Sunday, April 26, 2015

op ed review 4/26

National Debt Tops $18 Trillion: Guess How Much You Owe? Answer  $154,161

Liberals Sputter As Scott Walker Proposes Bold New Immigration Platform.  “He’s not afraid to push for a legal immigration system that doesn’t box out American workers with a massive influx of inexpensive foreign labor.”

Obama burns 9000 gallons of fuel celebrating Earth Day
“Obama emitted 5 times the carbon in a day that most of us do in a year - to make a speech on climate change.”

How low can TV go?  “New Spouse-Swap Series Has Married Couples Sleeping With Strangers...”
More signs of decline:  Willie Nelson plans to roll out his own brand of marijuana that he intends to make "the best on the market."

Here they come:  “The FBI is investigating a possible ISIS-inspired terrorist threat in the United States, law enforcement officials said Saturday.”

One of the biggest benefactors to the Clinton Foundation has been trading with Iran and may be in breach of U.S. sanctions imposed on the country.
Coincidence?  “Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation as Russians Pressed for Control of Uranium Company”

Mitt Romney has finally taken the gloves off. If only he had done so in 2012, a lot more people in Syria, Libya, and elsewhere would be alive, and the American economy and Supreme Court would be in far better shape……Romney:  ” I’ve got to tell you, I was stunned by it. I mean, it looks like bribery. I mean, there is every appearance that Hillary Clinton was bribed to grease the sale of, what, 20% of America’s uranium production to Russia, and then it was covered up by lying about a meeting at her home with the principals, and by erasing emails.”

Exactly two years after President Obama's bid for gun control following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting died in Congress, a new poll has discovered a huge shift in public opinion to backing Second Amendment gun rights and away from controlling gun ownership. The reason: Americans now believe having a gun is the best way to protect against crime, 63 percent to 30 percent.

The VA sends veterans’ personal medical and financial information directly to the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which can seize their guns in home raids, if they are thought to be “dangerous.”

Red ink could kill California Obamacare

President Ronald Reagan is one of the most famous Americans of the 20th century. Between his acting career and his eight years as president, you would think that his face would be instantly recognizable to anyone with even a basic knowledge of recent American history.  Among college students you would be wrong.

That was then, this is now:  Watch Hillary Clinton in 2004 defend heterosexual marriage as a 'fundamental bedrock principle' going back "into the mists of history" that was primarily about raising children.

GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio says there is NO constitutional right to gay marriage. “It doesn’t exist. There is no federal constitutional right to same sex marriage…..You have to have a ridiculous reading of the U.S. constitution to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex.”
Thousands march in US capital against gay marriage

Republican 2016 contenders promise to restore strong U.S. support for Israel

A series of pro-life banners of images of 11-week-old fetuses in the womb saw mere hours of daylight at the University of Southern California on Tuesday prior to being removed by the same university organization that had initially approved them. They were replaced with hand-written signs reading, “Women deserve the right to choose.”

Michael Goodwin  4/24/15
A passage from Ernest  Hemingway fits the moment. In “The Sun Also  Rises,” one character asks,  “How did you go bankrupt?” and another responds: “Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.” The exchange captures Hillary Clinton’s red alert. She’s been going politically bankrupt for a long time, and now faces the prospect of sudden collapse. If she’s got a winning defense, she better be quick about it. The ghosts of scandals past are gaining on her and time is not on her side.

The compelling claims that she and Bill Clinton sold favors while she was secretary of state for tens of millions of dollars for themselves and their foundation don’t need to meet the legal standard for bribery. She’s on political trial in a country where Clinton Fatigue alone could be a fatal verdict. After 25 years of corner-cutting and dishonest behavior, accumulation is her enemy. Each day threatens to deliver the straw that breaks the camel’s back. It may already have happened and we’re just waiting for public opinion to catch up to the facts.
Meanwhile, her Houdini skills are being tested big time.

Hillary’s one big advantage is obvious — she’s the only serious contender for the Democratic nomination, and she beats most GOP opponents in head-to-head matchups. But everything else weighs against her, including momentum. Start with the fact that the sizzling reports of corrupt deals are coming from major news organizations that reliably tilt left. With supposed friends making the case against her, the tired Clinton defense that the ­attacks are partisan hit jobs has been demolished.

And after digging up so much dirt, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, Reuters, Bloomberg News and others are not likely to be content with stonewalling and half-truths, especially given her recent lies about missing e-mails. No wonder the Times editorial page called on her to provide “straightforward answers” to the accusations.

I don’t see how she can meet that test. The outlines of cozy relationships and key transactions are not in dispute. The only issue is whether the millions the Clintons got amount to a quid pro quo. On the face of it, that’s certainly what they look like. There are several deals we know of, and more could emerge, that put money in the Clintons’ pockets while helping businesses, including some loathsome international figures, make a killing. It is preposterous to argue that it’s all a coincidence.

Her position was further undercut when the family foundation announced it would refile five years of tax returns. In one three-year period, it omitted tens of millions in foreign contributions, reporting “zero” to the IRS. In another two-year period, it admitted to overreporting government grants by more than $100 million. A foundation aide described the errors as “typographical,” which is bizarre — and par for the Clinton course. To concede the errors during the firestorm must mean keeping them quiet was an even greater liability.

Sooner rather than later, Hillary will have to meet the press — but what can she possibly say to alter the story lines? If history is a guide, she’ll insist she did nothing wrong, offer ambiguous answers to specific questions, take offense at persistent reporters and end by playing the victim. She’ll follow up with a fund-raising pitch for money to keep “fighting for ­everyday Americans.”

To imagine that scenario is to realize it won’t fly, but I’m not sure what other options she has. She can’t tell the truth. It will sink her. Nor can she credibly demand to be trusted, given her past. A recent Quinnipiac poll finds 54 percent of Americans already say Clinton is not honest or trustworthy.

Swing-state surveys show similar lopsided findings and each new sordid revelation will deepen the trust deficit. At this point in her life, it would take a near-miracle to change people’s basic view of her. Her best hope is that a missing ingredient remains missing — a Democrat who could take the nomination from her, the way Barack Obama did in 2008. None of those already in the race or committed to it — Martin O’Malley, Bernie Sanders, even Joe Biden — comes close to measuring up.

The only possible rival who does is Elizabeth Warren, the fire-breathing senator from Massachusetts. Gender aside, she is everything Hillary isn’t — an anti-Wall Street conviction populist with a record to match her rhetoric. A movement to draft her started before Hillary hit the fan, so Warren would begin with a built-in constituency. So far, though, she insists she’s not running. Then again, that also could change suddenly.


“Headless bodies lie in the sand. Above those corpses stand the black-clad minions of ISIS, outlined against the coastline of Libya. This is the second video in three months depicting Islamic terrorists cutting the heads off of Christian captives. Bodies float in the Mediterranean Sea, face down. Twelve Christian bodies, thrown from a rubber boat by 15 Muslims. Their launch point: Libya. Approximately 700 more bodies float face down in the Mediterranean, victims of a smuggling operation gone wrong when their rickety craft sunk as it made its way to Italy. Its source location: Libya. Four American bodies in Benghazi, Libya. These are the wages of Hillary Clinton’s war. … Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy has promoted chaos around the world. Nowhere is that better illustrated than in her signal foreign policy legacy, the collapsed state of Libya.”
            -Ben Shapiro
The book does not hit shelves until May 5, but already the Republican Rand Paul has called its findings “big news” that will “shock people” and make voters “question” the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” by Peter Schweizer — a 186-page investigation of donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities — is proving the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle still in its infancy.

Still snowing in 23 states, as far south as New Mexico.

Saturday’s Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day rally, left the grounds of the Washington Monument smelling like “cow poop.”

Our climate models are WRONG: Global warming has slowed - and recent changes are down to ‘natural variability’, says study.
Top scientists start to examine fiddled global warming figures.  The Global Warming Policy Foundation has enlisted an international team of five distinguished scientists to carry out a full inquiry.

5 Things You´re Not Likely to Hear About on Earth Day

A Pakistani man and his father have been arrested in the country's latest so-called "honour killing" after they set the son's wife on fire for leaving the house without asking his permission.

The Islamic State franchise in Libya released a 30-minute video over the showing two separate group executions of Ethiopian Christians. If you dive into the madness and try to follow ISIL's "logic," it seems these jihadis murdered 30 people for evading the tax on nonbelievers.

MSNBC, the liberal network that advocates at every turn for a progressive revenue system, is home to four tax delinquents who have all lectured their audience about tax fairness over the years.

“It is not true that regulation holds poor people down or regulation keeps the middle class from advancing. That’s kind of patently bulls—.”
             -former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley

The Environmental Protection Agency is putting the final touches on a rule requiring a 30% reduction of CO2 emissions from fossil fuel-burning power plants by 2030. An independent analysis by The Heritage Foundation predicts "[a]n average employment shortfall of nearly 300,000 jobs," adding the U.S. may lose half a million jobs in the manufacturing sector and 45% of the jobs in the coal mining industry.

The Questions Hillary Clinton Doesn´t Want Answered About the Clinton Foundation

The number of voters who believe terrorists are winning the fight against the United States and its allies continues to grow, while views of Muslims in general and U.S. relations with the Islamic world have worsened.

Tracking Hillary Clinton’s Use of Every American Accent East of the Mississippi

“We may look up to armies for defense, but virtue is our best security. It is not possible that any state should long remain free, where virtue is not supremely honored.”
              -Samuel Adams

"Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind."
               -Dr. Benjamin Rush, 1783

Saturday, April 18, 2015

op ed review 4/19

THE OP-ED REVIEW        4/19   Number 766

As they rush to file their taxes by April 15, Ameri9cans are rightfully frustrated with the complexity of the 74,608-page-long federal tax code. The federal tax code is 187 times longer than it was a century ago.

President Obama puts an end to the Monroe Doctrine, indicating the United States will no longer act to resist overseas influence in the Hemisphere.
Instead, Obama is applying the “Gruber Doctrine” — this time to foreign policy. The Gruber Doctrine is based on the premise that, in the words of the now infamous MIT professor, “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” and that the “basic exploitation of the lack of ... understanding of the American voter” is “really, really critical” for enacting your preferred policies.

Obama believes that the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the US is over.

The day after President Obama announced the removal of Cuba from the Sponsors of Terror list, Cuban supported leftist FARC guerrillas killed 10 Columbian soldiers and wounded 17.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously backs bill demanding congressional vote on Iran deal.
"No U.S. leader has ever empowered a nuclear suicide cult. No U.S. president before this one could even imagine doing something so monstrous. Obama has gone rogue."

Wealthy Hillary Clinton wants to be a champion for “everyday Americans.”  Clinton's press office left an embarrassing typo in its press announcement, saying that she had 'fought children and families all her career' 
Hillary travels to Iowa in the back of a van.  “It's unlikely Hillary is behind the wheel: She said last year that she hadn't driven a car since 1996.”
“Reward Offered For First Photos of Hillary in Scooby Van!”
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign announcement was not met with the positive response her team would have been hoping for
Hillary and her support groups are opening a massive fundraising effort to collect a historically-high $2.5 billion to win the White House.  That amounts to $37.92 per vote in the general election for the Democrat, more than ever spent in a national campaign. The math is based on the votes received by President Obama in his reelection, 65,915,796.

Pentagon deploys “may I kiss you” training for troops. An issue that could “dramatically affect” the mission of the United States Armed Forces is telling soldiers when it is okay to kiss a girl.
According to a Defense Department approved “sexism course,” the Bible, the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence all contribute to modern sexism. Those three cherished texts all count as “historical influences that allow sexism to continue,” according to a presentation prepared by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, whose mission is to give a ”world-class human relations education.”
Obama’s surrogates in the military have made it clear to Christian chaplains that they should stay silent or leave.

Rubio launches his White House bid with a speech:  “Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday (Hillary) began a campaign for President by promising to take us back to yesterday. But yesterday is over, and we are never going back.

A major Appalachian coal mining company is laying off hundreds of workers in West Virginia and blaming the lost jobs on President Obama’s environmental policies.

Democrats made a big show Tuesday of promoting equal pay for women, unfazed by data showing that both President Obama and leading presidential contender Hillary Clinton haven’t walked the walk on pay equity.

Rand Paul had a good suggestion for the press last week: Why don’t you hacks start asking Democrats the same kind of loaded, gotcha, when-did-you-stop-beating-your-wife questions that you always throw at Republicans?

ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.

Unless Congress moves to limit current legal immigration rates, the U.S. will add at least 10 million more legal immigrants over the next decade — more than the combined populations of seven major cities,

Obama as Nuclear Arsonist
By James Lewis

Obama is the most dangerous president in history.  He lied when promising the world that the U.S. would never allow Iran’s war fanatics to have nuclear weapons.  While Obama was demagogically repeating, “Never! Never!,” his alter ego Val Jarrett carried on secret talks with the mullahs, resulting in today’s total surrender. Today we have a fuzzy “framework” (that Iran denies even agreeing to), which gives the world thirteen years before the mullahs can set off Armageddon.  After thirteen years, all bets are off, assuming the enemy doesn’t violate its “promises” tomorrow, which it has a long history of doing. This is not sane.

Dick Cheney has correctly called Obama “the worst president in history.” I think history will brand him with that flaming scarlet letter, because no U.S. leader has ever empowered a nuclear suicide cult.  No U.S. president before this one could even imagine doing something so monstrous.  Obama has gone rogue.

My guess is therefore that Saudi Arabia will be the first big target for Iranian assault.  The Iranians have already taken over the strategic country of Yemen, encircling Saudi Arabia from the south.  They also threaten Arabia from their side of the narrow Gulf, and they have developed a giant pincer movement to surround Israel and aim at Egypt and Arabia.

Khomeinist Shi’ites have always believed they are divinely entitled to Arabia, with the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.  Today they are closer to that goal than ever before, simply by waging proxy terrorist war in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.  Already they threaten Arabia across the Gulf.  The mullahs can choke off the world’s oil supply when the time is right, and nuclear weapons will keep them immune to retaliation.

Our puffed-up, preening hero is therefore the most dangerous character in history.  Bar none.  Never before has an American president surrendered to a fanatical suicide cult with nukes.

Now Obama tells us three lies.  One is that this sleazy deal is the best we can possibly get.  The second lie is that the only alternative is war.  The third lie is that Obama’s “framework” isn’t a “treaty” at all – so it doesn’t need to meet the constitutional standard of advice and consent by the U.S. Senate.

This is just like that used car salesman telling you not to bother reading the fine print.  Hurry!  Hurry!  Sign now, or you’ll miss your last chance!   This “deal” is so full of holes it’s hard to see any paper.  No sane person believes it.  Henry Kissinger and George P. Shultz took it apart in the Wall Street Journal last week.

Four-star admiral James (“Ace”) Lyons is telling us outright that Obama has let the U.S. government be penetrated and sabotaged by the fascist Muslim Brotherhood, which has long-proclaimed genocidal goals.  They are just like the mullahs.  If it were up to Obama, we would be threatened by nuclear Arabs as well as nuclear Iranians.  Fortunately, Egypt caught the Muslim Brotherhood in time and knocked down Mohammed Morsi, who is now in jail.

Obama commands the greatest military force in history, and he’s done nothing but sabotage them under cover of “peace” negotiations.  Prime Minister Chamberlain’s infamous appeasement with Hitler was at least negotiated in good faith on the British side. Churchill’s comment on Chamberlain’s appeasement should ring in our ears today: "You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you will have war."

That is the whole point the left pretends not to know.  Obama is not avoiding war.  Everything he has done in the last six years increases the chance of war, which is already going on everywhere Obama tried to fix things.  The latest U.S. defeat is in Yemen, but we’ve knocked down the pillars of stability in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Iraq.  In Eastern Europe we’ve endangered the Ukraine (now being torn apart by Putin), but Putin has threatened everybody in sight.

The only regime we’ve respected is Iran’s openly genocidal cult.  Obama tried to overthrow Israel’s elected government more than once, and Israel is stable today in spite of Obama – no thanks to his repeated attempts at sabotage.

Obama has never shown good faith in anything.  He is simply an enemy of this country and the civilized world.  “Why?” is irrelevant.  We can see it every day.

The U.S. Constitution, which Obama publicly despises, has a very clear definition of treason: “aiding and abetting the enemy in time of war.”  Judge Andrew Napolitano thinks that Obama has already crossed that threshold and can be charged with and tried for treason.  Any trial will expose a huge cesspool of provable betrayals by both Obama and Hillary Clinton, exposing many others in this administration.

At some point, the sane and sensible people of this country will have to have it out. The Senate is now trying to respond with SB 6615, the Corker-Menendez bill, now in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  It states that the U.S. Senate must be consulted on this suicidal surrender to the war cult. You can call your senators and House members.  If Congress does not stand up for its constitutional powers, Obama will get his way. We have to be heard. We must act now.


 “I love conservative guerilla street art.  Among other things, it conveys the message that the establishment is controlled by the left, and conservatives are the true rebels.  Owing to the nature of hormonal development, teens and young adults have a need to rebel.  As it happens, the education industry, within which most young people live, is overwhelmingly leftist, so if they are to rebel, they ought to be conservative.  They just don’t know it yet.”
            -Thomas Lifson

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has released a new video showing what appears to be the terror group´s destruction of an ancient city in Iraq. It was a city that stood for 3,000 years, reduced to dust in a matter of seconds.

The University of Michigan is the latest American campus determined to prove that the central premise of higher education — the free and open exchange of competing ideas — is a cruel hoax. Last Tuesday, in a spasm of oh-so familiar political correctness, UM initially canceled a scheduled showing of “American Sniper” after 300 students and others whined about the “negative and misleading stereotypes” of Muslims portrayed in the film.

Natan Sharansky:  “When did America forget that it’s America? today’s postmodern world, when asserting the superiority of liberal democracy over other regimes seems like the quaint relic of a colonialist past, even the United States appears to have lost the courage of its convictions.”

One of the most frustrating aspects of the loud and vitriolic debates over police shootings is the extent to which they ignore common sense and human nature. In the quest to find grand narratives, we’re too quick to discount the simple realities of how human beings react during times of stress, and we minimize the reciprocal moral and legal responsibilities that citizens owe police and police owe citizens.

“It has been a couple of months since Barack Obama suggested that the Crusades were somehow on a par with, or even a justification for, 21st-century Islamic terrorism. I objected to Obama’s casual slur at the link, saying, among other things: There was nothing wrong, in principle, with the Crusades. They were an appropriate (if belated and badly managed) response to the conquest of the Holy Land by Islam……the most unfortunate thing about the Crusades is that they failed.”

Right to Bear Arms? Gun grabbing sweeping the nation…..

“Let's say you live in the great state of Maine, down on your luck and needing some kind of social safety net to get you through. Would you say that spending at least 20 hours volunteering, working or participating in a work-training program is a fair trade-off for getting on the state's food stamp program? Even if you spend all your time playing "Call of Duty," surely you could carve out some time on the weekends to volunteer at the local animal shelter. But that requirement was too tough for 9,000 Mainiacs. Some 12,000 people were on Maine's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program before Jan. 1. After the government started enforcing the 20-hour rule, however, only 2,680 people stayed.”

The Greatest Setback for Cancer Research Is Obamacare

“Some little bakeries operated by Christians, Muslims and Jewish bakers don’t want to place plastic figurines of a same-sex couple atop a wedding cake on the grounds that doing so violates their faith. The Indiana law says that these little, family bakeries don’t have to.  The Left, naturally, sees this as a big problem. (Forget about nukes in Iran. The Left is worried about wedding cakes in Indiana.)  Let’s be clear about what this half-baked “problem” is and what it isn’t. It isn’t that gays are unable to find a bakery to make a gay cake. Nearly all bakeries will. The people who finally found ones that refused were not actually looking to buy a cake, but to pick a fight.  And the problem isn’t that these rare religious bakers are out to prohibit gayness. They aren’t. They simply don’t want their private, family-owned businesses endorsing it.  So the real “problem” that the Left sees here is not that gayness is being prohibited, because it’s not. It’s that religion is being allowed.  To address this “problem” of religious people practicing their religion, the Left mobilizes their usual arsenal of shouting, name-calling, mockery and intimidation.”

Prager:  Hillary Clinton has announced that she is running to be the next President of the United States. What her likely nomination says about the Democratic party and tens of millions of Americans is depressing. Other than Barack Obama — whose résumé consisted of being a charismatic black — it is hard to come up with a less accomplished individual who has run for president in our lifetime.

A brief guide to Clinton scandals from Travelgate to Emailgate

6 Steps In Choosing Your First Handgun

About 5,500 more people could survive a major tsunami hitting the Pacific Northwest if they just walk a little faster to higher ground after roads are knocked out, a new study shows.

"Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them."
                      -Joseph Story, 1833