ALERTS: VFP 9/11 @ Ryan’s
HENNINGER – Conservatives Won
LEADS: KRAUTHAMMER – 6 years of resets; KURTZ – JEB on Common Core; NOONAN – America in play; KRIEGER – Body scanners fail; HAHN – GOP to ignore immigration.
THE HILLARY: WILLIAMSON – Beheaders the real victims; MORA – American weapons in Benghazi; DeBenedetti – Clinton to stall Biden; IBD – 5 reasons she should drop out; NAPOLITANO – She doesn’t care.
PA: GROSSMAN – School choice won; KNEPPER – Wolf’s failing kids; SNYDER – Ups & Downs.
END NOTES: RADOWITZ – Neurotic genius; CHICK-fil-A – Free breakfast week.
PATRIOTS, PLEASE JOIN US TO KICK OFF OUR NEW SEASON!
Fri. Sept. 11, 2015
233 Bridge St. Phoenixville, Pa.
Oath Keepers, a national group with local chapters, will provide a speaker. We want to learn more about what they do, what their mission is, and get some insight into emergency preparation. You may have heard that Oath Keepers were in Ferguson during the recent turmoil to support the local police. We are waiting for confirmation regarding a speaker. Please stay tuned for more information.
VFP will also be doing another post card blitz to oppose the Iran Deal. We will provide post cards, stamps and talking points. The cards you write will be sent to key targets to lobby against the bad “Deal” where Iran gets billions from the U.S., dropped sanctions, unknown side deals and they get to keep their centrifuges. Even Chuck Schumer is against it.
PLEASE NOTE, SAVE THE DATE – VFP along with Faith & Freedom Coalition Penna. Chapter, and perhaps other local groups, will hold a prayer rally on September 12, the day after our monthly meeting on 9-11. Speakers and members will be praying for our Country and for our leaders to bring us back to the foundational principles of our founding. We are working to secure location but one good option is Valley Forge Park. More information will be forthcoming. Please spread the word through your churches, friends, and organizations.
As you can see, we are starting off our new season with a “bang”. We want and need your help and participation to make things work.
“ . . .The cross-border train tracks at Roszke are one of the only areas still unblocked by Hungary’s new razor-wire barrier, which is due to close the entire 110-mile frontier with Serbia by the end of the month.
“But the temporary barbed wire which lines its border with Serbia has proved to be ineffective in stemming the flow, as children are passed over and adults crawl under in a desperate attempt to cross before the four-metre high barrier is completed.
“In a further sign that Budapest is clamping down on migrants, police chief Karoly Papp announced more than 2,000 so-called ‘border hunter’ patrols with dogs, horses, and helicopters would be sent to the frontier from September as reinforcements to the already heavy security presence.
“The ruling Fidesz party said it was considering deploying the army to help stem the influx, after unrest erupted at a refugee registration centre at Roszke, with police firing tear gas at migrants. . . .
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “Hey, Conservatives, You Won”
“The College Board’s about-face on U.S. history is a significant political event.
“In this summer of agitated discontent for American conservatives, we can report a victory for them, assuming that is still permitted.
“Last year, the College Board, the nonprofit corporation that controls all the high-school Advanced Placement courses and exams, published new guidelines for the AP U.S. history test. They read like a left-wing dream. Obsession with identity, gender, class, crimes against the American Indian and the sins of capitalism suffused the proposed guidelines for teachers of AP American history.
“As of a few weeks ago, that tilt in the guidelines has vanished. The College Board’s rewritten 2015 teaching guidelines are almost a model of political fair-mindedness. This isn’t just an about-face. It is an important political event.
“The earlier guidelines characterized the discovery of America as mostly the story of Europeans bringing pestilence, destructive plants and cultural obliteration to American Indians. The new guidelines put it this way: ‘Mutual misunderstandings between Europeans and Native Americans often defined the early years of interaction and trade as each group sought to make sense of the other. Over time, Europeans and Native Americans adopted some useful aspects of each other’s culture.’
“The previous, neo-Marxist guidelines said, ‘Students should be able to explain how various identities, cultures, and values have been preserved or changed in different contexts of U.S. history, with special attention given to the formation of gender, class, racial, and ethnic identities.’ That has been removed. The revised guidelines have plenty about ‘identity’ but nothing worth mounting a Super PAC to battle.
“Also new: ‘The effort for American independence was energized by colonial leaders such as Benjamin Franklin, as well as by popular movements that included the political activism of laborers, artisans, and women.’ The earlier version never suggested the existence of Franklin—or Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison or anyone resembling a Founding Father. Now they’re back. Even the Federalist Papers were fished out of the memory hole.
“Most incredible of all, the private enterprise system is, as they say, reimagined as a force for good . . .”
LEADS . . .
Charles Krauthammer, WaPo: “What six years of ‘reset’ have wrought”
“On September 5, 2014, two days after President Obama visited Estonia to symbolize America’s commitment to its security, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years.
The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did anything. The European Union (reports the Wall Street Journal) said it was too early to discuss any possible action.
The timing of this brazen violation of NATO territory — immediately after Obama’s visit — is testimony to Vladimir Putin’s contempt for the American president. He knows Obama would do nothing. Why should he think otherwise?
- Putin breaks the arms embargo to Iran by lifting the hold on selling it S-300 missiles. Obama responds by excusing him, saying it wasn’t technically illegal and adding, with a tip of the hat to Putin’s patience: “I’m frankly surprised that it held this long.”
- Russia mousetraps Obama at the eleventh hour of the Iran negotiations, joining Iran in demanding that the conventional-weapons and ballistic-missile embargoes be dropped. Obama caves.
- Putin invades Ukraine, annexes Crimea, breaks two Minsk cease-fire agreements and erases the Russia-Ukraine border — effectively tearing up the post-Cold War settlement of 1994. Obama’s response? Pinprick sanctions, empty threats and a continuing refusal to supply Ukraine with defensive weaponry, lest he provoke Putin.
The East Europeans have noticed. In February, Lithuania decided to reinstate conscription, a move strategically insignificant — the Lithuanians couldn’t hold off the Russian army for a day — but highly symbolic. Eastern Europe has been begging NATO to station permanent bases on its territory as a tripwire guaranteeing a powerful NATO/U.S. response to any Russian aggression.
NATO has refused. Instead, Obama offered more military exercises in the Baltic States and Poland. And threw in an additional 250 tanks and armored vehicles, spread among seven allies.
It is true that Putin’s resentment over Russia’s lost empire long predates Obama. But for resentment to turn into revanchism — an active policy of reconquest — requires opportunity. Which is exactly what Obama’s “reset” policy has offered over the past six and a half years.”
Stanley Kurtz, NRO: “Jeb’s Misleading Talk on Common Core ‘
“When Common Core supporter Jeb Bush and Common Core opponent Marco Rubio faced off during last week’s Republican presidential debate, they barely seemed to disagree. After moderator Bret Baier posed a question on the clash between Common Core advocates, on the one hand, and opponents of federal involvement in education, on the other, Bush denied the contrast: “I don’t believe the federal government should be involved in the creation of standards, directly or indirectly, the creation of curriculum content. That is clearly a state responsibility.”
“So are Bush and Common Core opponents really on the same page when it comes to local control in education? Not in the least. Jeb’s Common Core answer was well-practiced, yet profoundly misleading. The whole trick of Common Core is to make an end-run around the legal and constitutional barriers to a national curriculum, even as you deny that you’re doing it. Bush and his Common Core-supporting allies have been pretending to favor local control for years. Yet Jeb has repeatedly backed the most controversial Obama administration moves to consolidate what amounts to a national curriculum.
“A careful look at Bush’s record makes his actual views all-too-clear. . .”
Peggy Noonan, WSJ: “America Is So in Play”
“So, more thoughts on Donald Trump’s candidacy, because I can’t stop being fascinated.
“You know the latest numbers. Quinnipiac University’s poll this week has Mr. Trump at a hefty 28% nationally, up from 20% in July. Public Policy Polling has Mr. Trump leading all Republicans in New Hampshire with 35%. A Monmouth University poll has him at 30% in South Carolina, followed 15 points later by Ben Carson.
“Here are some things I think are happening.
“One is the deepening estrangement between the elites and the non-elites in America. This is the area in which Trumpism flourishes. We’ll talk about that deeper in.
“Second, Mr. Trump’s support is not limited to Republicans, not by any means.
“Third, the traditional mediating or guiding institutions within the Republican universe—its establishment, respected voices in conservative media, sober-minded state party officials—have little to no impact on Mr. Trump’s rise. Some say voices of authority should stand up to oppose him, which will lower his standing. But Republican powers don’t have that kind of juice anymore. Mr. Trump’s supporters aren’t just bucking a party, they’re bucking everything around, within and connected to it. . .”
Michael Krieger, InfoWars: “Big Brother Idiocy – TSA Spent $160 Million on Naked Body Scanners that Fail 96% of the Time”
“It’s now becoming clear exactly how many tens of millions of dollars the TSA spent on body scanners that have missed airport security threats, outraged passengers and brought the agency under congressional scrutiny.
“The $160 million bill includes $120 million for the body scanners now in place in hundreds of airports nationwide, according to newly disclosed figures obtained by POLITICO. The rest of the money went to the agency’s “naked” X-ray scanners, which it pulled from airports two years ago amid worries about health risks and the devices’ detailed images of travelers’ bodies.
“A recent security audit found that TSA had failed to find fake explosives and weapons in 96 percent of covert tests. And members of Congress familiar with the classified details say the body scanners are to blame for much of the problem.
“Johnson said that while bomb detection is obviously a complex undertaking, “these things weren’t even catching metal.”
Julia Hahn, Big Govt: “Exclusive: GOP Leadership Ignores Immigration Entirely in Town Hall Talking Points”
“Republican legislators have gotten their messaging instructions from their top leaders: Tout unpopular free-trade measures during the August recess, ignore popular curbs on the migration that saps Americans’ wages.
“. . . Each August, Senators and Congressmen return home to listen to constituents’ concerns and to tout the party’s actions in Washington. The recess is set to end Tuesday after Labor Day.
“In this packet you will find a number of resources to help you draw attention to our 2015 accomplishments,” Thune wrote to all 54 GOP Senators. “Please use the August recess to hold events in your state highlighting the work you’ve done and the successes we’ve achieved in the Senate,” he wrote. “Spread the word about [the Senate] getting back to work.”
“Back to work” is apparently the new messaging campaign for the Republican Congress. “Since taking the majority in January, the GOP-led Senate has been delivering real results for the American people, showing that ‘back to work’ is more than a campaign slogan – it’s actually happening,” writes a “Morning Messaging Memo” for Republican congressional staffers obtained by Breitbart News. . .”
THE HILLARY . . .
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Some ‘Terrorists’: For Mrs. Clinton, the Beheaders Are the Victims”
“So infectious is the boobery of the moment that the vector of contagion has penetrated even the high tower walls behind which dwells Hillary Rodham Clinton, into whose weedy enchanted kingdom few are admitted except discreet deliverymen with the usual weekly bulk shipments of eye-of-newt and toe-of-frog supplements. Herself frequently is banal, insipid, poorly informed, glib, contemptible, and almost always boring, but she’s usually not much of a genuine bomb-thrower, until she accuses her opponents of being genuine bomb-throwers, i.e., declaring that those in the pro-life camp who object to the vivisection of living human beings for commercial purposes are soul mates with “terrorists.” Which terrorists, you ask? Herself won’t quite say, but these are terrorists who have nasty and atavistic ideas about the role of women in society. IRA? No . . . Sri Lanka’s Buddhist Power Force? Not quite . . . What’s left of the Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, Epanastatikos Agonas, or Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias De Colombia? I’d be surprised if the former secretary of state could correctly spell all three. The unnamed miscreants here are none other than the gentlemen of Derka Derka Muhammed Jihad (haka sherpa sherpa!), but Herself is too timid to name them even when she is libelously matching her Republican rivals with their theology. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/423203/hillary-clinton-republicans-terrorists-abortion
Edwin Mora, Nat’l Security: “EXCLUSIVE— Benghazi Witness: U.S. Provided Arms to Jihadists Who Killed Americans in 9/11 Attack”
“The Obama administration may have provided the weapons used by some Islamist extremists to kill four Americans at the United States’ compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, according to a Libyan source who told Breitbart News he witnessed the attack first hand.
“Breitbart News’s Tera Dahl spoke to the witness who was living near the U.S. compound in Benghazi when the attack took place.
“Libya’s al-Qaeda-linked militia group known as the February 17th Martyrs Brigade was reportedly hired by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department to provide security at the Benghazi compound, but failed to so the whole day of the attack, according to the witness.
“It was unusual that in the morning of September 11, the brigade was not providing the typical level of security around the U.S. consulate and the ambassador himself, a sign that something was off from the start and a major red flag that there was something suspicious in the works, he added.
Gabriel DeBenedetti, Politico: “Clinton aims to end Biden talk”
“CLEVELAND — Hillary Clinton’s team is getting tired of the Joe Biden talk. And this week, they want to kill it.
“The Democrat’s strategy heading into a meeting of party elite on Friday is aimed at dismissing the idea now fueling Biden supporters that her campaign is going off the rails, strategists, donors and political allies familiar with Brooklyn’s thinking told POLITICO.
“From a sprint through Iowa that deflected attention from the email saga to her first stop in the swing state of Ohio and now the Democratic National Committee cattle call in Minneapolis, Clinton’s operation knows it needs to both flex its political muscles and prove it can keep its nose to the grindstone to score a controversy-free week.
“The workmanlike stretch is meant to convince Democratic power brokers and big-money donors that they don’t need to place side bets on the vice president — and to suggest to Biden himself that there’s no role for him here; there’s no race to save. . .” http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/hillary-clinton-aims-to-end-joe-biden-talk-121818
IBD: “5 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Drop Out of the Race”
“•For the good of the country, part 1: America neither needs nor deserves to live through the nightmare of a presidential candidate and possible Democratic nominee being investigated up to, and probably beyond, the 2016 election. Does Clinton really want her first appointment after being sworn in to be with her team of lawyers, trying to keep her out of trouble?
We’d hope that Clinton’s popularity would fall so low due to the scandals and probes surrounding her that she’d be forced to drop out. But there is a mob of supporters out there who will stand by her no matter what the facts are. Is that mob big enough to elect her? That’s hard to say, but the fact we can even ask the question is frightening.
- For the good of the country, part 2: Hillary Clinton is a hard leftist. Don’t mistake her for husband Bill, who often governed as a moderate Democrat. She’s not as far left as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-identified socialist, but she’s close enough.
Her campaign has been filled with calls to “topple” the 1% — a group she belongs to — and to take private money out of political campaigns. She yowls about income and wealth inequality and talks about “fairness” as if it were something that could be achieved if government just had more power and authority.
- She’s a Clinton: Both Hillary and Bill have long thought they are above the law. Consequently, they’ve been dogged by scandals throughout their public life — they simply do what they want to do without thought of ethics, morals or legal limits.
The Clintons even have a lawyer — David Kendall — who seems to have had a full-time job for decades keeping investigators and investigations away from them. This is a family that has set up a foundation that looks as if it were established to arrange favors for foreign interests and to use their money to fund Hillary’s presidential run.
The pile of dirt on Clinton is going to have to get higher before she willingly leaves the race. She feels entitled to the office and won’t give up easily. But she clearly does not deserve it. The facts say so.
Andrew Napolitano, Townhall: “What If Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Care?”
“What if former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been pulling the wool over our eyes for years?
“What if, while she was secretary of state, she ran two secret wars, one in Libya and one in Syria? What if there already were wars in each of those countries, so she used those wars as covers for her own?
“What if President Obama gave permission for her to do this? What if the president lacks the legal authority to authorize anyone to fight secret wars? What if she obtained the consent of a dozen members of Congress from both houses and from both political parties? What if those few members of Congress who approved of her wars lacked the legal authority to authorize them?
What if her goal was to overthrow two dictators, one friendly to the U.S. and one not? What if the instruments of her war did not consist of American military troops, but rather State Department intelligence assets and American-made military-grade heavy weapons?
“What if under federal law the secretary of state and the secretary of the Treasury are permitted on their own to issue licenses to American arms dealers to sell arms to the governments of foreign countries? What if Clinton secretly authorized the sale of American-made military-grade weapons to the government of Qatar? What if Qatar is a small Middle Eastern country, the government of which is beholden to and largely controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood?
“What if the Muslim Brotherhood is a recognized terrorist organization? What if the U.S. has no lawful or military purpose for putting military hardware into the hands of a government that supports or is controlled by a terrorist organization?
“What if the real purpose of sending military hardware to Qatar was for it to end up in the hands of rebels in Syria and Libya? What if it got there? What if some of those rebels are known al-Qaida operatives? What if some of those operatives who received the American military hardware used it to assault Americans and American interests?
“What if among those assaulted was the U.S. ambassador to Libya? What if Ambassador Christopher Stevens was assassinated in Benghazi, Libya, by al-Qaida operatives who were using American-made military-grade hardware that Clinton knowingly sent to them?
“What if the U.S. had no strategic interest in deposing the government of Libya? What if Congress never declared war on Libya? What if Col. Gadhafi, the then-dictator of Libya who was reprehensible, was nevertheless an American ally whose fights against known terrorist organizations had garnered him praise from President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair?
“What if the U.S. had no strategic interest in deposing the dictator of Syria, President Assad? What if Congress never declared war on Syria? What if the government of Syria, though reprehensible, has been fighting a war against groups and militias, some of whom have been designated as terrorist organizations by the secretary of state? What if that secretary of state was Hillary Clinton?
“What if Clinton had a political interest in deposing the governments of Libya and Syria? What if her goal in fighting these secret wars was to claim triumph for herself over Middle Eastern despots? What if it is a federal crime to fight a private war against a foreign government? What if it is a federal crime to provide material assistance to terrorist organizations? What if these are crimes no matter who consents or approves?
“What if, when asked about this while testifying to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Clinton professed ignorance? What if it is a federal crime for a witness to lie to or mislead Congress?
What if the outcome of Clinton’s war in Libya has been the destruction of the Gadhafi government and ensuing chaos? What if that chaos has brought terror and death to many thousands of innocents in Libya? What if Clinton has failed to achieve any noticeable result with her secret war in Syria?
“What if she managed these wars on an email system that was not secured in a government venue? What if she did that to keep her thoughts and actions secret from the president and from the State Department in case she failed to win the wars? What if she used a BlackBerry she bought at Walmart instead of a secure and encrypted government-issued phone?
“What if her management of these wars on the private email system exposed national security secrets to anyone who could hack into her server or her router? What if the server or the router had been kept in the bathroom of an apartment of an employee of a computer company in Denver, Colo., and not under lock and key and armed guard in her home in New York as she has represented?
What if Clinton just doesn’t care whether she has broken any federal laws, illegally caused the deaths of thousands of innocents, and profoundly jeopardized and misled the American people?
“What if the American people do care about all this? What will they do about it?”
PA . . .
Evan Grossman, PA Independent: “PA school choice advocates get big win in court”
“School choice advocates won a victory in court this week when a Delaware County judge rejected Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to de-fund charter schools in the cash-strapped Chester Upland School District.
As a means to mend the district’s bleeding budget, Wolf proposed slashing special education funding to Chester Upland charters and other cost-cutting actions. Judge Chad Kenney ruled late Tuesday night Wolf’s proposal to slash $24 million in charter school funding was “wholly inadequate” and found the state’s lawyers offered a flimsy argument for doing so.
“‘It is certainly an affirmation that the recovery plan submitted was incomplete and was not well researched and ignored a lot of the costs that the district had,’ said Bob Fayfich, executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools. ‘It focused purely on charter school costs. Is this a victory for charter schools? Yes.’ . . .”
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Why Would Wolf Want to Send Kids Back to Failing Schools?”
““…I’m in this spot where I have to call the school that failed my kids and reenroll them…I’m heartbroken over this.”
That quote comes from Amy Millar via a Philadelphia Inquirer story on the State Education Department’s recent action to “clarify” what services cyber-charter schools can offer. According to the article, two of Ms. Millar’s children have special education needs. However, her children have flourished at the Education Plus Academy Cyber Charter School (Ed Plus).
What did Ed Plus do to bring the wrath of the state education bureaucracy down on their heads? They offered their students services like art, gym, and “face-to-face” learning opportunities at their learning centers. In other words, they looked at the needs of their students and provided for them. The State Department of Education evidently frowns on the hybrid model used by Ed Plus. As a result parents like Ms. Millard will be forced to send their children back to schools that were failing to meet their needs in the first place. . .”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 8/28 Ups & Downs
“Emails, polls and online voter registration. See who made this week’s list!
“Kathleen Kane. The Attorney General has been adamant for some time now that she will not resign despite her legal troubles. Unfortunately for her, though, Pennsylvanians are increasingly becoming open to the idea. Two separate polls this week from Quinnipiac and Franklin & Marshall respectively found that 49% and 46% of PA voters think Kane should resign. It’s a plurality but not a majority, at least not yet. Still those numbers must be frightening for the AG, who is now awaiting trial.
“Frank Fina. For years, Kathleen Kane has desperately been trying to deflect some of the heat that has been focused on her towards her bitter enemy Frank Fina. This week that finally happened. Many of those notorious pornographic emails were released and they paint quite an unflattering picture of the prosecutor. While the emails may not get Fina in legal trouble, they are a major hit to his reputation and could end up costing him his job.
“Tom Wolf. Sure, the budget process isn’t really moving and his approval ratings are stuck but it was still a great week for the Governor. The biggest outstanding question concerning the budget stalemate (politically at least) was who would get the blame, Gov. Wolf or the legislature. Well, thanks to the aforementioned F&M poll we have our first sign of an answer. A majority, 54%, of respondents point their finger towards the legislature while just 29% hold Wolf accountable. Now that the Governor knows where he stands, he is in prime position to both end this impasse and gain as much as possible. Whether he’ll succeed in that effort, however, remains to be seen.
“Barack Obama. It was a tough week for the President. He is currently focusing all of his energy towards making sure Congress does not block his nuclear agreement with Iran. That’s why last Monday’s double-whammy hurt so badly. First, the Quinnipiac Poll found the deal has dreadful numbers with just 26% in support and 61% opposed. Then, Congressman Brendan Boyle announced his opposition. Furthermore, the Q poll and the F&M poll found his approval ratings basically flat. In response, the President gave an interview to 6abc to convince Pennsylvanians (and undecided vote Bob Casey) of the importance of the deal. Ultimately, the Commander-in-Chief may be forced to look outside the Keystone State for support.
“PA Voters. It was a fantastic week for the current and future voters of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. On Thursday, the Governor announced that we’re the latest state to allow online voter registration. Not only will the site help enroll new voters, it will allow current ones to make changes and request assistance ahead of time. It’s long past time PA enter the 21st century when it comes to voting and this new method will allow more of our citizens to vote than ever before. A welcome win for the democratic process.”
END NOTES. . .
John Radowitz, UK Independent: “Moody neurotics are more likely to be creative geniuses, study says”
“If you are a tense and moody neurotic, take heart – you could also be a creative genius, as a new study backs up the belief that neurotic misery and imagination go hand in hand.
“It could explain why so many original thinkers, such as the famously neurotic artist Vincent van Gogh, the film-maker Woody Allen or scientist Sir Isaac Newton, suffered for their art. What such individuals have in common is a brain more sensitive to perceived threats than those of other people. And that “panic button” tendency is closely linked to an overactive, threat-generating imagination, say psychologists.
“The personality expert Dr Adam Perkins, from King’s College, London, said: ‘We’re still a long way off from fully explaining neuroticism … but we hope our new theory will help people make sense of their own experiences, and show that although being highly neurotic is by definition unpleasant, it also has creative benefits. . .’
Free Breakfast Week
Chick-fil-A, M-F, before 10 AM. . . Thursday: Sausage, egg, & cheese on a muffin. I ate in the King of Prussia Food Court yesterday – Chick-fil-A had 5 counter workers and was the only store to have a line . . .