Saturday, April 20, 2013

op ed review 4/21



THIS WEEK’S NEWS

Jihad in Boston:  Two young Chechen immigrants bombed the Boston Marathon Monday. In the last several months, one of the men had posted videos to YouTube indicating his interest in radical Muslim ideologies. It was Chechen Islamists who stormed a school in Beslan, Russia, murdering more than 300 people, half of them children.


A leading al-Qaeda ideologue last year recommended that jihadists in America include sporting events in their list of prospective terror targets.




Earlier in the week:  “Obama Thinks Boston Bombings Could Be Related to 'Tax Day'”


Obama administration has SLASHED budget for domestic bombing prevention by 45 per cent, says former Homeland Security Assistant Secretary




The Boys Scouts of America is proposing to lift the ban for youth members but continue the ban on gays as adult leaders. The Scouts announced that the proposal would be submitted to the roughly 1,400 voting members of its National Council at a meeting in Texas the week of May 20. The BSA, in making its announcement, estimated that easing the ban on gay adults could cause widespread defections that cost the organization 100,000 to 350,000 members. The BSA described its survey as "the most comprehensive listening exercise in its history." In a summary of the findings, it said respondents supported the BSA's current policy of excluding gays by a margin of 61 percent to 34 percent.




"Comprehensive immigration reform" is shaping up to be the next Obamacare. By negotiating in secret, by drafting an enormously complicated bill, and by rushing passage with almost no time for public debate, the Senators who are pushing immigration reform are following the same path that divided the nation in 2009-10 and led to one of the worst expansions of federal regulation, spending and power in American history.


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a leading member of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” pushing immigration reform, has taken to using the term "undocumented" to describe illegal aliens.


The Senate bill offers $50 million in taxpayer-funded assistance to help illegal immigrants file the paperwork for the multi-stage amnesty. The money can be given to activist groups to support immigrants who need help “completing applications and petitions..”


Nearly nine of 10 illegal immigrants will seek U.S. citizenship if the so-called "Gang of Eight's" comprehensive immigration passes, according to a survey of undocumented immigrants.


Everyone has heard the phrase, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” That’s precisely the predicament that Congress is in today with the Senate’s immigration proposal. Though perhaps well-intentioned, the Senate proposal repeats the mistakes of the past. The Senate amnesty proposal is flawed for many reasons, but three in particular…..


Rep. Lamar Smith: Immigration Bill 'Worse Than We Thought,' Legalizes Relatives and Previously Deported




The Senate delivered a devastating blow to President Obama’s agenda to regulate guns Wednesday by defeating a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/294571-senate-rejects-tougher-background-checks-on-gun-purchases#ixzz2QlTLeUMq Obama: "Unimaginable" That Congress Would "Defy" Americans And NOT Pass Gun Control


Only 4 percent of Americans think guns and gun control are an important problem facing the country, according to Gallup, and far more Americans are concerned about the economy, unemployment and the federal debt.




House Speaker John Boehner is being pressed by the conservative wing of the Republican Party not to allow a vote on major pieces of legislation -- from gun control to immigration -- without majority Republican support, after recent signals that he could be open to building a coalition with Democrats.




More abortion doctor horror:  Gosnell Trial Witness: Baby Abortion Survivor Was 'Swimming' in Toilet 'Trying to Get Out'




Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is emerging in some Republican circles as the surprising favorite to win the GOP nomination for president in 2016.




Obama Snubs Margaret Thatcher funeral, opts for low-key official representation.


IBD:  “It’s a measure of how little he values the special relationship — and a sign of his own smallness.”




Regal Entertainment Group, the largest movie theatre chain in the country, announced that thousands of employees will have their work hours cut -- as a direct result of the added cost of the new ObamaCare mandates that become effective later this year.  




The Vatican says Pope Francis supports the Holy See´s crackdown on the largest umbrella group of U.S. nuns, who were faulted for focusing too much on social justice instead of issues such as abortion.




Great moments in socialized medicine:  Hundreds of thousands more patients are being forced to wait longer than four hours for emergency care as hospitals across the UK struggle due to closures and staff shortages.




Is this a bad joke?  “Anthony Weiner is on a roll. A week after floating his name as a possible NY mayoral candidate, the disgraced former congressman finishes second in a poll of Democrats.”


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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN

Thomas Sowell  4/17



Most laws are meant to stop people from doing something, and to penalize those who disregard those laws. More generally, laws are meant to protect the society from the law breakers. But our immigration laws are different. Here the whole focus is on the "plight" of those who have broken the laws, and on what can be done to lift the stigma and ease the pressures they feel, so that they can "come out of the shadows" and "normalize" their lives.



Merely using the word "illegal" to describe their breaking the law is considered to be a sign of mean-spiritedness, if not racism. The Associated Press refuses to let their reporters refer to people who sneaked across the border into this country, in violation of American immigration laws, as "illegal immigrants." On the other hand, if an ordinary American citizen breaks a law, no one cares if he has to live in fear for years -- "in the shadows," as it were -- worrying that his illegal act will be discovered and punished. No one bothers to come up with euphemisms to keep from calling what he did illegal.



No cities announce that they will provide "sanctuary," so that American shoplifters, or even jay-walkers, will be protected from the law. But, in some places, illegal immigrants are treated almost as if they were in a witness protection program. What is even more remarkable about this special treatment is that you are not supposed to think about it as special treatment. When a new immigration law is proposed that simply overlooks violations of the old law, that is not supposed to be called "amnesty" -- even though the word "amnesty" has the same root as "amnesia." It is all about forgetting.



Why is it not supposed to be called "amnesty"? Because illegal immigrants must "earn" their citizenship. But if an ordinary American citizen gets a traffic ticket, the law is not going to just forget about it, no matter what good deeds he does afterwards.



People who come here perfectly legally have to earn their citizenship. Why is earning citizenship some special reason for ignoring the illegality of others? Impressive feats of sophistry have become the norm in discussions of illegal immigration. For example, we are told that there is no way that the government can find all the people who are in the country illegally and deport them. Does anyone imagine that the government can find all the embezzlers, drunk drivers or bank robbers in the country? And does anyone think that this is a reason why the government should stop trying to enforce laws against embezzlement, drunk driving or bank robbery? Or let embezzlers, drunk drivers and bank robbers "come out of the shadows" and "normalize" their lives?



Even if the government does not lift a finger to find illegal immigrants, many will come to the attention of law enforcement officials because of their violations of other laws. But, even then, there is no assurance that they will be deported -- and certainly not in "sanctuary" cities.



Why are there immigration laws in the first place? For the benefit of the American people -- not for the benefit of people in other countries who want to come here. But political and media elites treat the American people as if they are the problem -- a problem to be circumvented with sophistry and pious promises about border security that have not been kept in all these years since the last amnesty, decades ago.



Making an irreversible decision to add millions of people -- and their dissimilar cultures -- permanently to the American body politic is something that should take months of careful examination and discussion, both inside and outside of Congress. But it is likely to get less time than you would take to decide whether to buy a house, or perhaps even a car.



What should American immigration policy be? It doesn't matter what any of us think that policy should be if the borders are not secure, because whoever wants to come across that border will come across anyway, in defiance of whatever the policy might be. If legal benefits are conferred on illegal immigrants before the border is secured, we may as well give up any pretense that we have an immigration policy, because benefits conferred are never going to be taken back, no matter how porous the border remains.




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FROM OTHER COLUMNS

“…..the vast ranks of newspaper publishers, TV executives, editors, news producers, radio assignment editors, and reporters somehow reached an instant, near universal consensus that a man who may well be America’s all-time champion mass murderer isn’t a story at all, never mind one to hold the front page for – because they didn’t see him as a murderer; they saw him as a “choice-provider” who got a little out of hand. That’s a dark, disturbing stain.”

                      -Mark Steyn



“Liberals are often revealed as vile, vulgar hatemongers–not all of them, of course, but far too many–yet they never seem to pay a penalty at the polls. Why is that? Margaret Thatcher’s death has been the latest occasion for the Left to show its true stripes. All across the U.K., there have been demonstrations–vulgar at best, and violent at worst. In Bristol, lefties celebrating a Thatcher “death street party” started fires, destroyed property and battled police: This evening in Trafalgar Square, liberals have turned out for a long-planned celebration of Thatcher’s death…..Here in the U.S., the last similar display from the Left was the Occupy Wall Street movement, but liberal violence and general hatefulness have a long and consistent history.”

                 -John Hinderaker

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LEFTIST WATCH

Salon is disappointed:  “Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American.”




An article published on CNN´s website made claim that pressure cooker bombs like the ones used at the Boston Marathon terror attack are a ´signature´ of ´right-wing extremists.




Guess they didn’t know this:  “Homemade bombs built from pressure cookers, a version of which was used in the Boston Marathon bombings, have been a frequent weapon of militants in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan.”


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ISLAM ON THE MARCH

New issue of magazine offers jihadists terror tips:  An idea in the first edition, "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom,"  "The pressurized cooker should be placed in crowded areas and left to blow up….”




Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan will get a $700,000 settlement from McDonalds for serving them chicken sandwiches that weren’t prepared as HALAL: the Muslim equivalent of Kosher.


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SECOND AMENDMENT

Survey of 15,000 Cops:  Virtually all respondents (95 percent) say that a federal ban on manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds would not reduce violent crime…The majority of respondents — 71 percent — say a federal ban on the manufacture and sale of some semi-automatics would have no effect on reducing violent crime




“Californians Sign Petition to Ban and Confiscate Firearms”




Harry Reid on the Second Amendment:  “….maintaining law and order and saving lives is more important than preventing imagined tyranny."


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CONSERVATIVE STRATEGY

Hugh Hewitt:  Down two touchdowns after the first quarter, the House Republicans think they are winning. That´s a big problem, and not only because they are losing the great positioning battle in the run-up to President Obama´s last great campaign -- the 2014 congressional elections -- but also because the House GOP is destroying what´s left of its already badly disfigured brand in the process. Obama shellacked the Republicans on Nov. 6, then knocked them around for the two months that followed and walked away with a huge tax hike and a badly bruised Speaker John Boehner. Those are the two touchdowns…..


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ARTICLES

Rupert Murdoch:  “Socialism is immoral.”




The status quo on immigration is “horrible for America,” Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” On that much, all sides of the debate are pretty much in agreement. The Florida Republican and the rest of the Senate “Gang of Eight” will outline their legislative solution to this enduring problem on Tuesday. With an estimated 11 million illegal aliens having successfully sneaked over, under and through the border into the country, the Gang’s proposal ought to be judged first and foremost on how comprehensively it deals with border security. There’s plenty of reason for skepticism.


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NOTEWORTHY LINKS

Baroness Thatcher was today honoured with a sombre but spectacular funeral ceremony that paid tribute to the ‘courage and perseverance’ of Britain´s greatest peacetime prime minister. An estimated 250,000 mourners lined the streets to pay tribute to the UK´s one and only female political leader, and broke into spontaneous applause, cheers and whistles of support rang around the streets of London as the coffin passed them.




Margaret Thatcher funeral as it happened:




The hymn Lady Thatcher had asked to be played at her service.




The 10 Absolute Worst Media Reactions To The Boston Marathon Bombings




The media behavior regarding the trial of monster Kermit Gosnell is a turning point: with all of conservative media’s complaints regarding the liberal bias of U.S. media, we never imagined this could happen We know there are journalists out there infuriated by their employer’s current behavior: The change must start with you. We are looking for whistleblowers: if you have any information regarding why your employer is not covering the Gosnell trial, please submit it here. Your anonymity will be protected.


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LATE NITE

Conan:  Today, North Koreans celebrated the 101st birthday of their country's founder. He famously said, “Let's have a crappy version of South Korea. We can do that…..A new study came out that shows that the germiest place in your kitchen is the refrigerator's vegetable drawer. After hearing this, most Americans said, “We have a vegetable drawer?.......A Fragrance company has come out with a cologne that smells like whiskey. It's perfect for the guy who wants all of the stigma of alcoholism but none of the fun.

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WISE WORDS

"I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts."

              -Ronald Reagan



"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin."

             -Mark Twain



"In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other."

              -Voltaire

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MARGARET THATCHER

"I am not a consensus politician. I am a conviction politician. ... Consensus? Consensus is the negation of leadership!"



“No-one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well."



"My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day's work for an honest day's pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time..."



"Socialists cry 'Power to the people,' and raise the clenched fist as they say it. We all know what they really mean -- power over people, power to the State."

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