LEADS: FOX – House GOP to sue BO?; PODHORETZ – Snow freedom; ROSE – BO campaigns against Bibi; EXAMINER – Teacher unions; GEHRKE – Freedom caucus; FOX – Bergdahl desertion; WESTWOOD – BO closes ANWR; HOROWITZ – Believe & fight?; LILLIS – Hillary can lead Dems to dominate House.
PA: WORDEN – Medical pot; VARGAS – American Bible to Phila; STAUB – PA’s minimum wage; STAUB – Records chief demands his job.
END NOTES: BARRETT – US spies on drivers; LEVIN – Notes.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: JANET – Track the RINOs; VF Patriots Feb 13th Mtg
“I mean, words mean something. You can’t just make stuff up.”
Barack Obama, September 6, 2008
Mark Levin, 1/27/15
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show: We are getting warning after warning from the CBO and the General accountability office that our debt is unsustainable, which means we’re headed for an economic abyss. CBO director Douglass Elmendorf says that our debt will be unsustainable in 25 years under current law. We’re facing more than just the debt; we’re facing the survival of our society. We keep acting like Washington borrowing can go on forever, never cutting spending and never even discussing it. If our currency is destroyed because the fiscal system is destroyed, we will have nothing. Also, CAIR issued an open letter to potential GOP presidential candidates urging them to reject Islamophobia. They specifically target Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, the only one to have guts to speak out against Islamophobia. Later, Mark asks the question, why isn’t our agenda of individual liberty and opportunity more attractive to people in America? What is it about liberty that doesn’t seem to motivate the public? We have to make the case for liberty both intellectually and emotionally and develop a motivation for liberty before we lose it.”
LEADS . . .
Fox: “House Republicans weigh suing Obama over immigration actions”
“House Speaker John Boehner floated the lawsuit idea Tuesday, in a private meeting with GOP lawmakers.
“At this stage, the legal option is only being discussed, and no timetable has been set. Options include joining a lawsuit already filed by states over the issue, or filing a separate lawsuit.
“But the idea quickly became fodder for Democrats, who accused the other side of turning Congress into a ‘circus.’”
John Podhoretz, NYPost: “Politicians went overboard with Snowmageddon precautions”
“When it comes to the Blizzard That Wasn’t, don’t blame the models. Don’t blame the meteorologists. Don’t blame the media. Blame the politicians — you know, those officials we elect to hire and who actually work for us.
“They showed their true authoritarian colors on Monday as they garbed themselves in emergency clothing and tightened their jaws and announced they were going to shut us all down for our own good.
“They shut down highways and public transportation not because they had to. They did it because they wanted to, for various reasons.
“Gov. Cuomo directed that the New York City subways be shut down due to snow for the first time in their 101-year history because he wanted to make clear it was in his power to do so, because he wanted to demonstrate he was taking charge in a crisis.
“Because. He. Wanted. To.
“Cuomo shut down the subways with the same flick of the wrist he used to shut down his own Moreland Commission investigating corruption in Albany last year.
“The comparison is not a coincidence. The governor knows the indictment of the state’s second-most powerful Democrat after his effort to forestall such charges makes him look bad. He might well have thought he could buy himself some goodwill with the voters through grand gestures aimed at ensuring the safety of the good people of New York.
“Apparently, a self-governing citizenry can no longer be expected to govern itself when it comes to snow and wind and ice. No, this self-governing citizenry will instead be governed by its own hired hands, whether it wants to be or not.
“Listen to the language Bill de Blasio used in the run-up to the storm on Monday: ‘This is something I want people to start acting on as quickly as possible. In the next hours, we want people who can get home to get home early, to get out of work as early as you can, get home. But as the evening progresses and the snow intensifies, it will not be an optional matter.’
“This is, to put it mildly, inappropriate rhetoric for an elected official — any elected official. De Blasio is not our drill sergeant, he’s not our principal, and he’s not our mother. I don’t care, nor should you, just what it is he “wants people to start acting on as quickly as possible.”
“His job, in fact, requires him to act as quickly as possible on what people want — not the other way around. . .”
Paul Joseph Watson, InfoWars: “Forecasters Fail on Blizzard, Yet We’re Supposed to Believe 100-Year Climate Models”
A caller to Bill Bennett saw the blizzard as an excuse to test governmental authority in “progressive” states – would an order to abandon the streets get our cooperation? The answer, unfortunately, seems to be “yes” while 1700 private jets parked near Davos . . . Meanwhile, we’ve had milder summers and bigger ice-caps for about 15 years. The next ice age should arrive in 6000 . . .
“. . . So let me get this straight. Meteorologists got their forecasts for one blizzard spectacularly wrong just 24 hours in advance and yet we’re supposed to place our trust in the accuracy of climate models that stretch 100 years into the future?
“‘But weather and climate are not the same thing!,’ shriek the global warming alarmists. ‘You can’t cite weather to make arguments about climate change!’ Except that global warming alarmists routinely fail to apply this rule to their own arguments about climate change. The Guardian kindly lectures us that ‘climate change’ is responsible for the ‘super-charging’ winter storm that never arrived on the east coast.
“Bill Nye also told MSNBC, ‘I just want to introduce the idea that this storm is connected to climate change. I want to introduce that idea….The strong winds that we had in southern California, the very strong winds that will be associated with this storm in the next couple of days, these could be connected to climate change.’
“When you’re arguing for man-made climate change, all weather is indicative of climate change. Snow, rain, dry, hot, cold. It doesn’t matter. Just shut up and pay your carbon taxes.
“‘I’m not a climate scientist, but when global warming alarmists are simultaneously arguing that large amounts of snow prove man-made global warming, while also heralding “the end of snow” as another indicator of anthropogenic climate change, there’s something wrong with this picture. . .’”
Robert Hotz, WSJ: “Blizzard 2015: What Went Wrong With the Forecasting?”
“. . . “Too much trust was based on a single model, and there was not enough emphasis on uncertainty,” said Jeff Masters, chief meteorologist at Weather Underground, a commercial forecasting service. “The European model was about 100 miles off. That is a big deal for a heavy snow situation.”
“The National Weather Service had recently improved its own system, called the Global Forecast System, and its forecast correctly predicted that the storm would go farther out to sea, away from New York City.
Thomas Rose, Big Govt: “Obama Campaign Team Arrives in Israel to Defeat Netanyahu in March Elections”
“Just days after the Obama White House accused House Speaker John Boehner of ‘breaking protocol’ by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress, a team of up to five Obama campaign operatives has reportedly arrived in Israel to lead a campaign to defeat the Israeli Prime Minister in upcoming national elections scheduled for March 17.
“The anti-Netanyahu, left wing Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports a group called ‘One Voice,’ reportedly funded by American donors, is paying for the Obama campaign team. That group is reportedly being led by Obama’s 2012 field director Jeremy Bird.
“As Jerusalem Post columnist and putative Knesset candidate Caroline Glick reported on her Facebook page, ‘Obama won’t meet Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington when he addresses the Joint Houses of Congress in March because of Netanyahu’s visit’s proximity to the Israeli elections. And Obama, of course believes in protocol and propriety which is why he won’t get involved.’ And yet, Glick adds, ‘He’s just sending his 2012 field campaign manager to Israel to run a campaign to defeat Netanyahu.’ . . .”
Washington Examiner: “Awakening to the damage done by teachers’ unions”
We might consider that cooperative, task-oriented students with a sense of the future recruit teachers with those same traits . . . Read economist Gregory Clark, The Son Also Rises (2014) where he reports that family stability, in ten countries, exists for as long as 500 years. The successes of the children are predicted by those of their parents with a fudge factor for “accidents.” Sweden, on one extreme, has generous social entitlements that merely dampen complaints without advancing the skills of students. Mao killed perhaps 50 million of the “privileged” but in today’s China, the same family names are prominent . . . Clark attributes this stability to “social competence,’ inherited just as much as eye color . . .
“When conservatives think of education reform, they tend to regard it as their own fight. They bring up the charter and voucher programs promoted by Republicans such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. They mention Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose 2011 public-sector union reforms have already saved his state’s school districts at least $3 billion dollars and averted the need to fire teachers in the aftermath of the Great Recession.
“But Democrats also want their children to get a good education, and as a result something new and bipartisan is happening in the world of education policy. There appears to be a great awakening across the ideological spectrum to the fact that primary and secondary education is failing badly and that the entrenched enemies of reform — the teachers’ unions — are much too powerful. The unions are a key impediment to much-needed education reforms. Everyone knows it and now more people are willing to say it out loud.
“For all of his faults, one pleasant surprise of President Obama’s administration has been his display of independence from the teachers’ unions that oppose anything that might create standards, competition, or accountability for the often deplorable quality of their members’ work. Even Obama’s promotion of Common Core, which many conservatives oppose for different reasons, has rankled the unions because it would subject teachers to clear standards and measurements of success. . .”
Joel Gehrke, NRO: “Meet the Freedom Caucus”
“House conservatives are tired of losing fights with leadership. Now, they’re doing something about it.
“. . . “We’re going to focus on what we believe middle-class voters sent us here to do,” Representative Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), the de facto chairman of the organization pending leadership elections, tells National Review Online.
“As a caucus devoted to moving leadership’s agenda to the right, the group has a chance to take over the traditional role of the Republican Study Committee, which many lawmakers believe has strayed from its founding mission as an organization designed to pressure moderate GOP leaders to adopt more conservative positions. National Journal first reported that such a group was forming.
“Jordan, a former RSC chairman, wants to avoid any tension with the longer-standing group. ‘I like to think that a smaller, more cohesive, more agile group can buttress and support some of the good policies and good ideas that are coming from the RSC,’ he says.
“The group has nine founding members, including Jordan and Representatives Raúl Labrador (R., Idaho), Justin Amash (R., Mich.), Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), John Fleming (R., La.), Scott Garrett (R., N.J.), Mark Meadows (R., N.C.), Mick Mulvaney (R., S.C.), and Matt Salmon (R., Ariz.). The founding members will decide who receives an invitation to join the group; to finance the hiring of staff, they’ll also pay “mortgages,” a higher level of funding for the organization than the rest of the dues-paying members will be required to provide. They hope to cap the group at around 40 lawmakers, and expect to debut with more than 30 — a crucial number, because it takes 29 dissents to block the House Republican majority from passing a bill. . .”
Fox: “Bergdahl to be charged with desertion, ex-military intel officer says”
“Retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, who now works at the London Center for Policy Research, told Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday night that he’s learned of the military’s decision from two sources.
“‘The Army has come to its conclusion, and Bowe Bergdahl … will be charged with desertion,’ he said.
“Asked for comment on the claim, Army officials denied that any decision had been made. Spokesman Paul Boyce told Fox News on Tuesday that there is ‘no change’ and that it is an ‘ongoing review at this time.’
“Eugene Fidell, Bergdahl’s lawyer, did not comment when reached by Fox News.
“But Shaffer said Bergdahl’s attorney has been given a ‘charge sheet’ outlining the section of the military justice code Bergdahl allegedly violated.
“‘As a corporate entity, the Army has decided that they want to pursue Bergdahl for this violation,’ Shaffer said. . .”
Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner: “Obama closes off much of Alaska refuge to drilling”
“President Obama has proposed setting aside more than 12 million acres of the Alaska coast as wilderness in a move that will pit him against Republicans from the state.
Obama’s plans to impose strict federal protections over an expanded portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would keep Alaskans from accessing the wealth of petroleum reserves that lay below the ‘fragile’ habitat there.
“‘I’m very proud that my Department of Interior has put forward a comprehensive plan to make sure we’re protecting the refuge and that we’re designating new areas, including coastal plains, for preservation,’ the president said from his seat aboard Air Force Once in a video released Sunday.
“‘I’m going to be calling on Congress to make sure that they take it one step further: designating it as a wilderness,’ Obama said. . .”
Daniel Horowitz, Conservative Review: “How Can You Fight When You Don’t Believe?”
“. . . The Obama presidency has completely changed the political landscape. As emblematized by the red-blue map of the congressional districts, most of the country now understands and is repulsed by the radicalism of the left. On most of the relevant issues in which Republicans must counter Obama’s policies, Republicans easily have the support of the majority of the country. And yet, Republicans turn winning issues into losing issues. They don’t want to fight amnesty, Obamacare, late-term abortions, infringements on religious liberty, or corporate welfare.
“Earlier this year, Conservative Review released a list of agenda items that are solidly conservative, yet are easy to message and would intuitively resonate with the public. They include constitutional national carry conceal legislation, reforming the Federal Reserve, eliminating corporate subsidies, protecting against coercion from the sexual identity movement, a host of conservative immigration reforms, and cutting off visas to ISIS fighters.
“These issues, much like the ban on late-term abortions, easily garner a majority of support throughout the country. But they are not supported by the K Street lobbyists and would elicit a vocal and vigorous opposition from a minority of special interest groups. They are easily winnable fights, but you have to be willing to fight for them and stay on message – something that can only be done by people who truly believe in the veracity of those principles. . .”
Mike Lillis, The Hill: “Pelosi: With Hillary, Dems can win House”
“‘Yes, we can win the House,’ the California Democrat said during a sit-down interview in her Capitol office.
“‘If she runs, she will win the nomination. And if she’s our nominee, she clearly — I mean, the campaign, the joint effort — would be one that could not only take her into office but would [pull Democrats to victory],’ Pelosi said.
“‘There’s opportunity, all kinds of statistics now about if the Democrats have a presidential candidate who … wins by 52 percent — that’s over 20 [House] seats,’ Pelosi added. ‘And so 53 [percent] is a victory [for House Democrats].’
“The minority leader acknowledged the headwinds facing House Democrats, who would need to pick up a whopping 30 seats to win the chamber, and she emphasized that the party’s presidential nominee is a long way from being decided.
“Bold predictions are nothing new for Pelosi, who, among many other duties, has a responsibility to appear unwavering about the party’s election odds in order not to dissuade donors. . .”
PA . . .
Amy Worden, Philly: “Wolf confirms his support of medical marijuana”
Folmer and Vereb are key players in this farce! Read William Bennett & Robert White, Going to Pot.
“HARRISBURG – On the same day that legislation was reintroduced to legalize medical marijuana, Gov. Wolf on Tuesday told parents of sick children that he would sign a bill if it reached his desk.
“‘I commend the bipartisan effort to allow Pennsylvania doctors to prescribe medical marijuana,’ Wolf said after an impromptu meeting in his reception room with several parents whose children suffer from seizures.
“‘We should not deny a physician’s ability to recommend medical marijuana treatment for Pennsylvanians suffering from seizures, those affected by PTSD, cancer patients affected by chemotherapy, and Pennsylvanians suffering from many other ailments and conditions that could benefit from this effective, doctor-prescribed treatment.’ . . .”
Claudia Vargas, Philly.com: “American Bible Society will depart New York for Center City”
“The American Bible Society will give up its tony Broadway address for one in Philadelphia’s historic district.
“The society, which has had its headquarters in New York City for 199 years and has operations all over the world, will relocate to 401 Market St., steps from Independence Mall.
“Mayor Nutter will announce the nonprofit’s move, which will bring more than 200 jobs to the city, at a news conference Wednesday.
“The society’s primary mission is to engage more people with the Bible. It also is responsible for a worldwide Christian ministry and has a goal of translating the Bible into every language. So far, it has produced from 750 to 1,000 translations, and it plans to translate into an additional 1,800 of the world’s 7,000 languages.
“In an interview Tuesday, American Bible Society CEO Roy Peterson said that while it was a “real heart-wrenching decision to leave New York,” it was the right decision for his staff.
“Living in New York on a nonprofit salary is tough, he said.
“‘People can afford to live here [in Philadelphia], it’s walkable, there’s public transportation,’ Peterson said. ‘Our staff commutes an hour or two . . . from Long Island, the Bronx.’
“The ministry offices will lease nearly 100,000 square feet on the eighth and ninth floors of the Market Street building, which is mostly occupied by Wells Fargo. The lease is for 25 years with a 25-year renewal option, Peterson said. . .”
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Proponents of raising PA’s minimum wage gain surprise GOP ally”
“HARRISBURG, Pa. — State Sen. Christine Tartaglione has tried to raise the minimum wage so often, it could almost be called a tradition at the state Capitol.
“Given that, it wasn’t a shock Tuesday to see the Philadelphia Democrat pushing a package of bills that would raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour by 2016, just as she did in the past session.
“What was surprising is that one of the most conservative members of the Legislature, state Sen. Scott Wagner, R-York, also supports raising the minimum wage, albeit to a more modest $8.75 an hour. Not only is Wagner a Republican, he’s a business owner, placing him in two groups that usually oppose such a government mandate on the private sector.
“‘We have received some perplexed looks, yes, I will say that,’ Jason High, Wagner’s chief of staff, said Tuesday. . .”
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Ousted open-records chief sues governor, wants job back”
“HARRISBURG, Pa. — As snow flurries fell across the state capital Monday, Erik Arneson donned a Green Bay Packers parka and knit hat and went searching for a legal locksmith to get him back into his office.
“Arneson was left out in the cold — literally and figuratively — after Gov. Tom Wolf removed him Thursday as executive director of the Office of Open Records. Now, he and state Senate Republicans are suing to get his job back.
“‘The message that this sends to the governor is that the office is independent, it needs to be independent,’ said Arneson, whose complaint alleges that Wolf violated the state’s Right-to-Know Law. ‘It is simply impossible to envision any executive director of this office being impartial if they have to live in constant worry that the governor could fire them for any reason at all.’”
“That’s exactly what happened to Arneson last week. The new governor, a Democrat, took issue that his Republican predecessor, former Gov. Tom Corbett, appointed Arneson to the post Jan. 9, less than two weeks before Wolf was set to take office.
“Corbett had the authority to name a replacement after the former executive director, Terry Mutchler, abruptly resigned and took a private-sector job. But Wolf described the quickly falling dominoes as an affront to transparency and removed Arneson while also recalling other last-minute Corbett nominations. . .”
Devlin Barrett, WSJ: “U.S. Spies on Millions of Drivers”
“WASHINGTON—The Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists, according to current and former officials and government documents.
“The primary goal of the license-plate tracking program, run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is to seize cars, cash and other assets to combat drug trafficking, according to one government document. But the database’s use has expanded to hunt for vehicles associated with numerous other potential crimes, from kidnappings to killings to rape suspects, say people familiar with the matter.
“Officials have publicly said that they track vehicles near the border with Mexico to help fight drug cartels. What hasn’t been previously disclosed is that the DEA has spent years working to expand the database ‘throughout the United States,’ according to one email reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. . .”
ANNOUNCEMENTS . . .
Janet: Track the RINOS
“If you would like to follow your Representative and our Senators, go to this link:
A good way to see what our Rino’s are doing in D.C.
VF Patriots: February 13th Meeting
VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS P.O. BOX 71 VALLEY FORGE, PA 19481
CALLING ALL PATRIOTS!!
VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS MEETING
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 6:30PM
P.J. RYAN’S, 233 BRIDGE ST., PHOENIXVILLE
We have invited Rick Loughrey who heads up the area Young Republicans based out of West Chester to come for a “social” visit. He plans to bring other YR’s to visit with us so that we can learn more about what they do, what their mission is, and how we might encourage more younger folks to join us in our endeavors.
Rick is also our Chester County Recorder of Deeds. He will be running for re-election this coming Fall and I’m sure he would welcome our support.
The VFP is concerned about the president’s over-reaching, unconstitutional actions on amnesty. Therefore, in line with our goal to be action oriented, we will have a post card writing blitz as part of our meeting. You will be provided with “talking points” or you can create your own. The post cards will go to our new Congressman, Ryan Costello, who was elected in November to fill Jim Gerlach’s seat in the 6th District and also to Congressman Pat Meehan of PA 7th District.
PLEASE COME OUT, BRING FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND ENJOY AN EVENING WITH LIKE MINDED PATRIOTS.
RYAN’S HAS A VARIED MENU FOR YOUR ENJOYMENT. PARKING IS IN THE LOT BEHIND THE RESTAURANT. Enter from Main Street across from Molly McGuires.
SEE YOU THERE!