ALERTS: Planned Parenthood Protest; Janet – Planned slaughter; Reimer – Citizen Involvement Coalition.
LEADS: WALKER – Healthcare; GLICK – Mid-East confusion; JEFFREY – Debt still frozen; HANSON – Trump to fade.
THE HILLARY: SCARBOROUGH – eMails sensitive; COOKE – Her server; STRASSEL – USS Clinton leaks; DRUDGE LINKS (8/13-14)
PA: STAUB – Kenney sided with unions; SNYDER – Politics PA.
END NOTE: HENNINGER – GOP in Brooklyn bars.
What: Protest PP’s harvesting and selling of aborted baby parts
Where: Planned Parenthood facilities across America
When: August 22, 2015 from 9:00am-11:00am
Contact: Email or call 773-777-2900
ProtestPP.com is dedicated to the peaceful exercise of our First Amendment rights of free speech and public protest. ProtestPP.com will vigorously defend those rights and repudiates all abortion related violence.
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.
Don Reimer: “Civic and Citizen Involvement Coalition”
Diana and I ask you to accept this personal invitation to Civic and Citizen Involvement Coalition for its initial presentation of two audio-visual community-based enterprises.
The presentations will be of interest to people of faith and civic-minded citizens: Faith Beyond the Church Door and Self-Governance Rediscovered.
Doors open at 6:30 pm with light refreshment. The presentation begins promptly at 7:00 pm this coming Tuesday, 18th of August. Join us in the Community Room, Lansdale Public Library, 301 Vine St, Lansdale, PA .
By forwarded email, if you agree, please extend this invitation to your group (Valley Forge Patriots) members.
Please note the attachment. Thank you.
Don and Diana Reimer, Civic and Citizen Involvement Coalition, 215-361-3094 h
LEADS . . .
Carly is probably the “presidential kingmaker” . . none of the clowns would refuse her invitation to the big dance . . . and that’s just fine!
“Donald Trump isn’t going to crown himself the next Republican president. Reversing Mr. Trump’s negatives with voters beyond his affinity group would make the loaves and the fishes look like child’s play. But Mr. Trump just did something unique in presidential politics: He delivered 24 million prospective voters to the Republican Party in its Aug. 6 primary debate on Fox News. It is a mind-boggling number.” Daniel Henninger
Scott Walker, NRO: “We Don’t Like Obamacare, and We Don’t Have to Keep It”
“Let’s be honest. Obamacare was nothing more than a bait and switch. But Americans never took the bait. In 2010, as President Obama and his fellow Democrats were trying desperately to ram Obamacare down our throats, they made one false claim after another. They told us health-care premiums would go down. They insisted if you liked your health-care plan you could keep it. They guaranteed Obamacare wouldn’t include any tax increases for the middle class. Americans didn’t buy these lofty promises then, and they certainly don’t now, given that each and every one of them has been broken.
“Five years after Democrats forced Obamacare on the nation, Americans still don’t support it. We don’t like the president’s health-care plan, and we don’t want to keep it. Therefore, we must pull this dysfunctional and destructive law out by the roots.
“We must repeal Obamacare in its entirety as soon as possible. But we can’t stop there. The president’s policies must be replaced with a plan that will send power back to the people and the states, fix the decades-old problems of rising medical-care and health-insurance costs, and support economic growth instead of punishing workers and small businesses. We must do all of this while ensuring affordable coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, and removing the fear that something as simple as changing jobs could result in loss of coverage.
“Next week, I will release a plan to replace Obamacare that accomplishes all of these goals, and addresses the following problems with the law . . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/obamacare-replace-It-with-a-plan-that-works
Caroline Glick, RCP: “The Anti-Peace Administration”
“The US has striven to achieve peaceable relations between the states of the Middle East for nearly 70 years. Yet today, US government is disparaging the burgeoning strategic ties between the Sunni Arab states and Israel.
“In a briefing to a delegation of visiting Israeli diplomatic correspondents in Washington last week, a senior Obama administration official sneered that the only noticeable shift in Israel-Arab relations in recent years is that the current Egyptian government has been coordinating security issues ‘more closely’ with Jerusalem than the previous one did.
“‘But we have yet to see that change materialize in the Gulf.’
“If this is how the US views the state of Israel’s relations with the Arabs, then Israel should consider canceling its intelligence cooperation with the US. Because apparently, the Americans haven’t a clue what is happening in the Middle East. . . .”
Terence Jeffrey, CNS: “150 Days: Treasury Says Debt Has Been Frozen at $18,112,975,000,000”
“(CNSNews.com) – The portion of the federal debt that is subject to a legal limit set by Congress closed Monday, August 10, at $18,112,975,000,000, according to the latest Daily Treasury Statement, which was published at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
“That, according to the Treasury’s statements, makes 150 straight days the debt subject to the limit has been frozen at $18,112,975,000,000.
“$18,112,975,000,000 is about $25 million below the current legal debt limit of $18,113,000,080,959.35.
“On July 30, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew sent a letter to the leaders of Congress informing them that he was extending a “debt issuance suspension period” through October 30.
“In practice, that means that unless Congress enacts new legislation to increase the limit on the federal debt before then, the Treasury will continue for at least the next eleven weeks to issue Daily Treasury Statements that show the federal debt subject to the limit beginning and ending each day frozen just below that limit. . .”
Also – Terence Jeffrey, CNS: “$2,672,414,000,000: Federal Taxes Set Record Through July; $17,955 Per Worker–Feds Still Run $465.5B Deficit”
“(CNSNews.com) – The federal government raked in a record of approximately $2,672,414,000,000 in tax revenues through the first ten months of fiscal 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014 through the end of July), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today.
“That equaled approximately $17,955 for every person in the country who had either a full-time or part-time job in July.
“It is also up about $183,397,970,000 in constant 2015 dollars from the $2,489,016,030,000 in revenue (in inflation-adjusted 2015 dollars) that the Treasury raked in during the first ten months of fiscal 2014.
“Despite the record tax revenues of $2,672,414,000,000 in the first ten months of this fiscal year, the government spent $3,137,953,000,000 in those ten months, and, thus, ran up a deficit of $465,539,000,000 during the period. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “How Long Will Trump’s Cathartic Candidacy for Fed-Up Conservatives Last?”
“. . . Scorning or ridiculing Trump’s hypocrisies, narcissism, or outlandishness won’t silence him, much less win over his supporters. That will happen only when voters find a more savvy, more informed, more polite — but equally blunt and unafraid — version of Trump, perhaps a candidate like either Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, or Scott Walker, all of whom are more likely to channel unapologetic conservative anger rather than crudely amplify it. Trump will fade when his brand of medicine becomes even worse than the disease. Apparently we are not quite there yet.” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/422463/donald-trump-republican-popularity
THE HILLARY . . .
Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times: “Hillary Clinton emails contained signal intelligence from spy satellites”
“The revelation that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private emails contained sensitive information derived from spy satellites and signal intelligence undercuts her defense that she had no reason to believe she was dealing with classified information, security experts say.
“‘If she is so ignorant that she doesn’t recognize that this type of information in the email as being classified, it just calls into question her overall competence,’ Larry Johnson, a former CIA analyst trained in the rules of handling government secrets, told The Washington Times.
“As details emerge about the extent of Mrs. Clinton’s use of personal email to exclusively conduct business as secretary of state, her defense has shifted.
“At first, she stated flatly that her private emails did not hold or transmit classified information. She later amended that defense to claim that none of the information she sent by private email was classified at the time she sent it.
“Now, her defenders have evolved her story further, suggesting that she didn’t know information she was handling was classified because it wasn’t marked as such.
Pete Hoekstra, former chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, wrote an op-ed published Wednesday in The New York Post calling the latest explanation from the Clinton camp a ‘sham.’ . . .”
Charles C. W. Cooke, NRO: “Why Hillary’s Wiping Her E-mail Server Clean Matters More than It Might Seem”
“. . . Hillary claims that she didn’t delete anything incriminating or important, and there is now no obvious way of proving otherwise — unless a whistleblower comes forward, that is. Legally, though, this is another blow upon the bruise. By transmitting the server’s contents to a third-party (Platte River), she may well have committed a felony. As of now, Clinton’s best defense is that she only passively received classified e-mails — as opposed to having sent, forwarded, or deleted them — and that she is thus not in violation of USC 18 793(f). But if she handed over a server full of classified information and then actively copied that information onto computers owned by a commercial provider — a clear violation of both the “communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated” and “fails to deliver” clauses in USC 18 793(e) — that defense becomes horribly moot.
Drip, drip, drip . . . http://www.nationalreview.com/article/422513/hillary-clinton-email-server-blank-fbi
Kimberley Strassel, WSJ: “The Clinton Ship Takes on Water”
“. . . It’s never a good sign when your party’s putative nominee feels compelled to send out an everyone-remain-calm memo 15 full months before an election. Campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri’s reassurance to supporters was classic Clinton—the perfect combo of airy dismissal (Server? FBI? It means nothing!), misdirection (this whole “classified” thing is really “complicated”), table-turning (Republicans hide things too, you know), and attack (this is just a “partisan witch-hunt”). Still, you don’t send out 700-word explanatories unless party leaders and donors are lighting you up with panic calls.
“When Mrs. Clinton handed over her private email server to the Justice Department, Democrats sniffed vulnerability and took a wider look around. What they see is polls showing more than half of America now holds an unfavorable view of their front-runner, and that a mere one-third of the country trusts her. They see surveys showing her only tied with top-tier Republicans in a general matchup—down from a 10-point advantage in May—and losing head-to-head in key battleground states.
“They see an insurgent wing of the Democratic electorate that is unenthused by the old Clinton machine and eager for fresh blood. Vermont Socialist Bernie Sanders surged past Mrs. Clinton in New Hampshire primary poll released Tuesday. His recent rally in Los Angeles drew more than 27,000 people—five times the size of any recent Clinton event. They see another part of the electorate that is fine with old blood, so long as it is any type but Clinton blood. Joe Biden—who isn’t even in the race, and who is . . . Joe Biden—is doing as well in general matchups against Republicans as is Mrs. Clinton.
“They see a campaign that—if it went by any other name—might be accused of ineptitude.Mrs. Clinton is disciplined and experienced, no doubt. But her operation has stumbled along. It has been buffeted by gaffes, criticized for drifting “listening tours,” beset (as in 2008) by infighting. It was inexcusably late to the Super PAC game.
“Democrats also see new weakness in their favorite themes. Here is Mrs. Clinton trying out an inequality argument, as she builds up her personal bank account. Here she is floating the “war on women” theme, as her foundation takes donations from countries that whip rape victims. Here she calls for lower college costs while charging these institutions $250,000 for a speech. Here is a candidate who was in the past for Keystone, and for trade, and for more intervention overseas. And who maybe now is not. Though they don’t really know. Which is also a problem.
“And now, they see danger. The party trusted the Clintons to handle the email scandal in their usual way—to ignore it until it faded. But there’s no ignoring stories containing the words “FBI,” “criminal inquiry,” “classified” and “secret”—all in one sentence. On Tuesday, her use of private emails while serving as secretary of state turned from a political problem into a potentially legal problem. Thousands of Democrats woke Wednesday morning from nightmares of landing an “unsinkable” nominee that gets indicted.
“For now, no one significant is jumping off the Clinton ship. That’s mostly because the party believes it has no other ship to jump to. Martin O’Malley? Jim Webb? Heck, even Mrs. Clinton’s rivals seem convinced she’s a better bet than they are. Amid all the news this week, not one of them—not even Mr. Sanders—said boo about her ethics. . .”
Drudge Links (8/13-14/15)
TOP SECRET//SI//TK//NOFORN… TURMOIL… DEM PANIC MODE… MYSTERY: Small tech company managed tens of thousands of Hillary emails… Hiring coincided with discovery of Blumenthal hack… Top aides vow not to delete… HUMA IN CROSSHAIRS…
PA . . .
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Philly mayoral candidate Jim Kenney took sides in violent union battle”
“PHILADELPHIA — Two years ago, Philadelphia councilman Jim Kenney boldly participated in the soft side of a violent union-backed effort to close a construction site that employed non-union workers.
“Today, those same unions are returning the favor, backing Kenney’s November bid to become the city’s next mayor.
“In the midst of what the real estate blog Curbed Philly called the Most Embattled Construction Project of 2012, Kenney appeared in and helped to promote a documentary produced by the building trades. “Deconstructing Post Brothers: Exposing the Truth Behind the Cheap Façade” alleged that Michael and Matthew Pestronk, developers behind the project to turn the Goldtex shoe factory at 12th and Wood into a posh apartment complex, had committed health, safety and permit violations. . .”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 8/14 Ups & Downs
“A combative primary, a trio of special elections and a press conference unlike any other. See who made this week’s list!
“Kathleen Kane. The Attorney General has had many bad weeks. This one, however, may have been the strangest. Of course, we must start with that press conference. Instead of delivering a detailed defense against what she has been charged with, Kane decided to construct a political narrative around her enemies. Seeking to shift the focus to Porngate, Kane called on Judge Carpenter to release all the emails only for him to respond that the AG never filed an official petition. Additionally, in the last few days, Kane’s driver was arraigned and her law license threatened. It’s gotten to the point where we’re asking our readers how this whole saga will end. Finally, watching her fight back tears as she addressed her sons on live television, we were left to wonder what went wrong.
“Possible AG Replacements. If you’re looking to be the next Attorney General, however, this was a great week. The only downside is that there are a lot of you. First of all, there is the question of what will happen should Kane not finish her term. We reported that ex-Philly DA Lynne Abraham is already lobbying for that assignment. Then, John Morganelli and Jack Stollsteimer emerged as 2016 Democratic candidates. They join State Sen. John Rafferty, State Rep. Todd Stephens and Montco Commissioner Josh Shapiro as presumed or declared candidates for the 2016 race.
“Steve Santarsiero and Shaughnessy Naughton. Negative contests tend to hurt everyone involved. If that is indeed the case, then this was a tough week for both competitors in the PA-8 Democratic primary. The Santarsiero campaign went after Naughton through her top strategist (and fiance) Josh Morrow. Pointing to Morrow’s role in the Kane investigation, Santarsiero’s campaign manager Gabrielle Quintana Greenfield questioned Naughton’s judgment. It’s not exactly rare for political contests to get nasty but you don’t often see it happen this early. If this week was any indication, the two Democrats are in for a long eight months.
“Philly Dems. You might have missed it, but there were three special elections last Tuesday. The reason you probably forgot about it is because all three contests were in Philadelphia. The Democratic Party, though, still held onto the three seats despite the fact that two of them were open because of the infamous sting operation that Kane shut down and Seth Williams restarted. If Democrats didn’t face any difficulty in this situation, then it seems clear that Philly is still the party’s stronghold.
“Ed Rendell. Speaking of Philly Democrats, Ed Rendell also had a great week as he got to throw his support behind two close allies. First, he was named chair of Katie McGinty’s Senate campaign. That election gives him the chance to help out an old cabinet member and finally get revenge on Joe Sestak for beating Arlen Specter in 2010. He also formally endorsed Jim Kenney, the favorite to hold the job he once held, Mayor of Philadelphia.”
END NOTE . . .
Henninger: Brooklyn bars.
“I walked by a bar in hip Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which still had its chalkboard sign on the sidewalk: “Watch the DEBATE here!” Folks, if they are promoting Republican debates in Brooklyn bars, we’ve entered another dimension.” Daniel Henninger