Saturday, July 7, 2012

op ed review 7/8


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Bad economic news:  U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring that shows the economy is struggling three years after the recession ended. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent. One-third of the jobs were in temporary services.
More workers joined the federal government's disability program in June than got new jobs.
The broader measure of unemployment rose to 14.9%.
The number of women unemployed has increased by 780,000 from when Barack Obama was inaugurated in January 2009.
U.S. manufacturing shrank in June for the first time in nearly three years.
The gross domestic product dropped from last quarter's 3.0 percent to an anemic 1.9 percent.

Louisiana Gov. Bob Jindal charged that the president “measures success by how many people are on food stamp rolls and government-run health care.”

President Obama brags: “..the law I passed is here to stay.”
Lawyers Have Already Drafted 13,000 Pages of Regulations for Obamacare.  “The Health and Human Services Department “was given a billion dollars implementation money.  That money is gone already on additional bureaucrats and IT programs, computerization for the implementation.”

Obama omits reference to the 'Creator' while quoting Declaration of Independence.

GOP House leaders said Sunday they will forge ahead with efforts to repeal President Obama’s health care law

Florida Gov. Rick Scott now says Florida will do nothing to comply with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and will not expand its Medicaid program..

Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the Supreme Court's four conservative justices to strike down the heart of President Obama's health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, but later changed his position and formed an alliance with liberals to uphold the bulk of the law, according to two sources with specific knowledge of the deliberations. Roberts then withstood a month-long, desperate campaign to bring him back to his original position, the sources said.

Mitt Romney is criticizing Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts for his healthcare decision. In an interview, Romney said Roberts's decision "gives the impression" it was based on politics, not the Constitution. He also said it was "not an appropriate conclusion" to find that the individual mandate passed constitutional muster because it is a tax.

In the 15 states CNN calls its battleground states — Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin — Romney leads Obama, 51 percent to 43 percent.

The overwhelming majority of the 87 Republican lawmakers who swept into Congress in 2010 and took control of the U.S. House are likely to be re-elected this year, according to strategists and an analysis of redistricting changes. That wave — fueled in large part by Tea Party momentum and campaign pledges of fiscal conservatism — is unlikely to recede in 2012 far enough to give Democrats the opportunity to regain control of the chamber. “Freshmen are the canaries in the mine for November.”

While speaking at a campaign rally, Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., mocked politicians who use taxation as a means of regulating behavior, namely the Obamacare tax. “I got a great idea: I believe for personal security, every American should have to go out and buy a Glock 9mm. And if you don’t do it, we’ll tax you,” he said.

Voters could get the right to overrule federal laws and mandates under the terms of an initiative filed in Arizona.  It would allow Arizonans "to reject any federal action that they determine violates the United States Constitution."

“My Three Daddies”: California bill would let children have more than two parents.  “…a new attempt to "revamp, redefine and muddy the waters" of family structure by a leader in the drive to legalize gay marriage.”
The British government hoisted the rainbow gay pride flag over one of its ministries.

A couple who claim to be Satanists believe they’re a victim of a hate crime and were targeted because of their religious beliefs.  Someone cut down a political poster stating, “VOTE SATAN” from their front porch.

The US envoy to Kenya, “a close ally of President Obama”, resigned after 'threatening to shoot staff in head'. “…inquiry found he had used a personal email account for official business and set up an office in an embassy lavatory in order to get around the building's secure network.”

Two more voter initiatives in Washington State appeared likely to squeeze onto a crowded November ballot, as supporters of charter schools and a two-thirds requirement for lawmakers to raise taxes each submitted more than the required number of signatures to the Secretary of State's Office.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Ann Coulter  7/4

It has become fashionable to equate the French and American revolutions, but they share absolutely nothing beyond the word “revolution.” The American Revolution was a movement based on ideas, painstakingly argued by serious men in the process of creating what would become the freest, most prosperous nation in world history.

The French Revolution was a revolt of the mob. It was the primogenitor of the horrors of the Bolshevik revolution, Hitler’s Nazi Party, Mao’s cultural revolution, Pol Pot’s slaughter, and America’s periodic mob uprisings from Shays’ rebellion to today’s dirty waifs in the “Occupy Wallstreet” crowd. The French Revolution is the godless antithesis to the founding of America.

One rather important difference is that Americans did win freedom and greater individual rights with their revolution, creating a republic. France’s revolution consisted of pointless, bestial savagery, followed by another monarchy, followed by Napoleon’s dictatorship and then finally something resembling an actual republic 80 years later…..

Contrary to the purblind assertions of liberals, who dearly wish our founding fathers were more like the godless French peasants, skipping around with human heads on pikes, our founding fathers were God-fearing descendants of Puritans and other colonial Christians. As Stephen Waldman writes in his definitive book on the subject, “Founding Faith,” the American Revolution was “powerfully shaped by the Great Awakening,” an Evangelical revival in the colonies in the early 1700’s…..There are books of Christian sermons encouraging the American Revolution. Indeed, it was the very irreligiousness of the French Revolution that would later appall sensible Americans and British alike, even before the bloodletting began.

Americans celebrate the Fourth of July, the date our written demand for independence from Britain based on “Nature’s God” was released to the world. The French celebrate Bastille Day, a day when a thousand armed Parisians stormed the Bastille, savagely murdered a half dozen guards, defaced their corpses, stuck heads on pikes — all in order to seize arms and gunpowder for more such tumults. It would be as if this country had a national holiday to celebrate the L.A. riots.

Among the most famous quotes from the American Revolution is Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death!” Among the most famous slogans of the French Revolution is that of Jacobin Club “Fraternity or death,” recast by Nicolas-Sébastien de Chamfort a satirist of the revolution, “Be my brother or I’ll kill you.”

Our revolutionary symbol is the Liberty Bell, first rung to herald the opening of the new Continental Congress in the wake of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, and rung again to summon the citizens of Philadelphia to a public reading of the just-adopted Declaration of Independence. The symbol of the French Revolution is the “national razor” – the guillotine….

Of all our founding fathers, only one died of unnatural causes……President after president of the new American republic died peacefully at home for 75 years, right up until Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. Meanwhile, the leaders of the French Revolution all died violently, guillotine by guillotine.

The fourth of July also marks the death of two of our greatest founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who died on the same day, exactly fifty years after the Declaration of Independence was signed.

We made it for nearly another 200 years, before the Democrats decided to jettison freedom and make us French.



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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“We now live in post-constitutional America. The rule of law has been replaced with arbitrary centralized government. The republic is dead. It has been strangled by President Obama and the Supreme Court. Upon its ruins, a socialist state is being erected. This is the real meaning of the court’s recent decision to uphold Obamacare.”
                          - Jeffrey Kuhner

“Even in a short time, Roberts’s decision has not worn well. What initially seemed wise now smacks of mere cleverness — less a judge’s prudence than a lawyer’s trick. To find the health-care law constitutional, Roberts reimagined it. It was outcome-based jurisprudence, even if the intended outcome was institutional harmony. It was an act of judicial arrogance, even in the cause of judicial deference……Roberts has been praised for striking a grand political compromise that the political class could not achieve — for cooling tempers, for granting each side a useful measure of victory and defeat. But who died and left Roberts the job of Daniel Webster? It is the specter of Earl Warren that stirs.”
                        -Michael Gerson

“Congress can’t do whatever it wants…..Under this ruling, Congress can’t put you in jail for violating a future economic mandate. This holding stands for that proposition. Congress also can’t coerce states by withholding all existing Medicaid funding unless they agree to new coverage. That’s a constraint the Court has never enforced before. And the Necessary and Proper Clause cannot be used to salvage these laws. And that’s a ruling we haven’t had before. This is big. And it’s only the stinging disappointment of not being able to take down Obamacare that conceals how big this was. Every one of our arguments got accepted by five justices. Every one. This case reaffirms everything we said about constitutionally limited government. Everything that the other side has said was frivolous has been affirmed by the Court. It is now the law. It will be taught in every constitutional law class….”
                       Georgetown Law Prof. Randy Barnett

“I've tried -- I really have tried -- to accept the kindest reading of Chief Justice Roberts' decision and opinion on ObamaCare.  But, so far at least, I just can't bring myself to see the positive here, let alone evidence that Roberts has outsmarted anyone, except perhaps himself. He was not merely "exposing them."  He was giving them a different -- and in his view more acceptable -- version of their law than they had actually offered and defended. In other words, Roberts is implying that the law itself, as written, was unconstitutional….and so he has rewritten it for them in order to make it constitutional. It needs to be explained how this action -- literally legislating from the bench -- falls under the rubric of "conservative judging." …..I truly hope my reading of the situation is wrong, and that Thomas Lifson, Clarice Feldman, and other good people who support Roberts are right. But wishes do not give birth to horses, and at the moment I'm seeing only gray where others are finding silver.”
                      -Daren Jonescu

 “There is a big difference between a free country and a country of free things. You can have one or the other, but you can’t have both. A free country isn’t obsessed with free riders, only a country of free things obsesses with making everyone pay their fair share for the benefit of the people who want the free things. The rugged individualism of Colonial America has given way to stifling crowds, co-dependent on each other, lined shoulder to shoulder, clutching at each other’s wallets, crying, “Take from him and give to me.”
                        -Daniel Greenfield
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GLOBALONEY
Despite glowing press clippings in which the CEO of Colorado-based Abound Solar claimed seven months ago that his company was the “anti-Solyndra,” the green-energy firm has filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.
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ISLAM
Iraqi women face court-ordered virginity tests.

More than 100 investigations into suspected Islamic extremists within the US military have been carried out by the FBI, including 12 cases considered serious, NPR is reporting.  Investigators believe the main target to be military bases.

A terrorist plot to blow up a U.S. passenger jet timed to coincide with the Olympics has been uncovered by security agencies

A Saudi religious scholar says that "opening sports to women and girls will lead to immorality." Public sports events for women are banned in Saudi Arabia, while physical education is banned in girls’ public schools.

An Indiana Congressman (Democrat) says American schools should be modeled on Islamic schools with religious teachings founded on the Quran.
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LEFTIST WATCH
The Left celebrates Independence Day by slamming America; Update: Chris Rock joins in: ‘Happy white peoples independence day’.

The New York Times marked Independence Day in its usual dismal fashion, with editor-novelist Kurt Andersen's op-ed, "The Downside of Liberty," claiming that the "libertarian coin" "minted around 1967" has made Americans shamelessly selfish.
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BOOKS, FILM
“Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic” by Jay Cost.  “The Democratic Party has long presented itself as the party of the poor, the working class, the little guy. As Jay Cost's sweeping revisionist history reveals, nothing could be further from the truth.”

Monumental” is the story of America’s beginnings. Presented, produced, and starring Kirk Cameron, the 90-minute true story follows this father of six across Europe and the U.S. as he seeks to discover America’s true “national treasure” – the people, places, and principles that made America the freest, most prosperous and generous nation the world has ever known.  Watch the trailer and order it here:
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ELECTION
“Democrats have always had to go to rich people for money, but this year, it’s been a little more awkward.”

As second quarter fundraising reports start to trickle in, the Obama campaign is already warning that it may have lost its edge in the campaign money wars.

As Mitt Romney kicks off a campaign bus tour into what ABC News calls "hostile territory," Barack Obama is waging a defensive campaign, visiting states he won in 2008. It is clear, from campaign schedules alone, that Obama does not believe he can add states to his column in the 2012 election--and that he is worried about holding the line against an increasingly aggressive, and effective, Romney ground operation.

A fresh round of Democrats has announced they will not be attending the party convention in Charlotte. Most troublingly for President Obama, several of them are from North Carolina, and not only have they decided not to drop in on a convention held in their own state, they’ve refused to endorse Obama for president in 2012.

Obama’s legal identity problem.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is preparing to reveal what his team claims is explosive new evidence that President Obama was not born in the United States.
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ARTICLES
VDH:  “Until last week, Chief Justice John Roberts was vilified as the leader of a conservative judicial cabal poised to destroy the Obama presidency by overturning the federal takeover of health care. But with his unexpected affirmation, Roberts suddenly was lauded as the new Earl Warren -- an "evolving" conservative who at last saw the logic of liberal big government.”

Pat Buchanan:  “Out of relief and gratitude for his having saved Obamacare, (John Roberts) is being compared to John Marshall and Oliver Wendell Holmes. Liberal commentators are burbling that his act of statesmanship has shown us the way to the sunny uplands of a new consensus. If only Republicans will follow Roberts’ bold and brave example, and agree to new revenues, the dark days of partisan acrimony and tea party intransigence could be behind us. Yet imagine if Justice Stephen Breyer had crossed over from the liberal bench to join Antonin Scalia….”

James Delingpole:  “Welcome, America, to the British NHS. That may not be what you were promised when your president first dreamed up Obamacare. But the National Health Service is what you’re going to get all the same. I did warn you about this, four years ago in my (depressingly) prophetic book “Welcome to Obamaland: I’ve Seen Your Future and It Doesn’t Work”

For Obamacare to be enacted in the first place required each of more than a dozen, highly unlikely or even suspect, occurrences or actions. It then took some serious constitutional hocus pocus for it to survive in court. Consider the awful litany…..

“Not only does (Obamacare) perpetuate the largest transfer of wealth from the young to the older in world history, it promises a quantity and quality of care it can't deliver while stifling the medical innovation on which the world depends for continuously improving health outcomes. The story of Deamonte Driver, a 12-year old Medicaid beneficiary, is instructive. Unable to secure appropriate and timely treatment, he died of an infection that started with an abscessed tooth — not because he was uninsured, but because he was government-insured.”

“Conservatives often warn that the sky will fall if the next piece of liberal legislation becomes law. Liberals retort that conservatives are always warning about an Armageddon that never shows up….. Actually, they both are right.  Government does smother growth….But it does so slowly and incrementally, making it difficult for the average person to notice from day to day or year to year. Armageddon never comes. We don't go over some "cliff." Because of this, statists have been able to get away with growing government without alarming the populace. To the average voter, government grows a bit every year, yet things get a little better every year (on average, over time), so there must not be a conflict.  In fact, many believe that more government caused the improvement. I can explain all this in fairly precise terms -- an equation, in fact…..”

Pruden:  “One in seven of all Americans is now on food stamps, but that’s not enough for the bureaucrats at the Department of Agriculture.  They’re determined to increase that number, and to do that they must eliminate the “mountain pride” of certain Americans, who value personal responsibility and independence above all else, and get them on the government dole….the food-stamp agency has dispatched agents to overcome mountain pride with parties and games…..over the past four months the agency has spent nearly $3 million on radio commercials soliciting Americans to sign up. Sen. Jeff Sessions….is particularly concerned that the Department of Agriculture focuses on trying to reform “culture” by eliminating long-held cultural beliefs which are none of the government’s business. “I think it’s a deep problem,” he tells the Daily Caller, “when [federal] officials think it is their duty to overcome ‘mountain pride’ or the American sense of independence and individual responsibility.”

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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
Inspiring:  Sit quietly and watch this:

Trailer for Herman Cain’s new Internet TV network takes shots at Sandra Fluke, Hillary Clinton, President Obama and many others 

Funny billboard:

Here are the salaries of all 468 White House employees.

Five major ObamaCare taxes that will hit your wallet in 2013

Ten reasons why jobs market even worse than weak June employment report.

Online Washington State primary voters guide:

Scary moment for this F-15 pilot:
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DONALD TRUMP EXPLAINS OBAMACARE
“Let me get this straight . . .We’re going to be “gifted” with a health care Plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don’t, Which purportedly covers at least ten million more people, without adding a single new doctor, but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that didn’t read it but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a President who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, for which we’ll be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government which has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that’s broke!!!!! What the hell could possibly go wrong?”
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LATE NITE:
Leno:     Last night was the big annual congressional baseball game between the Democrats and Republicans, and the Democrats won 18-5. Of course the Democrats won. Did you see who the umpire was? Chief Justice John Roberts…… The Democratic Convention is $27 million in debt. They had to cancel the kick-off event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. A speedway is the perfect place for the Democratic Convention. You go around in circles, turn left every few seconds, and you end up right where you started.
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WISE WORDS
"In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example ... of charters of power granted by liberty. This revolution in the practice of the world, may, with an honest praise, be pronounced the most triumphant epoch of its history, and the most consoling presage of its happiness."
                  -James Madison

"If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honor of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation."
                   -Samuel Adams



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