Politics

#COP21: Examining the Data

By on 12.8.15 | 1:51PM

Yesterday, the Heartland Institute featured a full day of scientific inquiry designed to examine the data behind "climate change."

The conference, which took place in Paris near the #COP21, hosted a full delegation of scientists and policy experts, who examined and discussed the data being presented at #COP21, as well as the legislative agenda behind such an intense focus on climate change. You can watch all six hours of the conference here:

The conference was routinely interrupted by progressives attempting to silence the message. 

Syed Farook Received $28,500 In Days Before San Bernardino Massacre

By on 12.8.15 | 11:41AM

Since the President's address Sunday night, where he stressed that Syed Farook and his wife were ultimately self-radicalized and unconnected from the larger ISIS realm, the pair's separation from international terrorism has been one of the few comforting aspects of the case.

But last night, Fox News unearthed evidence that Farook and his wife may not have been as far removed from a larger scheme as previously thought. According to financial reports, Farook received a sudden, $28,500 payout just days before the San Bernardino massacre occurred, leaving 14 dead in the largest terrorist attack on American soil in a decade. Investigators are now looking into where that money came from, and whether Farook took out a loan to pay himself, or whether he got the thousands from a more nefarious source.

History

FDR Was Trump on Steroids

By 12.8.15

So Donald Trump saying that there should be a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” makes him some sort of crazy, dangerous guy? 

If liberals — and even, astonishingly — some Republicans believe this? Wow. What in the world to then make of President Franklin D. Roosevelt? FDR, if one takes in the current wisdom, was Trump on steroids.

For those who read history, and alas, perhaps lots of people who should do not, there was FDR in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor and the entrance of the U.S. into war with Germany, Italy, and Japan doing the following things that would make Donald Trump look like a nerdy weakling.

Germany, Italy and the Japanese were the Muslims of the day in December, 1941. And FDR responded as follows, first with the Germans in presidential proclamation 2526 that was titled as being targeted to …this is a direct quote — “Aliens: Germans.” And what of those “Alien” Germans? FDR demanded that

Eco-radicals at #COP21 Hold Mock Totalitarian Show Trial Against Climate Enemy No. 1

By on 12.7.15 | 7:16PM

Cross-posted from the Heartland Institute's Somewhat Reasonable blog, in an ongoing partnership between the American Spectator and the Heartland Institute, bringing you the latest from Paris's COP-21 "climate change" conference. This piece is authored by Jim Lakely, Heartland Intitute Director of Communications.

There are a lot of nutty things going on here in Paris for the COP-21 UN climate conference, but this might be the nuttiest, and most disturbing: At the so-called “People’s Climate Summit” in Montreuil, a suburb north of Paris, author Naomi Klein and climate activist Bill McKibben are putting on an event called “The People vs. ExxonMobil: A Public Trial for the Greatest Climate Crime of the Century.”

Ted Cruz Takes Lead from Trump in Iowa, Says New Poll

By on 12.7.15 | 7:11PM

Are the tides finally turning? Has Donald Trump, who just today suggested that we should ban all travel to America by Muslims (a tough thing to enact when you think about it), been bested in a primary state?

According to Monmouth University, polling on the Republican Presidential race in Iowa, Ted Cruz has overtaken the Donald by five points, besting Trump by five points among likely caucus voters. 

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has overtaken businessman Donald Trump in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Iowa, a new poll from Monmouth University shows.

Cruz gets 24 percent support among likely Republican caucus goers, a significant lead over Trump's 19 percent. His fellow senator Marco Rubio of Florida comes in third with 17 percent support, and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson nets 13 percent support.

President Obama Says We Will Not Betray Our Values, Proposes No Fly List Gun Ban

By on 12.6.15 | 8:59PM

This evening, I stopped watching reruns of Bar Rescue for a full fifteen minutes in order to hear the President's address on last week's terrorist attack in San Bernardino. 

I'm glad it was only fifteen minutes.

I don't say this because I don't think its important for a Commander in Chief to reassure Americans in the wake of a tragedy with its roots in international terror, but because President Obama is hardly the type of Commander in Chief to take such an opportunity to provide much in the way of reassurance. The speech contained no new ideas, a range of platitudes his administration has already offered over the last several days, an admonition to refrain from discrimination, and a pledge to continue a "war on ISIS" that seems to have little effect on ISIS abroad, and on self-radicalized individuals at home, who, like, it seems, last week's lone wolf terrorists, have made a hobby out of finding common ground with barbarians who butcher children for sport.

Female San Bernardino Terrorist Pledged Allegiance to ISIS

By on 12.4.15 | 12:30PM

This isn't very surprising to anyone except the media, at this point, but the female shooter from Wednesday's attack in San Bernardino apparently took time out from slaughtering 20 innocent people to pledge her allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of ISIS, on Facebook. 

Investigators think that as the San Bernardino, California, attack was happening, female shooter Tashfeen Malik posted a pledge of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook, three U.S. officials familiar with the investigation told CNN.

Malik's post was made on an account with a different name, one U.S. official said. The officials did not explain how they knew Malik made the post.

A law enforcement official said it appeared that Wednesday's attack -- which left 14 people dead and 21 wounded before the two attackers, Malik and her husband, Syed Rizwan Farook, were killed in a shootout with police -- may have been inspired by ISIS. But none of the officials said that ISIS directed or ordered the attack.

San Bernardino Shooter May Have Been Radicalized

By on 12.3.15 | 12:52PM

CNN is now reporting that Syed Farook, one of the perpetrators of yesterday's terrorist attack in San Bernardino (along with his wife), may have been in contact with individuals the FBI was monitoring for their suspected links to terrorism. It also appears, according to CNN's sources, that Farook may have been radicalized, leading, at least in part, to yesterday's horrifying events.

San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook was in touch over the phone and via social media with more than one international terrorism subject who the FBI were already investigating, law enforcement officials said.

It appears that Farook was radicalized, which contributed to his motive, though other things -- like workplace grievances -- may have also played a role, other law enforcement sources said.

I'm not sure this surprises anyone, but it seems that this is the first official indication that yesterday's attacks may be part of a larger plot, or may have been in service of a radical agenda. 

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