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Medical Miracle: Man's Brain Tumor Vanishes Without Surgery

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 02:06
Several doctors are dumbfounded after finding a patient's suspected malignant brain tumor disappeared without surgical treatment, giving the patient a renewed sense of hope.

Brian Kemp Camp Rips Stacey Abrams for Refusing to Concede: 'A Disgrace to Democracy'

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 01:49
Georgia Republican Brian Kemp's campaign lambasted Stacey Abrams over her refusal to concede in the state's gubernatorial race.

Fashion Notes: In Paris, Melania Trump Is All Class in French Twist, Louboutins

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 01:45
First Lady Melania Trump was all class in Paris, France, wearing a Bottega Veneta dress, leather gloves, a French twist, and Louboutin pumps.

McCain Aide: GOP 'Despicable' for Claiming Dems Attempting to Steal AZ Senate Race

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 01:43
Longtime McCain aide Mark Salter blasted the NRSC for accusing vote-counters in AZ of attempting to hand the state's senate race to Sinema.

Pompeo, Mattis Air Differences with Chinese Counterparts on South China Sea, Taiwan

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 01:05
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with their Chinese counterparts Friday at the State Department.

Soros-Funded Groups Demand Gov. Rick Scott Recuse Himself from Florida Recount

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 01:02
Two organizations financed by billionaire liberal activist George Soros have threatened to take Florida Governor Rick Scott to court if he doesn’t recuse himself from the state’s recount, which includes his own Senatorial election.

Lawyers for Gillum, Nelson Fight to Include Non-U.S. Citizens' Votes in Florida

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 00:29
Lawyers for both Florida Democratic candidates Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson fought on Friday night to allow non-United States citizens' votes to be included in the 2018 midterm election results.

Klukowski: The Legal Case for Matthew Whitaker’s Appointment as Acting Attorney General

Breitbart News - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 00:24
It is hard to see how arguments that President Trump cannot appoint Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, because even temporary top positions must be Senate-confirmed, could be correct. Otherwise the Constitution could deprive the nation of a functioning government every time a new party wins the presidency while the opposition party holds the Senate.

Protesters Allegedly Vandalize New York Pizzeria's American Flag Mural

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 23:49
The owner of an upstate New York pizzeria said Friday that protesters vandalized the American flag mural painted on the side of her business.

U.S. Army to Acquire Advanced Camouflage Defense System

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 23:36
The U.S. Army is about to acquire an advanced camouflage defense system, designed to protect troops from a variety of threats in multiple combat environments.

Some Tough-Minded Questions for Tenderhearted ‘Seamless Garment’ Pro-Lifers

The Stream - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 23:00

They don't use the term "Seamless Garment" much anymore. The invention of flamboyantly pro-gay and left-wing Cardinal Joseph Bernadin, that phrase lost its luster the fiftieth time some pro-choice Irish- or Italian-American politician used it to burnish his Catholic credentials during a campaign. To hide her support for killing children to suit our sexual convenience behind the promise of more cash for Medicaid, or extra food stamps. 

Here’s how Wikipedia spins this leftist, pacificist Catholic movement, in its softball entry  on the topic:

The seamless garment philosophy holds that issues such as abortion, capital punishment, militarism, euthanasia, social injustice and economic injustice all demand a consistent application of moral principles that value the sacredness of human life. 

In practice, this rhetoric serves people in high positions at rich Catholic organizations that claim pro-life credentials. They insist that you can't oppose intentionally killing children, unless you also sign on to a very long list of very specific policies. Which always somehow turn out to be leftist. To grow the federal government. To garner hundreds of millions of dollars for left-wing, nominally Catholic groups such as Catholic Charities or Catholic Relief Services. (Last year, forty percent of the U.S. Catholic bishops conference budget came from such taxpayer-funded contracts.) To cast Uncle Sam as a messiah who will dry every tear, and wipe each runny nose.

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These people have cast about for a new, less tainted phrase to use to describe themselves. Some tried to steal "Whole Life" from my old friend Jason Jones. He coined the term to mean comprehensive respect for human rights and dignity. Not, you know, a laundry list of free stuff and services for bored government employees (or Catholic contractors) to dole out to future voters.

Others use the term "consistent life ethic." They strive to seem holistic, and to cast those of us who actually want to, you know, outlaw abortion, as single-issue cranks. We're not sophisticated, you see. We don't want to get to the root of the problems underlying abortion. We just want to treat the symptoms.

Keep Abortion Legal but Make it “Unthinkable”

That was the message of self-styled "New Wave Feminist" Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, when she jumped on the doomed campaign of Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke for Senate. She went so far as to endorse the 100 percent pro-choice candidate just a few days before a close election. Here was her logic:

This idea of eliminating abortion by simply making it illegal is far too low of a bar to set. Abortion must become unthinkable and unnecessary if we want to eradicate it from our culture. And the only way that will happen is by creating a post-Roe culture while Roe still stands.

Abortion becomes unnecessary when women have so much support from within their community that the one violent choice never even becomes an option in their minds. Abortion becomes unthinkable when women of color realize that having their children will not cost them their own lives because we have men like O’Rourke actually addressing the disproportionate number of minorities and children dying during childbirth.

You want women to stop feeling pressured into abortion? Then start by addressing the very things that lead so many of them to that desperate choice in the first place.

I've dismantled arguments like hers before. Rather than repeat myself, let me point you to just one piece. Okay, maybe just two.

I'll assume for the purpose of argument that De La Rosa is sincere. That unlike Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and R.F. "Beto" O'Rourke, she actually opposes abortion. Thinks that it's killing. And I'll pose some questions for people like her to try and answer for themselves.

Would you say this about slavery?

Would you have tut-tutted at Abolitionists who wanted to outlaw slavery? Told them they were fixated on merely a surface problem? That we should leave slavery legally in place, while working for a world where it was not illegal but "unthinkable"? Would you have focused government efforts not on forcibly freeing slaves, but compensating slave-owners? Or importing new cheap, free labor -- to take away the "root cause" of slavery, as in the need to have someone cut the cotton cheaply? Would you have demanded we root out racism first, before passing the 13th Amendment?

If not, why not?

Can You Name Anything That Isn't a "Life Issue"?

The favorite argument of Seamless Garment workers is that there are many, many "life issues" of equal weight to abortion. The almost implausibly witless Cardinal Blaise Cupich of Chicago made such a claim. In fact, he greeted the news that Planned Parenthood sells baby parts for profit with the following gem of moral analysis.

[W]e should be no less appalled by the indifference toward the thousands of people who die daily for lack of decent medical care; who are denied rights by a broken immigration system and by racism; who suffer in hunger, joblessness and want; who pay the price of violence in gun-saturated neighborhoods; or who are executed by the state in the name of justice.

So we can't condemn human organ traffickers unless... we adopt the Cardinal's solutions to a very long list of other problems. We have to offer limitless free medical care, at taxpayer expense. Open the borders to all comers. Solve racism. Eliminate all economic inequality. Take every citizen's guns. And stop executing murderers. Only once we've met every demand on that ransom note will the Cardinal agree that we can't kill babies. Huh.

Would you have focused government efforts not on forcibly freeing slaves, but compensating slave-owners?

I don't think he goes far enough. Don't we have to solve climate change? Eliminate misogyny in the Muslim world? End human-trafficking? Cure cancer?

Those affect human life too. In fact, every single political issue does. That's why we argue about politics.  

Is there any issue trivial enough that people like De La Rosa wouldn't consider it equal to killing babies? Wouldn't say that we need to embrace government coercion and redistribution to solve it first? If so, I wish she would name that issue.

I'll wait. I've got lots of time.

Are you sure about the root causes of abortion?

De La Rosa seems pretty sure she knows what lies at the root of abortion. It's economic deprivation. But is that really true? Because I have another theory. Are you ready?

It seems to me that abortions happen because sexual intercourse is pleasant. But it sometimes results in pregnancy. And men are naturally (as feminists endlessly tell us) inclined to pressure women for sex without commitment. But they don't always want to man up. To support the women they impregnate, at least financially. Our culture blasts the rather obvious message "Sex is fun" into our heads almost 24/7. Groups that target children like Planned Parenthood encourage sexual experimentation (and ample perversions) at ever younger ages. Churches that discourage premarital sex get constantly ridiculed, and harassed by the government.

Maybe the root cause of abortion is ... men pressuring women for sex. And women saying "yes" when they should mean "no."

Do you want to dig down that far, and fix that problem at the root? Maybe by promoting chastity? Enforcing child support more ruthlessly? Banning porn? Promoting marriage?

I don't think "Beto" is on board with that.

Exclusive Interview—Ben Carson Touts ‘Tremendous Progress’ Reducing Veteran Homelessness

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 22:32
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson joined Breitbart News Saturday to discuss his recent tour of the New England Center and Home for Veterans in Boston. “It’s been really fantastic being able to work for an agency that spends so much of its time and effort focused on veterans,” Secretary Carson told Breitbart News Deputy Political Editor Amanda House. “Less than one percent of our population protects the other 99 percent. It allows us to be able to live in peace and safety.” Carson spoke about his experience speaking with the veterans. “I had heard that the center in Boston was doing a particularly good job of getting the veterans who, in many cases, are chronically homeless, off the streets. I wanted to go for myself and see what they were doing, actually talk to some of the veterans,” Carson said. “It was so wonderful actually talking to some of them.” Secretary Carson then discussed the progress being made to assist homeless veterans. “Over the last year, we do a point-in-time assessment every January. We’ve gone down more than five percent in veteran homelessness across the country,” Secretary Carson stated. “So we’re making tremendous progress. It’s the kind of

Victoria's Secret exec Apologizes for Comments About Not Casting Transgender Models

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 21:23
Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer Ed Razek apologized on Saturday for comments about including transgender contestants in his fashion show after it sparked sharp criticism from models and fans. 

Florida U.S. Senate and Governor Races Headed for Official Recounts

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 20:51
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner called for official recounts Saturday in the races for governor, senator, and agriculture commissioner as tension continues to rise over potential voter fraud.

Mexican Authorities Arrest 'Los Aztecas' Gang Leader in Border State

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 20:26
Mexican Federal Police with assistance from the Mexican Navy (SEMAR) and Army (SEDENA) captured René Gerardo Santana Garza, "El 300," one of the leaders of Los Aztecas. The gang is believed to be responsible for much of the recent cartel bloodshed in the border city of Ciudad Juarez.

Report: Florida Elections Official Mixed Bad Ballots with Good Ones

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 20:10
The Florida elections official tasked with counting votes in Broward County accidentally mixed up more than a dozen invalid ballots with nearly 200 valid ballots.

Pro-Bernie Sanders Arizona Vote Recorder Was Attorney for Fast and Furious Gun Buyer

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 19:24
The Maricopa County vote recorder employing controversial vote-counting practices was the defense attorney for an accused Mexican cartel gun straw purchaser.

Migrant Family Apprehensions in October up 378 Percent over Prior Year

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 19:08
Border Patrol agents witnessed a 378 percent increase in the number of migrants families in October compared to the same month in 2017.

Are We Willing to Accept Objective DNA Evidence as Reality?

The Stream - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 19:00

In response to taunting by President Trump, Senator Elizabeth Warren reached for what might reasonably be considered objective proof for her claim of Native American ancestry: a DNA test. Warren is either a descendant of Native Americans, or she is not. The answer is written in her genetic material, and science allows us to discover it.

As it turned out, Senator Warren's DNA test did confirm her distant Native American ancestry. And while partisans may bicker over whether such a tiny trace of heritage is worth mentioning, no one appears to dispute the conclusiveness of DNA evidence to resolve the question.

Objective Versus Self-Imposed Gender Identity

Of course, DNA has long been used to reveal data about one's identity. We use it in paternity testing. We use it to identify criminals and to diagnose genetic diseases. So it's not surprising that we would use it to determine one's ethnic background.

And yet, a popular cultural trend would have us ignore or reject this heretofore unassailable source of objective data when it comes to sex and gender. They would have us understand sex (a word they rarely use) and gender not as facts that transcend human will and emotion, but rather as fluid aspects of an identity one can embrace or reject.

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In the absence of some limiting principle, we should expect unfettered growth in the category of facts that we are asked to pretend are merely conventions. According to the new worldview, it is only by throwing off the hindrance of our reason and knowledge that we can enjoy absolute freedom to be whoever or whatever we want to be. This power to define one's self is the essential goal.

'I Feel Like'

A couple of years ago, the Family Policy Institute of Washington sent Joseph Backholm, a white male, onto a college campus to observe students' responses to certain claims he made about his own identity. The video footage is jaw-dropping.

Asked how they would respond if Backholm told them he was actually a woman, there was a fairly consistent, "Fine. Nice to meet you!" Similarly, students didn't seem disturbed by the idea of Backholm calling himself Chinese. One young lady responded, "Good for you! Be who you are!"

There was a detectable shift in their responses -- both verbal and non-verbal -- as Backholm's claims became increasingly easy to disprove with objective data. Students were obviously more uncomfortable agreeing that Backholm could be 7 years old. And yet, we painfully witness their efforts to deny blatant realities in order to support Backholm in identifying himself however he likes. "If you feel 7 at heart, then so be it. Good for you!"

Truth does not conform itself to human feelings or fantasies.

Some students appeared to hit the breaking point when five-foot, nine-inch Backholm declared that he was six feet, five inches tall. But the indoctrination of others into the truthless worldview has been so complete that they were willing to accept even that. "If you truly believe it, I think that's fine. I wouldn't tell you you're wrong. It's not my place."

What is to become of a society whose people lack the fortitude to tell each other they are wrong about a mathematical measurement -- let alone about issues of morality? And what of "speaking truth to power?"

Common among many of the college students' responses was the phrase, "I feel like:" "I feel like that should be an o.k. thing;" "I feel like that's not my place to say another human is wrong."

Truth is Inescapable

But notice that what is being described is not a feeling at all. The idea that one person shouldn't say another person is wrong is not an emotion. It is a belief. A conviction.

By couching statements like these in terms of our "feelings," we subtly shield them from analysis or evaluation. We can argue about whether it is right to challenge an unsubstantiated ancestry claim. But arguing about one's feelings serves little purpose.

Conservatives must reject these efforts to shroud the world of facts beneath feelings. Any girl can say that she "feels like" a boy. But male-ness is not a feeling. It is a fact that can be proven or disproven, just like ancestry, paternity or ethnicity, by DNA. And truth does not conform itself to human feelings or fantasies.

It is an audacious hypocrisy for "progressives" to run to DNA for proof of facts that suit them (ethnicity) while denying its relevance when its proofs are at odds with their own feelings or desires (sex/gender). But it is also an implicit acknowledgement that, try as we might, we cannot escape from objective reality; we will never succeed in escaping Truth.

James Woods Uses Social Media to Help Find Missing People in California Wildfire

Breitbart News - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 18:44
Veteran actor James Woods is using his vast social media presence to help find missing people and animals displaced by the wildfires in Southern California this week. “I’m on the east coast and I’ve been at this for 36 hours. Please, followers, take over for a few hours using the hashtags #SoCalFiresJamesWoods #CampFireJamesWoods, while we get a little nap. Again, you truly are angels. We are blessed to have you. Now go save some lives…” James Woods said Friday. I’m on the east coast and I’ve been at this for 36 hours. Please, followers, take over for a few hours using the hashtags #SoCalFiresJamesWoods #CampFireJamesWoods, while we get a little nap. Again, you truly are angels. We are blessed to have you. Now go save some lives… pic.twitter.com/RoqvqGzDlH — James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 10, 2018 Indeed, the 71-year-old’s Twitter page is full of him retweeting photos of missing people and people offering help for those who have been forced to evacuate due to the fires. #Missing: Al Stern #AlStern from the 30,000 block of #MorningviewDrive. Contact his daughter @AdinaGastelum info in #Facebook screen grab below👇#SoCalFiresJamesWoods https://t.co/LlMK48eINY — James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) November 10, 2018 #Missing: #ClarenceGoodwin of Magalia. Was trying to

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