Saturday, June 8, 2019

op ed review 6/9


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
President Trump threatens Mexico with tariffs, Mexico caves: “New Deal Reached, Mexico To Take Action Against Illegal Immigration”.
Could have made a better deal if RINO Senate Republicans, in the pocket of US Chamber of Commerce,  hadn’t threatened opposition to the tariffs.
Even so, “Trump Deal with Mexico Likely Ends Catch-and-Release, Defunds Cartels”

Mexico notes that some migrant caravan funding comes from U.S. and England.
New border surge prompts 10% jump in 2019 prediction to 1,072,000 illegal immigrants
More than 55,000 children caught at border in May
116 migrants from AFRICA caught on video wading across Rio Grande into U.S.
Just in time for the border surge, Democrats vote to hand out amnesty to 2 million DREAMers
‘Sanctuary City’ releases MS-13 Illegal Aliens Who Then Murder 14-Year Old Girl.
Judge rejects House Democrats' attempt to block border wall

New York Times helpfully drafts “The Articles of Impeachment Against Donald J. Trump” for Democrats.
Impeachment not working out for Democrats…..Now it’s Donald Trump’s 'deteriorating' mental health to be examined in Democrats' town hall event

But what about the mental health of these Democrats?  Pelosi tells Dems she wants to see Trump ‘in prison’
Bette Midler Suggests Someone Should Stab President Trump
Democrat Congressman from CT: “My ‘Lizard Brain’ Wants ‘Bad Things’ To Happen to Trump”

President Trump Delivers Stunning D-Day Speech On 75th Anniversary
Hell freezes over as CNN’s Jim Acosta, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough praise Trump’s D-Day speech
When ‘Toxic Masculinity’ Saved The World:   “It seems we have decided that we no longer need those kinds of men, that their day has come and gone. I disagree. Rather than trying to domesticate and feminize our boys, hoping that they will grow into manly women or womanly men, we should point to those men on that beach and say, "Be like them. Be a man. Be who you are." Because as long as there is evil in this world, we will need men laden thick with toxic masculinity to rise up and meet it. That was the case in 1944 and it is still the case today.”

Kamala Harris promises to end right-to-work…everyone compelled to join a union.

Joe Biden flip-flops on Hyde Amendment:  “Campaign Confronted Him on Abortion”
Biden Says Flip-flop is Republicans’ Fault
The Planned Parenthood sex scandal you aren't reading about

Trump ending fetal tissue research by federal scientists.
NPR issues a "guidance reminder" to employees, instructing them in how to frame abortion news. “Babies are not babies until they are born.”

Jury awards Gibson's Bakery $11 million against Oberlin College
Catering to the leftist mob is going to cost Oberlin College big bucks

Twice-Demoted DOJ official Bruce Ohr received a $28,000 bonus and a raise during his work on the Steele Dossier.

How is this “progressive”?  Virginia Tech Offers 10 Different Graduation Ceremonies for Black, LGBT, Asian Students.

6 Gun Lies (And One Truth) Obama Told In Brazil
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Always So Angry? 
5/3  Issues and Insights

Bernie Sanders is mad. He fulminates about the abundance of consumer choices, such as “23 underarm spray deodorants” and “18 different pairs of sneakers.” He rails against credit card companies because he thinks their interest rates are too high. He thunders over the prices Americans pay for prescription drugs.

The Democratic senator from Vermont, who is truly a socialist, having campaigned for a Marxist group in the 1980s, is perpetually upset with the way private banks conduct their business, and forever enraged at corporations for making profits. When he speaks, he comes off as that bitter man who shakes his fist at those darned neighborhood kids. There’s a reason Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and others have called Sanders the “crazy uncle in the attic.” He’s mad because everyone won’t do as he says.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is another angry democratic socialist. She rages when her sophomoric Green New Deal is questioned. She was incensed when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he was going to let the Senate vote on her legislation. She’s annoyed that cauliflower is grown in urban gardens, apparently because it’s a “colonial” vegetable. Columnist Peggy Noonan said Ocasio-Cortez was “sullen, teenage and at a loss” during President Trump’s State of the Union address. Her very manner is that of someone who is mad at the world and is always just seconds away from lashing out.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren carries anger around with her like a purse — it’s always there within easy reach. She’s “mad as hell at the influence of money in Washington, D.C.,” and is equally venomous toward Wall Street. Other things that make her furious: Congress’ reluctance to “refinance student loan interest rates” (whatever they are); “billions of dollars” in private sector profits; billionaires in general; the minimum wage.

The anger and negativity on the left isn’t gushing forth from only these three scolds. They’re just the most visible. As a party, today’s Democrats, which include nearly all members of the media, are constantly frothing about something. Taxes aren’t high enough, a good part of the country doesn’t wish to join their health care collective, so many Americans want to exercise their First and Second Amendment rights. The political left is unhappy that there are natural differences in incomes and in wealth, that people of faith dare practice their faith, that school administrations sometimes allow conservatives to set up tables on university campuses and hand out written material, and that the working class resists its demands to conform.

Democrats and their traveling comrades are enraged that Israel exists as a nation, snarl about “white privilege” and “whiteness” every time they see a microphone or an open reporter’s notepad, and curse that Trump is president. They’re indignant that the rest of us don’t want to behave and think exactly as they tell us we must.

Nor is the outrage new. In 2008, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman thought Hillary Rodham Clinton was too “angry” to win that year’s election. “And to hear Republicans tell it,” The Associated Press reported, “Clinton is just one of many Democrats with an anger management problem. Former Vice President Al Gore is angry. So is Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The party is held hostage by the angry left.’ “

Four years earlier, Howard Dean shrieked like a madman after losing the Iowa caucuses.

The Left’s anger and seething resentment of the achievements of Western civilization is puzzling, especially when it’s directed toward America, and American institutions and traditions. To borrow the words of President Reagan in his first Inaugural address, no other nation has “achieved so much.” We have “prospered as no other people on Earth.” “Freedom and the dignity of the individual,” said the 40th president, “have been more available and assured here than in any other place on Earth.”

Is this country perfect? Of course not. It has flaws. There are things to be angry about. But they’re not the ones the Democratic-socialist-left-wing mob routinely has tantrums over.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“This was a week when all Americans should have been united in celebrating two of our historic victories in World War II and the brave young soldiers and sailors who made them possible. … America had thousands of great heroes in the Pacific and in Europe during World War II, but we’ve done a terrible job of celebrating success stories like D-Day. We’ve also done a lousy job of teaching our kids the extraordinary things we did to defeat the twin evils of fascism and communism. I don’t ever want to run into another 28-year-old American man — as I once did — who didn’t know why there is a cemetery filled with thousands of American soldiers on the coast of France. I also don’t ever want to talk to another young American standing where the Berlin Wall once was and have him tell me that the United States put up the wall to keep the Communists out of their sector.”
       -Michael Reagan

“Joe Biden held the same position on the Hyde Amendment for 46 years. He flipped on it in 24 hours of fringe leftists attacking him.”
       -Harry Khachatrian
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LEFTIST WATCH
AOC shows how leftists think: Everyone has to be guaranteed a home before anyone is allowed the 'Privilege to Earn a Profit'.

Dem 2020 Candidate Booed for Denouncing Socialism

Google Fires Republican Engineer Who Spoke Out Against ‘Outrage Mobs’

Pope Francis criticizes traditionalist Catholics who 'safeguard the ashes' of the past

Even Showers Are A Luxury in Venezuela Now
Venezuela: There’s No Disaster Quite Like The Collapse Of Socialism
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GLOBALONEY
National park quietly removes Obama era warnings that glaciers ‘Will All Be Gone’ by 2020 after years of heavy snowfall.

Australian government pays Al Gore $320k to conduct climate training as rare snowfall hits

150 lakes in the Tahoe Basin are still frozen, and it's June

Recycling: America’s False Religion
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TUCKER CARLSON
Tucker Carlson monologue blisters establishment republicans for not supporting Trump on Mexico tariffs.  Carlson began quoting an unnamed public figure denouncing companies that "wave the flag, but … have no loyalty or allegiance to America." Then came the big reveal: The person Carlson was quoting was none other than left-leaning Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), whom Carlson praised for sounding "like Donald Trump at his best."
The Libertarian Mises Institute, while offended by Tucker’s economic nationalism, concedes some of his points.
And a real provocative view of this:  “Carlson is trying to lead the Republican electorate from his Fox News perch to a right-wing embrace of the economic patriotism Warren is currently advocating from the left. He'd be uniquely well placed to take this platform all the way to the White House in 2024.”
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ARTICLES
Exposing the RINO Underground By Smoking Out the ‘Never Trumpers’ One-by-One
And that includes these RINO idiots and their TV ad:  “Republicans for the Rule of Law”

Trump’s Citizenship Question Is Racist? What About Clinton’s and Obama’s?

The real cost of illegal immigration, and it's not avocados. Americans pay $200 billion annually in illegal immigration costs.

Confessions of an Accidental Culture Warrior “There’s a culture war afoot … whether you’d like to admit it or not. One side wants to silence debate, rewrite the Constitution and enact policies that have sent other nations into ruin.  I’m ready to fight … are you?”

Why objectivity and honesty, not politics, must drive science.

Read this carefully and donate wisely (best is directly to candidates).  Some “conservative PACs” don’t deliver much money to the cause.

Surber: "We are left, then, with this paradox: 'Spygate is the first American scandal in which the government wants the facts published transparently but the media want to cover them up.'" "That tells you all you need to know about the state of American 'journalism' in 2019."

Why the world can thank American exceptionalism for successful D-Day. General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded the battle for Europe…..But it was Henry Ford who won it.
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INTERESTING STUFF
D-Day, then and now. Startling photos take a while to load but let you drag a line back and forth revealing the same scenes in 1944 and 2019.

Pictures from downtown LA capture the problem it faces with homeless, trash, rodents, and disease.
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WISE WORDS
“Statism is a system of institutionalized violence and perpetual civil war. It leaves men no choice but to fight to seize political power — to rob or be robbed, to kill or be killed. … Statism survives by looting; a free country survives by production.”
           -Ayn Rand

Sunday, June 2, 2019

op ed review 6/2


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
President Donald Trump announced that he is slapping a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports, effective June 10, to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross the U.S. border. He said the percentage will gradually increase — up to 25% — “until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied.”
Pollak: Trump Just Found a Way to Make Mexico 'Pay for the Wall'
Mexico’s President Says Migrants Have a Right to Move to the U.S.

How shocking!  Nearly 9-in-10 Illegals Released into U.S. Not Showing Up to Court Dates
ICE Agent: Migrants Trade Children to Get Discounts from Coyotes

Massive Victory for Conservative Nationalists in European Elections…
In UK, Farage's Brexit party storms to EU election victory
Pope Francis cries “racism” as EU nationalists win big.

Disney threatens to boycott Georgia over its new abortion law, but is happy to partner with China, which puts muslims in internment camps.

Ilhan Omar Accuses US of Atrocities on Border
Rep. Ilhan Omar's socialist supporters denounce Seattle-area protesters against her as 'fascist'
Funny how no one wants to look into that report that Rep Ilhan Omar married her brother... You'd think they'd be all over this like tabloid papparazzi. Wild and prurient news always sells papers and draws viewer eyeballs, and the scattered reports about how America's first Muslim congresswoman, Rep. Ilhan Omar, reportedly married her own brother in a bid to bring him into the country ahead of the others trying to get in, is quite a doozy.

REPORT: Minority Voters Poised To Help Push President Trump To 2020 Landslide Victory?

Stanley to Make More Craftsman Tools in U.S.

California threatens to upend Catholic 'seal of confession'

AG Barr Battles Intel Community And FBI. Illegal Surveillance Had Been Going On For Years.
FISA Court exposes Obama's abuse of NSA to spy on Americans
Joe DiGenova blows the lid off the real scandal: the Russia hoax was a cover-up effort for Obama’s political spying since 2012

President Trump honors Ohio State University officer for shooting to death a knife-wielding Somali refugee on Nov. 28, 2016, after the attacker had wounded 13 people on campus.

Big companies want to show that they are “woke”. Gillette releases commercial showing transgender man shaving for the first time.
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Victor Davis Hanson  5/29

One way of envisioning the Democratic obsessions with Donald Trump is as an addiction. We have seen the initial impeachment efforts; the attempt to get him under the emoluments clause, the Logan Act and the 25th Amendment; the Russian collusion hoax; the Mueller investigation; the demand for his tax returns; and the psychodramas involving Michael Avenatti, Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels. Relentless progressives have needed a new Get Trump fix about every two months.

More practically, their fixation also substitutes for a collective poverty of ideas. The Democratic Party has no plan to secure the borders other than to be against whatever President Trump is for. They would not build a wall, deport illegal entrants, end sanctuary cities, fine employers or do much of anything but allow almost anyone to enter the United States.

The homeless crisis is reaching epidemic proportions in our cities, almost all of them run by progressive mayors and city councils. None have any workable plan to clean the sidewalks of needles and human excrement. None know what do with the hundreds of thousands who have camped out in public spaces, endangering their own health and everyone around them due to drug addiction and inadequate sanitation and waste removal. On abortion, the new Democratic position seems to be that the unborn can be aborted at any time the mother chooses, up to and including the moment of birth. The Green New Deal has been endorsed by most of the current Democratic primary candidates, even though they privately know its utopian fantasies would shut down the U.S. economy and destroy the present prosperity fueled by record energy production, deregulation, and tax reform and reduction……

Have Democrats proposed canceling the new pipeline construction that Mr. Trump has fast-tracked? Would they scale way back on the natural gas and oil production that has made America energy-independent and on the cusp of becoming the world’s greatest energy exporter?

Democrats have occasionally talked of implementing reparations for slavery, a wealth tax and free college tuition, and of eliminating college debt, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Electoral College. Yet they have never spelled out exactly how they would enact such radical proposals that likely do not appeal to a majority of the population.

Would they reverse Trump tax cuts, stop hectoring NATO members to pay their promised defense contributions, restore NAFTA or revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement? For now, no one has much of an idea what Democratic candidates would actually do, much less how they would do it.

Instead, the fallback position is always that “Trump stole the 2016 election,” “the Mueller report did not really exonerate Trump of collusion and obstruction,” and “Trump must be impeached or somehow stopped from finishing his first term.”

When the Mueller report found no collusion and no indictable grounds for obstruction of the non-crime of collusion, for a moment progressives suffered an identity crisis. The temporary paralysis was prompted by the terror that without a crusade to remove Mr. Trump, they might have to offer an alternative vision and agenda that would better appeal to 2020 voters.

The Democratic establishment has become something like novelist Herman Melville’s phobic Captain Ahab, who became fatally absorbed with chasing his nemesis, the albino whale Moby Dick. The great white whale once ate part of Ahab’s leg, and he demands revenge — even if such a never-ending neurosis leads to the destruction of his ship and crew.

Democrats can never forgive Mr. Trump for unexpectedly defeating supposed sure winner Hillary Clinton in 2016 and then systematically — and loudly — undoing the eight-year agenda of President Obama.

So far, Mr. Trump seems to have escaped all of their efforts to spear and remove him before the 2020 election. Mr. Trump, like Moby Dick, seems a weird force of nature whose wounds from constant attacks only seem to make him more indestructible and his attackers even more obsessed with their prey.

Even if the quest to destroy Mr. Trump eclipses every other consideration and entails the destruction of the modern Democratic Party, it seems not to matter to these modern Ahabs.
Getting Trump is all they live for — and all they have left.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“How many of those taken in by alarmism realize that deaths from extreme weather have dropped somewhere around 99.9 percent since the 1920s? Heat and cold can still be killer, but thanks to increasingly reliable and affordable heating and cooling systems, and other luxuries of the age, the vast majority of Americans will never have to fear the climate in any genuine way. Since 1980, death caused by all natural disasters and heat and cold is somewhere under 0.5 percent..”
              -David Harsanyi

“By asking the executive to investigate itself, it was guaranteed — yes, guaranteed — that we’d have a fight over ‘obstruction of justice.’ For the architect of that investigation to keep saying ‘We aren’t exonerating our target’ is extraordinary. Innocence is the default position in this country. If a person doesn’t have enough evidence that someone committed a crime to contend that a crime was committed, he is obliged to presume his innocence. ‘Not exonerated’ is not a standard in our system, and it shouldn’t be one in our culture, either.”
             -Charles C.W. Cooke

“More than a few Americans may also notice the contradiction that Disney is more worried about filming in a U.S. state that has passed a law democratically than it is operating its theme park and hawking its films in China, which uses facial-recognition software to monitor its population and has a million Uighurs in re-education camps. Georgians have a right to self government, and like other Americans they aren’t fond of receiving ultimatums from elites on the coasts.”
           -The Wall Street Journal
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BOOKS, FILM
David Limbaugh reviews Mark Levin’s new book. “..presents a unique indictment of the liberal media today — something I doubted could be done, given the plethora of material already written on this subject….While the media and their Democratic Party colleagues breathlessly warn that President Trump is a threat to the free press, they are just projecting. Trump is simply defending himself and issuing a clarion call to Americans, warning us that the partisan media are the real threat — both to the institution of a free press and to the republic.”
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LEFTIST WATCH
The world has been watching China’s social credit system with grim fascination, a real-life compulsory Orwellian horror in which citizens’ lives are determined by their social score. Daily activities are monitored and tracked, then distilled into a single number according to rules set by the government. Intended to be fully implanted by 2020, its goal is to “standardize the assessment of citizens’ and businesses’ economic and social reputation.” This is all very interesting in a distant and other-side-of-the-world sort of way, right? Or … are we facing something similar here in America? Think about it. The U.S. is in the grip of a progressive mobocracy trying to standardize everyone’s thoughts and actions. Leftists insist you support their side or they will find some way to hurt you – economically, politically, socially, educationally,

Soros, Wallace Help Bankroll Dark Money Fund Aimed at Midwestern Voters

What people who have lived under socialism, good and hard, will tell you about it

Total Disaster: Venezuela’s Failed Socialist Experiment Produces Worst Collapse In Nearly 50 Years
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GLOBALONEY
Bill Gates downplays renewable energy: “Do you guys on Wall Street have something in your desks that makes steel? Where is fertilizer, cement, plastic going to come from?’

“The public in general doesn’t realize that from the point of view of geological history, we are in a CO2 famine. … There is no problem from CO2. The world has lots and lots of problems, but increasing CO2 is not one of the problems. So [the Paris accord] dignifies it by getting all these yahoos who don’t know a damn thing about climate saying, ‘This is a problem, and we’re going to solve it.’ All this virtue signaling.”
                   -Princeton University scientist William Happer.
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ARTICLES
Why Is the Info Generating Mueller's Probe All Linked To Hillary Clinton?
Mueller’s Final Statement Turns Jurisprudence On Its Head
Mueller Tried to Entrap Trump

Planned Parenthood’s false stat: ‘Thousands’ of women died every year before Roe

Democrats, the party of abortion

Karl Rove: “….imagine how Americans might react to the Democratic argument that the president should be removed from office because he obstructed justice when there was no underlying offense to hide, and no corrupt intent behind his demands regarding the Mueller investigation that were issued out of frustration and never carried out.   Swing voters want the federal government to work. They want Congress and the president to focus on the big challenges America faces, not to spend all their energy in hyper-partisan activity.
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WISE WORDS
“War is not the best engine for us to resort to; nature has given us one in our commerce, which if properly managed, will be a better instrument for obliging the interested nations of Europe to treat us with justice.”
                 -Thomas Jefferson