Saturday, October 14, 2017

op ed review 10/15



Consumer sentiment sets new 13 year high, stocks set new records.
Unemployment claims fall to lowest level in 43 years, despite hurricanes.
Trump wins: “Supreme Court Tosses Case Against Trump’s ‘Travel Ban’….the fight is largely over, and Trump has won.”
Trump ends Obamacare subsidies.  This will accelerate Obamacare’s collapse. The Left goes nuts.
“Trump rescinded an unconstitutional order by President Obama and restored the authority of Congress over the “power of the purse.” The Democrats’ response has been a curious call for the judicial branch to prevent the executive branch from recognizing the inherent authority of the legislative branch. It would have baffled the Framers.”

The White House submitted a 70-point immigration enforcement plan to Congress Sunday evening with the stiffest reforms ever proposed by an administration:  calls for a border wall, more deportation agents, a crackdown on sanctuary cities and stricter limits to chain migration — all issues the White House says need to be part of any bill Congress passes to legalize illegal immigrant “Dreamers”.
Protesting anti-Israel bias, US announces withdrawal from UNESCO.
Trump´s $33 Billion Tax Cut You Didn´t Know You Just Got
“With each passing day, President Trump unravels another piece of Barack Obama's legacy.”
The Left in panic:  “Porn King Larry Flynt Offers $10 Million for Information Leading to Trump Impeachment”

RINO McCain could give the same thumbs-down to a tax overhaul as he did to health care

Here are 29 women who have come forward to accuse Democrat mega-donor Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse.  Bill Clinton II?  This list is actually up to 36 on Saturday.
3 women accuse Weinstein of rape.

Barack and Michelle Obama now say they are “disgusted” by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations. But as president and first lady, oh my, how they loved his cash and his Hollywood glitz.
Best article on Weinstein:  “The bloated, greasy movie mogul slimed his way through countless ballrooms, suites and restaurants trailing lies, threats and promises. But he had the right politics. At the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood, honoring Hillary Clinton, Harvey had his thick wallet open to the tune of $100K for the abortion organization. Harvey was sitting with Hillary. Not to mention Meryl Streep and Shonda Rimes.”

First the Boy Scouts cave to the LGBT lobby, now they announce that girls will soon be allowed to become Cub Scouts and to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest honor.  What happened to “timeless values”?

Scholar publishes peer reviewed paper showing that European colonialism was, on the whole, a positive force.  The article caused howls of outrage. The author requested that it be withdrawn. The journal initially declined to delete it. But now the publication has knuckled under, after the journal editor received “serious and credible threats of personal violence”. “This is what fascism looks like.”

The heads of five conservative groups sent a letter to Senate Republican leaders calling on them to step down from their posts, saying they aren’t making progress on the GOP’s agenda and haven’t worked hard enough. Representatives of FreedomWorks, Senate Conservative Fund, Tea Party Patriots, For America and Media Research Center said Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and the four other leaders of the Senate GOP conference should step down.
Bannon Declares War On GOP Establishment: "We're Coming After All Of Them And We're Going To Win"

A new poll shows that the NFL is no longer "America´s game." In fact, it has gone from the sport with the highest favorables to the sport with the lowest. The drop has coincided exactly with the anthem protests.
Hillary Clinton pledges support to the NFL players protesting the national anthem.
ESPN commentator blasts Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones this week, comparing him to a slave owner for telling his players to stand during the national anthem.  Players’ average salary: $2M/year.

Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue Rages: President Trump is Existential Threat to NAFTA…

The Obama Library is on track to cost $1.5 billion, three times the $500 million it was projected to cost, and quite a bit of that will be borne by taxpayers.   And his presidential papers will not even be stored there.  ??

Woman who survived being aborted at EIGHT MONTHS after a nurse heard her cries from the medical trash can spent 17 years tracing her birth mother and reveals how she learned to forgive
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Tyler Dahnke  9/30
Addressing the House of Commons on November 11, 1947, Winston Churchill famously said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” I’ll borrow his sentiment and suggest the same rings true of the United States of America. All nations have flaws because they are the product of humans, who in their nature are often deeply flawed. Our great country is no different. The U.S. is home to thieves, rapists, murderers, pedophiles, religious extremists, sexists and racists. But this small minority do not define us and they do not represent We The People.

Colin Kaepernick, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, leftists, and now the NFL are all pushing a pernicious myth that the United States is a bad and racist place. They lie and say that large swaths of our citizenry are oppressed. They lie and say that the United States is a land characterized by white privilege, income inequality, political corruption and persecution. They lie and say that kneeling during our anthem is not disrespecting our flag.

On September 25, the FBI released their violent crime statistics for 2016. According to Heather Mac Donald's analysis of this report and Washington Post data, 16 unarmed black men were killed by police officers last year. She makes an important distinction that a suspect’s categorization as “unarmed” does not lend insight into whether they were violently engaging an officer, or putting the lives of others at risk, only that they were not carrying a firearm or knife at the time of the shooting. With this in mind, truly unjustified police shootings of young, unarmed black men are rarer than the 16 identified by the Post.

There are slightly more than 37 million black people living in the United States. This means that, even if it's assumed that all 16 shootings involved excessive use of force, unarmed black Americans have a 0.000043% chance of being shot by a police officer. To put that in perspective, the average person has roughly a 0.033% chance of being struck by lightning in their lifetime.

This is what Colin Kaepernick and the NFL are protesting. Imaginary, fictitious, systemic police racism. This is why they refuse to take pride in our flag. And that begs the question: Is there any flag Kaepernick would stand for?

What country is more generous than the United States? Last year, individuals broke the previous world record (also set by us) by donating $390.05 billion to charitable organizations.

What country treats the LGBT community with more tolerance than the United States? Certainly not Jamaica, where anal intercourse is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment with hard labor. Not in Middle Eastern countries, where homosexuals are punished even more harshly. In Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, to be gay is a death sentence. Here in the U.S., if a private business owner doesn’t want to make a cake for a gay wedding, they’re publicly shamed and make national news.

What country has greater economic opportunity than the United States? The World Bank lists the global poverty line at $1.90 per day. Assuming one works every day of the year at that rate, their annual income would be only $693.50. Compare that with the United States, which marks it’s poverty line at $22,162 a year. Our poverty line starts 31 times higher than the global rate. Our economy represents 25% of the world’s GDP. The United States and its wealth have been vastly more instrumental in lifting human beings out of poverty than any nation in history.

What country has contributed more to the world than the United States? We invented the modern suspension bridge, the electric light bulb, photographic film, the skyscraper, electric traffic lights, frozen food, automatic car transmissions, the assembly line, airplanes, credit cards, disposable diapers, the integrated circuit, lasers, personal computers, mobile phones, space shuttles, the internet, GPS, and perhaps most importantly, chocolate chip cookies.

And now, the question at hand. What predominantly white country has provided more opportunity and equality to its minority black population than the United States? Yes, the legacy of slavery hangs over our founding like a shroud, but to pretend we are alone in this is pure fiction. Slavery was a worldwide evil. In 1778, the state of Virginia abolished the importation of slaves. This effort was led by Thomas Jefferson, who, as president, also signed legislation that criminalized the international slave trade in 1807. England passed similar legislation that same year. Sweden abolished the slave trade in 1813, The Netherlands in 1814, France in 1826, Brazil in 1851. Almost the entire developed world decided that slavery was evil in a period of about 50 years. No one would pretend that it’s been roses since then. But in fighting the civil war, abolishing Jim Crow, and amending our constitution to provide equal protections and rights under the law, the United States has made more progress toward living our ideals than most modern nations.

There are still approximately 30 million people enslaved in the world today. Slave trading still exists in countries like Haiti, Pakistan, and India, and is still practiced widely across the African continent. Black Americans are afforded more opportunity here than they would be anywhere else on Earth. No country in Europe has ever elected a black Chief Executive. Neither has Canada. In fact, no country with a minority black population, apart from us, has done so. We cherished black musicians, actors, poets, writers, scholars, athletes, politicians, judges, and businessmen. Above all other labels, those people are viewed as great Americans. And why is that?

Because America is not racist. It’s the worst country on Earth, except for all the others. And that is why I will always stand for our flag and our anthem. Because I’m honored, and grateful to live in what is still, and hopefully always will be, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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OTHER COLUMNS
“The NFL misunderstood its own nature. It’s not just that it is a game that should be a respite from political and social contention; as a quasi-national festival, it should be identified with a certain baseline of patriotism (the national anthem, the enormous American flags on the field before games, the military flyovers, etc.). Colin Kaepernick cracked this image, and Donald Trump drove a wedge through it.”
              =Rich Lowry
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LEFTIST WATCH
Tom Steyer, Democratic mega-donor and environmentalist, has demanded Democratic lawmakers and candidates pledge to push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump if they take control of Congress next year.

The Kellogg Foundation. The Ford Foundation. The Open Society Foundation. (G. Soros) The California Endowment. The Marquerite Casey Foundation. Fidelity Charitable Gift. The open borders-promoting National Immigration Law Center. These are some of the very deep pocket groups that have donated MILLIONS to the far-left, militant Center for Community Change which has been described as follows: The Center for Community Change, a Washington, D.C.-based 501 (c)(3) progressive community organizing group that does not reveal its donors, has been involved in direct action against President Donald Trump and Republicans before and after the November elections.

Former Obama White House advisor Dan Pfeiffer called for the United States to implement an Australian-style gun confiscation program in an article published on Wednesday.

The Southern Poverty Law Center:  Making money on hate
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GLOBALONEY
Netflix’s ‘Magic School Bus’ Warns Kids ‘Use alternative “clean” energy or a hideous monster will eat you. This is the heartwarming green message aimed at winning the hearts and minds of young children in the animated Netflix series The Magic School Bus Rides Again.
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ARTICLES
Conservatives and economic nationalist leaders are looking past the current dysfunction in Washington to a group of new and exciting young candidates throwing their hats in the ring nationwide to break the gridlock with midterm election victories. This group of individuals, which some are calling “The League of Extraordinary Candidates,” is emerging nationally—a distinct slate of U.S. Senate and House candidates, as well as key gubernatorial contenders, all united in their focus on breaking the logjam in Congress.
“The GOP Becomes the Party of the Little Guy”
President Trump’s campaign operatives and other allies have begun surveying the political landscape for his 2020 reelection bid, viewing a handful of upcoming midterm races as especially insightful to his strategic path three years from now.

“Donald Trump´s True Nature”

People were understandably horrified that Stephen Paddock was able to fire what amounted to machine guns into a crowd. Yet similar weapons were being fired in movie theaters around the country. Three of the top five movies at the box office featured characters blasting away with automatic weapons.

“We’re having a fight...within the black community against Marxism and socialism,” said retired NFL safety Burgess Owens on Saturday’s Fox & Friends. Owens told host Chris Wallace that leftist ideology is fomenting anti-Americanism as well as feelings of hopelessness within the black community.
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VIDEOS, PHOTOS, CHARTS, ETC
It seems like everyone in the country is weighing in on the national anthem debate, and that includes North Dakota farmer Gene Hanson. Hanson went viral this week for mowing a message into his bean crops: “We stand for the national anthem.”
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WISE WORDS
“In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think … but is altogether positive that he has arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. This man is outraged by the suggestion that he is the flesh-and-blood tribute to the success of his indoctrinators.”
            -William F. Buckley

“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.”
            -Noah Webster

Saturday, October 7, 2017

op ed review 10/8



After Las Vegas Slaughter, ABC News Singles Out NRA and GOP in Congress.
On average, there is mass killing bigger than Vegas in Chicago each month.  With different shooters instead of one shooter.
John Lott:  Gun control in Europe is almost total. It hasn't stopped mass shooting attacks like Las Vegas.
CBS Legal Exec: “No Sympathy For Vegas ‘Because Country Music Fans Often Are Republican”.  Next day she was looking for another job.
Dem Lawmaker Refuses to Participate in Moment of Silence For Vegas Victims
British biologist and famed atheist Richard Dawkins mocks Southern accents and the Second Amendment. “Durn tootin’, great shootin’. Cool dude sertin’ he’s 2nd Mendment rahts. Hell yeah!”

Partisan gaps widen even further as Democrats move left

President Trump proclaims Monday as Columbus Day — without apologies.  "the permanent arrival of Europeans ... was a transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation."
The Environmental Protection Agency will propose repealing the Clean Power Plan - the Obama administration’s centerpiece regulation to fight climate change - and plans to solicit input on a rule to replace it.  The CPP was challenged in court by 27 states after Obama’s administration launched it in 2015.
The Pentagon has officially severed all ties to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) after previously relying on the group’s training materials on extremism.

Michelle Obama says conservative women don’t have their own voices, they just vote as their husbands tell them. “Imagining that women on the Right are mere sock puppets for their husbands, sons, and fathers is a crucial illusion for an ideology that has constructed a political paradigm entirely upon identity.”

Yet another study is out showing New York City charter schools outperforming regular public schools — even as Mayor de Blasio keeps on working to stifle charters’ growth.

California becomes first 'sanctuary state' for undocumented migrants.  Bill grants protections to people who are in the US without permission, including those who have committed crimes…..also limits cooperation between local police forces and federal authorities
12 charged in $20 million food stamp fraud:  their names?  Hasan, Mohammed, Ihab, Mohammad, Maria, Yousef, Omar, Jalal, Javier……..
Leader of British Ukip party says the weight of immigration and the rise of Islam is ‘burying British culture’

From NBC news no less:  Trump is Right: His Media Coverage Is Mostly Negative

Wall Street veterans are huddling up against the NFL. Many brokers and bankers — some of whom are also military veterans — have threatened to pull the plug on pro football for not reining in players who are using the American national anthem as an opportunity to protest by taking the knee.
Steyn:  For whatever reason, the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars engaged in a game of American football at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday. "The Star-Spangled Banner" was played, and two dozen players dropped to the ground and "took a knee". Then "God Save The Queen" was played, and all the Americans got off their knees and remained standing for the duration. What are we to make of this?

Puerto Rico Teamsters Union refuses to deliver supplies – uses Hurricane Maria as contract leverage…
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Investors Business Daily 
It is utterly predictable that, after a mass shooting, there are urgent pleadings for "gun control" laws. It's also predictable that any facts about gun laws and gun violence will be tossed aside.

After the shooting in Las Vegas, which left 59 dead and more than 500 injured, Caleb Keeter, guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band, which was on stage at a country music festival when Stephen Paddock started shooting, announced that he'd changed his mind about guns. "I've been a proponent of the Second Amendment my whole life. Until the events of last night," Keeter said in a statement. "I cannot express how wrong I was. … Enough is enough. … We need gun control RIGHT. NOW."

Keeter's response no doubt reflects how many people felt after the shootings. It's also a reflection how little thought most people put into this issue before spouting off. What sort of "gun control" does Keeter support? What new law would have prevented this tragedy? Is Keeter advocating taking guns away from law-abiding citizens?

Likewise, late night talk show host Stephen Colbert's lecture to the nation amounted to saying that "anything" was better than nothing when it comes to gun control. Others are saying that the National Rifle Association and Republicans in Congress have blood on their hands for this shooting because they blocked previous gun control measures — laws that, even if they were on the books, would almost certainly have done nothing to prevent Sunday night's rampage.

How about, instead of indulging in emotional responses and name-calling, these people offered the public some pertinent facts that would help enlighten the debate? Here are three:

1. More gun laws won't mean fewer homicides or mass shootings. Gun control advocates claim that there's a direct relationship between state gun-control laws and gun-related fatalities. But these numbers include suicides, which account for two-thirds of all gun deaths. Restricting the sale of new guns isn't likely to have a significant impact on suicides. When you look only at homicides, there's no clear correlation between those and state gun laws…….

If anything, there's an inverse relationship between gun homicides and the number of guns per person. As economist Mark Perry notes, the number of guns per person has climbed more than 50% since 1994. Over those same years, the gun-related homicide rate dropped by 49%.

What's more, of the 18 mass shootings that have taken place since 2011, only five took place in states that get an F rating from the Law Center (and two of those were committed by Islamic terrorists). However, five mass shootings took place in states with an A rating for gun control, and seven occurred in states with a C rating. Another one took place in heavily gun-controlled Washington, D.C.

2. Attacks on the NRA are disingenuous. As usual after a mass shooting, the NRA is being attacked for using its political muscle to block more gun control laws. Here's a typical comment: "For most Hill Republicans, bucking the NRA is unfathomable. The powerful gun lobby spent more than $52 million backing candidates in the 2016 cycle alone." Or as alleged late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel put it, Republicans "should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country."

But the NRA is a relative piker when it comes to campaign donations and lobbying. In the 2016 election, labor unions outspent the NRA by more than 3 to 1. Last year, the National Association of Realtors spent twice as much lobbying Congress than all the gun rights groups combined. The "gun lobby" — typified by the NRA — is influential only because there are millions of gun owners in the country who are passionate about defending their Second Amendment rights. The gun lobby, in fact, is one of the few genuinely grass roots groups in Washington. So, attacks on the NRA are nothing more than veiled attacks on law-abiding gun owners — most of whom know a lot more about guns than prominent gun control advocates.

3. There are already hundreds of gun control laws on the books. Also left out of the discussion is the fact that there are, by one count, more than 270 federal laws on the books, as well as countless state laws covering gun sales and gun ownership. Will one more gun control law make any difference? That's hard to show. But until we have some actual facts about how Paddock amassed his arsenal and what, if anything, could have been done to prevent his crime, any talk of new gun laws is pointless. Until such facts do emerge, those counseling patience before leaping on the "gun control" bandwagon have it right.

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OTHER COLUMNS
“When sociopaths used a bomb to murder 168 people and injured over 680 others in 1995, it wasn’t a “bomb problem.” When sociopaths used airplanes to murder 2,977 people and injure over 6,000 others on 9/11, it wasn’t an “airplanes problem."  When a sociopath used a truck to murder 85 people and injure 458 others in 2016, it wasn’t a "truck problem.” But when sociopaths use a gun to murder people, why do Democrats always label it a “gun problem”?
     -Mark Alexander

“The idea that gun control advocates don’t want to confiscate your weapons is, of course, laughable. They can’t confiscate your weapons, so they support whatever feasible incremental steps inch further toward that goal. … It seems odd that someone would let murderers and madmen decide what inalienable rights we should embrace. It is almost humorous to hear someone advising you not to worry about domestic tyranny as he explains why the state should eradicate a constitutional right and confiscate your means of self-defense.”
                      -David Harsanyi

“……in the grubby bazaar of politician-buying, the NRA is a bit player. Consider that $3.5 million in donations over nearly 20 years The Washington Post made such a fuss about. According to Opensecrets.org, the legal profession contributed $207 million to politicians in 2016 alone…..the outfit that oversees the political and philanthropic efforts of billionaire anti-global-warming activist Ton Steyer, gave $90 million (all to Democrats) in 2016. In terms of lobbying and political contributions, the NRA and the gun industry generally spend next to nothing compared with the big players.”
                  -Jonah Goldberg
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LEFTIST WATCH
Just as they once did for Bill Clinton in the wake of all his sex-harassment scandals, the Democratic Party establishment is closing ranks to defend another big lecher among themselves, this time Democratic Party megadonor and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, in complete contravention to their stated ideals about ´equality.

‘American Made’: Leftist Conspiracy Cinema
Bill Clinton ‘lap dance’ scene cut from ‘American Made’ to avoid controversy.

The Free Lunch slide Into Socialism:  “New York City's Schools Chancellor recently announced that the entire public-school population, some 1.1 million students, will now be provided with free lunches irrespective of family income….”We're erasing all the terrible history of the school food program that has divided children by income."  You don't have to sit and ponder what kind of message this is sending to the school kids. Among other things, it is surely feeding the expectation that things should be free to them, all provided from some abstract entity known as "The Government.
Do The Media Hate Trump? Yes, And From The Very Start Of His Presidency, New Survey Shows

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ISLAM
A man carrying a knife and shouting ´Allahu Akbar´ killed two female passengers before being shot dead by soldiers at Marseille´s train station in southern France.
Canadian police charged a Somali refugee with five counts of attempted murder on Sunday after they said he stabbed a police officer and ran down several pedestrians with a car in Edmonton, Alberta, in what officials called an act of terrorism.
Austria Bans the Islamic Burqa
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ARTICLES
From the Washington Post no less:  “I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise.”

Monday is “Deregulation Day” for the federal government as declared by President Donald Trump, and thus is an opportune time to deliver the findings of The Heritage Foundation’s latest tracking of regulation. The bad news is that the final year of the Obama administration brought the private-sector costs of its reign of regulatory excess to $122 billion a year. And that’s the low-ball figure. On the other hand, the Trump administration, in its first six months, launched a multifaceted reform agenda that has slowed regulatory output.

Iowa is one of a number of states where most voters have concluded that the Democrats have nothing to offer, and have fled to the GOP.

Alarming – Robert Mueller Blocks Congressional Oversight of FBI Involvement in Trump Surveillance…
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WISE WORDS
“It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government.”
                  -Mercy Warren (1805)

“Goodness without wisdom always accomplished evil.”
                  -Robert A. Heinlein