THE HILLARY: BEDARD – $37.92; LOWRY – Joyless; SCHMIDT – 2 yrs ago; SIMBERG – Whitewater rewrite.
LEADS: WILLIAMSON – Black/White Hats; YORK – Did Rubio learn?; HEINE – ISIS Camps on border.
IRAN: WEISMAN & BAKER – Congress gets a say.
PA: KNEPPER – Keeping Kane?
END NOTES: VFP request for help
ANNOUNCEMENTS: PA Leadership Conference, April 17 & 18th, $90.
April 27th, “Standardized” showing in Wayne.
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Trail Watch; Independent Women’s Forum.
THE HILLARY . . .
Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner: “Clinton to spend $37.92 for every vote in $2.5b campaign”
Rich Lowry, RCP: “Hillary Clinton’s Joyless Ride”
“You can never know what that wacky Hillary Clinton will do next.
“At the outset of her latest presidential campaign, she decided to drive from New York to Iowa for her first campaign stop. Or, to be more precise, she decided to be driven to Iowa by a Secret Service agent as part of a three-car caravan in keeping with her security needs.
“For a former first lady and global celebrity, this is traveling light and spontaneous – let’s load up the Secret Service detail and blow this joint.
“Her campaign referred to her vehicle as ‘her Scooby van,’ evoking the lovable madcap crew of the cartoon series. This could be considered a cute little affectation, until you realize that she campaigned in a van in her 2000 Senate race, and for the same reason: to appear more relatable (the Secret Service reportedly referred to that vehicle, too, as the Scooby-Doo van).
“Hillary Clinton has been reintroducing herself to the public for so long that even her manufactured stabs at authenticity aren’t entirely new.
“Of course, the image she is trying to live down is the Hillary of the Saturday Night Live sketches, whose calling card is her gratingly insincere laugh and her cringe-inducing blatant calculations. It is her curse as a politician of stamina and determination, but not of natural grace, that her maneuvers to reveal her ‘real’ self always feel like obvious maneuvers. To say that she lacks the light touch is almost as much of an understatement as saying her husband is not a monk. . .”
Michael Schmidt, NYT: “Hillary Clinton Was Asked About Email 2 Years Ago”
“WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton was directly asked by congressional investigators in a December 2012 letter whether she had used a private email account while serving as secretary of state, according to letters obtained by The New York Times.
“But Mrs. Clinton did not reply to the letter. And when the State Department answered in March 2013, nearly two months after she left office, it ignored the question and provided no response.
“The query was posed to Mrs. Clinton in a Dec. 13, 2012, letter from Representative Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Mr. Issa was leading an investigation into how the Obama administration handled its officials’ use of personal email.
“Have you or any senior agency official ever used a personal email account to conduct official business?” Mr. Issa wrote to Mrs. Clinton. “If so, please identify the account used.”
Mr. Issa also asked Mrs. Clinton, “Does the agency require employees to certify on a periodic basis or at the end of their employment with the agency they have turned over any communications involving official business that they have sent or received using nonofficial accounts?”
“Mr. Issa’s letter also sought written documentation of the department’s policies for the use of personal email for government business. Mrs. Clinton left the State Department on Feb. 1, 2013, seven weeks after the letter was sent to her.
“When Mr. Issa received a response from the State Department on March 27, all he got was a description of the department’s email policies. According to the letter, any employee using a personal account “should make it clear that his or her person
al email is not being used for official business. . .”
Also: Matthew Boyle, Big Govt: “Issa Asked Hillary in 2012 About Private Email Address, Clinton Deleted Emails After Inquiry”
Rand Simberg, PJM: “Rewriting the History of Whitewater”
“The notion that there was no criminal behavior in Whitewater on the part of the Clintons is a rewriting of history.
“. . . While the full report doesn’t seem to be any longer available from the Government Printing Office, it seems to have been preserved here. In particular, the evidence in the Whitewater affair is described here. http://pjmedia.com/blog/rewriting-the-history-of-whitewater/
LEADS . . .
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Black Hats and White Hats
“The season of black hats and white hats is upon us.
“American governance is complex – even its subcomponents are so complex that the well-meaning people who are handsomely paid to manage them throw up their hands in despair, e.g. IRS agents who freely admit that there are too many changes in the tax code – an average of more than one per day – for them to keep up with. There are unintended consequences and there are unforeseen consequences – they are not the same thing, but neither set of problems should be surprising. You hear stories about the Pentagon spending a million bucks to ship 38 cents worth of washers from South Carolina to Texas and think, how is it possible that that happens? “But dig in and you’ll see how it is possible – absurd, wasteful, and detestable, sure, but certainly possible.
“When considering the major failures of recent American governance – the 2008-09 financial crisis, the catastrophe that is U.S. policy in the Mideast – the one thing that any honest-minded person must conclude is: Nobody meant for things to turn out this way. It is impossible to make precise predictions about the effects of government policy; that is the nature of systems characterized by high levels of complexity. It’s one thing to predict that it’ll be colder during the winter, but another thing to predict down to the millimeter how much snow will fall on a particular acre in rural Maine on the third Wednesday in February, which is really what we expect from our public policy. “Classic cowboy movies, in contrast, are not complex at all: The good guys wear white hats, the bad guys wear black hats, all hats remain firmly affixed to all heads at all times, and that’s that. You can pretty much always predict how an old Western is going to turn out. But that isn’t how the real world works. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/416929/black-hats-and-white-hats-kevin-williamson
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Has Rubio learned his lesson?”
“In 2013, as he worked feverishly to pass the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform bill, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., admitted to having one big worry. If it didn’t pass, Rubio — one of the bill’s primary authors — said he feared President Obama would simply use executive authority to give legal status to millions of currently illegal immigrants.
“‘Here’s my big worry,’ Rubio told me during an interview while the bill was making its way through the Senate. ‘I fear that if this thing fails, the president will basically say to anyone in the U.S. who has been here more than three years, who has not committed a serious crime…he’ll say, ‘We’ll do for you what we did for the DREAM kids.’ And the problem with that will be you will have 10 million people legalized in the United States by executive order, so that when there is a new president, if it is a conservative, a Republican, one of the first decisions they will have to make is whether to yank that status from those people and deport them. I cannot imagine a scenario where a future president is going to take away the status they’re going to get. I believe it’s what [Obama] will do. Maybe not all 10 million, but he’ll do it for six million.’
“Could any prediction have been more spot-on? The Gang of Eight bill did indeed fail, and all the rest came to pass, pretty much exactly as Rubio said.
“And now, as Rubio officially begins his 2016 presidential campaign, perhaps the biggest question surrounding his future is whether Republican primary and caucus voters will blame him for his part in the immigration mess.
“None of the freshman GOP senators running for president — Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz — can point to great legislative achievements. But Rubio made by far the strongest effort — a year-long attempt to write and pass all-encompassing immigration reform. His Gang of Eight bill cleared the Democratic-controlled Senate with a bipartisan majority — all the Democrats plus 14 Republicans — only to die a slow death in the Republican House.
“Now, Rubio freely admits his approach to immigration reform simply could not work. There were all sorts of things many Republicans found objectionable in the Gang of Eight bill, but just one proved to be an absolutely insurmountable obstacle.
“The obstacle was this: The Gang of Eight would have given millions of illegal immigrants legal status before the measure’s tough enforcement provisions were in place and running. .”
Debra Heine, PJM: “Judicial Watch: ISIS Is Operating a Camp Just a Few Miles from the Texas Border”
“The apocalyptic terrorist group ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles away from El Paso, according to the government watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Sources (that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police inspector) indicate that ISIS has established its base in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua — around eight miles from the U.S. border.
“Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm.
“During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation. . .”
Also – Jessica Chasmar, Washington Times: “Islamic State operating in Mexico just 8 miles from U.S. border: report”
IRAN . . .
Jonathan Weisman & Peter Baker, NYT: “Obama Yields, Allowing Congress Say on Iran Nuclear Deal”
“WASHINGTON — The White House relented on Tuesday and said President Obama would sign a compromise bill giving Congress a voice on the proposed nuclear accord with Iran as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in rare unanimous agreement, moved the legislation to the full Senate for a vote.
“An unusual alliance of Republican opponents of the nuclear deal and some of Mr. Obama’s strongest Democratic supporters demanded a congressional role as international negotiators work to turn this month’s nuclear framework into a final deal by June 30. White House officials insisted they extracted crucial last-minute concessions. Republicans — and many Democrats — said the president simply got overrun. . .”
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “What Will it Take for Governor Wolf to Call for Attorney General Kane’s Resignation?”
“As we’ve previously noted, Attorney General Kane dropped the ball when it came to prosecuting Democratic officials caught on tape accepting bribes. It turns out that was not the only case she dropped. According to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Attorney General also ended an investigation into two political power players from the Northeastern Pennsylvania:
“Just months after taking office in 2013, according to people familiar with the matter, Kane revoked subpoenas already delivered to former casino owner DeNaples and William Conaboy, another political power player in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Kane’s home turf.
“Though one of her most senior aides had approved questioning the two men, Kane told colleagues that the prosecutor running the case was being ‘too aggressive’ and was placing an unfair burden on DeNaples and Conaboy, a person familiar with the case said.
“Five months after the subpoenas were withdrawn, public records show, DeNaples, through his Pocono Gardens Realty business, contributed $25,000 to Kane’s campaign fund – a contribution she ended up returning later that year.” (Emphasis added)
Evidently, this was the straw that broke the camel’s back for the Inquirer; the following day they called for Kane’s resignation.
“However, the slow motion train wreck that is Kathleen Kane’s career did not end there. Late last week, two of the Attorney General’s offices were served with warrants related to Kane’s emails. The warrants were related to the ongoing investigation into the Attorney General leaking grand jury information and a new potential scandal.
“Despite a court protection order, Kane fired a prosecutor who testified before a grand jury:
‘Montgomery County Judge William Carpenter ordered Kane to appear in a public courtroom to tell a three-judge panel why her firing of the prosecutor was not witness intimidation. A court order barred retaliation against employees who testified against her in a grand jury investigation…’In the event that the protective order was violated, an indirect criminal contempt proceeding will follow forthwith,’ Carpenter wrote.” (Emphasis added)
“Two days before firing a legally protected witness, Governor Wolf defended Kane and has not shown any signs of reversing his position. What exactly will it take for Wolf to change his mind?”
Mark Levin Show (4/14/15)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin: The U.S. Senate has capitulated to President Obama by rewriting the treaty provision of the Constitution. Sen. Bob Corker and Lindsey Graham have dragged the GOP-controlled Congress into a disaster that they’re happy to support. The Senate not only whitewashed the treaty power of the constitution, but also made it impossible for them to stop Obama. Obama expects Iran to follow the rules of a nuclear agreement when they won’t even follow the rules of the Geneva Convention. Meanwhile, Josh Earnest says it’s unrealistic to expect Iran to not commit terrorist acts against America. The entire nation is getting sucked into Obama’s pathetic legacy and the whole world is being damaged as a result.
“Also, House Speaker John Boehner is the Benedict Arnold of the GOP. He’s busy purifying positions on committees to be filled by people who will goosestep behind him as he sells the party down the river.”
END NOTES . . .
Betty: VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS – REQUEST FOR HELP
The VFP are anxious to Rev things up and reactivate certain projects.
In order to do this, we will need some additional help. Janet Warnsdorfer is going to retire from membership mailings so we need someone to step forward to fill that position. It entails sending out meeting announcements, keeping the email list current, and welcoming members to meetings. Basically, it is a membership chairman position that can be tailored to suit capabilities.
We also want to reactivate our legislator visit program that was very successful. This requires a Legislator Relations Team. Responsibilities include: Maintaining a list of legislator contacts; federal, state, and local; Taking the lead in arranging visits to legislators; Helping train team members to make legislator contacts; and preparing petitions and written information to legislators. To make meetings meaningful, we also need an Issues Research Team. Responsibilities include: Researching issues; Preparing resource packages; Being knowledgeable on current issues; Coordinating with the Legislator Relations Team.
Please respond to Betty at firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest in working with the VFP. We will also be discussing these needs at our meeting on Friday, April 10.
Thank you, Betty Dunkel-Hernon for the Valley Forge Patriots
ANNOUNCEMENTS . . .
PA Leadership Conference, April 17 & 18; Radisson Penn Harris, Camp Hill
(Harrisburg, PA) – The Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, the premier gathering of conservative activists each year in the Keystone State will be held on Friday, April 17th and Saturday, April 18th at the Radisson Penn Harris Convention Center in Camp Hill. The 26th annual conference will feature as dinner speaker former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, author of the best-selling book Stonewalled about her fight for truth in Obama’s Washington, and James O’Keefe whose investigative journalism brought down ACORN as the luncheon speaker.
“The two-day event includes national and state-level speakers, panel presentations on state issues, how-to workshops and exhibits by over 40 conservative organizations.
In addition to Sharyl Attkisson and James O’Keefe speakers at the 2015 Pennsylvania Leadership Conference will include Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai, State Senator Scott Wagner, Phelim McAleer, producer of the film Gosnell, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, former Virginia Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli, Congressman Lou Barletta, John Fund of National Review, John Gizzi of Newsmax, and Colin Hanna of Let Freedom Ring, USA. Candidates for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will also address the conference.
Independent Women’s Forum
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.