Saturday, June 21, 2014

op ed review 6/22



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
President Obama’s approval rating has dropped to 41 percent, a majority of Americans disapprove of his handling of foreign policy issues, he has lost support from the Hispanic community and Americans actually think his administration is less competent than the Bush White House post-Hurricane Katrina, according to a new survey from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News. The survey would appear to be so bad, in fact, that NBC News' Chuck Todd said Tuesday that the poll basically means the public has declared the Obama presidency to be over".  On the issue of do you believe he can still lead? A majority believe no. Essentially the public is saying your presidency is over," Todd added.
“After prisoner deal, Obama´s job approval soars among Taliban”
Republican Rep. Lou Barletta said Monday that President Barack Obama would 'probably' lose an impeachment vote in the House of Representatives 'He’s just absolutely ignoring the Constitution, and ignoring the laws and ignoring the checks and balances.’
Despite record revenue of almost two trillion dollars the federal government still ran a deficit of $436.382 billion in the first eight months of the fiscal year.

Tired of waiting for the Keystone pipeline, Canada's government on Tuesday approved a pipeline proposal that would bring oil to the Pacific Coast for shipment to Asia.  525,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta's oil sands to the Pacific to deliver oil to Asia, mainly energy-hungry China.

Director of National Intelligence Celebrates LGBT Pride Month: “What The Intelligence Community Is About”.
The administrators at the Veterans Administration have been so busy “going green”,  installing solar panels and windmills, they didn’t have time to help old soldiers waited to see the doctor.  “….paying more attention to greening the department and saving the polar ice caps than to health care.”
A staggering crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border has left federal officials scrambling to provide basic human necessities to thousands of undocumented immigrants — most of them unaccompanied children — who have flowed over the divide….some have scabies or chickenpox.
Central American migrants are on a word-of-mouth exodus to the U.S.
The plan to turn Texas Blue:  Largely from Central America, illegals are now arriving in Texas at a rate of more than 35,000 a month.
“The White House is incompetent and the dumping of illegals is intentional.” says Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The Obama administration  claims to be surprised by the new wave of children flooding our borders, but back in January the federal government posted an ad seeking bids for a vendor contract to handle 65,000 “Unaccompanied Alien Children“.
Only 31% Approve of Obama Handling of Immigration

Meanwhile, “Obama Meets Giant, Talking Robot Giraffe at the White House Today”

Last weekend Obama played his 175th and 176th rounds of golf as president.

The Department of Homeland Security is set to pay for illegal minors up to the age of 17 to be escorted into the United States, according to a new solicitation posted at FedBizOpps.
U.S. Border Patrol will put in place new policies to restrict the use of force by agents.

A Texas man says his apartment complex manager told him his American flag was a “threat to the Muslim community,” and that he has to take it down.

Last year, scholars at the Manhattan Institute ran a 49-state analysis of individual market healthcare rates under Obamacare and found a 41 percent increase on average. Their follow-up study of more than 3,100 counties across the country pegs the average hike at 49 percent.

HUH?  Senate majority leader Harry Reid claims that Democrats—don’t “have any" billionaire backers:

Bill and Hillary Clinton have long supported an estate tax to prevent the U.S. from being dominated by inherited wealth. That doesn’t mean they want to pay it.

Mexican Embassy says Mexicans 'Illegally' Crossing U.S. Border 'Are “Not Committing a Crime'”

In one of the Obama administration´s most shameless weekend news dumps, the IRS claimed that a hard drive glitch erased many of Lois Lerner´s emails sent between 2009 and 2011.
Hardly anyone accepts the IRS’ claim to have lost two years of Lois Lerner’s emails. Those most familiar with government record retention requirements, and the technology used, probably are the most skeptical.
“This is the lamest and most transparent "dog at my homework" excuse since Richard Nixon lost several minutes of tape during the Watergate scandal.”
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
John Hawkins  6/21
20 Reasons You Wouldn't Want To Live In An America Controlled By Liberals Like Obama

The only thing more disturbing than the arrogance, incompetence, and lawlessness of Barack Obama's administration is that most liberals are perfectly fine with everything he's doing. It's shocking that there are so many Americans who don't care about the Constitution, the rule of law, or even what happens to the country just as long as someone they agree with ideologically is in charge. In fact, the only time liberals seem to get really upset these days is if someone criticizes Barack Obama or tries to put ANY KIND of restraint on his power. Want to know how America would look if liberals like Barack Obama had complete control of the country?
1) Abortion would be the only "choice." Almost everything else including light bulbs, TVs, health care plans, cars, and the schools your child goes to would be chosen for you by people in D.C.
2) You could be sued for failing to warn people that you are about to say something that could conceivably be offensive to women, gays, transsexuals, or minorities.
3) Every sports fan of teams like the Redskins, Braves, Chiefs, Indians, Blackhawks, and Seminoles would be branded as a bigot and all of those teams would be forced to change their names.
4) We would have open borders and anyone who walks across would be welcome to sign up as a citizen and collect welfare, food stamps, and Social Security.
5) It would be illegal to say the Pledge of Allegiance or fly an American flag because it might "offend people."
6) All criticism of black and Hispanic politicians would be shrugged off and treated as racism.
7) Government investigations of liberal wrongdoing would be handled by friends, associates, or campaign contributors of the liberal being charged.
8) So many nuclear and coal plants would be shut down that we'd end up with regularly scheduled blackouts in many parts of the country.
9) Anyone could choose not to work and get a monthly stipend from the state -- well, until the money runs out.
10) Cities, states, and even well-connected big businesses that spend irresponsibly and go broke could always be bailed out by the federal government.
11) Women would have to get mandatory abortion counseling from Planned Parenthood before giving birth just to make sure they are ready to have a child.
12) Conservative talk radio, blogs, websites and especially Fox News would be regulated out of existence and only government-approved media sources would be allowed.
13) Christians and conservatives would have to hide their beliefs to get government jobs.
14) The IRS would be allowed to audit people solely for contributing to conservative candidates or being a member of conservative groups.
15) Men who have sex with women who are drinking would be treated as rapists by default.
16) Merit and even basic competence would be secondary in importance to hiring people who are the right race or sex for a job.
17) Any child who plays with a toy gun would be considered a potential psychopath and expelled from school.
18) Americans would only be allowed to buy tiny, overpriced electric cars that don't work very well.
19) It would be illegal to oppose gay marriage.
20) Guns would be confiscated from everyone except the criminals, the cops, the military, and the bodyguards for rich liberals.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"You cannot win a battle against radical Islamic terrorism if you´re unwilling to utter the words ´radical Islamic terrorism,´"
                   -Sen. Ted Cruz

"Obama has an interesting view on wars and how they end. Most presidents bring troops home when the war's over. Obama thinks he can end wars by bringing troops home. In fact Obama seems to think leaving is winning..."
                 -Brit Hume

“The IRS tea-party audit story isn't Watergate; it's worse than Watergate,…..The Watergate break-in was the professionals of the party in power going after the party professionals of the party out of power. The IRS scandal is the party in power going after the most average Americans imaginable.”
                 -WSJ editorial page editor Daniel Henninger.
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BOOKS
Dinesh D’Souza’s new book, “America: Imagine a World Without Her”, has been in bookstores for three weeks but is mysteriously missing from the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List. Sales show that America should be ranked higher than 13 of the 25 books on this week's list, yet it is nowhere to be found. The book aims to answer the questions: "Is America a source of pride, as Americans have long held, or shame, as Progressives allege? Beneath an innocent exterior, are our lives complicit in a national project of theft, expropriation, oppression, and murder, or is America still the hope of the world?"
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GLOBALONEY
 “….in recent years, NOAA’s US Historical Climatology Network (USHCN) has been “adjusting” its record by replacing real temperatures with data “fabricated” by computer models. The effect of this has been to downgrade earlier temperatures and to exaggerate those from recent decades, to give the impression that the Earth has been warming up much more than is justified by the actual data.”

Al Gore: “Climate crisis a threat to human future”

At a time when debate is swirling over the assertion that 97 percent of scientists endorse man-made global warming, Secretary of State John Kerry nudged the figure up to “at least 98, 99 percent.”
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LEFTIST WATCH
Emily’s List will spend $3 million to elect women supporting abortion.

Confirmed: Las Vegas Cop Killers Were Members of Far Left Occupy Movement

Oh dear, someone called former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "feisty" and now ThinkProgress is out crying sexism. CNN host Christiane Amanpour – a woman, if you didn’t know – said that Clinton "got quite feisty" during her interview Tuesday with Diane Sawyer – another woman (just making that absolutely clear). Wolf Blitzer – who is not a woman – agreed, and also said the word "feisty." This sent ThinkProgress into a tizzy (wait, is that sexist?) and allowed the liberal website to bring up a 2012 "guide" from the Women´s Media Center that details more than 100 words and phrases that are apparently sexist.  Feisty is one of them.

Leftie actor George Clooney is planning to run for Governor of California, according to his friends.
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ARTICLES
VDH:  What we can say for sure is that Obama has nullified U.S. immigration law, made it clear that deportations were de facto over, praised the arrival of young illegal aliens, and thereby prompted a surge northward of thousands more kids without their parents. The apparent thinking of the crusading children was that the U.S. border would open, as the Mediterranean once was supposed to have done. Kids would become near-instantaneous citizens. And they would then be anchors for their patient parents, who had sent them ahead with the promise they would all soon be reunited in the north. This latest cruel episode — What sort of parent sends his children across the desert unaccompanied? What sort of country allows its youth just to walk away en masse? What sort of country facilitates their transfer across its own territory into the U.S.? And what sort of American administration tolerates this human tragedy as a way of building a future political constituency? — reminds us that almost everything we are told about illegal immigration is both a lie and amoral.

5 Reasons Hillary Won't Run
“…..one of the Obama administration’s most appalling scandals has gone largely unremarked. In the Fall of 2010, as part of its effort to stem the conservative uprising that was occurring at that time, the Internal Revenue Service, under the direction of Lois Lerner and Sarah Ingram, sent the FBI 21 disks containing 1.1 million pages of taxpayer filings. The IRS’s purpose was to give the FBI ammunition with which to investigate and prosecute conservatives. The IRS covered up this transaction. “

With the ongoing collapse of Iraq, the endgame for the worst foreign policy in American history has begun.

President Obama racked up $2.5 million in hotel and rental car costs for just one night in Brussels, Belgium for the G7 summit-- 141 rental vehicles and a total of 399 lodging, meeting and conference rooms.
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WEBSITES
“Stand-by for the most enjoyable 30 seconds you will spend today sitting upright. Generation Opportunity, which seeks to reach young adults, has produced a terrific new TV commercial that makes the fiscal problems of the nation – normally a dry and abstract topic – vividly real.

Are you sure you’re registered to vote?  AFA has a lookup tool:

Astronomy picture of the day.  “Lisbon honey moon”

Weird gizmos and gadgets:
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WISE WORDS
"It has been said that all Government is an evil. It would be more proper to say that the necessity of any Government is a misfortune."
                     -James Madison

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