ALERTS: Joanne – Common Core; Janet – Planned slaughter; GOLDBERG – Trump/Sanders.
IRAN: McCARTHY – Obama misled us.
DEBATES: WASHINGTON EXAMINER – Donald = Barry; COOKE – Trump virus; DRUDGE LINKS – 8/12/15.
THE HILLARY: GOLDBERG – Who will keep the coalition together?; DINAN – Clinton surrenders; DRUDGE LINKS – 8/12/15.
PA: KNEPPER – Pension legislation immortal
LEAD: OLIPHANT – Russia/NATO Rehearse.
END NOTE: LEVIN – 8/11/15.
“If you are going to fart, fart proudly!” Ben Franklin
Common Core: Joanne
Hi Again, .
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.
Jonah Goldberg: LA Times: “GOP’s Trump problem will fade, but Democrats’ Bernie Sanders troubles are just beginning”
“It’s understandable that all eyes have been on the insane food fight Donald Trump has instigated on the right. Even Trump’s biggest detractors — and I count myself among their number — have to concede that Trump is awfully entertaining. But while the spectacle on the right seems like a canceled TV reality show pilot — call it “Desperate Billionaires of Manhattan” — the spectacle on the left is no less fascinating or significant.
“Sanders, the lifelong independent socialist running for the Democratic nomination, has been gathering historic crowds, much larger than anything Hillary Rodham Clinton or Trump have been able to manage. Saturday’s rally drew 15,000 people. The following night in Portland, Ore., 28,000 reportedly attended. The best Clinton has done — in her adopted home state of New York, at her kickoff event no less — was 5,500.
“The Clinton team is clearly nervous. Her poll numbers have been plummeting as Sanders’ have been surging. The campaign moved up its ad buys from November to this month. She’s been tacking ever further left.
“The trouble for Clinton and the Democrats generally is that while Barack Obama was able to unite the factions of the left to get himself elected, it’s not clear anyone else can.
“Obama wanted to be a Reagan of the left, a ‘transformative’ president who moved the magnetic poles of American politics leftward. The jury is out on that project, but he did succeed in at least one sense. Reagan united foreign policy hawks, social conservatives and economic conservatives — the famous three legs to the stool of the conservative movement.
“Obama did something very similar on the left. He united the civil rights or identity politics wing, the economic or egalitarian wing and the more elitist technocratic wing. Obviously, these movements overlap — just as the different factions of the Reagan coalition overlapped — but each has its own priorities and passions.
“Aided by his experience as a former community organizer and his historic status as the first black president, Obama held the coalition together through force of personality.
“The Democratic Party has always had internal conflicts. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s coalition contained socialist Jews and blacks and Southern segregationists. That coalition held for 20 years after his presidency. But the Obama coalition seems to be fraying while he’s still in office, and none of his presumptive heirs have the charisma or skills to repair or sustain the coalition.
“Sanders has charm, but the Jewish socialist transplant from Brooklyn has spent his political life in a state that has only 7,500 blacks. He lacks the vocabulary to appeal beyond the white left. Meanwhile, the black left, an indispensable voting bloc, has no standard-bearer in the primaries and is clearly angry about it. . .”
IRAN . . .
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “How Obama Misled Us about the Concessions He Was Making to Iran”
In a new report, MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute) reveals that, according to Iranian officials, the Obama administration initiated secret negotiations with Iran not after the 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani, but rather in 2011 when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was still Iran’s president. That means the administration did not wait to reach out until Iran was governed by Rouhani, the purportedly “pragmatic” moderate the Obama administration contrasts with Iranian “hardliners” who supposedly oppose the Iran deal. It reached out when Ahmadinejad, an unapologetic “Death to America, death to Israel” hardliner, was running Iran’s government.
“To be clear, these distinctions are nonsensical. In Iran, the president is not in charge; the president is subordinate to the nation’s sharia jurists, the chief of whom is ‘supreme leader’ Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. As I observed last week, Khamenei is a hardliner through and through. So is Rouhani — a protégé of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of Iran’s jihadist regime. Rouhani, a close friend and adviser of Khamenei, has been a staunch advocate of Iran’s nuclear program and a leader in crushing dissident protests. There is no meaningful difference between Iran in the Ahamdinejad era and in the Rouhani era. Nevertheless, the Obama administration promoted the fiction that the election of Rouhani — who would not have been permitted to run had Khamenei objected — marked a hopeful Iranian turn toward moderation. This, we were to believe, was a worthy justification for engaging in direct negotiations with the regime on its nuclear program. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/422363/obama-iran-negotiations-new-documents-rouhani-ahmadinejad
DEBATES . . .
Washington Examiner: “Donald Trump is just like President Obama where it counts”
Moving from one dictator to a second . . .
“. . . Trump doesn’t fit neatly into the categories of established politicians — and again, some people take this as some sort of selling point. But the most important similarity he bears to anyone in politics today is to President Obama. Trump frequently invokes his personal negotiating skills as the solution to problems the nation faces.
“Obama did something similar when he was running for president. He claimed that his personal charm, his even temperament, his willingness to talk and even his religious heritage (being the son of a Muslim) were special ingredients that could solve longstanding world problems where generations of lawmakers and diplomats had failed.
“It was an amazingly arrogant attitude, and the results have been disastrous. Now just imagine America with an older, less knowledgeable, rude and charmless version of Obama as its president, and you get some idea of what Trump is all about.”
Charles C.W. Cooke, NRO: “The Trump Virus and Its Symptoms”
Thx Ted! “A plague is sweeping the land, gathering victims of all shapes and sizes and turning them into fools. Its name — for now — is Trumpism.
“The Trump virus’s primary effect is twofold: First, it implants in its hosts the unshakable conviction that one of the most execrable clowns in the history of these United States is a hero who deserves to be elevated to the White House; then, having inculcated the conceit, it removes the faculties that are necessary for its removal. The results are ruinous. As might the partisans of a deliberately unfalsifiable conspiracy theory, those who have been stricken soon come to believe in earnest that there is no such thing as a fair-minded or legitimate criticism of their swashbuckling charge, and that all embarrassments, mistakes, and inadequacies are in fact signs of imminent victory.
To converse at length with a committed Trumpite is, in consequence, akin in nature to conversing at length with a moon-landing denier: Every protestation is taken as a clear indication of complicity in the cover-up; distinctions between matters of minor and major import are disintegrated at will; run-of-the-mill inquiries are received as telltale signs of “fear” or of “hatred”; and bluster and the turning of rhetorical tables (“so who do you like: Jeb?”) substitute for patience and for forthrightness. There is a certain irony in this. By their own insistence, Trump’s devotees consider themselves to be the rebels at the gates; by their dull, unreflective, often ovine behavior, they resemble binary and nuancless [sic!] drones, as might be found in a novel by Aldous Huxley or Yevgeny Zamyatin.
“In parallel, the Trump virus yields a second — and equally potent — symptom: It provokes otherwise intelligent people into an ugly form of civil confusion. Because the Trumpite has invariably arrived at his conclusion before he has considered his premises, he is prone to disastrous conflation when pressed to explain himself. Thus does he mistake boorishness and vapidity for courage and the common touch. Thus does he muddle together self-interest and public spiritedness. Thus, ultimately, does he come to believe that fatal weaknesses should be conceived as dazzling strengths. In a sane world it would be abundantly clear to anybody whose research skills extend to the casual use of Wikipedia that Donald Trump not only lacks crucial government experience but that, insofar as he has hitherto connected with that world, his behavior has been appalling. And yet, because Washington is a mess and a plague o’ both your houses! tendency currently obtains, the Trumpite is prone to assert without evidence or reason that these clear deficiencies are in fact a remedy for its ills. In the main, such gymnastics are roundly comical — comparable, perhaps, to a person’s choosing a disabled man to run in a marathon because he is especially bombastic. ‘But he can’t even walk,’ the naysayers might observe. ‘That’s the point!’ would come the inexplicable reply. ‘He’s not like the others!’ . . .”
Drudge Links (8/12/15)
LOS ANGELES BERNS… Crowd of 27,000… Eye-Popping West Coast Swing… Sanders Scores National Nurses Union Endorsement… VIDEO: Hillary Defends ‘Incredibly Impressive’ Megyn Kelly… MEGYN: ‘NO FEAR OR FAVOR’… TRUMP KEEPS ROLLING… CRUZ: ‘Foolish’ for GOP to criticize… Nancy Reagan invites 16 candidates to next debate…
THE HILLARY . . .
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Neither Hillary nor Bernie Is Up to the Task of Holding the Obama Coalition Together”
“. . . It’s understandable that all eyes have been on the insane food fight Donald Trump has instigated on the right. Even Trump’s biggest detractors — and I count myself among their number — have to concede that Trump is awfully entertaining. But while the spectacle on the right seems like a canceled TV-reality-show pilot — call it Desperate Billionaires of Manhattan Gone Wild — the spectacle on the left is no less fascinating or significant. Sanders, the lifelong independent socialist running for the Democratic nomination, has been gathering historic crowds, much larger than anything Hillary Rodham Clinton or Trump have been able to manage. A second rally Saturday in Seattle drew 15,000 people. The following night in Portland, Ore., 28,000 reportedly attended. The best Clinton has done — in her adopted home state of New York, at her kickoff event no less — was 5,500. “The Clinton team is clearly nervous. Her poll numbers have been plummeting as Sanders’s have been surging. The campaign moved up its ad buys from November to this month. She’s been tacking ever further left. The trouble for Clinton and the Democrats generally is that while Barack Obama was able to unite the factions of the Left to get himself elected, it’s not clear anyone else can. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/422405/gops-trump-problem-will-fade-democrats-bernie-sanders-troubles-are-just-beginning
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “Clinton to surrender email server to feds; watchdog confirms ‘top secret’ content”
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she will turn her email server over to federal investigators, as a key watchdog confirmed Tuesday that her emails did contain “top secret” material that was even more sensitive than previously disclosed.
“Nick Merrill, a spokesman for the former senator and first lady, said she directed her team to give investigators both her server, which she used exclusively for emails during her tenure in the State Department, and a flash drive that her lawyer has, and which also has copies of the messages.
“‘She pledged to cooperate with the government’s security inquiry, and if there are more questions, we will continue to address them,’ Mr. Merrill said.
“The decision was announced just hours after I. Charles McCullough III, the inspector general for the intelligence community, said he has concluded two of Mrs. Clinton’s emails met the standard of “top secret/SCI level,” while other messages are still being scrutinized to see how secret they should have been.
“Mrs. Clinton had initially said no classified information was sent or received on her server, though she has more recently clarified that only means no material that was officially marked as classified at the time. . .”
Drudge Links (8/12/15)
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Bad (Pension) Legislation Never Dies”
“Bad legislation never dies in Harrisburg, and it doesn’t even slowly fade away.
“So the Tobash plan for changing the design of pensions for certain classes of new employees is getting another push. The Tobash plan, HB 1499, is sponsored by Rep. Mike Tobash (R-Schuylkill), but it was originally the idea of folks at the Public Employees Retirement Commission (PERC). It is their duty with respect to the state pensions systems ‘to assure their actuarial viability through a review of any proposed legislative changes in those plans.’
“When reviewing HB 900 this past June, which really does ‘stop the bleeding’ and would eliminate the unfunded liabilities of SERS and PSERS over 20 years, PERC decided that it was more important for legislators to consider other budget priorities. In other words, the institution, whose sole purpose is to assure the soundness of public employee pensions, instructed legislators in PERC’s review of HB 900 to continue their dreadful and harmful 12 year policy of diverting funds from pensions to other purposes.
“Perhaps it’s just a coincidence that four of the nine members of PERC’s board are legislators, and one of them is Rep. Tobash. The other five members are gubernatorial appointees. What incentive do they have to assure that pensions will be adequately funded when the last three governors, including the current one, wanted no such thing? . . .”
LEAD . . .
Roland Oliphant, UK Telegraph: “Russia and Nato ‘actively preparing for war’”
“Rival war games by Russian armed forces and Nato represent greatest build up of military tension in Europe since Cold War, warns think tank
“Rival exercises by the Russian armed forces and Nato have led to several near-miss incidents that could result in confrontation between the two sides, and leaders need to consider a new arms control treaty to avert the possibility of heightened tensions spilling into war.
“The report by the European Leadership Network, a think tank, comes amid the most intense fighting for six months in eastern Ukraine and as Michael Fallon, the defence minister, pledged to expand a British army training mission to Ukraine.
“We do not suggest that the leadership of either side has made a decision to go to war or that a military conflict between the two is inevitable, but that the changed profile of exercises is a fact and it does play a role in sustaining the current climate of tensions in Europe,” the authors write. . .”
END NOTE . . .
Mark Levin (8/11/15)
On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show: The Democrat party is trying to rewrite American history by banning names and symbols, first with the Confederate Flag and now with the Jefferson-Jackson dinners. Instead of attacking men like Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, we should ban the phrase Democratic Party. The Democrat party is an organization through which terrible things have been done, from Jim Crow to the internment of Japanese-Americans. Democrats have whitewashed their history – the DNC has wiped over 50 years of its post-Civil War activity – and are trying to do the same for all of America.
“Also, why hasn’t the National Guard been called into Ferguson, MO to put down the riots? There should be a zero tolerance policy for rioters now, especially after what the left has done to destroy a small town for political purposes.”