JANET – Events in July.
SCARRY – She’s too far; ELDER – Cop Facts; HANSON – America vulnerable.
LEADS: CHAITIN & GIARITELLI – 84 Dead; COOKE – GOP circus; MURPHY – Trump to choose Pence; YORK – Valley of unskewed polls; MAY – One million illegals.
PA: KNEPPER – Higher taxes.
Remember a Vet!
Janet: July Events
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 fromn 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.
““Instead of Hillary, I would vote for a goldfish any day of the week”
Mark Belling caller, 2:15 PM, 7/14/16, WPHT
Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner: “Trump: No Palin at the convention because she is ‘a long ways away’”
Send your plane!
“‘She was asked,’ Trump told the Washington Examiner in a phone interview on Thursday. ‘It’s a little bit difficult because of where she is. We love Sarah. Little bit difficult because of, you know, it’s a long ways away.’
“Palin, who lives in Alaska, endorsed Trump for the GOP nomination in January. The convention will be hosted in Cleveland, roughly an 11-hour flight away from her home state. . .”
Larry Elder, RCP: “Ignorance of Facts Fuels the Anti-Cop ‘Movement’”
“. . . Fryer examined 1,332 police shootings — including fatal and non-fatal shootings — in the police departments of 10 large cities in Texas, California and Fl”. . . orida. He said his findings surprised him. In an article about the study, The New York Times wrote:
“In shootings in these 10 cities involving officers, officers were more likely to fire their weapons without having first been attacked when the suspects were white. Black and white civilians involved in police shootings were equally likely to have been carrying a weapon. Both results undercut the idea of racial bias in police use of lethal force.”
“But the question remained, when the suspect is black, are officers more likely to use deadly force? “The Times wrote:
“What about situations in which an officer might be expected to fire, but doesn’t? To answer this, Mr. Fryer focused on one city, Houston. The police department there let the researchers look at reports not only for shootings but also for arrests when lethal force might have been justified. Mr. Fryer defined this group to include encounters with suspects the police subsequently charged with serious offenses like attempting to murder an officer, or evading or resisting arrest. He also considered suspects shocked with Tasers.
“Mr. Fryer found that in such situations, officers in Houston were about 20 percent less likely to shoot if the suspects were black. This estimate was not precise, and firmer conclusions would require more data. But in various models controlling for different factors and using different definitions of tense situations, Mr. Fryer found that blacks were either less likely to be shot or there was no difference between blacks and whites.”
“Yes, the study found cops were more likely to put their hands on a black suspect vs. a white suspect — also to cuff, push to the ground or pepper-spray — but probably because cops don’t want the encounter to escalate to a shooting. . .”
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: “Enemies See America as Vulnerable Prey
“Here is a sampling of some recent news abroad: A Russian guard attacked a U.S. diplomatic official at the door to the American Embassy in Moscow, even as NATO leaders met to galvanize against the next act of Russian aggression.
“The Islamic State continued its global terrorist rampage with horrific attacks in Baghdad and Istanbul.
“Iran rebuffed United Nations warnings and defiantly boasted that it will continue testing ballistic missiles. German intelligence believes that Iran, empowered by the release of $100 billion in impounded cash, is violating its recent American-led nonproliferation deal in an effort to import nuclear bomb-making technology.
“North Korea conducted a test (unsuccessful, apparently) of a submarine-based guided missile.
“They could represent just more empty chest-thumping by our enemies.
“Or, because this is an election year in the U.S., enemies are posturing in order to advance their agendas, as they often do in times of uncertainty about who will be the next president.
“Or, Obama is perceived as an exceptionally lame lame-duck president who is hoping to wind down his tenure in passivity, without a major incident abroad that might imperil his presidential legacy.
“Or, after the explosive rise of ISIS, the disaster in Benghazi, the failed reset with Russia, the unchecked Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, the concessions in the Iran deal, the veritable implosion of the Middle East, and the president’s counterproductive sermonizing about Brexit, enemies sense that the U.S. is directionless. These enemies may be unsure whether America still wishes to — or even can — exercise its traditional leadership of the free world and remain the custodian of the post-war international order.
“But perhaps there is yet another catalyst prompting such events.
“The United States appears to be entering another era of dangerous internal instability similar to the one it endured in the 1960s-1970s. . .”
LEADS . . .
Daniel Chaitin & Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner: “84 dead, more than 50 wounded in attack in Nice, France”
“Approximately 84 people were killed and more than 50 others wounded Thursday night in Nice, France, according to French officials, when a large, white truck crashed into a crowd that had gathered to celebrate Bastille Day.
“Speaking to the nation from Paris hours after the attack, French President Francois Hollande described what he called an ‘absolute horror’ that was of a ‘terrorist nature,’ though by press time there was no confirmation the driver had ties to terrorism.
“Hollande also called for a three-month extension of a state of emergency — put in place after last November’s deadly Paris attacks — that was set to expire later this month.
“At the time, just before 4 a.m. local time Friday, Hollande said there were 77 dead, including children. Hours later at around 8 a.m., the French Interior Ministry raised the number of dead to 84, with 18 others in critical condition. . .”
Charles CW Cooke, NRO: “The National Trump Convention Is Gearing Up to Be a Circus Show”
“And when Reince Priebus looked over the RNC’s schedule he wept tears of milk and Baileys, for there were no more opportunities to blow.
“The Republican party had a chance this year. It coulda had class. It coulda been a contender. It coulda taken advantage of the monumental chance that it had been accorded. Instead, it has chosen the course of farce, which is what this is, let’s face it.
“If they are worth their salt, political historians will look back and wonder at the choices that the Right has made of late. Having taken over the House, the Senate, and the majority of the states — and, in so doing, having severely weakened the Democrats’ bench — the Republican party could have taken Cleveland by storm and staged a convention of stars. Instead, alas, it is set to present to the wider world a motley crew, led, for now, by a cut-rate huckster. “Who are the Republicans?” will be the viewers’ primary inquiry upon tuning in to the proceedings. “I have no idea,” will be their conclusion by the end.
“In the Washington Post, Chris Cillizza sums up the affair pithily. Trump’s roster of convention speakers, Cillizza notes, is less appropriate for “the Republican National Convention” and more appropriate for “the Trump National Convention,” for “the tie that binds the vast majority of the people together, particularly the non-politicians on the roster, is a connection to Trump, not to the Republican party.”
Patricia Murphy, Roll Call: “Trump to Pick Mike Pence, Says Source”
“Formal announcement expected Friday
“Donald Trump is planning to announce that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is his choice for his vice presidential running mate, according to a Republican with direct knowledge of the decision.
“As Trump narrowed in on his choice of Pence, the two men spent time at both Trump’s golf resort in New Jersey in early July and at the Indiana governor’s mansion this week.
“In addition to testing the men’s chemistry together, Trump was reportedly impressed with Pence’s calm demeanor, his experience on Capitol Hill and as a governor, and Pence’s potential to assist Trump in governing, should the ticket win in November.
“Pence, 57, served 12 years in Congress, rising to the No. 3 post in the House Republican leadership, before leaving to run for Indiana governor in 2012. There, he faced criticism for his handling of a religious liberties law that many said would discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity. When he backpedaled in the face of boycotts, he angered some conservatives, as well.
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Anti-Trumpers of all stripes enter ‘Valley of Unskewed Polls’”
“Wednesday was a pretty good day for Donald Trump in the polls. AQuinnipiac poll of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, released in early morning to help shape the news cycle, showed the Republican slightly ahead of Hillary Clinton in Florida, tied in Ohio, and slightly ahead in Pennsylvania. Given that Mitt Romney lost all three key swing states in 2012, and that recent polls have shown Trump trailing in them as well, it was good news for the Republican.
“Polls released later Wednesday, from NBC/Marist and Fox, showed Trump behind Clinton in Colorado and Virginia — two more states Romney lost. Like Quinnipiac, the NBC/Marist poll showed Trump and Clinton tied in Ohio, but in Pennsylvania, NBC/Marist had Clinton up by a significant margin — a decidedly different result than Quinnipiac’s.
“But the Quinnipiac poll, focusing on the magic formula of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania — the three states that would give Trump the presidency, if he won them on top of the states Romney won in 2012 — attracted the most attention. And almost immediately, some on the left and right — anti-Trumpers all — began attacking the polls and the pollster. . .”
Caroline May, Big Govt: “ICE Official Offers Excuses as Feds Fail to Deport Nearly a Million Illegals”
“While Republican lawmakers have expressed frustration that nearly a million illegal immigrants with final orders of deportation remain in the United States, the situation is under control and merely par for the course, according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement official.
“Thursday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) pressed ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale on the 953,507 aliens with final orders of removal who the government has failed to deport.
“‘Sir, I believe that is a number that is an aggregate number over many many years, it is folks we consider under docket-control that have seen either immigration judges or have filed federal appeals,’ Ragsdale responded.
“Chaffetz expressed incredulity that such a high number of illegal immigrants remain in the U.S. despite final orders of deportation.
“‘I would again, suggest that number includes people under docket-control. Some of those people may have, in fact, withholding of removal,’ Ragsdale said.
“The Utah lawmaker stressed that despite Ragsdale’s excuses, the 953,507 figure is a number from ICE, Ragsdale’s agency.
“‘It may very well be accurate,’ Ragsdale said. ‘What I am suggesting is that number does not mean every single one of these people are amenable to removal as of right now.’ . . .”
Also – Julia Hahn, Breitbart: “Clinton to Resettle One Million Muslim Migrants During First Term Alone”
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “State Budget Balanced with Higher Taxes”
“The irresponsible budget passed by the General Assembly became law without the Governor’s signature early Tuesday morning. Because spending exceeds revenue projections, the budget was not balanced. Pennsylvania’s constitution requires a balanced budget. The imbalance was corrected, at taxpayers’ expense, on Wednesday.
On a somewhat positive note, the increased taxes on heating bills was not part of the tax increase. However, there was a lot not to like about the legislation. To satisfy the General Assembly’s insatiable need for spending increases, taxes were raised on tobacco products, e-cigarettes, and digital downloads (music, movies, apps, etc.) among other things. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has a full list of the tax increases and sources of additional revenue.