LEADS: GOLDBERG – Progressive patriots? BALZ & COSTA – Christian BO?; WILLIAMSON – Shiny objects; SMITH – BO’s love; WILLIAMSON – Rudy right; JOHNSON – Rudy’s push; RUCKER & GEARAN – Hillary’s rebuild; GROSS – Net neutrality; TOOMEY – Net neutrality; HOWELL – DHS vs TEA; SULLUM – Medical pot; BERRY – Common Core.
AMNESTY: TOBIN – Rule of law; BOYLE – Rubio skips vote.
ISIS – BO’s next job: GORKA – How BO helped ISIS.
ISR: YAHOO! – Iran’s third front.
END NOTES: DRIESSEN – Climate con.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: MARCH 10, West Chester TEA.
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 . . .
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Progressives’ Peculiar Sense of Patriotism
“Dear Reader (Unless you’re that lucky lady with Joe Biden standing pressed-up behind you as he pretends to search for your car keys while whispering the contents of this “news”letter to you), So the question of the moment is whether Rudy Giuliani should be flayed or simply drawn-and-quartered for saying that Obama doesn’t love America. “Naturally, this has led to Giuliani being called a racist, because the best working definition of racism in America today is any criticism of Obama that stings. Kevin Williamson runs through the highlights of what is, by now, a pretty old argument. My own view isn’t so much that Giuliani is right, but that he’s not exactly wrong either. . .”
Dan Balz & Robert Costa, WaPo: “Gov. Scott Walker: ‘I don’t know’ whether Obama is a Christian”
Sorry Scott . . . A lot of us do care . . .
“. . . ‘I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,’ Walker said, his voice calm and firm. ‘I’ve never asked him that,’ he added. ‘You’ve asked me to make statements about people that I haven’t had a conversation with about that. How [could] I say if I know either of you are a Christian?’
“Walker said such questions from reporters are reflective of a broader problem in the nation’s political-media culture, which he described as fixated on issues that are not relevant to most Americans.
“‘To me, this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and, increasingly, they dislike the press,’ he said. ‘The things they care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking about.’
“Walker said he does not believe that most Americans care about such matters.“People in the media will [judge], not everyday people,” he said. “I would defy you to come to Wisconsin. You could ask 100 people, and not one of them would say that this is a significant issue. . .”
Drudge Links (2/22/15)
Giuliani Getting Death Threats… ‘Somebody has to raise these issues with Obama’… VIDEO: Netanyahu Is ‘Man Who Fights for His People, Unlike Our President’… ‘I wish I didn’t have to say it’… VIDEO: ‘MR. PRESIDENT, WAKE UP… COME BACK TO EARTH… WHAT IS WRONG WITH HIM?!’
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “The Shiny-Object Fallacy”
“There are far more significant payoffs happening than the McDonnells’” “The wise political entrepreneur uses more opaque methods to make his purchases. Hillary Rodham Clinton walked away from the inquiry into her remarkably successful commodities-trading career unscathed, in no small part because commodities trading is a complicated business — a hell of a lot more complicated than giving a guy a Rolex — and complicated stories do not generally capture the public’s imagination. It was suggested at the time that Refco, the firm that handled Mrs. Clinton’s trades, might have been assigning profitable trades to favored customers and losing trades to those without connections. It was accused of that in a lawsuit, and was later charged with that by regulators. Without admitting or denying guilt, the firm paid a $6 million fine to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to settle the case. It would later find itself in even deeper legal trouble only a few months after an initial stock offering; in the end, its CEO and chairman pleaded guilty to 20 criminal counts, largely involving securities fraud, in what was at the time considered the nation’s second-most-significant corporate scandal, after Enron. During the time when Mrs. Clinton was making her extraordinarily profitable trades, Refco was cited for systematically violating margin requirements, and, according to that infamous organ of right-wing conspiracy theory, the Washington Post, it was at the time allowing Mrs. Clinton “to initiate and maintain many trading positions — besides the first — when she did not have enough money in her account to cover them.” There were substantial discrepancies between official records of the trades and the results in Mrs. Clinton’s account, leading the former chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to suggest “the possibility that some of her profits — as much as $40,000 — came from larger trades ordered by someone else and then shifted to her account,” as the Post put it. If you ask people about the “Clinton scandal,” you invariable will get lurid stories about furtive intern fellatio in the Oval Office rather than lurid stories about the Clintons’ profiting from thoroughly dodgy commodities trading with the help of a thoroughly dodgy brokerage that was implicated in all manner of felonious shenanigans. “Why? Because targeting the intern pool for sexual predation is like giving somebody a Rolex — it’s easy to understand. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/414199/shiny-object-fallacy-kevin-d-williamson
Kyle Smith, NY Post: “Sure, Obama loves America — just not the America we live in”
“Rudy Giuliani thinks President Obama doesn’t love America. That’s not true. Obama surely loves America, though not the actual existing country. He is head-over-heels gaga for a fictional America, a notional America, an enlightened America, America with an asterisk.
“This is a great country, potentially, if it ever grows up and learns a few things.
“Whenever Obama praises America, especially in foreign lands, he is careful to append caveats that make it clear America should, as he once said in another context, get off its high horse. He doesn’t apologize, exactly, but he makes it clear that his overall image of America is of a morally shrunken, chastened land whose sins render it unfit to exert much authority in the world.
“‘There have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive,’ Obama said in France.
“We need ‘a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect,’ he said in Egypt, suggesting the US had not previously respected Muslims much, adding that ‘fear and anger’ has ‘led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals.’
“In Prague, he said America has ‘a moral responsibility to act’ on arms control because only the US had ‘used a nuclear weapon,’ as though winning a war that Japan started was shameful.
“Even when Obama claims to support American exceptionalism, he can’t do so without a ‘but.’
“Obama’s famous view of American exceptionalism — ‘I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism’ — is curiously qualified: When you ask a mom whether she thinks her baby is cute, you expect to hear, ‘Of course!’ not a reflection on the nature of subjectivity.
“Sometimes, though, the automatic response, going with your gut, is the correct one: America really is exceptional. The data prove it . . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Rudy Is Right”
“Rudy Giuliani is in the stocks for saying that he does not believe that President Barack Obama “loves America.” He said this at a small, private dinner for Scott Walker, who probably will not be inviting Giuliani to very many events in the near future. Giuliani went on to say that he wasn’t questioning the president’s patriotism — angels and ministers of grace defend us! — only noting that the president’s rhetoric is decidedly low-cal on the American exceptionalism but full-fat when it comes to criticism. It may be the case that the president is a practitioner of the Smokey Robinson school of patriotism: “I don’t like you, but I love you.” Something’s really got a hold on this guy, and it is not an excessive fervor for the American order. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/414112/rudy-right-kevin-d-williamson
Bridget Johnson, PJM: “Does Obama Love America? Republican Politicians Weigh in on Giuliani Comments”
“Every Republican, especially those with an eye on 2016, is now being asked to confirm or repudiate the opinion of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on President Obama’s feelings toward America.
“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up, through love of this country,” Giuliani said at a Wednesday dinner in Manhattan with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
Giuliani hasn’t backtracked, telling John Catsimatidis on 970 AM The Answer today that “we need a American president more like Ronald Reagan who gave us a sense of optimism.”
“I said it maybe 30 times before but somehow this time it hit a nerve, maybe because the president is on such defense for his unwillingness to face Islamic terrorism,” he said. “…There’s something about his unwillingness to talk about Islamic extremist Muslims that is not only wrong, it is becoming very dangerous.”
Not all 2016ers have opined. So what is everyone else saying about Giuliani’s comments when prodded by reporters?
Philip Rucker & Ann Gearan, WaPo: “The making of Hillary 5.0: Marketing wizards help re-imagine Clinton brand”
“Is Hillary Rodham Clinton a McDonald’s Big Mac or a Chipotle burrito bowl? A can of Bud or a bottle of Blue Moon? JCPenney or J. Crew?
“As she readies her second presidential campaign, Clinton has recruited consumer marketing specialists onto her team of trusted political advisers. Their job is to help imagine Hillary 5.0 — the rebranding of a first lady turned senator turned failed presidential candidate turned secretary of state turned likely 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.
Clinton and her image-makers are sketching ways to refresh the well-established brand for tomorrow’s marketplace. In their mission to present voters with a winning picture of the likely candidate, no detail is too big or too small — from her economic opportunity agenda to the design of the “H” in her future campaign logo. . .”
Grant Gross, Computer World: “Republican lawmakers investigate White House net neutrality push”
“WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans are demanding to know how much the White House influenced the Federal Communications Commission while the agency crafted net neutrality rules.
“The FCC has until Monday afternoon to produce unredacted email messages, focused on net neutrality rules, between FCC staff and officials with the Obama administration, U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz said in a letter to the FCC Friday. The Utah Republican is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. . .”http://www.computerworld.com/article/2886968/republican-lawmakers-investigate-white-house-net-neutrality-push.html
Pat Toomey: The Internet
“Dear Mrs. Dunkel,
“Thank you for contacting me about Federal Communications Commissions’ (FCC) net neutrality regulation. I appreciate knowing your thoughts on this issue.
“On February 4, 2015, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler issued a proposed rule to increase regulations on broadband providers and the user traffic. The proposal would reclassify Internet providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. The FCC will formally vote on this proposal at its open meeting on February 26, 2015.
“Like many Americans, I support an Internet free from government control. I understand the concerns expressed by those who support net neutrality regulations; however, I also believe that such federal mandates would unduly inhibit this industry’s innovation, investment in new technology, and job creation. Moreover, the Internet and online content have thrived in the United States without net neutrality, which throws into question the need for more government intervention.
“Specific to your concerns, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology held a hearing on January 21, 2015 to review draft legislation protecting an open Internet. Among other provisions, the draft legislation blocks Internet providers from speeding up or slowing down Internet traffic in exchange for payment and classifies broadband Internet access as an information service. Although I am not a member of this committee, please be assured that I will keep your thoughts on net neutrality in mind should legislation come before the full Senate for consideration. . .”
Kellan Howell, Washington Times: “DHS report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat”
“A new Department of Homeland Security intelligence assessment circulated this month focuses on the threat of right-wing sovereign citizen extremist groups in the U.S. Some law enforcement groups say the threat is equal to, and occasionally greater than, the threat from Islamic extremist groups.
“The Homeland Security report, produced in coordination with the FBI, counts 24 violent sovereign citizen-related attacks across the U.S. since 2010, CNN reported Friday.
“These types of extremists believe that they can ignore laws because those laws attack their individual rights, even in routine daily instances like a traffic stop or being required to obey a court order, CNN reported Friday. . .”
Jacob Sullum, Reason: “Congressmen Introduce Bills to Legalize and Tax Marijuana”
“States would still be free to ban the drug.
“Today Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced bills that would legalize and tax marijuana at the federal level. Polis’ Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act (H.R. 1013) would remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act and assign regulatory authority to the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Shipping cannabis into states where it is prohibited would remain illegal. Blumenauer’s Marijuana Tax Revenue Act (H.R. 1014) would impose an excise tax on the first sale of marijuana (generally from a grower to a processor); the rate, initially 10 percent, would rise gradually to 25 percent. The tax would not apply to medical marijuana. . .”
Susan Berry, Big Journalism: “CBS News: Common Core ‘Poised to Play a Big Role’ in GOP Primary”
“CBS News says the Common Core standards will likely play a major role in the GOP nominating process for the 2016 presidential election, separating conservative candidates from those who support the top-down, nationalized education initiative.
“‘That’s doubly true in Iowa, where the kinds of Republican voters most vehemently opposed to Common Core – evangelical Christians, home-schooling advocates, states-rights conservatives – exert considerable influence over the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucus,’ CBS News observes.
“The nationalized standards are serving as a ‘litmus test’ for voters, Tamara Scott, a policy adviser and lobbyist for the Family Leader, an Iowa-based conservative organization, told CBS News. ‘These are our children, and when you take parents out of the picture, which is what Common Core will do, most people find that offensive.’
“‘It’s going to be a top tier issue,’ said John Brabender, who advises former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA). ‘I think it’s really the sleeper issue going into 2016 in Iowa.’ . . .”
AMNESTY . . .
Jonathan Tobin, Commentary: “Immigration and the End of the Rule of Law”
“This past week, liberals cried foul when a federal district court in Brownsville, Texas sided with the 26 states that have sued to try and prevent the administration from implementing President Obama’s executive orders that created a de facto amnesty for up to five million illegal immigrants. The administration vowed to seek to overturn the ruling on appeal and many legal experts say their chances are good. But while conservatives like Judge Andrew Hanen are fighting a rear-guard action trying to stop the president’s immigration end run around Congress, liberal judges are seeking to expand upon Obama’s efforts. On Friday, James Boasberg of the Federal District Court in the District of Columbia ruled that even those efforts undertaken by the administration to stem the flood of illegals could not continue. If upheld, that ruling will ensure that in addition to amnesty for illegals already here, efforts to deter future surges across the border may be doomed.
“Judge Boasberg ruled that the government could no longer detain illegals that have crossed the border whether or not they apply for asylum. . .”
Matthew Boyle, Big Govt: “Rubio to Skip Vote for DHS Funding Bill Blocking Obama Amnesty to Test Presidential Waters in NH”
“. . .‘Rubio will be in New Hampshire early next week, where he’s going to miss at least one vote in the Senate on the DHS deadlock,’ Politico’s Burgess Everett wrote on Friday morning in the tip sheet email by Politico, Huddle.
“Rubio’s spokesman Alex Conant confirms that Rubio will miss the vote, since he doesn’t expect it to pass.
“‘Yes, he’s expected to miss the same procedural vote on Monday afternoon that he’s already cast several times already and we know will not pass,’ Conant said in an email to Breitbart News. . .”
ISIS: BO’s & Val’s next job . . .
Sebastian Gorka, National Security: “How the President’s Summit Helped ISIS”
“By allowing ideology to trump good national security practice, the administration’s recent summit on ‘Violent Extremism’ has empowered America’s enemies.
“Friday saw the close of the of the three-day international summit on violent extremism hosted by the White House.
“Coming as it did just a just after the release of ISIS/Islamic State videos on the immolation of Lt Kassasbeh, the Jordanian Royal Air Force pilot, and the slaughter of 21 Egyptian Christians, and the reported death of another US hostage, the timing allowed it potentially to be a perfect platform for a muscular response to the barbarity of the Islamic State, for the announcement of actions akin to the attacks against ISIS launched by King Abdullah II of Jordan and President Sisi of Egypt.
“Instead, the President spoke of the real grievances the Muslim world has had with the West, the danger of Islamophobia in the U.S., and the need for more community outreach. . .”
ISR . . .
YAHOO!: “Iran forming ‘third front’ against Israel on Golan: Netanyahu”
“Jerusalem (AFP) – Iran is seeking to open a “third front” against Israel using Hezbollah fighters on the Syrian Golan Heights, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday”
“Netanyahu said Tehran’s attempts to entrench itself along Israel’s borders was one of the biggest emerging security threats facing the Jewish state.
“Alongside Iran’s direct guidance of Hezbollah’s actions in the north and Hamas’s in the south, Iran is trying also to develop a third front on the Golan Heights via the thousands of Hezbollah fighters who are in southern Syria and over which Iran holds direct command,” he said. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Paul Driessen, Townhall: “The Climate Con Goes On”
“Nearly 200 countries may sign a modest Kyoto II climate treaty, say December 2014 media reports from Lima, Peru. But will they agree to stop using coal to generate electricity? No. Curtail their economic growth? No. Cease emitting carbon dioxide? Maybe, but only a little, sometime in the future, when it is more convenient to do so, without any binding commitments. Then why would they sign a treaty?
“Primarily because they expect to get free energy technology transfers, and billions of dollars a year in climate ‘mitigation, adaptation and reparation’ money from Western nations that they blame (and which blame themselves) for the ‘dangerous climate change,’ rising seas and ‘extreme weather’ that they claim are ‘unprecedented’ and due to carbon dioxide emissions during the 150 years since the Industrial Revolution began. These FRCs (Formerly Rich Countries) have implemented low-carbon energy policies and penalties that have strangled their economies, dramatically increased energy prices and killed millions of jobs. But now poor developing countries demand that they also transfer $100 billion per year, for decades (with most of that probably going to their governing elites’ Swiss banks accounts).
“Where is this likely to take us? President Obama has long promised to ‘fundamentally transform’ the U.S. economy and ensure that electricity prices ‘necessarily skyrocket.’ His edicts are doing precisely that. . .”
ANNOUNCEMENTS . . .
March 10th, West Chester TEA
Tuesday March 10th 7PM West Goshen Twp building 1025 Paoli Pike, West Chester
Bob Dick is a Policy Analyst for the Commonwealth Foundation. Will speak about Gov-elect Wolf’s Budget proposal and what it would mean for Pennsylvania. Special Guest Speaker: Representative Dan Truitt Update on what is happening in Harrisburg. Have coffee and socialize with us after the meeting. RSVP@Westchesterteaparty.com
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.