JANET – Events in July.
HEATHER MACDONALD – The fire spreads.
CLEVELAND: DRUDGE Links; GOLDBERG – GOP stomachs; WEAVER – What will Ted say?; PACE & FRAM – Melania; GASS – Melania/Michelle; POLLAK – Michelle copied Alinsky.
AILES: BOYLE – Fox to hike?
IRAN: NY POST – Our give-away bomb.
LAST NOTE: SCHEINER – Lonely Kasich.
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.
Heather MacDonald, City Journal: “The Fire Spreads”
BO’s next job? Again, Cloward-Piven – find a mess, make it bigger, grow government, and make a job for yourself!
“Perhaps it will turn out that the latest assassination of police officers, this time in Baton Rouge, is unrelated to the hatred fomented by the Black Lives Matter movement. Perhaps the gunmen were members of militia groups aggrieved by federal overreach, say. But the overwhelming odds are that this most recent assault on law and order, taking the lives of three officers and wounding at least three more, is the direct outcome of the political and media frenzy that followed the police shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, less than two weeks ago. That frenzy further amplified the dangerously false narrative that racist police officers are the greatest threat facing young black men today.
“President Barack Obama bears direct responsibility for the lethal spread of that narrative. In a speech from Poland just hours before five officers were assassinated in Dallas on July 7, Obama misled the nation about policing and race, charging officers nationwide with preying on blacks because of the color of their skin. Obama rolled out a litany of junk statistics to prove that the criminal justice system is racist. Blacks were arrested at twice the rate of whites, he complained, and get sentences almost 10 percent longer than whites for the same crime. Missing from Obama’s address was any mention of the massive racial differences in criminal offending and criminal records that fully account for arrest rates and sentence lengths. (Blacks, for example, commit homicide at eight times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined, and at about 11 to 12 times the rate of whites alone.) Instead, Obama chalked up the disparities to “biases, some conscious and unconscious that have to be rooted out . . . across our criminal justice system.”
“Then five Dallas officers were gunned down out of race hatred and cop hatred. Did Obama shelve his incendiary rhetoric and express his unqualified support for law enforcement? No, he doubled down, insulting law enforcement yet again even as it was grieving for its fallen comrades. In a memorial service for the Dallas officers, Obama rebuked all of America for its “bigotry,” but paid special attention to alleged police bigotry:
‘When African-Americans from all walks of life, from different communities across the country, voice a growing despair over what they perceive to be unequal treatment, when study after study shows that whites and people of color experience the criminal justice system differently. So that if you’re black, you’re more likely to be pulled over or searched or arrested; more likely to get longer sentences; more likely to get the death penalty for the same crime. When mothers and fathers raised their kids right, and have the talk about how to respond if stopped by a police officer—yes, sir; no, sir—but still fear that something terrible may happen when their child walks out the door; still fear that kids being stupid and not quite doing things right might end in tragedy.
‘When all this takes place, more than 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, we cannot simply turn away and dismiss those in peaceful protest as troublemakers or paranoid.’
“The irresponsible zealotry of this rebuke was stunning. . .”
CLEVELAND . . .
“”Who would trust Hillary Clinton to protect them? I wouldn’t . . .” Rudy Giuliani
Drudge Links (07/20/16)
REPUBLICAN PARTY FORMALLY NOMINATES TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT…
NIGHT 2: LIVE…
Christie Prosecutes Hillary: Lock Her Up!
Activists from BLM, KKK, Westboro Baptist throw urine at each other during RNC protests…
ALEX JONES ATTACKED…
Norovirus outbreak reported among convention staffers…
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “GOP Convention Has Become a Stomach-Churning Affair”
“. . . Before telephones and modern transportation, the only way for a political party to form a consensus around a candidate was to actually meet face to face. Negotiating complicated deals by mail is hard (and risky; many political bargains are best not put in writing). A convention was the way to do that. The goal wasn’t to pick a candidate whom a bare majority or slim plurality of delegates loved and a large minority couldn’t stand. It was to find the candidate most acceptable to the most people.
“Imagine the candidates were ice cream flavors. Some people love chocolate. Others love strawberry. But many of the strawberry people hate chocolate, and the chocolate fans are #NeverStrawberry. A few diehard types are all in for rocky road or pistachio. If no consensus could be formed, the bosses would retreat to smoke-filled rooms and figure out what flavor everyone could live with. And the answer was often vanilla. There’s a reason vanilla is the most popular ice cream in America — not because it’s the favorite of the most people, but because no one dislikes vanilla.
“That’s the original purpose of conventions: to find the candidate the party could unify around. Since the rise of the modern primary system, we switched to the practice of putting it all up for a vote. Whoever gets a majority of delegates in primary elections is the nominee. This wasn’t a problem most years because all of the candidates were ultimately acceptable to the party. People grumbled about this or that candidate (I certainly did), but there was no #NeverDole or #NeverRomney movement.
“This time is different. Countless leading Republicans skipped this convention, including all of the living previous nominees, save for Bob Dole. Most delegates in attendance have made their peace with Donald Trump, but a very large number have not. The Trump boosters think this is all sour grapes, and that’s an understandable reaction. What they can’t (or won’t) see is that Trump is viewed by many conservatives as an imposter and hijacker.
“The Trump campaign tried to fix this problem by selecting Indiana governor Mike Pence as his running mate, but Trump stomped on that message by fumbling his announcement and then, in a joint interview with 60 Minutes, treating Pence like a glorified intern. The message for many conservatives wasn’t that Trump was embracing conservatism, but that he was willing to condescend to it. The TV cameras may show a lot of excited delegates cheering Trump on the floor.
“What the cameras can’t show is the discontent represented by those who refused to attend in the first place — nor the grumbling distress deep in the bowels of the Grand Old Party.”
Al Weaver, Washington Examiner: “What will Cruz say to the GOP convention?”
“CLEVELAND — Ted Cruz saw his hopes of securing the Republican nomination shattered in early May with a loss in Indiana, but now he is set to make a return to the national spotlight when he takes the stage at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night.
With this return comes uncertainty, as supporters of the Texas senator are not entirely sure what he will do in the future or even in his speech.
“That is a great, big question,” said Iowa Rep. Steve King when asked what to expect on Wednesday. King was a staunch supporter of Cruz and campaigned extensively with him prior to the state’s caucuses.
“I charged him with this some time after he suspended his campaign after the Indiana primary,” King told the Washington Examiner on the convention floor on Monday. “We sat down and had dinner together and I said to him, ‘Ted, you need to give a speech in Cleveland, and it needs to be a speech that is big and resounding and lays out priority of principles and ideals similar to Ronald Reagan’s speech in 1976 — the one that set the stage for Reagan to enter us into the presidency and a subsequent election.’ That’s what I hope Cruz can do.”
“Cruz surprised many two weeks ago when he met with his former rival after a D.C., meeting with congressional Republicans. Soon after the meeting, the GOP primary contest runner-up announced that Trump had asked him to speak at the convention but did not request or receive an endorsement.
“Some still wonder what really happened in that meeting, leading to increased speculation about what Cruz’s message will be on Wednesday — one of party unity or one focused on the future, with 2020 a real possibility. . .”
Also – Eliana Johnson, NRO: “Cruz Prepares for High-Stakes Convention Speech with Eye on 2020”
Julie Pace & Alan Fram, AP:” Melania Trump ignites GOP convention after gloom, turmoil”
CLEVELAND (AP) — After a harsh primary, Republicans kicked off Donald Trump’s general election campaign with a warm and personal validation from his wife, Melania Trump, who emotionally assured GOP convention delegates and voters across the country that the brash candidate has the character and determination to unite a divided nation
“‘If you want someone to fight for you and your country, I can assure you, he is the guy,’ Mrs. Trump told delegates in her highest profile appearance of the presidential campaign. But her well-received address was marred by two passages with similarities to a speech first lady Michelle Obama delivered at the 2008 Democratic convention.
“Trump’s campaign responded in a statement that said her ‘immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech.’ The statement didn’t mention Mrs. Obama. ‘In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking,’ Trump spokesman Jason Miller said.
“Even so, Mrs. Trump’s remarks were a sharp contrast to the night’s other speakers, who painted a bleak picture of a nation gripped by insecurity. The speeches were also filled with harsh criticism of Democrat Hillary Clinton, with delegates chanting ‘lock her up.’
“The evening’s ‘Make America Safe Again’ theme took on new resonance given the nation’s unsettlingly violent summer. A parade of speakers told detailed stories about deadly combat missions and loved ones killed at the hands of people in the United States illegally. And they cast the turbulent times as a direct result of weak leadership by President Barack Obama and Clinton, who spent four years in the administration. . .”
Nick Gass, Politico: “Melania Trump’s prime-time speech was strikingly similar to Michelle Obama’s”
First a lie, she wrote the speech. She didn’t. Second, the length and detail of the “borrowed” text suggests sabotage by one of the writers, the same sabotage contributed by CBS – its commentators interrupted the speakers . . . turn on a camera and clowns – especially liberals – will dance in front of the red light . . . again, how you do tonight decides your chances for next week . . .
“A passage of Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday night bore a striking resemblance to the speech delivered nearly eight years ago by another first lady hopeful, Michelle Obama.
As journalist Jarrett Hill flagged on Twitter, a portion of Trump’s speech in which she discussed the values instilled in her by her parents appeared to be largely the same words uttered by Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.”
Joel Pollak, Big Govt: “Michelle Obama Copied Alinsky in Speech Melania Trump Allegedly Plagiarized”
“Melania Trump, wife of imminent Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and potential First Lady, faces accusations of plagiarism after several passages in her speech to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland appeared to echo lines from Michelle Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver.
“Trump’s wife joins Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Joe Biden as accused plagiarists. Even Michelle Obama was accused of plagiarizing part of her own 2008 DNC speech.
“Barack Obama: “Don’t tell me words don’t matter.” As then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) surpassed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, largely on the strength of his oratory, Clinton said that Obama’s record was “just words.” Obama responded in a speech whose refrain was lifted from then-Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. The Obama campaign did not even bother to refute the claim. Instead, it circulated examples of lines that it said Clinton herself had borrowed from Obama. The left media defended Obama, saying that he had not committed plagiarism, but merely, at worst, “poor footnoting.”
“Hillary Clinton: “No bank can be too big to fail, no executive too powerful to jail.” After the Obama campaign accused Clinton of stealing lines in 2008 — a claim supplemented by The New Republic, which accused her of stealing lines from then-Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) — she ought to have learned her lesson. But in 2016, she stole linesfrom Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who responded by telling NBC News’ Meet the Press, jokingly: “We’re looking into the copyright issues here.” Clinton was accused of liftingother lines, too — and Sanders supporters responded on Twitter with the wry hashtag: #StealtheBern.
“Joe Biden: “My ancestors who worked in the coal mines…”. Biden was found to have borrowed heavily from the oratory — and the biography — of British Labour Party leader Neal Kinnock, without attribution. In addition, it was discovered he had committed plagiarism while in law school. The scandal helped bring down Biden’s presidential campaign in 1988 — though Biden’s angry outburst at a reporter — “I think I probably have a much higher IQ than you do, I suspect” — didn’t help, either.
“Michelle Obama: “…the world as it should be.” In 2008, the aspiring First Lady was accused by bloggers of lifting lines for her DNC speech from Saul Alinsky. Alinsky wrote, in Rules for Radicals (emphasis added): “The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be.” Michelle Obama said: “And Barack stood up that day, and he spoke words that have stayed with me ever since. He talked about ‘the world as it is‘ and ‘the world as it should be.’” (Perhaps Mr. Obama who left out the attribution.)
““The Trump campaign denied it borrowed lines from Michelle Obama, including: ‘that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond…’.
“Senior communications adviser Jason Miller said: ‘In writing her beautiful speech, Melania’s team of writers took notes on her life’s inspirations, and in some instances included fragments that reflected her own thinking. Melania’s immigrant experience and love for America shone through in her speech, which made it such a success.’
“Regardless, Mrs. Trump is in good company. She will spend days being likened to Michelle Obama.
“Which was, perhaps, the point.”
AILES . . .
Matthew Boyle, Breitbart: “Exclusive — Fox News Stars Stand With Roger Ailes Against Megyn Kelly, More Than 50 Fox Contributors, All Primetime, Willing To Walk”
“CLEVELAND, Ohio — All of Fox News’ primetime lineup is willing to walk out of the network with chief executive and chairman Roger Ailes if he is pushed out by Rupert Murdoch and his family, Breitbart News has confirmed.
“Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, Shepard Smith, Bret Baier, Eric Bolling, Neil Cavuto, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Laura Ingraham, Geraldo Rivera, Juan Williams, Jeanine Pirro, Bo Dietl, Monica Crowley, all of the Fox and Friends hosts, and at least 50 Fox News contributors are willing to depart the network if Ailes is ousted, and leave with him to form a new network, one of the network’s anchors told Breitbart News late Tuesday.
“All of them stand against Megyn Kelly, and all of them stand with Roger Ailes.
“This development, which has been confirmed to Breitbart News by multiple network sources, effectively boxes in those who want to remove Ailes. Either they can throw all in behind Megyn Kelly—in which case they would have to forfeit most of the rest of the network—or they can stand with the hardworking anchors and news personalities at Fox News.
“‘If Fox wants to become the ‘all about Megyn Network,’ that’s fine,’ one top Fox News host said. ‘We stand with Roger. And real anger has emerged that the so-called Megyn incident happened 10 years ago. The consensus among the hosts and contributors is: ‘Why didn’t she say anything then? Really, the same woman that posed half naked in GQ? The same woman on Howard Stern saying what?’”
IRAN . . .
NY Post: “Iran deal’s secret giveaway exposed”
“The Associated Press reports that the unpublished side deal is even more disastrous than the rest of the accord. It relaxes key restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in just over a decade, rather than the 15 years Team Obama has been touting.
“As of January 2027, Iran can start replacing its mainstay centrifuges with thousands of advanced machines up to five times as efficient as what it now has.
“Bottom line: The time Iran needs to produce a nuclear bomb would be cut in half, or worse. If Obama’s correct that the current rules leave Tehran a year from sprinting to the bomb, it’ll become at most six months.
“And because the secret deal doesn’t spell out what happens after year 13, it could mean an end to all restrictions on centrifuges.
“The head of the Institute for Science and International Security, a go-to agency on Iran’s nuclear program, says the side deal “will create a great deal of instability and possibly even lead to war.”
“Yet just last week, the president boasted that his deal — which provides the mullahs with tens of billions in sanctions relief for use on terrorism — is “avoiding further conflict and making us safer.” Really?
“All this proves that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom Obama openly mocked as a scare-monger for warning that Iran’s “breakout time” was six months or less, was anything but. . .”
END NOTE . . .
Coming July 22nd: http://hillarysamericathemovie.com/
Eric Schelner, CNS: “JOHN KASICH DEMANDS MORE IMMIGRATION, SAYS “NATIONALISM” IS THE PROBLEM”
No, John. The problem is that your generation and mine bought Buicks instead of having kids. Now you (and I) need another generation to support our nursing homes . . . or maybe you’re just flirting with Hillary . . .
“(CNSNews.com) – Ohio Gov. and former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich (R-Ohio) told an audience in Cleveland that he looks at immigration as an opportunity because Ohio has a “stagnant growth of population – we want people to come to Ohio.”
“When I look at immigration I look at a new level of energy,” Kasich told an International Republican Institute gathering on Tuesday.
“I look at immigration as an opportunity. One of the things that we face in Ohio is a stagnant growth of population – we want people to come to Ohio. We want to integrate these folks and we want them to become part of our economic dynamo. So this refrain we hear around the world, and I understand some of the problems we have, is this anti-immigration is unhealthy.”