PA: ZITO – NE Leadership conference; STAUB – Wolf backed down twice; STAUB – LCB gifts. HARDISON –Esler runs.
LEADS: INVESTORS – Rogue IRS; ERICKSON – Donald matters; RUSHBO – Resonant Trump; JEB – Yawn; SVRUIGA – White Black; JEFFREY – Debt frozen; GELLER – Will not be silenced.
THE COULTER: BRODY- My best $33.
THE HILLARY: BREITBART – Her medical records; WASHINGTON TIMES – Favor machine; HEWITT- New book.
MARK LEVIN – 6/16/15
ANNOUNCEMENTS: VFP – Legislative Outreach; Common Core Debate 6/18.
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Independent Women’s Forum.
Summer came, the days already shorten, and in grassy meadows I hear winter’s moan.
PA . . .
Salena Zito, TribLive: “Philly to host 2015 Northeast Republican Leadership Conference this week”
“Republicans are billing theirs as the “Grand Opportunity Party” when their Northeast Republican Leadership Conference opens in Philadelphia this week.
“Attendees will talk with panelists about American foreign policy and terrorism, Obamacare and health reform, connecting with voters through social media and faith, millennial GOP leaders, and the impact of money from SuperPACs in politics.
“One early session is titled ‘Building a Winning Majority: How the GOP is the ‘Grand Opportunity Party.’
“‘We’re a party of opportunity: individual freedom and economic opportunity,’ said Megan Sweeney, spokeswoman for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania.
“She said the conference, only a few years old and being held in the Keystone State for the first time, gives people a chance to discuss voter outreach and other initiatives with party leaders and experts on campaigning.
“State party Chairman Rob Gleason said he wanted Pennsylvania to host it to show people that it’s time for Republicans to carry the state in a presidential election.
“‘The race to beat Hillary Clinton, this starts it this week,’ he said. . .”
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Wolf backs down on two battles with Senate Republicans — for now”
HARRISBURG, Pa. — First, Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday morning announced he had allowed Erik Arneson to return to work as executive director of the Office of Open Records while an ongoing legal case plays out.
Then, over the lunch hour, the governor said he had accepted Marcus Brown’s decision to withdraw from consideration for state police commissioner.
Both actions marked, at least partially, a concession to state Senate Republicans, who bristled at Wolf’s decision to fire Arneson in January and refused to confirm Brown as head of the state police earlier this month. The developments could clear up two potential distractions as state budget talks continue.
Not surprisingly, the Senate GOP leadership reacted favorably, especially to the news Arneson was returning to work following last week’s Commonwealth Court ruling that Wolf had overstepped by jettisoning one of his predecessor’s 11th-hour appointments.
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Drink it up: 10 gifts PLCB booze bosses took from vendors”
“HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — The first rule about taking gifts from vendors doing business with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is that you don’t talk about taking gifts from vendors doing business with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
“That’s pretty much what Timothy Fringer told the state Ethics Commission as it looked into his tenure as the PLCB’s chief of product management and pricing division. The job came with perks such as World Series tickets, a trip to Las Vegas to see Kid Rock and even jaunts to a strip club, all courtesy of PLCB vendors, according to an Ethics Commission report released Friday.
“Two other PLCB officials, Fringer said, gave him ‘explicit and implicit direction’ to accept dinners and booze from vendors “but so long as no one complains or talks about it, ‘It never happened,’” according to the report. . .”
Also: Leo Knepper, CAP: “More Corruption at the PLCB”
“Just in time for the coming debate about privatizing Pennsylvania’s antiquated state store system, another former PLCB official has been accused of violating state ethics laws. As noted by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Timothy Fringer makes the fifth former LCB official to have allegedly broken the law:
“A former Liquor Control Board official illegally wined, dined and entertained in strip clubs and pro sports events as part of a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ culture pervading the agency, according to an order issued Friday by the State Ethics Commission…Investigators said Fringer ‘routinely accepted’ meals, tickets, hotel stays and other gifts from LCB vendors even though he knew he was prohibited from taking anything of value from those doing business with his agency.”
If you are curious about the kinds of gifts the other PLCB officials have accepted, the PA Independent put together a top ten list.
Lizzy Hardison, PoliticsPA: “HD-161: Lisa Esler Announces Write-In Campaign for Special Election”
“Lisa Esler, a Tea Party activist who unsuccessfully sought the Delaware County Republican Party Nomination, announced on Monday her bid as a write-in candidate for the 161st Legislative District seat.
“In her announcement speech on the Delaware County Media House Steps, Esler pledged to ‘represent all the people in the district,’ not just the monied special interest groups ‘running Harrisburg’ . . .”
LEADS. . .
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Why Are We Ignoring a Cyber Pearl Harbor? “What if a team of Chinese agents had broken into the Pentagon or — less box office but just as bad — the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and carted out classified documents?
“The next day, the newspapers and morning TV shows would show pictures of the broken locks and rummaged filing cabinets. And if we caught the Chinese spies in the act, perp-walking them for the world to see? Boy howdy.
“My hunch is that the airwaves would be full of people talking about how ‘this was an act of war.’ And I have no doubt that if the situation were reversed and we had sent our team to Beijing, the Chinese would definitely see it as an act of war.
“Meanwhile, in real life, it was revealed last week that the Chinese stole millions of personnel files and mountains of background-check information from the U.S. government. I suppose I should say the Chinese ‘allegedly’ stole the information, but many lawmakers, government officials, anonymous intelligence sources, and industry experts are convinced that the Chinese did it. Besides, we normally use ‘allegedly’ in such cases because we don’t want to prejudice a jury — and this case is never, ever going to court. . .”
Investors: “IRS’ Latest Email Excuse Draws It Closer To Rogue Agency Status”
“. . .Missing yet another court-ordered deadline on June 12, the Internal Revenue Service has failed to release 6,400 new emails found on the hard drive of Lois Lerner, former tax exempt organization chief, pertaining to the agency’s admitted targeting of administration critics.
“The agency is being investigated by Congress and scrutinized by the group Judicial Watch.
“These are among the same emails whose release to congressional investigators had already been delayed by more than a year on errant claims by the IRS commissioner that the entire cache had been lost.
“Now, instead of that dog-ate-my-homework claim, the excuse is that the IRS only wants to make sure there are no duplicates in the bunch, a peculiar fastidiousness given how the agency has stopped answering most taxpayer phone calls .
“Let’s cut to the chase here: The IRS is obstructing justice because it doesn’t want the truth to come out . The agency has been caught red-handed targeting opponents of the Obama administration, including the tea party, pro-Israel groups and conservative news media.
“It purposely delayed issuances of tax-exempt status to nonprofit groups and held investigations entirely outside its own mandate.
“What the IRS is hiding is bound to be the work of malicious political operatives cloaking themselves as impartial civil servants, plotting among themselves against their political enemies through email.
“The stiff-arms given by the IRS at every juncture — from Lerner’s invoking her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination at a House hearing to this latest claim about preventing duplicates — is consistent with that scenario. . .”
Erick Erickson, Red State: “Why Donald Trump Matters”
“. . . The truth is Donald Trump will not be a winner so much as a spoiler. And in so spoiling the chances of others, he might drag others to hyperbole to stand out in ways that might help them in the primary, but hurt them in the general. The goal of running for President is to get elected President, not to get nominated as a party’s Presidential candidate. The candidates have to keep that in mind.
“There is also a reality about Donald Trump’s candidacy that you should also not underestimate. People hate Washington, they hate politicians, and they are perfectly happy to champion a candidate who tells politicians to go to hell and provides creative directions on the path there. Donald Trump’s candidacy does not exist in a nation where people think the politicians actually care about making the country great again. It only exists in a nation of cynics who think the powers that be want to manage decline and profit from it.
“Donald Trump is the disrespectful candidate for people who disrespect the process. He’ll be rude. He’ll be loud. He’ll be confrontational. And he won’t get the nomination. But along the way, he will speak to the fears and hopes of a lot of people who no longer connect with Washington or trust the government to get it right.
“For a lot of people who hate politicians who go to Washington to get rich off the system like Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 0%, they can trust that Donald Trump is already a billionaire so will not need to enrich himself off the treasury. Trump’s campaign, like Ben Carson’s, makes no sense in an age when people respect Washington. But it makes a hell of a lot of sense in an age when people no longer think their vote matters, but they sure want the crap kicked out of all the politicians they blame for making their vote meaningless.
“The people who no longer think they can win in America will side with a guy even they don’t think can win, just to watch him strike the match and burn down all they feel betrayed them. And that, ironically, can give him staying power when coupled with his money. . .”
Rushbo: Trump announced, “Will Resonate”
Copies Hillary? A campaign can make money . . .
“. . . RUSH: Okay we got the Trump sound bites. Let’s get started here. They’re not any particular order here. We just cherry-picked.
TRUMP: Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have ’em. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say, China in a trade deal. They kill us. I beat China all the time
“TRUMP: When did we beat Japan at anything? They send their cars over by the millions, and what do we do? When was the last time you saw a Chevrolet in Tokyo? It doesn’t exist, folks. They beat us all the time. When do we beat Mexico at the border? They’re laughing at us, at our stupidity.
“RUSH: This is gonna resonate with a lot of people, I guarantee you, and the Drive-Bys are gonna pooh-pooh it. They’re gonna relegate it to the carnival characteristics of the campaign and so forth, but it’s gonna resonate, just like Perot did. Do not misunderstand this. It is gonna resonate with a lot of, as you hear more of this. Now, this bit about we’re in serious trouble. (summarized) “When was the last time we beat China? They kill us. When’s the last time we beat Japan at anything?”
“You know what a lot of people’s reaction that’s gonna be? (sniveling) “But should we be beating anybody? Why can’t we cooperate? We can’t we all just get along? Why do we have to beat China? That’s just gonna make China mad. Why do we have to beat the Japanese? Why did we always do that before? Wasn’t that when we were bad country, always beating everybody? Why do there have to be winners and losers? Why do we have to do that?”
“That’s the reaction a lot of people are gonna have because that’s the way they’ve been raised. “It’s unfair to beat anybody. It’s unfair. Competition is not necessary. Conflict resolution, that’s what we need. We need to compromise, get along, be bipartisan.” It’s gonna scare a lot of people. Beating the Chinese, beating the Japanese. These are people that are ignorant, who have no idea that what Trump says here is actually true. Make no mistake.
“Look, the Chinese just hacked every government employee!
“Why do you think they did that?
“You don’t think the ChiComs consider us an enemy? They sure as heck do. You don’t think Putin considers us as an enemy? He sure as heck does. We’re an enemy simply because we’re the lone superpower anymore. It’s how you deal with that, that distinguishes you. Trump’s point is (paraphrased), “We don’t have anybody doing it. We don’t have any smart people at all in positions of authority and power making decisions on anything that matter,” which he made clear in his speech today. . .”
Yawn . . . scratch . . .
Susan Svriuga, WaPo: “ Rachel Dolezal sued Howard for racial discrimination. Because she was white.”
We go to shorter lines whatever we are. A former Marine campaigned locally as a Republican because the lines were shorter in the nominating committees. The 14th Amendment shortened many lines. Nutter, Powell, Sowell, Holder, Barry, and even MLK had their “white” forebears but like my Marine acquaintance, opted for the shorter lines. . .
“When Rachel Dolezal Moore was studying in the master of fine arts graduate program at Howard University, she was obviously immersed in black culture, a professor there said: Her then-husband, Kevin Moore, was black. She was enrolled at a predominantly black university. And the subjects of her narrative portrait paintings were black.
No one questioned whether she was black, said David Smedley, an associate professor of sculpture and coordinator of Howard’s sculpture program, who was her thesis adviser at the university. “She was a blue-eyed blond woman.”
In fact, the Smoking Gun reported Monday afternoon that Dolezal sued Howard University in 2002 for discriminating against her for being white. She claimed retaliation based on her race, gender, pregnancy and family responsibilities, saying she had been denied teaching positions and scholarship aid. She also complained that some of her artwork had been removed from an exhibition because black students were being favored. A judge, and subsequently an appeals court, found no basis for her claims.
“Dolezal resigned Monday from the presidency of Spokane’s NAACP chapter in the midst of a heated controversy over whether she had lied about her race . . .”
Terence Jeffrey, CNS: “90 Days: Treasury Says Debt Has Been Frozen at $18,112,975,000,000”
“(CNSNews.com) – The portion of the federal debt that is subject to a legal limit set by Congress closed Thursday, June 11, at $18,112,975,000,000, according to the latest Daily Treasury Statement, which was published at 4:00 p.m. on Friday.
“That, according to the Treasury’s statements, makes 90 straight days the debt subject to the limit has been frozen at $18,112,975,000,000.
“$18,112,975,000,000 is about $25 million below the current legal debt limit of $18,113,000,080,959.35.
“The Daily Treasury Statement for March 13 was the first to show the federal debt subject to the limit closing the day at $18,112,975,000,000. Every Daily Treasury Statement since then has reported the same thing: the debt closing the day at $18,112,975,000,000.
“Every Daily Treasury Statement since Monday, March 16, has reported the debt beginning and ending each day at $18,112,975,000,000. . .”
Pamela Geller, 1010 WINS: “Blogger Pamela Geller On 1010 WINS: I Will Not Let Violent Threats Silence Me”
“NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Pamela Geller, the conservative blogger known for provoking Muslims, said she will remain under heightened security for the foreseeable future in lieu of recent threats, but insists she is not in hiding.
“Geller upped her security after an ISIS sympathizer tweeted out her Upper East Side address Friday, days after it was revealed that she was the supposed target of a beheading in a foiled terror plot in Boston.
“‘I’m a free person and I’m fighting for freedom,” Geller told 1010 WINS Tuesday. “The last thing I’m going to do is go into hiding.’”
THE COULTER. . .
James Brody: My best $33.
She’s out of hiding and markets her 11th book, Adios America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole, in Phoenixville, once a smoking steel, union town. Coulter bragged that Adios is fun, factual, and only 100 pages . . . It’s really 277 but she is so gifted that I’m afraid to complain, not even about a machine-written book plate. True in Washington, true in Phoenixville: The first three rows of the Colonial (Blobfest) Theater were reserved for GOPers who paid extra to eat more and to arrive later. Ann has links on www.AnnCoulter.com for you to send discounted copies to your representative or to OldMac, BoyMarco, TurtleMitch, and/or BarMopJohn. You might work a discounts-for-West-Chester deal. And as true for most TEA functions I saw no browns or blacks in the audience but, as Coulter says, it’s great to be white – English and Dutch organized this wondrous country. She’s rather have Mitt as our next president but admires Mr. Walker and no one else. (Rand makes her spit!) I love Ann’s ideas. Hell, I love Ann. I would marry her today even though I’m so old and so poor and she’s so smart, so young, so hard-working, but so sarcastic . . . More later.
THE HILLARY . . .
Breitbart: “Clinton Campaign Won’t Commit to Releasing Hillary Medical Records”
“. . . Face the Nation host John Dickerson pointed out that ‘Hillary Clinton had a big health scare when she was secretary of state’ and asked campaign manager Robby Mook, ‘will she release her medical records as part of this campaign?’
“‘I will let Hillary decide that,’ Mook answered. ‘But I can tell you she has been hitting the campaign trail hard.’
“In 2012, Clinton had to delay her Benghazi testimony to Congress after she fell and suffered a concussion. She later was treated for a blood clot in her brain, which experts said could have been “life threatening.” Though Clinton joked about her “cracked head” in emails that the State Department recently released, Bill Clinton revealed last year that Hillary’s injuries ‘required six months of very serious work to get over. . .’”
Washington Times: “Hillary’s favor machine”
“. . . As The Washington Times’ Kelly Riddell documented on Wednesday, the Clinton’s inside-outside power approach to trading favors was in full swing early on, with Hillary in the Senate and Bill running the William J. Clinton Foundation. For example, as a New York Democrat, Mrs. Clinton in 2004 helped builder Robert J. Congel procure tax-exempt bonds worth $703.6 million to finance a shopping center in Syracuse. A month later, he donated $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
“Hillary helped to block legislation in 2005 that would have tightened regulations on Freddie Mac about the same time the struggling government-sponsored mortgage company made a donation to the Clinton Foundation of $50,000 to $100,000. With fellow Democrats, Mrs. Clinton warded off the threat of regulatory oversight and both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae continued their risky loan business. Two years later, the housing bubble popped, costing American taxpayers on the order of $154 billion.
“Ms. Riddell’s research adds an early chapter to the lengthening narrative of the Clintons’ unseemly willingness to trade government favors for donations to their nonprofit foundation. Peter Schweizer’s recently published “Clinton Cash” has advanced the story in full with disclosures about Hillary’s dealings with foreign governments while serving as secretary of state that bagged truckloads of cash for the family foundation.
“Life is chock-full of coincidences and undoubtedly, serendipity charms some lives with more than their fair share of such occurrences. So could all of these instances in which Clinton authority resulted in Clinton cash be matters of coincidence? Only to the willfully blind. . .”
Hugh Hewitt, Washington Examiner: “’The Queen,’ ‘The Prince’ and my book tour”
“. . . “The Queen” is modeled on Machiavelli’s The Prince, published 500 years ago, give or take a year, and is built on the Florentine’s approach to his recent tormentors, the Medici, who had not only tossed him from power but had taken him prisoner and tortured him. My book is full of advice that, if taken, would make the former secretary of state’s status as the prohibitive favorite to be the next president to near invincibility (absent a health event). But of course by charting the steps she should take, I hope to make them less likely to be taken and even perhaps to toss a couple of pebbles in her path….”
Mark Levin Show (June 16, 2015)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show: Donald Trump joins Mark to discuss his announcement for a 2016 White House run. He is resonating with a lot of people because they’re sick and tired of the weak GOP leadership. Americans want someone that will hammer away and get things done, unlike John Boehner and Mitch McConnell plotting with President Obama to push his phony trade deal through while kneecapping any Republican opponents to get it done.
“Also, everything the federal government does is to benefit Democrats. The FDA wants to regulate every part of our lives, and is now setting its sights on banning trans fats.
“Later, Michelle Obama is always seeing herself in black women and Muslims around the world. She’s always the first to trash American, the most religiously tolerant nation on Earth, while radical Muslim groups in the Middle East do unspeakable things to women and children every day.
“Finally, Obama and John Kerry are arming Iran with nukes and there are no consequences to Iran cheating the terms of the deal. Bob Corker wanted to show he could be bipartisan by surrendering the treaty powers to Obama, and is just now realizing how foolish of a move it was.”
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Noah Wall, Freedom Works: Common Core
We need to get involved if we are going to save our schools.
We’ve been sounding the alarm about the dangers Common Core presents to the future of America. By giving control of our schools to federal government, it places a bureaucrat in between teacher and student. Progressive propaganda is taught to impressionable minds. It reinforces conformity instead of independent thought.
Our friends over at the Berks County Patriots are hosting a debate about Common Core to raise awareness about the dangers this program possesses. Participants will be the Chairman of the State Board of Education Larry Witting, Ryan Bannister from Restoring Education, and Dawn Sweeny a stay at home mom and activist. There will also be school board representatives, teachers and parents participating as well. This debate will prove that getting your local community in control of education is what’s best for the children of America’s future.
Common Core Debate June18th 2015 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM 312 Gernants Church Rd., Leesport, PA 19533
Let’s make freedom work in Pennsylvania.
Noah Wall Director of Grassroots