Saturday, August 4, 2012

op ed review 8/5


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
With less than 100 days until the election, Governor Mitt Romney is in the launch position for a vigorous fall campaign with the stars aligning for success in November….Gallup tracking poll shows the Governor in a dead heat with President Obama, tied 46 percent even among registered voters. And this is after a negative TV blitz of immense proportions unleashed by the Obama campaign against Romney. However, Rasmussen's tracking poll of "likely voters" reveals Romney beating Obama 49-44 percent with only 4 percent undecided.

Unemployment ticked up one-tenth of a percent to 8.3%. We’ve now gone 42 consecutive months with the unemployment rate above eight percent."

Among President Obama's second-term plans: An expansive, de facto amnesty program for illegal aliens via both executive order and interagency directives linked with a reduction in the capabilities of the U.S. Border Patrol.

The Obama administration released illegal immigrants who went on to commit more crimes, including charges of 19 murders, 3 attempted murders and 142 sex crimes, the House Judiciary Committee said in a report Tuesday. All told, the nearly 47,000 illegal immigrants the administration was notified of but declined to deport between 2008 and 2011 under its Secure Communities program had a recidivism rate of 16 percent, the committee said.

The number of Americans receiving food stamps has exploded and taxpayers are paying for it. The General Accounting Office found that as many as 473,000 households receiving food stamps in 2010 were actually not eligible for the benefit.  Up until a few weeks ago, the Department of Agriculture aggressively recruited recipients with print and radio ads. The USDA went as far as to suggest that local nutrition assistance programs throw bingo parties to get more older Americans to sign up.

The Obama for America Campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party are suing the critical swing state of Ohio to strike down a law that makes it easier for members of the military to vote.

Clint Eastwood makes Mitt Romney's day. The Oscar-winning director and longtime movie star says he's endorsing the Republican presidential candidate. Eastwood tells The Associated Press that he's backing Romney because, in Eastwood's words, "I think the country needs a boost."

About 582,000 people promised to go to a Chick-Fil-A location on Wednesday and order something for Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day.
The war over chicken sandwiches escalated as gay rights advocates revealed plans for a 'Same Sex Kiss Day' at Chick-fil-A to counter the hundreds of thousands of people who lined drive-through lanes and filled dining rooms at the restaurants across the nation on Wednesday. The fast food chain said it enjoyed record-setting sales thanks to 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day,' which seemed to achieve its goal of backing the company's 'Christian principles' by asking supporters to vote with their feet and their dollars.
With homosexual “marriage” initiatives on the ballot in four states in November, turnout will be critical for the base of both political parties. The liberal outburst over Mr. Cathy’s espousal of traditional families only helps drive conservatives to the ballot box. Democrats should worry about alienating middle America.
A group of conservative black pastors are responding to President Obama’s support of same-sex marriage with what they say will be a national campaign aimed at rallying black Americans to rethink their overwhelming support of the President. “I think liberals are missing a vital point in their blind hatred of Chick-fil-A….Being against gay marriage is not being anti-gay.”

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is sponsoring a bill to make English the official language of the United States – a law he said will help “bind” Americans together at a time when the Obama administration is trying to create divisions between people.

Texas' drift toward the Tea Party brand of conservatism continued Tuesday when lawyer Ted Cruz scored a surprisingly easy win over David Dewhurst in the Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison. Cruz once was considered a long shot to take down well-heeled Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst - the favorite of the party establishment and Hutchison's heir apparent. But he steadily gained in the polls during their bare-knuckles campaign brawl, and his lead opened up as soon as the earliest returns were posted.

“It Begins:… Federal Government Sues to Gain Control of Southern State’s Water Supply”

In an email to supporters, the DNC is leading a petition drive asking folks to sign their names saying they approve of the gay marriage plank.

The media’s double standard when it examines the wealth and privilege of the two presidential candidates was on display again this week. The analysts of haute couture and its intersection with politics were silent when First Lady Michelle Obama showed up to meet the Queen of England in an very, very, very, very expensive ($6800) jacket. But in May, the media were ready to erect a guillotine after they saw Ann Romney, the wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, appear on television in a blouse that cost about one-seventh as much ($990) as Mrs. Obama’s attire.

When President Barack Obama blocked the Keystone Pipeline, Republicans said the move would encourage Canada to pursue oil deals with China instead of the United States and cede a massive chunk of North American oil assets to the communist nation. Now, with China's state-run oil company poised to cut a $15.1 billion deal with Canadian oil company Nexen, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are in full backpedal mode.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Eric Golum, Washington Times, 8/3

One of the more messianic moments of the 2008 presidential campaign came when Michele Obama promised that her husband would heal us all. Only Barack Obama could help us all "fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation." Four years later, it has become more apparent than ever that it is President Obama with a broken soul. His presidency collapsing around him, the true colors of the man have come to light. What we see now is not pretty.

Even most of Mr. Obama's critics in the beginning felt he was basically a nice guy not up to the job. He was a good, decent, well-intentioned man with some incorrect ideas. It seems that analysis was a bit too generous. President Obama has decided that the only way to cling to power is to obliterate Mitt Romney from a humanity standpoint. Nothing is off limits. The Democratic briefing book that read "kill Romney" is on the verge of being taken literally. How else does one explain the scorched Earth campaign being waged by the candidate who entered American presidential politics with flowery prose about "hope," "change we can believe in," and "Yes, we can?"…..In the last three years he has pitted America against each other. He has divided this nation based on class, race, and gender. Now his surrogates are preparing to demonize Mr. Romney in a manner that makes the late Joseph McCarthy look cherubic by comparison. Nothing is off limits when the Chicago way takes over.

Governor Romney has been called a felon. His wife has been attacked. Now Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has taken the Democratic Party down deep into the gutter by bringing up Governor Romney's late father. He played the "dead card". The other day Mr. Reid said about Romney that "His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son." No amount of context washes away the stain of these vile comments. This is what the Democratic Party of today has become. This is Barack Obama's America.

Some will say that Harry Reid's comments (like everything else on Earth) are not Barack Obama's fault. Yes, they are. Barack Obama is the head of the Democratic Party. Harry Reid is one of his top lieutenants.……Mr. Reid, far from realizing the error of his ways, doubled down and claimed that an unnamed source insists that Mitt Romney is a tax cheat. Is the left so far gone that anonymous innuendo should be allowed to destroy another human being? Where is Mr. Reid's humanity? Where is President Obama's courage? In the case of both men, there is none. Winning at all costs matters more than any pretense of decency. A couple of weeks ago people were tragically shot in Aurora, Colorado. President Obama gave lip service to us all being better people.
He never meant it.

Rather than admit the vile behavior of the left, they will insist that "both sides do it." This is false. In a nation of 300 million people, there may be some private citizens who traffic in hate on the right. Those people are not members of our federal government. Those on the left spreading hate are their leaders. This is how Nancy Pelosi can accuse Republicans of "exploiting" Jews. This is how Debbie Wasserman-Schultz can offer a new destructive political atom bomb every week. This is how every conservative can be labeled a racist, sexist, bigoted homophobe not for doing or saying anything, but for merely being. It is called ideological bigotry, and it defines President Obama to his core.

This is the real Barack Obama. He is an angry, destructive individual willing to ruin anybody to retain power just for the sake of power itself. A real man would condemn the attacks on Governor Romney that go beyond policy. Politics may not be beanbags, but it does not have to be hand grenades either. Mr. Romney would never traffic in such hate speech. Mr. Romney is a good man, and good men don't do that.

It was Lindsey Graham who said of Bill Clinton during the impeachment hearings that "The White House is a Bully Pulpit, but it should never be occupied by a bully." President Obama is a bully. Expecting him to behave respectfully toward his political opponents is impossible because bullies are what they are for a reason. Even worse, Mr. Obama has others do his dirty work for him. Like MacBeth and Lady Macbeth, Mr. Obama may never be able to wash the stain off of his hands. He may very well maintain power, but his soul appears to be gone forever. Maybe he never had one.

In 2008 Candidate Obama ran on change. In 2012, it is he who must change. It is his soul that is broken. Mitt Romney's father would be very proud of what his son has become. As for Harry Reid and Barack Obama, the dreams of their fathers may have become a nightmare. Unlike them, I know that is not for me to judge. Look in the mirror, Mr. Obama. Look what you have become. Even a man who loves himself as much as you do, when nobody else is looking, could not possibly like what he sees.

Mr. Obama may win another election, but the man staring back at him in the glass still knows who and what he really has become, and perhaps always was.


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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“A substantial number of clueless and/or self-entitled Americans are on board, and nothing assuages their sense of clueless self-entitlement more than the notion that someone else is not paying their 'fair' share. Understand how remarkable that kind of thinking is. Not only have such Americans been alleviated of the guilt and shame of living off someone else's effort, they have been told they have every reason to be self-righteous about it. Barring a sea change -- or a watershed election -- thoughtful Americans must face a sobering reality: the ideological bankruptcy of progressivism leads directly to the economic bankruptcy of the nation. Progressives will continue to lie and tell the nation it isn't so. Unfortunately for all of us, the math never lies."
                       -Arnold Ahlert

"By now the script should be familiar. A bombing or a mass shooting occurs and the media immediately look for a simple cause. Invariably, they turn to talk radio or some other conservative pit of 'intolerance.' ... What is always left out of this familiar scenario is an in-depth discussion of evil. Politicians and commentators almost never speak of evil as something that resides deep inside the human heart. All humans possess the capacity for evil. While it rarely rises to the level of mass murder, the capacity for doing great harm to other human beings lurks within each of us. This is what theologians mean when they speak of a 'fallen' humanity. Violent movies like 'The Dark Knight Rises' do not make all people emulate the Colorado shooter, anymore than a movie about love causes people to love one another. ... Sometimes there are no 'solutions' that can forestall an evil act. ... Calling on [a] Higher Authority is the proper and perhaps only counterforce to this and other expressions of true evil."
                       -Cal Thomas
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GLOBALONEY
A new study shows that temperature data gathered in the United States have overstated the global warming problem because data collection points were located too close to concrete, asphalt, air conditioning heat exchangers, roadways and airport runways. “Spurious doubling of climate data”

“Have a look at this chart. It tells you pretty much all you need to know about the much-anticipated scoop by Anthony Watts of Watts Up With That? What it means, in a nutshell, is that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – the US government body in charge of America's temperature record, has systematically exaggerated the extent of late 20th century global warming. In fact, it has doubled it. Is this a case of deliberate fraud by Warmist scientists hell bent on keeping their funding gravy train rolling? Well, after what we saw in Climategate anything is possible.”

The Republican National Committee research team posted an email on Tumblr, purportedly from Solyndra CEO Chris Gronet, which refers to the Obama administration as “The Bank Of Washington." Solyndra became the poster child for green cronyism after it received a questionable $535 million federal loan guarantee and went bankrupt shortly afterward.
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LEFTIST WATCH
“Liberals serve up full plate of hate in attack on restaurant”

The vile, hate-filled messages started showing up soon after Mitt Romney and the national press corps left Brian Maloney’s truck repair shop in Roxbury. “It was incredible,” Maloney tells the Herald. “It was crude, abusive, mindless garbage.” Maloney hadn’t committed a crime, but to some Democrats and liberals he had done something far more heinous: He had dared to criticize President Obama. “It was pretty sick,” the 69-year-old Maloney says of the flurry of more than a dozen voice messages and emails, some of them too repulsive to repeat. All of them were anonymous, of course.

It’s not every day that left-leaning academics admit that they would discriminate against a minority. But that was what they did in a peer-reviewed study of political diversity in the field of social psychology…..”Usually you have to be pretty tricky to get people to say they’d discriminate against minorities.” More than a third of the respondents said they would discriminate against the conservative candidate. One respondent wrote in that if department members “could figure out who was a conservative, they would be sure not to hire them.”

Obama sits in that Oval Office today thanks to four factors: the American voter, a scandalously biased media, a skillful election strategy charted by David Axelrod, and the careful nurturing of Valerie Jarrett. And most remarkable, Axelrod's and Jarrett's backgrounds and mentors connect to Obama's background and mentor in a most intriguing way. It's a stunning story, hard to believe……”

“Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) is the activist Left’s number one congressional target this election cycle because he poses an existential threat to progressivism, a prominent professional left-wing organizer suggests.”
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ISLAM
A Sudanese woman accused of adultery has been sentenced to death by stoning and is being held shackled with her six-month-old baby in jail, activists said on Wednesday, in the second such sentence in the past few months in the country.

In a speech published on his website Thursday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the ultimate goal of world forces must be the annihilation of Israel.
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BOOKS, FILM
What Stanley Kurtz has accomplished in his new book “Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities”, is nothing less than the complete exposure of President Barack Obama’s secret plans for his second term in office — plans that in reality amount to an assault on the values, well-being ,and quality of life of the very middle-class voters he claims to represent. The unfortunate title — not an attention-grabber in bookstores —does not covey the breadth of his research…..

Wednesday, Aug. 1, marks the compliance deadline for the Obama administration's contraception mandate. Employers must offer anyone not deemed to be a "religious employee" — using the administration's narrow definition — insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization and abortion services, or pay a $2,000 penalty per employee. It was this unprecedented action that motivated conservative crusader Phyllis Schlafly and journalist George Neumayr to blow the whistle on what they call the "war on religion" coming out of the White House. Together Mrs. Schlafly and Mr. Neumayr have authored a startling new book, "No Higher Power: Obama's War on Religious Freedom". Mrs. Schlafly, one of America's best-known pro-family activists, made her mark on the conservative movement in 1964 with her first book, "A Choice Not An Echo," which helped propel Barry Goldwater to victory at the Republican National Convention. She has remained a force for family values ever since.
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ELECTION
Political scientist Douglas Hibbs looks at two factors when forecasting presidential elections: a) per capita real disposable personal income over the incumbent president’s term, and b) cumulative U.S. military fatalities in overseas conflicts. And he’s predicting a near-landslide win for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama, with Obama losing by about as big a margin in 2012 as he won back in 2008.

Democrats' biggest concern isn't the economy; it's whether Obama has already peaked. There are numerous reasons to believe it's true. If true, there are rapidly diminishing opportunities for the Administration to reverse it, and a growing list that could accelerate it.

On Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” on Monday night, Dick Morris predicted that his old boss, former President Bill Clinton, will work behind the scenes to undermine President Barack Obama’s reelection bid.

“Senate landscape ripe for GOP takeover in November”

Mitt Romney has once again reached the 50% mark of support in Missouri. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state finds Romney earning 50% of the vote, while Obama receives 44% support.

“Daniel Pipes’s judgment about the Middle East is as good as anyone’s, so I was interested to see what he thought about Mitt Romney’s Jerusalem speech. In a word, he was impressed. “Mitt Romney…delivered a stem-winder of a speech to the Jerusalem Foundation today, packing emotional support with frank policy statements. The contrast with Obama could hardly be more dramatic.”
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ARTICLES
“To Those Who Want To Redistribute What I’ve Earned” by Charlie Daniels.

Dispelling gun myths:   Perpetuating untruths about firearms with the Colorado tragedy

The term “civil rights” has become sacrosanct in the political discourse. It has become interchangeable with “correct” and a rhetorical bludgeon with which to bloody opponents of “social justice.” To call something “a civil rights issue” is to end the argument. Health care. Marriage. Education. Jobs. All have been evoked as civil rights. In so doing, proponents of a new affirmative action hope to paint their opposition as bigots, because popular sentiment holds that only a bigot would oppose a civil right. This is another corruption of the language, most egregious because of its effect upon public policy and the way in which force is applied in people’s lives. Not all civil rights are good. In fact, when they are crafted in opposition to the inalienable rights recognized in the Declaration and protected by the Constitution, they are downright evil.

By resisting almost any change aimed at improving our public schools, teachers unions have become a ripe target for reformers across the ideological spectrum. Even Hollywood, famously sympathetic to organized labor, has turned on unions with the documentary "Waiting for 'Superman'" (2010) and a feature film, "Won't Back Down," to be released later this year. But perhaps most damaging to the unions' credibility is their position on sexual misconduct involving teachers and students in New York schools, which is even causing union members to begin to lose faith.

Andrew Breitbart loathed the "institutional left," and what he called "the Democrat media complex." A son of Brentwood who cut his sharp online incisors working alongside blogging pioneers Matt Drudge and Arianna Huffington, Breitbart went on to forge an eponymous website and persona as one of the fiercest voices of the right. His mission appeared cut short March 1, when he died of heart failure. Breitbart was just 43. But an unlikely crew of friends and associates — his oldest childhood friend, a pair of Harvard-educated lawyers, a financier/filmmaker who served in the Navy and a musician pal who reinforces the fallen leader's voice as the website's "minister of culture" — scarcely paused after the loss. Just three days later, with the blessing of Breitbart's widow, Susie, they launched a redesigned Breitbart.com website. In the months since, Team Breitbart has worked feverishly — with up to 100 posts a day on "verticals" dubbed Big Hollywood, Big Government, Big Journalism and Big Peace — to make the site the go-to destination for conservatives. "We are going to be the Huffington Post of the right," said Steve Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News Network. "That is our focus every day."
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
A new visual from the "Face the Facts USA," a non-partisan election project from George Washington University, shows the federal deficit has risen significantly under President Barack Obama, and that the government is increasingly spending money it doesn't have. In every second of 2011, for example, the government spent $114,253—even though it was only taking in $73,043 in revenue.

It’s hard to find a good conservative voting guide for the Washington State primary.  But you could go to the “Progressive voters guide” and vote against all their recommendations.

New Romney ad with Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi
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WISE WORDS
"The prosperity of commerce is now perceived and acknowledged by all enlightened statesmen to be the most useful as well as the most productive source of national wealth."
                    -Alexander Hamilton

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