Just Because the Mainstream Media Isn’t Telling You About It, Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Know About It: News You Should Know for February 9

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Stories of the Day

Dennis Prager, on his radio show today, said that there is one word that describes why he fears the left: Universities.” And here’s another reason why…  Emphasis mine. “Think about that. If they had their way, the student government of the U. Cal. system would require divestment from U.S. Treasuries and most of the world,” Cornell University law Professor William Jacobson points out on Legal Insurrection, responding to the vote. “The U. Cal. student government has proven a point I’ve made repeatedly in terms of the academic boycott: If you are going to boycott Israel, then you need to apply those standards to the whole world, which will result in boycotting yourselves.”

“I’m not glad that the Israel divestment passed, but at least it passed combined with a resolution which made the anti-Israel students and U. Cal student government look like fools.” UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA STUDENT GOVERNMENT PASSES RESOLUTION TO DIVEST – FROM AMERICA

This is what happens when Obama decides to take over another business: this time Student Loans. “Debt: Having spent years chastising bankers for making risky loans, President Obama is now responsible for a $22 billion shortfall in the student loan program. Guess it’s not risky to gamble with other people’s money.

Politico has uncovered what it rightly calls a bombshell hidden in the fiscal 2016 budget that Obama proposed on Monday: The federal student loan program “had a $21.8 billion shortfall last year, apparently the largest ever recorded for any government credit program.”

That, Politico’s Michael Grunwald notes, is bigger than the entire budget for NASA, the Interior Department and the EPA.

Obama can’t blame President Bush for this one, since it’s a direct result of his determination to have the government take over the student loan business.” Obama’s Student-Loan Debacle

Oh the lies Obama’s government tells. “We at IBD often get lambasted for our gloomy take on the monthly jobs data that emerge from the government. After all, if the government puts it out, it can’t be inaccurate, can it? And it must be honest, right?

Well, we’re not alone in casting aspersions on the dicey employment numbers. As we’ve said many times, properly measured, the current unemployment rate is somewhere north of 10% — depending on how you slice the numbers.

Now, in an unprecedented column on the Gallup website, Gallup CEO Jim Clifton rips into the government’s jobs data in a piece not so subtly titled: “The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment.”

In it, Clifton calls the Labor Department jobs data “extremely misleading” and scores the White House, Wall Street and the media for their incessant cheerleading on the official decline in unemployment from around 10% to the current 5.6%.

“Right now,” says Clifton, “as many as 30 million Americans are either out of work or severely unemployed. Trust me, the vast majority of them aren’t throwing parties to toast ‘falling’ unemployment.” The 5.6% Unemployment Rate Is A ‘Big Lie,’ Gallup Boss Says

Emphasis mine. “It’s long past time Mr. Obama get off his high horse. Vanity is difficult to take in anyone–but it’s especially difficult to take in a person of such staggering incompetence and intellectual shallowness.” Get Off Your High Horse, Mr. Obama

More on Obama’s incompetence. “A liberal friend pained over the rampant failures of liberal government makes an observation: “Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio are both learning to shave on our whiskers.”

The image is priceless, the insight wise. Their lack of experience in how the world works, and their ignorance of such basic knowledge as meeting a payroll, are proving to be fatal flaws for our president and mayor.” De Blasio and Obama’s lack of experience

The President’s Budget

I think he thinks money grows on trees. “President Obama has released his FY 2016 budget, an act that fulfills a legal requirement but otherwise has only political significance. It is notable how much attention is being given in the press to a document that has no possibility of resulting in legislation.

Still, the budget is revealing in some ways. In the big picture, it confirms–if confirmation were needed–that Democrats have no vision for the future other than ever-higher spending and ever-growing debt. For them, there is no such thing as “enough.” Spending is an end in itself, because spending means writing checks and people who cash government checks, or work for companies that are dependent on government checks. are likely to vote for Democrats. If you are a Democrat, that is all there is to it, and if our children have no future, that is someone else’s problem.” OBSERVATIONS ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BUDGET

To a whole lot of us, he’s always been an emperor with no clothes. “Third, the release of the president’s surreal, liberal dream-budget gives us a government blueprint that shows what he would do if he were King of America. It is almost Chavez-like in its confiscation of wealth, higher taxes, new borrowing and uninhibited spending. Obama wants to reach into the pockets of U.S. companies everywhere, raise taxes on just about every form of wealth and spend more and more on social schemes that corral citizens into the care of the state and freely heap new debt on future generations.” The Insiders: Obama’s week of jaw-dropping follies

“Under Obama’s proposed new tax, major American companies would start to flee America, reincorporating or merging with foreign companies to become non-American, to stop the tax thievery.  The U.S. government would then have to respond with new, punishing, tax penalties to stop that. This has all already begun to happen under current law, even before Obama’s new proposed tax.

The resulting, growing chaos would not be good for the American economy, or the middle class or working people.” Obama’s Budget: Beware the “Berlin Wall” tax

“Americans are addicted to living beyond their means, at least when it comes to the functions of government. That’s why the federal debt tripled over the past decade and under President Barack Obama’s budget plan would keep growing indefinitely.” Government Debt on the Road to Ruin

“Economic Policy: President Obama says it’s time to end the “mindless austerity” and start spending again. This from the man who’s alone added $6.7 trillion to the nation’s debt.

‘I want to work with Congress,” Obama said in releasing his fiscal 2016 budget, “to replace mindless austerity with smart investments.”

Mindless austerity? The only austerity seen in the past six years has been in the minds of liberals for whom more federal spending is never enough. Austerity, after all, implies higher taxes and deep spending cuts to reduce deficits.” Obama Complains About ‘Mindless Austerity’ While Bankrupting The Country

Obama and Foreign PolicY

It’s what leftists like Obama do—they just can’t help themselves. “In his recent trip to India, President Obama repeated a long-standing pattern of his — denigrating the United States to foreign audiences. He said that he had been discriminated against because of his skin color in America, a country in which there is, even now, “terrible poverty.”

Make no mistake about it, there is no society of human beings in which there are no rotten people. But for a President of the United States to be smearing America in a foreign country, whose track record is far worse, is both irresponsible and immature.” OBAMA VERSUS AMERICA: At over opportunity abroad he denigrates his own country.

“The president knows as little about history as he does about warfare, and even less about religion. But he’s not alone. With the Left’s successful destruction of history instruction in our schools and universities, even “well-educated” creatures of Washington accept the Arab fantasy that the cultural incompetence, practical indolence, and spiritual decay of the entire Middle East stems from Richard Coeur de Lion’s twelfth-century swordplay.

Stop it! All of you! And try reading a book or two on the subject. Meanwhile, here’s a starter course in the vast tragedy jihad has posed for every civilization it’s touched for the past 14 centuries — while the Crusades mythologized by Islam’s apologists were a two-century blip whose only practical legacies are a few ruined castles.” Jihadis 14, Crusaders 2: The president perverts history (again).

Our president truly is delusional. “The news media “absolutely” overstates the risks of terrorism because stories about things like climate change aren’t “sexy” and don’t drive ratings, President Obama said in an interview published Monday. (snip)

“It’s not a sexy story,” Obama said. “And climate change is one that is happening at such a broad scale and at such a complex system, it’s a hard story for the media to tell on a day-to-day basis.” Obama: News outlets hype terror threat

Scary stuff. Emphasis mine. “WASHINGTON – The former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency described President Obama’s strategy to fight ISIS as “confusion.”

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who retired last year as the agency’s head, compared the lack of clear direction to a football team not knowing where to go when they break from a huddle.

“I feel like when we say ‘ready, break,’ every player on the team is going off into other stadiums, playing different sports,” Flynn said on Fox News Sunday.” Ex-DIA director says Obama‘s ISIS strategy is ‘confusion’

Uh oh. Emphasis mine. “I will close by repeating the larger point I’ve argued several times before. We know from experience that when jihadists have safe havens, they attack the United States. They now have more safe havens than they’ve ever had before — not just because of what the Islamic State has accomplished in what used to be Syria and Iraq (the map of the Middle East needs updating) but because of what al-Qaeda has done there and in North Africa, what the Taliban and al-Qaeda are doing in Afghanistan, and so on.” What Is the Islamic State Trying to Accomplish? There is a method to their barbarism.

It’s going to be a long “two more years.” “A reality-based national security strategy might go something like this: “In my presidency, forces have been unleashed in the Middle East that have disrupted the American-led world order forged in the aftermath of World War II. While it’s possible that an infusion of American troops could deter Sunni and Shiite extremists, I was elected twice with a promise to end wars, and I doubt the American people have the stomach for this kind of commitment. So we are just going to have to accept a less-stable Middle East, where leaders and citizens who share and cherish our values will be under constant threat and in perpetual retreat.”

Instead, the new strategy is a rich stew of feel-good euphemism. As the New York Times reported, the word “lead,” “leadership” or some variation appears nearly 100 times. The word “Islam” is only mentioned twice. There is a lot of “training” and “equipping.” Rest assured, our “efforts” are almost always “comprehensive.” Obama’s Middle East Fantasy

Some incite into leftist ideology regarding foreign policy. “Keep these themes in mind, and the last six years will make better sense. The Middle East is not a mess, but a place in a needed stage of transition as it frees itself from Western domination and a new order slowly emerges. To the degree that we need a large military, it is preferable to envision it as an executive agency for enacting social change without the clumsy impediment of Congress, especially in terms of race, women’s issues, and gender preferences. It can do the best work for stability abroad by shrinking itself. Terrorism is in the eye of the beholder and always a relative concept that Westerners pathologically insist is absolute. As far as the world abroad goes, China is a more authentic enterprise than Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, which are the products of U.S. Cold War nation-building in our own image, not of indigenous revolutionary self-creation. U.S. Cold War culpability — in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, South America, Cuba — is a burden that must be addressed through various means. The rules of nuclear proliferation are a Western construct. Israel is an abnormality, a Western outpost of capitalism and privilege where it has never really belonged, an irritant that should be treated like any other country as much as politically possible. Latin American grass-roots socialism is not Stalinism, but rather an extension of what Obama is trying to do at home.

I think the world now seems a chaotic place only if you assume that the Obama administration wished to be like its predecessors.” Obama Does Have a Strategy: Once you see what he is trying to accomplish, it all makes sense.

“People in the White House are micromanaging the tactical situation on a daily and weekly basis. That is not their job.They have to do strategic planning, and say what do we want to accomplish in the next year. (snip)

Susan Rice, it must be specified, is a known fabulist. She spun the tale that the Mohammed video was responsible for the attack on the Benghazi diplomatic facility, contrary to facts that were known at the time. And she maintained that Bowe Bergdahl “served with distinction.”

This is a scandal, and the nation is in peril. So far, nary a ripple in the mainstream media.” Stunning: Bob Woodward alleges Susan Rice micromanaging the generals

“Susan Rice, best known for claiming the Benghazi attacks were a spontaneous reaction to an Internet film and that Bowe Bergdahl served with honor and distinction, today outlined the Obama Administration’s national security strategy:

But, too often, what’s missing here in Washington is a sense of perspective.  Yes, there’s a lot going on.  Still, while the dangers we face may be more numerous and varied, they are not of the existential nature we confronted during World War II or the Cold War.  We can’t afford to be buffeted by alarmism and an instantaneous news cycle.  We must continue to do the hard work of leading a complex and rapidly evolving world, of seizing opportunities, and of winning the future for our children.” SUSAN RICE WOULDN’T KNOW AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT IF IT SCREAMED “ALLAHU AKBAR!”

“Yet in the end Obama may be vindicated.  If the last 6 years prove anything, it is the ease with which he can convince his voter base that his actions so far have been eminently successful. Since the difference between winning and losing turns out to be only a few letters in spelling, there’s a chance that he can do it again with the right sales pitch.

Those who think this impossible note how easily Susan Rice can utter the phrase “strategic patience” with a straight face.  As if it explained everything. And yet by some magic, for millions it will. These two words can be offered — and accepted — as the secret plan behind the failure of the Russian reset, the Arab Spring, the rise of ISIS, the pivot to Asia that never happened, the crisis in the Ukraine, the collapse of Libya, the fall of Yemen. All these are presented not as setbacks, but as the deep fruit of “strategic patience.” If you can buy that, you will surely buy defeat on the day it arrives as victory.” Serenity

Some honesty from the left. “Walzer argues persuasively that the left has failed to adjust its thinking to the rise of “Islamist zealotry” because of a set of increasingly typical moral and intellectual errors.

One of the nation’s outstanding political theorists for almost half a century and a politically engaged man of the left for just as long, Walzer criticizes fellow leftists from within the tent. He faults them in his essay, “Islamism and the Left,” for misunderstanding the moral and political imperatives that flow from the leftist quest to advance freedom, equality, toleration, and pluralism.

Walzer emphasizes his “generalized fear of every form of religious militancy” and notes that every religion is capable of inspiring fanaticism. But since the 1979 Iranian Revolution, he argues, Islamist zealotry is the form of religious militancy that has posed the principal transnational threat to liberty and democracy. Yet, he laments, many on the left ignore it or apologize for it.” Why the Left Casts a Blind Eye on Radical Islam

“I am saying all this because getting a grip on how to approach phase four of the hundred-year storm is a major task for 2016 GOP presidential candidates, one about which those who have spoken so far appear largely clueless. Yes, the next president must end brain-dead tactics like announcing exit dates upon entering a theater of war. But he or she must do much more.

With the nation’s global insecurity having risen to until recently unimaginable heights over the last six years, what does a world in which the United States and its allies are truly secure look like? How do we get there? Speaking for myself, the candidate who can satisfactorily answer those questions will have gone a long way to winning my vote. Yours, too?” “Flash: World Falling Apart. U.S. Responds… How?”

“Well, the bottom line is that this is going to be a national security election. We’re seeing the Middle East just in flames, the administration is floundering. It really has no idea what to do about it. We have a hot war, not a cold war, going on in Ukraine. You’re seeing body bags dragged out of Eastern Ukraine, the Donbass region of, you know, young Ukrainian soldiers, and Russian soldiers as well going home to be buried. You’ve got a very aggressive China in the South China Sea and the East China Sea. It’s a very dangerous world. This is going to be a foreign policy election. It’s a vulnerability for the Democrats, and it’s a huge vulnerability for Hillary Clinton. The Republican who’s the nominee and everyone who’s running needs to be the heir to Ronald Reagan. And it has to be a peace through strength platform, both in the primaries, and we have to come out of the convention with a very strong peace through strength platform. Having a strong United States Navy like Ronald Reagan advocated when he had his, shot for a 500 ship United States Navy, that’s where we need to be going into the general election.” Robert O’Brien’s Politico’s Piece On The Navy And The GOP

Obama and Global Warming Vs. Radical Islam

Quick! Someone tell President Obama and the rest of his fellow “global warming” travelers. “When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.” The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever: New data shows that the “vanishing” of polar ice is not the result of runaway global warming

Can we make Obama’s head roll first please? “If the temperature records on which the entire edifice of the international global warming industry is based are a busted flush then we have all been victims of a scam so vast and all-encompassing it makes Enron look like a model of modesty and integrity. It also raises the question – and I speak here, of course, metaphorically rather than literally: when are heads going to roll?” GLOBAL WARMING: SO DISHONEST IT MAKES ENRON LOOK LIKE A PARAGON OF INTEGRITY

Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood

Transparency “The most transparent White House ever held a closed-door meeting with so-called “Muslim leaders” Wednesday, but for some mysterious reason won’t divulge the identity of them. Why is that? (snip) We wonder what the media’s reaction would be if a Republican president met with, say, un-named “Christian leaders”?” Obama Holds White House Sitdown With Mysterious ‘Muslim Leaders’

No wonder the White House tried to hide this from us. “Azeez’s bio also reveals him as a founding member the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter. CAIR has also allegedly funneled money to Palestinian terror groups and was also started by members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

In October, 2014, Azeez signed a letter endorsing Sharia Islamic governance. Under the Sharia, non-Muslims are treated as second-class citizens. The Sharia also endorses thehudud punishments in the Koran and Hadiths, which state that apostasy from Islam is punishable by death.” THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD COMES TO THE WHITE HOUSE

“The State Department admitted on Monday that it misled reporters about a recent delegation of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and allies who were hosted for a meeting with officials at Foggy Bottom. (snip) The meeting between the Brotherhood allies and the State Department sparked controversy in Washington and Cairo, where Egyptian government officials expressed anger at the Obama administration for hosting representatives of a group they consider to be terrorists.” State Dept. Misled Reporters About Meeting with Muslim Brotherhood

In Case You Missed It

“The families will also receive extended benefits relating to the shooting now that the law has been changed.  But the unnecessary pain the victims and their families were forced to endure because of political correctness must never be forgotten.” Fort Hood victims finally to get Purple Hearts

2016 Presidential Election

We must take heed, if we are to win in 2016. “The road to the White House is over the crushed and mangled narratives of the media. A Republican candidate who fails to take on the media will fall wrapped head to toe in lies and scandals. He will go on issuing clarifications and sensible statements while the media accuses him of murdering small children.

The media is not impartial. It is not even a forum. The national media is the political opponent of every Republican running for the White House.

It needs to be treated that way. (snip)

When the media attacks, the issue should never be the credibility of a Republican candidate. The issue must always be the credibility of the media. It must be the credibility of the politicians being protected by the press. (snip)

2016 won’t just be a race against Hillary, but against the media. The media needs Republicans to tie the noose around their own necks by acknowledging the media’s credibility as investigators and reporters.

When Republicans provide the media with credibility, they lose.” Beat the Media, Win the White House

Proof of why we need to do what is outlined in the article above. “Professor Groseclose devotes chapters 18-20 of Left Turn to his analysis of the effects of media bias. In his preface he briefly states the conclusion of his analysis of the effects: “Theeffects of media bias are real and significant. My results suggest that media bias aids Democratic candidates by about 8-10 percentage points in a typical election. I find, for instance, that if media bias didn’t exist, then John McCain would have defeated Barack Obama 56-42, instead of losing 53-46.”

In a sense, this dramatic finding understates the problem. In a world without media bias — in a world where the media treated Democrats like it treats Republicans — Barack Obama wouldn’t have been the Democratic presidential nominee.” IMAGINE THERE’S NO MEDIA BIAS

Amnesty

“President Obama is running a massive illegal operation that has issued 5.5 million work permits never authorized by Congress, according to a disturbing new report from the nonpartisan Center for Immigration Studies.” Obama’s Shadow Visa Network

“The Homeland Security Department has set up hotlines for illegal immigrants who believe their rights under President Obama’s amnesty policy have been violated.” Homeland Security sets up Obama amnesty complaint hotlines for illegals

“The Center for Immigration Studies uncovered documents through a Freedom of Information Act request, showing that more than 5.5 million new work permits were issued to aliens overall from 2009 to 2014.

That was more than the number of green cards – lawful permanent residence authorizations – and temporary worker admissions in those years.

The organization called it ‘a huge parallel immigrant work authorization system outside the limits set by Congress that inevitably impacts opportunities for U.S. workers, damages the integrity of the immigration system, and encourages illegal immigration.” Nearly 1 MILLION border-crossing illegal immigrants have received US work permits during Obama’s presidency, shocking documents reveal

Well, at least someone is standing up for the  American worker. “Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is calling for an investigation into the recently exposed “shadow” work authorization system, in which the Obama administration has allowed millions more immigrants than Congress mandated to obtain work permits.

“This massive increase in the labor supply has occurred simultaneously with a steep drop in family incomes and a sharp rise in the number of Americans pushed out of the workforce,” Sessions said in a statement Monday. “All jobs gains since the recession have gone to foreign workers, while the slack labor market has depressed median family incomes almost $5,000 in that time.” SEN. JEFF SESSIONS CALLS FOR INVESTIGATION INTO ‘SHADOW’ WORK AUTHORIZATION SYSTEM

Democracy

Making government complicated on purpose.” Today, this old problem of citizen ignorance and its political role has been worsened by the expansion of the scale and scope of the federal government and its agencies over the last 75 years. Indeed, the complexity of the policies that federal agencies enforce and manage has made Wilson’s ideas about the necessity for government by technocratic elites a self-fulfilling prophecy. In 1960, economist F. A. Hayek made this point about the Social Security program, noting that “the ordinary economist or sociologist or lawyer is today nearly as ignorant [as the layman] of the details of that complex and ever changing system.” Are We Smart Enough for Democracy?

The Economy

Unbelievable. “In the months and years since the recession began in December 2007, foreign-born workers have experienced a net increase in employment, while native-born Americans have experienced a net loss.” NET U.S. JOB GAINS SINCE THE RECESSION HAVE GONE TO FOREIGN-BORN WORKERS

Brave. “Clifton says Americans out of work for at least four weeks are “as unemployed as one can possibly be” and argues that as many as 30 million of them are now either out of work or severely underemployed.

He points out that an out-of-work engineer, for example, performing a minimum of one hour of work a week, even mowing a lawn for $20, also is not officially counted as unemployed.

In addition, those working part time but wanting full-time work — the so-called “severely underemployed” — also are not counted.

“There’s no other way to say this,” Clifton says. “The official unemployment rate … amounts to a big lie.” Gallup CEO Says “Unemployment Rate” is White House “Big Lie”

Education

Good! “Today this former governor and former secretary (and former president of the University of Tennessee), Senator Lamar Alexander, is chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. He is seeking 60 Senate votes to, he says, “reverse the trend toward a national school board,” which the Education Department has become.” Education Is for the States: Senator Lamar Alexander is pushing to get the federal government out of the curriculum business.

Elections

The real extremists are on the side of the left. “So while the story is told, over and over, about how the extreme right wing of the Republican Party is pushing people out, you never once hear the word “extreme” associated with the left or progressive wings of the Democratic Party.

Is it because those wings’ values are shared by many in the press who report on politics, so they view any move to the left as normal and sensible? Probably.

Is that good for Democrats? Probably not, because it forces them deeper into their party’s coastal, urban and academic enclaves, and further out of touch with Middle America.

Eventually, if not already, that will make them the party of the elite.

Washington can’t see this. Big-money Democrats can’t see this.

But Yvonne, the Youngstown Democrat, can see it — and so can a lot of other Yvonnes and their families, neighbors and co-workers, all across the country.” Extreme-left Dems Pushing Middle America Away

“Judis notes these things as well, but he concentrates on groups of white voters and provides some thorough and serious analysis of how they are abandoning Democrats. He notes that the Obama Democrats’ big government policies have repelled more than attracted white working class voters and that the increased taxes imposed by Democrats like former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley have repelled the segment of middle class whites he is examining — people he sees as “not driven by any racial animus” (contrary to what some liberal analysts argue) and as “socially liberal.” In other words, while cultural issues make them open or even favorable to Democrats, economic issues are driving them away.” Co-author of The Emerging Democratic Majority recants

“Remember all this next time you read an article about how the Democrats are on the rise. The reality is that the transfer of power in 2008 was entirely predictable, given the economic downturn and the fact that the GOP had already controlled the White House for eight years. Meanwhile, Barack Obama’s high-water mark—a seven-point victory over John McCain—was less than the high points for Eisenhower, Kennedy/Johnson, Nixon/Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. Moreover, Obama’s presidential victory has led to a GOP resurgence in lower offices on a scale that only octogenarians have ever seen before.  (snip)

So where do things stand now? The Democrats have been routed on the subpresidential level, leaving them in as weak a position as they have faced in generations. Worse, they probably cannot start seriously rebuilding until they cede the White House to the GOP, which by then will probably sport historically strong margins in the subpresidential offices.

Note that very little of this has to do with the triumph of conservatism over liberalism or vice versa. Voters tend to toss incumbent parties out of the White House when the economy sours, and prior to that point they tend to favor the opposition for the rest of the electoral offices. These forces combined to rout the GOP in 2008. It is now the Democrats’ turn to worry about their inevitable fall from grace. Maybe they can delay it past 2016, but it is coming.” The Rise and Fall of the Parties: The Democrats should be worried

The Internet

The left has never met a business it didn’t want to take over. “Call it the largest plan for government regulation that no one can read — at least, the largest in almost five years. This time, though, even Congress can’t read it yet, even if they were so inclined. The plan comes from FCC chair Tom Wheeler, and it imposes Barack Obama’s vision of Net Neutrality by regulatory fiat. FCC commissioner Ajit Pai says to get ready for a government takeover — and lots and lots of new taxes.” FCC commissioner: Get ready for a government takeover of the Internet

The Left

The left must be so proud. “The Left’s last big idea was Communism. When Lenin turned out to be the god who failed, the Left undertook wide exploration for another grand unifying idea: environmentalism, multiculturalism, economic inequality, atheism, feminism, etc. What it ended up with was an enemies’ list.

That and a taste for brute force.

The enthusiasm for coercion and the substitution of enemies for ideas — Christians, white men, Israel, “the 1 percent,” the Koch brothers, take your pick — together form the basis for understanding the Left’s current convulsions. The call to imprison people with unapproved ideas about global warming, the Senate Democrats’ vote to repeal the First Amendment, the Ferguson-inspired riots, the picayune political correctness and thought-policing that annoys Jonathan Chait, the IRS’s persecution of conservative political groups, Barack Obama’s White House enemies’ list, the casual violence against conservatives on college campuses and the Left’s instinctive defense of that violence — these are not separate phenomena but part of a single phenomenon.” The Brute-Force Left: The Left lost the argument, but is determined to win the fight.

Yes, this is really happening at our university campuses. “Pro-Hamas students at the University of California at Davis chanted “Allahu akbar” at Jewish students filing out of a student government vote calling on the college to divest from companies who do business in Israel.

The 8 to 2 vote passed the council on Thursday, the latest in a series of council resolutions passed by students at UC campuses at Berkeley, San Diego, Santa Cruz, Irvine, and Riverside. The council urged the university regent to divest from companies like Caterpillar Inc. and Raytheon, which provide military equipment to Israel.

As pro-Israeli students exited the auditorium, a throng of students waving Palestinian flags began the chant. “Takbir!” one shouted, with the others all shouting “Allahu akbar” in unison. The chant is frequently used by Islamic terrorist groups and other Islamist extremists as a way to denote victory and intense religious conviction.” University of California Students Chant ‘Allahu Akbar’ During Anti-Israel Vote

“But it’s come to be standard at college campuses, many of which are now hotbeds of anti-Israel, anti-Semitic venom. But what came after is really a stunner. Some scummy little rats spray-painted swastikas on the exterior walls of the Jewish fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi.” ANTI-SEMITIC OUTRAGE AT UC DAVIS

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