VFP/C4L, May 4th.
GOP: MILLER – Cruz wins; YORK- Peace with Donald; WILL – Break glass; GOLDBERG – Blame for Donald’s loss?; O’NEIL – Trump Establishment; VOGEL & STOKOLS – Donald’s advisers; HOFT – Cheated.
LEADS: TAKALA – Clinton investigation grows; WSJ – Climate police; YAHOO – Rubber stamp court; BOYLE & BADOLATO – Hillary’s lost voters; SHAW – Syrians under the radar; CRUDELE – No raises for 16 yrs.
PA: Sy Snyder: 4/29
“Managing the now overwhelming sense of entitlement in what we call modern democracies has become, because of the power of a comprehensive but ill-informed electorate, an exercise in mob control, and an opportunity for populist demagoguery. Here is how the Great, Victorious, Civilized Peoples have begun to defeat themselves.” Gregory Copley, 2012, 56-57. (UnCivilization: Urban Geopolitics in a Time of Chaos. Washington, D. C.: The International Strategic Studies Association.)
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).
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“- 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.”
“It is what you do that creates optimism; it is what you take that creates pessimism and negativity. It is true for societies as it is true for individuals.” Copley, 2012, 58.
GOP . . .
S. A. Miller, Washington Times: “Ted Cruz wins lion’s share of delegates at state conventions in Arizona, Virginia”
“Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz succeeded Saturday in picking up more delegates at state GOP conventions in Arizona and Virginia, advancing his plan to win the nomination at a contested national convention.
“Trump got cheated,” said Jeff DeWit, chairman of the Trump campaign in Arizona. “Somebody messed with the system.”
“The Cruz campaign has put together a top-notch operation for the state conventions to guarantee he has an army of supporters on the floor this summer at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
“Having delegates ready to switch their vote is key to the Texas senator’s plan to win the nomination at a contested convention in July, provided he can block Mr. Trump from securing the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination on the first ballot.
“In Arizona, Cruz loyalists won nearly all but two of the 28 at-large delegate and about half of the 27 congressional district delegates. All of the state’s 58 delegates are bound to Mr. Trump on the first ballot, but could switch sides in later ballots. . .”
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Byron York: How GOP bigwigs made their peace with Trump”
Every politician, every government employee worries first about keeping their job or moving up to a better one . . .
“With Donald Trump heading toward what more and more Republicans believe will be victory in the GOP primaries, an increasing number of party figures — none fans of Trump originally — are making their peace with the idea of Trump as their nominee. Some are even working out an argument, at least in their own minds, that Trump has a plausible chance to defeat Hillary Clinton in a general election.
“There have been brief establishment flirtations with Trump in the past. But those flirtations ended when Trump said something outrageous or the campaign took some (brief) anti-Trump turn, most recently when Ted Cruz won the Wisconsin primary on April 5. Now, with Trump’s five-for-five victories in the Northeast last Tuesday, some establishment members are doing more than flirting with the idea of Trump. They’re accepting it.
“What follows won’t include names, but is based on private conversations with several stalwart Republicans . . .”
George Will, NRO: “In Case of Trump Nomination, Break Glass”
“Donald Trump’s damage to the Republican party, although already extensive, has barely begun. Republican quislings will multiply, slinking into support of the most anti-conservative presidential aspirant in their party’s history. “These collaborationists will render themselves ineligible to participate in the party’s reconstruction.
“Ted Cruz’s announcement of his preferred running mate has enhanced the nomination process by giving voters pertinent information. They already know the only important thing about Trump’s choice: His running mate will be unqualified for high office because he or she will think Trump is qualified. Hillary Clinton’s optimal running mate might be Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a pro-labor populist whose selection would be balm for the bruised feelings of Bernie Sanders’s legions. Running mates rarely matter as electoral factors: In 2000, Al Gore got 43.2 percent of the North Carolina vote. In 2004, John Kerry, trying to improve upon Gore’s total there, ran with North Carolina senator John Edwards but received 43.6 percent. If, however, Brown were to help deliver Ohio for Clinton, the Republican path to 270 electoral votes would be narrower than a needle’s eye.
“Republican voters, particularly in Indiana and California, can, by supporting Cruz, make the Republican convention a deliberative body rather than one that merely ratifies decisions made elsewhere, some of them six months earlier. A convention’s sovereign duty is to choose a plausible nominee who has a reasonable chance to win, not to passively affirm the will of a mere plurality of voters recorded episodically in a protracted process. . .”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “If the Donald Loses in November, It Won’t Be #NeverTrump That’s to Blame”
“. . . Of course, the Pashtun fondness for buggering young boys is well known. Kandahar’s reputation as the pederasty capital of South Asia — worst tourist slogan ever! — goes back centuries. The practice, called bacha bazi, is a kind of Veblenesque “conspicuous consumption.” Rich and powerful men — chiefly warlords — take on sex slaves as a status symbol. The unpopularity of the practice helped fuel the rise of the Taliban, which banned it. Local village elders complained to Quinn and others about how predatory the militias had become. So beating the child rapist can be understood as an improvisational effort to win the hearts and minds of the locals. But even if not, it was the right thing to do.
“I’m no wild-eyed idealist. If we absolutely need to ally ourselves with scummy, backward people in furtherance of a broader strategic imperative, so be it. But you know what? Tolerance is a two-way street. Our troops are taught to adhere to many local customs around the world as a sign of respect. Take off your shoes when you enter their homes. Eat from the communal bowl with your right hand only. Etc.
“Well, in return, our allies should be expected to meet the minimum requirements of our culture. And way up high on the list of good manners in the West — much higher, in fact, than the proper use of salad forks or covering your mouth when you cough — is: Do Not Rape Young Boys When You Are a Guest of the Americans. An important follow-up in the etiquette manual would state: “If you wish to follow your own customs in this matter, take note: It is an American custom to beat the stuffing out of men who chain up and rape young boys.” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434776/donald-trump-nevertrump-election-loss
Tyler O’Neil, PJM: “Donald Trump Is the Quintessential ‘Establishment’ Candidate”
“. . . While many Republican leaders are joining The Donald’s campaign rather late, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie backed him in late February. But these are sideshows to the real argument as to why Trump should be considered an “establishment” candidate. That has less to do with the GOP leaders backing him, and more to do with his history of crony capitalism and his manipulation of the media.
“For the full reasons why Trump is the ultimate “establishment” candidate, we have to turn back to the beginning of the race and understand how the tycoon with no government experience led all the early polls, and how this “shocking” development virtually ensured his rise. There are three major reasons why Trump had the headwind for most of the primary — reasons that have very little to do with his support for a border wall or his insistence that our foreign policy should be “America First.”
“. . . Nothing best illustrates Trump’s connection to power better than his push to bulldoze an elderly widow’s home — to build a limousine parking lot! The Donald didn’t just want this lady’s property, he asked the government to take it from her. Eminent domain is the process by which the government takes private land for public use. It has its proper role, but can very easily be abused by private interests who cozy up to big government for favors. Trump lost this particular case, but the fact that he even tried to do something this despicable is an indelible black mark on his record.
“Furthermore, The Donald has supported policies that are less than conservative in the past, and that’s putting it mildly. Trump backed single-payer healthcare, one of Bernie Sanders’ favorite policies. Most recently, however, the poster boy for fighting political correctness sided with the thought police on the issue of transgender bathroom use.
“The Donald once proudly proclaimed himself “pro-choice,” and he recently defended Planned Parenthood. His switch to supporting the other side of the issue was not only recent — there is some evidence to consider it altogether fake. In one of the most embarrassing moments of his campaign, he openly declared that women who seek abortions should be punished, angering both sides of the debate, before he backed away from his comments.
“Indeed, backing away from comments has become a signature move of the Trump campaign, and it seems a clever way to court angry voters without actually taking a stance on anything. This has fostered a mentality where fans of The Donald take him at his word when they agree with him, and willfully reject the idea that he will keep his word when he says things they disagree with. In other words, they have become sycophantic, turning Trump into a theoretical savior in their mind’s eye while ignoring the contradictions of the real man.
“The New York Post, in its endorsement of Trump this month, seemed to do just that. It outwardly criticized many of Trump’s positions, calling him a “rookie” and urging him to dial back the rhetoric, but nevertheless supported him because he opposes political correctness — a thing against which Ted Cruz also constantly rails.
“This haziness has enabled Trump to leverage his friendships even further. The Donald famously paid Bill and Hillary Clinton to attend his wedding, and John Boehner just admitted that they have been golf buddies for a long time. Trump’s friendships with those in power are not just his method of gaining what he wants — they are yet another proof that he is this year’s true “establishment” candidate. . .”
Kenneth Vogel & Eli Stokols, Politico: “Trump rejects new adviser’s push to make him ‘presidential’”
“Frustrated with Manafort, the GOP front-runner shifts some power back to campaign manager Lewandowski.
“Donald Trump is bristling at efforts to implement a more conventional presidential campaign strategy, and has expressed misgivings about the political guru behind them, Paul Manafort, for overstepping his bounds, multiple sources close to the campaign tell POLITICO.
“Trump became upset late last week when he learned from media reports that Manafort privately told Republican leaders that the billionaire reality TV star was “projecting an image” for voters and would begin toning down his rhetoric, according to the sources. They said that Trump also expressed concern about Manafort bringing several former lobbying colleagues into the campaign, as first reported by POLITICO.
“Now Trump is taking steps to return some authority to Manafort’s chief internal rival, campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
“Neither Lewandowski nor Manafort responded to requests for comment, though Manafort on Sunday during an interview on Fox News blamed Lewandowski’s regime for shortcomings in the campaign’s delegate wrangling operation. Lewandowski’s allies responded by privately questioning whether Manafort has done anything to improve the situation. . .” http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/donald-trump-paul-manafort-corey-lewandowski-222430
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: “CRUZ POACHES NEARLY ALL AZ DELEGATES=> Former Gov. Jan Brewer Screams “I Got CheaTED!”
“Donald Trump won the Arizona Republican primary with 47% of the vote to second place Ted Cruz with 25%.
“But that didn’t stop the Cruz campaign and GOP elites from coming in and poaching all of the delegates at today’s state convention. The Cruz camp and GOP elites call this a “good ground game.”
“Even former Governor Jan Brewer, an outspoken Trump supporter, had her name removed from the online ballot and did not make the cut.
“Trump supporters are once again crying foul. “KTAR reported:
‘Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pulled out a strategic victory at Saturday’s Arizona Republican Party convention, nailing down a large majority of delegates to the national convention amid cheating accusations from backers of businessman Donald Trump.
‘The Cruz slate won virtually all of the 28 at-large national delegates and roughly split the 27 delegates selected by congressional district. . .
LEADS . . .
Rudy Takala, Washington Examiner: “Issa: Clinton investigation likely to extend beyond election”
“. . . Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., argued the scale of potentially wrongful activity Clinton engaged in while leading the State Department is slowing down investigators.
“‘What’s happening in the investigation is, I think, the FBI is running into a problem that is too much to investigate,’ Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.
More from the Washington Examiner
Local officials wrote a letter expressing their dismay at Hillary Clinton’s “anti-coal messages.”
05/02/16 12:43 AM
“‘I believe they are going to have to make a summary finding as to her violation of the national records act, her taking of the documents, and of course a classified portion,’ said Issa who wielded subpoena power and oversaw an investigative staff while he chaired the Oversight Committee.
“‘They’re going to have to leave the … coordinating her activities and President Clinton’s activities and Chelsea’s activities in the Clinton Foundation, they’re probably going to have to leave that until after the election,’ Issa said. . .”
WSJ: “The Climate Police Escalate”
“A subpoena hits a think tank that resists progressive orthodoxy
“Sometimes we wonder if we’re still living in the land of the free. Witness the subpoena from Claude Walker, attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands, demanding that the Competitive Enterprise Institute cough up a decade of emails and policy work, as well as a list of private donors.
“Mr. Walker is frustrated that the free-market think tank won’t join the modern church of climatology, so he has joined the rapidly expanding club of Democratic politicians and prosecutors harassing dissenters.
“New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman started the assault last autumn with a subpoena barrage on Exxon Mobil. XOM 0.42 % His demand for documents followed reports by Inside Climate News and the Los Angeles Times that claimed Exxon scientists had known for years that greenhouse gases cause global warming but hid the truth from the public and shareholders.
“Those reports selectively quoted from Exxon documents, which in any case were publicly available and often peer-reviewed in academic journals. Some Exxon scientists changed their views over the years, and several years ago the company even endorsed a carbon tax.
“Mr. Schneiderman nonetheless says he is investigating Exxon for “defrauding the public, defrauding consumers, defrauding shareholders.” He also tipped a broader assault by claiming that the oil and gas company was funneling climate misinformation through “organizations they fund, like the American Enterprise Institute,” the “American Legislative Exchange Council” and the “American Petroleum Institute.” He wants to use the Exxon case to shut down all “climate change deniers.”
“Mr. Schneiderman didn’t single out CEI, and CEI doesn’t disclose its donors. But in January CEI senior attorney Hans Bader blasted Mr. Schneiderman for violating Exxon’s First Amendment rights. “Government officials cannot pressure a private party to take adverse action against a speaker,” he wrote. Mr. Scheiderman responded by inviting more than a dozen state AGs to join him in “collectively, collaboratively and aggressively” investigating fossil-fuel companies and their donations. He rolled out Al Gore for the press conference. . .”
Bruce Brown, YAHOO!: “Can you say ‘rubber stamp?’ FBI and NSA requests never denied by secret court”
“You likely don’t know much about the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Though it keeps a low profile, this is the court the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Agency go to when they want permission to put someone under surveillance. And they don’t get turned down, according to Reuters, citing a Justice Department memo. In 2015 the court received and approved 1,457 requests from the FBI and NSA. There were a bit fewer requests in 2014, but all of those were approved as well.
“The surveillance requests are for email or telephone intercepts. If granted, which is apparently always, they generally are carried out with the assistance of Internet telecommunications service providers. . .”
Matthew Boyle & Andy Badolato, Breitbart: “Exclusive — CLINTON CRASH: Hillary Has Received Hundreds of Thousands Less Votes in 2016 vs. 2008”
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has badly underperformed in 2016 compared with her first run for president in 2008, a new data analysis done exclusively by Breitbart News shows.
It’s particularly telling that she’s gotten less votes in 2016 than she did in 2008, especially because of the fact that the 2008 race was a three-way race for some time between Clinton, now President Barack Obama, and ex-Sen. John Edwards. She was, despite being the frontrunner for some time, the ultimate loser of that race—and she got more votes that year in a much more competitive primary that she ended up losing than she has this year against a devout, proud socialist in Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
“Clinton is widely expected to be the Democratic nominee in 2016, but her poor performance in the primaries—which many believe she should have wrapped up long ago—may drag her down heading into the general election, as even many Democratic voters seem to distrust her. . .”
Adam Shaw, Fox: “US weighing under-the-radar routes for Syrian refugees?”
“. . . The latest indication that the administration is preparing to take in more than the 10,000 Syrians this year it already has committed to follows a March 30 “high-level meeting” on Syrian refugee admission in Geneva, Switzerland — convened by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
“At the meeting, attended by State Department officials, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called for countries to pursue “alternative avenues” for refugees – such as student and work visas, and expanded family reunification programs.
“‘These pathways can take many forms: not only resettlement, but also more flexible mechanisms for family reunification, including extended family members, [labor] mobility schemes, student visa and scholarships, as well as visa for medical reasons,’ Grandi said. This followed an adviser suggesting the U.S. ask universities to offer scholarships to Syrian students, and help Syrian-Americans bring in their extended families outside the ‘time-consuming’ refugee resettlement process.
“The State Department immediately issued a media note reaffirming the ‘commitment to resettle at least 10,000 Syrians in FY 2016 and increase the total number of resettled refugees from around the world to 100,000 by the end of FY 2017.’ . . .”
John Crudele, NY Post: “Americans haven’t gotten a raise in 16 years”
“. . . President Obama whined last week that he’s not getting enough credit for the economy.
“Democrats are besides themselves wondering why Americans are so angry that they might be willing to elect Donald Trump president when the official unemployment rate is only 5%, oil prices are near their lowest level in a decade and the economy has been expanding for seven straight years.
“Why aren’t Americans happier?
“One of those pundits made me chuckle Tuesday night when he was talking about Trump’s primaries victories in another five states. He suggested that Americans were somehow being brainwashed by the media into thinking the economy was really bad when in fact it was good.
“Then, on Thursday, the Commerce Department showed just how good the economy wasn’t. It announced that the Gross Domestic Product grew by an annual rate of just 0.5% in the first three months of 2016.
“But that didn’t stop the media from trying to explain away the disappointment. . .”
PA . . .
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 4/29 Ups & Downs
“Joe Sestak. Seven years of practically non-stop work and Joe Sestak is still no closer to the United States Senate. It wasn’t easy of course, as it took three opponents, the President, Vice President, two PA Governors, a PA Senator, the current Senate Democratic Leader, the future Senate Democratic Leader, the DSCC, organized labor and EMILY’s List to bring Sestak down. Nonetheless, the indefatigable candidate’s political fortunes are dimmer than ever before. It’s tough to see where Sestak goes from here, but it would be truly surprising if he didn’t somehow find something to run (or walk) for eventually.
“Tom Wolf. Governor Wolf has had a rough time in office so far, defined by that year-long budget battle, and really need a win. On Tuesday, he got several victories. Katie McGinty, Josh Shapiro and Dwight Evans were all endorsed by Wolf and they all won. Not to mention Hillary Clinton, who held her election-eve rally at City Hall alongside the Governor and tons of other PA Democrats. Perhaps the 2016 primary contests can provide Tom Wolf with some much-needed momentum.
“Chaka Fattah. Congressman Chaka Fattah’s long political career is finally coming to an end. The incumbent lost his fight with State Rep. Dwight Evans, making him the first Congressman to be primaried this year. Now, his impending criminal trial looms as Fattah faces long odds in defeating the 29 indictments against him. 2016 just continues to get worse for Chaka Fattah.
Bill Shuster. As Tuesday neared, you got the feeling that Rep. Bill Shuster was getting nervous. The Congressman touted the NRA’s endorsement and launched some last-minute TV ads in his attempt to hold off a primary challenge from Art Halvorson. Early in the night, it appeared Shuster might go down. Eventually, though, Shuster survived with a slim 1,009 vote victory. Now, he is already turning toward the presidential race as he endorsed Donald Trump yesterday.
“Bill Golderer. The most embarrassing defeat award goes to Bill Golderer, who was decimated by Mary Ellen Balchunis in the PA-7 Democratic primary. Balchunis, despite being beloved by local Democratic activists, isn’t seen as a serious threat to Congressman Pat Meehan (he easily defeated her in 2014). So it made sense when the DCCC urged Golderer to get into the race. He also did a decent job fundraising and even got Steny Hoyer to do an event for him. So there’s no excuse for being blown out by forty-eight points. Suffice to say, don’t expect to see Golderer run for another political office.”