JANET – Events in July.
BRODY – BO Speaks.
BATON ROUGE: Montrell Jackson; SUES – Update; DRUDGE LINKS.
LEADS: McLAUGHLIN – GOP Kick-Off; LEDEEN – They win, we lose; HAHN – Ryan floods district; HUNTER – One-sided war; MARTOSKO – Trump/Pence debut; NRO – The Pence pick; TRACINSKI – Let’s socialize it all.
PA: SNYDER – PoliticsPA 7/15/16.
LAST NOTE: HANSON – Three propositions.
Remember a Vet!
Janet: July Events
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.
“For my own part, I would as soon be descended from that heroic little monkey, who braved his dreaded enemy in order to save the life of his keeper; of from that old baboon who descending from the mountains, carried away in triumph his young comrade from a crowd of astonished dogs – as from a savage who delights to torture his enemies, offers up bloody sacrifices, practices infanticide without remorse, treats his wives like slaves, knows no decency, and is haunted by the grossest superstitions.” Sagan, Carl (`1977) The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence.
James Brody: BO SPEAKS . . .
Masked men killed three police officers in Louisiana. The news folks now wait for Obama to make a statement. Remember, if you will, that Obama’s chief concern is getting his next job and to do that, he has to keep promises to Muslim groups. If they do not trust him (or see him as a useful tool) then he has no employer next year and he will have to abandon his $5 million dollar rental and pull his girls to a real school. Likewise for Hillary who has collected fortunes from Islamic interests and now builds her presidency on promises that she made while Secretary of State – with help from Huma, Valerie, Susan, and Samantha. Barry’s fundamental conflict – being credible to both Muslims and Americans – means that, thanks to Trump, he may be out of work. This whole scene could be a rare example of where Cloward-Piven tactics (take a crisis, make it bigger, and hire more staff) failed.
Read again “Brexit: Obama Just Lost His Next Job.”
Baton Rouge . . .
Montrell Jackson, Facebook: “Slain Baton Rouge Cop’s Haunting Facebook Plea: ‘Please Don’t Let Hate Infect Your Heart.’”
Jackson, 32, was killed along with police officer Matthew Gerald and sheriff’s deputy Brad Garafola on Sunday morning in Baton Rouge by Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri. Long, who was wearing body armor and carrying a rifle, wounded three others before he was killed by police. The killings completed a circle of violence involving police across the country that began when two white Baton Rouge police officers shot and killed Alton Sterling, a black man selling CDs in a parking lot, on July 5.
Two days later, black militant Micah Johnson shot and killed five white police officers in apparent revenge for Sterling’s death and that of Philando Castile, who was also killed by police.
That was the week Jackson was reflecting on when he took to Facebook.
“I’ve experienced so much in my short life and the past 3 days have tested me to the core,” he wrote. “I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat.”
Jackson remained hopeful, though.
“Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better. I’m working in these streets so any protesters, officers, friends, family, or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer I got you.”
Brock Sues, WBRZ: “Monday morning: Deputy on life support; latest on deadly ambush”
“BATON ROUGE – One East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office deputy and two Baton Rouge Police Department officers were killed during a Sunday morning shooting on Airline Highway near the Hammond Aire Plaza. Three other officers were wounded with one on life support as of Monday morning.
“Authorities confirmed the gunman was a man from Missouri and was killed after the shooting. Monday morning, the State Police said the gunman, Gavin Long of Kansas City, Missouri, was identified via fingerprints. Social media posts indicate Long, 29, was an active member of an anti-government group called New Freedom Group. Details about the shooter are still emerging. Sources point out that Long’s attack came on the man’s birthday.
“Two people taken into custody in West Baton Rouge Parish shortly after the shooting were questioned and released.
“Long acted alone, authorities said late Sunday. Police dispatch recordings indicate police responding to the initial, chaotic shooting scene thought there were multiple shooters. Listen to the dispatch HERE.
“The murdered officers were identified as BRPD officers Montrell Jackson and Matthew Gerald along with sheriff’s deputy Brad Garafola. . .”
Baton Rouge Shooter Gavin Long Was Nation Of Islam Member…
Railed Against ‘Crackers’ On YOUTUBE…
‘100% Of Revolutions Successful Through Bloodshed’…
‘More white people believe in ghost than believe in racism’…
Killer left online trail…
Shared photo on TWITTER of cop being shot…
LEADS . . .
Seth McLaughlin, Washington Times: “Republican convention kicks off amid tensions of terrorism, cop killings”
“CLEVELAND — The Republican National Convention kicks off Monday amid an atmosphere of heightened tensions, with last week’s terror attack in France and the weekend slaying of three police officers in Louisiana fresh on the minds of delegates gathering in Cleveland.
“Donald Trump, who will officially claim the GOP’s presidential nomination Thursday, had already dedicated the convention’s first night to arguing he can restore a feeling of safety. Republicans said the turmoil of recent weeks — both terrorist-inspired attacks here and abroad, and heightened tensions between police and racial minorities — undercut the leadership of this White House.
“‘How many law enforcement people have to die because of a lack of leadership in our country?’ Mr. Trump said in a Twitter posting Sunday afternoon, amid reports that three Baton Rouge police officers were killed. ‘We demand law and order.’
“In Cleveland, security was already stiff ahead of the convention, with thousands of local police and federal agents on the roads and controlling intersections.
“Checkpoints and security fencing have gone up around the downtown locations hosting the convention, the press and some of the delegates’ hotels, and police patrolled in cars, on foot and on horseback.
“‘We’ve placed barriers or barricades at certain key streets and intersections around the downtown neighborhood just to make sure that things like what transpired in Nice are thwarted here in Cleveland if they’re attempted, or at least mitigated,’ Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said on ‘Face the Nation’ on CBS. ‘So, you know, things that happen around the country and around the world do affect, to some degree, how we respond here in Cleveland.’ . . .”
Michael Ledeen, PJM: “Nice, Baton Rouge, Milwaukee: They Win, We Lose”
“As I have been saying for quite a while, the terrorists are in a hurry. They know that their free run at their enemies will not last much longer, and so they are eager to grab whatever they can as fast as they can. They expect things will get tougher when the next president takes over in January. For the moment they expect the Obama administration to make nice to Iran and Russia, Cuba and China, and the other members of the global alliance arrayed against us.
“Ergo Nice. And Baton Rouge. And Milwaukee.
“There will be more, and I will be surprised if there are not more attacks here in the United States. It’s not as if they are not trying; we keep arresting would-be jihadis and sometimes they succeed. Orlando, for example. And today, as I write, Baton Rouge. And then Milwaukee.
“We are still not fighting to win the war. We are on defense, which is a sucker’s game.
“As General Flynn and I wrote in our book ‘The Field of Fight,’ you can’t devise a winning strategy if you can’t define your enemy and his mission. We can’t, because the censors forbid it. So we cannot say the simple truth: we are under attack from a global alliance of radical Muslims and radical secularists — some are countries (such as North Korea, Cuba, Iran, China and Russia), some are organizations (al Qaeda, ISIS, Islamic Jihad, etc).
“Since we cannot speak their name or define their mission (destroy us), we cannot shape a winning strategy. Indeed, President Obama has publicly condemned anyone who talks about winning. Instead, he and Secretary of State Kerry are embracing our enemies. . .”
Julia Hahn, Breitbart: “Reeling from Falling Polls, Paul Ryan Floods District with Mailers on Border Security After Funding Every Obama Open Borders Initiative”
“Following a new primary election poll showing that House Speaker Paul Ryan has plummeted to well below 50 percent in his home district, Ryan is out with new mailers assuring Wisconsin voters of his desire to secure the border, and urging them to support him in his contentious August 9th primary election.
“The new mailers touting Ryan’s support for border security is interesting given that just last year, Ryan championed a spending bill that fully funded President Obama’s open borders agenda– including funding sanctuary cities, executive amnesty, and the release of criminal aliens. The mailers also come amid new reports indicating that, one month after his election, Ryan plans to bring up ‘criminal sentencing’ measures that could release thousands of criminal illegal aliens from prison onto the streets. . .”
Derek Hunter, Townhall:” The One-Sided War”
Thx Ted! Given probable differences in IQ and impulse control, consequences matter more than promises, whether threats or bribes. . .
“We’re in the midst of a war, but you’d never know it by watching the news or listening to the White House. The JV team keeps piling up bodies and Western leaders continue pledge to stand together as the blood dries. That’s all well and good, but when “standing together” is the entirety of the strategy, winning has not become the priority.
“To win a war, to defeat an enemy, you have to first admit you’re in a war and have an enemy. No terrorist attack, no matter the body count or how great the horror, has shaken Western powers into admitting radical Islam is a cancer on humanity and needs to be exterminated. It seems as though nothing will.
“What happened in Nice, France, was as evil as it was expected. Where the next attack will be we’ll know soon enough, but it too will be shocking and not surprising. It’s coming because each attack leads to a response along the lines of a mild scolding.
“If each time you robbed a bank and got caught you faced only a “It’s wrong that you did that and you shouldn’t do that again,” why would you not rob banks? Now add in the fanatically insane idea that being killed while robbing banks was the key Heaven, and you get Islamofascism.
“Yet Western leaders, from President Obama to French President François Hollande, treat this evil as a distraction; a kid kicking your chair on a long flight. But this is one annoyance that will only grow bigger if not stopped. . .”
Nick Martosko, UK Daily Mail: “Trump-Pence show premieres in New York as Republican standard bearer says his running mate is ‘a man of honor, character and honesty’ (and Hillary is ‘the embodiment of corruption’!)”
- Donald Trump appeared with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Saturday to formally introduce his running mate to the press and invited guests
- Insisted in a morning tweet that Pence was ‘my first choice from [the] start’
- Steady-handed conservative governor brings political experience and calm to an often chaotic and unpredictable campaign
- Trump bashed Hillary Clinton as ‘the embodiment of corruption’ and said Pence has ‘the skills of a highly talented executive’
- Pence drew a standing ovation by declaring that ‘Hillary Clinton must never become President of the United States
- He played up his congressional foreign policy credentials, blasting ‘Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama’s policy of leading from behind, moving red lines, feigning resets with a resurgent Russia and the rise of ISIS’
- “Trump aligned himself with Pence’s Christian-right base by pledging to work to repeal an IRS regulation that prevents churches from weighing in on politics without losing their tax-exempt status”
NRO: “The Pence Pick”
“Indiana governor Mike Pence is a conservative, which is why he endorsed Ted Cruz in the presidential primary. By selecting him to be his running mate, Donald Trump is reassuring conservatives and Republicans that they would have a place in his administration. That’s a welcome gesture. But in other respects the selection is a bit puzzling.
“Traditionally, vice-presidential candidates defend the presidential nominee to the hilt. The role is not an obvious fit for Pence. He was a disappointing spokesman the one time he was in the national spotlight. His halting defense of his state’s religious-freedom law last year contributed to a political fiasco and, worse, a partial repeal of that law. He also disagrees with Trump on trade, immigration, and entitlements. If we’re lucky, Trump will learn something from Pence about how Indiana is benefiting from foreign investment and trade-related employment.
“Pence could be a generally salutary influence on Trump’s campaign and possible administration, depending on how much Trump intends to lean on him. If a President Trump decided he would leave the budget and the selection of judges in his vice president’s hands, it would be all to the good.
“But there are limits to what even the best running mate can do. Pence cannot by himself organize the national campaign Trump has not yet put together. He cannot convince Americans that Trump is qualified to be commander-in-chief. He can’t keep Trump from getting distracted by vendettas against Elizabeth Warren, or former aides. In short, he cannot” save Donald Trump from himself. . .”
Robert Tracinski, The Federalist: “Obama: ObamaCare Didn’t Work, So Let’s Completely Socialize Medicine”
“President Obama implicitly acknowledges ObamaCare has failed—and lays the cards on the table for what we knew was going to be his next step.
“ . . . It’s a pretty extraordinary article, because in important ways it acknowledges that ObamaCare has basically failed—and it lays the cards on the table for what we always knew was going to be his next step.
“Remember that the whole point of ObamaCare was to make health care affordable. Its official name, after all, proclaims it is the Affordable Care Act. But Obama acknowledges that health insurance premiums have turned out to be much higher than the law’s advocates promised us. Or at least this is the closest you are likely to get to an admission from a politician:
‘Both insurers and policy makers are still learning about the dynamics of an insurance market that includes all people regardless of any preexisting conditions, and further adjustments and recalibrations will likely be needed, as can be seen in some insurers’ proposed Marketplace premiums for 2017…. [W]hile the ACA has greatly improved the affordability of health insurance coverage, surveys indicate that many of the remaining uninsured individuals want coverage but still report being unable to afford it. Some of these individuals may be unaware of the financial assistance available under current law, whereas others would benefit from congressional action to increase financial assistance to purchase coverage, which would also help middle-class families who have coverage but still struggle with premiums.’
“Let me translate that for you. Forcing insurers to cover people who are already sick and to charge them the same rates as healthy people has jacked up insurance premiums for everyone else. So because the law didn’t make insurance affordable, Congress has to make it affordable by heavily subsidizing it with even more of the taxpayers’ money. . .”
PA . . .
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA, 7/15/16
“Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. This week was so chaotic for the presidential candidates that it has to be ruled a split decision. The Democratic nominee revealed her PA team at the same time that the AP uncovered the GOP’s struggles. Then, however, Donald Trump came out ahead in the new Quinnipiac Poll. Just a few hours later, though, an NBC/Marist poll had Clinton with a solid lead. Ten days out from the Democratic National Convention in Philly, Pennsylvania is definitely a swing state.
“Tom Wolf. There will be no repeat of the 267 day budget standoff of 2015-16. After initially indicating that he wouldn’t veto the budget bill, Governor Wolf eventually signed the revenue bill and ended this second standoff at just thirteen days. Given last year’s disaster, a quick resolution was exactly what Wolf needed. Now he has to wait and see if his numbers start to improve as 2018 quickly creeps up on us.
“Ed Rendell. The former Governor of Pennsylvania just can’t quite help himself. This week he found himself praising Donald Trump for his stance towards China and international trade, although he later pushed back against the idea he applauded Trump’s stance on the latter issue. Regardless, Rendell is seen and treated as a leader of his party, yet he keeps causing PR headaches for the commissions and campaigns he chairs. One has to wonder how many more times stuff like this can happen until Rendell stops being asked to take these roles. Given how much the ex-Gov seems to value being a voice of the Democratic Party, it would be wise for him to be more careful in the future.
“Pat Toomey. The Senator went through quite a bit of whiplash this week. Over the weekend he delivered the GOP’s weekly address, which gave him the platform to talk about one of his top issues, sanctuary cities. Tuesday brought the news that McGinty had stepped up her fundraising game, though the incumbent was still ahead. Then on Wednesday, the first poll to show McGinty in the lead was released while environmental groups hit the airwaves attacking Sen. Toomey. Come Thursday, however, another poll showed Toomey with a solid advantageand he released his own tough TV ad. So on the whole this week goes to the Senator, although judging by this pace who knows where we’ll be seven days from now.
“Eric Papenfuse. We’ll be giving the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. This is now week five.
End Note . . .
Victor Davis Hanson, NRO: Three Modest Propositions”
“In future presidential editorialization about the shooting deaths of police officers, perhaps the president himself might first offer a few “words matter” gestures that would reassure law enforcement, to use another Obama phrase, that he “has their back.” Here are just three low-bar proposals for how to discourage those who glorify or advocate lethal violence against criminal-justice officers:
– No longer invite into the White House any leaders whose affiliated members have marched chanting their desire to kill police officers (e.g., “What do we want? Dead cops” / “Pigs in a blanket; fry ’em like bacon”).
– Do not consult with any self-appointed leader in the White House whose past has included overt and implicit calls to shoot police officers (e.g., Al Sharpton: “I believe in offing the pigs. Well, they got pigs out here. You ain’t offed one of them. What I believe in, I do. Do what you believe in. Or shut up and admit you’ve lost your courage and your guts to stand up”).
– Do not invite into the White House any artists whose work has glorified the killing of officers of the criminal-justice system (e.g., Lamar Kendrick’s To Pimp a Butterfly album, one of whose songs was dubbed by Obama as his favorite of 2015), whose cover depicts a group of African-American youth celebrating with champagne and cash on the White House lawn over the corpse of a white judge with his eyes X-ed out).
I don’t think that is too much to ask of the president of the United States — and perhaps such simple gestures might do a lot more for police reconciliation than the usual Obama summits and community “dialogues.”