Saturday, March 24, 2012

op ed review 3/25

THIS WEEK’S NEWS

Mitt Romney won the Illinois primary. Also wins in Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GOP_CAMPAIGN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-03-20-20-35-55

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush endorsed Mitt Romney after Romney’s lopsided win in Illinois. The former Florida Governor – a Republican heavyweight – called on members of the party to coalesce behind Romney.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/03/jeb-bush-endorses-mitt-romney-in-gop-primary/

The tea party says “the time has come for Republicans to unite around the former Massachusetts governor and focus on defeating President Obama.”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/20/romney-gets-tepid-tea-party-support/

“America’s toughest sheriff” says there is “tons” more potentially shocking information on Barack Obama in connection with his probe into the president’s eligibility, and he calls the media’s suppression of his findings of a likely forged presidential birth certificate and Selective Service Card “probably the biggest censorship blackout in the history of the United States..”

http://www.wnd.com/2012/03/sheriff-joe-tons-more-shocking-obama-info/

The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that landowners can sue to challenge a federal government compliance order under the clean water law, a decision that sides with corporate groups and puts new limits on a key Environmental Protection Agency power.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/21/us-usa-court-epa-idUSBRE82K0YT20120321

Two-thirds of Americans say the U.S. Supreme Court should throw out either the individual mandate in the federal health care law or the law in its entirety, signaling the depth of public disagreement with that element of the Affordable Care Act.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/03/as-health-care-laws-trial-approaches-two-thirds-say-ditch-individual-mandate/

There’s an “extremely high level of waste” in federal health spending, ranging between 20 and 30 percent, the freshly departed head of the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services told the New York Times. (In other words a typical government program)

http://times247.com/pset/big-government-waste-that-will-infuriate-you-/page/1#ixzz1phE6KnTi

The Obama administration has approved an experiment using the remains of the bodies of unborn children victimized in abortion for research.

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/03/16/obama-admin-oks-using-aborted-babies-brains-in-lab-tests/

The Marine Corps Times previews its cover story about anti-Obama Marines at their 'Battle Rattle' blog.

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/marine-times-investigates-anti-obama-marines/438681

Pope Benedict XVI, flying to Cuba for a historic visit, has said that Marxism was out of place in the contemporary world and urged Cubans to find "new models".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/23/pope-benedict-communism-cuba

President Obama is about to launch a 5,000-mile, four-state, two-day trip on Air Force One to contain the political damage caused by high gas prices. His 5,000-mile trip will consume roughly 25,000 gallons of jet fuel.

http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/19/obama-burns-jet-fuel-to-downplay-gasoline-prices/#ixzz1pZeMAEdJ

Democratic lawmakers in Washington State said that they will try to pass a bill during the current special session requiring insurers who cover maternity care to also pay for abortions.

http://www.katu.com/politics/WA-lawmakers-vow-to-push-abortion-insurance-bill-143607216.html

It costs taxpayers more than $57 for each rider to take the Sounder commuter train from Everett to Seattle -- and that's just one way. For Sound Transit Express buses, it costs taxpayers $4.33 for each rider between the same destinations.

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20120321/NEWS01/703219947

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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN

Rich Lowry, National Review 3/6

If anyone does a year-end wrap-up of the worst ideas of 2012, losing the presidential election deserves to be high on the list.

A note of gloomy wishfulness has entered Republican thinking of late. Maybe a loss in November (if Mitt Romney wins the nomination) won’t be so bad, because a cleansing fire will rid the party of moderates once and for all. Or, from the opposite point of view (if Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich were somehow to get nominated), a devastating defeat will teach the party’s purists a lesson. In any event, a Republican Congress could foil President Barack Obama’s noxious initiatives in a second term.

All of this is hopefulness masquerading as hardheadedness. No shift in the balance of power within the Republican party, no congressional check on the president, no silver lining can possibly outweigh the setback the GOP will suffer if President Obama wins a second term.

Assuming it’s not struck down by the Supreme Court, Obamacare will be on the books until 2017, and probably forevermore. No matter how unpopular it is now, it will eventually become part of the permanent architecture of the welfare state, as unmovable as almost every other entitlement. It won’t be long before Republicans are couching their criticisms of the program in terms of “saving” it. The repeal movement will eventually feel as dated as opposition to the creation of Medicare.

If Republicans hold the House and at least a substantial minority in the Senate, the president’s ability to pass major new programs will be limited. But the debate over the Health and Human Services contraception mandate demonstrates the power and discretion attendant to controlling the executive branch. The administration came up with the rule mandating coverage with no exemption for religious institutions all on its own. What could congressional Republicans do to stop it? Nothing.

This is a theme. What could congressional Republicans do to stop the auto bailouts? Nothing. The Libya War? Nothing. The Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing? Nothing. They objected to the administration’s dithering on the Keystone pipeline, so they included a requirement that President Obama make a decision in an unrelated piece of must-pass legislation. He escaped this clever trap — by rejecting the pipeline.

This is the tale of congressional frustration when Republicans have been united. There’s no guarantee that they will remain so if their numbers diminish next year and if their standing with the public remains low. A cataract of tax increases set for 2013 will give the president invaluable leverage in budget negotiations. As ever, he will have outsized influence in setting the agenda. With one speech, he can take income inequality from an animating issue in Zuccotti Park to an animating issue in the national debate.

He will presumably replace the liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who will be 80 in 2013, with another liberal who will serve for another 30 years. If Justice Anthony Kennedy or Justice Antonin Scalia steps aside (both were born in 1936), he gets the opportunity to shift the balance of the court for decades.

There is no presidential election that is not said to be the most important in our lifetime. It was even said in 1996, when Bill Clinton won a decisive but not particularly consequential victory over Bob Dole. But Clinton had been chastened by the Republican sweep in 1994, and in a period of peace and prosperity, the country could afford to debate the meaning of “is.” Now, we are truly at an inflection point, between the Barack Obama and Paul Ryan approaches to government, between consolidation of the past three years of historic government expansion and rollback.

The downbeat musings on the right are driven by the dreary primary season and the belief that the party’s nominee will be weak. But so is the president, who leads likely nominee Mitt Romney only narrowly even after Romney’s season of self-inflicted wounds. For Republicans, the general election is still winnable, and there is no substitute for victory.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/292682/no-substitute-victory-rich-lowry

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS

"In the general election, President Obama will have all the advantages against Romney that Romney currently has against his Republican rivals. ... And the mainstream media will give Obama more publicity than Romney can buy. How does anyone ever defeat a sitting president then? They do it because they have a message that rings and resonates. ... The question is not which Republican looks better against Barack Obama in the polls today, before the general election campaign begins. The question is which Republican can take the fight to Barack Obama, as Reagan took the fight to Carter, and win the poll that ultimately matters, the vote on Election Day."

-Thomas Sowell

"Congratulations to Obama! He's now increased the debt more in three years than George W. Bush did his entire eight year presidency. But all that spending was worth it because just look at the great results! So what exactly is the argument that Obama isn't a hugely incompetent failure? So far it's 'Look! Over there! A war on women!'"

Frank J. Fleming

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LEFTIST WATCH

Ted Rall....a peek into the mind of an economic illiterate and absolute moron. “We've been programmed to believe that the only way to get money is to earn it. It's time to separate income from work……”

http://www.valleyadvocate.com/article.cfm?aid=14825

Riding the slippery slope: Here come the calls for “After birth abortion”….. “….the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.”

http://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2012/03/01/medethics-2011-100411.long

The liberal Media Matters for America is using a past campaign against Glenn Beck as a template against Limbaugh. Media Matters is spending at least $100,000 for two advertisements that will run in eight cities.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/22/radio-campaign-next-step-against-rush-limbaugh/

For nearly a decade search engine users looking for the word "Santorum" were greeted at the top of their results with a crude sexual term. The hijacked Google search was the result of a campaign by sex columnist and gay rights campaigner Dan Savage, who declared war on the socially conservative senator after Mr Santorum said homosexual sex was "antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family" in a 2003 interview.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/9164173/Rick-Santorum-solves-his-Google-problem.html

Singer Cee Lo Green performs his hit tune "F**k You" at an Obama fundraiser in Atlanta. He uses the explicit lyrics before he uses the radio-friendly "Forget You" lyrics. President Obama speaks shortly after his performance.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/03/17/cee_lo_green_performs_fk_you_flips_off_crowd_at_obama_fundraiser.html

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BOOKS, FILM

“Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government's Stranglehold on America” Matt Kibbe, the high-profile leader of FreedomWorks—which the New York Times calls, “the most influential Tea Party-aligned group in Washington”—now offers an intelligent, aggressively argued attack on the American federal government machine in Washington, DC…..provides a blueprint for “resisting centralized government’s stranglehold on America,” in order to return the nation to the more workable system our Founding Fathers originally intended.

http://www.amazon.com/Hostile-Takeover-Centralized-Stranglehold-ebook/dp/B007BCFQ2W/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1332284586&sr=8-3

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GLOBALONEY

What’s behind the environmental movement: “Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe”

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/03/17/effective-world-government-will-still-be-needed-to-stave-off-climate-catastrophe/

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ISLAM

At least 943 Pakistani women and girls were murdered last year for allegedly defaming their family’s honor, the country’s leading human rights group said Thursday.

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/22/202385.html

Iranian spies have conducted "hostile reconnaissance" of New York City landmarks and infrastructure on at least six occasions since 2002, the NYPD's director of intelligence told Congress on Wednesday. The NYPD says it has interviewed at least 13 individuals associated with the government of Iran who were caught suspiciously videotaping or photographing New York City landmarks and infrastructure, including the subway tracks in Grand Central Station, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Wall Street Heliport.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/nypd_says_iranian_spies_have_conducted_eeJK35zlbA20w7AkNXtPdK

Ten days after Saudi Arabia’s foremost religious leader called for a demolition of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula – in line with a purported injunction by Mohammed – the U.S. government and other allies of the kingdom have yet to react.

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/us-silent-top-saudi-cleric-s-call-destroy-churches

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ACTIVISM

The campaign for marriage in Washington State is now at full speed! Referendum 74 petitions are now available. Get yours here:

http://www.preservemarriagewashington.com/home.php

Help fund independent investigation of Obama’s eligibility.

http://superstore.wnd.com/specialty-items/HELP-FUND-INDEPENDENT-INVESTIGATIONS-OF-OBAMAS-ELIGIBILITY

Jonah Goldberg tribute to Andrew Breitbart “The five alarm fire bell falls silent.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/292415/five-alarm-firebell-falls-silent-jonah-goldberg

You can honor the passing of Andrew Breitbart by making a donation to the Breitbart Children's Trust, 149 S. Barrington Ave, #735 Los Angeles, CA 90049.

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THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE

Mitt Romney's national support among Republican voters has surged in recent days, coincident with his decisive victory in the Illinois primary and a prominent endorsement from Jeb Bush. Romney's support has increased to 40%, the first time a candidate has reached that level in this campaign,

http://www.gallup.com/poll/153422/Romney-Expands-National-GOP-Lead.aspx

Romney added to his advantage over his GOP rivals in the delegate tally by winning the Puerto Rico presidential primary.

http://nbcpolitics.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/17/10734544-nbc-romney-wins-puerto-rico-primary

Rick Santorum probably wishes he hadn’t said this in 2008: “Governor Romney is the candidate who will stand up for the conservative principles that we hold dear……Governor Romney has a deep understanding of the important issues confronting our country today, and he is the clear conservative candidate that can go into the general election with a united Republican party…"

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/former-us-senator-rick-santorum-r-pa-endorses-governor-mitt-romney-56763867.html

Campaigning at Bradley University, Mitt Romney quickly criticized a student for wanting "free stuff" from the government. "You're all for like 'yay freedom and all this stuff and yay pursuit of happiness,'" said the college-aged girl. "You know what would make me happy? Free birth control." "Let me tell you something, if you're looking for free stuff that you don't have to pay for, vote for the other guy," Romney told the student. "That's what he's all about."

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/romney-schools-free-birth-control-student/436581

Rick Santorum was fighting to maintain the credibility of his bid for the Republican nomination Tuesday after a series of gaffes and organizational failures started to drain momentum from his campaign. As voters headed to the polls in Illinois for the latest primary, Mr Santorum found himself on the defensive after letting slip that he "didn't care" about the unemployment rate.

http://www.theprovince.com/news/Santorum+campaign+loses+momentum+gaffes+begin+tell/6329380/story.html

“Why I'd repeal ObamaCare” by Mitt Romney

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2012-03-22/mitt-romney-health-reform-repeal-obamacare/53711598/1

Larry Kudlow: The late William F. Buckley Jr. naturally put it best when he said, “The wisest choice would be the one who could win. No sense running Mona Lisa in a beauty contest. I’d be for the most right, viable candidate who could win.” Bill Buckley’s Law applies to Mitt Romney today……One can seriously ask whether Romney isn’t the most conservative presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/294317/reagan-romney-larry-kudlow

Oscar-Winning Producer Presents '2016': Investigative Obama Documentary. Watch the trailer here:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/03/21/oscar-winning-producer-vets-obama-2016

Unsettling article about the Romney campaign.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/23/pruden-an-attack-of-the-fruit-fly-at-romneys-campa/

VDH: When Barack Obama went into hibernation in December and vacationed in Hawaii, we noted that his poll numbers edged back up some. His advisers probably noticed the anomaly too: that the less the people hear and see of Obama, the more they seem to like the abstract idea of Obama — a young, charismatic postracial president. The reality of Obama is something else again: a highly partisan, divisive statist, who cannot finish a speech without blaming his predecessor, mangling history, or creating yet another straw-man bogeyman.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/293884/obama-s-virtual-rose-garden-victor-davis-hanson

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ARTICLES

Warning: This column contains news of evidence of possible forgery and fraud in the long-form birth certificate of the president of the United States and – bonus – his Selective Service registration card……Have you read in your local paper about the technical evidence that led the posse’s three retired criminal investigators and two attorneys to conclude that the birth certificate image White House officials uploaded at the White House website on April 27, 2011, did not originate in a paper format, but rather was created (forged) as an electronic file on a computer?.......In “1984″-style, we mustn’t question. We mustn’t look….One editor told me the problem is the evidence of fraud might prove to be true! A very famous conservative figure told me that if the president were proved to be an identity thief, “that would alienate too many people” from the Republican Party! Clearly, something has us all on lockdown. That’s much, much scarier than even the amazing possibility that some con artist might be pulling off the biggest scam in history.

http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/2073/Silence-of-the-Lapdogs.aspx

Lord Christopher Monckton, a former policy adviser to British Prime Minister Thatcher, on President Obama’s citizenship: “You use Adobe Illustrator and each of the individual dates is in its own separate layer. This thing has been fabricated…..I’m no birther, don’t get me wrong….I haven’t a clue where Obama was born……But the point is, is what he has done on the White House website is he has put up a document which is plainly a forgery and I would regard that as a very serious matter.”

http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/22/lord-monckton-im-no-birther-but-obama-birth-certificate-plainly-a-forgery/#ixzz1px1nPBiT

What the Mailman Knows about Ayers and Obama.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/03/what_the_mailman_knows_about_ayers_and_obama.html

Dr Milton Wolf (President Obama’s cousin) Obamacare is the product of statements known by their makers to be untrue and meant to deceive - lies. Two years after the president signed his health care takeover into law, the enormity of those lies continues to grow……The government takeover of the American health care system and with it a sixth of our economy is a big deal. Lying to the American people to make it happen, as Joe Biden would say, that’s a big [expletive] deal.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/mar/21/obamacare-its-a-big-disastrous-deal/

Back when he agreed to advise the Obama administration on economics, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt told friends that he thought it would be good for GE and good for the country. A life-long Republican, Immelt said he believed he could at the very least moderate the president’s distinctly anti-business instincts. Friends describe Immelt as privately dismayed that, even after three years on the job, President Obama hasn’t moved to the center, but instead further left…..as one friend recently put it to me, “Jeff thought he could make a difference, and now realizes he couldn’t.”

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/bam_angry_adviser_YOANZQkGODYVqFDAsI9LjP#ixzz1pfxw1oNL

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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES

Jon McNaughton has released a new painting. In “One Nation Under Socialism,” President Obama holds the U.S. Constitution as it burns.

http://www.mcnaughtonart.com/artwork/view_zoom/421

Rep. Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity budget proposal:

http://budget.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BLUEPRINT_FINAL_3192012.pdf

Computer whiz explains how the Obama birth certificate was faked in Adobe Illustrator.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s9StxsFllY

Click on the rose:

http://player.vimeo.com/video/27920977?title=0&%3bbyline=0&%3bportrait=0href=

Cute kid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wt824D1Bqg

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LATE NITE:

Leno: At the White House this week, President Obama and the first lady hosted a St. Patrick's Day reception for the Irish prime minister. They had a bartender pouring green beer, which is about as close as the White House has come to creating green jobs so far…….Tim Tebow has been traded to the New York Jets. Can you imagine Tim Tebow in New York City? Talk about throwing a Christian to the lions……The State Department is warning spring breakers about the dangers of violence from Mexican drug gangs. So, to avoid the threat, stay out of L.A.

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WISE WORDS

"No pecuniary consideration is more urgent, than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt: on none can delay be more injurious, or an economy of time more valuable."

-George Washington

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