Saturday, December 5, 2015

op ed review 12/6

THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Neighbors of husband and wife San Bernardino shooters ´noticed them acting suspiciously but did NOT report them for fear of racial profiling´.

President Obama Says the U.S. Is Safe From an ISIS Attack
ISIS claims responsibility for San Bernardino attack but White House refuses to call California shooting ‘terrorism’.
Rudy Giuliani: If You Can’t See This Was  an Act of Terror “You’re a Moron
Three Democratic Congressman will show “solidarity” with the American Muslim community by visiting a mosque once led by Anwar al-Awlaki, the deceased chief recruiter for Al Qaeda.

Obama Names Hamas Sympathizer as New ISIS Czar

America’s former top spy said Tuesday that President Obama ignored early warnings about the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group in 2011 and 2012 because the intelligence did not fit his re-election “narrative.”

In a remarkable display of mush-headed illogic, the New York Times has run a front page editorial for the first time in 95 years advocating gun control measures it admits would be ineffectual. In the 447 words prompted by the San Bernardino slaughter, there was not room for the words “Islam” or Islamic,” only for a demand to take guns away from law-abiding Americans.
A New York county sheriff has asked all licensed handgun owners to carry their pistols. http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/12/03/ulster-county-sheriff-carry-guns/
Draw your weapons. That's what Sheriff Joe Arpaio is urging nearly a quarter-million Arizona gun owners to do to fight terrorism and mass shooters.
On December 3, The Washington Post reported that gun crime has been on the decline for about 20 years, except in gun-free zones where shootings are on the increase.

Trump threatens billion dollar “political industry”
America’s most reliable bellwether county has fallen for “the wild man from New York”.

Woman asks Hillary: “If all rape accusers have the right to be believed, should we believe the women who say your husband raped them?”

GOP set to pass Obamacare repeal for first time.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the military to open all combat jobs to women, rebuffing requests by the Marine Corps to exclude women from certain front-line combat jobs.

Hillary Clinton proposes spending $275 Billion on ´Shovel Ready´ jobs.

More than 179,000 illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes, including violent ones, continue to roam free across the United States, with reports indicating that these illegal immigrants commit new crimes “every day,” according to lawmakers and the director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, also known as ICE.
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THIS WEEKS COLUMN
Helen Raleigh  12/5

At the beginning of this week, the rich and powerful from around the world, congregated in Paris, a city that was under terrorist attack just a few weeks ago, to discuss a solution to an imaginary enemy who is "worse" than terrorism--climate change. Other than emitting a lot of hot air, no one expects any meaningful outcome from this conference that will benefit the vast majority of people around the world. But to the environmentalists, this gathering marks their triumph.

Deep down, environmentalism isn't about saving the planet, but is a disguised anti-Capitalism movement and it's most vocal advocates won't deny their true intention. I have travelled around the world and I noticed that the freer the country, the better quality of the air one breathes. Anyone who wants to save the planet should promote freedom, private property rights and voluntary exchange. In a word, if you want better environment, embrace capitalism.

Comparing environmentalism and socialism side by side, you can see many similarities between these two ideologies:

Both were created by elitist intelligentsias who believed they have the moral responsibility to save the masses who are too dumb for their own good. For our own benefit, the benevolent elitists decide how to best organize the economy and live our lives. Both ideologies rely heavily on the power of the State to impose their visions on everyone else. For instance, socialism organizes the means of production and distribution of outcomes through central planning; while environmentalism demands government regulations to enforce their ideal way of living upon everyone else and punish anyone who doesn't obey.

Both treat Capitalism as their worst enemy. Both believe Capitalism to be responsible for many problems in this world: depleting the earth’s resources, damaging the environment, exacerbating poverty and class struggle. The very reason of Socialism's existence is to abolish Capitalism; while the environmentalists believe the future is a choice between Capitalism or a habitable planet-you can't have both, even though actual historical data shows otherwise: people are healthier, happier, wealthier, and live longer today, compared to decades ago, thanks to the spread of free markets and economic freedom. Capitalism is about choice, while environmentalism is about control.

Both are bent on enforcing conformity with any means necessary. Socialism enforces conformity through rationing necessities and thought-control via reeducation camps. Environmentalists have declared the end of discussion on the validity of climate change because "the science is settled." Anyone who dares to question climate activists' data, logic and accuracy is automatically denounced as a science denier. But the very nature of science means it is never settled. It is constant inquiry, as the greatest scientist of the 20th century Albert Einstein famously exclaimed, "the important thing is never stop questioning."

Both are willing to sacrifice the most vulnerable people for the "greater good. "The history of Socialism was written in the blood and tears of millions. Environmentalism, from its infancy in early 20th century, saw itself as having "the responsibility of saying what forms of life shall be preserved." The arrogance of these elitist intelligentsia is on full display at the Paris climate conference where the pledge is to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius above a preindustrial level….

Does any environmentalists realize that, even in 2015, there are still people sustaining on a pre-industrial standard of living? According to 2012 data from the World Health Organization’s website, “Around 3 billion people still cook and heat their homes using solid fuels (i.e. wood, crop wastes, charcoal, coal and dung) in open fires and leaky stoves. Most are poor, and live in low- and middle-income countries. 4.3 million people per year die prematurely from illness attributable to the household air pollution caused by the inefficient use of solid fuels." In India alone, over 300 million people have no access to electricity. If these people can have access to oil and gas now, it will fundamentally change their lives for the better forever. To deny them their access to fossil fuels is no different than condemning them to eternal poverty.

Even in developed countries like the U.S., wrong-headed environmental policies have the most devastating impact on ordinary people. For example, the EPA's regulation on carbon emissions forced many electric utilities to shut down coal-fired power plants. The Wall Street Journal reported that since 2009, "332 coal mines in West Virginia have been closed and 9,733 jobs have been lost. Of West Virginians over the age of 16, only 53% have a job or are looking for work."Of course, the rich and powerful are exempt from any of the rules they set for everyone else. At the Paris climate conference, while Obama lectured the world on the importance of cutting CO2 emissions, he neglected to mention that his Paris trip will send more CO2 into the atmosphere than 31 American homes' energy usage for an entire year.

As C.S. Lewis wrote in his essay "God in the Dock" that "of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive... those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth."

Environmentalism is the "new age" socialism and the overzealous environmentalists are the kind of tyranny we all should be very wary of.

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BOOKS
“Too Dumb to Fail: How the GOP Betrayed the Reagan Revolution to Win Elections (and How It Can Reclaim Its Conservative Roots)”  by Matt K Lewis.   Hugh Hewitt says  "Very few books about politics get my 'must read' stamp, but Matt Lewis' is one of them. Every conservative feeling as though the movement has collapsed, every Republican despairing of ever winning the White House, every independent who has no idea what to do or whom to support, should read this book immediately."

“Oasis: Conversion Stories of Hollywood Legends,” by Mary Claire Kendall…..delves deep into the lives of 12 Hollywood stars from Tinseltown’s golden age to reveal a side of them most are unfamiliar with: their faith journeys. Whether they came from broken homes, struggled with addictions, or were rampant adulterers, each of the stars featured in “Oasis” rose from their own personal battle to find comfort and healing in faith. 
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LEFTIST WATCH
George Soros, Tom Steyer are ‘investors’ in Obama’s new ‘clean’ energy research plan

The U.S. State Department says it is “troubled” by Russia’s decision to ban two of liberal billionaire George Soros' pro-democracy charities and label the organizations a threat to national security.
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GLOBALONEY
President Obama’s claim on Tuesday that fish are swimming in the streets of Miami because of climate change has no basis in fact, local news outlets are reporting. Obama made the fishy claim, which echoes comments former vice president Al Gore recently made, during a press conference at a climate summit in Paris

Fred Singer:  “The burden of proof for Anthropogenic Climate Change falls on alarmists. Climate Change (CC) has been ongoing for millions of years – long before humans existed on this planet. Obviously, the causes were all of natural origin, and not anthropogenic. There is no reason to believe that these natural causes have suddenly stopped…..

Skeptical Climate Documentary ‘Climate Hustle’ To Have Red Carpet Premiere in Paris.  The film is the first climate documentary to profile scientists who have reversed their views from supporting the so-called “consensus” position to a conversion to skepticism. The film also profiles politically left scientists who have now declared themselves skeptics of man-made global warming and United Nations scientists who have now turned against the UN for “distorting” climate science.

France’s Top Weatherman Hired By Kremlin After Being Fired For Questioning Global Warming
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ISLAM
Islam USA: Inside America's only Muslim-majority city, where the call to prayer echoes in the streets - and Syrian refugees are welcomed in defiance of the governor
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ARTICLES
Was Trump right?  Did New Jersey Muslims Celebrate on 9/11?   The facts and the eyewitness.

Today, working-class whites increasingly feel like the American Dream is leaving them behind economically, culturally, and demographically. Liberalism — the election of Barack Obama, the rise of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and our apparent impotence abroad, rioting in the streets and unrest in the cities, and political correctness run amok (on college campuses, and elsewhere) — also contribute to the backlash that is buoying Mr Trump. (If they preach diversity, the logic goes, then we will preach deportations. If they preach political correctness in the form of speech codes, micro-aggressions, and “trigger warnings”, then we shall preach the other extreme —straight talk, with no self-imposed limits.) When we’re frustrated and fed up, we sometimes overreach just to prove a point. Donald Trump is the embodiment of this tantrum. His slogan, “Make America Great Again,” invokes a sort of nationalistic nostalgia that hearkens back to some bygone era that we can only hope to restore through Trump-ism.

Car service, hotels, and accommodations for the president and other administration officials to attend climate change talks in Paris are costing taxpayers nearly $2 million, according to government contracts.Obama’s Motorcade for Climate Change Talks Costing $784,825

The adoption and implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative in more than 40 states around the country since 2010 has wrought two major changes: (1) a notable decrease in the use of fiction and literature in America’s reading and English classes and (2) lower reading and math scores on the U.S. Department of Education-mandated National Assessment of Educational Progress.
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
Obama’s Top 8 Idiotic Statements in Paris

Universities across the country are telling students and staff that they should avoid basically anything holiday-related in their seasonal displays and parties — including even certain color combinations — in order to ensure “inclusivity.”

The United States of El Chapo: DEA cartel map of America shows that the fugitive
drug lord dominates almost the whole of the US

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