CFL Rally – 01/13/16
FOX – N Korea bombed.
LEADS: WESTWOOD – Indict Hillary; GERAGHTY – Canadian Ted; SOWELL – Showboat; KRAUTHAMMER – Gun control; WILLIAMSON – Barry needs Newt.
END NOTES: LEVIN – 01/05/16; BEDARD – Lots of Mohammeds.
Citizens for Liberty
January 13, 7-9 PM
“free event” for freedom . . . cash bar, free pot luck buffet.
God, guns, guts, government . . . .
170 Allandale Rd, Volunteer Fire Dept., KOP, 19406
PA State Rep. Dr. Rick Saccone
Fox: “Outrage, skepticism greet North Korea’s claim of hydrogen bomb test”
“The world reacted with outrage and skepticism Wednesday after North Korea claimed that it had successfully tested a ‘miniaturized’ hydrogen bomb.
“The announcement, which could not immediately be confirmed by outside sources, was made by a state television anchor who read a typically propaganda-heavy statement calling the test a ‘perfect success’ that elevated the country’s “nuclear might to the next level” and provided it with a weapon to defend itself against the United States and other enemies.
“The United Nations Security Council quickly announced an emergency meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning.
“However, Andrei Lankov, a North Korea expert based in Seoul, South Korea, told Fox News he was ‘seriously skeptical’ that Pyongyang had tested a hydrogen bomb. According to Lankov, North Korea would have needed to divert a large amount of scarce funds to construct such a device, saying it would have been ‘mission overkill.’
“‘I believe it did not have the ‘signature’ of a Hydrogen bomb,’ said Lankov, who added that he had ‘absolutely no doubt’ the blast was an atomic test, the fourth carried out since 2006 in definance of international and United Nations sanctions. . .”
Also: Gordon Chang, John Batchelor: Tuesday, 5 January 2016 / Hour 3, Block A:
Gordon Chang, Forbes.com, and Bruce Bechtol, Angelo State U (Texas), in re: geological event in “North Korea consistent with the explosion of a nuclear bomb, DPRK agitprop says ‘hydrogen bomb.’ Will scientists and intell collection people be able to analyze particles to see if it’s HEU, U, or a hydrogen test? In 2013, our people could not make that determination. I agree with Gordon that Iranians are likely to have been at the test – thus a problem for the Obama Adm. And how big was this test – >4 to 6 kilotons? Making gains faster than predicted? Look for another long-range missile test in the near future – The KN08 can hit the West Coast of the US; if the bomb is miniaturized, we have a lot to worry about. Musudan can hit Guam; others can hit farther. Is this Kim Jong-un’s debut? More likely that North Korea and Iran working on TaePoDong together. It might be ready now. Implications for South Korea others? Disappointed Pak govt in South Korea – greater engagement with the North no longer possible; more sanctions coming, aid likely to go away. And: Tuesday, 5 January 2016 / Hour 3, Block B: Bob Collins, ex-DOD; DPRK expert; and Gordon Chang, Forbes.com, and Bruce Bechtol, Angelo State U (Texas); in re: 5.1 event. Everybody worldwide confirms except Washington. [Unintentional comedy.] . . . nuclear physics, missile physics, seismics – all areas of expertise of DPRK. Kim has executed 90 to 120senior officials; Kim Jong-eun’s legitimacy. Regime ahs a stability problem or it wouldn’t execute so many Making himself looks strong is applied to everything the regime does. . . This props up Kim’s image as sovereign of the state. Nuclear technology with Iran. The fact that they’re working in an 80-ton superrocket for Taepodan: look for a long-range missile test in the next few mos, or the KN0 [k-n-zero]. Is this aggression by Beijing? They must have known; note that NK withdrew its pop group from China recently. Friction between the two in the last 30 days. . .”
“Just as they did when we were assured we could keep our health insurance, the hopelessly corrupt, rotted-out DC Media and Barack Obama are once again coordinating to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people, to lull us into a false sense of security before the boom falls. And make no mistake, the sinister plan is to drop the boom, maybe not on Obama’s watch, but the seeds have been planted: These people plan to flood the country with illegals, refugees, and early-release prisoners, and then disarm us.” John Nolte
LEADS . . .
Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner: “Former U.S. attorney: Clinton could face criminal indictment”
“. . . Joe DiGenova, a Republican U.S. attorney appointed by President Reagan, said Clinton’s ‘biggest problem right now’ is the open FBI investigation into the contents of her private emails.
“‘They have reached a critical mass in their investigation of the secretary and all of her senior staff,’ DiGenova said Tuesday on the ‘Laura Ingraham Show’ radio program. ‘And, it’s going to come to a head, I would suggest, in the next 60 days.’
“FBI Director James Comey has refused to answer questions about when his agents will wrap up a months-long probe into whether Clinton and her staff mishandled classified information on an unsecured network. . .”
Jim Geraghty, NRO: “Trump: Hey, You Know Cruz Is a Canadian Ineligible for the Presidency, Right?”
“Donald Trump said in an interview that rival Ted Cruz’s Canadian birthplace was a “very precarious” issue that could make the senator from Texas vulnerable if he became the Republican presidential nominee.
“Republicans are going to have to ask themselves the question: ‘Do we want a candidate who could be tied up in court for two years?’ That’d be a big problem,” Trump said when asked about the topic. ‘It’d be a very precarious one for Republicans because he’d be running and the courts may take a long time to make a decision. You don’t want to be running and have that kind of thing over your head.’
“Trump added: ‘I’d hate to see something like that get in his way. But a lot of people are talking about it and I know that even some states are looking at it very strongly, the fact that he was born in Canada and he has had a double passport.’
“Sure, Donald, sure. Ted Cruz is the Great Canadian Menace. After all those years of sitting above us, seeming so polite and hockey-obsessed, drinking their Molson’s and eating their Tim Horton’s doughnuts . . . the Canadians have been carrying out their elaborate ruse, lulling us into complacency while their sleeper agent gets into place. We’re on to their tricks! We know their bacon is just ordinary ham! Once President Cruz is in the Oval Office, they’ll take back the Washington Nationals, change Z to “Zed,” ban fourth down, blast Celine Dion from public loudspeakers, give us something to cry aboot! President Cruz will turn us into the “U.S. Eh”!
“In case you’re wondering . . .
“Most legal experts contend [a “natural born citizen”] means someone is a citizen from birth and doesn’t have to go through a naturalization process to become a citizen.
“If that’s the definition, then Cruz is a natural born citizen by being born to an American mother and having her citizenship at birth. . .”
Thomas Sowell, Townhall: “Showman-in-Chief”
“. . . It was beautifully choreographed, like a great ballet, and performed with consummate skill and understated eloquence. First of all, the scene was set with a room full of people who had lost loved ones to gun violence. A father whose son had been gunned down made a long introduction before the president showed up, walked down the aisle and up on to the stage to growing applause.
As political theater, it put Donald Trump’s rantings in the shade.
As for the substance of what Obama said, there was very little substance, and much of it false, but one of the signs of great artistry was that the presentation overshadowed the substance.
None of the things proposed by the president is likely to reduce gun violence. Like other restrictions on people’s ability to defend themselves, or to deter attacks by showing that they are armed, these new restrictions can cost more lives on net balance. The most we can hope for is that the effects of the new Obama-created rules will be nil, rather than harmful. . .”
Charles Krauthammer, Fox: “Krauthammer Blasts Obama’s ‘Trivial,’ ‘Absurd’ Executive Action on Gun Control”
Meanwhile, stocks for arms manufacturers continue to climb . . .
“‘President Obama’s executive action on gun control isn’t just unconstitutional, it’s ‘trivial’ and ‘absurd,’ Charles Krauthammer said on ‘Special Report’ tonight.
“Krauthammer explained that this is a minor change that will not have any effect, while there are many more pressing issues that the president of the United States should be focused on.
“There’s so much else going on in the country, going on around the world. You got to ask yourself, ‘This is it? This is what he’s spending a week on during the middle of a meltdown in the Middle East, terrorism all over the world, shutdown of capitals in Europe, attacks here in the United States?’ Krauthammer said.
“He asserted that Obama’s misplaced priorities are why the country is on-edge.
“‘We have a president who’s not asleep at the wheel, he’s not at the wheel at all. He’s somewhere else.’”
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “Obama Needs a Gingrich”
“As he enters the last full year of his presidency, Barack Obama remains bereft of the services of the one man who could make his administration complete.
“I refer, of course, to Newt Gingrich.
“Recall, if you can, the heady days of 2008. Barack Obama, a relatively obscure figure, had just snatched the Democratic nomination from the pitiless Clinton machine, announcing the arrival of a genuinely new kind of political operation, albeit one dedicated to the service of an all-too-familiar and decrepit ideology. America wanted to see the man succeed, and even some conservatives (some of whom have since confessed their error) saw in him a newness and a freshness that seemed to compare favorably to the apparently eternal fixedness of Senator John McCain (R., Café Milano). Even those of us who saw through Obama’s phony pragmatism hoped that a few months in the saddle might make something of a realist out of him. If only Nixon could go to China, only a Democrat can reform Social Security.
“The nation was quickly disabused of its fantasies regarding Barack Obama, who turned out to be simultaneously more ideological and less interested in policy particulars than most had imagined. He is an intelligent man, but his intelligence is expressed mainly in cleverness. He is a canny campaigner but not much more. To the extent that he has an interest in what George H. W. Bush contemptuously described as “the vision thing,” Obama is strictly a dorm-room thinker. Nineteen eighty-two is a great vintage for Bordeaux, but not for progressive political philosophy.
“President Obama does not have the advantages that made President Clinton a success. Barack Obama is a man who has been given the benefit of the doubt his entire life, a man intellectually hobbled by excessive praise, whereas Bill Clinton, a scheming lowlife nobody from Tornado Bait, Ark., forever had to prove himself. But Clinton, who is a bit smarter than Obama, understood that in electoral politics he didn’t have to be the best — he just had to be better than the other guy on the ballot. Does anybody even remember who came in second to Bill Clinton in the 1992 Democratic primary campaign? (The eternal Jerry Brown; third place belonged to Paul Tsongas.) Those of you who remember the 1992 election will remember that Clinton talked endlessly about “Change” — no “Hope and™” before it — and was insistently vague about what he meant by that. All he had to be was not George H. W. Bush, whose patrician visage had been in the voters’ faces for a political generation, and that was enough. “But after the election, Clinton & Clinton, “co-presidents,” were the whole show in Washington. And that was a disaster for them, a political catastrophe from which they were rescued by the Republican revolution of 1994 and the ascent of Newt Gingrich. Gingrich and Clinton had (and have) a great deal in common — from raw brainpower to unruly personal appetites — but that simply made for better drama: Marc Antony and Brutus likewise had a lot more in common with each other than either did with the average Roman plebeian. Gingrich saved Bill Clinton. (He also got him to sign welfare reform and drop some bad ideas.) Gingrich, and to a lesser extent Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated various Clinton scandals, provided Clinton with a foil. Clinton may have been a Dimmesdale, but so long as he had a Republican Chillingworth to denounce, he was golden: The man threw a party — in the Rose Garden — after his impeachment. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (1/5/16)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, President Obama is shedding tears for gun control proposals that will not protect Americans from mass shootings and terrorist attacks. Did Obama cry when Kate Steinle was killed by a repeat offender illegal immigrant in San Francisco? Did he cry after the mass murders in San Bernardino? He is on a mission against the American people and attacking the civil society through gun control and his massive amount of regulations issued. Obama persists in executive overreach, the courts mostly uphold his decisions, and the Republican Congress is doing nothing to stop him. Also, the praetorian-guard media is reporting dutifully on Obama’s tears and consistently tow [sic!] his and the liberal Democrat line. The media either watches Obama or promotes him. Yet, the vast majority of them do not own guns, don’t understand them and could care less. Later, John Lott, President of the Crime Prevention Research Center calls in to discuss Obama’s latest executive order and how Obama told him in 2008 that people should not be able to own guns.”
Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner: “Social Security: Surge of children named Mohammed up 10,000%”
“The number of U.S. newborns named “Mohammed” has jumped 100-fold since 1964, one way of determining the growth of second and third generation Muslims, according to a leading immigration watchdog.
Based on Social Security Administration baby name figures, there were only 29 babies born with one of the spellings of Mohammed in 1964. That has surged to 2,931.
The Center for Immigration Studies used the statistics to determine the growth of the Muslim community, a statistic the federal government doesn’t chart.
“Given the fact that some U.S.- or European-born Muslim terrorists (such as Syed Farook in San Bernardino) have been menacing Western societies, are there any statistics on the growth of the second-generation Muslim populations?” blogged CIS Fellow David North.
The growth in babies name Mohammed grew until the 9/11 attacks, when it fell. Wrote North, “Note the drop after 2001, presumably a reaction to the events of 9/11, and then the sharp increase from 2004 to 2014, of more than 1,000.”