Ben Carson, March 20th, 5:30 PM (Conestoga Christian School), Shady Maple Banquets, East Earl, PA: TICKETS – $150.00
LEADS: DAVENPORT – War on coal; GILLESPIE & KRAININ – Camille Paglia; GOLDBERG – Talk to your barista; RAYMAN – Uber all; ZERO HEDGE – Mandatory voting.
COMMON CORE: Jo – Flaws in CC.
HILLARY: NOLTE – She wants camps; CROWLEY – Rogue intel.
ISR/IRAN: WILLIAMSON – Bibi yes; ECONOMIST – Caliphate cracks; PODHORETZ – Explosion.
PA: STAUB – Budget; SNYDER- Ups & Downs.
END NOTES: LEVIN – Notes; Dhimmitude
ANNOUNCEMENTS: March 20th – Ben Carson @ Shady Maple ($150); April 1st – CFL; AFP leadership training.
Recommended: www.Lucianne.com; JANET – Track the RINOs
LEADS . . .
Coral Davenport, NYT: “McConnell Urges States to Help Thwart Obama’s ‘War on Coal’”
“WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has begun an aggressive campaign to block President Obama’s climate change agenda in statehouses and courtrooms across the country, arenas far beyond Mr. McConnell’s official reach and authority.
The campaign of Mr. McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is aimed at stopping a set of Environmental Protection Agency regulations requiring states to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
Once enacted, the rules could shutter hundreds of coal-fired plants in what Mr. Obama has promoted as a transformation of the nation’s energy economy away from fossil fuels and toward sources like wind and solar power. Mr. McConnell, whose home state is one of the nation’s largest coal producers, has vowed to fight the rules.
Since Mr. McConnell is limited in how he can use his role in the Senate to block regulations, he has taken the unusual step of reaching out to governors with a legal blueprint for them to follow to stop the rules in their states. . .”
Nick Gillespie & Todd Krainin, Reason: “Everything’s Awesome and Camille Paglia is Unhappy!”
“. . . INTERVIEW CONTENTS
2:55 – Growing up as a “gender nonconforming entity” in Eisenhower’s America.
7:50 – What is feminism? The limits of identity politics.
14:35 – Rape, paternalism, and Madonna on the university campus.
19:30 – How the country club model of university life has debased contemporary cultural criticism.
24:38 – The decadent obsession with cultural identity in the modern world.
29:13 – Authentic multiculturalism and critical theory.
32:42 – Is there any hope for the humanities?
37:25 – Contemporary journalism is bad and it makes politics even worse.
45:18 – What sort of image does a great president project?
47:27 – The importance of “working class people”.
51:08 – Hillary Clinton is a disaster. Dianne Feinstein is presidential.
Jonah Goldberg, RCP: “Coffee, Tea, or an “Honest” Conversation about Race?”
“Starbucks is easy to make fun of on its best days, what with the pretentious names for everyday items, never mind the ridiculously high prices for those same everyday items. Even the cashiers have fancy monikers — ‘barista.”
The snootiness is by design, of course. And you can make fun of it all you want; it’s worked. Using many of the same techniques realtors have employed to hawk borderline tenements as unique gateways to the urban experience, Starbucks has managed to educate the consumer that it’s OK to pay through the nose for what used to be a ‘cuppa joe.’ Even that slightly burnt taste is spun as a feature, not a bug. We’re subtly informed, “That’s the way it’s supposed to taste, you philistine.”
“Now, Starbucks has decided to lean into the mockery. Howard Schultz, the company’s CEO, is launching a new initiative called ‘Race Together.’ Starting March 20, baristas will be encouraged to write ‘Race Together’ on coffee cups ‘to facilitate a conversation between you and our customers’ about their ‘race journey.’
“It’s ironic. The Obama years were supposed to usher in an era of racial harmony. That didn’t happen — which presumably is why Schultz feels the need to help mend our racial wounds. What has happened, however, is that hordes of college graduates, unable to find jobs suitable to their degrees, have ended up toiling away at places like Starbucks.
“It’s kind of ingenious. Since sociology majors can’t find relevant jobs, Schultz is making the jobs they have relevant to their majors. If this becomes a trend, maybe my dog walkers will start reciting Proust in French on their perambulations.
“As a business decision, I find the whole thing bizarre. . .”
Also: Mona Charen, NRO: “The Race Conversation Starbucks Wants You to Have” “. . .Each and every time we’re hectored to engage in an ‘honest conversation’ about race, it’s a sham. What’s wanted is not honesty, but confession of sin by white people and expressions of pain from blacks and others. Decade after decade, despite vastly diminishing levels of white racism (and the rapid growth of non-white populations), we are told that the old stain of racism continues to poison the lives of minorities. By encouraging that fiction, Starbucks is subtracting from racial understanding. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415697/race-conversation-starbucks-wants-you-have-mona-charen
Rich Lowry, NRO: “Don’t Confirm Loretta Lynch”
“The political benefit of what feminists call intersectionality — membership in two or more historically oppressed groups — is not having to choose which accusation of bias to make.
“Illinois Senator Dick Durbin went to the Senate floor to effectively accuse Republicans of racism in the nomination fight, even though Hillary Clinton had tweeted that it is sexism and the head of Lynch’s sorority has said it is both. Synergy!
“For his part, Durbin went straight to a Rosa Parks metaphor — because getting humiliated in segregation-era Montgomery, Alabama, is just like being a high-powered lawyer whose confirmation vote has been delayed in the Senate. He thundered that “the first African-American woman nominated to be attorney general is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar.
“If the NAACP ever gives an award for Best Strained Metaphor in the Cause of Calling Someone a Racist, Durbin should be a nominee. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415702/dont-confirm-loretta-lynch-rich-lowry
Noah Rayman, Time: “Uber Cars Outnumber Yellow Cabs on Streets of New York”
“There are 14,088 registered Uber cars compared with 13,587 yellow taxis, according to new statistics from New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission.
The figures, reported by the AP, reflect the rapid expansion of the ride-sharing service, which was introduced in New York in 2011.
But as the AP notes, the numbers don’t mark the demise of the yellow cab just yet. While there are more registered Uber cars, there are still roughly 15 times as many daily rides in yellow cabs as there are in Uber vehicles. . .”
Zero Hedge, Infowars: “Hours After Hinting At Mandatory Voting, Obama Talks Down “Suggestion” Following Backlash”
Impulse control matures in the early 20s . . . lowering the voting age would have the same effect as opening the borders . . .
“. . . yesterday Obama suggested that if American voters want to “counteract” the role of money in politics, it may be worth making voting mandatory.
“‘It would be transformative if everybody voted,’ Obama said during a town hall event in Cleveland, Ohio. ‘That would counteract (campaign) money more than anything. If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country.’
“Obama also added that the people who tend not to vote are ‘young, they’re lower income, they’re skewed more heavily toward immigrant groups and minorities … There’s a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls.’
“He’s right, however there is another far bigger reason why those young, immigrant ‘folks’ stay away from the polls: their completely (SIC!_) disillusionment with the ‘most transparent administration in history’ and a mendacious president whose promises of ‘hope and change’ only envisioned the richest 1% even as nearly 50 million Americans continue to subsist daily on foodstamps.
“Oh and the whole, ‘illegal immigrants don’t pay taxes so they can’t vote’ thing. . .”
COMMON CORE . . .
Joanne: “Oklahoma Math Teacher Resigns, Exposes CC Math”
“This teacher hits the nail on the head about Common Core in her scathing letter of resignation that exposes inferior math standards and data gathering (among other issues):
“The article below notes what disturbs so many of us about Common Core. It isn’t just standards as its proponents would like us to believe – it’s where they lead! Many of us call them the “tentacles of Common Core.” I urge you to read this article, but am highlighting the following excerpts which are so very true:
“ ’Common Core is not simply a new method of teaching,’ she explained in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The New American. ‘It is a complete takeover of WHAT is taught in the public school system. It takes away the individual’s freedom and joy of learning because of the one size fits all approach. All students don’t learn or express themselves in the same way. Common Core tends to do away with individualism — which is one of the attributes that makes America great. Diversity is one of our greatest resources, but Common Core erodes this great strength by taking parents, teachers, and elected officials out of the decision making process.’ ‘
“ ‘I believe the problems we have in education stem from the takeover of education by the federal government. We in Oklahoma do not need to be told how to educate our children. We are capable of determining that for ourselves. I cannot promote a system that violates the law and the rights of students and their parents. Children’s and parents’ personal information is being mined through testing and surveys preparing them as human capital for the 21st century workforce for stockholders and ‘stakeholders.’ And that is not acceptable, she said. ‘
“ An example is it teaches mathematical steps out of order and leaves out steps. Math is not taught at developmentally appropriate ages and it’s disguised as rigor and readiness. The results are students become confused and discouraged as well as receive an incomplete education.”
“ ‘Unfortunately, testing is now being used to gather personal data about the student and/or the student’s family,’Sylvan wrote in the letter. ‘Tests are collecting information far more extensive and invasive than merely tracking academic performance.’ ”
HILLARY . . .
John Nolte, Big Govt: “Hillary Clinton: ‘We Really Need Camps for Adults’”
“The likely 2016 presidential candidate who believes it takes a village to raise a child is now proposing ‘camps for adults.’ Hillary Clinton is worried about America’s ‘fun deficit,’ not our deficit-deficit, and told a group gathered for a speech that ‘We really need camps for adults.’
“As I have gotten older, I have decided we really need camps for adults. And we need adults camps that you all run. Really. None of the serious stuff. None of the life-challenging stuff… more fun. I think we have a huge fun deficit in America. And we need to figure out how to fill that fun deficit, certainly for our kids but also for the rest of us. We need some [garbled] from time to time, maybe some enrichment, certainly some time outdoors. Maybe actually spending time with people that we didn’t know before.
“This bizarre manifestation of Clinton’s well-known collective impulses has already been greeted by plenty of Twitter mockery.
“Clinton will be close to 70 when the presidential campaign starts in earnest. . .”
Monica Crowley, Washington Times: “Was Hillary Clinton running her own rogue intel operation?”
“We all know that the only reason you would deliberately and premeditatedly set up a private email address and server is to have total control over your communications — to keep people away from those communications and to retain the ability to edit and delete your content.
“In Hillary Clinton’s case, given her long history of concealment and duplicity, total control was the system’s purpose, not to keep track of Chelsea’s bridal gift registry.
“A story originally reported in 2013 (and little-noticed at the time) may offer a deeper dimension to the reasons she wanted this control — and it leaves us with many new, unanswered questions.
“First, a step back: In order to understand this Hillary scandal, you must understand her pattern in past scandals. And you must understand the man at the center of so many of them: Sidney Blumenthal.
“Mr. Blumenthal is the Clintons’ longtime and fiercely loyal political hit man. He orchestrated many of the sleaziest attacks on Clinton opponents, including smearing Monica Lewinsky as a “stalker” at Mrs. Clinton’s request. His mastery of the dark arts was so notorious that it may have been the reason Mr. Obama pointedly denied Mrs. Clinton’s request to appoint him to a special, official role in her State Department.
“But Mrs. Clinton has never been one to take “no” for an answer. It now appears that despite Mr. Obama’s order, Mr. Blumenthal may have still served Mrs. Clinton’s political and policy needs, but in a shadowy, non-official capacity.
“Mr. Blumenthal apparently sent numerous emails to Mrs. Clinton immediately after the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11, 2012. . .” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/18/monica-crowley-was-hillary-clinton-running-her-own/?page=all
ISR/IRAN . . .
A free Palestine – whose residents have an average IQ of 75 and follow the calls and gestures of a mullah . . . Bright people in ‘Frisco, Manhattan, and Jerusalem, believe that “instruction” raises a new generation of people who have a “sense of the future” . . . good fences lead eventually to good neighbors who no longer need the fences . . . government benefits merely produce quieter neighbors. . . see Gregory Clark,(2014) “The Son also Rises”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: Israeli Voters: Bibi Yes, Barack No!
“Netanyahu’s election-eve promise to block a Palestinian state drove Likud members and other conservatives to the polls. Also helpful: Obama’s petulant and unconcealed disgust with America’s closest ally in the Middle East. Recall that a senior Obama aide last October called Netanyahu “a chickens**t.” Another, also quoted in The Atlantic, called him a “coward.” Early this month, Obama’s tantrums over the Israeli’s allegedly protocol-breaching speech to Congress — and the boycott of it by 58 Democrats — transformed what would have been a moderately reported talk into a momentous occasion, as anticipated and analyzed as a State of the Union address. Obama then rudely announced that he did not watch Netanyahu’s remarks and dismissed them as “nothing new.” “The most durable boost to Bibi was the White House’s campaign against his congressional speech,” observed Dan Senor, co-author of Start-Up Nation, an inspiring volume on Israel’s entrepreneurial culture. “This did more to help Bibi consolidate the Right than anything.” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415701/israeli-voters-bibi-yes-barack-no-deroy-murdock
The Economist: “The Caliphate Cracks”
“. . . It is uniquely brutal in its treatment of foes and uniquely competent as a propagandist. But what most sets it apart is its claim to have restored the Islamic caliphate. The revival of a single state to rule over all Muslims, dating to Islam’s earliest days and abolished in 1924 by modern Turkey after the fall of the Ottoman empire, was meant to eradicate decades of supposed humiliation by outsiders and Arab rulers who presided over the decline of flourishing Arab societies.
“To Western ears, the pretence that IS is a government in office is absurd, a bit of jihadist braggadocio; to many Muslim clerics (and even al-Qaeda) it is heresy. Yet it has stirred a form of messianism. ‘Rush, O Muslims, to your state,’ declared Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, IS’s leader. And thousands have indeed rushed to fight for and build the Islamic Utopia: even schoolgirls have abandoned families and friends in Europe.
“The call of the caliphate has galvanised zealots. Yet, even as IS launches terrorist attacks, the good news is that cracks in the caliphate are becoming increasingly apparent. IS is losing ground, money and the consent of the people it rules. . .”
John Podhoretz, Commentary: “The Crisis Has Exploded”
“Today, the president of the United States told the prime minister of Israel he was reassessing America’s “options” with regard to Israel in light of remarks Benjamin Netanyahu made about potential Palestinian statehood and an election-day Facebook post urging Israeli right-wingers to go to the polls on Monday to counter a surge in Israeli Arab voters.
“The crisis in the relationship we discuss in our new editorial statement has entered a new and potentially unprecedented phase.
“It may well be that the president is going to present American Jews with a choice over the coming months no American president should ask us to make—to become parties to and participants in his effort to create what, in 2009, he called “daylight” between the U.S. and Israel. . .”
Nick Gass, Politico: “David Petraeus: Iran more of a threat than ISIL” “Former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus says the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is not the biggest threat facing the United States in Iraq.
“‘In fact, I would argue that the foremost threat to Iraq’s long-term stability and the broader regional equilibrium is not the Islamic State; rather, it is Shiite militias, many backed by — and some guided by — Iran,’ Petraeus said in written comments to The Washington Post’s Beirut bureau chief, Liz Sly.
“The Iranian regime ‘is ultimately part of the problem, not the solution’ to the region’s issues, Petraeus said. . .” http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/petraeus-iraq-iran-islamic-state-116255.html
PA . . .
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Week in Review: Pennsylvania budget proposal goes under microscope”
“State lawmakers have settled into the long process of vetting Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal, but they’re really only talking about half the picture of total state spending.
This week, we explained why the budget proposal really stands at a whopping $78.6 billion, rather than the $29.9 billion figure that will get the most attention from lawmakers.
On the education front, two Republican state lawmakers are trying to change the criteria for teacher layoffs, while U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan blasted the state for spending trends between rich and poor school districts.
Here’s a look back at this week’s coverage:
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 3/20 Ups & Downs
“Seamus McCaffery. Last year, the Supreme Court Justice was felled by an infamous scandal over pornographic emails. This week, the Inquirer finally got to the bottom of an even more serious breach of conduct. It turns out the reports that the Justice was referring clients to his wife were true, as the couple made $1.2 million in referral fees from the arrangement. Besides the obvious conflict of interest, the reports also validate previous Inquirer stories that McCaffery vigorously fought. When the Justice agreed to resign, however, the Judicial Conduct Board dropped all investigations into McCaffery’s activities so it’s unclear if this matter will ever be adjudicated.
The Boyle Brothers. Congressman Brendan Boyle and State Representative Kevin Boyle have likely already made their parents very proud. A presidential shout-out, though, couldn’t have hurt. The Boyle family attended the White House’s St. Patrick’s Day Reception with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. In his remarks, the President praised not only the Boyle brothers but also their father who emigrated from Ireland. It will be tough to top that next March 17th.
Penn State University. This week brought the disturbing news that members of the PSU fraternity Kappa Delta Rho were taking photos of nude and unconscious women and sharing them through their Facebook group. Perhaps just as distressing were the tone-deaf responses from the school’s leaders and students. In one stunning example, a member of the fraternity defended the group to Citified’s Holly Otterbein by claiming that their actions were “satire”. The same day, President Eric Barron criticized the media for supposedly impeding the investigation through a rush to judgment. The Patriot-News wrote a powerful op-ed pointing out why Penn State – of all places – should know better. It is far past time for the entire university to shift their focus onto the actual victims and away from their own inexplicable sense of victimhood.
Sarah Del Ricci. On paper, this Tuesday’s special election in HD-170 should be an easy win for the Democrats. Thanks to internal fighting and a spirited campaign from GOP nominee Martina White, though, the race is anything but over. Del Ricci came out swinging this week in response, with endorsements from numerous labor groups including the AFL-CIO. Then, her campaign announced Allyson Schwartz and Ed Rendell will join the candidate on the trail in the closing days. Tuesday night is sure to be interesting.
Kenyatta Johnson. While the Philadelphia Democratic Mayoral Primary has gotten a lot of (deserved) attention, there is another heated, high-profile battle taking place in the City of Brother Love. City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson is taking on real estate developer Ori Feibush and the former recently won some real labor support. First, he received the endorsement of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO and then he picked up the backing of the PGW Employees’ Union. It’s still very early but the incumbent is securing establishment support that could pay off later.
Mark Levin 3//19/15
“We’re in a post-Constitutional period and it’s unraveling very quickly into something ugly. “We’ve now reached the point where President Obama has sought to bypass the courts. He is essentially looking for every opportunity, every gap in the system to seize power and impose his will. It’s difficult for the courts to contain this imperial president who’s off to the races, especially since the Judicial branch has accommodated the imperial nature of the Executive branch since the New Deal.
“Congress can’t act fast enough either because it has two bodies that require a majority vote, or a supermajority in the case of the Senate, which is near impossible without suspending the Filibuster. Lawmaking has moved from Congress to the President, who makes more laws through regulatory agencies than the Legislative branch could ever hope to.
“Also, Obama is supporting mandatory voting because he believes it will help Democrat party and grow government. Obama forgot to mention that there’s mandatory voting in North Korea too.
“Later, James Baker III is now advising Jeb Bush on foreign policy in his presidential effort, at Jeb’s invitation. Just like Obama, Baker hates Israel and criticized the Senators who signed the letter to Iran. Why would Jeb bring this man into his campaign?”
Ye’or, Bat (2005) Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis. Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses. (2/23/10)
Ye’or, Bat (1996) The Decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam. Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses. (3/8/10)
ANNOUNCEMENTS . . .
Ben Carson: Founders Dinner, Conestoga Christian, Morgantown
Friday, March 20, 2015
“Plan ahead now to attend Conestoga Christian School’s first annual Founders Dinner. Tickets are already available for this special dinner at Shady Maple featuring renowned pediatric neuro-surgeon, Dr. Ben Carson. Find a ticket order form on our website on the Founders Dinner page. You can pur-chase individual tickets for $125 per ticket (August-November) or $150 per ticket (December-March) or you can purchase an exclusive table for $1,500 (an entire table right next to the stage with 8 seats). Exclusive tables are selling fast! Tickets can be purchased at a secure site online or by check.”
CFL – April 1, 2015
We will be teaching you a practical, no nonsense and tested way on how to be effective in politics. Our guest speakers are Dean Klopp, Ted Patterson, and Dave Pridgeon. Dean Klopp, Chairman of Tri-County Campaign for Liberty will be speaking to us first hand about how his group has been successful with slamming politicians and getting them to vote the right way or making them pay the price. Ted Patterson and Dave Pridgeon are with Campaign for Liberty and the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership. They are traveling from Maryland to speak to us on how to be respected and feared by the political class, how to target legislators who vote against you, successful hard hitting tactics, and a proven strategy known as the Red Fox 4. They travel throughout the country teaching America’s top liberty activists on how to turn their passion into effective action and how to win! You owe it to yourself and to the cause of liberty to attend this event! Because here at Citizens for Liberty, we just don’t have “feel good meetings”, we take action and skin politicians. We hope you will join us in advancing the cause of liberty. DATE: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 TIME: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Come early to check out the information tables and our Liberty Library collection! ADDRESS: King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company 170 Allendale Road King of Prussia, PA 19406 For Liberty, Steve Piotrowski Founder & President Citizens for Liberty
AFP leadership training
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AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY is offering a state of the art training program for citizen activists who want to make a difference in their communities. AFP education programs will build the leadership skills that we need to fight the Big Government agenda of the left. During the program we will learn the basics of:
- Organizing a Grassroots Campaign
- Building Successful Media Strategies
- Working with Legislators
- Mobilizing Fellow Supporters
“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.
“For those who are interested, let us know as soon as possible by responding to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no cost to participants.
There are two additional training certification programs within the AFP Academy for those who wish to continue on with advanced certifications. There are bonuses to doing this including a trip to Washington, DC.
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.