The suspect in the violent assault on a conservative UC-Berkeley student has been identified, arrested, and now, is charged with three felonies (assault, battery and making criminal threats) and misdemeanor vandalism for damaging the victim’s cell phone. He was released on $30,000 bail.
As the article notes, this is hardly the first time conservatives at UC-Berkeley have faced violence and attempts at silencing their free speech by radical leftists, and this is hardly the only campus where it's occurred. While these charges are serious, given the sickening nature and motivation of the crime and the severe injuries to the victim, I hope that federal charges of a hate crime or attempted denial of civil rights and a big, fat civil lawsuit will also ensue. A message needs to be sent, and this crime, with its ugly brutality caught on video, just might be the turning point.
For too long, the radical left in America has gotten away with using threats, intimidation and outright violence on the irrelevant excuse that they were “triggered” by someone holding a different viewpoint. These are not only assaults on human beings but assaults on the fundamental American rights of freedom of thought and freedom of speech. The perpetrators might be incapable of acting or thinking like mature adults, but they should still be treated like adults and held to full account when they commit violent crimes.
It is one thing for conservatives to turn the other cheek, but they will no longer tolerate being treated like punching bags. To use a phrase I think these leftists will recognize: From now on, "no justice, no peace" for you.
It took far too long, and a second court battle that never should have been necessary, but Christian cake artist Jack Phillips is (I hope) finally free from persecution for his beliefs by the state of Colorado.
Phillips has been targeted by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission since 2012 for declining a job to design a same-sex wedding cake because it violates his religious beliefs. He sells cakes to anyone who comes into his shop and declines other types of design jobs that also violate his beliefs, but because this one case crossed the gay rights agenda, he came into the liberal officials’ crosshairs. They put sanctions and punishments on him that nearly drove him out of business, and were openly hostile and dismissive of his First Amendment right to freedom of religion. One commissioner even called religious freedom “a despicable piece of rhetoric,” and others supported her.
This already went to the Supreme Court, which reprimanded state officials for their hostility to Philips' religious rights. You’d think being slapped down by the SCOTUS would have sent a message, but no: a liberal transgender activist lawyer deliberately went to his shop and demanded that he design cakes celebrating transgender issues and, for good measure, Satanism. When he, of course, refused, the activist filed another complaint. Instead of telling the plaintiff that the SCOTUS already slapped the state down on this issue so go pound sand, the officials once again tried to destroy Philips’ business.
But after over six years of battling, neither he nor his attorneys from the Alliance Defending Freedom were in any mood to put up with more religious persecution. Phillips said the state was "relentless in seeking to crush me and my shop for living consistently with my deeply held religious beliefs." So they filed a big lawsuit against the state.
Having already lost in the Supreme Court 7-2, state officials had an inkling that this was going to end badly for them. Tuesday, they announced that they have agreed to end their actions against Philips and Masterpiece Cakeshop, and in return, he will drop his lawsuit.
Philips said, “Today is a win for freedom. I’m very grateful and looking forward to serving my customers as I always have: with love and respect.”
While I’m relieved that Philips (whom I’ve interviewed on my TBN TV show) will not have to go through this ordeal a second time, it’s bad enough that he had to go through it even once. Activists to legalize same-sex marriage campaigned on a claim that people of faith who disapproved had no reason to oppose it because it would never affect them. But no sooner had the SCOTUS ruled in their favor (while unconscionably dodging its duty to clarify that First Amendment rights would remain supreme) than Christian business owners found themselves being targeted for destruction for declining to participate.
It’s long past time that we rejected the scurrilous notion that simply holding a Constitutionally-protected, traditional Biblical view of marriage is some kind of “hate crime” against gays that calls for persecution by the state. You can’t demand respect for one lifestyle while showing no respect for others, or protect one set of beliefs and persecute another. You’d think some things were such basic hallmarks of citizenship that they'd go without saying, but some people need to have it explained to them by the Supreme Court more than once.
See, I told you that when Hillary Clinton said she was not running for President in 2020, that would depend on what the meaning of “not” is. Apparently, she’s like her husband Bill in thinking that “no” means “maybe.”
I must confess, I was almost sorry to hear her say she wasn’t running because that would mean we wouldn’t be able to look forward a new series of wacky excuses for why she lost in 2020. She’s already blamed her loss in 2016 on everything from a Russian conspiracy to men telling their wives how to vote. I used to look forward to her excuses the way people do to new parody songs from Weird Al Yankovic: You never knew what either of them would come out with, but you knew it would be off-the-wall and hilarious. Unfortunately, Hillary is slipping below the Weird Al standard and seems to be grasping at straws now.
For instance, on Sunday, she claimed she lost Wisconsin not because of her arrogant and insulting attitude toward blue collar workers or her failure even to visit there after winning the primary but because between 40,000 and 80,000 voters (who presumably all would have voted for her) “were turned away from the polls because of the color of their skin, because of their age, because of whatever excuse could be made up to stop a fellow American citizen from voting.” That was such a transparent load of cow flop that even the Washington Post fact checker gave it “Four Pinocchios.”
Let’s hope she does run again because she really needs another loss to Trump to inspire her to come up with better, fresher, more entertaining excuses. Something like, “My voters saw ‘2020’ on the ballot and mistook it for an eye chart” or “That racist Trump deliberately depressed the minority vote by creating so many jobs for minorities that they were too busy working to show up and vote for me.”
Former New York City Major Michael Bloomberg looked at the Democratic Presidential field, which is now packed as tightly with ranting mental cases as a New York subway car, and decided that he will not run in 2020. Bloomberg said, "I am clear-eyed about the difficulty of winning the Democratic nomination in such a crowded field." Plus, his history of having actually run something successfully would probably kill his chances in today’s Democratic Party.
The good news for New Yorkers, though, is that current Gov. Andrew Cuomo and current New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio are both still considering running. That would be good news for New Yorkers because if they ran for President, they’d probably have to resign from their current jobs.
It’s too early to say if this is “fake news,” but considering it’s a New Yorker “expose” about President Trump and Fox News (and the New Yorker’s “inside knowledge” of both is about as deep as a flea’s knowledge of calculus), I am highly skeptical. The accusation is that the late Roger Ailes tipped off Trump about a hostile question that debate moderator Megyn Kelly planned to ask, giving Trump advance warning to have a snappy comeback ready.
Fox denied the allegation, and Kelly has already said Ailes did not oversee her debate prep. I was also in those debates, and I never noticed that Trump needed any help coming up with snappy comebacks. Besides, if Fox wanted to help someone by giving them the questions in advance, why not me? I’d actually worked there! Boy, you think you know who your friends are…
(Disclaimer for the humor-impaired: That last part is called “sarcasm.” I do not really mean I expected them to give me the questions in advance. In fact, I’m laughing derisively at the very idea that anyone would do that for anybody. The people I know at Fox News are professional journalists who would never cheat to promote their preferred candidates. I understand how that concept might be foreign to most of the current liberal media outlets. And sadly, no, that’s not sarcasm.)
Like socialism, the anti-vaccination movement is yet another groundless idea that’s taken hold in blue states and is leading to the return of terrible things that we’d nearly eradicated in the last century, such as measles and whooping cough. It’s based on a fear that vaccinations cause autism. No legitimate study has ever supported that.
Now, Danish researchers writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine report on an exhaustive new study of 657,461 children, 6,517 of whom were diagnosed with autism. Here’s what they found:
Not only was there no positive correlation between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and autism, but children who got the vaccine were actually 7% less likely to develop autism. Kids who had no vaccinations were 17% more likely to develop autism than kids who did get vaccinated.
Dr. Saad Omer of Emory University in Atlanta, who co-wrote an editorial accompanying the study, says this adds to a large body of evidence showing that the idea that vaccines cause autism is a myth. It’s time for the anti-vaxxers to take their medicine and let their kids take theirs.
A lot of people are trying to come up with ways to estimate and put into comprehensible terms the gargantuan cost of the Democrats’ “Green New Deal.” I think I’ve found a way that the average American can grasp.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is famous for his action thrillers filled with apocalyptic special effects, from all the “Fast and the Furious” car crashes up through the destruction of London in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” through burning skyscrapers, alien and monster attacks, toppling buildings, and worst of all, in “San Andreas,” the entire West Coast decimated by a massive earthquake that collapses Hoover Dam.
So the Rotten Tomatoes movie site decided to figure up how much we could sue The Rock for in damages if we could blame all the property destruction in his movies on him. They focused only on his 22 most destructive movies and came up with a tab of just over $12.2 trillion in damages.
The latest cost estimate on the “Green New Deal” put its cost at nearly 8 times that much. So we’ve finally found something even more destructive than a movie starring The Rock.
Yet another example of the media’s favorite “Democratic socialist” showing that she prioritizes being “morally right” above being factually correct, except that this time, she was neither:
Here’s an “inconvenient truth” that the left would prefer nobody talk about: Ivanka Trump, who serves as a jobs creation adviser in her father’s Administration, revealed that during the first quarter of fiscal 2019, more Americans re-entered the work force than in any other quarter since the government started keeping track of that number. For the first time in history, we have more job openings than there are unemployed people, so a stunning 73% of the people who entered the workforce during the last quarter came off the sidelines and weren’t even considered among the unemployed.
If you remember the Obama economy, we often heard claims that the unemployment rate was artificially low because people who had exhausted their unemployment benefits and couldn’t find jobs just gave up looking – which, ironically, meant they were no longer counted among the unemployed. But there are now so many jobs that even people who couldn’t land a job a few years ago and gave up looking are now coming back into the workforce and getting hired.
The Wall Street Journal reports that after years of struggle and disappointment, people who previously couldn’t find work are not only finding jobs, but those jobs offer better pay than they used to. Low-skilled workers, manufacturing workers, women, racial minorities, the disabled, people with less education and even those with criminal records are all among the groups enjoying improved job prospects. And before anyone plays the “Thanks, Obama” card, it should be noted that manufacturing jobs, for example, are up by 3.5% in Trump’s first two years while they grew by just 0.5% during Obama’s last two years.
No wonder the left is attacking Ivanka and her dad so viciously. They’re doing too good a job of helping the private sector create jobs that allow people to earn the maximum paychecks that they can. That kills demand for the #1 product of socialism: a guaranteed minimum government paycheck.
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