Reader Selected News For Week Mar 28 To Apr 3

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D Rep: Global Warming Turns Women Into Prostitutes

From Breitbart:

Congresswoman Claims Climate Change Will Turn Women Into Prostitutes

By Warner Todd Huston | March 26, 2015

Washington D.C. – On Wednesday, California Democrat Barbara Lee proposed a resolution in the House of Representatives that claims women will eventually be forced into prostitution in order to obtain life-sustaining food and water for their families.

Lee introduced House Concurrent Resolution 29, warning that women will be forced into “transactional sex” to get enough food and clean water — all because global warming will create “conflict and instability” in the world.

Is there anything that global warming can’t do? What makes us puny humans think we could ever defeat anything so all powerful?

“Women will disproportionately face harmful impacts from climate change,” Lee’s resolution reads.

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Ithaca Creates Snitch System For ‘Micro-Aggressions’

From FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education:

Ithaca College’s Microaggressions Bill Labels Students ‘Oppressors’ for ‘Belittling’ Speech

By Will Creeley | March 26, 2015

Early last week, the Ithaca College Student Government Association passed a resolution to create an anonymous, online system for students to report “microaggressions” on campus…

First, the measure resolves to create a “school-wide online system to report microaggressions”—but does not define the term “microaggressions.” This glaring lack of clarity is deeply troubling. Without a stable understanding of what a microaggression is or is not, students run the risk of being reported for speech that crosses an invisible line, drawn by and known only to the offended listener…

That’s the idea. Now the powers that be can make anyone a criminal.

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Bill Nye Admits Carbon Tax Is To Redistribute Wealth

From Campus Reform:

Bill Nye: We need a carbon tax to ‘redistribute wealth’

By Caleb Bonham | March 26, 2015

Nye told University at Albany students that America needs a tax on energy use to ‘redistribute wealth.’ The former Disney actor also told students that the government’s real role is to ‘run things.’ Speaking to students at the [state run] University at Albany, Bill Nye the Science Guy said that a carbon tax was needed for the purpose of redistributing wealth. "We need, dare I say it, a tax, or should I say a fee," Nye purportedly said Wednesday, right before an anonymous student began recording. “It’s not just to be mean, it’s to redistribute wealth,” Nye said.

It’s nice to finally have someone come right out and admit it.

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NE Sen Compares Cops To ISIS, Says He’d Shoot A Cop

From Watchdog.org:

Nebraska senator compares police to ISIS, says he’d shoot a cop

By Deena Winter | March 25, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. – A black Nebraska state senator compared American police to Islamic terrorists and suggested he’d shoot a cop if only he had a weapon. State Sen. Ernie Chambers said during a legislative hearing on gun bills Friday that you don’t have to go halfway around the world to find an ISIS mentality. It can be found in America because police terrorize blacks every day…

Behold what the lies of Ferguson hath wrought.

“My ISIS is the police,” Chambers said, adding police can get away with shooting people if they “think” they’re going to do something — like pull a weapon. “The police are licensed to kill us — children, old people,” he said.

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Visa Scandal Forced Hillary To Delay Announcement

From the Washington Times:

Scandals force Hillary Clinton to delay 2016 bid announcement

By S.A. Miller | March 25, 2015

… A Democratic strategist familiar with the [Hillary] team’s thinking said they are scrambling to limit the damage and readjust the campaign rollout schedule after the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general revealed an apparent cronyism scandal that ensnared Mrs. Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodham, and two of her political confidants, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and former Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell.

And Harry Reid. Who has (coincidentally) just announced that he is not going to run for re-election.

The accusation that a top Obama administration official did favors for the three politically connected Democrats follows other damaging revelations swirling around Mrs. Clinton, including that the Clinton Foundation pocketed foreign donations while she was secretary of state and that she exclusively used a private email account that concealed official business while she was in office…

[Hank Sheinkopf, a veteran Democratic campaign adviser who worked for President Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign said:] “Every time there is a piece of news like this, it delays the announcement,” he said.

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Reid Won’t Seek Re-Election (Not Due To His Injuries)

From a despondent New York Times:

Harry Reid Says He Won’t Seek Re-Election

By CARL HULSE | March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated with his push of President Obama’s ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance.

Mr. Reid, 75, who suffered serious eye and facial injuries in a Jan. 1 exercise accident at his Las Vegas home, said he had been contemplating retiring from the Senate for months. He said his decision was not attributable either to the accident or to his demotion to minority leader after Democrats lost the majority in November’s midterm elections…

And we believe him, too.

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Taxpayers Paid $157M For Gov’t Union Work In 2012

From Fox News:

Taxpayers foot bill for union work, lawmakers seek changes

By John Roberts | March 26, 2015

When he arrived on Capitol Hill in January, freshman Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., discovered something he had no clue was going on. Hundreds of federal employees spend their entire workday — not doing the business of the government, but working for their unions. Hice told Fox News he was shocked by what he found.

"Waste on an egregious level by federal employees who are taking taxpayer monies and using it for purposes other than the reason they were hired," Hice said. It’s called "official time," and it was sanctioned into law by Congress in 1978…

We need to have it sanctioned out of law.

Hice argues that the situation has gotten out of control, and he’s pushing new legislation to change it.

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IG: DEA Agents Attended Cartel-Funded ‘Sex Parties’

From Fox News:

Watchdog: DEA agents attended cartel-funded ‘sex parties’

March 26, 2015

In another major embarrassment for federal law enforcement, a Justice Department watchdog report alleges several Drug Enforcement Administration agents attended "sex parties" with prostitutes paid for by local drug cartels.

So? What’s the problem? Are DEA agents supposed to turn down ‘gifts of love’ from south of the borders?

The alleged parties took place in an unnamed "host country," which reportedly was Colombia, over a period of several years. According to the Justice Department inspector general report, the parties were even held in agents’ U.S. government-leased quarters.

In fact, according to other reports, this DOJ investigation grew out of the Secret Service’s Cartagena Columbia prostitution scandal in 2012.

Further, agents received "money, expensive gifts, and weapons [sic] from drug cartel members," according to the report…

We wonder how many of these weapons originally came from the US government via Fast & Furious?

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House Dems Creating Phony ‘Documents’ For Illegals

From The Hill:

Dems grease skids for Obama’s immigration programs

By Mike Lillis | March 26, 2015

House Democrats are intensifying their efforts to help undocumented immigrants enroll in President Obama’s new programs easing deportations. The lawmakers, representing districts nationwide, have launched a new outreach campaign designed both to grease the application process and to prevent those eligible from being deported before the programs go into effect…

Notice that The Hill’s headline and lead do not give any real indication as to what the House Democrats are doing.

Behind Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), the Democrats are issuing "emergency cards" to potential participants and asking them to present those cards in the event they’re detained by an immigration official before the court issues are resolved.

So there it is.

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NYT: Convicted Bergdahl Get Honorable Discharge?

From Breitbart:

New York Times Stealth-Deletes: Will Bergdahl Receive Honorable Discharge If He’s Convicted?

By John Nolte | March 26, 2015

In a Wednesday article about the desertion charges filed against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, The New York Times was mercilessly ridiculed on Twitter for a passage that betrayed a breathtaking ignorance about how the military works. The lack of common sense was just as startling:

Another question is whether the Army will give Sergeant Bergdahl an honorable discharge if he is found guilty of desertion. For members of the military, an honorable discharge is no small matter, and not getting one can hinder not only a veteran’s job prospects but the entirety of how a service memberlook [sic] back on his or her career.

Overnight, and without noting the edit, The Times stealth-deleted this nonsense.

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Dems & Their Media Flacks Hailed Bergdahl Release

From the Independent Journal Review:

Twitter Never Forgets: These 8 Public Figures Are Probably Regretting Cheering Bergdahl’s Release

By Joseph Perticone | March 25, 2015

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was officially charged with desertion on Wednesday. In light of that charge, these politicians, journalists and political personalities might want to consider walking back some of [their tweets] listed below.

The White House: ""It’s a good day." —President Obama to Bob and Jani Bergdahl on the recovery of their son, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl"

Vice President Joe Biden: "Welcome home, Sergeant Bergdahl. Today we are elated about his return and reaffirm our commitment to recover the warriors still left behind."

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid: "On Bergdahl disappearance from Army base: Army will answer these questions, not Monday morning quarterbacks on Capitol Hill"

National Security Advisor Susan Rice: "Our hearts are filled with joy for the Bergdahl family"

Talking Points Memo Publisher Josh Marshall: "I predict many years frm now, say 2014, wingers will be so far gone theyll mercilessly attack parents of returned POW"

Salon editor-at-large Joan Walsh: "The right’s latest dirty Bergdahl trick: Pitting Clinton against Obama"

"Reports that Hillary Clinton favored a tougher deal in 2012 tell us nothing about what she’d have done in 2014"

Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas: "Bergdahl is now Exhibit A in right-wing media bubble… Same bubble that convinced them President Romney would happen"

Political strategist and CNN/ABC contributor Donna Brazile: "An Anatomy of the Right’s Bergdahl Overreach (The New Republic) – Good read.

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Senate Votes 100 To 0 To Fund Future Iran Sanctions

From Reuters:

U.S. Senate votes unanimously for amendment to send message on Iran

By Patricia Zengerle | March 26, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate voted unanimously on Thursday for a non-binding amendment to a budget bill intended to make it easier to reimpose sanctions if Iran violates a nuclear deal.

Are they all traitors? Imagine undermining Obama’s negotiations like that. Where is the outrage?

The vote was 100-0 for the amendment, sponsored by Republican Senator Mark Kirk, which would establish a fund to cover the cost of imposing sanctions if Tehran violated terms of an interim nuclear agreement now in effect, or the final agreement negotiators hope to reach before July…

The votes are non-binding because the legislation will not become law, but many senators introduce amendments to send political messages.

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US Is (Reportedly) Caving On Verification In Iran Deal

First from the state run Fars News Agency:

Iranian Negotiator Stresses Withdrawal of Powers from Past Stances in N. Talks

March 25, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA) – Director General for Political Affairs at the Iranian Foreign Ministry and nuclear negotiator Hamid Baeidinejad said on Wednesday that the western powers have withdrawn from their previous positions in nuclear talks with Tehran.

"The other side has withdrawn from its positions compared with the past, otherwise we wouldn’t have stood at this point and stage in the talks at all," Baeidinejad told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday…

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to meet with his US counterpart John Kerry in Lausanne on Thursday… Zarif said on Saturday that Tehran and the 5+1 group of powers had found technical and political solutions to their differences.

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Gallup: US ‘Fear Of Global Warming’ Is As Low As Ever

From CNS News:

Gallup: Concern About Environment Down – Americans Worry Least About Global Warming

By Michael W. Chapman | March 25, 2015

(CNSNews.com) — Americans’ concern over environmental issues such as water and air pollution and extinction of species is down from last year, and the data show that of all green issues, Americans worry the least about global warming (or climate change), according to Gallup.

As part of its annual Environmental survey, which Gallup has done for more than two decades, the surveyors on March 5-8 asked, “I’m going to read you a list of environmental problems. As I read each one, please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all.”

The results showed that when it came to “pollution of drinking water,”  60% worried about it a “great deal” in 2014 but only 55% worried about it a “great deal” in 2015.

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