Saturday, May 21, 2016

op ed review 5/21

THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Donald Trump has grown to a 5% lead over Hillary Clinton in Rasmussen Reports’ first weekly White House Watch survey.
Billionaires who spurned Trump during the primaries are now rallying around the presumptive Republican presidential nominee — pledging six- and seven-figure donations for the general election.
Trump unveils potential Supreme Court picks including conservative firebrand judge with hilarious Twitter feed, senator´s brother and ex-wife of an anti-Trump radio host.
Liberals in a panic….Washington Post assigns army of 20 to dig into ´every phase´ of Trump´s life.

On the Hannity show, Trump dropped the big one on the Hillary Clinton campaign, openly accusing former President Bill Clinton of rape. And the liberal media reacted in the most predictable way, by claiming it has no basis in fact. “The rape accusation is decades-old and discredited,” ABC’s Tom Llamas stated, misleading the audience during Thursday’s World News Tonight.
“Excuse me?” says Juanita Broadderick.
Former President Bill Clinton was a much more frequent flyer on a registered sex offender’s infamous jet than previously reported, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” -- even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights, according to records obtained by FoxNews.com.

As Hillary sinks in the polls, sharply critical pieces about Bernie Sanders have appeared in progressive outlets such as Mother Jones, Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos within the past 48 hours.

Hillary Clinton’s emails reveal that she intended the overthrow of Moammar Qaddafi to be the crown jewel of her tenure as Secretary of State. It was to be her principal credential when she made her inevitable run for the presidency. But Clinton and Barack Obama made the inexplicable decision to overthrow Libya’s government without having a plan for what would succeed it, and Libya turned into a disaster.

The Obama administration will send a letter to every public school district in the country telling them to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their chosen gender identity, as opposed to their birth certificate.
A shocking editorial in the Charlotte Observer counseled young girls to get over the "discomfort" they feel at the sight of male genitalia when transgender facilities are allowed in North Carolina.
A female security guard working at a Washington, D.C. grocery store was arrested for physically escorting a man out of the women’s restroom after he refused to leave.  Yes, it was the security guard that was arrested.
Obama’s new Secretary of the Army is openly gay.

Starting in July, Florida schools will give students an opt-out option for the Pledge of Allegiance in their student handbooks and an atheist group is working to make sure it’s in the pages.

So why is the official Twitter account for the president of the United States publicly following adult movie stars?
President Obama’s national security adviser said Wednesday there are too many white people in key government posts, endangering national security “because they all think alike.”

A poll of Native Americans found that the vast majority do not object to the Washington NFL team’s name

Woman euthanized by doctors because she was obsessed with cleaning: Just one of growing numbers of Dutch people given the right to euthanasia because of mental, not terminal, illness
Democrats on the Federal Election Commission, following efforts to muzzle conservative news sites and even an anti-Obama movie maker, voted in secret to regulate conservative text messages despite a staff recommendation that the agency drop the case

“It is becoming harder and harder to tell the two major political parties apart. Today in Washington, all but three Senate Republicans on the Armed Services Committee voted to require your daughters to sign up for selective service and be drafted in times of war. Only Mike Lee, Ted Cruz, and Mike Rounds opposed the measure, which was offered up by the Democrats.”

Fast food chain Wendy’s will be expanding the use of self-service kiosks in response to minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market.

Russia to test unstoppable 'Satan 2' stealth nuke capable of wiping out an ENTIRE NATION

Cashing in: Illegal immigrants get $1,261 more welfare than American families, $5,692 vs. $4,431
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Sheer lunacy: That’s the only way to describe the Obama administration’s decision to enforce the full “trans rights” agenda on the nation — in public accommodations, and in school bathrooms and locker rooms.

Yes, polite society in progressive precincts has embraced the idea that those with non-standard “gender identities” deserve the same protections as racial and other minorities.

But that idea surely never entered the mind of any lawmaker who voted for (or against!) the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or any of the other laws Team Obama is citing as authority for its actions.
And while Americans are good with “live and let live,” most will be outraged at Uncle Sam ordering their local school to let biological boys change in the girls’ high-school locker room.
Yet the Justice and Education departments on Friday sent out a letter directing schools to let every student use the “facilities” that fits his/her “identity.” In fact, Education officials had already pushed many schools to make the locker-room concession.

It’s madness: As a practical matter, administrators should figure out the best accommodation for their particular school, in their particular town. The right answer in Scarsdale won’t necessarily be the best solution for Newark. Transgender folks are a minuscule minority; the question’s not even relevant to most of the country. It’s insane to put this issue atop the agenda when countless schools in this nation don’t even provide a decent education.

Look: The vast majority of Americans still see two sexes, male and female, with the differences obvious and biological. Most will humor the rare person who feels otherwise — and won’t be bullied to go any further.

Maybe the progressives will manage to re-educate us all into seeing things their way, but they’ve got a long, long way to go. Trying to force their views on everyone now is just begging for populist fury.

The more so, since the feds are starting with schools, when countless parents are already outraged at other ham-handed diktats from America’s elites.

Pull your social-engineering crap with your own damn kids, and leave ours alone.


Miniter:
One of the rare defeats progressives have suffered in the last couple of generations occurred in the 1970s, when the states refused to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, due in some large measure to the belief that the ERA would abolish separate male and female toilet facilities.  
So why have liberals chosen to force the issue of "transgender" rights down our throats and trigger another (and possibly) losing fight over loo access?

The answer is not only that liberals are drawn to the issue like salmon to their home stream, but that they’re afraid to leave it be.  But not for the reason you think.  Indeed, they couldn't care less about the hurt feelings of the sexually confused.  What they're targeting is the mindset of those men who aren't at all confused.

After all, you have to remember that their goal has always been a state of being that doesn't admit any identity for oneself other than that provided by the government.  Just as many Britons cannot see themselves as hospital patients other than with the NHS, or third-generation welfare recipients in a Bed-Stuy public housing project cannot imagine themselves as a human being not supported by social services.  And so, in this great liberal Game of Drones, everything that provides an alternate identity must go.  Christianity, regional identities like the South’s, the vanity of European history, traditional family with its rock-hard loyalties, scholarship and its “ability status,” pride in economic success in the private economy, until eventually even the idea that you have a conclusive and individual sexual identity established by nature is to be delegitimized and masculinity abolished – replaced by some determination of sex, or the lack of it, by some law or government regulation.

At which point the left-wing liberal world is finally made safe.  Safe in the almost exact same fashion Middle Eastern harem keepers were safe once their male servants and guards were all castrated.

Insane, but there it is.  The fight about “transgenders” is really not a struggle about them at all.  Instead, it’s part and parcel, warp and woof, of the left’s larger struggle: to get your...well, to get your you-know-what.


Related news item:  Vanity Fair has weighed in on the blockbuster movie “Captain America: Civil War” to lament the hero’s “heterosexual virility.”
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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"It would be good news if the Department of Education just wasted the money it gets from our hard-earned taxes. But it uses the money to do real damage. Nothing could provide a better example than the newly issued guidance letter that the Department of Education, jointly with the Justice Department, just sent to public school districts across the country, threatening to cut of federal funds if public schools do not comply with guidelines for treatment of so-called transgender students. The first paragraph of the directive provides a toll-free phone number to call if you don't know the English language well enough to read the letter and then serves up this same paragraph in six different languages. Our own Department of Education is apparently of the view that familiarity with the English language is not among the responsibilities of American citizens. ... To repeat, the Department of Education is not just wasting the billions it controls. It does substantial damage by forcing its own left-wing views on the nation's families. The Education department should be shut down and these funds should either be returned to taxpayers and or sent to parents with children in public schools to be used toward vouchers to allow them to choose where to send their children to school."
             -Star Parker

"I believe that the bathroom-usage issue constitutes a far more intrusive assault on our traditional morés than same-sex marriage. Many Americans who have zero inclination toward homosexuality were willing to accept same-sex marriage on the grounds that what other people do is their business and not our own, and that two gay people getting married isn't going to infringe upon one's own personal space. The bathroom issue is obviously different: Going to the bathroom is one of the most personal and private acts a person does; it is a situation in which individuals can feel particularly vulnerable; and now the government wants to take away that feeling of personal privacy and safety."
                    -Mark Hendrickson

"Transgendered men do not become women, nor do transgendered women become men."
                   -Dr. Paul McHugh, former Chief Psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins Hospital
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BOOKS, FILM
“Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” by Peter Schweitzer.  “The most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle” says The New York Times.

Michael Reagan:  “Lessons My Father Taught Me.”

Competitive Enterprise Institute:  “Ten Thousand Commandments.”  An annual snapshot of the federal regulatory state.

An anonymous congressman has dropped a bombshell election-year book that confirms why Americans hate their national government and have rallied to anti-establishment presidential candidates like Donald Trump. The veteran politician lays bare a rotten and corrupt Congress enslaved by lobbyists and interested only in re-election in an anonymous, 65-page manifesto called “The Confessions of Congressman X.” “Like most of my colleagues, I promise my constituents a lot of stuff I can never deliver,” he admits. “But what the hell? It makes them happy hearing it . . . My main job is to keep my job.” The House member — a Democrat who
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LEFTIST WATCH
Venezuelans Are Now Killing Cats, Dogs, and Pigeons for Food Because Socialism Can’t Provide

Portland school board bans climate change-denying materials, “in a move spearheaded by environmentalists”.
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ISLAM
ISIS has executed 25 people in Mosul, northern Iraq, by lowering them in a vat of nitric acid, according to several local news reports.

London’s Iconic Red Buses To Declare ‘Glory To Allah’

Deputy national security advisor for strategic communications Ben Rhodes told a Muslim audience Wednesday night that one of the things he was most proud of was the fact that under the Obama administration “people never have used language that suggests that America is at war with Islam.”
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ARTICLES
Obama´s transgender regime has officially carried its demands for your child´s compliance with sexual deviancy to the level of an imperial directive: Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive….. The sudden (but long anticipated and well prepared) drive for transgender bathrooms in public facilities is part of progressivism´s final assault on modesty and personal privacy. Train children from an early age that sexual behavior is a harmless physical gratification, no more important than scratching an itch; teach them that there are no consequences

Fernandez:  A German friend once remarked that Hitler was only the second most destructive thing his country had unleashed upon the world. Worse by far, he said, were the ideas of Karl Marx. The notion an idea could be more destructive than fleets of bombers and Panzer divisions is a large claim but there is evidence in support of it. John Walters says that in sheer destructiveness Hitler beats Marx only if you add the Kaiser´s war. If you add famine into the equation, Marx beats Hitler, Tojo and the Kaiser put together. "
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INTERESTING WEBSITES
Hillary Clinton is under fire in a new online viral video that purports to show her lying or changing her tune “for 13 minutes straight.”

Animation shows history of immigration to the US

Friday, May 6, 2016

op ed review 5/8



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
The Republican primary is effectively over. After Donald Trump’s victory over Ted Cruz Tuesday night, absent a particularly well-timed act of spontaneous human combustion, the unthinkable has happened: Trump will be the GOP nominee facing off against Hillary Clinton in November 2016.
Anti-Trump Groups Spent $75.7 Million on 64,000 Negative Ads to Take Down Trump – It Wasn’t Enough.

Trump proposes to help business by removing regulations.
Americans are adopting a foreign policy much closer to Republican Donald Trump than Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying in a new survey that they want an "America First" focus that fixes the U.S. before other countries.

Trump leads Hillary in one new Rasmussen telephone survey.
London Telegraph:  “Can Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton? Yes he can ….”
Chinese analysis: “Trump could beat Hillary Clinton with toned down rhetoric say experts”
CNN contributor and former Obama aide Van Jones put out a warning to his fellow Democrats on Friday: Donald Trump is probably going to win the White House.
Limbaugh:  “My gut: Trump beats Hillary in landslide”
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry – who once referred to Donald Trump´s candidacy as a ´cancer´ – is now endorsing his party´s presumptive nominee. “He is not a perfect man. But what I do believe is that he loves this country and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them,”

Norman Lear calls on Hollywood to unite behind Hillary Clinton
Rob Reiner says Trump supporters are racist.
Media mogul Barry Diller calls Trump “evil”.

While the budget for deportations has grown substantially over the past four years, the number of actual removals has plummeted.
Illegal immigrant numbers skyrocket at Mexican border.
Obama budgets $17,613 for every new illegal minor (undocumented future democrats), more than Social Security retirees get…

Sheriff Joe Arpaio defeats immigrant groups in court; Arizona ID theft law upheld.
Citizen groups like “Border Keepers” are forming with the stated goal of preventing drugs and people from passing illegally through the border with Mexico. Critics call them vigilantes and racists.  Supporters call them patriots and heroes, intent on doing the job Border Patrol agents have trouble doing alone--enforcing the law.

The infamous Romanian hacker known as “Guccifer” claimed he easily – and repeatedly – breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server in early 2013.

President Obama has issued an order prohibiting federal agencies from asking candidates about criminal history when applying for federal jobs.
Obama Justice Department decides it won’t call people ‘felons’ or ‘convicts’ because it hurts their feelings. (!!!)
Obama Justice Department warns North Carolina not to prohibit transgender people from using whatever bathroom they want.

Muslim elected mayor of London
Sadiq Khan apologizes after calling moderate Muslims “Uncle Toms”.
Muslims in the UK top 3 million, some parts of London almost 50% Muslim

Does the University of Missouri have a death wish? In the wake of capitulating to race grievance demonstrators, Mizzou is already experiencing a decline in applications so severe that it is closing four dorms, and a drop in donations that is causing a financial crisis.

Not a single one of the 72 members of the White House press corps is a Republican.
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Cal Thomas 5/5
Given its track record, one wonders why socialism is gaining in popularity in the U.S. and what appeal it has to a generation that, apparently, knows little about it.

A recent survey from Harvard University has found that 51 percent of young people between the ages of 18 and 29 do not support capitalism. Just 42 percent support the economic system that has allowed even the poorest American to live better and to have more opportunity for advancement than most of the rest of the world. Thirty-three percent of those surveyed support socialism.

Why does socialism receive such strong support among the young? I think it's partly due to what is being taught in too many public schools and universities and it is partly due to ignorance and human nature, which would rather get a check than earn one. Three quotes about socialism sum up both its false promise and its danger.
-- "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." -- Winston Churchill
-- "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." -- Margaret Thatcher
-- "The goal of socialism is communism." -- Vladimir Lenin

There are many modern and older examples of socialism's failures. A modern one is found in Venezuela, a country rich in oil, but politically and economically poor. It's funny how spreading the wealth around, which is socialism's major appeal, didn't trickle from the corrupt and incompetent Caracas government to the Venezuelan poor.  Under the presidency of the late Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's gross domestic product has dropped to an all-time low and the country's misery is continuing under his successor, Nicolas Maduro. It's gotten so bad the government has taken drastic steps. Unfortunately, none include repudiating socialism.

The latest is a reduction in the workweek to two days, Monday and Tuesday, at least until the end of May. It's supposed to save energy and electricity, which are in short supply. Surgical sutures are either unavailable, or of poor quality when they can be found. Food shortages are common and the food that is available often requires one to wait in line for many hours to buy even small amounts. In what could be the ultimate shortage, the Cato Institute reported in 2015 that the country had even run out of toilet paper. Hotels were asking guests to bring their own, as well as their own soap. Bigger hotels reportedly were able to secure these essentials on the black market, but they were charged up to six times the normal price.

It isn't hard to understand the attraction of socialism in the U.S. No one has had to live under it. College students, who are supposed to be smart, must not be learning real history in classes taught by tenured professors who are often leftovers from the '60s hippie movement. Capitalism and its political sister, democracy, offer opportunity, not guaranteed outcome. Socialism is mutually shared poverty. It is the ultimate liberal fantasy and is built on envy, a sense of entitlement and greed.

Alexis de Tocqueville captured the essential difference between the two conflicting systems when he wrote: "Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."

This is the rotten fruit being sold to the Venezuelan people and it is what's being peddled by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who is only slightly to the left of that party, a party that appears to be increasingly trending socialist.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“Trump has knocked the stilts out from the GOP establishment and crushed the pretensions of a battalion of political commentators on both the Left and Right. Portraying him as a vile racist, illiterate boob, or the end of civilization as we know it hasn’t worked because his growing supporters are genuinely motivated by rational concerns about border security and bad trade deals. Whether Trump, with his erratic impulses and gratuitous crudities, can morph toward statesmanship remains to be seen.”
           -Camille Paglia

“(Regulatory) costs never show up in any federal budget as a cost of government. They just get hidden in higher prices, lower take home pay, more unemployment, less opportunity.” The best stimulus the government can give the economy is to tame the behemoth monster known as Regulation U.S.A.”
                  -Investors Business Daily

“It isn’t hard to understand the attraction of socialism in the U.S. No one has had to live under it. College students, who are supposed to be smart, must not be learning real history in classes taught by tenured professors who are often leftovers from the ‘60s hippie movement. Capitalism and its political sister, democracy, offer opportunity, not guaranteed outcome. Socialism is mutually shared poverty. It is the ultimate liberal fantasy and is built on envy, a sense of entitlement and greed. Alexis de Tocqueville captured the essential difference between the two conflicting systems when he wrote: 'Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.’ This is the rotten fruit being sold to the Venezuelan people and it is what’s being peddled by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who is only slightly to the left of that party, a party that appears to be increasingly trending socialist.”
                      -Cal Thomas
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LEFTIST WATCH
The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands is targeting dozens of conservative and libertarian organizations in a racketeering lawsuit against climate change skeptics that has been widely described as an effort to silence political opponents.

Venezuela should be rich. Instead it’s becoming a failed state.
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ARTICLES
Well, it is game on. This will be an election unlike any other in the modern era. Two wildly flawed candidates for president will try to convince voters that the other is the one more unfit for the office. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both have their baggage, but along with his problems, Trump does have a couple of things going for him. Trump’s first big problem is obvious: He’s wildly unpopular. Specifically, he’s unpopular with two critical voter groups, women and Hispanics. He needs to earn support from these groups, but all the evidence suggests it will be very difficult

Immigrants are supposed to be beneficial to the U.S. — so much so that federal law requires them to prove they won’t end up on the public dole if they are legally admitted. But it’s a stricture honored more in the breach than in compliance, according to statistics obtained by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which found that of the millions of legal immigrants living in the U.S. and collecting welfare or other public benefits, only a single person was kicked out of the country over the last three years for becoming a public burden. Half of immigrant-led households collect welfare as admission rules go unenforced

Obamacare is teetering on the edge of the abyss. Enrollment is well below expectations, not enough young people are signing up, insurers are failing or dropping out of the program, and, by all appearances, premiums are set to spike even higher than last year. Even Democrats are growing restive with ObamaCare, with 25% of Democrats now saying they have an unfavorable view of the law, up from 19% last month.
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WISE WORDS
“As I watch government at all levels daily eat away at our freedom, I keep thinking how prosperity and government largesse have combined to make most of us fat and lazy and indifferent to, or actually in favor of, the limits being placed on that freedom.”
                       -Lyn Nofziger (1924-2006)