Saturday, June 26, 2010

op ed review 6/27


The number of Americans identifying themselves as conservative or very conservative stands at 42 percent according to new Gallup numbers. That's compared to 35 percent who describes themselves as moderate and 20 percent who describe themselves as liberal. Should that figure hold for all of 2010, it would represent the highest annual percentage identifying as conservative in Gallup's history.

Americans are more pessimistic about the state of the country and less confident in President Barack Obama's leadership than at any point since Mr. Obama entered the White House, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Sixty-two percent of adults in the survey feel the country is on the wrong track, the highest level since before the 2008 election.

Three months after the passage of Obamacare, GOP enthusiasm remains off the charts — almost literally, in this case. Republicans have a 35-point advantage in “enthusiasm” over Democrats at the moment:

Nearly half of American Adults see the government today as a threat to individual rights rather than a protector of those rights. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Adults see the government today as a threat to rights. Thirty-seven percent (37%) hold the opposite view. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided.

South Carolina Republicans nominated a tea party-backed Indian-American woman to run for governor and a conservative black man to run for Congress from the former Confederate state.

Former Vice President Al Gore attacked a Portland masseuse at a local hotel in 2006.

The Oregon woman described the former Vice President as a giggling "crazed sex poodle" who gave a "come hither" look before pouncing on her in a Portland hotel suite.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office confirms the story.

A close friend of the massage therapist says the woman was not after money, and just wanted Gore held accountable.

All three morning shows on Thursday ignored the allegations against Al Gore. This is despite the fact that the claim was reported by the AP, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

The David Petraeus for president bandwagon has been put on hold by his acceptance of President Obama's request that he replace ousted Gen. Stanley McChrystal as the Afghan war boss.

Cleta Mitchell, a National Rifle Association board member, says the NRA is selling out the First Amendment by supporting the Democrats’ campaign finance proposals. The NRA this week agreed to drop its opposition in exchange for an exemption from some of the bill’s requirements.

Maybe the NRA needs to hear from you:

California welfare recipients are able to use state-issued debit cards to withdraw cash on gaming floors in more than half of the casinos in the state.,0,6190326.story

The Boy Scouts can stay in Philadelphia. After deliberating for about seven hours, a federal jury found that the city violated the local Boy Scouts' First Amendment rights by demanding that they repudiate the national organization's ban on gay membership or face eviction from their Center City headquarters.

America's media on Saturday had a collective hissy fit over BP CEO Tony Hayward having the nerve to participate in a yacht race on his day off. At the same time, no such outrage was expressed concerning President Obama and Vice President Biden going golfing. This double standard continued Sunday as the three broadcast network political talk shows all began with Hayward's yacht outing while ignoring the President's R&R on the links.

Mexican drug cartels have set up shop on American soil, maintaining lookout bases in strategic locations in the hills of southern Arizona from which their scouts can monitor every move made by law enforcement officials,

“Mexican Drug Cartel Warns Police Officers in Arizona Border Town to 'Look the Other Way'

But Sen. Jon Kyl says President Obama personally told him that the administration will not secure the U.S.-Mexico border because doing so would make it politically difficult to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Which explains this outrage: Obama’s answer to border security; 30 miles from Phoenix the feds are putting up warning signs advising travelers to avoid the area because of drug and human smuggling. (must see!)

GOP and conservative activists see the lawsuit the administration is considering against Arizona as a tool to spike turnout by Republicans and independents at the polls. A Rasmussen poll released Friday found that 56 percent of U.S. voters would oppose a suit against Arizona’s law, which empowers law enforcement to check the identification of suspected illegal immigrants during routine policing activities.

The Provincetown, Massachusetts School Committee “will revisit its policy of providing free condoms to "the Cape Cod community's elementary school, which serves preschoolers to sixth-graders."

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's self-serving, secret correspondence with Soviet agents during the height of the Cold War included proposals for collaborative efforts designed to undermine official U.S. policy set by Democratic and Republican administrations, KGB documents show.

Someone paid $60,000 to have bacon and eggs with conservative icons Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck in a charity auction. The duo will be in Washington DC to attend the "Restoring Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial hosted by the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a non-profit that provides support and assistance to the families of wounded and fallen special ops personnel.



Thomas Sowell 6/21/10

When Adolf Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920s, leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics. Such people were a valuable addition to his political base, since they were particularly susceptible to Hitler's rhetoric and had far less basis for questioning his assumptions or his conclusions.

"Useful idiots" was the term supposedly coined by V.I. Lenin to describe similarly unthinking supporters of his dictatorship in the Soviet Union. Put differently, a democracy needs informed citizens if it is to thrive, or ultimately even survive. In our times, American democracy is being dismantled, piece by piece, before our very eyes by the current administration in Washington, and few people seem to be concerned about it.

The president's poll numbers are going down because increasing numbers of people disagree with particular policies of his, but the damage being done to the fundamental structure of this nation goes far beyond particular counterproductive policies. Just where in the Constitution of the United States does it say that a president has the authority to extract vast sums of money from a private enterprise and distribute it as he sees fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation? Nowhere. And yet that is precisely what is happening with a $20 billion fund to be provided by BP to compensate people harmed by their oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Many among the public and in the media may think that the issue is simply whether BP's oil spill has damaged many people, who ought to be compensated. But our government is supposed to be "a government of laws and not of men."

If our laws and our institutions determine that BP ought to pay $20 billion — or $50 billion or $100 billion — then so be it. But the Constitution says that private property is not to be confiscated by the government without "due process of law." Technically, it has not been confiscated by Barack Obama, but that is a distinction without a difference.

With vastly expanded powers of government available at the discretion of politicians and bureaucrats, private individuals and organizations can be forced into accepting the imposition of powers that were never granted to the government by the Constitution. If you believe that the end justifies the means, then you don't believe in constitutional government. And, without constitutional government, freedom cannot endure. There will always be a "crisis" — which, as the president's chief of staff has said, cannot be allowed to "go to waste" as an opportunity to expand the government's power. That power will of course not be confined to BP or to the particular period of crisis that gave rise to the use of that power, much less to the particular issues.

When Franklin D. Roosevelt arbitrarily took the United States off the gold standard, he cited a law passed during the First World War to prevent trading with the country's wartime enemies. But there was no war when FDR ended the gold standard's restrictions on the printing of money.

At about the same time, during the worldwide Great Depression, the German Reichstag passed a law "for the relief of the German people." That law gave Hitler dictatorial powers that were used for things going far beyond the relief of the German people — indeed, powers that ultimately brought a rain of destruction down on the German people and on others.

If the agreement with BP was an isolated event, perhaps we might hope that it would not be a precedent. But there is nothing isolated about it. The man appointed by President Obama to dispense BP's money as the administration sees fit, to whomever it sees fit, is only the latest in a long line of presidentially appointed "czars" controlling different parts of the economy, without even having to be confirmed by the Senate, as Cabinet members are.

Those who cannot see beyond the immediate events to the issues of arbitrary power — vs. the rule of law and the preservation of freedom — are the "useful idiots" of our time. But useful to whom?

Another good read:

“Obama Bureaucracy Soils the Gulf” The Obama administration's red tape continues to tie the hands of individuals seeking to mitigate the effects of the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. It's a sign of how out-of-touch the O Force's priorities have become. Last week, the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers teamed up to thwart efforts to build sand berms to protect the fragile Louisiana coastline. The excuse given for federal intervention was that the state was about to dredge sand too close to the Chandeleur Islands and that a bird habitat might also be affected.

Maybe there’s a method to the bureaucratic madness: According to leftie magazine Mother Jones, the BP oil spill is a great thing for Democrats.



"That's what liberalism is -- promises and pronouncements untethered to reality. It is cotton candy rhetoric; spun to taste good for a moment. But then it dissolves in an instant, leaving you feeling sick and disgusted that you tried it in the first place."

-Laura Ingraham

"The president directed his Nobel Prize-winning head of meetings to assemble a meeting to tackle the challenge of mobilizing the assembling of the tackling of the challenge of mobilization, at the end of which they directed BP to order up some new tackle and connect it to the thingummy next to the whachamacallit. Thank you, Mr. President. That and $4.95 will get you a venti at Starbucks."

-Mark Steyn

"[Last Thursday] was the 36th anniversary of the Watergate scandal, when the Republicans broke into the Democratic headquarters looking for their long-term plans and strategies. It also marks the last time anyone thought the Democrats had a plan worth stealing."

-Jay Leno



“The Road to Serfdom”, Friedrich Hayek’s classic book showing how a government-planned economy threatens both individual liberty and constitutional government, reached number 1 among all books at today (June 9). The book, a bestseller in 1944, has had strong sales all year, thanks partly to a rap video about the Hayek-Keynes economic debates that went viral, and to John Stossel talking about the book on his television show in February. But the book got a really big boost after Glenn Beck talked about it on his program. The Road to Serfdom is the essential statement of how a desire for a planned economy produces a program at odds with democratic safeguards for liberty. (says one reviewer, “…one of 4 or 5 books I've read in my life that I can truly say was paradigm-shifting.”)

“It’s no secret that ever since Marxism coiled itself around Russia and Eastern Europe, its tyrannical philosophy of destruction cast its eyes westward. For many decades, communists, socialists and the global elite have tossed a dizzying array of predicaments into American culture; that carbon dioxide emissions generated by mankind are ruining the planet, is their greatest assertion yet. Author Brian Sussman’s thorough investigation into the motives, practices, and ultimate agenda of these radical agents of change is critical to Americans who wish to untangle the web of deceit being sold as concern for the environment.”

“The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis” By Robert Reilly

"Bob Reilly's analysis provides a new starting point for American engagement with the Muslim world--one in which the true enemy is recognized as being not a religion, a social class or a single terrorist group, but rather a misguided interpretation of an ancient belief system."

-Edwin Feulner, President, The Heritage Foundation

“……provides the historical context that has given rise to the violent nature of Islamism. Robert concludes, `Divorcing reason from faith (the current crisis of the West), or faith from reason (the crisis of Islam) leads to catastrophe . . .' We ignore this at our peril. It is a must-read for today's national security leaders."

-John M. Poindexter



How the Left is fighting to silence Glenn Beck.

Organizing for America is the new organized group that President Obama is using to push his agenda on America. This group is so well organized it makes you wonder if President Obama should have hired the people who run it to take care of the BP oil spill. This group has two functions: First is to push and promote Obama’s political agendas and bills from DC by delivering talking points through various mediums (My Barack Obama, Fight The Smears, and The second is to create a pool of volunteers for the DNC to use to influence local and national elections in November.

Detroit hosts the US Social Justice Forum. “The forum is a hootenanny of pinkos, environuts, peaceniks, Luddites, old hippies, Robin Hoods and urban hunters and gatherers. In other words, a microcosm of the Obama administration. Up to 20,000 of them are expected in Detroit, although the actual count is hard to pinpoint since they'll be sleeping in tents and 14 to a hotel room. Their mission is to tear down Wall Street and use the bricks to pave a Main Street where everyone lives in racial and social harmony, nobody has too little or too much, and food, shelter, transportation, education, clothing and cell phones are inalienable rights provided by a benevolent government and funded by -- well, they'll let someone else worry about paying the bills. “

Arizona tax dollars at work: "Ethnic studies indeed is a threat to the myth of America - the mythical America where genocide, land theft, slavery and dehumanization are denied or are but mere footnotes, as opposed to being the recognized foundation of this nation." - Roberto Rodriguez, assistant professor, University of Arizona, department of Mexican-American & Raza studies.

Venezuela will nationalize a fleet of oil rigs belonging to U.S. company Helmerich and Payne, the latest takeover in a push to socialism as President Hugo Chavez struggles with lower oil output and a recession. He has also taken over assets in telecommunications, power, steel and banking.

Mountains of rotting food found at a government warehouse, soaring prices and soldiers raiding wholesalers accused of hoarding: the food supply is the latest battle in President Hugo Chavez's socialist revolution.

An atheist billboard along Billy Graham Parkway? Yep, there it is - "One Nation Indivisible," with the "under God" left out - high atop the parkway, near Boyer Street. But "no, no, no," it wasn't intended as a slap at the world's most famous evangelist, said a spokesman for Charlotte Atheists & Agnostics.

The cover story of the latest Atlantic proclaims "The End of Men: How Women Are Taking Control -- of Everything," while inside the magazine Pamela Paul poses the emasculating question, "Are Fathers Necessary?" Her answer, after sifting through the research: probably not.



The father and brother of a 16-year-old girl pleaded guilty in a Toronto courthouse to her 2007 murder for disobeying him, including refusing to wear a hijab, a court official said Wednesday. "My community will say you have not been able to control your daughter. This is my insult," he said to said to police. "She is punished."

Around 25 former detainees from Guantanamo Bay camp have returned to jihad, after going through a rehabilitation program for al Qaeda members in Saudi Arabia.

Under Sharia law, it is forbidden to proselytize to Muslims, and no Muslim can leave the faith. Dearborn, Michigan, is home to a substantial Muslim population, and there is strong evidence that local authorities now enforce Sharia in preference to the Constitution of the United States. Thus this Associated Press story about the arrest of four Christian missionaries that took place on Friday:



Perhaps you've heard of the Smart Grid initiative. Perhaps you understand that the goal of the initiative is to improve and modernize the nation's power transmission and distribution networks. Maybe your electric utility has even installed a Smart Meter at your home or business. What you probably don't know is that the Smart Grid movement is the Trojan Horse of the green agenda, a step toward Cap & Trade.

Otarian, the new vegetarian fast-food chain that bills itself as “the planet’s low-carbon restaurant,” cloaks itself in the smug assumption that you can save the planet by eating lunch. Words like “mission” and “menufesto” adorn the packaging, of which there is plenty.

"Sadly we need disasters like this (BP spill) to show people. Some people don't believe in climate warming - like those who don't believe there was a Holocaust."

-Paul McCartney



A Jewish clergy group of 850 rabbis says "Elena Kagan is not kosher. She is not fit to sit on this Court -- or any court." "We feel that Elena Kagan turns traditional Judaism on its head – from a concept of a nation of priests and holy people, she is turning it into, ‘Let’s homosexualize every segment of society. And by the way, partial-birth babies have no right to be delivered.’"

Former federal judge Robert Bork said Elena Kagan isn’t qualified for the high court because she has activist leanings and lacks a “mature” view of the law.

Here are some petitions:



Shelby Steele: “…the entire Western world has suffered from a deficit of moral authority for decades now. Today we in the West are reluctant to use our full military might in war lest we seem imperialistic; we hesitate to enforce our borders lest we seem racist; we are reluctant to ask for assimilation from new immigrants lest we seem xenophobic; and we are pained to give Western Civilization primacy in our educational curricula lest we seem supremacist. Today the West lives on the defensive, the very legitimacy of our modern societies requiring constant dissociation from the sins of the Western past…...”

There is one organization that has more extensive deep ocean, industrial scale marine engineering expertise than any other on the planet, the United States Navy. Currently the U.S. Navy is a virtual non-participant in the operational execution of stopping the oil leak.

Where do I go to get my reputation back?” former Labor Secretary Ray Donovan famously asked after being acquitted of fraud and larceny in 1987. That same question, in spades, could be asked by Matthew McCabe and his fellow Navy Seals who were charged with crimes related to the apprehension and detention of a terrorist who said he was “roughed up” by his guards. Not just any terrorist either, but a man who had engaged in the most brutal of crimes as the mastermind of a deadly attack on four American security guards in Fallujah, Iraq

“On the day President Obama was elected, armed men wearing the black berets and jackboots of the New Black Panther Party were stationed at the entrance to a polling place in Philadelphia. They brandished a weapon and intimidated voters and poll watchers. After the election, the Justice Department brought a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party and those armed thugs. I and other Justice attorneys diligently pursued the case and obtained an entry of default after the defendants ignored the charges. Before a final judgment could be entered in May 2009, our superiors ordered us to dismiss the case. The New Black Panther case was the simplest and most obvious violation of federal law I saw in my Justice Department career. Because of the corrupt nature of the dismissal, statements falsely characterizing the case and, most of all, indefensible orders for the career attorneys not to comply with lawful subpoenas investigating the dismissal, this month I resigned my position as a Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney. The lawyers who ordered the dismissal - Loretta King, the Obama-appointed acting head of the Civil Rights Division, and Steve Rosenbaum - did not even read the internal Justice Department memorandums supporting the case and investigation…..Christopher Coates, the former Voting Section chief, was so outraged at this dereliction of responsibility that he actually threw the memos at Mr. Rosenbaum in the meeting where they were discussing the dismissal of the case. The department subsequently removed all of Mr. Coates' responsibilities and sent him to South Carolina.”

Immediately before the current recession, Washington spent $24,800 per household. Simply returning to that level (adjusted for inflation) would likely balance the budget by 2019 without any tax hikes. The federal government made at least $98 billion in improper payments in 2009. Washington spends $92 billion on corporate welfare (excluding TARP) versus $71 billion on homeland security. Washington spends $25 billion annually maintaining unused or vacant federal properties. Government auditors spent the past five years examining all federal programs and found that 22 percent of them—costing taxpayers a total of $123 billion annually—fail to show any positive impact on the populations they serve. These and other revealing facts on the budget can be found in Brian Riedl’s “Federal Spending by the Numbers 2010.” Also, for those who like quick talking points, check out Heritage’s latest fact sheet: “Enough Is Enough: Speak Out Against Tax Increases.” And for even more perspectives on the government’s spending problem don’t forget Heritage’s 2010 Budget Chart Book.

Middle-class Americans--not the rich or the poor--pay the majority of annual tax revenues taken in by the federal government, according to data released in a new Congressional Budget Office study.

“The Humane Society gives less than one half of one percent of its revenue to hands-on pet shelters. HSUS lost me when they endorsed Obama. First time they ventured into a Presidential race. I will never give them another penny.”



On Memorial Day weekend this lone Marine held a three hour salute in honor of the fallen. President Obama was playing golf.

100 Americans The Left Hates Most! Townhall names the country's most effective conservatives

Here’s the Washington State Republican Party Platform, posted as a video:

Here’s the Keynes vs. Hayek rap video :“Fear the Boom and Bust”

Get your soft, mushy Obama stress head here:

Upload a photo of yourself and see what you will look like in 20 years.

World collapse explained in 3 minutes:



Jay Leno: President Obama said, after firing Gen. McChrystal, that you don’t criticize your bosses. That’s the same reason Obama never says anything bad about the Chinese…….Well, we all knew it was going to happen — Gen. McChrystal has canceled his subscription to Rolling Stone……..President Obama is losing support from his own party over his handling of the Gulf oil spill. Jimmy Carter even compared him to Jimmy Carter………A rich woman in Miami died and left $3 million to her pet Chihuahua and only $1 million to her son. Guys, the next time your mom says, “sit down and roll over,” just do it.



"Liberty will not descend to a people, a people must raise themselves to liberty; it is a blessing that must be earned before it can be enjoyed."

-Charles Caleb Colton

"But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint."

-Edmund Burke

"The people of the United States owe their independence and their liberty, to the wisdom of descrying in the minute tax of 3 pence on tea, the magnitude of the evil comprised in the precedent. Let them exert the same wisdom, in watching against every evil lurking under plausible disguises, and growing up from small beginnings."

-James Madison

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