Janet – Ride a Bus on a new date.
ERICKSON – Trump’s brilliant move; ERICKSON – Defending Donald; HANSON – Mass murder; NOLTE – Crime – More Jews hurt than Muslims.
LEADS: WILLIAMSON – Irish democracy; McCARTHY – Muslim ban; SIMON – What is to be done?; PODHORETZ – Methods in madness.
END NOTES: LEVIN (12/8/15)
Janet: Bus to 12/14 Rally
Members! Valley Forge would like to have a bus to the rally on Dec. 9, in Harrisburg. We need to know if anyone is interested and all groups are welcome. We need at least 30-35 people to fill a bus. Please reply to this notice if you would be interested. Please spread the word and have people e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!!!
SORRY but the date & time has been have changed to the 14th from 10am to 12 noon!!!
This has been done to correspond with the Oath Keepers and to have a bigger impact! And if you aren’t angry yet, take the time to read this!!
ALSO: TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY WILL FOLLOW!
Michael Welner, MD, a psychiatrist and a self-proclaimed “proud Jew” (Bill Bennett, 12/9/15) noted that he has many respectful, trusting contacts with Muslims in New York. They, of course, are lying to him.
Relationships pivot around a game called “Tit-for-Tat.” That is, a partnership of two lasts longer if each member makes smaller demands on his partner. Until one member decides secretly to “defect.” At such a moment, the winning strategy is to “take ‘em for all they got,” including lies about your intentions.
Thus, Zuhdi Jasser is probably the ONE truthful Muslim, Muslim immigrants lie to the immigration officials, and silent watchers in Dearborn, New York, or Coatesville carry one tale in the mosque and another outside of it. And lying is a natural tool, evolved over a million years, and used freely by Muslims and Mrs. Clinton for similar reasons . . . it works! Ask her husband.
Erick Erickson, Red State: “This is a Brilliant Move by Donald Trump”
“Donald Trump just trumped all the Republican candidates for President.
The day after the mom jeans wearing squat to pee President came out to assure us that tolerance, gun csontrol, and climate change would save us from ISIS, Donald Trump demanded we bar any muslims from entering this country and bar any American citizen who is muslim from re-entering the United States.
“Set aside the merits of what amounts to at least, in part, an unconstitutional position.
“This is actually brilliant politics for the here and now. Immediately, every other Republican candidate except Ted Cruz rushed out to attack Donald Trump. He’s unhinged, hateful, etc. And the responses all amounted to “we must let muslims enter our country,” which sounds a whole lot like “we must allow all Mexicans in our country,” which everyone knows is blatantly untrue on both counts.
“We do not have to do it, but the other candidates, unable to nuance their spittle, went all in with ‘no religious tests” and ‘yes we must do this because it is who we are.’
“So, to put it another way, the day after the President failed to reassure a scared public following the second worst terrorist attack since 9/11 on domestic soil, Donald Trump not only got himself to the right of all the other candidates, but also got every single one of them save for Ted Cruz to align themselves with Barack Obama.. .”
Erick Erickson, Red State: “I Must Defend Donald Trump on This”
“For the entirety of the 2016 election season so far, Donald Trump has given voice to a growing segment of the American population who feels completely ignored by Washington politicians of both parties and who think the country is deteriorating with both the knowledge and consent of Washington politicians from both parties. The only reason issues like immigration are being discussed right now is because Trump forced them to be discussed.
“So Trump comes up with a proposal that is, at least in part, clearly unconstitutional (the part about US citizens abroad) and instead of offering other constructive policy proposals, most of the rest of the Republican field, Republican pundits, and other talking heads responded immediately with “Trump is a fascist idiot.” Along the way, Trump signals a recognition of a core issue in this campaign season, i.e. a sovereign nation should get to decide who can and cannot enter its territory.
“Trump is brilliantly smart here from a short term political perspective. He just forced almost all of the GOP field to side with both Barack Obama and MSNBC. The other Republicans could have critiqued Trump’s proposal by offering a counter proposal, but instead they all went right to attacking Trump himself. As we have seen thus far, these attacks are interpreted by at least a quarter of the GOP base as attacks on them because Trump is offering policy proposals and is countered not by other proposals, but by attacks. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: Mass Murder and Identity Politics”
“. . . Islamic spokespeople talk of hate crimes, but not of the fact that Muslims as a group commit more hate crimes than they suffer, or that the greatest target of hate crimes in America is the Jewish, not the Muslim, community. How many Muslims by virtue of being Muslims have been killed by non-Muslims since 9/11 in the United States? And how many Muslims have killed non-Muslims by virtue of their being non-Muslims? Is there such a word as unIslamophobia?
“Who is in more danger in the West: a Western native who draws a cartoon caricaturing all three major religions, thus including Islam, or an immigrant who threatens him?
“One can argue statistically that the number of Islamist attackers is small compared with the pool of Muslim immigrants. It is, of course, also true that mass shooters come in all races and religions, from the cases of Columbine and Sandy Hook to those at the Oregon community college, Virginia Tech, and Miami. “But no other common tie — no particular religion, no political identification, no singular subset of mental illness — binds so many mass shooters as do professions of Islamist radicalism, both among first-generation arrivals and among their offspring.
“Ostensibly, people leave the Middle East for the West, in particular Europe and the United States, because it is an oasis, not the hellhole many of them came from. We take for granted clean water, uncontaminated food, competent medical treatment, religious tolerance, economic opportunity, meritocratic hiring, political freedom, and respect for the individual regardless of birth, class, and status. But that bundle is non-existent even in the elite Gulf enclaves. Those Western characteristics are apparently universal human wants, and they drive even Middle Eastern Muslims to seek out otherwise entirely foreign landscapes of quite different cultures and attitudes.
John Nolte, Big Journalism: “FBI Stats Debunk DC Media’s ‘Muslim Backlash’ Myth”
“The suspect in the recent mass-shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood is an obvious lunatic. Nevertheless, our rotted DC Media has had a field day using those murders to attack all pro-lifers as culpable. Naturally, this Narrative was flipped entirely after last week’s Islamist atrocity in San Bernardino. Although the most recent F.B.I. statistic prove the “Muslim backlash” is a pure myth, the DC Media, ever in pursuit of labeling everyday Americans as racist, relentlessly spread the myth.
“Here are the most recent facts, per the F.B.I.
“Of the 1,140 victims of anti-religious hate crimes:
56.8 percent were victims of crimes motivated by their offenders’ anti-Jewish bias.
16.1 percent were victims of anti-Islamic (Muslim) biashate crime
6.2 percent were victims of bias against groups of individuals of varying religions (anti-multiple religions, group).
6.1 percent were victims of anti-Catholic bias.
2.5 percent were victims of anti-Protestant bias.
1.2 percent were victims of anti-Atheist/Agnostic bias.
11.0 percent were victims of bias against other religions (anti-other religion). (Based on Table 1.)
“In other words…
“A full 84% of hate crimes based on a person’s religion are not directed at Muslims.
Jews are the people truly under attack, with a whopping 57% of hate crimes, which is way outside their percentage of the population. The DC Media doesn’t consider this statistic worth reporting. Jews-as-victims upsets the Narrative. . .”
LEADS . . .
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “On Guns, Californians Practice ‘Irish Democracy’ and Ignore Bone-Headed Laws”
“It isn’t even St. Patrick’s Day, but we are all Irish now: In Connecticut, the boneheaded state government passed a law demanding the registration of certain firearms, and the people of Connecticut, perhaps communing for a moment with their independent-minded Yankee forebears, mainly refused to comply. On the other side of the country in the heart of California’s technology corridor, the city of Sunnyvale demanded that residents hand over all firearms capable of accepting magazines holding more than ten rounds — effectively, everything except revolvers and some single-shot rifles — and the good men and women of Silicon Valley responded by turning in a grand total of zero firearms. Similar initiatives in other jurisdictions have produced similar results.
“Political scientists call this “Irish democracy,” the phenomenon by which the general members of a polity resist the mandates of their would-be rulers by simply refusing to comply with them. It is a low-cost form of civil disobedience, but one that can be very effective at times: Mohandas K. Gandhi was entirely correct in his famous declaration to the British powers that they would eventually be forced to simply pack up their tiffin pails and go home, because 300,000 Englishman could not control 300 million (at the time) Indians if those Indians didn’t cooperate.
“One way of considering the radical potential of simple noncompliance is the “10 percent synchronous subversion factor,” the proposition that if 10 percent of the U.S. population refused to (for instance) pay taxes or answer jury-duty summonses, then the rules would have to change, because they would be unenforceable: There aren’t enough tax agents, constables, slots on court dockets, or jail cells to enforce the rules against 32 million Americans if they should decide to refuse to comply with a given law.
“The prospect of the local-yokel police in Sunnyvale, Calif., going door to door, Fallujah-style, trying to collect nonconforming firearms is humorous to contemplate; contemplating the same sort of development in Texas or Wyoming is rather less amusing, because at that point the model of resistance would stop being Irish democracy and almost certainly would mutate into something a lot more like Lexington and Concord. . .” www.nationalreview.com/article/428218/gun-control-laws-connecticut-california-new-prohibition-same-totalitarianism
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Trump’s Muslim Immigration Ban Should Touch Off a Badly Needed Discussion”
“. . .Crucially, the interpretation of Islam that is mainstream in most Muslim-majority countries does not accept a division between mosque and state. . .”
“. . . Some Muslims come to the United States to practice their religion peacefully, and assimilate into the Western tradition of tolerance of other people’s liberties, including religious liberty — a tradition alien to the theocratic societies in which they grew up. Others come here to champion sharia, Islam’s authoritarian societal framework and legal code, resisting assimilation into our pluralistic society. “Since we want to both honor religious liberty and preserve the Constitution that enshrines and protects it, we have a dilemma.
“The assumption that is central to this dilemma — the one that Trump has stumbled on and that Washington refuses to examine — is that Islam is merely a religion. If that’s true, then it is likely that religious liberty will trump constitutional and national-security concerns. How, after all, can a mere religion be a threat to a constitutional system dedicated to religious liberty?
“But Islam is no mere religion.
“As understood by the mainstream of Muslim-majority countries that are the source of immigration to America and the West, Islam is a comprehensive ideological system that governs all human affairs, from political, economic, and military matters to interpersonal relations and even hygiene. It is beyond dispute that Islam has religious tenets — the oneness of Allah, the belief that Mohammed is the final prophet, the obligation of ritual prayer. Yet these make up only a fraction of what is overwhelmingly a political ideology. www.nationalreview.com/article/428201/donald-trump-muslim-immigration-policy-discussion
Roger Simon, PJM: “Forget Trump — What Really Should Be Done about Muslim Immigration”
“The source of the conundrum is not just Syrian refugees; it’s the entire Middle East. Almost all people visiting or immigrating from the area are potential jihadists, not to mention other Muslims across the world from Western Europe to Indonesia. This isn’t racial profiling — it’s reality. The husband and wife fanatics who wreaked havoc in San Bernardino did time in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, both of which masquerade as allies. Despite what might seem like red flags in their backgrounds, the couple passed blithely into this country without incident.
“The wife, apparently, even gave a place of birth in Pakistan that is non-existent. Was there actually any real vetting? Our border people all should spend some time in Israel, learning how you do these things. Obviously, they don’t know. In this sense, Trump is entirely correct. At present, our border security is nearly worthless.
“The FBI isn’t a whole lot better. They’re now claiming the couple was “radicalized.” What does that mean? Not much. In fact, it’s meaningless. The wife at least came from a culture where the process of Islamic anti-Western indoctrination begins essentially at birth. If you think that is an exaggeration, spend ten minutes at MEMRI.org. If Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook were “radicalized,” then literally hundreds of millions have been.
“How many such people have infiltrated our country? The indisputable answer is that nobody knows.
So what is to be done? Assuming we don’t want to follow Trump’s lead and violate the principles of our nation, how do we separate the wholesome wheat from the mass-murdering chaff?
Marco Rubio and others have suggested taking the brakes off our intelligence services. Given the inadequate vetting, I don’t think we have a choice. But there as several other things.
“Most of all, we must outlaw Sharia. . .”
John Podhoretz, NY Post: “The method behind Obama’s madness — and Trump’s”
“. . . On Sunday night, the president of the United States told a country reeling from attacks in Paris and California and a rampaging terrorist pseudo-state in Syria and Iraq that his strategy against ISIS was working.
“On Monday, reeling himself from a poll showing him on the path to defeat in Iowa, Donald Trump declared that all Muslims should be denied entry into the United States, including its own citizens who are outside the country on a trip.
“In the days following the San Bernardino attack, liberals focused not on the likelihood that Islamic radicals trained and financed abroad had staged an assault inside the United States, but rather that guns they hate were used.
“A newspaper in this city used its front page to call the head of the National Rifle Association — a lobbying group with somewhere between 3 million and 5 million members, whose activities are entirely legal and which advocates for the rights of 100 million gun owners in the United States — a terrorist.
“In support of Donald Trump’s position, the chairman of his campaign in New Hampshire approvingly cited the example of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II — by common consent the most notorious repression of the basic liberties of US citizens besides slavery and Jim Crow in our history.
“At a moment that calls for profound sobriety and a realistic assessment of the threat posed by ISIS not only to the good working order of the Middle East and Europe but also to the safety of Americans here at home, everyone and his aunt appear to be going bonkers.
“Or are they? . . .”
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Senate Budget Charts an Unsustainable Course with Budget”
“On Monday, December 7th, the Pennsylvania Senate passed two significant pieces of legislation. The first was a budget that grew spending at 6 percent, well over the rate of inflation plus population growth. The fact that there is no way to pay for this spending increase without a tax hike is equally concerning. This budget made no attempt to “trim the fat”. Instead, the budget increased expenditures on some very questionable line items.
“First and foremost, the Senate budget increased spending on “Community and Economic Development” by 51 percent or $103 million. That section of the budget is a hotbed of corporate welfare. The Senate budget also resurrects Walking around Money (WAMs) according to the Commonwealth Foundation. WAMs are leadership directed slush funds. In the past, WAMs acted as a gateway drug for public corruption. Brad Bumstead highlights the corrupting influence of these slush funds in his book, Keystone Corruption.
“On the bright side, the Senate also passed substantial pension reforms. Unfortunately, the pension reform bill contained some poorly thought out provisions. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (12/8/15)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, Once again Donald Trump has opened the way to have national discussion, this time about Islam, Sharia law and immigration from the Middle East. The vast majority of Muslims are good like everyone else, however a large minority of Muslims follow Sharia in a way that is incompatible with American values. Donald Trump’s comments about temporarily not letting Muslims into the country were not unconstitutional, but have precedent.
“Also, Andy McCarthy calls in to talk about Islam’s political ideology. Later, Sen. Ted Cruz calls in to discuss national security, Islam and defends himself against team Rubio attacks. Why is it that Rubio insists on smearing Ted Cruz? Reagan sought a true battle over ideas with Democrats and Republicans which is unlike Rubio. Rubio is a talented man but he will only get elected if he treats conservatives like Ted Cruz and the conservative electorate with respect.”