Saturday, August 23, 2014

op ed review 8/24

On Tuesday ISIS militants beheaded American journalist James Foley somewhere in Syria.
President Barack Obama reacted to the on-camera slaying for five minutes on Wednesday.  Then he hurried off to a five-hour round of golf at Farm Neck on Martha´s Vineyard for his seventh visit to the links, so far, during a vacation that began August 9. The decision brought a chorus of condemnation from TV commentators, journalists, conservative partisans and Twitter denizens – and even an unintentional slap from the left-leaning New York Times.

Hillary Rodham Clinton likes to travel in style. She insists on staying in the “presidential suite” of luxury hotels that she chooses anywhere in the world, including Las Vegas. She usually requires those who pay her six-figure fees for speeches to also provide a private jet for transportation — only a $39 million, 16-passenger Gulfstream G450 or larger will do.
The release of details of Hillary Clinton’s contract demands for speaking at UNLV, with incredible perks suitable for an empress, is deeply damaging her prospects for winning the presidency.
Hillary Clinton is no longer the inevitable next President of the United States, a summertime development that is not unexpected yet still surprises. Now the question is: Who will be the first to mount a challenge?

Cashill:  “Much too quickly after the death of big Mike Brown in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, the Trayvon Martin dream team -- ambulance chasers Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks, media hound Al Sharpton -- descended on his still warm body like so many turkey vultures. One would have hoped that their twisted performance in Florida during the previous two years would have taught America’s liberals something -- prudence, restraint, skepticism -- but it did not. Led by their media, liberals once again rushed in where wise men fear to tread. As expected, the media insisted on telling the same embarrassingly fraudulent story they had told in the Martin shooting: innocent teen, academically ambitious, minding his own business, profiled by racist white vigilante -- this time a cop -- and shot for no reason other than his race.”
Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department´s top brass told “The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”

The former head of the CIA’s Osama Bin Laden unit said Thursday that the best way to protect Americans from terrorists is to secure the border. “What we could have done after 9-11 if we really wanted to improve U.S. security … was to close the southern border and perhaps even spots on the northern border with Canada……At least you secure the continent in that way. Right now we’re exposed, not only internationally, but we don’t know who is in our country…”

The liberal billionaire that paid democrats $100M to stop the Keystone pipeline, explained this week that global warming skeptics are “not super sophisticated.”

Obama’s defense drawdown:  Almost 8,000 Navy chiefs face the ax.

Less than a week after Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) was indicted by a grand jury on two felony counts, he may be in an even stronger political position than he was before the charges hit.
A woman who disclosed to the Houston Chronicle that she was a member of the grand jury that indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was an active delegate to the Texas Democratic Party convention during grand jury proceedings.

Race-based hate crimes jumped in Washington, D.C., last year even as most other types of bias crimes decreased.  D.C. police say that of the 18 race-based hate crimes in 2013, the majority of victims were white and the majority of suspects black.
A high school student was allegedly suspended after breaking a class rule of saying “bless you” after a classmate sneezed. Kendra Turner, a senior at Dyer County High School, said bless you to her classmate who sneezed and the teacher told her that the term was for church.

Bill Clinton Now Enjoys $1,000 Cigars

Mark Alexander  8/20

When the Democrat Party is free-falling into political disfavor, as it now certainly is under the Barack Obama regime, its protagonists predictably revert to their default politics of disparity positions in a diversionary effort to "gin up" discontent and regain the allegiance of its base constituencies.

There are three deceptions in the Demos' disunity playbook that have proven politically profitable. First, the Left is promoting their spurious "war on women" rhetoric, which successfully lured majorities of female voters to elect and re-elect Obama, as they did his predecessor, Bill Clinton.

Second, they are pushing several classist themes projecting a "war on the poor," because everyone has less than someone, and Obama's "redistributive justice" is an easy sell. Indeed, as avowed socialist George Bernard Shaw smugly declared, "A government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always depend on the support of Paul."

And third, in full bloom this week, Demos and their operatives are busy propagating the bygone notion of "racial inequality," as if it pervades every facet of society and is a gauntlet between black folks and success. Now, that's not an easy subterfuge when the twice-elected sitting president is, himself, half black, but this artifice has successfully co-opted the most loyal single constituency of any, black voters -- some 93 percent of whom are baited into voting for Democrats.

Obama has a dependable stable of surrogate "race hustlers," including Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and legions of lesser useful idiots, who are quick to promote hate crime hoaxes in order to foment discontent and rally black constituents.

The last national hate hoax coincided with the launch of Obama's 2012 re-election bid and centered on accusations that a "white Hispanic" racist murdered a black youth, though a jury ultimately determined that the defendant, George Zimmerman, shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense.

Of course, Obama interjected himself into that case for all the political gain he could bleed from it. He nationalized the case by sowing this seed: “This is a tragedy, uh ... uh and when I think about this boy, uh, I think about my own kids, uh ... I think that all of us need to do some soul searching to figure out how something like this happened. ... If I had a son he would look like Trayvon, and, uh, you know, I think [his parents] are right to expect that all of us as Americans, uh, are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves.”

Now, just ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, Democrats have seized on another “injustice,” the shooting of a black man, Michael Brown, by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri, an urban borough of St. Louis.

It is not my intent to defend the actions of Wilson, or to condemn the actions of Brown, because we do not know, and may never know for certain, all of the circumstance of this incident. As my colleague Cal Thomas notes, “If jumping to conclusions were an Olympic sport, some of these loudmouths … would win gold medals.”

Of course, in the last month, there have been more than 40 murders on the streets of Obama’s hometown, Chicago – mostly black and mostly the result of black-on-black violence. But Obama has not offered a single word about those dead…….the real tragedy in Ferguson, as in urban centers nationwide, is the unintended consequence of the Democrat Party’s “Great Society” economic and social engineering policies, which have resulted in urban poverty plantations, effectively enslaving generations of blacks and, increasingly, Hispanics. The Imperial Wizards of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan could never have scripted such a successful, oppressive socio-economic segregation plan.


"The late media critic Edwin Diamond once notably quipped that to the American news media, '10,000 deaths in Nepal equals 100 deaths in Wales equals 10 deaths in West Virginia equals one death next door.' When it comes to race relations, a similar rule applies. 400,000 civilians have been murdered in Darfur, but one death of a black man in Missouri, allegedly due to white police brutality, is infinitely more newsworthy. The national media are currently obsessed with Michael Brown’s killing by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, just as they obsessed over Trayvon Martin’s killing in Sanford, Florida. Our media aren’t in the news business. They’re in the narrative business, and one of their favorite narratives is that America is deeply racist (something that electing a black president twice in no way disproves). In this liberal view, Ferguson is not atypical, but the rule. It’s what white cops do to innocent black folks. ... We do not know if the cop was right to shoot Brown. The investigation should give us the answer. The news media have rendered their judgment. Ignorantly and maliciously."
                 -Brent Bozell

“A new survey finds that 75% of Americans don´t use up all of their vacation days. While the rest apparently loan them to President Obama. He´s on vacation again! “
               -Jimmy Fallon

ISIS has released a video showing how it enlightened hundreds of members of a religious minority by converting them to Islam.
“ISIS recruiting in Canada, local imam warns”
ISIS may be targeting Chicago for a terrorist attack.

In Raqqa, Syria, the Islamic State's "caliphate" has already become a reality. All women in the city are required to wear the niqab veil and pants are banned. Thieves have their hands hacked off and opponents are publicly crucified or beheaded, with the images of these horrific acts then posted on social networks. The few hair salons that are still open are required to black out the pictures of women on the packaging for hair dye solutions. Weddings are only permitted to take place without music. And at livestock markets, the hindquarters of goats and sheep must be covered in order to prevent men from viewing their genitalia and having uncomely thoughts. Any person caught out on the street during the five daily prayer times is risking his or her life.

 “It is likely that there are now more British Muslims fighting for the Islamic State than for Britain's military.

And then there’s our friends, the Saudis, who have beheaded 19 people since the beginning of August. Some confessions may have been gained under torture and one poor defendant was found guilty of sorcery.

The new EPA regulations intent on curbing greenhouse gases spewed from coal power plants will cost the nation's Gross Domestic Product $51 billion every year and 224,000 jobs……”all this regulation will result in a reduction of the planet's average temperature by 0.018 degrees Celsius by 2100.”

Environmental activist Deirdre Smith of left-wing pressure group blames the tensions in Ferguson, Missouri on global warming.

 “To the four clean-cut college freshman out on a double date, it had seemed like a typical McDonald´s: spanking clean, well-lighted, and safe. It was in a good neighborhood too, right next to Texas A&M University in College Station --a campus known for its friendly atmosphere and official down-home greeting: “howdy.” Before them, hundreds of young black males were loitering about, some without shirts. Other local residents -- the more cynical and world-weary, both whites and most blacks -- would have taken one look at the crowd and driven off, dismissing many of the young and posturing black males as thugs. But not them: innocent white kids from the suburbs. They presumed this was post-racial America -- and that they were in an easy-going college town. Twenty minutes later, two of them were dead……Incredibly, the race of the assailants wasn’t considered newsworthy by the local media…..In College Station, nobody dared to ask if a "hate crime" had possibly occurred…..”

“Another Dumb Idea from Los Angeles”. The city of Los Angeles is considering paying voters to encourage turnout. Needless to say, it´s a ridiculous idea that will reward low-information voting, foster political demagogues and breed corruption.

How absurd is the indictment of Texas Gov Rick Perry? He issued the threat of a veto, which is protected political speech under any reading of the First Amendment, and he carried out that threat per the power granted to him by the Texas Constitution. And for that reason, he’s being indicted. See the video of the drunken Travis County DA who arranged the indictment here.

Spam looks pretty good for 77! The iconic blue can's birthday just passed, and in honor, here are 16 things you probably didn't know about this porky classic.

"It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute."
                       -James Madison

Saturday, August 16, 2014

op ed review 8/17

The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police criticized President Obama for his remarks about law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo.  "I would contend that discussing police tactics from Martha's Vineyard is not helpful…”
A man was fatally shot outside a Philadelphia concert being held to promote peace and prevent violence in the city.

Meanwhile, “vacationing President Obama will host his 401st fundraiser Monday night on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., continuing his record-setting pace that has had him collecting checks from donors at events on average every five days since becoming president.”
Eager to defend President Obama from criticism of his vacation in Martha´s Vineyard amid multiple international crises, both Sunday´s ABC Good Morning America and Monday´s NBC Today used false spin to downplay the bad optics.
Someone has dug up an old video of Barack Obama promising not to take vacations if he were elected president.

Washington Post:  “Republican takeover of Senate appears more and more assured”
By a ten-point spread, Obama incentivizes voters to go Republican more than Democratic: President Barack Obama is dragging down his party and hurting the prospects of fellow Democrats as they head into midterm elections that will determine who controls Congress, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

“Leading from behind” has consequences:  Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel admits "The world is exploding all over."
That’ll show ‘em!:  “US Sends 130 More Troops to Iraq”
White House Can’t Explain Iraq Objectives  “Lawmakers at classified meeting leave shaking their heads.”
Until 2007 the world showed a trend away from conflict and war. Since then the world has been getting incrementally less peaceful every year.  Of the 162 countries covered by the Institute for Economics and Peace’s latest study, just 11 were not involved in conflict of one kind or another.

John Kerry:  “The global impact of climate change is “the biggest challenge of all that we face right now,”

“Pope makes strong, silent anti-abortion statement”

 “Hillary Clinton alienates liberals with harsh critique of Obama foreign policy” (Wait…..didn’t she help create Obama foreign policy as Secretary of State?)
“The rank spectacle of ex-Secretary of State Clinton suddenly turning on her commander in chief and former boss to shiv him in the back over the burning ruins she helped make of the Middle East is staggering to behold. The brassiness, dishonesty and shamelessness as she slides into yet another presidential campaign season is enough to choke that old Arkansas draft mule of a husband she hitched her career to. The scheming calculation of it all would make Lady Macbeth take to the bed for blushing.”
Obama Tells Lawmakers Criticism of His Syria Policy is ´Horsesh*t
Hillary Clinton's commanding lead over a crop of possible Republican presidential candidates is slipping,

A federal agency is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars every year to support film festivals that showcase movies that some Americans might find offensive. Decapitated heads, public urination and sexual promiscuity are among the subjects explored on the big screen of events underwritten with U.S. taxpayers’ money.
“Obama Administration Makes War on Israel”, holding up weapons transfers..

“Cash for Clunkers,” the 2009 Obama administration stimulus program designed to spend $2.85 billion to jumpstart the auto industry, turned out to be a complete disaster — for the auto industry.

Patients for “medical marijuana” in LA have a delivery service:  “Speed Weed is getting attention across the country for running a delivery service that's more Domino's or Pizza Hut than Cheech and Chong.”  One driver says he delivers to over 100 celebrity clients.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 83% of American Adults believe English should be the official language of the United States.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is calling on every American citizen to call their U.S. senators and demand to know where they stand on President Barack Obama’s planned executive amnesty. Sessions berated House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, calling on Reid to allow a vote on the House-passed measure that would block President Obama’s attempts to continue or expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive amnesty to millions more illegal aliens.
“Thousands of kids who crossed illegally into the United States will hit the jackpot Wednesday, when their expedited cases begin coming before New York City immigration judges — who are the most lenient in the country.”
Pinal County, AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu says feds tell him to treat illegal immigrants “as any other citizen.”
The Department of Education said in a recently released fact sheet that it doesn’t matter if children are illegally in the country — they’re entitled to the same taxpayer-funded public education as everyone else.
CBS News Correspondent said Border Patrol officers she has spoken to say they are being told to “let as many people go as possible.” 
US builds border fence…..for Ukraine.

Derek Hunter:  “Open Letter to the Political Right”  8/3

I write today in the hope you all can get over whatever anger, distrust or bruised egos this primary season and political year has caused you. We on the right need to unite and send a message to progressives by unambiguously retaking the U.S. Senate in November.  We all have some problem with what’s happened so far. Someone we liked lost a primary. Someone we didn’t won. Some piece of legislation we hate passed; some other piece we liked did not. No one is completely happy, but we all know things can get much worse – and will if we don’t put aside what divides and do what we must for the cause of liberty.

The political right has a habit of letting the perfect be the enemy of the good. This is exemplified by libertarians, and it’s the fast track to political irrelevancy.  The question is this: Do we want to sit out and lose so we can send a message of some sort? Or do we want to at least stop the hemorrhaging of liberty and the expansion of government?  Barack Obama still will be in the White House no matter what happens in November, and he’s demonstrated a lack of concern for individual liberty or personal responsibility that threatens our founding principles. A Republican- controlled House and Senate can’t reverse much that he has done, but it can slow him down.

I get that voting for the lesser of two evils sucks. But the alternative – more evil – is worse. And remember, your “less evil” is someone else’s ideal candidate, and vice- versa. No one would ever get elected if one side or the other didn’t hold their nose from time to time in the voting booth for the good of the cause. This year, if you’re on the right, it’s your turn.

If you don’t, if you sit it out to make some perverse point, good for you. I’m not sure what you think you’ll prove other than you won’t support anyone, no matter the consequences, unless they’re “your candidate.” But you need to realize your vote could be crucial to keeping Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader. Oh, and that your obstinance gave the most radical leftist progressives ever to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., a freer hand to replace however many Supreme Court justices retire or die in the next two years with like- minded progressive activists uninterested in the Constitution.

If and when that happens and our laws are changed by judicial fiat, remember back to the self-satisfaction you felt on Nov. 5, 2014, when you woke up and realized you “showed” those conservatives or the establishment what they can do with their candidate who didn’t meet your purity test. Either that or you recognize this is the last real shot the right will have to take the Senate for at least two election cycles and make the best choice the ballot offers you, whether they’re your candidate or not.

It’s time to decide: Are you going to be ruled by your scars, or are you going to learn from them?


“I wish it were otherwise, but people tend to be libertarian only after it’s demonstrated to them that the government can’t deliver the results they want. … To the extent that libertarian ideas are gaining new currency outside the GOP, it’s because of government’s failures. Particularly for young people – especially more affluent young people – the yawning chasm between the efficiency of the private sector and the haplessness of the public sector is poisonous to faith in government. The VA scandal, the clownish rollout of the Obamacare website and the near wholesale inability of Barack Obama to deliver on his economic promises have done more to breathe new life into libertarianism than a thousand lectures about Friedrich Hayek’s ‘Road to Serfdom’ ever could.”
              -Jonah Goldberg

 “Are there bad cops? Yes. Does the police state go overboard sometimes? Yes. Do the demagogues decrying systemic racism and braying about ‘assassinations’ know what happened when teenager Mike Brown was tragically shot and killed last week? No. Here’s a reality check. While narcissistic liberal journalists and college kids are all posting ‘Hands Up’ selfies in hipster solidarity with Ferguson protesters, it’s law enforcement officers who risk their lives in ‘war zones’ every day across the country. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) reports that a total of 1,501 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 58 hours or 150 per year. … Just this week, NLEOMF released preliminary fatality statistics from August 2013 to August 2014. Total fatalities are up 14 percent, from 63 last year to 72 this year. … Al Sharpton, concocter of hate-crimes hoaxes and inciter of violent riots against police, had no comment.”
                    -Michelle Malkin:

Horowitz:  “Where is the Republican opposition? Why are Republicans still treating Obama as though his were a normal presidency and not a national disgrace? Why are there no indictments of Obama for the carnage he has enabled?”   Horowitz is the author of the newly published book “Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left.”

Dr. Ben Carson’s latest book has overtaken Hillary Clinton’s new memoir in total book sales.

The Center for Responsive Politics has issued a report detailing the top donors to political campaigns in 2014. Of the top 20, only two were supporting GOP candidates. Eleven were labor unions.

The U.S. Navy instructed housekeepers to remove Gideon Bibles from every hotel room on all its military bases after it received one letter from an atheist group.
After an uproar organized by the American Family Association, the Navy reversed the decision, the Bibles will stay.

A 40-year political career came to a close after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost his bid for a second term in a stunning primary-election defeat by a fellow Democrat and state senator who defied party leadership to challenge the incumbent. Aging hippie Abercrombie had high-profile endorsements including President Obama.

In a major power play that aligns liberal muscle more fully behind the Democratic Party — and Hillary Clinton — the self-described “right-wing hitman-turned-Clinton enforcer”  David Brock is taking over a leading liberal  group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.   “Brock was elected chairman of the group’s board last week after laying out a multifaceted expansion intended to turn the group into a more muscular — and likely partisan — attack dog…”

Politically active liberal Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook is now blocking Republican candidates from his social media website Facebook in the GOP’s bid to retake control of the U.S. Senate in November.

Hollywood is pouring money into the midterm elections, with A-listers such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Barbra Streisand all coughing up blockbuster bucks. The donations are largely aimed at keeping the Senate in Democratic hands.

A British rapper who travelled to Syria to fight for ISIS has posted a photograph on Twitter showing himself posing with a severed head.
Crucified by the Caliphate monsters: Iraq descends into apocalypse as Islamic State fanatics seize towns and tell terrified Yazidi   “Become Muslims by noon today... or we kill all of you” An Isis commander at a terrorist training camp north of Baghdad accidentally detonated a belt packed with explosives during a demonstration in front of a group militants on Monday, killing himself and 21 nearby trainees.

Well that’s gratitude:  Hamas executes dozens of diggers responsible for its extensive tunnel system in past weeks, fearing the workers would reveal the site locations to Israel.
Terror group Boko Haram is now feared to have abducted almost 100 boys and men in a raid on a village in Nigeria, just months after the militants captured more than 200 schoolgirls. “The bloodthirsty extremists, who aim to reinstate a medieval Islamic caliphate in religiously mixed Nigeria, are likely to have kidnapped the boys in order to force them to fight.”

Get ready for 100-year war with Islam´: Former Australian Army chief underlines homegrown jihad threat and warns ´terrorists only have to be lucky once´

“I´ve been getting a lot of email from Democratic fundraisers lately. They seem very worried about November´s elections. First came the highly publicized "Impeachment Red Alert" campaign, in which the Democratic congressional committee warned that Republicans will impeach President Obama if they win control of the House and Senate. Though much ridiculed, the Impeachment Red Alert effort was a big winner, pulling in $2.1 million in small donations in a single weekend. Despite that success, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi´s mood seemed to blacken in subsequent days as she asked for more and more money….”

The media’s unwritten rule for covering political scandals:  “Hide ‘D,’ Showcase ‘R’”.  Bozell documents example after example….

Turns out all that "hope and change" stuff was just hot air. A new report from the D.C.-based press shows that -- gasp -- the White House is infested with Beltway lobbyists. The Washington press corps discovers that the "Obama administration has hired about 70 previously registered corporate, trade association and for-hire lobbyists.”

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) laid out a seven-point argument for how he knows “conservatives are winning” that almost doubles as the case for his presidential candidacy. “What I’m going to talk to you about this afternoon is how we can win. And let me tell you something that is not getting a whole lot of coverage in the mainstream media: Conservatives are winning,” Cruz said Friday evening during a speech at the 2014 RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dan Pipes:  As Israeli operations against Hamas wind down, here are seven insights into the month-long conflict….

The Southern US Border is so porous even Osama Bin Laden can get across. And to prove it James O’Keefe crossed back and forth across the Rio Grande, dressed in an Osama Bin Laden costume. The investigation took place in Hudspeth County, Texas, at a crossing commonly used by illegal immigrants and drug smugglers. “Do you feel safe now?”  Okeefe says in the video: “If the president or Senator Reid or anyone else tries to tell you that our borders are secure, they are lying to you.”

The Washington establishment GOP might want to re-think it´s ongoing war against its own so called ´Tea Party´ base. It´s that very thing USA Today credits for the GOP having such a strong hand in the House..

The NYT is not happy about this development:  “A legislative year in which Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio set out to publicly marginalize the more vocal right-wing members of his conference ended with them emboldened, and with new leaders ready to bring the right back into the fold. “This was one of the most remarkable experiences I’ve had in my eight years in Congress,” Michelle Bachmann said. “We were able to achieve unity across the conference in what is likely to be the most consequential issue of this time: immigration.”

“Bet the last time you were sipping Campbell’s soup or popping Pringles chips it never occurred to you that your eating habits could be political. But every product has a parent company and most major corporations make political contributions. Enter Matthew Colbert, a former campaign and Hill staffer, who has built a new app for smartphones that allows users to scan the barcode of products in the grocery store and immediately find out what political party the company and its employees support.

Video from the football’s point of view. (dizzy warning)

“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence … the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.”
                             -George Washington, Farewell Address, 1796