2nd Amendment Rally, West Chester TEA, VF/CFL Meeting.
ZITO – American discontent; KAPLAN – Europe’s medieval map.
LEADS: SCHWARTZ – Kerry vs. Bibi; LIFSON – BS about capture; HEINE – Benghazi rescuers turned back; HAYES & JOSCELYN – Freed terrorists; ARNSDORF – Rubio lets them stay.
PA: HOHMANN – Islamist seed.
END NOTES: WILLIAMSON – NY values; McCARTHY – Aggressive scripture; Media marriages.
Gun Rally Turnout (Janet)
“The gun rally that was held on Saturday in Media at Providence Rd. & Baltimore Pike had a much better turnout than the anti-immigrant rally. We had about 100-150 come. This one was very uplifting! We had a LOT of good response with horn honking and thumbs up! The other side never showed up.
“Here is an article about it, although it does lean left (surprise, surprise!!!).
West Chester TEA Party
7PM, January 20th, East Goshen Twp Building, 1580 Paoli Pike
Our subject matter will be on the 2nd amendment led by Phil Duffy 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
February 3rd, VFTP, CFL:
WHEN: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 WHERE: King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company, 170 Allendale Road, King of Prussia, PA, 19406.
TIME: 7-9 (doors open 6:30) Mark your calendars and plan on joining us for this informative session on a very important and timely subject! SPREAD THE WORD – ALL ARE WELCOME – FREE! We will also have a free potluck dinner buffet (Feel free to bring something to share or just enjoy!)
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David P. Ward is a Director with the National Association of Former Border Patrol Agents, an organization of former Border Patrol Supervisors and Managers, which advocates secure borders and interior immigration enforcement. David has over 33 years field experience with the US Department of Homeland Security and US Border Patrol, as an agent and field manager of enforcement operations. His experience is unique in that it covers both Border Security issues and Interior Enforcement.
David is considered a Subject Matter Expert and has been featured on local and national media broadcasts, in addition to live audience conferences and seminars regarding Border Security and Immigration Enforcement.
“It’s been an interesting 24 hours, where Donald Trump and Andrew Cuomo and New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio and Hillary Clinton have all demanded an apology because they’re apparently unhappy about people acknowledging that they have embraced New York values. So I’ve heard their demands, and I am happy to give them an apology. I apologize to the millions of New Yorkers who have been abandoned by liberal politicians…” Ted Cruz
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Does Anyone Believe Trump Seriously Cares about Whether Ted Cruz Is a Natural-Born Citizen?”
“I find this birther stuff to be a lot like women’s prison movies: compelling, entertaining, and totally ridiculous. Other than the presidency, there’s no place in American life where the distinction between “naturalized” and “natural-born” citizenship matters. But imagine if it did? Imagine that your American-born mother just happened to give birth to you in Canada or Belize while on vacation. Your American-born mom and dad bring you home days later and raise you exactly as they would have had they been in Cleveland the whole time. Now imagine there are also all sorts of jobs you are barred from having. Not only can you not be president, but you can’t be, say, a chiropodist or an embalmer. Pick your restrictions: You can’t go to certain colleges or you can’t get the best ESPN bundle. Americans born abroad can’t buy basset hounds. Unless you were born here, you can’t get cheese on your hamburger. Whatever. It really doesn’t matter.” www.nationalreview.com/article/429865/ted-cruz-natural-born-citizen-trump-issue
Salena Zito, RCP: “Obama Sired America’s Discontent”
“Commuters driving Pittsburgh’s old Lincoln Highway alignment last week caught the last glimpse of the pillars of steam from the Shenango coke plant on Neville Island.
“Nearly 60 years after the furnace started producing coke for the once-booming steel industry that personified America’s strength and work ethic, it is closing — affecting 173 union and non-union employees — as yet another business that made things ends its run.
“Days later, Pittsburgh-based Koppers, which converts steel-production waste into carbon-based chemicals for aluminum, vinyl and wood preservatives, announced that 52 employees would lose their jobs when it shuts its Clairton plant this spring.
“Both life-changing events for long-term employees served as bookends to President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday. Among the many things he mocked in it: anyone who denies that he led a national economic resurgence.
“‘Anyone claiming that America’s economy is in decline is peddling fiction,’ he said. He shamelessly went on to embellish statistics, claiming 14 million new jobs, including 900,000 manufacturing jobs.
Afterward, FactCheck.org showed that it’s more like 9 million jobs, many of them lower-paying service jobs. And, over Obama’s time in office, manufacturing jobs have plummeted by 230,000.
In short, if you ‘made’ something in the Obama economy, you lost your job; if you ‘served’ someone, you got a job — but probably needed two, so you could make ends meet. . .”
Robert Kaplan, WSJ: “Europe’s New Medieval Map”
“As the European Union unravels, the continent is reverting to divisions that go back centuries
“. . . Europe, whose economy rivals that of the U.S. as the largest in the world, remains an asset and an ally, but it is also a profound problem. The pressing question is how to manage it.
Europe’s divisions were visible for decades as the EU worked to expand its boundaries and practical reach. There were those countries inside the EU and those outside; those inside the borderless zone of free travel (the Schengen Area) and those outside; those able to manage the financial rigors of the eurozone and those unable to do so.
“What is less appreciated is the deep roots of these divisions in the continent’s history and geography. The sturdy core of modern Europe approximates in large measure the Carolingian Empire founded by Charlemagne in the ninth century. The first Holy Roman Emperor, he ruled the lands from the North Sea down through the Low Countries and radiating outward to Frankfurt, Paris, Milan and so on. The weaker cousins of this Europe extend along the Mediterranean, from the Iberian peninsula to southern Italy and the historically less-developed Balkans, heirs to the Byzantine and Ottoman traditions.
“During the decades following World War II, this divide was suppressed because of Europe’s relative isolation from its “near abroad”—that is, from the regions of North Africa and Eurasia that, for centuries, did so much to shape the distinctive character of the continent’s periphery. Today that wider geography can no longer be ignored, as Europe’s various regions adopt very different attitudes to the threats posed by Russia’s bullying under President Vladimir Putin, the flood of refugees from the Middle East and the latest terrorist outrages at home and abroad. It has become clear that the centralization imposed for decades by the EU and its distant, unrepresentative bureaucracy hasn’t created a unitary Europe. Indeed, it has created a powerful backlash across the continent, one that the EU can survive only by figuring out how better to establish its legitimacy among its diverse nations.
“The geographical defenses that shielded Europe during the postwar era no longer hold. When the great mid-20th-century French geographer Fernand Braudel wrote his classic work on the Mediterranean, he didn’t treat the sea itself as Europe’s southern border. That, he suggested, was the Sahara. Today, as if to prove him right, migrant caravans assemble across North Africa, from Algeria to Libya, for the demographic invasion of Europe proper. The Balkans, too, have resumed their historic role as a corridor of mass migration toward Europe’s center, the first stop for millions of refugees fleeing the collapsed regimes of Iraq and Syria.
“Europe thus now finds itself facing an unhappy historical irony: The decades in which it was able to develop its high ideals of universal human rights, including the right of the distressed to seek havens in Europe, was made possible, it is now clear, by the oppressive regimes that once held sway on its periphery. The Arab world was slammed shut for decades by prison states whose dictator-wardens kept their people in order. Saddam Hussein in Iraq, the Assad family in Syria, Muammar Qaddafi in Libya—they allowed Europe to have its idealistic cake and eat it, too.
“Worse for European unity, geography and history have conspired to make some regions of the continent more vulnerable to the flood of migrants and refugees than others. As Germany and parts of Scandinavia lay down a very tentative welcome mat, Central European countries like Hungary and Slovenia erect new razor-wire fences. The Balkans, virtually separated from the rest of Europe by war and underdevelopment in the 1990s, have now been dealt another blow by the anarchy in the Middle East. At the southeastern extremity of Europe, Greece, once a poor Ottoman province, has seen its economic crisis exacerbated by its unlucky position as the gateway for hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing the Arab world’s turmoil. . .”
LEADS . . .
Sharona Schwartz, The Blaze: “John Kerry Says the Middle East Is ‘Safer’ Thanks to Iran Deal Implementation — But That’s Not What Netanyahu Says.”
“. . . The Israeli leader vowed that his government would monitor ‘all of Iran’s international violations, including regarding the nuclear agreement, the ballistic missile agreement and terrorism.’
He also urged other countries to ‘enact severe and aggressive sanctions against each violation.’
“‘Were it not for our efforts to lead sanctions and thwart Iran’s nuclear program, Iran would have had nuclear weapons some time ago. Israel’s policy is exactly as it has been – not to allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapon,’ Netanyahu added.
“The U.N.’s nuclear agency on Saturday certified Iran had met all of its commitments under the international nuclear agreement, allowing the lifting of U.S. nuclear-related sanctions.
“In a statement issued Saturday night, Netanyahu’s office warned that ‘Iran has not abandoned its aspirations to acquire nuclear weapons and continues to destabilize the Middle East and spread terrorism throughout the world.’
“Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said the implementation of the deal marked “a new and dangerous time in which Iran is free of most economic sanctions without having to stop its nuclear plan and without having to give explanations about its military activity as it had to in the past.”
Also: FIDF (Friends of Israel Defense Forces) . . .
information at http://fidf.org/page.aspx?pid=295.
Contact Tzvia Wexler, Executive Director, Pennsylvania & Southern New Jersey
Thomas Lifson, American Thinker: “Calling BS on the official story of the Iranian capture of two US riverine boats”
Thx Barb! Instant replay: “13 Hours” . . .
“I rarely pull out my dusty old trident, but in this case, here goes. I was a Navy SEAL officer in the 1980s, and this kind of operation (transiting small boats in foreign waters) was our bread and butter. Today, these boats both not only had radar, but multiple GPS devices, including chart plotters that place your boat’s icon right on the chart. The claim by Iran that the USN boats “strayed into Iranian waters” is complete bull$#it.
“For an open-water transit between nations, the course is studied and planned in advance by the leaders of the Riverine Squadron, with specific attention given to staying wide and clear of any hostile nation’s claimed territorial waters. The boats are given a complete mechanical check before departure, and they have sufficient fuel to accomplish their mission plus extra. If, for some unexplainable and rare circumstance one boat broke down, the other would tow it, that’s why two boats go on these trips and not one! It’s called ‘self-rescue’ and it’s SOP.
“This entire situation is in my area of expertise. I can state with complete confidence that both Iran and our own State Department are lying. The boats did not enter Iranian waters. They were overtaken in international waters by Iranian patrol boats that were so superior in both speed and firepower that it became a “hands up!” situation, with automatic cannons in the 40mm to 76mm range pointed at them point-blank. Surrender, hands up, or be blown out of the water. I assume that the Iranians had an English speaker on a loudspeaker to make the demand. This takedown was no accident or coincidence, it was a planned slap across America’s face.
“Just watch. The released sailors will be ordered not to say a word about the incident, and the Iranians will have taken every GPS device, chart-plotter etc off the boats, so that we will not be able to prove where our boats were taken.
“The ‘strayed into Iranian waters’ story being put out by Iran and our groveling and appeasing State Dept. is utter and complete BS from one end to the other . . .”
Debra Heine, PJM: Report: U.S. Rescue Team Was on Its Way to Benghazi, But Was Turned Back”
“The evidence is overwhelming that the United States had several rescue teams ready to go during the 2012 Benghazi attacks, but someone — possibly the president himself — prevented them from acting. So said Emmy Award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson to talk show host Steve Malzberg in an interview on Wednesday.
“This week on her show, “Full Measure,” Attkisson looked into the aborted rescue mission in an in-depth two-part report, “Rescue Interrupted,” which you can watch here and here. She spoke with a Green Beret commander who told her that there were actually Special Forces on their way to Benghazi who were turned back.
“Col. Andrew Wood had once commanded a Special Forces anti-terrorism team protecting Ambassador Chis Stevens and other diplomats in Libya. In October of 2012, Woods told Congress that one month before the attacks in Benghazi, his team had been removed from Libya by the Obama administration, despite the numerous warnings of impending terrorist attacks. Wood told Attkisson that Special Forces (the ones mentioned in the “spinning up” email from Jeremy Bash) were on their way to Benghazi, but were ordered to turn back.
“‘Those individuals I know loaded aircraft and got on their way to Benghazi to respond to that incident. They were not allowed to cross the border as per protocol until they got approval from the commander in chief,’ Wood explained. ‘That authority has to come from him or they’re not allowed to enter the country.’. . . .”
Also: Washington Times: “Hillary’s costly ‘13 Hours’”
“A new Benghazi movie revisits a spectacle of irresponsible leadership
“Despite everything President Obama and Hillary Clinton do, Benghazi just won’t stay buried. The most explosive debacle of the Obama presidency, which dramatically exposed the folly and deceit of Mr. Obama’s strategy of “leading from behind,” comes now to the silver screen. The movie threatens to severely damage the presidential plans of his former secretary of state. The movie might even determine whether Hillary’s path leads to the White House or the Big House. . .”
Stephen Hayes & Thomas Joscelyn, WSJ: “The Terrorists Freed by Obama”
Another entry on his and Val’s resumes . . .
“The president has misled the American people about the detainees released from Guantanamo: Dozens are jihadists ready to kill.
“The Obama administration in recent days has proclaimed a “milestone” in its efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after achieving its long-held goal of reducing the remaining population to fewer than 100 detainees. With the expedited release this month of 14 detainees, the total now stands at 93.
“This is nothing to celebrate.
“In reducing these numbers, the White House has freed dangerous terrorists and set aside military and intelligence assessments warning about the risks of doing so. The Obama administration has deceived recipient countries about the threats posed by the jihadists they’ve accepted. And President Obama has repeatedly misled the American people about Guantanamo, the detainees held there, and the consequences of releasing them. . .”
Also – WSJ: “Iran’s Hostage Triumph”
“The U.S. pays a steep ransom for the release of four innocents.
“The White House agreed to pardon or drop charges against seven Iranian nationals charged with or convicted of crimes in the U.S., mostly for violating sanctions designed to retard Iran’s military or nuclear programs. Iran gets back men who were assisting its military ambitions while we get innocents. This is similar to the lopsided prisoner swaps that Mr. Obama previously made with Cuba for Alan Gross and the Taliban for alleged deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
“The U.S. didn’t resolve the case of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in 2007. Iran claims it doesn’t know where he is. Iran also refused to release its newest hostage, oil-industry executive Siamak Namazi, who was detained in October and accused of espionage though no charges have been brought. Perhaps he’ll be held for some future ransom.
“The Obama Administration also agreed to drop the names of 14 Iranian nationals from an Interpol watch list. . .”
Isaac Arnsdorf, Politico: “Rubio: Law-abiding undocumented immigrants could stay”
“Sen. Marco Rubio says people who immigrated to the U.S. illegally but haven’t committed any major crimes could be allowed to stay.
“In an interview airing Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, the Florida Republican contender for the presidency said felons shouldn’t be allowed to stay, but those who commit lesser crimes could still qualify. He didn’t specify if the people allowed to stay would ever be able to become citizens.
“‘If you’re a criminal alien, no, you can’t stay. If you’re someone that hasn’t been here for a very long time, you can’t stay,’ he said. ‘I don’t think you’re gonna round up and deport 12 million people.’
“Rubio’s somewhat fluid position on immigration has been a target for his opponents because he was part of the Gang of Eight lawmakers who worked on the 2013 immigration reform bill, which included a path to citizenship.
“‘If circumstances change or you learn something along the way, it’s reasonable to say, ‘Maybe a different approach will work better,’’ Rubio said. “So for example, on immigration it is clear no comprehensive solution to immigration is going to pass.’ . . .” http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/marco-rubio-immigrants-217895
PA . . .
Leo Hohmann, WND: “Islamist running 140 tax-funded charter schools in U.S.”
“Casts broad net of influence over lawmakers
“Muhammad Fethullah Gülen is a Turkish Islamist, writer and preacher with a secret plan for bringing Shariah law to America.
“Arguably Turkey’s most influential spiritual leader of the past 50 years, Gülen left that country in the late 1990s and now directs his cult-like Islamic movement from a guarded compound in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.
“Part of his empire consists of a thriving network of more than 140 charter schools in 26 states that sell themselves to parents as a secular and more academically rigorous alternative to public schools.
“As the second largest chain of charter schools in the United States, Gülen schools rake in tens of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars every year.
“But the schools, which have nondescript names like Horizon Science Academies in Illinois, Harmony School of Excellence in Washington, D.C., and Magnolia Science Academies in California, have long been the subject of investigations into alleged corruption scandals involving conflicts of interest, influence peddling and visa abuse.
“USA Today reported recently that the Gülen faith movement secretly funded 200 overseas trips for congressional lawmakers and staff since 2008.
“Turkish leaders have asked the United States to extradite Gülen from the remote compound in rural Pennsylvania where he has lived for 20 years. . .” (emph added, jb)
END NOTES . . .
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “‘New York Values’”
“. . . When Ronald Reagan was elected, 74 percent of the U.S. population lived in cities; today it is 82 percent. From 2000 to 2010, the nation’s population grew by 9.7 percent — but the city population grew by 12.1 percent. And those urbanites are not entirely pleased with the Democratic monopolies that govern most of them: In Flint, the Democrats are literally poisoning the children; in Atlanta, the schools are so corrupt that teachers and administrators had to be sent to prison; elsewhere, urban Americans are literally up in arms (Molotov cocktails, at least) over their treatment at the hands of the city powers they interact with most often: the police. New York City is sliding back into pre-Giuliani chaos.
“And what are Republicans doing? Sneering at ‘New York values,’ when they should be seeking to satisfy the best of those values, such as the entrepreneurial spirit and the hunger for advancement — which are, after all, the best of American values, too.” www.nationalreview.com/article/429894/ted-cruz-new-york-values-republicans-cities
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “The Problem with Islam Is Aggressive Scripture, Not Aggressive ‘Traditionalism’”
“On the Corner this week, the eminent Jim Talent touted (with some reservations) an essay about “moderate Islam” by Cheryl Bernard. A Rand Institute researcher, she is also a novelist, a defender of war-ravaged cultures, and the wife of Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. ambassador to post-Taliban (or is it pre-Taliban?) Afghanistan. With due respect to Dr. Bernard, who does much heroic work, I believe the essay highlights what is wrong with Western academic analysis of Islam.
“The problem comes into focus in the very title of Senator Talent’s post, ‘Aggressive Traditionalism.’ That is the attribute of Islamic societies that Dr. Bernard blames for the frustration of her high hopes for “moderate Islam.” In truth, however, the challenge Islam poses for moderation is not its tradition; it is Islamic doctrine — the scriptural support for traditional sharia and Islamic supremacist ideology.
“I give Bernard credit. She is the unusual strategist who is willing to admit failure — in this instance, of the strategy of promoting “moderate Islam” as the antidote to “radical Islam.” But even this concession goes off the rails: She maintains that the strategy was somehow “basically sensible” despite being “off track in two critical ways.” The real problem, though, is not the two errors she identifies but the fatal flaw she fails to address: The happenstance that there are many moderate Muslims in the world does not imply the existence of a coherent “moderate Islam.” Try as she might, Bernard cannot surmount this doctrinal hurdle by blithely ignoring the centrality of doctrine to a belief system — without it, there is nothing to believe. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/429871/islam-problem-aggressive-scripture-not-aggressive-traditionalism
ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, National Security Adviser
CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications.
ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to former Whitehouse Press Secretary Jay Carney
ABC News and Univision reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to Katie Hogan, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary
CNN President Virginia Moseley is married to former Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Secretary Tom Nides.