Sunday, November 22, 2015

op ed review 11/22

THIS WEEK’S NEWS
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,
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THIS WEEKS COLUMN
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.
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GLOBALONEY
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.'
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LEFTIST WATCH
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.
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ISLAM
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.
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ARTICLES
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.
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
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.”

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