Saturday, October 17, 2015

op ed review 10/18





THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Ben Carson now running neck-and-neck with Donald Trump nationally, per a recent Fox News poll

FBI probe of the Clinton email scandal focuses on “gross negligence” provision
Letting her off the hook?   “I don’t think it posed a national security problem,” Mr. Obama said Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” He said it was a mistake for Mrs. Clinton to use a private email account when she was secretary of state, but “This is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.”  Those statements angered F.B.I. agents who have been working for months to determine whether Ms. Clinton’s email setup had in fact put any of the nation’s secrets at risk, according to current and former law enforcement officials
Clinton had a good laugh when asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper about the FBI investigation.
Investigation into Hillary's email server focuses on Espionage Act and could get her 10 years in jail as FBI agent says she could be prosecuted just for failing to tell Obama
The federal government took in a record of approximately $3.2 trillion dollars in taxes in fiscal 2015 (which ended on Sept. 30).  That equaled approximately $21,833 for every person in the country who had either a full-time or part-time job in September. It is also up about $212B from 2014. Even with this, the federal government ran a deficit of $438B for the fiscal year.

Obama: ‘Americans’ Suspicion Of Government Is Paralyzing’.  President also suggests Christians are holding back America from doing "big things"

Sheldon Adelson, one of the Republican Party's most sought-after contributors, is leaning increasingly toward supporting Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is racing to win the backing of other uncommitted megadonors who have the potential to direct tens of millions of dollars his way and alter the contours of the Republican primary fight.

Cost of illegal immigration in one state: Tennessee:  $545 million

Muslim 'refugees' sue Germany for not paying benefits fast enough.
A German pro-migrant, open borders activist is reported to be “very sad” after being stabbed twice in the back by a gang of “Arabs” as he stood outside a pizzeria in Dresden, east Germany.

A school district in Tennessee is blaming Obamacare for its decision to shut its doors….. “the school board made its decision to cancel classes because of budget issues that are related to government mandates that the district can´t afford.”

For the past year, the Obama administration has been running an experiment: Is it possible to make policy more effective by using psychology on citizens? The nickname is “nudging”—the idea that policymakers can change people’s behavior just by presenting choices or information differently.

Putin: “Obama Administration Has ‘Mush’ For Brains “

Corruption of government officials is currently Americans’ number one fear, according to a recent survey by researchers at Chapman University. The researchers asked a random sample of 1,541 adults to rate the level of fear for 88 different fear options across a variety of domains (like crime and natural disasters).

Like most everyone else who watched last night’s Democratic debate, I thought Hillary Clinton easily won. It helped, of course, that the four people on the stage with her – Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and (especially) Lincoln Chafee — constituted the weakest field in the history of the human race. Nevertheless, Mrs. Clinton proved she’s a formidable debater, her single strength as a candidate, as best that I can tell. Her performance last night will mute calls among Democrats for Vice President Joe Biden – himself a gaffe-prone, two-time failure as a presidential candidate –to get into the race.

The discovery of huge oil reserves in Israel could transform the country´s energy policy, turning it into a mass-producer of billions of barrels of oil.

FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday the recruitment of potential homegrown terrorists by the Islamic State group is widespread and goes on “24 hours a day” across the United States. Hundreds of people are “consuming” social media efforts to either draw them overseas to join the extremists “or if you can’t come, kill where you are,”
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THIS WEEKS COLUMN
The GOP Establishment’s War With the Base
Sally Zelikovsky  10/15

…..The reason we are in this internecine battle within the GOP is because the base has been ignored and marginalized by candidates and consultants for too long.  It is this behavior that will rip the party apart if there is no change.

The fact is, 62% of Republicans feel betrayed by the party and, to prove it, roughly 60% of primary voters are currently supporting political outsiders like Trump, Fiorina, Carson and Cruz.  This isn’t just an ad hoc collection of misbegotten tea partiers hijacking the GOP for kicks.  Strip away ubiquitous campaign rhetoric about tapping into anger and frustration, and we are left with the forgotten majority within the GOP -- the base -- taking a firm stand.   They will no longer succumb to elite pleas to vote for this guy because he’s the only one who can win, cross the aisle and get the job done. They will no longer shore up Republicans who support legislation that undermines their interests. If leadership foolishly continues to turn a blind eye, that stand could very well be a last stand.

Imperious experts caution that this kind of intransigence will not work in Washington -- it will prevent legislators from building the consensus they need to legislate.  But there are scant, if any issues, on which there is true consensus.  The party of intransigence is actually the Democrats with their “our way or the highway” attitude. Republicans don’t have an intransigence problem; they have a conciliatory problem.  They lose battle after battle because they are an ineffective counterweight to the Democrat-Media Complex (DMC).  They do not have an agenda or a list of articulated conservative principles to serve as their guide.  They do not have a rapid response strategy, let alone a team to take congressional fights to the media -- especially on issues where the country leans right, like the Iran Deal, Planned Parenthood, tax reform, regulatory reform, enforcement of immigration laws, Benghazi, Hillary’s emails, or TPP.

Republicans rarely call Democrats out.  They do not protect their own when they are attacked.  They readily cave in to DMC demands for resignations, retractions, recriminations and reprimand. Republican leadership has been AWOL for too long.  That is why John Boehner was pressured to resign.

I once asked John Boehner about his strategy against the Democrats in 2012: what their Achilles Heel was that he could exploit.  I was initially met with a blank stare but his eventual response was, “You know, I’ve never been asked that before.  I’ve really never thought about it.  I don’t have an answer to that.” If there was any doubt that the GOP leadership was winging it, that settled it for me.

The GOP cannot thrive without its base of “hard-core” social and fiscal conservatives, “extreme” tea party activists, and pesky grassroots conservatives who, in the words of Rep. Peter King, are making Republicans look crazy.  If not for the votes of the tea-sipping, gun-toting, bible slappers in the base, Republicans like John Boehner, Kevin McCarthy, Paul Ryan, Julie Ellmers, Martha McSally…and Peter King, would not have been elected.  To dismiss the 40 in the Freedom Caucus and the millions of conservatives they represent, is to dismiss the 62% of Republicans who feel betrayed by their own party.

In the past, conservative voters held their collective noses and voted for candidates who were conservative-lite.  As devotees of William F. Buckley they “voted for the most conservative candidate who could win.”  But the yields from that strategy have proven fruitless and downright deleterious.  It’s unlikely that voters will maintain that kind of party devotion with regard to suspect GOP candidates in future contests.

Do not attempt to justify this neglect by claiming Republicans only had one-half of one-third of the power in Washington, or don’t have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate or enough votes to override a presidential veto, or, because Obama is in the White House.  We know all that and we elected you anyway, on the promise that you’d stand on principle -- not play the game, or suck up to leadership to capture the best chairmanship, or seek common ground -- even when none exists -- or compromise when it would endanger the very security, liberty, and prosperity of the people who voted for you.

I personally worked hard to create alliances among conservative groups and Republican organizations and spent a great deal of energy discouraging naysayers from forming a third party -- which I still do not support. But I cannot promise that the 62% of Republicans who feel betrayed will not throw up their hands in disgust and declare, “The GOP is no longer to be trusted…or entrusted with our votes.  We are going elsewhere.” 

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IN OTHER COLUMNS
“If you watched that debate last night it looked like something from the early ‘80s. It was basically a liberal vs. liberal debate about who was going to give away the most free stuff.”
              -Marco Rubio

 “[W]hat really stands out about the Democratic debate is how there was no diversity of idea or diversity of ethnicity. It was a bunch of old white people on stage who all largely agreed on government policies, government spending, taking people’s guns away, and killing children. Contrast these Democrats with the Republicans running. The Republicans disagree on immigration, they disagree on taxes, they disagree on college funding, they are white, Hispanic, Indian, male, and female. Where there is diversity of skin and thought on the right, there is none on the left.”
             -Erick Erickson
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PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
“It’s Hillary or nothing”….The Democratic National Committee is 'clearing a path' for Hillary Clinton to be its presidential nominee because its upper power echelons are populated with women
The Republican Party is "cooked" if it fails to take back the White House in 2016, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says. In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Priebus said a Republican president is essential following two terms of a Democrat in control. "We're cooked as a party for quite a while if we don't win in 2016," he told the Examiner.

Reports say that the influential Teamsters union may snub Hillary Clinton in favor of endorsing a Republican candidate such as Donald Trump for the White House in 2016.
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GLOBALONEY
Climate experts warn a rare pattern of water cooling in the north Atlantic will trigger a chain reaction of events leading to a “fully-blown ice age” in the UK.
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ISLAM
“This blog is designed to show you the dark side of Islam that the West does not want you to see. The Islam that Western media refuse to show you. The Islam that is slowly but surely changing the West. You may feel uncomfortable looking at this blog. You should. You will feel anger and disgust that our leaders do not understand Islam when it comes to the motives that drive our enemies to commit suicide for their ideology. Look at the photos, watch the videos, most of which come right out of the Muslim world. Understand that elements of Sharia law are creeping into our daily lives under shelter of religious freedom. Listen and learn about the real Islam, then tell your family and friends.”

An ISIS logo was daubed on the wall of a restaurant in Gothenburg, Sweden. Chilling messages such as "convert or die" and "the caliphate is here" were also found covering the outside of a bakery.
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ARTICLES
The American Principles Project’s action statement is a lucid and necessary response to the thieves in our midst: “Like Lincoln, we will not accept judicial edicts that undermine the sovereignty of the people, the Rule of Law, and the supremacy of the Constitution. We will resist them by every peaceful and honorable means. We will not be bullied into acquiescence or silence.”

Any time you get a bunch of Democrats together in the same room, it is recommended that you grab hold of your wallet tightly and lock up the family silver.  You also might want to hide your wife and daughters – just to be safe. The Democratic presidential candidates who took the stage for their debate on Tuesday night tried to outdo one another in rushing to give away tax dollars on wild spending schemes.  How much are we talking about?  The Washington Times has some thoughts: The five Democratic presidential candidates pushed proposals in their first debate that would cost trillions in new spending, from free college tuition to single-payer health care. Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont is the biggest spender of the group, championing universal government-run health care, expanded Social Security and free tuition at public colleges in a platform that The Wall Street Journal estimated last month would cost $18 trillion over 10 years.

An anti-Hillary Clinton group ran a television ad during Tuesday night´s Democratic debate showing the gravestone of Libyan Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, who died in the 2012 attack on the American embassy in Benghazi.
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
21 most consequential Clinton scandals, ranked from most important
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WISE WORDS
“The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.”
             -Alexis de Tocqueville


Saturday, October 10, 2015

op ed review 10/11



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican presidential contest, not just in early contests states like Iowa and New Hampshire, but in the key swing states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Two of those states are homes to Republican opponents Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich. “Those who were waiting for Donald Trump’s campaign to collapse will need to wait longer, at least in the three key states of Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania,” says the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Obama may declare executive authority for expanded background checks on gun purchases.
Senate Democrats gathered Thursday on the steps of the Capitol surrounded by about a dozen armed guards to announce a new push for tougher gun-control laws.
“Zero correlation between state homicide rates and state gun laws”

Hillary Clinton announced she’s no longer for the trade deal she touted as one of her biggest achievements. For years, Hillary Clinton championed the Trans-Pacific Partnership as one of her signal achievements in her time as secretary of state. She called it the “gold standard in trade agreements” in 2012. That was then, this is now.
The “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC pulled out all the stops on Monday night to carry water for Hillary Clinton, proclaiming that she’s “on fire” with “new wind in her sails” as she “unveil[ed] a tough new stance on gun control” and coming “out swinging today at the Benghazi Committee.
Hillary Clinton finds “unprecedented” level of hostility among men.
Hillary’s poll numbers are down 10 points in a week.

As the White House prepares to dump another 10,000 Syrian refugees on U.S. cities, it assures us these mostly Muslim men undergo a "robust screening" process. But the Homeland Security official in charge of vetting Syrian and other foreign Muslim refugees says that no police or intelligence databases exist to check the backgrounds of incoming refugees against criminal and terrorist records.

Is that a promise?  Prominent liberals threaten to leave the country if Donald Trump Wins the White House.

Despite the public outcry over so-called "sanctuary cities" after a California woman was murdered by an illegal immigrant released from jail in one of the cities, their number has grown to 340, and new statistics show that they release 1,000 inmates, many with violent histories, each month. An analysis of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement records finds that many towns are embracing the sanctuary city model where illegal immigrants charged with crimes are being released over the objection of ICE which seeks to deport many.
But not too many.  The Obama administration deported fewer immigrants over the past 12 months than at any time since 2006

Converting chapels to “Faith neutral” facilities to accommodate Muslim students?  Last May, Wichita State University ordered workers to remove all the pews and an altar inside the Harvey D. Grace Memorial Chapel. The pews were ripped from the floor and replaced with portable chairs to make room for Muslim prayer rugs….”what happened at Wichita State wasn’t so much a renovation as it was a Christian cleansing. Anything remotely related to the d├ęcor of a Christian church was given the heave-ho.”

Feds provide flash cards for citizenship test -- in Spanish!

Professors demand that climate dissenters be prosecuted under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.  This backfired on them last week when the Republican-controlled House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology launched an investigation into the group's organization.

“What a little leadership can do”:  Soviet jets pounded terrorist targets in Syria using bunker busting bombs to blow up an ISIS command centre,
Obama tells 60 Minutes this is a sign of Putin’s “weakness, not strength.”
“I will defend Christianity around the world”, says……..Vladimir Putin?
Another “fundamental transformation”?  Arabic is the fastest-growing language in America.

CNN Turns Mixed Race Oregon Shooter into a White Man.  LA Times claims Mercer was a white supremacist CNN also did not show photos of Mercer’s mother, who is black. The reason CNN altered the photo is obvious: the race of Mercer does not fit the narrative that only white males — and thus white supremacist — can be mass shooters.

Can you blame them? The last gun store in San Francisco is closing shop, according to ABC News, because “it can no longer operate in the city’s political climate of increased gun control regulations and vocal opposition to its business.”
New York Times declares that ‘Modern Man’ ‘Has No Use for a Gun…’
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THIS WEEKS COLUMN
Investor’s Business Daily  10/6
In the absence of food, a Venezuelan governor exhorts locals to eat "fried rocks" to defend The Revolution. It's just socialism's latest lunacy. The greater absurdity is why the likes of Bernie Sanders still believe in it. Make no mistake, these idiotic statements are coming out because the country's socialist rulers want that shining utopian faith in socialism to remain, no matter what the reality tells them. 

"Let them take away whatever they want. We are capable of eating a stick, or instead of frying two eggs, fry two rocks, and we will eat fried rocks," said Bolivar state Gov. Francisco Rangel, "but no one can beat us." The PanAm Post dryly noted that his sentiment echoed the faith of the late President Hugo Chavez, who said: "It doesn't matter if we have no clothes to wear, or no food to eat. This is about saving the revolution." That's why a population can be asked to eat rocks for the revolution, or the current President Maduro can announce, as he did in 2013, that the country's toilet paper shortage is because "Venezuelans are eating more."

The lunacy is all the work of socialism and the absurd measures taken to save it even as it clanks hard against real-world economic forces likes double-entry bookkeeping and running out of other people's money. Its state controls are why stores are short of basic goods and workers lose 40% of their work day standing in line, but why inflation runs at 150% and stores are besieged by looting with people dying in each food frenzy. Police dogs now need ration cards for dog food, and prisoners have taken to eating stray cats for dinner. Babies in hospitals are being killed by germs from opossum — yes, possums — infestations, and basic medicines — and doctors — are absent. Have cancer or hemophilia? Good luck.

With the streets awash with crime, the government arrests tweeters who post photos of empty stores to embarrass the government, dubbing it "economic warfare."

Yet amid all these towering lunacies tied to that wretched idea of defending socialism at any cost, the mad belief in socialism lingers in the West. Socialist Democratic Party candidate Bernie Sanders still defends this insanity against all the evidence of where it leads, while absurdly claiming to have no identification with Venezuela's sorry story.

He's lying, of course. He praised the Chavista revolution and made a deal for cheap Venezuelan heating oil with Joe Kennedy's Citizen's Energy, on Hugo's dime. What is it about socialism that socialists don't get?


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IN OTHER COLUMNS
“If Bernie Sanders wins, he will be the first socialist elected president since 2008.”
              -Jay Leno, making a guest appearance on the Tonight Show

“That’s the theme of [Donald Trump’s] campaign: ‘believe me.’ How are you going to build a wall? Believe me. I’ll build it, I’ll come in under budget, it will be a beautiful wall, and it will come in at half of what people say. China, I’ll defeat China. How you going to do it? Believe me, I’ll do it. America. I’m going to bring in the most jobs in the history of mankind. How you going to do it? Believe me. He’s running a campaign on belief and … a lot of it revolves around the fact that not just he’s been a success in business, but he’s been a personality on television for 14 years where the persona is a guy in charge, a guy in command, and it carried over into this campaign. That’s why I think his numbers are high.”
                -Charles Krauthammer
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PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
As a scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton continues to flail, feminists have seen there´s a woman out there who´s cleaning her clock as a candidate, fulfilling their dreams of a powerful woman, except that she isn´t one of their own. She´s pro-life, pro-markets and very pro-power. And she´s causing a crisis among female Democrats, who long to embrace her, but can´t. "Carly Fiorina is the candidate I wanted Hillary Clinton to be," said one wistful feminist. Another asked, "Can you love a campaign, but hate a candidate´s policies?"

In Iowa, Jeb Bush leads Clinton by 10 points in a hypothetical general-election match up among registered voters, 50 percent to 40 percent, and Donald Trump is ahead of her by seven points, 48 percent to 41 percent – essentially unchanged from the poll’s results a month ago. And Carly Fiorina leads Clinton in the Hawkeye State by 14 points, 52 percent to 38 percent. Are you seeing this? A 14-point margin for Carly? Am I hallucinating this? But when Sanders is matched up against these same Republicans, his numbers are stronger: Sanders leads Trump by five points in Iowa (48 percent to 43 percent). And he narrowly trails Bush (46 percent to 44 percent) and Fiorina (45 percent to 42 percent).
Jeb Bush claims he is the most conservative Bush, more so than either his father or his brother.

Ben Carson refused to back away from his controversial remarks on mass shootings that lit up the gun control debate this week. The GOP presidential candidate argued that everyone should attack a massive shooter and he would sacrifice his life if he were face-to-face with a gunman. He said he´d rather see a body with bullet holes over gun control.
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GLOBALONEY
Global warming ´is FAKE´: Volume of ice caps is INCREASING, claims top geologist
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ISLAM
A child jihadi armed with a rocket-propelled grenade has threatened to behead 'Dog of Rome Obama' in a chilling new video released by ISIS.
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FOURTH AMENDMENT
Federalist published Varad Mehta’s column on the Australian law as “The Australian gun control fallacy.”. Now NR assistant editor Mark Antonio Wright reviews the Australian law and the argument over its effects in the column “Australia’s 1996 gun confiscation didn’t work and it wouldn’t work in America.” ‘Australia’ is Obama’s preferred euphemism for that most cherished of gun-control ideals: mass confiscation of the citizenry’s weapons.”

The only rational goal of gun control or other such measures is to reduce the overall rate of homicides. Neither Australia nor the United Kingdom has been anywhere near as successful as the U.S. in that respect.

“Why Hillary Clinton´s gun control proposal is all wrong” by John Lott.
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ARTICLES
Rush Limbaugh:  “Erasing Western Civilization”

Anyone puzzled by the sustained popularity of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders should look no further than the latest US jobs report. The share of prime age males in work is now markedly lower than it is in France. Yes, France.

Seven years into Obama’s presidency, the promised worldwide Kumbaya is instead global chaos — caused in large measure by his willful retreat from America’s position of leadership.

“…..one thing missing amid all these new ideas: recognition for Chile´s most spectacular innovation, the one that made the country´s development into a first-world country possible. That concept?  Chile´s 35-year old private pension program, which a new report confirms is working spectacularly well.”

The British Home Secretary:  Mass immigration is forcing thousands of British people out of jobs and is making it “impossible” to build a “cohesive society”……there is “is no case in the national interest for immigration of the scale we have experienced over the last decade”. Mrs May, considered a potential successor to David Cameron as Tory leader, will warn that current levels of migration into the UK are unsustainable as she calls for a system “that allows us to control who comes to our country”.

Inside the Cuban Hospitals that Castro Doesn’t Want Tourists to See
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WISE WORDS
 “Government is instituted to protect property of every sort. ... This being the end of government, that alone is a just government, which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.”
                                  -James Madison

"The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence."
                                 -John Adams