Saturday, May 30, 2015

op ed review 5/31



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
The economy shrank at a 0.7 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year.
Obama Has Lowest Average 1stQ GDP Growth of Any President on Record….blame it on global warming?

Must be just coincidence:  Clinton Foundation Donors Got Billion $ Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton´s State Department
Clinton Foundation paid their friend Sydney Blumenthal $10,000 per month to advise on Libya
Clinton Foundation hit with racketeering lawsuit.  God bless Larry Klayman’s Freedom Watch.

A United States Marine was convicted at a court-martial for refusing to remove a Bible verse on her computer – a verse of Scripture the military determined “could easily be seen as contrary to good order and discipline.” What was the verse?  “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”

The conservative Manchester Union Leader editorial board interviewed Carly Fiorina and was impressed: “CARLY SHINES...Rivals who underestimate do so at own peril...Ability to stay on message remarkable... More substance in fewer words than anyone else...
“Carly Fiorina Runs Circles Around MSNBC Host Andrea Mitchell, Blasts Hillary”
Carly Fiorina: “Big government is crushing Americans”

Gov. Scott Walker: Federal Government ‘Too Big To Fail,’ Next President Must Shrink It So It’s ‘Small Enough To Succeed’

As Obama Removes Cuba from Terrorism List – Castro Brothers Arrest 164 Activists & Artists


Paula Jones warns against voting for Hillary - 'Don't let Bill back in the White House, he abused women and he'll do it again.', and because she also lied about sex case which almost cost him presidency.

Anarchy in Baltimore:  Maryland Sheriff warns that police officers are “fearful” of doing their jobs…..” Once you disembowel your law enforcement officers, then you can no longer expect them to go out there and protect you, or protect your communities. This is very troubling….the worst I’ve ever seen in 31 years of law enforcement.

Iranian elite paramilitary force leader Major General Qassem Soleimani accused the United States of having “no will” to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and blasted President Barack Obama as not having “done a damn thing” to quell the terrorist insurgency.

Conservative columnist and 10-time New York Times bestselling author Ann Coulter steamrolled Fusion host Jorge Ramos in an appearance filled with dramatic moments, none more interesting than where Coulter got Ramos to admit he doesn’t believe there should be a limit to how many Mexicans the United States will allow into this country—either legally or illegally. “We have taken in one quarter of the entire Mexican population,” Coulter asked him. “At what point will we have taken in enough, in your view?”

A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied the Obama administration’s request to lift a hold on the president’s executive actions on immigration, which would have granted protection from deportation as well as work permits to millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

The left is trying to bankrupt Sheriff Joe Arpaio with legal fees:  He’s turning to the public for money and the legal system for a new judge. 

“Unions Now Want An Exemption From The Minimum Wage Hike They Pushed”

Looks like ObamaCare premiums will skyrocket for many next year. So what do Democrats propose? New insurance mandates that will drive premiums up even higher. Which one is the stupid party again?
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Victor Davis Hansen  5/7
Why did Rome and Byzantium fall apart after centuries of success? What causes civilizations to collapse, from a dysfunctional 4th-century-B.C. Athens to contemporary bankrupt Greece? The answer is usually not enemies at the gates, but the pathologies inside them.

What ruins societies is well known: too much consumption and not enough production, a debased currency and endemic corruption. Americans currently deal with all those symptoms. But two more fundamental causes for decline are even more frightening: an unwillingness to pay taxes and the end of the rule of law.

Al Sharpton is again prominently in the news, blaming various groups for the Baltimore unrest. But Sharpton currently owes the U.S. government more than $3 million in back taxes, according to reports. His excuses have ranged from insufficient funds to pay them to sloppy record-keeping and mysterious fires. Sharpton, a frequent White House guest, apparently assumes that his community-organizing provides him political exemption from federal tax law. He seems to be right, at least as long as the current administration is in power.

The Clinton Foundation is expected to refile its tax returns for 2010, 2011 and 2012 after failing to separate government grants from donations. If an average citizen tried to amend his taxes for such huge sums and from that long ago, he would probably be under indictment. News reports of undocumented donations from foreign governments caught the foundation underreporting its income. The well-connected Clinton clan apparently assumed that their political status ensured them immunity……

Under the current system, the very wealthy have the pull and capital to navigate around the 3.7-million-word IRS tax code. Billionaire George Soros, a proponent of big government and higher taxes, reportedly could face a tax bill of approximately $7 billion after years of deferrals.

Nonparticipation in the tax system and noncompliance are recipes for social and cultural disaster — as we see with the current climbing tax rates, huge deficits and unsustainable national debt. Our laws are becoming as politicized as our tax system.

Whatever one thinks of illegal immigration, it's undeniable that under the Obama administration, federal immigration law enforcement is now predicated on politics. The law as it was written suddenly has ceased to exist — at least for particular groups at particular times and places.

In the last six years, the enforcement of federal laws has depended on their apparent political utility. If elements of the controversial Affordable Care Act were deemed politically risky, then their implementation was ignored until after an election. If the Environmental Protection Agency could not see its agenda passed through Congress as federal law, then it implemented its green policies by fiat.

If the Obama administration reaches a controversial agreement with Iran that will not meet the constitutional test of ratification by two-thirds of the Senate, then it will not be called a treaty and instead be imposed by presidential executive order…..

In the tragic Freddie Gray case, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby all but assured an angry crowd that she had provided them indictments for murder and manslaughter and thereby expected calm in the streets in return. She indicted six Baltimore policemen on charges that are likely to be reduced or disproved in court, but those charges served the short-term purpose of defusing unchecked rioting and looting. Warping the law was thought to be more effective in easing tensions than enforcing it.

Increasingly in the United States, the degree to which a law is enforced — or whether a person is indicted — depends on political considerations. But when citizens do not pay any income taxes, or choose not to pay taxes that they owe and expect impunity, a complex society unwinds. And when the law becomes negotiable, civilization utterly collapses.



LEFTIST WATCH
Michelle Obama urged another class of college graduates Monday to work aggressively to change American society and not be deterred by noisy or obstructionist opposition. The 51-year-old first lady spent her Memorial Day not with her husband honoring the fallen military at Arlington National Cemetery, but urging graduates at Ohio´s Oberlin College to become persistent, determined agents of change in their communities. She warned them about the evils of American society outside academia, requiring constant change, not support. And she urged them to "shape the revolutions of your time" by becoming community activists …
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ISLAM
The ISIL terrorist group claims that it has enough money to buy a nuclear weapon from Pakistan and carry out an attack inside the United States next year.

A sign was hung in a public square in Antwerp, Belgium threatening Mayor Bart De Wever with death if he did not convert to Islam.

The Islamic State has issued a threat against Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez and her Chilean counterpart Michelle Bachelet in a menacing email sent to the former last month.
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BOOKS
Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage” by Paul Kengor.  “……the vast majority of today’s proponents of same-sex marriage have friendly motives. Their goal is not to tear down but to “expand” marriage to a new form of spousal partner. They do this with the intent of providing a new “freedom” and “right” to a new group of people. I get that. Unfortunately, there’s so much that they are not getting. Today’s advocates of same-sex marriage need to be aware of the quite insidious deeper historical-ideological forces they are unwittingly serving. Sure, that knowledge still will likely not change their minds, but it’s something that a well-informed, thoughtful person should at least be willing to learn before urging the unprecedented action that our culture and court may be about to take.”

“Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole,” by Ann Coulter.  Ann Coulter is back, more fearless than ever. In Adios, America she touches the third rail in American politics, attacking the immigration issue head-on and flying in the face of La Raza, the Democrats, a media determined to cover up immigrants' crimes, churches that get paid by the government for their "charity," and greedy Republican businessmen and campaign consultants—all of whom are profiting handsomely from mass immigration that's tearing the country apart. Applying her trademark biting humor to the disaster that is U.S. immigration policy, Coulter proves that immigration is the most important issue facing America today.
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ARTICLES
Why the Fifth Circuit Smacked Down Obama’s Immigration Appeal

“In spite of the best efforts of our Border Patrol agents, drugs and humans keep coming across our border with Mexico. I recently returned from my seventh trip to the border. Our Border Patrol agents are trying to do their job, but they are being hampered by bureaucrats and “open border” initiatives put in place by President Barack Obama’s administration.” ……..On our second day we caught a glimpse of a shadowy figure disappearing down the back of a mountain inside the U.S. border; it was a cartel “scout.” The “scouts” operate on the mountains and monitor the movement of the Border Patrol and let the smugglers know when it is safe to bring across drugs and human cargo. Keep in my mind they operate in the mountains on U.S. soil as far as 100 miles inside our border.

Ben Shapiro: “The Big Tent Collapses”:  While the Democratic Party has moved toward leftist purity in which Hillary Clinton’s policy positions are virtually indistinguishable from socialist Bernie Sanders’, the Republican Party has become to political positions what COEXIST bumper stickers are to religion…..
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
Amazing photo:  Amateur photographer Frank Glick was on his way to work when he drove through Fort Snelling National Cemetery early one morning. He spotted a bald eagle through the mist, perched on a gravestone, and snapped shots with his aging but ever-present camera. Nice shot, he thought….Then it began.  Mail and calls from Minnesota, then Chicago, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and finally, Afghanistan. The picture and story had gone viral. I noticed 11,000 people had recommended it on Facebook. I forwarded scores and scores of requests for reprints to Glick. Unfortunately, he had become ill and has been in the hospital off and on since the column ran. (To reach Glick about the photo, e-mail him at liketophoto@yahoo.com. Be patient.)
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WISE WORDS
"The best service that can be rendered to a country, next to that of giving it liberty, is in diffusing the mental improvement equally essential to the preservation, and the enjoyment of the blessing."
                  -James Madison

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