Reader Selected News For The Week Of Dec 20 To Dec 26

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Study: Even Beaver Dams Make ‘Global Warming’ Worse

First, there is this errant nonsense via the tireless global warming fear-mongers at Reuters:

Climate change could cut world food output 18 percent by 2050

By Chris Arsenault | December 18, 2014

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Global warming could cause an 18 percent drop in world food production by 2050 –

And never mind that global warming would mean a longer growing season. And never mind that most of the plagues in past centuries were caused by cooling trends, mini ice ages, that shortened growing seasons which led to famine, which in turn led to disease and the death of millions.

But investments in irrigation and infrastructure, and moving food output to different regions, could reduce the loss, a study published on Thursday said.

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‘White Privilege Marred My Trip To A Ferguson Teach-In’

From Salon magazine:

“Listen when I talk to you!”: How white entitlement marred my trip to a Ferguson teach-in

Brittney Cooper | December 17, 2014

For the record, Ms. Cooper is a contributing writer at Salon who teaches ‘Women’s and Gender Studies’ as well as ‘Africana Studies’ at Rutgers University. (She is also a black woman, as if we need to mention it.)

On Friday, I was on the train to New York to do a teach-in on Ferguson at NYU. Beats headphones on, lost in thought, peering out the window, I suddenly saw a white hand shoving my work carry-on toward me. Startled, I looked up to see the hand belonged to a white guy, who was haphazardly handling my open bag, with my laptop perched just inside to make space for himself on the seat next to me.

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Transgendered’ Is Now A Civil Right, Obesity A Disability

First we have this joyous news from BuzzFeed:

Justice Department Will Now Support Transgender Discrimination Claims In Litigation

By Chris Geidner | December 18, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department’s position going forward in litigation will be that discrimination against transgender people is covered under the sex discrimination prohibition in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964…

So now even Attorneys General can rewrite our laws via memorandum (AKA executive action)? Cool. We can’t wait for the day when Sarah Palin is the AG.

“This important shift will ensure that the protections of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are extended to those who suffer discrimination based on gender identity, including transgender status,” Holder said in a statement.

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X-Mas Miracle! FCC Rules ‘Redskins’ Can Stay On The Air

From The Hill:

FCC rules ‘Redskins’ can stay on the air

By Mario Trujillo | December 18, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday ruled the name "Redskins" is not profane or obscene. In a formal ruling, the commission rejected calls to yank the broadcast license of a radio station owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for excessively using the team’s name, which some find offensive.

It’s a Christmas miracle. But don’t worry. The left will find another way to accomplish their goals. Like death and disease, the left never takes a holiday.

George Washington University professor John Banzhaf filed a petition in September opposing the license renewal of the D.C. station, WWXX-FM. The FCC can prohibit the use of profane or obscene language, but the team’s name does not fit the definition of either category, according to the FCC’s Media Bureau, which handled the case.

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Top Federal Security Clearance Firm Gets Hacked – Again

From an irony-proof Associated Press:

Files of more than 40,000 federal workers breached

December 18, 2014

The computer files of more than 40,000 federal workers may have been compromised by a cyberattack at federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, the second breach this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of workers at federal agencies, the government confirmed Thursday.

Concerned that some data might have been exposed, the Office of Personnel Management has begun notifying the workers that their files were in jeopardy. Nathalie Arriola, speaking for the personnel office, said it will offer credit monitoring at no cost to those affected by the breach.

So their financial records were ‘exposed.’ How wonderful.

KeyPoint became the largest private clearance firm working for federal agencies several months ago after rival contractor USIS lost its investigations business with the government following a devastating cyberattack reported earlier this year.

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IRS Might Have To Shutdown, Due To A 3.4% Budget Cut

From a deeply concerned Politico:

IRS warns of possible shutdown

By Rachael Bade | December 18, 2014

The IRS is considering its own temporary shutdown due to recent budget cuts enacted by Congress, its chief said Thursday.

Just as we predicted. The Obama administration is going to threaten a ‘shutdown’ any time Congress tries to rein in Obama via the purse strings.

In this case, the Republicans in Congress are ‘punishing’ the IRS for targeting the Tea Party with a whopping 3.4% cut to their budget. A ‘cut’ that is surely far less than their build in automatic budget increases, thanks to baseline budgeting.

But the Obama administration might be making a tactical mistake. Who cares if the IRS is shutdown? By now most refunds have been processed and mailed.

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Harry Reid Brags About Nevada’s Pork In Spending Bill

From the Daily Caller:

Reid Secured Lots Of Goodies For Nevada In Spending Bill

By Rachel Stoltzfoos | December 18, 2014

The 2015 spending bill contains plenty of goodies for Harry Reid’s state of Nevada.

The Senate majority leader boasted about the earmarks in a press release before leaving town. “As the 113th Congress comes to a close, Senator Reid ended a successful lame duck session by delivering on a number of priorities to grow Nevada’s economy as we continue our recovery,” the release reads.

Reid secured at least $3.84 billion for things such as the protection of public lands, military and EPA building renovations, and wildfire prevention.

Lest we forget, the Democrat-controlled Congress banned earmarks in 2010. But ‘Clean Face,’ Harry Reid, has been the top champion of reviving them.

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(Some Of) The Top Lies In Obama’s Speech About Cuba

From Breitbart:

Top 10 Lies in Obama’s Cuba Speech

By Joel B. Pollak | December 18, 2014

In the course of his address [on ‘normalizing relations with Cuba], Obama told American ten major lies, both of omission and commission. Here they are, in order of appearance:

With a couple of omission by us for space.

1. No mention of the Cuban missile crisis. “I was born in 1961 just over two years after Fidel Castro took power in Cuba… Over the next several decades, the relationship between our countries played out against the backdrop of the Cold War and America’s steadfast opposition to communism.” Cuba’s role in helping the Soviet Union project a direct threat to the U.S. mainland is carefully elided…

In fact, Obama made it sound like the only problem over the years was America’s opposition to communism.

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US Troops Battle ISIS For 1st Time, As More Sent To Iraq

From the UK’s Daily Mail:

American troops battle ISIS for first time as they see off attempted attack by militants on Iraqi base

By Corey Charlton | 18 December 2014

A number of militants have been killed in Islamic State’s very first battle with U.S. ground troops after the extremists attempted to overrun an Iraqi military base. The militants attacked Ein al-Asad military base on Sunday where more than 100 U.S. military support troops are based.

So US ground troops advisors engaged in their first direct combat with ISIS, in what turned out to be a two hour firefight — and that doesn’t even get reported by the American news media? We guess they are too busy reporting on the Sony hack. Besides, this news might undercut Obama’s promise of ‘no boots on the ground.’

By the way, the base in question is the largest airbase in Iraq’s all important Anbar province.

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Sharpton Will Decide Which Sony Movies Can Be Shown

From Hollywood tabloid, The Wrap:

Sony’s Amy Pascal Teams With Al Sharpton, Black Activists to Combat Hollywood’s Lack of Diversity

By Linda Ge on December 18, 2014

Amy Pascal met with Rev. Al Sharpton Thursday, a week after apologizing for leaked e-mails in which she and producer Scott Rudin exchanged racially-charged jokes about President Barack Obama.

“Very pointed and blunt exchange w/Amy Pascal in our 90 min meeting [sic!],” Sharpton tweeted after the meeting. “Hollywood needs to change. Her leaked e mails show a cultural blindness.”

We thought the goal of the civil rights movement was to make everyone color blind. (Just kidding.) For the record, we suspect that even Steven Spielberg couldn’t get a 90 minute meeting with the head of Sony.

Sharpton also held a news conference in Manhattan announcing Sony had agreed to form a “working group” to address the racial diversity issue in Hollywood along with members of activist groups including Sharpton’s own National Action Network, the National Urban League, the NAACP and the Black Women’s Roundtable.

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WH Is Weighing ‘Proportionate Response’ To Sony Hack

From Reuters:

White House says U.S. weighing proportionate response to Sony hack

By Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland | December 18, 2014 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Thursday that U.S. officials were treating a cyber attack on Sony Pictures as a serious national security matter and that President Barack Obama’s National Security Council was considering a proportionate response.

Are they planning to shut down North Korea’s burgeoning movie industry? Shut down their studio tours?

Obama’s top national security officials have met daily about the attack, which was done by a "sophisticated actor," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.

Those damn ‘actors’ are really getting serious about their activism.

But Earnest said he was not in a position to confirm North Korea was responsible for the attack, and said the federal investigation was progressing.

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Paramount Blocks ‘Team America,’ Sony Cancels Tours

From the Daily Beast:

Paramount Bans Showing ‘Team America’

December 18, 2014

Three movie theaters say Paramount Pictures has ordered them not to show Team America: World Police one day after Sony Pictures surrendered to cyberterrorists and pulled The Interview. The famous Alamo Drafthouse in Texas, Capitol Theater in Cleveland, and Plaza Atlanta in Atlanta said they would screen the movie instead of The Interview, but Paramount has ordered them to stop. (No reason was apparently given and Paramount hasn’t spoken.) Team America of course features Kim Jong Un’s father, Kim Jong Il, as a singing marionette.

Which is putting it mildly.

In 2004, North Korea demanded Team America be banned in the Czech Republic. “It harms the image of our country,” a North Korean diplomat said then.

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Prof Punished For Noting A Liberal Prohibited Gay Debate

From the Daily Caller:

Marquette Prof Suspended For Criticizing Liberal Colleague Who Quashed Gay Rights Debate

By Chuck Ross | December 17, 2014

A tenured Marquette University political science professor has been officially barred from campus and suspended for writing a blog post criticizing a philosophy instructor who refused to allow a conservative student to debate the topic of gay marriage in her classroom.

The suspended professor, John McAdams, received a letter on Tuesday from Richard Holz, the dean of the Wisconsin school, informing him of his suspension. “The university is continuing to review your conduct and during this period — and until further notice — you are relieved of all teaching duties and all other faculty activities, including, but not limited to, advising, committee work, faculty meetings and any activity that would involve your interaction with Marquette students, faculty and staff,” reads Holz’s letter.

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FLOTUS Told Different Version Of Shelf Story 2 Years Ago

From Breitbart:

FLOTUS Flashback: Woman Asked for Help at Target ‘Because She Was Short’

December 17, 2014

Wednesday, People magazine published an interview titled “The Obamas: How We Deal with Our Own Racist Experiences,” in which Michelle Obama claimed it was due to racism that a woman at Target asked her for help to get detergent from a high shelf.

“I tell this story, I mean, even as the first lady, during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her.

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