JENNY BETH; DRUMS RATTLE, FLAGS WAVE; CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY.
HANSON – Urban/Rural, Liberal/Conservative.
LEADS: WILLIAMSON – The public sector; MILLS – Iran blocks US imports; LUCAS – Swarms of prisoners.
THE NEXT DEBATE: BOYLE – RNC cut out.
HILLARY: DC EXAMINER – She can’t tell the truth.
END NOTE: BRODY – Our Donald.
Valley Forge Patriots: November 13th
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2015 6:30 P.M.
P.J. Ryan’s, Bridge St., Phoenixville, PA
Please go to the above web site and RSVP!
CALLING ALL VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS – Support Our Troops
Once again we will be honoring our Service Members by joining AdoptaPlatoon’s 10th Anniversary “Holiday Stockings for the Troops” campaign.
Please come and help us with this project.
We are asking two things: please bring a donation, $10. or more if you can, and please be prepared to write Christmas Cards.
Adopt-a-Platoon will package and send the gifts and cards.
Each stocking/care package costs $31.00.
An entire Platoon of 40 would cost $1240. We might not get there but let’s do the best we can for these men and women who sacrifice for us and spend the holidays far from home.
VFP plans to become a more project focused organization. We would welcome your ideas and help to move this effort forward.
ACTION ITEM: About 3A.M. Saturday morning the U.S. Senate voted to pass a continuing resolution (CR) approving $80 billion in new spending through the end of Obama’s term in 2017 and increasing the Federal spending limit. The House passed the bill last week.
Amnesty, Obamacare and Planned Parenthood are still funded, despite Republican election promises.
We urge all members to contact their Representatives and Senators to tell them:
I am very disappointed in your backing down on your campaign promises to defund amnesty and Obamacare and to reduce government spending. I am very disappointed in the continued funding for PP, an organization under strong suspicion of selling baby body parts from aborted and from born alive , then, murdered babies. Your voting record will significantly and negatively impact my support for your reelection bid in 2016.
Senator Pat Toomey – (202) 224-4254, email at http://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=contact
Senator Bob Casey – (202) 224-6324, email athttps://www.casey.senate.gov/contact
Rep. Pat Meehan – (202) 225-2011, email at https://meehan.house.gov/contact
Rep. Ryan Costello – (202) 225-4315, email at https://costello.house.gov/contact
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 rally 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
Victor Davis Hanson, LA Times: “How the widening urban-rural divide threatens America”
“The urban-rural divide can be experienced within hours. I live half the week in a 140-year-old farmhouse in the rural Central Valley, the other half in a studio apartment in Palo Alto near the Stanford University campus.
“At my house, I worry about whether the well will go dry. I lock the driveway gate at night, and if someone knocks after 10 p.m., I go to the door armed. Each night, I check the security lights in the barnyard and watch to ensure that coyotes aren’t creeping too close from the vineyard. I wage a constant battle against the squirrels, woodpeckers and gophers that undermine the foundation, poke holes in the sheds and destroy irrigation ditches.
“At my apartment, I have few concerns about maintenance and more time to read, brood and mix with others. Urbanites may work long hours at the office among thousands of people, but they often remain in a cocooned existence shielded from the physical world. Essential to the neurotic buzz of 24/7 cable news, Twitter and Facebook is the assumption that millions of Americans are not busy logging, hauling in a net on a fishing boat or picking peaches.
“These differences wouldn’t matter so much if it weren’t for the fact that the nation’s urbanites increasingly govern those living in the hinterlands, even as vanishing rural Americans still feed and fuel the nation. . .”
Also: Copley, Gregory (2012) Uncivilization: Urban Geopolitics in a Time of Chaos. Washington, D. C.: The International Strategic Studies Association.
Also: Brody, James (2015) The Moral Strumpet. Amazon.
LEADS . . .
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “The Public Sector: Standing in Our Way until We Pay Up”
“. . . Over the years, economic success and administrative demands eventually transform bands of roving bandits into bands of stationary bandits. One popular theory of the state — one that is pretty well-supported by the historical evidence in the European context — is that this is where governments come from: protection rackets that survive for a long enough period of time that they take on a patina of legitimacy. At some point, Romulus-and-Remus stories are invented to explain that the local Mafiosi have not only historical roots but divine sanction. “The fundamental problem — the provision of services — never really goes away. It is even today a critical issue in places that are (or recently have been) ruled by crime syndicates such as the Taliban and Fatah. Hamas, especially, is known to put some real effort into the social-services front. There are some services that markets historically have not done a very good job of providing — these are called ‘public goods,’ which is a specific term from political economy and not a synonym for ‘stuff the public thinks is desirable’ — and their provision is the only real reason we have governments. Or, more precisely: Providing public goods is the only legitimate reason we have governments. “In reality, we have governments for lots of reasons, most of them illegitimate: That ancient instinct toward banditry is powerful, and the desire to make a living by simply commanding economic resources rather than earning them through trade or labor seems to be a fixed feature of a certain subset of human beings. Patronage and clientelism are very strong forces, too, and government can be used to create public-sector salaries or welfare benefits that are well in excess of the wages that political clients could expect to earn in honest work. In the United States, our swollen public-sector payrolls, particularly at the state and local level, are little more than a supplementary welfare state, providing a more dignified form of public dependency for relatively low-skilled and mainly unenterprising people.
“The problem for the U.S. political class is that the provision of actual public goods is nowhere near large enough of an enterprise to justify all of the clients they want to pay on the public payroll or all of the large, complex, lavishly funded agencies that they want to establish for the purpose of putting themselves in charge of them. So they have to return to the old protection-racket model: Much of American government today exists simply to stand between you and your own goals to collect a fee. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/426403/government%E2%80%93usually-just-crass-extortion Gordon Chang, National Interest: “China’s Self-Inflicted Demographic Disaster Is Here”
“. . . For the first time in at least three centuries—and maybe all recorded history—China will not be the world’s most populous nation. India overtakes it by 2022 at the latest, according to the U.N.’s most recent population projections, which were released late July.
“The workforce—those aged 15 to 59—has already begun to decline. The peak year was 2011, according to Beijing’s official National Bureau of Statistics. There is concern that China will not be able to support its growing ranks of retirees—set to double to 20 percent of the population in 2035—because the pool of workers is contracting by three million a year. As Charles Goodhart of the London School of Economics noted about the one-child policy, “They kept it going 15 years too long, disastrously.”
“So the decline in the workforce concerns economists as well as demographers. It is no coincidence that the adoption of a two-child policy was announced at the end of a four-day economic planning meeting, the Party’s Fifth Plenum. But the reform will have little beneficial effect on the economy. People conceived today will not enter the workforce for sixteen years. Until then, newborns will only worsen the country’s dependency ratio, the ratio of the old and young not in the workforce to the entire population. . .”
Curt Mills, Washington Examiner: “Revitalized Iran moves to block U.S. imports”
“Its landmark nuclear agreement with the U.S. implemented, Iran is now moving to block American imports.
“The order appears to come from the top, backed by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
“‘Be watchful about irregular imports after lifting sanctions and seriously avoid importing consumer goods from the United States,’ Khamenei said in a published statement.
“‘We will implement the blockade on imports of American goods,’ Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Mohammad Reza Nematzadeh said, International Business Tribune reports.
Fred Lucas, The Blaze: “Law Enforcement Warns of Dire Consequences That Will Follow the First Wave of Obama Administration’s Mass Prison Release”
“Law enforcement officials are very concerned about the 6,000 federal inmates set to be released Friday — the first wave in a larger plan that will ultimately free 46,000 convicts.
The sentencing reductions were decided by the U.S. Sentencing Commission in 2014, but the commission’s decision came amid a political push to reduce the prison population.
“‘For the far-right, it’s about dollar signs; for the far-left, it’s the view that incarceration is unjust,’ Don Mihalek, legislative director for Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, told TheBlaze.
“The first wave of releases comes as President Barack Obama — backed by a bipartisan coalition in Congress — is pushing for major criminal justice reform. The Senate Judiciary Committee recently sent a bill to the full Senate to scale back mandatory minimums.
“The U.S. Sentencing Commission voted last year to reduce the sentencing guidelines levels for federal drug-trafficking offenders retroactively. The commission also cited reports that the Federal Bureau of Prisons population exceeds capacity by around 32 percent.
“‘The Sentencing Commission approved these reductions with a broad brush by studying policy papers and not looking at any individual cases,’ Mihalek told TheBlaze. “We are just transferring a federal problem. This is just going to be a problem for state and local law enforcement. This is a dangerous path with dangerous people during a documented crime wave.”
According to the commission, 46,290 offenders will be eligible to have their sentences reduced, with potential average reductions of 25 months, or 18.8 percent. . .”
THE NEXT DEBATE . . .
Matthew Boyle, Big Govt: “Exclusive– GOP Campaigns Agree to Cut RNC Out of Debate Process, Negotiate Directly with Networks”
“The 2016 GOP presidential campaigns agreed on Sunday evening to cut the Republican National Committee (RNC) out of the debate negotiation process and instead deal directly with networks moderating debates, Breitbart News has learned.
“Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager for frontrunner Donald Trump, confirmed to Breitbart News via phone on Sunday that the “biggest consensus” of five separate points the GOP campaigns agreed on was cutting the RNC out of the negotiations with the networks, as the campaigns would each like to negotiate with the networks directly.
“In response to the revelation that the RNC will be cut out of the process, RNC chief spokesman Sean Spicer—the party’s point man on handling debates until now—said the RNC stands ready to help the candidates in any way they can.
“‘The RNC is fully committed to serving the interests of our campaigns,’ Spicer told Breitbart News. “We support the best format to present their vision to lead America forward.”
“A campaign manager with another campaign who wished not to be identified confirmed to Breitbart News that the RNC will no longer be handling debate format and that the “campaigns will take the lead” on that. The RNC will still handle basic logistics, though, that campaign manager said.
“The second point of agreement was that they want information from the networks on things such as qualification criteria earlier than before, Lewandowski said, and third was they want “greater parity and greater integrity” in questions. A fourth point of agreement, according to Lewandowski, was they want debates to last no longer than two hours—including commercials—and a fifth is they want each candidate to get at least 30 seconds apiece for opening and for closing statements. . .”
HILLARY . . .
Washington Examiner: “Clinton cannot tell the truth”
“. . . One of the useful details that came out in the recent congressional hearing marathon into Benghazi was conclusive proof that Clinton knew on day one that the Benghazi attack had nothing to do with the video she would later claim was the main cause.
“It was revealed that Clinton said as much in a call with Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil on the night of the attack: ‘We know the attack had nothing to do with the film,’ she said. ‘It was a planned attack, not a protest. … Based on the information we saw today, we believe that the group that claimed responsibility for this was affiliated with al Qaeda.’
“And the following day, she emailed her daughter, Chelsea, to explain that ‘Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an al Qaeda-like group.’
“Later, most disgustingly, Clinton commiserated with the father of Tyrone Woods, the Navy SEAL killed in the Benghazi compound, and vowed: ‘We will make sure that the person who made that film is arrested and prosecuted.’
“It’s worth stopping and considering again what she did. She looked into the eyes of a grieving father and told him a black lie about the reason for his son’s death.
“Standing in the presence of the caskets of all four Americans killed in Benghazi, Clinton commented on that attack and others in Egypt, Yemen and Tunisia, without drawing any distinction: ‘We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over a horrible Internet video that we had nothing to do with,’ she said.
“Every lie has a reason. At that time, the scapegoating of a movie director was an attempt to avoid acknowledging something that made it plain that, contrary to President Obama’s election campaign claim, al Qaeda was absolutely not ‘on the run.’
“The lie about DOMA is supposed to confuse the issue for progressive voters about why Clinton was so slow to switch her position on the issue of same-sex marriage. The lie about not sending or receiving classified information over her unsecured email — more emails containing classified information were released last Friday — was an effort to keep the public at bay until she can claim her emails are just old news.
“Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.”
END NOTE . . . Donald
Our Donald is praised lately for his better manners. It is possible that he changes his behavior because there are clear consequences for not changing it. And when those consequences become remote or unenforceable, Mr. Bluster will be with us again as having one dictator opens our doors to a second one. . .