Sunday, October 5, 2014

op ed review 10/05



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Labor Participation Rate Drops To 36 Year Low; Record 92.6 Million Americans Not In Labor Force

One in five U.S. workers was laid off in the past five years and about 22% of those who lost their jobs still haven't found another one

Obama reveals what’s behind his immigration strategy:  “Fired Up Obama to Immigration Activists: 'No Force On Earth Can Stop Us' 'Si se puede, si votamos! Yes, we can, if we vote!'  "The clearest path to change is to change [the voter turnout] number."
Obama Tells Hispanic Caucus He 'Rode Over' From White House With 2 Illegal Aliens
Unaccompanied minors who crossed the border this summer have been moved to communities in nearly every state.   The Supreme Court has ruled that schools have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status, so schools have become a safe haven
California Gives $3 Million to Groups Providing Free Legal Aid to Illegal Aliens

A new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report reveals that President Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings in the 2,079 days of his presidency.  The alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. “….members of the Defense establishment were “flabbergasted” by Obama’s attempt to shift blame.”
A Canadian member of the loathed Islamic State claimed the group is plotting an attack on New York City — and will one day fly its flag over the White House. “A lot of brothers are mobilizing there right now.”
Pentagon Official: The President Is Lying To America — About Us, And About ISIS
ISIS beheads another.  US war veteran next?

All three major election forecasting models saw an uptick in the likelihood of Republicans winning the six seats they need to retake the Senate majority over the past week, movement largely due to the party's strengthened chances in Alaska, Colorado and Iowa.
How big could the House Republican majority get in November? Maybe the biggest its been in 85 years…. One of the country´s leading independent political handicappers broadened its assessment of how many House seats Republicans are likely to win this fall.
The Senate’s minority whip is confident about Republicans being the majority in the 114th Congress — if conservatives can set aside differences and work to combat the massive influx of donor cash that has Democratic campaigns ahead in the money race.

The stage, drapes, and sound system for an 18-minute speech by President Obama cost taxpayers nearly $100,000.

Northeast loses 40% of House seats as people flee high-tax states

For the first time, Russia, which is in the midst of a major strategic nuclear modernization, has more deployed nuclear warheads than the United States.
According to FBI crime statistics, far more people are murdered with fire than are killed in mass shootings. Moreover, the number of people killed each year with "personal weapons," such as "feet" and "fists," nearly eclipses the number of people killed in mass shootings. But The New York Times' headline on September 24 read: "FBI Confirms Sharp Rise in Mass Shootings Since 2000."

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz won the Value Voters Summit presidential straw poll on Saturday. he drew standing ovations with a religious and emotional speech that blasted ObamaCare, congressional Democrats and called for Republicans to take over the White House in 2016.  Cruz also won the straw poll in 2013. Coming in second was neurosurgeon Ben Carson,

Swiss voters rejected a plan for a seismic shift from the country´s all-private health insurance system to a state-run scheme. Referendum results showed that almost 62 percent of voters had shot down a reform pushed by left-leaning parties which say the current private system is busting the budgets of ordinary residents. The results also underlined the national divisions over the hotly-contested issue as the country´s German-speaking regions voted against the plan, while their French-speaking counterparts were in favor….. (it figures…)
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Charles Hurt  10/3
The world’s supply of experimental Ebola drug runs dry just as U.S. troops are deployed to West Africa by a commander-in-chief who has never appeared to have much use for the military as an actual military force. He has deployed them there to fight, in all seriousness, the Ebola virus.

A week later, the commander is pictured stepping off Marine One. He offers the Marines guarding him with their lives a lazy half-salute, not even bothering to remove the paper coffee cup from his right hand. Can one be blamed for wondering if just maybe this president doesn’t like America’s armed forces? Or, perhaps the better question is: How can anyone claim that President Obama has the thinnest shred of respect for America’s warriors when he goes and does something like this?

Of course, he did not plan for the world’s supply of ZMapp to vanish just as he deployed troops into the single most devastating outbreak of Ebola in known history. But the idea that — even with all the real militaristic threats we face around the world — the president chooses to send 3,000 soldiers into Liberia to somehow combat a deadly, highly-contagious virus is beyond explanation.

We are told our soldiers are supposed to train medical personnel. For what, how to use a bayonet? We are told our soldiers are supposed to help set up new medical facilities. So, we are going to take the finest, most lethally effective military in world history and send them into a petri dish of death to set up tables and cots?

Dear Lord, what an insult. That would be like sending thousands of troops up the cliffs above Omaha and Utah beaches — to fight the bubonic plague. The Kafkaesque absurdity of it is something that even Franz Kafka could not dream up.

Walking through a cemetery last week, I met a young veteran. He served in Afghanistan, where he had both his legs blown off and his right arm and hand pretty much shredded from the elbow down. He is, of course, right-handed. “I was lucky,” he said. “The bird got to me in about 20 minutes.”

How a young man balancing on two metal sprigs can now speak of "being lucky" I will never fully comprehend. I asked him if he was following all the recent talk of redeploying troops to the Middle East. His eyes flickered with rage. Then they went vacant. He said he doesn’t follow any of it anymore.

“I just don’t understand why we gave up everything we gained over there,” he said, huffing a little as he sprang from one leg to the next. He told me that he struggles with being bitter and angry about all of it. The lost territory. His lost legs. All of his lost comrades. He himself was blown up a full three years after the current president was elected on the apparently whimsical promise to end the wars.

He’s got a dog now and he said that helps with the anger and forces him to get around more on his metal legs. “These work a whole lot better than the first ones I got,” he said. Also lifting his spirits is that he wants to become a police officer.

“But I got to learn to shoot again,” he said, raising his right hand and straining his index finger, still stripped of flesh nearly to the bone. “It was a lot of nerve damage.”
These young men and women who volunteer to serve their country and defend our liberty are literally willing to lay down their lives for us and this country. They will even give up half their body and come home talking about how “lucky” they were.

All they ask is that our politicians send them only on missions worthy of their sacrifice.


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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“Unfortunately for our nation’s future and that of the world, we see giving handouts as the most important function of government rather than its most basic function: defending us from barbarians.”
                 -Walter Williams
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LEFTIST WATCH
“For a product of the radical Left like Obama, terrorism is a regrettable but understandable consequence of American arrogance. That it happens to involve Muslims is just the coincidental fallout of Western imperialism in the Middle East, not the doctrinal command of a belief system that perceives itself as engaged in an inter-civilizational conflict. For the Left, America has to be the culprit. Despite its inbred pathologies, which we had no role in cultivating, Islam must be the victim, not the cause. As you’ll hear from Obama’s Islamist allies, who often double as Democrat activists, the problem is “Islamophobia,” not Muslim terrorism.”

An article appearing in a Liberian newspaper by an American professor teaching at a taxpayer funded university accuses the US Department of Defense of deliberately infecting Africans with the Ebola virus.

Leading Democrat insider calls for scrapping the Constitution.     Donna Brazile, vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee for voter registration and participation. “We need a new constitution (to) save American democracy from charlatans, loudmouths and the 1 percent.”  

In a move that should be seen as a slap in the face to law enforcement officers, everywhere, the students of Goddard College in Vermont have selected convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to deliver the school’s Fall commencement address.

 “Washington Post hires author of ´The Republican War on Science´ to cover the environment”
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ISLAM
ISIS beheads three women.
“Colleen Hufford of Moore Oklahoma may be missing her head, but the real victims are Muslims, or so we are being asked to believe. In fact, according to the Imam of the Islamic Institute of Boston, Islam suffers a “double hurt.” And here I thought Ms. Hufford had it bad. The imam should know, after all, it was his Institute’s “resident scholar” who was reportedly the former imam of the Oklahoma mosque attended by Alton Alexander Nolen, aka Jah’Keem Yisrael, who wielded the knife separating Ms. H’s head from her body.”

A second Oklahoma Muslim arrested for allegedly threatening to behead a co-worker.  “Mr. Muriithi threatened her……called himself a Muslim and said Islamic State fighters beheading Christians “is just what we do.”    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/sep/28/2nd-oklahoma-man-threatened-behead-coworker-police/#ixzz3EjOoJHJ3 ____________________________________________________________________________

GLOBALONEY
Hundreds of thousands marched in New York recently for climate “justice” in “The People’s Climate March,” convinced that human industry is heating the earth to apocalyptic levels. Naturally there was a religious auxiliary to the Global Warming jamboree in the form of the Interfaith Summit on Climate Change, sponsored by the World Council of Churches, among others. And of course it included earth-friendly worship at the flamboyant Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine, whose theologically provocative services some critics have labeled earth worship.

Colon:  After reviewing all the photos and articles written about last week´s Climate March in Manhattan, I have come to the conclusion that there were only two main elements on parade - communism and Idiocracy. For those who are unfamiliar with that last term, it is derived from the 2006 film Idiocracy that is best described by Wikipedia: a futuristic " dystopian society wherein advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism have run rampant and dysgenic pressure has resulted in a uniformly unthinking society devoid of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility , and coherent notions of justice and human rights." …….It was not hard to figure out who the communists were as they waving the anti-capitalism signs and wearing Karl Marx t-shirts while passing out the communist newsletters. The very fact that it was called the 'People's" Climate March should have been a giveaway…..
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0914/colon093014.php3#CVLtt6Xh7ggjAh2e.99

The “walrus crisis” is the Left’s latest effort to bully us into electing Democrats.  It’s all bunk.
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ARTICLES
David Stockman:  Uncle Sam’s $8 Trillion Annual Debt Churn: Why Washington Is Petrified Of Honest Interest Rates.  The only way that this game can continue is if the U.S. government can continue to borrow gigantic piles of money at ridiculously low interest rates. And our current standard of living greatly depends on the continuation of this game. If something comes along and rattles this Ponzi scheme, life in America could change radically almost overnight. In the United States today, we have a heavily socialized system that hands out checks to nearly half the population…..In fact, more than 70 percent of all federal spending goes to “dependence-creating programs”, and the government runs approximately 80 different “means-tested welfare programs” right now.  But the big problem is that the government is giving out far more money than it is taking in, so it has to borrow the difference.  As long as we can continue to borrow at super low interest rates, the status quo can continue…..

 “I predict that if we continue implementing Common Core, average students will drop out of math as early as they are allowed.  Even math-bright students will hate math.  Tutoring companies will proliferate to serve wealthy families.  The educational gap between rich and poor will widen.  If we want to destroy math and science education in this country, keep Common Core.”
Mark Levin’s Simple Plan to Put a Conservative in the White House

 Clash of the Progressive Pieties:  A lesbian couple complains that its baby is the “wrong” race.……  parenthood is not simply another experience that you purchase, like a vacation, and children are not — not yet — products to be built to your specifications. A model of parenthood dominated by the mandate to satisfy the parents’ needs rather than those of the children will be forever defective. But it is, increasingly, the model we have. It’s a perverse consequence of the times in which we live: Cultural and economic pressures see to it that many young women spend their most fertile years trying desperately to avoid motherhood and then spend their least fertile years trying, with the same desperation, to conceive. It’s cruel. A strange thing: Nothing in the modern world has contributed to the devaluation of women as pitilessly as has the reduction of motherhood to the status of a take-out order of ovum foo young, and yet nothing is held so sacred by feminists. I cannot imagine that when the early feminists wrote about the “commodification of women” that they ever imagined it would get so literal, with product warranties and all.”
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
Nine ideas for a new Contract with America

An Army veteran wounded in Iraq made a unique ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 of the NL Division Series, crawling toward the mound and then lobbing the baseball as if it were a grenade.  The crowd goes nuts.

Fast food employees list 14 items off the menu they would NEVER try and neither should you
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WISE WORDS
"I hope it is practicable, by improving the mind and morals of society, to lessen the disposition to war; but of its abolition I despair."
                   -Thomas Jefferson


Saturday, September 20, 2014

op ed review 9/21



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Top military official opens door to ground troops in ISIS fight, despite Obama pledge of “no boots on the ground”
Retired Head Of Marine Corps says “Obama’s ISIS Strategy Doesn’t Have ‘A Snowball’s Chance In Hell Of Succeeding’”
Reports Warn Of ISIS Terrorist Cells Coming Across The Mexican Border
Four known terrorists were apprehended at the US border in Texas on September 10 – the day before the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

What will this do for recruitment?:  “In response to the growing Ebola crisis, the U.S. says it will send 3,000 troops to Liberia to “fight the disease.”

President Obama has declined to attend a dedication ceremony in October for a new memorial honoring American veterans who have been disabled fighting for their country in wars.

Obama Fundraises Every Five Days

This will only get worse:  “A new report has found nearly 1 in 10 Americans are showing up to work high on marijuana.”

Politico reports that "long-simmering doubts" and a renewed lack of confidence in DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz from the White House, congressional Dems and other Washington Democrats has Schultz struggling to try and hold onto her job.

How perfectly Clintonian: “While a crowd of several thousand Democrats waited on a sloping, grassy field below, Mrs Clinton, her husband and Senator Harkin staged a mini-grilling of steaks for the press at a single barbecue grill in a fenced-off enclosure, framed by a handsome tree and a picnic table filled with some patient Iowans. Mrs Clinton gamely posed, pretending to grill a steak that had been pre-cooked for her.”

More Biden gaffes:   Vice President Joe Biden drew fire from a prominent Jewish group on Tuesday after he described unscrupulous bankers who prey on servicemen and servicewomen deployed overseas as “Shylocks” a term frequently condemned as an anti-Semitic caricature.
Hours after apologizing for his anti-semitic slur, Biden described Lee KuanYew of Singapore as “the wisest man in the Orient.” The terms “orient” and “oriental” are considered widely outdated and offensive to Asians.

The US energy industry has been warning for years that the Obama EPA’s caps on carbon emissions will lead to several bad outcomes for Americans, including skyrocketing energy prices and even brownouts and blackouts. The EPA’s Janet McCabe was testifying in the House today on the agency’s plan to cap carbon emissions. And then the power went out….

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants Democratic candidates to win, but it may be more important that Republican candidates lose. That may explain why Democrats in two key races with implications for Senate control have dropped their bids, strengthening the odds for third-party candidates while creating tougher contests for Republicans.

Although state polling shows the GOP slipping some in the Republican quest to win the U.S. Senate, a New York Times/CBS News poll reveals that President Obama is polling worse than George W. Bush on issues important to voters, while the GOP is gaining strength.

Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to “separate” damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating Benghazi security lapses.
“..senior aides convened an after-hours boiler room operation to sift through Benghazi-related documents and separate out those that might be damaging to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

Pelosi is furious: ‘We never treated President Bush the way they treat President Obama’

This sounds a little creepy:  Department of Justice is launching a new program that will train "community leaders" like teachers and social workers to monitor their communities and watch for “radicals.”. Targets will be “those who would sow intolerance, division, and hate in the homeland.”

Gov. Bobby Jindal says Americans are clamoring for a “hostile takeover” of Washington, D.C. That means not just talking about repealing Obamacare, Jindal continued, but taking measures to repeal and replace it.

 “John Kerry Says 40 Countries Have Joined Obama’s Coalition Against ISIS – But Nobody Knows Who They Are”    By comparison, former President George W. Bush put together a 48 member coalition for the Iraq War in 2003 and everyone knew who they were. Despite these numbers the liberal media continues to push the lie that Bush “went it alone” in Iraq.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Mark Alexander
Losing the Half-Century War on Poverty

We were only a few short years into the War on Terror when the Left demanded we pull the plug because of a lack of results. Yet 50 years into the War on Poverty declared by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, we’ve spent an estimated $22 trillion trying to alleviate poverty with little to show for it.

One in seven Americans still live in poverty, roughly the same rate as when the policies began to take effect in the late 1960s. The 2013 poverty rate of 14.5% was the first decline in the year-over-year rate since 2006, as the 2012 rate was 15%. But even during flush economic times, we’ve never driven the poverty rate below 10%.

Despite the stagnation in the poverty rate, the changes wrought by Johnson’s “Great Society” have manifested themselves in a number of societal ills that were uncommon five decades ago. Many of those stem from an out-of-wedlock birthrate that has skyrocketed from single-digits in 1964 to over 40% today. With the marriage rate in steep decline, we could call it the era of the “baby daddy” – despite recent U.S. Census reports indicating a female-headed single-parent family is five times more likely to be poor than a married-couple one. Marriage really does matter.

On the other hand, to be poor in this day and age carries with it a number of advantages even middle-class families could only dream of a generation or two ago. Contrary to popular perception, the average poverty-level family likely has a car (and perhaps two) as well as their own place to live, whether a single-family home or apartment – less than one in 10 live in a mobile home or trailer. Just 4% of those considered poor are homeless at some point during a calendar year, according to Census Bureau statistics. (The Heritage Foundation has done an outstanding study detailing these and other facts about our poor.)

The dirty little secret about America’s “poor” is that most of the dozens of means-tested government programs aren’t considered income for recipients. If these programs were given an income equivalent, only a tiny percentage of the 45.3 million Americans who fall below the poverty line would be considered poor and the perceived need for these programs would decrease. Last year the Cato Institute put out a controversial study claiming that welfare programs in many states paid more than minimum wage jobs, providing a disincentive to work but a tremendous incentive to vote in such a way as to assure the gravy train will continue to roll. The more people who are touched by government assistance, the easier it is for politicians distributing the “help” to maintain power. As the saying goes, those who rob Peter to pay Paul can always count on the vote of Paul.

In short, the Great Society has created the great dependent underclass, a massive voting bloc that is now beholden to statists. No longer do we hear of the generation too proud to accept “relief” from the government. And no longer do we subject our dependent class to the humiliation of cashing welfare checks or counting out food stamps – now it’s as easy as swiping a credit card, only with no payment due. Meanwhile, those from the faith-based community who used to provide for society’s less fortunate by providing a hand up rather than a handout are more and more shut out of the process.

The stated intention of the Great Society was to simply provide the tools to bring people out of poverty – they still had to do the work. But work is hard and handouts are easy, and that simple truism has brought us to the unsustainable situation we’re in today, with no end in sight unless radical change comes from the very government that has become the vote-gathering provider to so many. It won’t be under this regime, of course, as Barack Obama has put us on a path to throw another $13 trillion at the problem over the next fruitless decade.


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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"The demographic groups that voted most heavily for Barack Obama in 2012 have suffered the most from this president’s economic policies. … I looked at the most recent Census Bureau data as analyzed by statisticians from Sentier Research. … According to the Sentier research, single women with and without children present saw their incomes fall by roughly 5 percent. Those age 25-34 experienced an income decline of 4.4 percent. Black heads of households saw their income tumble by 7.7 percent, while the income of Hispanic heads of households fell 5.6 percent. In other words, many of these groups experienced double the income fall than the average voter. Oh and by the way, the poor and unskilled that Mr. Obama says he cares so much about saw their incomes fall by 7.4 percent for those with less than a high-school diploma and 8.2 percent for those with only a high-school diploma. … Income redistribution isn’t an economic strategy for growth. It’s a lifeboat strategy. … The poor and minorities have taken the big hit – and that’s the real injustice of Obamanomics.”
                -Stephen Moore

“Bill Clinton and George W. Bush spoke onstage together at the Newseum in Washington to launch a scholarship program. They have a great act. George W. Bush talks about the importance of faith and family for thirty minutes and then Bill Clinton delivers the rebuttal.”
               -Argus Hamilton
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LEFTIST WATCH
Hillary in trouble from Left?   Emails sent by liberal activists and obtained by The Hill reveal significant dissatisfaction with Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.
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GLOBALONEY
A Broadway-styled musical play has gone down to disastrous failure both critically and from audiences, despite having been funded by tax dollars to push global warming. "The Great Immensity," was just as advertised; immense. Not just an immense bomb, but according to one Congressman an immense waste of the $700,000 in tax dollars spent to float the production.
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BOOKS
There they go again. The New York Times Book Review, which has a history of belatedly recognizing conservative bestsellers, has banished conservative legal author David Limbaugh’s latest, Jesus on Trial, from its upcoming best seller list despite having sales better than 17 other books on the list.
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ISLAM
Islamist police in Saudi Arabia have stormed a Christian prayer meeting and arrested its entire congregation, including women and children, and confiscated their bibles.  The raid was the latest incident of a crackdown on religious minorities in Saudi Arabia by the country's Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.  The 28 Christians were said to be worshipping at the home of an Indian national in the eastern city of Khafji, when the police entered the building and took them into custody. They have not been seen or heard from since, raising concerns among human rights groups as to their whereabouts.
“We have a profoundly serious problem of illegal immigration, but we also have a problem of legal immigration, Unfortunately, it is a problem that can barely be discussed. Is there anyone who thinks the continued stream of Muslim immigration from countries with active jihadist groups is a good idea?”
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ARTICLES
“Stop Glorifying Football Players and Start Glorifying Soldiers”

Are conservative cities better than cities run by liberals? “As the great Democratic-run cities across the country—Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles—face fiscal calamity, America’s conservative cities are showing that there’s another way.”

There’s a lot of competition for Barack Obama’s biggest lie. The man who could assure the American public with a straight face over thirty times that they could keep their doctor under his health plan, when he knew that to be completely false, is one hellluva fibber. But execrable as that serial prevarication may have been, it doesn’t hold a proverbial candle to his most recent whopper — that the Islamic State is not Islamic — not to mention its corollary, or perhaps subsidiary lie, that real religions do not indulge in murder. Islam has been doing that pretty much straight
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
Not so popular anymore:  Obamagear is being marked down to fire sale prices.  Get your Obama diapers here.
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WISE WORDS
“The natural cure for an ill-administration, in a popular or representative constitution, is a change of men.”
                      -Alexander Hamilton