I think Trump took more questions from the press in this impromptu press conference than Obama did in eight years.
I think Trump took more questions from the press in this impromptu press conference than Obama did in eight years.
Safe space, don’t fail me now!
Via Campus Reform:
Students at Hood College want a temporary display put up by the College Republicans chapter to be taken down early because they feel “threatened” by some of the “hateful” quotes from conservatives.
The display was originally intended to encourage discussion on controversial issues such as abortion and gender identity, but is instead being met with criticism, anger, and even vandalism, The Frederick News-Post reports.
Some students and faculty feel that the displays are “hateful,” and have been calling for their removal, even though the rotating display is scheduled to be changed Tuesday.
A quotation from notable conservative political commentator and writer Ben Shapiro has drawn particular ire for questioning the sanity of transgender individuals.
“Transgender people are unfortunately suffering from a significant mental illness, and it is not a solution to pretend that transgender people are the sex that they think they are in their head,” the quote states. “Biology is biology; men can’t magically become women and women can’t magically become men.”
Hanan Zinab, president of the Hood Black Student Union, said that in her opinion, the quote is not “freedom of speech” but “freedom of hatred.”
Well done, Mika.
Possibly the student identifies as a male. Why the rush to judgment?
Via The College Fix:
An anonymous essay published last week in Inside Higher Ed by a self-described feminist professor details her experience of teaching a gender course and essentially feeling re-raped while grading an assignment from a young white, male student who touted men’s rights.
She described his paper as citing questionable and unreliable men’s rights sources and presenting an argument that used an example of a woman raping a man to posit that feminism is pointless and women complain too much about gender inequality:
As I went over his paper, I realized that I was reading a paper that sounded word for word like something the man who raped me would say. And not only did this sound like something my rapist would say, this student fit the same demographic profile as him: white, college male, between the ages of 18 and 22.
… I was furious at the fact that, as an instructor, I was expected to take his paper seriously, and scared of what he might do if he did not like his grade. Although I knew it was unlikely that this student would literally try to rape me, his words felt so familiar that I began having trouble distinguishing him from the man that did. Their words were so frighteningly similar that the rational-instructor side of my brain could not overpower the trauma-survivor side.
… “Zero! You get a fucking zero!” I literally screamed at my computer screen.
She writes she eventually calmed down, but did not detail what grade she gave him, nor whether there was any other action or consequence as a result of this experience.
Celebratory gunfire welcoming the return of semi-native son, Barrack H. Obama.
Via Chicago Tribune:
Two people were killed and five others were wounded over a single hour in Chicago on Monday as the number of gunshot victims this year passed the 1,000 mark.
The city reached the grim milestone four days later than last year, which saw the worst gun violence in two decades, according to data kept by the Tribune.
As of Tuesday morning, at least 1,008 had been shot in Chicago this year. Last year, the city passed the 1,000 mark on April 20.
There have been at least 182 homicide this year, just two fewer than this time last year, according to Tribune data.
Propelling the numbers was a burst of violence over the weekend that continued into the beginning of the week.
Seven people were killed and 31 others were wounded over the weekend. Ten of the shootings occurred over seven hours Sunday, according to police.
From Monday morning through early Tuesday, three people were fatally shot and 13 others were wounded. That includes five double shootings on the South Side.
One of the double shootings took place in the Englewood neighborhood and left a 19-year-old man dead.
The man and a 17-year-old boy were shot while they were walking in the 6900 block of South Honore Street about 7:30 p.m., police said.
The shooter got out of a black car and opened fire at them, police said. The 19-year-old man was hit in the chest and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead.
HT: Marathon Pundit
Wait until he visits the Ford Museum.
Via Free Beacon:
The New York Times ran an op-ed Monday attacking the National Rifle Association’s National Firearms Museum and gun owners.
Editorial board member Francis X. Clines wrote in the piece that the Fairfax, Virginia gun museum, which features firearms from every era of American history, represents the worst of America. In particular, Clines was troubled by a display detailing gun use in Hollywood movies.
“There are thousands of ingenious, gleaming rifles and handguns in displays about America’s gun-rich history of colonialism, immigration, expansionism and vigilante justice,” Clines wrote on page A22 of Monday’s Times. “But it is the gallery devoted to Hollywood and its guns and good-guy shooters that best illustrates the power of fantasy now driving the modern gun rights debate.”
Clines expressed outrage at a cardboard cutout of John Wayne displayed in the exhibit, referencing it several times in his editorial. He said the cutout, which depicts a gun-toting Wayne with a grin full of “menace,” promoted fantasies about killing “bad guys” for American gun owners.
“A poster figure of John Wayne, the mega-hero of Hollywood westerns, offers a greeting here at the gun museum’s gallery door as he holds his Winchester carbine at the ready and offers an amiably crooked grin,” Clines said. “The bad guys in the movies never fully understood that the menace behind Wayne’s grin (‘Whoa, take ‘er easy there, Pilgrim’) meant he was about to deliver blazing fantasies of triumphant gunfire that would leave them dead in the dust. It’s no wonder modern Florida legislators could not resist protecting actual shooters who draw and fire like John Wayne as guilt-free, ‘stand-your-ground’ defenders.”
Clines said “the cardboard fantasy of the good guy gunning down the bad guy is what makes the museum work as an enjoyable escape from the life-and-death reality of American gun carnage.”
After complaining that the gun museum displays guns and blanks used in movies, Clines asked why there isn’t a “stream of gripping films about the thousands of troubled Americans with easy access to guns who can lethally act out their darkest grievances on family and society day after day?”
Let’s face it, Jihad is a tough name to give a kid, it’s a little like naming a kid Hitler.
Via Fox News:
China this month banned a series of Islamic names – including “Mohammad” and “Jihad” – in an attempt to help “curb” the “religious fervor” that has become prevalent in the Communist country’s western region of Xinjiang.
A document titled “List of Banned Ethnic Minority Names” catalogs more than two dozen banned names, such as “Arafat,” “Mujahid” and “Medina,” according to a copy obtained by The New York Times.
The document was provided to The Times by the Muslim minority Uighur community. The region has seen a string of extremist attacks, including a stabbing spree by a group of attackers that killed at least eight people in February.
He didn’t know how it would read. And it took him 7 hours to correct? Uh yeah…
Via Free Beacon:
The New York Times White House correspondent tweeted an out-of-context quote from President Donald Trump on Tuesday that made it appear the president had not read an executive order he was signing.
Peter Baker tweeted that Trump said during the signing of an executive order to create an agriculture task force, “There’s a lot of words. I won’t bother reading everything.”
Via Fox News:
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin confirmed Wednesday that the Trump administration aims to lower business tax rates to 15 percent, saying a forthcoming proposal will constitute the “biggest tax cut” for Americans in history.
“This is going to be the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country,” Mnuchin said, as administration officials prepare to outline Wednesday afternoon what he described as “principles” of their tax plan.
Mnuchin, speaking at a Washington forum, would not reveal many specifics but confirmed that they want to lower the business rate to 15 percent.
“I will confirm that the business tax is going to be 15 percent,” he said. “[Trump] thinks that’s absolutely critical to drive growth.”
He indicated that the rate for small businesses and the corporate tax would both drop to 15 percent. The top small business rate is 39.6 percent; the current corporate tax is 35 percent.
No problem there…
Via Daily Caller:
Hillary Clinton’s Department of State aides allegedly threatened a South Asian prime minister’s son with an IRS audit in an attempt to stop a Bangladesh government investigation of a close friend and donor of Clinton’s, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group learned.
A Bangladesh government commission was investigating multiple charges of financial mismanagement at Grameen Bank, beginning in May 2012. Muhammad Yunus, a major Clinton Foundation donor, served as managing director of the bank.
Sajeeb Wazed Joy, son of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and permanent U.S. resident, recalled the account of the threatened IRS audit to TheDCNF. The allegations mark the first known instance in the U.S. that Clinton’s Department of State used IRS power to intimidate a close relative of a friendly nation’s head of state on behalf of a Clinton Foundation donor.
Joy told TheDCNF it was “astounding and mind boggling” that senior State Department officials between 2010 and 2012 repeatedly pressured him to influence his mother to drop the commission investigation.
Here’s a thought, UN. You have absolutely no power to dictate to us, so you can take your nonsense and walk off a short pier near your offices that we pay for in NYC…
We’ve already seen that repealing Obamacare is politically perilous. Now there’s a new complication: It may also violate international law.
The United Nations has contacted the Trump administration as part of an investigation into whether repealing the Affordable Care Act without an adequate substitute for the millions who would lose health coverage would be a violation of several international conventions that bind the United States. It turns out that the notion that “health care is a right” is more than just a Democratic talking point.
A confidential, five-page “urgent appeal” from the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights in Geneva, sent to the Trump administration, cautions that the repeal of the Affordable Care Act could put the United States at odds with its international obligations. The Feb. 2 memo, which I obtained Tuesday, was sent to the State Department and expresses “serious concern” about the prospective loss of health coverage for almost 30 million people, which could violate “the right to social security of the people in the United States.”
It’s true, that’s why they’re bringing these challenges in the 9th Circuit, because they know they can expect a more favorable judgment.
Via NY Post:
President Trump lashed out early Wednesday against a federal judge’s ruling blocking an executive order that could deny billions of dollars to “sanctuary cities” – vowing to take his fight to the Supreme Court.
“First the Ninth Circuit rules against the ban & now it hits again on sanctuary cities-both ridiculous rulings. See you in the Supreme Court!” Trump said during a morning tweetstorm.
“Out of our very big country, with many choices, does everyone notice that both the ‘ban’ case and now the ‘sanctuary’ case is brought in the Ninth Circuit, which has a terrible record of being overturned (close to 80%). They used to call this ‘judge shopping!’ Messy system,” he continued.
California US District Judge William Orrick on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction barring any attempt to implement Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 26, 2017
Protesters disturbed by environmental impact? What impact? The system destroys missiles with kinetic energy, specifically to minimize impact. Let me suggest letting the missiles through will have a lot more ‘impact’ that those protesters wouldn’t appreciate.
US troops began delivering a missile defence system that has infuriated China to a deployment site in South Korea Wednesday, amid heightened tensions over the North’s nuclear ambitions.
Washington is urging Beijing — Pyongyang’s sole major ally — to do more to rein it in, but the Asian giant has reacted with fury to the planned installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.
The US and ally South Korea say its deployment, agreed last year, is intended to guard against missile threats from the nuclear-armed North.
But China fears it will weaken its own ballistic capabilities and says it upsets the regional security balance.
TV footage showed large trailers in camouflage paint carrying what appeared to be missile-related equipment entering a former golf course in the southern county of Seongju on Wednesday morning.
Because such a meeting is exceedingly rare and held in secure room, it may suggest that very critical information is about to be shared on North Korea.
Via Fox News:
In an unusual move, all 100 senators were invited to attend a classified meeting later Wednesday at the White House to discuss the North Korea and its growing bellicosity.
Congressional aides told Reuters that the meeting was originally scheduled to take place at a secured room at the Capitol, but President Trump asked to move the meeting to the White House.
Salon reported that the meeting will occur in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building auditorium. It will reportedly be made into a “sensitive compartmented information facility”—which means top secret information can be shared. The briefing will take place at 3 p.m. ET.
Some aides on the Hill have expressed confusion about the circumstances of the meeting. Salon wrote, “this could be a preparation for war—or just a forced attempt at a pre-100 days photo op.”
Via Washington Examiner:
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter are part of a group whose bid to purchase the Miami Marlins baseball team has been accepted, according to a report.
Bloomberg cites a source in reporting the contract hasn’t been signed yet and the details of the offer are not yet known.
Bush unsuccessfully ran for president in 2016.
China is clearly fed up with their bellicose neighbor to the south and is letting North Korea know about it by cutting off coal imports from NK and restricting gasoline sales to the the Norks. NK will be hard pressed to fight any kind of war without a steady flow of gasoline.
China has warned North Korea will ‘cross the point of no return’ if it carries out a sixth nuclear test amid fears the secretive state can create a nuke every six weeks.
Kim Jong-Un is believed to have personally overseen the country’s largest ever firing drill in the port city of Wonsan today.
But fears he was due to conduct another nuclear test or another missile launch to mark 85 years since the founding of its army proved unfounded.
It comes as the state-controlled Chinese Global Times newspaper wrote that North Korea risks serious consequences if it carries out further trials.
The editorial warned that ‘if North Korea carries out a sixth nuclear test as expected, it is more likely than ever that the situation will cross the point of no return.”
This would mean ‘all parties would bear the consequences, with Pyongyang sure to suffer the greatest losses,’ the paper said.
It comes amid claims Pyongyang is capable of creating as many as eight new nuclear weapons a year.
According to the New York Times there is a ‘growing body of expert studies and classified intelligence reports’ that believes the North is now able to make a new nuclear bomb every six or seven weeks.
The Da Vinci Fire was enormous and it’s a miracle that no one was killed or injured. 15 years for the enormity of the crime seems small and they can pretty well forget the $100 Million restitution.
The arsonist who set the massive fire at the partially built Da Vinci apartment complex in Downtown Los Angeles after being inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement in 2014 was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday.
Dawud Abdulwali, who said the fire was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and his rage against police officers, pleaded no contest to one count of arson and admitted to using an accelerant to start the blaze, according to a statement issued by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and reported by the Los Angeles Times.
According to local NBC affiliate in Los Angles, Abdulwali was also ordered to pay restitution, which is expected to approach $100 million.
The late-night conflagration occurred on Dec. 7, 2014. In addition to destroying the 7-story Da Vinci apartment complex, the fire melted freeway signs and damaged local buildings.
The Times notes that “the blaze caused between $20 million and $30 million in damage to the Da Vinci complex and an additional $50 million in damage to the DWP building, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The apartment complex’s owner also suffered approximately $100 million in lost potential revenue as a result of the fire, according to a probation report filed with the court.”
During one of Abdulwali’s hearings, his former roommate, Edwyn Gomez reportedly told investigators that he heard Abdulwali speak with fervor about seeking vengeance for the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in the late summer of 2014.
The Times noted at the time that Gomez said Abdulwali told him, “Cops kill my people,” and “We should go do this, we should go burn some [expletive] down … We should go break some windows.”
Along with the Joooos.
Wait, Dems aren’t already irrelevant?