Saturday, August 26, 2017

op ed review 8/27

President Trump touched a media nerve in Arizona — and how. Members of the supposed celebrated Fourth Estate tore into the president, post-Phoenix, adopting a “how dare he!” approach to deal with their bruised egos. Fact is: Trump may not be the most nuanced of speakers, but his accusatory rant against the press, while lengthy, contained nuggets of truth.

First it was Russia, then it was racism, the democrats’ meme of the week is now  “Amid mounting bipartisan concerns, debate over Trump's mental health takes off..”
“Among the self-appointed commissars of the culture, the hatred for Trump assumes the dimensions of a psychiatric disorder. But like the Soviet commissars of old, they don’t treat their own delusions. They instead rant and rant about the mental health of “dissenters,” those deplorables who refuse to conform to the dogmas of the commissars.”

President Trump granted a pardon to former Arizona lawman and political ally Joe Arpaio, the "toughest sheriff in America," after he was railroaded by the Obama justice department over racial profiling.
President Trump directed the Pentagon to extend indefinitely a ban on transgender individuals joining the military.
The pace of new government regulations has plunged in President Donald Trump’s first seven months in office, a welcome relief to businesses and banks that have long pushed for less interference in the economy.
George Foreman praises Trump, slams Colin Kaepernick and Kevin Durant. 

International news agency Reuters was mocked on social media Wednesday after it referred to anti-Trump protesters as "peace activists" in its reporting of President Trump´s rally in Phoenix on Tuesday night.

“This morning the New York Times published an extraordinary, data-rich article examining the outcome of diversity efforts at colleges and universities from coast to coast. The results, quite frankly, are sobering. After decades of affirmative action, billions of dollars invested in finding, mentoring, and recruiting minority students, and extraordinary levels of effort and experimentation, black and Hispanic students are “more underrepresented at the nation’s top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago”

In January Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted support for massive increases in migration into Canada.  However, policy has consequences. Eight months later, the same Justin Trudeau is now overseeing the largest mass deportation increase in the history of Canada:

“Let me ask, “what if I told you that ESPN decided to pull an Asian-American announcer from calling a University of Virginia football game because his name is Robert Lee?” Your answer would probably be, “you’re making it up.” But I’m not.
ESPN is now in full blown damage control mode over what would seem to be one of the more ridiculous self-made controversies in recent times.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has publicly supported the removal of Confederate statues around the U.S. As it turns out, the Pelosi family wasn’t always against the statues:  Nancy Pelosi’s father helped dedicate Confederate statues to Robert E. Lee and ‘Stonewall’ Jackson.
“One of my daughters asks, are Robert Lees across the country scrambling to change their names, lest they be discriminated against by their employers? Is Robert the new Adolf?”
What’s next?  Thomas Jefferson, ‘emblem of white supremacy,’ targeted in UVa. students’ list of demands
A California Catholic school is facing a backlash from parents after officials took down some religious statues -- including one of Mary and baby Jesus -- over concerns that they were “alienating” prospective students.

Ever since the Charlottesville protests, the Left has ramped up their crusade against Confederate monuments and streets named after Confederate generals. Using their logic, they should be calling for renaming the leftist mecca of New York, whose namesake is derived from a slave trader.

Circular firing squad:  The relationship between President Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, has disintegrated to the point that they have not spoken to each other in weeks, and Mr. McConnell has privately expressed uncertainty that Mr. Trump will be able to salvage his administration.
Meanwhile, McConnell approval rating in his home state:  18%

Mitt Romney is a media hero now for criticizing Trump.   CNN and MSNBC spent much of the day Friday touting Romney’s long-winded Facebook post urging President Trump to apologize for his “both sides” comments about Charlottesville, Va.
“What´s the end game for these preening, posturing doofuses who call themselves Republicans, but who can´t pass a CNN camera without slamming their party’s president?”

Richard Fernandez  8/24
January 2005 may be remembered as the Day It All Began.  At a Conference on Diversifying the Science and Engineering Workforce, Larry Summers lost his job as president of Harvard by suggesting there might be small differences in aptitude between men and women in STEM fields. That was enough to finish him. Although the penalty may have struck some as disproportionate no one attached any wider significance to the incident at the time.

In retrospect Summers' fall was the start of a sequence of events that is even now racing to a climax.  After Summers the vortex which pulled him down eddied on claiming further victims. By 2012 it had become unacceptable to think of illegal immigration as a crime. A CNN article marked the moment when "the words 'illegal immigrants' and 'illegal aliens," became verboten…

Gradually, but with ever quickening pace a series of further breakthroughs occurred until the public almost ceased to notice that the once sacrosanct verities were no more. By 2016, when same sex marriage reversed the Defense of Marriage Act enacted just 10 years before, the advance had become so rapid it surprised even its most ardent supporters. "What explains the rapid change?" asked Conor Friedersdorf in the Atlantic. His theory was that the very fabric of American society had changed to the point where tradition was no longer able to offer any resistance.

That change worried some observers. Without tradition to apply some sort of brake where was the limit?  If marriage could so easily be twitched aside where would the advance stop? Polygamy?.......Shortly after the same sex marriage issue subsided, the headlines became dominated by transgender bathrooms. This time the opposition even feared to take the field. Katy Steinmetz writing in Time likened laws requiring transgender to the repeal of Jim Crow laws. "Bathrooms and fights for civil rights go hand-in-hand."…..

Perhaps the issues were independent in the sense that they were logically unrelated. But as a process of social change they were as connected as successive waves beating on a shore.  The subsequent followed the previous with accelerating speed; a trickle was rapidly building into a flood. Almost without a pause the transgender bathroom campaign reached and breached the next boundary: gender definition. Identity rapidly became a construct. "UK Facebook users can now choose from one of 71 gender options, including asexual, polygender and two-spirit person, following the feature's successful integration in the US”…..

If the traditional marriage definition fell rapidly the even more ancient institution of gender collapsed in the blink of an eye. Questioning a "custom gender" in 2017 had become an offense as heinous as suggesting illegal immigration was a crime.  Just how serious a transgression was underscored by an article by Piers Morgan saying" Trump’s transgender military ban is reprehensible, bigoted."  If suggesting gender differences could topple the president of Harvard, questioning custom genders could undermine the president of the United States.

Events have since accelerated with dizzying speed.  College men are tossed out of university on rape charges neither the police nor even the universities themselves can sustain.  An engineer at Google was fired over questioning diversity policies. Ten applicants had their acceptances to Harvard withdrawn for saying politically incorrect things on Facebook. You can be ruined, doxed, blackballed, fired not simply for violating current codes but those still to come.

Just when it seemed things could go no faster the War on Statues began. From seemingly out of nowhere a campaign sprang up to rid America of Confederate memorials. Within days the effort had spread to pulling down Christopher Columbus' statue in New York City….

We want to pretend that sports are a safe sanctuary from the world's ugly problems, but that has always been a farce. Truth is, not even the glorious game of football can keep America's toxic culture of bigotry, hate and violence at bay. It's just too heavy a burden.  So imagine if you're scheduled to be the announcer for ESPN's livestream of the University of Virginia's season-opener football game against William and Mary in a few weeks and your name is Robert Lee…..

Could it be that events are spinning out of control? Maybe Rauch was right to argue there is no "slippery slope", no connection between one demand and the one which follows.  But the tendency of political activism to demand ever more extreme concessions the more are granted suggests the opposite. In the progressive march toward "progress" a slippery slope is not only possible but necessary for the momentum to continue.

Quite the contrary to "please stop changing the subject!" progress must keep changing the subject. Like a man ascending a burning ladder he must get his foot on the next rung before the present step burns beneath.  The imperative is to move on to a new demand before the demands of the latest concession can even be assessed. It dies if it stops.  Progress is in perpetual flight from the consequences of its victories; like a gravitational singularity it must keep assimilating more material because it cannot pause, not even for an instant.

Even if we can guess the Day It All Began, it is harder to predict the day it will end.  It will stop when the fire runs out of fuel or events catch up, whichever comes first. Until then the question is not 'who wins the war on statues' but what demands come next.


“No one speaking in favor of "free speech" in Boston was a Nazi, or a KKK member……..(but) they were "counter-protested" for defending the fundamental American right to speak freely without injury from other citizens…….. Politically speaking, if we boil this down to a uniquely American perspective, we observe that there are two clearly recognizable sides.  On the one hand, there are those Americans who recognize the necessity of the Constitution and Bill of Rights as a shield against the tyranny and oppression of a mob of frenzied zealots bent on power and destruction.  Those Americans – we'll call them "grown-ups" – understand what the Founders knew……On the other hand, there are those Americans – we'll call them "angry toddlers" – who are emotional puppets, whose alarming mental weakness predisposes them to manipulation and misdirection dressed up as virtue.  They decline mental exercises that require objectivity, reason, and actual morality, because these do not bring the desired result, which is their presumed moral primacy over those their handlers seek to dominate and control, not to mention the wealth and property of those targets.  These people are not the most dangerous among us, but they run a close second because of their utter inability to process basic information and come up with a correct answer.  The most dangerous are those who manipulate such people to steal what they want while pretending to be making things better.”

“Liberalism, or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps” by NFL star, Burgess Owens.   I caught Burgess Owens on Hannity the other night and was blown away by the information he shared as I had never heard most of it before. For instance, did you know it was the Democrats who formed the Ku Klux Klan?.....shares information on how the Democrats and liberals are actually hurting black advancement by keeping them dependent on taxpayer-funded giveaway programs.”

The Boston rally was a watershed event. But not in the way the mainstream media has been portraying it, as a bold stand against white supremacy in the wake of Charlottesville. Rather, it demonstrates the power of propaganda to foment mass hysteria and mob rule. For the media refuses to report this seminal truth: There were no white supremacists or neo-Nazis. None. The rally was planned before Charlottsville and was about defending the First Amendment, stressing the importance of free speech and freedom of expression in an age of growing intolerance.  Instead, the media engaged in a massive disinformation campaign that spurred over 40,000 “antifascists” to descend upon Boston Common, overwhelming the First Amendment supporters. The massive protests achieved their goal. Free speech was shut down. A hate-filled mob took over the streets. And the radical Left won a decisive battle in its war against the Constitution, the First Amendment and freedom itself. That this occurred in Boston of all places—the cradle of liberty and the American Revolution—makes the Left’s triumph even more striking.
It is no secret to anyone who has been paying attention that the Left’s commitment to free speech–perhaps never strong in the first place–has been eroding rapidly. Now even the American Civil Liberties Union is beginning to backtrack on the First Amendment.

How American Anarchy Parallels China’s Cultural Revolution

Former DNC Chair Howard Dean says if you vote GOP in 2018, you are a racist.

??? ACLU gets accused of racism after tweeting a photo of a cute white baby holding a U.S. flag.

Is Google Working with Liberal Groups to Snuff Out Conservative Websites?

The John Brown Clubs are gun clubs for leftists affiliated with Redneck Revolt, an outfit in turn affiliated with Antifa. “Putting the RED back in redneck”?

George Clooney and his wife just donated a large sum of money to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a liberal hate group active in smearing non-adherents to Marxist theology.

President Trump has disbanded something called the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment (ACSNCA). Good. That shrieking you can hear is the sound of the Green Blob, mourning the loss of another of its tentacles.

Tyrell:  President Trump is in trouble again with his Moral Superiors. His problem, of course, is that he cannot throttle his B.S. Detector. Trump it seems at some point in life acquired a B.S. Detector that has usually served him well. It certainly served him well during his long years in business and during his brief time in politics. Now, however, it is problematic. The Detector sounds an alarm when it perceives B.S., and during the Charlottesville disruptions it went wild. Every time the Mainstream Media or a political figure (usually a Democrat) began vituperating against only one side in a manifestly two-sided conflict, Trump’s B.S. Detector could not be ignored. Frankly, if I were the President, I would have thrust the device under the bed or asked the Secret Service to take it outside for a walk. Instead, President Trump heeded its alarms and said there was blame on “many sides.” Kaboom!

Malkin:  “Newsflash from The New York Times: Women may have starved under socialist regimes, but their sex lives were out of this world! That´s the creepy gist of one of the Grey Lady´s recent essays this summer hailing the "Red Century." The paper´s ongoing series explores "the history and legacy of Communism, 100 years after the Russian Revolution." When its essayists aren´t busy championing the great sex that oppressed women enjoyed in miserable Eastern Bloc countries, they´re extolling Lenin´s fantabulous conservationist programs and pimping "Communism for Kids" propaganda..”

If (leftists) were being intellectually honest, they'd demand that along with racist statues, something else would be toppled. And this, too, represents much of America's racist history: The Democratic Party. The Democratic Party historically is the party of slavery. The Democratic Party is the party of Jim Crow laws. The Democratic Party fought civil rights for a century….  The Democratic Party's military arm in the South was the KKK. The Democratic Party opposed the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, making the former slaves citizens of the United States and giving them the vote. If the new Cultural Revolution was serious, wouldn't it also demand that the Democratic Party be put in a museum somewhere, away from decent people, along with those Confederate statues?

A recent petition urging President Trump’s administration to label the so-called “Antifa” a “terrorist organization” has gained nearly 300,000 signatures.
Sign the petition here:

Prager:  To understand America´s crises today, one must first understand what has happened to two institutions: the university and the news media. They do not regard their mission as educating and informing but indoctrinating. In this column, I will focus on the media.

"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right."
                    -George Orwell,  "1984."

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

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.


“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.”

“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
            -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

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.

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´.

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

“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. ”