ANNOUNCEMENTS: Iran Deal – Call now!; Sept 9th National Rally on DEAL; Prayer Day; Sept 11th, VF Patriots Meeting.
THE HILLARY: HALPERIN & EPSTEIN – 1/5th Dem Delegates Locked Up; RUSHBO – Nobody else; US CODE 793 – Defense Info Code.
LEADS: ADAMS & SPAKOVSKY – DOJ kicked; OCR – Fish!; YORK – Trump vs. GOP orthodoxy; WOLF – NLRB; BOEHM – EPA Fines; SICILIANO – EPA defies judge.
PA: FIELD – Kane losing license? Hillary’s cell-mate?
END NOTES: MALKIN – DENVER vs. Chick-fil-A; CHICK-fil-A – Free breakfast week.
NOW! Iran “DEAL”: Independence Hall Foundation
August 31, 2015, 7 AM
Dear Members and Friends,
Over the weekend, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), whose district includes Princeton University, announced in favor of the Iran deal.
It was not totally unexpected, as Watson Coleman is considered a staunch ally of President Obama.
We initially held out hope that she would oppose the deal due to to her early public statements, recent trip to Israel, and subsequent meetings with top Israeli officials.
So now we are down to a decision from seven members of our tri-state area congressional delegation. Many of them are expected to announce a decision this week.
If you are represented by any of the following legislators, please call their offices today and tomorrow. Tell them to vote against this horrific deal.
Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey Washington Office: 202.224.6324 Philadelphia Office: 215.405.9660
Congressman Bob Brady (1st District) Washington Office: 202.225.4731 Chester Office: 610.874.7094 Philadelphia Office: 215.389.4636 Congressman Matt Cartwright (17th District) Washington Office: 202.225.5546 Pottsville Office: 570.624.0140
Independence Hall Foundation
September 9th: Jenny Beth Martin
Last week, we shocked the Washington Ruling Class again by rallying at local Congressional and Senate offices all across America, demanding that they kill President Obama’s rotten nuclear deal with Iran. And now, we MUST follow it up with an even BIGGER rally on Capitol Hill. Tea Party Patriots is committed to making this rally happen. We have already managed to raise some extra funds to our grassroots budget to make the arrangements. But we’re still far behind the budgeted $250,000 needed to get this done right. We need your help right away! Please, if at all possible, make an urgent generous contribution of $20, $30, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford to help us pay for these critical grassroots protests.
Fri. Sept. 11, 2015: PATRIOTS, PLEASE JOIN US TO KICK OFF OUR NEW SEASON!
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.
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THE HILLARY . . .
“. . .Clinton lovers are not sane. They are not rational. Hillary could give a press conference and explicitly call her supporters the dumbest people on the planet while Bill stood behind her throwing puppies and kittens into a wood-chipper, and she’d still have a base of support.” Derek Hunter
Mark Halperin & Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg: “Clinton Camp Says One-Fifth of Delegates Secured for Nomination”
“As Hillary Clinton’s campaign seeks to project dominance in a field that could soon include Vice President Joe Biden, her top advisers are touting a decisive edge on a little-discussed metric: superdelegate commitments.
“At the Democratic National Committee meeting in Minneapolis, where Clinton spoke on Friday, senior Clinton campaign officials are claiming that she has already secured one-fifth of the pledges needed to win the Democratic presidential nomination. They come from current and former elected officials, committee officeholders, and other party dignitaries.
“The campaign says that Clinton currently has about 130 superdelegates publicly backing her, but a person familiar with recent conversations in Minneapolis said that officials are telling supporters and the undecided in the last few days that private commitments increase that number to more than 440—about 20 percent of the number of delegates she would need to secure the nomination. . .”
Rushbo: “Everyone Knows She’s a Liar, But She’ll Be the Democrat Nominee Because There’s Nobody Else”
“RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, if you permit me a brief personal aside, here: Everybody is sending me e-mails about Hillary Clinton. Do any of you really, really think she’s not going to be the nominee? Come on, let’s get serious! There isn’t anybody else that’s gonna be the Democrat nominee. All of this doesn’t mean anything. … For crying out loud, you see what happened with Ed Rendell, Fast Eddie?
“A couple of days ago — we’ve even got the sound bite here — Fast Eddie comes out and says, ‘You know what? I’m really, really alarmed about the e-mail scandal.’ The next morning he found a horse head in his bed or something ’cause he’s on the Hillary team. Doug Schoen, Fox News, says (paraphrased), ‘I don’t think that she can make it. She’s in real trouble. I think this is worse. This is bad. Democrats have never seen this!’
“The next day, ‘I don’t care about all that! Hillary’s still the nominee.’
“Folks, we’re talking about a crime family here. We’re talking about people who’ve accepted donations from thugs and nations all over the world and expect her to be president. Now, there’s a big Democrat confab in Miami, I guess, over the weekend. And Hillary’s showing up, and she’s telling everybody — Biden and whoever else — to shut up. She’s already got the votes; she’s got more than she needs. . .”
Legal Information Inst: “18 U.S. Code § 793 – Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information”
(a) Whoever, for the purpose of obtaining information respecting the national defense with intent or reason to believe that the information is to be used to the injury of the United States, or to the advantage of any foreign nation, goes upon, enters, flies over, or otherwise obtains information concerning any vessel, aircraft, work of defense, navy yard, naval station, submarine base, fueling station, fort, battery, torpedo station, dockyard, canal, railroad, arsenal, camp, factory, mine, telegraph, telephone, wireless, or signal station, building, office, research laboratory or station or other place connected with the national defense owned or constructed, or in progress of construction by the United States or under the control of the United States, or of any of its officers, departments, or agencies, or within the exclusive jurisdiction of the United States, or any place in which any vessel, aircraft, arms, munitions, or other materials or instruments for use in time of war are being made, prepared, repaired, stored, or are the subject of research or development, under any contract or agreement with the United States, or any department or agency thereof, or with any person on behalf of the United States, or otherwise on behalf of the United States, or any prohibited place so designated by the President by proclamation in time of war or in case of national emergency in which anything for the use of the Army, Navy, or Air Force is being prepared or constructed or stored, information as to which prohibited place the President has determined would be prejudicial to the national defense; or
(b) Whoever, for the purpose aforesaid, and with like intent or reason to believe, copies, takes, makes, or obtains, or attempts to copy, take, make, or obtain, any sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, document, writing, or note of anything connected with the national defense; or
(c) Whoever, for the purpose aforesaid, receives or obtains or agrees or attempts to receive or obtain from any person, or from any source whatever, any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note, of anything connected with the national defense, knowing or having reason to believe, at the time he receives or obtains, or agrees or attempts to receive or obtain it, that it has been or will be obtained, taken, made, or disposed of by any person contrary to the provisions of this chapter; or
(d) Whoever, lawfully having possession of, access to, control over, or being entrusted with any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it on demand to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or
(e) Whoever having unauthorized possession of, access to, or control over any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, or note relating to the national defense, or information relating to the national defense which information the possessor has reason to believe could be used to the injury of the United States or to the advantage of any foreign nation, willfully communicates, delivers, transmits or causes to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted, or attempts to communicate, deliver, transmit or cause to be communicated, delivered, or transmitted the same to any person not entitled to receive it, or willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States entitled to receive it; or
(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense,
(1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or
(2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
(g) If two or more persons conspire to violate any of the foregoing provisions of this section, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each of the parties to such conspiracy shall be subject to the punishment provided for the offense which is the object of such conspiracy.
(1) Any person convicted of a violation of this section shall forfeit to the United States, irrespective of any provision of State law, any property constituting, or derived from, any proceeds the person obtained, directly or indirectly, from any foreign government, or any faction or party or military or naval force within a foreign country, whether recognized or unrecognized by the United States, as the result of such violation. For the purposes of this subsection, the term “State” includes a State of the United States, the District of Columbia, and any commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States.
(2) The court, in imposing sentence on a defendant for a conviction of a violation of this section, shall order that the defendant forfeit to the United States all property described in paragraph (1) of this subsection.
(A) property subject to forfeiture under this subsection;
(B) any seizure or disposition of such property; and
(C) any administrative or judicial proceeding in relation to such property,
if not inconsistent with this subsection.
(4) Notwithstanding section 524 (c) of title 28, there shall be deposited in the Crime Victims Fund in the Treasury all amounts from the forfeiture of property under this subsection remaining after the payment of expenses for forfeiture and sale authorized by law.
LEADS . . .
J. Christian Adams & Hans Spakovsky, NRO: “A Court Smacks Down Obama’s DOJ”
“The recently concluded federal trial over North Carolina’s election rules proved one thing beyond a reasonable doubt: The Obama administration and its partisan, big-money, racial-interest-group allies will stop at nothing to win elections. And using the courts to change election rules is a key part of their strategy.
“That was clearly evident in the federal courtroom in Winston-Salem. The plaintiffs, including the Justice Department, challenged a number of election reforms implemented in 2013 that were designed to reduce the cost and complexity of running elections and make it harder to commit voter fraud.
“The administration pushed a novel legal argument. In its telling, if a change in election rules might statistically affect blacks more than whites, it constitutes illegal discrimination. For example, if 98 percent of whites have a voter ID but only 97.5 percent of blacks have one, then requiring voters to present ID violates federal law. Never mind the fact that getting an ID is free, easy, and open to everyone without regard to race. And never mind if a policy change is in line with the rules of many other states, or if it’s explicitly sanctioned by federal law. The mere act of changing the law in the wrong direction is discriminatory.
“In other words, the Obama administration would turn the Voting Rights Act into a one-way ratchet to help Democrats. The court refused to go along. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/423291/obamas-doj-abuses-courts
Orange County Register: “IRS scandal: Time to fish or cut bait”
“Four months ago, Loretta Lynch was sworn in as U.S. attorney general, replacing the feckless Eric Holder.
“We think that’s more than sufficient time for Ms. Lynch to have completed her onboarding. The no-longer-new AG should get on with the business Mr. Holder left in her inbox.
“That includes, first and foremost, the long-awaited decision as to whether the Justice Department will bring criminal charges against IRS employees who targeted Tea Party and other preponderantly conservative nonprofit groups for inordinate scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.
“In March 2013, Mr. Holder announced that he was opening a criminal investigation of what seemed to us an obvious abuse of power by a politically motivated IRS staff – most notably, Lois Lerner, who was at the time director of the agency’s Exempt Organizations Division.
“Well, 29 months have passed, and the Justice Department hasn’t brought closure to its IRS investigation.
“If we didn’t know better, we’d suspect that senior Justice officials are intentionally stalling, delaying a decision on prosecuting Ms. Lerner and others complicit in the IRS scandal until President Obama is safely out of office. . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Donald Trump is set to blow up GOP orthodoxy – again”
“First Donald Trump antagonized the Republican establishment with his proposals on immigration. Then he irritated some with his stands on trade and Social Security. Now Trump is preparing a tax proposal that will again set him far apart from the party’s powers-that-be.
“The problem for the establishment is that Trump’s positions on all three issues are more in line with the majority of American voters than the establishment’s preferred policies. By using his popularity to force outside-the-GOP-box ideas into the Republican presidential debate, Trump is displaying an uncanny sense of the divisions between voters and the GOP power structure. . .”
Connor Wolf, Daily Caller: “NLRB Upends Franchising and Contracting in Landmark Case”
“. . . The impact could be great. Many different businesses rely on franchising and contracting. Restaurants, cleaners, staffing agencies and retailers are just a few broad examples.
“The NLRB’s new standard could force Silicon Valley startups to hire the receptionists and cleaners they currently get from staffing or property management companies,” Competitive Enterprise Institute vice president for strategy Iain Murray noted in a statement to TheDCNF. ‘It will adversely impact the innovative sharing economy, where technology has drastically lowered transaction costs, enabling people to come together to share services in novel new business relationships. In the end, some jobs will be absorbed by companies’ corporate headquarters, to minimize unexpected liability; some jobs will be eliminated.’
Some have argued the decision to expand the standard is to benefit unions. If every franchisee under a corporate brand name is considered one operation, unions have the option of unionizing the entire thing as opposed to each individual business within the system.
“‘Obviously the board is pro-union right now,’ Stone noted. ‘This labor board has been strikingly activist.’
“‘It extends the board’s long track record of siding with union leaders instead of America’s workers and job creators,’ Republican Reps. John Kline and Phil Roe said in a statement. ‘Under the president’s watch, the National Labor Relations Board has pushed a culture of union favoritism that is detrimental to workers and employers.’ . . .” http://dailycaller.com/2015/08/27/nlrb-upends-franchising-and-contracting-in-landmark-case/#ixzz3kJTDwewB
Eric Boehm, Fox: “Wyoming man files suit over massive EPA fines for building pond”
“A rancher is taking the Environmental Protection Agency to federal court, asking a judge to stop the agency from fining him more than $16 million because he built a small pond on his property.
Andy Johnson of Fort Bridger, Wyoming says he made sure to get the proper permits from his state government before building the pond. After all, this is America in the 21st century, and nothing done on your own property — certainly when it involves the use of water — is beyond government concern.
Johnson is facing millions in fines from the federal government after the EPA determined his small pond — technically a “stock pond” to provide better access to water for animals on his ranch — is somehow violating the federal Clean Water Act.
“‘We went through all the hoops that the state of Wyoming required, and I’m proud of what we built,’ Johnson said. ‘The EPA ignored all that.’ . . .”
John Siciliano, Washington Examiner: “EPA defies judge, imposes water rule”
“A defiant Environmental Protection Agency on Friday put into effect controversial new water regulations, despite a federal judge’s decision to place a temporary hold on the rule for fear it would harm states.
“The EPA says it is interpreting Thursday’s injunction as applying only to the states that sued in the North Dakota district court, according to a spokeswoman. The Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the U.S. rule, goes into effect Friday as planned, except in the 13 states that filed the North Dakota lawsuit.
“‘The Clean Water Rule is fundamental to protecting and restoring the nation’s water resources that are vital for our health, environment and economy,’ said Melissa Harrison, a spokeswoman for the agency. She says the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers ‘have been preparing to implement the rule on the effective date of Aug. 28.’
“The rule has been a favorite target of the GOP, which argues it as a prime example of federal overreach that defies state sovereignty.”
Also – Barbara Boland, Washington Examiner, “Obama: Climate change threatens to ‘wipe out’ American towns”
PA . . .
Nick Field, PoliticsPA: “BREAKING: Board Seeks to Suspend Kane’s Law License”
“Kathleen Kane is effectively being suspended. Not just as a lawyer but as Attorney General as well.
The disciplinary board in charge of Pennsylvania’s lawyers has notified Kane that they are seeking an emergency suspension of her law license, Angela Couloumbis of the Inquirer is reporting.
“Couloumbis and McCoy note that under Rule 208, the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania can recommend the suspension of an attorney who they feel “is causing immediate and substantial public or private harm,” or has engaged in “egregious conduct.”
“The action goes to the PA Supreme Court and the AG has ten days to respond.
“If Kane has her law license put on hold, she can’t act as the commonwealth’s chief prosecutor.
“Article IV, Section 5 of the Pennsylvania Constitution states that: “No person shall be eligible to the office of Attorney General except a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.”
Therefore, the suspension of her law license would basically be a suspension from the job as Attorney General. . .”
END NOTES. . .
Michelle Malkin, RCP: “Denver Corruptocrats’ Chick-fil-A Smokescreen”
“Holier-than-thou liberals on the Denver city council are waging war on Chick-fil-A in the name of tolerance and diversity. Now, let me tell you what the squawking is really all about: It’s a distraction, a feint, a mile-high smokescreen.
“Spiteful Democrats claim they are upholding progressive “Denver values” by delaying approval of an airport concession contract with the Christian-owned restaurant chain. But the politically correct storm over same-sex marriage (which Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy personally opposes) is convenient cover for the local government’s serial mismanagement, bloated spending and shady contracting practices.
“Denver International Airport concessionaires raked in more than $322 million in gross revenue last year amid longstanding complaints of political favoritism and dirty dealing that date back to the facility’s construction in the mid-1990s.
“You should know that while Denver’s city council leftists falsely accuse Chick-fil-A of discriminatory practices, they’ve been embroiled in litigation over bid-rigging allegations involving a separate $53 million airport concessions contract. Last fall, a retail group filed suit against the city council rubber-stampers and Denver International Airport officials for allegedly conspiring to help the winning bidder snag a seven-year deal to run the airport’s duty-free shops.
“The plaintiffs in the case, DIA Retail, uncovered what they call ‘systemic’ misconduct and manipulation of the award process, including multiple violations of rules prohibiting contact between the winning bidder, Hudson Group, and government officials after submitting their request for proposal.
“Then there’s the city’s own audit of the airport’s ‘disadvantaged concessionaire program’ released in May, which showed that Denver officials are much better at preaching to others about ‘diversity’ than practicing it themselves. . .”
Chick-fil-A: Free Breakfast Week, 8/31-9/4/15
Chick-fil-A, M-F, before 10 AM. . . I ate in the King of Prussia Food Court yesterday – Chick-fil-A had 5 counter workers and was the only store of a dozen to have a line . . . Will NOT miss their SE&C on a muffin this Thursday!