Saturday, February 15, 2014

op ed review 2/16



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Making it up as he goes along:  Obama rewrites Obamacare again. Exempts corporations, not families.
Krauthammer:  “This is stuff you do in a banana republic”
President Obama "quipped" today during a visit to Monticello with the French president, "That's the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want." 

Documents from an Ohio National Guard training drill conducted last January reveal the details of a mock disaster where Second Amendment supporters with “anti-government” opinions were portrayed as domestic terrorists.

Almost One in Four 26-Year-Olds Still Live with Parents

Teen Unemployment: 20.7%, More Than Three Times the National Average

Obama goes on his 23rd vacation.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R., Mich.) said that the committee’s investigation of the Internal Revenue Service found that 100 percent of the tax-exempt groups that were flagged and targeted with an audit were right-leaning.
Meanwhile, a PAC called 21st Century Democrats has raised $5.3 million since 2009, but not a penny of it has gone to candidates´ campaigns or independent expenditures on their behalf, according to Federal Election Commission records. That makes 21st Century Democrats one of the largest, yet least effective, independent political action committees in the country.

Scary:  “A majority of voters would support Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, but Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) has surged ahead among Republican challengers, trailing Mrs. Clinton by single digits.”

According to Reporters Without Borders, America dropped 13 spots on the World Press Freedom Index 2014, designed to rank 180 countries in terms of the freedoms journalists enjoy and the regulations placed on them by government authorities. The Index, published Feb. 11, shows that America now ranks number 46, below countries like South Africa and France.

Number of Obamacare sign-ups is greatly inflated….. it appears that a large majority of the activity in Obamacare private coverage sign-ups is essentially a churn operation: The system throws people out of their coverage, and then those people come to the system to sign up for new coverage, and that is reported as a gain for Obamacare.

Call the irony police! The North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP is holding a rally to protest that state´s new voter identification law, but participants are being advised to bring photo identification.

New study finds that children who watch three hours of TV a day could be left 'educationally stunted’
Karma catches up with school gun ban activist
Religious organizations are seeking to flood multiplexes with faithful audiences for the Fox-distributed film about Jesus Christ, based on the hit "Bible" miniseries.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Wayne Allen Root, Fox News.com  2/3

There are some fantastic lessons for the GOP to learn from the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Because politics, just like football, is about the art of war. And the leaders of the GOP look very much like the hapless, intimidated Denver Broncos. Let’s start with the obvious: 

1. Denver looked unbeatable coming into the Super Bowl. Led by perhaps the greatest quarterback of all-time Peyton Manning, the betting in Las Vegas (and across the country with bookmakers) was over 70% on Denver. No one thought Seattle’s defense could stop the great Peyton Manning. That situation mirrors Barack Obama and the GOP. Obama, too, looks unbeatable, invincible, formidable.  The GOP appears scared to death to challenge him. They appear intimidated. They are playing by old-fashioned rules “We must respect the president of the United States.” But that’s not how you win football games or political campaigns. If Seattle played that way on Sunday, Peyton Manning would be the champion of the NFL.

2. Seattle didn’t worry about respecting Manning. Their goal was to annihilate him. They played with swagger and bravado. They weren’t afraid of the big bad Denver Broncos. They didn’t care about Peyton Manning’s resume or storied history. They didn’t wait for victory, they went out and took it. Seattle attacked viciously and aggressively. They stripped the ball. They pounded Peyton's receivers. They ball hawked. They demanded Peyton respect them.

3. Obama plays like Seattle. He bragged about violating the Constitution in his State of the Union address and dared the GOP to stop him. He refuses to compromise on the budget, spending or the debt ceiling -- it’s his way or the high way. He dares the GOP to shut down government if they don't like it. He names his own donors to investigate his IRS scandal. He's laughing in the GOP's face. Intimidation is Obama's game. Ask the governor of Virginia. Ask author Dinesh D’Souza,  producer of the anti-Obama hit documentary 2016. Ask New Jersey's Chris Christie, the ex-BFF (Best Friend Forever) of Obama. Chris knows what’s coming next.

4. Obama is the Richard Sherman of politics. Sherman is the talented, cocky, cornerback of the Seattle Seahawks. He trash talks and intimidates and humiliates his critics and opponents. He gets inside your head. He plays to win.  I'm not talking about Sherman. I'm referring to Obama.

5. Obama plays for keeps. He is vicious. He is intent on destroying anyone who gets in his way. Meanwhile the GOP is playing a gentleman’s game. They are playing badminton at the country club. They are bringing a knife to a gunfight.

6. Obama has no heart, no mercy. He sent the IRS to destroy critics (like me). He sent the IRS to destroy the Tea Party. He sent the IRS to intimidate a Stage 4 terminal cancer victim who criticized ObamaCare. 
He indicted the ratings agencies that dared to downgrade the credit rating of the USA. Does that sound like heart to you? Seattle didn’t have a heart on Sunday either. They relentlessly and viciously intimidated and annihilated the Denver Broncos.  They never let up. Heart has nothing to do with it. The GOP needs to take lessons from Seattle’s defense, not Peyton Manning’s weak-kneed offense. So, what have we learned from Super Bowl XLVIII?

Lesson One: Attack, attack and keep attacking viciously and relentlessly like Seattle’s defense. Never let your foot off the pedal.
Lesson Two: Play the game with swagger and bravado. If you’re going to win the championship, don’t wait for it, TAKE IT. Obama’s not going to give it to you. He isn’t a gentleman. He’s playing for keeps, because he understands what’s at stake. He said he was going to fundamentally change America…and he is doing it. This is isn't a game, it's the art of war.
Lesson Three: No one is invincible. The whole world bet on Peyton Manning. Over $10 billion was bet on this one game. Over $7 billion of it was bet on Peyton. But Seattle didn’t fear Peyton. Obama isn’t invincible either. Don't back down. Don’t respect him. That’s the big mistake of the GOP. If you want the championship, hit him in the mouth, kick him in the gut, and take it from him.
Lesson Four: The most important lesson of all. Energy and enthusiasm wins championships. Seattle gets its energy and enthusiasm from “the 12th man” -- their crazed fans.

Seattle has the loudest proudest craziest fans in all of sports. They are louder than a jet engine. They own the Guinness Book of World Records for loudest fans. They fly a “12th man” flag that represents the importance of their fans.  Seattle celebrates and embraces it's most loyal fans. Without the energy of their crazed fans, the Seahawks would be just another mediocre football team.

Who is the GOP’s 12th man? Well, it sure isn’t the green jacket wearing country club Republicans. Or the “moderate” wishy-washy, stand-for-nothing Northeast Republicans. Or the cowardly Republicans who want to apologize to Obama every time he walks in the room. To paraphrase the famous line from the days of Bill Clinton… It’s the Tea Party, stupid. The GOP’s energy, enthusiasm and courage is found in the true blue, patriotic, conservative base called the Tea Party. That “12th man” led the GOP to the biggest landslide in history in 2010.

The GOP needs to celebrate and embrace their loyal base of fans. Love your "12th man." Only our energy, enthusiasm and passion can lead you to victory. We are the GOP’s pounding heart…on steroids. Without us, you’re just another losing party. Try to remember that, GOP.


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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"Capital punishment is only unusual in cultures that have declared it so. In fact it is much more accurate to say that keeping all murderers alive is unusual. It violates the most basic human instinct for fairness and justice. ... Two major characteristics of leftism ... are a sympathy with, if not full adherence to, pacifism, and an unwillingness to confront evil. ... In our time, the left doesn't fight Islamism nearly as much as it fights those who fight Islamism ('Islamophobic' is the epithet for such people). And it is true of individual evil. The left regards murderers, rapists, thieves and other violent criminals more as victims than as contemptible. Violent criminals do what they do because of poverty, racism and inequality, progressives argue. ... Secular progressive thought also denies free will, viewing all our behavior as ultimately attributable to genes and environment. ... On this issue, the right and left not only have differing ideas, they have different hearts."
                -Dennis Prager
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LEFTIST WATCH
The president of Planned Parenthood says men can skip the chocolates, the back rubs and the flowers, because what women really need most for Valentine’s day is a “safe abortion.”

Michelle Obama says a gay University of Missouri football player is “an inspiration to all of us.”

Article:  “Why Do Republicans Want Us to Work All the Time?” Author Benjamin Kline Hunnicut is “professor of leisure studies” at the University of Iowa.

Nancy Pelosi on marriage:  "Why would you get married? Why would anybody get married?....”

Documents contained in the archive of one of Hillary Clinton’s best friends and and supporters portray the former first lady as a “ruthless Democratic operative.”
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GLOBALONEY
“The global warming hysteria is disastrous enough in its intended goal, which is to ban the use of our cheapest and most abundant fuels and force us to limp along on "alternative energy" sources that are insufficient to support an industrial civilization. But along the way, the global warming campaign is already wrecking our science and politics by seeking to establish a dogma that cannot legally be questioned. The critical point in this campaign is a defamation lawsuit by global warming promoter Michael Mann against Mark Steyn, National Review, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute.”

“…a serious and thought-provoking piece regarding the deleterious impact of the fraud of global warming on the world scientific community.”

Over two-thirds of the contiguous USA covered with snow
Eleven dead in Japan after worst snowfall in decades hits capital
Great Lakes ice cover spreading rapidly; see which lake set a new record

But the New York Times asks “will global warming cause the end of snow?”

ARTICLES
“…..leading Democrats view fewer workers and more dependency as a good thing. That attitude largely explains slow economic growth, record-low labor rates and the explosion of handouts over the last five years. This anti-job, pro-dependency tilt is the crux of the nation’s polarization. In essence, it pits those who believe in the sanctity of work against those who believe in penalizing wealth and redistributing its fruits. Not all Democrats agree with that approach, but the party is now controlled by those who do. It is the party that celebrates subsidies and rewards states for getting more people on food stamps. It opens the door wider for disability payments and fights for unemployment benefits like it once fought for jobs. It does these things not because of an emergency but because of a warped ideology…”

Even the Washington Post fact checker is appalled about the lies: “The Fact Checker has written often about the problems with claims based on the number of new insurance enrollees under the Affordable Care Act. Yet here is the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate trotting out the same tired talking point:  “…10 million Americans have health insurance today who would not have had it without the Affordable Care Act. Ten million.” – Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.)
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
1000 students sing the Star Spangled Banner inside a hotel atrium.

Map Shows Dozens of U.S. Military Ships Stationed In North Africa Waters During Benghazi Attack

The Red Army Choir gets down again.
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WISE WORDS
"[S]hould Congress, under the pretext of executing its powers, pass laws for the accomplishment of objects not entrusted to the government, such [acts are] not the law of the land."
                       -John Marshall

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