JANET – Events in July.
CLEVELAND/CRUZ: RUSHBO – Trump used Ted; GOLDB ERG – I Choose Ted; GERAGHTY – Ted shocked the world; BERRY – No role for the Feds in education; INGRAHAM – Trump embarrasses old guard; O’NEIL – Christie stumps for a job.
LEADS: Martin – Impeach IRS Commissioner; LOWRY – Cop killings.
PA: KNEPPER – Ghost teachers.
END NOTES: MARK LEVIN (7/21/16); JOHN BATCHELOR – Speak for yourself, pal.
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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.
“The Pied Piper of Hamelin (German: Rattenfänger von Hameln also known as the Pan Piper, the Rat-Catcher of Hamelin) is the subject of a legend from the town of Hamelin (Hameln), Lower Saxony, Germany, in the Middle Ages. The earliest references describe a piper, dressed in multicolored (“pied“) clothing, who was a rat-catcher hired by the town to lure rats away  with his magic pipe. When the citizens refuse to pay for this service, he retaliates by using his instrument’s magical power on their children, leading them away as he had the rats. This version of the story spread as folklore and has appeared in the writings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the Brothers Grimm, and Robert Browning, among others.”
CLEVELAND/CRUZ . . .
Rushbo: “Trump Used Cruz to Pull Off Unity”
“. . .One of the crucial things here that we have now learned about this is that Trump knew what Cruz was gonna say. Right? That story has been reported, that Cruz’s speech was submitted. Cruz has said that the Trump people knew what he was gonna say. The Trump people say that they knew what Cruz was gonna say. And everybody involved let it happen.
“So what is the end result of this? There are two overwhelming, inarguable results from this. Number one, we’re gonna have a ratings bonanza tonight. And number two, we may be seeing the actual first threads of unity build behind Donald Trump because of this. And it could well be that Trump has pulled off a masterful move letting all this happen.
“I think that the argument that he may have done that is sort of rubber-stamped by the fact that he walked in to that convention hall at the exact moment that he knew Cruz was gonna be unloaded on by the audience. He walked into that convention hall last night to his box at the exact moment that it was gonna become, it did become clear to everybody that Cruz was not gonna endorse.
“Now, the key to all this is what has been reported, that everybody involved knew what Cruz was gonna say and thus everybody knew that Cruz was not gonna endorse. Now, I have warned everybody time and time again, you cannot judge, analyze, watch this convention through the regular political prism. In this case, what I mean by that is in a normal convention, that speech would never been allowed. . .”
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “I choose Ted”
“Well here comes Ted Cruz providing exactly the sort of drama they yearned for and many of these same voices are aghast at Ted Cruz’s effrontery. The word has gone out across the land: This is an outrage! Not since Caligula appointed his horse to the Roman senate has a political figure showed such contempt for decorum and the solemnity of politics! Last night and this morning, across the news channels, I’ve watched many people I respect — and a great many more I don’t — talk about what a sore loser Cruz is.
“There are two things to say about that. First, many of these people are willingly buying into Manafort’s stagecraft. The Trump team knew about the speech beforehand. The outrage on the floor may have ended up being genuine, but it started out manufactured. I understand that Chris Christie will spew whatever fake outrage his masters instruct, like a trained seal barking for another herring. But I don’t see why so many supposedly seasoned political observers are volunteering for service.
“Second, what the hell are people talking about? This is part of the corruption of Trump. He called Ted Cruz a liar every day and in every way for months (it used to be considered a breach in decorum to straight up call an opponent a liar, never mind use it as a nickname). The insults against his wife, the cavalier birtherism, the disgusting JFK-assassination theories about his dad: These things are known. And yet the big conversation of the day is Ted Cruz’s un-sportsmanlike behavior? For real? But forget Cruz for a moment. For over a year, Trump has degraded politics in some of the most vile ways. His respect for the Republican party as the home of conservatism is on par with Napoleon’s respect for churches when he converted them into stables. But that’s okay because he’s Trump. He’s a ‘winner.’. . .”
Jim Geraghty, NRO: “Who Says Political Conventions Are Boring? Ted Cruz Shocked the World”
Stories . . . 1) Ted gave Trump a copy of the speech three hours before it was delivered. The Donald knew what was coming. 2) The Donald has sons and daughters who are politically adept: it may take us generations to rid ourselves of these pests. 3) Cruz may hear music played by a modern Pied Piper, one who watched Hillary become fabulously wealthy and wants to beat her record. 4) Donald may be luring not only us to follow him but also our children by fast talk, smooth manners, and flute music . . .
“The delegates in Cleveland wanted an endorsement. The crowd expected an endorsement. The crowd believed an endorsement was coming.
“And Ted Cruz, the guy who’s proven again and again he’ll do what he thinks is right, whether people love it or hate it, for better or worse . . . refused to give them one. And the reaction was apoplectic.
“Now, we can argue whether that was the right thing to do in that time and place. I’m surprised by the number of people who think this was a political calculation on Cruz’s part, to set up some 2020 ambitions. By almost any measure, Cruz’s life and future ambitions are easier if he follows some version of the Scott Walker and Marco Rubio path, to say he has some serious differences with Trump, but the Republican nominee is better than Hillary Clinton, so now is the time for all Republicans to unite, et cetera.
“And yet he didn’t. There shouldn’t be that much wild speculation about Cruz’s motive. Occum’s razor: Ted Cruz doesn’t think Trump has earned his endorsement, feels endorsing him would be a lie, and he’s not willing to go in front of the country and tell them to vote for a man he thinks is unworthy of the presidency. You can say, “but the GOP primary voters decided he is” until you’re blue in the face, and Cruz won’t agree.
“He’s Rorschach from the Watchmen — “Never compromise, not even in the face of Armageddon.”
“But why is everyone so surprised? Trump nicknames him “Lyin’ Ted,” argues he’s a Canadian ineligible for the presidency, retweets an image mocking his wife’s appearance, and suggests his dad had a role in killing JFK, and never apologizes for any of it . . . and the Trump team is surprised Cruz didn’t endorse him?
“Why were they and the RNC so surprised by a text they saw beforehand? Trump’s chief strategist, Jason Johnson, contends they weren’t. “Since it’s obvious the shock is contrived, let me ask: What the “Hell did they expect from the son of the man who killed JFK? Lighten up. . .”
Also – Erick Erickson, Resurgent: “Mark 6:11”
“It is no easy thing to see what is coming and have the party ignore you, friends reject you, and others assail you. The allegations of Trump supporters, based on two advertisements that appeared on this site in February, are that I am making a mint by opposing Trump. The reality is that I’ve put my own career in talk radio at risk. Talk radio should more often than not reflect the views of the listeners. I certainly do not these days. Likewise, on television, the shows would rather a Democrat vs. Republican fight. There is not much room for a conservative opposed to Trump. I am bombarded on a daily basis on twitter by attacks and wishes that my wife die of cancer while in my email my listeners tell me they will never listen again. Local and a few regional and national talk show hosts around the country and those who failed at radio but want back in have relentlessly used me as their whipping boy with my only conclusion being that they think it can advance their career or stop mine. Advertisers of my show have been targeted for harassment with some stepping back. People have shown up on my doorstep at my home and at my office. Random strangers have berated me in public in front of my kids that I am ruining my kids’ future.
“But I believe I am right and here I stand. I can do no other. . .”
Susan Berry, Big Govt: “Republican Platform: The Constitution Gives Federal Government ‘No Role in Education’”
“The official 2016 platform of the Republican Party asserts that since the Constitution gives the federal government “no role in education,” it should not join with “centralizing forces” that have attempted to reform education and have subsequently done “immense damage.”
The platform affirms the primary role of parents as educators in a child’s life, and supports a constitutional amendment to protect the right of parents to direct their children’s education from the overreach of federal and state governments and from potential international intruders such as the United Nations. It also upholds “parent-driven accountability at every stage of schooling,” and recognizes the value of local control of education.
‘We reject a one- size-fits-all approach to education and support a broad range of choices for parents and children at the state and local level,” states the GOP platform. “We likewise repeat our long-standing opposition to the imposition of national standards and assessments, encourage the parents and educators who are implementing alternatives to Common Core, and congratulate the states which have successfully repealed it.’
“The platform further emphasizes the enormous amount of money spent on education in the United States with little to show for it. It reads . . .
Laura Ingraham, Lifezette: “Trump Embarrasses the Old Guard”
“The Clintons haven’t lost to a Republican in 36 years, so why should he listen to the losers?
“Hillary has never lost to a Republican.
“The Republicans have lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections.
“They lost California all six times.
“They lost New York all six times.
“In the last presidential election, the Romney campaign had a massive computer program called ORCA that was supposed to help them track voters on Election Day. It didn’t work.
“In the last presidential election, Karl Rove thought Romney was going to carry Ohio. He did not.
“In this presidential election, the Republicans sent 16 candidates at Donald Trump. He beat them all. He crushed Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in their home states.
“And yet somehow, all of these Republican commentators claim to know how to beat Hillary Clinton? “Hillary has been running circles around these people for years. She has never lost to them. Why would we take their advice on how to beat Hillary?
Tyler O’Neil, PJM: “Chris Christie Prosecutes Hillary Clinton on the RNC Floor”
“. . . The former prosecutor moved like a current prosecutor, laying out the case against Hillary and asking the audience to judge “guilty or not guilty?” Each time, the audience gave the same response. Christie started with Libya, mentioning Clinton’s push to topple the government of Muammar Qaddafi and the result of such intervention — the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rise to power there. He hit on the Iran nuclear deal, the Obama administration’s overtures to Cuba, and the Syrian civil war. He even got an excellent jab in about Russia — “the reset button should have been ‘delete’ … she’s good at that!” Finally, the governor hit on the central issue his audience was waiting for, the email controversy. “Let’s face the facts: Hillary Clinton cared more about protecting her own secrets than she cared about protecting America’s secrets.” “And then, she lied about it, over and over and over again,” he added. Christie listed her lies: no classified information on the server, she did not email classified information, all work-related emails were given back to the State Department. The governor left out yet another lie, that she only used one device for email.
“As Christie noted, FBI Director James Comey said of each of these assertions, ‘That’s not true.’ Comey may have exonerated her of misusing classified information, but he made a strong case for lying under oath.”
LEADS . . .
Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots: “Impeachment of corrupt IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.”
“We’ve made progress in Washington over the last seven years, and today we can celebrate a major Tea Party Patriots Victory.
“This week in Cleveland, as a part its platform, the GOP included a call for the impeachment of corrupt IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
“It’s not often the establishment agrees with us, but the pressure we’ve put on the Republican Party has resulted in this major victory.
“But if we’re going to oust this Obama’s IRS Commissioner once-and-for-all, we have to keep the pressure on our representatives to get to the bottom of this scandal.
“We’ve won this battle, but if we’re going to win the war… we can’t let up now.
“The Commissioner has done everything in his power to protect the IRS from accountability for its outrageous targeting of conservatives, and we can’t let him get away with it. . . .”
Rich Lowry, NRO: “Cop-Killings Have Never Been This Lethal”
“In the past two weeks, the “war on police” has gone from a metaphor to a reality, with eight officers killed in targeted attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
“The country hasn’t seen anything like it since the early 1970s, when a lunatic fringe of the Left undertook a violent campaign against law enforcement.
“Today’s spate of anti-police violence isn’t remotely as organizationally or ideologically coherent, but it is more lethal. The Black Liberation Army, a homicidal splinter group of the Black Panthers, never killed more than two cops in one operation, and its body count over the course of about two years was only slightly higher than what we’ve seen just this month.
“Vanity Fair writer Bryan Burrough recounts the history in his exceptional book Days of Rage. He dismisses as a myth the popular idea that the Left’s violent underground was motivated primarily by opposition to the Vietnam War. ‘Every single underground group of the 1970s,’ Burrough writes (excepting the Puerto Rican FALN), ‘was concerned first and foremost with the struggle of blacks against police brutality, racism, and government repression.’ . . .”
PA . . .
Leo Knepper, CAP: “A Loss for Ghost Teachers and a Win for Taxpayers”
As we have previously noted, it is fairly common and legal in Pennsylvania for teachers to engage in union activity while continuing to collect their teaching salary. The practice, officially known as “release time”, is written into union contracts all over the commonwealth. In addition to receiving a taxpayer-funded salary, these ghost teachers were also accruing time in the Pennsylvania School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS). In other words, some union officials who had not set foot in a classroom for years were increasing the value of their pension at taxpayers’ expense. That arrangement may finally be coming to an end.
In late June, PSERS revoked the pension credit accumulated by a ghost teacher in Allentown. Furthermore, PSERS ruled that the past two union heads had accrued more than $1 million in pension benefits illegally. An article published byWatchdog.org details PSERS findings:
“PSERS concluded, ‘an active member is permitted to receive retirement credit while working for a collective bargaining organization provided: (1) at least half the members of the organization are members of PSERS; (2) the employer approves the leave; (3) the collective bargaining organization reimburses the employer for the member’s salary and benefits; (4) the member works full-time; and (5) the employer reports only the salary the member would have earned as a school employee.’”
PSERS’s ruling is great news for taxpayers. Teachers who are working exclusively for the union have no business being paid by taxpayers or collecting a taxpayer funded pension. The union is appealing the decision; we will let you know what ultimately happens.”
END NOTES . . .
Coming July 22nd: http://hillarysamericathemovie.com/
“Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party isn’t just another anti-Hillary movie. It’s a discerning look at the contentious party and ideological movements that propel her forward.
“The Hillary enigma is why anyone—any American, any Democrat—would consider voting for her.
“This is very different from the Obama conundrum, which in 2008 was simply: ‘who is this guy?’ Obama came out of nowhere. With Hillary, there is no guesswork about her background, her personality, or her ideology.”
Mark Levin (7/21/16)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, Sen. Ted Cruz told Donald Trump days in advance that he would not endorse him, and Trump’s team had already read the speech hours before Cruz took the stage. Now Trump and his surrogates are whining that Cruz broke his pledge! Is that the same pledge that Trump already voided months ago? This is phony drama and if Trump loses, this may well be the moment that sealed his fate. Trump’s surrogates are continuing to divide the party again over this issue. Trump needs conservatives, but for some reason he doesn’t seem to want them. The burden to unify is on him.
“In addition, the Republican establishment has hijacked this Trump campaign and because of that Reince Priebus is more powerful than ever, the Bob Dole crowd is back in town, and Paul Manafort is resurrected.
“Later, NATO exists to protect us and Europe and exists in the hope that we wouldn’t have to send our troops overseas to deal with threats. Donald Trump’s manner of dealing with NATO is an extreme form of isolationism.”
John Batchelor (7/21/16)
Hour One, Thursday 21 July 2016 / Hour 1, Block A:Mary Kissel, Wall Street Journal Editorial Board & host of Opinion Journal on WSJ Video; Mona Charen NRO; in re: . . . There are benefits to trade, immigration. A strong US presence in concert with our allies; a strong internationalism of the last half-century. He doesn’t have much confidence in the American people to compete, to grow our economy – it’s a fearful and cramped vision of the US in this world. Unusual for a Republican to adopt that the same kind of fears as his Democratic predecessor. Still, this is how Trump sees the world. Trump’s speech: “I am your voice!” — speak for yourself, pal. “