Saturday, February 2, 2013

op ed review 2/3



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Americans have a very special message for the federal government: Don’t tread on me. That’s the takeaway from a new poll from the Pew Research Center in which, for the first time in at least the last two decades, a majority of Americans say Washington actually poses a threat to their “personal rights and freedoms.” And it’s not just tea party supporters, Republicans and gun owners. Nearly two-fifths of Democrats (38 percent) say the government is a threat to them personally, as do 45 percent of non-gun owners.

The U.S. economy posted a stunning drop of 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter.
"…..when you act like Europe, you get growth rates like Europe…..They’re always thinking they know better. And this is the kind of growth. We have become Europe. We are now Europe."
In response to the news that the economy contracted, Democrats are touting the claim that this is "the best-looking contraction in U.S. GDP you'll ever see.”
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu said on the Senate floor that Washington’s spending problem exists only on Fox News:

Poof!  169,000 Americans Drop Out of Labor Force in January As Unemployment Ticks Up
8.5 million Americans have dropped out of the labor force in the last 4 years.

The nation's long-term fiscal outlook hasn't significantly improved following the "fiscal cliff" deal.  It only slightly delays the US reaching debt-to-gross domestic product levels that would damage the economy and risk another fiscal crisis, according to a report.
The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest private youth organizations, is considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions.
See the column below for more info and what you can do…

“Gov. Chris Christie paid another tribute to President Obama, thanking him for his help in successfully passing the Hurricane Sandy aid bill in January, and continuing the unlikely public alliance between the Republican and Democrat.”

In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000/yr.

Millionaire athletes bailing out of high tax California.

It’s not clear if administration sources that leaked the story that Chuck Hagel had three practice sessions before a mock committee before his actual Senate confirmation hearing were trying to help or hurt the former senator. Hagel’s performance was so shaky that even some of his liberal supporters were lamenting about his stumbling and bumbling answers to tough questions. That he flopped so badly after being rehearsed speaks volumes about how bad he was.
"It is very clear from the testimony that Sen. Hagel will not be bringing the potato salad to the next Mensa picnic.”

“DHS revamping immigrant welcome materials, set to include Obamacare”

A Colorado principal stands by his decision to allow students from a multicultural group to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic on the school’s intercom.??

Coming:  Amnesty for 11 million
A similar 2007 amnesty bill collapsed after voters flooded Congress with angry phone calls.
Marco Rubio’s big immigration gamble

There are cash-strapped governments and there are broke governments. And then there’s Zimbabwe, which, after paying last week’s government salaries, has just $217 left in the bank. No, we didn’t forget any zeroes to the end of that figure. Zimbabwe, the country that’s home to some of the world’s largest plutonium and diamond reserves, literally has the same financial standing as a 14-year-old girl after a really good birthday party.

It’s getting easier to get away with shooting people in Chicago. Last year, gunmen who shot and wounded someone got away without criminal charges 94 percent of the time, according to an analysis of police data.

What a concept!  Texas Governor Rick Perry calls for returning excess tax money to taxpayers.

President Obama flew 9 hours, round-trip from Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas, Nevada, just to deliver a speech on immigration. His travel to and from Vegas--will cost taxpayers $1.6 million. 
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN

NOTE: This letter is a response from Mark Alexander to his son, a Cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy, concerning the Boy Scouts of America national board proposal to allow homosexual Scout leaders into positions of leadership. Alexander is both a Troop Scoutmaster and member of his area Boy Scout Executive Council.

I received your note about news of an upcoming proposal before the Boy Scouts of America national board, which meets Wednesday, February 6th.….I understand your profound disappointment in this great organization, after all you accomplished to obtain your Eagle rank. I share that disappointment as your former Scoutmaster, and many years in other leadership positions with the BSA…….In light of all the reports and litigation over the abusive predation on boys by homosexual adults in leadership positions with churches and other organizations, the notion that the BSA is considering lifting its ban on homosexuals holding such positions is mind numbing, stupefying -- in fact, shocking.

Now, clearly all homosexuals are not molesters of teens and pre-teens, but where same-sex molestation occurs, homosexuals are almost always the perpetrators. So, why would the national BSA board consider a motion to remove its national restriction on homosexual leaders, and invite avowed homosexuals to fill "select leadership" roles?  Well, for much the same reason the BSA advertised junk food and video games in its national Scouting magazines. Several corporations have pulled their support for the BSA because of their sexual orientation policies, including Intel, Merck and UPS. Verizon is now being pressured by homosexual advocacy groups to withhold its support. The national BSA board includes a few wealthy corporate executives, who appear to be more interested in dictating BSA policy that comports with their corporate bottom line than with the mission of Scouting. They are completely out of touch with rank and file Scouts and leaders across the nation. Indeed, much of the pressure to put homosexuals in leadership roles is coming from two national board members: James Turley, CEO of Ernst & Young, and Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, who is slated to become president of the BSA national board in 2014.

Despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the BSA's ban on homosexuals in 2000, these BSA board members are endeavoring to force their social agenda on 3.6 million Scouts and adult leaders. They want Scouting to comply with their corporate policies…….While homosexuals account for fewer than 3 percent of the population, they have some very loud advocacy organizations. But, there is nothing "gay" about Gender Disorientation Pathology.

The BSA also excludes avowed atheists from leadership positions, but David Silverman, president of American Atheists, said, "If they are considering lifting the ban on gays, that's a good thing. I would hope they remove the rest of the bigotry and admit atheists as well."

Last summer, the BSA committee charged with conducting a two-year national study and survey on the restrictions against homosexuals, affirmed by "unanimous consensus," that upholding those restrictions was "absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts." (Did they really need a two-year study to figure that out?) But now, a few corporate execs are attempting a policy end run around the local councils and all of us who are Scouting's foot soldiers, and they hope for a quick sweep of the board.

So what will be the consequences if the national board approves of this measure? The national BSA restriction against homosexual members and leaders has provided a cover policy for the 290 BSA Councils across the nation, and the more than 115,000 religious and civic groups under which BSA Troops are chartered. Abandoning this restriction will move the cultural battlefront to the front door of every council and troop across the nation -- including their sponsors and chartering organizations, and fracture the organization at every level. "A house divided against itself cannot stand." In short order, those of us who have devoted so many years to the BSA's outstanding character-building programs, will be labeled "intolerant bigots" if we do not comport with the "gay agenda." Likewise, every chartering and sponsoring organization will be threatened with such labels…….if this proposal is approved, Scouting, as we know it today, will cease to exist.

Obviously, a few elitist corporate types on the BSA's National Executive Board hail from some alternate universe. The mere suggestion of lifting the restrictions against homosexuals, particularly in leadership positions, is an insulting affront to the vast majority of Scouts, Scout leaders and parents, Scout Councils and chartering organizations. The National Board should provide cover fire for their local affiliates, not spotlight them as targets for infiltration and annihilation. If the BSA Board is more devoted to its corporate sponsors than the organization's mission, and fears it will collapse without those sponsors, then let it fall with honor rather than decline in disgrace.

Finally, in this era when few of our national leaders abide by their oaths of office, I know you will stand firm in the oath you took upon becoming a Scout, and repeated many times on the road to your Eagle rank: "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight."..

I know you will always honor your Scout oath, as you will your oath to "support and defend" our Constitution. Hold your ground young man!


Next Wednesday, the Boy Scouts of America executive board will vote on a proposal that could reverse 103 years of history. The question is whether or not the BSA will choose to be bullied by homosexual activism or will tighten its boot straps and vote to remain "morally straight”.   Here is a list of key board members and their phone numbers. Call their offices and ask for them by name. If they are not available, please leave a message that you want them to vote against any policy change that would allow homosexuals to serve with boys.
(Phil Condit and Scott Oki are board members from Washington State.)

Boy Scout national council office:  972-580-2000     Wayne Brock, Chief Boy Scouts Executive, 972-580-2004, 972-580-2000, email at Wayne.Brock@Scouting.org.
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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"It's a good thing our federal government is going on a strict spending diet to curb its out-of-control borrowing. Otherwise, the latest piece of spending legislation passed Monday worth more than $50 billion might have been substantial. ... For weeks Obama traveled the country telling anyone who would listen and some who'd rather not that he's so absolutely positively determined to cut America's $16.4 trillion national debt that he did so much to grow. And he was insistent on milking money from the rich to do just that. Well, guess what? That $50.4 billion spending bill for, among other things Hurricane Sandy aid, just ate up every single penny of that tax hike for this year, plus another $10 billion."
                   -Investor's Business Daily

"[W]e spend so much time on these individual issues like guns and health care, but what we need to take on as a country is the topic of freedom overall. What are rights? What is the purpose of the government? All our arguments are because we disagree on those questions, but that's not usually where the discussion is. If we want to change things, we need people thinking on these fundamental questions."
                   -Frank J. Fleming
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LEFTIST WATCH
It should come as no surprise that the Communist Party USA is on board with President Obama’s plan to attack Americans’ right to keep and bear arms as a means to “end gun violence.” A cardinal feature of communist regimes, like all dictatorships, is the prohibition of private ownership of arms, creating a monopoly of force in the hands of the State.

“The surest way to destroy a nation is to debauch its currency.”
“The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.”
“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
“We can and must write in a language which sows among the masses hate, revulsion, and scorn toward those who disagree with us.”
"A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie."
               -Vladimir Lenin

A New York college has released the illuminating findings of a survey of the folks who occupied Wall Street in 2011. It turns out that the movement of the 99 percent contained a lot of people with links to the 1 percent.

Even the Washington Post thinks this is creepy:  “FOR EVIDENCE that the permanent campaign has become embedded in our national life, look no further than President Obama’s recent announcement that he is setting up a group to keep his supporters energized and enrolled for action in a second term. To be called Organizing for Action, the group will harvest the rich data — e-mails and names — of the Obama foot soldiers who knocked on doors and got out the vote. Certainly, there’s something bigger going on here — a mix of technical prowess and grass-roots smarts. But there is also a whiff of something fishy.”
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ISLAM
Iran unveils finger amputating machine for use on thieves Photographs appearing to show a blindfolded man having his fingers severed by the mechanical amputation device have been published by an official Iranian press agency. According to the INSA news service, the prisoner used to demonstrate the brutal contraption had been convicted of theft and adultery by a court in Shiraz last Wednesday. A series of pictures show three masked officials, clad entirely in black, holding the man´s right hand in a vice while one turns a wheel operating the guillotine in the manner of a rotary saw.
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GUN CONTROL
A staffer at left-wing Media Matters for America committed numerous felonies by carrying a firearm to defend the organization’s founder, David Brock.

If ‘Assault Weapons’ Are Bad…Why Does DHS Want to Buy 7,000 of Them for ‘Personal Defense’?   DHS is asking for the 7,000 “select-fire” firearms because they are “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters.”

“Armed guard disarmed teen in Atlanta school shooting, says police chief”

Newtown Calls for Armed School Officers

 Gun Free Zones are supposed to protect our children, and some politicians wish to strip us of our right to keep and bear arms. Those same politicians and their families are currently under the protection of armed Secret Service agents. If Gun Free Zones are sufficient protection for our children, then Gun Free Zones should be good enough for politicians.”

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. urges residents to take a safety course in handling firearms because “calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option……there are certain instances where calling the police would be “of no use.”
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ARTICLES
ObamaCare´s Broken Promises

Charlie Daniels:  Encouragement In A Time Of Grave Fear”

A leading GOP Hispanic group has a message for Republicans as Congress begins debate on immigration: Watch your language. The Hispanic Leadership Network, a center-right group looking to woo Latinos to the GOP, sent Republican congressmen of all stripes a list of suggested "Dos and Don´ts of Immigration Reform" Monday afternoon. "Tone and rhetoric will be key in the days and weeks ahead as both liberals and conservatives lay out their perspectives. Please consider these tonally sensitive messaging points as you discuss immigration, regardless of your position,"

Conservatives are still glum about the election, and the upper hand President Obama seems to have over Republicans. But the political stage has been framed far worse for conservatives and Republicans in the past.

Tea party activists looking to oust Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a GOP primary may get some help from an unlikely source: Democrats.  The idea: Soften up McConnell and make him vulnerable in a general election in Kentucky, where Democrats still maintain a voter registration advantage. Or better yet, in their eyes: Watch Kentucky GOP primary voters nominate the 2014 version of Todd Akin or Richard Mourdock, weak candidates who may actually lose.

The terrifying mindset of Secretary Clinton
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
The most and least religious cities in America, based on polling.

A scorecard by the group Heritage Action for America ranks lawmakers on their conservatism, based on their votes on bills identified by the group as being of particular interest to conservative Americans.  “This scorecard separates the lawmakers who talk like conservatives and those who act like conservatives.”
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LATE NITE
Leno:  According to a new report, it now costs $351,000 to raise a child for 18 years. And you can double that again waiting the next 18 years for that lazy kid to move out of the basement……Zimbabwe's finance minister revealed yesterday that his country has only $217 left in the government Treasury. Today President Obama said, "Stop bragging!"……….Yesterday President Obama went to Las Vegas and spoke about his new immigration plan. Afterwards he was harshly criticized by the locals for speaking in English………..The Senate has overwhelmingly approved John Kerry as the next secretary of state. In his farewell speech today to the Senate, Kerry spoke for 51 minutes. So, apparently he does believe in torture.

Argus Hamilton:  USA Today chided President Obama Tuesday for appointing white males to fill all his new cabinet post openings. The newspaper really took him to task. The president wrote a letter to the editor explaining that rich white men are in danger of extinction and if he doesn't create a protected habitat for them, there will be no one to pay for the government.
 Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

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