Wall Street Journal to Jeb: Don’t Budge on Amnesty, Common Core

The pro-amnesty and open borders Wall Street Journal wants former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to not back down on Common Core and amnesty, the two issues that may represent the greatest divide between the bipartisan political class and Main Street. 

The Journal, which Bush has hailed as his “paper of record,” argued that Bush was right when he recently said during a Journal event that a Republican must be willing to “lose the primary to win the general” election.

“Mr. Bush’s two main political liabilities in the primaries are said to be his support for immigration and for Common Core education standards,” the Journal opined. “Neither is an insuperable barrier to the nomination.”

The Journal declared that Bush “needn’t repudiate his support” for Common Core and “shouldn’t budge in his support” for comprehensive amnesty legislation. 

Despite Gallup polls that found illegal immigration is the top concern for Republicans, the Journal claimed that “immigration isn’t the most important issue for most Republicans, beyond countering President Obama ‘s recent decree, and Mr. Bush can make a strong case for reform that promotes economic growth and keeps the U.S. a magnet for talent.” During the 2008 election cycle, when the Republican party was less conservative than it is today according to Gallup measurements, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) almost lost the nomination because of his support for comprehensive amnesty legislation. McCain’s embrace of amnesty caused his fundraising to dry up and forced him to fly in coach class and carry his own bags during trips to New Hampshire town halls.

Denigrating conservatives who want to put American workers and legal immigrants ahead of illegal immigrants as “restrictionists,” the Journal urges Bush to “welcome an immigration debate in the primaries that would set him up to win more minority votes in November” even though studies have shown that amnesty legislation will not guarantee that Hispanics will flood to the GOP. In fact, there will be a path to the White House without a massive increase in the Hispanic vote for Republicans potentially even beyond 2016. 

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Activists to Use Balloons to Deliver ‘The Interview’ DVDs to North Korea

The Interview might be headed to North Korea, despite the country’s strict ban on outside entertainment and their official condemnation of the film, which depicts two reporters attempting to assassinate leader Kim Jong-un. 

Human rights activists reportedly plan to airlift DVDs of the comedy, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, by using hydrogen balloons. 

Fighters for a Free North Korea has used the balloons for years to deliver goods to citizens of the isolated country to help introduce them to the outside world, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Transistor radios, DVDs and other items have all been dropped into North Korea, where there is a strict ban on anything not sanctioned by government. 

Thor Halvorssen, whose group finances the smuggling of DVD players into North Korea, says that the past dozen or so drops have included copies of movies and TV shows such as Braveheart, Desperate Housewives, and “anything with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.” 

Halvorssen spoke about the contraband:

Viewing any one of these is a subversive act that could get you executed, and North Koreans know this, given the public nature of the punishments meted out to those who dare watch entertainment from abroad.

Despite all of that there is a huge thirst for knowledge and information from the outside world, North Koreans risk their lives to watch Hollywood films.

The Interview is tremendously threatening to the Kims. They cannot abide by anything that portrays them as anything other than a god. This movie destroys the narrative.

Alongside radios and DVDs, leaflets, books and other educational materials are delivered by the balloons, which are launched from secret locations inside South Korea. 

A small, acid-based timer is attached to each balloon, which breaks open plastic bags and allows packages to drop over the countryside where black marketers are free to gather the contents to sell for a profit.

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World View: Pakistan Taliban Crosses a Red Line with Mass Slaughter of Army Children

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com

  • Germany’s anti-Islam demonstrations become too large to ignore
  • Pakistan Taliban crosses a red line with mass slaughter of army children
  • Pakistan and Australia move from denial to shock
  • Russia’s crisis deepens as ruble falls another 11%

Germany’s anti-Islam demonstrations become too large to ignore

PEGIDA demonstrators in Dresden on Monday (Reuters)
PEGIDA demonstrators in Dresden on Monday (Reuters)

For each Monday in the past nine weeks, supporters of the explicitly anti-Islam far right Pegida movement have been protesting in cities like Dresden and Düsseldorf. (The phrase “far right” has different meanings in Europe and America.) The demonstrations have been growing in size from a few dozen to start to the 10,000 who demonstrated in Dresden. Germany’s government ignored them at first, but the rapid growth of the demonstrations is forcing it to deal with them. Germany’s justice minister Heiko Maas said that the protests were “an embarrassment for Germany” and that the country was experiencing a new “level of escalation of agitation against immigrants and refugees.”

Pegida is an acronym for “Patriotische Europaeer Gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes,” which translates to “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamification of the West.” Much of the discontent comes from the fact that Germany has accepted a record number of refugees this year, especially from Syria, and has also witnessed the rise of Salafist movements in German cities with heavy populations of immigrants.

Many of the complaints are about the economy. One elderly man shouted: “I’m a pensioner. I only get a small pension but I have to pay for all these people (asylum seekers). No-one asked me!” However, a woman said, “I am not right wing, I’m not a Nazi. I am just worried for my country, for my granddaughter.” Deutsche Welle and BBC and Getty and Pegida facebook page

Pakistan Taliban crosses a red line with mass slaughter of army children

Terrorists from Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP, Pakistan Taliban) attacked an army school in Peshawar in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 141 people, 132 of them schoolchildren, most of them children of soldiers. The attack, which some argue is the worst in years, is being described as revenge for the army’s operations against the TTP in Pakistan’s tribal area.

During the last few years, the Taliban have splintered into three branches — the Afghanistan Taliban, targeting US and Nato forces, the Pakistan Taliban, and the Punjabi Taliban, attacking Indian targets. According to analyst reports I’ve heard, the army has good relations the first and third of these, but has lost control of the Pakistani Taliban.

Many Pakistani people believe that the Taliban are good people, defending their religion, and some even believe that the terrorist attacks are being perpetrated by Iran or the U.S. to discredit the Taliban. Tuesday’s attack is thought to be so horrific that it will wash away these attitudes and change minds once and for all. Others point to the bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad in 2008 that took place just a couple of blocks from the government buildings. That was also a horrific bombing, and it was thought that this attack would change mind permanently, but instead, old attitudes took hold as soon as the initial shock wore off.

Prime minister Nawaz Sharif ran his election campaign with a promise to end TTP attacks by negotiating with the TTP. As we’ve described many times, these negotiations always were a farce, and were treated with contempt by the TTP. Tuesday’s attack should end those attempts once and for all though, although it has been noted that when Sharif condemned Tuesday’s attack, he referred only to “terrorists,” and not to the Taliban.

Pakistan’s major opposition politician is Imran Khan, the former cricket superstar turned anti-American politician. He’s been even more supportive of the Taliban, calling for an end to American drone strikes against the Taliban, and calling for the resignation of Nawaz Sharif for allowing the drone strikes.

At the very least, this attack has infuriated the army, who are now promising revenge against the perpetrators. Daily Times (Pakistan) and Dawn (Pakistan)

Pakistan and Australia move from denial to shock

One of the characteristics of a generational Crisis era is the enormous state of denial about many things. Just one illustration of this in the US was the real estate bubble of the mid-2000s decade. Even though I wrote repeatedly about this bubble, starting in 2004, mainstream economists were ridiculously clueless about this, and didn’t even begin to talk about the bubble until around 2009, when the real estate crisis was in full flower.

Pakistan’s population have clearly been in denial about the danger of the Taliban, despite major terrorist attacks every few days. Some of the attacks have targeted Sufi or Shia Muslims, but most of them have been political, attacking the government or the army by massacring civilians. Tuesday’s senseless attack on hundreds of schoolchildren in Peshawar has transformed the denial to shock.

The terrorist attack in Sydney on Monday and Tuesday has had a similar effect on the people of Australia. Australia is a peaceful, open, generous, multi-cultured and inclusive country with strict gun control laws, so Australia’s sense of denial took the form of believing that a terror attack would not occur there.

Now, Australians are waking up to the fact that dozens of young Australian men have gone to Syria to become jihadists.

The biggest political battle will probably be over gun control. After a 1996 gun massacre, strict gun control laws were imposed, and over a million guns were destroyed in two buybacks since then. Now it’s being revealed that the number of guns is back to pre-1996 levels, thanks mainly to gun smuggling operations.

When a country’s population moves from denial to shock during a generational Crisis era, then results can be very dangerous, because nationalist forces may be triggered that leads to further shocks, and then to a war. India Times and Daily Telegraph (Sydney) and Sydney Morning Herald

Russia’s crisis deepens as ruble falls another 11%

Russia’s desperate move yesterday, raising interest rates to 17%, seems to have backfired. The value of the ruble plunged another 11% against the dollar on Tuesday. It’s now fallen 20% this week, and fallen more than 50% since the beginning of the year.

It may be that the currency crisis is now being driven by sheer panic, as Russia has several hundred billion dollars saved up in reserves. According to one analyst I heard, Russia could get revenge against the west by bailing out Russian government debts denominated in dollars, but let the corporate debts denominated in dollars simply default. Since most of the holders of Russian dollar-denominated debt are European banks and American investors, Russia could make the currency crisis the West’s problem. Reuters

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‘English Votes For English Laws’: So, What About Brussels?

As a consequence of the aggravated Scottish devolution conceded by Dave and the girlie men of our effete government and opposition, in a panic reaction to an isolated opinion poll in the closing stages of the independence referendum campaign, the three legacy parties at Westminster are belatedly confronting the West Lothian Question – the outrageous anomaly whereby Scottish MPs vote on purely English legislation, even though English MPs have no say on the same issues north of the Border. 

While it is right this injustice should be abolished, the current controversy over Scots voting on English laws begs the question: if this is unacceptable (and it is), why should we acquiesce in the European Union dictating an enormous proportion of our legislation? Unwelcome though the interference of 59 far-to-the-left-of-Trotsky Jocks in the governance of England undoubtedly is, they can at least claim to be fellow Britons, subjects of the Queen and citizens of the United Kingdom. They are also members of Parliament.

In contrast, the faceless, often un-elected, foreigners who increasingly dictate from Brussels every detail of our lives have no legitimacy whatever in lawmaking for Britain. When are we going to address the West Louvain Question and tell these Belgian-based busybodies to seek the services of a taxidermist?

The right of Scottish MPs to vote on English matters should have been ended in 1999, on the day when the adobe-style slum at Holyrood opened its doors; but Labour wanted to retain its Scottish contingent to supply a guaranteed majority at Westminster in lean years. That is why the stricken Gawd-‘elp-us Ed Miliband is boycotting the feeble reforms announced by William Hague – a dog’s dinner of half-measures reflecting the divisions within the Coalition.

Solving the West Lothian Question could not be further from rocket science: it is completely straightforward. Any measure dealing purely with English matters should be certified as such by the Speaker before the start of deliberations and MPs representing Scottish constituencies declared ineligible to speak or vote on it. To lose the eloquence and mastery of the English language displayed by Labour’s tribunes from Clydeside is a deprivation which parliamentarians must steel themselves to bear.

It is as simple as that. Calls to add to the constitutional incoherence and proliferation of trough-seeking politicians by creating an English parliament or regional assemblies – rejected at referendum in 2004 – are a ridiculous distraction. That is how to dispose of the West Lothian Question. The more burning issue is the West Louvain Question. It is time to get the EU out of our lives. Every time Eurosceptics refer to the huge quantity of laws and regulations (just as intrusive) imposed by Brussels on Britain, sneering Europhiles rush to contradict this reality with weasel words and massaged statistics.

In 2010 the House of Commons library published an intensively researched assessment of the scale of EU legal diktats over Britain. It should be borne in mind that this research was done five years ago, so there is a high likelihood it is by now an underestimate. The legislation was divided into three categories. Statutes enacted by the UK Parliament, but under the influence of the EU, accounted for between 10 per cent and 14 per cent of parliamentary Acts. Regulations influenced by or related to the EU amounted to between 9 per cent and 14 per cent. EU regulations, plus regulations influenced by or related to the EU, totalled 53 per cent.

By what perversion of language is a country subject to such foreign legislative domination termed a sovereign nation? We are no such thing – we are a colony of Brussels. The scoundrels on the slime-green benches at Westminster who have sold our nationhood, preserved at such high cost in successive wars, are well aware of this – though that does not deter them from polluting the Cenotaph and war memorials in their constituencies on Remembrance Sunday.

To put Scottish voting on English laws into perspective, out of more than 3,000 parliamentary votes since 1997 the participation of Scottish MPs only affected the outcome on 21 occasions. That is 21 votes too many; but compared with the avalanche of EU directives deluging Britain it entitles us to ask why ending EU lawmaking for this country is not at least as urgent a priority as neutering Scots MPs.

On just 55 occasions since 1996 has Britain objected to new EU laws; every time its objection was contemptuously overruled. In every decision-making body of the Evil Empire our voting power has relentlessly decreased since 1973: from 17 per cent to 8 per cent in the Council of Ministers; from 20 per cent to 9.5 per cent in the European Parliament; from 15 per cent to 4 per cent in the European Commission. 

Yet this is the forum in which Dave pretends he can negotiate a new deal for Britain, despite European leaders warning him publicly his puny initiative will not get past the starting block. If he cannot decisively see off 59 whingeing Jock MPs, what are the odds on his solving the West Louvain Question?

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Obama’s Unilateral Executive Actions the Most Since Truman

Barack Obama and his spokespeople have claimed he has used unilateral executive action far less than previous presidents, citing his lesser number of executive orders.

It’s not true, according to USA Today. Obama has evaded scrutiny of his massive unilateral actions by using executive memoranda instead of executive orders. The memoranda have the same power to make law as executive orders, but allow Obama to fly under the radar due to various considerations:

  1. Executive orders are numbered, memoranda are not;
  2. Executive orders are indexed, memoranda are not;
  3. Proclamations and executive orders are published in the Federal Register before memoranda;
  4. In 1962, President Kennedy issued Executive Order 11030, which stated that executive orders were required to have a “citation of authority.” Memoranda do not require such a citation.

Obama and his defenders have made a habit of decrying critics ripping Obama for his unilateral actions:

Obama, July, 2014: “The truth is, even with all the actions I’ve taken this year, I’m issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than 100 years. So it’s not clear how it is that Republicans didn’t seem to mind when President Bush took more executive actions than I did.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, on the floor of the Senate, July, 2014: “While Republicans accuse President Obama of executive overreach, they neglect the fact that he has issued far fewer executive orders than any two-term president in the last 50 years.”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, February 2014: “There is no question that this president has been judicious in his use of executive action, executive orders, and I think those numbers thus far have come in below what President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton did.”

As of Tuesday. Obama has issued 195 executive orders and 198 presidential memoranda. Obama’s number of memoranda dwarfs his predecessors; he has signed 33% more in his six-year tenure than Bush did in eight years, and 45% more than Bill Clinton did in his eight years. The combination of orders and memoranda is the greatest since Harry Truman. Obama is the first president to sign more executive memoranda than executive orders, preserving his patina of eschewing unilateral action.

Some of the memoranda Obama has issued are quite significant, including: developing a pilot program to implement a new retirement savings account for low-income workers, instructing the Department of Education to permit various borrowers to top their student loan payments at 10% of income, forcing federal law enforcement agencies to track any firearm involved in a federal investigation, and allowing more availability of relevant executive branch records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. 

That list does not include Obama’s recent forays into the immigration issue, which included supervising a transformation of the U.S. immigration system. Every single move Obama made as part of his immigration plan in November came without an executive order.

Kenneth Lowande, writing in Presidential Studies Quarterly, said,

“If you look at some of the titles of memoranda recently, they do look like and mirror executive orders.” He added that memoranda elicit less notice, saying an “executive order immediately evokes potentially damaging questions of ‘imperial overreach.'”

The salient point of memoranda is that they are binding on future administrations unless a future president explicitly revokes them. The Office of Legal Counsel has stated that executive memoranda and executive orders are essentially the same.

The Office of Legal Counsel itself admitted the huge number of Obama’s memoranda the very first year he was in office, asking for a 14.5% budget increase, claiming that part of the reason was “the large number of executive orders and presidential memoranda that has been issued.” Obama hasn’t stopped with orders and memoranda; in the area of national security alone, he has written roughly 30 presidential policy directives, which a federal court ruled are “the functional equivalent of an executive order.”

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