From Whence Comes The Power To Drive Electric Vehicles?

The consequences of government policies to promote renewable energy to replace fossil fuels and increase the numbers of electric cars on the road can be viewed by the experiences of Germany and Spain. They both undertook such programs over a decade ago resulting in nothing but dramatically increased energy costs and no substantial increase in either solar or wind power as a source of the nations energy.

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By Dr. Jay Lehr ~

Elon Musk recognized early on there was money to be made in businesses that support environmental causes. He has gained the support of the green movement by broadcasting his vision for a future without fossil fuels, reducing global warming and traveling on battery powered cars. However most people do not think about the source of the energy to charge his batteries. He tells us solar energy can do it all and he owns the company to get the job done (Solar City is now part of Tesla motors).

At first glance Musk’s vision for the electric car seems reasonable. It has no tailpipe and no emissions. Government subsidized electric buses and trains have been increasing in recent years. However, our entire nation has been ignoring two critical questions that must be answered — and those answers will not come easily.

(1) Where does the electricity…

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For Love Or Clickbait? Snopes.com Leaps To Correct Obviously Silly Ocasio-Cortez Items

It’s important to remember when using Snopes that it leans w a y  l e f t. Snopes is not an objective arbiter.

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By Tim Graham ~

Snopes.com claims to be a fact-checking website, but its recent rash of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defense items suggests it’s a liberal clickbait site. There are five items just in the first 15 days of April. None of them evaluate if AOC mangled facts. They’re all on defense.

— April 15: “Did U.S. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Repeatedly Guess ‘Free’ on TV Show The Price is Right?”False. Who is dumb enough to believe this one? (People who believe CNN has a large washing machine for new stories, apparently.) The humorous but obviously fake photo was created by the Christian satire site Babylon Bee, a Snopes nemesis. But Snopes suggested in an accompanying video that “Without context, it’s inevitable in today’s misinformation age that some people will see, believe, and keep scrolling.”

— April 8: “Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Propose a Nationwide Motorcycle Ban?False. “On 6…

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Democrats Want To Rejoin The Paris Accord. Let’s Recall Why It Was Such A Bad Deal.

Trump was right to announce his intent to withdraw from Paris. While the climate is indeed changing and human activity is playing a role, the chances of looming climate catastrophe are simply unrealistic and not grounded in reality.

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By Nicolas Loris ~

When the Obama administration negotiated the Paris climate agreement, conservatives argued that it should move through the proper treaty process and be sent to the Senate, where elected senators could weigh in and potentially reject the deal.

President Barack Obama didn’t do that. Instead, he unilaterally signed the deal, making it all the more easy for a future president to un-sign it.

Now that President Donald Trump has announced his intent to withdraw from the costly, ineffectual agreement, House Democrats think it’s time to involve Congress.

Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., left, introduced a bill that would block President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Last week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee advanced the Climate Action Now Act, a bill that would block the Trump administration from withdrawing from the Paris accord and enforce the commitments made under the Obama administration…

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Dems Play the Victim While Making Light of 9/11

Though virtually all Crenshaw did was quote her, Omar responded by playing the victim, claiming that Crenshaw’s comments were “dangerous incitement, given the death threats I face. I hope leaders of both parties will join me in condemning it.” She then added, “My love and commitment to our country and that of my colleagues should never be in question. We are All Americans.”

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Crenshaw calls out Ilhan Omar for her dismissive comments on 9/11 terrorism.  ~

This past week provided a perfect example of leftists’ inability to argue the merits of an issue. All they do when challenged is cry oppression and racism.

On Tuesday, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) called out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her demonstrably false statements regarding the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Crenshaw wrote, “First Member of Congress to ever describe terrorists who killed thousands of Americans on 9/11 as ‘some people who did something.’ Unbelievable.”

Though virtually all Crenshaw did was quote her, Omar responded by playing the victim, claiming that Crenshaw’s comments were “dangerous incitement, given the death threats I face. I hope leaders of both parties will join me in condemning it.” She then added, “My love and commitment to our country and that of…

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NY Times’ Peters Plays Defense For Dems: Trump’s ‘False’ Attacks On Green Deal, Abortion

“Far-reaching” is certainly one way of describing the Green New Deal, so extreme that it didn’t garner a single vote, Democrat or Republican, when it was put up to vote in the Senate in March 2019, more of a wish list for the left than a serious environmental proposal (it didn’t even mention nuclear energy, but did wistfully yearn for the banning of air travel and cows):

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By Clay Waters ~

In Saturday’s New York Times, political reporter Jeremy Peters tried to inoculate Democrats against supposedly “false” Republican attacks on the issues of abortion and socialized medicine., “G.O.P. Hones Blunt, Misleading Attacks on the Democrats.”

Republican leaders are sharpening and poll-testing lines of attack that portray Democratic policies on health care, the environment and abortion as far outside the norm, in hopes of arming President Trump with hyperbolic sound bites — some of them false — asserting that Democrats would cause long waits for doctors or make killing babies after birth legal.

The blunt messaging underscores one of the biggest challenges facing Democrats as they try to defeat the incumbent president: the need to define themselves and their ideas before Mr. Trump and his conservative allies do it for them.

“Far-reaching” is certainly one way of describing the proposal, so extreme that it didn’t…

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The Dictionary Adds ‘White Fragility’

Sociologist Robin Di Angelo, one in the endless line of perpetually bored, arrogant and/or ignorant “experts” on race, coined the term “white fragility” in 2011, overlooked initially (and for good reason: it’s stupid).

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By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham ~

One of strangest developments in today’s internet culture is how website dictionaries, which one might presume to be objective, have dabbled in “woke” leftist politics as a way of drawing clicks. USA Today reporter Jessica Guynn, who explains her job is to explore how the digital world can “amplify bias and widen disparities,” delighted in reporting how the term “white fragility” has been added to dictionaries as a result of racial discussions on social media.

Sociologist Robin Di Angelo, one in the endless line of perpetually bored, arrogant and/or ignorant “experts” on race, coined the term “white fragility” in 2011, overlooked initially (and for good reason: it’s stupid). But naturally, it’s picked up steam along with the political career of Donald Trump. After Trump won the presidency in 2016, the Oxford Dictionaries put the term on its short list for word of the…

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NY Times Turns On Assange: From ‘The Gift Of Information’ To ‘Dubious Judgment’ Post-Trump

The paper noticed that the tide of sophisticated opinion, once favorable to the truth-activist Assange, turned in 2016, when Assange’s actions started hurting Democrats and helping the hated Donald Trump. But Shane and Erlanger didn’t make an issue of the glaring political hypocrisy on display or mention the strange new disgust toward Assange coming from the Democratic left.

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By Clay Waters ~

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had spent the last seven years holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, evading the authorities before being expelled and arrested Thursday, charged with a single count of hacking. The front page of Friday’s New York Times featured intelligence reporter Scott Shane and Steven Erlanger’s recap of Assange and the effect of his leaking of classified national security information (and Democratic Party secrets) in “A Divisive Prophet of the Public’s Right to Know.

The paper noticed that the tide of sophisticated opinion, once favorable to the truth-activist Assange, turned in 2016, when Assange’s actions started hurting Democrats and helping the hated Donald Trump. But Shane and Erlanger didn’t make an issue of the glaring political hypocrisy on display or mention the strange new disgust toward Assange coming from the Democratic left.

The shaky video clips of Julian Assange’s arrest…

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Big Donors Pave Youth Group’s ‘Road’ To Green New Deal

The Daily Signal last week sent a request for comment to the Sunrise Movement, asking whether its close association with environmental advocacy groups such as Sierra Club, 350.org, and U.S. Climate Action Network in any way compromises the group’s appeal as a grassroots organization that represents average Americans.

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By Kevin Mooney ~

A self-described army of young people devoted to climate change activism are taking their show on the road to build support for national Democrats’ Green New Deal and to counter business interests that favor fossil fuel use.

Protesters who are part of the Sunrise Movement demand that Democrats support the Green New Deal during this sit-in Dec. 12 at the offices of incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images)

The Sunrise Movement first attracted media attention when hundreds of its followers organized sit-ins at congressional offices following the 2018 midterm elections. The movement’s network of activists is touted as including teenagers and college-age students and graduates.

In a widely reported encounter in February, elementary school children from San Francisco urged Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to support the Green New Deal. The Sunrise Movement posted a video of the spirited exchange, which also…

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Disparity Of Force: What’s Reasonable?

We begin with this: regardless of who you are, regardless of your martial skills—open handed or with weapons—regardless of your good intentions, always, always, always, do everything you reasonably can to avoid fights.

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Are the guidelines for the use of force the same for everyone?

As regular readers know, I’m currently updating a series on the rationale for gun ownership (enter “guns and liberty” into the SMM home page search bar to find them all).  In response to the most recent installment—Part 8—reader Roger Lake, obviously a man of discriminating taste, wrote:

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Fox News Drives NY Times Into Paranoid Hysterics: ‘Destabilizing Democracies…Vilifying People Of Color’

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By Clay Waters ~

New York Times Magazine staff writer Jonathan Mahler and media reporter Jim Rutenberg teamed on a colossal, three-part investigation of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire (and family drama), using the elderly mogul’s sale of his 21st Century Fox empire to Walt Disney as the catalyst for an incredibly noxious hit piece on Fox News, which is accused of virtually everything wrong with the world.

The tone is amazingly ideological and personally hostile, perhaps the most virulent and conspiracy-minded attack on Fox News ever issued by the paper, certainly the longest one, against some stiff competition. It reads more like a paranoid left-wing screed from The Nation or In These Times than it does content for an objective newspaper.

It was posted Wednesday morning for a presumed print release in the April 7 edition of the Sunday Magazine.

The story’s sample plate of sorts, summarizing the…

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