Sunday, April 9, 2017

op ed review 4/9



Trump hits Assad in Syria, dominating the weekend news and deflating the mainstream media Russia collusion story.
Gorsuch confirmed.

Why the Left is unhinged:  “Bit by bit, Trump methodically undoing Obama policies”
And they’re afraid of news like this: The number of employed Americans increased 472,000 to 153,000,000 in March, setting a second straight monthly record; and the number of unemployed persons dropped by 326,000 to 7.2 million.

The diplomat who is in line to be America´s next NATO ambassador said that former National Security Advisor Susan Rice has been suspected ´for weeks´ of involvement in an effort to publicly unmask Donald Trump associates whose names appeared in foreign intelligence reports. And he claimed ten days ago that if Rice and her deputy Ben Rhodes were behind politically motivated leaks of classified intelligence, former president Barack Obama was also in the know.
CNN has raced to shoot down the story on Susan Rice. CNN Don Lemon went so far as to announce he would ignore the news at all costs. CNN's Chris Cuomo claimed it was "demonstrably untrue" Rice sought surveillance of the Trump team, even as that's exactly what yesterday's reports prove.
The New York Times and Bloomberg knew about Susan Rice’s unmasking of Trump officials but sat on the story.
Lawmakers probing the surveillance of key Trump officials say the intelligence agencies now nominally under the president’s control are stonewalling efforts to get to the bottom of who revealed names and leaked protected information to the press.

Ben Carson Finds $500 Billion in Errors in Obama HUD Audit.  Mainstream media silence.

Illegal immigration down 67 percent under Trump
Arrests of people caught trying to sneak into the United States across the Mexican border plummeted in March to the lowest monthly figure in more than 17 years,

How corrupt is the Mexican government? Mexican state attorney general arrested at U.S. border in San Diego “on charges that he conspired to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine into the U.S.”

Fresh evidence the Russia ‘scandal’ is a Team Obama operation

Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking Senate vote Thursday to advance legislation that would allow states to withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood and other health care providers that perform abortions.

New documents obtained by government watchdog group Judicial Watch show the IRS targeting scandal was more expansive than previously known and show IRS officials admitting the tactics used to hinder conservative groups were inappropriate

The gun industry may be headed for a slump after eight years of explosive growth under former President Barack Obama.
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Scott Uehlinger 4/5
The U.S. intelligence community is in the midst of a severe crisis. It has been used, or perhaps allowed itself to be used, as a tool of political destruction, against some of the same U.S. citizens it was created to protect.

What I am talking about is the continuing “Wiretapgate” debacle. We are seeing the widespread abuse of intelligence by an incumbent administration to target political opposition. Long a technique in the developing world — a tactic I often witnessed as a CIA station chief working abroad — the Third World has come to roost in the United States. It is a tragedy of the first order.

The danger of politicization is widely accepted throughout the intelligence community as the greatest hazard, in theory, to the intelligence profession. If an intel service cannot be accepted as an unbiased arbiter, it loses the trust of its people, and risks becoming irrelevant and unheeded. History is littered with intel failures; one need only look to the invasion of Iraq to see how politicization can lead to costly failure and a “trust gap” that can take years to bridge and resolve.

Truth, despite the naysayers, is objective and absolute. The intelligence community has a responsibility to provide the most informed truth to the president. The truth, warts and all, will always be the soundest basis for any foreign policy. This is what our multibillion-dollar intel leviathan owes the American people and its government. 

It has become clear to the American public, however, that intelligence leadership learned long ago to stop listening to its own philosophy. The twin serpents of politicization and political correctness — a Soviet term, by the way — walk hand in hand throughout the intelligence community, as well as every other government agency. The PC mindset that now dominates every college campus is also positioned firmly throughout our government — particularly within the intelligence community, which saw its greatest personnel influx ever in the post-9/11 environment. Today’s intelligence community, the average age of which I would estimate at 32, was raised under the beleaguered Bush administration and reached professional maturity primarily under the Obama administration, immersed in a PC environment.

In this PC world, all diversity is embraced — except diversity of thought. Federal workers have been partisan for years, but combined with the rigid Obama PC mindset, it has created a Frankenstein of politicization that has never been seen before.

Watching Evelyn Farkas admit on TV that the Obama administration wanted the intelligence community to “get as much information as you can” before Donald Trump took office resembles some sort of social science experiment gone bad — and it frames the problems wrought by PC/political brainwashing. Here a mid-level official, permanently dwelling in a bubble of progressive liberalism, acknowledged being complicit in the breaking of U.S. ethics rules and perhaps law — because, as she explained, that’s what they needed to do! 

Farkus has all the right credentials: a Ph.D. and a career shuttling between academia, the government and the press that is the hallmark of the anointed “Washington insider” class. What is lacking, however, is any level of self-awareness, common sense or judgment. She is emblematic of the denizens of the Deep State that everyone in Washington likes to tell us doesn’t exist.

I am here to tell you, having served in the CIA and the Naval Reserve, that the Deep State does indeed exist. And it’s not a bunch of centrally controlled drones in black robes meeting at midnight. The Deep State is made up of thousands of similarly credentialed, remarkably “un-diverse” civil servants and political appointees who saw themselves promoted rapidly during the eight years of the Obama administration. The appointees have left, but make no mistake — the progressive civil servants remain. 

There is little doubt that intel leadership saw Obama’s relaxation of rules regulating the sharing of NSA raw intelligence — for which there is NO operational justification — and did nothing. They also saw the Obama administration’s demand for “incidental” collection on the Trump campaign at an unprecedented level — and still they did nothing.

Like some binary poisonous reagent, these dynamics combined to foster an environment ripe for political abuse and leakage — a fairly transparent attempt, from the point of view of any discerning intelligence officer. This weaponization of intelligence for the sake of discrediting the political opposition I have seen in Kosovo, Azerbaijan, Moldova and elsewhere — sadly, it is now on our shores. 

The present culture of the intelligence community and the shameless political shenanigans of the Obama administration combined to create this disaster. In earlier times, such a gambit would have failed; CIA leadership famously stood up to the Nixon administration when asked to domestically spy on Justice during Watergate, for example. It seems that today we lack the character and the competence to ensure that the intelligence community honors the trust of the American people.


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OTHER COLUMNS
“What does the Left’s newfound enthusiasm for the Bible tell us? It tells us that the Left doesn’t actually believe in the Bible — the Left believes in government. Every time the Left cites the Bible, it does so as an excuse to let government take from some and redistribute to others, or compel work from some on behalf of others.”
                   -Ben Shapiro

“Obviously, there are going to be a lot of stars from the Obama years in need of lawyers. One question does bother me: How could so many Obama aides be so stupid as to eavesdrop on team Trump after Trump won the election?”
                   -R. Emmett Tyrrell
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LEFTIST WATCH
The LA Times disgraces itself with this editorial:  “Our Dishonest President”.  Some are calling it “The most astonishing editorial ever written.

Associate professor at Drexel University ignites a Twitter firestorm when he tweets that he was trying not to "vomit" when he witnessed a fellow passenger aboard his flight give up a first class seat to a uniformed soldier.

Hillary urges democrats to "resist, insist, persist, enlist."

For everything there is a season, and for many the Time of Trump is the season for perpetual outrage. The latest horror is over President Trump’s supposed “erasing” of the LGBT community, because the 2020 Census isn’t asking any questions about sexual orientation or gender identification.

The University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, is hosting a “masculinity confession booth” this week, in which male students are asked to confess sins that may have been inspired by the Western world’s emphasis on “hypermasculinity.”

Harvard University has decided to edit its anthem lyrics to remove the term "Puritan," which a school 'task force' found insufficiently inclusive.

Leftie professor writing in Time Magazine: “America should never be "great again"….its a bad thing for the world.

PETA says milk is a 'Symbol of White Supremacy'...
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ISLAM
Here, courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch, is the moderate liberal Islamic position on beating your wife: Don't do it too hard. “….the goal of the beatings is rebuke in a way that does not cause injury.”
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GLOBALONEY
Global Warming: Listen to the critics, and you´d think President Trump´s executive order on federal climate change regulations spells doom for the planet. But an Obama administration report shows why such fears are wildly exaggerated.

Fewer than 1 percent of papers published in scientific journals follow the scientific method, according to research by Wharton School professor and forecasting expert J. Scott Armstrong. Professor Armstrong, who co-founded the peer-reviewed Journal of Forecasting in 1982 and the International Journal of Forecasting in 1985, made the claim in a presentation about what he considers to be “alarmism” from forecasters over man-made climate change.
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ARTICLES
Donald Trump may not look like a conservative, act like a conservative or sound like a conservative, but he has been governing like one. Many Republican activists are satisfied with the first 70 days of his administration. In conversations with such figures this week, issues such as Trump’s controversial travel bans or the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn did not come up. Instead, optimism centered around efforts to roll back Obama-era regulations and the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacant supreme court seat.

Hard times have arrived at the Environmental Protection Agency. It’s not just the budget and staff cuts which have the long time staffers down in the dumps. It seems that they feel the new boss, Scott Pruitt, as well as his boss, aren’t exactly onboard with the old agenda which they’ve grown used to over eight years under Barack Obama. This has some of them feeling so glum and hopeless that they are thinking of leaving their plush, virtually fire-proof jobs and heading out in search of greener pastures.  😊

After years in the political wilderness, Republicans have honed their skills as an opposition party to a fine edge, but their electoral success requires that they govern. With control of both houses of Congress and the White House, Republicans need to close the gap between theory and practice quickly.   “GOP Leaders, Remember Trump Ran Against Your Pieties … and Won”

VDH:  The entire Trump-collusion-with-Russia narrative has now descended into incoherence.
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446148/russian-farce-trump-collusion-hysteria-diverts-attention-surveillance-scandal

 “Nuke ‘em till they glow”  The Democrats must learn through pain, specifically the agony of watching Neil Gorsuch take the seat that they stompy-feet insist belongs to Merrick Garland. For too long, they’ve packed the bench with liberal partisans committed to exercising raw power as an end-run around democracy and the Constitution. Well, if raw power is the rule, then they need to choke on it. And we should laugh at their pain even as we amplify it via the Nuclear Option. Thank you, Harry Reid!
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LISTS, CHARTS, GUIDES, ETC.
A Beginner’s Guide to the Trump/Russia Controversy
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WISE WORDS
“It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience.”
                      -Alexander Hamilton
“Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.”
                     -Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

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