DRUMS RATTLE, FLAGS WAVE
HANSON – Moral Equivalence in the Middle East.
LEADS: STRIEFF – Sanctuary cities; YORK – War against Trump; DARCY – Cruz & ‘Net freedom; LOTT- Gun-free Zones; JOHNSON – Koch brothers.
IMMIGRATION: BEDARD – 14 million more.
SPEAKER: ERICKSON – Conservatives’ death warrant; RYAN Drudge links.
HILLARY: GOLDBERG – Hill’s chief enabler; PRUDEN – Prisoner-in-chief.
PA: WAGNER – Budget compromise; GROSSMAN – Ghost teachers; BARTOLOTTA – Rules of Uber; FIELD – War over court candidates.
END NOTE: WHITEHEAD – Global police, domestic extremists.
“Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.” H. L. Mencken
DRUMS RATTLE, FLAGS WAVE
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.
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Moral Equivalence in the Middle East”
“. . . the present U.S. government — which is subsidizing the Palestinians to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars a year — is incapable of distinguishing those who employ terrorist violence from the victims against whom the terrorism is directed. But why is the Obama administration — which can apparently distinguish those who send out drones from those who are blown up by them on the suspicion of employing terrorist violence — morally incapable of calling out Palestinian violence? After all, in the American case, we blow away suspects whom we think are likely terrorists; in the Israeli instance, they shoot or arrest those who have clearly just committed a terrorist act. “Two reasons stand out.
“One, Obama’s Middle East policies are in shambles. Phony red lines, faux deadlines, reset with Putin, surrendering all the original bargaining chips in the Iranian deal, snubbing Israel, cozying up to the Muslim Brotherhood, dismissing the threat of ISIS, allowing Iraq to collapse by abruptly pulling out all American troops, giving way to serial indecision in Afghanistan, ostracizing the moderate Sunni regimes, wrecking Libya, and setting the stage for Benghazi — all of these were the result of administration choices, not fated events. One of the results of this collapse of American power and presence in the Middle East is an emboldened Palestinian movement that has recently renounced the Oslo Accords and encouraged the offensive of edged weapons. . .”
“But there is a second, more general explanation for the moral equivalence and anemic response from the White House. The Obama ‘we are the ones we’ve been waiting for’ administration is the first postmodern government in American history, and it has adopted almost all the general culture’s flawed relativist assumptions about human nature.
“Affluent and leisured Western culture in the 21st century assumes that it has reached a stage of psychological nirvana, in which the Westernized world is no longer threatened in any existential fashion as it often was in the past. That allows Westerners to believe that they no longer have limbic brains, and so are no longer bound by Neanderthal ideas like deterrence, balance of power, military alliances, and the use of force to settle disagreements. Their wealth and technology assure them that they are free, then, to enter a brave new world of zero culpability, zero competition, and zero hostility that will ensure perpetual tranquility and thus perpetual enjoyment of our present material bounty.
“Our children today play tee-ball, where there are no winners and losers — and thus they are schooled that competition is not just detrimental but also can, by such training, be eliminated entirely. Our adolescents are treated according to the philosophy of “zero tolerance,” in which the hero who stops the punk from bullying a weaker victim is likewise suspended from school. Under the pretense of such smug moral superiority, our schools have abdicated the hard and ancient task of distinguishing bad behavior from good and then proceeding with the necessary rewards and punishments. Our universities have junked military history, which schooled generations on how wars start, proceed, and end. Instead, “conflict resolution and peace studies” programs proliferate, in which empathy and dialogue are supposed to contextualize the aggressor and thus persuade him to desist and seek help — as if aggression, greed, and the desire for intimidation were treatable syndromes rather than ancient evils that have remained dangerous throughout history. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/425787/obama-palestinians-istaelis
LEADS . . .
Strieff, Red State: “Democrats and GOP Senator Mark Kirk team up to block ‘sanctuary cities’ law”
Casey voted to ignore sanctuary cities . . .
“Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a Republican-backed bill that would crack down on so-called sanctuary cities by threatening to withhold funds to local governments that don’t cooperate with federal immigration officials.
“The bill failed on a 54-45 vote. It needed 60 to advance.
“The Stop Sanctuary Cities Act became a lightning rod issue ahead of the vote, as GOP sponsors tried to peel off just a few Democrats to support it while Democratic leaders blasted the legislation as counterproductive. The White House issued a formal veto threat Tuesday morning, while the chamber’s top Democrat tried to discredit the measure by calling it “The Donald Trump Act.”
“But GOP backers cast the legislation as a critical first step toward reining in the exploding, and risky, practice of cities and counties ignoring federal immigration law. . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Panicked establishment gets ready for war against Trump”
“This weekend was an inflection point in the Republican presidential race — a moment in which some significant part of the GOP establishment came out of denial and realized Donald Trump might well become their party’s nominee.
“‘The Republican establishment, for the first time, is saying, off the record, this guy can win,’ noted Joe Scarborough on MSNBC Monday morning. ‘I’ve heard that from everybody. I don’t hear anybody saying he can’t win the nomination anymore.’
“That doesn’t mean Republicans have made their peace with a Trump victory. On the contrary — some are preparing to do whatever it takes to bring him down. Which could lead to an extraordinary scenario in which GOP stalwarts go to war to destroy their own party’s likely nominee. . .”
Oliver Darcy, The Blaze: “Ted Cruz Says He ‘Cannot Overstate’ the ‘Threats’ to Internet Freedom, Independent News Websites Like Drudge”
“Ted Cruz said Sunday evening that the “threats to Internet freedom” have ‘never been greater’ and could have the potential of affecting independent online news outlets like the Drudge Report.
“Speaking to TheBlaze Sunday evening in Dallas, Texas, the Republican presidential candidate responded to reports that Congressional review of digital copyright law could threaten aggregator news websites.
“‘I think threats to Internet freedom continue growing,’ Cruz said. ‘This administration views the Internet as a threat.’
“The Texas senator cited the Federal Communications Commission’s move to classify broadband Internet service as a public utility as evidence of the threat.
“‘I’ve been leading the fight against that,’ he told TheBlaze.
“Cruz also cited plans to relinquish U.S. control of the Internet as a move that would ‘profoundly undermine U.S. interests and undermine free speech.’
“‘America invented the Internet and, I got to say, Obama’s idea to give it away is reminiscent of Jimmy Carter’s idea to give away the Panama Canal,’ he said. . .”
John Lott, NRO: “A Look at the Facts on Gun-Free Zones”
“. . . Obviously, gun-control advocates don’t think that deterrence works. Despite statements from the killers themselves, they don’t think that rampage shooters factor the presence of guns into their plans. Most of these shooters want to go out with a bang and take a lot of people with them. They tend to be antisocial, attention-starved people. They want their names to be remembered. These killers know that the more people they murder, the more media attention they will get. And they also know that the longer it takes for someone with a gun to appear on the scene, the more people they can kill. If you still agree with gun-control advocates about deterrence, ask yourself if you would post a sign on your home announcing it was a gun-free zone. So why do we post these signs at public locations? There’s simply no good reason for it.” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/425802/gun-free-zones-don%27t-save-lives-right-to-carry-laws-do
Eliana Johnson, NRO: “The Koch Brothers: Selling Freedom, Collecting Data”
“The wealthy activist siblings recruit Hispanics for libertarian causes as they compile a massive voter database. “The group (The Libre Initiative) was founded by the Koch brothers’ donor network ahead of the 2012 presidential election, in which Mitt Romney would win just 27 percent of the Hispanic vote. Romney’s abysmal showing sparked an ongoing conversation within the Republican party about how to approach and persuade Hispanic voters. Libre’s answer is something of a give-and-take, or a give-and-persuade. The group, which has a presence now in ten states, including Texas, Colorado, and Florida, provides dozens of community services at no cost. It also promotes self-reliance, free markets, and measures that “decrease dependency.”
“Perhaps most important, those signing up to see Jeb Bush (or for the driving classes, tax-preparation help, or health checkups that Libre offers) provide their names and contact information. That flows back into an enormous voter database owned and controlled by another Koch group, i360, which the donor network hopes will replace the Republican National Committee’s data trove. Many say it already has. Data collected from canvassing conducted by other groups in the network — Americans for Prosperity, Concerned Veterans for America, Concerned Women for America — flows back to the same place, and i360 is amassing detailed voter profiles and developing the sort of technological wherewithal that propelled President Obama to victory in both 2008 and 2012. . .” www.nationalreview.com/article/425872/koch-brothers-selling-freedom-collecting-data-eliana-johnson
IMMIGRATION . . .
Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner: “Sessions-Brat: 14 million MORE immigrants in 10 years, 5-times all U.S. high school seniors”
“In a full-page ad to run in Roll Call Tuesday, and previewed in the paper today, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and Virginia Rep. Dave Brat provided the raw data on the nation’s building immigration problem and blew the whistle on the so-called “Gang of Eight” proposal to ease immigration rules.
“Including all forms of immigration, the Census Bureau estimates another 14 million immigrants will enter the U.S. on net between now and 2025 — that’s almost five times the number of students who will graduate from public high school in America this year,” the two wrote.
“And much of it is legal, and threatens U.S. workers, they added.
‘Over the next 10 years, the U.S. will hand out more green cards than the combined populations of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. This has absolutely nothing to do with the border or immigration enforcement: these green cards will be issued — this year and a hundred years from now — unless Congress passes a law to prevent their issuance.
“‘On top of this, the U.S. issues each year approximately 700,000 visas to temporary foreign workers, 500,000 visas to foreign students, and 100,000 visas to refugees and asylum-seekers.
‘Because these new immigrants and foreign workers arrive legally, corporations can legally substitute them for their existing workers at lower pay. From 2000 through 2014, all jobs gains among the working-age were claimed by foreign labor. Moreover, because immigrant workers are paid lower salaries, their wages are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers. A recent report from the Center for Immigration Studies revealed that 3 in 4 immigrant households with kids are drawing welfare payments,’ they wrote.
“Their assault on the Gang of Eight bill was a warning shot at those eyeing the House speakership and presidency that conservatives won’t back legislation that hints at amnesty. . .”
SPEAKER . . .
Erick Erickson, Red State: “Paul Ryan Wants House Conservatives To Sign Their Own Death Warrant”
I’ve dated several women with similar attitudes . . .
“Paul Ryan has conditions to become Speaker of the House. One of those conditions is that the House of Representatives gut the ability to remove a future Speaker.
“You read that right. Paul Ryan wants the House of Representatives to neuter the ability of a majority to replace the Speaker of the House.
“House conservatives would be insane to agree to these terms. Ryan is actually promising very little by way of specifics. Instead, he wants a unanimous election and then he will go into details. Put another way, Paul Ryan wants to get elected after it is made impossible to get rid of him, then he will really get into specifics.
“This would be a terrible, terrible deal for House Conservatives. It would gut their ability to pull the House Republicans to the right.
“If they go along with Paul Ryan, they will sign their own death warrant at the hands of Paul Ryan’s loyal lieutenants. Remember, Ryan has not even denounced the Chamber of Commerce and John Boehner’s outside PAC who together are trying to purge the House of conservatives.
“Surely the House Freedom Caucus members cannot be this stupid. Surely . . .
Also – Susan Ferrichio, Washington Examiner: “Tea Party Caucus chair: Ryan’s conditions ‘entirely unreasonable’”
“. . . ‘No other speaker I know of would ever have as much power as Paul Ryan asked for himself,’ Huelskamp said following a meeting among Republican lawmakers. ‘Is he serious?’”
Paul Ryan: Drudge Links, 10/21/15
HILLARY . . .
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Hillary Clinton’s Enabler-in-Chief”
“It’s an ancient story: An innocent idealist sets out to change the world and in the process becomes what he hates most. ‘He who fights monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster,’ Friedrich Nietzsche advised.
“That’s probably the best spin one can put on Sidney Blumenthal, the longtime Hillary Rodham Clinton aide and confidant. But it would be just that — spin — given that Blumenthal was never an idealist, never mind an innocent. He has remained the same man he was in 1976, when he co-edited Government by Gunplay: Assassination Conspiracy Theories from Dallas to Today. Other contributors to the paranoid collection included renowned JFK assassination conspiracy theorist Carl Oglesby and former CIA officer Philip Agee, who was giving information to the KGB and Cuban intelligence at the time.
“The journalist turned Clinton White House courtier is in the news because he shows up in Clinton’s e-mails — a lot. (Roughly a third of the last e-mail dump contains e-mail between them.) When first asked about her correspondence with Blumenthal, Clinton insisted he was merely “an old friend” who occasionally sent “unsolicited” e-mail.
“That was a lie. It turns out that then–Secretary of State Clinton was in near-constant contact with Blumenthal, urging the head of her ‘secret spy network’ (ProPublica’s term) to supply her with information and political advice, mostly about Libya. ‘Thanks for keeping this stuff coming!’ was how she put it in one typical reply.
“Nor was he simply acting as an ‘old friend’ either. He was on the payroll of the Clinton Foundation to the tune of $10,000 a month. Media Matters, a self-described media watchdog that serves as Clinton’s shadow communications operation, paid him $200,000 a year. . .”
Wesley Pruden, Washington Times: “Hillary as first prisoner-in-chief”
“If elected, she could take the presidency with her, becoming our first prisoner-in-chief.. . .”
PA . . .
Scott Wagner: “The title of the email was, ‘Pennsylvania Needs a Budget, So GOP Must Compromise.’”
“In my short 18 months in the PA State Senate I continue to be entertained and amused by what Senator Hughes says. “It is important for everyone to know that Senator Hughes has served in the PA Legislature since 1987 – he served in the House from 1987 to 1994, and he has served in the Senate from 1994 to today. “Do you think Senator Hughes has looked in the mirror recently and said to himself, “Wow – I have been in Harrisburg for 28 years – is it possible that I am part of the problem ?” “Do you think Senator Hughes realizes that he has been in Harrisburg for over one-quarter of a century ? “Would you agree that Pennsylvania has a pension crisis? “Does Senator Hughes remember casting his “yes” vote in the Senate on May 8th, 2001 for Senate concurrence on House Bill # 26 of 2001. “For those who do not know – Senator Hughes “yes” vote increased his own pension by 50%, increased other state pension participants by 25%, increased his own and others pension multiplier from 2.0 to 2.5, and the changes he voted “yes” for made his pension changes and others pension changes retroactive back to when he joined the legislature. “In addition, Senator Hughes voted for the infamous midnight pay raise on July 7, 2005 which took place at 2 am without public review or commentary. “Depending on position, the raise increased legislators’ base pay anywhere from 16% to 34%. “Senator Hughes continues to beat on the GOP over the current budget impasse. . .
Evan Grossman, PA Independent: “Pennsylvania lawmakers introduce a bill to bust ‘ghost teachers’”
“PHILADELPHIA — City schools are struggling to find teachers, but the district and local teachers union have an agreement that permits dozens of them to abandon their classrooms to go work for the union every year.
“As part of the contract between the School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, up to 63 teachers can walk away from their jobs to work full-time for the union while they continue to earn a public salary, a posh benefits package including free health care, pension benefits, and accrue seniority.
“Two Pennsylvania lawmakers want to put a stop to that and this week introduced legislation to bust so-called “ghost teachers.” House Bill 1649, co-sponsored by state Reps. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, and Jim Christiana, R-Beaver, would outlaw the practice. . .”
Sen. Camera Bartolotta, CAP: “Guest Post: Legislation Would Authorize Transportation Network Companies”
Someone got creative, now we need to give them some rules in order to save them . . .
“Popular new transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft, offer prearranged transportation services through the use of a digital network. The services hold the potential to help meet the transportation needs of many individuals in urban and suburban areas. The companies are currently permitted to operate in a number of Pennsylvania counties (excluding Philadelphia) under temporary authority granted by the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission (PUC). Legislation is necessary to ensure these companies are allowed to operate after the temporary authority expires.
In an effort to ensure state laws keep pace with innovation, I have sponsored legislation (SB 984) that would help establish a regulatory framework for these services to ensure they can operate safely and responsibly. My bill is designed to strike the proper balance between supporting the growth of these innovative services and the importance of ensuring consumers are protected. The bill would ensure transportation network companies and drivers meet basic requirements such as maintaining appropriate insurance coverage, meeting vehicle safety requirements and reporting accidents.
Nick Field, Politics PA: “GOP Strikes Back at Dem Supreme Court Candidates (VIDEO)”
“Just under two weeks out from Election Day and the campaign is heating up.
“The PA Republican Party released a new video, titled “For Sale”, that accuses the Democratic State Supreme Court nominees of being bought by special interests.
“They even created a website, SpecialInterestJudges.com.
“Democrat special interests think the Courts are for sale,” the narrator begins before noting that the candidates have accepted money from Philadelphia trial lawyers and labor unions.
“The web spot also uses a quote from one of the Democratic candidates, Kevin Dougherty, where he said that fundraising is a necessary evil. The video then stamps a red ‘EVIL’ over the screen in classic negative ad fashion.
“‘Stop Dougherty, Donohue and Wecht,’ the narrator concludes. ‘The courts shouldn’t be for sale.’
“There are three open seats on the PA Supreme Court up for grabs on Nov. 3. The Democratic nominees are Christine Donohue, Kevin Dougherty and David Wecht. The Republican nominees are Anne Covey, Michael George and Judith Olson. An independent, Paul Panepinto, is also running.”
END NOTE . . .
John Whitehead, Infowars: “Things Are Getting Scary: Global Police, Precrime and the War on Domestic ‘Extremists’”
– Are you afraid that the government is plotting to confiscate your firearms?
– Do you display an unusual number of political and/or ideological bumper stickers on your car?
“If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be an anti-government extremist (a.k.a. domestic terrorist) in the eyes of the police.
“As such, you are now viewed as a greater threat to America than ISIS or al Qaeda.
Let that sink in a moment.
“If you believe in and exercise your rights under the Constitution (namely, your right to speak freely, worship freely, associate with like-minded individuals who share your political views, criticize the government, own a weapon, demand a warrant before being questioned or searched, or any other activity viewed as potentially anti-government, racist, bigoted, anarchic or sovereign), you have just been promoted to the top of the government’s terrorism watch list. . .”