Saturday, June 25, 2011

op ed review 6/26


Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told the House Small Business Committee that the Obama administration believes taxes on small business must increase so the administration does not have to “shrink the overall size of government programs.”

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office finds that President Obama’s economic stimulus program has nearly doubled U.S. debt.

By a 44 percent to 34 percent margin, Americans say they believe they are worse off than when President Barack Obama took office.

Among likely independent voters, only 23 percent said they will back his re-election, while 36 percent said they definitely will look for another candidate.

Tony the Tiger, some NASCAR drivers and cookie-selling Girl Scouts will be out of a job unless grocery manufacturers agree to reinvent a vast array of their products to satisfy the Obama administration's food police.

Sen. Jim DeMint has a message to fellow Republicans in Congress: If you support increasing the debt ceiling without first passing a balanced budget amendment and massive across-the-board spending cuts, you're gone -- destined to be swept out of Congress by a wave of voter anger.

New Jersey's Democratic-led Legislature gave final approval to Gov. Christie’s plan that would require public workers to pay more for benefits. The bill, which was bitterly opposed by public-sector unions, would raise the retirement age and increase employee contributions to their pension and healthcare plans, reducing the state's burden by potentially tens of billions of dollars.,0,7424021.story

President Obama has built history’s largest machine for scooping up the $20, $50 and $100 contributions that could catapult his reelection campaign to the billion-dollar mark next year.

The Republican House is flinching on passing the simplest and most symbolic piece of legislation this term: repeal of the incandescent light bulb phase out. “Amidst great fanfare and promises to restore limited government, the new majority is proving it isn't much different than the old majority.”

The National Labor Relations Board has proposed new rules to drastically shorten the period workers have to consider a vote to join a union.

U.S. Agriculture Department officials have asked the Office of Personnel Management, which oversees all federal employee policies, to impose its intense brand of homosexual sensitivity training on all federal departments. The training includes a discussion of “heterosexism” -- the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman -- and compares it to racism.

President Obama heads to New York City to headline a $1,250 per ticket event for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. The money raised will go to a joint fundraising committee that contributes to both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Obama for America (OFA).

In a landmark turnabout, one of the cornerstones of contemporary liberalism is being rejected by one of the fountainheads of liberalism. The politically correct doctrine of multiculturalism is heading for decline, as Holland, one of the most socially liberal societies on earth, is reversing its former policy of multiculturalism…This occurred just a day before a Dutch court acquitted Geert Wilders of defaming Islam by, in part, reading from the Koran. It looks as though common sense is triumphing in one of the nations which led the western world down the path of political correctness. It is hard to overstate the potential importance of this development for societies elsewhere, including the United States.

For the first time, minorities make up a majority of babies born in the U.S. Preliminary census estimates also show the share of African-American households headed by women - made up of mostly single mothers - now exceeds African-American households with married couples.

When the Department of Education last week released the results of the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress -- "the Nation's Report Card" -- the bottom line was depressingly predictable: Not even a quarter of American students is proficient in US history, and the percentage declines as students grow older. Only 20 percent of 6th graders, 17 percent of 8th graders, and 12 percent of high school seniors demonstrate a solid grasp on their nation's history.

In the most significant global warming case to reach its front doors, the Supreme Court blocked a major lawsuit brought by states and environmental groups against five large power companies they accused of creating a public nuisance because of carbon dioxide emissions.



James Delingpole in the London Telegraph 6/24

“The science is settled: US liberals really are the dumbest creatures on the planet”

……as I sat at breakfast this morning…I found myself wondering – not for the first time – why it is that liberal-lefties manage to be so utterly wrong about everything.

“Because they’re stupid,” said a libertarian friend of mine.

“Oh come on, not all of them surely? A bit misguided, maybe but…” I protested.

“No really they’re stupid because they’re not interested in facts. They just want to construct their pretty little narrative about the world, regardless of whether or not it has any bearing on reality. And then they want to dump it on us. And ruin our lives. So not just stupid but evil too.”

Well, you know me: what a big-hearted, sensitive, caring, emollient kind of guy I am. I thought these words were harsh, really harsh. But that was before I saw a video of Chris Matthews, one of America’s most popular liberal talk show hosts, talking to a liberal journalist……And guess what these liberals believe the problem with Climate Change is? Go on: think of the most stupid, reality-denying, fact-ignoring, evidence-torturing tosh anyone involved in the media could possibly have to say on the subject……..Yes, they think that the naughty yellow pixies who pull the special, magic Climat-O-Levers which control the weather have been paid by evil capitalists with fat cigars in their mouth and $ signs on their pinstripe suits to make the world’s climate all horrid so that poor, underprivileged and disabled people and endangered creatures suffer – and that the reason we don’t know about it is because the media is run by evil Conservatives who want to keep this truth a secret.

Well, almost. What these liberal opinion-formers actually think – and you’ve really got to hand it to them: not even a lobotomised amoeba could beat them in a competition for dumbest creature on the planet, these three are absolute champs, Matthews especially, make no mistake – is as follows.

They think the main reasons for the public’s growing scepticism on Climate Change are 1. The media has been far too balanced on the subject and is not pushing the eco-message hard enough. 2. Big business is funding Climate Denialism. 3. Evil Conservatives – led by Evil Talk Show Hosts Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck – are deliberately telling lies about Climate Change. 4. The Republican party is “anti-science”.

My favorite bit is the one where Chris Matthews, who I believe takes himself seriously as a journalist, declares: “I hate that even-handed, so-called objective journalism…” ..Let’s examine a few of the claims which he and his two guest liberal echo chambers made on Hardball.

1. The media under-reports climate change. Oh yes. That will explain, for example, the recent widely reported story Decline Of Oceans Worse Than Previously Thought – given unquestioning coverage everywhere from the Sydney Morning Herald, the New York Times and Time magazine to the BBC. Yet as research from Ben Pile at Climate Resistance shows, most of these experts offering their supposed expert views on the imminence of pelagic climate doom were in fact just an ad hoc group of activists from heavily politicised organisations like Greenpeace and Pew Environment Group. Such is the state of Environmental reporting around the world these days: it consists of little more than lovingly transcribed press releases from hardcore eco-loon pressure groups.

2 Jo Nova has estimated that the amount spent by government agencies, left-leaning charitable foundations and big business promoting “global warming” is approximately 3,500 times more than the amount spent funding climate change scepticism.

3. With notable exceptions such as Fox news, US conservative talk radio, the generally right-leaning blogosphere and one or two papers such as Canada’s National Post, the Wall Street Journal and the Daily Express there are few media outlets in the world which broadcast anything other than green propaganda. Far from being evil, the likes of Beck and Limbaugh are islands of truth in a (presumably doomed, increasingly acidified) ocean of lies…

4. Would that be “science” in the sense used by Al Gore, as in the received wisdom of a self-selecting cabal of post-normal activist scientists who dominate organizations like the IPCC, the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society. If so, then the Republican party is indeed “anti-science” because it…bases its scientific views on old fashioned virtues like rationalism, empiricism and open-minded, honest research rather than junk science dogma.

If we’re talking about science in the more old fashioned sense of the word as it might have been understood by, say Isaac Newton, rather than James Hansen or Al Gore, then no, the Republicans are not “anti-science.”

Another delightful read: “America has gotten a steady whiff of B.O. emanating from the White House and its environs for two and a half years now, and even those notoriously asnomiac leftists closest to our foundering President are holding their noses…..Obama's devoted followers, mainly the leftist simpletons in the press claque, continue to find imaginative new ways to structure polling questions designed to maintain the illusion that B.O. is not only still popular, but well-nigh unbeatable…….The fact of the matter is that if the election were to be held today, Obama would lose by 5 points to your mother-in-law, by 7 points to Muammar Ghaddafy, and possibly by double digits to Gary Busey…… His foreign policies are Carteresque, his economic policies are Hooveresque, and his administration's ethics are Clintonesque. B.O.'s approach to the Presidency is so abhorrent, that he may actually be able to accomplish something that even Jimmy Carter couldn't do: he might actually lose the votes of liberal Jewish Americans……..B.O. is Hawaiian toast. The latest polls show that merely 30% of voters intend to vote for Obama in 2012. Support for B.O. is falling like the Roadrunner with an anvil racing off a cliff. He will be lucky to carry Hawaii and Bernie Sanders. B.O.unbeatable? B.S.”



"What the economy is missing is commercial loan activity or a willingness by corporate boards to part with cash. It's missing those components because bankers and board members generally aren't dopes when it comes to business decisions. Nope, we have enough money to get out of the doldrums. The problem isn't liquidity. The problem is that we have way more Obama than our economy can stand. ... Not a day goes by that I don't see several stories about how the administration is trying to either sue some business or impose new regulations on them. It's absolutely impossible for business owners to make competent plans to hire people under the Obama administration."

-John Ransom

"If doting progressives stopped gazing longingly into 'Obama's face' for just a moment, they might notice that in Benghazi 'democracy activists' have been rounding up Libyan blacks and immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa. In Bahrain 'democracy activists' have attacked hundreds of Bangladeshis and Pakistanis, ripping the tongue out of one muezzin and leaving him brain damaged. What's so 'multicultural' about the pampered middle-aged narcissists of the West's leisurely 'activist' varsity pretending that the entire planet is just like them? You can learn a lot from the deceptions a society chooses to swallow. ... That's because the liberal worldview is a fiction."

-Mark Steyn

"It saddens me when sometimes my fellow Republicans duck and cover in the face of pressure from the left. Our party cannot be all things to all people……Our opponents on the left are never going to like us, so let's quit trying to curry favor with them!"

-Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)



“The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture” by David Mamet. Mamet pulls no punches in his art or in his politics. And as a former liberal who woke up, he will win over an entirely new audience of others who have grown irate over America's current direction.

More than any other Republican presidential prospect, Sarah Palin draws white-hot journalistic loathing. She's too red-state, too gun-toting, too religious and too unwilling to abort a disabled "fetus." Even so, filmmaker Stephen Bannon remains deeply optimistic that his forthcoming Palin documentary, "The Undefeated," will sway the media to see Palin in a different light.

Filmmaker John Ziegler has been one of Sarah Palin’s most vocal supporters. He got her cooperation for his film “Media Malpractice,” which blasted the press coverage of her. But Ziegler told CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this morning that it would be devastating for the Republican Party if Palin ran for president next year. “She has no chance of beating Barack Obama, and the media narrative that has been created about her is the No. 1 reason why,” Ziegler told Howard Kurtz. “It’s not her fault. It’s not fair…”



The calendar says summer starts tomorrow in the Northern Hemisphere. The snow falling in the mountains of Colorado tells a different story.

The NASA scientist who once claimed the Bush administration tried to "silence" his global warming claims is now accused of receiving more than $1.2 million from the very environmental organizations whose agenda he advocated. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C., a group claims NASA is withholding documents that show James Hansen failed to comply with ethics rules and financial disclosures regarding substantial compensation he earned outside his $180,000 taxpayer-paid position as director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. "Hansen's office appears to be somewhat of a rogue operation.”



In many European minds, America is run by religious fundamentalists and moustache-twirling defense contractors. So, for the sake of balance, it is good to be reminded that there are some real liberal nutjobs living out there too. And you won’t find a more liberal or nuttier city than San Francisco. The San Francisco Animal Control and Welfare Commission has proposed a ban on the sale of goldfish.

General Motors (GM) continues apace its government-backed conversion from a company existing to manufacture automobiles for money – into a fully-formed, Leftist ideological entity working as another wing of the Barack Obama Administration’s fundamental transformation of America. A de facto non-profit organization posing as a for-profit car joint. That seems less and less concerned with designing cars people want, and is instead looking to redesign the nation – with products and policies Americans have time and again demonstrated they don’t want anything to do with.

In order to understand liberalism, all one needs to do is take note of what the left applauds versus what they attack. Case in point: Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann -- wife, mother to five biological children, and foster mother to 23 teenagers -- has now become the focal point of left-wing attacks as they prepare to diminish her stature by attacking her family.



Far more disturbing than the salacious details of Rep Anthony Weiner's dalliances is the fact that apparently his mother-in-law is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In a victory for decency and sanity, the Court of Amsterdam has acquitted Dutch politician Geert Wilders of all of the “hate speech” charges that have been hanging over his head for several years now. “This is a decisive defeat for the Islamic supremacist forces that have been trying to destroy the freedom of speech and compel dhimmi Western governments to label the truth about Islam and jihad as “hate speech.”



Karl Rove: Why Obama Is Likely to Lose in 2012.

10 Reasons Obama is a One-Term President

Five Arguments Against Gay Marriage

A mistake that is hard to forgive: Barack Obama confuses a posthumous Medal of Honor winner with a live one.

CNN reporter: "How's the family ready for this [the election]? It's going to be quite vicious, isn't it? How do you prepare for that?" First Lady Michelle Obama: "….Fortunately, we have help from the media…I'm very grateful for the support….”

A real life experiment has revealed the madness of raising the minimum wage. One of the tenets of brain dead liberalism is that raising the minimum wage benefits workers. In the imaginary world of liberals, government edicts make the world run, and market forces count for nothing. Such thinking can only come from people who have never invested their own money, taken responsibility for hiring and paying people, and had to live with market responses. The GAO has just released a report on the effect of raising the minimum wage in American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands to mainland US levels. What cause could appeal more to liberals? Eliminating discrimination! Treating all American citizens the same! Rescuing exploited workers from evil companies exploiting them! Here is what happened: In American Samoa, employment fell 19 percent….

The Democrats’ “historic achievement,” shocking as it seems, turns out to be an expensive, jobs-crippling monstrosity that is filled with unintended consequences. Employers are likely to dump employees into highly subsidized exchanges. It’s not going to bend the cost curve. And today, the Associated Press reports: President Barack Obama’s health care law would let several million middle-class people get nearly free insurance meant for the poor, a twist government number crunchers say they discovered only after the complex bill was signed.

You know the debt situation is bad when even AARP changes its tune on Social Security.



AFAs fact sheet on Home Depot

Rush Limbaugh is getting into the iced tea business

“Our goal is to cover the ongoing debate about the future of the Republican party and conservatism in America. And to help spur it along.”

Don’t throw out your kiddie pool, it may have other uses:



Leno: President Obama announced this week that he is going to start sending out his own messages personally on Twitter. And today Anthony Weiner said, “It’s a trap, don’t do it!” But President Obama’s tweets are a little different than Anthony Weiner’s. When Obama sends out pictures of something obscene, it’s the unemployment numbers……..According to new polls, 66 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. But the good news is, gas is so expensive and traffic is so bad that we won’t get there for a long time…….Officials still can't say what happened to $6.6 billion that was sent to Iraq for reconstruction. That's money we could have wasted and mismanaged right here at home.



"The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it."

-HL Mencken

"I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious."

-Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, June 18, 2011

op ed review 6/19


Twenty-eight months after Congress passed President Obama’s signature economic stimulus law, and nearly one year after he declared the summer of 2010 to be “Recovery Summer,” 1.9 million fewer people are employed.

President Obama joked about 'shovel-ready projects. "Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.”

The “misery index”, the sum of unemployment and inflation, is at the highest point in 28 years. “…a nausea-inducing 12.7—9.1 percent for unemployment and 3.6 percent for annualized inflation—a number not seen since 1983.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that individuals have standing to challenge federal laws as violations of state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment. “This decision is as radical in the direction of liberty as the New Deal was radical in the direction of socialism.”

For the third week in a row, a generic Republican candidate leads President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 election matchup.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney continues to lead the race for the Republican nomination, but Michele Bachmann has surged into second place following her Monday night entry into the campaign.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, sent President Obama a letter Tuesday afternoon warning him that the operation in Libya will be violating the War Powers Resolution by this Sunday, which marks the 90th day of U.S. military involvement in the country.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld the state's controversial collective-bargaining law Tuesday, ruling that a lower-court judge who put the law on hold improperly interfered with the legislature.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry opened the door a little wider to a presidential bid on Tuesday by telling Fox News Channel that he is “giving it the appropriate thought.” “Six weeks ago, this was not on my radar screen,” Mr. Perry told the cable network during a trip to New York. He said he’s considering it now because his wife, Anita, and others urged him to think about it.

Gov. Perry ventured far from his home state on Sunday to address a largely Hispanic group at an anti-abortion rally in Los Angeles.

The co-chairmen of President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, say that that the US faces “the most predictable economic crisis in history” within the next two years. The tipping point "will come when the rating agencies find out we have no plan" to seriously address federal spending and the national debt.

When adding in all of the money owed to cover future liabilities in entitlement programs the US is actually in worse financial shape than Greece and other debt-laden European countries, Pimco's Bill Gross told CNBC Monday. Taken together, Gross puts the total at "nearly $100 trillion……”That's much more than Greece, that's much more than almost any other developed country. We've got a problem and we have to get after it quickly."

Rep. Anthony Weiner’s decision to resign brings a scandal that consumed Washington for several weeks to an end. Score another one for conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.

According a front page story in the New York Times’s Week in Review, disgraced Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner was a victim of a newly “puritanical” climate in Washington. “When it comes to scandal, boys will be boys.”

Republican Reagan Dunn Launches Campaign for Washington State Attorney General – Says McKenna Will Lead Way in 2012

Acting on a new state law, the Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal has condemned a controversial Mexican-American studies courses and warned the district could lose a portion of its state funding if it does not comply with the law within 60 days. Auditors reported “Texts and other materials for the junior-level courses referenced White people as "oppressors" and "oppressing" Latino people.”

A bill encouraging the use of natural-gas-powered vehicles will give the EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gases while rewarding the Democratic left's patron saint, George Soros.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saw her net worth rise 62 percent last year, cementing her status as one of the wealthiest members of Congress.

Armed agents of the U.S. Department of Education bashed their way into a California man’s house and held him and his children while they apparently searched for evidence of alleged student loan fraud involving his estranged wife. “Why does the U.S. Department of Education need a SWAT squad?”



Investor’s Business Daily 6/14

“Government Greed”

Sen. Dick Durbin, the Illinois Democrat, is behind yet another attempt to collect taxes on Internet retail sales. Lawmakers' desperate pursuit of other people's money never ends. Durbin's bill, called the Main Street Fairness Act, would let the 44 states that levy a sales tax collect revenues on Web sales even when the seller has no physical presence in the buyer's state.

The bill will supposedly fix the "unfair advantage" that Web retailers have "over Main Street bricks-and-mortar businesses" that are required to charge sales taxes, Durbin says. Such a policy would be a departure from the way Internet sales have been conducted in the past, a process that has been validated by the Supreme Court. Because it's in reality nothing more than a modern version of mail-order sales, e-commerce has been treated in the same way catalog sales were handled in the days when Americans shopped at Sears and J.C. Penney via the U.S. Postal Service.

Durbin's effort is not the first. The political class has been trying to get its hands on Web sales since it became clear it was a growing industry. The greed has been seething for some time.

Lawmakers have been watching large amounts of cash exchange hands without them being in the middle of the transactions. They are not content to sit on the sidelines while they can force their way into relationships in which they aren't welcome. Simply put, they can't resist getting their hands on money they neither earned nor were given.

The pot of gold for lawmakers is the $10.1 billion in uncollected e-commerce sales tax revenue they say they're missing this year. They act as if the money is rightfully theirs and not the hard-earned salaries and wages of the public that's buying online out from under the hand of the state.

While politicians are plotting their next act of larceny, one well-known company is refusing to yield. has pulled a distribution center out of Texas because State Comptroller Susan Combs sent the company a $269 million bill for unpaid sales taxes. The Web retailer, with $34 billion in yearly sales, has clearly indicated that it will continue to walk away from states that are trying to muscle in on its business.

Should Durbin's bill become law, the exodus is likely to grow beyond Amazon's flight from Texas. And it won't be an escape from one state to another, but more a withdrawal from the country.

It's easy to imagine that Amazon and others would do business offshore to avoid a tax that should not be levied. In an age in which jobs are hard to come by, pushing Amazon out of the country wouldn't be wise. Unlike most of the poor policy ideas that are hammered into law in Washington, an e-commerce sales tax is not a solely Democratic ambition. GOP Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming is in part responsible for Durbin's bill. Which makes us wonder: Who will protect consumers from this beast? Who will represent their interests?

Lawmakers excuse their envious ways by employing the poverty defense. They claim that states are in deep fiscal trouble, putting them in dire need of new revenue, a need that can be met only by draining taxpayers ever drier. But who put the states' affairs in such a poor position? The fact that they spent themselves into the miserable holes they are in doesn't generate a lot of sympathy. Neither does the fact that they refuse to call off their schemes to loot other people's wallets when times are easier.

It should be painfully clear to all that lawmakers are a covetous group. Their greed knows no bounds. Their lack of respect for the taxpayers whom they plunder knows no depths.



"In the course of any given year, Congress votes on taxes, medical care, military spending, foreign aid, agriculture, labor, international trade, airlines, housing, insurance, courts, natural resources, and much more. There are professionals who have spent their entire adult lives specializing in just one of these fields. The idea that Congress can be competent in all these areas simultaneously is staggering. Yet, far from pulling back -- as banks or other private enterprises must, if they don't want to be ruined financially by operating beyond the range of their competence -- Congress is constantly expanding further into more fields. Having spent years ruining the housing markets with their interference, leading to a housing meltdown that has taken the whole economy down with it, politicians have now moved on into micro-managing automobile companies and medical care. They are not going to stop unless they get stopped. And that is not going to happen until the voters recognize the fact that political rhetoric is no substitute for competence."

-Thomas Sowell

"We are in the midst of a once-in-a-generation debate about the nature of the welfare state (entitlement versus safety net) and, indeed, of the social contract between citizen and state (e.g., whether Congress can mandate -- compel -- you to purchase whatever it wills). Let's finish that debate. Start with Obama's abysmal stewardship, root it in his out-of-touch social-democratic ideology, and win. That would create the strongest mandate for conservative governance since the Reagan era."

-Charles Krauthammer

"The problem is that Weinergate goes to the heart of the Democrats' cultural liberalism. Try as they might to disown him, he embodies the party's moral rot. Mr. Weiner is a progressive crusader. He has championed almost every secular leftist cause. ... The result has been a coarsening of our culture, the breakdown of the family and the disintegration of a moral consensus. Mr. Weiner is simply a product of modern liberalism -- self-absorbed narcissism combined with an obsession for sexual gratification."

-Jeffrey T. Kuhner

"Take the 'tea parties,' which have been accused of racism by the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus, mainstream media outlets and entertainer-activists such as Janeane Garofalo, who proclaimed they are 'about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up.' So, after nearly two years of 'experts' telling us that the typical tea party member is two holes in a white sheet shy of being a Klansman, guess who is arguably the most popular tea party candidate for president? Herman Cain, a black businessman.

-Jonah Goldberg



"Crimes Against Liberty," by David Limbaugh. “…..issues a damning indictment of President Barack Obama for encroaching upon and stripping us of our individual and sovereign rights. Laying out his case like he would a criminal complaint, Limbaugh presents the evidence—count-by-count—against Obama. From exploiting the financial crisis for political gain, to restricting our personal freedoms through invasive healthcare and “green” policies, to endangering America with his feckless diplomacy and reckless dismantlement of our national security systems, Limbaugh proves—beyond a reasonable doubt—that Obama is guilty of crimes against liberty. Comprehensive and compelling, this is Limbaugh’s most powerful book yet.”

Hannity interviews Steve Bannon (“The Undefeated”). “…she is an existential threat to the establishment.” Movie comes out July 15th.



“U.N. climate propaganda exposed….Industry lobbyists behind ‘scientific’ claims in IPCC press release”



As President Obama shifts increasingly into reelection mode, he is feeling persistent anger and discontent from the left as well as the right. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer was heckled and booed Friday at the annual Netroots Nation conference in Minnesota, a gathering of liberal activists from the online political community.

Within hours after Anthony Weiner announced his resignation from Congress, former MSNBC gabber Keith Olbermann suggested he may hire the soon-to-be-former New York lawmaker for a talk show on former Vice President Al Gore's fledgling television network, Current TV.



In the UK, “It's time to confront this taboo: First cousin marriages in Muslim communities are putting hundreds of children at risk..”

“Afghanistan's booming car sales industry has been thrown into chaos by a growing aversion to the number "39," which almost overnight has become an unlikely synonym for pimp and a mark of shame. Drivers of cars with number plates containing 39, bought before the once-harmless double digits took on their new meaning, are mocked and taunted across Kabul.”

“….Refusing to learn the language, the immigrants promise the destruction of the very country they are occupying. They receive welfare and free housing while vowing to remake Europe into a new world order Caliphate…..The monetary benefits are considered ''jizya,'' a tribute that infidels in Muslim-controlled countries must pay..”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton officially opened an exhibition about the scientific achievements of Muslim civilization at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.



Seven Republican presidential candidates debated in New Hampshire. “As our US editor Toby Harnden observes, only one had any impact: Michele Bachmann.”

“Don't kid yourself: beating a seated President is NEVER a cakewalk. Knocking off Barack Hussein Obama won't be a snap either. He may raise as much as a billion dollars, the mainstream media will pull out all the stops to get him re-elected, and he has the power of the presidency to try to impact events….

Could Big Media look any dumber? The all-points-bulletin attention that national media organizations gave to the release last week of official e-mails from Sarah Palin's tenure as Alaska's governor sure backfired. Not only was Palin not discredited by the emails, but they exposed to the public a competent leader and a rather decent human being. Imagine the disappointment of The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and other outlets.

“Could they be more pitiful? The liberal media are literally dumpster-diving Sarah Palin now — combing through 24,000 pages of Palin’s e-mails during her time as governor…Leftist media…..have flown reporters to Juneau to sift through the e-mails, like breathless schoolchildren reading from the private diary of the girl they really hate….Even the Guardian — a newspaper from London, England, put four reporters on the file….”

The trove of more than 13,000 emails…paints a picture of her as an idealistic, conscientious, humorous and humane woman slightly bemused by the world of politics. If anything, Mrs Palin seems likely to emerge from the scrutiny of the 24,000 pages, contained in six boxes and weighing 275 pounds, with her reputation considerably enhanced. It comes at a moment when the battle for the Republican nomination appears set to be transformed by the late entry of Governor Rick Perry of Texas, a social conservative and Palin ally who could almost immediately leap to the front of a currently lacklustre field. Sources close to Mr Perry have confirmed that he is “highly likely” to announce a presidential run in the coming days. Intriguingly, they have also hinted at a something they believe would increase immeasurably Mr Perry’s chances of winning the White House – an endorsement from Mrs Palin.

In the last four weeks Sarah Palin scored 959,000,000 Google hits, almost a billion.

On the other hand: “A Conservative Woman's Problem with Palin”

Former New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree -- best known for making a famous catch against his helmet during Super Bowl XLII -- spoke out against gay marriage Wednesday, claiming it is the first step towards "anarchy." Asked what he thought would happen if gay marriage was legalized across the US, Tyree said, "This will be the beginning of our country sliding toward, it's a strong word, but anarchy. "How can marriage be marriage for thousands of years and now all the sudden because a minority, an influential minority, has a push or agenda ... and totally reshapes something that was not founded in our country," he added.

This is all you need to know about Obama’s economic program to understand why joblessness remains so persistent: The number one recommendation that the White House economic team and his jobs council – a council made up of the two top executives at GE and American Express- can come up with to jump start our economy is spending $2 billion on remedial training for our high school graduates.




Nice animal story:



Leno: According to a new report, only 12 percent of American high school students can pass a basic history test. That’s the lowest percentage since our country was founded in 1922…….President Obama said regarding the economy, "The sky is not falling." The poll numbers are falling, the market is falling, support for the war in Libya is falling, Anthony Weiner’s pants are falling, but the sky is fine……According to the latest survey on the economy, 48 percent of the people surveyed think we'll have a great depression. The other 52 percent think it will just be a pretty good depression……..According to the Wall Street Journal, economic experts now fear there may be a second recession. A second recession? When did the first one end?



"If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy."

-Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, June 11, 2011

op ed review 6/12


The government added $5.3 trillion in new financial obligations in 2010, largely for retirement programs such as Medicare and Social Security. That brings to a record $61.6 trillion the total of financial promises not paid for. The $61.6 trillion in unfunded obligations amounts to $534,000 per household. That's more than five times what Americans have borrowed for everything else — mortgages, car loans and other debt.

Once provisions of Obamacare start to kick in during 2014, at least three of every 10 employers will probably stop offering health coverage, a survey released Monday shows.

A new study shows many Americans will have to keep on working well into their 70s and 80s to afford retirement, according to the study, titled “The Impact of Deferring Retirement Age on Retirement Income Adequacy.”

Obama Proclaims June 'Gender Confusion' Month AKA: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month

“Old Navy selling 'gay' shirts - donates profits to activists”

Britain’s Boy Scout organization has embraced homosexuality. “…the Scouts are looking to welcome more gay recruits and leaders..”

The public opinion boost President Obama received after the killing of Osama bin Laden has dissipated, and Americans’ disapproval of how he is handling the nation’s economy and the deficit has reached new highs, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The Washington Post fact checker: “President Obama’s phony accounting on the auto industry bailout” What we found is one of the most misleading collections of assertions we have seen in a short presidential speech

The New York Times is now an opposition research arm of the Democratic Party. “Help Us Investigate the Sarah Palin E-Mail Records. On Friday, the State of Alaska will release more than 24,000 of Sarah Palin’s e-mails covering much of her tenure as governor of Alaska. Times reporters will be in Juneau, the state capital, to begin the process of reviewing the e-mails…..We’re asking readers to help us identify interesting and newsworthy e-mails, people and events that we may want to highlight.”

Rep. Anthony D. Weiner (D-NY) has become the face of the Democratic Party. The unfortunately named congressman has admitted sending sexual messages, as well as a lewd photo of his crotch, to numerous women - six so far and counting. Moreover, a picture of his naked genitals is circulating on the Internet. Mr. Weiner, however, refuses to resign. At a news conference Monday, he admitted to exercising bad judgment and apologized repeatedly to his wife, Huma Abedin, who is pregnant.

A few days later, “Anthony Weiner admits contact with girl, 17”

It took the contact with the 17 year old girl to get Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the DNC chair to finally turn on him.

“Even Bill Clinton is appalled.”

Perhaps Rep Weiner was thinking of himself in 2007 when he said: "Sadly, the Internet is the predator's venue of choice today. We need to update our strategies and our laws to stop these offenders who are a mere click away from our children."

A federal grand jury indicted two-time democratic presidential candidate John Edwards over $925,000 spent to keep his mistress and their baby in hiding during the peak of his 2008 campaign for the White House.

The Labor Department says the unemployment rate for those aged 16 to 19 last month was more than 24 percent. Compare that to May of 2000, when the rate was less than 13 percent.

About 6.2 million Americans, 45.1 percent of all unemployed workers in this country, have been jobless for more than six months - a higher percentage than during the Great Depression.

Herman Cain is the preference of more Georgia Republican voters than any other GOP presidential candidate, according to a statewide poll.

Howard Dean, former DNC Chair, warns democrats that Sarah Palin could defeat President Obama in 2012. Dean says his fellow Democrats should beware of inside-the-Beltway conventional wisdom that Obama would crush Palin in a general-election contest next year.

“A legion of 1,600 newly-recruited Democratic campaign volunteers are fanning out across 40 states today to begin laying the groundwork for the reelection of President Barack Obama…”

Portugal throws out the Socialists

Mitt Romney has broken with his party's conservative ranks to declare global warming a real threat to the planet that merits some sort of action to curb heat-trapping emissions.

In the past two years, two public safety stories have dominated global news headlines - an explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and a nuclear power plant meltdown in Japan. Yet in the recent German organic-food-disease outbreak, nearly twice as many people already have died as in the two other industrial accidents.

Great moments in socialized medicine: “Nurses casually stepped over a patient as he lay dying on a hospital floor. Peter Thompson, 41, was left in a corridor for ten hours before someone noticed he had passed away.

In a final act of indignity, hospital auxiliaries pulled his lifeless body across the floor in a manner his family described as like ‘dragging a dead animal’.



Thomas Sowell 5/10

One of the sad and dangerous signs of our times is how many people are enthralled by words, without bothering to look at the realities behind those words. One of those words that many people seldom look behind is "education." But education can cover anything from courses on nuclear physics to courses on baton twirling.

Unfortunately, an increasing proportion of American education, whether in the schools or in the colleges and universities, is closer to the baton twirling end of the spectrum than toward the nuclear physics end. Even reputable colleges are increasingly teaching things that students should have learned in high school.

We don't have a backlog of serious students trying to take serious courses. If you look at the fields in which American students specialize in colleges and universities, those fields are heavily weighted toward the soft end of the spectrum. When it comes to postgraduate study in tough fields like math and science, you often find foreign students at American universities receiving more of such degrees than do Americans.

A recent headline in the Chronicle of Higher Education said: "Master's in English: Will Mow Lawns." It featured a man with that degree who has gone into the landscaping business because there is no great demand for people with Master's degrees in English.

Too many of the people coming out of even our most prestigious academic institutions graduate with neither the skills to be economically productive nor the intellectual development to make them discerning citizens and voters. Students can graduate from some of the most prestigious institutions in the country, without ever learning anything about science, mathematics, economics or anything else that would make them either a productive contributor to the economy or an informed voter who can see through political rhetoric.

On the contrary, people with such "education" are often more susceptible to demagoguery than the population at large. Nor is this a situation peculiar to America....Many Third World countries have turned out so many people with diplomas, but without meaningful skills, that "the educated unemployed" became a cliche among people who study such countries. This has not only become a personal problem for those individuals who have been educated, or half-educated, without acquiring any ability to fulfill their rising expectations, it has become a major economic and political problem for these countries.

Such people have proven to be ideal targets for demagogues promoting polarization and strife. We in the United States are still in the early stages of that process. But you need only visit campuses where whole departments feature soft courses preaching a sense of victimhood and resentment, and see the consequences in racial and ethnic polarization on campus.

There are too many other soft courses that allow students to spend years in college without becoming educated in any real sense. We don't need more government "investment" to produce more of such "education." Lofty words like "investment" should not blind us to the ugly reality of political porkbarrel spending.

Edited from a longer column, read it here:



"The president and his supporters call for tax increases as a means to cover the deficit, but higher tax revenues cannot eliminate the deficit. Controlling for inflation, federal tax revenue today is 23 times greater than it was in 1960, but congressional spending is 42 times greater. During the last half-century, except for five years, the nation has faced a federal budget deficit. It's just simple math. If tax revenues soar, but congressional spending soars more, budget deficits cannot be avoided. People ask what can be done to save our nation from decline. To ask that represents a misunderstanding of history and possibly a bit of arrogance. After all, how different are Americans from the Romans, Spaniards, French and the English? These were once mighty nations standing at the top of civilization. At the height of these nation's prosperity, no one would have predicted that they'd become third-rate nations, especially England. ... One chief causal factor for the decline of these former great nations is what has been described as 'bread and circuses,' where government spends money for the shallow and immediate wants of the population, and civic virtue all but disappears. For the past half-century, our nation has been doing precisely what brought down other great nations. We might have now reached the point of no return. If so, do we deserve it?"

-Walter E. Williams

"Take the 'tea parties,' which have been accused of racism by the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus, mainstream media outlets and entertainer-activists such as Janeane Garofalo, who proclaimed they are 'about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up.' So, after nearly two years of 'experts' telling us that the typical tea party member is two holes in a white sheet shy of being a Klansman, guess who is arguably the most popular tea party candidate for president? Herman Cain, a black businessman.

-Jonah Goldberg



New York Times bestselling author and conservative political commentator Ann Coulter's new book, "Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America", tackles politics once again, this time taking on the liberal left and what she describes as their "mob behavior." In "Demonic," Coulter traces the words and movements of groups from the Ku Klux Klan and the SDS to anti-war protesters and Democrats today to argue her point that liberals have "consistently used mob tactics to implement their idea of the 'general will.'"

“The Undefeated,” the flattering new documentary about Sarah Palin, has inked a distribution deal with North America’s second-largest movie theater chain for a July 15 release. AMC Theatres will show “The Undefeated” in markets including Dallas, Denver, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Atlanta, Orange County…..the filmmakers also plan to take “The Undefeated” to the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina for one-night premieres.

For years the French glossed over their part in the Holocaust. Now a hit film is forcing them to face their guilt.



New Al Qaeda Video: “American Muslims Should Buy Guns, Start Shooting People”

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan and his pious forbears have now completed dismantling Turkey's secular experiment, and achieved the full-throated re-Islamization of Turkish society….



Your Google searches are now killing the planet. “Depending on how long you took and what sites you visited, your search caused the emission of one to 10 grams of carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.”

Snow on the summit of Mauna Kea? it’s not exactly a rare sight during a Hawaiian winter. But how about in June?......It was hailing in Waimea….

Two new EPA pollution regulations will slam the coal industry so hard that hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost, and electric rates will skyrocket 11 percent to over 23 percent, according to a new study based on government data. Overall, the rules could cost the coal-fired power plant industry $180 billion, warns a trade group.



A lot of people wonder why I like Sarah Palin so much. No, she isn’t polished. No, she isn’t sophisticated. In fact, she can best be summed up with an anagram of her last name: Palin is Plain. Plain-spoken. Plain dealing. Plain and simple. Does that mean she is not smart? Hardly. Does it mean she is not competent? Hardly. Does it mean she is dangerous? Only if you think complicated lies are better for the country than the plain truth. Because what Palin and a lot of other conservative women bring to the table is a passion for honesty, simplicity and righteousness…..

Bernie Goldberg: “There’s one thing die-hard liberal Democrats and hard-core conservative Republicans have in common: They both want Sarah Palin to run for president. That’s where the similarities end. The hard-right wants her to run because they think she’s brilliant – a word they use a lot – and would make a great president. Liberals want her to run because they think she’d get clobbered by President Obama. It doesn’t happen often, but here’s a case where the libs are right and the right is wrong.”

The saddest thing about the whole sordid, societally humiliating Weiner affair, is that it highlights once again the morally-schizoid nature of the modern liberal woman.

They don’t like identity politics and aren’t crazy about the word “feminist.” But a lot of conservative women here can’t help but rejoice that they may have a couple of tough-talking, tea-drinking mothers to choose from in the Republican primary.

America clocked up a record last week. The latest drop in house prices meant that the cost of real estate has fallen by 33% since the peak – even bigger than the 31% slide seen when John Steinbeck was writing The Grapes of Wrath.



Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is now the basis of a recycled joke. American Crossroads released an attack video on Wasserman Schultz, ripping off the Saturday Night Live "Debbie Downer" theme song.

“…we have now been able to obtain the full official list of 2011 Bilderberg attendees.”

This lowland gorilla shares a moment of quiet reflection with a tiny mallard duckling, who seems fairly nonplussed about being in the presence of one of nature's most powerful beasts. The heart-warming image is among Nature's Best Photography Magazine's wildlife photograph winners for 2010.



Leno: Congressman Weiner has admitted that he did carry on explicit online relationships with six different women. Well, he thought they were women. Turns out three were woman, one was a guy pretending to be a woman, and the other two were congressmen…….President Obama's top economic adviser, a man named Austan Goolsbee, is stepping down: He will be replaced by something a little more effective, the magic 8-ball. ……..President Obama said today he's not concerned about a double dip recession. He's more concerned the recovery we're in is not creating enough jobs. In fact, do you know what you call a recovery that isn't creating enough jobs? A recession……..The beautiful star of the TV show “Mad Men,” January Jones, is pregnant but she will not reveal who the father is. To which John Edwards said, "Why can't I meet women like this?”



"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

"With an emphasis on enterprise, investment, and work, on jobs and opportunity, we turned around economic decline and national malaise and set in motion one of the longest periods of peacetime economic growth and job creation in postwar history. The pundits ... told us that we couldn't expect to get anything accomplished, even before we got to Washington. Now, they're trying to bring the curtain down before the show is over. ... The notion that government controls, central planning, and bureaucracy can provide cost-free prosperity has now come and gone the way of the hula-hoop, the Nehru jackets, and the all-asparagus diet. Throughout the world the failure of socialism is evident."

-Ronald Reagan