A Further Perspective

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It Won’t Be Hillary

By 4.24.15

Honestly, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign won’t go any further than — if it even gets as far as — her ill-fated 2008 attempt at returning to the White House. After all, Clinton isn’t a more attractive candidate now than she was then, and after two terms of a failed Democrat president one would think it would require a candidate with real political skill to keep a Democrat installed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Clinton, unlike her glib husband, has no such talent. Last week’s amateurish and clumsy “rollout” to her presidential bid showed she has no more aptitude for retail politics than she has for messaging. Want proof? This woman, who touched off guffaws nationwide by claiming she and Bill were “dead broke” upon leaving the White House (with silverware in tow) in 2001, decided to offer herself as a champion of the little people as the key theme of her campaign.

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Plus-Sized Paris

By 4.22.15

You’ve heard by now, haven’t you, of the new French law banning women with an unhealthy body mass index (BMI) from modeling?

The legislation, backed by the country’s Socialist Party, also makes it illegal to promote anorexia online, or even manipulate a photo to render a woman ultra-thin unless the photoshopping effort is made public. The move is meant to curb “excessive thinness,” which can result in “risk of mortality or damage to health.” Reuters reports on the measure which was earlier adopted by Israel:

The measure is part of a campaign against anorexia by President François Hollande’s government.

Models would have to present a medical certificate showing a BMI of at least 18, about 55 kg (121 lb) for a height of 1.75 meters (5.7 feet), before being hired for a job and for a few weeks afterwards.

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Chaos in the Primaries

By 4.21.15

Painful as it is to realize that both the Democrats and the Republicans will still be holding their primaries a year from now, that is one of the high prices we pay for democracy.

Seldom does the initial “front-runner” in either party’s primaries end up being the actual candidate when election day rolls around. However, even if we cannot predict the outcomes of the primaries this far in advance, we can at least start trying to understand the candidates, the almost candidates and the people who are running just for the publicity.

One of the curious things this early in the process is that, while the Republicans’ three freshmen Senators — Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul — have all had interviews on various television talk shows, veteran politician Hillary Clinton has been hiding out from real interviews by hard news reporters, as if she is afraid to be cross-examined.

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The Manufactured Drought

By 4.20.15

California is in the third or fourth year of a drought. It is not the first one. There was one in the early ’90s that lasted about the same length of time.

Restrictions were placed on watering lawns, washing cars and so forth, but that was before Climate Change had been invented, so people took it in stride and, in time, the rains came again.

This year’s drought drew national attention when governor Jerry Brown called for a 25 percent reduction statewide in water use. Alas, the drought is unevenly distributed. On the north coast, rainfall is close to normal and there is enough water stored not only for this year, but also for another year or two. Where there is not enough water storage—and it is aggravating the effects of the drought—is the state’s great Central Valley. 

There has not been a new reservoir built as part of the statewide system in 35 years, thanks to the organized opposition of environmental zealots who claim that dams prevent salmon and trout from spawning. That is a diversionary argument. No dams means a reduction in economic activity such as agriculture. This is a goal the environmental zealots pursue non-stop.

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Solution to Atlanta Cheating Scandal Is Education Freedom Accounts

By 4.17.15

Public reaction to eight Atlanta educators being sentenced to jail time has generated a separate controversy over whether the sentences are fair or excessive. I believe we should focus attention not on these adults, but on the truly injured parties — the students. The Atlanta cheating scandal is but a small part of a much larger scandal, the $600 billion spent annually in the U.S. by the governmental monopoly known as traditional public schools, which effectively cheats millions of students, especially low-income minority students, of an equal opportunity to a quality education.

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O Rubio, Rubio, Wherefore Art Thou Rubio?

By 4.16.15

“We must change the decisions we are making by changing the people who are making them,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., proclaimed in his presidential campaign kickoff Monday. It was impossible not to think of when Barack Obama in 2008 — a freshman senator with an impressive personal story — chose to challenge presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. She had supported President George W. Bush by voting in 2002 to authorize the use of force in Iraq. By 2008, most Democrats opposed that war.

Rubio seemed especially Obama-esque when he took a swipe at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the erstwhile presumptive GOP front-runner.

Like Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who also is a freshman senator and Cuban-American, Rubio tells an upbeat story of his immigrant parents’ embracing of the American dream. “He’s an optimistic, positive Republican voice,” opined Ruben Barrales of the Latino-GOP group Grow Elect. And: “Republicans need to focus on not being perceived as the party of ‘no.’“

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Not As Stupid As They Think

By 4.14.15

Late last year, the name Jonathan Gruber became part of the public consciousness for his newly public declarations that Obamacare passed due to the “stupidity of the American voter.” While there are many cases one can cite affirming that most Americans don’t closely follow politics and/or the political process and, therefore, may be called “stupid,” the campaign to sell the manmade climate change crisis narrative proves otherwise.

We are smarter than they think. We are not buying what they are selling.

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For 35 years, Iran Has Been Triumphant in the Middle East Nuclear Arms Race

By 4.10.15

Somewhere in the depths of hell, the devil is comforting Saddam Hussein as he laments that he never thought to create a nuclear enrichment program like the Iranian program—one that could have been negotiated into legitimacy while maintaining an infrastructure that could produce nuclear weapons.

While the Obama administration is rejoicing over “blocking” Iran’s pathway to a nuclear weapon, when Iran was confronted with Iraq’s nuclear threat, the Iranians pursued a dramatically different approach.

On September 30, 1980, two F-4 Phantoms belonging to the Islamic Republic of Iran bombed the Iraq nuclear facility at Osirak but not the reactor or cooling tower.

Subsequently, the Iranian air force took pictures of the damage and sent them to counterparts in Israel.

On April 4, 1981, the Iranian air force flew a long-range mission knocking out Iraq’s airpower near the border with Jordan and Israel, degrading Iraq’s retaliatory capabilities against Israel.

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Eating Some Jim Crow

By 4.9.15

Americans, specifically white Americans, have too little understanding of the Jim Crow South and the fierce moral courage black Americans showed in overcoming it. It is too much relegated to “Black History” rather than “American History.”

But of late Democrats, both politicians and pundits, have been doing an even greater disservice to our history. They have been cheapening the reality of Jim Crow in order to silence opposition to Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. Telling an audience that your opponents seek to institute a new Jim Crow is like telling them that your opponents seek to create a new Nazi Reich or accusing them of being rapists. It smears them so utterly and completely that no respectable person who bought it would want to be associated with them in any way.

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Rand Paul Helps the Republican Party

By 4.9.15

Rand Paul’s entry into the 2016 Republican presidential primary is good for the GOP. I won’t proclaim that Paul, 52, has the gravitas or character to occupy the Oval Office — that remains to be seen — but I do believe that all the other Republican hopefuls should watch and learn from Kentucky’s junior senator. His take on issues could make independents and Democrats take a second look at a party where they have not felt welcome.

Paul describes himself as “libertarian-ish.” He’s not an apologist for the GOP. “It seems to me that both parties and the entire political system are to blame,” Paul said in his campaign kickoff speech in Louisville on Tuesday. “Big government and debt doubled under a Republican administration. And it’s now tripling under Barack Obama’s watch.” Many Republicans wonder why they send to Congress candidates who promise to reduce the size and scope of government yet government keeps growing. This rhetoric plays with the party’s base.