DRUMS RATTLE, FLAGS WAVE
WILLIAMSON – Burning Islam.
LEADS: GERAGHTY – The socialist party; BOLT – Rebellion at the Vatican.
SPEAKER: GINGRICH visits Devon; STEINHAUER – Ryan too left; BOYLE – More speaker candidates.
HILLARY: DINAN – Trump upstages all; YORK – Millennials love Bernie; FOURNIER – Hillary’s short leash; WASHINGTON TIMES – 21 Hillary scandals.
PA: Paycheck protection.
END NOTE: BRODY – The impulsive.
Drums Rattle, Flags Wave
“Don’t know who gets Glenn Beck but, the other day he and David Barton were discussing what Christians want to hear from their ministers/pastors etc. here is the survey and the outcome. David Barton suggested that we take the survey and results to our clergy. http://www.wallbuilders.com/downloads/WhatChristiansWantPastorstoPreachAbout.pdf
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Valley Forge Patriots is considering joining with other groups such as Oath Keeper, Delco Patriots, etc. so we have a larger number of people to address the dangers that are coming our way. If you have any thoughts, concerns, ideas please feel free to share them with our steering committee.
We are going to start up our rallies at King of Prussia mall on Saturdays from Noon til 3 starting Oct. 31. Please try to attend and bring chairs, water, and appropriate signs. We rally on Rt. 202 by the Wells Fargo Bank. We reach thousands of people at that site and now that the holidays are coming we will reach many more.
“How can someone with an ‘F’ conservative rating (Conservative Review) be acceptable to conservatives?” he said in a statement to National Review. “Paul Ryan came to Washington with such promise and has been a huge disappointment. At every turn he has done the bidding of John Boehner. He hasn’t taken a principled stand on a single thing of importance. He is just more of the same, sadly.” Brent Bozell, ForAmerica http://www.nationalreview.com/article/425436/paul-ryan-house-speaker-conservative-activists-rebel
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “There Is No God but Hephaestus
“A news photograph from Hazem Bader, who chronicles newsworthy doings in Israel for Agence France Presse, inspired a good deal of guilty giggles on Tuesday: A Palestinian thug mishandled his Molotov cocktail and managed to set fire to his T-shirt and then to his keffiyeh, which had his compatriots scrambling to put out the flames dancing on his head. That was not the sort of halo that the holy warrior had in mind at all — martyrdom, yes, inshallah, but not right now. Like all decent people of good will, my first reaction was: Serves you right, ass. And then a smidgen of guilt: If you’ve ever seen a human being burned, you don’t wish it on anybody. Not even these Jew-hating jihadi bums.
“I myself have been closer than you’d generally like to be to that sort of fire on a few occasions: the automobile accidents and house fires that are part of the daily newspaper fare; the fiery climax of the Branch Davidian siege at Waco; a terrorist bombing of a train near New Delhi. Burning, it seems, is a very bad way to go.
“But, as everybody from the Joker to Heraclitus to Father Gerard Manley Hopkins has observed: Everything burns. I cannot help but seeing in the image of that hapless would-be Palestinian murderer a metaphor for the entirety of the Palestinian experience, and for the broader jihadist worldview. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/425526/palestinians-self-immolation-metaphor-palestinian-experience
LEADS . . .
Jim Geraghty, NRO: “The Debate Lesson: America Now Has an Openly Socialist Party”
“Sure, this batch of candidates sounded like a bunch of loons. They contended socialism is mostly about standing up to the richest one percent and promoting entrepreneurs and small business; climate change is the biggest national security threat facing the nation; college educations should be free for everyone; all lives don’t matter, black lives do; Obama is simultaneously an enormously successful president in managing the economy and the middle class is collapsing and there’s a need for a ‘New New Deal’ which is in fact an Old Old Idea, considering how FDR called for a Second New Deal in 1935. The audience in Nevada applauded higher taxes, believes that Hillary Clinton doesn’t need to answer any more questions, supports the complete shutdown of the NSA domestic surveillance program, and that Obamacare benefits should be extended to illegal immigrants. There are kindergarten classes with more realistic assessments of cost-benefit tradeoffs than the crowd watching this debate at the Wynn Las Vegas. “So yes, the candidates sounded like hard-Left, pie-in-the-sky, free-ice-cream-for-everyone, Socialist pander bears. But they do so because that is what the Democratic Party’s primary voters demand. Don’t blame them; blame the party rank-and-file that craves these promises, rhetoric, and worldview.
“With that in mind, Hillary Clinton is the class of the field on that stage, and the only real obstacle to the nomination that remains is a Joe Biden bid. Compared with everyone else, she’s polished and knows what she’s doing. Even when she’s being robotic and inauthentic, she’s remembering her talking points, pivoting to her preferred issues. The software upgrades to her personality may look awkward when she’s alone, but she’s still a much, much better candidate than anybody else on that stage.
“Sure, she was duplicitous, but she’s a Clinton; that’s baked in the cake . . .” www.nationalreview.com/corner/425531/debate-lesson-america-now-has-openly-socialist-party-jim-geraghty
Andrew Bolt, Australian Herald Sun: “Pell vs Pope”
“Cardinal George Pell sent the Pope a public warning in July about his lurch to the Left:
“Cardinal George Pell has publicly criticised Pope Francis’ decision to place climate change at the top of the Catholic Church’s agenda.
“Cardinal Pell, a well-known climate change skeptic, told the Financial Times the church had ‘no particular expertise in science’.
“‘The church has got no mandate from the Lord to pronounce on scientific matters,’ he said,
‘We believe in the autonomy of science.’”
“Civil war has erupted at the top of the Catholic Church, with 13 cardinals, including Australia’s George Pell, warning the Pope in a letter that the church is in danger of collapsing like liberal Protestant churches in the modern era. “The cardinals say the threat of collapse has been accelerated by the “abandonment of key elements of Christian belief and practice in the name of pastoral adaptation’. . .’
SPEAKER . . .
Newt & Callista Gingrich will sign books at the Devon Barnes & Noble, October 15th, Thursday, at 7PM.
Jennifer Steinhauer, NYT: Latest Unease on Right: Ryan Is Too Far Left”
“. . . Since the 2012 general election defeat, Mr. Ryan has indeed become more of a consensus builder and leader in the House, even as he has maintained his ideological tilt. He has largely voted for bills to keep the government operating and the debts paid when many other Republicans vote against them these days.
“He was half the brain on a 2013 compromise with Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, to funnel more money to the government and avert two years of budget brinkmanship, even though two years earlier, he had refused to sit on the original committee that tried and failed to find a solution to the government’s financial problems.
“Mr. Ryan moved this year to the chairmanship of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee from the Budget Committee because he said he wanted even greater influence on national fiscal policy, and his prescriptions are anathema to most Democrats.
“But the current flak following Mr. Ryan stems from a growing and powerful collection of far-right pundits and news media — from Mark Levin to Laura Ingraham to the sites RedState and Breitbart and the new Conservative Review — that have successfully wielded influence over Republican voters and lawmakers in strongly conservative districts.
“Their bill of particulars against Mr. Ryan have shifted from the national debt and spending to immigration. Lately, they have focused on Mr. Ryan’s enthusiastic support for free trade, traditionally a policy that has gotten broad Republican support but is now being used as a bat against him. Beyond Mr. Ryan, the conservative targets have seemingly shifted from old time establishment lawmakers to a process seemingly more akin to random selection. . .”
Matthew Boyle, BigGovt: “More Republicans Join Speakership Race as Paul Ryan’s Nascent Campaign Falls Apart on the Runway”
“. . . Ryan—back in 2012 as the House Budget Committee chairman, right after the election—was the first committee chairman to engage in retaliation against conservatives. Because Reps. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS)
and Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)
voted against Ryan’s budget, Boehner and Ryan moved in early December 2012 to remove the two of them from the House Budget Committee. That kicked off a process that led to the almost successful first effort to take down Boehner as Speaker on the floor of the House of Representatives. That was the first of three coup attempts and it all happened because Ryan helped Boehner retaliate against conservatives. Obviously, it would lead to more retaliation against over the coming years, a second nearly successful coup attempt against Boehner and a finally successful coup attempt against Boehner led by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC)
(R-NC) on the floor of the House.
“Ryan would also, as several conservatives have pointed out, support amnesty for illegal aliens and open border policies. He has for years championed the cause of the open-borders left wing, violating the principle requirements of a next Speaker of the House as put forward by Rep. David Brat (R-VA). Number three on Brat’s list of principles the next speaker should support is: “Support policies that secure the border and enable interior enforcement while opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants.” Ryan is adamantly opposed to those policies. Ryan’s championing of the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) bank bailout in 2008 would violate Brat’s fourth principle: “Urge all committees to advance agendas based on limited government, economic opportunity, and fiscal responsibility.”
“Several senior House conservative aides have told Breitbart News that they expect there would be a concerted, public and organized effort to take Ryan down on the floor should he run for Speaker—just like there was with Boehner and McCarthy. . .”
HILLARY . . .
Hillary runs for the same reason that she stayed with Bill: She wants her daughter to become president . . .
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “Donald Trump dominates discussion of Democrats’ ‘boring’ debate on Twitter, Facebook”
“Even the massive Republican presidential field isn’t enough to contain Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman who on Tuesday inserted himself into Democrats’ race as well by live-tweeting their first presidential debate.
“It’s another indication of just how thoroughly he has come to dominate the battle for the White House and how Republican and Democratic candidates have come to realize that their path to the White House runs through Mr. Trump.
“The billionaire is enjoying every minute of it, gloating over his 4.4 million followers on Twitter and millions more on Facebook, whom he regaled with thoughts on what he pronounced — even before it started — a ‘boring’ Democratic debate.
“‘[Russian President Vladimir] Putin is not feeling too nervous or scared,’ Mr. Trump said in a post as the candidates introduced themselves at the top of the CNN broadcast.
“He then proceeded to dissect the Democratic field the same way he has analyzed his Republican opponents, saying former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley “has very little chance” and that he doubted anyone could see former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee as president.
“‘Sorry, there is no STAR on the stage tonight,’ he said, echoing the conclusions of a number of instant analysis from pundits online.
“That Republicans are taking on Mr. Trump is no surprise. He has shot to the top of the field and remained there for three months. His every word — with planned policy statements and one-off lines in interviews — have moved the debate. . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Young Democrats loving Bernie, hating Hillary on debate night”
“COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A few hours before the Democratic debate Tuesday, the Bernie Sanders campaign sent out word that it had organized 4,000 watch parties across the country. It was hard to confirm that number, but Team Sanders did link to a map of the U.S. with a dot marking every party, and there were certainly a lot of dots.
“One of those dots was at the University of Maryland. And the watch party wasn’t a dozen people gathered at someone’s house or a small room in a brew pub. Instead, the pro-Sanders group Terps for Bernie reserved a 500-seat auditorium at the Stamp Student Union and managed to fill about 300. As he has across the country, Bernie got a big turnout.
“Yes, the Terps for Bernie love Bernie. But just as important in this race, many just don’t like Hillary. What young and idealistic college student would? Sanders inspires their passion about inequality, about climate change, money in politics, gay rights. Clinton doesn’t.
“She’s the epitome of the establishment and the corrupt politicians, and there are so many things to dislike about her,” said J.T. Stanley, a senior who is one of the co-founders of Terps for Bernie. “My number-one issue is money in politics, because we can’t do anything about global warming until we get the money out of the system. That’s my single issue, and that’s why I despise Hillary. She’s the devil. . .”
Ron Fournier, National Journal: “Hillary Clinton Won (But It Won’t Always Be This Way)”
“Front-runner’s performance was as good as it was dishonest.
“Hillary Clinton won. She won because she’s a strong debater. She won because Bernie Sanders is not. She won because the first Democratic presidential debate focused on liberal policies—and not her email scandal or character.
“The embattled front-runner won herself a news cycle or two, because she stretched the truth and played to a friendly audience. It won’t always be so.
“It took more than an hour before CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Clinton about the covert email system she established as secretary of State in defiance of federal regulations, subverting the Freedom of Information Act, thwarting congressional oversight, and jeopardizing U.S. secrets. And, even then, her chief rival offered Clinton cover.
“‘What I did was allowed by the State Department,’ said the woman who headed the State Department, ‘but it wasn’t the best choice.’ Clinton noted that the GOP-led Benghazi committee—the panel that discovered her rogue email system—is on record trying to undermine her credibility. GOP partisans were partisan, and yet, she dramatically declared, “I’m still standing.”
“The Democratic crowd roared. “I think the secretary is right,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a populist threatening Clinton from the left. “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about emails.”
“Professional Democrats and the party’s strongest voters are certainly tired of hearing about the email scandal, but it’s not going to go away—not with the FBI investigating whether confidential information was mishandled under Clinton’s system, and not with independent voters losing faith in Clinton’s word.
“Character and judgment are gateway political issues. An untrustworthy candidate might check all your policy boxes, might tickle your ideological buttons, and might even grind away long enough to get your vote—but you’re not going to like it.
“That is Clinton’s problem. Like it was in 2008, her character is the issue that threatens to consume all others.
Washington Times: “21 most consequential Clinton scandals, ranked from most important”
“1. Monica Lewinsky: Led to only the second president in American history to be impeached.
- Benghazi: Four Americans killed, an entire system of weak diplomatic security uncloaked, and the credibility of a president and his secretary of state damaged.
- Asia fundraising scandal: More than four dozen convicted in a scandal that made the Lincoln bedroom, White House donor coffees and Buddhist monks infamous.
- Hillary’s private emails: Hundreds of national secrets already leaked through private email and the specter of a criminal probe looming large.
- Whitewater: A large S&L failed and several people went to prison.
- Travelgate: The firing of the career travel office was the very first crony capitalism scandal of the Clinton era.
- Humagate: An aide’s sweetheart job arrangement.
- Pardongate: The first time donations were ever connected as possible motives for presidential pardons.
- Foundation favors: Revealing evidence that the Clinton Foundation was a pay-to-play back door to the State Department, and an open checkbook for foreigners to curry favor.
- Mysterious files: The disappearance and re-discovery of Hillary’s Rose Law Firm records.
- Filegate: The Clinton use of FBI files to dig for dirt on their enemies.
- Hubble trouble: The resignation and imprisonment of Hillary law partner Web Hubbell.
- The Waco tragedy: One of the most lethal exercises of police power in American history.
- The Clinton’s Swedish slush fund: $26 million collected overseas with little accountability and lots of questions about whether contributors got a pass on Iran sanctions.
- Troopergate: From the good old days, did Arkansas state troopers facilitate Bill Clinton’s philandering?
- Gennifer Flowers: The tale that catapulted a supermarket tabloid into the big time.
- Bill’s Golden Tongue: His and her speech fees shocked the American public.
- Boeing Bucks: Boeing contributed big-time to Bill; Hillary helped the company obtain a profitable Russian contract.
- Larry Lawrence: How did a fat cat donor get buried in Arlington National Cemetery without war experience?
- The cattle futures: Hillary as commodity trader extraordinaire.
- Chinagate: Nuclear secrets go to China on her husband’s watch.”
PA . . .
Andrew Staub, PA Independent: “Republicans renew push for paycheck protection”
“State Sen. John Eichelberger believes the time has come for Pennsylvania to stop using its payroll system to collect political money for government unions, and he’ll have a chance to learn whether fellow lawmakers agree.
“The state Senate on Tuesday renewed efforts to pass Eichelberger’s paycheck protection legislation, positioning it for a vote that could happen as soon as Wednesday.
“Originally, the bill prohibited the state from collecting all dues, fees and political action committee money for all government unions, except for those representing public-safety employees. Lawmakers tweaked it Tuesday, approving an Eichelberger amendment that still bars the collection of political money but allows the deduction of fair-share fees that fund representational activities for unions.
“‘Where we have to draw the line — which seems very reasonable — is that they cannot any longer collect political money,’ said Eichelberger, R-Blair. . .”
END NOTE. . .
James Brody: The Center Still Won’t Hold the Impulsive
Cloward-Piven struck again at the Democrat debate: Find a really big crisis, recruit believers, shriek from a lectern, and collect dollars. “Climate change” is one more instance. It is a “religion’ in the sense of its being true if you want it to be true and provides a rich inspiration and opportunities for the rule-writers.
We raised our exposure to Cloward-Piven when we lowered the voting age and when we made it simpler for people to move into our country. A lower voting age increased the influence of impulsive people (the human brain matures at about age 26); so did simplifying immigration rules. DemSocialists leaders want even more impulsive voters. (Teachers promise to make everyone equal but fail: they have their own Cloward-Piven scams!)
Thus, in kindness we increased the swarms of people who depend on a noisy mullah, minister, bureaucrat, or politician for direction. And their failures that arise from a limited “sense of the future” are redirected by their leaders toward those who DO have a sense of the future. Polls, cell phones, and social networks magnify and cement the impulsive into blocs of screamers who believe that everyone is the same and their social failures are the fault of schemers and cheats. Where ARE the Koch brothers?
Our republic gasps, a fiddler appears, and the rioters throw bricks and sing songs . . .