Saturday, October 7, 2017

op ed review 10/8



After Las Vegas Slaughter, ABC News Singles Out NRA and GOP in Congress.
On average, there is mass killing bigger than Vegas in Chicago each month.  With different shooters instead of one shooter.
John Lott:  Gun control in Europe is almost total. It hasn't stopped mass shooting attacks like Las Vegas.
CBS Legal Exec: “No Sympathy For Vegas ‘Because Country Music Fans Often Are Republican”.  Next day she was looking for another job.
Dem Lawmaker Refuses to Participate in Moment of Silence For Vegas Victims
British biologist and famed atheist Richard Dawkins mocks Southern accents and the Second Amendment. “Durn tootin’, great shootin’. Cool dude sertin’ he’s 2nd Mendment rahts. Hell yeah!”

Partisan gaps widen even further as Democrats move left

President Trump proclaims Monday as Columbus Day — without apologies.  "the permanent arrival of Europeans ... was a transformative event that undeniably and fundamentally changed the course of human history and set the stage for the development of our great Nation."
The Environmental Protection Agency will propose repealing the Clean Power Plan - the Obama administration’s centerpiece regulation to fight climate change - and plans to solicit input on a rule to replace it.  The CPP was challenged in court by 27 states after Obama’s administration launched it in 2015.
The Pentagon has officially severed all ties to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) after previously relying on the group’s training materials on extremism.

Michelle Obama says conservative women don’t have their own voices, they just vote as their husbands tell them. “Imagining that women on the Right are mere sock puppets for their husbands, sons, and fathers is a crucial illusion for an ideology that has constructed a political paradigm entirely upon identity.”

Yet another study is out showing New York City charter schools outperforming regular public schools — even as Mayor de Blasio keeps on working to stifle charters’ growth.

California becomes first 'sanctuary state' for undocumented migrants.  Bill grants protections to people who are in the US without permission, including those who have committed crimes…..also limits cooperation between local police forces and federal authorities
12 charged in $20 million food stamp fraud:  their names?  Hasan, Mohammed, Ihab, Mohammad, Maria, Yousef, Omar, Jalal, Javier……..
Leader of British Ukip party says the weight of immigration and the rise of Islam is ‘burying British culture’

From NBC news no less:  Trump is Right: His Media Coverage Is Mostly Negative

Wall Street veterans are huddling up against the NFL. Many brokers and bankers — some of whom are also military veterans — have threatened to pull the plug on pro football for not reining in players who are using the American national anthem as an opportunity to protest by taking the knee.
Steyn:  For whatever reason, the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars engaged in a game of American football at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday. "The Star-Spangled Banner" was played, and two dozen players dropped to the ground and "took a knee". Then "God Save The Queen" was played, and all the Americans got off their knees and remained standing for the duration. What are we to make of this?

Puerto Rico Teamsters Union refuses to deliver supplies – uses Hurricane Maria as contract leverage…
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Investors Business Daily 
It is utterly predictable that, after a mass shooting, there are urgent pleadings for "gun control" laws. It's also predictable that any facts about gun laws and gun violence will be tossed aside.

After the shooting in Las Vegas, which left 59 dead and more than 500 injured, Caleb Keeter, guitarist for the Josh Abbott Band, which was on stage at a country music festival when Stephen Paddock started shooting, announced that he'd changed his mind about guns. "I've been a proponent of the Second Amendment my whole life. Until the events of last night," Keeter said in a statement. "I cannot express how wrong I was. … Enough is enough. … We need gun control RIGHT. NOW."

Keeter's response no doubt reflects how many people felt after the shootings. It's also a reflection how little thought most people put into this issue before spouting off. What sort of "gun control" does Keeter support? What new law would have prevented this tragedy? Is Keeter advocating taking guns away from law-abiding citizens?

Likewise, late night talk show host Stephen Colbert's lecture to the nation amounted to saying that "anything" was better than nothing when it comes to gun control. Others are saying that the National Rifle Association and Republicans in Congress have blood on their hands for this shooting because they blocked previous gun control measures — laws that, even if they were on the books, would almost certainly have done nothing to prevent Sunday night's rampage.

How about, instead of indulging in emotional responses and name-calling, these people offered the public some pertinent facts that would help enlighten the debate? Here are three:

1. More gun laws won't mean fewer homicides or mass shootings. Gun control advocates claim that there's a direct relationship between state gun-control laws and gun-related fatalities. But these numbers include suicides, which account for two-thirds of all gun deaths. Restricting the sale of new guns isn't likely to have a significant impact on suicides. When you look only at homicides, there's no clear correlation between those and state gun laws…….

If anything, there's an inverse relationship between gun homicides and the number of guns per person. As economist Mark Perry notes, the number of guns per person has climbed more than 50% since 1994. Over those same years, the gun-related homicide rate dropped by 49%.

What's more, of the 18 mass shootings that have taken place since 2011, only five took place in states that get an F rating from the Law Center (and two of those were committed by Islamic terrorists). However, five mass shootings took place in states with an A rating for gun control, and seven occurred in states with a C rating. Another one took place in heavily gun-controlled Washington, D.C.

2. Attacks on the NRA are disingenuous. As usual after a mass shooting, the NRA is being attacked for using its political muscle to block more gun control laws. Here's a typical comment: "For most Hill Republicans, bucking the NRA is unfathomable. The powerful gun lobby spent more than $52 million backing candidates in the 2016 cycle alone." Or as alleged late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel put it, Republicans "should be praying for God to forgive them for letting the gun lobby run this country."

But the NRA is a relative piker when it comes to campaign donations and lobbying. In the 2016 election, labor unions outspent the NRA by more than 3 to 1. Last year, the National Association of Realtors spent twice as much lobbying Congress than all the gun rights groups combined. The "gun lobby" — typified by the NRA — is influential only because there are millions of gun owners in the country who are passionate about defending their Second Amendment rights. The gun lobby, in fact, is one of the few genuinely grass roots groups in Washington. So, attacks on the NRA are nothing more than veiled attacks on law-abiding gun owners — most of whom know a lot more about guns than prominent gun control advocates.

3. There are already hundreds of gun control laws on the books. Also left out of the discussion is the fact that there are, by one count, more than 270 federal laws on the books, as well as countless state laws covering gun sales and gun ownership. Will one more gun control law make any difference? That's hard to show. But until we have some actual facts about how Paddock amassed his arsenal and what, if anything, could have been done to prevent his crime, any talk of new gun laws is pointless. Until such facts do emerge, those counseling patience before leaping on the "gun control" bandwagon have it right.

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OTHER COLUMNS
“When sociopaths used a bomb to murder 168 people and injured over 680 others in 1995, it wasn’t a “bomb problem.” When sociopaths used airplanes to murder 2,977 people and injure over 6,000 others on 9/11, it wasn’t an “airplanes problem."  When a sociopath used a truck to murder 85 people and injure 458 others in 2016, it wasn’t a "truck problem.” But when sociopaths use a gun to murder people, why do Democrats always label it a “gun problem”?
     -Mark Alexander

“The idea that gun control advocates don’t want to confiscate your weapons is, of course, laughable. They can’t confiscate your weapons, so they support whatever feasible incremental steps inch further toward that goal. … It seems odd that someone would let murderers and madmen decide what inalienable rights we should embrace. It is almost humorous to hear someone advising you not to worry about domestic tyranny as he explains why the state should eradicate a constitutional right and confiscate your means of self-defense.”
                      -David Harsanyi

“……in the grubby bazaar of politician-buying, the NRA is a bit player. Consider that $3.5 million in donations over nearly 20 years The Washington Post made such a fuss about. According to Opensecrets.org, the legal profession contributed $207 million to politicians in 2016 alone…..the outfit that oversees the political and philanthropic efforts of billionaire anti-global-warming activist Ton Steyer, gave $90 million (all to Democrats) in 2016. In terms of lobbying and political contributions, the NRA and the gun industry generally spend next to nothing compared with the big players.”
                  -Jonah Goldberg
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LEFTIST WATCH
Just as they once did for Bill Clinton in the wake of all his sex-harassment scandals, the Democratic Party establishment is closing ranks to defend another big lecher among themselves, this time Democratic Party megadonor and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, in complete contravention to their stated ideals about ´equality.

‘American Made’: Leftist Conspiracy Cinema
Bill Clinton ‘lap dance’ scene cut from ‘American Made’ to avoid controversy.

The Free Lunch slide Into Socialism:  “New York City's Schools Chancellor recently announced that the entire public-school population, some 1.1 million students, will now be provided with free lunches irrespective of family income….”We're erasing all the terrible history of the school food program that has divided children by income."  You don't have to sit and ponder what kind of message this is sending to the school kids. Among other things, it is surely feeding the expectation that things should be free to them, all provided from some abstract entity known as "The Government.
Do The Media Hate Trump? Yes, And From The Very Start Of His Presidency, New Survey Shows

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ISLAM
A man carrying a knife and shouting ´Allahu Akbar´ killed two female passengers before being shot dead by soldiers at Marseille´s train station in southern France.
Canadian police charged a Somali refugee with five counts of attempted murder on Sunday after they said he stabbed a police officer and ran down several pedestrians with a car in Edmonton, Alberta, in what officials called an act of terrorism.
Austria Bans the Islamic Burqa
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ARTICLES
From the Washington Post no less:  “I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise.”

Monday is “Deregulation Day” for the federal government as declared by President Donald Trump, and thus is an opportune time to deliver the findings of The Heritage Foundation’s latest tracking of regulation. The bad news is that the final year of the Obama administration brought the private-sector costs of its reign of regulatory excess to $122 billion a year. And that’s the low-ball figure. On the other hand, the Trump administration, in its first six months, launched a multifaceted reform agenda that has slowed regulatory output.

Iowa is one of a number of states where most voters have concluded that the Democrats have nothing to offer, and have fled to the GOP.

Alarming – Robert Mueller Blocks Congressional Oversight of FBI Involvement in Trump Surveillance…
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WISE WORDS
“It is necessary for every American, with becoming energy to endeavor to stop the dissemination of principles evidently destructive of the cause for which they have bled. It must be the combined virtue of the rulers and of the people to do this, and to rescue and save their civil and religious rights from the outstretched arm of tyranny, which may appear under any mode or form of government.”
                  -Mercy Warren (1805)

“Goodness without wisdom always accomplished evil.”
                  -Robert A. Heinlein

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