HANSON – California runs on empty; HURLEY – SCOTUS set to fire.
PA: YURCHAK – SB880 & Common Core.
LEADS: JOHNSON – JEB’s super PAC; McCAUGHEY – More poor to the suburbs; GILLESPIE & WELCH – Free speech; GESIOTTO – Walker attacks BO; SMITH – Dems to the left.
ISLAM – Iran balks on inspections.
Recommended: JANET – Track the RINOs; Independent Women’s Forum.
“. . . they went ahead to turn California into a state fit for 20 million, even as it grew to 40 million . . .” Victor Davis Hanson
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: “California: Running On Empty”
“The air in the San Joaquin Valley this late-June is, of course, hot and dry, but also dustier and more full of particulates than usual. This year a strange flu reached epidemic proportions. I say strange, because after the initial viral symptoms subsided, one’s cough still lingered for weeks and even months. Antibiotics did not seem to faze it. Allergy clinics were full. Almost every valley resident notices that when orchards and vineyards are less watered, when row cropland lies fallow, when lawns die and blow away, when highway landscaping dries up, nature takes over and the air becomes even filthier. Green elites lecture that agriculture is unnatural, without any idea why pre-civilized, pre-irrigated, and “natural” California was an empty place, whose dry, hazy climate and dusty winds made life almost impossible. The state is running on empty.
“Domestic and agricultural wells are going dry all over Central California, especially in the corridors south of Fresno to the Grapevine, along the Sierra Nevada foothills, and out west of the 99 Freeway — anywhere there is not a deep aquifer. I have never seen anything quite like this water madness in 60 years, as families scrimp and borrow to drill, or simply move to town to take advantage of municipal wells. I have developed a habit as I drive to work to Stanford of counting the abandoned homes I see west of Highway 41 (sort of like counting those who sit in Wal-Mart not to shop, but to enjoy the air conditioning they cannot afford). The number increases each week. Retired couples — or families in general — apparently do not have tens of thousands of dollars to drill a deeper well, especially given the uncertainty of how fast the dropping water table will soon make their investment superfluous. Without water, there is nothing. . .”
Lawrence Hurley, Yahoo!: “Tensions build as Supreme Court readies blockbuster rulings”
“. . . The four liberal justices are expected to support same-sex marriage, and conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, the expected swing vote, has a history of backing gay rights.
“In three key decisions since 1996, Kennedy has broadened the court’s view of equality for gays. The most recent was a 2013 case in which the court struck down a federal law denying benefits to married same-sex couples.
“During oral arguments in the gay marriage case on April 28, Kennedy posed tough questions to lawyers from both sides but stressed the nobility and dignity of same-sex couples.
“The healthcare decision is tougher to call. Chief Justice John Roberts, the swing vote when the court upheld Obamacare in 2012, said little during the March 4 oral argument to indicate how he will vote.
“The court will issue some rulings on Monday, with more likely later in the week.
“For the justices, the pressure is on to have the rulings ready. That can be difficult as the cases in which they are closely divided are generally the ones left until the end. . .”
PA . . .
Joanne Yurchak: Please Act ASAP on SB880
“As many of you know, the Keystone graduation requirement and associated project based assessments are creating havoc in our schools, both fiscally and educationally. A bill (SB 880, which delays this requirement for two years and which is a step in the right direction) was passed by the PA Senate, thanks to so many of you calling, E-Mailing, and faxing the senators. We’ve come part way, but need to go over the finish line! Now the bill has to go to the PA House for a vote. Please contact Representatives Mike Turzai (the Speaker of the House) and Dave Reed (the House Majority Leader) ASAP (by tomorrow morning if possible) and ask them to support this bill and to fast track it through the House. Contact information is provided below and on the Pennsylvanians Against Common Core facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pennsylvanians-Against-Common-Core/566916409995216).
“Note that it is essential that this be done BEFORE the legislators go home for the summer. Dr. Scanlon, the Superintendent of the West Chester School District, noted the reasons why time is of the essence in a letter he wrote on June 9: ” I believe it is critically important to pass this legislation ASAP because this Friday we are scheduled to send information to parents about summer Keystone remediation and summer opportunities to take the exams again. If this bill becomes law, it will save money, time and emotional drain on students this summer.”
“I strongly urge you to act on this and contact Reps. Turzai and Reed as soon as possible. Thank you.
LEADS. . .
Eliana Johnson, NRO: “A New Super PAC Prepares to Demolish Jeb Bush’s Opponents”
“If Jeb Bush becomes the Republican nominee, it will be as much because of the political operatives toiling away at his super PAC, Right to Rise USA, as because of the work done by his formal campaign. That super PAC formally launches today, complete with a website and a video introduction to the candidate.
“The PAC’s public debut offers a window into the new, more public role that super PACs will play in the 2016 presidential race. The groups have clear advantages: the ability to raise unlimited funds and blanket the airwaves with attacks against their political opponents, which is dangerous for a candidate himself to do because it typically increases the negative perception of him, too, in the public eye.
“As the PAC’s introductory video makes clear, the organization won’t just have the negative mission of most such groups. It will also try to define Bush. The video is set to music that is upbeat and almost childlike, and it recounts Bush’s record as governor of Florida. It’s an effort to remind voters that, yes, he governed as a conservative, cutting taxes, creating jobs, and taking on the teachers’ unions in order to introduce school choice and boost education standards.
Reinforcing the candidate’s message is a challenge for super PACs, which are not allowed to communicate with the candidates they’re supporting. “The most difficult thing in the world to do is to drive the message from the super PAC,” says a top Republican strategist not aligned with any campaign. “You have no access to the candidate, and you have to make sure they’re picking up what you’re putting down.”
Betsy McCaughey, NY Post: “The mad war to house the poor in US suburbs”
“An African-American millionaire can buy a home in any expensive suburb. Color is no longer a barrier.
“Despite this progress, President Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development is accusing expensive towns of racism, simply because most minorities can’t afford to live there.
Westchester County has struggled under a federal monitor since 2009 to compel the county to build multi-unit affordable housing in the county’s most expensive areas.
“Hillary Clinton claims to be a warrior against inequality. But her adopted hometown of Chappaqua is battling HUD’s demands — and that means it’s fighting the man believed to top Hillary’s veep shortlist, HUD Secretary Julian Castro.
“The legal war in Hillary’s backyard is a preview. HUD’s soon-to-be-released regulation, in the works since 2013, will compel affluent suburbs across the nation to build more high-density, low-income housing, plus sewers, water lines, bus routes and other changes needed to support it.
“Obama’s social engineers will eliminate local zoning requirements to achieve what the HUD rule calls ‘inclusive communities.’ Property values be damned. . .”
Nick Gillespie & Matt Welch, Reason: “How Government Stifled Reason’s Free Speech
“Yes, the feds can compel magazines and websites to cough up user information about obviously non-threatening trolls, while barring them from even acknowledging it.
“For the past two weeks, Reason, a magazine dedicated to “Free Minds and Free Markets,” has been barred by an order from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York from speaking publicly about a grand jury subpoena that court sent to Reason.com.
“The subpoena demanded the records of six people who left hyperbolic comments at the website about the federal judge who oversaw the controversial conviction of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht. Shortly after the subpoena was issued, the government issued a gag order prohibiting Reason not only from discussing the matter but even acknowledging the existence of the subpoena or the gag order itself. As a wide variety of media outlets have noted, such actions on the part of the government are not only fundamentally misguided and misdirected, they have a tangible chilling effect on free expression by commenters and publications alike.
“Yesterday, after preparing an extensive legal brief, Reason asked the US Attorney’s Office to join with it in asking that the gag order – now moot and clearly an unconstitutional prior restraint – be lifted. This morning, the US Attorney’s Office asked the Court to vacate the order, which it did. We are free to tell the story for the first time. . .”
Also – Roger Kimball, PJM: “The Assault of Free Speech, Judicial Overreach Edition (Part 8796)”
“The heavy hand of the judiciary, in the form of a subpoena followed by a gag order, descended upon the great Reason magazine early this month. The story, thankfully, has been widely covered by the alternative internet press (nary a byte, the last time I looked, from such legacy outlets as the New York Times) beginning with the redoubtable and amusingly named Popehat (which also has a roundup here). The background: the U.S. government, in the person of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, demanded that Reason magazine turn over all the identifying information they had about six people who left hyperbolic Website comments sparked an online story about the conviction of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht. The object of the commentator’s rage was Judge Katherine Forrest, who, going beyond what the prosecutors asked, sentenced Ulbricht to life in prison.
“Now Silk Road, a sort of black-market internet emporium where users could get just about anything they wanted, legal or not, was a dubious enterprise. But the US government’s heavy-handed attack against Reason was disproportionate and ill-conceived. The government claimed to be investigating threats against Judge Forest. It was interested, for example, in the identities of the authors of such comments as these:
- “Its (sic) judges like these that should be taken out back and shot.”
- Why waste ammunition? Wood chippers get the message across clearly. Especially if you feed them in feet first.” (Movie buffs will recall a famous scene from Fargo.)
- “I hope there is a special place in hell reserved for that horrible woman.”
- “I’d prefer a hellish place on Earth be reserved for her as well.”
“What do you think, Dear Reader, threats? Or typical, if juvenile, letting off of steam on the internet? I think it’s clearly the latter. And what bothers me much more than such over-the-top comments is the display of naked coercion on the part of the government. . .”
Madison Gesiotto, Washington Times: “Walker wows social conservatives with attacks on Obama, puts GOP rivals on notice”
“Just weeks away from possibly joining the 2016 race, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker thrilled a crowd of social conservatives Saturday night with a withering attack on President Obama’s record while putting his potential GOP rivals on notice that he plans to run on his record as a get-it-done governor.
Mr. Walker sought to convince the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s 2015 Road to the Majority Conference he may be the best choice for president, repeatedly citing his record of success in Wisconsin that includes a balanced budget, concessions from unions and pro-faith policies.
“Seeking to differentiate himself from some of his potential rivals who serve in Congress or have been out of office for some time, Mr. Walker said he was a unique combination of fighter and election and policy victor.
“‘We fight the good fight and win those fights over and over and over again,’ he said. . .”
Also: Scott Walker, Red State: “Why I’m Considering Running for President”
“Over the past several months, I’ve had the privilege of traveling around the country with Our American Revival, sharing our message of how to tackle difficult problems and repeatedly win tough policy fights with bold, conservative reforms. We’ve spoken with thousands of hard-working Americans, and the response has been incredible.
“But we’ve done more than just talk. We’ve listened. In state after state, the message we are hearing from people is simple: America needs a new leader – from outside of Washington – with a record of not just talking about conservative principles, but fighting for them and winning with them.
“I have heard these voices loud and clear. That’s why I am launching a testing the waters committee to gauge support for a presidential run. This will be the final step before I decide whether I become a candidate for our nation’s highest office, and I urge you to sign up at ScottWalker.com so you can be among the first to know when I have made this important decision. . .”
Kyle Smith, NY Post: “Democrats veer left then blast everyone else for being ‘right wing’”
We once saw a similar pattern in Berlin . . .
“. . . Two weeks ago I wrote about a massive, silent cultural revolution in American attitudes: Since just the middle of the last decade, there has been a huge increase in support for gay marriage, legalized marijuana and single parenthood.
These changes favor Democrats, as does increasing ethnic diversity. Mitt Romney won the same percentage of white Americans on election day of 2012 as Ronald Reagan did in 1980. Reagan became president in a landslide. Romney was seen pumping his own gas the following week.
Yet as the parade veers left, the Democrats must always race out to be in front of it. This week’s Gallup poll says that a record high 47% of Democratic voters identify as both socially liberal and economically liberal or moderate. That’s up 8 points since the 2008 election of President Obama and 17 points since 2001.
Just as yesterday’s luxuries become today’s necessities, Democrats are continuously redefining what it means to be Democrats. . .”
ISLAM . . .
Fox: “Iran parliament votes to limit inspections vital to nuclear deal, with deadline looming”
“Iran’s parliament voted Sunday to oppose the inspections of government military sites as part of a pending, multi-nation agreement to curb the country’ nuclear program — potentially complicating a final deal ahead of a June 30 deadline.
“A State Department official told Fox News that the agency has seen reports about the parliament’s preliminary legislative steps to make its voice heard about the nuclear talks and any final deal.
However, the official said the United States will allow Iranians to manage their own process and reiterated the world powers’ position remains that any final deal must include adequate access and transparency to the country’s nuclear-related facilities.
“‘We won’t agree to a deal without that,’ the official also said. ‘We expect that there will be many voices and opinions on the difficult issues as we work towards a final deal. … But our team is focused on what is happening in the negotiating room.’. . .”
END NOTE . . .
James Brody – T4T: College Loans
“Over the weekend, the NY Times published an opinion piece by writer Lee Siegel, “Why I Defaulted on My Student Loans.” The piece goes beyond the descriptive promised in the headline to the prescriptive when Siegel suggests people “groaning under the weight of student loans” should follow his example.
I’ve read objections to Mr. Siegel’s essay wherein he advocates defaulting on student loans. He writes well, however, and with moral conviction – at least my conservative moral conviction – on his side.
Our youngsters, misled by our confused beliefs that deny the decisive impacts of impulsiveness and genetics, but also survive our easy conviction that children are to be harvested for their parents’ benefit. The current generation of oldsters had many fewer kids, bought more toys (cars, homes, electronics, vacations, and golf memberships), and now swarm to Shady Maples for cheap meals, Medicare for cheap medical treatment, six-story liners for cheap cruises, and the Internet for cheap entertainment while hiding from summer and winter. Meanwhile, lots of the best data suggest that most of our children’s achievements will be about 0.75 of what their parents achieved – even for up to 500 years and in ten countries (Clark, 2014)
Thus, I dislike and distrust Obama and “progressives” but they have joined with older conservatives to tighten the financial screws that we-the-organized twist into the marrows of the naïve. They don’t have much of a present but even less of a costly future.
- Health care? Pay now so mom and pop and the poor pay less.
- Pensions/Social Security – the red ink is coming soon.
- National defense – catch a bullet or a disease and take a number. Get in line for delay, incompetence, and excuses rather than treatment. Meanwhile, eighteen-year-old males register with the government so they can fight our next war or our next urban crisis.
- Utilities: Getting off the electric grid means joining the solar grid.
- Phone service – the help for your social networks that became a spy.
- Transportation – tolls, fuel cost, vehicle payments, insurance, inspections . . . how much debt can you get for nothing down? Even the free ride of a bicycle will not remain so.
- Job competition fed by rice, burritos, chipotle, and anchor babies.
- Unconstitutional government agencies – NSA, EPA, TSA, OSHA, Education. And a meddlesome corrupt on, the IRS.
- Federal debt, compounded . . .
– Take a loan and pay for you own schooling, thereby enhancing your economic value and your ability to pay more taxes but with no guarantee of a job. Sets up another chapter for Cloward-Piven and for the next job for BO and Val.
Bottom Line: Keep your followers needy so they will keep on reelecting you. Machiavelli knew it. We achieve it. And our kids will have to live it.
Brimelow, Peter (1995) Alien Nation: Common Sense about America’s Immigration Disaster. NY: Random House.
Clark, Gregory (2014) The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility. NJ: Princeton University Press.
Coulter, Ann (2015) Adios America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole. Washington, DC: Regnery.
Pinsker, Joe (2015) Teenagers Are Losing Confidence in the American Dream. The Atlantic.
Compared to their counterparts in recent years, high-school seniors in the mid-1990s appeared to have more faith in social mobility and less confidence in the power of having money.
Sexton, John (2015) Big Journalism: “New York Times Encourages Students to Default on College Loans” http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2015/06/08/new-york-times-encourages-students-to-default-on-college-loans/
Steyn, Mark (2009) Lights Out: Islam, Free Speech and the Twilight of the West, Washington DC: Regnery.
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