Saturday, June 20, 2015

op ed review 6/21



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Government Debt to Reach 107% of U.S. Economy in 2040.

One hundred twenty-one convicted criminals who faced deportation orders between 2010 and 2014 were never removed from the country and now face murder charges, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “Just to be clear, these were convicted criminals, in ICE custody, who had been ordered deported but were instead released back into U.S. communities, and then went on to murder Americans. Most were released simply because the administration didn’t want to detain them.”
ICE Director says no one was fired for releasing criminal aliens onto streets...

Obama administration offering tips to illegal immigrants on how to renew work permits.  “since there won’t be any enforcement consequences from reverting to illegal status). “

Long list of drug-driven killers…….Charleston church shooter may be just the latest
Obama Pivots to Gun Control: ´This Type of Mass Violence Doesn´t Happen in Other Advanced Countries´ (Actually it does)

You know about free Obamaphones?  Here comes free Obama internet….Article describes a "government subsidy," but this instead is a surcharge paid on all our telephone bills, which are among the most costly in the world

Michelle Obama Tells Muslim Girls: When I look at you 'I see myself'... Tells hijab-clad crowd that men are 'useful'...

Straight talk from Carly Fiorina: “No Citizenship ´If You Have Come Here Illegally and Stayed Here Illegally´”

Has the world gone crazy?  “Parents under investigation after 11-year-old plays alone in his own yard for 90 minutes…”
“The Soviet Union Never Died, It Just Moved to Florida”

Hillary’s tactical move to the hard left, and ongoing refusal to address the myriad of questions surrounding her conduct as Secretary of State  appear to be taking a heavy toll on her standing in three crucial swings states. In Ohio and Pennsylvania, Clinton sits in the low 40s and is losing to a Republican. In Florida, she is just 3 points ahead of her closest challenger, and sits at just 47%.

GOP leaders vow to resurrect Obama trade deal

Southern Baptists urged to reject any laws legalizing gay marriage

World gone crazy:  “Give children under 12 the right to die, say Dutch pediatricians:”
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Jonah Goldberg, National Review  6/19 
“The Nietzschean Concept That Explains Today’s PC Culture “

…..Nietzsche wasn’t a historian, but a literary philosopher. He didn’t rely on many primary sources — and it wouldn’t have occurred to him to cite actual data of any kind. And he certainly had the devil’s gift for quoting scripture. So one needn’t agree with all he said, never mind take it as authoritative, to see that he was on to something about the cycles of civilizations. One can reject his writings completely while still acknowledging his impact on our society.

In 2015, our society is shot through with Nietzschean “ressentiment.”  Today it is a great sin on college campuses — and elsewhere! — to make anyone other than the “privileged” feel uncomfortable, challenged, or otherwise psychologically threatened by the use of the wrong words or concepts. The University of California recently issued a set of guidelines about the terrible danger of “microaggressions” — small, usually unintended slights that allegedly hurt the feelings of the newly anointed classes of victims. One must no longer say that America is a “melting pot,” for to do so is to suggest that minorities should “assimilate to the dominant culture,” according to the new moralists at the University of California.

And one mustn’t say anything that advances “the Myth of Meritocracy.” Saying “America is the land of opportunity” or “everyone can succeed in this society if they work hard enough” is now a form of bigotry. Of course, the surest way to guarantee that America is not a meritocracy is to teach young people not only that it isn’t one, but that it’s evil to say it is, or should be one. Ressentiment is first and foremost the psychology of blame. It surveys the social landscape and blames the failures and hardships of the alleged have-nots on the successes of the haves. It is more than envy, which is a timeless human emotion — and one of the seven deadly sins. It is a theory of morality that says the success of the successful is proof of their wickedness.

Such is the allure of ressentiment today that it produces creatures like Rachel Dolezal, the blue-eyed white woman who had to invent an entire narrative around her stolen fictional identity as an oppressed black woman. Such is the political power of ressentiment that Hillary Clinton, who earns in a one-hour speech five times what the average American makes in a year, feels compelled to campaign as a “champion” for all those who feel micro- (or macro-) aggressed by a system rigged by the very same institutions she is happy to shake down for donations. (When asked to explain the contradiction on Fox News Sunday, a Clinton spokeswoman pointed to the fact that Clinton’s mother had been downtrodden in her youth.) When Nietzsche said “God is dead,” he meant that there was no longer an ideal outside of ourselves to which we’re all answerable. Everything was a contest of power and will. America isn’t there yet, thank God. But it surely seems like that is where we are heading.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“[Rachel Dolezal] actually said when explaining her deceptions, her lies, her constructions, her inventions, her delusions, ‘I hope that [my story] can drive at the core of the definitions of race, ethnicity, culture, self-determination, and ultimately empowerment.’ Is there a cliché from the marxist lexicon of identity politics that she has not used? … This is oppression envy. I can’t quite figure out if this is psychopathological deception on her part, or has she actually shifted over into delusion?”
                       -Charles Krauthammer

“The wave of media cheerleading for Bruce Jenner’s splashy debut as Caitlyn Jenner, his new putatively female identity, is one of those moments that has a lot of us of looking around and wondering if the whole world has gone insane…..Former Chief Psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins says:  “Studies have produced little evidence that “gender reassignment” surgery yields mental health benefits for those who receive it. In what other field of medicine would it be considered acceptable to perform massive, transformative surgery without any clear evidence of a therapeutic benefit?....”
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BOOKS
Thomas Sowell recommends 3 books for college graduates:   “American Contempt for Liberty” by Walter Williams, “Life at the Bottom”,  by Theodore Dalrymple, and “Adios, America!” by Ann Coulter.  He tells you why here:
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GLOBALONEY
Pope Francis Leaps Aboard ‘Global Warming’ Bandwagon

Urges revolution to “save Earth, fix 'perverse' economy...”

Pope Francis’ first major teaching letter on climate change:  'Unprecedented damage….rich nations destroying poor..”

New York City underwater? Gas over $9 a gallon? A carton of milk costs almost $13? Welcome to June 12, 2015. Or at least that was the wildly-inaccurate version of 2015 predicted by ABC News exactly seven years ago. Appearing on Good Morning America in 2008, Bob Woodruff hyped Earth 2100, a special that pushed apocalyptic predictions of the then-futuristic 2015.
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LEFTIST WATCH
Mark your calendar: June 18. That’s launch day for Pope Francis’s historic “anticapitalist revolution”, a multitargeted global revolution against free-market capitalism.

A new poll suggests that New Hampshire’s 2016 Democratic primary may be up for grabs….31% of Democrats say they’d back socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders.
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ISLAM
Did Michelle Obama not see the irony in delivering a speech on female emancipation to an Islamic school full of girls in headscarves in the UK?
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ARTICLES
“The Clinton Foundation Reeks of Crooks, Thieves, and Hoods”

Schlafly on Obamatrade:  “On Friday, Congress disrupted President Obama’s plan for a sweeping transfer of U.S. sovereignty to an unaccountable group of foreign busybodies. Hurray for the stalwart Americans who resisted the demands of Obama, the Republican leadership and the big-donor claque – but Speaker Boehner plans to give Congress another chance this week to make this dangerous mistake….”
When a group of House conservatives voted last week to kill a trade bill favored by President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders who support the measure steamed. Representative Mick Mulvaney (R., S.C.) celebrated the revolt as a coming-of-age moment for rebel backbenchers. “Yesterday will be the day that we look back at as the day that conservatives finally started getting organized in the House,” he wrote in a note to the Spartanburg Tea Party.”

John Stossel:  “The Anti-science Left”
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HUMOR
Conan: Donald Trump says he´s running for president. Which, by the way, traditionally means six more weeks of comedy……Conan: Trump has pledged to be “the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” This from the man who coined the phrase, “You’re fired!”…..Meyers: This is how nice the New York weather is. I went outside without sunscreen for an hour, and I was elected to run the Spokane NAACP…….Conan: Donald Trump has a personal fortune of nearly $9 billion. Hearing this, Hillary Clinton said, “Wow! He must give two speeches a day.”…….Conan: For the first time in over 140 years, a black bear was spotted in Indiana. When questioned, the bear said, “Actually, I just identify as black.”……Meyers: Chipotle plans to provide paid vacation, tuition reimbursement and sick days for hourly workers. Great, but now your guacamole costs $400. ……..Conan: A Federal court has ruled that the U.S. Postal Service must reduce its stamp prices. The change in stamp prices is expected to affect as many as seven Americans……..Meyers: A 100-year-old Pennsylvania woman said the key to long life is drinking “a lot of booze.” Then, they checked her birth certificate. Turns out, she’s 38.
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WISE WORDS
“Wherever the real power in a government lies, there is the danger of oppression.”
                -James Madison

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