CFL Rally – 01/13/16; 2nd Amendment Rally, West Chester TEA.
SOTU & Job Applications: ROSETT – Open season on America; HANNAN – Kings cheaper; PODHORETZ – Most bored; WASHINGTON EXAMINER – Dispiriting; POLLAK – Ten lies.
LEADS: NY Post – Hillary’s self-inflicted headaches; PRAGER – Protecting women from rape; MARTOSKO – Common Core sells books.
PA: RABINOWITZ – Islamic terror in Philly.
END NOTES: MARK LEVIN – SOTU (1/12/16); JOHN BATCHELOR – China (1/12/16)
Citizens for Liberty
January 13, 7-9 PM
170 Allandale Rd, Volunteer Fire Dept., KOP, 19406
PA State Rep. Dr. Rick Saccone
“Citizens for Liberty is hosting another free event with guest speaker PA State Representative Doctor Rick Saccone who will honor us with his nationally acclaimed presentation on restoring America to our Founding Father’s values. “Doctor Saccone was elected to the PA House of Representatives in 2010, representing Allegheny and Washington Counties. He is a retired Air Force Counter Intelligence Special Agent, A former South Korean TV news Anchor, the Doctor volunteered as a civilian in the army as a senior counter intelligence agent in Iraq, received his PHd from the University of Pittsburgh, and was a professor at the same university. He has visited 72 countries, and is traveling 5 hours to meet US! Let us show him a HUGE PA support. www.ingodwetrustpa.org – We will also have a free potluck dinner buffet to kick off the new year
2nd Amendment Gun Rally
|Saturday, January 16, at 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Providence Rd and Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063
“Gun rights haters want to celebrate Obama’s tyrannical dictates taking away our gun rights (http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=8bdbfdf2c7&id=9dd7890e07&e=61a65450d6). We need to do as we did in 2014 (https://www.facebook.com/events/580457748734988/) and show them that we won’t give up
our rights to some elected dictator’s whim. Bring your signs, bring your guns, but most of all bring
your determination to resist tyranny!
Baltimore Pike in Media, PA. Around 2pm we’ll move 1 block down the road to rally across the
street from the Providence Friends Meeting House (http://www.providencemeeting.org/). Their
walkers are scheduled to arrive there at 2pm. “For safety all hand guns are to be carried securely holstered. All long guns and shot guns are to be
carried slung over the shoulder with barrels pointed straight up or down at the ground. No fingers on triggers and no rounds in the chamber. If the firearm has a manual safety please have it on. “Given that the gun rights haters may become angry at our presence and try to provoke us (as they
in this video shot back in March 2014http://youtu.be/WC6BDaxVurU ) I ask that all participants
agree to the following guidelines: 1. We will not use or carry alcohol or illegal drugs. 2. We will not run or make threatening motions. 3. We will not insult, swear or attack others. 4. We will protect those who oppose or disagree with us from insult or attack. 5. We will not assault, verbally or physically, those who oppose or disagree with us. From: http://www.brandywinepeace.com/nonviolence.html
West Chester TEA Party
January 20th, East Goshen Twp Building, 7PM.
Our subject matter will be on the 2nd amendment Please come and join in on the discussion What are our constitutional rights and how to defend them With all the information circulating what is the truth and what is false? What does history teach us? Please bring any information you have to share firstname.lastname@example.org
“. . . saying that ‘when a kid is called names . . . we are diminished in the eyes of the world’ is a kind of schoolmarmish bushwah that should force even the most sentimental person to have to restrain himself from throwing his remote through his TV.”
SOTU & Job Applications . . .
Claudia Rosett, PJM: “State of the World: Open Season on America”
“Seven years into the presidency that promised America a 21st century golden age, born of the Audacity of Hope and Change, audacity is not going America’s way. Just before the State of the Union address, Jan. 12, 2016, news breaks that Iran has seized and detained 10 American Navy sailors (though we are told they will be promptly returned).
“This follows last week’s in-our-face announcement by North Korea that it had just tested a hydrogen bomb (though maybe it was merely an atomic bomb) — its third nuclear test on President Obama’s watch. That followed Iran’s brazen, sanctions-violating test launches in recent months of ballistic missiles, despite the “exclusively peaceful” refrain of the Iran nuclear deal so fervently sought and perversely praised by the Obama administration.
“Add to this scene the December terrorist massacre in San Bernardino, in which an ISIS-inspired couple, an American-born jihadi and his Islamist immigrant bride, murdered 14 people and wounded 22 at an office Christmas party.
“Here’s the real State of the Union, which is inextricably linked to the increasingly alarming state of the world: It is open season on America. . .”
Daniel Hannan, Washington Examiner: “Monarchical Obama? Real monarchs are humbler and a whole lot cheaper”
“. . . To be honest, I’m getting slightly fed up with all the talk of a “monarchical” White House. Real monarchs are, in the main, humbler, cheaper and far more respectful of the way things are supposed to work.
“Still, we shouldn’t blame Mr. Obama alone. For at least 100 years, power has been dribbling from the 50 states to Washington, and from the legislature to the executive. America’s permanent federal bureaucracy has become an unofficial fourth branch, assuming most of the competences once exercised by the Crown.
“Do you imagine that President Hillary Clinton would reverse this trend? Or President Donald Trump? Even the most literalist conservatives have a tendency to give themselves the benefit of the doubt once their own hands are on the levers of power.
“And shall I tell you the worst thing? Hardly anyone seems to care. As long as people are getting the outcomes they want, they lose interest in process. The pro-gun lobby is every bit as guilty as the anti-gun lobby. Back in 2003, Ron Paul voted against a bill that would have protected gun manufacturers from negligence lawsuits. His rationale was that such a measure, however sensible, was a usurpation of the rights of the 50 states. Did gun champions, normally so ready to swear by the Constitution, applaud the congressman for upholding it? Did they hell: The NRA wanted to challenge him at the next primary.
“I know this sounds like an abstruse point, but the rules really do matter more than the rulers . . .”
John Podhoretz, NY Post: “Obama delivers the most boring speech of his presidency”
Obama applies for his next job and must convince Soris and Islam that he’s the man they need but he will have to have a fancy jet, golf dues, and whatever miscellany Valerie needs . . .
“In what was arguably the most boring major speech of his presidency, Obama didn’t even attempt to make a consistent argument or prove the case he was making for his presidency and the glorious moment to which he has brought this country.
“He began by saying he was going to keep this one short, but, in fact, it ran more than an hour — and don’t think that was due to the thunderous applause continually interrupting him. There was no thunderous applause. The text and the sound bites were so dull, even the efforts by his fellow Democrats to provide a positive soundtrack seemed forced and halfhearted.
“His fundamental argument Tuesday night was that he’s saved the economy — indeed, he’s done such a bang-up job that he implicitly took credit for the fact that gas is now at $2 a gallon.
“Though maybe he does deserve credit, since the Saudis are furiously pumping out oil to make sure Obama’s new buddy Iran can’t make too much money from it as it makes its way to a nuclear weapon down the road. . .”
Washington Examiner, “A dispiriting final speech from an out of touch president”
“What makes for a credible public voice? A key ingredient is truth.
“The crucial difference between Winston Churchill and Baghdad Bob was not their nations’ respective fortunes in war. It was that Churchill was open with the British public about the difficulties his nation faced. He could have tried to pretend otherwise, but he wisely chose not to diminish his own credibility with happy talk.
“This comparison comes to mind because President Obama’s address Tuesday night suffered from his enduring failure to understand this. Obama is reputed to have a talent for soaring rhetoric — although can you think of anything memorable he said that wasn’t also risible? — but he is hopeless at connecting with people by acknowledging their real concerns about domestic and international problems.
“To be clear, we share Obama’s view that America is not in some kind of hopeless decline, not even now. But he cannot credibly make the case for this by acting as though his own administration’s failures don’t exist, and downplaying the very real threats facing the nation. . .”
Joel Pollak, BigGovt: “Fact Check: Top 10 Lies in Obama’s State of the Union”
“Here are Obama’s top ten lies, in chronological order.
- “[W]e’ve done all this while cutting our deficits by almost three-quarters.” This is pure fiction. Obama has doubled the national debt, and it’s not because he cut the deficit. Rather, he spent staggering amounts of money in his first months in office–which he assigns, dishonestly, to the previous fiscal year, under George W. Bush. He “cut” (i.e. spent more gradually) from that spending, but only under protest, after Republicans took the House in 2010.
(Update: It is true that Obama’s 2015 budget deficit was about 25% of his 2010 deficit. But he referred to “deficits,” plural. Until last year, all of Obama’s deficits were worse than all of Bush’s deficits except for the last two.)
- “Anyone claiming that America’s economy is in decline is peddling fiction.” With that line, Obama took a shot at his would-be Democratic successors, as well as his Republican critics. But the truth is that despite the slow recovery–the slowest since World War II–labor force participation is the lowest it has been in decades. Wages are stagnant, household incomes still have not recovered from the recession, and young people see a bleak future.
- “That’s what the Affordable Care Act is all about. It’s about filling the gaps in employer-based care so that when we lose a job, or go back to school, or start that new business, we’ll still have coverage.”That is a cruel joke, given that Obamacare canceled insurance coverage for millions of Americans who did not change jobs. It also raised deductibles and premiums so high that many insurance companies are leaving the Obama exchanges totally.
- “Food Stamp recipients didn’t cause the financial crisis; recklessness on Wall Street did.” Actually, food stamp recipients, metaphorically speaking, were indirectly responsible–as well as Wall Street sharks. Obama leaves out the government’s role, under the Community Reinvestment Act, in pushing mortgages on people who could not afford them, and in backing the derivatives based on those mortgages that ultimately burst the whole bubble.
- “We’ve protected an open internet…”. Obama’s policy of Net Neutrality has turned Internet service providers into public utilities under an ancient regulatory regime. The result has been a sharp decline in broadband investment and a much less free and open system. In addition, the Obama administration is rushing to shift control of ICANN to the international community, which will ensure that the Internet is less free, and subject to overseas censorship.
- “Seven years ago, we made the single biggest investment in clean energy in our history. Here are the results.”It is laughable that Obama would claim his failed clean energy spending–think Solyndra–led to the fracking-fed energy boom we have enjoyed for the past several years, especially when the administration did all it could to stop oil and gas development. He also nixed the Keystone pipeline and started a plan to kill coal plants.
- “No nation dares to attack us or our allies because they know that’s the path to ruin.” Of all the lies in Obama’s speech, this was undoubtedly the worst, coming hours after Iran seized two U.S. Navy boats and ten sailors. Obama did not even mention those Americans in captivity at any point in his speech, declining the chance to reassure the nation that they would come home safely. It is an omission that will define this address in history.
- “As someone who begins every day with an intelligence briefing, I know this is a dangerous time.” Obama does not attend most of his daily intelligence briefings, preferring instead to read intelligence reports–so he claims–on his iPad, a stark contrast to the attentive approach of his predecessor. Late last year, even as Obama claimed that there was little risk from attack, radical Islamic terrorists carried out brutal attacks in Paris and in San Bernardino.
- “We are training, arming, and supporting forces who are steadily reclaiming territory in Iraq and Syria [from Islamic State].” The Obama administration’s attempt to train and arm Syrian rebels has been a disaster. Belatedly, the administration has helped Kurdish peshmerga forces, and the Iraqi military has made gains lately, but Obama has not made a serious effort to defeat the Islamic State, and is even giving up on regime change in Syria.
- “Fifty years of isolating Cuba had failed to promote democracy, setting us back in Latin America.” And a year of appeasement has not promoted democracy, either. The Castros remain firmly in power, and we are not helping the opposition. Worse, the Cuban regime continues to arrest thousands of political dissidents, to cozy up to enemies like Iran and North Korea, and to carry out provocative acts–such as stealing a U.S. Hellfire missile. . .”
LEADS . . .
“The criminal probe of Hillary Clinton’s years at the State Department has reportedly moved to a new level — expanding to include the possibly corrupt “intersection” of the Clinton Foundation and State.
“Fox News reports that the FBI is looking into connections between donations to the foundation and the distribution of department contracts while Hillary was secretary.
This is on top of the email investigation, which also just took on a new tone with the disclosure of a message in which she seemingly orders an aide to end-run the laws on handling classified info.
“Clinton dismissed that development Sunday, calling it just another smear by her enemies ‘to see what sticks.’
“That’s par for her near quarter-century of whining about the “vast right-wing conspiracy” she says is out to get her and Bill.
“Yes, most Democrats have always agreed with her — which is likely why both Clintons ‘feel immune,’ as the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward put it over the weekend.
“‘Immune’ to the fact that, as the Wall Street Journal recently reported, Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation both pocketed millions from entities with business before Hillary’s State Department.
“And to news of Hillary’s ordering an aide to take the heading off a set of classified talking points and send them via a non-secure fax.
“For all Hillary’s bored brushoff, though, the fact remains that people have been prosecuted for far less.
“As Woodward noted, this was the secretary of state telling a top aide “ ‘let’s subvert the rules’ and writing it out herself.”
“But whether it comes to financial corruption or compromising national security, the Clintons are not above the law — or shouldn’t be.”
Dennis Prager, RCP: “Multiculturalism Trumps Protecting Women from Rape”
“Since the scores of New Year’s Eve sexual attacks on German women by hundreds of men identified as Arab or North African, the left in Germany has faced a dilemma: which to fight for first — women’s human rights or multiculturalism?
“This was the same dilemma that faced British authorities between 1997 and 2013. During those six years at least 1,400 girls from the age of 11 in just one English city (Rotherham, population 275,000) were raped by gangs of men, nearly all of whom were immigrants (mostly from Pakistan) or their sons.
“But British authorities kept silent. Why?
“In 2014, the reason finally was revealed: The perpetrators were Muslim, and British authorities were therefore afraid to publicize — or often even investigate — the crimes. They feared being branded Islamophobic and racist. Politicians on the left and right acknowledged this fact.
“As I wrote in a column in 2014:
‘In 2002, a Labor Party MP from nearby Keighley, Ann Cryer, complained to the police about ‘young Asian lads’ raping girls in her constituency. In her words, she ‘was shunned by elements of her party.’ And note, that as is demanded by the left in the UK, she didn’t even mention that the rapists were Pakistani, lest Muslims be blamed for this evil. They were ‘Asian lads.’’
“The British Home Secretary, Theresa May, told Parliament that ‘institutionalized political correctness’ was responsible for the lack of attention given to the mass rape.
“In other words, between protecting over a thousand girls from repeated gang rape and protecting Muslims from being identified as the rapists, British authorities chose to protect multiculturalism and ‘diversity.’ In the competition between multiculturalism and one of the most elementary instincts and obligations of higher civilization — the protection of girls and women from sexual violence — higher civilization lost. . .”
David Martosko, UK Daily Mail: EXCLUSIVE: Textbook sales leader says national Common Core education standards are ‘all about the money’ as teacher insists bureaucrats created a ‘new f**king system that f**king sucks to sell more books’”
- Conservative muckraker group Project Veritas caught a textbook sales executive and a New York teacher talking about Common Core standards
- ‘I hate kids,’ confessed the textbook sales leader. ‘I’m in it to sell books. Don’t even kid yourself for a heartbeat’
- Hidden camera video shows teacher hammering the program as a ‘bulls**t’ system designed ‘to sell more books’
- ‘Oh my god, it’s all a money game. It’s all a money game,’ she said
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt fired the sales executive Tuesday morning after DailyMail.com told the company about the video
PA . . .
Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ: “Denying the Obvious About Islamist Terror”
“After another ISIS-inspired shooting, Philadelphia’s mayor joins the chorus: It’s not about religion, no sir.
“. . . Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr., appointed just three days earlier, delivered the details with noteworthy eloquence: The wounded officer, bleeding heavily from three wounds, one arm useless, had gotten himself out of the car, chased the attacker and shot him.
“The drama of this recital needed no amplification, but there it was anyway: Clear security video images showed the assailant in his flowing white dishdasha—a robe favored by Muslim men—running toward the patrol car, shooting, sticking his hand in the window, and racing speedily away. Pictures too of the police officer lurching out of the car to give chase.
“The wounded shooter, Commissioner Ross revealed, told police after his capture that he had mounted the attack in the name of Islam, that he believes that “the police defend laws that are contrary to Islam.” The man apparently wanted to talk only about his devotion to Islam.
“Undaunted by anything he’d heard so far, Mayor Kenny then came to the microphone and declared: “In no way, shape or form does anybody in this room believe that Islam or the teaching of Islam” had anything to do with the attack. “This was a criminal with a stolen gun.”
“Mr. Kenny’s tone was fervent. Out of this event—involving a murderous assault on a police officer, and a heroic response by that officer—the mayor, awash in excitation, had divined what was, for him, the most important concern of this day. Namely, persuading citizens that this attack had nothing to do with allegiance to Islam.
“It added to the surreal wonders of this scene that, immediately after the mayor’s pronouncement, the commander of the police department’s homicide unit calmly took the microphone. Capt. James Clark reported that the shooter (later identified as 30-year-old Edward Archer) had said, repeatedly, that he followed Allah, that he pledged allegiance to Islamic State and “That is the reason I did what I did.”
“The mayor’s comments, so bizarre in their determined denial of the deluge of facts delivered by top police officials standing next to him, were, nonetheless, familiar enough. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (1/12/16)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin Show, Americans should forget about the State of the Union speech and not give President Obama a captive audience for his Castro like speeches. The State of our Union sucks under Obama, so why should Americans be cowed into watching it? Obama is just going to talk about how he created a paradise and how it would have been better if the opposition would just gotten out of his way.
“Also, Reince Priebus is a joke; he was asked about Sen. Ted Cruz’s citizenship and won’t even comment about it. In addition, Sen. Mitch McConnell won’t have the Senate declare Cruz a citizen because he and the establishment despise him. This is the muddle put together to get rid of Cruz by the establishment and the left. This is no different from when Ronald Reagan was attacked by the establishment when he was running. The establishment will not roll over and will pour more money into Jeb Bush’s campaign and attack conservatives. Conservatives must press forward with their agenda against Hillary, the left, and Republican moderates.”
Also: Allahpundit, HotAir: “Mitch McConnell: Why no, the Senate won’t pass a resolution affirming Cruz’s eligibility like it did for McCain”
“A leftover from Sunday that I missed yesterday. If you’re going to stand on the Senate floor and call the majority leader a liar and a crony, I guess you shouldn’t be surprised when he won’t do you a favor.
Although … this is sort of a favor to Cruz, isn’t it? Every time he gets to tell his fans that it’s McCain or McConnell who’s behind the attacks on eligibility rather than Trump, it makes it easier for populist voters to dismiss them out of hand.
‘Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says the upper chamber won’t issue a resolution on whether Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is constitutionally eligible to run for president.
‘I just don’t think the Senate ought to get into the middle of this,’ McConnell said Sunday on ABC’s ‘This Week.’ ‘These guys will all slug it out in Iowa and New Hampshire. ‘We’ll have a nominee hopefully by sometime in the spring…
“The Senate previously issued a resolution [in 2008] confirming then-nominee John McCain’s eligibility to serve as president. The Arizona senator was born on a military base in Panama to American parents.
“Actually, that may be a favor twice over. . .”
John Batchelor (1/12/16)
“Monday 11 January 2016 / Hour 1, Block C: Gordon Chang, Forbes. com; in re: China goes to war. The PLA – Peoples Liberation Army – owes fealty to the Communist Party, not the Chinese people. Hsin hua: Pres Xi Jinping has ordered China’s four military agencies to come up with new departments – to prepare for war. Not old-style boilerplate gibberish; rather, apparently a real attempt to prepare for war. The Hindu, Adm Scott Swift asks why China is deploying submarines on antipiracy missions?? A four-star US admiral now signals that we’re aware. alert, and displeased. Japan looking at extending its operation into the South China Sea – with the US (treaty allies) and with Australia a and India. All three East Asian nations collaborating to protect the Law of the Sea. China is enraged. The B-52 flies out of Guam in response to DPRK nuclear bomb test – which we do every time they test a nuclear weapon, to reassure the fearful South Korea; North Korea squeals. China notices that the US could reach Beijing as well as Pyongyang, which annoys, but they also like the fact that whenever we fly a B-52 thereabouts Washington pays some sort of obeisance to Beijing. Chinese technocrats used to be revered worldwide, but that ended with their very poor financial management. Observers globally worried about China’s ability to manage the nation, its economy, its functioning. We need to be ashamed of what some American CEOs have said about China – from craven to impossible; but that’s shifting. “This is like popcorn in a microwave: silence for a long time, then one or two kernels pop, then all hell breaks loose.” In Aug 2011 a Chinese general blurted out that China is planning a surprise attack on the US.”