Monday, December 1, 2014

op ed review 11/30



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Total US Debt Rises Over $18 Trillion; Up 70% Under Barack Obama

Nearly 1 in 5 Households Celebrate Thanksgiving on Food Stamps

Gallup: Obama Approval Plunges with Working-Class Whites to 27 Percent

The undocumented immigrants granted amnesty by President Barack Obama’s executive orders will likely cost taxpayers $2 trillion over the course of their lifetimes, according to Heritage Foundation poverty expert Robert Rector.

Ferguson Black Panther Leaders Plotted to BOMB St. Louis Arch. 

Jihadists in the UK are funded by welfare benefits.

Pope Francis hosted an international interfaith meeting on the complementarity of man and woman. The Vatican conference brought together speakers from more or less every faith tradition on the face of the earth: Catholic, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Mormon, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Sikh and Taoist. The speakers hailed from 23 different countries, representing all the continents that are inhabited by man. While the speakers came from many different faiths, they all shared a common view: that men and women are created for each other……Some statements:  “children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother.” “black children have suffered the most as a result of the decline of marriage in the black community.” “the wake of the disappointment sexual libertarianism brings, there must be a new word about more permanent things, such as the joy of marriage as a permanent, conjugal, one-flesh reality between a man and woman….we will not capitulate on these issues because we cannot.”, “A lie doesn’t become a truth and wrong doesn’t become right and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s popular…..The dustbins of history are stuffed with conventional wisdom of cultures that proved false, and truth is not decided by a popularity contest.”
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
George Neumayr  12/26
The hucksters who falsely accused Darren Wilson of a racially motivated “killing” won’t face justice, even though they have ruined his life and inspired monstrous race riots. The media should treat them as permanently discredited, but of course it won’t. Outlets will continue to give them platforms from which to pontificate on all the “changes” that should come from the controversy. Self-reflection will not be one of them, as they search for new outrages to stoke.

Most of their recommended changes amount to giving criminals a wider berth in society. It is impossible to see how police departments could conform to the demands of Al Sharpton and company unless they simply stopped arresting black criminals. Almost all of the focus is on changing the police’s reaction to criminal behavior, not changing the behavior itself. Out of this mindset has come a culture that canonizes criminals and criminalizes cops.

Wilson has become a source of revulsion for nothing more than following well-established police procedures. He made the mistake of applying his training to a criminal who attacked him. For that he is now the poster boy of police misconduct. Anchors, from the safety of their studios, continue to second-guess his decision and act baffled as to why he viewed Brown as a threat.

The grand jury in St. Louis didn’t find that incomprehensible and couldn’t find Wilson guilty of any crime, despite enormous pressure to do so. The Left whined about the “special” treatment Wilson received. But the truth is that this case wouldn’t have gone to a grand jury had Brown been white instead of black. Wilson’s misfortune was to follow police procedures against a politically favored “victim.”

Pundits continue to cast Wilson as the aggressor and speak of Brown in reverential tones, as if he died gloriously on the battlefields of Iraq. Due sympathy for the family has morphed into tedious sanctimony, with pols competing with each other to see who can show more empathy.

President Obama said anger at the grand jury’s verdict is “understandable,” even though the evidence pointed to a perfectly understandable act of self-defense by Wilson. Apparently one of the “lessons” police officers should learn from what happened in Ferguson is that criminals have a right to overpower them.

Michael Brown committed a theft, manhandled a clerk, got into a confrontation with a police officer in which he struck him and grabbed for his gun, resisted arrest after repeated warnings, and charged the officer “like a football player, according to an eyewitness.” Yet Wilson was the danger to society, according to the Left, while Brown is worthy of monuments. Wilson apparently was supposed to let Brown tackle him and take his gun. Wilson apparently should have known that his life and the community’s safety count for nothing next to the rights of the racially aggrieved, one of which is the right to attack police officers without resistance.

One of the “changes” from the controversy was already evident on Monday night, as thugs and looters took advantage of the space an emasculated police provided them. They torched police cars and destroyed businesses. Few were arrested. The media praised the police for its “restraint.”

It is considered a positive change by the Left when the police are more sensitive to arsonists than shopkeepers. While Obama and the liberal media were piously praising the Brown family for its message of peace, Brown’s stepfather was exhorting agitators to “burn this bitch down.”

Wilson will be cast into the outer darkness, never to work in law enforcement again in all likelihood. But Sharpton and company, exposed as reckless liars, won’t pay any price for their rabble-rousing. They will even get to oversee the “changes” society is supposed to learn from the riots they provoked. Obama’s idea of racial healing has been to treat Sharpton as a valued White House adviser.

“Progress” will consist not of eliminating the causes of criminal behavior but of imposing a culture of lies on law enforcement to the detriment of the law-abiding. It is a future of emboldened criminals, timid police officers, and a cowering public. The rioting on Monday night provided a fitting image of that future: torched police cars under a banner of “Seasons Greetings.”


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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“Jonathan Gruber’s several videotaped remarks about the gross deceptions that got ObamaCare passed in Congress should tell us a lot about the Obama administration. And the way that the mainstream media hesitated for days to even mention what Professor Gruber said, while they obsessed over unsubstantiated charges against Bill Cosby, should tell us a lot about the media. Whatever did or did not happen between Bill Cosby and various women is not likely to affect the lives of 300 million Americans. But ObamaCare does. … Whether the issue is ObamaCare, amnesty for illegal immigrants or ‘global warming,’ when you hear that ‘all the experts agree,’ that may mean nothing more than that the fix is in. And ‘all’ may mean considerably less than 100 percent – or even 50 percent. … Jonathan Gruber’s notion that the people are ‘stupid’ is not fundamentally different from what Barack Obama said to his fellow elite leftists in San Francisco, when he derided ordinary Americans as petty people who want to cling to their guns and their religion. We need to see through such arrogant elitists if we want to cling to our freedom.”
           -Thomas Sowell
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ISLAM
Al Qaeda plot to blow up 5 European passenger planes in a “Christmas spectacular”

“They Even Cut the Throats of the Babies': Yazidi Survivors Share How They Lost Their Families to ISIS”

The PC media is desperate to avoid using the chosen names of the St. Louis black panther terror suspects Brandon Muhammad, and Olajuwon, also known as Olajuwon Ali and Brother Ali.
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ARTICLES
Democrats have lost white voters without college degrees—a big chunk of the middle class and an important swing vote—by huge margins this month. Why? Democratic pollster Mark Mellman told the Washington Post that his party had failed to credibly address these voters’ basic economic concerns including wage stagnation and the skyrocketing cost of higher education.

Spengler:  The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s celebrated phrase “defining deviancy down” first appeared in a 1993 essay in The American Scholar. “I proffer the thesis,” wrote Moynihan, “that, over the past generation…the amount of deviant behavior in American society has increased beyond the levels the community can ‘afford to recognize’ and that, accordingly, we have been re-defining deviancy so as to exempt much conduct previously stigmatized.” What used to be a civil rights movement has drawn a bright line behind the late Michael Brown, whose guilt in two violent felonies (robbing a convenience store while assaulting a store clerk, and assaulting a police officer) is not in dispute.

A full two weeks have passed since the accidental whistleblower MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber outed the Obama administration’s underhanded way of getting ObamaCare past the American people. The lying and cheating that it took to pass was deplorable. Well, you know about the Gruber tapes (all seven and counting) ... because we, here at Fox News, told you about them…But if you’re one of the remaining few viewers to watch mainstream media, you probably never heard of Jon Gruber or his comment that are lighting up the news world. Because Brian Williams and his NBC Nightly News has NEVER once mentioned Gruber.  They had time for things like Hello Kitty lollipops at McDonalds...The dress code for Kate and Prince William’s U.S. visit... And drones carrying mistletoe!  But no Gruber.
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
Thanksgiving trivia
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WISE WORDS
 “We want a society in which we are free to make choices, to make mistakes, to be generous and compassionate. That is what we mean by a moral society – not a society in which the State is responsible for everything, and no one is responsible for the State.”
                       -Margaret Thatcher

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