Sunday, July 5, 2015

op ed review 7/5



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Associated Press calls the economy “healthy”, ignoring mass immigration and Obamacare’s grip on employers. Pay is sluggish. Part-timers can’t find full-time work. And a diminished share of Americans either have a job or are looking for one….this may be the new normal for the U.S. job market.

In her new book Ann Coulter calculates that about one quarter of Mexico has moved to the US.  US is now the second largest Spanish speaking country…..has more Spanish speakers than Spain.

The left consolidates their power:   the Supreme Court ruled this week that citizenship is not necessary for voter registration.

They lied.  The Obama administration knew al-Qaeda was planning an attack in Benghazi to “kill as many Americans as possible” ten days in advance.

Confederate flag flop:  The latest polling shows that most Americans still view the Confederate flag as a symbol of Southern pride as opposed to racism — an opinion that has not significantly changed in 15 years.
Fourth of July holidaymakers ignored a call to boycott Georgia´s Stone Mountain Park, known as the "Confederate Rushmore," over its display of the Confederate flag.
A ´million person march´ to take down Confederate flag in Columbia, SC draws three people.

Outrageous:  The owners of a Gresham, OR bakery must pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple who were refused service more than two years ago, the Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled Thursday. In January, a judge ruled that Sweet Cakes by Melissa unlawfully discriminated against a same-sex couple by refusing to bake a cake for their wedding.

“Hillary Clinton’s Entire Email Strategy Was to Circumvent the FOIA”
Senator Chuck Grassley demands answers about a company tied to the Clintons selling uranium to the Russians.
President Obama called then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the night of the 2012 Benghazi attack -- but the contents are being withheld by the State Department.
Exclusive: The Arming of Benghazi
Hillary Clinton encourages distraught nine year old “gay child” depicted in viral photo.

LA Times:  “Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina winning over skeptics”
Fiorina tells Colorado: “Marijuana legalization ´is a very bad idea”

US “fails to show strategic leadership”, blocks attempts by Arab allies to get heavy weapons to Kurds to fight ISIS.
ISIS beheads women for the first time for 'witchcraft and sorcery'.
FEDS PREDICT ANOTHER 127,000 ILLEGALS THIS YEAR...
Half of NYC public school students don't speak English at home...
Illegal alien sex offenders left in Seattle-area neighborhoods without tracking
Illegal alien who gunned down a woman at San Francisco’s Pier 14 was a felon, deported five times. San Francisco has declared itself a “sanctuary city” for illegal aliens.

White House knows how to build a good fence….around the White House.

The P5+1 countries led by the United States under Barack Obama have caved in to Iranian demands and will not insist on inspections of nuclear installations as part of a deal on Iran’s nuclear weapons program,

Russia to U.S.: Who's 'godless' now? At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a “godless nation.” More than two decades on, history has come full circle, as the Kremlin and its allies in the Russian Orthodox Church hurl the same allegation at the West. “Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a recent keynote speech. “Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/28/whos-godless-now-russia-says-its-us/#ixzz3eSjUiw8I __________________________________________________________________________

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
“Five True Lies Republicans Should Tell In 2016:  It’s time to define the Democrats the way they’ve done to our people.”

Our readers don’t really need to see another column, post, or podcast about how the Supreme Court and the Obama administration has wrecked the America we used to know, and we’re past the time where we wallow in grief about how the country is lost. It’s not lost. The fight isn’t over until conservatives say it’s over. Are you really going to just sit there and let a bunch of high-school losers who found religion in campus cultural Marxism destroy the greatest society in world history? The Nazis, Bolsheviks, and Japanese imperialists couldn’t do it with guns and bombs and yet you’ll allow Jon Stewart to do it with a TV show?

As a greater American than me might say, pure applesauce. But one thing is painfully obvious — the cultural and political rout the Right has suffered over the past decade (or longer) won’t be reversed with the same stupid tactics that have gotten us where we are.

Stop retreating, stop compromising, and stop acting like the other side is a bunch of nice people who just don’t understand the world as it is. The other side is a bunch of arrogant, hateful control freaks whose own lives are so empty and devoid of spirit that they can’t get fulfillment without interfering with yours. The other side practices tyranny as a lifestyle choice, and they’re so accomplished in their tactics that without a single vote of a legislature they can affect your consumer options or even what you can say.

Fighting these people in the culture, which as Andrew Breitbart rightly said is upstream from politics and therefore at least as important if not more so, is something conservatives have yet to fully engage. That’s a whole other column, if not several. But for our purposes today, let’s consider politics — and let’s offer a little bit of advice to the dozen and a half GOP presidential candidates who are scuffling for the right to hopefully avoid being the third flat-footed Republican to lose a national election to a wannabe socialist dictator.

A good rule is this — if you consider one of the Left’s cultural aggressions, and use your imagination to envision an extension of same into absurdity, you need only wait a while before the insane next step you thought up surfaces in a headline as the Left’s next cultural aggression. Since that’s the case, get tough, and get smart — and hang these people with their own stupid ideas. Here are five things you can say about the Democrat nominee which will be vehemently denied but will stick anyway — because everybody knows they’re true.

1. “My Opponent will eliminate tax exemptions for churches.” Oh, but that’s crazy, and it’ll never happen. Except it’s absolutely being discussed on the Left, and openly. In the wake of the Obergefell case last week, the Gay Mafia is now demanding precisely this of the Democrat politicians it controls. And during oral arguments at the Supreme Court before Obergefell was decided, President Obama’s lawyer Donald Verrilli openly stated that the question of tax treatment for churches refusing to officiate gay weddings would come under debate if gay marriage won in that case.

Every church in the country would be affected if tax exemptions went away, and lots of them would close. In particular, lots of churches servicing mostly Democrat constituencies couldn’t survive the loss of tax exemptions. So the bigger the issue becomes, the bigger a wedge it is for the Dems to overcome within their own base — and the more energized the evangelical community will be to crush the godless villains on the other side.

2. Push a constitutional amendment to ban polygamy, and demand the Democrat nominee join you in making it happen. Polygamy always has been a lot larger threat to the Western, Judeo-Christian concept of marriage than the same-sex facsimile is — because while gay marriage is a peculiar notion that at most would affect about one percent of the population who can’t reproduce themselves, polygamy represents a demographic time bomb and there are cultures — one in particular — that promote it as a legal institution….We know something about polygamist societies, and what we know isn’t good. In fact, we are reliably informed from events overseas that the world’s leading polygamist culture is especially hostile… to homosexuals. So who could be for polygamy? “My opponent, that’s who. Why won’t she support the anti-polygamy amendment? Is she a secret admirer and enabler of a hostile and alien culture bent on destroying America?”

3. The federal government is going to destroy your neighborhood, and your property values, with Section 8 housing. And it will unless we have a Republican in the White House who’s actually willing to do something about it. We already know that Obama’s HUD is attempting to use grant money to subsidize housing for poor people in good neighborhoods so as to “diversify” the suburbs and exurbs and thus dilute Republican voting strength there, and now, with the Supreme Court’s ruling that “disparate impact” can be used to prove housing discrimination even where there is no actual discrimination, the door is open to destroying real estate as we know it. Let’s say you’re a real estate developer and you want to build a bunch of half-million dollar houses in a subdivision on a prime plot of land in an upscale area. Except now, under our new socialist masters, you can build all the houses you want but if you try to sell them you’ll get sued if you can’t find enough minority and “disadvantaged” homeowners to satisfy the bean-counters…... Don’t put a Democrat in the White House again unless you want criminals, terrorists, and bums moving in next door on your taxpayer dime.

4. They’re trying to import a whole new electorate to dilute your vote and make you a stranger in your own land. There’s nothing wrong with having a robust policy of immigration, and a growing population is far better economically and culturally than a stagnant or shrinking one. Republicans don’t need to take a nativist approach to the immigration question, or demand that all the illegals be deported, in order to look at what the Left is attempting to do on the issue. ….What we want is to create Americans out of our immigrants, in the largest numbers we can. What the Left wants is to create Democrats out of them. Our goal is good for everybody. Their goal allows them to rule over a ruin.

5. “My opponent thinks the Jews are the cause of all the trouble in the world, and Israel won’t be safe with him in charge.”  Pin the rampant anti-Semitism and bigotry against Israel on our nation’s campuses on the Democrat party. After all, its current president is unquestionably the most anti-Israeli leader this country has had, to be rivaled only with its past president Jimmy Carter (whose hatred of the Hebrews only really flowered after his term in office). And with the crazy Israel divestment agitation being put forth solely on the Left, let’s make the Democrat nominee either own or disown those people.

It’s stale to talk about how much you stand with Israel. We all know that a Republican will stand with Israel. What we also know is the Left refuses to do so. Isn’t it time it got called out for it and made to pay a price among a constituency it claims but hasn’t earned?

By now, there is no reason to continue this charade whereby polite Republicans act as though their opponents are good people with whom we disagree. That gets us nowhere; we get demonized and we’re charitable toward them, which essentially amounts to admitting they’re better than us. Start hitting them with the same kinds of accusations they specialize in. Let’s make them play defense for a while.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“If justices cannot resist the urge to legislate, let’s drop the pretense that constitutional law is guided by neutral principles and at least give the people the option to vote justices in (and out).”
                    -Mona Charen

“I started as a secretary in a little nine-person real estate firm, and I’m kind of used to being under estimated………..I believe that a feminist is any woman who lives the life she chooses.”
                    -Carly Fiorina

"[Justice Anthony] Kennedy is so absorbed in creating reality that he appears oblivious that any reality might exist outside his own imagination. He notes 'deep transformations' in our understanding of marriage, and that 'these new insights have strengthened, not weakened, the institution of marriage.' Really? In 1960, 9 percent of American adults over 25 had never married. Today it is 20 percent. In a recent Pew Research survey, only 47 percent said it is 'very important' that a couple legally marries if they plan to spend the rest of their lives together. In 1960, about 5 percent of our babies were born to unwed mothers. Now it is 41 percent. Sixty-one percent of Americans now say out-of-wedlock birth is morally acceptable. ... The marriage redefinition movement has been driven by two motivations: 1) de-legitimization of religion, and 2) expansion of the welfare state. ... It is no accident that as marriage has broken down, dependence on government has exploded. The percentage of our national budget consisting of transfer payments to individuals has expanded from less than 30 percent in 1960 to around 70 percent today."
                       -Star Parker
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BOOKS
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz writes in his new book that conservative voters would be “astonished” if they knew what Republican senators were really doing and saying in private meetings on Capitol Hill. “During my time in the Senate, I’ve been amazed how many senators pose one way in public—as fiscal conservatives or staunch Tea Party supporters, for example—and then in private do little or nothing to advance those principles,” Cruz writes in his new book, “A Time For Truth.”
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GLOBALONEY
Americans trust their doctors, so the White House wants these medical professionals to be a mouthpiece for President Obama’s global warming agenda.
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LEFTIST WATCH
Hillary Clinton’s top campaign lawyer is behind a multi-state push challenging voter identification laws.   The nationwide campaign is being fueled with money from the liberal billionaire George Soros.
Soros helps pro-Clinton Super PACs to $24 million haul.

Jimmy Carter:   “U.S. is ‘The Most Warlike Country on Earth’”

In Laudato Si' the Pope strongly urges that markets and technology be reined in. Instead of creating more wealth, the Pope would prefer to redistribute it. Now, in a not-so-strange-bedfellow alliance, Pope Francis has invited prominent hater of free markets Naomi Klein to advise him and the Vatican on economic and climate policy. In her 2014 screed, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”, Klein asserted that climate science has given progressives "the most powerful argument against unfettered capitalism" ever. She added that progressive values and policies are "currently being vindicated, rather than refuted, by the laws of nature."

Socialist Bernie Sanders Attracts MASSIVE Crowd In Madison, Wisconsin
Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she takes a "backseat to no one" on championing liberal causes, presenting herself as a standard-bearer for Democrats as primary challenger Bernie Sanders generates large, energetic crowds.
Bernie Sanders’s radical roots in Vermont.

White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett was one of the mobilizing forces behind the decision to light up the White House with the colors of the gay pride movement to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

Texas Liberals Sign Petition to Remove ‘Racist’ George Washington Statue
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ISLAM
The religion of peace spreads it’s good news:  In all, over 60 people were killed following a call by ISIS for Muslims to go the extra mile in honor of the holy month of Ramadan. You might miss this story if you look for it in the Washington Post, as it is vastly overshadowed by an above-the-fold, screaming headline celebrating the Supreme Court’s gay rights decision. In the past, Muslims got to heaven through fasting and prayer. Now it’s killing “infidels.
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SECOND AMENDMENT
When Ronald Reagan was President, he carried his own gun.  A .38……Reagan used to hide it in his briefcase and take it on Air Force One.”
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ARTICLES
Clarice Feldman:  “The Penumbra School of Law”

Carly Fiorina has become a darling among conservatives hungry for an unapologetic advocate for rolling back big government.  That — and the fact that she sees America as a land of opportunity, not sexist oppression — means she’s also driving liberal feminists crazy. Liberals typically dismiss conservative women as tokens and lightweights. Yet Fiorina’s take-on-all-comers attitude makes such criticism absurd.  Fiorina speaks nimbly on the minutiae of public policy from taxes to energy issues, projects a commanding knowledge of foreign affairs and navigates the fraught terrain of social issues without alienating her base or moderates.

Media outlets across the U.S. are sparing no energy in attacking billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his recent comments highlighting criminals who illegally enter the U.S. from Mexico. Every possible chance to attack is being taken, with some outlets going as far as making news stories out of children saying bad things about Trump on social media.

A group of American flag-burning anti-NYPD protesters needed New York’s Finest to save their skin from a gang of angry bikers who tried to pummel them in a Brooklyn park for setting Old Glory ablaze Wednesday.

The Obamacare nightmare is just beginning:  A judicial victory doesn’t automatically translate into a political victory, let alone a policy success. Once they’ve quaffed their celebratory champagne, the president and White House staff will need to suit up and get ready to play some hard-nosed defense. Here’s why. The driving force behind health reform has been the desire to control rising health-care costs. From 2008 onwards, President Obama promised that his reform agenda would reduce the annual cost for the typical American family by no less than $2,500. After a while, it became a rather tiresome talking point. But it was pure nonsense from the start…….this regulatory regime forces young people to pay up to 44 percent more in premiums. Washington’s subsidies simply try to hide the true costs of the law; they don’t control them.

Sometimes, at a most solemn moment, a most irreverent thought shoots through the mind. When I heard that the US Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, my thought was "I wonder what the estate tax lawyers will make of it?" How about advising a terminally ill widowed grandma to marry her much-beloved granddaughter at the deathbed? Won´t the estate pass to the surviving spouse intact? I´m not a lawyer, but I think it will -- without IRS getting the bite out of it as would happen now. And it would be very hard to have a sound legal argument against such marriage.
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
You might want to order this video:

Video: How Well Do We Know Hillary Clinton?

With Americans set to celebrate Independence Day this weekend, Mark Dice illustrated that many beachgoers in San Diego don’t even know when the Declaration of Independence was signed or what the 4th of July even represents.

Media analyst Mark Dice’s latest stunt illustrates the stunning level of ignorance surrounding the issue and how easily led Americans are when told to support anything in the name of putting a stop to racism. U.S. Citizens Sign Petition to Ban American Flag....and replace it with a pyramid to "signify the new world order".
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WISE WORDS
“The danger when men stop believing in God is not that they’ll believe in nothing, but that they’ll believe in anything.”
                  -G.K. Chesterton

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