Saturday, January 21, 2017

op ed review 1/22



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Trump sworn in, 45th President, "The forgotten men and women of this country will be forgotten no longer."
Swears in using both the ´Lincoln Bible´ and one his mother gave him in 1955.
Krauthammer: President Donald Trump's inaugural address was the most "classically populist speech" we've ever heard from a U.S. president.
Trump Inaugural Address Focused On ‘We,’ Leaves Himself Out Of Speech Almost Entirely.’
Donald Trump eviscerated Washington in his inaugural address: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost."
Rev Franklin Graham Tells Trump, 'In Bible, Rain Is Sign Of God's Blessing, And It Started To Rain, Mr. President, When You Came To Platform'...

Wishful thinking:  during the week, CNN was dreaming up scenarios whereby the Obama administration can keep power if President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence were “blown up as they prepared to take to oath of office.”
CNN Frets Trump Could ‘Elevate’ Conservative Press.  Anchor worries new media order “could put Bill O'Reilly, Wolf Blitzer on 'same plane'”
The headline on the new CNN poll is: "Confidence drops in Trump transition." But inside the poll is another story: only Queen Elizabeth and Pope Francis have a higher approval rating than President-elect Trump, according to Americans asked to consider 11 world leaders.
The Rasmussen Tracking Poll shows 56% of voters approve of Trump.

Make America Great Again:  General Motors Plans at Least $1 Billion in Fresh U.S. Investment
Wal-Mart Touts Plan to Create 10000 U.S. Jobs, in Nod to Trump
German-based Bayer has committed to President-elect Donald Trump that it will invest $8 billion in American research and development and create 3000 new high tech jobs.

Forget the Russians. Officials from the UK, Germany, and France “grossly interfered” in US internal affairs, “campaigned” for Hillary Clinton, and openly “demonized” Donald Trump.
WikiLeaks emails reveal Hillary Clinton bribed some Republicans to influence election.

New study finds that Obamacare killed 300,000 jobs, destroyed 10,200 companies, lost $19B in wages. The AAF analysis also notes that just complying with ObamaCare's mountain of regulations has cost more than $53 billion and required more than 176 million hours dealing with paperwork.
Trump issues executive order on day one to start rolling back Obamacare
As soon as Republicans took the first steps toward repealing ObamaCare, stories started popping up all over about how ObamaCare "saved my life."  Are they legitimate?

Why they’re worried:  Trump eyes 10% spending cuts, 20% slash of federal workers, “numbers that would rock Washington if he follows through.”
Obama places White House staffers in civil service positions on way out of office so they can’t be replaced by Trump.

Trump is criticized for calling this “carnage”; what would you call it?   “War zone in Chicago ignored by Black Lives Matter:  10 Killed, 29 Wounded in MLK Day Weekend Shootings”

Talk radio's Laura Ingraham eyes Senate bid in Virginia, taking on Tim Kaine...
Silicon Valley billionaire and Trump supporter Peter Theil  has been discussing a prospective run for California governor.

Veteran journalist Bob Woodward slammed the unverified dossier on President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, calling it a “garbage document” that should never have been released.

 “The Clinton Global Initiative is closing its offices and sacking 22 staff……It was always obvious that the Clinton Foundation was not simply a charity. As Hillary´s opponents but also neutral observers discerned, Hillary was a coin-operated policymaker and the Clinton Foundation and CGI were toll collectors for access to her State Department and a future Clinton administration.

 “MLK’s niece: I voted for Trump”

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had made a "catastrophic mistake" with a policy that let a wave of more than one million migrants into her country.

Barack Obama was the first president of the United States to spend more on “means-tested entitlements”—AKA welfare—than on national defense
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
John Hinderaker  1/20
Trump: If You Thought I Was Kidding, Think Again!

Donald Trump’s inaugural address was historic. Not because it was good, although it was very good indeed. But because it didn’t give an inch. Trump’s message to the world was: if you thought I wasn’t serious; if you thought I might go native; if you thought the weight of responsibility might force me to accept the conventional wisdom; forget it. I meant every word I’ve been saying for the last two years.

There were very few fancy turns of phrase, and those felt slightly false. For the most part, Trump’s sentences were like sledgehammers. He appealed strongly for unity among the American people, but he didn’t back off from his critique of the Washington establishment, most of which was assembled before him. Washington has enriched itself at the expense of the American people, Trump said, but that will end.

At some points, the speech was bracing. He pledged that the “civilized world” would wipe radical Islamic terrorism off the face of the Earth. That is something that most politicians wouldn’t say–not “radical Islamic terrorism” as much as his reference to the civilized world.

Some will say that Trump’s pledges to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. and to reform our lavishly funded, but failing, public schools have no more prospect of success than Obama’s promise to stop the seas from rising. Time will tell. But after today, no one can doubt that Trump intends to put American interests first and to give priority to the “forgotten Americans” who more than anyone else fueled his campaign.


Another good read:  President Donald Trump's inauguration speech was not meant to bridge political divides. Instead, it was a clear and concise declaration of war against the established order.”
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OTHER COLUMNS
“There’s something perverse about an ideology that views the disposing of an unborn child in the third trimester of pregnancy as an indisputable right but the desire of parents to choose a school for their kids as zealotry. … Democrats often tell us that racism is one of the most pressing problems in America. And yet, few things have hurt African-Americans more over the past 40 years than inner-city public school systems.
          -David Harsanyi

“President Trump should build the wall, secure the border, impose tariffs, cut taxes, free up the American economy, bring the factories home, create millions of jobs and keep us out of any new wars. With rare exceptions, wars tend to be fatal to presidencies.”
     -Pat Buchanan
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GLOBALONEY
When you read an article proclaiming that, for the third year in a row, last year was the hottest year on record, you might expect that you will get numbers, measurements, and a statistical margin of error. You would be wrong, and here’s why.   “Why NYT Hid the Numbers For The ‘Hottest Year On Record’”
And this:  “The underreported news here is that the warming is not nearly as great as the climate-change computer models have predicted.”

Yess! All 'Climate Change' References Deleted From White House Site...
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LEFTIST WATCH
Footage shows inaugural protestors vandalizing local businesses, destroying a limousine with hammers, spray-painting on walls and windows, smashing kiosks, and chanting “no cops, no borders, fight law and order.”
Millions of Americans watching President Donald Trump’s inauguration on television missed one of the more important parts of the day -- the faces of the ugly Left. Vulgarity was on full display in the anti-Trump crowd:  Angry feminists, Satanists, anarchists, giant red fists….
Anti-Trump Women’s March Calls For Legalizing Prostitution
LGBT stages 'queer dance party' outside Pence home...
Anti-Trump protesters caught on camera planning acid attack on ball for activists as part of bid to close down inauguration celebration.

Trump derangement syndrome:  protester sets himself on fire in DC...
8 Most Unhinged Inaugural Media Meltdowns. Press used historic moment to wish ill on Trump's supporters, whine about Hillary and more

NBC News admits:  “Democrats: Left in the Lurch…The curious decline and uncertain future of the Democratic Party”

Already Rep Maxine Waters calls for Trump’s impeachment, claims Russia was the origin of Trump’s term “Crooked Hillary”.
Still at it:  Bitter media rig approval polls to show Trump’s favorability numbers dropping, courtesy of “aggressive oversampling” of democrats.

Some critics are taking shots at “Patriots Day” – the thriller starring Mark Wahlberg about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the manhunt for the terrorists in the aftermath of the attack – for its unapologetic portrayal of America as a force for good in the battle against radical Islamic terrorism.
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ISLAM
Italian Archbishop says Islam will soon become Europe’s main religion thanks to the huge number of Muslim migrants alongside the increasing secularism of native Europeans.
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ARTICLES
Strange story.  Assassination attempt on Republican operative?
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INTERESTING STUFF
The world’s 21 best beaches revealed.  Cannon Beach makes the list.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4139598/The-world-s-21-best-beaches-revealed.html#ixzz4WKqBq63f ___________________________________________________________________

WISE WORDS
“For over 200 years, this nation has been peacefully transferring power from one president to the next. We don’t reflect enough on how odd that is historically. And if it doesn’t give you goose bumps, you need to pause, and we need to re-learn some history together, because this isn’t the way it used to be done.”
             -Sen. Ben Sasse

Friday, January 13, 2017

op ed review 1/15



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Small business optimism surges to the highest in 35 years.
Deutsche Bank Predicts Trump Economy Will More Than Double U.S. GDP Growth…
Apple to expand manufacturing in Arizona.
Asia’s richest tech billionaire chats with Trump about how to create 1 million jobs over 5 years in America.
AMAZON to create 100,000 new jobs in USA...

Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura Bush, will attend President-elect Donald Trump´s inauguration this month.

Real Fake News: BuzzFeed, CNN Target Trump with Admittedly Unverifiable Russia ‘Memos’
It’s open war between the media and Donald Trump
How Trump´s nemesis John McCain kicked off the ´Kremlin memo´ scandal by handing dossier to the FBI after sending an emissary abroad to collect it.
4Chan Claims to Have Fabricated the Anti-Trump Report As A Hoax
Buzzfeed’s Trump report takes ‘fake news’ to a new level.

Ukrainian government officials tried to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump during the election by publicly questioning his fitness for office. They also disseminated documents implicating a top Trump aide in corruption…and they helped Clinton’s allies research damaging information on Trump and his advisers, a Politico investigation found.

Democrats and unions are joining to kill any prospect of meaningful education reform by President-elect Donald Trump. How? By fatally damaging school reformer Betsy DeVos´ nomination as Secretary of Education.
Al Sharpton Promises 'Season of Civil Disobedience'...
Washington Post writer ponders how to “remove Trump from office” before he’s even sworn in.

In a new study of President Obama’s legacy, the Pew Research Center found that religious affiliation and practice dropped off dramatically during his two terms in the White House.

Pot triggers schizophrenia, heart attacks, experts say in landmark study...

Actress Nicole Kidman is encouraging all Americans to put the election behind them and rally around President-elect Donald Trump.

Good idea:  Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) teamed up to introduce a law that would block taxpayer dollars from going toward the UN, in response to the anti-Israel Resolution 2334 passed by the Security Council last month.

Marine Le Pen has rocketed into the lead in the race to become France’s next president - just months ahead of the country’s general election. http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/752664/Marine-Le-Pen-leading-French-presidential-election-polls-Francois-Fillon-Emmanuel-Macron

The media just want to focus on how the Ft. Lauderdale airport shooter was given his gun back, ignoring that he is a Muslim convert who years before joining the U.S. Army took on an Islamic name (Aashiq Hammad), downloaded terrorist propaganda and recorded Islamic religious music online.

Hillary Clinton once offered this zinger about Donald Trump’s claims to be a business wizard: “What kind of genius loses a billion dollars in a single year?” The New York Post has the answer in their review of election-campaign financial disclosures. The final cost of Hillary’s futile bid for the presidency — including monies spent by the Democratic Party and supporting PACS — exceeded $1.2 billion.
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Why the Left Hates Trump So Intensely     1/13/17

The intensity of the hatred for a newly elected president faced by Donald Trump is equaled only by the reaction of the Confederacy to the election of Abraham Lincoln.  That ended up in civil war, a precedent that one hopes will not be equaled. But there has been a remarkable fury at people who do not shun Trump: boycotts of a company whose shareholder contributed to a PAC supporting Trump, attempts to pressure the president of a historically black college to prevent its marching band from performing at the inaugural, and hateful rhetoric at Hollywood awards ceremonies. With much more to come.

A useful perspective is to regard this as a religious conflict. Cults behave exactly the way the left is behaving when a member leaves the fold. And remember that Donald Trump used to be a member in good standing of the Democrat cultural machine. He even had a show on NBC, a mainstay of the Left, in addition to being a generous contributor to many Democrats. An anonymous poster on Reddit offers an interesting take on the religious nature of the conflict NotJaffo” writes:

“Why is Hollywood (in particular) freaking out so badly over Trump? First, because he's a Republican who might actually do the things he said he wanted to do. But second, because this is the first cultural victory the right has scored since Reagan stumbled into one in the '80s. The left is used to losing political battles. They scream and cry over these but they don't truly panic, because they know that as long as they maintain their hammerlock on the culture, Republicans can't really change anything.”

“Blue Team Progressivism is a church, offering you moral superiority and a path to spiritual enlightenment. As a church it's got a lot going for it. It runs religious programming on television, all day every day. Every modern primetime program is like a left-wing Andy Griffith show, reinforcing lessons of inclusion, tolerance, feminism, and anti-racism. Watching a 90-pound Sci-Fi heroine beat up a room full of giant evil men is as satisfying to the left as John Wayne westerns were for the right. The Blue Church controls the HR department, so even if you don't go to church, you have to act like a loyal churchgoer in every way that matters while you're on the clock. And off the clock, on any kind of public social media platform.”

“Jon Stewart and John Oliver are basically TV preachers. Watching them gives the same sense of quiet superiority your grandma gets from watching The 700 Club. The messages are constantly reinforced, providing that lovely dopamine hit, like an angel's voice whispering, "You're right, you're better, you're winning." Hollywood award shows are like church talent shows - the skits and jokes aren't really funny, but it's fun to look at the pretty girls, and you're all on the same team.”

The interesting point is that until now,  Red Conservativism is a business, selling a set of political products. They don't make you feel good, they don't appeal to your morality or your spiritual sense of self, but sometimes you really NEED one of their core products like security, jobs, or national defense. Their appeals to "freedom" and "family values" ring hollow these days, but when people are flying planes into buildings, you need a strong member of Conservatism, Inc. in the big chair.”

“And now this unequal match has changed: For the first time in decades, voters explicitly rejected the Blue Church, defying hours of daily cultural programming, years of indoctrination from the schools, and dozens of explicit warnings from HR.  We've been trained since childhood to obey the pretty people on TV, but for the first time in decades, that didn't work.”

“Donald Trump won because flyover America wants their culture back, and Blue Team has not been rejected like that before. The younger ones have grown up in an environment where Blue Faith assumptions cannot even be questioned, except anonymously by the bad kids on Twitter. But now the bad kids are getting bolder, posting funny memes that make you laugh even though John Oliver would not approve, like passing crude dirty pictures under the table in Sunday School. Meryl Streep is panicking because for the first time voters have rejected HER, and everything her faith has taught her to believe.”

Donald Trump is not peddling a religion, but he is peddling a counterculture that challenges the “Blue Faith,” as NotJaffo” aptly labels it.  And that is the basis of panic.  And that's what Meryl Streep is really scared of. She's not truly aware of it, just like fluttering housewives couldn't really understand the counterculture threat in 1968. But they feel that something is changing in their safe little world, and they know they have to fight it, because this threat isn't just passing pointless budget resolutions and selling pointless platitudes about family values - these guys mean business, and they're fighting on her turf.

The global warming religion has already folded itself into the Trump hater cult.  The question facing us now is how to deprogram cult members.

Another good read:  VDH:   “What is Trumpism?”
Donald Trump is hated by liberal Democrats because, among other things, he is likely to reverse the entire Obama project. And, far worse, he probably will seek fundamental ways of obstructing its future resurgence — even perhaps by peeling off traditional Democratic constituencies.  The proverbial mainstream media despise Trump. Culturally, he has become a totem of their fears: coarseness, ostentatiousness, flamboyance, and the equation of big money with taste and success. His new approach to the media may make them irrelevant, and they fear their downfall could be well earned. The Republican Washington–to–New York establishment is alienated by Trump. It finds his behavior reckless and his ideology unpredictable — especially given his cruel destruction of in-house Republican candidates in the primaries and his past flirtations with liberal ideas and politicians. That he has now brought them more opportunity for conservative political change than any Republican candidate in a century only adds insult to their sense of injury. Nonetheless, from the 2016 campaign and from President-elect Trump’s slated appointments, past interviews, and tweets, we can see a coherent worldview emerging, something different from both orthodox conservativism and liberalism, though certainly Trumpism is far closer to the former than to the latter. Here may be a few outlines of Trumpist thought. “He is a Jacksonian who wants a huge club at the Department of Defense largely to ensure that he’ll never have to use it….”
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OTHER COLUMNS
“Politicians who call for law and order are often viewed negatively, but poor people are the most dependent on law and order. In the face of high crime or social disorder, wealthier people can afford to purchase alarm systems, buy guard dogs, hire guards and, if things get too bad, move to a gated community. These options are not available to poor people. The only protection they have is an orderly society. Ultimately, the solution to high crime rests with black people. Given the current political environment, it doesn’t pay a black or white politician to take those steps necessary to crack down on lawlessness in black communities.”
              -Walter Williams
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GLOBALONEY
Scientists Now Warn of A New Ice Age As Temps Plummet to -80°F In Russia!
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LEFTIST WATCH
“This may be the single most despicable act of media bias I have ever encountered. It took a lot of effort and art for CBS Radio to put together an early report on the Chicago torture incident that was strictly factual, yet created the impression on listeners that a group of white Trump supporters had attacked a helpless mentally challenged black man. (it was the other way around).
“The viral video of a beating and knife attack in Chicago suggests the assault had racial overtones. CBS’s Dean Reynolds tells us the victim is described as a mentally challenged teenager. In the video he is choked and repeatedly called the n-word. His clothes are slashed and he is terrorized with a knife. His alleged captors repeatedly reference Donald Trump. Police are holding four people in connection with the attack.”
           -CBS Radio (All “true,” but you wouldn’t know it was four blacks who attacked a white man by this maliciously deceitful description.)

Rosie O’Donnell calls for MARTIAL LAW and Trump´s inauguration to be delayed until he
is ´cleared´ of involvement in Russian hack

Anarchists Are Hoping To Turn Donald Trump’s Inauguration On January 20th Into One Of The Biggest Riots In U.S. History Their stated goal is to “disrupt” the Inauguration festivities as much as possible, and they are planning a wide range of “actions” to achieve that stated goal

MTV host mocks Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Asian-American grandchildren on Twitter, accusing Sessions of “stealing his grandchildren from Toys “R” Us for the hearing”. He went on to call his grandchildren a “prop,” brought to mitigate accusations of racism.

‘Gaslighting’ and the Left’s War on Reality

Democrats hunker down for ‘permanent opposition’ to Donald Trump presidency
They are titans of philosophy, without whose work an understanding of the subject is all but inconceivable. But now students at a University of London college are demanding that such seminal figures as Plato, Descartes, Immanuel Kant and Bertrand Russell should be largely dropped from the curriculum simply because they are white.
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ISLAM
Judge dismisses Clock Boy family´s defamation lawsuit
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ARTICLES
“A Left-wing American friend confessed a few days ago that he was beginning to like Donald Trump: ‘He’s got no mental teleprompter,’ he told me admiringly, ‘no notes, no filter, no volume control. He just says stuff, and sometimes he’s got a point . . .’ My friend has been uncontactable since Wednesday’s Trump press conference. I think he might either be in Heaven or in hospital from shock. Because this was the most madcap performance by an incoming president since the 19th century, when Andrew Jackson took a bullet in the arm in a bar fight with a Senator….”

Fred Barnes:  “Donald Trump is in the rare position of loathing the media and dominating them—simultaneously. What more could a president-elect want as he enters the White House?”

In George Washington’s 1796 farewell address, he argued that of “all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.” In Barack Obama’s farewell address, he congratulated himself for undermining them. He identified America’s progress in the diminution of its historic religion and morality and urged Americans to embrace greater and greater departures from them. The country’s future, he said, depends upon welcoming Islam and the transgendered, among other favored groups, and eschewing “discrimination,” his catch-all term for any lingering conservatism in the country.

At home and abroad, Obama’s trail of disasters
President Obama Awards Himself Distinguished Public Service Medal

Is The U.S. Government Insolvent? Sorry, But Its Accountant Can´t Tell You
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INTERESTING STUFF
Donald Trump inauguration schedule of events, performers and inaugural balls

The Preposterous Success Story of America’s Pillow King
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WISE WORDS
“Tell me what are the prevailing sentiments that occupy the minds of your young peoples, and I will tell you what is to be the character of the next generation.”
                 -Edmund Burke