Sunday, March 18, 2018

op ed review 3/18

House Intel committee releases verdict in Russia probe: No collusion
Mainstream Networks Give Less than a Minute to House Committee’s ‘No Collusion’ Findings

Sessions fires McCabe before he can retire.
Channel surfing after the announcement was like being yanked into the Twilight Zone. On Fox, Laura Ingraham addressed the firing calmly from all sides along with her guests Sara Carter, Alan Dershowitz, Harmeet Dhillon and Jonathan Turley. Switch to CNN and one would be told that it was Trump who did the firing, that Sessions did it to keep his job. Barely mentioned was the fact that the recommendation to fire McCabe came from the FBI´s own Office of Personal Responsibility (OPR), an almost unprecedented event.

Republican loses special congressional race in Pennsylvania…..????   Paul Ryan SuperPAC sent a mailer to Pennsylvania CD-18 voters touting Democrat Lamb’s favorable position on gun ownership rights.
While viciously attacking Republicans for opposing gun control, Democrats are celebrating the victory of gun-loving Conor Lamb in the Pennsylvania special election. What would those student gun control protestors say if they knew about that?

CNN’s Bizarre Blackout On Democrats’ Farrakhan Scandal

ICE Director Fires Back at Nancy Pelosi: ´How Dare You´ Call ICE Agents ´Cowardly´

The Obama presidential campaign hired a company you may recognize, Fusion GPS, in 2012, to dig up dirt on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

How Democrats do politics:  Joe Biden’s Son’s Company Struck Billion-Dollar Deal with the Chinese Government 10 Days After Biden Trip to China

Without wall, illegal crossings expected to spike 70% in 2018

Palm Beach teenage jihadist who stabbed three people and killed one had extensive FBI monitoring… “FBI was mirroring his social media in real time; they knew he had contacts with ISIS; they knew he was behind international threats; the FBI was ‘actively‘ monitoring him; and all the officials met several times to discuss the likelihood his unstable behavior might lead to much worse.  But they didn’t want to take action, because he was a minor, and preferred “redirection” or diversionary programs to change his behavior.”

Collapsed FIU Bridge Was Funded by Obama Economic Stimulus Program Criticized for Shoddy, Politicized Review Process

Deplorables II:  Clinton tells India conference that “White Women Voted for Trump Because Their Husbands Told Them To”

Brent Bozell
A User's Guide To Media Coverage Of Political Protests

The leftist-organized wave of school walkouts on March 14 to protest gun violence is a classic example of the way protests are categorized by our news and entertainment media.

1. Liberal protests are authentic cries from the grass roots; conservative protests are "AstroTurf." How homegrown were these liberal walkouts? They were organized weeks ago by the Women's March on Washington leftists. Liberal parents forced school administrators to knuckle under and allow the walkouts without punishment. They were supported by passionate media coverage and media conglomerates like Viacom, which dedicated 17 minutes of airtime to show solidarity.

So, was this organized political activism? Helaine Olen at The Washington Post noted a bunch of this activity and then claimed that the idea that students were being "manipulated by greater adult left-wing forces" is "conspiracy theorizing" and "absurd."

1a. This week's corollary: Liberal protests by children, organized and promoted by adults, are to be celebrated as child-generated. But conservative children going to a protest are uneducated robots influenced by their ministers or parents.

Who are these kids anyway? The Washington Post celebrated the walkouts with the front-page headline "We're the Next Generation." Liberals represent everybody. We are the world and all that.

But when tens of thousands of teenagers attend the March for Life across the country, the national media ignore them — unless it's to expose the nefarious nature of those Christian zealots. In 2017, the media site Vocativ found Catholic young adults who felt they had been used. "I was in 5th grade when I started going to the march," Miranda O'Shea complained. "At that time we barely even knew what an abortion was, let alone the real meanings behind it." Another woman said: "I really feel for the kids under 18 that get bussed in. I don't really think they should go to the event until they've reached a point where they can decide if they want to go."

2. Liberal protests are newsworthy because they're disruptive; conservative protests are too orderly to be worth discussing. The news angle with the gun protests was the disobedience involved in walking out, something to be celebrated. Leftist protests demand police activity because leftists break stuff, and they demand to be arrested because it somehow makes them heroic. One hundred thousand conservatives could show up on the National Mall in our nation's capital and not leave behind so much as a candy wrapper on the ground. Bo-ring.

3. Finally, liberal protests are somehow not political. When co-host Meghan McCain stated the facts on these marches on "The View" — a show that advocates passing gun control legislation and sticking it to the National Rifle Association — Whoopi Goldberg was outraged. She said: "Let's stick to what this particular march is today. ... It's not political." What will Whoopi claim next? That "The View" isn't political either?

The Women's March organizers of this walkout wanted to protest not just gun violence but also racism, police brutality and how "the United States has exported gun violence through imperialist foreign policy to destabilize other nations." That's superpolitical.

This whole process — liberal reporting followed by liberal protests — is one organized political campaign. The media start the outrage machine, demanding a liberal course of action, and the protests are organized to keep the story fresh by taking the demand for action to the streets.
Any political analysis of this modus operandi leads liberals to make bizarre arguments, as if the protesters represent the entire public and their agenda is so universally supported it's no longer political. This gaseous bubble must be popped by conservatives for what it is: "fake news," not facts.

Also worth a read:  “Man of Steel”

“Ironically, [Hillary Clinton speaking in India] claimed that Trump’s voters wouldn’t want an Indian getting ahead. But it was Republican voters in Louisiana and South Carolina who elected Indian-Americans as governors, Donald Trump who appointed an Indian-American as UN Ambassador, and it was Clinton allies who opposed and savaged both Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley.”
                   -Erick Erickson

“Waiting for liberals to celebrate Gina Haspel as first female CIA chief… Oh no, wait… liberals can’t celebrate her accomplishments. She’s a REPUBLICAN.”
                   -Liz Wheeler

K-12: The War on Boys and Men

Dennis Prager:  “America Is the Best Place in History for Racial Minorities”  But never good enough for the Left….

Why We Must Be Bold on Welfare Reform

“He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.”
                     -Benjamin Franklin

Sunday, March 11, 2018

op ed review 3/11

“The statement tonight by South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong is so jaw-dropping in significance it has left the professional diplomatic apparatus stunned.”

Trump administration sues California over laws protecting illegal immigrants

To hear Never Trumpers (and a few Trumpkins) tell the story, Donald Trump is the first president since Hoover to impose a tariff on imported products. Actually, "The International Trade Commission lists over 12,000 specific tariffs on imports to America. Hundreds of agricultural, textile, and manufacturing items are highly protected."

U.S. Household Net Worth Pushes Further Into Record Territory…..Household wealth rose more than $2 trillion in the fourth quarter with help from rising stock and home prices.
Nonfarm payrolls increase by 313,000 in February vs. 200,000 est.

Trump's education budget puts students ahead of special interests

Delta Airlines officials are reeling from public reaction to their virtue signaling when they ended discounts for National Rifle Association members. 13 discounted tickets cost them a $50 million tax break.

Russian funding of U.S. environmental groups shows how real collusion is done.

Violent criminals among illegal immigrants caught in California raid derailed by Democrat mayor.
Mexican man (Living in Mexico) assumes American's identity for 37 years, steals $361,000 in government benefits.

More Than 30,000 Callers Blast ABC over View Co-Host Joy Behar’s ‘Anti-Christian Bigotry’

CONFESSIONS OF A CONGRESSIONAL STAFFER: “After Tariff Announcement Mueller Ordered To Escalate Trump Investigation”

The Australian diplomat whose tip started the whole Russia- probe has tie to Clintons.

Dems Delay Trump’s Judicial Nominees by Running Out the Clock…..Led by Chuck Schumer, Senate minority requires 30 hours of 'debate' for each nominee, including those with near-unanimous support

ABC tries to get Dolly Parton to trash Trump and her answer is brilliant: “(better to) keep your damn mouth shut (about politics)…”

Mark Levin´s New Fox News Show Raises the Bar with Rep. Nunes Interview

Walter Williams  3/3
A liberal-created failure that goes entirely ignored is the left's harmful agenda for society's most vulnerable people -- the mentally ill. Eastern State Hospital, built in 1773 in Williamsburg, Virginia, was the first public hospital in America for the care and treatment of the mentally ill. Many more followed. Much of the motivation to build more mental institutions was to provide a remedy for the maltreatment of mentally ill people in our prisons. According to professor William Gronfein at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, by 1955 there were nearly 560,000 patients housed in state mental institutions across the nation. By 1977, the population of mental institutions had dropped to about 160,000 patients.
Starting in the 1970s, advocates for closing mental hospitals argued that because of the availability of new psychotropic drugs, people with mental illness could live among the rest of the population in an unrestrained natural setting. According to a 2013 Wall Street Journal article by Dr. E. Fuller Torrey, founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center, titled "Fifty Years of Failing America's Mentally Ill," shutting down mental hospitals didn't turn out the way advocates promised. Several studies summarized by the Treatment Advocacy Center show that untreated mentally ill are responsible for 10 percent of homicides (and a higher percentage of the mass killings). They are 20 percent of jail and prison inmates and more than 30 percent of the homeless.
We often encounter these severely mentally ill individuals camped out in libraries, parks, hospital emergency rooms and train stations and sleeping in cardboard boxes. They annoy passers-by with their sometimes intimidating panhandling. The disgusting quality of life of many of the mentally ill makes a mockery of the lofty predictions made by the advocates of shutting down mental institutions and transferring their function to community mental health centers, or CMHCs. Torrey writes: "The evidence is overwhelming that this federal experiment has failed, as seen most recently in the mass shootings by mentally ill individuals in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and Tucson, Ariz. It is time for the federal government to get out of this business and return the responsibility, and funds, to the states."
Getting the federal government out of the mental health business may be easier said than done. A 1999 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Olmstead v. L.C. held that under the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals with mental disabilities have the right to live in an integrated community setting rather than in institutions. The U.S. Department of Justice defined an integrated setting as one "that enables individuals with disabilities to interact with non-disabled persons to the fullest extent possible." Though some mentally ill people may have benefited from this ruling, many others were harmed -- not to mention the public, which must put up with the behavior of the mentally ill.
Torrey says it has now become politically correct to claim that this federal program failed because not enough centers were funded and not enough money was spent. But that's not true. Torrey says: "Altogether, the annual total public funds for the support and treatment of mentally ill individuals is now more than $140 billion. The equivalent expenditure in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy proposed the CMHC program was $1 billion, or about $10 billion in today's dollars. Even allowing for the increase in U.S. population, what we are getting for this 14-fold increase in spending is a disgrace."
The dollar cost of this liberal vision of deinstitutionalization of mentally ill people is a relatively small part of the burden placed on society. Many innocent people have been assaulted, robbed and murdered by mentally ill people. Businesspeople and their customers have had to cope with the nuisance created by the mentally ill. The police response to misbehavior and crime committed by the mentally ill is to arrest them. Thus, they are put in jeopardy of mistreatment by hardened criminals in the nation's jails and prisons. Worst of all is the fact that the liberals who engineered the shutting down of mental institutions have never been held accountable for their folly.

Forget Gun Control: Bring Back Mental Hospitals

“In the eternal search for perfect justice and equality, what starts out as liberal can quickly end up as progressively absurd. The logic of equality of result, rather than equality of opportunity, demands that there is always one more group, one more grievance, one more complaint against the shrinking and overwhelmed majority……..If we insist that the human experience is not tragic and cyclical but instead must always bend on some predetermined arc to absolute equality and fairness, then unfortunate results must follow. One, what is welcomed as progressive on Monday is derided as intolerable on Tuesday. … Second, when rules and regulations are always watered down as too exclusionary, the descent to no rules is quite short. The ultimate destination is nihilism and chaos. We see that now in Venezuela and Cuba — and increasingly in California as well.”
         -Victor Davis Hanson

Washington Post:  “It’s time to give socialism a try”

College student barred from class for claiming there are only two genders.

Must see, powerful:  Speech on Guns by Virginia Senate Candidate Causes Democrat Walk-Out, Goes Massively Viral Online

Trump is Reviving American Republicanism

In Texas, Democratic Blue Wave Surged But Did Not Look Like a Tsunami
Five bright spots for Republicans after Texas
They love Trump, but will they vote in November if he's not running? Control of Congress is at stake

Flippy The Burger-Flipping Robot Just Destroyed The Case For Minimum-Wage Hikes

In Rejecting U.S. Immigration Law, California Has A Role Model: The Confederacy

Before the blood had dried at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the left started its familiar blame game. They moved fast to try gun culture, especially the AR-15 and the National Rifle Association, in the court of public opinion, for they understood well that true understanding of a tragedy takes time. And the more time that passed, the more the facts would throw cold water on their anti-gun hysteria and attempts to circumvent the law of the land

“A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.”
           -Thomas Jefferson