Saturday, July 26, 2014

op ed review 7/27



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
In a potentially crippling blow to Obamacare, a federal appeals court panel declared Tuesday that government subsidies worth billions of dollars that helped 4.7 million people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov are illegal. A judicial panel in a 2-1 ruling said such subsidies can be granted only to those people who bought insurance in an Obamacare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia — not on the federally run exchange HealthCare.gov.
President Obama’s old Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, said that he “wouldn’t bet the family farm” on Obamacare’s surviving the ruling.
But within hours the same policy was held up by another court, setting up a Supreme Court showdown.
To resolve, the Supreme Court may soon need to decide whether the federal government can be considered a "state" in the same sense that Iowa, Wyoming and Wisconsin are states. On the face of it, this question may seem absurd.
Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under Obamacare. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover investigators were able to get subsidized health care under fake names in 11 out of 18 attempts.

Just in time for the midterm election:  “Obama will take executive action on immigration after summer, adviser says.   The move could trigger impeachment proceedings against President Obama, said his senior adviser.”
Istook:  “Obama wants to be impeached…..Obama uses a passive-aggressive strategy that can be judged as a political maneuver, a personality disorder, or both.”
Rep. GutiĆ©rrez (D-Ill): ‘I Think We Can Get 3 or 4, Maybe Even 5 Million People’ Amnesty via Executive Action.
The Obama administration is preparing to effectively "nullify" the immigration laws of the United States through an executive action, says one Republican senator.
Americans should melt Congress’ phone lines, demanding their members stop the unconstitutional action.
A Border Patrol report reveals that “unaccompanied minors” are only one-fourth of the current invasion from Central America across our Southwest border. The crossings by family units have increased almost five times faster. This contradicts White House and media efforts to elicit public sympathy by focusing public attention on children.
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee approved a DHS budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 that includes $87 million for the transportation of illegal immigrants--most often via plane--from the U.S.-Mexico border to federal facilities around the nation. 

The Odds of a GOP Wave Election Are Increasing  

American flags were removed from atop the Brooklyn Bridge's two towers Tuesday morning and replaced by white flags, sources said. White flags are usually a military symbol for surrender.

For the past six months, welfare beneficiaries in Colorado have repeatedly withdrawn their cash benefits at marijuana retailers and dispensaries, according to a new analysis by National Review Online. At least 259 times in the first six months of legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, beneficiaries used their electronic-benefit transfer (EBT) cards to access public assistance at weed retailers and dispensaries, withdrawing a total of $23,608.53 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash, NRO’s examination found.
President Obama arrives in Los Angeles for his $32,000 per plate fundraiser at the home of a Hollywood producer.
How Obama spends taxpayer money to raise campaign cash for the Democratic National Committee
President Obama and his wife plan to soon buy a home in Rancho Mirage listed at $4.25 million.
Hillary Clinton has earned at least $12 million in 16 months since leaving the State Department, a windfall at odds with her party’s call to shrink the gap between the rich and the poor.
One of President Obama´s closest White House advisers, counts among his key financial supporters a reclusive Swiss billionaire whose company conducted illegal human experiments that resulted in the deaths of three elderly patients.

Jim Gilchrist — one of the founders of the Minutemen Project — said he’s reaching out across America to recruit at least 3,500 volunteers who will go to the border to patrol and cover the “porous areas” between San Diego and Brownsville, Texas. The campaign is called “Operation Normandy,” and it’s set for May 1, 2015,

The attorneys general of 10 states have joined in Indiana’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that found the state law banning same-sex marriage unconstitutional

What planet does Joe Biden live on?:   “Businesses Are Hiring at Historic Rates…”
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Donald Lambro  7/3
Republicans have a wealth of political issues that will dominate the 2014 midterm election races and determine their outcome.

The national news media have done their best to try to bury these issues, play them down or sugarcoat them, but the American people know better. They have persistently put these issues at or near the top of every voter poll in the last six years of Barack Obama's scandal-ridden, trouble-plagued administration.

It's hard to break through the power of the Washington news media that have worked hard to cover up the Obama White House's blunders. But this will be the GOP's chief challenge in the next four months as we race toward the fall elections.

Here are the issues Republicans must pound between now and then, and where they stand today:

(1) The Obama economy: No other issue is more critical in the minds of the voters as they have watched the once-mighty U.S. economy grow weaker, repeatedly turning in one mediocre, lackluster performance after another.  Six years into the so-called recovery, economic growth isn't just weak; it was actually shrinking in the first three months of this year by a shocking 2.9 percent. Our exports were anemic, and business inventories were down. It was the worst quarter for economic growth since the middle of 2009.  Obama's been running around the country telling us that manufacturing is exploding. In fact, orders to U.S. factories fell in May by 0.5 percent.  It's not going to get much better. The Federal Reserve forecasts that growth will stumble along at little more than 2 percent this year, held back by Obama's anti-business, anti-growth policies.

(2) That leads to the second most important issue: jobs. The average unemployment rate has fallen to 6.1 percent. But that's largely due to millions of discouraged, long-term jobless workers who have stopped looking for work and thus are no longer counted among the unemployed.  If the same percentage of these adult workers who've dropped out of the labor force were looking for work again, as when President Obama took office, the real jobless rate would be 10.2 percent, says economist Peter Morici at the University of Maryland's Smith School of Business.  Fed Chair Janet Yellen says this is one of the most serious problems confronting the economy, and the labor force participation rate is not going away soon. Our once-muscular workforce is shrinking, a disturbing sign of an economy and a nation in decline.  Hidden or downplayed in the June jobs numbers is the harsh reality that many of them are low-paying temp jobs. Nearly 80,000 of them were added to the labor force last month, according to the ADP payroll processor's latest survey.

(3) Persistently sky-high, $600 billion budget deficits and a growing $17 trillion debt threaten our economic security as never before.  Americans are justifiably worried about our debts and want the government to abandon its spendthrift ways. The GOP House has passed one budget after another to do that, only to see the Senate refuse to negotiate commonsense ideas to slow down the rate of spending. 

(4) Obamacare: There's a huge scandal brewing in the president's 2010 Affordable Care Act that was revealed in two reports this week by the Inspector General's Office in the Department of Health and Human Services.  They reported serious inadequacies and shortcomings in the system's "internal controls" that may have allowed millions of people to sign up for cut-rate health insurance benefits who were ineligible for the subsidies, tax credits and other financial help under the law.  Of the 2.9 million "inconsistencies" found in the records of the new state-run health insurance marketplaces, two of the most common dealt with the applicants' income and their citizenship, which were not verified…..Obamacare and its impact on small businesses, the economy and ordinary working Americans, who are finding it harder to afford steadily rising premiums, will be a big issue this year. And this week's investigative reports will only add more political fuel to the fire.

(5) Incomes and rising poverty: Obama and his party consider themselves the champions of the poor and the middle class. But the harsh and painful reality of their anti-wealth creation, anti-business policies is growing poverty and, for many Americans, a struggling middle class.  According to a recent U.S. Census Bureau report, one in five neighborhoods have incomes that are below the poverty income level. But the report's most explosive finding is that poverty has worsened under the Obama administration.  By 2010, the share of people living in these rapidly expanding poverty areas had grown to 25.7 percent, up from 18.1 percent in 2000.
No doubt Republicans will be pounding other issues -- including inflation, higher taxes, rising gas prices, and the veterans scandal that has turned many independents and some Democrats against Obama and his party.  But the five issues listed above are the major ones that will drive the GOP's political offensive to win back the Senate in the next four months.

Obama and his party will fight back with the usual class warfare tactics. They will try to frighten voters into believing the GOP will take away their Social Security. It will be the same old demagoguery that worked for the president in 2012.  It's not going to work this time. Voters across the board have lost confidence in his promises, his presidency and his party. On Nov. 4, it's going to be a bloodbath

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"Racial preferences in college admissions give elementary schools, middle schools and high schools a free hand to continue their destructive educational policy. If colleges did not have special admissions practices for black students, there would be far fewer blacks in colleges, and the fraud would be more apparent to parents. They might begin to ask why so many blacks with high-school diplomas could not get into college. If the civil rights establishment and the progressives have their way, blacks will have to rely on special privileges in perpetuity.”
                      -Walter Williams

The New York Times chided President Obama for appearing disengaged from the world’s crises. That’s just not fair. Last week, when Obama got the call that the airliner had been shot down and that Israel had invaded Gaza, he asked the next three groups if he could play through.”
             -Argus Hamilton
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BOOKS, FILM
There are many ways to lose freedom -- conquering armies, surrendering without a fight. Unfortunately, we are currently surrendering our freedom, not to a foreign power, but to our own government.  The growth, reach, and cost of big government is happening before our eyes and eroding our liberty, largely because too many Americans are not familiar with the brilliant system of government our Founders established. Progressives prefer a "living Constitution," which is constantly changing to conform to their ideology. What it is not is the Constitution established by the Founders.  In a comprehensive publication, "The Roots of Liberty: Unlocking the Federalist Papers," edited by Scott D. Cosenza and Claire M. Griffin, it attempts to remind us of the Founders' intent and why their vision, if not renewed by each generation, will quickly fade, America along with it.

New book on the Clintons:  “If author Ronald Kessler is correct, Bill Clinton's days of serial womanizing aren't behind him. Kessler writes in his upcoming book, "The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents," that Bill has a mistress who regularly visits his Chappaqua home. Her unofficial code name is "Energizer," and Kessler quotes a Secret Service agent saying, "You don't stop her, you don't approach her, you just let her go in." Kessler also says Hillary's detail informs Bill's detail whenever she's on her way home so Bill has time to get "Energizer" out and remove any evidence. As for Hillary's detail, Kessler notes, "Because she is so nasty to agents and hostile to law enforcement officers and military officers in general, agents consider being assigned to her detail a form of punishment.”
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LEFTIST WATCH
New study from Duke University:  “the political regime of socialism has a lasting impact on citizens' basic morality…..they cheat more.”

Even as Hillary Clinton looms as the overwhelming favorite for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, the party’s base is stirring for a primary fight. There’s a pining for someone else, and a medley of ambitious Democrats are making moves — many of them previously unreported — to position themselves to perhaps be that someone.

The Left’s favorite alternative to Hillary, Elizabeth Warren, lists her “11 Commandments of Progressivism”
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ISLAM
Islamic law is nowhere you want to be. Unfortunately it’s made it to the United States. A Muslim leader showed a considerable lack of brotherly love in Philadelphia last week, when he tried to cut off the hand of a man accused of stealing from the local mosque. Philly.com reported that Mitchell and the mosque’s imam invoked Sharia Law which states, “As to the thief, male or female, cut off his or her hands; a punishment by way of example from Allah for their crime.”

Jihadists in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 undergo female genital mutilation, a UN official said Thursday.

For the first time in 1,600 years, Mass is not being said in Mosul: an ancient culture has been wiped out in a matter of weeks. It´s a war crime that, strangely, no one seems to want to talk about. Mosul is the second-largest city in Iraq and the place where many Christians believe Jonah was buried. Since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) rode into town, their faith has been forced underground. Bells have been silenced, the hijab enforced with bullets. Tens of thousands fled after being offered an unattractive choice: convert, pay a religious tax, or be put to the sword.
The ISIS deadline for Christians to leave Mosul ended at the weekend, and thousands of people who follow the religion have left the city. And as the last group of Christians made their way out, the militants torched the 1,800-year-old Assyrian Christian church.
In a region where Christians predate Muslims by centuries, over one million Christians have been killed or have had to flee because of jihadi persecution, while America is basically standing by and watching.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stated on Wednesday that the only solution for the middle east is the destruction of Israel, and that the armed confrontation must expand beyond Gaza.

Members of the Islamist extremist militia blamed for the Benghazi terror attack had moved in next door to the U.S. Consulate months before the strike but “nothing was done” despite concerns about the dangerous neighbors, sources tell Fox News.

The notorious underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab  had his plot in 2009 to blow up a plane on Christmas Day fail because the explosives became ´degraded´ after he wore the same pair of underpants for two weeks, according to a U.S. official.
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ARTICLES
Could the next generation of Republicans already be here?

Texas Governor Rick Perry went on Hannity to discuss the illegal immigrant crisis at the US southern border. Perry shared these shocking numbers on the current crisis. “Sean, there have been over the course of the last five years, since the fall of ’08, over 203,000 individuals who have come into Texas illegally who have been booked into our county jails. Those individuals have accounted for over 3,000 homicides and over 8,000 sexual assaults. We can’t afford to wait for Washington to secure this border. We’ve had enough.”
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WEBSITES
VIDEO: Black Conservatives Met With Hostility, Harassed at NAACP Convention...

Joan Rivers defends Israel in an emotional rant at LAX.
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WISE WORDS
“It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow.”
                        –James Madison

Saturday, July 19, 2014

op ed review 7/20



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
“Barack Obama strutted to the podium for a stump speech in Delaware Thursday, just after Russian surrogates, shot down a Malaysian airliner with a reported 23 Americans on board.  Obama began his remarks with just 38 seconds discussing the plane. “[I]t looks like it may be a terrible tragedy,” he said. “May be”? He then noted his national security team would stay on it, and quickly returned to his regular programming – beginning with jokes about Joe Biden.
“By contrast, when the Soviets shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007, Ronald Reagan, who was on vacation in California at the time, immediately canceled all events to return to the White House. When Reagan addressed the nation about the shoot-down, there was no equivocation. He called it “a massacre,” a “crime against humanity,” an “act of barbarism.” Obama, on the other hand, went on joking about Joe Biden and slamming Republicans.”

While the world attempted to figure out why a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 human beings went down over a war zone in Ukraine, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki took to Twitter to discuss "Being informed and fashionable is natural for women”
Video: “Pretty much everyone expressing dismay over White House response to world falling apart”
Four-star Gen. James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, delivered a stinging rebuke of the Obama administration’s handling of Iraq….”It is rare for an active-duty serviceman to give such blunt public criticism of a sitting president.”

Most of those invading America’s southern border are not what we normally call “children.” These are not toddlers or grade-schoolers who miraculously traveled more than 1,600 miles. These are persons of working age who are ready to displace Americans who want jobs.

As thousands of illegal immigrant “children” are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, House Democrats pushed for more amnesty, guest-worker visas, $3.7 billion in funding, and more lawyers for illegal immigrant children during a Tuesday Twitter town hall on immigration.  Their message:  “We can't just build a wall or a fence…..This is America. Our doors are open.”
Gallup poll :  Immigration now virtually ties "dissatisfaction with government," at 16%, as the primary issue Americans think of when asked to name the country's top problem.
Most Voters Want to Send Latest Illegal Immigrants Home ASAP

Of more than 57,000 “children” who have arrived at the border since October, only 1,254 had been sent home. Thousands more are on the way. Just last week, Mexico and its southern neighbor, Guatemala, agreed at a meeting of presidents in Mexico to make it easier for Central Americans to transit through Mexico en route to the U.S. and its collapsing border.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/15/editorial-border-crisis-worsens/#ixzz37djJdX6O “….the belief among the illegal immigrants that they would receive permisos and be allowed to stay was the driving factor in their choices to come to the United States and that the crisis will continue until 'misperceptions' about U.S. immigration benefits were no longer prevalent . The report also states that the migrants cited Univision and other outlets as having shaped their views on U.S. immigration policy. Another implication of the report is that family members already in the U.S. are encouraging the minors to come and organizing the travel with smugglers.
The White House won’t reveal where it is housing thousands of Central American juvenile migrants because their “privacy rights” trump Americans’ right to know what‘s happening in their neighborhoods, press secretary Josh Earnest declared July 16.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says not to worry,  “the southern border is secure”. http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/212328-reid-southern-border-is-secure#ixzz37dinQjD1
Hillary Clinton thanked the Republican establishment and its big business allies for taking on the Tea Party and defeating conservative candidates like Chris McDaniel in Mississippi´s June runoff. The Chamber of Commerce, which has vowed to spend at least $50 million against Tea Party candidates and those who oppose amnesty legislation, and Karl Rove's American Crossroads, have also emphasized their desire to defeat conservative candidates, much to Clinton's delight.
Hillary's $2,777 PER MINUTE speaking contracts demand a 'presidential' teleprompter, let her cancel 'for any reason whatsoever' and she's the only one allowed on stage.
Detroit police chief gives credit to armed citizens for drop in crime

Right out of the democrat playbook:  Former Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) said as a governor he had to deal with "all this right-wing fear mongering" about "everything from diseases to terrorism" on illegal immigration. Richardson accused "the Tea Party and some of the strongest elements out there that don´t want to see comprehensive immigration reform, period" of being "nativists" that want to keep "America pure."
Fearmongering?  “California Officials ‘Perplexed’ By Unusual Spike in Whooping Cough Cases”
The Vice President of the Border Patrol Union says "a lot of our guys" are coming down with diseases…..and we are worried they'll spread throughout the United States especially if they are being released and have the disease."

Add another Senate race to the tossup list: Colorado. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Sen. Mark Udall, a Democrat, trailing Rep. Cory Gardner, a Republican, by 2 percentage points, 44-42 percent. By a 49-40 margin, voters say Udall does not deserve to be re-elected. Colorado has come into play only recently. President Barack Obama carried the state in 2012 by 5 percentage points, but the new survey showed state voters today disapprove of of the job he’s doing by a 58-39 percent margin.

Tensions between Girl Scouts’ messaging and Catholic teaching have led to a national boycott of Girl Scout cookies, the ousting of Girl Scouts from parishes, and a significant drop in Catholic membership in the Girl Scouts.

Washington Democrat Estakio Beltran shoots a stuffed elephant in his video ad. He makes it clear that he is symbolically shooting Republicans. He is running for the 4th-district seat in Congress being vacated by Doc. Hastings - central Washington. The ad may have been intended as humorous, but some conservative websites are questioning the message, arguing Democrats would flip out if a GOP candidate blasted away at a symbol of the Democratic Party.

Only about 2% of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the Centers for Disease Control reported in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation.

The Obama administration has awarded a $50 million contract to a charitable group to buy a Texas resort hotel and transform it in to a 600 bed facility for juvenile illegal aliens. “The beautiful Palm Aire resort and hotel has an indoor Olympic sized pool, an outdoor pool, saunas and tennis courts.  Free Wi-Fi and cable TV are included in the simply decorated guest rooms.”
Whoops!  After embarrassing  publicity, the contract was cancelled.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Thomas Sowell  7/14

Whenever Democrats are in real trouble politically, the Republicans seem to come up with something new that distracts the public's attention from the Democrats' problems. Who says Republicans are not compassionate?
With public opinion polls showing President Obama's sinking approval rate, in the wake of his administration's multiple fiascoes and scandals — the disgraceful treatment of veterans who need medical care, the Internal Revenue Service coverups, the tens of thousands of children flooding across our open border — Republicans have created two new distractions that may yet draw attention away from the Democrats' troubles.

From the Republican establishment, Speaker of the House John Boehner has announced plans to sue Barack Obama for exceeding his authority. And from the Tea Party wing of the Republicans, former Governor Sarah Palin has called for impeachment of the president.

Does President Obama deserve to be sued or impeached? Yes! Is there a snowball's chance in hell that either the lawsuit or an impeachment will succeed? No!

Barack Obama's repeated disregard of the laws that he is supposed to follow, and his blatantly changing these laws passed by Congress, are a threat to the whole Constitutional form of government, on which all our freedoms depend. Once a president — any president — can create his own laws unilaterally, we are on our way to becoming a banana republic, where arbitrary rule from the top replaces representative government by "we the people."

Why not sue Barack Obama then, or impeach him? For the simplest of all reasons: Neither of these actions is going to do anything to stop Obama, or even discredit him — and both can create a distraction that draws attention away from the Democrats' disasters during an election year. Either the lawsuit or an impeachment — or both — can hurt the Republicans, by making it look like they are playing Mickey Mouse politics during an election year. President Obama is already making a joke out of Speaker Boehner's threatened lawsuit by saying, "So sue me!"

Courts don't like to get involved in cases where one branch of government is suing another — and the Supreme Court does not have to take any case that it does not want to take. Even a lower court can throw out Boehner's lawsuit as a political issue that does not belong in court. Then it will be the Republicans who will have egg on their faces. As for impeachment, the House of Representatives can impeach any president they want to. But an impeachment is essentially just an indictment that leaves it up to the Senate to decide whether to vote to remove the president from office.

So long as the Democrats control the Senate, impeachment of Barack Obama is guaranteed to lose. And this too would leave the Republicans with egg on their faces during an election year.

The political fate of the Republican Party is not something that those of us who are not Republicans need to worry about. If they want to shoot themselves in the foot again, so be it. But all Americans have to worry — and worry big time — about the fate of this country if Republicans blow their chances of taking control of the Senate. If Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continues his iron control, President Obama can nominate whatever kinds of federal judges he wants to, knowing that they will be confirmed by the Senate. Since federal judges have lifetime tenure, this would in effect extend the Obama administration long past the point when Barack Obama leaves the White House. All he needs to do is pack the federal courts with judges who share his contempt for the Constitution and his zeal to impose a far-left agenda at all costs.

This year's elections — especially the Senate elections — can decide the fate of this country for a long time to come. That is why Republicans' launching of foredoomed symbolic actions like lawsuits and impeachment is such an irresponsible self-indulgence. When the country is at a historic crossroads is not the time for futile gestures like this, which can create bigger disasters than we already have.


David Limbaugh:  “I don´t think Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against President Obama right now, but I also don´t think that considering the idea is "crazy talk." The man has, in my view and that of many others, committed multitudinous impeachable offenses, and we need to strenuously object and bring it to the public´s attention every chance we get. The idea of turning our heads and looking the other way is repugnant. …”
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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning charges, so-called roof knocking. “Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.” Rarely does international politics present a moment of such moral clarity. Yet we routinely hear this Israel-Gaza fighting described as a morally equivalent “cycle of violence.” This is absurd.”
                  -Krauthammer

"Scientists predicted that global warming could lead to lopsided German victories at soccer."
               -Frank J. Fleming
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BOOKS, FILM
Dinesh D’Souza’s latest film, “America, Imagine a World Without Her,” which earned a rare A+ rating from CinemaScore, is apparently such a threat to progressive ideology that Costco initially ordered the book on which the movie is based removed from its shelves. One can understand why: the film is a devastating takedown of those who see America as the primary source of evil in the world.

The government’s spending programs are keeping the people who receive the help “addicted” to aid, said Wayne Allyn Root, author of the new book, “The Murder of the Middle Class.” The problem not only exists with the U.S. government but in states such as California, where heavy government regulation and spending raise the costs of goods and services, said Root, who was the 2008 Libertarian Party vice-presidential nominee. President Obama and many other lawmakers today continue to advocate policies that increase the dependency of people on the government.
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GLOBALONEY
Kudos to Australia for repealing their carbon tax.
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LEFTIST WATCH
John Kerry: “I Get 'A Little Uptight When I Hear Politicians Say How Exceptional We Are'”

A CNN reporter has been reassigned to Moscow after tweeting that Israelis were “scum.”

Holder admits, equality of outcome is the goal, not color blindness.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a measure that creates a municipal identification card that can now be used by illegal immigrants to access government services, rent an apartment and open a bank account.
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ISLAM
Some 20 rockets were found Wednesday in a school in Gaza operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.  The discovery would seem to confirm Israel’s oft-repeated claim that Hamas and other Gazan terror groups use civilian infrastructure to hide weapons.
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ARTICLES
VDH: The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Let’s take a tour of the disasters…….

“Rather than deport the illegals, Mr. Obama has ordered them spread around the country, often with neither the knowledge nor consent of state and local officials. Gov. Dave Heineman of Nebraska said Tuesday he learned after the fact that 200 unaccompanied illegal-alien children were placed in his state. “Why are they conducting a secret operation, essentially, transporting them all over the country,” an indignant Mr. Heineman told Fox News on Tuesday. ” … and the federal government won’t tell us what’s going on.”
It had to come sometime, and it came in one very bad week for the Democrats: that the many big problems with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama finally grew too great for the press to ignore. Obama in his own different way is heading towards Nixon-like levels of weirdness, as, beaten down by the failures regarding his ventures, he appears to have quit his own job. A.B. Stoddard of the Hill says in effect he has stopped being president and chooses to live in a world of his own, shutting out the problems that have become overwhelming, giving dinners where he talks about NBA ratings and where he will live when he leaves. As for Hillary Clinton, she took a long step toward becoming toxic when tapes emerged of a years-old conversation in which she boasted of getting a man who raped a 12-year -old child off with a slap on the wrist. In doing so, she painted the girl as unstable, and given to making things up. Ruth Marcus says, she was "doing her job," but did she have to so much like doing it? Karen Tumulty called her tone "swaggering." Susan Page and Andrea Mitchell agreed.

Sen. Cruz: ‘Mr. President, When Did the Democratic Party Declare War on the Catholic Church?’

Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has warned all of his colleagues in Congress that President Barack Obama’s new immigration strategy—his plans to legalize millions of illegal alien adults through executive power—could destroy America as we know it.

 “Burger King sells gay pride Whopper”
Archie to be shot dead while saving gay best friend who called for gun control.  What’s next? ….Betty’s forced to scrape together eight bucks for birth control when her boss cuts off coverage after the Hobby Lobby ruling?
“MTV to Air Show About Losing Virginity...”
Dennis Prager on moral and cultural  “decivilization”:   “LA Mayor Exemplifies America's Decline”
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WEBSITES
Ronald Reagan quiz:

The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal just released their 2014 Index of Economic Freedom. One of the surprising results is that the United States is no longer in the top 10 freest economies in the world. In fact, the United States’s economic freedom score has declined every year since 2008.

USDA Pushing ´Free´ Food: Call ´1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish Speakers)´
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WISE WORDS
"I wasn't a great communicator, but I communicated great things, and they didn't spring full bloom from my brow, they came from the heart of a great nation -- from our experience, our wisdom, and our belief in the principles that have guided us for two centuries."
               -Ronald Reagan

"Security against foreign danger is one of the primitive objects of civil society. It is an avowed and essential object of the American Union."
                -James Madison, Federalist No. 41, 1788