Saturday, May 5, 2012

op ed review 5/5


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
“Anemic jobs data hit Obama launch; Official campaign starts under shadow...”

“…it is just getting sad now. In April the number of people not in the labor force rose by a whopping 522,000.  This is the highest on record. The flip side, and the reason why the unemployment dropped to 8.1% is that the labor force participation rate just dipped to a new 30 year low of 64.3%.”

President Obama will hold his third Seattle-area $35,800-a-couple fundraiser of the 2012 campaign when he visits the Emerald City on May 10. The "High Dollar Brunch" will be held in the [$2 million 5 bed, 4.75 bath 5,410 sq ft East Seattle home on 1/3 acre] of Ann and Bruce Blume.

President Obama has already held more re-election fundraising events than every elected president since Richard Nixon combined. 

In the wake of a warm conservative reception for a web video trashing the president for “spiking the football” on the anniversary of Osama Bin Laden’s death, the conservative group Veterans for a Strong America plans to gather Navy SEALs and Special Forces operators to criticize the White House during the 2012 campaign.

“The Obama campaign unveiled The Life of Julia, a slide show that purports to illustrate how the Obama administration helps a woman named Julia from cradle to grave, at each stage of her life. Here is the first slide: Julia is a classic Democratic voter; she wouldn’t know what to do with herself without the government. Conservatives had a field day today, teeing off on “Julia.” You can read a lot of the snark, much of it funny and telling, on Twitter.”

May Day protests and traffic jams quickly turned to vandalism and chaos in downtown Seattle Tuesday,  The violent demonstrators calling for the end of capitalism and school were mostly white teens and adults in their early 20s. Mostly young men used wooden sticks to shatter the former courthouse windows while several young women threw projectiles into federal building windows. The anarchists also turned on photographers and a KING cameraman who was attacked had blood dripping the left side of his face as he continued to film.

Sharkansky:  “For some reason I'm reminded of Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, whose column regularly appears in the Seattle Times. Last year Robinson declared: "I think we can say incontrovertibly that violent political rhetoric and the threat of political violence in this country comes almost exclusively from the right."

“NPR Calls Violent Occupy Protests 'Restrained'”

A staffer for President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security is praising the left-wing “May Day” protests.

President Obama issued a proclamation in celebration of Jewish Heritage Month that lauded an infamous Nazi supporter.

Medical examiners in Los Angeles are investigating the possible poisoning death of one of their own officials who may have worked on the case of Andrew Breitbart, the conservative firebrand who died March 1, the same day Sheriff Joe Arpaio announced probable cause for forgery in President Obama’s birth certificate. Michael Cormier, a respected forensic technician for the Los Angeles County Coroner died under suspicious circumstances at his North Hollywood home April 20, the same day Breitbart’s cause of death was finally made public.

As many as 200 activists, some chanting "go Joe, go Joe," rallied in Arizona to support Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is facing a federal racial-profiling probe for his police sweeps against illegal immigrants.

The assaults on a pair of Virginian-Pilot reporters in Norfolk, Va., two weeks ago at the hands of 30 black youths are the latest in a series of attacks driven by a warped sense of racial vigilantism hiding behind calls of “Justice for Trayvon.” At least 15 whites have been beaten not just with fists, but with potentially deadly weapons including hammers and lengths of chain. Many of the victims have been hospitalized, some may never fully recover, and one lingers on the verge of death.

Reinforcing what most employers in Washington State already know, a new report by the Washington Roundtable concludes our state’s business climate is in serious need of improvement. “Washington comes in dead last for having the nation’s most expensive workers’ compensation benefits paid to injured workers.”

For the first time, California will ask its contractors if they are gay.

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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Phyllis Schlafly  4/17
Hilary Rosen's attack on Ann Romney by saying that, although she raised five children, she "never worked a day in her life" perfectly fits the definition of a gaffe. A gaffe is a statement that reveals what the spokesperson really thinks but turns out to be embarrassing when it is publicly discussed. In this case, the embarrassment fell on the Obama administration, so his campaign operatives immediately tried to create political distance between Obama and Rosen. They were not successful. The media refer to her as a "Democratic strategist" or "political analyst."

Rosen visited the Obama White House 35 times. That frequency may be exceeded only by visits from Service Employees International Union boss Andy Stern. Rosen is a managing director of a political consulting firm called SKDKnickerbocker, one of its founders is Anita Dunn, who was Obama's communications czar leading Obama's war on Fox News. Dunn is memorable for having said that Mao Tse-tung is one of her two favorite "political philosophers" who "I turn to most" for answers to important questions.

Although Rosen finally issued a lame apology for the insult, she had said what she meant and meant what she said. Even after her remark about Ann Romney boomeranged, Rosen continued with the same line for hours on Twitter, in an online column, and in television appearances.

Rosen's gaffe was no mistake; it is what the feminists really think about any mother who would say, as Ann Romney said, "My career choice was to be a mother." The big mama of feminism who is revered in college women's studies courses, Simone de Beauvoir, famously said, "No woman should be authorized to stay at home and raise her children. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one."

That's exactly what feminists think. The strident voices that demand "choice" do not believe women should have the choice to be a homemaker rather than work a paid job in the labor force. For an updated statement of this feminist dogma, refer to Linda Hirshman. She wrote that "The tasks of housekeeping and child rearing are not worthy of the full time and talents of intelligent and educated human beings."

Obama said that Republicans are waging a "war on women," but that's a completely contrived issue. The real war on women is by feminists who demean women who choose the career path of homemaker and mislead young women into believing that a job in the workforce will be more significant and rewarding than marriage and motherhood (in that order).

The most scholarly book written about the feminist movement by a nonfeminist is "Domestic Tranquility" by Carolyn Graglia. She read all those tiresome books and articles by the feminist leaders, Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer, Kate Millett, Gloria Steinem, and Simone de Beauvoir, and concluded that the principal goal of feminism from the get-go has been "the status degradation of the housewife's role." Graglia documented the fact that all branches of feminism are united in the conviction that a woman can find identity and fulfillment only by a career in the workforce. Betty Friedan said the stay-at-home mom is a "parasite" living in a "comfortable concentration camp." Gloria Steinem said, "you become a semi-nonperson when you get married."

This devaluing of the role of mother and full-time homemaker is imbedded in the psyche of the feminists who are major players in the Obama administration. Don't forget that when the feminists started their movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s, they called themselves the women's liberation movement, i.e., their goal was to be liberated from home, husband and children.

Feminists believe that society's expectation that mothers should care for their own children illustrates the oppression of women by the patriarchy. That's why legislating taxpayer-funded daycare as an entitlement for all is a major and longtime feminist goal.

Longtime? Absolutely. The feminists are still crying on television about President Richard Nixon's 1971 veto of the Mondale-Brademas Daycare bill. Government-financed daycare was one of the hot-button demands endorsed at the International Women's Year conference in November 1977, along with the Equal Rights Amendment, taxpayer-funded abortions, and the entire gay agenda.

The feminists showed their clout in the Obama administration when they got him to rule that Obamacare must force all employers to pay for sterilization, abortion drugs, and contraception even when it's contrary to their religious beliefs. The feminists were able to override the objections of all Obama's experienced political advisers who warned that this would alienate large blocs of voters who care about religious liberty.


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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"Election Day 2012 will not be a presidential election. It will be a plebiscite….on the definition of America. ... The usual description of presidential elections -- 'the most important in our lifetime' -- is true this time. In fact, it may be the most important election since the Civil War, and possibly since America's founding. ... [Barack Obama] described the left's aim perfectly: to fundamentally transform America. It seeks to replace Liberty, In God We Trust, and E Pluribus Unum. That is what 'fundamentally transform' means. In fact, those words are proof that American values and leftist values are fundamentally opposed to one another. ... For these reasons, this election is not just a choice between a Democrat and a Republican. It is between Americanism and leftism. ... The left's desire to transform America is the biggest issue. Barack Obama is to be opposed because he is a man of the left."
                      -Dennis Prager
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LEFTIST WATCH
One of America’s largest foundations has set aside its history of building hospitals, libraries, and schools in order to pour millions into liberal political causes. The Kresge Foundation, established with a $1.6 million endowment from K-Mart founder Sebastian Spering Kresge in 1924, has morphed into a $3 billion behemoth. Ideological giving has grown along with the foundation’s fortunes under the stewardship of former Minneapolis mayoral candidate Rip Rapson.Rapson…..between 2007 and 2011 Kresge gave $52 million to 68 organizations based in Washington, D.C. Nearly all of that money has gone to liberal groups….

Here comes the racial polarization:  Leftie host of HBO’s “Real Time”, Bill Maher said “a Romney win in November would reflect poorly on “black America” and help conservatives undermine America’s faith in black politicians.”
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GLOBALONEY
“The climate-skeptical Heartland Institute has driven environmentalists mental this morning by unveiling an advertising campaign which, in the words of the Washington Post, is "in incredibly poor taste". The ads, promoting an upcoming Heartland conference, show some of the crazier people who buy into climate-change alarmism – such as the Unabomber, Charles Manson and Osama bin Laden – alongside the words, "He still believes in global warming. Do you?"
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ISLAM
“Chechen women in mortal fear as president backs Islamic honor killings”. Chechnya's government is openly approving of families that kill female relatives who violate their sense of honor. The Chechen President “publicly announced that the dead women had “loose morals” and were rightfully shot by male relatives. He went on to describe women as the property of their husbands, and said their main role is to bear children.”

Saying he wants to make London, a "beacon" of Islam, former mayor Ken ‘Red Ken’ Livingstone is neck and neck with current mayor Boris Johnson in the race to reclaim the office he held for 8 years

Minister Louis Farrakhan Says Joining U.S. Military Is Fighting ‘for the Enemy’
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BOOKS
“The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas” by Jonah Goldberg.  The central message is that Progressives have a consistent ideology, which they then proceed to pretend is not an ideology at all, but instead mere ‘Pragmatism.’ The reason why this is important is because ideologies can be and are rigorously questioned and challenged as a matter of course; but if one can instead get people to treat an ideological position as merely being something that ‘everybody knows,’ then it theoretically becomes easier to get people to unquestionably endorse said position.  "In the PC prison yard of accepted political thought, Jonah Goldberg has just shivved progressivism. Bold, brilliant, and bursting with humor, every page of The Tyranny of Clichés is right on the money. If you thought Liberal Fascism was good, wait till you read The Tyranny of Clichés --it is fantastic!" says BRAD THOR.

“Rich States, Poor States” by Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore. “….offers a roadmap to recovery based on economic performance trends from states over the last 10 years…..shows how out-of-control spending and higher taxes by states, is harming their economies and leading to an exodus of their residents.”

In an explosive memoir, former CIA counterterrorism chief Jose Rodriguez provides new evidence that Rep. Nancy Pelosi lied when she declared she had not been briefed about the use of waterboarding.
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ELECTION
Meet Obama’s ideal woman. Her name is Julia.  As told by Obama’s latest ad campaign, Julia’s parents didn’t teach her the alphabet or how to make friends; Head Start did. Her parents didn’t need to save for college, because she got a government grant and student loans (which she’ll spend a good portion of her adult life paying back). Her first job as a graphic designer didn’t have benefits, but that’s okay, because government provided free health care (since she couldn’t stay on her parents’ plan). Julia had free birth control—thanks to government. When she decided to have a baby, she had free prenatal care—thanks to government. Her son got the same great education she had—thanks to government. Julia started a small business—thanks to government. She retired with Medicare and Social Security—thanks to… well, you get the picture. Julia is successful, we are told. Her success is not because of her loving family, a supportive church, or a strong local ties—but because big government maintains a lavish welfare state.

“First we find out that Obama's girlfriend in Dreams of My Father is a composite of several women he dated, now the President has invented a woman named "Julia" to represent how his policies would affect the average American woman during her lifetime. Ladies, this is the left's "war on women" that the right has been backlashing us about!”

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich said in an interview with USA TODAY that he will embrace Mitt Romney's candidacy and is ready to campaign for his former rival.

Mitt Romney, asked if he would have given the order to go after Osama bin Laden, as President Obama's new video and his campaign aides have suggested he wouldn't have done: "Of course, even Jimmy Carter would have given that order."

President Obama jokes about eating dogs?

“President Obama is breaking new ground in his campaign for reelection. He is going where incumbent presidents have never gone before. He is doing things for which President George W. Bush would have been pilloried. And Obama is doing all this in plain view.” Yet the media have rarely found the new ploys and gambits of Obama’s campaign worth mentioning, much less spotlighting. For instance, in his address at the National Prayer Breakfast in February, Obama treated his agenda and Jesus Christ’s as one and the same. Since the media didn’t raise any flags, one might have concluded a comment such as Obama’s was normal for that event. It wasn’t.

New Obama election slogan has long ties to Marxism, socialism
“Obama’s New Campaign Slogan “Forward!” Is a Hitler Youth Marching Tune”
Mitt Romney poked fun at President Obama's newly unveiled campaign slogan, "Forward," remarking, "Forward, what, over the cliff?"

“Time To Rally The GOP Base”
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ARTICLES
Best guide you’ll ever read about leftist disinformation campaigns:   "Trayvon," of course, is Trayvon Martin, the black 17-year-old who was killed two months ago in Florida.  "Zimmerman" is George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who shot him.  Referring to Martin by his first name and Zimmerman by his last is just one small tactic in the national media campaign to make Martin's death an enduring symbol of white racism. The Trayvon campaign is accurately described as "disinformation" because deception is a fundamental part of its planning, strategy, and implementation.  Leftist disinformation campaigns are common but not widely understood. This article is intended to make them easier to recognize, and to provide a framework for additional research and investigation. Whether or not George Zimmerman was justified in pulling the trigger is outside the scope of this analysis.

 “Obama’s imaginary girlfriend”

“Why it matters that Obama dated a composite and ate a dog”

“I’ve occasionally commented on foolish public policy in the United Kingdom, including analysis on how the welfare state destroys lives and turns people into despicable moochers. But if you really want to understand the horrifying absurdity of the welfare state, check out these passages from a report in the Daily Mail.”
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ACTIVISM
You may want to help:  “With the DNC admitting to their top donors that this ad could cause "serious damage" to the Left's agenda, and President Obama dedicating yet another TV ad to attacking AFP activists, they're more desperate than ever to keep the truth hidden. There's a reason this ad has the Left shaking in fear. And with your help today, we can make sure this ad stays on the air and reach as many Americans as possible. After viewing "Obama's Wasteful Spending," make sure to send your most generous donation in the form to your right to keep this ad on the air:”
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
Welcome to Smart Girl Politics Action! SGPAction is a non-profit organization by and for conservative women (and the conservative men who support us).

The ad by Veterans for a Strong America:
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LATE NITE:
Leno:     Legendary poker player Amarillo Slim has passed away at the age of 83. His friends were stunned. They thought he was bluffing…..President Obama has come up with a new campaign slogan — "Forward" — that's the slogan. And believe me, if unemployment doesn't improve by November, it'll be "Forward my mail."

Jimmy Kimmel:  "You know, there's a term for guys like President Obama. Probably not two terms…….Mr. President, remember when the country rallied behind you in hopes of a better tomorrow? That was hilarious."
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WISE WORDS
"We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle."
                      -Winston Churchill

"A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it ... gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself."
                       -Milton Friedman

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