Friday, June 29, 2018

op ed review 7/1

Three victories this week:  The Supreme Court on upheld President Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, rejecting a challenge that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority. The 5-4 decision Tuesday is a big victory for Trump on an issue that is central to his presidency, and the court’s first substantive ruling on a Trump administration policy.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers that counsel pregnant women to make choices other than abortion, invalidating a California law requiring them to prominently post information on how to obtain a state-funded abortion.
The Supreme Court ruled that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to Democratic-leaning organized labor.

The big news this week:  Justice Kennedy announces retirement; the Left is in a meltdown.

Federal officers in riot gear moved into the leftie protest siege of ICE headquarters in Southwest Portland Thursday
Poll: 59% fear violence from Trump haters, 31% predict civil war

‘Unaccompanied Migrant CHILDREN’ Arrive at NY Airport -Appear to be GROWN MEN With 5-O’CLOCK SHADOWS and Shaving Kits
Hundreds of gang members and more than 5,000 convicted criminals were arrested trying to sneak back into the U.S. in just eight months.  Border agents have caught more criminals than the FBI.

POLL STUNNER: Majority With Trump: Want Wall Built, Migrant Families Deported or Detained
84 percent of Americans support turning undocumented immigrants over to authorities
The Cost of Providing Health Care to Illegal Aliens:  The total is enough to pay for a border wall.
Illegal alien kids unhappy having to recite the Pledge of Allegiance

Trump approval rises because of increased Hispanic support.

Judge throws out San Francisco and Oakland climate suits against big oil.

America’s CEOs are not wasting anytime in taking advantage of his tax reform plan. Over $300 billion was repatriated to the U.S. in the first quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) -- the most on record.
Army training will now focus on actual battlefield skills, not social issues
Report: NOAA Set to Abandon Climate Change Mission

RINO alert:  Mitt Romney vows to speak out against Trump if elected to the Senate.

New poll ranks Obama as the worst president since World War II

Film Director David Lynch: Trump ‘Could Go Down as One of the Greatest Presidents in History’

Polls of Senate Races Boost GOP Prospects for Retaining Control

John McCain viewed more favorably by Arizona Democrats than by Republicans

?? Rep. Barbara Lee accuses Trump administration of 'criminalizing' illegal immigrants.

LA Times:  Asian Americans need to wise up and end our blind loyalty to the Democratic Party

Charles Krauthammer succumbed last week to cancer.  This is part I of a column he wrote 25 years ago that is still relevant.   Part of an American Enterprise Institute lecture series.

Defining Deviancy Up
Charles Krauthammer

In 1940, a survey was taken of teachers asking them to list the five most important problems in school. They were: (1) talking out of turn; (2) chewing gum; (3) making noise; (4) running in halls; and (5) cutting in line.

Fifty years later, the survey was repeated. The 1990 list was substantially revised: (1) drug abuse; (2) alcohol abuse; (3) pregnancy; (4) suicide; (5) rape.

One could cite a mountain of statistics. One could supply one’s own anecdotal evidence. But this list will suffice to make the obvious point that there has been an explosion of deviancy in American society over the last fifty years. Things have gotten out of hand.

How have we dealt with that? Daniel Patrick Moynihan offers an arresting view in a recent essay in The American Scholar entitled “Defining Deviancy Down.” His point is that deviancy–crime, broken homes, mental illness–has reached such vast and incomprehensible proportions that we have had to adopt a singular form of denial: We deal with the epidemic by simply defining away most of the disease. We lower the threshold for what we are prepared to call normal in order to keep the volume of deviancy–redefined deviancy–within manageable proportions.

Since 1960, for example, the incidence of single parenthood has more than tripled. It now afflicts–and anyone acquainted with the figures for poverty and the various social pathologies associated with single-parenthood knows that “afflicts” is the right word–more than one-quarter of all American children. As the problem has grown, however, it has been systematically redefined by the culture–by social workers, intellectuals, and most famously by the mass media–as simply another lifestyle choice. Dan Quayle may have been right, but Murphy Brown got the better ratings.

Moynihan’s second example is crime. We have become totally inured to levels of criminality that would have been considered intolerable thirty years ago. The St. Valentine’s Day massacre, which caused a national uproar and merited two entries in the World Book Encyclopedia, involved four thugs killing seven other thugs. An average weekend in today’s Los Angeles, notes James Q. Wilson. More than half of all violent crimes are not even reported. We have come to view homicide as ineradicable a part of the social landscape as car accidents.

And finally there is mental illness. Unlike family breakdown and criminality, there has probably been no increase in mental illness over the last thirty years. Rates of schizophrenia do not change, but the rate of hospitalization for schizophrenia and other psychoses has changed. The mental hospitals have been emptied. In 1955, New York state asylums had 93,000 patients. Last year they had 11,000. Where have the remaining 82,000 and their descendants gone? Onto the streets, mostly. In one generation, a flood of pathetically ill people has washed onto the streets of the American city. We now step over these wretched and abandoned folk sleeping in doorways and freezing on grates. They, too, have become accepted as part of the natural landscape. We have managed to do that by redefining them as people who simply lack affordable housing. They are not crazy or sick, just very poor (as if anyone crazy and sick and totally abandoned would not end up very poor).

Moynihan’s powerful point is that with the “moral deregulation” of the 1960s, we have had an explosion of deviancy in family life, criminal behavior, and publicly displayed psychosis. And we have dealt with it in the only way possible: by redefining deviancy down so as to explain away and make “normal” what a more civilized, ordered, and healthy society would long ago have labeled–and once long ago did label–deviant.

Moynihan is right. But it is only half the story. There is a complimentary social phenomenon that goes with defining deviancy down. As part of the vast social project of moral leveling, it is not enough for the deviant to be normalized. The normal must be found to be deviant. Therefore, while for the criminals and the crazies deviancy has been defined down (the bar defining normality has been lowered), for the ordinary bourgeois deviancy has been defined up (the bar defining normality has been raised). Large areas of ordinary behavior hitherto considered benign have had their threshold radically redefined up, so that once innocent behavior now stands condemned as deviant. Normal middle class life then stands exposed as the true home of violence, abuse, misogyny, a whole of catalog deviant acting and thinking.

As part of this project of moral leveling, whole new areas of deviancy–such as date rape and politically incorrect speech–have been discovered. And old areas–such as child abuse–have been amplified by endless reiteration in the public presses and validated by learned reports of their astonishing frequency. The net effect is to show that deviancy is not the province of criminals and crazies but thrives in the heart of the great middle class. The real deviants of society stand unmasked. Who are they? Not Bonnie and Clyde but Ozzie and Harriet.

Read the rest here:

Another MUST READ:  “He Fights”

Paying the price for breakdown of the country's bourgeois (middle class) culture.

“If you’re wondering how important the next justice will be, look at the Supreme Court term that just ended. During this 2017-18 session, The Washington Times points out, ‘there have been a dozen 5-4 decisions where Justice Gorsuch sided with the conservative majority. By contrast, during the court’s last term with a full nine-justice court, the 2014-2015 term, there were only four 5-4 decisions from the conservative majority that included Scalia.’ Those are razor-thin margins on issues of major significance to most Americans. Just this week, the justices decided three cases on free speech by a single vote. As liberals increasingly turn to the courts to accomplish what they can’t legislatively, it’s more important than ever to have men and women on the bench who understand and respect the Constitution.”
      -Tony Perkins

“All last week Democrats were crying with outrage over inhumane treatment of migrant children. Today they’re crying with outrage at the idea they might not be able to kill unborn children. And here I thought Democrats cared about the children!”
                   -Liz Wheeler

Socialist wins primary over 4th ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, the Left cheers.  The Left says she is a “Socialist With a 21st-Century Vision”.  Oxymoron?

Portland Occupiers Shut Down ICE Office, Replace American Flag with 'Refugees Welcome' Flag

This will endear her to her liberal constituents: Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, was arrested during an immigration protest at the nation’s capital.

Tom Steyer: To Win Midterms, Democrats Must Promise to Impeach Trump

Homeland Security Official Warned With Decapitated Animal On His Porch.  The official said roughly two dozen threats have been made in the last few days.

“The Democrat base won’t tolerate a retreat from extremism. They must push forward, get more extreme, pump up the volume, with each MSNBC chatterclown striving to top the previous doofus’s Hitler hyperbole. These Democrat idiots are going to talk themselves into a Second Civil War and then act surprised when it works out poorly again.”

7 Recent Lies From Media On Emotion-Driven Immigration Debate

Marijuana addiction is real, and rising

MUST WATCH: NBC “Reporter” Admits To Working With Democrat Party To “Inflict” Damage On President Trump

“It has long..been my opinion, and I have never shrunk from its expression … that the germ of dissolution of our federal government is in the constitution of the federal Judiciary; working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief, over the field of jurisdiction, until all shall be usurped.”
               -Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, June 23, 2018

op ed review 6/24

Democrats Push “Children In Cages” Hoax In Desperate Bid To Sway 2018 Midterms.
The real agendas behind the ‘separation of families’ PsyOp meme.
The problem in a nutshell: “An ugly conundrum lies at the heart of the border crisis dominating our news coverage and social media feeds, complete with the sights and sounds of children separated from their parents: Under a 1997 settlement between the federal government and immigration activists, the government must choose between enforcing the law inhumanely and not enforcing it at all.”
22 Comparisons by the mainstream media of Trump Immigration Policy to the Holocaust, Slavery, Nazis
Separating Families At The Border: The Hysteria Overlooks Some Key Facts
Democrats’ true goal is to end all border enforcement.
NBC news admits 'Abolish ICE!' is the new rallying cry for progressive Democrats.
TIME Stands By Erroneous Crying Girl Cover Story Because Of Its Propaganda Value
TIME cover paints Trump as immigration ‘boogeyman,’ in striking contrast with Obama coverage.
Leading Mexican presidential candidate calls for mass exodus to America, declaring it a “human right”.

Here Are The Photos Of Obama’s Illegal Immigrant Detention Facilities The Media Won’t Show You
Rasmussen poll: Parents To Blame For Border Crisis, Not Government

The left calls for violence:
Manhunt Underway For Central Pa. Man Accused Of Threatening To Kill President Trump, Other Officials
Florida Man Threatened to Kill Rep. Brian Mast’s Children over Trump Policy
Chanting socialist activists confront DHS secretary during dinner at Mexican restaurant
Then they descend on her home: 'No justice, no sleep'
Turns out the socialist activist who harassed her in the Mexican restaurant works for the Department Of Justice
First Lady Melania calls Secret Service after actor Peter Fonda threatens Barron Trump.

But a billboard in Texas inviting liberals to leave the state had to come down because it was too offensive.

A Honduran national in the United States illegally has been charged with killing two women in Miami over the past three months and dumping their bodies on the street, police announced Monday.
Obama Admin Approved 50,000+ DACA Amnesty Applicants with Criminal Records
Nearly 1,000 people were injured or killed in terrorist attacks involving refugees over a four-year span, with Germany facing the highest number of terror plots

Paul Ryan’s Amnesty to Increase Number of Anchor Babies on Welfare

Obama's cybersecurity coordinator confirms Susan Rice ordered him to 'stand down' on Russian meddling….. he reportedly responded to the order in "disbelief."

Did the FBI frame Michael Flynn

Satisfaction with country higher than at any point during Obama presidency, Gallup poll finds
In a stunning turnaround sparked by the improving economy and last December’s tax cuts, over 95 percent of manufacturers have turned bullish about their future, an all-time record.
Trump orders establishment of 'space force' as 6th branch of military
The United States is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said Tuesday, branding the global body a “cesspool of political bias.”

How's this for sneaky?  Sen. John McCain, not too long after seeking conservative and Republican votes in his failed 2008 bid for the presidency, went right after those same conservative voters without telling them, by egging on the IRS to ruin them.

Apparently it’s offensive now to declare that America is a Christian nation.

Hillary says gun control is now a necessity.

Pat Buchanan  6/18
Trump and the Invasion of the West

“It is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart,” says former first lady Laura Bush of the Trump administration policy of “zero tolerance,” under which the children of illegal migrants are being detained apart from their parents. “Disgraceful,” adds Dr. Franklin Graham. “We need to be … a country that governs with a heart,” says first lady Melania Trump. “No one likes this policy,” says White House aide Kellyanne Conway, even “the president wants this to end.”

And so it shall – given the universal denunciations and photos of sobbing children being pulled from parents. Yet striking down the policy will leave America’s immigration crisis still unresolved.

Consider. Since 2016, some 110,000 children have entered the U.S. illegally and been released, along with 200,000 Central American families caught sneaking across the border. Reflecting its frustration, the White House press office declared: “We can’t deport them, we can’t separate them, we can’t detain them, we can’t prosecute them. What (the Democrats) want is a radical open-border policy that lets everyone out into the interior of this country with virtually no documentation whatsoever.”

Where many Americans see illegal intruders, Democrats see future voters. And with 11,000 kids of illegal immigrants in custody and 250 more arriving every day, we could have 30,000 in custody by summer’s end.

The existential question, however, thus remains: How does the West, America included, stop the flood tide of migrants before it alters forever the political and demographic character of our nations and our civilization? The U.S. Hispanic population, already estimated at nearly 60 million, is predicted to exceed 100 million by 2050, just 32 years away. And Europe’s southern border is more imperiled than ours.

A week ago, the new populist regime in Rome refused to allow a boat full of migrants from Libya to land in Sicily. Malta also turned them away. After a voyage of almost a week and 1,000 miles, 630 migrants were landed in Valencia, Spain. Why did Italy reject them? Under EU law, migrants apply for asylum in the country where they first enter Europe. This burdens Italy and Greece where the asylum-seekers have been arriving for years. Of the landing in Spain, Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini, a leader of the populist League party, chortled: “I thank the Spanish government. I hope they take in the other 66,629 refugees (inside Italy). We will not be offended if the French follow the Spanish, the Portuguese and Maltese; we will be the happiest people on earth.” If the migrants’ boats of the Med are redirected to Spanish ports, one suspects that the Spanish people will soon become as unwelcoming as many other peoples in Europe.

And Trump is not backing down. Monday he tweeted: “The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition. Crime in Germany is way up. Big mistake made all over Europe in allowing millions of people in who have so strongly and violently changed their culture!”

Whatever European leaders may think of him, many Europeans are moving in Trump’s direction, toward more restrictions on immigration. In Germany, a political crisis is percolating. The Bavarian-based CSU, longtime coalition partner of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU, is now talking divorce if Merkel does not toughen German policy. Merkel has never fully recovered from the nationalist backlash against the million migrants she allowed in from Syria’s civil war. A New Year’s Eve rampage in Cologne, featuring wilding attacks on German girls by Arabs and Muslims, cost her dearly. Among the reasons Bavarians are pulling away from Berlin is that, being in the south of Germany, Bavaria is a primary point of entry.

Virtually every one of the populist parties of Europe, especially of the right, have arisen to contest or to seize power by riding the issue of mass migration from Africa and the Middle East.
Yet the progressives adamantly refuse to act, apparently paralyzed by a belief that restricting the free movement of peoples from foreign lands violates one of the great commandments of liberal democracy. We are truly dealing here with an ideology of Western suicide.

If Europe does not act, its future is predictable. The population of Africa, right across the Med, is anticipated to climb to 2.5 billion by mid-century. And by 2100, Africa will be home to half of all the people of the planet. If but a tiny fraction of the African and Middle Eastern population decides to cross the Mediterranean to occupy the emptying towns and villages of an aging and dying continent, who and what will stop them?

Trump may be on the wrong side politically and emotionally of this issue of separating migrant kids from their parents. But on the mega-issue – the Third World invasion of the West – he is riding the great wave of the future, if the West is to have a future.

Better read this too:  “Does someone from the Trump family, the Trump Cabinet, or even the Trump administration have to be assaulted or worse, killed, before we accept the fact that a growing number from the far-left have put a rhetorical bounty on their heads.

“If emotion is to supersede law, then just about any law can be circumvented if the emotional level is high enough.”
                 -Cal Thomas

“Prosecuting illegal aliens who break the law, kids in tow or not, isn’t inhumane. Open borders however, are inhumane.”
                  -Katie Pavlich

“Democrats don’t want to detain anyone for any reason. They want open borders. Period. … No matter what the president does in the name of compassion, the Left will attack him because it will settle for nothing less than 100% ‘catch and release’ until the job of fundamentally transforming America is finished.”
                 -Gary Bauer

Krauthammer explains his journey from the Left to the Right.  “How do you go from Walter Mondale to Fox News?”

Sunday at 5:00pm PT, 8:00pm ET "Charles Krauthammer: His Words," a moving hour-long special in which the intellectual giant tells the story of his life. Viewers will also hear reflections on Krauthammer's tremendous impact from Bret Baier, Brit Hume, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Fred Barnes and George Will.

On Wednesday, it was announced that the upcoming movie “Reagan,” a biography of the 40th president of the United States, will star actor Dennis Quaid.

Justice Clarence Thomas turns 70; this is his wife’s video tribute.

Former President Barack Obama and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have planned — and are leading — a massive counter-offensive to give the progressive left faction of the Democratic Party control of key state legislative bodies and state supreme courts in time for congressional redistricting after the 2020 census. If they are successful, Democrats could well control the U.S. House of Representatives for the decade of the 20s and have in place a progressive left farm team from which to draw leftist national leaders for many years beyond.

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, will pour at least $80 million into Democratic campaigns for the midterm elections in an attempt to drive Republicans out of the House, according to a report Wednesday.

The anarchy and disorder dominating progressive cities across the West Coast recently hit a new low in Seattle. King County officials are looking to roll out a “safe injection van,” a legal venue at which addicts could shoot up illegal drugs unhindered and “safely.” The first of its kind in the United States, the van would manage to undermine further the rule of law while also doing little to help addicts.

No fewer than 60 organizations branded "hate groups" or otherwise attacked by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) are considering legal action against the left-wing smear factory.

The Bad Hate The Good: The Southern Poverty Law Center Tries To Smear PragerU

In their latest attempt to swing this fall’s election toward the Democrats, the left now wants us to focus on “the children.” They haven’t really thought this through. Liberals the world over should work hard to avoid any debate that significantly involves the lives and wellbeing of children. Most anyone armed with even the slightest bit of the truth when it comes to liberalism and “the children” can easily quiet the left in virtually any debate that involves children or the family.

The Bush family has a famously adversarial relationship with English. It became clear this week that at least one of them is also illiterate where U.S. history and immigration policy are concerned. This was demonstrated when former First Lady Laura Bush took to the pages of the Washington Post to denounce President Trump for enforcing a statute signed into law by her own husband, George W. Bush. Even worse, she compared the HHS facilities where the children of illegal immigrants are briefly housed to the infamous internment camps where Democrat icon FDR imprisoned 110,000 American citizens of Japanese descent.

Limbaugh: the Left is going to get someone killed.
The liberal media has been manufacturing crises ad-infinitum to divert the public’s attention away from the Trump administration’s tremendous achievements and the Democratic establishment’s corruption, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh warns.

Pastor, who is also a fire department lieutenant, EMT and trained concealed carry permit holder, tells his story about shooting a suspect in Tumwater WA carjacking spree.

Starbucks burned by social-justice appeasement as growth stalls, stock plunges

“They define a republic to be a government of laws, and not of men.”
               -John Adams