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It’s shutdown follies on the Sunday shows this morning as the White House dispatches top aides to reassure Americans that the federal government will still be open for business next weekend. Reince Priebus will swing by “Meet the Press” and Mick Mulvaney will sit down with “Fox News Sunday” to push the “no shutdown” line — but not everyone in the administration is so sure. The New Yorker quotes a mysterious “top official” with a distinctive way of speaking and an apparent penchant for drama who seems to be looking forward to a staredown with the Democrats:
While the potential for a government shutdown has been overshadowed by other events—Syria, North Korea, the attempted repeal of Obamacare—the Trump White House is suddenly seized with the issue. “Next week is going to have quite high drama,” a top White House official, who sounded excited by the coming clash, told me. “It’s going to be action-packed. This one is not getting as much attention, but, trust me, it’s going to be the battle of the titans. And the great irony here is that the call for the government shutdown will come on—guess what?—the hundredth day. If you pitched this in a studio, they would say, ‘Get out of here, it’s too ridiculous.’ This is going to be a big one.”…
“This is going to be high-stakes poker,” the White House official said. When I asked if a shutdown was likely, the official paused for several seconds. “I don’t know,” the official said. The official added, “I just want my wall and my ICE agents.”
I wonder who it could be. Elsewhere, Jeff Sessions will be on “This Week” to address the awkwardness of indicting Julian Assange after Trump spent the campaign celebrating Wikileaks and to see if he wants a do-over on what he said a few days ago about federal judges who sit in Hawaii. And John Kelly will appear on “Face the Nation” and “State of the Union” to discuss whether that mysterious White House official will in fact be getting his wall and his ICE agents. The full line-up is at the AP.
Today is the 47th annual Earth Day. On this day, it is worth reflecting on how completely, totally wrong environmental alarmists often are. Few things tell us more about the environmental movement—where it’s been and, more importantly, where it is now—than its dismal track record in the predictive department.
When a news story includes sex, it becomes about sex. The reason is simple: sex is sexy. It's sexy to think about and talk about and argue over. We all have strong opinions about it. It tends to overshadow everything else. So the story of Bill O'Reilly's fall at Fox News is now about sex and that's what everyone's discussing. Did O'Reilly harass women or did he get burned by lies and left-wing campaigners? Were the charges proven? Did the charges matter? Are the women believable? Are they gold diggers? Is it all a big fuss about nothing?
France goes to the polls on Sunday for the first round of a bitterly fought presidential election, crucial to the future of Europe and a closely-watched test of voters' anger with the political establishment.
The great nineteenth-century man of letters William Dean Howells once made a remark that I have long cherished as a sort of personal motto: “The problem for a critic,” Howells said, “is not making enemies, but keeping them.” A critic who does not make enemies is unlikely to be doing his job, inasmuch as criticism is the application of discrimination to human activities and such activities, by definition, will fall short of the ideal. A critic who does not make and keep enemies is likely to be a critic who fails to speak the truth.
The March for Science on Saturday is expected to draw tens of thousands of scientists and supporters of rational inquiry to the streets of cities and towns across the United States. This is not a protest march. We march to proclaim what we believe is a fundamental tenet of human life: Reality matters.
Did you catch this gem on CNN.com from April 6? “The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Benham, owned by Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, is switching to solar power to save money. … Communications director Brandon Robinson told CNN affiliate WYMT that the project ‘will help save at least eight to ten thousand dollars, off the energy costs on this building alone.’”
Since US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit April 12 to Moscow, Russian diplomats and officials have been busy meeting with all the key regional stakeholders in Syria. In just three days, on April 13-15, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hosted in the Russian capital the foreign ministers of Syria, Iran and Qatar. On April 16, the speaker of the upper chamber of Russia’s parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, traveled to Saudi Arabia.
When should traditional liberal values be sacrificed to important but narrower ends? That is the question behind Harvard University’s effort to subordinate freedom of association and freedom of speech to a locally fashionable form of “nondiscrimination.” Last spring, the university decided to attack the off-campus, all-male Final Clubs by disqualifying their members from Rhodes Scholarships and other distinctions — unless the clubs admitted women. A few of these clubs are infamous for loud parties and drunken misbehavior. The new strategy against them had the merit of...
Back in February when it had become obvious that the relationship between the White House and the press corps was going to be… something different, President Trump announced that he wouldn’t be going to Nerd Prom. (Also known to some sticklers as the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.) At the time, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was dispatched to do the round of morning shows and explain why. The short version of the explanation was that he was going to, “spend the night focused on what he can do to help better America.”
With the big event coming up next weekend we now know how he’ll be accomplishing that laudable goal. He’s going to travel to Pennsylvania and hold a rally. (The Hill)
President Trump will hold a rally in Pennsylvania the night of the White House Correspondents Dinner, he said Saturday.
“Next Saturday night I will be holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania. Look forward to it!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
The announcement comes after Trump decided earlier this year that he would skip the annual dinner in Washington, D.C., breaking with longtime political tradition of the president attending the event alongside lawmakers and celebrities.
I suppose this makes sense in a way. Having said already that he wasn’t going, it would be far too much of a walk back to turn around and show up now. But the media has already been on his case relentlessly about going to his Florida retreat every weekend, so the optics of sitting at Mar-a-Lago while the press yucked it up with whatever comedians they’ve lined up wouldn’t exactly be ideal. So why not hold yet another big rally? He’s pretty much assured that everyone will be covering it just in case he either announces something big or says something they can rip to shreds, so the focus will probably be there rather than on the dinner.
Exit question. Does anyone think that this is a one off thing and that Trump will just start showing up for Nerd Prom beginning next year? I just don’t see it. It’s been made into an issue at this point and the metaphorical battle lines have been drawn. It would be totally out of character for the President to just change his mind and go to the big party in 2018. That doesn’t work out without someone offering him an apology first (feel free to debate the merits of how that would work) and that’s not very likely to happen. So do they go on giving each other the silent treatment straight through 2020? The more I think about it, why would it matter? They can have the show without him and and clearly plan to do so next weekend. Three more rounds of that won’t kill anybody.
Just as a reminder, here’s how the “comics” tended to apply the humor the last time a Republican was in the White House. Trump probably isn’t missing out on too much actual fun from his perspective.
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President Donald Trump delivered a common-sense appeal on Earth Day, telling his followers on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, “Today on Earth Day, we celebrate our beautiful forests, lakes and land. We stand committed to preserving the natural beauty of our nation.”
Today on Earth Day, we celebrate our beautiful forests, lakes and land. We stand committed to preserving the natural beauty of our nation.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2017
Three hours later, Trump added, “I am committed to keeping our air and water clean but always remember that economic growth enhances environmental protection. Jobs matter!”
I am committed to keeping our air and water clean but always remember that economic growth enhances environmental protection. Jobs matter!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 22, 2017
Trump’s Earth Day messages come as thousands of protesters across the country have taken to the streets to “defend” science against what they claim are anti-science policies and proposals from the White House.
Critics of Trump’s energy policies seized on the opportunity to criticize the president for his Earth Day message.
Roland Scahill from New York wrote, “If you could, you would transform every inch of nature into a Trump golf course. You have no love or admiration for nature.”
@realDonaldTrump If you could, you would transform every inch of nature into a Trump golf course. You have no love or admiration for nature.
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) April 22, 2017
Public radio show host Al Letson wrote, “How will you preserve the natural beauty of the land, if you dismantle the @EPA?”
— Al Letson (@Al_Letson) April 22, 2017
Nathan Bernard from Brooklyn, New York, replied on Twitter, “You say, ‘Happy #EarthDay’ as you prepare to literally blow up the entire earth.”
— Nathan Bernard (@nathanTbernard) April 22, 2017
“Then start taking action on global warming and quit calling it ‘fake news,’” said self-described “feminist” and “human rights activist” Cole Ledford to Trump.
@realDonaldTrump Then start taking action on global warming and quit calling it “fake news”
— Cole Ledford (@ColeLedford11) April 22, 2017
One of the biggest complaints from protesters is Trump has proposed cutting $54 billion from numerous federal government agencies, including a cut to the Environmental Protection Agency that tops 30 percent.
Trump has also issued climate- and energy-related executive orders, the most substantial of which was signed at the end of March. In that order, which is titled “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” Trump pulled back from the Obama-era Clean Power Plan and lifted a 14-month moratorium on new coal leases issued to developers seeking to mine on federal lands.
According to a report by Fox News, the order also “chips away at other regulations, including scrapping language on the ‘social cost’ of greenhouse gases. It initiates a review of efforts to reduce the emission of methane in oil and natural gas production as well as a Bureau of Land Management hydraulic fracturing rule, to determine whether those reflect the president’s policy priorities. It also rescinds Obama-era executive orders and memoranda, including one that addressed climate change and national security and one that sought to prepare the country for the impacts of climate change.”
Trump maintains that his policies will both protect the environment and help spur job growth.
“We’re going to have safety, we’re going to have clean water, we’re going to have clean air, but so many [regulations] are unnecessary, so many are job-killing,” Trump said in March.
Thousands of protestors across the country have taken to the streets to celebrate Earth Day and criticize President Donald Trump’s plan to substantially cut government funding for climate-change programs. But while alarmists have been participating in their “March for Science” to “defend” science, which they claim is under attack, conservatives on social media have been busy pointing out the incredible hypocrisy of the radical-environmentalist movement.
“Happy #EarthDay from the United States Environmental Protection Agency,” wrote Lauren from Indiana, who included a picture of the EPA’s disastrous Gold King Mine spill.
— lauren (@LilMissRightie) April 22, 2017
Elizabeth Harrington, a writer for the Washington Free Beacon, wrote, “Your annual reminder #EarthDay” and included a link to the story of Ira Einhorn, one of Earth Day’s co-founders. Einhorn murdered his girlfriend and composted her inside a trunk in his closet in Philadelphia.
According to NBC News’ report of the murder, “And so on Sept. 9, 1977, [Einhorn’s girlfriend] went back to the apartment that she and Einhorn had shared in Philadelphia to collect her things, and was never seen again. When Philadelphia police questioned Einhorn about her mysterious disappearance several weeks later, he claimed that she had gone out to the neighborhood co-op to buy some tofu and sprouts and never returned.”
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizWFB) April 22, 2017
One America News Network host Liz Wheeler pointed out the science is settled on abortion, but no one at the March on Science seems too concerned about that.
“But really… WHO in our country actually denies scientific fact? Abortion advocates? NOAA scientists who falsify data?” wrote Wheeler.
But really… WHO in our country actually denies scientific fact? Abortion advocates? NOAA scientists who falsify data?#MarchForScience
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) April 22, 2017
“REAL scientists don’t want to prosecute people who question man made climate change. Lookin [sic] at you, @BillNye. #MarchForScience,” Wheeler also said, pointing to Nye’s suggestion in 2016 that it’s “appropriate” to prosecute people who actively say humans are not causing climate change.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) April 22, 2017
Louder with Crowder host Steven Crowder pointed to liberals’ “science” hypocrisy as well.
Dear March For Science drones: when does life begin? pic.twitter.com/oJ3L5EoKki
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) April 22, 2017
“Happy #earthday from the EPA,” Julie wrote on Twitter, also pointing to EPA’s disastrous spill.
— ✨Julie (@GOP_Contessa) April 22, 2017
The book tour Rachel Dolezal set out on recently has wound up taking her further than I might have imagined. In fact, she made it all the way to South Africa at the invitation of one Clyde Ramalaine, a former priest who now refers to himself as a “bishop” but actually runs a communications company. Her appearance didn’t go off without a hitch, however, Many of the black, South African students in attendance were, shall we say, a bit less than receptive. (Daily Mail)
Deriding Ms Dolezal’s claim to ‘racial fludity’, she was told by a member of the mostly-black audience of students that , ‘Only a white person could claim blackness and tour the world talking to blacks about blackness.’
Another attendee demanded to know, ‘What are your daily experiences as a black person? Is it wearing braids, what is it? …
‘She is just sick or a fraud. Can you imagine a black person from Africa being given a visa and this special treatment to go to America or to London claiming to be white and having the red carpet rolled out for them?
‘This is just another example of white supremacy, why must we have to listen to her?’
There’s more of that but it just gets uncomfortable fairly quickly. I’ll confess that I actually felt rather sorry for her. But if we learned anything from this trip, it’s that the same arguments which took place in the United States when Dolezal was first exposed as a Caucasian were being made in Africa. The aforementioned “bishop” who invited her was giving a speech in her defense which looked like it could have been taken straight from a transcript of an MSNBC roundtable.
‘No one accuses Bruce Jenner of living a lie, or calls him a fraud. He is celebrated for his bravery in being truthful about his true identity.
‘Yet Rachel is vilified, is treated as a pariah, accused of lying about who she really was.’
‘She has chosen to self define and that’s her right. Can’t we just live with who she wants to be? I embrace Rachel as she defines herself,’ he insisted.
Psssst… Bishop? You may have missed a memo over there but I think you’re supposed to call him Caitlyn.
You sort of have to forgive him for taking this approach because he’s hardly the first one. Of course, compared to many of us, he has the argument skewed rather sideways. If you wish to assume that Jenner is actually a woman it’s easy enough to begin hurling accusations about how he competed for all of those years as a man. (That’s obviously unfair because female athletes are one group which definitely does experience a gender wage gap compared to their male colleagues.) But by referring to Jenner with a male pronoun it sounds as if you really don’t believe he can be a woman. And if that’s the case, how do you justify turning around and saying that your friend Rachel can simply decide to be black? It just seems to me that you can’t have it both ways, as much as the SJW transgender warriors who decry Dolezal try to do so.
There’s plenty more of the feedback that Dolezal received, both on social media and at her live events, over at the Daily Mail link. Feel free to flip through, but as I said previously… it gets pretty brutal.
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A Tampa, Florida, high school teacher has prohibited several students from wearing cross necklaces in her classroom, and the school district is now opening an investigation into the matter.
According to a letter sent on Thursday to Hillsborough County Public Schools from Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit organization specializing in legal cases involving constitutional law, math teacher Lora Jane Riedas allegedly told at least three of her students that they were not allowed to wear the Christian emblem because it represented a gang symbol. One of the crosses, according to Liberty Counsel, is less than an inch tall.
“We write on behalf of parents of children in the classroom of teacher Lora Jane Riedas, a math teacher at Riverview High School, who report that Ms. Riedas has prohibited at least three children from wearing Christian cross necklaces in her classroom, claiming on occasion that they are ‘gang symbols,'” the letter said. “They are not gang symbols, but are symbols of personal faith.”
“[Riedas said] ‘I need you to take your necklace off.’ Our client asked ‘Why?’ and Ms. Riedas refused to explain, stating ‘That’s disrespectful; you have to take it off.’ Our client did not want to be disrespectful, so she took it off, but she felt bad because she felt she was being forced to deny her faith. All of our clients are afraid to openly wear their cross necklaces in class any more,” the letter stated, detailing a Christian student’s interaction with the teacher.
The letter also alleged on a separate occasion, Riedas discriminated against a student for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat associated with President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
“Our clients report another student was told to ‘get out of my class’ simply for wearing a red ‘Make America Great Again’ hat while working on an assignment, and otherwise being nondisruptive,” Liberty Counsel said. “She had not told him previously to remove the hat, and the only thing she said about it was ‘get out of my class.'”
Liberty Counsel also asserted that Riedas has also promoted LGBT activism on social media during class hours, and expressed her plans to participate in the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network’s “Day of Silence” which was held Friday. The “Day of Silence” was a student-led campaign that aims to bring attention to LGBT bullying at schools across the nation.
“Tweeting on Twitter and otherwise encouraging fellow teachers to use GLSEN’s political activism ‘guide’ during the school day, and join her in creating a politically-charged classroom environment is not part of Ms. Riedas’ education duties, and violates District policy,” the letter added.
Detailing the legal and ethical violations of Riedas, Liberty Counsel concluded that their organization would take legal action against the school district if they did not immediately prohibit Riedas from banning religious symbols and promoting LGBT activism during school hours.
“We are in receipt of the letter from the Liberty Counsel. We have been in contact with the principal to initiate an investigation. However, the principal says she has not received a complaint from any student or parent regarding any claims made in the Liberty Counsel document regarding this teacher,” said the district’s public relations manager Tanya Arja, according to the Daily Caller.
Riedas addressed President Donald Trump’s annual White House Easter egg roll on her Twitter account Wednesday, accusing him of committing a “microaggression” by not inviting public school children.
— LoraJane Riedas (@LoraJane) April 20, 2017
Riedas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Julissa Arce, a former vice president at Goldman Sachs, joined Tucker Carlson on the Fox News Channel to discuss a popular opinion article she wrote for CNBC on Wednesday about President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Arce came to the United States illegally as a child, but she managed to work her way up to top positions on Wall Street.
Discussing Arce’s article, Carlson said during his show on Thursday, “I also found your characterization, frankly, of the president’s proposed border wall as ‘a symbol of hate’ as not an indication of gratitude . It suggests that you don’t think America has a right to protect its borders. And that seems a very odd attitude for someone who has benefited so much from your adopted country.”
“No, not at all,” Arce responded. “I don’t think that makes me ungrateful. I think that makes me a citizen of the country who also gets to have a voice. And my voice might be different than your voice, but we both get to voice our opinions.”
Carlson then explained that he supports Arce’s free-speech rights, but “he doesn’t understand” why a border wall is a “symbol of hate.”
“The point that I’m trying to make is that the wall is not the best way to protect our borders,” said Arce, who also admitted during the interview she worked using a fake Social Security number. “Listen, I live here. I want this country to be safe. My children are going to grow up in America as American citizens born here. … But building a wall that is going to cost, by the way, billions of dollars of American taxpayers, my tax dollars are going to go to build a wall that, at the end of the day, isn’t going to protect us—”
Carlson then interjected, saying he doesn’t buy that argument and that Arce isn’t answering his question about the wall supposedly being “a symbol of hate.”
“You’re saying the wall is too expensive, but you know that’s not actually what you said,” Carlson shot back. “You said it’s an ‘expression of hate,’ and I just want to get to the bottom of that. Why is it hateful to want to build a wall? A lot of Americans do. The majority, in some surveys. Why is that related to hate?”
“It is a hateful symbol,” Arce said. “It is a symbol of hate against immigrants. It is a symbol of hate against Mexican immigrants, which, you know, the president, Mr. Trump, ran his campaign on. So, I do still view the wall as a symbol of hate.”
“I just want to get the bottom of this, because you’re throwing around language that has an effect on people’s attitudes, and it’s pretty heavy duty, because it presumes motives that you can’t know,” Carlson said. “You don’t know that the people who support the wall hate Mexican immigrants. A lot of people who come across that border are not from Mexico, as you know, they are Central Americans. Is it legitimate, is it morally legitimate for an American to say I want control of who comes into my country, and we don’t have that, and so a wall would reestablish that control. To denounce that as hate seems a little much.”
“And I would absolutely welcome the conversation about how do we create a system by which people can come here legally, that will benefit Americans, that will increase tax revenue, that will increase economic activity,” Arce said. “So, we should have that conversation.”
“We’re having that conversation now,” Carlson said. “You’re not answering my question.”
Carlson then asked Arce again to explain why the wall is a symbol of hate, to which she responded, “As a Mexican immigrant, I can have an opinion that that wall, to me, symbolizes a symbol of hate,” Arce said.
Bill Nye, known for his 1990’s science kid’s show who has since become an outspoken advocate on “climate change,” accused CNN of doing a “disservice” to its audience on Saturday by having a real scientist on their network to discuss climate change.
The CNN “New Day Saturday” panel, which included Nye and William Happer, a physicist at Princeton University,” became heated after Happer said the climate change that Nye talks about is a “myth.”
“There’s this myth that’s developed around carbon dioxide that it’s a pollutant, but you and I both exhale carbon dioxide with every breath. Each of us emits about two pounds of carbon dioxide a day, so are we polluting the planet?” Happer, who has advised President Donald Trump on climate issues, said.
“Carbon dioxide is a perfectly natural gas, it’s just like water vapor, it’s something that plants love. They grow better with more carbon dioxide, and you can see the greening of the earth already from the additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere,” he explained.
Nye hit back and said Happer didn’t understand the “rate,” or speed at which carbon dioxide is entering the atmosphere. Then he ripped CNN for not having only climate change alarmists on their network.
“And I will say, much as I love the CNN, you’re doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change,” Nye said.
When asked why he’s a skeptic, Happer — a real scientist — explained that climate change alarmism is built on a dishonest foundation.
“Let me point out that science is not like passing a law,” he said. “You don’t have a vote to say how many are for the law of gravity and how many are against — it’s based on observations. And if you observe what’s happening to, for example, the temperature, the temperature is not rising nearly as fast as the alarmist computer models predicted. It’s much, much less — factors of two or three less. So the whole basis for the alarmism is not true, it’s based on flawed computer modeling.”
Nye, who is not a real scientist, immediately shot back at Happer.
“That’s completely wrong,” Nye shot back. “He’s cherry picking a certain model. The heat ended up in the ocean. This is not controversial in mainstream science, everybody.”(Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
Nye added that he “encourages” everyone to look at the facts. For years, climate change alarmists said the polar ice caps would melt completely by the mid-2010’s causing the sea levels to rise by meters, which would then put low-lying coastal areas across the world under water. None of these things ever happened. In fact, ocean waters have not warmed on an overall average basis, despite claims made by people like Nye and former Vice President Al Gore.
Not only that, but a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the government agency that monitors the climate, whistleblower said the agency for years manipulated climate data for political reasons — meaning to show that climate change is happening when it really isn’t.
Still, Nye spouted his talking points and lectured Happer for being a “climate change denier.”
I encourage you to cut this out so we can move forward and make the United States a world leader in technology. We want advanced wind turbines…advanced concentrated energy plants. If we were to do that, we would have at least 3 million new jobs in the United States that could not be outsourced. We would not need to have our military on the other of the world defending what people call “our oil.” We could move forward and we could export this technology. We could be world leaders in this instead of wringing our hands and cherry picking data and pretending that this problem that’s obvious to the scientific community but it is somehow not obvious to you.
Later in the interview, Happer said the Trump administration should back out of the 2016 Paris Agreement, a global agreement made last year on greenhouse gas emissions. Happer compared the agreement to former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasements of Germany dictator Adolf Hitler in 1938, known as the Munich Agreement.
That agreement allowed Hitler to take over territory in what was then Czechoslovakia known as the “Sudetenland.” Hitler said he wanted the territory because it was occupied mainly by Germans and Austrians. We now know, however, that it was just one more step in Hitler’s plan to begin conquering Europe.
The comparison Happer made stunned Nye and the CNN hosts, who demanded that Happer explain his comparison.
“It is an appropriate comparison because it was a treaty that was not going to do any good,” Happer explained. “This treaty also will not do any good. Anyone who looks at the results of doing what the treaty says can see that the effect on the earth’s climate is — even if you take the alarmist computer models trivial — it will not make any difference and yet it will cause enormous harm to many people.”
The contentious exchange came on “Earth Day 2017,” also the same day that people across the world were marching “for science.”
Watch the exchange below:
On Saturday’s “Pure Opelka” host Mike Opelka broke down the problems and hypocrisies found in a rant purported to be from a Starbucks barista overwhelmed by the success of the company’s new color-changing “Unicorn Frappuccino.”
Opelka wondered if Braden (the ranting barista) was real or a stunt created to draw attention to the new sugary treat from Starbucks. Watch the and decide for yourself.