4/12 We are Breitbart (Philadelphia) ; 4/18 JENNY BETH MARTIN – DC Demo
GOP: DRUCKER – Cruz snares Ariz delegates; ZITO – WI Waterloo?
LEADS: McCARTHY – US $ for Iran; HERNANDEZ – Catch & Release; PIPES – Erdogan’s – gamble; WSJ – Dollars for Ayatollahs; STRANAHAN;
PA: SNYDER – PoliticsPA; JANET – Who gets in their bathroom?; JANET – Smart Meter bill.
END NOTES: YURCHAK – From my Greek cousin; UK Guardian – Putin’s $2Bn; DURDEN – Seven rules for millennials.
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April 12, 2016, First Ever “We Are Breitbart,” Philadelphia Meetup
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Jenny Beth Martin: SCOTUS
“Join Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin and other patriots Monday, April 18 at 8:30 a.m. on the steps of the Supreme Court building to protest President Obama’s executive-amnesty agenda and his Supreme Court nomination.
“The justices that morning will hear a challenge to the president’s executive-amnesty order – which would grant work permits to 5 million illegal immigrants – and it’s crucial we send the message that our immigration laws need to be upheld, not blatantly ignored against all common sense by our commander in chief.
“President Obama is intent on pushing through a liberal nominee to stack the bench in his favor on this issue. It’s the perfect example of why Senate Republicans must hold firm, with no hearings and no votes for any Supreme Court nominee until after the election.”
Goldberg: “A lot has happened since my last “news” letter, and not too much of it has been good. I learned that the federal government is pumping mice full of nicotine and then making them walk on hot plates. (“They never even asked me any questions,” one mouse said as he was returned to his cell.) Not far from where I live, the CIA borrowed a local school bus to practice bomb-detection procedures. The only problem: they left some of the explosive material in the engine compartment when they returned the bus. Keanu Reeves movie to follow. Meanwhile, speaking of the CIA, CIA-backed Syrian rebels are fighting Pentagon-backed Syrian rebels.
As Kevin Williamson noted on Twitter, this is yet more proof that the government really should be in charge of everything.
“And that reminds me: President Obama went to Cuba, where the government really is in charge of everything. . .” Jonah Goldberg, The Goldberg File, 4/1/16
Kevin Williamson, NRO: “From Classroom to Courtroom”
“. . . We’ve taken this ride before: An obscure academic writes something loony. We withstood “feminist physics” and “queer algebra,” and we’ll get through this, too.
“Unless we don’t.
“Shortly after Professor Torcello’s tentative exploration of criminalizing political disagreement, Gawker published an article by Adam Weinstein bearing the straightforward headline: “Arrest climate-change deniers.” Building on Professor Torcello’s argument, Weinstein called explicitly for the imprisonment (“denialists should face jail”) of those working to further particular political goals (“quietist agenda posturing as skepticism”) on climate change. Never mind that protecting people and institutions attempting to further a political agenda is precisely the reason we have a First Amendment. Weinstein dismisses the First Amendment out of hand, with the expected dread cliché: “First Amendment rights have never been absolute. You still can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater. You shouldn’t be able to yell ‘balderdash’ at 10,883 scientific journal articles a year, all saying the same thing.. .”
“I raised some alarm about the Gawker article at National Review, and once again the response was the predictable one: “It’s just Gawker, and it influences no one possessing any intelligence. No sensible person takes Adam Weinstein seriously.” That is all true enough, but it is not only or mainly the intelligent and the sensible who move the world of public policy. We have Kennedys to consider. “The subsequent developments are relatively well known: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., speaking at a large climate-change march in New York, called for the imprisonment of those holding impermissible views on global warming and those who with their financial resources support and spread such views. New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman opened a case against Exxon, and the attorneys general of Massachusetts and the U.S. Virgin Islands announced their intended participation in this inquisition. (Al Gore was present at the announcement.) Schneiderman’s prosecution, in the words of the New York Times, would focus on “the company’s funding, for at least a decade, of outside groups that worked to dispute climate science.” This is straight from Professor Torcello. The goal of course is to bully institutions, corporations, and particularly donors and the nonprofits sustained by them. Torcello: “The charge of criminal and moral negligence ought to extend to all activities of the climate deniers who receive funding as part of a sustained campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of scientific consensus. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/433582/free-speech-climate-science-first-amendment
GOP . . .
David Drucker, Washington Examiner: “Cruz snaring Trump’s Arizona delegates”
“. . . The New York businessman easily won last month’s Arizona primary taking 47 percent to Cruz’s 25 percent, scooping up all 58 of the state’s delegates. That’s nearly 5 percent of the 1,237 Trump needs for the nomination, and they’re tied are to him on the first ballot.
“But Cruz, exploiting deep opposition to Trump among grassroots Republicans, has been far more active in Arizona than Trump, insiders say. He’s recruiting candidates for the available 55 delegate slots, that along with the other three delegate positions filled by party leaders, would be allowed to vote for him in a multi-ballot contested convention.
“‘Cruz, out of all the campaigns, has the most folks on the ground and has been the most organized,’ Michael Noble, a Republican consultant in Arizona who is neutral, told the Washington Examiner on Friday.
“‘Trump has no real organization in Arizona,’ added GOP strategist Sean Noble (no relation) in an email exchange. ‘Cruz will get most/all Arizona delegates on second ballot.’ . . .”
Salina Zito, RCP: “Will Wisconsin Be Trump’s Waterloo?”
“. . . Had he gone to Wisconsin with a message of growing the manufacturing base or his signature make-America-great-again line, Trump might have triumphed with voters who are mainly located in the state’s small towns and rural areas.
“Wisconsin is not a transient state; most of its people have lived there all of their lives and can trace their origins for several generations. It is a state filled with national pride and nostalgia; Trump has done well in states with strong traditional cultures such as Illinois and Michigan.
“But, in Wisconsin, he tried to lead a mutiny against a GOP establishment whose elected officials are quite popular.
“Most Republican voters aren’t looking to stab their guys in the back; they like U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and Gov. Scott Walker.
“They also like Republican national chairman Reince Priebus, who steered upset wins in 2010 in a state previously dominated by Democrats. Under Priebus, Republicans won control of the state Senate and state Assembly and elected Walker and Johnson; Priebus did so by bringing together the state’s tea-party movement and the GOP establishment. . .”
LEADS . . .
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Obama Gives Iran Access to the U.S. Financial System, Flouting the Terms of His Cherished Iran Deal”
Obama makes his own Cloward-Piven crisis, refining the story that he alone can manage our relationships with Islamic groups. . .
“President Obama and his subordinates blatantly lied to Congress in order win approval — or, more accurately, to escape disapproval — of his Iran nuclear deal. At a time when jihadist mass-murder attacks are surging, and when Syrian-regime war crimes are abetted by Iran’s jihadist armed forces (which include Hezbollah and the Quds Force, both formally designated terrorist organizations), Obama’s deal infuses Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism and an unapologetic enemy of the United States, with over $100 billion in sanctions relief . . . some slice of which, the Obama administration admits, will be diverted to terrorism.
“This is old news, of course. Yet, it is worth repeating, for two reasons. First, these are impeachable offenses of the first order. As I recounted in Faithless Execution, the Framers of our Constitution counted presidential dishonesty in dealings with Congress and presidential concealment of dealings with foreign powers as among the most egregious high crimes and misdemeanors.
“Second, Obama is doing it again. . .”
Kristian Hernandez, The Monitor: “BP Council says ‘catch and release’ policy continues fueling illegal immigration”
“A recent letter from the National Border Patrol Council states a high-ranking member of the Obama administration confirmed to Border Patrol agents they have no intention of removing illegal border crossers that are being released with an order to appear in court.
Brandon Judd, president of the American Federation of Government Employees National Border Patrol Council, states in the letter published on March 21 he and two other Border Patrol agents met with Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to discuss concerns about the administration’s policy of releasing illegal crossers into the United States.
During the meeting, which took place on August 26, 2015, Mayorkas confirmed to the agents that the administration has no intention of removing immigrants coming across the border illegally as part of the ongoing surge, according to the letter.
“Why would we NTA [issue a Notice to Appear to] those we have no intention of deporting?” said Mayorkas, according to the letter. “We should not place someone in deportation proceedings, when the courts already have a 3-6 year backlog.”
In the letter, Judd blames President Obama for undermining immigration laws and having his political appointees implement policies that contradict enforcement priorities. He also states this lack of enforcement undermines the nation’s immigration system and encourages illegal immigration.
“Rather than take the steps necessary to end the border surge, the Obama Administration is encouraging more to come by forcing Border Patrol agents to release unlawful immigrants into the United States with no intention of ever removing them,” Judd states.
Daniel Pipes, Washington Times: “Turkey’s Erdogan gambles and loses”
“. . . Mr. Erdogan’s error of backing ISIS and other Sunni Islamist organizations in Syria has hurt him in another way, leading to a massive influx of Syrian refugees to Turkey, where, increasingly unwelcomed by the indigenous population, they cause new social and economic strains.
“Which brings us to Mr. Erdogan’s latest gambit. The many Syrian refugees wanting to go on to northwestern Europe provide him with a handy mechanism to blackmail the European Union: pay me huge amounts of money (6 billion euros at latest count) and permit 80 million Turks to travel visa-free to your countries, or I will export more Syrians, Iraqis, Afghans, Somalis, et al. to you.
“So far, the ploy has worked. Led by Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Europeans are succumbing to Mr. Erdogan’s demands. But this may well be a Pyrrhic victory, hurting Mr. Erdogan’s long-term interests. In the first place, forcing Europeans to pretend they are not being blackmailed and to welcome Turkey with clenched teeth, creates a foul mood, further reducing, if not killing off, Turkish chances for membership.
“Second, Mr. Erdogan’s game has prompted a profound and probably lasting shift in mood in Europe against accepting more immigrants from the Middle East — including Turks — as demonstrated by the poor showing of Ms. Merkel’s party in elections earlier this month.
“This is just the start.. .”
WSJ: “More Dollars for the Ayatollahs”
“The U.S. capitulates to Iran’s demand to trade in greenbacks.
“In life you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate—or so we’ve read in airline magazines. But if you’re an Iranian mullah and you’re dealing with the Obama Administration, you can get more than you negotiated, and what you never deserved.
“That’s the lesson we draw from the Obama Administration’s pending decision to give Iranian banks access to U.S. dollars, probably through offshore clearing houses, despite being under no obligation to do so under last year’s nuclear deal. As Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told the Senate last year, “Iranian banks will not be able to clear U.S. dollars through New York,” or “hold correspondent account relationships with U.S. financial institutions, or enter into financing arrangements with U.S. banks.”
“There’s a reason Tehran is under financial quarantine. The intergovernmental Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering, or FATF, routinely issues warnings about doing business with Iran. In February it said it was “exceptionally concerned about Iran’s failure to address the risk of terrorist financing and the serious threat this poses to the integrity of the international financial system.”
“That warning is a reminder that, even in the post-nuclear deal world, Iran continues to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars and arms to Hezbollah, Hamas, the Afghan Taliban and other groups with American blood on their hands. It’s also why, in selling the nuclear deal last year, President Obama insisted that he would “vigorously” enforce sanctions on Iran for supporting terrorism.
“Or not. . .”
Lee Stranahan, Breitbart: War on Cops: Law-Enforcement Deaths by Gunfire Up by 150% This Year”
“The number of police officers killed by gunfire in the line of duty this year is up 150% according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a website dedicated to chronicling the deaths of law-enforcement officers.
“March was the deadliest month for police deaths so far in 2016, with a total of 16 law-enforcement officers killed. Five of those March deaths were due to gunfire.
“Although the overall death total is down 3% from 2015 and the same period this year, the jump in gunfire related deaths is alarming, especially given the constant barrage of anti-police rhetoric by leftist protest groups, including Black Lives Matter.
“Some of the deaths appear to be directly traced to animosity towards police. . .”
PA . . .
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: “4/2 Ups & Downs”
“Katie McGinty. The Senate candidate won the endorsement of the biggest leaders of her party when President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden simultaneously endorsed her campaign. It’s clear the Democrats are in a full-court press for McGinty with TV ads, editorials and financial support. If she can’t pull off a win on April 26th with all this support, though, they’ll be no else to blame.
“Michael Eakin. The former PA Supreme Court Justice was found guilty of misconduct by the Court of Judicial Discipline. Beyond the embarrassment and his career, Eakin will also have to pay a $50,000 fine. His $153,000 a year pension, however, is safe for now.
“Josh Shapiro. It was a banner week for Attorney General hopeful Josh Shapiro. First, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale endorsed his candidacy. Then, Philly City Council President Darrell Clarke cut an ad for him. To top it all off, the President of the United States threw his support behind Shapiro. The pressure is now on to take the Democratic nomination.
“Donald Trump. The Keystone State could be key to The Donald’s electoral hopes.That could be a real problem for him, as Kasich gains ground while touring the commonwealth. Furthermore, prognosticators are predicting that Trump would lose PA to Clinton and also harm down-ballot candidates (our readers feel the same way). Not to mention the unflattering national headlines this week. As Trump himself might tweet “Sad!”
Janet (replay): Women should get to decide who uses our bathrooms!
“This type of bullying is coming to Pennsylvania, it is here in Harrisburg now. HB 1510 ans SB 974 are in the works and even Senator Scott Wagner is a sponsor.
“It is time to have the voice of the faithful be heard. “We win when we act. Act now. Contact your Representatives and tell them NO on HB 1510 and SB 974.
“How have we reached the point where it is an outrageous statement to say that you would very much prefer that men not use women’s bathrooms, thank you very much? It seems so obvious, so common sense that the notion that we have to make a stand for the safety, privacy, and dignity of women and girls to use their own restrooms unimpeded is mind-blowing. “And yet here we are. On one hand, we are fighting ordinances and legislation that allows people who were born male (but decide to “identify” as something else) to use the same bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms as women and girls. On the other hand, when cities and states stand up to the bullying of the Left and proactively preserve the privacy and dignity of women and girls, they are pressured to conform to this radical agenda by activist groups. “And that’s not the worst of it. Now businesses–corporations that you or I might use or support–are jumping into the fray. “Recently, the NBA, IBM, Paypal, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Sales force all stated their opposition to a North Carolina law that would allow private entities (schools, restaurants, businesses, etc.) to set their own standards, but requires that use of publicly-owned restrooms would be determined by biological sex. The NBA even went so far as to threaten to move the All Star game out of Charlotte to protest the bill. “Wait a minute! This is so insane that it actually bears repeating. The NBA has somehow decided that allowing a tiny minority of men to use women’s bathrooms is so important (and somehow relevant to basketball) that it needs to be an economic bully about it. “There is a time to be eloquent in defense of our rights and liberties. And there is a time to brutal, honest, unflinching, and plain-spoken. . .”
Janet (replay): Smart Meter Bill
“How have we reached the point where it is an outrageous statement to say that you would very much prefer that men not use women’s bathrooms, thank you very much? It seems so obvious, so common sense that the notion that we have to make a stand for the safety, privacy, and dignity of women and girls to use their own restrooms unimpeded is mind-blowing. “And yet here we are. On one hand, we are fighting ordinances and legislation that allows people who were born male (but decide to “identify” as something else) to use the same bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms as women and girls. On the other hand, when cities and states stand up to the bullying of the Left and proactively preserve the privacy and dignity of women and girls, they are pressured to conform to this radical agenda by activist groups. “And that’s not the worst of it. Now businesses–corporations that you or I might use or support–are jumping into the fray. “Recently, the NBA, IBM, Paypal, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Sales force all stated their opposition to a North Carolina law that would allow private entities (schools, restaurants, businesses, etc.) to set their own standards, but requires that use of publicly-owned restrooms would be determined by biological sex. The NBA even went so far as to threaten to move the All Star game out of Charlotte to protest the bill. “Wait a minute! This is so insane that it actually bears repeating. The NBA has somehow decided that allowing a tiny minority of men to use women’s bathrooms is so important (and somehow relevant to basketball) that it needs to be an economic bully about it. “There is a time to be eloquent in defense of our rights and liberties. And there is a time to brutal, honest, unflinching, and plain-spoken . . .”
END NOTES . . .
Joanne Yurchak: “From My Greek Cousin”
“Turkey is allowing the Syrians in, they have flooded Greece trashing the places they stay. The Greek people have helped them and they in return are starting demonstrations and even knifing people. They are animals and need to go back to their country and leave the Greeks alone who are already suffering! I know all this because one of the islands that is affected is XXXXX where my house is. It was bad last year but not violent…Now it’s violent . . .”
UK Guardian: “Revealed: the $2bn offshore trail that leads to Vladimir Putin”
“. . .Though the president’s name does not appear in any of the records, the data reveals a pattern – his friends have earned millions from deals that seemingly could not have been secured without his patronage.
“The documents suggest Putin’s family has benefited from this money – his friends’ fortunes appear his to spend.
“The files are part of an unprecedented leak of millions of papers from the database of Mossack Fonseca, the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm. They show how the rich and powerful are able to exploit secret offshore tax regimes in myriad ways. . .”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “7 Harsh Realities of Life Millennials Need to Understand”
“They may not yet be the present, but they’re certainly the future. These young, uninitiated minds will someday soon become our politicians, doctors, scientists, chefs, television producers, fashion designers, manufacturers, and, one would hope, the new proponents of liberty. But are they ready for it?
Time after time, particularly on college campuses, millennials have proven to be little more than entitled, spoiled, anti-intellectual brats who place far too much emphasis on feelings and nowhere near enough emphasis on critical thinking. To the millennial, words are cause for the creation of safe spaces, alternative ideas must be stifled, and anything they perceive to be a microaggression is enough to send them spiraling into a state of mental distress.
It’s time millennials understood these 7 harsh realities of life so we don’t end up with a generation of gutless adult babies running the show.
- Your Feelings Are Largely Irrelevant
Seriously, nobody who has already graduated college cares about your feelings. That means that when you complain to your boss because your co-worker mis-gendered you, he’s probably not going to bend over backwards to bandage your wounds. Given feelings are entirely subjective in nature, it’s completely unreasonable to demand everyone tip-toe around you to prevent yours from being hurt. The reality is that people will offend you and hurt your feelings, and they won’t stop to mop up your tears because they shouldn’t have to. Learning to accept criticism, alternative viewpoints, and even outright insults will make you happier in the long run than routinely playing the victim card.
- You Cannot Be Whatever You Want To Be . . .