Friday, June 1, 2012

op ed review 6/3


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
The US economy added 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year; the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent.  Obama blames Bush.

“President Obama Causes Outrage with Reference to 'Polish Death Camp' “  The Polish Prime Minister responded, “It's a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence."

??? The Obama Deputy Campaign Manager defended President Obama's investment in green energy companies like Solyndra, and said that because of his investments, the "country was prospering."

49.1% percent of America lives in a household where at least one member received some type of government benefit in the first quarter of 2011.

U.S. veterans support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president by 58% to 34%.

Same-sex marriage opponents in Washington State are nearing the number of signatures they need to put a referendum on the November ballot to overturn the Legislature’s marriage law. The group has until June 6 to turn in the signatures.

Democrats in the House have defeated a Republican bill that would impose fines and prison terms on doctors who perform abortions for the sole purpose of sex selection. The bill required a two-thirds majority vote to pass.

Live Action says Planned Parenthood and other U.S. abortion providers are willing to assist in the termination of baby girls for pregnant women who choose abortion because they want to have baby boys. And the pro-life abortion watchdog says its video series and a new website will expose it.

Great moments in socialized medicine:  A British government study shows a third of cancer patients in the UK are not being offered the latest treatments, which can destroy tumors and dramatically reduce devastating side-effects.

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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Emily Miller, Washington Times    5/29

Republicans enjoyed watching President Obama get shredded by fellow Democrats last week for his campaign’s attacks on capitalism. The criticism came as Mr. Obama’s allies distanced themselves from advertisements that bashed free enterprise and distorted the record of Bain Capital, the firm founded by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. This has made Mr. Romney’s business record a central issue in this year’s election. It’s solid ground for the GOP.

“Government sees small business and big business as the enemy. We’re not the enemy,” Mr. Romney told supporters in Colorado on Tuesday. “An economy is nothing but the collection of all of our businesses together. I want our government to support small business, middle-size business, big business. I want jobs. I want government that’s an ally of business, not an enemy of business.”

The former Massachusetts governor is striking at Mr. Obama’s Achilles heel: his inability to understand that business success leads to more jobs. It’s something nearly every American gets, aside from those sleeping in “Occupy” tents. As a professional politician and former community organizer, Mr. Obama has little firsthand knowledge of how the marketplace actually works - and it shows.

The president’s attempt to stimulate the economy with taxpayer dollars was never going to create jobs. He has increased regulation and taxes on businesses, resulting in a slowed economy and an official unemployment rate stuck over 8 percent, which doesn’t count those who have given up looking.

Echoing this message, the GOP-affiliated super PAC Crossroads released a new ad on Tuesday called “Public Equity President,” which is a play on words from Mr. Obama’s attack on Mr. Romney’s private equity company. The video shows an image of the president in the midst of busy stock traders on Wall Street, then lists all the failed investments he has made with taxpayers’ money.

The ad says the automobile bailout resulted in closing dealerships and the loss of 100,000 American jobs. It points to the Obama administration’s loans to Solyndra, which cost taxpayers $500 million. It notes that this was just one of 11 so-called green energy companies that got billions in tax dollars before going bankrupt. “Failed investment strategies, jobs eliminated, billions lost,” the narrator intones at the end of the video. “Public equity President Obama playing Wall Street games with our money.”

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign keeps pushing the anti-capitalist message. Campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt derided Mr. Romney as a “corporate buyout specialist” who “profited off of bankrupting companies and outsourcing.” The press release Tuesday provides links to seven news articles under the headline: “Under Romney, Bain Capital was focused on generating wealth, not expanding employment.”

The Democrats’ attacks haven’t convinced the American public that business is evil. In a recent Rasmussen poll, 51 percent of likely voters said they trust Mr. Romney more than Mr. Obama when it comes to the economy. Only 39 percent trust the president more. With the economy in the miserable shape it’s in today, the Oval Office needs someone who understands that capitalism is the cornerstone of a free and prosperous society.


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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“Debt held by the public now stands at 74.2% of the economy, up from 40.5% at the end of 2008 -- and rising rapidly."
                       -The Wall Street Journal

"Barack Obama and his friends in the mainstream media, so called, can't believe that anyone could vote against someone as wonderful as he is (and they are). Only a bigot would vote against such a wonderful president. ... Sixteen states have offered Democratic voters an alternative to Barack Obama, either an actual candidate, 'Uncommitted,' or an opportunity to write in someone's name. So far 15 percent of those Democratic voters have done so. In five states where there has been an actual opponent, 27 percent voted against the president. In New Hampshire, 1 Democrat in 10 wrote in an alternative. Twenty percent of North Carolina Democrats voted for 'Uncommitted.' That's a lot of 'bigots.'"
                       -Wesley Pruden

"What do you get when you cross 3 pediatricians, 4 internists, 3 family doctors, 2 epidemiologists, 2 nurses, a PhD, an obstetrician, a perinatologist and an occupational medicine doctor? Unfortunately, this is not a joke. ... This would be the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF), an ad hoc committee charged with making recommendations about clinical preventative services. They have just issued their findings that there is no role for routine PSA screening in men to detect prostate cancer.... You would not go to a pediatrician or obstetrician if you had this disease, so how does it make sense to aggregate 16 such people and have them opine on a subject that they know about only from a book? ... Someone in Washington has decided what the value of a human life is, and what would be the acceptable cost associated with saving it. This is called 'comparative effectiveness' and is what happens in a socialized healthcare system, like in England, where resources need to be allocated prudently, and healthcare is rationed. This is the essence of Obamacare."
                        -Hal C. Scherz, M.D.

"At Cannes, where anti-capitalist movies are always a hit, Brad Pitt's newest venture, 'Killing Them Softly,' is touted as a seething indictment of the American system. 'America isn't a country -- it's a business' is apparently the film's central insight. Set against the backdrop of the 2008 financial crisis, the film was reportedly financed by Megan Ellison, daughter of billionaire businessman Larry Ellison. No wonder that when these kids grow up, some of them make documentaries about how vast conspiracies keep the electric car and, no doubt, the Everlasting Gobstopper off the market. Even more of them uncritically accept this stuff. After all, everyone knows big businessmen are evil."
                        -Jonah Goldberg
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ISLAM
What kind of civilization is this?  Four women and two men have been sentenced to death in northern Pakistan for singing and dancing together at a wedding.
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GLOBALONEY
Support for climate science doesn't increase with science literacy, a survey suggests. Rather, people with technical backgrounds just dig in harder on their views about global warming, finds the study in the Nature Climate Change journal.
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LEFTIST WATCH
Chris Hayes, of MSNBC's Sunday morning show "Up with Chris Hayes," says he's uncomfortable calling America's fallen military members "heroes."
His words have sparked outrage among veterans organizations and across the internet.

In Montana???  “Recently I was invited to speak to the Ronan High School seniors. After three weeks of preparation, research and re-write after re-write, I arrived at the appointed hour only to be told my talk had been canceled. The reason: “some” callers had informed the principal that they were concerned about the scheduled speaker being too right-wing or having an opinion that might be counter to theirs or some other lame excuse.”
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ELECTION
Mitt Romney claimed his win in the Texas primary gives him the requisite number of delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination.

Voters who click on President Barack Obama's campaign website are likely to start seeing display ads promoting his re-election bid on their Facebook pages and other sites they visit. Voters searching Google for information about Mitt Romney may notice a 15-second ad promoting the Republican presidential hopeful the next time they watch a video online. The 2012 election could be decided by which campaign is best at exploiting voters' Internet data.

The 2012 election is quickly moving from tragedy to farce. For evidence, consider the current attack on Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital. With a straight face, President Obama is questioning whether Romney’s experience building a multi-billion-dollar business suggests he might know something about the economy. In all seriousness, seemingly intelligent journalists are echoing this line of attack in interviews with Romney and his surrogates. In other words, four years ago, as America faced an historic economic crisis, a man who had failed to distinguish himself as a community organizer, part-time law professor and state and U.S. senator, was the man for the job. Today, as the economy continues to stumble, someone who spent two decades as a wildly successful business person — and later as a governor — has the wrong background to right the ship……Taking the president’s lead, next time your car won’t start, call a plumber. If your lights go out, hire a house painter. If your computer breaks, get it right over to your local bakery…Obama does have one thing right. If you’re a Democrat who wants to make a ridiculous claim, put it out there and watch the mainstream media carry your water like Gunga Din. While they’re at it, they’ll suggest that your long-time relationships with extremists such as Rev. Jeremiah Wright and William Ayers are irrelevant while your opponent’s one-time appearance at an event with one of the most famous men in America, Donald Trump, is a sign of moral turpitude. It would be a farce if it weren’t so tragic.

It is time to call the 2012 election. President Obama cannot win. He will likely lose big, in a very lopsided election. Pundits will claim to be surprised when the outcome becomes apparent. They should not be, as the signs of such a result are everywhere, despite the mainstream media's attempts to suppress them. There are numerous reasons why Obama will lose. Incompetence, likeability, and duplicity are a few. Obama has alienated too many in the electorate, including large numbers who supported him the first time. In 2012, many will vote against

On the other hand:  “The New York Times gave a big front page Sunday spread to Ann Romney spending lots of time and tons of money on an exotic genre of horse-riding. The clear implication: The Romneys are silly rich, move in rarefied and exotic circles, and are perhaps a tad shady. Only days earlier, news surfaced that author David Maraniss had unearthed new details about Barack Obama’s prolific, college-age dope-smoking for his new book, “Barack Obama: The Story” — and the Times made it a brief on A15. No wonder Republicans are livid…..”
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ARTICLES
Would you like to play a neat parlor game with your friends? Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate forgery contains so many forger's errors which are visible to the naked eye or which can be seen on your computer under slight magnification that you can play a fun game finding them, either alone or in a contest with your friends. It's similar to the arcade game Whac-A-Mole, where you pound a mechanical mole back into its hole before it disappears on its own and randomly reappears in another one of the five holes in the game.

The following are excerpts from a Nov. 16, 1980 memo to President-elect Ronald Reagan from his Coordinating Committee on Economic Policy. Its title: "Economic Strategy for the Reagan Administration." The memo describes an era similar to our own in its economic problems and public anxiety, laying out a strategy to address them.

As hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists gathered Sunday morning outside the Pentagon for the 25th annual Rolling Thunder ride into the District, Jim Bradley couldn’t help but marvel at the scene. Mr. Bradley, a retired Air Force lieutenant, rode in his first Rolling Thunder 15 years ago and has come back every year since - each time leaving in awe of the boundless patriotism and sheer scale of the event, which is held to honor veterans, including prisoners of war and service members missing in action.

VDH: “Culture Matters”   I have developed an unscientific and haphazard — but often accurate — politically incorrect method of guessing whether a nation is likely to be perennially insolvent and wracked by corruption. Do average passersby throw down or pick up litter? After a minor fender-bender, do drivers politely exchange information, or do they scream and yell with wild gesticulations? Is honking constant or sporadic? Are crosswalks sacrosanct? Do restaurant dinners usually start or wind down at 9 P.M.? Can you drink tap water, or should you avoid it? Do you mostly pay what the price tag says, or are you expected to pay in untaxed cash and then haggle over the unstated cost? Are construction sites clearly marked and fenced to protect pedestrians, or do you risk walking into an open pit or getting stabbed by exposed rebar?”

Bizarre story:  While Army Sgt. Matthew Corrigan was sound asleep inside his Northwest D.C. home, the Metropolitan Police Department was preparing to launch a full-scale invasion of his home. SWAT and explosive ordnance disposal teams spent four hours readying the assault on the English basement apartment in the middle of the snowstorm of the century. The police arrested the veteran of the Iraq war and searched his house without a warrant, not to protect the public from a terrorist or stop a crime in progress, but to rouse a sleeping man the police thought might have an unregistered gun in his home.
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
Incredible images of vapor trails and sonic booms created by planes in the sky

Breathtaking photos from the Palouse country south of Spokane posted in the London Daily Mail online.

Very classy:  Someone recently caught this picture of former president Clinton in Monaco, posing with porn stars.
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LATE NITE:
Leno:  New York City's Mayor Bloomberg is cracking down on the most dangerous threat to the Big Apple: sodas………Bloomberg wants to outlaw sodas and other sugary drinks over 16 ounces. I try to limit my sugar intake. That's why I eat little fun-size candy bars. But I eat them 50 at a time. By the time I'm done, nobody's having fun. My almond joy turns to almond shame…….Who is this Mayor Bloomberg who thinks he can tell us what we can and can't drink? Probably one of those vegan fascists who drives a Prius…….New Yorkers, I've got a tip for you. Here is a way to get around the ban. Buy two 12-ounce sodas. All the soda you can drink in exchange for paying twice the sales tax. Bloomberg, you midget genius!

"A Washington, DC, elementary school declared last Friday to be Trayvon Martin Day. And in honor of Trayvon Martin, the school reclassified all the Latino students as White."
                  -Jodi Miller

"Border Patrol agents in California discovered 13 illegal immigrants being smuggled in a phony UPS van. Eric Holder is furious, saying they should've been overnighted by FedEx."
                  -Fred Thompson
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WISE WORDS
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
                      -John Adams

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