ALERT: Janet – Second amendment action.
MARK STEYN – Old white males; WaPo: Cyber assault; SLACK – Walker’s in.
PA: STAUB – Teacher free speech.
LEADS: McCLEARY & RAWNSLEY – Iran update; POLLAK – Williamson vs Trump; BADDOUR – TX watches Jade Helm; BATCHELOR – Ukraine; BATCHELOR – National Military Strategy; DAVIES – Pot hopes.
THE HILLARY: FOURNIER – Wha’ happen?
END NOTES: HOWARD – Northern views about the WBS; ALERT! CORE CURRICULA.
“. . . Hillary, by contrast, is in trouble not because she’s a sleazy, corrupt, cronyist, money-laundering, Saud-kissing liar. Democrats have a strong stomach and boundless tolerance for all of that and wouldn’t care were it not for the fact that she’s a dud and a bore. A “Hillary rally” is a contradiction in terms: the thin, vetted crowd leave more demoralized and depressed than when they went in. To vote for Bernie is to be part of a romance, as it was with Obama. To vote for Hillary is to validate the Clintons’ indestructible sense of their own indispensability – and nothing else . . .” Mark Steyn
Janet: “2ND AMENDMENT ACTION ALERT on PA House bill 357 – The Right to Bear Arms Protection Act.”
Sheryl Delozier is on the committee where HB-357 is being held hostage, and she said yesterday that she WILL NOT support this pro-gun rights bill.
Over the past several days with the help of good patriots like you, we’ve been blowing up her cell phone and private email address with hundreds of gun rights supporters, and now she knows that we mean business! But we aren’t done yet, because she still refuses to support our 2nd Amendment rights.
Now it’s time to turn up the heat. We need you to contact her district office, her Harrisburg office, and her office email, and tell her to either co-sponsor HB-357 or get in writing that she will VOTE YES on it.
Mark Steyn, SteynonLine:” Last Stand of the Old White Males”
“Readers keep asking me about the presidential race, and to be honest my heart sinks. Yes, yes, I know it’s important to elect a Republican candidate because, if nothing else, as we’re always told, they get to nominate strong candidates to the Supreme Court – like, er, Anthony Kennedy and, um, John Roberts. So that said:
“Because for many years the only TV station I could get in my corner of New Hampshire was Channel 3 Vermont (with its excellent local news show anchored by the late and much missed Marselis Parsons), I’ve been watching Bernie Sanders since he was Mayor of Burlington. His rise from mayor to congressman to senator embodies what one might call the Ben&Jerrification of a once great and rock-ribbed Republican state. A New York Jew with a very urban accent, Bernie started in the latte enclave of Chittenden County, expanded to other semi-flatlandered quartiers of the state, but eventually conquered the plaid-clad hold-out of the North-East Kingdom. He did all this as an ‘independent socialist’ without any party machine.
“So he’s not just an attractive gadfly but an extremely well organized one. . .”
WaPo: “The cyber defense crisis”
“ANYONE WHO has ever filled out standard form 86 will attest that it is arduous. This 127-page “Questionnaire for National Security Positions” is part of the process of being cleared to handle the secrets of the U.S. government. It probes all kinds of sensitive moments in a person’s life: mental and emotional health, police records, alcohol or drug use, finances, employment history and friends overseas. For example, on page 62: “Do you have, or have you had, close and/or continuing contact with a foreign national within the last seven (7) years with whom you, or your spouse, or cohabitant are bound by affection, influence, common interests, and/or obligation?” A “yes” answer leads to more questions about the foreign contact.
“This explains why the breach of personnel files at the Office of Personnel Management is truly, as FBI Director James B. Comey described it to Congress, a “huge deal.” On Thursday, the OPM announced that a forensic investigation has found that data was stolen from background investigations covering 21.5 million people, including current, former and future federal workers and contractors as far back as 2000. Among them are 19.7 million people who applied for a background investigation, and 1.8 million non-applicants such as spouses or co-habitants, as well as 1.1 million fingerprints. In June, the OPM announced that intruders had taken personnel data on 4.2 million federal workers, some of whom were also compromised in the theft of background information.
“The breach, which took place last year and this year, is an intelligence windfall for China, which U.S. officials have identified as the leading suspect in the hack. . .”
Donovan Slack, Greenbay Gazette: “Scott Walker: ‘I’m in. I’m running for president’”
“WAUKESHA – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker jumped Monday into a crowded field of Republican presidential candidates that already includes more than a half dozen current and former governors.
Walker, 47, hopes to set himself apart as a Harley-riding, average American anchored by Midwest values who is a proven fighter and winner.
He has logged three election victories in the past four years, and one of those battles – a 2012 recall attempt – is sure to be center stage as he launches his presidential bid. Monday afternoon’s announcement event will be in the same Waukesha exposition center where he celebrated his victory over those who tried to recall him from office.
Early Monday morning, Walker tweeted: “I’m in. I’m running for president because Americans deserve a leader who will fight and win for them.”
Also – Catalina Camia, Greenbay Gazette: “6 things to know about Scott Walker”
PA . . .
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Week in Review: Pennsylvania teacher’s free-speech case moving ahead”
“Local teachers fighting for free speech against the largest teachers union in Pennsylvania won a victory this week that could have national implications.
Lancaster County Judge James Cullen ruled the Pennsylvania State Education Association’s practice of holding up religious objectors from funding charities with their membership dues is “patently unreasonable.” The court will hear the case to determine if the practice is a violation of the First Amendment.
“‘This is a big win for Jane Ladley, Chris Meier, and all public employees who object on religious grounds to financially supporting a union,’ said David Osborne, general counsel for the Fairness Center, a free legal service that represents the plaintiffs. . .”
LEADS . . .
Paul McCleary & Adam Rawnsley, Foreign Policy: Iran Situation Report
“Extended stay. There is still no deal between the P5+1 and Tehran on the future of Iran’s nuclear program, despite increasingly confident talk on Sunday from diplomats on both sides that a deal was imminent. The third self-imposed deadline to sign a pact to halt work on the Iranian program in return for sanctions relief is set to expire at midnight on Monday, and negotiators continue to haggle their way toward a fourth extension. “Some of the points that have held up the deal in recent days include Tehran’s insistence that the U.N. lift its arms embargo and any U.N. Security Council resolution green lighting the deal be constructed in a way that no longer describes Iran’s nuclear activities as illegal. “FP’s Dan De Luce reminds us that while a skeptical Congress will have to sign off on any deal, Republicans likely won’t have the votes to override an expected presidential veto if the Hill rejects it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News Sunday that any deal agreed to in Vienna would be ‘a very hard sell in Congress.’ The Republican senator said he hoped Democrats will take a close look at any accord but acknowledged the difficulty of overcoming a presidential veto with a two-thirds majority, saying that an agreement will ‘likely be approved and passed.’”
Joel Pollak, Big Govt: “Williamson Aims at Trump’s ‘WHINOs’–and Misses the Mark”
“Kevin Williamson of National Review Online attacks the conservative base of the Republican Party in his latest column, “WHINOS: On the Martyrdom of the Holy, Holy Base.”
“His critique makes the valid point that conservatives who favor ideological purity or populist venting over electability are going to lose a lot of elections. He is as irritated as his colleague Jonah Goldberg is worried about the Donald Trump insurgency in the Republican presidential primary. However, both he and Goldberg fail to note the reason for Trump’s ascendancy.
“Trump is surging for the same reason that Newt Gingrich enjoyed a brief bubble in the 2012 primary: he is taking on the media. Or, more accurately, he is being victimized by it.
“The media’s over-reaction to Trump’s comments about Mexicans is of a piece with the “two minutes’ hate” against the Confederate flag, and the courts’ pursuit of Christian bakers. You don’t have to have a soft spot for billionaires, or like the Dukes of Hazzard, or enjoy beating the Bible to feel a sense of alarm at the media’s mob behavior. It is intended as a warning to the rest of us.
People are rallying around Trump even more strongly after the shocking murder of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, who was gunned down by an illegal alien felon who lived in the U.S. due to the “sanctuary city” policies of the Democratic Party. Trump is perceived as speaking for the victims–and the potential victims, who include every single American.
“The leading candidates of both political parties all support some form of immigration reform that will grant legal status to illegal aliens before the border is secure. Trump is finally giving voice to the opposition.
“It may all flame out eventually–either because of Trump’s own antics, or because of the many contradictions in his record. What is odd is that his competitors are not exploiting that record. Instead, they are telling him to shut up and go away. . .”
Dylan Baddour, Houston Chronicle: “Texans organize ‘Operation Counter Jade Helm’ to keep an eye on the federal troops”
The U.S. Military will bring over a thousand troops as well as aircraft and heavy vehicles to Texas and six other southwestern states for Operation Jade Helm–an unprecedented special operations training exercise. A civilian group has organized to monitor the training, including companies in Texas that plan to post up at each drill site in the Lone Star State.
Ukraine (John Batchelor, 7/10/15)
“Friday 10 July 2015 / Hour 1, Block B: Paul Gregory, Hoover, in re: Ukraine is fighting an uphill war against Russia on many fronts, including simmering hot war in east Ukraine, its uneven battle against Putin’s propaganda machine, and its attempts to neutralize hostile Yanukovich oligarchs who are still on the loose. Add a new one to the list: Ukraine’s impotence against Russia’s all-star roster of lobbyists that include a former German chancellor and former US Senate minority leader. I had thought Ukraine was outgunned in Europe by a coterie of German and French Putin-Versteher, but I now learn that Ukraine is outgunned on Washington’s K Street as well. If you want to be convinced, just read John Conyers anti-Ukraine remarks made on the floor of Congress. They could have been written by Vladimir Putin himself.”
National Military Strategy (John Batchelor, 7/10/15)
Friday 10 July 2015 / Hour 1, Block C: Peter Feaver, Foreign Policy & Shadow Government, in re: How to Read the New National Military Strategy This week Gen. Martin Dempsey, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, released a new National Military Strategy (NMS). The NMS is prescribed in law (Title 10.153) as one of the top-level documents that outline how an administration sees the global challenges and opportunities it faces, and what it intends to do about them. In theory . . . Peter D. Feaver is a professor of political science and public policy and Bass Fellow at Duke University, and director of the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy
Friday 10 July 2015 / Hour 2, Block A: Michael Vlahos, Naval War College, in re: How to Read the New National Military Strategy This week Gen. Martin Dempsey, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, released a new National Military Strategy (NMS). The NMS is prescribed in law (Title 10.153) as one of the top-level documents that outline how an administration sees the global challenges and opportunities it faces, and what it intends to do about them. In theory, the documents all fit together in a logical way. At the highest level is the National Security Strategy (NSS), signed by the president; it outlines the broadest-level goals and discusses how to integrate all elements of national power in pursuit of those goals. One step down is the National Defense Strategy (NDS), signed by the secretary of defense; it focuses on the defense role in implementing the strategy outlined in the NSS. The NDS is sometimes published as a stand-alone document, but it is prescribed as part of the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), which I’ll talk about more below. One further step down is the NMS, which . . . These points in particular • That some states, however, are attempting to revise key aspects of the international order and are acting in a manner that threatens our national security interest.” Then it names them: Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China. This is not quite an “axis of evil” moment, but that grouping is striking and noteworthy, especially for a public document. • “Today, the probability of U.S. involvement in interstate war with a major power is assessed to be low but growing.” The “but growing” caveat is a remarkable admission from the top military officer. It acknowledges the importance of allies, but not the fact that our relations with our allies are frayed and in need of repair and it does not specify how we can restore our alliances without assuming a greater burden than President Obama has been willing to bear. . . . (1 of 2) Friday 10 July 2015 / Hour 2, Block B: Michael Vlahos, Naval War College, in re: : How to Read the New National Military Strategy (2 of 2)
Madlen Davies, UK Daily Mail: “Cannabis breakthrough as scientists manage to SEPARATE the drug’s medicinal benefits from its hallucinogenic effects”
“Dr Peter McCormick, of UEA’s school of Pharmacy, said: ‘THC, the major active component of marijuana, has broad medical use – including for pain relief, nausea and anxiety.
“’Our previous research has also found that it could reduce tumour size in cancer patients.
‘However it is also known to induce numerous undesirable side effects such as memory impairment, anxiety and dependence.
‘There has been a great deal of medical interest in understanding the molecular mechanisms at work in THC, so that the beneficial effects can be harnessed without the side-effects.
‘THC acts through a family of cell receptors called cannabinoid receptors.
‘Our previous research revealed which of these receptors are responsible for the anti-tumour effects of THC.
‘This new research demonstrates how some of the drug’s beneficial effects can be separated from its unwanted side effects.’”
The Hillary . . .
Ron Fournier, National Journal: “Memo to Hillary: ‘You’re Still the Problem’”
Badcock (2009) says that paranoia and schizophrenia are common risks for older women . . . The Imprinted Brain: How Genes Set the Balance between Autism and Psychosis. London: Jessica Kingsley.
“. . . You launched your historic campaign in the worst possible way: walled off from the media and the public—cautious, rigid, and institutional. You may disagree. Your hired guns may have convinced you, for example, that the scripted conversation with selected voters are authentic. They’re not. What would be authentic? The Hillary we’ve long cherished in private: warm, open, and honest—unafraid of making mistakes and owning up to them. We haven’t seen that Hillary. More important, the voting public hasn’t seen that Hillary. Does she still exist?
“Which brings us to the matter of trust. Hillary, this makes us want to cry. We can’t figure out why you would compromise the most important commodity of leadership over such banalities. Why take money from foreign nations while serving as secretary of State? Why take money from foreign leaders who hate women? Why not comply with White House rules—fair and ethical guidelines designed to protect the reputation of your family’s (wonderful) charitable foundation? You know this has always bothered us: Why would you and Bill blur so many lines between foundation money, your personal finances, and your government work? That’s not how you operated in Arkansas.
“And the emails! Why did you need a private server? Why would you violate clear federal and White House rules on email storage, security, and transparency? Who deletes their email, scrubs their server, and ducks subpoenas?
“We love you, Hillary, but even we suspect there are foundation-related emails on that server. They may be embarrassing, but we’d like to think they’re not nearly as politically damaging as stonewalling. . .”
END NOTE . . .
Hugh Howard, WaPo: “How the North distorts Civil War history”
“. . . we will do our historical memory a disservice if we fail to recall how citizens of the Union regarded Abraham Lincoln’s War, slavery and even African Americans. To a surprising extent, the way the North remembers the Civil War is also deeply flawed and misleading.
“Recall that when Lincoln took office, slavery had the official sanction of the U.S. government. Like it or not, slavery was a part of the economic history of the North as well as the South. Much of the nation’s cotton, its largest export, was taken north of the Mason-Dixon Line to be processed; for that matter, many of the South’s most successful planters were Yankees who adopted with alacrity the practice of slavery on their way to wealth.
In the antebellum years, there was nothing resembling an anti-slavery consensus in the North. America’s greatest philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, hesitated for years to decry what he called ‘the habit of oppression.’ When he finally did so from the podium in Concord Town Hall, he was called a fanatic and worse. The word ‘abolition’ made his neighbors angry. The idea rang radical even in Massachusetts, where many regarded those who espoused such views as dangerous.
“It’s simply wrong-headed to presume that average, mid-19th-century farmers and factory workers in the North harbored abolitionist sympathies. They didn’t.
“I was taught growing up in Yankee Massachusetts that the North went to war to end slavery, but since then I have come to understand that I was misinformed. A case in point is the story of the well-known primitive painter Robert Peckham. He had served as a deacon in the same Congregational church that I attended as a child in central Massachusetts. But archival research reveals that, in 1850, when Deacon Peckham espoused abolitionist sentiments, the church fathers excommunicated him, declaring one of their own unwelcome because they thought his ideas too extreme. Little Westminster represented a quiet majority opinion in the region.
“Even Lincoln’s racial thinking evolved in a slow and ambiguous manner. Until the very end of his life, the hero of the age resisted the notion that the black and white races were equal. . .”
“I received this this morning and am forwarding it on. It is important that we contact our own U.S. Senators and also Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Patty Murray and ask them to withdraw Bill – S. 1177 and conduct hearings that include parents. They may be voting on this bill very soon, possibly Tuesday, July 7. Talking points and more information are attached, but the important thing now is to contact them and tell them to withdraw it and conduct hearings that include parents, even if you do not include detailed reasons why.
“Note that you can obtain phone numbers and methods of contacting these senators by E-mail from the following web site:
The following is what I’ve received from reliable sources:
“I’m forwarding the attached talking points from American Principle’s Project that explain how Senators Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander’s bill, The Every Child Achieves Act, actually solidifies the components of the common core state standards initiative into federal law if the bill passes the Congress and is signed into law.
Note especially, item #8 of the attached talking points written by American Principles Project attorney, Jane Robbins:
- ECAA contains a requirementfor states to “demonstrate” that the state standards are “aligned” to the same criteria used to establish Common Core: “entrance requirements, without the need for academic remediation, for the system of public higher education.” Any prohibition included to stop USED from coercing states to use Common Core or other specific standards is meaningless. USED won’t have to force anything, because alignment to the same criteria as “college-and-career-ready” is a requirement of the bill. Sec. 1111(b)(1)(D)(i)-(ii).
Also, below is link to a YouTube post featuring Dr. Sandra Stotsky and a mother of two children urging that the senate hold public hearings that include parent testimonies.
Please view this short 3-minute long message and ask your FB or e-mail group members to contact Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray to withdraw the bill and conduct hearings that include parents.
Please share with ALL your mailing lists, encourage ALL their members to call their senators @ 202-224-3121, as soon as possible, and post on ALL Facebook pages as well as send message via email / Facebook / Twitter to ALL your U.S. Senators, and this could include both Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray.
Lamar Alexander: on Twitter is: https://twitter.com/SenAlexander or @SenAlexander https://www.facebook.com/senatorlamaralexander Patty Murray: on Twitter is https://twitter.com/PattyMurray or @PattyMurray
Mary Byrne, Ed.D.
Missouri Coalition Against Common Core”
Thank you. PLEASE ACT!