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Happy Cinco De Mayo, or as Barack Obama might say, “Cinco de Cuatro!”
Barack Obama goes to Mexico, warns us not to get all “bogged down” worrying about border security, and apologizes AGAIN for the United States, this time for being responsible for drug trafficking and the prevalence of guns, and conveniently neglects to mention that his administration deliberately sent lots of them there in an attempt to gin up gun control hysteria in the United States. As his fellow pinko Lenin would say, to make an omelette, you’ve got to break some eggs. What’s a few hundred dead Mexicans?
For the 5th time in the last 18 months, Obama goes to Ohio, this time to THE Ohio State University to reward the wet-behind-the-ears Obamabots who mindlessly voted for him because he’s so cool. He warns them not to get all bogged down in listening to people who tell them that government isn’t the source of everything good in their lives.
With a straight face, faux reasonable, moderate, middle-of-the-road guy/national embarrassment Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) explains that unless we pass the 844-page “comprehensive immigration reform,” it won’t be possible to make sure that people like the Tsarnaev accomplices don’t overstay or re-enter the country with expired student visas, demonstrating how breathtakingly stupid the democrats really think we are.
Rudy Giuliani makes a great case that Robel Phillipos, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev should be charged with being accessories in the murder of MIT police officer Sean Collier.
On May Day, amazingly, once again, illegal aliens emerge from “the shadows” to wave Mexican flags and hang out with communists and anarchists. The Left, including their stenographers in the LSM, say “Communists? What communists?” So does the afore-mentioned pudgy huckster, Dick Durbin.
Benghazi survivors remain “in the shadows,” but whistleblowers will testify on Wednesday before Darryl Issa’s committee.
Bill Maher celebrates the gassing and incineration of his fellow citizens by our government at Waco.
At the NRA convention, Wayne LaPierre says bring it on, and reflects on what it’s like to be called a “liar” by Barack Obama. I think it’s sort of like being called “fat” by Michael Moore, or “stupid” by Elisabeth Hasselback.
Archived-Articles: What’s a bigger national embarrassment – Gitmo or Durbin? (FLASHBACK: My American Thinker piece about Sen. Durbin)
Obama talks guns, drugs in Mexico – POLITICO.com (Can you say “Fast and Furious?”)
Immigration bill contains 400 waivers, exceptions and exemptions | The Daily Caller (as we’ve told you for the last several weeks, the “Gang of 8″ immigration bill is another democrat trick. The amnesty is first and forever, and the border security comes later, if ever.)
Obama In Mexico: Without Latino Support I Wouldn’t Be President… | Weasel Zippers (Thanks a lot, Guys!)
Friday ceremony honors Benghazi victims Page 1 of 2 | UTSanDiego.com (How touching! Somehow I’d feel much better if in addition to the laying of wreaths, eight months post-Benghazi we had some answers about why we were lied to)
The Benghazi Talking Points | The Weekly Standard (Steve Hayes terrific piece that exposes the fact that the original talking points prepared about this incident were scrubbed of references to al Qaeda.)
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Friends Who Tried to Destroy Evidence Entered U.S. With Expired Visas (we heard the hilarious audio, in which Cong. Peter King (R-NY) explained that we don’t have the technology that would allow the right hand to know what the left hand is doing.)
Vaseline Bomb Link Prompts al Qaeda Concerns: EXCLUSIVE (Vaseline? Who knew it was a common component in bomb making?)
Waco: The Rules of Engagement Movie Review (1997) | Roger Ebert (even this extreme liberal movie critic realized that the federal government’s official story justifying its murder of 76 Americans didn’t pass the smell test)
Rubio: ‘Get Me Rewrite!’ | The Daily Caller (Sen. Rubio is apparently catching on.)
Marathon Pundit: Still unrepentant post-Boston: Bill Ayers defends Weather Underground bombings (Marathon called the show to give us this Bill Ayers update)
Thanks to our guest, Professor Gary Wolfram of Hillsdale College, and congratulations to him on the terrific book, A Capitalist Manifesto.
NetGalley Catalog (link to Professor Wolfram’s book–don’t miss it!)
Obama uses executive power to move gun control agenda forward – The Hill (mark my words: these “studies” on the causes of gun violence will be used to justify more infringements on our rights)
The ‘40 Percent’ Myth – John Lott – National Review Online (This myth has been completely debunked, but that doesn’t stop Barack Obama and his PR flacks from repeating it. Shame on YOU. Barack Obama for using murdered children to try to promote your leftwing agenda.)
TSA fires 4 screeners, suspends dozens in wake of probe at Newark Liberty airport | NJ.com (Ironic-Newark Mayor Cory Booker asks on ABC’s “This Week,” What if TSA didn’t screen flyers?)
Records: Evan Ebel told prison guard she would ‘beg for her life’ – CNN.com (an alleged straw purchaser was arrested in the case of the murder of the Colorado prison chief, and she could get 16 years in prison. Wait …I thought we needed more laws against “straw purchasers.”)
Thanks to our special guest Betsy McCaughey, author of Beating Obamacare: Your Handbook for the New Healthcare Law, for sharing some essential information about the federal government’s takeover of our healthcare system. Did you know that you might be headed for Medicaid next year? Did you also know that patients covered by Medicaid have worse outcomes than the uninsured? Did you know that even if you retain your private insurance, the federal government will review your doctor’s decisions about your care?
On February 15, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing one of America’s leading experts on the 2nd amendment, David Kopel, and we heard Part 1 of the interview as part of this week’s 2nd Amendment Update. Part 2 will air next week.
Sunday Shows: the Regime sends buffoonish dullard/former Illinois GOP stooge Sec. of Defense Ray LaHood to CNN’s “State of the Union” and NBC’s “Meet The Press” to describe the parade of horribles that will befall us if we deprive the federal government of a single dime. Surprisingly (no, not really), hapless LaHood had no answer when Candy Crowley asked why he was warning of grounded planes and air traffic delays when (1) the FAA’s budget has increased $500 billion since 2008 and (2) the number of domestic flights is down 27% since 9/11, while the FAA budget is up 41%. Suggestion: if you want to get your congressman to wet himself, especially if he is a democrat, call and see if he can do what LaHood couldn’t or wouldn’t do; that is, answer these questions. Obama needs to stop whining about the sequester, since it was his idea, and he has spending the last week conducting a clinic on demagoguery, lying through his teeth about that fact, and the fact that any pain felt by the public will be because he is choosing it. He’s trying to tell us that he has no choice but to furlough meat inspectors and air traffic controllers because of a 2% decrease in the rate of growth rather than cutting out some bureaucratic bloat? PULEEZE!!
Bob Woodward: Obama’s sequester deal-changer – The Washington Post (Liberal media hero of Watergate fame says it: Obama has “moved the goal posts” on the sequester.)
Connecting the dots between Chinese Army hacking, which has our power grid as its ultimate target, the King of the Useful Idiots, Jimmuh Carter, his hillbilly mutant grandson, and “Argo,” which will win “Best Picture” at the Oscars. On ABC’s “This Week,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) says that America is in a weak, vulnerable position.
Second Amendment Update
America’s 1st Freedom (Dave Kopel’s piece for the NRA magazine that explains the Left’s use of junk science to scare women about guns, and therefore encourage them to support anti-2nd amendment legislation.) See also There They Go Again: Left Using Bogus “Studies” to Scare Soccer Mommies | Teri O’Brien – America’s Original Conservative Warrior Princess
It’s Simple. It’s Obvious. So Why Are So Many Americans Being Bamboozled About “Universal Background Checks?” Are You One of Them? | Teri O’Brien – America’s Original Conservative Warrior Princess (anticipating what Wayne LaPierre warned about on 2/23/13 by several days. You’ll also hear me say it in the interview with David Kopel. “Universal background checks” sounds so reasonable, and it’s anything but!)
NRA uses Justice memo to accuse Obama admin of wanting to confiscate guns – Washington Times (that’s what’s behind all this “universal background check” talk)
Conservative Movies You’d Want to See! | Teri O’Brien – America’s Original Conservative Warrior Princess (Producer Thomas’ piece with movies he, and we, would love to see!)
If Barack Obama loves “infrastructure” so much, why has he stopped the Keystone XL Pipeline for over 4 years? High-paying jobs? Economic growth? U.S. energy independence? I guess writing that list I can see why Obama’s against it.
How will it be possible to enforce those infinitely reasonable “universal background checks” without gun registration? Hasn’t history shown that registration is a prelude to confiscation? (Answer: yes, and the democrats, including Obama, have admitted it. See this post for more. Warning: it’s chilling.)
Before last week’s State of the Union speech, weren’t we told that Barack Obama was going to “pivot” back to jobs? Why is that necessary if the administration has been doing the great job of facilitating job creation that they told us about before the election? Didn’t he say in June that “the private sector is doing fine?”
Could the fact that there are 3.2 million fewer jobs in our economy than there were in December 2007 have anything to do with that need for the One’s umpteenth “pivot” back to jobs?
For years, I have been telling you that when liberals want to take away our money and our freedom, they protect themselves from criticism with kiddie human shields. Their policies are always “for the children,” and if you oppose their plans, then you must not care about all the innocent, wide-eyed little moppets who will benefit from bigger government and more of your paycheck going into the federal black hole.
You know, study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road.
But today, fewer than three in ten 4-year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program. Most middle-class parents can’t afford a few hundred bucks a week for private preschool. And for poor kids who need help the most, this lack of access to preschool education can shadow them for the rest of their lives. So, tonight, I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America.
He continued with more of the same statistics we’ve come to expect from liberals promoting their “investments” (read money thrown down various “social welfare” ratholes). (“Every dollar we invest in high-quality early childhood education can save more than seven dollars later on, by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime.”) In other words, pulled from where the sun don’t shine, but very persuasive to the typical Obama supporter, who couldn’t pass statistics or economics at gun point. Oh wait …can I still use that phrase? Well, whatever. You get the point.
Stripping away the touchy-feeley yip yap, I see three important takeaways from this proposal:
(1) There is no constituency more important to Barack Obama and the democrats than the public employee, especially teachers, unions. This plan presents another opportunity to swell the ranks of dues paying members. From The Wall Street Journal:
States would have to meet certain conditions, such as hiring “well-trained teachers” who are paid comparably to K-12 teachers, adopting rigorous curricula, keeping student-teacher ratios low (emphasis mine) and assessing youngsters.
(2) This is another income-redistribution program to redress the “unfairness” of evil, racist Amerika. Also from The Wall Street Journal:
Though the effort has been billed by the administration as “preschool for all,” including the middle class, the plan targets disadvantaged children. The program would provide matching funds—although it isn’t clear whether it would be dollar-for-dollar—to states that expand preschool slots for families with incomes of twice the federal poverty level or less. (emphasis mine) States could get extra funds to expand preschool offerings to middle-class families.
(3) The never-ending Obama campaign, which continues because it is not a traditional political campaign, but rather a campaign against the Constitution and the country we grew up in, continues to excel at “optics,” using human props and contrived situations to appeal to the emotions of their low-info supporters. In the case of this early-education initiative, the Demagogue-in-Chief needed wallpaper for a campaign appearance, so parents and teachers at a Decatur, GA pre-school had to scramble to provide it. From The Daily Caller:
President Barack Obama visited a pre-kindergarten class on Thursday during a student holiday, prompting school officials to request that parents bring their children back to school in order to fill seats.
“It was very surprising. The timing presented a rather unique challenge,” admitted Courtney Burnett, the legislative liaison at Decatur Schools. “Our school system is on winter break right now.”
Parents dutifully fetched their children so that the president didn’t have to tour empty classrooms.
Finally, lost in all the hopey, changey feel-goodism of this “early education” proposal is the fact that there is very little evidence that these sort of programs actually work. We do have evidence that Head Start does not. Consider this report from Russ Whitehurst of the liberal Brookings Institution, describing the Department of Health and Human Services’ study of Head Start.
HHS released the Head Start Impact Study Final Report last week. There are several remarkable things about it:
(1) The study demonstrated that children’s attendance in Head Start has no demonstrable impact on their academic, socio-emotional, or health status at the end of first grade. That’s right. If you were a mother who lost the lottery, couldn’t get your child into Head Start, and had to care for her at home, she was no worse off at the end of first grade than she would have been had she gotten into Head Start. That isn’t to say that she was well off. In the critical area of vocabulary, 3-year-olds entered the study at the 29th percentile in terms of national norms and finished first grade at the 24th percentile whether or not they attended Head Start. That is not good.
(2) The study went virtually unnoticed. You can’t find anything about it in the Washington Post or the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal or any other media outlet that serves the general public. The Post has 11 reporters covering education. Why isn’t a report on the effectiveness of the nation’s largest federally administered education program, one that serves thousands of needy children within the Post’s metro area, deemed worthy of newsprint? Is Head Start so sacrosanct that bad news about it is to be ignored?
(3) The report of the study was inexcusably delayed. Data collection for the first grade follow-up was completed in the spring of 2006. Best practice in federal agencies would have seen a report released 12-18 months later. In fact, a draft report was provided to government officials in 2008 but wheels turned for long periods afterwards as the contractors were pushed to try different analytic techniques in the hope that something positive for Head Start could be found. Residuals of that effort are apparent in the released report, wherein findings are reported as suggestive or moderate that do not meet well accepted standards for statistical significance. The inexcusable delays continue as a report on a follow-up at the end of third grade, on which data collection ended in the spring of 2008, is no where in sight.
So, to summarize, the federal government has determined that Head Start has very little benefit, but that fact was suppressed by the Lame Stream Media.
To quote the One, let me be clear. No one disputes the benefits of early learning. I will never forget my parents teaching me to read before I went to school, or the time spent doing projects with my grandmother as a young child. There is no question that I benefitted enormously from these experiences. I am willing to concede that locally-run early education programs also produce demonstrable benefits. Obama’s proposal has nothing to do with those benefits. Instead, it’s all about paying off his public employee union buddies, funneling more cash indirectly into democrat coffers, and redistributing income.