Sunday, March 8, 2015

op ed review 3/8

Obama brags about unemployment decline, but 92,898,000 able-bodied Americans are not in the labor force.

House Democrats vow to protect Speaker Boehner from conservative coup?

Hillary Clinton ran a “homebrew” email server out of her basement listed under a mysterious, untraceable name.    This would have afforded Clinton additional legal opportunities to block government or private subpoenas in criminal, administrative or civil cases because her lawyers could object in court before being forced to turn over any emails. And since the Secret Service was guarding Clinton’s home, an email server there would have been well protected from theft or a physical hacking.
Democrats aren’t rushing to defend her:  Everyone in Washington is talking about Hillary Clinton's use of a personal e-mail account during her four years as secretary of State and her homebrew computer server. Everyone, that is, except for many Senate Democrats.

Swing vote on Supreme Court says striking down Obamacare subsidies could cause a 'death spiral' for health insurance exchanges.  (Yes, that’s the whole point.)
The Associated Students of University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) voted to remove all flags, including American flags, from an “inclusive space” on campus because of their “offensive nature.”

More “fundamental transformation of America”:  White US children will be minorities by 2020 after immigrant 'baby boom', Census reveals

Iran Renews Vow to ‘Annihilate’ Israel, NBC Buries story.
Israel no longer an ally? A report that President Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran's nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran.
120 “Non-aligned” nations back Iran’s nuclear stance.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won CPAC´s presidential straw poll for the third year in a row with more than a quarter of the votes.

A beleaguered House Speaker John Boehner is suddenly relying on Democrats rather than his fellow Republicans. For the second day in a row, Wednesday, his House leadership team turned to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi´s Democrats to help pass major legislation and overcome determined opposition from dozens of GOP conservatives.

Asians Penalized 50 Points On SAT – Black Students Given 230 Bonus Points…Don’t let your jaw drop too far, this fundamental change is not just happening in college application processes. This exact same methodology is also being applied to Credit Scores for home mortgages and car loans.(Via LA TIMES)

The committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize has controversially demoted its chairman for the first time in the 114-year history of the award. Mr Jagland had attracted criticism after overseeing a number of controversial of awards, including ones made to Barack Obama in 2009…

Corporate donors to a green energy nonprofit operated by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s (D., Nev.) former staffers and a current campaign operative have received billions of dollars in federal loan guarantees and grant money as a result of Reid’s advocacy.

A top police representative said that there is no history of criminals using a round popular among AR-15 rifle shooters against officers, undermining the Obama administration's argument for banning the 5.56 M855 "lightgreen tip."
A majority of House lawmakers now are on record opposing the Obama administration’s proposed ban on ammunition commonly used in AR-15 rifles.

We’re just supposed to accept this now:  “ABC Family’s ‘The Fosters’ Airs Youngest-Ever Gay Kiss Between Two 13-Year-Old Boys”

Jack Cashill 2/15
The Walker-Stupid, Obama-Genius Myth……Despite their self-designation as the party of the people, the Democrats will reinforce this “unknowledgeable” theme at every opportunity. Through their control of the media, they have been rigging political IQ tests for the last half-century, if not longer.

Those Republicans who were not evil geniuses -- Nixon, Gingrich, Cheney, Rove -- the media have painted as blithering idiots. Dwight Eisenhower was doddering and incoherent. Gerald Ford, perhaps the best athlete to occupy the White House, was a bumbling fool.

“I wanted [Jimmy] Carter in and I wanted [Ford] out,” comedian Chevy Chase would later admit of his mocking Ford impersonation on "Saturday Night Live", “and I figured look, we're reaching millions of people every weekend, why not do it."

Ronald Reagan, in the memorable words of Clark Clifford, was an “amiable dunce.” The senior George Bush was so out of touch he was ambushed by a grocery scanner. Dan Quayle could not spell “potato.” George W. Bush inspired the popular bumper sticker, “A village in Texas is missing its idiot.” And Sarah Palin was the yokel who could allegedly “see Russia from my house.”

In a 2010 tour of the White House, Liverpool High grad Paul McCartney would capture the pop zeitgeist perfectly both in terms of content and dopy condescension. Said McCartney, in a graceless dig at George Bush, an avid reader and Harvard MBA, “After the last eight years, it’s great to have a President who knows what a library is.”

Democratic politicians, as McCartney implied, are smart, even “scary smart,” often too bright for an undeserving American citizenry. Adlai Stevenson was an “egghead.” JFK was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Eugene McCarthy was professorial. George McGovern was cerebral. Bill Bradley was a Rhodes scholar. So was Bill Clinton.  Hillary Clinton was the smartest woman on the planet. Gary Hart, Michael Dukakis, and Al Gore were all big-brained wonks. John Kerry was so finely educated that when smearing American troops, he remembered to pronounce “Genghis”  “Jenghis.” And Barack Obama, the latest and greatest incarnation of Democratic genius, is “probably the smartest guy ever to become president” -- at least according to historian Michael Beschloss.

Most Americans never got to hear that Ted Sorensen wrote Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, or that Bill Bradley scored an embarrassing 485 on his verbal SAT, or that John Kerry’s grades at Yale were “virtually identical” to George W. Bush’s, or that the teacher in Quayle’s classroom held a flashcard with potato misspelled, or that the scanner that ambushed Bush 41 was so new it surprised the camera crew as well.

And while the Washington Post has already spent more than 2,000 words digging into Scott Walker’s academic background, they and their media colleagues have had no more interest in exploring Obama’s academic background than they have in reopening Al Capone’s vault.

Whenever I hear someone announce that “All religions are a path to God!” I wonder how it would work if you applied such “tolerance” to, say, medicine or science. “All medicines are a path to health! You take antibiotics, I cut the head off a chicken and dance under the full moon, really what’s the difference as long as we both believe it will make us well?” Or “All science is a path to progress! You invent an iPhone, I invent a weaponized disease, it’s all science, man, it’s all great!” When you put it this way, it becomes clear that the idea that all religions are equally worthwhile is essentially an atheist creed. To say All religions are a path to God is really saying, No religion is a path to God.  There is no God, so what difference does your religion make? When something is true, when it is factual, when it is real, it excludes other options. The world can’t be both flat and round. When you accept the roundness of it, you can no longer entertain its flatness. It’s one or the other.

“Despite the fact that Republicans have majorities in both the House and the Senate that were elected on a pledge to fight against President Obama’s executive amnesty, and despite forcing through a big spending bill at the end of 2014 with the promise they would fight later on Homeland Security appropriations, they are now punting the issue entirely. … The absurdity of this situation is that fighting the president’s executive amnesty through Department of Homeland Security appropriations was the strategy created by Republican leaders. Now that the time to fight has arrived, the generals are running from the battlefield and blaming the infantry they told to lead the charge. If the Republican majority in both houses of Congress is not willing to take a stand and fight against the government takeover of America’s healthcare system or the president’s arrogant usurpation of the constitutional powers of Congress, then what will they fight for? Who will stand with freedom-minded Americans who sent this majority to Washington to fight for them? I hope my former colleagues will ask themselves: ‘If not us, who? If not now, when?’”
              -Jim DeMint

NOAA: 2185 cold records broken or tied in past week – 1913 Low Min Records Broken & 272 tied in 7 days

The American Meteorological Society is warning a top House Democrat that singling out funding provided to certain climate scientists "sends a chilling message to all academic researchers."   Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) wants to make sure that funding isn’t provided to climate skeptics.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) challenged his party's leaders in Congress to get over what he dismissively diagnosed as "post-election stress syndrome" and immediately pass an alternative to the health-care law and make other progress on conservative priorities. In an address here Saturday to the Club for Growth, an advocacy group that long has been an antagonist to establishment Republican leaders, Jindal said he had grown impatient with the slow pace of progress of the GOP's new Senate majority and expanded House majority. "It's not just a fight with Democrats, but with some Republicans, as well," said Jindal, a likely 2016 presidential candidate. "When we say, 'We want to repeal Obamacare,' we mean every single word...What was the point of getting these majorities if we weren't even going to try to fight for these principles?"

A popular theme on Planet Clinton is that poor Hillary is always in mortal danger of being undone by her charming cad of a hubby. “She can’t control him” is how insiders express their fear that Bubba will have a bimbo eruption and crash the coronation. On a long list of possibilities, that scenario must be included. But my reading of the Clinton Chronicles points to a much bigger threat to the restoration of the family monarchy. That would be the stumbling performance of the lady herself. On top of the tactical blunders, there was an overarching reason why sure victory eluded Hillary…..

In one of the most important decisions in its history, the Federal Communications Commission, a pernicious government agency set up more than 70 years ago to regulate radio interference, may undermine key aspects of the Internet. But most media outlets provided coverage of last week’s controversial decision, a 3-2 vote along party lines, for just about one 24-hour news cycle. Many outlets described the new policies as a victory for consumers over the Internet Service Providers, such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon.

The DOJ released their comprehensive finding report on the Mike Brown shooting. The DOJ Report states unequivocally the “Hands Up – Don’t Shoot” narrative was a completely false construct, but yet the media ran with it for months.

“Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority” by Sen. Jeff Sessions.  The last four decades have witnessed the following: a period of record, uncontrolled immigration to the United States; a dramatic rise in the number of persons receiving welfare; and a steep erosion in middle class wages. But the only “immigration reforms” discussed in Washington are those pushed by interest groups who want to remove what few immigration controls are left in order to expand the record labor supply even further…”


“It is a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own.”
                     -Benjamin Franklin

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