the manifestos and literature of the Communist Party USA and the Socialist Party USA.

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One at a time

Most of us have watched movies where a mysterious threat attacks an unsuspecting community. They may be vampires ravaging an Alaskan town or a blob-like being swallowing a town. Typically the defenders, at first confident, are rapidly dismayed when they find that police firearms have little effect against the creatures. With that realization the characters go from complacent to desperate in a few minutes of movie time until the hunted survivors are forced by desperation to try an outlandish theory from a crackpot who has a peculiar insight into the nature of the monsters.

Sometimes real life resembles a horror movie, as in the present instance when Westphalian states find to their surprise that the state-killing bullets in their arsenal can’t kill Islamic extremism. Perhaps the epitome of such weapons is the precision guided missile-firing drone or its equivalent, the special forces raiding team directed by the signals intelligence wizardry of the NSA. This targeted force is like Zeus’ thunderbolt; it is inconceivably potent, almost unimaginably effective. Surely such a thing can destroy what the president of the United States aims it at.

The United States has killed Saddam Hussein, Abu Mussab Al-Zarqawi, and Osama bin Laden. It was instrumental in the death of Imad Mughniyah. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the current head of ISIS, is probably lying crippled in some safe house never to walk again from the effects of a March 18, 2015 airstrike. And now a US special operations team has killed one of the next in line, the chief of ISIS’ oil smuggling business, its "chief financial officer", a Tunisian with the nom de guerre Abu Sayyaf.

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Under what authority?

It seems like a case of mass hypnosis. People claiming they can’t say what’s in the TPP trade agreement. And mainstream media accept this premise.

"That’s right. Congress must stay silent."

Pop quiz: who says the text of the TPP must remain secret?

Under what authority?

Members of Congress are scuttling around like weasels, claiming they can’t disclose what’s in this far-reaching, 12-nation trade treaty.

They can go into a sealed room and read a draft, but they can’t copy pages, and they can’t tell the public what they just read.

Why not?

If there is a US law forbidding disclosure, name the law.

Can you recall anything in the Constitution that establishes secret treaties?

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Boko Haram on the run?

They’re Nigeria’s unlikely saviors most being white, in their 50s and 60s and combat veterans of the former South African apartheid regime.

But, tainted resumes notwithstanding, they’ve been getting the job done in northern Nigeria, hitting the Islamist terror group Boko Haram hard enough to send the jihadists into retreat, liberating dozens of villages and freeing hundreds of women and girls held as slaves and "bush wives" during a six-year-long reign of terror, reported the London Telegraph.

Boko Haram recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. In recent years, Boko Haram has slaughtered entire villages, burned countless churches and targeted Christians and moderate Muslims for death. It received global attention last year for abducting nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls.

The squad of mostly-white bush-warfare experts is employed by Specialized Tasks, Training, Equipment and Protection, a private army run by Colonel Eeben Barlow, a former commander in the South African Defense Force, where he defended the regime against insurrection and fought border wars 30 years ago in neighboring Angola and Namibia.

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Fighting back, EPA is the target

In their first attempt to stop the Obama administration’s plan to address climate change by imposing additional regulations on coal-fired power plants, U.S. Senate Republicans introduced a bill on Wednesday to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

Lead sponsor Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said the bill will be the "principal legislative vehicle" to halt proposed greenhouse gas emission regulations that she and other Congressional Republicans claim will cost billions and jeopardize hundreds of thousands of jobs.

"We’re asking for a common sense agreement that assures reliable and affordable energy, protects our economy and jobs and allows states to make their own decisions," she said Wednesday during a call with reporters.

The EPA’s plan, which was proposed last June and is expected to go into effect this summer, calls for nationwide cuts to greenhouse gas emissions over the next five years. It also requires states to gradually reduce emissions 30 percent by 2030. Opponents claim those requirements will purposefully shift the nation’s energy market away from coal, which is used to produce about 40 percent of electricity in America.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Microaggression

According to a new report released by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, just "walking into or sitting in" a classroom full of white people is a microaggression in itself.

"Students of color reported feeling uncomfortable and unwelcomed just walking into or sitting in the classroom, especially if they were the only person of color, or one of a few," stated the report, which designated the experience a microaggression.

"People do not necessarily say I do not belong, but I feel as if I do not when I am in a classroom and I am the one non-White person," said one student, identified as a Latina female, who is quoted in the report.

The report, titled "Racial Microaggressions," was based on an online survey of more than 4,800 students of color during the 201112 academic year, and it found more than 800 examples of such microaggressions on campus. Now, that may seem like a lotbut it’s important to recognize that this high number could signify the prevalence of a tendency to assume that almost anything is racist rather than the prevalence of racism itself.

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Jade Helm and Texas

As readers know who’ve been following LU coverage of the Jade Helm saga, I don’t believe the exercise is a pretext for invading Texas or violating U.S. law.

I do think it sets a bad precedent by putting U.S. soldiers in local communities, to hold an exercise that will involve running around on private and local public property. This is not something the American people should ever get used to or agree to accept. No training requirement trumps the importance of maintaining our non-militarized public environment. No training requirement, period. A non-militarized public environment in our communities was a core goal of the American Revolution, and has remained indispensable to our national understanding of liberty. It will never not be a latent threat to the conditions of liberty, for the military to treat civilian community spaces as available venues for warfare exercises.

So I think Texas Governor Greg Abbott is doing exactly the right thing by ordering the Texas State Guard to observe the exercise and report to him what’s going on. I hope, frankly, that the exercise is so hemmed about by skeptical observation of all kinds that the Department of Defense thinks better of ever doing it again. There are sometimes more important things than what military planners decide they need at a given time, and this is one of those cases of a higher priority. Our trust in the good intentions of military planners should not lead us into policies that are bad for other reasons.

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Quote of the day


Religion of War

ISIS’ Al-Furqan media today released new audio of an address by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with written translations in English, Russian, Turkish, French and German.

The release comes as rumors of the caliph suffering a debilitating injury in a coalition airstrike have been circulating.

In the speech, Baghdadi calls on "every Muslim in every place to perform hijrah to the Islamic State or fight in his land, wherever that may be."

"Do not think the war that we are waging is the Islamic State’s war alone. Rather, it is the Muslims’ war altogether. It is the war of every Muslim in every place, and the Islamic State is merely the spearhead in this war. It is but the war of the people of faith against the people of disbelief, so march forth to your war O Muslims," he says. "March forth everywhere, for it is an obligation upon every Muslim who is accountable before Allah. And whoever stays behind or flees, Allah (the Mighty and Majestic) will be angry with him and will punish him with a painful torment."

Baghdadi stresses that "whoever thinks that it is within his capacity to conciliate with the Jews, Christians, and other disbelievers, and for them to conciliate with him, such that he coexists with them and they coexist with him while he is upon his religion and upon tawhīd (monotheism), then he has belied the explicit statement of his Lord."

"Islam," he adds, "is the religion of war."

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What should happen to these people?

The European Union forged ahead Wednesday with a plan to ease pressure on nations dealing with an influx of Mediterranean migrants by requiring other countries to share the burden, despite some strong opposition.

The proposed system would set maximum refugee limits for each country in the EU based on population, employment levels and other factors. The exact details have not been hashed out, but the general idea is that once a country reaches its maximum, migrants seeking asylum there could be sent to other countries, which would have to take them in.

"It is not acceptable for people around the EU to say, ‘Yes, stop people dying in the Mediterranean,’ and at the same time remain silent when the question is raised, ‘What should happen to these people?'" European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said.

Countries including Hungary, Slovakia and Estonia have already rejected the plan, meaning it is unlikely to pass without major caveats and concessions.

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Your papers, please

If someone says anything mean-spirited at the University of Colorado Bouldercampus administrators want to know about it. Not only thatthey want to know the offender’s name, age, email address and more.

University of Colorado-Boulder has launched a new campaign encouraging students to report any "bias" they come across to campus authorities, who collect details including offenders’ names, birthdays, genderseven social security numbersalong with a description of the "incident."

The "Bias Incident Reporting" effort aims to "address the impact of demeaning and hurtful statements as well as acts of intolerance directed towards protected classes," CU Boulder’s website states.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

It's no longer your country

If the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 is approved, it would shrink the United States military under the pretense of frugality, namely by "pink slipping" career service members who’ve endured combat. Meanwhile, it could possibly use the military to grant amnesty to illegals.

According to a summary of the NDAA, the House Armed Services Committee supports a 20 percent cut in personnel by the Department of Defense to reduce headquarters’ budgets and workforce.

Breitbart News previously reported the proposal contains language that would use the military to grant amnesty to thousands of illegal aliens if they enlist in the militaryessentially meaning that in addition to the cuts of Americans from service, Congress and the administration would be allowing illegal aliens to take scarce service jobs from Americans.

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Pidge's Rules

Lt. T.C."Pidge" Robinson, Texas Ranger ....

15) Forget about knives, bats and fists. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns. Bring four times the ammunition you think you could ever need.

14) Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammunition is cheap - life is expensive. If you shoot inside, buckshot is your friend. A new wall is cheap - funerals are expensive.

13) If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough or using cover correctly.

12) If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running. Yell "Fire!" Why "Fire"? Cops will come with the Fire Department, sirens often scare off the bad guys, or at least cause then to lose concentration and will.... and who is going to summon help if you yell "Intruder," "Glock" or "Winchester?"

11) Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on "pucker factor" than the inherent accuracy of the gun.

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Chinese spies, I mean students

The latest Pentagon report to Congress on the "Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China" specifically highlights the national security risks to the United States (and other Western nations) from Chinese students and researchers studying and working abroad:
China continues to leverage foreign investments, commercial joint ventures, academic exchanges, the experience of repatriated Chinese students and researchers, and State-sponsored industrial and technical espionage to increase the level of technologies and expertise available to support military research, development, and acquisition. China’s long-term goal is to create a wholly indigenous defense industrial sector, augmented by a strong commercial sector, to meet the needs of PLA [People’s Liberation Army] modernization and to compete as a top-tier supplier in the global arms market.
Despite these concerns being voiced over many years inside and outside the education and R&D sectors, Chinese nationals and emigrants continue to make up a substantialif not nearly dominant in some casesportion of undergraduate and graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, and faculty member/technician/research scientist populations in many colleges, universities, and government departments.

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When racism isn't considered racism

A student who banned white people and men from a students’ union equality event has insisted that she can’t be racist because she is an "ethnic minority woman".

Publicity for event claimed that it aimed to be all about "challenge the white-centric culture of occupations", "diversifying our curriculum" and building a "cross-campus campaign that puts liberation at the heart of the movement".

But when Bahar Mustafa, Goldsmith University’s Students Union Welfare and Diversity officer, took to Facebook to invite people to the event, she insisted that it was for "BME Women and non-binary people" only, adding "if you’ve been invited and you’re a man and/or white PLEASE DON’T COME".

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The most lawless federal agency

President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has earned a reputation as the most lawless agency in an administration infamous for its abuses of the Constitution and the rule of law. The EPA, for example, implemented a "cap and trade" regime that Congress rejected, brought criminal actions against citizens for "wetland" violations as it sought power over more landowners, and declared a "war on coal" that will put thousands out of work, drive up the price of electricity, and render its delivery unreliable. Now, the EPA may set a convicted killer free.

In late 2013, the EPA declared over a million acres in west-central Wyoming, including the town of Riverton (pop. 10,000), as part of the Wind River Indian Reservation that is, "Indian country." Purportedly, the EPA’s action is required by a Clean Air Act provision allowing tribes to obtain the authority available to states to regulate their air-quality programs; but, in doing so, the EPA subjected land long known to be outside the reservation to the tribal jurisdiction of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone. The tribes had sought for years to get jurisdiction over the land, but with President Obama in office, they saw their opening with the Clean Air Act provision, which is why the tribes used 82 pages of their 87-page application to argue that Riverton and the other acreage was "Indian country."

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