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  2. The Daily Wire Dec 16, 2018 Bishop Robert Barron joins me to discuss the best response to sex scandals in the Catholic Church, his possible concerns with the rise of Protestantism, and we seek to answer the age-old question: Who gets to go to heaven?
  3. Yahoo News Washington (AFP) - Outraged Democrats vowed to appeal a federal judge's ruling that could undo the US health care law known as Obamacare, saying on Saturday that they will use their new power in Congress to hold Republicans responsible and "expose their lies." US District Judge Reed O'Connor ruled late Friday that the health insurance reform, officially known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is unconstitutional. The White House said it expects the ruling to be appealed to the Supreme Court. For now, it said in a statement, "the law remains in place." But Democrats, who have seen the law survive scores of legal and legislative attacks, vowed to fight back, saying the health coverage of millions of Americans is at stake. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer tweeted that Republicans had pretended to care about those protected by Obamacare "while quietly trying to remove that support in the courts. Next year, we will force votes to expose their lies." Democrats see the law as a signature achievement of former president Barack Obama, while Republicans dismiss it as governmental overreach. Donald Trump made abolishing and replacing the program a central pledge of his presidential campaign. ________ Democrats try to save the remains of the Hindenburg.
  4. Daily Wire Paul Bois Dec. 14 2018 It seems that even abortion conglomerate Planned Parenthood agrees with pro-lifers that the little being who grows inside a woman's belly for nine months is, in fact, a "baby." Released this past November, an animated sex-ed video from Planned Parenthood teaches parents about how to speak to their children should they ever be asked by the little tykes "Where do babies come from?" As noted by Katie Yoder of National Review, the video has gone largely unnoticed since its release. At no point throughout the three-minute video, does the narrator refer to the baby as a fetus. In fact, the baby is at all times referred to as a baby. (Snip)
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  6. The EVER Trumpers are throwing a party. BTW the Washington Examiner is next on their hit list, because they don't bow down before the Great and Powerful Trump. They Dare criticize him...This Must Not Stand!!!
  7. Happy Bill of Rights Day! Posted on December 15, 2018 by The Political Hat Today is the 227th anniversary of the first ten amendments to the Constitution coming into effect. The original Bill of Rights contained a preamble stating that the clauses were “declaratory and restrictive” — i.e. they restricted the Federal Government and simply declared already existing rights and liberties. This is in stark contrast with almost every non-American declaration of rights, wherein inherent rights are conflated with promised of government handouts and benefits. Below is the Bill of Rights, including preamble, as passed by Congress: http://politicalhat.com/2018/12/15/happy-bill-of-rights-day-2018/
  8. Texas Tribune Texas sees uptick in executions, death sentences in 2018 The state put to death 13 men this year. That's more than half the total number of people executed in the entire country: 25. Still, the death row population — both here and nationwide — is at a historic low. BY JOLIE MCCULLOUGH DEC. 13, 201811 PM Texas again executed far more inmates than any other state in 2018, according to year-end reports released Friday by two groups critical of the death penalty. With no other executions scheduled for the year, tallies from the Death Penalty Information Center and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty show the state will have put to death 13 people in 2018 — all men, as usual. That's more than half the total number of executions that took place in the United States this year — 25. The number of people Texas put to death increased substantially from the last two years as the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals halted far fewer executions. Seven men died in the state’s execution chamber in both 2016 and 2017, when the state's highest criminal court stayed at least twice as many executions as it did this year.
  9. Washington Free Beacon Cole Lauterbach and Greg Bishop December 15, 2018 Suburban mayors joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to ask Illinois lawmakers to raise the state's gas tax by 20 to 30 cents a gallon, a proposal that could make Illinois' motor fuel tax the highest in the nation and ensure that per gallon taxes increase yearly with the rate of inflation. Outgoing mayor Emanuel joined other mayors from suburban Chicago on Tuesday to push the General Assembly should pass a gas tax hike in January. He said the costs and use of roads have increased while funding to maintain them has been stagnant. "We’re calling on the lawmakers, when they convene starting in January, to start to work on a number of issues that have not been addressed over the years, calling for an increase to the gas tax by 20 to 30 cents," he said. "If you took the low range of the 20 to 30 cents that we're talking about, the 20 cents would reflect just inflation." The money, Emanuel said, should go to fund a new infrastructure bill. Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker has said the state needs a new transportation funding bill. "We’ve talked about all of the options that are available to us and haven’t eliminated any of those options at the moment," Pritzker said Monday in Springfield. (Snip)
  10. Quillette Conor Barnes Dec. 11 2018 When I became an anarchist I was 18, depressed, anxious, and ready to save the world. I moved in with other anarchists and worked at a vegetarian co-op cafe. I protested against student tuition, prison privatization, and pipeline extensions. I had lawyer’s numbers sharpied on my ankle and I assisted friends who were pepper-sprayed at demos. I tabled zines, lived with my “chosen family,” and performed slam poems about the end of the world. While my radical community was deconstructing gender, monogamy, and mental health, we lived and breathed concepts and tools like call-outs, intersectionality, cultural appropriation, trigger warnings, safe spaces, privilege theory, and rape culture. What is a radical community? For the purposes of this article, I will define it as a community that shares both an ideology of complete dissatisfaction with existing society due to its oppressive nature and a desire to radically alter or destroy that society because it cannot be redeemed by its own means. I eventually fell out with my own radical community. The ideology and the people within it had left me a burned and disillusioned wreck. As I deprogrammed, I watched a diluted version of my radical ideology explode out of academia and become fashionable: I watched the Left become woke. (Snip) Most of all, radicals should learn to abandon false truths. The only way to escape dogmatism is to resist the calcification and sanctification of values, and to learn from the wisdom of different perspectives. As Haidt argues, there are grains of truth in opposing political positions. Radicals do themselves a disservice by seeing the world of thought outside the radical monoculture as tainted with reaction and evil. There is a rich diversity of thought awaiting them if they would only open their minds to it. One of the achievements of liberalism has been a norm of free speech wherein individuals can both share and consume that spectrum of thought. Every new and challenging school of thought I discovered after anarchism rocked my worldview, as somebody who formerly thought that wisdom could only be found through “the struggle” or in esoteric French theory. Even if opposing views are not assimilated, the ability to contend with them on the intellectual field instead of silencing them is a sign of a seeker of the truth, not a guardian. Young adults often become radicals after they realize the immensity of the cruelty and malevolence in the world. They reject a society that tolerates such suffering. They sanctify justice as their telos. But without truth to orient justice, seekers of justice will crash and crash again into reality, and will craft increasingly nightmarish and paranoid ideological analyses, burning out activists, destroying lives through jail or abuse, and leaving the world an uglier, more painful place. To paraphrase Alice Dreger, there is no justice without wisdom, and no wisdom without surrender to uncertainty in the pursuit of truth. ___________________________________________________________________ H/T
  11. CNN New York (CNN Business)The Weekly Standard, the magazine that espouses traditional conservatism and which has remained deeply critical of President Donald Trump, will shutter after 23 years, its owner Clarity Media Group announced Friday morning. The magazine will publish its final issue on December 17. The announcement came after the magazine's editor-in-chief, Stephen Hayes, met privately with Ryan McKibben, the chief executive and chairman of Clarity Media Group, a media holding company owned by billionaire Philip Anschutz. "For more than twenty years The Weekly Standard has provided a valued and important perspective on political, literary and cultural issues of the day," McKibben said in a press release. "The magazine has been home to some of the industry's most dedicated and talented staff and I thank them for their hard work and contributions, not just to the publication, but the field of journalism." Employees were told at an all staff meeting, which CNN obtained an audio recording of, that they would be paid through the end of the year, and that afterward they would receive severance which would range in scale depending on factors like seniority. To receive severance, however, employees would need to sign a strict non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreement. "I know it's an emotional day, but I want to tell you don't get on social media and attack anybody because it will put your severance in jeopardy," McKibben told employees in the meeting. ________ A casualty of the Trump era.
  12. NBC News A federal judge in Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act on Friday night, ruling that former President Barack Obama's signature domestic legislation has fallen down like a losing game of "Jenga." U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth sided with the argument put forward by a coalition of Republican-leaning states, led by Texas, that Obamacare could no longer stand now that there's no penalty for Americans who don't buy insurance. The U.S. Supreme Court had upheld the law in 2012, by classifying the legislation as a tax. But since Congress removed the individual mandate n 2017, O’Connor ruled, there's no way the ACA can be allowed to stand. "The Individual Mandate can no longer be fairly read as an exercise of Congress's Tax Power and is still impermissible under the Interstate Commerce Clause — meaning the Individual Mandate is unconstitutional," O'Connor wrote. "The Individual Mandate is essential to and inseverable from the remainder of the ACA." ________ RIP Obamacare.
  13. Fox News Perry Chiaramonte Dec. 14 2018 Pierce College student, Kevin Shaw, 27, filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Community College District after he was barred from passing out copies of a document because he wasn’t in the designated “free speech zone" on campus. School officials settled the lawsuit earlier this week when they abandoned use of the zones. (Photo courtesy of Dawn Bowery/FIRE) A Los Angeles college student who sued his school for allegedly curbing his right to free speech after it prevented him from passing out copies of the U.S. Constitution was vindicated in court this week. The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), which represents nine schools, including Pierce College, agreed on Wednesday to settle a lawsuit filed against them last year by student Kevin Shaw after he was barred from passing out copies of the document because he wasn’t in the school’s designated “free speech zone,” which measured 616 square feet or about the size of three parking spaces. (Snip) “When I attempted to hand out copies of the Constitution that day, my only intention was to get students thinking about our founding principles and to inspire discussion of liberty and free speech,” Shaw said in a statement to Fox News in early 2017. “I had no idea I would be called upon to defend those very ideals against Pierce’s unconstitutional campus policies.” Shaw, with the help of advocacy organization, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), filed suit back in March 2017 and this past January, a federal district court denied the district and Pierce College administrators’ motion to dismiss Shaw’s lawsuit finding that the open spaces of public colleges are traditional public forums for student speech regardless of regulations. “Hopefully, this settlement will serve as a reminder to both students and their colleges that the free and open exchange of ideas on campus is a precious commodity to be celebrated rather than feared or restricted,” said Arthur Willner, attorney, and co-counsel with FIRE in the case. (Snip) __________________________________________________________________________ H/T
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  15. Fox News President Trump on Friday named White House budget director Mick Mulvaney as his new “acting” chief of staff, saying the former South Carolina Republican congressman will replace John Kelly as his top aide. “I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction,” Trump tweeted. “Mick has done an outstanding job while in the Administration. I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
  16. Electromagnetic Pulse Would Devastate Our Power Grid. Here Are 3 Steps We Must Take Now. The Air Force released its 2018 Electromagnetic Defense Task Force report last week, which concluded that an electromagnetic pulse—generated either by a nuclear weapon or solar flare—could cripple systems that rely on the electromagnetic spectrum. The report echoes a recent Heritage Foundation assessment that warns the United States is ill-prepared for such an event. Solar flares are eruptions of intense high-energy radiation that take place every day on the surface of the sun. Lower-intensity flares regularly hit the earth, affecting radio communications and power line transmissions—but the magnitude, intensity, and duration of some solar flares (storms) can be devastating. In 1859, one such event literally set telegraph machines ablaze and knocked their operators unconscious. Over time, telegraphs gave way to radios built around vacuum tubes, and the associated technology began to improve and become inseparable from every aspect of American society. In the early 1900s, radio receivers were common in many households and two-way radio communications became a military necessity.
  17. Washington Examiner Philip Wegmann December 14, 2018 Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., accused the former CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee of lying to Congress and referred the matter to the Department of Justice. The CEO in question is Scott Blackmun, and according to the senators, he made “materially false statements contained in his written testimony” concerning the Olympic Committee's handling of abuse allegations against USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. (Snip) Lying to lawmakers is punishable by either a fine, five years in prison, or both. Also, Congress needs to flex its muscle again. Legislators have surrendered so much of their power in exchange for political cover to make themselves anemic. They are regularly disregarded by administrative agencies, and they put up with it rather than doing their constitutional duty. Congress can begin to repair this damage by making it clear that it doesn't take lying lightly. Moran and Blumenthal have done a good thing by referring him to DOJ. They ought to prosecute. The public would be supportive, the Constitution would be repaired, and an important precedent restored. (Snip)
  18. Times Of Israel Palestinian Authority forces also use stun grenades to suppress West Bank ‘Day of Rage’ protest marking 31st anniversary of founding of Gaza-based terrorist group TOI Staff, Agencies Dec. 14 2018 Palestinian Authority police cracked down on a Hamas protest in the southern West Bank city of Hebron on Friday, beating demonstrators with batons and throwing stun grenades. Some 50 Hamas activists confronted Palestinian forces after Muslim prayers on Friday, as the terror group marked the 31st anniversary of its establishment. An Associated Press cameraman said Palestinian police brutally beat Hamas activists to disperse the protest, injuring five and arresting 15. (Snip) On social media sites, people posted videos showing Palestinian security forces using batons against both male and female demonstrators in Hebron. In Nablus in the northern West Bank, protesters from other Palestinian factions clashed with Hamas demonstrators after they raised the group’s flag during a demonstration, witnesses said. (Snip)
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  21. SPACE. com Mike Wall Dec. 13 2018 For the first time ever, Virgin Galactic has reached space — by one definition, anyway. Virgin's VSS Unity suborbital spaceliner reached a maximum altitude of 51.4 miles (82.7 kilometers) during a rocket-powered test flight over California's Mojave Desert today (Dec. 13) after firing its hybrid rocket motor for 60 seconds, company representatives said. That's above the 50-mile (80 km) boundary that the United States Air Force uses when handing out astronaut wings, but below the more famous "Karman Line" at 62 miles (100 km) up. The Karman Line is perhaps more commonly accepted; for example, it was the target altitude for the Ansari X Prize, which offered $10 million to the first private team to launch a reusable crewed craft to space twice within a two-week span. (Snip) _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
  22. California GOP Pushes Back on Plan to Tax Texts FCC deals blow to tax plan but backers undeterred Susan Crabtree December 14, 2018 California Republicans, still smarting from their big midterm losses at the polls, are ridiculing a plan by Democratic-dominated state regulators to tax text messaging on all mobile phones—a proposal drawing fire from Silicon Valley's wireless industry and business groups. (Snip) Tech industry and business groups are fighting the tax at the state and federal level. The Bay Area Council, the California Chamber of Commerce, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, all of which are working to stop the new tax, calculated that it could costs consumers $44.5 million a year. The groups said they are worried that some regulators want the new tax to be applied retroactively for five years, which they said was "an alarming precedent" that could result in a $220 million bill on consumers. The tax won't likely be applied to each text message but instead as a flat surcharge that appears as another fee line on wireless bills. (Snip) The industry also said such a tax would put them at a competitive disadvantage with messaging services such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, which would not be required to pay the tax. On Wednesday, the FCC in a 3-1 decision agreed with the wireless industry, dealing a setback to the California texting tax proposal. The ruling was aimed at protecting consumers from text-messaging spam but may also prevent California consumers from getting hit with the proposed new tax. (Snip)
  23. Key Participant at Center of Women’s March Story Confirms Anti-Jewish Incident New information from two participants at the first Women’s March meeting contradicts statement by current co-chair and corroborates a ‘contentious conversation’ about race and Jewishness took place Leah McSweeney and Jacob Siegel Dec. 13 2018 On Dec. 10, Tablet published an article about the Women’s March. The piece opened with a description of the first-ever meeting of the nascent organization, during which—according to multiple sources who spoke with Tablet about the exchange–two of its current co-chairs were said to have directed anti-Jewish statements at Vanessa Wruble, one of the other women present. Reached by Tablet today, Wruble confirmed the account as described in the original story. *Snip)
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