Saturday, April 13, 2013

op ed review 4/14

Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher died peacefully after suffering a massive stroke at 87.
British historian Paul Johnson:  “Margaret Thatcher had more impact on the world than any woman ruler since Catherine the Great of Russia. Not only did she turn around—decisively—the British economy in the 1980s, she also saw her methods copied in more than 50 countries…..The kind of services that Thatcher rendered Britain in peace were of a magnitude equal to Winston Churchill's in war.…Among the British public she aroused fervent admiration and intense dislike in almost equal proportions, but in the world beyond she was recognized for what she was: a great, creative stateswoman who left the world a better and more prosperous place, and whose influence will reverberate well into the 21st century.”

Shameful:  “Democrats Blocking Resolution to Honor Lady Thatcher”

Combined spending of federal, state and local governments now exceeds median household income

An explosive device sent to "America's toughest sheriff" was intercepted by police in Arizona. Wasn’t he looking into President Obama’s citizenship claims last year?

Arrested illegals mock Border Patrol, telling them “Obama’s going to let me go”

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is using  the Sandy Hook tragedy to raise campaign money.

One of the Senate architects of Obamacare now says that the healthcare law is “beyond comprehension.”

The District of Columbia’s Obamacare czars have decided that henceforth insurers shall be forbidden by law to charge smokers higher rates than non-smokers. Smoking, as it turns out, “is a preexisting medical condition,”

Rand Paul reminds majority black Howard University that it was the Democrats, not the Republicans behind 'racism and Jim Crow' 

Business as usual in Chicago:  The daughter of President Obama´s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright,  was indicted on charges of money laundering and lying to federal authorities.

Obama declares Thursday ‘National Equal Pay Day,’ despite paying female staffers less than male counterparts

Landlord Joe Biden pocketed $26,400 in 2012 for renting a cottage to the Secret Service so they could protect him.
President Obama paid a tax rate of only 18% on income of $608,000 in 2012.

The RNC unanimously approved a resolution Friday urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Proposition 8, the measure under court review that forbids same-sex marriage in California.

Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven't heard about these sickening accusations? It's not your fault. Since the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page. The revolting revelations of Gosnell's former staff, who have been testifying to what they witnessed and did during late-term abortions, should shock anyone with a heart.
A writer asked a Washington Post reporter why no coverage of the Gosnell trial.    Her reason:  “I cover policy for the Washington Post, not local crime.”
“Why They Won’t Talk About Kermit Gosnell”

Huh??  Gonzaga University will not allow students to organize a Knights of Columbus chapter because the group only admits Catholics – a violation of the school’s non-discrimination policy. Gonzaga, a Roman Catholic university in Spokane, Wash., had concerns over a requirement that “all members of a student Knights of Columbus group must be Catholic.”

Huh? The state of California is reportedly considering legislation that would force group insurance policies to provide infertility treatment for gay and lesbian couples. “Two men who have sex with each other for a year and do not produce a baby would be considered “infertile” under the proposed legislation. So would two women.”

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it is considering dropping current broadcast decency standards that ban explicit profanity and "non-sexual" nudity.  The new FCC policy would allow network television and local radio stations to air the f-word, the s-word and to allow programs to show frontal female nudity, even during hours when they know children will be watching and listening. It is accepting comments on the proposal from the viewing public until the end of April.

Doug Mainwaring  4/12/13

Remember little Anthony Freemont, in one of the "Twilight Zone's" most famous episodes? In the opening sequence Rod Serling informs us: "A monster had arrived in the village. Just by using his mind, he took away the automobiles, the electricity, the machines -- because they displeased him -- and he moved an entire community back into the dark ages -- just by using his mind.. . . and the people there have to smile. They have to think happy thoughts and say happy things because once displeased, the monster can wish them into a cornfield or change them into a grotesque, walking horror. This particular monster can read minds, you see. He knows every thought, he can feel every emotion."

We have entered the "Twilight Zone." The spirit of Anthony Freemont rules our collective psyche, dictating our behaviors. And who is the Tyrant possessed of the spirit of little Anthony? Progressive ideologues. And while they don't have the same superpowers that Anthony was endowed with, they do indeed wield a power just as brutal and effective as Anthony's: political correctness.

Political correctness seeks to silence all opposition to the advancement of progressive ideology. Those who manipulate the power of political correctness appear on the surface to be the good-hearted, the vulnerable, and the victimized. Whether as individuals, as organizations, or as cultural groups, they present a picture of innocence and goodness, of unparalleled magnanimity and empathy. Yet like Anthony, their appearance is deceiving. They demand total fealty. And if you don't think the "happy thoughts" they want you to, their outward appearance gives way to vindictiveness and the same swift, disproportionate punishments that little Anthony meted out.

They want to be constantly affirmed, never challenged, never questioned, never judged. If they sense you don't agree with them, you are immediately judged to be a "bad person, with bad thoughts." They intimidate you into silence, until outwardly you only express happy thoughts, i.e., expressions of vigorous agreement with and the moral goodness of their will. For individuals and organizations who do not bend to their will, like Anthony, they wish their detractors out to the cornfield. Their version of the cornfield is the constant threat of social isolation, of being unloved and disrespected.

Pick any issue currently being advanced by progressives -- same-sex marriage, state-mandated free contraception, abortion, man-made global warming and strict gun control, to name a few. Publicly question or resist any of these and be prepared to be judged as an anti-science, homophobic, misogynist, racist, xenophobic, Neanderthal. As with little Anthony, to attempt to enter into legitimate discussion or debate on these issues is out of the question, and met with severe consequences. Your have only two options: Start thinking "happy thoughts," or brace yourself for the cornfield.

Let's face it, the rise of political correctness is nothing more than the end of free speech in the United States and in westernized countries around the world. While appearing benign and guileless like little Anthony, the reality is that roiling vitriol exists just under the surface of these ideologues, waiting to lash out at the first sign of "bad thoughts."

When the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation announced it was halting its contributions to Planned Parenthood last year, the spirit of Little Anthony Fremont leaped into action. In essence, Komen was guilty of not thinking "happy thoughts" about Planned Parenthood. The skirmish was never about breast cancer prevention and women's health. It was about demanding massive funding for the nation's premiere abortion provider. How dare Komen disagree?

Fast forward to the ongoing trial against abortionist Kermit Gosnell. He's accused of killing many babies born alive during botched abortion attempts, yet major networks and newspapers have ignored this story. With testimonies such as, "Gosnell taught me how to flip the body of the baby over and snip its neck with a pair of scissors to ensure 'fetal demise,' runs counter to the media's national narrative. The horrific truth currently lies abandoned in a cornfield.

An example which recently struck very close to home for me occurred after I wrote an opinion piece last year in the Washington Post expressing my opposition to same sex marriage. Although I am gay, I believe wholeheartedly that the definition of Marriage is immutable.  Despite the fact that I voiced my full support for civil unions, because I didn't think "happy thoughts" about same-sex marriage, I became the object of Anthony's wrath in hundreds of comments that were posted.  Within twenty-four hours, a page was created on a gay website with my picture, excerpts from my writings, and at last count, over one hundred mostly vile comments posted, all meant to intimidate and prevent folks like me from speaking up.

More recently, we have witnessed Dr. Ben Carson, the most prominent member of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, forced to withdraw as the school's commencement speaker. He was sent out to the cornfield because he dared to not join the chorus of "happy thoughts" about gay marriage.

Progressives and their facilitators in the media want us to believe that the angels and archangels, the cherubim and seraphim, are singing the praises of genderless marriage. They want us to hear only the choruses of Senators and Representatives, NFL players, Conservatives, and Fortune 500 Corporations in magnificent harmony, proclaiming their belief in this implausible notion that two men or two women together is exactly the same as a man and a woman.

Remember: We are in the "Twilight Zone." This is not the heavenly chorus we now hear: It is the discordant jingles of opportunists, searching to be relevant, remunerated or reelected. Dissenters from this message, are catapulted to the cornfield where their voices are less likely to be heard.

Let there be no doubt: The modus operandi of the Progressive movement is the same as that of little Anthony, silencing opposition from concerned adults by any means, all the while maintaining the outward, public appearance of being a sweet, innocent, smiling child. Political correctness is a tool of tyranny, wielded skillfully by Progressives to silence and render impotent principled objection to the advancement of their cause.

We have come face to face with little Anthony Freemont. As it turns out, Rod Serling was right: If you do meet Anthony you can be sure of one thing: you have entered the "Twilight Zone."

We have, indeed, met him.
Evidence he’s right:
An Army officer has sent an email to subordinates labeling conservative Christian organizations as "domestic hate groups" and stating their values don't align with "Army values."
A Christian florist in Washington State, who declined to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding because she objects for religious reasons, is being taken to court by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

“Great Britain and the world have lost a great leader. ... Lady [Margaret] Thatcher now takes her place in history alongside Sir Winston Churchill, the Duke of Wellington and all the other great British heroes who defeated enemies of their island nation. An intrepid warrior for freedom and human dignity, Prime Minister Thatcher stood with her 'noble friend,' President Ronald Reagan, to confront the Soviet empire when it was at its peak. Her courage and steadfastness earned the respect of her fiercest foes. It was, after all, the Russians who dubbed her the Iron Lady. At home, Lady Thatcher's free-market reforms were revolutionary -- and salutary. Using deregulation and privatization, she restored Great Britain, once dismissed as the 'sick man of Europe,' to its position as a world power. Indeed, her policies led the way and inspired other nations -- including those in newly free Eastern Europe -- to adopt similar reforms to boost their economies.... We will do our best to live up to Margaret Thatcher's example of principled leadership and iron will."
                 -Ed Feulner

"The Obama administration treated the creation of 'democracy' in the Middle East as a good thing. Ironically, those who created the United States of America viewed democracy with fear -- and created a Constitutional republic instead. ... In its most basic sense, democracy means majority rule. But there can be majority rule in a free country or in a country with an authoritarian or even a dictatorial government. In this age of sloppy uses of words, many people include freedom in their conception of democracy. But whether democracy leads to freedom is an open question, not a foregone conclusion. ... The idea that 'all people want freedom' is one of those feel-good phrases that some people indulge in. But you do not get a free country just because everybody wants freedom -- for themselves. You can have a free country only when people are willing to let other people have freedom."
                   -Thomas Sowell

"In 1960, when vastly more Americans were involved in physical labor of some kind, 0.65 percent of workforce participants between the ages of 18 and 64 were receiving Social Security disability insurance payments. Fifty years later, in a much healthier America, that number has grown nearly nine-fold to 5.6 percent. ... One factor has to do with what correspondent Chana Joffe-Walt calls the 'Vast Disability Industrial Complex.' These are the sometimes shady, sometimes well-intentioned lawyers who fight to fatten the rolls of disability recipients. These lawyers get a cut of every winning claimant's 'back pay.' The more clients, the bigger the take……As the nature of the economy changes, disability programs are sometimes taking the place of welfare for those who feel locked out of the workforce -- and state governments are loving it. States pay for welfare, the feds pay for disabilities."
                    -Jonah Goldberg

“President Obama came to office in 2009 promising to negotiate with America's enemies and create a world without nuclear weapons. Four years later, North Korea is threatening America with nuclear attack, Iran is closer to its own atomic arsenal, and the world is edging ever closer to a dangerous new era of nuclear proliferation…….All of this is occurring even as Mr. Obama has pursued the most aggressive nuclear arms control agenda since the 1970s -- or more likely because of it…….On present trend, the President who promised to rid the world of nuclear weapons is setting the stage for their greatest proliferation since the dawn of the atomic age."
                       -The Wall Street Journal

Such classy people on the left:  “Hundreds took to the streets as macabre ‘Thatcher death parties’ were held late into the night across the country, organised by critics of the ´Iron Lady.´ Smashed shop windows, paint bombs and police being attacked were all consequences of the Left´s sick ´celebration´ of Baroness Thatcher´s death.”

College professor and MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry says your children are not yours – they are owned by the community. She says public education has failed because we have not allowed the state to confiscate more of our money. “We have to break through our private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families.”   Kids belong to whole communities, she insists, and once we realize this we’ll make “better investments” in government indoctrination  of children.

George Soros isn't behind everything the left does, but it sure seems like he helps fund it all. The lefty magazine Mother Jones released a tape, reportedly obtained from a Democratic Super PAC in Kentucky, in an effort to hurt Mitch McConnell's bid for reelection in the U.S. Senate. Mother Jones gets funding from George Soros' Open Society Foundations.

Almost from the moment he walked into the Oval Office, Barack Obama has had a serious lying problem when it comes to firearms. The 44th president has a near pathological predilection for using defective, invalid, and flat-out dishonest statistics in his quest to restrict the 2nd Amendment rights of American citizens, a fact first pointed out here at PJ Media in the summer of 2009.

Beginning a week of high pressure on gun control, the White House on Monday accused some Republican senators of cowardice for planning to filibuster gun legislation without allowing the full Senate to vote on President Obama’s initiatives. “If they oppose this legislation, have the courage to say so on the floor and vote no,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “Don’t block it. Don’t hide behind a procedural action to prevent a vote. That’s the wrong thing to do, and that’s how the president clearly feels.”   “A man using the parents of murdered children as a photo op defines "cowardly" for us.”

A professor at a public university in Texas is under investigation from school administrators for allegedly forcing students in her graphic design class to create anti-gun posters for a personal anti-gun campaign she had launched.

Pat Buchanan:The Republican National Committee has produced an "autopsy" on what went wrong in 2012, when the party failed to win the White House and lost seats in Congress. Yet, the crisis of the Grand Old Party goes back much further. What killed the New Majority? First, there was mass immigration, which brought in 40 to 50 million people, legal and illegal, poor and working class, and almost all from the Third World. The GOP agreed to the importation of a vast new constituency that is now kicking the GOP into an early grave….And when amnesty is granted to the 12 million illegals, as GOP senators are preparing to do, that should advance the death of the GOP as a national party by turning Colorado, Nevada and Arizona blue, and putting even Texas in play. Second came party acquiescence in dropping half the nation off the income tax rolls, while making half dependent on government for food assistance, income support, rent, health care and the education of their kids from Head Start through Pell Grants.  Why should the half of America that pays no taxes but survives on federal benefits vote for a party that will cut taxes they do not pay but roll back benefits upon which they do depend? A generation has grown up rejecting the truths that its grandparents lived. And while population growth among our native born halted decades ago, scores of millions have come in from abroad to fill the empty spaces. And they are still coming. They like what Big Government has to offer, and seem uninterested in what the GOP has to sell. In that case, you try harder to sell your product, change your product, or go out of business. Yet, if the GOP changes its product, it may just lose its most loyal customers. When the obituary of the party is written, the subhead will likely read "Dead of Self-inflicted Wounds."

Rich Lowry:  “Where is today’s Jack Kemp?” The autopsy is a good faith effort to stare the Republican predicament straight in the face and begin to come up with solutions….. No “rebranding” will make a difference if Republican policy is not relevant to people’s lives. What the party desperately needs more than different marketing or new political consultants are a few Jack Kemps, political entrepreneurs willing to ignore orthodoxies and evangelize for new ideas. …The Republican Party can study itself to death and hire the world’s best marketers, but without some Jack Kemps it will only be dressing up stasis.

Fox News contributor and former Democratic pollster Pat Caddell ripped into Republican consultants at CPAC last month.  The man who engineered Jimmy Carter’s 1976 presidential victory called the Romney campaign “the worst campaign in my lifetime” and criticized chief Romney strategist Stuart Stevens. “There was a failure of strategy, a failure of tactics, a massive failure of messaging.  Most of all there was a total failure of imagination. Stevens had as much business running a campaign as I do sprouting wings and flying out of this room.”    Participating in a panel — “Should We Shoot All the Consultants Now?” — Caddell accused the GOP consulting class of being only “in the business of lining their pockets and preserving power.”   “When you have the Chief of Staff of the RNC and the political director of the Romney campaign, and their two companies get $150 million at the end of the campaign for the “fantastic” get-out-the-vote program… some of this borders on RICO [the 1970 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act] violations,” Caddell told attendees.  “The Republican Party is in the grips of what I call the CLEC — the consultant, lobbyist, and establishment complex,” Caddell said.

Tax Freedom Day 2013 is April 18 -- Five Days Later than Last Year

“ObamaCare Is Rationing Seniors To Death:  This is how ObamaCare squeezes Medicare that squeezes hospitals that squeeze doctors who end up squeezing seniors by delaying and denying the treatment they need.”

“US won’t be returning to moon, NASA chief says”  Soon it will be China’s moon. ___________________________________________________________________________

Dennis Prager has started his own online university, trying to correct the leftwing bias of American universities.       “PRAGER UNIVERSITY IS AN ENTIRELY NEW CONCEPT IN EDUCATION. Our courses, taught by some of the finest, most original thinkers in the world, are five minutes long, visually stimulating and rich in practical content.  Each seeks to enhance the student's understanding and appreciation for the core ideas that support Western Civilization such as freedom, personal responsibility and capitalism.”

6 Ways Obama's Budget Is Worse Than Everyone ThinksCuts just $186 billion in spending -- over 10 years...

You won’t believe this:

Inside North Korea: Shock video and photos show true horror of Kim Jong-un's evil regime

Leno:  A long list of celebrities and musicians have signed a letter to President Obama asking him to ease the nation's drug enforcement policy. Hollywood celebrities and musicians want the president to ease our drug laws — it's always the people you least expect…….Some experts believe North Korea has a missile that could reach Los Angeles. And of course, if North Korea did attack Los Angeles, that would start a war with Mexico. The whole thing would escalate…..Here’s something I didn’t know. When Vice President Biden and President Obama meet for lunch at the White House, the chef goes out of his way to personalize their meals. For example, Biden’s lunch always comes with a toy.

"[Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher] demonstrated two great qualities. The first was that she had thought seriously about how to revive the British economy and entered office with a clear set of policies to do so. She brought down inflation by controlling the money supply, and she began removing the controls, subsidies, and regulations that kept business lazy. Her second great quality was the true grit of a true Brit (or perhaps I should say, of a true-blue Brit). We both realized that our policies wouldn't solve such deep-rooted problems overnight. The first effects, in the world recession of 1981-82, were painful. I remember meeting her in Washington at a time when people in both our countries were calling for a change of course. She never wavered. And she was proved right by events. ... Margaret Thatcher -- this great lady has not only served her country well, she has served the free world well. She is truly a great statesman. So much so that I'll correct what I just said: She is a great stateswoman holding her own among all the statesmen of the world."
                           -Ronald Reagan

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