“WASHINGTON (AP) — An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don’t forget your vegetables.”
LEADS: KYCZYNSKI – Secession happens; SCAHILL & BEGLEY – Encryption stolen; WILLIAMSON – Walker immune; STRASSEL – Clinton super PAC; ROGERS – BO by a thread; HABERMAN & CONFESSORE – Christie fades; HEMINGWAY – Internet regulations; CORSI – Lynchtime spills.
AMNESTY: Drudge links.
ISIS – BO’s next job: WATSON – TEA a bigger threat; WOOD – What ISIS wants; NOONAN – Admin drifts on denial; JONES – Founded in Islam; RUBIN – Terrorism questions; WILLIAMS – Italy preps for attack.
ISR: NY POST – Why Bibi talks.
PA: BRIGGS – Stripper pol(e)s; KNEPPER – Extraction tax & pensions; SNYDER – Ups & Downs.
END NOTES: JPost – Snow in Jerusalem; DRUDGE links about the weather.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Pam Geller: $10,000 Muhammad Art and Cartoon Contest to be Held at Site of ‘Stand with the Prophet’ Conference in Texas; Steve Piotrowski, Wolf’s Background Checks; Janet – Track the rinos.
Recommended: www.Lucianne.com; JANET – Track the RINOs
LEADS . . .
Andrew Kyczynski, Buzzfeed: Ron Paul: “‘Good News’ That Secession Is Happening”
“Former Republican presidential candidate and congressman Ron Paul says secession is happening and it’s ‘good news.’ Paul later predicted the states would stop listening to federal laws.
“‘I would like to start off by talking about the subject and the subject is secession and, uh, nullification, the breaking up of government, and the good news is it’s gonna happen. It’s happening,’ Paul, the father of potential Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul, told a gathering at the libertarian Mises Institute in late January. The event Paul was speaking at was titled ‘Breaking Away: The Case for Secession.’
“Paul said secession would not be legislated by Congress, but would be de facto, predicting ‘when conditions break down…there’s gonna be an alternative.’
“‘And it’s not gonna be because there will be enough people in the U.S. Congress to legislate it. It won’t happen. It will be de facto. You know, you’ll have a gold standard when the paper standard fails, and we’re getting awfully close to that. And people will have to resort to taking care of themselves. So when conditions break down, you know, there’s gonna be an alternative. And I think that’s what we’re witnessing.’
“Later, Paul said the Federal Reserve would end and the states would stop listening to federal laws they didn’t agree with. . .”
Jeremy Scahill & Josh Begley, FirstLook: “How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle”
“AMERICAN AND BRITISH spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
“The hack was perpetrated by a joint unit consisting of operatives from the NSA and its British counterpart Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. The breach, detailed in a secret 2010 GCHQ document, gave the surveillance agencies the potential to secretly monitor a large portion of the world’s cellular communications, including both voice and data.
“The company targeted by the intelligence agencies, Gemalto, is a multinational firm incorporated in the Netherlands that makes the chips used in mobile phones and next-generation credit cards. . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Walker Is Immune to Democrats’ Class-Warfare Virus”
“Let Republicans unleash him on the Duchess of Chappaqua.
Atop years of management experience, a glistening conservative-reform record, and eleven consecutive victories for county and state offices among reliably Democratic voters, Governor Scott Walker (R., Wis.) offers Republicans this secret weapon: a battle-tested executive who is immune to the Richie Rich caricature that Democrats hurl at GOP nominees. Especially opposite Hillary Clinton, Walker — not Jeb Bush — is fully vaccinated against the Left’s class-warfare virus. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/414105/walker-immune-democrats-class-warfare-virus-deroy-murdock
Kimberley Strassel, WSJ: “The Clinton Foundation Super PAC”
“It’s past time to drop the fiction that the Clinton Foundation is a charity.
“. . . With the news this week that Mrs. Clinton—the would-be occupant of the White House—is landing tens of millions from foreign governments for her shop, it’s long past time to drop the fiction that the Clinton Foundation has ever been a charity. It’s a political shop. Bill and Hillary have simply done with the foundation what they did with cattle futures and “”Whitewater and the Lincoln Bedroom and Johnny Chung—they’ve exploited the system.
“Most family charities exist to allow self-made Americans to disperse their good fortune to philanthropic causes. The Clinton Foundation exists to allow the nation’s most powerful couple to use their not-so-subtle persuasion to exact global tribute for a fund that promotes the Clintons. . .”
Also: Matthew Continetti, “The Bill, Hillary, Chelsea and His Royal Highness King Salman of Saudi Arabia Clinton Foundation
“Column: It’s not just that Hillary’s corrupt. It’s that she’s also clueless. . .”
Ed Rogers, WaPo: “The Insiders: Obama’s governing legacy hangs by a legal thread”
“It is remarkable that despite all of the political talent, goodwill and positive momentum Barack Obama had when he came into office, his policies – both domestic and international – are in tatters. And it is ironic that the former law professor’s two biggest “accomplishments” — Obamacare and executive orders on immigration — are hanging precariously by a legal thread.
“The long arm of the law is catching up with Obama. The King v. Burwell ruling looming in the Supreme Court could completely undermine the viability of Obamacare if the justices rule that the law be interpreted as written, not as the White House now hopes. Meanwhile, 26 states have brought a case that would prevent Obama’s executive orders on immigration — which would create new exceptions for many individuals to stay in the United States in defiance of what has, up until now, been a well-established law — from being implemented. “A federal court judge has issued a temporary injunctive order declaring that the case against the president can go forward. In both cases, Obama is left hoping that a sympathetic court will allow unprecedented one-man rule and create a new era in which a president can rewrite existing laws in a manner never contemplated in the Constitution.
“The president’s glaring disregard of the plain language of the law is finally getting its day in court. . .”
Maggie Haberman & Nicholas Confessore, NYT: “Critics in G.O.P. Say Chris Christie Is in a ‘Bubble’”
“He does not return phone calls. He does not ask for support. He arrives late for meetings. And he acts as if he has all the time in the world.
“The complaints have piled up for weeks, dismaying many longtime supporters of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and sending others into the arms of his rivals for the presidential nomination, according to interviews with more than two dozen Republican donors and strategists.
“As a half-dozen other candidates aggressively raise money and chase endorsements in Iowa and New Hampshire, friends and detractors alike say Mr. Christie’s view of his status and pre-eminence within the Republican field is increasingly at odds with the picture outside his inner circle. . .”
Mark Hemingway, Weekly Standard: “Why Can’t the Public See Obama’s Proposed Internet Regulations?”
“Republican senators Mike Lee, Ben Sasse, and Rand Paul have all been high profile opponents of the Obama administrations current plan to regulate the internet — in particular, Lee has called the regulation a government “takeover” of the internet and says it amounts to a “a massive tax increase on the middle class, being passed in the dead of night without the American public really being made aware of what is going on.”
“And when Lee says that the American public isn’t aware of what’s going on, that is in no way hyperbole. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has emerged as a hero for those opposed to the regulation because Pai has been taking to the airwaves decrying the fact that the public is not allowed to see 332 pages of proposed internet regulation before they are potentially passed. Pai’s crusade to make the proposed regulations public is the theme of the the latest ad from Protect Internet Freedom: . . .”
Jerome Corsi, WND: “HSBC whistleblower spills Lynch evidence to Senate
“Massive drug, terrorism scandal ropes in Obama’s AG nominee
“NEW YORK – The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday conducted a two-hour session with HSBC whistleblower John Cruz in its investigation of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch’s role in the Obama administration’s decision not to prosecute the banking giant for laundering funds for Mexican drug cartels and Middle Eastern terrorists, WND sources have confirmed. . .” http://www.wnd.com/2015/02/hsbc-whistleblower-spills-lynch-evidence-to-senate/
AMNESTY . . .
Drudge Links (2/19/15)
FEDS ‘LOSING TRACK’ OF ILLEGALS… COULTER: GOP DOUBLE-CROSSING TRAITORS… CRUZ: WH ‘Counterfeiting Immigration Documents’… Gutierrez Predicts Unprecedented ‘Militancy’… Obama Struggles After Judge’s Rebuke; May be hard to challenge… RAMOS: ‘Will Remember’… Rubio Folds: Fund ‘Homeland Security’…
ISIS: BO’s & Val’s next job . . .
Obama has made himself a representative for Islam’s radicals and Val will stay at his side . . . Alinsky smiles . . . so do Frank Marshall Davis and Billy Ayers . . .
Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars: “Feds: Anti-Government Groups a Bigger Threat than ISIS
“While Islamic State brags about sleeper cells within U.S., DHS frets about right-wingers
“As President Barack Obama continues to receive criticism for his refusal to use the term ‘Islamic extremism,’ some federal authorities and law enforcement groups in the United States assert that anti-government groups pose a bigger threat than ISIS.
“The Department of Homeland Security circulated an intelligence assessment earlier this month which focuses on right-wing sovereign citizens and other domestic extremists.
“‘Some federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to — and in some cases greater than — the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention,’ reports CNN.
“While hyping the threat posed by sovereign citizens, who have been involved in sporadic violent confrontations mainly targeting police officers over the last five years, the DHS has completely dismissed intelligence obtained by Judicial Watch that ISIS militants stationed in Juarez, Mexico could be planning attacks inside the United States.
“ISIS militants are openly bragging about the fact that they have sleeper cells within the country waiting to conduct devastating attacks on U.S. soil as the Obama administration frets about not using the term ‘Islamic’ while worrying about right-wingers committing traffic violations.
“As we have exhaustively documented, the federal government has consistently downplayed the threat of Islamic terror in favor of pushing hysteria about right-wing extremism. . .”
Graeme Wood, Atlantic: “What ISIS Really Wants”
“The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.
“The group seized Mosul, Iraq, last June, and already rules an area larger than the United Kingdom. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been its leader since May 2010, but until last summer, his most recent known appearance on film was a grainy mug shot from a stay in U.S. captivity at Camp Bucca during the occupation of Iraq. Then, on July 5 of last year, he stepped into the pulpit of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, to deliver a Ramadan sermon as the first caliph in generations—upgrading his resolution from grainy to high-definition, and his position from hunted guerrilla to commander of all Muslims. The inflow of jihadists that followed, from around the world, was unprecedented in its pace and volume, and is continuing.
“Our ignorance of the Islamic State is in some ways understandable: It is a hermit kingdom; few have gone there and returned. Baghdadi has spoken on camera only once. But his address, and the Islamic State’s countless other propaganda videos and encyclicals, are online, and the caliphate’s supporters have toiled mightily to make their project knowable. We can gather that their state rejects peace as a matter of principle; that it hungers for genocide; that its religious views make it constitutionally incapable of certain types of change, even if that change might ensure its survival; and that it considers itself a harbinger of—and headline player in—the imminent end of the world. . .”
Peggy Noonan, WSJ: “An Administration Adrift on Denial”
“Why won’t the president think clearly about the nature of the Islamic State?
“Great essays tell big truths. A deeply reported piece in next month’s Atlantic magazine does precisely that, and in a way devastating to the Obama administration’s thinking on ISIS.
‘What ISIS Really Wants,’ by contributing editor Graeme Wood, is going to change the debate. (It ought to become a book.)
“Mr. Wood describes a dynamic, savage and so far successful organization whose members mean business. Their mettle should not be doubted. ISIS controls an area larger than the United Kingdom and intends to restore, and expand, the caliphate. Mr. Wood interviewed Anjem Choudary of the banned London-based Islamist group Al Muhajiroun, who characterized ISIS’ laws of war as policies of mercy, not brutality. ‘He told me the state has an obligation to terrorize its enemies,’ Mr. Wood writes, ‘because doing so hastens victory and avoids prolonged conflict.’ . . .”
Susan Jones, CNN: “Obama: ‘Islam Has Been Woven Into the Fabric of Our Country since Its Founding’”
“(CNSNews.com) – We hear a lot about the United States’ Judeo-Christian heritage, but according to President Obama, ‘Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding.’
“That’s what the president told a White House conference on ‘countering violent extremism’ on Wednesday. “Obama has said similar things in the past . . .”
Michael Rubin, AEI: “5 questions every presidential candidate should answer: Terrorism Edition”
“President Obama came to office promising to draw a sharp distinction between himself and the way George W. Bush fought terrorism. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slow-rolled designation of Boko Haram as a terrorist group so as not to offend Nigeria. A blogger for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s “Progressive Change Campaign,” praised Hezbollah as a force for social progress. Presumptive Republican candidates are all over the map on terrorism. Govenor Jeb Bush’s embrace of former Secretary of State James Baker and former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, for example, suggests a willingness at least to pivot back to pre-9/11 policies. Too often, candidates are imprecise with their rhetoric. Of course they will oppose terrorism, but how do they actually understand it? Answers to these five questions, however, would give clarity to any would-be president’s counterterrorism policy whether they want it or not.
“1. How do you define terrorism?
“There are more than 250 definitions of terrorism in use today just among Western police and security agencies. Too often, countries adopt an à la carte approach which condemns all terrorism as bad, except for those causes with which a particular country agrees. Hence, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemns the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as a terrorist group, but embraces and supports Hamas; and the Iranian regime condemns the Mujahedin al-Khalq (MEK, MKO) as a terrorist organization, but donates hundreds of millions of dollars to “resistance groups” like Palestine Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah. The United Nations has yet to settle on a definition, and there is no single definition in use among US government agencies. No president of the free world should have a free pass to talk about terrorism without actually defining precisely what he or she means by it. . .”
Thomas Williams, National Security: Italy Prepares for Potential ISIS Air Attack”
“. . . Several days ago, the air defense system went into high alert after the secret service sent a notice.
“The notice spoke of aircraft prepared to take off from Sirte and able to strike the Italian peninsula. Though this has not yet occurred, tensions remain high because of the strong risk of an attack carried out by ‘lone wolves’ as occurred in Paris and in Copenhagen.
“The State official responsible for the Secret Services, Marco Minniti, said that ISIS has what he called both ‘symmetric and asymmetric’ capabilities, in that it can execute ‘both military and terrorist campaigns.’ According to Minniti, this means that the ISIS threat holds the ‘maximum unpredictability,’ which is ‘unprecedented.’ Minniti also said that the dynamics of the situation makes necessary ‘comprehensive data collection.’
“Specifically, Minniti has called for the immediate implementation of a Europe-wide sharing of Passenger Name Records (PNR) on all flights, exchanging pertinent information especially regarding n passengers that trigger suspicions, because though the Schengen open treaty should not be suspended, ‘it is essential to maintain control of who moves in or out of the theaters of war.’ . . .”
ISR . . .
Benjamin Netanyahu, NY Post: “Bibi: Why I’m speaking to Congress”
“. . . Now mind you, I’m not opposed to any deal with Iran. I’m opposed to a bad deal with Iran. And I believe this is a very bad deal.
“I’m certainly not opposed to negotiations. On the contrary: No country has a greater stake in the peaceful resolution of the Iranian nuclear question than does Israel.
“But the current proposal won’t solve the problem. It will perpetuate and aggravate the problem. It would provide a path for Iran to become a nuclear power. And so it’s very important that I speak about this in Washington.
“Why am I going to Congress? Because Israel has been offered the chance to make its case on this crucial issue before the world’s most important parliament; because a speech before Congress allows Israel to present its position to the elected representatives of the American people and to a worldwide audience; because Congress has played a critical role in applying pressure to the Iranian regime — the very pressure that brought the ayatollahs to the negotiating table in the first place, and because Congress may well have a say on any final deal. . .”
PA . . .
Ryan Briggs, Philly: “North Philly man launches quixotic mayoral campaign, with poles in mind”
“There are now two candidates vying to be Philadelphia’s first Latino mayor.
“Judge Nelson Diaz announced last month he was running an uphill campaign for mayor, and on Thursday virtual unknown Juan Rodriguez declared that he was launching a rather quixotic effort to win the office.
“To wit: There is already some dispute over whether or not Rodriguez made his announcement inside of a strip club.
“‘No, it’s not a strip club,’ said campaign treasurer Nereida Zayas. ‘It’s called ‘Junior’s Night Club.’ It’s like a bar, it’s a club.’
“But a Philly.com photographer couldn’t help but noticing a scantily clad woman depicted on the nightclub’s sign, which advertises ‘Exotic Dancers.’ Zayas had trouble explaining the conspicuous metal pole near Rodriguez as he was making his announcement in the North Philadelphia ‘nightclub.’. . .”
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Pennsylvania Still Doesn’t Need an Extraction Tax”
“Governor Wolf is off and running to increase taxes on the natural gas industry. He intends on using the money from an extraction tax to increase school funding. As our friends at the Commonwealth Foundation point out, state spending on public education is at an all-time high. Furthermore, Pennsylvania’s public school spending per pupil is more than the national average.
“The real problem and one not addressed by Wolf is that less of the money going to schools is going toward education, and more of it is being consumed by chronically underfunded pensions. In 2008, taxpayers contributed roughly 4.8 percent of school employee payroll costs to the pension. Today that number is 25.8 percent. And, it will increase to 33 percent by 2035. Simply throwing more money at schools is not going improve education outcomes; it will go to teacher’s pensions.
“Separately, the proponents of an extraction tax argue that Pennsylvania is the only state without one. As we have noted before, this is technically true. However, it ignores the fact that the Commonwealth has the second highest corporate net income tax in the country, 9.99 percent. . .”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: “2/20 Ups & Downs”
“Kathleen Kane. The Attorney General had yet another tough week. First, a Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll tested her approval rating among PA residents and found them undecided at best. Then, yesterday it was revealed that in addition to the previous charges the grand jury had recommended against Kane, they also supported a criminal contempt charge. Politically and legally, things couldn’t been more up in the air right now for Kathleen Kane.
“Bob Brady. Congressman Robert “Bob” Brady isn’t one for the spotlight. Nevertheless, he got his fair share of it this week. Rep. Brady was the star of a profile in Politico Magazine. Titled “The big-city boss behind Philly’s winning bid”, the piece painted Brady as the “kingmaker” of Philadelphia and the primary motivating force behind the City of Brotherly Love snagging the 2016 Democratic National Convention. While it may seem like the camera-shy Brady would resent this kind of attention, reputation is currency in big-city politics. Therefore, such pieces could actually be quite beneficial.
“Rob McCord. It’s hard to imagine Rob McCord getting anything but a down arrow from now on. Still, this week the former State Treasurer officially entered his guilty plea to two charges of extortion. The exposure of McCord’s methods and attitudes when it came to power and money will likely haunt him (and Pennsylvanians) for the rest of his life.
“Chris Carney. The former Congressman and potential Senate candidate got a few different pieces of good news this week. First (and most important), he won our reader poll in a hypothetical race between himself, Joe Sestak and Vince Hughes for the 2016 Senate Democratic nomination. Then, major figures in the Democratic Party all revealed their hopes for a challenger to front-runner Sestak. On Tuesday former Governor Ed Rendell took a shot at Sestak and then on Thursday it was revealed other local and national Democrats are appealing to other candidates. Among those mentioned were Allegheny Executive Director Rich Fitzgerald, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams.
“Charter Schools. A big showdown occurred on Wednesday between the pro and anti-charter school forces in Philadelphia. The city’s School Reform Commission decided 39 applications for additional charter institutions. Democrats, both in Philly and Harrisburg, were mostly against adding any more charters while Republicans insisted on approval. In the end, just five new charter schools were added. Ultimately, neither side was happy and the issue is far from resolved.”
END NOTES . . .”
JPost: “IN PICTURES: Snow falls in Golan, Jerusalem, and even in Negev desert
Israelis in various regions of the country woke up to see white on Friday morning, with snow falling from the Golan Heights in the north to the Negev in the south overnight. Some 20 cm. of snow fell in Jerusalem overnight and areas of the northern Golan Heights saw 30 cm. Small amounts of snow also fell in the southern cities of Arad, Dimona and Beersheba. Snow in Rosh Pina forced the airport in the northern town to close on Friday morning. Schools were closed in the Golan Heights, Jerusalem and surrounding areas and in different parts of the Galilee. On Friday intermittent rain was forecast for most of the country and snow was expected to fall in Jerusalem and in the elevated areas in the north and south. . .”
Weather or Not (Drudge Links, 2/19-20/15)
BLAST: Coldest Temps Since Late-1800s in East… ‘Life-threatening’ Chill Hits South… 4,750 square miles of Great Lakes freezes overnight… Lake Ontario ice nears record… -41º In Embarrass, MN… 11 dead in TN… Record Lows Challenged in FL… RIDICULOUS: DC FEELS LIKE -20º Train rails crack… CHICAGO SMASHES RECORD… LIVE: CHILL MAP…
ANNOUNCEMENTS . . .
Steve Piotrowski, Wolf’s Background Checks
“I would like to pass on to you a very important petition that we are circulating. After you sign this, please make sure to forward this to others who also care about upholding our liberties. Because the more people that we can get mobilized on our side, the better chance we have at winning and taking back our Commonwealth.
“As you may already know, Governor Tom Wolf said that he wants to enact unconstitutional universal background checks on firearms, he wants to ban semi-automatic rifles, and Wolf also wants to grant local municipalities the ability to enact their own illegal gun control ordinances that would violate State law. Tom Wolf will be an “Oath Breaker”, and the People of this Commonwealth will not stand for it!
“We hope that you will join the fight and sign our petition to hold Tom Wolf Accountable TODAY!
“Now, before you sign this, I want to be very clear with you on our intent. Right now we are preparing and we are mobilizing our base because we plan on taking ACTION in early March. The gloves are coming off, and we plan on holding these Commie politicians accountable.
“If you are tired of others just talking and not doing anything, we encourage you to join us as we prepare for our political battles ahead.
Here is the petition link:
For the Love of Liberty,
Steve Piotrowski, Founder & President, Citizens for Liberty
By way of Janet, Galaxypwd@aol.com
Strongly recommended: www.lucianne.com
Jonah Goldberg’s sister. . .
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.