VFP/C4L, May 4th.
GOP: ADAMS – Donald/Newt?; GLUECK & GOLDMACHER – Cruz drops; HANSON – Trump novelty; O’NEIL, Estab wants Cruz to lose;.
LEADS: GELLER – Islam’s war starts; FOX – Dead Seal; MARKAY – AG pursues 90 climate-change skeptics; Batchelor – South China Sea; JEFFREY – Budget up a $trillion
END NOTES: HANCHETT – Mark Levin’s prediction of faeces; KENNING & BAILEY – Judge protects Confederate memorial.
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.”
“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.
“One of the challenges of being a whistleblower is living with the knowledge that people continue to sit, just as you did, at those desks, in that unit, throughout the agency, who see what you saw and comply in silence, without resistance or complaint. They learn to live not just with untruths but with unnecessary untruths, dangerous untruths, corrosive untruths. It is a double tragedy: What begins as a survival strategy ends with the compromise of the human being it sought to preserve and the diminishing of the democracy meant to justify the sacrifice.” Edward Snowden
GOP . . .
Myra Adams, NRO: “A Trump-Gingrich Ticket: Brilliant or Crazy?”
“. . . Roger Stone told me that “Gingrich is a man who loves public service.” And I say, at age 73, he has everything to gain and nothing to lose — except maybe his Fox News contract. Even if a Trump-Gingrich ticket were to lose, Newt’s media profile would have been substantially raised and he could cash in with new television contracts, as an author, and on the speaking circuit. “There are other advantages. We already know that in a no-holds-barred Clinton vs. Trump general-election campaign, Trump will be bombastic as ever. Gingrich, as Trump’s running mate, could be deployed to throw policy red-meat back at Hillary and Bill. Gingrich would be especially effective when the Clintons’ wax eloquent about their presidential legacy. That is when Gingrich could speak real truth to power because he — more than any other person in Washington — helped shape the Clinton presidency from his perch as speaker of the House. During those volatile years (a period that culminated in Gingrich’s shocking resignation), it was the Clintons vs. Gingrich in political hand-to-hand combat. Now, more than two decades later, a potential Trump-Gingrich vs. the Clinton Machine matchup has all the makings of an epic battle. Furthermore, if Trump remained weak on policy specifics, speaking only in broad strokes and grand gestures, Gingrich could play wing-man: Trump knows that no one is more versed in the nuances of foreign and domestic policy than Newt Gingrich. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434897/newt-gingrich-donald-trump-vice-president-nominee
Katie Glueck & Shane Goldmacher, Politico: “Ted Cruz drops out of presidential race”
‘With a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign,’ Cruz says.
“. . . From the start, Cruz had premised his candidacy on the idea that 2016 would be an election driven by resentment toward the established GOP order. It was a strategy that looked prescient as Cruz steadily rose in the polls throughout 2015 and broke into the top tier in Iowa in early 2016. “But what Cruz did not expect is that he would be outmatched in outsider anger by Trump. Cruz had maintained a fragile truce with Trump all of last year, but by the time he turned on the front-runner, the Manhattan businessman had already captured the voters Cruz was hoping would fuel his candidacy. . .” http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/ted-cruz-drops-out-of-presidential-race-222763
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Trump: Something New under the Political Sun”
“. . . To get a clearer idea of the feelings of Trump supporters, read the comments section following any mainstream news story that deals with race, class, and gender in politically correct fashion. A stream-of-consciousness litany of his supporters’ peeves, for good or ill, would run like this: The wrong people are in the news. Instead of generals, and small-business owners, and muscular workers, we instead see smarmy smart-asses, the pajama boys and mattress girls of the world of TV, who roll their eyes, wink about a joke only the anointed get, and smirk that what they say could have three different meanings — the Jon Stewarts, David Lettermans, and Stephen Colberts of Smug, Inc. “On race, Trump supporters are tired of hearing that black lives matter, while no one mentions that all lives matter. They are sick of seeing protestors wave the flag of the country they do not wish illegal aliens to be sent back to and trash the country they under no circumstances want them to leave. They don’t like getting a letter from an IRS that employs Lois Lerner — a letter that would be ignored with impunity by those who are here illegally, or who run the Clinton Foundation. They are tired of wealthy minorities claiming they are perpetual victims of ill-treatment at the hands of people who are less well off than they. They don’t like hearing from elites that huge trade deficits have little to do with loss of jobs or that cheating by our trade partners is just a passing glitch in free trade. They cannot stand lectures from those who make more money in an hour than they do in a year about their own bad habits or slothfulness. They don’t know what the on-screen savants mean by a leg-tingle or a perfectly pressed pant leg or a first-class temperament or a president as god — and they don’t care to find out. They do not hate political correctness so much as one-sided political correctness, which gives a pass to some to say things that would get others fired or ruined. They don’t want to be lectured that their own plight is part of a larger, healthy creative destruction or a leaner, meaner competitiveness or an overdue restructuring — by those who are never destroyed, rendered noncompetitive, or restructured. And they don’t like to be talked down to by the experts who ran up $10 trillion in debt, ruined the health-care system, dismantled the military, and screwed up the Secret Service, the IRS, NASA, and the VA. Trump is their megaphone, not their solution. The Trump supporters have seen plenty of politicians with important agendas, but few with the zeal to push them through; at this late date, they would apparently prefer zeal without agendas to agendas without zeal. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/434807/donald-trump-his-supporters
Tyler O’Neil, PJM: “Rush Limbaugh Says Establishment Wants Cruz… So He Can Lose in a Landslide”
“. . . Limbaugh said the Republican establishment thinks it is “better to lose with Cruz because that would say forever, ‘No conservative should ever get the nomination.’ They lose in a landslide and be done with it, and take social issues with you by the way.” The radio host flatly declared that the Texas senator is the choice of the establishment, saying, “The bosses of the GOP do indeed, if they had a preference, there’s no doubt in my mind it would be Cruz.”
“The radio host said that the party bosses already assume that the presidential election is a lost cause at this point. . .”
LEADS . . .
Pamela Geller, Breitbart: “Pamela Geller: In the Year Since the First Islamic State Attack on American Soil, These Muslims Confirmed ‘the War Has Just Begun’”
“Today is the first anniversary of the Islamic State’s first attack in the homeland.
“Just a couple of short months later, in response to the Chattanooga jihadi who slaughtered four Marines, one Navy officer said: “The War Has Just Begun. More to Come.”
“He was right. Yet one year after jihadis attacked our Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in defense of free speech, the West is in full surrender mode. In the wake of the Garland jihad attacks, the world says: let the bullies silence you. Don’t draw Muhammad. Comply with their other demands.
“Garland changed everything for my colleagues and me. Its personal toll has been enormous. It has affected our lives and our careers in innumerable ways, all of them negative. Our security costs are now astronomical. We cannot step outside without remembering that we are hunted, and at any time jihadis could strike at us.
“We went into the event with our eyes open. We knew the risks. But we knew the risks were greater, for our children and our children’s children, if we allowed the freedom of speech to be destroyed by violent intimidation.
“Yet still we were cast as the villains. . .
Fox: “US Navy SEAL killed by ISIS during intense Iraq firefight”
“Islamic State fighters shot and killed a Navy SEAL during an “extremely heavy, extremely intense” firefight with U.S. forces and Kurdish Peshmerga troops in northern Iraq Tuesday, military officials and a trainer who witnessed the fighting told Fox News.
The unnamed service member was advising Peshmerga forces but was less than 2 miles behind the front lines in the town of Tel Askuf, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement. A defense official told Fox News the service member was killed by small arms fire, likely from an AK-47 rifle.
“The Peshmerga were trying to hold the line, but Navy SEALS – at least 20 – came in and pounded the s— out of ISIS,” military trainer Matthew VanDyke told Fox News, saying that “scores” of Islamic State militants died. VanDyke and three U.S. veterans were training Assyrian Christian forces battling ISIS in the region.
Lachlan Markay, Free Beacon: “Dem AG Targets 90 Conservative Groups in Climate Change Racketeering Suit”
“The attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands is targeting dozens of conservative and libertarian organizations in a racketeering lawsuit against climate change skeptics that has been widely described as an effort to silence political opponents.
“In a subpoena issued in March, the office of USVI attorney general Claude Walker demanded from Exxon Mobil copies of communications between the oil company and 90 different political and policy organizations ‘and any other organizations engaged in research or advocacy concerning Climate Change or policies.’
“The subpoena was part of a national, coordinated legal campaign by state attorneys general and left-wing advocacy groups to use the legal system against companies and organizations that disagree with and advocate against Democratic policies to address global climate change.
“The existence of the subpoena was first reported by the Wall Street Journal in April. A newly released copy obtained by the Washington Free Beacon reveals the names of the organizations targeted in the effort, which had previously been redacted.
“Those organizations include some of the nation’s preeminent conservative and libertarian nonprofit groups. The AG is requesting Exxon Mobil communications with the Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, the Federalist Society, the Hoover Institution, the Reason Foundation, and the Mercatus Institute, among other groups. . .”
John Batchelor: South China Sea
““China said it wouldn’t allow the U.S. aircraft carrier John C. Stennis to make a stop in Hong Kong for a long-planned port stay. “The move comes as Beijing and Washington have been at odds over territorial claims by China in the South China Sea.” – as a desperate Xi Jinping takes any possible move to improve his domestic image in the midst of an economic meltdown created by an overweening, corrupt, and fiscally incompetent Chinese Communist Party. To divert public attention from the fact that one trillion dollars of hot money have fled China each year for several years – another financial disaster – Xi and his immediate cronies, including a small, intensely violent crew of flag officers, have identified atolls in the South and East China Seas, built them up to be approximately islands, and claimed them as sovereign territory. Under international compacts, were they legitimate islands, China could claim twelve, or eventually two hundred, miles in circumference of each island as Chinese-owned seas. Needless to say, this deeply annoys the surrounding countries who already by global acknowledgement own those square kilometers of ocean. “At stake besides a lot of salt water are huge deposits of deep-sea minerals, including oil and gas; vast fishing reserves, and, perhaps most intimately, the existential security of the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, perhaps Brunei. “Beijing could hardly have managed to send these nations more rapidly into the arms of the United States, apparently the only nation with a navy and air force able to be guarantors of regional peace and freedom of navigation. Further, China has put a spotlight on the need of those countries to coordinate and collaborate militarily, which they’ve started to do in earnest; and, amazingly, in close cooperation not only with Australia but also with a thoroughly irritated Japan. “China has recently been so bellicose that observers wonder what on Earth the PLA and PLA Navy have in mind for the future, because if they actually push too hard – close up on the horizon – they’re playing a losing game.”
Terence Jeffrey, CNS: “In 6 Months since Budget Deal: Debt Up More Than $1 Trillion”
“(CNSNews.com) – In the six months that have passed since then-retiring House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cut a budget deal with President Barack Obama that suspended the legal limit on the federal debt until March 15, 2017, the federal debt has increased by more than $1 trillion.
“The Senate passed “The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015” with a vote held in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 30. Obama signed it on Monday, Nov. 2.
“At the close business on Oct. 30, 2015, the total federal debt was $18,152,981,685,747.52. By the close of business on April 28, 2016—the latest date for which the Treasury has published the number–the total federal debt was $19,186,207,744,589.55. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Ian Hanchett, Breitbart: Mark Levin, 5/3/16
“Talk radio host Mark Levin, who has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz, blasted the Fox News Channel as ‘not a news channel’ and a ‘Donald Trump super PAC’ that will be “rubbing their own faces in their own feces” after the GOP gets “our a**es kicked in the general election” on Tuesday.
“Levin began by saying to the Fox News Channel, “You’re not a news channel anymore. You’re the Fox Channel.”
“He then turned to that day’s tiff between Trump and Cruz, and criticized the FNC program “Outnumbered” for not giving the context of the fight between the two, that Trump had accused Cruz’s father of being linked to JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. He further said that, according to a friend of his who contacted him, another program, “The Five,” didn’t bring up Trump’s Oswald-Rafael Cruz theory until over 20 minutes past the hour. Levin continued, “Donald Trump is bringing up a National Enquirer story that accuses Ted Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, of being in cahoots, in one way or another, with Lee Harvey Oswald.” Levin further stated that, according to his source, “several of the people on ‘The Five’ thought this was hilarious. As a matter of fact, they were defending the National Enquirer. … That’s why it’s not the Fox News Channel, it’s the Fox Channel, and the Donald Trump super PAC.”
“He then stated, ‘They may be laughing today, but they’re going to be rubbing their own faces in their own feces, I’ll tell you that, after this general election, because they have humiliated themselves.’ Levin also criticized the “Fox & Friends” anchors for not challenging Trump’s Oswald-Rafael Cruz link based on a National Enquirer story. . .”
Chris Kenning & Phillip Bailey, Courier Journal: “Judge blocks Confederate monument’s removal”
“A Jefferson County Circuit judge on Monday issued a restraining order to block removal of the controversial Confederate monument near the University of Louisville.
“Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman issued the order Monday morning against Mayor Greg Fischer and metro government, barring them from moving, disassembling or otherwise tampering with the 70-foot-tall monument.
“GOP congressional hopeful Everett Corley filed the temporary restraining order in Jefferson Circuit Court to stop Fischer and U of L President James Ramsey from removing the monument from the school’s campus. Also listed as plaintiffs are the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Kentucky Division, and its “Chief of Heritage Defense,” and political activist Ed Springston.
“A hearing is set for Thursday at 10:30 a.m. to consider their motion for a full temporary injunction.
“‘This restraining order is about respecting veterans,’ said Corley, a real estate agent, who argued it was the ‘equivalent of a book burning’ and smacked of political correctness gone awry. . .”