Blue Lives Matter, True the Vote, Independence Day Parade
PA: YURCHAK – Bathrooms.
GOP: COLVIN & SHAPIRO – Donald’s list for SCOTUS; KAGAN – Fascism comes to America.
LEADS: McCAUGHEY – Clinton Cash; BATCHELOR – Ben Rhodes; TYRELL – A Clintonite movie; NAPOLITANO – Gov’t lies; KUDLOW – Zuckerberg; HANSON – PJ Boys; SHIELD – DC gun law.
END NOTES: IZADI – Lady spiders . . . males for dinner.
Citizens for Liberty/Valley Forge Patriots: Upper Merion Police Appreciation Day:#BlueLivesMatter
Please join us and bring your family. This is definitely a family-friendly event!
Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
U.S. Route 202 and Mall Blvd., King of Prussia, PA, 19406.
We will be outside on the sidewalk and grass at this intersection which is loated in between the Plaza and the Court at The King of Prussia Mall.
Please park in the larger lot adjacent to the Wells Fargo Bank on this corner.
This event is being held to show our support for the men and women in blue that put their lives on the line for us every day. Theirs is a thankless job and they need to be shown that people do appreciate them.
We are looking for volunteers and donations. We hope to serve the following: coffee, cake, fresh made sandwiches, and water, to all Upper Merion Police Officers and PA State Troopers that stop by.
Bring your American flags, your LARGE pro-police posters, banners, balloons, and your family. Join us. Tables and chairs will be on site. Please feel free to brings chairs.
The Upper Merion Police were informed of this event and are looking forward to it.
All monetary donations can be sent to “Citizens for Liberty” P.O. Box 782, Oaks PA. 19456, no later than June 15th. This event will be co-hosted by “Valley Forge Patriots” and “Bucks/MontCo Overpasses.”
Our mailing address is:
PO Box 782
Oaks, PA, 19456; Our telephone: 484-424-3619
Catherine Englebrecht, True the Vote
“. . . Candidates come and go. But what remains….what must always remain…is our right to vote for or against those candidates in a free and fair election.
True the Vote is the only pro-liberty organization dedicated to voters’ rights. We’re it. The national tip of the spear.
Through the years we’ve been hit hard. Very hard. But we’ve never wavered, because we represent a principle that goes beyond Republican or Democrat. We represent the right to vote.
The right to engage – to be heard – to count and be counted. Over the years, bloodied but unbowed, we’ve helped inspire millions to find their voice by casting their ballot. That’s what True the Vote is all about.
We’ve trained volunteer poll workers from coast to coast, we’ve fought for honest elections in courtroom battles, we’re researched and reported on the state of our voter rolls, and we’ve exposed the truth about efforts underway, even as I type this, to dilute and distort your vote so completely that you don’t have a fighting chance.
Make no mistake, liberty not defended will be lost.
And so, I’m asking for your help to keep working on your behalf to defend the sanctity of your vote. We are in critical need of your financial support. I wish we didn’t have to ask, but we do.
Will you please take a minute right now and make a donation? $10, $25… $100, $1000…every cent will immediately be used to fortify our current programs and plan for the future.
If there was ever a time for a group like ours to remain standing, it is now. And if not us, then who?
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. May God bless you, and may God bless America.
Onward! Catherine Engelbrecht
Founder, True the Vote
Janet: Independence Day March, July 4th
Our secession from Great Britain will be honored this year with George Washington crossing the Delaware River in a boat, in tow, while our professional singer is aboard entertaining with Patriotic songs. We plan to have Revolutionary soldiers in costume, and the original 13 colony flags. Events that have happened over the recent years will be memorialized to raise awareness to the crowd. Feel free to uphold your God-given and 2nd Amendment right.
Bring your different American flags. Dress in Colonial garb. Wear your red, white, and blue.
Bring large and easily read posters. Bring banners (we need attendees to hold quite a few that we have). Bring your family. We need proud Americans to throw out 50 pounds of candy, and literature pertaining to our organization.
Afterwards, for whoever cares to gather on the outside patio in the center of the village at Basta Pasta, 4052 Skippack Pike, will have themselves a lot of fun with the dozens who join
us for great food, drink, and conversation!
Plan to join us at 10a.m. at the Skippack Fire Company, 1230 Bridge Road
(right off of Rt 73/Skippack Pike) to plan our lineup. The parade begins at 11,
and lasts approximately one hour, which includes stopping and starting.
Jane Taylor Toal, CEO Citizens for Liberty
Citizens for Liberty, PO Box 782, Oaks, PA, 194546; Telephone: 484-424-3619
“Up till now everyone has been at liberty to hope what he pleased about the future. Where there are no facts, sentiment rules. But henceforth it will be everyman’s business to inform himself of what can happen and therefore of what with the unalterable necessity of destiny and irrespective of personal ideals, hopes, or desires, will happen. When we use the risky word ‘freedom’ we shall mean freedom to do, not the this or the that but the necessary or nothing.” Oswald Spengler, The Decline of the West, 1918, in Copley 2012, 6.
PA . . .
Joanne Yurchak: Bathroom Bills
“This E-Mail contains a great deal of information and legal opinions from reputable sources that I’ve received regarding the “bathroom bills” that are currently being considered in the PA House (HB 1510) and PA Senate (SB 974). According to knowledgeable sources, if HB 1510 and SB 974 become law, it would make all public restrooms, locker rooms and showers accessible to anyone regardless of biological sex. I urge you to educate yourself, consider the consequences of these bills (particularly with regard to our schools and public places), and express your informed opinions to: (1) your own legislators, (2) those legislators who are supporting these bills (see who they are at defendmyprivacy.org), and (3) your school district superintendent and school board members. This is moving quickly, so you should act ASAP!
HOW TO CONTACT PA LEGISLATORS: Phone numbers and direct E-mail addresses for PA House members can be readily obtained from the link: https://humane-pa.org/resources/pa-legislators-e-mail-addresses/. To find out who your PA senator and representatives legislators are and also their contact information, do the following…
Access the web site: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/index.cfm. Type in your address and click on GO.
I recognize that this is an issue that should be addressed for the sake of both the small minority of transgender individuals and also for the vast majority of citizens who aren’t of that persuasion. I strongly believe that transgender individuals must be treated respectfully and that bullying of any sort is unconscionable. That said, it is imperative that this issue be resolved in a manner that protects EVERYONE’S privacy and safety in bathrooms, showers and changing areas, particularly in our schools. This is both a privacy AND a safety issue.
Privacy: It should be obvious to anyone with an ounce of common sense that making all public restrooms, locker rooms and showers accessible to anyone regardless of biological sex does not protect a student’s privacy or that of any other individual. End of story!
Safety: Why is this a safety issue? Let me be clear…it is NOT the transgender individuals who might be the cause of harming others — it is perverts who would use this law to their advantage to have access to their “prey.” Consider the following scenario…a pervert dressed as a male enters a public “women’s” rest room. If these proposed bathroom bills became law, it would be inappropriate to question him as to his right to be in a “women’s bathroom” since it could be assumed that he considers himself a female. The concern of a questioner’s being derided and labelled a transphobe would be very real. The pervert then attacks a helpless child who is alone in the bathroom. Anyone believing that this is a far-fetched example should remember the case of Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter who provided many verbal clues that he was a jihadist. The multiple individuals who heard his rantings were afraid to report them for fear of being labeled Isamophobes and the result was a preventable mass killing. This is a very real possibility in these times when political correctness is being stretched to absurd limits.
What is the solution to this problem? It is only humane to provide appropriate, but reasonable and non-disruptive accommodations to satisfy the unique needs of transgenders. One simple solution would be to continue on with the current biologically-gender-specific rest rooms but provide an individual rest room (such as is done in many places with a family rest room) for those needing privacy and/or a safe place such as transgenders. This could be done in public schools and all other public places but should be voluntary for private organizations and situations. It SHOULD be obvious to any sensible person that mixing individuals of different biological anatomies in dressing rooms, locker rooms and showers is totally unacceptable and inappropriate.
General Sources for Information
- The web site http://defendmyprivacy.org/contains a great deal of useful information regarding these bills including a very easy PLAN OF ACTION…
- Link to one-page Summary of HB 1510 and SB 974 that also indicates what you can do to stop these bills from becoming law — http://pafamily.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/DefendMyPrivacy.org-Protect-privacy-in-all-showers-bathrooms-and-locker-rooms.pdf
- Link to FAQ’s on PA Bills (HB1510 and SB974): http://pafamily.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Five-Frequently-Asked-Questions-Defend-My-Privacy.pdf
Sources Containing Legal Information and Documentation
- Letter from Alliance Defending Freedom to Pittsburgh School District that presents legalities of the situation regarding school districts, noting that “Schools Are Not Legally Required to Allow Students to Use Opposite Sex Restrooms, Showers, and Changing Rooms” — http://www.adfmedia.org/files/PittsburghPublicSchoolsLetter.pdf Note that this would be a good reference to send to your superintendents and school board members to inform them of legalities and the fundamental rights of students to privacy in our schools.
- Link to article entitled “Dispelling the Myths: Title IX, Transgender Students and School Restrooms” —https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/docs/default-source/documents/resources/campaign-resources/marriage/safe-bathrooms/myths-and-facts—title-ix-and-its-implications-for-schools.pdf?sfvrsn=4 (Note that “Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity.”) This would also be a good reference to send to your superintendents and school board members since it discusses the legalities with respect to Title IX.
- Link to article entitled ” ‘UNLAWFUL ACTION’: Louisiana and Pennsylvania BLAST Obama’s Bathroom Tyranny” — http://fox43.com/2016/05/18/pa-lawmakers-respond-to-obamas-bathroom-decree/ This is a media report that describes a letter that 97 PA lawmakers wrote to President Obama expressing their outrage at “his administration’s recent letter threatening to pull federal funding and seek legal action against public schools that prohibit transgender students from using bathroom and locker room facilities based on gender identity.” It also discusses legalities of the situation that have already been decided by a federal court in PA.
Thank you for listening. Please act ASAP.
GOP . . .
Jill Colvin & Mark Sherman, AP:” Donald Trump unveils list of his top picks for Supreme Court”
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, released Wednesday a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia if he’s elected to the White House.
The list of conservative federal and state judges includes Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri.
Also on the list are: Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas. Trump had previously named Pryor and Sykes as examples of kind of justices he would choose.
The news comes as Trump is working to bring together a fractured Republican Party and earn the trust of still-skeptical establishment Republicans who question his electability in the general election, as well as conservatives in his party still wary of his commitment to their cause.
Robert Kagan, WaPo: “This is how fascism comes to America”
It actually arrived with the first election of Barry O . . . he’s been their dictator, now we want our own . As Copley puts it: “We are now in an urban age in which most individuals have come – because of the way that urban, abstract societies have evolved – to choose and prefer the certainty of oppression over the uncertainty and opportunity of freedom” Copley, 2012, 24.
“The Republican Party’s attempt to treat Donald Trump as a normal political candidate would be laughable were it not so perilous to the republic. If only he would mouth the party’s “conservative” principles, all would be well.
“But of course the entire Trump phenomenon has nothing to do with policy or ideology. It has nothing to do with the Republican Party, either, except in its historic role as incubator of this singular threat to our democracy. Trump has transcended the party that produced him. His growing army of supporters no longer cares about the party. Because it did not immediately and fully embrace Trump, because a dwindling number of its political and intellectual leaders still resist him, the party is regarded with suspicion and even hostility by his followers. Their allegiance is to him and him alone.
“And the source of allegiance? We’re supposed to believe that Trump’s support stems from economic stagnation or dislocation. Maybe some of it does. But what Trump offers his followers are not economic remedies — his proposals change daily. What he offers is an attitude, an aura of crude strength and machismo, a boasting disrespect for the niceties of the democratic culture that he claims, and his followers believe, has produced national weakness and incompetence. His incoherent and contradictory utterances have one thing in common: They provoke and play on feelings of resentment and disdain, intermingled with bits of fear, hatred and anger. His public discourse consists of attacking or ridiculing a wide range of “others” — Muslims, Hispanics, women, Chinese, Mexicans, Europeans, Arabs, immigrants, refugees — whom he depicts either as threats or as objects of derision. His program, such as it is, consists chiefly of promises to get tough with foreigners and people of nonwhite complexion. He will deport them, bar them, get them to knuckle under, make them pay up or make them shut up.
“That this tough-guy, get-mad-and-get-even approach has gained him an increasingly large and enthusiastic following has probably surprised Trump as much as it has everyone else. Trump himself is simply and quite literally an egomaniac. But the phenomenon he has created and now leads has become something larger than him, and something far more dangerous. . .”
LEADS . . .
Betsy McCaughey, NY Post: “First look at explosive Hillary documentary, ‘Clinton Cash’”
“Hillary Clinton says that when she and her husband moved out of the White House 15 years ago, they were “dead broke.” Today, they’re worth more than $150 million.
“In the new documentary “Clinton Cash,” it becomes all too clear how the former first couple went from rags to filthy rich — with the emphasis on filthy.
“As the movie shows, the Clintons are political Teflon dons compared with another Beltway power couple, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
“The McDonnells were convicted of accepting more than $150,000 in gifts from a businessman while the governor was in office. Meanwhile, the Clintons raked in 700 times that amount — $105 million — under the pretext of speaking fees while Hillary was in public office.
“Yet while the McDonnells face time in the Big House, the Clintons are once again aiming for the White House.
“The documentary is based on a book by former Hoover Institution fellow Peter Schweizer and was just screened during the Cannes Film Festival. It is set to be shown in major US cities, including Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention there in July. . .”
John Batchelor: “So, why does Ben Rhodes still have his job?”
“The broad answer involves the moral vertigo of modern Washington, the Instagram attention span of too many members of a Twitter-driven press corps, and the self-abasements of a culture in which the old American spirit of individual responsibility and free enterprise has been devolving — with many a prompt from President You-Didn’t-Build-That — into a selfie-snapping contest for “safe spaces” and “free stuff.” In that context, dude, what difference does it make if Boy Wonder Ben Rhodes, speechwriter and “strategic communicator,” mind-melded with the President, carries on manufacturing and marketing the “narrative” that passes these days for foreign policy? Once you dispense with the baggage of reality, and its knock-on effects for those multitudes of lesser mortals who have never flown on Air Force One, what’s left is former White House staffer Tommy Vietor (“Dude, this was like two years ago”), buddy of Ben Rhodes, techno-chatting to one of Washington’s best reporters, Eli Lake (who knows plenty) that he’s sure most folks outside of Washington think the Rhodes profile was just a “fascinating profile of a brilliant guy with a really cool job.” “All these things matter. But there’s a far more direct answer to the question of why Rhodes still has his job. “Quite simply, Rhodes still has his job because President Obama likes it that way. In the caudillo calculus of Obama’s White House, that’s about all that really matters. It’s part of the fundamental transformation of America. “Under the old rules of American politics, for a top White House staffer to get caught betraying the public trust (and then gloating over it) would have been a firing offense. Not anymore. For this president, with his pen, phone and proclivity for executive diktat, the priority is not the rights of the American people, or their elected lawmakers in Congress, or fidelity to the truth. What matters is loyalty to Obama and his agenda — however radical that becomes, and whatever it might require in lies, manipulation and disregard for democratic process. “The real story here is not Rhodes. It’s his boss. Rhodes is no rogue element on Obama’s staff. We’ve heard no protest from the White House over Rhodes’s statement in the Samuels profile that, “I don’t know any more where I begin and Obama ends.” “What’s come out of the White House instead is an article by Rhodes on “How We Advocated for the Iran Deal”; now coupled with a rejection by the White House of an invitation from Congress for Rhodes to come testify on that very topic, at a hearing held earlier today. A prime distinction between these two poles is that Rhodes, when writing an article, controls the narrative from his keyboard (dispensing with assorted inconvenient truths on grounds that “I’m sure I’ll have plenty of opportunities to respond to those topics in the weeks and months to come”). In front of the likes of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, there’s the awkward chance that Rhodes might lose control of his narrative. “The White House argued that the invitation for Rhodes to testify “raises significant constitutional concerns rooted in the separation of powers.” That would be more persuasive had the president shown any such concern for the Constitution while ramming through the Iran deal. That was not solely a matter of peddling the Rhodes-Obama narrative. Obama also raced to get United Nations Security Council approval for the deal before Congress had a chance to delve into it. . .”
Emmet Tyrell, Townhall: “A movie for Clintonites”
“. . .Last week, I saw a documentary of recent events and became overwhelmed with similar rumbling and groaning from the movie’s soundtrack. It was suitably alarming, if not quite up to the horrors of Russian history. The documentary was about the Clintons’ worldwide corruption.
“It will be available in American movie houses shortly. It is called “Clinton Cash,” and though it only involves pictures of a few score corpses in faraway places, such as Africa and Haiti, it is very alarming. The documentary centers on Third-World corruption, the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, and President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, she being the putative Democratic presidential candidate. I cannot think of a similar film ever being made about a presidential candidate in American history, not even Richard Nixon.
“‘Clinton Cash’ is based on Peter Schweizer’s book ‘Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,’ which was reviewed in this column a year ago. When seen on the big screen, “Clinton Cash” is even more chilling than the book, for it deals with the astounding amounts of money that were directed to the Clintons while Clinton was secretary of state and Bill was on the speaking circuit. . .”
Judge Andrew Napolitano, Townhall: “Who Answers for Government Lies?”
“. . . Last year, the Obama administration negotiated an agreement with the government of Iran permitting Iran to obtain certain materials for the construction of nuclear facilities. It also permitted the release of tens of billions of dollars in Iranian assets that had been held in U.S. banks and that the courts had frozen, and it lifted trade sanctions. In exchange, certain inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities can occur under certain circumstances.
“During the course of the negotiations, many critics made many allegations about whether the Obama administration was telling the truth to Congress and to the American people.
“Was there a secret side deal? The administration said no. Were we really negotiating with moderates in the Iranian government, as opposed to the hard-liners depicted in the American media? The administration said yes. Can U.N. or U.S. inspectors examine Iranian nuclear facilities without notice and at any time? The administration said yes.
“It appears that this deal is an executive agreement between President Barack Obama and whatever faction he believes is running the government of Iran. That means that it will expire if not renewed at noon on Jan. 20, 2017, when the president’s term ends.
“It is not a treaty, because it was not ratified by a two-thirds vote of the Senate, which the Constitution requires for treaties. Yet the Obama administration cut a deal with the Republican congressional leadership, unknown to the Constitution and unheard of in the modern era. That deal provided that the agreement would be valid unless two-thirds of those voting in both houses of Congress objected. They didn’t.
“Then last week, the president’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, Ben Rhodes, who managed the negotiations with Iran, told The New York Times that he lied when he spoke to Congress and the press about the very issues critics were complaining about. He defended his lies as necessary to dull irrational congressional fears of the Iranian government. . .”
Lawrence Kudlow, RCP: “Zuckerberg’s Conservative Battle: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire”
“Mark Zuckerberg and his massive social-media site Facebook have come under strong criticism for allegedly suppressing stories of interest for conservative readers from its influential “trending” news section. Facebook has roughly 1.6 billion users worldwide, 167 million of whom are in the United States. Its “trending” section is therefore a powerful political influence.
“Zuckerberg has denied the charges, and he will meet Wednesday with a handful of conservatives to discuss allegations that Facebook’s “news curators” have manipulated its list of stories. The way it works at Facebook is that this powerful group of curators, or editors, who have access to a ranked list of trending topics generated by the company’s algorithms, control the content of the trending-news section. In effect, these curators exercise gatekeeping powers, which amount to political news-making powers that are transmitted to Facebook’s massive audience. Even The New York Times published an article this week titled “Social media finds new role as news and entertainment curator.”
“The anti-conservative curating bias was first reported by the tech blog Gizmodo. After that, a number of conservative outlets chimed in that the social-media giant has suppressed conservative views and related stories. This triggered news reports by the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, The New York Times, and websites The Hill and Breitbart. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “The Pajama Boy White House”
“. . . What exactly has birthed the Pajama Boy aristocracy — our overclass of pretentious, inexperienced, and smug 30-something masters of the universe? “Prolonged adolescence? Affluence? The disappearance of physical chores and muscular labor? The collapse of traditional liberal education and the triumph of the therapeutic mindset? Disdain for or ignorance of life outside the Boston–New York–Washington corridor? Political correctness as a sort of careerist indemnity that allows one to live a sheltered and apartheid existence? The shift in collective values and status from production, agriculture, and manufacturing to government, law, finance, and media? The reinvention of the university as a social-awareness retreat rather than a place to learn? “During the showdown over Obamacare, the pro-Obama PAC Organizing for Action put out an ad now known as “Pajama Boy.” It showcased a young fellow in thick retro-rimmed glasses, wearing black-and-red plaid children’s-style pajamas, and sipping from a mug, with a sort of all-knowing expression on his face. The text urged: “Wear pajamas. Drink hot chocolate. Talk about getting health insurance. #GetTalking.” “Most men in Dayton or Huntsville do not lounge around in the morning in their pajamas, with or without built-in footpads, drinking hot chocolate and scanning health-insurance policies. That our elites either think they do, or think the few that matter do, explains why a nation $20 trillion in debt envisions the battle over transgender restrooms as if it were Pearl Harbor. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435448/obamas-pajama-boy-menagerie
Liz Shield, PJM: “Court: D.C. Concealed-Carry Law ‘Probably’ Unconstitutional”
“Two days in a row with good Second Amendment news.
On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that Washington. D.C.’s restrictive concealed-carry rules are “probably” unconstitutional and ordered District police to stop enforcing the rule that requires an applicant to show “good reason” for needing to conceal a firearm.
U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon explained that the D.C. law violates the “core right of self-defense” articulated in the Second Amendment, dismissing claims by local officials that the city needs to regulate firearms to prevent crime.
Once again, we see the legal brain trust of the left arguing that there is some standard to be met before constitutionally protected rights kick in. Yesterday, I discussed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that asserted the selling of firearms is protected under the Second Amendment. The lone judge dissenting in that case claimed “conspicuously missing from this lawsuit is any honest-to-God resident of Alameda County complaining that he or she cannot lawfully buy a gun nearby.” There is no requirement to show “need” before the state recognizes your rights.”
END NOTES . . .
“Will [Trump] have some appeal to working-class Dems in Levittown or Bristol? Sure,” Rendell said. “For every one he’ll lose 1½, two Republican women. Trump’s comments like ‘You can’t be a 10 if you’re flat-chested,’ that’ll come back to haunt him. There are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women. People take that stuff personally.” Ed Rendell
Elahe Izadi, WaPo: “Lady spiders demand gifts from their gentleman callers — or else they eat them”
“Look, if any of these male nursery web spiders out there want to get busy and perpetuate their lineage, they better not show up empty-handed. Because they could get eaten. Alive.
“‘Nuptial gift-giving’ has long been observed in nursery web spiders (Pisaura mirabilis). Basically, male spiders offer female spiders insects wrapped up in silk (yes, a snack packaged in high-end material).
“There’s been a fair amount of interest in this unique mating ritual, and a new study published this week in Biology Letters sheds further light on it. Researchers found male spiders without gifts were six times more likely to be eaten by female spiders before mating. And that happened “independent of female hunger.’. . . ”