Monday, April 4, 2016

op ed review 4/3



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker endorses Ted Cruz a week ahead of the state´s Republican primary.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said on Saturday that his foreign policy would be “unpredictable” in order to maintain leverage over other countries.

Hillary Clinton ran afoul of both the pro-life and pro-choice sides of the abortion debate Sunday when she said constitutional rights do not apply to an “unborn person” or “child.”
Trump puts foot in mouth when asked if abortion should be punishable.

One third of the nation's 50 states now have immigrant populations over 15 percent, with six over 25 percent, raising new questions about the country's ability to absorb the immigrant flood in schools and the job market, a new report on government immigration data said.
Mexican film juxtaposes audio from a Donald Trump speech with scenes of Mexican immigrants being shot while crossing into the United States.
Lobbyists in Washington say they are being flooded with questions and concerns from foreign governments about the rise of Donald Trump.

Fidel Castro lectures Obama after Cuba trip

Obama Commutes 61 More Drug Offenders Sentences — More Than Previous Six Presidents Combined All told, Obama has commuted the sentences of 248 individuals.

Hillary ‘had several abortions’, but kept Chelsea for political appearances: one of Bill’s former lovers says.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that defunds his state’s abortion clinics - including those run by Planned Parenthood (PP) - making Florida the 12th state to block state taxpayer dollars from going to the nation’s largest abortion provider.

HBO film targets Clarence Thomas

Marquette University has moved to suspend and then fire a professor for backing a student who tried to defend man-woman marriage when a leftist teaching assistant shut the student down.

The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) endorses Donald Trump.  The unusually bold statement comes just days after a senior policy adviser for Trump made clear that future U.S. border security policy would be largely determined by the men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol who are actual agents protecting the border and not by politically-appointed bureaucrats in the Border Patrol or its parent agency.

The Obama administration is supporting several non-profit groups — with federal funding through a major White House initiative — that are part of an organized effort aimed at converting green-card holders into U.S. citizens in order to vote against Donald Trump, a Daily Caller investigation reveals.
Obama made clear he has no plan to back off his promise to admit 100,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the U.S. this year.

North Carolina is the latest to approve a law to require transgender people to use restrooms that correspond with their biological gender, instead of letting them choose. But the fight is likely just beginning.

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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Investor’s Business Daily 
While the global warming alarmists have done a good job of spreading fright, they haven’t been so good at hiding their real motivation. Yet another one has slipped up and revealed the catalyst driving the climate scare.

We have been told now for almost three decades that man has to change his ways or his fossil-fuel emissions will scorch Earth with catastrophic warming. Scientists, politicians and activists have maintained the narrative that their concern is only about caring for our planet and its inhabitants. But this is simply not true. The narrative is a ruse. They are after something entirely different.

If they were honest, the climate alarmists would admit that they are not working feverishly to hold down global temperatures — they would acknowledge that they are instead consumed with the goal of holding down capitalism and establishing a global welfare state. Have doubts? Then listen to the words of former United Nations climate official Ottmar Edenhofer: “One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole,” said Edenhofer, who co-chaired the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015.
So what is the goal of environmental policy? “We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” said Edenhofer.

For those who want to believe that maybe Edenhofer just misspoke and doesn’t really mean that, consider that a little more than five years ago he also said that “the next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during which the distribution of the world’s resources will be negotiated.”

Mad as they are, Edenhofer’s comments are nevertheless consistent with other alarmists who have spilled the movement’s dirty secret. Last year, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, made a similar statement. “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” she said in anticipation of last year’s Paris climate summit. “This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.”

The plan is to allow Third World countries to emit as much carbon dioxide as they wish — because, as Edenhofer said, “in order to get rich one has to burn coal, oil or gas” — while at the same time restricting emissions in advanced nations. This will, of course, choke economic growth in developed nations, but they deserve that fate as they “have basically expropriated the atmosphere of the world community,” he said. The fanaticism runs so deep that one professor has even suggested that we need to plunge ourselves into a depression to fight global warming.
Perhaps Naomi Klein summed up best what the warming the fuss is all about in her book “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.”

“What if global warming isn’t only a crisis?” Klein asks in a preview of a documentary inspired by her book. “What if it’s the best chance we’re ever going to get to build a better world?” In her mind, the world has to “change, or be changed” because an “economic system” — meaning free-market capitalism — has caused environmental “wreckage.”

This is how the global warming alarmist community thinks. It wants to frighten, intimidate and then assume command. It needs a “crisis” to take advantage of, a hobgoblin to menace the people, so that they will beg for protection from the imaginary threat. The alarmists’ “better world” is one in which they rule a global welfare state. They’ve admitted this themselves.


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BOOKS
The war on poverty is a war on work, the authors of a new book that criticizes the nation’s welfare system assert. Phil Harvey, chief sponsor of the DKT Liberty Project, and Lisa Conyers, a policy analyst for the project, conducted a nationwide study of anti-poverty programs for their book, “The Human Cost of Welfare: How the System Hurts the People It’s Supposed to Help.” “The present system is anti-work. It’s almost a war on work. And that’s insane; at the very, very least, we ought to be helping people get out of the system and into paid employment,” Harvey sai
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LEFTIST WATCH
John Kerry meets with the leader of FARC, a Marxist terrorist organization that appears on his own department of state’s list of foreign terrorist organizations a little above Al Qaeda, and offers a $5M reward for information leading to capture.
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ISLAM
ISIS 'crucifies Catholic priest on Good Friday' after kidnapping him from old people's home where four nuns were shot dead
Whether you accept it or not, the free world is at war. Islam has brought a war against the civilized world. While the majority of the world’s 1.65 billion Muslims are peaceful and are not terrorists, the concern is with the fundamentalists, who are the terrorists. Estimates vary, but if for example 90% of Muslims are peaceful. This means 165 million are fundamentalists. That’s more than the population of France, UK and Canada combined! Yet, how seriously is this threat being taken? If you ask President Obama he will tell you “America is not at war with Islam.” Well Mr. President you

The first man charged with the Islamic State (IS) Brussels terror attacks is a migrant rights activist and ‘freelance journalist’ who lived next door to headquarters of the European Union (EU).
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ARTICLES
The Questions Liberals Never Have to Answer

Obama touts Cuban health care as outstanding.  Is there even one person who would fly from the USA to Cuba for medical treatment?  But we can be certain that many would fly to the USA from Cuba if they had the chance and needed, say, cancer treatment or even treatment for allergies.  Similarly, regarding education, how many Americans would choose to attend the University of Havana rather than go to any state university in the USA?  Yet we can be certain that if given the choice, so many Cubans would opt to attend one of our universities rather than the University of Havana. So let us understand now and forever that President Obama's Argentine reasoning is puerile at best.  We do everything better than Cuba.  Our two countries are non-comparable.  Capitalism is the source of all real and lasting prosperity, while communism is a failed concept despite some intellectual adherents like our president who are, almost congenitally, unable to admit the dismal failures of that system. http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/03/yes_mr_president_capitalism_is_better.html

These are interesting times. The United States stands ready to espouse a collectivism that its very founders were repelled by and that its citizens fought and died to defeat. Western Europe seems compelled to surrender itself to a religio-culture that its distant ancestors epically fought to a standstill over 700 years ago and then rolled back over centuries. Cultural and national mass suicide is now the cause célèbre in the West, toasted by academics and the media alike. Consider the old saying "By their fruits shall you know them." This holds for civilizations and societies as well as individuals.

Trump supporters are, perhaps, the only group of voters in this nation´s history who have been so viciously and consistently maligned, and in such a coordinated manner, by both political parties. At the same time, not much is known about them, despite the recent spate of articles attempting to explain the phenomenon. The problem with that is that the authors admittedly don´t know any of the Trump supporters themselves. Well, I happen to know quite a few of them personally. Full disclosure: first, I can´t vote because I´m not a U.S. citizen yet, despite my best and decades-long efforts – but

The 89% Pay Cut That Brought Trump-Mania to America's Heartland:  Understanding the Republican candidate's anti-free trade, working-class appeal

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