Voice of reason …

Rep. Mia Love has decided to skip the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, giving up her delegate slot to focus on her re-election bid and to go on a congressional trip to Israel.

She saw no benefit in attending the gathering where Donald Trump is expected to claim the party’s presidential nomination.

“I don’t see any upsides to it,” Love said Friday. “I don’t see how this benefits the state.”

She’s the only member of Utah’s 40-person delegation to back out of the convention, though others are considering it, largely over opposition to Trump.

I would leave any major city in the world for half the price.

Housing authorities in Auckland are taking a dramatic step to address a housing crisis in the city of 1.5 million, New Zealand’s largest.

Officials announced that they will now offer families up to NZ$5,000 (about $3,500 US dollars) to relocate to another area of the country.

The relocation grant is specifically for Auckland residents who meet the low-income requirements that make them eligible for social housing, or the city’s subsidized public housing program. The move comes at a time when there are more than 3,500 eligible people in the city waiting to be matched to a home. Forty-two percent of those people identified as Māori, according to the city’s most recent quarterly statement.

Leadership giving up.

‘This Is Not My Party’: George Will Goes from GOP to Unaffiliated

Conservative columnist George Will told PJM he has officially left the Republican Party and urged conservatives not to support presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump even if it leads to a Democratic victory in the 2016 presidential election.

Will, who writes for the Washington Post, acknowledged it is a “little too late” for the Republican Party to find a replacement for Trump but had a message for Republican voters.

“Make sure he loses. Grit their teeth for four years and win the White House,” Will said during an interview after his speech at a Federalist Society luncheon.

Will said he changed his voter registration this month from Republican to “unaffiliated” in the state of Maryland.

“This is not my party,” Will said during his speech at the event.

Not as crazy as they act.

Congressional Democrats ended their 25-hour sit-in on the House floor this afternoon, failing to force a vote on two pieces of gun legislation. The controversial sit-in included 26 Democratic lawmakers who themselves own guns, Heat Street learned after examining 2013 USA Today data on congressional firearms ownership. The participants also included 12 more Democrats in Congress who either didn’t respond to USA Today’s gun survey or declined to say whether or not they possessed a firearm.

It’s like she is trying to hide these things.

Former Secretary Hillary Clinton failed to turn over a copy of a key message involving problems caused by her use of a private homebrew email server, the State Department confirmed Thursday. The disclosure makes it unclear what other work-related emails may have been deleted by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

The email was included within messages exchanged Nov. 13, 2010, between Clinton and one of her closest aides, Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin. At the time, emails sent from Clinton’s BlackBerry device and routed through her private clintonemail.com server in the basement of her New York home were being blocked by the State Department’s spam filter. A suggested remedy was for Clinton to obtain a state.gov email account.

Yes – this is my Alma Mater.

Professors investigated for presenting opposing viewpoints

Two professors at the University of Northern Colorado were investigated after students complained that they were forced to hear opposing viewpoints.

The complaints were made to Northern Colorado’s “Bias Response Team,” an Orwellian office on campus that asks students to report their peers and professors for anything that upsets or offends them. When the news outlet Heat Street made an open records request for some of the complaints, it discovered that two students had become so upset about having to hear an opinion they disagreed with they filed reports with school administrators.

And rather than telling the students to buck up because they might hear those opinions outside of college or on the news or in the media, the schools told the professors to stop teaching that there’s an alternate viewpoint.

One professor instructed his students to read an article from the Atlantic written by Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s president Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt titled “The Coddling of the American Mind.” The article explains that allowing students to hide from controversial and upsetting ideas (like through the use of “safe spaces” or “trigger warnings”) actually harms those students by not allowing them to confront those opinions.

Now this was at CU it would make a lot more sense.

Hooters joke leads to harassment of conservative student

Caro reportedly made the joke during a private conservation, though the exact date of the incident remains unclear since witnesses in the case summary state that it occurred both in September and October.

A sexual harassment accusation at Colorado State University (CSU) may have been used as political leverage to oust a conservative senator from his seat in the student government.

Student senator Juan Caro was accused of making an offensive joke about Hooters during a private conversation nearly six months ago, which has resulted in a sexual harassment investigation that is closing in on its seventh month. On at least two occasions, the accusation has been used against Caro in political contests, costing him his bid to become Speaker of the Student Senate.

All seven witnesses who were interviewed offered differing accounts of the conversation.

Fairly funny Hooters joke here:

Hospital care a driver of health care expensive.

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, most of America’s health-care policy discussion has focused on insurance expansion as a way to “bend the curve” of the country’s outsized health-care spending. The Obama administration has touted the ACA as a reform that not only extends coverage to millions of Americans, but also reduces the long-term cost of care. Yet if one looks under the hood of our health-care system, the big cost driver isn’t a lack of access to preventive care. Rather, hospital care, which comprises about a third of national health-care spending, is the single biggest line item in the nation’s health-care bill.

In order to actually reduce costs and put patients first, policymakers should prioritize reforms at the state level, where health-care markets operate.

Understanding the hospital sector, and particularly the transformative effects of consolidation on that sector, is critical to diagnosing America’s health-care cost disease. Over the last few decades, state and federal policies and regulations have encouraged this consolidation of hospitals, a trend that has only been exacerbated by the ACA. As a result, hospitals have assumed more market power, producing worse outcomes and higher prices for patients.

Facebook again?

According to the NLPC, Facebook allowed them to promote a post about congressional corruption with no hindrance:

We posted another story titled “House Thwarts New Assault on Office of Congressional Ethics,” paying a small fee to boost its audience. This feature, which emphasized the efforts by Rep. Steven Pearce (R-New Mexico) to cut the budget of the office and featured his nondescript photo, boosted without a problem.
However, when the think tank attempted to do the same with a story that was critical of Black Lives Matter, a cause that has been personally endorsed and defended by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

A little creepy.

A Swiss billionaire and seven-figure Clinton Foundation donor is pouring millions of dollars into a nonprofit voter registration and turnout operation and appears to have shared information about the project with the Democratic Party, a leaked document reveals.

Hansjörg Wyss is accelerating a $100 million registration and get-out-the-vote plan in order to more quickly impact elections and the U.S. policy landscape, according to a document detailing the proposed work by his charitable group, the Wyss Foundation.

On the surface, voter registration drives are supposedly nonpartisan and a public service, hence qualifying for charitable tax-deductible (i.e., taxpayer-subsidized) status. But in practice, mobilizing those who are apathetic enough to require external stimulus to register and vote usually means helping Democrats, who depend on poorly informed people voting on the basis of emotion and casual impressions based on the simplistic propaganda coming their way. And, in fact, the leaked memorandum entitled “Wyss Foundation Democracy Strategy Discussion Memo,” acknowledges as much.

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/06/guccifer_20_hack_reveals_dnc_collaboration_with_foreign_billionaire_to_alter_the_electorate.html#ixzz4CQ63Kmtp
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Geez …

The rumor that Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman, had disappeared broke Friday, but it seemed too preposterous to believe. Come on, how could the Federal Bureau of Investigation let a potential accomplice in the worst terrorist attack in American soil since 9/11 just walk out the door with no surveillance? Unthinkable, right?

Apparently not: Attorney General Loretta Lynch admitted today that the FBI is unaware of the whereabouts of Omar Mateen’s wife, Noor Salman.