FURCHGOTT-ROTH – SEIU member
HILLARY: FBI – Criminally reckless
LEADS: HASSON – Soros & immigrant PR; ZITO – Saving Republicanism; DURDEN – Greater depsression; WND – DHS takes over elections?
END NOTE: Stunned
Diana Furchtgott-Roth: NRO:” I Was Forced to Join a Union”
“As a condition of my employment as a professor at George Washington University, I must pay the SEIU every month.
“This Labor Day the good news is that I have been appointed as an adjunct professor of economics at George Washington University. I’ll be teaching a seminar in labor economics and public policy.
“The bad news is that as a condition of my employment, I must become a card-carrying, dues-paying member of the Service Employees International Union Local 500 — or pay the SEIU an agency fee in order to get out of membership. The letter from Provost Forrest Maltzman tells me that ‘failure to pay dues or agency fees may result in termination.’
“My hiring letter includes a form that I am required to sign. On the form, I must give the SEIU my home address, home phone, alternate phone, and e-mail address. In addition to paying dues, I have to give the union personal information such as where I live and how to contact me.
“Further, I need to “authorize and request my Employer, the George Washington University, and any successor Employer, to deduct from wages hereafter due me, and payable on each available pay period due me, such sums for Union dues, fees, and/or assessments to the Union at times and in a manner agreed upon between the Union and the Employer.”
“Not only do I have to give George Washington University permission to deduct dues from my wages, but I also have to give successive employers — whoever they might be — the power to deduct these dues.
“The SEIU, with almost 2 million members, is one of the largest political players in terms of political donations, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. So far, SEIU’s PACs and committees have spent $10 million on the 2016 election cycle opposing Republicans and supporting Democrats.
The SEIU has spent $5 million against Donald Trump and $4 million for Hillary Clinton. It spent $307,000 each against Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Democrat Katie McGinty, who is challenging Republican senator Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, received $400,000, and Ted Strickland, who is running against Ohio senator Rob Portman in Ohio, netted $900,000.
The Local 500 branch had 8,703 members and almost $4 million in assets in 2013 — the latest data available from unionfacts.com. With me, it will have at least one more. . .”
HILLARY . . .
“Hillary Clinton was so oblivious to her duty to guard the nation’s secrets that she didn’t even realize that “(C)” in an e-mail header means “confidential.” And that’s just one of the revelations in the FBI report on its investigation into her abuses.
In addition to the thousands of Clinton e-mails the State Department has found to hold classified data, the FBI ID’d 81 classifed e-mail chains — eight of them “top secret.”
Clinton used at least 13 mobile devices at State. Some were properly destroyed afterward — but others just went missing.
She didn’t even know how classification worked: “Clinton could not give an example of how classification of a document was determined.” And, in one example, she didn’t even realize that “deliberation over a future drone strike” — a highly classified issue — was “cause for concern regarding classification.”
After news broke of her private setup, she tried to completely wipe all her records. In the end, she failed to hand over at least 17,448 work e-mails.
Though she denied it again to the FBI, her goal throughout was plainly to evade the Freedom of Information laws: Whenever anyone else — from Colin Powell to techies at State — noted that a course of action would mean leaving records that might become public, she chose a different path.
“In her FBI interview, she ‘couldn’t recall’ any State training or warnings on retaining records, handling classified info or e-mail policies of any kind.
“But she was the boss: It was her job to know the rules for protecting the nation’s secrets and leaving a complete record of her work — or at least to hire aides who’d get it done. But she hired enablers who helped keep her secrets without guarding America’s.
“In total, the report shows behavior far worse than “extremely careless,” as FBI chief Jim Comey termed it as he recommended against legal charges. Central to the case for mercy was his claim she didn’t “intend” to break the law. Yet his own agents’ report shows that, at the minimum, she just didn’t give a damn what the law required.
“‘Criminally reckless’ is more like it.”
LEADS . . .
Peter Hasson, Daily Caller: “Leaked Documents: Soros Group Spent $600K To Mainstream Pro-Refugee Attitudes”
“Leaked documents from left-wing financier George Soros’s Open Society Foundations continue to reveal the extent to which the group has influenced the political response to Europe’s refugee crisis. Internal documents show OSF used $600,000 in reserve funding in March 2016 to bring pro-refugee positions into the ‘political mainstream.’
“Jordi Vaquer, OSF’s regional director for Europe, approved a $600,000 proposal entitled, ‘Countering the anti-migrant rhetoric and toxic narratives surrounding migration in Europe.’
“According to OSF documents, half of the $600,000 would go towards lobbying efforts. All $600,000 came from OSF’s ‘Europe Reserve Fund.’
“A summary of the proposal notes that ‘the proposed reserve fund allocation will allow for additional resources to be allocated towards countering xenophobic attitudes in Europe, move parts of the political mainstream towards more pro-refugee positions, and build constituencies around a more progressive approach to migration and asylum.’ . . .”
Salena Zito, RCP: How Republicans Can Save Republicanism”
“HARMONY – Greg sat at a tidy red-checkered diner table sipping hot tea doused with more cream than tea and more sugar than cream. Despite the warm day, he wore a navy sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head.
“I am nursing a darn sum‑mer cold,” he explained, declining to give his last name.
A small businessman from Erie County, he’s a lifelong Republican, casting his first vote for Bob Dole over then-President Bill Clinton; the last Republican presidential candidate he voted for was Mitt Romney.
He doesn’t love or hate Donald Trump, he says, but he’ll vote for him, too.
“My bigger concern right now with the party is the infighting in Congress. Speaker Paul Ryan has had a harder time getting votes from Republican members to get bills passed than he has from Democrats,” he said, referring to the prickly influence of the House GOP’s Freedom Caucus.
“Oh, they say they won’t vote with Ryan because they are a member of the Freedom Caucus and they are standing on principle,” he said.
“I have word I’d call that, (one) that isn’t polite, so let me just get to my point: Their behavior isn’t about principles. It is about getting on cable TV and becoming famous for being an obstructionist.”
The only way Republicans can save what it means to be a Republican is by enacting conservative policy, which requires electing conservatives to govern, not to grandstand.
Greg is adamant that this dysfunction within the party led to the nonideological pick of Trump and it’s past time for elected officials to govern: “It’s also time for pundits on Fox or conservative radio or on social media to start placing more emphasis on advancing ideas and less time on how much attention you can achieve by behaving in a way that garners ratings or clicks.
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “The Greater Depression”
Braddock was an inspiration to all downtrodden demoralized Americans during the Great Depression. The parallels between the 1930’s Great Depression and today’s Greater Depression are uncanny, despite the propaganda emitted by the establishment politicians, media and banking cabal that all is well. The corporate mainstream media faux journalists scorn and ridicule anyone who makes the case we are currently in the midst of another Great Depression. They are paid to peddle a recovery narrative to keep the masses ignorant, sedated, and distracted by latest adventures of Caitlyn Jenner and the Kardashians. An impartial assessment of the facts reveals today’s Depression to be every bit as dreadful for the average American as it was in the 1930’s.
The Obama administration has used the identical failed fiscal policies utilized by FDR. $800 billion stimulus packages, cash for clunkers, payroll tax holidays, student loans for anyone with a pulse, and hundreds of other useless Keynesian claptrap ideas have driven the national debt from $10 trillion in September 2008 to $19.4 trillion eight years later, a 94% increase. The national debt in October 1929 was $17 billion. Eight years into the Great Depression, after billions in wasteful New Deal programs the national debt stood at $36.5 billion, a 115% increase.
The Great Depression lasted from 1929 through World War II despite the tens of billions spent on fiscal stimulus.After eight years of the largest budget deficits in history, the economy is still dead in the water, with GDP barely growing. And its pitiful growth is from the surge in consumer spending due to the calamitous Obamacare program and the continuous wars we wage across the world.
“. . . Apologists for the status quo contend the last eight years couldn’t possibly be classified as a depression. The narrative of economic recovery has been peddled by corporate media mouthpieces, feckless politicians, Too Big To Trust Wall Street bankers, Federal Reserve puppets, and government apparatchiks flogging manipulated data as proof of economic advancement. They point to the lack of soup lines as proof we couldn’t be experiencing a depression.
First of all, if there were soup lines, the corporate media would just ignore them. If they don’t report it, then it isn’t happening. Secondly, the soup lines are electronic, as the government downloads the “soup” onto EBT cards so JP Morgan can reap billions in fees to run the SNAP program. Just because there are no pictures of starving downtrodden Americans in shabby clothes waiting in soup lines, doesn’t mean the majority of Americans aren’t experiencing a depression. . .”
WND: DHS ELECTION TAKEOVER? AGENCY ITSELF WAS HACKED
“Former officer recalls major cyber breach as secretary pushes plan
“As the Department of Homeland Security contemplates taking possibly unconstitutional power over the U.S. election system due to the threat of hackers, citizens should consider the fact that the agency itself was the victim of a major cyber intrusion that stole sensitive personal information of thousands of its employees, contends a former DHS officer.
“That, combined with a politically correct approach to the Islamic-jihad threat that allows dangerous people to enter the country should be enough reason to reject the plan suggested by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, contends Philip Haney, the co-author with WND News Editor Art Moore of the expose “See Something, Say Nothing: A Homeland Security Officer Exposes the Government’s Submission to Jihad.”
“Johnson said last week that DHS is considering whether or not it should declare the U.S. election system a “critical infrastructure” due to potential cyber threats.
The fear, Haney points out, is that the DHS could overrule powers given to local and state governments to mange their own elections under Article 1, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, not to mention the powers afforded states in the 10th Amendment.
“‘They certainly don’t have an exemplary record in safeguarding our borders,” Haney told WND. ‘What gives us confidence they will safeguard our electoral process?” . . .
PA . . .
Joanne Yurchak: “From: AndyDinniman ” <
To Supporters of Ending Common Core Exams in Pennsylvania:
Despite Act 1 of 2016, which suspended any use of the Keystone exams or the Project Based Assessments for graduation purposes during the two year period of 2016-18, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is blatantly ignoring the law and issuing directives to local school districts to use the exam if they want to for graduation.
It certainly appears that PDE has shown their solid commitment to the Common Core testing process and the continued collection of data. They don’t seem to care about or respect the law. This is not government by the elected legislature but government by the bureaucracy.
You will be interested to learn the taxpayers of Pennsylvania, since 2008, spent $1.1 billion on these Common Core tests, with $741 million of that going to one testing company, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC).
Please view the supporting material at the following links:
- An explanation of the Data Recognition Corp. (DRC) contracts.
- A chart showing the DRC contracts, which come to$741,158,039.60, and the total paid to date of $440,512,625.69.
- A listing of materialrequested from PDE but, as of this date, not provided.
- Acolumn from the July 23, 2016 New York Timesproviding background on these Common Core Exams, which in Pennsylvania are the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and Keystone Exams.
Additionally, it appears that PDE is forcing the children of parents who opted out to take the Project Based Assessment, whose use is currently suspended by the legislature. There seems to be no respect by PDE for the rights of parents concerning their own children.
So the question now is “what will we do about this situation?” If you know parents or organizations who might want to take PDE to court or file amicus briefs, let me know.
In the meantime, I am having a meeting for those concerned about PDE’s actions in my district office, One North Church Street, West Chester, on Monday, September 12th, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
This is a matter of great importance. A number of us have been working for years against excessive testing and have serious concerns about Common Core. Please invite your friends to join in the September 12th meeting.
Andrew E. Dinniman
State Senator, 19th District
She’s 32, no children, a BSN, and a high energy lady who could be a model . . . I am stunned . . .