Five Things Millennials Should Understand About Constitutional Conservatism

Remember the first time you put the keys in the ignition after getting your license? Oh sweet, sweet freedom. You no longer needed to rely on your parents to take you places (unless of course, you still needed their car). Pretty soon, though, the license loses its luster, as you realize that there are still those blasted rules. It’s the one, nearly universal modus operandi of most teens: “When the heck can I get the HECK out of Mom and Dad’s home??” And it’s probably not because you didn’t love your parents, or didn’t like the food, or the bed you slept in, or the clothes they bought you. It was because leaving home meant getting out from under Mom and Dad’s thumb. It meant you were free to make your own decisions. So let me ask you this: if you couldn’t stand being told what to do, where to go, and otherwise how to live under your parents’ authority—what makes you think having an all-powerful government to do the exact same thing on an infinitesimally bigger scale is any different? Here’s what I’m getting at: Millennials love Bernie Sanders. Let me clearer: Millennials love Bernie Sanders, the unapologetic socialist running for president. Socialism is pretty simple: It’s basically varying degrees of wealth redistribution, mandated and controlled by the government. And, there’s usually a great deal of cultural engineering thrown in there too. Bernie Sanders preaches a very clear message of solutions to what we’re all experiencing—especially those of us just now coming of age, and who have no concept of anything but a crappy economy and crippling, burdensome debt. His promises bring hope to a generation that’s scared to death about its future. He talks a lot about all the free stuff you’re going to GET. (And for the record, we could cut the entire military and tax everyone who makes more than $1 million at 100 percent and still not be able to pay for it all—but that’s another story.) But have you ever really thought about what you’re going to have to give up to get it? Probably not, since you’ve likely been told it’s conservatism (specifically, constitutional conservatism) and its stodgy religious tenants and insipid obsession with rugged individuality that’ll force you to give stuff up. Is it, now? Let’s take a look:

A great piece from millennial author Mary Ramirez..  To read the rest, click on the text above.   :-)

Cam Newton The Sore Loser: Sulking Is Not A Good Look For A Would-Be Champion

Cam Newton couldn’t even handle the softballs. As a room full of sports reporters tiptoed around the sulky quarterback with soft, flattering question after soft, flattering question, Newton just sat there hunched over in his hoodie, issuing spiteful, one-word answers at the post-Super Bowl press conference like a kid who has just had a tantrum because his mommy wouldn’t buy him candy at the checkout line. The 26-year-old Carolina Panthers player, who a day earlier was all smiles and cocky assurance in front of the same reporters, was the epitome of a sore loser. He walked out of the press conference on Feb. 7 less than three minutes in. It wasn’t long before those same sports reporters, who got nothing from the Panthers quarterback, began publishing dozens of stories defending his childish behavior. Three of them — including Charlotte Observer football beat writer Joe Person, ESPN’s Ed Weder, and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport — all tweeted excuses on behalf of Newtown, saying the petulant quarterback took offense at what he was hearing. Just what were those tough questions Newton couldn’t handle? Most weren’t even questions, just declarations of support and empathy, as if sports reporters are paid to provide a shoulder for multimillionaire athletes to cry on. “Obviously you’re disappointed, you’ve won tremendous games before, and I know you’ve had some tough loses too, I mean, it’s on the biggest stage, it’s difficult, I know.” “I know you’re disappointed not just for yourself, but for your teammates. It’s got to be real tough.” “Do we sometimes forget that defenses can still take apart the offenses in this game?” Are you kidding me? These are supposed to be the best and brightest sports reporters, interviewing a star quarterback after the biggest game of the year, and that’s all they can muster? As for Newton himself, he made the mistake of thinking he’d already won the game — that because he was leading a squad with a historically potent offense, and Vegas oddsmakers picked his team as the strong favorite, his competition would roll over and accept its inevitable fate as Super Bowl loser. It doesn’t work that way. Ever.

Agreed.  An outstanding op/ed by Nik Bonopartis..  Cam showed himself to be an elitist, entitlement-minded, spoiled brat, big baby totally unworthy of the honor he received only 24 hrs earlier.  And, as many of you may recall..  It was only a week ago that Cam went on some silly racial tirade about how people don’t like black quarterbacks, and black people in general.  Sounds like karma came around..  What a (sore) loser..  And good on Nik calling out the worthless sports reporters and their softball questions (if you could even call them that), and puff pieces.  Thank God I don’t bother reading their nonsense, or lose IQ points watching SportsCenter.

California grants driver’s licenses to 605,000 illegal aliens

Some 605,000 illegal aliens who live in California were granted driver’s licenses in 2015, the first year they have been able to enjoy that benefit, officials said Monday. The law known as AB60 took effect on January 2, 2015. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) expects a total of some 1.4 million people will get their license under the law by late 2017. Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed the law in October 2013 to give a legal document to the 2.5 million illegal aliens in California alone — most from Latin America and particularly neighboring Mexico. California officials believe the program — which does not give license holders any US federal benefits — does make roads in the most populous US state safer, several state sources said. It does not allow license holders, for example, the right to fly on airplanes inside the United States, nor does it give anyone legal residency status, the right to work or to seek a US passport. A total of 12 of the 50 US states plus the federal capital Washington have similar driver’s license laws for illegal aliens.

This is SO dumb!!  Thanks a lot, California..

Beyoncé Bashes Cops in Half-Time Show After Getting Police Escort to the Game

Beyoncé performed a tribute to the militant Black Panthers Party during Sunday evening’s halftime show at Super Bowl 50 that some, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, called a blatant attack on law enforcement. But the pop star might have been late to the performance if she hadn’t received a highway-clearing police escort to deliver her to Levi’s Stadium on time. As some users pointed out on Twitter, police cleared the highway so that Beyoncé could make it to Santa Clara without sitting in pesky game-day traffic: But during the Super Bowl halftime show, the pop star performed a full-scale tribute to Black Lives Matter and the militant, anti-law enforcement Black Panthers, with her backup dancers clad in Panther uniforms with fists raised in the “black power” salute. In an interview Monday on Fox News, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani accused Beyoncé of using the halftime show as a “platform to attack police officers, who are the people who protect her and protect us and keep us alive.” “What we should be doing, in the African-American community and in all communities, is build up respect for police officers and focus on the fact that when something does go wrong, okay, we’ll work on that,” Giuliani said. Needless to say, social media users were eager to weigh in on the pop star’s apparent hypocrisy. The day before the Super Bowl, Beyoncé released the politically-charged music video for “Formation,” the song she would go on to perform at the game. The video is heavy on Black Lives Matter imagery, including sequences of white police officers harassing young black people and a shot of graffiti that reads, “Stop shooting us.”

Beyonce is such a racist hypocrite…

Rudy Giuliani slams Beyonce’s ‘outrageous’ Super Bowl performance

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W.Giuliani blasted pop star Beyonce for using her “outrageous” halftime performance at the Super Bowl to attack police officers. “This is football, not Hollywood,” the former Republican presidential hopeful said Monday morning on “Fox & Friends.” Beyonce’s performance of her newly released single “Formation” featured an army of black women wearing leather outfits reminiscent of the Black Panther Party. At one point, Beyonce and her dancers raised black power fists. “I think it was outrageous,” Mr. Giuliani said. “The halftime show I thought was ridiculous anyway, I don’t know what the heck it was. A bunch of people like bouncing around and doing strange things. It was terrible. “I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers, who are the people who protect her and protect us,” he continued. “What we should be doing in the African-American community and all communities is build up respect for police officers. “This is a political position and she’s probably going to take advantage of it,” Mr. Giuliani said. “You’re talking to middle America when you have the Super Bowl. So if you’re going to have entertainment, let’s have decent, wholesome entertainment, and not use it as a platform to attack the people who put their lives at risk to save us.” Beyonce’s music video for “Formation,” which released Saturday, invokes the “Hands up, don’t shoot” rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement inspired by the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the New York Post reported. The song is being adopted as an anthem for some in the movement and the video features scenes of flooded New Orleans and graffiti that reads: “stop shooting us,” the Washington Examiner reported. Members of the National Sheriffs’ Association holding their annual legislative meeting at the J.W. Marriott in Washington D.C. said they turned off the volume and video during Beyonce’s performance. The group called on the NFL to choose less controversial halftime entertainment in the future, the Examiner reported. On Friday, Beyonce’s husband, famous rapper Jay Z, announced he would donate the $1.5 million raised from last year’s Tidal charity concert to Black Lives Matter.

While Rudy may be a little bit of a fuddy-duddy…the man has a point.  Beyonce’s dancers had the Black Panther berets on, and she looked ridiculous doing the black power fist pump while talking about her “negro nose” and such.  It was your typical etitlement-minded, black racism on parade at a Superbowl half-time show.  Rudy is right that it was NOT appropriate.  And, it was her second Superbowl half-time performance in the last three years!  I mean, c’mon..  Couldn’t they find someone else?  Have a little variety?  I heard someone ask about Taylor Swift..  I don’t think she’s done a half-time show..  And, she’s MUCH more family-friendly.  Just sayin..

North Korea celebrates rocket launch as others see it as a covert missile test

North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland. The rocket was fired from North Korea’s west coast and its path was tracked separately by the United States, Japan and South Korea; no damage from debris was reported. At an emergency national security council meeting in Seoul, the country’s president called the firing an “intolerable provocation.” North Korea, which calls its launches part of a peaceful space program, trumpeted the beauty of the launch’s “fascinating vapor” as the rocket cut through the clear blue sky and said it had successfully put a new Earth observation satellite, the Kwangmyongsong 4, or Shining Star 4, into orbit less than 10 minutes after liftoff. It vowed more such launches. A U.S. official said it might take days to assess whether the launch was a success. The firing came about two hours after an eight-day launch window opened Sunday morning. It follows North Korea’s widely disputed claim last month to have tested a hydrogen bomb. Washington and its allies will consider it a further provocation and push for more tough sanctions. The United States and Japan quickly requested an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Sunday morning, saying Pyongyang violated a council ban on ballistic missile launches. North Korean rocket and nuclear tests are seen as crucial steps toward the North’s ultimate goal of a nuclear armed long-range missile arsenal. North Korea under leader Kim Jong Un has pledged to bolster its nuclear arsenal unless Washington scraps what Pyongyang calls a hostile policy meant to collapse Kim’s government. North Korea’s National Aerospace Development Administration, in typical propaganda-laden language, said Sunday that ruling Workers’ Party policies were responsible for the rocket’s success. The statement praised “the fascinating vapor of Juche satellite trailing in the clear and blue sky in spring of February on the threshold of the Day of the Shining Star.” Juche is a North Korean philosophy focusing on self-reliance; the Day of the Shining Star refers to the Feb. 16 birthday of former dictator Kim Jong Il. North Korea has previously staged rocket launches to mark important anniversaries. Defense Ministry spokesman Moon Sang Gyun said a South Korean Aegis-equipped destroyer detected the North Korean launch at 9:31 a.m. The rocket’s first stage fell off North Korea’s west coast at 9:32 a.m. and the rocket disappeared from South Korean radars at 9:36 a.m. off the southwestern coast. There was no reported damage in South Korea. The South Korean government couldn’t immediately confirm reports by Yonhap news agency and YTN TV that the rocket might have failed. The U.S. Strategic Command issued a statement saying it detected and tracked a missile launched on a southern trajectory but it did not pose a threat to the United States or its allies. Japan’s NHK broadcaster showed footage of an object visible in the skies from the southern island of Okinawa that was believed to be the rocket. Japanese chief Cabinet spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters that no debris fell on Japanese territory. The global condemnation began almost immediately. South Korean President Park Geun-hye said the launch was an “intolerable provocation.” She said the North’s efforts to advance its missile capabilities were “all about maintaining the regime” in Pyongyang and criticized the North Korean leadership for ignoring the hardships of ordinary North Koreans. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said: “We will take action to totally protect the safety and well-being of our people.” U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice said in a statement that “North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs represent serious threats to our interests — including the security of some of our closest allies — and undermine peace and security in the broader region.” Kim Jong Un has overseen two of the North’s four nuclear tests and three long-range rocket tests since taking over after the death of his father, dictator Kim Jong Il, in late 2011. North Korea says its rocket launches are satellite missions, but the U.S., South Korea and others say they are a covert test of ballistic missile technology. The U.N. Security Council prohibits North Korea from nuclear and ballistic missile activity. Experts say that ballistic missiles and rockets in satellite launches share similar bodies, engines and other technology. The Jan. 6 nuclear test has led to another push in the U.N. to tighten sanctions. North Korea in 2013 also did a nuclear test and then unnerved the international community by orchestrating an escalating campaign of bombast, including threats to fire nuclear missiles at the U.S. and Seoul. The Korean border is the world’s most heavily armed and the rivals’ navies occasionally trade gunfire near a disputed boundary in the Yellow Sea. North Korea has spent decades trying to develop operational nuclear weapons. North Korea has said that plutonium and highly enriched uranium facilities at its main Nyongbyon nuclear complex are in operation. The North is thought to have a small arsenal of crude atomic bombs and an impressive array of short- and medium-range missiles. But it has yet to demonstrate that it can produce nuclear bombs small enough to place on a missile, or missiles that can reliably deliver its bombs to faraway targets. After several failures testing a multistage, long-range rocket, it put its first satellite into space with a long-range rocket launched in December 2012. The North’s recent activity comes amid a long-standing diplomatic stalemate. Six-nation negotiations on dismantling North Korea’s nuclear program in exchange for aid fell apart in early 2009. Under Kim Jong Un, a February 2012 deal for the United States to provide 240,000 metric tons of food aid in exchange for a freeze in nuclear and missile activities collapsed after a rocket launch by the North that April.

Blah, blah, blah…   The liberal Associated Press (AP) is responsible for this boring puff piece. There really isn’t anything newsworthy other than the fact that N. Korea launched the missile…which really isn’t news either since we all knew they were going to do that.  The responses from all the players was the same rhetoric when these things happen.  It’s like a broken record…hence the “blah, blah, blah.”  And this little dance will continue until someone exercises actual leadership, isn’t scared by Kim Jong Ding Dong’s provocations, and puts an end to this nonsense.

Report: MS-13 foot soldiers use ‘surge’ to cross border, ‘colonize new criminal territory’

Criminal networks with Latin American roots, such as MS-13 and the 18th Street gang, are using the administration’s open-door policy at the border to slip in recruits that are causing a huge spike in murder and violence throughout the nation, according to an immigration expert. Testifying Thursday at a House hearing on the border surge of young Latinos, the expert said, “Established gangs have been able to transfer an unknown number of experienced foot soldiers from Central America to help colonize new criminal territory in the United States.” Jessica M. Vaughan, the policy director for the Center for Immigration Studies, told the House Judiciary Committee’s Immigration and Border Security subcommittee that “the tide of new young people, many of whom have already been exposed or involved in street gangs at home, has provided a huge pool of new recruits for the gangs here. Gangs such as MS-13 and 18th Street are enjoying a brutal revival in certain parts of the country and are establishing themselves in new places.” She added, “Violent transnational gangs such as MS-13 have taken full advantage of the Obama administration’s welcome mat to swell their ranks here, contributing to a noticeable spike in gang violence in certain localities – with tragic results.” Vaughan offered dramatic details of the results of the “catch and release” policy employed by the administration as it grabs illegal immigrants crossing the border, then lets them go on a promise they will return for court hearings — which few make good on. In the testimony provided in advance of the hearing, she said: “— In Frederick County, Md., 20 miles from the White House, crime has jumped since about 265 illegal unaccompanied Central American minors were placed there. Gang fights in schools are now common and one of the older MS-13 “shot callers” was approved for President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. — In Boston, cops just arrested 56 MS-13 gang members, many who arrived in the surge of younger Latinos. Some have been linked to teen murders in an initiation rite, trying to prove themselves worthy of full membership. — In Loudoun, County, Va., home to Washington’s Dulles International Airport, three unaccompanied minors who arrived in 2013 have been indicted for the gang-related murder of 17-year-old Danny Centeno Miranda, also an unaccompanied minor living with his uncle.