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Editor: Thomas A. Smith
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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Senator Warren Embraces Economic Nationalism | National Review

Every couple of years, the Democratic party goes full national socialist and begins to lecture the nation on “economic patriotism” — creepily fascistic language at the best of times, but worrisome indeed for a party that has drifted into tolerating open anti-Semitism. “Economic patriotism” is what the Democrats talk about when they want to out-Trump Trump. That ridiculous dope Ted Strickland, once the governor of godforsaken Ohio, bellowed on the theme in 2012, giving a Democratic National Convention speech about “economic patriotism” and Mitt Romney’s alleged lack of it. (That was about five minutes after the last Democratic lecture about how questioning the patriotism of our political opponents is a crime against humanity.) Barack Obama, chin tilted up at 60 degrees in his trademark Mussolini pose, delivered a homily about “economic patriotism” in Georgetown in 2014 and was hectoring Americans about the virtues of nationalism just a few years before Democrats began denouncing Donald Trump as a Nazi for using the term.

And now Senator Warren is talking up her “Plan for Economic Patriotism.” That plan consists of . . . a new federal department! And some job-training programs — of which the federal government already maintains, as the senator herself notes, nearly 50 spread out across nine federal agencies. And — here’s the interesting part — a truly massive campaign of new corporate-welfare spending accompanied by a great deal of foot-stamping/first-pumping anti-corporation rhetoric.

via www.nationalreview.com

Hah!

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End of an NBA era looms as Warriors on brink of defeat

Injured and weary, the Golden State Warriors are one loss from the end of their five-year NBA dynasty run at the hands of the upstart Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors own a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals entering Monday's game five at Toronto and could become the first team from outside the United States to capture the championship.

via www.france24.com

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Is Amazon Alexa Always Listening? Patent Means It May Be - Bloomberg

Amazon’s patent application for an always-on feature for Alexa, its popular voice-activated personal assistant, has raised a lot of concern. “If you’re already freaked out by the privacy implications of smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo,” says Gizmodo, “we have some bad news.” A headline in ScienceAlert is even more direct: “Newly Released Amazon Patent Shows Just How Much Creepier Alexa Can Get.” You get the idea.

But the anxiety is much ado about nothing. An Alexa that’s always listening will likely prove more useful than an Alexa that isn’t; and, in any case, always-on devices are certainly our future.

via www.bloomberg.com

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Nun battling Katy Perry says singer ‘has blood on her hands’ | Page Six

Sister Rita Callanan has endured a year from hell after a court battle with Katy Perry over her order’s Los Angeles convent — a fight that, she says, has left her nearly paralyzed, penniless and without a home.

“I really didn’t like Katy Perry. I’m sure she doesn’t like me,” the 81-year-old nun told The Post.

Callanan, the only surviving sister of the Order of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also claims that the singer has “blood on her hands.”

On March 9, 2018, Sister Callanan’s best friend, Sister Catherine Rose Holzman, 89, collapsed and died in a Los Angeles court as they prepared to face the star’s legal team yet again. Holtzman’s last words: “Katy Perry. Please stop.”

Perry had bought the convent in 2015, from the Los Angeles archdiocese, for $14.5 million in cash.

via pagesix.com

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New York Times Runs Elaborate Front-Page Sunday Smear of YouTube Conservatives

For Roose, right-leaning YouTube is a continuum of bigotry. He leaves the status of YouTube personalities on that continuum distressingly (purposely?) vague, which made it convenient to taint them all with the smear of alt-right bigotry. He loosely threw in internet comedian and provocateur Steven Crowder (who is separately being demonetized by YouTube after pressure from gay rights groups) and his “shock-jock antics.”

In the end, Cain was never much of an alt-right racist. He started dating a Christian girl and started arguing with liberal friends. That’s apparently enough to make you seem a potentially dangerous alt-right guy. Thank goodness some Marxist drag queens eventually saved him.

via www.newsbusters.org

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Hong Kong plunged into political crisis after huge protest ...

HONG KONG, June 9 (Reuters) - Riot police surrounded Hong Kong's parliament early on Monday after what had been a peaceful million-strong protest against an extradition bill descended into running clashes between police and protesters.

Several hundred riot police armed with batons, shields, tear gas guns and pepper spray sealed off the Legislative Council as a similar number of protesters charged their lines shortly after midnight, Reuters witnesses said.

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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Why Some Americans Won’t Move, Even for a Higher Salary - Nextgov

Mobility in the United States has fallen to record lows. In 1985, nearly 20 percent of Americans had changed their residence within the preceding 12 months, but by 2018, fewer than ten percent had. That’s the lowest level since 1948, when the Census Bureau first started tracking mobility.

The decline in Americans’ mobility has been staggering, as the chart below shows. Mobility rates have fallen for nearly every group, across age, gender, income, homeownership status, and marital status.

via www.nextgov.com

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Biden World shell-shocked amid Hyde furor | TheHill

“The Hyde Amendment is a racist, classist and sexist law,” said progressive strategist Rebecca Katz, the founder of New Deal Strategies. “It didn’t just become terrible in 2019. It’s always been terrible.”

On the other hand, some progressives saw Biden’s shift as evidence of the left’s growing power — and therefore something to be commended, rather than met with churlishness.

via thehill.com

Churlish Joe.

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WaPo: You'll never guess which party is on the defensive over abortion

One party certainly deserves to be on the defensive over their rush to the extreme on abortion, especially this week. Give the Washington Post credit for pointing it out this morning. After hectoring Joe Biden into a series of reversals over the broadly popular prohibition on federal funding of abortions, the Democratic Party has become hostile to any pro-life candidate and voter.

via hotair.com

Those darn abortionists.

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University of Alabama renames law school, returns $21.5 million donation after donor calls for it to be boycotted over abortion law

Out of curiosity, I googled the law school. The name has already been scrubbed from the website.

They have my admiration. Political principle is hard enough to stick to when there’s not an eight-figure payday on the table. Imagine how hard it is when there is. The number in the headline actually undersells U of A’s sacrifice here, in fact: The $21.5 million was part of a larger $26.5 million pledge that’ll now go unfulfilled. And it came from the school’s single largest donor, Hugh Culverhouse Jr., which means the university has likely lost a substantial future donor stream as well.

via hotair.com

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