Saturday, July 2, 2016

op ed review 7/3



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
The tables have turned in this week’s White House Watch. After trailing Hillary Clinton by five points for the prior two weeks, Rassmussen hasTrump with a four-point lead.
ISIS Bloodbath Istanbul Airport, 41 dead, 239 injured.
CIA Director John Brennan said that the suicide bombings in Istanbul, Turkey bore the signs of ISIS and should serve as a warning to Americans that the terrorist group is aiming to carry out similar attacks in the U.S.
A new video released by ISIS that heavily praised Orlando nightclub shooter also made specific threats against San Francisco and Las Vegas.
Al Qaeda calls for “lone wolf” jihadists to target white Americans so no one mistakes their terror attacks for hate crimes unrelated to the cause of Islam.

Clinton Spending Roughly $500,000 a Day on TV Ads, Trump Zero
Hillary´s tight grip on the media means even losses are wins
How Hillary has used donations to the Clinton Foundation as her ‘personal piggy bank’ 

Trump has corralled the support of 33 per cent of Hispanic voters, a number that outperforms Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008
Read more:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3665815/They-TIED-Trump-vs-Clinton-suddenly-close-call-pollsters-say-Americans-hate-mean-spirited-scorched-earth-campaign-two-candidates-don-t-like.html#ixzz4CygHZSA8

The Supreme Court has struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics.
“If conservative voters were looking for a reason to back Donald Trump, the Supreme Court may have just given them one. The Court ruled in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt on Monday that two Texas regulations on abortion clinics impose an unconstitutional “undue burden” on the right to an abortion. With the task of filling at least one vacant seat on the Supreme Court left to the next president, Republican strategist Michael McKenna said a heightened emphasis on judicial activism could drive undecided conservatives to turn out for Mr. Trump in November.”
The Supreme Court issued liberal decisions in 56 percent of cases so far this term, according to a widely accepted standard ……The share is only slightly lower than in the 2014-15 term, which had the highest share of liberal decisions since the court led by Chief Justice Earl Warren in the 1950s and 1960s.

Seven refugees with active tuberculosis (TB) were diagnosed shortly after their resettlement in Idaho between 2011 and 2015.
“Migrants bring multi-drug resistant tuberculosis to Wisconsin”
Japan's top court has approved blanket surveillance of all the country's Muslims

Census Bureau reports average age of whites is 56... average age of Hispanics is 9.

Obama Interior Secretary says more diversity is needed in national monuments, too many “Bronze White Guy” statues

Dem Party Platform Calls For Prosecuting Global Warming Skeptics
It also calls for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal funds for abortion except in cases of rape, incest and the life of the mother.
Democrats drop platform requirement calling for immigrants to learn English.

The EPA now imposes nearly 200 million hours of paperwork to comply with its regulations, as new rules have skyrocketed under the Obama administration…..the equivalent of 95,000 Americans working full time for a year.

The VA suicide hotline, which has come under fire for sending calls to voicemail, apparently dropped over a million calls last year.

Just two months before the Brexit vote, the European Union announced that it would begin banning the most popular “high powered” British tea kettles and toasters as a threat to the environment.

Why are UN military vehicles seen rolling down the Virginia interstate.
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Jonah Goldberg, May 20th
“When denying science is a progressive moral imperative”

Why do liberals hate science? The Left has long claimed that it has something of a monopoly on scientific expertise. For instance, long before Al Gore started making millions by claiming that anyone who disagreed with his apocalyptic prophecies was “anti-science,” there were the “scientific socialists.” “Social engineer” is now rightly seen as a term of scorn and derision, but it was once a label that progressive eggheads eagerly accepted. Masking opinions in a white smock is a brilliant, albeit infuriating and shabby, rhetorical tactic. As the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” Science is the language of facts, and when people pretend to be speaking it, they’re not only claiming that their preferences are more than mere opinions, they’re also insinuating that anyone who disagrees is a fool or a zealot for objecting to “settled science.”

Put aside the fact that there is no such thing as settled science. Scientists are constantly questioning their understanding of things; that is what science does. All the great scientists of history are justly famous for overturning the assumptions of their fields. The real problem is that in politics, invocations of science are very often marketing techniques masquerading as appeals to irrefutable authority. In an increasingly secular society, having science on your side is better than having God on your side – at least in an argument.

I’m not saying that you can’t have science in your corner, or that lawmakers shouldn’t look to science when making policy. (Legislation that rejects the existence of gravity makes for very silly laws indeed.) But the real intent behind so many claims to “settled science” is to avoid having to make your case. It’s an undemocratic technique for delegitimizing opposing views and saying “shut up” to dissenters. For example, even if the existence of global warming is “settled,” the policies for how to best respond to it are not. But in the political debates about climate change, activists say that their climatological claims are irrefutable and so are their preferred remedies. Why are liberalism’s pet issues the lodestars of what constitutes scientific fact? If climate change is the threat they claim, I’d rather spend billions on geoengineering to fix it than trillions on impoverishing economic policies that at best slightly delay it. It doesn’t matter; I’m the Luddite buffoon for thinking ethanol subsidies and windmills are boondoggles.

Even more outrageous: If you dispute, say, the necessity of spending billions on windmills or on killing the coal industry, you are not merely wrong on climate change, you are “anti-science.” Intellectually, this is a monument of asininity so wide and tall, even the mind’s eye cannot glimpse its horizon or peak.

Why are liberalism’s pet issues the lodestars of what constitutes scientific fact? Medical science informs us fetuses are human beings. The liberal response? “Who cares?” Genetically modified foods are safe, sayeth the scientists. “Shut up,” reply the liberal activists. IQ is partly heritable, the neuroscientists tell us. “Shut up, bigot,” the liberals shriek. Which brings me to the raging hysteria over the plight of transgendered people who need to use the bathroom. The New York Times recently reported about A. J. Jackson’s travails in a Vermont high school. “There were practical issues……When he had his period, he wondered if he should revert to the girls’ bathroom, because there was no place to throw away his used tampons.” Now, one can have sympathy for the transgendered – I certainly do – while simultaneously holding to the scientific fact that boys do not menstruate. This is a fact far more settled than the very best climate science. Perhaps it’s rude to say so, but facts do not cease to be facts simply because they offend.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is punishing businesses that do not address customers by their “preferred name, pronoun and title regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth, anatomy, gender, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on the individual’s identification.” The NYC Commission on Human Rights can penalize offenders up to $250,000.

Many liberals believe that “denying” climate science should be a criminal offense while also believing that denying biological science is a moral obligation. In the law, truth is a defense against the charge of slander, but for liberals, inconvenient truth is no defense against the charge of bigotry.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“Leftist diversity advocates and multiculturalists are right to argue that people of all races, religions and cultures should be equal in the eyes of the law. But their argument borders on idiocy when they argue that one set of cultural values cannot be judged superior to another and that to do so is Eurocentrism. That’s unbridled nonsense. Ask a diversity/multiculturalism advocate: Is forcible female genital mutilation, as practiced in nearly 30 sub-Saharan African and Middle Eastern countries, a morally equivalent cultural value?”
           -Walter Williams
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BOOKS
Clinton White House was den of coke and mistresses, says ex-Secret Service officer in new book “Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate,” by Gary Byrne.
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LEFTIST WATCH
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill issued a guide this week which instructs students that Christmas vacations and telling a woman “I love your shoes!” are “microagressions.” The taxpayer-funded guide — entitled “Career corner: Understanding microaggressions” — also identifies golf outings and the words “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” as microagressions.
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ARTICLES
Full transcript: Donald Trump's jobs plan speech

Massive K-12 Reading Failure Explained

How Subarus Came to Be Seen as Cars for Lesbians.  The reputation isn’t just a stereotype—it’s the result of a calculated, highly progressive ad campaign launched 20 years ago.

Republican California Rep. Darrell Issa said that there is enough evidence to indict Hillary Clinton for mishandling national security information on her private email server “
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WISE WORDS
“I think all the world would gain by setting commerce at perfect liberty.
                 -Thomas Jefferson

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