Saturday, July 15, 2017

op ed review 7/16

President Trump’s speech to the Polish people wasn’t quite President Ronald Reagan telling Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, but in setting the tone for what may be called the “Trump Doctrine” it may be equally important in a historical context.
CNN’s Jeff Zeleny interpreted Mr. Trump’s Warsaw words as a racist “White America, America First kind of speech.” Mr. Zeleny and many dozens of other writers and talkers for U.S. newspapers, magazines and TV networks have declared war on American exceptionalism…..”

Leftist G20 protesters get more violent, burning cars and injuring over 160 police officers
The Mayor of New York joins them. “When the mayor of the capital city of global capitalism hops a plane to protest the G-20 meeting now underway in Germany, it’s not unreasonable to wonder: Will he be wearing his Che Guevara T-shirt? Didn’t he honeymoon in Havana, after all?”

Amid the firestorm over the new revelations about Donald Trump Jr´s contact with a Russian lawyer during the campaign, it´s worth noting that another candidate´s associates engaged in "collusion" with a foreign government: Hillary Clinton´s allies and the Ukrainian government teamed up to coordinate anti-Trump material.
“This is not an accusation. This is an on-the-record action that they took….”
The public record also shows that Democrats have willfully used Moscow disinformation to influence the presidential election against Donald Trump and attack his administration.
A Democrat (and ex-CIA) says: Trump is right, Democrats did spread the ´British dossier´ - so did the intel community.

Has Russia secretly funneled money to environmental groups opposed to oil and gas drilling? “If you connect the dots, it is clear that Russia is funding U.S. environmental groups in an effort to suppress our domestic oil and gas industry, specifically hydraulic fracking.”

It’s about time.  Department of Veterans Affairs officials have fired more than 500 misbehaving employees since January.

The National Foundation of the Arts and Humanities is giving millions of taxpayer dollars to nonprofits with assets of over $1 billion., a transparency watchdog group, released a report this week highlighting egregious examples of arts funding going towards museums, universities, and nonprofit organizations that hardly need federal funding.

Police officer who categorized a transgender woman as male on a citation is reprimanded. Now the entire Fort Lauderdale Police Department must undergo extra training on how to properly treat transgender people, a city panel has decided.
A painting of Jesus Christ on the cross was left on a fence outside the Hillside Islamic Center in Long Island, New York. The police are investigating the incident as a “hate crime.”

How Good Morning America hides George Stephanopoulos’  “little-boyish mini-legs”
Senator Maria Cantwell beclowns herself on Senate floor.

House Republicans said Tuesday they’ve included $1.6 billion in funding for President Trump’s border wall in their new homeland security spending bill, setting up fight with Democrats who have vowed to block any wall funding

Seattle´s wealthiest would become the first Washington state residents to pay an income tax under legislation approved by the City Council.

Democrats in the California state legislature are asking lobbyists to provide data on the race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation of their firms’ employees — meanwhile the state refuses to give voter data to President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission.

Senate Democrats are blocking President Trump´s political nominees at unprecedented rates:  "The Senate is conducting the slowest confirmation process in American history."

Women´s marchers hired armed guards to protect them during protest against the NRA

Judicial Watch released 448 pages of documents from the U.S. Department of State revealing new incidents of Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, providing special State Department treatment to major donors to the Clinton Foundation and political campaigns.

The Stupid Party?    “The Republican-led House decisively approved a defense policy bill on Friday that declares climate change a national security threat, demands rigorous oversight of the Pentagon’s cyber operations and rejects the Trump administration’s bid to close (unneeded) military bases.….closing excess installations would save $10 billion over a five-year period.”
The House rejected a proposal that would have required the Secretary of Defense to conduct a study of “Islamic religious doctrines, concepts or schools of thought” that could be used to radicalize or recruit Islamic terrorists. The amendment offered by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., was defeated by a vote of 208-217. There were 27 Republicans who crossed the aisle to vote against the measure.

Vatican Press Lashes Out At Catholic Trump Voters, Calls Steve Bannon "A Supporter Of Apocalyptic Geopolitics"

Selwyn Duke   7/14

The obsession with Donald Trump Jr.’s “Russian” email chain is just the latest example of what the Media/Democrat Party/Establishment Axis does best: engage in misdirection to confuse people about who America’s real enemies are.

Now, since the emails are currently Exhibit A in Trump treason allegations, let’s talk about treason. No, we don’t have to go back to when Senator Ted Kennedy secretly approached the murderous Soviets and asked for help defeating Ronald Reagan in 1984. That’s too old and too obvious. But try this on for size.

We’ve now learned that U.S. soldier Ikaika Erik Kang, just arrested for Islamic State ties, expressed allegiance to the group as early as 2011, which is a bit like a serviceman having expressed support for the Nazis during WWII. Instead of being immediately put in the stockade, however, Barack Obama’s military and FBI, the Daily Mail reports, “investigated to determine whether he posed a threat, authorities said.” They must have still been wondering in 2013, because that’s when they gave Kang back his security clearance after having revoked it the year before.

This clearly was part of the leftist Obama mentality that sought to elevate anything contrary to Americanism. It didn’t matter that Kang had already threatened “to hurt or kill other service members back in 2011,” as the Mail relates it. It doesn’t matter that he could have been the next Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 at Ford Hood in 2009 after he, too, expressed jihadist sentiments but wasn’t stopped. Hey, if you want to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.

Some will point out that the Left’s enabling of intra-military jihad isn’t, technically speaking, treason. That’s true. Neither is what Trump Jr. did, with experts saying it wasn’t illegal. But we’re talking here about treason in spirit, often worse than the illegal variety.

The Trumps also aren’t inviting aliens into the nation to overwhelm the natives. But that’s precisely what the Left has been doing for ages via immigration, with Obama ratcheting the process up to a fever pitch. He used every trick in the book — granting gratuitous “refugee” status, ceasing border enforcement, etc. — to ensure that as many non-Americans as possible would occupy America.

Obama did this because, as the Daily Caller reported in 2015, he believes “immigration will drown conservatism.” Actually, it drowns Americanism. But the Left knows what it’s doing. Eighty-five percent of our legal immigrants come from the Third World (also, in part, Ted Kennedy’s handiwork); 70 to 90 percent of them vote for leftist Democrats upon being naturalized. Obama hailed this, mind you, how becoming a “hodgepodge of folks” extinguishes Americanism.

No, he wasn’t as blunt as Swedish Social Democrat and soul mate Mona Sahlin, who said, alluding in 2001 to “her nation’s” immigration-born changes, “[T]he Swedes must be integrated into the new Sweden; the old Sweden is never coming back.” But what do you call people who import foreigners for the purposes of disempowering and defeating fellow countrymen? What do you call those who use demographic genocide against “their own people”? At least, I guess, they aren’t doing it via email.

In his famous quotation, Roman statesman Marcus Cicero remarked 2000 years ago that “the traitor appears not a traitor.” This is especially true today because the Left has made treason the norm, birthing something I’ll call “treasonism.” It inverts reality and institutionalizes treason, creating a situation in which desiring to secure your border and stem a foreign invasion makes you a xenophobe, complaining about another nation’s flag flown in your own country gets you fired and branded a hater.

American high-tech workers are replaced with foreigners, whom they’re forced to train. An illegal alien is called an “undocumented worker” (much like calling a rapist an undocumented husband). Warning of your nation’s demographic and cultural genocide makes you a “racist.”
defending Western civilization, as Trump did in Poland recently, brings accusations of “racial and religious paranoia.”

Add to this Obama’s/the Left’s efforts at foisting a contraception mandate on Christian entities, forcing private businessmen to cater events (e.g., faux weddings), removing historically present Christian symbols and sentiments from public property while opening the door to Satanism, Wicca and Islam, a complete betrayal of our cultural and religious tradition…In fact, it’s hard to think of anything authentically American the Left doesn’t aim to destroy. Say what we will about President Trump’s style and ideology, he’s not a treasonist. Trump is putting America first. The Left is trying to put America down.

The Trumps are accused of “colluding” with an enemy of America. Our leftists ARE enemies of America.

These are the things that matter. These are the matters that affect your life and those of your children and grandchildren. This leftist treasonism, if not entirely upended, will destroy our nation. Yet we’re worried about — and very well may vote next year based on — issues such as a stupid (but legal) email. Unbelievable.

“Liberal journalists would like everyone to forget how then-President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee engaged in a blatant strategy to solicit illegal foreign contributions from Asian sources before the 1996 presidential election.… After Clinton was easily re-elected, the DNC was forced to return more than $2.8 million in illegal or inappropriate donations……Few people remember this scandal because it was buried by those same news outlets that can’t stop talking about Russia.”
                    -L. Brent Bozell

“Here’s the truth: Trump isn’t a conspiratorial mastermind. He’s a man irked by empty criticisms and dedicated to kicking his enemies in their most vulnerable areas. Sometimes that looks like he’s reinforcing their theories. He isn’t. So long as the media insist that Trump is someone he isn’t, they’ll keep finding conspiracies that don’t fit the facts or the personality.”
                    -Ben Shapiro

Three members of the Cal State Fullerton College Republicans have been named in a lawsuit backed by the California Democratic Party in retaliation for their work to recall a state senator.

Leftist think tank advises:  Reconsider Caring For Your Kids Because Money Matters Most  “…giving up your career to care for your children is a huge financial mistake.”

Climate-change fearmongering has turned totally unhinged…..”One of the hallmarks of the “Ugly American” is the habit of thinking foreigners will understand what you’re saying if you just shout it louder and louder. The Ugly Environmentalist does something similar. He exaggerates the challenge of global warming by using ever more hysterical rhetoric, thinking that if the last doomsday prediction didn’t work, this one will.

First, it must be understood up front that in the grand scheme of things “transgender” people constitute a statistically insignificant portion of the population. They’re so exceedingly rare as to make almost any public-policy or political argument about their treatment by society a sideshow in a true sense. We’re not talking about 10 percent of the population who suffers from “gender dysphoria,” or even one percent. We’re talking about a small fraction of one percent. There may be more Amish people than transgender people. Somewhere there might be a transgender Amish person, who is sure to be interviewed by 60 Minutes……

A handful of conservative media, including the Drudge Report and radio talker Rush Limbaugh, are being singled out for instigating the 2016 "voter insurrection" that helped Republican Donald Trump foil Democrat Hillary Clinton´s sure-bet march to the White House.

Democrats have always dismissed Republican concerns about illegal voter registrations and evidence of fraudulent voting as pure fantasy. Why, no illegal immigrant would dream of voting in a U.S. election, despite demonstrating a penchant for lawbreaking by entering the U.S. illegally. “Top officials in the Democratic National Committee are worried about a sudden drop in voter registrations in Colorado……perhaps illegal immigants have registered in large numbers and now want to pull their names off the radar one step ahead of the law as the integrity of voter registrations and voting records are at long last being scrutinized - at the same time as an illegal immigration crackdown. 
The One Sentence That Explains Washington Dysfunction:  Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania explained why Republicans are having such trouble with health care. Speaking at a town hall during the July 4 recess, Toomey said, "I didn´t expect Donald Trump to win. I think most of my colleagues didn´t. So we didn´t expect to be in this situation."

1938, Kate Smith sings “God Bless America”

Fly over the surface of Pluto in stunning NASA video as New Horizons maps reveal the planet´s surface in unprecedented detail.

NASA just released photos of Jupiter that are clearer and closer than ever before. From just 5,600 miles away (9,000 kilometers), NASA´s Juno mission offers a new look at the planet´s famous Great Red Spot storm….

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they have resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they suppress.”
                  -Frederick Douglas

“There are those who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American Dream.”
                   -Archibald MacLeish

Friday, July 7, 2017

op ed review 7/9

President Trump gives powerful speech in Poland – “Today, on the site of the Warsaw Uprising, in the heart of democratic Poland, President Trump gave the most powerful speech of his presidency. In an echo of Reagan’s “tear down this wall” speech given 30 years ago last month, President Trump declared Poland’s defense of freedom and Western values an enduring “symbol of hope.”
“Trump showed a clear-eyed recognition of the threats from Russia and radical Islam, promised continued U.S. engagement in Europe, offered to support Poland against Moscow, and wrapped it all in a full-throated defense of Western civilization and its achievements.”

Trump trolls CNN:  “President Trump signaled Sunday that he’s ready to rumble with the mainstream news media — tweeting a video in which he takes down CNN with a vicious pro-wrestling move.” The doctored clip shows Trump using a “clothesline” maneuver to flatten an opponent with CNN’s logo in place of his head.
Mainstream Media Promotes Death & Mayhem While Accusing President Trump Of “Inciting Violence” against journalists.

While this was going on, the House of Representatives passed two bills:  H.R.1215, which caps medical malpractice lawsuits by restricting plaintiff non-economic damages to $250,000, and H.R.3003, also known as "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act", that would strip federal dollars from self-proclaimed "sanctuary" cities that shield residents from federal immigration authorities. The bill passed with a 257-167 vote, also mostly along party lines.

President Trump honors veterans at Celebrate Freedom Rally

PBS shocked by its own poll: More Americans Trust Trump Than the Media

NBC Decries Rise of Conservative Media for Creating Polarized Country, No Mention of MSNBC

Obama warns Americans about too much patriotism on July 4th weekend!

Not much interest from the media because they don’t involve the police:  102 shot, 15 fatally, in Chicago over July 4 holiday weekend.

A $400 billion proposal to create a universal healthcare plan for all Californians is pitting state Democratic leaders against each other in an acrimonious fight that has even spurred death threats

Progressive Journalists Outraged At The NRA For Pointing Out Leftist Violence

Investigator links Clintons To human trafficking in Haiti, then found dead of “suicide”.

A shocking study out of Britain suggests — are you sitting down? — President Trump’s aggressive statements on trade may actually be working to the benefit of the United States.

The admitted killer of an American Special Ops soldier in Afghanistan will receive $8 million in damages from the Canadian government, plus an official apology for mistreatment (at Gitmo). You read that right.

Liberals shocked and appalled:  “Justice Neil Gorsuch Votes Conservative 100 Percent Of The Time”

World gone crazy:  In the UK, leading doctors back NHS-funded womb transplants for biological males who identify as women.

There are two ways of looking at the Roman Catholic Church under the rule of Pope Francis: an increasingly tolerant, inclusive, mercy-based charity, or a spectator blood-sport between ideological rivals who will reconcile their differences. Under the second scenario, Francis just scored what might be a knockout punch. By removing Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Francis neutralized one of the few princes of the church whose job it was to call out the pope for his seemingly endless appetite for doctrinal change.
Vatican police break up drug fueled ‘gay orgy' at home of one of Pope Francis' advisors.

There's no doubt that President Trump is the most abused president in modern history – more so than George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Richard Nixon, all of whom caught their share of flak.  That's the judgment of Fox News's Brit Hume, who sees today's partisanship as "the most intensely hostile political atmosphere" in memory – in his case, a memory stretching back almost 50 years.  Hume believes that the treatment of President Trump is "the most biased coverage" he's ever seen…..

I wonder how Trump can stand it.  The president must be incredibly thick-skinned or possessed of a truly magnanimous soul.  Although he often defends himself by striking back, it's hardly proportional.  For every Trump tweet, there are thousands of attacks from the liberal media.

It's clear that the left is grasping at straws and has now descended into name-calling, the lowest form of rhetoric.  If the attacks were based on substance, they might be taken seriously.  But "crazy lunatic"?  That is the stuff of an affronted seven-year-old, not of an educated adult.

Now that Russiagate has unraveled and "collusion" has gained little traction, what's next?  More name-calling, accompanied by an endless string of groundless charges, all of them the purported basis for impeachment – everything from continuing refusal to release his tax returns to receiving "foreign emoluments."…..

The American media, including social media, is overwhelmingly anti-Trump.  The heart of the matter is that the left does not wish to make America great again.  Leftists wish to see America diminished.  They do not favor "America First," "more and better jobs for American workers," "lower taxes for individuals and businesses," "repealing and replacing Obamacare," "greater national security," "immigration security," and other Trump initiatives.  They favor fewer good jobs, higher taxes, less military spending, open borders, and bowing to the world outside the U.S.

The media are guilt-ridden over our national history, as they see it, of racism and class oppression.  They despise the middle class, and they live in a politically correct nightmare of benefiting from any sort of privilege or unfair advantage.  On the contrary, they are intent on conferring unfair advantages to minorities and the socially oppressed, especially when this diminishes the opportunities of the white middle class.

Trump stands in the way of this agenda of relinquishment and repudiation.  Once the American people, with Trump's help, turn their back on the politics of white guilt and income inequality, the progressive movement will deflate like a punctured balloon.  That's why they are in a panic to stop him. And that's why they must insist that Trump is the worst president in history.

Ironically, the better Trump does, the worse he can be made to appear with voters on the left.  Already, American mining and energy sectors have seen a resurgence, but what should be good news is bad, according to the left, whose intent is to kill off both sectors.  Already, key alliances have been strengthened with Britain and Saudi Arabia, among others, and border security has been improved.  But that's bad news for those who wish to weaken the U.S.  Already, economic projections have turned up – more bad news for the left, because with wage growth, more Americans are entering the much despised middle class. 

Yes, Trump is "guilty" of restoring jobs to the middle class, increasing national security, and blocking terrorism, to say nothing of proposed health care reform and tax cuts.  But in the eyes of the left, he is guilty of something worse: blatant disregard for what constitutes the moral basis of the American progressive movement – that is, political correctness and class guilt.  Trump's nonchalant disregard for the left's condemnation of America is the unforgivable sin.

Without race, class, and gender, and the guilt that for many attaches reflexively to each of these categories, the American left has no basis for existence.  The same goes for the mainstream media, much of which, as Brit Hume put it, has abandoned the idea that they should be "neutral" in presenting the news.  Hume is correct in suggesting that the media are now largely incapable of fair reporting.

Far from it.  Like the left in general, the mainstream media will continue portraying Trump as the worst president in history – even as he shows promise of becoming one of the best.

“What the 2013 fight showed, and what the current fight is showing again, is that the Republicans’ actual last chance to get rid of Obamacare was the 2012 election. That was before the health care law went into effect, before it touched millions of American lives, and when it could still be repealed without great disruption. But when Barack Obama won re-election and could safeguard (and prop up) Obamacare through its early years, the Republican chance to repeal was gone. Now Republicans are fighting among themselves over a bill that would make substantial changes in Obamacare but leave the structure of the law intact. And several GOP lawmakers — enough to scuttle any final agreement — are still afraid of cuts in subsidies, in coverage, and in the Medicaid expansion…… It all shows that Ted Cruz was right back in 2013. Once Obamacare’s subsidies and benefits began to flow, he reminded us, ‘this thing is here forever.’”
        -Byron York

How the Left Lost Its Mind

Jihad, the New Mental Illness

Study Finds ‘Temperature Adjustments’ Account For ‘Nearly All Of The Warming’ In Climate Data

Trump has driven CNN stark raving mad.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and his bride, Jane, have become the Bonnie and Clyde of national Democratic politics — the law is hot on their trail as the lovebirds restlessly move from one hideout to another. The difference, of course, is that Bonnie and Clyde were dirt poor, while Sen. Sanders, the 75-year-old Social Justice Warrior, reported an income of $1,052,000 last year. And Bonnie and Clyde lived in their car. Mr. and Mrs. Sanders own three fabulous homes — a four-bedroom in Burlington, a townhouse on Capitol Hill, as well as their new summer cottage on Lake Champlain.

Uncovering the Russia ties of Hillary’s campaign chief

In the past week election officials in dozens of states have rejected a request from the newly-formed Presidential Advisory Commission on Electoral Integrity to provide voter records for a study on the extent (if any) of election fraud…….“If the same voter information is offered for sale, why is it a matter of principle to refuse to provide it to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Electoral Integrity?”

“The same prudence which in private life would forbid our paying our own money for unexplained projects, forbids it in the dispensation of the public moneys.”
          -Thomas Jefferson