LEADS: BOYLE – Cruz rule-breaker to win; McCARTHY – Menendez but not Reid; HOWELL – Carry in Kansas; KEY – Brown the shower troll; YORK – Walker?; FERRIS – Wrong IRS forms; WILLMAN – Defense radar: $10B gone bad.
ISR/IRAN: WOLFGANG – GOP + Bibi; SIMON – Munich?; GLICK – To war; DESIDERIO – ISR joins Arabs; CONTINETTI – Benghazi, Bergdahl, & the Bomb; KEY – Menendez the muffled.
PA: SNYDER – Ups & Downs.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: April 8th, West Chester TEA; April 10th – Valley Forge Patriots, April 27th, “Standardized” showing in Wayne.
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Trail Watch.
LEADS . . .
Matthew Boyle, Breitbart: “Exclusive–Inside Ted Cruz’s Campaign HQ: How Texas Firebrand Plans to Win by Breaking All the Rules”
“. . . ‘I think we are certainly trying to do everything possible to energize and mobilize the grassroots, to energize and mobilize millions of courageous conservatives,’ Cruz said in an interview with Breitbart News.
“‘The greatest trick the left has ever played is to convince the world that America doesn’t share our values,” Cruz added. “America remains a fundamentally center-right country with Judeo-Christian values. And these are common sense principles that America was built upon, and just like in 1980 it took millions of men and women across this country to come together and become the Reagan Revolution. Likewise, today, it will take a similar army of courageous conservatives to result in the same sort of fundamental change we saw in 1980. Our nation is in crisis and the Washington elites cannot solve this problem. It can only come from the American people. That is where our focus and energy is directed, and I’m incredibly encouraged by the enthusiasm we’re seeing right now.’
“The Wall Street Journal reported Cruz’s team has already raised about $4 million in its first two weeks—an extraordinarily impressive level of fundraising for the early stages of a presidential campaign. Part of the reason why that’s the case, Cruz and his top team members like campaign manager Jeff Roe told Breitbart News, is because it’s a campaign that’s going to break all the rules that White House hopefuls normally follow—in true outsider, Cruz fashion. . .”
Andrew McCarthy, PJM: “Obama’s Justice Department Charges Menendez … But Not Reid”
“Two things about the Obama administration cannot be denied. First, the president is desperate to cut a deal with the mullahs on their nuclear program, so much so that he has erased virtually every red line he ever purported to draw and has not been shy about strong-arming naysayers, including our allies in Israel and France.
“Second, the Obama’s Justice Department, which features the first attorney general in American history to be held in contempt of Congress (for obstructing the House’s investigation of the outrageous Fast & Furious scandal), is the most politicized in American history – practicing discriminatory law-enforcement that stays its hand against friends (see, e.g., its treatment of New Black Panther Party voter intimidation, Solyndra fraud, and the Obama 2008 campaign’s large-scale campaign finance violations) while punishing critics, scapegoats, and others who dare to cross the president (see, e.g., treatment of Dinesh D’Souza’s de minimis campaign finance violation; of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, producer of the anti-Muslim video the administration fraudulently blamed for the Benghazi massacre; and of Standard & Poor’s, squeezed for a $1.37 billion settlement in a retaliatory suit Justice filed after S&P downgraded the U.S. credit-rating).
“Consequently, as discussed here at Ordered Liberty last month when Menendez called an extraordinary press conference to defend himself, it was reasonable to suspect that the impending indictment might be payback for defying the president on Iran – indeed, mocking the White House over talking points that, the senator said, read as if they’d been written in Tehran.
“As I hastened to point out in that post, this was not an ‘either-or’ scenario. That is, it is entirely possible both (a) that the administration is harassing Menendez and making an example of the wages of defiance, and (b) that Menendez is in fact guilty of crimes. Discriminatory law enforcement is rarely a matter of trumping up cases. It is more a matter of exploiting the gray areas of prosecutorial discretion. . .” http://pjmedia.com/andrewmccarthy/2015/04/03/obamas-justice-department-charges-menendez-but-not-reid/
Kellan Howell, Washington Times: “Kansas approves concealed carry without a permit: ‘It is a constitutional right’”
“Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday signed a bill allowing Kansans to carry concealed weapons without a permit or training starting this summer.
“The new law will go into effect on July 1, and will make Kansas the sixth ‘constitutional carry’ state, allowing Kansans 21 and older to carry concealed weapons without a permit, the Kansas City Star reported Thursday.
“But Kansans will still have to go through training in order to carry a weapon in any of the 36 states that accept Kansas permits.
“Mr. Brownback encouraged carriers to get training saying his youngest son took a hunter safety course this week.
“‘It was an excellent course. He got a lot out of it. I got a lot out of it. And I want to urge people to take advantage of that,’ Mr. Brownback said during a press conference, The Kansas City Start reported.
“But Mr. Brownback added that he believes carrying a gun is a constitutional right and should not require a ‘permission slip from the government.’”
Pam Key, Breitbart: “Gov Jerry Brown: Californians to Be Heavily Fined for Long Showers”
“Brown said, “This executive order is done under emergency power. It has the force of law. Very unusual. It’s requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border. It affects lawns. It affects people’s — how long they stay in the shower. How businesses use water.”
“Brown said to enforce his order, ‘Each water district that actually delivers waters — water to homes and businesses, they carry it out. We have a state water board that overseas (sic!) the relationships with the districts. Hundreds of them. If they don’t comply, people can be fined $500 a day. Districts can go to court to get a cease and desist order. The enforcement mechanism is powerful. In a drought of this magnitude, you have to change that behavior and you have to change it substantially.’. . . ”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Scott Walker, the GOP’s Great Unknown”
“. . . For a candidate who starts out with little national recognition, a campaign is a long process of telling voters who he is. With the general public — and all three polls cited above were of the public, not just Republicans — Walker is still a mystery for a large number of people. Even some Republicans who know of Walker and like him base their opinion on what they know about Walker’s stand against public-sector unions in Wisconsin, and little beyond that. Despite all the attention the media has paid to the campaign so far, Walker is still starting out when it comes to explaining to voters who he is and why he’s running.”
Sarah Ferris, TheHill: “IRS deadline extended for ObamaCare customers sent the wrong tax form”
“ObamaCare customers who received the wrong tax form from the federal government this spring will not face penalties if they miss the April 15 deadline, officials announced Friday.
“Anyone who have not yet been sent corrected tax forms and are ‘unable to file an accurate tax return’ now have until Oct. 15 to file — as long as they request an extension.
“The government did not say how many people will be given extra time, though officials said in late March that 80,000 people were still waiting on their corrected tax forms. A total of 800,000 people had mailed the wrong forms. . .”
David Willman, LA Times: “$10 Billion Bet Gone Bad”
Any professional photographer could have predicted this . . .
“Leaders of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency were effusive about the new technology.
It was the most powerful radar of its kind in the world, they told Congress. So powerful it could detect a baseball over San Francisco from the other side of the country.
would spot the incoming missiles, track them through space and guide U.S. rocket-interceptors to destroy them.
“Crucially, the system would be able to distinguish between actual missiles and decoys.
SBX ‘represents a capability that is unmatched,’ the director of the Missile Defense Agency told a Senate subcommittee in 2007.
“In reality, the giant floating radar has been a $2.2-billion flop, a Los Angeles Times investigation found.
“Although it can powerfully magnify distant objects, its field of vision is so narrow that it would be of little use against what experts consider the likeliest attack: a stream of missiles interspersed with decoys.
“SBX was supposed to be operational by 2005. Instead, it spends most of the year mothballed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. . . “
ISR/IRAN . . .
Ben Wolfgang, Washington Times: “Benjamin Netanyahu, Republicans take aim at Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran”
“Lawmakers push legislation giving Congress final say on agreement
“Fallout from the Obama administration’s preliminary nuclear deal with Iran stretched from Capitol Hill to Jerusalem on Easter Sunday, with lawmakers vowing to push ahead with legislation that would give them, not the president, the final say on whether the agreement crosses the finish line.
“At the same time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stepped up his all-out assault on the deal, saying the U.S.-led effort to lighten economic sanctions on Iran will allow Tehran to bolster its “terror machine” and wreak even more havoc across an already-unstable region.
“White House officials, including Mr. Obama himself, have worked relentlessly over the past few days to push back against criticism and to dissuade Congress from pursuing legislation that would give the House and Senate the authority to essentially kill the deal.
“That effort continued Sunday, with Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz — a key figure, alongside Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in the U.S. negotiating team in Switzerland last week — stressing that the deal dramatically limits Iran’s ability to enrich uranium and otherwise move closer to building nuclear bombs. He denied that the U.S. and its international partners — Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany — gave up too much in negotiations and specifically countered the claim by Mr. Netanyahu and others that Iran’s nuclear program can continue to move forward.
“But the administration’s assurances, to some extent, are falling on deaf ears in Washington and in Israel. . .”
Roger Simon, PJM: “Munich, Anyone? Obama’s Iran Agreement in Translation”
“When Barack Obama told us on dozens of occasions that we could keep our previous health plan and doctor under the Affordable Care Act, he was doing it for one of two reasons. “Either he was ignorant of his own legislation (unlikely) or he was deliberately lying to get it passed. He knew best what was good for us and if he had to prevaricate, so be it.
“The so-called framework agreement on Iranian nuclear activities is almost exactly the same. Obama again believes it is best for us, but if we are to believe Amir Taheri (and I do), this ‘agreement’ (that the Iranians are calling merely a press release) is understood completely differently by both parties. We have been told another series of lies in order to get something passed — or in this case not to oppose it.
“Only there is one huge difference. Obamacare is reversible. Nuclear Armageddon is not.
“Taheri (bilingual in Farsi and English) has extensive comparisons between the Iranian, American and Europeans versions of what was supposedly agreed to. . .”
Caroline Glick, RCP: “The Diplomatic Track to War”
“Through their nuclear diplomacy, Obama and his comrades started the countdown to war.
“In recent weeks we have watched the collapse of the allied powers’ negotiating positions.
“They have conceded every position that might have placed a significant obstacle in Iran’s path to developing a nuclear arsenal.
“They accepted Iran’s refusal to come clean on the military dimensions of its past nuclear work and so ensured that to the extent UN nuclear inspectors are able to access Iran’s nuclear installations, those inspections will not provide anything approaching a full picture of its nuclear status. By the same token, they bowed before Iran’s demand that inspectors be barred from all installations Iran defines as “military” and so enabled the ayatollahs to prevent the world from knowing anything worth knowing about its nuclear activities.
“On the basis of Iran’s agreement to ship its stockpile of enriched uranium to Russia, the US accepted Iran’s demand that it be allowed to maintain and operate more than 6,000 centrifuges.
“But when on Monday Iran went back on its word and refused to ship its uranium to Russia, the US didn’t respond by saying Iran couldn’t keep spinning 6,000 centrifuges. The US made excuses for Iran.
“The US delegation willingly acceded to Iran’s demand that it be allowed to continue operating its fortified, underground enrichment facility at Fordow. In so doing, the US minimized the effectiveness of a future limited air campaign aimed at significantly reducing Iran’s nuclear capabilities.
“With this broad range of great power concessions already in its pocket, the question of whether or not a deal is reached has become a secondary concern. . .”
Andrew Desiderio, Mediaite: “Richard Engel: Israel, Arab Nations Forming ‘Alliance’ Against U.S. ‘Rewarding’ Iran”
“. . . ‘The Arab world sees this as a moment that Iran is trying to spread its influence and spread its power across the Middle East, and don’t want to see the U.S. make some sort of deal with Iran that allows it to have any kind of sanctions relief at this moment,’ Engel continued, echoing previous analysis in which he said America’s policy toward Iran seems ‘convoluted’ and ‘incoherent.’. . .”
Matthew Continetti, FreeBeacon: “Benghazi, Bergdahl, and the Bomb”
“Column: President Obama’s stories haven’t held up before. How is the Iran deal any different?
“The president has a terrible record of initial public pronouncements on national security. He has a habit of confidently stating things that turn out not to be true. Three times in the last four years he has appeared in the Rose Garden and made assertions that were later proven to be false. He and his national security team have again and again described a world that does not correspond to reality. No reason to assume these concessions to Iran will be any different.
“The U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked on September 11, 2012. Four Americans were killed, including our ambassador. Obama delivered remarks on the attack in the Rose Garden the following day. ‘No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation,’ he said. What he didn’t say was that the killings in Benghazi specifically were a ‘terrorist attack’ or ‘terrorism.’ On 60 Minutes, when asked if he believed Benghazi was a “terrorist attack,” the president replied, ‘It’s too early to know how this came about.’ On September 14, neither the president nor Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called what had happened a terrorist attack. On September 15, Obama referred to Benghazi as a ‘tragic attack.’ On September 16, Susan Rice, then U.N. ambassador, called it a ‘spontaneous attack.’
“By September 24, when Obama recorded a campaign interview with The View, he again refused to say Benghazi was an attack by terrorists. ‘We’re still doing an investigation,’ he told Joy Behar. It was not until two days later that administration officials began referring to Benghazi as a terrorist attack—something the Libyan government had been saying since September 13. . .”
Pam Key, BreitbartTV: “ABC’s Karl: Menendez Indictment Likely to Quell Challenges to Iran Deal”
“Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl said the indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who is a strong supporter of Israel and opposes President Barack Obama going ahead with an Iran nuclear deal without congressional approval, will make it harder for Republicans to persuade other Democrats to go against the president and override a veto on Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) legislation calling for congressional oversight. . .”
PA . . .
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 4/3 Ups & Downs
“Kathleen Kane. The Attorney General has had a lot of bad weeks over the last year or so, but this may well have been the worse. On Tuesday, the State Supreme Court delivered a crushing blow when they ruled that the special prosecutor in the case can decide whether or not to indict Kane on the charges recommended by a grand jury. The 4-1 decision means we could very well see the AG brought to trial. Then, on top of all that, new revelations came out on Thursday that Kane squashed subpoenas for suspicious reasons in a casino investigation case. At this point, we have to wonder how many more hits like this Kane will be able to take.
“Philadelphia. Don’t act so shocked. The residents of the City of Brotherly Love are optimistic about their future. A new survey from Pew Charitable Trusts found that 67% of Philadelphians expect the city to improve over the next five years. The city’s population is still growing and getting younger while crime is on a steady decline. These factors, as well as the still all-important issue of education, will have a large effect on the last six weeks of the Democratic primary for Mayor.
“Hillary Clinton. The former Secretary of State was looking untouchable when it came to 2016 presidential match-ups among PA voters. That was until this week. The latest Quinnipiac poll shows Hillary facing much more competitive contests from her GOP counterparts. In fact, one of them, Senator Rand Paul even came out a point ahead in their match-up. Now, this may just be a temporary hiccup caused by her email scandal. Reports suggest Clinton will finally announce her candidacy soon and perhaps she’ll get a bump from that. For the first time, though, the Democratic front-runner doesn’t look unbeatable in the Keystone State.
“Sherrie Cohen. The biggest story in the nation this week was very likely SB101, the anti-LGBT bill signed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Cohen, a candidate for an at-large Philly City Council seat, grabbed headlines when she urged Mayor Nutter to cut off city travel to the Hoosier state. By Friday, Governor Wolf sent out an email denouncing Pence’s action and asking supporters to sign a petition to pressure the legislature to pass a non-discrimination law. Altogether, this situation allowed a down-ballot candidate to gain a great deal of attention.
“Tom Corbett. The biggest issue for Gov. Corbett’s re-election campaign was undoubtedly pension reform. Corbett repeatedly cited his efforts to change what he called a runaway system and accused his opponent of ignoring the problem. We found out on Tuesday, though, that Gov. Corbett apparently doesn’t believe in reforming his own pension. He took a $118,378 lump sum payment from the state, which while completely legal seems a little hypocritical after all his assertions that reform was vital to the fiscal health of the commonwealth.”
ANNOUNCEMENTS . . .
April 8th, West Chester TEA: The Determinators Movie
Wednesday April 8th 2015 7PM East Goshen Township Building 1580 Paoli Pike 2nd floor West Chester, Pa. 19380
What you need to know about Obamacare
The Determinators is a chilling story which uncovers the dark underside of the massive healthcare reform bill that, once fully implemented, will significantly threaten the way Americans live…and die. Based on the book “The Battle for America’s Soul” by C. L. Gray, MD, founder of Physicians for Reform, perhaps gives us the best reason of all to be mistrustful of it and its architects. Under the guise of “healthcare for everyone,” Obama and his healthcare advisors have in fact adopted a progressive rationed care approach – the kind that is limited by resources which are needed elsewhere. Patient-centered healthcare is becoming a thing of the past. The Determinators features leading experts in the field of healthcare who have studied the law and its impending ramifications. The Determinators highlights several of the worst elements of Obamacare that big-government bureaucrats want to keep hidden from the public until it’s too late. In particular, it addresses how rationing can be brought about in multiple ways under universal health care, including the United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) which has implemented a de facto “rationing by waiting” policy. West Chester Tea Party’s Phil Duffy will comment on the video and describe a specific incident in which he discovered the rationing by waiting policy while analyzing the NHS for a prior employer. Please Join Us: April 10th, VF Patriots
PJ Ryan’s, Bridge St., Phoenixville.
Wondering what other Tea Party and Patriot groups in PA are doing?
Want to learn more?
Come to the VFP meeting on Friday, April 10 at 6:30pm
Our speaker, Marion Douzou is a French citizen who is working toward a Ph.D. in “American Studies”. The subject of her dissertation is “Tea Parties in Pennsylvania”. She has been studying and interviewing tea parties and other citizen activist groups throughout the state. She has also worked with the Commonwealth Foundation in Harrisburg. Marion will be presenting an overview of her findings at the Valley Forge Patriots April meeting. This a great opportunity for us to hear about the health of the Tea Party movement in PA, what other groups are doing and learn how we may be able to work together and be more effective.
We are looking forward to hearing about other citizen activist groups in Pennsylvania.
The VFP is also concerned about Governor Wolf’s budget proposal that calls for significant tax increases, does nothing about the looming pension crisis, nor the archaic state store system.
We will be doing another post card blitz to our state legislators to fight against this budget. Please come out and help us with this effort.
Additional information to follow. You may sign up at www.meetup.com/VFP-teaparty09/ .
Joanne: “Standardized: Lies, Money, & Civil Rights: How Testing Is Ruining Public Education”
The documentary “Standardized” that will be shown in Wayne on Monday, April 27, 7-9 PM. This same documentary was shown in Bryn Mawr in February and approximately 100 people attended. All are welcome.
The Saturday Club, 117 West Wayne Ave, Wayne, PA
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.
Treddyffrin Trail Watch
If you enjoy our newTrail system in the township, we invite you to be our eyes and ears while you bike, jog, or walk. Our program entails helping people with directions, points of interest, rest areas, and reporting needs for attention.
You will meet officers from our Bike Squad, Motorcycle Officers, and the County Park Rangers.
Please help us!
For more information, contact the Tredyffrin Police Department’s Community Policing Office. 610-408-3654. Email: Officer Rhonda Carroll, email@example.com.