Roads & pensions swept up in Puerto Rico’s $123bn bankruptcy


Mr Micawber’s famous, and oft-quoted, recipe for happiness: “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen [pounds] nineteen [shillings] and six [pence], result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.” 

The socialist countries who spend more than they can tax should take his 167 year-old advise to heart. 

Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy process has spread to the territory’s pension system and highway authority, bringing the amount involved to over $120 billion and far exceeding the previous municipal bankruptcy record. 

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Free Speech Bill For College Campuses Passes in Tenn.

Free Speech Bill For College Campuses Passes in Tenn.

A win for campus free speech came out of Nashville this past week when the Tennessee State Senate unanimously passed the Campus Free Speech Protection Act by a vote of 30-0. Senate Bill 723 was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam (R) on May 9.


The measure is “the most comprehensive state legislation” of its kind, according to Robert Shibley, Executive Director of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), an organization dedicated to protecting constitutional rights on college campuses.  

The new law prohibits academic institutions from rescinding invitations to speakers, as well as from creating “free speech zones” or “safe spaces.” In addition to these restrictions, the law also requires colleges to adopt campus-wide free speech policies, similar to the policy enacted by the University of Chicago at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

Several states have pending campus Free Speech measures in response to several controversies on college campuses within the past year, including the controversy this past February when the University of California Berkeley rescinded an invitation to Breitbart editor and outspoken Trump-supporter Milo Yiannopoulos after students staged violent protests.

In March, American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray was greeted at Middlebury College in Vermont by a mob of students who shut down his speech.

Conservative author, Ann Coulter, was forced to cancel her speech at UC Berkeley after concerns of safety arose.

Free speech bills have been passed by Colorado, Texas, Utah and Virginia, while similar legislation is pending in California, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. A campus free speech bill was narrowly defeated in the Louisiana House of Representatives on May 18.


The rise in the use of the anonymous source

“Journalism is the only industry where defective product is awarded rather than sanctioned.”

Lately it seems as though there’s a story a day reporting some new Trump administration scandal based on a leak from an anonymous government “official.” We are asked to take the facts in those stories on trust, without a chance to evaluate the veracity or motives of the source of the remarks. This over-reliance on the anonymous source gives both the journalist and his/her informant an overwhelming power.

The most famous anonymous source of them all, of course, was Deep Throat of Watergate fame. He was not only a seminal figure in Nixon’s denouement (and thus a hero to liberals everywhere), but he was so renowned that he had his own nickname, taken from a popular porn flick. The reporters involved in the story became famous too; Bob Woodward was played by movie star Robert Redford and Carl Bernstein by Dustin Hoffman in the film “All the Presidents Men.”

Here’s an article from American Journalism Review (written way back in 1994) that describes the role of Watergate as a turning point in the use of the anonymous source:

Although confidential sources predate Watergate, they were infrequently used before that celebrated story, which produced the most famous unnamed source of all time. Deep Throat, whose identity remains a mystery [at the time the article was written], helped Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein bring down Richard Nixon in 1974. After that, the use of anonymous sources flourished, with many reporters considering it sexier to have an unnamed source than a named one.

From the same 1994 article, we have this:

There’s not a place for anonymous sources,” says Allen H. Neuharth, founder of USA Today and chairman of the Freedom Forum. “I think there are a few major historical developments that happened in journalism – the Pentagon Papers, maybe Watergate – where anonymous sources had a more positive influence than a negative impact. But on balance, the negative impact is so great that we can’t overcome the lack of trust until or unless we ban them.

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AG Sessions redefines ‘sanctuary cities’ to comply with courts


US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has offered a more narrow definition of “sanctuary jurisdiction,” in order to circumvent the court rulings declaring one of President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration unconstitutional.

In a memo released Monday, Sessions offered a more tapered definition of what constitutes a “sanctuary jurisdiction,” saying that the term will only refer to “sanctuary cities” and “sanctuary states” which ”willfully refuse to comply” with specific federal immigration laws.

“Federal law provides a process for foreign citizens to lawfully enter the country. Circumventing that process and crossing our borders unlawfully is a federal crime,” Sessions wrote. “It is the role of federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, to enforce our immigration laws, prosecute violations, and secure our borders.”

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‘Evil losers’: Trump slams terrorists behind Manchester bombing (VIDEO)


US President Donald Trump has labelled the terrorists behind the concert bombing in Manchester “evil losers” after the Monday attack left at least 22 people dead and scores more injured.

Attending a Bethlehem press conference alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, Trump expressed his “deep condolences” to the victims of the terrorist attack.

The president, currently on a trip to the Middle East, denounced those responsible for the suicide attack at the conclusion of an Ariana Grande concert as “evil losers.”

“We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom. So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers,” Trump said.

“I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them from now losers because that’s what they are, and we’ll have more of them. But they’re losers,” he added.

Bibi: ‘For The First Time In My Lifetime, I See a Real Hope For Change’

NewImageAnother one of those moments when you go “huh.”

During a joint address in Jerusalem on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that thanks to President Trump’s leadership, he has hope for “real peace.”

“I want to thank you, especially today, for your deep commitment to Israel’s security, its well-being, and its future,” Netanyahu said. “I have no doubt, that as we work together — you and I — the alliance between our countries will grow ever stronger.”

“I want you to know how much we appreciate the change in American policy on Iran, which you enunciated so clearly just an hour ago. I want you to know how much we appreciate your bold decision to act against the use of chemical weapons in Syria. And I want to tell you, also, how much we appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East,” Netanyahu continued.

As opposed to Obama…

“I look forward to working closely with you to confront the dangers we face, together, in this violent and volatile Middle East,” Netanyahu said before detailing their commitment to roll back Iran’s “ambition” to obtain nuclear weapons.

“It won’t be simple,” Netanyahu said, “But for the first time in many years, and Mr. President, for the first time in my lifetime, I see a real hope for change.”

While speaking at the White House in February, Netanyahu also said it was the first time in his lifetime that he saw an opportunity for peace with the Arab states as, according to him, they no longer see Israel as the enemy.