Saturday, January 24, 2015

op ed review 1/25

State of the Union address:  Obama calls for civility, then immediately taunts Republicans over his two presidential wins.
Ben Stein:  “Endless Gifts From Uncle Obama”
The Associated Press released a fact check of President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address, and their analysis is not kind to Obama’s claims.
Obama Proposes New Law that Already Exists
In spite of all the mainstream media promotion, President Barack Obama‘s 2015 State of the Union address drew the lowest television viewership for any such speech in the last 15 years,

There’s a subtext to President Obama’s slew of domestic policy proposals since the November elections: President Obama does not trust Hillary Clinton very much. None of the president’s domestic-policy brainwaves has much chance of becoming law in the next two years: not free community college, not cash grants to selected middle-income households, and certainly not heavy tax increases on upper-income earners. The president knows these odds better than anybody. So why keep propounding such no-hopers? The intent, pretty obviously, is to box in his presumptive successor as head of the Democratic Party.

Obama mocked for MLK Day photo that features him: ‘It’s always about the Big O!’

“In an effort at outreach to the large and growing Moron-American voting bloc…..Obama debases the presidency in sit-down interviews with YouTube celebrities”
“The White House Thursday was officially declared a “Laughingstock” and will be demolished by the Department of Interior within a month, officials said today. The proximate cause of the declaration was the White House decision to take the presidency to a brand new low, inviting in three absurdly unqualified and generally ridiculous people to interview the president of the United States.”

The new border bills drafted by Republican leaders require the actual removal of at least 66 miles of weak border fencing between Mexico and the United States. The border bills also only require for the construction of 27 miles of effective double-layer fencing along the 2,000-mile border. “It is a remarkable that the direction of our progress is going backwards, from a goal of building 700 miles of double-layer border fencing [in 2006] to only 27 miles [in 2015],” said a Hill staffer who opposes the leaders’ bills.
Then Republican leadership pulled the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” “Everyone should be worried by the House Republicans' action. The measure has overwhelming popular support; the GOP campaigned on the issue…..but the GOP could not pull it off. That level of incompetence bodes poorly for legislation that does not have popular support.”
“Republican Woman Derails Abortion Ban”
“This past week, the national media and the Republican base both scratched their collective heads perplexed by the un-anchoring of the Republican Party.”

Gas is so cheap that a gallon costs 89 cents less than a gallon of sparkling water, and more than $1 less than a gallon of Pepsi, according to economist Mark Perry with the American Enterprise Institute. “Thanks at least in part to the revolutionary drilling technologies of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, we now have the cheapest gas in history when adjusted for increased fuel economy and higher wages.”.

After Irish-born actor Liam Neeson shot off his mouth about Americans’ fondness for guns — you know, the things he uses in his hit action movies — the company that provided the weapons for the latest installment in the Taken series decided it had had enough: PARA USA regrets its decision to provide firearms for use in the film “Taken 3. While the film itself is entertaining, comments made by its Irish-born star during press junkets reflect a cultural and factual ignorance that undermines support of the Second Amendment and American liberties. We will no longer provide firearms for use…”

Great moments in socialized medicine:  The British National Health Service is ‘not fit for the future’ and unless it undergoes radical change it may be forced to abandon free healthcare for all, in the future, the service's top doctor has warned.
Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state’s governor said Friday.

Mark Davis  1/23
The Dark Urges Of Chris Kyle's Haters

…the torrents of liberal revulsion (American Sniper) has sparked have nothing to do with vigorous debate over a movie’s merits. The Hollywood haters of “American Sniper” are driven by hatred of Chris Kyle himself. And it is there we find a modern mental pathology that would keep a full ward of psychologists busy for a very long time.

But no degree in human personality traits is necessary to see what drives the monstrous reactions of the Michael Moores, Seth Rogens and Max Blumenthals who have gone beyond disregard for the movie to heap venom on its subject.

There is not a surprise to be found in Moore’s attack about the cowardice of snipers, Rogen’s snotty comparison of the film to Nazi propaganda, or even Blumenthal’s label of “mass murdering sniper,” in the mold John Lee Malvo.

This is a natural visceral reaction when the bigotries of the left are laid bare to the bright light of American virtue. The prospect of a selfless American hero willing to risk his life to fight the evils of global jihad offends leftism at every level. It speaks to a strong America, which they despise. It celebrates wartime sacrifice, which does not move them. And it highlights the evils of our Islamic enemies, which sends them over the cliff into an abyss of hostile loathing they cannot help but share.

The comments of the Kyle-haters were met with conservative pushback, much of it suggesting that Michael Moore in particular should shut up and thank God for the Chris Kyles who fight for his freedom to make whatever little films he pleases.

I differed. From the insults to Kyle to the labels of him as a murderer, to the derision of any film that would elevate him, I want to hear it all. I want every loathsome, odious rant from these people to be out there for all to hear. Let them be judged by those words. Let their vicious derangements go into a time capsule for the ages, to chronicle how such merchants of our pop culture reviled the people who fought for the liberties they take for granted.

No one is required to love “American Sniper.” No one is required to support the war. But if you are unmoved as the credits roll, there is something askew in your heart……What is missing in the cauldron of leftist aggressions is the inability to appreciate the sacrifices of participants in wars they disagree with. It led them to brand past generations of soldiers as baby-killers in Vietnam, and it leads them to insult the honor of those who volunteer today to protect our nation from Islamofascist monsters who would kill us where we stand.

If ambivalence to “American Sniper” is evidence of a missing cog in the heart, condemnation of it is evidence of a dark pool in the soul, a black hole of hatred that yields a wounded animal reaction when faced with the threat that Chris Kyle’s life story poses to their worldview.

Ken Blackwell:  1/22
Black lives matter” has become the slogan of anti-police protests across the nation, but the target of the protests is so misplaced that the motives of the so-called civil rights leaders behind the movement must be questioned. Do they really care about black lives? Or are they cynically exploiting isolated incidents, such as the death of Michael Brown, to inflame the black population and advance their own political interests? Today, on the somber anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, it’s time for black leaders to face up to the real danger threatening black lives in America. It isn’t the police.  According to an anti-police brutality organization, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, 313 blacks were killed by “police, security guards and vigilantes” in 2013. It isn’t even black criminals, who, as Rudy Giuliani famously pointed out on “Meet the Press,” are responsible for 93 percent of violent deaths among blacks. Sources estimate that between 6,000 and 8,000 blacks are murdered each year.  No, the greatest danger to blacks is found precisely where we ought to be safest: in our mothers’ wombs. In 2010, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 138,539 black babies were aborted. I’ll say it again: 138,539 black babies, nearly one baby in three, were killed in the womb in 2010.

“Obama sure is consistent. His State of the Union address sounded like his other speeches: What I’ve done is great! America is in a much better position. We’ve created a manufacturing sector that’s adding jobs. More oil is produced at home. I cut deficits in half! Give me a break. The deficit is lower now not because of any prudence on Obama’s part but merely because the $800 billion stimulus spending blowout didn’t continue. All the president does is increase spending: free community college, free Obamaphones, free birth control, etc. Yes, our annual deficit is lower, but it’s still $488 billion! Our $18 trillion national debt increases by $3 million every minute! Yes, more oil is produced at home, but that’s in spite of the administration. Oil production is down on public land. Yes, the manufacturing sector added jobs, but that’s mostly because of cheaper natural gas created by fracking, which Obama’s cronies opposed. Also, America is finally recovering from recession. Obama’s policies probably slowed that recovery. Does the President delude himself when he takes credit for oil production, lower deficits, etc.? Or does he mislead on purpose? I don’t know.”
          -John Stossel

“I think (Obama) believes that the world is unfair and those who are more fortunate are just lucky—you know, “You didn’t build that”—and that his role, as he said to Joe the Plumber, is to spread the wealth around. And so he is letting people into this country so they can partake in the wealth that the existing American population has created.  I think his response to the Ebola crisis was typical, sending our troops over there.  He doesn’t view his role as protecting the American people from this disease.  I think this is a man who has enormous resentments toward this country, especially towards those people who have flourished and prospered here.”
             -Thomas Sowell

Arizona State University is offering an English course this semester that promises to explore the “problem of whiteness” in American literature and culture

It wasn’t.  The New York Times features one of the most misleading headlines ever: “2014 Was the Warmest Year Ever Recorded on Earth.” The first paragraph drives the hysteria home……

Al Gore wants to spend $90 trillion to ban cars from every major city in the world.

The ‘American Sniper’ Freakout:  Why the left can’t tolerate this movie.
Noonan:  I saw “American Sniper” last night. It is not a great movie but it is a powerful one. It had the power to leave a packed Manhattan movie house silent—really, completely silent—as they stared at the closing credits and tried to absorb the meaning of what they’d seen.
While ABC’s The View is no stranger to discussing topics that often polarize non-liberal audiences, Clint Eastwood’s patriotic masterpiece American Sniper found an unlikely ally: Whoopi Goldberg.
Americans love war heroes, despite what Hollywood liberals think

How Pope Francis allows politics to distort the Christian faith

The problem with socialism isn’t that you eventually run out of other people’s money. It’s that you eventually run out of oil money. Well, at least in Venezuela…

Chris Edwards at the Cato Institute believes there should be a National Museum of Government Failure. He argues that the displays at the Smithsonian would pale into insignificance if set beside the awe-inspiring sight of such things as the “$349 million on a rocket test facility that is completely unused“, the Superconducting Collider whose ruins include nearly 15 miles of tunnel and the ex-future Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. Yet these artifacts, whose scale would surpass many a Lost City, are far from the worst failures.

Gunfight in Kansas

“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.”
                    –Benjamin Franklin

Saturday, January 17, 2015

op ed review 1/18

In a stunning Tuesday report, Gallup CEO and Chairman Jim Clifton revealed that “for the first time in 35 years, American business deaths now outnumber business births.”

Conservative Group Targets Comcast/NBC over the issue of “the corruption of American journalism.” Comcast/NBC is accused of acting as a “leftist Super Pac sponsoring millions of dollars worth of attack ads disguised as ‘news’ that seek the political oblivion of conservatives and the Republican Party.
“A group of young men in Nebraska are fighting the stranglehold broadcast and print media have on political speech. Using a combination of programming wizardry and personal experience gained from navigating the legislative process, these men have constructed the “We Vote Project.”  It is a game-changer in every sense of the phrase.”

Arizona became the first state in the nation on Thursday to enact a law requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test on civics before graduation, giving a boost to a growing nationwide effort to boost civics education.

The Mexican government will start issuing birth certificates to its citizens at consulates in the United States, seeking to make it easier for them to apply for U.S. work permits, driver’s licenses and protection from deportation.

“Boehner slams Obama in brutal floor speech”....Cites 22 times the president said he couldn't create own law...

From the Military Times:  “Obama’s mark on the military:  A deeply unpopular commander in chief is forcing profound change inside the ranks.” According to a Military Times survey of almost 2,300 active-duty service members, Obama's popularity — never high to begin with — has crumbled, falling from 35 percent in 2009 to just 15 percent this year,

It was one of the most powerful images of solidarity the world has seen since the end of World War II. A million and a half people marching through the streets of Paris, some crying, many cheering, others chanting ‘Je suis Charlie!’ or singing La Marseillaise – that most spine-tingling of all national anthems. At the head of the march were 50 world leaders; the Prime Ministers of France, Britain, Spain, Denmark, Poland, Turkey and Israel stood side-by-side, arm-in-arm with the German chancellor, the Palestinian president, and the Queen of Jordan. So where was the leader of the free world?  Home watching the NFL playoffs.
Mainstream Media ignores one of the most embarrassing moments in American diplomatic history:  John Kerry brings musician James Taylor to a belated press conference to sing "You´ve Got A Friend" to the French people.
Kerry said Monday that those criticizing the absence of top U.S. officials at the unity rally in Paris Sunday are "quibbling".
Has Obama checked out?

Sen. Ted Cruz believes the GOP has a track record of failure when the party nominates a presidential candidate from the “mushy middle.

The country is about to meet the Jeb Bush of 1994, courtesy of the mainstream media. Even as Mitt Romney sends the press signals that he kinda sorta wants to run again, Bush is no longer being treated as a mere potential candidate. That means journalists, rather than simply handicapping how he’d do against this or that challenger, are starting to dig into his record. Thus we have the “head-banging conservative,” which is how Jeb described himself when he first ran for Florida governor two decades ago.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is set to appoint a Muslim lawmaker to the Intelligence Committee, giving him access to some of America´s most closely held secrets in the war on terror. He once said US schools should be like Islamic madrassas and warned law enforcement that ´Allah will not allow you to stop us´

Cake maker who refused to bake for gay wedding labeled a ‘Nazi’ by Colo. civil rights officials

Obama amnesty to impose billions in costs on states, lawsuit alleges.

Students across the United States are getting a taste of progressivism. And it doesn’t seem to please their palates. The implementation of Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity lunch standards is encountering backlash from students and school administrators across the country. The program seems to have taught them a valuable lesson in the realities of progressivism -- that when American voters give up power to busy-body progressives, the result is more control over their lives and the loss of individual liberties.

Cal Thomas  12/30

As 2014 ends, the stock market is at record highs but our traditional institutions and self-confidence are in decline.

A Pew Research Center study confirms one trend that has been obvious over several years. The "typical" American family is no longer typical. Just 46 percent of American children now live in homes with their married, heterosexual parents. Five percent have no parents at home. They most likely are living with grandparents, says the study.

These startling figures about the decline of the American family contrast with the year 1960 when 73 percent of American children lived in traditional families.

A major contributor to this trend has been the assault on marriage and other institutions by the Baby Boom generation. It was that generation that promoted cohabitation, no-fault divorce, hatred of the police (they called them "pigs" then, too) and disdain for the military and America, spawned not just by the Vietnam War but a life of relative ease unknown to their parents.

The culture bomb dropped by the boomers created fallout still being felt today. The two-plus generations born since the Sixties have been infused with the notion of entitlement, victimhood, envy and greed. Since the elimination of the draft, young people are no longer expected to serve in the military and so most of them pursue whatever goals they wish with no expectation they should give something back to their country. It's one possible explanation for why we can no longer seem to win wars.

History warns us what happens when empires refuse to teach known values that strengthen societies and help protect them from enemies intent on their destruction.

The late British diplomat Sir John Glubb wrote a book called "The Fate of Empires and Search For Survival." Glubb noted the average age of empires since the time of ancient Assyria (859-612 B.C.) is 250 years. Only the Mameluke Empire in Egypt and the Levant (1250-1517) made it as far as 267 years. America is 238 years old and is exhibiting signs of decline.

All empires begin, writes Glubb, with the age of pioneers, followed by ages of conquest, commerce, affluence, intellect and decadence. America appears to have reached the age of decadence, which Glubb defines as marked by "defensiveness, pessimism, materialism, frivolity, an influx of foreigners, the welfare state, (and) a weakening of religion."

Decadence, he writes, "is due to: Too long a period of wealth and power, selfishness, love of money (and) the loss of a sense of duty."

Do these not define America at the end of 2014? Glubb says the 250-year average of empires has not varied in 3,000 years, but we don't learn from history because "our studies are brief and prejudiced." He means they are mostly about one's own country.

It will take more than a new Congress in 2015 and a new president in 2017 to save us from the fate of other empires. It will take a revival of the American spirit, and that can only come through changed attitudes towards our institutions and each other.


“CBS News gave an early report on the terrorist attacks in Paris. It included this telling sentence: ‘A reporter for Britain’s Telegraph newspaper in Paris told Sky News that the first two officers to arrive, who were apparently unarmed, fled after seeing gunmen armed with automatic weapons and possibly a grenade launcher.’ Every American, every citizen of a free country, needs to read, and re-read that sentence. Here is the answer of liberals and socialists to the problem of domestic security. Let the police do it. Let the state protect you. Give all weapons to the professionals who are trained and who can be trusted. … When John Kerry arrives in Paris, he doubtless knows that France lacks a Second Amendment. But France has a National Anthem, the Marseillaise. And a memorable line in that stirring song is: Aux armes, concitoyens! To arms, Fellow Citizens! Now is the time to put self-defense on the international agenda. If your government does not believe in the right to keep and bear arms as a human right, then it probably doesn’t believe in your right to life, either.”
           -Ken Blackwell

“Joe Biden flew to Brazil last week to try to mend relations with Brazil’s government that’s angry over NSA spying. He has a natural curiosity for the country. After Joe landed, he told reporters he was thrilled to be in the Amazon, because he always wanted to see where books come from.”
         -Argus Hamilton

There’s a solitary man at the financial center of the Ferguson protest movement. No, it’s not victim Michael Brown or Officer Darren Wilson. It’s not even the Rev. Al Sharpton, despite his ubiquitous campaign on TV and the streets. Rather, it’s liberal billionaire George Soros.

The global warming establishment and the media are crowing about 2010 being in a tie for the “hottest year” ever. Ignores Satellites showing 18 Year ‘Pause’ – ‘We are arguing over the significance of hundredths of a degree’'   “The NASA press release is highly of a record is scientifically and statistically meaningless.'”

The newest edition of Charlie Hebdo will include cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed, as the French satirical magazine continues to stand defiantly against Islamic extremism following an attack on its Paris offices that left 12 people dead.

“Muslim Call to Prayer to be Chanted from the belltower Every Friday at Duke University”
Whoops! Supposedly Duke University thought turning the majestically Gothic bell tower of famous Duke Chapel into an Islamic minaret for every Friday call to prayer, heralded as “interreligious reimagining of a university icon,” would be non-controversial. But the bow to campus multiculturalist ideology, thanks to nationwide publicity, barely lasted 24 hours.

Islamic State's Psychological War on U.S. Troops.  This week, Pentagon officials began calling up retired generals to let them know that their home addresses, private e-mails and other personal information had appeared in a document that was publicized globally by a group claiming to support Islamic State.

America Following France's Demographic Path To Terror.  Dearborn, Mich., is about 40% Muslim.   Would only a bigoted Islamophobe be disturbed upon hearing that stat?  Maybe, but a secret 2013 National Counterterrorism Center document, revealed by the online publication The Intercept, found Dearborn second only to New York in known or suspected terrorists and their associates.
The FBI Wednesday arrested an Ohio man for allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol, where he hoped to set off a series of bombs aimed at lawmakers, whom he allegedly considered enemies.

A Saudi Arabian blogger was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes after he used his liberal blog to criticise Saudi Arabia's powerful clerics. The second round of his punishment had to be postponed “because his wounds from last week's flogging had not yet healed properly and he would not be able to withstand another round.”

A federal researcher points out that King George III couldn’t suspend laws — as many say Obama just did. A non-partisan branch of the Library of Congress tackled the question: What would George III do when faced with a law he didn’t like?Not even the King of England at the time of the American Revolution had the authority to suspend laws unilaterally…”

Republicans in Congress are nearly unanimous in opposing President Obama's unilateral executive action on immigration. Nearly all want Congress to overturn the president's edict. But how to do it? Republicans have two basic options, and as the time to act nears, it appears they are preparing to choose the one more likely to fail.

A terror attack on Europe by radical Islamists cannot be prevented, the head of the EU police agency has warned…..”the diffuse nature of the network, the scale of the people involved makes this extremely difficult for even very well-functioning counterterrorist agencies such as we have in France to stop every attack."
The Troubling Math of Muslim Migration   Preventing a Paris-style attack is, in part, a numbers game. Americans don’t seem to be paying attention.
The most common New York cab driver name is now Mohammed

Clint Eastwood’s Empty chair?  “It should be painfully clear by now that no one of authority is in charge at the White House, least of all President Obama. His government is running itself, without any serious, detailed direction from the West Wing in the day-to-day issues and troubles America faces at home and abroad.”

Wes Pruden, Washington Times:  “Why Hillary Clinton won’t run for president”
Peggy Noonan:  “Don’t Do It, Mr. Romney”

Jeff Sessions Pens 25-Page Roadmap for New Republican Majority

Christianity is under attack in America, and it’s losing. Meanwhile, the Church is, in general, sitting out the fight and hoping the problem goes away.

15 Statistics That Destroy Liberal Narratives

The late Martin Luther King Jr., and his “I have a dream” speech are being used in an effort to fight President Obama’s executive action to grant worker amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. At issue: Jobs taken by illegals that America’s minorities, specifically blacks and legal Hispanics, need.

“[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.”
              -Dr. Benjamin Rush