Sunday, January 28, 2018

op ed review 1/28



Trump wins shutdown standoff.  “Progressive lawmakers and activists are furious over the Senate´s Monday vote to advance legislation to end the government shutdown.”

Davos:  European CEOs Go One By One To Tell Trump They Are Investing Billions Back In The US

The establishment media have saved Democrats from embarrassment by refusing to cover their struggling attempts to explain away the positive economic effects the Republican tax bill delivered for the working class……Pelosi, one of the wealthiest members of Congress, has consistently dismissed the typical $1000 bonuses that workers are receiving as “pathetic” and “crumbs.”

President Trump Wins 'Medal of Life' From Int'l Human Rights Group (But Fake News Media Blacks Out News)

As Congress and the White House go back to the drawing board on immigration, the administration took a hard line against compromise plans pushed by Senate moderates, and a new Harvard University poll backed up President Trump’s plan.
Shock poll: Americans want massive cuts to legal immigration
“Actually, It’s Lindsey Graham Who Is Out of the Mainstream on Immigration”
Enough obfuscation. Here are some of the most pernicious myths of illegal immigration, debunked

If you want a sign of a growing economy, look at the disability rolls. They've been shrinking rapidly of late, as fewer apply for benefits and more disabled return to work.
“No question about it— one year into President Trump's first term, the economy is on a roll, creating wealth, income and jobs for Americans, and building opportunities for the young. It's a triumph of economic realism over foolish skepticism.”
President Trump’s Health and Human Services Department (HHS) has taken new steps to restore religious protections for physicians and other health care providers long under attack by the bureaucratic bullies of the Obama administration.

Deafening is the word for the silence that has greeted the report that former Secretary of State John Kerry has sent a message urging the Palestinian Arab leader Mahmoud Abbas to stay strong, resist “Trump’s demands”, and to “play for time.” “…..this is an appalling thing from a former state secretary.”

Sanctuaries: 675 Jurisdictions Won’t Turn Over Criminal Aliens to ICE
New study:  Illegals commit crimes at double the rate of native-born.
New California law will automatically register illegal immigrants to vote... and it all begins on April Fool´s Day!

FBI Text Said To “Directly” Link Obama To Illegal 2016 Election Tampering

NFL rejects ad by veterans group featuring American soldiers carrying the flag, with the hashtag #PleaseStand.

Florida lawmakers consider requiring schools to post “In God we trust”
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
“It was by most accounts (with the exception of those among the most biased of the anti-Trump media) a remarkably successful showing by POTUS Trump in Davos. He was confident, cordial, tough, yet fair – and in the end, the world cheered this new era of “America first but not America alone” leadership.  Within minutes of finishing his speech, the stock markets rocketed to new all-time highs, adding TENS OF BILLIONS of dollars more into the retirement accounts of the American Middle Class. Where once world markets groaned when Barack Obama gave another meandering anti-American diatribe, those same markets now cheer a U.S. president’s promise of opportunity, freedom, and innovation. By nearly every measure, the lives of ALL Americans are better since Donald Trump became President. It is for that reason his enemies wish to see him destroyed. He is a true political outsider, someone far removed from the incestuous-globalist echo chamber, who continues to play by his own rules – not theirs, and who also puts the needs of the American people first, not those of America’s enemies. What a remarkable time we now live in.”

Investors Business Daily
As Special Counsel Robert Mueller's vast and fruitless investigation into supposed ties between the Trump campaign and the Russian government drags on, it's the FBI itself that appears to have been engaged in nefarious activities.

First there is the memo circulating among lawmakers on Capitol Hill regarding how the FBI went about obtaining its warrants to wiretap Trump campaign officials during the campaign.
The speculation is that the memo — drafted by the House Intelligence Committee — will confirm what many already suspect, that the FBI used a phony "dossier" — which was nothing more than a factually challenged compilation of gossip and innuendo secretly financed by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's campaign — to get those warrants. To hear from House Republicans who've seen it, the memo is explosive…

If it's as bad as Republicans say, what the Intelligence Committee findings mean is that the FBI used unsubstantiated politically motivated opposition research paid for by one campaign as a pretext to spy on members of another campaign. As Glenn Greenwald of the Intercept rightly explains, "One of the gravest and most damaging abuses of state power is to misuse surveillance authorities for political purposes." (Which makes the mainstream media's utter disinterest in this story so bewildering.)

In a previously released batch of (text messages), FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page called Trump an "utter idiot," said that Hillary Clinton "just has to win," and talked about a mysterious "insurance policy" they had in case Trump won the election. The two had been involved in the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation, and until these exchanges were uncovered, had served on Mueller's team. A new batch of texts deepens the intrigue, with one mentioning a "secret society" after Trump's victory in November, and another suggesting that the FBI needed to quickly close the books on the Clinton email investigation once Trump secured the nomination.

Then there's the text where Strzok says he was conflicted about joining Mueller's team because the Russia investigation was, in his own estimation, much ado about nothing. "You and I both know the odds are nothing," he texted. "If I thought it was likely, I'd be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that there's no big there there."..

(One way) of reading this is that corrupt FBI officials used the immense power at their disposal to illegally eavesdrop on private citizens, fuel a costly and bogus investigation into Trump — while giving Hillary Clinton a free pass on her own scandals — and then tried to keep these machinations under wraps.

We are not conspiracy-mongers here. And we, like everyone in the country, want to be able to trust that our federal law enforcement officials aren't serving as political pawns. But the facts keep pointing to the latter interpretation.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“You know a Republican is in the White House when Apple announces a commitment to the economy of $350B and 20,000 new jobs, North and South Korea are talking, the Dow closes above 26,000 for the first time … and the news media is focused like a laser on the president’s weight.”
                 -Twitter satirist @hale_razor

“Government shutting down — partially — is not a disaster. The real disaster is paying $4 trillion a year to keep it running and getting such poor service in return.”
                -John Stossel
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BOOKS, FILM, TELEVISION
Fox News is digging into the Bill Clinton presidency with the gripping new documentary series “Scandalous,” a no-holds-barred look into the numerous controversies that plagued America’s 42nd president. Episode 2, set to air Sunday, January 28 at 8 p.m. ET, will focus on former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones’ unsuccessful suing of then-President Clinton for sexual harassment, as well as the emergence of then-first lady Hillary Clinton in the public eye.
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LEFTIST WATCH
What a remarkable contrast: President Trump was in command at Davos talking about economic growth and prosperity, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and disgraced former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) were babbling and belittling thousand-dollar bonuses and increased take-home pay for American workers. Specifically, in case you missed it, Wasserman Schultz actually said she is “not sure that $1,000 … goes very far for almost anyone.” And Pelosi, who once described a $40-per-paycheck Obama-era tax cut as a “victory for America,” said thousand-dollar bonuses are just “crumbs.”

Unhinged Michael Moore assails Trump, 'unfit,' 'narcissist, 'sociopath,' 'threat to humanity'

Letting an 8-year-old be a drag queen isn't progressive, it's child abuse
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ARTICLES
Heritage Foundation ranks President Trump as doing even better than conservative icon President Ronald Reagan in the first year of his Presidency –
Dennis Prager: ‘My Opposition to Donald Trump Was Wrong,’ He Is a ‘Great President’

Most politically polarizing brand names.

Pussy Hats And Church Hymns: A Tale Of Two Movements :  “There could not be a starker contrast than that between the March for Life and the Women's March one day later.  (WARNING: some women’s march signs VERY offensive)

Lawyer Victoria Toensing:  “What alleged illegality is Mueller investigating? Trump exercising lawful presidential authority?”

Not that they needed one, but progressive wing nuts and their fellow travelers are getting another reason to hate President Trump. He’s proving that capitalism works.

Scholarly study finds conservatives are more attractive than liberals.

Psychoanalyzing Seattle:  everything Seattle does is designed to show San Francisco and the world that Seattle is big…To the progressives who run big cities the word "big" is synonymous with progressive. Many American cities are headed down the same decivilizing progressive dead end as Seattle.

The scourge of multiculturalism.

Forget Coattails: GOP Needs Trump’s Backbone in 2018
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WISE WORDS
“Many of those who attack capitalism know very well that their situation under any other economic system will be less favorable. Nevertheless, with full knowledge of this fact, they advocate a reform, e.g., socialism, because they hope that the rich, whom they envy, will also suffer under it.”
         -Ludwig von Mises

Saturday, January 20, 2018

op ed review 1/21



Senate Democrats have blocked a bill to keep the federal government running and fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the next six years.   “Republicans should agree to a (DACA deal) only if it comes with real enforcement measures, such as mandatory E-Verify for new hires, and limits on (chain migration). Only such a deal should be acceptable to Republicans….Hang tough, Republicans.”

Dow breaks above 26,000 for the first time,  1000 points in one week. 31% gain during Trump's first year is the best since FDR
Apple announces plans to repatriate billions in overseas cash, says it will contribute $350 billion to the US economy over the next 5 years
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos: Common Core is Dead at U.S. Department of Education…
For eight years, the Obama administration tried to force nuns and others of faith to act against their moral convictions by complying with mandates including contraceptives, abortion, and assisted suicide. No more.
Bad news for CNN:  White House doctor says president is in excellent health and had a perfect 30/30 score on cognitive screening test. 
Donald Trump will be first US president in 45 years to speak at pro-life march
CNN’s Worst Nightmare – Youngstown Ohio Voters Thrilled With Trump’s First Year…
Mollie Hemingway:  “I wasn’t a Trump supporter. I am now.”

Poll Shows Public Waking Up to Media Lies About GOP Tax Plan

Nancy Pelosi is slated to appear as a guest judge in a drag-queen competition show. (she could be House Speaker again, if things go badly in midterm elections.)
Not a good sign:  a democrat scored a 9-point victory in a special election in Wisconsin's State Senate District, flipping a district that had been held by the GOP since 2000 and that President Trump won by 17 points in 2016.

If it continues, the current “chain migration” process, where newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S. with them, is likely to add a potential 8 million new foreign-born voters to the country’s electorate over the next two decades.
“Undocumented immigrant” accused of murdering deputies, warns he’ll do it again…….“I will break out soon and I will kill more.”
During the Obama administration, ICE was not following proper procedures when checking if illegal aliens were known terrorists, jeopardizing national security, according to an audit.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should effectively stop border crossers.

Demography is destiny:  Mohammed is most popular name for newborn boys In Holland for 2nd year straight

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that states could experiment with work requirements and volunteer community service as prerequisites for Medicaid eligibility, the melodramatic response from Democrats and media allies was predictable. Nancy Pelosi summed up the position: “mean-spirited,” “cynical,” and “spiteful.” USA Today piles on: “Medicaid work requirements are a throwback to rejected racial stereotypes.” Huh?

California Democrats want businesses to give up half their tax-cut savings to state.
California AG: Employers who Cooperate With Federal Immigration Raids Will be Prosecuted

Pope Francis Honors Dutch Abortion Activist with Pontifical Medal of Knighthood
Meanwhile,  215 million Christians are facing “high levels of persecution” in 60 different countries, with “Islamic oppression” the driving factor in eight of the top ten.
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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Karin McQuillan:  “What I Learned in the Peace Corps in Africa: Trump Is Right”

Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town. Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health. That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, "a fecalized environment."
In plain English: s--- is everywhere. People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust – onto you, your clothes, your food, the water. He warned us the first day of training: do not even touch water. Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that a few decades later, liberals would be pushing the lie that Western civilization is no better than a third-world country. Or would teach two generations of our kids that loving your own culture and wanting to preserve it are racism.

Last time I was in Paris, I saw a beautiful African woman in a grand boubou have her child defecate on the sidewalk next to Notre Dame Cathedral. The French police officer, ten steps from her, turned his head not to see. I have seen. I am not turning my head and pretending unpleasant things are not true.

Senegal was not a hellhole. Very poor people can lead happy, meaningful lives in their own cultures' terms. But they are not our terms. The excrement is the least of it. Our basic ideas of human relations, right and wrong, are incompatible.

As a twenty-one-year-old starting out in the Peace Corps, I loved Senegal. In fact, I was euphoric. I quickly made friends and had an adopted family. I relished the feeling of the brotherhood of man. People were open, willing to share their lives and, after they knew you, their innermost thoughts. The longer I lived there, the more I understood: it became blindingly obvious that the Senegalese are not the same as us. The truths we hold to be self-evident are not evident to the Senegalese. How could they be? Their reality is totally different. You can't understand anything in Senegal using American terms.

Take something as basic as family. Family was a few hundred people, extending out to second and third cousins. All the men in one generation were called "father." Senegalese are Muslim, with up to four wives. Girls get FGM. (I witnessed this, at what I thought was going to be a nice coming-of-age ceremony, like a bar mitzvah or confirmation.) Sex, I was told, did not include kissing. Love and friendship in marriage were Western ideas. Fidelity was not a thing. Married women would have sex for a few cents to have cash for the market.

What I did witness every day was that women were worked half to death. Wives raised the food and fed their own children, did the heavy labor of walking miles to gather wood for the fire, drew water from the well or public faucet, pounded grain with heavy hand-held pestles, lived in their own huts, and had conjugal visits from their husbands on a rotating basis with their co-wives. Their husbands lazed in the shade of the trees. Yet family was crucial to people there in a way Americans cannot comprehend.

The Ten Commandments were not disobeyed – they were unknown. The value system was the exact opposite. You were supposed to steal everything you can to give to your own relatives. There are some Westernized Africans who try to rebel against the system. They fail. We hear a lot about the kleptocratic elites of Africa. The kleptocracy extends through the whole society. My town had a medical clinic donated by international agencies. The medicine was stolen by the medical workers and sold to the local store. If you were sick and didn't have money, drop dead. That was normal…..corruption ruled, from top to bottom. Go to the post office, and the clerk would name an outrageous price for a stamp. After paying the bribe, you still didn't know it if it would be mailed or thrown out. That was normal.

One of my most vivid memories was from the clinic. One day, as the wait grew hotter in the 110-degree heat, an old woman two feet from the medical aides – who were chatting in the shade of a mango tree instead of working – collapsed to the ground. They turned their heads so as not to see her and kept talking. She lay there in the dirt. Callousness to the sick was normal. Americans think it is a universal human instinct to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It's not. It seems natural to us because we live in a Bible-based Judeo-Christian culture.

We think the Protestant work ethic is universal. It's not. My town was full of young men doing nothing. They were waiting for a government job. There was no private enterprise. Private business was not illegal, just impossible, given the nightmare of a third-world bureaucratic kleptocracy. It is also incompatible with Senegalese insistence on taking care of relatives.

All the little stores in Senegal were owned by Mauritanians. If a Senegalese wanted to run a little store, he'd go to another country. The reason? Your friends and relatives would ask you for stuff for free, and you would have to say yes. End of your business. You are not allowed to be a selfish individual and say no to relatives. The result: Everyone has nothing.

The more I worked there and visited government officials doing absolutely nothing, the more I realized that no one in Senegal had the idea that a job means work. A job is something given to you by a relative. It provides the place where you steal everything to give back to your family.

I couldn't wait to get home. So why would I want to bring Africa here? Non-Westerners do not magically become American by arriving on our shores with a visa.

For the rest of my life, I enjoyed the greatest gift of the Peace Corps: I love and treasure America more than ever. I take seriously my responsibility to defend our culture and our country and pass on the American heritage to the next generation….

We are lectured by Democrats that we must privilege third-world immigration by the hundred million with chain migration. They tell us we must end America as a white, Western, Judeo-Christian, capitalist nation – to prove we are not racist. I don't need to prove a thing. Leftists want open borders because they resent whites, resent Western achievements, and hate America. They want to destroy America as we know it. As President Trump asked, why would we do that?

We have the right to choose what kind of country to live in. I was happy to donate a year of my life as a young woman to help the poor Senegalese. I am not willing to donate my country.


FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“Gonna be incredible when some Democrat screams ‘YOU LIE’ at Trump during the State of the Union and the entire media cheer wildly.”
          -Ben Shapiro
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GLOBALONEY
Earth's surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study released Wednesday which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions.

A new study published in the prestigious journal Nature finds that all those global warming doomsday scenarios aren't credible. Not that you would ever know based on how little coverage this study is getting……..on the same day the Nature study was published, NASA released its latest report on global temperatures, declaring that 2017 was the second hottest year on record, with 2016 the hottest.  Guess which story made front page news?
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LEFTIST WATCH
The progressive billionaire speculator George Soros has said he will ‘fight back’ against the “dominant ideology” of nationalism, whilst admitting that favored globalist project the European Union is “on the verge of a breakdown”.

British School For Girls Won't Let Teachers Call Students 'Girls.'  "……fears that using the 'g-word' could result in pupils who are changing sex being 'misgendered.'"​
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ARTICLES
VDH:  “Nobama: President Trump disassembles Obama legacy”

“Congratulations NY Times Hack Paul Krugman Winner of the 2017 #FakeNewsAwards! – You Finally Won an Award You Deserve!”

How Conservatives Are Being Destroyed by Facebook, Twitter and Google Without Even Realizing It
Employee Lawsuit Reveals Google as Intolerant Race Cult

2017: The Year the News Media Went to War Against a President

Since the election of President Trump, we have witnessed a series of rulings by Clinton- and Obama-appointed federal judges to block executive orders (E.O.) related to immigration.  In each case, the current system has allowed a single unelected judge to block the actions of a duly elected president who has attempted to exercise the authority conferred upon him by the Constitution and the voters.  Such judicial tyranny cannot be tolerated.  Here’s how to fix it.

Donald Trump Is Shrinking The Government. Everything Else Is Noise.
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WISE WORDS
“Liberty is the hardest test that one can inflict on a people. To know how to be free is not given equally to all men and all nations.”
            -Paul ValĂ©ry