ALERTS: Dom Giordano – Stop Iran Rally; Stand with Rand
WATSON – Black lives matter & abortion; WILLIAMSON – Minimum wage laws.
IRAN: FIELD – PA reps spar Kerry; PODHORETZ – Deal assaulted; NISSENBAUM & PEKER – Turkish base; BOOT – Assad; LEVIN – Iran.
THE HILLARY: COOK – She fades; CORSE & HARRIS – Huma & the emails.
PA: KNEPPER – GOP & the unions.
LEADS: NEWMAN – Obama takes your passport; LATIMER – Trump trumps Establishment; FERRICHIO – Moves to oust Boehner; DRUDGE links on Immigration
END NOTE: DALEY – Paglia take’s ‘em on.
“Obama’s deal accomplished the impossible in Israel – the unity of the Left and Right” Baruch, 7:40 AM, 7/28/15, Bill Bennett Show.
Stop Iran! Independence Hall Foundation
“We are very pleased to announce that WPHT 1210 AM Talk Show Host, Dom Giordano, has agreed to headline the Delaware Valley Stop Iran Rally tentatively scheduled for Sunday, September 13, 2-3:30 PM on Independence Mall, 6th and Market Streets (depending on timing of Congressional vote). “Please mark your calendars!
“The rally, initiated by the Foundation, will be spearheaded by the newly formed Delaware Valley Stop Iran Committee. Any legitimate, locally-based, non-profit group wishing to join the Committee should call 215.620.3055 for further details.
The purpose of the event is to unite opponents, educate the public to the dangerous nature of the agreement, and convince undecided members of our area Congressional delegation to oppose the deal.
ABORTION – Stand with Rand: Janet
Please call our Senators today! Keep calling and burn up the lines!!!
Tell them to vote to defund Planned Parenthood!!! Rand Paul has managed to get a bill on the floor to do this. STAND WITH RAND!!!!!
Senator Casey – (202) 224-6324
Senator Toomey – (202) 224-4254
If you haven’t seen the latest video and have the stomach for it, here it is.
Bob Casey – Alan Fram, AP, reports:
“. . . There are a total of 54 Republicans in the Senate, mostly opposed to abortion, and just a handful of anti-abortion Democrats. One of them, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said in a brief interview that he would not support the effort to end government help for Planned Parenthood because ‘they provide all kinds of primary health care’ for women and because of the prohibition against using federal funds for virtually any abortions. . .”
Paul Joseph Watson, InfoWars: “Ohio State Rep: ‘Black Lives Matter’ Activists Should Protest Planned Parenthood”
Does Bob Casey feel “black lives matter”?
“Patmon co-sponsors bill to defund organization
“Ohio State Representative Bill Patmon (D) thinks that ‘Black Lives Matter’ activists should be protesting against the institution that many would argue poses the biggest threat to black lives in America – Planned Parenthood.
“Patmon spoke during a rally at the Ohio Statehouse on Tuesday after he co-sponsored new legislation that would cut off all state funding for Planned Parenthood in the wake of video footage which shows Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of body parts from aborted fetuses.
“Patmon said his mother would have been a ‘prime candidate’ to have an abortion given her lack of opportunities and education, but he was thankful that she ‘didn’t get rid of this one.’
“Patmon challenged those who would claim that abortion is none of his business by asserting, ‘It is my business, especially 17 million of them are black women. 17 million, more than any other population. 17 million that look, and act, and talk, and would be similar to myself. But, even more than that, they’re Americans, and they’re human beings.’
“The Democratic rep also had some stinging words for ‘Black Lives Matter’ activists.
“‘You hear a lot of demonstrations across the country now about Black Lives Matter,’ said Patmon. ‘Well, they skipped one place, they should be in front of Planned Parenthood. They skipped one place, not just the police department, stand in front of Planned Parenthood. Black lives matter. American lives matter.’
“Patmon pointed out that of the 5,499 abortions that take place in Cuyahoga County, which he represents, ‘63% are black women.’ . . .”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “The Insidious Political Power of Minimum-Wage Laws”
“. . . As welfare-state models go, the best ones seem to be the most straightforward: Impose high taxes on one end and write large checks on the other. This template has the added benefit of being honest and transparent, which is why no politician willingly embraces it.
The worst kind of welfare state is the welfare state that is ashamed of itself and therefore feels obliged to pretend to be something it isn’t. Instead of forthrightly taxing individuals and businesses and converting that revenue to welfare benefits in an honest and transparent way, covert welfare statists usually attempt to disguise welfare payments as wages. Artificial wage increases imposed by law perform the same function as ordinary welfare benefits — transferring income from politically disfavored groups to politically favored groups — but the revenue doesn’t show up on the government ledger as taxes and the outlays don’t show up as spending. Everybody in government gets the opportunity to engage in a little delicious moral preening about how they’re doing the right thing for the hardworking people of wherever while maintaining fiscal discipline, as if the underlying facts of the policy — ‘Patron X shall give Client Y at least Z amount of money’ — weren’t fundamentally identical to those in a transparent welfare state. “Which is to say, laws mandating wages and benefits beyond market prices are political money laundering for unpopular welfare payments. They work brilliantly: Americans have a generally low opinion of welfare programs, but large majorities of us — including majorities of Republicans — support raising the minimum wage. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/421716/minimum-wage-political-con-kevin-d-williamson
IRAN . . .
Nick Field, PoliticsPA: “PA Congressmen Spar with Secretary Kerry on Iran Deal (VIDEOS)”
“Congress is not generally an entertaining place.
“That changes, however, whenever a hotly debated issue comes before a committee.
“That committee contains three members of the Pennsylvania delegation: Democrat Brendan Boyle of the 13th district, as well as Republicans Tom Marino of the 10th district and Scott Perry of the 4th district.
“Usually in these settings, members of the Administration’s party use their questions to paint the President’s policy in the best possible light. Meanwhile, the opposing party does their best to spark confrontations. That was about what happened yesterday.
“Each member was given five minutes for questioning. The most contentious sessions are presented first. . .”
John Podhoretz, NY Post: “Why the Iran deal’s public support is plummeting”
“. . . Here’s something remarkable: The Israel Project released a poll on Tuesday of 1,000 American Jews. This complex poll, conducted by Olive Tree Strategies, had three different results.
Initially, before any other questions were asked about the Iran deal, Jews opposed it 45-40.
“The poll then went through a series of six talking points about specific agreements in the deal. For each of these six talking points, it used the administration’s language to defend those points and provided a dispassionate rendering of the opposition’s arguments against it.
“After going through those six talking points, opposition to the deal rose to 51-35.
“A third series of questions designed to gauge levels of concern on points raised against the deal led to a final result in which American Jews opposed it 58-30.
“This shows us a few things. First, American Jews basically feel the same way Americans in general feel about the deal. They’re against it, though they’re also far more positive about Obama in general and therefore some seem inclined on first blush to give him benefit of the doubt.
“Dig a little deeper and expose them to the specific arguments pro and con and their distaste for the agreement grows and grows.
“Ah, but Obama’s court Jews will say, we have a poll, too! J Street released a survey yesterday as well, showing 60 percent Jewish support for the Iran deal.
“Not so fast. . .”
Don Nissenbaum & Emre Peker, WSJ: “U.S.-Turkey Deal Paves Way to Set Up Buffer Zone in Northern Syria”
“The deal allowing U.S. planes to use Turkish bases to strike Islamic State militants is paving the way for establishment of a de facto no-fly zone in northern Syria, Turkish and American officials said.
“The broad sketches of the understanding include eventually relying on moderate Syrian rebels to help take control of a buffer zone along the Turkish border, according to a Turkish official who spoke on Sunday. Turkey has pledged to use its F-16 fighter jets to help clear the extremist group’s forces from a safe zone about 55 miles wide and 25 miles deep, the Turkish official said.
“If rebels can take control, the area would be protected by coalition airstrikes so Syrian refugees, including some of the nearly two million living in Turkey, can return to their country, the Turkish official said.
“The evolving plans open a risky new front for the U.S. in its fight against Islamic State that could falter if America and Turkey are unable to provide the moderate ground forces with the support they need to retain control of the buffer zone. U.S. and Turkish officials said Sunday that the proposals are still a work in progress and the two countries need to hammer out significant details to make the agreement a success. . .”
Max Boot, Commentary: “Contentions: To Save Syria from Assad, the U.S. Must Act”
“As I predicted, the ISIS suicide bombing in the Turkish town of Suruc has motivated Turkey to take a much more active role in the anti-ISIS fight. Not only have Turkish aircraft been bombing ISIS (along with Kurdish) positions but Turkey is now said to have reached agreement with the U.S. on creating a 60-mile wide “safe zone” in northern Syria that would be ISIS-free.
“This is something I and many others have long advocated: the creation of “safe zones” where neither Bashar Assad’s nor ISIS’s forces could penetrate, allowing the moderate Syrian opposition (which is newly united, at least on paper) to train its fighters and to gain the ability to govern. Refugees could also flock there to be safe from attack. Such zones, which should have been set up years ago, can be created not only in northern Syrian along the Turkish border but also in southern Syria along the Jordanian border. The idea is that eventually, when Assad falls, the safe zones could be expanded to encompass the entire country, thus creating a post-Assad future that is not ruled by ISIS or the Nusra Front.
“But we are a long way yet from that vision, and many questions about the emerging safe zone in northern Syria remain to be answered before it can become a reality. Two questions, in particular, loom large: Will the U.S. be willing to fight Assad as well as ISIS? And will Turkey, the U.S., or some other outside power be willing to put in ground troops to protect this liberated land? . . .”
Mark Levin 7/28/15: IRAN
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show: If our Constitution was still relevant and if our republic was still in place, President Obama would have been impeached by now. He’s been involved in numerous scandals and controversies, and his nuclear deal with an Islamo-nazi regime is the latest impeachable offense. John Kerry is acting as a special pleader for Obama and Iran, not for the American people. Both Kerry and Obama have committed our future to a deal with secret side deals that they don’t even know about. This is why the Framers put a treaty process in place – a system that’s been destroyed by Obama, Kerry, and the Republican-run Congress. Also, we have a few real patriots in Congress, like Mark Meadows, who called in to discuss his motion to strip John Boehner of his speakership. We need more men and women willing to fight and put their career on the line to do what is right and challenge the weak GOP leadership. Boehner and Mitch McConnell have been doing Obama’s dirty work for too long. They don’t represent us; they represent lobbyists and corporatists.”
THE HILLARY . . .
Charlie Cook, National Journal: “Is Clinton’s Tide Shifting?”
“For all the attention on Donald Trump and the GOP field, the Democratic side also bears watching.
“. . . While in all probability Clinton remains the prohibitive favorite to win the nomination, it is true that her favorable ratings have taken a tumble. For over four years, from 2009 until well into 2013, Clinton’s favorable ratings in the Gallup Poll were in the 60’s, but a few months into 2013 they started a plunge down to 43 percent. Arguably, her favorable ratings were unsustainably high during her tenure as secretary of State, when she was a diplomat more than a politician. Yet it does raise the question of what happens if the USS HRod begins taking on water. What would Democrats do? Is there an emergency “break the glass” option if real questions of Clinton’s electability arise? It seems extremely unlikely that any one issue could bring Clinton down, but what if she begins to suffer ‘death by a thousand cuts’?
“Would Vice President Joe Biden and/or Sen. Elizabeth Warren jump in? Or would/could someone not being currently mentioned throw a hat into the ring, like say, Sen. Sherrod Brown or former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg? Presumably Bloomberg would need to join the Democratic Party, but then again, has Sanders joined yet? Or would O’Malley effectively win the political Powerball by being the only plausible alternative running? While all of this is just idle speculation, it is an interesting hypothetical.
“The other wrinkle is this: Up until now, the Electoral College and changing American demographics argued pretty strongly that Democrats (e.g., Clinton) would have at least a slight edge in a general election. Democrats have won 18 states plus the District of Columbia six times in a row, amounting to 89 percent of the 270 electoral votes needed to win. Republicans have over the last six elections consistently carried only 13 states with 102 electoral votes, just 38 percent of what is needed to win.
“In terms of demographics, between race and age, the challenge for Republicans is getting increasingly difficult. In 1992, whites constituted 87 percent of the electorate, but by 2012 that figure had dropped to just 72 percent. Similarly for age, the Republican strategy has been running up the score with Silent Generation voters and the oldest slice of baby boomers, but the party gets trounced among younger voters, making it more difficult to win a national election.
“On the other hand, and we all hope and pray that this does not happen, if we see over the next 15 months a half dozen or so attacks by lone wolves, radicalized by online Islamic State propaganda, similar to the events in Chattanooga earlier this month, there could easily be a climate of fear and anger that would not be conducive to the American electorate voting for continuity. The “time for a change” sentiment would likely soar, something Democrats don’t want to see.
“In short, an election campaign that already had plenty of twists and turns looks like it could have even more than we thought”
Alexa Corse & Shane Harris, Daily Beast: “The Missing Hillary Emails No One Can Explain”
“There is a two-month gap in Hillary Clinton’s emails that coincides with violence in Libya and the employment status of a top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin.
“Among the approximately 2,000 emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has released from her private account, there is a conspicuous two-month gap. There are no emails between Clinton and her State Department staff during May and June 2012, a period of escalating violence in Libya leading up to the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that left four Americans dead.
“A State Department spokesman told The Daily Beast that for the year 2012, only those emails related to the security of the consulate or to the U.S. diplomatic presence in Libya were made public and turned over to a House committee investigating the fatal Benghazi assault. But if that’s true, then neither Clinton nor her staff communicated via email about the escalating dangers in Libya. There were three attacks during that two-month period, including one that targeted the consulate.
“That two-month period also coincides with a senior Clinton aide obtaining a special exemption that allowed her to work both as a staff member to the secretary and in a private capacity for Clinton and her husband’s foundation. The Associated Press has sued to obtain emails from Clinton’s account about the aide, Huma Abedin.
“The status of Clinton’s emails has become an explosive political issue ever since The New York Times revealed that the then-Secretary of State was using a private email server to handle her official correspondence. Cybersecurity experts believe the homebrew system opened Clinton and her colleagues to targeting from online spies. The State Department and Intelligence Community Inspector Generals have asked the Justice Department to look into possible disclosure of classified information.
“Regarding the security situation in Libya, there was plenty for Clinton and her team to discuss via email. . .”
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “UPDATE: Republicans Spending Big Money to Elect Union Boss”
“Campaign finance reports were filed with the PA Department of State last Friday. Although they are not yet available online, we spent some time reviewing the filings and wanted to pass on some interesting information to our readers.
“GOP-endorsed candidate and union boss, Paul Mullen raised $52,700 directly from union-affiliated political action committees (PACs). He also received a $10,000 contribution from County Council Member David White’s PAC. White owns a union mechanical contracting company. The direct union PAC contributions represent over 50 percent of Mullen’s fundraising total for the report.
“Mullen also benefited indirectly from the generosity of the House Republican Campaign Committee (HRCC). The HRCC contributed $150,000 to the Pennsylvania GOP’s PAC. The GOP’s PAC then spent $88,825 on campaign materials provided by Hallowell and Branstetter, who are Mullen’s campaign consultants. Based on conversations we have had with folks in the 161st district the state GOP has sent at least ten direct mail pieces to voters.
“If you are a donor to the state GOP or the HRCC, you should be asking yourself if electing a union boss is how you want your money being spent. The argument that a Republican union boss is better than a Democrat certainly does not hold water. Having someone in the Republican caucus, who is likely going to continue collecting a paycheck from the union, will make closed-door strategy sessions meaningless. Mullen is opposed to moving state employees into a 401k style system; opposed to paycheck protection and opposed to enacting right-to-work laws. If the caucus is ever in a position to move those types of legislation, how likely is it that Mullen will not spill the beans to his buddies in the labor movement and keep his campaign promise to fight against these reforms?
“If there are any further developments related to the August 4th special elections, we will pass them along. Otherwise, we will let you know the election results as soon as they become available.
LEADS . . .
Alex Newman, NewAmerican: “Lawmakers Vote to Let Obama Take Your Passport without Trial”
“In a radical attack on the due-process rights of Americans that received virtually no media attention, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to give the Obama administration the unilateral power to strip you of your passport and right to travel without a trial or even criminal charges. The scheme does not even include a way to challenge your status as a non-person involuntarily trapped inside U.S. borders on orders from the secretary of state. Lawmakers, some of whom could themselves be caught in the dragnet along with myriad administration officials, praised the effort as a way to stop alleged terrorists from travelling. But critics said it was yet another attack on the fundamental rights of Americans, such as due-process protections, and that it must be resisted.
“As if to illustrate how out of touch with the U.S. Constitution most members of Congress have become, the legislation, HR 237, also known as “FTO (foreign terrorist organization) Passport Revocation Act,” did not even receive a recorded vote — supposedly because it was so ‘uncontroversial.’ It passed after 15 minutes of alleged “debate.” Bill sponsor Ted Poe (R-Texas) claimed the measure, adopted under a “suspension of the rules” typically used for trivialities such as renaming post offices, was passed unanimously. Of course, in an age in which the White House openly claims the unilateral authority to murder or indefinitely detain American citizens without even charging them with a crime, passport revocations likely seem trivial by comparison. But opponents of the measure said it was a big deal nonetheless. . .”
Matt Latimer, Politico: “Trump Schools the Republican Establishment”
“GOP elites are only making The Donald stronger.
“‘Kids, you tried your best and you failed miserably,’ the great Homer Simpson once observed. ‘The lesson is: never try.’
That’s probably how the so-called “smart set” within the Republican Party feels these days. Ever since Mitt Romney’s 2012 defeat—a loss that caught everyone off guard except for people who followed public opinion polls or read a newspaper—we Republicans were promised a tough, new approach to the presidential primary process.
“No longer would the ‘non-serious candidates’—a term the bigwigs applied to people like Michele Bachmann or Herman Cain—be permitted to dominate the news cycles. This time the GOP would be a well-oiled machine, with a handful of candidates who quickly and quietly made way for the coronation of King Bush the Third.
“And yet here we are.
“The first GOP debate, televised on August 6 on Fox News, is already a total backfire for the establishment. Based on the latest polls, it will likely include every single one of the candidates the Republican elite despises: Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz—and banish to the losers’ consolation round exactly the types of candidates the establishment presumably wants to showcase: a female business leader, an Indian-American son of immigrants and the consensus-building governor of the crucial electoral state of Ohio.
“The controlled, somber and oh-so-civilized process that the GOP promised its donors is now the biggest free-for-all in American political history. The blame for this, of course, is all being thrown in one direction.
“Channeling their best William Shatner, GOP leaders everywhere are clenching their fists, looking skyward, and bellowing, “Trummmmmmp!”
“But, come on, the very idea that party leaders could “manage” the primary process, and bully people like Trump out, was hubris in the first place. . .”
Susan Ferrichio, Washington Examiner: “Punished conservative moves to oust Boehner”
“. . . Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., was temporarily removed from his post chairing a House Oversight subcommittee after voting against a procedural measure to advance a critical trade bill earlier this summer.
“He was later restored to his post thanks to protests from his rank-and-file conservative allies, but Meadows apparently wasn’t satisfied.
Meadows Tuesday introduced a resolution “Declaring the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives vacant.”
“The move, according to GOP leadership staff, does not require immediate consideration from the House, where it might have won support from a faction of conservatives who think Boehner is too moderate and have long pined for his ouster.
“Twice in Boehner’s three terms as speaker, a faction of conservatives has voted against him when he stood for re-election to the speaker’s post, and the group frequently votes against measures they believe stray from conservative priorities.
“Instead, Republican leadership aides said, the Meadows measure will be referred to the House Rules Committee, which functions as an arm of the leadership and is thus unlikely to even take it up. . .”
Immigration: Drudge Links (7/29/15)
CRISIS MOUNTS: APPREHENDING 3,100 ILLEGALS A WEEK… SURGE OF SYRIAN REFUGEES INTO USA STIRS SECURITY FEARS… VIOLENT STREET GANGS RECRUITING NEWLY ARRIVED YOUTH… Freed Illegal Charged With Rape, Murder, Attempted Murder… Feds Told Local Sheriff To Free Him…
END NOTE . . .
David Daley, Salon: “Camille Paglia takes on Jon Stewart, Trump, Sanders: “Liberals think of themselves as very open-minded, but that’s simply not true!”
“Trump’s a carnival barker, but funnier than Stewart. Richard Dawkins is a joke. Sanders and Drudge earn approval”
“You’re an atheist, and yet I don’t ever see you sneer at religion in the way that the very aggressive atheist class right now often will. What do you make of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and the religion critics who seem not to have respect for religions for faith?
“I regard them as adolescents. I say in the introduction to my last book, ‘Glittering Images’, that ‘Sneering at religion is juvenile, symptomatic of a stunted imagination.’ It exposes a state of perpetual adolescence that has something to do with their parents– they’re still sneering at dad in some way. “Richard Dawkins was the only high-profile atheist out there when I began publicly saying ‘I am an atheist,’ on my book tours in the early 1990s. I started the fad for it in the U.S, because all of a sudden people, including leftist journalists, started coming out of the closet to publicly claim their atheist identities, which they weren’t bold enough to do before. But the point is that I felt it was perfectly legitimate for me to do that because of my great respect for religion in general–from the iconography to the sacred architecture and so forth. I was arguing that religion should be put at the center of any kind of multicultural curriculum.
“I’m speaking here as an atheist. I don’t believe there is a God, but I respect every religion deeply. All the great world religions contain a complex system of beliefs regarding the nature of the universe and human life that is far more profound than anything that liberalism has produced. . .”