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  • The True Meaning of That Green New Deal

    02/18/2019 12:11:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | February 13, 2019 | Lee Edwards
    It would be easy to dismiss the Green New Deal as an impossible progressive dream, but that would be a mistake. The Green New Deal is not the bucket list of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow travelers, but a blueprint to turn America into a socialist state. It is the culmination of a 90-year campaign, begun with FDR and the first New Deal. “The first obligation of government is the protection of the welfare and well-being, indeed the very existence, of its citizens,” presidential nominee Franklin D. Roosevelt said at the 1932 Democratic National Convention. Roosevelt said that in...
  • How Muhammad Ali Was Deceived by Islam (and Why Cassius Clay Was His Greatest Name)

    02/18/2019 11:03:58 AM PST · by fishtank · 33 replies
    Acts17Apologetics ^ | 3-27-18 | David Wood
    "In 1964, a young boxer named Cassius Clay ("the Louisville Lip") won an upset victory over Sonny Liston. Later that year, Clay changed his name from Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. to Cassius X, then to Muhammad Ali. Ali initially joined the nation of Islam (promoting "the Honorable" Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X) and refusing to be drafted into the Vietnam War. In interviews, Ali said that he changed his name because "Clay was a white name" and "a slave name," while "Muhammad" and "Ali" weren't. Ali eventually left the Nation of Islam and became an orthodox Sunni Muslim, though still...
  • Pat Caddell Could See Over the Horizon

    02/18/2019 10:21:04 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 18, 2019 | J. Christian Adams
    Michael Walsh has this excellent piece on the passing of Pat Caddell. I cannot add much more to Walsh’s spot-on comparison of Pat to an Old Testament Jeremiah, but I’ll try. Pat deserves as much applause as he can get. Pat and I spoke at many of the same events. I had the pleasure of dining with his daughter’s family at one back in 2011, and from there, Pat and I struck up an intermittent conversation over the years about election issues and projects. When I was in Charleston, we found a steakhouse somewhere to conspire. The last time...
  • Family acquitted over Italy woman's Pakistan 'honour killing'

    02/17/2019 7:42:07 PM PST · by robowombat · 14 replies
    BBC World ^ | 15 February 2019
    Sana Cheema was born in Pakistan, but was an Italian citizen A court in Pakistan has acquitted the father, brother and uncle of a woman who died in a suspected honour killing last year. Sana Cheema, 26, lived in Italy but died while visiting her family in Gujrat in April 2018. She was originally buried without an autopsy - but when exhumed a cause of death was identified as strangulation. It was widely reported that she had been brought back to Pakistan for an arranged marriage, but refused. Her friends also alleged Ms Cheema had wanted to marry a Pakistani-Italian...
  • Man fined for killing niece under karo-kari (Pakistan)

    02/17/2019 7:02:21 PM PST · by robowombat · 12 replies
    Dawn ^ | February 18, 2019
    Man fined for killing niece under karo-kari SUKKUR: A jirga [tribal court] held in Arsala Bijarani village near Tangwani town of Kandhkot-Kashmore district on Sunday ordered a man to pay a fine/compensation of Rs1.5 million for strangling his 18-year-old niece to death on the charges of maintaining an extramarital affair a couple of months back. Shabbiran Chachar was killed by her uncle, Abdul Rahim Chachar, under the notorious custom of karo-kari. The matter was brought to the jirga, which was presided over the community elders, Manzoor Ahmed Chachar and Arz Mohammad Chachar. After hearing the rival sides, the jirga declared...
  • What are the biggest threats to humanity?

    02/17/2019 5:11:41 PM PST · by rktman · 45 replies ^ | 2/15/2019 | Simon Beard and Lauren Holt
    For example, the World Health Organization and the World Economic Forum both listed climate change and its effects as one of their top risks for 2019. Recent UN talks heard climate change was already "a matter of life and death" for many regions. While many, including Sir David Attenborough, believe it could lead to the collapse of civilisations and the extinction of "much of the natural world". The threats are complex and diverse, from killer heatwaves and rising sea levels to widespread famines and migration on a truly immense scale.
  • The Left Looks Backwards (Again)

    02/17/2019 2:35:11 PM PST · by huckfillary · 9 replies
    Artful Dilettante ^ | February 17, 2019 | Thomas DiLorenzo
    The so-called Green New Deal that was recently posted as a congressional Resolution and endorsed by many high-profile Democrats is essentially a twenty-first century version of the 1888 utopian novel, Looking Backward, by the Marxist-inspired writer Edward Bellamy. The main character of the novel, one Julian West, falls asleep for 113 years and awakes in the year 2000 delighting in the fact that America had been turned into a socialist utopia. A major theme of the novel is that all the evils of society can be eradicated by more-or-less totalitarian government controls, mandates, and regulations. That is also the theme...
  • Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand: We Need To Federally Recognize A Third Gender

    02/17/2019 2:08:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/17/2019 | Jazz Shaw
    New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is going to great lengths to establish her far-left bona fides heading into the Democrat’s POTUS primary. This weekend she upped the ante even further by jumping onto the transgender rights bandwagon. When asked by a reporter, Gillibrand indicated that she would certainly be in favor of recognizing a third gender (defined as “X” or none of the above) at the federal level. (The Hill) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) reportedly said she would support for federal recognition of a third gender Friday at a campaign event in New Hampshire.The senator, who is running for...
  • Meet Monica Witt, the traitorous Iran defector you never heard of

    02/17/2019 1:55:13 PM PST · by rktman · 14 replies ^ | 2/17/2019 | eric timperlake
    Monica Elfried Witt served in the USAF, first flying classified missions and then in the U.S. counterintelligence community. She defected to Iran in 2013. She is a dangerous Iranian intelligence asset on so many levels. Why America is just hearing about her murderous treachery now, six years after her criminal event, is one of the nastiest betrayals to some of the most honorable individuals serving in uniform guarding America. Witt, who defected to Iran in 2013, is also accused of helping Iranian hackers working for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) target at least eight U.S. intelligence officers who interacted...
  • CNN's Lemon Likens Border 'Emergency' to Gun Violence

    02/17/2019 7:41:12 AM PST · by rktman · 37 replies ^ | 2/16/2019 | Brad Wilmouth
    On Friday's CNN Tonight, conservative CNN contributor Steve Cortes was outnumbered 2-1 as host Don Lemon and frequent guest and Donald Trump critic Rick Wilson lambasted him for supporting President Trump's plan to declare a national emergency to build a border wall. Lemon argued that the border situation is no more of an emergency than is gun violence, and repeated an inaccurate and frequent CNN claim that asylum seekers from Central America are not breaking the law by crossing the border without permission. Wilson declared that President Trump "hates brown people so much" that he was unwilling to approve a...
  • Fascism: a warning from Madeleine Albright

    02/17/2019 6:25:08 AM PST · by rktman · 51 replies ^ | 2/14/2019 | S illing
    You’re right, I don’t call him a fascist. He’s certainly anti-democratic, and I say so in the book, but I don’t call him a fascist because he isn’t violent. If he ends up declaring an emergency at the border over immigration, then I might change my position. There’s a long history of fascists using “emergencies” to create fear and conflict, so that’s a potential red line. If Trump does that, then he really is a bully with an army. But I do think his approach to the free press, to democratic institutions, to the independent judiciary, is extremely dangerous and...
  • ‘Architect of Genocide’ – Vandals Deface Karl Marx’s English Grave

    02/16/2019 6:22:49 PM PST · by Textide · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Feb 2019 | Jack Montgomery
    Karl Marx’s grave in Highgate Cemetery, London, has been defaced with anti-Communist graffiti, branding the dead thinker an “architect of genocide”. Marx intellectual is memorialised with a huge stone plinth in the cemetery, crowned by a huge bust of his head. An unidentified individual or individuals defaced the plinth with red spraypaint, reading “Memorial to Bolshevik Holocaust”, “66,000,000 DEAD”, “Architect of Genocide, terror + oppression, Mass Murder”, “Ideology of Starving”, and “Doctrine of HATE”. The German Jewish intellectual played no direct role in the notoriously bloodstained communist revolutions and one-party regimes of the 20th century, dying in England in 1883...
  • Illinois Shooting Occurred in Gun-Free Zone

    02/16/2019 1:33:25 PM PST · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 2/15/2019 | AWR Hawkins
    The February 15, 2019, shooting at Henry Pratt Company (HPC) occurred even though HPC is a gun-free zone. Crime Prevention Research Center reported, “This attempted mass public shooting occurred in yet another gun-free zone. 98% of mass public shootings since 1950 have taken place in areas where people can’t defend themselves.” Georgia Carry also posted a photo of a sign indicating no guns allowed on HPC’s front door to its Instagram account.
  • Green New Deal or Gold of Capitalism?

    02/16/2019 1:27:48 PM PST · by huckfillary · 8 replies
    The Daily Dose of Reason ^ | February 16, 2019 | Dr. Michael J Hurd
    The environmentalist movement was never about smog, pollution or even global warming. In the minds of naive people who fell for the propaganda, it was. But the reality was always implicit. The environmentalist movement was always about control. And shame. The “Green New Deal” has exposed the environmentalist movement for what it is. It has made the insanity explicit. If you want to sum up environmentalism, you might call it urban religion. It’s an expression of guilt. “You live in a land of plenty. It’s shameful.” Today’s environmentalists are the modern Puritans. They’re repressive, shaming and hostile to comfort and...
  • Muslim woman convicted of arranging to have her daughters’ genitals mutilated in Somalia

    02/16/2019 1:22:26 PM PST · by robowombat · 16 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | FEB 16, 2019 11:00 AM | ROBERT SPENCER
    Australia: Muslim woman convicted of arranging to have her daughters’ genitals mutilated in Somalia BY ROBERT SPENCER Establishment media treatments of female genital mutilation routinely insist that it has nothing to do with Islam, but actually FGM is mandated in Islamic law: “Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr ‘clitoris’ [this is called khufaadh ‘female circumcision’]).” — Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice, p. 64 Why is it...
  • Islamic State bride from Canada asks not to be “judged too harshly,” calls herself “humanitarian”

    02/16/2019 1:13:55 PM PST · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | FEB 16, 2019 1:00 PM | CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS
    Islamic State bride from Canada asks not to be “judged too harshly,” calls herself “humanitarian” BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS Jihad Watch recently reported about two Muslim women from Canada who surrendered in Islamic State territory, and how these women often play the victim card throughout the West and fool sympathetic Leftists into believing them. In another case reported this week, a pregnant 19-year-old Islamic State bride from the UK “expresses no regret for joining the terror group but wants to come back to the UK to have her baby.” Her family has claimed that their daughter is suffering from Stockholm syndrome....
  • CNN Lets Dem Guest Misinform on New Gun Law Push

    02/16/2019 12:40:08 PM PST · by rktman · 10 replies ^ | 2/16/2019 | Brad Wilmouth
    On Friday's New Day show, CNN co-host John Berman allowed Georgia Democratic Congresswoman Lucy McBath to mislead viewers on a proposed new gun law being considered in Congress as she claimed it would require background checks when purchasing from "licensed" gun dealers. In reality, licensed gun dealers are already required to conduct background checks, and the purpose of the new law is to require private sellers who are unlicensed to also conduct such checks. Berman also brought up the issue of President Donald Trump declaring a national emergency to justify building more border security barriers than Congress will authorize as...
  • Background Checks Are...Wrong

    02/16/2019 10:53:24 AM PST · by rktman · 35 replies ^ | 2/16/2019 | alan korwin
    If you’re terrified of guns, or if you want all power to collect and reside in the hands of “the authorities,” then background checks are not the wrong thing. Background checks are a tool for control over the population. But they don’t control crime. They don’t even address crime. Democrats know this, or should. These checks are something the organizers of this free country could not even imagine, much less sanction. Your acquisition of power (firearms) is supposed to stand totally apart from government reach. But that’s philosophical, too deep for many modern citizens. It’s hopelessly arcane for typical public...
  • Texas Landowners First to Challenge Trump's National Emergency Plan

    02/16/2019 10:35:41 AM PST · by rktman · 69 replies ^ | 2/15/2019 | Courtney O'Brien
    On Friday, President Trump followed through on his threat to declare a national emergency to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, announcing he had found $8 billion from various government agencies to get it done. He had his share of supporters, like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who directed him to do whatever needed to do to get that barrier built. But many others - both liberals and conservatives - were displeased with how he went about it. Just hours after Trump's announcement, three Texas landowners and the Frontera Audubon Society in Texas, an environmental group, became the first folks...
  • China requires Everest climbers to carry their waste out with them

    02/16/2019 9:54:10 AM PST · by rktman · 47 replies ^ | 2/16/2019 | Mandy Zuo
    Littering on Everest is a significant issue, both on the base camps and higher up the mountain itself. In recent years both Nepal and China have implemented measures to try to force climbers to bring their waste down with them, and not leave it on the mountain. Nepal in 2014 began charging a $4,000 garbage deposit that would be forfeited if climbers fail to return with their trash. The government of the Tibet Autonomous Region statement announcing the closure called for further action to protect Mount Everest, saying that workers had collected some 9 tons of trash from above 17,000...