ANNOUNCEMENT: VF Patriots meet10/09
LEADS: WILL – Impeach IRS Director; ROBERTS – Impusive power; TILGHMAN & PAWLYK – Putin in Syria; EILPERIN – Background checks; NOONAN – Trump/Putin.
SPEAKER: HEINE – Newt?; DRUDGE – McCarthy links.
HILLARY: GOLDBERG – Lava lamp; HANSON – Straws on her back.
PA: SNYDER – PoliticsPA.
END NOTE: MARK LEVIN (10/8/15)
ANNOUNCEMENT . . .
VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS P.O. BOX 71 VALLEY FORGE, PA 19481 VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS MEETING
Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:30PM, P.J. Ryan’s, Bridge St., Phoenixville, PA
PLEASE JOIN US FOR AN INTERESTING EVENING!!
Larry Denver, of Faith and Freedom Coalition of PA will join us as speaker for the evening. Larry led our successful “Prayer in the Park” rally in September.
He was born and raised in Montgomery County, and served in the US Navy during Vietnam. After many years in California and “on the move”, Larry and his wife, Alyce, returned to PA to run his business. After working with a successful grassroots organization in Southern ChesCo, where he taught several educational programs, including the U.S. Constitution and Emergency Preparedness classes, he help to found the Faith and Freedom Coalition PA. Larry and the organization believe that we are at a “tipping point” in our country’s future. He says, “being free takes courage, sacrifice, and is not convenient”. Come on out and learn more.
There will also be an open mic discussion on the future of the Valley Forge Patriots and where we should take the organization, especially with elections coming up.
From our September meeting, we sent 32 letters to our legislators on our stand against Planned Parenthood funding. Thank you for Jthis effort. More to do on this!!
We have two efforts ongoing with our legislator outreach program. Camille Heppard is work on obtaining a meeting with Senator Pat Toomey and Lucy Tscherne is working on follow-up with Pat Meehan on Planned Parenthood funding.
Lots of work to do folks. We need your help. Join us on Oct. 9th
LEADS . . .
George Will, NRO: “Impeach the IRS Director”
“. . . Koskinen has testified that “there’s no evidence that anybody outside the IRS had . . . any conversations with [Lerner] about [targeting conservative groups] or that she even had directives internally.”
“How could he assert the absence of evidence that he had not sought? He had testified that he had conducted no investigation of the targeting. Even if, as Koskinen says, he did not intentionally mislead Congress, he did not subsequently do his legal duty to correct the record in a timely manner.
“Even if he has not committed a crime such as perjury, he has a duty higher than merely avoiding criminality.
“If the House votes to impeach, the Senate trial will not produce a two-thirds majority needed for conviction: Democrats are not ingrates. Impeachment would, however, test the mainstream media’s ability to continue ignoring this five-year-old scandal, and would demonstrate to dissatisfied Republican voters that control of Congress can have gratifying consequences.” www.nationalreview.com/article/425222/irs-director-house-impeachment
Paul Craig Roberts, InfoWars: “The Impulsiveness of US Power”
“Washington’s position is that only Washington decides and that Washington intends to unleash yet more chaos on the world in the hope that it reaches Russia.
“I guess no one in hubristic and arrogant Washington was listening when Putin said in his UN speech on September 28: “We can no longer tolerate the state of affairs in the world.”
“The intolerable state of affairs is the chaos that Washington has brought to the Middle East, chaos that threatens to expand into all countries with Muslim populations, and chaos from which millions of refugees are flooding into Europe.
“Not satisfied with threatening Russia with war, Washington is preparing to send US Navy ships inside the 12-nautical-mile territorial limit of islands created by China’s land reclamation project. The Navy Times reports that three Pentagon officials have said on background that “approval of the mission is imminent.”
“So here we have the US government gratuitously and provocatively threatening two nuclear powers. . .”
Andrew Tilghman & Oriana Pawlyk, Foreign Policy: “Vladimir Putin’s brazen moves in Syria and Ukraine raise new questions about America’s contingency plans”
Thx John Batchelor . . .
“Early on the morning of Sept. 30, a Russian three-star general approached the American embassy in Baghdad, walked past a wall of well-armed Marines, to deliver face-to-face a diplomatic demarche to the United States. His statement was blunt: The Russia military would begin air strikes in neighboring Syria within the hour — and the American military should clear the area immediately.
“It was a bout of brinksmanship between two nuclear-armed giants that the world has not seen in decades, and it has revived Cold War levels of suspicion, antagonism and gamesmanship.
“With the launch of airstrikes in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin instigated a proxy war with the U.S., putting those nation’s powerful militaries in support of opposing sides of the multipolar conflict. And it’s a huge gamble for Moscow, experts say. “This is really quite difficult for them. It’s logistically complex. The Russians don’t have much in the way of long-range power projection capability,” said Mark Galeotti, a Russian security expert at New York University.
“Moscow’s military campaign in Syria is relying on supply lines that require air corridors through both Iranian and Iraqi air space. The only alternatives are naval supply lines running from Crimea, requiring a passage of up to 10 days round-trip. How long that can be sustained is unclear.
“That and other questions about Russian military capabilities and objectives are taking center stage as Putin shows a relentless willingness to use military force in a heavy-handed foreign policy aimed at restoring his nation’s stature as a world power. In that quest, he has raised the specter of resurgent Russian military might — from Ukraine to the Baltics, from Syria to the broader Middle East. . .”
Juliet Eilperin, WaPo: “Obama weighs expanding background checks through executive authority”
“In response to the latest mass shooting during his presidency, President Obama is seriously considering circumventing Congress with his executive authority and imposing new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers.
“Under the proposed rule change, dealers who exceed a certain number of sales each year would be required to obtain a license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and perform background checks on potential buyers.
“As the president heads to Roseburg, Ore., on Friday to comfort the survivors and families of those killed in last week’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College, the political calculus around his most vexing domestic policy issue is shifting once again.
“After the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., claimed the lives of 20 students and six staff members, Obama asked Vice President Biden to devise a list of policy proposals in response, and on Jan. 26, 2013, the president announced 23 executive actions ranging from restarting federal research into the causes of gun violence to providing parity for mental health coverage under private insurance plans. He pushed for legislation mandating universal background checks on gun sales, an effort that failed in the Senate in April 2013. In August that year, Obama closed two gun-sale loopholes through executive authority, subjecting gun purchases by corporations and trusts to background checks and banning almost all re-imports of military surplus firearms to private entities. . .
Peggy Noonan, WSJ: “Shows of Strength from Trump and Putin”
“The GOP front-runner hasn’t started fading, and the Russian president seems in command.
“. . . Donald Trump has entered his second act. His polls, sometimes characterized as weakening, are in fact strong. As Bloomberg’s John Heilemann said on “Morning Joe,” if Jeb Bush had Mr. Trump’s numbers everyone would declare the race over.
“This week Quinnipiac had Mr. Trump solidly leading his GOP rivals in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. A national poll from Reuters/Ipsos had Mr. Trump in the lead with 31%, followed by Ben Carson with 17%. Public Policy Polling had Mr. Trump holding steady nationwide since late August, coming in first at 27%. His support is ideologically broad—35% of tea-party voters and 29% of moderates, according to PPP. He did better among younger voters and among men (31%) than women (23%). Clever people once said of George H.W. Bush that he reminded women of their first husbands. I never thought so, but Mr. Trump would remind some women of a blustery first husband, or a loudmouth uncle holding forth at Thanksgiving while hogging the sweet potatoes.
“He continues with high negatives. But for all the dopey, damaging dramas he’s gotten himself into the past few months he’s maintained his position. Imagine if he’d been disciplined. . .”
SPEAKER . . .
Debra Heine, PJM: “Newt Gingrich Open to Returning to Speakership”
“The GOP has been looking for the perfect “unifying” candidate for speaker of the House. How does ‘Speaker Gingrich’ sound?
“Newt had not previously expressed any interest, but when pressed by Sean Hannity on his radio show Thursday, Gingrich said he would consider returning to the speakership again if called upon by House Republicans.
“‘Maybe this is a time for Newt Gingrich to come back with a flurry of ideas and a new contract that would advance a conservative agenda that would help the country solve these horrible problems,’ Hannity proposed.
“‘Would you consider, if nominated, being the interim speaker?’
“Gingrich initially downplayed the idea, but when pressed, admitted he would consider it if he had the votes.
“‘If you were to say to me 218 have called you up and given you their pledge, obviously no citizen could ever turn down that kind of challenge,’ said Gingrich. ‘This is why George Washington came out of retirement. There are moments you can’t avoid.’
“National Review’s Jonah Goldberg, Fox News‘ Juan Williams, former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) and U.S. News & World Report’s Peter Roff have all thrown Newt’s name out there as a possible candidate for speaker in recent days.”
McCarthy Drudge Links, (10/9/15)
Was this all a scam to give Boehner more rope?. . .
McCarthy accused of affair on WIKIPEDIA… Edits came from ‘Homeland Security’ IP address… DHS investigates… Congressman’s letter clouds withdrawal… House members weeping in Capitol… ‘Banana republic’… Dem crafts CRAIGSLIST ad… POLITICO: Behind the scenes… Boehner Pressures Paul Ryan to rescue… REPUBLICAN MESS…
HILLARY . . .
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Flip-Flops Show Hillary’s Long on Ambition, Short on Principles”
“. . . As Vox’s Timothy Lee notes, Clinton is either making up reasons to oppose TPP now, or she was utterly ineffectual then — i.e., when she could have made a difference inside the administration. “I think this is a false choice; both things are probably true. “In fact, finding evidence that Clinton operates this way is like looking for evidence that fire is hot. In 2008, when it was in her interest, Clinton was against federal “blanket rules” on guns; now she’s making extra-constitutional gun-grabbing the centerpiece of her campaign (at least this week, while a recent mass murder is still fresh in our memories). She long opposed same-sex marriage on principle, until the times required a new position. She initially thought the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood were ‘disturbing.’ But within 48 hours, she was a stalwart defender of Planned Parenthood. As more — and more disturbing — videos emerged, she grew more adamant that the outrage wasn’t the fetal organ harvesting, but the videos exposing them. “And so on: the driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, the Iraq War, NAFTA, taking credit for regime change in Libya, her ever-shifting stories about her e-mail server. Hillary Clinton is like a lava lamp. Don’t like what you’re seeing at the moment? Wait a minute. Just don’t expect anything to last. “But all of this misses what I find so fascinating. With most of these examples, it’s almost impossible to find someone who takes what Clinton says or does at face value. If you’re not on her payroll, or auditioning to get on it one day, or just painfully naive, you simply start from the assumption that Clinton is unencumbered by any principles that might prove inconvenient to her political ambitions.
“No wonder she’s running scared from a socialist.” www.nationalreview.com/article/425275/hillary-clinton-trade-deal-flip-flop
Also – Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “How Many Straws on Hillary’s Back”
PA . . .
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: “10/9 Ups & Downs”
“What’s more damaging: votes, emails or polls? Answer: Lawsuits. See who made this week’s list!
“Tom Wolf. It’s tough to discern what the Governor was thinking. He proposed a new tax plan only for it to be resoundingly rejected by the State House. It seems the goal was to simply rally the Democratic troops. That such a move is necessary 100 days into the budget standoff is a discouraging sign. The icing on this sour cake, though, is the fact that Wolf’s approval ratings have also hit a new low. At this rate, it could be a long winter for the Gov.
“Michael Eakin. Attorney General Kathleen Kane called out the State Supreme Court Justice after her latest perjury charge. Then, the Daily News got ahold of the crude emails Justice Eakin sent and received over the years with various lawyers. It’s now clear that there was validity behind ex-Justice McCaffery’s charges and that yet another high-ranking government official was involvement in this idiotic, juvenile activity.
“Pat Toomey. The state’s junior Senator is still leading all general election match-ups for 2016. The incumbent has a fifteen point advantage over Joe Sestak and a twenty point lead over Katie McGinty, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. Additionally, while the Democrats are sure to have an entertaining primary featuring Sestak, McGinty and John Fetterman, Toomey has the next six months to prepare. Now he just has to make sure he uses that time wisely.
“Kathleen Kane. Even when her enemies have bad weeks, Kane can’t seem to catch a break. The latest Quinnipiac poll shows a plurality believe she should resign and a majority disapprove of the job she is doing. Furthermore she is being sued by James Barker, the man who testified against her and was later fired as part of a “reorganization”. So to recap, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General is facing before a criminal trial and a civil suit.
“Brandon Neuman. Let’s end on a happier note. Congratulations to the State Representative and his wife Carrie on the birth of their daughter!”
END NOTE . . .
Mark Levin (10/8/15)
On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show, Kevin McCarthy has withdrawn from the race to become John Boehner’s successor as Speaker of the House because he didn’t have enough votes. What’s going on in the House right now doesn’t threaten the future of the GOP; it’s not chaos or anarchy like the media wants us to believe it is. Conservatives are the only principled people in Washington trying to legitimately change the leadership in the Republican Party, using the system to change the system. It’s not about saving the country or the GOP, but about advancing the constitutional conservative cause – the American cause – and laying out the case to the American people. If Republicans in Washington were responsive to the people that voted them into power in the last election we wouldn’t be in the situation we’re in today. Mark speaks with Congressman Tim Huelskamp about what’s going on in the House and what’s next in the process to find a new Speaker.”