Remember a Vet: Blue Lives Matter, Independence Day Parade
PA: KNEPPER – Budget changes?
GOP: HOFT – Trump has the votes; NIMMO – Trump rips Kristol; GREEN – Priebus.
LEADS: HENNINGER – All at Disney; RUSHBO – Hillary to remove border; DENVER POST – VA chief in denial; CROWLEY – Biden/Warren?; BATCHELOR – Dying oldsters; WaPo – Hillary rule-breaker.
Remember a Vet!
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
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
“… although consumerism appeared at first to be a true perpetual motion machine – creating markets, which created jobs, creating wealth, creating consumption – consumerism ultimately undermined social hierarchies. It became a voracious and insatiable beast. It became the mob.” Copley, 2012, 50.
PA. . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Legislators Propose Revolutionary Changes to State Budget Process”
“. . . Baseline budgeting is a simple (and terrible) way to allocate resources. What it means is that an agency or department looks at what their budget was this year and assumes that they will get a certain percentage more next year. Baseline budgeting means that spending will essentially never decrease. Furthermore, it is how agencies can claim that their funding got cut even though they got more money year over year. . . .
“ . . .In contrast, performance- and priority-based hybrid system eliminates the assumption that Agency X will automatically get more money, and more importantly it raises the possibility that the funding might go away entirely if the programs it administers aren’t performing as well as alternatives or if the priorities of the Commonwealth change. Most programs run by the state and federal government do not have a clear objective, or if they do there is very little information available on what progress is being made to achieve that goal. Economic Development, i.e. corporate welfare, and social welfare programs are notoriously bad at setting objectives and measuring performance. A real world example would be for a business to invest in all new servers to reduce downtime, but never measuring the downtime to see if it worked.
“Priority-based budgeting is what CAP called for during the last few budget cycles. It is similar to how families budget. They know their income and make financial decisions based on the amount of money they have, which is a stark contrast to how government typically operates. The government generally decides how much to spend and then tries to figure out where to get the necessary money. . .”
GOP . . .
Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit: “REPUBLICAN PARTY Sets Primary Turnout Record – 28 Million Votes with 5 States Left”
“According to AP and Real Clear Politics – Donald Trump Awarded 1,239 Delegates –Enough to Win Nomination
“The AP and Real Clear Politics today reported that Donald Trump surpassed the number of delegates needed to win the Republican nomination for President. With the delegates awarded from his win Tuesday in the state of Washington and additional delegates reporting predominantly in Pennsylvania and North Dakota, Trump surpassed this magic number today.
The Republican Party started the year with 17 bona fide candidates in the race. This was more than any major party ever. In spite of this, Trump has now accumulated 57% of all Republican delegates to date and enough to win the nomination.
As of today 45 Republican state elections and 44 Democrat state elections have taken place. Trump leads Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in state wins with 31 and in primaries with 28. He’s won 69% of the state elections to date.
Trump has received more than 11 million votes to date in the state elections according to www.thegreenpapers.com. This is 42% of all Republican votes received to date.
The Republican Party has set a party record this year in pre-convention state election turnout with over 28 million votes to date which is 136% of the record high voter turnout in 2008. That’s four million more votes than the Democratic primary race this year.
There are five states left to vote including California.
This increase in votes can be attributed to Donald Trump.
Kurt Nimmo, InfoWars: “Trump Rips “Loser” Neocon Bill Kristol and Doomed Third Party”
“. . . Kristol leads the ‘Never Trump’ movement and is attempting to establish a third party and run a candidate to oppose both Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The effort has been plagued by false starts and criticism that it is not realistic this late in the game. Despite this, on Thursday Bloomberg reported remarks by Kristol that failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may head up the new party.
“‘The real last chance here is with Mitt Romney, who has said ‘no’ but who I think is thinking seriously about it,’ Kristol said. ‘He is a very serious person, he really knows that Trump should not be president of the United States. He strongly believes that Hillary Clinton should not be president of the United States.’
“The fact the former Massachusetts governor has lost two presidential bids does not concern Kristol.”
Joshua Green, Bloomberg: “A day in the life of Reince Priebus, reluctant GOP peacemaker”
“. . . Priebus’s mission at the RNC has been to manufacture some luck: to rebuild a party that lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections and lost power completely with Barack Obama’s 2008 victory. While Republicans traded recriminations after Mitt Romney’s loss in 2012, Priebus announced that the RNC would conduct a rigorous postmortem of all that had gone wrong and figure out how to refashion the party for the 21st century. ‘It wasn’t the RNC’s fault that things didn’t work out in 2012,’ says Sally Bradshaw, a senior Jeb Bush adviser and a co-author of the resulting report. ‘But Priebus was willing to say, ‘There’s no other entity that can do this, that can take this on.’ ’ The key to revival, the authors concluded, was to put a kinder, gentler gloss on the old stalwart Republican ideals (free trade, small government) while reforming immigration laws to entice nonwhite voters who were tuning the party out.
“This was a comforting notion, but it hasn’t panned out. ‘The Jeb Bush guys wrote the autopsy,’ says a frustrated Republican strategist who works with the RNC. ‘Then Jeb Bush ran the worst campaign in presidential history.’ By obliterating Jeb, Trump redefined the Republican Party’s identity off the top of his head. And his vision of the GOP’s future is in many ways the diametrical opposite of what Priebus and the party Establishment had imagined. Many politicians, Trump told me, had privately confessed to being amazed that his policies, and his lacerating criticism of party leaders, had proved such potent electoral medicine. Trump says this was obvious, but craven Republicans wouldn’t acknowledge it. So he called bulls—. ‘It’s funny,’ he told me, delighted by the swift triumph of his influence. ‘It’s like the paper clip: a very simple thing. But one guy got rich, and everyone else said, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ ‘ . . .”
LEADS . . .
Daniel Henninger, WSJ: “We’re All in Disney World”
“The VA’s health-care wait lines are a metaphor for the entire U.S. government.
“What’s notable about liberalism as represented by Hillary Clinton, much less the socialist Bernie Sanders, is that across nearly 85 years, they never looked back.
“They seem never to have revisited the possibility that an argument made for bureaucratic planning in the depths of an economic recession might not be appropriate for the American economy when normal growth resumed. Instead, they stuck unto eternity with the idea that “scarce resources” will necessarily require “complexity.”
“But the argument that scarcity mandates complexity is what led to the fiasco called ObamaCare. Even the non-complex funding mechanisms for earlier entitlements, such as Social Security, are grinding toward collapse. The Social Security Trust Fund’s depletion date is 2035.
“Unnoticed by them is that their creations have grown into public agencies that have become too big to perform by any politically acceptable measure. (Or more likely the rents earned from being attached to this game mean results don’t matter much.)
“The real analogy that the VA’s Mr. McDonald was groping for is France. One hears all the time that the medical care in the welfare states of France or Scandinavia is terrific and worth the long wait, even if some people die waiting for it.
“Why should we be France? The problem with the administrative state as endlessly reinvented by Hillary Clinton and the ‘smart’ people she’d bring into government is that it is out of sync with American life.
“Rather than standing in lines ‘for the experience,’ a more apt metaphor to describe what people want and expect now is Amazon’s same-day delivery service. Or Uber and Lyft.
“Egged on by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama’s Justice Department, Mrs. Clinton represents a politics whose presupposition is that the private sector is something that belongs in jail. . .”
Rushbo: “Mrs. Clinton’s Promise to Dissolve America’s Border in Her First 100 Days”
“Here we get to the meat and potatoes. “Clinton has pledged to enact amnesty within her first 100 days in office. As NBC recently reported: ‘If elected, the former secretary of state has promised to build on President Obama’s executive actions and introduce comprehensive immigration reform during her first 100 days in office.’
“Clinton’s website has explained that by ‘comprehensive immigration reform,’ Clinton means full citizenship for illegal immigrants, which would give them welfare access, voting privileges, and the ability to bring over their family members through chain migration. ‘As president, Hillary will fight for comprehensive immigration reform that provides a full and equal path to citizenship,’ Clinton’s website states.”
“First hundred days. This is not waiting until we get comprehensive immigration reform legislation out of the House. She says she’s gonna go beyond Obama’s executive orders.
“What she means is — and the reason why the headline of the story says, “Clinton Releases Plan to Dissolve US Border Within 100 Days” — that that’ll be the practical result. . .”
Denver Post: “VA chief Robert McDonald is mired in denial”
“. . . Just last month at a United Veterans Committee of Colorado banquet, McDonald suggested the VA had led the way in reforming “how we design, bid and construct facilities.” In fact, as members of Colorado’s congressional delegation were quick to point out, Congress “stripped the VA of construction authority” — in the words of U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet — because of incompetence.
“And as Rep. Mike Coffman noted, it was absurd for McDonald to suggest the waiting-list scandal that surfaced first in Phoenix was due to a lack of training, when it was so clearly rooted in outright corruption.
“Meanwhile, it isn’t clear that wait times in many places have improved despite VA claims. Just last week “PBS NewsHour” reported that the VA has botched the Veterans Choice program that Congress created in the wake of the wait-time scandal to give veterans an option in private practice. The punch line: “We found that some veterans are actually trying the Choice program, and then it takes so long that thousands and thousands of them are returning to the VA and just saying, well, the appointment I would get here would be faster. Overall, wait times at the VA are worse than they were when this program started.”
“And yet this week McDonald was at it again. “What really counts is how does the veteran feel about their encounter with the VA,” McDonald told reporters. “When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is what’s your satisfaction with the experience.”
“Besides trivializing delays in access to life-and-death health services by comparing them to lines, say, for Cinderella Castle, McDonald also happened to be spectacularly wrong. As Scott Shackford at Reason’s Hit & Run blog pointed out, “Disney has invested incredible sums of money in its efforts to reducing the amount of time people spend in lines and the friction caused by these waits” — from a FastPass to “micro-chipped wristbands designed to ease guests’ planning and wait times while in the park.”
“McDonald has been VA chief two years, and apparently has been co-opted utterly by the bureaucracy. His resignation should be the first one the next president accepts.”
Monica Crowley, John Batchelor: Wednesday 25 May 2016 / Hour 3, Block C:
Monica Crowley, Fox, & Washington Times Online opinion editor; in re: “This investigation of McAuliffe is unusually timed.” Mrs Clinton’s home-brew server. Elizabeth Warren pointedly has not endorsed, or even defended, Mrs Clinton. On the campaign trail she punches at Trump, but in no way connected to Mrs Clinton or Mr Sanders. Pres Obama is constrained in his attacks on Trump, where Elizabeth Warren is not. It’d give Mrs Clinton pause to see that Warren is more popular and taken more seriously that she is, esp on an awkward topic such as banks. Warren subtly takes on Clinton, but Clinton dasn’t take on Warren. I still think Warren will be nominated as veep with Biden. (emph added, jb) Hillary taking oncoming from all sides and doesn’t know how to handle it. . . . Sanders is dragging this out. I htik he;s willing being used to weaken Mrs Clinton at the polls. By whom? I believe by this White House Sanders is raising $30 or $40 million a month. Beating Mrs Clinton for four months straight. Whence? Who’s coordinating this? I argue: the old Obama team, incl the president and Valerie Jarrett. Their goal is to bleed her dry. “This looks like a coup, Monica – as though they’ve decided to prevent Mrs Clinton from being 45th president.” Right. Obama has shown for seven years that he doesn’t care about precedent or the law; he just gets what he wants.”
“We are, in fact, at the edge, the end stage, of a phase of human population growth. Human population levels should be expected to drop rapidly and massively within the coming two or three decades. This is very much a cycle attributed to our modernism: our success, our wealth, and our urbanization. The results will be profound.” Copley 2012, 49,
John Batchelor, Wednesday 25 May 2016 / Hour 4, Block C: Janet Currie, Princeton, and Science magazine
“Inequality in mortality decreased among the young while increasing for older adults, 1990–2010. Narrowing of the life expectancy gap In the United States, the rich can expect to enjoy better health and a longer life than the poor. Despite policies directed at improving the health of both the young and the poor, there is little evidence that this relationship has changed. Currie and Schwandt looked specifically at the life expectancy of present-day children and young adults, finding that mortality inequality has in fact declined over the past 25 years (see the Perspective by Bailey and Timpe). Science Abstract Many recent studies point to increasing inequality in mortality in the United States over the past 20 years. These studies often use mortality rates in middle and old age. We used poverty level rankings of groups of U.S. counties as a basis for analyzing inequality in mortality for all age groups in 1990, 2000, and 2010. Consistent with previous studies, we found increasing inequality in mortality at older ages. For children and young adults below age 20, however, we found strong mortality improvements that were most pronounced in poorer counties, implying a strong decrease in mortality inequality. These younger cohorts will form the future adult U.S. population, so this research suggests that inequality in old-age. . .”
WaPo: “Clinton’s inexcusable, willful disregard for the rules”
HILLARY CLINTON’S use of a private email server while secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 has been justifiably criticized as an error of judgment. What the new report from the State Department inspector general makes clear is that it also was not a casual oversight. Ms. Clinton had plenty of warnings to use official government communications methods, so as to make sure that her records were properly preserved and to minimize cybersecurity risks. She ignored them.
The 83-page report declares that “beginning in late 2005 and continuing through 2011,” the department revised its Foreign Affairs Manual and “issued various memoranda specifically discussing the obligation to use Department systems in most circumstances and identifying the risks of not doing so.” Ms. Clinton didn’t.
“During her tenure, State Department employees were told that they were expected to use approved, secure methods to transmit information that was sensitive but unclassified, or SBU. If they needed to transmit SBU information outside the department’s network, they were told to ask information specialists for help. The report said there is no evidence that Ms. Clinton ever asked, “despite the fact that emails exchanged on her personal account regularly contained information that was marked as SBU.” On June 28, 2011, a cable was sent to all diplomatic and consular posts over her signature warning that personal email accounts could be compromised and officials should ‘avoid conducting official Department business from your personal e-mail accounts.’ At the time, Ms. Clinton was doing exactly that. . .”