Saturday, June 9, 2018

op ed review 6/10


THIS WEEK’S NEWS
U.S. Chamber of Commerce demands amnesty for 1 million migrants.
Chamber lapdogs in the House GOP leadership will push a new amnesty bill that does not set upper limits on amnesty, cut immigration levels, or build a wall.
Passing a “clean” Dream Act to legalize “Dreamers” will spur a new wave of illegal immigration and create a new population that will need an amnesty 10 or 20 years in the future, the government’s chief deportation official said Tuesday.

Immigrants accounted for more than 30 percent of the federal prison population and nearly all of them are confirmed or suspected illegal immigrants
Calling the border with Mexico an “environmental disaster,” Interior Secy. Ryan Zinke has ordered both U.S. park rangers and park police to Arizona and New Mexico to help stop the movement of illegal immigrants into the country.

Nearly two-thirds of the public oppose "sanctuary cities."

As many as 40 state-level Democratic parties may have been involved in an illegal scheme to funnel as much as $84 million to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to a Colorado Christian baker who refused for religious reasons to make a wedding cake for a gay couple,
“This is a niche victory for the bakery rather than a sweeping referendum on civil rights or religious freedom……The left wants to tell the story of a mean bigot who used mean religion to mask his hateful homophobia to punish a young couple in love……progressives act on their meanness and hate out in the open with little or no condemnation. Meanwhile, we are told again and again that Trump voters have hate in their hearts, though it rarely manifests itself anywhere outside of the imaginations of the #Resist factions.”

In selling the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran to Congress, the Obama administration assured lawmakers that Tehran would not have access to the U.S. financial system. But in 2016, the administration secretly granted Iran a license to do just that
How Obama Secretly Gave Iran Access To Billions Of Dollars — And Enabled Terrorism
Iran Just Threatened, Again, to Murder Nine Million Israelis

Four of the world’s biggest tech platforms have working partnerships with a left-wing nonprofit,  the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), that routinely labels conservative organizations as “hate groups.”

Poland's Catholic Church rejects Pope Francis' liberal embrace

Seattle Needs a Cure for Its Head Tax Fever…….communities, like Pierce County to the south, are mocking Seattle by offering a $275-per-employee incentive to companies that move there.

Costco Wholesale Corp. announced late last week that it's giving raises to 130,000 employees, thanks to the Trump tax cuts. This is the company, mind you, whose founders openly backed tax-hiking Hillary Clinton for president.

Obama-era FAA hiring rules placed diversity ahead of airline safety.

Republicans Poised to Gain Senate Seats in 2018?

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COLUMN OF THE WEEK
Walter Williams  6/9

Having enjoyed my 82nd birthday, I am part of a group of about 50 million Americans who are 65 years of age or older. Those who are 90 or older were in school during the 1930s. My age cohort was in school during the 1940s. Baby boomers approaching their 70s were in school during the 1950s and early '60s.

Try this question to any one of those 50 million Americans who are 65 or older: Do you recall any discussions about the need to hire armed guards to protect students and teachers against school shootings? Do you remember school policemen patrolling the hallways? How many students were shot to death during the time you were in school? For me and those other Americans 65 or older, when we were in school, a conversation about hiring armed guards and having police patrol hallways would have been seen as lunacy. There was no reason.

What's the difference between yesteryear and today? The logic of the argument for those calling for stricter gun control laws, in the wake of recent school shootings, is that something has happened to guns. Guns have behaved more poorly and become evil. Guns themselves are the problem. The job for those of us who are 65 or older is to relay the fact that guns were more available and less controlled in years past, when there was far less mayhem. Something else is the problem.

Guns haven't changed. People have changed. Behavior that is accepted from today's young people was not accepted yesteryear. For those of us who are 65 or older, assaults on teachers were not routine as they are in some cities. For example, in Baltimore, an average of four teachers and staff members were assaulted each school day in 2010, and more than 300 school staff members filed workers' compensation claims in a year because of injuries received through assaults or altercations on the job. In Philadelphia, 690 teachers were assaulted in 2010, and in a five-year period, 4,000 were. In that city's schools, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, "on an average day 25 students, teachers, or other staff members were beaten, robbed, sexually assaulted, or victims of other violent crimes. That doesn't even include thousands more who are extorted, threatened, or bullied in a school year."

Yale University legal scholar John Lott argues that gun accessibility in our country has never been as restricted as it is now. Lott reports that until the 1960s, New York City public high schools had shooting clubs. Students carried their rifles to school on the subway in the morning and then turned them over to their homeroom teacher or a gym teacher — and that was mainly to keep them centrally stored and out of the way. Rifles were retrieved after school for target practice. Virginia's rural areas had a long tradition of high school students going hunting in the morning before school, and they sometimes stored their guns in the trunks of their cars during the school day, parked on the school grounds.

During earlier periods, people could simply walk into a hardware store and buy a rifle. Buying a rifle or pistol through a mail-order catalog — such as Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s — was easy. Often, a 12th or 14th birthday present was a shiny new .22-caliber rifle, given to a boy by his father.

These facts of our history should confront us with a question: With greater accessibility to guns in the past, why wasn't there the kind of violence we see today, when there is much more restricted access to guns? There's another aspect of our response to mayhem. When a murderer uses a bomb, truck or car to kill people, we don't blame the bomb, truck or car. We don't call for control over the instrument of death. We seem to fully recognize that such objects are inanimate and incapable of acting on their own. We blame the perpetrator. However, when the murder is done using a gun, we do call for control over the inanimate instrument of death — the gun. I smell a hidden anti-gun agenda.


Another good read:  If There’s a Red Wave Election in 2018, This Will Be Why
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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
“If you hadn’t noticed, physical beauty is a huge part of our economy and our culture. And before you go on about this showing how sexist or ‘lookist’ American society is, physical beauty is a huge part of literally every culture on earth and has been for all time. Notions of beauty are fluid, sure, but the interest in beauty — or desirability — itself is an expression of human nature. Can it go too far? Absolutely. Can you get rid of it? Nope.”
               -Jonah Goldberg
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LEFTIST WATCH
At Jesuit Fordham University in the radical 1970s, a young John Brennan had devoured anti-American literature portraying the CIA as a wicked meddler in the political affairs of other countries. This radicalism had bred in Brennan, according to his own admission, a very dim view of America — an “unhappiness with the system,” he recalled once, that led him in 1980 to support Gus Hall, the presidential candidate for the Soviet-controlled American Communist Party.  At one of the most crucial moments in the Cold War, America’s future CIA director was rooting for the Reds. It sounds like an Onion parody, but it isn’t. It is the story of America’s decline, marked by a generation of radicals who rose to the top of agencies and institutions they once tried to destroy. The irony is no doubt lost on Brennan, who went from condemning CIA election interference abroad to spearheading it at home.

Free Cash!  California city fights poverty with guaranteed income

Bernie Sanders: “Our Socialist Ideas Are Winning!”
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ISLAM
Inside Britain’s secret Sharia courts.
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GLOBALONEY
It has become an article of faith in the U.S. that recycling is a good thing. But evidence is piling up that recycling is a waste of time and money, and a bit of a fraud.

“Climate change is over. No, I’m not saying the climate will not change in the future, or that human influence on the climate is negligible. I mean simply that climate change is no longer a pre-eminent policy issue. All that remains is boilerplate rhetoric from the political class, frivolous nuisance lawsuits, and bureaucratic mandates on behalf of special-interest renewable-energy rent seekers.”
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ARTICLES
Which state do you think has the highest poverty rate? Must be Mississippi or Alabama or one of those Southern states. No it’s California. Our progressive, income redistributing state which accounts for 12% of the country’s population is home to about 1 in 3 of all U.S. welfare recipients. The California poverty rate exceeds 20% when the national average is around 15%. It is not as though California policy makers have neglected to wage their assault on poverty. Since 1992 California has spent nearly $1 trillion on benefit programs. Clearly it hasn’t worked. Then again paying poor people to be poor never does.

Jonah Goldberg:  The lunacy of kicking ‘beauty’ out of the Miss America pageant.

One of the most ironic things about the constant "toxic masculinity" complaints that we hear these days is that we live in an overly feminized culture where most of the "toxic" males seem to have either been raised without fathers or claim to be adherents of feminism. The statistics on men raised without fathers are grim almost beyond belief: 70% of gang members, high school dropouts, teen suicides...and teen substance abusers come from single mother homes.  80% of rapists and 85% of all youths sitting in prison come from single mother homes.

Pat Buchanan:  The Old GOP is Dead
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GOOD WEBSITES
Amazing colorized photos of D-Day landing

Helicopter flight over the Hawaiian lava fields.
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WISE WORDS
“To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this noble end and aim.”
              -James Wilson

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