Friday, August 18, 2017

op ed review 8/20



Bad week, The Russia story is fizzling, so media moves on to “Trump the racist”. Conrad Black has a good summary of what happened:  “This terrible incident started as a reasonable civic demonstration by Southern traditionalists who were not hostile to African-Americans but object to the shamed renunciation of a great American heroic and folkloric figure from “Gone With the Wind,” to The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” to “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Robert E. Lee was not a precursor of Bull Connor, Strom Thurmond, James Earl Ray, or the unreformed George C. Wallace. These original local groups did not wish or seek the attention of the Ku Klux Klan, or the American Nazis or the violent hooligans who appeared in strength flaunting vivid racist symbolism, who were the most remarkable feature in Saturday’s tragic events. As the day approached, it became clear that the other side of the issue….was being reinforced by more militant leftist organizations…Antifa and Black Lives Matter (whose name suggests that any sane person had ever said otherwise).  As the day unfolded, it was clear that orders had been given to the local police to ensure that a serious fracas occurred. The police did nothing to disperse the armed groups on each side, on several occasions herded them toward each other to encourage combat, and then withdrew at times to facilitate the violence. It must be assumed that orders for insufficient law enforcement..ultimately (came) from the governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe…..a former Democratic Party chairman. The debacle ensued; the peaceful majorities on both sides were shouldered aside by the violent thugs on the extremes….President Trump’s comments on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday were accurate and appropriate, and as usual the national media either eagerly grasped the flame-thrower handed them by the professed Nazi demonstrators and accused the president of mollycoddling David Duke and the Klan, or they were gulled by the anti-Trump spin of the media and Virginia officials into condemning the president for ambivalence between Klansmen and Nazis on one side, and decent advocates of racial equality on the other, as if any such clear confrontation of wrong with right had occurred……”
“Media working overtime to prove Trump is a racist..”

Was it a setup? “Evidence is turning up that this character, Jason Kessler, who organized the suspicious and supposed Alt-Right demonstration in Charlottesville, Va. that blew up in everyone's face, is a cunning lefty holdover from the Occupy Wall Street movement and a former Barack Obama supporter.  I smell Soros money, sabotage, and Democrat dirty tricks.”
“…the discovery of a craigslist ad posted last Monday, almost a full week before the Charlottesville protests, is raising new questions over whether paid protesters were sourced by a Los Angeles based "public relations firm specializing in innovative events" to serve as agitators in counterprotests.”

David Horowitz:  What “Unite the Right” actually demonstrated was that the assortment of neo-Nazis, pro-Confederates and assorted yahoos gathered under the banner of the “Alt-Right” is actually a negligible group…(attracting) only a few hundred people. Compare that to the tens of thousands who can readily be marshalled by two violent groups of the left – Black Lives Matter and Antifa – and you get an idea of how marginal “white supremacists” are to America’s political and cultural life. Yet “white supremacy” and its evils became the centerpiece of all the fake news reporting on the event, including all the ludicrous attacks on the president for not condemning enough a bogeyman the whole nation condemns, and that no one but a risible fringe supports…..Omitted from the media coverage were the other forces at work in precipitating the battle of Emancipation Park, specifically Black Lives Matter and Antifa, two violent leftwing groups with racial agendas who came to squelch the demonstration in defense of the monument.
Trump’s Error: Failing to Follow the Left’s Talking Points     
John Lott:  “Has the media ever so deliberately and consistently misinterpreted what a president said?”
To the media, it’s black and white: Antifa are the moral equivalent of WWII soldiers fighting the Nazis.
Now three prominent Republicans — Senator McCain, Senator Rubio, and Mitt Romney — have endorsed the left-wing media’s preferred narrative that only two factions were present in Charlottesville during the awful events of last weekend: white supremacist Nazis and “Americans standing up to defy hate and bigotry.”

Political commentator and former Congressional Black Caucus director Angela Rye demanded that all memorials and likenesses of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee be taken down.

Where does this end?  Al Sharpton calls for removal of Jefferson Memorial.
Some lefties call for the destruction of Mt. Rushmore.
But a majority of Americans in a new poll believe that statues honoring leaders of the Confederacy should remain as a historical symbol. Of the 1,125 adults surveyed, 62% believe they should remain. Even a majority of African-Americans oppose their removal.
Here’s a truly repugnant statue:  a growing number of people on social media are calling for the removal of Communist dictator Vladimir Lenin’s statue in Seattle.
Predictably, no one has demanded that statues of former Democratic senator and KKK icon Robert Byrd be removed…..

Meanwhile, Trump rolls back the Obama land grab:  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is wrapping up his review of nearly two dozen national monuments targeted for downsizing or elimination by the Trump administration.
The Interior Department won’t be removing monuments to Confederate soldiers at national battlefields that are “an important part of our country’s history,” according to a spokesman. “The National Park Service is committed to safeguarding these memorials while simultaneously educating visitors holistically and objectively about the actions, motivations and causes of the soldiers and states they commemorate,”
Food stamp enrollment went down over the past year in 46 out of 50 states
Trump Immigration Crackdown Leads to Higher Construction Wages
Miami-Dade complies with Trump to change its ‘sanctuary’ status.
President Trump announced in his weekly radio address Friday that migrants who enter the United States cannot receive welfare in the first five years after their arrival.

U.S. Has 3.5 Million More Registered Voters Than Live Adults — A Red Flag For Electoral Fraud

Officials in College Park want to make their city the largest in Maryland to give undocumented immigrants a right to vote in local elections
Illegals living in Los Angeles County were handed almost $1.3 billion in welfare payouts between the months of 2015 and 2016.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told Rep. Dana Rohrabacher that he is ready to provide information proving Russia did not hack the Democratic National Committee.
Former NSA Technical Director Bill Binney outlines how the 2016 DNC emails were actually taken by a leaker using a portable storage device, and not taken by a computer hack initiated by the vast Russian enterprise.

Oregon has passed the nation’s most “progressive” abortion bill, requiring state insurers to provide free abortions for all, including illegal immigrants.

Deep State Rewards James Comey With Millions Of Dollars In Post-FBI Compensation
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
President Trump's statements regarding the tragic events in Charlottesville have created a firestorm that, even by the unique Trump-era standards, appears unprecedented. Unless Trump can undo the damage, it could cripple his administration.

In his presidential memoir, "Decision Points," President George W. Bush wrote about the fallout from 2015's Hurricane Katrina and his own mishandling of the situation. In particular, he admitted that a photo taken of him flying over New Orleans was a huge mistake. "That photo of me hovering over the damage suggested I was detached from the suffering on the ground. That was not how I felt. But once that impression was formed, I couldn't change it."

To be clear, Bush was unfairly maligned for what happened in New Orleans, where state and local officials had completely botched their jobs. But Bush made himself a target by having to be dragged from vacation, by FEMA's inept response to the disaster, by bad PR decisions, and by dumb statements like "heckuva job, Brownie." His approval numbers, already driven down into the 40s by the Iraq War, plunged after Katrina into the 30% range and never once reached pre-Katrina levels.  Democrats took Congress a year later, and Bush's ability to enact his second-term agenda ended.

Trump, too, has been unfairly maligned. But like Bush, he's made the situation much worse. His initial statement blaming "both sides" after a white supremacist drove a car into a crowd of counter-protestors, killing one and injuring many others, received widespread opprobrium. By Monday, Trump had apparently recognized his mistake, and issued an unequivocal statement: "Racism is evil — and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans." But then came Tuesday's news conference.

Trump started by saying that his first statement, issued on the day of the massacre, wasn't as definitive because he didn't feel he knew all the facts. "I didn't want to go quickly and just make a statement for the sake of making a political statement," he said. That's perfectly reasonable.

But the news conference degenerated from there. Eventually, after repeated questions from the press, Trump was left sputtering about how there were "some very fine people on both sides" and complaining that the left will soon want to take down statues of George Washington because he was a slave owner. The reaction to Trump's Saturday statement was tepid compared with the fury that came next — from all sides.

John Podhoretz, writing in the New York Post, called Trump's comments "horrifying." Charles Krauthammer called it "a moral disgrace." Pennsylvania Republican Charlie Dent said Trump "must stop the moral equivalency! AGAIN, white supremacists were to blame for the violence in #Charlottesville." Steve Scalise — the Republican congressman who was very nearly killed by a left-wing, Bernie Sanders-supporting terrorist berated Trump — tweeted: "I don't understand what's so hard about this. White supremacists and neo-Nazis are evil and shouldn't be defended." Trump disbanded his CEO Strategy Council after several CEOs defected because of his comments.

Admittedly, many of his Republican critics never liked Trump much. But even stalwart Trump supporter Laura Ingraham conceded that Trump wasn't acting presidential, but instead got "caught in the pundit trap like he became a pundit." Former Klan leader David Duke, however, thanked Trump "for your honesty & courage to tell the truth."

Like Bush before Katrina, Trump's poll numbers are already low. If they go any lower, his approval could end up in the 20% range. And the risk now is that everything Trump does will be viewed by the press and his critics through a "white nationalist" lens, with critics trying to cast every conservative policy as racist, while Republicans run and hide.

Can Trump recover? Sure. There's a long way to go before he's up for re-election. Plus, unlike during Bush's second term, the country isn't bogged down in an unpopular war and the economy appears to be strengthening. But will he? Will Trump have the discipline and determination to do what's needed? Will he find a convincing way to call for calm, tone down the volume, and bring the nation together? Will he start to focus on enacting his much-needed pro-growth economic agenda?

We certainly want him to succeed. Aside from the theatrics, the Trump administration has been pushing solid, free market, conservative reforms that promise to return the country to strength, growth and prosperity. But given Trump's tendency toward erratic and self-defeating behavior, his recovery from this episode isn't guaranteed.

One can only hope that someone close to Trump will be able to convince him of the danger he's in and the stakes should he fail to confront it.


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OTHER COLUMNS
“The statement — “fine people on both sides” — was problematic in that it was easy to take out of context. But what Trump meant is where he ended up — that decent people come down on both sides of the statue debate. It was not decent people dominating either protest. His muddling of the point doesn’t invalidate it. In any case, watching the press conference or reading all of Trump’s remarks leaves one with a very different perspective than reading the Leftmedia’s cherry-picked quotes. And that’s their intent.”
               -PatriotPost

“The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued a statement demanding that ‘every street, every school, every flag, and every public memorial honoring those who took up arms in defense of white supremacy and slavery’ be removed or have its name changed. That’s an interesting position for CAIR to take since it would require that every mosque in America be shut down. Mosques are dedicated to the teachings of Muhammad and Muhammad owned
slaves.”
            -Gary Bauer

“I don’t oppose changing college dormitory names and removing statues that honor Confederate generals or soldiers. When decisions are reached after respectful discussions and peaceful consensus, such change is the lifeblood of democracy. But the coercive demand for purity, enforced by violence, often feels staged for political effect aimed at Trump. The surge of sensitivity seems especially odd given that the issue was not as prominent during the tenure of Barack Obama, America’s only black president.”
               -Michael Goodwin

“The use of hate to blame others, the refusal to take personal responsibility for one’s life, is going on and has been going on in our nation ‘for a long time’ on ‘many sides.’ Being honest about this does not justify the vile white supremacist violence and murder in Charlottesville. But to claim that these distorted individuals are the exclusive locus of bigotry in America does not help our cause.”
               -Star Parker
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LEFTIST WATCH
An Obama-tied activist group training tens of thousands of agitators to protest President Trump’s policies plans to hit Republican lawmakers supporting those policies even harder this week, when they return home for the congressional recess and hold town hall meetings and other functions. Organizing for Action, a group founded by former President Obama and featured prominently on his new post-presidency website, is distributing a training manual to anti-Trump activists that advises them to bully GOP lawmakers into backing off support for repealing ObamaCare, curbing immigration from high-risk Islamic nations and building a border wall.
Even to casual observers, it has been obvious for months that the left is orchestrating a tightly-coordinated campaign to undermine and delegitimize the current presidential administration. We now know how the left is running this non-stop smear campaign and who is pulling the puppet strings. We now have the Media Matters Playbook.
One thing overlooked in the uproar over Charlottesville is that this was, evidently, merely a dress rehearsal for a much larger-scale effort planned for this Autumn. Activist groups on the left evidently have something big in store for November 4th. The idea seems to be a revival of the 1971 “Days of Rage” – an effort to shut down the country as a whole to force a change in government.

A system of sorts has been perfected to destroy the most effective conservative spokesmen on the Fox News Channel, and it operated with stunning efficiency over the last few days.

Things are looking up for the Democratic Socialists of America. With a membership of 25,000, it is now the largest socialist group in America since the Second World War. And last weekend in Chicago, it held its largest convention, by a considerable margin, in its history.

Portland:  Far-left masked Antifa members showed up at the Patriot Prayer ‘Freedom March’ to disrupt and attack Trump supporters. Antifa must be designated a terrorist organization. Masks should also be banned for public protesters.

London council planners have told developers that a new housing development must include a gay bar - and they will send inspectors to check that it´s gay enough.
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ISLAM
Two Islamist inspired terror attacks in Spain, thirteen dead, more than 100 wounded.
Three knife-wielding attackers 'shouting Allahu Akbar' stab at least nine people in Finland leaving 'one dead'.
The al Qaeda´s terror group´s chief bomb maker has published a blueprint for new attacks on U.S. transportation systems, including planes, trains, and boats, which the terror group views as "prime targets," according to a copy of a lengthy manifesto that provides a guide for would-be terrorists to launch attacks.

Denmark´s "hug a jihadi" program: authorities are trying to change the minds of potential Islamic extremists by supporting them and offering them kindness rather than treating them as outcasts and criminals. The method is referred to by some as the “hug a terrorist” or "hug a jihadi" model of de-radicalization. "I want you to imagine Rob O´Neill, the guy who shot bin Laden, kicking open the door in his compound, and he´s armed with warm cookies and a ´Let´s Cuddle´.
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ARTICLES
Ben Stein:  “Yes, of course I hate anyone who even hints at sympathy for the Nazis. The monstrous evil of those demons is unmatched. But they have the right to speak when not inciting violence and when not committing violence. Otherwise, the Constitution is trash. For Trump to point out that while the KKK and the Nazis are nauseating, they have free speech rights, is not only correct, but actually brave of him.:

Ann Coulter:  “When Liberals Club People, It’s With Love In Their Hearts”   “Liberals have Republicans over a barrel because they used the word “racist.” The word is kryptonite, capable of turning the entire GOP and 99 percent of the “conservative media” into a panicky mass of cowardice.”

This week, the CBS News program “On Assignment” included a long feature on what it described as the near eradication of Down syndrome in Iceland. Medical miracle? No, viewers learned that this was accomplished with genetic screening and abortion on a countrywide scale.

The attempt to find systemic police bias has come to this: the difference between an officer saying “uh” and saying “that, that’s.” According to Stanford University researchers, police officers in Oakland, California, use one of those verbal tics more often with white drivers and the other more often with black drivers. If you can guess which tic conveys “respect” and which “disrespect,” you may have a career ahead of you in the exploding field of bias psychology.

Stossel:  “Why aren´t there more women criminals?! Men in jail outnumber women by a ratio of 14-to-1. This isn´t fair! We need more affirmative action! These disparities must be caused by sex discrimination because everyone knows there are no real differences between genders.”

Obamacare Lives But Your Hospital Is Dying
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WISE WORDS
“It must be always be remembered; there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who gain by the new ones. ”
                      -Machiavelli