Posted onSeptember 26, 2017byifnm|Comments Off on Milo protest was ‘most expensive photo op’ in UC Berkeley’s history, says official (Video)
At a press conference on Saturday, Yiannopoulos accused the university of using bureaucratic tricks to derail the event, adding that UC Berkeley “had done everything in its power to crush” the Free Speech Week.
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but is it worth $800,000?
Officials at the University of California, Berkeley, said the brief appearance of right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos on campus Sunday cost the school $800,000 to ensure his safety.
Yiannopoulos appeared at the steps of the iconic Sproul Hall – the birthplace of the 1960’s Free Speech movement – after his highly anticipated Free Speech Week was abruptly canceled.
The open-air event lasted less than an hour. Yiannopoulos spent the time taking pictures with fans, signing his new book and took part in the national anthem.
Attendees — including Yiannopoulos — had to pass through metal detectors.
Posted onSeptember 26, 2017byifnm|Comments Off on State GOP raises concerns over George P. Bush’s Alamo stewardship
Texas State Republican Executive Committee votes to express concern about any plans to “reimagine” the Alamo. GOP committee also urges more financial transparency from participants in efforts to restore the Alamo area.
Texas Republican Party leaders expressed concern Saturday that Land Commissioner George P. Bush’s leadership of the effort to restore and “reimagine” the Alamo is lacking in transparency and a singular focus on the 1836 battle that makes the historic site in downtown San Antonio the most sacred shrine in Texas.
In a 57-1 vote, the Texas State Republican Executive Committee voted to call on Bush and the General Land Office to keep the Battle of the Alamo its central focus in redeveloping the site and to require that nonprofits that are joining in the effort comply with public records laws.
“The Alamo’s been more than the battle, but the battle has to be front and center and we have to remember the Alamo,” said Jeremy Blosser of Arlington, the committee member from Senate District 10 in Tarrant County.
A multimillion-dollar plan to restore the 250-year-old mission and renovate three nearby state-owned buildings to serve as a museum is in the early stages.
Posted onSeptember 25, 2017byifnm|Comments Off on The Truth About The Tennessee Church Shooting and Emanuel Kidega Samson – Stefan Molyneux (Video)
On September 24th, 2017 at approximately 11:15 am, 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson targeted the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee. Wearing a neoprene ski mask and carrying two pistols, Samson fatally wounded Melanie Smith Crow, 39, in the church parking lot, before entering the church and opening fire into the crowd of 42 patrons – wounding 6 others between the ages of 60 and 83. Originally from Sudan, Emanuel Kidega Samson was brought to the United States in 1996 when he was only 5 years old. Samson is a legal United States resident, but not necessarily a U.S. citizen. Samson will be charged with both murder and multiple counts of attempted murder.
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Posted onSeptember 25, 2017byifnm|Comments Off on Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in prison in teen sexting case
The FBI began investigating Weiner in September 2016 after a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina told a tabloid news site that she and the former politician had exchanged lewd messages for several months, and accused him of asking her to undress on camera.
Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison, facing the most severe penalty yet in connection with the sexting scandal that drove the New York Democrat out of Congress, ruined his marriage and became a late issue in the 2016 presidential race.
U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote issued the sentence in federal court in New York.
“This is a serious crime that deserves serious punishment,” Cote said in a statement.
The former lawmaker’s sexting habits entered criminal territory with his illicit contact with a 15-year-old girl. Weiner, 53, had pleaded guilty in May to sending sexually explicit texts to the girl across state lines. Weiner agreed not to appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison.
Weiner openly wept in court on Monday as the judge announced the sentence. In addition to the prison term, he was sentenced to three years of supervised release, given a $10,000 fine, and required to forfeit his iPhone. Weiner must surrender on Nov. 6 to a yet-to-be determined prison facility.
Posted onSeptember 25, 2017byifnm|Comments Off on Evolutionary Geneticists Spot Natural Selection Happening Now in People
Everyone who’s been through high school knows about Darwin and natural selection. It’s difficult to study how it works while we’re experiencing it, but we now have some idea of how natural selection is affecting humans.
Human evolution can seem like a phenomenon of the distant past which applies only to our ancestors living millions of years ago. But human evolution is ongoing. To evolve simply means that mutations — the accidental changes to genes that happen normally in the process of copying DNA — are becoming more or less common in the population over time.
These changes can happen by chance, because the individuals who reproduced happened to carry a particular mutation somewhat more often than individuals who didn’t have children. They can also happen because of natural selection, when carriers of a specific mutation are better able to survive, reproduce, or tend to their family members — and therefore leave more descendants. Every biological adaptation, from the ability of humans to walk upright on two feet to flight in birds, ultimately traces back to natural selection acting on these minute changes, generation after generation.
So humans are definitely still evolving. The question is whether we are still adapting: are individuals who carry harmful mutations living less long, reproducing less — ultimately leaving fewer descendants? For instance, terrible eyesight may have been a major survival disadvantage living on the savanna, but with glasses and laser surgery, it’s unlikely to prevent people from living a long life today. How commonly then are mutations under selection in contemporary humans?
Posted onSeptember 25, 2017byifnm|Comments Off on Facing Months in the Dark, Ordinary Life in Puerto Rico Is ‘Beyond Reach’
Disaster exacerbated by corruption…
Two days after Hurricane Maria flattened this island of 3.5 million people, knocking out all its power and much of its water, the rebuilding of the services and structures needed for people to resume some semblance of ordinary life was looking more complicated by the day.
All or part of three towns in the northwestern part of the island — Isabela, San Sebastián and Quebradillas — were being evacuated Friday because of fears about structural damage to the nearby Guajataca Dam. Close to 70,000 people could be affected if the 90-year-old dam, which is 120-feet high and can hold about 11 billion gallons of water, collapsed, said Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rosselló.
And with everyone from the governor of Puerto Rico to the mayor of San Juan predicting that it could take four to six months to resume electrical service, people were contemplating empty refrigerators, campfire cooking, bathing in their own sweat and perhaps wrangling for fresh water on an island accustomed to hard times but nothing like what the future may bring.
“It’s been hard to see infrastructure deteriorate in Puerto Rico, but it has been harder to meet citizens who have lost it all,” Governor Rosselló said.
There is an old debater’s tactic that says if the points of your argument are weak, shout and pound the podium to distract attention from it.
Since history has demonstrated that all of the socialists, big-government, liberal leftists arguments are baseless, bankrupt and untenable, they have discovered that pounding the streets and shouting and screaming accusatory epithets will avert any need for defending their indefensible arguments for their worldview.
So the favorite and most successful tactic of today’s leftists is to shut up and shut down and silence all conservative voices by any means necessary. Since the secular left have very little intelligent arguments of their own, they resort to other means to win the public debate on hot potato issues. And the main means they use is bullying, intimidation, shouting, name-calling, mud-slinging, and simply preventing the other side from getting a hearing.
Author and retired attorney, John C. Wright, reveals the left’s “Shut Up” tactics as he notes, “The Left at one time made an attempt to construct arguments along political and economic lines, attempting to show that, for example, centralized control of the economy lead to the immense wealth of Venezuela, or to the immense political freedoms enjoyed by Stalin-Era East Germany. Or they would argue that goods could be consumed before they are produced, or that a minimum wage did not create unemployment as low wage earners were priced out of the market, or that slavery was freedom, ignorance was strength, and unilateral disarmament provoked peace.
Trump’s latest salvo came in an early morning tweet in which he said: “If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag and Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!”
President Donald Trump on Sunday urged fans to boycott National Football League games to pressure it to fire or suspend players who kneel in protest during the national anthem, intensifying a battle over politics, social justice and race in America’s most popular sport.
But in the first NFL game since Trump touched off the spat Friday with an expletive-laden speech to supporters in Alabama, at least a dozen players on the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonsville Jaguars, playing in London, took a knee Sunday during the playing of “The Star-Spangled banner.”
Others stood and locked arms in a show of solidarity. More protests were expected Sunday as the rest of the games of week three of the season were played.
It was one of the largest such protests since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is African American, first began refusing to stand for the anthem in 2016.
The protest spread Saturday to Major League Baseball for the first time: a black Oakland Athletics catcher named Bruce Maxwell knelt during the anthem before a game in California.
I watch Hollywood awards ceremonies where a supposed artist screams out for punching people in the face for political disagreements, and the entire horde of Botoxed brain zombies leaps to their feet in an ungodly and unholy howl of rampant bloodlust approval.
“We can call it Cultural Marxism, but at the end of the day, we experience it on a day to day basis, by that I mean a minute by minute, second by second basis. It’s political correctness and it’s multiculturalism.” – Andrew Breitbart