Saturday, September 16, 2017

op ed review 9/17



New emails unearthed by Judicial Watch confirm that the Clinton Foundation was in fact a pay-to-play influence peddling operation far more worthy of a special prosecutor than imaginary Russians colluding under Trump Administration beds.
Hillary Doesn’t Regret Her ‘Deplorable’ Insult to Trump Supporters– Doubles Down!
Hillary Clinton on Sunday called Donald Trump’s inaugural speech “a cry from the white nationalist gut”.
Contractors say Clinton State Department silenced them on Benghazi security lapses

Study finds Trump news coverage 91% negative.
A survey of over 65,000 seniors has found that virtually all -- 99.2 percent -- believe the media wants President Trump to fail, the latest condemnation of the president´s coverage. A Survey Monkey poll also found that most, 71 percent, back Trump´s reelection and many believe that he is making good on his campaign promises.
“Teflon Don confounds Democrats……Democrats have attacked the president every which way, but polling and focus groups show none of it's working.”
Miss America Contestants Asked to Condemn President Trump.  “In the end, global warming alarmist Miss North Dakota was crowned the new Miss America.”

Seattle's gay mayor resigns after 5th child-rape allegation.

Harvard University wanted to honor traitor Bradley/Chelsea Manning. It backfired. “Clearly, Harvard’s initial decision to invite Manning was intended as a means of celebrating the school’s transgender”wokeness” — the hip new word for being socially conscious. Never mind the fact that Manning is a traitor whose actions endangered the lives of countless individuals and undermined the security of this nation.”

Did Susan Rice Spy on Trump Officials for Muslim Brotherhood?

The country’s voting machines are susceptible to hacking, which could be done in a way so that it leaves no fingerprints, making it impossible to know whether the outcome was changed, computer experts told President Trump’s voter integrity commission Tuesday.

Debt Tops $20 Trillion for First Time; Jumps $317,645,000,000 in 1 Day

Laura Ingraham, the radio host and Fox News commentator, is about to become a prime time host on the conservative cable network.

U.S. Supreme Court handed a win to Republicans in Texas by putting on hold rulings that said electoral districts drawn by state lawmakers discriminated against minority voters.
The US Supreme Court keeps the Trump administration’s strict refugee ban in place.
But a federal judge issued a ruling that blocks the Justice Department from requiring cities to cooperate with federal immigration authorities..
Mexico is sending a top cabinet-level diplomat to illegal alien-friendly California to help Mexican citizens living in the U.S. illegally avoid deportation in a post-DACA environment.

Actress Martha Plimpton laughs about her “best abortion” during a #ShoutYourAbortion event held in Seattle. “I also had my first abortion here at the Seattle Planned Parenthood,” she said, cheering. “Notice I said ‘first.’ I said ‘first.’ And I don’t want Seattle – I don’t want you guys to feel insecure, it was my best one,” she joked to laughter from both the audience and Mississippi abortionist Willie Parker.

What’s wrong with this guy?  John McCain is joining a bipartisan push to block President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the military.

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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Douglas MacKinnon  9/8

Message to Republicans, conservatives, —and those Americans actually living life rather than protesting life from the cocoon of a trust fund or Mommy's basement: The far-left and the anarchists it sends into the streets to enforce its doctrine will never stop.  Ever.

As we are now seeing, eradicating monuments and names affiliated with the Confederate South is just the beginning.  The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. being the latest to choose political correctness over American history. With each passing day, the list of symbols of our American history which does offend the left and the anarchists and must be censored or destroyed grows. What are their ultimate targets?

For the twenty or so years I worked in and around Washington, DC – be it at The White House, the Pentagon, or in the private sector – once every few months for those two decades, I would set aside a few hours of my time to visit The National Archives and simply stare in wonder at the founding documents of The United States of America. I would look down upon The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and The Bill of Rights and marvel at the genius of the Founding Fathers who not only authored those documents, but who risked all they had — including their very lives — to establish our nation.

Not surprisingly, the removal or destruction of our "Founding Documents" is now the ultimate target of a growing number of anarchists on the left. Why?

For some on the far-left it's because many of our Founding Fathers who authored these documents were slave owners. For others on the far-left, it's because our Founding Fathers were white.  For others on the far-left, it's because many of our Founding Fathers were wealthy for their time. And still for others on the far-left, it's for all those reasons and more.

With regard to the issue of slavery, nothing is more wrong, nothing is more disgusting, nothing is more immoral, nothing is more de-humanizing, and nothing is more obscene than slavery.  Period. Especially when viewed through the prism of the year 2017.

But when viewed through the prism of the mid-1700s, the disgusting, immoral, de-humanizing, and obscene practice of owning slaves was tragically, the norm in many parts of the world. Knowing that to be the truth, does viewing that time period through the prism of 2017 invalidate the genius of our Founding Fathers?  Does it render their sacrifice meaningless?  Does it make the founding documents they authored to establish our nation parchment now to be scorned?  Or even burned?

If a time machine were available, who would not want to go back to right the wrong of slavery and so many others? But none exists. We can't go back and fix it. Knowing that reality, how do we deal with the ugly and quite dangerous new reality which is blossoming today before our very eyes?

A dangerous and truly totalitarian reality created by some on the far-left – and encouraged by the silence of those who know better – which literally now screams at the top of its lungs with faces twisted by hate that the monuments, statues, names, and founding documents which catalog and memorialize the history – good and evil – of our nation, must now be torn down, sand-blasted, burned and never spoken again. Where does it stop? What is next? Who is next?

Which men and women of reason will speak up to stop this madness before it spirals out of control? Is the day soon coming when I will go to the National Archives to visit our founding documents and find their cases empty? The documents removed and maybe even burned by cowardly "leaders" too afraid to stand up to a mob-mentality looking to eradicate the history of The United States of America.

Far-fetched? The alarming censorship and destruction of the last few weeks says otherwise.

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OTHER COLUMNS
 “We cannot blame politicians for the spending that places our nation in peril. Politicians are doing precisely what the American people elect them to office to do — namely, use the power of their office to take the rightful property of other Americans and deliver it to them. It would be political suicide for a president or a congressman to argue as Madison did that Congress has no right to expend ‘on objects of benevolence’ the money of its constituents and that ‘charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government.’ It’s unreasonable of us to expect any politician to sabotage his career by living up to his oath of office to uphold and defend our Constitution. That means that if we are to save our nation from the economic and social chaos that awaits us, we the people must have a moral reawakening and eschew what is no less than legalized theft, the taking from one American for the benefit of another.”
          -Walter Williams
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LEFTIST WATCH
Antifa demonstrators hurled smoke and projectiles at police officers during rallies in downtown Portland on Sunday, injuring at least two, according to police.

Celebrities Turn Hurricane Benefit Concert into Left-Wing Sermon

Huh?  The National Park Service is spending roughly $100,000 for a research project seeking to "honor the legacy" of the Marxist revolutionary group the Black Panther Party.
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ARTICLES
Democrats want to cancel the health policies of 180 million Americans….. “what Democrats really had in mind is now clear: They want everyone to lose their insurance and take what government gives them instead. That’s obvious from Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All scheme, rolled out Wednesday with the support of the party’s chief 2020 presidential hopefuls.”
There is a significant bloc of conservatives who believe that Obamacare was always a gigantic bait-and-switch operation. The advocates of this view have consistently said that Obamacare’s true goal was to wreak so much havoc on the health care system that the voters, the vast majority of whom don’t support single-payer, would eventually become so frustrated by the chaos that they would accept any “solution” that promised to make the pain stop. Once that point was reached, the theory goes, the Democrats would be able to get single-payer through Congress.

American progressives have fnally gone all the way to a totalitarian vision, demanding control over not just your behavior, but your thoughts and beliefs. This as the price of simply living without being attacked.

“The Hurricane algorithm.”
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WISE WORDS
 “Nothing is more certain than that a general profligacy and corruption of manners make a people ripe for destruction.”
               -John Witherspoon

“The struggle is always between the individual and his sacred right to express himself and … the power structure that seeks conformity, suppression and obedience.”
             -Justice William O. Douglas

Saturday, September 9, 2017

op ed review 9/10



CNN has dismantled its vaunted Trump-colluded-with-the-Russians investigative unit in a wretched concession to reality. The only thing the unit found was an empty well for stories, surrounded by a crust of fake news. The whole caper damaged the network´s credibility and the public just wasn´t buying it anymore. So the whole unit had to go. What a shabby end to what the network had put so much stock in in the heady days of trying to oust President Trump just as he had taken office.

Here is video of James Comey testifying under oath that he did not make up his mind about Hillary Clinton’s guilt prior to the FBI interview that took place just days before he announced she had done nothing illegal. Ah, but that is in direct contrast to the breaking news this week that Mr. Comey had in fact sent out a draft memo to upper level FBI administrators exonerating Hillary Clinton TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE INTERVIEW.
Comey and Clinton: Rigged from the beginning

Trump Immigration Crackdown Raises Middle-Class Construction Wages In America By 30%
Many seasonal businesses had to hire Americans this summer — and pay their workers more.

Fraud is rampant and “huge” for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, a former official with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency alleges.

The National Science Foundation is spending over $130,000 on a study that asks four-year-olds about their "internal sense of gender identity."

This weekend in Philadelphia, a four-day long convention of LGBTQ (gay, lesbian, transsexual, bisexual, queer) activists is meeting with leading mainstream journalists and corporate media producers and executives. The stated purpose is to influence mainstream reporting on issues close to the heart of the LGBTQ activist community. The issues include same sex marriage, transgenders in the military, isolating conservative religious groups as hate mongers, and even how to cover President Donald Trump. Incredibly, the journalists are there not to report on the event – but to be enthusiastic participants while their employers help to pay for it.

Corruption: A sitting U.S. Senator is currently on trial for bribery, and if he´s found guilty it could have major political ramifications. Haven´t heard about this case? That´s because the Senator in question is a Democrat.
The New York Times refuses to call Menendez a Democrat.
NBC News even claimed that Menendez is a Republican.

It Appears That Out-of-State Voters Changed the Outcome of the New Hampshire U.S. Senate Race

Regnery, the nation’s premier publisher of conservative books, has cut ties with The New York Times over long-simmering allegations the newspaper took a decided left-leaning slant in picking which books to feature on its best-seller lists.

Brace yourself for the next health insurance crisis: the uninsured middle class. The Affordable Care Act added millions of mostly poor people to the insurance rolls. But the law is driving premiums so high that middle class people can no longer afford insurance.

Catch and Release: 9 Illegals Arrested at Trump Tower Protest, Mayor De Blasio Sets Them Free

Canadian negotiators are demanding the United States roll back so-called "right to work" laws as part of the renegotiation of the North American free-trade agreement.

President Trump is staying out of the military´s way as he trusts the judgment of our soldiers. Unlike Barack Obama who envisioned himself as the Shaka Zulu of the Potomac, Trump does not have to prove his manhood. The generals appreciate it. “Winning a war instead of managing it.”

Top Democrat Tim Kaine’s Son Is an Antifa Member–Congratulations Tim, You’ve Raised a Terrorist

52% of Likely U.S. Voters agree with Reagan’s statement that government is the problem.
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Ben Shapiro  9/7
Politics is the art of shifting the playing field. This is an art Republicans simply don’t understand. Perhaps it’s because they spend so much time attempting to stop the Democratic snowball from running downhill too quickly, but Republicans in power have an unfortunate tendency to conserve their political capital rather than invest it. That’s unfortunate because political capital doesn’t accrue when you save it; it degrades.

Just as sticking your cash in a mattress is a bad strategy when it comes to investment, inaction in power is a bad strategy when it comes to politics. Democrats understand that political capital must be used, not to pass popular legislation but to fundamentally change the nature of the political game itself. Democrats do not see ObamaCare — a piece of legislation that cost them the House, the Senate and, eventually, the presidency — as a disaster area. They see it as an investment in a leftist future: By making Americans accustomed to the idea that the government is responsible for universal coverage, they understand that any future failures will be attributed to lack of government, not an excess of it.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) understood that in 2013 when he attempted to block ObamaCare funding. He quite rightly explained that once ObamaCare went into effect, it would be nearly impossible to dismantle it. That became obvious this year, just four years after its full implementation, when congressional Republicans obviously have no political will to get rid of ObamaCare at all.

This is the difference between Republicans and Democrats: Democrats see their radical legislative moves as building blocks for the future. Republicans, afraid that their carefully crafted tower of electability will come crumbling down, make no radical legislative moves. That basic formula is playing out yet again with regard to former President Obama’s executive amnesty. Obama implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, knowing full well that a Republican president could get rid of it with the stroke of a pen. But he also knew that Republicans would not want to be responsible for changing the status quo — they wouldn’t want to own the political consequences of allowing the deportation of DACA recipients.

And Obama was completely right. Republicans promised for years that they would get rid of Obama’s executive amnesty if given power. Finally, President Trump has pledged to get rid of it . . . in six months. And everyone knows that he is willing to trade away DACA enforcement for border-wall funding. The Democratic status quo will win out, one way or another.

Now, quickly: Name the last transformational conservative change Republicans have made — a change to the field of play; any change that would redound to the detriment of Democrats. It’s pretty tough. That’s despite Republican control of Congress and the presidency from 2002 to 2006; that’s a longer period of unified control than Democrats had from 2008 to 2010.

Republicans have unified control of government once again. But they seem less willing to use it than ever, afraid that their tenuous control will dissipate. That must end. If Republicans hope to set a foundation for future victory, they’ll need to do more than act as an impediment to bad Democratic ideas. They’ll need to take political risks in order to shift the playing field itself. If they don’t, they’ll lose quickly. And they’ll deserve to lose

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OTHER COLUMNS
“Democrats love to say that Trump is violating constitutional norms. Well, Obama violated them when he unilaterally implemented DAPA and DACA. The Supreme Court threw out DAPA and — if Gorsuch had been on the court — it probably would have quashed DACA too. By winding down DACA — slowly — and asking Congress to find a legislative fix, Trump is returning us to a constitutional norm. That liberal congressmen are scandalized by being asked to fulfill their constitutional duties tells you more about the expediency of contemporary liberalism than it does about Trump.”
              -Jonah Goldberg

“In her ‘reporting’ on the ending of the DACA program, Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC asserted that Attorney General Jeff Sessions was wrong to use the term ‘illegal alien,’ which she deemed both ‘offensive’ and ‘not correct.’ But ‘illegal alien’ is in fact the correct legal term. … The politically correct term ‘undocumented immigrant’ that she and others insist on using is a made-up term used by progressive groups and media sources to extinguish the line between legal immigrants and illegal aliens. That makes it easier for them to claim that anyone who wants our immigration laws enforced is ‘anti-immigrant.’ As civil-rights icon Barbara Jordan (who chaired Bill Clinton’s Commission on Immigration Reform) aptly said, ‘We disagree with those who would label efforts to control immigration as being inherently anti-immigrant. It is both a right and responsibility for a democratic society to manage immigration so it serves the national interest…. Unless this country does a better job in curbing illegal immigration, we risk irreparably undermining our commitment to legal immigration.’”
                     -Hans von Spakovsky:
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GLOBALONEY
Renowned climate scientist jailed for fraud
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LEFTIST WATCH
New York’s Marxist Mayor:   In a wide-ranging and candid interview with New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio casually noted that the “way our legal system is structured to favor private property” provokes his “anger, which is visceral.” The mayor elaborated on this point, insisting that “people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be.”

Getting rich on poverty law:  We’ve had the number of the ludicrously misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center for a long time. It is a vastly influential left-wing hate cult operating in the form of a nonprofit fundraising phenom most famous for its supposed “hate map” and related designations.  It’s is neither poor nor devoted to law…….
The SPLC invests almost 20 percent of its nearly $320 million endowment fund in offshore equities and other investments.

Tens of thousands of witches around the world join forces every month to cast a ‘binding’ spell on Donald Trump and ‘protect’ us from his actions.
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ISLAM
ISIS Supporters Celebrate Hurricane Irma: “May Allah Drown the Enemies of Islam”

ISIS terrorists have put out a call for jihadists to head to disaster areas in Texas and do whatever they can to put those outside the Islam faith “out of their misery.”
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ARTICLES
"Argh, I´m a pirate!" So says every boy after watching the animated movie Peter Pan. Then he slips into his daddy´s boots, makes a cardboard sword and puts on a funny hat. He prances around in his getup imitating Captain Hook. His mom is delighted. "Oh, indeed you are. You´re quite a daring and darling pirate." She videotapes him and posts it on Facebook for everyone to adore. "Now go to bed, you cutie-pie pirate." So the boy goes to bed. Most boys outgrow this but not the left. They imagine themselves as outlaw swashbucklers even as they slavishly conform to establishment politics.”

“Republicans cower”……Last month’s events in Charlottesville have given our Republican elected officials an excellent opportunity to educate the public on the violence of the hard Left and sources of their funding. Sadly, most are squandering the opportunity to make use of their bully pulpit and shed light on these disturbing realities. President Trump was correct that there were two violent sides involved in Charlottesville and “both sides” need to be denounced, and investigated. But you wouldn’t know it from listening to the media, or to most Republican officials for that matter.”
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WISE WORDS
“The greatest danger to liberty today comes from the men who are most needed and most powerful in modern government, namely, the efficient expert administrators exclusively concerned with what they regard as the public good.”
                       -Friedrich August von Hayek

“The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”
                      -Thomas Jefferson