Culture, Politics, States

Harvard to Award Hillary Medal for ‘Transformative Impact’

We’re reminded yet again why ivy-lined ivory towers on the Left Coast and the Blue Coast, respectively, have earned such scorn from the rest of America in fly-over country.

In addition to being the paragons of the leftward march into abject cultural oblivion, they also don’t mind thumbing their noses at the rest of us who recognize the hypocrisy of the socialist elites.

Enter Harvard which will reportedly award Hillary on Friday the ‘prestigious’ Radcliffe Medal for her “transformative impact on society.”

And they’re absolutely correct.

Hillary has done more in the last 25 years to polarize American voters against the Democrat Party than any other political figure.

We’ll raise a glass to that. Cheers!

Here’s more from Fox News…

Hillary Clinton will receive Harvard’s prestigious Radcliffe Medal for her “transformative impact on society,” according to the Ivy League university.

She will receive the award Friday as part of the school’s graduation-week activities.

Clinton is a former first lady, New York senator, secretary of State and two-time Democratic presidential candidate. Her 2016 White House bid was damaged severely by an FBI investigation into her use of private email servers to send and receive classified information while at the State Department.

Organizers at Harvard say Clinton was chosen for the award because she’s a “champion for human rights,” a “skilled legislator” and “an advocate of American leadership” on the world stage.

 

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Big govt, Politics

Govt Paid Half A Billion In Disability to People Who Had Jobs

According to a recent Inspector General’s report, the Social Security Administration has been caught with more gross incompetence and inefficiency, which are hallmarks of federal bureaucracy (yes, we recognize how redundant that is).

The report detailed that over a half billion in taxpayer dollars were paid out to people for disability benefits who had already returned to work and/or had failed to report the fact that they were working again.

Much of the benefits paid out were due to the “administration’s slow processing.”

So, don’t be surprised when the reply from SSA head bureaucrats is that they need more staffers to prevent the errors.

Translation: give us more taxpayer dollars so we can stop wasting taxpayer dollars. Got that?

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

The Social Security Administration improperly disbursed an estimated $571 million in disability benefits to people who had already returned to work, according to a government audit report.

Of the half a billion estimated overpayments, nearly $201 million of the improperly disbursed benefits checks were due to the administration’s slow processing, and the almost $371 million was the fault of the beneficiaries who didn’t complete paperwork on time, the Office of the Inspector General (IG) wrote in a report released Tuesday.

Analyzing a sample of disability cases from 2012, the IG found a total of $1.3 million in overpayments, $446,000 of which were made as a result of administrative errors, as well as $823,000 due to individuals failing to report wages that would disqualify them from benefits.

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Issues, States

NRA Already Being Blamed for TX School Shooting

Another school shooting — this one among the worst in Texas history — and anti-gun lefties are already blaming the NRA for the death of at least 8 people at Santa Fe High School.

Members of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence posted on their website the members of Congress who have accepted contributions from the NRA.

There’s just one problem: the crazed young man in custody for the shooting had obtained the weapons illegally.

In other words, gun laws can’t stop those with criminal intent from breaking laws. There’s one thing that WILL stop them: guns in the hands of not-crazy people.

Plus, as a result of all the noise the gun-grabbers have been making, gun sales and the membership rolls of the NRA have been exploding.

Note to the left: you’re doing it wrong.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Roughly an hour after at least eight people died in a high school shooting in Texas, The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) implicated the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the tragedy.

The CSGV tweeted out a list lawmakers in Texas’ Congressional delegation who have accepted contributions from the NRA, along with “#SantaFeHighSchool.”

Authorities responded to a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, at roughly 8 a.m. Friday morning. One male suspect is in custody while another male has been detained as a person of interest. Both are students enrolled in the school, according to authorities.

The CSGV is “dedicated to taking on the NRA and their toxic agenda. We were the first gun violence prevention group to use the term ‘insurrectionism’ to describe the NRA’s dangerous interpretation of the Second Amendment,” according to the group’s website.

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Issues, Politics

Report: Trump to Cut Off Planned Parenthood Funding

The federal fight over abortion may be heating up very quickly on the Hill.

While everyone is waiting with baited breath to learn whether Justice Kennedy will retire, congressional conservatives have been pressing the Trump administration to use an executive order to ban taxpayer dollars going to Planned Parenthood (which amount to half a billion of them).

And reports say they’re getting a green light.

Though such a decision would likely end up with a court injunction and a fight all the way to the Supremes, it would almost certainly ignite the issue for the November election and force Democrats to defend Planned Parenthood…which is a losing prospect.

We’ll keep you posted.

Here’s more from the Hill…

The Trump administration may take action to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood as a result of pressure from congressional Republicans and anti-abortion lobbyists.

Opponents of abortion have launched an all-out campaign urging the administration to bring back Reagan-era abortion restrictions on federal family planning dollars that would target Planned Parenthood.

The regulations would ban organizations that receive family planning dollars under the Title X Family Planning Program, which funds organizations providing services like birth control to low-income women and men, from promoting abortion or referring patients for abortions.

Former President Reagan first issued the regulations, which Democrats describe as a “domestic gag rule,” in 1988. They also require a physical and financial separation of Title X funding recipients from abortion providers.

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Culture, Issues, States

Judge Strikes Down California Assisted-Suicide Law

California’s insistence on allowing doctors to send patients to a premature death has hit a brick wall this week after a state judge struck down the state’s 2016 End of Life Option Act.

California was among latest (very blue) states to jump onto the bandwagon in deciding when a sick or elderly person’s life is no longer ‘quality’ and therefore worthy of ‘death with dignity’.

But the dark underside of the policy stinks of the sort of euthanasia policies that aren’t too far removed from the Third Reich.

Insurance agencies have routinely offered to pay for cheap assisted suicide pills instead of costly life-saving surgery.

And it’s been demonstrated already that folks without insurance or with mental disability are routinely coaxed into ‘no longer being a burden’ to family and friends.

Assisted suicide is really nothing more than soft-eugenics, and it’s high time we send the policy to an untimely death, across the board.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

A California state judge struck down a law allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill adult patients Tuesday, ending the state’s 2016 attempt to legalize euthanasia.

California’s End of Life Option Act passed the legislature in 2016 amid fierce backlash from those claiming it was immoral, CNN reported Wednesday. Judge Daniel Ottolia’s ruling did not pertain to the content of the law, however. He instead ruled in unconstitutional on a procedural basis because it was passed during a special session convened by Gov. Jerry Brown. The ruling comes less than a month after the U.K. ordered the death of toddler Alfie Evans in April, shocking the world.

Adult, terminally ill patients should have the right to decide their life is no longer worth living and “die with dignity,” proponents of assisted suicide argue. The laws force doctors to harm their patients and can make patients feel pressured to commit suicide to cut costs for their families, critics counter.

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Culture, Issues

‘Expert’: Get Consent Before Changing Baby’s Diaper

With triple-x material on the web consuming fully a third of the traffic globally, it’s not a surprise that exploitation of women is all the rage these days.

Morally vacuous reprobates like Harvey Weinstein and his predator friends have been destroyed as the whole Hollywood house of cards came crashing down.

And it’s a good thing. But in usual fashion, the radical left has taken a good thing and completely twisted it beyond recognition.

Now it’s non compos mentis on parade. Enter an Australian ‘expert’ who argues that consent should be given by babies before their diapers can be changed.

No, we’re not kidding.

This is me-too on crack cocaine.

Next up for the left is required consent before you can walk your dog.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

The flowering of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault has brought many abusers to justice, but the emphasis on consent can go way too far. One sexuality expert in Australia illustrated the absurdity of the overemphasis on consent by suggesting that a parent should seek his or her baby’s consent before changing a diaper (called a “nappy” in Australia).

“I’m going to change your nappy now? Is that okay?” Deanne Carson, founder of Body Safety Australia, suggested in remarks to ABC News. “Of course, the baby’s not going to respond, ‘Yes, mom, that’s awesome. I’d love to have my nappy changed.’ But if you leave a space and wait for body language, and wait to make eye contact, then you’re letting that child know that their response matters.”

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International, Politics

Firm: US Opens Embassy in Jerusalem Under Fire

The Trump administration made good today on its promise to move the US embassy in Israel to its rightful place in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu beamed, “What a glorious day!”

What most don’t know is that Congress made this decision nearly a quarter-century ago.

But unrest in the Middle East replete with threats from the PLO and other fellow terrorist travelers put a damper on that move.

The official opening came under fire, as we might have expected.

Palestinian insurgents continued their attempted breach of the border along the Gaza Strip which resulted in dozens of casualties.

It’s just another reminder that radical Islam is a religion of peace just as long as full submission and compliance are the terms of agreement.

The US must continue its resolve, regardless of the terms of engagement.

Here’s more from JPost…

Sixty-nine years after Israel declared Jerusalem as its capital, and 23 years after the US Congress passed a law mandating that Washington move its embassy there, the US formally opened its embassy in the city on Monday afternoon, in a move Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called “courageous” and “momentous.”

“What a glorious day. Remember this moment!” Netanyahu entreated the applauding crowd. “President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history. All of us are deeply moved. All of us are deeply grateful.”

“Last December, President Trump became the first world leader to recognize Jerusalem as our capital, and today, the United States of America is opening its embassy right here in Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said. “Thank you President Trump, for having the courage to keep your promises!”

 

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Issues, Politics, States

Redstate GOP Governor Vetoes Constitutional Carry

Despite that the NRA’s membership rolls have exploded on the heels of the left’s hit-job after the Parkland shooting, it’s not all guns and roses.

On Friday, Second Amendment supporters saw a massive setback when deep-redstate Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma vetoed a constitutional carry measure that would have made the state the thirteenth to allow gun owners the right to carry without the need for a permit.

Fallin cited the benefits of the existing permitting process along with the training requirement as necessary for public safety.

But the NRA blasted her as anti-Second Amendment and vowed to take up the bill again next year under a “genuinely pro-Second Amendment governor.”

The question no one is asking is obvious: where are all the mass shootings in the states that have already instituted constitutional carry?

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Republican Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed legislation Friday that would’ve allowed anyone in the state to carry firearms without a permit, claiming the current barriers to getting a gun are “few and reasonable.”

Fallin stressed that she is a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment and owns firearms herself, but she claimed removing the permit requirement would have an adverse effect on policing.

“SB 1212 eliminates the current ability of Oklahoma law enforcement to distinguish between those carrying guns who have been trained and vetted, and those who have not,” Fallin said in a statement. “Oklahomans believe that law-abiding individuals should be able to defend themselves. I believe the firearms requirement we currently have in state law are few and reasonable. Senate Bill 1212 eliminates the training requirements for persons carrying a firearm in Oklahoma. It reduces the level of the background check necessary to carry a gun.”

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Big govt, Issues, Politics

Gun-Grab: Fallout Continues for Dick’s Sporting Goods

Recall shortly after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Dick’s Sporting Goods immediately yanked ‘assault rifles’ from its shelves and announced they’d stop selling rifles to anyone under the age of 21.

Of course, we saw the writing on the wall despite that Dick’s and the heads of their subsidiary Field & Stream were oblivious what was sure to happen next.

There was an uproar among hunters, sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters who announced boycotts.

Then this week, Dick’s really stepped in it.

Word leaked out that the corporation had hired a lobbyist to push gun control legislation on Capitol Hill.

That ill-fated move has now prompted the Mossberg corporation — the oldest gun manufacturer in the country — to pull guns from Dick’s shelves.

Mossberg is joined by MKS Supply, another gun maker, in the selling freeze.

Dick’s move could cost them millions in lost sales. Good.

Here’s more from Hotair…

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. has ended their relationship with Dick’s Sporting Goods and it’s subsidiary Field and Stream. This action was caused by the company’s hiring of gun control lobbyists last month. Mossberg issued a press release Wednesday explaining the decision.

Effective immediately, O.F. Mossberg & Sons will not accept any future orders from Dick’s Sporting Goods or Field &
Stream, and is in the process of evaluating current contractual agreements.

“It has come to our attention that Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired lobbyists on Capitol Hill to promote additional gun control,” said Iver Mossberg, Chief Executive Officer of O.F. Mossberg & Sons. “Make no mistake, Mossberg is a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution and our Second Amendment rights, and we fully disagree with Dick’s Sporting Goods’ recent anti-Second Amendment actions.”

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. is the oldest family-owned firearms manufacturer in America, founded in 1919. Mossberg is also the largest pump-action shotgun manufacturer in the world. MKS Supply, a manufacturer of Hi-Point firearms, announced their decision to do the same just the day before.

“We believe that refusing to sell long guns to adults under age 21, while many young adults in our military are not similarly restricted, is wrong. We believe that villainizing modern sporting rifles in response to pressure from uninformed, anti-gun voices is wrong,” MKS Supply president Charles Brown wrote in the Tuesday statement. “We believe that hiring lobbyists to oppose American citizens’ freedoms secured by the Second Amendment is wrong. Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream, in purportedly doing all of these things, have demonstrated that they do not share our values. [We’re] standing by the American people by refusing any further sales to Dick’s Sporting Goods & Field & Stream.”

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Culture, Politics

New Poll: Americans’ Optimism Hits 11-Year High

After eight long years of national depression (and oppression) under Barack Obama, it’s “morning in America again.”

According to a new poll commissioned by — wait for it — CNN, fully 57% of Americans are optimistic about the future of the country.

What’s even more surprising is that 40% of Democrats are optimistic as well.

American attitudes haven’t been this positive since 2007, just before the Great Recession began.

But it shouldn’t come as any surprise.

When regulations are slashed, taxes are cut and an administration that actually likes the military is at the helm, voters tend to be inspired.

But after all, it’s not rocket science, folks.

November should be an eye-opener for Democrats who banked on voters souring on Trump.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

A poll released by the far-left CNN shows that optimism about the direction of the country under President Trump has hit an 11-year high of 57 percent. The last time this same poll registered a number that high was in January 2007. This includes 40 percent of Democrats, which is a leap of 15 points from just last month. Only 40 percent say things are going badly.

Also of note is that CNN polled a random sample of adults. Polls that screen for registered or likely voters generally produce a more favorable result for Trump. This poll is a good example. While Trump’s job approval rating sits at 41 percent with all adults, when CNN’s polling firm (SSRS) screened for registered voters, the president’s job approval rating jumped to 44 percent.

The fact that 57 percent of Americans are expressing optimism about the direction of the country is a very big deal and bodes well for Republicans in the upcoming midterm election. What’s more, if the number holds, it is a very good sign Trump will be re-elected despite his own personal job approval ratings.

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