‘Polar Vortex’ Scaremongering + More Daily Digest

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‘Polar Vortex’ Scaremongering

Remember back in the good ‘ole days when everyone expected winters to be, well, cold? Well, forget that. The Leftmedia is having a field day with this week’s furious Arctic outbreak across a large portion of the U.S., thanks to what is alarmingly being called the “polar vortex.” Climate alarmists were quick to blame the cold snap on variable weather patterns being created by man-made global warming. The Weather Channel wondered, “Is The Record Cold Arctic Outbreak Tied To Global Warming”? while CBS’ Charlie Rose asked, “Is it definitely connected to global warming?” Putting scaremongering aside, the “polar vortex” is an upper-level cyclone that is always present. Pieces of the vortex occasionally break from the cyclone, taking with it pools of sometimes very frigid air. Bottom line: Mother nature gets the last laugh.

Chicago Gun Sales Ban Struck

U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang on Monday struck down Chicago’s ban on the sale of guns within the city. Chang, an Obama appointee, ruled that the “ordinance goes too far in outright banning legal buyers and legal dealers from engaging in lawful acquisitions and lawful sales of firearms.” The city enacted the ordinance in 2010 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court striking down its outright ban on handguns. In 2013, there were 415 murders and 1,864 reported shooting incidents, so it’s pretty obvious that Chicago’s gun laws aren’t helping. Fortunately, a string of good court rulings is forcing Chicago – and Illinois – to reckon with the Constitution.

Reid’s Shot Across the Bow

Back in November, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) surprised many by going nuclear and eliminating the filibuster for judicial nominees. Now Reid is even seemingly warning that the filibuster for legislation isn’t off limits. “This filibuster that they so love is not part of the Constitution,” Reid said, feigning concern for that dusty parchment. “It’s a privilege, not a right.” Reid also complained that the nation was “paralyzed” by the “craziness” of a small band of Republicans, but he wouldn’t rule out another rules change. If he’s going to do it, though, it will be soon – before the midterm elections in November when the GOP might just retake the chamber.

‘GOP Hates the Unemployed’

CNN’s Candy Crowley once again carried water for Barack Obama’s class warfare narrative, saying, “If I am an unemployed American and I hear from Republicans that, ‘Yeah, you know, we should go ahead and [extend benefits] provided we do the following three things,’ and it’s a caveat approval of extending those [unemployment] benefits, or if I am a minimum wage worker and I find, I see Republicans who say, ‘You know what? It’s artificial, it messes with the marketplace, it might mean some teens can’t get into the job market,’ why would I become a Republican?” Democrats have indeed succeeded in securing a base of low-income and low-information voters by swearing they are the only ones that care. The truth is far from it, however, as the free market is the only real hope of economic improvement – not redistributed income.

Senator Sues Over His Own Benefits

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is suing the Obama administration over the special treatment Congress and members’ staffs receive under ObamaCare. Johnson is drawing attention to the inequality between the people who must live with the laws passed and a Congress that thinks it’s above the law. “The American people have an expectation,” Johnson said, “that members of Congress should be subjected to the letter of the law just like they’re held to the letter of the law.” The problem is that Congress has an expectation that it can do whatever it pleases and insulate itself from the consequences.

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Arguing Over NSA Snooping Continues

PP_AriaUnderSurveilance_2014-01-07-a489d54fThe fight over the NSA’s vast surveillance programs is long from settled. In December, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled that the dragnet likely violates the Fourth Amendment, but that was soon followed by U.S. District Judge William Pauley’s ruling upholding the program and citing its importance in the fight against terrorists. “This blunt tool only works because it collects everything,” Pauley wrote. “The collection is broad, but the scope of counterterrorism investigations is unprecedented.” Still, Pauley acknowledged that the program, if not properly overseen, “imperils the civil liberties of every citizen.” That’s precisely the complaint of its opponents.

Meanwhile, Michael Morell, the former acting CIA chief and a member of Barack Obama’s surveillance task force charged with reviewing the NSA program, says that it should be expanded to include more email collection. “This program … has the ability to stop the next 9/11, and if you added emails in there it would make it even more effective. Had it been in place in 2000 and 2001, I think that probably 9/11 would not have happened.” Perhaps, but there were far more fundamental failures to blame.

The program’s continuance, much less its expansion, isn’t going to happen without a fight. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) plans to file suit “to stop Barack Obama’s NSA from snooping on the American people.” Paul also weighed in on Edward Snowden, saying that his theft of classified material and subsequent leaks were illegal and he should have a “fair trial and a reasonable sentence,” but also that “what he revealed was something the government was doing was illegal.” He hammered National Intelligence chief James Clapper, too, for lying to Congress before Snowden’s leaks, and Paul suggested, “[M]aybe if [Clapper and Snowden] served in a prison cell together, we’d become further enlightened as a country over what we should and shouldn’t do.” Indeed, at least the debate is now out in the open.

Warfront With Jihadistan: Al-Qaida Gains in Iraq

PP_IslamicStateofIraqandLevantISIL_2014-01-07-38db02f6Al-Qaida has made significant military gains in Iraq recently, as one of its front groups, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), seized Fallujah and Ramadi in Anbar province and forced out the Iraqi army. The U.S. won control of Fallujah in one of its hardest fought victories in the war – at the cost of 1,300 American soldiers. ISIL already controls much of eastern Syria, and they’re now running freely across the border between the two countries. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged to help the Iraqi government “in any way possible” – as long as that help doesn’t involve the U.S. military. “This is a fight that belongs to the Iraqis,” Kerry added.

While the Obama administration doubles down on its failed Middle East policy, violence continues to spread across the region. The Syrian civil war that Obama washed his hands of has left at least 100,000 dead (the UN has even quit keeping count), and America’s lack of involvement has emboldened Hezbollah to stir up more trouble in neighboring Lebanon. Two deadly car bomb attacks took place in Beirut in the last two weeks, and reports indicate that Hezbollah is stockpiling missiles in anticipation of Israeli strikes on their arms shipments in the region.

As for Iraq, Obama’s move to summarily end America’s involvement there has now led to a near-complete reversal of the gains made during the 2007 surge. His report of al-Qaida’s demise was completely untrue, but most of America doesn’t know this because the Leftmedia are downplaying events. Obama’s actions were completely motivated by politics, and now the spread of violence in the region means that at some point the U.S. will have to return in force, perhaps paying a much higher price than we would have paid if we had stayed all along.

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Columnist Dennis Prager: “Last week the International Business Times reported: ‘In their annual End of Year poll, researchers for WIN and Gallup International surveyed more than 66,000 people across 65 nations and found that 24 percent of all respondents answered that the United States ‘is the greatest threat to peace in the world today.’ Pakistan and China fell significantly behind the United States on the poll, with 8 and 6 percent, respectively. Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea all tied for fourth place with 4 percent.‘ … [P]eace has been so narrowly defined as to be morally irrelevant. It essentially means not having troops fighting in a foreign country. Thus, because the United States has troops fighting in Afghanistan and recently had troops fighting in Iraq, it is considered a ‘threat to peace.’ But Iran … is not considered a threat to peace, even though it sustains terror movements, murders its own people, seeks to annihilate Israel, props up the mass murdering Syrian regime and is rapidly developing a nuclear weapon. It is only according to this definition of ‘peace’ that states like Iran, North Korea and China … are not deemed threats to peace.”

Columnist Burt Prelutsky: “Bill de Blasio, the new mayor of New York City, pretends that by eliminating the Stop and Frisk program devised and carried out by the NYPD under both Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, civilization will make a belated return to Gotham. But, short of Batman coming out of retirement, de Blasio has to know that the murder rate and overall crime rate will soar. … As an outsider, I can only hope that the inevitable victims will not be innocent tourists, but, instead, will be limited to the balmy liberals who elected this weasel. But, to be fair, they only voted for de Blasio because Hugo Chavez, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro and Saul Alinsky, weren’t on the ballot.”

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Economist Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995): “Free-market capitalism is a network of free and voluntary exchanges in which producers work, produce, and exchange their products for the products of others through prices voluntarily arrived at. State capitalism consists of one or more groups making use of the coercive apparatus of the government … for themselves by expropriating the production of others by force and violence.”

National Review’s Roger Clegg: “In ‘Screwtape Proposes a Toast,’ C. S. Lewis warned against encouraging people to embrace the closely related and obviously false notion that, for one and all, ‘I’m as good as you are.’ Alas, however, the Left seems determined to assert not only that it’s not really your fault if you underachieve, but also that it’s not really to your credit if you achieve. … Rather than blaming the victim, the Left wants to blame what’s worked. All that said, the conservative message needs to be delivered in a way that makes clear it is not motivated by a dislike for the victim or any special pleading for the others. Indeed, avoiding bad public policies is at least as important in the long run for the have-nots as for the haves.”

Humorist Frank J. Fleming: “We’re never going to get good data on global warming if everyone keeps getting trapped in ice.”

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