Sunday, June 17, 2018

op ed review 6/17


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
New applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fall to a near 44 year low.
Q2 GDP estimate rises to 4.8%.
Food Stamp Enrollment Dips to Lowest Level in 8 Years
Trump approval rating: Better than Obama and Reagan at Same Point in their Presidencies
Kim Jong-un commits to complete denuclearization in historic Trump meeting. 
President Trump’s forging of a historic peace-making deal with North Korea’s despot Kim Jong-un has the leftists of the country up in arms because, to put it bluntly, it’s getting harder and harder for them to sell their hate.
Newt:  “Trump has accomplished more than Clinton, Bush, and Obama combined - this is just the beginning…..”
Norwegian state broadcaster NRK announced this week that President Trump is now officially in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize after his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday.
Nancy Pelosi bummed out by Trump booming economy.

The picture that emerges of Jim Comey from the Inspector General’s report is one of an astonishingly arrogant weirdo, an FBI director who pompously talked about “norms” while shattering them on his own say-so — from crowning himself the de facto attorney general, thereby sparing Hillary an indictment, to lesser offenses of self-indulgence, such as his richly ironic use of Gmail to conduct official business. Anyone who goes to the trouble of slogging through this mountainous report will wonder how such an unreliable and self-deluded flake could hold any position at the FBI, let alone serve as the chief witness in Mueller’s investigation of a sitting president.
The complete IG report.
IG report suggests either Bill Clinton or Loretta Lynch is lying about their tarmac meeting
One FBI agent on the Hillary investigation wrote in an FBI text: “Trump’s supporters are all poor to middle class, uneducated, lazy POS.” "POS" is the agent's acronym for "Pieces Of S***."
IG Report Littered With References Of Top FBI Officials Calling Trump Supporters: F***ing Idiots, Sad, Pathetic, Retarded
Inspector General’s Report: FBI May Have Covered up Weiner Laptop to Help Clinton

Referendum To Split California Into 3 States Gets On Ballot. Here´s What The New Californias Would Look Like.

French President Macron calls Italy’s decision to refuse a migrant loaded ship as “sickening,” while scolding Italy for its supposed “cynicism and irresponsibility” in dealing with migrants.

The Pew Research Center has released a poll showing that 54 percent of Americans favor the death penalty for people convicted of murder. That’s up from 49 percent two years ago.

??American Medical Association adopts sweeping gun control policies.

Seattle moves to repeal head tax after just a month

Federal judge halts secret FEC plot to target GOP groups

??Netflix has reportedly banned workers from looking at each other for more than five seconds as part of its new anti-harassment rules.

Twitter CEO apologizes to liberals for eating a chick-fil-a sandwich

Where can you get paid $466K a year to wash trucks? Union clout at a New Jersey port.
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Walter Williams  6/13
In conversations with most college officials, many CEOs, many politicians and race hustlers, it's not long before the magical words "diversity" and "inclusiveness" drop from their lips.
Racial minorities are the intended targets of this sociological largesse, but women are included, as well. This obsession with diversity and inclusion is in the process of leading the nation to decline in a number of areas.

We're told how it's doing so in science, in an article by Heather Mac Donald, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, titled "How Identity Politics Is Harming the Sciences" .
Mac Donald says that identity politics has already taken over the humanities and social sciences on American campuses. Waiting in the wings for a similar takeover are the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math. In the eyes of the diversity and inclusiveness czars, the STEM fields don't have a pleasing mixture of blacks, Hispanics and women. The effort to get this "pleasing mix" is doing great damage to how science is taught and evaluated, threatening innovation and American competitiveness.
Universities and other institutions have started watering down standards and requirements in order to attract more minorities and women.

Some of the arguments for doing so border on insanity.

A math education professor at the University of Illinois wrote that "mathematics itself operates as Whiteness." She says that the ability to solve algebra and geometry problems perpetuates "unearned privilege" among whites. A professor at Purdue University's School of Engineering Education published an article in a peer-reviewed journal positing that academic rigor is a "dirty deed" that upholds "white male heterosexual privilege," adding that "scientific knowledge itself is gendered, raced, and colonizing."

The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health are two federal agencies that fund university research and support postdoctoral education for physicians. Both agencies are consumed by diversity and inclusion ideology. The NSF and NIH can yank a grant when it comes up for renewal if the college has not supported a sufficient number of "underrepresented minorities." Mac Donald quotes a UCLA scientist who reports: "All across the country the big question now in STEM is: how can we promote more women and minorities by 'changing' (i.e., lowering) the requirements we had previously set for graduate level study?" Mac Donald observes, "Mathematical problem-solving is being deemphasized in favor of more qualitative group projects; the pace of undergraduate physics education is being slowed down so that no one gets left behind."

Focusing on mathematical problem-solving and academic rigor, at least for black students at the college level, is a day late and a dollar short. The 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, aka The Nation's Report Card, reported that only 17 percent of black students tested proficient or better in reading, and just 7 percent reached at least a proficient level in math. In some predominantly black high schools, not a single black student scored proficient in math. The academic and federal STEM busybodies ought to focus on the academic destruction of black youngsters between kindergarten and 12th grade and the conferring of fraudulent high school diplomas. Black people should not allow themselves to be used at the college level to help white liberals feel better about themselves and keep their federal grant money.

Mac Donald answers the question of whether scientific progress depends on diversity. She says: "Somehow, NSF-backed scientists managed to rack up more than 200 Nobel Prizes before the agency realized that scientific progress depends on 'diversity.' Those 'un-diverse' scientists discovered the fundamental particles of matter and unlocked the genetics of viruses." She might have added that there wasn't even diversity among those white Nobel laureates. Jews constitute no more than 3 percent of the U.S. population but are 35 percent of American Nobel Prize winners. One wonders what diversity and inclusion czars might propose to promote ethnic diversity among Nobel Prize winners.


Another good read explains the IG report:
The long-awaited report from the Justice Department's inspector general about the FBI's handling of the Clinton email scandal seems to absolve the bureau of any political bias. What it really shows, however, is that the FBI — under pressure from President Obama — was just going through the motions the whole time…..but look at the report in its totality and you see that time and again officials made "judgment calls" that weakened their investigation. In other words, from the range of options available to them, they consistently chose the less aggressive course of action…….

Former EAD John Giacalone told the IG, "We open up criminal investigations. And you have the President of the United States saying this is just a mistake ... That's a problem, right?"  "Obama stated that while former Secretary Clinton had been 'careless' in managing her emails while she was Secretary of State, she would never intentionally do anything to endanger the security of the United States with her emails."

So, while the IG might not have found smoking-gun evidence of political bias in the investigation, the report makes it clear that the entire investigation was biased from the start. From Obama on down, no one ever wanted or intended to do what should have been done: Prosecute Clinton for gross negligence in her handling of highly classified material. The entire investigation was just for show.
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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“The Left has been having a tantrum over Chick-fil-A for years now. Chick-fil-A has just ignored them and made no effort to apologize or change its ways for the sake of the whining bullies. This is a model we all can follow.”
                 -Matt Walsh
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LEFTIST WATCH
George Soros was soundly rejected in his bid to rig the District Attorney´s races in California. His creepy little pawns in his project to get leftist soft-on-crime DAs elected across the state lost in nearly all instances
Hungarian Prime Minister: “Population Replacement Underway in Europe, Speculators Like Soros Hope to Profit from Its Ruination”

The Berkeley City Council on Tuesday night declared what it called a "climate emergency" with more global significance than World War II, and demanded an immediate effort to "humanely stabilize population" and "reverse ecological overshoot."

Elizabeth Warren Declares War On Billionaires — Does That Include All The Liberal Ones?

Former President Obama is no longer pushing his agenda from the White House, but he is still in charge of the nationwide network of volunteers who helped get him elected and are now setting their sights on November’s midterm election.

Lefties despair:  “Did the Head Tax Repeal Kill the World-Famous Progressive Seattle?”
Citizens of the ultra-progressive Seattle have lost patience with political leaders’ failure to address the homelessness crisis.
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ARTICLES
“Once upon a time, the FBI said some thugs planned to rob a bank in town. Thugs are always looking to rob banks. They try all the time. But at this particular time, the FBI was hyper-focused on potential bank robberies in this particular town. The best way to prevent the robbery - which is the goal, after all - would be for the FBI to alert all the banks in town. "Be on high alert for suspicious activity," the FBI could tell the banks. "Report anything suspicious to us. We don't want you to get robbed." Instead, in this fractured fairytale, the FBI followed an oddly less effective, more time-consuming, costlier approach. It focused on just one bank. And, strangely, it picked the bank that was least likely to be robbed because nobody thought it would ever get elected president - excuse me, I mean, because it had almost no cash on hand. (Why would robbers want to rob the bank with no cash?) Stranger still, this specially-selected bank the FBI wanted to protect above all others happened to be owned by a man who was hated inside and outside the FBI.”

A great high school and the mayor who would diminish it

“Progressives are like me in 1973. They're not trying to solve problems. They're trying to look cool to the world. Failing that, they're trying to look cool to themselves; they're trying to feel good about themselves. And so each failed government social program is not a failure at all to a progressive. Because by their metric — did it make me look cool and feel good? — it was a success. I get that. I was there 40 years ago. But now I have a different take. I now realize that spending other people's money on destructive programs for the purpose of making myself look cool is not cool, despite what the group-thinking cool kids say. That's why I became a conservative. My aim is to solve problems, not to milk them. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us.”

Trump Could Be One of America's Great Foreign Policy Presidents

Malkin:  "I also have a dream." This rallying cry, handwritten on a simple white placard held up by an Asian-American mom at a protest this week against liberal New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio´s plan to radically transform New York City´s public schools, says it all. A new civil rights struggle in education has exploded — yet the national media and the usual celebrity voices for equality and justice are nowhere to be found. While student "Dreamers" here illegally from south of the border garner bleeding-heart front-page stories and nightly news dispatches, the high-achieving sons and daughters of legal immigrants from Asia are getting shafted by far-left Democrats.

Under Barack Obama one in five US households, or twenty percent of US households, were on food stamps in 2013. The Obama administration paid recruiters to sign up people on food stamps. At the same time, the Obama administration also pursued a “partnership” with the Mexican government to “raise awareness” about food stamps. The administration used a Spanish soap opera format to push food stamps on illegal immigrants and Spanish-speaking Americans. (Video) But those days are over, The number of US households on food stamps dropped to below 20 million for the first time in eight years!
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GOOD WEBSITES
Photos show how the internet works.
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WISE WORDS
“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”
                    -Thomas Paine

Saturday, June 9, 2018

op ed review 6/10


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
U.S. Chamber of Commerce demands amnesty for 1 million migrants.
Chamber lapdogs in the House GOP leadership will push a new amnesty bill that does not set upper limits on amnesty, cut immigration levels, or build a wall.
Passing a “clean” Dream Act to legalize “Dreamers” will spur a new wave of illegal immigration and create a new population that will need an amnesty 10 or 20 years in the future, the government’s chief deportation official said Tuesday.

Immigrants accounted for more than 30 percent of the federal prison population and nearly all of them are confirmed or suspected illegal immigrants
Calling the border with Mexico an “environmental disaster,” Interior Secy. Ryan Zinke has ordered both U.S. park rangers and park police to Arizona and New Mexico to help stop the movement of illegal immigrants into the country.

Nearly two-thirds of the public oppose "sanctuary cities."

As many as 40 state-level Democratic parties may have been involved in an illegal scheme to funnel as much as $84 million to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to a Colorado Christian baker who refused for religious reasons to make a wedding cake for a gay couple,
“This is a niche victory for the bakery rather than a sweeping referendum on civil rights or religious freedom……The left wants to tell the story of a mean bigot who used mean religion to mask his hateful homophobia to punish a young couple in love……progressives act on their meanness and hate out in the open with little or no condemnation. Meanwhile, we are told again and again that Trump voters have hate in their hearts, though it rarely manifests itself anywhere outside of the imaginations of the #Resist factions.”

In selling the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran to Congress, the Obama administration assured lawmakers that Tehran would not have access to the U.S. financial system. But in 2016, the administration secretly granted Iran a license to do just that
How Obama Secretly Gave Iran Access To Billions Of Dollars — And Enabled Terrorism
Iran Just Threatened, Again, to Murder Nine Million Israelis

Four of the world’s biggest tech platforms have working partnerships with a left-wing nonprofit,  the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), that routinely labels conservative organizations as “hate groups.”

Poland's Catholic Church rejects Pope Francis' liberal embrace

Seattle Needs a Cure for Its Head Tax Fever…….communities, like Pierce County to the south, are mocking Seattle by offering a $275-per-employee incentive to companies that move there.

Costco Wholesale Corp. announced late last week that it's giving raises to 130,000 employees, thanks to the Trump tax cuts. This is the company, mind you, whose founders openly backed tax-hiking Hillary Clinton for president.

Obama-era FAA hiring rules placed diversity ahead of airline safety.

Republicans Poised to Gain Senate Seats in 2018?

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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Walter Williams  6/9

Having enjoyed my 82nd birthday, I am part of a group of about 50 million Americans who are 65 years of age or older. Those who are 90 or older were in school during the 1930s. My age cohort was in school during the 1940s. Baby boomers approaching their 70s were in school during the 1950s and early '60s.

Try this question to any one of those 50 million Americans who are 65 or older: Do you recall any discussions about the need to hire armed guards to protect students and teachers against school shootings? Do you remember school policemen patrolling the hallways? How many students were shot to death during the time you were in school? For me and those other Americans 65 or older, when we were in school, a conversation about hiring armed guards and having police patrol hallways would have been seen as lunacy. There was no reason.

What's the difference between yesteryear and today? The logic of the argument for those calling for stricter gun control laws, in the wake of recent school shootings, is that something has happened to guns. Guns have behaved more poorly and become evil. Guns themselves are the problem. The job for those of us who are 65 or older is to relay the fact that guns were more available and less controlled in years past, when there was far less mayhem. Something else is the problem.

Guns haven't changed. People have changed. Behavior that is accepted from today's young people was not accepted yesteryear. For those of us who are 65 or older, assaults on teachers were not routine as they are in some cities. For example, in Baltimore, an average of four teachers and staff members were assaulted each school day in 2010, and more than 300 school staff members filed workers' compensation claims in a year because of injuries received through assaults or altercations on the job. In Philadelphia, 690 teachers were assaulted in 2010, and in a five-year period, 4,000 were. In that city's schools, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, "on an average day 25 students, teachers, or other staff members were beaten, robbed, sexually assaulted, or victims of other violent crimes. That doesn't even include thousands more who are extorted, threatened, or bullied in a school year."

Yale University legal scholar John Lott argues that gun accessibility in our country has never been as restricted as it is now. Lott reports that until the 1960s, New York City public high schools had shooting clubs. Students carried their rifles to school on the subway in the morning and then turned them over to their homeroom teacher or a gym teacher — and that was mainly to keep them centrally stored and out of the way. Rifles were retrieved after school for target practice. Virginia's rural areas had a long tradition of high school students going hunting in the morning before school, and they sometimes stored their guns in the trunks of their cars during the school day, parked on the school grounds.

During earlier periods, people could simply walk into a hardware store and buy a rifle. Buying a rifle or pistol through a mail-order catalog — such as Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s — was easy. Often, a 12th or 14th birthday present was a shiny new .22-caliber rifle, given to a boy by his father.

These facts of our history should confront us with a question: With greater accessibility to guns in the past, why wasn't there the kind of violence we see today, when there is much more restricted access to guns? There's another aspect of our response to mayhem. When a murderer uses a bomb, truck or car to kill people, we don't blame the bomb, truck or car. We don't call for control over the instrument of death. We seem to fully recognize that such objects are inanimate and incapable of acting on their own. We blame the perpetrator. However, when the murder is done using a gun, we do call for control over the inanimate instrument of death — the gun. I smell a hidden anti-gun agenda.


Another good read:  If There’s a Red Wave Election in 2018, This Will Be Why
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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“If you hadn’t noticed, physical beauty is a huge part of our economy and our culture. And before you go on about this showing how sexist or ‘lookist’ American society is, physical beauty is a huge part of literally every culture on earth and has been for all time. Notions of beauty are fluid, sure, but the interest in beauty — or desirability — itself is an expression of human nature. Can it go too far? Absolutely. Can you get rid of it? Nope.”
               -Jonah Goldberg
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LEFTIST WATCH
At Jesuit Fordham University in the radical 1970s, a young John Brennan had devoured anti-American literature portraying the CIA as a wicked meddler in the political affairs of other countries. This radicalism had bred in Brennan, according to his own admission, a very dim view of America — an “unhappiness with the system,” he recalled once, that led him in 1980 to support Gus Hall, the presidential candidate for the Soviet-controlled American Communist Party.  At one of the most crucial moments in the Cold War, America’s future CIA director was rooting for the Reds. It sounds like an Onion parody, but it isn’t. It is the story of America’s decline, marked by a generation of radicals who rose to the top of agencies and institutions they once tried to destroy. The irony is no doubt lost on Brennan, who went from condemning CIA election interference abroad to spearheading it at home.

Free Cash!  California city fights poverty with guaranteed income

Bernie Sanders: “Our Socialist Ideas Are Winning!”
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ISLAM
Inside Britain’s secret Sharia courts.
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GLOBALONEY
It has become an article of faith in the U.S. that recycling is a good thing. But evidence is piling up that recycling is a waste of time and money, and a bit of a fraud.

“Climate change is over. No, I’m not saying the climate will not change in the future, or that human influence on the climate is negligible. I mean simply that climate change is no longer a pre-eminent policy issue. All that remains is boilerplate rhetoric from the political class, frivolous nuisance lawsuits, and bureaucratic mandates on behalf of special-interest renewable-energy rent seekers.”
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ARTICLES
Which state do you think has the highest poverty rate? Must be Mississippi or Alabama or one of those Southern states. No it’s California. Our progressive, income redistributing state which accounts for 12% of the country’s population is home to about 1 in 3 of all U.S. welfare recipients. The California poverty rate exceeds 20% when the national average is around 15%. It is not as though California policy makers have neglected to wage their assault on poverty. Since 1992 California has spent nearly $1 trillion on benefit programs. Clearly it hasn’t worked. Then again paying poor people to be poor never does.

Jonah Goldberg:  The lunacy of kicking ‘beauty’ out of the Miss America pageant.

One of the most ironic things about the constant "toxic masculinity" complaints that we hear these days is that we live in an overly feminized culture where most of the "toxic" males seem to have either been raised without fathers or claim to be adherents of feminism. The statistics on men raised without fathers are grim almost beyond belief: 70% of gang members, high school dropouts, teen suicides...and teen substance abusers come from single mother homes.  80% of rapists and 85% of all youths sitting in prison come from single mother homes.

Pat Buchanan:  The Old GOP is Dead
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GOOD WEBSITES
Amazing colorized photos of D-Day landing

Helicopter flight over the Hawaiian lava fields.
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WISE WORDS
“To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this noble end and aim.”
              -James Wilson