JENNY BETH; DRUMS RATTLE, FLAGS WAVE; CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY.
LEADS: RUSHBO – Hack media; DINAN – Midnight budget; NOBLE – IRS tracks cell phones; BATCHELOR – Trudeau & Islam.
DEBATE: WILLIAMSON – Rubio & Cruz; LAST – Our final six; ERICKSON – Cruz vs. Rubio; MARTOSKO – GOP debate;
HILLARY: MARTOSKO – More email due.
PA: SNYDER – 10/30 Ups & Downs.
END NOTES: LEVIN (10/29/15); BRODY – Socialist tricksters.
Jenny Beth Martin
This is what Paul Ryan must fight for:
- Repeal Obamacare! All of it. No exceptions. (Ending the Congressional Exemption from Obamacare which we’ve been fighting so hard for immediately would be a great start).
- Defeat Common Core and save our local schools.
- Tax reform. No more crony capitalism.
- Start (to) back government spending to 2008 levels to speed the process of realizing our goal of a debt-free future.
The Pledge to America is about GOP Congressmen’s commitment to a real conservative agenda. And we need to ensure that Paul Ryan won’t waver from that commitment. Please sign the petition right now. Paul Ryan needs to hear from us immediately.
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.
Citizens for Liberty
DATE: Wednesday, November 4th TIME: Doors open at 6:30pm. Meeting starts at 7:00pm. Meeting ends at 9:00pm. LOCATION: King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company, 170 Allendale Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406 This month’s guest speakers will be Charles Strange & Mary Ann Strange, and Kathy Barnette. “Charles Strange, Father of the late U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6 Michael Strange, will speak out about the Obama Administration’s cover up of Extortion 17, the single greatest loss of American life in the Afghan war. Most people know SEAL Team 6 supposedly killed Osama bin Laden, but few know what happened afterwards. The mainstream media has also been covering up the fact that the entire team is now dead, and their families are seeking justice and demanding answers. “Kathy Barnette, who recently moved here recently from Chicago will speak to us about her radio show. She is a conservative, black, young, mother and wife with intelligent perspectives and views that are oftentimes controversial in light of mainstream media. She is an adjunct Professor of Corporate Finance and Economics, a Christian conference speaker, writes for several media outlets, and was the radio host of Truth Exchange with Kathy Barnette as heard on WYLL 1160AM. “We’ll also give an update on HB 357 The Right to Bear Arms Protection Act, and we’ll have open mic… This is your chance to be heard!” Janet
LEADS . . .
Rushbo: “Hack Media Meme: Trump Fading”
“. . . You say, “If it weren’t for Trump…” Well, it is for Trump. Trump is there. You’d better be able to adapt to it and you better be able to figure out why Trump is doing well.
“And if the only ammo you’ve got with Trump is, “He’s gonna blow it, he’s gonna fade, he’s gonna step in it, he’s not gonna last, he doesn’t really mean it, he’s gonna get out,” and that’s all you can do, then you’re not doing your job. It’s not hard to explain Trump’s success. It’s really rather easy. That’s why when I see The Politico story, “The Incredible Shrinking Trump.” In their dreams. They haven’t the slightest idea what they’re talking about. “The Incredible Shrinking Trump — The usual blustery billionaire offered a downright demure performance at the third GOP debate.”
“If these hacks in the media were not Democrat Party activists, this story could just as easily be written as, “Donald Trump Shows More Maturity as Campaign Evolves.” But, no, because the Democrat media does not see Republicans and conservatives in any way anywhere near a favorable, fair, even almost human way. It’s not possible for them. . .”
Stephen Dinan, Washington Times: “Budget buster: Senate passes debt and spending hike in dead of night”
“144-page bill amounts to $558 million in new spending per page
“Senate Republicans managed to wrangle enough of their troops to overcome a filibuster early Friday morning and pass the new budget deal, granting President Obama yet another debt holiday, busting the budget caps and boosting spending some $80 billion over the next two years.
“Democrats, who are far more thrilled with the deal, did the heavy lifting, providing most of the votes as they won some $40 billion in new domestic spending in 2016 and 2017. They also forced the GOP to retreat on the hard-fought 2011 budget agreement that had helped bring deficits back under control.
Conservative Republicans were irate at their leaders and at defense hawks within the GOP who forced the deal by saying it was worth busting the caps in order to get the Pentagon more money at a time when the U.S. is fighting the war on terror.
“‘This deal represents the worst of Washington culture,’ said Rep. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican and presidential candidate who’d vowed to lead the filibuster, but who saw his efforts fall short to what he called an ‘unholy compromise between right and left.’
“The bill cleared on a 64-35 vote, with just 18 Republicans joining all Democrats in backing the bill. . .”
Andrea Noble, Washington Times: “Senators demand answers about IRS use of secret cellphone tracking systems”
“Two top senators are probing use by the Internal Revenue Service of secret cellphone tracking systems that are more often utilized by federal or local law enforcement agencies.
“IRS Commissioner John Koskinen admitted this week that the agency does use the technology, known as cell-site simulators, or StingRays. The admission came after a report by The Guardian that indicated the IRS has spent more than $71,000 to upgrade a version of the device and to receive training from a company that manufactures the devices. . .”
Justin Trudeau: John Batchelor Show (10/29/15)
“Hour Three Thursday 29 October 2015 / Hour 3, Block A: Jonathan Halevi, senior researcher of the Middle East affairs and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs; co-founder of the Orient Research Group Ltd; in re: Palestinian violence. The just-elected PM, Justin Trudeau, went to British Columbia to a mosque, dressed as Muslim in jalabiyya, prayed, “We Muslims,” said the shehada. Also visited the Wahhabist mosque in Montreal: “implement sharia!” Also visited ISNA in [Quebec?] Called Harper “anti-Muslim” – and he seems genuinely to subscribe to pro-Wahhabism. His first decision was to bring Canadian F18s back from Iraq, to stop opposing ISIS. Second promise was to execute his commitment to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees even though his own staff and intelligence advisors explained clearly that there ‘s no way to ferret out jihadist fighters’ entering Canada to begin jihad. Caveat his appointments of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Justin Trudeau said he’ll reopen the Canadian embassy in Teheran. And Fatah and Palestine House are operating in Missisauga, holding demonstrations favoring the knife-intifada where children are told to take mommy’s kitchen knife and kill Israelis a at random. Head of Palestine House loudly praised murders. How about that Chinese princeling who’s said to have transferred enormous amounts of escaped Chinese money to the Liberal Party?”
DEBATE . . .
John Kasich: “‘I Was Very Appreciative’ of CNBC Moderators”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Rubio and Cruz atop the GOP”
“And Republicans could do a lot worse. ‘Ted Cruz is only going to be popular,” a lefty correspondent sniffs, “in those places where the Osmonds are still popular.” If that is true, then the news for Senator Cruz could not possibly be better, inasmuch as this puts Nevada into play: Donny and Marie signed up for a six-week stint in Las Vegas back in 2008, and extended, and extended, and will be performing in the showroom now named for them until the end of 2016, at least. Good tickets for the reliably sold-out show are $260 each — no laughing matter when one considers that the Osmond demographic includes some pretty large families. It can be hard to see it from Williamsburg or Petworth, but the culture isn’t (only) what the hipsters think it is. If Senator Cruz proves as popular as Shania Twain and NASCAR, he won’t just be president — he’ll be president-for-life. . .” www.nationalreview.com/article/426321/rubio-cruz-gop-debate-kevin-d-williamson
Jonathan Last, Weekly Standard: “We Have Our Final Six”
“Tonight’s debate showed that the GOP field is smaller than it looks. Technically, there are still fourteen people running, but the winnowing is far along. We probably have a final six and possibly a final four.
“The three winners of the night were pretty obvious: Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump.
“Rubio ended Jeb Bush’s campaign with the kind of body shot that buckles your knees. That’s on Bush, who never should have come after Rubio in that spot for a host of strategic and tactical reasons. But what should scare Hillary Clinton is how effortless Rubio is even with throwaway lines, like “I’m against anything that’s bad for my mother.” Most people have no idea how fearsome raw political talent can be. Clinton does know because she’s seen it up close. She sleeps next to it for a contractually-obligated 18 nights per year.
“Cruz was tough and canny—no surprise there. He went the full-Gingrich in his assault on CNBC’s ridiculous moderators. He did a better job explaining Social Security reform than Chris Christie, even (which is no mean feat). And managed to look downright personable compared with John Harwood, whose incompetence was matched only by his unpleasantness. If you’re a conservative voter looking for someone who is going to fight for your values, Cruz must have looked awfully attractive.
“Then there was Trump. Over the last few weeks, Trump has gotten better on the stump. Well, don’t look now, but he’s getting better at debates, too. Trump was reasonably disciplined. He kept his agro to a medium-high level. And his situational awareness is getting keener, too. Note how he backed John Kasich into such a bad corner on Lehman Brothers that he protested, “I was a banker, and I was proud of it!” When that’s your answer, you’ve lost the exchange. Even at a Republican debate.
“And Trump had a hammer close: “Our country doesn’t win anymore. We used to win. We don’t anymore.” I remain convinced that this line (along with his hardliner on immigration) is the core of Trump’s appeal. But he didn’t just restate this theme in his closing argument. He used it to: (1) beat up CNBC; and (2) argue that his man-handling of these media twits is an example of what he’ll do as president. It was brilliant political theater.
Those were your winners.
Erick Erickson, Red State: “The Endgame is Ted Cruz vs. Marco Rubio”
“More than a month ago, I told you it would be Cruz vs. Rubio as the end result of the great sorting into the primaries.
“It is becoming more and more obvious to people.
“Put it to you this way — Ted Cruz got only about 7 minutes of speaking time at the CNBC debate and also had very little time in the Fox News Debate. But like the Fox debate, everybody is still talking about Ted Cruz’s attack on the media on stage in Boulder.
“Surprisingly, Carly Fiorina got the most time, but I think had a less than memorable performance. She certainly got in some great lines, but I was shocked to find out she got the most speaking time because I could barely remember much of her encounters with the moderators.
“Rubio kneecapped Jeb Bush and showed he was great on defense as well as on offense. He turned a number of questions around and every attack the moderators threw at him made him seem even more relatable.
“Cruz, for his part, did not have a wasted word. Every word had weight and every encounter was memorable despite only 7 minutes of talk time.
“I think Ben Carson came up short and I think Trump continues to fade though, to his credit, it was Donald Trump’s best debate performance. As Carson and Trump decline, I think Rubio and Cruz benefit. When Bush drops out, Rubio benefits more.
“At the end of the debate, these two men were the clear winners and won so clearly that more and more people are starting to arrive at the position I came to more than a month ago. We are headed to Cruz v. Rubio.”
David Martosko, UK Daily Mail: Republican debate runs off the rails and turns into all-out war as Trump bashes John Kasich, Jeb hits his protege Marco Rubio, and EVERYONE hammers CNBC’s moderators for losing control
- CNBC hosts progressively lost control of the event
- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz turned openly hostile, accusing them all of being Democrats intent on damaging the GOP field
- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie soon piled on the network
- Donald Trump wrapped up his night by claiming he had strong-armed them into shortening the debate ‘so we can get the hell out of here’
- ‘CNBC should be ashamed of how this debate was handled,’ Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus said
- Meanwhile Bush and his protege Marco Rubio clashed over Rubio’s Senate seat
For more on the Republican debate visit www.dailymail.co.uk/gopprimary
HILLARY . . .
David Martosko, UK Daily Mail: “More Hillary Clinton emails expected today in first installment since 11-hour Benghazi grilling – but State Department aide says ‘We have better things to do!’
- Today marks the fifth of eight monthly email releases ordered by a federal judge; last one will come in January, three days before the Iowa Caucuses
- As of Friday afternoon the State Department is expected to have published a little more than half of the total it received from Clinton a year ago
- A State Dept. aide says the monthly routine ‘is getting a little bit old. … It’s a fire drill that we’ll be glad to be done with’
‘ ‘We have better things to do with our time and our personnel,’ the plugged-in staffer said
PA . . .
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: “10/30 Ups & Downs”
“It’s nearly Halloween and Judges are already looking over their shoulder. See who made this week’s list!
“Kathleen Kane. Just when you thought this saga couldn’t get any stranger, we reached some new twists and turns. The week began with the revelation that the State Senate would create a special committee to recommend whether to remove the Attorney General and staffed it with six members (three from each party). As the week went on, though, we learned that there is a judge who believes Kane accessed his personal emails and another judge who thinks the AG’s office is having him followed. All the while, polls continue to show Pennsylvanians are tired of this circus. At this point, who knows how low this could go?
“Hillary Clinton. The past month has been a rebound for the former Secretary of State after a brutal summer. It’s now evident that this surge is being felt in the Keystone State. A Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll showed that Hillary leads all the major GOP candidates such as Trump, Carson, Bush and Fiorina. Furthermore, the latest Franklin & Marshall poll has Hillary thirty-four points up over Bernie Sanders among Pennsylvania Democrats. Maybe those Scranton roots are paying off after all.
“Tom Wolf. Halloween is right around the corner and the scariest reality is that we still don’t have a budget. Two separate polls show Governor Wolf’s approval ratings are taking a major hit as a result of the standoff. Furthermore the surveys show that while some of his proposals, like a severance tax, are popular others, such as an increase in sales and income taxes, are not. Additionally, Wolf’s long battle with Open Records Director Erik Arneson finally ended with a defeat. When you consider the strategic choices the Governor made in his first year so far, it’s hard not to conclude that he may have made some serious tactical errors.
“Sinceré Harris. The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is in a transition period. Last July, Jim Burn stepped down as Chairman and Montco native Marcel Groen was elected to replace him in September. Now, the party is getting a new Executive Director. Harris is a close ally of Governor Wolf’s serving on his campaign and inaugural committees. So while the legislature remains an enigma, the Gov is at last gaining control over his own party.
“Michael George. One of the Republican nominees for the three open seats on the PA Supreme Court, George found himself in hot water over a case he took in 1988 and his subsequent comments on it in 1999. The Adams County Judge, who was then a defense attorney, sought to explain his defendant’s murderous actions as a response to the victims’ lesbianism. “We wanted to get the local folks talking more about the lesbianism than the murder,” George told the author of a book on the incident. In such a high-stakes race with so many candidates, this is the first real scandal to emerge during the fall election season. Whether it could have an effect on Tuesday’s results will be an intriguing subplot.”
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (10/29/15)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show: The Republican National Committee has thrown the Republican presidential candidates under the bus. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has allowed the media to distort and undermine the entire debate process so far. The highlight of the CNBC debate was most of the candidates joining together to face a common enemy: the media and ideologue moderators. TV networks only care about ratings, not the debate process, which is why they should have no control over the process. The individual campaigns need to get together and have Lincoln-Douglass style debates rather than be at the mercy of agenda-driven moderators acting as journalists. Priebus is responsible for the current disaster that is the Republican debate process and should resign.
“Later, Mark is joined by Sen. Rick Santorum to discuss Wednesday’s debate and how he plans to win Iowa.”
James Brody: Trick or Treat
Signs are up at the township, “Watch out for Trick or Treaters.” Halloween is a socialist holiday, nurtured by mothers who lead their children to remind us of demons and the walking dead so that the rest of us will drop candy into their sacks. Entitlement programs? The young leeches, however, are in a school of life that prepares them to pay for the long term health care of those who drop in the candy. This cycle of enslavement is old, durable, and rationalized by someone’s morals . . .