Issues, States

CA Gov Jerry Brown: Wildfires Due to Global Warming

It’s getting hot in California, and not simply as a result of all the wildfires lately.

Uber-lib Gov. Jerry Brown made certain in a recent presser that we understand the raging flames across the Left Coast are a result of ‘man-made climate change’ and that it’s only going to get worse.

His hot-air bluster is more of the same inane blather coming out of the Mother Earth Center for Gaia Worship.

One wonders why the same phenomenon isn’t happening in other western states.

Is global warming that geographically selective or is there something else going on?

Of course, the fact that tree-hugging bureaucrats in California have blocked efforts to clear back overgrown forests and underbrush — which overwhelmingly has turned the state into a tinderbox — has entirely nothing to do with the problem.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

California Governor Jerry Brown said the wildfires ravaging the greater Los Angeles area are part of a “new normal” residents can expect due to man-made global warming.

“This is kind of the new normal,” said Brown, a Democrat, on Saturday while touring Ventura County neighborhoods wrecked by the Thomas Fire, that is already one of the largest in state history.

“With climate change, some scientists are saying that Southern California is literally burning up,” Brown said, according to CNN. “So we have to have the resources to combat the fires and we also have to invest in managing the vegetation and forests … in a place that’s getting hotter.”

Brown’s statements, though ominous, aren’t in line with the scientific consensus. The latest National Climate Assessment report put a “low” to “medium” confidence on claims global warming was making wildfires worse across the western U.S.

Wildfires could increase in severity in the coming decades, but parsing out the driving factors behind fire trends is complicated, since so much of it depends on land management policies and year-to-year variations in temperature and rainfall.

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Issues, States

Fight Back: Berkeley Conservative Files Suit Against Antifa Leader

“Two can play at that game,” is the position of former Berkeley College Republican President Troy Worden.

After being singled out by Antifa thugs at fascism ground zero at UC Berkeley, Worden was hit with a frivolous temporary restraining order by Antifa’s head thuggette, Yvette Felarca — who also happens to be a public middle school teacher (no surprise there).

But Worden beat the TRO by proving to the court that he did absolutely nothing — aside from frowning at her at a public event — to warrant being restrained.

The problem is he was forced to disrupt his normal duties at the college for over a month while the order was being litigated.

And now that it’s been tossed out, he is counter-suing Felarca for attorneys fees and court costs for the frivolous suit.

Good for him.

Antifa may think the Bill of Rights is obsolete at Berkeley, but the common law legal system thankfully is not.

Here’s more from Hotair…

UC Berkeley isn’t a very welcoming place for conservative students. The “birthplace of the free speech movement” has been ground zero for the attacks on conservative speech on college campuses.

SEE ALSO: Bret Weinstein: Social Justice Warriors are ‘taking over more and more territory’ on college campuses

One conservative has had enough and has filed a lawsuit against a leader in the Antifa movement. Berkeley College Republicans’ former president Troy Worden is seeking $100,000 in damages from Yvette Felarca, an organizer for national activist group By Any Means Necessary (BAMN).

Felarca filed the restraining order for stalking and intimidation against Worden on September 7. It was dismissed on October 26th. That’s a significant amount of time for Worden to be painted with Felarca’s accusations. Worden’s attorney Mark Meuser alleges the Antifa leader, who is also a middle school teacher, made false claims against the college student in order to file the restraining order.

From DailyCal:

Felarca also testified that Worden took a selfie with her Feb. 17 and then “made a grimacing face” after the photo was taken, according to Meuser. Meuser said, however, that his team presented the court with evidence that Worden was working for the University of California at the date and time that Felarca alleged this incident occurred.

Meuser said Felarca also testified that Worden “stared at her” on a few occasions when she was handing out fliers on Sproul Plaza. He alleged that Felarca “made up” the two incidents of harassment and used instances of Worden staring at her in public as reasons for the restraining order.

“You are not entitled to a civil restraining order because somebody stares at you in a public place,” Meuser said. “We beat the temporary restraining order … (and) we are now coming against her for the attorney fees and costs in defending Troy.”

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States

CA Textbooks Force Kids to Focus on Orientation, Not History

The Left Coast is at it again with its fascist crusade to force everyone not merely to accept the LBGTQXYZ agenda but also to agree with it.

But, of course, that requires a bit of propaganda.

Enter the California Textbook Gestapo which has declared certain textbooks approved for inclusiveness.

According to the LA Times, history textbooks, for example, must ‘teach about historical figures who were LGBT’.

Because, you know, a sufficient grasp of history apparently includes knowing what certain figures did in the privacy of their bedrooms.

But seriously, what CA lefties are doing is forcing prepubescent children to grapple with things their minds are not prepared to encounter, nor should they.

But that, after all, is the definition of brainwashing, which is what the left is really after.

Here’s more from Redstate…

As a state, California has adopted a fresh take on history: A person’s sexual identity is what matters more than what that person does.

The state’s board of education has approved ten textbooks that it has deemed “inclusive enough,” and rejected two others that were not, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt*, one of the top textbooks producers in the United States.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

The rejected textbooks failed to abide by California’s 2011 FAIR Education Act. The law, written by former state Sen. Mark Leno, requires that schools teach about historical figures who were LGBT or who had disabilities.

Equality California’s executive director, Rick Zbur, called the board’s decision a “long-fought victory.”

“Approval of these textbooks means that California schools will now have access to approved materials that accurately represent LGBTQ people, and Equality California applauds the State Board of Education for this historic decision,” Zbur said.

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Issues, States

Liberal Professor Loses Suit Against Pro-Life Students

From the ‘Campus Libs Gone Wild’ Files, an uber-leftist professor, Dr. Gregory Thatcher, was ordered by a California district court to pay a settlement to the Fresno State University Students for Life after violating their First Amendment rights.

Thatcher instructed his students to join him in erasing pro-life chalk writing by pro-life students on campus.

Then when confronted about the incident actually argued that, despite the students having a permit from administration, “college campuses are not free speech areas.”

Yes, he actually uttered those words.

That’s the extent of liberals’ perspective on free speech. College campuses apparently are protected zones in which speech is highly regulated and subject to approval from the powers that be.

King George III just called.

He reminds tyranny also needs soldiers in red coats.

Here’s more from Daily Wire…

A win for free speech and pro-life came courtesy of a California district court settlement, which ordered a professor to pay $17,000 after he tried to censor pro-life students drawing their message on the sidewalk with chalk.

Fresno State University public health professor Dr. Gregory Thatcher not only allegedly urged students from his class to erase the pro-life messages drawn by Fresno State Students for Life, he actually attempted to erase them himself.

After Thatcher’s students attempted to erase the messages, which urged students to look for pro-life health care options, he showed up and tried to bully the pro-life students by telling them they were outside of the free speech zone and thus had no right to write their messages.

One problem: the free speech zone on the campus has not existed since 2015.

Bernadette Tasy, the pro-life club’s president, confronted Thatcher, informing him that the pro-life group had permission from the university, but Thatcher remained obdurate, erasing the chalk with his shoe and snapping, “You have permission to put it down, and I have permission to get rid of it. This is our part of free speech. College campuses are not free speech areas. Do you understand? Obviously you don’t understand.”

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Politics, States

Democrats Win Big in Virginia, New Jersey Elections

Virginia and New Jersey are the odd men out when it comes to statewide election schedules.

The two states have historically made their gubernatorial decisions the year following the presidential election.

And they’ve long been seen as the bellwether for presidential mid-terms to come.

And that’s how Democrats are already spinning their double-victory in both states yesterday when their Republicans opponents were handily trounced.

President Trump was quick to criticize them for their failure to embrace him and his agenda, citing the GOP swing in this year’s four congressional special elections.

The reality is both states have trended blue for quite awhile, so this shouldn’t come as any surprise.

The question is whether this will be a larger trend going into to next year’s elections.

Here’s more from the AP…

President Donald Trump is distancing himself from defeated Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie.

Trump is addressing the disappointing result in a race seen as an early referendum on his political clout. He writes on Twitter that Gillespie “worked hard but did not embrace me or what I stand for.” Gillespie largely tried to maintain his distance from Trump on the campaign trail.

Trump recorded robocalls to help boost Gillespie’s candidacy on Election Day. In one call, Trump said Gillespie shared his views on immigration and crime and would help “Make America Great Again.”

On what is shaping up to be a difficult night for Republicans, Trump is touting GOP victories earlier this year, writing, “With the economy doing record numbers, we will continue to win, even bigger than before!”

A set of whoops and cheers went up at George Mason University in northern Virginia when media began calling Virginia’s governor’s race for Democrat Ralph Northam.

The call came so early that only a few hundred people had made it to the ballroom where Democrats had gathered to celebrate. Hundreds more were still waiting in line outside the ballroom waiting to get through metal detectors.

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Politics, States

Leftists Call for Gun Control Law That Already Exists

As if on cue, leftists journalists around the country are calling for more gun control.

Specifically, they’re blasting Republicans for not supporting new regulations barring anyone convicted of domestic abuse and other legal infractions from purchasing firearms.

There’s just one problem with that idea: the law already exists.

Devin P. Kelley was denied a gun license by the state of Texas for that reason.

However, he somehow was able to obtain an automatic rifle nonetheless.

This reality underscores what the anti-gun left simply cannot grasp: criminals don’t follow laws, which might explain why they’re criminals.

That’s a novel concept right there, which the left may never fully understand.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Journalists and leftist activists are calling for a ban on gun purchases by convicted domestic abusers after the Texas church shooting, seemingly unaware that such a law already exists.

Last year, the Supreme Court upheld a federal law that prevents people with misdemeanor domestic violence convictions from possessing or purchasing firearms. The law was enacted in 1996 and was intended to extend provisions in a 1968 act that banned anyone convicted of a felony or who had a domestic violence protective order from possessing a firearm.

In fact, Devin P. Kelley, the gunman who killed at least 26 people in a Texas church on Sunday, was denied a gun license from the state. It is unclear how he was able to get around a background check in 2016 to buy a semi-automatic rifle in San Antonio, as his history of domestic violence should have precluded him from buying the gun. Lying on a background check form is a felony, and Kelley’s domestic violence conviction should have been caught by the federal background check system.

There may have been some kind of breakdown in the system, but buying a gun with a domestic violence conviction is already against the law.

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States

New Details: Armed Plumber Shot Texas Gunman, Gave Chase

New details have emerged in the mass church shooting in Texas yesterday.

Early accounts of the event had a local citizen tackling Devin Kelley as he exited the church.

But in the hours since those accounts have been corrected to reflect that the local citizen, a plumber with no prior military training, grabbed his rifle as soon as he heard reports of the shots and engaged Kelley.

That plumber, Stephen Willeford, is being hailed as a hero for squeezing off a precision shot that hit Kelley in a gap between his armor.

Willeford then jumped into the truck of another man who arrived at the scene with whom he chased down Kelley reaching speeds of nearly 100 mph.

A local sheriff is reporting that Kelley ultimately died of a self-inflicted gunshot after crashing his vehicle.

It’s reasonable to assume that, had Willeford not responded, Kelley may have had time to target additional parishioners outside the church before police arrived on the scene.

Here’s more from NY Post…

The man hailed as a hero for confronting the Texas mass shooter during his rampage is a sharpshooting plumber with no military background — who hit the gunman through a gap in his body armor, according to a report.

Stephen Willeford managed to shoot Devin Kelley before jumping in another man’s truck and chasing him down, the Daily Mail reported.

Texas Department of Public Safety chief Freeman Martin said Willeford “grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect” after Kelley left the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, where he opened fire with an assault rifle and killed 26 people.

An area resident told the paper that Willeford, an avid biker who attends another church, learned about the shooting when his daughter called to say a man clad in body armor was shooting worshipers.

The local said that although Willeford has no military background, he didn’t hesitate when he came face to face with the suspect — and managed to squeeze off a round that struck the gunman, who had dropped his Ruger AR-15 variant.

Willeford jumped into a truck driven by another local, Johnnie Langendorff, who witnessed the confrontation, and the pair gave chase.

Langendorff later told reporters about the dramatic pursuit.

“I pulled up to the intersection where the shooting happened and I saw two men exchanging gunfire, the other being a citizen of the community,” he said.

“The shooter of the church had taken off, fled in his vehicle, and the other gentleman came and he said, ‘We need to pursue him,’ that he just shot up the church. So that’s what I did. I just acted.”

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States

Report: Texas Church Gunman Stopped By Brave Citizen

By now you’ve likely already been privy to the non-stop coverage of yet another mass shooting, this time at a Texas church in which at least 27 people were killed and dozens more injured.

And as expected, the left is already boiling over with screams for gun control despite that we’re less than 24 hours since the shooting occurred.

There are still plenty of details yet to be revealed, but what we do know, however, is that the gunman, Devin Patrick Kelley — dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force — was prevented from killing more people when a local citizen tackled him to the ground.

The question we ponder every time one of these incidents occurs is how many lives might have been saved if just one armed person on the scene had returned fire.

Here’s more from Grabien…

Today’s mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was only halted after an armed Texan “engaged” the killer and put an end to the rampage, the Texas Rangers reported.

Freeman Martin, a major in the Texas Rangers and a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, says the suspect dropped his rifle and fled after being confronted by a local man who had grabbed his rifle.

Freeman provided a timeline of the tragedy in a press briefing Sunday evening.

“At approximately 11:20 this morning a suspect was seen at a Valero gas station in Sutherland Springs, Texas,” Martin said. “He was dressed in all black. That suspect crossed the street to the church, exited his vehicle and began firing at the church.”

“That suspect then moved to the right side of the church and then continued to fire,” he continued. “That suspect entered the church and continued to fire. As he exited the church, a local resident grabbed his rifle and engaged that suspect. The suspect dropped his rifle, which was a Ruger AR assault-type rifle and fled from the church.”

“Our local citizen pursued the suspect at that time,” Freeman went on. “A short time later as law enforcement responded that suspect right at the Wilson/Guadalupe County line crashed out and was found deceased in his vehicle. At this time we don’t know if it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound or if he was shot by the local resident. We know he’s deceased in the vehicle. ”

The suspected killer is being reported as Devin Patrick Kelley. However, Freeman would reported, “The suspect has not been completely identified. We believe he’s a young white male, maybe in his early 20s. He was dressed in all black, tactical type gear and was wearing a ballistic vest.”

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States

Taxpayer Funded University Just Axed Useless Programs

Every once in a great while, the blind squirrel gets the nut.

And this week the University of Wisconsin-Superior is that blind squirrel.

As universities around the nation continue to expand their product offerings, er, um, curriculum with new programs like ‘Women’s Studies’ or ‘LGBT Studies’, UWis is tossing them to the rubbish bin.

This week the administration announced they’re axing at least nine undergraduate programs including “sociology, theater, art history, journalism and something called media studies.”

It’s amazing what happens when one bothers to apply free market principles to a system otherwise dominated by socialist ideology.

Here’s more from Daily Caller…

Officials at the University of Wisconsin-Superior announced the elimination of nine undergraduate majors, as well as 15 minors and one graduate program.

Sociology, theater, art history, journalism and something called media studies are among Wisconsin-Superior’s newly suspended academic majors, reports local ABC affiliate WDIO.

Political science and the specialty major of forensic chemistry are also getting the ax at the taxpayer-funded school.

Minor programs on the way out at Wisconsin-Superior include geography, photography, physics, earth science and global studies.

The school’s computer science minor is also facing elimination — but not the major.

Several of the eliminated majors and minors involve teaching (e.g. history teaching and psychology teaching).

The graduate program which will no longer exist is a master’s program in art therapy.

Only about 3 percent of the students at Wisconsin-Superior have declared majors in the 25 programs on the chopping block. Those students will be able to finish their degrees.

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Issues, States, War on Terror

Feds Interviewed NYC Truck Attacker Back In 2015

Another day, another terrorist attack. Young radical men claiming allegiance to ISIS have been driving vehicles into crowds for months in Europe, and now the strategy has been brought to American soil.

Eight people were killed and roughly a dozen injured after Uzbek national Sayfullo Saipov drove a rented truck through a bicycle lane, folks are rightly asking why we didn’t know about this guy.

Well, turns out we did. Records already have revealed that Saipov was interviewed by the Feds fully two years ago.

And yet for some reason, he wasn’t being monitored for possible radicalization.

Despite this, folks on the left are still arguing we need to bring in more refugees.

Here’s more from ABC News…

The suspected New York City attacker, Sayfullo Saipov, was interviewed in 2015 by federal agents about possible ties to suspected terrorists, but the agents did not have enough evidence to open a case on him, laws enforcement officials tell ABC News.

Saipov was listed as a “point of contact” for two men whose were listed in a Department of Homeland Security counterterrorism database and later overstayed their tourist visas, one federal official told ABC News. One was merely flagged after arriving from a so-called “threat country,” while the other vanished and was being actively sought by federal agents as a “suspected terrorist.”

An official told ABC News that the FBI has since located him and he is not believed to have been involved in Tuesday’s attack.

Speaking on Wednesday, President Donald Trump noted that Saipov had served as the “point of contact” for 23 people. A source confirmed that number to ABC News but said it is unclear if those people are “immediate family members, distant family members, or friends.” Only those two men, however, were listed in the database.

Saipov, 29, came to the United States from Uzbekistan through a Diversity Visa Program lottery in 2010, making him a legal permanent resident of the United States upon arrival. He has lived in Ohio, Florida and, most recently, Paterson, N.J., where federal agents interviewed Saipov in 2015.

Authorities say Saipov claimed in a handwritten note found near his truck that he carried out Tuesday’s attack, which killed eight people on a bike path on the West Side of Manhattan, on behalf of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS. The terror group has not claimed responsibility for the attack, but according to Rita Katz of the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks the online activity of jihadist organizations, the attack “fits [the] style” of recent suspected ISIS-inspired attack throughout Europe.

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