Saturday, April 16, 2016

op ed review 4/17



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
One of Every Six Workers in the United States is an Immigrant
For the first time, classrooms in public schools are filled mostly by nonwhite students.

Islamic terrorists and droves of illegal immigrants—mainly youths—have slipped into the United States through Mexico recently, but the deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) insists the “the border is more secure now than it has been in many, many years.”

Colorado held its delegate convention last weekend. When the sweet smelling smoke cleared from Colorado Springs, Ted Cruz walked away with all 34 delegates.
The reason Senator Ted Cruz swept the Colorado delegate count this past Saturday at the state assembly in Colorado Springs had nothing to do with party malfeasance, establishment monkey business nor any “rigging of the system.” Donald Trump lost the Colorado delegate race for one reason only – he got out-worked.

Trump has a 43-point lead in the New York Republican presidential primary.
Longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly has asked her daughter and five others to resign from the board of Eagle Forum after tension spread through the group over Schlafly’s endorsement of Donald Trump.
New York Post Endorses Donald Trump
Karl Rove-backed PAC warms to Trump:  The strategist publicly questions Trump’s electability, but privately his PAC tells donors Trump can win.
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/karl-rove-donald-trump-221926#ixzz45oHZh8LE
Former Scott Walker Campaign Manager, Joins Team Trump

Hillary Clinton was booed at Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate after she defended raising money from Wall Street by arguing that President Obama had done the same.
Hillary Clinton’s favorability has hit a new national low. According to HuffPost Pollster, which monitors more than 392 polls from 42 national pollsters, Clinton is viewed unfavorably by 55 percent of the electorate, a two-point jump from last month’s measure,
Newsroom coverage of a racially charged joke shared by Hillary Clinton and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was soft-pedaled after the story was initially ignored for three days.
Pay Gap Alert: Clinton Foundation Male Execs Earn 38% More Than Women

Over the course of the 86 full months that President Barack Obama has completed serving in the White House the U.S. Treasury has collected approximately $18,764,164,000,000 in tax revenues. That equals approximately $124,003 for each of the 151,320,000 persons who had either a full- or part-time job.
Hillary Clinton admitted her tax proposals will increase taxes on the American people by at least $1 trillion over the next ten years.
IRS chief admits agency encourages illegal immigrant theft of SSNs to file tax returns

This is a bad sign:  The Citadel is considering a request from a student that she be allowed to wear a hijab in keeping with her Muslim faith, a move that would be an unprecedented exception to the school’s longstanding uniform requirements.

Signs that Europe is doomed:  The German government has approved a criminal inquiry into a comic who mocked the Turkish president.

Health insurance companies are amplifying their warnings about the financial sustainability of the ObamaCare marketplaces as they seek approval for premium increases next year. Insurers say they are losing money on their ObamaCare plans at a rapid rate, and some have begun to talk about dropping out of the marketplaces altogether.

Facebook czar Mark Zuckerberg, who condemned "fearful voices," like Donald Trump for pushing walls against immigrants, is facing a backlash over his own efforts keep neighbors away from his homes.

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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Alicia Colon   4/13
No one is enthusiastic about the candidates running for president in 2016 except for the Democrats cheering for Hillary and Bernie and they are in deep denial. The idea that the only ones their party have in the race is a corrupt, indictable, incompetent former Secretary of State and an elderly communist should be laughable yet both are still taken seriously. As for the Republicans, they’ve managed to throw away excellent candidates and are spending all their time trashing one another instead of getting real.

Here’s the nitty gritty that all are ignoring- any one of the original candidates vying for the GOP nomination is more qualified than Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and that includes Donald Trump. The country will not fall apart if Trump wins and those heralding a disaster are blowing smoke generated by the establishment GOP and the statist RINOs who want to keep their jobs and power.

The mainstream media hasn’t done its job in decades, opting instead to promote its own agenda of attacking all things conservative. If it had it would have reported that protesters at Trump and Cruz rallies are probably paid with funds from the infamous megalomaniac George Soros. The average American voter doesn’t have the time or the will to travel around the country waving manufactured flags and chanting socialist demands.

It’s time to look in the mirror at the real person hiding their head in the sand. The hysteria at the possibility of a Trump presidency is nonsense. It is the idea of a Clinton presidency that should scare us all so why hasn’t it?

If the GOP candidates had any sense they would be targeting her instead of each other. To do that they have to remind the young voters what she was like the last time she was in the White House. Bill Clinton called her his co-president. His presidency was the most classless since Grant but not as honorable. The Clinton administration was riddled with staff that could not pass security clearances yet managed to be hired anyway.

I watched a Hillary television ad that listed all her achievements and I shouted,” Lies, all lies,” at the screen. The idea that she’s for women’s rights is a canard considering that she trashed any woman accusing her rapist husband of sexual impropriety. Any young woman planning to support Hillary needs to Google the so-called ‘bimbos’ that Hillary destroyed.

She was my Senator and did absolutely nothing except name some government buildings and throw taxpayer funds at cronies and Dem donors. Her attempt at health care legislation (Hillarycare) ending up with litigation against her closed-door tactics that cost the government $285,864 in legal fees for plaintiffs. Although that award was overturned, her entire efforts to assume presidential powers as First Lady were clouded by her arrogance and incompetence. She was described by the Chief Counsel of the Watergate Committee in 1973, a Democrat, Jerry Zeifman, as ‘unethical and dishonest’. Good call, Jerry.

The myth of the Clinton administration’s success will one day be exposed when the mainstream media finally grows a pair and admits that the only good thing Bill Clinton did was step side and let Newt Gingrich’s Congress pass its Contract With America. Let’s remind these young uninformed voters that while he was impeached on a trumped up charge of perjury and inappropriate sexual activity with an intern, he should have been impeached for treason involving accepting reelection campaign funds from Communist China in exchange for releasing our national data. Hillary’s email scandal is just part of a corruption pattern that the Clintons have been using for decades.

Sadly I’ve read articles on billionaires funding anti-Trump campaigns but they should really be flooding the airwaves with ads showing how the low class, vulgar, drug-addled Clinton staff vandalized the White House when they left in 2000. Ads should be informing the ill-informed, low info Democrat voter the truth of the past of both Hillary’s real treatment of women and Sanders’ (who is not even a Democrat) many years in office that produced nothing. I watched a Sanders ad and again shouted at the screen, “Who’s going to pay for this, Bernie?”

Why don’t these billionaires offer free copies of Animal Farm and 1984 to this burgeoning national idiocracy? These classics used to be required reading in schools but the Marxist academia has made sure they no longer are.

I am not a Trump supporter nor am I crazy about Ted Cruz. In fact, I really don’t care personally for either but both have one quality that I find valuable-they are anti-establishment. That is a very good thing and in November, I will vote for any GOP nominee who has that same quality. If this man wins it is up to the rest of us to see that he has a Congress that is against the status quo as well. Then America has a very good chance to be great again.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
 “I'm enjoying the irony of American Sanders supporters lecturing me, a former Soviet citizen, on the glories of Socialism and what it really means! Socialism sounds great in speech soundbites and on Facebook, but please keep it there. In practice, it corrodes not only the economy but the human spirit itself, and the ambition and achievement that made modern capitalism possible and brought billions of people out of poverty. Talking about Socialism is a huge luxury, a luxury that was paid for by the successes of capitalism.”
              -Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov
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LEFTIST WATCH
In its war for America, the left never rests, sometimes falters but rarely allows itself to fail. It works tirelessly to “fundamentally transform the nation” and smashes anyone and anything that gets in its way. Consider the pitched battle it has waged against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas over the past quarter-century. Instead of celebrating and honoring a black man who rose from grinding poverty in the segregated South to sit on the nation’s highest court, the left sees an existential threat: a black pro-life, pro-gun conservative who has spent his life crushing leftist orthodoxy. He must, therefore, not simply be opposed, but destroyed, regardless of how long it takes.

An unofficial surrogate of Hillary Clinton, the President of the left-wing National Organization For Women (NOW) said on Monday that abortion is a “necessary aspect” of “reproductive health care.” She also called for repealing the First Amendment, raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, and mandates for businesses to provide benefits to employees subsidizing contraception and abortion.
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ISLAM
ISIS threatens attack on India; vows to wipe out Hindus
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GLOBALONEY
Environmentalists backing a Big Tobacco-style government probe of oil companies plotted their strategy for targeting companies like ExxonMobil at a closed-door meeting in Manhattan earlier this year, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Professor calls for punishment for climate change deniers.
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ARTICLES
The governing narrative of the 2016 Presidential campaign so far has been that GOP is imploding…..but Republicans aren’t the only party facing an historic rift. Over the past two weeks, it’s become increasingly obvious that grassroots liberals are thoroughly disgusted by their own party establishment.

“Fury as Colorado has no primary or caucus!” shrieked a scandalized Drudge Report on Monday morning. That would be news to the roughly 60,000 Republicans who caucused across the state on March 1, many of whom attended Saturday’s GOP State Assembly. Matt Drudge was channeling the phony indignation of his chosen candidate as Donald Trump spent the evening on Twitter and the morning on Fox News complaining that Colorado’s delegate selection process was “a crooked deal.”

First they spent tens of millions trying to boost their favorite presidential candidates, then they poured cash into ads attacking Donald Trump, and now some of the biggest donors on the right are turning their attention to the delegate fight. Anti-Trump billionaires are funding ground operations in an increasing number of states to try to ensure the selection of national convention delegates who oppose Trump. The strategy is being executed by the anti-Trump Our Principles PAC, which has a stated goal of blocking the bombastic billionaire from clinching the GOP presidential nomination before the party’s convention in July. But the
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HUMOR
“A car owned by Hillary Clinton is up for sale. Like Hillary, the car has been hit from all sides and lately has been starting to stall.”
                 -Conan O'Brien
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WISE WORDS
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”
                      -Patrick Henry (1788)

Saturday, April 9, 2016

op ed review 4/10



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Obama Claims Power to Make Illegal Immigrants Eligible for Social Security, Disability

Americans spend more on taxes than food, clothing, housing combined

Government Will Owe More Money Than Entire Economy Produces

The three Democrats on the Federal Election Commission, in their latest and boldest move to regulate conservative media, voted in unison to punish a movie maker critical of President Obama after he distributed for free his latest work, Dreams of My Real Father: A Story of Reds and Deception.

Obama Admin Advising Global Banks on Ways to Give Iran Money

Democrats Underestimate Cruz at Their Own Risk

Panama Papers Reveal Klinton’s Kremlin Konnection

Christmas came early last year for green companies looking for Washington handouts after Congress passed legislation extending massive subsides for wind, solar and other renewable energy companies. Now the Senate is attempting to ensure Christmas comes again for these same companies, by expanding the qualifying sources for green goodies.

Restoring a tiny Christian cross to the Los Angeles County seal is unconstitutional because it places the county’s “power, prestige and purse” behind one religion, a federal judge ruled

If a republican did this there would be hell to pay.  When Hillary Clinton spoke at a fundraiser in Denver Thursday, she apparently went to the unusual step of employing a static noise machine to prevent journalists outside from being able to hear her.

An auditor for the Government Accountability Office told lawmakers Wednesday that in the next few years the federal government will owe more than our entire economy produces.

The UN starts plans to control the world's oceans
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Philip Klein  4/9
How Ted Cruz Could Capture the Presidency
The operating assumption for political observers going into the 2016 election has been that Sen. Ted Cruz doesn't stand a chance to win a general election. But now that the odds have increased of him actually being the Republican nominee, it's worth revisiting that assumption.

There are no doubt a number of good arguments as to why Cruz would be too polarizing to win a general election, particularly given how the nation's demographic trends favor Democrats. There's a reason why the smart money would be betting against him. But let's entertain an alternate possibility. To start, of all the Republicans, Cruz is currently in the best position to unite his own party. A good way to think of the party right now is that there are three basic factions.

One is comprised of anti-establishment ideological conservatives who back Cruz, another is made up of anti-establishment populists who support Trump and the other is filled with establishment Republicans who are hoping they can somehow nominate Ohio Gov. John Kasich or some other candidate who seems safer in a general election.

The problem is that if the party nominates somebody other than Donald Trump or Cruz, it would trigger a furious backlash from both anti-establishment factions, who make up an overwhelming majority of those who have actually cast votes in GOP primaries and caucuses. If Trump is the nominee, he alienates a good chunk of ideological conservatives and establishment Republicans.
Cruz, on the other hand, will have an argument to make to both groups of anti-establishment voters, and the remaining group that despises him the most — establishment Republicans — are the most pragmatic, least ideological and most likely to fall in line behind the eventual nominee.
Moving on to the general election, there is the matter of Hillary Clinton. Trump's staggeringly bad polling and the general circus on the GOP side has in some ways helped to overshadow Clinton's incredible weaknesses as a candidate.

There has been a lot of talk about how Trump would go into the general election as the least popular nominee in decades of polling. But that amazing stat helped obscure the fact that other than Trump, Clinton would be the most unpopular dating back to 1984, in New York Times/CBS polling. Clinton remains mired in scandal and is still struggling to fend off a challenge from a septuagenarian socialist who she initially led by over 50 points nationally. As unpopular as Cruz may be with most registered voters, polling shows him within the margin of errornationally — and some polls taken in the last month have shown Cruz tied with Clinton in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida.

The bottom line is that in a Cruz versus Clinton race, both candidates would enter the race hugely unpopular. No matter what, a sizeable chunk of the electorate would be put in the position of either voting for a candidate who they actively despise, or staying home.

Cruz's narrative for how he could win a general election has always gone something like this: Republicans lose general elections because they nominate squishes, so the way to win is to nominate a truly principled conservative who will drive up turnout among the base. There are good reasons to be skeptical of this theory. However, if there were ever an environment in which such a strategy could work, it would be something like the one in which we now find ourselves — in which both parties' nominees are so disliked by so many people that it drives down turnout among disillusioned swing voters, making it more crucial to turn out the base.

And if Cruz does become the GOP nominee, he will have done so because he proved himself a brilliant tactician with a stellar ground game. Furthermore, the assumption is that Cruz cannot improve his image among the broader electorate, but that's hard to know for sure, because he's never had to do it. While opinions on Clinton are deeply entrenched after her decades in the public spotlight, Cruz isn't as universally known and has more of an opening to get a second look.

At the end of the day, Cruz is intelligent, a disciplined campaigner and a skilled debater. He has a chance to reach out to more voters through his vice-presidential pick. He can exploit Clinton's many weaknesses. Cruz would enter the general election campaign with a reputation as an extremist, which the Clinton campaign would do everything to play up. But the risk of such a strategy comes if Cruz is able to defy such a caricature during the election among voters getting to know him for the first time. To quote Shakespeare's Prince Hal: "By so much shall I falsify men's hopes/And like bright metal on a sullen ground/My reformation, glittering o'er my fault/Shall show more goodly and attract more eyes/Than that which hath no foil to set it off."

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“Mr. Trump doesn’t even seem to be trying to do the one big thing he has to do now. He is the front-runner for the nomination. At this point it is his job to keep the support he has and persuade those who don’t like him to give him a second or third look. To do that he only has to be more thoughtful, stable and mature in his approach — show he may be irrepressible and fun and surprising, even shocking, but at bottom he has within him a plausible president. Instead, he is stuck at nutty. Rather than attempt to win over, he doubles down. In the process he shows that what occupies his mind isn’t big issues, significant questions or the position of the little guy, but subjects that are small, petty, unworthy. Instead of reassuring potential or reluctant supporters, he has given them pause. Instead of gathering in, he is repelling. This is political malpractice on a grand scale.”
                     -Peggy Noonan
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LEFTIST WATCH
Lefties get together:   Bernie Sanders invited to Vatican by Pope?
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GLOBALONEY
A newly released international study debunks climate models on global warming that forecast extreme rainfall and drought tied to temperature swings, casting doubt on disaster scenarios promoted by the climate-change movement.

16 Democrat Attorneys General Begin Inquisition Against 'Climate Change Disbelievers'
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ARTICLES
A new Associated Press poll found after months of media and GOP establishment attacks a majority of Americans overwhelmingly view Trump negatively. Seven in 10 people, including close to half of Republican voters, have an unfavorable view of Donald Trump. Six in 10 people have an unfavorable view of Ted Cruz even though the liberal media has not started its campaign of destruction against the Texas senator. Grandma Hillary has a 55% unfavorable rating. Trump is wildly popular with Middle Class voters but that doesn’t impress the Beltway elites. Ronald Reagan’s favorable rating was also at 30% back in March 1980. The GOP elites at the time also worried he could never win.
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
See 1900s America come to life: Artist uses vintage still photos to bring to life bygone New York, Boston, Detroit and DC in incredible moving pictures http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3530156/See-1930s-America-come-life-Artist-uses-vintage-photos-create-animations-New-York-Boston-Detroit-Washington-DC.html#ixzz45H6z7VWG
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WISE WORDS
“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character.”
                    -Noah Webster