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  2. Another Of The "Stupidest Litigation" Contenders Dies -- But Just Barely January 18, 2020/ Francis Menton Among the many important initiatives of this website has been holding the competition for the Award for “Stupidest Litigation in the Country.” Nominees for the coveted Award have included the group of lawsuits brought by various cities and counties against major oil companies, seeking to hold those companies liable for prospective physical damage from things like sea level rise, alleged to result from fossil fuel emissions; and the lawsuit brought by New York’s Attorney General against Exxon claiming that Exxon defrauded its own investors by downplaying the risks of climate change to its business. Yet to many readers, the very first nominee for the Stupidest Litigation Award has always been the clear leading contender to win it. That nomination, made in December 2017, went to the litigation titled Kelsey Cascadia Rose Juliana v. United States. This is the case where a group of adolescents in the Pacific Northwest have sought an injunction to require the federal government to decree an end to all use of fossil fuels, in order to “save the planet.” Really, it’s hard to top that one for Stupid. But just because a particular litigation is the leading contender for the Stupidest Litigation Award does not mean that no judge will grant victory to the plaintiffs. After all, the whole idea behind each of these Stupid Litigations is to offer some judge a thinly-veiled rationale to become a hero in the progressive movement by taking self-government away from the people and turning control over to the bureaucrats and experts. Which is why it is significant that yesterday, a three-judge panel of the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Juliana case dismissed. Moreover, the nature of the dismissal is such that the case as a practical matter is unlikely to come back. The only remaining recourses for the plaintiffs are to the full Ninth Circuit (known as an en banc rehearing), and/or to the U.S. Supreme Court. Neither is likely to change this result. (Snip)
  3. Power Line Steven Hayward Jan. 19 2020 While we await the start of today’s *conference championship games, I came across a story from a few months back that just makes you want to stand up and salute our armed forces even more than usual: (Snip) _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ I was in Korea 12 month 30 days 16 hours 47 minutes 22 seconds...(not that I was counting ) of that time I was sober...4 maybe 5 months. When you got your DEROS orders you got a bottle of Seagrams VO removed the ribbon from the neck threw the cap away and drank it. You could then roll up a copy of your DEROS orders tie it with a ribbon and put it in your sleeve pocket. That let everyone know you were SHORT! "I'm so short I've got to look up to see down." * Who is playing?
  4. Jackson Crawford Jan. 10 2019 The headlines implying that a mysterious Viking-Age runestone predicted 21st-century climate change are wildly overstated. Original article referenced from the journal Futhark: http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/get/d... Jackson Crawford, Ph.D.: Sharing real expertise in Norse language and myth with people hungry to learn, free of both ivory tower elitism and the agendas of self-appointed gurus. Visit JacksonWCrawford.com (includes bio and linked list of all videos). (Snip) _____________________________________________________________________________ Riddles on ancient Viking monument may signal fears of cold climate crisis, study says By Michelle Lim, CNN Updated 5:13 AM ET, Thu January 9, 2020 (CNN)A huge 9th-century stone monument in Sweden may have been erected by Vikings who feared a repeat of a cold climate crisis that took place more than 300 years earlier, according to a new study. The Rok runestone is a 5-ton granite slab that stands over 2.5 meters (8 feet) tall. At 28 lines, it has the longest known runic inscription in stone, with riddle-like messages that allude to Norse mythology covering its sides. And despite its age, the more than 700 runes and other characters are still clearly legible, with the exception of one damaged line. While scholars have generally agreed on how to read the inscriptions, the exact meaning of the runic characters and cryptic passages has been elusive -- until now. (Snip)
  5. The good people of Evanston Ill Need to make some changes. Right off the bat get rid of the Equity and Empowerment Commission.
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  7. Bloomberg to propose multi-billion-dollar initiative to provide economic justice for black Americans in Tulsa speech
  8. I recall people like Bella Abzug visiting Iran in 79 and singing the praises of the revolution.
  9. The Guardian Evanston, Illinois, is levying a tax on newly legalised marijuana to fund projects benefiting African Americans in recognition of the enduring effects of slavery and the war on drugs Developed in concert with Evanston’s Equity and Empowerment Commission and overwhelmingly approved by the city council late last year, the program is perhaps the first of its kind in the nation: an initiative designed to address the ongoing impacts of slavery on African Americans, with guaranteed funding from sales taxes on recreational marijuana, which became legal in Illinois on 1 January. ___________________________________________________ Here we go again!!!!
  10. Chicago Sun Times As it geared up for a two-week strike last fall, the Chicago Teachers Union spent nearly $1.5 million from the dues it collects from members on lobbying and other political activity, a Chicago Sun-Times examination of the clout-heavy union’s finances has found. That was over the 15-month period between March 2018 and July 2019. The money was on top of $1.2 million that the CTU’s two political action committees gave union-friendly candidates and political organizations. And a union foundation has cut back sharply on the money it gave to charities and like-minded groups — to $1 million in 2018 from $1.9 million the previous two years. That’s according to the Sun-Times’ review of tax and campaign-finance filings as well as documents the union for the first time is required to file with the U.S. Department of Labor.Those offer a more detailed picture than previously has been available to show how the 24,000-member labor group spends its substantial wealth. The requirement to make that detailed financial filing was triggered by the March 2018 merger of the previously shrinking CTU and the growing union representing teachers at privately managed charter schools.
  11. Iran’s next move, a Senate impeachment trial, and the beginning of the Democratic primaries. Despite January and February’s uncertainties, Victor Davis Hanson, the Hoover Institution’s Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow, believes in this certainty: President Trump is on a path to reelection this fall.
  12. Gatestone Institute Before 1979, Iranian women had freedom. They want it back. If Iranian feminists who refuse to wear the hijab are brave, their Western counterparts, who wear pink hats, have wretchedly abandoned them. Why is Iranian barbarism so easily condoned in the West? Thirty years ago, the Berlin Wall was torn down by ordinary citizens who wanted to reclaim their freedom of movement. Today, the wall of the Iranian regime could be torn down by these ordinary women who want to reclaim the freedom to wear what they like. They are bravely refusing to walk on flags of Israel and the U.S. -- and enjoying the wind in their hair again.
  13. We "Have to Kill Christians": Persecution of Christians, October 2019 The Slaughter of Christians Uganda: A Muslim mob set fire to the home of former Muslim, Ali Nakabale, 36, for converting to Christianity. Four of his family members—including his two children, a six-year-old son and a nine-year-old daughter—were burned to death in the blaze. His wife, apparently enraged to learn that Ali had become a Christian, reportedly prompted the arson attack. "I had just visited my aunt only to receive sad news of the burning of our house," Nakabale said. "Upon arriving home, I found the house destroyed by fire that burned my four family members, including my two children." His mother and stepfather were also killed in the blaze. "On reaching the mortuary, I found their bodies burned beyond recognition." "We saw fire emanating from the house of Hamidah with loud chants from Muslims saying, 'Allah Akbar [Allah is greater],'" reported a neighbor. Earlier, when his wife learned that his son and he had become Christian, she had beated the boy. On "[t]he same day my wife walked out of the marriage and left the home," said Ali. "We got scared because we knew that our lives were in danger." Egypt: Two Christian men were killed by Muslim men in two separate incidents. First, according to one report,
  14. PJ Media Can you discern a writer's race by how they write? Perhaps by what they write, yes. But Michael Harriot, writing for the black news site, The Root, thinks he's got it all figured out. Kirsanow, a regular contributor to National Review, is a former member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as well as a former member of the National Labor Relations Board. Kirsanow is also a proud and accomplished black man and one of the foremost conservatives in the country. Oooops. Washington Free Beacon: NR's online editor Charles C.W. Cooke was bemused.
  15. Doug Collins: House Democratic leader's remark about letting Trump 'prove innocence' should alarm Americans House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., said Democrats are exposing their true contempt for the Constitution and the individual rights therein with how they are conducting the impeachment of President Trump. In an interview airing Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on "Life, Liberty & Levin," Collins said Trump was overtly denied the same due process afforded to every other American under the Constitution, adding that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., made an alarming statement to that effect.
  16. Fox News Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced that his initial plan of a pre-trial dismissal of the impeachment case against President Trump is now unlikely to happen, but he is pushing for the trial to begin and end as quickly as possible. The Senate trial is set to begin Tuesday. Graham had previously floated the idea that the GOP majority could immediately vote to dismiss the case before hearing any arguments, but now he states that this does not appear to be a possibility given the lack of sufficient Republican support for such action. “Yeah that’s dead for practical purposes,” Graham told “Fox News Sunday,” explaining, “the idea of dismissing the case early on is not going to happen; we don’t have the votes for that.” Graham remains confident that Republicans are still united enough to acquit Trump at the conclusion of the trial. How long the trial goes is still up in the air. Graham would neither confirm nor deny reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans on keeping the Senate in session for 12 hours a day so that House Democrats would be done presenting their arguments Wednesday. In addition to presenting their arguments, House Democrats want to call witnesses such as former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who did not testify during the House’s impeachment inquiry due to Trump’s claim of executive privilege. Bolton indicated he would comply with a Senate subpoena.
  17. Not sure if we have to have a lot to do with it. We never know what's going on 'behind the curtain' that the administration is privy to. I agree that P Trump is not in to manipulating other countries, but he may know other things not really involving us that are happening behind the scenes - such as what happened when the Shah was overthrown by Khomeni in the first place. We may not have to lift a finger militarily, but Im sure the sanctions and support with words helps.
  18. Not sure Mr. Trump will take Pahlavi's advice. "Regime change in Iran" doesn't sound like a Trumpian goal at all! However, the continuing economic pressures his administration has placed on Iran may accomplish that anyway, by encouraging change from within the country. Followed by our response to the violent suppression of protestors in Tehran, and elsewhere in Iran...
  19. Rotherham and Race John Hinderaker January 18, 2020 You probably remember the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal that came to light several years ago. Investigations have been ongoing since then, and one just-completed inquiry has made headlines in Great Britain. This is from the London Times: “Rotherham police chief: we ignored sex abuse of children.” (Snip) I don’t think anyone believed those denials. What happened in Rotherham, and elsewhere in Britain, was pretty obviously a case of identity politics run amok. The scale of the abuse in Rotherham alone is almost incomprehensible: It is hard to understand how law enforcement could be so craven. Let’s hope the same thing isn’t happening here.
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  21. My preferences, in order, more or less: 16, 19, 22, 38, 10, 11, 13, 14, 33, 15 -Ron
  22. Al Arabiya Al Arabiya Sunday, 19 January 2020 Protesters on Saturday burned the Hezbollah headquarters in Iraq which is located near the al-Iskan bridge in the Najaf province. They had deliberately closed the government departments in Najaf as the Monday deadline set by the popular movement of protesters in Iraq approached. The movement, seeking sweeping political reforms, and better jobs and services, had confirmed the resumption of protests in Iraq from Friday. The popular movement has also called for an escalation on January 20, with the expiry of the deadlines granted to the authorities to agree on the demands of the citizens, especially in the southern provinces. A large number of protesters flocked to the demonstration squares in the southern governorates, including university students and clansmen. The demonstrators also renewed their threat to the ruling class of a peaceful escalation during the next two days in the event of failure to respond to the demands of the movement. (Snip) Protesters burned the Hezbollah headquarters in Iraq which is located near the housing bridge in the Najaf province on January 18, 2020. (Supplied)
  23. I am ashamed to admit, I didn't know he wrote this book. At any rate, Great public speaker...story teller. Feb 9, 2019 Join us for a lecture and book signing with former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on his latest book, Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face-Politics (Publish Date: January 29, 2019). Some Dirt Gets Dished ............ Feb. 7 2019 Jared Kushner dirt at 42:21 mark.
  24. Red State I came across a brief report from i24News, a media outlet located in Tel Aviv, Israel which covers news in Israel and throughout the Middle East. It had been a featured article on The Bongino Report which offers a unique perspective on the situation currently unfolding in Iran. I found that several other media outlets, including The Washington Examiner and The Jerusalem Post had reported on the story and incorporated interesting bits from those accounts into this post. Former Iranian crown prince Reza Pahlavi, son of the late Shah, spoke at an event held by the Hudson Institute, a Washington-based think tank, last week. Pahlavi has lived in exile in the U.S. since his father’s government was overthrown and currently resides in Maryland. Pahlavi called on U.S. and European leaders “to abandon any thoughts of negotiations with Tehran. Instead, he maintained that Trump should make regime change the goal of the “maximum pressure” campaign that U.S. officials have orchestrated since the withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.”
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