Dead Cats: ISR!, 05/22/17, (26)29: James Brody

CONTENTS:

MATOSKO – Trump’s Visit,  – Drudge Links; GOLDBERG – Puttin on the Ritz;  WILLIAMS – Academy lunacy; MOSER – WiFi images; FRENCH – Flynn’s not guilty; CLARK – American cities out of room.

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David Matosko, UK Daily Mail: “Shalom! Trump lands in Israel in pursuit of elusive peace deal and vows to make the Middle East a place where children can ‘grow up free from terrorism and violence’

  • Trump arrived in Jerusalem on Monday afternoon to meet Israel’s president and prime minister after a two-day triumph in Saudi Arabia 
  • On Tuesday he will meet Palestinian Authority President Abbas in Bethlehem
  • Trump has called Middle East peace ‘the ultimate deal’ and is using his son-in-law Jared Kushner’s expertise and Orthodox Jewish connections to work on it
  • Trump has worried Israelis, however, with the softening of his enthusiasm for settlement building in the West Bank
  • And he is keen to sell arms to Muslim nations including the Saudis, already racking up more than $100 billion in orders this weekend
  • Trump said Iran’s nuclear saber rattling has  brought ‘a different feeling toward Israel’ from some countries that have been cool to the Jewish state
  • ‘There’s a great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East,’ he said; ‘People have just had enough. They’ve had enough of the bloodshed and the killing’
  • Trump became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem 
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4529952/Shalom-Trump-lands-Israel-pursuit-peace-deal.html

Drudge Links:

Egyptian president says Trump ‘capable of doing impossible’… 
Israel in rare overture to Palestinians…
Tensions deepen with Iran…
Must ‘never ever’ be allowed to build nukes…
Priebus, Bannon back to DC…
LIVE: Trump in Jerusalem… 

Jonah Goldberg, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”

“I made this basic point at great length in my “news”letter last week — the most widely read G-File of 2017 I believe, which gets me an extra can of spam from the suits. It now seems to be conventional wisdom across much of the Right. Even Matthew Continetti, who has been among the best at trying to find the Christmas pony amidst the manure piles, seems to be convinced that Trump is his own worst enemy.

“Now, as someone who’s been writing for two years that Trump was lying when he said he could be presidential — to himself and to everyone else — I’m tempted to ask, ‘What took you so long?’

“But that’s a fruitless question. The question now is, ‘Can Trump be contained?’ Can Mike Pence, the Trump princelings, congressional leadership, and the rest of the imperial court grasp that their own self-interest depends entirely on getting Young Frankenstein’s monster to sing ‘Putting on the Ritz’?

“If Trump could simply hold a tune — about jobs, tax reform, etc. — for a few months, his poll numbers would creep up, some good policy might get enacted, and, crucially for Trump, he would earn some political capital that might take the bite out of whatever Mueller finds, if he finds anything at all. Alternatively, keeping his fan base loyal but alienating everyone else is a recipe for staying in the mid 30s for the rest of his term and taking down the GOP majority in the House.

“Needless to say, I’m skeptical Trump’s team can get him into the tux and teach him to tap dance. But what other choice do they have but to try?

http://www.nationalreview.com/g-file/447797/donald-trump-robert-mueller-special-counsel-investigation-social-justice-math

Walter Williams, Front Page: “SHEER LUNACY ON CAMPUS”

HT InfoWars! https://www.infowars.com/walter-williams-campus-atmosphere-a-mix-of-infantilism-kindergarten-and-totalitarianism/

“When kindergarten meets totalitarianism.

“Parents, taxpayers and donors have little idea of the levels of lunacy, evil and lawlessness that have become features of many of today’s institutions of higher learning. Parents, taxpayers and donors who ignore or are too lazy to find out what goes on in the name of higher education are nearly as complicit as the professors and administrators who promote or sanction the lunacy, evil and lawlessness. As for the term ‘institutions of higher learning,’ we might start asking: Higher than what? Let’s look at a tiny sample of academic lunacy.

“During a campus debate, Purdue University professor David Sanders argued that a logical extension of pro-lifers’ belief that fetuses are human beings is that pictures of ‘a butt-naked body of a child’ are child pornography. Clemson University’s chief diversity officer, Lee Gill, who’s paid $185,000 a year to promote inclusion, provided a lesson claiming that to expect certain people to be on time is racist.

“To reduce angst among snowflakes in its student body, the University of California, Hastings College of the Law has added a “Chill Zone.” The Chill Zone, located in its library, has, just as most nursery schools have, mats for naps and beanbag chairs. Before or after a snooze, students can also use the space to do a bit of yoga or meditate. The University of Michigan Law School helped its students weather their Trump derangement syndrome — a condition resulting from Donald Trump’s election — by enlisting the services of an “embedded psychologist” in a room full of bubbles and play dough. To reduce pressure on law students, Joshua M. Silverstein, a law professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, thinks that ‘every American law school ought to substantially eliminate C grades and set its good academic standing grade point average at the B- level.’

“Today’s academic climate might be described as a mixture of infantilism, kindergarten and totalitarianism. The radicals, draft dodgers and hippies of the 1960s who are now college administrators and professors are responsible for today’s academic climate. The infantilism should not be tolerated, but more important for the future of our nation are the totalitarianism and the hate-America lessons being taught at many of the nation’s colleges. “For example, led by its student government leader, the University of California, Irvine’s student body voted for a motion, which the faculty approved, directing that the American flag not be on display because it makes some students uncomfortable and creates an unsafe, hostile environment. The flag is a symbol of hate speech, according to the student government leader. He said that the U.S. flag is just as offensive as Nazi and Islamic State flags and that the U.S. is the world’s most evil nation (http://tinyurl.com/kjoax3j). . .”

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/266763/sheer-lunacy-campus-walter-williams

Dave Mosher, Business Insider: “Scientists have found a way to photograph people in 3D through walls using Wi-Fi”

“Wi-Fi can pass through walls.

“This fact is easy to take for granted, yet it’s the reason we can surf the web using a wireless router located in another room.

“But not all of that microwave radiation makes it to (or from) our phones, tablets, and laptops. Routers scatter and bounce their signal off objects, illuminating our homes and offices like invisible light bulbs.

“Now, German scientists have found a way to exploit this property to take holograms, or 3D photographs, of objects inside a room — from outside it.

“‘It can basically scan a room with someone’s Wi-Fi transmission,’ Philipp Holl, a 23-year-old undergraduate physics student at the Technical University of Munich, told Business Insider.

Holl initially built the device as part of his bachelor thesis with the help of his academic supervisor, Friedemann Reinhard. The two later submitted a study about their technique to the journal Physical Review Letters, which published their paper in early May.

“Holl says the technology is only in its prototype stage and has limited resolution, but he is excited about its promise.

“‘If there’s a cup of coffee on a table, you may see something is there, but you couldn’t see the shape,’ Holl says. ‘But you could make out the shape of a person, or a dog on a couch. Really any object that’s more than 4 centimeters in size.’ . . .”

http://www.businessinsider.com/wifi-camera-sees-through-walls-2017-5

David French, NRO: “Michael Flynn’s Decision to Plead the Fifth Tells Us Nothing about His Guilt”

“It merely proves that he has competent attorneys, and that he’s taking their advice.

“After a short, merciful weekend break from Trump–Russia scoops, the Associated Press reported this morning that Michael Flynn will decline a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee, invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
“Already, Twitter is exploding with assertions that this “probably” means Flynn is guilty. Wouldn’t an innocent patriot in Flynn’s shoes want to tell the world his side of the story? Wouldn’t he want to clear his name?
“It’s tempting to think that only a man with something to hide refuses to testify — especially on a matter of national importance. But in this case, it would be unfair to Flynn. We don’t have any idea whether Flynn has violated criminal laws, and his decision to plead the fifth does not in any way indicate that he’s guilty of a crime. Instead, he’s behaving exactly as a prudent citizen embroiled in a federal investigation should behave. There is a reason beyond our nation’s respect for constitutional rights why a defendant’s decision to assert the Fifth Amendment is inadmissible in criminal trials: It simply isn’t a reliable indicator of guilt.
“To understand why, you have to understand a core truth that I discussed with criminal-defense attorney (and former federal prosecutor) Ken White on my last podcast. Federal investigations are extremely perilous even for those targets innocent of the crimes being investigated. In fact, it’s common for investigators to indict or convict the targets of their investigations for misconduct during the investigation, rather than for the alleged crimes that sparked their inquiries to begin with.
“Just ask Martha Stewart. In 2004, a jury found her guilty of obstructing an investigation into her sale of stock in a company called ImClone Systems, Inc. The judge dismissed the government’s securities-fraud charge before Stewart’s trial. Similarly, in 2007 prosecutors convicted Scooter Libby of lying to the FBI and obstructing an investigation into the leak of CIA employee Valerie Plame’s identity to journalist Robert Novak. In the so-called “Plame Affair,” no one was ever convicted of a crime for the leak itself.
“Intelligent lawyers understand the peril faced by a man in Flynn’s position, and thus they often give clients a simple instruction: Don’t cooperate without immunity. Innocent people can find themselves under incredible pressure. Investigators ask questions that are calculated to trap witnesses in apparent lies. Witnesses make mistakes. Sometimes they’ll lie not because they’re guilty but because they’re panicked or afraid that telling the truth will lead to a trial they don’t want to risk. And, yes, of course sometimes they lie because they’re guilty of the underlying offense. In any case, unconditional cooperation is extraordinarily dangerous.
In March, Flynn did the intelligent thing and asked the Senate Intelligence Committee for immunity in exchange for his testimony. Then as now, Twitter exploded with speculation that Flynn only made the request because he was guilty. Then as now, Twitter gleefully pointed out Flynn’s own hypocrisy, noting that he once said, “When you are given immunity, that means you probably have committed a crime.” The Intelligence Committee denied Flynn’s request, calling it “wildly preliminary.”

“From that point forward, Flynn’s decision was remarkably simple. Every sentient lawyer in America would give him the same advice: If the committee denies you immunity, then you must deny them your testimony. Any other decision would be shockingly reckless. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447844/michael-flynn-fifth-amendment-decision-not-proof-guilt

Patrick Clark, Bloomberg: “America’s Cities Are Running out of Room”

“Everyone wants to live downtown, but only the rich can afford it. And it’s getting worse.”

“A shortage of homes for sale has bedeviled U.S. house hunters in recent years, so why don’t builders build more? One problem is that they’re running out of lots to build on—at least in the places that people want to live.

“Cities that were sprawling before the Great Recession have begun to sprawl again. Space-constrained cities, meanwhile, have run out of room to build. That reality has spurred developers to focus on center-city neighborhoods where high-density building is allowed—and new units command exceedingly high prices.

“At some point, said Issi Romem, chief economist at BuildZoom, vacant lots in desirable urban neighborhoods will run out. “If you have three days of rations left, you’ll be fine on day one, two, three,” said Romem, author of new research demonstrating home construction patterns. “On day 4, you have a problem.”

“Historically, cities grew outward, as builders developed tracts on the periphery—then filled in the land between various developments over time. When these so-called expansive cities of the South and Southwest run out of infill land on which to build, developers simply pushed out further.
“Some of these cities, like Austin and Nashville, have seen downtown boomlets. But more broadly, the building trends in those metros looks more like Dallas: Inside a 30-mile radius from the center of the city, new home sales decreased from 2000 to 2015. Outside the radius, though, sales are up by more than 50 percent. The same trend has played out to varying degrees in Phoenix, Atlanta, and San Antonio, among other cities.

“In America’s most expensive cities, however, that dynamic has been turned inside out (or perhaps outside in). New construction trends in places like New York City have been tightly focused on downtown clusters where zoning rules permit high-density construction. These cities stopped expanding their geographic footprint decades ago, leaving builders to concentrate on finding buildable lots inside existing boundaries. As those lots became harder to find, land prices increase, reducing options for builders hoping to turn a profit. Developers building on pricey lots generally seek to offset land prices by building more densely, Romem said. In many cases, that means focusing on high-end apartments that offer better profit margins. The wealthiest residents are the only ones who can buy, and a vicious cycle is created. . .”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-22/america-s-cities-are-running-out-of-room

 

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The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.

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Dead Cats: E.V.DeepState, 05/19/17, (26)28: James Brody

CONTENTS:

STRASSEL – Mueller caveat; Roger Ailes  RIP; HASSON – Soros bought Philly; HOUSE – Repeat vote on ACA?; McCARTHY – Mueller solid choice; DANIELS – Comey perjury; GILLESPIE – Trump Derangement Syndrome; WATSON – No evidence of collusion; BRODY – DeepState in East Vincent.

CAP: KNEPPER – Pension reform; HENRY – State of corruption.

MARK LEVIN – 5-18-17

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FIDF: Celebrate 50 years since the Six Day War

Sunday, May 21st, 7PM

(Doors open @ 6:30PM)

Adath Israel

250 North Highland,

Merion Station, PA

First Responders Day:

 *Join us Saturday, May 20, for any amount of time between 1 and 4p.m. We will celebrate “Southeast Pennsylvania First Responders Appreciation Day” in the parking lot at West Main Street and South Trooper Road., West Norriton Twp, 19403 (GPS: 1 S. Trooper Rd., Lower Providence, 19403).

Look for our DEUCE-AND-A-HALF, and the fire truck (photos taken), it only takes a few minutes to say “hello” and “thank you” to the brave men and women that put their lives on the line for each and every one of US, each and every day! All responders will receive a freshly made sandwich on site, baked goods, a beverage, and a “memorial” wristband.

MANY extremely unique and inexpensive first responder items will be available for sale to the public. All children will receive a free PA activity book.

~Public affair via Citizens for Liberty and their 5th year anniversary. Come celebrate with us. The cake is on US!

~We are seeking volunteers to help make sandwiches. Bring a chair!

~Also in need of a few thankful guests to hold up our responder appreciation signs, or bring your own!

It promises to be a sunny 72 degree afternoon. We know everyone is busy, but again, all it takes is a few minutes to show your appreciation!

See ya on the corner,

Jane Taylor Toal, President/CEO

Citizens for Liberty

 

Kimberley Strassel, WSJ: “The Mueller Caveat”

“His integrity is unquestioned. But can he be objective toward Comey?

“. . . In tapping Mr. Mueller as special counsel to look into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has certainly doused the political flames. Democrats were forced to tone down their chant for instant impeachment. Republicans were able to step back from the escalating headlines.

“That’s because the new guy is as skilled and upright as they come. A Robert Mueller word-association game would go something like this: integrity, honor, respect, order, discipline, honesty, fairness. He is a decorated Marine, a Princeton grad, a respected federal prosecutor and a former FBI director. Mr. Mueller has tackled strongmen and terrorists, working under Republicans and Democrats. He has little use for the press or the limelight, which—in the current hysterical environment—is a singular qualification.

“In short, nobody doubts Mr. Mueller will lead as professional an investigation as he is capable of conducting. It’s the ‘capable’ bit that provides the one note of concern.

“Mr. Mueller is no doctor. But he is part of the brotherhood of prosecutors.

“Justice Department attorneys have their squabbles and differences, but they count themselves as a legal elite, charged with a noble purpose. They largely keep their own counsel and aren’t much for outside criticism.

“The FBI’s culture is even more famous and pronounced. Tens of thousands of special agents and staff from different backgrounds come together to protect the country from criminals and terrorists. Outside the military, no other Washington body rivals the FBI’s esprit de corps.

“Mr. Mueller spent nearly his entire career within these insular worlds. What’s more, he’s a longtime colleague of none other than James Comey. Garrett M. Graff, a Mueller biographer, wrote in Politico this week that Mr. Comey “treated Mueller as a close friend and almost mentor.” The two men have worked together, socialized together, and once even threatened to resign together. . .”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-mueller-caveat-1495148845

Roger Ailes RIP

Jenny Stanton, UK Daily Mail: “Fox News anchors learned of the death of former chairman and CEO Roger Ailes from Drudge”
“Roger Ailes died aged 77, according to his wife Elizabeth, who released a statement to Matt Drudge.

“In a breaking news segment tweeted by the network on Thursday morning, Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy reported: ‘Roger Ailes, one of the founders of the Fox News channel has died.

‘They have published, Drudge has, a statement from his wife Elizabeth.’

“The statement was then read out before Ainsley Earhardt added: ‘Beth you are in our thoughts and our prayers, and so is Zachary, their beautiful son. Roger, rest in peace.’

“His death comes less than a year after he resigned from the company over allegations of sexual harassment.

“His wife Elizabeth, with whom he has one son, said: ‘I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning. Roger was a loving husband to me, to his son Zachary, and a loyal friend to many. . .”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4518872/Fox-News-learned-Roger-Ailes-death-Drudge.html
 

HANNITY: THE PATRIOT…
LIMBAUGH: THE MAN I KNEW..

Peter Hasson, Daily Caller: “George Soros Still Quietly Buying District Attorneys’ Seats”

“George Soros has all but bought another district attorney’s seat.

“The left-wing billionaire turned the Philadelphia district attorney’s race on its head by giving $1.45 million to fund a super PAC in support of his preferred candidate, Larry Krasner. Krasner, a progressive lawyer who has never worked as a prosecutor, sailed to an easy victory in the Democratic primary on Tuesday. Because Philadelphia is a Democratic stronghold, Krasner’s primary victory all but guarantees him to win the general election in November.

“The influx of money from Soros gave Krasner a significant leg up over his opposition. Despite splitting votes with six other candidates, Krasner, who was not a favorite to win before Soros’ investment, finished 18 points ahead of the second-place finisher. As one Philadelphia Inquirer writer put it after the billionaire’s investment: “Soros changed the game.”

http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/18/george-soros-still-quietly-buying-district-attorneys-seats/

Billy House, Bloomberg: “House May Be Forced to Vote Again on GOP’s Obamacare Repeal Bill”

“House Republicans barely managed to pass their Obamacare repeal bill earlier this month, and they now face the possibility of having to vote again on their controversial health measure.

“House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn’t yet sent the bill to the Senate because there’s a chance that parts of it may need to be redone, depending on how the Congressional Budget Office estimates its effects. House leaders want to make sure the bill conforms with Senate rules for reconciliation, a mechanism that allows Senate Republicans to pass the bill with a simple majority.

“Republicans had rushed to vote on the health bill so the Senate could get a quick start on it, even before the CBO had finished analyzing a series of last-minute changes. The CBO is expected to release an updated estimate next week.

“‘Unaware,’ said Representative Jeff Denham of California, with noticeable surprise Thursday, when advised that his party leaders still hadn’t sent the bill over to the Senate. Denham was one of the House Republicans who ended up voting for the measure, after earlier in the week opposing it. . .”

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-18/house-may-be-forced-to-vote-again-on-gop-s-obamacare-repeal-bill

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Robert Mueller: A Solid Choice for Trump-Russia Investigation ‘Special Counsel’”

“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of Robert S. Mueller III as “special counsel” for purposes of the so-called Russia investigation underscores a point I have made through the years, whenever the subject of special prosecutors or independent counsels rears its head. Because there is no such thing as an independent counsel (i.e., a lawyer who wields prosecutorial power independent of the executive branch), the structure of a “special counsel” arrangement will never give anyone confidence. A special counsel is appointed by the attorney general (here, it’s the deputy attorney general because AG Jeff Sessions has recused himself). A special counsel also reports ultimately to the president — meaning that, like any other executive-branch official (other than the vice president), a special counsel serves at the pleasure of the president and may be dismissed at any time.
“Therefore, the public perception that the special-counsel arrangement has integrity hinges exclusively on the lawyer who is appointed. It is the lawyer’s reputation for probity and professionalism, and that alone, that can convince people a real investigation, governed by law and evidence not politics, is being conducted.
“In this instance, Rosenstein has chosen well. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447730/robert-mueller-special-counsel-donald-trump-russia-investigation

Kit Daniels, InfoWars: “BREAKING: COMEY CAUGHT COMMITTING PERJURY TO CONGRESS?”

“Comey’s May 3 Senate testimony contradicts reported February memo

Former FBI Director James Comey said he was never told to stop an investigation due to political reasons during testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3, 2017, which contradicts his new claim that Trump pressured him to stop the Flynn investigation in February.

“Comey now claims President Trump asked him to shut down the federal investigation into former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a reported memo Mr. Comey says he wrote after the meeting.

“The New York Times claims this February memo is the ‘smoking gun,’ but in fact it contradicts Comey’s sworn testimony on May 3. . .”

https://www.infowars.com/breaking-comey-caught-committing-perjury-to-congress/

Nick Gillespie, Reason: “All This Impeachment Talk Is Pure Trump Derangement Syndrome

“Well this didn’t take long, did it?

“Donald Trump, the most-unlikely and least-liked president in the history of the United States, had barely celebrated his first 100 days when calls for his impeachment started flying faster than Anthony Weiner dick pics at a Girl Scout cookout. For the good of democracy, don’t you see, the Republicans must not only be kicked to the curb in the 2018 midterms, but the president himself must be thrown into the street, just like he once tried to evict that old lady from her house in Atlantic City!

“In the wake of the firing of FBI Director James Comey, whose recent testimony on Hillary Clinton’s emails was so flawed and incompetent that his underlings immediately issued a clarification to the Senate Judiciary Committee, virtually every non-Republican #NeverTrumper (plus Sen. John McCain, who has some good reasons to hate Trump) has called for The Donald’s head on a platter. And this was all before the tantalizing possibility of a “Comey memo” detailing various attempts by Trump to shut down an investigation of possible ties between former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and Russian operatives.

“But let’s get real: At this point in the game, all the explainers about how impeachment works (the 1990s called, they want their sex scandals back!) and adapting the 25th Amendment’s ability to remove the president from decision-making during colonoscopies to the current crisis are evidence-free exercises in ideological masturbation. If we are going to survive not just the Trump years but eventually get around to kick-starting the 21st century, we’re going to have become smarter media consumers and demand more from both our politicians and the press. . .”

http://reason.com/blog/2017/05/17/all-this-impeachment-talk-is-pure-trump

Paul Joseph Watson, InfoWars: “REUTERS ADMITS: “NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION” BETWEEN TRUMP AND RUSSIA”

“Report completely demolishes left’s Russia conspiracy narrative

A Reuters report detailing how Trump campaign advisers were in contact with Russia during the last 7 months of the campaign admits that there was no evidence of collusion between the two parties to influence the election, dismantling the left’s entire Russian narrative.

“Although presented as another major scoop designed to damage Trump, the article, which is based on intelligence sources, completely vindicates him.

“Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former U.S. officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters.”

“However, the true substance of the story is buried down in paragraph six.

“The people who described the contacts to Reuters said they had seen no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia in the communications reviewed so far,” states the report.

“No collusion between Trump and Russia. Let that sink in. . .”

https://www.infowars.com/reuters-admits-no-evidence-of-collusion-between-trump-and-russia/

James Brody: East Vincent Deep State

“I’m from the government, I’m here to help.” Deep States operate not only at the federal level but also locally. Thus, a special Chester County tax of $5 was added to my drivers license fee, East Vincent supervisors started with “giving” us a park but need ever more space, and Owen J had a beautiful school just around the corner but it was leveled for a rebuild earlier this month. And Mr. Folmer wants a “medical organization” to supervise Maryjane smokers. Of course, I cheerfully, will pay for all of these things. Like hell!

CAP

Leo Knepper :” Pension Reform Must Include Funding Reform”

“UPDATE: The Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) released an actuarial note on HB 778 last week. According to their analysis, the legislation would save taxpayers $18 billion dollars by 2050. That may seem like a long time horizon, but the bill works to pay off the $70 billion in unfunded liabilities of the two state-run pension funds over a 20 year period. Currently, the two pension funds have a 24 year (PSERS) and 30 year (SERS) pay-off period for their unfunded liabilities. To calculate the savings, it is necessary to extend the time horizon. Because HB 778 pays off the unfunded liabilities faster, it necessarily requires more funding up front.

One of the chief objections from Republicans and Democrats, as illustrated here, is that there isn’t enough money available to pay down the unfunded liability without a tax increase. That argument is false. Paying off the unfunded liability is possible with current revenues, but it requires lawmakers to make some “tough” choices and prioritize how money is spent. For example, why don’t they redirect money from the $250 million Race Horse Development Fund?

Please, contact the General Assembly today and tell them to make sure funding reform is included in any pension reform discussions.

http://www.empowerpa.org/update-pension-reform-must-include-funding-reform/

 

Lowman Henry: “Guest Post: State of Corruption”

“Pennsylvania has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to corruption among elected officials. In just the last few years both the elected state treasurer and attorney general have pled guilty or been convicted of crimes and forced to resign.

“This is, unfortunately, nothing new. Entire books have been written detailing the sordid history of official corruption in state government. We even witnessed the spectacle of two former speakers of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives – one Democrat and one Republican – occupying the same prison at the same time.

“Scandals ensnared a long list of powerful legislative leaders making household names of John Perzel, Bill DeWeese, Robert Mellow, Vincent Fumo and Mike Veon to name just a few. Not to be outdone, the judicial branch chipped in with two justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court being forced to resign in an e-mail scandal and another convicted of using public resources for campaigning.

“To the degree there is any good news in all of this it has been that these wayward public officials have been caught, indicted, prosecuted, convicted and most sent off to prison. But the story has not stopped with prison sentences with some emerging from the jailhouse armed with lawyers seeking to regain their pensions, reduce or vacate fines, or even overturn their convictions.

“Unfortunately the courts have become willing accomplices in allowing these convicted felons to escape parts of their punishment. . .”

http://www.empowerpa.org/guest-post-state-corruption/

Mark Levin 5-18-17

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, The liberal media seems to be conveniently ignoring an exclusive report from Reuters, citing anonymous “U.S. officials,” asserting that the Trump campaign had at least 18 “undisclosed contacts with Russians” during the closing months of the 2016 presidential campaign. Buried six paragraphs down in the report is the admission that there is “no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia” from these leaked communications. That’s because the real wrongdoing is by members of the bureaucracy illegally leaking information to the press — informationthat could only come from one place. The only way that they know this is through the domestic surveillance and the unmasking of Flynn, among others. It’s the only way they know this information that’s being leaked to Reuters. This is part of the domestic surveillance that took place. This is part of the unmasking of Trump advisers, Trump transition team members, Trump campaign members, American citizens. This is part of the unmasking of American citizens and abuse of power by the prior administration being used and being leaked to the media!

“Also, James Comey testified on May 3rd that it would be a big deal to tell the FBI not to investigate somebody. This hearing would have given him the occasion to disclose the memos he kept on Trump and that he thought Trump was trying to interfere with the investigation. He didn’t then. Why not? Because he didn’t really feel threatened by Trump or think the President was telling him to call off an investigation.

“Finally, the questions Congress should ask Comey if he appears before a committee.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/05/18/may-18-2017/

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“The Billboard Boys” will show at the Colonial in Phoenixville on Sunday. During hard times in Allentown, three men competed for a new mobile home by living on a billboard. The last down, after 261 days, won. The first off was busted for lowering pot on a rope to a cop . . . More at https://www.facebook.com/billboardboys/

Strongly Recommended: Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge. Email available!

http://www.zerohedge.com/users/tyler-durden

Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.

Pure = Green Icon
Unknown = Yellow Icon
Hybrid = Red Icon

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

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Dead Cats: Truths?, 05/17/17, (26)27: James Brody

CONTENTS:

HANSON – Severed Heads; JOHNSON – Trump tours; REUTERS – Putin offers notes; HEMINGWAY – How to read WaPo; JOHNSON – Inside Hacker; LEVIN – 5-16-17.

RECOMMENDED – Billboard Boys, Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge; Hannity networks for health care

 

Terror: “I am from the government and I am here to help.” Ronald Reagan

https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/ronaldreag128358.html

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Severed Heads”

“Far too many government officials never pay the price for their crimes and misdeeds: Clinton, Rice, Napolitano, Lerner … Comey is the exception.
“Certainly, in the existential political war that Trump finds himself in, it would have been wiser, first, to have rallied his entire White House team and congressional leaders around the decision and established a shared narrative, to have been magnanimous to the departing James Comey, and to have had obtained private guarantees from a preselected successor that he or she would serve and be appointed within a day or two.
“But otherwise the firing was overdue.
“The head of the FBI (quite outside his purview as an investigatory official) announced in summer 2016 to the nation that he had decided not to seek an indictment of Hillary Clinton. Then, again in the role of a presumed federal attorney, he seemed to reverse that judgment by reopening his investigation. Then he appeared to re-reverse that decision — all at the height of a heated presidential campaign.
“Throughout such a bizarre sequence, Comey stuck to a (flawed) exegesis about the nature of federal statutes in question (intent is not a mitigating circumstance in the felonious insecure transmission of classified federal documents).
“Comey de facto had assumed yet another new role in addition to his newfound claims to be both an investigator and a prosecuting federal attorney — that of legislator and judge. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447665/comey-firing-exceptional-fire-more-unaccountable-government-officials

Bridget Johnson, PJM: “Trump to Give ‘Inspiring’ Speech on Islam, ‘Agenda of Tolerance’ in Saudi Arabia”

“Trump flies Friday to the Gulf kingdom as the first stop on his first overseas trip since inauguration. He’ll stay through Sunday before flying to Israel for a day, then will visit Pope Francis on Rome the next day before continuing on to a NATO summit in Brussels and then the G7 summit in Sicily.

“Briefing reporters about Trump’s agenda today at the White House, McMaster lauded it as a “historic trip.”

“The president will have coffee with King Salman after touching down in Riyadh followed by a royal banquet and bilateral meetings.

“The day after he arrives, Trump “will meet and have lunch with leaders of more than 50 Muslim countries where he will deliver an inspiring, yet direct speech on the need to confront radical ideology and his hopes, the president’s hopes for a peaceful vision of Islam to dominate across the world,” McMaster said. . .”

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/2017/05/16/trump-to-give-inspiring-speech-on-islam-agenda-of-tolerance-in-saudi-arabia/

Reuters: “Vladimir Putin says can prove Trump did not pass Russia secrets”

“SOCHI, Russia, May 17 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had not passed any secrets onto Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in Washington last week and that he could prove it.

Speaking at a news conference alongside Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Putin quipped that Lavrov had not passed what he said were the non-existent secrets onto him either.

“Putin said Russia was ready to hand a transcript of Trump’s meeting with Lavrov over to U.S. lawmakers if that would help reassure them. . .”

http://news.trust.org/item/20170517115015-r09uu

Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist: Tips For Reading Washington Post Stories About Trump Based On Anonymous Leaks

Bezos runs us to the ground with Amazon; expect WaPo to do the same. . .millions in DC want to keep their house, private schools, and desk and will lie to do so. And the rest of us need to protect our lives rather than help a drone run his/her government program. And keep track of how many “do good” directions come our way from the “Ad Council.” The infection is now a driver in our mortgages, school districts, and local governments. Townships build larger offices and our Commonwealth grows bureaucrats by supplying “medical marijuana.”

“In the midst of an active shooter situation, we have tips for how to judge breaking news. We need similar tips to manage anti-Trump breaking news.

“Perhaps we need a similar guide for how to handle breaking news that comes from the Washington Post. It turns out we can keep many of the tips:

  • In the immediate aftermath, news outlets will get it wrong.
  • Don’t trust anonymous sources. If democracy dies in darkness, anonymity is not exactly transparent or accountable. Unless someone is willing to put his or her name with a leak, be on guard. Pay attention to how well the reporters characterize the motivations of the anonymous leaker. All leakers have motivation. Does the paper seem to have a grasp on how the motivation affects the veracity of the leak?
  • If someone is leaking national security information in order to support the claim of a national security violation, be on guard.
  • If someone is claiming a serious national security crisis but not willing to go public with the claim and resign in protest of same, be on guard.
  • Compare sources willing to put their name and reputation on the line.
  • Big anti-Trump news brings out the fakers.
  • Pay attention to the language that the media uses. Is a story about something unimportant being written in such a way as to make it seem more important?
  • Beware confirmation bias. Everyone has the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories. Be on guard that you don’t accept critical or exonerating evidence to match your political preferences.
  • Pay attention to how quickly and fully editors and reporters correct stories based on false information from anonymous sources. If they don’t correct at all, it’s an indication of a lack of respect.”

https://thefederalist.com/2017/05/16/tips-for-reading-washington-post-stories-about-trump-based-on-anonymous-leaks/

Tim Johnson, McClatchy: “Hacker group that leaked NSA spy tools likely includes a U.S. insider, experts say”

“WASHINGTON Cybersecurity experts believe the hacker who leaked the potent software tool that powered last week’s global ransomware attacks is an American – perhaps a disgruntled insider in the U.S. intelligence community.

“Such a finding would raise the stakes for halting The Shadow Brokers group, which has bedeviled the National Security Agency with releases of its hacked weaponized cyber exploits for months.

“One of those leaked NSA tools allowed extortionists to spark havoc last Friday by encrypting the hard drives of more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries, the largest such cyberattack ever to hit the globe. The attackers demanded $300 or more to unlock each computer.

“The NSA did not respond to a request for comment. . .”

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article150827507.html

Mark Levin (5-16-17)

“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, There is a concerted effort by the media and the Democrat Party to take out President Donald Trump. The latest in the New York Times is that a memo written by James Comey in February claims that Trump asked him to end the investigation into Mike Flynn. This is a self-serving contemporaneous memo. According to the memo, the President told Comey that he hoped Comey could let this go. Comey is a leaker and person who destroyed the FBI. He doesn’t like the way he was fired and the fact he was fired, so is striking back. If this is obstruction, why would Comey wait 2 and a half months later to show this memo? Only after Trump fired him does this become a major issue. Comey is really a modern day J. Edgar Hoover. This is just another phony scandal with the disgusting and deceitful left wing media. Congress should ask Comey where his memos are and how many he has and should be directed to preserve those memos.

“In addition, we have Democrat media outlets like the New York Times receiving classified information via leaks. The leakers are committing felonies. The irony is that the leakers are undermining the President and Israel yet nothing is done about them. What is being done to Trump in this presidency is unprecedented and worse than what they did to Ronald Reagan.

“Later, Trump said repeatedly that he would move the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, now he won’t even recognize that the Western Wall belongs to Israel. Why is it that we recognize 219 countries and yet with our closest ally we refuse to put our embassy in their capital? We have to get permission from Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas and others to acknowledge our closest ally who shares intelligence with us.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/05/16/may-16-2017/

RECOMMENDED

The Billboard Boys

“The Billboard Boys” will show at the Colonial in Phoenixville on Sunday. During hard times in Allentown, three men competed for a new mobile home by living on a billboard. The last down, after 261 days, won. The first off was busted for lowering pot on a rope to a cop . . . More at https://www.facebook.com/billboardboys/

Strongly Recommended: Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge. Email available!

http://www.zerohedge.com/users/tyler-durden

Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.

Pure = Green Icon
Unknown = Yellow Icon
Hybrid = Red Icon

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

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Dead Cats: Hacked, 05/15/17, (26)26: James Brody

CONTENTS:

Health Care map; Chester County YR Picnic; Dr. Rick Saccone.

PFEIFFER – Coulter doubts!; BRUNI – Donald a la mode; GOODWIN – Donald the irritant; SOLON – Kill switch hero (Drudge Links); GERTZ – Prepare for grid attacks; 60 MINUTES – Bin Laden’s son; POWE –Open “Hillary.”

NORTH KOREA (Drudge Links)

NOTES: RECOMMENDED – Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge; Hannity networks for health care

 

TONITE!!! Janet: Doctor Rick Saccone?

“JOIN US ON THE LAWN FOR A FEW MINUTES, OR LONGER. YOU ARE GOING TO VOTE IN 2018 ANYWAY, SO WHY NOT PERSONALLY MEET OUR NEXT U.S. SENATOR. A MAN THAT UPHOLDS OUR BIBLICAL VALUES, HONESTY, INTEGRITY, AND PRINCIPLE!

*CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY and 1180AM WFYL RADIO

Cordially invites the public to attend the Southeastern Pennsylvania “Meet and Greet” for Representative Doctor Rick Saccone.

Representative Saccone represents Allegheny and Washington Counties and is running for United States Senate 2018 to unseat incumbent Bob Casey. As a retired Air Force military officer, professor, former international businessman, author, and diplomat, our dear friend boasts that “we can only prevail over the enemies of Freedom and Liberty with your help. We need people in government who are there for the right reasons, not to further their own agendas or those of their families or special interests. You need a strong voice in the U.S. Senate. I WILL be that voice.”

The Saccone family, including his wife Yong, of 38 years, and two sons in the Air Force, are true Christians and uphold Biblical values and views. Representative Saccone is a man of honesty, integrity, and principle. The Constitution is the second backbone to America, and abides by our great document. Rick has traveled across the country with his presentation “In God We Trust.”

You can meet Rick and Yong on Monday, May 15, 5 until 8p.m.

-1180AM WFYL Radio lawn, at the Jeffersonville Golf Club, 2400 West Main Street, Norristown, PA, 19403.

-I will personally introduce Rick to each and every one of you. And his campaign platform will be shared from 6 until 6:30p.m.

-Feel free to come for 3 minutes or 3 hours. Have your questions and concerns ready. Meet, greet, chat, relax, enjoy.

-Bring a lawn chair for added comfort., light foods will be provided, as well as bottled beverages. Casual dress.

-Let’s support a genuine Conservative. Donations are accepted to help in the defeating of U.S. Senator Bob Casey.

-Please share this event with your family and friends, place of worship, and employment.

-This is a family-friendly event.

 

On behalf of

1180AM WFYL Radio, Christian Conservative talk

 

Please contact me if further information is needed,

Jane Taylor Toal, President/CEO/CFO

Citizens for Liberty (Sponsored by Valley Forge Patriots)

 

“We had no choice. Yeah, I mean my fingers are still crossed, it’s not like I’m out yet, but boy things don’t look good. I’ve said to other people, “It’s as if we’re in Chicago and Trump tells us he’s going to get us to LA in six days. But for the first three days we are driving towards New York. Yes it is true he can still turn around and get us to LA in three days, but I’m a little nervous” Ann Coulter

http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/14/ann-coulter-is-worried-the-trump-haters-were-right/

Alex Pfeiffer, Daily Caller: Ann Coulter Is Worried the ‘Trump-Haters Were Right’”

“Conservative author Ann Coulter was one of the most vocal supporters of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign.

“She wrote ‘In Trump We Trust’ and proclaimed that she worships him like the “people of North Korea worship their Dear Leader – blind loyalty.”

“Coulter described herself as a single-issue voter during the election and was drawn to Trump due to his ‘Mexican rapist speech’ and him calling for a border wall to be built.

“In an interview Sunday with The Daily Caller, Coulter let it be known she still has hope in the Trump presidency, but is ready to jump ship.

“So there’s no wall, and Obama’s amnesties look like they are here to stay. Do you still trust Trump? 

“Uhhhh. I’m not very happy with what has happened so far. I guess we have to try to push him to keep his promises. But this isn’t North Korea, and if he doesn’t keep his promises I’m out. This is why we voted for him. I think everyone who voted for him knew his personality was grotesque, it was the issues. . .”

http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/14/ann-coulter-is-worried-the-trump-haters-were-right/

Also: Frank Bruni, NY Times: “Donald Trump à la Mode”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/opinion/sunday/donald-trump-a-la-mode.

 

Michael Goodwin, NY Post: “I support Trump — but he’s annoying us all

“Not long ago, a friend was reciting things she needed to do before celebrating Passover with her family: preparing the ritual foods, doing something special for her grandchildren and making room for her daughter’s in-laws.

“Exhausted by the list, she looked at me and said, ‘It’s not easy being Jewish.’

“I know the feeling. I’m a Donald Trump supporter.

“The president rarely makes it easy on the faithful, often testing his tribe through errant word and deed. Even on his best days, he manages to insert a hurdle or two or 10.

“The James Comey affair is the perfect example. On substance, Trump made the absolute right call. Comey had to go, with his blunders on the Hillary Clinton case reason enough. And there were many others.

“Yet being right isn’t enough in Washington, and being Trump raises the bar exponentially. The Democratic left and the media (I know, that’s redundant) get out of bed ready to pounce.

“They don’t need facts to unleash their volcanic hatred of him. A juicy rumor and an anonymous source will suffice. Any mistake sparks talk of impeachment.

Some days, Trump gets the level of difficulty, telling Reuters about his first 100 days, ‘I thought it would be easier.’

“Other days, he gets everything backward, making it hard for supporters to defend him and easy for opponents to attack. This is not merely annoying.

“The exasperating pattern has been and remains the existential threat to Trump’s presidency, given his precarious public standing and his party’s narrow margin in Congress. He will not be able to deliver on his promises to revitalize the economy and rebuild the military unless he establishes wider support for his agenda and more trust in his judgment.

“The task applies to politicians and ordinary citizens alike. Both need frequent reassurance he is up to the job.

“The Comey uproar also proves something else: that a good idea, especially a big one, requires equally good execution. . .”

http://nypost.com/2017/05/14/i-support-trump-but-hes-annoying-us-all/

Olivia Solon, UK Guardian, ‘Accidental hero’ finds kill switch to stop spread of ransomware cyber-attack”

“An ‘accidental hero’ has halted the global spread of the WannaCry ransomware, reportedly by spending a few dollars on registering a domain name hidden in the malware.

“The ransomware has wreaked havoc on organizations including FedEx and Telefonica, as well as the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), where operations were cancelled, x-rays, test results and patient records became unavailable and phones did not work.

“However, a UK cybersecurity researcher tweeting as @malwaretechblog, with the help of Darien Huss from security firm Proofpoint, found and activated a “kill switch” in the malicious software.

“The switch was hardcoded into the malware in case the creator wanted to stop it spreading. This involved a very long nonsensical domain name that the malware makes a request to – just as if it was looking up any website – and if the request comes back and shows that the domain is live, the kill switch takes effect and the malware stops spreading.

“I saw it wasn’t registered and thought, ‘I think I’ll have that’,” he is reported as saying. The purchase cost him $10.69. Immediately, the domain name was registering thousands of connections every second.

“‘They get the accidental hero award of the day,’ said Proofpoint’s Ryan Kalember. ‘They didn’t realize how much it probably slowed down the spread of this ransomware.’

“The time that @malwaretechblog registered the domain was too late to help Europe and Asia, where many organizations were affected. But it gave people in the US more time to develop immunity to the attack by patching their systems before they were infected, said Kalember. . .”

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/13/accidental-hero-finds-kill-switch-to-stop-spread-of-ransomware-cyber-attack

Drudge Links (05-15-17)

Cyberattack’s Impact Could Worsen in ‘Second Wave’ of Ransomware…
Asian Govts and Businesses Disrupted…
29,000 Chinese Institutions Hit…
LOG IN, LOOK OUT…
MICROSOFT: ‘Wake-Up Call for Govts Over Risks of Hoarding Digital Weapons’…

Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon: “Trump Orders Preparation for Electric Grid Cyber Attacks”

“Policy upgrade comes as threats to infrastructure increase

“President Trump ordered the federal government to prepare for a devastating cyber attack against America’s electric grid amid growing fears foreign states are set to carry out attacks aimed at plunging the nation into darkness.

“A presidential order signed Thursday directed key federal agencies to assess preparations for a prolonged power outage resulting from cyber attacks designed to disrupt the power grid.

An assessment of the danger must be carried out by the Energy Department, Homeland Security, DNI and state and local governments to examine the readiness of the United State to manage a shutdown of the power grid. The assessment will also identify gaps and shortcomings in efforts that would be used restore power.

“New cyber security measures outlined in the executive order come as the commander of Cyber Command warned two days earlier that America’s critical infrastructure is vulnerable to disruption by foreign cyber attacks.

“Cyber command chief Adm. Mike Rogers said several nations, including Iran, have been tied to disruptions and remote intrusions into U.S. critical infrastructures, such as the electric grid, financial networks, and others.

“Rogers said destructive cyber attacks on critical infrastructure are one of his two worst case scenarios. The second involves the threat of cyber intrusions aimed at manipulating data within networks. . .”

http://freebeacon.com/national-security/trump-orders-preparation-electric-grid-cyber-attacks/

60 Minutes: “Bin Laden’s son wants to avenge his father, ex-FBI agent says”

“Bin Laden documents reveal a loving, vengeful son who might take his father’s role atop an al Qaeda that’s stronger than ever, says ex-FBI agent

“Personal letters seized in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden reveal the al Qaeda leader’s son to be a young man who adores his father and wants to carry on his murderous ideology. “That son today is poised to lead a stronger, larger al Qaeda and is bent on avenging his dad’s death, says an ex-FBI agent familiar with those documents. Holly Williams interviews Ali Soufan, the former FBI agent who was the bureau’s lead investigator of al Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks, on the next edition of 60 Minutes Sunday, May 14 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

“Soufan describes a letter from the son, Hamza, that was collected in the raid and now declassified.  ‘He tells him that…he remembers ‘every look…every smile you gave me, every word you told me.’ Hamza would be about 28 now and wrote the letter when he was 22 and had not seen his father in several years.  Hamza also wrote this: ‘I consider myself to be forged in steel. The path of jihad for the sake of God is what we live.’

“Hamza’s potential as a leader was recognized years ago when he was still a boy, says Soufan.  The child was used in propaganda videos, sometimes holding a gun.  ‘He was a poster kid for the al Qaeda…and for members of al Qaeda, who were indoctrinated with these propaganda videos, he means a lot to them,’ Soufan tells Williams.
“The U.S. has named Hamza a ‘specially designated global terrorist’ — the same classification his father once held. . .”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/preview-the-bin-laden-documents/

Washington Examiner: “Walls fall in on Obamacare”

“It’s not just a Republican talking point that Obamacare is falling apart. Democrats’ efforts to shift all blame to President Trump and his party are misleading. Obamacare is crumbling because it was poorly made.

“Further proof of that arrived Thursday when Aetna said it would quit Obamacare in the last four states where it has been participating. Other insurers are abandoning the law’s insurance exchanges or requesting eye-popping premium increases for next year. These facts demolish Democrats’ insistence that the law is working just fine.

“Democrats and their allies in the news media have pivoted to blaming President Trump for Obamacare’s struggles. It would be closer to the truth to say that if Trump and the Republicans hadn’t won the 2016 election, President Hillary Clinton and a Democratic Congress would currently be scrambling to find ways to prevent the program’s collapse.

“And it is really is a collapse. . .”

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/walls-fall-in-on-obamacare/article/2622868

Alicia Powe, WND: “UH-OH HILLARY: FBI COULD REOPEN EMAILGATE”

HT InfoWars

“The investigation into her emails and the immunity deals granted to Clinton and her aides may be revisited, Brian Weidner, a veteran former FBI agent warns.

“I would be surprised if they did not review all the investigations regarding HRC and come up with [a] conclusion regarding prosecution. The statute of limitations hasn’t come into play yet,” Weidner said in an email to Fox News.

“Amid the 2016 presidential race last summer, the FBI ended a massive investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email server without charging a single person, even though Comey said then she’d been extremely careless with national security.

“After outlining the alleged crimes committed by the Democrat nominee for president, the FBI director said he couldn’t find any evidence that Clinton meant to do what she did – there was no “intent,” and therefore “no reasonable prosecutor” would charge her. . .”
http://www.wnd.com/2017/05/uh-oh-hillary-fbi-could-reopen-emailgate/

NORTH KOREA

DRUDGE LINKS 5/15/17

KIM’S LATEST MISSILE TEST HITS 60 MILES FROM RUSSIA… 
‘COULD CARRY NUKE WARHEAD’… 
Accelerating Plan to Land Missiles in USA…
WH: ‘Flagrant Menace’…
Military Plans Flight Intercept Test…
Putin warns: ‘Stop intimidating Kim’…

NOTES

Strongly Recommended: Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge. Email available!

http://www.zerohedge.com/users/tyler-durden

Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.

Pure = Green Icon
Unknown = Yellow Icon
Hybrid = Red Icon

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

Posted in Conservative, TEA Party | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Dead Cats: ShadowBrokers, James Brody

CONTENTS:

Health Care map; Chester County YR Picnic; Dr. Rick Saccone.

BIDDLE (Snowden) – NSA Leak; DRUDGE LINKS; FRANK – Washington goes opulent; GOLDBERG – Trump’s leaks; BARNES – Watching the Russians; HENNINGER – Jim Comey show; GORELICK & THOMPSON – Comey; SIMON – Comey out, who’s next.

NOTES: RECOMMENDED – Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge; Hannity networks for health care

 

Janet: Doctor Rick Saccone?

“JOIN US ON THE LAWN FOR A FEW MINUTES, OR LONGER. YOU ARE GOING TO VOTE IN 2018 ANYWAY, SO WHY NOT PERSONALLY MEET OUR NEXT U.S. SENATOR. A MAN THAT UPHOLDS OUR BIBLICAL VALUES, HONESTY, INTEGRITY, AND PRINCIPLE!

*CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY and 1180AM WFYL RADIO

Cordially invites the public to attend the Southeastern Pennsylvania “Meet and Greet” for Representative Doctor Rick Saccone.

Representative Saccone represents Allegheny and Washington Counties and is running for United States Senate 2018 to unseat incumbent Bob Casey. As a retired Air Force military officer, professor, former international businessman, author, and diplomat, our dear friend boasts that “we can only prevail over the enemies of Freedom and Liberty with your help. We need people in government who are there for the right reasons, not to further their own agendas or those of their families or special interests. You need a strong voice in the U.S. Senate. I WILL be that voice.”

The Saccone family, including his wife Yong, of 38 years, and two sons in the Air Force, are true Christians and uphold Biblical values and views. Representative Saccone is a man of honesty, integrity, and principle. The Constitution is the second backbone to America, and abides by our great document. Rick has traveled across the country with his presentation “In God We Trust.”

You can meet Rick and Yong on Monday, May 15, 5 until 8p.m.

-1180AM WFYL Radio lawn, at the Jeffersonville Golf Club, 2400 West Main Street, Norristown, PA, 19403.

-I will personally introduce Rick to each and every one of you. And his campaign platform will be shared from 6 until 6:30p.m.

-Feel free to come for 3 minutes or 3 hours. Have your questions and concerns ready. Meet, greet, chat, relax, enjoy.

-Bring a lawn chair for added comfort., light foods will be provided, as well as bottled beverages. Casual dress.

-Let’s support a genuine Conservative. Donations are accepted to help in the defeating of U.S. Senator Bob Casey.

-Please share this event with your family and friends, place of worship, and employment.

-This is a family-friendly event.

 

On behalf of

1180AM WFYL Radio, Christian Conservative talk

 

Please contact me if further information is needed,

Jane Taylor Toal, President/CEO/CFO

Citizens for Liberty (Sponsored by Valley Forge Patriots)

 

Sam Biddle, Intercept: “THE NSA LEAK IS REAL, SNOWDEN DOCUMENTS CONFIRM

ON MONDAY, A HACKING group calling itself the “ShadowBrokers” announced an auction for what it claimed were “cyber weapons” made by the NSA. Based on never-before-published documents provided by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, The Intercept can confirm that the arsenal contains authentic NSA software, part of a powerful constellation of tools used to covertly infect computers worldwide.

The provenance of the code has been a matter of heated debate this week among cybersecurity experts, and while it remains unclear how the software leaked, one thing is now beyond speculation: The malware is covered with the NSA’s virtual fingerprints and clearly originates from the agency.

The evidence that ties the ShadowBrokers dump to the NSA comes in an agency manual for implanting malware, classified top secret, provided by Snowden, and not previously available to the public. The draft manual instructs NSA operators to track their use of one malware program using a specific 16-character string, “ace02468bdf13579.” That exact same string appears throughout the ShadowBrokers leak in code associated with the same program, SECONDDATE.

“SECONDDATE plays a specialized role inside a complex global system built by the U.S. government to infect and monitor what one document estimated to be millions of computers around the world. Its release by ShadowBrokers, alongside dozens of other malicious tools, marks the first time any full copies of the NSA’s offensive software have been available to the public, providing a glimpse at how an elaborate system outlined in the Snowden documents looks when deployed in the real world, as well as concrete evidence that NSA hackers don’t always have the last word when it comes to computer exploitation.

But malicious software of this sophistication doesn’t just pose a threat to foreign governments . . .”

https://theintercept.com/2016/08/19/the-nsa-was-hacked-snowden-documents-confirm/

Drudge Links (05-12-17)

NSA CYBER WEAPON… 
HOSPITALS CRIPPLED, TELECOMMS SNARLED…
SPEED AND SCALE STARTLES EXPERTS… 

Robert Frank, NY Times: “Washington Welcomes the Wealthiest”

“For years, Washington and its surrounding suburbs have been among the most affluent in the country. The four highest-earning counties in the United States, as measured by median incomes, are all near D.C., according to the Census Bureau. The top three are in Virginia — Loudon County, followed by Falls Church City (an independent city treated by the Census Bureau as a county) and Fairfax County — and No. 4 is Howard County, Md.

“The region also has plenty of millionaires. Maryland, Virginia and Washington are all in the top 10 for millionaires per capita, according to Phoenix Marketing.

But there has always been a sharp distinction in D.C. culture between being wealthy and being rich. Let New York and Los Angeles have the mansion-owning, Ferrari-driving, yacht-loving billionaires. The Washington elite were content with a three-bedroom colonial, two incomes and top private schools. Its handful of billionaires were mostly local sports team owners little known outside the capital.

“Yet now, the combination of the richest White House in history and a boom in government-related businesses and technology companies is transforming Washington’s affluence into opulence. There are 34 billionaires within a 25-mile radius of Washington, according to Wealth-X, an information services company that specializes in identifying the tribal patterns of the superrich; that figure is up slightly from last year. And there are 2,049 D.C.-area residents worth $30 million or more. . .”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/business/washington-dc-wealth-trump.html?_r=0

Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Why the Trump White House Is So Leaky”

“Historians will tell you that Adolf Hitler was not plagued by leakers and anonymous sources within his government. Joseph Goebbels did not routinely race to the Frankfurter Zeitung to plant embarrassing or inconvenient information about the boss. Stalin, likewise, didn’t rail against anonymous saboteurs within his inner circle. Well, maybe he did now that I think about it, but he usually allayed such concerns by having those people killed or sent to the Gulag. But he didn’t kill them for leaking to the press, because there was no press in any meaningful sense to leak to.

“In other words, for the people who seem to think that Donald Trump is an authoritarian tyrant, the fact that his administration has been plagued by leaks and anonymous sources talking out of school should be oddly reassuring.

“At the same time, the roaring torrent of leaks from the White House is extremely dismaying for many Trump supporters, starting with Trump himself. His decision to fire FBI director James Comey was reportedly driven in part by his belief that Comey wasn’t doing more to hunt down leakers.
“In some instances, Trump is right to be angry. The leaking of classified information, including transcripts of his conversations with foreign leaders, is illegal and dangerous.
“But in other cases, Trump’s anger is aimed at members of his own staff and probably his own family, who use the media to undermine competitors in the administration. Senior adviser Steve Bannon uses his old website, Breitbart.com, to throw brickbats at his enemies. Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a sort of prince regent in the Trump administration, is widely believed to use MSNBC’s Morning Joe for similar purposes.
“The whole spectacle is actually pretty hilarious. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447567/trump-white-house-leaks-show-president-dramatic-personality

Julian Barnes, WSJ: “U.S. to Boost Surveillance for Russian Exercise”

“Officials say U.S. will move ships into Baltic Sea and take over North Atlantic Treaty Organization air-policing duties

“VILNIUS, Lithuania—The U.S. will bolster its ability to observe Russia’s military in the Baltic Sea region ahead of a major exercise by Moscow, U.S. defense officials said.

“The officials said the Defense Department would enhance its surveillance ability, including by moving ships into the Baltic Sea and taking over North Atlantic Treaty Organization air-policing duties while the Russian exercises occur in September. The U.S. could temporarily deploy a Patriot missile-defense battery in the region, officials said.

“Defense officials said the Russian drill, known as Zapad, or West, will showcase some of Russia’s newest and most advanced weaponry, and will be a chance for the U.S. to gather fresh intelligence.

“They said Russia could use the exercise to upgrade its military equipment in the area, leaving behind some of the advanced systems after the exercises conclude. . .”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-to-boost-surveillance-for-russian-exercise-1494415602

Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “The James Comey Show”

“He becomes the latest to disappear into the Clintons’ personal Bermuda Triangle.

“If you read nothing else while fighting through the maelstrom around President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, read the full text of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein’s memorandum titled “Restoring Public Confidence in the FBI.”

Mr. Rosenstein’s memo makes meticulously clear the short version of this grandiose episode: Director Comey’s behavior violated numerous standards of federal prosecutorial procedure and lines of authority inside the Department of Justice.

“Specifically, writes Mr. Rosenstein, “The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5, 2016, and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution.”

“Mr. Rosenstein cites a useful analysis of the Comey saga, published in the Washington Post, by former deputy attorneys general Jamie Gorelick and Larry Thompson. Mr. Comey’s conduct, they wrote, was ‘real-time, raw-take transparency taken to its illogical limit, a kind of reality TV of federal criminal investigation.’

“That is an apt metaphor—a kind of reality TV—for everything the dazed public is reading and hearing now about James Comey, the federal investigation into a Russian connection with the Trump campaign, and reveries about Watergate.

“But I know where to begin: with the news in March 2015 that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton created a private email server in 2009.

“Hillary’s email server is the reason for James Comey’s rise, and why he has fallen. . .”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-james-comey-show-1494455612

Jamie Gorelick & Larry Thompson, WaPo: “James Comey is damaging our democracy”

“Jamie Gorelick served as deputy attorney general from 1994 to 1997 and is a supporter of Hillary Clinton. Larry Thompson served as deputy attorney general from 2001 to 2003 and signed a letter from a group of former Justice Department officials in Republican administrations calling for Donald Trump’s defeat.

“The Justice Department has a proud history of enforcing federal criminal law without fear or favor, and especially without regard to politics. It operates under long-standing and well-established traditions limiting disclosure of ongoing investigations to the public and even to Congress, especially in a way that might be seen as influencing an election. These traditions protect the integrity of the department and the public’s confidence in its mission to take care that the laws are faithfully and impartially executed. They reflect an institutional balancing of interests, delaying disclosure and public knowledge to avoid misuse of prosecutorial power by creating unfair innuendo to which an accused party cannot properly respond.

“Decades ago, the department decided that in the 60-day period before an election, the balance should be struck against even returning indictments involving individuals running for office, as well as against the disclosure of any investigative steps. The reasoning was that, however important it might be for Justice to do its job, and however important it might be for the public to know what Justice knows, because such allegations could not be adjudicated, such actions or disclosures risked undermining the political process. A memorandum reflecting this choice has been issued every four years by multiple attorneys general for a very long time, including in 2016.

“When they take their vows and assume office, senior officials in the Justice Department and the FBI become part of these traditions, with an obligation to preserve, protect and defend them. They enjoy a credibility established by generations of honorable public servants, and they owe a solemn obligation to maintain that credibility. They are not to arrogate to themselves the choices made by the Justice Department and honored over the years. . .”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/james-comey-is-damaging-our-democracy/2016/10/29/

Roger Simon, PJM: “Comey’s Out. Who’s Next for Rosenstein?”

“If I were Hillary Clinton, I’d be afraid.  I’d be very afraid.

“Something has happened that has drastically changed her position in the world and that is the advent of Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general, a name not well known by many until now, although he has had quite an illustrious career at the Department of Justice and elsewhere.

“Confirmed only April 25, 2017, Rosenstein wrote the well-crafted “Memorandum to the Attorney General” on the subject of “Restoring Public Confidence in the FBI.”  The contents of this memorandum are what many are assuming impelled Donald Trump to take an action he was hesitant to do, but probably should have done, on taking office  — firing FBI director James Comey before the reputation of the FBI was even more tarnished than it was.

“Of course the left exploded, claiming a cover-up of the endless Russia investigation. But no matter when Donald Trump had fired Comey, day one or day one hundred and one, it would have created a conflagration.  Chuck Schumer would have yelled and screamed and waved his bloody shoe even though he himself had previously called for the same thing only months before. That’s what Schumers do, as does much of the rest of the not-so-loyal opposition.

“Interestingly, a great deal of the minority leader’s immediate fulminations after the defenestration of Comey centered not on Trump but on Rosenstein, who is apparently that most terrifying of all things — a by-the-book straight shooter who espouses equal justice for all under the law. (emph added jb) Schumer demanded the deputy AG immediately appoint a special investigator to get to the bottom of the supposed Russia allegations.  Rosenstein may just make such an appointment, but for another purpose not as salutary to Schumer. From the deputy AG’s memorandum:

‘The Director was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5, 2016 and announce his conclusion that the [Clinton email] case should be closed without prosecution.  It is not the function of the Director to make such an announcement.  At most, the Director should have said the FBI had completed its investigation and presented its findings to federal prosecutors. The Director now defends his decision by asserting he believed Attorney General Loretta Lynch had a conflict. But the FBI Director is never empowered to supplant federal prosecutors and assume command of the Justice Department.  There is a well-established process for other officials to step in when a conflict requires the recusal of the Attorney General.  On July 5, however, the Director announced his views on the nation’s most sensitive criminal investigation [bold mine], without the authorization of duly appointed Justice Department leaders.’

“Rosenstein goes on to quote numerous statements from attorneys general and deputy attorneys general of both parties concurring with his view, but this is a memorandum all should read in its entirety for themselves. Besides being an impressive brief for the firing of James Comey, it also appears to open the door for something else, for that ‘well-established process for other officials to step in’ to lead to something yet more dramatic — the renewed investigation of Hillary Clinton.”

https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2017/05/09/comeys-out-whos-next-for-rosenstein/

NOTES

Strongly Recommended: Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge. Email available!

http://www.zerohedge.com/users/tyler-durden

Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.

Pure = Green Icon
Unknown = Yellow Icon
Hybrid = Red Icon

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

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Dead Cats: ComeyToast, 05/10/17, (26)24: James Brody

CONTENTS:

Health Care map; Chester County YR Picnic; Dr. Rick Saccone.

Russia in the Arctic; ROBERTS – Mexico second deadliest. HANNITY – Comey; DRUDGE links; McCARTHY – Elegy; THE SWAMP; HILLARY; COSTELLO?; ROMANS IN PHILLY; HEALTH CARE

NOTES: Hannity networks for health care; SWINBURNE.

 

Janet: Doctor Rick Saccone?

“JOIN US ON THE LAWN FOR A FEW MINUTES, OR LONGER. YOU ARE GOING TO VOTE IN 2018 ANYWAY, SO WHY NOT PERSONALLY MEET OUR NEXT U.S. SENATOR. A MAN THAT UPHOLDS OUR BIBLICAL VALUES, HONESTY, INTEGRITY, AND PRINCIPLE!

*CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY and 1180AM WFYL RADIO

Cordially invites the public to attend the Southeastern Pennsylvania “Meet and Greet” for Representative Doctor Rick Saccone.

Representative Saccone represents Allegheny and Washington Counties and is running for United States Senate 2018 to unseat incumbent Bob Casey. As a retired Air Force military officer, professor, former international businessman, author, and diplomat, our dear friend boasts that “we can only prevail over the enemies of Freedom and Liberty with your help. We need people in government who are there for the right reasons, not to further their own agendas or those of their families or special interests. You need a strong voice in the U.S. Senate. I WILL be that voice.”

The Saccone family, including his wife Yong, of 38 years, and two sons in the Air Force, are true Christians and uphold Biblical values and views. Representative Saccone is a man of honesty, integrity, and principle. The Constitution is the second backbone to America, and abides by our great document. Rick has traveled across the country with his presentation “In God We Trust.”

You can meet Rick and Yong on Monday, May 15, 5 until 8p.m.

-1180AM WFYL Radio lawn, at the Jeffersonville Golf Club, 2400 West Main Street, Norristown, PA, 19403.

-I will personally introduce Rick to each and every one of you. And his campaign platform will be shared from 6 until 6:30p.m.

-Feel free to come for 3 minutes or 3 hours. Have your questions and concerns ready. Meet, greet, chat, relax, enjoy.

-Bring a lawn chair for added comfort., light foods will be provided, as well as bottled beverages. Casual dress.

-Let’s support a genuine Conservative. Donations are accepted to help in the defeating of U.S. Senator Bob Casey.

-Please share this event with your family and friends, place of worship, and employment.

-This is a family-friendly event.

 

On behalf of

1180AM WFYL Radio, Christian Conservative talk

 

Please contact me if further information is needed,

Jane Taylor Toal, President/CEO/CFO

Citizens for Liberty (Sponsored by Valley Forge Patriots)

 

Reuters: “Russia showcases Arctic hardware in Red Square military parade”

“MOSCOW, May 9 (Reuters) – Russia rolled out air defence systems built to operate in sub-zero Arctic conditions on Tuesday as it showcased its military might at a parade on Moscow’s Red Square.

“The parade, an annual event commemorating the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, took place under grey skies as President Vladimir Putin looked on from a platform alongside Soviet war veterans.

“The Kremlin has been flexing its military muscle in the hydrocarbon-rich Arctic region, as it vies for dominance with rivals Canada, the United States and Norway. . .”

http://news.trust.org/item/20170509091712-rqbly

THIRD REPLAY: (FROM CATS 10/1/16):

Andrew Poulin, John Batchelor: 5 Ways Russia is Positioning to Dominate the Arctic”

“…Here are the five major actions Russia is taking in the Arctic.

“1. Building More Bases

“Russia is building and supporting more Arctic bases than any other country. The country’s Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu, explained the moves saying that, “a constant military presence in the Arctic and a possibility to protect the state’s interests by military means are regarded as an integral part of the general policy to guarantee national security…One of the Ministry’s prioritized areas is development of military infrastructure in the region.” He went on to describe that the creation of Russia’s Arctic force and the distribution of ‘equipment with weapons for the whole Arctic’ will be completed by 2018.

 

… And to support and defend their Arctic bases, Russia is also planning to build 13 airfields and at least 10 air-defense RADAR stations to be completed by 2017.

“2. Repositioning Troops to the Region

“…Russia has augmented their forces by forming the relatively new Russian Arctic Brigade. The unit is comprised of two army brigades specially trained in Arctic warfare, the 80th Independent Motor Rifle Brigade in Alakurtti, and the 200 Independent Motor Rifle Brigade in Pechenga (both in the Murmansk area). . .

“3. Investing in Icebreakers

“Russia is building the largest and strongest icebreaking fleet in the world. As of May 2015, they had at least 14 icebreakers under construction and more in planning. One of the designs, the 173 meter long LK-60, a nuclear-powered icebreaker, will be the largest icebreaker in the world (14 m longer than the current biggest) and will be able to break through ice three meters thick. Russia is planning to build at least two of these ships, with expected operational dates at the end of 2019 and end of 2020, respectively. Another design in the works . . .

“4. Investing in Arctic-Optimized Technology

“Russia has made several significant investments in Arctic technology that will give them a leg-up in this harsh environment. On November 25, 2015, the first Arctic-optimized Mi-8AMTSh-VA helicopters were delivered to the Russian Ministry of Defense. The helicopters have several exceptional improvements to handle the extreme cold  . . .

“5. Constructing Natural Resource Infrastructure

“. . . In order to achieve a competitive advantage in this evolving Arctic market, Russia has taken several important actions. First, they are building new energy plants like the Yamal LNG plant in the estuary of the Ob River. The $27 billion project is a joint venture supported by Russia’s Novatek, the French energy company Total, and China National Petroleum Corporation. The plant will have a total output of 16.5 million metric tons of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) per year.

Second, Russia is constructing 16 deep-water ports and at least 13 airfields that could be used to transport resources on the emerging new sea routes to markets throughout the world. . .”

“So what does it all mean?

“ . . . Russia is making these investments to not just operate in the Arctic, but to dominate it.”

http://intpolicydigest.org/2016/01/24/5-ways-russia-is-positioning-to-dominate-the-arctic/

Elizabeth Roberts, CNN: “Mexico was second deadliest country in 2016”

(CNN)It was the second deadliest conflict in the world last year, but it hardly registered in the international headlines.

“As Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan dominated the news agenda, Mexico’s drug wars claimed 23,000 lives during 2016 — second only to Syria, where 50,000 people died as a result of the civil war.

“This is all the more surprising, considering that the conflict deaths [in Mexico] are nearly all attributable to small arms,” said John Chipman, chief executive and director-general of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which issued its annual survey of armed conflict on Tuesday. . .”

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/09/americas/mexico-second-deadliest-conflict-2016/

HANNITY/COMEY?

Rich Zeoli (WPHT) announced Comey’s departure at 5:45pm. Hannity had not a word for the next three hours.

Drudge links 5/10/17

TRUMP CANS COMEY… ‘NEED NEW LEADERSHIP’…
MAG: BIGGEST GAMBLE YET…
10 SCANDALS ON DIRECTOR’S WATCH…
FBI CHAOS… ‘TURMOIL’… DRAMA…
AGENTS IN TEARS…
MOOK: THIS TERRIFIES ME…
KRAUTHAMMER: ‘INEXPLICABLE’…
DEMS ONCE BLAMED; NOW DEFENDING… 
WANT ‘EMERGENCY HEARINGS’…
DURBIN: ‘GRAVE CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES’…
COMEY LEARNED OF FIRING FROM TV; THOUGHT WAS JOKE!
‘RESISTED’ PROBING LEAKS…
GOODWIN: HE HAD TO GO… WSJ: DESERVED DISMISSAL…
ASSANGE OFFERS JOB…
White House officials brace for special investigator…

 

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “The Bipartisan Case against James Comey”

“Jim Comey has been a good friend to me over the years. I have disagreed strenuously with a number of decisions he made in connection with the Hillary Clinton investigation — with his rationales and with the fact that he was presuming to exercise authority that was not his to exercise. The independence of law enforcement is critical, but at times he seemed to redefine “independent” as beholden to only those institutional guidelines he subjectively judged worthy of following. Still, I personally know him to be a good man. I know that he loves the country and the FBI, and that every decision he made — regardless of whether it was right or wrong — was made in what he sincerely believed was the best interests of both.
“Last week, he testified that he was made ‘mildly nauseous’ by the thought that his decisions had an impact on the outcome of the election. I know what he means: It describes how I’ve felt in criticizing someone I’ve been fond of since we started out as young prosecutors three decades ago — except I’d have omitted the ‘mildly.’ The only solace I take in it is that I know Jim did what he understood his job required — and he knows he is not the only one who goes about things that way.
“The memorandum issued by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to explain Comey’s dismissal Tuesday is well crafted and will make it very difficult for Democrats to attack President Trump’s decision. Rosenstein bases the decision not merely on Comey’s much discussed missteps in the Clinton e-mails investigation — viz., usurping the authority of the attorney general to close the case without prosecution; failing to avail himself of the normal procedures for raising concerns about Attorney General Lynch’s conflict of interest. He goes on specifically to rebuke Comey’s ‘gratuitous’ release of ‘derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal prosecution.’ That ‘subject,’ of course, would be Mrs. Clinton. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447468/james-comey-firing-rod-rosenstein-memo-gives-bipartisan-rationale

THE SWAMP

Approximately 4% of the voters in the Washington, DC, area voted for Trump. . .

HILLARY

There is talk that she swapped 20% of American uranium to the Russians. And she set up her own computer network to swap gossip with Huma. Bill is said to be writing a novel with help from Patterson. . .

RYAN COSTELLO?

I renewed my auto registration – $36 for Harrisburg and a “special” $5 tax for Chester County.

ROMANS IN PHILLY

The coliseum housed circuses for starving Romans. Mr. Kenney supports Broad Street Runs, new museums, and NFL drafts while increasing parking fines and taxes on soda pop. Oddity: the Run was sponsored by Blue Cross. Meanwhile, former attorney Seth Williams has 29 charges against him . . .

HEALTH CARE

The House takes 6 years to draft an alternate Affordable Care Act. Our Senators rode their thumbs for six years and have “started from scratch” writing their own ACA. Meanwhile, my radio is flooded with ads for prostate boosters, memory enhancers, hypnotherapy, and ways to flatten your belly.

NOTES

Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.

Pure = Green Icon
Unknown = Yellow Icon
Hybrid = Red Icon

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

“Let us thank . . .

With brief thanksgiving whatever gods may be, that no man lives forever, dead men rise up never, and even the longest river winds somewhere safe to sea . . .” Swinburne

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Dead Cats: FrenchEuros?, 05/08/17, (26)23: James Brody

CONTENTS:

Ted Cruz phone conference tonight; Health Care map; Chester County YR Picnic; Dr. Rick Saccone.

WILLIAMSON – “Right” to health care?; HOFT – Paris chose Macron; Ip – saving the Euro; COSTA & WAGNER – Health from scratch; BARRAGAN – Sanctuary bans; GELINAS – Debt-bubble landmine.

NOTES: Bill Cunningham, Lazarus Long.

 

Ted Cruz: Telephone Townhall Tonight!

Please join me for a telephone townhall on Monday, May 8th at 6:00 pm Central Time.

Click HERE to register and reserve your spot. Space is limited.

I’d like to give you an update on the historic first 100 days of the Trump administration and what remains to be done to Drain the Swamp in Washington, DC.

We’ll discuss the progress being made to repeal Obamacare, secure the border, and pass landmark tax reform. We’ll also talk about the changing political landscape and the campaign ahead.

I look forward to answering your questions and hearing your opinions.

Click HERE to sign up for the telephone townhall, and we will give you a call when the townhall is starting.

I look forward to hearing from you.

For Liberty,

Ted Cruz

PS – Click HERE now to register for our telephone townhall. Space is limited, so please reply as quickly as you can. Thanks in advance for making the time. You can also join us on May 8th at 6:00 CST by dialing 877-229-8493 and entering the passcode 114238. I hope you can make it!

 

Janet: Doctor Rick Saccone?

“JOIN US ON THE LAWN FOR A FEW MINUTES, OR LONGER. YOU ARE GOING TO VOTE IN 2018 ANYWAY, SO WHY NOT PERSONALLY MEET OUR NEXT U.S. SENATOR. A MAN THAT UPHOLDS OUR BIBLICAL VALUES, HONESTY, INTEGRITY, AND PRINCIPLE!

*CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY and 1180AM WFYL RADIO

Cordially invites the public to attend the Southeastern Pennsylvania “Meet and Greet” for Representative Doctor Rick Saccone.

Representative Saccone represents Allegheny and Washington Counties and is running for United States Senate 2018 to unseat incumbent Bob Casey. As a retired Air Force military officer, professor, former international businessman, author, and diplomat, our dear friend boasts that “we can only prevail over the enemies of Freedom and Liberty with your help. We need people in government who are there for the right reasons, not to further their own agendas or those of their families or special interests. You need a strong voice in the U.S. Senate. I WILL be that voice.”

The Saccone family, including his wife Yong, of 38 years, and two sons in the Air Force, are true Christians and uphold Biblical values and views. Representative Saccone is a man of honesty, integrity, and principle. The Constitution is the second backbone to America, and abides by our great document. Rick has traveled across the country with his presentation “In God We Trust.”

You can meet Rick and Yong on Monday, May 15, 5 until 8p.m.

-1180AM WFYL Radio lawn, at the Jeffersonville Golf Club, 2400 West Main Street, Norristown, PA, 19403.

-I will personally introduce Rick to each and every one of you. And his campaign platform will be shared from 6 until 6:30p.m.

-Feel free to come for 3 minutes or 3 hours. Have your questions and concerns ready. Meet, greet, chat, relax, enjoy.

-Bring a lawn chair for added comfort., light foods will be provided, as well as bottled beverages. Casual dress.

-Let’s support a genuine Conservative. Donations are accepted to help in the defeating of U.S. Senator Bob Casey.

-Please share this event with your family and friends, place of worship, and employment.

-This is a family-friendly event.

 

On behalf of

1180AM WFYL Radio, Christian Conservative talk

 

Please contact me if further information is needed,

Jane Taylor Toal, President/CEO/CFO

Citizens for Liberty (Sponsored by Valley Forge Patriots)

Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites

The map below contains a listing of public addresses and website links to 607 DPC practice locations in 47 states + DC (we still have not located any DPC practices in North Dakota, South Dakota, or Iowa,).  Website readers should note that these practices met our three part definition of DPC, although they may not always self-describe as DPC.  Both “Pure” DPC practices and DPC hybrids are included in the mapper, and they are now color coded!  I’m happy to report that over 70% of the practices in the mapper are known to be pure.

Pure = Green Icon
Unknown = Yellow Icon
Hybrid = Red Icon

http://www.dpcfrontier.com/mapper/

 

Kevin Williamson, NRO: “The ‘Right’ to Health Care”

“There isn’t one.
“With the American Health Care Act dominating the week’s news, one conversation has been unavoidable: Someone — someone who pays attention to public policy — will suggest that we pursue policy x, y, or z, and someone else — someone who pays a little less careful attention, who probably watches a lot of cable-television entertainment masquerading as news — responds: “The first thing we have to do is acknowledge that health care is a human right!” What follows is a moment during which the second speaker visibly luxuriates in his display of empathy and virtue, which is, of course, the point of the exercise.

“It’s kind of gross, but that’s where we are, politically, as a country.

“Here is a thought experiment: You have four children and three apples. You would like for everyone to have his own apple. You go to Congress, and you successfully persuade the House and the Senate to endorse a joint resolution declaring that everyone has a right to an apple of his own. A ticker-tape parade is held in your honor, and you share your story with Oprah, after which you are invited to address the United Nations, which passes the International Convention on the Rights of These Four Kids in Particular to an Individual Apple Each. You are visited by the souls of Mohandas Gandhi and Mother Teresa, who beam down approvingly from a joint Hindu-Catholic cloud in Heaven.
“Question: How many apples do you have?
“Declaring a right in a scarce good is meaningless. It is a rhetorical gesture without any application to the events and conundrums of the real world. If the Dalai Lama were to lead 10,000 bodhisattvas in meditation, and the subject of that meditation was the human right to health care, it would do less good for the cause of actually providing people with health care than the lowliest temp at Merck does before his second cup of coffee on any given Tuesday morning.
“Health care is physical, not metaphysical. It consists of goods, such as penicillin and heart stents, and services, such as oncological attention and radiological expertise. Even if we entirely eliminated money from the equation, conscripting doctors into service and nationalizing the pharmaceutical factories, the basic economic question would remain.

“We tend to retreat into cheap moralizing when the economic realities become uncomfortable for us. No matter the health-care model you choose — British-style public monopoly, Swiss-style subsidized insurance, pure market capitalism — you end up with rationing: Markets ration through prices, bureaucracies ration through politics. Price rationing is pretty straightforward: Think of Jesse James and his “Pay Up, Sucker!” tattoo on his palm. Political rationing is a little different: Sometimes it happens through waiting lists and the like, and sometimes it is just a question of money and clout. American progressives love the Western European medical model, but when Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi needed a pacemaker, he came to the United States to have it implanted.
“Rich people always get better stuff. That’s what it means to be rich. And money is only one resource: Political connections matter enormously in some places, as might a good family name or employment in a powerful firm. If you live in one of the poorer corners of the world, you may have “free” health care, meaning that if you should become infected with HIV, you will get a free aspirin. On the other hand, the Coca-Cola Company distributes antiretroviral drugs, free of charge, to employees around the world being treated for HIV.

“That may seem unfair to us. That may be unfair. That may be unfair. It may be unfair that you have four kids and three apples. After we are done lamenting the unfairness of it all, what do we do? . . .”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447389/health-care-rights-scarcity-controlling-factor

Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: “After 6 Deadly Islamic Attacks and 238 Deaths in 3 Years – Paris Votes 90% for Macron”

An Islamic State terrorist killed one policeman and injured two others in an attack on the Champs Elysees in central Paris in April 2017.

Three police officers were shot, one was killed in the attack.

ISIS took credit for the deadly attack.

This was the sixth deadly terrorist attack in Paris in the last three years.

And this was the 21st deadly Islamic terrorist attack in France since the deadly Charlie Hebdo attacks in January 2015.

Islamists murdered seventeen people including eight employees at Charlie Hebdo.

At least 238 people have died in Islamist attacks since January 2015.

“On Sunday Paris voters chose the moderate status-quo candidate Emmanuel Macron over the fierce defender of France Marine le Pen
Macron won 90% of the vote in Paris.

“You can’t fix stupid.”

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/05/6-deadly-islamic-attacks-238-deaths-3-years-paris-votes-90-macron-update/

Greg Ip, WSJ: “Emmanuel Macron’s Win in France Offers a Reprieve for Europe’s Single Currency

Opponent Marine Le Pen raised valid criticisms of the euro and EU; Macron now has five years to prove her wrong

“Emmanuel Macron should thank the euro. While there were a lot of things French voters didn’t like about Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front, perhaps foremost was her promise to ditch the common currency and bring back the franc, with the implicit threat of inflation and devaluation.

Yet there is irony to this. While Ms. LePen never offered a plausible path out of the Euro and the European Union, her critique of both was sound…”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/emmanuel-macrons-projected-win-in-france-offers-a-reprieve-for-the-euro-1494181576

Robert Costa & John Wagner, WaPo: “As some Republicans rush to defend House health bill, Senate GOP warily pauses”

If they are starting “from scratch” why did they wait until now to start?

“Several Republican leaders have formed a political barricade around the health-care bill that narrowly passed the House last week, defending how the legislation would change insurance coverage for people with preexisting illness or injury.

“But while House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Trump administration officials on Sunday rallied around the House legislation after intense criticism from Democrats, who say the bill would strip protections, moderate Senate Republicans were outright dismissive.

“The House bill is not going to come before us,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said on ABC’s ‘This Week,’ adding that the Senate would be ‘starting from scratch.’

“The Republican split screen on health care revealed the frothing debate within the party about how to gut aspects of the Affordable Care Act, which became law in 2010 and whose demise has been promised by the Republican Party to its conservative base.

“A growing number of Senate Republicans are recasting President Trump’s Rose Garden celebration after the House vote as a mere starting point due to anxiety over how the House bill would affect Medicaid recipients in their states, insurance costs for people with conditions such as diabetes or cancer, or the breadth of health benefits in states that would be able to jettison current federal insurance requirements. . .”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-some-republicans-rush-to-defend-house-health-bill-senate-gop-warily-pauses/2017/05/07/

James Barragan, Dallas News: “Gov. Greg Abbott signs ‘sanctuary cities’ ban into law on Facebook Live”

“AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott has signed the state’s sanctuary city ban into law, achieving one of his major goals for the legislative session and enacting a bill that is almost certainly headed for legal challenges from opponents.

“‘Texans expect us to keep them safe, and that is exactly what we are going to do by me signing this law,’ Abbott said before inking his signature during a Facebook Live video Sunday night — the first time a Texas governor has signed a bill through an Internet live stream.

“Abbott, who designated the ban as an emergency item in January, signed the bill just four days after both chambers of the Legislature gave it final approval. Its passage is a major victory for Abbott and Republicans who advocate for stricter enforcement of immigration law. The Legislature has tried to pass a ban every session since 2011. . .”

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-politics/2017/05/07/abbott-signs-sanctuary-cities-ban-law

Nicole Gelinas, NY Post: “The debt-bubble landmine Obama left for Trump

“. . . The country’s last bubble was in housing. Between 2000 and 2007, Americans nearly doubled their mortgage debt, from $5.9 trillion to $10.6 trillion.

“This didn’t bother anyone in a position of power. The housing boom created millions of jobs, from construction to home-furnishing, and people felt rich.

“What bothered the pols was when the illusion broke.

“Since the 2008 crash, neither Democrats nor Republicans have been interested in creating a sturdier economy. Instead, they’ve built up another bubble, this time in the car and SUV industry.

“How? The same way: cheap debt. In 2010, Americans owed $809 billion on their cars (after adjusting for inflation). Today, they owe nearly $1.2 trillion, according to the New York Fed.

“And the rate of growth has been accelerating: Last year alone, Americans borrowed $93 billion to buy cars (after accounting for people who repaid such debt); 2016 was “the highest auto loan . . . year in the 18-year history of the data,” Fed researchers said, not entirely enthusiastically. . .”

http://nypost.com/2017/05/07/the-debt-bubble-landmine-obama-left-for-trump/

NOTES

 

“Being intelligent is not a felony. But most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor.” Lazarus Long

 

Bill Cunningham, 5/7/17: We have no budget and no wall but kept ObamaCare, sanctuary cities, and Planned Parenthood.

Somebody had to get paid for filling Gosnell’s shoes and Hillary is still out of jail!

 

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