STEVEN HAYWARD – End of liberalism?
LEADS: ELLIOTT & RONAYNE – Rand announced; van der GALIEN – Cruz $; DINAN – Immigration appeal failed; DARBY – Iraqi border crosser; CBS – California smart meters; HEATH – Billions of calls tracked.
ISR/IRAN: TIMES OF ISR – Iran to use faster centrifuges; KRISTOL – Obama’s last chances; POLLAK – NYT lied; SOWELL – Iran charade.
PA: WARDLE – We have to keep Kane; STAUB – Unions/Home Health Care; KNEPPER – DEP shenanigans
END NOTES: Mark Levin Show; NEFF – O’Keefe student suspended.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Tredyffrin Trail Watch; April 8th, West Chester TEA; April 10th – Valley Forge Patriots, April 27th, “Standardized” showing in Wayne.
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Trail Watch.
Steven Hayward, Powerline: “Does Indiana Signal the End of Liberalism?”
“. . . By coincidence I was recently re-reading Leo Strauss’s preface to his book on Spinoza, where he offered this reflection on the dilemma posed by Jews living in liberal democracies:
‘Liberalism stands or falls by the distinction between state and society, or by the recognition of a private sphere, protected by the law but impervious to the law, with the understanding that, above all, religion as particular religion belongs to the private sphere. Just as certainly as the liberal state will not “discriminate” against its Jewish citizens, so it is constitutionally unable or even unwilling to prevent “discrimination” against Jews by individuals or groups. To recognize a private sphere in the sense indicated means to permit private “discrimination,” to protect it and thus in fact to foster it. The liberal state cannot provide a solution to the Jewish problem, for such a solution would require a legal prohibition against every kind of “discrimination,” i.e., the abolition of the private sphere, the denial of the difference between state and society, and the destruction of the liberal state.
“What was that old phrase of Mussolini? ‘Everything inside the State; nothing outside the State; and nothing against the State.’ (Certainly not any tiny bakery or pizza shop.) Yup, sounds about like where we are now.”
LEADS . . .
PHILIP ELLIOTT and KATHLEEN RONAYNE, AP: “Rand Paul starts WH campaign with visit to New Hampshire”
“. . . Paul is scheduled to speak at a rally in Milford, New Hampshire, on Wednesday afternoon, one day after he announced he was in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. As he arrived in the state late Tuesday, he made an unannounced stop for about 10 minutes at a Manchester bar that is popular among tea party activists.
“During the brief stop, he walked through Murphy’s Taproom, shaking hands with voters but declining to make any formal public remarks. Those were reserved for Wednesday on the town square in Milford and were expected to echo the combative themes he hammered as he entered the race on Tuesday.
“Paul, a tea party favorite, on Tuesday challenged both to Washington and his fellow Republicans to “take our country back.” In his announcement speech, he needled Republicans and Democrats alike. . .”
Also – Roger Simon, PJM: “Rand’s Debut”
“. . .I have always been of two minds about Rand Paul. I like him domestically, but worry about him when it comes to foreign policy.
“That mirrors what I think about libertarianism, which has had considerable influence on me, but which, like every ideology, will eventually kick you in the head if you believe in it too slavishly. Two cheers for libertarianism — much as E. M. Forster said in Two Cheers for Democracy back in 1951. It’s a good thing but it’s not perfect. What is? Absolute belief in libertarianism is what made father Ron sound like a kook. That and some unsavory associations.”
Listening to Rand Paul’s speech Tuesday announcing his presidential candidacy, it seemed the Kentucky senator had learned that lesson and was fairly strong on foreign policy, going so far as to name radical Islam as the enemy, something that would give the incumbent hives or maybe even epileptic fits. (I know some prefer naming Islam itself, but if you think any major party candidate is going to do that, I’ve got the proverbial bridge to sell you. He or she would also lose the election, which wouldn’t help anybody.)
“Rand also did not spend a lot of time talking about social issues. He showed us how he lived his values instead, going to Guatemala in his first profession as ophthalmologist to perform eye operations on the poor. You could criticize this as a stunt, designed for electoral popularity, but he actually did it and apparently did it well. . .”
Michael van der Galien, PJM: “Cruz SuperPACs Surprise Friends, Enemies with Record Haul”
“When Ted Cruz announced he’d run for president, there were some self-declared experts who said he’d have a hard time competing because he wouldn’t be able to raise enough money. Well, think again:
“Ted Cruz’s presidential effort is getting into the shock-and-awe fundraising business.
“An associate of the Texas senator, a recently announced presidential candidate, tells Bloomberg that a cluster of affiliated super-political action committees was formed only this week, and among them they are expected to have $31 million in the bank by Friday.
“That’s $31 million in less than a week. We already know that the eventual Republican nominee will have to raise as much as $1.5 billion; by raising more than thirty million in a few days, Cruz and his supporters prove he’s not merely the Tea Party’s sweetheart, but also a fundraiser extraordinaire. . .”
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “Judge accuses Obama lawyers of misleading him, refuses to restart amnesty”
“President Obama’s new deportation amnesty will remain halted, a federal judge in Texas ruled Tuesday night in an order that also delivered a judicial spanking to the president’s lawyers for misleading the court.
“Judge Andrew S. Hanen, who first halted the amnesty in February, just two days before it was to take effect, said he’s even more convinced of his decision now, particularly after Mr. Obama earlier this year said he intends for his policies to supersede federal laws.
“Judge Hanen pointed to Mr. Obama’s comments at a February town hall when the president warned immigration agents to adhere to his policies or else face ‘consequences.’
“‘In summary, the chief executive has ordered that the laws requiring removal of illegal immigrants that conflict with the 2014 DHS directive are not to be enforced, and that anyone who attempts to do so will be punished,’ Judge Hanen wrote.
“This is not merely ineffective enforcement. This is total non-enforcement,” the judge continued, saying that Mr. Obama’s own descriptions of how he is carrying out his policies have hurt his case. . .”
Also – Ben Kamisar, The Hill: “Court declines to lift hold on Obama’s immigration actions”
“A group of more than 20 states has challenged the president’s immigration actions as an executive overreach. Hanen ruled in February the courts should decide the constitutionality of the policies before implementation.
“The federal government had contended the Texas district court judge didn’t have the jurisdiction to block all of the policies, just the ones that impact Texas, essentially creating different immigration standards for the interim. But Hanen dismissed that argument as inconsistent with the Constitution, which calls for ‘uniform’ immigration laws.
“He added that the government had argued in a 2012 Supreme Court case on Arizona’s controversial immigration laws that certain policies hurt its ability to maintain a ‘comprehensive and unified system’ of laws.
“‘There is a lengthy history of precedent concerning the need for a uniform approach to immigration, and this Court sees no reason to depart from those cases,’ he wrote.
“The Justice Department already petitioned the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in March to lift Hanen’s stay. It will hear oral arguments in that case next week. The has not yet decided on whether to do so. That court just sided with the Obama administration on a ruling over the original 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. . .”
Brandon Darby, Breitbart: “EXCLUSIVE: Iraqi Caught Crossing US-Mexico Border was Military Trainer and Spoke Fluent Russian”
“. . . The Iraqi man is named Ahmed Adnan Taha, Al Khafaji. His date of birth is 6-25-84. He has one sister in the U.S., one in Turkey, three brothers in Turkey, one in Ukraine, one in New York State, and three brothers in Iraq, according to the leaked documents.
“The Iraqi told U.S. authorities that he spoke fluent Russian and lived in Crimea prior to the Russian invasion. He further stated that a Ukrainian paid $4,000 for him to get to the U.S., however, the Iraqi refused to identify the Ukrainian to U.S. authorities.
“The public statement given by Border Patrol at the time of the Iraqi’s apprehension stated, “On Thursday, February 12, 2015, RGV Border Patrol Agents encountered an adult Middle Eastern male south of Pharr, Texas. The subject was taken into custody and transported to the Border Patrol station for further processing. The subject was setup for Expedited Removal back to his country of origin and transferred to the custody of ICE/ERO.”
“Breitbart Texas recently asked the Border Patrol agency about the specifics in this report and their spokesman for the Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) responded, “All record checks were conducted, our federal partners did interview the subject with no derogatory information being found.”
“It is significant to note that Border Patrol processing an individual does not mean that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actually deported the individual.
“Breitbart Texas provides images of both leaked documents below. . .”
CBS/LA: “California Water Authorities to Use New Tool in Fight against Water Wasters”
“LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Water authorities are using a new tool in a major effort to crack down on people and businesses wasting water in light of new water restrictions issued by Gov. Jerry Brown to fight the drought.
“The Long Beach Water Department says sprinklers at a McDonald’s restaurant on Bellflower Boulevard went on for 45 minutes at a time, twice a night, for an undefined number of nights. Complaints continued to mount as water pooled and wasted. The department, however, could do little about the wasting.
“That was before the smart meter. . .”
Also – Rush Limbaugh: “Carly Fiorina on Fire — Correctly Blames California Drought on Environmentalists”
“. . . Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, a former Republican candidate. She ran for the Senate in California. She was part of the McCain team back in 2008. She is on fire taking on everybody, and particularly in California, and she is blaming liberal environmentalist wackos for what she calls a man-made drought in California. She said this is a man-made disaster. She’s considering running for president 2016.
“She says, ‘California is a classic case of liberals being willing to sacrifice other people’s lives and livelihoods at the altar of their ideology. It’s a tragedy. … That’s the tragedy of California, because of liberal environmentalists’ insistence — despite the fact that California has suffered from droughts for millennia, liberal environmentalists have prevented the building of a single new reservoir or a single new water conveyance system over decades during a period in which California’s population has doubled. There is a man-made lack of water in California — and Washington manages the water for the farmers.’
“And she’s right.”
Brad Heath, USA Today: “U.S. secretly tracked billions of calls for decades”
“WASHINGTON — The U.S. government started keeping secret records of Americans’ international telephone calls nearly a decade before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, harvesting billions of calls in a program that provided a blueprint for the far broader National Security Agency surveillance that followed.
“For more than two decades, the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed logs of virtually all telephone calls from the USA to as many as 116 countries linked to drug trafficking, current and former officials involved with the operation said. The targeted countries changed over time but included Canada, Mexico and most of Central and South America.
“Federal investigators used the call records to track drug cartels’ distribution networks in the USA, allowing agents to detect previously unknown trafficking rings and money handlers. They also used the records to help rule out foreign ties to the bombing in 1995 of a federal building in Oklahoma City and to identify U.S. suspects in a wide range of other investigations.
“The Justice Department revealed in January that the DEA had collected data about calls to “designated foreign countries.” But the history and vast scale of that operation have not been disclosed until now.
“The now-discontinued operation, carried out by the DEA’s intelligence arm, was the government’s first known effort to gather data on Americans in bulk, sweeping up records of telephone calls made by millions of U.S. citizens regardless of whether they were suspected of a crime. It was a model for the massive phone surveillance system the NSA launched to identify terrorists after the Sept. 11 attacks. That dragnet drew sharp criticism that the government had intruded too deeply into Americans’ privacy after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked it to the news media two years ago. . .”
ISR/IRAN . . .
Times of Israel: “Iran news report: Tehran will start using fastest centrifuges on day deal takes effect”
“FARS agency quotes Zarif, Salehi telling MPs they’ll inject gas into IR-8 centrifuges, a breach of US-published framework terms that would make a mockery of deal
“Iran will begin using its latest generation IR-8 centrifuges as soon as its nuclear deal with the world powers goes into effect, Iran’s foreign minister and nuclear chief told members of parliament on Tuesday, according to Iran’s semi-official FARS news agency. “If accurate, the report makes a mockery of the world powers’ much-hailed framework agreement with Iran, since such a move clearly breaches the US-published terms of the deal, and would dramatically accelerate Iran’s potential progress to the bomb.
“Iran has said that its IR-8 centrifuges enrich uranium 20 times faster than the IR-1 centrifuges it currently uses.
“According to the FARS report, ‘Iran’s foreign minister and nuclear chief both told a closed-door session of the parliament on Tuesday that the country would inject UF6 gas into the latest generation of its centrifuge machines as soon as a final nuclear deal goes into effect by Tehran and the six world powers.’ . . .”
William Kristol, Weekly Std: “Our Once-In-A-Lifetime President”
BO wants his next job . . .
“One of many startling statements in President’s Obama interview with Tom Friedman is his assertion that he’s seeking “to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see whether or not we can at least take the nuclear issue off the table.”
“Even granting that this is an opportunity, why is it a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity? By his own account, it’s not. There is, he claims, a basic structural and strategic case for the deal on both sides. It’s a case that would presumably hold two or five or ten years from now, and for that matter it’s one that presumably held two or five or ten years ago.
“But the deal is, I think authentically in Obama’s mind, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Why? When you think about it, his reasoning is obvious, though unstated: It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because Barack Obama is now president. And he’ll only be president for a little while longer. . .”
Joe Pollak, National Security: “In Backing Iran Deal, New York Times Lies about Israel’s View”
“On Wednesday, David Horovitz, the liberal editor of the Times of Israel called the emerging Iran deal: “A bad deal. Far, far worse than no deal at all.” Also on Wednesday, the liberal editorial board of the New York Times called the Iran framework “a very serious and potentially groundbreaking deal,” and claimed that Israel had offered “offers no workable options.” In order to arrive at that conclusion, however, the Times had to rely on a different set of facts from Horovitz–facts it invented.
“Chief among these is the claim that Israel is demanding that “every vestige of Iran’s nuclear program.” That is emphatically not what Israel has demanded. In fact, in his address to Congress last month–which the Times editors evidently spent too much time protesting and too little time watching–Netanyahu suggested Israel would be willing to accept some Iranian nuclear activities in “A better deal that Israel and its neighbors may not like, but with which we could live, literally.’ . . .”
Thomas Sowell, Townhall: “The Iran ‘Agreement’ Charade”
“By abandoning virtually all its demands for serious restrictions on Iran’s nuclear bomb program, the Obama administration has apparently achieved the semblance of a preliminary introduction to the beginning of a tentative framework for a possible hope of an eventual agreement with Iran.
“But even this hazy ‘achievement’ may vanish like a mirage. It takes two to agree — and Iran has already publicly disputed and even mocked what President Obama says is the nature of that framework.
“Had Iran wholeheartedly agreed with everything the Obama administration said, that agreement would still have been worthless, since Iran has already blocked international inspectors from its nuclear facilities at unpredictable times. The appearance of international control is more dangerous than a frank admission that we don’t really know what they are doing.
“Why then all these negotiations? Because these charades protect Barack Obama politically, no matter how much danger they create for America and the world. . .”
PA . . .
Lisa Wardle, PennLive: “AG Kathleen Kane doesn’t need to resign, Gov. Tom Wolf says”
“Gov. Tom Wolf said that Kathleen Kane remains capable of fulfilling her duties as attorney general and does not need to resign as a result of legal troubles.
“The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that on Tuesday the governor stated Kane must focus on keeping public support during the ongoing political saga.
“Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is in the process of deciding whether to charge Kane in the grand jury investigation of leaks from her office.
“Kane is also under fire for a corruption investigation against gaming official Donald Shiffer.
Anonymous sources told The Inquirer that Kane revoked several subpoenas during the investigation, including one involving a Louis DeNaples, who contributed $25,000 to Kane’s election campaign after the subpoena was revoked. Finance records show she later returned the money.
“After a very bad week, including Kane’s chief of staff Blake Rutherford stepping down, her lawyer Lanny Davis said she did not plan to resign.”
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Homecare worker, patient challenge Wolf’s order that paves way for unionization”
“HARRISBURG, Pa. — Direct-care worker Don Lambrecht has looked after David Smith, a home-bound quadriplegic, for the last quarter century, more than enough time for the two to develop a friendship that goes beyond the patient-caregiver dynamic.
“‘Don’s really been my arms and legs for 25 years,’ the 59-year-old Smith, who has muscular dystrophy, said in a statement issued Tuesday. Both of them fear what might happen if a union ended up part of that relationship.
“Lambrecht and Smith, who lives in Phoenixville, are suing Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the state Department of Human Services, challenging an executive order that would allow a union to organize home care workers such as Lambrecht.
Unionization could compromise patients’ abilities to hire, fire and manage their direct-care workers, said their attorney, David Osborne. Before hiring Lambrecht, Smith had to fire a previous caretaker who tried to take advantage of him financially, according to The Fairness Center. . .”
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Shenanigans at the DEP”
“Trouble is brewing at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The problems are related to two complementary areas. The first is the process of crafting regulations. The second and arguably more serious problem has to do with the rule of law.
“The problems with the process came to light during an exchange between Representative John Maher and the Acting-Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), John Quigley. The entire exchange can be seen here. It took place during the budget hearings last month. It is well worth your time to take eleven minutes to watch it.
“As Rep. Maher noted in his remarks, one of the boards tasked with developing regulations was completely reconstituted days prior to a meeting to review hundreds of pages of new regulations. The old board was fired, and its members were replaced by the Wolf administration. The Acting-Secretary did not know the identities of the new board members.
“The board in question is the Oil and Gas Technical Advisory Board (TAB). . .”
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin Show (4/7/15)
On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show: We have a dug-in, bloated, self-serving Republican establishment. We’re never going to be able to nominate a conservative for President if we don’t defeat the Bush family and specifically Jeb Bush. They’re entrenched in Washington D.C. because they want a big government dynasty, and Karl Rove is orchestrating it all behind the scenes. Groups close to Jeb are already attacking Rand Paul just like they did with Ted Cruz because they see their campaigns as threats to the Bush dynasty, and will do anything to stand in the way of a conservative nominee.
Also, President Obama’s obsession with helping genocidal regimes is remarkable. He admitted that the deal with Iran is no permanent solution to them obtaining nuclear weapons, saying it could be possible in 13 years. Meanwhile, he can’t wait to take Cuba off the terrorism list. Obama has done unimaginable damage to America and the world in such a short period of time while those in his administration lie through their teeth to defend him every step of the way.
Later, Mark speaks with Sen. Mike Lee about his new book Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America’s Founding Document.
Blake Neff, Daily Caller: “Student Suspended for Helping with James O’Keefe Video”
“A student journalist at Barry University was slapped with a suspension for helping conservative provocateur James O’Keefe film a video on campus “in which a university employee is asked to help start a club to support ISIS.
“In the video, released by O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, the student, known only as Laura, meets with a university administrator who advises her on creating a ‘Sympathetic Students in Support of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’ student group.
“In the video, a school administrator tells Laura that ‘we’re not here to limit people and their clubs’ after she talks of sending aid to fighters with the Islamic state. At another point in the video, a different administrator is supportive of creating a group to send humanitarian aid to the Islamic State, while only suggesting a modified name for the group because ‘technically, we’re at war with ISIS.’
“Now, school administrators have suspended Laura, saying that she created a hostile environment for school employees. . .”
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.