RAMIREZ remembrance; WIKI – History of Memorial Day; ZITO – Courage & sacrifice.
LEADS: WILLIAMS – Black tragedy; INFOWARS – Trade deal lets Obama destroy America; KIMBALL – Free speech; PODHORETZ – BO’s legacy erodes; NJ: John Nash dies.
THE HILLARY: LERER, LEE, & GILLAM – Political troubles linger.
ISIS: NIMMO – Made by the Pentagon.
PA: HENRY – Wolf’s budget; FLOWERS – Enough already of Kenny.
END NOTES: CHASTAIN – $40.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Ann Coulter, 6/15.
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Independent Women’s Forum.
From Investors, May 24, 2015
Wikipedia: The History of Memorial Day
“The practice of decorating soldiers’ graves with flowers is an ancient custom.] Soldiers’ graves were decorated in the U.S. before and during the American Civil War. A claim was made in 1906 that the first Civil War soldier’s grave ever decorated was in Warrenton, Virginia, on June 3, 1861, implying the first Memorial Day occurred there. Though not for Union soldiers, there is authentic documentation that women in Savannah, Georgia, decorated Confederate soldiers’ graves in 1862. In 1863, the cemetery dedication at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was a ceremony of commemoration at the graves of dead soldiers. Local historians in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, claim that ladies there decorated soldiers’ graves on July 4, 1864. As a result, Boalsburg promotes itself as the birthplace of Memorial Day.
“Following President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865, there were a variety of events of commemoration. The sheer number of soldiers of both sides who died in the Civil War, more than 600,000, meant that burial and memorialization took on new cultural significance. Under the leadership of women during the war, an increasingly formal practice of decorating graves had taken shape. In 1865, the federal government began creating national military cemeteries for the Union war dead.
“The first widely-publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Hampton Park Race Course in Charleston; at least 257 Union prisoners died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves. Together with teachers and missionaries, black residents of Charleston organized a May Day ceremony in 1865, which was covered by the New York Tribune and other national papers. The freedmen cleaned up and landscaped the burial ground, building an enclosure and an arch labeled “Martyrs of the Race Course.” Nearly 10,000 people, mostly freedmen, gathered on May 1 to commemorate the war dead. Involved were about 3,000 school children, newly enrolled in freedmen’s schools, as well as mutual aid societies, Union troops, black ministers and white northern missionaries. Most brought flowers to lay on the burial field. . .”
Salena Zito, RCP: “Unquestionable Courage & Sacrifice”
“The perfect symmetry of alabaster headstones, majestically holding formation along this national cemetery’s pastoral hills, reminds you that our soldiers are sentinels guarding our republic, even in death.
“On a sunny spring day, a lone figure held a tiny flag blowing vigorously in the wind as he knelt before a headstone. He held a conversation with a lost service member, perhaps a son or daughter, alternating between amusement and grief.
“Taps played from off in the distance.
“Only the heartless could fail to be touched by the raw emotion of that moment or by the somber presence of all of these soldiers who died serving our nation through the ages.
“Tomorrow is the day that we as a country honor Americans who put their lives and their loves on hold, stepped forward to say “Send me, I will go,” and never came back.
“Memorial Day began as Decoration Day immediately following the Civil War to give tribute to the 620,000 soldiers who died in that carnage, according to historian David Pietrusza.
“‘The ceremonies to mourn the dead on both sides subtly reminded Americans that such a division must never recur,’ he said.
“Today it honors all fallen American soldiers who risked everything to protect our homeland, our values, our Constitution. . .”
LEADS . . .
Walter (E) Williams, Townhall: “The True Black Tragedy”
“Hustlers and people with little understanding want us to believe that today’s black problems are the continuing result of a legacy of slavery, poverty and racial discrimination. The fact is that most of the social pathology seen in poor black neighborhoods is entirely new in black history. Let’s look at some of it.
“Today the overwhelming majority of black children are raised in single female-headed families. As early as the 1880s, three-quarters of black families were two-parent. In 1925 New York City, 85 percent of black families were two-parent. One study of 19th-century slave families found that in up to three-fourths of the families, all the children had the same mother and father.
“Today’s black illegitimacy rate of nearly 75 percent is also entirely new. In 1940, black illegitimacy stood at 14 percent. It had risen to 25 percent by 1965, when Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action” and was widely condemned as a racist. By 1980, the black illegitimacy rate had more than doubled, to 56 percent, and it has been growing since. Both during slavery and as late as 1920, a teenage girl raising a child without a man present was rare among blacks.
“Much of today’s pathology seen among many blacks is an outgrowth of the welfare state that has made self-destructive behavior less costly for the individual. Having children without the benefit of marriage is less burdensome if the mother receives housing subsidies, welfare payments and food stamps. Plus, the social stigma associated with unwed motherhood has vanished. Female-headed households, whether black or white, are a ticket for dependency and all of its associated problems. Ignored in all discussions is the fact that the poverty rate among black married couples has been in single digits since 1994.
“Black youth unemployment in some cities is over 50 percent. But high black youth unemployment is also new. In 1948, the unemployment rate for black teens was slightly less than that of their white counterparts — 9.4 percent compared with 10.2. During that same period, black youths were either just as active in the labor force or more so than white youths. Since the 1960s, both the labor force participation rate and the employment rate of black youths have fallen to what they are today. Why? Are employers more racially discriminatory today than yesteryear? Were black youths of yesteryear more skilled than whites of yesteryear? The answer to both questions is a big fat no. . .”
InfoWars: “Special Report: TPP Gives Obama Power to Destroy America”
“In this exclusive emergency address, Alex breaks down the hidden reasons behind the sinister Trans Pacific Trade Partnership.
“The TPP is global domination by a fascist cartel bent on enslaving the world. Now the Senate has given fast-track authority to Obama to implement this secret plan and set fire to our Constitution, rules of law and ultimately our liberty and way of life.
“Kentucky Senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul was among a host of lawmakers who staunchly opposed the secrecy surrounding the Trans Pacific Partnership bill, saying he disagrees with the proposed legislation ‘being held under lock and key.’
“‘I’m hesitant to give blanket authority on stuff we haven’t seen,’ Senator Paul said earlier this month.
“Fast-track would allow Obama to send the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal to Congress for an up-or-down vote” sans the ability to negotiate amendments, notes The Hill.
“The TPA must still pass a House vote, which is why it’s imperative to contact your representatives and let them know you’re against H.R. 1314, the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) or fast-track bill, which essentially grants the office of the president the power to do treaty by Executive Order. . .”
Also – Matt Drudge, Big Govt: “Matt Drudge Slams Boehner for Promising to Pass Obamatrade: ‘Clearly Treason’”
“Matt Drudge took to Twitter to deliver an ongoing tirade against Republicans’ eagerness to deliver a fast-track trade bill to President Obama’s desk. The bill’s details have not been made public — which hasn’t stopped Republicans from surrendering Congress’s power to make amendments to a president’s future trade deals.
Should a Republican presidential candidate lose the 2016 general election, the Trade Promotion Authority bill could be to blame. Keeping the bill’s details from voters was ‘clearly treason,’ Drudge tweeted.”
Roger Kimball, PJM: “Free Speech: Yea or Nay?”
“Be afraid: Majority of Democrats, 37 percent of GOP want to repeal the First Amendment.
“You might think that my title is merely rhetorical: “Of course we in the West are in favor of free speech.” Do you think so? Writing in The New Criterion a few years ago, Anthony Daniels had this to say about the prospects for free speech in Britain:
‘The huge change in British society, from a free and orderly but very unequal society to a highly regulated but disorderly and rather more equal society, came about because the ruling political passions and desiderata, particularly among the ever-more important intelligentsia, changed from freedom and equality before the law to equality of outcome and physical well-being and comfort. If freedom failed to result in the latter, so much the worse for freedom: very few people in Britain now give a fig for it. The loss of their double-glazing would mean more to them than the loss of their right to say what they like.’
“‘The loss of their double-glazing would mean more to them than the loss of their right to say what they like.’ Ouch.
“Or perhaps I should say “hurrah”? Over at National Review Online, Charles C. W. Cooke has some depressing news, the burden of which is summed up in his headline: “Majority of Democrats, 37 Percent of Republicans Want to Repeal First Amendment.” Yes, that’s right folks, give us our double-glazing, free speech be damned.
“Actually, at issue in the you.gov poll that Cooke cites was not physical comfort but the psychological variety. “[M]any Americans support making it a criminal offense to make public statements which would stir up hatred against particular groups of people.” There is a political divide here—51% of Democrats support criminalizing hate speech, while only (only?) 37% of Republicans do. Also, more blacks support criminalizing “hate speech” than do whites.
“But those divisions, while interesting (and predictable) enough, skirt the main issue, which is the phantasmagoric nature of the alleged tort, i.e., “hate speech.” As I have noted elsewhere (here, for example, and here), “hate speech” is a made-up offensive. . .”
John Podhoretz, NY Post: “ISIS rises, the economy falters, and Obama’s legacy falls apart”
“In an interview this week with The Atlantic about the potential deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program, the president sought to use the fact of his relative youth and his consciousness about how history might judge him to his advantage: ‘Look, 20 years from now, I’m still going to be around, God willing. If Iran has a nuclear weapon, it’s my name on this. I think it’s fair to say that in addition to our profound national-security interests, I have a personal interest in locking this down.’
“In one sense, this is what we want presidents to worry about. We want them to be restrained by the cautionary examples provided by history and by the fact that history will judge them.
“But what if the desire to tip the scales of history’s judgment in his favor leads a president to take dangerous risks?
“In fact, we know that is what Obama has done with the Iran deal because his aides have told us so. . .”
NJ.Com: “Famed ‘A Beautiful Mind’ mathematician John Nash, wife, killed in N.J. Turnpike crash”
“MONROE — John Forbes Nash Jr., the brilliant Princeton University mathematician whose life story was the subject of the film “A Beautiful Mind,” was killed with his wife Alicia on Saturday in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.
“Nash was 86. Alicia Nash was 82. The couple lived in Princeton Junction.
“Police said the two were in a taxi traveling southbound in the left lane of the turnpike when the driver of the Ford Crown Victoria lost control as he tried to pass a Chrysler in the center lane, crashing into a guard rail near Interchange 8A in Monroe Township, according to State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams.
“The couple was ejected from the car, Williams said.
“‘It doesn’t appear that they were wearing seatbelts,’ he said.
“The second vehicle also crashed into the guard rail, Williams said. The taxi driver was extricated from the vehicle and flown to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick with non-life-threatening injuries. He was identified as Tark Girgis, 46, of Elizabeth. A passenger in the Chrysler was treated for neck pain. . .”
THE HILLARY . . .
Lisa Lerer, Matthew Lee, and Jack Gillum, MyWay: “Sliver of Clinton emails hint at lingering political trouble”
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email account about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that was later classified “secret” at the request of the FBI, underscoring lingering questions about how responsibly she handled sensitive information on a home server.
“The nearly 900 pages of her correspondence released Friday are only a sliver of the more than 55,000 pages of emails Clinton has turned over to the State Department, which had its plan to release them next January rejected this week by a federal judge.
“Instead, the judge ordered the agency to conduct a “rolling production” of the records. Along with a Republican-led House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks, the slow drip of emails will likely keep the issue of how Clinton, the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, used a personal email account while serving as the nation’s top diplomat alive indefinitely.
“Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said that the released emails were incomplete, adding that it “strains credibility” to view them as a thorough record of Clinton’s tenure. . .”
ISIS . . .
Kurt Nimmo, InfoWars: “Media Ignores Report Showing Pentagon Created ISIS”
“The seven page Defense Intelligence Agency document revealing the roots of ISIS has been systematically ignored by the corporate media.
“Pentagon Predicted Rise of ISIS
“The August 2013 DIA report predicted ISIS would declare a caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
“It stated this was ‘exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion.’
“As noted above, the ‘supporting powers’ are the West, led by the United States, and the Gulf Emirates and Turkey.
“The United States knew the ‘opposition’ was dominated by jihadist elements it repeatedly described as ‘moderate’ and would ultimately coalesce into what is now called the Islamic State.
“Moreover, the Pentagon report accurately describes the fall of both Mosul and Ramadi in Iraq to ISIS.
“Given that the fall of Mosul and Ramadi too were ‘natural and foreseeable consequences’, given as well the severely questionable ways in which each city fell and the fact that although these outcomes were predictable the US-coalition still continued the policies that were known to lead to them, the US and her allies must therefore be taken to have intended these outcomes as well, either directly or indirectly,” writes Steve Chovanec.
‘Given this, and the fact that the US-coalition continuously aided the sectarian Syrian opposition knowing full well that this would then lead to an “Islamic State”, the consequence of which was the predictable fall of Mosul and Ramadi, coupled with the unbelievable manner in which both fell, it would be wise to consider the numerous Iraqi politicians claims very seriously, and to seriously question whether or not the fall of these cities really does have a more believable, albeit much more sinister, explanation behind them.’
“Infowars has argued from the outset that both al-Qaeda and ISIS are controlled assets of western intelligence designed specifically to sow destruction and chaos in the Middle East and also provide a pretext for a continuation and expansion of the war on terror.
“The Pentagon report, dutifully ignored by the corporate propaganda media, provides more evidence of this fact. . .”
PA . . .
Lowman Henry, Lincoln Institute: “PA Business Leaders Reject Wolf Tax Plan”
Our guys in Arlington paid for Wolf’s nonsense . . .
“. . . An indication of how unpopular the Wolf tax reform plan is can be found in the recent Keystone Business Climate Survey of business owners and chief executive officers conducted by the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research. Nearly 70% of the business leaders said the Wolf property tax shift would result in only a temporary drop in property taxes which would then go back up. Another 14% predicted his plan would actually lead to property tax increases; only 15% expect to see property taxes decline under the Wolf proposal.
“Not only does the poll demonstrate disapproval of the Wolf property tax plan, but the survey found the biggest six month decline in business climate optimism since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008. In fact, in the 20 year history of the poll only during that recession and in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks has business climate optimism dropped so far so fast.
“Last September, for the first time since George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004, more business leaders said the state’s economic climate had improved that felt it had gotten worse. The indicator rose into positive territory by just 1%, but it capped a steady move in a positive direction. All of that has changed. The number of owners/CEOs saying business conditions have improved over the past six months has fallen to just 13%, while the number saying business conditions have gotten worse has nearly doubled since last Fall.
“The only variable to change during that six month period was the election of Governor Tom Wolf. Governor Tom Corbett left office with a 52% job approval rating. Governor Tom Wolf’s first job approval test yielded just 15% approval with 69% of the state’s business leaders saying they disapprove of the job he is doing.
“Driving the dour mood among the people who actually run businesses — big and small — is a general disapproval of Governor Wolf’s budget proposals . . .”
Christine Flowers, Philly.com: “We’ve had liberal doses of Kenney already”
“’WHY DON’T you just give him a chance?’
“‘We could have done worse.’
“‘You’re being paranoid.’
“‘Maybe the Republican will win in the general election.’
“All of these statements were posted to my Facebook page on Tuesday night. They were in response to my less-than-subtle comments about the presumptive next mayor.
“And let me say this at the outset, so I can avoid the awkward insertion of “probable” in every paragraph: The possibility that Jim Kenney will not take up residence in the mayor’s office next year is about as substantial as Amal Clooney’s waistline.
“That is, nonexistent.
“This is a city that elects Democrats, mostly because its voters suffer from amnesia and the loyal opposition is busy figuring out new ways to remain irrelevant.
“But back to Kenney.
“I started to notice him around the time that he had what some have called his “progressive epiphany,” the one that made him take off the South Philly Mummer’s costume and put on his rainbow cape to defend the LGBT community, to become the proud promoter of pot, to avenge the “stopped and the frisked” and to hound the free-range chickens of Chick-fil-A out of the city.
“Oh, and he also tried to make sure that a bunch of kids who got into a fight with another bunch of kids were burned at the stake as homophobes.
“Oh, and he likes unions. A lot. Which I guess means he hasn’t entirely left South Philly after all.
“This is the Jim Kenney that I recognize, not the slightly whitewashed, elder statesman who smiled his way through a primary victory this week. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Mary Chastain, Natl Security: “ISIS Jihadi Bride Estimates Michelle Obama’s Worth as ‘Slave Girl’ at $40”
ANNOUNCEMENTS . . .
Ann Coulter in Phoenixville!: “Adios America”
Monday, June 15, 7 PM
The Colonial Theater, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville 19460
Join Chris Stigall as he hosts Ann Coulter for discussion of her latest book Adios America. This Speaker Series event will take place in the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA on Monday, June 15th at 7pm. Ann Coulter will also host a book signing post discussion. Tickets are $30.00 and include a copy of Adios America.
Ann Coulter: Ann Coulter is a conservative American syndicated columnist, bestselling author, constitutional lawyer, and television pundit. Her commentary has earned her a reputation as a vehement critic of social and political liberalism. Her speaking and writing style is aggressive and often controversial.
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.