THE HILLARY: WILLIAMSON – The Hill at Chipotle; McCARDLE – Hill ain’t inevitable; ROOT – Tricky Dicky; DRUDGE LINKS 4/16/15.
LEADS: BOYLE – Jeb backs Lynch; BOLYARD – Common Core song.
IRAN: BEDARD – A second Holocaust.
PA: BOEHM – Pensions dying; SNYDER – Ups & Downs.
END NOTES: LEVIN 4/16/15; For her fans – Hillary.
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.
Hillary during her gyn exam hears, “I see by this that you are qualified to be President” Dr. Marty
THE HILLARY . . .
Kevin Williamson, National Review: “Hillary at Chipotle”
“The party of the future rallies behind an elderly suburban WASP lawyer whose father was a conservative businessman. “Hillary Rodham Clinton’s immigrant grandparents turn out not to have been immigrants, just as Elizabeth Warren’s Indian ancestors turn out not to have been Indians, though Mrs. Clinton was one-quarter truthful about her ancestry, which is a hell of a lot more than Senator Warren can say. That’s too bad, really: If the imaginary Rodhams of old arrived on these shores and tricked the imaginary ur-Warrens into trading their land for a handful of shiny trinkets, that would have been a much better story than the burning question of whether Herself tipped at Chipotle.
“It would also be a pretty good metaphor for the upcoming election.
“But back to the big news: Of course Mrs. Clinton didn’t tip. Herself has a date with destiny, and cash-handling is for the little people. John F. Kennedy Jr.’s colleagues at George (remember George?) used to shake their heads about the fact that the vastly wealthy young man was forever cadging coffee money off underlings — $100 million in the trust fund, but no latte money in his pocket. It’s weird being a super-rich person who has never had a real job.
Megan McArdle, Bloomberg: “Hillary Clinton Isn’t Inevitable”
“. . . Jonathan Chait has a smart piece in New York magazine on why Clinton is probably going to win. Here’s my bear-side case for why I don’t think she will. . .
“1. She’s old. There, I said it. Hillary Clinton is going to be 69 on Election Day 2016, (very slightly) younger than Ronald Reagan was when he was elected. We can argue that this is not fair, but fair or not, it’s going to matter. . .
“2. It’s not clear how far she’ll outperform Barack Obama with women. Clinton beat Rick Lazio in 2000 by a shocking percentage among women — 20 points. But that’s in New York state, where there are a lot of unmarried women (married women actually lean Republican). And Obama already carried women 55 to 60 percent in 2012. Realistically, how much higher can she drive that percentage, or turnout among women voters?
Moreover, there are trade-offs: Democrats outperformed among women, but they underperformed among men. . .
“3. I doubt she’ll replicate Obama’s turnout among black voters. . .
“4. The Emerging Democratic Majority is questionable. Chait thinks it still holds; I’m skeptical, mostly because I don’t believe in permanent coalitions. The bigger your coalition, the bigger its internal tensions. Coalitions can collapse suddenly and without warning — who in 1976 would have predicted 1980?
“5. There’s a real risk of another recession. . .
“6. She’s not a particularly good candidate. She has never won a tough election. In fact, she’s only won in deep blue New York, which is not exactly playing against the varsity. On the stump, she has nowhere near the appeal of her husband, or Barack Obama. She’s a totally fine speaker, but she is not inspiring, and she does not come off as warm; her tone ranges from “well coached” to “annoyed.” You might call her the Mitt Romney of the Democrats. . .
“7. All the Clinton baggage is going to come back to haunt her. . .
“8. Unlike fine wine, presidential parties do not age well. There’s evidence that voters get sick of the ruling party after a while and want a change, even if things seem to be doing OK. Now, we don’t have that many elections to go by, as this just covers the postwar period. The theory could be wrong. But it makes a certain amount of sense: The longer a party has been in office, the staler its ideas seem . . .
“9. Obama’s approval ratings do not make for long coattails . . .
Wayne Allen Root, Townhall: “Tricky Dicky Hillary”
“. . . Let’s make sure America understands the Nixon connection. Hillary was a lawyer on the She learned well. That must be where she got the idea to delete 32,000 emails and wipe the server clean. Like Nixon, she decided what we the people had a right to know. Then she pressed “delete.” That’s the first TV ad to run 24 hours a day.
“Why did she delete 32,000 emails? What she afraid of. There’s the million dollar question. My guess is she was petrified of four dead American bodies at Benghazi. Then there was the cover-up of the four murders. Destroy her with her own words, “What difference does it make?” Those were Hillary’s words in front of a Congressional committee about the Benghazi tragedy. Four heroes were murdered. She participated in a cover-up and all she could think to say was, “What difference does it make?” Meaning those young heroes are all dead, so who cares?
“Her own TV ads in 2008 bragged about her decision-making abilities at 2 AM when the important call comes in. Well we now know what she said when that call came in during the attack on Benghazi. She heard our heroes were about to be murdered and she said, “What difference does it make?” Then she went back to sleep.
“I suggest TV ad campaigns featuring the parents of those four men abandoned by Hillary and Obama and left to die at the hands of a radical Muslim mob. . .”
Drudge Links (04/16/15) BUZZFEED: Hill invented immigrant grandparents… Statements conflict with public records…
PAPER: CLINTON IOWA STOP STAGED… ‘Faked stagecraft’… Foundation to Keep Foreign Donors… NOT READY TO UNVEIL POLICIES… O’Malley Slams: ‘History Celebrates Profiles in Courage, Not Profiles in Convenience’… MILLS, HUMA, BLUMENTHAL ASKED TO TESTIFY ON HILL… Dispute over credit for who filmed campaign launch video… Asked to sign pledge NOT to accept donations from regimes that oppress women…
LEADS . . .
Matthew Boyle, Big Govt: “Act of Love: Jeb Bush Pushes Republicans to Cave to Obama Executive Amnesty, Approve Loretta Lynch”
“Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has joined Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to abandon his pre-election promise to fight President Obama’s executive amnesty by holding a vote to confirm U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.
“‘I think that presidents have the right to pick their team,’ Bush said in New Hampshire at an event with about 95 voters and ‘a horde of media,’ according to Time Magazine’s Zeke Miller.
“‘The longer it takes to confirm her, the longer Eric Holder stays as Attorney General,’ Bush said, echoing a talking point that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has used to justify his planned vote for Lynch–even though a vote for her is a vote for Obama’s executive amnesty.
“Bush’s move comes as he’s lost his frontrunner status–despite all the money he’s raking in–in the 2016 GOP primary to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who opposes Lynch’s nomination and now leads Bush in polls in all three early primary states.
“Reid, appearing on Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC program on Thursday, also—like Bush—called for Senate Republicans to confirm Lynch immediately. . .”
Paula Bolyard, PJM: “The Common Core Resistance Now Has a Song!”
“A bunch of moms in a garage band in Massachusetts have recorded a new version of the Beatles song ‘Revolution’ to give voice to their opposition to Common Core. Dressed in jeans, anti-Common Core t-shirts, and tri-cornered hats, The Revolution Band sings that ‘politicians fear no retribution’ and that ‘control and money’s is what it’s about.’ They belt out, ‘Well, we have to tell the Feds, it’s not alright…’ The third verse gets to the heart of the problem:
‘You’d have to change the Constitution Well you know, you just spit on it instead Teachers have no say in education Well you know, schools should be state led’
“British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher used to say, ‘First, you win the argument, then you win the vote.’
“These moms — and hundreds of thousands of others across the nation — are winning the argument that we need local control of education instead of the top-down, federally influenced behemoth that Common Core has become. They are making this argument in their local communities, in their state capitols, and in every nook and cranny of the internet. And their arguments are translating into votes and political influence — nearly every potential Republican presidential candidate has come out against Common Core (Governors Kasich and Bush being the stubborn holdouts).
“Well done, ladies (and you too, drummer dad!). This is how you effectively ‘do’ resistance in 2015”
IRAN . . .
Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner: “Netanyahu warns of second Holocaust from Iran”
“In a speech at a Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, Netanyahu said, ‘Democracies cannot turn their eyes away from the dictatorships of the world that seek to spread their influence.’
“He noted that ‘ahead of World War II, the world attempted to appease the Nazis. They wanted quite at any price, and the terrible price did come.’
“His office tweeted out major segments of his speech. Part of this story is also based on the reporting by Arutz Sheva, Israeli National News.
“In back-to-back tweets, he said, ‘Just as the Nazis aspired to crush civilization and to establish a ‘master race’ as ruler of the world while annihilating the Jewish people, so too does Iran strive to gain control over the region and then spread further, with the explicit intent of obliterating the Jewish state.’. . .”
PA . . .
Eric Boehm, PA Independent: “Pennsylvania pension funds could run dry in as little as 10 years”
“Without higher contributions from workers and taxpayers, Pennsylvania’s public sector pension plans may not be able to pay for their promises.
“And if investment returns fail to live up to expectations, the two pension funds could run dry before the end of the next decade.
“Those are the startling conclusions drawn by a pair of researchers at the Mercatus Center, an economic think tank based at George Mason University, who examined Pennsylvania’s Public School Employees Retirement System and the State Employees Retirement System. They say PSERS has a 31 percent chance of making it to 2030 with sufficient funding to pay for all the retirement benefits promised to current and former workers, while SERS has only a 16 percent chance of making it that long.
“That would be bad news for Pennsylvania taxpayers and the nearly 700,000 current and former public worker in the two plans. . .”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 4/17 Ups & Downs
Ed Pawlowski. The Allentown Mayor sent up a trial balloon last week on a possible Senate run. We decided to run a reader poll that pitted Pawlowski against Sestak and the Mayor won 66% of the vote. Then, on Thursday we got the news that Pawlowski will throw his hat into the ring today. Sure, this campaign could be as successful as his Gubernatorial effort but no matter the result, this was a week full of hope for Ed Pawlowski.
Bill Shuster. Nobody wants their personal life in the news. That goes triple for politicians, especially when you find yourself and your new girlfriend on the Politico homepage. That’s exactly the situation, though, that Congressman Bill Shuster finds himself in now. Why? Well, he Chairs the House Transportation Committee and she an Airlines for America lobbyist. We’re just guessing but this probably isn’t the easiest way to let extended friends and family know what you’ve been up to.
Dougherty Brothers. Siblings have to look out for one another. Sometimes that involves financial assistance, specifically campaign finance help. Kevin Dougherty led all judicial candidates when it came to fundraising in the first quarter of 2015 with $707,391. Of that total, $302,000 or about 43%, came from the IBEW. Of course, the powerful Business Manager of Philly’s Local IBEW 98 just happens to be John Dougherty (aka Kevin’s big brother). The Dougherty brothers also were involved in PA-8 candidate Steve Santarsiero’s Q1 success as well.
Pat Toomey. It was an especially eventful week for PA’s junior Senator. First, he published an op-ed on a proposed deal with Iran and shortly afterward the Congress and President have appeared to come to some sort of initial agreement. Then, it was revealed that the incumbent raised $2.1 million during the first fundraising quarter of 2015 and currently has $7.3 million cash on hand for next year. Finally, the impending arrival of Mayor Pawlowski into the race creates a Democratic contest that could harm the hopes of those seeking to oust the Senator. April surely hasn’t been the cruelest month for Pat Toomey (we’re sorry).
Kevin Boyle. State Representative Kevin Boyle unexpectedly found himself on the receiving end of a cup of soda this week. The tosser of said soft drink? Tonya Stack, the wife of Lt. Governor Mike Stack and the Second Lady of Pennsylvania. Now, you are justifiably asking yourself how this happened? Well, to understand you have to know the history between the Boyles and the Stacks and the effect that feud had on a special election the Democrats gave away last month. Overall, you get the feeling this is just the latest chapter in a long and entertaining story.”
END NOTES. . .
Mark Levin Show (4/16/15)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show: The corrupt Mexican government enforces their strict deportation laws while American deportation law is ignored and rewritten by President Obama and the left to open our borders. Luis Gutierrez wants to train our border patrol agents to look the other way when it comes to illegal immigrants unless they’re criminals. People come from all over Central and South America and other third-world nations because these corrupt countries view us as suckers. It’s time to stop listening to the fools in both parties that pretend that wave after wave of immigration is good for the U.S. Politicians don’t care about immigrant children and their families; it’s all about fundamentally transforming America.
“Also, what is it about leftists that demand more taxes but won’t even pay their own? Obama would rather keep giving out food stamps and welfare than provide good paying jobs in order to keep people dependent on the government rather than helping themselves. He wants to destroy job creation, opportunity creation, and wealth creation so the left can decide who gets what.”
From and for a fan . . .
“Ugh, several of my older female friends want Hillary! Even the R friends! Why???? Because she is WOMAN. Even when I point out all of Hillary’s “faults” (and I’m being kind using that word) they don’t care and blame the R’s for making a big deal out of nothing. I pray this next election isn’t again about “making history” but based on who is the best candidate to respect our Constitution and the freedoms upon which our country was founded.”
First, similarity builds partnerships. True for clock pendulums that eventually tic and tock at the same instant, true for courtship, true for bowling teams, and true for whom you marry or with whom you sit at Rotary lunches. (Strogatz, 2003)
Second, your partners – because they are similar to you – keep you in your ruts even after you change. (Some millennials drive VW Cabrios and my mechanic considers this to be a “cult” . . . once they get in one, you can’t get them out!) Hillary decided at Yale to become your President and she collected assets/partners that further her scheme including her giving a kiss to Obama before he named her Secretary of State. And she discarded critics as quickly as she discovered them. She also discarded risks to her scheme such as eMails, blame for Libya, Iraq, Iran and Islam, questions about her “Foundation,” sources of her funds, her ambush at an airport, Bubba’s friends, and stolen items from the White House. She also planted loyalty when she stayed with Bill instead of doing the honest thing by leaving him.
Third, schizophrenia tends to be a female problem. (Males become more autistic!) That is, females manage social relationships that help them to rear children, relationships that build protection, keep away bad guys, and gain food, clothing, and respect at tribal meetings. Lapses in nature’s systems lead to withdrawal, suspicion, vigilance, and lots of bogus conclusions about other peoples’ intentions (Badcock, 2009)
Fourth, Hillary has medical problems including blood clots, thyroid problems, and erratic heart valves. In 2009, her physicians cautioned, “She has to be carefully monitored for the rest of her life.” (Klein, 2014, 195)
Her tour behavior is bizarre but her fans see it as clever politics and her elections as social justice. Critics note that she repeats the Nehru jackets, van rides , and isolation from crowds that she had in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Hillary , like a Cabrio, has a cult!
Irony: one group of friends defends her as clever and a politician, a different group would recommend one of the newer psychiatric medications. . . both of them see the same Hillary but work to line her up with their point of view . And tragedy – she will do for women what Barry did for blacks.
Heather Wilhelm, RCP: “Jeepers! Hillary’s Campaign Is Even Creepier Than You Think”
“. . . So far, the Hillary Show has been consistently hilarious, complete with a bizarre RoboCop-style, bulletproof, Secret Service-driven “casual” road trip van— a van named, oddly, “Scooby,” which is the cartoon dog, and not “The Mystery Machine,” which is the actual cartoon van—and what may have been the weirdest Ohio Chipotle visit ever. (In short, Hillary wore sunglasses inside like a Vegas mobster, she didn’t talk to anyone, and then the New York Times ran a full scientific microanalysis of the nutrition content of her order.)
“However, there’s also bad news: Behind the scenes, the Clinton campaign is even creepier than you might think. “Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” Hillary declared in her announcement video, which looked suspiciously like a 1990’s Mentos commercial. “Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.”
“There are several things wrong with this, so we’ll start with the obvious: Who in America older than the age of 12 wants a politician to be their “champion”? Moreover, if you do want a politician to be your champion—we can talk about your troubling experience-based cynicism deficit later—would you honestly choose one who has “Creature of the D.C. Foreign Donor/Big Banking/Conflict-of-Interest/Question-Dodging/General Corruption Borg” written all over her? (As an aside, I’m guessing that Elizabeth Warren is wondering this too.)
“There’s a deeper question to consider: What does it really mean to be someone’s “champion”—and what do left-leaning politicians think it means? Interestingly, after a few random screenshots of a cheerfully crazed middle-aged woman yelling about her garden—“My tomatoes are legendary here in my own neighborhood!”—Hillary’s announcement video opens with a testimony from a young, single mother. “My daughter is about to start kindergarten next year,” the woman says, packing boxes and flexing Popeye muscles next to her little girl, “and so we’re moving, just so she can belong to a better school.”
“Honest question: Is this meant to be uplifting? . . .”
ANNOUNCEMENTS . . .
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 email@example.com 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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.