Saturday, April 30, 2016

op ed review 5/1



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Tuesday was pretty good for Donald Trump. He swept five states and edged closer to the magic number of 1,237 delegates needed to win the Republican presidential nomination. His winning numbers were impressive, ranging from 54 percent of the GOP primary vote in Maryland to 64 percent in Rhode Island.
Trump will likely wind up winning the most primary votes of any GOP presidential candidate in modern history.
At his first California rally, Trump honors families of those killed by illegal aliens.
Rioters rage outside the rally...police car smashed…many wave Mexican flags

If the election were held today, most polls show Trump losing to Hillary.
But one Democratic election strategist believes Donald Trump will beat Hillary Clinton like a “baby seal,” and that working class whites who haven’t already left the Democratic Party for cultural reasons will do so now for economic ones.

With varying enthusiasm, GOP elites are accepting Trump as their nominee

Ted Cruz announced on Wednesday in Indiana that should he receive the nomination, his general election running mate will be former Hewlett-Packard CEO and presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.   “….this is unorthodox.”  
A senior Republican House lawmaker on Tuesday floated Ted Cruz as a possible Supreme Court pick to replace Justice Antonin Scalia should Cruz fail to win the GOP presidential nomination.
But the Republican establishment hates him:  Former House speaker Boehner calls Ted Cruz “Lucifer in the flesh.”

Obama is First President Ever to Not See Single Year of 3% GDP Growth
The Obama economy is literally killing people.

Here it comes:  California legislators look to extend Obamacare health coverage to the state’s estimated 2.6 million illegal immigrant population. If passed and signed into law, California would be the first state in the nation to request illegal immigrants be covered through a state exchange.

Believing in only two genders is being investigated as a ‘hate crime’ at a Catholic college.

A prominent Ku Klux Klan leader says that the group has raised thousands of dollars for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and that the Klan is officially endorsing the Democratic frontrunner for president—a claim the Clinton campaign vigorously denies.

More than 500,000 boycott Target over transgender bathroom policy

Judge Andrew Napolitano predicted that if the Justice Department shields Hillary Clinton from indictment it will be “catastrophic” for her candidacy and that President Barack Obama will be confronted with a crisis similar to one that Richard Nixon faced.

Homeland Security has made some gains in detaining criminal aliens but still released into the community nearly 20,000 immigrants last year who’d already been convicted of crimes — including hundreds charges with sexual assault, kidnapping or homicide — according to figures sent to Congress this week.

First illegal immigrants were renamed “undocumented”. Now the Justice Dept. calls young criminals “justice-involved youth”, to avoid being judgmental.

When so-called "assault weapons" were banned by the Bill Clinton administration in 1994, the overwhelming majority of Americans (80%) supported it. Now, not even a majority do. The turnaround is nothing short of remarkable.

Nancy Pelosi happily told a press conference that the Democrats’ goal to make homosexual marriage the law of the land could not be accomplished “legislatively,” but was achieved through “the courts.”

Hollywood loves to paint itself as America’s capital of compassion. So why is the hottest script right now all about comedian Will Ferrell mocking Ronald Reagan’s fatal battle with the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease?
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Dennis Prager  4/29/16
This month, Stanford University students voted on a campus resolution that would have their college require a course on Western civilization, as it did until the 1980s. Stanford students rejected the proposal 1,992 to 347. A columnist at the Stanford Daily explained why: Teaching Western civilization means "upholding white supremacy, capitalism and colonialism, and all other oppressive systems that flow from Western civilizations." The vote -- and the column -- encapsulated the left's view: In Europe, Latin America and America, it loathes Western civilization.

Wherever there is conflict between the West -- identified as white, capitalist or of European roots -- and the non-West, the left portrays the West as the villain…... The left similarly describes any suggestion that anything Western is superior to anything non-Western. Likewise, it dismisses virtually all Western achievements, but regards criticism of anything non-Western as racist, chauvinistic, imperialist, colonialist, xenophobic, etc.

That is why the left is so protective of Islam. America's left-wing president, Barack Obama, will not use, and does not seem to allow the government to use, the words "Islamic terrorism." And, criticism of Islam is labeled "Islamophobic," thereby morally equating any such criticism with racism. It is not that the left is sympathetic to Islam, for it has contempt for all religions. It is that many Muslims loathe the West, and the enemies of my enemy (the West) must be protected.

That is why the left loathes Israel. If the left actually cared about human rights, women's rights, gay rights, or freedom of speech, religion and press, it would be wildly pro-Israel. But Israel, in the left's view, is white, European and colonialist, or in other words, Western. And the Palestinians are non-Western.

So, the Big Question is, why? Why is the left hostile toward Western civilization? After decades of considering this question, I have concluded the answer is this: standards.

The left hates standards -- moral standards, artistic standards, cultural standards. The West is built on all three, and it has excelled in all three.

Why does the left hate standards? It hates standards because when there are standards, there is judgment. And leftists don't want to be judged. Thus, Michelangelo is no better than any contemporary artist, and Rembrandt is no greater than any non-Western artist. So, too, street graffiti -- which is essentially the defacing of public and private property, and thus serves to undermine civilization -- is "art." Melody-free, harmony-free, atonal sounds are just as good as Beethoven's music. And Western classical music is no better than the music of any non-Western civilization. Guatemalan poets are every bit as worthy of study as Shakespeare.

When the Nobel Prize-winning American novelist Saul Bellow asked an interviewer, "Who is the Tolstoy of the Zulus? The Proust of the Papuans?" all hell broke loose on the cultural left. Bellow had implied that the greatest writers of fiction were Western. Why such antagonism? Because if some art is really better than other art, your art may be judged inferior. The narcissism of left-wing thought does not allow for anyone to be better than you artistically or in any other way. Therefore, all art and artists must be equal.

In the moral realm, the same rejection of standards exists. Thus, the left loathed President Ronald Reagan for labeling the Soviet Union an "evil empire," because that would mean America was morally superior to the Soviet Union. And such a judgment was unacceptable. The whole left-wing moral vocabulary is a rejection of Western moral standards: "tolerance," "inclusion," "anti-discrimination" (by definition, standards discriminate), "non-judgmental," and even "income inequality," which deems some peoples' work more valuable than others.

Every civilization had slavery. But only thanks to Judeo-Christian civilization was slavery abolished there, and eventually elsewhere. Nevertheless, to speak about any moral superiority of Western or Judeo-Christian civilization is completely unacceptable, thanks to the left's stranglehold on education and most media.

In this regard, the protection of Islam by the left is so thorough that one cannot even say such obvious truths such as that the status of women has been far superior in the Judeo-Christian West than in the Islamic world. The veil women wear, for example, is dehumanizing. Yet, in a speech at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America, a rabbi who, at the time, was the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said that a woman's voluntary choice to wear a head scarf "deserves our respect."

And finally, we come to the left's loathing of the religions of Western civilization -- the Judeo-Christian religions, which have clear standards of right and wrong. Bible-based religions affirm a morally judging God. For the left, that is anathema. For the left, the only judging allowed is leftists' judging of others. No one judges the left -- neither man nor God.

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LEFTIST WATCH
Hey Venezuela, how’s that socialism working out for you??  Venezuela has introduced a new concept to the workplace calendar: the five-day weekend. President Nicol├ís Maduro will furlough the country´s public employees — who account for a third of the labor force — for the bulk of the week, so they can sit through rolling power blackouts at home rather than in the office. “
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GLOBALONEY
A three-year study of fracking undertaken by the University of Cincinnati will not be released to the public, because it found no damage at all. This direct contradiction of the goals of many environmentalists groups had to be suppressed. As the lead researcher said, “I am really sad to say this, but some of our funders, the groups that had given us funding in the past, were a little disappointed in our results. They feel that fracking is scary and so they were hoping this data could to a reason to ban it….”

Leading climate activists are warning moviegoers to shun the May 2nd nationwide one-day theater screening of “Climate Hustle,” a new film debunking climate alarmism and its big government solutions. Bill Nye, who entertains the idea of throwing climate skeptics in the slammer, warned the film’s producer that “Climate Hustle’s” content endangers not just the nation, but also the world:
Weather Channel Founder Slams Bill Nye: Calls him ‘a pretend scientist in a bow tie’
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ISLAM
Mexican drug traffickers help Islamic terrorists stationed in Mexico cross into the United States to explore targets for future attacks, according to a high-ranking Homeland Security official.

Europe will 'soon have more Muslims than Christians': Belgium warns against 'making an enemy of Islam' at Brussels attacks hearing

A Muslim family therapist in Saudi Arabia posted a video in which he gives advice on “wife beating,” explaining that the “necessary Islamic conditions for beating must be met,” and shows that husbands must not use a long wooden rod to beat their wife but instead use a “tooth-cleaning twig” or handkerchief.

Saudi Arabia isn’t ready to end the world’s only ban on women driving,
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ARTICLES
Roger Simon:  Apologies to those who still don´t accept the inevitability of a Donald Trump candidacy in the Republican Party -- I feel your pain, as a famous prevaricator/predator once said -- but, disappointing as it may be to Fox and CNN executives, not to mention the millions or hundreds of thousands of voters loyal to Messrs. Cruz and Kasich, it´s all over but the shouting and the backbiting. Cleveland in July may not be Christmas in July, but it´s not going to be the second coming of the 1992 L.A. riots or the 1968 Chicago convention either.

“I’ve just listened to the Donald’s foreign policy speech. It was excellent. Informed. Measured. OK, a bit ambitious. But it reflected more understanding of how the world works and of a strong but reasonable approach to protecting Americans and American interests in that world than anyone has heard from Donald to this point. (And I liked the complete sentences.) Where the hell has this been? This is Jekyll to Donald’s usual Hyde.”

“10 Signs You´ve Joined the Trump Cult”
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INTERESTING WEBSITES
Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film.

R and D convention delegate calculator:

Saturday, April 16, 2016

op ed review 4/17



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
One of Every Six Workers in the United States is an Immigrant
For the first time, classrooms in public schools are filled mostly by nonwhite students.

Islamic terrorists and droves of illegal immigrants—mainly youths—have slipped into the United States through Mexico recently, but the deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) insists the “the border is more secure now than it has been in many, many years.”

Colorado held its delegate convention last weekend. When the sweet smelling smoke cleared from Colorado Springs, Ted Cruz walked away with all 34 delegates.
The reason Senator Ted Cruz swept the Colorado delegate count this past Saturday at the state assembly in Colorado Springs had nothing to do with party malfeasance, establishment monkey business nor any “rigging of the system.” Donald Trump lost the Colorado delegate race for one reason only – he got out-worked.

Trump has a 43-point lead in the New York Republican presidential primary.
Longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly has asked her daughter and five others to resign from the board of Eagle Forum after tension spread through the group over Schlafly’s endorsement of Donald Trump.
New York Post Endorses Donald Trump
Karl Rove-backed PAC warms to Trump:  The strategist publicly questions Trump’s electability, but privately his PAC tells donors Trump can win.
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/karl-rove-donald-trump-221926#ixzz45oHZh8LE
Former Scott Walker Campaign Manager, Joins Team Trump

Hillary Clinton was booed at Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate after she defended raising money from Wall Street by arguing that President Obama had done the same.
Hillary Clinton’s favorability has hit a new national low. According to HuffPost Pollster, which monitors more than 392 polls from 42 national pollsters, Clinton is viewed unfavorably by 55 percent of the electorate, a two-point jump from last month’s measure,
Newsroom coverage of a racially charged joke shared by Hillary Clinton and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was soft-pedaled after the story was initially ignored for three days.
Pay Gap Alert: Clinton Foundation Male Execs Earn 38% More Than Women

Over the course of the 86 full months that President Barack Obama has completed serving in the White House the U.S. Treasury has collected approximately $18,764,164,000,000 in tax revenues. That equals approximately $124,003 for each of the 151,320,000 persons who had either a full- or part-time job.
Hillary Clinton admitted her tax proposals will increase taxes on the American people by at least $1 trillion over the next ten years.
IRS chief admits agency encourages illegal immigrant theft of SSNs to file tax returns

This is a bad sign:  The Citadel is considering a request from a student that she be allowed to wear a hijab in keeping with her Muslim faith, a move that would be an unprecedented exception to the school’s longstanding uniform requirements.

Signs that Europe is doomed:  The German government has approved a criminal inquiry into a comic who mocked the Turkish president.

Health insurance companies are amplifying their warnings about the financial sustainability of the ObamaCare marketplaces as they seek approval for premium increases next year. Insurers say they are losing money on their ObamaCare plans at a rapid rate, and some have begun to talk about dropping out of the marketplaces altogether.

Facebook czar Mark Zuckerberg, who condemned "fearful voices," like Donald Trump for pushing walls against immigrants, is facing a backlash over his own efforts keep neighbors away from his homes.

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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Alicia Colon   4/13
No one is enthusiastic about the candidates running for president in 2016 except for the Democrats cheering for Hillary and Bernie and they are in deep denial. The idea that the only ones their party have in the race is a corrupt, indictable, incompetent former Secretary of State and an elderly communist should be laughable yet both are still taken seriously. As for the Republicans, they’ve managed to throw away excellent candidates and are spending all their time trashing one another instead of getting real.

Here’s the nitty gritty that all are ignoring- any one of the original candidates vying for the GOP nomination is more qualified than Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and that includes Donald Trump. The country will not fall apart if Trump wins and those heralding a disaster are blowing smoke generated by the establishment GOP and the statist RINOs who want to keep their jobs and power.

The mainstream media hasn’t done its job in decades, opting instead to promote its own agenda of attacking all things conservative. If it had it would have reported that protesters at Trump and Cruz rallies are probably paid with funds from the infamous megalomaniac George Soros. The average American voter doesn’t have the time or the will to travel around the country waving manufactured flags and chanting socialist demands.

It’s time to look in the mirror at the real person hiding their head in the sand. The hysteria at the possibility of a Trump presidency is nonsense. It is the idea of a Clinton presidency that should scare us all so why hasn’t it?

If the GOP candidates had any sense they would be targeting her instead of each other. To do that they have to remind the young voters what she was like the last time she was in the White House. Bill Clinton called her his co-president. His presidency was the most classless since Grant but not as honorable. The Clinton administration was riddled with staff that could not pass security clearances yet managed to be hired anyway.

I watched a Hillary television ad that listed all her achievements and I shouted,” Lies, all lies,” at the screen. The idea that she’s for women’s rights is a canard considering that she trashed any woman accusing her rapist husband of sexual impropriety. Any young woman planning to support Hillary needs to Google the so-called ‘bimbos’ that Hillary destroyed.

She was my Senator and did absolutely nothing except name some government buildings and throw taxpayer funds at cronies and Dem donors. Her attempt at health care legislation (Hillarycare) ending up with litigation against her closed-door tactics that cost the government $285,864 in legal fees for plaintiffs. Although that award was overturned, her entire efforts to assume presidential powers as First Lady were clouded by her arrogance and incompetence. She was described by the Chief Counsel of the Watergate Committee in 1973, a Democrat, Jerry Zeifman, as ‘unethical and dishonest’. Good call, Jerry.

The myth of the Clinton administration’s success will one day be exposed when the mainstream media finally grows a pair and admits that the only good thing Bill Clinton did was step side and let Newt Gingrich’s Congress pass its Contract With America. Let’s remind these young uninformed voters that while he was impeached on a trumped up charge of perjury and inappropriate sexual activity with an intern, he should have been impeached for treason involving accepting reelection campaign funds from Communist China in exchange for releasing our national data. Hillary’s email scandal is just part of a corruption pattern that the Clintons have been using for decades.

Sadly I’ve read articles on billionaires funding anti-Trump campaigns but they should really be flooding the airwaves with ads showing how the low class, vulgar, drug-addled Clinton staff vandalized the White House when they left in 2000. Ads should be informing the ill-informed, low info Democrat voter the truth of the past of both Hillary’s real treatment of women and Sanders’ (who is not even a Democrat) many years in office that produced nothing. I watched a Sanders ad and again shouted at the screen, “Who’s going to pay for this, Bernie?”

Why don’t these billionaires offer free copies of Animal Farm and 1984 to this burgeoning national idiocracy? These classics used to be required reading in schools but the Marxist academia has made sure they no longer are.

I am not a Trump supporter nor am I crazy about Ted Cruz. In fact, I really don’t care personally for either but both have one quality that I find valuable-they are anti-establishment. That is a very good thing and in November, I will vote for any GOP nominee who has that same quality. If this man wins it is up to the rest of us to see that he has a Congress that is against the status quo as well. Then America has a very good chance to be great again.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
 “I'm enjoying the irony of American Sanders supporters lecturing me, a former Soviet citizen, on the glories of Socialism and what it really means! Socialism sounds great in speech soundbites and on Facebook, but please keep it there. In practice, it corrodes not only the economy but the human spirit itself, and the ambition and achievement that made modern capitalism possible and brought billions of people out of poverty. Talking about Socialism is a huge luxury, a luxury that was paid for by the successes of capitalism.”
              -Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov
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LEFTIST WATCH
In its war for America, the left never rests, sometimes falters but rarely allows itself to fail. It works tirelessly to “fundamentally transform the nation” and smashes anyone and anything that gets in its way. Consider the pitched battle it has waged against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas over the past quarter-century. Instead of celebrating and honoring a black man who rose from grinding poverty in the segregated South to sit on the nation’s highest court, the left sees an existential threat: a black pro-life, pro-gun conservative who has spent his life crushing leftist orthodoxy. He must, therefore, not simply be opposed, but destroyed, regardless of how long it takes.

An unofficial surrogate of Hillary Clinton, the President of the left-wing National Organization For Women (NOW) said on Monday that abortion is a “necessary aspect” of “reproductive health care.” She also called for repealing the First Amendment, raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, and mandates for businesses to provide benefits to employees subsidizing contraception and abortion.
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ISLAM
ISIS threatens attack on India; vows to wipe out Hindus
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GLOBALONEY
Environmentalists backing a Big Tobacco-style government probe of oil companies plotted their strategy for targeting companies like ExxonMobil at a closed-door meeting in Manhattan earlier this year, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

Professor calls for punishment for climate change deniers.
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ARTICLES
The governing narrative of the 2016 Presidential campaign so far has been that GOP is imploding…..but Republicans aren’t the only party facing an historic rift. Over the past two weeks, it’s become increasingly obvious that grassroots liberals are thoroughly disgusted by their own party establishment.

“Fury as Colorado has no primary or caucus!” shrieked a scandalized Drudge Report on Monday morning. That would be news to the roughly 60,000 Republicans who caucused across the state on March 1, many of whom attended Saturday’s GOP State Assembly. Matt Drudge was channeling the phony indignation of his chosen candidate as Donald Trump spent the evening on Twitter and the morning on Fox News complaining that Colorado’s delegate selection process was “a crooked deal.”

First they spent tens of millions trying to boost their favorite presidential candidates, then they poured cash into ads attacking Donald Trump, and now some of the biggest donors on the right are turning their attention to the delegate fight. Anti-Trump billionaires are funding ground operations in an increasing number of states to try to ensure the selection of national convention delegates who oppose Trump. The strategy is being executed by the anti-Trump Our Principles PAC, which has a stated goal of blocking the bombastic billionaire from clinching the GOP presidential nomination before the party’s convention in July. But the
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HUMOR
“A car owned by Hillary Clinton is up for sale. Like Hillary, the car has been hit from all sides and lately has been starting to stall.”
                 -Conan O'Brien
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WISE WORDS
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”
                      -Patrick Henry (1788)