Ben Carson, March 20th, 5:30 PM (Conestoga Christian School), Shady Maple Banquets, East Earl, PA: TICKETS – $150.00
March 15, 1 PM: Freedom Rally
Bala Cynwyd Park 398 Trevor Lane Lower Merion Township is refusing to back down on their illegal anti-gun ordinances.
“. . .Democrats, who worry that the public might be weary at last of the endless Clinton soap opera. They’re reluctant to say so in public, though they fear that the public is not only not “ready for Hillary,” but may be ready to forget Hillary. . .” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/8/editorial-not-ready-for-hillary-clinton/
“We have a secret government – they are off line concealing from we the people. This is the first administration to conduct business through private emails in order to conceal activity and hide conspiracies and attacks against the American people.
“Hillary Clinton has been in full cover-up mode since becoming Secretary of State, and now she’s getting caught up in her web of lies. She’s refusing to release information and destroying emails because she has a lot to hide. Republicans must be getting blackmailed because they aren’t behaving the way an opposition party should be during a scandal like this. Also, Democrats are perfectly happy with an imperial President as long as it’s their guy. Typically, the President works with Congress to support and fund foreign relations deals, but that’s not how President Obama conducts himself. Rather than bipartisanship, he runs everything out of the oval office and his back pocket. Obama is circumventing the Senate because he can’t get a 2/3rds vote, yet Republicans are attacked for writing a letter to Iran.” Mark Levin
Frame this! MEYERS – Free speech and the University of Oklahoma.
HILLARY DELETER (NY Post); GOLDBERG – Hill’s script; DRUDGE LINKS 93/11/15); McCARTHY – BO knew; DINAN – TEA wants emails to Lerner; LEE/FOURNIER – People see thru lies.
LEADS: HOLLINGSWORTH – US broke; DINAN – Mitch to raise debt ceiling; GEHRKE – Ammo ban stalled; SCAHILL & BEGLEY – CIA/Apple; KLAPPER & REICHMANN – GOP undercuts Iran deal?
PA: STAUB – Wolf’s budget to cost $1400.
END NOTES: TED – Pilot frustration.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: March 20th – Ben Carson @ Shady Maple ($150); AFP leadership training.
Recommended: www.Lucianne.com; JANET – Track the RINOs
March 15, 1 PM: Freedom Rally
Bala Cynwyd Park 398 Trevor Lane Lower Merion Township is refusing to back down on their illegal anti-gun ordinances.
Frame this! . . . Michael Meyers, NY Daily News: “Don’t expel the University of Oklahoma racists: David Boren and the ACLU forget that the First Amendment protects the right to be bigoted”
“Meyers is executive director of the New York Civil Rights Coalition.
“It takes no courage or principle to safeguard the speech rights of those who say things we agree with. But what about the rights of those we disagree with — including of the students at the University of Oklahoma whose racist chant on a bus gave the university’s president a sleepless night?
“The racist chant used the N-word and the L-word, too — or at least expressed the idea of lynching — and made clear that these young white men never would allow a black person into their all-white Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
“As soon as the national Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity closed its campus chapter in reaction to the outrageous and embarrassing episode, University President David Boren ordered the eviction of the frat house’s residents, saying the university would not help find alternative housing because it does not ‘provide student services to bigots.’ For Boren, the students have forfeited any rights to due process, much less free-speech rights.
“This is how a public university defends its values? By effectively evicting and contemplating expulsion for those who express hate for others based on their race? Is sending the white students packing even responsible? Is it educational?
“Whatever happened to the adage, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me’?
“And what about the principle of passionately rebutting outbursts of racism with speech of one’s own, while loving the racists? It’s that value to which Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. subscribed.
More shocking than the university’s lurch toward censorship, however, was the delay on the part of the American Civil Liberties Union to defend the students’ free speech rights. Ordinarily, it is the ACLU that risks popular scorn by pointing out that the First Amendment protects dissent and unpopular speech, and that it’s un-American to punish anyone for merely expressing odious ideas.
“So I e-mailed the ACLU of Oklahoma, asking for a statement about the university’s vow to punish the students. The officials must have misunderstood my frustration; they issued a statement that in effect sided with the university president’s disgust and embracing the importance of punishment.
“No mention of hate speech being lawful and protected in American jurisprudence, especially at public universities.
“No mention at all that the First Amendment is there to stop the government (that’s what David Boren is — the head of a public university) from abridging any person’s right to free speech, no matter how vile.
“The bleeding-heart, gutless ACLU officials regurgitated only that the university must be “aggressive in ensuring that the due process rights of students remain protected throughout any disciplinary processes against fraternity members.”
“The bottom line is that the Constitution does not allow a public university to punish students for offensive speech on or off-campus (especially off). There is a difference between discrimination — the kind that keeps blacks out of all-white fraternities — and the speech of some of its members, who say they prefer, as some blacks do, to live and be among “their own.”
“The Constitution either guarantees free speech for everyone or it doesn’t.”
THE HILLARY . . . “Deletor of the Free World” (NY Post)
Jonah Golberg, NRO: “The World Fails to Follow Hillary’s Careful Script”
“Her disastrous press conference on Tuesday was supposed to be about her gender, not her e-mail. In the wake of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s fairly disastrous press conference at the United Nations on Tuesday, there’s only one conclusion shared by all parties: This was not how it was supposed to go.
“This was supposed to be the month Clinton led with her chief selling point: her gender. She had put together a whole ‘I Am Woman, Hear Me Bore’ speaking tour in which women’s issues — particularly the women’s issues that poll well among women who care a lot about women’s issues — would be the main subject. The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation unveiled a big foofaraw over Hillary’s ‘No Ceilings’ campaign. What a wonderfully convenient theme for Mrs. Clinton’s massive and mysterious foundation, given that smashing the ‘highest glass ceiling’ — i.e., the presidency — is the central rationale of her planned presidential bid. It was just a coincidence that the tax-exempt foundation with her name on it happened to be rolling out a big light show on that very subject during the rollout of her presidential campaign.
“It was all carefully scripted, because everything Hillary Clinton does is carefully scripted. Normally, that’s a figurative expression. But with Clinton, when things are carefully scripted, they are literally carefully scripted. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415207/world-fails-follow-hillarys-careful-script-jonah-goldberg
Drudge links (3/11/15)
D E L E T E… HARD DRIVE DESTROYED? NOTHING CLASSIFIED? REALLY? DISASTER: Hillary said she emailed with Bill… BUT spokesman claims he only has sent two in his life… BOTH while president… SHE ‘DID IT FOR CONVENIENCE’… ‘NEVER EMAILED CLASSIFIED MATERIAL’… DEFIANT: ‘SERVER WILL REMAIN PRIVATE’… Staff ‘Handpicked’ Questions At Press Conference… The circus is back in town… Media Demons Return To Haunt… Scrutiny falls on fundraiser who followed Hillary to State Dept… ISSA: NO TRUST… HURT: ‘She was everything she has ever been, always was and ever will be’… TIME-LAPSE VIDEO: Hillary ages 50 years in 60 seconds…
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Why Did Obama Tolerate Hillary’s Use of Secret E-mail?
“. . . Four points bear emphasizing.
“1. We are not dealing in this scandal with run-of-the-mill federal officials. As Kevin Williamson pointed out in his excellent column over the weekend, President Obama is the head of the executive branch. As a matter of constitutional law, all executive power is reposed in him; his subordinates exercise power only at his indulgence. Similarly, Clinton was the head of the State Department, answering only to the president. As a department head, she was obliged, as a core part of her duties, to enforce compliance with federal laws and administration policies — a big part of which involves personally following them. . .
“2. A theme of Clinton’s coming campaign is to be that she is more realistic and hawkish when it comes to America’s enemies than the hard-left Obama Democrats that are the party’s mainstream. In reality, this is nonsense: There is little if any real daylight between Clinton and Obama on foreign and national-security policy — that’s why she lasted four years as secretary of state. But let’s, as Clinton might say, engage in the “willing suspension of disbelief” on that for the moment. What does it say about Clinton’s purported realism about America’s enemies that she would conduct the highest-level government business — matters of life and death — on an unsecure communication system that could be easily hacked by hostile nations that we know spend prodigious amounts of their energy on cyber-espionage? “3. One of the main things we can confidently deduce from the Obama–Clinton private e-mail communications is that what we’ve been hearing the past several days about the president’s insistence on sound record-keeping practices and transparency is so much hot air. . .”
“4. While the wayward communication procedure followed by Clinton and indulged by Obama tells us a great deal, it is not as important as the substance of their communications. As I’ve previously observed, Obama and Clinton clearly knew, from the first minutes of the Benghazi terrorist attack — in which four American officials were killed, including our ambassador to Libya — that it was, in fact, a terrorist attack. Within two hours, they knew that the local al-Qaeda affiliate had claimed credit. Yet, Secretary Clinton put out a deceptive statement shortly after 10 p.m. that night blaming an anti-Muslim video for the violence. That statement was issued only minutes after a phone call between Clinton and Obama — a phone call the White House initially said never happened, changing its story only after Clinton testified about it. . .”
“How can it be that obtaining Clinton’s private e-mails was not a priority for the governmental bodies that have investigated, or are investigating, the Benghazi affair? Not just the House select committee currently tasked with the probe; how, for example, could the House Intelligence Committee have purported to complete an investigation and issue a report without learning of Secretary Clinton’s private e-mail? And, if (as I suspect) the Intelligence Committee did know about the private e-mails, why were we not told about them? How could the State Department’s Accountability Review Board (ARB) — whose mission was to assess the State Department’s performance in connection with Benghazi — not have discovered or reported the fact that the secretary of state was using private e-mail that was not part of the government records? . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415145/why-did-obama-tolerate-hillarys-use-secret-e-mail-andrew-c-mccarthy
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “Hillary Clinton scandal spreads as tea party group seeks private IRS emails”
“One of the tea party groups targeted by the IRS asked Congress Monday to demand the private emails of some agency employees, while a top committee chairman issued a request for instant-chat messages from the EPA, as the Clinton emails scandal begins to envelop other parts of the Obama administration.
“The White House, meanwhile, tried to keep the burgeoning scandal at arm’s length, with spokesman Josh Earnest acknowledging President Obama and Mrs. Clinton did email, but insisting the White House followed all record-keeping laws, and the president didn’t know Mrs. Clinton was exclusively using a private email until reports surfaced last week.
Tony Lee, Big Journalism: “Legacy Media’s Ron Fournier: Hillary Doesn’t Realize Internet Has Eliminated MSM Gatekeepers, Lets People ‘See Through The Lies’”
“Though former President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky helped spawn citizen journalism and the new media age, Hillary Clinton’s private email scandal has again shown that the Clintons are still having trouble dealing with and understanding a media landscape that has diminished the power of their preferred gatekeepers.
“On CNN’s Inside Politics, National Journal‘s Ron Fournier, a veteran Clinton chronicler from his days as a reporter covering Arkansas state politics, agreed with host John King, who covered Bill Clinton’s White House, that the Clintons think they can “do the minimal amount of disclosure” and then move forward because “they think it’s worked for us in the past and it will work again.”
“Not so fast, said Fournier, who has written about the potential “pay-to-play” whispers surrounding the millions in foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation.
“‘What they don’t realize is the world has changed,’ Fournier said. ‘In the 15 years since there was a Clinton in the Oval Office, we have this little thing called the Internet. It changed the media landscape. Back in the ’90s there were 12 gatekeepers, basically. If we decided not to print something at the Associated Press where you and I worked, people didn’t find out about it. Now there’s 300 million reporters and researchers. They can see through the spin. They can see through the lies. They can see the conflicts of interest. . .”
LEADS . . .
Barbara Hollingsworth, CNS: “Economist Tells Congress: U.S. May Be in ‘Worse Fiscal Shape’ Than Greece”
“. . .using the Congressional Budget Office’s July 2014 75-year Alternate Fiscal Scenario projection, Kotlikoff calculated that the U.S.’ “fiscal gap” –which he defines as “the difference between our government’s projected financial obligations and the present value of all projected future tax and other receipts” – is actually much higher than those of either Italy or Greece.
“‘We have a $210 trillion fiscal gap at this point,’ Kotlikoff told the senators, which amounts to 211 percent of the U.S.’ $18.2 trillion GDP, making it higher than Greece’s 175 percent debt-to-GDP ratio.
“The fiscal gap is ‘16 times larger than official U.S. debt, which indicates precisely how useless official debt is for understanding our nation’s true fiscal position,’ said Kotlikoff, a former senior economist on President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers. . .”
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “McConnell vows to raise debt limit without threat of shutdown or default”
Washington was shut down by a snow storm . . . nothing bad happened . . .
“Republicans will raise the government’s borrowing limit without threatening a default, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell guaranteed Sunday, placating the markets but potentially surrendering the party’s leverage as Congress gears up for another debt showdown.
The current debt-ceiling holiday, to which Congress agreed a year ago, expires Sunday, starting the clock on debate and sending the Treasury Department scrambling to tap into its “extraordinary measures” to keep from breaching the limit.
Budget analysts say Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has about seven months of spare room, meaning a deal would have to be reached by October or November.
Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said on the CBS program “Face the Nation” on Sunday that Republicans may try to attach some of their priorities to the debate but won’t force another shutdown showdown as it has in the past.
Joel Gehrke, NRO: “‘You Spoke, We Listened:’ ATF Drops Planned Ammo Ban”
“‘You spoke, we listened,’ tweeted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in response to public pushback against a proposal to ban AR-15 ammunition.
“‘[T]he vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include issues that deserve further study. Accordingly, ATF will not at this time seek to issue a final framework,’ the ATF announcement says. ‘After the close of the comment period, ATF will process the comments received, further evaluate the issues raised therein, and provide additional open and transparent process (for example, through additional proposals and opportunities for comment) before proceeding with any framework.’
“House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), who led the criticism of the proposal from the House, celebrated the announcement. “I am pleased that the Obama Administration has abandoned its attack on the Second Amendment,” Goodlatte said Tuesday. “Congress will continue to steadfastly protect the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and it is entirely inappropriate for President Obama to stretch his regulatory authority to implement partisan policies that Congress has refused to enact. Such an abuse of power would impact many law-abiding gun owners and restrict the American people’s ability to legally and responsibly exercise their Second Amendment rights.”
“ATF had pitched the ammo ban as a means to protect police, according to the Washington Examiner. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/415177/you-spoke-we-listened-atf-drops-planned-ammo-ban-joel-gehrke
Also . . . Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner: “52 senators warn of sweeping ammo bans, say Second Amendment ‘at risk’”
“A majority in both the Senate and House — 52 senators, 238 House members — have joined to oppose the Obama administration’s move to ban a popular type of ammo used in the top-selling AR-15 rifle and pistol because it pierces police body armor.
“A week after the House members, led by Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, sent a letter of opposition to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley echoed that in his own letter signed by 51 others.
“In their letter, the senators said that the 5.56 M855 ‘green tip’ cartridge was exempted in a 1986 law, along with other rifle ammo from bans on armor-piercing rounds. The reason: popular rifle ammo is not used in shootouts with police.
“They also raised new concerns that the administration appears poised for a much wider ammo ban.
“Second Amendment rights require not only access to firearms but to bullets. If law-abiding gun owners cannot obtain rifle ammunition, or face substantial difficulty in finding ammunition available and at reasonable prices because government entities are banning such ammunition, then the Second Amendment is at risk,” said Grassley’s letter. . .”
Jeremy Scahill and Josh Begley, Intercept: “The CIA Campaign to Steal Apple’s Secrets”
“RESEARCHERS WORKING with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept.
“The security researchers presented their latest tactics and achievements at a secret annual gathering, called the “Jamboree,” where attendees discussed strategies for exploiting security flaws in household and commercial electronics. The conferences have spanned nearly a decade, with the first CIA-sponsored meeting taking place a year before the first iPhone was released.
“By targeting essential security keys used to encrypt data stored on Apple’s devices, the researchers have sought to thwart the company’s attempts to provide mobile security to hundreds of millions of Apple customers across the globe. Studying both ‘physical’ and ‘non-invasive’ techniques, U.S. government-sponsored research has been aimed at discovering ways to decrypt and ultimately penetrate Apple’s encrypted firmware. This could enable spies to plant malicious code on Apple devices and seek out potential vulnerabilities in other parts of the iPhone and iPad currently masked by encryption.
“The CIA declined to comment for this story.
“The security researchers also claimed they had created a modified version of Apple’s proprietary software development tool, Xcode, which could sneak surveillance backdoors into any apps or programs created using the tool. Xcode, which is distributed by Apple to hundreds of thousands of developers, is used to create apps that are sold through Apple’s App Store. . .”
Bradley Klapper & Deb Riechmann, My Way: “GOP tries to undercut nuclear deal with warning to Iran”
BO has friends . . . he’ll need them for his next job . . .
“. . . The letter was written by freshman Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, who opposes negotiations with Iran. It’s addressed to the ‘Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran’ and presents itself as a constitutional primer to the government of an American adversary. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky’s signature is on it, as are those of several prospective presidential candidates.
“Explaining the difference between a Senate-ratified treaty and a mere agreement between Obama and Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the senators warned: ‘The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen, and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.’
“Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif responded via state media, dismissing the letter as a ‘propaganda ploy’ and noting that many international deals are ‘mere executive agreements.’ He suggested the senators were undermining not only the prospective deal with Iran but other international agreements as well. . .”
PA . . .
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Free-market group: Wolf’s budget would cost families $1,400”
“HARRISBURG, Pa. — Louise Bell is 90, she has dementia and has lived in a nursing home for five years. She gets Social Security, but most of her money came from selling her home of six decades, said her son, Kermit.
Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal would test that fixed income. He wants to raise the state’s sales tax and broaden its base to include services such as nursing care, which Kermit Bell said would cost his mother $3,000 a year.
“If she were actually able to understand what’s happening, it would be very upsetting. Very upsetting,” he said. “She’d probably be put on meds.”
The budget is a longshot to pass in a General Assembly with big Republican majorities, but that hasn’t stopped some groups from raising alarms about higher taxes. Matthew Brouillette, president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, a free-market think tank, pointed to the Bells’ story as an example of how Wolf’s budget could hurt families. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Relayed through Ted:
“I’ve never been more frustrated in my career. After 13 years of the mind-numbing low intensity conflict in Afghanistan, I’ve never seen the knife more dull. All the hard lessons learned in Vietnam, and fixed during the first Gulf War, have been unlearned again. The level of centralized execution, bureaucracy, and politics is staggering. I basically do not have any decision making authority in my cockpit. It sucks.
“In most cases, unless a general officer can look at a video picture from a UAV, over a satellite link, I cannot get authority to engage. I’ve spent many hours, staring through a targeting pod screen in my own cockpit, watching ISIS shitheads perpetrate their acts until my eyes bleed, without being able to do anything about it.
”The institutional fear of making a mistake, that has crept into the central mindset of the military leadership, is endemic. We have not taken the fight to these guys. We haven’t targeted their centers of gravity in Raqqa. All the roads between Syria and Iraq are still intact with trucks flowing freely. The other night I watched a couple hundred small tanker trucks lined up at an oilfield in ISIS-held northeast Syria, presumably filling up with oil traded on the black market, go unfettered. It’s not uncommon to wait several hours overhead a suspected target for someone to make a decision to engage or not. It feels like we are simply using the constructs build up in Afghanistan, which was a very limited fight, in the same way here against ISIS, which is a much more sophisticated and numerically greater foe. It’s embarrassing.
ANNOUNCEMENTS . . .
March 15, 1 PM: Freedom Rally
Bala Cynwyd Park 398 Trevor Ln Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania 19004
Please try to carpool if possible.
We need as many Patriots as possible to show up because Mayor Bloomberg’s Ceasefire is planning a counter demonstration.
Lower Merion Township is refusing to back down on their illegal anti-gun ordinances. They are taking away the right of allowing families to be able to protect their children from predators. Do they really believe that criminals will just obey gun free-zone signs?
Please join us for this family friendly event in Bala Cynwyd Park on March 15th at 1pm.
Speakers will include Steve Piotrowski from Citizens for Liberty and Joshua Prince from Firearms Industry Consulting Group.
Bring your signs calling the township officials out for their lawless behavior and your lawfully carried firearms!
There will be a free raffle prize for attendees, every male gets a ticket and ladies and children get 2 so bring your families guys!
Ben Carson: Founders Dinner, Conestoga Christian, Morgantown
Friday, March 20, 2015
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“The program consists of six classes over a twelve week period. Classes will be held locally and include dinner. We must have a minimum of twelve people in order to set up a training session.
“Ashley Klingensmith, Field Director for AFP, attended our February meeting where she introduced this outstanding program. Ashley already has two people in Chester County who would like to join a session, so let’s help her fill it up.
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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.