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  • Trump Tells Aides He Has Decided to Remove Stephen Bannon

    08/18/2017 9:46:56 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 194 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 18, 2017 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    President Trump has told senior aides that he has decided to remove Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled White House chief strategist who helped Mr. Trump win the 2016 election, according to two administration officials briefed on the discussion. The president and senior White House officials were debating when and how to dismiss Mr. Bannon. The two administration officials cautioned that Mr. Trump is known to be averse to confrontation within his inner circle, and could decide to keep on Mr. Bannon for some time. As of Friday morning, the two men were still discussing Mr. Bannon’s future, the officials said....
  • Is the Party of Lincoln Now the Party of Lee?

    08/18/2017 9:43:32 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | August 17, 2017 | Mona Charen
    ... Contra Donald Trump, the Hitler Youth wannabes who paraded through Charlottesville last Friday night are not sincere Republicans falsely accused of being Nazis. They are the real thing. It should have been the most basic act of American civic hygiene to condemn and anathematize them. (Some Republicans did.) But since it seems we must state the obvious: The “Unite The Right” organizers, including alt-right leaders Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler, advertised their demonstration with Nazi-style imagery, carried torches reminiscent of Nuremberg and Klan rallies, and chanted “Blood and soil” and “The Jews will not replace us.” The next day,...
  • No, Professor, Words Are Not Violence

    08/16/2017 4:21:39 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | August 16, 2017 | George Leef
    The excuse we have often heard for raucous campus protests over the last few years is that they are justified as a way of countering the “violence” of speakers like Milo Yiannopoulos and Charles Murray. To prevent them from speaking is, according to this line of argument, using mere sound to eliminate the actual harm that the words of such individuals would do to vulnerable members of the campus community. You might be inclined to dismiss the notion that words can be violence as one of those ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe it. In that case,...
  • Fire Steve Bannon

    08/14/2017 3:20:10 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 71 replies
    National Review ^ | August 14, 2017 | David French
    For those who’ve forgotten one of the worst elements of the 2016 election, a short refresher is in order. Almost from the moment that Donald Trump descended on the lobby of Trump Tower to make his campaign announcement, an army of online trolls leapt to his defense. They cheered his denunciation of Mexicans as “rapists,” they relished his attacks on so-called globalism, and heaven help anyone who dared attack their populist hero. I’m speaking, of course, about the alt-right, that motley crew of white nationalists, neo-Confederates, and outright Nazis who share a common belief that culture is inseparable from ethnicity....
  • Can Google Get Away With It?

    08/10/2017 12:12:18 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 45 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 10, 2017 | George Leef
    For any readers who don’t know about this case already, “it” refers to Google’s decision to fire an engineer because he posted a ten-page internal memo that took issue with some of the firm’s policies, especially its “diversity” stance. (The text of the memo, written by James Damore, is available here, but note the misleading characterization of his writing as a “screed” – much of the leftist media treated Damore’s work as if it were something scarcely this side of Mein Kampf.) In a nutshell, Damore, who says here that he wrote the memo after taking part in a Google...
  • Contentious Memo Strikes Nerve Inside Google and Out

    08/09/2017 11:20:06 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 8, 2017 | DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI
    SAN FRANCISCO — After leaving Harvard’s doctorate program in systems biology to join Google as a software engineer in 2013, James Damore joked on his Facebook page that he knew he had made the right move as he enjoyed a morning smoothie with oats. It was the type of workplace perk that is standard for Google employees. That initial assessment of Google seemed far removed from the contentious memo written by the 28-year-old Mr. Damore last week that has enraged advocates of greater diversity in the technology industry. The memo has also served as a rallying cry for conservatives and...
  • The Fight Against Another Progressive Attack On The First Amendment

    08/07/2017 8:19:17 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 6, 2017 | George Leef
    The First Amendment gets in the way of many “progressive” goals and you often hear them say, “Sure I’m in favor of free speech, but…..” There are so many possible “buts” to complete that sentence that the First Amendment would by now just be lifeless words on parchment if it weren’t for vigilant defenders. One of those “progressive” goals is to make politics more fair by taking out private funding as much as possible. Recently the city of Seattle, fresh from curing poverty with its $15 per hour minimum wage, decided to clean up politics with what it terms its...
  • Will There Be Justice For Family Whose Home Was Raided Because Cops Couldn't Tell Tea From Pot?

    08/03/2017 3:01:12 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 1, 2017 | George Leef
    A case just decided by the Tenth Circuit shows how utterly absurd the “war on drugs” has become, how petty and power-mad the police can be, and how blindly deferential some of our federal judges are. The case, Harte v. Johnson County Board of Commissioners, arose out of an idiotic, military-style raid by Kansas police on the home of Robert and Adlynn Harte in 2012. They were not in any way involved with drugs (particularly marijuana), but a few officers came to the conclusion that they might be. Here’s how. One August day in 2011, Mr. Harte and his two...
  • Even At A Flagship 'Red State' University, Free Speech Can Be Dangerous For Students

    07/30/2017 12:36:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 29, 2017 | George Leef
    It’s widely known that college officials don’t much care for free speech by students – at least speech that bothers leftists. We’re always reading about how speech was prevented or punished at schools known for their “progressivism.” But it’s not true that you find policies that limit speech only at such institutions. You also find them at many colleges in generally conservative “red” states – such as South Carolina. A recent free speech case at the University of South Carolina (USC) shows that college officials anywhere are prone to writing and enforcing rules that make free speech dangerous. Since launching...
  • The Government Shouldn't Force Pro-Life Doctors To Promote Abortion, And A Federal Judge Agrees

    07/23/2017 8:43:37 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 23, 2017 | George Leef
    The Alliance Defending Freedom is a public interest law firm that fights to maintain religious liberty, free speech, and the right of people to freely live out their faith. The group was recently branded a “hate-group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which seems to think that disagreement with its ultra-left beliefs amounts to “hate.” One reason why ADF has earned the enmity of SPLC (and many others on the Left) is the success it has had in litigating against overreaching government policies that infringe upon Americans’ constitutional rights. Such a case is National Institute of Family and Life Advocates...
  • Far-Fetched Suit to Block Concealed Carry On Texas Campuses Gets Tossed Out

    07/18/2017 9:28:05 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 17, 2017 | George Leef
    It is a measure of how entitled many college professors think themselves that a group of professors at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) felt so annoyed that the state legislature ignored their protests and feelings that they filed a lawsuit against a law. The law in question allows people who have permits to carry concealed handguns on campus and inside most buildings on state university buildings. That law (“Campus Carry Law”) was signed by Governor Abbott in June, 2015 and took effect August 16, 2016. Before the law had taken effect, three UT professors (Jennifer Glass, Lisa Moore,...
  • Professors Should Write Books That Seek Truth, Not Inflame Passions

    07/15/2017 11:26:01 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | July 14, 2017 | George Leef
    The academic enterprise is supposed to be about truth. Those who are entrusted to teach are expected to convey knowledge to their students, not their opinions. And when academics write books, they should do so to deepen knowledge in their fields, never to mislead readers. Sometimes, however, academics allow their zeal to convert students or the public to their beliefs to get the better of them. They go from seeking truth to twisting it; writing books not to illuminate, but to inflame. The most infamous case of that occurred in 2000, when Emory University history professor Michael Bellesiles published a...
  • A Federal Judge Upholds Second Amendment Rights -- But The Case Is Heading For The Ninth Circuit

    07/07/2017 7:55:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 7, 2017 | George Leef
    In the seemingly endless parade of measures that infringe upon our rights under the Second Amendment, a recent one in California stands out as especially brazen. Following the passage of Proposition 63 last November, gun owners in the state who own magazines holding more than ten rounds were required to surrender them to state authorities by July 1. Fortunately, on June 29, Judge Roger Benitez of the Southern District of California threw a monkey wrench into the plans of the gun (and magazine) grabbers. A bit of history. Back in 2000, California made it illegal to sell magazine capable of...
  • The Case For Abolishing The National Endowment For the Humanities Just Got Stronger

    07/03/2017 2:00:33 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 3, 2017 | George Leef
    ... The reason why I say that the case for abolishing the NEH, as proposed in President Trump’s budget, just got stronger is that it funded an egregiously political hatchet job of a book that was recently published, namely Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Duke University history professor Nancy MacLean. Using phrases like “radical right” and “stealth” are sure to get accolades from leftists who love a good horror story about their supposed enemies. Never mind that any fair account would have to say that there is nothing stealthy in...
  • Creating a Home for L.G.B.T. Seniors in New York City

    07/03/2017 2:00:11 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 3, 2017 | WINNIE HU
    New York City may be a cradle of gay rights, but for many in the gay community it is still not an easy place to grow old. Mary Ellen Green can attest to that. Her only refuge is a senior center in Manhattan that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. She can sit down to a hot meal or settle in with a book without worrying about being harassed by her neighbors. But when the center closes at night and on weekends, Ms. Green, 61, a freelance writer who is homeless, is on her own again. Ms. Green...
  • Counseled by Industry, Not Staff, E.P.A. Chief Is Off to a Blazing Start

    07/02/2017 5:52:37 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 1, 2017 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    WASHINGTON — In the four months since he took office as the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt has moved to undo, delay or otherwise block more than 30 environmental rules, a regulatory rollback larger in scope than any other over so short a time in the agency’s 47-year history, according to experts in environmental law. Mr. Pruitt’s supporters, including President Trump, have hailed his moves as an uprooting of the administrative state and a clearing of onerous regulations that have stymied American business. Environmental advocates have watched in horror as Mr. Pruitt has worked to disable the authority of...
  • Four States Advance Against The Evils Of Civil Asset Forfeiture, But The Feds Do Nothing

    06/26/2017 11:46:34 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 26, 2017 | George Leef
    Like a bad skin disease that spreads rapidly once it takes hold, civil asset forfeiture grew rapidly for several decades, in the 80s and 90s especially. Once law enforcement agencies figured out how to turn it into an easy means of padding their budgets without much public scrutiny, they ran with it. Forfeiture laws originally meant to allow the confiscation of the great wealth amassed by drug overlords, were increasingly applied to seize small amounts of property owned by people who were merely suspected of having some connection with illegal activity. Many thousands of innocent Americans have had cash, cars,...
  • A Winning Design for a New York Monument to Gay and Transgender People

    06/26/2017 9:17:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 25, 2017 | JOSHUA BARONE
    Just as NYC Pride festivities got underway, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had some timely news on Sunday: The artist Anthony Goicolea had been chosen to design the first official monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people commissioned by the State of New York. On June 26, 2016, after the attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., that left 49 people dead, Governor Cuomo formed the LGBT Memorial Commission to honor the fight for equal rights and remember victims of hate, intolerance and violence. A request for designs for the new memorial went out in October. It is to...
  • Gay Couples Entitled to Equal Treatment on Birth Certificates, Justices Rule

    06/26/2017 9:10:28 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 55 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 26, 2017 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its 2015 decision recognizing a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, ruling that states may not treat married same-sex couples differently from others in issuing birth certificates. The decision was unsigned. Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr., dissented. The case concerns an Arkansas law about birth certificates that treats married opposite-sex couples differently from same-sex ones. A husband of a married woman is automatically listed as the father even if he is not the genetic parent. Same-sex spouses are not. The case, Pavan v. Smith,...
  • Both Climate Leader and Oil Giant? A Norwegian Paradox

    06/19/2017 12:31:04 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 17, 2017 | SOMINI SENGUPTA
    OSLO — On an unseasonably warm day in May, Norway’s climate minister, Vidar Helgesen, strolled through a vast parking lot for electric cars, counting Teslas. “Two, three, four, five,” the minister marveled. And that was just one aisle. There are big perks to buying a Tesla — or any electric car — in Norway. The government waives the high taxes it imposes on sales of other cars. It lets electric cars cruise up bus lanes. Toll roads are free. Parking lots like this one offer a free charge, and new charging stations are being built on the nation’s highways. In...