Conservatives Need to Push Back Against Fake News

In the days after the riots at the Capitol on January 6, we were told by the New York Times and the rest of the Fourth Estate that Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick was killed with a fire extinguisher by a group of deranged Trump supporters, who were labeled as “violent white nationalists.”

As the Times headlined a January 8 article, “He Dreamed of Being a Police Officer, Then Was Killed by a Pro-Trump Mob.”

But in the weeks following Sicknick’s death, the Times story began to unravel. On February 12, the “paper of record,” apparently no longer

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Roe v. Wade’s Opening Act, 50 Years Later

January’s “March for Life,” denouncing the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, was conducted virtually due to the pandemic. This year, pro-life supporters should commemorate April 21 as the 50th anniversary of the real opening of abortion in America: U.S. v. Vuitch, which the Supreme Court announced April 21, 1971.

Vuitch was the first abortion case that the Supreme Court ever heard. The ball got rolling in the 1965 case of Griswold v. Connecticut, in which the Court struck down a long-defunct law that prohibited the dispensing of contraceptives, even to married couples. In that case the Court discovered

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Biden Destroys Trump’s Pro-Life Progress

In just a few months as president, Biden has revved up America’s abortion machine, temporarily slowed during the Trump administration. All progress is being rolled back.

President Trump enacted a regulation closing a loophole in Title X that allowed medical professionals at government-supported clinics, unable to perform abortions themselves, to refer women to abortion clinics such as Planned Parenthood. Last week, Biden revoked this rule.

Beyond simply resuming Obama-era policies, Biden is expanding abortion access through telemedicine. With a new FDA policy, abortifacients become available with remote appointments DIY abortion drug Mifepristone delivered right to one’s door.

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Biden’s Afghanistan Withdrawal: More Risk Than Reward

President Biden’s recent decision to withdraw all remaining 2,500 American troops from Afghanistan by September 11 entails much more risk than reward.

The reward is principally political: on September 11, the president would be expected to stand at Ground Zero in New York at a solemn ceremony commemorating the horrific attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon 20 years ago to the day, starting at 8:46 a.m. — and there will be a death knell. Thereafter, he would be expected to speak at the Pentagon.

We can assume that the president will present himself as the president who ended

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NASA Announces Gender and Race Requirements for Next Moon Landing

Last year, hedging its bets against the remote possibility of a Biden–Harris victory, NASA began framing the Artemis Moon to Mars program in terms of landing the first woman and next man on the Moon.

Against all odds, the Biden–Harris ticket made it into the White House. NASA was terrified. When Obama was elected, one of the first things he did was gut NASA’s space exploration program, killing all hopes of returning to the Moon and dooming America to nine years of reliance on Soviet rockets to access the International Space Station (ISS). It took President Trump to rebuild its

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COVID Unemployment and the Dignity of Work

I just got back after three days on the road in Ohio and a little bit of West Virginia. I regularly make rounds of food production plants of all sorts to inspect the processes they have asked to be certified as kosher.

The plants range from small family operations to major multi-nationals. The foods and the ingredients they produce vary widely, ranging from household names to obscure catalysts that only others involved in industry would know about. But in plants ranging from the smallest to the biggest, there was something that kept coming up in the conversations that naturally arise

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Ina Coolbrith: The First State Poet Laureate

I once lived in Northern California near a local landmark, a mountain named Mount Ina Coolbrith. It’s in the northern Sierra Nevada, and its eastern slopes border the sagebrush country that extends into Nevada. Back then, I often wondered who Ina Coolbrith was. Well, for one thing, she was California’s first Poet Laureate.

Coolbrith was born Josephine Donna Smith to Don Carlos Smith and Agnes Coolbrith Smith in Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1841. Nauvoo was built by the ever-migrating adherents of the infant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, otherwise known as the Mormons. She was a niece of Joseph

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The ADL Is Not Jewish and No Longer Speaks for Jews

Imagine that a group of prominent Catholic “human-rights activists” issues statements condemning the pope and the Vatican for their stands opposing gay marriage and abortion on demand. Actually, it happens all the time. Probably the two most powerful Catholics in America, who also double as two of the most powerful people in America — Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, both of whom go out of their ways regularly to tell us that they are devout Catholics — are two of the leading movers in the Western world for supporting gay marriage, all kinds of transgender theories and practices, and

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Let’s Choke Woke Coke

There may not be a more American brand than the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola, but the company carrying that brand is a lot less red, white, and blue than you think.

It isn’t run by an American, or at least not by someone who was born here. James Quincey lives in Atlanta, but he was born in London. Quincey lived for a while in New Hampshire as a little kid, as his father lectured at Dartmouth, but he grew up and went to college in Birmingham.

Not the one in Alabama.

Quincey got his start in business working at Bain & Company,

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Socialists: From ‘Defund the Police’ to ‘No More Policing’

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) bills itself “the largest socialist organization in the United States,” which indeed it is. If you think that means it focuses primarily on, say, wealth redistribution, well, you don’t know modern socialists. A gander at the DSA website on any given day reveals a panoply of left-wing causes. Currently, they range from the Green New Deal and “Ecosocialism” to “Justice for Trans People” and justice for Daunte Wright.

The reference to Wright, of course, was newly added this week after the awful accidental shooting of Wright by a member of the Brooklyn

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