4/12 We are Breitbart (Philadelphia); 4/18 JENNY BETH MARTIN – DC Demo
GOP: ERICKSON – Rules; McHALLON – Globe lampoon; GOLDBERG – Right-wing statism; BARLOW – Donald’s free ride; RUCKER – 200 get to choose.
LEADS: LEDEEN – Terrible things; KASSAN – They didn’t blend; ADAMS – Militias grow; NY POST – Housing collapse; EXAMINER – Minimum wage & joblessness; WSJ – Defend Bill Clinton.
PA: ZITO – Winning delegates.
END NOTES: WILL – Battle to save Princeton battlefield; HOHMANN – 20 Sanctuary cities.
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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.”
“About New York Values, he was not saying New York firemen are any less brave than New Mexico firemen. That is not the point. 9/11 is not the point. He was saying I’m campaigning in a city which last September the City Council voted to honor Ethel Rosenberg, the traitor who with her husband Julius sold out United States secrets to Stalin. This is a city in which the mayor spent part of his youth working for the Sandinistas. There are New York political values and they’re not shared by the rest of country.” George Will
GOP . . .
Erick Erickson, Resurgent: “If Trump Doesn’t Understand 156 Year Old Political Rules, How Will He Understand the Presidency?”
Problem: Obama understands the rules and ignores them. TheDonald follows his lead?
“Donald Trump is again complaining about the delegate rules of the Republican Party — delegate rules that have existed in various forms for 156 years. In fact, the present delegate rules have not really changed in decades, requiring that the nominee of the party get a majority of the delegates of the party to be the party’s nominee.
“Donald Trump entered the race knowing he would need 1,237 delegates. But the man who claims he surrounds himself with experts and top men to advise him on things surrounded himself with advisors who told him not to worry about the delegates. Now Trump is having to bring in new people to play the delegate game, which is an acknowledgement that the rule for a majority will no be waived.
“But along the way, both Trump and his supporters have taken to whining incessantly about the majority requirement. Publicly they think it should be changed to a plurality, though neither the delegate rules nor the Electoral College rules will be changed from majority to plurality.
“Just because Donald Trump has the most delegates does not mean he has a majority of delegates. The rules matter. . .”
Clemence McHallon, UK Daily Mail: ‘Deportations to begin’: Boston Globe unveils lampoon Trump edition of Sunday newspaper… to give a taste of what America would be like if The Donald became President
Journalist Matt Drudge posted three pages of the fake edition on the Drudge Report on Saturday
- The front page depicts a country rife with riots and curfews as mass deportations loom
- The newspaper, dated April 9, 2016, predicts markets dipping across the world due to trade wars with Mexico and China
- Also mention problems building Mexican border wall and new libel laws against the press
- An editorial page proclaims: ‘GOP must stop Trump’
Also – Boston Globe: “The GOP must stop Trump”
“. . . The rise of demagogic strongmen is an all too common phenomenon on our small planet. And what marks each of those dark episodes is a failure to fathom where a leader’s vision leads, to carry rhetoric to its logical conclusion. The satirical front page of this section attempts to do just that, to envision what America looks like with Trump in the White House.
“It is an exercise in taking a man at his word. And his vision of America promises to be as appalling in real life as it is in black and white on the page. It is a vision that demands an active and engaged opposition. It requires an opposition as focused on denying Trump the White House as the candidate is flippant and reckless about securing it.
“After Wisconsin, the odds have shrunk that Trump will arrive in Cleveland with the requisite 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination outright. Yet if he’s denied that nomination for falling short of the required delegates, Trump has warned, “You’d have riots. I think you’d have riots.” Indeed, who knows what Trump’s fervent backers are capable of if emboldened by the defeat of their strongman at the hands of the hated party elite.
“But the rules are the rules — and if no candidate reaches that magic number, the job of choosing a nominee falls to those on the convention floor. . .”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Donald Trump and the Return of Right-wing Statism”
“. . . Phoenix, Clinton, Black Lives Matter. I found the whole episode interesting for three however many reasons I come up with below. “1. Bill is doing something Hillary won’t: defend the Clinton record of the 1990s. Hillary’s happy to campaign on the gauzy nostalgia for the 1990s, when the gauzy nostalgia helps her. But the moment the politics change from taking credit to taking responsibility, she quietly slinks away like Joe Biden after farting at an arms-control summit. (“Look at Putin’s face! He thinks it was his translator! He’s gonna have that guy killed!”)
“2. Unlike Hillary, who thinks her place in the history books is in front of her, Bill knows that 95 percent of his obituary has already been written. So he has a much more vested interest in defending his record. By moving to the left of her husband (where she was in the 1990s!) on economics, criminal justice, foreign policy, etc., Hillary slowly strips away the substance of Bill’s presidency. Take away the Balkan war, banking reform, etc., and what’s left of the Clinton legacy? Pretty much the fact that he singlehandedly turned the West Wing into a penile colony.
“3. Oh, at this point, I should also say Bill Clinton is right! The Black Lives Matter movement is not without its legitimate complaints and arguments — I’m in favor of some criminal-justice reforms. But they want to work from the assumption that there are no black bad actors in this story. It’s white supremacy all the way down. The problem with this is that even if white supremacy — whatever people mean by that — is the massive problem some lefties imagine, it still doesn’t excuse bad individual moral choices. Excuses don’t become explanations simply because you shout them. It’s a very weird corollary to social-justice logic. If you see everyone simply as representatives of groups — white oppressors and black victims — you withdraw the moral agency from individual actors on both sides of the equation (which, technically speaking, is racist). White people become agents of oppression and morally culpable even if they’ve done nothing wrong. Black criminals who prey on innocent black people become victims, about whom no one can say an unkind word. . .”
Aaron Barlow, Salon: “Donald Trump’s disastrous free ride: Finally, The New York Times commands the obvious”
“Journalism is now entertainment. Donald Trump knows it. Too bad for democracy that the press hasn’t figured it out
“Donald Trump has been a disaster for political journalists, but he has also been an incredible boon for those of us who teach journalism. Questions of ethics and practice, for instance, particularly in interview situations, are no longer simply academic. They become matters of the moment; students can see, unfolding in real time, the consequences of journalism without a firm professional base, the descent into entertainment of a field whose prime focus is supposed to be information.
“Chuck Todd’s phone interview with Trump for ‘Meet the Press’ on November 29, for example, allowed my student to hear Todd pull back from lines of questioning that got too touchy and then humble himself, asking Trump to come on for an in-person interview. The students then debated the responsibility of the journalist when interviewing a subject of continuing interest. Do you ask the hard questions at the risk of losing access to the subject? Or do you back-pedal or toss in a few softballs in order to make the subject comfortable — and available in the future? These questions were suddenly right before them.
“If Chuck Todd, one of the most successful journalists in America, feels he has to grovel at the feet of an interviewee, imagine, I asked my students, how a young journalist must feel. Losing access can mean losing a job. Professional ethics and standards have to be jettisoned, many journalists learn, in order to stay in the field. . .”
Philip Rucker, WaPo: “These 200 people could decide whether Donald Trump gets the GOP nomination”
“West Virginia looks perfect for Donald Trump: a struggling working-class state filled with the types of voters who have backed him elsewhere and could deliver one of his biggest victories.
“But a sweep there might not matter. That’s because as many as 34 delegates — the entire contingent — may be free to back whomever they want at the Republican National Convention.
“Much the same is true in Pennsylvania, home to a hotly contested April 26 primary, where there are 54 uncommitted delegates. Other states and territories, from Colorado to Wyoming to Guam, will also send squads of unbound representatives.
“These are the swing voters of the GOP nominating contest, nearly 200 activists and elected leaders beholden to nothing except their personal judgment and empowered to make or break candidacies.
“If Trump arrives at the July convention in Cleveland just shy of the 1,237 delegates required to secure the nomination outright, these unbound delegates could decide to push him over the top — or force a contested convention with successive rounds of balloting. . .”
Also – Michelle Cho, NBC: “Cruz-Supporting Delegates Picked in Virginia District Trump Won”
Donald plays checkers, Ted – chess.
LEADS . . .
Michael Ledeen, PJM: “Terrible Things Are Happening”
“Americans just can’t take the Iranian tyrants seriously. If you ask us what Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei means when he leads his weekend crowds in a chant of “Death to America,” most Americans will not say “he wants to destroy us all.” Yet that is precisely what he means, and if we had leaders worthy of the name, they would be designing a strategy to bring down the Tehran regime before Khamenei and his evil henchmen do terrible things to us. Here.
“Instead, the president and the secretary of state keep showering largesse on the ayatollahs, who respond by telling us they are preparing our destruction. . .”
Raheem Kassan, Breitbart/London: “UK Equalities Chief Who Popularised The Term ‘Islamophobia’ Admits: ‘I Thought Muslims Would Blend into Britain… I Should Have Known Better’”
“Phillips, a former elected member of the Labour Party who served as the Chairman of the EHRC from 2003-2012 will present “What British Muslims Really Think” on Channel 4 on Wednesday. An ICM poll released to the Times ahead of the broadcast reveals:
- One in five Muslims in Britain never enter a non-Muslim house;
- 39 per cent of Muslims, male and female, say a woman should always obey her husband;
- 31 per cent of British Muslims support the right of a man to have more than one wife;
- 52 per cent of Muslims did not believe that homosexuality should be legal;
- 23 per cent of Muslims support the introduction of Sharia law rather than the laws laid down by parliament.
“Writing in the Times on the issue, Phillips admits: “Liberal opinion in Britain has, for more than two decades, maintained that most Muslims are just like everyone else… Britain desperately wants to think of its Muslims as versions of the Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, or the cheeky-chappie athlete Mo Farah. But thanks to the most detailed and comprehensive survey of British Muslim opinion yet conducted, we now know that just isn’t how it is.”
Michael Adams, IndyStar: “Well Regulated: Inside an Indiana Militia”
“. . . Recent high-profile standoffs with federal law enforcement agencies in Nevada and Oregon, as well as a controversial appearance by a militia group during the police brutality protests last year in Ferguson following the shooting of Michael Brown, has soured the word “militia” in the mouths of many Americans.
“But the militia movement is growing. According to a study published by the Southern Poverty Law Center in January, the number of active militia groups in the United States has risen by 37 percent since 2014. . .”
“. . . As Paul Sperry recently noted in The Post, Team Obama has pushed mortgage lenders to offer home loans to folks with shaky credit, setting up conditions for another housing-market collapse. Wasn’t the last one bad enough?
“Credit scores of approved borrowers, for example, have been trending down, even as their debt levels have grown.
“The Federal Housing Administration and government-sponsored “independent” lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been demanding lower credit standards — just as the feds did starting under President Bill Clinton, in pursuit of the same ‘affordable housing’ goal.
“Some borrowers need only put 3 percent down to get a Fannie Mae loan — even if the downpayment is a gift. Fannie also has started up a new subprime-lending program.
“The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently warned that mortgage underwriting standards have slipped and now reflect ‘broad trends similar to those experienced from 2005 through 2007, before the most recent financial crisis.’ . . .”
Washington Examiner: “The wages of the minimum wage is more joblessness”
“California has just adopted a $15 per hour minimum wage, to be phased in over six years. New York is doing the same thing.
“It amounts to a social science experiment, and its proponents argue that it will “give a raise” to low-income workers. Actually, it will do nothing of the sort. It will, rather, deny low-skilled workers the one advantage they have, which is a willingness to work for less than others. Which means more of them will be unemployed, or else will move to states wise enough to avoid this kind of experiment.
In February 2014, the Congressional Budget Office examined raising the national minimum wage to $10.10. It found that such a step would vaporize up to 1 million jobs at the low end of the income scale (the median estimate was 500,000). It also found that only 19 percent of those workers who would keep their jobs and get a raise belonged to households living in poverty.
“The vast majority of minimum wage workers are not in poverty. . .”
WSJ: “In Defense of Bill Clinton”
“No Democrat will speak up for his record in reducing crime.
“Unleashing Bill Clinton as a Hillary campaign surrogate carries risks, as the former President can morph from effective advocate to roving liability, often in one sentence. The press is calling Mr. Clinton’s verbal dismantling of Black Lives Matter activists on Thursday an example of the latter, but in this case he is right on the merits and it’s a shame no one else in the Democratic Party will say so.
Protestors at a Philadelphia event heckled Mr. Clinton over 1994 bipartisan legislation to reduce crime, blaming the measure for more incarceration. One wielded a sign saying ‘black youth are not super predators,’ a reference to a term Mrs. Clinton deployed in 1996 to describe young gang members, which she’s since apologized for. This is when Bill erupted.
“‘This is what’s the matter,’ he said, motioning at the agitators. ‘I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-olds hopped up on crack and sent them out onto the street to murder other African-American children. Maybe you thought they were good citizens.’ He dug in further: ‘You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter!’. . .”
PA . . .
Salena Zito, RCP: “Winning Delegates’ Hearts & Minds”
“CAMP HILL, PA- “Choose Cruz!” signs lined U.S. Route 15 and the winding driveway and sidewalks leading to the Radisson conference center in Harrisburg, where Pennsylvania’s premier conservative event was being held.
“U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio were there to speak, trying to win voter support in the state’s April 26 Republican primary.
“But Cruz was after something more: delegate support.
“He understood that winning the primary’s popular vote means nothing and that gaining the support of each and every delegate means everything.
“‘We are working every day to expand our team by reaching out to all of the delegates,’ he told the Tribune-Review before meeting with more than 60 of the 162 people running for 54 delegate slots.
“If the Republican presidential nomination goes to an open convention in Cleveland in July, Pennsylvania’s uncommitted delegates will be essential because they can vote any way they wish on the first ballot — and the second, the third and so on. . .”
END NOTES . . .
George Will, NRO: “The Battle to Save a Revolutionary War Battlefield”
“Princeton, N.J. — One of history’s most important battles happened here on a field you can walk across in less than half the 45 or so minutes the battle lasted. If George Washington’s audacity on January 3, 1777, had not reversed the patriots’ retreat and routed the advancing British, the American Revolution might have been extinguished. Yet such is America’s neglect of some places that sustain its defining memories, the portion of the field over which Washington’s nation-saving charge passed is being bulldozed to make way for houses for faculty of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). “To understand the gravity of this utterly unnecessary desecration, you must understand the astonishingly underestimated Battle of Princeton. . .”
Leo Hohmann, WND: “20 U.S. cities ‘optimum sanctuaries’ for migrants”
“Corporate honchos to help wage ‘propaganda war’ for American mind
PNAE announced March 29 it has picked 20 cities from among dozens of competing applications for a grant program based on their “welcoming” attitude toward immigrants, refugees and other “New Americans.”
The 20 cities awarded the “Gateways for Growth Award” are:
- Akron and Summit County, Ohio; Anchorage, Alaska; Birmingham, Alabama; Brownsville, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Fargo, North Dakota; Houston; Indianapolis; Kansas City, Kansas/Missouri; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Los Angeles; Macomb County, Michigan; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans; Phoenix and the state of Arizona; Pittsburgh; San Jose, California; Salt Lake County, Utah; Upstate New York region (Syracuse/Buffalo);
“At least half are already considered ‘sanctuary cities’ and the others will be moving in that direction based on their willingness to compete for a grant that requires greater “inclusiveness” and cultural diversity . . .” http://www.wnd.com/2016/04/20-u-s-cities-optimum-sanctuaries-for-migrants/