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  • Abortion-Provider Planned Parenthood Wants to Protect Life Through Gun Control

    03/19/2018 9:46:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 19 replies ^ | 3/19/2018 | Michael W. Chapman
    Planned Parenthood, the largest aboriton provider in the United States, wants to protect life by working with gun-control groups that are helping the student survivors of the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, Fla., to organize a nationwide "#MarchForOurLives" this month. In its fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2016, Planned Parenthood disclosed that it had performed 321,384 abortions, or about 880 deaths a day. Since the Feb. 14 shooting, in which 17 people were killed, some student activists from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have spoken to the national media and to lawmakers, demanding more gun control and an...
  • Student Assaulted for Pro-Second Amendment Views, Then Suspended for Defending Himself

    03/19/2018 9:39:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies ^ | 3/18/2018 | Matt Margolis
    PJ Media previously reported on the story of a 17-year-old high school student from Farmington, Conn., who was originally blocked from participating in a school assembly on March 14 where she had planned to present her conservative and pro-Second Amendment views. Thanks to the attention her story received, the student, Ashley Dummit, was eventually able to participate, and gave a speech at the assembly in defense of Second Amendment rights. In fact, she ended up being the only speaker at the assembly. Unfortunately, not all incidents involving pro-Second Amendment students have ended so well. Another high school student, 17-year-old Christian...
  • Al Sharpton’s Group And Black Lives Matter Team Up For Pro-Farrakhan Protest

    03/19/2018 9:34:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies ^ | 3/18/2018 | Peter Hasson
    Black Lives Matter, the New Black Panther Party, and Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network are organizing a protest in defense of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan Farrakhan is a notorious racist and anti-Semite with close ties to Democratic politicians and activists The black activist groups are lobbying against a GOP resolution formally condemning Farrakhan for his anti-Semitism Several black activist groups are holding a protest on Monday in defense of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite and racist revealed to have close ties to prominent Democratic politicians and activists. Black Lives Matter, the New Black...
  • Kroger Subsidiary Fred Meyer Ending Firearm, Ammunition Sales

    03/19/2018 7:44:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies ^ | 3/18/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Kroger subsidiary Fred Meyer announced they will no longer sell firearms and ammunition. The superstore has been selling guns and ammo at roughly 45 stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska. On March 1, Kroger reacted to the Parkland school shooting by announcing that Fred Meyer would no longer sell guns and ammo. Nine days later, on March 10, Kroger was sued by 20-year-old Airion Grace for refusing to sell him a box of shotgun shells.
  • Samantha Power and the importance of being very, very afraid of ex-CIA chief John Brennan

    03/19/2018 7:11:22 AM PDT · by rktman · 74 replies ^ | 3/19/2018 | Monica Showalter
    The rage-wing of the Democratic Party has gotten active again. Former Obama administration United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power followed former Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan to make big threats to the Trump administration in the wake of the firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for lying. It's fascinating because it's something President Trump had absolutely nothing to do with, given that it was apolitical watchdogs in the Department of Justice and the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility who made the call. Yet they are lashing out and now making threats - because it's dawning on them that they...
  • To Students: A Lesson on the Modern Left

    03/19/2018 7:04:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies ^ | 3/19/2018 | Trevor Thomas
    As about 100 of the 1,700-plus students at my high school walked out in protest on March 14 (for a moment, I thought it was merely an overzealous Pi Day party), I mentioned to a colleague that the whole episode was little more than a ploy to elect more Democrats. I found out a short while later that others thought exactly the same. As most of us watching well knew, several reports have revealed that the student walkouts across the U.S. last Wednesday were far from "organic." Sadly, liberal organizations across the U.S. have seized on the wicked act that...
  • T Kathy Griffin Carnegie Hall show sells out in a day

    03/19/2018 6:55:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies ^ | 3/19/2018 | unknown
    There are about 20 seats left in all of Carnegie Hall that haven’t been sold for Kathy Griffin’s comeback concert on June 26th. Most of those seats have obstructed views, or are so high up that you’d need binoculars to see the comedian whose career was almost kiboshed for good last year. What happened? In May 2017, famed photographer Tyler Shields shot her holding the bloody, decapitated head of Donald Trump. The right wing went crazy, she was criticized and ostracized. How dare she do that a sitting president? Well, thankfully, people have calmed down. The decapitating (let’s not get...
  • Chasing Sunbeams: Taming the Sun and Solar Energy

    03/18/2018 9:10:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 29 replies ^ | 3/18/2018 | Norman Rogers
    A new book, Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet, is available from MIT Press. The book touts the wonders of solar energy and tells us that there is an urgent need to invest trillions in more solar energy. The book is filled with outright errors. The author, Varun Sivaram, has a boundless faith in technical progress that he thinks will make solar cheaper and more practical
  • Scientific American: 'Why Are White Men Stockpiling Guns?' Because They’re Uneducated Racists?

    03/18/2018 8:53:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 94 replies ^ | 3/17/2018 | Clay Waters
    Scientific American continues on its activist leftward path, diluting its scientific brand by transmitting biased anti-gun propaganda under the cover of academic sociology. The latest entry was posted Wednesday and has become a popular post: “Why Are White Men Stockpiling Guns? -- Research suggests it's largely because they're anxious about their ability to protect their families, insecure about their place in the job market and beset by racial fears.” If that headline wasn’t a giveaway, writer Jeremy Adam Smith's bio left little hope for an objective take: “ or co-editor of four books, including The Compassionate Instinct and Are We...
  • Students Trash Walmart During Anti-Gun Walkout In Chicago

    03/17/2018 9:53:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 3/16/2018 | Derek Hunter
    It was supposed to be 17 minutes of silent protest in honor of the 17 people killed last week in Parkland, Florida, in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But on the south side of Chicago Wednesday morning, there was no silence as students who walked out of nearby Simeon Career Academy trashed a Walmart during their walkout protest. Dozens of student walked out of Simeon at the appointed time of the protest, only to enter Walmart and knock over store displays and rip products off the shelves. Video of the aftermath shows aisles trashed and there...
  • Does the right to bear arms extend to public housing?

    03/17/2018 8:49:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 36 replies ^ | 3/17/2018 | Timothy Birdnow
    The Progressive left loves to assign "rights" to poor people who have no constitutional basis (the "right" to medical care, for instance) but is strangely reticent when it comes to your Second Amendment rights. Apparently, if you live in a housing project in East St. Louis, you had best surrender your guns at the door. From the Belleville News Democrat: The woman, who was identified in the lawsuit only as N. Doe, out of fear that her abusive ex-husband could find her if she was identified, has a valid Illinois FOID license and has been trained in firearm safety, according...
  • Going to the Gun Range With Family Got These Students Suspended From School

    03/17/2018 8:36:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 80 replies ^ | 3/17/2018 | Katie Pavlichq
    ere's an outrageous story to end the week. A pair of students in New Jersey were reportedly suspended, one for an entire school week, after officials saw they went to the gun range with family and posted a photo of the outing on social media. From A New Jersey school district that allegedly suspended two high school students this week over a gun photo taken during a family visit to a private shooting range is facing community backlash and the threat of a lawsuit over district policies. The photo of four rifles, ammunition clips and a gun duffel bag...
  • Have Progressives Won “The Culture War?”

    03/17/2018 8:20:50 AM PDT · by Mafe · 55 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | March 17, 2018 | Hunter Lewis
    In a recent article, David Brooks (New York Times “conservative” columnist who — surprise — writes as a “progressive”) suggests that “the culture war” is over or close to over: progressives have already won. Their opponents, “the … less educated ... tribalists” have “self-marginalized over the past two years.” In addition, progressives “are getting better and more aggressive at silencing dissenting behavior. ...” As a result, they could now “be on the verge of delegitimizing their foes, on guns but also much else, rendering them untouchable for anybody who wants to stay in polite society … [avoid being] morally illegitimate...
  • Peter Thiel: I'm leaving 'totalitarian' Silicon Valley

    03/17/2018 7:36:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 3/16/2018 | Art Moore
    Explaining why he is moving his influential investment firm from the Silicon Valley, entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel says it’s one thing for a culture to be “quite liberal” and another for it to be “totalitarian.” Thiel, a cofounder of PayPal and an early Facebook investor, was virtually alone among his colleagues as one of President Trump’s biggest supporters in 2016. He acknowledged in an interview Friday with the Fox Business Network that he “got heat” for his stance. “Fault Line: How a Seismic Shift in Culture is Threatening Free Speech” is available now at the WND Superstore. Thiel,...
  • Nearly one-in-five Americans now listen to audiobooks

    03/16/2018 5:18:40 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 69 replies
    Pew Research ^ | March 8, 2018 | Andrew Perrin
    Americans are spreading their book consumption across several formats, and the use of audiobooks is rising. About three-quarters (74%) of Americans have read a book in the past 12 months in any format, a figure that has remained largely unchanged since 2012, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January. Print books remain the most popular format for reading, with 67% of Americans having read a print book in the past year. And while shares of print and e-book readers are similar to those from a survey conducted in 2016, there has been a modest but statistically significant...
  • Will: Infrastructure spending won’t transform America

    03/16/2018 1:02:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | February 16, 2018 | George F. Will
    “MASON CITY: To get there you follow Highway 58, going northeast out of the city, and it is a good highway and new.” — Robert Penn Warren, “All the King’s Men” (1946) WASHINGTON — Appropriately, Warren began the best book about American populism, his novel based on Huey Long’s Louisiana career, with a rolling sentence about a road. Time was, infrastructure — roads, especially — was a preoccupation of populists, who were mostly rural and needed roads to get products to market, and for travel to neighbors and towns, which assuaged loneliness. Today, there is no comparably sympathetic constituency clamoring...
  • The downside of student protests against guns: moronic signs

    03/16/2018 9:39:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies ^ | 3/16/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    The mainstream media and Democrat pols could barely contain their glee at student walkouts demanding gun control. They attach all kinds of virtue to innocents spouting the propaganda they feed them, and even coerce them into demonstrating for. Only one small problem: they have, in the immortal words of Professor Kingsfield in The Paper Chase, skulls full of mush. “They think there aren't any guns in the White House.” Their magical thinking leads them to believe that gun free zones are safe zones, apparently. On Facebook, David Baker spotted this gem, that reveals a poverty of knowledge:
  • Alt-Left Insanity: Tupac ‘Worship’; TV Needs Black Female Swingers and More!(?)

    03/16/2018 8:59:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies ^ | 3/16/2018 | Matt Philbin
    Vice’s music site Noisey is reassuring readers, “You Don’t Have to Worship 2pac.” And I, for one, am relieved. I wasn’t wild about getting that “Thug Life” tattoo. It seems that “Recent criticism of the rap icon from Lil Xan and 03 Greedo forces us to ask whether or not our heroes are beyond reproach.” Heroes assuredly are not beyond reproach. Neither is Noisey’s definition of “hero.” It’s certainly not for me to judge Tupac Shakur’s music, but people who can tell the difference (and I’ll assume Lil Xan and 03 Greedo are among them) haven’t been uniformly impressed. According...
  • Help Wanted: Government Actions Throughout History

    03/15/2018 6:40:00 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 20 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | March 15, 2018 | Artful Dilettante
    Some scholar, whose name I cannot recall, did a seriously in-depth study to identify all of the government "success stories" throughout recorded history. He could not find a single, solitary example. Every action the government has taken throughout history has either resulted in a zero-sum outcome or an abject failure. An example of zero-sum outcomes would include income-redistribution schemes where you rob Peter to pay Paul. Abject failures would include Obamacare, the Iraq War, and public education. If anyone can identify the author of this study or book, or provide additional information that could help me identify the study/book, please...
  • Chicago Students Riot And Loot At Strip Mall During Gun Walkout

    03/15/2018 1:10:24 PM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies ^ | 3/15/2018 | HollyMatkin
    Chicago, IL – A crowd of students swarmed a south side strip mall during Wednesday’s National Walkout Day demonstration, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. “They pretty much trashed this whole area,” GameStop manager Robert Owens told Blue Lives Matter on Thursday. Not all of the protests were peaceful. On Chicago’s South Side, Simeon Career Academy students descended on businesses situated in a strip mall behind the school, and began harassing customers and employees. “Things started out cool,” a Potbelly Sandwich Shop manager, who did not want to be further identified, told Blue Lives Matter. “But then some...