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6.29.2015 9:00 PM

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6.29.2015 4:00 AM

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6.28.2015 9:00 PM

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6.28.2015 4:00 AM

C2 Above the Fold

 

Nature Rebounds

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Trends in America may portend a global restoration of nature, a rebound. To understand, let’s go into the woods, not in a far-off kingdom, but only about 45 miles northwest of New York City in New Jersey, where a scary side-effect illustrates the American trend to expand nature. In September 2014 a bear killed Darsh Patel, 22, a senior at Rutgers University majoring in information technology, while hiking with friends. Patel’s death in the Apshawa Preserve was the first fatal bear attack recorded in New Jersey in 150 years. Five friends were hiking when they came across the bear, which they photographed and filmed before running in different directions. After regrouping, they noticed one was missing. State authorities found and euthanized the bear, which had human remains in its stomach and esophagus, and human blood and tissue below its claws.

Five years earlier, the state of New Jersey had restored its bear hunt. In 2010 wildlife ecologists estimated that 3,400 bears were living in New Jersey. After five years of hunting, the experts now estimate the population has fallen to 2,500. During the six-day 2014 season, hunters killed 267 bears. Protesters have picketed and petitioned to stop the annual hunt.

Should the re-wilding of New Jersey shock us? I answer “no,” because about 1970 a great reversal began in America’s use of resources. Contrary to the expectations of many professors and preachers, America began to spare more resources for the rest of nature, first in relative and more recently in absolute amounts. A series of decouplings is occurring, so that our economy no longer advances in tandem with exploitation of land, forests, water, and minerals. American use of almost everything except information seems to be peaking, not because the resources are


Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn To Live as Exiles in Our Own Country

Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now

No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically.

It is hard to overstate the significance of the Obergefell decision — and the seriousness of the challenges it presents to orthodox Christians and other social conservatives. Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now.

Discerning the meaning of the present moment requires sobriety, precisely because its radicalism requires of conservatives a realistic sense of how weak our position is in post-Christian America.

The alarm that the four dissenting justices sounded in their minority opinions is chilling. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Antonin Scalia were particularly scathing in pointing out the philosophical and historical groundlessness of the majority’s opinion. Justice Scalia even called the decision “a threat to democracy,” and denounced it, shockingly, in the language of revolution.

It is now clear that for this Court, extremism in the pursuit of the Sexual Revolution’s goals is no vice. True, the majority opinion nodded and smiled in the direction of the First Amendment, in an attempt to calm the fears of those worried about religious liberty. But when a Supreme Court majority is willing to invent rights out of nothing, it is impossible to have faith that the First Amendment will offer any but the barest protection to religious dissenters from gay rights orthodoxy.


 

6.27.2015 9:00 PM

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6.27.2015 4:00 AM

C2 Saturday A.M. Bulldog Edition

 

State Dept admits Hillary did not turn over all emails; Gowdy calls news 'troubling'

Last March, Hillary Clinton told reporters she had turned over to the State Department every email from her secret system that bore any relation to her work as Secretary of State. "I…provided all my emails that could possibly be work-related," Clinton told reporters.

Now the State Department has admitted that is not true.

Around 5:30 Thursday evening, a courier from the State Department delivered a packet of documents to the offices of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. The documents contained an admission that Libya-related emails between Clinton and longtime associate Sidney Blumenthal that Blumenthal turned directly over to the Benghazi committee had not been given by Clinton to the State Department. The discovery of the emails proved that Clinton, contrary to her public claim, had not turned over all her emails "that could possibly be work related."

Committee sources suspected that State had carefully planned the disclosure, either telling some media outlets and Clinton's office before informing the House committee or informing them all simultaneously. Minutes after the courier dropoff, the committee received an inquiry with a press account attached to it that included Clinton's side of the story.


WORSE THAN OBAMACARE: HOUSING CASE LETS FEDS TARGET ‘UNCONSCIOUS’ RACISM

As bad as the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obamacare was, the other decision it handed down on Thursday, in Texas Housing v. Inclusive Communities, is even worse.

Like the opinion in King v. Burwell, in which the Court effectively rewrote the plain language of the so-called Affordable Care Act, in Texas Housing the 5-4 majority decided that Congress had allowed claims of housing discrimination to be brought based on population statistics, when in fact it has never done so.

Now, plaintiffs do not need to show there was actual racial discrimination, or an intent to discriminate. Instead, they can just point to the racial makeup of a neighborhood and infer that discrimination must have happened in order to bring a lawsuit and force communities to re-engineer themselves.

The Court comforts itself by claiming that racial quotas still cannot be used to integrate communities. In fact, it has weaponized racial quotas in the hands of the federal government.


 

6.26.2015 9:00 PM

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6.26.2015 4:00 AM

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6.25.2015 9:00 PM

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6.25.2015 4:00 AM

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