News You Can Use for April 25

Happy Friday. Have a great weekend!
Happy Friday. Have a great weekend!

Stories of the Day

If you read only one article in its entirety today, this is the one. Then file it away for future use. The Left is not going to stop until they control us all, in all aspects of our lives. Because, you know, they’re smarter than us and care so much about us. “Some of the country’s biggest Democratic donors — including Tom Steyer and Jonathan Soros — are huddling behind closed doors next week in Chicago with union bigwigs and progressive superstars like Bill de Blasio to plan how to pull their party — and the country — to the left. The setting is the annual spring meeting of the Democracy Alliance, a secretive club of wealthy liberals that’s the closest thing the left has to the vaunted Koch brothers’ political network. The DA, as the liberal group is known to insiders, is increasing its ranks of rich donors for the first time in years and is gearing up to spend huge sums on political data, voter registration, ground organizing and advertising to influence the 2014 midterms and 2016 presidential elections. Potentially more significant, the groups’ donors also could play an important role in determining whether the post-Barack Obama Democratic Party embraces the rising tide of progressive populism or hews to a more cautious, centrist course — in other words, whether the Hillary Clinton wing or Elizabeth Warren wing will seize the reins.” The left’s secret club plans for 2014, 2016

Emphasis mine.Many school administrators fear the Constitution because it causes students to think independently. Since their speech cannot be controlled. neither can their thoughts. This is an intolerable situation for school authorities whose mission is to brainwash students to only think the way they are told to.  All the speech codes, free speech zones, and curtailed free speech rights are about muzzling dissent.” School administrator bans distribution of US Constitution on campus

Bundy saying stupid things. “Republicans must distance themselves from the man with the same haste and purpose in which a doctor would remove a gangrenous arm. His comments threaten to taint a movement. His quoted opinions become a weapon to be used against a party with which had just been making headlines for its desire to improve minority outreach. Proper conservatives believe in the value of each individual in very clear terms, but the world will never accept such truths if individuals like Cliven continue to weigh down their message. Cliven’s supporters should not be blamed for walking away from him now, just as they should not be blamed for standing with him in the first place. Going forward, though, do not imagine that the two can be neatly separated. Cliven Bundy has seen to that.” Cliven Bundy — The Man Who Said Too Much

Definitely reprehensible. “Bundy’s remarks are reprehensible and indefensible. Expect progs who read this post to ignore the previous sentence. Bundy is also railing against government subsidizing dependence and fostering irresponsibility, which is an evil thing to do in a republic and that is worth railing against, but in their rush to celebrate a gotcha moment and use it to smear millions of good people, the progs aren’t noticing that. Or maybe they are, and hope to use the racism to discredit the rest. Ta-Nehisi Coates does a particularly despicable job of linking Bundy’s racial views to “rugged individualism” and resistance to increasing the food stamp rolls. Wanting people to be free, independent and self-reliant, and hoping for a government that fosters those values, equals racism now? Today it does, tomorrow it won’t, as soon as some prog hero talks good about working their way up from nothing without even having to resort to fake claiming to be a minority to further their academic career, or falsifying a wartime military career. Bundy’s remarks will have fewer real-world consequences than many uttered by Margaret Sanger, yet today she’s a progressive hero and Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi are both proud holders of the Margaret Sanger Award, which is named after someone who blithely hoped for government to conduct genocide in American cities. Progs don’t hate all racists or all monsters. You’re not going to get intellectual consistency out of progressives. You’re only ever going to get childishness and opportunism out of them. So the same people who are today demanding that every single Republican answer for Cliven Bundy, whether we leaped to his defense or not, pretend that Jeremiah Wright doesn’t exist and that Barack Obama did not spend 20 years listening to the reverend’s racist rants. They support Al Sharpton, the racist hoaxer with the shady past who has blood on his hands. They kept a Grand Dragon in the Senate for about a fifth of the life of the republic. They abuse Clarence Thomas and Allen West because both have the audacity to think for themselves.” Cliven Bundy Utters Racist Remark, Liberals Everywhere Rejoice

Arizona Politics

Not an endorsement, because NFRW clubs cannot endorse, but here’s an informative interview between Hugh Hewitt and candidate for governor, Doug Ducey. Enjoy. “If you follow the maps of the electoral college, you know that the GOP has to focus on winning back Florida, Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and maybe Pennsylvania and Michigan (though Pennsylvania is, as the University of Virginia’s Larry Sabato and I agreed Monday, Lucy’s football for the Republicans.) The Democrats by contrast will fight to keep that turf and in addition will target one GOP state above all others: Arizona.  If red Arizona becomes blue Arizona it is hard to see how the GOP gets the White House back no matter the progress it makes on the ground in the other battleground states. Which is why this year’s race for the GOP nomination in Arizona is so crucial and why the absolutely strongest, best qualified candidate must emerge from the August 26 primary.  I think that candidate is Arizona Treasurer Doug Ducey, a successful businessman before he won the State Treasurer’s race four years ago, a product of ASU, and –key point– born in Ohio even though he defected to Arizona 30-plus years ago.” Doug Ducey For Arizona Governor: A Radio Townhall

Big Money in Politics

Leftist foundations outnumber conservative ones by a very long mile. “Eight of the 10 largest private foundations are liberal. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest foundation with $37 billion in assets, to which Warren Buffett has pledged his trust, has delivered grants to the Tides Center and the Center for American Progress. So have the Ford Foundation ($11 billion in assets), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ($10 billion), the Hewlett Foundation ($8 billion), the MacArthur Foundation ($6 billion), and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation ($6 billion). The Kellogg Foundation ($8 billion) has donated close to $30 million to the Tides Foundation and to the Tides Center, and the Packard Foundation ($6 billion) has chipped in another $30 million to Tides affiliates, as well as founding, at a cost of $71 million, the environmentalist Energy Foundation. Of the top 10 foundations, only number 7, the Lilly Endowment (with $7 billion in assets) leans conservative. Other notably liberal foundations in the top 100 include Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Kresge Foundation, George Soros’s Open Society Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, and Soros’s Open Society Institute. The notorious conservative foundations that constitute the “counter-establishment” do not even crack the top 100. The Lynne and Harry Bradley Foundation, the largest conservative foundation, has assets of $640 million. The Charles G. Koch Foundation in 2012 had assets of $277 million. Conservative foundations are out-gunned.” Oligarchy in the Twenty-First Century: Column: Think rich conservatives rule the world? Think again.

Double standards. “Why is Mr. Steyer so touchy about motives and transparency? The media tend to give liberal spending a pass, since they assume its motives and aims are pure. Mr. Steyer’s problem—and he knows it—is that his own purity remains hugely suspect, even among his allies. It’s old news that the billionaire reaped his fortune at hedge fund Farallon Capital, via investments in “dirty” oil and coal projects. Mr. Steyer, who retired from the firm in late 2012, has since publicly repented for his prior investment ways. But what many greens remember is that he didn’t do so until he was caught.” Tom Steyer’s Glass House: The anti-Keystone billionaire throws stones at the Kochs, but what about his motives?

Elections

I’ll never get why women prefer Democrats over Republicans. “As I mentioned yesterday, the cash and the ads from outside groups have already been flying back and forth in Colorado, but Team Udall released its own official TV spot this week that was just about everything you’d expect from an anxious swing-state Democrat desperate to talk about anything but ObamaCare: Republicans and particularly Cory Gardner don’t respect women and actually want to ban birth control, blah blah blah. According to a poll out this morning fromQuinnipiac, Udall evidently knows his audience, because the gender gap is one of the few things he has really going for him:

The economy and healthcare, listed by Colorado voters as top issues in this year’s U.S. Senate race, could be the mountains which Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udall must climb, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Sen. Udall gets 45 percent to 44 percent for U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, his Republican challenger, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

The gender gap is wide as Udall leads 52 – 35 percent among womenwhile Gardner leads 53 – 38 percent among men.” Polls: Udall vs. Gardner in a dead heat in Colorado

Feminism

Why do feminists hate women? “Well, they’re not practicing forced clitorectomies at Brandeis, nor are they practicing forced marriage (which is essentially family-arranged rape for life), so I take their complaint to mean this: “Hirsi Ali’s own story of genuine oppression, and her agitation about important, fundamental rights of, and dignities owed, to women, makes our own neurotic prattlings seem rather silly and fluffy by comparison.” Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Western Feminists Life Safe, Soft Decadent Lives, and Focus on the Trivial at the Expense of the Profoundly Important

Harry Reid

As Americans, we get what we deserve as we continue to elect people such as these. “As Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid has brought his office to an unprecedented low. There is no lie he will not recite, no libel he will resist so long as it advances some narrow partisan purpose. As Majority Leader, he holds the mirror up to President Obama. They illuminate each other. It’s not a pretty sight. If Reid had a shred of decency, he would be ashamed. But he doesn’t and he isn’t.” WRETCHED REID

Obamacare

Uh oh. “Early reports show that folks signing up for health insurance through ACA exchanges are less healthy than expected, and that the high cost of medications they’ll need will put additional strains on the ACA’s unrealistically optimisticbudget.” Obamacare: Sicker Than We Thought

President Obama

Staggering record of failure.” “By now, nearly five and a half years into the Obama presidency, objective people can draw reasonable conclusions, among which are these: Barack Obama was among the least prepared men to ever serve as presidency. It shows. He has been overmatched by events right from the start. He is an excellent campaigner but unusually inept when it comes to governing. By temperament and experience, based on skill set and ability, Mr. Obama is much better equipped to be a community organizer than to be president of the United States. For the sake of our nation and much of the world, I wish he had stayed on Chicago’s South Side.” Obama’s Staggering Record of Failure

School Choice

Waking up. “How refreshing it is to see a union leader, even if retired, rethink his position and put kids first. George Parker used to be president of the Washington Teachers Union, and is a 30-year veteran teacher of the Washington D.C. school system. Writing last month in the Tennessean, here is what he had to say: “My change of heart boiled down to this: I realized my opposition to opportunity scholarships was based on prioritizing adult interests above those of kids. As a former union leader, I made maintaining union influence and power a greater priority than meeting the educational needs of parents and students. But seeing firsthand the positive impact that D.C.’s federally funded voucher program had on many families — especially those of color and limited means — compelled me to rethink my position.” He then gives three reasons why school vouchers work: ‘First, it puts more power back in the hands of parents, where it belongs. I think we can all agree that parents should have the biggest voice in deciding what type of school is best for their child. Second, expanding school choice helps level the playing field by giving low-income families the same options as high-income ones. Opportunity scholarships will be a godsend for disadvantaged families who cannot afford private school, or to move to a community with better public options. Third, and most importantly, opportunity scholarships work. Similar programs in other states report greater levels of student achievement and parental satisfaction.’” Union Leader’s About-Face on School Choice

The United Nations

Another travesty under President Obama’s watch.“Power definitely knows PR, but actual diplomacy and even basics of showing up are another thing. Patrick Goodenough of CNS News reports:

The Obama administration on Wednesday criticized Iran’s election to the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) – but neither the U.S. nor any other delegation objected when given the opportunity to do so, thus allowing Iran to get the seat “by acclamation.”

Iran will now serve on the CSW, a body dealing with gender equality and the advancement of women, for another four-year term, having already been a member since 2011.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power took to Twitter to express her views: ‘Yet again Iran unopposed & was ‘elected’ to Commission on Status of Women. Given record on women’s & human rights, this is an outrage.’” Samantha Power neglects opportunity to stop Iran from gaining seat UN women’s rights body, then tweets her outrage

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