RALLY: Secret camps of homeless veterans; End refugee influx.
ENTOUS & YADRON – Spy net on Israel; HANSON – Mother of peace.
LEADS: ISAAC-DOVERE – BO’s world tour; HAYES – Lies about GITMO; MIKLASZEWSKI – USS Truman & Iran’s rockets; WSJ – Clinton war on women.
PA: KNEPPER – Wolf lies; ADDY – Wolf goes line by line.
END NOTES: BARKS – Mark Levin Show; JUDICIAL WATCH – Barry’s travel costs.
Lower Bucks Leader: “Secret Camps of Homeless Veterans”
“This is what the churches should be working on, not Syrian terrorists!!!!”
Also note that the Valley Forge Park mows new lawns and builds new huts for dead soldiers . . .
“In the winter of 1777-78, George Washington’s battered Revolutionary Army endured bitter cold and snow, sickness, exhaustion and hunger in their camp at Valley Forge, PA.
“In Bucks County today, not far from Valley Forge, scores of desperate American veterans endure similar hardships. In small patches of woods, out of sight and out of mind of most county residents, homeless former soldiers have banded together to help one another in the daily struggle for food, water and shelter.
“A typical camp attests to the resourcefulness of the veterans, with huts cobbled together from old tarpaulins, a communal fire pit for cooking, and clotheslines for drying clothes. In most camps, a military order and discipline is maintained. Donations of food and supplies, as well as camp maintenance chores, are shared equally.
“Life is grim for the homeless veterans. Rodney Wyatt, a PA State Veterans Representative, sees this truth almost daily. Mr. Wyatt, along with a contingent of volunteers, regularly ventures into the woods to bring much needed food, water, blankets, clothing and medical supplies. In assessing a camp’s inhabitants, Mr. Wyatt keeps an eye out for those who may be capable of “gainful, sustainable employment.” He guides such veterans through the process of grooming themselves and preparing for job interviews, even helping them obtain business suits and clean shoes.
“‘Our mission,’ he said, ‘is to find them, treat them, and get them on the road to a better life.’…”
“End the Influx of Refugees” Rally
World Church Services 308 East King Street Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Date: Saturday Jan 2nd 12:00
“Our rally is intended to put pressure on World Church Services and any other group refusing to follow the will of the majority of the American people. These people still are insisting on bringing Refugees to this State and are doing it for profit, refugees who are a potential threat to our lives and the lives of our families. Our goal is to stop the refugee intake into this country and send back those already here. Instead we favor a safe zone in Syria funded by the gulf Arab states and not the tax payers of the United States. Citizenship in this country should be earned and not handed out to everyone. Our country is not a refugee camp or a dumping ground. The smug arrogance of our Governor, President, house and senate democrats has gone on for far too long. It is time our elected officials listen to WE THE PEOPLE. Islamic Fundamentalism is not welcomed in Pennsylvania! This is not a problem with race it is a problem
GOP Committeeman John Rentschler, along with his political action group Pennsylvania First and other Liberty groups such as Citizens For Liberty, Pennsylvania Oathkeepers and Patriotic Liberty League.
“This event is a peaceful demonstration and we ask all citizens come out and show them we run our country. It is time to put political correctness aside and fight for our nation and our people. Hate groups and violence are NOT welcomed. Our speakers are from several different areas and backgrounds and all will educate and empower you. Let us unite as Pennsylvanians and stop the madness. . .”
“This account, stretching over two terms of the Obama administration, is based on interviews with more than two dozen current and former U.S. intelligence and administration officials and reveals for the first time the extent of American spying on the Israeli prime minister.” Entous & Yadron
Of course, CAIR and Iran were in the loop . . .
Adam Entous & Danny Yadron, WSJ: “U.S. Spy Net on Israel Snares Congress”
“National Security Agency’s targeting of Israeli leaders also swept up the content of private conversations with U.S. lawmakers
“President Barack Obama announced two years ago he would curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state after the world learned the reach of long-secret U.S. surveillance programs.
But behind the scenes, the White House decided to keep certain allies under close watch, current and former U.S. officials said. Topping the list was Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The U.S., pursuing a nuclear arms agreement with Iran at the time, captured communications between Mr. Netanyahu and his aides that inflamed mistrust between the two countries and planted a political minefield at home when Mr. Netanyahu later took his campaign against the deal to Capitol Hill.
The National Security Agency’s targeting of Israeli leaders and officials also swept up the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups. That raised fears—an ‘Oh-s— moment,’ one senior U.S. official said—that the executive branch would be accused of spying on Congress.
White House officials believed the intercepted information could be valuable to counter Mr. Netanyahu’s campaign. They also recognized that asking for it was politically risky. So, wary of a paper trail stemming from a request, the White House let the NSA decide what to share and what to withhold, officials said. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “The Mother of Peace”
“. . . In 1979–80, at the height of the Cold War, the United States was clearly the most powerful nation in the world. Yet, over a few months, the Iranians stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran with impunity and took American hostages; the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, and began drawing up plans to deploy dangerous new weapons; Communist insurrections spread throughout Central America; China invaded Vietnam; and North Korea began saber-rattling. The postwar order created by the United States seemed in danger of unraveling. “All the aggressors assumed that President Carter’s past humanitarian professions, his condemnation of the Shah, and his conciliatory policies toward the Soviets had ensured that for a rare moment they might just have more to win than to lose by otherwise risky aggressions — as the United States’ considerable power was judged to have been rendered negligible by its lack of leadership. President Reagan’s efforts from 1981 to 1984 to restore lost deterrence were caricatured as brinkmanship, given that deterrence is easily thrown away but often difficult and potentially risky to restore. “As we approach 2016, the U.S. economy and military still, by any token, give us unquestioned world power and influence, fueled by constitutional stability, rock-bottom energy prices brought about by brilliant private-enterprise fracking, a dynamic popular culture, top-flight science departments in our universities, and technological innovation. That said, since 2009, in both symbolic and material fashion, the U.S. has shed its classic deterrence. And the world is now a far more dangerous place because of this.
“President Obama lost the power of deterrence through a variety of unfortunate pronouncements and policies. False deadlines to Iran, false red lines to Syria, and false step-over lines to Russia have all rendered the currency of U.S. admonitions worthless. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/429055/deterrence-obamas-mistakes
LEADS . . .
Edward Isaac-Dovere, Politico: “Obama’s 2016 world tour”
Barry’s next job . . .
“The president is planning to travel the globe to seal his foreign policy legacy.
“President Barack Obama will be making good use of Air Force One while he still can.
“Obama has asked aides to set a busy international travel schedule for him in his final year, with “half a dozen” trips already in the works and more potentially coming together. The travel will be aimed at cementing a foreign policy legacy he hopes will include the Trans-Pacific Partnership, increased attention to Asia, an opening of Latin America, progress against the Islamic State and significant global movement on climate change.
“He’ll be fighting the same battle to keep the world from looking past him as he will be at home. But White House aides insist that what they’ve got ahead in 2016 is more than just a standard eighth-year world tour to try to assert themselves and stay clear of the presidential campaign.
“The only continents the White House is ruling out as presidential destinations are Australia and Antarctica. . .”
Stephen Hayes, Weekly Standard: “Lying About Gitmo”
“Let’s begin with the conclusion: Barack Obama is releasing dangerous terrorists against the recommendations of military and intelligence professionals, he’s doing so at a time when the threat level from radical Islamists is elevated, and he is lying about it. He is lying about how many jihadists he has released and lying about their backgrounds, all part of his effort to empty the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay.
“We write this knowing the accusation is a strong one and that the word lying will offend the sensibilities of the establishment media. There is an unwritten rule that requires euphemizing lies with gentler descriptions, especially when talking about the president of the United States. There is a veritable thesaurus of verbal politeness one can deploy: deceiving, dissembling, misleading, prevaricating, being duplicitous, evasive, fallacious, mendacious, dishonest, disingenuous, specious, spurious, untruthful.
“Not this time. The president is lying. . .”
Also: Washington Times: “Guantanamo and common sense”
“Restocking the enemy’s army is no way to win a war
“Mr. Obama has insisted over the years that Guantanamo is a symbol of an extra-legal violation of the U.S. Constitution, and a recruiting tool for Islamic terrorists. Its sophisticated propaganda masters, however, especially at the Islamic State, or ISIS, hardly ever mention Guantanamo.
“Those with longer than the usual short-term memories will remember that President Obama promised on his second day in office to close Guantanamo. He has contributed considerable rhetoric over the past few weeks renewing his promise, despite U.S. law which expressly forbids presidential transfer of Guantanamo prisoners to prisons in the United States. Congress reinforced its clear intent in the National Defense Authorization Act, which the president signed.
“The toughened stance followed the swap of five senior Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American stroller (the U.S. Army says deserter) who was captured by Islamic terrorists and held for five years until Mr. Obama ransomed him. Some if not all of the freed prisoners have returned to combat against the United States and its allies. Sgt. Bergdahl faces a court martial on several charges, including desertion.
“Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is reported to be trying to push 17 transfers of lower-level detainees through the system by the end of January, though there was earlier speculation that Mr. Carter and the generals and admirals in the Pentagon oppose closing Guantanamo. There are still 106 prisoners there, 86 of whom could be sent back to their native countries. But there’s probably not enough time to arrange it before Mr. Obama leaves office. . .”
Jim Miklaszewski, et al., NBC: “U.S. Carrier Harry S. Truman Has Close Call with Iranian Rockets”
“Senior U.S. military commanders on Wednesday accused Iran’s military of “highly provocative” actions in firing unguided rockets 1,500 yards from ships including an American aircraft carrier.
“The USS Harry S. Truman was crossing international waters in the Strait of Hormuz when Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRCGN) conducted a live-fire exercise right nearby, according to a statement.
“An Iranian navy attack craft fired several unguided rockets near the carrier, officials said. A French frigate, the U.S. destroyer USS Bulkeley and other commercial traffic were also in the area at the time of Saturday’s incident.
“Only 23 seconds warning was given before the weapons were fired, according to U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kyle Raines, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command.
“The rockets were not fired at the Truman and other ships, and there were no direct communications between U.S. and Iranian navies, military officials said.
“‘The IRGCN’s actions were highly provocative,’ Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, spokesman for the U.S. Fifth Fleet, said Wednesday in a statement.
“‘Firing weapons so close to passing coalition ships and commercial traffic within an internationally recognized maritime traffic lane is unsafe, unprofessional, and inconsistent with international maritime law.’ . . .”
WSJ: “The Clinton War on Women”
“If Hillary plays the sexism card, then Bill’s behavior is fair game.
“Donald Trump last week used some typically coarse language to describe Hillary Clinton, who responded by accusing Mr. Trump of sexism while announcing that she is unleashing Bill Clinton to campaign for her. This was too ripe an opening for Mr. Trump, who is now attacking Hillary for acquiescing in Bill’s predations against women.
“Mr. Trump is rude and crude, but in this case he is raising an issue that rightly bears on the 2016 election campaign and the prospect of a third Clinton term. Mrs. Clinton wants to use her gender both as a political sword and shield to win the White House. The purpose is to make male politicians less willing to take her on, while reinforcing her main and not-so-subtle campaign theme that it’s time to elect the first woman President.
“So she and her allies will try to spin any criticism as sexist . . .”
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Governor Wolf Continues to Lie About Education Funding”
“On Tuesday, Governor Wolf announced that he was going to use his line-item veto on the budget lawmakers sent him right before Christmas. He could have and should have done the same thing back in June. However, he was more interested in holding state funding hostage to apply maximum leverage through the negotiation process.
“In his address on the line item veto, Wolf continued to repeat the lie that the budget as passed would result in a cut to education funding. First and foremost, Pennsylvania already has the eleventh highest spending per pupil in the country. The argument that taxpayer need to continue to put up more money without seeing any improved results is absurd. However, that is Wolf’s demand; he is more than willing to play fast and loose with the facts and math to make that happen.
“During his press conference announcing his decision to exercise the line-item veto, Governor Wolf continued to repeat the lie that the budget on his desk would cut education funding. In fact, as noted by the Commonwealth Foundation the only “cut” one might be able to identify would be the difference in spending between what the Governor wants and what the legislature sent him. When you compare the 2015-2016 budget to the 2014-2015 budget, this year’s proposed education budget outspends last year’s budget when you look at the totals.”
Jasons Addy, PoliticsPA: “PA-BGT: Wolf to Veto ‘Garbage’ Budget Line by Line (UPDATED with VIDEO)”
Wolf’s line-item veto will allow critical funding for public schools and human service providers in the state but will force all parties back to the negotiating table.
“The first-year Democratic Governor slammed his colleagues in the General Assembly for leaving for the year without a budget agreement in place.
“Wolf also accused House GOP leaders of stalling on the $30.8 billion spending plan which looked set for his desk before legislators began their holidays. The only vote the House held on Dec. 23 was a roll call.
“‘They can deny what they did. They can try to justify what they did. They can throw around all the political nonsense they want, but the fact remains. They ran off, pretty quickly at that,’ Wolf said in the press conference. ‘They ran off before they finished their job.’ . . .”
END NOTES . . .
Inga Barks (Mark Levin Show, 12/29/15)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show, Inga Barks of KNZR in Bakersfield, CA fills in for Mark. Though he is not perfect, Donald Trump has done great things for the Republican campaign and the national conversation. He did not start the fight with Hillary Clinton but is counterpunching. Clinton is feigning being offended on behalf of all women. However she doesn’t stand for women, and Trump is right, her husband Bill is absolute fair game. A man’s obligation is to be the leader of his household and Bill Clinton failed to carry out his role as man in his family.
”Later, Jeb Bush has become the chicken hawk of the Republican Party primary race. Recently, he challenged Trump to a one on one debate. In addition, Trump’s eminent domain comments need to be clarified. Government should not be able to kick citizens off their land just because you want to build a factory or private enterprise.
“Finally, some Senators who voted for the omnibus bill say they aren’t telling the truth. These phony conservative Republicans handed $1.1 trillion to the president and they need to be taken to task for it.”
Judicial Watch: “Secret Service Expenses for Obama’s 2013 Hawaii Christmas Vacation Cost Taxpayers $316,698.03, Taxpayers Paid Over $8 Million for 17-Day Vacation”
“(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it recently received expense records from the Department of Homeland Security revealing that Secret Service expenses for the Obama family vacation to Honolulu during December 2013-January 2014 cost taxpayers at least $316,698.03. These new expenses bring the total for the Hawaii Christmas vacation trip to $8,098,060.33. The Secret Service waited nearly two years to produce the requested numbers to Judicial Watch.
The heavily redacted records were obtained on December 28 in response to a January 6, 2014, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. According to the records:
$91,751.78 in car rental expenses were paid
$224,974.05 in accommodation expenses were paid to Cabana Girl, LLC and Paradise Luxury Rentals
The documents are heavily redacted and the Secret Service is withholding 28 pages in their entirety.