Saturday, April 22, 2017

op ed review 4/23

The Trump administration put nine of the country’s top sanctuary cities on notice Friday that they could soon have to give up some federal funds unless they can prove they are no longer thwarting Homeland Security’s efforts to deport illegal immigrants. The entire state of California is being targeted, as are the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Number of people collecting unemployment checks hits 17-year low.  “strongest U.S. labor market in years.”
President Donald Trump and Congress have saved an additional $60 billion in regulatory costs by rolling back Obama administration rules, according to a new report.
Donald Trump’s Approval Rating Hits 50 Percent In Rasmussen Poll

President Trump has received by far the most hostile press treatment of any incoming American president, with the broadcast networks punishing him with coverage that has been 89% negative. The networks largely ignored important national priorities such as jobs and the fight against ISIS, in favor of a news agenda that has been dominated by anti-Trump controversies and which closely matches what would be expected from an opposition party.
After all three broadcast networks celebrated left-wing Tax Day protests over the weekend, on Monday morning, NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America continued to revel in the anti-Trump hate, touting footage of demonstrators launching nasty attacks against the President while applauding how “determined” they were to “get their message out.
Media Do Their Best To Turn Trump´s 100-Day ´Honeymoon´ Into Hell

The FBI last year used a fraudulent dossier of allegations of Russian ties to Donald Trump´s campaign as part of the justification to win approval to secretly monitor a Trump associate.
“Entire Western World Helped Obama WIRETAP Trump”
More confirmation that John Brennan was the American progenitor of political espionage aimed at defeating Donald Trump. One side did collude with foreign powers to tip the election — Hillary’s. Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British and Estonian spies to cripple Trump’s candidacy. He used their phony intelligence as a pretext for a multi-agency investigation into Trump, which led the FBI to probe a computer server connected to Trump Tower and gave cover to Susan Rice, among other Hillary supporters, to spy on Trump and his people.
So where is Obama CIA Director Brennan’s politics?  Brennan once voted for the Communist Party presidential candidate.
Obama Political Spying Pattern: Trump Associates Were Not the First Targets

One reason we need a Wall:  over 2000 murders a month in Mexico.

New DNC chair says Republicans “Don’t Give a Sh*t About People!”
DNC even turning this line into a t-shirt.

The special election held in Georgia on Tuesday was supposed to a blockbuster event showcasing the anti-Trump wave sweeping the nation. Instead, it was an overhyped dud. So sure that Georgians shared their loathing of Donald Trump, Democrats from around the country poured more than $8 million into the campaign of 30-year-old political novice Jon Ossoff. Celebrities endorsed him. The media showered him with free publicity. And he was running against 11 Republican candidates. But even with all that support, Ossoff wasn´t able to win a majority.

Three dead in Fresno shooting rampage, shooter’s name is Mohammed, hatred towards white people,  screams “Allah Akbar”
Associated Press tries to conceal the Islam references in the story.

A student repeatedly destroyed a pro-life display at Washington State University last week because it made him “angry.”

NBC Sports Announcer goes nuts: “Calls US Flag and Air Force Flyover a “Political” Stunt that Should Be “Kept Out of Sports”

Investor’s Business Daily  4/22

This Earth Day, protests around the country will focus on "science." What they won't focus on is facts, because the facts show that the U.S. has made huge strides in cleaning up the environment.
Given the trends in air quality, water quality, toxics and, yes, even CO2 emissions, you'd think Earth Day would be a grand celebration of a monumental achievement that has allowed this country to produce vastly more goods and services for millions more people while sharply cutting pollution.

The fact is that by any important measure, the environment is cleaner and healthier today than it was 60 years ago, 40 years ago, or even 20 years ago. For example, data from the Environmental Protection Agency show that, from 1995-2015, levels of every air pollutant it monitors saw steady declines, to the point where they are at or below national standards. Carbon monoxide levels plunged 72% over those years; nitrogen dioxide fell 45%; ozone, 24%; soot, 37%; sulfur dioxide, 73%; and lead declined 93%.  The sharp reduction in sulfur dioxide emissions "significantly reduced damage to water quality in lakes and streams, and improved the health of ecosystems and forests," according to the EPA.

The share of children tested who showed high levels of lead in their blood dropped from close to 8% in 1995 to just 0.5% by 2015.

Water quality overall has improved, with once severely polluted lakes, rivers and streams clearing  up. Per-capita water use has declined 30% since 1975, notes the U.S. Geological Survey.
Vast improvements in farming technology mean farmers use less water and far fewer pesticides to grow more crops.  Improvements in crop yields has let the country reclaim vast acres of forestland. In fact, forest acreage has climbed 6% since 1920, despite the tripling of the U.S. population, according to the Department of Agriculture.

But what about global warming? Surely we're pumping more CO2 in the air than ever before?
Wrong. In 2015, CO2 emissions were below where they stood in 1996. That's despite the fact that there are 52 million more people living in the U.S., and despite the fact that the nation's economic output was 61% bigger, after adjusting for inflation. CO2 emission have dropped 9% since 2005, according to EPA data.

It is true that at least some of these gains are the result of environmental regulations. But not nearly all of them. The CO2 reductions, for example, came before the Obama administration imposed any meaningful federal regulations. They were largely due to the vast increase in natural gas supplies that resulted from fracking, which let numerous power plants switch from coal to gas and cut CO2 emissions. Other gains were also driven by the free-market economy's relentless demand for greater efficiency. Energy use costs money, so companies will always be looking for ways to use less of it. And pollution is a waste, which means companies will — without any push from government — tend to produce less of it.

But whatever the relative contribution of regulations and market competition, the fact is that the environment is remarkably cleaner. And if the EPA never issued a single new regulation, these gains would continue.

So, the question is, why aren't environmentalists celebrating this fantastic victory? Why do they still wear long faces and act as if the country is headed for an ecological disaster? Is it possible that the real interest of environmentalists isn't so much a cleaner environment as it is being able to exert greater control over everyone else? Sure seems that way.

Another good editorial from IBD:  “Is Global Warming Science Just A Fraud?”

And another one from the Manchester Union Leader:  “Earth Day: Celebrating pseudo-science”


“Do you have march fatigue yet? The Left, apparently, does not, so we’re in for some street theater on Earth Day, April 22, with the so-called March for Science. It’s hard to think of a better way to undermine the public’s faith in science than to stage demonstrations in Washington, DC, and around the country modeled on the Women’s March on Washington that took place in January. The Women’s March was an anti-Donald Trump festival. Fine. I found it vulgar and demeaning to women, but it’s a free country. Science, however, to be respected, must be purely the search for truth. The organizers of this ‘March for Science’ — by acknowledging that their demonstration is modeled on the Women’s March — are contributing to the politicization of science, exactly what true upholders of science should be at pains to avoid.”
            -Mona Charen

“If the president walked across the surface of the Potomac River this afternoon, the morning headlines would read, ‘Trump Can’t Swim.’”
            -Gary Bauer

“JetBlue is holding a sweepstakes where if you owe money to the IRS, you can enter to win a free flight. And get this, United’s offering is just to drag the tax collector out of your home.”
            -Jimmy Fallon

The editors of The Wellesley News, the student newspaper of Wellesley College, threatened their peers who refuse to conform to the campus’ progressive orthodoxy, in a column that was published this week.

The University of California, Berkeley, where the modern New Left student movement began with the Free Speech Movement of 1964, has come full circle, and has surrendered to the anti-free speech fascists of the left.

UC Davis student leaders say American flag display should be optional at meetings

Fresno State reports it’s own professor for ´Trump Must Hang´ Tweet.

Left wing protesters heckled a minister offering an opening prayer at a Town Hall meeting

More Than 70 Liberal Groups Partnered for Anti-Trump Tax Day Protests

Communist Party membership numbers climbing in the Trump era

They’ll probably get it too. Outraged Muslims are reportedly planning a May 1 demonstration at the Amazon headquarters in Seattle, Washington. The company is under fire after several Muslim security guards demanded time and space to pray five times a day, while on the job.

You can find many timelines that follow allegations of Russia tampering in the U.S. election and alleged involvement of Trump officials. But I couldn’t find any comprehensive timelines cross-referencing Obama-era surveillance of whistleblowers, journalists and other U.S. citizens with Russia surveillance allegations. So I built one.

Herein lies a cautionary tale. If publicly funded higher education can be hijacked in America’s most conservative state, under the noses of a legislature with lopsided Republican majorities in both houses, and with a Republican governor and Republican lieutenant governor, it can (and likely will) happen in your state—if you let it.

Yes, Trump Goes To Church. He Goes To My Church. Here´s What Happens When The President Sits Next To You

After eight years of Barack Obama’s pathetic fecklessness, America has got its feck back.  And the whiny progressives who prefer our woman-enslaving, gay-tossing, toddler-crucifying enemies to the guy who beat their designated heir to the Crown are in a tizzy.

Huffington Post Accidentally Destroys The Left's Entire 'Tax Fairness' Argument

Once upon a time, David Brooks was considered the house conservative at the New York Times. But in his April 21 New York Times column, he put President Donald J. Trump on a list of "strong men" that includes Turkey´s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and North Korea´s Kim Jong-un.

We now have it on very good authority that Trump Derangement Syndrome is a genuine phenomenon, widespread among DC journalists…."One friend's doctor jokingly called it Trumporrhoea – they [the reporters] are all exhausted, coming down with insomnia, gastrointestinal disorders…..physiological reactions….”  Of course, they are using a name the likens the President of the United States to foul excrement, a psychological tactic that allows them to feel good about admitting their own state of mental disturbance. However, given the fact that the source of these physical symptoms is psychological, she is admitting to a form of mental impairment resulting from an election outcome. Is Trump Derangement Syndrome deserving of inclusion in the next edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)?

Chart:  How we got to 20 trillion in debt.

Despite Record Collections, 52,062,499 Filers Paid No Income Taxes in 2014. Interesting tables.

“The collection of taxes which are not absolutely required, which do not beyond reasonable doubt contribute to the public welfare, is only a species of legalized larceny. The wise and correct course to follow in taxation is not to destroy those who have already secured success, but to create conditions under which everyone will have a better chance to be successful.”
              -Calvin Coolidge

Saturday, April 15, 2017

op ed review 4/16

President Trump will speak at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention on April 28, becoming the first U.S. president to address the gun-rights group since Ronald Reagan in 1983.

The White House will direct federal agencies to make deep personnel cuts over the next year.

The conservative Club for Growth aims to turn up the heat on more centrist Republicans to pressure them to support legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.

President Trump refused to sign onto the G7 statement on the Paris Agreement to Global Warming junk science.  Secretary of Energy Rick Perry said the US was in the process of reviewing the agreement.

Judge Napolitano Vindicated? British Intelligence Was Used By Obama Administration to Obtain FISA Warrants On Trump Team

61% of federal criminal arrests are of non-citizens
President Trump´s newly installed U.S. attorney general, former Sen. Jeff Sessions, is doing something unique for a top U.S. law official: He´s actually enforcing immigration law. What a concept.
Sessions Announces Illegal Aliens Who Illegally Re-Enter The U.S. Will Be Charged With a Felony
Fear of Trump Makes Migrants Disappear From Mexican Border
Dallas´ Latino leadership organized an immigration march, hoping for 100,000 people.   After the march, Dallas police estimated 3,200 people marched and attended the subsequent rally.

In the first special election since Donald Trump’s big win in November, Republicans held Mike Pompeo’s seat in Kansas. But New York Times declares it a victory for Democrats.
The liberal media, so desperate for anti-Trump stories to feed into their narrative, are looking to use something as innocuous as the White House Easter egg roll as a yardstick to show "yet another" failure of the Trump administration.

The Keystone XL oil pipeline could generate about $44 million in tax revenues a day once it’s fully up and running, according to a new report.

State of Modern Sports: Boy Identifies as Girl, Boy Competes as Girl, Boy Wins Everything

Investor’s Business Daily 

With surprisingly little fanfare, President Trump has set about doing something that has evaded presidents of both parties for decades: reshaping, resizing and reforming our vast, dysfunctional federal bureaucracy. If he succeeds, all Americans will be the better for it. It's not an easy task. But it is a vital one.

Last Wednesday, the ball really got rolling when Trump ended his temporary freeze on federal hiring, and announced a plan to "resize" the government to make it less costly, more productive and more responsive to average citizens. It's the kind of thing that private businesses do all the time, but that Big Government with its 2.9 million workers does almost never.

"The president of the United States has asked all of us in the executive branch to start from scratch — a little blank piece of paper, and if you were going to rebuild the executive branch, what would it look like?" Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters.
To that end, Mulvaney has sent a letter to all federal agencies telling them to expect major funding cuts and that calls on them to "reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies" as part of a plan to make government leaner and more efficient.

Though the bureaucracy makeover is part of the laundry list of items Trump wanted to get done in his first 100 days, Mulvaney notes the actual budget cuts won't happen until the 2019 budget. "One of the reasons this is so difficult to do is that you just can't wave a magic wand in the Oval Office and do these things," Mulvaney told RealClearPolitics.

Recent tales of a Veterans Affairs worker viewing porn while dealing with a customer and a Las Vegas-based Environmental Protection Agency official who used a government credit card for a $14,799 high-end gym membership only underscore the need for changes. But it goes even farther than that.

The fact is, along with revamping the bureaucracy itself, Trump plans to slash thousands and thousands of burdensome regulations whose costs far exceed their benefits. Today, according to economists' estimates, regulation costs the U.S. more than $2 trillion, much of that completely unnecessary. Sharp cuts in regulation will lead to fewer, but far more productive, federal workers.

The goal isn't to punish federal workers, but to make them subject to the same rules of efficiency as the rest of the world. It will take some doing, but reducing the size, scope and cost of government, while also limiting its influence in our lives, is a worthy goal.

Another good read:  “The circumstantial evidence is mounting that the Kremlin succeeded in infiltrating the US government at the highest levels. How else to explain a newly elected president looking the other way after an act of Russian aggression? Agreeing to a farcically one-sided nuclear deal? Mercilessly mocking the idea that Russia represents our foremost geo-political foe? Accommodating the illicit nuclear ambitions of a Russian ally? Welcoming a Russian foothold in the Middle East? Refusing to provide arms to a sovereign country invaded by Russia? Diminishing our defenses and pursuing a Moscow-friendly policy of hostility to fossil fuels? All of these items, of course, refer to things said or done by President Barack Obama.

“The most important thing for us is to send a message to the world that the border is not open. Please don’t come. You will be apprehended if you do come, and you will be deported promptly.”
                 -Attorney General Jeff Sessions

“In the end, capital punishment is a matter of justice and just deserts. It is justice for the dead and his or her relatives and it is just deserts for the murderer. On several occasions I have offered people opposed to the death penalty a deal. I will oppose capital punishment for the guilty, if they will oppose ‘capital punishment’ for the innocent unborn. I am still waiting to hear from them.”
                 -Cal Thomas

“The reason that the Russians are in [Syria] is not an affection for Assad … but because, as a result of their involvement, they now have a naval base in the warm water Mediterranean, they have an active, very powerful airbase in Syria. They have a presence in the Middle East. They are the power. They have displaced the United States. And their entire foreign policy under Putin is to restore the glory and the territory and the influence of old Soviet Union, one piece at a time. And it does that by taking away from the United States. It’s a zero sum game.”
                    -Charles Krauthammer

MIT Press has just put out a new book aimed at the kiddie market. It’s called “Communism for Kids.” And it’s hitting the “best seller” Amazon lists for the “communism and socialism” section — yes, that’s truly a section. Anyhow, the Amazon description reads thusly: “Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism.”

Notre Dame’s student newspaper spotlighted a protest campaign by left-wing undergraduates decrying the supposedly “racist, sexist, homophobic, [and] xenophobic” Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, who is set to be the commencement speaker this year at the university.

The Pigpen Left: Found in 20,000 tons of Dakota pipeline protest garbage and debris: one dead body.

A lawsuit alleges Seattle mayor Ed Murray raped drug-addicted, teenaged boys.
If the Mayor resigns, the Seattle Times frets about “the possibility of a Mayor Kshama Sawant, or some other extreme left-wing ideologue, steering this booming city wildly off course.”

Forcing Political Correctness On Employees And Characters Is Killing Marvel Comics

Venezuela: Socialist Mob Assaults Archbishop of Caracas During Holy Week Mass

Harvard is dropping the reference to the school´s Puritan founders in the lyrics of its 181-year-old alma mater because it´s “not inclusive enough.”

A PBS high school lesson plan encourages students to empathize with young Palestinian terrorists who want to become suicide bombers to achieve martyrdom and suggests they would rather die because Palestinians have less land and are restricted.

The editorial staff of Wellesley College’s student newspaper recently wrote that anyone who dares utter a politically incorrect thought should be punished with “hostility.”

Muslim teacher in Australia demonstrates how a man should beat women with a stick - as Islamic group says a husband´s violence towards his wife is a ´beautiful blessing´.
Flashback from last week: “Here…is the moderate liberal Islamic position on beating your wife: Don't do it too hard. “….the goal of the beatings is rebuke in a way that does not cause injury.”

Palace intrigue:  Conflict between Trump advisor Steve Bannon and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.  “The Swamp Is Rooting for Kushner”

If Tesla Is Worth More Than GM, Why Are Taxpayers Still Subsidizing It?

“The surprising truth about Trump and veterans”  Without Trump, Vietnam War veterans would have never gotten their heroes´ welcome, 32 years ago, “the largest parade of participants in the history of New York City.”

104 Year history of the income tax.

Video released by the Pentagon on Friday showed the “Mother of all Bombs (MOAB)” plummeting from the sky and exploding in eastern Afghanistan, as military officials said it flattened a cave-and-tunnel complex controlled by ISIS.   President Donald Trump, who said he authorized the attack, called it a “very, very successful mission.”

“But if we are to be told by a foreign Power … what we shall do, and what we shall not do, we have Independence yet to seek, and have contended hitherto for very little.”
                     -George Washington