Saturday, May 23, 2015

op ed review 5/24



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Smartest President Ever Says Weaponized Chlorine Is Not a Chemical Weapon

Isis ´controls 50% of Syria´after seizing historic city of Palmyra
The US Lost 1,335 Soldiers in Anbar – ISIS Just Took it Back …Thanks Obama!
Finally, President Obama addressed what he sees as the nation´s worst security threat, just days after the fall of Ramadi to ISIS and North Korea´s declaration that it has miniaturized a nuclear warhead to fit on an ICBM capable of reaching the United States. In a speech to graduates at the Coast Guard Academy, Obama said, yes, yes, terrorism is a grave danger. But there´s another one. "We cannot, and we must not, ignore a peril that can affect generations," the commander-in-chief declared ominously. That threat? Global warming.

Feds Spent $100 Billion on Food Assistance Last Year: 109,930,090 Americans participated in overlapping programs.
Soon it could be possible to apply for food stamps over the phone, with proponents arguing that in-person interviews add too much extra administrative cost.

Immigration: 445,000 awaiting a court date, which might not come for 4 years

Hillary Rodham Clinton is running as the most liberal Democratic presidential front-runner in decades, with positions on issues from gay marriage to immigration that would, in past elections, have put her at her party’s precarious left edge.

The Clinton foundation took in more than $140 million in donations in 2013, but spent a comparatively paltry $9 million on direct aid.

ABC News faces credibility crisis over Stephanopoulos donations, failing to disclose $75,000 in donations  to the Clinton Foundation.
NBC Universal, News Corporation, Turner Broadcasting and Thomson Reuters are among more than a dozen media organizations that have made charitable contributions to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2015/05/clinton-foundation-donors-include-dozens-of-media-207228.html
A controversial state-owned Moroccan mining firm that has poured money into the Clinton Foundation has received more than $92 million in U.S. taxpayer support, public records show.
Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton earned in excess of $25 million for delivering more than 100 speeches since the beginning of 2014, a huge infusion to their net worth as she was readying for a presidential bid.
Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell said that he believes some foreign intelligence agencies possess the contents of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Clinton told a roomful of supporters (behind closed doors) that as president she would require her Supreme Court nominees to pledge in advance to overturn the 2010 Citizens United decision. That’s the case where the high court upheld the right of a conservative group to air its anti-Clinton documentary, “Hillary: The Movie,” and run ads for it during the 2008 Democratic primaries
A cyber security expert wrote of Clinton’s email use that “You can liken this to the CFO of Chase taking billions of dollars in cash home and storing it in the mattress. It’s so inadequate to meeting the risks that it would be laughable if it weren’t so serious.”

“Remember the protests (and riots) in Ferguson last summer? It looks like at least some of the protestors were told they would be paid to show up and now they’re upset the checks haven’t arrived yet,”

The mother of a West Virginia middle schooler who was suspended for wearing a National Rifle Association t-shirt to school is suing the Logan County Board of Education for allegedly violating her son’s constitutional rights.

The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in a new treaty finalized Wednesday, immediately sparking Israeli ire and accusations that the move hurt peace prospects.
Pope Francis’ closest adviser castigated conservative climate change skeptics in the United States, blaming capitalism for their views.

South Carolina High School gives in on Flag Ban When Student Shows Up With Squad Of Veterans
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Gates Says Boy Scouts Must Preemptively Surrender  5/22
Nate Jackson

Robert Gates, president of the Boy Scouts of America, told the organization Thursday at its annual national meeting that the time has come to end the ban on homosexual adult leaders in the organization. Citing the wave of cultural changes taking place under threat from homosexual activists, including same-sex marriage edicts in the courts and anti-discrimination laws in several states, Gates insisted, “The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.”

“The one thing we cannot do is put our heads in the sand and pretend this challenge will go away or abate,” Gates added. “Quite the opposite is happening.” Translation: Abandon traditional values in the face of pressure from the Rainbow Mafia.

Far from putting "our heads in the sand," however, defending both traditional Judeo-Christian values and religious liberty itself is called standing on principle.

Gates did not call upon BSA leaders to make a decision on the matter forthwith, but he did caution that if the organization doesn't change on its own the homosexual lobby and its allies in the courts are likely to force the issue. “If we wait for the courts to act," he warned, "we could end up with a broad ruling that could forbid any kind of membership standard,” including belief in duty to God and specifically serving the needs of boys.

So he argued for change, leaving it up to individual troops and councils and the churches who sponsor them ... for now. However, such a change would only leave troops and councils across the nation susceptible to legal assaults by the Tolerance Brigade. Gates, a former secretary of defense and CIA director, has a track record of knuckling under to homosexual activists. He was at the helm of the Pentagon for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in 2010, justifying his actions at the time as an end to discrimination rather than calling the change what it was: an attempt by gays and lesbians to remake yet another institution to suit the needs of a small but vocal fraction of the population.

(On that note, homosexuals and their allies have managed to erroneously convince more than half of Americans that gays make up at least 20% of the population. The true number is more like 3%, but it helps the agenda if it appears there are far more of them.)

When Gates took the job as president of the BSA in 2014, he said he had no intention of allowing openly homosexual scout leaders. The BSA was already reeling from a 2013 decision that summarily dropped the ban on openly homosexual youths. The vote was passed by 60% of the 1,400 delegates in attendance, which may seem like a landslide but is hardly a representative cross-section of the national organization. Scout membership nationally is already down more than 10% since the last encroachment of gay activists — but the prospect of homosexual leaders overseeing troops will most assuredly lead to a much more significant decline.

Gates is correct that the homosexual lobby isn't done reshaping the 103-year-old organization to suit its agenda. Scouts for Equality and Human Rights Campaign issued statements after Gates’ speech Thursday saying they were heartened by his words, but wanted to see more action. HRC President Chad Griffin said, “It’s time for BSA leaders to show true leadership and embrace a full national policy of inclusion that does not discriminate against anyone because of who they are.” Unless of course you want to discriminate against someone for their religious beliefs — that’s perfectly acceptable to HRC and other members of the homosexual lobby.

And never mind that the "tolerant" thing to do would be to live and let live. Set up another scouting organization to advance and promote leftist values, and leave the Boy Scouts alone. Yet proponents of the homosexual agenda have convinced the courts and the Leftmedia to go along with their plan to dismantle every institution in this country for the sake of accommodating, promoting and advancing their own lifestyle. Submit to homosexual leaders, don't oppose same-sex marriage, bake the cake — whatever the demand, you will comply. Or else. So-called tolerance is a one-way street.

What takes place between consenting adults is one thing, but when did it ever become necessary to force other people to condone that behavior? “We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” Gates declared. Well, the world as it is right now is being reshaped by an aggressive minority who want little more than the power to reshape the culture and its institutions in its own image.

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LEFTIST WATCH
Some hardcore liberal ghouls came out of the woodwork shortly after the overnight crash of an Amtrak train near Philadelphia, saying Republicans are to blame for failing to fund infrastructure spending and increasing the federal train agency’s budget.

“It seems a little idiotic to me.” Those were the words of Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell at a hearing discussing the aftermath of the Seattle May Day riots. The words were greeted with a great howl of laughter and applause from the assembled audience. Harrell wasn’t castigating the black-clad vandals that delayed traffic, vandalized property, smashed windows, and assaulted police officers. He was castigating the Seattle Police Department (SPD) for arresting one of them — and Councilman Harrell is the Chairman of Seattle’s Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee.

According to a new report released by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, just “walking into or sitting in” a classroom full of white people is a “microaggression”.
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GLOBALONEY
Name calling of climate skeptics skyrockets...
Term 'denier' appears 3,183 times in media...

Graduation day at Rutgers University is a chance for students to relax after four years of college and celebrate with family and friends before entering the real world.  Or, when Bill Nye is the keynote speaker, it's a reminder that the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere is rising and its future may be a "no-way-out overheated globe."
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BOOKS, FILM
Teacher assails practice of giving passing grades to failing students.  A college professor and policy analyst decided to try teaching math in the D.C. schools. He was given a pre-calculus class with 38 seniors at H.D. Woodson High School. When he discovered that half of them could not handle even second-grade problems, he sought out the teachers who had awarded the passing grades of D in Algebra II, a course that they needed to take his high-level class. There are many bewildering stories like this in Rossiter’s new book, “Ain’t Nobody Be Learnin’ Nothin’: The Fraud and the Fix for High-Poverty Schools.”

“Mad Max and the Dream-Work of Homosexuality: “there is a deep-seated but suppressed anxiety running rampant in Hollywood about just how horrible our society will become if gay men are uncritically awarded everything they demand.”

ARTICLES
Kristol:  Assuming a Republican wins the presidency in 2016, his top domestic priority will be—and should be—to repeal and replace Obamacare. The health care overhaul is the cornerstone of President Obama’s project to transform America into a top-down administrative state. The effects of repealing Obamacare, and replacing it with a conservative reform that moves us away from government control even by comparison with the pre-Obamacare status quo, would be hugely consequential. The reverberations from its defeat would be felt across the American political landscape. Such a profound rejection and reversal of the progressive worldview and agenda would strengthen the resolve of

“I’m a Ted Cruz fan. At the same time, I find myself increasingly intrigued by Carly Fiorina. She speaks like no one else in the field. Perhaps, in part, because she’s not a politician…. In just a few short minutes, Fiorina manages to interweave personal stories with core values that include faith in God, limitless human potential, and the greatness of America. Her speeches don’t sound like they have built-in applause lines. She simply speaks. If people clap, that’s fine. She doesn’t appear to expect it or revel in it. She is articulate as she speaks on a wide array of topics…”

Clinton is running for president as a "topple the rich" champion of "everyday Americans," and Bill is just tryin´ to pay the bills, y´all: Hillary and her husband made at least $30 million over the last 16 months, mainly from giving paid speeches to corporations, banks and other organizations….

The countdown is on for the very first Republican presidential debate, set for August 6 in Cleveland - to be moderated by Fox News anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace….The requirements seemed geared to keep the conservative base locked out and the RINO's in play

It’s 6-foot-2, with laser eyes and vise-grip hands. It can walk over a mess of jagged cinder blocks, cut a hole in a wall, even drive a car. And soon, Leo, Lockheed Martin’s humanoid robot, will move from the development lab to a boot camp for robots, where a platoon’s worth of the semiautonomous mechanical species will be tested to see if they can be all they can be.
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
Texas tenors sing God Bless the USA.

Map shows the most distinctive causes of death, state by state.

Fed up with your current job? Feel you´re not properly challenged? Bored of the 9-5 routine? Al-Qaeda has a job application for you…..
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WISE WORDS
"[W]hen all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another."
             -Thomas Jefferson,


Saturday, May 2, 2015

op ed review 5/3



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Riots in Baltimore:
New Black Panther Party Head: “We Are ‘Willing to Kill’ for Black Nation”
Six officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray face a litany of charges that include second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, false imprisonment and misconduct in office. Doesn’t quite fit the racism narrative:  three white, three African American officers.
Last week the media tried to characterize the increasingly violent protests in Baltimore as “peaceful.” Now, even after the demonstrations have turned into outright riots, some members of the media are still trying to excuse the violence or are otherwise downplaying what has been going on since last Thursday.
Contrary to the emotional blackmail some leftists are attempting to peddle, Baltimore is not America’s problem or shame. That failed city is solely and completely a Democrat problem. Like many failed cities, Detroit comes to mind, and every city besieged recently by rioting, Democrats and their union pals have had carte blanche to inflict their ideas and policies on Baltimore since 1967, the last time there was a Republican Mayor.
Police in Baltimore told to stand down and let riots play out.
Need more moms like this:  “One Baltimore mom took matters into her own hands Monday, furiously grabbing her would-be rioter son by the scruff of his neck and dragging him away from the violence.”

Americans bomb Pew test of basic political knowledge

George Soros may owe $6.7B in back taxes.

181 Clinton Foundation donors who lobbied Hillary's State Department.  The size and scope of the symbiotic relationship between the Clintons and their donors is striking. At least 181 companies, individuals, and foreign governments that have given to the Clinton Foundation also lobbied the State Department when Hillary Clinton ran the place, according to a Vox analysis of foundation records and federal lobbying disclosures.

Not only did the Clinton Foundation conceal the names of 1100 big foreign donors to an affiliate, it has lied about doing so.

In 2013 the Clinton Foundation Only Spent 10 Percent Of Its Budget On Charitable Grants
Is the Clinton Foundation Really a Charity?.......now that more of the press is finally asking tough questions about the Clintons’ activities, it appears that their charity may not pass the basic question donors ask of any philanthropy: how much of the money raised is actually spent on the causes you are supposed to be aiding?

Video: Eleven strange “coincidences” from the Clinton Foundation

Former President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea left earlier this week on a nine-day African safari with a plane-full of family foundation donors and Hillary Clinton supporters in tow, adding fuel to accusations that contributors are getting rewarded -- and courted for even more money.

Pornographer Larry Flint endorses Hillary Clinton
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Michelle Malkin  4/29
It’s never enough. American taxpayers have surrendered billions and billions and billions of dollars to the social-justice-spender-in-chief. But it's never, ever enough.

The latest paroxysm of urban violence, looting, and recriminations in Baltimore prompted President Obama on Tuesday to trot out his frayed Blame The Callous, Tight-Fisted Republicans card. After dispensing with an obligatory wrist-slap to.."protesters" who are burning Charm City to the ground…. the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner got down to his usual business: hectoring his political opponents and grousing that America hasn't forked over enough money for him to make the "massive investments" needed to "make a difference right now."

If we are "serious" about preventing more riots, the president declared, then "the rest of us" (translation: all of us stingy conservatives) have to make sure "we are providing early education" and "making investments" so that inner-city youths are "getting the training they need to find jobs."

Narcissus on the Potomac wheedled that "there's a bunch of my agenda that would make a difference right now." Me, me, me! His laundry list of the supposedly underfunded cures that he can't get through Congress includes "school reform," "job training" and "some investments in infrastructure" to "attract new businesses." I'll give POTUS credit: He can lay it on thicker than a John Deere manure spreader.

Let's talk "massive investments," shall we?

In 2009, Obama and the Democrats rammed the $840 billion federal stimulus package through Capitol Hill under the guise of immediate job creation and economic recovery. An estimated $64 billion went to public school districts; another nearly $50 billion went for other education spending. This included $13 billion for low-income public school kids; $4.1 billion for Head Start and childcare services; $650 million for educational technology; $200 million for working college students; and $70 million for homeless children.

How's that all working out? Last week, economists from the St. Louis Federal Reserve surveyed more than 6,700 education stimulus recipients and concluded that for every $1 million of stimulus grants to a district, a measly 1.5 jobs were created. "Moreover, all of this increase came in the form of nonteaching staff," the report found, and the "jobs effect was also not statistically different from zero."

More than three-quarters of the jobs "created or saved" in the first year of the stimulus were government jobs, while roughly 1 million private sector jobs were forestalled or destroyed, according to Ohio State University. President Obama later admitted "there was no such thing" as "shovel-ready projects." But there were plenty of pork-ready recipients, from green energy billionaires to union bosses to Democratic campaign finance bundlers. About $230 billion in porkulus funds was set aside for infrastructure projects, yet less than a year later, Obama was back asking for another $50 billion to pour down the infrastructure black hole.

In 2010, President Obama signed the so-called Edujobs bill into law -- a $26 billion political wealth redistribution scheme paying back Big Labor for funding Democratic congressional campaigns. In 2012…Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act "to encourage startups and support our nation's small businesses." In July 2014…Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to "help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market”…..In December 2014, the White House unveiled nearly $1 billion in new "investments" to "expand access to high-quality early childhood education to every child in America" from "birth and continuing to age 5."  That's all on top of the $6 billion government-funded national service and education initiative known as the SERVE America Act….The SERVE America Act included $1.1 billion to increase the investment in national service opportunities; $97 million for Learn and Serve America Youth Engagement Zones; and nearly $400 million for the Social Innovation Fund and Volunteer Generation Fund.

The "social innovation" slush fund was intended to "create new knowledge about how to solve social challenges in the areas of economic opportunity, youth development and school support, and healthy futures, and to improve our nation's problem-solving infrastructure in low-income communities." The biggest beneficiaries? Obama's progressive cronies.

Apparently, the richly funded "social innovators" haven't reached the looter-prone neighborhoods of Baltimore yet. But it's not ideologically bankrupt Obama's fault. It's ours.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“I think one of the reasons Obama and his friends are so eager to open the gates to more and more immigrants is they think it’s going to defeat the conservative movement and the Republican Party……Of course, they all come from countries that are not used to the idea of limited government. They’re used to countries where the government makes all the decisions, and they don’t know anything different. “They don’t understand what Americans mean when we talk about limited government, so I think one of their motives clearly is death to the conservative movement and the Republican Party.”
                -Phyllis Schlafly

 “The Republican Party, if it were to nominate a pro-amnesty candidate, would self-destruct and not be able to politically survive having a political candidate that is pro-amnesty……It would just drive a stake in the hearts of the grassroots Republican voters, and there would be almost no chance the Republican nominee could win the election.”
                -Richard Viguerie
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BOOKS
“Takeover: The 100-Year War For The Soul of the GOP and How Conservatives Can Finally Win It,” by
Richard Viguerie.  “One hundred and two years ago Teddy Roosevelt split the Republican Party to advance his progressive agenda. Progressivism, or Big Government Republicanism, became the philosophy of the Republican Party's establishment elite. Fifty years ago conservatives began a battle for control of the party. Now is the time for conservatives to finish the job and take back the Republican Party.  All national polls show that the American people self-identify as conservatives by a margin of 2 to 1 or more. Despite the scandals surrounding the White House, the outrageous failure of ObamaCare, and the lack of leadership from Congress, the Republican Party has failed to win key elections because it has failed to deliver on its promises to roll back the tide of Big Government. In Takeover, prominent Republican strategist and fundraiser Richard Viguerie outlines the way to establish limited government constitutional conservatism as the governing philosophy of the Republican Party and sanity back to Congress and the White House. Viguerie details the storied history of the battle for the soul of Republican Party and offers practical advice and outlines the steps necessary for conservatives to win the civil war in the GOP and govern America by 2017.”
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GLOBALONEY
The New Green Religion of Global Warming/Climate Change is coming out of the closet to begin preaching from the pulpit. In the lib-left world timing is everything. Now that Christianity is being persecuted worldwide with the many slings and arrows sent its way flashing out in neon, it’s time for ‘sustainability’ to squeeze out Salvation at Sunday church services. “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is spending $84,000 to study how churches can be used to combat climate change.”

The blistering drought that has Californians timing their showers, driving dirty cars and staring at brown lawns and empty swimming pools is a “man-made disaster,” according to critics, who say the Golden State’s misguided environmental policies allow much-needed freshwater to flow straight into the Pacific.

The fight to stop climate change is about to become official doctrine of the Catholic Church. By taking this action, the Church turns its back on many of the world’s poorest people, those most vulnerable to the impacts of the United Nations’ dangerously misguided climate and energy policies
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LEFTIST WATCH
The left loves civil unrest:  Salon Magazine:  “Baltimore’s violent protesters are right: Smashing police cars is a legitimate political strategy.”

Bernie Sanders is an avowed socialist. 52 percent of Democrats are OK with that.
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ARTICLES
Can the Democrats Get Rid of Hillary?

Marco Rubio:  “Obama´s desperation is showing. And it´s dangerous…”

In a conversation with Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins Tuesday, Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) argued against same-sex marriage by citing the tumult in Baltimore as an example of the consequences of family breakdown — which, Perkins pointed out, legalized gay marriage would only exacerbate. “The single best indicator of whether or not a child is going to be in poverty or not is whether or not they were raised by a two-parent household or a single parent household, so the breakdown of the family has contributed to poverty,” Flores said. “Look at what is going on in Baltimore today, you see the

What Is China´s Navy Doing in Mediterranean?

Every member of a delegation of Iraqi minority groups has been granted visas to visit Washington for official meetings — except one. An Iraqi nun, who is a representative of the Nineveh Christians who have been forced to flee Iraq or be slaughtered by ISIS, has been barred from entering the United States by the Obama administration.
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WISE WORDS
“Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion.”
                -John Adams

 Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez