BALTIMORE: GOLDBERG – Thugs; WATSON – Black crime; RASMUSSEN – More Baltimores.
LEADS: SCHWEBER – Christie knew; LEBER – Anti-Hillary; PEOPLES & BARROW – Carson runs; RAPPAPORT – Fiorina/Huckabee.
ISLAM: DARBY & McHUGH – Shots @ art contest; ROBINSON & THORNHILL – Draw Muhammed; DRUDGE links.
PA: FERRICK – Unmentionable Philly issues for mayoral candidates.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: May 6 – CFL; May 7 – Common Core; May 8 – VF Patriots.
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Independent Women’s Forum.
*Said to have originated by Brit media when Mrs. Thatcher won in 1979
Charles C.W. Cooke, NRO: “Why the Bill of Rights Would Never Pass Today” “Having watched closely the manner in which questions of liberty and power are batted around in the first part of the 21st century — most recently during the disgraceful contretemps that Indiana’s rather tame Religious Freedom Restoration Act provoked across the land — I have come to wonder of late whether the Bill of Rights could be ratified today.
“In its classical mode, liberalism requires the citizenry that it serves to respect the crucial distinction that obtains between the principle of a given rule and the consequences that the rule might feasibly yield. Simply put, a country in which the people regard certain individual rights as inviolable axioms of nature — and who accept with alacrity, therefore, that they will often be used for ill — will be a country that boasts protections of those rights within its national charter. A country in which the people are focused primarily on what might be done with those rights, by contrast, will be a country that prefers to elevate and to abide by the whims of transient majorities — or, perhaps, by the discretion of a supposedly enlightened few. In Indiana, we were given an insight into which of these countries the people of the United States would rather live in. . .”
BALTIMORE . . .
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “No, Calling the Baltimore Rioters ‘Thugs’ Does Not Make You a Racist”
“Thug Strife: I don’t get it. I feel like Tom Hanks in Big when all the executives are excited about the toy buildings that turn into robots. Hanks just doesn’t get it. He asks, ‘What’s fun about that?’
“Except I’m asking, ‘What’s racist about that?’
“The mayor of Baltimore, who will spend the rest of her days living light-years from the word ‘Churchillian,’ recently apologized for two gaffes. First, she walked back her statement that she gave rioters space to ‘destroy.’ That’s not what she meant, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said.
“It sure sounded like it to me, and the facts on the ground seemed to line up with the rhetoric (this new video of Baltimore cops fleeing rioters is pretty compelling). But fair enough. People often say things clumsily in stressful situations.
“But then the mayor apologized for calling the destroyers ‘thugs.’
“‘There are no thugs in Baltimore,’ she added. ‘Sometimes my own little anger translator gets the best of me.’ Really, there are no thugs in Baltimore? It’s a thug-free zone?” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417787/no-calling-baltimore-rioters-thugs-does-not-make-you-racist-jonah-goldberg
Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars: “Black Crime Facts That the White Liberal Media Daren’t Talk About”
“Despite the revelation that half of the officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray – the incident that led to the Baltimore riots – are black, the narrative that black people are being disproportionately and unfairly targeted by predominantly white police officers and a racist criminal justice system in the United States continues to dominate.
“This has led to the growth of a divisive movement – ‘Black Lives Matter’ – which has only served to further polarize America down racial lines, obsessing on skin color and invoking white guilt, while ignoring the true causes of and solutions to police brutality.
“Until the following facts become part of the conversation, we’re never going to see a real reduction in the number of violent confrontations involving black people and police officers. But the mainstream media, political leaders and white people in general are afraid to even mention these facts for fear of being labeled racist.
“I’m not here to win any popularity contests. I genuinely care about less black people and less police officers dying in the streets. So I’m going to give it to you straight.
“Black people in the United States are more likely to be victims of violent confrontations with police officers than whites because they commit more violent crimes than whites per capita. . .”
Scott Rasmussen, Townhall: “Brace Yourself for More Baltimores”
Impulsive people react more on instinct. In this case, the most spiteful thing you can do is to destroy gifts from an adversary, especially one who reacts by giving you more. . .
“The sad scenes playing out in Baltimore are made sadder by the fact that more such incidents are likely over the coming years.
“That’s because the problems in Baltimore did not begin with the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Tensions have been building for a very long time. Other cities from coast to coast have similar tensions ready to boil over.
“Some tensions are common to all cities — pockets of economic devastation, laws that are enforced more strictly in some parts of town than others, bad apples among the police, thugs in the community and more.
“Some are specific to each city. In Baltimore, the tensions became apparent more than a decade ago when the city inadvertently assumed a prominent role in the Stop Snitchin’ movement. Before that, in 2002, a Baltimore woman and her entire family were murdered after alerting police to illegal activities in her neighborhood.
“The good news is that there are people on all sides in this tough situation who want to heal their cities. The bad news is that most people — and certainly most media coverage — are focused on who to blame. In the blame game, people from different walks of life see what they want to see…”
THE HILLARY . . .
Tom Hamburger et al., WaPo: “The Clintons, a luxury jet and their $100 million donor from Canada”
“Bill Clinton was planning a charity trip to Latin America and needed a big plane.
“For Frank Giustra, who had never met the former president, this was an opportunity. The Canadian mining magnate and onetime Hollywood studio owner stepped up to let the former president borrow his luxurious passenger jet. There was just one condition: Giustra would come along for the ride.
“That 2005 trip was the start of an intense, mutually beneficial friendship — one that has helped propel the Clinton Foundation into a global giant and established Giustra’s reputation as an international philanthropist while helping him build connections in countries where his business was expanding.
“Giustra has since committed more than $100 million to the work of the Clinton Foundation, becoming one of the largest individual donors to the family’s charities. . .”
LEADS . . .
Nate Schweber, NYT: “Wildstein’s Lawyer Says Christie Knew of Lane Closings”
“NEWARK — Alan Zegas, David Wildstein’s lawyer, said outside the courtroom that his client was still being questioned by government investigators and was ‘prepared to testify.’
“‘There is a lot more that will come out,’ he said. ‘Unfortunately, I am not in a position to talk about the matter in detail.’
He repeated that Gov. Chris Christie ‘knew of the lane closures as they occurred’ and that ‘evidence exists’ that proves it.
“Mr. Zegas added that Mr. Wildstein was ‘intimately involved’ with the plot to snarl Fort Lee’s traffic and is now full of remorse.
“‘He deeply regrets what occurred that weekend in 2013,’ Mr. Zegas said.
“Mr. Wildstein stood beside him silently, then walked fast past reporters to a waiting Town Car.”
Rebecca Leber, New Republic: “The Anti-Hillary”
Cat fight … the New Republic is one of the cats . . .
“Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard executive who is expected to announce her candidacy for president on Monday, is not running away from or criticizing that political strategy. Instead she presents herself—the only female Republican candidate—as the ideal weapon to fight it. Her well-honed pitch to Republicans queasy about identity politics is that the best strategy to neutralize these attacks is to share the same identity as your attacker.
“If Hillary Clinton were to face a [Republican] female nominee, there are a whole set of things that she won’t be able to talk about,” Fiorina said last month. “She won’t be able to play the gender card.”
“In a party with no shortage of Clinton critics, Fiorina has been especially vicious. On Clinton’s foreign policy experience: ‘Unlike Mrs. Clinton, I know that flying is an activity, not an accomplishment.’ On diplomacy: ‘She may like hashtags but she doesn’t know what leadership means.’ On Clinton’s private emails scandal: ‘Hillary, news flash: I have four accounts on my single device.’ And on Clinton’s gender: ‘I think if Hillary Clinton faces a woman opponent, she will get a hitch in her swing. . .’
Steve Peoples & Bill Barrow, Yahoo!:” Ben Carson, famed neurosurgeon, running for president”
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon turned conservative star, has confirmed that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
Carson, who has never run for public office, is expected to be the only high-profile African-American to enter the GOP’s presidential primary as he tries to parlay his success as an author and speaker into a competitive campaign against established politicians.
“I’m willing to be part of the equation and therefore, I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America,” he said in an interview aired Sunday night by Ohio’s WKRC television station.
He is set to make a more formal announcement during a speech from his native Detroit on Monday. . .”
Also – Joel Gehrke, NRO: “Railing Against ‘Crony Capitalism,’ Carly Fiorina Makes Her Case” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417819/railing-against-crony-capitalism-carly-fiorina-makes-her-case-joel-gehrke
Alan Rappaport, NYT: “Fiorina and Huckabee Joining G.O.P. Race on Heels of Carson”
Contests for the nomination are also for cabinet jobs . . .
“WASHINGTON — For the Republican Party, the presidential candidates keep coming.
“The next wave arrives this week, with Carly Fiorina announcing her long-shot bid for the Republican nomination Monday morning and former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas set to announce his own on Tuesday. Ben Carson announced his bid on Sunday night. They will join Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul in the race.
“Ms. Fiorina started things off low-key on Monday with an announcement, which is to be followed by a call with reporters and a virtual town-hall-style meeting. Later in the week, she will head to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
“A former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, Ms. Fiorina is the second woman to make a run for the White House in this election cycle, following Hillary Rodham Clinton’s announcement last month. Ms. Fiorina brings strong business acumen and a promise to be a more compassionate version of Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee. And she has suggested that she is the perfect antidote to Mrs. Clinton, who many believe has an easy path to the Democratic nomination. . .”
ISLAM . . .
Brandon Darby & Katie McHugh, Breitbart: “Shots Fired at Mohammed Art Contest: Officer Down, Two Suspects Dead, Reports Claims Explosives in Area”
“GARLAND, Texas — Shots rang out this evening at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas during the Mohammed Art Exhibit and Contest. A law enforcement officer was shot and both suspects have been killed. Officers on the scene said that it is possible that explosives are in the area.
“Attendees were immediately forced into lockdown by police, including three Breitbart News reporters. Sources say event organizer Pamela Geller and keynote speaker Geert Wilders, a Dutch politician, are safe. Breitbart Texas was conducting a live video interview with Geller at the moment of the attack.”
Also – Pam Key, Breitbart: “Pam Geller: This Is War and the Enemy among US”
Wills Robinson & Ted Thornhill, UK Daily Mail: Former terror suspect well known to the FBI is named as one of two gunmen shot dead by cops after attack on anti-Islam ‘draw Muhammad’ art contest near Dallas
- Two suspects were gunned down after shooting a guard in the leg outside the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland
- The FBI has named one of the gunmen as Elton Simpson, who was convicted of lying to federal agents about traveling to Africa five years ago – but a judge ruled it could not be proved that he was going to join a terror group
- Simpson’s Phoenix, Arizona home has been surrounded and a bomb squad is carrying out a search
- Reports suggest the pair were carrying explosives as they approached the building in the Dallas suburb
- The American Freedom Defense Initiative event had offered a $10,000 prize for the best caricature of the prophet; local residents had expressed their concerns about the event but organizers said they were exercising free speech
- The security guard who was shot, Bruce Joiner, was taken to hospital in stable condition and has been released
- ISIS fighter claimed on Twitter that the shooting was carried out by two pro-ISIS individuals.
Drudge Links (05/04/15) Geller Art Contest
PA . . .
Tom Ferrick, Philly.com: “What you won’t hear at tonight’s mayoral debate”
Thx Chris Stegall . . .
“THE MAYORAL candidates will meet tonight for a debate sponsored by the Next Mayor project, and it should be a lively exchange. You can catch it at www.Philly.com/debate .
“However, I’m willing to bet that the following topics won’t come up – at least in any detail. Combined, though, they represent the greatest challenges that will be faced by the next mayor. And, unlike the schools, all of them deal with departments and policies directly under the mayor’s control.
“Here are the four, in rough order of their importance:
“Pensions. Warren Buffett has called the issue of public pensions a huge explosive with a long fuse. In Philadelphia, the fuse is getting shorter. The city’s pension fund has a long-term deficit in excess of $5 billion. The city has only 47 cents in the fund for each dollar it will eventually have to send out to retirees.
“At least Mayor Nutter tried. He opted for an asset sale – of Philadelphia Gas Works – but City Council wouldn’t even debate the idea.
“The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the state board that oversees the city’s finances, recently issued a staff report suggesting ways to lower its deficit, but many are politically unpalatable: abolish the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, increase employee contributions, require that employees go into a “hybrid plan” that includes a 401(k).
“None of the candidates has embraced these ideas.
“Why it’s important: State law requires local governments to make what are called MMOs – minimum municipal obligations. To put it bluntly, the city’s pension MMO means the more the city must pay into the fund, the less that can go into police, sanitation, recreation and other city services.
“Policing. There’s been talk about “stop and frisk” in this campaign, but that is just part of a larger issue that centers on how best to deploy and train police and how they interact with the community. For 20 years, law enforcement has been guided by two principals: use of data to help fight crime, and the “broken windows” theory that says that police have to keep an eye on small items – a broken window, turnstile hopping, petty theft – to prevent growth in crime overall. Stop and frisk is part of that preventive strategy.
“The police – including Commissioner Charles Ramsey – believe these methods have resulted in a decease in crime, and the numbers of crimes large and small have gone down in the city. Despite all the talk of community policing, critics believe that these crime-fighting policies have alienated many in minority communities because they end up unfairly targeting black men.
“Why it’s important: The next mayor and his or her police commissioner are going to have to decide on a crime-fighting strategy. Ramsey believes in the current methods, though he admits they can be tweaked by such things as better training. He wants the police to be seen as community partners, not as an occupying force. It’s a good goal, but wishing doesn’t make it so. As we know from other cities, the situation can become volatile. The next mayor needs to reconcile the police and poor communities – without risking a rise in crime.
“Pent-up demand. The recession battered the city and its employees, but the unions mostly blame Nutter for failing to address their needs. The hostility – among police, firefighters, blue- and white-collar city workers – is palpable. They feel they have been shortchanged and dissed for the past eight years. Contracts with all city unions have to be negotiated in the next mayor’s first term. The unions want to feel the love.
“Why it’s important: Pay and benefit increases, plus work-rule changes, all have price tags. In a city where growth in tax revenue is incremental – at best – a mayor has to balance the needs of employees with the needs of city residents. Maybe it was a question of style – Nutter and the unions simply didn’t mix. Can the next mayor say “No” without engendering the same hostility? Can he or she say “Yes” without harming the city budget?
“Conflict over growth. The good news about the city is that its population is growing, changing neighborhoods – and housing values – in positive ways. But the dilemma, as housing economist Kevin Gillen put it: “People want growth but not change.” Although newcomers believe they are revitalizing neighborhoods, old-timers see it more as an invasion. As housing prices rise, so do taxes. Rents become pricier. Older residents get displaced by “progress.”
“Why it’s important: The alternative to growth and renewal is stagnation and decline. The next mayor will have to find a way to make peace between the old and the new. He or she can do that through personal leadership and by policies on housing and redevelopment that take the old community’s needs into consideration. It’s a difficult balancing act that will require political skills and smart policy.”
ANNOUNCEMENTS . . .
May 6: Citizens for Liberty, 1st Responders
Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7 p.m. King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company 170 Allendale Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406
Citizens for Liberty invites you to attend one of our biggest monthly meetings yet! Andrew Poliakoff, a New York first responder, & Lou Arquer will be traveling here from Long Island to speak to our organization. Andrew and Lou traveled to Nevada to help the militia secure the Bundy Ranch after the standoff with the Feds in 2014. They’ve also traveled to the border to help the Arizona Border Recon patrol known drug/cartel operated areas to help keep America’s borders safe and secure. They do this out of the goodness of their hearts and their love for the American people. That is why they trade their time for long hours, and harsh environments with no pay. Come out and hear their stories. – We also confirmed that Cliven Bundy and his family are willing to speak to us live through Skype, but we are just waiting on a confirmation of whether or not this date/time works for them. – Barbara Dahdah-Anderson, the Director for our newly created Committee on Smart Meters will give us an up date on this fight. – We’ll also let everyone know about our future plans, and our trip to Harrisburg on May 12th to see Sheriff Richard Mack at the 2nd Amendment Action Day rally.
May 7th: Common Core – Radnor Middle School
Billy Gates donated $20 million to Hillary . . .
3rd Floor, 150 Louella Ave., Wayne, 6:30-8PM, Thursday, May 7th.
Presented by Leagues of Women Voters . . .
May 8: VF Patriots – Clearing the Core Confusion
FRIDAY, MAY 8, 6:30 PM
PHOENIXVILLE SENIOR CENTER, 153 CHURCH ST., PHOENIXVILLE
YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS!!
“CLEARING THE CORE CONFUSION”, A PRESENTATION BY CAROL BEITZ
Based upon the work of Dr. Peg Luksik, the foremost expert on Common Core in PA.
Carol is a mother and was an IT Director and Computer teacher at her children’s school for 7 years. Through this experience and her commitment to quality education, she began extensive research into federal Common Core Standards. This raised such serious concerns about personal liberty and financial impacts of a national takeover of education, that she felt compelled to run for School Director for the Daniel Boone School Board where she now serves as Director.
Carol will be presenting her own first-hand experience in conjunction with a video presentation by Dr. Peg Luksik. Dr. Luksik with her 30 years of experience in education including various federal programs, has testified before numerous legislative committees in PA and elsewhere.
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.