EXPLOSIVES FOUND OUTSIDE EUGENE OREGON POLICE STATION

I’m not speechless. This happened after an antifagoon was killed during an incident at a Eugene school earlier this month. Appears that antifa thinks they can up their game.

EUGENE, Ore. — Police in Eugene are searching for answers after explosives were found outside their headquarters on Country Club Road late Monday afternoon.

Lt. David Natt said incendiary devices were discovered by a crew who was mowing the front lawn.

“This is not a hoax device,” Natt said. “This is a very serious matter.”

The Eugene Metro Explosive Disposal Unit was called and defused the explosives. Natt would not go into details about the devices but said they are now in the hands of forensic experts.

“Our hope is that we get some physical evidence off it and that physical evidence leads us to somebody involved in the production and/or deployment of these devices,” Natt said.

While the Eugene Police Department is in charge of the investigation, Natt said they have reached out to federal agencies and plan to review security camera footage.

“We’re going to ask our neighbors for any footage, and we’re going to review all the footage that we have,” Natt said.

At this time police don’t know who planted the bombs or if anyone was being targeted. John Ward, who was dropping off expired medication at the police station, said he was shocked to hear what happened.

“I’m speechless when I find out that people are planting bombs and bad things around town,” Ward said. “I don’t know why they’d want to do that, why would they want to hurt innocent people?”

Natt said they are asking Eugene police employees to be aware of their surroundings as they go to and from work.

Supreme Court’s conservatives appear poised to expand Second Amendment gun rights

And we see from the headline how the proggie media views rights. To them, they come from the government, not endowed by our creator.

The late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia was asked in 2013 whether the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms stood on equal ground with other constitutional protections, such as freedom of speech.

“We’re going to find out, aren’t we?” he quipped.

That Scalia — who wrote the high court’s landmark 2008 decision upholding gun rights — could not define the reach of that right was telling. Now, three years after his death, the court appears ready to put some teeth into an amendment that some justices say gets no respect.

The case, on tap to be heard this fall, challenges obscure New York City rules that prevent gun owners from transporting their weapons outside the city, whether to second homes or shooting ranges. There’s nothing else like it among state and local gun restrictions.

Yet from such outliers are major Supreme Court decisions of national import often born. And here, the court’s conservative justices could clarify that all gun restrictions must clear a high bar, or state that the right to bear arms extends beyond the home.

Gun control groups are so worried about the court’s direction on the Second Amendment that they would prefer to see New York City change the challenged rules. That could render the case moot and prevent the court from hearing it.

Jonathan Lowy, director of legal action at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, says if the rules were changed, “it certainly would not be an issue worthy of the Supreme Court’s consideration.”

Otherwise, he says, “There is a potential that this case will lead to a discussion by some justices, and perhaps by a majority, about whether the right to a firearm extends outside the home into public places.”

What is clear is that the Supreme Court now has four strong proponents of gun rights with the addition in October of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He succeeded retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose position on guns was viewed as more equivocal.

Before that personnel change, the court had declined at least eight opportunities to take on Scalia’s challenge over the past five years. It had let stand Chicago’s semiautomatic weapons ban and a variety of prohibitions against carrying guns in public, from New Jersey to California. It had refused to second-guess age limits for carrying guns in Texas and requirements for disabling or locking up guns when not in use in San Francisco.

 Pelousy says no wall money in U.S. border deal talks.

 U.S. President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats on Thursday hardened their positions over a wall being built on the border with Mexico, raising new doubts over their ability to reach a deal just as negotiations were getting underway.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters: “There’s not going to be any wall money in the legislation” to fund border security for the rest of this year.

Instead, Pelosi said funding for more ports of entry or additional border security technology was open for negotiation. She added that the 17 House and Senate negotiators should decide the components of the nation’s border security.

But the Democratic negotiators went a step further from Pelosi’s prohibition on wall funds, unveiling a detailed opening position containing no money for any type of additional physical barriers on the border to control the flow of undocumented immigrants and illegal drugs.

Previously, Democrats have supported $1.3 billion for new border fencing this year or improvements to existing fencing.

Asked by reporters about Pelosi’s comment on wall funding, Trump, a Republican, said: “Without a wall, it doesn’t work.”

‘Thousands’ More Troops Headed to Border, DoD Says

Thousands of troops will be headed to the U.S.-Mexico border to meet President Donald Trump’s request to enhance security there, the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday.

While no decision has been made on the exact number or make up of the troops, they will be tasked with adding more concertina wire to the U.S.-Mexico border and supporting surveillance, DoD said in a clarifying statement following Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan’s press briefing Tuesday.

In that briefing, Shanahan said that DoD had informed DHS that the additional capabilities DHS was requesting would take “several thousand” additional forces to complete. But he did not confirm that that level of additional forces would be provided.

Later Tuesday, DoD sent a statement confirming there would be another large deployment.

“As the Acting Secretary said, we are supporting our federal partners on the border and that mission has been extended until September. We are currently sourcing the units involved and there will be an increase of a few thousand troops. We will provide more clarity on the numbers when we have it,” DoD said.

The news comes just as the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Adam Smith, D-Wash., questioned why active duty forces were still on the border at all.

“Border security is important, but we have other needs in the world,” said Smith, during a Congressional hearing on the border deployment Tuesday. “We also have ISIS and Syria and Russia and China … (The southern border) is not primary to the military’s mission.”

The current extension of active duty forces to the border runs through September.

Venezuelan Army Defectors Coordinate Over WhatsApp; Ask Trump for “Freedom” Weapons

Defectors from Venezuela’s army who are now loyal to self-declared president Juan Guaidó have called on the Trump administration to arm them in what they refer to as their quest for “freedom,” and are strongly opposed to the United States conducting a broad military intervention.

Two former soldiers, Carlos Guillen Martinez and Josue Hidalgo Azuaje, who live outside the country, told CNN they are in contact with hundreds of willing defectors who want US military assistance in their revolt against the Maduro regime.

Harris: I’m an Ocasio-Cortez Socialist; Cultural Marxism Foes Will be Dealt With

Make no mistake about Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). She is not, as her looks and soothing voice might suggest, a moderate Democrat who just wants to do the right thing.

She’s a hard-core leftist who, unlike out-of-the-closet totalitarian Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, hasn’t admitted what she really is.

Since announcing her candidacy for president to the adoring coos of the leftist media, she has backed “Medicare for All,” proposed abolishing private health insurance, and has announced support for Ocasio-Cortez’s crazy Green New Deal.

Beyond all that, as she revealed in her presidential announcement, she’s a cultural Marxist bent on punishing those who oppose the anathemas she has declared upon racism, sexism, and all the other phony pathologies with which the Left is obsessed.

Harris is a hard-core, radical socialist.

Can You be a ‘Scientist’ But Reject the Scientific Method?

As reported in Politico on January 27, climate activists at the American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting in January in Phoenix, Arizona admitted they are failing to persuade the American people of the threat of global warming.

Activists pushing climate change socialism are frustrated by their inability to persuade rational people of their irrational arguments. At heart: can you be a scientist while rejecting the scientific method?

There is absolutely zero evidence of man-made global warming — none whatsoever. Moshe Pritsker, a former post-doctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School and CEO of JoVE, told Live Science. “The reproducibility of published experiments is the foundation of science. No reproducibility — no science.” Just because one can buy a lab coat for $46.39, that doesn’t make them a scientist.

Today “science” has degenerated into “thought experiments.” That is, “imagineering” has replaced empirical experimentation.

‘Good Samaritan’ shoots, kills robber at Family Dollar

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) – An armed robbery at a DeKalb County store Tuesday morning could have gone the wrong way if not for an armed customer, police say.

It happened at a Family Dollar store in the 7000 block of Covington Highway. At least three customers and two employees were inside at the time.

According to police, a customer at the store shot and killed a robber during a hold-up.

“I’m glad that the Good Samaritan was there to save that person’s life who was just at work making an honest dollar,” said Conrad Fagan, who was in the area at the time of the attempted robbery.

A DeKalb County Police investigator told reporters the armed customer could be seen on camera shopping not far from the register when he noticed a man trying to rob the cashier at the register.

“He didn’t do anything wrong. He stopped a robbery in progress and did what he had to do,” said Sgt. Lynn Schuler, who described the customer as a Good Samaritan.

Police will not charge the customer, whose name has not been released. Although other customers were inside at the time, no one else was hurt when the customer opened fire. Folks who patronize the Family Dollar say they’re grateful he was brave enough and able to intervene.

“He was pointing a handgun at the face of the cashier and demanded money. I could understand why people here would call him a hero,” said Sgt. Schuler.


Suspect burglar shot in southwest Atlanta

I think his name is Stoopid.

ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) – Atlanta Police are investigating the shooting of an alleged burglar.

Police said it happened around 10:30 Tuesday morning when the man tried to break into a home on Carnes Place.

He ran across the street and was arrested when police arrived.

They transported him to the hospital for treatment.

His name has not yet been released.


TWO KILLED IN SUSPECTED CORNING HOME INVASION

The Tehama County (California) Sheriff’s Office has released more information about the suspected home invasion in Corning on Tuesday night.

At around 6:12 p.m. on Tuesday, deputies responded to reports of shots fired in the 3000 block of Highway 99 W in Corning.

Upon arrival, the deputies found two gunshot victims who were pronounced deceased at the scene. The two victims were later determined to be robbery suspects.

It was reported initially that four Hispanic men and a Hispanic female had orchestrated a home invasion robbery. The female suspect had parked in front of the residence and went to the door claiming her car had broken down.

Austreberto Valencia, 23, went out to help her. While at the car he was approached by at least two subjects one armed with a handgun. They forced him to return to the residence.

Detectives believe the motive was to steal a quantity of marijuana stored in the residence. At some point, Valencia obtained a semi-automatic pistol and shot the two would be robbers.

The female suspect and a male suspect fled southbound on Highway 99 W in the Charger at a high rate of speed. The other male suspect fled on foot northeast direction away from the scene. They are still at large.

At this time no arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing.

The identity of the deceased has not been released at this time.


Food Truck Driver Shoots 2 During Robbery, Shootout in Miami-Dade

A food truck driver shot two people during an armed robbery in northwest Miami-Dade Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The incident started around 10 a.m. when an armed suspect approached the truck in the area of Northwest 35th Avenue and Northwest 65th Street and pointed a gun at a woman inside, demanding she hand over money and get on the ground, Miami-Dade Police said.

The driver of the truck heard the commotion and came around and encountered the suspect, who pointed the gun at the driver. The driver was handing money over to the suspect when he somehow was able to arm himself and shoot at the suspect, police said.

The injured suspect tried to flee the scene but was tackled by a Good Samaritan and held down until officers arrived at the scene, police said.

Meanwhile, two people who were in a nearby car started firing at the food truck and the driver fired back, hitting one of them, police said. The people in the car drove to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where one of them was being treated and the other was being questioned, officials said.

“We are very fortunate that this incident was not any more tragic than what it turned out to be. This is not something that we condone and we don’t ask anybody in the community to do this,” Miami-Dade Police Det. Angel Rodriguez said. “Please do not confront any individual that is armed.”

Police said they’re trying to determine the connection between the initial robbery suspect and the two people who were in the car.

 

CMS Teachers, Staff get active survival, shooting training

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – Detective Wesley Eubanks spent 30 years with CMPD—hes now working with Charlotte Mecklenburg School resource officers to keep our schools safe. Det. Eubanks says when you get in those dangerous, threatening situations, such as an active shooter, it’s how you spend those seconds after the first gun shot goes off—that could save your life.

Eubanks says if there’s a threat on a CMS school campus—your first line of defense is not the police; its yourself.

“Citizens have to make life or death decisions in fractions of a second.” says Eubanks

Eubanks says five minutes is all it takes. FBI statistics from Lockdown International show 69 percent of active shooter situations are usually over within five minutes, Police response time to those situations also averages at five minutes.

So Eubanks asks, “Can you stay alive for five minutes?”

In the training, Eubanks showed us the same techniques and training that 4,400 CMS teachers have already gone through and that 20,000 CMS employees will also be getting—all focused on making it through those crucial minutes.

Eine Schülersicht auf Greta Thunberg: Wie die Klimawandler ein Mädchen instrumentalisiert haben

For those German unabled:

A student’s look at Greta Thunberg: How the climate-changers have instrumentalized a girl.

The 16-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg has become the symbol of a young person who doesn’t want to be cheated out of her future. But she is a sick child who is being instrumentalized by the green elites in a perverse way.

The figurehead of climate change, at least according to the media, is Greta Thunberg. The by now 16-year-old Swedish girl has for weeks been in the spotlight. With her campaign “school strike for the climate” she has (supposedly) inspired millions of students and encouraged them, to demonstrate for “better climate politics”. Young people are fighting for a political issue: We here at the LJB do the same. But nonetheless I have to exercise criticism here, especially now, as I just became of legal age, that I am a young adult.

To pull off a political movement as a student is quite a lot of work. We experience this every day. For me, each week is a new balancing act, to write for Apollo while at the same time be prepared for final exams and other school requirements. But I get it all done — and mind you, without my just walking out of school on a Friday. Maybe I could organize that: School strike for Liberty. [He writes “Freiheit”, freedom, but I think in this case he means “liberty”… but it could be debated, I guess. —translator]

No doubt most people who emulate Greta and go to demonstrate believe the message they are representing. And I certainly don’t want to open that can of worms about climate change, because for that I have neither time nor space. Let’s just say it this way: A lot what so-called “climate activists say” can be thoroughly doubted. And still the narrative of the impending climate apocalypse is being pushed through the mainstream media as if there’s literally no tomorrow. Should we therefore blame these kids when they believe this stuff? If at all, then only conditionally.

Great Thunberg was born in the year 2003. The student has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, OCD, and “selective mutism”, which is a psychological condition in which patients suddenly stop speaking. At age 8, according to her own statements, she began to be interested in climate change. This led her into a full-blown depression at 11 years old, including refusal to eat.

Let’s be honest here: a girl that because of a political position develops full-blown depression at 11 years old is not really suitable to be the mouthpiece for such a campaign. A girl like that needs help. Meanwhile she is advocating for very radical positions: “For me most things are black or white,” Thunberg wrote in The Guardian (which is a classical example of a borderline disorder). In plain text: Completely and utterly, or not at all. And for Greta, the choice is clear: Completely and utterly. So capitalism has to fall as a consequence. She calls for a boycott of Black Friday and demands basic changes in consumption and lifestyle. As is more often than not the case, anti-capitalism and “environmental protection” again go hand in hand. We do not know whether she was co-opted by the political Left or whether she is just used much more as a poster child.

One time I met a group of young people at the main Cologne train station who were holding a political demonstration. I decided to talk with them, and to ask them questions. I found out who announced the demonstration: A circa 18- to 19-year-old woman in an Antifa pullover. Also one Antifa flag was lying very visibly in front of the demonstrating group. And the answers of the youths were as naïve as they were shocking: 14- to 15-year-olds proclaimed in all seriousness carefully thought out sentences such as: “Yeeeeah we want for instance not so many plastic bags” as one reason for their demonstration. Pearls of wisdom such as “The economy shouldn’t be deciding and dictating everything; rather the common good should be advocated for”, were dangerously mixed with statements such as “I think the entirety of commerce (traffic) should be completely reconstructed […] everything just needs to be completely changed.” Individual mobility has to go. Or: “Maybe we need to ask the question whether capitalism is still suitable, or if we should rethink because of climate change.”

These children are being abused by anti-capitalists in the name of environmental protection. When the photos of the “school strike” from last Friday show 12-year-old children, it begs the question of how they even got there. Did their teachers send them there? And so, a thousand times over, what has happened to Greta Thunberg in plain view of everybody is happening to children everywhere. Because Greta, too, is being abused and instrumentalized by the climate-changers and the perpetual saviors of the world in a simple, moving way. Greta Thunberg is a girl who is in a perpetual state of fear due to the propaganda of the climate changers. A state that has led her into depression and self-harm, and there is no one who is willing to really help her.

“I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day.” This is statement by someone who is just not OK.

Venezuela: A Study In The Need For Citizen Gun Rights

I’m not harping on the situation in Venezuela simply because Paul literally lives next door.
Venezuela is a perfect example of the idiocy and corrupt nature of socialism and unfettered “pure” democracy where the people, out of standard operational greed, voted themselves a tyrannical regime because they were promised ‘free$#!+’. By the time a lot of them figured out it wasn’t worth the loss of the freedoms and liberty demanded by Chavez and Maduro for ‘safety’, it was almost too late to stop the disaster that the country has become.
The hope is that this political and economic disaster will be instructive to future generations. But since it seems even the collapse of the Soviet Union wasn’t, and we still see crap-for-brains in our own politics (cf. current demoncrap-for-brains party notables) this one probably won’t be either.

With all deference to hunters and sportsmen, it wasn’t their right to hunt that inspired James Madison and our nation’s First Congress to include the Second Amendment in their proposed Bill of Rights. There’s was a much greater concern: checking the power of a potentially tyrannical state. The modern left dismisses this argument as nonsensical, superfluous, and yes, even hysterical. They’re wrong.

The right for every American citizen to be armed was designed as a bulwark against tyranny.

But despite its foolish attempts at diminishing the importance of gun ownership as a check on government, the fact remains that the concern was central in the minds of the Framers. Perhaps Noah Webster, that great American scholar and teacher whom we have all come to know by way of his dictionary, put it best when he wrote, “The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops.”

Indeed, history has seen the pattern of gun right suppression in coordination with the rise of tyranny and oppression play out time and again. China, Nazi Germany, communist Cuba, Russia and North Korea are but a few examples. In fact, in keeping with Webster’s observation, the propagation of a dictatorship would be difficult to conceive if imposed upon a well-armed population. And now, as we witness the financial and societal collapse of our distant southern neighbor, it is evident that Venezuela is no exception.

In 2012, Venezuela’s communist National Assembly banned gun ownership. The stated reason for such an intervention is the oft-quoted safety argument. In 2011, 40% of Caracas’s homicides were robbery related with armed robberies accounting for 70% of all major crimes.

Predictably, the government’s call for voluntary disarmament produced virtually no results on safety, leading to the forcible confiscation of 12,603 firearms in 2013 alone.

The result? A rise in violence against police officers, and most ominously, a rise in violence by the state against its own citizens.

In 2015 alone, 252 law enforcement officers were killed in Venezuela. Why? Well, in Venezuela, police officers are targeted for their firearms!

Additionally, when Venezuelans took to the streets to protest the “unjust laws” of which Webster wrote centuries ago, the state used live ammunition to quiet them down. And like Cuba, Maduro’s regime established a group of colectivos, groups of local individuals charged with the implementation and enforcement of Maduro’s policies, except that, in Venezuela, 400,000 of them were officially armed by the state and allowed to “carry out the regime’s rule by violence.”

And what about the national homicide rate? The rate that the government was trying to reduce? It actually rose from 73 per 100,000 in 2012 right before the ban was implemented to 90 per 100,000 in 2015. In fact, in 2015 Venezuela faced the world’s highest homicide rate with 27,875 murders.

There are elements within our country obsessed with restricting our gun rights. Yes, there are portions of our country in urban areas where gun violence reigns supreme. And yes, the recurrent stories of senseless killings and associated suffering is tragic beyond words. But there is no greater tragedy than a people who once given freedom are robbed of their liberties in pursuit of false assurances of safety and protection.

They will have neither liberty nor safety.

Truly, Madison was not thinking of our right to hunt when he penned our Second Amendment. He was thinking of much more ominous possibilities, the same eventualities that inspired Thomas Jefferson to proclaim, “it is [our] right and [our] duty to be at all times armed.”

Deaths mount as U.S. ups pressure on Venezuela’s Maduro

 

Geneva — The U.N. human rights office has said security forces in Venezuela detained nearly 700 people in one day last week amid anti-government protests — the highest such tally in a single day in the country in at least 20 years. Rights office spokesman Rupert Colville said Tuesday that 696 people were detained on Wednesday alone. Overall, some 850 were detained between Monday and Saturday, including 77 children.
Colville said “more than 40 people” were believed to have been in killed “in different manners” amid the recent protests, including 11 people reportedly killed by “unidentified individuals” linked to incidents of looting. He said one member of the Bolivarian Guard was reportedly killed in the state of Monagas.
He told reporters in Geneva that officials were investigating reports of ill-treatment of detainees.

The violence and arrests in the once-rich South American nation have continued unabated since opposition leader and Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president of Venezuela last week — a move backed early by the Trump administration, and since by a large number of other democracies around the world.

The U.S. and its allies consider current Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro an illegitimate leader. He was elected to a second term last year in a vote widely condemned as sham democracy, as he had barred — through a justice system stacked with political allies — all serious opposition candidates.

Docs Reveal Portland School Administrators Planned & Paid for ‘Student’ Anti-Gun Protest.

Public documents obtained by a Portland attorney reveal that Portland Public School staff, planned, executed and paid for what the media and the school district branded as a ‘student’ anti-Second Amendment protest last March 14th.

Willamette Week reported at the time:

Portland students at Roosevelt High School in North Portland, Lincoln in Southwest, Cleveland in Southeast, Franklin in Mt. Tabor and Sunset High in Beaverton were a few of thousands around the state, and nation, protesting for an end gun violence.

Many of the morning’s demonstrations included sitting for 17 minutes in silence—one minute for every person shot in the Florida school shooting. At Lincoln High, where Mayor Ted Wheeler was present, 17 desks were situated with 17 roses on them.

It was followed up by another one in April in which students were given time off to protest.

Portland’s protest community, or as I call them Portland Professional Protesters, Incorporated,™ permeate the community, especially in government – teaching – and quasi government non-profit jobs. I wouldn’t be too far off in suggesting that they leave school on Friday afternoon to join a drum circle by 4pm and then don a balaclava for the evening’s Antifa destruction. There is no chance they don’t bring their far Left politics to the schools. No chance. This is the state that adopted the law – offered by a teacher – to register underage voters. They call it “pre-registration.”  Gee, I wonder what political organization they align with.

The Oregon Firearms Federation, a civil rights and education group, said that the local attorney who obtained the records found that the district had orchestrated everything:

In response to a Public Records Act request, PPS has now released documents showing that the demonstrations were organized by PPS, and involved a massive dedication of school resources.  From the School Board (which passed a resolution calling for a ban on the possession of all semi-automatic weapons) on down to the individual schools (which reprogrammed class bells to create a special protest period, so no one would have to be marked absent from class), the entire Administration organized itself to undermine the core of our Constitutional republic.

Attorney James Buchal, who also serves as the Chair of the Multnomah County GOP, told VictoriaTaft.com that the school staffs are using kids as political human shields:

“The Portland Public Schools exploited students to manufacture political pressure for gun control, camouflaging their own anti-gun agenda as private speech by students.”

Today in U.S. military history: The Great Raid

The raid by soldiers of the 6th Ranger Battalion and Alamo Scouts along with over 200 Filipino guerrillas, conducted a surprise attack on the Cabanatuan prison camp.

500 Allied prisoners, many of them survivors of the Bataan Death March were rescued from almost certain murder by their Japanese guards as the invasion of the island of Luzon progressed since October of the previous year.

 

Why are young Leftists such intolerable brats? They’re desperate for their lives to have meaning.
The hunger for identity is what fuels the mob-ready grievance culture

And they’re getting fed this at most colleges/universities today.

Nathan Harden, former editor of The College Fix, author of “Sex and God at Yale: Porn, Political Correctness, and Good Education Gone Bad,” and currently education editor for RealClearPolitics, has a new piece in Academic Questions that takes on his alma mater and ponders whether its current president has the backbone to save the once great institution from its current crisis.

Today, it’s a campus filled with the “anguished cries of our national grievance culture,” a place where an “unpopular political opinion is liable to launch a campus-wide protest,” and an institution at which openly professed “religious belief is liable to provoke mass meltdown.”

“Today, Yale is not so much a university as it is a safe space with a $27 billion endowment,” Harden writes. “Am I exaggerating? Maybe. But not by much.”

While the piece chronicles some of Yale’s most embarrassing moments, it also touches on why identity politics-based meltdowns are seen there and at nearly every other campus in the nation.

First, it’s important to note there’s largely two lines of thought on the root of the rise of the victimhood culture. One, it’s a psychological problem borne out of helicopter parenting, the “The Coddling of the American Mind,” and the promises of safe spaces.

Others argue young people are taught to wield their alleged oppression as a cudgel. These hysterical young people are not melting snowflakes, quite the opposite, as evidenced by their aggressive cry-bullying — it’s a power play to control the narrative that Western culture is evil and must fall.

But Harden goes into a third explanation on why things are the way they are. He cites Mary Eberstadt’s 2017 essay “The Primal Scream of Identity Politics,” saying it might be the most important political essay written in the last ten years, then adds a twist of his own:

“Identity politics,” [Eberstadt] writes, “cannot be understood apart from the preceding and concomitant social fact of the family implosion.” With the rise of single-parent households, and serial coupling and uncoupling, the disintegration of family and community has left a giant void of identity, which this generation is desperate to fill. Fewer than 65 percent of American children live with both biological parents, she points out.

Now, it is true that out-of-wedlock births and divorce rates are generally lower for the students who overwhelmingly populate elite universities. But those statistics mask other forms of relational brokenness, including abortion, and, especially, the long-term serial coupling and uncoupling that defines the lives of so many among the marriage-deferring, career focused, elite class. Divorce is hardly the only measure of family breakdown.

Moreover, if politics is a proxy for family these days, it may function even more so as a proxy for religion. The decline of religious belief Eberstadt doesn’t discuss. But Eberstadt has put her finger on the core of the problem: young people are desperately craving identity—a purposeful narrative for their lives—and they often turn to a political tribe to fill the void. The present day obsessive focus on racial, gender, and political identity, Eberstadt suggests, is properly understood as a cry for help.

Permitless concealed carry bill moves to Gov. Noem’s desk after House approval

PIERRE, S.D. — The only thing keeping South Dakotans from being able to carry concealed guns without a permit is the governor’s signature.

The House passed by a vote of 47-23 on Tuesday, Jan. 29 Senate Bill 47, which would allow for permitless concealed carry in the state. Already approved by the Senate last week by a vote of 23-11, the bill moves on to Republican Gov. Kristi Noem’s desk for her signature or veto.

Noem has said previously that she supports permitless concealed carry, or so-called constitutional carry, but that she has to review the bill and discuss it with law enforcement before she signs it into law.

Spokesperson for the governor’s office Kristin Wileman said Tuesday following the House vote, “The governor has repeatedly voiced her support of constitutional carry and looks forward to reviewing the bill when it arrives at her desk.”

 

Science, Fantasy, and Superstition- Gun-Control Fails the Evidence Test

I’ve watched gun-control advocates slide down the slippery slope. At first, their spokesmen said gun-control was simply common sense. Unfortunately for them, each gun-control law is a claim that can be tested. Instead of changing their beliefs as we learned more, gun-control advocates simply chanted their old arguments louder and longer. Gun-control must have saved one life somewhere, they claimed. Eventually, the gun control-talking-heads had to turn their eyes away from the facts and ignore the damage they caused. For our part, we passed gun control laws because they felt good rather than did good. Like many public policy issues, we think we’re talking about evidence when we’re really discussing how we feel.

Superstition is holding an unjustified belief because of the way it makes us feel. It is easy to think we’re too sophisticated to have superstitious beliefs. Fortunately for us, evidence is one of the best tests to separate truth from superstition. The bad news is that there is an intellectual progression beyond superstition. The truth doesn’t matter once you’re clinging to dogma and rationalization. At that point, you’re hanging on to any idea that justifies your beliefs. We told ourselves some real lies about gun-control.

We passed gun-prohibition in the 1870s to protect white women from black men. At least that is what we told ourselves. We try to make the same argument look good today by saying poor minorities are plagued with drugs and we’re saving innocent lives by disarming the black community. Today we say that a single woman can’t manage a gun for self-defense and we’re making her family safer by leaving her defenseless. We said a lot of things that sounded reasonable at one time. They sound racists and sexist today. Rather than change our actions or our beliefs, we simply dressed up old prohibitions in new rationalizations. We put new excuses on old bigotry.

-It sounded like a good idea to require a background check before someone could buy a gun. In fact, criminals don’t buy their guns legally. That is why background checks don’t stop criminals from getting guns. We didn’t disarm criminals, and the people who want to commit suicide killed themselves even if they didn’t have a gun. We looked at decades of data, and mandatory background checks didn’t reduce the rates of homicide or suicide. I’m sorry to say there is more bad news, and these laws might have done more harm than good. Disarming the law-abiding victims left them more vulnerable to crime and so increased rates of violence. At least gun-control laws let us feel good about ourselves.

-It sounds sensible that barring someone from ever owning a gun after a non-violent misdemeanor might make us safer. We thought that someone might be violent if they once shouted at their domestic partner. We learned that people who will commit murder are not stopped by taking away their legal guns. Unfortunately, we also let an abusive ex-partner make false claims and use the law to disarm the honest victim of abuse. At least we got to feel good about ourselves by supporting “domestic violence gun prohibition”.

-Today we are told we can stop pre-crime with red-flag gun confiscation. In fact, we’ve had mental health restraining order for about two decades. These laws didn’t work.. but we can feel good about it anyway. It turns out that people who are going to commit murder or suicide aren’t stopped when we take away their guns. Red-flag laws didn’t significantly reduce deaths in mass murder, aggravated assault, robbery or burglary either. We never expected that making false accusations would stop crime. We pretended those false accusations never happened so we could continue feeling good even when violence got worse.

–Age restrictions on buying a firearm make sense because we all remember the crazy things we did as kids. We forgot that young adults under 21 years of age often live in cheap apartments when they start out. We forgot that young adults are frequent victims of crime. We ignored that young women are often victims of sexual assault. Why did we think that disarming a married 20-year-old mom would make us safer? It felt good at the time.

-Guns are lethal tools. In theory, a gun that doesn’t contain as much ammunition isn’t as dangerous. Limiting the magazine capacity of a firearm makes sense.. if you don’t think about it too closely. In the real world, criminals don’t fight fair. They don’t obey our gun laws so the criminals have more ammunition than their law abiding victims. How many cartridges should my wife be allowed to have when three armed robbers break into our home? Why should a police officer have more cartridges in his gun than my wife has when she is defending our family? These feel-good laws get us killed.

-It is comforting to imagine that guns cause violence. That lets us avoid knowing that criminals cause violence. We can imagine that taking the guns away from honest people will make us safer. That isn’t what we found. We looked across the USA at states that issued concealed carry permits. We also looked at states that don’t require carry permits at all. Over three decades, the rate of homicide and violent crime didn’t increase when we let honest people carry a personal firearm outside the home. In cases like the city of Chicago, the murder rate fell when honest citizens were allowed to defend themselves. We’ll have to look beyond gun control for an excuse to feel good about ourselves.

-We want to keep guns away from our children and unauthorized adults. Mandatory gun-locks seem like common sense. The good news is that the number of children injured in gun accidents continues to fall. But there is more to the story. We ignored the fact that honest people use a personal firearm to save lives every day. Will mandatory storage requirements make self-defense easier or harder? Unfortunately, criminals don’t call ahead and give us the time we need to open a gun safe and load our magazines. Will we give free gun safes to young couples who are just starting out and struggling to pay their bills.. or will we leave them defenseless if they obey the law? That is a hard problem, so let’s ignore the harm we cause with gun-prohibition.

-There must be something we can do to feel good about stopping violence. Maybe we could restrict the length of a gun barrel so guns can’t be too short.. or too long. Maybe we can make it so guns can’t be too loud or too quiet. Maybe we can make it so guns can’t be too big or too small, too cheap or too expensive, too inaccurate or too precise? Any of those ideas might work if criminals obeyed our laws. I’m sorry, but we have the criminals we have rather than the criminals that gun-control promised us. That doesn’t feel good at all.

Things don’t turn out the way we imagined or the way we wanted. We make good-sounding excuses for bad ideas. Unfortunately, some of these ideas were bad from the start. We were sold a lie because it benefitted some politicians and their special interests. Life is more complex than a politician’s promise.

There is one thing, however, that we do know for sure. When the government and the criminals are the only ones with have guns, then the elites have all the power. That frightens me.

Do we want to feel good or do good? Maybe I’m overly trusting, but I trust my neighbors to do the right thing in an emergency. My neighbors may not be perfect, but I’d rather trust my neighbors to own a gun responsibly than trust a lawmaker who exempts himself from our laws. Liberty is dangerous, but it is the safest solution we have.

 

DC ANTIFA LEADER CHARGED WITH ‘ETHNIC INTIMIDATION’ RELATED TO ATTACK ON MARINES

Washington, D.C. Antifa leader Joseph “Jose” Alcoff, also known as “Chepe,” was arrested and charged with multiple felonies in Philadelphia on Jan. 10 in connection to the Antifa mob attack against two Marines in November.

Alcoff faces 17 charges, including multiple counts of aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, conspiracy and terroristic threats, and one count of robbery while inflicting serious bodily injury.

An affidavit filed in the case reveals that The Daily Caller News Foundation’s reporting on Alcoff’s connection to violent Antifa groups was an integral factor leading to his arrest.

Texas town’s environmental narcissism makes Al Gore happy while sticking its citizens with the bill


image of a dip$#!+ econut (but I repeat myself)

Political leaders in a college town in central Texas won wide praise from former Vice President Al Gore and the larger Green Movement when they decided to go “100 percent renewable” seven years ago. Now, however, they are on the defensive over electricity costs that have their residents paying more than $1,000 per household in higher electricity charges over the last four years.

That’s right – $1,219 per household (per year ed.)in higher electricity costs for the 71,000 residents of Georgetown, Texas, all thanks to the decision of its Republican mayor, Dale Ross, to launch a bold plan to shift the city’s municipal utility to 100 percent renewable power in 2012 when he was on the city council.

But while Ross was being lauded far and wide, the residents of his town were paying a steep price. His decision to bet on renewables resulted in the city budget getting dinged by a total of $29.8 million in the four years from 2015 to 2018. Georgetown’s electric costs were $3.5 million over budget in 2015, ballooning to $6.3 million in 2016, the same year the mayor locked his municipal utility into 20- and 25-year wind and solar energy contracts to make good on his 100 percent renewable pledge.

By 2017, the mayor’s green gamble was undercut by the cheap natural gas prices brought about by the revolution in high-tech fracking. Power that year cost the city’s budget $9.5 million more than expected, rising to $10.5 million last year, according to budget documents reported by The Williamson County Sun.

Whether Mayor Ross and his colleagues on the Georgetown City Council were motivated by good intentions, political machinations, or mere vanity is unknown. What is known is that Georgetown’s municipal utility, an integral part of the city budget, is hemorrhaging red ink thanks to those long term renewable energy contracts.

The mayor, who not long ago was approaching ubiquitous status with the media, could not be found by the local press to comment on his city’s budget-busting power deficit.

Some Dems float idea of primary challenge for Ocasio-Cortez

And this is on The Hill, a leftist publication. When you’re losing them, well….Yeah, so it looks like the little commutard twit torqued off some in her party. I’m not surprised. They all know her election victory was not as has been advertised and a determined challenger could easily do to her what she did to Crowley. And as she still appears to be a thorn in the side of the party elite, she could find herself back tending bar in ’21.

Rep. Alexandria OcasioCortez (D-N.Y.) has infuriated colleagues by aligning with a progressive outside group that’s threatening to primary entrenched Democrats. Now some of those lawmakers are turning the tables on her and are discussing recruiting a primary challenger to run against the social media sensation.

At least one House Democrat has been privately urging members of the New York delegation to recruit a local politician from the Bronx or Queens to challenge Ocasio-Cortez.

“What I have recommended to the New York delegation is that you find her a primary opponent and make her a one-term congressperson,” the Democratic lawmaker, who requested anonymity, told The Hill. “You’ve got numerous council people and state legislators who’ve been waiting 20 years for that seat. I’m sure they can find numerous people who want that seat in that district.”

The New York delegation has eyed Ocasio-Cortez with skepticism ever since last summer when the 29-year-old self-described democratic socialist shocked the political world and defeated then-Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) in what many thought would be a sleepy primary race. Crowley, a Queens powerbroker and affable House Democratic Caucus chairman, had been considered a possible future Speaker.

Many New York and Congressional Black Caucus lawmakers were also furious with Ocasio-Cortez after a recent Politico report stated she and the grass-roots group aligned with her, Justice Democrats, were considering backing a primary challenge to fellow New York Democrat Hakeem Jeffries, a Black Caucus member and establishment insider who succeeded Crowley as caucus chairman.

Both Ocasio-Cortez and Justice Democrats have denied the report, but the group of insurgent progressives has vowed to target centrist Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and is eyeing other potential 2020 targets.

For now, New York Democratic lawmakers are playing nice with Ocasio-Cortez and her 2.6 million Twitter followers and say no one in the Empire State’s delegation is currently contemplating backing a primary challenger against her.

“We are going to see what happens. Generally for me, I’m giving folks the benefit of the doubt, the presumption of innocence. You might say one thing before you get in here, and then after you get to meet folks, you see what happens and how the body works … things are different, so we’ll see what happens,” Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), whose district includes part of Queens, said in an interview.

“I can only tell you that the times I’ve spoken to her, and at the times she’s been at the New York delegation meetings, she’s been cooperative and wants to be a team player. That’s what she said, so you gotta take her at her word until something changes,” Meeks added.

Jeffries, the No. 4 House Democrat who some say could someday become Speaker, insisted none of his House colleagues have approached him to run a primary challenger against Ocasio-Cortez. In fact, the 48-year-old Jeffries said, delegation members this month lobbied Democratic leadership to grant Ocasio-Cortez’s request that she be appointed to the House Financial Services and the Oversight and Reform committees.

“I don’t think that is something the New York delegation would contemplate. As you can see, we are totally united behind each other. … The New York delegation sticks together,” Jeffries told The Hill. He said Ocasio-Cortez denied the news report that she was backing a challenger to him, “so there was nothing to work through. I haven’t seen a primary candidate emerge, so I assume when she denied it, she was correct that there was nothing to it.”

No potential challengers to Ocasio-Cortez have yet emerged. But one New York political insider noted that the Queens and Bronx district is home to many ambitious pols who are close to Crowley and don’t like that a political outsider took his seat.

Kamala Harris Vows to ‘Eliminate’ Private Insurance Market.

I guess the new hot is: If you like your plan, you can’t have it.
It appears that Harris is the media anointed demoncrap nominee. She’s the only one, so far, that has a one of these “town hall” propaganda rallies. She’s younger than any of the other candidates that actually have a shot at the nomination, and she’s not white.
I expect more swooning over her like they did for Hillary Clinton, which I think is good as she doesn’t have a lot that Obama had going for him at this point in 2007.
She’s not the political zero Obama was, and she definitely doesn’t have the slick charm he still has. She’s a harpy SJW and that is going to be what does her in, just like it did Hillary.

Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) advocated the elimination of the private health insurance industry during a CNN town hall event in Iowa Monday night.

Harris, who announced her 2020 presidential candidacy this week, broke from previous Democratic healthcare orthodoxy, which held that Americans could retain their private insurance if they so chose, in favor of a single-payer plan in which the government is the sole health insurance provider.

“I believe the solution — and I actually feel very strongly about this — is that we need to have Medicare for all,” Harris said in response to an audience question about healthcare affordability. “That’s just the bottom line.”

“So for people out there who like their insurance, they don’t get to keep it?” CNN’s Jake Tapper asked.

“Let’s eliminate all of that,” Harris responded, “let’s move on.”


She’s also as, or more, anti-gun than the rest of the herd.

A City That Opened Its Doors To Asylum Seekers Has Come To Regret It

When we think about an overflow of immigrants and strained resources for dealing with them, most conversations deal with the southern border. This story, however, takes place nearly as far from there as you can get in America. We’re talking about Portland, Maine. It’s a beautiful city (we took a vacation there last summer) and it has a lot to offer visitors. But Portland has also been known for its generous policy toward immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. They set up programs to provide housing in shelters and set aside funds to support them, along with a list of attorneys willing to do pro bono work on their claims.

Unfortunately for them, the word spread quickly that Portland was an excellent destination for those looking to flee to America and they began arriving in large numbers. Primarily coming from African nations, they have now overwhelmed the shelters and are drying up the available funds to help them.

Maine’s largest city, population about 67,000, is now struggling with an influx of asylum seekers, to the point where a local official is alerting shelters in other parts of the country to discourage people from heading here.

“The word is out there that our community is open to that population and has some assistance programs,” said David MacLean, administrator of Portland’s Social Services Division. “Our local resources are not able to keep up.”

Asylum seekers, who are primarily from African countries, now make up 90% of the people living in Portland’s city-run family shelter and overflow shelter, where new arrivals sleep on mats. A city fund that assists with necessities is dwindling fast, and pro-bono lawyers are overwhelmed with cases, Mr. MacLean said.

This is a very different story than the ones we hear about on the Mexican border. Very few of Portland’s guests are illegal immigrants. Most are here following State Department guidelines for those seeking asylum. When the program first began it seemed to work out fairly well. It’s a fairly balanced program, and those getting this housing and aid have to do work for the city as a condition of participation. But now it’s estimated that 65% to 70% of more than 1,000 people currently getting public assistance are noncitizen asylum seekers.

The shelters are running out of space and some new arrivals sleep on mats on the floors. Others are outdoors. And unlike southern California, Texas or Arizona, the weather in the winter is far from gentle. The funds the city spends on the program are being strained to their limits and they require frequent subsidiary payments from the taxpayers.

So what’s the lesson here? America remains a generous nation that’s willing to help those who are truly in need provided they follow the rules. But once the word gets out that the doors are open, you can quickly be overwhelmed. We already know that the immigration courts serving the southern border are months or years behind schedule and the housing available for detainees and asylum seekers are bursting at the seams. That can happen anywhere, including places like Portland. And while it may be painful to admit, there are limits even to our generosity.