“Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.” (Wikipedia)
Remember a Vet, Blue Lives Matter, Independence Day Parade.
HANSON – Lessons of Pearl; ZITO – Remembering those; OWEN & BING WEST – Honor the cause.
PA: GALLAGHER – GOPers who opened the ladies rooms; SNYDER – PoliticsPA.
LEADS: WASHINGTON TIMES – IRS overdue impeachment; GOLDBERG – Unapologetic liars; GERSTEIN – STATE covers Hillary.
END NOTES: LEVIN – 5/27/16
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
Victor Davis Hanson, Investors Business Daily:” The Lessons of Pearl Harbor 75 Years Later”
“This year marks the 75th anniversary of the December 7, 1941, Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that killed more than 2,400 Americans.
“President Obama is visiting Hiroshima this week, the site of the August 6, 1945, dropping of the atomic bomb that helped end World War II in the Pacific Theater. But strangely, he has so far announced no plans to visit Pearl Harbor on the anniversary of the attack. The president, who spent much of his childhood in Hawaii, should — given that many Americans have forgotten why the Japanese attacked the United States and why they falsely assumed that they could defeat the world’s largest economic power.
“Imperial Japan was not, as often claimed, forced into a corner by a U.S. oil embargo, which came only after years of horrific Japanese atrocities in China and Southeast Asia. Instead, an opportunistic and aggressive fascist Japan gambled that the geostrategy of late 1941 had made America uniquely vulnerable to a surprise attack.
“By December 1, 1941, Nazi Germany, Japan’s Axis partner, had reached the suburbs of Moscow. Japan believed that the German army would soon knock the Soviet Union out of the war.
“Japan had also hedged its bets by signing a nonaggression pact with the Soviets. Japanese leaders assumed that even if communist Russia survived, Japan could avoid a costly land war on its rear flank. The U.S., not Japan, would likely have a two-front war.
“By 1941, the Netherlands, France and Belgium had all been defeated and occupied by the Third Reich. Only the British remained of the original European anti-Axis allies, and London had been under constant aerial assault by the German Luftwaffe during the Blitz. Japan figured that Germany and Italy might soon win the war and wished to pile on before it ended.
“Japan had calculated that all of Europe’s resource-rich Pacific and Asian colonies were now orphaned and up for grabs. By starting a Pacific war and knocking out the U.S., Japan could get its hands on the resources necessary to fuel its war machine.
“British-held Singapore and the American bases in the Philippines were isolated and poorly defended. And they would be completely cut off once the U.S. Seventh Fleet and air arm were neutralized at Pearl Harbor.
“Starting a war in the Pacific meant the Japanese would have easy access to huge supplies of oil, rubber, rice and strategic metals for their newfound mercantile empire, the Great East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere.
“The U.S. also had lost military deterrence. The Japanese had watched carefully as America did little to help its two closest allies: France and Great Britain. The former was easily overrun by the Nazis, the latter bombed unmercifully.
“While the U.S. had belatedly built up its fleet and started rearming by 1941, its military was still woefully ill-equipped to fight a two-front global war. Japan logically figured that Germany and Italy would tie down the United States in Europe, while Japan systematically finished off any American warships that had escaped the Pearl Harbor wreckage.
“In key categories such as fighter aircraft, torpedoes, night gunnery and destroyers, the Japanese were more formidable than the U.S. military in 1941.
“Finally, a number of Japan’s most accomplished officers and diplomats had visited or studied in the U.S. in the pre-Depression boom years — among them Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka, Admirals Isoroku Yamamoto and Tamon Yamaguchi, and General Tadamichi Kuribayashi. While they all had been impressed with U.S. industrial power, they nevertheless had developed contempt for American popular culture, finding it frivolous and fueled by Roaring Twenties affluence and leisure.
“Many Japanese strategists had assumed that the U.S. never again would wish to endure a world war, and would prefer to negotiate rather than fight to the finish. Such assumptions proved false.
“After Pearl Harbor, the United States went into a rearmament frenzy the likes of which had never been seen in history. America produced more airplanes and ships than all World War II powers combined. The U.S. military grew to 12 million soldiers.
“American military leadership in the Pacific — led by Admirals William Halsey Jr., Chester Nimitz and Raymond Spruance, along with Generals Curtis LeMay and Douglas MacArthur — proved far more skilled than their Japanese counterparts. And the American soldier, sailor, airman and Marine, after a bruising learning experience in early 1942, proved every bit as ferocious as veteran Japanese fighters.
“The road to Hiroshima and the massive loss of life in the Pacific was paved by unprovoked Japanese aggression at Pearl Harbor. Americans and their president should remember the lessons of that surprise attack 75 years ago this year.”
Salena Zito, RCP: “Remembering Those Who Shaped a Nation”
“. . . Between April 1861 and April 1865, at least 2.5 million men served in the Union Army, the majority volunteers. For some of us who never served our country in uniform, what draws someone to the military remains a profound mystery.
“Yes, some were driven by poverty, but that does not mean they didn’t have that same quiet pride of most veterans when they reflect on why they enlisted, why they stayed on, and how the military shaped them.
“My uncles all served in World War II. We listened at their knees as they shared experiences, from the Battle of the Bulge to the Pacific theater; with childish awe and terror, we imagined them as young men, covered in mud, firing guns, protecting our country.
“To many of my generation, these men were ‘regular guys’ who worked as laborers during the day, had a drink after work with boyhood friends, rarely moved far from the homes in which they grew up, and dedicated their weekends to tinkering or spending time with those beloved homes and the families they cherished.
“Many young people today do not share such connections with a service member; in all likelihood, they don’t know anyone who has served. According to the Defense Manpower Data Center, approximately 1.4 million people are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces — about a half a percent of our population.
“But that doesn’t mean young people do not have a connection with someone who served, as I discovered when the Army Heritage and Education Center’s historical research placed me face-to-face with a young Henry Peiffer, who posed for his portrait when he enlisted in the northern army.
“Looking at his face, I see my grandfather all over again. . .”
Owen & Bing West, NY Post: Honor the Cause for which our Fallen Fought”
“On Memorial Day, do we affirm our national faith in the justice of our wars, or honor only the individual sacrifice of those who gave the last, full measure of devotion?
“How we as a nation answer that question will have profound consequences for our next major war.
“More than a century ago, Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes presented as two sides of the same coin our national faith in the rightness of our cause and the selfless dedication of the soldier on the battlefield.
“He said, ‘Memorial Day solemnly reaffirms from year to year a national act of enthusiasm and faith. To fight out a war, you must believe something and want something with all your might.’
“Today, Memorial Day is most closely associated with the 16 million who served in World War II, our last victorious war. While honor is paid to the 3 million veterans who served in Vietnam, that war is seen as a failure.
“As for the 2 million who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, those ongoing wars stir more rancor than admiration.
“Presidential candidates on the left and the right savage the Iraq War as a monumental blunder. It is now commonplace to proclaim, ‘I honor the soldier, but not the cause for which he died.’
“That distinction ends in defeat. If our nation has lost faith in its cause, why should anyone fight for us?
“A social contract exists between those who go into battle and those who send them there. The vast majority of our fatalities occur in the Army, Marine and Special Forces units that serve on the ground — our grunts. A grunt fights with all his might to win . . .”
PA . . .
Maggie Gallagher, NRO: Meet the Republican Traitors Who Sacrificed Women’s Privacy by Supporting Obama’s Transgender Edicts”
“. . .Who are the 43 Republicans who actively sided with the Democrats so fully that they were willing to insert transgender protections in an unrelated bill? Here is the list of the GOP 43: Amash (Mich., third congressional district), Brooks, S. (Ind., 5), Coffman (Colo., 6), Costello (Penn., 6) (emph added, jb), Curbelo (Fla., ), Davis, R. (Ill., 13), Denham (Calif., 10), Dent (Penn., 15), Diaz-Balart (Fla., 25), Dold (Ill., 10), Donovan (N.Y., 11), Emmer (Minn., 6), Fitzpatrick (Penn., 8), Frelinghuysen (N.J., 11), Gibson (N.Y., 19), Heck (Nev., 3), Hurd (Texas, 23), Issa (Calif., 49), Jolly (Fla., 13), Katko (N.Y., 24), Kinzinger (Ill., 16), Lance (N.J., 7), LoBiondo (N.J., 2), MacArthur (N.J., 3), McSally (Ariz., 2), Meehan (Penn., 7), Messer (Ind., 6), Paulsen (Minn., 3), Poliquin (Maine, 2), Reed, (N.Y., 23), Reichert (Wash., 8), Renacci (Ohio, 16), Rooney (Fla., 17), Ros-Lehtinen (Fla., 27), Shimkus (Ill., 15), Stefanik (N.Y., 21), Upton (Mich., 6), Valadao (Calif., 21), Walden (Ore., 2), Walters (Calif., 45), Young, D. (Iowa, 3), Young, T. (Ind., 9), Zeldin (N.Y., 1). http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435976/obama-transgender-order-republicans-who-supported-it
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: “5/27 Ups & Downs”
“Tom Wolf. The Governor was in desperate need of a win. Then he was able to “free the six-pack”. The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board was likely going to loosen restrictions anyway but Wolf smartly jumped ahead early. As a result, the PLCB went much further than initially thought and the Governor was able to get on the more popular side of an issue that has been disadvantageous for Democrats.
“John Quigley. One member of the Governor’s cabinet, though, did not have a pleasant week as evidenced by the fact that he is no longer a member of said cabinet. Ex-DEP Secretary John Quigley was forced out after a controversy arose about an email that he sent to environmental groups. His ouster became a rallying point for the environmental community yet, at least for the moment, Quigley is left without a job.
“Donald Trump. It feels like every week is an up and down week for Donald Trump. On the positive side of the ledger, the GOP nominee won the support of Otto Voit and Rick Santorum. Additionally, Sanders is talking about a “messy” convention and western PA is trending his way. On the other hand, he trails Hillary Clinton among middle income residents in the Rust Belt states, the group that he is betting his campaign on. He’s also clearly become the Democrats’ favorite bogeyman as the DCCC latest web ad indicates. Finally, the Washington Post rated Pennsylvania as a “Lean Democratic” state.
“Chaka Fattah. The embattled Congressman is in the fight of his life as he battles 29 indictments in his criminal trial. On Wednesday a key member of the prosecution testified, Rep. Fattah’s former Chief of Staff Gregory Naylor. The cooperation of such a high-profile staffer, who pled guilty for his own part in these schemes, bodes poorly for Rep. Fattah’s chances of victory.
“Kathleen Kane. Morale is low in the Attorney General’s office. This week we learned just how heavy a toll Kane’s troubles have had on the staff in Harrisburg. That “culture of paranoia” can’t be helped by the fact that Kane’s driver is still drawing a paycheck despite being convicted of criminal contempt and sentenced to 3-6 months in prison. It’s such a shame that the AG’s office is counting the days until the Attorney General leaves office.”
LEADS . . .
Washington Times: “Overdue impeachment at the IRS”
“But the Democrats are masters at obstructing justice for the guilty
“The House Judiciary Committee is trying to conclude the case against IRS chief John Koskinen, seven months after Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican, filed a resolution seeking his impeachment. “Koskinen provided misleading testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee. “These are very serious allegations of misconduct.”
“Mr. Koskinen declined an invitation to appear to testify in his own behalf.
“Getting to the bottom of political machinations can be as puzzling as finding where a circle begins. It was not Mr. Koskinen who set the events in motion, but Lois Lerner, the director of determining who gets an exemption and who doesn’t. Between 2010 and 2012, Ms. Lerner oversaw an aggressive effort to investigate whether scores of organizations with conservative-sounding titles were eligible for IRS tax-exempt status. Many of these organizations were subjected to extraordinary scrutiny, and were denied approval, effectively sidelining them during the presidential campaign season.
“Ms. Lerner told a House committee she had done nothing wrong, pleaded the Fifth Amendment and soon retired with a generous pension. Her colleagues at the Justice Department said they “found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution.” Mr. Koskinen, who has been in charge of the IRS since 2013, was directed to hand over Ms. Lerner’s email archives to investigators, and he subsequently supervised the destruction of 24,000 of them, thwarting attempts to trace the emails to their source. A computer crash erased the messages, he said. (Maybe the dog ate some of them.) Investigators say his search was not a diligent one. That violated a subpoena and led to sanction by the House.
“Impeachment is difficult, and removal from office is rare. Bill Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice, and acquitted. Kenneth Starr, who led the Clinton impeachment investigation, now applauds Mr. Clinton for his “redemptive” philanthropic work since then. Though harshly accused of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” Richard Nixon was never impeached. He resigned to avoid it. The last Cabinet member, like Mr. Koskinen, was Augustus Hill Garland, Grover Cleveland’s attorney general in 1886, for failing to turn over documents about the firing of a federal prosecutor.
“Whether House Republicans succeed in holding Mr. Koskinen accountable for a cover-up in the Tea Party targeting scandal depends on whether Democrats, masters of spreading doubt, can do it one more time. No one thinks the IRS collects the nation’s taxes with clean hands, but proving Mr. Koskinen guilty will require Republican determination to get the job done.”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Why Both Clintons Are Such Unapologetic Liars”
“. . . The amazing thing about Hillary and Bill Clinton is that they are united by no central idea, no governing philosophy that doesn’t — upon close inspection — boil down to the idea that they should be in charge.
”Yes, I know. That’s not what they would say. They would argue that with the right experts in charge, the government can do wonderful things to help people. But what the government should do is constantly changing, according to both of them. Bill once declared, “The Era of Big Government is over.” He didn’t mean it. He certainly didn’t want it to be true. He just said it because that’s what he does: He says what he needs to say. I don’t approvingly quote Jesse Jackson all that often (though I do find myself saying, “Keep hope alive,” a lot these days), but I think he had it right when he said Bill had no core beliefs, he was all appetite.
“Hillary, in her own way, strikes me as even worse in this regard. Can you name a single substantial policy that she hasn’t flipped on — or wouldn’t change — if it were in her political self-interest? Gay marriage? Free trade? Illegal immigration?
“Strip away all of the political posturing and positioning, and their “philosophy” that government run by experts can do wonderful things should really be translated as “government run by us.”
“Clinton’s defenders argue that her changing policy approaches are just signs of her ‘pragmatism.’ And don’t worry, I won’t rant about pragmatism again, either. But liberal pragmatism begins and ends from a single first principle: Liberals must be in power to decide what is ‘pragmatic.’ And when conservatives are in charge, the only form of acceptable pragmatism is . . . compromising with liberals. “That is why both Clintons are such unapologetic liars. Pragmatism bills itself as being beyond ideology and ‘labels.’ Well, if you don’t feel bound to any objective ideological or even ontological criteria — labels, after all, are the words we use to describe reality — why not lie? Why not wax philosophic about the meaning of ‘is’? If attaining and wielding power is your only benchmark, the ethical imperative of telling the truth is no imperative at all. It’s just another false ideological construct. “It’s kind of interesting when you think about it. Since the Clintons respect only power, the only power they respect is that of the law. Which is why the only times they can be counted upon to tell the truth is when the law absolutely requires it — or may require it down the road. Of course, as lawyers, they are artists at telling only the minimum amount of the truth absolutely required of them. The flipside is that because they are lawyers, when they resort to legalistic language, it’s a tell that they’re lying. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435987/hillary-clinton-campaign-lies
Josh Gerstein, Politico: “State Department fights Hillary Clinton deposition in email suit”
“Government lawyers call the proposal ‘wholly inappropriate’
“Lawyers for the State Department are resisting a conservative group’s request that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton be subpoenaed to give a sworn deposition in a lawsuit in which her use of a private email server is in dispute.
In a court filing submitted after 11 p.m. Thursday night, Justice Department attorneys called Judicial Watch’s request “wholly inappropriate.”
“The government’s submission came just hours before Clinton’s chief of staff during her four-year tenure at the State Department, Cheryl Mills, is scheduled to face a deposition in another Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the same conservative group.
The State Department categorically opposed Judicial Watch’s requests for discovery in both of the lawsuits, but federal judges assigned to the cases have ruled that some fact-finding is appropriate given questions about Clinton’s email set-up. After those rulings, the debate in the cases had turned to who should be deposed and in what order.
“The suit in which Judicial Watch is seeking Clinton’s testimony involves a request for records relating to talking points prepared for officials discussing the deadly attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. The suit in which Mills and several other top aides to Clinton have been ordered to testify stems from a request for information about the employment arrangements of a longtime aide to Clinton, Huma Abedin. She is scheduled to give a deposition in that case next month. . .” http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/hillary-clinton-deposition-state-department-223641
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin, 5/27/16
“On Friday’s Mark Levin Show, President Obama visited Hiroshima, Japan and explained that there was no need to bomb them during WWII. Does he not know that during WWII, the Japanese slaughtered millions and that the brutality they unleashed on the American soldier was unspeakable? In some ways the Japanese fought WWII like ISIS.
‘Also, Obama thinks that nukes under America’s control is the same as nukes under North Korean control. We have no problem with America having nukes, but we do have a problem with evil regimes having them.
“Finally, Donald Trump is reaching out to Bernie Sanders supporters and bashes Ted Cruz supporters. He treats Sanders with an odd respect; he says he’s been mistreated by the party, likes the Sanders voters and likes that they have similarity in trade. Trump should start reaching out to conservatives not the socialist Sanders supporters.”