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  • Chief justice of California Supreme Court quits GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation

    12/14/2018 11:06:57 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | December 14, 2018 | By Dartunorro Clark (D-NBC)
    Chief Justice of California Tani Cankil-Sakauye has reportedly renounced her Republican Party registration and re-registered as a no-party-preference voter, citing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Cankil-Sakauye made the comments in a phone interview on Thursday to CALmatters, a nonprofit news organization, saying that she had been thinking about Kavanaugh's September confirmation hearing. "I’ve been thinking about it for some time," Cankil-Sakauye said of her decision. She said that she spoke with her husband and friends about the hearing and their conclusion was that "you didn’t leave the party - the party left you." “I felt compelled to make a choice...
  • The Stigma Against My Conservative Politics Is Worse Than The Stigma Of Being Gay

    12/11/2018 7:02:22 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12-11-18 | Chad Felix Greene
    “Why would a person choose a life where they will be hated, judged, and rejected by society?” This was one of the first arguments I learned to defend myself against in arguments about my sexuality. In the late 1990s, it was perceived as a powerful call to the humanity of those who opposed gay rights under the notion that it was merely a lifestyle choice. The idea was that if we could appeal to others’ sense of compassion for our social plight, perhaps they could understand the effects of their intolerance. I often fantasized about breaking through the walls of...
  • Anti-Semitic pamphlets distributed in Pittsburgh

    12/09/2018 8:12:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    INN ^ | 12/10/18 05:12 | Elad Benari
    The Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety and the Pittsburgh police are investigating the distribution of anti-Semitic pamphlets in the city’s neighborhoods, The Hill reported on Sunday. “The Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police are aware of and are investigating the dissemination of anti-Semitic pamphlets in Pittsburgh neighborhoods, including Squirrel Hill,” the department said on Twitter. “Such hate-filled material will not be tolerated in Pittsburgh — not by residents, city officials nor Law enforcement,” the statement added. “The Department of Public Safety assures the community that we are taking this matter very seriously and will follow...
  • The Many Things that Democrats want to Ban (Running List) - Metallicman

    12/09/2018 4:46:49 PM PST · by vannrox · 22 replies
    metallicman ^ | 8DEC18 | editorial staff
    This is a compilation of the many, many things that American Democrats (often radical totalitarian communists wearing the mantle of “progressive liberals”) want to ban. This is a running tabulated list that originated from an earlier post about busybodies. There, I argued that Social Justice Warriors (SJW) was just another name for a busybody. This is a set aside list tabulated by request. It supersedes the extensive list on an earlier post about busybodies. Remember, boys and girls, all bans are a restriction on freedom. Go ahead and shake your head in disbelief. These people are friggin’ lunatics. The List...
  • America’s New Religions

    12/08/2018 9:36:44 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 43 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...
  • Liberalz R Nutz is new

    12/06/2018 12:42:13 PM PST · by Beckwith · 3 replies
    Liberalz R Nutz ^ | 12/6/2108 | Parker Shannon
    Haven't been around for a while, am just bringing up a new site. LiberalzRNutz.com Whaddaythink? And just a reminder, The Obama File is now being hosted by the Library of Congress, so it's pretty much there for posterity. https://tinyurl.com/y9yxbvwf
  • State activists question inclusivity of Sanders Institute Gathering

    12/04/2018 10:16:13 AM PST · by GreyHoundSailor · 9 replies
    VT Digger ^ | 03 DEC 2018 | Kevin O'Connor
    At first, Rutland Area NAACP president Tabitha Pohl-Moore was excited about the prospect of last week’s Sanders Institute Gathering, which its publicity said would bring 250 “leading progressive minds” to Burlington “to envision — and to actualize — a better future for our country and the world.” “A progressive agenda that promised to raise an intersectional approach to ending injustice and oppression … in our backyard?” Pohl-Moore recalls thinking. “We would finally be heard and seen here in Vermont.” Then the Wallingford counselor, wife and mother read the guest list for the Burlington-based nonprofit think tank’s $350-suggested-donation gathering: U.S. Sen....
  • The Global Carbon Tax Revolt

    12/04/2018 2:23:24 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 3, 2018
    France’s violent Yellow Vest protests are now about many domestic concerns, but it’s no accident that the trigger was a fuel-tax hike. Nothing reveals the disconnect between ordinary voters and an aloof political class more than carbon taxation. The fault line runs between anti-carbon policies and economic growth, and France is a test for the political future of emissions restrictions. France already is a relatively low-carbon economy, with per-capita emissions half Germany’s as of 2014. French governments have nonetheless pursued an “ecological transition” to further squeeze carbon emissions from every corner of the French economy. The results are visible in...
  • France suspends controversial fuel tax after weeks of unrest

    12/04/2018 3:56:36 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 99 replies
    France suspends controversial fuel tax after weeks of unrest By James McAuley December 4 at 6:40 AM PARIS — French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe announced Tuesday that the French government would temporarily suspend the controversial carbon tax plan that triggered weeks of often violent protests around the country. To help curb climate change, the government had proposed a slew of new carbon taxes that were slated to take effect in January 2019 and were designed to wean consumers off diesel and other polluting fuels and to favor electric cars. But the price hikes those taxes represented triggered a wave of...
  • Study: White liberals perform ‘competence downshift’ when talking to a black person

    11/27/2018 7:09:30 PM PST · by DeweyCA · 25 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | 11-27-18 | John Sexton
    This article on Yale’s website was published almost two weeks ago. The author of the article, Cydney Dupree, is one of two researchers who started out looking at how white presidential candidates talk when they are addressing a mostly black audience compared to when they are speaking to a mostly white audience. Dupree, who is black, and co-researcher Susan Fiske of Princeton found the candidates were less likely to use words that expressed competence and more likely to use words that expressed warmth when talking to a minority audience: The team found that Democratic candidates used fewer competence-related words in...
  • Trump and the ongoing culture war

    11/26/2018 6:41:02 PM PST · by TBP · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2018 | Robert Knight
    It doesn’t matter if you’re a Hispanic or black or Asian conservative in the growing #WalkAway movement from the Democratic Party; you are a white male bigot. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was not even included in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Feminists have been declaring conservative women to be non-female for decades for not worshiping at the shrines of abortion and sexual anarchy. Well, a lot of people have had enough of our progressively dysfunctional culture, which is the main reason that Donald Trump was elected. Many Americans saw their country being changed beyond...
  • Thanksgiving and praise

    11/26/2018 6:46:58 PM PST · by TBP · 2 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2018 | Everett Piper
    Whether you know it or not, if you’re a conservative you are a conservationist. Why? Because you believe in conserving things. Along with liberals, conservatives likely think it is a good idea to conserve clean water and clean air. We might even argue that it’s wise to conserve an owl, a tree and a whale once in a while. But what often distinguishes conservatives from our progressive brothers and sisters is that we believe in conserving not just the material but also the moral and the intellectual. We believe in conserving ideas. Conservatives hold there are certain ideas that are...
  • House progressives and moderates split over rule changes, putting Pelosi in hot seat

    11/26/2018 5:27:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/26/18 | Alex Seitz-Wald, Rebecca Shabad
    WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi is facing a renewed threat to her leadership of House Democrats from a group of moderates, creating a standoff that is highlighting emerging tensions between the emboldened left flank of her caucus and its expanded ranks of those in the middle. Nine Democrats in the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, an offshoot of the moderate think tank No Labels, are warning they could vote against Pelosi for House Speaker unless she agrees to rule changes that they say will help "break the gridlock" in Congress. Pelosi is expected to cruise through an internal Democratic caucus meeting on...
  • America’s Cold Civil War

    11/21/2018 5:08:00 AM PST · by Politically Correct · 22 replies
    Imprimis ^ | Oct, 2018 | Charles R. Kesler
    In the Claremont Review of Books, we have described our current political scene as a cold civil war. A cold civil war is better than a hot civil war, but it is not a good situation for a country to be in. Underlying our cold civil war is the fact that America is torn increasingly between two rival constitutions, two cultures, two ways of life. One vision is based on the original Constitution as amended. This is the Constitution grounded in the natural rights of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution written in 1787 and ratified in 1788. It has...
  • In every tally of hate crimes, blacks are the most frequent victims

    11/21/2018 12:10:33 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | November 21, 2018 | By Janell Ross
    In a recent interview, Michelle Obama helped illuminate an element of black American life rarely discussed in the absence of massive tragedy and more often dismissed or downplayed: the constant threat of violence based on hatred. Speaking with Oprah Winfrey, Obama said she cannot and will not ever forgive President Donald Trump for stoking a racist conspiracy theory about her husband’s birthplace, because it could easily have inspired the wrong person to take violent action. She and her family have had to live with the risk and manage the toll. What Obama described is at once a distinct experience -...
  • Watchdog group seeks Hatch Act probe into acting attorney general Matt Whitaker

    11/21/2018 10:21:47 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | November 21, 2018 | By Dartunorro Clark
    Watchdog group American Oversight filed three complaints against Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Wednesday, alleging that he may have violated the Hatch Act, which restricts political activities by federal employees. The group, founded by a former Obama State Department attorney, claims that Whitaker's recently released financial disclosure forms reveal undisclosed conflicts of interest. “The nation’s highest law enforcement officer should be above reproach, but Acting Attorney General Whitaker’s financial disclosures raise potential concerns of both dishonesty and covert partisan conflicts of interest,” said Austin Evers, the group's executive director. The group filed their complaint alleging Hatch Act violations to...
  • Charting the Danger of the Modern Left

    11/20/2018 8:56:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 20, 2018 | Stephen Moore
    o one understands the dysfunctions and debilitating impact of America's political system in the swamp better than Mark Melcher and Steve Soukup. For decades between them, they followed Washington for Wall Street at one of America's largest brokerage houses. For the last 16 years, the two have run their own, independent research shop, delivering political commentary and forecasting to the investment community, studying the intersection between politics and economics. This pushed them into a relentless pursuit of the new left -- measuring its deleterious impact on everything it touches -- most especially Western civilization. To this end, Melcher and Soukup...
  • Canadian air force running short of pilots, jets: watchdog

    11/20/2018 12:50:23 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 20, 2018 | by David Ljunggren
    OTTAWA - The Canadian air force is increasingly running short of combat-capable fighter jets and pilots and government attempts to address the problem have only made it worse, the nation’s top watchdog said on Tuesday. The report is another blow to a decade-long, trouble-plagued attempt by successive administrations to replace Canada’s CF-18 jets, some of which have been flying for almost 40 years. “National Defence (defense ministry) has not done enough to manage risks related to Canada’s fighter aircraft fleet ... until a replacement fleet is in place.” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said in a statement that Ottawa would launch...
  • Schumer asks for probe into Whitaker's White House contacts

    11/20/2018 12:38:24 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | November 20, 2018 | By MICHAEL BALSAMO
    The Senate's top Democrat asked the Justice Department's watchdog on Tuesday to open an investigation into communications between acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and the White House. In a letter to Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Schumer said he wants IG investigators to look into whether Whitaker had access to confidential grand jury information in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Schumer also wants investigators to examine whether Whitaker shared any information with Trump or others in the administration. "I am also concerned that Mr. Whitaker, who has thus far declined to recuse himself from the Special Counsel investigation, may intend...
  • California’s Typhus Surge Is Linked to Fleas, Feces, and Bad Economic Policies

    11/18/2018 6:49:20 AM PST · by deandg99 · 29 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/18/2018 | Chloe Anagnos
    Typhus is on the rise in Los Angeles, with its epicenter in downtown, where the city’s sanitation officials are struggling to respond to the nearly two thousand “cleanup requests” they get from locals every month. Like San Francisco, LA is struggling to clean up city streets of human waste—specifically feces—due to a lack of public restrooms and a growing homeless population. There was an average of 700 requests in the area in the spring of 2016, but officials now claim they receive about 1,900 cleanup calls per month thanks to the number of growing homeless camps. But the growing homelessness...