Saturday, March 5, 2011

op ed review 3/6

THIS WEEK’S NEWS

Thursday was a tough day for ObamaCare. Judge Roger Vinson clarified his earlier ruling, explaining that he did indeed strike down the entire law as unconstitutional, so it can’t be implemented against any of the 26 states that were party to the suit he ruled on. Vinson was brutally dismissive of the Administration’s delaying tactics, and their attempts to ignore his ruling, questioning their comprehension and legal skills with dry wit. He gave the Obama Administration seven days to file its expected appeal.

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=42127

For 50 consecutive weeks, Rasmussen’s poll of likely voters has been asking Americans whether they support or oppose the repeal of Obamacare. Fifty times in fifty weeks, the majority of Americans have said that they support repeal. In 49 of those 50 weeks, Americans have supported repeal by double-digit margins.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/50-straight-weeks-majority-has-supported-repeal_552670.html

But Gov. Chris Gregoire filed a legal brief in Judge Vinson’s court asserting that AG McKenna does not speak for her; she wants Obamacare to stand. McKenna joined attorneys general from many other states that are challenging the law in courts around the country
http://www.theolympian.com/2011/03/02/1563456/gregoire-files-brief-says-health.html#ixzz1FZGO67iT

With barely a whimper of the protests that have convulsed Wisconsin, legislation to curb public employee unions is speeding toward passage in Ohio, an even bigger labor stronghold.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110304/ap_on_re_us/us_ohio_union_fight

A new report from the left-leaning Center for Public Integrity (CPI) shows union bosses would stand to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal salaries and Democrats would lose millions of dollars in campaign donations if governors in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and other states win their budget battles.

http://dailycaller.com/2011/03/04/union-bosses-make-hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars-annually-new-report-shows/

The Wisconsin Senate has passed a resolution calling for police to take 14 Democrats into custody for contempt after they fled to Illinois to avoid voting on a union rights bill,

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2011/03/wisconsin-senate-oks-arrest-of-absent-dems-for-contempt/1

A new survey of 1,800 registered voters from Quinnipiac University shows that the public's view of public-sector unionism is mixed at best, and on the whole leans against the unions. An overwhelming majority of 63 percent believe they should be contributing more to their benefits.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/03/another-poll-suggests-liberals-have-struck-fools-gold-wisconsin

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters agree more with the Republican governor in his dispute with union workers. Thirty-eight percent (38%) agree more with the unionized public employees, while 14% are undecided

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/february_2011/48_back_gop_governor_in_wisconsin_spat_38_side_with_unions

The New York Department of Education pays about 1,500 teachers for time they spend on union activities -- and pays other teachers to replace them in the classroom. It's a sweetheart deal that costs taxpayers an extra $9 million a year.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/union_classic_le_en_jrQKCmKdjWQbMAtzqHASxI

“58% Favor Government Shutdown Until Spending Cuts Are Agreed Upon”

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/february_2011/58_favor_government_shutdown_until_spending_cuts_are_agreed_upon

House Speaker John Boehner indicated that House Republicans are preparing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act . Boehner characterized Obama’s order to not enforce DOMA as, “something that’s just as raw politics as anything I’ve seen,” and, citing public support for the law, accused the president of “pandering to the other side.”

http://dailycaller.com/2011/02/28/boehner-criticizes-obama-on-doma/

The Archbishop of Canterbury has vowed to defend the Church’s traditional stance on marriage against UK Government moves to introduce homosexual weddings in churches.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/8349321/Archbishop-says-the-Church-will-resist-Government-moves-on-gay-marriage.html

American combat troops will get sensitivity training directly on the battlefield about the military’s new policy on gays instead of waiting until they return to home base in the United States. “Do ask, do tell”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/24/combat-troops-to-get-gay-sensitivity-training/

An appeals court has upheld the rights of suburban Chicago students to wear T-shirts with the words "Be Happy, Not Gay." The court says a school that "permits advocacy of the rights of homosexual students cannot be allowed to stifle criticism of homosexuality."

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/article_217c6442-44cc-11e0-a7b2-00127992bc8b.html

The weekend Tea Party convention in Phoenix focused on policy, but gearing up for 2012 was foremost in many attendees' minds. Next year promises to be a fierce contest, pitting the two-year-old Tea Party grass-roots movement vs. the time-tested and newly energized Big Labor machine.

http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/564506/201102281918/Tea-Party-Prepares-To-Take-On-Big-Labor.aspx?src=HPLNews

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he knows he could win the White House if he ran for president next year. "I have people calling me and saying to me, 'Let me explain to you how you could win.' And I’m like, 'You’re barking up the wrong tree. I already know I could win.' That's not the issue."

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Christie__I_could_win_the_W_H_-117213923.html?dr

Why is the European Union funding anti-death penalty groups in America?

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/100078360/the-european-union-gives-millions-in-taxpayers%E2%80%99-money-to-anti-death-penalty-groups-in-america/

Seattle light rail 2010 usage falls one million short of target forecast.

http://www.bettertransport.info/pitf/Linkpassengercount.htm

Italy is the latest Western European country turning the screws on an expanding immigrant population by demanding language skills in exchange for work permits, or in some cases, citizenship.

http://arabnews.com/world/article301760.ece

Border Patrol agents shot beanbags at a group of border crossers. The men returned fire with real guns, killing one border patrol officer. “….. they were instructed to use the non-lethal beanbags first.”

http://azstarnet.com/news/local/crime/article_681d29cf-845a-5aea-9f34-3837d70b8a31.html

The late U.S. senator Ted Kennedy once rented an entire Chilean brothel, insisted on meeting the ‘angry young men’ of South American countries he visited, and invited suspected communists to a U.S. embassy.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1361318/U-S-Senator-Ted-Kennedy-rented-Chilean-brothel-entire-night.html

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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN

Michelle Malkin 3-4

My fellow Americans, who are "your people"? I ask because U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is black, used the phrase "my people" in congressional testimony this week. It was an unmistakably color-coded and exclusionary reference intended to deflect criticism of the Obama Justice Department's selective enforcement policies. It backfired. In pandering to skin-deep identity politics and exacerbating race-consciousness, Holder has given the rest of us a golden opportunity to stand up, identify "our people" and show the liberal poseurs what post-racialism really looks like.

Herman Cain is my people. He's my brother-in-arms. I've never met him. But we are family. We are kin because we are unhyphenated Americans who are comfortable in the black, brown and yellow skin we are in. We are growing in numbers -- on college campuses, in elected office, on the Internet, on public airwaves, everywhere. And that drives liberals mouth-frothing crazy.

Cain is the successful Georgia businessman who has wowed audiences across the country with his passion for free markets, free minds and the American Dream. The former president of Godfather's Pizza and forceful tea party speaker happens to be black. So he must pay the price that all minority conservatives in public life must pay. As I noted last week, a cowardly liberal writer recently derided Cain as a "monkey in the window," a "garbage pail kid" and a "minstrel" who performs for his "masters."

Race traitors. Whores. Sellouts. House Niggas. Self-haters. I've heard it for nearly 20 years in public life. Every outspoken minority conservative has. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but these spiteful epithets can't enslave us.

Val Prieto is my people. A fierce, freedom-loving American blogger of Cuban descent, he rejects race-card games and refuses to be lumped in with Hispanic ethnic grievance-mongers. In response to pro-illegal immigration marchers who infamously desecrated the American flag, Prieto wrote: "I have never and will never, despite having many issues with the government of the United States throughout the years, burn a flag of the United States of America. I am Cuban by birth, American by the grace of God. And a darned proud, dignified, thankful and respectful American. ... I refuse to be lumped together as a class or a race simply because we speak a similar language. ... I ain't Mexican, I ain't Latino and I ain't Hispanic. I am an American of Cuban descent. And damned proud of it."

Katrina Pierson is my people. She's a feisty young Texas mom and Dallas tea party activist who supports limited government principles and rejects left-wing identity politics. She confronted the NAACP last year with a rousing manifesto of political independence and rebutted the left-wing group's attacks on the tea party as racist: "The reality is that we colored people no longer require the assistance from other Negros for advancement," Pierson said. "These groups run to the rescue of distressed brown people only when the media deems it newsworthy. Meanwhile, there are inner city black children who continue to grow up fatherless while sharing a neighborhood with stray bullets, drugs and a plethora of liquor stores on every corner. ... I don't believe that the true meaning of this nation's creed was to move black people from one form of slavery to another."

The NAACP, she observed, is made up of "Democrats who bow to a Democrat master today as they once did over 200 years ago. Once this is realized by the forgotten society, race in this country will be as irrelevant as those who thrive off of it." Amen, sister.

Allen West, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and freshman congressman from Florida who happens to be black, is my people. Unafraid to skewer progressive sacred cows, he speaks boldly against global jihad and its Fifth Column enablers screaming "Islam-o-phobe!" West has also nailed the Congressional Black Caucus as "a monolithic voice that promotes these liberal social welfare policies and programs that are failing in the black community, that are preaching victimization and dependency; that's not the way that we should go."

According to U.S. News and World Report's Kenneth Walsh, President Obama told guests at a private White House dinner that he believed the tea party movement had a "subterranean agenda" of racism against him. But Lt. Col. West summed up the movement's transcendent, post-racial agenda forthrightly: "The tea party is a constitutional, conservative grassroots movement -- and that's it. The tea party stands for three things: They want to see effective, efficient constitutional government, they stand for national security, and they stand for free market, free enterprise solutions. That's it."

It's government of, by and for the people -- all the people. Not just the ones still shackled by reflexive Democratic Party loyalty. We are beholden not to our skin pigment or ethnic tribes, but to American ideals, tradition, history and faith in the individual.

Three, two, one ... RAAAAACIST!

http://townhall.com/columnists/michellemalkin/2011/03/04/we,_the_unhyphenated_americans_meet_my_people/page/full/

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS

"It appears that the Obama administration is more interested in kowtowing to environmental donors in advance of the 2012 election than it is in controlling energy prices. Even with a federal court order to decide on new drilling in the Gulf by March 20, the Obama administration remains obdurate. By refusing to grant a single deep-water permit in the Gulf, Obama has shut down access to one third of America's oil supply. With Libyan oil fields now closed indefinitely and with uncertainty about future production elsewhere in the Middle East, it is a dreadful time to be shutting down America's oil fields as well. Turmoil in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, or Iraq would drive the price of oil up above $150 a barrel, at the very least. A prudent policy would be to increase domestic production in light of uncertainty abroad."

-Jeffrey Folks

"Obama has long been ambivalent about American leadership in the world -- a doubt reflected during the Arab upheavals by his repeated references to universal human rights, rather than American values of freedom. Yet when we have the power to protect our citizens, we cannot be ambivalent about using it. That is why we have a military in the first place: so that the tyrants of Tripoli will fear us, not the other way around."

-Joel Pollak

"There's good reason to believe that Obama has always been lying -- yes, lying -- about opposing gay marriage. For example, in 1996, he told The Windy City Times, 'I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.' But by 2004, Obama very much wanted to be president, and he understood that supporting gay marriage would be a political liability. So he opted for something other than honesty. And in a 2004 interview with a gay publication, Obama strongly hinted his opposition was strategic, not philosophical. ... President Obama says DOMA is unconstitutional, and yet the 'law professor' says he will continue to enforce it. In a properly ordered constitutional republic, this would be a scandal. But in America today, it's cause for eye-rolling, shrugs and platitudes about the demands of politics."

-Jonah Goldberg

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LEFTIST WATCH

At the top of Saturday's CBS Early Show, co-host Russ Mitchell cheered unions protests across the country: "Workers uniting. 50 rallies are planned in 50 states today, as organizers show solidarity with Wisconsin state workers, fighting to preserve their right to collectively bargain for benefits and work conditions." Introducing the segment later, fellow co-host Rebecca Jarvis noted how the protests were organized by MoveOn.org. Rather than accurately label the organization as left-wing, she simply referred to it as "an advocacy group."

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2011/02/28/cbs-proclaims-workers-nation-unite-moveonorg-backed-union-protests

A Wisconsin Democrat Assemblyman turned to a Republican Assemblywoman in the middle of a legislative session Friday and said, "You are f--king dead." No major media outlet other than Fox News has covered this disgusting story.

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/03/01/wisconsin-dem-assemblyman-tells-gop-assemblywoman-you-are-f-king-dead

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said that House Republicans want to strip government funding of PBS because they have a "vendetta against Elmo."

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/146703-sen-boxer-republicans-have-a-vendetta-against-elmo

State governments taking steps to "abolish" collective bargaining rights for workers is similar to slavery, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) contends.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/146739-rangel-abolishing-collective-bargaining-akin-to-slavery-

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ISLAM

Playing dead: The sickening video that shows children recreating suicide bomber attacks as a playground game

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1361725/Video-children-playing-suicide-bomb-game-circulates-Pakistan.html#ixzz1FSMq7Om7

A 13-year-old California schoolgirl who was missing for more than a week ran away because she was terrified by her mother and stepfather's alleged plot to send her to Pakistan for an arranged marriage

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1362442/Missing-13-year-old-girl-fled-avoid-arranged-marriage-Pakistan.html

Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan says Moammar Gadhafi has always been a friend and he won’t distance himself from the Libyan dictator.

http://www.suntimes.com/4047358-417/louis-farrakhan-says-moammar-gadhafi-has-always-been-a-friend.html

A gunman shouting "Allah Akbar" opened fire on a bus carrying U.S. airmen in Frankfurt, Germany, killing two and wounding two others before his gun jammed and he was subdued. (But we mustn’t jump to conclusions.)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/gunman-shouting-allah-akbar-kills-us-airmen-germany/story?id=13037467

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GLOBALONEY

“The renewable energy industry is helping to destroy the UK economy and drive up unemployment says a new report. For every one of David Cameron’s ‘green jobs’ created in the renewable energy sector, another 3.7 jobs are being lost in the real economy, says the independent study by Verso Economics.”

http://orangepunch.ocregister.com/2011/03/03/uk-economy-tanking-from-renewable-energy-stress/41977/

President Obama's green energy push is rapidly proving to be a crooked racket. It works like this: Revolving-door political hires rev up subsidy programs that enrich their former employers. Then they cash out themselves, pocketing taxpayer loot while turning out energy products that range from inefficient technologies to total failures. Faster than the turbine on a subsidized wind mill, the "clean-tech" revolving door spins out green bandits who get rich off the subsidies they helped craft.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/2011/02/obamas-green-subsidies-attract-do-gooder-bandits

So how’s the Chevy Volt doing? Sales for GM's highly touted hybrid electric car, declined in February to 281 vehicles nationwide. Yes, you read that right. This is a drop from December 2010 sales of 326 units and January 2011 sales of 321 units.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/03/obamas_own_hero_project.html

Consumer Reports: GM's Volt 'doesn't really make a lot of sense'

http://detnews.com/article/20110228/AUTO01/102280401/Consumer-Reports--GM’s-Volt-‘doesn’t-really-make-a-lot-of-sense’#ixzz1FMUu1O4p

San Francisco's big push for low-flow toilets has turned into a multimillion-dollar plumbing stink. Skimping on toilet water has resulted in more sludge backing up inside the sewer pipes, said a spokesman for the city Public Utilities Commission. That has created a rotten-egg stench near AT&T Park and elsewhere, especially during the dry summer months.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/27/BAVP1HUSUD.DTL#ixzz1FHiaWqtx

“Why I Am a Global Warming Skeptic, And Why You Should Be Too!”

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7765674/why_i_am_a_global_warming_skeptic.html

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ARTICLES

Looking toward the crucial 2012 presidential race, three things are becoming increasingly clear: 1. A Republican candidate who can unite the Tea Party and the Republican establishment can beat President Obama. 2. There is very little overlap between the potential candidates that the Tea Party favors and the potential candidates that the establishment favors. 3. There are two striking exceptions to the general lack of overlap between the Tea Party favorites and the establishment favorites: Paul Ryan and Chris Christie.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/who-can-unite-republicans-2012_552608.html#read-more

A grim outlook for Senate Democrats, as far as the eye can see. But don't get too comfortable, Senate Republicans, because Charlie Cook has peered into your future and there's trouble ahead for you, too.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/video-charlie-cook-looks-into-senate-s-future-20110228

Steve Forbes: The Obama administration is repeating the mistakes of President Jimmy Carter’s failed energy policies, which marred his term and stigmatized the 1970s. They are leading us straight into another national energy disaster.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/50417.html#ixzz1FSNBHIU9

With the government more than $14 trillion in debt and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) warning that the longer Congress waits to raise the debt ceiling the harder it will be for the Treasury Department to keep the government operating, some have suggested Congress take a note from Sanford and Son and start selling the junk it already owns. So what kinds of crap can we sell off? The federal government reportedly owns more than one fourth of the land in the United States.

http://dailycaller.com/2011/02/25/government-yard-sale-could-help-bring-down-national-debt/

Members of a new Texas association are starting a college scholarship program for a group of students they say do not have as many scholarship options as others -- white men.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41797169/ns/us_news/

The head of one of the US’s biggest industrial groups has launched a scathing attack on Barack Obama’s attempts to repair relations with companies, dubbing him “anti-business”. Manufacturers could shift production out of the US to Canada or Mexico as a result, warned George Buckley, chief executive and chairman of 3M. “I judge people by their feet, not their mouth,” he told the Financial Times. “We know what his instincts are – they are Robin Hood-esque. He is anti-business.”

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/bd9b4100-429b-11e0-8b34-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1FHhkTkIb

“The primary purpose of private-sector unions today is to get workers a larger share of the profits they helped create. But with a power greater than their numbers, these unions have destroyed the manufacturing sector, forcing jobs overseas by driving labor costs above the price consumers here will pay. The government is a monopoly and it earns no profits to be shared. Public employees are already protected by statutes that preclude arbitrary hiring and firing decisions. The primary purpose of public unions today, as ugly as it sounds, is to work against the financial interests of taxpayers: the more public employees are paid in wages and uncapped benefits, the less taxpayers keep of the money they earn. It’s time to call an end to the privileged class. And the White House makes a mistake if it thinks it can grow a manufactured and uncivil unrest into a popular movement. Voters will not follow those who flee.”

http://www.newsweek.com/2011/02/27/do-we-still-need-unions-no.html

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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES

The only chart you need to see:

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-only-chart-you-need-to-see-to-understand-why-the-us-is-screwed-2011-2

Fat Cat Union Salaries Exposed! Example, the NEA has 31 headquarters officers and employees who earn over $200,000.

http://nation.foxnews.com/politics/2011/03/03/fat-cat-union-salaries-exposed

America’s last WWI veteran has passed away, at age 110. He lied about his age at 16 and joined the army as an ambulance driver.

http://www.frankbuckles.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Buckles

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LATE NITE

Jay Leno: A federal watchdog agency says that overlapping and duplicate programs waste billions of dollars each year. Congress is taking this study so seriously that they’re ordering a second study to look into it.

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WISE WORDS

"Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it."

-Judge Learned Hand

"Marriage is in its origin a contract of natural law. It is the parent, and not the child of society; the source of civility and a sort of seminary of the republic."

-Justice Joseph Story

"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite."

-James Madison, Federalist No. 45

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