Saturday, April 29, 2017

op ed review 4/30



President Trump vows to reverse Obama national monuments 'land grab', signs executive order telling the Interior Dept. to review predecessors’ designation of large national monuments under the Antiquities Act.
President Trump signed an executive order calling on the Education Department to study whether the federal government has overstepped state and local control of education.
President Trump announced Monday that the United States will impose a 20 percent tariff on all softwood lumber imported from Canada.  “We love Canada, but they have been very good at taking advantage of the United States through NAFTA,” When asked what that tax will mean for lumber production, Trump said, “It means we’re going to start doing lumber in our country.”
Border rancher says illegal crossings down 90% since Trump became president.

A new Washington Post poll that declares President Trump as "the least popular president in modern times," waits until the second to last paragraph to reveal another tidbit: He´d still beat Hillary Rodham Clinton if the election were held today and this time he would win the popular vote, not just the Electoral College.

Americans’ Dissatisfaction With Speaker Paul Ryan, Congress Overall Is Growing, Poll Finds
Nearly three-quarters disapprove of Congress’s job performance, up 12 points since February

This week we learned that the Obama Justice Department and the FBI did, in fact, use a grand jury in the Clinton e-mails probe. Mrs. Clinton was publicly claiming that the probe was “not a criminal investigation,” but rather “a security review.” This was a lie, but it was studiously adopted by the Obama Justice Department, then led by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who was plainly hoping to keep her job in a Hillary Clinton administration.

What if Donald Trump had unilaterally shut down every investigation into Russian espionage, released over 20 suspected Russian spies, struck a deal to get rid of sanctions against Russia—in return for honoring deals that had been signed years before—and then lied to the American people about the entire episode? That’s the Obama Administration’s Iran deal.
Networks Censor Blockbuster Expose on Obama’s Hidden Iranian Deal Secrets

Portland rose parade canceled after ‘antifascists’ threaten GOP marchers….Set to march in the parade’s 67th spot this year was the Multnomah County Republican Party, a fact that so outraged two self-described antifascist groups in the deep blue Oregon city that they pledged to protest and disrupt the April 29 event.

An estimated 346 employees in the Department of Veterans Affairs do no actual work for taxpayers. Instead, they spend all of their time doing work on behalf of their union while drawing a federal salary, a practice known as "official time."

Never-before-seen video showing a top Planned Parenthood executive haggling over the price of baby body parts from abortions. This is the same executive who, in a previous undercover video, was caught saying she wanted to buy a Lamborghini with the profits from fetal tissue.
In the 3 Months Since Trump´s Inauguration: Planned Parenthood Has Performed 81,567 Abortions

Federal Judge William Orrick III, who on Tuesday blocked President Trump´s order to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities, reportedly bundled hundreds of thousands of dollars for President Barack Obama.
60 Minutes reporter Lesley Stahl worries that courts aren't doing enough to thwart Republicans.

For ordinary Americans, the one way you draw a $400,000 paycheck is to do something to create value. This is the story of very hard-working small businesses everywhere. Then there´s Obama, fresh off his billionaire vacation over in Tahiti at Marlon Brando´s exclusive hideaway estate, now drawing his first $400,000 paycheck for a ... speech, from Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald.
 “When will Obama have made enough money?” He earned over $14 million for his first three books, and bidding for his next deal has run over $60 million. Obama flashback to 2010:  I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”

The little tent of the Democratic Party just got smaller: DNC chairman Tom Perez declares that pro-life advocates are not welcome in the Democratic Party.
Study:  Mostly Democratic-run states are a total disaster, have the worst economies.
A new survey of students at Dartmouth College found that those who identified as Democrats are the least tolerant on campus.

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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Investor’s Business Daily  4/21

Organizers promised that hundreds of thousands would participate in an April 22 March for Science planned for hundreds of cities worldwide and an April 29 People's Climate March in Washington, DC. These events have no more to do with science or climate change than do UN programs or the Paris climate treaty. Their own leaders make that perfectly clear.
A climate website asserts that marchers intend to mark President Trump's 100th day in office "with a massive demonstration that shows our resistance is not going to wane." They intend to "block Trump's entire fossil fuel agenda," with Berkeley-style tantrums and riots, most likely.

A science march website says this is "explicitly a political movement, aimed at holding leaders in science and politics accountable" for trying to "skew, ignore, misuse or interfere with science." That pious language really means they intend to allow no deviation from climate cataclysm doctrines. It means everyone must accept claims that fossil fuel emissions, not powerful natural forces, now govern Earth's climate; any future changes will be catastrophic; despite growing wealth and technological prowess, humanity will somehow be unable to adapt to future fluctuations; and mankind can and must control the climate by regulating emissions of plant-fertilizing carbon dioxide, regardless of costs.

Equally revealing, former UN climate convention director Christiana Figueres has said the UN goal is to "intentionally change the economic development model" that has reigned since the Industrial Revolution. " Climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with environmental protection," former IPCC mitigation group co-chair Ottmar Edenhofer has stated. It is about negotiating "the (re)distribution of the world's resources."…..Developed nations must de-carbonize, de-industrialize, and reduce their growth, job creation and living standards – while sending trillions of dollars over the coming decades to ruling elites in developing countries that are not required to decrease oil, gas and coal use or greenhouse gas emissions.

The Insurance Journal says the worldwide climate change and renewable energy industry is now a $1.5-trillion-per-year business empire. McKinsey & Co. says the world must spend $93 trillion by 2031 to build "climate-resilient, socially inclusive, sustainable, low-carbon" infrastructures. Millions of politicians, bureaucrats, scientists, activists and corporate executives clearly have a huge stake in advancing this agenda. However, billions of people have other, more vital, even life-or-death interests that must be protected.

Free enterprise capitalism and fossil fuels have lifted billions out of poverty, disease, malnutrition and early death. They must continue doing so. Indeed, says the Energy Information Administration, carbon-based fuels will provide 75-80% of worldwide energy through 2040 – when total energy consumed will be at least 25% greater than today.

The marchers seem determined to block this progress, regardless of the consequences. In the United States, their "green" energy policies would send gasoline prices soaring and at least double electricity costs – from Ohio rates to California rates. The cost of heat, lights, AC, goods and services would skyrocket for families, hospitals, schools, factories and businesses. Living standards would decline, jobs disappear, drug and alcohol abuse climb, and people die needlessly and prematurely.   330,000 German families had their electricity cut off in 2015, because they could not pay soaring bills. In Britain, 20,000 elderly people die from illness and hypothermia each winter, because they cannot afford proper heat. Across Africa and India, over a billion impoverished people still have no access to electricity for lights, cooking or refrigeration. Instead, they burn wood, charcoal and dung in open fires. Millions die every year from breathing indoor smoke, drinking contaminated water, eating bacteria-infested food and having primitive healthcare.

The marchers and climate industry ignore this green energy poverty and death. They dismiss hundreds of scientists who present persuasive evidence that humans are not causing climate disasters, as CFACT detailed in its documentary film, "Climate Hustle." Danish environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg calculates that implementing all provisions of the Paris accord would prevent a virtually undetectable 0.306 degrees Fahrenheit of global warming by 2100. Doing so would cost up to $946 billion annually, from 2030 to 2100 – another $66 trillion in total!

That money should be spent on electricity, clean water, modern housing and agriculture. Free enterprise capitalism will gradually devise reliable, affordable fossil fuel replacements.
The marchers claim they represent "social, economic and climate justice." It's nothing more than a twisted joke.


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OTHER COLUMNS
: “[Bill] Nye is a fellow denier of one of the most irrefutable facts about mankind: Human ingenuity overcomes demand. … Talking about humans as if they were a malady that needs to be cured is, at its core, immoral. And listening to a man who has three residences lecture potential parents about their responsibilities to Mother Earth is particularly galling. Although many thousands of incredibly smart and talented people engage in real scientific inquiry and discovery, ‘science’ is often used as a cudgel to browbeat people into accepting progressive policies.”
               -David Harsanyi

"Bill Nye isn’t interested in a scientific debate about global warming — how much is occurring, the measurement techniques at issue, the sensitivity of the climate to carbon emissions, the range of factors that affect the climate. He wants you to accept his version of the truth — not just that global warming is happening, but that massive government intervention is necessary in order to avert imminent global catastrophe.”
                -Ben Shapiro
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LEFTIST WATCH
Left wing protesters stormed the offices of the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

In the past week, vandals have repeatedly defaced property at the University of Texas-Austin, spray-painting a hammer and sickle symbol and words like “rapist,” “racist” and “kill frat boys” on at least four fraternity houses.

Bill Nye The Eugenics Guy: “Maybe We Should Penalize People With "Extra Kids"
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GLOBALONEY
The New York Times has hired former Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens.  His first article has Times readers choking on their morning coffee. “Climate of Complete Certainty”

What does it say about environmentalists that a stand-up comic made famous in the 1970s by listing seven dirty words you couldn´t say on TV has far more insight about the Earth than one of the green movement´s most influential leaders?
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ISLAM
Can Islam ever be reformed? “The reform Islam movement is nothing new and Muslims have attempted to reform Islam for fourteen hundred years and always failed. Leaders of such movements were often beheaded for apostasy. Jihad and sharia are foundational principles of Islam and no mincing of words will change that……But the so-called reformers tell us they can and that keeps American media happy and that is all that counts.”
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ARTICLES
Terrence Jeffrey:  Will GOP Fund Planned Parenthood But Not Border Wall?
Rush Limbaugh explains consequences of Trump “caving” on wall funding. “We know that the threat of a government shutdown, once it’s even whispered in the Drive-By Media, paralyzes the Republican Party…..not having a shutdown has been the single focus of Republican policy for I don’t know how many years now. And it has translated into the Democrats being able to deny Republicans most of what they want and Democrats to get what they want…”

Pat Buchanan:  "The Ideas made it, But I didn´t"

Here’s the cover of the new issue of National Review, which comes out Friday, featuring David French’s cover story on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/447136/the-rock-dwayne-johnson-national-review-profile-david-french
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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. This is most safely gathered from the words, but may be sought also in extraneous circumstances provided they do not contradict the express words of the law.” —Thomas Jefferson (1808)

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