KATAKEY – Oil – USA #1.
TRADE: LEDERMAN – BO buys “yes.”
GELLER: Billboard campaign.
LEADS: INVESTORS – BO bullies SCOTUS; WEST – ISIS Mess; WHEATON – BO’s moral health care; GRIFFIN – iPhone logs sex; ACKERMAN – BO wants NSA law ignored.
PA: KNEPPER – GOP’S bad pick; STAUB – Pension reform; STAUB – Top cop nominee rejected.
END NOTES: Levin notes; BRODY – Tit-for-Tat.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: VF PATRIOTS, 6/12; Ann Coulter, 6/15.
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Independent Women’s Forum.
Rakeem Katakey, Bloomberg: “U.S. Ousts Russia as Top World Oil, Gas Producer in BP Data”
“The U.S. has taken Russia’s crown as the biggest oil and natural-gas producer in a demonstration of the seismic shifts in the world energy landscape emanating from America’s shale fields.
U.S. oil production rose to a record last year, gaining 1.6 million barrels a day, according to BP Plc’s Statistical Review of World Energy released on Wednesday. Gas output also climbed, putting America ahead of Russia as a producer of the hydrocarbons combined.
The data showing the U.S.’s emergence as the top driller confirms a trend that’s helped the world’s largest economy reduce imports, caused a slump in global energy prices and shifted the country’s foreign policy priorities.
“We are truly witnessing a changing of the guard of global energy suppliers,” BP Chief Economist Spencer Dale said in a presentation. “The implications of the shale revolution for the U.S. are profound.”
TRADE . . .
Josh Lederman, MyWay: “Seeking trade votes, Obama offers help to Dems who vote yes”
BO’s next job . . .
“WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has an offer for Democrats who fear political attacks if they back his trade agenda: Give me your vote now, and I’ll have your back come re-election next year.
“Days from a critical House vote, it’s still far from certain Obama can muster enough votes. Although Republican leaders in Congress strongly support the budding trade deals, Obama has little leverage with individual GOP lawmakers. So the president has been dangling a carrot in front of Democrats in the form of a promise to campaign for them in 2016 if they face primary challenges or attacks by unions that have vehemently opposed his trade agenda.
“White House officials have sought to differentiate Obama’s offer of support from the more heavy-handed tactics they say the unions are deploying to scare Democrats. On Monday, the AFL-CIO said it was ramping up its television ad campaign attacking Democrats who have backed the trade bill — and warning those on the fence not to make the same choice.
“‘I’m not going to hypothesize about not getting it done,’ Obama, attending a Group of Seven meeting in Germany, said Monday when asked whether he had enough votes. ‘I intend to get it done.’
GELLER . . .
Pamela Geller, Breitbart: “AFDI Rolls Out New Free Speech Billboard Campaign Featuring Muhammad Cartoon”
“The human rights advocacy group the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) has announced a new billboard campaign to defend freedom of speech and stand up to violent intimidation.
“AFDI President Pamela Geller said in a statement: ‘Because the media and the cultural and political elites continue to self-enforce the Sharia without the consent of the American people by refusing to show any depictions of Muhammad or showing what it was in Texas that had jihadists opening fire, we are running a billboard ad featuring the winning cartoon by former Muslim Bosch Fawstin from our Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas.’”
THE HILLARY . . .
Rich Lowry, RCP: “The End of the Clinton Coalition”
“. . . the question for Hillary is whether a 67-year-old candidate who’s not a racial minority or particularly exciting can reenergize the electoral coalition defined by a youthful African American who rose to prominence on rhetorical flights of fancy about hope and change.
“She’s certainly not going to do it by recapitulating the politics of Bill. He hewed to the political center. He played defense on cultural issues. He balanced the budget (at the insistence of a Republican Congress). He touted, at least after his first two years, small-scale government programs of symbolic significance. He was tough on crime and relatively hawkish.
“Everything indicates she’s going to do and be the opposite. Hillary will make herself a paladin of the Left, and hope to energize and frighten the constituent parts of the Democratic base enough to walk the treacherously narrow electoral path of President Obama.
“This is the price of victory Obama-style. Despite his rhetoric of unity, Obama depends on a politics that writes off much of the country and depends on turning out voters already inclined to support him. It is less a politics of persuasion than of mobilization.
“For Hillary, this means the centrism and practicality of her husband have to be jettisoned, so what remains from the Clintonism of yore is mostly the shady dealings and shameless insincerity. But she really has no choice. It’s go left, or go home.”
LEADS . . .
Investors: “Obama Tries To Bully the Supreme Court One More Time”
“Health Reform: It’s been five years since President Obama signed ObamaCare into law, so why is he still giving speeches defending it? Because this isn’t about health care. It’s about attacking the Supreme Court.
“In Germany on Monday and again on Tuesday in a speech to the Catholic Hospital Association in Washington, Obama dusted off the lines he’s used time and again to defend ObamaCare.
“He talked about how ObamaCare was ‘a critical part’ of his effort to create economic opportunity, and how the old health care system “saddled our businesses with skyrocketing costs that made it hard to hire or pay a good wage . . . threatened our entire nation’s long-term prosperity (and) was the primary driver of our deficits.”
“ObamaCare is doing better than expected, the president said, dismissing ‘the constant doom and gloom predictions’ that never ‘came to pass.’
“Does he mean ‘doom and gloom predictions’ like ‘you’ll lose your health plan and your doctor because of ObamaCare?’ Oh, wait, that one did come true. Maybe he meant skyrocketing premium costs. Oops, looks like that one’s happening as well.
“We’ve detailed the many other ways ObamaCare has failed on most of its key promises, so there’s no need to do so again. Except to say each has gotten worse. That’s the signal achievement, if it can be called that, of the president’s severely flawed health-care law. . .”
Bing West, NRO: “The Pentagon’s ISIS Strategy, By Its Own Accounting, Is a Mess”
On June 5, at a Pentagon press conference, Lieutenant General John W. Hesterman III, Combined Forces Air Component Commander, vigorously championed both the success of the bombing in Iraq and Syria, and the Defense Department’s method for controlling air strikes. The briefing illustrated how, as in Vietnam, the military becomes politicized and loses focus. A few observations: Attrition is not a strategy. The general began by saying that bombing was “killing 1000 [ISIS] fighters a month.” These deaths, he asserted, have “a profound effect upon the enemy.”
“Stop right there.
“Bombing is not a strategy. It is weapon, like a rifle. If attrition were our strategy, then the measure is the number of enemy killed as compared to the total number of fighters plus replacements. For years in Vietnam the CIA and the military claimed that bombing was having a severe effect and that North Vietnamese morale under B-52 strikes was at rock bottom. Maybe so, but North Vietnam eventually conquered South Vietnam.
“Pentagon officials shouldn’t be political mouthpieces. It was disappointing that the general asserted, “air power is giving coalition nations the time to execute the effort to finish Daesh. . . . There’ll be tactical setbacks . . . [but] we are fully committed to a strategic defeat of the Daesh terrorists.” “Fully committed” is a political pledge only the commander-in-chief can make. And President Obama has promised we will not be fully committed. Generals must refrain from being thrust out in front to defend political decisions.
“Our mission in Iraq and Syria is incoherent. No can define the American military mission, because it has no clearly articulated political strategy or end state. Yesterday, retired General McChrystal criticized Hesterman’s Air Force briefing. In his book, he wrote, ”I directed all units cease reporting . . . insurgents killed. . . . I wanted to take away any incentives that might drive commanders and their men to see killing insurgents as the primary goal.”
Today, killing is being trotted out as the primary measure of American effectiveness.
Who speaks for American military objectives and means?
Air-strike control is much too centralized. I called in strikes in 1966 on the ground in I Corps. No pilot ever hesitated or questioned me. Over the course of dozens of embeds since 2003 in both Iraq and Afghanistan, I have been on the battlefield with our air controllers and observed the process firsthand. The difference in air-strike control is huge. “In his briefing, Hesterman declined to mention how centralized and difficult it has become for a JTAC or a pilot to release a bomb. Today, a pilot is held morally responsible for satisfying himself that the controller on the ground has made the correct call. The videotape of every bombing is reviewed back at base, often by a lawyer. The pilot shares the responsibility for dropping a bomb, regardless of what the man on the ground tells him. I have been out there on the lines looking at Taliban, and heard the air controller next to me talking to the air officer at battalion, with a lawyer present, talking to higher headquarters, while the pilot circled, asking questions about the certainty of the target. The confirmation loop today is much, much longer than in previous wars, both in terms of time and in the number of personnel involved. “When he was asked about the centralization of air support in his briefing, the general answered with these words: ”we use a multitude of sources to initially ID the enemy. Then JTACS in operations centers do a collateral damage estimate and we de-conflict friendlies. And, a senior officer then clears the sortie . . . JTACs are in operations centers watching with ISR . . . in some cases, [op centers] have better situational awareness because they have more input.” Let me ‘deconflict’ those elliptical sentences: When an air-support operation is conducted in 2015, operations centers hundreds of miles from the target review what the pilot is watching, record what he is saying, give him advice, and overrule him in those cases where the senior watch officer is not convinced. “Is the application of air strikes in 2015 more centralized and more sensitive about civilian casualties than it was during Vietnam, or the bombing of Serbia in the 90s, or even the bombing of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003? Of course it is. For the general to imply that the system has not become more centralized during his 32 years as a pilot was disappointing. At the least, our senior military leadership should acknowledge and forthrightly defend this centralized trend. In sum, the threat in Syria and Iraq will not be eliminated by generals who assert “we are fully committed,” and who take credit for killing from the air without acknowledging serious issues with how we apply air power and whether we are on the path to defeating an enemy we won’t even acknowledge is Islamist.” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/419474/pentagons-statements-isis-are-rather-worrisome-bing-west?target=author&tid=901768
Sarah Wheaton, Politico: “Obama makes moral case for preserving his healthcare law”
“Four words in the law could unravel Obamacare in the Supreme Court. So President Barack Obama is marshaling his own numbers – and an unusual moral weight — to stress the achievements of his health overhaul law on Tuesday.
“In a speech to the Catholic Health Association, Obama will talk about the hundred years it’s taken to reform healthcare in the United States, and the millions it has helped over its five years of implementation. With a ruling due by the end of the month that could potentially send the new insurance marketplaces into a tailspin, Obama will warn, the social contract is at stake.
“‘The rugged individualism that defines America has always been bound by a set of shared values; an enduring sense that we are in this together,’ Obama plans to say, according to excerpts released Tuesday morning by the White House. ‘That’s we have an obligation to put ourselves in our neighbor’s shoes, and to see the common humanity in each other.’
“He continues, ‘Five years in, what we’re talking about is no longer just a law. This isn’t about the Affordable Care Act. This isn’t about Obamacare. This isn’t about myths or rumors that won’t go away. This is reality. This is health care in America.’ . . .”
Andew Griffin, UK Independent: “iOS 9: iPhone will now track sexual activity”
“Apple’s iPhone will now let people track exactly how often, when and how they have sex.
As part of new ‘reproductive health’ tracking features, Apple has added an option for ‘Sexual Activity’. When users click on it, they can enter information on whether protection was used as well as the date and time.
“Like the rest of the health tracking features, users will then be able to see that data represented on a graph or in a numerical read-out. They can then share that information with other apps, and Apple stressed in its event that it will be kept private unless users opt to share it. . .”
Spencer Ackerman, UK Guardian: “Obama lawyers asked secret court to ignore public court’s decision on spying”
“Justice Department’s national security chief cites six-month transition period in the USA Freedom Act as a reason to turn the bulk surveillance spigot back on.
The Obama administration has asked a secret surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months.
The legal request, filed nearly four hours after Barack Obama vowed to sign a new law banning precisely the bulk collection he asks the secret court to approve, also suggests that the administration may not necessarily comply with any potential court order demanding that the collection stop. . .”
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “GOP Nominates Union President for Special Election”
“As we have frequently noted there are two parties in Pennsylvania, the taxpayer party, and the party of big government. In a decision bordering on absurd, the Delaware County GOP chose the President of the Delaware County AFL-CIO to be their standard bearer in an August 4th special election. Their nominee, Paul Mullen campaigned on behalf of Joe Sestak in 2010, is opposed to paycheck protection, and campaigned recently for a Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania Senate.
“In early April, Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Delaware County) announced that he would be resigning his seat effective April 30th. His mid-term resignation triggered a special election to fill out the remainder of his term. Because this is a special election, there is no primary election. Each party selects its nominee, and that nominee will appear on the ballot.
“To make matters even worse, the Delaware County GOP selected this Democratic campaigner and lover of big government over a conservative Republican. The conservative Republican, Lisa Esler was the top vote getter in a local school board race despite the county GOP working against her nomination.
“Because the Delaware County situation is so egregious, the CAP PAC will begin taking steps to ensure that Paul Mullen is not elected to the Pennsylvania House in August. The last thing the House Republicans need one more member of the Big Government party in their caucus. We will keep you updated as we move forward.”
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Pennsylvania mayors, lawmakers lobby for municipal pension reform”
“HARRISBURG, Pa. — During the almost 10 years that Rick Gray has served as mayor of Lancaster, the city’s annual pension costs have exploded from $2 million to more than $6 million.
“There’s a practical cost to those rising expenses, Gray said Tuesday.
“It means less police, less firefighters, roads that aren’t paved as well,” he said, while visiting the state Capitol to lobby for reforms to the municipal pension system.
“Gray supports a bill moving through the state House that would put newly hired municipal police officers and firefighters into a cash-balance plan instead of the traditional pension system. The new plan would be comprised of mandatory employer and employee contributions, and include an employer–guaranteed interest credit.
“Current employees would retain their existing benefits, but they would be frozen at current levels. The legislation would apply to all municipalities with full-time public-safety personnel, except for Philadelphia.
“State Rep. Keith Greiner, the Lancaster County Republican sponsoring the bill, said it will give local government officials a tool to combat rising expenses. . .”
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “PA Senate rebuffs Wolf’s choice for state police commish”
“Gov. Tom Wolf wanted more time to talk about his nominee for Pennsylvania State Police commissioner.
“The state Senate refused to reset the hourglass and instead voted against Col. Marcus Brown’s confirmation on Monday.
“Republicans opposed to Brown’s confirmation cited a list of controversies – including Brown wearing the state police uniform despite rank-and-file objections and his decision to take down a sign critical of the wardrobe choice – as reasons to question whether he had the judgment to lead the agency.
“‘This is fairly uncharted waters for us,’ said state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Centre. “‘And it’s not about political points. It’s not about ideology. It’s about concerns that this individual has the ability to lead the men and women of this great state police force.’. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (6/9/15)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show: There’s another phony attack by the mob on police officers in America, this time in McKinney, TX. There’s an intentional pattern of turning every community into Ferguson or Baltimore, using select video footage to frame the story and make it look like cops are evil. We’re teaching teens that it’s ok to bully cops and disregard authority. Even worse, the situation is becoming another race matter because of people like Al Sharpton and his local surrogate race baiters when it’s not a matter of race at all.
“Also, the most radical regulations are being imposed on American citizens by the EPA. The gross violation of property rights and misuse of power are blatant attacks on our individual liberties. The EPA wants to regulate everything, including your private property.
“Later, Republicans in Congress are worried that the Supreme Court might uphold the Constitution and rule against Obamacare. Mitch McConnell and John Boehner don’t know what to do if the Supreme Court does the right thing, because GOP Congressmen in swing states want to extend Obamacare subsidies in order to keep voters happy.
“Is it only the conservative base that believes in the Constitution now?”
Brody: Student Loans
Tit-for-Tat is a game that builds cooperation – that is, if one player makes a smaller demand, his adversary also makes a smaller demand. The reverse can also occur: If one player throws a bomb, his adversary may throw two. T4T now appears in American entitlements and especially health care. Our young people were expected to pay for health care for our elderly. They are also expected to pay off the staggering debts now created by the American president and our congress. Our youth now have a reasonable strategy: They were encouraged to take on massive debt to pay tuition and some of them now, deliberately, default on their student loans. They would be “suckers” to do otherwise . . . and Dear Leader, His Obamaness, is delighted as he builds a future job for himself and Val . . .
ANNOUNCEMENTS . . .
VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS MEETING, FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 6:30PM
P.J. RYANS, 233 BRIDGE ST., PHOENIXVILLE
“Our own Dave Berg has been studying the Communist Manifesto and will discuss his findings with us and some of the history. Are there parallels with what is going on in the USA today? If so, what are they and what do they mean?
“Also, help the VFP make plans for the Fall and the upcoming election season. Shoifuld we team up with another group or groups in an effort to be more effective? If yes, then who?
“Our Legislative Action committee will update us on their plans. We will be reaching out to members who would like to be part of the Legislative Outreach project. The project will be working to obtain a meeting with one or more of our legislators in September or earlier.
“We will hold a Straw Poll (just for fun) to see where members stand on their choice for a new President.
VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS P.O. BOX 71 VALLEY FORGE, PA 19481
Ann Coulter in Phoenixville!: “Adios America”
VFP will rally and hand out flyers at this event to show our support for Coulter and Stigall and the Conservative movement.
Appropriate signs are welcome. Please join us!w
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.