Saturday, January 10, 2015

op ed review 1/11



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
A backdrop to the massacre in Paris on Wednesday by self-professed al Qaeda terrorists is that city officials have increasingly ceded control of heavily Muslim neighborhoods to Islamists, block by block. France has Europe’s largest population of Muslims, some of whom talk openly of ruling the country one day and casting aside Western legal systems for harsh, Islam-based Shariah law.
The latest example of the New York Times censoring itself to avoid offending Muslims after an act of Islamic terror.

The federal government drove $789,473,350,613.20 deeper into debt in calendar year 2014, an increase that equaled $7,458 per full-time worker (including full-time government workers) and $6,875 per household.
When Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009, the debt was $10,626,877,048,913.08. Since then, it has increased $7,514,567,086,650.22--which is $65,443 per household, $70,985 per full-time worker and $84,266 per full-time private-sector worker.

Obama’s Hawaii vacation is over, now it’s time for taxpayers to pay massive tab…. flight expense alone of $7,781,361.30.

House Speaker Boehner beat back an embarrassing challenge to his speakership from aggrieved conservatives on Tuesday.
??? Speaker Boehner: 'I'm Most Anti-Establishment Speaker We've Ever Had'...
Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, shocked some conservatives Tuesday when the first vote she cast as a new congresswoman was to keep Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, as House speaker. “Casting a vote for a candidate who has not actively campaigned and does not have the support to be speaker is an indirect vote for Nancy Pelosi, and I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi.”  Love also reminded voters that she is playing the long game when it comes to fighting for conservative principles.

Rep.-elect Love vowed to walk the talk she promised voters of Utah and that as part of that pledge, she would stand strong on pushing for Obamacare’s repeal and replacement. Specifically, she vowed to “do everything humanly possible to stop Obamacare,” she said during an interview on ABC News.

The House passed a bill Thursday that defines full-time work under Obamacare as a traditional 40 hours, with a dozen Democrats choosing to rebuff President Obama’s veto threat before the measure heads for a tougher test in the Senate. The 252-172 vote marked the GOP-dominated Congress’ first stab at dismantling Obamacare.

Two Seattle Seahawks mega-stars are flacking for Obamacare, but they won´t need government-brokered medical insurance themselves--the NFL already provides one of America´s best plans to its millionaire players, free of charge.

Young America’s Foundation has released its Youth Misery Index (YMI) numbers for 2014, and it’s a record high of 106.5. The Youth Misery Index (YMI) is calculated by adding youth unemployment, student loan debt, and national debt (per capita) numbers. Young people are experiencing hardships like never before under the Obama administration, and this generation is especially suffering the consequences of this administration’s leftist policies.

Mexican president offers Obama help with amnesty documents

New dishwashers now take as long as three hours to complete the wash and dry cycle because of new federal energy efficiency standards enacted by the Obama administration.
Socialized medicine:  a queue of 18 ambulances were caught on camera in the UK as they waited up to 2 hours to drop off patients at a hospital where there is ´not enough staff and beds to treat them´.

Bill Clinton involved in another sex scandal?  Visited island where underage girls were held as sex slaves?

The Heritage Foundation, long known as a font of conservative ideas, is planning a two-day policy conference next week aimed at nudging Republicans toward a more aggressive agenda,

President Obama went to Detroit to brag about how he saved the U.S. auto industry. “What he´s really doing is exposing the folly of his industrial policy. Just days before Obama´s planned swing through Detroit, the Treasury Dept. reported that the final taxpayer cost of the auto industry bailout was $9.26 billion. That equals $441 for every single car and light truck that GM and Chrysler have sold since 2009. “

Your tax dollars at work:  “the average U.S. college freshman reads at a seventh grade level, according to an educational assessment report.” The study also found that most high school graduates don’t do much with mathematics past eighth-grade compared to students in other high-achieving countries.

Reverend Al Sharpton is being paid thousands of dollars to not cry ´racism´ at large corporations that are in the spotlight, it has been claimed. For more than 10 years, firms have reportedly handed over enormous donations and consulting fees to the activist preacher´s National Action Network (NAN) In return for their cash, they have received Sharpton´s supposed influence in the black community - or more often, his silence on the matter.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Walter Williams  1/7

Last week's column focused on the ways liberals use blacks in pursuit of their leftist agenda, plus their demeaning attitudes toward black people. Most demeaning are their double standards.

It was recently reported that Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the House majority whip, spoke at a 2002 gathering hosted by white supremacist leaders when he was a Louisiana state representative. Some are calling on Scalise to step down or for House Speaker John Boehner to fire him. There's no claim that Scalise made racist statements.

Hardly anyone blinks an eye at the Rev. Al Sharpton's racist statements, such as: "White folks was in the caves while we (blacks) was building empires. ... We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was. ... We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it."

Sharpton again: "So (if) some cracker come and tell you, 'Well, my mother and father blood go back to the Mayflower,' you better hold your pocket. That ain't nothing to be proud of. That means their forefathers was crooks." Sharpton also offered, "If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house."

Despite such racism, President Barack Obama has made Sharpton his go-to guy on matters of race. But not to worry. Obama himself spent 20 years listening to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's anti-Semitic and racist sermons. The news media and intellectual elite don't condemn Sharpton or Obama, because they have two standards of behavior: one for whites and a lower one for blacks.

The news media's narrative about the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, is that a white cop shot and killed an unarmed black man who was holding his hands up. Their New York City narrative is that a white cop used a chokehold that killed a black man. The news media people and their liberal allies know the facts, but they need to promote the appearance of injustice to keep black people in a state of grievance.

During grand jury testimony about the Ferguson incident, seven black witnesses testified that Michael Brown was charging the policeman when he was shot.

The autopsies, performed by three sets of forensic experts, including one representing Brown's family, confirmed Officer Darren Wilson's version of the event. The news media's narrative of Eric Garner's death in New York is that he died because a chokehold had stopped his breathing. He actually died later, in an ambulance, where his heart stopped while being taken to a hospital. The chokehold was instrumental in triggering Garner's pre-existing health problems of acute and chronic bronchial asthma, obesity and heart disease, but he was not choked to death as claimed by the media.

Both Brown and Garner would be alive today if they had not resisted arrest. But pointing that out would not serve the purpose of keeping blacks in a perpetual state of grievance.

I'm old enough to remember the racist lynching mentality of yesteryear. Regardless of the evidence, if a white woman merely accused a black man of raping her, the man was all but dead. Emmett Till, a Chicago teenager visiting relatives in Money, Mississippi, during the summer of 1955, was accused of flirting with a white woman. Klansmen took him to a barn. They beat him and gouged out one of his eyes. Then they shot him in the head and tossed his body in the Tallahatchie River.

The New York Times published the street name on which Officer Darren Wilson lived. Had the frenzied mob caught up with him, regardless of evidence, he might have suffered the same fate as Till.

Multiethnic societies are inherently unstable, and how we handle matters of race is contributing to that instability. Decent Americans should see the dangers posed by America's race hustlers, who are stacking up piles of combustible racial kindling, ready for a racial arsonist to set it ablaze.

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LEFTIST WATCH
City Hall insiders call them the “Five Families” — the politically plugged-in unions whose leaders often act as capos to enforce Mayor de Blasio’s progressive agenda. Several sources rattled off the names of the unions that flex their muscles whenever a wayward politician needs to be brought in line. They include giant healthcare workers union SEIU/1199; the union representing doormen and other buildings staff; the hotel workers union; the teachers union; and the Communication Workers of America District 1, which covers a mix of public- and private-sector jobs.

RFK, Jr:   “We have so much to learn from Cuba…”
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GLOBALONEY
Eighteen Years, Three Months With No Global Warming

Two of three scientists at a session on climate change and society at the Indian Science Congress on Tuesday felt fears of man-made global warming were greatly exaggerated.
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ISLAM
12 DEAD IN PARIS MASSACRE: Islamic gunmen execute French police officer as he pleads for his life after terror attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo at centre of Mohammed cartoon storm.
The cover they didn’t want you to see:  features a depiction of the Muhammad (the issue's supposed guest editor) with this tagline: "100 lashes if you are not dying of laughter."

The masked, black-clad gunmen attacked with militaristic precision and left the scene with shouts of "Allahu Akbar," but a White House spokesman was reluctant to call the murderous rampage  “Terrorism”.

French government spokesman:   "This is an act of war." (Notice he didn't say, "Work place violence.")

Fox News strategic analyst Col. Ralph Peters reacted to the terror attack by calling it an attack on freedom of the press. Peters also criticized Senator Dianne Feinstein by saying that the terrorists that committed the attacks are the same ones that the Senator is not willing to waterboard.

Muslim Cleric Defends Paris Terrorist Attack in USA Today.  “Muhammad said, ‘Whoever insults a Prophet kill him….. Contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone……Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression."

Britain's MI5 chief warns al Qaeda in Syria planning mass attacks on West
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ARTICLES
Even today D.C. politicos don’t get this about the Republican base: When you are the toast of the liberal media, you are toast in Des Moines……..And yet our political chattering class truly seems to believe that across the plains of Iowa and deep in the hills of New Hampshire are millions of Republican caucus goers and primary voters shaking their heads and whispering, “Please bring us more candidates from the middle of the road.” That is simply not how the most committed GOPers think.……Even those making the slightest observation of the GOP should see that the base is far more excited by people they think of as true believers—Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, for example—than they are for, say, Chuck Grassley. This explains why in 2014 almost every GOPer—from Mitch McConnell on down—ran as conservatives, not moderates. Indeed, they posed so far to the right that they made Margaret Thatcher look like a hippie….. But every so often a candidate decides he’s going to show us something different. John McCain nearly derailed his 2008 nomination by challenging his party’s base on immigration. And that was just one hot-button issue to fight with his own voters over; Jeb Bush has picked not one, but three (immigration, education reform and taxes.) We will soon see what havoc that wreaks for him. Rest assured: The “tea party” label may be badly damaged, but the frustration and disillusionment with Washington that started the movement is as strong as ever…..Republicans are an orderly crew. They’ll kick the candidates’ tires for a couple of primaries or two, but pretty soon settle on the man, or woman, they want as their standard-bearer. At this point, that could be anybody. Which is what is going to make 2016 so fun.

This is almost as delicious as unions — who did everything in their power to get it enacted — calling for ObamaCare´s repeal once they realized the harm it would do to their members. It seems that ivory tower professors at Harvard, where health experts helped craft the law, are now grumbling about the impact ObamaCare is having on their pocketbooks.

“France Joins the Supply Side: Paul Krugman Hardest Hit”

For several weeks now, the mainstream Jurassic media has been up to their old psychological warfare tricks, and naturally, the Republican establishment is falling for it hard. They always do, and this includes “the architect,” Karl Rove. This time it’s the media’s attempt to get Jeb Bush the Republican nomination for President in 2016. Articles that fawn over Jeb, either from a formidability standpoint or in the vein that he’s a “reasonable” conservative are everywhere.

Once described as her husband's secret weapon, Kelley Paul won't be a secret much longer. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's wife of 24 years is stepping onto the national stage as part of a book tour launching at roughly the same time her husband is expected to enter the 2016 presidential race.

It is interesting to watch the Democrats work to fashion “income inequality” into an issue they think they can use. Some Democrats bemoan income inequality as the paramount issue of our time, as if they have been chained, mute, helpless witnesses to policy development for the past six years. It takes a lot of gall for them to pretend that they had nothing to do with what they see as this great evil that has somehow been allowed to infect society. The Democrats are completely uninhibited by the truth. Under even mild scrutiny, their claims that they are foes of income
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
Don Feder has an interesting quiz: here are several questions:   Savages go on a shooting spree at the offices of a satirical magazine. While they're murdering journalists, the killers shout: (1.) Hail Mary full of grace    (2.) John 14:6     (3.) Shema Yisrael     (4.) Allahu akbar ……….Someone who plants a shrapnel-packed bomb near the finish line of a marathon is likely to belong to:  (1.) an Ashram   (2.) a Reform synagogue   (3.)a Masonic Lodge  (4.)a Mosque

The oldest time capsule in America was opened in Boston Tuesday night.
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WISE WORDS
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."
                            -James Neil Hollingworth

"To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it."
                              -Thomas Jefferson

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