LEADS: BOYLE – Paul vs. Lynch; KLEIN – Jindal health plan; ERICKSON – Roger Ailes; MORRIS – Walker could win; NewsOK – WVa saves coal; FARHI – Williams; CIRILLI – Fed fires @ Paul; SPIERING – BO’s secret Muslim meeting.
ISR: BOELHO/KARADSHEH – Jordan vs ISIS; SCARBOROUGH – BO refused drones for Jordan; WEXLER – FIDF news; KLEIN – Obama organizer in ISR.
PA: STAUB – Tax the miners; SYNDER – Ups & Downs.
END NOTES: ERICKSON – BO not a Christian; GOLDBERG – BO’s horse pucky.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Recommended: www.Lucinne.com; JANET – Track the RINOs; VF Patriots Feb 13th Mtg
LEADS . . .
Matthew Boyle, Big Govt: “‘Oh, She’s Going Down’: Rand Paul Comes Out Swinging against Loretta Lynch’s Nomination”
“Sen. Rand Paul will oppose—very publicly—the nomination of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States.
“The Kentucky Republican is unveiling his opposition to Lynch on Greta Van Susteren’s On The Record program on Fox News.
“Earlier Wednesday, in his office in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Breitbart News watched as the senator’s legal and press team briefed him final time before the interview. Sergio Gor, Paul’s communications director, his press secretary Eleanor May and attorney Brian Darling were all present.
“Paul asked the team about Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) question during Lynch’s Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing about whether she’d oppose using a drone to kill an American citizen on American soil.
“When Paul heard about her non-answer—she wouldn’t commit that the federal government does not have such authority—he was incredulous. Furthermore, Paul was appalled that Lynch came out in favor of President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty and the use of asset forfeiture—where the federal government seizes people’s property sometimes with flimsy reasoning, something even the Obama administration has offered slight opposition to—and then told his office staff he’s going to oppose her and aim to derail her nomination chances. “Oh, she’s going down,” Paul said to the room. . .”
Philip Klein, Washington Examiner: “The Bobby Jindal healthcare crusade that could shape 2016”
“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has laid down a marker on conservative alternatives to President Obama’s healthcare law that could shape the 2016 Republican presidential race — even if he doesn’t win.
“On Tuesday, Jindal wrote a letter to Congress, putting members on notice: ‘(C)onservatives need to focus on truly conservative health reforms — and not merely a slightly-less-liberal plan.’
“He followed this up with a speech in Washington, D.C., where he took a swipe at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
‘If the whole point of this election was simply to give John Boehner and Mitch McConnell nicer offices, let’s give them back,’ Jindal said, as reported by my Washington Examiner colleague Jason Russell. ‘What is the point of having a Republican” Party if it’s only going to become a second liberal party?’
“Jindal is actually fired up about something that, at first, sounds like a rather mundane technical matter involving budgetary baselines. But he’s really highlighting one of the key fault lines on the right when it comes to crafting alternatives to the healthcare law . . .”
Erick Erickson, Red State: “Roger Ailes Confronts the Evil While the Also Rans Cower in Fear”
“It is times like this that I am very proud of Fox News, where I am a political contributor. The national news media, right now collectively apologizing for Brian Williams, is collectively attacking Roger Ailes and Fox News for showing the ISIS video of the gruesome burning of the Jordanian pilot.
“It is not a coincidence that the very same networks attacking Roger Ailes and Fox News are the same networks that got their panties in a wad over showing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. It’s not that the networks are fearful of providing ISIS a propaganda moment. It’s that they’re chicken and moral cowards. . .”
Dick Morris, The Hill: “Dick Morris: Scott Walker could win”
“Scott Walker is the only ambidextrous candidate in the Republican field. He appeals equally to the Republican establishment and the Tea Party/evangelical wingers.
“All other candidates fit neatly in one or the other box. While Jeb Bush’s record in Florida used to make him the most attractive member of his family to conservatives, he has blown that accolade with his strong support for immigration amnesty and Common Core.
“Chris Christie was never the darling of conservatives, but his appeal to establishment Republicans is obvious.
“Neither Bush nor Christie is a switch-hitter.
On the right, Ted Cruz’s views fit the Tea Party like a glove but his brand of fiery politics may be too much for establishment ears. He is so effective and so on target that he scares the cautious GOP establishment to death. Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum have perfect pitch in appealing to evangelicals, but, perforce, are too out there for the more establishment types.
“Rand Paul and Marco Rubio both have the potential to be transcendent, Paul because he is blazing new ideological grounds and Rubio because of his cautious, respectful tone.
“But both are very young and the establishment doesn’t want to take chances. Can Rubio hold his own on a national stage (without frequent gulps of water)? Can Paul’s libertarian ideology catch on? The establishment would rather not find out with the presidency on the line.
Paul also runs afoul of the national security wing of the establishment, a potent part of the centrist coalition.
“Rick Perry once spanned the centrist and Tea Party wings of the party — until he imploded in 2012. Can he recover from his ungraceful exit last time? Can he overcome the phony indictment under which partisan Texas prosecutors have forced him to labor? We don’t know yet.
“Cruz, Paul, Rubio, Huckabee, Santorum and Perry are all are hoping to be crossovers, keeping their Tea Party base but appealing to the center as well. But Walker is effortlessly able to battle for the establishment, the Tea Party and the evangelical vote. And there is no reason for him to have trouble with national security voters, either.
“The Wisconsin governor has been elected and reelected, and defeated a recall attempt in a key swing state. His combat credentials are enough to assuage worries the establishment might have about a first-time candidate. His record on job creation and fiscal discipline is admirable. He is the Christie who succeeded; Wisconsin is where the New Jersey governor dreamed his state would be.
“Yet Walker’s credentials as a battler against the left earn him backing from the right wing of the Republican Party, including his stand against municipal unions, amnesty and Common Core.
“From the Republican point of view, he is America’s most successful governor. He offers a chance to take the education issue away from Hillary Clinton. He has actually turned a school system around, ironically, by applying some of the very same remedies Clinton first proposed in Arkansas in 1982 but has long since abandoned in her sycophancy toward the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers.
“And Walker has been vetted. He has been through a trial by fire that no other GOP presidential aspirant has. Under the constant pressure of the municipal labor unions, continuously tested in recalls (both his own and his senators’), he has survived nicely.
“Energetic, young, charismatic and fresh, Walker provides just the kind of generational contrast Clinton has most to fear. And, now with Mitt Romney out of the race, he can spread his wings.”
NewsOK: “West Virginia governor approves energy act repeal”
“CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill deleting a state energy portfolio Tuesday, the first proposal to hit his desk from the newly minted Republican Legislature.
“The Democratic governor approved the repeal of the Alternative and Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard after lawmakers overwhelmingly voted for it. Previously, Tomblin said the law wouldn’t make a big difference, one way or another.
“‘In 2009 when the Legislature approved West Virginia’s Alternative Renewable Energy Portfolio, the Act had overwhelming support from business and industry,’ Tomblin said in a news release. ‘We understand economic drivers and factors change over time, and the Act as it was passed in 2009 is no longer beneficial for our state.’
“The standard requires utilities serving at least 30,000 residential customers to generate 25 percent of their electricity with renewable or alternative power sources by 2025. City-owned utilities and rural electric cooperatives are exempt.
“With alternative power’s broad definition in state law, even environmental groups weren’t particularly enthusiastic about the standard. Most of the energy sources that qualified for credits came from burning coal in some fashion. . .”
Paul Farhi, WaPo: “Brian Williams admits that his story of coming under fire while in Iraq was false”
Tell us one more time Ms. Hillary about the time you were attacked in Bosnia . . . Maybe Brian could be her running mate . . .
“NBC News anchor Brian Williams conceded on Wednesday that a story he had told about being under fire while covering the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was false.
“Williams said he was not aboard a helicopter that was hit by enemy fire and forced down — a story he retold as recently as last week during a televised tribute to a retired soldier during a New York Rangers hockey game.
“On ‘NBC Nightly News’ Wednesday evening, Williams read a 50-second statement apologizing for his characterization of the episode.
“‘After a groundfire incident in the desert during the Iraq war invasion, I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,’ he said. ‘It did not take long to hear from some brave men and women in the air crews who were also in that desert. I want to apologize. I said I was traveling in an aircraft that was hit by [rocket-propelled grenade] fire. I was instead in a following aircraft. . . . This was a bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran and, by extension, our brave military men and women, veterans everywhere, those who have served while I did not.’. . .”
Also: Chris Stigall, CBS Philly: “Sharyl Attkisson: Brian Williams Not Alone; Hillary Clinton Lied About Being Shot at in Bosnia”
“. . . Attkisson still has the video from her story notes that compared what Clinton said happened vs. what she says actually happened.
“The video showed, and I thought that this was a pretty good way to explain it—I put her in a box saying ‘we get off the plane and we had to duck and run for cover and there was sniper fire and then I show the video of what was really happening and she’s getting off the plane and she’s waving, shaking hands with a little school girl…”
Kevin Cirilli, The Hill: “Fed fires back at Rand Paul”
“The Federal Reserve is lashing out at Sen. Rand Paul’s plan to give Congress more oversight over the central bank, a proposal that could gain traction in the new Republican-led Congress.
“The Kentucky Republican reintroduced his “Audit the Fed” legislation last month with 30 co-sponsors, including other potential 2016 GOP hopefuls, Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Marco Rubio (Fla.).
“The proposal — once championed by his father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) —would subject the central bank to an audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Regional bank presidents from around the country are decrying the plan, which they argue could damage the economy. . .”
Charlie Spiering, Big Govt: “The White House Won’t Reveal Who Attended Obama’s Secret Meeting with Muslim Leaders”
“President Obama met with American Muslim leaders this afternoon, according to the White House schedule, but so far the administration is unwilling to reveal who attended the meeting, which was closed to the press.
“The White House released a readout of the meeting explaining that Obama discussed “a range of domestic and foreign policy issues” including Obamacare, police fairness, anti-Muslim discrimination, and the upcoming Summit on Countering Violence Extremism.
“‘The President discussed the need to continue countering ISIL and other groups that commit horrific acts of violence, purportedly in the name of Islam,’ the readout continued.
“White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended the meeting during his daily press briefing, pointing out that it wasn’t ‘unusual’ for the president to meet with ‘a wide variety of communities from across the country.’
“Sometimes that includes religious leaders; sometimes that includes leaders that are involved in academia or other specific issue areas,” he explained.
“But the White House was unwilling to release the names of leaders who attended the meeting. . .”
ISR . . .
Greg Botelho & Jomana Karadsheh, CNN: “Jordan unleashes wrath on ISIS: ‘This is just the beginning’”
“Karak, Jordan (CNN)Two days after news emerged that ISIS had burned a captive Jordanian pilot to death, the Middle Eastern nation hit back, and is promising more.
“Fighter jets carried out airstrikes Thursday, then returned to fly over the home of the slain 27-year-old pilot, Lt. Moath al-Kasasbeh, in the village of Ay in Karak governorate.
“‘This is just the beginning and you shall know who the Jordanians are,’ the armed forces said in a statement on state TV.
“They claimed hits on ISIS training centers, arms and ammunition depots: “All targets were completely destroyed and all the planes returned to their bases safely.”
“The air mission was named “Moath the Martyr.” State TV aired exclusive video footage of warplanes striking unspecified ISIS positions in Syria.
“Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh later stressed to CNN that the airstrikes marked the beginning of his nation’s retaliation over the pilot’s death, but not the start of its fight against terrorism. He vowed to destroy ISIS. . .”
Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times: “Obama rejected Jordanian King Abdullah’s pleas for Predator drones”
“The refusal, disclosed by a House Armed Services Committee member, has gained attention since Jordan has emerged as a critical player in a U.S.-led coalition to destroy the Islamist terrorist group in the days after it released a video of its execution by fire of a captured Jordanian military pilot. . .”
Tzvia Wexler, FIDF: News
“EXCLUSIVE APRIL 16-24, 2015 FIDF NATIONAL DELEGATION TO POLAND AND ISRAEL
“Delegation participants will partake in military exercises and will mark Israel’s Memorial and Independence Days with official ceremonies. Among an abundance of many other highlights, they will be part of a ‘Witness in Uniform’ ceremony that includes a march into Aushwitz with IDF officers. I encourage you to make 2015 the year to take this journey of a lifetime.
“The first FIDF Program for Medical Professionals is coming up.
“Our Chapter’s Young Leaders Division continues to grow and is reaching more students in the area.
“The Pittsburgh community welcomed Major General Klifi-Amir and myself in January. Plans are already underway for our next visit.
“90 young lacrosse players from the U.S. and Europe visited an Israeli army base arranged by FIDF, in December.
“Let’s continue the new year together to make an impact on the IDF soldiers.
“Shabbat Shalom . . .”
Aaron Klein, WND: “Meet Obama organizer working to boot Bibi”
“Mentored by disciple of notorious radical Saul Alinsky
“TEL AVIV – Jeremy Bird, the national field director for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, specializes in the revolutionary tactics infamously pioneered by radical community organizer Saul Alinsky.
“WND has found that Bird was schooled by a key figure in Alinksy’s organizing movement and that he has since been involved in scores of progressive political campaigns seeking to fundamentally transform the U.S.
“Bird has played a central role in a major organizing effort attempting to make Texas a swing state; in a political super PAC created to draft Hillary Clinton to the 2016 ticket; and an international anti-gun effort founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, among many others.
“Now Bird is taking his wildly successful Chicago-esque, Alinsky brand of community organizing to Tel Aviv, where the field specialist has been making headlines for his paid consultancy to V15, an Israeli organization working to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the general elections here in March.
“V15 hired Bird’s firm, 270 Strategies, to oversee the Israeli group’s field and organizing efforts. . .”
PA . . .
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Déjà vu: Lawmakers return with another severance tax proposal”
“The same bipartisan group of state representatives that gathered a little more than a year ago to propose a 4.9 percent severance tax on the natural gas industry returned Wednesday with another proposal to extract more money from drilling companies and spread it around the state.
“The main difference this time is the lawmakers are proposing stacking a 3.2 percent severance tax on top of an existing local impact fee that has already brought in upwards of $600 million for communities affected by drilling.
“Effectively taxing the industry at about a 5 percent rate, the setup would still allow money to flow into the communities impacted most by drilling, while $564 million would be split between education, human services, pension obligations and environmental programs, with education getting the biggest cut of the funds, the lawmakers said.
“It is time for the natural gas industry to pay their fair share,” said state Rep. Tom Murt, a Republican from Montgomery County who joined fellow GOP state Rep. Gene DiGirolamo and two Democratic lawmakers, state Reps. Harry Readshaw and Pam DeLissio, in sponsoring the legislation.
“New Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, supports a severance tax — a stark difference between him and his Republican predecessor, Tom Corbett — but has not endorsed any specific legislation yet, said his press secretary, Jeffrey Sheridan.
“Still, the lawmakers could have big problems pushing their proposal through their own chamber. . .”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: “Ups & Downs”
“Guilty pleas, money and the New York Times. See who made this week’s list!
“Rob McCord. Last week was bad, this week was much worse. Just hours after we posted last week’s rankings, the ex-State Treasurer said that he was pleading guilty to federal charges and revealed he had threatened potential donors with political payback. Later, we found out he was pleading guilty to two charges of extortion. While it remains unclear what McCord’s ultimate punishment will be, his fall is an extraordinary lesson in political ambition. Last week we described McCord’s future as “murky at best”. That now looks like too optimistic a diagnosis.
“Anthony Williams. Money is the mother’s milk of politics and in a race where there may be less of it than usual, it becomes even more important. So Anthony Williams got a double dose of great news this week. First, it was revealed he has the most cash on hand from 2014 of any candidate. Then, we found out Williams is receiving $250,000 worth of help from an independent expenditure group. Therefore, at this moment, the State Senator is far ahead of his opponents in the race for cash.
“Jim Kenney. The long process is finally over and Kenney is officially in the mayoral race. The entry of the ex-Councilman has shook up the race a bit, especially since Kenney appears to be trying to fill the void left by Trujillo’s departure (he has even hired some of Trujillo’s former staffers). The only candidate with Council experience now in the race, Kenney could have a very real shot if Williams disappoints.
“Lynne Abraham. In the zero-sum game of an election for Mayor, the gains of the two candidates mentioned above come at the expense of another. Now, the former District Attorney has to deal with Kenney possibly elbowing her out as the Williams alternative and Williams having the money edge. Additionally, Abraham had some friendly fire come her way from former Gov. (and human quote machine) Ed Rendell. Finally, the Inquirer pointed out that she changed her long-held views on marijuana decriminalization, raising charges that she flip-flopped.
“Rick Santorum. For a time, the former PA Senator threatened Mitt Romney’s claim on the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Santorum’s second run, however, is not looking as strong, even in his home state. He finished tied for fourth (8%) in support among Republicans in the latest Quinnipiac poll. Even worse, just 56% of the PA GOP have a favorable opinion of the man who should be their favorite son. Finally, Santorum currently trails Hillary Clinton by twenty points (54% to 34%) in a head-to-head matchup.
“PA’s National Relevance. Three times in the last month, Pennsylvania has found itself the focus of a feature piece in “the paper of record”, the New York Times. Last month, it was Tom Wolf, on Tuesday it was Kathleen Kane and Thursday, Jake Corman. This is a stark reminder of just how frantic Keystone State politics have been recently. Let’s hope it stays that way.”
END NOTES . . .
Erick Erickson, Red State: “Barack Obama Is Not a Christian in Any Meaningful Way”
“I am not sure he needs to continue the charade. With no more elections for him, he might as well come out as the atheist/agnostic that he is.1 He took his first step in doing so yesterday in a speech reeking with contempt for faith in general and Christianity in particular.
Saying that violent acts are not representative of Islam, the President then attacked Christians for the Crusades (started as a response to Islamic invasion), the Inquisition (a Catholic thing, not us Protestants), slavery (abolished thanks to Christians), and Jim Crow (Dr. King also had a “Reverend” in front of his name).
“Despite the interpretations and defenses of the President on what he meant, he gave away the game with a bit of the speech not given nearly as much play in the media. From the transcript:
‘I believe that the starting point of faith is some doubt — not being so full of yourself and so confident that you are right and that God speaks only to us, and doesn’t speak to others, that God only cares about us and doesn’t care about others, that somehow we alone are in possession of the truth.’ . . .”
Also: Roger Simon, PJM: “A Jew Examines Why Obama Never Names Islam”
A simpler reason: BO is worried about his next job . . .
“The reason is not complicated. Obama is not a religious person. He rarely appears in church, except for political purposes. He is titularly a Christian, but identifies emotionally, from his youth in Indonesian madrassas and from his ideological predisposition, with Third World Muslims. But now he is confronted with those same Muslims behaving like barbarians across Africa and the Middle East and sometimes into Europe and America.
“What would be his reaction to that? Pretty much what it is for most throughout the Islamic world — shame. As many have noted, Islam is a shame culture (the kind of society that will go berserk over cartoons) and, like it or not, our president is part of it culturally. That does not mean he is stoning adulterers or cutting off the hands of thieves or treating women like chattel, but it does mean he is genuinely and quite deeply ashamed of the religion he, in part, came from. He cannot adjust to or accept the calamities it is causing. Unlike the president of Egypt, he cannot name it.
“This also explains Obama’s determination to whitewash the behavior of Iran and make a deal with the Islamic Republic that will jeopardize the entire world. It also helps make more clear his ambivalent (at best) relationship to the state of Israel and its leaders.
“It grieves me much to write this, because it is a horrible situation. Obama is not a Manchurian candidate and never was. He never had to be. He is just absolutely the wrong human being to be leading the West at this point in history. Heaven help us.”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Horse Pucky from Obama”
“The president’s comparison of Christianity to radical Islam defies logic.
“. . . as odd as it may sound for a guy named Goldberg to point it out, the Inquisition and the Crusades aren’t the indictments Obama thinks they are. For starters, the Crusades — despite their terrible organized cruelties — were a defensive war.
‘The Crusades could more accurately be described as a limited, belated and, in the last analysis, ineffectual response to the jihad — a failed attempt to recover by a Christian holy war what had been lost to a Muslim holy war,’ writes Bernard Lewis, the greatest living English-language historian of Islam.
“As for the Inquisition, it needs to be clarified that there was no single ‘Inquisition,’ but many. And most were not particularly nefarious. For centuries, whenever the Catholic Church launched an inquiry or investigation, it mounted an ‘inquisition,’ which means pretty much the same thing.
“Historian Thomas Madden, director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University, writes that the ‘Inquisition was not born out of desire to crush diversity or oppress people; it was rather an attempt to stop unjust executions.’
“In medieval Europe, heresy was a crime against the state, Madden explains. Local nobles, often greedy, illiterate, and eager to placate the mob, gleefully agreed to execute people accused of witchcraft or some other forms of heresy. By the 1100s, such accusations were causing grave injustices (in much the same way that apparatchiks in Communist countries would level charges of disloyalty in order to have rivals “disappeared”).
‘The Catholic Church’s response to this problem was the Inquisition,’ Madden explains, ‘first instituted by Pope Lucius III in 1184.’
“I cannot defend everything done under the various Inquisitions — especially in Spain — because some of it was indefensible. But there’s a very important point to make here that transcends the scoring of easy, albeit deserved, points against Obama’s approach to Islamic extremism (which he will not call Islamic): Christianity, even in its most terrible days, even under the most corrupt popes, even during the most unjustifiable wars, was indisputably a force for the improvement of man.
“Christianity ended greater barbarisms under pagan Rome. The church often fell short of its ideals — which all human things do — but its ideals were indisputably a great advance for humanity. Similarly, while some rationalized slavery and Jim Crow in the U.S. by invoking Christianity, it was ultimately the ideals of Christianity itself that dealt the fatal blow to those institutions. Just read any biography of Martin Luther King Jr. if you don’t believe me. . .”
ANNOUNCEMENTS . . .
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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!