Friday, November 23, 2018

op ed review 11/25

Four new House Democrats and the “radical new Democratic ideas” they’ve come to advance: free health care, free college, the abolishment of ICE and an infrastructure project designed to address impending climate catastrophe that they’re calling the “Green New Deal.”
An energized Democratic electorate wasn’t enough to defeat Texas Sen. Ted Cruz this month, but in the state’s most populous county (Harris), it created a blue landslide that wiped out Republicans in the largest county in Texas.
House Democrats are planning to “immediately” investigate the reason President Donald Trump wants American citizens counted on the upcoming 2020 Census.

Election fraud scheme bribed LA homeless with cigarettes or dollar bills for signatures.

University refuses campus Chick-Fil-A after admin poll revealed it was students’ top choice. “..their corporate values have not sufficiently progressed…to align with (ours).”
House Democrats hosting a “Thanksgiving-type meal” for their first caucus meeting reportedly banned “ideological food” such as Chick-fil-A.

President Trump has given Defense Secretary Mattis the authority to allow troops at the Southwest border to perform “military protective activities” he deems necessary to protect troops and border patrol agents.  Those activities include “a show or use of force (including lethal force, where necessary), crowd control, temporary detention, and cursory search.”
Illegal immigration soars to the top American concern.
Migrant caravan at US border is harboring more than 500 criminals, Homeland Security claims
?? Has Hillary Clinton changed her position on immigration?  Says Europe 'needs to get a handle on migration' in order to halt rise of rightwing populists.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts scolded President Trump’s claim that an “Obama judge” had blocked his effort to deny asylum to those entering the country illegally. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) notes that Roberts was silent when President Obama attacked the Court during the State of the Union address in 2010.
Joe diGenova:  “Justice Roberts’ attack against President Trump was blatantly political and wrong”

President Trump’s critics are belittling him for not buying the lefty narrative that global warming is to blame for the California wildfires. Instead, Trump points to decades of mistakes by government agencies that caused the woodlands to become overly dense and blanketed with highly flammable dead wood and underbrush.  wo months ago, the state legislature quietly enacted a measure that would expedite the removal of dead trees and use “prescribed burns” to thin forests. In other words: the very same reforms that Trump is now being mocked for proposing.

Alan Dershowitz says Democrats on the extreme left are "tolerating anti-Semitism" to avoid alienating their base.

Obama suggests Trump is a confused, angry racist and has 'mommy issues' that are making him incapable of fixing the country's problems.  This from a man whose mother abandoned him at age ten.

Former Senior Ohio Lawmaker Arrested for Murder of His Estranged Wife, Media Plays 'Guess the Political Party'

The police chief of Republic, Washington says the state's new strict gun laws are violating the US Constitution. Chief Loren Culp has refused to enforce the new state gun control laws. “it's clear many in the town support making Republic a “Second Amendment Sanctuary City."”

New socialist Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez Has No Idea What The 3 Branches Of Government Are.
“Ocasio-Cortez represents ideology that's 'destroyed civilizations'

Marina Medvin  11/22

I am thankful to be an American. I am thankful to live in a free nation protected against its government by the Constitution. I am thankful for American food, the abundance, the diversity, and the deliciousness.

I am thankful to live amongst the American people, the most caring and charitable people in the world. I am thankful for free enterprise, thankful that I was free to choose a career and pursue that career without ever having a single family member in that field to help me along.

I am thankful that I was free to choose who to love and marry. I am thankful to be free to choose to practice any religion or none at all. I am thankful for the diversity of American state laws and the freedom to choose to live in a state with laws that conform to my values. I am thankful for my parents who have taught me to be the best that I can be and to respect my country and its laws.

I am thankful that my president is as proud to be an American as I am. I am thankful to live amongst the free and the brave, amongst men and women who volunteer to protect our great nation. I am thankful to be an American.

I am thankful that I do not live in a socialist county, where the government is in complete control of its people. I am thankful that I do not have to wait in line for food like I did when I was a little girl in the USSR. I am thankful that my food choices are not limited by my government (albeit, I do not live in California).

I am thankful that my parents were wise enough to know that we are not Russian-Americans. I am grateful to my parents for always reminding me that we came to America to be Americans. I am thankful for the opportunity to pursue the American Dream. I am a thankful American.

“Marina Medvin is a capitalist, conservative columnist and political commentator. She is also an award-winning trial attorney in Wash DC.”

Ben Shapiro  “(America) is the result of the greatest governmental philosophy ever committed to paper: God-given individual rights protected by limited government. We haven't always lived up to that philosophy -- in some areas, we've progressed mightily, and in others, we've regressed. But the overall success of the United States should be ringing proof that at the very least, we should be grateful and proud to live here…Yet as of July 2018, fewer than half of Americans surveyed by Gallup said they are extremely proud to be American. Just 32 percent of Democrats, down from 56 percent in 2013, said they are extremely proud to be American; only 42 percent of independents said they were extremely proud to be American. That's ridiculous…..If Washington could urge gratefulness in 1789, we'd be fools not to do so now, when our lives are so much better in every material way(long list in this article). This Thanksgiving, let's remember what we have -- and let's remember the eternal ideas that provide the groundwork for our prosperity.”

“Collective farming nearly starved the Pilgrims. It also starved tens of millions in the Soviet Union and in Communist China. And it’s not just a farming problem. Doing anything collectively, especially if you do it involuntarily, is a bad, inefficient idea. Government can force everyone into the same centrally-dictated plan, but in doing so it stifles individual initiative and drive. Economists call it the ‘tragedy of the commons,’ and it happens whether the individual’s goal is to make food, build houses or invent a better running shoe. This holiday, I’ll be thankful that the Pilgrims were smart enough to stop doing things the hard way. Modern America should learn from that.”
           -John Stossel

Marine Corps reservists attacked in Philadelphia. The Marines were down the street from a “We the People” rally when they were approached by a group of people who called them “Nazis” and “white supremacists.” After the name-calling, the group sprayed mace at the Marines and began punching and kicking them.

The University of Oregon hosted an event, titled "Thanks But No Thanksgiving," which labeled the holiday as a "celebration" of "ongoing genocide."

Recent media studies show ‘pretty much all of journalism now leans left’

You can’t make this up: Lecturers at a UK university have been told not to use capital letters in assignments because it might frighten students into failure.

The Left’s Accusation That The Right Is Fascist Is Simply Psychological Projection

The New York Times Reveals the Horrors of Capitalism—By Showing China’s State-Run Hospitals ?

California Gov. Jerry Brown Issues Another Bogus Global Warming Prediction

European women are to blame for being raped by Muslim men. Such is the latest position – the latest apologia – being offered by those dedicated to exonerating undesirable Muslim behavior, particularly in the context of accepting more Muslim migrants into the West.

A federal judge on Tuesday declared the country’s female genital mutilation law unconstitutional, dismissing nearly all charges against two doctors in Michigan and others accused of subjecting minor girls to genital cutting at a clinic in Detroit.

VDH:  Did 1968 win the cultural war?

Defining the Blue Wave Down

Prager:  “Even Astronauts Fear the Left”

Five Hollywood Conservatives We Are Thankful for This Year

Must see:  Lightning striking the Grand Canyon and a magical dive into an abyss: The stunning winners of the panoramic photography awards revealed.

A Social Justice Warrior’s Guide to a Woke Thanksgiving

“I do recommend and assign Thursday … next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.”
         -George Washington 1789

“The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded.”
         -Charles de Montesquieu

Sunday, November 18, 2018

op ed review 11/18

With the House in their control, Democrats load "subpoena cannon" with 85+ Trump targets.
Trump priorities like nuclear weapons modernization and a Space Force will go nowhere, defense budgets will go down, and oversight will go up, up, up.
Democrats aim to pass the most aggressive gun-control legislation in DECADES after winning the House

In Georgia and Florida, with too many Republican votes to overcome, Democrats begin to fold their tents.
But absentees give Democrats a Senate seat in Arizona. 
What’s wrong with Arizona?  Republican McSally is fighter pilot, first American woman to fly in combat.  Her opponent Sinema once said it was OK for Americans to join the Taliban?  “5 Reasons Why Sinema Won”
How could Arizona elect someone like Kyrsten Sinema?
There is a way that McSally could get McCain’s seat.

This is where out-of-control immigration leads:
Democrats Gain Veto-Proof Majority in California Legislature. Orange County’s House delegation now all blue.

In Washington State, Dem’s gain in both State legislative chambers look more secure.

Poll: Voters, 5-to-1, see anti-Trump media bias, ‘unfair, disrespectful’

High-ranking Facebook executive 'forced to resign over his support for Donald Trump' after gifting $10,000 to anti-Clinton campaign during the 2016 Presidential election

Bill and Hillary Clinton tour canceled due to ‘poor sales’ One possible reason: a documentary movie featuring Juanita Broaddrick, who says Bill Clinton raped her in 1978, was scheduled to be screened in each city on the very same night the Clintons would appear.

Only hard leftists need apply:  “Seattle City Council Candidate Drops From Race Following Vile Racist Threats from the Far Left to His Wife and Children”

America first: 878,000 millionaires added in last 12 months, ‘Trump effect ... relentless’

Gallup Poll: Five million central Americans now want to join caravans to the U.S.
Eye-Opening Ground Report Video From Inside Migrant Caravan Shows Truth of Motivation and Intent…shown on Tucker Carlson last week.
An illegal immigrant released by a “sanctuary city” county in New Jersey was charged last week with a triple homicide.

CA Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoed 2016 Wildfire Management Bill, now CA Burns.

Ms. Blasey Ford still raking in cash from liberals, more than $850,000, $4,000 over last weekend.

Christian filmmakers threatened with prison in Minnesota if they refuse to make gay wedding films.

Support For 'Pre-Existing Conditions' Protections Plummets When Costs Are Explained

ABC, NBC Ignore Antifa Mob Assaulting Home of Fox News Host Tucker Carlson

Investors’ Business Daily 11/9
Recent reports suggest that America has made no progress at all in its "War on Poverty" since the 1960s. Headlines claim "one in eight" Americans live in poverty. But is that true? It depends on how you define poverty. And the answer matters a lot, since it determines so much of U.S. economic policy, from food stamps to minimum wages, and from taxes to welfare work requirements.

It's true: Official poverty data from the U.S. Census show little change since the 1960s. The rate in 1966, for instance, was 14.7%. As recently as 2014 it was even higher: 14.8%. The rate has since declined to a still-high 12.3%. A damning statistic that shows the failure of America's welfare safety net?

Hardly. A recent report by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) shows why the federal government's poverty rates are deceptive. There are many technical reasons, but they all boil down to this: They measure only poverty as it relates to income, not to consumption. This is important, because much of our welfare efforts go toward bolstering consumption, not incomes. Adjusting official income levels for what people consume, rather than what they earn, yields a very different poverty rate: 2.8%, according to the AEI report. Almost nonexistent.

How can that be? An officially poor family of four has income of about $25,000 or less. That's not much. But that measure fails to take into account taxes. The poor mostly don't pay taxes. In fact, many get money back through the Earned Income Tax Credit and other income-support programs. Food stamps, housing support and other aid likewise enable officially poor households to boost their incomes, in most cases significantly.

The fact is, when the very same households that the federal government considers to be poor are questioned, they report roughly $2.40 in spending for every $1 of income that Census says they have. So that family of four earning $25,000 is likely consuming as much as $60,000 a year in goods and services.

Heritage Foundation poverty analysts Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield in a 2016 data report noted that "poor" in America doesn't mean what it means elsewhere. Based on a 2009 government survey of spending, the average poor person in the U.S., for instance, lives in a bigger house than the average nonpoor person in France, Germany or England. Moreover, nearly 85% of poor homes in the U.S. have air conditioning, and nearly two-thirds have cable or satellite TV. Half own computers, and 43% have internet access. More than half own a video game system.

This is not to say that the poor have it easy, or that we should ignore their plight. But we have to understand that claims America has grinding poverty as in the developing world are false. And, as the last two years have shown, the best anti-poverty program of all is a job.


(Attorney for Stormy Daniels and Kavanaugh accuser, Michael Avenatti, arrested this week for domestic abuse)

“I have always believed in the presumption of innocence but I know Michael Avenatti is not a fan of that principle. Out of respect for his preferences, I will therefore assume that he is guilty as hell.”
         -Matt Walsh

“Bad news is because he hit a woman, Avenatti probably won’t be President. Good news is he still has an excellent chance of becoming DNC Co-Chair.”
        -Stephen Miller


Chicago Archbishop says talking about the environment and refugees is more important than addressing church sex abuse allegations. “The pope has a bigger agenda”

Sen. Kamala Harris compares ICE, the federal deportation agency, to the Ku Klux Klan, drawing a fierce retort from the agency’s acting director who said there is no equivalence between patriotic officers enforcing the law, and a racist mob bent on violence and intimidation.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), a top progressive Democrat in the House, on Tuesday called for hearings and a vote on "Medicare for all" legislation now that her party has taken back the House.

This is demented:  Nancy Pelosi Thanks Al Sharpton for ‘Saving America’

Protesters vandalize American flag mural painted on the side of New York building because they believed it represented "a political position."

Lefties Rejoice That Actor Gerard Butler Lost His Home in Calif. Wildfires Because He Supports Israel

Soros and liberal groups seeking top election posts in battleground states

Detroit's School Board Is Considering Renaming Ben Carson High School Because It's 'Offensive'

Whoops! Another Doomsday Climate Model Flunks A Math Test.  “Its alarming conclusion was all but invalidated.”  The media that so enthusiastically covered the initial release of the paper will not give the corrections of their mistaken reports nearly as prominent display as the original.

Polar bear numbers are so HIGH they threaten native eskimo populations, claims controversial Canadian government report bitterly contested by environmentalists who have made the creature the icon of global warming.

Climate Hoax: Not A Single G-20 Country Is Close To Hitting CO2 Emission Targets

5 Dumb GOP Mistakes We Better Fix Before 2020

How Many Non-Citizens Vote in U.S. Elections?

Democrats Are Emerging As Party of the Rich

Will Trump be the last Republican President? “Florida is now a toss-up state and Texas may soon be there.”

Progressive Politics Are Not Really Progressive

 “Not your grandfather’s marijuana.”  States are rushing to legalize powerful recreational marijuana, but they’re running headlong into mental-health issues that should stop them in their tracks…..we are steadily deciding as a nation that widespread availability of marijuana is worth the mental-health risk to our youth, the medical evidence for which is growing stronger every year….. the big issue here is that marijuana is much more potent now. Today’s marijuana has been hybridized by specialty farmers into an incredibly powerful mind-altering drug…. A study found that the average THC content has increased from an estimated one percent in the 1960s to almost 13 percent today.

Gun control advocates at NPR developed this chart:  “How Have Your Members Of Congress Voted On Gun Bills?”

“Hillary Clinton is a historic figure for a number of reasons. She's the first Clinton to lose a presidential election. She's the first woman Bill Clinton ever decided he didn't want to have sex with. She's the only first lady to dodge gunfire from snipers that don't exist. She's the only woman to try to stand in the way of the first black POTUS. She's the first secretary of State to use YouTube as an excuse for her own incompetence. She's the only defeated presidential candidate to be eulogized on SNL. The list of Hillary's remarkable achievements goes on and on.”

“The main evil of the present democratic institutions of the united states does not raise, as is often asserted in Europe, from their weakness, but from their irresistible strength. I am not so much alarmed at the excessive liberty which reigns in that country as at the inadequate securities which one finds there against tyranny.”
                -Alexis De Tocqueville