Help American Vets, VF/CFL Meeting.
THE ECONOMIST – American primaries; McCARTHY – The Trumpless debate.
GOP: FREEMAN – Trump the GOP’s Obama; DOWD – Donald’s beauty; CARNEY –Rubio’s upside.
LEADS: CBS- No demotion for Petraeus; BOORSTEIN & EILPERIN – BO visits a mosque; BALZ & RUCKER – The Iowa test; NY POST – Hill’s walls crumble; SAMUELS – Sanctuary counties in Iowa.
END NOTES: BRODY – Weimar Redux; ZEOLI – Roger Stone.
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.
“. . .As National Review has catalogued, there are abundant reasons to reject the Trump candidacy. One, however, stands out above the rest: It is foolish to believe a word he says. . .”
The Economist: “America’s presidential primaries
“The brawl begins
Iowans will caucus in the opening round of America’s presidential tussle. Just over a week later, voters will gather in New Hampshire. From there the contest will move on towards Super Tuesday on March 1st, and beyond that to the conventions in July. It is the world’s greatest electoral tournament. It is not going to plan.
“Across America, political elites and moderate voters are in a state of disbelief. Hillary Clinton, as much part of the establishment as the Washington Monument, is under pressure from Bernie Sanders, a crotchety senator from Vermont who calls himself a democratic socialist. The sensible squad on the right—“Jeb!” Bush, Marco Rubio, John Kasich et al—have been impaled by the gimlet gibes of Ted Cruz and swamped by the sprawling, tumultuous diatribes of Donald Trump.
“The choice was supposed to be between a Bush and a Clinton—more a coronation than an election. Instead, the race for the world’s most powerful office has been more dramatically upended by outsiders than any presidential campaign in the past half-century. America, what on earth is going on?
“Bigger and brasher
“The United States is not the only country where the establishment is on the ropes. Britain’s Labour Party is in thrall to a man well to the left of Mr Sanders. In the first round of France’s recent regional elections, the far-right National Front won the largest vote. Populists are leading the polls in the Netherlands and running the government in Poland and Hungary. In politically correct Sweden, nativists are polling at 30%.
“Like voters across the West, Americans are angry—often for the same reasons. For years a majority of them have been telling pollsters that the country is heading in the wrong direction. Median wages have stagnated even as incomes at the top have soared. Cultural fears compound economic ones: in 2015 a Pew poll found that white Christians had become a minority in America. And in recent months, fears of terrorism have added a menacing ingredient to the populist brew (see pages 19-21).
“Though the trends are common, populism in America is especially potent. . .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “‘What Might Have Been’: The Substantive and Clarifying Trumpless Debate”
“What Rich Lowry tartly labeled “the Trumpless Debate” exposed the fracture of the Republican party’s base with a clarity that the Donald’s presence would not have allowed. “For those of us in the commentariat, the evening was a joy. It was an exhibition of substance and seriousness, a night of lively exchanges where quality candidates took shots at each other that were hard but fair. The Fox News moderators were no wallflowers, but they were clearly determined to make the night about the contestants: Questions were succinct; interruptions were reserved for moments when candidates were unresponsive or in denial over inconvenient, incontestable facts. It was a glimpse, as David French put it, at “what might have been” — without the blaring Trumpet of snark and bully bravado, it was as if Henry Gondorff had never crashed the old boys’ poker game. “But the thing is: Most people who have a stake in the Republican race are not in the commentariat. They are the people who have been ill-served by the old boys. They are no longer impressed by slick-sounding policy wonkery because they are finally on to the charade: The candidates say one thing to get elected and then do very different things once they’ve been elected.
“They like Trump precisely because of the wrench he has thrown in the works. He makes the pols and the press feel as powerless as the pols and the press have made them feel. He doesn’t care about the Beltway’s rules; Trump plays by his own and invites them, vicariously, to play along.
“That there is wisdom in the traditional electoral process, and that Trump’s own erratic self-dealing would eventually do great damage is, for now, beside the point. The people who vote Republican, or stay home if Republicans fail to move them, want an opposition party that actually opposes what is happening to the country — what is happening to them. The GOP has been AWOL . . . when not actively aiding and abetting President Obama. Trump is the haughty Beltway’s comeuppance, the Frankenstein of its own creation. That he has spent most of his life playing for the other team, that he would govern like Hillary Clinton after running like Huey Long, makes no difference at this moment. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430525/donald-trump-republican-debate-no-show
GOP . . .
James Freeman, WSJ: “Is Trump the Republican Obama?”
“Plus the U.S. slips in the economic freedom ranking.
“Will Donald Trump follow the Obama model of using or encouraging government to silence opponents? Kimberley Strassel notes the disturbing recent history: ‘In December Mr. Trump’s representatives sent a letter threatening litigation to a wealthy Florida businessman, Mike Fernandez, who ran an ad against the candidate in a local newspaper. Another Trump letter threatened to sue a political-action committee backing presidential rival John Kasich. The company StopTrump.us, which was selling anti-Trump merchandise, was another object of Mr. Trump’s litigious saber-rattling. He has also threatened lawsuits against newspapers, including this one. Mr. Trump in November threatened to sue The Wall Street Journal if it didn’t retract and apologize for an editorial that criticized him for not understanding the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The Journal refused, and his lawyer withdrew the threat.’
“Ms. Strassel adds that this ‘follows a lifetime of Mr. Trump’s using the judicial branch, or simply the threat of legal action, to try to silence his critics,’ including when he unsuccessfully ‘sued the author of a book that claimed he wasn’t really a billionaire.’ Our columnist concludes, ‘Mr. Trump is a fan of government power generally, as alarmed constitutional conservatives will tell anyone willing to listen. He has never offered deeply considered views about the office of the presidency—on its obligations, the limits of its power, the need to exercise restraint.’ . . .”
Maureen Dowd, NYT: “Here’s the Beauty of Trump”
“Maybe because Trump is so easily aggrieved himself, he has bonded with legions of aggrieved Americans. While others cast him as a bully, Trump cast himself Friday at a New Hampshire rally, with an Adele soundtrack, as a tender soul trying for self-actualization. “When somebody doesn’t treat you properly,” he said, talking about Fox News, “you gotta be tough, you gotta be strong. You can’t let them push you around.”
“The prolix plutocrat told me he tried to watch some of the debate after his event. ‘Without Trump, the debate is boring,’ he said. ‘Everything became about Jeb.’ And you know he thinks that’s boring. ‘I fell asleep.’
“I note that Fox’s Charles Krauthammer told the moderator Megyn Kelly that it was a relief to hear a palaver that was not full of ad hominem and insults.
“‘He’s a moron,’ Trump says.
“And certainly the candidates were relieved not to have Trump coiled like a cobra, with resting bitch face, looking for the right moment to spew venom. Jeb seemed comfortable for the first time with no Trump there ‘to steal his lunch money,’ as Fox News’s Chris Stirewalt put it.
“I ask what he thought of Ted Cruz mimicking him at the start of the debate, saying, ‘Everyone on this stage is stupid, fat and ugly, and Ben, you’re a terrible surgeon.’ Trump demurs about Carson: ‘I never said he was a bad doctor. I just said he was not as good as people thought.’
“Did he notice that Kelly was very tough on all the other candidates, too, I ask. Shouldn’t he stop using words in tweets and retweets like ‘bimbo’ and ‘lightweight’ about Kelly and stop retweeting pictures of her in provocative glamour shots or risk losing the support of some women? After all, his own wife, Melania, was a model who did those kinds of shots.
“‘Megyn’s a broadcaster,’ he replied briskly.
“Wouldn’t it be smarter to move beyond this feud? ‘I’m really rich and successful,’ he replied. ‘I don’t have to make up with everyone.’
I tell him that Newt Gingrich, who has praised him in the past, told Bill O’Reilly that people want to assess how stable a president will be when hit with crises, and Trump’s petulance about an admittedly juvenile Fox news release could “shrink” him. “Newt said that?” Trump said, sounding hurt.
“He’s a very sensitive guy, for a guy who can be very insensitive.
Tim Carney, Washington Examiner: “PARSING THE POLLS: Rubio has the most upside potential in Iowa”
“Donald Trump is leading Iowa according to the latest Des Moines Register poll. But his lead is within the margin of error, and there is plenty of reason to suspect the electorate is still very fluid.
“1) TRUMP’S LEAD IS VULNERABLE TO TURNOUT WEAKNESS
Trump’s lead is five points in this survey, that’s smaller than other recent surveys. It is widely assumed Ted Cruz will have a strong turnout operation (which is more crucial in caucus states than in primary states), and that Donald Trump will have a weak one. If these assumptions are true, that five point lead should be considered a tie — especially given the 4.4 percent margin of error in the poll.
“2) NEARLY HALF OF ELECTORATE IS PERSUADABLE
While only 10 percent of respondents declared themselves uncommitted or unsure, a lot more are actually up for grabs. A full 45 percent of respondents said they “could still be persuaded” to change their mind. This corresponds with my experience talking to voters this weekend.
“Trump supporters and Cruz supporters are less persuadable, more committed than average voters — 71 percent and 62 percent respectively, say their mind is made up. Rubio is just below average. That suggests that the remaining third of the electorate — those backing Ben Carson and the minor candidates — are only 41 percent mind made up.
“That puts about 14 percent of the electorate weakly attached to a minor candidate. There’s no guessing where that goes, but …
“3. RUBIO IS HAS THE MOST UPSIDE POTENTIAL
“Rubio wins on the second-choice contest, with 20 percent to Cruz’s 17 percent (Trump is in 4th place with 7 percent).
“Rubio has pulled ahead of Cruz in favorability (Carson is in first place in favorability). Rubio, at 21 percent, has the lowest unfavorability of anyone. Cruz’s favorables have fallen by 9 percent in the past month, but he’s still at 63 percent favorable.
“When asked whether voters would be enthusiastic or ‘okay’ with Rubio as the nominee, 58 percent said yes, putting him in a first place tie with Ben Carson. Cruz was third place with 56 percent. A full 37 percent said they would not be okay at all with Trump as the nominee. . .”
LEADS . . .
CBS: “Pentagon will not demote retired Gen. David Petraeus”
Hillary’s get-out-of jail cards . . . her case would require approval by two female lawyers plus Loretta Lynch, and Valerie Jarrett. Even Huma will skate. . .
“WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says it will not demote retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information while CIA director, an incident stemming from an affair with his biographer.
“The Army completed its review of his case and recommended no additional action,” Stephen C. Hedger, assistant defense secretary for legislative affairs, wrote the Senate Armed Services Committee on Friday. Given that review, Hedger said Defense Secretary Ash Carter “considers this matter closed.”
“The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter Saturday. The Pentagon had no further comment.
“Media reports had surfaced that indicated the Pentagon was considering downgrading Petraeus to a three-star general. Such a move, if taken, would have reduced his retirement salary. . .”
Michelle Boorstein & Juliet Eilperin, WaPo: “Obama to make first visit of his presidency to a U.S. mosque next week”
Put this on his resume . . . the SCOTUS job doesn’t come with a plane. . .
“President Obama will make the first visit during his presidency to a U.S. mosque, the White House announced Saturday, part of the administration’s push to promote religious tolerance at a time when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is growing.
“On Wednesday, the president will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore, a sprawling community center in the city’s western suburbs that serves thousands of people with a place of worship, a housing complex and schools, according to its website. It is one of the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest Muslim centers and describes itself as aspiring “to be the anchor of a growing Muslim community with diverse backgrounds, democratically governed, relating to one another with inclusiveness and tolerance, and interacting with neighbors in an Islamic exemplary manner.”
Also – Chuck Ross, Daily Caller: “The US Mosque Obama Has Chosen For His First Presidential Visit Has Deep Extremist Ties”
“The mosque is a member of a network of mosques controlled by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), a Muslim civil rights group named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terror case. Several executives with that organization were convicted of sending money to aid the terrorist group Hamas. (RELATED: Here’s A Map Of Radical Mosques In The U.S. [Interactive])
Dan Balz & Philip Rucker, WaPo: “The big Iowa test: Can Trump and Sanders turn enthusiasm into votes?”
“. . . The latest Des Moines Register-Bloomberg Politics poll, released Saturday night, showed Trump leading the Republican race at 28 percent, followed by Cruz at 23 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) at 15 percent and Ben Carson at 10 percent. Among Democrats, Clinton held a statistically insignificant lead over Sanders, 45 percent to 42 percent. The Iowa poll has had an excellent track record in past caucus cycles, particularly in its final measurement of the race.
“The most important unknown in the final hours was how many Iowans will turn out for the caucuses Monday evening. The bigger the numbers, the better for Trump and Sanders, according to projections by several campaigns. . .”
Was Hillary’s consideration of a SCOTUS nomination for Barry an attempted bribe?
“. . . State, the Associated Press reports, won’t release 22 of Clinton’s messages to the public because they contain too much most-secret information.
“OK: Clinton’s only promised that none of her e-mails were labeled “classified” — so she’s technically not a blatant liar.
“But US intelligence agencies have determined these message contain enough sensitive information that even blacking out whole passages isn’t enough to make them safe for public view.
“These e-mails are part of a trove of 7,000 pages — the last from Hillary’s private server the State Department was poring through — that were to be released this month.
“But State’s not done: Last week, it declared that the winter storm would cause a delay — conveniently until after Monday’s Iowa caucuses.
And this week, State added another delay: It got a late start in getting clearances from various intelligence agencies, so it now won’t finish until Feb. 29 — after the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.
“By holding the ‘top secret’ e-mails on her home-brew server, Clinton should be looking at 22 criminal counts. But her campaign is claiming she’s just a victim — of bureaucratic overclassification.
“Funny: Hillary’s staffers should have no way of knowing if that’s so — unless she let them view the e-mails, which would be another crime.
“At a minimum, there’s this: In just 11 months, the Clinton camp’s defense has gone from claiming ‘no classified’ material was ever on her private server to insisting nothing ‘marked’ classified was there to telling America that, well, it’s all ‘overclassified.’
“Not that Team Hillary is alone in lame-denial-land. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Friday that the FBI’s investigation ‘does not seem to be . . . trending’ in the direction of an indictment.
How the heck would he know? No one in the White House should be privy to what’s going on in this Justice Department probe.
“Unless, of course, information is being illegally leaked . . .
“To sum up: Hillary Clinton’s defense of her conduct is now reduced to technicalities; the State Department looks to be slow-walking the release of her e-mails with an eye on the campaign calendar — and the White House seems to know a bit too much about an unfolding investigation.
It’s almost like a coordinated coverup.
Robert Samuels, WaPo: “The GOP’s condemnation of ‘sanctuary cities’ is surprisingly awkward in Iowa”
“. . . In Iowa, at least 26 of the state’s 99 counties are deemed sanctuaries — including some of the state’s most conservative.
“The designation is an informal one, assigned by activists on both sides of the immigration debate. Governments are generally considered sanctuaries if local officials refuse to honor requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold onto suspected illegal immigrants arrested on minor charges while federal agents figure out their status.
“After a federal appeals court ruled in 2014 that these requests — known as ‘detainers’ — were optional, the American Civil Liberties Union alerted local sheriff’s departments that they would be subject to lawsuits if they held a citizen without a proper warrant. Nearly 300 jurisdictions nationwide, conservative and liberal, have opted not to take that risk.
“Typically, the decisions that lead to a community earning sanctuary status are made without fanfare or public debate. Instead, the refusal to cooperate with ICE usually comes from a police chief, a sheriff or a government attorney — not necessarily a politician looking to extend an act of mercy toward illegal immigrants. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Weimar Redux: Brody
“. . . MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa. Craig Ziemke has voted for Democrats all his life, including twice for President Barack Obama. Not this year.
“‘The whole country is going to hell,’ the 66-year-old retired factory worker said, standing against the bleachers at a high school gymnasium while waiting for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to arrive. Ziemke’s fury is deep: Roads and bridges in the U.S. are falling apart, jobs are scarce and the U.S. border is wide open, he says.
“‘We’re letting all these people into the country. No one even knows who the hell they are,’ he said. ‘We don’t need any more Arabs. The United States, anymore, is just a dumping ground for everyone.’
“Ziemke plans to caucus for a Republican on Monday – and likely for Trump, ‘the only one with brains,’ he said. . .” http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article57273748.html#storylink=cpy
We have followed for eight years a liar, braggart, rule-breaker, and mirror-watcher. An identical personality now leads the GOP. Trump easily waltzes through doors that Obama opened. (The public thought may be that one side has had their bully, now it’s time for us to have a different one.) And Petraeus will not be demoted but neither will Hillary.
Germany had a parallel situation, the Weimar Republic from 1918-1933, beginning with the WWI treaties and ending with the election of the socialist, Adolph Hitler.
Weimar was financially broken by losing a war that had been financed on debt; she also faced reparations to five or six nations. Her veterans were nearly all cripples and even healthy males had been replaced by females in her industries and stores. The cities and women dominated the news – financial, artistic, recreational, architectural, theater, music, and photojournalism. The rural folk watched all that became popular but was uncomfortable with it. Even if living in a contemporary apartment, the farmers and merchants retained their oil-cloth table covers.
Women carried industry through the war and self-supporting workers became self-supporting shoppers who wore less, stood taller, and made choices that benefited them rather than some man. Choices multiplied: there were different place to eat and to play, homosexuality became more open and acceptable and large numbers of people commuted out of the city and to a lake for the weekend.
Bolsheviks and Nazis competed to become the new rulers. Bolshevism was seen as Russian, Jewish, and alien; Fascism was fed by homegrown traditionalists and found large business owners, bankers, and Jews to be convenient targets. In either movement, socialism dominated.
And America, having no sense of history, repeats Weimar’s story.
Copley, Gregory (2012) Uncivilization: Urban Geopolitics in a Time of Chaos. Washington, D. C.: The International Strategic Studies Association.
Gay, Peter (2001/1981) Weimar Culture: The Outsider as Insider. NY: Norton.
Isherwood, Christopher (1930/2008) “Moving to Germany to work on his novel, Isherwood soon becomes involved with a diverse array of German citizens: the caring landlady, Frl. Schroeder; the ‘divinely decadent’ Sally Bowles, a young Englishwoman who sings in the local cabaret and her coterie of admirers; Natalia Landauer, the rich, Jewish heiress of a prosperous family business; Peter and Otto, a gay couple struggling to accept their relationship and sexuality in light of the rise of the Nazis.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodbye_to_Berlin
Weitz, Eric D (2007) Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press.
CBS Philly: “Author Roger Stone’s Latest Conspiracy Theory: George H.W. Bush behind Reagan Assassination Attempt”
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Conspiracy theorist and author of the upcoming book, Jeb! and the Busleh Crime Family, Roger Stone alleges that former President George H. W. Bush played a role in the 1981 assassination attempt against Ronald Reagan.
Stone, during an interview with Rich Zeoli on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, claimed he has done research to have found a second gunman at the scene on the grounds of the Washington Hilton Hotel.
“‘There are two shooters in the Reagan assassination attempt, not one. I give you photographic evidence and eye-witness evidence of a second man standing on a balcony holding a gun, who can clearly be seen in the uncropped photos and I traced many of the connections of the Bushes to the Hinckleys. It’s more than you’ve been told.’
“He maintains the motivation for the plan to kill the President was Bush’s desire to shift away from Reagan’s foreign policy and help institute a one world government. . .”