Interesting Bits

06/18/2017 12:44

More Crazy Stuff From the Left

Indigenous advocates from around the world are calling on a UN committee to ban the appropriation of Indigenous cultures — and to do it quickly.

Delegates from 189 countries, including Canada, are in Geneva this week as part of a specialized international committee within the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency.

Since it began in 2001, the committee has been working on creating and finishing three pieces of international law that would expand intellectual-property regulations to protect things like Indigenous designs, dances, words and traditional medicines.

The meeting takes place as concern grows worldwide about the rights of cultures to control their own materials. In the U.S. this week, designer Tory Burch agreed to change the description of one of her coats for women after Romanians protested that it had been described as African-inspired when it actually appropriated a traditional Romanian garment.

Speaking to the committee Monday, James Anaya, dean of law at the University of Colorado, said the UN's negotiated document should "obligate states to create effective criminal and civil enforcement procedures to recognize and prevent the non-consensual taking and illegitimate possession, sale and export of traditional cultural expressions."

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06/18/2017 6:59

Why Are Dems so Sexist?

Female Democratic senators ignore 2 women activists at hearing on Islamism, pose questions only to male witness


On Wednesday, Democratic senators appeared to ignore Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Asra Nomani after they gave brief testimonies on the ideology of Islamism at a U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing, sparking a social media outcry.

It was the first time a Senate hearing was devoted to discussing the ideas motivating both violent and nonviolent Islamist movements around the world, but, through a strategy of deflection and demonization, the Democratic senators — mostly women — ignored the scholarly and lived expertise of Hirsi Ali and Nomani.

The hearing came on the heels of brutal attacks in London, Manchester, Kabul and Tehran by Muslim extremists.

Tensions were high even before the hearing began. A Muslim man wearing a prayer cap attempted to disrupt the event by yelling at Hirsi Ali, an ex-Muslim and Somali-born human rights activist, a witness who was in the room said.

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06/18/2017 6:51

Punch Back Twice as Hard

Wesleyan must pay fraternity nearly $400,000 for shutting it down over coed dispute

Warning to social justice warriors in presidential palaces: Juries don’t automatically share your enlightened authoritarianism.

A jury found that Wesleyan University President Michael Roth grossly exceeded his authority when he shut down Delta Kappa Epsilon’s house shortly after it submitted a plan to comply with the school’s new coed mandate on the eve of the 2015-2016 academic year, Hartford Courant reports.

DKE sued the school more than two years ago, claiming it let every other identity group live together in its own housing but fraternities.

Roth’s emails brought to light during the trial suggested he was only willing to take on the fraternities if Wesleyan – a Yale wannabe that’s opening a $220,000-a-year center for social justice – could obtain their valuable real estate in the end.

(Sounds like an academic criminal conspiracy)

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06/17/2017 7:03

Could Be Result of Blue State Policies

Could Illinois be the first state to file bankruptcy?  (State is in something of a financial jam.)

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06/16/2017 7:26

Howard Kurtz Slices and Dices the New York Times

Just when a debate erupts over the role of media and mendacity in the shooting of a Republican congressman, the New York Times revives a discredited theory about the six-year-old shooting of a Democratic congresswoman.

This was so egregious and embarrassing that the Times editorial page was compelled yesterday to run a correction.

And worse than that, it was utterly tone-deaf in the wake of the shooting of Steve Scalise and four others, with the Republican whip still in critical condition. The editorial seemed to say, the hell with that, what about right-wing hatred?

The argument involving the near-fatal shooting of Gabby Giffords wasn’t true at the time, and appears even more ludicrous in retrospect. To resurrect it now undercuts any effort at breaking the cycle of guilt by association. The editorial suggests that it’s fine to blame conservative rhetoric, but not liberal rhetoric, for senseless violence.

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06/16/2017 7:00

List Of Attacks Against Conservatives Is Mind Blowing

A wave of liberal rage has marked the last 11 months since the rise and subsequent election of President Donald Trump. 

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06/16/2017 6:52

Exposing the EPA’s Gold King Mine Cover-Up

Does the Environmental Protection Agency care more about its image than it does about the environment?

Its behavior in response to the massive 2015 Gold King Mine disaster in Colorado would suggest a very clear “yes.”

The Environmental Protection Agency is hiding its incredible recklessness in the affair by giving official accounts that are clearly contradicted by ample evidence in the government’s possession.

As the new EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt has an opportunity to drain a bit of the swamp by exposing the EPA’s cover-up.

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06/16/2017 6:48

Well, the Clues, And Violence, Is All Around

Extremist experts are beginning to worry about the Left. (Well, better late than never)

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06/16/2017 6:45

More Darkness at the Washington Post

 I found the Rucker’s piece intellectually dishonest because he never identified the main argument being advanced by those who advocate firing Mueller — namely a possible conflict of interest due to Mueller’s close relationship with James Comey, who likely would be the key witness in any case of “obstruction of justice” and might even become a target of the investigation due to his leaking.

Post columnist David Ignatius makes essentially the same omission in a column arguing that “firing Mueller would be disastrous.” Ignatius mentions the possibility of a conflict of interest, but dismisses it “because the Justice Department’s ethics office has already decided that Mueller doesn’t have a conflict resulting from his law firm’s representation of Trump family members.

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06/15/2017 8:17

Left's Hatred Has Boiled Over

This is how Trump Derangement Syndrome looks. But, sadly, such talk is not at all unusual on the left. It's what happens when a political movement eschews honest debate and instead begins violently fantasizing in public about the demise of its opposition in the starkest, most eliminationist terms possible. And begins talking openly of "resistance" and of impeachment from the very day he enters office.

In recent weeks, we've seen Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" staged in Central Park, with a Trump lookalike getting assassinated by dagger; Kathy Griffin's sickening ISIS-inspired shot of her holding Trump's bloody head in her hand; and the continuing verbal and physical assaults across the country by "Antifa" activists on campuses and city streets of Trump supporters, Republican politicians, and anyone daring to declare themselves as outside the progressive consensus.

Meanwhile, various Hollywood celebrities have routinely called for violence against Trump or Republicans — ranging from Robert DeNiro to Madonna to any number of rappers, including Snoop Dogg. We can't list them all; it would take up too much space.

It's pretty clear to any objective observer that the anger and implicit violence in the Trump/Republican bashing by the left and the media have now exceeded all acceptable levels.



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06/15/2017 7:34

Only Six?

Top 6 Media Lies That Radicalized the Violent Left


6. Making "nationalism" synonymous with "racist"

 This was an insidious thing the media did, conflating the terms "nationalist" with "racist" regularly, which confused people. The term "nationalist" means nothing other than someone who wants to put his country first. There is nothing inherently wrong with someone who loves his country and wants to help its people. It all began when Trump came up with his "America first" speech. Immediately the ADL got the vapors over itOthers on the Left conflated putting America first with dark and scary racism. It must be understood that the Left hates America and wants us to be subservient to the global will. Anyone who wants to bring back the concept of American exceptionalism is a racist according to them.


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06/15/2017 7:11

Of Course. The NYT Lies and Lies Often

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06/13/2017 8:34

About Time

Congress approved long-sought legislation Tuesday to make firing employees easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs, part of an effort urged by President Donald Trump to fix a struggling agency serving millions of veterans.

The House cleared the bill, 368-55, replacing an earlier version that Democrats had criticized as overly unfair to workers. The Senate passed the bipartisan legislation by voice vote last week. It will go to Trump later this week for his signature.

The measure comes after a 2014 scandal at the Phoenix VA medical center, where some veterans died while waiting months for appointments. During the presidential campaign, Trump promised to fire VA employees “who let our veterans down,” describing the government’s second-largest agency and its more than 350,000 employees as “the most corrupt” and “incompetent.”

The bill’s passage “is GREAT news for veterans!” Trump tweeted Tuesday night. “I look forward to signing it!”

(The first bill would probably have been better but at least this bill passed)

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06/13/2017 8:46

When not Hysterical, Left Is Amusing

If you ask a social justice jihadi, everyone besides straight white males is oppressed, period. But Leftist groups that don't fit one of those descriptors are lately engaged in a battle for oppression supremacy, which PhD sociologists with no other marketable skills refer to as "intersectionality."

For those of us who prefer fact- and evidence-based reasoning, it's hysterical to watch these Oppression Olympics take place -- such as when Black Lives Matter halted the Toronto gay pride parade to air their grievances:

 

On Sunday, Black Lives Matter activists pulled off the sort of victory that right-wing hooligans could only hope to achieve: They stopped a gay pride parade.

 

“We are calling you out!” Alexandria Williams, co-founder of the group’s Toronto chapter, shouted through a megaphone as the Black Lives Matter float came to a halt and marchers sat down. Amid rainbow-colored smoke bombs, she accused event organizers of harboring “a historical and current culture of anti-blackness” -- a curious claim considering how the festival welcomed Black Lives Matter as “guests of honor.”

Black Lives Matter refused to budge unless pride organizers acquiesced to a list of demands, which included increased funding for black-related pride events, “prioritizing black trans women” in hiring, and “a commitment to more black deaf & hearing ASL interpreters.” Surely, these issues -- which are always “demands,” never “requests” -- could have been taken up in a constructive manner before the parade. But dialogue has never been the preferred mode of communication for Black Lives Matter, not even, apparently, in uber-polite Canada.

It took only 30 minutes for festival organizers to surrender to this bullying. Gay rights activists are adept at challenging authority. Beginning with the very act of coming out, gay liberation’s whole gestalt is defiance. That’s easy to do when it comes to a government denying you basic equality. When their interlocutors are people claiming to be more oppressed, however, gay progressives are at a loss. Out-radicalized, they’re utterly helpless.

 

This is part of the self-created problem that Leftists don't seem to really grasp an answer for at this point: how to unite when you believe in a hierarchy of oppression.

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06/13/2017 8:06

One Faith Has Martyrs, Another...

Children of 21 Martyred Fathers Showed What It Means to Die for Christ

The children of the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by the Islamic State terror group in Libya back in February 2015 have said that they are “proud” of the courage their fathers showed the world by refusing to renounce their faith.  Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, which has been assisting the families of the murdered men in Egypt, said in an update at the end of last week that the children of the victims have been emboldened by their fathers’ sacrifice. “The great news about the families of the martyrs of Libya is that even after more than two years they still live in the condolences of the Holy Spirit and they stick to their faith that their martyrs showed to the whole world; how the real Christian should live and die for the glory of Christ,” the Focus on the Family Middle East team

(The world, of course, hates Christians. Jesus told his followers they would be reviled by the corrupt, fallen world, But the world is embracing Islam, a religion of death. This is stunning but not surprising. Because the world walks in death, it is attracted, however, perversely, to a religion of death.)

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06/13/2017 7:50

Muelllar's Staff Are Staunched Democrats

Four members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team on the Russia probe have donated to Democratic presidential campaigns and organizations, according to Federal Election Commission filings.

Michael Dreeben, who serves as the Justice Department’s deputy solicitor general, is working on a part-time basis for Mueller, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Dreeben donated $1,000 dollars to Hillary Clinton’s Senate political action committee (PAC), Friends of Hillary, while she ran for public office in New York. Dreeben did so while he served as the deputy solicitor general at the Justice Department.

(This doesn't look good. Any charges will be viewed by a large segment of the public as a partisan attack)


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06/12/2017 2:03

What is Old Is New Again

To get into Princeton, show ‘cultural flavor’, just don't be Asian. (Ivy League schools are becoming more and more uneasy about Asian-Americans. They felt the same way about Jews once)

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06/12/2017 11:49

Tear Down this Wall

“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

Ronald Reagan said those words near Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate 30 years ago today. And they were written by Ricochet co-founder Peter Robinson. To commemorate the occasion, Tunku Varadarajan interviewed our fearless leader for Politico. Below is an excerpt, but read the whole thing:

[T]he Berlin Wall speech was unprecedented; a departure from the cautious diplomacy the State Department preferred in its dealings with Moscow.

What instructions was he given? None, Robinson says. He was simply thrown in at the deep end. “My guidance from senior staff on the speech was, ‘Audience of about 10,000. Length: 20 to 25 minutes. Subject: foreign policy. Period.’ It was up to me to figure out what Reagan ought to say beyond that.”

Robinson, 30 at the time, had graduated from Oxford not that long ago with a second B.A. in “PPE” — Politics, Philosophy and Economics — the portmanteau degree of the aspirational gentleman.

The callow speechwriter “flew to Berlin to do research and got nowhere with the ranking American diplomat, who was full of things Reagan shouldn’t say.” The embassy was clear it didn’t want any “commie-bashing.”

Inspiration struck one evening at a dinner party among Berliners, where a woman told him, with a passion he can still recall: “If this man Gorbachev is serious about glasnost and perestroika, he can prove it by coming here and getting rid of this wall.”

“Boom. I put that in my notebook. I knew immediately that I had something. Because I knew Reagan would have responded to that woman’s message. I had Reagan in my head. He would have loved that. Simple, dignified, but very powerful.”


(Back then our elites did not want any "Commie-bashing." Now they don't want any  criticism of Islam or Muslims. )

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06/12/2017 7:01

Migrant Sex Crimes in Germany Double in One Year

Doesn't anyone want to cheer diversity of multiculturalism? The story from Gatestone Institute is sickening.

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06/12/2017 6:17

Economy Emerges as Bright Spot for Trump

The S&P 500 is up more than 12 percent since Election Day, unemployment has reached a 16-year low and economic growth in the coming year is expected to reach 2.3 percent, more robust growth than the 1.6 percent it grew in 2016. 

(But the nation needs more than 2.3 percent growth, although economists say more than 3 percent is impossible. But this is America, we do the impossible)

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