Sunday, June 29, 2014

op ed review 6/29



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Speaker John A. Boehner announced Wednesday that he would introduce legislation next month allowing the House to sue President Obama over his use of executive actions.
Obama says he will ignore the threat of a lawsuit and continue to use executive actions.
White House Press Secretary:  “We’re not just going to sit around and wait for Congress to write laws.”
“Boehner Is Bringing a Whistle to a Gunfight”    A congressional lawsuit is precisely the wrong weapon to combat Obama’s lawlessness.
Krauthammer: If Obama Were Republican, He Would've Been Impeached Over These Abuses...

The Supreme Court on Thursday limited the president's power to fill high-level vacancies with temporary appointments, ruling in favor of Senate Republicans. The high court's first-ever case involving the Constitution's recess appointments clause ended in a unanimous decision holding that Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in 2012 without Senate confirmation were illegal.
“Biggest rebuke to any president since ... Watergate’”

The Supreme Court also struck down a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts. The justices were unanimous in ruling that extending a buffer zone 35 feet from clinic entrances violates the First Amendment rights of protesters.

According to a major new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), net employment growth in the United States since 2000 has gone entirely to immigrants, legal and illegal.
President Obama is blocking several simple actions that would quickly stop the rising flood of migrant youths and adults crossing the Texas border, according to border officials and immigration reformers.
Feds Stand Down As U.S. Border Collapses:    “Border Patrol trucks sit in parking lots as surge of illegal immigrants flood America.”
Gallup Poll: Only 22% of Americans Favor Increased Immigration

The IRS comissioner insists his agency did not break the law or relevant statutes. But under questioning by Rep. Trey Gowdy, the IRS commissioner also admitted that he doesn't know the law or the relevant statutes:
The IRS has spent $4B on information technology contracts but still lost Lois Lerner’s email.

What’s the next target for the sensitivity police?  “Veterans aren’t happy with a recent op-ed by the Washington Post, which charged that the Apache, Comanche, Chinook, Lakota, Cheyenne and Kiowa military vehicles were a “greater symbolic injustice” than the NFL’s Washington Redskins’ name.”

The top U.S. official in charge of archiving federal records testified Tuesday that the IRS ran afoul of the law by neglecting to tell his office that a trove of emails from the woman at the center of the targeting scandal disappeared after an apparent hard drive crash.

A veteran could lose his home because of a small American flag he has placed in a flower pot in front of his home. Larry Murphree explained that his homeowners’ association in the Sweetwater community wants him to remove the flag because it violates home display rules. Furthermore, he is facing $8,000 in fines if he doesn’t take it out of his flower pot.

Welcome to the new Obama military: “A former member of SEAL Team Six has become the poster girl for a Pentagon effort to include transgenders — people who have undergone sex-change operations — in the ranks.”
Republicans are in the strongest position to win back the Senate since losing it eight years ago.

According to a new Pew Research Center study, only 40 percent of consistently liberal Americans say they often feel proud to be Americans. The other 60 percent say that doesn´t describe them.

Obamacare Exchanges Are ‘Disappointing’ With Fewer Than 4 Million Newly Insured. The Government Hoped for 26 Million.

Jihadists fighting in Syria's war put to use for the first time on Sunday American-made Humvees that they seized during a lightning offensive in Iraq this month, a monitor said.

A Montana judge struck down most of a 2012 voter-approved law requiring government officials to conduct immigration checks on anybody seeking services provided by the state — from unemployment benefits to crime-victim assistance. In Montana, nearly 80 percent of voters approved the state's law in a 2012 referendum, but it has not been enforced since an immigration-rights group filed a legal challenge.

The Clintons have received a total of $15,938,000 in federal money alone  since 2001.
Despite more than $100 million the Clinton family has reportedly earned in recent years Hillary said again this week that they're not "truly well off."
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Lloyd Marcus 6/26

Decades of socialist/progressive indoctrination in our schools, media, and culture, plus six years of Obama, have yielded a devastating unspoken consequence.  It is the loss of who we use to be as Americans.
In his 1961 Inaugural Address, President John F. Kennedy said, “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”  Democrats have perverted Kennedy's inspiring challenge.  Their dispiriting goal is to have as many Americans as possible controlled by and dependent on government, even for life itself, which is at the root of ObamaCare.

I mourn the loss of the independent, self-reliant mindset that made our parents great, and of the pride and dignity it generated within them.  Welfare (government assistance) was a last resort and for the truly needy. Today, far too many Americans see no shame in living on government assistance or scamming the system.  The left's campaign, led by the Obama administration, to instill an entitlement mindset in many has proven successful.  The administration even campaigned targeting minorities, discouraging their instinct to be self-reliant.  Even worse, the administration portrays getting on welfare as the honorable thing to do.  Dear Lord, what kind of nation are we becoming?

An unprecedented 47 million Americans are on food stamps, which is riddled with fraud.  The Obama administration has added over 10,000 new oppressive job-killing regulations.  Consequently, 90 million are unemployed and on unemployment, which is also riddled with fraud.  Here's another first for America: over 11 million are receiving disability benefits...riddled with fraud.  Clearly, many believe that working is for suckers when the government is handing out freebies.

In his War on Achievers, Obama used his bully pulpit to deflate business owners by saying, “If you've got a business, you didn't build that.”  Obama and his operatives use compassionate-sounding terms such as “social justice” and “income inequality” to justify the government confiscating the earnings of achievers and redistributing it to non-achievers to win their votes.  Despicable.

My heart aches for my America, when character, excellence, and hard work were rewarded, celebrated, and respected. At 9 or 10 years old, I worked part-time for my neighbor, Mr. Buddy Roy.  I pulled the copper out of old motors for him to sell.  I still remember the pride I felt making my own money.

In the early 1950s, blacks were allowed to take the entrance test for the Baltimore City Fire Department.  My dad applied, and Mom helped.  My parents sought opportunity, not handouts.  Talk about a strong black woman – though compassionate and loving, Mom could be a tough, no-nonsense person.

I remember my parents sitting at the kitchen table, a glass turned upside-down between them, with mom tapping on the glass with a spoon.  She was simulating the different bell sounds that alerted the firefighters to various situations.  She would yell at my dad, “No, that's wrong, stupid!  Listen and get it right!”  Thanks to my drill sergeant mom, Dad was among a handful of blacks who became Baltimore City's first black firefighters.

Being a pioneer is never easy.  Dad endured humiliating work conditions and blatant racism.  Still, Dad relished the opportunity.  Thanks to his Christian faith, Dad won admiration and respect by fighting racism and hate with excellence.  He won “Firefighter of the Year” two times. That mindset of putting one's best foot forward and striving for loftier standards is what I fear we are rapidly losing as Americans.  Apparently, character is no longer expected in our leaders.  President Obama is caught repeatedly lying to the American people, and the response is ho-hum, let's move on.

The trend is to celebrate deadbeats, entitlement junkies, haters of achievers, and assorted lowlifes.  For example: the Democrats and mainstream media loved the Occupy Wall Street mobs.  People were assaulted and even raped at their angry mob gatherings.  Severely infected with an entitlement mindset, Occupiers dumped feces in a public building, demanding that the government redistribute wealth to them. Meanwhile, the left continues its shameful, relentless demonizing and slandering the Tea Party with unfounded allegations of racism.  The Obama administration has plotted to criminalize free speech (the Tea Party).  Folks, we are talking decent hard-working Americans who are simply pushing back against Obama's shock-and-awe assault on our freedoms, liberty, and culture.

Tax cheat Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel compared the Tea Party to Hamas terrorists.  Mr. Rangel is either a loudmouth clueless idiot or a despicable, evil human being.  Leftists like Rangel who throw unfounded, irresponsible “hate” grenades at millions of Americans should be called on it.  Inciting racial division is extremely serious. 

Amid the unbelievably long list of scandals, crimes, and misdemeanors of the Obama regime, the damage that this evil man and his minions have done to the internal make-up of many Americans is extremely disturbing and heartbreaking.  Please view me performing my song, “We Are Americans,” which I wrote to remind us of who we use to be – and I believe a majority still are – as Americans.  I have faith that the liberals', socialists', and progressives' toxic disease of entitlement thinking has not reached critical mass.

My fellow Americans, we are exceptional, a chosen people.  We are Americans!


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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“There’s a big difference between decline as a condition and decline as a choice. What we have with Obama is a president choosing decline…..We are in a position to dominate again, but we have a president who doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism, American greatness, and he has chosen for America to retreat from the Middle East, to not lift a finger in places like Ukraine, basically to make us one nation among others.”
            -Charles Krauthammer
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BOOKS
Jonah Goldberg reviews “Mr. Piketty's Big Book of Marxiness”

What does Hillary think of Obama?  From Ed Klein’s new book “Blood Feud”:  After a few glasses of wine, Hillary told a friend in 2013:  “The thing with Obama is that he can’t be bothered, and there is no hand on the tiller half the time…..That’s the story of the Obama presidency. No hand on the f—ing tiller.” She continued, “Obama has turned into a joke. The IRS targeting the Tea Party, the Justice Department’s seizure of AP phone records and [Fox reporter] James Rosen’s emails – all these scandals. Obama’s allowed his hatred for his enemies to screw him the way Nixon did.” She finished by saying Obama was “incompetent and feckless.”
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GLOBALONEY
When future generations try to understand how the world got carried away around the end of the 20th century by the panic over global warming, few things will amaze them more than the part played in stoking up the scare by the fiddling of official temperature data. There was already much evidence of this seven years ago, when I was writing my history of the scare, The Real Global Warming Disaster. But now another damning example has been uncovered by Steven Goddard’s US blog Real Science, showing how shamelessly manipulated has been one of the world’s most influential climate records, the graph of US surface temperature records published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“The scandal of fiddled global warming data. “ The US has actually been cooling since the Thirties, the hottest decade on record

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Hypocrisy:  “Greenpeace Chief´s ´Several Flights a Month´ Could Power the Average Household for 2 Years”
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LEFTIST WATCH
Children who illegally enter the United States must be granted a lawyer to help them stay and evade deportation because of “basic fairness,” demands the American Civil Liberties Union.

A bill introduced June 12 by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), would establish a special envoy at the State Department to coordinate America’s “global response” on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues and allow LGBT individuals “...to seek protection in the United States.”

Senior White House officials and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew are set to meet this week with Tom Steyer, an environmental activist pledging to pump up to $100 million into the November midterm elections, as part of a new campaign to promote President Obama´s green agenda.

The feminist film critics can exhale now. Someone has finally concocted their dream movie: an "abortion comedy." Because apparently nothing sounds funnier than an unplanned one-night stand and a courageous destruction of God's most beautiful and most innocent creation. Feminists have been grumpy for years about movies like "Juno" and "Knocked Up" sending pro-life messages……. “If America laughs at this, America is beyond redemption.”
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ARTICLES
Longtime incumbent Thad Cochran beat Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi runoff primary vote 50.8% to 49.2%. The whole election between the Republicans was dirtier than a cup of Mississippi River water. Despite the millions of dollars national Tea Party groups poured into the state, Cochran won because he appealed to Democrat voters – who could vote in the runoff thanks to a lax voting law in the state – by bragging about his record of bringing pork spending into the state. McDaniel said he would contest the election results, saying, “[T]here is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual, about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.”

President Obama is now reaching terminal velocity, like a skydiver plunging toward earth. Except he doesn’t have a parachute. There’s a mighty splat coming soon. With his approval rating at 40 percent, down 6 points from early June, and just 29 percent of Americans convinced the country is on the “right track,” the president is doubling down on his strategy of blaming Republicans for his failures. And he’s shifting into hyperpartisan drive, traveling the country to campaign for Democrats, many of whom wish he’d just stay away.

“Isis is a “group more radical than al-Qaeda, better organized, better financed, commanding the loyalty of thousands of dedicated fanatics including many with Western and even U.S. passports? And this group now controls some of the most strategic territory at the heart of the Middle East? Welcome to President Obama’s brave new world. After six years in office pursuing strategies he believed would tame the terror threat and doing his best to reassure the American people that the terror situation was under control…Obama now confronts the most powerful and hostile jihadi movement of modern times, a movement that dances on the graveyard of his hopes.”

Few in the mainstream press seem interested in tracing the full and ugly course of the six years of continual failure that dog the footsteps of the hapless Obama team in a region the White House claimed to understand. Nothing important has gone right for the small and tightly knit team that runs American Middle East policy.
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WEBSITES
“Marine Corps Pilot Pulls off Harrowing Landing after Gear Malfunction”

The most pampered dogs in America
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WISE WORDS
"[A] mere demarcation on parchment of the constitutional limits of the several departments, is not a sufficient guard against those encroachments which lead to a tyrannical concentration of all the powers of government in the same hands.”
                      -James Madison,

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