Sunday, March 24, 2013

op ed review 3/24

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) ruled out tax increases in a future budget deal with President Obama, telling NBC’s David Gregory that the president would “get nothing” from the GOP on taxes.

President Obama compares the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to U.S.-Canada relations.  But ABC, CBS, and NBC failed to notice.

As the debut of Obamacare nears in less than 10 months, officials responsible for implementing the complicated law are starting to warn that it will be a mess.
Coming with Obamacare:  “group appointments” — seeing up to a dozen patients with similar medical concerns all at once.

Teaching “intercultural communication.”  A student at Florida Atlantic University said he was suspended from his Intercultural Communications class because he refused to step on Jesus. Ryan Rotella, a junior from Coral Springs, said the incident began when his professor, Dr. Deandre Poole, asked students in the class to write the word “Jesus” on a piece of paper, fold it up, and step on it.
The media didn’t find it newsworthy that the professor is also the Vice Chair of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party.

Vice President Joe Biden spent more than $1 million for two nights in hotels in London and Paris, according to government documents. Biden and his hefty entourage spent the night at two five-star hotels in early February--one night at the Hyatt Regency London for a total of $459,338.65 and another night at the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand for $585,000.50. “A State Department official told ABC News that the costs are ´nothing out of the ordinary.´ “ 
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.):  “They deserve to live in the White House, they deserve to fly on a private plane… [but] this is a lifestyle that is one of excess….We found out there are five chefs on Air Force One. There are two projectionists who operate the White House movie theater. They regularly sleep at the White House just in case the first family wants a really, really late show. I don’t mean to be petty here, but can’t they just press the play button?”

The FAA will announce the temporary closure of 238 air traffic control towers because of the sequester, but the agency is also planning to hire “community planners” paid in excess of $100,000 – one at an airport slated to for a possible tower closure. “Funding for the community planners is exempt from sequestration, while funding for air traffic control towers are not exempt…”
Is there a sequester?  The US has quietly unblocked almost $500 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority which had been frozen by Congress for months.

Salmonella outbreaks. E. coli outbreaks. Millions of dollars in economic losses. These are among the scenarios the Obama administration warned about last month as it claimed the sequester would force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to furlough meat inspectors. But while the administration prepares to take that step, it continues to pursue a "partnership" with the Mexican government to "raise awareness" about food stamps among immigrants from that country.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $2.7 million to study why lesbians are at a higher “risk for hazardous drinking.” The study aims to develop “culturally sensitive” strategies to prevent lesbians from being drunks.

U.S is now less popular in the middle east than at the end of the George W. Bush administration.

Sunday evening's episode of the History Channel's hit series 'The Bible' threw up an awkward coincidence when viewers noticed that Satan bore a remarkable resemblance to President Obama. Twitter exploded into life during the airing of the latest edition of the Mark Burnett-produced series with most noting the striking similarities between the 44th President and the devil played by actor Mehdi Ouzaani.

Yet another new survey shows that Republicans know more about politics and political history than Democrats. On eight of 13 questions about politics, Republicans outscored Democrats by an average of 18 percentage points, according to a new Pew survey titled “Partisan Differences in Knowledge.”

PETA killed more than 1,600 cats and dogs at its Virginia headquarters last year - almost 90% of the animals handed over to the charity's American shelter.

“New data shows 48 Percent of First Children Born to Unwed Mothers”

The Detroit News is busy talking up the possibility of Dr. Benjamin Carson running as a Republican for the Senate from Michigan.

Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi both received Communion during the Mass to celebrate the installation of Pope Francis in spite of their pro-choice position on abortion. Some Catholics are not happy.

A recent study found that the number of working women who believe that a career is as important as being a wife and mother has fallen 23 percent since the 1970s.  “Apparently, women are growing more and more uncomfortable with hardcore feminism and believe that it is out of alignment with the views, values, and aspirations of ordinary women.”

Alicia Colon  3/19

I have collected unemployment three times in my life. The first time was over 35 years ago and I had to file a claim at an unemployment office in Manhattan. I also had to go there every week to collect a check. The second time was in 1995 when I was laid off and replaced by the owner's wife. I then applied in person but after that I only had to report by phone and punch in my responses. The last time I filed was in 2008 when my newspaper folded and all I had to do was file online.

It's no mystery to explain the huge numbers of Americans filing for unemployment when it is becoming as easy as surfing the net for social networks. Politicians are always trying to make it easy for people to file for food stamps, Medicaid, HEAP, and other benefits not because they give a whit for the needy but because they expect those entitled to keep them in office…

A record number of Americans are now on food stamps. When my six children were young and my family was barely surviving on one income, I briefly took the leap and collected food stamps. At that time, the stamps were issued in paper and I hated pulling the book out to pay for food so I never recertified. I just made do with what we could afford and became a very resourceful and creative cook. Now that shame factor has been removed and liberal politicians have made sure that discreet EBT debit cards allow welfare and food stamp recipients to purchase luxury food items and goods sans embarrassment.

Here's a recent news release reporting on our generous government:   The food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever. About 46.514 million Americans received aid, up from 46.286 million in November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said today in an e-mail. Participation was 5.5 percent higher than a year earlier. No one should go hungry in America. FNS provides children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education. We help nearly one in four people. Check out our programs to see if we can help you or your family.”

Meanwhile the National Park Service - also part of the Department of Agriculture - asks visitors "Please do not feed the animals" because it may cause them to grow dependent and not take care and fend for themselves.
Mitt Romney was absolutely right when he noted in a fundraiser that 47% of the people would never vote for him. These are the entitled who never heard what JFK asked Americans to do but care only about what the government can do for them. His Democrat Party now only cares about staying in power and promoting a dependent nation that resembles socialist Europe. The fact that Europe is dying because of this failed ideology is incidental to the narcissists now in power who believe they can make it work here.

Since I have always been in a somewhat precarious financial situation, I can well understand the temptation to have burdens lifted but thankfully was raised by a strong and proud mother. She took in laundry and babysat for neighbors rather than go on welfare after my father abandoned us. She struggled back from three incapacitating strokes but refused to become a cripple. Of course, back in those days, the dependent-making machine was not in place yet. The Great Society had not yet reared its ugly head. Food stamps were non existent and welfare was called home relief and was only temporary. Food commodities were distributed and we were glad to get these when our neighbors who were on welfare refused to eat them. Great cans of peanut butter, bags of rice and flour, a pound of margarine, a box of cheese and best of all, a large can of chipped beef which fried up and served over the rice was delicious.

I watched an interview with a woman who had been on the dole for several years who admitted that she could look for work but she was too used to being taken care of and we can all probably guess who she votes for. This was an educated healthy white woman whose shame factor was totally suppressed. That's why politicians are always looking for ways to take away the shame factor so that we can eschew pride and instead view ourselves as victims of society……

This administration has hired 16,000 IRS agents to enforce Obamacare when it should have hired private investigators to uncover the massive fraud in our entitlement programs that leaves nothing for legitimate applicants. Unfortunately it shows no interest in stopping the gravy train as long as its riders vote Democrat.


"[T]he scariest news over the weekend came from the tiny country of Cyprus. ... Individuals who have deposits of at least $130,000 (equivalent) in Cypriot banks will pay what the New York Times called a 'one-time tax' of 9.9 percent of their deposits. Smaller depositors will have their funds confiscated taxed to the tune of 6.75 percent. ... Naturally the ATM networks were shut down to prevent the good people of Cyprus (or Russia) from getting to their money before the government could take it away. ... Think about what will happen when officials of the Obama Administration come to work this morning and read that the EU could force Cyprus to confiscate legally deposited funds.... I can certainly hear the clack-clack-clack of keyboards drawing up the talking points explaining why rich people with deposits of over, say $50,000 should be willing to do their fair share in paying down the national debt. ... Sample Talking Point: If you can afford a 401(k) and $4/gallon gasoline, you're making too much."
                     -Rich Galen

"While no one is taxing our bank holdings thanks to ObamaCare, they are going after some of our other assets. Remember that 3.8 percent Medicare surtax on investment sales larger than a couple hundred grand. Surprised? The next time you try to sell your house, trust me, you'll be hitting the roof. I want you to think about that. A tax not on your income, earned or unearned, but your assets, what you have, what you own, your tangible assets. Homes here, bank account's [in Cyprus]. Is there really a difference? No.”
                     -Neil Cavuto

“U.S. debt far outweighs that of every European nation -- nations that are going for bailouts one after another. The U.S. government could seize 100 percent of the $9.3 trillion held in banks in the country and it would cover just over half of our total national debt. That $9.3 trillion would cover just two-and-a-half years of the federal budget. Think about that the next time a politician laments the supposed disaster caused by reducing budget growth by $85 billion.”
                      -Mark Alexander

Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of "Schindler's List," "Jurassic Park" and other blockbusters, is re-teaming with conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza for a movie simply called "America." The filmmakers behind 2016: Obama’s America are working on a follow-up to what has become the second-biggest political documentary in the history of the domestic box office. 

 “No, the world ISN´T getting warmer (as you may have noticed). Now we reveal the official data that’s making scientists suddenly change their minds about climate doom. The Mail on Sunday today presents irrefutable evidence that official predictions of global climate warming have been catastrophically flawed. The graph on this page blows apart the ‘scientific basis’ for Britain reshaping its entire economy and spending billions in taxes and subsidies in order to cut emissions of greenhouse gases.”

Like a desperate gambler who doubles down on a losing bet, President Obama is calling for spending $2 billion more on green energy projects. Apparently these billions will succeed where previous billions have failed.

Contrary to the American Bar Association´s (ABA) contention that the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) "is consistent with the Second Amendment" and "would not require new domestic regulations" to hamper the exercise of the rights therein, the reality is that if ratified, the ATT could make guns as scarce as ammo and the exercise of the Second Amendment difficult indeed. And here’s how this would happen…….

Thousands of people line up in California to buy ammunition.

“Today, President Obama issues a challenge to Republican Senators: in nominating Tom Perez as Labor secretary, he implies that Senate Republicans don’t have either the guts or organizational skill to stop what would become perhaps the most radical left-wing cabinet member in history……I wrote the book on Tom Perez. My New York Times bestseller Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department is largely a catalog of the rancid racialism over which Perez has presided. Perez is an unapologetic leftist from the Hugo Chavez-wing of the Democrat Party. (Not an exaggeration: Chavez once had Citgo make a payment to Perez’s illegal alien advocacy group Casa de Maryland.)”
Perez  also has ties to liberal billionaire George Soros.

Madonna rips Boy Scouts at the GLAAD Awards

“Socialist French President Hollande's popularity has fallen to the lowest level since he was elected last May, taking his rating below that of far-right leader Marine Le Pen for the first time, a poll showed on Sunday.”

Republican leaders spent three months studying their 2012 election defeat and on Monday announced they were beat on nearly every aspect of politicking, from money to message to manpower, and said one immediate change should be to embrace immigration reform — a lightning-rod issue that nearly tore the party apart under the George W. Bush administration. Unveiling a 98-page election post-mortem, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus promised a kinder, gentler GOP that will not write off any voters. That begins, the party said, with Hispanic voters and immigration reform. “By 2050, we’ll be a majority-minority country, and in both 2008 and 2012, President Obama won a combined 80 percent of the votes of all minority groups,” Mr. Priebus said Monday. “The RNC cannot and will not write off any demographic, community, or region of this country.” The plan calls for the GOP to become a party that voters believe cares about them, beginning with a $10 million image makeover to attract minorities. The plan also includes nuts-and-bolts suggestions, such as shortening the presidential primary process and trying to take control of the debates, which are currently run by television networks.
Ann Coulter at CPAC:  “If amnesty goes through, America becomes California and no Republican will ever win another national election…..I can see why Democrats would want amnesty, but why on earth are Marco Rubio and these endless Bushes supporting it? Even Shemp and Zippo Bush are supporting amnesty for illegals……Republicans are grasping at these suicidal policies because they’re panicked, they’re demoralized after the last election…..Stop panicking, Republicans!”

“More voters trust the Democratic Party than the Republican Party on budgetary issues, according to the results of a new poll for The Hill — even though a strong majority actually prefers Republican fiscal policies. The discrepancy would appear to be rooted in the GOP’s image problem….”

Not a good sign:  “Florida voters overwhelmingly would chose former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for president in 2016 over the state’s two highest profile Republicans, former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio, a new poll shows.”

“Liberty is under assault from every direction,” Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) told an enthusiastic crowd at the CPAC, but conservatives are finally starting to turn the tide in their favor. “For the last three weeks, conservatives have been winning,” he said during his keynote address on Saturday. “We’re winning right now.” Cruz, who spoke without a script, prompter, or podium, closed out the three-day gathering on an optimistic note, and largely devoid of the calls for change or moderation that were prevalent in many of the speeches delivered throughout the conference. The fast-rising GOP star said his “biggest surprise” since being sworn in as Senator in January was “the defeatist attitude among so many Republicans who’ve been in a Washington a long time.” He didn’t mention Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) by name, but Cruz did address McCain’s recent comments describing Cruz, Rand Paul, and other libertarian-leaning Republicans as “wacko birds.” “I have to admit, when Rand and I first heard that, we thought that it was a new kind of drone,” he joked. “If standing for liberty and the Constitution makes you a wacko bird, then count me a proud wacko bird.”
There were high expectations for Sen. Ted Cruz´s keynote address, and he delivered. As a young, passionate Hispanic who happens to be one of the most brilliant and accomplished constitutional experts and Supreme Court lawyers in the U.S. Senate in over half a century, Cruz poses a clear frustration for the left—and some in the Republican establishment as well. Cruz was a rock star at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Whenever anyone mentioned him in their remarks, the utterance was met with applause.

Sen. Rand Paul won the 2013 Washington Times-CPAC presidential preference straw poll Saturday, and Sen. Marco Rubio was a close second, easily outdistancing the rest of the field and signaling the rise of a new generation of conservative leaders who will take the Republican Party into the 2016 election. Mr. Paul won 25 percent of the vote, and Mr. Rubio collected 23 percent.

Ann Coulter at CPAC:  "Paul Ryan, you're a good man and you mean well, and good for you for your courage trying to reform Medicare and rid us of Obamacare. But your proposed budget that has the federal government spending $41 TRILLION over the next ten years, with more and more and more spending increases every single year, and assumes all the oppressive Obamacare taxes.   Congressman, that's what liberal Democrats do, not us…..This is not conservatism. It is, literally, Democrat Lite…”
Coulter also said she could no long support New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in 2016, adding, “I’m now a single-issue voter against amnesty. So Christie’s off the list.”

In a speech at CPAC, Media Research Center Pres. Brent Bozell blasted Republican leaders for their lack of conservative behavior.

“I just got done watching Dr. Ben Carson speak at CPAC and among many thoughts, I wanted to share the first thing that came to mind when he was finished. If I were a Democrat, I’d be looking at this guy and saying, “That is the most dangerous man in the United States of America today.”  Carson put on one heck of a demonstration in public speaking on conservative topics. Intelligent, with a smooth delivery and no apparent use of a teleprompter, Carson had the crowd alternately busting up laughing and coming to their feet for extended applause.”

If waterboarding, a procedure we inflicted on our own troops, can be considered torture, I suppose that almost anything one doesn’t approve of can be so deemed. And given the proven effectiveness of throwing the term torture around, the temptation to apply it to anything one doesn’t approve of must be difficult for the intellectually dishonest to resist. “Racism” used to be the left’s favorite discussion-ending epithet; now it has a rival in “torture.” For example, a special report to the U.N. says laws outlawing abortion are torture.

LIVs love Pop Media. Pop Media loves Obama. Ergo, LIVs love Obama. It is that simple. So sayeth Clayton Cramer in an article in PJ Media. According to Clayton, low information voters (LIVs) don´t know if the national debt is 16B or 16T, they think Benghazi is a strip joint on K street and "they know that gay marriage is a good thing because all their favorite actors and musicians think it is so cool!" The better-informed LIVs read Us or People. Most of an LIV´s knowledge of economics, politics, and history comes from watching movies, television shows, The Daily Show, and stuff that one of his leftist friends posts on Facebook.

When was that watershed moment where advocacy of gay marriage crossed into the mainstream from the radical chic of the intellectual elite? Gay marriage, quite apart from homosexuality per se, has only in recent years been embraced by more than just a few libertarian sophisticates. Ironically it wasn´t too long ago when the progressive darlings and the beautiful people believed, to the contrary, that marriage of any kind was oppressive, a form of institutional bondage.

Of all the arguments public-school advocates have used to hoodwink generations of parents into condemning their own children to years of state-controlled subservience training, one of the most successful is that without public schools, children cannot be properly "socialized," and will therefore be ill-prepared for life in the "real world."  The basic premise of the argument for public schools as necessary tools of socialization is that learning to get along, or fit in, with children one´s own age is a vital life skill. Is it?

ObamaCare Turns Three:  10 Disturbing Facts Americans Have Learned

Top Ten ObamaCare Horror Stories the Media Are Covering Up

Leno:    A 28-year-old woman from Serbia has a rare brain condition where she sees everything upside down. The good news? She's now been given a job at the White House as President Obama's economic adviser……..The U.S. Senate is now fighting to keep open the Senate barber shop. It loses $350,000 a year. Do you know what that makes it? The most successful government program ever. It’s losing only $350,000 a year………The island nation of Cyprus is now considering a 10 percent tax on every individual savings account in that country. They'll take 10 percent of your money right out of the bank. To which President Obama said: "You can do that?"
"The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence."
                          -John Adams

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