JANET, Abortion; 4/18 JENNY BETH MARTIN – DC Demo
GOP: ERICKSON – Rush is right; RUSHBO – Learn the rules; GERAGHTY – Weak ground game; GOLDBERG – Ice thaws.
LEADS: CBS – Saudis in 911 Report; HANSON – Next Prez to be hated; HOHMANN – Syrian flood into US; LOWRY – Truth from Bubba to Black Lives.
PA: MADONNA & YOUNG – The PA race.
END NOTES: RUSHBO – Cruz on third ballot; STEPHENS – Islam & radical west; LEVIN 4/12/16.
Janet: Abortion Sent: Mon, Apr 11, 2016 6:06 pm Subject: Fwd: URGENT ACTION ITEM – IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!
Don’t know if u r following but this bill stops tearing unborn babies apart, limb from limb, in utero, so they bleed to death, at stage where they feel pain. Please call. In majority of cases mother’s life not in danger, just getting rid of baby. Bill makes exception for maternal danger.
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From: Ted Meehan <email@example.com>g
Date: 4/11/16 5:32 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: Ted Meehan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: URGENT ACTION ITEM – IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!
Today, HB 1948 – Dismemberment Abortion Ban – was to be voted on in the State House. There had been a procedural vote last Thursday seeking to postpone the vote.
That motion had been defeated 114-78. So, today, it was anticipated that the bill would pass with more than 120 votes. However, Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood,came to Harrisburg to hold a joint Press Event with Governor Tom Wolf, to oppose the bill.
Suddenly, our House ‘Leadership’ decided not to run the bill – AT ALL. Do they believe that Planned Parenthood has the better side of the argument?
One side seeks to ban the ripping apart of an unborn baby – piece by piece, after the child is able to feel pain. But one side thinks such a ban is extreme!
How can self-described “pro-life” legislators sit by and take this?
I am urging each one of you to send an email AND make a phone call TONIGHT!
Please call Speaker Mike Turzai, and Leader Dave Reed, and demand that they run HB 1948 AND Defund Planned Parenthood!
Speaker Mike Turzai
email@example.com – 717-772-9943; 412-369-2230
Majority Leader Dave Reed – firstname.lastname@example.org – 717-705-7173; 724-465-0220
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.”
“Clinton took the stage ostensibly to thank De Blasio, a former aide, for his belated endorsement of her for the Democratic nomination.
“‘Took you long enough,’ Clinton said.
“De Blasio responded, ‘Sorry, Hillary. I was running on C.P. time.’ The phrase, popular in pop culture, is a reference to the stereotype that African-Americans are typically late for appointments.
“Broadway actor Leslie Odom Jr., who was also on stage with Clinton and De Blasio and appeared to be in on the joke, said, ‘That’s not – I don’t like jokes about that, Bill.’
“Clinton then turned to Odom and delivered the punch line, ‘Cautious Politician Time. I’ve been there.’ . . .”
“At this point, what difference do I make?” Also, “I stayed with Bill, you owe me” Suggested for Hillary by Red Eye, 3:35 AM, 4/12/16
“CP Time – Colored People time” . . . “Conservative Politician” per Hillary. Might also be “Cloward – Piven” and BO’s motive for his own advancement by backing Hillary. . .
GOP . . .
Erickson, Resurgent: “Rush Is Right”
“I’m already seeing Trump supporters declare Rush Limbaugh a member of the “Establishment” for saying Cruz is not cheating, but Rush is right. Cruz is not cheating, he is winning. Said Rush on his program today:
“Now, what happened in Colorado is, I’m sorry to say, it’s not a trick. What happened in Colorado is right out in the open. Everybody’s known how Colorado runs its affairs. Everybody has known. Nobody just chose to look at it. It’s no secret that Colorado was gonna have a convention and they’re gonna choose their delegates before the primary. It’s not a secret. It’s just nobody leaked it. Nobody talked about it. Nobody bragged about it. So it was left to be discovered by people who didn’t know. And it turns out that people on the Trump campaign didn’t know.
“Now, I can understand how they might feel tricked here. I can understand how they might feel bugabooed because millions of votes, theoretically, are gonna happen that aren’t going to count. Hey, welcome to establishment politics. We have played for you the sound bites on this program of delegates — I’m sorry — of officials, rules committee officials. We played the sound bite of one of these guys that said, “Hey, what you all have to understand is the people don’t select our nominee; the delegates do, we do.” None of this is a mystery. This is the definition of insider versus outsider. This is a classic illustration of how an outsider has to learn the insider game to play it.
“Every business has its rules and laws, bylaws, and specific ways that you have to climb the ladder of success. In addition to that, people that run the club — in this case, the Republican establishment — are not gonna sit idly by and let a bunch of outsiders, the peasants with pitch forks, however you want to visualize them, they’re just not gonna sit idly by and let people come in and take it. It’s too valuable. In most cases this is how all of these people value themselves. This is from which they derive their self-worth, is their membership in this club.
“So I don’t see Ted Cruz lying and cheating his way to the convention. I see a lot of hard work. I see some people who know what they have to do, given where they are. They’re in second place in both the vote count and the delegate count. They’re serious about winning. The Cruz team is serious about winning. They have made themselves fully aware of how the process works, and they’ve been out working it for quite a while. They went into Louisiana where Trump scored a massive win but they’ve come out of there with many more delegates than, by appearances, they should have.
“Amen and amen. Rush is right.”
Rushbo: “Learn the Rules! Did You Really Think the Establishment Would Let an Outsider Take Their Party Away Without a Fight?”
“. . . The Republican Party and the Democrat Party are private organizations. They are not public. They are private. They feed off the public and they do business with the public and they attempt to sell things to the public, and they attempt to influence the public, but they are private organizations. And the illusion is the public gets to determine what the party does. But that’s not the case. The party determines what it does. The party determines what it thinks. The party determines its strategy.
What more evidence do you need than the last seven years? The reason so many people are not supporting them anymore, they’re not responsive. They have made people think they’re listening to ’em. They’ve made you think by asking for you money that they’re gonna do what you want to do. They campaign for your vote by telling you they’re gonna do what you want, but it never happens, does it? So what choice do you have, abandon them or keep putting pressure on them, or what have you.
But they can set up whatever rules they want. And people entering their business have to play by those rules. Folks, this isn’t complicated. You may not like it, but there’s no cheating going on here. There is no rule that says every state has to do it the same way. Colorado chose to do it the way they want and they made no bones about why. I don’t want to waste my breath explaining this again because actually it’s gonna fall on deaf ears. I explained it in so much great detail yesterday, but it obviously didn’t permeate.
What survives is that Colorado cheated, Colorado was undemocratic, Colorado denied people the vote, and to top it off, Ted Cruz is out there claiming he did something brilliant and won it, when it was rigged in his favor. You may not want to hear it, but Colorado structured its rules precisely to prevent Cruz from winning it. They structured their rules specifically to prevent Trump from winning it, all the way back in August. . .”
Jim Geraghty, NRO: “Trump Has No One but Himself to Blame for a Weak Ground Game”
“. . .And yet, in high-school cafeterias, churches, and other community centers, registered Republicans in the Centennial State got together and cast votes that March evening. Those they chose went on to county assemblies and district conventions. At the seven congressional district conventions, held the first week in April, the attending delegates selected three national delegates and three alternates who will head to Cleveland. At the county assemblies, held throughout March, attendees selected more than 600 people to compete for the 13 at-large delegate slots filled at the state convention this past weekend.
“Trump’s tantrum on Twitter obscured the fact that eight of the elected alternates said they would support him if given an opportunity to vote in Cleveland. But the story of Colorado is similar to the story that has played itself out in several other states this cycle: Ted Cruz and his campaign read the rules beforehand, organized to ensure their people packed the local conventions, and emerged victorious. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/433915/donald-trump-lost-delegates-weak-ground-game
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Ice May Be Thawing between Cruz, GOP Leaders”
“I wouldn’t say that the GOP is falling in love with Sen. Ted Cruz, but maybe it’s falling in like.
In arguably the most improbable political season of our lifetime, this fact has to rank high on the list of things no one could have seen coming. If they gave out a report card for first-term senators, Cruz would get an F for “plays well with others.” Party leaders believed his 2013 gambit to shut down the government over Obamacare was a disaster for everyone but Cruz, and have harbored a not-so-secret disdain for him since.
“But that’s all over now — or at least for now.
“Like Perseus pulling Medusa’s head out of a sack to petrify his enemies, Cruz has been able to dangle the prospect of a President Trump to strike fear in the hearts of even his biggest detractors.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) used to say choosing between Donald Trump and Cruz was like choosing between being shot or poisoned. Graham chose his poison. He’s out there raising money for Cruz. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whose hatred for Cruz was the stuff of Sicilian blood feuds, seems to have reconciled himself to the fact that Cruz is the only person who can stop Trump. McConnell’s definitely not in love, but he recognizes that these are the cards we’ve all been dealt.
“Team Cruz fears that people like McConnell will use the convention in Cleveland this summer to reshuffle the deck and get a new deal — a new candidate more palatable to the establishment. “There is still distrust over whether or not the party is actually willing to accept Cruz as the nominee or if they’re using him to shut down Trump only to then stab Cruz in the back come summer,” Erick Erickson, a conservative talk show host and Cruz backer, told the Washington Post. . .”
LEADS . . .
CBS-LA: “’60 MINUTES’: Lawmakers Say Redacted Pages of 9/11 Report Show Saudi Official Met Hijackers in LA”
Will Iran look better if the Saudi’s look worse? . . . I also recall a private jet carrying Saudis home . . .
“. . . A CBS News “60 Minutes” report quoted officials familiar with the 2003 report as saying 28 pages of redacted information raises questions over whether Saudi officials were involved in assisting Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar upon their arrival in Los Angeles in Jan. 2000.
Former Democratic congressman and U.S. ambassador to India Tim Roemer told “60 Minutes” the two Saudi nationals found a way to gain access to housing and flight lessons upon their arrival despite “extremely limited language skills and no experience with Western culture.”
“L.A., San Diego, that’s really you know, the hornet’s nest,” said Roemer. “That’s really the one that I continue to think about almost on a daily basis.”
According to the report, witnesses say both al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar met at the King Fahad mosque in Culver City with Fahad al-Thumairy, “a diplomat at the Saudi consulate known to hold extremist views.” He was denied reentry to the U.S. in 2003 for suspected terrorist ties. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, PJM: “The Next President Is Going to Be Hated”
“Everyone hates the sourpuss who says the party is over. The next president will have to tell the American people that a reckoning is on the horizon—and that it is not going to be pretty.
“President Obama has created lots of mythoi about the landscape he inherited in January 2009: the Iraq war was lost and al Qaeda ascendant; the September 2008 meltdown had wrecked the economy; the immigration system “was” in shambles; and Obama would have to restore fiscal sobriety after George W. Bush (all “by his lonesome” with a “credit card from the Bank of China”) in “unpatriotic” fashion had alone piled up U.S. record debt.
“In reality, the 2007-8 surge had all but ended al-Qaeda in Iraq; and the American fatality rate in the Iraqi theater of operations had plunged to fewer than the military’s monthly losses to accidents and illness. To be sure, the economy was still shaky, but the recession that had started in December 2007 was all but over, ending in a natural fashion about five months after Obama took office. The so-called bailouts and TARP rescue measures were already in place to stop the panic of four months prior. Bush’s nearly $5 trillion profligate increase in the national debt would be doubled by Obama, despite an increase in income taxes, a fortuitous fracking bonanza, and near-constant zero interest rates. Obama shattered the old Clinton-Gingrich formula of balancing the budget by raising income tax rates and curbing spending. The bipartisan Simpson-Bowles committee recommendations to address the debt were ignored. There is no need to compare the status of health care in 2008 to the present mess.
“An adult president is going to have to tell the American people that a mandated equality-of-result economy is fossilized, entitlements are insolvent, the debt is unsustainable, interest rates are going up, the medical system is pure chaos, and people have to get over expecting to live off government, not because it is unethical, but because it is untenable. . .”
Leo Hohmann, WND:”Syrian surge! ‘Refugees’ flood into U.S. at rate of 358 per week”
BO’s next job . . .
“Obama is doing everything within his power to advance an Islamic invasion’
“The Obama administration has decided to implement a “surge” in Syrian refugees, fast-tracking the arrival of those fleeing civil war in that country to make good on its commitment of bringing 10,000 by the end of fiscal 2016.
“The ‘surge’ is needed because the administration has delivered only 1,411 in the first six-and-a-half months of the year.
“The Obama administration’s scripted answer for anyone who questioned its ability to screen Syrian “refugees” was that they are the “most thoroughly vetted” of all immigrants, going through an arduous process that takes 18 to 24 months to complete.
“But that process was taking longer than expected and making it impossible for Obama to make good on his promise to the United Nations to admit at least 10,000 Syrians in fiscal 2016.
“To fulfill its promise, the administration has now decided to expedite the process, cutting the screening period from 18-24 months down to three months. . .”
Rich Lowry, NY Post: “Bill Clinton’s in trouble for telling the truth to Black Lives Matter”
“Bill Clinton trespassed against the cardinal rule of contemporary Democratic politics, which is: Thou shalt not contradict Black Lives Matter protesters.
“Clinton’s lapse came at a Philadelphia rally last week. When demonstrators inveighed against the 1994 crime bill signed by Clinton, the former president gave much better than he got. He rebutted them in finger-wagging detail, repeatedly returning to the point that the crime bill sought to diminish the rampant criminality that was destroying black lives.
“Clinton thought he was winning the argument, and by any reasonable standard he was — but, politically, he committed a multitude of sins.
“He defended the old term “super predator” as an accurate description of gang leaders who prey on kids — not realizing that the phrase has been deemed dehumanizing (gang leaders are very sensitive to such microaggressions).
“Instead of denouncing the police as agents of systemic racism, he defended sending more of them into the streets. And by using the phrase “black lives” in the context of blacks killing other blacks, he signaled he doesn’t get that the only approved use of the slogan is as a bludgeon against the criminal justice system.
“In short, Clinton demonstrated a commonsensical, pre-Black Lives Matter understanding of criminal justice, and quickly had to backtrack. . .”
PA . . .
Terry Madonna & Michael Young, PoliticsPA: “Politically Uncorrected: Pennsylvania’s Presidential Primary – What Matters”
“For Trump, the key to any victory will be his showing in southwestern Pennsylvania, in the old mining and mill town counties surrounding Pittsburgh, namely Beaver, Westmoreland, Washington, Greene, Cambria, and Fayette. This is where the old Reagan Democrat still survives, and is the demographic pattern observed in his performance in contests in earlier states. Trump needs to excel there among workingmen and women who believe the economy has passed them by and who have not recovered from the Great Recession. These voters have been the core of his support in previous contests – and must support him on April 26, if he is to do well in Pennsylvania.
“For Kasich, governor of neighboring Ohio, Pennsylvania could be friendly country. A native of suburban Pittsburgh, he is a centrist in a party that no longer has a center. Nevertheless, there are arguably more moderate Republicans in Pennsylvania than any other state and they are his natural constituency. Moreover, Kasich was the beneficiary of Marco Rubio’s exit from the race, picking up the lion’s share of Rubio’s support.
“A victory in Pennsylvania for Kasich depends upon a strong showing in the southeastern part of the state among moderate Republicans. Kasich seems positioned to do this. He has benefited from impressive endorsements, namely from popular former Pennsylvania governors, Dick Thornburgh and Tom Ridge, and he has emerged as something of the establishment candidate in a state that still likes establishment candidates.
“For Cruz, any path to victory in Pennsylvania will be a windy road. Indeed, the Northeastern states generally are not fertile ground for the Cruz candidacy. Nevertheless, there are evangelical and tea party Republicans scattered throughout Central Pennsylvania as well as other rural parts of the state. These are Cruz’s natural constituency. They tend to vote disproportionately in Republican primaries and will be there for Cruz on Election Day. But to do well in Pennsylvania, Cruz also has to compete with John Kasich for the moderate voters so abundant in the voter-rich Philadelphia suburbs and Lehigh Valley. This is Cruz’s toughest challenge.
“Prediction: Trump should still win the statewide vote in a closer than expected outcome. Cruz is poised for a spoiler role, while Kasich could still score an upset. If either Cruz or Kasich were to win, it will slow down, but not stop the Trump express. If that’s going to happen it will be in July, not April – and in Cleveland, not Pennsylvania.”
END NOTES . . .
Rushbo: “On the Third Ballot, Cruz Will Find Out What It’s Like to Be Trump”
“. . .Trump’s saying it’s not democracy, it’s disenfranchisement, people’s votes are being stolen. But states can do it however they want. The delegate selection process, the party controls it, not the voters. Cruz has been winning the “other” category as well in the race for actual delegates. He’s even picked up some delegates that were supposedly bound to Trump in places like Georgia, South Carolina, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. So here are the totals. And the Colorado win now, by the way, that’s a crucial thing for Cruz. The win in Colorado gives him the eighth state in which he has a majority of delegates. . .”
Bret Stephens, WSJ: “Islam and the Radical West”
Environments shape genes, genes – including those for a religious sense – also make, choose, and change environments . . .
“The political orthodoxy of the left is the gateway drug to jihad.
“. . . We’ve become lazy in our thinking about Islam and the West. Whether the Islam practiced by al Qaeda or ISIS is “radical” or merely traditional isn’t the question. It’s whether the West can recognize that the moral nihilism of today’s Jihadi Johns is the logical outgrowth of the moral relativism that is the default religion of today’s West.”
Mark Levin (04/12/16)
“On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, The Republican primary system is not rigged, but Donald Trump insists that it is. He sounds like an entitled liberal demanding delegates from Colorado without having put in the work to win them. The delegate appointment rules in most of these primaries have been established for nearly a century. In Colorado, for example, the rules for this primary process have been in place since 1912. Has the system been corrupt for 100 years? No. This has never been a pure democracy, we have a federalist system and the states determine the rules for their primaries. It’s the candidate’s job to navigate those rules. After that, you have two camps, the progressive populists and the Republican Whig party which protects Mitch McConnell. What America needs is to unleash the economy with Reagan conservatives and stop the growth of the federal bureaucracy.
“In addition, Bernie Sanders and liberals’ entire goal is to destroy society and replace it with a utopia. Sanders’ latest victim of attack is the Walton family and Walmart who creates many jobs for the middle class. This is unlike Sanders who claims to be for the middle class yet has never created a job. What Sanders is really angry about is that the government doesn’t control Walmart. Also, the Establishment may get its way with Rule 40B which allows delegates who are bound on the first ballot to show a preference for a secondary candidate. This preference could give a candidate who doesn’t meet the 8 states majority threshold enough states to qualify.”