Saturday, August 24, 2013

op ed review 8/25

Incomes Have Dropped Twice as Much During the 'Recovery' as During the Recession
Median family income for black Americans has declined a whopping 10.9 percent during the Obama administration, compared to 3.6 percent for whites and 4.5 percent for Hispanics.

Feds are building a detective squad to target consumers and companies that don’t follow Obamacare rules
On the other hand, the Feds are making it easier for someone to be hired as a so-called Obamacare navigator, cutting back on background checks and eliminating a fingerprinting requirement, making it easier for a person’s private information to fall into the wrong hands.
Even the Chicago Tribune is having second thoughts about Obamacare:  Editorial: “How President Obama is flouting Obamacare More reasons to delay and rewrite this ill-conceived law”

Obama runs a sweatshop?  White House interns work 45 hours a week without pay.

Senators Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Marco Rubio would like to shutdown the government in an effort to defund Obamacare.  Senator Tom Coburn called it a “failed strategy for conservatives,” Representative Paul Ryan said it was “swinging for the fences,” and Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor have been gently working to stop the idea from gaining steam among House Republicans.”
A new poll done for Republican members of Congress has found huge public opposition, and solid opposition among Republicans, to the idea.
Shutdown pros and cons are reviewed here.  “Regardless of where one comes down in this dispute, it's wise to heed the advice of both Rubio and Coburn, who urge allies to resist questioning one other's motives.  "Team Cruz" and "Team Coburn" share the same objective -- their disagreement lies in identifying the smartest path to reach the same destination.”

Justice Scalia warned that the Supreme Court is overstepping its authority on matters that should be left to Congress or voters.  Speaking at an event sponsored by the Federalist Society in Montana, Scalia said the high court should not intervene on issues such as wiretapping and “inventing” new minorities… apparent reference to the court's recent decisions on gay marriage and federal benefits for same-sex couples.
Last week, the Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to rule that the Fourth Amendment allows for warrant-less cell phone searches.

Obama Campaign Arm Rallies For Republicans who publicly support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants

Stirring up the racial pot:  “Paula Deen SHOOTS Trayvon Martin' in new Law & Order SVU that wraps both scandals into one controversial episode.”
"Ayeee I knocked out 5 woods since Zimmerman court!" young James Edwards tweeted on July 15 in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal. Edwards's tweets surfaced after he and two of his homies were charged with killing Australian baseball player Chris Lane in Duncan, Oklahoma, last Friday. For the record, "woods" is short for peckerwoods, a derogatory term for white people. If Edwards, who is black, knocked out five woods as claimed, he would hardly be unique…..the "knock-out game" has become something of a recreational outlet for bored black youths. This "game" is just one form of black-on-nonblack assaults. Although hard to quantify, they seem to have intensified after the media put a racial spin on the Martin shooting eighteen months ago.  Occasionally, the attackers have made the link explicit, claiming they were "doing it for Trayvon," revenge being a more honorable motive than boredom. 
White House spokesman ‘not familiar with’ Chris Lane murder. (because it can’t be exploited for politics)

Pat Buchanan: 'Interracial violence is overwhelmingly black-on-white'
The media is generally uninterested in these stories of senseless black on white violence:
Police: Man doused with gasoline, set on fire in vacant lot
Dog Vendor at Home Depot Robbed and Beaten With Hammer for His Cell Phone
88 year old WWII veteran Delbert Belton survived being wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa only to be beaten and left for dead by two teens at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane on Wednesday evening. They said the suspects are African Americans between 16 and 19 years old

Benghazi Victim’s Mother Says Hillary Lied: ‘You Don’t Want This Person to be President’

The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that, by refusing to photograph a gay wedding, a photography studio violated the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NMHRA).
Black pastor and gospel music superstar Donnie McClurkin was disinvited from performing at a concert commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream' speech because he opposes gay marriage. 

Now we find out the commander in chief was playing cards while Navy Seals risked their lives to kill Osama bin Laden -- only later to use photos of himself watching live feeds for his re-election sloganeering. 

Roger Simon  8/14
Martin Luther King would not be amused by the pitiful current state of the civil rights movement.

End the civil rights movement. Now. Shoot the sucker and put it (and us) out of its misery. It’s a relic of the 1960s about as relevant as bell bottom trousers.

When we are debating Oprah Winfrey’s right to buy a thirty-five thousand dollar purse or whether Barack Obama’s dog should be flown to Martha’s Vineyard in the canine’s own private state-of-the art military transport, you know it’s finished. Or should be.

It’s also time for the NAACP and the Black Caucus to close up shop. They are dinosaurs from another era, making life miserable for the very people they are intended to help.

Black unemployment is at record levels during the administration of the first black president and that horrible situation is aided and abetted by those organizations. They are determined to preserve the image of black people as victims — an insulting self-fulfilling prophecy. What was once a solution has become the problem.

Affirmative action should also be flushed down the toilet with the civil rights movement. It contributes to the same syndrome of victimhood, simultaneously dividing our society, which is divided enough already.

The race card is a perfect example of this division and why this movement should be extinguished. Anybody who plays the race card in our country today is less than pond scum. It has become the 21st century equivalent of accusing someone of witchcraft in seventeenth century Salem.

Anyone who uses the race card should be considered a pariah automatically. It’s almost always projection.

Black and brown people above all would profit from the end of the civil rights movement. We already have strong civil rights legislation. If anyone breaks the law, prosecute them. Meanwhile, move on. Stop dwelling on discrimination. Stop scratching the scab and let it heal.

Another good read:
Three teenagers were charged Tuesday in the killing of a white Australian college student in Duncan, Oklahoma, and part of the story is what didn't happen. There was no saturation cable TV coverage, no press conference featuring Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, and no statement from the Oval Office. The death of Christopher Lane, while as troubling as that of Trayvon Martin, will not become a national touchstone of racial and cultural debate or reflection…….The murder is a national story in Australia, where people are contemplating the horror of such casual killing in America. Some are focusing on the ease of obtaining a gun in the U.S., as (inevitably) is the reflexive CNN, and it would almost be a relief if we could blame such a murder on guns.  Then we wouldn't have to focus on a culture that produces teenagers for whom the prospect of shooting an innocent man in the back on a Friday evening apparently raised not a scintilla of conscience. That is the deeper tragedy, and the real scandal, of too much of American life.  That is also an issue of far greater consequence to the future of young black men than the acquittal of George Zimmerman in his awful showdown with Trayvon. If only Mr. Sharpton and his fellow black leaders paid attention to what was missing in the lives of those three teenagers. Maybe President Obama would even care to use it as one of his teachable moments.

"During President Barack Obama's years in office, the number of people receiving food stamps has skyrocketed by 39 percent. ... Government handouts probably go a long way toward explaining the unprecedented number of Americans, close to 90 million, who are no longer looking for work. This is all a part of the progressive agenda to hook Americans, particularly black Americans, on government handouts. In future elections, they will be able to claim that anyone who campaigns on cutting taxing and spending is a racist. ... When black Americans finally recognize the harm of the progressive agenda, I'm betting they will be the nation's most conservative people, for who else has been harmed by progressivism as much?"
                    -Walter Williams

"The Cato Institute has released a report documenting that in Obama's America, 'welfare pays better than work.' ... In the state of New York, for example, 'a family receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, food stamps, WIC, public housing, utility assistance and free commodities (like milk and cheese) would have a package of benefits worth $38,004, the seventh-highest in the nation.' Because welfare benefits aren't taxable, a New York wage earner would have to earn in excess of $21 per hour to do better than his welfare recipient counterpart, which is more than a beginning teacher makes. Though benefits vary among the states, for many recipients, especially long-term dependents, welfare pays substantially more than an entry-level job. Ponder the powerful disincentive this constitutes to work.... How can a society that embraces the work ethic not shudder in horror at this development?"
                   -David Limbaugh

In The Liberty Amendments Mark Levin has delivered more than advertised. He promises a credible agenda for reinvigorating constitutional government based on an approach to the amendment process which avoids the liabilities of better known options. What he delivers, though, is a vast, potentially game-changing political arsenal that can be drawn upon by everyone from had-it-up-to-here Tea Partiers to Republican candidates at least sentient enough to know they need something more than budget and deficit talk.

One of the most malignant consequences of Republican betrayal of Tea Party exertions in 2010 has been its effect on conservative citizens' morale. Nothing is more dispiriting than being played for a sucker. How then to rouse conservatives for the next battle? What about a principled yet tangible agenda that transcends the candidate and facilitates building a winning coalition? "Trust me; I'm a constitutional conservative," or "I'm a businessman and know how to create jobs," are not enough to cut it anymore. Dead-end distinctions -- he's a Libertarian; he doesn't like the Flat Tax; she changed her mind on abortion; he's great on individual freedom but wobbly on national defense, etc., will never produce a governing majority, and are perfect tools for the Legacy Media to lever apart the opposition. The Liberty Amendments offer a vehicle for creating a diverse constitutional restoration coalition, outside of the parties, but without actually attempting to replace one.

“This email arrived yesterday from MoveOn, whose communications are generally indistinguishable from those of the Democratic Party. The subject line was “New York Times stunner.” Republicans are trying to steal control of the U.S. Senate by making it harder to vote. Pitch in to help defend the right to vote and stop Republicans from stealing the 2014 election. This plea requires a certain chutzpah, as stealing elections at the polls has always been a Democratic specialty. I think what they are actually referring to is Republican efforts to ensure honest voting so that Democrats can’t steal elections.”

Mark Steyn:  “On the global scene, America has imploded: Its leaders have no grasp of its national interests, never mind any sense of how to achieve them. The assumption that we are in the early stages of “the post-American world” is now shared by everyone from General Sisi to Vladimir Putin. General Sisi, I should add, is Egypt’s new strongman, not Putin’s characterization of Obama. Meanwhile, in contrast to its accelerating irrelevance overseas, at home Washington’s big bloated blundering bureaucratic security state expands daily. It’s easier to crack down on 47 Elm Street than Benghazi.”

America 3.0: The Coming Reinvention of America

Remember Black Jesus? The Lightworker?  The One? The next Lincoln, the Democrats’ Reagan, the neo-FDR? He is now standing next to Tricky Dick and Slick Willie, caught in a quartet of burgeoning scandals, charged with rewriting the facts when they became inconvenient, harassing the press, and using the Internal Revenue Service to get at his enemies, subverting their rights of assembly, and speech. “Richard Milhous Obama,” writes Carl M. Cannon, and there are also Clintonian levels of cover-ups, literally in the case of Hillary Clinton’s role in the Benghazi debacle.

Roger Simon: Obama’s Strange Love Affair with the Muslim Brotherhood

It is now clear that Sen. John S. McCain III (R.-Ariz.) has completed his transition from being the Senate’s “maverick” to becoming the upper body’s model prisoner. It is not just that McCain is a snitch, running to the press or the Senate floor, whenever a rebellious conservative disturbs the good order and discipline of upper chamber. The son and grandson of Navy admirals now meets in secret with the warden, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.), to cook up new ways to undermine and thwart conservatives.

Bill Kristol:  “Sarah Palin — after having hastily stepped down as Alaska’s governor in 2009 – might be able to rehabilitate her political career by winning a Senate race in her home state next year.

"Civil tyranny is usually small in its beginning, like 'the drop in a bucket,' till at length, like a mighty torrent of raging waves of the sea, it bears down all before it and deluges whole countries and empires.”
                    -Jonathan Mayhew (1720-1766)

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