Help American Vets, VF/CFL Meeting.
GOP: GOLDBERG – Caucuses a subsidy; ANTLE – Fire at Clinton; YORK – Trump’s major gamble; McCARTHY – Thin-skinned tyrant; GLICK – Cruz & American restoration.
LEADS: HATTEM – Delayed emails; SCHACHTEL – West Bank goods.
PA: SNYDER, Ups & Downs.
END NOTES: LEVIN (01/28/16)
Help for Veterans
Valley Forge Park has 5.4 empty miles and money to build huts for guys who suffered 200+ years ago. Room for vets??????
VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS & CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY
REACHING OUT TO HELP HOMELESS VETERANS
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.
We at Valley Forge Patriots & Citizens for Liberty are trying to help. We are asking for donations of food, gently used warm clothing and blankets.
If you have anything you would like to donate and you are going to our Feb. 3 event at King Of Prussia Vol. Fire House , please bring it with you.
If unable to attend that event (but, you really, really should!), feel free to contact Janet Warnsdorfer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 469-3268.
February 3rd, VFTP, CFL: WHEN: Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 7-9 PM. WHERE: King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company, 170 Allendale Road, King of Prussia, PA, 19406. 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!)
CITIZENS FOR LIBERTY/VALLEY FORGE PATRIOTS IS PROUD TO PRESENT
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.
GOP . . .
“. . .Cruz is, to borrow Margaret Thatcher’s term, a conviction politician. He isn’t in politics to make a deal. He is in politics to make a difference. . . “
“On the one hand, Trump continuously insists that as president he will be the greatest thing that ever happened to Israel.
“But on the second hand, a month ago, he told Jewish Republicans that he won’t recognize that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and blamed Israel for the absence of peace with the Palestinians.
“But on the third hand, a week ago, he told an evangelical Christian reporter that he backs moving the US embassy to Jerusalem “one hundred percent.”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Iowa Caucuses: A Subsidy for Iowa’s Political Establishment”
“. . . It’s a lot like school-board elections in many cities. Teachers unions do not like high turnout because they know they can control the results if they are the only ones who show up on Election Day.
“That’s not true this year, of course, because high turnout is required to beat Senator Ted Cruz, who has publicly opposed federal subsidies for ethanol.
“We’ll come back to Cruz in a moment. But first, ethanol.
“Nearly half of all corn in Iowa goes into ethanol production, because Washington says we all have to put it in our gas tanks, and Iowa is the Saudi Arabia of corn. Almost no one else benefits from ethanol. It’s not good for our cars’ mileage or longevity. It’s not good for the environment (many environmental groups oppose the mandate). It’s not good for food prices (every ear of corn you put in your gas tank is one more you can’t feed to a child or to livestock). “The stuff is government moonshine, and like moonshine in the 19th century, it’s sold as snake oil for what ails ya. “Ted Cruz recognizes this and had the temerity to say so in Iowa. He’s more diplomatic than I am, but he’s basically stuck to his principle that government shouldn’t be subsidizing an industry that wouldn’t survive in the free market and that is propped up by the grasping political class in Iowa.
“The graspers took note, and there’s a short distance between a grasp and a fist. Terry Branstad, Iowa’s Republican governor-for-life, broke the custom of neutrality and singled out Cruz. Branstad said Cruz “hasn’t supported renewable fuels and I think it would be a big mistake for Iowa to support him.”
“Whatever you think of Cruz, it would be a shame for Branstad’s gambit to be perceived as successful, because it all but guarantees that no presidential candidate, running in Iowa, will ever oppose the mandate again.
“Ironically, Donald Trump, who has pandered to Big Corn even more than most of his competitors, needs a record-breaking turnout to put Cruz away in Iowa. But the ethanol subsidy isn’t the reason we should get rid of the caucuses, it’s an illustration of the problem.
“We’ve created a monster. It hasn’t always picked the winner, but they all bent the knee to an un-representative cabal of consultants, politicians, and plutocrats. In effect, the Iowa caucuses are a subsidy for the Iowa political establishment.
“Get rid of that subsidy, and maybe some others will go with it. . .”
James Antle, III, Washington Examiner: “Without Trump, candidates aim fire at Clinton, not each other”
“DES MOINES — In the absence of Donald Trump, Republican presidential contenders turned their fire on Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the Democrats rather than each other.
“The first primetime Republican presidential debate without the billionaire businessman featured more policy and fewer personal attacks as seven leading candidates made their closing arguments Thursday night, only days before the Iowa caucuses.
“But that doesn’t mean that the man Fox News co-moderator Megyn Kelly called the ‘elephant not in the room’ was totally without impact on the event. His name was mentioned whenever one of the debaters wanted to go for some comic relief. And immigration, the issue has defined Trump’s campaign, led to the most fireworks. . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “At veterans’ event, Trump’s biggest gamble”
“DES MOINES, Iowa — The Donald Trump who appeared onstage at Drake University Thursday night — just two miles from the Republican presidential debate he was boycotting — was a different Donald Trump from the man who stars in rowdy rallies on the campaign trail.
“The Trump at Drake’s Sheslow Auditorium said not a word about the polls that are his ongoing obsession. (Actually, that’s not entirely true — he mentioned the polls, but without the sheer numerical intensity he usually displays.)
“Trump also shared the stage with others — not just with Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, who came to the event after the GOP undercard debate, but also with John Wayne Walding, a retired Green Beret who lost a leg in Afghanistan, and with Diamond and Silk, a pair of North Carolina sisters who make pro-Trump YouTube videos and bill themselves as “African-American women … voicing their opinions about media bias, political babble and repetitive political tactics …”
“Finally, Trump didn’t call anybody stupid — that is, he dialed back the rhetoric that marks the usual Trump rally performance. In his remarks, Trump focused mostly on veterans and announced that he had, so far, raised $6 million for veterans’ causes, mostly from a few big contributions from Trump friends, including $1 million from himself.
“In other words, Trump promised a different sort of event, and that’s what took place at Drake.
What did not play out on the stage was the fact that the veterans event was the biggest gamble of Trump’s campaign so far. . .”
(Replay) Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Donald Trump: Thin-Skinned Tyrant”
“Is Donald Trump the sharia of American politics? I’m having trouble finding much daylight between Islamic law’s repressive blasphemy standards and the mogul’s thin-skinned sense of privilege.
“None of us wants to be insulted or smeared. But sharia forbids not only ridicule or slander against Islam; it bans any examination that casts Islam in an unflattering light. Worse, truth is not a defense: Even if one’s questions are based on undeniable past actions or verbatim quotes from scripture, tough questioning is considered blasphemous. Retribution, moreover, is often completely out of proportion to the scale of the perceived ‘offense.’
“How is Trump different? . . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430393/donald-trump–thin-skinned-tyrant
Caroline Glick, RCP: “Ted Cruz’s American Restoration”
“Under President Barack Obama, the United States has been fundamentally transformed. From the land of the free and the home of the brave, seven years into the Obama presidency, America acts like the land of the overregulated and the home of the risk averse.
“In the Middle East, the new America is treacherous, and pathetic. It is despised by its allies and scorned by its enemies.
“Consider the state of America’s relations with Saudi Arabia.
“Following US Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Vienna last week, where together with his European sidekicks he met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif and announced the end of the international sanctions against Iran, the top US diplomat traveled to Saudi Arabia.
“The purpose of the trip was to demonstrate America’s continued commitment to its chief ally in the Persian Gulf.
“It was a bluff and no one fell for it.
“The deal Obama and Kerry concluded with Iran sells Saudi Arabia and the rest of the US’s allies in the Middle East down the river. Quite simply, you cannot be pro-Iranian and pro-Israel or pro-Arab Gulf states at the same time. . .”
LEADS . . .
Julian Hattem, The Hill: “State to release some Clinton emails on Friday; thousands still delayed”
“The State Department on Friday will release roughly 2,000 pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails, but will delay the final batch of messages until after voters go to the polls in early primary states.
“In a court filing late on Thursday evening, the department insisted that it “regrets” its inability to publish the final 7,000 pages on Friday, as a federal court ordered it to do last year.
“Yet it defended the delay, blaming an internal oversight and the snowstorm that crippled Washington in the past week.
“As part of the process of making the emails public, the State Department is required to have other agencies review Clinton’s emails to check if any information should be redacted or marked as classified.
“According to the department, it simply “missed” sending roughly 7,000 pages of emails to other agencies, and did not notice the oversight until earlier this month. Its efforts to correct the problem were further delayed by the snowstorm, which closed the federal government through Wednesday.
“The department has not even sent out documents to 12 agencies to review, it said. . .”
Jordan Schachtel, Breitbart: “Obama Joins Israel Boycott, Labels West Bank Goods”
“In a step towards joining an Israel boycott, the U.S. is now requiring goods originating from the West Bank (also known as Judea and Samaria) to be labeled separately from products from the rest of Israel, following the European Union’s crackdown on products from the disputed territories “The U.S. Customs and Border Protection service, which falls under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has issued new mandates requiring that West Bank products not be marked “Israel,” citing a notice from the year 1997 that offers such instructions.
“The memo from DHS, titled, ‘West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirements,’ reads:
‘The purpose of this message is to provide guidance to the trade community regarding the country of origin marking requirements for goods that are manufactured in the West Bank.’
“According to the instructions, ‘It is not acceptable to mark’ goods from the West Bank as having been from ‘Israel,’ ‘Made in Israel,’ or from ‘Occupied Territories-Israel.’
“In its statement, U.S. Customs threatens, ‘goods that are erroneously marked as products of Israel will be subject to an enforcement action carried out by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.’ . . .”
PA . . .
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: “1/29 Ups & Downs”
Kathleen Kane. Undoubtedly the biggest shock of the week was the Harper Poll showing Kane leading the Democratic field of Attorney General candidates. All of a sudden, her threat to run for re-election seems viable. Additionally, it appears that the State Senate’s attempt to kick her out of office has lost some steam as the State House is looking into impeachment instead. For the first time in months, there is a sliver of a chance that Kane will her referendum on the ballot and not in a courtroom.
“Tom Wolf. It’s looking like the Governor has decided that the 2015 budget battle will be carried over into the 2016 budget process. In an interview this week, Gov. Wolf warned that a “train wreck” was coming. That, of course, is a huge problem for him. If the state is forced into severe financial distress, he’ll take the heat as the leader and most visible figure in the government. Proving that point was a new Franklin & Marshall poll which found Wolf’s approval numbers trailing Corbett’s at this point in his tenure. Worst of all, two-thirds of Pennsylvanians think the state is currently on the wrong track. The Governor doesn’t have much more time until voters start blaming him for the mess.
“Joe Sestak. The good news for Sestak is that during the week two separate polls, Harper and Franklin & Marshall, showed him in the lead. The bad news is that neither lead was particularly large. At this point, it’s also unclear how much of Sestak’s advantage comes from name recognition since he was the 2014 Democratic Senate nominee. So while the former Congressman is still ahead three months out, the large numbers of undecided voters shows that McGinty and even Fetterman are still very much in the race.
“Bill Shuster. Last week, GOP primary challenger Art Halvorson unveiled some impressive staff hires. In response, yesterday Congressman Bill Shuster announced the endorsement of his colleague and fellow Transportation and Infrastructure Committee member Mark Meadows. The importance of Meadows’ support comes from the fact that he was a founding member of the Freedom Caucus, which should provide some protection on Shuster’s right flank.
“Pat Meehan. What the campaign giveth, the campaign taketh away. Last month, one of Meehan’s potential Democratic opponents switched elections. On Monday, however, he found out that businessman Stan Casacio would be running in the GOP primary. Given Meehan’s margin of victory in 2014, a primary is a bigger threat to him than the general election and Casacio is already hitting him for supposedly being too moderate. As a result, 2016 could be a tougher year than Meehan anticipated.
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin, 1/28/16)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, This has never been a battle between Donald Trump and Fox News. Trump made a calculated political decision, not to avoid Megyn Kelly, but to avoid the debate format where he might be the target, when the polls show him leading in Iowa just days before the caucus. Trump believes it is too risky to participate in a debate that would target him. Now, Ted Cruz is going to be the one to bear most of the media scrutiny and Trump will get a free pass.
“Also, if not now when will the Republican candidates take their case to the American people? This election is not about the candidates but about us. The Democrats are so extreme and President Obama’s policy is so unpopular that its perfect timing for Republican candidates to take a conservative agenda to the American people, yet this is being lost. Instead of focusing on real issues, candidates and supposed conservative media outlets are focusing on attacks.
“Finally, Obama is now joining in boycotting goods from the West Bank in Israel. Now any goods from West Bank can’t be listed as being from Israel. “
“This is what happens when America focuses on stupid stuff instead of real issues like this.”