VFP/C4L, May 4th.
GOP: James Brody – Mobs; JONAH GOLDBERG – Hate the white working class?; BYRON YORK – Indiana close.
LEADS: WILL – Climate consensus; McCARTHY – 911; LITTLE – BO threats to UK; BEDARD – 55 million Latinos; MOOMAW – Felon votes; INVESTORS – 3 Blows to O’Care; MELVIN – Nkorean missile.
PA: JOANNE – PA school testing; ZITO – Western PA; SNYDER – PoliticsPA.
Passover 2016 begins in the evening of Friday, April 22
and ends in the evening of Saturday, April 30
Janet: VFP & Citizens for Liberty
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, KING OF PRUSSIA VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY, 170 ALLENDALE ROAD, 7-9p.m. (doors open at 6:30).
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: The nationally acclaimed Ted Patterson “Ted Patterson serves as the Senior Vice President for the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership, and is a national consultant who has used the confrontational model to grow grassroots organizations and lead successful political projects around the country.
“- May is our 4th year anniversary. Help us celebrate in all that you have given us. “- We will acknowledge the recent passing of a fellow Patriot and friend to our organization, Mike Souders. “- An update will be given about the situation occurring in Oregon, pertaining to the LaVoy Finicum family, as well as our friends, the Cliven and Carol Bundy family. “- An introduction to the new ‘umbrella’ groups will be announced. We will be seeking volunteers to set brushfires in the minds of PA residents. Our new HB 230/Constitutional Carry Bill team, was kickstarted in PA at our April Meet and Greet. “- Find out what our summer activities include. We will be non-stop. While May is our final event here, we have alot going on that you can participate in, until we return to King of Prussia in September. “- We will have our random monthly door prize. “- FREE potluck dinner buffet included. Feel free to bring a dish or a snack, “- Feast on our 4th birthday cake. “- Cash bar available.”
GOP . . .
“We are now in an urban age in which most individuals have come – because of the way in which urban, abstract societies have evolved – to choose and prefer the certainty of oppression over the uncertainty and opportunity of freedom.” Gregory Copley, 2012,24.
J. F. Brody: CATS Editorial – Mobs
The Donald expects us to forget his earlier “promises” that suggested a dictator and a replay of our experiences with Barry O. He expects us to follow his prompts and forget not only his earlier stomping but also the similarities that his followers have with the mobs in the French Revolution, the socialist mobs in Weimar when Hitler used clubs, microphones, and bullies to take control, and Lenin and Stalin did likewise to the Russian people but with machine guns.
Further, “establishment” GOPers and Dems now make Wimpy deals wherein a smile today gets you not a hamburger next week but a job for one for your friends. For example, our West Chester leaders now offer a reception for the man who not only created the North American Free Trade Agreement but also sold Ohio citizens into OCare and Common Core.
I hope that Mr. Cruz will be our nominee while the Bamster takes a job with Islam, Bern gets his first real job, and the Hillary goes to prison . . .
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “No, Being against Trump Does Not Mean You Hate the White Working Class”
“. . . A guy gives an old blind man a piece of matzo.
“The old blind man pauses for a moment, and then replies, “Who writes this stuff?”
“I was reminded of this old joke — which I first told in this space 14 years ago — when I read this piece in The New Criterion about the very subject — bad writing — that prompted the joke 14 years ago.*
Now you might think the preceding sentence is convoluted — and you’d be right! But, like Donald Trump says about every accidental sliver of good fortune that falls his way, “I meant to do that.”
So, as Bill Clinton said when he was handing out the French-maid uniforms to the interns, “Try this on for size.”
‘Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions.’
“That’s from the abstract of a recently published paper, “Glaciers, gender, and science: A feminist glaciology framework for global environmental change research.”
“(I don’t know about you, but I for one have been waiting a very long time for more just and equitable human–ice interactions. It is a fact of logic that if we treated people the way we treat ice in this country, we would be rightly condemned by history as the most monstrous society to have ever lived. I mean, every time it even appears on our roads we use harsh chemicals to melt it away. Black Ice Matters!) . . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434455/donald-trump-white-working-class-what-trumps-defenders-get-wrong
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Byron York: Indiana race close; Trump leads; Wisconsin replay?”
“Ted Cruz faces a difficult fight against Donald Trump in April 26 primaries in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware and Maryland. So where is Cruz campaigning Saturday night before Tuesday’s votes? In Indiana, which holds its primary May 3 and is shaping up as the next true battleground in Cruz’s fight to keep Trump from claiming enough delegates to win the Republican nomination before the GOP convention.
“Two new Indiana polls show Trump with a lead in the state. A poll for the Indianapolis television station WTHR, released Friday evening, shows Trump with 37 percent, Cruz with 31 percent, and John Kasich with 22 percent. A Fox News poll released about the same time has Trump at 41 percent, Cruz at 33 percent and Kasich at 16 percent.
“Cruz and the #NeverTrump forces allied with him are hoping to make the Indiana race a repeat of the Wisconsin primary, in which Cruz surged to a double-digit win over Trump on the strength of talk-radio support, the endorsements of Gov. Scott Walker and other top state officials, and Trump’s mistakes. So far, though, Cruz has not had the same sort of unified talk-radio support in Indiana, nor has Gov. Mike Pence endorsed him (at least yet), nor has Trump made any big mistakes (at least yet).
“Beyond that, the polls do not indicate a Wisconsin-like path in Indiana. In Wisconsin, there were early indications of a Cruz move in polls released 10 days ahead of the primary. A Washington Free Beacon poll showed Cruz over Trump by five points, while an Emerson poll showed Cruz up by two. . .”
LEADS . . .
George Will, NRO: “The ‘Settled’ Consensus du Jour”
“Authoritarianism, always latent in progressivism, is becoming explicit. Progressivism’s determination to regulate thought by regulating speech is apparent in the campaign by 16 states’ attorneys general and those of the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, none Republican, to criminalize skepticism about the supposedly ‘settled’ conclusions of climate science.
“Four core tenets of progressivism are: First, history has a destination. Second, progressives uniquely discern it. (Barack Obama frequently declares things to be on or opposed to ‘the right side of history.’) Third, politics should be democratic but peripheral to governance, which is the responsibility of experts scientifically administering the regulatory state. Fourth, enlightened progressives should enforce limits on speech (witness IRS suppression of conservative advocacy groups) in order to prevent thinking unhelpful to history’s progressive unfolding. “Progressivism is already enforced on campuses by restrictions on speech that might produce what progressives consider retrograde intellectual diversity. Now, from the so-called party of science, a.k.a. Democrats, comes a campaign to criminalize debate about science. “‘The debate is settled,’ says Obama. ‘Climate change is a fact.’ Indeed. The epithet ‘climate-change deniers,’ obviously coined to stigmatize skeptics as akin to Holocaust deniers, is designed to obscure something obvious: Of course the climate is changing; it never is not changing — neither before nor after the Medieval Warm Period (end of the ninth century to the 13th) and the Little Ice Age (1640s to 1690s), neither of which was caused by fossil fuels. “Today, debatable questions include: To what extent is human activity contributing to climate change? Are climate-change models, many of which have generated projections refuted by events, suddenly reliable enough to predict the trajectory of change? Is change necessarily ominous because today’s climate is necessarily optimum? Are the costs, in money expended and freedom curtailed, of combating climate change less than the cost of adapting to it? But these questions may not forever be debatable . . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434442/climate-change-consensus-science-unsettled
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “First, Let’s Get the Facts on Saudis and Iranian Involvement in 9/11”
“. .. . In just the last few days, as Tom Joscelyn reports, the Obama administration has transferred from Guantanamo Bay to Riyadh nine more hardcore anti-American Yemeni detainees – notwithstanding that al-Qaeda’s most capable franchise (al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) has alarmingly expanded its safe haven in Yemen. Meanwhile, we learn in a jaw-dropping Wall Street Journal dispatch, the administration has announced that it will purchase from Iran tons of heavy water (used in developing plutonium bombs). In one fell swoop, Obama thus cures yet another Iranian violation of his vaunted nuclear deal (so soon after Iran tested ballistic missiles festooned with vows to destroy Israel); subsidizes Iran’s nuclear program; legitimizes Iran’s heavy-water production (i.e., its plutonium R&D) by encouraging other nations to engage in similar commerce; and apparently structures an infusion of multi-millions of American dollars into a country he promised Congress would continue to be precluded from access to our economy.
“I know, I know: Obama is incorrigible. There is no American national-security interest that would be allowed to take precedence over his legacy hunt. He is determined to be remembered by the global Left – the only audience that matters – as the president who shut down Bush’s Gitmo gulag; and if Congress won’t cooperate by transferring anti-American jihadists to stateside prisons, then he will simply empty Gitmo by transferring the jihadists back to the jihad. And we have seen time and again that he is desperate to sustain his historic ‘achievement’ in striking the Iran nuclear deal, no matter how often Tehran humiliates him.
Nevertheless, we will have a new president soon (albeit not soon enough). That president will have to decide the nature of our relations with the Saudis and Iranians. Assuming that, unlike Obama, the next president figures there should be a rational connection between how we engage a country and how much it threatens our interests, the facts about Saudi and Iranian complicity in the anti-American jihad must be known. More to the point, the American people are entitled to be able to weigh those facts in choosing the next commander-in-chief.
“As I outlined last week, there is extensive evidence of complicity by high levels of the Saudi government in the 9/11 attacks. There is, moreover, compelling evidence of Iranian complicity. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434469/9-11-victims-saudi-arabia-iran-cornyn-schumer-bill
Alison Little, UK Express: “Obama’s amazing THREAT to Britain: UK would be at the ‘back of the queue’ after Brexit”
“BARACK Obama was last night condemned for trying to “blackmail” Britain into remaining in the EU.
“He weighed into the debate despite being warned by a host of anti-EU campaigners to “butt out” of our referendum battle.
He said there could be a US-UK trade agreement “down the line” but warned: “It’s not going to happen any time soon, because our focus is on negotiating with a big bloc, the EU. The UK is going to be in the back of the queue.”
The claim, made during a joint news conference with David Cameron, angered Leave campaigners.
Tory Justice Minister Dominic Raab said Mr Obama had made “a pretty cynical intervention”.
He added: “We’ve got a lame duck president doing an old friend a favour for purely political reasons – and taking a few unnecessary risks, being a bit irresponsible with the special relationship between our two countries.
Also – AP: “Thousands protest trade deal in Germany before Obama visit”
HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators have turned out in the German city of Hannover to protest a planned U.S.-Europe free trade agreement, a day before President Barack Obama arrives.
Police said Saturday that more than 20,000 people gathered for the demonstration.
Many in Germany regard the planned Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, with suspicion. Protesters Saturday carried placards with slogans such as “Yes We Can – Stop TTIP!”
Proponents argue that the agreement would boost business at a time of global economic uncertainty, but critics worry that it would erode consumer protection and environmental standards.
Officials in Washington and Europe are trying to clinch key parts of the TTIP deal before the end of the year. . .”
Also – InfoWars: “London Mayor: Obama Is ‘Ridiculous and Weird’”
“In an outspoken assault last night, the London Mayor mocked the US President’s controversial claim that Anglo-US trade would be hit by Brexit.
And he stepped up his war of words with Obama over Winston Churchill, claiming that the wartime leader and the US both stood for democracy – and that the EU didn’t. Brexit cheerleader Johnson spoke out as infighting broke out among senior figures in the ‘Leave’ campaign after Obama’s devastating intervention.
Some privately admitted they fear they are heading for defeat in the referendum on June 23.
Prominent pro-‘Leave’ Tory MP Peter Bone said: ‘Our message is being drowned out by
the Government.’ And one ‘Leave’ official said: ‘We had no idea Boris was going to attack Obama so provocatively. It was a misjudgment. He must stop going off-piste.’
Also –Peter Hitchens, UK Daily Mail: “America Isn’t Our Ally, She Destroyed Us”
“Now will we grasp that the United States is not our friend, but a foreign country whose interests are often different from ours?
“President Obama’s blatant intervention in our internal affairs is not a sudden breach of a soppy ‘special relationship’. The USA’s only real special relationship is with Saudi Arabia, a 70-year-old hard pact of oil, money and power, welded together with such cynicism it ought to make us gasp.
“Barack Obama’s open desire for us to stay inside the EU is by no means the first or worst example of White House meddling here in these islands. Bill Clinton forced us to cave in to the Provisional IRA in 1998 and his successor, George W. Bush, continued the policy by making us do Sinn Fein’s bidding afterwards.
“Washington came close to scuppering our recapture of the F alklands in 1982. And with the current state of our Armed Forces, which can nowadays do nothing without American support, I often wonder how the White House and the Pentagon would behave if Argentina once again seized Port Stanley.
“If anyone thinks Hillary Clinton is a great friend of Britain, they’re in for a big surprise. . .”
Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner: “American future: 55 million Latinos in U.S., one-third under 18”
“There are 55.3 million Latinos in America, nearly triple the 1980 population, and those under 18 years old are the largest group, a demographic fact likely to influence the future of the country, according to Census figures.
A new analysis from the Pew Research Center, found that the vast majority are of “Mexican origin,” and most of the younger Latinos were born in the United States to immigrants. Hispanics represent over 17 percent of the total U.S. population and 21 percent of all millennials, said Pew. . .”
Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times: “McAuliffe restores voting rights for 206K ex-felons; GOP calls it move to boost Clinton”
“Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order Friday restoring the voting rights of 206,000 ex-felons, a sweeping action the governor said was aimed largely at rectifying Virginia’s “long and sad history” of suppressing African-American voting power.
The move, coming in a presidential election year, outraged Republicans who accused McAuliffe of abusing his power to help longtime ally Hillary Clinton win a battleground state by putting more likely Democratic voters on the books.
“The governor’s order applies to all violent and nonviolent felons who had finished their sentence and supervised release as of Friday, even those who have not applied for a restoration of rights. . .”
Investors: “ObamaCare Suffers Three Major Blows in One Week”
“Marilyn Tavenner, CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans, revealed that she expects ObamaCare premium hikes “to be higher than we saw previous years,” including last year, which saw double-digit rate increases across the country.
“Tavenner, for those who don’t know, was head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services until early 2015, which means she helped bring ObamaCare to life. In November 2014, she was boasting how “the Affordable Care Act is working to improve competition and choice among marketplace plans.”
“Now that she’s jumped to the other side of the fence, she’s discovered the dark side of the health reform monster she helped unleash.
“Why will 2017 rates spike even higher? In addition to the cost of complying with ObamaCare’s insurance regulations and mandates, there’s the fact that the ObamaCare exchanges have failed to attract enough young and healthy people needed to keep premiums down. Plus, two industry bailout programs expire this year, Tavenner notes.
“Oh, and she admits that people are gaming ObamaCare just like critics said they would: buying coverage after they get sick — since insurance companies can no longer turn them down or charge them more — then dropping it when they’re done with treatments. ‘That churn increases premiums. So you have to kind of price over that.’ . . .”
Don Melvin, et al., CNN: “North Korea launches missile from submarine, South Korea says”
“(CNN)North Korea fired what is believed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said Saturday.
“The missile was fired at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (5:30 a.m. ET), South Korean officials said, and appears to have flown about 30 km (about 19 miles) — well short of the 300 km (roughly 186 miles) that would be considered a successful test.
“North Korean state news agency KCNA claimed the launch was successful, and said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “guided on the spot the underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile.’ . . .”
PA . . .
Joanne: PA testing Standards
Below is a terrific letter from the Lower Merion Superintendent to the Lower Merion School District Community. (Red highlights are mine.) He, and Dr. Jim Scanlon (superintendent of the West Chester School District), both deserve kudos for recognizing and addressing the various problems associated with the testing issue in PA. I have sent out Dr. Scanlon’s outstanding letters in the past but the one below from Dr. Copeland also deserves recognition. Perhaps as more of our superintendents speak out in such a knowledgeable and concerned fashion, our legislators will realize the absolute necessity of addressing this untenable testing situation appropriately and quickly.
Note that, as a part of our state’s compliance with the new ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) law, PA work groups comprised of 82 individuals (whose names are provided in the attached document) have been selected to study past practices and formulate suggestions for new ones (by August, 2016) that will better serve our students and schools. They will presumably be reporting continually to our PA legislators and updating them on their progress. Their topics will be ASSESSMENTS, ACCOUNTABILITY, EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION and EDUCATOR EVALUATION. Parents and all educational consumers such as yourselves MUST provide useful input to individuals in these groups and have your voices heard. I will be sending out information for doing so some time in the near future.
Link To Dr. Copeland’s letter: https://www.lmsd.org/news/article/index.aspx?LinkId=6442&ModuleId=177
Link to Dr. Scanlon’s previous letters and testimonies:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/TR/Transcripts/2015_0222_0005_TSTMNY.pdf (testimony to PA House Ed. Committee on July 29, 2015 regarding PSSA’s and Keystone graduation requirement)
Salena Zito, RCP: “Western Pennsylvania Ready For Another Starring Role”
“. . . Democrats in a dozen or so regional counties long have been recognized as an electoral power because of their ties to organized labor, an affiliation that began in the days of FDR’s New Deal.
“They are mostly white, working middle class. They don’t like trade pacts; they do like guns, God, traditional marriage and a fiscally responsible government.
“Since the 2000 presidential election with Al Gore as their party’s nominee, they’ve felt uncomfortable but still have been attainable for Democrats who need them to win statewide.
“They would prefer a third term of Bill Clinton over a third term of Barack Obama.
“And they don’t have a problem voting Republican when their values better match those of a GOP candidate.
“These voters are found in old river towns where graceful turn-of-the-century homes and ornate businesses line streets; places that have managed — barely — to survive the loss of coal, steel and other industrial jobs. . .”
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: “4/22 Ups & Downs”
“Donald Trump. The Donald definitely has the momentum. The latest Muhlenberg College and Monmouth University polls show Trump with solid leads. A group of delegates has finally started to take shape and those unbound officials could ultimately prove the difference in Cleveland. To top it all off, State Rep. Mike Vereb became the first Harrisburg official to endorse his campaign.
“ Joe Sestak. Just when it seemed like Sestak had a handle on the Senate Democratic primary, Katie McGinty is on his heels. Additionally, she outraised him in the last quarter. Sestak couldn’t even keep the other Joe (Vodvarka) off the ballot, which could make the difference in a race so close.
“Bill Shuster. Given how personal this contest has gotten, it might be difficult to imagine positive news for the Congressman. Nonetheless, Shuster picked up some key support in the form of the NRA. He also crushed Halvorson in the money race. The one drawback is that he’ll have no excuses if the votes don’t go his way on April 26th.
“Kathleen Kane. Just when you thought she was out, Kathleen Kane gets pulled back into another controversy. Yesterday, it was revealed that the Attorney General used a private email account to conduct government business. Expect this to be added to the never-ending list of Kane scandals.
“Ed Pawlowski. Speaking of long-running scandals, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is also back in the news. Pawlowski’s former dear friend and closest political advisor Mike Fleck plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit extortion and bribery offenses and one count of tax evasion. Fleck could face up to ten years in prison, unless of course he helps the government nab someone bigger. It’s not hard to guess who that could be.”