Saturday, March 25, 2017

op ed review 4/26



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
In First 2 Months in Office: Trump Reduced Debt by $100 Billion
After years of stalling under President Obama, President Trump on Friday approved the Keystone XL pipeline, and the company looking to build the massive pipeline project has received its permit to finish it.
Trump: We’ll Have the Biggest Tax Cut Since Reagan, ‘Probably Bigger than Reagan’
The Trump administration wants to build a 30-foot-high border wall that looks good from the north side and is difficult to climb or cut through.
NASA to focus on space exploration instead of global warming: President Trump put NASA on course for deep space exploration signing a bill that authorizes $19.5 billion in funding to revive the agency’s manned-space flight program and plan missions to Mars and beyond.

Obamacare repeal dies for lack of enough Republican votes.  Democrats cheering.
Flashback:  Republicans voted 60 times to repeal or alter Obamacare when they knew it wouldn’t go anywhere because Obama was president and could veto their bills.
What to think about this?  Two opposing views:  (1) “The Freedom Caucus is often unreasonable, but its opposition to Ryancare was totally sane”
(2) “GOP cave on Obamacare repeal is the biggest broken promise in political history…..Failing to get the votes on one particular bill is one thing. But failing and then walking away on seven years of promises is a pathetic abdication of duty.”

Fake News: AP Touts Anti-Trump Poll with Warped Demographics Conducted by Soros-Backed Org
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_mar21

Republican congressional investigators expect a potential “smoking gun” establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself.

Oops! CNN accidentally confirms story that Brit intel passed along Trump communications to Obama admin.
Former CIA officer confirms the story that Judge Napolitano told about British intelligence passing along surveillance data on Trump.

Hypocrisy:  Was there anyone more pious, anyone more inclined to stroke his chin and intone for guarding national security than Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta? Turns out the wily Democratic operative was neck-deep with the Russians he intoned against all along, through a Russian-financed company called Joule.
And his brother’s lobbying firm received $180,000 from the Russian government’s uranium company to which then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton transferred 20% of U.S. uranium reserves.
A number of top Democratic lobbyist bundlers, who together pulled in millions of dollars for Hillary Clinton´s presidential campaign and donated generously to Democratic leaders, personally represent or work at firms that have represented Russian interests in recent years

Key Democratic Officials Now Warning Base Not to Expect Evidence of Trump/Russia Collusion

Nebraska Democrats welcome refugees with diapers, kitchen utensils, and voter registration forms.
In 24 States, 50% or More of Babies Are Born on Medicaid; New Mexico Leads Nation With 72%, Washington State at 49%.
Three California Democrat lawmakers have a warning for contractors who sign up for President Trump’s border-wall construction project: Don’t participate, or else!

In an attempt to increase pressure on sanctuary cities, the Department of Homeland Security has published its first weekly list of all 118 localities refusing to cooperate with the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown.

?? Several Senate Democrats were unified in deriding originalism as a judicial philosophy during Monday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court justiceship Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), ranking Democrat of the committee, described originalism as a "very troubling” jurisprudential approach.

Tip of the iceberg?  A 39 year-old transgender who was born male, won her first international women’s weightlifting title, breaking four national records in the process.

Contrary to news reports last week, President Trump is not eliminating funding for Meals on Wheels. He´s not even cutting it. How do we know this? Meals on Wheels says so.

Howard Schultz, the very liberal CEO of Starbucks, will step down from his role at the coffee chain next month. This comes following the collapsing brand image as a direct result of Schultz’s political virtue signaling to hire 10,000 refugees and avoid hiring Americans.
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Pat Buchanan  3/24
Devin Nunes just set the cat down among the pigeons. Two days after FBI Director James Comey assured us there was no truth to President Trump's tweet about being wiretapped by Barack Obama, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Trump may have had more than just a small point.

The U.S. intelligence community, says Nunes, during surveillance of legitimate targets, picked up the names of Trump transition officials during surveillance of targets, "unmasked" their identity, and spread their names around, virtually assuring they would be leaked. If true, this has the look and smell of a conspiracy to sabotage the Trump presidency, before it began.

Comey readily confirmed there was no evidence to back up the Trump tweet. But when it came to electronic surveillance of Trump and his campaign, Comey, somehow, could not comment on that. Which raises the question: What is the real scandal here?.....

The real scandal, which the media regard as a diversion from the primary target, Trump, is that a Deep State conspiracy to bring down his presidency seems to have been put in place by Obamaites, and perhaps approved by Obama himself. Consider. On Jan. 12, David Ignatius of the Washington Post wrote, "According to a senior U.S. government official, (Gen. Michael) Flynn phoned Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak several times on Dec. 29, the day the Obama administration announced the expulsion of 35 Russian officials ... What did Flynn say?"  Now, on Dec. 29, Flynn, national security adviser-designate, was not only doing his job calling the ambassador, he was a private citizen. Why was he unmasked by U.S. intelligence?

Who is this "senior official" who dropped the dime on him? Could this official have known how many times Flynn spoke to Kislyak, yet not known what was said on the calls? That is hard to believe. This looks like a contract hit by an anti-Trump agent in the intel community, using Ignatius to do the wet work. Flynn was taken down. Did Comey turn his FBI loose to ferret out the felon who had unmasked Flynn and done him in? If not, why not?

In today's Wall Street Journal, Dan Henninger points anew to a story in The New York Times of March 1 that began: "In the Obama administration's last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information (across the government) about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election -- and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Trump and Russians…..At intelligence agencies, there was a push to process as much raw intelligence as possible into analyses, and to keep the reports at a relatively low classification level to ensure as wide a readership as possible across the government -- and, in some cases, among European allies."

For what benign purpose would U.S. intelligence agents spread secrets damaging to their own president -- to foreign regimes? Is this not disloyalty? Is this not sedition?

On Jan. 12, writes Henninger, the Times "reported that Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed rules that let the National Security Agency disseminate 'raw signals intelligence information' to 16 other intelligence agencies."

Astounding. The Obamaites seeded the U.S. and allied intel communities with IEDs to be detonated on Trump's arrival. This is the scandal, not Trump telling Vlad to go find Hillary's 30,000 missing emails. We need to know who colluded with the Russians, if anyone did. But more critically, we need to unearth the deep state conspiracy to sabotage a presidency.

So far, the Russia-connection investigation has proven a dry hole. But an investigation into who in the FBI, CIA or NSA is unmasking U.S. citizens and criminally leaking information to a Trump-hating press to destroy a president they are sworn to serve could prove to be a gusher.

As for the reports of Lynch-White House involvement in this unfolding plot to damage and destroy Trump the real question is: What did Barack Obama know, and when did he know it?


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OTHER COLUMNS
“This is what the Left means when it talks about the ‘fundamental transformation’ of America, using massive flows of immigration to change America the way Europe is being changed. The Left rejects the idea of American exceptionalism. It rejects assimilation, the idea behind e pluribus unum: out of many, one. That is why the Left is increasingly outraged by displays of patriotism. Earlier this month, an Iowa high school apologized after students at a basketball game showed up wearing red, white and blue. Are you kidding me?! American kids showing pride in their country should not be offensive. What is offensive is that a young girl within a short drive of the White House was raped in a school restroom by thugs who shouldn’t have been in the country. By the way, if immigration agents had caught up with [Henry] Sanchez-Milian [one of the perpetrators] and raided the apartment or home where he was living prior to last week’s attack, he would have been presented on the evening news as a victim, another ‘dreamer’ whose dreams were cut short by Donald Trump. It seems to me that we should be devoting more effort to figuring who is dreaming of helping America and who is dreaming about assaulting our daughters.”
              -Gary Bauer

“If you want a good world, the death of Judeo-Christian values should frighten you.”
              -Dennis Prager
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BOOKS
“Reagan Rising” by Craig Shirley fascinatingly charts Ronald Reagan's rise from the defeat of the 1976 presidential campaign to his victory in 1980.  This book allows people to gain new insights into how Ronald Reagan grew as a candidate and leader as he championed the individual and appealed across party lines.  But readers can also see many similarities between the rise of Ronald Reagan and the election of Donald Trump.

LEFTIST WATCH
New ‘Safe Space’ Guidelines at University of Arizona Treat Students Like Preschoolers

The Socialist senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, set off a Twitterstorm yesterday with a tweet that was hard to believe….A man who owns three houses -- including the recent purchase of a vacation home for $600K -- and pays a smaller percentage of his income in taxes than most middle class Americans, should not be taking a dump on America in a glass house.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) tells Trump to ´get ready for impeachment´
Media outlets promote 78 year old Rep. Maxine Waters as the new Democratic leader for millennials to rally behind.

A network of some of the nation’s wealthiest Democratic donors is weighing providing money and support to several of the new activist groups that have cropped up since Election Day to challenge President Trump. The alliance, aligned with billionaire financier George Soros, also is weighing building a pool of money that can be deployed for “rapid response” work by other liberal groups on an array of issues.
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ARTICLES
“Newspapers in my state reported a particularly sadistic murder.  The victim was shot, strangled, beaten with a hammer, stabbed, punched, and set on fire.  The killers were thorough and then some. If you look at how reading is taught in the U.S., you will think of this execution.  Children are taught stupidly and then some.  Every technique that will make reading difficult and unpleasant is employed…..”
Next time you hear about students attacking a conservative speaker, check the school´s tuition costs. Odds are you´ll find that they are attending an elite college that caters to the rich. Money can´t buy love, but it can, apparently, teach intolerance.

Tim Allen says that living in Hollywood right now is akin to Nazi Germany “You gotta be real careful around here,” Allen noted. “You get beat up if you don’t believe what everybody else believes. This is like ’30s Germany.” Allen, 63, plays an outspoken conservative on the sitcom “Last Man Standing” and is one of the few actors in Hollywood to profess having right-wing leanings.

Crowdsourcing border security:  Citizens can sign up as Virtual Texas Deputies to participate in border surveillance through this social network. Virtual Texas Deputies from around the country will monitor the streaming video from these cameras 24/7 and report any suspicious activities directly to the Border Sheriffs via email. All emails regarding suspicious activity will be submitted anonymously.
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WISE WORDS
“[T]he true key for the construction of everything doubtful in a law is the intention of the law-makers.”
         -Thomas Jefferson

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