HALPER – The Obama Project.
THE HILLARY: MORRISSEY – Shady deal; BARONE – Clinton scandals; WEHNER – Hillary incompetent; HAMBURGER – Clintons spend.
LEADS: ZITO – Fiorina; BOYLE- GOP pushes Obama trade; ADAMS – Bureaucrat & voting; TAYLOR – GOP adopted budget; SNYDER – BO’s secret trade deal; WARREN – Walker leads Iowa; JOHNSON – Huckabee jumps; JENSEN – China replaced Mexico; FROOMKIN – The computers listen.
ISLAM: SCHACHTEL – Geller & conservative cowards; CHARLTON – 71 killers in 15 states; LOWRY – Our right to insult Islam.
PA: STAUB – Legislature to trim ranks?; KNEPPER – CAP budget campaign.
END NOTES: WILLIAMSON – PENN; LEVIN SHOW (5/5/15); VENCORE WEATHER – Blank sun.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: May 6 – CFL; May 7 – Common Core; May 8 – VF Patriots.
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Independent Women’s Forum.
“In addition, polling data and talking point documents that GOP pollster Frank Luntz’s polling firm has distributed to Republican members on Capitol Hill—documents that have not been previously public, but have since been obtained by Breitbart News and are shared here for the first time—show a concerted and organized effort by Republican leaders in Congress to mislead not just their members Congress-wide but also the American people on trade policy. . .”
“. . .Of the 15 states, 5 we will name… Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan. The disbelievers who shot our brothers think that you killed someone untrained, nay, they gave you their bodies in plain view because we were watching…”
Daniel Halper, Weekly Standard: “Obama: My ‘Project’ Continues After My Presidency”
“In remarks last night to Democratic donors in New York City, President Obama talked about the “project” he started continuing after he leaves the White House.
“Now, I intend to get as much done in the next 22 months as possible. As you’ve noticed, I’ve been pretty busy — (laughter) — and I will continue to be. And I’m hopeful that we may find some opportunities for collaboration with the Republican Congress — for example, on trade. Hopefully, on infrastructure. There may be some things where there’s some convergence. But if we’re going to deliver on the promise that’s there for all of us, then we’re still going to need to realign our budgets to our values, and we’re going to have to fight for priorities like immigration reform,” Obama said, according a transcript provided by the White House. . .”
THE HILLARY . . .
Ed Morrissey, Hot Air: “USA Today editorial board: Man, this Clinton Foundation seems shady”
“How shady is it? That’s the question that bedevils the editorial board of USA Today. It has some trouble coming fully to that conclusion that the conflicts of interest rise to the level of disqualification, so the board suggests another option — close it down for the campaign:
‘The foundation that Bill Clinton created after leaving the White House in 2001 has many things to commend it. It addresses AIDS, global poverty, childhood obesity and other areas that don’t always get the attention they deserve. It also leverages Clinton’s many contacts overseas.’
‘Had Clinton been a typical former president, interested only in remaining active and cementing his legacy, the Clinton Foundation would a big success. . .’
“Er … really? The opposite is actually true — if the Clinton name wasn’t attached to it, it would be considered a borderline fraud. Its passthrough rates for actual programmatic grants only came to 15% of its revenues while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, and just 6.4% in the first year after it (2013). More than 60% of the revenues got spent on administration alone; in 2013, the foundation spent almost as much on just air travel as it did on grants. It’s so questionable that Charity Navigator has the Clinton Foundation on its “watch list” of “problematic charities,” and the Sunlight Foundation’s Bill Allison says it operates more like “a slush fund for the Clintons.”
“USA Today’s editors admit that ‘the foundation is a mess,’ in a somewhat passive description that disconnects responsibility for that ethical morass from the Clintons themselves . . .”
Michael Barone, NRO: “At This Point, Voters May Be Fed Up with All the Clintons’ Scandals” “Some of Hillary Clinton’s defenders have taken to saying that voters shouldn’t pay attention to the latest Clinton scandals — the gushing of often undisclosed millions to the Clintons and their organizations by characters seeking official favors — because the charges are just one more in a long series: Whitewater, the Rose law firm billing records, the Buddhist temple fundraising, the Lippo Group. “So, the theory goes, because the Clintons have been accused of so many scandalous doings before, people shouldn’t be concerned now about Secretary Clinton’s actions that helped certain donors turn over 20 percent of U.S. uranium reserves to a state-run Russian company.
“Common sense might tend to make you more suspicious of those who attract many accusations. But the Clintons’ defenders expect and hope in their case that you will instead be suspicious of those who make so many accusations. After all, they’re always saying nasty things! In this view, even charges advanced and amplified by the New York Times may be summarily dismissed as the products of a vast right-wing conspiracy. “Of course, for some voters, the just-one-more-scandal argument may cut the other way. They may decide that they’ve endured enough Clinton scandals.
“Still, Clinton defenders have some basis for thinking that the just-one-more-scandal argument has worked for the Clintons before. Bill Clinton may have been interrogated and impeached, but he wasn’t removed from office. Instead, Newt Gingrich was knocked off the speaker’s chair days after Republicans lost seats in the midterm election.
“But there’s a big difference between then and now. Bill Clinton was the incumbent president when he was impeached. Hillary Clinton is a private citizen who is running for president. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417890/point-voters-may-be-fed-all-clintons-scandals-michael-barone
Peter Wehner, Commentary: “Sorry, Media, but Hillary is Incompetent”
“. . . Not only is Mrs. Clinton not “hyper-competent,” she is not even minimally competent.
“What exactly are her brilliant achievements? Is it HillaryCare, a substantive disaster that led to a political disaster (the Republican sweep in the 1994 mid-term election)? The multiple ethical problems she’s encountered during her years in politics? Here fierce opposition to the Petraeus-led surge in Iraq long after it was obvious it was succeeding? Perhaps the Russian reset? Referring to Bashar Assad, the genocidal dictator of Syria, as a “reformer“? Or maybe her masterful handling of the Iranian Green Revolution, relations with Egypt, Libya, Israel, the attack on the American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Poland, the Czech Republic, the “pivot” to Asia and countless other failures during the first Obama term?
“What exactly are her achievements – her concrete, tangible, exceptional achievements – as First Lady, senator, and secretary of state? They don’t exist. In fact, the things she has her fingerprints on have, much more often than not, turned into disasters. The case that her supporters put forward on her behalf — she has flown nearly a million miles, visited more than 100 countries, read briefing book (!) and had tea with local power brokers (!!) – highlights just how pathetic her achievements are.
“The media meme that Mrs. Clinton is “competent” – nay, “hyper-competent” – is silly. . .”
Tom Hamburger et al., WaPo: “The Clintons, a luxury jet and their $100 million donor from Canada”
Obama wants the same job, perhaps on a grander scale . . .
“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 . . .
Salena Zito, TribLive: “Republican businesswoman Fiorina joins 2016 presidential fray”
Thx John Batchelor!
“. . . ‘Carly Fiorina has one of the greatest brand attributes available in a crowded political market — she’s different,’ said Bruce Haynes, a Republican media consultant at Purple Strategies in Washington. ‘She’s an executive, not a politician. She’s a new face and not a conventional political brand name.’
“The biggest difference is she’s not a man, Haynes said. ‘Different worked for the Democrats last time,’ he said, ‘so it’s a strategy that might be attractive to the GOP this time.’
“Though Haynes said Fiorina has good political skills, she is a bit of a political novice. She was a senior economic adviser for Arizona Sen. John McCain’s failed run for president in 2008, and she lost her bid for the Senate in 2010 to California incumbent Barbara Boxer, a Democrat, by 10 percentage points during a good election year for Republicans.
“‘She’s never won a tough race. She’s run one big race and lost it,’ Haynes said.
It’s a notion that Fiorina pushes back on: ‘People need to remember that I entered that Republican primary in California, and I was given a zero chance of winning that election. I went on to win that primary, and while I lost in the general, I won more Republican, Democratic and independent votes than any other person running in 2010.’ . . .”
Matthew Boyle, Big Govt: “Exclusive — Documents: Republicans in Congress Cook Up Phony Poll-Tested Talking Points to Push Obama Trade Deal”
“. . .There’s [sic!] a couple of major points to be made here. First off, the polling of this when the question included the word “agreement”—between October 1999 and September 2010—clearly stayed roughly consistent with widespread American opposition to such policies.
“In an early October 2010 article releasing the news of the September 2010 poll, the Wall Street Journal itself explained that those ‘most likely to be winners from trade’ policies its editorial board supports are ‘upper-income, well-educated professionals, whose jobs are less likely to go overseas and whose industries are often buoyed by demand from international markets.’ Perhaps that’s why the Wall Street Journal and NBC News changed the wording of the question in their next poll to make what they’re pushing sound better.
“By November 2010, they removed the word ‘agreement’ for the next poll, which was conducted between Nov. 11 and Nov. 15 that year. Interestingly enough, just days before they changed the polling wording from the phrase they had used for a decade prior, President Obama took off on a 10-day trip to Asia to, among other things, negotiate the TPP trade deal. The poll was conducted while he was on the Asia trip, a trip during which he and the other TPP nations had committed to getting the trade deal done by November 2011. Essentially, that means that when TPP was supposed to be in its final stages—it’s actually ended up taking more than several years to get to the point where the deal is now, pretty much already negotiated and near-final, where members of Congress have to go into a secret room in the Capitol to read it—and when the Obama administration was wrapping up a free trade agreement with South Korea that was finalized just after this poll, two major news organizations changed their longstanding polling language to something different that produced different results about Americans’ attitudes toward the same topic.
“Almost everyone, even skeptics of the TPP and TPA deals or of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), supports the generic idea of ‘free trade’ or at least the concept of ‘fair trade.’ It’s very similar to the concept of ‘immigration reform.’
“If a pollster asks Americans generally if they support ‘immigration reform’—without specifying the nature of the reform, because technically even though pro-amnesty forces have tried to hijack the use of that term what pro-American worker forces believe in is also ‘immigration reform’—that pollster is likely to get a widespread positive response. ‘Free trade’ is a term that sounds good, so when a pollster asks someone about it that means they’re likely to get a somewhat positive response–though with trade the numbers generally tack even lower than most other issues.
“When asking about specific deals, most Americans are solidly opposed the more they learn about them. . .”
J. Christian Adams, PJM: “Meet the Federal Bureaucrat Who Would Not Let Kansas Prevent Foreigners from Voting”
“Meet Alice Miller, the bureaucrat unconcerned with election integrity.
“The Supreme Court has been asked to allow Kansas and Arizona to verify that only United elStates citizens are registering to vote in those states. (See PJ Tatler’s coverage here). Unfortunately, a single federal bureaucrat refused to allow the two states to weed out non-citizens trying to register to vote.
“Meet Alice Miller, the acting executive director of the Election Assistance Commission.
Miller alone, from her inside-the-Beltway office, refused to amend the Kansas and Arizona version of a federal voter registration form to include state laws requiring proof of citizenship. Backed by a swarm of left-wing groups, Miller, by herself, made it easier for foreigners to vote in Kansas and Arizona.
“You might wonder how a single federal bureaucrat could have so much power over how elections are run in Kansas and Arizona. Federal law, commonly known as Motor Voter, requires states to accept a form drawn up by the Election Assistance Commission to register voters in their state. But states can ask the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to revise the version for their state to include state qualification laws. In Kansas and Arizona, registrants must establish that they are citizens to be qualified to register. When Kansas and Arizona asked the EAC to print new forms with those state law requirements, Miller refused.
Kansas and Arizona sued, and a federal court ordered the EAC to reprint the forms. However, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and held that Miller had the power to deny Kansas and Arizona new forms.
“The Supreme Court has been asked to take the case . . .”
Andrew Taylor, Yahoo!: “Senate adopts GOP budget targeting ‘Obamacare’”
“WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday adopted a GOP budget that paves the way for an assault on President Barack Obama’s health care law this summer and a partisan showdown over spending bills this fall.
“The Senate passed the nonbinding measure by a nearly party-line 51-48 vote. The House adopted it last week.
“The measure sets a potential path for a balanced budget within a decade. It promises to cut domestic agencies and safety net programs like Medicaid and food stamps, carve up transportation spending and student aid, and curb tax breaks for the poor.
“Republicans don’t plan to adhere to most of its cuts in follow-up legislation, however. . .”
Michael Snyder, InfoWars: “Ultra-Secrecy Surrounds Barack Obama’s New Global Economic Treaty”
“Barack Obama is secretly negotiating a global economic treaty which would destroy thousands of American businesses and millions of good paying American jobs
“In other words, it would be the final nail in the coffin for America’s economic infrastructure. Obama knows that if the American people actually knew what was in this treaty that they would be screaming mad, so the negotiations are being done in secret. The only people that are allowed to look at the treaty are members of Congress, and even they are being banned from saying anything to the public. American workers are about to be brutally stabbed in the back, and thanks to all of this secrecy and paranoia they won’t even see it coming.
“The name of this new treaty is ‘the Trans-Pacific Partnership,’ and it is being touted as perhaps the most important trade agreement in history. But very few people in this country are talking about it, because none of us are allowed to see it. An article that was just released by Politico detailed the extreme secrecy that is surrounding this trade agreement…
‘If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door.
‘If you’re a member who wants to read the text, you’ve got to go to a room in the basement of the Capitol Visitor Center and be handed it one section at a time, watched over as you read, and forced to hand over any notes you make before leaving.
‘And no matter what, you can’t discuss the details of what you’ve read.
“This treaty is going to affect the lives of every man, woman and child living in this nation, and yet it is deemed so “important” that none of us can know what is in it?
“Are you sure that we still live in a Republic? . . .”
Also: Edward Isaac Dovere, Politico: “Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama’s trade pact”
“Classified briefings and bill-readings in basement rooms are making members queasy.
“If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door.
If you’re a member who wants to read the text, you’ve got to go to a room in the basement of the Capitol Visitor Center and be handed it one section at a time, watched over as you read, and forced to hand over any notes you make before leaving.
“And no matter what, you can’t discuss the details of what you’ve read.
“‘It’s like being in kindergarten,’ said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), who’s become the leader of the opposition to President Barack Obama’s trade agenda. ‘You give back the toys at the end.’ . . .”
Michael Warren, Weekly Standard: “Quinnipiac: Walker Leading in Iowa”
“Jeb drops to 5% in latest Iowa poll.
“A new Quinnipiac poll of likely Iowa Republican presidential caucusgoers finds Wisconsin’s Scott Walker in front of the GOP pack with 21 percent support and a 9-point advantage over his closest primary opponents. That’s down from 25 percent and a 12-point lead in Quinnipiac’s February poll, but Walker remains ahead of his Republican rivals, with senators Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, all huddled together behind the Wisconsin governor. This jibes with the Real Clear Politics average of polls for the Iowa caucuses, which gives Walker a 5.5-point advantage. . .”
Bridget Johnson, PJM: “‘We’ve Lost Our Way, Morally’: Huckabee Jumps Into 2016 Race”
“. . . ‘As president, I’d launch a curative approach to health care and save money and lives, not just save a bunch of government programs.”
“In a Huckabee White House, the governor said, ‘the ayatollahs of Iran will know that hell will freeze over before they get a nuclear weapon.’
“‘But we’ve lost our way, morally. We’ve witnessed the slaughter of over 55 million babies in the name of choice, and we are now threatening the foundation of religious liberty by criminalizing Christianity and demanding that we abandon biblical principles of natural marriage,” he said. ‘Many of our politicians have surrendered to the false god of judicial supremacy, which would black-robed and unelected judges the power to make law as well as enforce it, upending the equality of our three branches of government as well as the separation of powers so very central to the Constitution.’
“‘My friend, the Supreme Court is not the supreme being, and they cannot overturn the laws of nature or of nature’s God.’
“Huckabee said the Department of Education should be ‘expelled,’ and education policy ‘ought to be set by states, local school boards and, best of all, by the moms and dads of the children.’
“He also resurrected his Fair Tax proposal, under which ‘the IRS would disappear and April 15th would be just another beautiful spring day.’
“Huckabee said his campaign will be funded by $15 and $25 a month contributions from working people, but ‘rest assured, if you want to give a million dollars, please do it.’
“‘I’m just gonna ask you to give something in the name of your children and grandchildren. I walked away from my own income to do this, so I’m not asking you for some sacrifice I’m not willing to make. I don’t have a global foundation or a taxpayer-funded paycheck to live off of. I don’t come from a family dynasty, but a working family. I grew up blue collar, not blue blood,’ he added.
“‘So I ask you to join with me today, not just so I can be president, but so we can preserve this great republic and someday so that your children and grandchildren can still go from Hope to higher ground.” http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/05/05/weve-lost-our-way-morally-huckabee-jumps-into-2016-race/
Eric Jensen, Research Matters: “China Replaces Mexico as the Top Sending Country for Immigrants to the United States”
“Based on my research, in 2013, China replaced Mexico as the top sending country for immigrants to the United States. This followed a decade where immigration from China and India increased while immigration from Mexico decreased. Other top immigrant-sending countries in 2013 from Asia included Korea, the Philippines and Japan. This new pattern in the national origins of recent immigrants is a notable change from recent decades.
“The racial and ethnic composition of immigration flows to the United States has also been shifting. In 2000, nearly half of all foreign-born immigrants, 41.2 percent, were Hispanic, compared with 23.6 percent for the non-Hispanic Asian alone population. Since 2009, a greater proportion of foreign-born immigrants have been non-Hispanic Asian alone (34.7 percent) than Hispanic (30.1 percent). By 2013, the percentage of non-Hispanic Asian alone had increased to 40.2 percent of the total immigration flow, while the percentage Hispanic had dropped to 25.5 percent.
“The U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program measures net international migration, including the foreign-born population whose residence one year ago was abroad. . .”
Dan Froomkin, The Intercept: “The Computers Are Listening”
“How the NSA Converts Spoken Words into Searchable Text
Most people realize that emails and other digital communications they once considered private can now become part of their permanent record.
“But even as they increasingly use apps that understand what they say, most people don’t realize that the words they speak are not so private anymore, either.
“Top-secret documents from the archive of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency can now automatically recognize the content within phone calls by creating rough transcripts and phonetic representations that can be easily searched and stored.
“The documents show NSA analysts celebrating the development of what they called ‘Google for Voice’ nearly a decade ago.
“Though perfect transcription of natural conversation apparently remains the Intelligence Community’s “holy grail,” the Snowden documents describe extensive use of keyword searching as well as computer programs designed to analyze and “extract” the content of voice conversations, and even use sophisticated algorithms to flag conversations of interest. . .”
ISLAM . . .
Jordan Schachtel, National Security: EXCLUSIVE–Pamela Geller Calls Out Cowardly Conservatives, Says She’ll Organize Another Free Speech Event in Near Future **FULL IMAGE GALLERY**
“. . .Breitbart News: Even some conservative columnists and a potential presidential candidate (Donald Trump) have resorted to personal attacks against you as a preface before arguing in defense of free speech. Why do you feel that so many have come to attack the messenger?
Pamela Geller: This is the problem with the conservatives. This is why we can never nominate qualified, brave, true conservative candidates. The conservative movement has trimmed to accommodate the leftist media so much that they’ve trimmed themselves out of principle. They attack me because they’re desperately afraid that the leftist media will smear them by association with me. It is an act of sheer cowardice. . .”
“. . . Breitbart News: Are you planning another free speech event in the near future?
“Pamela Geller: Yes, but we have no concrete plans as of yet.”
Corey Charlton, UK Daily Mail: “Blogger who organized Texas Mohammad cartoon competition threatened with death by Islamic State, which boasts it has ’71 soldiers’ all over U.S. ‘ready to attack’
- ISIS threat claims the Texas attack at the weekend was targeting Geller
- The two gunmen were killed and a police officer wounded in the shootout
- A message posted online, purportedly from ISIS, threatened her with death
- It also claimed the terrorists have 71 ‘soldiers’ based in 15 different states
Rich Lowry, NRO: “Americans Have a Right to Insult Islam”
“Terrorists assaulted a “Mohammed cartoon” event in Texas sponsored by activist Pamela Geller, and the response has been, in part, soul-searching over what’s wrong with Pamela Geller.
“Geller is an attention-hungry provocateur who will never be mistaken for Bernard Lewis, the venerable scholar of Islam. Her Texas gathering to award a cash prize for the best cartoon of Mohammed — depictions of whom are considered offensive by many Muslims — was deliberately offensive, but so what?
“Two armed Muslim men showed up intending to kill the participants, and were only thwarted when they were shot dead by a police officer who was part of the elaborate security arrangements. Absent the security, we might have had a Charlie Hebdo–style massacre on these shores, in Garland, Texas, no less, a suburb of Dallas. (The world would be a safer and better place if the forces of civilization everywhere were as well-prepared and well-armed as they are in Texas.) “That horrifying prospect didn’t stop CNN from interrogating Geller the morning after the attack about her views of Islam and her decision to have as the keynote speaker for her event the anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders (who has to live under 24-hour protection). The implicit assumption was that Geller and her cohorts were as much of a problem as the fanatics who planned to censor them at the barrel of a gun. “Geller refers to her meeting as a free-speech event while her critics prefer to call it an anti-Islam event. They are really one and the same. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417903/americans-have-right-insult-islam-rich-lowry
PA . . .
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Pennsylvania lawmakers vote to slim their ranks, but history says it’s all talk”
“HARRISBURG, Pa. — Despite the obvious ramifications, state lawmakers love to talk about cutting the size of the General Assembly, an action that requires a public referendum to change Pennsylvania’s constitution.
“The populist proposal has been kicked around the halls of the Capitol several times since at least 2007, and the trend continued Tuesday when the House passed two bills reducing the General Assembly. Yet lawmakers — especially in the state Senate — have been hesitant to actually give voters an opportunity to shave their ranks.
“Perhaps that’s because it might not end well for the head honchos in Harrisburg. . .”
Leo Knepper, CAP: “CAP Launches Second Phase of Budget Campaign”
“In March, CAP launched an online campaign that made it easier for Pennsylvania taxpayers to connect easily with their members of the House, Senate, and the Governor. Hundreds of taxpayers have sent emails to their elected officials making it clear that Pennsylvanians cannot afford Governor Wolf’s budget. A recent report from the Independent Fiscal Office confirms that everyone will pay higher taxes under the Governor’s proposed budget.
“To help drive that point home, we have started a media campaign targeting three lawmakers:
Rep. Mike Hanna (District 76, Centre and Clinton Counties) Rep. Ted Harhai (District 58, Westmoreland County) Rep. Tim Mahoney (District 51, Fayette and Somerset Counties)
“These three House members were selected because their past votes have supported unsustainable fiscal policies like higher pensions and pork barrel spending.
“Proponents of bigger government and higher taxes are out in force pressuring lawmakers to soak taxpayers once again. Take a few moments to contact your Representative and Senator. Tell them it is time for Pennsylvania government to live within its means.”
END NOTES . . .
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “One Weird Trick That Can Help Make Your City More Prosperous”
“I have never understood why West Philadelphia became a slum. There’s certainly nothing wrong with the real estate: Right in the middle of West Philadelphia is an Ivy League university; go eight-tenths of a mile east from the University of Pennsylvania down Walnut Street and you’re in one of the nicest city centers in the Northeast; go four miles northwest down Lancaster Avenue and you’re in Lower Merion, the fifth-highest-income municipality in the country (sandwiched between San Ramon, Calif., and Brookline, Mass.), where you can catch a polo match or a steeplechase race. There is terrific residential architecture, from the Victorian rowhouses on Spruce Street to the stately 19th-century homes spread out on broad lawns as you approach the city limit.
“But in between is a lot of blight and some very bad blocks, though less blight and fewer bad blocks than there were 30 years ago.
“The driving force in West Philadelphia has been the University of Pennsylvania and institutions related to it. It’s a familiar story, not dissimilar to what has happened in previously downmarket East Austin thanks to University of Texas students seeking lower rents. Penn students vary greatly in their intellectual achievements (Wharton grads to the right, women’s-studies majors to the exits), but almost all of them can count, and some of them stick around Philadelphia, where they can buy a nice four-bedroom home for half of what they’d pay for a one-bedroom condo in Brooklyn. Get a high enough density of these people and soon enough a fruity coffee shop appears, and before you know it you’re within spitting distance of a Trader Joe’s.
“Naturally, everybody hates them for this. . .”
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show: We can never be a just and civil society according to President Obama because of our past history of slavery, segregation and Jim Crow. We fought a Civil War, amended the Constitution, and changed federal statutes yet Obama believes African-Americans today can’t shake off our history because he’s stuck in the past. If America is as racist and segregated as Obama insists, we wouldn’t have wave after wave of illegals crossing the border. People aren’t coming to America to be abused and discriminated because of their race. Obama is leading the counter-revolution to the American Revolution.
“Also, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are doing as much damage to the Constitution and Congress as any left wing Democrat could’ve done. Now McConnell will end the debate on a bill that would give Congress the power to review a nuke agreement with Iran. McConnell is every bit as bad as Obama because he gives him aid and comfort; he never steps up for Conservative causes but always stands up for Obama.
“Finally, Ben Carson calls in to discuss his 2016 Presidential run.”
Vencore Weather: “The sun is now virtually blank during the weakest solar cycle in more than a century”
“The sun is almost completely blank. The main driver of all weather and climate, the entity which occupies 99.86% of all of the mass in our solar system, the great ball of fire in the sky has gone quiet again during what is likely to be the weakest sunspot cycle in more than a century. The sun’s X-ray output has flatlined in recent days and NOAA forecasters estimate a scant 1% chance of strong flares in the next 24 hours. Not since cycle 14 peaked in February 1906 has there been a solar cycle with fewer sunspots. We are currently more than six years into Solar Cycle 24 and the current nearly blank sun may signal the end of the solar maximum phase. Solar cycle 24 began after an unusually deep solar minimum that lasted from 2007 to 2009 which included more spotless days on the sun compared to any minimum in almost a century. . .” http://vencoreweather.com/2015/04/30/845-am-the-sun-is-now-virtually-blank-during-the-weakest-solar-cycle-in-more-than-a-century/
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.