Saturday, November 28, 2015

op ed review 11/29

More than six in 10 Americans believe that the news media, followed closely by Hollywood, has a negative effect on the country, according to a new survey.

Pew Research Center found that 27 percent of registered voters say they think of government as an enemy, up 8 points since 1996.

New Argentine president: “Reduce state's role in economy”

Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ has become propaganda for Democrats

The Republican establishment is nearing full-blown panic about Donald Trump.
100 black pastors and religious leaders set to endorse Trump.
Trump to speak twice in Sarasota because of overwhelming demand.  Lines form five blocks long.
In their desperate quest to end the candidacy of Donald Trump, the media, Democrats, and even fellow Republican candidates have gone Full Godwin on the richly-coiffed real estate mogul: they’re saying he’s a Nazi.

Cannabis may damage the brain.

NOAA’s climate change science fiction.  The environmental intelligence agency ignores inconvenient satellite data.

The United States has issued 680,000 green cards to immigrants of Muslim-majority countries, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Obama administration tells states they can´t block resettlement of refugees

Sheriff posts ´politically incorrect´ sign in Georgia town………'WARNING: Harris County is politically incorrect. We say: Merry Christmas, God Bless America and In God We Trust. We salute our troops and our flag. If this offends you… LEAVE!'

Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform want to know why half of the 23 Obamacare health insurance co-ops have failed

Analysts at U.S. Central Command were pressured to ease off negative assessments about the Islamic State threat and were even told in an email to “cut it out,” Fox News has learned – as an investigation expands into whether intelligence reports were altered to present a more positive picture.

Census Bureau: 21.6% of U.S. Children— 15,931,000--on Food Stamps in 2014

American forces run out of ammo in attack on ISIS.

Investor’s Business Daily  11/23
The only thing more reliable than radical Muslims carrying out terrorist acts is Democrats denying any religious link after an attack, followed by attempts to scrub crime scenes of all evidence of Islam. Hillary Clinton is the latest suspender of disbelief regarding radical Islam's long-running and deep-rooted role in terrorism.

Just days after eight Muslims belonging to the Islamic State massacred 130 Parisians while praising Allah, Hillary Clinton lectured the Council on Foreign Relations:  "Let's be clear…..Muslims have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism." Within hours of her delusional statement, another Muslim terror group, Boko Haram, killed 27 at the Radisson hotel in Mali's capital city, while forcing guests to recite verses from the Quran.

Yet this was not Islam, either, we are told. We heard the same politically correct claptrap after Muslims bombed two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998 and after 19 more Muslims attacked Washington and New York on Sept. 11, 2001, slaughtering almost 3,000. And again after Muslims attacked Madrid, Bali and London. And when Muslim snipers shot up Washington. And when a Muslim massacred soldiers at Fort Hood. And when Muslims slaughtered more than 60, including two dozen children and three pregnant women, at a shopping mall in Kenya. And again after Muslims bombed the Boston marathon. And this year, after a Muslim gunned down five soldiers in Chattanooga.

Though the latest denials are demonstrably false, at least apologists have dropped the risible "Religion of Peace" mantra.

There is no denying that Muslim no-go zones in France and Belgium provided the base of operations for the Paris attacks. Even socialist officials in Paris and Brussels are threatening to "shut down mosques."

Liberals shame conservatives for tying the world epidemic of Islamic terrorism to Islam. But even President Obama let slip last week that "the Muslim community" has to do more to clamp down on terrorists. Instead of dealing with this reality, Obama continues to shove it under the prayer rug.

"The idea was that alienating millions of Muslims would make it harder to fight the jihadists, and even aid in their recruitment," California State University humanities professor Bruce Thornton said.  "There is no evidence that being nice to Muslims — for example, rescuing Afghan and Iraqi Muslims from murderous autocrats — changed traditional Muslim attitudes toward infidels and predisposed them to turn on their fellow Muslims," he added.

Denying that Islam sanctifies violence against non-Muslims just gives more safe space to that violence.

Another excellent but longer read:   “The Controversy over Syrian Refugees Misses the Question We Should Be Asking”   by Andrew C. McCarthy
“The jihad waged by radical Islam rips at France from within. The two mass-murder attacks this year that finally induced President Francois Hollande to concede a state of war are only what we see…..What happens in France happens in Belgium. It happens in Sweden where much of Malmo, the third largest city, is controlled by Muslim immigrant gangs ….. Not long ago in Britain, a soldier was killed and nearly beheaded in broad daylight by jihadists known to the intelligence services; dozens of sharia courts now operate throughout the country, even as Muslim activists demand more accommodations. And it was in Germany, which green-lighted Europe’s ongoing influx of Muslim migrants, that Turkey’s Islamist strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan proclaimed that pressuring Muslims to assimilate in their new Western countries is “a crime against humanity……So how many of us look across the ocean at Europe and say, “Yeah, let’s bring some of that here”?

University students in Massachusetts who were upset by an image of a Confederate flag sticker on another student’s laptop were offered counseling services at Framingham State University. The offer came after the university’s “chief diversity and inclusion officer,” Sean Huddleston, described the display of the small Confederate flag sticker as a “bias incident.”

Even if  it were true that 97 percent of scientists agree mankind is driving global warming”, 97 percent of Americans don’t seem to care about the issue when stacked up against other concerns such as terrorism or the economy, according to a recent Fox News poll. A November Fox News poll of more than 1,000 registered voters found that only 3 percent listed “climate change” as the most important issue facing the country today, down from 5 percent in August. Americans were much more worried about terrorism, the economy and immigration than global warming.

Secret cell of British Muslim women encouraging others to join Islamic State exposed

Colon:  “Before he managed to oust three deserving governors from the 2016 presidential race, I welcomed what Mr. Trump brought to the table. He dared to bring up issues that needed to be discussed but had been ignored by the mainstream media. His blunt responses to crises was a refreshing breath of air to the normally political doublespeak mouthed by candidates. Most of those who first supported Trump would tell me, "I wouldn't vote for him but I like what he has to say." Now the unthinkable has happened. They now view Trump as someone they could support. Mercy…….Recently Ann Coulter tweeted that the Paris terror attacks had just elected Donald Trump as president. That is a sad commentary of the judgment of the American conservative voter. What Donald Trump is preaching is not that much different from what I've been writing about for the past 16 years but I am totally unqualified to be president and so is Donald Trump. If all one has to do to get elected is to shout what people want to hear then we are truly becoming an idiocracy.”

Tom Tancredo:  “By any measure, we are losing the war against ISIS and radical Islam. A bigger problem is we do not yet realize we are losing or why. Their legions are growing, their ambitions are apocalyptic, and our resolve is as strong as silly putty….”

There have been 2703 Shootings and 440 Deaths Year-To-Date In Heavily Gun-Controlled Chicago.  That is an increase of approximately 400 shootings over the same time last year.

15 Excerpts That Show How Radical, Weird and Out of Touch College Campuses Have Become….examples:
1) “College Students Say Remembering 9/11 Is Offensive to Muslims....Students at the University of Minnesota killed a proposed moment of silence for 9/11 victims due to concerns that Muslim students would be offended.”
2) “Portland State University Offers Course Teaching How to 'Make Whiteness Strange'...According to Portland State University Professor Rachel Sanders’ 'White Privilege' course, 'whiteness' must be dismantled if racial justice will ever be achieved.
3) "A University in the San Francisco Area Actually Told Students To Call 911 if They Were Offended.
4) “Educators in the Volunteer State are very concerned that students might be offended by the usage of traditional pronouns like she, he, him and hers, according to a document from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
5) “A Professor at Polk State College has allegedly failed a humanities student after she refused to concede that Jesus is a ‘myth’ or that Christianity oppresses women during a series of mandatory assignments at the Florida college
6) “College Codes Make ‘Color Blindness’ a Microaggression…wait, what?.... UCLA says "Color Blindness," the idea we shouldn't obsess over people's race, is a microaggression. If you refuse to treat an individual as a ‘racial/cultural being,’ then you're being aggressive.”
7) “The phrase 'politically correct' is now a microaggression according to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
8) ) "'American,' 'illegal alien,' 'foreigners,' 'mothering,' and 'fathering' are just a handful of words deemed 'problematic' by the University of New Hampshire’s Bias-Free Language Guide
Many more…..

A guy goes into a bar and there is a robot bartender. The robot says, "What will you have?" The guy says "Martini." The robot brings back the best martini ever and says to the man, "What's your IQ?" The guy says, "168." The robot then proceeds to talk about physics, space exploration and medical technology. The guy leaves, but he is curious, so he goes back into the bar. The robot bartender says, "What will you have?" The guy says, "Martini". Again, the robot makes a great martini, gives it to the man and says, "What's your IQ?" The guy says, "100." The robot then starts to talk about Nascar, Budweiser and John Deere tractors. The guy leaves, but finds it very interesting, so he thinks he will try it one more time. He goes back into the bar. The robot says, "What will you have?" The guy says, "Martini", and the robot brings him another great martini. The robot then says, "What's your IQ?" The guy says, "Uh, about 50." The robot leans in real close and says, "So... you still happy you voted for Obama?"

Sunday, November 22, 2015

op ed review 11/22

First came the president’s robotic, tone-deaf press conference in Antayla, Turkey, a mere three days after the horrific Paris terror attacks by ISIS. Appearing peeved that he even had to discuss it, Obama repeatedly defended his ISIS strategy in somnolent tones, blandly describing the slaughter of 129 innocents as “a setback.”

Obama shielding more than 80% of illegals from deportation...

Sources Say Obama Won´t Listen to Intel About Islamic Terrorist Groups
President Obama said that Syrian refugees are no more dangerous to the U.S. than tourists
The Obama administration is deliberately sending Syrian refugees to states led by Republican governors, Donald Trump alleged Tuesday.

An acid-tongued Hillary Clinton ripped into conservatives on Thursday for what she said was an ´obsession in some quarters´ with the notion that the global spread of terrorism is a byproduct of the Muslim faith, denying that the two are connected in any way.

Jihadis storm hotel with guns and grenades taking 170 hostage in ex-French colony Mali.
Syrian community leader: ISIS is already in America

ISIS threatens NYC in new propaganda video
ISIS warns Washington...'White House will turn black with our fire'...
Eight Syrian illegal aliens attempted to enter Texas from Mexico.
Six Men from Pakistan, Afghanistan Busted Entering Arizona...

Reuters survey:  58 percent of Americans say they “don’t identify with what America has become.” While Republicans and Independents are the most likely to agree with this statement, even 45 percent of Democrats share this feeling.

Republicans aren’t sold on Rubio
Iowa conservatives shifting to Cruz

 “Two Clintons, 41 years, $3 billion raised.”

In a 289-137 vote, the House on Thursday easily approved legislation that requires new screening requirements on refugees from Syria and Iraq before they can enter the United States. Forty-seven Democrats defied President Obama’s veto threat and backed the bill — just short of enough to override a presidential veto if all members are present.

Hillary Clinton’s people have demanded the comedy club the Laugh Factory take down a brief video of Hillary jokes and asked for phone numbers of the comedians.

Putin on terrorism: ´To forgive them is up to God, but to send them to him is up to me´
Contrast:  Obama, meeting in Turkey with other heads of state, called the atrocity a “setback” and urged patience. 

House Democratic leaders are lining up against a GOP proposal to stiffen background checks for Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

The Senate passed two resolutions under the Congressional Review Act Tuesday night repealing the key plank of the Environmental Protection Agency’s global warming regulatory agenda.

Jeb Bush says he does not support blocking Syrian refugees from seeking asylum in the U.S., putting him at odds with many Republicans over the role the nation should play in dealing with the threat of terror.

Bobby Jindal became the third Republican presidential candidate to drop from the 2016 race late Monday, all of them governors,

Investor’s Business Daily  11/19

Constitutionally, Barack Obama has 427 days left in his second term. But actually, the Democrat has already abdicated his role in the highest office that his countrymen can ever bestow. His petty, petulant remarks recently and especially abroad this week confirmed the sadness.

Obama's not even a lame duck anymore. Ironic that he controls the most power on the planet. But stands before us and the world now as a mere shell of an American leader, bereft of any real influence or earned stature. He's ignored by Russia, defied by Iran. Instead of respect, he gets heads shaking.

Growing numbers of Americans, even fellow Democrats, are not just shocked by recent Obama behaviors. They are disturbed. Maybe even frightened for our country, their kids, like many of us facing these last 14 unpredictable months of his reign. Not that they're new Obama behaviors, but the same ones more frequent and extreme.

Obama has always tried to appear detached from events around him. He's not afraid of anything, understand. He's just so much more intelligent than mere mortals that he can't be bothered. Now, Obama's simply detached -- from world events, from political priorities, from reality.

The U.S. economy is roaring back. Not a scintilla of IRS corruption. No national security damage in Hillary Clinton's unsecure private email server. ObamaCare is a huge success. The VA hospital system is fixed. American global influence and approval have never been greater. The Fort Hood shootings were workplace violence. Russia's annexation of Crimea will not stand.

Benghazi was about a video. Global warming is the worst national security threat. Iran will self-police itself from acquiring nuclear weapons. ISIS is minor league. Its forces are contained. The death of 130 Parisians is a setback. Putin is isolated. A deadly Delta Force-ISIS firefight was not combat.

There's no such thing as radical Islam. Yemen is an anti-terrorism success story. Releasing Guantanamo terrorists cripples al Qaeda recruiting. He can change laws by fiat.

Obama's 10,000+ authorized Syrian refugees are all widows and orphans. Each of them will be thoroughly vetted -- trust him and the U.N. -- despite the absence of any documentation, databases or functioning governments there. Just like the refugee Tsarnaev boys. Oh, wait! They were the Boston bomber brothers.

Wednesday in Manila a self-indulgent Obama took his political cynicism to a new level, acting shocked -- shocked, mind you -- that the opposition party (and, psst, leaders in Obama's own party) were voicing the concerns and fears of millions about a wave of Syrian refugees, possibly peppered with terrorists, as occurred in Paris and Boston.

Instead of trying to assuage the fears with facts as a genuine leader might, Obama fell back on petty, political posturing beneath his office. "Apparently," Obama opined during a news conference with Philippine President Benigno Aquino, "they’re scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America as part of our tradition of compassion…”   Obama might have had a point if he or Yawn Kerry had made the slightest bid to explain their peremptory refugee decision at any time in the two months since they arrogantly announced it. As a regal Obama also failed to do when he decided to bring Ebola patients into the U.S., despite widespread public fears. He wasn't worried. So, no one else should be……

As one little-noticed result, in 2012 Obama became the first president since World War II to win reelection with fewer popular votes than his initial victory. Almost 3.6 million Americans changed their mind about him. As more time passes and his delusions and inappropriate behaviors accumulate, those numbers of changed minds are only likely to grow, sadly.

Prominent Scientists Declare Climate Claims Ahead of UN Summit ‘Irrational’ – ‘Based On Nonsense’ – ‘Leading us down a false path’ MIT Climate Scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen: 'Demonization of CO2 is irrational at best and even modest warming is mostly beneficial.' - 'When someone says this is the warmest temperature on record. What are they talking about? It’s just nonsense. This is a very tiny change period.'  Princeton Physicist Dr. Will Happer: 'Policies to slow CO2 emissions are really based on nonsense. We are being led down a false path. To call carbon dioxide a pollutant is really Orwellian. You are calling something a pollutant that we all produce. Where does that lead us eventually?'   Greenpeace Co-Founder Dr. Patrick Moore: 'We are dealing with pure political propaganda that has nothing to do with science.'

Missouri student protesters tweet outrage that Paris attacks took spotlight away from their movement and enabled white people to ´”empathize with victims of international terrorism while denying the domestic terrorism”

One young student at Georgia Southern University (GSU) is learning the consequences for publicly criticizing the racially-charged protests at the University of Missouri after being fired from her job and having a number of her fellow classmates demand her expulsion.

Only 30 Paris Muslims in City of 224,000 Muslims Turn Out to Protest Bloody ISIS Attacks

She was hardly a model Muslim before she became an ISIS suicide bomber — drinking booze, hanging out with drug dealers and posing for naked photos in a bubble bath. Before-and-after photos of Paris terrorist Hasna Aitboulahcen, 26, show her radical transformation from a hard-partying clubgoer nicknamed “Cowgirl” into a violent Muslim extremist.

Trump Rides a Blue-Collar Wave   Fifty-five percent of his supporters are white working-class.

So how would Ronald Reagan have handled the terrorist attacks on Paris and the grim aftermath? “President Reagan would have done everything Barack Obama is not doing. He would have been rational, manly, intellectual and tough. He would not have been a shameful, spoiled little man child, irrationally attacking Americans while on foreign soil,” historian Craig Shirley tells Inside the Beltway…. “ISIS, al Qaeda and radical Islam overall is a complex enemy that requires different kind of response, much like Soviet communism. It requires an ideological response, and Reagan would have understood that.

A large sample national poll conducted by IPSOS for Reuters (full pdf below) reflects an increasingly obvious reality – Donald Trump is the dominant candidate with a vast and growing support base. Significantly, the data also shows: five times as many independent voters choose Donald Trump over Marco Rubio and/or Ted Cruz. Political followers have noticed GOP insider strategy modified to stop attacking Trump directly. Instead they shifted their marginalization approach by trying to attach Trump to candidate Ted Cruz.

If you find yourself in a terror attack similar to the ones that hit Paris last week, do not play dead. That’s part of the grim new guidance (pdf) being issued by the UK National Counter-Terrorism Security Office (Nactso). The document outlines what to do in “response to a fast-moving incident such as a firearms or weapons attack.”