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 décor 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

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