Dead Cats: HbgDJT, 04/24/17, (26)17: James Brody

CONTENTS:

Health Care map

Donald Comes to Harrisburg: Tickets

BYRON YORK – First 100 Days; CLARE BYRNE – LE PEN; NY POST – Free speech; SUZANNE KAPNER – Brick & mortar dies; DAILY MAIL – NORKs to sink carrier.

LEADS: LUCEY & YEN – Don’s rough week; KELSING – Russian planes; KLAVAN – Real O’Reilly factor; PEGUES – WikiLeaks.

NOTES: FIDF – Remember; WILLIAMSON – Little Creep.

About BillyO: “People can scoff and roll their eyes, but O’Reilly’s talent is impossible to dispute on objective grounds. There are lots of acts I don’t like but I can respect for the skill behind them. I don’t like hip-hop, or opera for that matter, but I can still see the difference between people who are really good at it and people who aren’t.  As with the man in Don Quixote who could inflate a dog through its butt, one doesn’t have to like the show to appreciate the expertise.” Jonah Goldberg
http://www.nationalreview.com/g-file/446967/bill-oreilly-tv-talent-saul-alinsky-style-arguments

Donald Comes to Hbg:  Wall/Health?Taxes???

Join President Donald J. Trump for a rally in Harrisburg, PA on April 29th at 7:30 PM EST!

Get your tickets here. Details about the event below:

Saturday, April 29th: Harrisburg, PA

Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center

New Holland Arena

2300 North Cameron Street

Harrisburg, PA 17110

Doors Open: 4:30 PM (EST)

Event Begins: 7:30 PM (EST)

Get your tickets here.

Please limit personal items and arrive early to expedite entrance into the venue – please note, NO homemade signs, banners, professional cameras with a detachable lens, tripods, monopods, selfie sticks, back packs or large bags will be permitted into the venue.

We hope to see you there!

Merchandise will be sold at this event. If you are unable to attend, you can always pick-up your MAGA gear here at our online store.

Sincerely,

Team Trump–Pence

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Janet: Obama Care:

There are no more excuses for not repealing Obamacare. Establishment Republicans are, nonetheless, dragging their feet on what was a major campaign promise. We are hearing that liberals are calling Congress in massive numbers to ensure the survival of socialist medicine and the ‘death panel’. Conservatives must act asap.

The deadline to repeal Obamacare, with the reconciliation process that allows passage in the Senate with only 51 votes (Republicans have 52), is April 28, 2017.

Please be aware that repeal must come first, then, replace. A transition period is included in the repeal effort that gives Obamacare insurers and insured the time to transition to a replacement plan. Combining repeal and replace significantly jeopardizes the repeal process.

ACTION ALERT: Please contact your Congressman

Rep. Patrick Meehan: https://meehan.house.gov/contact/email-me

D.C. office (202) 225-2011

Springfield, PA office (610) 690-7323

Rep. Ryan Costello

https://costello.house.gov/contact : D.C. office (202) 225-4315

West Chester, PA office (610) 696-2982

For more information: http://heritageaction.com/2017/02/repeal-replace-obamacare-trump-administration/

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/

 

Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Byron York: Trump’s 100 days: An executive success”

“. . . On the executive action front, Trump has kept a significant number of his promises:

Candidate Trump promised to “begin the process” of selecting a Supreme Court Justice to replace Antonin Scalia. As president, Trump did just that, and Neil Gorsuch is now on the Court.

“Candidate Trump promised to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. As president, he did it.

“Candidate Trump promised to require that ‘for every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.’ As president, he did it.

“Candidate Trump promised to ‘lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks’ on the Keystone Pipeline and other infrastructure projects. As president, he did it.

“Candidate Trump promised to ‘begin removing the more than two million criminal illegal immigrants’ in the U.S. As president, he did it.

“On other issues, Trump has kept front-page promises, but with decidedly mixed results. “The most significant of those is his pledge to ‘suspend immigration from terror-prone regions.’ Trump has done it — twice — only to see his executive orders tied up in the courts. His first try was botched, while the second try will likely survive judicial scrutiny.

“Trump also promised to ‘cancel all federal funding’ for so-called sanctuary cities. He has begun to do so — the Justice Department is beginning to threaten to withdraw some grant money — but the promise was overbroad and will likely never be fully kept.

“In addition, Trump promised to impose a ‘five-year ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service.’ He kept the pledge for White House officials but does not have the authority to tell Congress what to do — so again, a partially kept, but originally overbroad promise.

“Some promises Trump has openly chosen to break. He promised to ‘direct the Secretary of the Treasury to label China a currency manipulator.’ Now, he says he will not do so if China is helping the U.S. solve the so-far-intractable North Korea problem.

“The net result of Trump’s promises involving executive authority is that he has done well when it comes to keeping the Contract . . .”

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/byron-york-trumps-100-days-an-executive-success/article/2621041

Clare Byrne, YAHOO!: “Le Pen: Far-right heir faces battle to become first female president”

“. . . Over the past six years, Le Pen’s rebranded “party of patriots” has gone from strength to strength, propelled by the kind of anti-globalisation, anti-establishment fury that drove Britain’s vote to leave the EU and Donald Trump’s election in the United States.

“Le Pen has predicted the EU “will die” and has vowed to take France out of the euro and hold a referendum on membership of the union.

“The proposal has caused alarm, with most polls showing the French against a ‘Frexit’ or a return of the franc, fearing economic chaos.

“Le Pen has downplayed the risks, accusing sceptical rivals and economists of scaremongering.

“But she never strayed far from the FN’s stock themes of immigration and Islamic fundamentalism — hot-button issues after a string of jihadist attacks that have killed 239 people since 2015, including a policeman shot dead on Paris’s Champs Elysees three days before the election. . .”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/le-pen-far-heir-hoping-become-first-female-033719653.html

NY Post: “If US campuses can’t protect free speech, they need new management

“UC-Berkeley this week canceled an April 27 Ann Coulter speech, fearing riots. This lunacy will only grow until colleges start standing up decisively for free speech.

“The school is trying to negotiate a new date, venue and ground rules with the group that invited her, but so far has failed.

“Its worry is obvious: Masked, rock-throwing thugs prevented a February speech by Milo Yiannopoulos. And the area saw 20 arrests last weekend as extremists of left and right battled in the streets.

“But the answer to disorder is order: Put on extra security; keep non-students far from the campus event — and have the police trained and ready for trouble.

“Berkeley’s move follows the Black Lives Matter disruption of a UCLA speech by the Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald, and efforts to muzzle her the next night at Claremont-Pomona College — 200-odd protesters chanting “Shut it down!” and “From Oakland to Greece, f - - k the police.”

“Last month, goons stopped American Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray from delivering a moderately conservative talk at Middlebury College, with Professor Allison Stanger hospitalized by the violence.

“More and more college students think it’s proper to act out this way. They proudly deny the free-speech rights of people whose writings they haven’t even read. (The Wellesley Review blather that we noted on Sunday is among the more coherent of these screeds; others are painfully ignorant.)

“The kids are plainly learning this nonsense at college — which means professors and administrators are failing at their most fundamental duties.

“If they’re even trying.

“Worse, all this is surely the public tip of the iceberg: How much worse is it in the classrooms?

“Increasingly, US campuses are the exact opposite of the bastions of free thought and debate they’re supposed to be. If the schools can’t save themselves, society has every right to demand new management. . .”

http://nypost.com/2017/04/20/if-us-campuses-cant-protect-free-speech-they-need-new-management/

Suzanne Kapner, WSJ: “Brick-and-Mortar Stores Are Shuttering at a Record Pace”

“Years of overbuilding and the rise of online shopping have come to a head; malls as ‘energy suckers’

“American retailers are closing stores at a record pace this year as they feel the fallout from decades of overbuilding and the rise of online shopping.

Just this past week, women’s apparel chain Bebe Stores Inc. said it would close its remaining 170 shops and sell only online, while teen retailer Rue21 Inc. announced plans to close about 400 of its 1,100 locations.

“‘There is no reason to believe that this will abate at any point in the foreseeable future,’ said Mark Cohen, the director of retail studies for Columbia Business School and a former executive at Sears Canada Inc. and other department stores.

“Through April 6, closings have been announced for 2,880 retail locations this year, including hundreds of locations being shut by national chains such as Payless ShoeSource Inc. and RadioShack Corp. That is more than twice as many closings as announced during the same period last year, according to Credit Suisse.

“Based on the pace so far, the brokerage estimates retailers will close more than 8,600 locations this year, which would eclipse the number of closings during the 2008 recession.

At least 10 retailers, including apparel seller Limited Stores Co., electronics chain Hhgregg Inc. and sporting-goods chain Gander Mountain Co., have filed for bankruptcy protection so far this year. That compares with nine retailers that declared bankruptcy, with at least $50 million liabilities, for all of 2016.

“The seeds of the industry’s current turmoil date back nearly three decades, when retailers, in the throes of a consumer-buying spree and flush with easy money, rushed to open new stores. The land grab wasn’t unlike the housing boom that was also under way at that time.

“‘Thousands of new doors opened and rents soared,’ Richard Hayne, chief executive ofUrban Outfitters Inc., told analysts last month. ‘This created a bubble, and like housing, that bubble has now burst.’”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/brick-and-mortar-stores-are-shuttering-at-a-record-pace-1492818818

Daily Mail: “North Korea says it is ready to sink US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson ‘with a single strike’ as it joins Japanese destroyers in Western Pacific Ocean”

  • USS Carl Vinson is currently part of military exercises with the Japanese navy 
  • North Korea’s state newspaper issued the threat against the US this weekend 
  • The newspaper claimed the country had the ability to sink a carrier in one hit 
  • Tensions between the two countries have been steadily rising over recent weeks

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4437874/North-Korea-threatens-sink-USS-Carl-Vinson.html

LEADS:

Catherine Lucey & Hope Yen, YAHOO!:Trump heads into tough week with budget, health care battles”

Shut it down! And send out a million termination letters and cancel the Ad Council homilies. . .

“WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading into one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, juggling a renewed health care push and a looming budget deadline. It’s all complicated by a potential showdown with Democrats over paying for a border wall.

“The symbolic 100-day mark for the administration is Saturday. That’s the same day government could shut down without a budget deal. Trump has announced a rally in Pennsylvania that day.

“Despite Trump’s dismissal that the 100-day marker is ‘artificial,’ the White House is planning a packed week of activities leading up to Saturday. Trump will sign executive orders on energy and rural policies, meet with the president of Argentina and travel to Atlanta for a National Rifle Association event. Top aides will also fan out around the country to promote the administration.

“Aides stressed on Sunday talk shows that funding a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border and a vote on an effort to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health care law were priorities. But they also suggested a shutdown could be avoided. . .”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-heads-tough-week-budget-health-care-battles-142530259–politics.html

Ben Kesling, WSJ: “Russian Military Planes Crowd the U.S. for a Fourth Day”

“U.S., Canadian fighters intercept long-range bombers

“WASHINGTON—Russia flew long-range combat aircraft near American airspace for the fourth consecutive day, the Pentagon said Friday, marking the first such string of incursions since 2014, but prompting little concern from the White House.

“American and Canadian jet fighters intercepted a pair of Russian “Bear” long-range bombers in international airspace near Alaska on Thursday, said John Cornelio, a spokesman for North American Aerospace Defense Command, or Norad. The interception was the latest incident between American and Russian aircraft, coming amid tension between the two powers over Syria and other issues.

“At a press briefing Friday, White House Spokesman Sean Spicer said the administration is aware of the situation but said it isn’t unusual. . .”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/russian-military-planes-crowd-the-u-s-for-a-fourth-day-1492807319

Andrew Klavan, PJM: “The Real O’Reilly Factor”

“…A rich and powerful man — hell, even just a presentable man — can have as much sex as he wants without making the people he works with uncomfortable. What Donald Trump said is true: If you’re a celebrity, women will let you get away with a lot. That doesn’t mean you should take advantage of them. Try being a gentleman, kind and respectful to everyone around you both male and female, and see how life goes for you then.

“So that’s my opinion — but here’s the thing: I don’t think this story is really about sex at all. I think it’s about something that presents a far greater threat to our politics than whether men make passes and girls file lawsuits.

“According to Michael Wolff at the The Hollywood Reporterthe tension leading up to O’Reilly’s ouster revealed a divide among the owners and operators at Fox, the Murdoch family.

‘This is a reflection of greater family and company interests and conflicts. For 86-year-old Rupert, Fox News is a key part of his legacy, as well as the family company’s health: the most profitable news outlet ever ($1.5 billion in profits this year) and among the most influential. For James, 44, and Lachlan, 45, the hope is to reshape this legacy, to move Fox away from what they see as its retro, Trump-style views toward, well, something nicer (and to do this profitably, they hope, somehow).’

“The way I hear it, the young Murdochs don’t like getting razzed for the O’Reilly-Of-It-All when they go to fancy cocktail parties in New York, London and L.A. They want to be part of the cool crowd and you can’t do that with the smell of conservative cordite on you. They care less about profits than about making Fox presentable to the liberal set. . .”

https://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan/2017/04/21/the-real-oreilly-factor/

Jeff Pegues, CBS: “WikiLeaks releases more top-secret CIA docs as U.S. considers charges”

Imagine – Coulter & Assange sharing a podium! Meanwhile, MiloY is going back to Berkeley!

WASHINGTON — WikiLeaks released what it claims is the 31-page user guide for a CIA device code-named “Weeping Angel.” It can turn some Samsung TVs into surveillance tools with an implant for recording audio from a TV’s built-in microphone.

“Posted online Friday, the release is the latest dump of classified documents stolen from U.S. government agencies. Those thefts include thousands of pages taken by Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.

“WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — currently living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London — has all but dared U.S. officials to come after him. The Obama Justice Department decided not to, but new Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he has re-opened the case.

“‘We’ve seen too many breaches, and hopefully we’ll be able to strike back against those who violate our systems,’ Sessions said.

“CBS News has learned the CIA and the FBI believe the recent theft at the CIA was an inside job. Investigators say the materials were stolen from a highly secure section of the intelligence agency where it takes two people to access information.

“But even that security measure was apparently not enough to stop the leaks. . .”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/as-us-considers-charges-wikileaks-releases-more-top-secret-cia-docs/

 

 

NOTES:

FIDF (from Sunday): we remember.
“On this day, we remember the loss of 6 million of our people — a loss that profoundly defines our past, and guides our present and future.
“We remember the names and faces of those we lost, and we resolve to teach their stories to every generation so they may learn and remember this chapter of our history.
“We also remember how, in the wake of Jewish people’s darkest period, faith and hope led to the creation of the State of Israel. We remember the importance of protecting and defending that homeland, ensuring its freedom and liberty forevermore.
“We resolve to never forget — and, because we resolve to never forget, we proclaim never again.
On this day, let us honor the memories of those we lost and keep their stories alive.

“FIDF was founded by Holocaust survivors determined to do all they could to support Israel’s defenders. We continue to stand behind the men and women of the IDF as they protect the Jewish homeland, ensuring that our people will never again suffer the tragedy we once endured.
As these soldiers recommit to Israel this Yom HaShoah, we recommit to them.
Warmest regards,
Peter Weintraub, President
Friends of the IDF (FIDF)

Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Little Creep”

“. . . It’s a good gig, being a senator. But that was not a big enough tribute to the Big Creep. And it wasn’t enough for Mrs. Creep, either, who had endured so much public humiliation in the cause of making NPR listeners feel good about themselves. She was running for president from the day she was seated in the Senate. But she could not close the deal. First, she got whipped in the primaries by a nobody back-bencher who answered her Illinois-Arkansas enthusiasm with his own Hawaii-Illinois cunning, in effect telling Democratic primary voters: “Okay, I’ll see your white woman and raise you a black guy.” So Mrs. Clinton became secretary of state. She was not very good at that.

And then, after barely edging out Comrade Muppet in the 2016 primary, she lost to a half-literate game-show host.

“But, as the poet said, there ain’t no cure for love, and Democrats just can’t quit the Big Creep.
“So they’ve turned to the Little Creep.
“Chelsea Clinton, most recently lionized on the cover of Variety, is a 37-year-old multi-millionaire who has never uttered an interesting word about any subject at any time during the course of her life. Judging from the evidence of her public statements, she has never had an original thought — it isn’t clear that she has had a thought at all. In tribute to her parents, she was given a series of lucrative sinecures, producing a smattering of sophomoric videos for NBC at a salary of $600,000 a year. She later went more formally into the family business, leaving her fake job at NBC for a fake job in her parents’ fake charity. She gave interviews about how she just couldn’t get interested in money and bought a $10 million Manhattan apartment that stretches for the better part of a city block.
“And, since her mother’s most recent foray into ignominious defeat, she has been inescapable: magazine covers, fawning interviews, talk of running her in New York’s 17th congressional district. The Democrats are doing their best to make Chelsea happen.
“And, who knows, it might work. It would be tempting to write her off as a know-nothing rich kid who has made a living off her family connections while operating one of the world’s most truly asinine Twitter accounts, but . . . well, you know.
“But, for Pete’s sake, stop it. Have a little self-respect, Democrats. Build Bill Clinton a statue or . . . whatever. Send him your daughters like a bunch of bone-in-the-nose primitives paying tribute to the tribal chieftain. But stop trying to inflict this empty-headed, grasping, sanctimonious, risible, simpering, saccharine little twerp on American public life.
“It’s stupid enough out there.”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446973/chelsea-clinton-bill-clinton-hillary-clinton-democrats-vapid-creep

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Dead Cats: Wazzup?, 04/21/17, (26)16: James Brody

CONTENTS:

Health Care map

REYNOLDS – Lerner lost one; COULTER – Green or brown?; GREENFIELD – Civil War arrives; INFOWARS – Assange; INFOWARS – Vault 7 Leaker?

LEADS: KRAUTHAMMER – North Korea; PARK & BLANCHARD – South Korea alert.

NOTES: Spratly Islands? LEVIN 4-20-17

Janet: Obama Care:

There are no more excuses for not repealing Obamacare. Establishment Republicans are, nonetheless, dragging their feet on what was a major campaign promise. We are hearing that liberals are calling Congress in massive numbers to ensure the survival of socialist medicine and the ‘death panel’. Conservatives must act asap.

The deadline to repeal Obamacare, with the reconciliation process that allows passage in the Senate with only 51 votes (Republicans have 52), is April 28, 2017.

Please be aware that repeal must come first, then, replace. A transition period is included in the repeal effort that gives Obamacare insurers and insured the time to transition to a replacement plan. Combining repeal and replace significantly jeopardizes the repeal process.

ACTION ALERT: Please contact your Congressman

Rep. Patrick Meehan: https://meehan.house.gov/contact/email-me

D.C. office (202) 225-2011

Springfield, PA office (610) 690-7323

Rep. Ryan Costello

https://costello.house.gov/contact : D.C. office (202) 225-4315

West Chester, PA office (610) 696-2982

For more information: http://heritageaction.com/2017/02/repeal-replace-obamacare-trump-administration/

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/

 

Border Wall? Tax Cuts? Health Care?

Jeff Reynolds, PJM: “An Important Legal Ruling against the IRS May Have Huge Implications”

“In a major victory in the ongoing Lois Lerner scandal at the IRS, non-profit election integrity organization True the Vote defeated an IRS motion to quash discovery in True the Vote v. IRS. The ruling means that everyone involved in the scandal could be compelled to submit every document related to the case and be deposed by True the Vote’s legal team.

From their press release:

‘Judge Reggie Walton of U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia just issued a critical order in True the Vote v. IRS case. The order compels the IRS to submit to discovery and depositions, giving True the Vote a long-awaited opportunity to expose the full scope of the discriminatory practices used by the Internal Revenue Service to target and abuse organizations and individuals who expressed political views in opposition to the Obama Administration.

In an exclusive interview, the lawyer representing True the Vote, Jim Bopp, Jr., cheered the ruling:

‘What we have now is an opportunity to find out who did what. The IRS has doggedly fought anyone finding out what happened and how it happened that they launched this comprehensive campaign to attack and undermine and adversely treat Tea Party and other conservative groups. We finally get an opportunity to find out.

“Bopp says that the suit does not seek monetary damages:

‘What we want, of course, is an order by the court to prohibit the IRS from ever discriminating based upon political viewpoint of any organization in how they treat and deal with it.

“Conservative organizations were selected for adverse treatment by the Obama administration and the IRS. . .”

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2017/04/20/an-important-legal-ruling-against-the-irs-may-have-huge-implications/

Ann Coulter, BigGovt: “Ann Coulter: Your Choice — A Green America or a Brown America”

She’s gonna speak!

“In celebration of Earth Day this Saturday, let’s review how the Sierra Club sold its soul and screwed the Earth for a $100 million donation. They must hate themselves for it, so why shouldn’t we hate them, too? . . .

“The problem isn’t just the number of people traipsing through our wilderness areas; it’s that primitive societies have no concept of “litter.” That’s a quirk of prosperous societies. The damage to our parks shows these cultural differences.

“Writing in an environmental journal at New York University, Rosa P. Oakes described the “reprehensible” damage being done to “towering cactus, Joshua trees, flowering cactus varieties, colorful wildflowers and rock formations” by illegals. With accompanying photos, she noted that the immigrants’ litter included “abandoned vehicles … used needles, drug paraphernalia, plastic grocery bags, paper products, empty water containers, blankets, clothing, used disposable diapers, among other things.”

“The Mexican cultural trait of littering is apparently well known to everyone — except American journalists.

“As usual, when it comes to anything that reflects negatively on Third World immigrants, you have to be Agatha Christie to get at the truth. If the media can hide Hispanic child rape, it’s child’s play for them to ignore the Hispanic littering problem. . .

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/19/choice-green-america-brown-america/

Daniel Greenfield, FrontPage: “THE CIVIL WAR IS HERE”

HT Rushbo!

“The left doesn’t want to secede. It wants to rule.

“A civil war has begun.

“This civil war is very different than the last one. There are no cannons or cavalry charges. The left doesn’t want to secede. It wants to rule. Political conflicts become civil wars when one side refuses to accept the existing authority. The left has rejected all forms of authority that it doesn’t control.

“The left has rejected the outcome of the last two presidential elections won by Republicans. It has rejected the judicial authority of the Supreme Court when it decisions don’t accord with its agenda. It rejects the legislative authority of Congress when it is not dominated by the left.

“It rejected the Constitution so long ago that it hardly bears mentioning.

“It was for total unilateral executive authority under Obama. And now it’s for states unilaterally deciding what laws they will follow. (As long as that involves defying immigration laws under Trump, not following them under Obama.) It was for the sacrosanct authority of the Senate when it held the majority. Then it decried the Senate as an outmoded institution when the Republicans took it over.

“It was for Obama defying the orders of Federal judges, no matter how well grounded in existing law, and it is for Federal judges overriding any order by Trump on any grounds whatsoever. It was for Obama penalizing whistleblowers, but now undermining the government from within has become ‘patriotic’.

“There is no form of legal authority that the left accepts as a permanent institution. It only utilizes forms of authority selectively when it controls them. But when government officials refuse the orders of the duly elected government because their allegiance is to an ideology whose agenda is in conflict with the President and Congress, that’s not activism, protest, politics or civil disobedience; it’s treason. . .”

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/266197/civil-war-here-daniel-greenfield

InfoWars: REPORT: DOJ PREPARES CHARGES AGAINST WIKILEAKS, ASSANGE”

The U.S. Department of Justice may be planning to bring criminal charges against anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, according to numerous reports.

“Sources with knowledge of the matter, who reportedly spoke with CNN and The Washington Post, claim the case surrounds numerous leaks such as recent documents on the CIA’s hacking abilities as well as military files leaked by Chelsea Manning back in 2010.

Charges could include theft of government property, conspiracy or violations of the Espionage Act.

“Prosecutors in recent weeks have been drafting a memo that contemplates charges against members of the WikiLeaks organization…” The Post writes. “The memo, though, is not complete, and any charges against members of WikiLeaks, including founder Julian Assange, would need approval from the highest levels of the Justice Department.”

https://www.infowars.com/report-doj-prepares-charges-against-wikileaks-assange/

Mikael Thalen, InfoWars: “MANHUNT UNDERWAY FOR CIA ‘VAULT 7’ LEAKER

“CIA-FBI joint investigation examines hundreds of agency employees and contractors

“The leaked data, dubbed “Vault 7” by WikiLeaks, details the CIA’s offensive cyber capabilities and specific attacks against cell phones, computers and smart TVs.

“The joint investigation, run by the CIA and FBI, is looking into hundreds of agency employees and contractors who would have had access to the material.

“Much of the material was classified and stored in a highly secure section of the intelligence agency, but sources say hundreds of people would have had access to the material,” CBS says. “Investigators are going through those names.”

“The Vault 7 data dump, the first documents of which were published in March, has widely been described as the most substantial leak since Edward Snowden.

“Although the CIA has not commented on the authenticity of the documents, experts say they appear to be genuine. . .”

https://www.infowars.com/manhunt-underway-for-cia-vault-7-leaker/

 

LEADS:

Charles Krauthammer, Investors: “With North Korea, We Do Have Cards to Play”

“The crisis with North Korea may appear trumped up. It’s not.

}Given that Pyongyang has had nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles for more than a decade, why the panic now? Because North Korea is headed for a nuclear breakout. The regime has openly declared that it is racing to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the United States — and thus destroy an American city at a Kim Jong Un push of a button.

“The North Koreans are not bluffing. They’ve made significant progress with solid-fuel rockets, which are more quickly deployable and thus more easily hidden and less subject to detection and pre-emption.

At the same time, Pyongyang has been steadily adding to its supply of nuclear weapons. Today it has an estimated 10 to 16. By 2020, it could very well have a hundred. (For context: the British are thought to have about 200.)

“Hence the crisis. We simply cannot concede to Kim Jong Un the capacity to annihilate American cities. . .”

http://www.investors.com/politics/columnists/charles-krauthammer-with-north-korea-we-do-have-cards-to-play/

Also: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446921/north-korea-usa-countermeasures

Ju-min Park & Ben Blanchard, Reuters, “South Korea on heightened alert as North readies for army celebration”

“South Korea said on Friday it was on heightened alert ahead of another important anniversary in North Korea, with a large concentration of military hardware amassed on both sides of the border amid concerns about a new nuclear test by Pyongyang.

“U.S. officials said there was a higher-than-usual level of activity by Chinese bombers, signaling a possible heightened state of readiness by Beijing, reclusive North Korea’s sole major ally, although the officials played down concern and left open a range of possible reasons.

“In Russia, a Kremlin spokesman declined to comment on media reports that Russia was moving military hardware and troops toward the border with North Korea, the RIA news agency quoted him as saying.

“U.S. and South Korean officials have been saying for weeks that the North could soon stage another nuclear test in violation of United Nations sanctions, something both the United States and China have warned against…”

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-idUSKBN17N0CE?il=0

NOTES:

Wikipedia: Spratly Islands

Does China keep these if they help us with North Korea?

“.. a disputed group of 14 islands, islets and cays and more than 100 reefs, sometimes grouped in submerged old atolls, in the South China Sea The archipelago lies off the coasts of the PhilippinesMalaysia, and southern Vietnam. Named after the 19th-century British whaling captain Richard Spratly who sighted Spratly Island in 1843, the islands contain approximately 2 km2 (490 acres) of land area spread over a vast area of more than 425,000 km2 (164,000 sq mi).

The Spratlys are one of the major archipelagos in the South China Sea which complicate governance and economics in this part of Southeast Asia due to their location in strategic shipping lanes. The islands have no indigenous inhabitants, but offer rich fishing grounds and may contain significant oil and natural gas reserves, and as such are important to the claimants in their attempts to establish international boundaries. Some of the islands have civilian settlements, but of the approximately 45 islands, cays, reefs and shoals that are occupied, all contain structures that are occupied by military forces from Malaysia, Taiwan (ROC), China (PRC), the Philippines and Vietnam. Additionally, Brunei has claimed an exclusive economic zone in the southeastern part of the Spratlys, which includes the Louisa Reef. . .”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spratly_Islands

Mark Levin (04-20-17)

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, Landmark Legal Foundation has filed a request with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA). The request asks the secret court to order an investigation into the leaking of surveillance activity conducted on members of Donald Trump’s team, in accordance with the rulings of FISA. The filing cites a flurry of recent published reports that show an enormous amount of leaked classified information has been used for political purposes in opposition to President Trump. Landmark respectfully suggests that the Court direct the government to complete its investigation and report its findings to the Court within 90 days.

Also, Berkeley has reversed its decision and says Ann Coulter can speak after all on its campus. Obviously this is a big deal not just for Coulter but for conservatives everywhere whom the left determines do not have the right to free speech. The left wing leaders who run that university probably heard that the ultimate solution to this is to put down the violent rioters with the CA National Guard. Our solution is the right solution. It is time to meet the force of the left with law enforcement.

Later, John Kennedy had an affair with an East German spy, and many other affairs. Ted Kennedy tried to work with the Soviets to defeat Ronald Reagan. These are monumental scandals, yet the media ignore them. The people who protected John Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, and Bill Clinton are now offended by Bill O’Reilly. The reason why O’Reilly was removed from Fox was because the advertisers left.

Finally, the President today hammered Canada for putting restrictions on US milk coming into the country. However we put restrictions on butter from Ireland. When it comes to protectionism, which industries are going to be protected and which ones won’t? Everybody claims they are doing what they are doing for the worker. Capitalism is what supports workers.”

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Dead Cats: Muzzies, 04/19/17, (26)15: James Brody

CONTENTS:

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GELLER – Be f*** terrified; HANSON – One bomb at a time; WILLIAMSON – Buy American?.

LEADS: FRIEDMAN – Poland shuts off Islam; WHITE – FBI terrorism probes; COSTA – GA run-off; MALKIN – Chelsea primps.

NOTES: LEVIN 4-18-17; CONCHA – O’Reilly; SHIELD – Heifers follow a beaver.

Janet: Obama Care:

There are no more excuses for not repealing Obamacare. Establishment Republicans are, nonetheless, dragging their feet on what was a major campaign promise. We are hearing that liberals are calling Congress in massive numbers to ensure the survival of socialist medicine and the ‘death panel’. Conservatives must act asap.

The deadline to repeal Obamacare, with the reconciliation process that allows passage in the Senate with only 51 votes (Republicans have 52), is April 28, 2017.

Please be aware that repeal must come first, then, replace. A transition period is included in the repeal effort that gives Obamacare insurers and insured the time to transition to a replacement plan. Combining repeal and replace significantly jeopardizes the repeal process.

ACTION ALERT: Please contact your Congressman

Rep. Patrick Meehan: https://meehan.house.gov/contact/email-me

D.C. office (202) 225-2011

Springfield, PA office (610) 690-7323

Rep. Ryan Costello

https://costello.house.gov/contact : D.C. office (202) 225-4315

West Chester, PA office (610) 696-2982

For more information: http://heritageaction.com/2017/02/repeal-replace-obamacare-trump-administration/

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/

 

“Apparently, Trump will not necessarily reset the Obama reset of the Bush reset with Russia. Instead, he probably believes that Putin will soon agree that the 2009–16 era was an abnormal condition in which a far weaker Russia bullied friends and connived against almost everything the U.S. was for. And such asymmetry could not be expected to go on. A return to normal relations is not brinkmanship; it should settle down to tense competition, some cooperation, and grudging respect among two powerful rivals. Who knows, Putin may come to respect (and even prefer) an American leader who is unpredictable and unapologetically tough without being sanctimonious, sermonizing — and weak. . .”

Victor Davis Hanson
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446812/trump-restoring-deterrence-necessary-dangerous-corrective-obama-appeasement

Pam Geller, AFDI: “South Dakota Muslim Brandishes Guns & Assault Weapons in Threatening Video From Christian Conference, “Be afraid” “Be f**king terrified.”

“In America, there is now a separate set of laws for Muslims and non-Muslims. Sharia in America. If a non-Muslim was armed to the teeth obscenely threatening Muslims with massive firepower at a mosque in their parking lot, he would be arrested, his face smeared across every newspaper and nightly news program across the country. This Muslim was not arrested or questioned.

“Holding a Quran, Ehab Jabar is brandishing serious firepower while threatening the women and children at Christian conference. “Be afraid” or “be terrified.”

“One of our off duty police officers approached this man that was holding a Koran, filming our event and wearing a T-shirt that said he was a Muslim. The officer asked the man to stop filming as we had announced at the beginning of the conference that no audio or video recording would be permitted. Upon being approached, the man announced immediately that he was leaving. The officer asked him if he had a concealed weapon on his person to which he said he did. The man also told the officer he was live streaming on Facebook. When the officer asked his name he told the officer “John Smith, the Muslim John Smith.”

“The Muslim man then proceeded out to his car in the parking lot where he filmed two more Facebook live videos. He was clearly angry and discussed that Shahram and I were promoting books. He seemed very upset with the resources he saw on our resource tables. He then began showing the camera 3 pistols, two assault weapons, and what appeared to be an extended magazine. With the brandishing of each weapon to the camera he said ‘be afraid’ or ‘be terrified.’ In fact, he said ‘be terrified’ twice. Now how is that not a terroristic threat? Please remember, he is in the parking lot of our Christian conference that is being attended by some 500 men, women and children. The attendees included a state representative and a state senator. . .”
http://pamelageller.com/2017/04/watch-south-dakota-muslim-not-arrested-showing-3-guns-2-assault-weapons-threatening-video-parking-lot-christian-conference.html/

Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Restoring Deterrence, One Bomb at a Time?”

“. . . In other words, apparently anywhere Trump thinks that he can make a point about deterrence, with good odds of not getting Americans killed or starting a war (he used Tomahawks not pilots where Russian planes were in the vicinity), he will probably drop a bomb or shoot off a missile or send in an iconic carrier fleet.
The message reminds the world that the Obama administration’s “lead from behind,” “don’t do stupid sh**,” plastic red-button reset, Cairo Speech foreign policy followed no historical arc that bent anywhere. And the U.S. was previously on the wrong, not the right, side of both history and the traditions of U.S. bipartisan foreign policy — an aberration from the past, not a blueprint of the future.
“Like Ronald Reagan, who, after Jimmy Carter’s managed declinism, shelled Lebanon, bombed Gaddafi, and invaded Grenada, Trump is trying to thread the needle between becoming bogged down somewhere and doing nothing.
“No president in recent memory also has outsourced such responsibility to his military advisers, whom Trump refers to as ‘our’ or ‘my’ ‘generals.’ He can afford to for now, because he has made excellent appointments at Defense, State, National Security, and Homeland Security. These are men who justifiably have won broad bipartisan support and who believe in the ancient ways of military and spiritual deterrence, balance of power, and alliances rather than the U.N., presidential sonorousness, or soft power to keep the peace. “These opportunistic deterrent expressions are likewise intended to remind several parties in particular that the Obama hiatus is over. . . “
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446812/trump-restoring-deterrence-necessary-dangerous-corrective-obama-appeasement

Kevin Williamson, NRO: “The ‘Buy American’ Order: Cynical or Ignorant?”

“Donald J. Trump is nothing if not a consummate entertainer, and the character he plays on television — “Donald J. Trump” — has appeared in all manner of entertainment: the game show he hosted for many years, pornographic films, the 2016 presidential campaign. Now he is taking on a strange new role: that of Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
“Trump, who is surrounded by people who fancy themselves “nationalists” (in the cause of what nation, it is not entirely clear), is wading deep into an ancient puddle of stupidity most recently explored by Barack Obama (remember his “nationalist” moment, which lasted for about a month in 2011?) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the woman who (accidentally) did more than anyone other than Kellyanne Conway and Hillary Rodham Clinton to put Trump in the White House. To call it “economic nationalism” would be too grand: It is merely a very narrow form of special-interest politics consisting of backdoor handouts to favored corporate interests.
“Trump has signed an executive order organized around two themes: “Buy American” and “Hire American.” In sum, the executive order is intended to provide incentives for American businessmen to . . . not act too much like the guy who built Trump Tower with illegal-immigrant labor and who relies on the H-2B visa program to keep Mar-a-Lago stocked with dishwashers and housekeepers. That guy, if we are to take Trump’s rhetoric seriously, is kind of a jerk, one who doesn’t care about the country at all.
The “Buy American” order is, in Trump style, pretty vague, with a lot that will need to be filled in later by people who know what the hell they’re talking about. (Fortunately, he does have a few of those around.) It makes minor administrative changes to existing “Buy American” federal procurement rules, which date back to the “Buy American Act” passed in 1933, a year not renowned for the excellence of its political and economic ideas. Bad call, Herbert Hoover.
“The Buy American Act essentially requires that the federal government go to U.S.-based providers both for raw materials such as steel and concrete and for finished goods such as computers and automobiles. Because this is incredibly stupid and fundamentally unworkable, there are waivers: Washington loves a waiver — see the Affordable Care Act. Writing an unreasonable law and including discretionary waivers puts a great deal of power in the hands of politicians, many of whom turn out to be interested in such things as money and power, which introducing a large element of uncertainty and outright capriciousness into the procurement process. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446870/trump-buy-american-policy

LEADS:

Victoria Friedman, Breitbart:” Polish Government Will Not Allow ‘Bloody Harvest’ of Multiculturalism”

“The Polish interior minister affirmed Poland will not repeat the Western European policy of multiculturalism which he said has led to the “bloody harvest” of multiple terror attacks across the continent since the start of the migrant crisis.

“The policy of multiculturalism in Western Europe is bringing about a bloody harvest in the form of terrorist attacks,” Mariusz Błaszczak told Polish Radio on Tuesday.

“The conservative Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, PiS) government has refused to accept migrants from the Middle East and Africa under an EU programme to relocate across the bloc some 98,000 asylum seekers currently residing in camps in Italy and Greece.

“At the EU summit on the migrant crisis in September 2015, Poland’s previous coalition government led by Donald Tusk’s Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska, PO) agreed to accept 4,500-5,000 asylum seekers.

“However, the following month PiS swept the parliamentary election and proceeded to reject the previous government’s migrant position. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/04/19/western-europe-bloody-harvest-multiculturalism-poland/

Jamie White, InfoWars: “FBI LAUNCHES TERRORIST PROBES IN ALL 50 STATES”

“Jihadists exploited Obama’s national security weaknesses

“The FBI has “open investigations in all 50 states,” and there have been at least 37 “ISIS-linked plots to attack our country” since 2013, said DHS Secretary John Kelly on Tuesday.

“The U.S. border remains open and the jihadists are working to exploit that national security weakness and plot attacks “every single day,” Kelly said at a George Washington University address.

“‘We don’t know their intentions,’ he said. ‘We don’t know why they’re here or why they’re coming. We are completely blind to what they’re capable of.’

In the past year alone, there have been ‘36 homegrown terrorists in 18 states.’

“We’ve seen an unprecedented spike in homegrown terrorism,” Kelly pointed out. ‘These are the cases we know about – homegrown terrorism is notoriously difficult to predict and control.’

“‘I tell you, without exaggeration, they try to carry out this mission each and every single day and no one can tell you how to stop it. No one,’ he added. ‘They’re relentless.’

“If that isn’t enough, Kelly estimates that approximately 10,000 European citizens have joined the caliphate in Syria and Iraq, and thousands more from Africa and Asia.

“They have learned how to make IEDs, employ drones to drop ordinance, and acquired experience on the battlefield that by all reports they are bringing back home,” Kelly said. . .”

https://www.infowars.com/fbi-launches-terrorist-probes-in-all-50-states/

Robert Costa, WaPo: “Republicans avoid big loss by forcing runoff in Ga. House race”

“. . .Unofficial returns showed that Ossoff had earned less than 50 percent of the vote, the threshold needed to declare an outright victory. Instead, with 48.3 percent, Ossoff was headed to a runoff against Republican Karen Handel, the top GOP vote-getter in a special election to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

In a statement early Wednesday, Ossoff acknowledged that he had fallen short.

“‘This is already a remarkable victory,’ he said. ‘We defied the odds, shattered expectations, and now are ready to fight on and win in June.’

“Ossoff could find it difficult to sustain the momentum he witnessed this past week in a traditionally Republican district that has been in GOP hands since 1979. Although Handel had earned 19.7 percent of the vote with 88 percent of precincts reporting, in a runoff she is widely expected to rally Republican voters who had divided their votes among 11 GOP candidates in Tuesday’s race. . .”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/georgia-house-race-stokes-gop-identity-crisis–and-opportunity-for-democrats/2017/04/18/a2231a48-242f-11e7-b503-9d616bd5a305_story.html?utm_term=.29fb0bf77724

Michelle Malkin, RCP: “Chelsea Clinton’s Cheerleading Cult”

“. . . Welcome to the liberal media’s manufacturing of “cool.” Leather jacket? Check. Overzealous airbrushing? Check. Humanizing grin? Check. Democratic establishment pedigree? Checkity-check-check.

“This is just the latest attempt by The Media Resistance to make Chelsea Clinton a thing. The same liberal lunatics in the press who rage about the Trump children’s nepotistic privileges champion the ‘refreshingly outspoken’ daughter of the Clinton dynasty — who, at 37 years old, will receive a ‘Lifetime Impact’ award from Variety on Friday for her ‘humanitarian work.’

“The honor comes during the same week that the Clinton Global Initiative cash machine officially shut down. Among the generous ‘humanitarian’ projects of CGI’s parent, the Clinton Foundation: chipping in a reported $3 million for Chelsea’s wedding to another heir of Democratic corruptocrats, Marc Mezvinsky — the newly jobless former hedge fund manager and son of convicted fraudster Edward Mezvinsky, a former Democratic congressman from Iowa.

“Remember: The Clintons’ own inner circle lambasted Chelsea’s hubby for exploiting the Clinton Foundation and CGI to prop up his now-defunct hedge fund. The duo also siphoned off charitable donations to pay for ‘taxes on money from her parents’ and expenses racked up to subsidize her “life for a decade,” according to longtime Clinton aide Doug Band.

But I digress from the Cult of Chelsea Coolness. Shake those pompoms, propaganda media . . .”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/19/chelsea_clintons_cheerleading_cult_133640.html

NOTES:

Mark Levin (04-18-17)

“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, The media is trying to manipulate people into believing that President Trump and Vladimir Putin are buddies. Russian officials see Trump as more dangerous to Russia’s interests than North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. This should be a screaming headline on CNN or MSNBC, but it’s not. The Russian propaganda machine is all out trashing and smearing Trump and his family and you won’t see this reported on any establishment media outlets.

“In addition, the FBI used a dossier published last year to gain approval to survey the Trump world in 2016. The members of Congress, no doubt Democrats, are leaking to CNN. Remember the discredited dossier came from a discredited British spy source. This dossier was created by opponents of Trump.

“Also, what is Carter Page guilty of? If he is not guilty of anything, he should take legal action against the media who is ruining his reputation. CNN is suggesting that Page was a Russian spy. If you are going to accuse someone of being a spy shouldn’t you have some evidence? Page was not even directly connected with Trump. This is a sleazy hit job by CNN for the purpose of taking down Trump.

“After that, Joni Marquez a retired Air Force captain was not permitted to open fire on two terrorists in Afghanistan in 2011. This resulted in the death of 38 fighters including 30 Americans and 8 Afghans aboard the Extortion 17 helicopter. The rules of engagement prevented Marquez and her crew from doing what needed to be done and saving these fighters. These battlefield rules of engagement were changed by Gen. Stanley McChrystal under Barack Obama. Later, Jeff Sessions calls in to discuss withholding grants from sanctuary cities.

“Finally, Mark Meckler calls in to talk about the status of Convention of States.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/04/18/april-18-2017/

Joe Concha, The Hill: “Drudge tweet could mark end of era at Fox”

“. . . The reclusive Drudge sent a rare and ominous tweet about O’Reilly on Tuesday, writing that the embattled Fox News host ‘has had a tremendous run.’
“‘Very few in the business get to decide when and how things end,’ the conservative media personality tweeted. ‘Media is most brutal of all industries…’

“The Drudge Report founder’s tweet comes after a New York Magazine report Tuesday that said the sons of Rupert Murdoch, the 21st Century Fox and Fox News executive chairman, are weighing pulling the highly rated host off the air in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal. . .”

http://thehill.com/homenews/media/329422-drudge-tweet-could-mark-end-of-era-at-fox

David Shield, CBC: “Sask. ranchers stunned as beaver herds 150 cattle”

“Saskatchewan rancher Adrienne Ivey may have heard of a beaver, but until now, had never seen a beaver herd — cattle, that is.

“On Friday, Ivey and her husband were surprised to see 150 of their heifers crowded together in one of their pastures.

“Curious about the strange behaviour, they investigated further, to find the herd of cattle following a beaver that had wandered along.

“‘He was out and about, I think looking for a new place to build a beaver lodge, and they were following him,’ Ivey said. “There was about a three-foot space around him. They didn’t want to get closer than that.’

“According to Ivey, heifers are more inquisitive than the average bovine, which may have led to them following the beaver.

“‘They’re a curious bunch,’ she said. ‘They’re kind of like teenagers. . .’”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/sask-ranchers-stunned-beaver-1.4073018

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Dead Cats: Marathon!,04/17/17, (26)14: James Brody

CONTENTS:

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DIONNE – Patriots’ Day; WILLIAMSON – He is not here; WASHINGTON TIMES: War for Donald’s ear; DAILY MAIL – Kim goes ballistic; DRUDGE LINKS 4/17/17; McCARTHY – Trust the Govt?

LEADS: CHALFONT – CIA vs. Wikileaks; ALLISON & McCORMICK – Record donations; WILLIAMSON – Russia in Calexit.

Janet: Obama Care:

There are no more excuses for not repealing Obamacare. Establishment Republicans are, nonetheless, dragging their feet on what was a major campaign promise. We are hearing that liberals are calling Congress in massive numbers to ensure the survival of socialist medicine and the ‘death panel’. Conservatives must act asap.

The deadline to repeal Obamacare, with the reconciliation process that allows passage in the Senate with only 51 votes (Republicans have 52), is April 28, 2017.

Please be aware that repeal must come first, then, replace. A transition period is included in the repeal effort that gives Obamacare insurers and insured the time to transition to a replacement plan. Combining repeal and replace significantly jeopardizes the repeal process.

ACTION ALERT: Please contact your Congressman

Rep. Patrick Meehan: https://meehan.house.gov/contact/email-me

D.C. office (202) 225-2011

Springfield, PA office (610) 690-7323

Rep. Ryan Costello

https://costello.house.gov/contact : D.C. office (202) 225-4315

West Chester, PA office (610) 696-2982

For more information: http://heritageaction.com/2017/02/repeal-replace-obamacare-trump-administration/

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/

 

Passover 2017 began the evening of Monday,

April 10 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, April 18

E. J. Dionne, RCP: “Why It’s ‘Patriots’ Day,’ Not ‘Nationalists’ Day’”

“BOSTON — Those of us who hail from Massachusetts are proud of our special patriotic holiday, formally celebrated only in our state and Maine (which was part of us until 1820), though Wisconsin and Florida pay it some honor as well. Patriots’ Day commemorates the rebels at Lexington and Concord who fired the shot heard round the world on April 19, 1775.

“For tragic reasons, the holiday commanded the nation’s attention on April 15, 2013. Two homemade bombs exploded 12 seconds apart at 2:49 p.m., killing three people and injuring hundreds of others.

“This city will never forget the dead and severely injured. But it will also remember the heroism of its citizens, including the first responders and medical professionals who saved countless lives. A sense of solidarity arising from the love of a place and its people gave birth to the slogan, “Boston Strong.” The worst Patriots’ Day in history produced an outpouring of local patriotism.

“This year’s celebration of Patriots’ Day comes when another impulse jostles with patriotism as the definition of dedication to country.

“Nationalism, it’s true, runs deep in American history, as the brilliant and ideologically idiosyncratic writer Michael Lind often reminds us. It’s not just a Donald Trump or Steve Bannon import. It was, after all, Theodore Roosevelt, a hero to many progressives, whose forward-looking program was memorialized as the New Nationalism.

“Yet nationalism rankles, partly because of its association with the evils of Nazism and Fascism, and partly because its claims are so sweeping. As George Orwell wrote, patriotism stems from “devotion to a particular place and to a particular way of life.” Nationalism, by contrast, “is inseparable from the desire for power.”

“It’s worth noting that even patriotism makes some uncomfortable. They often see it in the same light as the word “chauvinism,” which is defined as “excessive or prejudiced loyalty or support for one’s own cause, group or gender.” It’s a mistake, however, to view patriotism as nothing but chauvinism in bright colors.

“My own love of the United States is rooted in the profound debt I feel to this place and to my fellow citizens, and in a deep attachment to our habits, customs and what I see as our exceptional capacity, over time, to correct our flaws. But just as the special love I feel for my family does not prevent me from admiring other families and individuals, so my allegiance to the United States does not stop me from offering respect and affection for other peoples and places.

“There is also a quality to American patriotism that is commonplace to note but absolutely central to our identity: Ours is not a loyalty to blood or soil. It is an embrace of a series of powerful propositions. . .”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/04/17/why_its_patriots_day_not_nationalists_day_133615.html

Kevin Williamson, NRO: ‘He Is Not Here’

“. . . Pilate’s position must be familiar to anyone who works in or around politics. He was a mostly apolitical administrator, a man who believed in good government, which meant keeping the peace in Jerusalem during Passover. But there was trouble, a street preacher who must surely have seemed like a crackpot to Pilate: Jesus was not the first resurrection deity worshiped in the spring by the ceremonial eating of bread (think of the pagan goddess Ceres the next time you are offered a slice of wedding cake), nor were his followers the first Dionysian mystery cult organized around the ceremonial drinking of wine. Pilate was used to this sort of thing, which he must have seen a thousand times before: Josephus tells us his career came to an ignominious end when he overreacted to a subsequent holy man who, presaging Geraldo Rivera and Al Capone’s vault, drew a large crowd together with a promise to unearth certain artifacts related to Moses.
“On the one hand was the street preacher, on the other hand were the local political and religious powers and the howling mob, the mass that follows “because it follows anything that moves.” Above them all was Tiberius with his high expectations. Pilate found no fault in Jesus so far as Roman law was concerned, but there is always prosecutorial discretion. All Pilate wanted was a little peace and quiet, efficient public administration, and order. And what was he willing to offer in trade to get those? The small gesture of letting nature take its course in accord with local conditions. Perhaps my fellow conservatives can consider the case of Pontius Pilate and see that he was, after all, one of us.
“But there remains the pressing matter of truth. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446773/easter-jesus-christ-resurrection-humbling-truth-pontius-pilate-roman-empire-politics

Washington Times: “The war for Trump’s ear”

“He’s growing in office, but he must be wary of outgrowing what got him here

“There’s an ominous rumble of war in Korea, there’s always an ominous rumble of war in the Middle East, but in Washington we’ve already got the real thing. The combatants are taking no prisoners and the rules of the Geneva Convention do not apply.

“This war is ugly, likely to be bloody and won’t ever end, because to the victor goes the ultimate turf and territory, the ear of the president.

Donald Trump’s passion for making America great again is not something that easily translates into policy. He relies on advice from key aides, policymakers, a select group of outsiders, and his family. They naturally can’t all agree on what “making America great again” means. It’s easy to inscribe something on the front of a baseball cap.

Mr. Trump’s solution is to tell ambitious aides to work out their differences, or he will. White House intrigue is as old as the White House and nothing excites a White House correspondent like gossip and tattle. Tales are spun in what the trade calls “dope stories,” as in inside information, but only a dope believes everything he reads. Dope stories are rife with anonymous sources, and such sourcing is sometimes necessary but it’s difficult for a reader to know what to make of the dope.

“The first target of the dopesters . . .”

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/16/editorial-the-war-for-trumps-ear/

UK Daily Mail: “Kim goes ballistic: North Korean dictator threatens ‘nuclear justice’ as he shows off new missiles and submarine arsenal at Day of the Sun parade led by tens of thousands of goose-stepping, fanatically-chanting troops”

  • Kim saluted thousands of soldiers at Kim Il-sung Square during the Day of the Sun celebrations
  • A top official vowed at the parade to ‘beat down enemies with the power of nuclear justice’ 
  • Choe Ryong Hae also said the country would ‘instantly counter with an annihilating strike’ if the US attacked
  • US officials feared Kim Jong-un would mark the national holiday by launching sixth nuclear weapons test
  • A worrying number of weapons were on display, including prototypes of intercontinental ballistic missiles
  • Large crowds cheered as sword-wielding soldiers marched in a perfectly choreographed display  
  • The country’s goal is to put a nuclear warhead on an ICBM capable of reaching the continental United States
  • Submarine-launched ballistic missiles were also on show for the first time, indicating advancing technology 
  • The regime has accused Trump of provoking armed conflict and issued multiple warnings of retaliation

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4413582/Thousands-North-Korean-troops-parade-Pyongyang.html

Drudge Links 04-17-17

NKOREA MISSILE LAUNCH HACKED?
KIM JONG-UN TO KIDNAP TOURISTS IF ATTACKED, DEFECTOR CLAIMS…
TRUMP ‘READY TO STRIKE NUKE SITES’…
PENCE WARNS AT DMZ…
SKOREA, USAF HOLD JOINT EXERCISE…
CHINA, RUSSIA SEND SHIPS…
HAWAII PREPS FOR ATTACK… 

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “If the Government Cannot Be Trusted, Can It Protect the Nation?”

“I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” Ronald Reagan famously described these as “the nine most terrifying words in the English language.” It may be time to propose a two-word corollary.
“’Trust us.’
“In the end, underneath the geek-speak of encryption, electronic intercepts, forward-looking infrared thermal imaging, satellite surveillance, and sundry collection technologies, that is what the government is really saying when it comes to national security: “Trust us. The intelligence collection we do is important — is essential – to keeping you alive. Oh . . . and don’t ask a lot of questions. You know, can’t discuss that — methods and sources, etc.”
“I don’t think that’s going to cut it this time.
“Before 2017 is out, we are going to have a brawl over FISA — the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Specifically, over FISA section 702, on which much of the sprawling American intelligence enterprise is now based. It will lapse if not reauthorized by Congress.

We ought to be headed into that brawl with a sense of how dangerous the world has become: Competitive great-power geopolitics has reemerged, yet international jihadism remains as threatening as ever.
“Instead, foremost in our minds will be how readily the government’s awesome intelligence capabilities can be abused. That is the real significance of the controversy over Obama-administration spying on the Trump campaign and transition. . .”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446767/fisa-reauthorization-federal-intelligence-surveillance-act-trump-administration-spying-scandal-national-security

LEADS:

Morgan Chalfont, The Hill: “Battle intensifies between Trump’s CIA, WikiLeaks”

“. . . CIA Director Mike Pompeo used his first major public remarks on Thursday to skewer WikiLeaks as a “non-state hostile intelligence service” willing to work with Russia and other foreign actors to promote their interests.

“He blasted Julian Assange as a ‘fraud’ interested in his own fame, seeking to undermine efforts by the WikiLeaks founder to be viewed as a legitimate ally of civil libertarians.

“‘It is time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is, a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia,’ Pompeo said.

“‘Assange is a narcissist who has created nothing of value,’ the former Republican congressman charged. ‘He relies on the dirty work of others to make himself famous. He is a fraud—a coward hiding behind a screen.’

“WikiLeaks was quick to respond, sending out a series of messages on Twitter claiming that Pompeo vowed to “silence” the organization over its purported disclosures of CIA hacking tools and using his remarks to promote an op-ed written by Assange in the Washington Post.

“In the op-ed, Assange wrote that WikiLeaks had the same mission as news outlets such as the Post and The New York Times.

“The organization also mocked Pompeo by sending out a since-deleted tweet he wrote last July, when the former Kansas lawmaker cited stolen Democratic National Committee emails released by WikiLeaks as proof that the presidential nomination had been “fixed” for Hillary Clinton. . .”

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/328918-battle-intensifies-between-trumps-cia-wikileaks

Bill Allison & John McCormick, Bloomberg: Trump Effect Propels U.S. House Campaigns to Fundraising Record”

“Political polarization in Washington produced a fundraising record as donors to both parties flooded U.S. House campaigns with $96.1 million in the first quarter of 2017, according to an analysis of filings with the Federal Election Commission.

“That’s a 45 percent increase over the $66.2 million raised during the same period two years ago, the previous record. The maximum contribution amount to campaigns was the same during both periods. Republican incumbents and challengers raised $49.8 million, while Democrats pulled in $46.3 million.

“Republican Donald Trump’s early actions as president have sparked a series of demonstrations and a surge of fundraising by groups on the left, but conservatives have also boosted their giving in the first months of the new administration. . .”

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-17/trump-effect-propels-u-s-house-campaigns-to-fundraising-record

Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Calexit Craziness”
“The ‘Yes California’ independence campaign, led by a Russian-backed eccentric, deserves a firm ‘no’ vote.

“The Irish Republican Socialist party and Sinn Fein still dream of a unified Irish republic. The Catalan Solidarity for Independence coalition would see the Estelada flag raised over an independent Estat Català, and there are independence-minded movements as far-flung as the western Sahara. The Uhuru Movement is a kind of separatist movement standing on its head, looking to transcend national borders (with their colonial histories) and unite African people in a single African identity. The United States has the Texas Nationalist Movement hoping to restore the Republic of Texas, and somewhere out there is a very committed fellow who believes himself to be the rightful king of Hawaii. There is a more plausible movement for an independent Puerto Rico and a much less plausible movement for an independent California. All of these have something in common.

“Russians.
“Weird, right?
“The movement for Californian independence expects to have an initiative on the 2018 ballot, which would in turn lead to a 2019 referendum. The organizers of the “Yes California” campaign say that winning the referendum would be only the first step in the long and complex process of establishing a free and independent California, finally liberated from the grasp of Washington and, especially, of the military-industrial complex. “Peace and Security” is, in fact, Exhibit A in the case for Calexit, and the organizers complain that the U.S. government “spends more on its military than the next several countries combined. Not only is California forced to subsidize this massive military budget with our taxes, but Californians are sent off to fight in wars that often do more to perpetuate terrorism than to abate it. The only reason terrorists might want to attack us is because we are part of the United States and are guilty by association.”

“If that sounds like it could have been written by Ron Paul or some lonely disciple of Murray Rothbard, that is no accident: The leadership of the California-independence movement has a distinctly paleo smell about it.
“When I talk to people about California independence, they always say: ‘Well, what would you do if China invades?’” says Yes California president Louis Marinelli from his home in . . . Yekaterinburg, formerly Sverdlovsk (city motto: Don’t call us Siberia), an industrial center on the edge of the Ural Mountains in Russia. . .”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446783/yes-california-independence-campaign-has-russian-backing-deserves-defeat

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Dead Cats: GoodFri!, 04/14/17, (26)13: James Brody

CONTENTS:

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KLUKOWSKI – Good Friday; MARTOSKO – Momma!; INVESTORS – Swamp Drain starts.

LEADS: SIMON – Trump bigly in 2020; WOODRUFF – Migrants back down; WHITE – IRS targeted patriots; LOWRY – When Jared wins.

NOTES: SNYDER  – PoliticsPA; Mark Levin 4-13-17

 

Janet: Obama Care:

There are no more excuses for not repealing Obamacare. Establishment Republicans are, nonetheless, dragging their feet on what was a major campaign promise. We are hearing that liberals are calling Congress in massive numbers to ensure the survival of socialist medicine and the ‘death panel’. Conservatives must act asap.

The deadline to repeal Obamacare, with the reconciliation process that allows passage in the Senate with only 51 votes (Republicans have 52), is April 28, 2017.

Please be aware that repeal must come first, then, replace. A transition period is included in the repeal effort that gives Obamacare insurers and insured the time to transition to a replacement plan. Combining repeal and replace significantly jeopardizes the repeal process.

ACTION ALERT: Please contact your Congressman

Rep. Patrick Meehan: https://meehan.house.gov/contact/email-me

D.C. office (202) 225-2011

Springfield, PA office (610) 690-7323

Rep. Ryan Costello

https://costello.house.gov/contact : D.C. office (202) 225-4315

West Chester, PA office (610) 696-2982

For more information: http://heritageaction.com/2017/02/repeal-replace-obamacare-trump-administration/

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/

 

Passover 2017 began the evening of Monday,

April 10 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, April 18

Ken Klukowski, Breitbart: “Christians Celebrate Good Friday”

“‘Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.’ —Isaiah 53:4–6 (ESV).

“Christians all over the world are celebrating Good Friday, marking the anniversary of the suffering and death (the “passion”) of Jesus Christ of Nazareth outside the city walls of Jerusalem, during which Christians believe a sinless man paid the price for their sin, fulfilling almost two thousand years of Old Testament prophesy of a coming savior and redeemer. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/faith/2017/04/14/christians-celebrate-good-friday/

David Martosko, Daily Mail: ISIS hammered as US drops biggest non-nuclear weapon ever: 21,000lb bomb is used in anger for the first time to obliterate jihadists’ caves in Afghanistan

  • S. dropped its largest non-nuclear weapon after targeting ISIS tunnels in Afghanistan
  • The blast in eastern Afghanistan killed 36 militants, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense
  • The GBU-43 bomb weighs 21,600 pounds, is 30 feet long, contains 11 tons of explosives and carries a mile-wide blast radius
  • It can create a blast crater more than 300 meters wide after being dropped from a Hercules MC-130 cargo plane
  • Trump pledged in 2015 that if he became president he would ‘bomb the s**t out of ‘ ISIS 
  • On Thursday he called the bombing ‘another successful job’ and said he had delegated strike authority to his military commanders
  • Pentagon denies that it was revenge for the death on Saturday of a Green Beret soldier in the same region of Afghanistan

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4409772/US-drops-biggest-non-nuclear-bomb-combat-time.html

Investors: “It’s Official: Trump’s Swamp-Draining Begins”

“. . . Last Wednesday, the ball really got rolling when Trump ended his temporary freeze on federal hiring, and announced a plan to “resize” the government to make it less costly, more productive and more responsive to average citizens. It’s the kind of thing that private businesses do all the time, but that Big Government with its 2.9 million workers does almost never.

“‘The president of the United States has asked all of us in the executive branch to start from scratch — a little blank piece of paper, and if you were going to rebuild the executive branch, what would it look like?’ Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters.

“To that end, Mulvaney has sent a letter to all federal agencies telling them to expect major funding cuts and that calls on them to ‘reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies’ as part of a plan to make government leaner and more efficient.

Though the bureaucracy makeover is part of the laundry list of items Trump wanted to get done in his first 100 days, Mulvaney notes the actual budget cuts won’t happen until the 2019 budget. ‘One of the reasons this is so difficult to do is that you just can’t wave a magic wand in the Oval Office and do these things,’ Mulvaney told RealClearPolitics. . .”

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/its-official-trumps-swamp-draining-begins/

LEADS:

Roger Simon, PJM: “Trump Will Win Bigly in 2020”

“. . .Yes, you can say I’m being stupid and rash to make such an early prediction, but that’s just what I was accused of in 2015.  So go ahead and call me anything you want.  Make my day — November 3, 2020.

“Okay, but why?

“To begin with, the media (his main opposition party) has completely blown it in less than the allotted one hundred days. By attacking Trump every which way at once, calling him a racist, sexist, homophobe, Islamophobe, isolationist and warmonger — yes, the last two are completely contradictory, but that doesn’t stop the geniuses in our Fourth Estate — they have literally turned into the journalistic version of the boy who cried wolf.  No one believes them anymore, assuming they ever did in the first place.

“And it’s only going to get worse because the Trump-Russia scandal is an obvious dud while the Obama-Trump surveillance contretemps could have legs, as we say hereabouts.

“The situation is even more dire for the Democratic Party itself.  Their geriatric leaders have the charisma of pithed frogs with no successors in site. More ominously, liberal-progressivism is completely out of ideas.  There’s no there there except hating everything Trump does — even eating steaks well done — and marching around in pussy hats demanding equal rights when many more women are attending college and now law school than men. (Someone should write a Carlyle-style history of the feminist movement from Gloria Steinem to Linda Sarsour.)

“Meanwhile, Trump holds the cards.  He’s a pragmatic center-right businessman in what is still an essentially pragmatic center-right nation.  For all his fits and starts, he’s making many Americans feel good about their country again.  We’re not leading from behind anymore.  We’re back in front. We’re the superpower and we’re acting for good.  China  — the second power in the world — is already acknowledging that.

. .”

https://pjmedia.com/rogerlsimon/2017/04/13/trump-will-win-bigly-in-2020/?print=true&singlepage=true

Betsy Woodruff, Daily Beast: “Fear of Trump Makes Migrants Disappear From Mexican Border”

“Their border town shelter used to be full of migrants on their way to the United States. Now it stands nearly empty, thanks to Donald Trump.

“. . . The shelter, called Albergue San Juan Bosco, is perched on a steep hillside looking over the busy border town of Nogales, Mexico. Its walls are painted bright turquoise and tangerine, and its wide-open double doors look west over low hills and Highway 15. Since they opened it, upward of 1 million people have slept there on their way to the U.S. But on the day I visited, it was almost empty.

“It didn’t used to be this way, Gilda and Juan Francisco, known as Paco, explained. In the decades since they opened the space to give migrants a place to shower and sleep before crossing the border, the shelter—with separate rooms full of bunkbeds for men and women—would regularly house 100 migrants per night. Sometimes, that number would hit 300 or more, and Gilda and Paco would pull out thin mattresses to fit everyone on the floor.

But today, those mattresses are neatly stacked in a closet, untouched. And the shelter is almost empty—no women travelers, and fewer than a dozen men. . .”

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/04/14/fear-of-trump-makes-migrants-disappear-from-mexican-border.html

Jamie White, InfoWars: “CONFIRMED: IRS TARGETED PATRIOT GROUPS UNDER OBAMA”

“No wonder Obama hid these records, says watchdog

Enough evidence has been uncovered to confirm that the IRS had indeed targeted Tea Party groups under former President Obama since 2010, according to government watchdog documents.

6,924 pages of previously unreported documents, requested through a 2015 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit by the watchdog organization Judicial Watch, revealed details about the IRS targeting scandal.

“‘We continue to undercover the details of the Obama IRS’s arbitrary and capricious behavior toward those presumed to be ‘enemies’ of President Obama,’ wrote Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.

“The watchdog group released 695 pages of new documents last week containing admissions that IRS officials used “inappropriate political labels” to screen tax-exempt applications of conservative nonprofit organizations.

“Combined with a May 2013 Inspector General report revealing that the IRS put unnecessary scrutiny on groups that used terms like ‘patriot’ and ‘Tea Party,’ Fitton believes that these new documents provide a ‘smoking gun.’

“‘No wonder Obama hid these records,’ he said. ‘These new smoking-gun documents contain admissions by the Obama IRS that it inappropriately targeted conservative groups.’ . . .”

https://www.infowars.com/confirmed-irs-targeted-patriot-groups-under-obama/

Rich Lowry, NRO: “When Jared Wins”

“. . . Trump’s jaw-dropping public distancing from Bannon is the latest twist in a struggle that is astonishing even by the standards of a White House that deserves its own Chris Buckley novel.
“For Bannon, the internal fight with the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is going about as well as could be expected, which is to say it couldn’t be going much worse.
“No one can know for sure how this ends. Perhaps it’s all papered over, or maybe Bannon keeps his head down to fight another day. But it’s hard to see how Kushner doesn’t prevail in one form or other, together with the faction including his wife, Ivanka Trump; the influential economic adviser and former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn; and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell.

“Who says bipartisanship is dead? With the exception of Dina Powell — a nonideological Republican — this group is all Democrats who have marinated for decades in the financial and social elite of Manhattan.  Their ascendancy would potentially represent Trumpism’s Thermidor. If Jared and Ivanka end up running the joint, it’d be hard to overstate the turnabout from last year’s campaign.

“A candidacy whose supporters reviled so-called RINOs may produce a White House run by people who aren’t even RINOs. A populist revolt that disdained people who allegedly spend too much time at Georgetown cocktail parties may result in a White House run by people who have spent too much time at New York cocktail parties. The biggest middle finger the mainstream media has received in modern American politics may empower people who care deeply about what’s written about them in The New Yorker and Vogue. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446760/donald-trump-steve-bannon-jared-kushner-winning-influence

NOTES:

Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA

Mike Stack.  Lieutenant Governor Stack learned this week he was being investigated the Office of Inspector General on the orders of Governor Wolf.  He then decided to add to his troubles by literally backing himself into a corner during his press conference to address the investigation.

Bob Casey.  Senator Bob Casey announced he raised $2.7 million in the first quarter, putting him $4 million ahead of two Republican challengers.  In a race that is expected to cost tens of millions or more, having an early fundraising lead will help.

PA-7 Democrats.  Both of the candidates that announced bids for the seat do not live in the district, but instead live in Philadelphia.  While there is no legal necessity to live in the district, the visual does not help either candidate.

Ryan Costello.  Congressman Ryan Costello announced this week he raised $340K in the first quarter.  With challengers starting to announce, his fundraising will be extremely important for 2018.

Rick Saccone.  State Representative Rick Saccone was the first Republican to announce for U.S. Senate next year.  In the span of one week, Saccone gained two new opponents, State Representative Jim Christiana jumped into the race and Paul Addis is focusing on the Senate race.  The more crowded the field it, the harder it will be for Saccone to build the name recognition and support of state party members that is needed to win the primary.

Allegheny County.  The Allegheny County election results website is being revamped to make viewing results easier, and give more data to data nerds looking to get more information out of the website.

Northeast PA TV Stations.  The announcement that Congressman Tom Marino is leaving his seat for the Trump Administration means the eyes of the country will shift to Pennsylvania for the special election.  The attention and importance of the special election means the stations will likely be selling tons of ads during the shortened campaign.

Pittsburgh.  Pittsburgh is better off for having had Dan Rooney as a native son.  The owner of the Steelers changed the fortunes of the team, and the direction of the league.  Rooney was the driving force behind the Rooney rule, which requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates for coaching and senior positions in the organization. “

http://www.politicspa.com/414-ups-downs/82629/

Mark  Levin, 4/13/17

“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, President Trump said he was going to take out ISIS and that is clearly what he wants to do. The U.S. dropped the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ (MOAB) on ISIS in Afghanistan Thursday to target and take out an ISIS-K tunnel complex. The main attribute of this bomb was designed to crush and destroy underground bunkers and structures like the one ISIS-K had.

“In addition, in the space of a week, Trump has completely altered his positions from the campaign on Syria, China and NATO. Trump is consistent in his inconsistency, but in the end he will be judged by the voters on whether he was successful or not.

Also, British and other European intelligence agencies intercepted communications between Trump associates and Russians. They detected multiple communications and passed them on to the U.S. They passed this information on and it was leaked by Senate Democrats. Here we have Democrat leaks from Capitol Hill and Obama holdovers from the DOJ or those sympathetic engaging in leaks. Later, the Convention of States is under attack now that we have the attention of our enemies. The groups against this are allying with the Democrats to preserve an endless bureaucracy to torment the American people. Opponents who are concerned and afraid of a runaway Convention attack the Constitution itself.

Finally Michael Doran calls in to talk to Mark about his new book, “Ike’s Gamble”.

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/04/13/april-13-2017/

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Dead Cats: Ivanka?, 04/12/17, (26)12: James Brody

CONTENTS:

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SYRIA: SAVAGE – Wrong Side; GOODWIN – We’re not going.

LEADS: AP – China to help w Un; IBD – Korean nukes; ASSANGE – WikiLeaks; LEAPER – Ivanka boom; SPIERING – No one believes Rice.

NOTE: Mark Levin 4-11-17

 

Janet: Obama Care:

There are no more excuses for not repealing Obamacare. Establishment Republicans are, nonetheless, dragging their feet on what was a major campaign promise. We are hearing that liberals are calling Congress in massive numbers to ensure the survival of socialist medicine and the ‘death panel’. Conservatives must act asap.

The deadline to repeal Obamacare, with the reconciliation process that allows passage in the Senate with only 51 votes (Republicans have 52), is April 28, 2017.

Please be aware that repeal must come first, then, replace. A transition period is included in the repeal effort that gives Obamacare insurers and insured the time to transition to a replacement plan. Combining repeal and replace significantly jeopardizes the repeal process.

ACTION ALERT: Please contact your Congressman

Rep. Patrick Meehan: https://meehan.house.gov/contact/email-me

D.C. office (202) 225-2011

Springfield, PA office (610) 690-7323

Rep. Ryan Costello

https://costello.house.gov/contact : D.C. office (202) 225-4315

West Chester, PA office (610) 696-2982

For more information: http://heritageaction.com/2017/02/repeal-replace-obamacare-trump-administration/

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/

 

Passover 2017 began the evening of Monday,

April 10 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, April 18

SYRIA:

Michael Savage, WND: We’re now ‘in a civil war on the wrong side”

Ivanka? Meanwhile, the Chinese have placed 150,000 troops on the North Korean border.

“. . .It was a very smart move from a Machiavellian political point of view, not from a geopolitical strategic point of view.

“Write that down. A lot of words. A lot of syllables.

“In the short term, Trump’s popularity goes through the roof.

“… I told you, presidents, when their backs are against the wall, they usually go to war.

“Little wars. Not big wars.

“No one wants a big war. Little wars, where no one gets hurt.

“So, right away his popularity will go from something like 30-something to 50-something, if not higher.

“That’s number one.

“Number two, it completely neutralized all of the critics who said he was in cahoots with Russia.

“So he neutralized that.

“So, from a Machiavellian, personal point of view, this was a very smart move.

“From a geopolitical point of view it was the stupidest thing he ever could have done.

That’s it. That’s my whole statement. Can I go home now?

“So, who got to him?

“It’s very simple who got to him. I don’t think you have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure this out.

“There was an internal power struggle. Steve Bannon versus the son-in-law.

Son-in-law’s a New York Manhattan liberal. The Manhattan liberals won. The conservatives are out. Period, end of story. Any other questions? . . .”

http://www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/2017/04/michael-savage-newsletter-were-now-in-a-civil-war-on-the-wrong-side/#GUw9C6fObZtxJuyp.99

Michael Goodwin, NY Post: “Trump: ‘We’re not going into Syria’

“Amid complaints that his aides are saying different things about Syria and his policy is confusing, President Trump emphatically cleared the air.

“We’re not going into Syria,” he told me yesterday in an exclusive interview. “Our policy is the same — it hasn’t changed. We’re not going into Syria.”

The president, speaking by phone Tuesday, called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a “butcher” and a “barbarian” for using sarin gas on his own people, but said last week’s successful missile strike was not the start of a campaign to oust the dictator.

“Our big mission is getting rid of ISIS,” Trump said. “That’s where it’s always been. But when you see kids choking to death, you watch their lungs burning out, we had to hit him and hit him hard.”

He called the attack, which involved 59 cruise missiles fired from two Navy destroyers, “an act of humanity.”

http://nypost.com/2017/04/11/trump-were-not-going-into-syria/

LEADS:

AP, NY Post: “China willing to work with US against North Korea

“BEIJING — Beijing is willing to work with Washington on ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons program but wants a peaceful solution to the escalating conflict, Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Donald Trump in a phone call Wednesday.

“Xi’s comments came after Trump tweeted that China should do more on an issue that Washington sees as an increasingly urgent threat, or else the U.S. would go it alone.

“China’s calls for calm come as tensions have risen with the dispatch of a U.S. aircraft carrier to the area and the deployment of thousands of U.S. and South Korean troops, tanks and other weaponry for their biggest-ever joint military exercises.

During their phone call, Xi told Trump that China is willing to continue working with the U.S. on denuclearization, according to a brief description of the call released by the Chinese foreign ministry.

“‘China insists on realizing the denuclearization of the peninsula, insists on maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula, and advocates resolving the problem through peaceful means,’ Xi was quoted as saying. . .”

http://nypost.com/2017/04/12/china-willing-to-work-with-us-against-north-korea/

IBD: “After Trump’s Syrian Attack, China Suddenly Gets Very Concerned About North Korea’s Nukes”

“Foreign Policy: In international diplomacy, credibility is all important. After taking out a Syrian chemical weapons base, President Trump now has credibility in spades. He’ll need it in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear threat.

“Keen observers have noted that the missile attacks on the Syrian air base were launched as President Trump sat down last week to dinner with China’s President Xi Jinping. No doubt Xi immediately recognized that this president, unlike the previous one, acts quickly to make sure bad situations don’t get worse.

“What does this have to do with North Korea? Plenty. Despite their at times rocky relationship, China is the totalitarian communist North Korean regime’s main patron and protector, accounting for over half the North Korean nation’s trade and much of its food and energy supplies. Strive as it does for self-sufficiency, without aid from China, North Korea would soon starve.

“Even so, North Korean tyrant Kim Jong-un appears to be preparing for a sixth nuclear test, and has threatened the U.S. with a nuclear strike if it tries to interfere. Meanwhile, the U.S. has sent a Navy strike group to the region, with President Trump tweeting recently that North Korea is “looking for trouble” and that the U.S. will “solve the problem,” whether China helps or not.

“Knowing now that Trump means business, China seems to have reached the end of its patience with its unpredictable client.. .”

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/after-trumps-syrian-attack-china-suddenly-gets-very-concerned-about-north-koreas-nukes/

Julian Assange, WaPo: “Julian Assange: WikiLeaks has the same mission as The Post and the Times”

“On his last night in office, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered a powerful farewell speech to the nation — words so important that he’d spent a year and a half preparing them. “Ike” famously warned the nation to “guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

“Much of Eisenhower’s speech could form part of the mission statement of WikiLeaks today. We publish truths regarding overreaches and abuses conducted in secret by the powerful.

“Our most recent disclosures describe the CIA’s multibillion-dollar cyberwarfare program, in which the agency created dangerous cyberweapons, targeted private companies’ consumer products and then lost control of its cyber-arsenal. Our source(s) said they hoped to initiate a principled public debate about the “security, creation, use, proliferation and democratic control of cyberweapons.”

“The truths we publish are inconvenient for those who seek to avoid one of the magnificent hallmarks of American life — public debate. Governments assert that WikiLeaks’ reporting harms security. Some claim that publishing facts about military and national security malfeasance is a greater problem than the malfeasance itself. Yet, as Eisenhower emphasized, “Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.. .’”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/julian-assange-wikileaks-has-the-same-mission-as-the-post-and-the-times/2017/04/11/23f03dd8-1d4d-11e7-a0a7-8b2a45e3dc84_story.html?utm_term=.937788c73eb0

Caroline Leaper, UK Telegraph: “Ivanka Trump’s fashion line confirms a sales boom, proving that her First Daughter status has so far only helped her brand”

“Ivanka Trump’s fashion label has defied its critics, posting a 61% increase in wholesale revenues despite a turbulent year in the press and a boycott from consumers backing the #GrabYourWallet campaign.

“G-III Apparel Group, the manufacturing firm behind the First Daughter’s company, as well as other fashion brands including Calvin Klein, DKNY and Tommy Hilfiger, has released its annual statement, noting that sales of Ivanka Trump licensed products rose to $47.3million in the year ending 31st January 2017.

“This performance contrasts dramatically with statements released by department stores such as Nordstrom, one of many big names to drop Ms Trump’s products, citing weak sales. Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, also dropped the label, and Trump’s merchandise was relegated to clearance bins. It is still stocked by Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Dillard’s in the US.. .”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/brands/ivanka-trumps-fashion-line-confirms-sales-boom-proving-first/

Charles Spiering, BigGovt: “Donald Trump: ‘Nobody Believes’ Susan Rice”

“President Donald Trump dismissed Susan Rice’s assertion that she did not unmask General Michael Flynn for political reasons.

“‘Does anybody really believe that?’ he asked during an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. ‘Nobody believes that, even the people that try to protect her in the news media.’

Trump reasserted his claim, adding that he and “so many other people” were the victims of surveillance and boasted that he was correct when he accused the Obama administration of wiretapping his team at Trump Tower.

“‘So many people are coming up to me and apologizing now. … Perhaps I didn’t know how right I was,’ he said. . .”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/12/donald-trump-nobody-believes-susan-rice/

NOTE:

Mark  Levin, 4/11/17

“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, President Trump, like President Reagan before him, has displayed a strength of resolve that has put America’s enemies on notice. When Trump attacked the Syrian airbase, he sent many signals after 8 years of appeasement and capitulation. He signaled to Russia, North Korea, Iran and China that America isn’t to be messed with. President Obama gave our enemies so much leeway that they took advantage of us and we had to reverse course.

Also, North Korea wants to fire nukes at us with Kim Jong-un’s finger on the button. The Trump administration is acting in ways a responsible administration should in pushing back against Russia, China, and North Korea. It is appalling for Trump to be attacked for doing the right thing from both the left and the Code Pink Republicans. Trump has decided to and has taken steps to protect this country.

After that, Sebastian Gorka, Deputy Assistant to the President, calls in to discuss the White House’s view on the missile strike on Syria.

Finally, David Limbaugh calls in to talk about his new book, “The True Jesus: Uncovering the Divinity of Christ in the Gospels.”

http://www.marklevinshow.com/2017/04/11/april-11-2017/

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Dead Cats: Passover, 04/10/17, (26)11: James Brody

CONTENTS

Health Care map

NOONAN – American Dream; McCARTHY – New wire tapping.

SYRIA: MADRUGA – Kim hides?; POLLAK – Syria consequences; WILLIAMSON – War; GOLDBERG – Trump enforced Obama’s Red Line.

NOTE: SNYDER – American dream ends.

 

Janet: Obama Care:

There are no more excuses for not repealing Obamacare. Establishment Republicans are, nonetheless, dragging their feet on what was a major campaign promise. We are hearing that liberals are calling Congress in massive numbers to ensure the survival of socialist medicine and the ‘death panel’. Conservatives must act asap.

The deadline to repeal Obamacare, with the reconciliation process that allows passage in the Senate with only 51 votes (Republicans have 52), is April 28, 2017.

Please be aware that repeal must come first, then, replace. A transition period is included in the repeal effort that gives Obamacare insurers and insured the time to transition to a replacement plan. Combining repeal and replace significantly jeopardizes the repeal process.

ACTION ALERT: Please contact your Congressman

Rep. Patrick Meehan: https://meehan.house.gov/contact/email-me

D.C. office (202) 225-2011

Springfield, PA office (610) 690-7323

Rep. Ryan Costello

https://costello.house.gov/contact : D.C. office (202) 225-4315

West Chester, PA office (610) 696-2982

For more information: http://heritageaction.com/2017/02/repeal-replace-obamacare-trump-administration/

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/

 

Passover 2017 will begin in the evening of Monday,

April 10 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, April 18

“When the Balfour Declaration was announced in 1919, one European Jew was heard to remark to another: “If Britain wanted to give us a land it did not own, why didn’t it give Switzerland?” Gregory Copley, 2012, 286, Uncivilization.

Peggy Noonan, WSJ: “The American Dream”

HT  Paul Loubris!

“When kids have one or two parents who are functioning, reliable, affectionate—who will stand in line for the charter-school lottery, who will fill out the forms, who will see that the football uniform gets washed and is folded on the stairs in the morning—there’s a good chance they’ll be OK. If you come from that now, it’s like being born on third base and being able to hit a triple. You’ll be able to pursue the dream.

“But I see kids who don’t have that person, who are from families or arrangements that didn’t cohere, who have no one to stand in line for them or get them up in the morning. What I see more and more in America is damaged or absent parents. We all know what’s said in this part—drugs, family breakup. Poor parenting is not a new story in human history, and has never been new in America. But insufficient parents used to be able to tell their kids to go out, go play in America, go play in its culture. And the old aspirational culture, the one of the American dream, could counter a lot. Now we have stressed kids operating within a nihilistic popular culture that can harm them. So these kids have nothing—not the example of a functioning family and not the comfort of a culture into which they can safely escape.

“This is not a failure of policy but a failure of love. And it’s hard to change national policy on a problem like that.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/whats-become-of-the-american-dream-1491521229?mod=rss_opinion_main

Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Is Rice’s ‘Crime’ the New ‘Wire Tapping’?”

“She apparently abused her power. His own worst enemy, Trump called it criminal, giving the media fodder for weeks.
“The first, as Victor Davis Hanson has outlined, involves the recusal — at least temporarily — of House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes. You have to admire the Democrats’ moxie: Having spent months exploiting unauthorized disclosures of classified information to undergird their dark (but thus far unsupported) claims of Trump-campaign collusion in Russia’s machinations, they now force a House Ethics Committee investigation against Nunes based on claims that he ‘may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information. . .’”
“The other development involves yet another impulsive outburst from President Trump. During a news conference at which he appeared jointly with Jordan’s King Abdullah II (aside: why do they put Roman numerals after Arabic names?), Trump was asked whether he thought Susan Rice, Obama’s national-security adviser, had committed a crime by unmasking the identities of Trump-team members — i.e., American citizens who were caught up in foreign intelligence collection. He replied, “Do I think? Yes, I think.” Our media-obsessed president further conveyed his sense that the alleged political spying “is one of the big stories of our time.”
“Trump detractors pounced. The Washington Post, for example, ran its report under the headline ‘Susan Rice may have committed a crime, Trump says without providing evidence.’ Trump’s latest remark is thus portrayed as a replay of his much-derided March 4 tweets — the ones accusing President Obama of having “my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower.”
“Both outbursts were ill considered, but they’re not all that similar. This time, Trump was answering a journalist’s loaded question, not railing on his own. Still, he should have passed — hard as that seems to be for him. . .”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446569/susan-rice-crime-abuse-power-crime-donald-trump-tweets-wiretapping-obama-administration

SYRIA:

Alyssa Madruga, Fox: “Expert: Watch to see if Kim Jong-Un goes into hiding after Syria strike”

“The immediate focus after the strikes was on Russia’s Vladimir Putin’s reaction. Russia was not happy with the U.S., it spoke in defense of Syria and moved warships. But now the attention is on the next move by another world leader: Kim Jong-Un.

Gordon Chang, a Daily Beast columnist and author of “Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On The World,” said in an emailed statement to Fox News Friday that the U.S. strike on the Syrian airfield “tells North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un that he must now heed American military power, something that he probably dismissed before.”

“Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, disappeared from public view for about six weeks in 2003 at the time of the Iraq war. Kim Jong-Un loves the public spotlight, and it will be telling if he similarly goes into hiding,” the author said.

The airstrikes are “a warning to China’s People’s Liberation Army, which had grown dismissive of the U.S. Navy and Air Force.  Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader visiting Mar-a-Lago, almost certainly interpreted the strike as a sign of disrespect to him,” Chang said.”

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/08/expert-watch-to-see-if-kim-jong-un-goes-into-hiding-after-syria-strike.html

Joel Pollak, Breitbart: “Trump’s Syria Attack: The Strategic Consequences”

“. . . While the next steps remain unclear, several strategic and political consequences are already apparent.

“The first is that ‘red lines’ are ‘red lines’ again. Whatever the pros or cons of Trump’s decision, he promised to take action, and he followed through. Trump thus restored American credibility in the international arena, while retaining the tactical element of surprise. The contrast to President Barack Obama is clear. America is safer for that alone.

Beyond that, there are several other consequences in the region and beyond, which are worth considering individually:

“1. Syria/Iran. Last week, the Trump administration appeared to accept Bashar al-Assad’s permanence in power. That may have been a trial balloon, to see whether he would respond positively. When Assad allegedly accelerated his attacks instead, that sent a signal that he could not be trusted, and would not respect the White House for its tolerance. The new strategy is “regime change” — following the defeat of the Islamic State, which still remains the first priority.

“But it is unclear what “regime change” means, how it would be done, and whether it could succeed. Syria is essentially a vassal of Russia and Iran, meaning that pushing Assad out would require a significant commitment of diplomatic and military resources. Direct conflict with Russia is unlikely — the Russians would trade Assad for a permanent presence in the country — but war with Iran is a possibility (and might be unavoidable with or without the U.S. attacking Syria).

  1. China, North Korea.The most important strategic consequence of Thursday night’s attack was the message that it sent to Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was seated at dinner with Trump at Mar-a-Lago while the Tomahawks were flying. Trump let the Chinese know that he is capable of taking pre-emptive military action and that he keeps his word. If China does not reel in North Korea, in other words, Trump will follow through on his commitment to go to war there.

“3. Russia. Overtures aside, the Russians have been testing Trump’s resolve since he became president. (The supposed Russian collusion with Trump during the election remains, until proven otherwise, a myth embraced by Democrats for self-serving political ends.) The Russians took responsibility for disposing of Syria’s chemical weapons. Trump has let them know he expects them to uphold their end of the bargain and that there will be real consequences for negligence. He is not going to erase Russia’s strategic gains under Obama, but he is not going to watch them expand on his watch.

“4. Islamic State. ISIS could draw two conclusions from Thursday night’s attack. On the one hand, Trump struck a blow against one of their enemies. On the other, he demonstrated a commitment to follow through on his military promises. Strategically, the attack is a wash — unless Trump can strengthen the international commitment to fighting ISIS as part of the effort to remove Assad from power. The world does not want to hand power to the medieval butchers of Raqqa.

“One point remains unresolved, at least for skeptics of the war: whether the chemical weapons strike earlier this week was really a Syrian government operation, or a “false flag” aimed at provoking an American response. (Such tactics are not unusual in the Arab world, especially in the age of satellite television and social media propaganda.) It appears that the White House is confident in the intelligence linking the regime to the attack; it should share that, within reason.

“5. Israel. Israel has been striking targets inside Syria for years, either when it detects weapons shipments to Hizbollah or when it is fired on by forces inside Syrian territory. What is most significant about Trump’s attack is that it partially restores the U.S. deterrent in the region and sends a signal to Iran that its nuclear program is no longer free and clear. In addition, the general applause with which America’s Arab allies have greeted the air strikes is a sign that Trump’s effort to bring the Sunni states together with Israel in a regional alliance against Iran and its proxies may be coming together.

“6. Domestic politics. Democrats on Capitol Hill have offered cautious support for Trump’s actions; the usual anti-war suspects have condemned him. Some “NeverTrump” hawks have praised the president’s decision. The most interesting and important reactions have come from Trump’s own supporters, who are divided. Some are proud of their president’s strength — especially when contrasted to years of waffling and “lead-from-behind” indecision by Obama. Others are irate, reminding Trump that he promised them in 2016 he would not launch reckless wars to achieve “regime change.”

“The ultimate political outcomes will depend on Trump’s success on the battlefield and at the negotiating table. Amidst the many opinions, it is useful to remember that anyone who is certain of anything in the Middle East is usually wrong.”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/06/trump-syria-attack-strategic-consequences/

Kevin Williamson, NRO: “War, Willy-Nilly”

“On Wednesdays, we are at war with the Islamic State. On Thursdays, we are at war with the Islamic State, in effect acting as a cat’s-paw for the world’s leading jihad brigade against the government of Bashar al-Assad, who apparently intends to murder Syrians until he is pleased with what is left. We should let him.
“This is not cynicism, only an acknowledgement of the actual facts of the case. As Daniel Pipes and others have persuasively argued, the United States does not have an ally in Syria. The United States does not have any national interest in the success of the ISIS-aligned coalition fighting to depose Assad. The United States does not have any interest in strengthening the position of the Assad regime and the position of his Russian and Iranian patrons. Pipes sums it up: “Iranian- and Russian-backed Shiite pro-government jihadis are best kept busy fighting Saudi-, Qatar-, and Turkish-backed anti-government Sunni jihadis.”
“Of course the Assad regime is murderous. It is murderous in an awfully familiar way: a Baathist despot in cahoots with jihadists using chemical weapons against a civilian population. You’d think we would have gotten that out of our system with Saddam Hussein. The Trump administration has no authorization to engage in war on Syria. Congress has not declared war or authorized the use of military force; there is no emergency to justify the president’s acting unilaterally in his role as commander in chief; there is no imminent threat to American lives or American interests — indeed, there is no real American interest at all. President Donald Trump is acting illegally, and Congress has a positive moral obligation to stop him. This is exactly why we have an impeachment process, though for the moment a bipartisan congressional resolution — if Congress had any self-respect, it would be unanimous — ought to be sufficient. . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446563/trump-syrian-bombing-illegal-pointless

Jonah Goldberg, NRO:  “Trump Enforces Obama’s Red Line”

“The strike on Syria is the single best proof that Trump has no overriding commitment to any ideological position — and I say that as someone who supports the strike.”
“. . . I think the foreign-policy consequences of the strike are likely to be less consequential than the domestic ones. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has already said, quite emphatically, that the strikes don’t suggest any change in our overall strategy: “I would not in any way attempt to extrapolate that to a change in our policy or posture relative to our military activities in Syria today. There has been no change in that status,” [Tillerson] added. “I think it does demonstrate that President Trump is willing to act when governments and actors cross the line and cross the line on violating commitments they’ve made and cross the line in the most heinous of ways.”

“As we put it in our National Review editorial Friday morning: If it is a one-off, this strike is the very definition of a symbolic pinprick. It was launched with highly precise weapons against the airfield from which the Syrian chemical attack emanated. According to reports, we apprised Russian personnel at the base beforehand, meaning the Syrians effectively had advance warning as well. In other words, if this is all that we have in store for Bashar al-Assad, President Trump’s dismayed anti-interventionists don’t have that much to worry about and interventionists have less to celebrate than think (more about them in a moment). Assad can go on killing women and children — he will simply have to use less efficient and more conventional weapons to do it.

“What a massive moral victory for the West! . . .”
http://www.nationalreview.com/g-file/446552/trump-syria-strike-obama-red-line-enforced

NOTE:

Michael Snyder, End of the  American Dream: “Not Prepared: Will Most Americans Be Absolutely Blindsided by Multiple Wars and a Simultaneous Economic Collapse?”

“According to CBS News, an astounding three-fourths of all Americans have to “scramble to cover their living costs” each month.  In other words, most of the country is either living paycheck to paycheck or very close to it.  But instead of tightening their belts and trying to put something away for the very hard times that are coming, most Americans are completely and utterly unprepared for what is ahead because the people that they trust on television keep telling them that everything is going to be okay.  “Unfortunately, everything is not going to be “okay”, and when things start falling apart all around us there is going to be a lot of anger directed toward those that have been lulling everyone into a false sense of security.

“One of the reasons why I am sounding the alarm so loudly is so that people will not be blindsided by the things that are about to happen to this country.  As you will see below, we are on the precipice of two major wars, conditions are ripe for a devastating economic collapse, and if you were to throw in a major natural disaster or two you would have a recipe for the kind of “perfect storm” that many have been warning about.

Earlier today I focused on our looming economic problems, and in this article I want to address the potential for more military conflict in the very near future.  When Donald Trump hit Syria with 59 cruise missiles, millions of Americans greatly celebrated, but much of the rest of the world was deeply alarmed.

“The Trump administration has said that more strikes are possible, but Russia and Iran are both pledging that “we will respond with force” if any more attacks are conducted…”

http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/not-prepared-will-most-americans-be-absolutely-blindsided-by-multiple-wars-and-a-simultaneous-economic-collapse

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