Mid-Day Digest

Sep. 3, 2019

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“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe.” —Noah Webster (1787)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

IN BRIEF

Dems’ Assault on the Second Amendment

Democrats love to proclaim that they support protecting Second Amendment rights even if they just want more “sensible” gun control. But as conservatives have regularly pointed out, Democrats’ “sensible” gun control would do next to nothing to stop criminals from committing crimes with firearms. In fact, the vast majority of Democrats’ proposed gun control would only make it harder for law-abiding Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

The fact of the matter is that the Democrat Party’s agenda is to essentially eliminate the Second Amendment entirely. On Monday, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden insisted there should be “no compromise” on guns. Instead, he bloviated, “We’re talking about loosening access to have guns, to be able to take them into places of worship. I mean, it is absolutely irrational. … The idea that we don’t have elimination of assault-type weapons, magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them, it’s absolutely mindless.” Biden then absurdly claimed that what he was calling for was “no violation of the Second Amendment.”

Even if Biden’s statement on banning “magazines that can hold multiple bullets” was a gaffe — the very purpose of a magazine is to hold multiple bullets, and the vast majority of modern firearms use magazines — Biden’s overall message is a clear attack on the Second Amendment.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren attacks the Second Amendment by labeling the issue a “public-health emergency.” Warren pontificated, “We need to treat this as the public-health emergency that it is. And it’s going to take a lot of pieces and a lot of changes that we need to do to bring down deaths from gun violence.” Warren conveniently ignores the truth — that gun-related deaths due to crime have actually been decreasing for years as gun ownership has gone up — so that she can spin her “public health” narrative with the goal being the effective elimination of the Second Amendment.

Democrats have demonized the National Rifle Association, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for the Second Amendment that historically enjoyed bipartisan support, as a terrorist organization. Bernie Sanders, who in the past stood up for Vermonters’ Second Amendment rights and was endorsed by the NRA, sings a different tune of late. On Saturday, Sanders asserted, “We are telling [President Donald] Trump and [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell, ‘Listen to the American people and not the NRA.’ And I would hope very much that we can overcome the fear of the NRA and do what the American people want.”

Beto O'Rourke has no love for the Second Amendment either, as he has taken to dropping F-bombs when expressing his disgust over Americans’ right to possess “weapons of war.” Along with banning “assault weapons” and implementing a national gun registry, O'Rourke also wants a mandatory buyback (a.k.a. confiscation). “Buy those weapons of war back,” he thundered. “Mandate that. Not voluntary. Let’s be really clear with our fellow Americans.”

It has never been more clear that the radical Left has taken over the Democrat Party. And it sees the elimination of the Second Amendment as an essential stepping stone to the ultimate elimination of the Constitution.

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The ‘Gay Gene’ Guessing Game

Lewis Morris

The findings of a recently released study on the origins of human sexual orientation, the largest of its kind ever conducted, is sure to reignite the debate over homosexuality and whether it is a controlled life choice or the result of an uncontrollable set of genetic circumstances.

The study determined that genes do have an impact on a person’s sexual orientation, but that it is impossible to predict a person’s sexual behavior solely on their genome. Researchers concluded that different components of different genes in the human genome can contribute to determining a person’s sexuality, particularly in the presence of some external factors, but there is no single so-called “gay gene” that separates homosexuals from heterosexuals.

The study was conducted by researchers and geneticists at the Broad Institute at MIT, Harvard, the University of Queensland, and other institutions. It included surveys conducted among 400,000 UK and Swedish men and women in a British database and approximately 70,000 American customers of the genetic testing service 23andMe. All the subjects are of white European descent, and some 3% of the British sample and a surprising 19% of the American sample admitted to having sex at least once with a same-sex partner.

The sample audience for the study hardly indicates a strong representation of the general adult population, nor did the study spend any time on societal factors such as religion, income, family structure, and so forth. For the purposes of this study, researchers focused solely on genetic factors.

The study is sure to be attacked by the Rainbow Mafia for not quite supporting the party line that homosexuals are “born that way” and are therefore unable to reject that lifestyle. On the flip side, the report also indicates that homosexuality is too complicated to simply be a lifestyle choice.

How will the Left reconcile this study — which purports to lend more nuanced credence to the “born this way” argument — with the “I was born the wrong way” argument of so-called “transgendered” individuals?

On the one hand, leftists insist conversion therapy should be banned for homosexuals because of genetics. As one study author put it, “I hope that the science can be used to educate people a little bit more about how natural and normal same-sex behavior is. It’s written into our genes.” On the other hand, some individuals — including children — should undergo hormone treatment and even surgical alteration because their genetics got their biology wrong.

Some researchers in the study initially questioned the wisdom of going forward with the work. Geneticist Steven Reilly, who leads an LGBT group at the Broad Institute called [email protected], told The New York Times, “I deeply disagree about publishing this,” citing fears that the data could be misconstrued — by conservatives — for political purposes.

And the Left would never use homosexuality for political purposes…

In the face of discovery, these “scientists” were willing to let their own political views interfere with their ability to conduct and share research for fear of how it might inform political opponents. They even entertained the idea of burying the study. Publicly they claimed fear, but it’s clear that the real motivation is that the study does not comport with their long-held social beliefs. It is the perfect example of what leftists frequently accuse conservatives of doing: using politics to distort reporting scientific fact.

One finding of the study that could not be kept in the closet was the discovery of a genetic correlation between same-sex behavior and certain mental-health issues and traits like risky behavior and drug use. Hopefully this information, and the rest of the study, will be used to help people instead of being wielded as a cudgel by the Rainbow Mafia.

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DORIAN UPDATE: “Hurricane Dorian will finally begin its long-awaited march up the Southeast coast today after delivering one last punishing blow over the storm-fatigued northwest Bahamas. Dorian’s wind intensity has backed off from Sunday’s peak, currently a Category 3 hurricane. Regardless of its intensity and track, Dorian will have significant, damaging impact from Florida’s Atlantic coast to parts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and possible southeast Virginia this week.” (The Weather Channel)

WITCH HUNT: “House Democrats are set to open an investigation into President Trump’s involvement into payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. … Democrats said they have enough evidence to name the president as a co-conspirator after Michael Cohen, his former attorney and fixer, plead guilty in August 2018 to campaign-finance charges that stemmed from payments made to Daniels and McDougal.” (Washington Examiner)

PANDORA’S BOX: “Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker on Tuesday released a $3 trillion dollar plan to combat climate change after several of his opponents released their versions in recent weeks. The New Jersey senator’s plan aims to make the U.S. a 100 percent carbon-neutral economy by 2045 and combines two of his priorities, addressing economic inequality at the same time.” (National Review)

NEGOTIATING WITH THE DEVIL: “The Taliban on Tuesday defended their suicide bombing against an international compound in the Afghan capital that killed at least 16 civilians and wounded 119 people, just hours after a U.S. envoy said he and the militant group had reached a deal ‘in principle’ to end America’s longest war. … Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told The Associated Press that ‘we understand that peace talks are going on … but they must also understand that we are not weak and if we enter into talks … we enter from a strong position.’ He said the attack was a response to raids by U.S. and Afghan forces on civilians in other parts of the country.” (The Washington Times)

CALIFORNIA TRAGEDY: “At least 25 people were confirmed dead and nine others still missing after a tragic boat fire early Monday near an island off the Southern California coast. The dive-boat Conception, far out to sea in the middle of the night, became fully engulfed in flames as 30 passengers on a recreational scuba diving trip slept below deck.” (Associated Press)

RAINBOW MAFIA TRIGGERED “A few Kansas University faculty members are not fans of allowing Chick-fil-A to be served on campus because they believe the chain violates ‘safety and inclusion.’ The faculty council, filled with ‘extreme frustration,’ wants America’s favorite restaurant removed from campus for being a ‘bastion of bigotry’ after KU administrators relocated a Chick-fil-A from a basement to ‘prime real estate’ on campus to the Memorial Union. But worse yet, to the council, is the ‘Chick-fil-A Coin Toss’ at the start of the Jayhawks’ football home games.” (Fox News)

RAINBOW MAFIA RETALIATES: Author of hoax gender-studies papers punished by Portland State University (The Resurgent)

CAPITULATING: Hong Kong adopts China’s language of terrorism to describe pro-democracy protests (Washington Examiner)

IRAN ROCKET FAIL: “After days of silence, Iran has finally acknowledged satellite images showing that there was an explosion at a rocket site last week. Iran on Monday said that the photos that have been circulating since last week and show a blast at the Imam Khomeini Space Center are accurate. The explosion came before a planned satellite launch by Iran that the U.S. has criticized.” (Washington Examiner)

POLICY: Death of the “gay gene” (National Review)

POLICY: Was the U.S. recovery from the Great Recession a success? (Foundation for Economic Education)

HUMOR: Trump changes Labor Day to “Capitalism Day” because without capital, labor is just slavery (Genesius Times)

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Cal Thomas: “One doesn’t have to be a cynic to be cynical about the Justice Department’s decision not to hold former FBI Director James Comey accountable for what an Inspector General report called his violation of FBI policies and his setting a ‘dangerous example’ in order to ‘achieve a personally desired outcome.’ This pretty much characterizes many of the president’s critics, who fully expected Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 election and have become seemingly deranged in their responses ever since. … The motivations behind Comey’s actions and those in the media who fanned the flames of collusion are now being revealed and should not come as a surprise. If the FISA warrant is shown to have been based on wrong information and the federal judge who issued it is shown to have been lied to, will the liars be prosecuted? They should be, but in the Comey-Clinton ‘no intention of breaking the law’ era, I’m not betting on it.”

SHORT CUTS

For the record: “Labor Day is indeed an anti-capitalism, anti-economic growth federal ‘holiday’ born out of the ashes of the late 19th century’s societally ruinous labor movement. It is a manifestly stupid socialist ‘holiday’ and conservatives are wholly justified to make fun of it.” —Josh Hammer

Village Idiots: “Can someone cite which passage of the Bible God states it is a god-given right to own a gun?” —Alyssa Milano (“It is of course not the right to a modern-day firearm that is God-given but rather the right to Life & the right to Liberty. Essential to that right to life is the right to DEFEND your life & your family. The right to self-defense is recognized repeatedly in the Bible, eg Exodus 22:2: ‘If a thief is caught breaking in at night & is struck a fatal blow, the defender is not guilty of bloodshed.’ (Note, though, verse 3 says it IS murder if during daylight (ie, not self-defense).” —Sen. Ted Cruz

Alpha Jackass: “After the last three years, the work of a just and righteous God cannot be considered credible evidence of His goodness unless He picks all of Mar-a-lago up by the roots, sails it across half of Florida and heaves it on top of Doral and its every last bedbug.” —producer David Simon

Braying Jackass: “Big shout out to all the civilian ‘good guys with guns’ who saved lives in Odessa. You know who you are. Thanks a million.” —Rep. Eric Swalwell

Demo-gogues: “The idea that we don’t have elimination of assault-type weapons, magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them, it’s absolutely mindless.” —Joe Biden

Nonstarter: “Buy those weapons of war back. Mandate that. Not voluntarily. Let’s be really clear with our fellow Americans.” —Beto O'Rourke (“This is your daily reminder that Beto O’ Rourke once wrote a poem fantasizing about running children over with his car. And he wants to lecture Americans on violence?” —Charlie Kirk)

Non compos mentis: “Buying an AR-15 shouldn’t be easier than voting.” —David Hogg (“So you should be able to buy one without showing valid ID?” —The Resurgent’s Steve Berman)

And last… “Calling gun confiscation a ‘mandatory buy back’ is like calling armed robbery a ‘compelled donation.’” —Matt Walsh

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