Brass knuckles, Prohibited Items Seized in Charlottesville

Officials in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday seized prohibited items such as brass knuckles and razorblades from those passing through security checkpoints around the city, according to the Associated Press. Law enforcement reportedly arrested a local resident for buying razorblades, a banned item, from the city’s downtown area, according to a tweet from local outlet, the C-Ville Weekly’s, Twitter account.  Authorities are checking for banned items at checkpoints throughout Charlottesville in an attempt to preclude any potential violence on the anniversary of last year’s deadly “Unite the Right” rally, which ended with a man with alleged neo-Nazi ties driving his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing local resident, Heather Heyer.

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Muslim on rape: ‘Yes, I did that. Why not?’

Those are the words of a Muslim man accused of abducting a 17-year-old girl, taking her into a cemetery and violently raping her.  He insisted there was no need for further explanation.  Robert Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch, explained how the Muslim sexual predator, Ishaq Al-Noor, could even ask that question.  “Here’s how: sexual assault occurs in all cultures, but only in Islam does it have divine sanction.”  Spencer noted that one survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the U.K. said her rapists quoted the Quran to her and believed their actions justified by Islam.  “The Quran teaches that infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use,” Spencer points out, citing Quran 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50 and 70:30).  Al-Noor, 21, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for the rape and will be deported after serving his sentence.  He arrived in the U.K. several years ago from Sudan and was thought to have carried out numerous almost identical attacks.


The Problem with Gay Marriage

I do not like to interfere in other people’s personal lives.  Then and now, however, I believed as a matter of principle that redefining marriage was another kettle entirely.  Marriage has to be defended not only as a binding compact between two people and an expression of religious faith, but as a social institution whose role is twofold: the preservation of cultural life and the procreation of the species.  For these reasons, marriage can be only a contract between a man and woman.  The received institution of marriage, whether regarded as sacrosanct or purely functional, was indispensable to both culture and race and should not be enfeebled or caricatured or rendered moot.  It has to be respected and maintained in order to serve its original purpose.   My former gay friend would have none of it.  He demanded total assent and expected our congratulations regarding his “marriage.”  But as he once wrote me about another matter, “you don’t owe a friend a lie.”  It’s a maxim worth living by.  Read more:

Wind and Solar Energy: Good for Nothing

The cost of fuel for a natural gas plant is about two cents per kilowatt-hour.  The difference, the seven-cent cost of generating wind or solar electricity, less the two-cent benefit for fuel saved, is a five-cent-per-kilowatt-hour subsidy for wind or solar.  Some real-world examples will further illustrate the point.  Texas has a huge wind generation system with a capacity of 17,000 megawatts.  On August 31, 2016 at noon, output from the wind system fell below 1% of capacity.  The Texas wind system frequently has swings of thousands of megawatts within a few hours.  It often produces at less than 5% of capacity.  On September 1, 2017, between 4 P.M. and 6 P.M., California experienced a record demand of a bit more than 50,000 megawatts.  By 6 P.M., two thirds of solar generation was lost.  By 8 P.M., all solar generation was lost, but demand was still 46,000 megawatts.

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Human Trafficking Hits Terrifying New Highs, Worth $32 Billion

According to a French organization that provides support to asylum seekers, global human trafficking is now a $32 billion industry.  That number was estimated by Pierre Henry, the director general of Terre d’Asile. The group seeks to aid refugees in Europe, and recently admitted that the worldwide human trafficking issue is getting worse.  “It is absolutely necessary to crack these various networks that thrive on the misery and credulity of a certain number of people and it is to be hoped that the victims will be protected,” Henry said, according to a report from Breitbart News that was based on a French-language FranceInfo interview.  As the illegal movement of human beings increases, so do the problems facing nations that deal with it. Terre d’Asile is focused on issues affecting France, but the horrors of trafficking can be found all over the world.

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Mary, Mother of Jesus, Not Named Among Top 10 Women Who Changed the World: BBC Poll

The Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, was listed at No. 12 in a BBC History magazine poll where readers ranked the top 100 women in history who changed the world.  Results from the BBC History magazine poll, revealed on Thursday, were gathered from experts in 10 different fields of human endeavors who each nominated 10 women they believed had the biggest impact on world history.  “We then gave you, our readers the opportunity to vote for your favorite figures from that list. The results — presented here — may well provoke debate,” BBC admitted as it presented the list, though did not reveal how many readers voted.  At the top of the list came Polish-French physicist and chemist Marie Curie, who won a Nobel Prize in two different sciences.  Read more:

The Real Reason for the Left’s Double Standard on Hate Speech

Why is it that organizations like the SPLC can designate conservative Christians as hate groups while ignoring radical leftists like Antifa? Why is that Facebook and Google and YouTube and Twitter appear to punish conservatives disproportionately for alleged violations of community guidelines?  The answer is as disturbing as it is simple. The left believes it is so morally and intellectually superior to the right that it can see nothing wrong with its extreme positions and hostile words. Is it wrong to be intolerant of bigots? Is it wrong to hate (or even punch) a Nazi?  In short, if I’m a member of the KKK, is it wrong for you to disparage and mock me? If I’m a dangerous homophobe, is it wrong for you to vilify and exclude me? If I’m a hate-filled propogandist spreading dangerous lies, is it wrong for you to mark me and marginalize me?

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