ALERTS: Joanne – Common Core; Janet – Planned slaughter; GRISWOLD – Planned Parenthood breaks the law.
DEBATES: FIORINA – Progressives; UNION LEADER – Check Carly; OTT – Throw every punch; YORK – Red State shining; Drudge Links 8/10/15.
IRAN: ZUBIN – Dangers in the deal; CHAITIN – 3 Jewish Dems won’t deal.
THE HILLARY: NY POST: News get worse.
PA: STAUB – Corruption everywhere; SNYDER – Ups & Downs;
LEAD: DRIESSEN – EPA abuse.
END NOTE: UNION LEADER – Trump a D?
Assets – Trump claims billions, Walker is poorest: (Minus) $72,000. Elect him!
“‘The ruling class demonizes any questioning of its demands,’ says Boston University professor emeritus Angelo Codevilla. ‘The pretexts differ from issue to issue,’ he notes. ‘But the reality is the same: Bow or be persecuted.… Consequently, if we wish to remain who we are in the face of threats and declamations meant to force us to honor intellectual and moral falsehoods, we have no alternative but clearly and loudly to distinguish between true and false, and fully make the case for what we believe to be right.’. . .”
Common Core: Joanne
I am truly sorry for bothering everyone again, but it’s been brought to my attention that my choice of words in the E-Mail below wasn’t right and I’d like to make it as accurate as possible. I am including the E-Mail below with the correction included. I said: “the federal government created the standards, not the states.” It is true that the states DID NOT create the standards, but to be totally correct, the sentence should read: “The standards were NOT created by the states. The standards were a national initiative driven by outside groups; however, the federal government created the financial strings to motivate the usage of the standards. “
The extremely knowledgeable individual who sent me this correction also added some enlightening information that might interest you. She has been working in this fight for far longer than I and I trust her statements completely. This is what she said:
“Many people do not know this but after Obama got in office, and Duncan became the Secy of Ed, several people came on board at the US Dept of Ed as major staff members that were originally employees of the Gates Foundation. Somewhere in our initial research, XXXX and I found articles about these people moving over to the Dept of Ed. I know there were at least two Gates people that went to the Dept of Ed. That move alone allowed the standards to go from a national initiative to one that had the blessing of the federal government.
I personally think the Bush family has been a danger to the education system in this country. The elder Bush was a member of an international group that Mrs.Gates also belongs to. Had Bush not created NCLB then it would have been more difficult for the federal government to get involved in the first place.”
Planned slaughter . . .
Here is a list of organized sites. If there isn’t one near you, organize one! If you aren’t going to participate you are part of the problem and not any better than the political hacks we now have in DC. It this “offends” so be it! This country now isn’t any better than the Nazis were. We cannot claim that “we didn’t know” like the Germans did when they walked through the concentration camps! #neveragainisnow
for the babies AND for the Christians being slaughtered by ISIS.
Alex Griswold, Mediaite: “Yes, Planned Parenthood Is Breaking the Law”
On the one hand, we kill our children, on the other we welcome impulsive, needy immigrants . . . The Republicans will make them sweat and the Democrats will make them vote . . . meanwhile the few, the living, the planners, those with a sense of the future become the slaves who pay everyone else’s bills . . .
“. . . Those who are disgusted watching Planned Parenthood employees describing the best way to “crush” fetuses, joking about how they’ll use the proceeds to buy a Lamborghini, and laughing while holding an aborted fetus’ limbs that “It’s a boy!” aren’t disgusted because they think its illegal. They’re disgusted because it’s morally repulsive. It may very well be that Planned Parenthood’s actions fall within the law; to me, that only demonstrates the absurdity of our nation’s abortion law.
“But Planned Parenthood’s defense fails on one more important point: that’s not the only law they’re accused of breaking. And when it comes to one particular federal provision, Planned Parenthood is unquestionably guilty of breaking the law.
“Federal law clearly states that while fetal donation may be legal, it is against the law to alter abortion practices in order to obtain fetal organs. Fetal donation is only proscribed when ‘no alteration of the timing, method, or procedures used to terminate the pregnancy was made solely for the purposes of obtaining the tissue.’
“As to whether or not the Planned Parenthood videos show the organization is ‘altering’ its procedures to obtain fetal organs, the answer is an unqualified yes. . . “
Also – Kit Daniels, InfoWars: “Virginia Bans Confederate Flag Plates, But Not Planned Parenthood Plates”
“. . . “The affected motorists will be sent new Sons of Confederate Veterans tags along with a letter telling them they have 30 days before the old plate is invalid…,” The Virginian-Pilot reported. “However, the replacement tag doesn’t exist yet.”
“‘The Dept. of Motor Vehicles will work with the heritage group to come up with a new flagless plate design, [DMV spokesperson] Brubaker said, then the plate has to be manufactured and sent to holders of the specialty plate.’
“Virginia, however, will continue to sell pro-abortion ‘Trust Women, Respect Choice’ Planned Parenthood license plates, the proceeds of which help fund the organization, despite the shocking undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood discussing the sale of aborted baby parts for profit.
DEBATES . . .
Carly Fiorina, RCP: “Income Inequality Is Worse Under Progressive Policies”
“CHRIS WALLACE: What would President Fiorina do to jump-start this economy and be specific? “CARLY FIORINA: First, we have to remember what the engine of economic growth is in this nation. You know what it is? Small businesses. Family-owned businesses. Community-based businesses. I started out as a nine-person real estate firm typing and filing. That’s how most people start. Two-thirds of misses [sic!] are supported by small businesses. We’re crushing them. That’s why we have to roll back this regulatory burden. Take a 70,000 page tax code and make it three pages. Because guess what. When have a big costly complicated government. Only the big, the powerful, wealthy and well connected can deal with it. It’s called crony capitalism. It is why we just reduce the size of government. So, we have to get small businesses up and growing again. To do so, we just reduce the power, the scope, the complexity of government. “CHRIS WALLACE: What would you do about taxes? Are you going to cut corporate taxes? Are you going to cut taxes on the higher income people? And if you do, or if you’re going to campaign on that, you know that Hillary Clinton will say trickle down economics? “CARLY FIORINA: Yeah, we have about a 75,000 page tax code today. And that complexity favors the wealthy and the big and the well had [sic!] connected because they have hire the accountants and lawyers to figure out how to make that complexity work for them. We got to get it down three. The lower over rate, close every loophole. Maybe there’s one or two loopholes that really help the middle class, but most of these deductions and loopholes and complexities actually benefit the wealthy, the powerful, the well connected. But yes, our tax code isn’t competitive anymore. It’s ridiculous that we have the highest tax rate in the world when we’re trying to attract jobs here. So lower every rate, close every loophole. “CHRIS WALLACE: So when Hillary Clinton says, “Yeah, and the rich are going to make out like bandits.” CARLY FIORINA: What I would point out to Hillary Clinton is that every single one of the policies that she is currently pursuing makes income inequality worse. Exhibit A: income inequality under the Obama administration. Exhibit B: every liberal state in this nation. I spent twelve years in the state of California, a state that’s been ruled by liberals for a long time. And guess what you have: about a hundred and thirty billionaires–good for them–the highest poverty rates in the nation, the exodus of the middle class, the destruction of industry after industry after industry. Income inequality is worse under progressive policies, because progressive policies favor the wealthy, the well-connected, and the powerful.”
Union Leader: “Fiorina’s breakthrough: She has earned a look”
“America got to see all 17 Republican presidential candidates on stage last week, most of them twice. From the combined Monday and Thursday events, there is one obvious conclusion: Carly Fiorina is a formidable candidate.
“The first woman to run a Fortune 500 company, Fiorina has never been elected to public office (though she made a good run for U.S. Senate in California in 2010). The former Hewlett–Packard CEO had little national name recognition going into last week, which placed her in Thursday’s preliminary debate per FOX News’s ill-considered, poll-based criteria. Her performances on stage last week changed all that.
“At the Voters First Presidential Forum at St. Anselm College on Monday and the FOX News debate on Thursday, Fiorina was well-prepared, forceful and commanding. She outperformed every professional politician save the exceptionally gifted Marco Rubio, which is no mean feat. That includes the longest-serving governor of the nation’s second-largest state, a former Harvard University debate champion, and the two-term governor of America’s third-largest state who is also the eldest son of one of America’s most prominent political families.
“Fiorina has a surprising grasp of the issues for a non-politician, and her ability to speak with precision, clarity and wit, even under great pressure, is a skill shared by few people in any line of work. Fiorina has earned a seat at the adults’ table. How she handles herself there will determine whether voters consider her truly presidential material.”
Scott Ott, PJM: “Carly Fiorina: ‘We Must Have a Nominee Who Throws Every Punch. We Must Win in 2016.’”
“To their feet in the first five minutes…that’s what Carly Fiorina did to the crowd of conservatives at RedState Gathering 2015. She seemed to receive more frequent and more vigourous [sic!] approbation than Chris Christie, Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal who preceded her at the podium. Speaking without notes, she made it clear that she has worked through the issues, and fashioned compelling ways to express her views on them.
“‘We must win in 2016,’ Fiorina said, “We must have a nominee who throws every punch.’ This is, of course, a veiled acknowledgement of her sex, and the difficulty a male candidate might have going full Ronda Rousey on a female Democratic candidate.
“Not only does Fiorina say she can win, but more importantly she says she can do the job, because she understands the economy and the devastating impact of dependency. The engine of growth is small, often-family, businesses. And we’re now destroying more small businesses than we’re creating — more than at any time in American history. It’s a preventable and curable condition.
“She spoke with conviction about unlocking the potential of every American, freeing them from the indignity of government dependency and making sure that a zip code is not a fence when it comes to education.
“We have to give every parent a choice so that every child has a chance,” Fiorina said.
“‘The highest calling of leadership is to challenge the status quo,’ she said, indicating that this would require a president who understands Washington and geopolitical strategy, but who is not of Washington. . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Amid Trump mess, GOP candidates shine at Red State”
When the hawks (The Fox News team) stay away, the other birds sing and prance . . . Megan did her job!
“A parade of Republican presidential candidates marched through — Chris Christie, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker — and not one of them bombed. Not one underwhelmed, disappointed, or mailed it in. Instead, the GOP hopefuls were sharp, fired-up, and focused, even as the embarrassments of the latest Trump controversy threatened to overshadow it all.
Why were they so good? Here’s a theory: The candidates prepared like crazy for the recent Cleveland debate, honing their arguments, finding the most effective way to express their positions. Most of that material was never used — there was no time, given the constraints of a big-field debate. Plus, they were terrified of making a mistake in front of the huge Fox News audience. So now, with all that preparation, and with more time — and without the crushing pressure and nerves of the debate — they’re letting go with their newly-polished best stuff.
Drudge Links (8/10/15)
NBCNEWS ‘SCIENTIFIC’ POLL: TRUMP INCREASES LEAD AFTER DEBATE… WOMEN WARN MEGYN: BACK OFF DONALD… PEYSER: Haters need to man up and deal… BAD BLOOD… Bruising fight among 17 candidates… Carly and Cruz Surge…
IRAN . . .
Robert Zubrin, PJM: “The Real Danger of the Iran Deal”
“Spoiler Alert: I will now reveal the actual contents of the Obama administration’s proposed agreement with the Tehran regime. Here it is:
“In exchange for pretending to halt its nuclear bomb program for one year, Iran will be given the funds it needs to take over Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Afghanistan. Once that is done, the bomb program will be able to proceed on a greatly expanded scale, without credible threat of interference.
“It is in this light that the deal needs to be evaluated.
“All of the critiques of the deal which point out that its text would allow Iran to develop an atomic bomb ten years from now are true enough, but miss the barn entirely. What matters is not what it says it will allow ten years from now, but how its acceptance will affect the balance of forces between Iran and its opponents one year from now. Because it is the balance of forces, and not the text, that will determine what either side is able to do.
“Obama’s agreement has been compared to both the failed North Korean anti-proliferation accords and the Munich Agreement. While there is a superficial resemblance to the North Korean agreements, since they also fecklessly allowed an outlaw nation to develop nuclear weapons, Munich is in fact the much better analogy. The reason for this is that the North Korean regime is bordered on all sides by stronger powers. It is thus contained. There is no credible threat that North Korea can conquer Russia, China, Japan, or even South Korea. The Norks can yell and scream and wave their bombs around, but they are not going anywhere. Iran, on the other hand, is surrounded by weaker powers and is very much on the march. This is why the Munich comparison is so apt.
“The problem with the Munich Agreement was not merely that it encouraged Hitler, but that it enabled Hitler. By giving away Czechoslovakia, Chamberlain not only silenced Hitler’s domestic opposition, he threw away 35 Czech divisions and handed the Germans control of the superb Czech armaments industry. Furthermore, he exposed Poland’s entire southern border to Nazi attack, thereby rendering that country indefensible. With Poland thus offered for sacrifice, the Soviets saw no reason why they shouldn’t cut a deal with Hitler and take their share. . .”
Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner: “Another Jewish Democrat ditches Iran deal”
“Following in the footsteps of New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., another Democratic Jewish member of Congress has announced he will oppose the Iran nuclear agreement.
“‘I will vote against the Iran deal,’ declared California Rep. Brad Sherman in a press release on Friday. ‘This Agreement is the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It contains the good and the bad in the first year, and gets ugly in the years thereafter.’
“The news of Sherman’s opposition is another blow to the Obama administration. During the August recess, the administration has been working to create a large enough bloc in Congress to sustain the deal through an anticipated veto of legislation from Congress disapproving the deal. . .”
THE HILLARY . . .
“The investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private account for official e-mails has just taken a significant turn: The FBI is now actively looking into the security of her secret home server.
“It also wants to know what her lawyer is doing to protect the thumb drive he’s holding — a drive holding copies of tens of thousands of her e-mails.
“Clinton’s lawyer and campaign dismissed this revelation as old news, but a federal source with knowledge of the probe told The Post’s Jamie Schram and Laura Italiano it could “lead to criminal violations.”
“Hmm. Instead of checking out security, why don’t the feds take the drive into custody? In fact, a conservative activist is asking a judge to do just that in order to preserve the evidence.
“Yes, Clinton turned over 30,000 e-mails to the State Department — but many were heavily redacted. And her staff deleted 31,000 separate messages they alone decided were “personal,” then destroyed the server.
“And two inspectors general, in a search of just 40 of those e-mails, found classified information on four — reportedly, secrets from five different US intelligence agencies. Which means thousands of other e-mails likely have such info.
“But the Clintons have always looked the other way at such negligence: Bill Clinton’s CIA director, John Deutsch, stored 17,000 pages of top-secret documents on his home computer — and got a Clinton presidential pardon for it.
“Hillary Clinton ignored all the security rules to hide her e-mails. That she insists this isn’t a serious problem raises real questions about her fitness for the presidency.”
PA . . .
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Week in Review: Corruption seeping into ‘every corner’ of Pennsylvania”
“Auditor General Eugene DePasquale best summed up the state of affairs in Pennsylvania this week.
“‘Every corner of this state seems to be currently affected with some type of alleged or confirmed public corruption,’ he said. ‘This must end.’
“Corruption investigations have stretched from Harrisburg, where Attorney General Kathleen Kane is facing a litany of charges tied to leaking secretive grand jury information to enact revenge on a political foe, to cities such as Reading, where one official took a bribe to repeal an ethics law.
“If that isn’t enough to make Pennsylvanians cynical about their governments, we’ve also got the ongoing saga of one town that’s still taking away a girl’s treehouse and, of course, pension problems.
“Here’s a look back at this week’s coverage . . .”
Sy Snyder, Politics PA: 8/7 Ups & Downs
“Kathleen Kane. Well after months of speculation, yesterday the news finally arrived. Attorney General Kathleen Kane was charged on five counts including perjury and criminal conspiracy. Politically, professionally and personally Kane has been in a downward spiral ever since a rather benign story caught her ire. Soon, the AG will be formally arraigned and eventually will have her day in court. Barring several surprises and the comeback of the century, however, this once bright star is violently imploding.
“Patrick Murphy. Coincidentally, just as Kane is descending into her deepest valley, her 2012 primary opponent is scaling his tallest mountain. This week we learned that the former Congressman and Iraq War veteran will be nominated by President Obama to be Under Secretary of the Army. In a strange twist, it was Murphy’s support of Obama that likely cost him the AG nomination three years ago, as President Clinton personally campaigned for Kane. Now his triumph parallels her tragedy.
“PA Dems. State Treasurer Rob McCord, Congressman Chaka Fattah, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer and now Attorney General Kathleen Kane. What do they have in common? They’re all Democrats and they’re all in some form of legal trouble. Not to mention Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget standoff, the upcoming McGinty-Sestak primary battle, Chairman Jim Burn’s resignation and the disastrous 2014 legislative results. The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is in desperate need of an intervention.
“Katie McGinty. One Democrat who is doing well, however, is Katie McGinty. After officially jumping into the 2016 Senate race, the candidate brought in two important endorsements. On Wednesday, the United Steelworkers announced their support, the first major labor union to get involved in the contest. Then on Thursday, EMILY’s List formally backed her. With Hillary Clinton expected at the top of the 2016 ticket, it is highly likely that EMILY’s List fights hard to get McGinty on the ballot as well.
“Delco GOP. Delaware County Republicans had to defend a State House seat on Tuesday night. They were not successful. Democrat Leanne Krueger-Braneky only received 47.68% of the vote, but thanks to the write-in campaign of a tea party activist, it was enough for victory. Now the GOP must try to win back HD-161 while facing a less advantageous presidential-level turnout. It will be a key battle in one of PA’s most crucial counties.”
LEAD . . .
Paul Driessen, Townhall: “EPA’s Punitive, Fraudulent Clean Power Plan”
“The Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan (CPP) requires that states reduce their electric utility sector carbon dioxide emissions an average of 32% below 2005 levels by 2030. Over 1,560 pages dictate returning CO2 emissions almost to 1975 levels, while our population grows by 40 million.
“Some 30 states will have to slash their power plant CO2 emissions by more than 32% and at least 12 will have to implement 40-48% reductions. That is a tall order, since all those states now get 50-96% of their electricity from coal, and all of them depend on coal plus natural gas for nearly all their electric power. Imposing that transition and a conversion to 20% or more expensive and unreliable wind and solar energy by 2030 will be disastrous. It will bankrupt families, businesses, industries, communities and even states.
“Electricity rates will rise not merely to the 15-17 cents/kWh in “green energy” states like California,from the 8-9 cents per kilowatt-hour currently paid in coal-reliant states. They could skyrocketto the 36-40 cents/kWh now paid in Denmark and Germany (70-80 cents when taxpayer subsidies are included).
“That will hammer everything we make, grow, ship, eat and do. . .”
END NOTE . . .
NH Union Leader: “Trump’s party: Is he really a Republican?”
“What, exactly, makes Donald Trump a Republican?
“In the opening of last Friday’s Republican presidential debate, Trump refused to rule out running for President as an independent if he did not get the Republican nomination. He refused to pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee. These are basic tests of party loyalty, and he failed them.
“He said during the debate that single-payer health care “works in Canada, it works incredibly well in Scotland.” Single-payer health care means socialized health insurance, which Republicans oppose. Trump has ruled out touching federal entitlement programs. He has criticized all Republican presidential candidates who propose any changes that will save Social Security or reform Medicare and Medicaid, calling reform proposals ‘attacks’ on entitlement programs.
“He once proposed a 14.25 percent tax on the net worth of anyone with assets of $10 million or more, a leftist wealth transfer scheme not even Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama would dare suggest. In his own book in 2000, he supported an ‘assault weapons’ ban.
“A single one of these points would prompt conservatives to question any other candidate’s bona-fides. In sum, they show that Trump is far out of step with the party whose presidential nomination he so aggressively seeks.”