Saturday, September 6, 2014

op ed review 9/7



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Record 92,269,000 Able Bodied Americans Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Matches 36-Year Low
The number of foreign-born individuals holding jobs in the United States hit a recorded high of 24,639,000 in August.

Show this to your “progressive” friends:  Under President Obama, the richest 10 percent were the only income group of Americans to see their median incomes rise, according to a survey released this week by the Federal Reserve.
Military commanders are “apoplectic” over President Barack Obama’s dithering on ISIS and admission that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to deal with them.
Was he even listening?  President Obama was given detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of the Islamic State as part of his daily briefing for at least a year before the group seized large swaths of territory over the summer, a former Pentagon official told Fox News.

Obama “notably absent” for start of NATO meeting.

CBS News Political Director John Dickerson had some harsh words for Democrats as the 2014 midterm election kicks into high gear. Appearing on CBS This Morning on Tuesday, September 2, Dickerson insisted that for the 2014 Senate races “there are three races in West Virginia, South Dakota, Montana that are gone. Those are basically going to go to the Republicans.”

Dozens of public schools across New York City failed to pass even a single black or Hispanic student on this year’s state math or reading exams, a new analysis shows. Pro-charter school group Families for Excellent Schools found no black or Hispanic kids passed the standardized tests — based on the more stringent Common Core standards — at 90 schools with diverse student bodies.  At 31 city schools with a combined enrollment of 1,065 black students, none passed the state math exam. At another 28 schools, zero out of 613 Hispanic students passed the math test.

On Monday, as millions of American workers gathered with family and friends to celebrate and mark the end of summer, the nation´s union bosses were preparing to inject tens of millions of dollars from their members´ paychecks into the midterm elections in November. Unions have already spent $70 million to protect the Democrat majority in the Senate. Even this amount is likely to be dwarfed by a flood of money and manpower in the final weeks of the campaign.

The @#%& is about to hit the fan. No, not ISIS moving to attack the West, not Russia invading Ukraine, not Ebola coming to America, not the Middle East, not Libya (where al Qaeda — surprise — now rules), not even Ferguson. Health care costs are about to explode — again — and just in time for the 2014 midterm elections.

Terror experts fear Libyan fanatics are planning a 9/11 copycat attack after 11 commercial planes were stolen from Tripoli airport. They believe the jets were taken by Islamic militant groups who seized control of the war-torn capital city´s international hub. Analysts say there is "credible intelligence" that they will use next Thursday´s anniversary to fly the planes into high-profile targets.
The Islamic State has claimed on social media that it is utilizing captured Syrian pilots to learn how to fly stolen jets, according to a CNN Arabic report over the weekend.
The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished -- exploiting a security gap that was supposed to be fixed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

The business group that has been pushing for amnesty but that has often backed Republican candidates is throwing its support behind Democrats in several key House races this cycle. According to reports in Roll Call, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will have endorsed four Democratic candidates in the House races by the end of the week.

More Senate Democrats urge Obama to delay immigration order (until after the election).

 “VA Investigation Reveals Poor Care, Fake Reports and ‘Nationwide Systemic Problem’”

Ferguson:  After an autopsy commissioned by Michael Brown's family found that all of the shots entered Brown from the front, Attorney General Eric Holder also commissioned an autopsy, which reportedly confirmed the results of the previous two. It took the Washington Post 2,017 words and 59 paragraphs in a feature about Dorian Johnson, who initially said that his friend Michael Brown was shot in the back, to reveal that the federal government's autopsy also reportedly did not find that to be the case.

INTERPOL arrests parents for disobeying doctors.

A whopping 95 percent of respondents to a BBC straw poll have said that they think multiculturalism in Britain is a failure.

Feds to Advertise Settlement Inviting Deported Illegals to Return”

Your tax dollars at work:  The federal government is still seeking answers as to why the majority of lesbians are obese and U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill, which now totals $2.87 million. The National Institutes of Health study is now in its fourth year, receiving an additional $670,567 for fiscal year 2014. The project seeks to determine why “nearly three-quarters of adult lesbians overweight or obese,” and why gay males are not.

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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Warren Warning:   That Other ‘Dead Broke’ Democrat    7/23

The most despised political constituents in America are rich liberals, the self-anointed "intelligentsia" who lord over the Leftist proletariat, and are tolerated only for the graft they dispense to all manner of liberal causes and campaigns. Though they imagine themselves held in high esteem by the recipients of their largess, they are utterly loathed by the populist 99 Percenter Demo-Party base. Of course, they are equally reviled by conservatives, who object to their smugness and their abject hypocrisy among other traits.

If there is one generalization that approaches a universal truth about the Left Elite, it is that they are chronic hypocrites. And there is no better example of this than B. Obama, who constantly rebukes "the rich," "the wealthy," "millionaires," "fat cats," ad infinitum, all in the name of "redistributive change," while he basks in the profligate lifestyle of the most rich and famous. For example, recall if you will Obama's incessant vilification of "fat cats in their corporate jets." Despite a slew of policy meltdowns, both domestic and foreign, Obama spends most of his waking hours jet-setting around the countryside for political stump speeches and fundraisers. Indeed, even the liberal Washington Post has taken notice, criticizing Obama for attending more than 400 fundraisers since taking office -- nearly double the amount attended by George W. Bush at this stage of his presidency.

Thus, Obama is racking up hours on the most expensive luxury jet on the planet in order to hang with his Left Elite benefactors -- all at taxpayers expense. And when he's not flying off to hobnob with one percenters in places like the Hamptons last week, he's off on vacations at wealthy playgrounds like Martha's Vineyard, or taking his entourage on $100 million "family" trips to Africa. To paraphrase Mark Twain, "Suppose you were a liberal, and suppose you were a hypocrite. But I repeat myself."

Fact is, most rich liberals are "upstairs people" -- the Dukes, Earls and Barons of Downton Abbey, Lords pretending to identify with Commoners, but washing their hands twice after contact with any of them. They only drop down from their exclusive clubs and gated communities to toss larded pork at the masses in order to ensure that the commissars who do their bidding will protect their estates.  Of course, the 99 percenters suspend their deeply held prejudicial classist convictions when rich liberals are on ballots. They tolerate them in order to form Faustian bargains necessary to advance their statist "dependency" agenda.

Thus, while the nation languishes through the sixth year of economic stagnation, the fulfillment of Obama's promise of "fundamentally transforming the United States of America," and as the population numbers of his urban poverty plantations set new records, there is also another record set under his watch. There are now 268 millionaires in Congress, and as you might have surmised the net worth of Democrats exceeds the net worth of Republicans... But I digress.

Like most rich liberals, those with presidential aspirations make every effort to cast their identity as card-carrying proletariats, who are thoroughly in touch with the "struggling middle classes." The most ridiculous example of this charade was Hillary Clinton's recent effort to portray herself as "dead broke," when in fact she and her serial sex-offender husband converted their White House tenure into wealth that now ranks them among the tiniest fraction of the richest One-Percenters.

Now, it appears Hillary has an equally disingenuous contender for the 2016 Democrat presidential nomination who may well send her packing in the primary: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). So, just who is Elizabeth Warren? Well, for starters, she's another limo-liberal hypocrite. Like Clinton, she recently attempted to deceive her supporters into believing what she isn't: "I realize there are some wealthy individuals," she said. "I'm not one of them..."  But according to her Personal Financial Disclosures filed in advance of her 2012 Senate campaign, she has something in excess of $14.5 million in accumulated wealth, had income in excess of $700,000 in her last year before being elected, and lives in a house valued at more than $5 million. But as for the wealthy, she's "not one of them."

Recently, lamenting the plight of the poor, Warren noted, "My brother lives on his Social Security. That's about $1,100 a month. $13,200 a year." Well, perhaps she should split her income with her brother, and donate the rest of her assets to charity. In another fine example of deceptive rhetoric, Warren regurgitated her own version of Obama's "You didn't build that" insult to entrepreneurs across the nation. According to Warren, "There is nobody in this country who got rich on their own. Nobody. You built a factory out there -- good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea -- God bless! Keep a hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."

Of course Warren, like Clinton and Obama, has never built anything but her investment portfolio, and refuses to acknowledge that successful entrepreneurs already pay 80% of federal and state taxes -- a violation of "the underlying social contract" which should imply flat taxation. Additionally, America's corporations pay the highest tax rates among the 33 industrialized nations. But Democrats never let facts get in the way of their classist political agenda, because their only real power is the ability to redistribute wealth to their constituents. And look what their so-called "Great Society" has gotten them. So, why does it matter that Warren is as hypocritical about her wealth as Clinton?

Because she is a far smarter and more articulate Leftist than Clinton, and her policy positions mirror those of Obama, falling well to the left of Clinton. She is the ideological heir apparent to Obama's "Imperial Presidency," and like Obama, she is a certifiable socialist -- a rising star among the New Democratic Party statists, who have infested the once-noble Democrat Party. Obama ran to the left of Clinton in the 2008 Democrat presidential primary, and Warren will do the same in the 2016 primary…..her performance at the "Nutroots Nation" convention last week certainly resembled the launch of a presidential bid, as she laid out her 11 Commandments of Progressivism. If Warren runs, she would be a more formidable general election opponent than Clinton. She would also do a better job of rallying female voters -- and female voters have elected every Democrat president since Kennedy.

In 1797, John Adams wrote, "If an election is to be determined by a majority ... procured by a party through artifice or corruption, the Government may be the choice of a party for its own ends, not of the nation for the national good." And that describes the Democratic Party today.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"The clearest expression of a foreign policy doctrine President Obama has articulated came in 2012 when he announced that the 'tide of war in Afghanistan' had 'turned' and that this was lucky because it was 'now time to focus on nation building here at home.' Al-Qaida, defined so narrowly as to exclude everyone save Osama bin Laden and his closest friends, was declared 'defeated,' and a satisfied commander in chief confidently turned to domestic matters. ...…One of the aphorisms attributed to Lenin to excuse the massive crimes he committed on the way to building a socialist paradise was: 'In order to make an omelet, you have to break some eggs.' Human rights activist Vladimir Bukovsky noted with bitterness that while he had seen many broken eggs, 'I have not met anyone who tasted the omelet.' Obama has turned his back on an explosive world to focus on nation building here at home. Where's the omelet?"
                -Mona Charen
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LEFTIST WATCH
Carefully following Alinsky’s Thirteenth Rule,  DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that Republican Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has “given women the back of his hand” and is “grabbing us by the hair.” Walker apparently earned this invective for opposing a minimum wage hike and blocking a 2012 employment discrimination bill that would have benefited plaintiffs’ attorneys.
Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals:
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GLOBALONEY
Bureaucracy on steroids:  Plans to eradicate high-powered vacuum cleaners sparked panic buying by consumers, now hairdryers are the EU´s latest target for bans on electronics. Bosses in Brussels have made a provisional list of 30 household appliances which could be restricted next year. They want to cut the power of hairdryers by nearly a third in a bid to be a greener Europe, with other every day household items facing the cull including kettles, toasters and lawnmowers.
And in the US, Obama pushes green standards for everything but the kitchen sink.

No global warming in the last 19 years.
“After Nearly Two Decades, We´re Still Waiting for the Climate to Change”

Myth of arctic meltdown: Stunning satellite images show summer ice cap is thicker and covers 1.7million square kilometres MORE than 2 years ago...despite Al Gore's prediction it would be ICE-FREE by now
“Why Renewable Energy is Hopeless”
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ISLAM
In an attempt to polish Islam's image, Muslim activists usually quote verses from the Quran that were written in the early days of the Islamic movement while Mohammed lived in Mecca. Those passages make Islam appear loving and harmless because they call for love, peace and patience. Such is a deception. The activists fail to tell gullible people that such verses, though still in the Quran, were nullified, abrogated, rendered void by later passages that incite killing, decapitations, maiming, terrorism and religious intolerance. The latter verses were penned while Mohammed’s headquarters was based in Medina…….In practice, Quranic abrogation results in a known doctrinal footprint that subordinates the milder, more moderate verses of the Quran from the Meccan period of revelation, to the later and violent verses of the Medina period.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/08/the_two_faces_of_islam.html#ixzz3ByuIfAXp Example: The Old Koran, “Let there be no compulsion in religion.” (Q 5:99)
New Koran: "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them" (Q 8:12)

Forced to watch crucifixions, stonings and beheadings and taught to fire machine guns as big as they are: How Islamic State training camps for children are swelling its ranks with junior jihadis
President Obama may not have a strategy for defeating the Islamic State, but the Islamic State has a strategy for the U.S. In fact, that strategy is set out, in part, in an al-Qaeda manual recently translated for the benefit of the U.S. military.

Top Egyptian Politician Says Egypt And U.S. Relationship Strained Because President Obama Demands Muslim Brotherhood Be Supported…

Didn’t President Obama say Al Qaeda was “decimated”?  Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announces the formation of a new chapter intended to ”raise the flag of jihad” in India and South Asia.
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ARTICLES
Delingpole:  Multiculturalism is a very specific political philosophy which could scarcely be further removed from the idea that we should live in one big, happy, multi-ethnic melting pot and all just get along. That's because it means the exact opposite. It's about separatism, not integration. It…is essentially a manifestation of the cultural guilt and self-hatred that afflicts the left-wing chattering classes. Rather than accept the truth which to most of us is glaringly obvious - that some cultures are manifestly superior to others - it urges us all to celebrate our differences and to accept values that we may personally find alien or even abhorrent in the name of creating a fairer, more tolerant and inclusive society. So, for example, we in liberal Western culture generally take a dim view of marrying members of your own family, female genital mutilation, forced or arranged marriages, second-class status for women, voter fraud, systematic political corruption, honour killings, the organised grooming, trafficking and rape of underage girls, and so on. In some of our immigrant communities, though, such practices are considered more or less acceptable.

Lifson:  Schadenfreude, taking pleasure in others’ suffering, is a nasty emotion, one I take no pride in confessing as I watch Democrats attempting to dodge responsibility for foisting Barack Obama upon us. Nevertheless, it is certainly satisfying to see Dems scurry away from Obama as he visits their states.

“In July, after Germany trounced Brazil 7–1 in the semifinal match of the World Cup—including a first-half stretch in which the Brazilian soccer squad gave up an astonishing five goals in 19 minutes—a sports commentator wrote: “This was not a team losing. It was a dream dying.” These words could equally describe what has become of Barack Obama’s foreign policy since his second inauguration.……As I write, the foreign policy of the United States is in a state of unprecedented disarray.”
´You are not up to this job……Your cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole'  Parents of SEAL Team Six soldier killed in action call for President Obama´s resignation.
Ted Cruz:  “The Russian bear is encountering the Obama kitty cat.”

Mitt Romney:  Russia invades, China bullies, Iran spins centrifuges, the Islamic State (a terrorist threat “beyond anything that we’ve seen,” according to the defense secretary ) threatens — and Washington slashes the military. Reason stares. Several arguments are advanced to justify the decimation of our defense. All of them are wrong. The president asserts that we must move to “a new order that’s based on a different set of principles, that’s based on a sense of common humanity.” The old order, he is saying, where America’s disproportionate strength holds tyrants in check and preserves the sovereignty of nations, is to be replaced.”
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WEBSITES
Five feminist myths that will not die:

The Joan Rivers you may not know:

Fascinating photos, people on beaches:
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WISE WORDS
"A wise man neither suffers himself to be governed, nor attempts to govern others."
               -Jean de la Bruyere


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