THE HILLARY: FOURNIER – Hillary hides; FREDERICKS – Foreign cash.
LEADS: GELLER wins; DINAN & HOWELL – Lynch confirmation; COOKE – GOP change course; TATUM – POTTED; COOKE – Censor college speakers; SCHOUTEN – Koch preferences; McCORMACK – IRS cut customer service budget.
PA: KNEPPTER – Labor’s guy for Supreme Court; FIELD – Kane saga.
END NOTES: STEYN – Climate facts; MARK LEVIN SHOW.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: April 27th, “Standardized” showing in Wayne.
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Trail Watch; Independent Women’s Forum.
THE HILLARY . . .
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Moral Schizophrenics” “Hillary Clinton in recent months has done the following: She charged UCLA somewhere around $300,000 for reciting some platitudes. That works out to over $165 a second for her 30 minutes on stage — meaning that she made more in one minute than a student barista does in a year. Ms. Clinton acknowledges that, while secretary of state, she solicited donations from wealthy foreign nationals for her family foundation, whose funds she and her husband have frequently tapped for exclusive travel and other expenses.
“Everything Ms. Clinton has said recently seems to be demonstrably untrue: Only one of her grandparents, not all four, was an immigrant. One does not need to have two smartphones to have two e-mail accounts. She did not regularly e-mail her husband. One does not secure a server by having a guard on the premises. A cabinet officer does not communicate exclusively on a private e-mail account via a private unsecured server. High government officials do not themselves adjudicate which e-mails are private and which public — and then wipe clean their accounts to avoid an audit of such decision-making.
“The multimillionaire Ms. Clinton, fresh from jabs against hedge funds and inordinate CEO pay, also just bought lunch at a fast-food restaurant and left no tip in the jar, before parking her car in a handicapped zone at another stop. How is all this connected?
“Ms. Clinton’s private ethics are, as usual, a mess, both in the sense of failing to follow legal protocols and tell the truth, and in the less formal sense of price-gouging cash-strapped universities, failing to show some tiny generosity to the working classes, and abusing accommodations intended to help the disabled. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417181/moral-schizophrenics-victor-davis-hanson
Ron Fournier, National Journal: “The Questions Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Want Answered About the Clinton Foundation”
“I don’t know what’s in Peter Schweizer’s book. But I know what the Clintons are capable of.
“April 22, 2015 Gennifer Flowers. Cattle futures. The White House travel office. Rose Law Firm files. The Lincoln Bedroom. Monica Lewinsky. And now, the Clinton Foundation. What ties these stories together is the predictable, paint-by-numbers response from the Bill and Hillary Clinton political operation.
“1. Deny: Salient questions are dodged, and evidence goes missing. The stone wall is built.
“2. Deflect: Blame is shifted, usually to Republicans and the media.
“3. Demean: People who question or criticize the Clintons get tarred as right-wing extremists, hacks, nuts, or sluts.
“The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation is both an admirable charity and a shadow political operation awash in conflicts of interest—a reflection of the power couple who founded it. Bill and Hillary Clinton, like history’s most enduring characters, seem to stride through public life with an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other.
“The seedy side of the foundation is a legitimate campaign issue. While the Clintons deserve credit for making foundation donations largely transparent, other activities raise serious questions. They violated an ethics agreement with the Obama White House. Hillary Clinton deleted most emails she sent and received as secretary of State, including any concerning the foundation or its donors.
“What did donors expect from the Clintons? Did they receive favors in return? Why did the Clintons do business with countries that finance terrorism and suppress the rights of women? Did family and friends benefit from their ties to the foundation? And, in a broader sense, what do the operations of the foundation say about Hillary Clinton’s management ability and ethical grounding?
“These questions are reportedly explored by conservative author Peter Schweizer in a soon-to-be-published book, Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich. . .”
Bill Fredericks, NY Post: “How foreign cash made Bill and Hillary ‘filthy rich’”
“Hillary Rodham Clinton used her clout as secretary of state to do favors for foreign donors who gave millions to her family foundation — and who paid millions more to her husband, Bill, in speaking fees, a new book charges.
“Records show that of the $105 million the former president raked in from speeches over 12 years, about half came during his wife’s four-year tenure at the State Department.
The claims in “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich” come just a week after she launched her presidential campaign.
“They raise questions about shady foreign money flowing into the Clinton Foundation — and what actions Hillary took in her official capacity in exchange for the cash.
“‘During Hillary’s years of public service, the Clintons have conducted or facilitated hundreds of large transactions,’ writes author Peter Schweizer, according to The New York Times, which first reported the story. . .”
LEADS . . .
Pamela Geller: “We Won in NYC. Again”
“AFDI Wins Major Free Speech Victory as Federal Court Rules Anti-Hamas Ad Must Run
“While our Philly free speech win is still reverberating across the country, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) won an important victory for the freedom of speech today as a federal court ruled that New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) must run its ad criticizing Hamas and Islamic anti-Semitism on City buses.
“The media coverage is massive – New York Times, NY Daily News, ABC, NBC, NY Post, Jerusalem Post, The Daily Mail et al (scroll down). All of these news stories quote the ad — so the message, one that few know, gets to millions more people.
“The ad reads, ‘‘Killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah’ – Hamas MTV. That’s his jihad, what’s yours?’ It was developed as a rejoinder to the deceptive and misleading ad campaign of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that attempted to deceive Americans into thinking that jihad involved nothing less innocuous than going to the gym and taking children to school, not waging war against non-Muslims.
“AFDI President Pamela Geller said in a statement: ‘This is another huge AFDI victory for freedom and individual rights. Judge John Koeltl came down on our side on every point, upholding the Constitution and beating back sharia restrictions on free speech.’
“Koeltl emphasized the most important point: ‘[S]ecuring First Amendment rights is in the public interest.’
“David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise of the American Freedom Law Center argued AFDI’s case before the court.
“For further information about the hearings, see here.
“Watch this video which aired on NBC this past Sunday on our Phillly win:
With our NY win, our ads will make their debut on New York buses in the coming weeks.
We want to run 100. Help us make that happen.
Stephen Dinan and Tom Howell Jr, Washington Times: “Senate trafficking deal clears way for vote on Loretta Lynch A.G. nomination”
“Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch could finally earn a confirmation vote in the Senate this week after Democrats and Republicans struck a deal Tuesday on an unrelated bill against human trafficking, clearing a legislative logjam after more than a month.
“The confirmation of Ms. Lynch, whom President Obama picked to replace Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., has been pending since late last year, but Republicans insisted on finishing the human trafficking bill first — and the trafficking bill has been stuck in a fight over abortion funding.
“On Tuesday, both sides agreed to shelve the thorny abortion issue by rearranging money for a victims’ fund so it comes from existing health care money.
“Congress could take final action on the trafficking bill Wednesday, and then Republicans could move on to Ms. Lynch as promised. . .” http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/21/senate-trafficking-deal-clears-vote-loretta-lynch/
Charles Cooke, NRO: “The GOP Needs to Run against the Last 16 Years”
“. . . There is no doubt that the manner in which Obama has behaved as president has contributed significantly to our present anxieties. Indeed, one can only imagine that students of political language will one day be fascinated by the gaping hole that has opened up between his campaign rhetoric and his governing prose. And yet, for all of the incumbent’s failures, it seems clear that America’s present funk did not begin in earnest on January 20, 2009. Rather, it can be dated back to the attacks of September 11, and to their various consequences. In a similar vein, it should by now be obvious to conservatives that the last American Golden Age obtained not during George W. Bush’s rather disappointing tenure, but in the mid- to late- 1990s, when the Republican party ran both houses of Congress and Democrat Bill Clinton ran the executive branch. If they are to run a successful campaign — and, crucially, if they are to capitalize upon the electorate’s present dissatisfactions — Republicans will need to acknowledge that they are not only running against the Obama administration, but against a broader national melancholia to which they themselves have contributed. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417205/gop-needs-run-against-last-16-years-charles-c-w-cooke
Christine Tatum, Colorado Springs Gazette: “Clearing the Haze”
Day 1: Regulation
Sunday, March, 22 2015
Two important assumptions about successful legalization of marijuana in Colorado were made. Regulation would provide a safer solution to the state’s drug problems and by regulating the sale of marijuana the state could make money otherwise locked up in the black market. Sunday’s stories suggest the net gain from taxes and fees related to marijuana sales will not be known for a while, as costs are not known or tracked well, and there are many other unknowns about pot’s effects on public health and safety
Day 2: Marijuana and Crime
Monday, March, 23 2015
Proponents of Amendment 64 said legalizing recreational sales and use of marijuana would stifle the black market in Colorado. That is not the case; crime statistics indicate we have more to learn about the long-term effects of legal pot on public safety and other concerns. Data indicate there is new black market trafficking across the country as a result of legalized pot sales in Colorado. Other safety concerns surrounding concentrates and their manufacture are consequences of legalization that were never anticipated.
Day 3: Youthful Addiction
Tuesday, March, 24 2015
Protecting our children was a priority as the public headed to the polls to vote on Amendment 64. The most recent research on adolescent brain development and related addiction studies indicates this is more important than ever thought before. Adolescent exposure to marijuana is most troubling because young users are more vulnerable to addiction throughout their lives. Post-legalization trends in Colorado raise concerns because regulation has fallen short of the promises made by the state. The increasing rate of pot use also is a concern of employers.
Day 4: Medical Marijuana Wednesday, March, 25 2015
Medical marijuana sales in Colorado exploded after October 2009 as the result of a federal memorandum stating that resources likely would not be used to prosecute people involved in the business, which remains illegal under federal law. Gazette research confirmed the medical marijuana market continues to grow as the result of porous regulation and a favorable price differential versus retail marijuana sales. The issue is big and complex and may derail legitimate efforts to conduct research on parts of the marijuana plant that could produce new, clinically proven medicines.
Charles Cooke, NRO: “How to Censor Speakers on College Campuses
“Oberlin students trying to censor Christina Hoff Sommers conflate speech and violence. “In Monty Python’s Life of Brian, there is a scene in which a market seller becomes irritated with his customer because he does not have time to “haggle properly.” “How much” for this false beard? the panicked patron asks, looking around him for soldiers. “Twenty shekels,” replies the salesman. “Right,” says the customer, and he hands over the cash, without a fight.
“Evidently, this is rather annoying. ‘No, no, no!’ the exasperated merchant exclaims. ‘You’re supposed to argue! Haggle properly!’
“For those of us who frequently engage in political debates, this scene will be oddly familiar. There you are, halfway through making your case, and all of a sudden — without any warning at all — your interlocutor comes out and willfully demolishes his own position. Yesterday afternoon, in the course of an asinine argument about David Horowitz’s visit to the University of North Carolina, I witnessed a young undergraduate at the college do precisely this. “ur part of an oppressive group (white, male),” he told a critic who had suggested that his condemnation of Horowitz was intolerant. “Don’t tell me whats oppressive. I tell you, you shut up and listen #NotSafeUNC.”
Right there, for a brief, shining moment, all of the pseudo-academic tosh to which we have become accustomed was thrown unceremoniously out of the window; and, in its stead, was placed the good old-fashioned language of power and of dogmatism. It was not long before a Twitter account named @NotSafeUNC had picked up on the exchange and channeled a similar sentiment. “You’re part of a structurally privileged group and must engage with your privilege responsibly,” it contended. And what, pray, did this mean in practice? ‘You don’t question when someone you have privilege over speaks to you on oppression.’
“In other words: Be quiet.
“Typically, such bracing honesty is not so forthcoming. Indeed, for a dramatic contrast we might consider the manner in which the precious little darlings at Oberlin College have this week protested the visit of the ‘factual feminist,’ Christina Hoff Sommers. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417256/how-censor-speakers-college-campuses-charles-c-w-cooke
Fredreka Schouten, USA Today: “Charles Koch: We like 5 GOP candidates in primaries”
“WICHITA, Kan. — Charles Koch said he is considering throwing his political might into the Republican presidential primary for the first time and is likely to provide financial help to several contenders before settling on a single candidate.
Koch, his brother David and their team have identified five candidates who have the right message and “a good chance of getting elected,” he told USA TODAY in an exclusive interview at Koch Industries’ headquarters. They are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida.
“Those are the ones we have talked to the most and who seem to be the possible leaders,” he said.
“What we’ve told them all is that right now, we’re not supporting anyone,” Koch said. “We’re telling them that if they want our support, one way to get it is articulating a good message to help Americans get a better understanding and a better appreciation of how certain policies … will benefit them and will benefit all America.”
Charles McCormack, Weekly Standard: “Report: IRS Deliberately Cut Its Own Customer Service Budget”
“. . . Commissioner Koskinen will appear before the House Ways and Means Committee this morning, one week after the federal tax filing deadline, and he can expect to be asked why the IRS cut its own customer service budget and continues to spend money on other questionable activities.
“The report notes that Koskinen reinstated bonuses weeks after his appointment, has allowed IRS employees to spend roughly 500,000 work hours on union activities, and failed to collect delinquent taxes owed by federal employees. The tax agency has also been strained by Obamacare. According to the report, the IRS has spent “over $1.2 billion on the President’s health care law to date, with a planned expenditure this year of an additional $500 million.”
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Big Labor’s Pick for the PA Supreme Court”
“On May 19th, Pennsylvanians will take their first step to fill three open spots on the commonwealth’s Supreme Court. There are twelve candidates between the Republican and Democratic primary ballots. Of those twelve, one is clearly the favorite of Pennsylvania’s labor unions: Judge Kevin Dougherty.
“As the Philadelphia Inquirer notes:
‘Of the $707,931 he had collected through March, more than half came from laborers and at least $302,000 from one union: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – led locally by his politically influential older brother, John “Johnny Doc” Dougherty…No other candidate in the race has received nearly as much union money as Dougherty, according to campaign records.’
“The volume of the contributions Judge Dougherty received from organized labor raises questions about his judicial philosophy. As Judge Dougherty notes in the Inquirer Article, ‘We grew up in a home where social justice issues were important.’ He also considers himself a ‘passionate advocate for the disadvantaged.’
“While those sentiments make for good soundbites, they are concerning in the context of the Supreme Court’s role in determining the constitutionality of the law and the application of statutes based on the language of the law. At the state and federal level, we have seen legislating from the bench in the form of judicial activism. Judge Dougherty’s statements and his intimate relationship with organized labor should provoke the anxiety of any voter who believes that the constitution and laws mean what they say. And, not what a judge wants them to say.”
Nick Field, PoliticsPA: “The Kathleen Kane Saga: A Timeline”
“Ahead of her court hearing, we provide a comprehensive timeline of the various scandals and tribulations of Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
“Note: For the most part, staff departures are not included due to the sheer volume of changes.
2011 thru 2014 . . . lots of material!
January 8th: In yet another Couloumbis and McCoy report, the state learns that the grand jury is recommending charges of perjury and contempt of court against Kane.
January 13th: Special Prosecutor Thomas Carluccio subpoenas Couloumbis and McCoy after they reveal the grand jury recommended charges.
January 21st: Kane announces that she will not resign and also will challenge the legality of Special Prosecutor Carluccio’s work before the PA Supreme Court.
February 3rd: Kathleen Kane is profiled in the New York Times. “This all started because of retaliation against me for doing my job,” she told the paper of record.
February 19th: A new court filing reveals that Kane is also facing another recommend charge from the grand jury. This one is for criminal contempt.
March 12th: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Kane’s case that the appointment of a special prosecutor is illegal.
April 9th: Brad Bumsted reports that Kane fired her Appeals Office head James Barker. After initially saying it was because of “restructuring”, the Attorney General states that Barker was fired for being unable to prevent grand jury leaks. Barker is among those that testified to the grand jury that called for charges against Kane.
Meanwhile, Kane’s spokeswoman announces that she gave her boss her two weeks notice earlier that week.
April 10th: Judge Carpenter orders Kane to appear at an April 27th hearing to investigate whether Barker’s firing was in retaliation for testimony that contradicted Kane.
Later that night, it is revealed that Montgomery County DA Risa Vetri Ferman issued search warrants for Kane’s headquarters in Harrisburg, her office in Norristown and her emails.
April 21st: Claude Thomas, the undercover agent involved in the Philly sting case, declares that he is suing Kathleen Kane for saying that Thomas considered the operation racially motivated.”
END NOTES. . .
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Mark Levin Show (4/21/15)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show, President Obama isn’t just giving aid and comfort to the enemy, but subsidizing them too. The U.S. State Department is prepared to give Iran $50 billion as an incentive to sign a deal. Our allies in the Middle East are crying out for help while Obama does his best to turn a third-world throwback Islamo regime into a superpower. Republican Senators need to stand up to Obama¹s endless power grab because bi-partisan national suicide is unacceptable. Obama¹s foreign policy is worse than isolationism; it¹s interventionism on the wrong side. Also, Hillary Clinton believes the economy needs a toppling of the top 1%. This is a broad attack on free-market capitalism, income and wealth creation, and the heart and soul of our nation¹s principles. People with power and an iron fist never live under the same rules they make for everyone else. Hillary wants to decide how much your family should earn, how much you should spend, and what lifestyle you should live.”
ANNOUNCEMENTS . . .
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Janet: Track the RINOS
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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.