Saturday, August 15, 2015

op ed review 8/16



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
At least two classified messages on Hillary Clinton´s home-brew email server contained top-secret intelligence including signal intercepts and information from keyhole satellite conducted by the CIA and the Pentagon´s satellite-spying National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
The chair of the House Select Committee on Benghazi said Tuesday night that the new finding is a serious national security risk that only came to light because his committee kept up pressure on Clinton.
Hillary finally hands over her server—after it's been professionally wiped clean….. it is now beyond dispute that she had ultra-Top Secret information and more that should never have left the State Department.    “Myriad criminal offenses apply to this conduct.” (Don’t hold your breath for an indictment)
Democrats are worried that the furor surrounding Hillary Clinton’s private email server will be prolonged and intensified after her sudden move to hand it over to the FBI. Coupled with new polls that suggest Clinton is vulnerable, Democrats are nearing full-on panic mode.“I’m not sure they completely understand the credibility they are losing, by the second,” said one Democratic strategist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “At some point this goes from being something you can rationalize away to something that becomes political cancer. And we are getting pretty close to the cancer stage….
But the media has her back:  Four of the country´s largest newspapers on Wednesday kept the latest developments in Hillary Clinton´s growing E-mail scandal off the front page (one kept it out of the paper completely).

Socialist Bernie Sanders gaining on Hillary:  Bernie Sanders' Eye-Popping West Coast Swing: 3 Days, 70,000 Cheering Supporters
Bernie overtakes Hillary in New Hampshire?
Bernie gets National Nurses Union endorsement.

A Washington, D.C., appeals court is set to hear arguments later this year on new net neutrality rules, which critics say could lead to government regulators censoring websites such as the Drudge Report and Fox News.

Iranian military official: ´We laugh´ when the US threatens to attack.

Seattle Mayor Wants to Make the City More Sharia-Friendly
The Orlando International Airport will soon be opening a $350,000 Muslim prayer room.

Solazyme, a company that sells the military green “alternative fuel” for $149 per gallon, has donated more than $300,000 to Democratic candidates and committees.

Why California is blue:  A staggering 80% of Latino illegal immigrant families in California are living in poverty and need government assistance. The Obama administration wants to open to door to millions more.
Progressive policies drive more into poverty. 

Marco Rubio is reaping the benefits of a breakout performance in the first Republican presidential debate by winning over new donors, earning praise from evangelical leaders and eagerly engaging in political combat with Hillary Rodham Clinton over abortion.
She was relegated to the “kids table,” but Carly Fiorina’s strong performance in last week’s GOP presidential debates propelled her into the top tier in the crowded Republican field. Three new polls released Tuesday put the former Hewlett-Packard CEO within the top five of 17 Republican presidential candidates — a huge leap from the No.?14 spot she held prior to the Thursday night showdown on Fox News.

President Obama´s proposed new overtime rule would benefit fewer than 1 million workers by giving them a raise of less than $20 a week, according to a new analysis from a right-of-center think tank. At the same time, the rule would cost businesses $2.5 billion in compliance costs over the next 10 years, the American Action Forum found.

EPA causes environmental disaster in Colorado.  The “River of Souls” turned into a toxic wasteland of lead, arsenic, cadmium, and other contaminants. Will the "protector" of the environment get investigated? If the EPA was a private business, it would be facing the threat of millions of dollars in fines and the accident would prompt a round of regulation. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/11/us/durango-colorado-mine-spill-environmental-protection-agency.html?_r=0
Would EPA officials foul up the Animas River on purpose in order to secure superfund money?

They’re all citizens now….Jerry Brown Bans the Word ‘Alien’ from California Labor Law

Ferguson blows up again, riots, state of emergency
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Thomas Sowell  7/28
People who entered the United States illegally may be called "undocumented" in politically correct circles, but what is all too well documented is the utter irresponsibility of both political parties in dealing with immigration issues.

Both Democratic and Republican administrations have left the border with Mexico porous for years -- porous not just for Mexicans but for anybody else, including terrorists from the Middle East.

Two very different issues have gotten jumbled together in the political stew called "comprehensive immigration reform." The first and most fundamental issue is whether we are going to have an immigration policy at all. The second issue is: Just what should that immigration policy be?

If we do not control our own border, then we do not have any immigration policy. We may have immigration laws on the books, but if anybody can cross the border that wants to, those laws are just words on paper and a bad joke. Polls showing the surprisingly favorable reactions of some Republican voters to Donald Trump's irresponsible generalities about immigrants probably reflect many people's frustrations with politicians' weasel words on the subject, and politicians' failure to do anything about a festering problem.

The recent murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by an illegal immigrant with multiple felonies and multiple expulsions, followed by multiple illegal returns to this "sanctuary city," has been galling to many people.  One immediate consequence of this outrage has been a drive to pass "Kate's law" prescribing mandatory prison time for anyone who has been expelled from this country and comes back again illegally. That is overdue.

It is a painful sign of the deterioration of respect for law that a new law has to be passed to prevent a "sanctuary city" from obstructing justice, which is already a crime. The larger issue is control of our own borders. We can debate forever whether building a fence is the best way to do that. But too much time has been wasted already.

One thing is certain. Building a fence won't hurt. If other things can be done to secure the border, then do those things as well. The American people deserve some concrete reassurance that Congress is finally getting serious. Donald Trump's sweeping smear of immigrants does not need to be answered by an equally sweeping celebration of immigrants. Nor should we use the old cop-out that "the truth lies somewhere in between." The truth is wherever you find it. But too many politicians of both parties do not even want to look for the truth.

Instead of holding extensive Congressional hearings, airing all the arguments pro and con on immigration issues, and bringing out all the available facts, some politicians seek to rush through "comprehensive immigration reform" -- meaning some sweeping legislation that neither the public nor the Congress has had time to consider. Congress did that when it passed ObamaCare. Do we want to let immigration laws become something else that we learn about only after the fact, when it is too late?

No doubt immigrants, like any other large group of human beings, range from some of the best people to some of the worst. But it makes a huge difference what the proportions are. What are the crime rates, the disease rates, the automobile fatality rates, the educational records of the children of immigrants from different countries?

Above all, we need the facts. There has been too much rhetoric already. If our politicians are too gutless to bring out the facts, perhaps some think tank or television station can hold an hour-long debate between some proponent of expansive immigration and some opponent. Jason Riley of the Manhattan Institute has written a book titled "Let Them In" and columnist Ann Coulter has written a book on the other side titled "Adios, America." Both cite empirical studies.

A spirited debate between knowledgeable and articulate advocates could bring out which evidence stands up under scrutiny and which does not. Regardless of who might "win" the debate, we could all become more enlightened. This issue needs all the light it can get.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"After more than six years of Barack Obama in the White House, have we learned nothing about the dangers of choosing a President of the United States on the basis of sound bites, with no track record to check against his rhetoric? ... [V]oting to put Obama in the White House was like flying a plane through mountains at night. If we manage to get through the next year and a half without crashing, should we try that gamble again?"
                  -Thomas Sowell

"Obama announced last week the toughest environmental regulations ever against coal. ... But the pain from the new Environmental Protection Agency rules won’t be evenly distributed across America. Far from it. The liberal coastal states will feel relatively modest jobs losses because they rely less on manufacturing. ... It’s time to label the Obama green policies what they truly are: steep taxes on red state America……. By 2040, China’s coal power capacity alone will be nearly 4 times the current U.S. capacity. So the Obama plan is all pain and no gain. It would be like trying to reduce unwanted pregnancies in the third world by having Americans use more birth control. Stupid."
              -Stephen Moore

“The uninformed assumption made by judges, lawyers and academics is that but for the fact of racial and sex discrimination, we all would be distributed across occupations, educational backgrounds and other socio-economic characteristics according to our percentages in the population. Such a vision is absolute nonsense. … According to a recent study conducted by Bond University in Australia, sharks are nine times likelier to attack and kill men than they are women. Such a disproportionality leads to only one conclusion: Sharks are sexist. Another disturbing sex disparity is that despite the fact that men are 50 percent of the population and so are women, men are struck by lightning six times as often as women. Of those killed by lightning, 82 percent are men. I wonder what whoever is in charge of lightning has against men. Differences are seen by many as signs of inequality. Nobel laureate Milton Friedman put it best: ‘A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.’ Equality in conjunction with the general rules of law is the only kind of equality conducive to liberty that can be secured without destroying liberty.”
             -Walter Williams
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GLOBALONEY
‘Climate change industry’ now a $1.5 trillion global business, growing between 17 and 24 percent annually

Obama released the EPA’s final rule for the “Clean Power Plan” that gives the EPA the power to restructure our electric utility industry nationwide. By their own admission, full implementation of the emissions targets will avert only 0.018 degrees C of warming by the year 2100. I’m sure we’ll all notice that much change in temps! But at least now we’ve “taken action” to “save the planet.” The final rule is nearly 1,600 pages long, and the regulatory impact analysis is nearly 400 pages long, so it will take a while to figure out some of the fine points…..

As the president reveals his plan to reduce greenhouse gases to save us from an apocalyptic atmosphere, I wish to remind people of three things:  1. The true hockey stick of the fossil fuel era: Global progress in total population, personal wealth and life expectancy. This is truly amazing. To show how fossil fuels played a roll in expanding the global pie, there are many more people alive today living longer and enjoying a higher GDP. One has to wonder if someone against fossil fuels is simply anti-progress. Ironic since many in the camp of anthropogenic global warming like to label themselves “progressive.” They’re certainly anti-statistic given something like this staring them in the face.  2.The geological time scale of temperatures versus CO2. As much as I struggle, I can’t see the linkage. Maybe it’s like one of those books where you have to stare at it and cross your eyes to see the picture.  3.EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy admitted that the steps being taken would only prevent .01 degrees Celsius of warming…..Given the facts, I can’t help but wonder: Did policymakers ever take Economics 101, or a course in how to read a chart?
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LEFTIST WATCH
In two appearances in recent days, in Washington State and Oregon, socialist Bernie Sanders drew massive crowds of supporters that were larger—for these two speeches alone—-than the combined crowds of every Republican and Democrat running for president added together over the entire weekend.

Hugo Chávez daughter is the richest individual in Venezuela.

On one hand NBCUniversal is telling us it is serious about news objectivity, while on the other hand, and mostly under the radar, NBC is funneling an astonishing $400 million in capital into two of the most extreme left-wing news outlets in America: BuzzFeed and Vox. One need only watch 10 minutes of MSNBC to understand that NBC News is an extremist organization in favor of open borders, partial birth abortion, the government setting CEO pay, and destroying people’s lives through the pushing of the Climate Change hoax.
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ARTICLES
It's a bad time to be poor and living in Seattle. Not only is the city's minimum wage starving out its restaurants, the city passed an ordinance that makes it that much harder for people to buy guns and ammo in city limits — a policy that will disproportionately affect those with limited means. First they target job prospects, then they take away the ability of those in the lower income brackets to defend themselves. The Seattle City Council unanimously approved a measure Monday that will impose a tax of $25 on every gun and 5 cents on every round of ammunition sold in the city.

While illegal immigrants with horrendous criminal records run rampant on American streets committing heinous crimes that the administration and the Leftmedia try to downplay, Christians who want nothing more than the freedom to practice their faith are being detained. "In Iraq, they only had three choices: convert to Islam, death by the sword or leave the country," Mark Arabo, head of the Minority Humanitarian Foundation, told Fox News. "They've refused to convert, escaped slavery and death — only to be imprisoned by our broken immigration system."
Arabo, whose parents came from Iraq to the U.S. in 1979, went on to note a sad truth under the Obama administration: "The disheartening thing is it seems that our border is open to anyone unless you're a Christian fleeing genocide."
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WISE WORDS
"Our pretended treaties, then, being made with no legitimate or bona fide nations, or representatives of nations, and being made, on our part, by persons who have no legitimate authority to act for us, have intrinsically no more validity than a pretended treaty made by the Man in the Moon with the king of the Pleiades."
                 -Lysander Spooner (1808-1887)

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