No Joke: Because Trump, hijabs are ‘feminist’

Earlier this month, the national paper you probably haven’t read since the last time you stayed in a hotel published a piece lauding the hijab as a symbol of “resistance, feminism in the age of Trump.” The absurdity is suffocating.

The USA Today article makes two points about an alleged increasing willingness of young, Western Muslim women to don hijabs which they may have previously shirked because of ties to oppressive religious themes.

First, the article says, the hijab is experiencing a re-birth as a symbol of resistance to President Donald Trump’s hardline policies involving travelers to the U.S. from heavily Muslim nations. Those policies, combined with some of Trump’s previous statements, have been used as proof that the current administration has deeply rooted Islamaphobic ideals.

The article then relays that the hijab is ripe for use as a symbol of empowerment in Western culture because no one in the U.S. is forcing women to wear the head coverings.

State lawmakers toy with bills that would make users pay the government to access smut online

Under the guise of protecting vulnerable populations from human trafficking and filth online, lawmakers in a handful of states are pushing laws that would require residents to pay a government fee and identify themselves before accessing adult material online.

The efforts, rightly panned by civil liberties advocates as dangerous to the 1st Amendment, would make it illegal for anyone to sell a computer, smartphone or any other device capable of making internet searches unless the device came with pre-installed software to block pornographic material.

The legislation, versions of which have popped up in South Carolina, North Dakota and Alabama, would subject sellers found in violation to a misdemeanor charge punishable by up to one year in prison. If the unfiltered device found its way into the hands of a minor, the charge would be upgraded to a felony offense.

Trump government slowly filling with neocons

Former Bush administration officials are slowly finding themselves in power positions at the State Department, illustrating that neo-conservatism is alive and well in the Trump administration.

The Daily Caller confirmed last week that Brian Hook, a harsh critic of Trump’s foreign policy proposals during the campaign season, has been named director of policy planning at State. The senior position places Hook in a position to oversee State planning efforts and shape the department’s overall messaging strategy.

Hook formerly held several key positions in the Bush White House and co-founded a foreign policy strategy outfit, the John Hay Initiative, that provided neocon talking points to many of Trump’s primary opponents. He was also the foreign policy brains for Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 presidential bid.

In other words, he represents a good portion of the hawkish brand of foreign policy that the president rejected on the campaign trail.

New York bill seeks to execute the 1st Amendment

Legislation being pushed in New York would majorly damage free speech by allowing the government to demand the removal of any information deemed “inaccurate,” “irrelevant,” “inadequate” or “excessive” by offended parties.

The legislation, introduced by New York Assemblyman David Weprin, is being talked up as “right to be forgotten” legislation.

But it could be more accurately described as a measure to ensure that only “approved” information is published.

That’s because Weprin’s legislation creates a broad system by which anyone can request that published  information they claim is inaccurate be removed by the power of the state.

The bill would require publishers to remove offending information:

  • Within 30 days of a ”request from an individual,”
  • “all search engines and online speakers] shall remove … content about such individual, and links or indexes to any of the same, that is ‘inaccurate’, ‘irrelevant’, ‘inadequate’ or ‘excessive,’ ”

Trading education for social justice

As college campuses continue to devolve into adult daycare centers, some instructors and administrators are taking efforts to dumb down a generation of students to new extremes.

A series of recent stories involving extremist political correctness on campus illustrate that colleges and universities are going far beyond placing ridiculous, and often unconstitutional, limits on free speech. Some schools are manipulating courses and programs of study to prioritize social justice at the expense of fact-based evidence.

Here are a few of the most insane examples…

According to The Daily Caller, Wayne State University in Detroit is making it easier for students to graduate without ever taking a single math course. School officials, meanwhile, are considering policies that would promote diversity classes as essential to the educational journey.

From the report:

Under the framework, the school would create a series of new diversity-themed courses, and all students would have to take at least one.

It’s Trump’s swamp to drain

Outright obstructionism and insider threats appear to be the defining characteristics of the United States political machine now that President Donald Trump has taken over the White House.

A Democratic senator is hinting that the party will force a government shutdown during funding discussions in order to halt the Trump administration’s agenda. A congressional Republican, meanwhile, is urging the president to purge his White House of Democrat operatives before it’s too late.

The underlying theme here is that Trump isn’t going to get much done unless he can truly deliver on his promise to drain the Washington swamp. Otherwise, his agenda will remain, quite literally, bogged down.

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware told WHYY radio Monday that his party is prepared to pull off a government shutdown in order to protect its agenda from Trump and Republicans in Congress.

From anti-Trump to world war

Efforts to link the Trump administration to the Russian government are putting the U.S. on a slippery slope to a dangerous military standoff.

Using Russia as a boogey man to undermine Trump has become a favorite pastime of the U.S. political left and media establishment. And with little actual evidence provided that the Russians manipulated the outcome of the 2016 presidential election in any real way, the charges against the nation are taking an increasingly militant tone.

Part of Trump’s message during the campaign season was that he fully intended to take a more diplomatic approach to dealings with Russia. For Americans worried about potential conflict thanks to the Obama State Department’s aggressive stance against the countries actions in neighboring Ukraine and its aiding Syrian leader Bashar Assad, calls for diplomacy were welcomed.