JANET – Events in July.
DALLAS: CAPLAN & WINSOR – 11 Officers shot.
FBI: GOLDBERG – No charges, lots of blame; STRASSEL – Comey true to form; POLLACK – Clinton Foundation?; EDWARDS & WISE – De-classify Hillary; McCARTHY – Comey invalid; MALKIN – Teflon Standards.
END NOTES: MARK LEVIN 7/7/16; SPARGO – BO in Muslim costume.
Remember a Vet!
Janet: July Events
* Friday, July 8, 2nd AMENDMENT RALLY
High Noon until 2 p.m., Steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse, Swede Street, Norristown, PA, 19401.
(Street and garage parking available.)
*Bring your flags, bring your LARGE easily read signs supporting our great 2nd Amendment,
wear your blue (we will show Norristown police appreciation),bring your family!
*Our speakers are dedicated to upholding YOUR rights!
Saturday, July 16 – Pray Day DC Revival is happening 10:00AM
Join one million people standing together in solidarity for Jesus on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Artists/speakers include Hillsong United, Kari Jobe, Lecrae, Michael W. Smith, Francis Chan, Ravi Zacharias, Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Jeremy Camp, Lauren Daigle, Andy Mineo, and more.
We plan on helping people organize buses here in PA, starting in the King of Prussia area. It’s time to get your churches, schools, businesses, and local organizations involved!**
*Saturday, July 23 – Pray for our Nation, Washington Memorial Chapel, Rt. 23, on the edge of Valley Forge Park 10 AM – 12 Noon.
Our 2nd annual event co-sponsored by Valley Forge Patriots / Citizens for Liberty and Faith & Freedom Coalition.
Join us for prayer that God saves our Nation from those who seek to destroy it.
Ample parking at the chapel and lunch is available at the Cabin Shop picnic area adjacent to the chapel.
DALLAS . . .
David Caplan & Morgan Winsor, ABC: “11 Officers Shot, 5 Fatally, by Snipers Amid Dallas Protest; 1 Suspect Dead and 3 in Custody”
“Eleven police officers were shot ambush-style, including five fatally, in Dallas Thursday night by at least two snipers, amid a protest against the recent police shootings of two black men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Minnesota, according to the Dallas Police.
“One of the suspects had engaged in a standoff for several hours with police, but a Dallas city official announced around 3:30 a.m. that it was over. That suspect is now dead, according to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
“‘Our explosives took him down,’ Rawlings said Friday morning on ‘Good Morning America.’ ‘He was cornered in a garage and wouldn’t give up and we sent in explosives for that.’
“The conditions of the six wounded officers weren’t immediately released. One civilian was also injured.
Officials said there are three suspects in custody and police are still investigating a motive for the attack.
“‘I can tell you they’re being pretty tight-lipped at this point,’ Rawlings said of the three suspects.
“Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the timing of the attack, the location of the snipers and the weapons they used were sophisticated. . .”
Also – Bob Price & Lana Shadwick, Breitbart-Texas: “5 Police Officers Killed, 6 Wounded by Snipers in Dallas #BlackLivesMatter Protest”
FBI . . .
“The problem is with the Clinton Foundation as I mentioned, which you should just imagine as a massive spider web of connections and money laundering implicating hundreds of high-level people,” the source said. “Though I do not have a high opinion of Hillary, she is just a piece – albeit a big piece – of this massive sh*tstorm.”
“Those implicated extends to the Justice Dept. The DOJ is most likely looking to save itself,” he continued. “Find everyone involved in the Clinton Foundation, from its donors to its Board of Directors, and imagine they are all implicated. . .”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “No Charges but Plenty of Blame for Hillary”
“It was clear from FBI director James Comey’s congressional testimony Thursday that he thinks Hillary Clinton lied to the American people, even if he was reluctant to say it in so many words.
“But then he didn’t need to. We’ve known for over a year that Clinton has been lying about her server. She lied about the reason she set it up — she claimed she wanted the convenience of using just one device. She claimed she never sent or received any classified e-mail. She claimed she handed over all of her work-related e-mails. She claimed that her stealth system had been approved. She claimed that her lawyers read every one of her e-mails before opting to hand them over or delete them.
Except for that last lie, all of these — and there are many more — were proven to be falsehoods a long time ago.
“Of course, lying to the American people is not a crime. If it were, most politicians would be waiting their turn to use the weights in the prison yard.
“I do not buy Comey’s explanation for why he decided not to recommend prosecution to the Justice Department. He concedes that there is little difference between ‘gross negligence’ — the standard in the relevant law — and extreme carelessness, his description of Clinton’s conduct. But Comey says that the DOJ does not prosecute cases of ‘gross negligence’ unless there is criminal intent. The problem is that the whole reason there is a statute criminalizing gross negligence in mishandling classified information is to cover cases where there wasn’t criminal intent. . .”
Kim Strassel, WSJ: “Comey Ran True to Form”
“The FBI director let Hillary Clinton off, making the safe call—no big surprise there.
“. . . Mr. Obama announced Mr. Comey’s appointment by praising his “fierce independence and deep integrity.” And the press drooled over several episodes in his history that had given the former Justice Department official a reputation as tough and impartial. What this missed was that Mr. Comey had risen through the ranks precisely by being the opposite of tough. Washington rewards officials who are best at currying public favor, best at surviving, best at creating unfounded legends. And Mr. Comey had been steadily rising in Washington a long time.
“Consider the episode for which he is perhaps most famous: opposing the George W. Bush administration’s “warrantless wiretapping” program in 2004. The left cast the then-deputy U.S. attorney general as a hero, breathlessly relating how he had rushed to the hospital bedside of then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to oppose reauthorization of the program. Mr. Obama, in choosing Mr. Comey, furthered this lore, feting him as a man who “was prepared to give up a job he loved rather than be part of something he felt was fundamentally wrong.”
“Yet there was nothing tough or bold about opposing a program that was always going to be explosively controversial. Intervening wasn’t brave; it’s what any watch-your-own-backside official would do. There was nothing courageous in later spinning his role, or tarnishing well-meaning government lawyers whose interpretations of the policy differed from his own. Tough would have been standing behind a program that was vital in the war on terror; tough would have been defending the policy when it became a lightning rod for liberal and media criticism.
“There was nothing tough, when Mr. Comey was a federal prosecutor in 2003, about expending vast time and resources to harass banker Frank Quattrone over the wording of a single ambiguous email. Tough would have been withstanding the post-Enron, antibusiness populist climate and refusing to burnish one’s prosecutorial credentials by turning Mr. Quattrone into a whipping boy. There was nothing tough about continuing to defend the FBI’s hapless investigation of non-anthrax-mailer Steven Jay Hatfill. Tough would have been admitting the FBI had bungled it.
“And there was certainly nothing tough in 2003 about appointing a special prosecutor—an old buddy named Patrick Fitzgerald—to investigate the leak of Valerie Plame’s identity as a CIA employee. How tough was it to allow the hounding of Bush officials afterWashington had turned against the war in Iraq? Tough would have been exercising the authority Mr. Comey had to shut the case after Mr. Fitzgerald quickly discovered the leaker’s identity. Mr. Comey instead let it run for three years, let it temporarily put a journalist in jail for refusing to disclose a source, and let it end with the scandalous perjury conviction of Scooter Libby. This isn’t tough. It’s going with the popular flow.
All of which is why it was no surprise that Mr. Comey this week let Mrs. Clinton off, despite the damning evidence amassed by the FBI of gross negligence in her handling of classified material. . .”
Joel Pollack, Big Govt: “Comey: Hillary Still Possibly Under FBI Investigation into Clinton Foundation”
“. . . However, Comey did not say anything about investigation into the Clinton Foundation, which now still appears to be ongoing.
“That investigation involves suspicions that the former Secretary of State abused her role to solicit donations for her family’s private charity — including donations from some foreign governments.
“Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chair of the House Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, asked: ‘Did you look at the Clinton Foundation?’
“Comey responded: ‘I’m not going to comment on the existence or non-existince of any other investigations.’
“He also said he would not answer whether the Clinton Foundation was “tied into” the investigation of Clinton’s email server.
“It was nearly five hours into the hearing before Comey was asked about the bureau’s investigation of the Clinton Foundation, which reportedly concerns how the foundation’s interests, and the interests of its contributors, intersected with decisions made by Clinton during her 2009 to 2013 tenure as secretary of state.
“In January, Fox News reported: ‘The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state has expanded to look at whether the possible “intersection” of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business may have violated public corruption laws, three intelligence sources not authorized to speak on the record told Fox News.’ . . .”
Julia Edwards & Alana Wise, Reuters: “Speaker Ryan formally asks that Clinton be denied classified data”
“The top elected U.S. Republican formally asked the country’s intelligence chief not to give Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton any classified information during the election campaign, according to a letter released on Thursday.
“House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said in the letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that denying Clinton classified briefings during her run for the presidency would be an appropriate sanction for her improper handling of classified emails while secretary of state.
Presidential candidates normally get access to classified information once they are formally nominated.
“The issue of Clinton’s use of private email servers during her tenure as secretary of state has cast a cloud over her presidential campaign for the Nov. 8 election, raised questions among voters about her trustworthiness and given presidential rival Donald Trump an avenue of attack.
“Ryan’s letter comes as congressional Republicans will get their first chance to grill FBI Director James Comey . . .”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “FBI Director Comey’s Suggestion that Congress’s Gross Negligence Statute Is Invalid”
“Director Comey’s explanation is now clear, though he did not lay it out in his report earlier this week: The statute criminalizing gross negligence in mishandling classified information is invalid because it does not require proof of intent to improperly transmit classified information to places it is not supposed to be or to people not authorized to have it.
“The director claims that the statute has only been used once since its enactment in 1917, and therefore its invocation as written in Mrs. Clinton’s case would be suspect. He implies that the only way to save the statute is for the Justice Department to do what prosecutors routinely tell judges that they are not permitted to do: rewrite the statute – in this instance, to add a higher mens rea proof requirement.
“With due respect, this argument is very unconvincing, for at least two reasons:
“1. It is implausible to claim, as Director Comey does, that a criminal statute is implicitly invalid if the mens rea (state of mind) element merely requires proof of gross negligence rather than intent to cause harm. Let’s consider the causing of death, a consequence similarly grave to compromising our national security by mishandling classified information. I believe every state in our country criminalizes the negligent causing of death. Here, for example, is what judges in Connecticut instruct juries in every such case:
“For you to find the defendant guilty of this charge, the state must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
“Element 1 – Cause of death The first element is that the defendant caused the death of . This means that the defendant’s conduct was the proximate cause of the decedent’s death. You must find proven beyond a reasonable doubt that died as a result of the actions of the defendant.
“ Element 2 – Criminal negligence The second element is that the defendant was criminally negligent in causing the death.
“Conclusion In summary, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that 1) the defendant caused the death of , and 2) the defendant was criminally negligent when (he/she) caused the death.
“Notice: there is absolutely no requirement that the prosecutor prove that the defendant intended to do harm or cause death. It is merely required that the prosecutor prove that the defendant acted negligently and that this negligence caused death.
“It would be shocking were a high official to suggest that such prosecutions are constitutionally suspect. They happen all the time, and have from time immemorial.
“2. It would be contradictory to require proof beyond a reasonable doubt of both (a) the intentional causing of harm, and (b) the causing harm by gross negligence. We know in our everyday lives that we do not intend the harm we cause when we act negligently. The driver who texts behind the wheel never intends the harm that comes to the passengers when the highly likely accident happens. If Director Comey is correct, though, that would mean that Congress is powerless to criminalize the extremely careless mishandling of classified information by high public officials despite the catastrophic damage it can do to the United States.
“This simply cannot be so.
“Finally, Director Comey just testified that he did not rewrite the statute criminalizing grossly negligent mishandling of classified information (as I have argued he, in effect, did). Knowing Jim Comey as I do, I have no doubt that he says this because, on some technical level, he believes it to be true. But I do not understand how that assertion can be squared with his opening statement, in which he strongly suggested that the statute is suspect and can only be saved if the Justice Department redefines Congress’s mens rea requirement – raising it from gross negligence to intentional causing of harm.”
Also – Andrew McCarthy, PJM: “For Any ‘Reasonable’ Prosecutor, Damage to National Security Would Outweigh ‘Extremely Careless’ Hillary’s (Largely Irrelevant) Intent”
“. . . Director Comey contends that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring a case due to the former Secretary of State’s purportedly benign intent. In point of fact, her intent – besides being very far from benign – is largely irrelevant: the criminal statute at issue, Section 793(f) of the federal penal code, merely requires proof that the defendant was grossly negligent – or, as Comey put it “extremely careless.” But more importantly, a reasonable prosecutor considering charges would not myopically obsess over Clinton’s state of mind. Far more weighty in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion would be two factors Comey did not cite at all in his presentation: (a) Congress’s purpose in criminalizing the grossly negligent mishandling of classified information, and (b) the harm actually done to the United States which, viewed from the perspective of the intelligence community underwritten by 50 billion American taxpayer dollars annually, was surely immense. . .”
Michelle Malkin, Townhall: “Iovi Et Bovi: The Teflon Hillary Standard”
“There is a classic Latin epigram about double standards that resounds in the aftermath of the FBI’s surrender this week to the corruptocracy:
“Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi.”
Translation: “What is permissible for Jove is not permissible for an ox.”
Jove is the Roman god Jupiter, untouchable ruler of the skies, wielder of the lightning bolt. The ox is a servile beast, sacrificial animal for elites in power, bearer of the heavy yoke.
“FBI Director James Comey told us Tuesday what many of us have already known and long suspected: Hillary Clinton serially lied about her homeland security-jeopardizing homebrew email server, and the Obama administration is letting her get away with it.
After Comey hammered the final nail in the classified-information coffin, the enabler in chief promptly whisked Clinton out of D.C. on his taxpayer-subsidized winged chariot for a joint campaign event in North Carolina and plopped her in front of a lectern carrying the presidential seal — where she stood and hurled her invective against GOP presidential rival Donald Trump, whom she called “unqualified and temperamentally unfit” to occupy the White House.
Unqualified pot, meet unfit kettle.
“This is the smug sociopath who led a treacherous State Department team that lied to the public about the deadly Benghazi, Libya, terror attacks, who lied and continues to lie about her Clinton Foundation favor-trading money machine, and who lied repeatedly about compromising U.S. secrets.VIEW CARTOON
“Clinton’s campaign audaciously calls the systemic circumvention of transparency and security a ‘mistake’ — like when Grandma butt-dials you accidentally or your toddler tweets out his “Fruit Ninja” high score on your work phone.
“But this is what a bona fide mistake looks like: ‘Oops.’
“A one-off. A slip-up. A goof.
“And this is what serial subversion of the law looks like:
“Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops. Oops.”
“That’s 110 oopsy-daisies — the same number of Hillary ‘I Did Not Email Any Classified Material To Anyone On My Email’ Clinton’s emails the FBI tallied that contained classified information, ranging from “confidential” (the lowest level) to ‘secret’ to ‘top secret,’ at the time they were sent or received on her unsecured personal servers. The same wide-open servers the FBI told us Monday were possibly hacked by ‘hostile actors.’
“Speaking of hostile actors: Last week, as Clinton’s slimy husband was yukking it up with Attorney General Loretta Lynch in advance of the Teflon prima donna’s absolution, the Obama Pentagon announced that nine Navy officers had been punished after the humiliating “capture” of American sailors in Iranian waters in January.
“One commodore was relieved for cause; the others face disciplinary measures that could effectively end their careers. Extreme carelessness and gross negligence, to borrow the euphemisms du jour, led to a ridiculous chain of events culminating in lost sailors giving up sensitive ship data, laptop passwords, cellphone access and even their military IDs to armed Iranian forces.
For demonstrating ‘poor leadership and judgment,’ failing to maintain ‘proper communication with higher authority’ and failing to show ‘appreciation of the threat environment,’ the Navy screw-ups may well and should lose their jobs.
“For her shoddy leadership and dangerous lack of judgment, along with her utter indifference to the threat environment her evasive actions pose to America, Hillary Clinton has the backing of Barack Obama to take his place at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
“One standard for Jove, another for the ox. So it was in the fallen civilization of ancient Rome. So it is in corrupted America in 2016.”
END NOTES . . .
Mark Levin (7/7/16)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, FBI Director, James Comey was the biggest politician in the room at the Congressional hearing on Thursday. Does Comey understand the law or pretend that he doesn’t get it? Comey should realize that determining intent doesn’t require a confession, but includes looking at the circumstances and the facts.
“Also, former DOJ official, J Christian Adams calls in to discuss the FBI verdict on the Hillary email scandal. According to Adams, Americans should worry more about how the Department of Justice is handling the Hillary email case than James Comey. In the end, the decision not to bring up charges on Hillary was a Loretta Lynch and Department of Justice decision.
“After that, there were ugly police shootings recently in Louisiana and Minnesota. We need to get the facts on these shootings before drawing a conclusion. If those officers did commit wrongdoing then they need to be prosecuted but we need more facts. In addition, why does dealing with these police shootings always have to about politics, gun control, and President Obama?
“Also, the Donald Trump campaign numbers indicate that 700 delegates do not support Trump. The Trump campaign is now concerned about a delegate uprising.
“Finally, it’s with a heavy heart to announce the passing of a true patriot, WCBM’s own Tom Marr. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace.”
Chris Spargo, UK Daily Mail: “Bill O’Reilly shares photos of Barack Obama in traditional Muslim dress he claims are from half-brother Malik’s wedding saying they prove his ‘deep emotional ties to Islam’
“Bill O’Reilly released images of President Barack Obama claiming they were from the Muslim wedding of his half brother Malik
“President Obama was Malik’s best man at his first wedding in 1981 and Malik served as his best man when he married Michelle
“O’Reilly claims the photos were taken in Maryland in the early 1990s
“Fox News host said the pictures prove President Obama has ‘deep emotional ties to Islam’ and is not a ‘devout Christian’
“O’Reilly claims this has ‘hurt the USA’ because Obama has failed to combat ISIS which he calls the ‘Obama administration’s greatest failure’
“A similar set of photos featuring President Obama in the same dress were shared by Malik in 2004 and previously published on DailyMail.com.”