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In Case You Didn’t Know, Elections Have Consequences

The National Rifle Association is dedicated to defending the rights of individual Americans, especially with regard to the Second Amendment. We members are proud of the work they do and we believe that our Association has all the rights to political opinions that leftist groups enjoy. We are thankful that the NRA’s political arm, the Institute For Legislative Action, has become active in national politics. Leftists hate them – and us – because the NRA supports individual rights over the power of the state.

“NRA to Campaign Against Red State Democrats who Oppose Gorsuch”

The Washington Examiner quoted a letter from NRA-ILA executive director Chris Cox, in which he wrote, “The NRA has every confidence that Judge Gorsuch will protect the Second Amendment rights of law abiding gun owners and will faithfully apply the Constitution in the cases that come before him. He has our strongest support for confirmation.”

Cox added, “Because of the importance of this issue to NRA members and gun owners throughout the country, votes on his confirmation will be considered in future candidate evaluations and we will notify our members accordingly.”

The New York Times shows that Senators Baldwin, Brown, Donnelly, Heitkamp, McCaskill, Nelson, and Tester already voted against the confirmation of pro-Second Amendment Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Those votes, plus any votes against Gorsuch, could only be expected to unleash the NRA’s unfettered campaigning power against the Red State Democrats.”

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Is There Anything Smaller Than ‘Micro’?

Macro and Micro are opposites. Macro means large. Macro economics means the study of economics on a large scale. Micro means small. Microscopes are built so we can see things that are too tiny to be seen with an unaided human eye. In normal parlance small means relatively insignificant yet now ‘Micro’ has taken on an unusually powerful significance among the perpetually aggrieved, and spelling challenged, moonbats at university.

The dictionary of Newspeak is getting smaller. Prohibited words will soon outnumber those which are allowed.

“Profs advised to avoid ‘microinequities’ in class”

Two universities are offering faculty guides advising professors to “challenge the gender binary” and avoid “microinequities” in the interest of making classrooms gender inclusive.

Carnegie Mellon University, for one, has produced a guide for creating an inclusive learning environment warning professors that using gendered language, forgetting student names, or other “small unconscious behaviors” in class can make women and minority students feel that they are not valued.

To combat the threat of being non-inclusive, professors are told to steer clear of “microinequities,” which are defined as “small unconscious behaviors…that certain groups experience repeatedly.”

More at Campus Reform

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Undoubtedly Unattractive Leftists Seek To Ban Man’s Best Idea

According to the linked article this ‘Study’ was not done by any accredited scientific entity. It was done by a group of ‘Volunteers’. The writers of the article accept the conclusions of these volunteers but they should not. Reporting a ‘Study’ released by a bunch of agenda-driven activists is misleading. The article includes several images of one volunteer, Sarah Egner, and no one else, giving the impression that the ‘Group’ who released the ‘Study’ may consist of just one person.

“Yoga Pants: The newest environmental pollutant”

Yoga pants and comfy clothes blamed for rise in ocean pollution and contaminated seafood because microfibers wash into the sea

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Plastic fibers from yoga pants and fleece jackets may be polluting the oceans and finding their way into fish, oysters, and other wildlife, researchers say.

Clothes made from nylon, polyester and other synthetic materials shed microscopic plastic fibers every time they’re washed. The ‘microfibers’ are then flushed into the waterways and eventually make their way into the sea.

One study, conducted by volunteers in Florida, revealed 89 percent of their samples included at least one piece of plastic. Among those, microfibers made up 82 percent of the plastic found.”

From the UK Daily Mail

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Once In A While A Progressive Reveals His Real Reasons

There is so much exposed in the headline below. The writer says everyone’s wrong. Only he, or she understands, I don’t know if Anis is a male or female name.

Open borders are first uncontrolled and second a tactic with which to destroy a political rival. This is not sympathy for immigrants. It is brainless, hate-filled, sociopathy.

Then again there is the reference to the left’s Utopian goal.

“Everyone’s wrong on immigration: Open borders are the only way to defeat Trump and build a better world”

The distinction between legal and illegal is meaningless.”

Salon

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Portland, OR: Invite A Homeless Family To Live In Your Yard

“Would YOU let a homeless person live in your backyard? Portland offers residents free tiny homes if they rent it to families who are on the street”

Faced with an intractable homeless problem, officials in Portland are thinking inside the box.

A handful of homeless families will soon move into tiny, government-constructed modular units in the backyards of willing homeowners.

Portland officials are looking for four backyards to place its Accessory Dwelling Units, what some people may call a granny flat, or a tiny home minus wheels.

Under the pilot program taking effect this summer, the homeowners will take over the heated, fully plumbed tiny houses in five years and can use them for rental income.

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‘We said to ourselves, “What does FEMA do when they have to house 10,000 people after an earthquake?” Well, they grab a bunch of trailers and they plop them in a field,’ Li said.

‘Well, there’s underutilized space in people’s backyards. What if we provide a lower-cost – but very habitable option – in people’s backyards?”

Two-hundred square foot houses are not cheap, either.

Housing officials are still ironing out many details, but they will buy the first four modular units with $365,000 in government money and a charitable donation.”

It’s easy to spend other people’s money foolishly.

More at the UK Daily Mail.

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Trump Administration Does Not Intend To Forgive Student Loans

Low-interest student loans have been a boondoggle. Young people borrow money, often hundreds of thousands of dollars, to fund their education. The loans are structured so they cannot be wiped away by a bankruptcy court. Payments on the loans are staggering for young people who have been unable to find paying employment that is sufficient to cover both their living costs and loan payments. As a result defaults are rapidly increasing. The Obama administration ignored the problem, even to the point of making it harder for collectors to collect. But the Trump administration is giving teeth back to agencies charged with collecting payments from loan holders.

Colleges and universities have treated the student loans as a windfall. According to USA Today tuition increased 1,200% since 1978. Young people are paying ever more for an education, the institutions are reaping the benefits of the additional money, and the kids are on the hook. Schools and educators are getting rich and leaving the bills to others. In this they are not serving their students.

From the Washington Pos:

“Trump administration rolls back protections for people in default on student loans”

Days after a report on federal student loans revealed a double-digit rise in defaults, President Trump’s administration revoked federal guidance Thursday that barred student debt collectors from charging high fees on past-due loans.

The Education Department is ordering guarantee agencies that collect on defaulted debt to disregard a memo former President Barack Obama’s administration issued on the old bank-based federal lending program, known as the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program. That memo forbid the agencies from charging fees for up to 16 percent of the principal and accrued interest owed on the loans, if the borrower entered the government’s loan rehabilitation program within 60 days of default.”


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Two Views Of Socialism

Ami Horowitz compares the images many Americans have of socialism with the reality that is Venezuela. The reality is far, far different than the concept that has been sold to the west. The people in power have what they want and take whatever they don’t have. The poor people are robbed, beaten, and killed. Often by agents of the government.

“I would advise Americans to not commit to that madness.”

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Evidence? See Detroit, Chicago, and California

There really is something to the crushing effects that social support programs have on the human spirit. People who are trained to seek safety over opportunity will not pursue efforts to better their economic and emotional situations. Early Democrats like Lyndon Johnson knew that and said so. His choice was to use the power of the federal purse to enslave minority Americans in a welfare system that they could no escape in exchange for their votes. The same can be said of social programs at state and local levels. Johnson led the way and Mayors, Governors, and Congress people followed. Now we are seeing an exodus of producers, leaving behind the non-producers.

All this safety stuff costs a lot of money and it is being taken from those who make money. Is it surprising that they are moving to more favorable economic climates?

“Migration Data: Where the Left Governs, Citizens Flee”

People Moving from New York Outnumber Arrivals by Nearly Two-to-One, Report Says.”

That was a recent Albany Times Union headline highlighting the ongoing mass exodus from deep-blue New York:

United Van Lines reported Tuesday that nearly two-thirds of the moves involving New York households were outbound, a higher proportion than any other state except New Jersey and Illinois. The 2016 National Movers Study by Fenton, Missouri-based United also found that almost 59 percent of the moves within the eastern United States were outbound. Where were people moving? Mostly to western states and the Carolinas… South Dakota had the highest share of inbound moves, at 68 percent.

That exodus pattern isn’t limited to the listed states, either. It’s broadly endemic to states where liberals govern.”

This is from an article at the Center For Individual Freedom

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Nan, Nan, Nan

She’s been into the Guinness.

She also believes that the most important consideration is how much money flows into Washington.

Is ‘Comity’ anything like Jameson’s?

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Maybe Free Maps Of Our Northern Border Will Help

Illegal immigrants are not feeling welcome any more in the United States. The new President is sending enforcement agents out to round them up so they can be sent home or jailed if they are serious law breakers. Americans who oppose this enforcement of existing law are not just surprised. They are aghast that someone would actually enforce immigration laws that they don’t like.

Here is an interesting story of an illegal being arrested who has been practicing immigration law in California for fifteen years.

“Illegal Alien Supporters Are Aghast At ICE Arresting Illegals At Courthouses”

Octavio Chaidez was walking out of a Pasadena courtroom with a client last month when four men jumped up from a hallway bench and rushed toward them.

The men asked his client’s name. Then they pulled out badges.

“They say, ‘You’re Mr. So and So?’ and he says, ‘Yes,’ ” Chaidez said. “They show him a badge, and they say, ‘We’re from Immigration and Customs,’ and they took him in.”

Chaidez, who has worked as a defense attorney in Los Angeles County for nearly 15 years, said he had never seen federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents make an arrest inside the confines of a courthouse.

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What’s barely mentioned in this article, and barely or not mentioned in so many that mimic the LA Times one above, is that Mr. Chaidez’s client was a “previously deported Mexican national with a prior felony conviction for drug trafficking”. Coming back into the U.S. after being deported is also a federal felony. Why are we concerned about a criminal like this being made scared?”

People who are in the United States illegally are sad – and worried. But there is a solution.

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has told them they won’t be arrested in his country, that it has great social programs they can enjoy, and they are welcome.

As a result illegals are deciding to emigrate to Canada. It’s easy. You can walk across the border. That should be a win-win for both countries.

The American state of Hawaii is also determined to protect the rights of illegal emigrants and others from middle-eastern countries. It has been suggested that we ship them there. That sounds good when you say it fast but it would be much more expensive than simply allowing them to deport to Canada. They would need airline tickets because Hawaii is in the middle of an ocean.

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The ‘Get To Cuba Before It’s Ruined’ Crowd Isn’t Going To Cuba

When President Obama removed the US travel ban to Socialist ‘Paradise’ Cuba a group of neo-socialsts all got together and declared thet wanted to see the ‘Paradise’ before it was westernized with clean hotels, fast food joints, and jobs.

It appears they are staying home instead. Home is where there are clean hotels, decent restaurants, and jobs.

“U.S. airlines flee Castro’s island hellhole”

Today, JetBlue has cut back its flights “to better match demand.” And in the last few days, it has been joined by two other airliners, Silver and Frontier, fleeing for their lives like Marielitos. They all said demand isn’t what they expected.

This is a fancy way of saying what’s really going on: Cuba is a tourist hellhole. The service stinks, the amenities are gross, the place is thick with thieves and woman-gropers, the cost is high, and the alternatives are out there. In fact, the Caribbean is loaded with pleasant, accommodating destinations well worth a tourist’s dollar for a vacation. Taking a vacation at a communist military-run resort really falls more into the Gulag category.

How is this for tourist hell? Observers noticed Cuban customs officials rummaging through tourist luggage and taking what they wanted. When the tourists complained, they were thrown in jail.”

More at American Thinker

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If The Government Can Give It Can Take Away

Politicians use promises of subsidies to sell expensive public works and other projects. That’s how they sold Obamacare. They told us that we peasants wouldn’t have to pay full premiums if we couldn’t afford them because we could get a subsidy from them.

The same thing has taken place in the field of alternative energy. Solar panels are expensive. In order to get more of them installed the government offered a subsidy. Not just in the US but other countries as wwell.

The United kingdom was one. Now they are taking it away. They say they are, “Taking their profits”. In the process they are killing companies that provide jobs.

You know how you can tell if a politician is lying? His lips move.

“Dark Days Ahead For UK’s Solar Industry”

Solar power in Britain has been comfortably subsidized for years now, allowing it grow substantially in a short amount of time. Last year, the subsidies stopped. Now, the government plans to enact further change with a new tax policy.

44,000 solar rooftop panels, previously exempt from business taxes, will now face a wall of expenses as the government finally takes its share of profits. This does not bode well for the UK’s solar industry, which seems to be extremely sensitive to governmental policy changes – when subsidies were cut last year, the industry lost 12,000 jobs and growth fell 85 percent.”

More at Oil Price

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Yeah, Yeah, I Know… Racism again

Iowa’s Congressman Steve King has come out in support of The Netherlands’ Geert Wilders. Wilders is running for office there and wants to stop and reverse the influx of military-age Muslims who have been coming into that country.

On Sunday, King retweeted a political cartoon featuring Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician whose anti-Muslim rhetoric and blown-out hairstyle have drawn plenty of comparisons to Donald Trump. The cartoon depicts Wilders, chairman of the far-right Party for Freedom and a member of the Dutch parliament, plugging a hole in the wall protecting “Western Civilization” as a flood of water bearing the star-and-crescent symbol of Islam comes crashing over the top.

“Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny,” King wrote on Twitter. “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

Yahoo News has tried to link Wilders with Donald Trump because of his hair and connects King with KKK leader David Duke. It’s a hatchet job but the left loves hatchets as much as Lizzy Borden did.

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It’s Okay When Democrats Do It

This does not rise to the level of being a threat against the President, I guess. I see it differently. Putting all the white people in whiteface is a racist comment. Shooting the President in the head while singing, “One shot one kill”, is not designed to create racial harmony – nor harmony of any kind. Third, there are some hip-hoppers who will be encouraged by videos like this. We have seen it with Ferguson, Baltimore, many places. But before the videos were about rioting and burning.

Apparently Mr. Dogg thought he could mitigate the threat by showing a ‘Bang’ flag pop out of the gun barrel. That is not included in the clip below.

“Snoop Dogg Fires Gun at President Trump’s Head in New Rap Video”

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Yep. That’s Exactly How To Do It

How can an uneducated teacher educate students?

“New York State to ditch new teacher literacy exam because too many minorities fail it”

The New York State Board of Regents will consider tomorrow whether to go with a task force’s recommendation to scrap a teacher literacy exam known as the Academic Literacy Skills Test.

“Part of the reason,” NBC New York reports, is because “an outsized percentage of black and Hispanic [teacher] candidates were failing it.”

It is expected the Board will abandon the assessment.”

More at the College Fix

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A Word You Will Hear From Snowflakes: ‘Offended’

I found it interesting. The other day I was talking with a twenty-something woman about people being polite and actually doing what they said they would do. She said my opinion ‘Offended’ her. Maybe I live a protected life but this is the first time I have encountered this. The ‘Offended’ line was used as a cudgel to make me silent. You see most of us old-timers don’t want to cause offense. But this time the charge was ludicrous. Instead of being silent I reiterated my earlier comment. Since then I have thought of more possible responses. Things like, “Oh, you’re a snowflake. I don’t want to talk to snowflakes”.

Today in the Washington Examiner there is an article titled, “New Trump executive order hurts Hawaii’s feelings”. Yes, they say that the Hawaiian archipelago has somehow become offended. The islands have gotten their feelings hurt.

I have only one comment:

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ACLU Has Gone Full Retard

Or, perhaps, Full Temper Tantrum. There are two stories this morning. Yahoo has this:

“How the ACLU is gearing up to take on Trump, one city at a time”

They have their panties in a wad because Hillary Clinton was beaten fairly by Donald J. Trump and his flyover supporters. Imagine: He wants to actually enforce existing laws.

An ACLU legal observer with Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., during the protest against the administration’s travel ban at Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Jan. 29. (Photo: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Trump’s administration is currently asking for cooperation from local law enforcement for the president’s crackdown on illegal immigration and on immigration from certain predominantly Muslim countries. The ACLU’s new strategy is designed to pressure city officials to reject that request. According to an ACLU strategy memo, the group is pushing local authorities to force the federal agencies focused on immigration enforcement to jump through a set of legal hoops that will “impede objectionable policies the president is pursuing.”

The ACLU has always leaned left. Now it seems that the frustrated progressives among them have taken over the group.

Then there is this story from the Washington Pos:

“ACLU is leading a million-dollar resistance effort against Trump’s policies”

A million bucks. Imagine that. In American politics it takes hundreds of millions to affect changes but ACLU has dedicated one million.

ACLU resistance training in Florida

People Power debuted this weekend in south Florida and, by the organization’s estimate, at thousands of weekend house parties nationwide. Everyone who showed up received a nine-point plan to turn blue America into a network of “freedom cities” by defying the president’s executive orders, his health-care agenda and his Justice Department. Anyone who missed it could click on PeoplePower.org, the latest catchall website to find actions that would get results.”

The People Power logo is three different colored communist clenched fists.

Crybabies.

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Of Course They Do. Democrats Told Them Their Student Debt Would Be Forgiven.

And they believe it because – Free Money!

Bread and circuses – but mostly circuses.

“31% Of College Students Spend Their Loans On Spring Break”

Per a survey of 500 college co-eds, LendEDU found that 31% of students, or roughly 2.4 million kids, admitted to using student loan money to fund their binge drinking trips to Cancun and Daytona Beach for spring break.

According to the LendEDU poll, 30.60% of college students with student debt claim that they are using money they received from student loans to help pay for their spring break trip this year. For reference, you can use student loan funding for living expenses.”

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But don’t worry yourselves you silly taxpayers…it’s only $1.3 trillion (and counting) of debt that you’ll soon have to cover.

From Zero Hedge

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Today’s Challenge: Make Fun Of Other Snowflake Groups

Looks good, too.

“I don’t care who y’are, that’s funny right there!”

iOTW

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Islam Means Submission

It’s surprising they took the chance. I would have thought she would have sought medical help somewhere else.

“Couple ‘detained in UAE for sex outside marriage'”

Emlyn Culverwell and his fiancee Iryna Nohai met while working in the UAE

A South African man and his Ukrainian fiancee have been detained in the United Arab Emirates for unlawful sex, a relative says.

Emlyn Culverwell‚ 29, and Iryna Nohai, 27, were reportedly arrested after a doctor discovered Ms Nohai, who had stomach cramps, was pregnant.

They were arrested for sex outside of marriage, which is illegal in the UAE.

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Mr Culverwell and Ms Nohai have reportedly been held since January, but news of their detention has only emerged now.

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If found guilty, they could face a long jail sentence.”

Read the rest at BBC

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‘Flippy’ Is Not A Dolphin

No, Flippy is not related to Flipper. Nor does it require fifteen bucks an hour. Someone is planning for the fast foods layoffs by inventing mechanical burger flippers. In this case it is Miso Robotics. From Miso’s website is this Mission Statement:

OUR MISSION

Develop technology that assists and empowers chefs to make food consistently and perfectly, at prices everyone can afford.

Flippy is portrayed in the video below as a happy machine.

More at Zero Hedge

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Bad News For Gun Owners In Illinois

“Illinois Bill Would Authorize Gun Confiscation Without Owner’s Input”

Illinois Senator Julie A. Morrison (D-29) is pushing a bill that allows judges to confiscate guns without input from the firearm owner.

This is part of the continuing effort to fight gun crime that gun control has failed to stop in Chicago and the rest of the state.

SB 1291 would create a “Lethal Order of Protection” whereby the firearms of Illinois residents could be confiscated if a family member or “law officer” files a petition stating the gun owner “poses an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to himself, herself, or another by having … [a firearm] in his or her custody or control.”

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In Case You Forgot, Today Is The ‘Day Without Women’ Strike

Women across the nation will be staying away from work. They call it a strike but they don’t have a ‘Women’s Union’ to protect them. How many will return to their workplace tomorrow only to find they no longer have a job? Employers rely on employees. Any employee who puts his or her emphasis more strongly on imagined slights and refuses to come to work has placed their employment in second position.

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“What? And Cut Off Our Primary Revenue Stream?”

Well, maybe. If they are getting $500 Million of federal money a year maybe abortion is not their primary source of revenue.

The New York Times reported that the Trump White House offerred to continue funding for Planned Parenthood on the condition that they stop performing abortions.

The proposal, which was never made formally, has been rejected as an impossibility by officials at Planned Parenthood, which receives about $500 million annually in federal funding.”

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Violence But Not In Cedar Rapids Yet

A few images of the riot in Berkeley, California. Supporters of President Trump rallied at a park in Berkeley. Anti-Trump protesters showed up, many wearing black and covering their faces. Here are a few images of the resulting fracas. Protesters showed up with metal pipes, sticks, and baseball bats. One was found to have a dagger. Images are from the San Francisco Chronicle where there are even more.

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