OUR NEXT PREZ?: PEOPLES – Mitt drops; BALZ – Walker forms committee; RUSHBO – Scott Walker; ALLEN – Hillary stalls.
LEADS: JOANNE – Common Core; McCAUGHEY – US debt; BEAMON- Lynch got 2; KLIMAS – BO can’t close GITMO; BOLTON – GOP to escape immigration?; OWENS – CPUSA endorses Ds.
ISR: POLLAK – Bibi surges; SIMON – Big, bad Bibi; KRISTOL: BO’S ISR problem; HANSON – Erosions.
PA: GROSSMAN – More charters for Phila; HARRINGTON – Fire Dept threesomes.
END NOTES: MARK LEVIN (INGA BARK); HAWKINS – Muslim ban tripled gun store business.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: JANET – Track the RINOs; VF Patriots Feb 13th Mtg
“Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, nominated to be Mr. Holder’s replacement, has proven herself equally unfit for the office. That some Senate Republicans seem prepared to swiftly confirm her to office is an abnegation of their November mandate and, even more important, their constitutional duty.”
“Total federal debt will reach $22.3 trillion by 2020. Unsustainable, says the CBO — especially when now-low interest rates return to normal.” Betsy McCaughey
OUR NEXT PREZ? . . .
Steve Peoples, AP: “Former GOP nominee Romney will not run for president in ’16”
“. . . Romney jumped back into the presidential discussion on Jan. 10, when he told a small group of former donors in New York that he was eyeing another White House run.
“But in the days since, as Romney tried to rally support for another campaign, he discovered that several of his past supporters and major fundraisers had defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
“Said one this week in an interview with The Associated Press, ‘I have turned the page.’ . . .”
Dan Balz, WaPo: “Scott Walker forms committee in preparation for 2016 presidential bid”
“Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose speech to activists in Iowa last weekend drew strong reviews, has taken the first formal step toward a presidential candidacy in 2016, establishing a committee that will help spread his message and underwrite his activities as he seeks to build his political and fundraising networks in the months ahead.
“Walker filed papers to set up the committee, called ‘Our American Revival,’ and a new Web site for the organization was scheduled to go live later Tuesday. The steps come after a busy weekend of pre-presidential events that included his address at the Iowa Freedom Summit, a later appearance at a gathering in California hosted by the billionaire Koch brothers and a stopover in Denver for additional fundraising.
“‘Our American Revival encompasses the shared values that make our country great; limiting the powers of the federal government to those defined in the Constitution while creating a leaner, more efficient, more effective and more accountable government to the American people,’ Walker said in a statement in the release announcing the committee. . .”
Rushbo: “The Power and Reach of the EIB Network Shines Spotlight on Scott Walker”
“RUSH: Now, as you know, ladies and gentlemen, Scott Walker has been championed on this program for, well, years, actually. But in terms of his success, the things that he has encountered, the adversity that he’s overcome in being elected governor of Wisconsin and then having to win three more times a couple of recall elections, which were nothing more than disguised efforts by the Democrat Party and their allies to destroy him, and then another standard reelection effort, the guy has overcome every effort the Democrat Party knows to destroy him.
“His family has stood tall. Scott Walker and his family have withstood everything the Democrat Party has, and not only has he withstood it, he has triumphed over it. And he’s done so as a conservative, as a flat-out, no-excuses-made conservative. Scott Walker has not attempted to co-opt liberal language and use a little bit of that in the way he speaks to try to calm them down and keep them at bay. He has been fearless. He has not withdrawn. He has not shrunken. He has not exhibited any fear whatsoever. And his family stood with him. As such, as you’ve heard countless times on this program, Scott Walker has the blueprint on how to restore this country. . .”
Mike Allen, Politico: “Exclusive: Hillary Clinton may delay campaign”
“Top Democrats give a new date for the campaign’s likely start.
“Hillary Clinton, expecting no major challenge for the Democratic nomination, is strongly considering delaying the formal launch of her presidential campaign until July, three months later than originally planned, top Democrats tell POLITICO.
“The delay from the original April target would give her more time to develop her message, policy and organization, without the chaos and spotlight of a public campaign.
“A Democrat familiar with Clinton’s thinking said: ‘She doesn’t feel under any pressure, and they see no primary challenge on the horizon. If you have the luxury of time, you take it.’”
http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/exclusive-hillary-clinton-may-delay-campaign-114714.html Also: Jonathan Allen, Bloomberg: “Hillary Clinton Faces Scrutiny for Use of Private Jets”
“(Bloomberg) — Hillary Clinton took more than 200 privately chartered flights at taxpayer expense during her eight years in the U.S. Senate, sometimes using the jets of corporations and major campaign donors as she racked up $225,756 in flight costs.
“Clinton, 67, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, reported the travel in official filings with the Senate. The records were provided to Bloomberg News by a Republican operative.
“Some of the companies whose planes she used included Coca-Cola Co., Citigroup Inc. and Saban Capital Group Inc.
“While the flights fell within congressional rules and were not out of the ordinary for senators at the time, they could play into the emerging Republican line of attack that Clinton’s wealth and years in government office have left her out of touch with the voters she’ll court on the campaign trail. . .”
Also: Nick Bryant, Gawker: “Flight Logs Put Clinton, Dershowitz on Pedophile Billionaire’s Sex Jet”
Another reason for Hillary’s delay? Thx Chris Stigall (01/30/15)!
BUT: John Sexton, BigJournalism: “Buzzfeed BenSmiths Bill Clinton’s Connection to Sex Scandal”
“If we learned anything from the UVA rape story, it’s that serious allegations of rape still have to be backed up by evidence. Wednesday, Buzzfeed looked for “hard evidence” connecting Bill Clinton to billionaire sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein and found it lacking.
“. . . The fact that Clinton was a good friend with someone like this, something Buzzfeed’s piece concedes, is a problem by itself. . .”
LEADS . . .
Joanne: Common Core Delaware Conference
“I, and several anti-Common Core people from Pennsylvania, attended at forum at the University of Delaware on Saturday, January 24, from 10:30 – 2:00. Peg Luksik (a well-known Pennsylvanian with 35 years of teaching experience who travels around the country educating people on Common Core), Sandra Stotsky (the woman who wrote the outstanding Massachusetts ELA standards and who was on the validation committee for the ELA/CCSS and wouldn’t sign off on them), Kathleen Jasper (a Floridian who left a job as a vice principal to become an education activist and blogger who is working to push back against high-stakes testing and corporate education “reform”), and Judy Stoehr, (the lone Common Core semi-supporter and former principal, who currently is president of her own educational consulting company). The event was one of the best I’ve ever attended and all four were truly exceptional in their presentation and knowledge.
“It is noteworthy that the organizers of the event originally wanted to have a panel discussion with three PRO and three CON on the panel. They asked multiple people and organizations to fulfill the PRO positions, but the only “PROS” that agreed to send representatives were the Education Department at the University of Delaware and the Parent Teacher Association. Reprehensibly, the Education Department at the University of Delaware and the Parent Teacher Association backed out TWO DAYS BEFORE THE EVENT. WHY???? It is a fact that Bill Gates, who has his intrusive, controlling hands all over multiple educational organizations and businesses in attempting to promote Common Core and impose it on our nation’s students, has given BIG BUCKS to the PTA. It isn’t unreasonable to assume (although of course it can’t be proven) that this could be the reason the PTA backed out. It is truly a shame that such money talks, and it shows the uphill battle we face to get rid of this scourge that has infected our educational system.
“Kathleen Jasper, who was on the panel, wrote an article that is posted on line. It’s entitled “This is What Happens when Educated Women Discuss the Common Core State Standards.” Here is the web site:
“The text of the article is shown below at the bottom of this E-Mail. Kathleen was a major participant in Glenn Beck’s “We Will Not Conform.” When Glenn introduced her, he said that she and he were 180 degrees apart politically, but they agreed in their opposition to many aspects of Common Core. Kathleen was outstanding in his program and also on the Delaware panel.
“A YouTube of the three hour event is supposed to come out soon. When it does, I’ll send out the link. It’s definitely worth viewing.”
Betsy McCaughey, NY Post: “A grim warning cry on soaring US debt”
“. . . The CBO cautioned that America’s unaffordable public programs and crushing debt will condemn us to anemic economic growth.
“Total federal debt will reach $22.3 trillion by 2020. Unsustainable, says the CBO — especially when now-low interest rates return to normal.
“Don’t count on spendaholics in Congress to take this warning seriously. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), for example, responded to the CBO by boasting about this year’ s $468 billion federal deficit — the smallest since Obama took office — and smirking at ‘Republican rhetoric about ‘a big government’ boogeyman.’
“Sorry, senator. The CBO predicts you won’t be seeing deficits that small again except in the rear-view mirror. By 2020, the deficit will nearly double, as federal spending reaches a staggering $4.8 trillion.
“A four-foot stack of $100 bills totals $1 million. To get to $1 billion, you need seven stacks as high as the Washington monument. To get to $4.8 trillion, you need 33,000 Washington monuments.
Or an increasing number of entitlement programs. The CBO report devotes an entire chapter to the nation’s newest entitlement, ObamaCare, presenting three distressing facts on the programs next five years:
– The cost of subsidies on the exchanges will more than triple, from $32 billion to $106 billion in 2020.
– Over the same period, federal Medicaid costs (also goosed by the ObamaCare law) will double.
– Despite all the spending, 30 million people will still be uninsured. That’s more than the number the law helps.
Worst of all is this new CBO prediction: Some 9 million to 10 million people will lose their employer-provided coverage in the next three years. Some will wind up on Medicaid, others in subsidized exchange plans.
Translation: Millions who now earn their benefits will instead be collecting them as government “assistance.” Hardly progress. One out of every four Americans under 65 will be on health welfare. . .”
Todd Beamon, NewsMax: “AG Nominee Gets 2 GOP Endorsements After Witnesses Attack DOJ”
“. . . “If you cross this administration with perfectly accurate reporting they don’t like, you’ll be attacked and punished,” said Sharyl Attkisson, an author and investigative journalist. She is suing the Obama administration for $35 million for allegedly hacking her computer. “Her award-winning reports for CBS News included the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans in 2012 and the botched Fast and Furious gun-running scheme under current Attorney General Eric Holder. “‘The nominee, if confirmed, should chart a new path and reject the damaging policies and practices used by others in the past,’ Attkisson told committee members. ‘If we aren’t grave enough to confront these concerns, it could do serious long-term damage to a supposedly free press.’ “Attkisson was also joined by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and Catherine Englebrecht, founder of True the Vote, which lost a lawsuit filed against the administration and the IRS over the targeting of conservative, tea party and religious groups. . .” “. . . After the testimony concluded, Hatch endorsed Lynch’s nomination from the dias. “I believe she’s not only qualified but exceptionally well-qualified and a very good person, to boot.” “Another GOP committee member, Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, said later he also intended to back Lynch. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he was inclined to do the same. “The endorsements, which appeared to guarantee Lynch’s approval by the Judiciary Committee in coming weeks, came a day after two other Republicans, Sens. Jeff Sessions of Alabama and David Vitter of Louisiana, said they would not support the nomination because of her support of President Barack Obama’s amnesty orders. “If the Judiciary Committee approves Lynch, her nomination would move to the full Senate, where she also is likely to win approval. . .” http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Loretta-Lynch-Eric-Holder-attorney-general-nominee/2015/01/29/id/621622/
NRO: “Resist the Lynch Nomination”
“In Senate confirmation hearings held this week, Ms. Lynch has evaded questions from Louisiana senator David Vitter about whether the amnesty order will actually be carried out on a “case-by-case basis,” as even the administration’s own lawyers say is required by law, and from Utah senator Mike Lee and Texas senator Ted Cruz about whether a future president could, under President Obama’s rationale of “prosecutorial discretion,” decline to enforce tax or labor or environmental laws. But among the things she has stated unequivocally is her belief that the president’s executive order is “legal and constitutional.” She even went further, telling Alabama senator Jeff Sessions that “the right and the obligation to work is one that’s shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here.” Such an assertion is both ahistorical and constitutionally insupportable. But it is the president’s own alarming view, and simply confirms that Ms. Lynch, like Eric Holder, would lend the Justice Department’s endorsement to the president’s lawlessness. . .”
John Fund, NRO: “The Scandals at Justice”
“It is well known in legal circles that Eric Holder’s Justice Department has become so politicized, so unprincipled, and so ethically shoddy that Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s appointee to replace Holder, had to assure senators at her confirmation hearing that she was not Eric Holder.
“Lynch was properly grilled on her views on immigration enforcement, executive orders, and terrorist prosecutions. But so far no senator has dug deep into some of the most abusive cases that Justice has filed, and asked why lower-case justice hasn’t been done.
Also: Erica Werner & Eric Tucker, Yahoo!: “Attorney General nominee defends Obama immigration changes”
“. . .On immigration, Lynch faced numerous questions from Republicans critical of the administration’s new policy granting work permits and temporary deportation relief to some 4 million people who are in the country illegally. The committee chairman, Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa, called the effort ‘a dangerous abuse of executive authority.’
“Lynch said she had no involvement in drafting the measures but called them ‘a reasonable way to marshal limited resources to deal with the problem’ of illegal immigration. She said the Homeland Security Department was focusing on removals of ‘the most dangerous of the undocumented immigrants among us.’
“Pressed by Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a leading immigration hard-liner, she said citizenship was not a right for people in the country illegally but rather a privilege that must be earned. However, when Sessions asked whether individuals in the country legally or those who are here unlawfully have more of a right to a job, Lynch replied, ‘The right and the obligation to work is one that’s shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here.’. . .”
Jacqueline Klimas, Washington Times: “Ash Carter tells senators he’s unlikely to keep Obama promise to close Gitmo”
“Defense secretary nominee set for hearing before Senate Armed Services Committee next week
“. . . Ash Carter, President Obama’s pick to be the new defense secretary, has told senators he doesn’t see any way to close down the prison at Guantanamo Bay over the next two years, putting a major dent in Mr. Obama’s hopes to shut it down before he leaves office.
With no way to quantify how much risk a terrorism suspect would pose to the U.S. if released, it comes down to the personal judgment of the Pentagon’s top civilian, and senators said Mr. Carter — whom Mr. Obama has tapped to replace outgoing Secretary Chuck Hagel — isn’t inclined to approve enough applications to shutter the prison. . .”
Alexander Bolton, The Hill: “Republican leaders look for escape plan on immigration”
“Republican leaders in the House and Senate are boxed in on immigration and searching for a way out.
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) are struggling to find a way to fund the Department of Homeland Security while meeting conservative demands to unwind President Obama’s executive actions giving legal status to millions of immigrants who would otherwise face deportation.
“Congress is only scheduled to be in session for three weeks in February, giving lawmakers little time to craft a funding bill that would prevent an embarrassing shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Feb. 28.
“On Tuesday, the two began wiggling their way out of the tight spot:
- To please conservative critics, Boehner announced at a morning GOP conference meeting that the House would sue the administration for giving de facto legal status to millions of illegal immigrants without congressional approval.
- A day after pulling a House border security bill drafted by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) from a planned floor vote, GOP leaders said McCaul and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) would work together to create a new, tougher border bill.
- McConnell announced at an afternoon press conference that the Senate will vote next week on a House-passed bill funding the DHS but reversing Obama’s executive actions.
- Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.), the vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, pledged at a press conference that Senate Republicans would do “everything we can to persuade at least half a dozen Democrats that they should join us,” adding, “you don’t know how these legislative battles go if you don’t have them, and we intend to have this one.”
“McConnell and Boehner have a ways to go before they are in the clear, however.
“And a familiar endgame — in which Boehner is forced to move legislation through the House with broad Democratic support — could be inevitable. . .”
Eric Owens, Daily Caller: “Communist Party USA Chairman Vows Cooperation with Democratic Party”
“The chairman of the National Committee of the Communist Party USA has penned a 2,023-word manifesto making the critical point that American Communists are eager to work with the Democratic Party to advance the modern communist agenda and achieve communist goals.
“Communist Party chairman John Bachtell published his essay last week at People’s World, a ‘daily news website of, for and by the 99% and the direct descendant of the Daily Worker.’
“‘[L]abor and other key social forces are not about to leave the Democratic Party anytime soon,’ Bachtell promised. ‘They still see Democrats as the most realistic electoral vehicle’ to fight against perceived class enemies. . .”
ISR . . .
Joel Pollak, Big Peace: “Bibi Surges in Israeli Polls”
Bibi has a further advantage – BO’s agents are in ISR to prevent Bibi’s reelection.
“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is enjoying a surge in the latest opinion polls of Israeli voters. The Jerusalem Post reports that its latest poll shows Bibi’s party, the Likud, is leading the race for the first time in weeks. Other polls agree, and show the Likud leading its rival, the Zionist Union, which is a combination of the Labor and Hatnua parties.
“The Post attributes Netanyahu’s improved showing to the cross-border conflict with Hezbollah, which attacked Israeli soldiers earlier this week, killing two. The attack was a retaliation, likely orchestrated by Iran, for Israel’s strike on a Hezbollah convoy in the Syrian Golan Heights earlier this month, in which an Iranian brigadier general was also killed.
“However, this is also a week in which Netanyahu has been the target of withering criticism from the American and Israeli left over his decision to accept Speaker of the House John Boehner’s invitation to address Congress in March. If that has harmed Netanyahu, it has not prevented him from taking the lead–and it may even have rallied Israeli voters around him.
“Netanyahu has long led widely in polls that ask Israeli voters which candidate would be the best prime minister. However, Israelis vote for parties, not for candidates. If Likud does not win Mar. 17, Netanyahu could be ousted. On the other hand, polls show that the coalition of parties opposing Netanyahu is losing badly to the coalition that might restore him to power. . .”
Roger Simon, PJM: “Big Bad Bibi”
“Fee fi fo fum. Big bad Bibi is coming to DC town — and Barack is VERY angry. Not only that, and possibly worse, Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic may be equally as angry. The journalist insists Netanyahu making a speech to Congress at the speaker’s invitation is a ‘disaster’ or — in the words of my grandmother — ‘not good for the Jews.’ And Jeff should know. He’s an important guy, I am told. He gets to talk… to Barack.
“Goldberg accuses Netanyahu of electioneering (a rare thing indeed for a politician) and not showing the proper “RESPECT” for our president (cue Aretha), who always demonstrates so much respect for the Israeli prime minister.
“Excuse me while I rend my clothes. Meanwhile, lost in Goldberg’s posturing, and the funfkeying by such great State Department intellects as Jen Psaki, is the subject of Netanyahu’s putative speech. What was it? Oh, yes… Iran. Now I remember. That country that has its hand in nearly every piece of Islamic mayhem from Buenos Aires to Sanaa.
“Oh, wait. I made another mistake. I said Islamic mayhem. That’s a no-no for Goldberg’s hero. I meant, um, ‘workplace violence.’ Better? Good. The death of Alberto Nisman in Argentina was ‘workplace violence,’ no? He was at work, investigating the coverup of the terror bombing of that Buenos Aires Jewish center that killed 85 and wounded over 300 by Hezbollah or whoever it was. They’re not Islamic, are they?
“Anyway, not to worry. We have our best journalistic minds at work. Goldberg and others similar have assured us that Barack Obama has the best interests of Israel and obviously the West in mind. We shouldn’t be concerned that Iran has been continuing to advance its technology and nuclear capabilities, even building ICBMs (what do they want with those — Israel’s not that far away) while talks drone on and on and on. Obama will pull something out of the hat. He always has. Look at Libya. Oh, wait… That was just the jayvee team.
William Kristol, Townhall: “Obama’s Israel Problem”
Israel is the greatest threat to Obama’s courting favor with Islam for his & Jarrett’s next jobs . . . perhaps Mr. Obama is putting his own political fortunes above the relationship between Israel and the United States . . .
“The Obama administration is angry with Israel. Here’s the administration’s house organ, the New York Times, this morning:
‘WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders’ invitation to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House.
‘The outrage the episode has incited within President Obama’s inner circle became clear in unusually sharp criticism by a senior administration official who said that the Israeli ambassador, Ron Dermer, who helped orchestrate the invitation, had repeatedly placed Mr. Netanyahu’s political fortunes above the relationship between Israel and the United States.(emph added, jb)
‘The official who made the comments to The New York Times would not be named…’
Of course, the official who last summer called Prime Minister Netanyahu a “coward” and a “chickens–t” would not be named either. But there is no reason to think those unnamed angry officials do not speak for an angry president.
The Obama White House usually prides itself on not getting angry. Its self-image is that it’s cool, calm, and collected. And it doesn’t get angry at, for example, the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Obama White House understands and appreciates the complexities of the Islamic Republic’s politics and history. It is only with respect to the Jewish state that the Obama White House is impatient, peremptory, and angry.
Why has Obama been lashing out? Because he had a dream. He was to be the American president who would preside at, and take credit for, the founding of a Palestinian state. Obama would be to Palestine what Harry Truman was to Israel. Now it’s clear that’s not going to happen during his presidency. Obama’s frustrated that it’s not going to happen. So he lashes out.
But Obama is still pursuing another dream: to be the American president who goes to Tehran, who achieves with Iran what Richard Nixon achieved with China. And he thinks Israel, and Israel’s friends in the United States, stand in the way of achieving that dream. So he has another reason to be angry.
Of course, it’s not Israel but reality that stands in the way of Obama’s dreams.
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Can Israel Survive?” “Traditional pillars of the tiny democracy’s security have begun to erode.
“. . . Given the rise of radical Islam, the huge petrodollar wealth of the Middle East, and lopsided demography, how has Israel so far survived?
The Jewish state has always depended on three unspoken assumptions for its tenuous existence.
“First, a democratic, nuclear Israel can deter larger enemies. In the Cold War, Soviet-backed Arab enemies understood that Israel’s nuclear arsenal prevented them from destroying Tel Aviv.
“Second, the Western traditions of Israel — free-market capitalism, democracy, human rights — ensured a dynamic economy, high-tech weapons, innovative industry, and stable government. In other words, 8 million Israelis could count on a greater gross domestic product, less internal violence, and more innovation than, say, nearby Egypt, a mess with ten times more people than Israel and nearly 50 times more land.
“Third, Israel counted on Western moral support from America and Europe, as well as military support from the United States.
“Israel’s stronger allies have often come to the defense of its democratic principles and pointed out that the world applies an unfair standard to Israel, largely out of envy of its success, anti-Semitism, fear of terrorism, and fondness of oil exporters.
“Why, for example, does the United Nations focus so much attention on Palestinians who fled Israel nearly 70 years ago but ignore Muslims who were forced out of India, or Jews who were ethnically cleansed from the cities of the Middle East? Why doesn’t the world worry that Nicosia is a more divided city than Jerusalem, or that Turkey occupies northern Cyprus, or that China occupies Tibet?
“Unfortunately, two of these three traditional pillars of Israeli security have eroded.
“When the United States arbitrarily lifted tough sanctions against Iran and became a de facto partner with the Iranian theocracy in fighting the Islamic State, it almost ensured that Iran will get a nuclear bomb. Iran has claimed that it wishes to destroy Israel, as if its own apocalyptic sense of self makes it immune from classical nuclear deterrence. . .”
PA . . .
Evan Grossman, Watchdog: “Philadelphia sizes up more charter schools”
“The School District of Philadelphia could be on the verge of a historic expansion of the city’s charter school program.
“Accepting applications for the first time since 2007, the district received 40 proposals in October from groups interested in opening new charter schools and it could expand the program, turning almost half of the entire city into charters.
“There are currently 67,000 students attending 84 charter schools in Philadelphia and more than 40,000 names on waiting lists to get into charters, according to Philly School Choice. “There is no set number of schools the district must approve or reject.
“‘It’s been a long time coming,’ said Todd Ziebarth, senior vice president of state advocacy and support for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. ‘We think there is a real possibility of expanding the number of high-quality public school options in the area.’
House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, last week endorsed expanding the charter program during a town hall meeting at Mastery Shoemaker School in West Philadelphia with parents who want more school choice options for their children.
“‘We ourselves saw folks that were already running schools that were applying, and they’re already doing a better job than the traditional public schools are doing, and we are very hopeful that when the final decisions get made that a significant number of the charter applicants are approved,’ Turzai said.
“The debate over charter schools in Philadelphia has been fierce. . .”
Elizabeth Harrington, FreeBeacon: “Philadelphia Fire Department Under Investigation for Threesomes in Fire Houses”
“. . .CBS 3 reports that the Office of the Philadelphia Inspector General is investigating as many as 12 firefighters for having sex on the job.
According to the report:
‘Among the allegations under investigation, a female member found engaging in sexual activity with two male members inside a vehicle and, sources confirm, sexual activity among the female member and male members at several firehouses around the city.
‘While top city officials aren’t commenting, sources say investigators from the Special Victims Unit were immediately alerted to the allegations months ago, but determined there were no grounds for filing criminal charges. The Inspector General then took over the investigation.’
“Disciplinary action is being considered, as well as ‘additional sensitivity training’ to address the problem. . .”
Mark Levin (Inga Barks) 1/29/15
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show, Inga Barks of KNZR in Bakersfield, CA, fills in for Mark. Inga announces that Mark Levin has signed a five year contract extension with Cumulus/Westwood One. Inga explains that Mark is a necessary voice we need to get us through the 2016 elections. Also, President Obama is so offended that Benjamin Netanyahu is coming to the U.S that he’s sent former staffers from his re-election campaign to Israel to undermine Netanyahu’s re-election. Victor Davis Hanson calls in to discuss Netanyahu and the state of Israel in response to radical Islam and the rise of anti-Israel dictatorships. Later, Senator Jeff Sessions calls out GOP senators for supporting Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch because of her support of amnesty. Inga is joined by Bob Dane from FAIR, who warns us about the dangers of amnesty and leaving Obama’s executive power unchecked.’
Also: Westwood One Announces Long-Term Extension of The Mark Levin Show
Popular Show Hosted by Mark Levin Renewed Through 2020
AWR Hawkins, BigGovt: “Gun Range Owner Bans Muslims, Business Quadruples”
“In the five months since Hot Springs, Arkansas, gun range owner Jan Morgan banned Muslims from her facilities, she has seen business quadruple. She has also faced threats and the prospect of lawsuits, which so far, have not materialized.
“Morgan owns Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range.
“According to Fox News, Morgan decided to ban Muslims after ‘two customers she deemed suspicious’ showed up in September. Since that time, she has excluded those ‘she believes to be Muslim based upon their names.’
“Morgan sees it as a safety issue. She said, ‘We are dealing in lethal firearms. I am not going to let a Nazi shoot in here, or a Ku Klux Klan member in here, either.’
“The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has written Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to intervene. . .”
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!