JENNY BETH; DRUMS RATTLE, FLAGS WAVE; CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY.
LEADS: FOX – Failing Co-ops; RUSHBO – Nourishing media bias; SNEED – Ryan on immigration reform.
ELECTION RESULTS: FIELD – Ds take the Court; Miscl – Today’s Drudge; National Campaigns – Drudge; URA – TX bathroom fears; STOLBERG & BLINDERNOV – Indep, Bevin wins KY; JOHNSON – No weed for Ohio; PHILLY Results; CHESTER COUNTY Results; MONTGOMERY COUNTY Results.
END NOTES: MARK LEVIN; CRUZ; TRUMP – Sleeping at a podium
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
“On January 16, 2009, the Wall Street Journal asked me to write 400 words on my hopes for the Obama presidency. I told them I needed only four: “I hope he fails.” A firestorm erupted, even among my friends. I stood by my words, proudly. It’s too bad they didn’t come true.” Rush Limbaugh www.nationalreview.com/article/426529/rush-limbaugh-national-review-conservative-media-revolution
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Rubio and Cruz: The Two Cubans Prepare to Seize Their Moment” “. . . Strategic patience is a difficult and valuable quality in an era of ever-shrinking news cycles and 24/7 social-media carping. The temptation to react instantly to every controversy is hard to resist. So far, Cruz and Rubio have been the Kutuzovs of the race, while Jeb Bush and Donald Trump look an awful lot like the Napoleons.
“Consider some of the candidates who’ve already dropped out. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker was undone because he was ill prepared to be the front-runner. Texas governor Rick Perry, whose impatience led to self-immolation in 2012, was well equipped on the issues this time, but he fatally attacked Trump when the Napoleonic mogul was at his strongest.
“Meanwhile, Cruz hung back, refusing to criticize Trump even though Trump was siphoning off many of the senator’s supporters and stealing Cruz’s populist thunder. A brilliant, classically trained debater, Cruz barely registered in the first two debates. That was a choice. He was biding his time. “Then there’s Rubio. He also refused to take Trump’s bait, but of more strategic importance was his decision to draft behind Bush, the anointed candidate of the so-called establishment. Rubio understood that he couldn’t defeat Jeb. He had to wait for his former mentor to defeat himself.
“Both Cruz and Rubio seized their moment in the CNBC debate. Cruz’s perfectly pitched attack on the moderators and Rubio’s surgical jointing of Bush demonstrated that they both have what the Germans call fingerspitzengefühl, a real-time mastery of battlefield conditions “at the fingertips.” “Cruz revealed himself as the real contender for the ‘outsider’ mantle he’s been maneuvering for all along. Dans le doute, abstiens-toi doesn’t actually mean doing nothing; it means preparing for your moment. As the Roman philosopher Seneca famously said: ‘Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.’
“In preparation for his opportunity, Cruz built a massive ground operation, setting up campaign chairs in all 172 counties in the first four primary states. Of course, Cruz still needs Trump to crumble, but he doesn’t seem worried about that. Rubio’s success last week was more obvious. He demonstrated that he’s the alternative to Bush among establishment donors looking to back a winner. It’s no coincidence that within days of the debate, mega-donor Paul Singer came out as a Rubio backer.
“What happens next is unknowable. But it’s becoming ever more plausible that the race will come down to these two Cuban Americans. . .” www.nationalreview.com/article/426506/marco-rubio-ted-cruz-gop-nomination
LEADS . . .
Fox: “Lawmakers sound alarm over failing ObamaCare co-ops”
“. . . Congressional lawmakers are raising alarm over the rapid collapse of several so-called ObamaCare ‘co-ops’ — government-backed alternative health plans — that are failing, leaving tens of thousands of customers scrambling for coverage, and billions in taxpayer-funded startup loans at risk.
“To date, nearly half of the 23 co-ops established under the Affordable Care Act have gone or are expected to go under by the end of the year. The latest to be barred from selling insurance on the official marketplace is in Arizona.
“In a letter to the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., pressed the Obama administration for answers on what is being done to address the crisis — and recoup some of the federal taxpayer loan money that has gone to the failing start-ups.
“The senators said nearly 870,000 people nationwide have enrolled in the co-ops, and noted they originally were intended to boost competition and provide more affordable options.
“‘The CO-OPs are not living up to these expectations,’ they wrote. ‘To date, eleven ACA CO-Ops — in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, Nevada, Tennessee, Oregon, South Carolina and Utah — have collapsed. . .’
Also: Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Obamacare Is Dead”
“It doesn’t work because it couldn’t work. Regardless of whether there is a President Cruz or a President Rubio in January 2017, regardless of the existence or size of a Republican majority in Congress, the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has failed. The grand vision of an efficient pseudo-market in health insurance under enlightened federal management — the heart of Obamacare — is not coming to pass. Obamacare, meaning the operating model that undergirded the law that Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed with great fanfare — is dead, and it will not be revived. What remains is fitful chaos. . .” www.nationalreview.com/article/426550/obamacare-failures
RushBo, NRO: “The Conservative-Media Revolution Has Forced the Liberal Media to Abandon Any Pretense of Objectivity”
“. . . I firmly believe that the conservative-media revolution has caused the liberal media to abandon any pretense of objectivity and fairness and actively advocate on the Left’s behalf. This has led in turn to the hyper-partisan nature of our politics today. When Republicans were perennial losers and happy about it, the media could stay hidden behind their wall of phony objectivity. But they were called out. Now there is a fierce competition for the hearts and minds of the American people, which the Left used to believe it owned.
“So it is not I, nor anyone else in conservatism, who is to blame for the partisanship in Washington. That is on the Democrats and the Left, for trying to destroy the traditions and institutions that have defined this country. We stand in defense of this great nation, and we always will. And we look forward to the Republican party’s someday joining us.” www.nationalreview.com/article/426529/rush-limbaugh-national-review-conservative-media-revolution
Tierney Sneed, Talking Points: “Paul Ryan Doubles Down On Blocking Immigration Reform Under Obama”
“Newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) kicked off his first GOP leadership conference Tuesday by holding his firm line on advancing immigration reform while President Obama is in office.
Ryan was asked if he would consider moving forward with reform once a new president is elected.
“‘My positions are very well known and unchanged on this issue,’ Ryan said, referring to his previous openness to creating a pathway citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
“‘But I think given the fact that President Obama tried to do an end-run around Congress to go it alone, to try to write laws himself unilaterally — which is not what presidents do, that’s what Congress does — I think on this particular issue he has proven himself untrustworthy on this,’ Ryan said. (emph added, JB)
“When he was corralling support for his candidacy for speaker, some conservatives objected to Ryan’s past support for so-called “amnesty.” Ryan has said he will not bring up immigration legislation while Obama was president, and reportedly told members of the House Freedom Caucus that he would only move forward bills on controversial issues including immigration that meet the Hastert Rule, meaning that they have a majority of the majority party’s support.
“‘On issues such as border enforcement, interior enforcement, where I think we all have consensus, I think that would be fine if we could advance that,’ Ryan said Tuesday. ‘But I do believe that if we try to move in a comprehensive way with a president who has proven that he wants to go it alone, I don’t think that works.’”
ELECTION RESULTS . . .
Nick Field, Politics PA: PA Supreme Court
“The Democratic Party has secured a gigantic victory.
“Superior Court Judge Christine Donohue, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Kevin Dougherty and Superior Court Judge David Wecht have all won election to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
“It’s a clean sweep for the Democrats and a major change to the composition of the Court. The current party balance is 2 Dems, 2 Reps and 2 vacancies. With these results, Democrats will hold a 5-2 majority on the Court. . .”
Miscl. Issues: Today’s Drudge
Houston residents vote down LGBT equal rights measure… Pot legalization loses in Ohio… Gun control flop in Virginia… San Fran ‘sanctuary sheriff’ ousted… AIRBNB crushes opposition… Republican wins Kentucky governor’s race… Lt. Gov Is Black ‘Tea Party’ Activist…
The National Campaigns – Today’s Drudge
REUTERS: Carson plummets after most recent debate… Support quietly growing for Trump among working Hispanics… Republican field has new target: Rubio… PAPER: SPENT ‘LAVISHLY’ ON GOP CREDIT CARD… Immigration haunts…
Alexis Ura, Texas Tribune: “Bathroom Fears Flush Houston Discrimination Ordinance”
“Does this mean that women and microphones can’t go into the Cowboys’ shower? . . .
“. . . With 95 percent of votes counted, 61 percent of voters opposed the measure. The embattled ordinance, better known as HERO, would have made it illegal to discriminate against someone based on 15 different “protected characteristics,” including sex, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Supporters hoped the ordinance would align Houston with other major cities with similar measures in place. But opponents successfully attacked the measure with arguments about bathrooms.
“Dubbing it ‘the bathroom ordinance,’ they argued the ordinance’s gender identity protection would allow sexual predators to enter women’s bathrooms. Outside of polling places, signs read “NO Men in Women’s Bathrooms.” And television ads bankrolled by opponents depicted a young girl being followed into a bathroom stall by a mysterious older man.
“Ahead of Tuesday’s vote, Republican state leaders, including Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, cited the bathroom arguments in lending their political muscle to the campaign opposing the ordinance. On Tuesday, Patrick attributed the defeat of the ‘misguided’ ordinance to voters standing up to “pandering to political correctness.”
“‘The voters clearly understand that this proposition was never about equality – that is already the law,’ Patrick said. ‘It was about allowing men to enter women’s restrooms and locker rooms — defying common sense and common decency.’… ”
SHERYL GAY STOLBERG & ALAN BLINDERNOV, NYT: “Matt Bevin, Republican, Wins Governor’s Race in Kentucky”
“LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Matt Bevin, a Republican political novice, wealthy Louisville businessman and Tea Party favorite, was elected Kentucky’s next governor on Tuesday and swept fellow Republicans into statewide office with him. The stunning victory heralds a new era in a state where Democrats have held the governor’s mansion for all but four of the last 44 years.
“In beating his Democratic opponent, Attorney General Jack Conway, by almost nine percentage points, Mr. Bevin, 48, shocked people in his own party, who believed that the climate in Kentucky was ripe for a Republican but feared that Mr. Bevin, a charismatic conservative with a go-it-alone style, was too far out of the mainstream and too inexperienced to win.
“But in a year when outsiders like Donald J. Trump and Ben Carson have captured the attention of voters in the Republican presidential race, Mr. Bevin’s tendency to thumb his nose at the political establishment — coupled with President Obama’s deep unpopularity here — helped him upend Kentucky’s political status quo. . .”
Alan Johnson, Columbus Dispatch: “Ohioans reject legalizing marijuana”
“Medical Marijuana” – A chant to the shamans . . . we all know that the most abused medicines are prescribed . . . even Senator Folmer knows this . . .
“Ohioans pushed a monopoly marijuana-legalization proposal out the door Tuesday by a nearly 2-to-1 vote.
“But the question is, will pot make a comeback?
“Although Issue 3 was handily defeated, the debate and conversations about the issue have convinced House Speaker Cliff Rosenberg, R-Clarksville, and other state lawmakers who were staunchly opposed to legalization to now say it may be time to move ahead with medical marijuana. . .”
PHILADELPHIA ELECTION RESULTS
Nearly a sweep for the D’s
CHESTER COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS
Mostly Rs . . .
MONTGOMERY COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS
Rs in the west, Ds in the east . . .
END NOTES. . .
Attention, Barnes & Noble: Bezos of Amazon opened a brick-and-mortar store in Seattle . . .
Mark Levin Show (11/3/15)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show: The Republican presidential candidates didn’t just handle the CNBC moderators – they manhandled them and kicked them all over the place. President Obama couldn’t handle them and their agenda-driven questions the way the Republican candidates did; he can’t even handle Vladimir Putin and China. Obama can mock the CNBC debate all he wants, but the candidates showed more guts on that stage than Obama has on any stage.
“Also, no amount of spin and twisting can change the purpose and nature of the 14th amendment despite Justice Anthony Kennedy’s best efforts. He believes that people like Kim Davis should resign if they think the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage is morally wrong, going so far as to compare the court’s decision to Nazi Germany. Kennedy isn’t the rule of law – the Constitution is.
“Later, it’s infuriating how people who claim to be Conservative continue to hate on Donald Trump. He’s infuriating establishment Republicans by making mincemeat out of Jeb Bush, and their response is to keep attacking him on television.”
Ted Cruz, Facebook, Oct 31, 2015
“When a Supreme Court justice compares his own lawless rulings to the draconian oppression of the Nazis — and says that Christians should resign from public office if they will not surrender to his imperious decrees — that really says it all. Those are his words, not mine. Justice Kennedy is holding up the Nazis as exemplars for the current Supreme Court. “I, for one, would rather stand with heroes like Bonhoeffer, than the tyrants who inflicted unspeakable evil. And the persecution of Christians — in Iran, China, or America — is simply wrong.”
Juana Summers, Mashable: “Trump won’t do Jeb impression on ‘SNL’: ‘I don’t like showing a person sleeping at a podium’”
“Donald Trump is scheduled to host Saturday Night Live this weekend — and the candidate doesn’t seem rattled by critics who say Trump is unfit for the job, due to the inflammatory comments he made about Mexican immigrants while announcing his White House bid.
Activists have reportedly planned a demonstration in New York ahead of Trump’s appearance, but the Republican businessman says those protests will be good for the network.
“I think they should demonstrate,” Trump said Tuesday at a New York press conference to promote his new book. “Ratings will go even higher.”
To prepare for his hosting gig, Trump said he’s meeting with SNL’s creator Lorne Michaels and the show’s staff.
“Am I nervous? Not too nervous,” Trump said. “But we’ll do a good job and we’ll have a fantastic show. We’re all gonna have a lot of fun.”
Trump was also asked by a reporter for his best Jeb Bush impression. Grinning, Trump declined — but gave a response that might serve as a preview for Saturday night’s show.
“No, I don’t want to do that,” Trump said of the former Florida governor who is also running for the Republican nomination. “I don’t like showing a person sleeping at a podium.”