Saturday, September 1, 2012

op ed review 9/2


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Mitt Romney formally accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday night, addressing a spirited and roaring crowd of party faithful……Romney promised a five-step plan to create 12 million jobs. A first step, he said, will be to make North America energy independent by 2020.

Ann Romney knocked it out of the park:
“Ann Romney’s spectacular performance — as impressive a convention showing as any I’ve ever seen — focused on the heart…..there was something almost surreally deft about the way (she) delivered…”

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) electrified the Republican Party with a speech that combined lacerating attacks on President Obama with home-spun values and a tribute to the GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. In a 35-minute address that drew thunderous applause from Republican delegates, Ryan condemned the Obama presidency and presented an optimistic vision of the future under Romney’s leadership. The core theme of the speech amounted to four words: "We can do this."
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a politician connect with a nation quite like Paul Ryan did it tonight….”

“Dirty Harry” made Mitt Romney’s day — delivering a double-barreled assault on President Obama in a surprise appearance at the Republican convention.
“Had Eastwood said the things the media likes to hear…they would've called him wizened and seasoned. But because he mocked Their Precious One, suddenly he's some kind of embarrassment……What Eastwood did tonight was funnier, fresher, edgier, and braver than anything those comedy cowards Chris Rock, Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert have done in 15 years.  82 years-old, and Dirty Harry is still pissing all the right people off.  My hero.”
“….something uniquely American happened during the Republican convention -- a new, never seen before play was run. An iconic and extremely successful artist created an original, entirely unique moment in our political history. Clint Eastwood gave one of the greatest pieces of performance art ever seen.”
Judge for yourself:   Clint Eastwood RNC Full Unscripted Speech,  Talks To Invisible Obama.

“Obama Honors Neil Armstrong With Picture Of Himself gazing at the moon.”

“Obama Honored Fallen SEALs By Sending Their Parents a Form Letter Signed By Electric Pen”

A former officer in SEAL Team Six, the unit that killed Osama bin Laden, said that ‘veterans and special forces community’ are determined that President Barack Obama be voted out in November

The Susan B. Anthony List is poised to embark on a TV ad campaign challenging Barack Obama’s record on abortion.  The initial ad is a $150,000 buy in Missouri, and shows a woman – Melissa Ohden – speaking to the camera about having been born alive in spite of an abortion procedure. “Many children, more than you might think, actually survive failed abortions and are born alive. I know because I’m one of them…..When he was in the Illinois state Senate, Barack Obama voted to deny basic constitutional protections for babies born alive from an abortion – not once, but four times."

The Democratic National Committee has chosen to proceed with hosting Islamic “Jumah” prayers for two hours on the Friday of its convention, though it denied a Catholic cardinal’s request to say a prayer at the same event.

Schlafly:  “The Republican Party platform may be the best one ever adopted.”

Larry Kudlow:  While some of my conservative colleagues are criticizing the Romney campaign for one thing or another, I want to make a distinct point that is largely being overlooked: Mitt Romney is the most fiscally conservative Republican standard-bearer since Ronald Reagan…”

An internal Army survey discovered that only 26 percent of active-duty officers say the Army is headed in the right direction.  One of the two main themes is that the Army is now adversely impacted by "political correctness" imposed by both outside policymakers and senior Army leaders.

After 20 months of oldies programming KVI AM 570 will return to conservative talk on Tuesday September 4.

Too many Americans rely on their families for assistance, rather than the government, so Obama administration officials have a campaign to encourage people to apply for federal assistance.

Cannabis smoking 'permanently lowers IQ'.  Teenagers who regularly smoke cannabis are putting themselves at risk of permanently damaging their intelligence, according to a landmark study.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Mona Charen          Aug 31

Among the most stirring moments in an effective convention came during Condoleeza Rice's speech. She delivered (beautifully) a number of well-chosen one-liners that hit bull's-eyes with Republicans and conservatives, warning, for example, that "when a nation loses control of its finances, it eventually loses control of its destiny."

She touched on the problem of failing schools and the challenge they represent to the American dream. "The crisis in K-12 education is a threat to the very fabric of who we are," she said, to thumping agreement. But when she mentioned her own story, the hall erupted. "A little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham. The segregated city of the south where her parents cannot take her to a movie theater or to restaurants, but they have convinced her that even if she cannot have a hamburger at Woolworths, she can be the president of the United States if she wanted to be and she becomes the secretary of state."

The house went wild with joy. The Republicans in Tampa, Fla., metaphorically lifted Rice onto their shoulders and carried her around the arena. Why? Because Americans such as Rice ratify what Republicans believe about this country -- that our triumph over racism and discrimination -- not the history of it, is what defines us. It's the opposite of the Democrats' message -- that racism, discrimination and injustice are deep-dyed into the American character.

Democrats go further, too. They encourage the prejudice or to put it more bluntly, circulate the slander that racism and discrimination are not to be found among Democrats but still persist is in the hearts of Republicans.
Just as painting Paul Ryan as a monster who wants to throw grandmothers off cliffs becomes impossible when voters actually see the man, the Tampa convention has made peddling the myth about racist Republicans a good deal more difficult.

Mia Love, the beautiful, articulate daughter of Haitian immigrants who is running for Congress from Utah, became an instant Republican star after her speech to the convention. She radiated love of country, telling the delegates, "Our story has been told for over 200 years with small steps and giant leaps; from a woman on a bus to a man with a dream; from the bravery of the greatest generation to the innovators and entrepreneurs of today. ... This is the America we know ... because we built it." In the 24 hours after her address, she raised more than $150,000. The roof was raised also for Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Brian Sandoval, Susana Martinez, Nikki Haley, Artur Davis and Luis Fortuno. All sounded the same themes in different ways -- that the American idea and ideal of opportunity and freedom retains its power and that Americans from all races and backgrounds who believe in free markets and free people are welcome -- no, lionized -- in the Republican Party.

Democrats and members of the press (but I repeat myself) keep the old racism charge going with ever more ridiculous allegations. Efforts to combat voter fraud by requiring a picture ID are evidence of racism, though why minorities should be any less likely to have an ID than anyone else is not explained. Mentioning that President Obama has granted waivers to states to permit watering down the work requirement in the federal welfare law brings shrieks from MSNBC's Chris Matthews: "You know what game you're playing, and everybody knows what game you're playing: It's a race card."

Who is the racist here? The 1996 reform had broad support from all Americans. A 1995 Public Agenda poll, for example, found that 69 percent of whites and 68 percent of blacks thought the system made it too easy to remain on welfare (71 percent of households receiving welfare also agreed). Fifty-six percent of blacks and 61 percent of whites said they would not increase benefits for mothers on welfare if they had additional children. In the aftermath of reform, Americans of all backgrounds agreed that it was a stunning success at reducing poverty -- especially child poverty -- and dependency.

Democrats have been demonizing Republicans this way for decades. Republicans have often stumbled and stammered in reply -- infuriated by the ugly and baseless accusation but inarticulate in their own defense. This is the party that was born in opposition to slavery, supported civil rights laws when southern Democrats blocked them, would have nominated Colin Powell in 1996 if he had run, and gave Herman Cain a serious look in 2012. Now, along with articulate and appealing nominees for president and vice president, the party is finding telegenic spokesmen who make nonsense of the Democrats' libels.

Tampa has turned a page.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“What did the taxpayers get out of the Obama stimulus?  More debt.  That money wasn’t just spent and wasted – it was borrowed, spent, and wasted. ..Maybe the greatest waste of all was time. Here we were, faced with a massive job crisis – so deep that if everyone out of work stood in single file, that unemployment line would stretch the length of the entire American continent.  You would think that any president, whatever his party, would make job creation, and nothing else, his first order of economic business.  But this president didn’t do that.  Instead, we got a long, divisive, all-or-nothing attempt to put the federal government in charge of health care. Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country.   The president has declared that the debate over government-controlled health care is over.  That will come as news to the millions of Americans who will elect Mitt Romney so we can repeal Obamacare.”
               -Rep. Paul Ryan

“Now all that’s left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired...sailing on yesterday's wind."
                   -Rep. Paul Ryan

“Democrats’ proprietary attitude toward African-Americans is a disgrace, one that nine in ten black voters unfortunately reinforce at every electoral opportunity. Welfare reform is not about limiting the transfer of money from white taxpayers to non-white welfare recipients, but about ensuring that programs intended to help the poor and ease their transition into the productive economy do not in the end damage the poor, corrupt public institutions, and constrain the economy. The Democrats know that a voter dependent on the government — whether a welfare recipient or an EPA employee — is a Democratic voter, and they actively cultivate that dependency. President Obama’s economy is driving more Americans onto President Obama’s swelling welfare rolls. Republicans seek to reverse both of those trends, which would be self-evidently good for all Americans. The best the Democrats can do in such a situation is to shout “Racist!” and so they will.”
                        -NR Online

"The most fatuous application of Forward. has to be the Democratic Convention's plans to end marriage as we know it. Determined to follow what is 'inevitable,' very liberal delegates will embrace platform proposals that will spell the end of marriage. Do they fully realize what they are doing? ...... Marriage is not a wedge issue, it's a bridge issue. It's the way Republicans can embrace minorities and immigrants. We appeal to Democrats to step back from that brink. If you care about the poor, don't end marriage. Marriage is the best social program for economic and educational uplift for the poor. ... Ending marriage is not Forward. It's Downward. Pull back in time."
                       -Ken Blackwell

"Personally, I'm on a quest [at the Republican National Convention] to find all of these racist Republicans everyone at MSNBC keeps saying dominate the party. I thought I saw a Klansman, but it turned just to be someone with a totebag on their head to fight the rain."
                     -Jonah Goldberg

"They [were] worried that Tropical Storm Isaac [w]ould hit Florida during ... the Republican convention. But Florida [was] ready for it. Thanks to President Obama's economic policies, many businesses down there [were] already boarded up."
                    -Jay Leno
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LEFTIST WATCH
Actress Ellen Barkin “Hopes Hurricane Kills 'Every Pro-Life, Xenophobic, Gay-Bashing SOB' At The RNC”
http://nation.foxnews.com/ellen-barkin/2012/08/28/ellen-barkin-hopes-hurricane-kills-every-pro-life-xenophobic-gay-bashing-sob-rnc#ixzz24tE8r0xC

How negative is the Obama campaign? So negative that its priority this morning has been attacking Artur Davis for joining the Republican Party and speaking at the RNC 2012 Convention. There is nothing that Democrats hate more than a Black Republican. That is an old hatred that goes back to the Reconstruction Era when Democrats lynched Black Republicans.

To Republicans in the RNC convention hall last night, and surely to the majority of Americans watching at home, regardless of their politics, Ann Romney came across as a warm, kind and caring woman. But the editors of the New York Times occupy a very different universe. In a nasty piece of work this morning, editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal painted an ugly picture of Ann Romney. Using the most violent of metaphors, Rosenthal saw a woman who, of all things, had "slipped a knife into President Obama." Rosenthal also managed to refer to mother-of-five Mrs. Romney as a "diva."

Many of ACORN’s affiliates, allies, and old chapters remain active under different names—and at least two have received federal dollars—despite the left-wing community-organizing group’s official dissolution and ban on receiving federal funds, according to a new report.

“Democratic families deal with shock of children going Republican”
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ISLAM
Insurgents beheaded 17 civilians in a Taliban-controlled area of southern Afghanistan, apparently because they attended a dance party.
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BOOKS, FILM
Galvanizing conservatives Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan’s documentary 2016: Obama's America grossed a stellar $6.3 million as it expanded nationwide over the weekend, beating a trio of three new films. The anti-Barack Obama film, opening last month in only a few theaters, now boasts $9.2 million, the top gross of the year for a documentary (excluding nature films). Among other records, Obama's America is now the top conservative documentary of all time, beating out Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed ($7.7 million).
A blistering anti-Obama documentary — “2016: Obama’s America” — has exploded on movie screens just as the president prepares for his big moment before the Democratic National Convention next week.
Review: 2016: Obama's America
Put your zip code in and see where it’s playing near you.

“Shadowbosses: Government Unions Control America and Rob Taxpayers Blind,” by Mallory Factor.  “…a story of intrigue, drama, and corruption and reads like an organized crime novel. But it is actually a true story of how labor unions are infiltrating our government and corrupting our political process. This compelling and insightful book exposes how unions have organized federal, state, and local government employees without their consent, and how government employee unions are now a threat to our workers' freedoms, our free and fair elections, and even our American way of life. And, Mallory Factor reveals what's coming next: how unions are targeting millions of Americans--maybe even you--for forced unionization so that unions can collect billions more in forced dues and exert an even greater influence over American politics.”

Democratic strategist Pat Cadell said President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is terrified about how many of his previous supporters are disaffected during remarks before a Tuesday screening of Citizens United’s new film “The Hope and The Change” at the Republican National Convention.

New documentary, “Hating Breitbart”, an exclusive journey into the last year of Andrew Breitbart’s life – and into the leftist media and Occupy movement that despised him so. The story of Hating Breitbart isn’t just about those who hated Andrew, though; it’s the story of why they hated him, and why so many loved Andrew and were inspired by him.
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ELECTION
“I detected a change from past GOP conventions that bears mention. The Republicans seem to at last be reading Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky. The messages and tactics of Alinsky, long the monopoly of the Left, have been discovered by the Right…….In 2012, the Romney campaign recognizes what it is up against, and last night made it clear they know how to fight.”

“Although this happened twenty years ago and in a different country, I propose that the important characteristics that make up the Shy Tory Factor are present in America in 2012…..The Bradley effect has been influential, if at all, only by a few overall percentage points.  But if it is wrapped up with an American version of the much more powerful "Shy Tory Factor," we conservatives may be in for a treat in the form of a massive landslide come the first Tuesday in November.

“What they don’t tell you about Romney”

Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, a GOP candidate for Congress from Utah, took the stage at the Republican National Convention on Monday and delivered a fiery speech that was particularly well received by the Republicans in attendance. She slammed President Barack Obama and praised her background which she called “the American dream.” “Let em tell you about the America I know,” Love began. “My parents immigrated to this country with $10 in their pockets and the hope that the America they heard about really did exist.”

“To fuel their false "GOP is racist" argument, MSNBC conveniently cut every speech given by a minority from their RNC coverage tonight.”

Taranto:  “Here was our favorite line from Mitt Romney's convention speech: "President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family." We liked it even better when we saw that the New York Times's Nicholas Kristof had tweeted: "Seriously, Romney's speech esp troubled me by mocking rising seas/climate change. The dismissiveness was appalling." Gaia is a jealous Goddess, and She will not be mocked!”

Ex-Obama ally Artur Davis — the former Democratic congressman from Alabama who in 2008 gave a speech in support of Barack Obama at the Democratic convention, but has since renounced him — says he feels at home with the Republican Party and is encouraging others to leave the Democratic Party too. “Thank you for welcoming me where I belong,” Davis told delegates who gave him roaring applause throughout his Tuesday night primetime speech at the Republican National Convention.

NBC News’ Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd appeared on Morning Joe on Thursday where he gave voice to the counterintuitive observation that the Republican Party has showcased a diverse array of speakers at this year’s convention that the Democratic party only wishes it had.

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ARTICLES
Ronald Reagan liked to say, “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” There is no better phrase than that to describe President Obama, hermetically sealed in leftist bubble to a greater extent than any Democratic president in history. He doesn’t imagine that there are facts or interpretations that lead his opponents to opposite conclusions. He therefore assumes they are dimwits or liars.

How can a president presiding over the worst unemployment situation since the Great Depression have no jobs plan for his next term? And why is no one talking about this glaring hole in his campaign? On the presidential campaign trail this week, the GOP once again pointed out President Obama's failure to create jobs. But to fail at creating jobs, Obama would first have had to try. The president hasn't made a serious effort at that in a year. At present, he has no actionable jobs plan.

Republicans are winning the political debate on entitlement reform and Medicare, issues long dominated by Democrats, for the first time ever in the wake of Mitt Romney’s selection of running mate Paul Ryan. A poll released last week shows seniors nationwide back the GOP proposals on Medicare, with tight battles in some key swing states. Romney is beating President Barack Obama on Medicare among seniors by margins of 48 percent to 44 percent in Florida and 49 percent to 43 percent in Ohio, according to a New York Times/CBS/Quinnipiac poll. In Wisconsin,

Powerline:  Condoleezza Rice is a cerebral woman and a life-long Republican, but conservatives have sometimes wondered whether she is really one of us. She eliminated that doubt tonight. Her speech was passionate and firmly conservative. Rice talked about foreign policy, as you would expect, given her background and expertise. But she went far beyond that….”
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
The thirty best quotes from the RNC Convention.

Anti-Obama Artist Debuts 'Obamanation' Interactive Painting

Michelle Malkin:  “The Condensed Liberal Handbook of Racial Code Words”

Video Library of Political Speeches, Interviews, and Ads

Romney biographical tribute:

An existential cat who ponders the absurdity of his existence has charmed the hearts of cat lovers worldwide and been crowned the star of the best viral cat video.
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WISE WORDS
"We must put an end to the arrogance of a federal establishment which accepts no blame for our condition, cannot be relied upon to give us a fair estimate of our situation and utterly refuses to live within its means. ... We must force the entire federal bureaucracy to live in the real world of reduced spending, streamlined function and accountability to the people it serves."
                -Ronald Reagan

"The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time."
                -Ayn Rand

"Good government is not intrusive, the people are hardly aware of it; the next best is felt yet loved; then comes that which is known and feared; the worst government is hated."
               -Lao-Tzu (570-490 BC)

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