JENNY BETH; DRUMS RATTLE, FLAGS WAVE; CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY.
FOX: Voting 16-year-olds?
LEADS: SIMON – Who’s paying CNN?; WASHINGTON EXAMINER – Conservative Trump?; HELLER – Funny Kerry, Hateful BO; REIN – Global warming.
HILLARY: MARKAY – Criminal penalties.
IRAN: HARKNESS – Subsidies continue.
PA: KNEPPER – Gale; SNYDER – Ups & Downs.
END NOTES: GOLDBERG – No polls; LEVIN -11/5/15; NIMMO – 3 GOP candidates call for war.
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.
Proposal would allow DC 16-year-olds to vote for president in 2016”
The human brain does not mature until age 26 . . . Raise the voting age and disenfranchise some of the impulsive . . .
“WASHINGTON – When Americans go to the polls to vote in 2016, there’s a chance that 16-year-olds in Washington, D.C. could also be casting their ballots. On Tuesday, three D.C. City Council members proposed lowering the federal voting age in D.C. from 18 to 16.
“Ward 6 Council member Charles Allan is the chief author behind the Youth Vote Amendment Act of 2015. He said Tuesday that there’s nothing in the 26th Amendment that forbids younger Americans from voting, and that the Constitution only ensures that those 18 or older have the right to vote.
Council members David Grosso and Brianne Nadeau co-introduced the legislation. Click here to read it.
“Advocates hope the idea would encourage change in civic involvement in the District, where just 38 percent of registered voters turned out for the city’s last mayoral election.
If the legislation passes, D.C. wouldn’t be the first to lower the voting age. In Tacoma Park, Md., the minimum age to vote in municipal elections is 16.”
LEADS . . .
Roger Simon, PJM: “Who’s Paying CNN to Elect Ben Carson President?”
“Okay, I admit it. That’s a click-fishing headline. (Or should I say click phishing?) No one in their right mind would pay for CNN’s brain-dead nonsense about Ben Carson except for CNN. But the truth is the network’s assault on the former neurosurgeon today, pretty much accusing the doctor of lying in his memoir, is some of the most rancid yellow journalism I have encountered in years. It’s so sleazy, in fact, that it is certain to rebound against network and in favor of Carson. How could they have been that dumb?
“Well, I take that back. It is the network, as many of us remember, that lied about Saddam’s murders and rape rooms to keep access to the dictator . They’re continuing their great journalistic tradition by basing their smear of Carson on some of his decades-old acquaintances not remembering incidents that Carson described in his memoir, although not a single one of them makes the claim that the incidents did not happen.
“Here’s an exclusive for CNN, right in the spirit of their Carson coverage. Back in the eighties, I met O.J. Simpson twice at Hollywood parties. BUT… despite that fact that I met him on those two occasions, I have no direct evidence that he murdered Nicole Brown Simpson or Ron Goldman.
So there you have it, what you’ve been waiting to know for years. Proof The Juice is innocent. Call Alan Dershowitz. Resurrect Johnnie Cochran. Set O.J. free. (Can I have a job with CNN now?)
“What? That’s not proof? Okay, I tried. I guess I was seduced by Wolf Blitzer’s salary. (And, yeah, the parties were pretty big and I hardly did more than shake Simpson’s hand. So what do I know?) . . .”
Washington Examiner: “Trump expropriates conservatism”
“Donald Trump, the second-place candidate for the GOP presidential nomination, tried to use eminent domain in 1994 to expel an elderly widow, Vera Coking, from her home in Atlantic City. He wanted to build a limousine parking lot for one of his casinos on that spot, so he convinced a government agency to force her to sell her home for just 25 percent of what she had previously been offered for it. The agency was then to transfer ownership of the land to Trump.
“Coking won her case in court, as it was a clear example of abuse of government’s eminent domain power, by which it can compel the sale of property for “public use.”
“This episode, far from being some esoteric issue, creates a serious philosophical problem for the billionaire who has spent the last few months trying to redefine conservatism in his own image and likeness. On Wednesday, the Washington Examiner asked Trump about the Coking case. Trump launched into a vigorous defense of eminent domain for the benefit and convenience of private developers like himself, saying, ‘Without eminent domain, you won’t have roads, you won’t have highways, you won’t have anything.’ When the distinction between a road and a casino was pointed out, Trump adopted the line used by the liberal five-to-four majority of Supreme Court justices in the 2005 Kelo case. He argued, essentially, that a man’s home is his castle only as long as the government cannot think of a use for his land that might increase jobs and tax revenues.
“‘”If you’re going to create 10,000 jobs for a town that’s in trouble and you need a piece of property, I’ll tell you what folks, I want to create jobs and I want to give the people that own that property more than it’s worth,’ he said, suggesting a price structure at odds with the one he tried to use in 1994.”
Jeffrey Heller, YAHOO!: “Netanyahu’s new media chief has called Obama anti-Semitic, Kerry ‘comical’”
“JERUSALEM (Reuters) – He has accused Barack Obama of anti-Semitism, suggested his own country’s president was not important enough to assassinate and described U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as having the mental abilities of a 12-year-old.
Ran Baratz’s Facebook and web page barbs might have remained forever on the margins of social media, save for one thing: the appointment of the 42-year-old philosophy lecturer as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new communications director.
Lisa Rein, WaPo: “As scientists warn of ‘chilling effect’ on research, congressman doubles down on NOAA to release deliberations on climate study”
“A nasty fight between a senior House Republican and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration over a recent climate change study is getting nastier.
“The country’s chief society of meteorologists weighed in this week with a letter to Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), warning the prominent congressional skeptic on climate change that his demands for internal communications and documents from NOAA ‘can be viewed as a form of intimidation‘ that could thwart federally funded research.
“And Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, stepped up his pressure on agency Administrator Kathryn Sullivan to divulge its scientists’ internal deliberations, demanding in a letter that she turn over the documents requested in a House subpoena by Friday.
‘Your failure to comply with a duly issued subpoena may expose you to civil and/or criminal enforcement mechanisms,’ the congressman wrote.
“What has exploded into a very public dispute started in October, when Smith issued subpoenas demanding e-mails, correspondence and other records of internal deliberations from NOAA scientists who participated in a study refuting claims that global warming had “paused” or slowed over the last decade.
“The study, released in the peer-reviewed journal Science in June, undercut a popular argument used by critics who reject the scientific consensus that man-made pollution is behind global warming.
The subpoenas ordered NOAA to turn over scientific data as well as internal ‘communications between or among employees’ involved in the study. The demand was immediately denounced by the science committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Tex.) as an effort to discredit the study and its authors. . .”
Also: Justin Gillis & Clifford Krauss, NYT: “Exxon Mobil Investigated for Possible Climate Change Lies by New York Attorney General”
“The New York attorney general has begun an investigation of Exxon Mobil to determine whether the company lied to the public about the risks of climate change or to investors about how such risks might hurt the oil business. . . .”
HILLARY . . .
Lachlan Markay, Free Beacon: “Clinton Signed NDA Laying Out Criminal Penalties for Mishandling of Classified Info”
“As the nation’s chief diplomat, Hillary Clinton was responsible for ascertaining whether information in her possession was classified and acknowledged that “negligent handling” of that information could jeopardize national security, according to a copy of an agreement she signed upon taking the job.
“A day after assuming office as secretary of state, Clinton signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement that laid out criminal penalties for “any unauthorized disclosure” of classified information.
“Experts have guessed that Clinton signed such an agreement, but a copy of her specific contract, obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute through an open records request and shared with the Washington Free Beacon, reveals for the first time the exact language of the NDA.
“‘I have been advised that the unauthorized disclosure, unauthorized retention, or negligent handling of SCI by me could cause irreparable injury to the United States or be used to advantage by a foreign nation,’ the agreement states.
“Clinton received at least two emails while secretary of state on her personal email server since marked “TS/SCI”—top secret/sensitive compartmented information—according to the U.S. intelligence community’s inspector general.
“The State Department said in September that Clinton’s private email system, set up at her Chappaqua, N.Y., home, was not authorized to handle SCI. . .”
IRAN . . .
Kelsey Harkness, Daily Signal: “House Votes Down Measure That Would Block Iran from Receiving Taxpayer-Backed Subsidies”
“The House today rejected an amendment that would have prohibited the Export-Import Bank from providing loans, loan guarantees, and credit to state sponsors of terrorism such as Iran.
“Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced the amendment amid concerns that President Barack Obama would issue waivers to state sponsors of terrorism that would allow them to receive taxpayer-backed subsidies from the government bank.
Republicans, however, helped Democrats defeat the amendment, 244-183.
“‘Some parts of U.S. law, most notably in the Foreign Assistance Act, does prevent Ex-Im from engaging with state sponsors of terrorism,’ Royce said on the House floor. ‘But these commonsense prohibitions are subject to presidential waivers, and we have seen the president abuse waivers to pursue his agenda over and over again on Iran.’
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “An Incredible Win for Conservatives in Southeast PA”
“Some of the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s most liberal Republicans come from Montgomery County. They’ve voted against everything from liquor store privatization to ending union members’ exemption from prosecution for serious crimes. When challenged, the local GOP would always argue that “Conservatives can’t get elected here.” As of now, that argument is demonstrably false. On November 3, 2015, a twenty-six-year-old unabashed free market conservative was elected County Commissioner, and his name is Joe Gale.
“CAP and the CAP PAC usually stay out of county politics. However, the Montgomery County GOP’s actions in this race were so egregious, and Gale’s candidacy was so compelling that we could not sit on the sidelines. For a little back-story, Joe Gale won an upset victory in the May primary election. He was not endorsed by the local GOP and ran a very successful grassroots campaign. After the primary, the Montgomery County GOP was unwilling to support Gale. CAP was told by multiple sources that Gale’s campaign donors were called by Mike Vereb, Chairman of the Montgomery County GOP and a member of the General Assembly and told to stop donating to the Gale campaign. Rep. Vereb is no conservative, and he has collected over $160,000 in campaign contributions from organized labor since 2006.
“The gangster tactics of the Montgomery County GOP and the conservative positions of Joe Gale led to the CAP PAC’s involvement in this race. We are excited about Gale’s victory. As a side note, we have had credible inquiries from individuals who are now interested in mounting a primary campaign against Rep. Mike Vereb next year and an interest from several of our PAC donors in contributing to that effort. . .”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 11/6 Ups & Downs
“PA Democratic Party. The judicial elections were the biggest contests on Tuesday. There were three open seats on the State Supreme Court in addition to open seats on the Superior and Commonwealth Courts. The Democrats swept those races, going 5-for-5. As we discussed in our election post-mortem, the new liberal majority on the PA Supreme Court could last for many years and have a huge affect on the politics of the Keystone State. From the record fundraising to the surprisingly smooth Chair transition, this was a superb fall for the state’s Democratic Party.
Tom Wolf. Nevertheless, the Governor still faces a massive GOP majority in the legislature. In fact, that majority grew by one on Tuesday. Expect the Republicans to trumpet their victory in SD-37 as a sign that voters support them in the budget battle. The result also provided a reminder that Republicans hold a firm grip on the legislature that is nearly impossible for them to lose, while Wolf faces a very real re-election contest in 2018. How do you win a battle against opponents who have nothing to be afraid of? If you have an idea, Governor Wolf would be interested.
Jim Kenney. In what was a shock to absolutely no one, Kenney ran away with the Philadelphia Mayoral race. In fact, it turns out the ex-Councilman won by a record margin. Now the long-time pol finally gets his chance to lead Pennsylvania’s largest city. The only problem? Jim Kenney will soon find himself the leader of Pennsylvania’s largest city. Being the Mayor of a major metropolitan area is an incredibly difficult job that leaves you highly visible yet overly dependent on a state government that cares little for you. That’s a recipe for trouble and poor approval ratings. Just look at incumbent Mayor Michael Nutter or up north at New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. It’s possible Kenney is the perfect person for this job, it’s also possible that the job will consume him no matter hard he tries. We wish him luck.
Dwight Evans. You might have missed the news in the midst of election fever, but Dwight Evans announced that he’ll be challenging Congressman Chaka Fattah in the 2016 Democratic primary. Unlike Fattah’s other three opponents, Evans is considered a serious threat to the indicted incumbent. Not only does he have the experience as a long-time State Rep. but Wolf and Kenney are already getting behind him. To top it all off, he already has a Super PAC. Overall, Evans had the best week you didn’t notice.
Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation. The derailment of Amtrak Train 188 was less than seven months ago but it seems everyone in the Capitol building has already forgot. Way back in 2008, the railroads were given seven years to install Positive Train Control (PTC), a system designed to prevent such disasters. After the May tragedy, there were hopes that Washington would do their best to make sure nothing like that would ever happen again. We expected them to make sure the PTC was installed in time. Instead, as Jonathan Tamari of the Inquirer details, they voted to extend the deadline to 2018. Well, actually the deadline can be extended all the way to 2020, when it will almost surely be extended again. The move was done by voice vote so as not to leave an embarrassing trace should another accident occur in the future. We wish the members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation would’ve stood as one and forced the issue. Instead they just stood by while their leaders agreed to let the problem go unsolved for who knows how many more years. Far too often it is much too easy to figure out why so many are so cynical about our government.”
END NOTES. . .
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Imagining a World without Polls”
“What if the polls just stopped working? Admittedly, this needs work as a plot device for a Stephen King novel. But for politics, it might be pretty awesome.
“This week, businessman Matt Bevin won a stunning upset in the Kentucky governor’s race. It was only the second time in more than four decades that a Republican took the governor’s mansion in the Bluegrass State. Bevin’s margin of victory: nine percentage points.
“Bevin’s win was big political news for a lot of reasons. Kentucky’s state health-care exchange, Kynect, was supposed to be the shining success story of Obamacare. Bevin vowed to dismantle it, a fatal mistake according to many inside-the-Beltway types.
“The results in Kentucky — along with state-senate elections in Virginia — also demonstrated that however successful Barack Obama has been as a president, he’s been terrible for the Democratic party. On his watch, Democrats have lost more than 900 seats in state legislatures, 12 governorships, 69 congressional seats, and 13 Senate seats. The GOP, according to the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, has full or partial control of 76 percent of state legislatures. . .”
Mark Levin (11/5/15)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin Show: 63 Republicans sold us out and voted against an amendment to ban Export-Import subsidies for Iran and other terror-sponsor states. Iran was directly involved in the slaughter of American soldiers and they vote against this amendment?
“Also, Exxon Mobil is under investigation by an Attorney General in NY for possible lies about climate change – yet climate change itself isn’t even a scientific proof. Mark says that now the government has once again regulated another part of our lives – that once the government deems something that they don’t like as illegal or wrong, they can go after an individual or a company over it. We now have a criminal assault on those that produce electricity and gas in the country because the Democrat Party doesn’t believe in capitalism or America.
“Finally, an immigrant rights group is demanding an illegal immigrant bill of rights. They invade us then make demands on us.”
Kurt Nimmo, Infowars: “Republican Candidates Call for War”
“Republicans want intervention in Syria, Iraq and Libya.
“Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are calling for military intervention in response to the suspected downing of a Russian airliner last week.”