Dare to remember?
Washington Chapel Flea Market, Remember a Vet, Blue Lives Matter, Independence Day Parade.
CHARLES MURRAY – Guaranteed Income; BRYNE – Crisis of Character.
LEADS: BRUCE – Hardly spontaneous; GOLDBERG – Left violence; NY POST – Barry censors history; JONES – Labor force down; ITALIANO – Fastest growing language; HAWKINS – Liberals; WARREN – Rigged information.
PA: SNYDER – Ups & Down
END NOTES: USSR & American suicide.
Remember a Vet!
Pat Martin: June 11th, Flea Market, Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge
OUR ANNUAL FLEA MARKET IS NEXT SATURDAY ~ JUNE 11, 8:00 AM -3:00 PM. Come and see a gathering of Antiques, Collectables, Attic Treasures, Crafts, Artwork, Food, Baked Goods, music, fun and much, much more! As always, we need lots of volunteers to make this a great day and it is not too late to offer your help. . Please sign the clipboards in the Welcome Center and the Lafayette Room, as well as the Cabin Shop and the Bookstore.. Home baked goods are always appreciated at the Baked Goods Table.
Contact Laura Mager at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in renting a space and a table. Space Reservation – $15, 8′ Table & Space for $28 (Spaces approximately 10×10).
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
Charles Murray, WSJ: “A Guaranteed Income for Every American”
“Replacing the welfare state with an annual grant is the best way to cope with a radically changing U.S. jobs market—and to revitalize America’s civic culture
“. . . I think that a UBI is our only hope to deal with a coming labor market unlike any in human history and that it represents our best hope to revitalize American civil society.
“The great free-market economist Milton Friedman originated the idea of a guaranteed income just after World War II. An experiment using a bastardized version of his “negative income tax” was tried in the 1970s, with disappointing results. But as transfer payments continued to soar while the poverty rate remained stuck at more than 10% of the population, the appeal of a guaranteed income persisted: If you want to end poverty, just give people money. As of 2016, the UBI has become a live policy option. Finland is planning a pilot project for a UBI next year, and Switzerland is voting this weekend on a referendum to install a UBI.
“The UBI has brought together odd bedfellows. Its advocates on the left see it as a move toward social justice; its libertarian supporters (like Friedman) see it as the least damaging way for the government to transfer wealth from some citizens to others. Either way, the UBI is an idea whose time has finally come, but it has to be done right.
“First, my big caveat: A UBI will do the good things I claim only if it replaces all other transfer payments and the bureaucracies that oversee them. If the guaranteed income is an add-on to the existing system, it will be as destructive as its critics fear. Second, the system has to be designed with certain key features. In my version, every American citizen age 21 and older would get a $13,000 annual grant deposited electronically into a bank account in monthly installments. Three thousand dollars must be used for health insurance (a complicated provision I won’t try to explain here), leaving every adult with $10,000 in disposable annual income for the rest of their lives. People can make up to $30,000 in earned income without losing a penny of the grant. After $30,000, a graduated surtax reimburses part of the grant, which would drop to $6,500 (but no lower) when an individual reaches $60,000 of earned income. Why should people making good incomes retain any part of the UBI? Because they will be losing Social Security and Medicare, and they need to be compensated.
“The UBI is to be financed by getting rid of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, Supplemental Security Income, housing subsidies, welfare for single women and every other kind of welfare and social-services program, as well as agricultural subsidies and corporate welfare. As of 2014, the annual cost of a UBI would have been about $200 billion cheaper than the current system. By 2020, it would be nearly a trillion dollars cheaper.
“Finally, an acknowledgment: Yes, some people will idle away their lives under my UBI plan. But that is already a problem. . .”
But: Yahoo!: “Why the Swiss voted ‘No’ to a guaranteed basic income”
“. . .But the majority of Switzerland doesn’t buy this argument and are instead wary of the idea, believing it would cripple the Swiss economy by eliminating all motivation to work.
“‘If you pay people to do nothing, they will do nothing,’ Charles Wyplosz, an economics professor at the Geneva Graduate Institute, told AFP. . .”
Gary Bryne, Crisis of Character
“Posted directly outside President Clinton’s Oval Office, Former Secret Service officer Gary Byrne reveals what he observed of Hillary Clinton’s character and the culture inside the White House while protecting the First Family. Coming in 3 weeks his tell-all book: ‘CRISIS OF CHARACTER!’ The secret project is causing deep concern inside of Clinton’s campaign, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT. Specific details of the agent’s confessional are being held under tight embargo. “What I saw in the 1990s sickend me,” Byrne explains. “I want you to hear my story.” ‘CHARACTER’ is set for release June 28. [It ranked #60,436 on AMAZON’s bestsellers list late Saturday.] UPDATE: The book jumped to #1 after the DRUDGE exclusive.
Also: Emily Smith, Page Six: “Bill, White House staff lived in fear of Hillary: Ex-Secret Service officer”
“Hillary Clinton has a “Jekyll and Hyde” personality that left White House staffers scared stiff of her explosive — and even physical — outbursts, an ex-Secret Service officer claims in a scathing new tell-all.
Gary Byrne, who was posted outside the Oval Office when Bill Clinton was president, portrays Hillary as too “erratic, uncontrollable and occasionally violent” to become leader of the free world, according to advance promotional materials exclusively obtained by Page Six.
The allegations from Byrne, a 29-year veteran of the military and federal law enforcement, threaten to derail her campaign days before she is expected to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination.
LEADS . . .
Tammy Bruce, Washington Times “A hardly spontaneous protest”
“The anti-Trump riots are planned and funded by the left
“From Chicago to Albuquerque to San Diego, and now last week’s obscene riot in San Jose, California, Americans and the world saw supporters of the liberal agenda violently target Trump supporters, peacefully trying to attend a rally, as though they were prey.
“Make no mistake — these supposed anti-Trump riots are not organic nor are they natural; they are the result of leftist organizing using paid stooges. Fox News reported in March a Craigslist ad posted by Bernie Sanders supporters offering $15 an hour to protest at a Trump rally in Wisconsin. They would also provide shuttle bus transport, parking if you needed it and ready-made signs.
“Yeah, not organized at all. Just natural, upset citizens who are so passionate about the situation they just can’t help themselves. And if you believe that, I have a YouTube video for you that caused a bunch of passersby in Benghazi to riot, too.
“When confronted with the fact that the organizers of these melees are Bernie Sanders supporters, and representatives from Democrat-allied groups, like La Raza and MoveOn.org, the Democratic party establishment denies, denies, denies. . .”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “The Left’s Political-Violence Double Standard”
“. . . I think my record is fairly clear that I am not Donald Trump’s most committed supporter. Indeed, compared with me, Paul Ryan looks positively euphoric in his hostage-video endorsement of Trump. (How funny would it have been if the AP kept the camera rolling as Ryan took off his mic and he yelled to an aide “Can someone call Corey Lewandowski and tell him he can release my family now!?”) “And yet, it’s an absolute no-brainer for me that these goons, thugs, and morons in California must be condemned for their violent tactics yesterday. “I don’t believe that all violence is equal. I subscribe to the William F. Buckley line on such moral equivalence. As Bill put it, if one man pushes old ladies in front of buses and another pushes old ladies out of the way of oncoming buses, you cannot describe them both as the sorts of men who “push old ladies around.” Well, actually you could describe them that way, but what you gained in technical accuracy would be offset in moral vapidity. “But in a democracy the rules are different. In political contests there are no such things as fighting words. The state has a monopoly on force, and when activists violate that monopoly, the state has a right to stop it, gently if possible, forcibly if necessary. “When Trump encouraged violence at his rallies — and he did — the media rightly condemned him for it. They went further than that, actually. They openly fretted about the health of our political system and the threat Trump posed to it. Personally, I think the rhetoric of those concerns was at times overblown, but the underlying concerns were entirely valid. I think Trump is an irresponsible demagogue and his supporters who use violence are goons. “But the social-justice-warrior shock troops attacking Trump’s supporters are no better. And yet, the response from the same media figures has been, shall we say, more muted. An editor at Vox even seems to think rioting is a legitimate weapon in political discourse, when aimed at the right target. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/436195/donald-trump-rally-riots-lefts-double-standard
“It all began when Fox News’ James Rosen recently searched online for video of his 2013 question to a State Department official about whether the Obama administration had lied about secret talks with Iran.
“State’s Web site had video of the briefing — but his exchange with spokeswoman Jen Psaki was nowhere to be found.
“In fact, it had been cut from the tape.
“It was a significant moment — because Psaki’s answer essentially admitted that Team Obama had indeed lied to the American people.
“Which became more significant after White House staffer Ben Rhodes admitted in a magazine profile that he’d created an “echo chamber” for compliant journalists on the Iran nuke talks.
“Department officials at first blamed the missing tape on a “glitch” — the same excuse the Nixon White House tried during Watergate to explain that 18¹/₂-minute tape gap. No one believed them, either.
“Well, now State has ’fessed up — acknowledging that the embarrassing (for State) Q&A was snipped as a “deliberate step” on the orders of . . . uh, no one wants to say. . .”
Susan Jones, CNS: “Record 94,708,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Drops in May”
“The unemployment rate in May dropped to 4.7 percent, BLS reported, less than half of its Obama-era high of 10 percent in October 2009. But the labor force participation rate has deteriorated over Obama’s two terms.(AP File Photo)
“(CNSNews.com) – A record 94,708,000 Americans were not in the labor force in May — 664,000 more than in April — and the labor force participation rate dropped two-tenths of a point to 62.6 percent, near its 38-year low, the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday.
“When President Obama took office in January 2009, 80,529,000 Americans were not participating in the labor force; since then, 14,179,000 Americans have left the workforce — some of them retiring and some just quitting because they can’t find work.
“By almost every economic measure, America is better off than when I came here at the beginning of my presidency,” President Obama told the people of Elkhart, Indiana three days ago. “We cut unemployment in half, years before a lot of economists thought we would.”
“The unemployment rate in May dropped to 4.7 percent, BLS reported, less than half of its Obama-era high of 10 percent in October 2009.
“But the labor force participation rate has deteriorated over Obama’s two terms.
“When Obama took office in January 2009, shortly before the recession hit, the labor force participation rate was 65.7 percent. The following month, it reached an Obama-era high of 65.8 percent, and then it began its seven-year downward spiral, hitting 62.4 percent in September 2015, its lowest point since 1977.
“The 62.6 percent participation rate in May 2015 compares with 62.8 in April and 63.0 in March. (BLS noted that the rate has declined by 0.4 percentage point over the past two months, offsetting gains in the first quarter.) . . .”“
Laura Italiano, NY Post: “This is the fastest growing language in American homes”
BO’s next job . . .
“Arabic is the fastest-growing language in American households — and that’s leading the US Census Bureau to explore the tricky task of adjusting its questionnaires to accommodate the language’s right-to-left script.
“The bureau is using focus groups to explore possible changes to the 2020 census questionnaires for Arabic speakers who are not English-proficient, the Pew Research Center reported Friday.
“Arabic is now the seventh-most commonly spoken non-English language in US households. An estimated 1.1 million people ages 5 and older speak Arabic at home, an increase of 29 percent between 2010 and 2014.
“The number who speak Spanish at home has grown only 6 percent during the same period.
“Of those who speak Arabic at home, 38 percent are not proficient in English, according to census estimates. . .”
John Hawkins, Townhall: “Why Liberals Are So Obsessed With Racism, Homosexuality and Transsexualism”
“Conservatives care about logic. Liberals care about emotion. Conservatives care about whether a program works or not. Liberals care about how supporting a program makes them feel. Conservatives take the positions they do because they believe they’re best for society. Liberals take the positions they do because they make them feel and look compassionate or superior to hold those positions
“Once you understand those basics, it’s very easy to see why both sides hold the positions they do on most issues and to comprehend why there’s so little middle ground. Once you get the mentalities, you can predict where each side will come down on issues.
“An extremely expensive program designed to help disadvantaged minority children read better that has been proven not to work? Liberals will support it and conservatives will oppose.
“A program that cuts the deficit by cutting people off the welfare and disability rolls who don’t belong there in the first place? Conservatives will support it and liberals will oppose.
“A program called “Puppies for Orphans” that hands out “therapy dogs” to poor children at $100,000 per year in cost? Liberals will support it and conservatives will oppose. . .”
Also read The Moral Strumpet: Women and Everyone Else, James Brody, Amazon.
John Warren, Townhall: “The Rigged Information Game”
“One early example was the Obama administration’s 2010 expenditure of at least $945M to promote Obamacare, along with other progressive agenda items. A recent instance is more disturbing. In a story that carried a distinct lack of outrage from State Media, Ben Rhodes—Deputy National Security Advisor at the White House and brother to CBS President David Rhodes—apparently orchestrated the West Wing effort to buy—via The Ploughshares Fund—an “echo chamber” with various media outlets, such as NPR, to deceive Americans about the nasty realities of the Iran deal. Money changed hands. Money made NPR talk.
“In his book, A More Perfect Union, (2015), Dr. Ben Carson reminds us why, after spending time in 50 countries, he’s always glad to have been born an American. “These liberties we enjoy do not exist by accident,” he says. “They have not been preserved by luck.” It’s about the U.S. Constitution and our freedoms of speech and the press, amongst others, and it was no accident those freedoms were among the very first insisted upon by the original states in the Bill of Rights.
“What would not startle Dr. Carson is the notion that our “press” is no longer so free, inasmuch as much of it—today’s State Media—is inextricably circled with Academia and the Progressive Establishment (which should be an oxymoron but isn’t). This is a trilateral commission you never hear about—all useful idiots propagating the progressive agenda every day and night.
As repeaters—not reporters—of talking points provided by their political masters, State Media operatives have been the dupes of a philosophy that bodes an end for the America of Washington, Lincoln, and Reagan. It’s entangling reach of ownership by what are likely four of the top five TV-Radio-Print-Cable companies is outlined by one source, but this is just a small slice of what they have controlled in the recent past and today—and what we’ve watched or listened to . .”
PA . . .
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 6/3 Ups & Downs
“Katie McGinty. It’s the little white lies that kill you in politics. On Wednesday Buzzfeed exposed a little white lie McGinty has told on the campaign trail, that she was the first in her family to go to college. Her campaign has maintained that McGinty has mostly categorized herself as the first member to attend a “four-year college” but it’s clear she wanted listeners to think she was the first for the sad reason that it would sound better in a stump speech. Over the past year, McGinty has focused her efforts on being the embodiment of the quintessential political candidate instead of explaining why she should be Pennsylvania’s Senator. If that doesn’t change, November 8th will not be a happy night for the Democratic nominee.
Art Halvorson. After three years of running against Congressman Bill Shuster, Art Halvorson came up just 1,227 votes short of victory last month. It seemed he would have to wait until 2018 and hope that the third time would be the charm. All of a sudden, though, it appears we may get a November rematch. Halvorson is leading the write-in vote for the Democratic nomination and may decide to accept should he be declared the winner. It would be a tough transition but Halvorson’s dream of toppling Shuster may not be dead yet.
Kathleen Kane. And Ardo makes seven. Just before the Memorial Day weekend, the Attorney General’s longest tenured (and seventh) spokesman announced his intention to resign. Ardo went on to give a number of interviews painting Kathleen Kane in a negative light. It remains to be seen who, besides the AG herself, is left to speak up for her.
Bruce Castor. That gust you felt earlier this week was the complete 180 Solicitor General Bruce Castor pulled. On Monday, Castor cancelled a press conference scheduled for the next day in which special prosecutor Douglas Gansler would’ve revealed his report on the infamous lewd emails. The Solicitor General, however, said the report was “incomplete” and that he couldn’t understand it. Just twenty-four hours later Castor flip-flopped, saying that the report just needed an addendum and would be unveiled soon. With Kane’s future up in the air, many were looking to Castor to provide stability in the AG’s office. This incident suggests we shouldn’t get our hopes up.
Josh Kopelman. The Philadelphia Media Network has a new Chairman. Kopelman will be in charge of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, taking over for Gerry Lenfest. The venture capitalist is now one of the most powerful figures in Pennsylvania media (even as newspapers continue to decline). We wish the best of luck to Kopelman, who’ll have to lead the commonwealth’s biggest media company at a time of great turmoil.
END NOTES . . .
American Suicide Watch, John Batchelor
“. . . We strongly believe that a conventional war in Europe runs a strong chance of turning nuclear very rapidly, and that any US/NATO nuclear strike on Russian forces or territory will automatically trigger a retaliatory Russian nuclear strike on the continental US. Contrary to irresponsible statements made by some American propagandists, American antiballistic missile systems are incapable of shielding the American people from a Russian nuclear strike. Russia has the means to strike at targets in the USA with long-range nuclear as well as conventional weapons. “The sole reason why the USA and Russia have found themselves on a collision course, instead of defusing tensions and cooperating on a wide range of international problems, is the stubborn refusal by the US leadership to accept Russia as an equal partner: Washington is dead set on being the “world leader” and the “indispensable nation,” even as its influence steadily dwindles in the wake of a string of foreign policy and military disasters such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen and the Ukraine. Continued American global leadership is something that neither Russia, nor China, nor most of the other countries are willing to accept. This gradual but apparent loss of power and influence has caused the US leadership to become hysterical; and it is but a small step from hysterical to suicidal. America’s political leaders need to be placed under suicide watch.”