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Police Release Illegal Alien Who Then Murders Girlfriend

24th August 2017

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Sure, open the border! Let ’em all in! What could go wrong?

The first duty of a government is to protect its citizens. Ours is about as good at that as at spending money wisely.

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Riot Police Pelt Protester Right in the Crotch With Pepper Ball

23rd August 2017

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A protester was struck in the crotch with a tear gas canister outside the Phoenix Convention Center Tuesday night after refusing to comply with police orders to vacate the area.

That sounds about right.

What was initially a peaceful protest erupted into chaos after the speech when protesters began hurling projectiles at the police. The police responded by clearing the streets using tear gas and rubber bullets.

“People in the crowd began fighting and throwing rocks and bottles at police,” Sgt. Jonathan Howard, of the Phoenix Police Department, said in a statement to CNN. “They also dispersed some gas in the area. Police have responded with pepper balls and oc (pepper) spray in an attempt to disperse the crowd and stop the assaults.”

The browshirts of the Left are on the march. Yet Trump is the New Hitler.

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Democrats Bring the H8: Missouri Senator: ‘I Hope Trump Is Assassinated!’

17th August 2017

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Funny how you never hear Trump calling for somebody to be assassinated, even though he’s the New Hitler.

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SIGNED: Abortion Is Free for All in Oregon

16th August 2017

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A great idea. The fewer Left Coast crazies we have, the better for everybody.

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Annals of the Deep State: IRS Rehires 213 Employees Ousted for Falsifying Documents, Avoiding Taxes, Other Offenses

14th August 2017

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The Internal Revenue Service rehired 213 employees who ducked taxes, falsified documents, were convicted of theft, or made unauthorized use of taxpayer data, an inspector general’s report says.

The Office of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, which also first discovered the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups in 2013, examined the agency’s hiring from January 2015 through March 2016.

For these 15 months, the IRS official in charge was Commissioner John Koskinen, an appointee of President Barack Obama.

House Republicans for months sought to impeach Koskinen for obstructing a congressional probe into the agency’s targeting of the applications for tax-exempt status made by nonprofit tea party and conservative groups.

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Here’s How Virginia State Police Facilitated Violence at Charlottesville

14th August 2017

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Boss: Terry McAuliffe, Democrat.

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Charlottesville Police No-Shows

14th August 2017

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In this morning’s story on what went down in Charlottesville on Saturday, Stolberg turns to ministerial trainee Brittany Caine-Conley, “a protester at the alt-right rally” (as Stolberg puts it): “There was no police presence. We were watching people punch each other; people were bleeding all the while police were inside of barricades at the park, watching. It was essentially just brawling on the street and community members trying to protect each other.”

The linked article reproduces a tweet from a NYT reporter that she saw antifa thugs beating on marchers that were being led out of the park.

The Antifa counter-protesters started this riot, and the government of Charlottesville were accomplices.

Compare the action of German government and military forces in Germany who winked at Stormtrooper violence — who are the actual Nazis here?

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Is College Education Worth It?

10th August 2017

Walter Williams, a Real Economist, turns over a rock.

The fact of business is that colleges admit a far greater number of students than those who test as being college-ready. Why should students be admitted to college when they are not capable of academic performance at the college level? Admitting such students gets the nation’s high schools off the hook. The nation’s high schools can continue to deliver grossly fraudulent education — namely, issue diplomas that attest that students can read, write and compute at a 12th-grade level when they may not be able to perform at even an eighth- or ninth-grade level.

You say, “Hold it, Williams. No college would admit a student who couldn’t perform at an eighth- or ninth-grade level.” During a recent University of North Carolina scandal, a learning specialist hired to help athletes found that during the period from 2004 to 2012, 60 percent of the 183 members of the football and basketball teams read between fourth- and eighth-grade levels. About 10 percent read below a third-grade level. These were students with high-school diplomas and admitted to UNC. And it’s not likely that UNC is the only university engaging in such gross fraud.

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Transgender Grads Get $20,000 Each After Bathroom Dispute

9th August 2017

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There’s gold in them thar ills.

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Dem Rep Flips After Army Refuses to Rename Confederate Street Names on Base

8th August 2017

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Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke is vowing to fight the U.S. Army’s refusal to change streets named after Confederate generals at a New York base.

The names of the two streets receiving flak from Clarke are Stonewall Jackson Drive and General Lee Avenue, both of which are located at Fort Hamilton and received the names in the first place because Lee and Jackson spent time at the base before the start of the Civil War, The Hill reports.

Good luck with that.

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Brickbat: Land of the Free

8th August 2017

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Davino Watson was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, denied a lawyer and held for almost three and a half years as a deportable alien before someone figured out that his claim of being a U.S. citizen was true. Then, he was released half a country away from his home in New York. Now, a federal appellate court has ruled he isn’t eligible for any compensation for that because the statute of limitations for filing a claim expired while he was still in ICE custody and denied a lawyer.

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Mandatory Social Justice Education Imposed on Oregon State Students

8th August 2017

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Oregon State University is instituting mandatory “diversity education” for students who live on campus.

To facilitate this development, the university has added an administrative position for anyone qualified in “social justice education” to oversee it.

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Second Amendment Guarantee Act Would Protect Popular Rifles, Shotguns From Antigun Politicians

6th August 2017

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Sorry, but if they’re willing to ignore the Constitution, a statute will prove no impediment.

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Immigration Brings Out the Social Engineers

6th August 2017

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Immigration brings out the social engineers and central planners across the political establishment. We see this clearly in the debate over Donald Trump’s support for legislation that would cut legal immigration in half while tilting it toward well-educated English-speakers and against low-skilled non-English-speakers.

Even establishment opponents of Trump’s position believe “we” must update the immigration system to better serve “the economy.” But they disagree on particulars. Trumpsters think the economy needs only scientists and inventors (preferably future Nobel Prize winners, I suppose), while Republican and Democratic anti-Trumpsters counter that the economy also needs some unskilled workers to pick crops in the hot sun and do menial work in luxury resorts, which Americans apparently don’t want to do.

But what is this thing they call “the economy,” which has needs? Social engineers of all parties and persuasions talk as though an economy is some kind of mechanism to be centrally fine-tuned and overhauled occasionally according to a plan. Even those who style themselves free enterprisers display the central-planning mentality when it comes to immigration.

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Judicial Watch Warns California to Clean Voter Registration Lists or Face Federal Lawsuit

5th August 2017

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But of course there’s no voter fraud, nope, none whatsoever. Just ask a Democrat.

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USC’s Title IX Catastrophe: When Gender Studies Majors Act as Judge, Jury, and Executioner

4th August 2017

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USC charged, convicted, and expelled Matt Boermeester for domestic violence, despite his girlfriend’s consistent confirmations that no such violence occurred. His girlfriend, fellow student Zoe Katz, has spoken out against the university’s refusal to believe her insistence that the investigation was baseless. The charge of violence against Boermeester was reported by a third party, who heard an account from a neighbor of Katz’s. The neighbor interpreted an encounter between Katz and her boyfriend as a form of violence or force, but Katz refuted this characterization from the moment she was questioned. Throughout a six-month Title IX investigation — which should have begun and ended with her initial questioning — Katz explained that she and Boermeester were merely roughhousing and nothing more.

California is turning into a civil-rights lawyer’s paradise.

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Multiculturalism Director Plans Segregated Dorm for Black Women

4th August 2017

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North Carolina State University wants to create segregated housing for black women on its campus, the The North Carolina State News reports.

This latest initiative is the brainchild of the university’s new director of multicultural student affairs, Nashia Whittenburg. The new “living and learning village” will be for women of color only, while Whittenburg also envisions celebrating cultural differences at the academic institution.

Orval Faubus is facepalming in his grave. “Damn! All we had to do was wait, and they’re segregating themselves! Why didn’t we think of that?”

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FCC Tries to Slap Robocaller With $82 Million Fine

4th August 2017

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The federal agency says Philip Roesel of North Carolina, and his corporation Best Insurance Contracts, purposefully altered caller ID information in an attempt to dupe people into accepting their robocalls. Spoofing, as it’s typically referenced, was made illegal after the Truth in Caller ID Act passed in 2009. The statute specifically outlines how “the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value” is strictly forbidden, except for certain law enforcement endeavors.

Roesel “especially targeted vulnerable consumers, including the elderly, the infirm, and low-income families,” the FCC said in a statement.

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The Benefits of Light Rail

4th August 2017

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The Millennials favorite city, Portland, is showing just how well light rail works in reducing congestion. Which is to say, it’s not working at all.

The Progressive ideal of hundreds jammed into a cattle car that goes from where you aren’t to where you don’t want to be and takes twice as long as driving is, apparently, not even suited to the Whitest City in America.

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Hillary Clinton Pressured Bangladesh Officials to Help Clinton Foundation Donor, Documents Show

3rd August 2017

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Of course. The Clintons have always been the best government that money could buy.

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University Bans White and Straight Students From Safe Space

27th July 2017

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I guess it’s not safe to be normal any more.

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Anthem Health Threatens to Ditch Obamacare in More States

26th July 2017

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Obamacare, the failure that keeps on failing.

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Court Rules That Concealed Carry Is Permissible on Streets of D.C.

25th July 2017

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit entered an injunction Tuesday against a Washington D.C. law limiting the right to carry firearms outside the home, concluding that it may violate the Second Amendment.

The law is third gun control regulation promulgated by the D.C. Council that has struggled in the courts. In its latest iteration, the D.C. law strictly proscribed the circumstances under which concealed-carry licenses may be issued. The court concluded these provisions may be unconstitutional.

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Congress Demands to Know Why Pentagon Bought $93 Million of Useless Camo

24th July 2017

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“Those uniforms are manufactured in your District, Congressman, and your office lobbied heavily for it.”

That’s a truth you’ll never hear in public, of course.

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Porking Out With Your Money

24th July 2017

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Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to eliminate governmental waste and fraud, just released its “2017 Congressional Pig Book,” an annual publication highlighting wasteful government spending that should embarrass each and every member of Congress.

While it is true that most government spending is for “entitlements” and other fixed costs, the “Pig Book” properly ridicules politicians who waste significant amounts of money on questionable programs.

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SHOCKER: Colleges Stop Exorbitant Price Increases After Congress Caps Student Loans

24th July 2017

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Funny how that works.

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Oregon Lawmakers Vote to Bail Out Planned Parenthood

23rd July 2017

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The demand for abortion in Oregon is going down, so why do pro-abortion lawmakers there seem so determined to increase it?

From 2011 to 2014, Oregon saw a 15 percent decline in the number of abortions.

It also saw a 7 percent decline in the number of abortion providers.

But, apparently that isn’t a trend line pro-abortion politicians want to see continue.

When it comes to restrictions on abortion, Oregon already has very few.

It has no parental consent or even parental notification laws. There are no mandated counseling or waiting periods for women seeking abortions. There are no additional regulations on facilities performing abortions to increase safety or ambulance-ready requirements.

And, unlike 43 other states that restrict abortion after either 20 weeks or after an unborn child can live outside the womb, Oregon allows abortions up until the moment of birth.

As a matter of fact, the only “restriction” on abortion in Oregon is that it isn’t free—for everyone.

So state lawmakers recently passed legislation to ensure that it is.

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Michigan Gets Money to Help Homeowners, Uses it to Demolish Homes Instead

21st July 2017

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Blue State blues.

Detroit has foreclosed on a remarkably large number of private homes for failure to pay property taxes. The tax bills in question may have been unconstitutionally high, and federal funds intended to prevent the foreclosures have been spent demolishing the houses instead.

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US Postal Service Breaks Election Laws To Support Hillary, Media Silent

20th July 2017

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The big three networks ignored a report Wednesday uncovering violations of federal law committed by the U.S. Postal Service, which pressured managers to approve time off for employees to campaign for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other Democrats.

“High-level postal officials had for years granted employees’ requests for unpaid leave, leading last year to an ‘institutional bias’ in favor of Clinton and other Democrats endorsed by the National Association of Letter Carriers, one of the largest postal unions” amounting to a violation of the Hatch Act, reports The Washington Post.

The Hatch Act is a law enacted in 1939 to prevent federal employees from supporting candidates. Investigators concluded that the postal service had been involved in the process since the 1990s.

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Taking Care of a Friend’s Dog for the Weekend? Better Have a License, NYC Says

20th July 2017

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New York: It’s a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to live there.

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Stairway to Bureaucracy

20th July 2017

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A Toronto man who spent $550 building a set of stairs in his community park says he has no regrets, despite the city’s insistence that he should have waited for a $65,000 city project to handle the problem. The city is now threatening to tear down the stairs because they were not built to regulation standards.

Bureaucrats get snippy when you show them up.

Retired mechanic Adi Astl says he took it upon himself to build the stairs after several neighbours fell down the steep path to a community garden in Tom Riley Park, in Etobicoke, Ont. Astl says his neighbours chipped in on the project, which only ended up costing $550 – a far cry from the $65,000-$150,000 price tag the city had estimated for the job.

 Think of all the cronyism he spoiled, the swine.

Astl says he hired a homeless person to help him and built the eight steps in a matter of hours.

Surely he didn’t have a permit for that? And liability insurance? Did he withhold taxes properly?

City bylaw officers have taped off the stairs while officials make a decision on what to do with it. However, Astl has not been charged with any sort of violation.

Hang in there, it’s early days yet.

“I think everyone will understand that it will be more than $550,” he said on Wednesday. “We just can’t have people decide to go out to Home Depot and build a staircase in a park because that’s what they would like to have.”

Geez, next thing you know this place will turn into a democracy. Can’t have that, not in Modern Socialist Canada.

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Trump Has Repealed Hundreds Of Obama-Era Regulations

20th July 2017

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But of course we all know that the only things he’s done is a few Executive Orders and a lot of tweets. The very model of a do-nothing President.

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Tax-Funded Anti-Poverty Groups Pay Their CEOs Huge Salaries

20th July 2017

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Foolish mortal. Anti-poverty groups aren’t about ending poverty, but about providing cushy non-demanding jobs for Crustians and their offspring, much like an intrusive government agency.

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Green Cronyism Gone Wild: It Looks Like the State of California Is Bailing Out Tesla

19th July 2017

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Tesla will soon hit the limit of the federal tax rebates, which are good for the first 200,000 EVs sold in the US per manufacturer beginning in December 2009 (IRS explanation). In the second quarter after the manufacturer hits the limit, the subsidy gets cut in half, from $7,500 to $3,750; two quarters later, it gets cut to $1,875. Two quarters later, it goes to zero.

Given Tesla’s ambitious US sales forecast for its Model 3, it will hit the 200,000 vehicle limit in 2018, after which the phase-out begins. A year later, the subsidies are gone. Losing a $7,500 subsidy on a $35,000 car is a huge deal. No other EV manufacturer is anywhere near their 200,000 limit. Their customers are going to benefit from the subsidy; Tesla buyers won’t.

This could crush Tesla sales. Many car buyers are sensitive to these subsidies. For example, after Hong Kong rescinded a tax break for EVs effective in April, Tesla sales in April dropped to zero. The good people of Hong Kong will likely start buying Teslas again, but it shows that subsidies have a devastating impact when they’re pulled.

That’s what Tesla is facing next year in the US.

In California, the largest EV market in the US, 2.7% of new vehicles sold in the first quarter were EVs, up from 0.4% in 2012, according to the California New Dealers Association. California is Tesla’s largest market. Something big needs to be done to help the Bay Area company, which has lost money every single year of its ten years of existence. And taxpayers are going to be shanghaied into doing it.

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The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

18th July 2017

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Gerona and Cantrell, a pharmacist and toxicologist, knew that the term “expiration date” was a misnomer. The dates on drug labels are simply the point up to which the Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical companies guarantee their effectiveness, typically at two or three years. But the dates don’t necessarily mean they’re ineffective immediately after they “expire” — just that there’s no incentive for drugmakers to study whether they could still be usable.

ProPublica has been researching why the U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world. One answer, broadly, is waste — some of it buried in practices that the medical establishment and the rest of us take for granted.  We’ve documented how hospitals often discard pricey new supplies, how nursing homes trash valuable medications after patients pass away or move out, and how drug companies create expensive combinations of cheap drugs. Experts estimate such squandering eats up about $765 billion a year — as much as a quarter of all the country’s health care spending.

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Rep. Jordan Wonders If Susan Rice Has Something to Hide

18th July 2017

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Mmmmmm … could be.

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California Sues Oil Companies for Rising Sea Levels

18th July 2017

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I’m curious as to how they’re going to prove that sea levels are actually rising, since they aren’t.

Proving damages could be a neat trick, too.

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California Doubles Down on Subsidizing Wealthy Buyers of Electric Cars

18th July 2017

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California Assemblyman Phil Ting believes “electric cars are our future,” and he’s willing to spend a lot of taxpayer money to make that future happen.

In what he describes as an “aggressive boost” to the “electric car revolution,” Ting (D–San Francisco) has proposed the creation of a $3 billion fund to subsidize the purchase of electric vehicles, mostly through tax rebates. The legislation has already passed California’s lower house.

California has already spent a bundle on such schemes, which have produced little in the way of electric car adoption while funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to the state’s wealthiest residents.

Democrats: Party of the Rich.

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Minneapolis Police Kill Australian Woman Who Called 911 to Report Assault

17th July 2017

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Justine Damond, a native of Sydney who lived in Minneapolis with her fiancé, was killed in the alley behind her home while talking to police officers that had responded to the 911 call. Sources told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Officer Mohamed Noor, who was seated on the passenger side of his police cruiser, shot Damond through the driver’s side window while she was talking to the driver.

Mohammed coefficient = 1. Perhaps he objected to her not wearing a burqa.

“At one point an officer fired their weapon, fatally striking a woman,” the BCA said in a news release. “BCA crime scene personnel located no weapons at the scene.”

‘Their’ weapon? They only had one weapon between them?

Noor joined the Minneapolis Police Department in March 2015 as the first Somali police officer to patrol the 5th precinct on the city’s southwest side, reports the Star Tribune. He was sued in connection with an incident in May in which he and two other officers went to a woman’s home and took her to the hospital. The woman, whom the officers suspected of suffering from mental illness, claimed that Noor “grabbed her right wrist and upper arm,” re-injuring her existing shoulder condition.

Lots of Somalis in Minnesota.

UPDATE: Steve Sailer points out certain inconvenient truths:

If you keep reading after these first five paragraphs, you’ll eventually get to the interesting stuff in the story. But this is Respectable Journalism, so you have to have a high tolerance for boredom to stick with the story until it finally gets around to mentioning why it’s interesting (because it subverts The Narrative). These days, it’s just Deplorable Journalism to hook your readers upfront with interesting facts.

UPDATE: Washington Post runs 1200 words on Minneapolis police shooting, but no mention of shooter’s name, immigrant status, color, ethnicity, or affirmative action Pokemon Points

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NHS Will Recruit 2,000 Foreign GPs to Meet Staff Targets, Says Health Chief

17th July 2017

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Hopefully some of them speak English, although I have my doubts.

Undiscussed: Why Britain isn’t producing enough medicos.

Suggestion: Maybe they don’t feel like putting in all that study just to work for the government.

Suggesting: Maybe government doesn’t pay what they can get in private practice in, oh, say, Canada or America.

Just sayin’.

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Independent Commissions Gerrymander Just as Much as State Legislators

14th July 2017

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Gotta fill them quotas.

 

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Restaurateur to FBN’s Stuart Varney: Minimum Wage Has Led to 1,000 Job Cuts — So Far

12th July 2017

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You would think that, when a policy obviously doesn’t work, people would stop doing that.

Government, however, is not part of the reality-based community.

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Illi-noise: Another ‘Progressive’ Blue State Cannot Pay Its Bills

11th July 2017

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The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

I know a lot about Illinois politics. I had an uncle, Jack Hart, who lived in Chicago and voted a straight Republican ticket until his death. Since then, he has voted for only Democrats.

Uncle Jack went to the church of Obama’s famous preacher, Reverend Jeremiah Wright. My uncle could hardly walk from a Vietnam War injury. He said Reverend Wright put his healing hands on his head and said, “Now you will walk.”  The preacher was right; when my uncle went outside, he found that his car had been stolen.

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California Democrats Are Apparently Suing Some College Republicans For Being Republicans

9th July 2017

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Those who are looking for a one-party state need look no further than California.

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Antifa Listed Among ‘Domestic Terrorism’ Groups by New Jersey

7th July 2017

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And there you have it.

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Are Goats Taking Jobs From Union Workers?

7th July 2017

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We can only hope.

The 400-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has filed a grievance contending that the work the goats are doing in a wooded lot is taking away jobs from laid-off union workers.

“AFSCME takes protecting the jobs of its members very seriously and we have an agreed-upon collective bargaining agreement with Western Michigan,” said Union President Dennis Moore. “We expect the contract to be followed, and in circumstances where we feel it’s needed, we file a grievance.”

The grievance alleges that the university did not notify the union that it was planning to use goat crews on campus, according to a chief steward report supplied to the Battle Creek Enquirer.

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‘Free’ Abortions for Everyone in Oregon

6th July 2017

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A measure on its way to Gov. Kate Brown requiring health-insurance plans to include “free” coverage for elective abortions and an array of other pregnancy-related services for all insured, regardless of their gender identity, is certain to reverberate well beyond the state of Oregon.

They’re missing the boat here. Since Oregon is a Left Coast state, they need to make abortions not only free but mandatory. Soon there wouldn’t be any white people left in the Whitest City in America and the place would revert to nature and Fashionable Minorities. C’mon, Democrats, get with the program.

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NYC Street Homeless Up 40 Percent Since 2016

6th July 2017

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Letting Democrat kleptocrats run your city will do that.

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If We Tried to Use Our Nukes, Would They Work?

5th July 2017

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Hint: Probably not.

Nuclear weapons such as the W87, W88, B-61 (various versions) and B-83 were designed to be absolutely state of the art in terms of yield-weight ratio, using the technology of the 1970s and 1980s. The expected service life of those nuclear weapons was about 20 years, after which they’d be retired and replaced with more modern ones.

Well, that isn’t happening and no one really understands how keeping these weapons past their expected service lives is affecting their reliability — the high explosive surrounding the plutonium pits keep absorbing radiation.

It can be removed and replaced but the high explosive is literally glued to the pit and sometimes cracks when it’s taken off.

There’s also the question of exposing personnel to additional radiation as a result of americium-241 ingrowth in the plutonium core.

And, of course, none of this can be tested. The Nuclear Matters Handbook also mentions some known safety upgrades that cannot be installed, because no one knows how they might affect reliability.

As a minor aside, it has been well over twenty-five years, since the U.S. tested a weapon with a yield in excess of 150 kilotons, so the secondary designs of existing weapons may well be from the 1960s …

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Gender Follies, District of Columbia Style

4th July 2017

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The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles proudly announces that it has become the first jurisdiction in the United States to issue a gender neutral drivers license. The historic event took place on June 27, when it issued a license to Nic Sakurai with the gender listed as “X.”

An identification card that does not identify. The first step in making voter fraud undetectable. Very cunning, these Democrats.

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