Saturday, January 29, 2011

op ed review 1/30

THIS WEEK’S NEWS

Tuesday's State of the Union speech was President Obama's concession to the hard reality of Nov. 2, 2010. Instead of massive expansions of state power and control, he spoke of massive infusions of taxpayer cash. “Winning the future: With trains and windmills?”

http://unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Winning+the+future:+With+trains+and+windmills%3f&articleId=8f1f70ae-a888-4f27-a3c4-fe9bee482032

“No president before Barack Obama has been so right and so wrong. When in his State of the Union speech Mr. Obama said, "This is our generation's Sputnik moment," citing the emergence of global competition from the likes of China and India, he was right. Minutes later he proposed to cover the country with high-speed rail and companies making solar shingles. High-speed rail and solar shingles? If that's the president's idea of meeting our Sputnik moment, then Houston, we have a problem…..”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703293204576106234062909502.html?mod=WSJ_newsreel_opinion

Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday night that President Barack Obama’s call for “winning the future” during his State of the Union address is best framed by the acronym it shares with a much different phrase — “wtf.” “That was a tough speech to sit through and try to stomach,” Palin said during an interview with Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/48276.html

For the first time since 2005, more people have a positive opinion of the Republican Party than a negative one, a new poll found. According to the USA Today/Gallup poll released Thursday, 47 percent of Americans hold a favorable view, compared with 43 percent who hold an unfavorable view. The last time the GOP had a net positive rating was 2005. Meanwhile, slightly more people view the Democratic Party unfavorably than favorably, the poll found: Forty-seven percent had a negative view.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/140613-publics-gop-image-positive-again-gallup-poll-

A White House senior adviser said that President Obama is "going to address [gun control]." In an interview with NBC's Brian Williams, David Plouffe responded to criticism that the president did not mention gun control in his State of the Union address.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/140245-white-house-official-obama-will-tackle-gun-control

“Huge youth Mass kicks off March for Life in Washington DC”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/24/AR2011012402577.html

Kirby Wilbur has been elected chairman of the Washington State Republican Party.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politicsnorthwest/2014008711_wilbur_unseats_esser_as_wsrp_c.html

Three local chapters of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)--whose political action committee spent $27 million supporting Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election--have received temporary waivers from Obamacare. The three SEIU chapters include the Local 25 in Obama’s hometown of Chicago.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/seiu-locals-including-chicago-chapter-wa

An Ohio mother's attempt to provide her daughters with a better education has landed her behind bars. Kelley Williams-Bolar was convicted of lying about her residency to get her daughters into a better school district.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/ohio-mom-jailed-sending-kids-school-district/story?id=12763654

Arizona is expected to set off another seismic immigration wave, when both chambers of its legislature expect to hear the introduction of bills denying citizenship to U.S.-born babies of undocumented immigrants.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2011/01/26/arizona-state-legislators-introduce-denying-citizenship-babies-undocumented/

Russians want Lenin removed from Red Square

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/8276991/Russians-want-Lenin-removed-from-Red-Square.html

Howard Smith, a senior astrophysicist at Harvard, made the claim that we are alone in the universe after an analysis of the 500 planets discovered so far showed all were hostile to life. Dr Smith said the extreme conditions found so far on planets discovered outside out Solar System are likely to be the norm, and that the hospitable conditions on Earth could be unique.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/8276756/Alien-life-deemed-impossible-by-analysis-of-500-planets.html

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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN

George Will 1/2/11

New Republican legislators should come down Capitol Hill to the National Museum of American History, which displays a device that in 1849 was granted U.S. patent 6469. It enabled a boat's "draught of water to be readily lessened" so it could "pass over bars, or through shallow water." The patentee was from Sangamon County, Ill. Across Constitution Avenue, over the Commerce Department's north entrance, are some words of the patentee, Abraham Lincoln: THE PATENT SYSTEM ADDED THE FUEL OF INTEREST TO THE FIRE OF GENIUS

Stoking that fire is, more than ever, a proper federal function, so the legislators should be given some reading matter. One is William Rosen's book "The Most Powerful Idea in the World," a study of the culture of invention. Another is the National Academy of Sciences report "Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited," an addendum to a 2005 report on declining support for science and engineering research.

Such research is what canals and roads once were - a prerequisite for long-term economic vitality. The first Republican president revered Henry Clay, whose "American System" stressed spending on such "internal improvements." Today, the prerequisites for economic dynamism are ideas. Deborah Wince-Smith of the Council on Competitiveness says: "Talent will be the oil of the 21st century." And the talent that matters most is the cream of the elite. The late Nobel laureate Julius Axelrod said, "Ninety-nine percent of the discoveries are made by 1 percent of the scientists."

With populism rampant, this is not a propitious moment to defend elites, even scientific ones. Nevertheless, the nation depends on nourishing them and the institutions that sustain them.

U.S. undergraduate institutions award 16 percent of their degrees in the natural sciences or engineering; South Korea and China award 38 percent and 47 percent, respectively. America ranks 27th among developed nations in the proportion of students receiving undergraduate degrees in science or engineering.

America has been consuming its seed corn: From 1970 to 1995, federal support for research in the physical sciences, as a fraction of gross domestic product, declined 54 percent; in engineering, 51 percent. On a per-student basis, state support of public universities has declined for more than two decades and was at the lowest level in a quarter-century before the current economic unpleasantness. Annual federal spending on mathematics, the physical sciences and engineering now equals only the increase in health-care costs every nine weeks.

Republicans are rightly determined to be economizers. They must, however, make distinctions. Congressional conservatives can demonstrate that skill by defending research spending that sustains collaboration among complex institutions - corporations' research entities and research universities. Research, including in the biological sciences, that yields epoch-making advances requires time horizons that often are impossible for businesses, with their inescapable attention to quarterly results.

An iconic conservative understood this. Margaret Thatcher, who studied chemistry as an Oxford undergraduate, said: "Although basic science can have colossal economic rewards, they are totally unpredictable. And therefore the rewards cannot be judged by immediate results. Nevertheless, the value of [Michael] Faraday's work today must be higher than the capitalization of all shares on the stock exchange."

The last Congress's misbegotten stimulus legislation - an indulgent and incoherent jumble of pent-up political appetites - may have done large and lasting damage by provoking a comparably indiscriminate reaction against federal spending. This will be doubly dangerous if a curdled populism, eager to humble elites, targets a sphere of American supremacy and a basis of its revival - its premier research universities. "Gathering Storm" says that because of the recent recession, many universities - during 2008 and 2009, endowments of public and private institutions declined an average of 18.7 percent - "are in greater jeopardy than at any time in nearly a century."

Granted, political correctness and academic obscurantism in some disciplines - mostly the humanities and social sciences - of some elite universities have damaged the prestige of the institutions and irritated substantial portions of the public. But the public should not now be punished by penalizing, with diminished funding, the scientific disciplines that have been mostly innocent of the behaviors that have sometimes made academia a subject of satire.

Richard Levin, economist and Yale's president, asks: Would Japan's growth have lagged since 1990 "if Microsoft, Netscape, Apple and Google had been Japanese companies"? Japan's failure has been a failure to innovate. As "Gathering Storm" says: Making the government lean by cutting the most defensible - because most productive - federal spending is akin to making an overweight aircraft flight-worthy by removing an engine.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/31/AR2010123102007.html

Another good read:

During dinner, my Republican buddy cautioned, "You tea party folks commitment to principle, supporting unelectable candidates, could cost us the 2012 presidential election just like you screwed things up in Delaware." He went on to say, "A bad Republican in office is better than a Democrat".

Well, I look at it this way, "You get what you tolerate." I heard about a high school which never allowed a student to graduate on stage pregnant in its long history. A law suit filed by the ACLU on behalf of one student resulted in 23 students graduating on stage pregnant the following year. You get what you tolerate.

When a battered wife forgives her husband's abusive behavior numerous times, she is in essence, teaching him how to treat her; sending him the message it is OK to abuse her. Thus, she gets what she tolerates.

The Tea Party Movement will no longer vote for scoundrels or accept political betrayal as a way of life. As I stated, you get what you tolerate.

Having said that, we live in an imperfect world. On occasion, for the greater good, it may be wise to vote for the lesser of two evils. But in general, we will not continue to be enablers to those who betray us.

The burden is not on us Tea Party patriots to relax our principles. The burden is on the Republicans to get with the program; give us decent candidates to vote for. We are reasonable. We are not asking for candidates who can walk on water and feed five thousand with a few fish and a few loaves of bread.

Republicans, all we ask is that you give us candidates who believe in and are committed to the principles and values the Republican Party claims to stand for. Do that, and expect a GOP landslide victory in 2012. Y'all have a nice day.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/01/republicans_fear_tea_party_wil.html

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS

"When Democrats accuse Republicans of hateful speech, you might notice that they never supply specific examples. On the other hand, Steny Hoyer (D-MD) made this generalization about millions of Tea Party members: 'My presumption is that they have unhappy families.' My presumption is that Mr. Hoyer is very presumptuous. But if millions of decent, patriotic Americans are unhappy, perhaps it's because louts like Hoyer are doing everything they can to destroy the country."

-Burt Prelutsky

"Few things rile me more than demands that pro-lifers -- especially those motivated by their faith -- keep out of politics. Quite the contrary, many did just that, quietly going to church and reading their Bibles, until one day they awoke to learn the Supreme Court had passed Roe v. Wade ... and the hellacious assault was on. They entered pro-life activism reluctantly, as a reaction to what was thrust upon their culture and country. The last thing they wanted was to get involved in politics. The Death Culture came to them."

-Paul Kengor

"Of the wealthiest zip codes in the U.S., 19 out of 20 vote Democratic. How much longer can the Dems continue the lie of representing the interests of the common man? What they represent is the interest of those who can take advantage of government in the most selfish manner."

-Bruce Bialosky

"If you like the efficiency of the Post Office, the competence of FEMA and the compassion of the IRS, you will love the nationalized health care bill.”

-Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)

"Guns don't kill people, metaphors do. It's true. Words have consequences. I tested it: Used a sports analogy just yesterday and a pick-up game of hoops broke out. This is liberal-think. Silly, isn't it? Yes, words can have consequences. Except for when they don't."

-Matt Barber

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BOOKS, FILM

The Genesis Code explores the relationship between faith and science, in the midst of a story of two college students.

http://www.thegenesiscodemovie.com/

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GLOBALONEY

“Snowstorm Shatters New York City, Philadelphia Records”

http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/44999/snowstorm-shatters-new-york-ci.asp

Hartford, Conn. now has nearly 57 inches this month, beating December 1945 as the snowiest month on record.

http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/news/articles/northeast-snowstorm-totals_2011-01-27

Climate-change litigation is fast emerging as a new growth area of law where billions of dollars will be at stake, a payout that would make tobacco and asbestos damages look like pocket money. Eyeing the money-spinning potential, some major commercial law firms now place climate-change litigation in their Internet shop window.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jLQy3ze-D7N4ZQzyDjvLA8ChIEhQ?docId=CNG.0974f2ca1c91adea909b6017dc4d554e.471

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LEFTIST WATCH

Time magazine recently asked in the wake of the Tucson tragedy, “Are We Becoming an Uncivil Society?” Peter Singer would seem the least appropriate person to solicit an answer from. After all, the Princeton bioethicist has championed killing newborns and compared farmhouse hens to concentration camp victims…. Singer derides America’s firearm liberties as “completely insane” and says of the Tucson mass murder that “the NRA has blood on its hands, clearly.” To further demonstrate society’s incivility, Singer points to “nutty views about the dangers of government providing health care” as a possible impetus for Jared Lee Loughner’s killing spree.

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=41343

So how civil is this? A Madison WI theater is running a play where right-wingers are invited to dinner and then murdered. This reviewer says the dialog is “smart and thought-provoking” and the writer “heralds a new maturity and authoritative presence.”

http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/article.php?article=31959&sid=b33edd40e424b71eee52e8a6d3769d22

The leader of the Communist Party USA is telling his supporters to unite with democrats.

http://www.poedpatriot.com/2011/01/head-of-communist-party-usa-time-to.html

http://peoplesworld.org/thinking-strategically-between-now-and-201/

Left-wing activists claimed responsibility for a minor explosion on Thursday at a hotel in Davos, close to where top executives and world leaders were meeting, but nobody was hurt. "Our fight against the dictatorship of capital is focused on the social alternative to capitalism: Communism," the group said in the statement.

http://www.news24.com/World/News/Left-wing-activists-claim-Davos-blast-20110127\

Stanley Ann Dunham and the Left's Exploitation of Women

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/01/stanley_ann_dunham_and_the_lef.html

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ISLAM

Relatives of a teenage Pakistani girl have apparently electrocuted her for falling in love with a man they did not approve of, police said. Elders and the family of Saima Bibi, 17, decided after a meeting of a village council, or panchayat, that her punishment for shaming the family should be death, police said.

http://www.news24.com/World/News/Teen-electrocuted-by-family-20110123

The Imam who wants to build an Islamic community center two blocks from the World Trade Center site may have diminished his prospects after statements he made about homosexuality.

http://manhattan.ny1.com/content/top_stories/132886/ny1-exclusivegay-advocates-take-issue-with-park51-imam

If trends continue, by 2030 the United States will have a higher Muslim population than any European country other than Russia and France.

http://dailycaller.com/2011/01/27/american-muslim-population-expected-to-double-by-2030/

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CHINA

General Motors Co. sold more cars and trucks in China last year than it did in the U.S., for the first time in the company's 102-year history.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/GMs-China-sales-pass-US-for-apf-2185790564.html?x=0&.v=2

China was able to build its first stealth bomber using technology gleaned from a downed U.S. fighter, it has been claimed.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1349906/Chengdu-J-20-China-used-downed-US-fighter-develop-stealth-jet.html#ixzz1By4RfTKX

Chinese pianist plays violent, America hating song in front of a clueless President Obama in the White House. Six minutes into his set, Lang Lang began tapping out a famous anti-American propaganda melody from the Korean War, referring to the US military as “jackals.” The movie and the tune are widely known among Chinese, and the song has been a leading piece of anti-American propaganda by the Chinese Communist Party for decades.

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/32426
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ARTICLES

A terrible disease of potentially epidemic proportion has descended upon our country. Ceteris Paribus, a once-rare malady, has already stricken all of our left-leaning policymakers and, based on the results of the last presidential election, may imperil another 67 million people…..Like most debilitating diseases, Ceteris Paribus results when normal behaviors go awry. Ceteris Paribus ("CP"), loosely translated "other things being equal" or "holding all else constant," can be employed positively and normally in the sciences, particularly social sciences like economics. For example, entry-level macroeconomic classes use CP (in small, safe amounts) to make simple the complexity of the real world. This exercise in oversimplification establishes a framework in which the relationship of two variables can be studied, modeled, and projected by still-na├»ve students. Fortunately, most people outgrow their exposure to CP by transitioning from academia to the real world, where they encounter the critical For Profit (or Loss) Feedback Loop (the "FPLFL"). Exposure to the FPLFL is critical, because the threat of economic loss is one of the few things that can overcome the vanity resulting from years of erroneous academic affirmation. Unfortunately, those who never escape academia or those who move from academia directly into policymaking, never stopping in the real world, develop potentially incurable CP….

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/01/the_tragedy_of_cp.html

Sarah Palin and the Battle for Feminism “However excessive their frothing, feminists had good reason to be in panic mode. Palin may have lost her bid to become vice president; she may have failed to appeal to such prominent conservatives as Peggy Noonan, George Will, and Karl Rove, as well as to lesser right-of-center mortals like this writer; but by leading a wave of new conservative women into the fray, she has changed feminism forever. In fact, this new generation of conservative politicas—having caught, skinned, and gutted liberal feminism as if it were one of Palin’s Alaskan salmon—is transforming the very meaning of a women’s movement…”

http://www.city-journal.org/2011/21_1_palin.html

Although the Washington Post had no mention on Monday of the annual March for Life rally in Washington D.C., the paper still found time to devote 48 paragraphs and 2850 words to profiling Ron Reagan and his controversial claim in a new book that his father had symptoms of Alzheimer's while in the White House.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2011/01/24/wash-post-devotes-48-paragraphs-and-2850-words-touting-liberal-ron-r

“This weekend, for the eighth straight year, the billionaire Koch brothers will convene a meeting of roughly 200 wealthy businessmen, Republican politicians and conservative activists for a semi-annual conference to raise millions of dollars for the institutions that form the intellectual foundation – and, increasingly, the leading political edge – of the conservative movement. In the past, the meetings have drawn an A-list of participants – politicians like Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, leading free-market thinkers including American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks, talkers Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and even Supreme Court justices…”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/48277.html

Of the two businessmen likely to be in the field for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, long-shot Herman Cain, savior of the Godfather's Pizza chain, makes the case that he is far more electable than former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive front-runner in the race . Cain, whose bid has generated a surprising buzz in conservative circles, said in an interview that he admires Mr. Romney‘s business acumen and supported the former governor’s failed 2008 bid, but Mr. Cain argued that he possessed a greater ability to connect with voters and make things happen.

http://www.washingtontimesmail.com/wvnlqdzdvykbkyjmbwqvdbkqnsbddgztwkvhdmlnjdsgvz_kdmvpsdfvtrm.html

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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES

“Guns & Patriots is about firearms and the people who use them. We will bring you the story of the gun, hunter and soldier from the cornfield to the battlefield.”

http://www.humanevents.com/offers/offer.php?id=HEO107

Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie admits there are no Obama birth records in Hawaii?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvrb7YqdvxE

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LATE NITE

"Even though President Hu was only in Chicago for two days, by the Rahm Emanuel standard, he was able to establish residency and can now run for mayor of Chicago."

-Jay Leno

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WISE WORDS

"We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt."

-Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, January 22, 2011

op ed review 1/23

THIS WEEK’S NEWS

House Republicans passed a bill to repeal Obamacare Wednesday, taking their first major step toward rolling back the massive overhaul that has dominated the American political landscape for almost two years.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47831.html#ixzz1Bb9MnQ8A

After leading the nation last year in passing a law to sue the federal government over the health care overhaul, Idaho's Republican-dominated Legislature now plans to use an obscure 18th century doctrine to declare Obamacare null and void. Lawmakers in six other states — Maine, Montana, Oregon, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming — are also mulling "nullification" bills, which contend states, not the U.S. Supreme Court, are the ultimate arbiter of when Congress and the president run amok.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110121/ap_on_re_us/us_health_care_nullification

Six more states joined a lawsuit in Florida against President Obama's health care overhaul on Tuesday, meaning more than half of the country is challenging the law

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/18/states-join-obama-health-care-lawsuit-fla/

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. doctors surveyed fear healthcare reform could worsen care for patients, by flooding their offices and hurting income, according to a Thomson Reuters survey released Tuesday.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/41149280

Repeal of ObamaCare can't come soon enough -- as several damaging provisions are set to take effect this year. For starters, it has effectively stopped the construction of physician-owned hospitals throughout the country. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/the_damage_has_already_begun_pzcq1MmzRb3O626H6Q7PqI

Moving aggressively to make good on election promises to slash the federal budget, the House GOP unveiled an eye-popping plan to eliminate $2.5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. Gone would be Amtrak subsidies, fat checks to the Legal Services Corporation and National Endowment for the Arts, and some $900 million to run Obamacare..

http://www.usnews.com/news/washington-whispers/articles/2011/01/20/house-gop-lists-25-trillion-in-spending-cuts

“Hawaii governor claims record of Obama's birth 'exists in archives' but can't produce the vital document.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1348916/Hawaii-governor-says-Obamas-birth-record-exists-produce-it.html#ixzz1BakJm5SA

“Massive FBI Mafia bust: Organized crime still has firm grip on unions…”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/the_mob/2011/01/21/2011-01-21_massive_fbi_mafia_bust_organized_crime_still_has_firm_grip_on_unions_even_at_gro.html

The Washington Times is warning that the White House cybersecurity adviser and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke are drawing up "ObamaNet," President Obama's mandate for what amounts to a national ID card for the Internet. President Obama wants to establish passwords for every citizen to centralize your personal information. Instead of logging onto Facebook or one's bank using separate passwords established with each individual company or web site, you will be required to use the government-issued password.

http://www.daily-news-trends.com/news-2/obamanet-government-issued-internet-id-card-required-for-all-americans/

Reince Priebus faces many challenges in taking over the Republican National Committee, but among the trickiest will be building support from the anti-establishment tea party without offending big GOP donors or the independent voters the party needs in 2012. The GOP’s ability to strike that balance could go a long way towards determining the outcome of Election Day 2012.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47676.html

While other cities are slashing employee benefits, Berkeley, CA is slated to add one more: paying for sex-change operations.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/01/17/BA1P1HA3JL.DTL#ixzz1BP2fIRks

In Los Angeles County, welfare benefits for the children of illegal immigrants more than $600 million last year, up from $570 million in 2009.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/19/welfare-tab-children-illegal-immigrants-estimated-m-la-county/

The European Union has published a school calendar that omits Christian holidays, like Christmas and Easter, while noting significant Jewish and Muslim celebrations. Three million copies have reportedly been printed of the calendar, which will be given out freely to students who request it from the union's 27 member countries.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/01/17/eu-calendar-omits-christian-holidays-noting-jewish-muslim-celebrations/#

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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN

Phyllis Schlafly

New Year’s Resolutions for State Legislators

The biggest news of 2010 was the gain of 690 state legislative seats by Republicans and their capture of both state houses in 26 states. Here are some New Year's resolutions for laws they should consider passing in 2011.

HEALTH CARE: "Out-of-pocket medical expenses shall be tax deductible" and "self-paying patients shall not be charged more by a hospital than what it charges insurance companies for the same services." Explanation: Third-party payments are driving up medical costs; the best antidote to ObamaCare is more patient power.

WITHDRAWAL OF COURT JURISDICTION: "The courts of this state shall not consider, apply or invoke foreign law in resolving any domestic dispute." Explanation: Foreign law has no legitimate role in America.

HOME SCHOOLING: "No publicly funded school or organization shall deny home-schooled students the right to participate in sports, extracurricular activities or scholarships." Explanation: Home-schoolers pay taxes and should not be discriminated against.

PAYCHECK PROTECTION: "No governmental entity shall deduct any portion of a worker's paycheck to fund any political activities." Explanation: It is un-American to force a worker to donate to a candidate, yet many government unions support liberal candidates from payroll deductions.

PRIVATE PROPERTY: "Eminent domain shall not be used against private property for another privately owned use." Explanation: Use of eminent domain has been abusive, as illustrated by the Kelo v. New London decision.

VIDEO GAMES: "There shall be no sale, rental or arcade-playing of extremely violent video games by children without parental consent." Explanation: Video games are increasingly graphic and harmful.

ELECTION FRAUD: "To protect the integrity of elections, voting shall be on Election Day with photo ID required, and early or mail-in voting shall be allowed only for good cause." Explanation: Early voting is undermining Election Day and encouraging voter fraud.

FAMILY COURTS: "A restraining order for domestic violence shall issue only on proof of clear and convincing evidence," and "divorced parents shall have joint (50-50) legal and physical custody of their children unless proof shows a parent to be unfit." Explanation: The anti-father abuses by family courts must stop.

TITLE IX: "No publicly funded school in this state shall eliminate a boys' or men's sports team for which there is sufficient demand in order to meet a numeric quota of participation by gender in sports." Explanation: Colleges and even high schools are imposing feminist quotas to eliminate male sports teams.

VACCINATION: "There shall be a philosophical exemption to all vaccination requirements, and no student shall be denied admission to a public school for lack of vaccination unless justified by a certified epidemic of a disease at that location." Explanation: About one-third of states already allow families to decline vaccination for any reason, a right enjoyed for other medical treatments.

RECALLING JUDGES: "Upon collection of petition signatures totaling at least 4 percent of the population of the district in which a judge presides, a recall election will be held to remove him from office." Explanation: There will be less judicial supremacy if judges can be recalled; three Iowa Supreme Court Justices were fired in a retention vote on Nov. 2.

GOOD FRIDAY: "The afternoon of Good Friday shall be an official state holiday." Explanation: Good Friday is a state holiday in 11 states -- why not the other 39?

BOY SCOUTS: "Any organization that conducts more than $1 million in annual business with this state, and which has an employee charitable giving program, shall certify annually that none of the organizations participating in its program discriminates against the Boy Scouts." Explanation: States should not do business with companies that discriminate against the Boy Scouts.

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES: "All rights accorded to criminal defendants shall likewise be recognized for any family targeted for investigation by a child protective agency." Explanation: Why do criminal defendants have more rights than parents?

ABORTION: "Any physician performing or inducing an abortion who does not have clinical privileges at a hospital that offers obstetrical or gynecological care located within 30 miles of the location at which the abortion is performed or induced shall be guilty of a misdemeanor." Explanation: Many abortions improperly leave victims searching for another doctor for follow-up care. This law has worked well in Missouri.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS: "When parents representing more than 50 percent of the students at a public school sign a petition demanding new administration of their school, the administration shall be fired and replaced by new administration or conversion to a charter school." Explanation: This concept passed the California Senate in December 2009 but stalled in the heavily Democratic California Assembly.

Bad proposals, such as resolutions to call a national constitutional convention under Article V or to replace the Electoral College with a so-called National Popular Vote must be rejected. Those schemes would undermine our U.S. Constitution at the expense of the American people.

http://townhall.com/columnists/PhyllisSchlafly/2011/01/04/new_years_resolutions_for_state_legislators/page/full/

Another good read: Star Parker

“Six years ago I wrote a book called "Uncle Sam's Plantation." I wrote the book to tell my own story of what I saw living inside the welfare state and my own transformation out of it. I said in that book that indeed there are two Americas. A poor America on socialism and a wealthy America on capitalism. …..The legacy of American socialism is our blighted inner cities, dysfunctional inner city schools, and broken black families. Through God's grace, I found my way out. It was then that I understood what freedom meant and how great this country is…..”

http://townhall.com/columnists/StarParker/2009/02/09/back_on_uncle_sams_plantation/page/full/

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS

"Often, in politics, it doesn't matter what the facts are. What matters is how well you make your case to the voting public."

-Thomas Sowell

"[T]he prime feature of political decision-making is that it's a zero-sum game. One person's gain is of necessity another person's loss. As such, political allocation of resources is conflict-enhancing, while market allocation is conflict-reducing. The greater the number of decisions made in the political arena, the greater the potential for conflict."

-Walter E. Williams

"America is on a path to bankruptcy. It's easy to get bogged down arguing about lots of small cuts, but we'll only make progress by abolishing whole departments and entire missions. I hope the public understands it has to be done."

-John Stossel

"Unlike most of the 111 that preceded it, the 112th Congress must begin the process of restoring the national regime and civic culture the Founders bequeathed. This will require reviving the rule of law, reasserting the relevance of the Constitution, and affirming the reality of American exceptionalism. ... The American Revolution was a political, not a social revolution; it was about emancipating individuals for the pursuit of happiness, not about the state allocating wealth and opportunity. Hence our exceptional Constitution, which says not what government must do for Americans but what it cannot do to them."

-George Will

"As many have observed, the coming-together moment in Tucson after the shooting wasn't a memorial, it was an event. The White House put it on: 'Together We Thrive -- Tucson and America.' T-shirts carried the message, and signs were placed on seats for Obama's speech. To say this was in bad taste is an egregious understatement. Why didn't they just call it a campaign whistle stop?"

-Jon Rappoport

"One friend says [Arizona shooter Jared] Loughner never listened to talk radio or watched the TV news. Throw in 'never read books' and you have the dictionary definition of a liberal. Being completely uninformed is precisely how most liberals stay liberal."

-Ann Coulter

"Mental illness is the only disease that has an influential lobby devoted to not treating it."

-Rich Lowry

"Some people claim that liberals are just naturally more adept at spinning the news than conservatives, as if it were a gift, the equivalent of throwing a 98 mph fastball or hitting a major league curve. The sole reason that liberals have an advantage is because, as my friend Bernard Goldberg has been patiently pointing out over the past decade, the MSM widely circulates and gives credence to those on the Left, always ready and eager to pass off their baloney as filet mignon."

-Burt Prelutsky

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BOOKS, FILM

“Many American Thinker readers are aware that I have been working on a book project for the past several years. I have mentioned it occasionally on this site, more often in the past few weeks as publication drew nearer. Now zero hour has arrived: “Death by Liberalism. The Fatal Outcome of Well-Meaning Liberal Policies” is available as of today. Simply put, DbL deals with the appalling and overlooked fact that liberalism kills.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/01/death_by_liberalism.html

"Kids Aren't Cars" is a new short film series set for release February 1st. Using examples from the Midwest, it documents the impact organized labor has had on the American education system, creating a one-size-fits-all assembly line model that leaves students behind and treats teachers equally, stifling innovation and improvement. See the trailer here. Our government education system has been spending more and more each year, yet the results have been the same. While unions demand higher spending - which of course ends up in the pockets of their members - money is not fixing the problem.

http://townhall.com/columnists/KyleOlson/2011/01/17/new_film_documents_unions_destruction_of_public_education

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LEFTIST WATCH

Michael Moore says people own guns because they’re racists.

http://biggovernment.com/eyeblasttv/2011/01/19/michael-moore-people-own-guns-because-theyre-racists/

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) says that repealing Obamacare would violate the Constitution.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/GuyBenson/2011/01/19/sheila_jackson_lee_obamacare_is_a_consitutional_right

The “new civility” didn’t last. “Democrat Compares Republicans to Nazis”

http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2011/01/abc-news-jonathan-karl-reports-the-newfound-civility-didnt-last-long-political-rhetoric-in-congress-doesnt-get-much.html

One could understand progressive-minded people calling the 2010 Republican wave the end of the world, but who would take them literally? MIT professor of linguistics Noam Chomsky warned the end is near..

http://dailycaller.com/2011/01/21/chomsky-novembers-republican-takeover-of-congress-a-death-knell-for-the-species/

And Britain’s leftie newspaper now says “Free speech can't exist unchained. US politics needs the tonic of order.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jan/13/free-speech-us-politics-obama

Portland Talk Show Host says America Worse On Human Rights Than China

http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com/2011/01/left-coast-libtalker-claims-us.html

This is such a loathsome organization: The ACLU of Washington, representing a group that purchased a bus ad accusing Israel of war crimes, sued King County Wednesday over its decision to cancel the ad before it appeared.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2013975731_adsuit20m.html?syndication=rss

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ISLAM

Iran has banned the production of Valentine's Day gifts and any promotion of the day celebrating romantic love to combat what it sees as a spread of Western culture, Iranian media reported.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/01/19/3115983.htm?section=justin

After receiving threats and two suspicious letters, the National Archives of Canada cancelled the screening of a controversial documentary that criticizes Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/canada/National+Archives+cancels+screening+Iranian+documentary+after+threats/4128848/story.html#ixzz1BUl46bqq

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CHINA

''If China becomes the world's No. 1 nation ... ." That was the headline in the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, The People's Daily, on the eve of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s state visit to Washington. The article went on to boast how "China's emergence is increasingly shifting to debate over how the world will treat China, which is the world No. 1 and has overtaken the U.S."

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jan/19/usacross-out-usa-china-1/

China now looks like the "clear front- runner for reaching the moon".

http://www.space.com/10633-moon-race-private-companies.html

China now has the world’s fastest supercomputer. It also owns number three.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2010-12/30/c_13669812.htm

China now has the world’s fastest high speed train, “as fast as a low-cruising jet”. China’s high-speed rail network will become larger than the rest of the world combined by the end of the decade.

http://inhabitat.com/china-unveils-the-worlds-fastest-high-speed-train/

China has now replaced the United States as the world’s number one high-technology exporter.

http://cowboys-and-tea-parties.blogspot.com/2010/12/interesting-statistics-draw-unwanted.html

China Overtakes U.S. as Biggest Economy When Measured by Purchasing Power

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-14/china-tops-u-s-as-biggest-economy-by-purchasing-power-update1-.html

“25 Facts That Prove That China Is Kicking Our Rear Ends”

http://www.alipac.us/ftopict-225249.html

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ARTICLES

"From the congressional chutzpah department: Democrats say Republicans will balloon the deficit by repealing the new trillion-dollar federal health care program. There's nothing wrong with your eyes: Dems claim that retracting Obamacare, which will spend about $1 trillion over the next decade, will add $230 billion to the deficit by 2021. They cite a Congressional Budget Office analysis, but it's an inside-the-Beltway shell game. Watch closely. First, savings credited to Obamacare are based on data given to CBO numbers crunchers by the program's proponents. CBO can only run estimates with the data it receives. Garbage in, garbage out. Only if you believe Obamacare is going to save money -- as it adds 32 million people to the insurance rolls -- would repealing the program increase the deficit. The idea that Obamacare will save money is crazy. Writing for National Review Online, former CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin noted that in tasking CBO to project Obamacare's price tag, proponents omitted $115 billion in implementation costs, counted $70 billion in premiums for long-term care insurance while ignoring the benefits it will pay out, and pretended that more than $450 billion in reimbursement cuts to Medicare providers will occur when everyone in Washington knows they won't. Only through such budgetary gimmicks does Obamacare look like it would save money."

http://newsok.com/democrats-health-care-claims-well-off-the-mark/article/3531787

Charles Krauthammer attacks the media's recent bogus call for civility in politics. "The worst in uncivil discourse that we have had in the last decade occurred in the Bush years when the President was vilified, attacked, he was demonized, compared to Nazis," he told Chris Wallace on Fox News's "Special Report." "I do not remember the Times or the mainstream media all of a sudden wagging a finger and pulling a chin about the rise of uncivil discourse at the time"

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/01/21/krauthammer-attacks-medias-bogus-call-civility-where-were-they-when-b

The Disturbing Rehabilitation of Dr. Kevorkian

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/257295/disturbing-rehabilitation-dr-kevorkian-wesley-j-smith

This year the military may again find itself in the middle of another debate over social policy like last year’s debate over “don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal — that of women in combat. Last week, as part of a draft report on diversity, a military advisory panel — the Military Leadership Diversity Commission — issued a recommendation to eliminate the restrictions on women serving in combat units.

http://dailycaller.com/2011/01/19/with-dadt-repealed-allowing-women-in-combat-may-become-next-military-social-policy-debate/

Mark Steyn: “If I am pessimistic about the future of liberty, it is because I am pessimistic about the strength of the English-speaking nations, which have, in profound ways, surrendered to forces at odds with their inheritance. “Declinism” is in the air, but some of us apocalyptic types are way beyond that. The United States is facing nothing so amiable and genteel as Continental-style “decline,” but something more like sliding off a cliff.”

http://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/Dependence-Day-6753

The union idea of civil discourse is to protest outside opponents' private homes. Now union supporters are targeting a developer, with fliers showing a bull's-eye and his home address. Cue the chirping crickets. That will be the soundtrack for mainstream media reaction to the latest example of thuggery perpetrated by Wal-Mart opponents who are not happy that the non-union retailer wants to build a Wal-Mart-anchored development on the site of an abandoned Chevy dealership in Washington, D.C. The development would employ up to 1,200 people in a city with 10.2% unemployment.

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/560623/201101211919/Wal-Mart-In-Unions-Cross-Hairs.htm

Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich has touched base with several prominent Republicans in his former home state, telling them that he intends to make a run for president in 2012

http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2011/01/21/a-newt-gingrich-presidential-campaign-out-of-buckhead/

One of Sen. John Thune's top fundraisers quietly has been making calls in New Hampshire on Thune's behalf, a further sign that the South Dakota Republican is nearing a decision on whether to run for president.

http://www.argusleader.com/article/20110121/NEWS/101210308/1001/news

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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES

A new chart by the Center for Health Transformation reveals the unprecedented 1,968 new and expanded powers given to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius under the health reform law

http://www.healthtransformation.net/

When you can't find your phone let your computer go look for it.

http://www.icantfindmyphone.com/

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HUMOR

"The American Bar Association reported Monday that the recession has resulted in fifteen thousand fewer lawyers in the U.S. They haven't disappeared. Yesterday at McDonald's the cashier at the drive-thru window spilled coffee on my lap, then offered to represent me."

-Argus Hamilton

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LATE NITE

Leno: Chinese President Hu Jintao will be at the White House [this] week. The good news is, he has no plans to foreclose. We can stay another month.

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WISE WORDS

"I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity. [To approve this measure] would be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded."

-President Franklin Piece

"I can find no warrant for such an appropriation [for charity relief] in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit."

-President Grover Cleveland

"There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."

-James Madison

Saturday, January 15, 2011

op ed review 1/16

THIS WEEK’S NEWS

An Army official says Tucson massacre suspect Jared Loughner, who wanted to sign up for military service two years ago, was a "habitual drug abuser." http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/01/jared_loughner_marijuana.php

The local Tucson sheriff who condemned "the anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country". was an outspoken opponent last year of Arizona’s immigration legislation calling it racist, "disgusting" and "stupid", and even promising not to enforce it.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/10/giffords-shooting-sheriff-rightwing-rhetoric

And the Sheriff’s own office ignored Loughner’s history of public death threats by phone to many people in Pima County including staff of Pima Community College, radio personalities and local bloggers. When Pima County Sheriff's Office was informed, his deputies assured the victims that he was being well managed by the mental health system. It was also suggested that further pressing of charges would be unnecessary

http://nation.foxnews.com/arizona-shooting-rampage/2011/01/10/redstate-outspoken-sheriff-accused-dismissing-loughner-death-thr

Not wanting to let a good crisis go to waste, MSNBC anchor Richard Lui asked viewers "Is it time to rethink the Second Amendment?"

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2011/01/11/msnbcs-richard-lui-it-time-rethink-2nd-amendment

Conservative talk show host Mark Levin has put out a challenge to those left-wing media personalities accusing conservative talk radio stars and Sarah Palin of encouraging murder. He offers $100,000 to Chris Matthews to find any example where Sarah Palin or Levin himself had "promoted the murder of anybody." This took place shortly after Levin played clips of Matthews suggesting Levin's passionate radio shows were "angry" and apparently implying that Levin's shows and those of talker Michael Savage had some responsibility for the Tucson murders.

http://spectator.org/blog/2011/01/13/mark-levins-100000-challenge-t

President Obama went to Tucson to speak at the memorial. “Never before in the annals of national moments of mourning have the words spoken been so wildly mismatched by the spirit in which they were received. Obama supporters turned it into a pep-rally, even handing out Obama t-shirts. "All that was needed to make the moment complete was cheerleaders dressed in skeleton outfits."

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/prez_perfect_but_the_crowd_was_appalling_j08cf0Fajllkht0yZ4W7GM

Here’s how stage managed the memorial was:

http://i.azcentral.com/commphotos/view/442818.jpg

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce fought President Obama tooth-and-nail on his vast legislative push during the last two years, helped Republicans win back the House and put Speaker John Boehner between the president and any new law. Now, as Obama is poised to advance an agenda that includes unilateral global warming regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency and, critics fear, a version of union-promoting “card check” by administrative fiat, Chamber President Tom Donohue is vowing war on Obama’s “regulatory tsunami.”

http://dailycaller.com/2011/01/11/u-s-chamber-president-vows-war-on-obamas-regulatory-tsunami/

If you think Big Labor’s agenda is confined to taking away the secret ballot and empowering bureaucrats to mandate contracts on workers and small businesses alike without their consent, their latest scheme may surprise you. The most recent targets in the push by union bosses to force unionization on employees and employers are groups like the Girl Scouts, American Red Cross and Salvation Army.

http://townhall.com/columnists/KatieGage/2011/01/14/union_bosses_go_after_property_holders,_businesses__girl_scouts/page/full/

The Washington State Legislature considers regulating hair design: "1085 HB, titled AN ACT Relating to creating a HAIR DESIGN license, has been scheduled for a public hearing…."

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1085&year=2011

Respondents to a recent Washington Elway poll have a clear target for all that budget cutting: waste and fraud. Some 71 percent of those polled said the state would have enough money to balance the budget if it eliminated waste and fraud. (Of course, one person's waste is another person's necessary state program.)

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politicsnorthwest/2013896995_elwaypoll71percentsaycuttingwasteandfraudcanbalancestatebudget.html?syndication=rss

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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN

Betsy Galliher, 1/18

My name is Betsy. I'm a wife and proud soccer mom, a writer, and small business owner. I'm also a killer.

On the morning of January 8th, 2011, I intentionally entered a gathering held by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and shot her at near point blank range. I injured 14 others, killing six: among them a beautiful, curious, doe-eyed, nine-year-old girl. I didn't actually pull the trigger, but I'm as guilty as the psychopath who did.

Here are just a few of the charges against me:

I am a conservative.

On occasion, I listen to Beck, Limbaugh, and Fox News.

I've been known to pick up a book or two by conservative authors; Thomas Sowell, Andrew McCarthy, or the Founding Fathers, for example!

I believe the federal government is too large, far too intrusive, and dangerously powerful.

I believe in personal responsibility, and the amazing generosity of Americans to aid those in need, rather than permanent entitlements.

I believe the private, not public sector, is the backbone of our economy.

I believe our progressive tax system is punitive. We are over-taxed, over-regulated, and over-lectured.

I believe in the power of the free market to correct itself, without government (taxpayer) intervention.

I believe the Constitution is intended to limit government, and empower the individual.

I believe in holding our elected official's feet to the fire, be they Republican or Democrat (incendiary pun intended).

I believe our sovereignty is at risk via unsecured borders, out of control spending and our crippling deficit, reckless abuses of the Constitution, and the moral decay of Washington.

In short, I'm a madman. Guilty as charged, and armed with the belief in my 1st Amendment right to peaceably question those we elect to serve.

The only person who actually pulled the trigger on that terrible, fateful day was Jared Loughner, by every account, a deeply troubled young man. But the real guilty walk among us: senior citizens in red, white, and blue, armed with signs, "Taxed Enough Already," flag-wavers clinging to guns and religion, doctors, the wealthy, business owners, talk radio, and any citizen that dare exercise his or her right to free speech, particularly a conservative.

We're called greedy, stupid, and racist. We're ridiculed with snide "slurpee" innuendos, and called lewd and malicious names, such as "teabaggers." Ordinary citizens maligned by their own government while the pious, liberal elite get a free pass on reason and truth; while Islamists invoke their religious cloak; while the ideologue professes his moral superiority; while the media uses the power of spin; and leftists, including Robert Gibbs and Barack Obama, employ their bully pulpit.

We defend conservatism by our very way of life: as self-reliant, tax-paying, moral citizens, and faithful defenders of limited government and the power of the individual. We are violent inciters only in so much as we threaten the current Leftist, agenda-driven stronghold on government. So alarming is our threat, the real inciters wasted no time in politicizing the tragic deaths of six innocent citizens, and one revered Congresswoman, still fighting for her life. And they will waste no time in shamelessly exploiting a ‘crisis' at the hand of a lone psychopath to further enact gun control, and squelch freedom of speech under cries of ‘civility.'

Does the Left really believe the "rhetoric" of Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, and Fox is incendiary? Do they fail to understand the language of conservative "talk" is the echo of ordinary citizens calling for limited government, and individual freedoms? Or, do they silence us because we know our current leaders don't actually believe in their own limited power? Truth be told, even Jared Loughner undermines their agenda. And they know it. They know their "transformation" of America is failing, and that people like me are not afraid to say so.

My name is Betsy, and I'm a killer. They are determined to stop me before I kill again.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/01/my_name_is_betsy_im_a_killer.html

Another good read: “President Obama is cynically exploiting the tragic shooting in Tucson for political gain. His memorial address Wednesday night was a surreal spectacle in narcissistic self-congratulation. It dishonored the victims, those who were murdered and maimed by Jared Lee Loughner, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat. Instead of being a solemn and serious event, the memorial resembled a pro-Obama pep rally. The president of Arizona University praised Mr. Obama for his "visionary" and "courageous" leadership. Throughout the memorial and Mr. Obama's speech, students regularly cheered, clapped, whistled and hollered. All the while, the president basked in his newfound glory…..Civility - or the supposed lack of it - had nothing to do with the tragedy. Yet Democrats and the liberal media desperately have been seeking to connect the massacre to Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement. Paul Krugman, columnist for the New York Times, blames a "climate of hate" - conservative talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Fox News - for the shooting…….This is a new McCarthyism: intolerance and hatred masquerading as civic virtue. Demonization trumps debate. The Tucson shooting reveals the totalitarian nature of the modern left: the willingness to seize upon the flimsiest pretexts to attack rivals as accomplices in mass murder - even when there is not a shred of evidence to support this view…..In fact, those who know Mr. Loughner are saying that the gunman never listened to political talk radio or watched Fox News. He was not some right-wing fringe militia type or a crazed Tea Party activist. He was the very opposite: the product of the permissive and destructive culture of the 1960s.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jan/13/obamas-tucson-degradation/

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS

"For far too long, Republicans have been reticent to engage in emotional arguments to make their case. ... [I]t would be nice if they didn't have to, but a substantial portion of the population has grown quite comfortable with empty slogans like 'social justice,' 'speaking truth to power,' 'evil corporations,' and a host of others designed to do one thing: convince Americans that the greatest country in the world must abandon the very economic system that has made it the envy of the world. What both political parties have done with regard to irresponsible spending is criminal. One party wants to 'go straight.' The other will not be content until every American is equally miserable -- with the exception of a ruling class which must administer that misery 'fairly.' ... If there's a debt ceiling, my fellow Americans, that means there's also a spending floor. Lower the floor, Republicans, even if it means fighting emotional fire with emotional fire."

-Arnold Ahlert

"[I] was struck [recently] by the words of the great Christian theorist and historian of the last century, Hilaire Belloc, that I read in his 1916 book 'The Elements of the Great War, the Second Phase.' He observed that when the most profound issue may face a nation, there is the danger that 'the lesser should conquer the greater, the viler the more noble, the more changeable the more steadfast. ... We know, upon the analogy of all historical things, small and great, that the less creative, the dullest and the worst elements may destroy, and [have] frequently attempted to destroy, the vital, the more creative and the best.' That is what America faces today. For too long, the decent American majority of citizens who are productive and hardworking ... have sat by while others have tried to usurp our liberty to enhance the power of government.... Now all these conflicting interests and passions are funneling into Washington. These next 24 months -- beginning now -- are the decisive period."

-Tony Blankley

"If reverence for the Constitution is not our guiding principle, then what should it be? Should the government be entirely dedicated to fulfilling the needs of its citizens, allowing no legal barrier to stand in its way? ... There is only one governing principle that properly respects the freedom of all citizens: ironclad obedience to a clear and concise document that identifies their inherent rights, and forbids the State from compromising them, under any circumstances. The Constitution does not 'give' you those rights. It recognizes them. You had them before you could read or understand a single word. Every human being throughout history had them, even those who lived before any of the Founding Fathers were born. In reading the Constitution aloud, the 112th Congress will acknowledge those rights ... and read an arrest warrant to an out-of-control government."

-John Hayward

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GLOBALONEY

Oops. Can't let the public know how wacko you really are. Professor Tim Flannery is one of the world's most prominent global alarmists -- as Chairman of the Copenhagen Climate Council, and 2007 recipient of the Australian of the Year award in his native country, the most prestigious honor Down Under, endorsed by the Australian government. But Professor Flannery has suddenly become persona non grata in warmist circles. And not for his history of hysterical predictions that haven't come true. No, the good professor (a mammologist, not an environmental scientist) let slip the wacky quasi-religious basis for his climate activism.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/01/aussie_warmist_tossed_under_th.html

The Environmental Protection Agency has vetoed a mountaintop-removal coal-mining project that would have been one of the largest in Appalachia. (Burning domestic coal means less need for foreign oil)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703583404576079792048919286.html

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LEFTIST WATCH

Within hours of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, lunatic “economist” Paul Krugman raced to put up a blog post blaming Sarah Palin and the Tea Party for the attack. “For those wondering why a Blue Dog Democrat, the kind Republicans might be able to work with, might be a target,” said Krugman, “the answer is that she’s a Democrat who survived what was otherwise a GOP sweep in Arizona, precisely because the Republicans nominated a Tea Party activist. (Her father says that ‘the whole Tea Party’ was her enemy.) And yes, she was on Sarah Palin’s infamous ‘crosshairs’ list.”

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=41085

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ISLAM

Authorities in Saudi Arabia announced that they are ready to release the vulture being held under suspicions of spying for Israel, Israel Radio reported Sunday. Bandar bin Saud, the Saudi nature authority, was quoted to Arabic language news daily that there is no truth behind claims that the bird was linked to espionage.

http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=202766

“Social scientists attached to the Second Marine Battalion in Afghanistan last year circulated a startling report on Pashtun sociology, in the form of a human terrain report on male sexuality among America's Afghan allies. The document, made available by military sources, is not classified, just disturbing. Don't ask, don't tell doesn't begin to qualify the problem. These are things you didn't want to know, and regret having heard….. the report might have considered whether male pedophilia in Afghanistan has a religious dimension as well as a cultural one….”

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MA11Df03.html

Iran has arrested about 70 Christians since Christmas. The latest raids have targeted grass-roots Christian groups with charges that range from trying to convert Muslims to being possible footholds for foreign influence.

http://www.comcast.net/articles/news-world/20110111/ML.Iran.Christian.Crackdown/

An influential Islamic leader says Pope Benedict XVI should mind his own business after the pontiff called on Pakistan to repeal its anti-blasphemy laws

http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/11/islamic-leader-to-pope-benedict-on-blasphemy-mind-your-own-busi/

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CHINA

The Beijing Genome Institute has placed an order for 128 new high-performance DNA sequencing instruments. This purchase will bring the total number of sequencers at BGI to 157, nearly twice the number of instruments at the largest sequencing center in the United States, at MIT.

http://www.scienceprogress.org/2010/02/china-gene-sequencing/

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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES

Actress Vicki Lawrence, 61, recently filmed a video dressed as "Mama" and declaring herself to be homeless because she sees it as a career move. "I have decided to become homeless because that is the only way for a person to become famous in this country these days," she says in the video.
http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/13/exclusive-vicki-lawrence-as-mama-calls-out-ted-williams/

Too cute for words:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLPp4gXUY3o

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HUMOR

Leno: Due to the recession there are now 15,000 less lawyers. Nobody ever talks about the good things that happen because of the recession………At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, LG unveiled a line of appliances that can send text messages. Would you want appliances that can text you? You’re in a business meeting like, “Excuse me, I have to take this. It’s from my can opener.”

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WISE WORDS

“When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.”

-Thomas Jefferson

"The Constitution provides the structure of our federal system and a system of checks and balances that applies equally to each branch of government, to relations between the states and the Federal Government, and, as importantly, to each of us. It protects the rights of all Americans to 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' and limits governmental authority to ensure these liberties are faithfully protected -- both by and from the state. But in the end it is each citizen who is responsible for protecting the liberties set forth in the Constitution and Bill of Rights."

-Ronald Reagan

“….the American Constitution is, so far as I can see, the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.”

-W. E. Gladstone, British Prime Minister