ALERT: HB2802 – 1st Amendment/marriage.
KLAVAN – When sociologists go bad.
PA: STAUB – Privatization, SNYDER 7/3 Ups & Downs.
LEADS: HORVATH – Hungary & border fence; RASMUSSEN – Ignore federal courts; NIMMO – FBI command centers for the 4th.
THE HILLARY: KARNI – Hillary’s shadow.
ISLAM: COUGHLIN – Heavy weapons against Isis.
MARK LEVIN (7/2/15 )
END NOTES: BRODY – A sense of the future; Having a stroke; Your army awaits; Red Eye – Cake from Walmart; GRISWOLD – Stars & Bars.
ALERT! HB2802 – Defend the First Amendment/Marriage
Call your Congressman (Meehan and/or Costello) and tell them to co-sponsor and support this bill. We need to stand up now! We have to start being more vocal or we will lose this great land! Don’t let the 1% tell us how to live our lives!!
Also, if you don’t listen to Glenn Beck, he is having an event in Birmingham Alabama on August 28-29. Go to www.mercuryone.org for more information. It’s going to be BIG, a Martin Luther King type march is planned. We have to start getting LOUD!
“When Prohibition was nationally repealed in 1933, and four days before the sale of alcohol became legal in Pennsylvania again, Pinchot called the Pennsylvania General Assembly into special session to debate regulations regarding the manufacture and sale of alcohol. This session led to the establishment of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and its system of state-run liquor stores, reflecting Pinchot’s desire to ‘discourage the purchase of alcoholic beverages by making it as inconvenient and expensive as possible.’” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gifford_Pinchot
Andrew Klavan, PJM: “When Sociologists Go Bad”
“I just finished reading Alice Goffman‘s in-the-field study of Philadelphia’s black slums, On The Run: Fugitive Life in an American City. I recommend it highly. It’s a wonderful piece of reporting. It’s also nuts. It’s worth reading for both reasons.
“Goffman — a slight, attractive white girl and the daughter of famous sociologist Erving Goffman — lived for six years in a place she calls Sixth Street in Philly. There she befriended various black drug dealers and gangsters and their girlfriends. Completely losing her objectivity along the way, she actually reached a point where she chauffeured one of these thugs around town while he, his gun on his lap, searched for a man he wanted to kill. She’s lucky he didn’t find him. I don’t think that would’ve been sociology exactly. More like felony murder.
“Anyway, Goffman writes well and observes well. She brings these dysfunctional characters and their milieu thoroughly to life. Then she proceeds to explain to us that ”this book is… a close-up look at young men and women living in one poor and segregated Black community transformed by unprecedented levels of imprisonment and by the more hidden systems of policing and supervision that have accompanied them.” Or as they put it in the musical West Side Story: They ain’t no delinquents, they’re misunderstood.
‘Goffman’s own material demolishes this thesis. On the Run documents a world of predation and law-of-the-jungle mores, riven with violence and betrayal. Far from being the hapless victims of random “legal entanglements”—Goffman’s euphemism for the foreseeable consequences of lawless behavior—her subjects create their own predicaments through deliberate involvement in crime.
“But Heather may be a little unfair in this. I think Goffman is at least honest enough to be incoherent in her theories. Even while rattling on about the evils of the criminal justice system, she acknowledges that “long before the rise in imprisonment rates, Black men distrusted the police and faced substantial difficulties in finding work and participating in their families’ lives.” And she admits the police have limited tools for dealing with the crime in these neighborhoods. Arresting bad guys is what we pay them to do.
“But if Goffman had come right out and said what Heather said, I suspect she would have been thrown out of her PHD program at Princeton. Even as it is, she’s been slandered by the usual leftist gang who don’t want the public to see the reality of black crime.
“Also, for myself, while I think it’s nonsensical to blame the police for the criminality of poor black people, it is not nonsensical to note that the dysfunctions of modern poverty are generationally self-replicating. . .”
PA . . .
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Union cash didn’t deter top PA Senate Republican from backing privatization”
“Money talks in politics, but sometimes not loudly enough.
“In March, the political action committee for the union representing employees at Pennsylvania’s state-owned wine and spirits stores cut a check for $7,000 to state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson. Yet, just months later, Scarnati helped muscle through a bill privatizing the state stores and jeopardizing union jobs.
“Residents across Pennsylvania have spoken loud and clear, voicing that they want to see Pennsylvania’s liquor system move into the 21st century,” Scarnati said in a statement earlier this week.
“The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 PAC got a better deal out of the $5,000 it sent to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in February. He vetoed the privatization bill Thursday afternoon.
“This legislation falls short of a responsible means to reform our state liquor system and to maximize revenues to benefit our citizen,” Wolf said in a statement that lent support to modernizing state stores instead. . .”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 7/3 Ups & Downs
Tom is in an interesting position – run PA or slaver for a job with Hillary . . .
“Tom Wolf. The scenario Governor Wolf has likely been dreading since assuming office has now come to pass, we’ve reached July 1st without a budget. Gov. Wolf had big dreams when he first presented his budget blueprint but he hasn’t been able to convince his colleagues in the legislative branch of its merits. Instead, he vetoed a budget that contained only Republican priorities. Of course, this is only the first chapter of what could end up a very long book. There is a good chance, however, that this battle defines Wolf’s tenure in the eyes of the voters and the pages of history. That’s a lot of pressure to put on the first-year executive. If he can’t rise to the moment now, though, the next three and a half years will prove an even tougher climb.
“GOP Legislature. It takes two to tango (or in this case, not to tango). After accumulating a solid majority in both Houses and electing new leadership, it became clear Republicans saw the new Governor as an accident produced by Tom Corbett’s shoddy political skills. As a result, they don’t believe he has a mandate and therefore aren’t enthusiastic about new taxes and more spending. Sure, Wolf is the leader of the commonwealth but those in the legislature will likely be around much longer and should be more concerned about how Harrisburg is viewed in the rest of the state. After all, what’s the point of being in government if you don’t accomplish anything?
“Eugene DePasquale. One silver lining to the budget battle is that it makes everyone else in Harrisburg look better (well almost everyone, but we’ll get to that later). For our latest reader poll, we decided to test the approval of Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. Our readers have been particularly tough on other elected officials in the past, but DePasquale performed spectacularly. If the voters of PA are anywhere close to as enthusiastic about the Auditor General as our readers, then the future is quite bright for Gene DePasquale.
“Tim Reese. Buried underneath all the news concerning the budget impasse, the State Senate confirmed Tim Reese as our new State Treasurer. Reese, a businessman and investor who served on the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies for the SEC, was approved by a 48-1 vote. We wish the best for Mr. Reese and hope he can do better than our last Treasurer, although that’s not exactly a high bar.
“Kathleen Kane. The Attorney General came so close to avoiding a down arrow this week, if only the last few days had been more eventful (although it’s probably worth keeping an eye on this). Nevertheless, the AG’s staffing choices were questioned yet again when it was revealed that an employee who wrote an op-ed defending Kane was also promoted to a new position and given a raise. This could have all been a coincidence, but the Attorney General has unfortunately lost the benefit of the doubt.
LEADS . . .
Ani Horvath, Washington Times: “Hungary’s Viktor Orban antagonizes European Union with border fence, Russia embrace”
“BUDAPEST, Hungary — Billboards on Hungarian highways and buildings carry messages reading, ‘If you come to Hungary, you must respect our laws,’ and ‘If you come to Hungary, do not take Hungarians’ jobs.’
“They reflect the concerns of many as thousands of North African and Middle Eastern refugees land on Europe’s southern shores and make their way to Hungary and on to wealthier nations in Western Europe.
“But advocacy groups haven’t paid for the billboards to express their opinions in a public debate. Printed only in Hungarian, they are government-funded announcements meant expressly for locals. The refugees flooding into Europe who speak Arabic and other languages can’t understand them.
“‘The billboards are not commercial, but convey a government message that is not, by the way, in line with the basic values of the country,’ said Eva Simon, a Hungarian civil rights lawyer who is defending activists who are accused of defacing some of the signs.
“The billboards are the brainchild of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has become a lightning rod for controversy and alarm across the European Union as he moves to build what he calls an ‘illiberal’ state modeled on the centralized authority of governments such as Russia, China and Singapore. . .”
Rasmussen: “Support Grows for States to Ignore the Federal Courts”
“Following last week’s controversial U.S. Supreme Court rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage, voters believe more strongly that individual states should have the right to turn their backs on the federal courts.
“A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 33% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe that states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings if their elected officials agree with them. That’s up nine points from 24% when we first asked this question in February. Just over half (52%) disagree, down from 58% in the earlier survey. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
“Perhaps even more disturbing is that the voters who feel strongest about overriding the federal courts – Republicans and conservatives – are those who traditionally have been the most supportive of the Constitution and separation of powers. During the Obama years, however, these voters have become increasingly suspicious and even hostile toward the federal government.
“Fifty percent (50%) of GOP voters now believe states should have the right to ignore federal court rulings, compared to just 22% of Democrats and 30% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Interestingly, this represents a noticeable rise in support among all three groups.
“Fifty percent (50%) of conservative voters share this view, but just 27% of moderates and 15% of liberals agree. . .”
Kurt Nimmo, Infowars: “FBI Exploits Baseless 4th of July Terror Threat to Establish “Command Centers”
“Pretext to build and expand the surveillance grid
“Although the government admits it has absolutely no credible evidence that ISIS or anybody else plans to attack the United States over the 4th of July holiday, the FBI has moved to establish command centers around the United States.
The command centers will integrate local, state and federal law enforcement agencies “so officials can gauge the threat level and respond quickly,” according to Fox News.
Additionally, the move appears to be an effort to engage in precrime tactics:
“Another law enforcement source told Fox the FBI’s strategy has shifted toward getting ISIS supporters off the streets as soon as possible, given that it’s hard to predict when one might go operational. This could include arresting individuals on lesser charges and then building a broader case once that person is in custody.
“The FBI is known for grooming patsies through criminal informants and then arresting them and working with the establishment media to create sensationalistic headlines that give the impression the United States is under attack by terrorists.
“Moreover, command centers and so-called fusion centers around the country are routinely used to monitor political activists, not supposed terrorists. The centers often work hand-in-hand with the private sector to undermine the Fist Amendment rights of American citizens.
“The anti-terrorist apparatus that the U.S. government established after 9/11 has now been turned against law-abiding citizens exercising their First Amendment rights. This apparatus consists not only of advanced surveillance technologies but also of ‘fusion centers’ in state after state that coordinate the efforts of law enforcement up and down the line and collaborate with leading members of the private sector,” writes Matthew Rothschild. . .”
THE HILLARY . . .
Annie Karni, Politico: “Hillary’s Shadow”
“After years as the former secretary of state’s loyal assistant, Huma Abedin is emerging as a campaign power center of her own.
“Hillary Clinton had just wrapped a campaign event in the warehouse of the Smuttynose Brewery in New Hampshire in May, when the crowd began crushing in, reaching out for selfies and handshakes. Just a few feet away from Clinton dressed in a classic tweed navy shift, Huma Abedin, 39, moved through the crowd tracking her boss. Abedin, Clinton’s longest-serving aide, chatted breezily with acquaintances. But like a mother monitoring her child on the playground, she never let Clinton drift out of her line of sight, ever vigilant and poised to act.
“After decades of rope lines — she started working for Clinton as a 19-year-old intern in the First Lady’s office — the role of body woman comes naturally to Abedin, and her hovering presence there, a few feet away from the candidate, is what normal feels like for Clinton.
“Some political observers have expressed surprise that after all these years, Abedin is still at it. . .”
ISLAM . . .
Con Coughlin, UK Telegraph: “US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State”
“The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt.
“Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western leaders, including David Cameron, are failing to show strategic leadership over the world’s gravest security crisis for decades.
“They now say they are willing to “go it alone” in supplying heavy weapons to the Kurds, even if means defying the Iraqi authorities and their American backers, who demand all weapons be channelled through Baghdad.
“High level officials from Gulf and other states have told this newspaper that all attempts to persuade Mr Obama of the need to arm the Kurds directly as part of more vigorous plans to take on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) have failed. The Senate voted down one attempt by supporters of the Kurdish cause last month.
“The officials say they are looking at new ways to take the fight to Isil without seeking US approval.”
Mark Levin (7/2/15)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show, we’re witnessing a national book burning with the left picking and choosing what to remove from our history. President Obama says we’re racist even if we don’t know it, but Star Trek’s George Takei knew it when he called Justice Clearance Thomas a clown in black face. The left gets away with behavior like Takei’s all the time, but if a Republican made those comments they’d be finished. The liberal agenda is becoming America’s agenda because conservatives are not in a position of power to push back.
“Also, the Castro dictatorship in Cuba is getting worse under Obama, not better. More than half of Cuban citizens want to leave the oppressive police state island. Later, we don’t want a court that legislates; we want a court that upholds existing law. Anyone claiming to believe in separation of powers would agree. The courts shouldn’t rule based on public opinion, but on the Constitution.”
END NOTES . . .
Brody: A sense of the future . . .
A psychiatrist once predicted that “impulsiveness” would be a chief problem for American society. Russ Barkley has since taught all of us about impulsive little males, their impaired “sense of the future” and mothers enrolled their jump-jet sons in Ritalin programs. We also know that the impulsive also respond better to clear, immediate, relevant, certain consequences but ignore threats, lectures, and rules. And America, after immigration reform in 1965 (Thx Teddy!) invited waves of impulsive newcomers and all of their relatives.
We once depended on Southern preachers to manage the Scotch-Irish as well as murder, cops, and jails. We also gave futures to gang leaders, union stewards, ward bosses, drill instructors, and sergeants. Islam’s followers likewise need a mullah five times per day to keep them on focus and rule-compliant.
Our biggest mistake after Ted? Giving voting privileges to adolescents whose minds will not mature until age 26.
Forget your rights but enjoy your firecrackers . . .
Having a stroke . . .
A public service announcement teaches “FAST” for stroke intervention – facial rigidity, frozen arm movement, and blocked speech are supposed to signal a call for an ambulance. Sounds like the average conservative voter . . .
Your army awaits . . .
For Carly, Scott, Donald, Ted, and maybe Ben.
Red Eye (4:20 AM, 7/3/15)
- A customer ordered from Walmart the Stars & Bars as a cake decoration and was refused. He then asked for the Isis battle flag and his order was accepted.
- Christian churches are required to accept “same-sex” events if the church manages a social hall. Will Muslims have to rent their social halls to Pam Geller?
Alex Griswold, Mediaite: “CNN Poll: Majority See Confederate Flag as Symbol of Southern Pride, Not Racism”
“A new CNN poll has found that a majority of Americans believe the Confederate flag shouldn’t fly over government property, but most do not see it as a racist symbol.
“57% of Americans see the flag more as a symbol of Southern pride than as a symbol of racism, while 33% believe it is more a symbol of racism and 5% believe it is a symbol for both equally. How Americans feel about the issue breaks down sharply along racial lines: 66% of whites believe the flag represents Southern pride, while 72% of blacks believe it represents racism.
“54% of Americans support taking down Confederate flags on government property, while Americans are divided within the margin of error about whether companies should stop selling them. But large majorities oppose redesigning state flags that feature the symbol (57%), renaming streets and highways named after Confederate leaders (68%), and removing tributes to those who fought for the Confederacy (71%). . .”