Saturday, March 18, 2017

op ed review 3/19



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Biggest Untold Story Under Trump: The Surge In Optimism After 8 Years Of  'Hope-n-Change'

President Trump’s budget proposal this week would shake the federal government to its core if enacted, culling back numerous programs and expediting a historic contraction of the federal workforce. This would be the first time the government has executed cuts of this magnitude — and all at once — since the drawdown following World War II.
They may need to hear from you. Less than two months in, Republicans have emerged as one of the biggest obstacles to Trump's young administration, imperiling his early efforts to pass his agenda and make good on some of his biggest campaign promises.

President Donald Trump’s budget director told reporters Thursday the White House was no longer spending money on climate change research because it’s a “waste of your money.”
President Trump Tells T-Rex:   Cut U.N. Funding by 50%…
President Trump proposes to zero out funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (PBS)?  Liberals howl, but even this CPB board member says it’s time, in the Washington Post no less: “Public broadcasting shouldn’t get a handout from taxpayers anymore”

Judge Napolitano says that British Intelligence provided Obama admin with surveillance data on Trump Tower phone conversations. "Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command," Napolitano said. "He didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI, and he didn't use the Department of Justice." Instead, Napolitano said, Obama used GCHQ, a British intelligence and security organization that has 24-7 access to the NSA database. "There's no American fingerprints on this," Napolitano said. "What happened to the guy who ordered this? Resigned three days after Donald Trump was inaugurated."

Obama moles told to do as much damage as possible before they leave White House staff.
The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act,
President Trump´s budget director says the Obama administration was "manipulating" jobs data  to make the unemployment rate "look smaller than it actually was."

A group of leading senators is calling on newly installed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to immediately launch an investigation into efforts by the OBAMA administration to sway foreign elections by sending taxpayer funds to "extreme and sometimes violent political activists" that promote leftist causes.

The U.S. Justice Department is developing plans to temporarily reassign immigration judges from around the country to 12 cities to speed up deportations of illegal immigrants who have been charged with crime

The Internal Revenue Service granted an "After School Satan Club" their tax exempt status. The approval process took only 10 days. The satanic club was started by a Mass. based non-profit organization that operates the Satanic Temple of Seattle. The director founded the club at Point Defiance Elementary in Tacoma, Wash. The Point Defiance Elementary Satanic club is run by adults that have been cleared by the "Executive Ministry" of the Seattle Satanic Temple.

In one of the most ruthless opinions issued of fellow panel judges, five judges from across the political spectrum in the Ninth Circuit went out of their way to remind everybody just how embarrassingly bad the prior Ninth Circuit stay panel decision was on Trump’s travel ban.

The main plaintiff in the Hawaii case blocking President Trump’s revised temporary travel ban is an Imam with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Nearly 500 jurisdictions are now sanctuary cities, according to a group that’s tracked the issue for more than a decade, and who said there’s been a massive surge in the number of places trying to thwart federal immigration agents since President Trump’s election.
New App for Illegal Aliens Enables Them to Call for Help When Caught

NYT Eats Crow After Trump Tax Return Proves Major Story Wrong, “undermined the left´s speculation that he was a tax dodge.”
Trump paid higher tax rate (25%) than MSNBC COMCAST (24%), Obama (19%), Bernie Sanders (13%)
Actually it was much higher than 25%.  If ABC analyzed Trump’s return the same way as Obama’s, reporters would have taken Trump’s “taxes paid” and divided it by “Adjusted Gross Income.” This would have yielded an effective tax rate of 79 percent.

Donald Trump owes his presidency to then-campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, claims White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon. Bannon believes Conway’s “relentless advocacy” for Trump after the infamous “Access Hollywood” scandal before last November’s general election carried the now-president over the finish line.

Students Denounced As Racist For Wearing US Flag Colors
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
“More Reagan than Reagan?: Donald Trump follows through on one of Ronald Reagan's failed promises”  3/16

President Donald Trump made good on a long-time conservative goal in his first proposed budget Thursday morning, targeting the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities for complete elimination.
Trump’s budget would zero out the $445 million budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a relatively small source of funding for programming and broadcast operations on public TV stations and NPR radio stations nationwide, per the Washington Post.

The budget would also eliminate the budgets for both national endowments, which stood at $148 million each in 2016, as well as $230 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which supports libraries and museums. Additional cuts would affect two tourist mainstays in Washington, D.C., the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art.  One can practically hear the liberal shrieking from across the ocean. President Trump hasn't even been in office for 60 days and he's already proven to be better than the most lionized conservative president the Republicans have ever had.

It should be informative to see which Congressional Republicans cuck on this, just as they've tried to cuck on Obamacare. It is becoming increasingly clear that they never actually intended to do anything they promised since 1980. It is also becoming obvious that anything is on the table. He may well abolish the Department of Education too.

It's amusing to see the opposition media ping-pong from complaining about how the Wall will cost too much with claiming that $971 million is just a tiny drop in the bucket so there is no reason to cut it. But that's $971 million more that can go towards the Wall and making America great again.

Now let's see him eliminate Hollywood's tax exemptions, as Glenn Reynolds has repeatedly suggested.
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OTHER COLUMNS
“President Trump’s assertion that his phones at Trump Tower were tapped last year has been treated as hilarious — and in some circles as beyond contempt. But I can vouch for the fact that extracurricular surveillance does occur, regardless of whether it is officially approved. I was wiretapped in 2011 after taking a phone call in my congressional office from a foreign leader.”
           -former Democrat Rep. Dennis Kucinich

“I think there’s a difference between not supporting an order on policy grounds and finding it unconstitutional. I do not think [Trump’s travel ban is] unconstitutional. I do think the Supreme Court will uphold it even if [Neil] Gorsuch is not yet on the Supreme Court.”
           -Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz
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LEFTIST WATCH
Harvard going Orwell, protecting students from conservative websites
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GLOBALONEY
Global Warming In One Easy Lesson   Richard Lindzen is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at MIT. MIT’s web site suggests his scientific eminence. “Calls to limit carbon dioxide emissions are even less persuasive today than 25 years ago. Future research should focus on dispassionate, high-quality climate science, not on efforts to prop up an increasingly frayed narrative of “carbon pollution.” Until scientific research is unfettered from the constraints of the policy-driven UNFCCC, the research community will fail in its obligation to the public that pays the bills.”
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ARTICLES
Conrad Black:  The ignominious collapse of the Democratic claims and insinuations that Donald Trump was improperly connected to the Russian government has de-escalated the Democrats’ campaign against the president — from a frenzied assault seeking impeachment and removal for a cause to be named later, to guerrilla war. Russian collusion has vanished down the same deep hole as the charges of sexism, racism, and a will to autocracy.

Legal analysis:  Losing is Contagious: Inconsistent Conservatism Leads to Crushing Consistency on Courts

“I Had Dinner With the Afghan Ambassador.  What He Said About the Differences Between Trump, Obama Is Stunning”

Newt:   ObamaCare repeal bill Republicans presented this week is an important, first step toward achieving a next generation health care system in America.
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WISE WORDS
“One single object … [will merit] the endless gratitude of the society: that of restraining the judges from usurping legislation.”
                 -Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, March 12, 2017

op ed review 3/12



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Trump Economics kicking in: – February Private Sector Job Growth Shatters Expectations, 298,000 Jobs Added… “February proved to be an incredibly strong month for employment with increases we have not seen in years,”
Americans’ confidence continued to mount as the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index reached the highest point in a decade.
A record 152,528,000 Americans were employed in February, 447,000 more than in January, and the labor force participation rate went up.

The mainstream media´s open hostility to President Trump may be starting to backfire, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll. The poll found that 55% of the public says they´ve grown "weary from the media´s persistently negative coverage of President Trump.

The United States has the highest top statutory corporate tax rate—39.1%--of any nation in the G20. The U.S. won the top spot on the statutory-corporate-tax-rate list after Japan and Germany, which formerly ranked first and second, cut their rates.

Illegal immigration across the southwest border plummeted in the weeks after President Trump took office, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly announced Wednesday, calling the drop an early sign that Mr. Trump’s get-tough policies are working.

The IRS has told a federal court that they´ve recently identified almost 7,000 more documents that could contain information on how the agency targeted the tax-exempt applications of Tea Party organizations or other conservative political groups starting back in 2010.

Gender-swap experiment shows Hillary even less likable as a man...

EPA environmental justice leader resigns, amid White House plans to dismantle program
The Trump administration has informed Planned Parenthood it will have to quit performing abortions in order to keep its federal taxpayer funding.
Supporters of President Trump turned out in droves for marches in cities across the U.S. last Saturday.

Former Attorney General Lynch suggests we need more ´marching,´ ´blood,´ and ´death´ in the streets

President Donald Trump shook the world by accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower in the final weeks of the 2016 presidential election — a scandal comparable to "Nixon/Watergate." While news outlets reported that Trump cited "no evidence" to support his claims, there is a disturbing trail of breadcrumbs suggesting that the Obama administration did indeed do this. A spokesman for the former president denied the allegations, but the very denial was disingenuous at best. In fact, one might even call it Orwellian.
The evidence Trump was wiretapped laid out clearly by Mark Levin
A well structured outline showing how current public information does indeed appear to lay out a solid case that President Obama manipulated the legal use of intelligence gathering tools to monitor candidate Donald Trump.
“Obama Admin Source Confirms Wiretapping Was Conducted?”
NSA Whistleblower Backs Trump Up on Wiretap.

Meanwhile, CNN just published the results of an outright espionage operation against the Trump White House, by pointing a vibration-sensitive camera at the window of the Oval Office. This is an espionage technique, and it is obviously a major violation of national security laws.

Here’s a Russian connection:  Tony Podesta, Democrat super-lobbyist and brother of Hillary’s campaign manager was paid $170,000 over a six-month period last year to represent Russia’s largest bank, seeking to end one of the Obama administration’s economic sanctions against that country,

“Soft drinks maker Coca-Cola Co has launched a gay-friendly ad featuring a brother and sister vying for the attention of a handsome pool boy in the campaign that has won praise for diversity and inclusion.” "Sibling rivalry never looked more inclusive…."
 
During an appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos proclaimed that whites will become a minority within 30 years and that “this is our country”.

Starbucks Corp's vow to hire thousands of refugees appears to be hurting customer sentiment of the coffee chain.
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Understanding Right Wing Rage    David French, National Review

You simply can’t understand Milo Yiannopoulos (or, for that matter, Ann Coulter or Donald Trump) without understanding the level of conservative rage and frustration at the leftist takeover of our nation’s leading, ostensibly “neutral” cultural institutions, and the corresponding arrogance and ignorance that spews from the nation’s commanding cultural heights.

In the academy, in mainstream media, in pop culture, in large corporations, and now even in industries with heavily conservative audiences (like sports), workplace after workplace is stocked almost exclusively with men and women of the Left. That’s why even mainstream media outlets that try to be fair often fail. That’s why so much of pop culture grotesquely caricatures, say, people of faith. They don’t encounter thoughtful Evangelicals ever, much less at work (or as part of the creative process). That’s why companies launch progressive crusades. Their internal constituencies demand that the company be as woke as they are, and it gives their (nearly) uniformly liberal workforce a sense of mission beyond “mere” profit-making.

The law of group polarization works its magic. Articulated by Cass Sunstein in a 1999 paper, the law posits that “in a striking empirical regularity, deliberation tends to move groups, and the individuals who compose them, toward a more extreme point in the direction indicated by their own predeliberation judgments.” In plain English, this means that like-minded groups grow more extreme over time, and that like-mindedness sometimes pushes groups toward so-called cascades — where they move quite rapidly to new consensus. (Think, for example, of the incredible speed at which it became bigoted to declare that men can’t get pregnant.) Those on the receiving end of group polarization experience a wall of ignorance and intolerance. Spend much time on an elite campus, and you’ll be amazed at the sheer paucity of conservative voices. Entire faculty departments don’t include a single conservative voice. The result is a community that often can’t conceive of a single, non-bigoted reason for classical conservative social views.

There is no good answer to this group polarization, but conservatives have generally tried three different approaches: Reason with the machine, replace the machine, or rage against the machine. Conservatives who reason with the machine are those who aim to join elite institutions and thrive within them. Numbered in their ranks are the precious few consistent conservatives who can gain tenure, or land column space at major newspapers, or write screenplays. The path is narrow, and few can walk down that road. It typically involves admission to an elite institution, a level of accomplishment that exceeds that of your more liberal peers, and then a delicate dance within that institution — where you express yourself enough to maintain your voice but not so much that you trigger an overwhelming internal backlash.

Then there are the conservatives who seek to replace the machine. In essence, this means creating parallel institutions that compete with elite liberal outlets for religious, cultural, and political influence. This is the conservative think tank or the conservative college. This is talk radio, Fox News, or The Blaze. This is contemporary Christian music or Christian filmmaking such as God’s Not Dead. This is National Review, the Weekly Standard, or Commentary.

Finally, there is the rage against the machine. This is the outlet for conservative fury — the pent-up frustrations at liberal arrogance and ignorance. This is the folk-hero Right, and it lives, eats, and breathes pure defiance. It picks fights with the Left for the purpose of creating a predictable overreaction, and then it uses that overreaction to prove its critique. Its lifeblood is its fighting spirit. Its oxygen is liberal fury. This is Milo’s world. This is Ann Coulter’s world. Yes, this is Donald Trump’s world.

To successfully rage against the machine, the formula is clear. First, you use the parallel conservative institutions such as talk radio, Fox, or conservative publishing to gain a following. Once the following is large enough (and your speech provocative enough), the mainstream media will take notice. If you can then wade into hostile ground and take on your worst critics with the right mix of wit, flair, and sheer defiance, the resulting YouTube clips and Fox appearances will further build your reputation. Rinse, repeat, and soon enough you’re an industry unto yourself.

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OTHER COLUMNS
“Replacing Obamacare is complicated. There are trade-offs. Somebody’s going to walk away convinced they got a bad deal. Even worse, whenever a legislator has the courage to tell the public that trade-offs and compromises are necessary, a political challenger will insist that it is not, that it represents lawmakers being stupid, or spineless, or selling out. … [I]t is very easy to promise a better health-care system with no compromises and trade-offs; it is pretty much impossible to deliver it.”
                    -Jim Geraghty
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BOOKS
Judging by the popularity of “Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide,” one would think the party out of power were making a comeback. There’s just one problem — the top-seller is completely blank. Written by Michael J. Knowles, managing editor for the Daily Wire, the book is described as the “most exhaustively researched and coherently argued Democrat Party apologia to date” and “a political treatise sure to stand the test of time.” On Wednesday, it was the seventh most popular book sold on Amazon. Released Feb. 8, the 266-page volume has racked up overwhelmingly positive reviews, with 94 percent of readers giving it five stars.
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LEFTIST WATCH
Pope Francis issues veiled warning about Donald Trump: 'Populism is evil'

An Italian archbishop close to Pope Benedict XVI has claimed that the Obama administration may have been complicit in the “tremendous pressures” that led the former pope to resign in 2013.

Politics, it is said, makes curious bedfellows, and the longstanding relationship between Barack Obama and presidential adviser and confidante Valerie Jarrett is curious indeed. It had become curiouser and curiouser with the news that Jarrett is moving into Obama’s D.C. home, which is to serve as the nerve center to the resistance to the presidency of Donald Trump.

Opposition Party In Action: NYT columnist Nick Kristof asks IRS to leak Trump’s tax return.

The Beginnings of Obama’s Shadow Government
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ARTICLES
VDH:  The recent Academy Awards ceremony turned into a monotony of hate. Many of the stars who mounted the stage ranted on cue about the evils of President Donald Trump. Such cheap rhetoric is easy. But first, accusers should guarantee that their own ceremony is well run. Instead, utter bedlam ruined the event, as no one on the Oscar stage even knew who had won the Best Picture award. Stars issued lots of rants about Trump but were apparently unaware that one of the ceremony´s impromptu invited guests was a recent parolee and registered sex offender.

Good news items keep appearing every day. Ironically, there are so many, they are easy to miss. Here are ten happy headlines showing the progress team Trump is making this week on many fronts – jobs, the border, law and order, deregulation, fair trade, rule of law, the Middle East, reining in bureaucrats. Trump´s first full month in office brings massive employment boom as U.S. companies added whopping 298,000 new jobs in February -Winning Level – Wolverine Grandmaster: Secretary Ross Imposes $1.19 Billion Fine Against Chinese Company… Congress Takes Aim at DOJ ‘Slush Fund’ to Left-Wing Activists -U.S. Ambassador to UN

Social Justice Syndrome: ‘Rising Tide of Personality Disorders Among Millennials’

These days, the press is carrying on a running battle with the Trump administration. Pretty much every news story, every day, is intended to undermine President Trump and perhaps drive him from office. The New York Times, Washington Post and Associated Press are the worst offenders, but almost every news outlet is in this category. It wasn’t always that way. Until January, our press slavishly reported every pronouncement of the administration in power, sometimes reinforcing it, sometimes just letting it stand. This was its own form of fake news: http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/03/revisiting-obamas-energy-lies.php?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=sw&utm_campaign=sw

President Trump won the White House by running against the establishment, mocking the accepted positions and the approved rhetoric of both the political ruling class in Washington and the cultural ruling class in Hollywood. In so doing, he became the de facto spokesman of the forgotten Americans overlooked if not held in disdain by these coastal elites. All the while, he won the undying enmity of an establishment that see him as a mortal threat to their continued dominance. Since the shock of Trump´s resounding electoral victory, that establishment has kicked into full panic mode and is resorting to increasingly desperate measures in a doomed attempt to reverse the election results.
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INTERESTING STUFF
Here’s the List: More Than a Dozen Proven Victims of Obama’s Many Wiretaps.
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WISE WORDS
“Any man who tries to incite class hatred, sectional hate, hate of creeds, any kind of hatred in our community, though he may affect to do so in the interest of the class he is addressing, is in the long run with absolute certainty that class’s own worst enemy.”
                   -Theodore Roosevelt